Looking after the environment is at the core of our business. We feel as farmers ,we have a duty to protect and promote biodiversity and reduce our environmental and social impact. We protect our environment by using an evidence led scientific approach . Our environmental goals are to:
Have a low impact on local water courses. In particular prevent nitrification and ground poaching by denying access to livestock to local waterways and not spreading fertiliser near our waterways. We also ensure no chemicals or oils are discharged into the river from our equipment.
Promote biodiversity by keeping our local habitats such as woodlands, hedgerows, meadows and riversides intact. We also do not spread herbicide or pesticides on our fields.
Continuously monitor our use of commercial plastics. Waste plastics are a global threat and we aim to reduce our dependence on plastics. We also aim to recycle as much of our plastic as possible, and in any case dispose of our plastics carefully.
Reduce our contribution to antibiotic resistance by only using antibiotics as a last resort. When used, antibiotic courses will be administered correctly at set dosages. Our farming practices will ensure we proactively prevent the spread of diseases. For example by using an outdoor rearing system and building stock immunity through good breeding programs.
Reduce our contribution to climate change by reducing our carbon footprint whenever economically possible. We aim to upgrade our machinery to euro 6 standards when possible, study the concept of producing electricity through clean energy and sell our products as locally as possible.
our stance on current environmental issues:
We stand against Badger culls as current scientific evidence show no affect of culling on preventing TB. Other more effective measures can be taken to fight the spread of Bovine TB.
We stand against cruel "hunting for sport" practices such as fox hunting. We accept standard hunting practices where the hunt provides food.
We strongly support the EU environmental agenda.
We choose to farm organically (Currently in conversion), however we believe that this is not essential. Non-organic farms can achieve great environmental protection and animal welfare standards.
The welfare of our animals is very important to us and we ensure we have the highest welfare standards possible. Not only do we feel animal cruelty is wrong, but high welfare provides us with great economic benefits:
Our animals are more docile as a result of reduced levels of stress. This leads to a much safer and more manageable herd, reducing man hours and increasing staff safety.
Our high welfare rearing system leads to reduced animal injuries and illness, reducing veterinary costs and loss through dead stock.
Reduced levels of stress hormones in livestock lead to better quality meat and faster growth leading to higher profits.
To achieve a high level of welfare we:
Follow all EU/UK regulations and recommendations for animal welfare.
Follow all RSPCA assured regulations (Awaiting to join scheme).
Choose to have a fully outdoor rearing system, although we understand this is not possible in all farms and high levels of welfare can be achieved in excellent indoor rearing systems.
To find out about RSPCA assured click here:
To find out about Bienvenue a la ferme click here:
To find out about organic farming click here:
To read our biosecurity policy and herd health plan click here: