Producing Red Meat - The Sustainable Option
There has been a lot written in the press recently about the detrimental effect on the environment of red meat production. ‘Factory’ or ‘supermarket’ production of livestock is widely blamed for land & water degradation, the loss of biodiversity and a significant increase in green-house gases.
We think there’s a sustainable and realistic alternative though, and that’s the way we operate at Grimblethorpe.
Our cattle & sheep are Pasture for Life certified. This means they only feed on natural grass pastures on our Lincolnshire Wolds farm.
Grimblethorpe Hall Farm is certified organic meaning we use no artificial fertilisers or chemicals in our grass pastures and we’re working towards our herds being certified organic too, they not only live and feed on organic pastures but never routinely given antibiotics, artificial supplements or other additives.
Pasture for Life also means our cattle have lots of space to wander freely, feed & breathe. Our animals are slow grown, a more natural approach where calves & lambs stay with their mothers longer and animals are not artificially “fattened up” for quicker production.
Our farm is a natural chalk stream valley of pasture woodland and wetland. Even during the severe drought of 2018 we didn’t need to extract water to irrigate and we were still able to produce all our winter feed for 2018/19 and beyond.
The valley is an extremely diverse environment with numerous invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds & mammals as well as a wide variety of grasses, wild flowers and the woodland.
We appreciate the impact we all make on the environment but passionately believe that taking a sustainable approach, being led by Mother Nature herself, makes a huge difference and provides another way;
Producing the very highest quality meat in the most ethical & sustainable manner,
supporting the local environment and conserving native rare breeds.