Article by: Claire

I took over the farm from my dad in 2019 however, have been home farming with my parents since 2012. I am passionate about the livestock on our farm and the regenerative journey we have started.

Farm Life News Products

10 March 2022

Grass-fed meat

grass fed cow

We are very proud to be producing 100% grass-fed beef, lamb and mutton on our farm which is all sold direct to our customers through the farm shop. It’s taken many years to convert our herd and flock to thrive entirely on grass, however we believe that through this process our animals are healthier, have less environmental impact and produce a superior meat.

The majority of our animals spend their entire lives outside, grazing clover rich fields just as nature intended. In the winter we use silage (fermented grass) and forage crops to supplement their diet when the grass stops growing.

Why Grass-Fed?

Good for you
It is widely acknowledged that beef that has been grass-fed throughout its life will have higher levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and Trans-Vaccenic Acid (TVA). This restores the Omega 3 to Omega 6 balance and in doing so is a key factor in reducing obesity in humans. Grass-fed meat has lower total fat levels than meat from grain-fed animals and also has a lower in saturated fat content. In addition there are higher vitamin and mineral levels than meat from grain-fed animals, particularly vitamins A and E, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.

High animal welfare
Our animals are free to express normal behaviours out in our fields, leading to easier calving and calmer animals. They thrive on a natural diet of pasture and forage which ruminants are meant to eat. This in turn creates healthier animals. Our animals are never blanket vaccinated, our incidences of diseases are incredibly low and the animals are happier out in the fresh air.

Environmental impact
The carbon footprint of producing grass is significantly less than growing cereal crops to feed animals. Grasslands are one of the major ways to capture carbon. Grazing animals return nutrients and organic matter back to the ground in the form of dung meaning artificial fertilisers are greatly reduced. In addition we are not buying in any feed for our animals, no barley or soya, everything the cattle eat (grass, silage and fodder crop) is grown here on our farm.

You can pick grass-fed beef out when hanging in the butcher shop, the spread and colour of fat is much different, more yellow. We have consistently received wonderful reviews from our customers who rave about the taste, texture and tenderness. We were delighted to host Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix in 2018 who came to our farm because they had heard how good our beef was. We were honoured that they chose to serve our beef fillet at a meal showcasing the best of Scottish produce for Lord and Lady Dalhousie and their friends.

Pasture for Life

Did you know that if you feed a cow grain for just one day, it completely alters the makeup of the meat? A lot of grass-fed meat is sold under this pretence, grass-fed however not grass-finished. This is just marketing, just like green-washing.

We are delighted to be Pasture for Life Assured. This means that we are rigorously audited every year to ensure we meet their standards.

All the Pasture for Life Assured farmers have fed their animals grass and pasture for their entire life.

This year, more than ever, it’s important to support local companies producing healthy food with low environmental impact. Make sure when buying meat, it’s Pasture for Life certified.

Visit the Pasture for Life website for more information.

"We are on our way to fife to meet a couple of young dynamic farmers, that are producing the best beef anywhere in the country, so the meat honestly is incredible."Gordon Ramsay, Gordon, Gino & Fred's Road Trip 2018

Related Articles

New Season Lamb and Mutton

We are delighted to say that our own home grown, grass-fed, Pasture for Life assured lamb and mutton is back in the shop. Our sheep predominantly graze on the hill behind Gibliston, near Colinsburgh. They are largely left to their own devices and are very

Calving has started

We started calving today with the addition of this little one. Our cattle stay outside all year round as our Stabiliser cattle are very well suited to outwintering. They are smaller than many other breeds of cattle and so don’t poach the land too badly

Gordon Ramsay, Gino & Fred’s Road Trip

With Gordon, Gino & Fred’s Road Trip airing again on ITV2 this week I thought it fitting to write a little about our amazing experience with three of our favourite foodie celebrities. In the summer of 2018 we received a call from Gordon Ramsay’s production

How to cook rump steak

We sent a selection of our home grown beef and lamb to our friend, Ewan Archibald, during lockdown. Ewan has worked for the past twenty three years in world class restaurants internationally, managing and cooking with top chefs. He is a fantastic chef in his

Farming for the Future

Taking the best of old and new We are very excited this week, new scales were delivered. In the absence of any cattle, Scott was used as the test subject! As hopefully you know already, our farm is Pasture for Life certified. This means that

Tupping Time

Tupping time Today is the day that we put the tups out to meet their ladies. The sun was splitting the sky here in the East Neuk, the kind of day that makes you glad to be alive. Outdoor Lambing We lamb later than some