January 2012 NEWSLETTER
This entry was posted on 12th January 2012.
Welcome to our January 2012 Newsletter featuring news and information about what we're up to at Great Berwick.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next edition (Feb 2012) of Shropshire Magazine!
Andy Richardson took some fantastic photos of Monty, our very handsome Longhorn bull, a slightly apprehensive local Chef and the Barker Family on Friday. Standing on West Bank, the highest point on the farm, the photographer was able to utilise the fabulous views and a flooded river marsh as a backdrop. Despite it being blustery and cloudy, Tom (4) and Eleanor (3) really enjoyed joining in and couldn’t help laughing as Monty bellowed across the farm to the rest of his herd!
We’ve just been approached by Slow Food Ludlow to join them at the infamous Ludlow Food Festival in September. This is a highly coveted event and it has been on our aspiration list for some time. The plan is to feature Great Berwick Longhorn beef in the Taste Workshop, alongside other local producers.
SUMMER WALK AND BEEF TASTING
We are planning to have a Great Berwick Farm Walk and Beef Tasting evening during the summer and we'd like to invite you to join us. Details to follow, but please let us know if you are interested.(* click here and send us an email, if you're interested). We'll reserve a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon/evening in June/July (!), give you a tour of the farm to see the cows, the River Severn, our conservation headlands and organics cereals, then back to the farmhouse to sample some of our favourite Beef dishes. Tickets will be limited and on a first come, first serve basis.
***SPECIAL OFFER FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2012***
Two free pies (£7.00) with any order worth £50 or over for Slow Roast or Casserole meat (Silverside, Rolled Brisket, Diced casserole, Shin and Braising steak)
GREAT BRITISH GREAT BERWICK PIES
Our oven ready, cook from frozen for half an hour, Beef & Stilton and Beef & Ale pies are perfect for one and a fantastic option when you fancy something easy and utterly scrumptious. Individually they're £3.50, but if you buy a Box of 10 it's £30.00
The main herd are very happily out-wintered on free draining dry ground, enjoying silage and chopped straw. The only time they really look pretty fed up is when it snows, but even then they manage to look extremely photogenic! Much to Tom and Eleanor’s disappointment though, no snow to date!
Meanwhile the youngsters, steers and in-calf heifers are lauding it about in our covered straw yards, also enjoying a blend of silage, chopped straw and a little bit of molasses!
Our conserved forage stocks are fairly limited though, following such a dry summer/autumn. Now the farm has greened up and we finally have some grass, we are very much looking forward to an early spring and the excitement of all the cattle being turned out. It’s a sight to behold when the gate is opened!
Please note that you can now follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Berwick-Organics-100-Longhorn-Beef/229628313783648
CHRISTMAS AND 2012
Following a really busy build up to Christmas we are absolutely delighted to have received so many enthusiastic and complimentary emails from customers who enjoyed Great Berwick Beef over the Christmas and New Year Holidays. We've added some of these to our testimonials page on our website; www.longhornbeef.co.uk
It is so lovely to have such positive feedback. The number of enquiries we received leading up to Christmas meant that we could have sold our Foreribs at least ten times over if we’d had them. Sirloin on the bone was a hugely popular and very much appreciated alternative, but the very nature of how we produce and properly hang our beef meant that we did, sadly, have to disappoint a few. But to coin a well known phrase, albeit it in a different context, ‘beef is for life not just for Christmas’. In other words, Great Berwick Organics will have beef available throughout the year and with the variety of different cuts and joints we have available it is such a versatile ingredient.
Please browse our website for more information. If you’re local, please call in on a Friday afternoon between 12 and 6pm. Otherwise telephone 01743 351939.
May we take this opportunity to thank all of you who bought beef, supported and gave us kind words of encouragement in 2011. We offer you our very best wishes for 2012 and look forward to hearing from you and to supplying your beef.
With kind regards
Sam and Claire
Great Berwick Organics, Great Berwick Farm, Shrewsbury