September 2012 NEWSLETTER


As I write Martin our Butcher, Jason, Sarah and Sam are flat out in the Butchery preparing to attend the Ludlow Food Festival which is taking place this coming weekend (7/8/9 September). The walk in Chiller is a sight to behold. It is a very exciting opportunity for us and we are very grateful to the Festival Committee for the generous attendance Bursary they have awarded us.  The Festival has a huge following and as Shropshire producers it has been very much on our aspiration list for some time.  Although Monty (our Bull) appears on the front cover of this years brochure, he won't be making a personal appearance!  However,if you're planning to be at the Festival either on the Friday or the Saturday, please come and say hello, we'd love to see you! Click on the following link for more details .

With kind regards Sam and Claire

What's the Beef?

1981.235140This is the title of one of the Taste Workshops taking place at the Ludlow Food Festival on Saturday 8th September.  Will Holland, Chef Patron from La Becasse will be cooking seven different dishes using our beef.  He's requested a wonderful selection of cuts and joints (delivered to him today) and we can't wait to see and taste what he conjours up.  For more information go to  We will, of course provide a full report in the next newsletter.

Farming news

This photograph was taken at the beginning of July and just look how high the IMG_9970.001229River Severn is!  It has been an exceptionally wet summer, fantastic grass growing conditions, but not so great for our cereals.  The winter barley is in the shed, but the rest of our wheat, triticale and linseed is still standing in the field.  We are hoping the weather holds long enough for the moisture content of the grain to reach its optimum so as to allow us to continue combining until ' all is safely gathered in'.  It's an anxious time for us and for many other farmers across the country.

Monty with his Ladies

We are pleased to report that Monty and Kennedy have been performing well IMG_9992.122021and that most of the cows and maiden heifers are in calf!  We're looking forward to seeing the next generation of Longhorns in the spring.


Christmas Order Book Now Open

beef.193508We hesitated to include this, but we've already received orders for Christmas!  For many, including us, it seems a very long way ahead, but it might be worth thinking about.......