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Cottage Farm - Jacobstow, Cornwall

We have started farming just 2 years ago, having had no previous experience. Since then we have built up a herd of 38 Red Ruby cows and also a herd of Suffolk and Wiltshire Horn sheep. Following the latest birth, we now have 90 head of cattle and we aim to slaughter one bullock and several lambs month.

In view of the end of growth and the start of a long decline due to the coming Climate Catastrophe and Peak Oil depression, not to mention the financial meltdown, our emphasis is on sustainability and self-sufficiency.

To this end we have decided to undergo an organic conversion to free ourselves from the treadmill of nature control through the constant use of fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, and GM based fodder. In addition we are undertaking various environmental and self-sufficiency projects, such as: private water source, off-grid electricity provision, conversion of vehicles to vegetable oil which we intend to grow and press ourselves and heating based on wood from our farm, mainly from coppiced hedges. And of course we aim to grow most of our vegetables, keep chickens, ducks and geese for eggs and meat, keep bees and enjoy their honey and fatten up couple of pigs.

Here is a bit about our farm and the fresh meat boxes we produce and deliver both locally and nationwide:

Cottage Farm is a traditionally run, sustainable farm of 60 acres in organic conversion near Jacobstow in North Cornwall. Our animals spend all their lives on our farm grazing peacefully on the lush green permanent pastures of our fields. No fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are applied. Further more, our animals are fed almost exclusively on grass: no supplements and no GM feeds. So there is absolutely no possibility of any harmful residues ending up on your plate if you order meat from us.
Most beef available in shops is from Continental breeds which grow fast and big. To support this rate of growth they need to be fed vast quantities of supplementary fodder, mostly GM based as those are the cheapest.

In contrast we have chosen a local, traditional breed, the Red Ruby cattle, which are well suited to the conditions in Cornwall, do well simply on grass and do not need any supplementary feed.
As a result, our meat is beautifully marbled, tender and delicious as well as having an excellent flavor. It is also very pleasing to think what a happy and peaceful lives the animal have lead all their lives: no stress, just open fields of green grass, their idea of heaven!
As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says in his River Cottage Meat book: "The Red Ruby cattle have an excellent, mild temperament and are extremely well adapted to unfertilized grazing. Bred to withstand harsh winters, they grow more slowly and have natural ability to put on fat reserves. It is this natural growth pace and natural diet that makes the close-grained, well-marbled meat British beef at its best. They simply produce the best beef I have ever tasted."

Enough said. Try one of our fresh meat boxes and I assure you you will not be disappointed. Just look at our excellent feedback!

And here is something about the meat boxes:

  • Traditionally reared Lamb and Beef delivered fresh to your door.
  • Cottage Farm is a small, family-run farm in organic conversion, managed in a very traditional way.
  • We use no artificial fertilizers or pesticides so our grass fed Devon Red Ruby cattle and Suffolk lambs mature slowly and naturally, grazing peacefully on the green pasture of North Cornwall.
  • We do not use any GM foods
  • We do not use routine antibiotics
  • We do not use any growth promoters

This is where you will notice the difference between our meat and meat you might buy from a supermarket. We of course do not inject water in the meat as is common practice with supermarkets. On the contrary, hanging the meat for up to 3 weeks reduces the weight, but the flavor and tenderness is greatly improved.

Most beef available in shops is from Continental breeds which grow fast and big. To support this rate of growth they need to be fed vast quantities of supplementary fodder, mostly GM based as those are the cheapest. In contrast we keep a local, traditional breed, the Red Ruby cattle, which are well suited to the conditions in Cornwall, do well simply on grass and do not need any supplementary feed.

As a result, our meat is beautifully marbled, tender and delicious as well as having an excellent flavor. It is also very pleasing to think what a happy and peaceful lives the animal have lead all their lives: no stress, just open fields of green grass, their idea of heaven!

As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says in his River Cottage Meat book: "The Red Ruby cattle have an excellent, mild temperament and are extremely well adapted to unfertilized grazing. Bred to withstand harsh winters, they grow more slowly and have natural ability to put on fat reserves. It is this natural growth pace and natural diet that makes the close-grained, well-marbled meat British beef at its best. They simply produce the best beef I have ever tasted."

Enough said. Try one of our fresh meat boxes and I assure you you will not be disappointed. Just look at our excellent feedback!

When our animals reach the optimum weight, to reduce stress we send them to a small local abattoir within 4 miles of the farm. After hanging, to improve tenderness and flavor, the meat is cut and prepared by a master butcher. Each cut is packed separately and clearly labeled. We aim to slaughter one bullock and as many lambs as are ordered each month. Delivery is normally in the last week of a given month.

All the meat is delivered direct to your door by courier. It is ideal for freezing. To give you some idea of the amount of space needed, a 20 kg box of fresh meat will take up about 2 trays in a standard upright freezer and a 10 kg box will fit in one standard tray.

We have been complimented many times on the tenderness and flavor of our meat. I am sure you that you, too, will appreciate and enjoy the wholesome products from our farm.
From field to fork, fresh, healthy, local and natural meat at below supermarket prices!

 

 

To order our fresh produce boxes email us on Cottage.Farm@Tiscali.co.uk or telephone 01840 230 548. Cottage Farm, Jacobstow, Cornwall.

We provide free delivery within the EX22/23 and PL15/32/33/34/35 postcode areas, and reduced price delivery to all PL and TR postcode areas. You can also collect the meat box yourself.

We are registered with Organic Farmers and Growers in simultaneous organic conversion.

Examples of recent feedback on our meat boxes from our valued customers:


We had the first roast (topside) last night, and indeed, we haven't tasted anything like it since we stopped having our own in 1991. It was truly gorgeous, rich and melted in the mouth. The spaghetti Bolognese that we made earlier using some mince was so good! I've just done some pasties as well - something I haven't made in over 40 years! They're super.
BEST BEEF I HAVE EVER TASTED , WILL BUY AGAIN AND RECOMMEND THIS SELLER
Wow - bargain, excellent packaging, fresh, all meat, no fat - recommend them!
Arrived promptly as arranged Very pleased lovely beef. Thanks
WOW What lovely meat, lots of it and well packed. I will purchase from u again
Meat received tastes better than shop bought will def deal again
Once again 1st Class Service and lovely Meat A*****
Wonderful fresh meat and really good people to deal with
Bid with confidence superb meat and nice people to deal with ,will buy more
Excellent communication ,great lamb thank you very much
Excellent service....Good quality....Highly recommended!!!!!!!
Absolutely fantastic, perfect correspondence, so much meat! Thank you

 

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