Welsh Black Beef
Most beef that we eat in the UK is derived from commercial breeds that grow quickly, often grain fed with the meat hung for a very short period of time.
In contrast our cattle are a traditional and local rare breed. As the name suggests Welsh Blacks are both Welsh and black!- and very happy living on our fields behind the Pottery, adjoining the Longmynd. They are fed solely on grass and on hay made from our fields and the meat is hung for over three weeks, which means that it loses excess moisture, darkens and becomes tender. You can see that it is darker than the supermarket meat that you buy and is ‘marbled’. We hope you agree that it tastes lovely!
Our fields are an area of acid grassland. To the best of our knowledge, neither chemical fertilisers nor insecticides have ever been used here- and this is reflected in the fact that there are many rare plants. To preserve them we are committed to being on Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme for at least ten years. Part of our agreement with them is that we keep cattle on the land. Cow manure both provides a natural fertiliser for the plants and also distributes the seeds to help the plants thrive. In turn the plants provide a great habitat for insects and therefore bird and bat species too. So as well as buying local beef and helping sustain a rare breed you are also helping support the environment.
Grass fed Cows- Health Benefits
The outdoor life, eating just grass and hay, is what keeps Welsh Blacks happy and healthy. Grass fed meat is far better for you than animals that are also fed grains. It has real nutritional benefits, and is:
· Lower in total fat
· Lower in saturated fat content
· Higher in total omega-3 fatty acids. (Cow lay this kind of fat down because they live outside in colder weather. )
· A healthier ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids
· Higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a potential cancer fighter
· Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be turned into CLA)
· Higher in vitamin E
· Higher in B vitamins
· Higher in beta-carotene
· Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium
(Source ‘Pasture Fed Livestock Association’)
So you can enjoy delicious beef knowing it’s far better for you than regular meat. Yum!
Usually we sell boxes of meat (1/8 cow, containing a full selection of meat, from mince and stewing beef to roasting joints and steak) to local folk a couple of times a year. Sometimes we have a spare box or two in the freezer if you'd like to take some beef home. 1/8 is about two drawers of an upright freezer. We have cows primarily for the environment so price it cheaper than regular supermarket beef. So you can have 'the real deal' of a traditional breed, grass fed and properly hung, at a cheaper price than you may be used to. Just ask.... Thank you!