We often field the question “Why isn't Pipers Farm organic?”
We applaud the organic movement, and the fundamental beliefs that have underpinned its development and beginnings. However we don't feel that the label goes far enough and we don't believe that all meat produced under an organic label these days is as a customer would expect it to be. We believe so strongly that every element of the process involved in rearing and nurturing an animal through life is absolutely crucial, and integral to the system as a whole.
For example, we believe in hand slaughtering each of our chickens individually, and doing so on the same farm they grew up on so as to minimise stress for the bird. We don't feel it is acceptable to raise the birds in the correct manner, only for them to be shipped hundreds of miles to be able to use a certified organic industrial abattoir.
We believe in native, slow growing breeds of beef, lamb and pigs and believe only in feeding them on a natural diet for life; 100% grass for the beef and lamb, and a simple grain feed for the pigs from a local mill which never uses GM or imported products. This surpasses the organic label, and it is the only farming method we believe in.
We will never be surpassed in any of the farming processes we do by the organic label. We never use GM feed, and we never use antibiotics unless absolutely necessary for the health of an individual animal. For example in our Wessex saddleback breeding herd we have used 3 doses of antibiotics to 3 individual animals in the last FIVE YEARS. This falls well inside organic guidelines, and is simply common sense farming and animal husbandry.
We only use a local on-farm abattoir, as this is the best method of dispatch available to us. We are present as every animal is slaughtered and insist upon care and respect in this last facet of the animal's life over and above organic certification.
Any questions please do ask, we will respond to all inquiries and adopt and open door policy with every facet of our farming and production process, we are rightfully proud of everything we do and enjoy nothing more than sharing our food production ethos with our customers.
We will continue to applaud the organic label for what it has set out to do. It does some fantastic work across the board especially in increasing awareness and standards of food production. We will however continue work in the way that we believe in, and will continue to strive to incorporate all of the good elements of organic farming, and push even further in our pursuit of truly ethical and sustainable meat to be enjoyed, respected and savoured.