I read today with interest the report on the benefits of grass-fed beef, not only for the physical and mental health of us consumers but also for the environment & its impact on climate change.
All Pipers Farm cattle is grass-fed, from the Red Ruby cows grazing moorland grasses on Exmoor, to the young cattle grazing the ancient & lush pastures of the Somerset Levels, to the cattle finishing here at Pipers Farm.
All our lambs are only grass-fed throughout their lives, our pigs graze the cider orchards, our chickens, our hens & turkeys all have grass as a substantial part of their diets. A simple, sustainable way of growing food & harnessing the amazing natural resources on our doorstep.
Britain has a diversity of landscapes and, particularly here in the South West, much of it is unsuitable for vegetable & arable production – whether the land is too high, too steep, too wet, the soils are too poor, the fields too small, for the machinery for economic arable production today. And yet these small difficult fields, with their wide hedges, providing safe corridors for wildlife, create the much-loved landscapes of Devon. The pastures are permanent with deep rooted grasses & full of clover which will fertilise the soils naturally by fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere. We take great care to ensure that any additional fertilizers needed are always organic based, rather than fossil fuel based inorganic fertilizers. This all provides the perfect environment for wildlife - birds, insects & the whole biodiversity we find in our both in the pastures & hedges - and the process of growing grass is constantly removing carbon from the atmosphere & storing it in the pasture.
Grazing livestock maintain & sustain these pastures by naturally fertilizing the ground, and turn grass into human-edible food. Our grass-fed beef and lambs are not stealing mountains of grain out the mouths of people, or requiring soya to be shipped across the globe, but harnessing natural resources to produce quality, healthy food.
It’s now accepted that meat from grass-fed animals has a superior nutritional profile to the grain-fed, intensively reared equivalent, with a better fatty-acid balance and higher vitamin levels. We are encouraged to improve both our own health & the health of the planet by reducing the quantity of meat we eat & consuming a more plant-based diet. This is something we at Pipers Farm have always recommended – eat less meat, but eat the best quality you can buy.