I read today with interest a report on the benefits of grass-fed beef on the environment and its positive impact on climate change.

All Pipers Farm cattle are 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 Saddleback pigs graze the cider orchards. Our properly free-range chickens, hens and turkeys all have grass as a substantial part of their diets. Grass is a simple, sustainable way of growing food and harnessing the amazing natural resources found right 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. 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 and plenty of clovers which fertilise the soil 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 pastures & hedges - and the process of growing grass is constantly removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the pasture.

Grazing livestock maintains and sustains these pastures by naturally fertilizing the ground, and turns grass into human-edible food. Our grass-fed beef and lambs do not ‘steal’ mountains of grain out of the mouths of people nor do they require vast amounts of soya from across the globe. Because they eat only grass, they harness readily available 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 and the health of the planet by reducing the quantity of meat we eat and 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.