Q & A
Why Longhorn beef?
Longhorns are the oldest native breed and, unlike every other breed, they have never been genetically moved - they are what they have always been. Other breeds have introduced bigger more commercial breeds into their breeding lines to create a bigger, higher yielding animal. Longhorns are a slow maturing docile breed which lends itself to better beef. The slow maturing means the put fat down slowly and evenly through the meat giving a fantastic well marbelled beefy flavoured meat. Their docility means they are relaxed animals, if you are handling and rearing a relaxed animal that means the muscles are relaxed and if the muscles are relaxed that means the beef will be tender.
How many cattle in the UK?
There are around 9000 Longhorn breeding females, and around 2000 steers are notified each year. In the UK last year just over 1,000,000 steers were slaughtered across all breeds/crossbreeds so Longhorn steers make up 0.02% of all steers slaughtered! That’s why you can’t buy the beef just anywhere!
Are the cattle grass fed?
Of course! We live in some of the best grass growing land in the world why wouldn’t they be!! As soon as the grass is growing in sping they are out on it. They remain outside until the grass stops growing in November. When they come in for winter (which they are delighted about once the temperature drops) they live in spacious, well ventilated deep straw bedded sheds sheltering from what ever the winter might send us. They are fed our home made sileage (grass cut and bagged in the summer) and some home grown and rolled barley... well we all fancy warm stew in winter not just a salad and so do they.
Is our beef organic?
No we aren’t! But we are deliberately not organic. We farm responsibility with the livestock’s best interest first. We do no routine antibiotics, no growth hormones and nothing that is unnecessary. If we have a sick animal we treat it correctly with the correct drugs advised by our vet. We use a little fertiliser to help the grass grow so the animals have good, well-growing grass for as long as possible. We use sheep to follow cattle so when the fussy eating cattle leave bits the sheep take it all off, using good grass management rather than excessive chemical use. We put our livestock and their well being first to farm in the modern world.
Why Tori & Ben’s?
Because you couldn’t find anyone more proud and excited by their livestock!! Ben is a fourth generation farmer, having farmed with his father for 15 years and has been farming now, alongside Tori, for 6 years in his own right. Farming is a tough industry to be in and very few young farmers get the opportunity to do what Tori and Ben do at their age which is their driving force to produce good, ethical food for the table. Their pride comes through with their dedication for their livestock showing, presenting each animal at local and national shows. ‘Its our shop window to show everyone what we do and how well we do it,’ says Ben. A farming family engulfed in pride of land, livestock, farming and food production.