|Location:||Yarcombe, Honiton, UK|
|Breed:||Longhorn, Hereford, Holstein Friesian, Aberdeen Angus, Highland, Simmental|
Despite only being at the tender age of 19, farmer Neil is already making waves as Britain’s up-and-coming cattle farmer to watch! Tapping into the 4 generations of his family’s compounding farming wisdom, Neil has eagerly grown up learning anything and everything there is to know about the field’s best practices. Having tirelessly refined his craft across the cattle that have passed through his care, Neil is now widely regarded to be rearing some of the best kept cattle (and most tasty beef) this land has to offer!The Farm
Based in the west country’s famous Blackdown Hills (designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1991), strolling through Neil’s farm really looks and feels like something out of Pride and Prejudice. The incredible tranquility of the 500 acres of all-grass, carefully maintained lush pastures underline the modus operandi which have made his family such successful farmers through the years: quality breeds quality.The Farming
Neil is a strong advocate for avoiding hormones, chemicals and preventative antibiotics when rearing his animals. Instead, Neil has learnt from his father’s 40 years of experience that a strong focus on a carefully supervised level of natural nutrition, hygiene and animal welfare unswervingly delivers the best results on the plate. “You’ll notice the difference after your first bite” he always says!The F...Cattle
Neil rears a wide variety of cattle breeds at his farm which includes Longhorn, Shorthorn, British Blue, Hereford, Holstein Friesian, Aberdeen Angus, Highland and Simmental.
He’s particularly proud of the Highland cattle that call his farm their home; being drawn to how their tender social behaviours perfectly mirror the tender beef they produce!
The Highland is an ancient Scottish breed, first recorded in the 6th century A.D. The breed is known for its long, thick, flowing coat of rich hair as well as its majestic sweeping horns. Highland Cattle thrive in the hills and uplands of our country without the need for intensive farming practices; producing an excellent carcass with the lean, finely-marbled, beef that ensures tenderness and succulence with a very distinctive flavour. All this despite its lower levels of fat, cholesterol and a higher protein and iron content than other breeds!