We started the business in 1995, rearing pigs to sell to local markets. Things were going well until, like many rural businesses, we were affected by the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001. Realising that we needed to diversify in order to keep the business going, we decided to butcher our own pigs to sell at local farmers’ markets which were becoming increasingly popular.
We soon outgrew our small converted butchery as demand for our meat products grew rapidly. So we took the decision to invest heavily in a state-of-the-art cutting plant. This enabled us to become licensed under the Food Standards Agency (FSA). This meant we could continue to supply both our existing customers as well as meeting demand from larger retailers.
As all the meat we supply comes direct from the farm we offer a premium product. We know the breeds of our livestock and take great pride in the way they are reared, hung on the bone, cut and packed.
Caring for our Environment
Every day we look out over the fields and hills and tell ourselves how lucky we are to live and work in such a beautiful part of the country. That’s why we take great care to farm responsibly.
The Forest of Bowland is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and we aim to keep it that way.
Over the years we have planted over 1500 trees to help preserve the Forest of Bowland.
Our meat products travel fewer miles, equalling fewer emissions.
We entered land into the Environmental Stewardship Scheme which means that at certain times of the year we won’t graze the land with livestock when particular species of bird are nesting.