A friend of mine is a hobby farmer, he raises rare breed cows and sheep, which he lends out for “conservation grazing” on various bits of land around the local area – Stately homes and such. Some of the new commercial breeds won’t eat the local flora, but the heritage breeds are happy to – they’ve been doing it for hundreds of years – so this makes them valuable to land owners because they help to manage the land. Whenever he sends a cow or sheep to slaughter he’ll give me a call. He doesn’t have any pigs, unfortunately, but I’m working on that 🙂
Here’s what I got in my lamb box for £50 last time around
Not bad, eh?
It’s much cheaper (and tastier) than the meat from the supermarket, and they were raised, slaughtered and butchered within a few miles from my home.
This is Southdown sheep meat from a hogget (slightly older than a lamb, but not quite mutton yet). He also raises Dexter cattle and English Longhorn cattle. The Dexters were super tasty. Looking forward to some of the Longhorns sometime soon hopefully…