Our farm in the heart of Sussex countryside

Our farm in the heart of Sussex countryside

Our farm in the heart of Sussex countryside

They say you are what you eat, and this certainly applies to our Sussex Cattle. Our cows freely graze and roam pastures established over centuries, where they enjoy a balanced mixture of rye-grass (packed with natural sugars), sown with clover for extra protein – both marvellous for slowly developing rich, sweet meat.

The vast majority of beef consumed in the UK will have been fed grains and other additives as well as grass.  Why?  Because the animal grows faster and is thus ready for market faster.  But cows are herbivores.  They are designed to eat only grass and it’s only the commercial demands placed on farmers that encourage them to feed extra rations.

The breed that we raise, the Sussex, are well known for their ability to thrive on a grass only diet which is why we love them.  Our suckler herd system means that calves drink their mother’s milk for several months before going on to grass and the ones that are destined for market will stay on the farm for a further two years.

However, the perseverance to conserve such a key factor in the quality of the diet for a farmers cattle, has both health benefits for the cows and the carnivore.

Grass-fed beef is not only lower in overall fat and saturated fat, but it contains more omega-3 fats – a direct result of a grass-fed diet, as the grass contains water which adds to the density and moisture of the beef.