Church Farm Ardeley

A Free Range Experience

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Early last week, we took over the stewardship of a small troop of beautiful black Aberdeen Angus cross calves.

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In’t they cute!

As part of the expanding livestock programme both here at Church Farm, and at our sister site Aldenham Country Park, Tim Waygoodand his colleagues plan to introduce 2 new cattle breeds for beef production. As well as the Aberdeen Angus, Hereford calves will also be brought in and reared. This builds on the current rare breed beef herds of Red Poll cattle here at Church Farm and the Long Horn Cattle at Aldenham Country Park, offering customers an even greater breadth of choice and variety of flavour for their steaks and Sunday roasts.

The Aberdeen Angus breed was developed from the black cattle of North East Scotland in the early part of the 19th century, and is now considered to be one of the best beef breeds in the world. The meat is naturally highly marbled, and it is this threading fat running through the meat which gives Aberdeen Angus beef its reputation for being so tender.

Grass fed Angus cattle are also far superior in flavour, and on Church Farm this is exactly the sort of diet that are new charges will get to experience. Church Farm pasture is rich in a wide variety of plants including clovers, chicory and many different grass types, offering a mix of vitamins and minerals that make for healthier happier cattle and a fuller, deeper flavoured cut of beef.

At only a week old, our 7 little girls will be on milk for a while yet before they get to frolic in the big fields, but right now you can come and visit them whenever you want! We are open 7 days a week between 09:00am and 17:00pm; come and see our girls growing up and take part in Church Farm’s new and exciting venture.

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