Hillhead Farm, Chagford, Devon, TQ13 8DY
Produce: Native Breed Cattle grazed on the uncultivated pastures of Dartmoor Forest
Naturally cows want to wander freely, to choose plants & grasses, find shelter or sunshine, talk to each other and generally do exactly as they please (don’t we all!).
Richard & Lizzie Vines’s farm in the heart of Dartmoor and like many farms in the area, has an entitlement to graze livestock on common land and on the high moors of Dartmoor Forest. The vegetation is hugely varied, the land is “wild” and totally unmanaged. In a sense, the environment is “beyond organic” as it has never been cultivated or suffered the “improvement of pesticides”.
Richard allows his cattle to live a life “as nature intended”. Naturally cows want to wander freely, choose plants & grasses, find shelter or sunshine, talk to each other and generally do exactly as they please (don’t we all!). This wonderfully stress-free natural lifestyle happens to produce nutritious, flavoursome beef. It is because the diverse wildlife habitat of the moor is wild and uncultivated.
Dartmoor is rich in certain minerals, vitamins and trace elements, which are transferred to the livestock and subsequently to their meat.
The nutrients give a rich colour, deeply flavoured beef, packed with Omega 3, 6 and 9 minerals ensuring the meat is delicious and healthy to eat!
Richard’s Cattle are walked to wherever the grass is available, sometimes a mile from the farm, sometimes up to 6 miles away.
Did you know that cows are actually very good at remembering their way home? : This is handy for Richard, who on Christmas Day last year, went to fix the water supply in the Forest (on his own), 2 miles from his farm. His 20 yearling cattle, slipped past him, out of the gate, onto the road, and remembered each turn all the way back to the farm!