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Deer ‘n DexterTelephone: 01768 480069
Deer 'n Dexter
- Quality Venison and Beef from the heart of Cumbria
Our farm based business Deer ‘n Dexter, from the Lake District’s northern fells rears and sells two very special red meats - venison from organically reared Red deer and beef from the smallest of the native cattle breeds, the Dexter.
Naturally and non-intensively reared, our animals enjoy a diet of grass and herb-rich pasture. They share their home with a growing population of indigenous flora and fauna.
Our meat is prepared and packed on the farm ready for sale at local farmers markets, through local retailers, from the farm and by mail order.
Our farm is on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park, the land is in three separate blocks, all within 2 miles of the farmhouse. Each block of land is very different, reflecting its previous management, underlying soil and exposure.
Our pastures contain a mix of grass species and all have a high clover content. Clover fixes atmospheric nitrogen, this is then available to sustain plant growth. So by increasing the amount of clover in the sward we have been able to stop applying artificial fertilisers. Herbs and wild flowers also form an important part of the grass sward of both our permanent pastures and the fields we have re-seeded.
All 210 acres of our land falls within what is classified as Less Favoured Area in agricultural terms and we are designated as Severely Disadvantaged – mainly because we have a short growing season due to our adverse climate and altitude.
Farming WITH nature
As well as summer grazing and winter rations our land provides a variety of natural habitats - woodlands, wetlands, ponds, hedges and non-grazed areas. Having created many of these ‘wild’ areas we invest time managing them to ensure that they continue to provide ample feed and shelter for indigenous flora and fauna.
Around two-thirds of our farm and all our deer are organically certified; the Soil Association inspects the enterprise and farm records annually. It checks we are complying with its stringent standards in all aspects of the business, from animal welfare to environmental management, and that we have records to prove it! The rest of our land and our cattle, although not yet entered into organic conversion, are managed in a similar non-intensive manner.
Creation date : 26/05/2009 @ 21:59
Last update : 26/05/2009 @ 21:59
Category : Cumbria
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