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|Rutland - Northfield Farm|
Northfield Farm Limited, Northfield Farm,
Tel: +44 (0) 1664 474271
Northfield Farm straddles the recently re-established Rutland Leicestershire border midway between Oakham and Melton Mowbray. When we first moved here in 1994 members of the more conventional farming fraternity observed with some amusement our small herd of Dexter cattle.
The Dexter is a small, short-legged cow of ancient origin, believed to come from Ireland.
Thrifty in consumption, it produces prodigious quantities of creamy milk and truly succulent beef. The Dexter also happens to be one of the very few breeds never to have had BSE. We gave cuts away to as many people as we could from the first steer we killed by way of a marketing exercise. We sat back and waited nervously for the verdict. The applause was deafening.
The concept of consuming rare breed meat appears strange to the uninitiated. The majority of the breeds, which have become rare, are the old farm animals, which had been developed by our predecessors for their eating qualities. This process of development was a balance between old-fashioned husbandry and the advances of science. Since the last war, however, this balance has been destroyed. Achieving the lowest cost for the least effort in the quickest time became the sole preoccupation of most modern livestock production.
The bulk of the food crises we have suffered over the last few years has been the direct consequence. The old fashioned breeds are not cheap to produce, nor are they particularly efficient, they take time to mature. BUT ! They are not as inefficient as they have been painted and their meat, rather like their appearance, is less bland and uniform than that of their modern cousins. Thanks to the efforts of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and the support of the countless smallholders and their supporters, the corps of our declining agricultural and culinary heritage has been saved.
Northfield Farm Limited has been accredited as a butcher by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as a tribute to the quality of our produce and the principles according to which our stock is bred and reared.
Wherever possible our meat is reared and finished on our farm, but inevitably, to meet demand, we have to buy in animals to finish. We endeavour to visit every one of our suppliers whether they are only producing one or two steers a years or are geared up for larger scale production. If you wish to know, we will tell you the breed, the age and the diet of any piece of meat we supply. If you prefer not to know you may rest assured that we would not deviate from the high standards we have set ourselves.
We are a licensed dealer in game and can also supply truly free range Geese and Turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but please get your orders in as early as possible as supply is strictly limited.
To complement our sales of high quality meat we stock a tantalising range of predominantly British cheeses. We have an excellent supplier of smoked salmon and can supply other smoked fish to order. Finally, you have not lived until you have tried our range of heather honeys and other condiments.
Supplying food of this quality is not like churning products off a conveyor belt. Our beef is hung for at least three weeks and we will not compromise our standards in order to maintain supply. We beg your patience if we are not able to always meet your requests. With this in mind we recommend that you order in advance wherever possible. Whether you telephone to avail yourself of our overnight delivery service, or you decide to visit us in person, you can be assured of a warm welcome.
Creation date : 23/05/2007 @ 21:40
Last update : 27/11/2009 @ 18:11
Category : Rutland
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