Most of us today prefer to know where our food comes from and that it is safe and healthy to eat. We want food we can trust. Hence the question what is organic beef?
We may also hope that the farming system which produces our food uses environmentally and animal friendly methods.
ORGANIC food offers these benefits within a legal framework which requires any food sold as ‘organic’ to be strictly regulated.
Amongst the plethora of food labels, assurance schemes and quality marks, certified ORGANIC labelling still represents the most independent and the most reliable guide to food quality, traceability and production methods.
In simple terms this means farming in harmony with nature, whether in growing food or keeping animals.
Artificial chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not allowed and soil fertility is maintained naturally through crop rotation, manure and clover.
The result is food which is chemical free and a natural environment in which wild flowers, birds and other wildlife can flourish.
Organic animals enjoy the very highest welfare standards. The regulations ensure that organic animals are free to graze their fields through the year until weather or ground conditions require them to be housed.
Generous minimum space allowances apply to both animal housing and to transport.
All feedstuffs must be fully organic and at least 60% of an animal’s total feed intake must be fresh grass or silage.
At Lower Hurst Farm, this percentage is in excess of 90%.
The Lower Hurst suckler cows and their calves stay together for the first nine months of the calves lives whether they are at grass or in their winter housing.