Ardross Farm Shop
Producer: Ardross Farm Shop, Fife
Product: Grass-fed beef
Category: From the field, primary
What they do:
Two generations of farmers and three generations of foreman are the driving force behind Ardross Farm.
The farm’s cattle graze in nutrient rich meadow pastures in the East Neuk of Fife or are fed crops grown on the farm – food which ruminants are meant to eat, and calve naturally. At a time when the response of many farmers to growing financial pressure is to grow one crop, keep animals inside all year and stick to cereal feed, Ardross Farm have moved in the opposite direction: growing more than 50 varieties of vegetables, keeping sheep and bees as well as cows, and using a traditional crop rotation system to ensure nutrients and energy taken from the land are recycled and restored.
The end result has been healthy, well-fed animals and an abundant and growing natural habitat for wildlife, including an increase in the populations of several endangered bird species. In keeping with their profound respect for the land and the animals from which they make their living, the farm’s cattle are slaughtered and butchered locally,and every part of the animal is sold or used.
What the judges said:
The judges were impressed by the high standards of animal welfare, and the commitment of Ardross Farm to its local community. They welcomed the sight of a mixed farm producing a high quality product while supporting the natural environment.
Visit the website: Ardross Farm Shop