The farming aspect of the business is vital. A strong network of local suppliers has been built up over many years. The advantage of being a small family run business is being able to build up relationships. We have some long term suppliers that include Beef from our family farm, outdoor reared pork from James Mitchell, free range chicken from Castlemead Farm as well as various West Country suppliers including Severn Poultry.
Whilst we have existing relationships with farmers, we are always interested in speaking to potential new suppliers, so please do not hesitate to contact us at the abattoir.
Below is some information about our core suppliers.
We also use suppliers such as Severn Poultry and West Country PGI assured Beef.
Meet Our Farmers
Outdoor Reared Pork
Nestled in the beautiful Somerset countryside is a herd of pampered pigs expertly managed by James and his dedicated team. Their diet is made up from homegrown wheat and barley to produce his home milled feed. The straw from the wheat and barley crops is used to provide the pigs with super soft bedding.
James’ farm offers stress free living for the pigs, with a variety of fields for them to roam in, individual pens for expectant mums and runs for younger pigs to live in small groups to ensure the best management. There are also sprinkler systems installed in the fields to ensure plenty of muddy puddles are available for the pigs to keep cool in the hot summer months.
Castlemead chickens are allowed to grow at their own speed making their meat truly succulent, with a rich and memorable flavor. The chickens are processed on his site to ensure minimum movement and stress.
The chickens enjoy the best welfare standards, with fresh bedding and constant access to food and water. From morning to nightfall the chickens are free to roam the fields surrounding their houses, incorporating all nature has to offer into their diets to compliment the locally grown cereals and home grown barley they are fed. They are not given any additives, growth hormones or anything that will alter the way they grow.
All of our lamb comes from West country farmers and is dry-aged prior to butchery
Our main beef supplier is our uncle Danny Baker, who farms on the lush Battens Farm fields