Animal welfare is the highest priority of our venture. The stocking rates are under-stocked, meaning that our livestock have space to roam free, for a non-intensive farming method. This means happy unstressed animals.

 

To avoid the use of unnecessary farm inputs, hay is grown without the use of pesticides or any artificial fertilizers, then bailed and stored on the farm where it is used as a food supplement during the winter. We believe these traditional farming methods have a lower environmental impact but are still effective for today’s food production. It allows our farm livestock and the wildlife to live in harmony.

 

Hedge-cutting is undertaken infrequently, maximizing the potential for wildlife. Fencing is kept to a minimum of 1 meter from the edge of each hedge to offer sanctuary to wildlife. A range of traditional English trees have been planted alongside mature trees including beech, oak, horse chestnut and sweet chestnut. In autumn the falling beech mast, acorns, conkers and sweet chestnuts can be given to the animals, all of which helps to keep farm inputs at a minimum. The fallen timber is left to rot, which supports a healthy insect population, including rare hornets.

The banks of the River Tale are left with wide borders to leave good habitat for wildlife. Eels can be observed swimming up river. (Read more about our mission to reduce farm inputs.)

 

With more consideration being given to food miles and animal welfare the local abattoirs used are both less than 5 miles away, meaning a journey of under ten minutes when the time comes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The above map shows the distance from Riverwood farm (A) to the local abattoir (B).