November 3, 2019

I'm often asked 'what's the best way to cook them'?

Pork chops are easy to cook, and less is better. Less time that is.

There's a tendency to overcook them, please don't! Here's how I do it...

1. Start with proper thick cut free range chops!

2. Warm them to room temp...

June 8, 2019

The first thing to note, you need to buy free range pork!

Don't go buying something from the supermarket and expect to replicate this result.

The second thing, give the meat time.

To get the best flavour I keep the pigs for longer than the factories, feeding them a varied...

June 8, 2019

A key stage in the development of the young pigs.

I wean my piglets at a point between eight and nine weeks. This group are eight weeks and three days.

Which way do they go..? I help the female pig (sow) into a trailer and drive her away. By this time the young pigs...

August 10, 2018

Recently I had a private conversation with a prospective customer on twitter. I was how I go about raising my animals. I was told I should make more people aware, so here's an edited extract from the conversation:

I don't feed antibiotics. The only time I use antibiotic...

August 10, 2018

We're not used to drought conditions.

I reckon we've had close to 30 days where the temperature has been at our close to 30c. Rain failed to materialise for a similar length of time. The old heads are all talking of not seeing anything like it since 1976.

Looking acr...

November 12, 2016

Our first foray into the world of market trading will be the 8th annual Kirkbymoorside Christmas Market on Saturday 26 November.


Up until now we've considered markets to be too great a risk. One immediate aspect that cannot be ignored is the cost. At one two day market...

November 5, 2016

If you enjoy meat then surely one of the best ways to eat it would be on the farm where it was raised.

The next step on our farming journey is our own small restaurant. That may be an overly grand way of describing what we have in mind. As soon as we can...

November 1, 2016

We always aim to keep our livestock outdoors year round. We do keep small bales of hay and straw indoors, and, on occasion we'll tend to a sick animal in one of our traditional stone buildings.

Every part of the buildings was built with a specific purpose in mind includ...

September 3, 2016

We're really keen to make black pudding.

There are three reasons:

1. We enjoy eating good black pudding!

2. It fits with our aim to utilise all of the animal, nose to tail

3. It makes economic sense not to waste anything.

Right now, when we take pigs to the abattoir their...