April 7, 2020

How many pigs are you managing is the first important question..?

Joel Salatin in the US has 50 in half acre paddocks for about a week at a time. He sets out ten paddocks and keeps the pigs moving.

Give your pigs room to move - even if there are just two or three. Se...

March 7, 2020

In the decade since I started farming the number of the essential local abattoirs has dropped from five to just one.

Now the last location, like many others in the country, has been prevented from processing pigs.

Clearly the abattoir is a vital element is the livestoc...

February 7, 2020

Despite the protestations of some in government, probably just clever wording, British farmers are going to be exposed to greater competition as a result of new trade deals, particularly those with Australia, New Zealand and the US.

The problem that so many farmers fa...

November 27, 2019

Know where your meat comes from and how it's raised.

The BBC1 show spent a lot of time explaining that US and Brazilian farming practices are bad for the planet. But, some of the leading regenerative farmers are farming in the US. A missed opportunity to demonstrate the...

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...

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