Organic Longhorn Beef
The Barker Family has been farming The Great Berwick Estate since 1949 after Sam’s Grandfather was granted tenancy there on the Berwick Estate. From there, as a first-generation farmer, he set out to breed pigs and dairy Friesian cows.
From there, Great Berwick’s milking herd was developed into one of the most successful in the country, changing to organic once Sam graduated from Agricultural College.
In 2004 they took the decision to sell the dairy herd due to the low milk prices being offered by the supermarkets.
In order to maintain the Organic crop rotations, keeping some form of livestock was necessary in order to keep the system going, due to this they established a herd of Longhorn Beef Suckler cows. His mission to create the best beef in the UK.
They have 80 Longhorn cows in their main breeding herd but counting the calves, yearlings, and their 3 bulls, they now have a headage of 235 cattle on the farm.
The Longhorns play an important role within their organic cereal production on the farm, with the cows grazing the clover-rich pastures, which also plays an important role in locking naturally occurring nitrogen into the soil. This in turn produces higher crop yields and is better for the environment as it diminishes the need for man-made fertilisers.
Great Berwick Estate is 100% organic, which is regulated by Organic Farmers & Growers. Longhorn Beef is specially selected for meat quality, flavour, and tenderness, and has even been chosen as the perfect steak by Heston Blumenthal himself!
Due to the nature of the slow rearing proccess of this meat, it is not continually stocked and instead we have a delivery every couple of months, to enquire about this please give us a call and we will be happy to inform you.