Organic meat is produces using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods.
Whether you're buying fresh produce or processed foods. For foods to be labelled as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must come from organically produced plants and animals. Any food product sold as 'organic' falls under the EU regulations 834/2007 and 889/2008. This means that the product must have been produced to these regulations and inspected and certified by a registered certification body, such as the Soil Association Certification.
Organic farming and the Soil Association ensure good quality meat production and traceability.
Organic is important if you care about what you eat. More people are buying organic, caring about how it is produced and the nutritional benefits of eating it. Traceability, herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics and other issues have had more coverage than ever and this is where organic farming comes into its own, ensuring tractability and the absence of these harmful chemicals.It is all about making the most of the natural benefits of the soil and its surroundings- rivers, insects, hedgerows, trees, plants, animals and humans to name but a few.
The Soil Association's Organic symbol is a promise to our customers that their meat is produced to the highest animal welfare standards and the farm is kept in its natural state. We are also backed by the Compassion in World Farming who support the organic production systems.
All of our meat is organic except our wild game.
Pasture-fed meat is the natural diet that our cattle and sheep eat. It contains wild flowers, herbs and many types of grasses. Very few animals are fed on pasture alone.
Many of these animals are not fed grass as it is a much slower process. Farmers are trying to produce their meat as quickly as possible to make more money from them. Many of these animals are disappearing from the fields and the quality healthy meat is extremely hard to find.
To be labelled as grass-fed under Defra rules, animals only require 51% of their diet to be grass-based. Some grass-fed systems use significant amounts of concentrate such as barley and soya-based feeds, to fatten their animals.
To be a Pasture for Life produce, farmers must feed grass and herbs, (including conserved hay, silage, lucerne, etc) for an animal's entire life.
At Eversfield we are working with the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association to produce healthy tasty pasture-fed meat in the natural way.
Pasture for Life producers do not rush their animals and make the most of grazing grass, wild flowers and herbs.
The data, from Stocktake and PFLA farmers, shows that reducing reliance on concentrate feed can be cost effective. For some, this results in a slightly longer finishing period. But with good grassland management, finishing times and stocking rates can match, and in some cases exceed, the industry averages.
We are what we eat and proper Pasture Beef and Pasture Lamb tastes superb. In addition, a nutrient value of the meat.
Grazing growing pasture can enhance the levels of healthy omega 3 fats and conjugated linoleic acids. Switching to other finishing feeds, even for a few weeks, can diminish these nutrient levels. More and more customers are seeking certified 100% Pasture for Life assured products for their additional health benefits over grain-finished animals.
This is a popular misconception following the publication of the UN FAO report 'Livestock's Long Shadow' in 2006. This report was widely criticised for ignoring the fossil fuels needed to grow and transport cereal feeds, and the impact of land use change often associated with growing commodity crops like soya. It also ignores the carbon captured and stored by the grassland the cattle graze. When these important aspects are factored in, Pasture for Life production is typically carbon-neutral.
The answer is no. You don’t have to 100% grass feed in order to be certified organic. Some organic farmers feed their cows a mix of grass supplemented with grains and cereals. The Soil Association standards require that to be certified organic, cattle’s’ diets should be based on at least 60% organic pasture or dried forage and roots, with access to grazing fresh forage throughout the grazing season. However, moderate amounts of organic cereals and/or pulses are acceptable.
At Eversfield Organic, we ensure that we only rear traditional cattle breeds who benefit from more natural lives, fed on rich organic pasture, 100% of the time. We do not believe accelerated growth that results from feeding cattle grain, cereals and concentrated feed, produces quality meat or quality of life for the animal.
Pasture-fed meat is better for your health, the environment around you and the welfare of the animal.
Here at Eversfield we are passionate about the small breeds. We can finish them off on grass and they are not fed any grains or cereals. They grow at a natural rate resulting in higher animal welfare. There are many health benefits too. You just can’t beat grass fed organic meat.