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chickens and lambs at our lower stock farmchickens and lambs at our lower stock farm

The Story Chickens

The story organic chickens are a traditional breed, that range well and are particularly suited to organic production. They love to be outdoors even in the rain, exercising and eating lush, clover rich grass. All of our birds are reared organically which means they are:

  • Free to range on organic pasture
  • Given organic feed which is GM and pesticide free
  • Housed in small colonies
  • Produced to high levels of animal welfare
  • Not given routine antibiotics

our large black pigsour large black pigs

The Story Pigs

The story organic pigs are a traditional south west breed, 'The Large Black'. Being black they are well suited to an outdoor lifestyle, they don't get sunburnt! They are easily distinguishable with their large floppy ears and they absolutely love wallowing in the mud. They produce an all round carcass that is both equally good for your roast joint of pork and to cure for hams and bacon.

The pigs are farmed at Churchill in a woodland which is perfect for pigs as they are traditionally woodland animals that like to root. The pigs are all reared organically which means:

  • Free to range on organic pasture
  • Given organic feed which is GM and pesticide free
  • Housed in small colonies
  • Produced to high levels of animal welfare
  • Not given routine antibiotics

 we use the South Devon breed for the best handling and flavourwe use the South Devon breed for the best handling and flavour

The Story Beef

All our beef comes from our South Devon beef herd, farmed organically on 550 acres at Herons Green farm in Compton Martin.

The South Devon is the largest of the native British cattle breeds, well known for its maternal and beef qualities. The South Devon is known as “the gentle giant”, its docility enables it to be easily handled and managed. Someone asked us recently why we think our beef tastes so good and we believe it's because it's all from our herd so we can specify the breed, the feed, the husbandry, the age and condition at slaughter, the hanging and the butchery. We try our hardest to make sure what our customer gets is the best we can make it.

Herd Diet
The cattle grow quickly on an early diet of plentiful rich milk and are excellent forage converters. As the farm is in the Countryside Stewardship scheme, the cattle are housed from 31 October until the spring, with calves being weaned at nine to ten months old. We loose house them on straw and feed home-grown silage, hay and barley straw. We are happy to finish them at 28-30 months old and feed a mixture of barley, pea, vetch and red clover mix in the last eight or nine months to fatten them. We think these variables affect the flavour and the key to our products is the consistency of the whole process. The beef that is produced is marbled and tender and sought after by butchers and restaurants who recognise its premium quality.

all our beef is 100% grass fedall our beef is 100% grass fed

The Story Sheep

The Story Sheep are the LLeyn Breed of sheep which originate from Wales and we breed and farm them here because they are a versatile breed that produce wonderful tasting meat. Grazing the sheep with the chickens gives the chickens confidence to range further. Lleyn sheep are excellent mothers and lamb outdoors with little intervention. They have a diet of grass alone which is why they have an amazing flavour. The sheep are all reared organically so they have the same care and attention as our pigs and chickens.