Grass Fed Beef
We offer grass fed Irish Moiled beef. This is produced specially for us and is fed on grass and silage (pickled grass). Irish Moiled is an ancient cattle breed from Ulster, which until the second world war was common in Northern Ireland and kept by Ulster small farmers as a house cow. They are a dual purpose breed and traditionally the male calves would be fattened as beef cattle, and the cow would also provide milk for the household. They were called a 'thrifty' breed, which means that they were capable of thriving on rough pasture without additional feeding. Irish Moiled cattle are the native cattle breed of Northern Ireland, are still extremely rare and endangered but have been rescued from the brink of extinction by a small number of dedicated and enthusiastic rare breeds farmers since the 1970's in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland.
These Irish Moiled cattle are farmed 'extensively' which means they forage and graze on foliage and grass and grow slowly at a natural pace without being forced on with grain feeding. Their ability to thrive on poor pasture makes them an ideal breed for conservation grazing schemes. They naturally reach maturity at around 30 months old. Allowing the animal to grow slowly and naturally produces excellent taste, texture and marbling. Our grass-fed beef is normally hung on the bone and dry aged for at least 42 days to become tender and to develop a deep flavour. We also produce specialist Quick Frozen Beef which we butcher and freeze within 3 days of slaughter to reduce the build up of histamine for customers who have to reduce their intake of histamine.
We also offer Local Farm Beef options for a few best selling products in order to offer an alternative more cost effective option to customers for whom value is important. This high quality beef is produced by local Northern Ireland beef farmers and is routinely fed on grass in the summer and silage in the winter which is the standard method of beef production here in Northern Ireland, which produces world beating grass.