More choice, less carbon
Grazing from a variety of both naturally-occurring and specially-planted grass and herbs, our home-bred herd helps us to reduce our carbon footprint. By trampling on less palatable, older grass – and selecting only what they want to eat – the cattle isolates carbon in the form of organic matter, also aiding the build of new soil. At Balcaskie, we know being organic isn’t just about avoiding chemicals. So we’ve also planted over 50km of hedges and consistently work with nature to ensure healthy soil, diverse pasture and naturally healthy livestock.
From field to you
Calves stay with their mothers for the first grazing season, then move on from suckling milk to eating fresh grass through summer and autumn. The youngstock is gradually weaned and housed on straw bedded yards and fed on a homegrown diet of organic grass silage and straw. Bred locally by experts, our quality beef comes to you from Balcaskie Estate Farm.
Natural and organic
Grazing on diverse species of grass all year, our organic sheep mix with our cattle. Because of their different eating habits, they complement one another. Species such as Chicory are introduced to the grass, benefiting from natural health and enabling the stock to select their diet according to their needs. At Balcaskie, we know being organic isn’t just about avoiding chemicals. So we’ve also planted over 50km of hedges and consistently work with nature to ensure healthy soil, diverse pasture and naturally healthy livestock.
From field to you
Our lambs are born between March and the end of April. We use native Suffolk & Hampshire Down tups (rams) earlier in the year, with the hardy offspring accustomed to the temperamental Scottish spring and making the best use of that early grass. Later in the season, we use Texel & Shetland tups – they’re slower to finish and help balance supply with the seasonal grass growth. Naturally reared and fed only in pasture, our quality lamb is brought to you from Balcaskie Estate Farm.
We aim to cut all journeys for our farm produce. Sometimes a little slow, we often walk cattle and sheep from pasture to pasture along droving roads and through woodland. Our choice of abattoir is based on location and quality. We are delighted to have Wishaw Abattoir within a short distance.
Our cereals can travel only a matter of meters from field to the mill, giving us greater control over supply chain and helping us deliver directly to customers.