By Becky Batchelor of Forest Beef
Well here we are in March. After one of the most miserable winters I can remember, it is good to have the prospect of Spring, Summer and hopefully some sunshine!
The snow drops and daffodils are out and looking beautiful – full of promise for the year to come.
“They leap into the air and hop and skip as if they were as light as a feather!”
Our cattle have been calving through the late winter months, so we have lots of little ones in the sheds with their mums looking forward to having their first taste of grass when they are let out. And what a sight it is! To see a bull and his ladies released into the open air after being in a straw barn in winter is truly amazing. They leap into the air and hop and skip as if they were as light as a feather! One of our bulls weighs around a ton in weight, so it is quite a spectacle.
Our chicken are avid foragers and they have determinedly braved the elements to scratch round their fields this winter. So much so, some parts of their field are currently quite brown and bare looking. I can’t wait to see their feathers gleaming in the sun, grass growing again and the leaves budding on the trees!
“I can’t wait to see their feathers gleaming in the sun”
The pigs too will be pleased to get some sun on their backs – however we have to be careful that our pigs do not get too hot as they can’t sweat and can overheat! They too can get sunburn, just like us.
“Slowly cooked and smoked for extra tasty delights…”
We are preparing for the BBQ season too – making sure that our fridges and freezers are stocked with delicious meaty delights. Pork Ribs are always a favourite as are our delicious Longhorn Beef Burgers. Or for the more adventurous BBQ we have our home reared Pork Shoulders and Longhorn Briskets that can be slowly cooked and smoked for extra tasty delights.
All our meat is Free Range and reared by us with lots of love!
Visit Forest Beef at Taunton Farmers’ Market on the first #FoodieThursday of each month.