Taste of the West - Winners of Best meat or fish producer!
If your New Year's resolution includes eating healthier, losing weight and keeping fit then replacing your usual cuts of meat for lean meats is the first step!
Full of protein, iron, zinc, creatine (beef), vitamins B6 (chicken) and less saturated fats than other cuts, lean meat is fantastic at fighting against obesity, mood disorders, memory loss and heart disease, as well as improving your immune system.
If it’s muscle building you’re into, lean meats will definitely be your new favourite cuts. Reducing fatty beef consumption such as prime ribs and T-bones and switching in rounds or loins and sirloins means you can continue to get the benefits of beef’s muscle-building protein without eating too many saturated fats.
But most importantly, these cuts are just as flavoursome as their fattier counterparts and are great replacements in your favourite dishes. For example, why not replace beef mince in your mid-week bolognese with veal mince?
Our brand new Lean Detox Boxes are a great way to get your hands on these alternative and healthier cuts of meat and will be delivered direct to your door. Find both our small and family sized lean detox boxes on our website.
FREE RANGE BEEF & VEAL
The first months of Summer have been very welcome, and we are hoping for more of the same, but we all know how unreliable the weather can be at this time of year! With the good weather we have started to rear our young veal calves outside amongst our other cattle in the meadows.
Even though they are young, being outside improves the health of the animals. They receive natural nutrients from the grass and have copious amounts of space to exercise in.
Our Beef Cattle and Veal Calves have recently moved onto a National Trust area called The Meadows. The cows are loving it!
Keep up to date with whats going on with our hashtags #HSTREETMEATSCOWS
Nestled in a remote valley, between the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy and Crichel estate, lies Bradford Farm.
This stunning farm in Witchampton is home to farmer Harry Street and his 250 veal calves, flock of free range turkeys, herd of beef cattle and flock of sheep.
Before Harry, the son of a London stockbroker, left home for Newcastle University his parents bought the farm and decided to retire to the Dorset countryside.
When he graduated with a degree in countryside management, Harry seized the opportunity to persuade his parents to invest in his vision for an RSPCA Assured veal enterprise.
A year later in 2013, Harry started taking in his first three-week-old veal calves - otherwise destined to be shot - from local dairy farms.
"With thousands of dairy bull calves shot at birth each year because they can’t be reared for milk production, deciding to rear unwanted calves for veal was a no brainer for me.
"The welfare of my animals is the most important thing. If they're happy, I am happy. So choosing to farm under the RSPCA Assured scheme to high welfare standards was an easy decision." Harry Street, 25, veal farmer
His business has since gone from strength to strength and he now rears about 400 veal calves a year. In stark contrast to the way most continental veal calves are raised in barren houses with no straw - Harry’s calves live in warm, light, well-ventilated, barns with plenty of straw bedding. When they arrive at less than three weeks old they can weigh just 50 kilograms and six months later as much as 300 kilograms. So giving them plenty of space to move around and grow is really important too. The calves are fed a high protein milk diet for the first 10 weeks. Then they are fed on special cakes, rich in iron and fibre, and straw to keep them healthy.
Their meat is sold locally to people and businesses - including the fine-dining restaurant Number 9 in Wimborne - via Harry’s own direct meat selling business Harry Street Meats.
Contrary to popular belief, under Harry’s regime, veal calves aren’t slaughtered for their meat until they are about eight months old by which time they look like almost fully grown cattle.
"With people becoming ever more conscious of the importance of healthy eating, veal is a great option. It’s low fat, versatile and has great flavour.
"It hasn’t been popular in recent years due to the stark images of young calves being packed in lorries and taken to the continent, but calves from RSPCA Assured farms are never transported abroad. "Our calves have a good life and I’m confident that’s why veal is now making a comeback." Harry Street, veal farmer
As well as pointing out he’s helping unwanted dairy bull calves have real value in the farm industry, Harry is also keen to stress the health benefits of eating veal.
It’s obvious how much Harry is dedicated to caring for his calves and, as if his rapidly expanding veal enterprise isn’t enough to keep him busy, he has also started farming turkeys, lamb and beef available to order direct from the farm.
You can read the full article on the RSPCA Assured website here.