More Pasture for Life meat suppliers needed

More Pasture for Life meat suppliers needed

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association is looking for more farmer suppliers to meet growing demand for meat from cattle and sheep fed only on grass and forage crops their entire lives.

The farmer-led organisation started in 2011 to champion the virtues of meat reared this way through its ‘Pasture for Life’ brand. It now has 180 members across the UK, with 45 certified farmers adhering to its production standards, and 18 certified butchers through which their meat is being sold.

There are now 10,000ha of farmland being managed to the standards. This is sustaining around 6000 cattle and 9000 sheep purely on grazed grass and conserved forage, without any grain, soya or maize.

Growing demand

The organisation is looking to increase its membership rapidly over the next 12 months, to respond to requests from butchers for more supply of guaranteed 100% grass-fed meat.

“Beef and lamb reared like this is very saleable due to its taste, quality and health benefits, such as high levels of ‘good fats’ like omega-3s and vitamins and minerals,” says Russ Carrington, executive secretary of the PFLA. 

“We now need more farmers to join us to feed into existing supply chains and others we are currently helping to establish. 

“There is a great opportunity for farmers to make the most of what Britain is good at – growing grass!” concludes Mr Carrington.

For more details please visit the Pasture for Life website www.pastureforlife.org

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