Great Ashley Farm Beef Boxes  | Low in food miles | Grass fed | High in Omega 3’s | Delivered to your door | Fully Traceable  Taste the difference!

Beautiful home produced Grass fed Sussex beef from Great Ashley Farm in the depths of WiltshireNext batch mid November 2017

We are absolutely delighted with the sale of our beef boxes – they have been a sell out  – we are now taking orders for our next batch which will be ready November 2017 15 kg boxes of home produced, grass fed beef, high in Omega 3’s, low in food miles, fully traceable – highly graded at the abattoir. Perfect to eat at Christmas or give as a gift!

What our loyal customers say!
Lee Morgan-Geer5 star Fantastic local meat! Had our first box before Christmas and everything from it has been superb (so far 4 steaks, mince and 3 joints – plenty more packed in the freezer!). Will definitely buy again
Jude Lucas5 star Fabulous meat! Had 2 boxes already. Family and friends very impressed with the taste
Cherie Fenwick5 star Brilliant value, guaranteed great taste, locally produced
Hayley Mckeown We had your beef for supper! Scrumptious

At Great Ashley Farm we are proud to offer our own home produced premium quality beef boxes.

Beef is so brilliantly versatile from creating the perfect lasagne to a slow cooked rich, sticky Beef Bourguignon, a ‘melt in the mouth’ steak, to the perfect Sunday roasting joint.

Our herd of cattle are Sussex X.  This traditional cattle breed is one of England’s oldest native breeds.  The breed is slow- grown, often taking up to 30 months to mature and thrives on being  fed  natural fresh grass, silage (fermented grass) and hay (dried grass).

During the winter months they are loose housed and bedded down on barley straw which is more comfortable than wheat straw. They are kept together as a herd right until they are finished and we encourage them to exhibit natural behavior at all times by our farming methods and handling. It is of paramount importance that their welfare is our top priority.

Being grass-fed means our beef has a lot of fantastic health benefits.  Meat from grass-fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain-fed intensely reared animals. Omega-3s are “good fats” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. We therefore take pride in our beef being tasty, tender, fresh and healthy.

We feel it’s important to use a local abattoir so that the animals do not have to travel any distance. The beef you order from  Great Ashley Farm has been carefully managed to ensure a low carbon footprint or as few ‘food miles’ as possible.

Every animal grown on the farm, having returned from slaughter is chilled, hung and rested to further improve the flavor and tenderness.   The beef  is professionally butchered and the joints, steaks and different cuts are then vacuum packed,  clearly labelled with weights  and boxed .  We will then deliver your order direct to your door and if you are within 10 Miles of Great Ashley Farm there will be free of charge.

 We are being encouraged, as consumers, to source as much fresh food locally as we can and in turn, food producers and growers are being encouraged to supply to their local area. For many farms this is an essential diversification, keeping us in business and the countryside farmed.

If you can collect your box, we would be delighted to show you around the farm. Local delivery within a 10 mile is radius is free.

Our 15 kg Beef Boxes contain a variety of mixed cuts including Topside, Rib Roast, Top Rump, Casserole, Fillet & Sirloin Steaks and Mince.  Remember if you feel that 15kg is too much you can always split it with your families and friends! Please call 0790 9971319 to place your order for November 2017

The history of Sussex cattle

Sussex cattle are generally accepted as being descended from the red cattle that inhabited the dense forests of the Weald land of Sussex and Kent and were recorded at the time of the Norman Conquest. The almost complete absence of records prior to the eighteenth century makes it impossible to establish with accuracy the origin of the breed, but one of the earliest references to purebred Sussex Cattle that is known, is contained in Arthur Young’s “Agriculture in Sussex” dated 1793. He made mention that Sussex breeders’ ideas ran strongly in favour of a dark red colour; and that the Sussex are remarkable for the fineness of their hides as they are for the closeness and delicacy of their flesh. The Sussex Cattle Society documents give details of Sussex calves registered since 1840. The first official Herd Book was published in 1879, and the Sussex Cattle Society as it is today was incorporated under the Companies Act in 1890. The special characteristics of the Sussex have developed from the soil and environment of their breeding over many hundreds of years. Up to a century ago their ancestors were employed regularly as draught oxed, being reared to move with rapidity over their native hills and through the heavy wealden clay of south eastern England. The cattle were renowned for their ease of feeding and great weight of beef. Selection through the ages has resulted in an animal of superior carriage and constitution combines with firm muscling, good feet and strong legs. Over more recent decades, Breeders of Sussex Cattle have evolved a carcase conformation aimed at producing a maximum of prime meat whilst retaining the inherent genetic qualities of the breed.