Scottish beef is rightly famous throughout the world for it's quality and taste. Meat produced by crofters are usually from small, well cared for herds of animals which produce exceptional quality of meat. By purchasing beef from these producers you are helping maintain a traditional way of life and a unique Scottish landscape.
Birchwood Croft – Beef
Our 35 acre croft backs onto the Monadhliath Mountains. We keep mostly Shetland cattle that are hardy so can thrive on land that is unsuitable for other agricultural usage. Calves run with their mothers for at least 8 months before being grouped with others of a similar age, allowing the mothers a bit of peace. Steers are kept to around 30 months old to allow time to mature fully, giving the meat extra flavour from their foraging. They are generally fed grass and hay, with treats in a bucket to help encourage handling. Meat is usually vacuum packed and frozen to allow for demand to be spread over the year.
Hebridean Highland Beef
Sandy & Ali Granville
10 Tolsta chaolais
Isle of Lewis
Tolsta Chaolais Beef is produced from Highland Cattle living on the hills and moors around the Hebridean Village of Tolsta Chaolais, on the Isle of Lewis. Highland Cattle mature slowly. Fortunately nobody here is in a rush, so they are allowed to grow, content to wander and enjoy life as nature intended.
Unlike other breeds of cattle 'Highlands' don't have a fat layer; instead they rely on their thick double coat for warmth. The long fringe covering their eyes (Dossan) is protection against flies and the distinctive long horns are used in defence.
Highland Cattle are the oldest registered cattle breed in the world; they are prized for their beef which has the same cholesterol as chicken! Once you have tasted heather fed Highland Beef there is definitely no going back - are you ready?
Beef - Aithsetter Croft
Our Family have been working the Croft at Aithsetter (or Aister as the locals call it) for around 500 years!
We take care to breed, birth, rear, grow and produce our fine food. We believe in 'slow food' as it takes a few years to grow the perfect beef. We have a variety of cattle breeds on our Croft: Aberdeen Angus, Saler, Simmental, Belted Galloway & Charolais. We rear our calves until about 2 year old which gives a richer fuller flavour - slow food! Shetland has quite a short growing season (approx. 90 -100 days) so we winter our cattle inside for 7 months of the year. This means we grow many acres of silage plus meadow hay, Shetland kale (cabbage), neeps (turnips) to feed them. They also have bagged cereals of barley & wheat, which is brought into the Croft.
Cattle at Tolsta owned by Sandy Granville
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