Welcome to Cools Farm. We would like to tell you more about our farm, our farming methods and our commitment to producing high quality produce.
We raise our cattle on the beautiful large rolling hills that make up our farm, we keep them on these lush pastures for most of the year, only bringing them in when the british weather gets too wet.
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We believe a healthy environment, healthy diet,and high welfare standards mean we have happy and healthy animals which then helps produce a high quality product.
The setting of our farm, rolling hills, large, well tended pastures means that the animals are able to roam out in the fresh Wiltshire air.
We pay attention to the cattle's social groupings and are sensitive to their experience as herd animals. We respect them as living beings rather than treat them merely as commodities. The cattle stay on the one farm their whole life. They do not have to suffer repeated trips to the market and being split up from their herd like so many other animals do.
If we ever have a health issue with an animal, then we always try and look at all aspects of the individual animal and try and work out what may be causing it to be unwell. We try and use traditional and holistic practices for treating our animals at all times. We strongly disagree with using antibiotics as a first resort and will always try other methods first.
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What are other people saying about handling the Red Poll breed?
Here at Cools Farm we use the famous red poll breed as they are well suited to the Dorset climate and are renowned for being good foragers. They are also born without horns so don’t need disbudding unlike the majority of other species.
Our farm is certified and inspected by the Soil Association as Organic and we follow their advice and regulations which are more stringent than for non-organic farms. We use no fertilisers on our grass, only the manure from our cattle sheds where the animals are housed over the winter. Our pastures are full of beautiful white and red clover that enriches both the air and our soil. We are also incredibly lucky and have our own spring water supply on the farm which is wonderful for the herd.
What are other people saying about what makes a great pasture?
Here at Cools Farm we have a great variety of different grasses and legumes. In May 2016 our legume content was estimated at 45%.
We are accredited by the Soil Association who are satisfied we keep below the levels for comfortable housing
Some images from our barn:
Great level of sunshine hours
Last year they were out 9 months and 21 days. category 2
Cools farm has been submitted to an inspection by the Soil Association and passed easily.
Whole life onsite no markets, Localness: 4 star
Antibiotic use meets organic standards
We do cautious reactionary dosing. The requirements for EU organic
Organic standard soil management
The breed we farm is Red Poll, they are not known for being a fast growing breed and they certainly have character, however they do produce a fine tasting meat which is well marbled and has a fantastic texture.
Fine flavoured, Succulent textured meat
In 2012, we won the Red Poll Herd Competition for the South West of England and, nationally, we were second to the Queen, who has a large herd of Red Poll Cattle at Sandringham. Our bull, Woldsman Oberon, after having been with us for 3 years, has now gone to join the Queens herd and we have a young bull of hers - Appleton Pericles.
Our cattle are grass fed and not fattened up on corn products, this means that our meat is nutritious and rich in omega 3 and other fatty acids that are good for us.
What are other people saying about the health benefits of grass fed beef?
We are an organic working farm with a herd of Red Poll cattle, free ranging chickens, a trout lake, meadows and ancient woodlands. Our farm is situated in Salisbury, Wiltshire, tucked away under the Fonthill Beacon.
We at Cools see ourselves as serious hobby farmers; our farm is on historical land and so we are eligible for some conservation and heritage subsidies if we keep the land undeveloped and maintain biodiversity. This means we are partly removed from the usual monetary stresses of the industry and are able to manage the farm in a way that is good for the land and the animals that we rear. We decided that we would use this opportunity to experiment with how we might be able to farm differently and make a stand against the negative way we felt the industry was going.
We are members of the EBLEX (English Beef and Lamb Executive) scheme for Box Beef.
Our farm is certified and inspected by the Soil Association as Organic and we follow their advice and regulations which are more stringent than for non-organic farms.
Our meat is available for you to order directly from us, this is a great way for you to try our wonderful meat. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about how we farm, so just email us.
Buy direct from us
Our boxed meats are sent out the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of each month and will arrive the following day.
A 10kg box costs £130
A 5 kg box costs £70
If you would like to know more about us then please get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Buy BoxBeef direct from the farm.