April 3rd 2018 – Latest article :https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2018/04/03/Rhug-Estate-granted-Royal-Warrant
Lord Newborough started farming organically in 1989 after his dad died. Now the operation of more than 100 people sells organic meat to some of the world’s best restaurants, as well as stocking its farm shop.
The farm sees the animals from field to plate, with most of the stock bred on the farm, fed on the farm, going to a local abattoir, then its butchers.
But it’s not the easy option, says farm manager Gareth Jones, who took us on a tour in his suitably dusty Land Rover.
Gareth has helped Lord Newborough implement his ambitious plans – which included introducing bison, now the farm’s trademark.
He said: “What’s special here is we have total control over the animals, from birth to slaughter.
Rhug Estate is 12,500 acres of glorious countryside owned by Lord Newborough. Its farm started an organic conversion in 1998 and is now fully certified. The farm grows a variety of organic vegetables but is particularly famed for its meat, which includes a herd of Pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle, Norfolk Bronze turkeys, Rhug Brown chickens, and three flocks of sheep. More surprisingly, Rhug also has a more-than-40-strong herd of bison.
“Ah, but did you know that the bison has been here much longer than cows? Our bison came from a large herd of North American bison in southern Ireland. Bison from America pre-date cattle in Europe,” said one of the farm staff, Gary. “See that bull over there? He’s called Rambo,” he added with a chuckle.