Four generations of Padfields have been farming in Renhurst Farm, Mark Cross. We, Annabelle and Richard, are not only following in the family’s footsteps but are already progressing well with the next generation!
We concentrate on producing native breeds of cattle and sheep. Sussex and Aberdeen Angus beef stock are bought in from local farmers once they are weaned, they are then fattened up and finished off on grass and/or cereals (all grown on our farm). The sheep are Suffolk and local Romney breeds.
Pigs are bought in as weaners from free range rare breed sows and finished off in large straw yards. As a new venture we have their own boar “Billy’ and 12 sows so there will be piglets in the spring. To ensure their stock are not fed GM foods we also mill our own cereals for the cattle and pigs.
Not only do we ensure the quality of their stock by feeding them wholesome food and allow our animals to range freely on their meadows, we take special care of the meat once the stock is slaughtered. Hanging the meat properly maximises flavour and tenderness. Lamb and pork are hung for at least 7 days and beef over 21 days.