So our lamb, yes ‘our’ lamb is nearly ready this year to be sold and enjoyed. Such a big thing for me having come in to the farming world. I am all excited!!!
As a ‘hands clean’ sidekick to Luke, I look at routes to continually finance a traditional farm. He likes to come up with ideas which is a bonus as without his passion none of it would be possible. I then work with him to make those ideas reality! Daycare on the farm for adults with learning difficulties helps us to let others enjoy the farm and maintain a business with only a small acreage.
To ensure I can assist Luke in more than just the accounts and special needs daycare I have had to learn fast. The latest is understanding more of ‘what is what’ with livestock paperwork. It is a maze out there! I have hardly touched the surface. Each time I think I have a good understanding another black hole appears and I am back to realising I am the ‘new girl’ in a huge agriculture world!
We have recently become FABBL assured. From forums I have seen many people do not understand this at all. Farm assurance means you are checked and inspected to comply with Gov guidelines to be sure your animals are cared for correctly, it includes many elements from general care & feed, to paperwork and care of the land you have your livestock on. I hasten to add not being farm assured does not mean you do not do this but just you have not required a FABBL certificate for your line of business.
The reason we have done it is we wish to sell our meat so this is a great way to show our customers we care for our animals as it gives us the ability to mark our produce with the nationally recognised red tractor mark!
Latest research has led me to articles about PGI foods. Westcountry lamb and beef have now been awarded protected food status to join the likes of items such as clotted cream. Our aim is to be breeding our lamb as officially recognised Westcountry Lamb.
As our lambs are all Devon born and predominantly grass fed they fit the qualifying criteria for ‘west-country lamb’ status! There is more to it than that but those are the biggest elements that link to the fact it is ‘Westcountry’. I have added a link on our website for anyone wanting to read more.
For anyone interesting in trying our knightfarm lamb, our website is now set up to take enquiries and preorders. Do get in touch, supply is limited and we are getting orders in already which is wonderful.