Highland Beef and Lamb at Castleton Farm Shop & Cafe

Father’s day might be over but barbeque season certainly isn’t and there’s always time for delicious steak or sausages. Castleton Farm Shop & Café are proud to have Highland Drovers the supplier of the month. If you missed our tasting day earlier in June there is always a chance to buy some of their sausages or steak from our shop or ask if it’s on the menu.

Due to the animal’s genetic background, Highland Cattle are slow in growing and maturing: they have evolved to wander and roam great areas of the hills and glens of Scotland consuming large amounts of poor quality vegetation and converting it into energy and growth. Highland Cattle do not convert high energy/ high protein feeds as well as the Continental breeds and cross breeds. Large-scale processors who supply the multinational supermarkets are not interested in Highland Cattle due to the lower yield of meat from these slow-growing animals. Being smaller and having natural muscle development rather than the huge muscular frames of the commercial continental breeds and crosses. This and other conditions have threatened the Highland Cattle breed and traditional hill farming.

The people at Highland Drovers want to create an identity for this fabulous animal and achieve the recognition it deserves for providing some of the best beef in the world.  And give you, the consumer the information to make an informed choice and make a conscious deliberate decision to help support Highland Cattle farming.

The team at Highland Drovers believe that Highland Cattle can provide a valuable and appropriate source of income for hill farmers but only if it is known as an identifiable branded product. Highland Drovers want to distant themselves from intensive farming and processors who supply multinational companies that are only interested in yields and margins rather than the consumer, the product and most importantly the animal!

Buying beef from Highland Drovers, you buy beef from animals that are at least three years old and have had a guaranteed quality of life. Beef that comes from Highland Drovers is properly matured and traditionally hung for between 21 and 28 days.

Whilst many suppliers are still coy about telling you which country their products are from, Highland Drovers broke the mould and print on every cut of meat which farm the animal was reared on. That is traceability! Only the progeny of pedigree Scottish Highland cattle are acceptable to Highland Drovers. The Ancestors of each animal are known and have been recorded for generations by the Highland Cattle Society.

By buying Highland Drovers Fully Aged and Properly Matured beef, you will be directly helping a traditional way of sustainable farming. You are guaranteed an exceptional product with a provenance like no other beef product available in the UK.