About Trenchmore Sussex Wagyu.

 

Trenchmore pride themselves on Local, Delicious, Low Input beef

Trenchmore Sussex Cow In Field

Trenchmore's suckler Sussex Wagyu herd are grown slow and grass fed, spending those warm summer days grazing the fields around the farm and the winter in an award winning roundhouse bard, which is designed specifically to keep the animals happy and healthy.

Farming sustainably is really important to Trenchmore. The ration (or diet) to finish their prime beef cattle is based on grass and herbal ley silage and includes by-products of human food production such as;

  • Brewers grains from their local craft brewers, which is high in protein
  • Linseed cake oil from oil pressing that helps boost the herds omega-3
  • Molasses is fed to provide a sustainable a sustainable source of energy and trace minerals needed for a healthy herd, along with straw from our wheat harvest which provides them with fiber.
  • Apple pomace from Trenchmore's cider production each autumn is fed to the cattle, leaving as little waste as possible. 

 What do Trenchmore cattle eat?

The most important part of their diet is Grass. This is grown both on their permanent pasture fields, which produces mixed grasses from fields that couldn't viably grown another crop into food we can eat, and their herbal leys, which are a part of a 6 year crop rotation and they use to help restore fertility and soil structure.
Mixed farms that use ruminants to turn grass into food and improve soil structure are becoming recognised as being top of the class in sustainable farming. By Using the prime beef cattle to turn grass into food and  help build nutrient levels in the soil means minimal of use of artificial fertiliser use and maximise local quality food production.  
Trenchmore recognise people want consistently delicious meat. By selective breeding, their high welfare approach and enhanced nutrition the strive to achieve this. 

What does low input mean?

 

  • They have never ploughed and practice minimum tillage
  • Suckler herd 
  • 80% grass fed from permanent pastures (soil not good enough to grow anything else) and herbal leys (soil improving, nitrogen fixing)
  • 20% fed bi-products of human food production (pressed apples from cider production)
  • Paddock grazed 
  • Winter farmyard manure is composted over the summer and spread into the soil