Farming at Hornton Grounds
Historically the land at Hornton has been conventionally farmed, mostly to arable crops on what is known as “Cotswold brash”, much of the surrounding land has been quarried for the famous ironstone – Hornton stone.
Our farming ethos is based on growing the energy and protein and utilising it efficiently to produce superb quality meat raised naturally with minimal artificial inputs and an awareness that oil is a finite commodity.
The farming entity is all based on a cycle of interlocking circles. Our cows and sheep graze upon clover rich pasture supplying them with all the protein and energy they need from pastures without reliance on cereals. In winter their protein comes from Lucerne (Alfalfa ) and conserved clover rich pastures.
Great care has been taken in our choice of livestock to use these crops well and produce flavoursome meat.
The hardy traditional breed Aberdeen Angus produces superb tender beef from grazed grass. Aberdeen Angus are happy to be outside in all weathers but they mature early with a relatively lean carcase with some marbling that cooks very easily. The Aberdeen Angus society strictly enforce that meat called Aberdeen Angus must genetically be Aberdeen Angus and it shows on each animal’s cattle passport what breed the sire and dam are.