It's simple. To produce nutrient rich food that nourishes both the people that eat it and the land that helped grow it.
The Snook family have been farming at Clanville for four generations, and have seen many changes: from time-honoured mixed farming, through intensive dairy and then to beef. We have now turned an almost full circle and are in the process of going back to the old ways of traditional, holistic agriculture. This enables all the different processes to feed in and benefit each other, reducing the need for fertilisers and pesticides, allowing the land and animals to work together.
Our fields are a mixture of herbal leys, which include unusual plants and grasses such as sainfoin, clover and chicory, along with grass based pasture. The cattle graze the fields in a mob, moving on to new paddocks each day, and are followed by our gang of free-range hens who scratch around eating the leftovers, spreading the muck and producing the most delicious ‘pastured eggs’.
The nutritional benefits of this kind of food are hard to argue with – pasture reared beef, and eggs from pasture kept chickens, are lower in cholesterol, higher in Omega 3 fatty acids and higher in heart disease-fighting antioxidant vitamins, like vitamin E. It’s also better for the animals, who are truly free-range, and need far less antibiotics or other chemical intervention.
Please do contact us if you’d like to try some of our amazing beef, we’re always happy to show you the animals grazing in the fields and talk you through why our meat tastes so good.
If you would like to try our beautiful pastel coloured pastured eggs, which we occasionally supplement with those from local farmers who share our values, they are available at Bill the Butchers in Bruton and at the farm shop at The Newt in Somerset.