WELCOME TO NEW BARN FARM
New Barn Farm is a small livestock farm in the historic Essex village of West Hannningfield.
Along with some chickens and the occasional duck, we have two pedigree rare breed herds of cattle, Dexters and our more recent acquisition, Red Polls. These are joined by our Pedigree Gloucester Old Spot pigs and a flock of Texel Cross Sheep. All of our livestock are reared in the traditional way.
We try to give our animals the best possible life they can have, using natural feed wherever possible and ensuring that any other feed is GM and antibiotic free. Their diet is supplemented by apples and other fruit and vegetables.
We like to think that as our animals are well cared for and treated as individuals, this is reflected in the quality of our produce.
The Dexters produce high quality beef with good marbling and an excellent flavour with the cuts and joints being on a small scale due to their size.
The Red Poll Herd are a recent addition to our farm, following a request from our butcher! Red Poll beef is renowned for its full flavour, good marbling and tender texture, and has the advantage over the Dexter beef that the joints are that much bigger. We are waiting for our first Red Poll beef as the herd has only been established this year.
When we were researching the Red Polls, we found that both Dexter and Red Polls produce fantastic beef and some think that Red Poll beef has the edge over Dexter beef and others think the opposite. We have tried both and prefer the Dexter beef, but to be honest, it is a very close contest.
The Gloucester Old Spot Pigs produce "old fashioned" pork with fantastic flavour and wonderful crackling. The bacon and gammons are full of flavour and our local butcher who does all of our smoking and curing uses traditional methods.
Our sheep are Texel crosses and we like to keep some of the lambs for a longer period and sell them as Hoggets as they have a far superior flavour than lamb and can be cooked the same way
We have a small flock of chickens and have a limited number of eggs for sale, please bring your old egg boxes!
Our hay, haylage and straw are either cut from our own fields or other fields in the local neighbourhood and are kept as weed free as possible as we not only use it to feed our cattle and sheep but also feed it to our two horses.
Our animals are sent to a small local abbatoir and are delivered from there direct to our local butcher who we use for all of our butchering and curing. Our animal feed is supplied by local millers, Marriages, who are based in Chelmsford. As well as cutting down on the food miles, we are also supporting local businesses.