Devon farm’s beef wins National Trust food award

Beef from a Devon producer has been crowned the overall food winner at this year’s National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards.

The beef is from Burrow Farm on the Killerton Estate in Devon. Producers Neil and Sally Grigg, who manage a herd of 130 traditional Red Ruby Devon cattle, previously worked in London, as a chartered accountant and a chartered surveyor respectively, before moving to the West Country.

Neil said: “This breed of cattle is native to the local area and is a slow-maturing animal that fattens very well on our hay meadows. The Red Ruby produces a good-quality, tender meat with wonderful marbling.”

The awards celebrate the best produce from the National Trust’s 1,500 tenant farmers and estates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Neil added: “Being recognised in this way gives us a massive sense of achievement for all the hard work we’ve undertaken. Of course, it’s a great thing to be able to tell our customers too and gives them additional confidence when buying our meat, and is a sign of quality to them.”

Rob Macklin, head of food and farming at the National Trust, and chair of the judges said: “The awards are unique because of their focus on three key areas – taste, production methods and environmental standards.

“As Europe’s largest conservation charity, it is really key for us that our producers reflect our whole reason for existing – and customers can rely on the fact that every product having the awards ‘stamp’ not only tastes great, but is produced in a way that cares for the land, which not only works alongside nature, but is also farmed sustainably for future generations to enjoy.”

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