Goat meat, goat’s milk and goat’s cheese are all becoming increasingly popular in this country, quite possibly because of the exceptional quality of the produce that goats are able to produce, particularly when it comes to their meat.
However, in 2012 news broke that goats, who had been advertised to the general public as ‘free-range’ when their cheese and milk was sold, we kept in cramped, cruel conditions that caused suffering to the animals and encouraged the spread of disease.
However – our goats really are free range, and we don’t supply to supermarkets – our products are sold directly to the general public and small local businesses such as restaurants, butchers and food outlets.
There are a number of benefits when it comes to free-range goats like these. First of all you can be confident that the animal had a good and happy life, our goats are raised within the strong, healthy herd and are provided with the space, stimulation, care and affection that all animals have the right to receive. So even the most ethical minded customers can be comfortable in the knowledge that our goats have never been made to experience any unnecessary suffering.
Additionally free-range meat like this involves no chemicals or pesticides, the goats are fit and health, and their natural diet, exercise and gazing means that the natural composition of the meat is maintained, with a tender, lean meat that is rich and full of vitamins, minerals and excellent flavour, but completely void of chemicals that no one wants on their plate.
Of course free-range doesn’t just taste better and do more for your body, it does more for the environment; this classic way of raising goats prevents high density of goat population in a limited area, which can cause and encourage disease epidemics that spread more easily, and of course can cause great damage to the land and eco-system around the goats if not properly controlled.
Not to mention it does wonders for the local community. Where would you rather live; a town where animals are packed into sheds and tortured needlessly on a day to day basis? Or a nice little village in a house overlooking fields and farmland where goats prance around all day. The choice is obvious. Not to mention the factory farms are usually operated by large corporations while the truly free-range farms are run by small local businesses like ourselves, which means putting more into the local community.