Birchwood Croft

Birchwood Croft has a polytunnel, veg garden, soft fruit area, polytunnel and orchard. These all provide us with a range of produce which often include sweet corn, tomatoes, courgettes, apples, damsons, and currants. A variety of chutneys, relishes, and jellies are made with the surplus. We also have honey, and seasonal fresh fruit and veg.

Our 35 acre croft backs onto the Monadhliath Mountains. We keep Shetland cattle that are hardy so can thrive on land that is unsuitable for other agricultural usage. Calves run with their mothers for at least 8 months before being grouped with others of a similar age, allowing the mothers a bit of peace. Steers are kept to around 30 months old to allow time to mature fully, giving the meat extra flavour from their foraging. They are generally fed grass and hay, with treats in a bucket to help encourage handling. Meat is usually vacuum packed and frozen to allow for demand to be spread over the year. We keep a variety of sheep breeds as well, which can include Blackface, Cheviot, Jacob and Shetland. Rather than sending them away as lambs we keep them until they are at least 18 months to provide hogget, meat that has much more flavour than lamb. Up to date availability is provided on the website.

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