Shropshire Raised Beef and Lamb
The Oteley Estate is situated on the shores of the mere in Ellesmere, Shropshire. The estate has been in the family for over 500 years and has seen many changes from lavish country house to army hospital camp. In recent years however the 2,000 acres of land has become home to two stunning herds of native breeds of british cattle; Beef Shorthorn and Highland.
The area around the meres and mosses is perfect cattle grazing land and these two beef breeds are ideally suited.
British Beef Shorthorn is the ultimate native beef breed for the beautiful green pastures. The herds fill the parkland and meadows and they grow at their own pace.
There is no mistaking a Highland. With their long horns and shaggy coats, they have a very distinctive look. Don’t be fooled by the horns though – they have a gentle temperament.
We believe happy, healthy animals produce the best meat, and our meat boxes are testament to that, with a delicious selection of quality meat joints.
Our quality beef has its own unique texture and taste. It is lean yet well marbled, rich, dense and flavoursome. Because Highlands have their extra layer of shaggy hair, they don’t have a wasteful top layer of subcutaneous fat meaning it is leaner, and it is also low in cholesterol.
The meat is hung for 3 weeks to achieve optimum flavour.
We sell our meat boxes in 10kg or 20kg selections. They contain a mixture of cuts, including slow cooked joints, steaks, and mince, so you can enjoy quality beef for a range of meals.
Even if an animal has only spent part of the year outside, it can still be defined as grass-fed. Here at Oteley though, our Highlands our purely grass-fed, and are free to roam the lush pasture all year round.
We are advocates of extensive farming, not intensive, keeping the environment’s best interests at heart. Through being purely grass fed and not relying on cereals and grains to be grown for their consumption, they help to protect natural ecosystems and wildlife habitat.
There are minimal food miles with our beef. These animals are born here, they stay here, and then they are sold directly to customers and local shops.
Being free range means they exercise more when foraging and grazing, and they will enjoy lower stress levels than grain-fed breeds, that in some cases are kept in more confined spaces eating high calorie grains.
“Oteley beef is seriously tasty and succulent, the fact that it is hung adds extra tenderness, we eat it safe in the knowledge that the cows had a happy life”