The Oteley Estate, situated on the shores of the mere in Ellesmere, has released a new range of premium beef and lamb boxes which can be purchased from their freshly launched website. The historic estate is home to two stunning herds of native breeds of British cattle - Beef Shorthorn and Highland, and a small flock of sheep.
The Oteley Estate has remained in the same family since the 1500s and has seen many changes over the years – from being a lavish country house to a hospital camp in the War. One of the most notable ancestors was Sir Francis Kynaston, who was acquainted with both James I and Charles I. He was elected Member of Parliament for Shropshire and became esquire of the body to Charles I on the King's accession in 1625.
Today the estate is run by Ian and Clare Mainwaring who introduced the Highland cattle on to the farm five years ago, alongside their shorthorn and commercial cattle, and their sheep.
The Highland cattle stay outdoors all year round roaming the meres and mosses, eating the rough grass and brambles. Their iconic long horns have gained lots of attention from locals. Due to the Highland’s extra layer of shaggy hair they don’t have a wasteful top layer of fat, resulting in leaner meat.
The new lamb boxes come in a 10kg selection box and the beef boxes come in 10kg or 20kg selections, with shorthorn or standard beef options. The boxes contain a mixture of cuts, including slow cooked joints, steaks, and mince.
Clare Mainwaring said, “We believe there are no shortcuts to producing quality beef and lamb. Even if an animal has only spent part of the year outside, they can still be defined as grass-fed but here at Oteley, our Highlands are purely grass-fed and are free to roam the lush pasture all year round. They grow at their own pace on their 100% natural diet. All of our livestock enjoy our lush pasture at their leisure. The sheep grow at their own pace on their purely grass-fed diet. Being slow grown produces the tender, flavoursome meat that has our customers returning time after time.
“There aren’t many food miles accumulated with our beef and lamb - these animals are born here, they stay here their whole lives, and then they are sold directly to customers and local shops.
“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. For locally reared beef and lamb with fantastic flavour, taste and quality, look no further than the Oteley Estate!”
Visit the brand-new website at www.oteley.com to find out more.