Farmers Mike & Olly Hine
Farmer: Mike & Olly HineLocation: Chard, Somerset, UK Breeds: British Blue, Aberdeen Angus, Simmental, Charolais
Third-generation farmers, Mike and Diana, married now for 46 years, started their beautiful farm almost 20 years ago. They now have four children (three sons and one daughter), with all of their sons crazy about farming. Olly, the eldest, has now joined his father in the family business after finishing his studies. Come rain or shine, you’ll find this father-son duo passionately working hard to maintain and champion their deep-seeded values of environmental responsibility and animal welfare in everything they do.
Based in Chard, Mike and Olly work on a beautifully green and luscious 440-acre farm that rears 600 pasture-based cattle at any one time. More than just a place of work, Mike and Olly count themselves privileged enough to call this spot of green, British heaven their home. Twelve years ago Mike and Diana commissioned their dream home to be built and it stands tall looking over the farm they have diligently stewarded over the past two decades.
Mike and Olly keep their animals out on the grass for the majority (usually nine months) of the year and house them in roomy, straw-filled sheds when the weather becomes too harsh for the animals outside. They are strong advocates for nature-inclusive farming, i.e. working with nature to produce as she herself dictates. Specifically, they avoid applying any pesticides or other chemicals to the grass and have banished the use of any hormones or preventative antibiotics on their livestock. They keep their animals on a pasture-based diet, which they (like us) believe leads to the healthiest growth for the cow and ultimately the highest quality meat.
Mike and Olly rear a range of beautiful, primarily native, breeds — think Herefords, Aberdeen Angus, Simmental as well as some Charolais and Limousin.
While Mike and Olly aren’t the type to believe that one breed supersedes any other, they’re particularly proud of the Limousin that call their farm home; slowly and peacefully reared, Mike and Olly believe their Limousin creates a mean, tender steak that would challenge the very, very best of what the UK has to offer!