Farmer Neil Parris
Neil ParrisLocation: Yarcombe, Honiton, UK Breed: Longhorn, Hereford, Holstein Friesian, Aberdeen Angus, Highland, Simmental
Despite his young age, farmer Neil is already making waves as one of the UK's farmers to watch! With four generations of farming wisdom behind him, Neil has grown up eagerly learning anything and everything there is to know about the farm’s best practices. He has tirelessly refined his craft and is now widely regarded to be rearing some of the best kept cattle (and tastiest beef) this land has to offer.
Based in the West Country’s famous Blackdown Hills (designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1991), Neil’s farm looks and feels like something out of Pride and Prejudice. The five hundred acres of all-grass, lush pastures are incredibly well-maintained, and the whole area is remarkably tranquil.
Neil advocates the avoidance of hormones, chemicals and preventative antibiotics in cattle-rearing. Instead, Neil has learnt from his father’s forty years of experience that a focus on a carefully supervised level of natural nutrition, hygiene and animal welfare unswervingly delivers the best results on the plate. “You’ll notice the difference after your first bite” is what he says!
Neil rears a wide variety of cattle breeds at his farm including Longhorn, Shorthorn, British Blue, Hereford, Holstein Friesian, Aberdeen Angus, Highland and Simmental.
He’s particularly proud of the Highland cattle that call his farm their home - their docile social behaviours perfectly mirror the tender beef they produce!
The Highland breed is an ancient Scottish breed, first recorded in the 6th century A.D. They are known for their long, thick, flowing coat of rich hair as well as their majestic sweeping horns. Highland Cattle thrive in the hills and uplands, without the need for intensive farming practices. The Highland breed makes for lean, finely-marbled beef of excellent quality, that is tender and succulent with a very distinctive flavour. On top of that, it has lower levels of fat and cholesterol combined with higher protein and iron content than other breeds.