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Tending Flocks & Herds

Shepherds and herdsmen in the stunning rugged countryside of the north of England are renowned the world over for their passion and commitment to tending their flocks and herds by being with them day and night. These are people who often think more of the welfare of their animals than themselves and for whom an outdoor life, even in some of the most severe conditions, is as normal as it is for others to go to work in a car.

When you see bales of straw placed in fields during winter, either in galvanised steel feeders with sheep and cattle eating from them or simply in stacks with sheep clambering on them as well as receiving sustenance, they haven't been positioned there by accident. The farmer concerned has ensured and keeps ensuring daily that his or her livestock receives enough to consume regardless of whatever the weather brings to bear.

Rural Life

Farmison & Co believe that tenderness, succulence and taste sensations in quality meat start from these roots of traditional animal husbandry from farmers who care, know their animals, love the rural life and understand that natural native breeds still have an important place to play in our nation's culture and on our plates. That's why considerable time is taken over sourcing from those countrymen and women who share their own principles.

traditional animal husbandry

Treating livestock with respect, love and care are central to Farmison & Co's principles, and traditional animal husbandry embodies these wholesome and ethical farming attributes. The shepherds and herdsmen who supply us in areas of outstanding beauty such as the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Wolds, Lake District and indeed throughout the hills and valleys of all the northern counties, have always kept themselves true to the principles of traditional animal husbandry through the natural welfare of their animals and constantly maintain the spirit of raising beef cattle, sheep and pigs to enjoy healthy, stress free lives.


Animal husbandry is a job as old as the hills. Over centuries and one would imagine for millennia the men and women who tended to their flocks and herds understood that while the animals they raised inevitably lead to consumption this did not stop them from looking after them as they would themselves. There has always been an inherent feeling that animals are also friends and this still leads to many farmers, even today, having names for each of them - even though this may not be the case if you have one thousand sheep on the moor!


Native breeds were historically highly localised and bred for very specific environments. Sheep breeds such as Swaledale, Wensleydale, Teeswater and Cheviot need no introduction as to where they come from; just like many cattle breeds such as Highland, Galloway and Aberdeen Angus too.

From our base in Yorkshire, we're uniquely placed geographically to benefit from the historic improvement of breeds local to us. We're committed to giving our farmers security to raise these breeds and ensuring the place of these breeds in the national consciousness by selling their meat online.


Experimenting with bloodlines is as much a part of husbandry as preserving them. Farmers have historically paired breeds to combine the most desirable traits of each and also to ensure consistency in the meat. This often also improves the health of the animal, as part of a process called hybrid vigour. Take the Northern Mule sheep breed for instance, one of Northern England's most recognisable breeds and a cross between a Blue Faced Leicester tup and a hardy Swaledale ewe. The cross ensures consistent, quality meat from the paternal line, which can cope with the harsh life on the upland fells as Swaledales are bred to. We sell pure bred meat as often as we can but we also sell cross-bred meat too. This meat still provides the quality and unique characteristics of the heritage breed with the consistent finish of the paired breed.

Guarantee of Quality

When you purchase any of the meats from the Farmison & Co range you are assuring yourself of a quality product from farmers who embrace the principles of naturally grown, sustainable, well-tended, and stress free animals.

Happy healthy animals

Our belief is that stockmen whether shepherds or herdsmen and women provide us with the backbone of our business - succulent, incredibly tasty, luscious meats from native breeds that our customers are calling out for time and again. That's why the preservation of traditional animal husbandry through people who care is such an important factor for us and why we think it is so important for you too.

Healthy, happy animals raised in beautiful, free range, grass fed lands equals a marvellous taste sensation. We hope you will join with us in applauding our farmers. They do a fabulous job, often in the harshest of circumstances, and provide that something extra, that something unique that stands out from the rest!

we're committed to working towards a sustainable future

Farmison & Co was founded by John and Lee in 2011 with a mission to get the nation to Eat Better Meat. Not only did this mantra include delivering restaurant quality meat conveniently with unrivalled quality and taste, it was with a priority on food provenance and sustainable, traditional farming practices that work in harmony with the environment.

Learn more about our sustainability here