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Organic Retired Dairy Beef

Organic Retired Dairy Beef

We’ve been farming organically at Coombe Farm for almost 20 years now, with dairy at the core of the operation for most of that time. As a diverse farm with sustainability at its core, we've been following with interest the increasing demand for 'Basque beef'. Farmers in Spain take ex-dairy cattle and retire them on good pasture, sometimes until they're as old as 15 years. The result is award-winning beef that's like nothing else. As champions of a waste-not-want-not approach, we decided to follow the lead of our Spanish counterparts. Retired cows from our dairy herd – which would not otherwise be used for meat – are grown on, grazing our organic pastures and producing beef with huge, long-lasting flavour and wonderful marbling. You really should try it. We promise you won't be disappointed. 


FAQs

  • Retired dairy cows are cows that no longer produce milk, after around 7 years of producing thousands of gallons of milk. With our retired dairy beef, at Coombe Farm Organic, we've taken inspiration from the Spanish tradition of 'Basque Beef'. Mature dairy cows who no longer produce milk are put out to pasture where they fatten up on a natural diet of organic grass. The meat they produce is rich in nutrients and really packed with flavour – a flavour that only comes with slow growth and real maturity.

  • Old dairy cows are ‘retired’ when they can no longer produce enough milk, this is usually at around ten years, after they have produced thousands of gallons of milk. The meat from ‘retired’ dairy cows has not always been considered to be a premium cut of beef and often ends up in cheaper meat products. However, at Coombe Farm Organic we have a ‘waste-not-want-not’ approach and recognise and appreciate that the meat from these hard working cows has exceptional taste, therefore when they ‘retire’ they are grown on, grazing on organic pastures and produce beef with huge, long lasting flavour with wonderful marbling.

  • The difference between beef and dairy cattle is that they are different breeds of the same species, cows. Dairy cattle produce milk, are thinner and longer whereas beef cattle are more muscular and have a stouter shape.

  • Dairy cows are ‘retired’ when they can no longer produce enough milk, this is usually at around ten years, after they have produced thousands of gallons of milk. The ‘retired’ beef is becoming increasing popular because of its deep pronounced flavouring and wonderful marbling, resulting from a lifetime of feeding on grass. At Coombe Farm Organic, dairy farming has been at the core of our farming operation for almost 20 years now, and with sustainability and our ‘waste-not-want-not’ approach, using ‘retired’ dairy cattle for beef, that would otherwise not be used was a no brainer. You really should try it. We promise you won’t be disappointed.