Peelham Farm Produce
Multi-award winning Peelham is a 650ac organic, family-run farm located close to the Berwickshire Coast in the Scottish Borders. The farm business partnership has been evolving from its original 10ha small holding since 1990 and now includes Chris, Denise and Angus Walton. Helen, Angus's wife is involved with the business though now rather busy with two small children ! Now retired Amanda Cayley, Chris and Denise's original business partner is still very involved in the life of the farm and the butchery.
In its organic on-farm butchery, smoker and charcuterie facility the Peelham Family uses beef (pasture-for-life), lamb (pasture-for-life), veal (pasture-for-life), and Free-range pork to make its organic charcuterie, salamis, sausages, burgers, bacon, hams and traditional meat cuts which it supplies direct to the consumer via its website, farmers markets, restaurants, hotels, delicatessens and independent, ethical retailers. Though grass fed and reared Peelhams mutton ewes are not certified Pasture-for-life. Peelham has awards for the quality of its food produce, its farm management, innovation, business and environmental ethos. It believes that the combination of organic and pasture-for-life is the 'Gold Standard' of land and welfare management.
Mission Statement "The farming family business partnership of Cayley Walton Partners, is an integrated, organic farming and food production enterprise, selling meat from its farm and through its butchery direct to the customer. It delivers clear provenance and promises high quality with positive environmental impact. It aspires to excellence in land-management, animal care, environmental stewardship and customer service. It believes that its most valuable resource are its employees and seeks continuously to ensure an open, fair and fulfilling working relationship with each of them as the first foundation of a successful business”.
The Peelham philosophy: ‘Sustainable self-reliance’
The Peelham motto: ‘Love the land, Love the animal, Love their produce’
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Peelham has a herd of 150 Aberdeen Angus cattle with some Luing and Sim-luing cross cows. It has 4 Aberdeen Angus bulls. Its sheep (mutton ewes and store lambs), are mostly Lleyn, Easy-care and Lleyn x Texel
Some 90% of its livestock are born and reared on the farm. Co-operatively a small network of other organic farmers with whom Peelham works mutually to provide each other stock and grow the market, provide the remaining of Peelham’s livestock when needed. This includes lamb and mutton ewes from Pasture for Life farms HL Nelles, Thistleyhaugh, Morpeth in Northumberland and Hugh Grierson, Newmilne, Perthshire. Though fully organic, Peelhams mutton are not PFLA certified. In addition to its own stock for Ruby Veal, Peelham also sources from Organic & Pasture-for-life, cow-with-calf dairies Mossgiel and Rainton (both in Dumfries and Galloway).