The Bells are among a select breed of farmers who produce biodynamic meat. But what exactly is a biodynamic cow? “Our cows not only graze simply on grass in summer and hay in winter but are also given absolutely no pharmaceutical medicines or chemicals,” Ian explains. “We have vets who make diagnoses and then we give the animals homeopathic remedies for everything from preventing worms to curing pneumonia. Scientists call it hocus-pocus, but it’s extremely effective.”
The Bells, who have been farming biodynamically for 12 years, also allow their calves to reach full maturity – usually five years – before they slaughter them. In the commercial world, it can be as low as 16 months. The Bells’ cows are also allowed to stay together until the calves have weaned from their mothers.