The Forshaw Family, Little Town Farm, Thornley

Three generations of farming know-how goes into raising some of the finest Aberdeen Angus beef on the lush pastureland on the western fringe of the Forest of Bowland

With a dozen members of the extended family involved in the business, farming really is a family affair for the Forshaws.

Grandmother Eileen Forshaw is still very much at the helm of the mixed farming operation, which encompasses milk and beef herds, a dairy, farm shop and nursery.

After establishing a successfully dairy herd, the Forshaws expanded into beef production 13 years ago and the farm now extends over 400 acres with a 420-strong herd of Aberdeen Angus beef cattle.

Eileen’s son Mick Forshaw heads up the animal husbandry while Mick’s sister Julie Hallett looks after the farm shop along with son-in-law Phil Berrington and daughter Nicola.

From March to November, the beef cattle graze on natural grass outdoors and are sent away for slaughter before returning to Little Town for butchery and sale through the farm shop.

A quote from Mick Forshaw

“We don’t get as high a yield as we would from more mainstream beef cattle, but we think the quality of the meat speaks for itself…”

“We’ve been rearing beef cattle long enough to know which animals to breed from to get the best quality meat with a good fat content – which is where the flavour comes from,” added Mick.

“We hang the carcasses for at least three weeks so the meat is properly matured before Phil starts taking joints off them, and because we do all the butchery ourselves, we can provide bespoke cuts of any size if customers want something special.”

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