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Agriculture

We work with more than 10,000 British farmers to produce the highest quality chicken, beef and lamb for our customers. 

Most of the beef and sheep farms are totally independent, whereas all of the chicken farms are either on contract to supply us, or are company-owned farms.  What they all have in common is a desire to produce the best quality meat, to the highest standards for our customers and consumers.

We have a Group Agriculture team, as well as a network of area farm managers and field staff who maintain day to day contact with the farmers.

They cover a wide range of production systems ranging from farm assured, through to free range, Freedom Food, corn fed and organic, as well as producing bespoke breeds, such as Aberdeen Angus.

All elements of the supply chain have to adhere to our strict protocols together with customer specifications and codes of practice. They are independently and regularly audited.

Food safety standards and HACCP principles apply across the agriculture operation and consumers can be assured of the provenance and traceability of our chicken, beef and lamb.

We strive to improve standards of production and we are currently working to develop a measure of natural behaviour in poultry and provide better environmental enrichment for our chickens. We also aim to significantly reduce our requirement for antibiotics, develop a bespoke calf-rearing system and promote new composite sheep breeds which we believe will improve eating quality and farm performance.