Beanhill, on the edge of the magnificent Forest Of Dean, overlooking the River Severn, is home to The Beanhill Herd of Pedigree Red Ruby Devon cattle.
Beanhill Farm, in days gone by, was a traditional dairy farm, the Holstein Friesians sadly absent for a number of years. Now though, following a revival in livestock by the current generation of the Taylor farming family, the rich grass is steadily, but progressively, nourishing a growing herd of Red Ruby Devons.
The hardy stock live out all year round, calving in the sheltered fields sloping towards the spring fed lake, from which they take fresh water.
The native breed can be traced back to the Longhorns and the Urus, although it is suggested that they have genetic connections with the Red Lincoln, Sussex and Saler breeds.
The ambition for the herd, is to establish, and maintain, a strong local niché market for marbled, succulent beef, of supreme quality.
We are delighted with herd development and have high hopes for our future with this special breed.Stuart Taylor - Owner.
It is certainly true that Red Ruby Devon Beef is probably the best beef you can buy.
Grass fed Red Ruby Devon beef simply can’t be beaten for marbling, texture, flavour and tenderness.
The balance of fat and meat is a vital factor in flavour.
There are also important health benefits to eating beef predominantly reared on a grass diet. Meat from grass fed animals consist of health Omega-3 fatty acids which are an essential component of a healthy diet.
Unlike modern breeds, the Red Ruby Devon naturally lays down intra-muscular fat in the meat which produces wonderful marbled beef.
Courtesy: Devon Cattle Breeders' Society
Red Ruby Devons are beautiful animals producing beautiful beef. When grass fed they have excellent marbling and superb flavour. As far as I’m concerned, Red Ruby Devon beef is as good as it gets! Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall