January 21 at Stourton

Lots of New Venison News!

New Selection packs

Thank you to everyone who placed a venison order with us before Christmas. We have now replenished our venison stocks on the website.

Due to customer feedback we are creating more great value selection packs of your favourite venison products.  These include:

A Steak Selection Pack £27 containing: haunch, rump and frying steak as well as a pack of burgers.

A Family Selection Pack £38 containing a small haunch joint, frying steak, some incredibly versatile mince and a pack sausages.

A Winter Warmer Pack £27 containing 2 braising steaks, a pack of casserole steak, 2 large haunch steaks and approx 500g of mince.

This may mean that there are slightly fewer items to order on a pick & mix basis on the website but we hope that you will find a selection pack that is perfect for your needs and you can always supplement with additional items.

All of these are available for free delivery within 20 miles of LN9 5PB

New Recipes

We have got two great new recipe ideas for you to try too!  These have been tried and tested on both family and friends and are a great way to incorporate venison into everyday meals.  The first is a delicious lasagne recipe and the second is for a warming winter curry.  We will include these as recipe cards in our fresh venison box deliveries from January.  Alternatively you can find them in the recipe area of our website. Let us know how you get on!

Our frozen venison selection packs and fresh venison boxes are available for free and contact free delivery within 20 miles of the farm postcode.  A small delivery charge applies for anyone who is further away.

Fresh Venison Boxes – Order Now!

Our Royal fresh venison boxes contain a wide variety of steaks, burgers, sausages as well as mince and casserole and / braising steak – the larger Imperial boxes also contain a haunch joint and premium quality venison fillet, perfect for a valentines treat?

These are available to pre-order now for delivery either Thursday 3rd / Friday 4th February, they are also available for nationwide delivery.

New Venison Stockists

We are also delighted to announce that our venison is now available to buy ‘off the shelf’ (out of the freezer!) in the following local stockists:

Or if you fancy a take-away in the form of a tasty toastie or baguette you need to visit Scrummies in Horncastle, they have venison specials including venison steak baguette and venison sausage sandwiches… we highly recommend Phil’s milkshakes and smoothies which are also delicious!

Back Logs!

We have been incredibly busy with log orders in the run up to the Christmas and New Year period.  We are still playing catch up on some of these orders.  We have been working around the clock to convert, dry and deliver logs to our customers. The recent cold weather has an impact on the moisture content of the logs prior to them entering the kiln.  We only deliver logs that are of the highest quality so as a result it is taking longer than usual to reach our high standards.

Rest assured we will get log orders out ASAP, and hope to have online ordering available again as soon as we have more stock available. Please keep an eye on our social media channels and we will let you know as soon as we can accept new log orders.

Say ‘I do’ in our Tranquil Woodland Setting

If you said ‘yes’ to THE question over Christmas then we’d like to extend a huge congratulations to you both. You are probably already considering where and when you wish to hold your ‘big day’. Have you thought about hosting your wedding in our beautiful woodland? We have updated our wedding package for 2021/2022 where from only £4,699 you can host your woodland wedding blessing and reception in our beautiful and unique safari tent, nestled within our peaceful tree lined arboretum.

Please visit our wedding page on our website to find out more about our wedding package or alternatively please don’t hesitate to get in touch where we can answer your questions and (fingers crossed) book you in for a socially distanced tour as soon as we are allowed to again.

Deer Diary

Our deer have been keeping us busy this month. They are all still outside and the stags are currently resident within the woodland which is giving them a lovely natural shelter from the elements.  Whilst they are all still outside the volume and quality of the grass on which they are grazing is not enough on its own so we are supplementing them with silage.  Silage is essentially a bale which has been wrapped in film.  This wrapping process helps the bale within to ‘ferment’ via anaerobic digestion. The silage bulks their diet out when natural forage is not as available.

On the Farm

January on our farm is traditionally a fairly quiet month. As things stand we have about 20 hectares of sugar beet still to lift, but we need it to dry up a little before we can get on the land. Hopefully we get a weather window soon as the processing factory is due to close for beet reception at the end of February. Ken would usually be working through machinery ready for spring but has been busy lately with Dan and Guy processing round timber into logs. The sprayer is currently receiving a bit of attention, with the pressure regulation valve and the main pump being refurbished ready for the busy season ahead.

Our spring season will kick off in earnest from the middle of February when our over-wintered stubbles are free to be ploughed ahead of sugar beet. Some stubbles from the previous wheat or barley crops are left over winter to provide habitat and a food source for farmland birds. As well as overwintered stubbles and wild bird food plots around the farm we are supplementary feeding with 10 ‘bucket’ feeders in various places. By the end of winter we will have fed out well over a tonne of mixed grains, this is crucial to help farmland birds through the ‘hungry gap’. For anyone who would like to read a little about how farming and conservation can work hand in hand please have a look at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust website, the work they do is fascinating.

We’ll be busy until the next blog making sure the seed drills and cultivators are all in good working order prior to the spring sowing season, here’s hoping that as spring starts to bloom, we can all start to return to at least some small form of normality.

On the Estate

Well, we once again find ourselves in the strange position of not really knowing what and how to plan for the rest of the year in terms of our events.  We really do miss our events and sharing our beautiful surroundings with our visitors.  We will welcome you back as soon as we are able so please keep a keen eye on social media for any updates.

If, like us you are juggling home-schooling and working from home it can be tricky keeping everyone entertained.  We’d like to help you out! Here is a word search and a ‘Spot the Deer-ference’ to help you to keep yourselves or your little ones entertained and have five minutes peace!

Until then, stay safe with best wishes

Antony & Helen

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