The poultry industry has moved on hugely from the time when every farmer and crofter kept a few hens to keep the family and eggs and the occasional chicken.
Scottish poultry producers now produce broiler hens on a large scale to feed the population’s appetite for this hugely popular and versatile meat.
In recent years, many more farms have also diversified to rear high-quality turkeys for the Christmas market.
Poultrymeat is at the heart of one of Scotland’s national dishes – cock-a-leekie – a hearty broth made with chicken or fowl and leeks.
The Griersons produce and sell organic chicken, turkeys and eggs along with their pasture-fed Scotch Beef and Lamb directly from an “honesty hut” on the farm. They do all their own butchery on the farm, selling “Hugh Grierson Organic” at farmers markets, speciality food shops throughout Scotland and online. They also supply some of Scotland’s top restaurants.
The family provide hands-on educational and tasting tours of Newmilns farm by arrangement depending on the season. The Victorian farmhouse is available for self-catering farm-stays. Guests will marvel at the views across Strathearn valley’s productive farmland to the picturesque Highlands.