The family business was formed in 1926 by Alec Jarrett, he began supplying local butcher shops and as the business increased over the years the company supplied national butcher shop chains and customers on Smithfield Market in London. The industry was vastly different then to how we operate today. During his life he got involved in farming and the company has increased our farming activity over the years.
In 1976 the company built a new Abattoir and Boning Hall approximately 2 miles from the old site which Alec created, from then the company increased its UK customer base and found new customers in the export market, initially in western Europe and became leading exporter up to 1996. Due to the BSE crisis UK was unable to export for 10 years so the company created consumer brand names and produced gas flush meat products for the UK Retail market.
The company is situated in prime agricultural countryside in the West Country. Due to good quality grass and land to grow different types of cereals in the West Country we are able to source very consistent good quality livestock. All the livestock procured has to be Farm Assured as a minimum, for certain brands in our business the livestock standard required is significantly higher and only sourced from approved farms.
We operate an Abattoir and Boning Hall producing a range of products to meet customer requirements to all sectors of Retail, Catering and Manufacturing in UK and Europe.
Our farming interest extends to some 800 acres (330 hectares) comprising of Beef and Arable production. Our Beef unit is fully ABM Farm Assured specialising in continental cross breeds ensuring the highest quality finished cattle are available. During the summer months when grass is produced a certain amount of grass silage is produced or winter feed.
Our arable farm produces a range of crops to suit the market place ranging from spring barley, winter wheat and oilseed rape. The crops are produced to a high standard to ensure excellent quality and high yields, which are sold for bread production, making real ale beer. Some cereals are stored after summer harvest to be processed as feed for cattle during the winter months.