Japanese cattle helps Earl Stonham Farms win a national Good Housekeeping Food Award

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A farmer is celebrating after his Wagyu beef burgers won him best small meat producer in the national Good Housekeeping Food Awards.

Earl Stonham Farms run by Andrew Deacon won the award after it was judged by a Good Housekeeping cookery team.

The awards took place in London on Wednesday last week.

“The care and attention Andrew and his team lavish on his Wagyu cattle is obvious in the spectacular meat they produce,” said Good Housekeeping cookery director Meike Beck.

“The cookery team was unanimous in its vote for his Wagyu burgers. They’re an undeniably delicious taste of affordable luxury.”

It is not the first time Andrew’s cattle has won him an award.

Three years ago, the farm won the highest rating for beef in the country for it’s Wagyu sirloin steak at the national Great Taste Awards.

Speaking of his latest award, Andrew said: “This is really a wonderful honour for my team at the farm.

“Seven years ago we set out specifically to produce beer which really surprised the eater.

“We wanted them to say that our beer was the best they had ever tasted and we wanted it to speak for itself, aided by nothing but a little added salt – and we are making really good progress.

“We have supplied meat for some time to topo chefs like Raymond Blanc, Heston Blumenthal and Galton Blackiston in Norfolk, but we also supply meat for burgers to gastropubs and restaurants around the country which really knocks customers’ socks off.

“Small though we are we think this is meat of which Suffolk can feel truly proud.”

The farm operates from Earl Stonham and Creeting St Mary and has been England’s only commercial producer of Wagyu beef for the past four years.

Wagyu is a Japanse breed of cattle with a propensity to store fat within its muscles, leading to high levels of fat marbling, giving its meat succulent, intense flavour.

It is unusual in that it is rich in monounsaturated fat with 25 per cent less saturated fat than normal beef.

The cattle graze on pasture at the farm for two years before finishing for up to 12 months on mainly farm grown crops at the farm’s specially built cattle unit in Creeting St Mary.

Conventional cattle by comparison are slaughtered at 15-18 months.

The farm is also an active participator in the national SAC total cattle health scheme.

For more visit www.earlstonhamfarms.co.uk