At Cleavers we pride ourselves on personally knowing
all our suppliers. We've visited the farms and seen how our animals
are reared. We've also insisted all our farmers satisfy the highest
possible organic inspection standard. They must be "fully certified"
by an AQUIS approved inspection authority, which means they've undergone
rigorous approval procedures and can guarantee the authenticity
of their meat. Our animals, therefore, have been raised on pastures
totally clean of any chemicals (no herbicides or pesticides); have
been raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones and
have eaten only certified organic foodstuffs.
Rearing animals the organic way demands a little
more time, care and space. As our animals are predominantly left
to graze and forage for their own feed it's crucial a natural food
supply can be found in abundance and that pastures are not overgrazed.
So our chickens, for example, are left to grow at nature's pace,
taking 95days to reach maturity, unlike caged battery farmed hens
that are fully formed in just 28days.