At Lunan Bay Farm, we are currently rearing a high welfare herd of goats, which are based on a foundation of full blood South African Boer genetics, imported from Australia, infused with Scottish Cashmere Goat genetics to ultimately produce a free range meat herd that thrives in and improves our Scottish environment. Our focus is to continue to produce Scottish goat meat of the highest provenance for our restaurant and retail customers, and further promote the ethical production of this sustainable meat. We also import full blood Boer embryos and semen from Australia, sell full blood Boer genetics, live animals and run breeding programs at our farm. As an offshoot to our goat meat project, we are developing herds of Scottish Cashmere goats to produce genuine Scottish Cashmere fibre and to help secure the future of the breed.
At Lunan Bay Farm, we rear Boer Goats, which are the créme de la créme breed of the goat meat world. Our high welfare goats are reared on acres of undulated, coastal paddocks at Lunan Bay. Goats have a very low impact on the environment, biodiversity, and impact on the land. They have a unique in flavour as they forage on seaweed, Lucerne and coastal plants. Goat meat has been scientifically proven as the healthiest meat on the market. Furthermore, the expertly selected genetics of our herd means they are low fat, hardy with high meat-to-bone ratios.
Scottish Cashmere Goats are hardy native breed which we rear commercially on our farm at Lunan Bay for both meat and their luxurious Cashmere fibre. We cross these environmentally beneficial animals with our premium meat goats, Boers to produce a hardy, well-muscled meat goat that is more suited to our Scottish climate without compromising on meat quality.
As an offshoot to our goat meat project with Boer and Cashmere crosses, we are developing herds of Scottish Cashmere goats to produce genuine Scottish Cashmere fibre and to help secure the future of the breed.
Terroir refers to the complete set of environmental factors that combine to uniquely affect the characteristics (taste, texture, aroma) of an artisanal food. Providing our herds with the best environment, nutrition and animal husbandry is essential for ensuring our goats are happy, healthy and resulting goat meat exceptional and unique. Acres of unspoilt, coastal land at Lunan Bay makes the perfect environment for our goats, coupled with varied diet includes seaweed, wild grasses, homegrown lucerne hay, broom and Scottish gorse.
Welfare is paramount on our farm. We rear our herds of goats extensively, allowing them to thrive in their preferred free range, varied environment. We look after our goats with the highest welfare standards and our closed herds have a High Health Status accreditation by our livestock governing body, SRUC. As part of our routine animal husbandry practices, we incorporate in house parasite monitoring, rotational grazing, and hoof trimming, in addition running breeding programs onsite.
Our purpose is to ethically produce food that works in harmony with our environment hence why we introduced goats to our farm. Goats are masters of regenerative agriculture as they improve pasture quality, leave the ground in a better condition that they found it and increase biodiversity. They have a lower carbon footprint than many other livestock, their meat has a higher nutritional value, they eliminate invasive, non-native weeds and they help recycle trace minerals back to the surface soil by selecting deep rooted plants.