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Northumbrian Wagyu is based at Monkridge Hill Farm in the rolling hills surrounding the dramatic Rede Valley.

It is a place steeped in the romance and history of a long-gone age. A place where the ruthless gangs now known as the Border Reivers once roamed with little regard to the laws of the land of either England or Scotland. Truly this was the "Debatable Land". Today, thankfully those violent days are long-gone and the wild landscape is now dominated by the call of curlew and buzzard.

Monkridge Hill Farm is owned and run by Steve Ramshaw. Steve, a native of Newcastle, built the farm around a vision to create a productive agricultural unit which makes a positive contribution towards wildlife and the natural environment.

Over recent years, many conservation schemes have been adopted and managed on the farm such as the Northumbrian Rivers Project and the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

To date this has included numerous native tree planting sites, the establishment of a pond, and wildlife encouraging enhancements to the local riverside.

These facts reflect Steve's passion and commitment to farming in a sustainable way that enhances the environment as well as producing superb quality stock.The farm has been highlighted by the EEC as a flagship example of a sustainable farming system in the UK.

Steve has also invested much time and effort in researching the eating quality of beef and has worked with numerous establishments including Newcastle

University looking at the nutritional and eating quality characteristics of the stock he produces. His research has taken him to Canada and North America to look at their production systems and study the inherent tenderness and marbling characteristics of their Wagyu and Angus Bloodlines. To this end the herd here at Monkridge Hill Farm has been vastly improved by introducing these bloodlines.

Such is the quality that Steve and produce from his farm has been locally and nationally recognised by some of the nations premier chefs including Gary Rhodes, Brian Turner, The Hairy Bikers, Terry Laybourne and Rick Stein. Please have a look at our accreditations for comments made by some of our supporters.

We welcome the opportunity to address any questions or issues you may have regarding the production of Northumbrian Wagyu Meat. Please don't hesitate to contact us today.

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