By Julie Francis
Moffitts Farm Wiltipolls
At Moffitts Farm we breed a type of sheep known as a Wiltipoll, they have no horns and they shed their wool in spring, so they have a short coat for the summer – no shearing is required. Their value as low maintenance, friendly sheep means they are excellent as lawn mowing pets for small farmers, schools and others. More information about lawn mowing sheep can be found here.
These sheep also produce a quality lamb product (available exclusively at Meatsmith, Fitzroy). Meat quality, that is tenderness of meat you buy, is influenced by a range of factors many of which the farmer can influence. The two most important on-farm factors are high levels of nutrition during the animal’s life and, secondly, high animal contentment, or put another way, low stress around humans. Comfortable Farming ensures both are looked after to the optimum level. In 2015 Moffitts Farm Wiltipolls won a silver medal at the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, recognised for flavour, tenderness and juiciness of the product.
Added to the high meat quality of Moffitts Farm lamb are two important environmental credentials:
- Moffitts Farm is a net carbon sink after taking account of all emissions,
- Food miles for our meat are low, with the animals moving from farm in Romsey to processing in Kyneton (30km away) and being sold at the Meatsmith shop in Fitzroy (85 km from Kyneton).