Welcome to Lochbyre Rare Breed Meat
We are a family smallholding on the outskirts of Newton Mearns, south of Glasgow. We provide ethically produced, great tasting, high quality meat.
All our animals are born and reared on our smallholding ensuring complete traceability and minimal stress for the animals. Rare breed animals are slower to mature than intensively farmed animals. At Lochbyre Rare Breed Meat, our animals are allowed to grow and develop naturally. They spend all their lives outdoors, free to roam at all times, kept in small family groups and only given medicines where absolutely necessary. It is well known that meat always tastes better from an animal that has not been stressed, so we do our best to make sure the animals welfare comes first.
At Lochbyre we keep two kinds of native rare breed pigs, the Gloucestershire Old Spot and the British Saddleback. Both breeds make lovely mothers; they are very hardy and produce excellent, flavoursome pork and bacon.
Our pigs are traditionally reared, living outdoors all year round. The pigs sleep and shelter in arcs filled with straw. The sows give birth in their arcs with the piglets staying with their mother until they are 8 weeks old when they are then weaned. The weaners are put into another paddock where they are kept in small family groups to enjoy their free range lives.
At Lochbyre we keep a flock of Shetland sheep and a flock of Soay sheep. The sheep live outdoors all year round. Lambing takes place from the end of March until the end of May, with the lambs only coming indoors if problems arise.
There are only a small number of Soay and Shetland flocks left in Scotland. We are playing an important part in maintaining these two iconic Scottish breeds of sheep. Soay and Shetland meat is of very high quality with outstanding flavour and a fine texture. Both breeds meat are lower in fat than modern breeds and also low in lipid fats making it an excellent choice in a low cholesterol diet.
Our spring lamb is available in season from November until January, booking early is advised.