West Moss-side Organic Farm is set in the wide open lands of the Carse of Stirling, just outside the village of Thornhill.
The farm includes part of the great peat bog of Flanders Moss – the remnants of a vast expanse of raised bogs which extended along the Forth Valley. It is also home to Trossachs Yurts and the West Moss-side Centre, a place of art and creativity.
Kate Sankey has been farming the land in the traditional way, with biodiversity and sustainability as her key guiding principles, since 1991. The farm is certified organic so there are no artificial fertilizers, insecticides or chemicals.
West Moss-side beef is a product of conservation grazing, as Kate explained: “I keep rare breed traditional Shetland Cattle. They are beautifully suited to the ground. In the high summer the cattle graze the high moss – keeping the rough grasses, heathers and birch regeneration at bay.
“In the winter the cattle eat hay and haylage made from the West Moss-side fields. The hay fields are biodiversity rich with a mixture of grasses, wildflowers and clover. So, no food miles for these cattle.”