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Oak House Farm News 16.7.20

We have been (trying) to keep up with the government’s rapidly changing advice on Covid-19 and we have made a couple of changes in the shop. Please continue to observe our request to have one customer at a time in the shop. We are now providing hand sanitizer at the entrance and will also be fitting a screen in the serving area to ensure that our staff and customers can interact safely. Profile This week: Dahlia Dahlia is one of our Gloucester Old Spot sows who farrowed this week. She had a total of 9 piglets, which is a good number for an Old Spot and all of the piglets are doing well (as you can see in the pictures). Dahlia is 8 years old and has had a total of 12 litters of pigs. The is the oldest pig on the farm. Our pigs have life relatively easy as they are only expected to have 2 litters per year rather than the 2.5 that is expected in more intensive pig units. Our abattoir We like to ensure high welfare standards for all of our stock at all times. All of the beef, pork and lamb that we sell in the shop is reared on the farm and it all travels to the abattoir on our own transport. The abattoir that we use is Humphreys, which is situated close to Chelmsford. This is now just about the nearest facility to us, as increasing regulation over the last few years has led to a number of slaughterhouse closures in the region. Humphreys is a family run business that maintains the highest standards. In accordance with best practice in the UK all animals passing through the slaughterhouse are pre-stunned. Our poultry supplied by Diaper Poultry is reared to similar high standards and again all of the poultry Opening Times  Wednesday 9am - 3pm  Friday 9am - 5pm  Saturday 10am - 4pm  Please observe our C-19 precautions in the shop (details on the door)

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