RED RUBY DEVON BEEF AND EXMOOR LAMB

Our next date for fresh beef will be on Friday 16th November, but we have beef in our freezer at the farm. Please contact us and we’ll do our best to get you what you want.

Lamb is available from September until the end of December. It is generally supplied fresh to order, so please contact us at least two weeks before you need it, but we sometimes have frozen lamb in stock.

We are now providing a delivery service by 24 hour courier. 

 Please see below for details, or contact us if you would like more information.

West Ilkerton Farm strong made-to-last jute shopping bags can be bought for £6, or for £5 with an order of meat.

Our strong made-to-last jute shopping bags can be bought for £6, or for £5 with an order of meat.

Delivery of fresh beef and lamb boxes is free in the Lynton area (within 5 miles by road of EX35 6QA), and we may be able to deliver frozen meat to somewhere central in Ilfracombe, Barnstaple or South Molton.

You’re welcome to collect your meat from West Ilkerton Farm if you prefer. Please call 01598 752310 beforehand to arrange a time.

We are now able to offer a 24 hour courier service throughout mainland Britain as far north as Inverness (Max weight inc box = 15 kg).

The cost of sending our meat by courier (which includes the cool box and ice sheets used) is £20 to mainland England & Wales, £25 to Glasgow or Edinburgh and £30 to anywhere else in mainland Scotland south of Inverness. Our courier can pick up meat from us from Monday to Thursday inclusive for delivery from Tuesday to Friday inclusive. Meat can be sent frozen or fresh. If you’re not going to be in when the meat arrives there must be a safe place where the box can be left as because meat is perishable it can’t be taken back to the depot. The courier service is not available when ice or snow are forecast, as a 24 hour service is often impossible when the weather’s bad, so it’s a good idea to take delivery of meat for Christmas in advance!

Our £160 beef box typically weighs 14 kg, so is fine to send by courier. Our half lamb boxes are also fine to send, as they weigh about 8 kg, and you are welcome to add cuts of beef to make up the weight to 14kg.

Meat can be sent frozen, at a date to suit you, or ordered in advance and sent fresh on the day we get it back from the butcher.

Free dog bones and dog meat for customers. Please ask.

(We’re sorry that we can’t offer free dog meat and bones if your meat is being delivered by courier.)

PEDIGREE RED RUBY DEVON BEEF

Devons produce wonderfully succulent, marbled beef with an excellent flavour.

All our beef cattle are pedigree ‘Red Ruby’ Devon and are born and raised at West Ilkerton. They are grass fed, kept as naturally as possible to minimise stress and are treated with compassion at all times.

During the spring, summer and autumn, they graze in large fields that have a variety of grass and scrub in them plus running water, so they are free to choose open ground or shade and shelter.

They are never fenced in with electric fencing. Mating is performed naturally by a bull that lives with the herd.

The calves stay with their mothers for at least six months before being weaned in the autumn and housed in social groups with the cows next door to minimise stress. All the cattle are housed in large social groups during the worst of the winter weather, and the cows usually calve indoors from December until the beginning of May.

We use steers (castrated male calves) for our beef. When they are the correct weight, at around 26 months old, we take them to the local abattoir in Combe Martin ourselves. The meat is air-dried in a cold store at Combe Martin Meats for at least three weeks before being cut and packed by their master butcher. All the cuts are vacuum packed for freshness, and our beef burgers and sausages are put in freezer bags. The sausages and beef burgers are gluten free.

Our beef boxes come in a variety of sizes to suit different sizes of freezer. The lists below show the typical contents of each box. The weights are approximate, but in general the weight given below is a minimum. If you can’t find what you want here, please ask. We often have spare cuts to sell. Also, if you would like extra steaks, mince or stewing steak in your box we can usually do that for you.

As a general rule, allow about 0.15 – 2 kg uncooked meat per person, depending on the cut. For example, a fillet steak weighing 0.15 kg is a large fillet steak, but we allow 0.2 kg stewing steak per person for a casserole.

£160 BOX

Contains an excellent selection of roasts, steaks, mince and meat for slower cooking. We always put our largest roasts into the £160 boxes, so if you buy one you generally get more meat than advertised.

Fillet steaks (pack of 2) 0.3 kg

Sirloin steaks (2 packs of 2) 0.8 kg

Rump steak (pack of 2) 0.4 kg

Minute steaks (pack of 2) 0.3 kg

Rib eye steaks (2 packs of 1) 0.5 kg

Topside 1.3 kg

Silverside 2 kg

Slow roast (forerib) 1.8 kg

Braising steak 0.5 kg

Stewing steak 1.0 kg

Mince 1.0 kg

Beefburgers (pack of 10)

Sausages (4 packs of 6)

The contents of a £160 box


£90 BOX

Sirloin steaks (pack of 2) 0.4 kg

Rump steaks (pack of 2) 0.4 kg

Minute steaks (pack of 2) 0.3 kg

Single rib eye steak 0.25 kg

Topside 1.3 kg

Braising steak 0.5 kg

Stewing steak 1.0 kg

Mince 1.0 kg

Beefburgers (pack of 10)

Sausages (2 packs of 6)

The contents of a £90 beef box

Chris with a £90 beef box

£70 BOX

Fillet steaks (pack of 2) 0.3 kg

Sirloin steaks (pack of 2) 0.4 kg

Silverside 2 kg

Slow roast (forerib) 1.8 kg

Sausages (2 packs of 6)

BBQ BOX £35

2 packs of 10 beef burgers (20 beef burgers in all)

4 packs of 6 sausages (24 sausages in all)

LUXURY STEAK BOX £48

Fillet steaks (pack of 2) 0.3 kg

Sirloin steaks (pack of 2) 0.4 kg

Rump steak (pack of 2) 0.4 kg

Minute steaks (pack of 2) 0.3 kg

Rib eye steaks (2 packs of 1) 0.5 kg

LARGE STEAK BOX £68.00

Sirloin steaks (3 packs of two) 1.3 kg

Rump steaks (3 packs of 2) 1.6 kg

Minute steaks (3 packs of 2) 1 kg

STEAKS, ROASTING JOINTS, MINCE, SAUSAGES AND STEWING STEAK

If we have spare steaks, roasting joints, mince, sausages and stewing steak we can add them to your order if you like. Please ask. Special ‘one off’ individually priced boxes are often put together after all orders have been fulfilled. Please check this page and our Facebook ‘West Ilkerton Farm’ page for details, or contact us by phone / email to find out what is available.

EXMOOR LAMB

We have a flock of pedigree Exmoor horn ewes, and breed both purebred Exmoor horns and ‘halfbreds’ (crossed with a Border Leicester). These halfbred ewes are then put to a Texel or Chartex ram to get a larger, leaner carcass than a typical Exmoor horn would produce. All our lambs are born and raised here at West Ilkerton.

Lambing takes place indoors during the last two weeks of March and first two weeks of April. As soon as the lambs are strong enough, and if the weather is okay, they are let out into fields of fresh spring grass with their mothers and they stay outside in the fields until weaning in September, when the ewes and lambs are separated. The lambs are then let out as a flock on the lush after-grass from our hay and silage fields on the home side of the farm. Some ewe lambs are kept as flock replacements, some are sold for breeding to other farms and the best of our wether lambs (castrated males) are kept for our meat boxes while the rest are sold as store lambs at Blackmoor Gate market.

We take our meat lambs to the abattoir at Combe Martin ourselves. The meat is air dried in a cold store for up to a week before being cut and packaged according to our customer’s requirements by the master butcher at Combe Martin.

West Ilkerton box of half a lamb

A half lamb box with the leg whole, the shoulder cut in half, the breast minced and the chops vacuum packed for two people

Lamb from us in half lamb boxes, cut in the traditional way and vacuum packed. Cut as you want it (whole or half leg and shoulder, boned & rolled breast or mince).

The price is £80 per 1/2 lamb box or £150 for a whole lamb
A typical box contains at least:

2.8 kg leg
2.2 kg shoulder
0.6 kg cutlets
0.7 kg loin chops
0.7 kg mince or rolled breast
All in all, that’s 7 – 8 kg, so a box works out at just over£10 / kg.

Lamb box with half leg and shoulder, chops and minced breast

Half lamb box with a boned, rolled breast, chops and half leg plus shoulder

Lamb box with half leg and shoulder, chops and boned, rolled breast