Kitchen Coos and Ewes is run by Neale and Janet McQuistin. Their respective families have lived in the Luce Valley in the Southern Uplands of Scotland for many generations.
Over the last decade the farming policy where their business is based has changed dramatically. Livestock numbers have been greatly reduced and more sustainable and less intensive farming practices have been adopted. Scotland's iconic Highland cattle now graze the hill to benefit wildlife and one of the UKs newest breeds of sheep 'Beltex' are bred to make the most efficient use of the grass that grows in the in-bye fields. That mix of the ancient and modern breeds ensures all parts of the farm are being used to best effect.
Their farm is situated in the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere which has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature.
The UNESCO Biosphere designation is recognition of the fantastic array of landscapes, wildlife, cultural heritage and learning opportunities that SW Scotland offers for communities, businesses and visitors to experience and celebrate in a sustainable way.
Neale and Janet are proud to be part of this amazing initiative and are committed to working with others towards achieving the shared aims and ambitions for this fantastic part of the world.
Their farm, the livestock they keep and the environmental measures that they carry out are all a very good fit with the overall aims of the Biosphere.
The business is also committed to support organisations like The Royal Highland Education Trust by providing free school visits to our farm and to support the aims and objectives of the New Luce Community Trust by encouraging tourism in the New Luce area.