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Historically, Manor Farm at Wotton, near Dorking, was a key supplier of milk and other produce for the Evelyn family at the historic Wotton House estate.

Today, the Matthews family who have farmed this traditional mixed farm for three generations, are champions of sustainable farming and their prized Belted Galloway suckler herd is grass fed and outdoor reared.

Their cows conservation graze in the Surrey countryside, on local pasture and herb rich chalk downland, and they produce quality beef that is sold direct from the farm to individuals, butchers, pubs and restaurants.

The instantly recognisable Belted Galloways (nicknamed 'Belties' or 'Oreo Cows' by some due to its distinctive markings) are a hardy breed which originate from the exposed uplands of Galloway in south west Scotland.

They are well suited to rough grazing, while producing nutritionally rich milk for their calves and later converting into well marbled flavoursome beef.  

This mixed Surrey farm also rotates arable crops including oil seed rape for vegetable oil, winter wheat for bread and biscuit flours and maize which is mainly grown as a cash crop.

Belted Galloway cows at Manor Farm in Wotton, Surrey
Belted Galloway cows at Manor Farm in Wotton, Surrey

A farming family 

The Matthews family originally moved to Manor Farm from a dairy farm in Cowden, Kent in 1935 and is currently run by Laurence and Paula Matthews.

A pillar of the Surrey farming community, Laurence has been representing Surrey members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) on the South East Region, Combinable Crops Board since 2003 and was the board's first chairman. He has also been the Surrey County Delegate for the NFU Council since 2011.

Both positions are held by working farmers representing the agricultural industry, lobbying and advising on agricultural affairs and representing NFU members' interests.

Locally, Laurence is also on the council of the Surrey County Agricultural Society and has been a steward since 1978. He helps the Society to run the Surrey County Show and the Surrey County Ploughing Match.

Paula trained in countryside recreation, habitat management such as heathland, chalk downland and woodland, tree planting and hedge laying; working as a countryside ranger and warden for local authority and the National Trust.

Laurence and Paula draw together a breadth of experience and skills in farming and countryside conservation as a core to integrated farm management.

Manor Farm’s grass fed beef is dry-aged for 30 days and provides well marbled, quality beef packed with nutrients and flavour.

Selling seasonal, grass-fed Belted Galloway beef direct from Manor Farm on pre-arranged collection days gives customers the opportunity to meet the farmers who produce the 'Beltie' beef from farm to fork.

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Local Food Surrey says

At a time when there has perhaps never been a great focus on the sustainability and provenance of British farming, places like Manor Farm shine like a beacon with their high welfare Belted Galloway cattle roaming the fields and great efforts to create wildlife havens throughout their farmland. They are proud to undertake important conservation grazing on the North Downs with their Wotton herd of pedigree Belted Galloway cattle. Grazing helps to maintain a species rich habitat on the chalk downland which is now rare worldwide.

It’s no surprise that the Red Tractor assured local produce direct from Manor Farm, which forms part of the Matthews family’s sustainable approach to food production in the Surrey Hills, is in such high demand. Give them a call to order your next reusable jute bag of high quality beef.