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Cornish Farmers Beef With Fifteen Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:06pm 18th April 2013

Jamie Oliver's Cornish restaurant is under fire for getting its beef from Gloucestershire.

Farmers are angry Fifteen has chosen to use the produce reared 200 miles away.

Bosses say it is a rarer breed and there is no supplier big enough in the Duchy.

Peter Cowling farms on the cliffs above the eatery at Watergate Bay: "We farm the nearest land surrounding the restaurant. If you climb the cliff path.... the green fields surrounding the restaurant, that's us.

"I believe we're producing as good a beef as anything that's available in the rest of the country so if it's on your doorstep why not take it from your doorstep?

"I think it's very important. I think the most recent horse-gate scandal has proved the point that people need to source their meat locally and need to know its origins and how it's reared."

Fifteen spokesman Matthew Thomson says there is not a herd of local long horn cattle big enough and insists they do support Duchy producers: "You've got to go with what's seasonally available and we've got to take care about the price and the quality of the stuff as well that we're using. So we have to balance those things. But provenance, that's where something has come from, is absolutely as important to us as the quality and the price. So, it really really matters to us.

"We know of five herds. We would love to hear from Cornish long horn producers, but we know of five herds and they're all quite small. To put it into perspective, we sold 300 rib eye steaks last weekend. You need a certain scale of herd to be able to supply that volume."

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