If you’re looking for some of the rarest livestock in Canada, you’ll find it at Our Gate To Your Plate on Elm Tree Road in Grimsby, where a herd of Galloway cows – both solid and ‘belted’ – live happily on a formerly abandoned vineyard with Romney sheep, Large Black, Hampshire and Tamworthpigs and Black Jersey Giant, Chantecler , Rhode Island Red, Minorca and Barred Plymouth Rock chickens.
What these rare breeds all share in common is a spot on either an‘endangered’, ‘vulnerable’ or ‘at risk’ list. Chosen for not only their rarity but also for their ability to thrive in the Niagara climate, the animals live outdoors in a natural environment. The cattle and sheep eat no grain but are instead fed on grass, while the pigs, which live in the nearby woods, dine on a mix of rolled oats and barley along with veggies and fruit.
The goal is to mimic the animal’s natural lifestyle and living conditions because, according to owners Andy and Lisa Sproston, “The best meat comes from happy healthy animals.” No animal at Our Gate To Your Plate is ever given growth hormones and the meat sold is antibiotic-free.
If you’re slightly shocked by the thought of eating the meat from these creatures, remember: operating this business is ensuring the continued existence of rare animals by providing breeding stock for other livestock farmers.
For more information and for shopping times etc., please visit www.ourgatetoyourplate.com