The Cossins' family have been farming in the Tarrant Valley since 1877 and have a long tradition as milk production wholesale suppliers since 1910. James Cossins began his work on the farm in 1978 and is the fifth generation of the Cossins' family to oversee the day to day life at Rawston Farm in Tarrant Rawston, Dorset.
We have our own Rawstar Dairy Herd which achieved pedigree status in 1950, we still have the passport cards drawn out of the first heifers born in 1951 with the bloodline name Rawstar Sandy. We also raise traditional cattle breeds of Aberdeen Angus and Herefords. All our cattle are grass fed all year round on the naturally lush and mineral rich grass that the Tarrant Valley affords us, we believe this to be some of the best grass pastures for our herds in the Country.
The Cossins Family – 5th and 6th Generations
James and Barbara with their children Georgie and Henry
Due to pollution regulations we had to sell one of our dairy herds and in 2012 we decided to make use of a sad and redundant building and to bring some new life and energy back into the farmyard. The butchery was thus created. By 2017 the butchery had proved to be a very popular addition to our farm. We thus extended further to create Rawston Farm Shop right next door, offering not only superb quality locally reared meat but a wide range of locally sourced produce as well. The butchery and farm shop are now open to the public Monday to Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm, closed on Sunday. Our butchery also supplies seven local independent retailers, a list which continues to grow.
We are now selling our own 28 day matured beef that is supplied direct from our farm in the Tarrant Valley. We also work closely with only the best Dorset farmers and suppliers to offer the best quality and selection of Dorset meat and produce all under one roof. With the addition of homemade pies, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, home-cooked ready meals and Barbara's scrumptious vanilla ice-cream, we are continuing to constantly expand what the Farm Shop offers.
Barbara and James Cossins are also the owners of the award-winning Langton Arms Pub, just down the road from Rawston Farm in Tarrant Monkton. With meat now supplied from the family farm and butchery, customers who dine here can really experience the "field to plate" philosophy. Sourcing quality, locally produced meat and produce has always been important to the Cossins' family both for the The Langton Arms and now Tarrant Rawston Butchery and Farm Shop as well. Recently the pub won the prestigious Taste of Dorset Award and here Barbara talks about the pub and what makes it such a special place.
LOVE LOCAL TRUST LOCAL
Rawston Farm are proud to support the annual LEAF "Open Farm Sunday" campaign, where farms all over the Country take their turn to open their gates for people to discover real farming first hand and to see for themselves how their food is produced.
When we hosted this event in 2018 and began talking to our many visitors, we discovered how important food miles and eating local produce and meat was to so many people. The Cossins family thus created and are proud to promote the Dorset "Love Local Trust Local" symbol, based on the following ethos
- We believe that food should be grown with love and care to the highest ethical standards
- We believe that customers should know the full provenance of all the foods they are eating
- We believe that sourcing food from within 30 miles of its’ destination, fosters community and is good for the environment
Look out for the "Love Local Trust Local" symbol on our produce reared, prepared and sold at Rawston Farm Butchery and Farm Shop.