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Meet our M&S Select Farmers

From the beef in your favourite pie to your centrepiece chicken roasting joint, all our M&S meat is sourced from M&S Select Farms that we know and trust. Find out more about the amazing M&S Select Farmers we work with and our top-quality products below
M&S Food Select Farms

What are Select Farms?

We all care about where our food comes from and, at M&S, we’ve made it easy for you to find out. All of our 900+ Select Farms food products come from farmers we know and trust, and we have more RSPCA Assured products than any other national retailer. That means you can rest assured they adhere to our animal-welfare and environmental-protection standards.

Our Select Farms brand is part of our wider Plan A initiative, which is our commitment as a business to building a more sustainable future.

We’re setting new animal welfare standards

By the end of 2022, we will become the first retailer to sell only slower-reared, higher-welfare, 100% British chicken across our full range of fresh chicken products. We already have industry-leading animal-welfare standards and, building on that, all our fresh chicken will soon be Oakham Gold™. 

Why slower grown? Well, we believe this more natural rearing approach means the birds have a much better quality of life, can be much more active, and can express their natural behaviours better, which will ultimately help produce a better-tasting, better-quality fresh chicken for M&S customers.​

An Oakham Gold chicken
Oakham Gold farmer Martin in a barn

Meet Oakham Gold™ farmer Martin

M&S Select Farmer Martin Sweetland rears our higher-welfare Oakham Gold™ chickens, which live in large, light and airy barns with plenty of space to roam and better access to food and water. The standards all our farmers follow for our Oakham™ chickens are industry leading, and all our chicken is 100% British and from M&S Select Farms we know and trust. 

100% traceable British beef

Just like the carefully chosen farmers we work with, we know that, when it comes to beef, great taste starts in the field. That’s why we are the only national retailer that can trace 100% of our beef back to the farm and animal it came from. So you know you’re getting the best, every time.

Put prime British beef centre stage with chef Chris Baber’s harissa beef and houmous kofte and Aberdeen Angus burgers with sweet potato wedges and creamy slaw.

Our British beef is 100% traceable back to every farm
M&S Select beef farmers

Meet our beef farmers

Robert Barbour from Crailinghall in Jedburgh is one of our M&S Select beef farmers. Like all our M&S Select Farmers, Robert and his sons, Graham and Scott, pride themselves on producing top-quality meat. They also work hard to encourage natural wildlife on their farm by having uncultivated field margins, large areas of hedges and woodlands and fenced-off riversides.

100% outdoor-bred pork

All our pork (excluding artisanal continental charcuterie) is 100% British, outdoor bred, RSPCA Assured and from M&S Select Farms. The pigs have access to both indoor and outdoor space and are given balls and toys to play with. From pork chops to the bacon in your BLT, all our pork tastes incredible and supports our M&S Select Farmers.

Need some dinner inspiration? Try our new delicious pork recipes: pork tacos with tangy pineapple salsa and smoky bacon and egg naans.

All our fresh pork is outdoor-bred
100% British chicken

100% British chicken

This is not just chicken… this is British M&S chicken! ALL our chicken, from fresh chicken breasts to the chicken in fuss-free prepared curries, is sourced from M&S Select Farms in the UK that share our quality, environmental and welfare standards.

Meet one of our free-range chicken farmers below and try chef Chris Baber’s delicious ideas that put our British chicken centre stage. Think Moroccan chicken wraps and super-juicy chicken burgers.

Meet our chicken farmer Justin

Justin Scales is the owner of Capestone Farm in Pembrokeshire in Wales and is one of our M&S Select Farms free-range chicken farmers. For the past 15 years, Justin has been our main provider of free-range and organic chicken. The chickens are grown slowly for maximum flavour and have plenty of space to roam with hay bales to perch on, room to spread their wings and even toys to play with! The free-range chickens have all-day access to the outdoors where they forage among clover, herbs and grasses – making the meat packed full of delicious flavour. What’s more, Justin has designed his farmland to ensure the woodland and hedgerows create natural wind defences and also encourage wildlife.

M&S Select Farmer Justin Scale and family

A whole leg of lamb

Welsh Lamb

We work with trusted M&S Select Farmers to produce delicious high-quality lamb in Wales, where the landscape, topography and generations of expertise of farmers combine to make it one of the most sustainable places to produce lamb. Fourth-generation farmer Wynne Jerman from Llanidloes in Powys has been providing M&S with lamb for several years, and he was crowned M&S Welsh Lamb producer of the year in 2019 at the Marks & Spencer Select Farm Awards. Wynne’s lambs are grass fed and graze alongside his herd of cattle, promoting soil health and carbon sequestration. He also focuses on feeding his lambs the best quality grass to ensure amazing taste and flavour.

From lamb cutlets to whole lamb legs, explore our range of Welsh Lamb in store and discover our delicious recipe ideas below.

Middle Eastern-style cutlets

Go big and bold with sunshine flavours and put our succulent Welsh Lamb cutlets centre stage by serving up rose harissa cutlets with a vibrant salad. First, marinate the lamb cutlets in yoghurt and M&S rose harissa paste for a few hours. Once marinated, heat a griddle pan over a high heat and cook the lamb for around 6 minutes. Serve the cutlets with our Tenderstem broccoli and Middle Eastern-style roasted butternut squash salad and top with M&S za’atar, pomegranate seeds, fresh mint and lemon. 

Fancy some more recipe ideas? Head on over to our Fresh Market recipe hub for delicious inspiration from chef Chris Baber.

Rose harissa lamb cutlets with salad
Lamb steak tacos

Lamb steak tacos

Switch up taco Tuesday by swapping chicken for juicy Welsh Lamb steak. Simply coat the lamb steaks in M&S Cajun seasoning and sear in a griddle pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, then allow to rest. While the steaks are resting, make a crunchy slaw by combing shredded cabbage and carrot with chopped spring onions, coriander, lime juice, lime zest, olive oil and seasoning. Slice the steaks and serve in warm soft taco shells along with the slaw and your favourite toppings, such as sour cream, guacamole and pink pickled onions.

Pick up all the ingredients you need to make these tasty tacos in store now and hit the link below for lots more recipe ideas. 

Fresh produce that doesn’t cost the earth

Our UK M&S Select Farms produce growers go to great lengths to cultivate the very best produce for our customers. To do this, protecting our precious natural resources is vital. M&S asks all UK growers to be LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Marque certified, which means that our growers enrich diverse, native habitats and species, improve soil health and manage water and energy use responsibly.

An M&S Select Farmer inspecting his tomato crop
The RSPCA is the UK’s largest animal welfare charity, operating throughout England and Wales advocating for animal welfare, rehoming animals, and conducting investigations and securing convictions for abuse of animals. The SSPCA and USPCA fulfil a similar role in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and all work together to advocate for animal welfare across the UK. In addition to this work, the RSPCA develops welfare standards for farm animals, which outline best practice in care and welfare, to ensure farm animals have a better quality of life. These standards are world renowned and used by many welfare organisations worldwide. In the UK, these standards are applied through the RSPCA’s farm assurance scheme, RSPCA Assured. RSPCA Assured works across all of the UK to support farmers who wish to raise their animals to higher welfare standards.