Hof Keil: high-quality Blonde d'Aquitaine beef
Hof KeilReken, Germany
Born on the Keil farm in the Westphalian Münsterland, Heiner Keil was raised with farming. Originally run as a conventional farm since 1963, Heiner and his partner Claudia decided to completely convert the family business to species-appropriate suckler cow husbandry in 2012. Heiner Keil is a passionate farmer and takes great care to make sure the animals and the customers are cared for. His mission: to provide animal-friendly care, along with excellent employee support, while coordinating the supply chain from calving to slaughter.
“Our family business Hof Keil stands for quality, transparency and sustainable agriculture. Because of this, we are glad to be part of the JRE network of like-minded individuals.”
Owner Hof Keil
Suckler cow husbandry – raising the animals appropriately
The beef cattle at Hof Keil are of the Blonde d'Aquitaine/Angus and Taurus breeds of suckler cows. They live together as a family from March to November on the surrounding nature conservation pastures in the middle of Münsterland. Here, the animals find varied food and can move around undisturbed. The animals live in a herd and are inseminated naturally. The calves stay with their mother cow for nine months. The milk from the cows is exclusively for the calves. In their role as landscape conservationists, the animals ensure the ecologically valuable nature reserves with their high biodiversity remain protected. To protect them from the weather, the animals live in modern open stables on straw during the winter months and are fed with grass, hay and corn from the farm’s own production. What’s more, the animals also have sufficient space inside the stables. Massage brushes ensure the well-being of the suckler cows. Because of this species-appropriate, natural husbandry, the beef is consistently of a high quality.
From breeding to slaughter – all in one place
Heiner, Claudia, and the entire farm community strive to provide stress-free and species-appropriate living conditions for the animals. With the construction of their own country butcher's shop with on-site slaughtering in 2017, a big dream came true for the family. The animals are slaughtered in the farm's own butcher's shop. The animals are spared the stress of transport and the unfamiliar surroundings of a large slaughterhouse. Slaughtering couldn't be more gentle. From the procreation, birth and rearing of the animals to the time of slaughter – everything comes from a single source at Hof Keil. This is another building block for the quality of the premium meat. All animals grow up on the farm, are at least 24 months old and graze on the surrounding nature conservation pastures for two whole summers. The processed meat and sausage products are of premium quality and are made in the farm’s own butcher's shop. A long-held conviction prevents the use of flavour enhancers and additives in production.
Maximum enjoyment: that's what we work for
Hof Keil stands for sustainability, regionality and appreciation along the entire production chain. You can clearly taste this in the honest and sustainable high-quality products.