Richard and Hazel Hoskin share the management of Maiden Castle Farm in Dorchester with Richard's father John and together raise around 1,000 beef cattle.
As one of over 16,000 British and Irish beef farms that supply the whole cuts of 100% beef for our famous burgers, today the Hoskins rank amongst some of the UK’s most well-respected beef producers and have been able to grow and diversify in recent years.
Setting the highest standards
The Hoskins, like all of the beef farmers that supply us with quality ingredients, must be accredited by a nationally recognised farm assurance scheme such as Red Tractor which includes animal health and welfare standards. That’s because we know our customers prefer to buy food produced on farms with these high standards in place – and it’s important to us too.
Supporting future farmers
As well as joining over 17,500 British and Irish farmers from who we source quality ingredients for our UK menu, Richard and Hazel have also taken a keen interest in nurturing the next generation of farmers by participating in the McDonald’s Progressive Young Farmer training programme.
Farmers like Charles Clack, one of the first young agricultural students to take part in McDonald’s Progressive Young Farmer (PYF) programme which aims to support young farmers as they kick-start their careers.
As part of his 12-month training, Charles was mentored by Richard and Hazel on their farm in Dorset. The Hoskins helped Charles develop new skills both in the field and in the farm office. They gave him the chance to see up close how McDonald’s ingredients start their journey through the supply chain, before making their way onto the menu.
If you want to read more about our 40-year history and the contribution we make to our customers, our people, our suppliers, our local communities and to the UK economy, visit www.mcdonaldsservingtheuk.co.uk