Former Oxford University academic launches Yorkshire Beef Biltong

A former chemistry tutor at Oxford University who returned to the family farm near Bridlington after 12 years has launched a Yorkshire Beef Biltong.

Chris and Charlotte Shipley followed their dream to provide sustainable, wholesome food for their young family and returned to Manor Farm, Thornholme, to help with the family dairy farm and to set up Manor Farm Beef in 2011.

Manor Farm Biltong will be launched at a special Biltong and Beer evening at Yorkshire Ales in Snaith on Friday, March 29, where people will be able to try the South African delicacy with a Yorkshire twist alongside local beers.

Biltong is a mildly spiced and salted air dried meat whose name derives from the Dutch ‘BIL’ meaning buttock and ‘TONG’ meaning strip.  The Shipleys have imported equipment from South Africa to maintain its authenticity and produce the delicacy from cuts of topside, silverside, thick flank and fillet that is seasoned with a home produced dry spice mix and dried for three to five days in a UV cabinet that simulates South African sunshine.

Chris said:

As a producer of premium beef, I was convinced that Biltong made from home grown, grass fed beef would taste superb and, as a former rugby player, I embraced the South African custom that no sporting occasion, be it rugby, cricket or football, is complete without a few beers and a good supply of Biltong!


Charlotte Shipley said:

Biltong is pure protein and its low carbohydrate content makes it popular with diabetics as well as sportsmen, walkers and followers of the popular paleo diet.  We’re really hopeful that people will like it as much as me, Chris and the girls do!


Manor Farm Beef rears British Blue and Limousin and Belted Galloway cross cattle that are specially bred and fed to produce the best possible taste and texture.  The are all born at Manor Farm and are reared grazing lush pastures within two miles of the farmhouse before going for slaughter at around 24 months (as opposed to the industry standard of 16 months).  The beef is then sold through selected restaurants, Manor Farm Yorkshire Beef Boxes and at Driffield and Hovingham farmers’ markets.

Further information about Manor Farm Beef and Biltong is available from at, and

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