Beef cattle

 

We’d never been keen on cattle, too big and too expensive!  However they really are necessary for properly cleaning up the paddocks ready for the sheep. 

 

So we bought in 7 organic black Angus, then a further 8 Hereford/Angus cross.  Using bulls supplied by our neighbour (himself a champion bull breeder) we have built a strong herd of approx 17 breeding cows.  They are (mostly) friendly and easy to move. 

 

They calve without any assistance from us and we have a 100% record for calving.  We keep them to rising two year olds and they are mostly sold to New Zealand organic butchers at a healthy premium.