Located high within the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the roof of northern England, Adele, my wife, and I live happily. Mother earth courses naturally through our veins. Living where we do we experience a plethora of flora and fauna which our livestock thrives upon. Additionally, throughout the year, there is always plenty of differing birdlife to be observed. For example on occasions during the summer months we can see from our kitchen window Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins swooping over our pasture fields, whilst above are Swifts, all at the same time.
A small flock of 20 Herdwick ewes also run alongside the cattle, all are quiet, bucket reared and respectful of fencing and wall enclosures.
An ancient breed of sheep developed through many generations, suited to the high hills and mountains. They tend to be long lived, excellent mothers and robust so as to thrive in the type of terrain that delivers plenty of rain and snow. Again, annually we have available for sale both young tups and gimmer lambs/shearlings.
Occasionally we have for sale both young bulls and heifers. All cattle are within the Bio-Best health scheme and are one of the very few UK herds currently accredited 'Elite' for all of the four major, common diseases i.e. IBR, Johne's, Lepto and BVD. There is no need to annually vaccinate our cattle as we are clear of these problems. We are also located within a 4 year TB test area, never having experienced a positive reading.
As you can glean from the site photographs my Beef Shorthorn cattle work hard within a tough environment, they are ideally suited for a minimal input farming system, indeed they thrive on fresh air and grass whilst producing sublime tasting beef!
We selected this particular breed of cattle for the following basic reasons: