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Beef Shorthorn: adding value to a ‘classic size’ family farm

Beef Shorthorn: adding value to a ‘classic size’ family farm

Beef producers seeking a functional suckler cow would do well to consider Beef Shorthorn, says Fraser Hugill. Why? “We’re among the farmers who run a classic 250 to 300 acre family farm which has to have additional income, and we’ve found that apart from looking after themselves, these cows also look after us too. They are such quiet animals.

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Milk to meat: breeding a functional suckler cow for the industry

Roger and Tom Elliott

Swapping red and white Ayrshire cattle for red, white and roan Beef Shorthorn has brought a new and successful dynamic to David and Rosemary Dickie’s livestock enterprise.

“We are helping to breed a much needed functional suckler cow for the industry. That’s what Beef Shorthorn is all about, and that’s where the breed’s future lies,” says David. “And since we’ve tried and tested the breed and found it really does tick all the boxes, it’s a future we’re very confident about.

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Great foragers, easy calving, ample milk

Burnside Elite, the February 2013 Stirling topper at 8,500gns

Burnside Elite, the February 2013 Stirling topper at 8,500gns

Beef Shorthorn meeting demand in Northern Ireland

Beef Shorthorn registrations in Northern Ireland have increased considerably in Northern Ireland over the last few years, and there’s real potential for the trend to continue in order to meet with escalating commercial demand, reports William McAllister. “We believe the breed has a big future.

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A Small Herd with a Big Impact

James Nelson - Glenbrae Shorthorns

Recently the Glenbrae Herd, owned by James Nelson from Larne, celebrated 25 years of breeding Pedigree Beef Shorthorns by holding a farm walk for approximately 40 breeders and friends from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. After a brief introduction from James, the visitors were given a very relaxing walk through the cattle with James on hand to answer questions. James being experienced both as a judge and a shorthorn breeder is very informative on all aspects of the breed. Having seen all the stock everyone was treated to a very enjoyable meal.

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