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Introducing Beef Shorthorn

The functional suckler cow


Welcome to the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society

Beef Shorthorn is the native breed with a rich past, a dynamic present, and one that is fit for future purpose being highly suited to modern low input farming systems. It offers a solution as a modern functional suckler cow: the breed is finding a ready market amongst commercial suckler producers who are discovering it fits the gap following the demise of quality replacements sourced from the dairy sector. Moreover it has a high health status: all registered animals offered at Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society official sales are from CHeCS approved health scheme herds. Plus cattle surplus for breeding purposes are eligible for Morrisons Shorthorn Beef scheme - and the brand is also increasingly appealing to high street butchers and farm shops.

Native breeds came under pressure in the 1960s and 1970s following the invasion of the Continental breeds. After three decades, they are back in vogue. Beef Shorthorn is amongst those witnessing a major turn-around and it has been documented by Defra as the fastest growing native breed.

Images courtesy of Catherine MacGregor Photography.


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If you are searching for a functional suckler cow, then Beef Shorthorn provides a solution. Introducing Beef Shorthorn genetics to your suckler herd will deliver:

  • Calving ease – low birthweight

  • Docility

  • Milkiness and fertility

  • Hardiness – ability to winter outdoors

  • Feed efficiency, in particular foraging ability

  • Lively calves quickly up and sucking

Overall, if you’re looking at a low input, low cost system, then Beef Shorthorn is a perfect fit.


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"It's a breed with an appealing quiet temperament. One that's easy to keep..."

- George Irving, Mountbenger