The Northern Longhorn Breeders' Club have arranged a summer visit which will take place on Sunday 30th June 2019 at Raby Estate, Staindrop, Darlington, Co Durham DL2 3NF visiting the Raby herd of Longhorns.
The day will begin meeting at Raby Estate at 10.30am for tea/coffee to begin the tour of the Estate and Longhorn cattle around 11am.
There will be a lunch at a cost of £10 per person paid on the day and we will have a raffle for Club funds.
Anyone and everyone is welcome so if you are interested and able to attend this years summer visit at Raby then please let Graham Walker know numbers Friday 26th April 2019.
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The Midland Longhorn Breeders' Club have arranged a summer visit which will take place on Sunday June 30th in Northamptonshire.
Roger and Tom Elliott, were the Club's herd competition judges last year and have kindly invited the Club to visit their farming enterprise. The enterprise is spread over three main sites based around The Homestead all of which we are hoping to get round.
Roger and Tom farm 1500 acres,
350 owned and 1150 rented. They run approximately 800 head of cattle, made up
of 300 cows/heifers to calve this year and another 80 heifers going to the
bull. Breeding-wise they have 60 pedigree South Devons (est 1988), 70 pedigree
Shorthorns (est 2009), the rest of the herd is nearly all homebred with a mix
of mainly Shorthorn, South Devon, Salers and Angus cows.
All heifers calve at two years old to the Salers, 2nd calvers to the Angus, and after that Angus, Shorthorn, Limousin and British Blue are used.
All cattle are taken through to fat, usually killed between 14 & 20 months, with stores also purchased to finish.
Roger and Tom run 50 poll Dorsets lambing Sept/Oct, 800 NZ Romney/Lleyn ewes lambing outside in April.
Also 150 Suffolk, Charolais, Texel and Beltex to produce shearling rams to sell. The also have a few pedigree Welsh pigs.
There is also a butchers shop run alongside the farming enterprises, which has been in the family for 120 years!!
Contact Claire Saxby on firstname.lastname@example.org
Finer details in due course.
The Society's Summer visit is to English Farm Longhorns, English Farm, Nuffield, Nr Henley on Thames, Oxon, RG9 5TH on Saturday 10 August, by kind invitation of owner Robert Laycock and farm manager Silas Hedley-Lawrence.
The English Farm herd was founded in 2016 and is already gaining a strong reputation for it's beef in the local area. They have a strong social media presence and host a number of tasting evenings and farm events to encourage the public to engage with the animals as much as the fabulous beef. They also attend a number of Farmer's Markets in the local area and supply a local pub. The herd is organic and 100% grass-fed. They are Pasture For Life Association members adopting grazing practices such as mob grazing to improve soil carbon levels.
The farm is around 240 acres, mostly acidic loamy free draining soil that allows the cattle to stay out all year round. The farm has an onsite butchery where all their carcases are processed (around 2 per month at present).
English Farm featured as one of our 'Friday Feature' herd - see their profile in the Society Blog.
We will meet at the farm at 10.30 for refreshments, have a tour of the cattle and then a Longhorn Beef BBQ lunch at a cost of £10 per head. If you wish to attend, please let the office know before Friday 2 August.