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 to register your interest - more details in due course.
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.
Email Graham on email@example.com
The NFU have produced a series of new infographics which set the record straight about how farmers protect the environment, care for their animals and provide nutritious food for the nation.
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Have you ever wondered how big, or small, your farm's carbon footprint is? Grass based grazing systems are cited as being 'environmentally friendly' but do you actually know how your farm measures up?
The Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit website has a Carbon Calculator that will help you answer these questions, and helps you improve your carbon footprint.
Click here for more information.
A new online forum has been set up to answer questions that anyone has about all aspects of Longhorn cattle keeping.
If you have a burning question to ask other members, or you think you can answer someone else's query please go to the forum and register to post.
Ewan Mackintosh of the Little Oakley herd joined the Society's Type Classification Scheme last year. He has written about his reasons for joining, and his experience of having his cattle classified on our blog.
Click here for the link to the article.
If you are interested in having your cattle classified please get in touch - the booklet explaining the scheme is in the Knowledgebase, and the Society can put you in touch with other members who have had their cattle classified to chat the process through with someone who has 'been there, done that'.
Members who sign up to Type Classification in 2019 will receive a £5 credit on their account with the Society for each cow classified, provided all animals eligible for classification are put forward
A new series of The Farmers' Country Showdown is back on our screens and two episodes feature Longhorn Society members. Past Society Chairman Geoff Wild of the Riffhams herd is seen judging sheep at the Lambeth Country Show in Episode 6, and Kenny and Jennifer Gracey of the Forthill herd will be seen in Episode 13, competing for top honours at the Irish Game Fair.
Click here for the link to the programme page on the BBC website.