Herouldmede traditional Herefords
The Herouldmede herd was formed in 2009 with cows from Olde House and Trindledown and they were quickly joined by a young bull, Albany Sebastian, from Leslie Cook. The initial family groups were Dowager, Gaymaid, Venus and Ruby, but in 2011 were joined by another Gaymaid, and Sylvia from the Hazeldene herd. In 2013 after a sad year where we lost our Dowager to ill heath we decided to go back to John Hawtin of the Olde House herd and have now added to our growing female population with two young heifers Julia, Amorous and a maiden Heifer Caroline with heifer calf at foot.
Our stock bull Darmon Huckleberry came to us from Berkshire and has successfully integrated into the herd and will continue to move our herd closer to our goal of having a full suckler herd of 26 breeding cows.
The herd is separated out into breeding cows, heifers and steers with any young bulls we might have. The main herd are rotated throughout the farm moving fields every 7 10- days; the young males and heifers are again moved regularly to keep the risk of disease down and to give the grass opportunity to recover. The winters are spent under cover to protect the heavy clay underfoot.
Our cattle are purely grass fed - they graze our pasture in summer and are fed hay from our fields in winter.
At the present our policy is to keep the heifers for breeding, bull calves are, in the main steered although this is not done until they are approximately 10 -12 months old and if found to be good enough are put up for sale. Our steers are grown on until 28 -29 months and sold to local butchers. They are slaughtered locally and are rarely sold more than 20 miles away.