We now have virtually all of our agricultural land back in hand after many decades of tenancies.
These 2600 acres are home to our growing herd of lovely Luing cattle which we'll grow to about 250 breeding cows and heifers; we are moving to all spring calving from both Luing and Simmental bulls. This will give us the critical mass to breed top class Luing replacements for our own herd with plenty of extras for sale along with a more commercial Simm/Luing herd which will be put to Pogba, our red Angus bull, or Maxim, our Charolais bull, to produce faster growing but still very tasty calves.
We firmly believe in the taste profile of Luing beef and in the conservation benefits of extensive out-wintering of Luings on the hill.
We also run a small flock of Blackface and Cheviot ewes to produce ‘Mules’ for our production flock of sheep. These Mule ewe lambs grow into gentle but quite prolific mothers which often raise two or more lambs every year giving us a good base to our economic production. We put just over 1000 ewes to the tups this season and we are looking forward to a busy and productive lambing.
All our animals live as natural lives as we can balance with their welfare, aiming to be 100% grass fed where possible, slow growing to maximise flavour and as healthy and happy as we can make them.