All bull calves are reared on the farm for beef. Hand reared, they are weaned from cows milk at 8 weeks old, and are moved onto a homegrown calf ration. The bulls and heifers live together in mixed groups until they reach the age of 6 months. The bulls are then separated into groups of 20-30 of a similar age. Naturally territorial, Holstein bulls cannot graze where there are public footpaths, therefore they remain housed in loose sheds, until they have reached over 500kgs at around 15-18 months of age. When they are ready to go for beef we want the least stress for the bulls, which is why we use a local family run cattle haulage company, who take the cattle to the nearest meat processors, ABP in Shrewsbury and Pickstocks in Telford.
We retain a bull for breeding purposes, who will be selected for conformation, genetics and temperament. We also have resident stock bull Bobbie, a pedigree Hereford.