Gambledown Herd of Pedigree Beef Shorthorns
The Beef Shorthorn herd was established in 2001 to supply a fully traceable source of Organic quality beef. We are no longer registered as organic, but run the herd on the same principles of high welfare and low inputs, for which the Shorthorns are admirably suited. Our permanent grassland receives no artificial fertiliser and is 'Mob Grazed' in line with the principles of Holistic Grazing Management to benefit the soils and the wider environment. The cattle calve outdoors in the late spring and graze the species diverse pasture until the autumn when they are moved onto the arable fields and the forage brassica catch crops. They are housed in the late winter and the calves weaned onto grass. The calves are sold as stores in the following spring off grass with the best heifers kept in the herd or sold as pedigree replacements. We run a closed herd and are accredited with Bio Best as a BVD free High Health Status Herd.