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Traditional Hereford Cattle

Traditional Hereford Cattle

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Traditional Hereford Cattle

Traditional Herefords are also called 'Original Population Herefords' because they can be traced through both parents directly back to the original herdbook when it was closed in the 1800's. They have no imported bloodlines.

The stockmen who developed the breed were very successful in producing a breed of cattle that was perfectly adapted to its environment, namely the Welsh Marches, a hilly area on the border of Wales and England. These cattle were stocky, able to negotiate marshes and hills, were highly  efficiently at  converting poor quality grazing to the best marbled beef and could withstand just about anything the weather could throw at them. 

The Hereford has been exported all over the world and has been adapted to cope with the differing conditions of other countries. These modern Herefords have since been re imported to the UK and therefore have imported blood. 

The Original Population Hereford is classed as 'At Risk' by the RBST and there are only around 1100 breeding females at present, up from 700 five years ago.

The Milk Marketing Board used Traditional Hereford semen to sell to dairy farmers. It was the breed of choice to use on heifers for easy calving and to produce a store animal with  value as a meat carcass. SOME DAIRY FARMERS ARE RETURNING TO THE TRADITIONAL HEREFORD BULL FOR THEIR HOLSTEIN HEIFERS WITH GREAT RESLUTS! See our testimonials page.......


We believe that these cattle have a real use today as we have to find ways of keeping our costs down with subsidies in the balance and Brexit looming.

  • Traditional Herefords finish off grass and will live out all winter on forage if the ground allows. 
  • They are a docile breed, reducing the need for expensive heavy duty handling systems.
  • They are easy calving and are milky with a ready supply of high butterfat milk. The calves grow fast and mature early.
  • Tha carcass size is a handy 300kg usually grading at R3/4. Popular with family butchers and not penalised for being oversize.
  • As a rare breed they can be used for conservation grazing.

Breeding stock usually for sale. See 'FOR SALE' page. Please email for more info, we are happy to show you our stock but please make an appiontment.