Shorthorn herd

Gaddesden Beef Shorthorns

Why choose Gaddesden beef

The Beef Shorthorn is the ideal breed for the production of choice high quality beef with its suitability for extensive and organic farming systems and its proven marbling and early finishing abilities. Gaddesden Beef Shorthorns are Farm Assured, Breedplan recorded and members of the BioBest Cattle Health Scheme.

Beef production at Gaddesden Home Farm

The herd was established from 2002 with drafts from Mr. Dan Bull of the Croxton Park Partnership. Our first bull was Colnvalley Seigneur, bred by Mr. M. D. McMillan of Gloucestershire, by Chapelton Fulcrum out of Tofts Flossy M33.

The herd is extensively grazed on permanent pasture, managed under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, and housed in winter on straw in a purpose built, well ventilated building at Hawbush Farm.

Cows are predominantly from the ‘Flossy’, ‘Lovely’, ‘Cara’, ‘Rothes’ and ‘Tulip’ families, while our first bull Colnvalley Seigneur was known affectionately as ‘Sid’. All his progeny are polled. Among AI bulls used are Chapelton Promotor and Chapelton Wildfire.

Our aim is to produce Pedigree breeding stock for sale, in particular for Conservation Grazing.

Bull calves and heifers not sold as breeding stock or used for replacements are normally sold as autumn stores.

The Gaddesden Home Farm, which was taken back in hand in 1870, has a long history of livestock production.

A pedigree Hereford herd was run until the 1960s when, coupled with the expansion of the dairy herd, a barley beef unit was established at Upperwood and Hawbush Farms in partnership with Yeoman Beef and ran for about 20 years.

The Gaddesden Guernseys were replaced in the 1940s by Dairy Shorthorns and subsequently by Ayrshires. In the 1960s these were converted into the commercial Black and Whites, finally becoming the Oakengrove herd of pedigree Holstein Friesians.