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Herd Profiles

Stephen Allardyce

Stephen Allardyce, together with two sons and a stockman, run a 250-head suckler herd on the Douneside Estate in Aberdeenshire, and all stock bulls are bought based on breeding figures.  Ten bulls are used, and the latest purchase is a South Devon. 

(to quote the newsletter:)

“Stephen made the decision to purchase the South Devon bull after a trial he carried out with 90 native cattle which he bought in to finish.  ‘Out of the 90 cattle I bought, I was quite surprised with the results I got back after slaughter, showing the South Devon to be the best native animal to finish.  They are also renowned for being great mothers and provide plenty of milk.’  Stephen has started to cross the bull onto his Simmental cross heifers and hopes to bring some new blood into the herd, using heifer calves as replacements.”

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John East - Commercial Beef Producer

John East - Commercial Beef Producer

“The one native breed that can do everything the continentals can without getting over-fat”

A keen interest in converting good quality beef cattle into top notch carcasses triggered John East’s interest in the South Devon breed in the late 1970s. “My father was interested in fatstock showing at the Christmas shows, and we kept a few continentals to sell each year,” he says.  “At the time, the native classes were dwindling, so we started buying in a South Devon animal to exhibit and sell each year, to support the local markets.”

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Mat & Neil Cole - Dartmoor

Mat & Neil Cole - Dartmoor

“Choosing the best cattle to suit the environment and to produce quality beef – hill-farming on Dartmoor at up to 1550 ft above sea level”

Breeding cattle on Dartmoor is no easy feat, with fearsome weather and sparse grazing demanding particularly hardy stock. But Mat Cole and his brother Neil have got the system down to a fine art, choosing their cattle to suit the environment, and building an excellent market for both stores and finished beef in the area.

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Herd Profiles:

  • South Devon / Mar 15, 2015 John East - Commercial Beef Producer
    “The one native breed that can do everything the continentals can without getting over-fat” A keen interest in converting good
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  • South Devon / Mar 15, 2015 Mat & Neil Cole - Dartmoor
    “Choosing the best cattle to suit the environment and to produce quality beef – hill-farming on Dartmoor at up to 1550
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  • South Devon / Apr 11, 2016 Stephen Allardyce
    Stephen Allardyce, together with two sons and a stockman, run a 250-head suckler herd on the Douneside Estate in Aberdeenshire,
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