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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. 

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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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  • South Devon / Jul 7, 2020 The Kestle Herd
    Roger and Adrian Rundle THE FARM: Kestle Mill Farm, Kestle Mill, Newquay, Cornwall. 120 acres owned and 60 acres rentedTHE
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