Whitebred Shorthorns join the Hardhillock Bazadaise
The Hardhillock herd of mainly Bazadaise cattle was well established
before the arrival in November 2009 of two registered Whitebred
Now, in 2011, the herd comprises 18 cows and heifers and 1
stock bull. Pure Bazadaise heifers are retained in order to
grow the herd or are sold for breeding. Steers, pure and cross,
are sold store at 14-16 months.
|Whitebred Shorthorn Heifer
with Bazadaise X Calf
As well as pedigree Bazadaise, I keep some Limousin and LimousinX
cows, but all are put to the Bazadaise bull with very satisfactory
results. The Bazadaise is a superior beef breed notable for
its grass finishing ability, mobility, muscling and ease of
calving. It has a well deserved reputation for fine flavoured,
low fat and well marbled meat.
During 2009, I decided that I should add a native breed of
cattle to my herd – but wondered ‘which one’?
After doing some research, I decided that the Whitebred Shorthorn
might suit my system – my herd is extensively managed
on grass and haylage and is outwintered. I expect my cattle
to be of excellent temperament, to calve unaided, to live a
long time and to be good mothers and good foragers. It looked
as though the Whitebred Shorthorn could do all these things
|2012's production is 1 pure
heifer by Murtholm Parky and 1 WS/Bazadaise cross heifer
(brown & white in the background), 3-4 months old
Well, my Whitebred Shorthorn heifers gave birth to Bazadaise
sired calves – the calves are an excellent beefy shape
with a great back-end. I suspected that the Whitebred Shorthorn
would cross well with the Bazadaise to produce a good commercial
store animal – and I was right.
My aim now is twofold:
- to increase numbers of pure Whitebred Shorthorn females – my
two cows are now in calf to the AI bull, Murtholm Parky.
- to use Murtholm Parky on some LimousinX cows to produce
a Lim/WBS cross that will then be put back to the Bazadaise
I have chosen to include the Whitebred Shorthorn in my herd
for purely commercial reasons. I am happy with the contribution
that these cows make to the herd.
Hardhillock, Maryculter, Aberdeen AB12 5GQ
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