Tofts Beef Shorthorn Breeding Programme
At the present time the Tofts Beef Shorthorn herd consists of:
- 65 head Pedigree breeding cows
- 30 young replacement heifers
- 15 young bull sfor sale
- 5 Stock Bulls
Currently we aim to produce superior suckler cows that are bred to breed top quality beef cattle. Our targets are quite simple, to ensure that the end products (finished cattle) meet the specifications that the market place requires. In this case our steers must finish off grass at 600+kgs, grading R 4 L or better and our heifers 100kgs lighter.
To achieve this we utilise Beef Shorthorn genetics, which enable us to breed an efficient, productive and moderate size cow weighing 650/700kgs. We are prepared to search the world looking for better genetics and learn more from people’s experiences and techniques. We currently use Breedplan to record our herd performance using EBV’s and weight records.
- Wean calves that weigh 350kgs at 300 days
- Produce 10+ natural calves in a lifetime
- Heifers to calve at 2 years old
- 365 day calving interval
- Maintain 650kgs live-weight
- Live outside in the winter
Our young bulls are selected for conformation and growth and are performance tested annually on a forage-based ration. These bulls are sold either privately or at society sales. Heifers are retained or sold as breeding females to an ever-expanding list of customers.
Tofts Beef Shorthorn cattle are frequently present at national and local shows. In the last few years having major success at both national and local shows and even winning the Native Bred Champion at the last ever Royal Agricultural show in England 2009. Young bulls are sold for sires from the field or from Stirling or Carlisle bull sales.
Other successes from our homebred cattle are;
Tofts Holly D7
Tofts Augusta M7
Tofts Jovial S147
Tofts Atlas Z900
Tofts Beauty Princess T323