How many cattle you cater for?
Pen sizes range from 25 to 150 cattle although we can cater for smaller batches upon request. We accept cattle at any time of the year and our finishing unit operates 365 day per year. We require 21 days notice before accepting cattle to our finishing unit to allow sufficient time for our intake protocol process. If for any reason you are unable to conform to our protocol please ask as this is a service we can offer at cost.
How will I know the performance of my cattle?
One of the main benefits of owner retained contract finishing is that you are provided with regular performance reports. From a business perspective, many of our customers use this data to help them make informed choices regarding their future breeding program. We use the latest technologies to help monitor feeding and manage the daily running of our finishing unit, all of which ensures that data we provide is accurate and reliable.
From what areas of the UK do you take cattle?
Our clients, many of whom are repeat customers, are located throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. Typically they farm in upland areas or in regions that do not enjoy mixed arable farming and a local supply of feed and bedding and which therefore present high transportation costs to bring these to their farm. Some mixed livestock clients also choose to use our services in Spring in order to free-up space for lambing or create more room for breeding animals.
How long doest the cattle finishing take?
Young bulls typically arrive when they are about 7 months old weighing approximately 350kg, generally native or continental breeds but increasingly most bulls are now Stabalisers which are efficient and easy to manage. We aim to finish with a carcase weight of 320-370kg deadweight within 180 days. Steers and heifers are generally between 18 – 24 months old and have had a Summer at grass and are finished within 60 – 90 days depending upon breed and frame.