Sussex cattle released for spring grazing

Every year the end of April our pedigree Sussex beef herd are released onto the sweet Spring grass.

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It’s also at this time we sort out our animals into A and B group. The A group are our breeding animals and are normally with calf at foot. This year we are adding some new stock into the herd. This will be their first calving in Spring 2017. The B group are our fatteners or yearlings who cannot go against the bull because they are too young. These animals are taken off site to another farm holding to ensure extra fattening.

We also give our A team a vitamin tablet known as a bolus. This is completely organic and ensures our animals have all the vitamins and minerals for healthy beef production. These bolus slow release over 6 months the necessary minerals such as cooper, selenium, cobalt and magnesium.

But the real pleasure is seeing the cows dance their way onto the Spring grass. The animals are genuinely pleased to be outside (just as they are to come in during winter) and race up the field mooing away. It is therefore a great pleasure to share this with our readers so you can see how happy they are.

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