Our cattle keeping enterprise began in Autumn 2010 with the purchase of two Shetland heifers. Many smallholders are put off keeping cattle because of their size and the amount of grazing they need. While a cow does need more grass than a sheep, the native breeds are thrifty and can outwinter in most years; with training and handling, they are much easier to handle than you might expect.  And a house cow will give you access to your own fresh milk and beef – so don’t rule out cattle keeping. Our guide will help you make up your mind.

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