At Castleview we started to breed Longhorn Cattle in 1989 after
our region became an environmentally sensitive area. Since 2003 the farm is
certified organic .
The reason we have chosen this ancient breed was the need for
an easy-care, hardy and docile beef breed that would outwinter without problems,
calve without difficulties and can thrive without concentrates. Most of our
grazing is under management restrictions, the use of fertilizer and
agrochemicals is prohibited and there are restrictions on the livestock
units per hectare as well. Recent changes in agricultural policy make it even
more important to work with a breed of cattle that can thrive without heavy
investments into buildings, concentrates or labour.
Today the herd comprises of ca. 140 purebred Longhorns, on
average there are 50 cows, 5 bulls for breeding, 20 males reared for slaughter
and heifers reared as replacements. In addition every year some bulls are sold to
dairy farms to run with the heifers as the Longhorn bull is very valuable as a
sire of cross calves that are born without problems. The female cross
makes an excellent suckler cow and the male calves are sold to commercial
fattening units. During the last couple of years there was a strong interest
into the breed and purebred animals have been sold to start new herds in
Germany, Holland, Poland, Luxembourg and Belgium. There are inquiries from Australia and the United States for
semen and embryos as well as for livestock from several European countries.
Steers have been sold to France to be trained as
working- oxen, their new owners are impressed by their docility and
pleasure to learn.
Cattle have gone to commercial farms as well as to people who
just want to enjoy watching a cow grazing their backyard.
No matter whether you make a living out of farming or you are
looking for a friendly housecow to become selfsufficient, Longhorn Cattle
deserve to give them a chance.
Purebred Longhorn cattle make excellent suckler cows, they are
very hardy and can thrive and rear their calf on grass only without the
need of supplementary feeding .The quality of the meat produced is of utmost
importance to us . Longhorn beef is second to none . Full of flavour, with
velvet texture and slightly marbled it tastes like beef used to taste. There is
growing demand from restaurants and family butchers for this excellent product
reared naturally on grass. As Britains oldest beef breed the Longhorn produces a
lean carcass of a very high quality with small bones and little carcass waste.
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