Shetland cattle are a very old breed thought to have been brought by the vikings to the Shetland Islands. They are classified as a rare breed with only around 800 breeding females surviving. Our 9 beautiful breeding cows all have names and are individuals with personalities. The breed is smaller than most commercial cattle breeds and is known for being hardy and thrifty. Plus, they're ideal for living off a 100% pasture diet.
We cross our Shetland cows with native beef breed bulls such as Hereford and Aberdeen Angus. The calves suckle from their mothers for their first 10 months and are raised with their family group until they are two to three years old and ready for slaughter. We also sometimes borrow a Shetland bull to breed more pure Shetland cows. We currently have a total of approximately 50 in the herd, which includes all age groups.
The herd lives as an intergenerational family group for most of the year. Apart from during calving season or when we bring a bull in. We use a small local abattoir and a multi award winning family butchers to process the beef and hang the meat for a minimum 21 days.