Our primary aim is to improve the profitability of our own commercial cattle.
We hope to achieve this by maintaining a commercial focus in our pedigree herds. Our two-hundred and fifty home-bred commercial cows run with Chapelton Angus and Shorthorn bulls every season, and their calving and carcass records are fed back into our pedigree breeding program.
Our genetic analysis currently considers over 3000 carcass records and over 8000 pieces of calving data. We have also begun gathering pelvic measurement data from our replacement heifers to further this analysis and are one of the few Shorthorn herds in the UK to have a five-star herd completeness rating for recording on Breedplan.
These insights allow us to focus our breeding strategy on temperament, fertility, calving ease and calf survivability, alongside our phenotypic selection for soundness of structure and balance. All of this is done whilst considering carcass confirmation and growth rate at a detailed level. We consider EBVs to be a useful tool, however, our own management data and stockmanship is filling the gaps where we find EBVs are lacking. We firmly believe that herd health is prerequisite for profitability and work tirelessly to maintain and better the health status we have already achieved.
We always retain the best females for ourselves and have a constant view to bettering our herds. Our cattle run on a forage focussed system where input costs are strictly controlled and they must perform in this environment for their progeny to be selected as replacements.
Chapelton bulls and heifers offer our customers the opportunity to benefit from our rigorous and commercially-focused selection programme. We are happy to show people our commercial herd and the potential these genetics hold for efficient and profitable beef production in a forage focussed environment.