Belstar HerdTed and Sarah Clover, Cambridgeshire
We started our small herd of Red Polls with a cow and a calf and two in calf heifers. We wanted a local traditional breed of cattle that was not too large, easy to handle and gentle in temperament.
The breed society was a great to help to us in knowing where to start and continue to offer any advice and support when needed.
We now have seven cows, four heifers and a very handsome bull. We graze our cattle alongside our Norfolk Horn sheep on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens. We keep them outside for a long as possible and only house them inside in wet winter periods mainly to prevent poaching of the ground. They thrive on grass and are fed hay and/or haylage in the winter although seem just as content to munch on barley straw.
We fatten any steers and sell the meat to market or butchered and boxed. People say it is the best beef they have ever tasted!