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The Shraden Herd Farm tour - Wednesday 23rd May 2018

The NBA are delighted to offer 30 tickets for the Sharden Herd farm tour as part of the three day Beef Expo spectacular running from Wed 23rd to Friday 25th May. This farm walk is usually exclusively for the 90 NI beef farmers who travel across to the Beef Expo each year. However, as it is such and old and renowned herd within the Hereford breed, celebrating its 100th year next year, the NBA are offering 30 tickets for Hereford Cattle Society Members (on first come, first served basis) who wish to join the tour. The tickets are priced at £15 and include a hot beef lunch featuring delicious Hereford Beef from Moor Farm Shop.

Moor Farm is a fantastic example of a modern family business which has diversified in more ways than one and created a niche market for their award winning herd of Hereford Cattle.
Moor Farm is a not so traditional mixed farm based in Baschurch, Shrewsbury, home to Mike and Hazel Timmis and their daughter’s families and the Shraden Hereford herd. Established in 1919, the herd which will be celebrating its 100th year in 2019 now consists of around 170 cattle including 65 breeding cows.

The farm steading was originally located in the village but in 2006 the family made the decision to move the farmhouse and farm buildings to the edge of the village to give them the opportunity to improve access and build modern buildings tailor-made for farming efficiently. Sisters Melissa, Emma and Elaine and their partners have since entered the family business, setting up Moor Farm Shop and café, as well as a polo pitch, grain dryer and lab.

The herd currently achieving 95% of calves reared from cows put to the bull with longevity at an average of 11 calf crops. The family aim to rear bulls to a target finishing weight of 700kg liveweight in 14 months and heifers to 550kg liveweight in 18 months. Selection of herd replacements and bulls is 50:50 on visual analysis and Breedplan Performance Recorded data including EBVS for carcase traits such as; Eye Muscle Area (EMA) and Retail Beef Yield (RBY), vital for their market.

The Timmis’s work hard to maintain exceptional health of animals on the farm. Their detailed health plan includes protocols for IBR, BVD, Lepto, TB, blackleg, worming plans, pneumonia as well as testing and removing Neospora and being accredited as Johnes free for 4 years.

To book your place please contact NBA head office on 01434 601005 or email beefexpo@nationalbeefassociation.com. 

Please Note: These tickets are ONLY for the additional Hereford farm tour on the 23rd of May. To book onto the Official Beef Expo Farm Tour on Thursday 24th May which include three farm visits, all transport and a hot beef lunch please visit the Beef Expo website (www.beefexpo.co.uk).