International Visit to View Longley Whitebred Shorthorn Cattle
October 15th 2018
On Thursday 11th October 2018, a coach party of 40 cattle breeders arrived at Sunnyside farm. The passengers on board had come to see a breed about which they knew nothing, and hardly knew it existed.
We talked about our crossing program and showed them some Highland cross yearlings, and Highland cows with cross calves, explaining the benefits and the performance assistance of hybrid vigour.
It soon became clear, crossing was rare in the five countries they came from - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
It was our sincere hope that the following discussions would make them think when they got home.
The thing that was most gratifying to me was when we went out into the field our Whitebred Shorthorns displayed their normal laid-back, easy going attitude to the invasion of 40 strangers into their home. They continued to stay close and display their attributes (mainly the quality of their udders). There followed long discussions about them, over tea, coffee and cake.
As the coach left with our visitors we felt we had opened their eyes to other ways, which could be useful in their own situation.
A great day for Longley Whitebred Shorthorns, and a most enjoyable one for us.