Polled cattle are born with no horns. This rare breed is docile and friendly and are outstanding foragers. This means we can feed them on grass in the summer and hay during the winter, not on corn. Our Grass fed beef animals go to a local abattoir at 24 to 30 months old. Their meat is like a fine wine - not the usual supermarket plonk - because the meat is hung for at least three weeks before butchery. Being an old English breed of cattle, it is the 'Beef of old England', well marbled and textured. Join the Mailing List at the bottom of this page if you would like further intormation.
In 2102, we won the Red Poll Herd Competition for the South West of England and, nationally, we were second to the Queen, who has a large herd of Red Poll Cattle at Sandringham. Our bull, Woldsman Oberon, after having been with us for 3 years, has now gone to join the Queen's herd and we have a young bull of hers - Appleton Pericles.
We send meat throughout the UK on the 3rd Thursday of each month, to arrive the following day. The cost is £115 for a 10kg box; £65 for a 5kg box. To order, please click HERE or look at our website www.boxbeef.com
Pictures of our cattle
Our pedigree herd of Red Poll cattle arrived here in April 2007. There were cows, heifers (females yet to have their first calf or with their first calf), calves, and a 4 year old bull called Wheatfield Cherokee. This suckler herd formed the basis for our farm business on our organic land. We now have 45 breeding cows and heifers, a new bull called Appleton Pericles from Sandringham and another 70 or so yearlings and calves.
The Red Poll is derived from the original cattle of Norfolk and Suffolk. The Norfolk cow, which was a beef type, frequently blood red in colour was crossed with the Suffolk polled bull, from an excellent dairy breed of predominantly dun coloured cattle. The polled gene in the Suffolk suppressed the Norfolk horn, and in 1863 the name Norfolk and Suffolk Red Polled cattle was adopted and the first standard description was agreed in 1873. The first herd book followed in 1874 (compiled by Mr Henry Euren) and in 1883 the breed became known as “The Red Polled”. The Red Poll Cattle Society was formed in 1888. The colour of the breed was by then established as red, preferably deep red, with white touches only on the tail switch and udder.
Our calves stay with their Mums for at least 6 months. The Red Polls produce a good quantity of milk and the calves are all thriving. We sell our own Grass Fed Red Poll Beef. The meat is hung for 3 weeks and vacuum packed by our butcher, Gavin Keen . We sell it to our friends and locals and in Shaftesbury 3rd & 4th Thursday market, Sherborne 3rd Friday Market plus Tisbury, Gillingham and Wilton Country Markets. We send it throughout the UK by courier.