Charlie Sutcliffe manages a herd of 82 purebred English Tetford Longhorns in the Lincolnshire Wolds, in England. He established the herd with his wife, Debbie, in 1993 when the breed was very much on the endangered list. The herd is reared at grass, with all animals bred with a specific purpose in mind: either for herd replacements, pedigree sales, or as commercial beef for the family’s butcher’s shop.
“We’re running as a closed herd and are proud to be producing traditional, high-quality meat to the very highest welfare standards, with the entire herd consistently testing disease free.”
Charlie Sutcliffe, Co-Owner and Manager
Provide proof that pedigree breeding stock is disease-free, ensure sale of animals at the best price and prevent potential spread of BVD to the rest of the herd
Allflex Tissue Sampling Tags (TST), applied to each newborn calf.
Testing each newborn calf for BVD prevents disease outbreaks, and Charlie can now guarantee that cows are BVD-free, which make it easier to sell pedigree bulls and heifers at their true market value.
At a Glance
Company: Tetford Longhorns
Location: Lincolnshire Wolds, England
Herd Size: 82 purebred English Longhorns
Using Allflex TST on newborn calves gives Charlie quick and accurate results. “I apply the tag within 24 hours of the calf being born and post the tissue sample off to be tested,” he says. “Within a few days, I know with 100% certainty whether that animal is BVD-free. So far, we haven’t had any positive tests, but if a result did come back as positive, I’d immediately be able to react by segregating and removing the infected animal to mitigate risk to the rest of the herd.”