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Last chance to see College Luing herd
1:03pm Wednesday 5th September 2012 in Farming
LUING breeders and potential breeders will have their last chance to see the College herd at Elsdonburn in the foothills of Cheviot on Saturday, September 8.
The Fox family is hosting a farm walk around their College Luing herd starting at 2pm. Later in the month, they will be gathering all their cattle, including 300 purebred Luings, and 2,750 hill ewes, when they relinquish the tenancy.
Ted and Anne Fox, who will be joined in their business by their son Harry, a student at Bishop Burton College, took on the tenancy of the 8,000-acre Elsdonburn 13 years ago, during which time they have built up the pedigree herd.
Ted said: “We had seen Luings and one attraction was that they were pure bred and we could have a self-contained herd.
“Pure-bred steers were good weighing animals to sell and surplus heifers, either pure-bred or crossed with the Simmental, are in demand.”
The farm includes enclosed fell which runs to 2,674ft at the top of Cheviot, the highest point in the Cheviot range of hills, which forms the backbone of Northumberland where it borders Scotland.
The family rents another 1,000 acres of land near Wooler.