Over the last 20 years the herd has been increasingly line breeding to the highly successful sire Brook Finalist, who has had a tremendous influence on the Hereford breed in recent decades. In fact, 7 of our recent stock bulls, Laxfield Timpanist, Laxfield Jubilee, Laxfield Jordan, Badlingham Beresford, Mara Triumph, Haven Union Jack and Lawford Wellington each have Brook Finalist in their pedigree.
A son of Laxfield Jordan and out of one of our top-breeding cows, Laxfield Diadem 40th. Jubilee has great presence and is one of the most impressive bulls we have bred. His progeny are outstanding.
Recently Wilberforce was re-purchased after working for 4 years in a local dairy herd. He is one of the best-bodied bulls in the breed today, and currently weighs 1250 kg. Wilberforce has been brought back into the herd for the strength of the Silk female line and the maternal and muscling qualities of his sire, Lawford Wellington.
Ballad is proving to be the ideal bull for use on heifers for his calving ease, good growth and early maturity. Ballad has also introduced a great deal of Vern breeding through his dam.
Laxfield Timpanist has proved to be an outstanding sire for us, siring over 100 registered calves. As a proven sire, his daughters now form the foundation of the herd proving to be excellent breeding cows with femininity, correct structure, milk, teat placement and width of pelvis. Timpanist’s sons have excellent conformation, feet, plenty of stretch, as well as calving ease and have been very popular with local dairy and suckler farmers.
Three of the greatest female lines in the breed are close up in Timpanist’s pedigree, namely Rowington Lady Lynda, Badlingham Blossom and Sherlow Model. He is now being used by artificial insemination.
Sire of March 1976 Champion Bull at Hereford. He had previously sired the Champion Heifer at Hereford and Royal Welsh for M D Powell. This bull established the type of cattle we planned to breed, transmitting tremendous bone, correct hind leg construction, good heads and a deep rich colour to all his calves.
Sire of Junior Female Champion at Royal Show. Galway improved the muscling of the cattle and maintained the good heads and dark colour.
The second heaviest bull on the last Weight Record Test held at Ingon. Garfield increased the overall length and scale of the cattle. Sire of Laxfield Gulliver, Champion at Pembrokeshire when only 11 months old.
1st prize winner two years running at the National Hereford Show. He further increased the scale of the cattle and improved hindquarters and loins on our stock.
A son of Free Town Klondyke out of the Cheyney British Beauty female line.
He maintained the consistent type we had been aiming for. Bacardi 1st prize at Suffolk.
Haven Union Jack
Only used for two seasons after proving to be a highly successful sire for Messrs Spooners. He produced some excellent cattle with plenty of growth and shape.
Wellington passed on his excellent conformation to all his progeny. Hereford steers, sired by Wellington, regularly graded U3L. His daughters have proved to be good breeders with plenty of milk and high Breedplan figures.
Junior Male Champion National Hereford Show. He further increased the length of our cattle whilst maintaining the good hindquarters and dark colour.
Jordan worked constantly from the age of 17 months to 32months. He eventually grew into an excellent bull as his early promise suggested. His son, Laxfield Jubilee is now the main herd sire.