As the cattle business moves into the 21st Century things are changing.
Price is volatile and trending downwards and there are the new challenges of operating in an unprotected world market along with competition from many other sources of cheap protein.
In this moment of change we also face a huge PR challenge – it has never been more important for us to communicate the genuine environmental benefits of proper Stewardship of the land with cattle. Green-wash won’t wash.
Whether we like these developments or not they are a reality. If we do not adjust to this new reality then things will only get tougher.
Our bulls never see grain. We test them as much as we test the cows in our herd. It is the 12 months following weaning that we really find out about our Bulls.
They might wean heavy but it’s how they come through their first winter with no milk that tells us about their maintenance requirements.
Eddard and Kaiser are Half Brothers and are about the biggest full native Angus Bulls you can find. They go back to the famous bull Evesund of Dupplin “The great fixer of Udders” on the paternal side.
Sometimes the native Angus are criticised for being too small “belt buckle cattle” but we find that this line carries more frame and produces an ideal moderate frame cow. Ideal for reducing frame size on larger, high maintenance cows but still carrying plenty of quality.
Eddard is one of the very few Red Native Angus Bulls alive in the world today. He is a unique genetic package and having his half brother here as well gives us an opportunity to concentrate these genetics in our herd.
"Rob was very approachable and knowledge about the type of genetics we were looking for. The bull has done the job perfectly, is easy to handle, and has produced consistent strong calves. We are very much looking forward to seeing the results as they grow. Rob has kept in touch, having a genuine interest in the bulls progress and his progeny."
UPDATE AUGUST 2020:
Above is full native Angus bull Kaiser, who is currently running with a group of 30 heifers, concentrating the native Angus genetics further in the herd.
We continue to breed for fertility, longevity and forage utilisation.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2020:
Heifers scanned 96.77% in calf over a 60 day period, with 90% in the first cycle.
UPDATE JANUARY 2021:
Above are some photos of the 2020 born bull calves, outwintering with the main herd.
Sired by Red Eddard and Kaiser, these bull calves are from top quality native Angus genetics.
The calves will be weaned in March, allowing full development of the rumen, resulting in increased utilisation of forage.
UPDATE APRIL 2021:
WE ARE NOW SELLING PHEPSON NATIVE STRAWS
Native Angus genetics suit all farms wanting true calving ease, high fertility and excellent forage conversion. We have customers ranging from pedigree Angus breeders to dairy farmers.
Get in touch if you would like more information on semen straws we have for sale.
UPDATE JUNE 2021:
Granite had a bigger share of the cows last year. We have some lovely calves on the ground from him at the moment.
UPDATE JULY 2021:
Great to have happy customers! Here is an update from one of us bull customers:
"This is the first cow the bull served (I thought he would need a stepladder!). The previous year the cow had a horrendous calving, never thought she'd go back in calf. She held 1st time. This is her calf - he's a beauty!"
UPDATE APRIL 2022:
Lots of calves hitting the ground this spring from successful AI with Kaiser straws; from Oxfordshire to Scotland. Please get in touch for more information about purchasing Phepson genetics.
UPDATE JUNE 2022:
We have some more lovely Kaiser sons coming through as potential breeding stock. We test the bulls as much as we test the cows, and we monitor their performance post-weaning to ensure they are good enough to make the grade as breeding stock. The bulls are outwintered on natives pastures and have some hay in the dormant growing season; they never get grain. We monitor body condition of the bulls through the winter months to establish the best forage converting bulls, which allows us to continue to improve our breeding programme and only sell the best animals to our customers. Straws are also available from Oxencraig Kaiser.
UPDATE AUGUST 2022:
We bought 2 bulls from Rob because we wanted easy calving, fertile, hardy bulls. Very happy with initial results on 62 heifers with 100% in calf, 73% bred in the 1st cycle. Bulls didn't go lame or lose condition while working.
Oliver Chedgey - 2022 Organic Dairy Farmer of the Year
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2022:
Our 2022 bull calves are looking well as we head into winter. They will out winter with their mums as this is the cheapest way of carrying your calves over the winter period. They will not be housed or get any grain. The calves will be weaned in March 2023 and the best bulls from this calf crop will be available to purchase as breeding bulls in 2024.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2022:
The photo above shows a 4 month old bull calf from a customers Jersey cow that was in calf to Kaiser.
“The jerseys had no problem at calving and we have had no issues with the calves. We are going to wean them shortly and keep them on just grass, and I'm sure they will continue to thrive.”
UPDATE OCTOBER 2022:
Rob sets off to Argentina and Uruguay on the first leg of his International Nuffield visits. Rob will be visiting Angus farms and exploring grass based genetics further.
Keep an eye on Rob's twitter for updates.