Procters Farm is found in Lancashire's AONB, The Forest of Bowland. We are on the Lancashire- North Yorkshire border on the edge of Slaidburn Village. The farm is 750 acres of disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged land with the main steading of Procters sitting at 650 feet above sea level. Three further steadings at Parrock Head, Ellerbeck and Lathams Farm are part of the ring fenced farm in Slaidburn. The farming enterprises are the Limousin herd and a flock of commercial sheep comprising North Country Cheviots , Dutch Texels and Texel crosses. The Procters Texel flock are farmed at the 320 acre holding of Tatham Hall Farm at Wennington near Lancaster.
The Limousin Herd
The Procters Limousin Herd was established in 1995. The cattle are under the care of the farm manager Gary Swindlehurst, who has worked at Procters since 1981.
We have achieved great success at the BLCS Carlisle auction and shows. The numerous championships are all detailed in our news page. Our top prices to date are 28 000gns for Procters Cavalier, 22 000gns for Procters Commander in October 2008 and we have sold to 20 000gns on 3 occasions, February 2009 for Procters Cyclone, October 2009 for Procters Duvalier and May 2016 for Procters Lone Ranger.
In 2016 the herd is running at 80 breeding cows and followers.
In the early years foundation cows were purchased privately from Hartside, Ringway, Ronick and Greenwell herds and from production and dispersal sales notably the Copeland herd, the Crowhill herd and the Woodlea herd. In more recent years we have purchased Glenrock Diamante and Campari and Bankdale Erin and Annette. We have also been to France and bought cattle from the Alrive, Boutet, Marcailloux, Camus Huberson and Lagautriere herds. Buying cattle from the best available female breeding lines has always been our policy.
The first stock bull purchased, jointly with the Hartside Herd was Mynach Norman followed by Neutron in October 1998 (The first Jockey son sold), AI had been used up to that point. Greenwell Ronick was purchased in May 2002 and Sidney, a Nenuphar son, was imported from France in 2000. In February 2006, the herd invested in the 100,000gns world record breaking bull Haltcliffe Vermount who has made a huge impact in our herd .In February 2010 a half share in the 72 000gns Haltcliffe DJ was purchased. Stockbulls Maraiscote Hop and Haltcliffe Genesis were purchased privately in summer 2013 followed by the Ampertaine Elgin son Ampertaine Hot Shot in May 2014 at Carlisle. In October 2015 Goldies Jurassic joined our herd, he is a Goldies Fortress son.
Health status and Performance Recording
A priority in our herd is health status and performance parameters.
The SAC PCHS has been used to screen for Johnes and BVD since January 2001. The herd is Johnes risk level 1 and BVD accredited free. We use vaccines for protection against BVD, Leptospirosis and IBR. Procters is in a 48 monthly TB testing herd.
Performance recording has been used since the herds establishment, it is a useful selection tool in our breeding programme.