Our Livestock

Embleton Mill’s beef farming heritage is an illustrious one. In 1971 George (Seorus) Robertson was the first farmer to import Limousin cattle from France to the UK, after a lengthy and hard fought campaign based on his belief that they were well suited to the Northumbrian climate. Limousins are now the largest beef breed in the UK and Limousin Bulls are still the bull of choice at Embleton Mill. In 1996 Seorus was awarded the Chevalier de l’order de la legion d’honneur by the French government for his contribution to French agriculture, and his contribution to the British agriculture should not be underestimated.

It is Seorus’ son David who now heads up the farm, and his eye for cattle saw many years of topping the local auction mart, regularly winning the Championship at both Belford and Wooler marts. For several years he was one of a small number of English exhibitors at the Marks and Spencer sponsored Scottish National Meat exhibition at The Scottish Winter Fair, believed to be the largest event of its kind in Europe. As well as winning the Reserve Champion there were several placements and class winners, gaining a reputation for quality cattle.

The cattle spend the majority of their lives in the grass pastures on the farm, only being brought in for the coldest winter months.

The latest additions to the farm are our completely free range saddle back pigs. These happy hogs will produce a range of Embleton Mill pork in the coming years. The pigs form part of our woodland management plan and are exceptional at clearing pockets of forest floor in order to help improve the biodiversity.

The pigs love a forage, but we also work closely famous Ship Inn at Low Newton by the Sea, and are licensed to feed the pigs the draff which is a byproduct of their brewing. Our plan is that diners at the pub will also be able to enjoy meat from these very happy pigs on the menu, completing this partnership.

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