The Herd

We are proud to be able to say that in 2016 we celebrated 50 years since Alister McKerchar established the Merrylea herd’s foundations in 1966.

We winter 250 cows including heifers calving as 2 year olds. At Merrylea our aim is to finish all cattle, and our cull heifers are being fattened to supply Hereford Prime. We sell yearling bulls in the spring to the dairy market and a line of our rising 2 year old bulls are also wintered for the dairy market.

This winter we are running 2100 ewes alongside 450 hoggets. Most of the lambs are finished and we also buy in extra lambs to fatten, depending on market and weather conditions.