Bull Customer Fact File (Simon Bainbridge - Donkin Rigg)


Name: Simon Bainbridge
Farm: Donkin Rigg
County: Northumberland
Bull ID
Year Bought

Use of Ervie Hereford Sire:

  • Beef suckler cows and heifers

Genetic  make-up of  cowherd:

Aberdeen Angus, Simmental & now Hereford.

Replacements source: Homebred

Size of herd  140

50% served by Hereford sire.


Other breeds of bull used:

Aberdeen Angus.

Other farm enterprises: Upland sheep.

Female offspring

  • Retained as breeding replacements
  • Sold as bulling heifers or finished

Male Offspring

  • Finished as steers


First crop of Hereford calves at Donkin Rigg

First crop of Herefords at Donkin Rigg.

Simon Bainbridge in front of some replacement heifers.

Simon Bainbridge in front of some replacement heifers.

Reasons for buying Hereford bull(s) from Ervie:

  i. Ervie natural rearing policy

 ii. Ervie Line-bred consistency of type and performance

iii. Ervie herd health status

 iv. Ervie EBV’s and perfomance data based on natural performance

  v. Fertility

 vi. Calving ease

vii. Docility


Which physical traits are most important when you are selecting your Hereford bull:

  • Mobility.
  • Natural Fleshing.

Have the calves from your Hereford bull met with your expectations:

Yes, so far so good.

Are you familiar with the background to our Line One Hereford genetics:

Yes, through monitor farm talks and discussions.

Have you anything to say as an endorsement for the bulls you’ve had from us which may give potential customers confidence to buy bulls from us.:

He did what it says on the tin. 100% in-calf in 9 weeks. Bull just kept doing well and growing. He is a placid sensible bull and a good traveller on wet ground.