Ervie L1 Herefords

Bull Customer Fact File (John Dykes)


Name: Firm of John Dykes

Reason for using Hereford:

Easy calving of heifers at 2 – 2 ½ years old

Farm: South Slipperfield
Region: Borders

Use of Ervie Hereford Sire

  • Dairy
  • Beef     Yes
  • Cows
  • Heifers   Yes

Genetic  make-up of  cowherd:

Pedigree Simmental & Simmental crosses

Replacements source:


Size of breeding herd 

80 cows & heifers

% Served by Hereford Sire


Other breeds of bull used:



Other farm enterprises:

900 ewe sheep flock

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Description of cattle enterprise and what role the Hereford sire has and how you rear and market the Hereford offspring.

Farm between 240 & 450 metres above sea level. A small herd of autumn calvers is being phased out to move to an all spring calving herd. (April/May)

All calves are reared commercially until a few bulls showing potential are selected at around 10 months of age.

All replacements are homebred with exception of bulls.Surplus heifers are sold store or for breeding at around 18 months old. Steers are sold store. Any bulls which do not sell for breeding are sold as bull beef.

The Hereford bull has been used for easy calving on the heifers and hopefully to produce easy kept commercial cows for the future. No Hereford cross calves have been marketed so far.

Have you anything to say as an endorsement for the bulls you’ve had from us?:

Hereford calves born so far have been easily calved, lively and have been beyond our expectations.