© Michael Priestley
Transitioning to smaller cattle is increasing margins for the Sheppard family at Heightley Farm, Chirbury, through better fertility, lower calf mortality and increased output. Since buying their first Stabiliser cattle in 2007, the Sheppards have increased their herd size from 70 head to 85, which, with lower calf mortality, should see them 20 calves better off each year. While the move is still in its infancy, together these productivity increases should boost turnover by £25,000 (£1,250 for every fattened animal). […]