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Animals

Cattle

Here at Tate Place farm we are moving our herd to the South Poll breed.  Currently our cows are Red Angus and Red Angus/Akaushi mixes.  Our bull is a registered South Poll.  All our calves at this point are 1/2 South Poll.

A little bit about South Poll Cattle:

Teddy Gentry (of the famed group "Alabama")

began developing the South Poll breed in 1989. The breed was developed using four breeds: Angus, Hereford, Senepol, and Barzona.

South Polls are bred to be slick-haired, small-framed cows (weighing around 1000#) with emphasis placed on high fertility, longevity and calm disposition. South Polls are bred to excel on a grass based grazing system. This breed has excellent carcass traits and have very lean and tender meat. Ultrasound and actual carcass data on the South Poll tells us that they are as tender, or more tender than straight bred English cattle.

Sheep

We raise Dorper sheep on our farm. 

A little bit about Dorper Sheep:

Dorper sheep are a cross between Dorset Horn and Blackhead Persian sheep. They were developed in South Africa in the 1930s for meat production. They produce a high-quality carcass with good meat and fat distribution.

They are hardy, adaptable and have a long breeding season, making them suitable for harsh and diverse conditions across the world.

They are called hair sheep, having short, loose and light-shedding coats.

They are excellent mothers and heavy milkers. Their lambs are vigorous and have high survivability. They are also resistant to many diseases and parasites.

They are one of the most economical and low maintenance meat sheep breeds, as they do not require shearing, crutching, mulesing or tail docking.

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