Hereford Cattle

Hereford cattle originate from the Welsh Marches around the Black and Cambrian mountains, and the river valleys that flow east into the the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. 

They are one of the oldest native breeds, with records dating back into the mid 1700s. They have proved popular and successful across the globe as a pre-eminent beef breed that produces tender, tasty, well-marbled meat. That success, however, has lead to much crossing of the breed to increase its size and meet the trends of the late twentieth century for high-input, high-output farming and cereal-based diets. This put at risk the ‘old fashioned’ Traditional Hereford. 

Thankfully, a few influential breeders rescued the remaining Original Population Traditional Hereford cattle, saving the special characteristics of the uncontaminated bloodlines.

At Smiling Tree, we feel very fortunate to keep a herd of these beautiful native cattle in their native habitat, where they thrive on their native diet of pasture and hay, to produce the most delicious, tender meat. Our 100% grass-fed cattle are never fed any grains, roots or brassica crops.

Hereford cattle

Jersey Cows

Jersey cows are a small, gentle breed, renowned for their docile nature. Every cow is an individual and over time, as with your best friends, you get to know the special, lovable character and quirky little ways of each one. 

Originally from the island of Jersey, where they were bred to live solely off lush pasture, they are highly efficient converters of grass to milk, so are ideally suited to Smiling Tree’s wholly pasture-fed system, where they graze outside all year round. They are raised on organically grown pasture – their natural diet - of diverse grasses, clovers, wildflowers and herbs. In winter we supplement their diet with our home-grown hay and they are never fed grains, root crops or brassicas, which adversely effect the flavour and composition of the milk.

All our cows are allowed to keep their calves and are milked just once a day to produce a uniquely nutritious and flavoursome milk and so that they can lead a relaxed, long and contented life.

Jersey cow