The Grange herd was established in 1976 with a mixture of privately purchased females and those purchased from sales.
From the off, French genetics were always highly sort after and were purchased within the UK. Then in 1979, the family purchased direct from France for the first time, as well as females from Dan Haak’s Uplands herd.
Early stock sires were Samson, bred by Dan Haak and purchased at Banbury Limousin sale. Also from Dan was Atout, a maternal half brother to the renowned Talent. The pedigree numbers increased and then in 1983, Midland Marts officiated the first on farm sale at Grange. Since then a further eight sales have happened on farm.
With the exception of one home bred bull, Grange Adonis, all other stock sires have been bought exclusively French. As a result of these purchases and the early importation of French female genetics, the Grange herd is the largest French-bred herd in the UK. Some 40% of the herd is French with the remaining 60% being by a French bull or out of a French back pedigree.
After the 2011 sale, numbers reduced to 45 cows, but now there is approximately 95 females, including heifers, going to the bull. This increase in numbers has been allowed since Steven has taken on the full management of the herd having previously been an accountant.
2012 marked a monumental page in the Grange history books as Grange Gerviase was the first UK-bred bull to be exported back to France. We have a fantastic relationship with many French breeders and the strength of Gervaise’s dam line alone was enough to secure this sale and we look forward to seeing how his progeny performs in the future.