Switching to Montbeliardes has provided additional income streams and more job satisfaction for a family farm. Chloe Palmer reports.
“If I am going to work with a herd of cows every day, I have to like what I am looking at.
“I want to develop the Wyedale pedigree herd and I am now using some of the highest rated genomic bulls to progress genetic development.”
Currently, the family has no ambition to expand its small farm, instead aiming to focus on improving what they already do.
“We want to be able to continue to manage everything on the farm ourselves and we have to make every enterprise pay,” says Mr Furness.
“We want to build a herd of functional, productive pedigree cows and continue to maximise milk from forage.”