about

Farming at the top of the Erring Valley in Northumberland, the 295 acre farm is part owned and part tenanted and is home to 50 pedigree Charolais and Aberdeen-Angus cows, as well as 120 crossbred ewes with a contracting business managed alongside the farm.

Having bred Charolais cattle pre F&M disease when the entire livestock enterprise was sadly wiped out, the Charolais were re introduced with the private purchases from the Blelack herd and then later the Burradon herd. To date the Alsnow Charolais herd numbers 23 cows and in-calvers, as well as recipient females.

The Aberdeen-angus herd, which is run under the Hallington prefix, was established in 2004 with 10 in-calf heifers purchased privately from the Blelack herd before returning to the Massie family to buy a few choice cows to form a nucleus pedigree herd.

Both herds have celebrated great success in the sale ring with Charolais selling to a top of 17,000gns in May 2007 for Alsnow Almighty, while the Blacks have seen a top of 12,000gns for Hallington Evolution K281 in Stirling, February 2012.

Showing is now undertaken selectively with 2012 being the first year the Lawson family have exhibited at the Royal Highland Show, which saw their efforts rewarded with a first prize with a Charolais yearling heifer.

Bulls and females are sold privately off farm and at Society sales in Stirling and Carlisle with many now proving to be repeat buyers. Both herds are Breedplan recorded and are part of the Biobest Herd Health Care Scheme. In 2012 the Aberdeen-Angus herd won the EBLEX most improved performance herd while in the 2011 the Charolais herd came second.