Welcome to Montbeliarde UK
A Profitable breed of cattle.
The Montbeliarde Breed – A Profitable Future. The Montbeliarde is a red and white breed of cattle that originated in the east of France in the 19th century, and was officially recognized as a breed in 1889, 115 years ago.
The east of France is a mountainous area with a very continental climate (hot summers and cold winters) , which made it necessary to select for a very hardy type of cow, not only able to produce plenty of milk but also to withstand the difficult conditions.
Today, the Montbeliarde breed is the second largest dairy breed in France as well as in Ireland, in both numbers of animals and in total milk production. It is the only breed that is currently growing in France thanks to its many economical advantages, in fact the breed has seen an increase of 37% in the last 20 years.
Why should you consider the breed?
2019 Montbeliarde UK AGM and Open Day – 15th and 16th October20th August 2019
The Annual AGM and Open Day will this year head South to Suffolk, with the AGM held on the afternoon of Tuesday 15th followed by an evening meal and presentation of the 2018 Montbeliarde UK Herds Competition Results. On Wednesday the 16th October the open day will this year be hosted by Graham, Frances, Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore and their team at Fen Farm Dairy. The meeting of the AGM itself will be held at the earlier time of 3pm at The Waveney House Hotel, Puddingmoor, Beccles, NR34 9PL with a break in the afternoon before the evening meal at 7.30pm and culminating with the presentation of the awards for the Montbeliarde UK Herds Competition. A copy of the Agenda, minutes of the 2018 AGM and 2019's Annual audited accounts together with details of the venue and accommodation will be mailed to members in the next couple of days with more details. The Open Day Starting at 10.30am, Wednesday 16th October will involve a farm visit to the Crickmore's, Fen Farm Dairy... The Crickmore's have farmed at Fen Farm for three generations, with Graham, Frances, Jonny and Dulcie now diversifying the original farming business with the addition of a pioneering cheese and butter making business alongside installing a raw milk vending machine on farm, inviting customers to their door 'to join the raw milk revolution'. On the farm side the 950 acres supports the herd of 300 head on a late autumn calving system, with plenty more to learn about on the day both about the farm and the couples entrepreneurial spirit - this promises to be a very informative and exciting visit