Our Lincoln Reds move in

Our Lincoln Reds move in

We were very proud to become the owners of a herd of Lincoln Red cattle in April 2017. Last Friday the herd was brought from its previous residence at Dalby and rehomed in our own Parkland!

It was a very exciting moment for us, but a stressful couple of days for our Herd Manager, Mr John Crutchley. Not only was he responsible for cajoling the cattle on to the lorries and transporting them over to South Ormsby, he previously had to ensure that all of the parkland was properly fenced off and gated, and the water stations were in place, for the security and well-being of the animals.


The cattle had a gentle journey thanks to the expertise and considerate nature of Phil Tagg and his team. Mick and Simon assisted getting the cattle off the lorry whist John released the calves travelling in the accompanying trailer.

Approximately fifty-six calves were brought over along with fifty-nine cows, some of whom had yet to give birth to their babies; as well as fifty-five steers and thirty-seven 2-year-old heifers.

Bulls; Sooty, Puzzle, Prospero and Squire accompanied them, and the herd was divided into four distinct lots – each with a bull in charge. The steers formed a separate group.


The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...

The Lincoln Reds arrive...



John was concerned that the herd would not be accustomed to members of public passing by in close proximity, however they quickly adjusted to their new surroundings and appeared to be happy and comfortable. They are not frightened by people or traffic, although they are naturally going to be a little defensive of their young.

Lincoln Reds are renowned for being docile and hardy, and the pure blood stock were happy to be out in the sunshine and enjoyed their freedom, having been housed in more restricted crews for the winter. The lush green grass of the parkland must be an added luxury ingredient to their existing diet.


The calves are really cute and have enjoyed racing around the fields together and playing hide and seek in the woods, as well as near the large uprooted tree. They still take milk from their mothers but will soon begin to eat grass. They learn from their parents where to get water from too. Vitamin and Mineral licks are also out in buckets to help keep the adults fit and healthy.

Craig, the Hall Steward, is a little more careful when walking Molly, his chocolate Labrador, at the moment. He always keeps her on a lead when walking the footpaths in the Park but as Molly was a little perturbed by the cows, he is steering clear of them for a while!

Some local residents joked that they now do not need to set their alarm clocks in the mornings, as the mooing starts at the break of day, but they also commented on how nice it is to see Lincoln Reds back in South Ormsby. They recall the Squire’s, Adrian Massingberd-Mundy, herd in the Parkland when they were children.