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New Beck Farm, Robertshaw Livestock Ltd, Nottinghamshire
Starting out with just two cows in 2007, Oliver has built up a herd of 48 breeding cows plus followers, following inconclusive bTB test results in 2015.
Previous to being shut down, Oliver ran a commercial beef herd of dairy and beef-bred cattle, which he bought in and reared. Oliver then grew the herd by adding suckler cows into the mix. This allowed him to produce a better quality animal with more control over breeding. The majority of the herd is made up of Bazadaise cattle out of Limousin or British Blue-cross cows. Eventually the suckler herd took over and currently Oliver is concentrating on this enterprise.
Cattle are sold as stores through Newark livestock market however Oliver has plans to reintroduce fattening suckler-bred cattle at the farm as well as buying in store cattle, as a way to protect his business against the threat of another outbreak of bTB.
Oliver purchased four acres of land and has since built three cattle sheds, though to date there is no dwelling on the land, this is something Oliver wishes to accomplish in the future. The majority of the grazing is rented land, which Oliver feels is a threat to his business.
Since Oliver started farming, he has also worked as a grader operator for a local fresh produce supplier, working on the farm in the evenings and at weekends as well as doing contract work where he could. However he has recently finished working to allow more focus on his own business, with the intention of expanding his contracting enterprise.