The Sandy Hill Mob are a herd of pedigree Hereford cattle which we are using to not only produce the finest quality 100% grass fed beef, but also to improve diversity in our soil and swards.
We are using a technique called ‘mob grazing’, which means we are setting up paddocks using electric fencing and moving the cattle through these paddocks quickly attempting to mimic the natural grazing pattern of a herd of wild herbivores. The mob usually stay between 1 and 3 days in each paddock.
The intense trampling action of the mob on the grasses (and through the addition of their dung!) will be adding organic matter to our pastures - this will help us to build our soils and capture carbon.
Because the paddocks get rested for long periods (cattle are potentially only on 3% of land at any one time), wildflowers have time to grow and insect life can flourish which directly supports more birds, reptiles and mammals.