About Us

Stephen Kirkup - Originally from Rothbury has had a lifelong passion for cattle and sheep. Many of his earlier days being spent farming with his uncle and grandfather.

After graduating from Seale Hayne College in Devon he had a series of lambing jobs where a chance meeting with Juliet Davies provided an opportunity of working for a livestock marketing company. That was in September 1988.
In the next few years Stephen learnt a lot buying and selling stock all over the UK and throughout Europe, gaining an extensive network of contacts all the while.

In June 1997 Stephen returned home and started trading in his own name, operating on a least cost basis the aim was to provide a better marketing service than was on offer anywhere else. Over time and primarily through recommendation, the business has grown and grown with annual turnover now exceeding £10 million.

The core business is deadweight marketing of lambs. We are main procurement agents for Randall Parker Foods and very proud of our working relationship with them and their primary customer Sainsbury`s.

We market large numbers of breeding stock of a known health status on a national basis. In addition we link store stock from rearers to finishers.

Organic stock is sold to a premium on a competitive basis.

Our future aims include further expansion of our numbers  in particular store and breeding stock and to further use technology to constantly improve the service we offer.

Mike Northwood
Started with us as a specialist lamb buyer in June 2007. Mike originates from Leicestershire but now lives in the North Tyne valley. After attending Brooksby College he had a number of increasingly responsible shepherding jobs including Chatsworth Estate and Kirkley Hall College. He is a renowned sheepdog handler and trainer and has represented England at International level.

Allan Murray
Is new to the team and is starting in late May 2011.
Prior to this he spent 30 years at ADAS Redesdale, during which time he was involved in a wide range of ‘Breeding & Feeding’ trials, and was Project Officer for the English sheep EID project and coordinated a successful Sheep Scab eradication programme on 64 local farms! He has been North of England representative on the Blackface Council and the Development Board and secretary of the local farmers Redesdale Discussion Group. Since the closure of Redesdale, he has spent the last three years working as a Farming Officer for the Northumberland National Park, based in Rothbury.

Other than that we all have (and need!) a sense of humour and a work hard / play hard attitude to life.  We are dedicated to what we do and are available at all times,viewing our role like farming as a lifestyle not just an occupation.

Stephen Kirkup
May 2011

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