Maydencroft Manor Native Breeds Farm is set in the countryside of North Hertfordshire just beyond the northern boundary of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Maydencroft herd of Longhorn Cattle was established in 1982 by Robert Williams when Longhorns were very much a rare breed. The success of the herd here was an instrumental part of re-establishing this much loved, iconic British farm animal across the region.

Today the herd stands at an average of 250 head of cattle, grazing throughout Hertfordshire, both on Maydencroft farmland and on behalf of a wide variety of clients who recognise the breed’s great strength in promoting the diversity of wildlife on the grassland that they graze.

The herd have also acquired celebrity status, following their appearance on primetime BBC, when John Torode visited the farm to view the cattle, then roasted a rib joint to showcase the best of British beef! They have even grazed in London’s Holland Park and featured on Countryfile.

In addition to our cattle, we are also passionate about using our farm as a platform for all forms of environmental education, and regularly host school visits and training days.

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