Why Choose Katem Cattle?

It took  33 years and two children later before I had animals of my own. Alan and Carole Hall were very close friends of ours but sadly Alan passed away leaving Carole to manage their farm. In January 2013 Carole made the difficult decision to sell their livestock, which included the very successful Ark Dora that Alan had bought from Alan Keith in 2009. Ark Dora was advertised for sale and Andrew and I were the successful bidders for Alan’s pride and joy, we were over the moon when Carole phoned to tell us and couldn’t wait to get her home. Dora soon became my best friend and began to change our lives for the better.

Andrew and myself made the decision that we wanted our own small holding and a life like Alan and Carole had shared and enjoyed. 

Dora calved in April 2013 and we attended many shows with her continuing Alan’s success, winning numerous Breed Championships and Interbreed Championships during 2013. By the beginning of 2014 our herd total had increased to ten pedigree Blondes. Ark Dora was put in calf to Hallmark Boxster, who had an unbeaten record on the show field and a North East Stock Bull title to his name. Bringing these two very special animals together filled us full of anticipation and excitement.


On the 1st June 2014 Dora gave birth to her first ever heifer calf, affectionately named Katem Justice. What a cracker! With calf at foot Dora took the show circuit by storm again in 2014 winning 11 championships in total. With this track record Dora has surely become one of the top British Blonde cows in the country. Two years on and the combination has produced a further Heifer and this year the first Dora/Boxster Bull Calf!


From deep sorrow has grown something wonderful for the future of my family and our pedigree herd. I owe many thanks to many people for their support and guidance in setting up the Katem Herd and hope I can inspire young breeders in the future as I have been inspired by some great breeders past and present.


The final thank you has to go to my Husband, Andrew, for his belief and commitment in the Katem Herd!