Many of our animals are included within the RBST breeding programme and each year we welcome many new births. Our current breeding groups include our herd of Irish Moiled cattle. The herd at Croxteth was developed in 1984 and was the first Irish Moiled herd on mainland Britain. Since then, over 200 calves have been born with many being sent off to new breeding groups throughout the UK. All of our breeding females have been born at Croxteth and are one of the most genetically important herds of Irish Moiled.
Our other rare breed cattle produce calves via artificial insemination; due to the rarity of each breed, it is impossible to keep a breeding bull for each cow. We work closely with the RBST to select the correct bulls to use on our cows in order to create a genetically diverse calf.
Our Pig breeds (Middle White, Saddleback, Oxford Sandy and Black and Gloucester Old Spot pigs) produce multiple litters of piglets per year. Each breed is carefully selected for their suitability at Croxteth, many piglets reared join existing breeding programmes.
Our rare breed sheep and goat breeds also produce offspring each year.