From actively farming in Lancashire at Norbreck Farm, to running a world renowned semen company, Norbreck Genetics is at the heart of all things beef and dairy genetics. company director Philip Halhead is also a familiar face in many areas of the agricultural industry, from judging beef and dairy cattle, to speaking at various technical events.
Norbreck Genetics' home farm houses dairy cattle. We have invested heavily in high genetic merit families that are noted for high genomic indexes, functional type and excellent health, fertility and milk components. We currently have more than 10 heifers in the TOP 200 PLI heifers in the UK with more due to be born in the Summer of 2020.
We challenge any company in the UK to give better access to the latest embryos from the British Blue/ Belgian Blue heifers and cows we have invested in. These genetics are either home bred, imported or purchased from proven and exciting cow families with several generations of quality breeding and correctness built into the genes.
Philip has an unrivalled knowledge of the beef and dairy genetic industry and is well versed in the demands and needs of both the pedigree and commercial sector. Covering the UK and worldwide, Philip is in regular contact with customers with regards latest bull purchases, sales and follow up consultancy. He’s also the lead contact for the business on the importation and exportation of embryos. An avid speaker at various technical events and conferences, Philip has spoken and chaired many sessions on various agricultural topics including dairy profitability and production, as well as sustainable farming practices. Philip is also on the judging panel for the British Blue Cattle Society and has judged at a number of regional and national shows. Running the home farm in Lancashire has also given him a commercial grounding in the UK dairy industry.
Sally joined Norbreck Genetics in 2018 and works alongside Philip and the team at Semex and Buitelaar consulting both beef and dairy customers on beef semen choices. Sally’s specific sales areas for Semex are Herefordshire, Gwent and Shropshire, but she’s available for UK-wide consultancy advice for Norbreck Genetics. A beef and sheep farmer, Sally has a proven track record in the livestock sector running commercial and pedigree beef cattle at home, as well as a flock of 80 pedigree sheep. She’s on the British Blue, Welsh Black and Blue Texel judging panel and has officiated at many regional and national shows, as well as proving highly successful in the show ring herself. Sally is on hand for all levels of beef genetic advice working closely with customers selecting the right bulls to enhance the performance and profitability of the herd.