The Ryders run a large sheep enterprise and have two other small pedigree herds
run alongside their 150-cow commercial suckler herd.
Among those neighbours were Colin and Phyllis Campbell who began using Charolais over their suckler herd before establishing the Thrunton pedigree herd
in 1974 with the purchase of two Charolais heifers.
Both pedigree herds
are performance-recorded and cattle are regularly weighed.
Another problem, according to James, is that too few UK breeders performance record their herds - both the pedigree herds
at Morebattle Tofts have been recorded for more than 20 years.
While Mr Carr-Ellison says the economics of exporting large numbers of commercial females is too expensive, he is looking to export the nucleus of small pedigree herds
of well-bred animals with good conformation, good feet and of reasonable size.