Welcome to the new website for the Davidsons of Poldean Farm
Welcome to Poldean. We are a beef and sheep farm set in the Moffat Hills of Scotland - home to our herd of Salers cattle and Lleyn sheep. The business is run by Alisdair Davidson and his parents Willie and Jennifer and is spread over two units - Poldean and Cogries
The Davidson’s farm almost 2,000 acres that climbs from 270ft to 1,760ft, running 300 cows, including a small number of pedigree Charolais alongside a majority of Salers, a third of which are now pedigrees.
The French Salers breed, which is renowned for easy calving and good milk production, has been at Poldean since the early 1990s, but when the farm’s beef cattle and sheep were culled out in the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic the Davidsons had to re-establish their herd. This created the opportunity to purchase foundation stock from France, including the bull that was champion at the local show in the Salers region.
Now the aim is to minimise disease problems by running a closed breeding policy, with only Charolais and Salers bulls bought in as well as rams for the 500 ewe Lleyn flock.