At the heart of Chiltern Livestock is Harry Bishop and Emily South, a passionate, young couple who live and breathe livestock farming.
From a young age, Harry worked alongside his grandfather where he gained considerable knowledge and expertise working with sheep. Wanting to broaden his experience, Harry went to work in both Australia and New Zealand before moving home to the family farm in Oxfordshire.
A proud Yorkshire lass, Emily grew up on her family’s farm in the Vale of York. Her father had a large commercial flock until sadly it was culled during the Foot-and-Mouth outbreak of 2001.
The Chiltern flock of pedigree Beltex was established by Emily in 2016 when she bought ewes from renowned breeders, Andrew and Becky Bishop and Colin Roots. Unbeknown to Emily at the time, she came away from the Thame Sheep Fair that day with more than the foundation of her new flock. Fate was at work and it was Emily challenging Harry, who had bought much of the stock she had her eye on, that introduced the couple to each other. Over the coming days and weeks, their relationship developed and blossomed into what it is today.