Celebrating Logie Longhorns

On British Beef week, 23rd – 30th April 2023, we thought we’d highlight the Logie Longhorn herd and encourage you to try the incredible meat for yourself.

With much of their grazing flanking each side of the Logie Steading drive, a visit to Logie isn’t complete without spotting the herd of Longhorn cattle that call Logie Estate home. Best characterised by their long curving horns and individually unique brown and white markings, the herd was founded at Logie over 30 years ago.

The cows were originally chosen over other, at the time rare breeds, for their quiet temperament, hardiness, ease of calving and superb beef quality.  Since the 1980s the breed has seen a resurgence of interest being bred pure, and used for crossing, in a growing number of commercial herds; hence it is no longer classed as a rare breed.

Did you know? Longhorns are the breed that originally made British beef famous and are one of the oldest traditional breeds. It was also the meat selected by chef Heston Blumenthal for his television series ‘Perfection’ as the best beef available in Britain.

Logie Longhorns

Originally used as a triple purpose breed— for farm labour (draught), and a producer of high-quality beef and milk - it was claimed that more butter could be made from Longhorn milk than from the same amount of milk produced by any other breed. 

At Logie, the cattle are naturally reared to produce beef with a traditional quality and flavour rarely found nowadays. The calves stay with their mothers until they are at least 8 months old; most of the females are kept or sold for breeding, and the bullocks grow on slowly to finish between 20 and 28 months old. Hung for a minimum of 21 days, the beef is renowned for its marbling – flecks and streaks of fat within the lean meat – which melts into the meat during cooking, adding to the unique flavour and superior eating quality.

Logie Longhorns in snow

The meat features regularly on the menu at The Café at the Steading. Chef John McCruden said:

“As a chef for 30+ years, Longhorn has to be the finest beef I have ever worked with. The traceability of the Logie meat is amazing - I can actually see these magnificent animals from the Cafe kitchen window.

The intramuscular fat or marbling within the meat gives a succulent and tenderness which is second to none and is the hallmark for a superior eating sensation. The flavour of the beef takes me on a journey of discovery and, as a Chef, working with this quality of produce is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is what every Chef aspires to achieve - working with amazing farmers to produce outstanding dishes. Truly a dream come true.”

Panny Laing, who farms the Logie herd said:

“We are so thrilled that John really appreciates the fantastic Longhorn Beef and are very excited to be able to work with him to produce exceptional meals at The Café.”

In celebration of the Logie Longhorns, the Cafe we will be preparing dishes such as:

  • Longhorn beef steak pie with butter mash.
  • Longhorn steak burger on Logie bun seasoned wedges homemade BBQ sauce.
  • Longhorn beef apple red onion and fresh herbs sausage roll. With butter puff pastry. 
  • Longhorn steak sandwich with spicy Mayo crisp salad served on Logie cafe bun.

Why not celebrate British Beef Week by trying one of the delicious specials at the Café or popping into the Logie Steading Farm and Garden shop and pick up some to try at home.

Logie Longhorns
Logie Longhorns

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Celebrating Logie Longhorns

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at http://www.fnlft.org.uk/downloads/)
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.