In the early 1980’s, ownership of the herd was transferred to John’s sons, Alby and Henry Cator, who farmed in partnership as Rotac Farms. In addition to the pedigree herd, a commercial herd was also maintained, using Lincoln Red, Limousin and Blonde d’Aquitaine bulls or A.I. on British White crossbred cows. Whilst some of these continued a Society grading up program, most were kept to provide bull calves for fattening and heifer calves to be sold as suckler replacements. In 1997, in the wake of the BSE fiasco and ever diminishing beef returns, a decision was made by the partners to reduce cattle numbers. A reduction sale was held on 17th May 1997 which disposed of the entire crossbred herd and reduced the numbers in the pedigree herd considerably.
In 2002, ownership of the Woodbastwick herd was passed solely to Mr. Albermarle Cator. Eight cows and four heifers, one from each Woodbastwick pedigree cow family, went to live with Henry Cator to found the Salhouse herd.
In 2013, thirty-five cows and heifers were running with the bulls. Two senior stock bulls are currently being used, the home-bred bull, Woodbastwick O’Driscoll, and five-year old Bowland Alpha, purchased from Jim Curwen in 2007. The herd grazes the parkland around the Old Hall at Woodbastwick and is mainly spring calving, with around ten cows calving in the autumn. One or two bull calves may be selected for breeding each year, the remainder are all taken through to finishing along with a few surplus heifers. A small team of cattle are halter trained each year to support the British White classes at the summer shows.