‘Building the Brand to Promote Our Uniqueness’ is the theme for the next BCBC Conference, which will take place on 21st – 23rd January 2019 at the Telford Hotel and Golf resort in Telford, Shropshire.
The conference will focus on ensuring the resilience of the British beef and dairy industries in a changing market environment through effective branding and promotion of its products as unique and valuable.
The new Chair of the British Cattle Breeders Club, Anya Westland, was instrumental in helping choose the conference theme and explains why it is so relevant: “The conference will focus on the new world that is evolving in our industry and how we can develop, defend, protect and brand our uniqueness.
“Continuing to evolve and strengthen co-operation, as well as promoting our brand, will be vitally important in light of increasing pressure on the livestock industry from recent negative campaigns via social media and other channels,” Anya adds. “As we look to the future we must continue to focus positive attention on a cattle breeding industry that not only strives for high levels of animal health, welfare and production efficiency but also aims to deliver high quality and nutritious animal protein products.”
Speakers already confirmed for the conference include:
• Minette Batters, NFU President
• Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer
• Jonathan Eckley, AHDB Senior Export Manager
The full conference programme and booking details will be available on the BCBC website (www.cattlebreeders.org.uk) in early Autumn 2018.
PM Teresa May hosted DonaldTrump at Blenheim Palace last night for a state banquet, offering him a quintessentially British menu of the finest ingredients available; wild Scottish Salmon followed by the star of the show - Fillet of Hereford Beef!
If that doesnt help trade talks nothing will.......!
Coley 1 Pilot bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the Breed Championship at the Great Yorkshire Show under the watchful eye of experienced Judge, John McMordie, Solpoll Herefords, County Down. Eighteen month old ‘Pilot’, who is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by homebred bull Coley 1 Maverick is a powerfully built bull with a good set of Estimated Breeding Values.
He swept all before him taking the Junior Male, Overall Junior, Grand Male and Breed Championships. Later in the show Coley 1 Pilot took the coveted Overall Inter-breed Junior Championship in what was a very competitive class at a show situated in a strong beef region, with four beef breeds holding their National Shows.
After picking out his Champions, John commented that both his “Breed and Reserve Breed Champions were cattle that he would very much like to take home.”
Standing Reserve to ‘Pilot’ in the male classes was fourteen month old Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. He’s another excellent animal from the Ishbel family bloodline, this time out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 and by Barwise 1 Lancer. ‘Prime Time BL P62’ has excellent Performance Recorded Figures across the board, including; a 200 and 400 Day Weight, an Eye Muscle Area and Retail Beef Yield all in the Top 1% of the Breed. So too are his Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Indices.
There was more success for Romany Herefords when they were awarded the Best Pair of Animals by the Same Sire and Best Group of Three Animals - the property of the same Exhibitor.
However, it was the female classes that were the most competitive with two classes being split, due to the large number of heifers entered. Coming out on top was another junior animal, 15 month old Hollyvale 1 Sapphire 2nd from A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire. ‘Sapphire 2nd’, who is out of Mersey Valley 1 Sapphire and by Dendor 1 Leroy, caught the Judges attention as soon as she came into the ring, with John McMordie stating that “she will make a superb breeding animal in the future, she has great femininity, balance, good spring of rib and good locomotion.”
Hollyvale 1 Sapphire took the Junior and Grand Female Championships before being tapped out as his Reserve Breed Champion.
Keeping with the junior animals, John made Pinmoor 1 Pennie from G Hall, Knowsley Park, Prescot his Reserve Junior and Reserve Grand Female Champion. Also 15 months old, She’s out of homebred female Pinmoor 1 Hope and by successful Danish bull SMH King Size 87K.
In the Senior Cow Class there was another red ticket for the 2017 Reserve Female of the Year, Coley 1 Pippa 356 with her calf at foot, from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. This stylish cow is out of former Female of the Year, Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and by Australian sire Days Calibre G74.
Other first prize winners in the female classes were Messrs Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire with 28 month old Clipston Pansy V6, out of Clipston Pansy K11 and by Irish bred Moyclare Malcolm.
JRB Wilson followed up their success in the bull classes with a first place, this time with Romany 1 Plum BL P2. Two year ‘Plum BL P2’, who is out Romany 1 Plum A84 E37, is another by successful herd sire Barwise 1 Lancer.
In the class Heifers born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2017, it was young Bethan Hutchinson, Billingham, Cleveland, who came to the fore with Bethanfield Lisette. She’s out of Fourstones Lisette 285 and by Auckvale Monument 1436N.
Last but not least, in the youngest heifer class, it was breed stalwarts, R & RI Shaw, South Wirral, Cheshire, who came on top and with it a £100 first prize ticket – which according to a delighted Ian Shaw was the “first one that they had ever won!” Their 13 month old heifer, Hallwood 1 Careless 7th is out of Hallwood 1 Careless and by show bull Hallwood 1 Knight.
Pictured right is Emmerdale's Eric Pollard, aka Chris Chittell, passing on his congratulations to breeder Heather Whittaker and showman Andrew Hughes with Coley 1 Pilot.
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Following the move from Microsatellite to SNP DNA testing with Weatherbys as of the 1st July 2018.
It would help the administration to know which Hereford sires, where possible, breeders will be using to register progeny over the next 12-18 months. This would assist making the continuing transition as smooth and as cost effective as possible.
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This year it was the turn of Omagh Show to host the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders' Association's National Show. President and renown breeder Jonathan Moorehouse, Cato Herefords had the tough job of judging an entry of 40 animals on the day.
"A great turnout of cattle and quality to match", commented Jonathan as he rounded up his morning's judging......
His Supreme Champion Richmount 1 Peppermint, (pictured right) owned and bred by Mr James Graham, Portadown, County Armagh, stood out on the day - a young bull that is no stranger to winning, taking a number of first prize rosettes including the Reserve Breed Championship at Lurgan Show earlier in the year.
Reserve went to J & W McMordie's, County Down, home-bred bull Solpoll 1 Perfection (below left). This Yearling Bull took the Native & Reserve Overall Inter-breed Performance Class Championships at the Royal Ulster Show, Balmoral 2018.
The Female Championship went to a well grown heifer, Graceland 1 Nicola, owned and exhibited by N Shaw of Dungannon, she was a worthy winner on the day.
James Graham added to his victories, when he took the Junior Female Championship with seven month old heifer Richmount 1 Ruby Royale. This sylish young heifer was also made Champion at Armagh Show. 'Ruby Royale' went on to win the Reserve Grand Female Championship.
Gerry and Ethan Small's yearling heifer Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl won the biggest class of the day - the Yearling Heifer Class. This stylish Heifer who is yet to be beaten in her class went on to take the Reserve Junior Female Championship.
David Wilson from County Fermanagh won the Best Group of Three which included his Senior Bull Knockmountagh Master who had earlier won his Senior Class.
Other class wins included B & G Watson with his homebred heifer Barnburn 1 Priscilla and K Mrs K Greenaway & Mr WG Conn securing a win with Hilltop 1 Roberta 3rd in the Cow and calf class.
Calf Champion on the day went to Ciaran Kerr's Kinnego 1 Rocket Man, a strong calf by his multiple prize-winning stock Bull Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite.
The Best Young Handler Award went to Ethan Carey Small.
Richmount 1 Peppermint - J Graham
Solpoll 1 Perfection - J & W McMordie
Graceland 1 Nicola - N Shaw
Reserve Female Champion
Richmount 1 Ruby Royale - J Graham
Richmount 1 Perrpermint - J Graham
Reserve Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Perfection - J & W McMordie
Junior Female Champion
Richmount 1 Ruby Royale - J Graham
Reserve Junior Female
Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl - J & G Small
Class 44 Cow or Heifer born before 31/12/15
1st Hilltop 1 Roberta 3rd - Mrs K Greenaway & Mr WG Conn
2nd Bellshill 1 Nancy - A, R & J Dickson
Class 45 Heifer born 1/1/16 - 30/6/16
1st Graceland 1 Nicola - N Shaw
2nd Richmount 1 Nola - J Graham
3rd Barnburn 1 Nolana - B & G Watson
Class 46 Heifer Born 1/7/16 - 31/12/16
1st Barnburn 1 Priscilla - B & G Watson
Class 47 Heifer Born 1/1/17 - 31/8/17
1st Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl - J & G Small
2nd Richmount Poppy - J Graham
3rd Solpoll 1 Starlet P9 - J & W McMordie
4th Umgola Sabrina - S Baxter
Class 48 Heifer Calf born after 1/9/17
1st Richmount 1 Ruby Royale - J Graham
2nd Corraback Cherry 10th - M Richmond
3rd Mountview 1 Gelato - T Andrews
4th Corraback Guinevere 17th - M Richmond
Class 50 Bull Born before 31/3/16
1st Knockmountagh Master - DR Wilson
2nd Mulladoopoll 1 Elite - C Kerr
3rd Magheraknock 1 Jocker - R Black
Class 51 Bull born 1/4/16 - 31/12/16
1st Richmount 1 Peppermint - J Graham
2nd Solpoll 1 Partner - J & W McMordie
Class 52 Bull born 1/1/17 - 31/8/17
1st Solpoll 1 Perfection - J & W McMordie
2nd Lusky 1 Prodigy - AJ Farms Ltd
3rd Lisrace Lackey Boy 11th - DR Wilson
Class 53 Bull Calf born 1/9/17 - 31/12/17
1st Kinnego 1 Rocket Man - C Kerr
2nd Mountview 1 Genesis - T Andrews
1st J & W McMordie
2nd M Richmond
3rd J Graham
Group of Three
1st DR Wilson
2nd J Graham
3rd J & W McMordie
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The ‘Control of Worms Sustainably’ in cattle group (COWS) has launched a brand new website to support the work it does to encourage responsible use of wormers in beef and dairy cattle. The new site can be accessed at www.cattleparasites.org.uk
The COWS initiative is an industry-led group which came together in 2010 to provide the best up-to-date, evidence-based information for the sustainable control of gut worms, lung worms, flukes and ecto-parasites of cattle. The group delivers messages at differing technical levels to farmers, vets, advisers, Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs), veterinary pharmacists and animal health advisers.
“It has never been so important for cattle farmers to consider carefully how and when they use anthelmintics,” says Sara Gregson, who manages the communications for COWS.
“New research published from Ireland shows marked resistance of worms to benzimidazole and macrocyclic lactone wormers on 16 dairy calf-to-beef farms. Cattle farmers can no longer be complacent about resistance and must take steps to stop it occurring or reduce its spread on their farms.
“The new, easy to view website is clearly divided into the different parasite categories and offers an extensive library of internal and external resources to learn about tackling infestations in a sustainable way.
“The website features an invaluable ‘Things to do now’ section for beef and dairy farmers – highlighting the things to watch out for at key seasons in the year, in particular before turnout, during summer grazing and at housing.”
The new website has been paid for by the funding members of COWS: AgriSearch, AHDA, AHDB, AHDB Beef & Lamb, AHDB Dairy, AMTRA, HCC, NFU. NOAH and QMS. It has been further developed by information supplied by members of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), Moredun Research Institute and the University of Liverpool.
For more information contact:
Sara Gregson, Communications Manager for COWS, Tel: 01799 530934, Mob: 07768 764062
Blakesley 1 Major, bred by J Riley and purchased by P Cobley as a calf, was made Male and Breed Champion by Judge Richard Dorrell. When Richard judged the Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Calf Show at Newark in 2017 he selected “Major” (pictured right) as his Champion and it’s great to see a strong calf develop into a great young bull. Richard believes “there will be some exciting times ahead for this young bull. He has incredible growth for age, power, strength and is immensely correct”. “Major”, expertly shown by Steve Edwards, is out of Blakesley 1 Icicle and sired by Solpoll 1 Dynamite.
Twenty exhibitors presented 48 Herefords to Richard Dorrell, who started the sunny day by judging the female section, “which was impressive throughout”. The Female Championship was won by Pete Cobely’s Kinglee 1 Polly 554, (pictured left) a 20 month old heifer out of Kinglee 1 Polly 285 and sired by Panmure 1 Karl. In Richard Dorrell’s opinion “Polly” is “a super heifer, full of strength, power and femininity”. In the class Richard had found it hard to split “Polly” and another “exceptional heifer” Newtoncroft 1 Bluebell 310, owned by Newtoncroft Farms Ltd. “Bluebell”, sired by Solpoll 1 Hollywood and out of Newtoncroft 1 Bluebell 259 (pictured below right), followed “Polly” all the way and was made Reserve Female Champion – “two wonderful examples of the breed”.
The Junior heifer class was won by Philip and Laura Vincent’s Pulham 1 Starlet 7th. “Starlet” is out of Solpoll 1 Starlet K8 and sired by Romany 1 Machine D1 M13. In second was Lesley Jackson’s Sparkwood Blossom 19th and in third was Admiral’s 1 Edie Bernice, bred by George Wright Farms and owned by new Norfolk breeder, J Doyle.
Stephen Taylor, Debbie Marsh and family made the long trip from Chorley, Lancashire which was well worth it when Pulham Blossom 20th, who they purchased at the 2017 Designer Genes Sale, won the Intermediate Heifer Class. Clive and Paula Bidmead’s Rockland Tiara P4 stood second, with Speirs Farms Ltd Pepperstock 1 Fascination P353 in third.
Sparkwood Dowager, owned by Lesley Jackson, was third in the Senior heifer class to the Female and Reserve Female Champions.
The Cow Class was won by Pepperstock 1 Jade L166 owned by the Speirs Family, with the Bidmead’s Rockland 1 Tiara M3 in second and Philip English’s Churchlands Estate Violet 30 GR in third.
The Male Championship was awarded to P Cobley’s Blakesley 1 Major, who was later made Breed Champion. The Reserve Male Champion, Bure Valley 1 Paddington (pictured left) owned by Fowell Bros had stood second in his class and then followed “Major” all the way to be made Reserve Breed Champion. “Paddington” who is sired by Dorepoll 1 High Tec and out of Alvian 1 Grace Lass “has wonderful breed character and super easy fleshing ability” said the judge.
The Junior Bull Class was won by Rempstone 1 Eric V463. “Eric” owned by MJ Ludgate is out of Rempstone Model and sired by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa. PRJ & LR Vincent’s Pulham Providence stood second with Mrs L Jackson’s Sparkwood Tinkerman in third.
The Intermediate Bull Class was won by Newtoncroft Farms with, Newtoncroft 1 Pondlife. Lesley Jackson’s Sparkwood Tearaway took second place, with Fowell Brothers, Bure Valley 1 Playmaker in third.
Standing third to the Male and Reserve Male Champion in the Senior Bull Class was Admirals 1 Donald Ashlyn owned by George Wright Farms.
The Bidmead’s dominated the group classes by winning the Best Pair under 2 years, the Best Group of Three by the same sire and the Best Group of Three bred by the exhibitor.
Fowell Brothers won the Norfolk Special with Bure Valley 1 Paddington and PRJ & LR Vincent were Reserve with Pulham 1 Starlet 7th.
The Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association had a trade stand at the Show for the second year running which was a great success. A Hereford cow and bull calf were on display, kindly provided by Clive and Paula Bidmead, Rockland Herefords.
Traditional Herefords were also represented in the Any Other Native Beef Breed (Including Any Other Rare Breed) classes. Congratulations to Owen Smith for winning the Male and Overall Champion with Butley Vanguard AI. “Vanguard” is out of Laxfield Julia 3rd and is sired by Free Town Vanguard, who was owned by the Milk Marketing Board and sired over 50,000 calves.
‘300 store cattle – Hereford Livestock Market – Thursday 19th July at 11.00am
To include the dispersal sale of 49 traditional pedigree registered cattle, on behalf of Lower Turnant Farm Partnership
15 cows with calves, 2 in-calf cows, 7 bulling heifers, 9 yearling heifers and 1 stock bull – 5 years – ‘Boreisle Opus’
Catalogues available in due course from Hereford Market Auctioneers Tel: 01432 761882
Coley 1 Pilot from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the plaudits as he took the Supreme Championship at a well attended Royal Highland Show.
Eighteen month old ‘Pilot’ (pictured right) is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by homebred sire Coley 1 Maverick. This young bull who has a good set of Breedplan Performance Recorded figures with 200, 400 and 600 Day Weights in the top 15% and Scrotal Size in the top 10% of the breed. He’s no stranger to success either, having taken the Grand Male Championship at Agri-Expo 2017 and at Northumberland County Show earlier in the year.
Earlier in the day, Judge William McMordie, Solpoll Herefords, Ballygown, County Down, made Coley 1 Pilot his Junior Male, Overall Junior and Grand Male Champion.
Standing Reserve in both the Junior and Grand Male Championships was Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from loyal show supporters, JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. Fourteen month old ‘Prime Time’ is another from the Ishbel bloodline, on this occasion, out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 and by Barwise 1 Lancer. This bull has a spectacular set of EBV’s with Scrotal Size in the top 5%, 200 & 400 Day Weights, Eye Muscle Area, Retail Beef Yield, Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Indices in the top 1% of the breed.
To complete the male section, William made Milovaig 1 Jaguar exhibited by Peter Eccles, East Lothian, his Senior Male Champion. This five year old bull is out of Irish bred Corlismore Elisia and by former Royal Highland Show Champion Baldinnie 1 Cranmore.
It was a day for junior animals when the Judge made Junior Female Champion Romany 1 Mink BL P60 (pictured above left) bred and exhibited by JRB Wilson & Sons his Grand Female and Reserve Supreme Champion. This promising 16 month old heifer is also by Barwise 1 Lancer and out of Romany 1 Mink A41 D3. Not contented with taking the Grand Female Championship JRB Wilson also took the Reserve Junior Female Championship with Romany 1 Lucy BL P61, another sixteen month old heifer by ‘Lancer’ and out of Romany 1 Lucy RE L18.
Later in the day the Romany heifers teamed up to collect first prize in the Best Pair of Animals bred by an Exhibitor.
Taking the Reserve Female Championship was Peter Eccles with Rockness 1 Matilda KH1 (pictured right) with her calf at foot. Firstly, she came won a strong cow class before being judged Senior Female Champion on her way to taking the Reserve Female Championship. This striking rising four year old cow is out of Romany 1 Dawn A84 H38 and by AI sire Kinglee 1 Hero.
Completing the female class winners, there was more success for Miss H Whittaker when she won the best female born on or between 1st September 2016 and 29th February 2017 with another Romany female, eighteen month old Romany 1 Julia BL P43. She’s out of Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 and is another by prolific stock sire Barwise 1 Lancer.
In the following class it was W, P & K Wason, Lochgelly, Fife, who came out on top with 30 month old Saltire 1 Cathy. She is all Baldinnie breeding out of Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th and by Baldinnie 1 Viscount.
Later in the show, Saltire 1 Cathy teamed up with Romany 1 Mink BL P60, Coley 1 Pippa 356 from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland and Milovaig 1 Jaguar to take Reserve Native Inter-breed Team of Four.
There was more Inter-breed success when the Hereford Team of Three (left) comprising of Romany 1 Julia BL P43, Romany 1 Plum BL P2 from JRB Wilson & Sons and Coley 1 Pilot took the Reserve Native Breed Championship.
Scawfell Genetics Ltd are happy to announce that the long awaited fully licensed semen storage facility for both domestic and export qualified semen is now open for business at our bespoke British genetics facility in Cumbria.
Managing Director James Hazard commented, “we are so pleased that we have been able to get this project off the ground. All directors as customers have been involved in cattle genetics for many years and it is great that other breeders will for the first time have another option of who to use to look after their genetic straws. Our modern, efficient and cost effective facility will provide customers with a high level of service which is required in the modern era.”
Scawfell Genetics Ltd have established a custom built facility alongside its long established bull stud in Cumbria. This facility allows a complete solution to be provided to all breeders including on farm and on stud collection, semen processing through the most modern lab in the UK, semen storage in a unique facility that provides breeders with complete transparency of inventory.
Director John black commented, “being breeders ourselves we have built a facility that is aimed at providing fellow breeders choice alongside complete security. Our main aim has been to provide a superior service to cattle breeders and we have invested heavily in the most up to date equipment from across the world to provide a simple, user friendly and cost effective facility. Assisting our breeders showcase the quality of British genetics to the rest of the world.”
Scawfell Genetics Ltd store is the first in the country that provides a completely automated straw counting system and a portal that allows breeders to see at any time what inventory they have in stock.
Pete Sherwen, Operations Director comments, “the technology we have developed to give our breeders transparency is a huge leap forward for the industry. This coupled with our advances in distribution is extremely exciting, we are delivering straws to the breeders door guaranteed within 72 hours from the day of ordering.
We are also taking care of the delivery tank returns all within a price with no hidden extra charges for less than any other distributor in the UK. For too long breeders have had to accept long delivery times, excessive charges as they have had no where else to go. Our facility provides choice which in my experience always leads to a better deal for the customer.”
IMPORTANT please take the correct sample for SNP DNA testing
SNP testing requires at least 40-50 hair follicles, approximately five times what was previously needed for micro-satellite testing.
o If insufficient sized samples are submitted, Weatherbys will request fresh samples which will cause a delay in obtaining the results.
o If samples fail to produce a result due to incorrect sampling i.e. contaminated - then a second sample will be required at an additional cost to the breeder.
In both scenarios above, failure to obtain a result, may result in animals not being tested in time to meet key milestones i.e. dates for Shows & Sales or Exports.
Additionally, hair samples need to be:
o Not contaminated
o Hair samples, unlike tissue samples, suffer from environmental and seasonal issues, so please send samples to Hereford House immediately after collection and always keep out of direct sunlight.
o Only tail hairs should be taken and NOT coat hair.
o Please click HERE for instructions on hair sample collection.
Imports: Please click HERE for the Hereford Cattle Society requirements for ALL Imports.
IMPORTANT: The Society reserves the right to not register any animal or progeny in the UK, if, all requirements are not met as stated in the attached document.
Exports: All Live exports must be DNA profiled and tested for hypotrichosis.
The other two genetic defects (diluter and idiopathic epilepsy will be tested at the behest of the country of destination).
It is the Breeders responsibility to obtain all export documentation (DNA and Health requirements) from the importing country.
Please note that if the two additional genetic defect tests are required the cost will increase from £40.00 to £57.00 (inclusive of VAT).
Semen and Embryo exports should all be DNA profiled and Three Trait tested.
Please click HERE for further information on SNP testing – as it appeared in the recent Breed Newsletter.