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To celebrate 50 years of the Danish Association, the National Show will be taking place in Herning on 4 - 6 July, and will see a large entry of Herefords. Matthew Goulding of the renowned Gouldingpoll herd in Ireland is set to judge what is northern Europe's largest show.

Attracting overseas visitors every year, the Danish Association invites all members of the Hereford Cattle Society to attend this special show, along with any Hereford enthusiast from around the world. 

The Hereford Youth Show will also take place at Herning, which this year will be judged by Jill Harvie from Canda's Harvie Ranch. An auction of two top heifers has been organised for the evening of Thursday 4 July, with sale proceeds going towards the cost of the Danish youth team's travel to the World Hereford Conference 2020. 

An anniversary party will also be taking place on 28 - 29 September, in conjunction with a number of farm visits, with the Association again extending its invitation to overseas visitors. The deadline for booking a place at the party is 1 August.

Danish Hereford history

The Danish Hereford Association was founded in 1969, 15 years before the first import of a bull and four cows from the UK. Today there are 3,400 pedigree Hereford cows in Denmark. 

With a strong dairy industry in Denmark, the beef industry does not have such a heritage as in the United Kingdom, however Danish-bred Herefords are being found in an increasing population around the world. 

Danish breeders have been working to produce a moderate sized animal with good muscling and growth rates, calving ease and lots of milk and, as such, there has been a large number of imports made from around the world. 

Danish Hereford highlights

2018 - Rosenkaer Miss World won the Hereford Miss Europe title

2017 - Moeskaer Compass 1487 took the champion of the world title

2013 - SMH Castro 0001 was named sire of the year by the Hereford Cattle Society

A great day was had by all at the Society open day, held at Netherhall Herefords, near Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, by kind permission of the Kelly family.

The Society was fortunate to host a great selection of industry speakers including Ian Locke of Wirruna Herefords and Breedplan chairman; Dr Ryan Law of Dunbia; Rosalish Goulding, beef programme manager at Irish Cattle Breeding Centre; Colin Mason from SRUC and Jim McKinstry of Farm Gate Vets.

Willie Wilson, accredited Breedplan scanner, was also on-hand, giving demonstrations of the back fat scanning process, with results shown on a television screen.

Three farm tours took place on the day, with attendees viewing the Kelly's award winning Netherhall herd of pedigree Herefords. A large amount of the genetics within the herd have been imported from Ian Locke's New South Wales-based Wirruna herd, as well as American line one genetics.

As David Kelly explained to tour goers, a very commercial system is run at Nether Hall, with an emphasis on growth from grass and high output per hectare. At present 180 cows are calved and genetics are selected on a range of performance recorded traits, in particular, gestation length and calving ease.

Breed secretary David Deakin says: "We had a tremendous turnout at Nether Hall, it was great to see so many members and commercial producers together to view such functional and consistent cattle. The open day follows hot on the heels of a successful farm tour as part of Beef Expo with both events combining to expose the breed to over 500 visitors.

"On behalf of the Society, I would like to thank the Kelly family for hosting the event and working with us with such enthusiasm to make the day possible."

Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxford continued its winning streak at the Royal Cornwall, taking the breed championship. Already breed champion at Devon County and the Royal Bath and West this year, this March 2017-born bull was top price at this spring's Society sale at Hereford at 8,000gns.

Reserve breed champion was Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd from L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan. Born in September 2014, it is a Solpoll 1 Gilbert daughter, out of Dendor 1 Ruby 11th. Reserve female was from the same stable, being heifer Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R, bred by W and R Kemp and sons, St Helens, Co Durham which recently stood reserve breed champion at Shropshire County.

Reserve male was Lanscombe 1 Walter from R Mitchell, Dorchester, Dorset. Born in February 2018, this young bull is by Lanscombe 1 Maxamillion and out of Lanscombe 1 Quiz.                                                                                                                 

Solpoll 1 Perfection

Dendor 1 Ruby 23

Royal Bath and West breed champion 2019 was crowned as March 2017-born bull Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Purchased for the top price of 8,000gns at this spring's Society sale at Hereford, it was also recently named breed champion at Devon County.

Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright

Standing reserve in the breed championship after also being named female champion was Coley 1 Clara 409, from 17 year old Will Awan. Out of Barbern 1 Claret 2nd, it is by Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53.

Coley 1 Clara 409 from W Awan

Junior interbreed champion was March 2018-born heifer Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 49 from AE Nesbitt Farms, Hungerford, Berkshire. Out of Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 18th, it is by Solpoll 1 KitKat.

Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 49 from AE Nesbitt Farms

At the National Hereford Club's AGM, club members were delighted to vote TV star Nick Hewer in as president.

Known for appearances on The Apprentice, and more recently Coutndown, Nick is a descendant of the famous Hewer family which was influential during the establishment of the breed. The Hewers have to take most of the credit for the distinctive white faced Hereford which was successful not because of facial colour, but because Hewer-bred cattle were amongst the best around at the time.

After a successful AGM and tremendous roast Free Town beef dinner at the Verzon House Hotel, members and friends of the Club travelled a short distance to Free Town for an afternoon's herd visit. Here, the Club viewed some quality cattle in the sunshine followed by a cup of tea and cake, kindly provided by the Bradstock family. 

 

Hsitroy was made in the beef rings at Northumberland County Show as the Hereford group of three took the interbreed title, being the first ever native team to do so. 

The trio was made up of Coley 1 Clara 418 from Heather Whittaker, Hollyvale 1 June 3rd from Allen and Phillip Massey and Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison. 

Earlier in the show, Coley 1 Clara 418 stood overall and female champion in the breed. This Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid daughter was born in October 2017. 

In reserve was the champion male Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison. By the Danish SMH King Size 87K, it is out of Romany 1 Dawn D1 M6. 

Reserve male was Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62, also from Heather Whittaker ,while reserve female was Hollyvale 1 June 3rd from Allen and Phillip Massey. 

Taking their first breed championship at the Royal Ulster Show was father and son team Mervyn and Henry Richmond, Co Fermanagh with their home-bred heifer Corraback Cherry 10th.

Born in October 2017, it was sired by the 2012 Royal Ulster winner Kye Rodge 553 and out of dam Corraback Cherry 7th which was sired by Mara Flook, the sire of the 2018 National Hereford Show champion.

Richmount 1 Poppy from James Graham, Co Armagh stood reserve supreme, after being placed reserve to Richmond’s heifer in the female championship. Born in January 2017, it is is sired by Grousehall 1 Premier and out of a Barbern 1 Gargantuan daughter, Richmount 1 Laura.

The male championship was won by the 13 month old Solpoll 1 Real Thing from John and William McMordie Co Down. Out of the Panmure 1 Henry daughter Solpoll 1 Dainty N11, its sire is NBG The Wonderer. It also went on be placed reserve junior champion and was included in the first place group of three from one exhibitor.

Judge George Thorne with Henry Richmond and Corraback Cherry 7th

Success continued for the Graham family, with Richmount 1 Rockafella tapped out as reserve male champion. A September 2017-born Premier son, it is out as Richmont 1 Lady Gaga which was female champion at 2011 Balmoral Show.

Junior champion and winner of the youngest heifer class was Kye Holly from Tommy Staunton, Co Galway. A January 2018-born Free Town Hotspur daughter, it had previously stood female champion at the Irish Calf Show.

Later in the week during the interbreeds, the Graham family's Richmount 1 Ruby Royale won the native breed beef performance heifer class. It is out of Richmount 1 North. 

The champion Corraback Cherry 10th also teamed up with Richmount 1 Rockafella to take reserve in the native interbreed pairs class, topping off a strong show for the Hereford breed.

 
Richmount 1 Poppy from the Graham family

The National Show of Hereford Cattle will once again be held at Tenbury Wells on Saturday 3 August 2019.

A full range of classes and championships will be judged by Steve Edwards, with prize money forward as well as a first time entrant incentive. 

A prize of £100 will be handed to the winner of the Breedplan performance recorded bull class and there will also be young handlers classes with cash prizes sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Society

Full details here.

Entry form here.

Schedule available here

Young handlers entry form here.

 

Devon County Show champion 2019 was March 2017-born bull Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Top price at this spring's Society sale at Hereford at 8,000gns, it stood reserve in the performance recorded interbreed class at last year's Royal Ulster when shown by breeders J and W McMordie.

Reserve was 28 month bull Cato 1 Plutarch from Society president Jonathan Moorhouse. From two home-bred parents, it is by Cato 1 Lexington and out of Cato 1 Ella 442.

 
 
 
Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright

The Cerrig dispersal sale of pedigree Hereford cattle held on behalf of Peter and Jane Lewis, Corwen peaked at 3,330gns for Romany 1 Dawn H12 M55. A September 2014-born cow sired by Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12 and out of a Romany cow, this female is in-calf to Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy and was snatched up by M Whieldon, Gnosall, Staffordshire to join the Clares herd.

Six year old cow Fisher 1 Cheerful J364 reached bids to 2,200gns, going to J Hodge, Hondean, Northumberland of Fellowhills Herefords. By semen from Australian-bred Yalgoo Boulder Z250, it is out of Fisher 1 Cheerful P18 and sold in-calf to Goulidingpoll 1 Goldspice.

Pleasantnook 1 Lassie, an April 2013-born in-calf cow sold at 1,600gns to AB and FM Bomford, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire to add to the Trenchwood herd. By Romany 1 Frisky A84 F27, it is out of Baldinnie 1 Lassie 15th, sired by Baldinnie 1 Mendoza which was imported from Argentina as an embryo. The cow was served in March to Solpoll 1 Ferrari.

Making the same money was Dendor 1 Molly 43rd, originally purchased from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys. Four years old, this female by Solpoll 1 Gilbert and out of Dendor 1 Molly 31st and a full sister to the renowned Dendor 1 Molly 41st. It will calve in June to Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy.

Cow and calf outfit Real 1 Jenny with heifer calf Cerrig 1 Jenny made the second highest price on the day, with the gavel going down at 2,950gns and was purchased by Stephen Jones, Mold, Flintshire. By Solpoll 1 Dynamite, it is out of Real 1 Jenny W9, bred by JW and R Johnson, Nottingham. The calf was a Normanton 1 Laertes daughter.

In-calf heifers peaked at 1,100gns with Cerrig 1 Dawn 2nd, purchased by AD Beaman, Wellington, Shropshire of Triacre Herefords. May 2017 born, this female is full of Romany breeding, being by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 and out of Romany 1 Dawn H12 M55, the day’s top price animal. It also sold in-calf to Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy.

Just behind at 1,400gns was Normanton 1 Amanita 5th L185, again served by Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy and was another travelling to Worcestershire with AB and FM Bomford.

Averages: 13 cows and calves, £1,881; 10 in-calf cows, £1,792.50; 4 in-calf heifers, £958; 10 maiden heifers £856.80; 3 young bulls £675.50.

Auctioneers: Halls

Highhouse Radar from JR and HM Whitlow, Abbots Morton, Worcestershire led the trade at the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association sale at Shrewsbury, selling at 3,100gns to Owen Bros, Tregele Bay, Anglesey to join their Foel herd.

By Cill Cormaic Kasper, this April 2018-born bull is paternal brother to the renowned Moyclare Phoenix which topped Tullamore at €6,600 in October 2017. An AI sire standing at Dovea Genetics, Co Tipperary, this bull is marketed as Ireland’s top available horned bull in terms of replacement index.

Out of the home-bred dam Highhouse Roulette, from a cow family noted for milkyness, Radar’s maternal grandsire is the Australian import Mawarra Vice Admiral.

Next in the money in the bull section was October 2017-born Alderoak 1 Rebel from P and E Williams, Alderton, Shropshire changing hands to S and A Dale, Leominster, Herefordshire at 2,600gns to join the Phocle herd. Sired by Dendor 1 Montana, this bull lies in the top 20 per cent for 400 day weight and self replacing index. Its maternal grandsire is Solpoll 1 Ferrari, the first Northern Irish bull sold to an AI firm in Great Britain.

Herdmate Alderoak 1 Rocky was not far behind at 2,400gns, going to C Bowers, Bradley, Staffordshire. September 2017-born, it is sired by 2014 UK bull of the year Frenchstone P1 Dood and out of home-bred Alderoak 1 Floss A1.

Greenyards 1 Richelieu from PJ and AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire sold for 2,200gns, paid by EAC Brown, Haughton, Powys. Sired by Happy 1 Foxtrot Oscar, it is out of home-bred female Greenyards 1 Mary-Irene K243, a Ford Abbey 1 Dartani daughter.
Leading the heifer section was a run from MJ and HM Timmis, the home of the Shraden herd at Baschurch, Shropshire. Topping the trade was Shraden 1 Violet R835 at 2,600gns to W Milner, Callaughton, Shropshire. Bred from one of the most prolific heifer producing families for the breeders, these females are full of femininity and milk. At 20 months of age, this heifer is by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster which stood junior male champion at the 2013 National Poll Show before being purchased at the autumn sale at Hereford for 5,050gns that year.

Going to the same buyer for 2,300gns was Shraden 1 Alice R840. The Alices have been a particularly prevalent female line at Shraden in recent times, breeding all their top price cattle. Also 20 months old, this heifer is by Baldinnie 1 Victory and out of Shraden 1 Alice K558.

Shraden 1 Alice R863, a Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346 daighter, was knocked down at 2,200gns to G Llewellyn and D Sharman, Shifnal, Shropshire to join the Harvest herd.

Coley 1 Marrigold 440 from Heather Whittaker, Halifax, Yorkshire realised the same money, leaving with Thellow Heath Farm, Antrobus, Cheshire. Born in May 2018, it is a Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe daughter which was 2012 sire of the year and out of Danish imported Solbakkens Marrigold.

Averages: 7 cows and calves £1,114.49; 43 maiden heifers £911.46; 17 bulls £1,686.

Auctioneers: Halls

Congratulations to Tony Bradstock of Freetown Herefords who is the winner of our recent caption competition with his entry:

Hereford Cattle Society gets a surprise visit when the local bobby hears of a 'Hustler' and a 'Lawbreaker' having done the rounds

A Hereford goody bag will make its way to Tony!

Other favourites included:

They're no trouble really - Tim Livesey, Normanton Herefords

Hereford cause a buzz with the fuzz - John Morris, Bradmore Herefords

Thanks to all who got involved. 

The Skipton Auction Mart’s fourth annual Craven Native Day show and sale was won by Harry and Janet Elliott with Cowshill Cornriggs 1 Red Knight, on its first time out. A home-bred 14-month-old son of Cornriggs 1 Super Guy, which is by Baldinnie 1 Carlton, it is out of Cornriggs 1 Julia 3rd, a Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider daughter.

Red Knight was tapped out as champion by local show judge Stuart Currie, who runs the Beautry Beef Shorthorn herd in Rathmell, and went on to sell for 1,900gns to Geoff Ryder, of Haverah Park, Harrogate.

Photo: Adrian Legge Photography

The HCBA sale at Shrewsbury Market on Tuesday 14 May will see 105 cattle forward plus 100 straws of semen. Click here for the catalogue. 

The day will also see the complete dispersal of the Cerrig poll herd. See the catalogue here.

 Please direct any inquiries to Jonny Dymond at Halls on 07803 412617. 

Saturday 20th April saw the first UKHY event of the year take place. The weather was kind and the day proved to be very warm, which is always an added bonus.

A good crowd including one non-member and three Kent young farmers club members, plus parents, attended David and Juliet Fenton’s Silcocks Farm. Arriving at 10am the day kicked off with safety talks, introductions and lots of chit chat. David gave an in-depth over view of their 270 hectare grassland managed, organic farm. He informed the young members of their farming practices and why he farms the traditional Herefords.

They have a total of roughly 100 breeding cows. Not only does the farm have beef cattle but they also have a small herd of twenty dairy cattle, Ayrshires and Friesians. The milk is used to make cheese, milk and cream which is then sold through their farm shop. Twenty Gloucester Old Spot pigs contribute to the numbers and finally two hundred Dorset and Romney ewes. 

The farm shop provides a primary income selling all their store cattle, pigs and lamb through it. An on-site butchery offers the flexibility to slaughter and butcher when required. Alongside the farm shop is a café which offers lovely homemade food and drinks (trust me I know!)

The aim of the day was to provide an insight to various farming methods, with a large emphasis of cattle assessment. Once the introductions were over, attendees took a farm walk around the breeding cows. It was great to see the young members asking questions. Because the farm is organic and certified by the soil association there are a few restrictions that some members were unaware of. This delivered a great discussion on all thing veterinary administration, embryo work and paperwork.


Following on from viewing the cows we then went to see some in calf heifers and first time calver’s. Heifers are calved down at three which suits their farming methods. Most calves are born unaided. A mixture of bulls and AI are used to provide a broad range of bloodlines. After a good judge of the cattle we set about assessing cattle for the butcher. Clive Davies delivered a very informative and fact filled demonstration.


Clive went into the nitty gritty of cattle assessment discussing all the different types of joints, the EUROP scale and I could see the brains ticking. A discussion was had about the future market and the end product. Lunch was fast approaching so we sat in the sun and enjoyed a lovely barbeque with beef burgers, steaks and sausages, all reared on the farm of course. It gave all the young members time to reflect on what they had already learnt.


Afternoon activities allowed participants the opportunity to put theory into practice. A nearly fit animal was restrained in the handling system and Clive took a hands-on approach to guiding them through judging a butcher’s beast. All were asked to feel fat coverage over the ribs and to assess the depth of loin. They then went onto stock judge a pen of steers. This was a tough class as they were all uniformed in type and not much could split them. Clive judged them as the master, and everyone had a go. Members were then invited to give their reason under the young farmers guidelines. Clive had previously discussed delivery of reason giving and it was great to see from the side-lines that they had all taken on board what he had said. The feedback from Clive was very positive.

A butchery demonstration followed this activity. This was a great way of seeing a beast in real form. The apprentice butcher gave a great demonstration on joints of meat showing the members cuts of beef they’d been discussing out in the yard. Other activities throughout the day was to guess the weight of a ten-year-old stock bull. Being a traditional Hereford made some of them guess a lower weight than he actually was – that got them thinking!


A great day was had by all. Lots of information and learning was on offer. Many thanks go to David and Juliet Fenton and their team of staff who went above and beyond to make sure there was plenty on offer.