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A sale steeped in tradition, the Hereford Cattle Society’s premier spring show and sale will this year see a slight change to usual proceedings, with £1,500 bull buyer bonus up for grabs.

Held at Hereford Market on Monday 15 April 2019, the Society is putting forward £1,000 to be split equally between the buyer and vendor of the top price bull, and £500 for the second highest price bull to be shared under the same arrangement.

Last year’s spring sale at Hereford was a record breaker with a record bull average set at £4,321.15, topping at 8,200gns for Romany 1 Posiedon BL P5 from JRB Wilson and sons, Kelso.

This year’s sale is set to be no different with 62 bulls entered, with many coming from award winning herds and some of the most well-regarded breeders from across the UK. There will also be 62 pedigree females on offer.

The show, which is always a spectacle, will commence at 9am and will be followed by the sale at 12:30pm.

Hereford Cattle Society breed secretary, David Deakin, said: “The Hereford is most certainly a breed with a rising popularity, largely due to its management benefits, including its docility and easy-calving, but also its superior meat qualities which are widely regarded and as such, supported by a number of national retailers via branded beef schemes.

“I look forward to welcoming visitors to Hereford Market for our spring show and sale and wish the best of luck to both vendors and buyers alike.”

A fine mix of new and repeat customers converged at Mains of Airies Farm in the Rhins of Galloway for the annual Ervie Herefords spring bull sale held by the Douglas family. The sale grossed at £110,500, with prices ranging from £1,800 to £7,000.

Ervie Advance 172213 made the highest price of the day, selling at £7,000 to new pedigree breeders, Ian and Sian Houston, Newton Stewart. This big, lengthy bull sported a well-balanced set of figures including a terminal index of +33 and maternal index of +43. It is sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and out of a top Tribute cow.

Ervie Advance 172213 sold at £7,000

Commercial breeders Messrs Hutton from Castle Douglas bid to £4,500 for yet another 1151 son, this time from the Gypsy family. Dark-coloured and stylish, this bull boasted a great set of figures combining calving-ease and growth and with a terminal Index of +34 and maternal index of +42.Ervie Advance 172314, many buyers’ favourite, with the top weights at both 200 and 400 days, sold at £5,200 to E Lewis, Salbri Herefords, Anglesey. By Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and from the Libby family, it is well-marked and dark-coloured, with great natural thickness and power and will be used in a pedigree herd.

Coming through four lots later, Ervie Advance 172216 sold to repeat buyer Iain Wilkinson, Dundee at £3,400 for both pedigree and commercial use. Sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 131636 and from the Peach family, it had a birth weight of 38kg and was one of the largest and heaviest bulls in the sale. It will now work mainly on daughters of Ervie Advance 141836, bought for £7,200 in the 2016 sale.

Ervie Advance 172314 sold at £5,200

First bull in the ring, Ervie L1 Achiever 172218, realised £3,000 and sold to Ardlamont Estate, Argyll for pedigree use. This dark, attractive bull had a 38kg birthweight, has a straight Line One pedigree and descends from one of the first embryo flushes imported to Ervie in 2005.

Repeat buyer Mark Ogg, from Montrose parted with £3,000 for Ervie Advance 172234 - an upstanding, correct bull with thick top and loin. Sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 141753 and out of a Tribute cow, the bull goes to work alongside two previous Ervie purchases on a large, predominately Simmental commercial beef unit in Angus.

New customers, RG Elliot and son travelled up from Northampton topurchase two bulls including Ervie Advance 172231 at £2,700. This quality son of Ervie L1 Achiever 141780 is from the Crocus family and went south with Ervie Advance 172311 to use on Salers cross Shorthorn type females.

Volume buyers included A and M Smith, Brampton who bought eight bulls for an average of £2,000, High Mark Farming, Stranraer which secured eight bulls at an average of £1,962 and Dourie Farming Co., Newton Stewart which purchased 10 bulls for an average of £1,800.

Average: 48 bulls, £2,302

Auctioneers: Dumfries Auction Mart

Young Hereford breeder Will Awan, 17, graced TV screens across the nation on Sunday 3 March as he featured on Countryfile with Adam Henson. 

Together with his business partner and mentor Bob Honey, the two Hereford enthusiasts run Midford traditional and poll Herfords near Bath. 

Will and Bob have been fortunate to have found each other and have forged a working relationship. Bob is pleased to have a young, enthusiastic partner to contribute to the buisiness, while Will, who has no farming family members, is glad to have the opportunity to be able to progress his career. 

If you missed the programme on Sunday night, catch up on iPlayer here.  

Hereford bulls topped the trade at last week’s native breeds sale at Dungannon Market.

The top call of 5,100gns was paid for Solpoll 1 Powerhouse from father and son partnership, William and John McMordie, Ballygowan. Sired by the Danish-born Moeskar Mentos, Powerhouse boasted outstanding performance figures for both growth and muscle and is eligible for the superior carcase sire incentive funded by the Hereford Cattle Society. The bull joins a newly established suckler beef enterprise in Co Londonderry.

 

Solpoll 1 Powerhouse

It was a good day at the office for Mark and Laurence Moore, Aughnacloy with horned bull Annaghbeg Eli selling at 3,500gns, which is a well-muscled son of Guteragh Gladiator.

Annaghbeg Eli

Pick of the bunch for judge Michael Molloy was Mervyn and Henry Richmond’s Corraback Lenny which took the red rosette in the intermediate class before going on to win the supreme championship and was later knocked down at 3,000gns. This is another strong son of the very successful Mara Flook and was much admired when displayed on the breed stand at the recent Royal Ulster Winter Fair.

Corraback Lenny

Stars of television’s ‘Rare Breed’, David Wilson and sons’ Jack and Robbie were among successful vendors making 2,900gns for Lisrace Lumberjack, a stylish bull with strong EBVs for growth rate and calving-ease. Lisrace Loyalist for the same herd sold for 2,600gns.

 

Lisrace Lumberjack

The average price for 11 bulls sold was a healthy £2,825. The Northern Irish Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association chairman Adrian Irvine was delighted with the demand

He said: “We had a lot of good bulls on offer with power and quality and this is reflected in the prices with both top price and the average significantly better than last year. We’ll be back with another strong line-up on 23 April for the Association’s spring show and sale.”

Judge, Michael Malloy

Averages: 11 bulls, £2,825. 

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart

The Daily Mirror has named the best Valentine's supermarket meal deal as Co-op's offering, which includes an Irresistible Hereford rump steak. 

Commenting on the meal, the judges said: "The steaks (which we had medium rare) were easy to cook and the timings on the instructions were spot on. They were really juicy and pretty decent sizes so you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth."

This is the second piece of national coverage Co-op's Irresistible Hereford steaks have had during the run-up to Valentine's after also coming out trumps in a Good Housekeeping sirloin steak test. 

So, if you are enjoying Valentine's day with some special this year, celebrate with steak, and make it Hereford!

Showcasing someone of the best products Great Britain has to export, AHDB will be present at the Paris International Agricultural Show and will be displaying Normanton 1 Passionabull bred by TD and WT Livesey.

The 30 month old bull now owned by Guillaume Deslandes, Ménéac, Brittany is the first son of Normanton 1 Laertes the 2016 UK Hereford bull of the year which won interbreeds at the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh in the same year.

Nacre, a two year old in-calf Hereford heifer from the same Brittany home will also be on display.

The show will be held from 23 February to 3 March at Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles in Paris and is expected to attract 650,000 visitors.

There will also be classes for Hereford cattle which will conclude with a presentation to the champion at 2 March.

The AHDB’s 150m2 island stand is located near the main entrance of hall 1 between the sheep and the cattle areas and will feature livestock displays and a meat display with lamb and beef cuts and recipe videos.

Selected guests will be invited by AHDB staff to taste British beef and lamb steaks prepared by French chef Gilles Vallée. British cheeses will also be on display in the hospitality room.

Further to the standard St George quality standard mark (QSM) lamb range now present in most French supermarket chains, new packaged products will be displayed on the AHDB stand. St George QSM lamb burgers and meatballs will be on display alongside a selection of modern cuts, designed to respond to the increasing demand for convenience and versatility.

 

At this year's spring show and sale on 15 April at Hereford Market, the Hereford Cattle Society will offer a £1,000 buyer bonus to the top price bull to be evenly shared between vendor and purchaser.

£500 will be offered to the vendor and purchaser of the second highest priced bull on the same arrangement.

Robin Irvine, Society chairman, said: "The Hereford Cattle Society is pleased to be able to congratulate buyers and vendors alike with the new buyer bonus. I look forward to once again seeing a strong display of Hereford cattle and a healthy trade around the ring on 15 April."

So get to Hereford and don't miss out!

Breed secretary David Deakin was pleased to welcome two special guests to Hereford House this week - Fred Klein the ex-stockman of Captain de Quincey’s famed Vern herd and his biographer Harry Hancock.

Romanian-born Fred fought for Germany in the Second World War before coming to Britain as a prisoner of war which eventually led to his position at the Vern where he worked for many years for Captain de Quincey as his herd manager. 

After a chance meeting of Fred and Harry at the home of Tony and Barbara Norman, Harry went on to write the biography of 'Lucky Fred' Klein which is now available for purchase from Hereford House, as well as a number of other outlets.

If you would like a copy of Fred Klein’s biography ‘Fortune’s Buffets and Rewards’ please email postroom@herefordcattle.org. The book is priced at £9.99 plus P and P.

L-R: Fred Klein, breed secretary David Deakin and Harry Hancock

Doesn't Fred look well at 93!

In a recent Good House Keeping comparison of 16 sirloin steaks conducted ahead of Valentine’s day, Co-op’s 28-day matured British Hereford beef sirloin steak came out on top. 

Described as a ‘thick cut of a beef with a crisp trimming of fat’ the Hereford steak beat other breeds, both native and otherwise, along with steaks from overseas, including South America, and other premium steak products. 

Reasonably priced at £4.50, the steak scored 90/100 with the judges who commented: “Deliciously rich, this steak has a slightly salted aroma which attracted our testers to the meat, and they also found it extremely juicy and succulent. Once seared, the fat crisps up making an overall richly indulgent eat.”

Hereford breed secretary David Deakin said: “The Society is pleased the quality of Hereford beef has been recognised in this taste test of sirloin steaks. We have enjoyed a great working relationship with the Co-op in helping them form their branded Hereford beef - offered through its Irresistible range and supplied by red meat processors Dunbia". 

John and William McMordie of Solpoll Herefords, Ballygowan, have sent two embryos to B and C Connor, Crossmolina, Republic of Ireland.

The embryos are sired by Australian-bred Wirruna Daffy D1 and out of Solpoll 1 Starlet L16.

Wirruna Daffy D1

Malcolm and Lesley Gough, Rutland have exported 10 straws of miniature Hereford sire Chater Valley Chalky to Monique Middag-Dreissen, Wapse, The Netherlands.

Another 10 straws were sent to Herman Roelink, Almelo, The Netherlands along with 10 straws of Chater Valley Charlie, also a miniature.

Chater Valley Charlie

The Hereford Cattle Society wishes the best of luck to all purchasers.

Des Kelly from Ballygawley, Co Tyrone has been elected president of the Hereford Cattle Society for 2019 as outgoing Jonathan Moorhouse retires from a busy year.

Des Kelly (left) is handed the president's badge by outgoing president Jonathan Moorhouse

From a well-known farming family, Des is also recognised for founding CavanaghKelly which is now one of the largest independent accountancy and business consultancy groups in the province.

Des’ passion for farming and livestock led to the establishment of the Mullin herd of pedigree Herefords in 2003. The early purchases of females from the Graceland herd were followed by consignments from Lowesmoor, Bosa and Ford Abbey. A horned herd was also established, introducing American Line One bloodlines through bulls and females purchased from John Douglas’ Ervie herd, Castle Douglas.

Des said: “It is a privilege and an honour to represent the members as president of the Hereford Cattle Society for 2019. My wife Colette and I are looking forward to visiting and meeting the membership throughout the year.”

Des is particularly focussed on the commercial attributes of the Hereford and on the potential to develop the breed through supply chain engagement. He regularly hosts open farm events and visits from the red meat processors Dunbia and has been successful in building relationships and promoting the Hereford brand.

He said: “My outlook has always been commercial, and the importance of ensuring the breed can hold its place in an ever crowded market. I endeavour to sell breeding stock off-farm, and what doesn’t make it for breeding goes to the Co-op’s retail Hereford scheme through Dunbia. This particular scheme has proven very successful, but I have no doubt that more is required so that all of our new breeders share in this type of scheme - something which I know the Hereford council is aware off.”

An established judge within the breed, Des has sorted line-ups at the National Hereford Show, Tenbury Wells, the Irish National Championship, Tullamore and Somet De L’Elevage show, Clermont Ferrand, France.

Des continued: “The breed has come on leaps and bounds since I first became a member, we have many more new members, registered pedigree calves and an increasing presence within the branded retail beef schemes. Hereford beef can now be found on many menus in some of the top restaurants throughout the UK.

“I am looking forward to getting out and about around the country and meeting as many members as is possible. In advance of my travels a word of thanks to Colette and family for supporting me throughout, and indeed to the wider team at base which keep all the plates spinning.

“I must give a special word of thanks to Jonathan Moorhouse for his efforts in his year as president, being a steady hand in a year of significant change at Hereford House”, he said.

Mark Roberts of the Bromley herd, based at Hoarwithy, Herefordshire was elected as vice-president for 2019.

Germany has reported an outbreak of BTV-8 near the border with France, and a 150 km restriction zone has been established. Consigned animals (in particular cattle, sheep and goats) may only be moved from this area to areas not under restriction if the animals have been vaccinated against BTV-8 or tested for BT with a negative result.

As a precaution the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are tracing around 70 animals that were imported into England from this area over the last two months.  These will be placed under temporary restriction and sampled to check they are not infected. We are not aware that any of these animals have subsequently moved to Wales. 

We strongly advise livestock keepers to take full account of the disease risks and associated consequences of sourcing animals from all areas affected with Bluetongue, and to be extra vigilant when sourcing from areas nearby.  We would also like to remind all livestock owners that they should be working with their private veterinarians and livestock dealers to assure themselves of the health status of any animals before they are imported and to ensure that where appropriate, they are correctly vaccinated and protected prior to travel.

Designer Genes saw six UK Hereford breed records smashed at the weekend's sales, including:

• Highest priced polled Hereford bull to ever sell in the UK at public auction at 13,000gns
• Highest priced 50 per cent share in a Hereford female to ever sell at public auction in UK at 7,500gns
• Highest averaging Hereford sale in UK history
• Highest female average of any Hereford sale in UK history
• Highest priced straws of semen in European Hereford sale history at £460 per straw
• Highest priced embryos in European Hereford sale history at £2,000 per embryo

The Friday night DGS Goes Global Sale grossed a whopping £48,350 as125 straws of semen sold to average £91.60 per straw and top at £460 per straw.

With a clearance of 100 per cent, 44 embryos sold to average £570.45 and toped at £2,000 per embryo. Four flushes sold to average £2,950 and top at £5,000.

20 straws of the Hereford champion of the world, Moeskaer Compass 1487, were consigned by Moeskaer Herefords, Denmark, before going on to sell for £460 per straw to Monte Lowderman of Lowderman Cattle Company, USA.

Five straws of the $95,000 Australian record priced bull Minlacowie Jubilant J123 were put forward by Ghyll Beck Hereford Stud, as a donation lot towards UK Hereford Youth. They sold for £150/straw to Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire. In total, 125 straws of semen were sold to average £91.60.

The embryo section saw more records broken, topping at £6,000 for a package of three embryos from the Gouldingpoll herd in Ireland. The Remitall Super Duty 42S x Dorepoll 1 R51 Duchess 525 embryos were sold to Willie Ryan, Ireland for £2000/embryo. 

Four flushes from Harvie Ranching & RSK Farms, Canada; Las Anitas, Uruguay; Otapawa, New Zealand and Moralee, England were also sold in the Friday night sale.

A pick of the cow herd flush from Cabana Las Anitas in Uruguay sold for £5,000 to MJT Herefords, Alberta, Canada. A flush on the Hereford Miss World, RVP 51X Ablaze 7A, was consigned by Harvie Ranching and RSK Farms, selling for £3,000 to DRA Fabb, England and Moeskaer Polled Herefords, Denmark. The four flushes sold to average £2950.

Overall, the Friday sale of frozen genetics grossed a total £48,350 across 16 lots with a 100 per cent clearance.

The Designer Genes sale held on Saturday grossed £101,745 over just 16 lots and was the first time the sale had broken the six figure barrier.

Smashing the UK record for a poll Hereford bull was 23 month old Coley 1 Pilot from Heather Whittaker, Halifax. The bull has won numerous breed and interbreed titles throughout the summer, before being crowned 2018 UK Hereford bull of the year and also now Hereford champion of Europe and will now compete in the 2018 Hereford champion of the world in January. It was knocked down to G and MC Shepherd of Moorside Polled Herefords at 13,000gns.

Also on offer from the Coley herd was 50 per cent interest in 14-month-old heifer Coley 1 Clara 418, a daughter of renowned female Clara 286 and one of the first daughters of Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid to sell at auction. The half share was knocked down for 7,500gns to Rebecca Robinson of Whittle Herefords, Bury. This is believed to be a record for a half share in a Hereford female in the UK, valuing the animal at 15,000gns.

Three heifers topped the female section of the sale at 8,000gns. Tom and Di Harrison of Moralee Herefords, Northumberland offered a pick of their two best autumn 2018 heifer calves – Kylie KS R1 and Kimberly KS R7. The heifers have remained unbeaten in the pairs all year, including the National Hereford Calf Show. The lot was sold to L and L Bowen, Bowendu Herefords, Mid Glamorgan for 8,000gns and 15-month-old Kylie KS R1 was selected as their pick of the heifers.

Coley 1 Pilot

Next up was the only horned entry in the Designer Genes sale, Pulham Dowager 4th from PRJ and LR Vincent, Pulham Herefords, Norfolk. Pulham were named as the winners of the MEAHBA herd competition 2018. This 15-month-old daughter of Haven Hotspur sold to the Norman Farming Partnership to join their Hickling herd of Herefords from 8,000gns.

 

The final of the three females to hit 8,000gns was the Agri Expo supreme champion Sky High 1 Luscious Lucy from B Birch and G Brindley, Sky High Herefords, Staffordshire. A maternal sister to the record breaking female Lâncome Lucy and sired by Kingsize, she was knocked down to Nick Griffiths, Grifford Herefords, Staffordshire. Following the sale, Sky High Herefords bought back at half share in the female.

 

 

 


 

                                                                           Pulham Dowager 4th

Another heifer from the Sky High herd, Sky High 1 Gabriella Chanel, was sold to L and L Powell for 2,000gns. It was the first daughter of JC Fast Time to ever sell at auction in Europe, and was out of a Dynamite cow.

The Dendor herd offered 26 month in-calf heifer Dendor 1 Molly 46th. Molly is maternal sister to Molly 41st, the UK Hereford female of the year 2014 and the last SMH Euro daughter to ever sell from the Dendor herd. It sold to Philip Martindale, Bolton, Lancashire.

 

Sky High 1 Luscious Lucy

 


Mr Martindale also purchased two further Coley heifers at Designer Genes; 16-month old Coley 1 Model 415, the first daughter of Romany 1 Mecca to sell at public auction, made 5,200gns and 10-month old Coley 1 Ibena 429, with a Danish-bred pedigree went on to sell for 4,000gns.

The Auckvale herd of W and R Kemp and Ssns offered 11-month-old Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R at the sale. Curly 1725R was the first polled female and first daughter of Dendor 1 Mutley to sell from the Auckvale herd. It was knocked down to L and L Bowen, Mid Glamorgan for 7,300gns.

A ‘pick of the heifer calves’ lot was put forward by the renowned Solpoll herd. The pick sold for 6,000gns to L and L Bowen, Mid Glamorgan.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dendor 1 Molly 6th

The Romany herd of JRB Wilson and sons consigned three daughters of Barwise 1 Lancer to the sale. Lily BL R23 went for 3,800gns to L and L Bowen and Lily BL R40 sold at 4,000gns to James Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords, Oxfordshire.

The final Romany heifer in the offering was Romany 1 Lucy BL R47, the only chance to purchase a Romany Lucy that day and was knocked down to George Morgan, Fardre Herefords, North Wales for 4,800gns.

The Moorside herd of G and MC Shepherd offered the oldest female in the sale, March 2016 born female Moorside 1 Jane 8th which was sold in-calf to the $95,000 Australian bull Minlacowie Jubilant J123. With a pedigree going back to Jane A51 E66 and sired by Lawbreaker, Jane 8th sold to Ewan Burgess for 4,000gns.

The inaugural DGS consignment from the Pepperstock herd of Jimmy Speirs was 11-month-old Pepperstock 1 Jade R454. The first daughter of Barwise 1 Mach One to sell at public auction and out of a former Norfolk Show female champion, it sold for 3,500gns to S Taylor, Lancashire.

Total gross of the two sales combined was £150,095.

Averages
125 straws of semen, £91.60; 44 embryos, £570.45; 4 flushes, £2950; 1 bull, £13,650; 15 heifers at £5,873; 16 live lots, £6,359.06.

Sale team
Friday auctioneer – Drew Patrick (Hexham Marts)
Saturday auctioneer – Jonny Dymond (Halls)
Sale manager – Josh Dowbiggin

Dendor 1 Wattle 9th from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws stood supreme at the Hereford Cattle Breeders Association Christmas Calf Show, which incorporated the Hereford Cattle Society’s National Calf Show, judged by Steve Edwards.

Born in September 2017, this heifer is by Danish sire Bakgard 1 Keno 1178, the 2017 Royal Welsh Show champion. Its home-bred dam, Dendor 1 Wattle 6th, was sired by Solpoll 1 Gilbert which has sired the UK Hereford female of the year for the last five years and was twice named sire of the year. On its first time out, this natural calf will be retained for breeding.

In reserve was Havenfield 1 Robin Hood from EL Lewis and son which took the grand male champion earlier that day. By the AI sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23, this embryo calf’s dam is the 2015 Kington Show champion, Dendor 1 Ruby 20th which the Lewis family bought privately as a heifer from the Jones family. This September 2017-born bull calf will head to the Society’s spring show and sale in Hereford.

Havenfield 1 Robin Hood also made up one half of the champion bull calf pairs alongside herdmate Havenfield 1 Rufus, which is by Solpoll 1 Lawman.

Following its paternal sister to the front of the line-up was Dendor 1 Echo 36th which was named reserve female champion. By the same Danish sire as the champion, this March 2018-born heifer is out of Dendor 1 Echo 28th which itself was sired by SMH Euro 20E which is still going strong in the Republic of Ireland at nine-year-old at the Herberry herd of Ray Hunt and Veronica Brennan.

Reserve male went to Barbern 1 Rockafella from Preston-based Bernard and Barbara Rimmer which at 11 months of age is 635kg. Bred from two Barbern animals, it is by Barbern 1 Gargantuan which was junior champion at the National Poll Show 2010 and was sold for semen which has been used widely across UK, Ireland and Europe. The young bull was out of Barbern 1 Foxglove 309 which was sired by Listimous 1 Encore and purchased from Melissa Roberts privately. On its first time out, and it unknown yet whether it is to remain at Barbern or if it will be offered for sale.

In the heifer pairs class, Moralee 1 Kimberly KS R7 and Moralee 1 Kylie KS R1 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley stood champion, both sired by SMH Kingsize. These two heifers have been unbeaten this show season, winning the Scottish National, National Poll Show and Agri Expo titles. Kylie sold at the Designer Genes sale later that day for 8,000gns.

In the young handlers, Maddie Clark, 21 from Suffolk took champion handler. In the under 16 section, Grace Denning, 12, from Somerset was handed the red ticket.

Results

Supreme and female champion- Dendor 1 Wattle 9th, DE, ED and AL Jones

Reserve and male champion- Havenfield 1 Robin Hood, EL Lewis and son

Reseve male champion- Barbern 1 Rockafella, B and B Rimmer

Reserve female- Dendor 1 Echo 36th

Group of three calves by the same sire
1- DE, Ed and AL Jones, Dendor
2- TD and WT Livesey, Normanton
3- S Hawkins, Bosbury

Pair of bull calves:
1- EL Lewis and son, Haven/Havenfields
2- TD and WT Livesey, Normanton
3- N Robinson (AG Whittle), Whittle

Best pair of heifer calves:
1- T and D Harrison, Moralee
2- DE, ED and AL Jones, Dendor
3- N and L Holdsworth, Pebworth

Bull calf born September/October 2017:
1- Havenfield 1 Robin Hood, EL Lewis and son
2- Maxstoke 1 Rambler, DP Jones Agricultural
3- Sky High 1 Rock-the-Boat, B Birch and G Brindley

Bull calf born November/December 2017:
1- Pulham Ranger, PRJ and LR Vincent
2- Gouldingpoll 1 Double Decker, M Ludgate
3- Church Preen Riddick, AR Owen

Bull calf born January/February 2018
1- Barbern 1 Rockafella, B and B Rimmer
2- Pulham 1 Remitall, PRJ and LR Vincent
3- Banjo’s 1 Chaos, AB Yaldren

Bull calf born March 2018
1- Thames 1 AV8 961, A and S Timbrell
2- Dendor 1 Rosco P. Coltrane, DE, ED and AL Jones
3- Dendor 1 Rick Astley, DE, ED and AL Jones

Bull calves born in April 2018:
1- Glenvale 1 Concorde, TG, EI and EN Thorne
2- H Whittaker, Coley 1 Rococo
3- Dendor 1 Rhydian

Bull calf born on or after 1 May 2018
1- Burmill 1 Raphael, Robert Allock
2- Lord Harvey’s 1 Winston, Lord HJ Cloke

Heifer calf born September/October 2017
1- Dendor 1 Wattle 9th, DE, ED and AL Jones
2- Coley 1 Clara 418, H Whittaker
3- Moralee 1 Kyle KS R1, T and D Harrison

Heifer calf born November/December 2017
1- Moralee 1 Kimberly KS R7, Tom and Di Harrison
2- Pulham 1 Hazel 14th, PRJ and LR Vincent
3- Kilvrough 1 Juliet 2nd, E Radcliffe

Heifer calf born January/February 2018
1- Coley 1 Lima, H Whittaker
2- Blakesley 1 Olympia, J Riley
3- Coley 1 Delores, H Whittaker

Heifer calf born March 2018 (up to and including 11/03/18)
1- DE, ED and AL Jones, Dendor 1 Echo 36
2- Coley 1 Hasimara 430, H Whittaker
3- Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose, G and S Harvey

Heifer calf born in March (as from and including 12/03/18)
1- Dendor 1 Anna Mary 37th, DE, ED and AL Jones
2- Burtondale 1 Rosie, B Birch and G Brindley
3- Bosa 1 Elke 1048, S Hawkins

Heifer calves born in April 2018
1- Hollyvale 1 June 3rd, A and P Massey
2- Glenvale 1 Doris 671, TG, EI and EN Thorne
3- Upper House 1 Rosa Bonny, FC Jones and co

Heifer calf born on or after 1st May 2018
1- Spartan 1 Red hot Mist, SC and GL Hartwright
2- Ashdale 3 Queen 684, TG, EI and EN Thorne
3- Shraden 1 Alice R895, MJ and HM Timmis

Young handlers (under 16)
1- Grace Denning
2- Finlay Soutter
3- Jack Heath
4- Harvey Cloke

Young handlers (over 16)
1- Maddie Clarke
2- Iona Smith
3- Isla Soutter
4- Henry Powell
5- Beth Mills

Tune into BBC Four next Thursday (13th December) at 8pm to watch the Ceredigion-based Aeron herd feature in the new television programme 'the secret life of animals'.

With a focus on farm animal behaviour, the programme was filmed in Wales over spring and early summer 2018 as the countryside awakened from winter. The animals on each farm were filmed using wildlife documentary techniques giving a beautiful new insight into life on some of Wales’s organic farms in spring.

One of the farms featured in the programme is Treberfedd Farm near Lampeter in Ceredigion. Over several weeks the crew filmed at the stunning location overlooking the Aeron Valley. The herd of traditional Hereford cattle is followed to look at cow families and how they interact. 

Elsewhere in the three-part series, the programme follows the first 12 weeks of the lives of a new born lamb, pig and calf. Hereford cattle are seen forming a social hierarchy in the herd, while a lonely goose searches for company and chickens are transalted to learn what they are really saying to each other in the hen house.