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Investigating a low cost outdoor dairy beef system
Harper Adams University, Newport, 

Shropshire, TF10 8NB

Tuesday 12th June 1:30pm- 5:00pm (Regional Food Academy Lecture Theatre)

This event will provide an update on work to develop a low cost production system for dairy-bred beef calves. The key elements of the system are maximising output from grazed grass and reducing wintering costs by out-wintering on fodderbeet, before finishing during their second season at grass.


1:30 pm         Registration & refreshments (tea/coffee)

2:00 pm         Welcome & introduction to the project, Mary Vickers (AHDB)

2:10 pm          Review of cattle performance - first grazing season

                      Simon Marsh (Harper Adams University, HAU) 

2:40 pm         Outwintering & management of cattle on fodderbeet

                      Marc Jones (RSK ADAS)              

3.10 pm    Management of the cattle during their second grazing season & targets for slaughter Marc Jones (RSK ADAS) & Simon Marsh (HAU)

3:30 pm         Farm walk to see cattle being rotationally grazed

                      Chris Ruffley, Simon Marsh (HAU) & Marc Jones (ADAS)                       

5:00 pm         Finish

To book your FREE place ring the AHDB Beef & Lamb events Hub on 01904 771212 or email ke.events@ahdb.org.uk

*If you have any special dietary requirement please contact us as soon as possible; Booking is essential. Please bring clean boots and outdoor clothing.

By Emma Smith, UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator

Saturday 5th May saw the third workshop of UK Hereford Youth (UKHY) take place. This year it was kindly hosted by Jonathan and Rosemary Moorhouse, Cato Herefords and was greatly supported by the South Western Hereford Association (SWHA).

The day started out well with the weather definitely on our side! Following the long strained winter we have all endured, it was a pleasant welcome to have such glorious sunshine. There were 27 young people of varying ages in attendance, along with an abundance of supportive parents too - which was great! 

To kick off proceedings we all had tea or coffee on arrival, agendas and name badges were distributed and everyone received a welcome and warm introduction from Jonathan and yours truly. All members were then split into two groups with each section completing a one hour workshop on dressing an animal and an hour of clipping. This took us up to lunchtime where we were served a lovely spread of beef burgers, sausages, salads and crisps - the list goes on. Rosemary was manning the BBQ and Angela Kerslake SWHA Hon. Secretary serving drinks.

However, although on a lunch break no one had time to rest as there was a feed identification test and a guess the weight of the bull. Bill Harper of Harper's feeds kindly donated 12 feed samples and everyone had to identify them to the best of their knowledge. Tom Christopher correctly identified 8 making him the overall winner - and suitably received a bag of feed as his first prize!

Two young members were joint winners in guess the weight of the bull - Charlie Carey and Ellis Parry. They were both only 20kg out which was a great credit to them! Their parents did well too, so they all won a box of chocolates.

In the afternoon Bill Harper gave a demonstration on stock judging and showing etiquette. This went down well and made everyone think outside of the box. To round the day off, everyone was put into groups based on their competency level as handlers of stock. This was a great opportunity for the novices to have a go at leading an animal and the more competent members to show off their finely honed skills.

To cater for the very young members there was a halter making session which eventually saw everyone having a go - even the adults, with everyone taking home a halter to use!

Many young members won prizes through demonstrating not only skill and knowledge but also a great deal of enthusiasm. Alan Gifford was the Master Judge for the day and was impressed with what he saw and to quote his summary, he stated that, “everyone displayed some ability, with overall standard being high, making my task a difficult one.”

These workshops are invaluable to all of our up and coming young breeders and I would like to personally thank everyone involved - those who took time to talk with attendees, helping with training and who donated a raffle prize. Also to Gerald Carter of Showtime Supplies who donated products for everyone to use.
Without everyone rallying around and pulling together these workshops would not take place - but the effort was worthwhile as what a thoroughly enjoyable and successful day it was!

The next workshop will be held in Ireland and looks set to be a fantastic trip with lots on offer. We will be having a one day workshop at the well known Solpoll Herd, plus stock judging, a herd visit, BBQ with the Irish Hereford Breeders’ Association and a trip to the famous Tullamore Show. If you would like to go please register your place with Emma Smith Tel: 07772 495913 or Email: premiercattleservices@gmail.com

In a statement this evening Robin Irvine, Chairman of the Society’s ruling Council commented – “Since joining the Society in 2005, David has been a major driver behind the remarkable growth in popularity that the Breed has enjoyed in recent years. His work in promoting the Breed and the Hereford Beef Brand through modern media and in building relationships along the supply chain have been key to this success. We are pleased that David has taken up the challenge of leading the Breed in the coming years.

He will have the full support of Council in bringing innovation and new technologies to the Society while further developing the role of the Hereford in profitable beef production, and as a premium food brand.

David, can be seen far right, being congratulated on his appointment by Vice-Chairman, Phillip Allman.

The appointment takes place with immediate effect, with David being based at the Society’s Headquarters in the City of Hereford.”

"The dust has finally settled on what has been one epic adventure for me and my fellow Pembrokeshire Young Farmers. Here are a few facts and figures which makes us a little wide eyed with amazement!

27 cyclists cycled 251.8 miles with the Welsh hills making it the same as climbing BEN NEVIS 3 times.

We have already raised nearly £20,000 (and still rising) for Prostate Cymru, Air Ambulance and Pembs YFC.

Thank you to everyone that has helped in anyway and all the donations, frankly without it, this adventure wouldn't have happened and there was nothing better for me than a Hereford Bull greeting me when I crossed the finishing line in Blackpool!"

Moor Farm and shop is set to open its gates on Wednesday the 23rd of May to the Beef Expos Irish Visitors, Hereford Breeders who wish to book on to the tour.

The farm tour will begin at 2pm with a delicious lunch cooked by Moor farm café including Hereford beef pie, pudding and tea and coffee. After lunch Hazel Timmis will conduct a one-hour tractor and trailer ride around fields of Shraden Herefords explaining how the farm has evolved from her father creating it almost 100 years ago.

Visitors will then be welcome to explore the farm yard and hear short talks from Melissa Roberts (Hazel’s daughter) explaining the design of their purpose-built cattle shed with ventilation and handling systems. Melissa’s husband Dan will explain the work he does in the farms grain shed and laboratory, a recent diversification project at Moor Farm.

High health and welfare is at the forefront of the management programme at Moor Farm with an extensive vaccination programme for a range of endemic diseases. Mark Spurdens, the Timmis’s practising vet will be on hand to explain. Dan Walton of Dennis Brinicombe will host the final informal talk highlighting the importance of trace elements and minerals in cattle diets.

Tickets are £15 and include a delicious lunch of Hereford beef pie, pudding and tea and coffee. Limited tickets are now available to Hereford Breeders on a first come first serve basis, please call the National Beef Association head office on 01434 601 005 to book your place today.

The BVD Advisory Group and Scottish Government have published some short videos to provide advice and information to cattle keepers about Scotland’s BVD eradication scheme.

They are on a Youtube playlist for ease of access, and can be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnJEBZSMkbKpWs8TIJhxWznuAPSHe97fo

You can watch the short films in sequence or individually.

As new videos and infographics are produced, we’ll add them to the playlist. Please consider sharing this link with your members and operational partners, particularly with anyone keeping cattle in Scotland.

Best wishes,

BVD Policy Manager | Scottish Government | Animal Health and Welfare Division | Disease Prevention Team | P Spur | Saughton House | Broomhouse Drive | EDINBURGH | EH11 3XD
T: 0300 244 9877 | E: jenny.purcell@gov.scot

Izzy Rainey runs a small textile company on her family farm. 

This year she started a blog so that she could promote local farmers, hear their stories and meet their livestock and at the same time gather inspiration and research for her designs.

Izzy recently met Hereford breeder Jeremy Buxton from Eves Hill Farm. Please click the following link to read her latest blog and find out why Herefords were Jeremy's breed of choice.....................


Next week Izzy will do a second blog with some of the designs she has created - after being inspired by Eves Hill Herefords!

Keith Jempson from Banbury, a renown Cattle Fitter and Showman had the difficult task of judging a strong entry at this year's Spring Show and Sale with 26 animals present on the day.

Taking the Supreme Championship was a May 16 born Bull Cullamore Nathan (pictured below right) owned and bred by R McKenna - a stylish bull with ring presence to match.

Reserve Champion went to a 13 month old Bull Drumatee Fred (pictured below left) owned and bred by John Conlon, one of the youngest animals to grace the ring on the day but certainly made his mark.

Other class winners on the day were Thornbank 1 Pirate, bred by SH Stewart and  Solpoll 1 Pole Position owned and bred by John and William McMordie.


In the sale ring trade was brisk with an average of £2583, commanding the top prices on the day was John and William McMordie, fresh from their recent success at the Show and Sale in Hereford with two bulls topping 3000 guineas on the day in Dungannon.


Class results:

Class 1 Bull born 22/4/16-24/5/16
1st Cullamore Nathan - R McKenna
2nd Lisrace Lackey Boy 10th -  D R Wilson
3rd Holland Lieutenant - B & K Holland
4th Brookfield 1 Nemo - R & P McClenaghan

Class 2 Bulls Born 12/6/16-28/8/16
1st Thornbank 1 Pirate - S H Stewart
2nd Holland Commander - 202 B & K Holland
3rd Drumnamether 1 George - P J Cully

Class 3 Bulls born 1/9/16-12/11/16
1st Solpoll 1 Pole Position - J & W McMordie
2nd Solpoll 1 Painter - J & W McMordie
3rd Nancy Aaron - G & T Morton
4th Benaughlin Norman - G & W Burleigh

It is with great sadness that after 30 years the Ruckmans herd is to be sold.

Ruckmans has been a closed herd since 1995 with the exception of stock bulls. Until recently we have always supported our local shows with Ruckmans cattle and have been a long-term Member's of The South of England Hereford Breeders' Association (SEHBA). Moreover, our herd came second in the 2017 SEHBA Large Herd Competition.....Aimee Hewlett

Please find details below of the cattle for sale. 

38 x Spring calving cows – to be sold with calves at foot – started calving April and will continue to end of May '18.
17 x Spring calving heifers – to be sold with calves at foot - started calving April and will continue to end of May '18.
9 x in-calf heifers to calve Autumn '18
16 x in-calf Cows with 5-7 month old bull calves at foot - (due to calve Autumn '18)
18 x in-calf Cows with 5-7 month old heifer calves at foot – (due to calve Autumn '18)

7 x 2 year old bulling heifers
14 x 18 month old bulling heifers
22 x Yearling heifers

3 x 18 month old bulls
6 x yearling bulls

Stock Bulls
Rempstone 1 Harlem – 4 years old - Winner of SEHBA Best Stock Bull 2017 – Sire: Solpoll 1 Hollywood
Rempstone 1 Nightrider – 27 months old - Sire: Aldersley 1 Edgar
Ruckmans 1 Maestro – 3 years old – Sire: Frys Cross 1 Ceasar
Ruckmans 1 Nero – 2 ½ years old – Sire: Englefield 1 Ian 1st

There will be no dispersal sale, the intention is to sell all cattle off the farm on a first come first served basis.

For further details please ring Harry Hewlett on  07714 266012.

On behalf of the Sustainable Food Trust and Fir Farm, we would like to invite you to attend 'The Future of UK Farming’, taking place at Fir Farm, Hill Barn, Lower Swell, near Stow on the Wold on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April 2018.

Keynote speakers will include DEFRA Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, President of the NFU, Minette Batters, and the US’s leading livestock farmer, Joel Salatin.

Over the two days, the conference programme will explore what future support for farmers will look like, measuring and valuing on-farm sustainability, methods for re-building soil fertility, and the case for re-localising the processing and distribution of our food.

More information about the event, including the programme, speakers and logistical details are listed on our website here - http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/events/the-future-of-uk-farming/ and for tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-uk-farming-tickets-44096056492

For any further enquiries about the programme, tickets, accommodation, media or sponsorship opportunities, please contact bonnie@sustainablefoodtrust.org

We do hope you will be able to attend, in which case we look forward to seeing you then.

With kind regards,

Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust
Sir Alan and Lady Parker, Fir Farm
Paddy Hoare, Perdix Partnership

Paddy Hoare MRICS 

Please come to the Fir Farm conference on the Future of Farming Post Brexit April 27 and 28th 2018 see link: 


Rectory Farm
Lower Swell
GL54 1LH

01608 670570
07855 392628

Pa amy@perdixpartnership.co.uk
01608 737 057
07900 994398

The NBA are delighted to offer 30 tickets for the Sharden Herd farm tour as part of the three day Beef Expo spectacular running from Wed 23rd to Friday 25th May. This farm walk is usually exclusively for the 90 NI beef farmers who travel across to the Beef Expo each year. However, as it is such and old and renowned herd within the Hereford breed, celebrating its 100th year next year, the NBA are offering 30 tickets for Hereford Cattle Society Members (on first come, first served basis) who wish to join the tour. The tickets are priced at £15 and include a hot beef lunch featuring delicious Hereford Beef from Moor Farm Shop.

Moor Farm is a fantastic example of a modern family business which has diversified in more ways than one and created a niche market for their award winning herd of Hereford Cattle.
Moor Farm is a not so traditional mixed farm based in Baschurch, Shrewsbury, home to Mike and Hazel Timmis and their daughter’s families and the Shraden Hereford herd. Established in 1919, the herd which will be celebrating its 100th year in 2019 now consists of around 170 cattle including 65 breeding cows.

The farm steading was originally located in the village but in 2006 the family made the decision to move the farmhouse and farm buildings to the edge of the village to give them the opportunity to improve access and build modern buildings tailor-made for farming efficiently. Sisters Melissa, Emma and Elaine and their partners have since entered the family business, setting up Moor Farm Shop and café, as well as a polo pitch, grain dryer and lab.

The herd currently achieving 95% of calves reared from cows put to the bull with longevity at an average of 11 calf crops. The family aim to rear bulls to a target finishing weight of 700kg liveweight in 14 months and heifers to 550kg liveweight in 18 months. Selection of herd replacements and bulls is 50:50 on visual analysis and Breedplan Performance Recorded data including EBVS for carcase traits such as; Eye Muscle Area (EMA) and Retail Beef Yield (RBY), vital for their market.

The Timmis’s work hard to maintain exceptional health of animals on the farm. Their detailed health plan includes protocols for IBR, BVD, Lepto, TB, blackleg, worming plans, pneumonia as well as testing and removing Neospora and being accredited as Johnes free for 4 years.

To book your place please contact NBA head office on 01434 601005 or email beefexpo@nationalbeefassociation.com. 

Please Note: These tickets are ONLY for the additional Hereford farm tour on the 23rd of May. To book onto the Official Beef Expo Farm Tour on Thursday 24th May which include three farm visits, all transport and a hot beef lunch please visit the Beef Expo website (www.beefexpo.co.uk).

Bulls sell to a top of 8,200GNS with a Record Average for Bulls at Hereford Livestock Market conducted by the Society’s Official Auctioneers, Brightwells.

The Junior and Grand Male Champion 18-month-old Solpoll 1 Pogba (right) from J & W McMordie, Ballygowan, Northern Ireland was sold for 6,500gns into the Stratfield Saye Herd from Reading, Berkshire. This bull has excellent performance figures being in the top 1% for all weights, is out of Christies 1 Amber Keno and by Panmure 1 Henry.

Reserve Junior & Reserve Grand Male Champion was Romany 1 Prince BL P41 from JRB Wilson and Sons, Romany Herefords, with the help of Tom Bradley-Farmer. Prince had travelled from Kelso, sold for 6600gns to G Hall, Pinmoor Herefords, Lancashire. 


Joint top price of the day of 8200gns went to JRB Wilson’s Romany 1 Poseidon BL P5 (left). Another bull with impressive figures he is a son of Barwise 1 Lancer out of Romany 1 Lily D1 K27 and was purchased by D Manduell, Seascale, Cumbria. Poseidon is in the top 5% of the breed for both eye muscle area and intramuscular fat levels.

Also selling for 8200gns was TD & WT Livesey’s Normanton 1 Perky (below right), who was purchased by former Society Chairman RP Mann of Spinney Herefords, Ufton, Warwickshire. Perky has exemplary figures and is out of Normanton 1 Fistulina and by Australian bull Days Calibre G74 and is in the top 2% for both Terminal and Self Replacing Indices.

The Society's Reserve Bull of the Year 2017, Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 (below left) sold for 7000gns to M Shaw, Kirkby Moorside, York. This Bull was Supreme Champion at a number of Shows over the 2017 season and sits well in the top 10% of the breed for growth rates, Eye Muscle Area and Retail Meat Yield.

J & W McMordie also sold Solpoll 1 Pirate for 5600gns, another son of Panmure 1 Henry, out of Solpoll 1 Stella J11, another Bull with excellent figures being in the top 5% for 200 and 400-day weights, Eye Muscle area, Retail Meat Yield, Self-replacing and Terminal Indices. This bull was sold to HA Hatt, Weybrook Herefords, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke.

Speirs Farms Ltd’s Pepperstock 1 Norman sold to DP Jones, Maxstoke Herefords, Coleshill, Warwickshire for 5400gns, capturing the attention of number of bidders around the ring.

26 Bulls sold for £112,350 to Average £4,321.15

In the Show Heifer section, the Grand Female Champion, 13 month old Moorside 1 Poppy from G & MC Shepherd sold for 3000gns to newcomer to the breed M Jordan of Chathill, Northumberland. Standing Reserve Female Champion was Fisher 1 Clover (below right) purchased by Twose Farms Ltd, Whitland, Carmarthenshire selling for a top female price of the day of 3500gns. Clover was one of a consignment of heifers from Sussex breeders WJ Hutchings and Sons, with 2 other heifers selling to MJ and RD Russell of Chew Magna, North Somerset for 2300gns each.

14 females sold for £36435.00 to Average £2602.50

There was 94% clearance in the For Sale only female section which saw a top price of 2600gns for Mrs JA Pudge’s Heifer Black Hall 1 Shara sold to Leverington Herefords, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Well grown females sold consistently demonstrating continued demand for females in the breed.

17 For Sale Only Females sold for £24,517.50 to Average £1442.21

New Hereford Cattle Society Chairman Robin Irvine commenting after the sale that he was more delighted with a new record average for Bulls with a clearance rate of 72% which was also demonstrated a rise in demand from the previous years sale. Robin would also like to thank Sponsors, Dunbia, Meadow Quality & Nordic Star Tags for their continued support. Auctioneer Gregg Christopher of Brightwells said that trade for bulls was brisk with keen bidding on the best animals, and a strong demand from both commercial and pedigree breeders.

Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster.

Bill Wiggin MP has been appointed the new chairman of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA), by the PFLA Board at a meeting held at the Association’s offices in Cirencester last Friday (6 April 2018). The position, which is not remunerated, starts with immediate effect and will last for at least three years.

(Pictured) Bill Wiggin MP (left) with PFLA General Manager Russ Carrington

Mr. Wiggin has been the Member of Parliament for North Herefordshire since 2001 and has been breeding Hereford Cattle for 12 years. He currently runs a herd of 20 suckler cows and heifers at his farm in Upton Bishop, near Ross on Wye, Herefordshire.

“I welcome the opportunity to join a group of innovative farmers who are producing high quality food in a truly sustainable way,” says Mr. Wiggin.

“Feeding cattle and sheep just on pasture, is something I truly believe in. I want to help more farmers garner the many and varied benefits of grass feeding their animals.

“I am excited about joining the PFLA as we move away from the Common Agricultural Policy, towards farming that delivers more public goods,” says Mr. Wiggin. “This is the perfect time to take the organisations certification mark ‘Pasture for Life’ forward, to raise its profile and broaden its appeal to consumers as the healthy meat and dairy option.

“As a politician I have access to Defra, Ministers and the Government, so I can certainly help with initiatives like getting 100% grass-fed produce legally recognised and defined.”

Over the past few months, Mr. Wiggin has visited several Pasture for Life members to see how they farm.

“I have met some incredible producers working with nature, building their soils, rearing healthy, happy animals and enhancing the environment, while still producing excellent tasting food which makes them a profit.

“It is win, win, win. What we have to do is make sure all of our members see the value the PFLA is adding to their produce.”

PFLA vice-chairman Fidelity Weston says of Mr. Wiggin’s appointment:

“This is a great opportunity for us to have a sitting MP as our chairman and we welcome Bill whole-heartedly to our Board.

“He will be our voice in Parliament at this crucial stage in the formation of new agricultural policy, and will help us in our forthcoming lobbying and consumer campaigns.

“We are looking forward to the new leadership Bill will offer us, supported by our small team in the office and our panel of committed directors.

“I am confident that together, we can take the PFLA productively and successfully forward over the coming years.”

For more information:
Russ Carrington, General Manager
The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association
Trent Lodge, Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JN
Mobile: 07930 378413
Office: 01285 889853
Email: execsec@pfla.org.uk
Twitter: @PastureForLife
Website: www.pastureforlife.org

This year’s Society Spring Show & Sale to be held at Hereford Livestock Market has an abundance of quality cattle on offer whether it be for new breeders looking to purchase females to form the nucleus of a Hereford herd or pedigree and commercial buyers seeking purchase of a high performance bull.

The show commences under the watchful eye of top Northern Ireland breeder James Graham, Richmount Herefords. James, who along with his son Bradley have picked up a host of awards in recent years, will be presiding over 93 lots, comprising of 53 bulls and 40 females.

The sale which gets underway at 12.30pm will include a number of 2017 show stoppers and Superior Carcase Sires. A Superior Carcase Sire entitles the purchaser to claim up to £500 directly from the Hereford Cattle Society through his progeny over a period of up to 4 years.

Also on offer is Reserve Bull of the Year for 2017 and cattle from award winning herds including the current South of England, Midlands & East Anglia, Scottish, Welsh and National Herds of the Year.

To view the catalogue please Click Here

All entries are TB tested, BVD tested & vaccinated and DNA profiled.

Follow show & sale developments on social media via Twitter and Facebook – UK Herefords

Dear NBA Member,

As you will know our Beef Expo, the annual celebration of British Beef, is coming to Shrewsbury on the 25th May and we are very much looking forward to catching up with you all there. 

We have a lot lined up for you; a NEW Beef Farmer Challenge for all to take part in, with prizes worth over £500 up for grabs, some fantastic technical seminars, over 100 trade stands showing off the latest technologies in the industry and the beef industry dinner - a key networking event for all in the industry. 

As always, we will also be hosting the prestigious Beef Expo farm tours, which will guide you around three exceptional farms, (including a visit to Shraden Herefords - home to the Timmis family, across Shropshire) each hosting workshops. The tours include a hot lunch and transport to and from Shrewsbury farmers market. 

As a thank you for ongoing support, the NBA are this year offering our members FREE entrance to the show day as well as discounts on the farm tour and dinner tickets. 

To redeem your FREE show day entrance ticket simply reply to this email with your full name and membership number and we will send you a digital ticket free of charge.

For farm tour and dinner tickets please head to www.beefexpo.com

Kind regards, 

The NBA Team​​​


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