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Annual Dinner – Monday 9th October 2017 - 7.00pm for 8.00pm at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford
Telephone: 01432 299955 Email: enquiries@threecountieshotel.co.uk
For further details and directions: Directions to the Annual Dinner

This year’s Annual Dinner will comprise the following:- 

  • Roast Beef kindly sourced by your Breed President, Mr Robert Thomas, and sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association (HCBA) – the beef will be carved at individual tables.

    This year we are offering guests a choice of Starters, Mains and Desserts. IMPORTANT for catering purposes can guests please complete the attached proforma stating their choices.
  • The talented Andrew Whitlow (HighHouse Herefords) has kindly agreed to play guitar whilst guests are welcomed to the dinner 
  • Herefords of the Year Trophies will be presented. 
  • The Thomas Duckham Epergne Award will be presented to the Secretary of the Association, considered by the retiring Council, to have made the greatest contribution to the promotion of the Breed over the past three years. 
  • Clive Davies will be MC for the evening. 
  • Celebration of long-serving Breed Secretary David Prothero.
    Clive will inform guests of some of David’s career highlights and memories in his usual inimitable style.

    If you would like to attend the Dinner please telephone Hereford House on 01432 272057
    or email postroom@herefordcattle.org to book your tickets.


As there will be a choice of menu at this year’s Dinner, when applying for tickets would Members please complete the pro-forma or below indicating their requirements. 


Leek & Potato Soup




Chicken Liver Pate


 Main Course 

Hereford Sirloin Beef with all the trimmings


Grilled Sea Bass with Herb Butter



Apple Crumble with Custard


Chocolate Fudge Cake


Fresh Fruit Salad


Choice of Ice Cream


Obviously the Three Counties Hotel will need to know requirements in advance so we would ask Members to ensure that their Pro-forma is returned to the Office by MONDAY, 2nd OCTOBER.

The Supreme Championship went to 7 months old Studdolph 1 Dior 622 bred and exhibited by Miss EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokshire. "Dior 622" is out of Studdolph 1 Dior and by Glenvale 1 Fellow.

Taking the Reserve Supreme was another female Kilvrough 1 Keepsake, from relative new breeder Mrs E Radcliffe, she's out of Dendor 1 Keepsake 12th and Lanscombe 1 Orkney.

The Grand & Senior Male Champion was another animal from Mrs E Radcliffe, rising two year old Kilvrough 1 Nigel. He's out Dendor 1 Myrtle and again sired by Lanscombe 1 Orkney.

Herefordshire Judge Phillip Allman, Greenyards Herefords, made Glenvale 1 Allbutt his Junior and Reserve Grand Male. "Allbutt", bred and exhibited by TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokshire is out Glenvale Miss Milly 399 and by Dendor 1 Ledley. 

There was more joy for breed stalwards TG & EI Thorne and the Hereford Breed when they took the Best Native Inter-breed Pair with Glenvale 1 Polly 579 and Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 547. Twenty one month old "Polly 579" is out of Glenvale 1 Polly 388 and twenty eight month old "Miss Milly 547 is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399. Both promising females are by herd sire Bosa 1 Hereward.

The 10th Midland and East Anglia Hereford
Beef Tasting Competition

The Tenth Annual Competition to find the best tasting Hereford Beef is open to all Hereford Breeders from any of the Hereford Associations or Clubs.

2017 Judge is Mr Mike Moore, Stoke Golding, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV13 6HN

If you sell your beef locally this is a great opportunity to have the eating quality of your beef assessed against other producers and should you win, then you can use this success to promote your beef to your customers adding further value to an already fantastic product…….

How will the competition be run?
Each member who would like to take part will have to submit a sirloin steak from a pure-bred Hereford carcase. The steak MUST be frozen and the animal from which it was taken MUST have been killed within the last 12 months. The steak will be assessed by our nominated Judge, who will place the steaks 1st to 5th. Comments will be given for the top five steaks placed.

The following attributes, (in no particular order) will be assessed during the judging:
1. Quality of butchery
2. Fat coverage
3. Colour
4. Marbling
5. Flavour
6. Succulence
7. Tenderness
8. Water leaching during cooking
9. Overall eating experience.

There will be a £5.00 Entry Fee for each entry. Each Member can submit as many entries as they like, each entry submitted to be from a different animal. Ear Tag No’s will be required alongside each entry.
If you would like to enter please complete the attached entry form and send a cheque made payable to Midlands & East Anglia HB. to cover the entry fee(s).
Entries close on 4th September 2017.

There will be two Classes:
Class 1 for carcases hung for up to 28 days from culling date.
Class 2 for carcases hung for over 28days from culling date.
The actual tasting will take place during the 1st two weeks of September, so you have time to obtain a steak from any pure-bred Hereford that you may have had slaughtered to sell in boxes or even to a local butcher.

We will be contacting all breeders who enter with information of where and when they should send their steaks.
Don’t miss this opportunity, it could be the best competition, (financially), you have ever entered!

Yours Sincerely
Alan Pittam
A. Pittam
Hon Secretary

Beef Tasting Entry Form

I would like to enter the 10th Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Beef Tasting competition.

Entries close 4th September 2017.

Breeder Name ………………………………………………………………………..

Address: .....................................................................................



Tel No: .....................................................................................

No of Entries ………………………………

I enclose a cheque for £…… made payable to the Midlands & East Anglia HBA.
To pay by (BACS): Please use Midlands & East Anglia H.B.A. Account No. 10074500 Sort Code 20-48-08 Reference: BT2016/17.

Please send all entries to the Secretary.
A. Pittam
38, Ashby Road
NN11 7HE

Entries have flooded in for the National Poll Show held annually in conjunction with Moreton-in-Marsh Show, Gloucestershire on Saturday 2nd September. Set in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, this popular one day agricultural show offers onlookers a feast of Hereford cattle. Judging will commence at 8.30am under the watchful eye of Matthew Goulding, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Most of the UK’s top Poll Hereford breeders will be participating in a spectacular show of Hereford cattle. In total, there are 180 entries (including 30 cattle in Groups and Pair Classes) – to date the largest Hereford entry staged during 2017!

There will also be a Young Hereford Breeders Competition comprising of two age groups 15 & under and 16 to 21 running throughout the cattle classes. A separate Young Handler Competition with three age categories will be judged by Ryan Coates, Leicestershire and will take place on the Friday evening.

Many prize-winning cattle will be on display including Champions from the following shows; Royal Highland, Shropshire County, Burwarton, Great Yorkshire and the Royal Three Counties to name but a few.

There will be a large array of breed information and merchandise freely available on the Hereford Cattle Society stand, located next to the show ring. Society staff will also be in attendance to answer any questions or provide specific information on why the Hereford Breed has seen such a surge in popularity in both pedigree and commercial registrations.

The 2015 Hereford Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, a four year old cow, from Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley, Stafford, was tapped out as Supreme Inter-breed Beef Champion by Judge Gail Ellis at Burwarton Show recently.

Out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th, it is by Solpoll 1 Gilbert and was bought privately as a calf three years ago from Caersws based breeders, DE, ED & AL Jones. It bred the record breed price holder Skyhigh 1 Miss Valentine, which sold at six months old for 8,500gns in December 2016.

It was shown with the January-born bull calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar, which is sired by current Hereford Bull of the Year Normanton 1 Laertes, last year’s Royal Welsh, Royal Highland and Burwarton Show Inter-breed Champion from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire.

Free Town Decree from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire took the Supreme Championship at the 33rd National Hereford Show at the Tenbury Wells. Judge Des Kelly, Mullin Herefords, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone chose his Junior & Grand Female Champion as his Overall Breed Champion, commenting, “she’s a sweet heifer, well balanced and very feminine, she would be an asset in any pedigree herd.” This dark, stylish 11 month old heifer is out of Free Town Decent and by the prolific herd sire Mara Humorous.

Pictured right are, from L to R, Breed President Robert Thomas, Judge Des Kelly, Tony Bradstock with Free Town Decree and Sponsor Paddy Kennedy from Massey Ferguson.

This was the crowning glory for another wonderful National Show for the famous Free Town herd, as they were also awarded the George Davies Trophy for the ‘Most Successful Herd of the Day’. This is no mean feat as the standard of preparation and showmanship increases year on year. All participants invest much time and money to attend this important show and should be congratulated on an excellent display of Herefords – a fine spectacle for the many onlookers which included a party of fifty Irish visitors to enjoy.

This popular one day show kicked off with the Breedplan Performance Class, administered by National Hereford Show Club (NHSC) Secretary Sarah Cowle. Guest Judge for this class was the well known South West cattle breeder Mike Cowell. The quality of the seven recorded bulls were to set the scene for the rest of the day. Taking first prize and the Westaway Cup was AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire with two year old Church Preen Nanook. This powerful young sire, who has a Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 10% of the Breed is out of Church Preen Prunella K043 and by Haven Koala. In second place and collecting the blue rosette was Haven Northstar from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. Better things were to come for this promising young bull later in the show, a bull who also had both Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Indexes in the Top 10% of the Breed.
After Judge Mike Cowell gave his reasons for his placings and departed, main Show Judge Des Kelly took over the reins with his first class of the day being the Best Group of Three Animals. In first place was P Snell & L Ferguson and with it they took the Tithebarn Perpetual Trophy, standing in Reserve were RA Bradstock & Partners.

Next up was the Best Pair of Calves (any sex combination) and it was AR Owen who again collected the silverware in the form of the Geoff Thomas Perpetual Challenge Trophy. RA Bradstock & Partners were once again Reserve.

The individual classes commenced with the females and taking the Senior Female Championship were W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham with Auckvale Lively 1058H (pictured right) and her calf Auckvale Lively 1631P at foot. This productive female, who went on to take the Reserve Grand Female Championship behind Free Town Decree, is out of Auckvale Lively Lucinda and by Auckvale Broadside. The Reserve Senior Female Champion was Rockland Tiara M1 from CA & PC Bidmead, making the long journey from Norwich, Norfolk worthwhile. Rising three year old “Tiara M1” is out of Clipston Tiara M15 and by Auckvale Grandee 943G.

In the Intermediate Female section it was Pulham Blossom 19th from loyal show supporters PRJ & LR Vincent, Diss, Norfolk who picked up the Haven Perpetual Trophy. She is out of Pulham Blossom 7th and by Haven Hotspur. Standing in Reserve it was another entry from Norfolk who came to the fore, Grianan Orange P774 from the Norman Farming Partnership, Hickling. “Orange P774” is all home breeding, out of Grianan Orange J530 and by Grianan Freddy.

To complete the female section and taking the Reserve Junior Female Championship behind the Supreme Champion was another top female sired by Mara Humorous, this time 11 month old Free Town Peace 29th, who is out Free Town Peace 15th.

Before moving on to the bull section, it is worth mentioning that NHSC Secretary Mrs Sarah Cowle, picked up two first prizes in the heifer classes. First in heifers born on or between 1st September and 31st December 2015 with HighHedges Blossom 11-15. This rising two year old heifer is out of Mara Blossom 38th and by Border Burlington J35. Mrs Cowle also took the red ticket in the youngest heifer class of the day with 10 month old HighHedges Blossom 12A-16, she’s a full sister to her stablemate “Blossom 11-15”.

In the bull classes it was Intermediate Male Champion Haven Northstar (pictured left) who took the top award of Grand Male Championship - before going to be judged Reserve Supreme Champion. Following an exciting climax to the show, a ‘deal was done’ for “Northstar”, who is out of Haven Curly 124th and by Haven Kingpin, and he will now be joining CFP & SH McCreath, Longridge, Stafford. The day got even better for EL Lewis & Son when they were awarded the Reserve Grand & Reserve Intermediate Male Championships with stablemate Haven Nugget. Seventeen month old “Nugget”, (pictured below right) who is enjoying an excellent show season, is out of Haven Curly 109th and is another fine son of Haven Kingpin.

Not satisfied with the top two male awards Haven Herefords also took the Senior Male Championship with three year old Haven Lamborghini. He is out of Haven Splendour 25th and by former National Show Champion Haven Cavalier. The Reserve Senior Male title went to DJ Makin, Wellington, Herefordshire with Adzor Lyric. He’s out of Badlingham Blossom 159th and by Elms School Yogi Bear. This was a fitting reward for David Makin & family who pulled out all the stops in entering a team of nine cattle and running RA Bradstock & Partners close in the Most Successful Herd of the Day.

The Junior Male Championship went to PRJ & LR Vincent with 11 month old Pulham Powerhouse, who is out of former Horned Female of the Year Clipston Tiara R16 and by Yarram Unique F181. Free Town Phantom from RA Bradstock & Partners was judged Reserve Junior Champion, he’s out of Free Town Gracious and by Bowmont Storm A584.

The day concluded with a very competitive Young Members Class sponsored by UK Hereford Youth and judged by Henry Richmond, Corraback Herefords, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Taking first place in the Senior Young Handlers class was Flora Amery, who has a great track record in Young Handler Competitions. In the Junior section it was Harriet Froud who received the first prize rosette. Henry then awarded the Overall Champion Young Handler prize to Harriet and with it she won the Thornhill Plate presented by Emma Smith, UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator and the Dendor Show Stick presented by Logan Sykes, Mawarra Herefords on behalf of DE, ED & AL Jones in memory of the late Denis and Doris Jones.

The NHSC would like to thank all the many sponsors for their continued invaluable support in making this National Show such a success.

Pictured left are Logan Sykes, Harriet Froud, Emma Smith and Judge Henry Richmond.

Coley 1 Pippa 356 exhibited by North of England Hereford Breeders (NEHBA) T & D Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Stocksfield, Northumberland, followed up on her successes at the recent Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire Shows by taking the Supreme Championship at the Scottish National Show held at Biggar, South Lanarkshire. Judged by Mr Matthew Gray, Buckenhill Herefords, “Pippa 356” went from strength to strength, firstly taking the Senior and then the Grand Female Championships before being awarded the Overall Supreme Championship. Coley 1 Pippa 356, who has won a string of successes during the 2017 show season is out of former Female of the Year Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and sired by sired by Days Calibre G74.

Taking the Reserve Supreme award was the two year old bull Barwise 1 Marshall bred by another NEHBA breeder, Mrs Carolyn Fletcher of Barwise Herefords, Appleby-in-Westmorland. “Marshall”, sired by former UK Sire of the Year Barwise 1 Wellington, was ably shown by UK Hereford Youth and Scottish Young Member Drew Ritchie. He had previously been awarded the Senior Male and Grand Male Championships.

In the Female Section, W, P & K Wason, Saltire Herefords, Fife, took the Reserve Senior and Reserve Female Championships with their four year old cow Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th shown with her bull calf at foot. “Fly 18th” is out of Baldinnie 1 Fly 5th and by Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine.

In the Junior Section another breeder who had travelled up from the North of England Mr & Mrs H Elliott, Cornriggs Herefords, Weardale, Durham were awarded the Junior Female title with their home-bred heifer Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th sired by Cornriggs 1 Super Guy and out of Romany 1 Julia A84 E38. The Reserve Junior Female was the Days Calibre G74 sired heifer Barwise 1 Aussie Rose N884 from Mrs Carolyn Fletcher.

The Reserve Male Champion was nine month old Saltire 1 Predator bred and exhibited by W, P & K Wason. “Predator” who sired by Baldinnie 1 Orient and out of the Reserve Female Champion Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th, had earlier taken the Junior Male Championship. The Reserve Senior award went to JA Cameron & Son, Baldinnie Herefords, Balbuthie, Fife with the Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine sired bull Baldinnie 1 Denver with his stablemate 16 month old Baldinnie 1 Rubin taking the Reserve Junior Male rosette.

In the pair’s class, first prize went to JA Cameron & Son. The Group of Three was won by Mrs CS Fletcher and the Group of Three by Same Sire was won by Harveybros Herefords, Balfron, Glasgow.

The Young Handlers Classes were again kindly sponsored by Mr David Gillon. The Junior Handler was won by Miss Katie Wason of Saltire Herefords with James Anderson, Moralee Herefords in second place.
In the Senior Young Handlers section it Miss Beth Harvey, Harveybros Herefords who came out on top, with Drew Ritchie in second and Miss Mhairi Hall in third position.

Returning for its tenth year, the 2017 East of England Winter Stock Festival will take place on a new date of Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December.

Held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, the festival showcases the very best of commercial and pedigree livestock, along with the latest trends and technologies in agriculture.
“The 2017 Winter Stock Festival will build upon its previous success to deliver a modern event, that caters for everyone with an interest in livestock production,” says William Haire, Festival Show Director (pictured).

“Along with a 120 cattle classes and 38 sheep classes, we are delighted to announce the new addition of 25 classes for pigs, and can confirm an excellent line-up of judges.”
Colin Phillips, highly respected stockman and renowned judge, will lead the commercial cattle judging. Mr Phillips, who farms in Herefordshire, has achieved great success in the showring and has judged at many of the country’s leading agricultural shows.

As part of the Winter Stock Festival’s commitment to helping the industry respond to challenges through collaboration and innovation, the 2017 event will also feature an expanding area dedicated to knowledge exchange. Welcoming some of the industry’s top experts, this area will include seminars and demonstrations, as well as trade exhibits.

Also firmly established in the festival’s programme is the highly coveted College Challenge and Young Stockperson of the Year competitions. Both competitions have become hugely popular since they were first introduced in 2011, with a record 30 teams competing in last year’s College Challenge.

“Preparations are well underway for this year’s festival and with multiple new attractions, 2017 promises to deliver the best event yet,” says Mr Haire.
“We look forward to bringing together the industry to celebrate the best of British livestock, as well as to share knowledge and innovations, which is particularly important in a post Brexit era,” he concludes.

Further event details, including trade stand applications, are available online at www.winterstockfestival.co.uk

This year’s National Hereford Show was held at the Randox Antrim show and was judged by the current Breed President Robert Thomas from the Risbury Hereford Herd based near Leominster, Herefordshire. With one of the best turnouts in recent years of close to 70 cattle he had the difficult job of selecting his prize winners on the day.

The Supreme Championship went to Courtney Halliday's yearling heifer, Corraback Joan 15th (pictured right). Bred by Mervyn Richmond, who is well known for his prize winning stock, this heifer was the stand out animal on the day. Before taking the Overall Championship she first won the largest class of show a line-up of 12 strong yearling heifers. Fifteen month old “Joan 15th” is out of Carraback Joan 5th and by highly thought of and successful herd sire Mara Flook. 

Reserve Supreme went to a home bred bull of Alwyn Armour, Senior Male Champion Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (pictured left). This striking three year old bull packs plenty of class and is relatively new to the circuit but already has a great showing career ahead of him. He is out of Solpoll 1 Starlet J19 and by former UK Hereford Sire of the Year Panmure 1 Henry. 

Mark Moore took home the Reserve Female Championship with his heifer Annaghbeg Pansy, with the Reserve Male Championship going to Ciaran Kerr's Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite. 

Other wins on a marvellous day for the Breed, included the Cow Class which was won by John Gill's Lusky 1 Honour, a cow that has been winning throughout 2017. The Senior Heifer Class was won by David Smith's Mara Blossom 50th with the Intermediate going to Richmount 1 Nirvana owned and bred by James Graham. The last of the two heifer classes were won by Mark Moore with Annaghbeg Delilah and the Leader Families Hockleypoll 1 Evie. 

In the bull section David Smith picked up another win with Free Town Mentor (pictured right) whom he purchased from RA Bradstock & Partners at the Spring Show & Sale held in Hereford, in the 2015 category class. Ivan Haire's Dorepoll 1 579 Nashville picked up the red ribbon in the Yearling Bull Class. Ciaran Kerr's Kinnego 1 Pharoah, who is no stranger to winning, won the September 2016 Born Class and finally the Bull Calf Class went to G & W Burleigh's smart calf Benaughlin Larry. 

Full class results below.


Champion Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Corraback Joan 15th

Reserve Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (D) 

Champion Female Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Coraback Joan 15th

Reserve Female Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Pansy 

Champion Male Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (D)

Reserve Male Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite

Class 46 Cow or Heifer Born on or before 31st December 2014, in calf or with own calf at foot. 1st AJ Farms, Newtownards, Lusky 1 Honour P, 2nd Ian McFadden, Magherafelt, Cabra 1 Fashion, 3rd JE, RI & W Haire, Crumlin, Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim.

Class 47 Heifer Born on or after 1st January 2015 and on or before 30th June 2015, in calf or with own calf at foot. 1st David Smyth, Ballynahinch, Mara Blossom 50th, 2nd John & William McMordie, Newtownards, Solpoll 1 Starlet M19, 3rd Marcus Murdock, Newry, Lisnaree 1 Millie.

Class 48 Heifer Born between 1st July 2015 and 31st December 2015. 1st James Graham, Portadown, Richmount 1 Nirvana, 2nd Trevor & Sheevaun Andrews, Larne, Mountview 1 Estelle, 3rd David Smyth, Ballynahinch, Clipston Diadem T25

Class 49 Heifer Born between 1st January 2016 and 31st August 2016. 1st Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Corraback Joan 15th, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Pansy, 3rd John & William McMordie, Newtownards, Rempstone 1 Fashion E430

Class 50 Heifer Calf Born between 1st September 2016 and 31st December 2016., 1st Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Delilah, 2nd Leader Family, Crumlin, Hockleypoll1 Ariana, 3rd Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Ravette N405 (P)

Class 51 Heifer Calf Born after 1st January 2017. 1st Leader Family, Crumlin, Hockleypoll 1 Evie, 2nd Marcus Murdock, Newry, Lisnaree 1 Opal

Class 52 Bull Born before 1st April 2015. 1st Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (D), 2nd Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite, 3rd Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Fisher 1 Jubilee.

Class 53 Bull Born on or after 1st April 2015 and on or before 31st December 2015. 1st David Smyth, Ballynahinch, Free Town Mentor, 2nd JE, RI & W Haire, Crumlin, Panmure 1 Monster.

Class 54 Bull Born on or after 1st January 2016 and on or before 31st August 2016. 1st JE, RI & W Haire, Crumlin, Dorepoll 1 579 1 Nashville, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Domino, 3rd RM Richmond, Enniskillen, Corraback Kadar

Class 55 Bull Calf Born between 1st September 2016 and 31st December 2016. 1st Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Kinnego 1 Pharaoh, 2nd James Graham, Portadown, Richmount 1 Peppermint, 3rd William Burleigh, Enniskillen, Benaughlin Norman

Class 56 Bull Calf Born after 1st January 2017. 1st William Burleigh, Enniskillen, Benaughlin Larry, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Endeavour, 3rd J&G Small, Randalstown, Drumshamble 1 Big Show.

Class 57 BestProgeny Pair by same Sire or Dam, entered in above Classes. 1st RM Richmond, Enniskillen, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, 3rd James Graham, Portadown

Class 58 Group of Hereford animals, the property of one exhibitor and entered in classes for which they are eligible. 1st Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, 2nd Trevor & Sheevaun Andrews, Larne, 3rd David Smyth, Ballynahinch


1st Marcus Murdock, 2nd Bradley Graham, 3rd John Andrews

DE, ED & AL Jones, Dendor Herefords, Caersws, Powys took the Supreme Championship with their Grand Male Champion Bakgard 1 Keno 1178. Danish bred “Keno 1178” is out of Bakgard 1 Alien and by Moeskaer Keno 1222. Judge Mervyn Richmond, Corraback Herefords, said of his Champion, “he’s an animal with good width and length and a real beefy bull.”

Standing Reserve in the Grand Male Championship was 16 month old Haven Nugget bred by EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. “Nugget” who is enjoying a fine show season, is out of Haven Curly 109th and by Haven Kingpin. Earlier in the day Haven Nugget was presented with the Dendor Trophy for the Best Bull under 2 years of Age by Marlene Robbie, Otapawa Poll Herefords, New Zealand. “Nugget” boasts a great set of EBV’s across the board; easy calving, good growth and carcase traits in the top 1% of the Breed. Later at the show Haven Nugget was judged Agri Lloyd Reserve Junior Native Elite Performance Recorded Inter-breed Champion.

The Reserve Junior Bull Championship went to MF Gray, Bromyard, Herefordshire with home bred 17 month old Buckenhill 1 Notorious. He is out of Buckenhill 1 Anxiety 2nd and by Frenchstone P. 1 Aston.
Taking the first prize rosette in the biggest class of the day was breed stalwarts and loyal Royal Welsh Show supporters TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, with Glenvale 1 Allbutt. This well presented 14 month old bull is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399 and by Dendor 1 Ledley.

Mervyn Richmond chose the stylish heifer, 18 month old Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real as his Grand Female Champion much to the delight of owner Robert Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Although, Robert to was quick to praise the showmanship skills of his stockman Twm Jones. Later in the day things were to get even better for Mr Allcock when “Get Real” went on to take the Reserve Supreme Championship!

The Reserve Female Champion was Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess from B Birch and G Brindley from Weston, Stafford. This is the latest success for 21 month old Dainty Duchess, who is out of Shraden 1 Duchess L581 and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23.

On the final day of the show Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess teamed up with Normanton 1 Grifola 10th to take the Reserve Native Inter-breed Females of the Future Championship which was judged by well known livestock exporter Andrew Ewing, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway.

There was more success for Birch and Brindley this time in the cow class when the much vaunted and former Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th took the red ticket in the first female class.
TG & EI Thorne collected another red ticket this time in the senior heifer class with 28 month old Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 547. Sired by Bosa 1 Hereward, as with her stablemate Glenvale 1 Allbutt, she is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399.

In the young female class of the day, it was TJ & BM Goodwin, Almeley, Herefordshire who came out on top with 15 month old Rough Moor 1 Rosea 171. This attractive female is out of Rough Moor 1 Rosea and by Eldersfield 1 Cohen G630.

Finally, well done to 18 year old Tom Pritchard, Berthllwyd Herefords, Aberdare, who came first in the 17 – 21 years of age category in the Inter-breed Young Handlers Competition, sponsored by Marks & Spencer.

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The year just keeps getting better for B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Staffordshire, as they moved on to the Great Yorkshire taking more championships with rising four year old female Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th along with her calf Sky High 1 Escobar at foot – this time the Supreme and Grand Female Championships under the discerning eye of Judge Gerald Blandford, Bosa Herefords.

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, purchased by Boomer Birch as a young heifer from leading Welsh Herefords breeders DE, ED & AL Jones, is no stranger to success at the Great Yorkshire Show having taken the Supreme Championship in 2015. “Jennefer 15th, a former Female of the Year, is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by twice Hereford Bull of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

The Judge deliberated long and hard over his Female Champion before tapping out Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and placing the current Royal Highland Show Supreme Champion Coley 1 Pippa 356 from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland his Reserve. Two year old “Pippa 356” followed “Jennefer 15th” all the way by taking the Reserve Supreme Championship. She is out of Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and by Australian sire Days Calibre. These top females are not just about style and appearance they have substance too, with both having a fine set of Breedplan Performance Recorded figures.

Females were the order of a very wet day, when Gerald placed Moralee 1 Kate 2nd from T & D Harrison as his Overall Junior Champion, pipping Auckvale Nobleman from W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, into Reserve. Sixteen month old Moralee 1 Kate 2nd is out home-bred female Moralee 1 Kate and by Romany 1 Frisky.

Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th from H J Elliott took the red rosette in the youngest female class, born in 2016, on or after 1st April. Fifteen month old “Julia 4th” is out of Romany 1 Julia A84 E38 and by Cornriggs 1 Super Guy.

In the male classes it was Auckvale Nobleman who took the Grand Male Championship. Twenty month old “Nobleman” is out of Auckvale Curly 1243K and by Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1127H. Co-incidentally watching ring side was young Logan Sykes of Mawarra Herefords, Victoria, Australia, whose family bred Mawarra Vice Admiral the maternal grand sire of Auckvale Nobleman 1534N.
Standing Reserve in the Grand Male Championship was fifteen month old Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad from Messrs A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire. He is out of Dendor 1 Anna Mary 18th and by former Great Yorkshire Supreme Champion Hollyvale 1 Knight.

To complete the male section in the first class it was another Auckvale animal that took the first prize card, this time Auckvale Marshall 1475 owned and exhibited by local breeder J Morrison, Helmsley, York. “Marshall 1475” is out Auckvale Beauty 774E and by Auckvale Gladiator 916G.

To complete a busy day of judging, Mr Blandford placed new breeders A Crooks & A Machen, Sheffield, South Yorkshire first in both the Group of Three and Best Pair of Animals by the same Sire. Second place in the Group of Three was A & P Massey, with J Morrison reserve in the Best Pair of Animals.

Sponsored by DuPont Agriculture, the Guild's 2017 Arable Photography Award was presented at the Cereals 2017 event at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire.

Taking the award was the Hereford Cattle Society's Official photographer John Eveson - for his picture (right) titled 'Testing a Kverneland plough', published in Farmers Guardian in December 2016.

Judges said: "This shot has great composition – the combination of colours and the balance of elements makes for a striking and attention-grabbing image, which transforms an otherwise everyday activity and sight into something with a great deal more appeal.

"John's technical skill makes the most of the difficult lighting and achieves correct exposure across the shot, as well as securing the detail-filling depth-of-field within the image.
"It has a good balance of perspective, from the low angle shot, colourful with good contrast values and the operator is also looking to camera - or furrow."

If members require John's services on farm or at a show they can contact him on: 07973 482705 or on email: j.r.eveson@btinternet.com  Website: www.johneveson.com

With anticipation building ahead of this year's National Young Stars Event, taking place at The three Counties Showground, Malvern on the 22nd and 23rd August, we're just one week out for a closing date for entries for all team competitions (Beef, Dairy, Sheep and Pigs), as well as the individual Auctioneer and Butcher competitions.

The event is yet again sponsored by Allflex, who we're incredibly indebted to for all their help and support, as well as our other sponsors such as Newark Livestock Market, McCartneys, NSA Next Generation, Royal Smithfield Club, IAE, Stillmans and TW Ludgate and Sons.

Could I ask you to post a message on your Society website home pages and/or social media pages as a reminder to anyone thinking of competing at this year's show. Entires close on the 10th July.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the site here http://nationalyoungstars.com

The 2017 Royal Norfolk Show will be one to remember for MJ Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords, Thame, with both Breed and Inter-Breed Success.

Inter Breed judge Mr Richard Rettie, Clackmannanshire, awarded Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 the Native Junior Beef Bull Championship and Reserve in the Native Male Beef Championship, continuing Even Money’s Inter-Breed success at Hertfordshire Show earlier in the season. However the Inter-Breed triumph did not stop there, Even Money was awarded Reserve in the Interbreed Junior Bull Championship and then teamed up with his full sister Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 (picture right) to take Reserve for the Best Pair of Breed Champions. What a day!

The Hereford classes took place on a very wet first day and were judged by a past Breed President John Kemp, Auckvale Herefords. The damp conditions did not put off the 19 exhibitors who showed 42 Herefords which judge John Kemp said “were a pleasure to judge and of a high standard”.

The Female Championship was won by Rempstone 1 Fashion E438, an ET heifer sired by Aldersley 1 Edgar and out of donor Kinglee 1 Fashion 304. “Fashion” is owned by MJ Ludgate and was expertly shown by James Ludgate. In Reserve was Pulham Princess Pansy 4th, sired by Haven Hotspur and out of Border Pansy G39. “Princess” is owned by 11 year old Beth Vincent, but was shown by Laura Vincent, so that Beth could attend the Show the following day to take part in Young Handlers, where she was awarded second prize in her class.

The Intermediate Heifer Class was won by Shadwell 1 Blossom N900, owned by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd and shown by Maddie Clarke. The Cow class was won by Rockland Tiara M1, owned by C & P Bidmead.

The Male Championship was awarded to MJ Ludgate’s Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 (pictured left), who was later made Breed Champion, with his stable mate, Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 in Reserve. He was described by the judge as “a well balanced, complete bull with tremendous muscle and excellent on his limbs”. The Reserve Male Champion was Philip English’s Senior Bull Churchlands Estate Plum 7941, sired by Remitall Super Duty 425 and out of Churchlands Estate 1 Plum 79.

The Intermediate Bull Class was won by Rockland Nefyn, owned by C & P Bidmead, and shown by Evie Edwards. The Bidmead’s finished their successful day by winning the Best Pair under 2 years, the Best Group of Three by the same sire, the Best Group of Three bred by the exhibitor and the Norfolk Special.

The Hereford Breed were well represented in the Young Handlers classes with 6 Herefords taking part. Congratulation to Naomi Lewis who was placed 1st in a strong class.

The Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders Association had a trade stand for the first time which was very popular with potential customers, Hereford breeders, their friends and members of the public.