The largest show of Hereford cattle in Europe this year, the National Hereford Show saw 200 online entries sorted by a panel of international judges, with a public vote also counting towards the championship outcome.
Female champion Pulham Pansy 15th from Philip and Laura Vincent
Pulham Pansy 15th from Philip and Laura Vincent, Norfolk was named female champion of the show. The Vincents’ heifer is no stranger to the National Hereford Show, having been junior female and reserve female champion in 2018 at the usual Tenbury Wells fixture.
It is out of Clipston Pansy R2, a female purchased from the Westways’ Clipston herd, which has had a heavy influence on the Vincents’ Pulham herd. The heifer is by Irish-bred Moyclare Malcolm, which has also had its own share of show success.
Judge Gary McKeirnan said: “Pulham Pansy 15th is a lovely sweet feminine heifer, which is well-marked with nice width. She has a good udder, lovely head and stands to attention.”
Male champion Haven Lamborghini from EL Lewis and son
Haven Lamborghini from EL Lewis and son, Herefordshire was a firm favourite among the bulls and was announced as male champion. This was a step-up from 2019 where the bull was awarded senior male champion at Tenbury Wells. It is out of Haven Splendour 25th and sired by Haven Cavalier, which was senior male champion at the National Hereford Show in 2010.
Judge Robert Clarke commented: “He is as long as a train, clean through his body and has a great presence about him.”
Reserve female champion Pulham Dowager 2nd from Philip and Laura Vincent
It was a clean sweep for the Vincents in the female section, with five year old cow, Pulham Dowager 2nd, gaining the reserve female championship title. By Canadian semen from SNS Generator 28X, it is out of Pulham Dowager 1st.
Reserve male champion Shiloh-Farm Elite from Philip and Laura Vincent
Philip and Laura Vincent had further success with their young Irish-bred stock bull Shiloh-Farm Elite selected as reserve male champion. Bred by Hugh Murray and his daughter Sarah, it was the Vincents’ champion when judging Longford Show, Ireland in 2018 before its subsequent purchase.
After sorting the cattle, judging panellists, Brent and Anna Fisher said: “The breeders should be really proud of their cattle. It is really heartening to see such great Herefords and it excites us as Hereford breeders to know there are many tremendous animals out there.”
The top three Hereford AI bulls used in Ireland in the first half of 2020 were all UK-bred and produced 957 calves between them.
Making up this top trio were Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid and Solpoll 1 Handsome by John and William McMordie, Co Down and Fabb 1 Northern Star by DRA Fabb, Cambridgeshire, all owned by the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC).
Such has been the success of these sires, NCBC has purchased further UK-bred sires in the last year from the Solpoll, Netherhall, Barwise and Fisher herds.
Following the submission of 200 photographic entries across 14 classes, sorted by three international judges, the class winners of the National Hereford Show are finally here. We take a look at the red rosette winners from Europe’s largest show of Herefords this year.
The first ticket victor to be announced from the online National Hereford Show was the winner of the most senior cow class, Balleen Pansy 668 from Mark Moore, Co Tyrone. Bred by Ireland’s Tom Brennan, it is October 2011-born.
The winner of the second section of this class was Pulham Dowager 2nd from Norfolk-based PRJ and LR Vincent with home-bred February 2015-born Pulham Dowager 2nd.
The same breeders were responsible for the winner of the September 2014 to August 2017-born heifer class, with Pulham Pansy 15th.
Long-time National Hereford Show supporters EL Lewis and son, Herefordshire went on to win the September to December 2018 heifer class with September 2018-born Haven Dowager 188th.
The Lewis family also produced the first place female in the January to March 2019 born class with Haven Skylark 10th. In the second half of the same class, Highhedges Blossom 21-19 from SA Cowle, Buckinghamshire stood first place.
Haven Dowager 192nd exhibited by J Lawrence, and bred by EL Lewis and son, won the September to December 2019 class. It was a September 2019-born female.
AG Cork, Staffordshire was responsible for the winner of the second half of the same class with the May 2020-born Hayestone Wyandot T135.
Winner of the most senior bull class was Haven Lamborghini from EL Lewis and son which won the senior male championship at last year’s show at Tenbury Wellsa.
Irish-bred Shiloh-Farm Elite, shown by PRJ and LR Vincent was named winner of the January 2017 to August 2018 bull class.
From another true home of the breed, Free Town Solomon from RA Bradstock and partners, Herefordshire was successful in the September to December 2018-born bull class.
Another from Mark Moore, but this time home-bred, Annaghbeg Gladiator won the January to August 2019-born bull class.
Continuing the success for the Vincent stud was nine-month Pulham Tampa which won the first half of the bull calf class. Twilight Riddick from Devon based AG, LE and AA Gifford won the second part of the same class at 11 weeks old.
There is now one week to vote for your male and female champions, which will be announced on Saturday 8 August. You can do so by visiting the National Hereford Club website.
Our final judge's introduction is Ireland's Gary McKiernan. He tells us about his own herd and what he looks for in the ring.
Gary McKiernan runs the Corlismore herd in Cavan, Ireland, in partnership with father Sean and wife Evelyn. The herd was established in 1939 and consists of 55 pedigree cows, 40 of which are Herefords, equally split horned and poll. The rest of herd is Angus, Charolais and Simmental.
Gary explains: "Our first stock bull was bought in 1969. He won the RDS championship and his highlight came in 1973 when he sired six first prize winners at the RDS.
"In 2000 Knockmountagh Caesar was purchased, and was champion at the Roscommon premier sale. Corlismore Pompeii by Yaramm Pompeii also made a massive impact and his first son made 4,200 euros."
One bull that set the Corlismore herd apart was Grianan Firecracker, purchased in 2007 for 10,000 euros. It won the Beef Expo in 2008 and the Irish National Hereford Show in 2011. Firecracker went on to breed a number of high priced animals and show champions.
The latest sire to join the Corlismore herd is Shiloh Farm Dynamite in 2017. It has produced the goods on the show circuit for the family with eight championships and four interbreeds in 2017 as well as the Irish National Show championship.
He says: "We won the Irish National Show in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2018. We have had success at the Irish National Calf Show, including winning female champion in 2015 and male champion in 2015 and 2017. We bred the Irish National female champion in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2016 and 2017 and the male champion in 2012.
"When choosing stock we look for shape, style, colour and the pedigree. We place great emphasis on cow families and bloodlines. We look at the animal that is standing in front of us."
Next up, we chat with husband and wife team Brent and Anna Fisher, from New Zealand, who also sit on the judging panel for the online National Hereford Show.
New Zealand-based Brent and Anna Fisher run both a hill and flat irrigated property of 2,600 acres just outside of Christchurch. Their main business is their Silverstream Hereford and Charolais stud, consisting of 70 Hereford cows and 260 Charolais cows, established by Anna's parents in 1968.
They sell over 100 bulls a year, mainly through their annual sale in June. They also finish approximately 600 steers and heifers per year.
They say: "We strive to breed Herefords suited to New Zealands hill and high country. When selecting cattle we look firstly for structural correctness and constitution. Cattle need to be functional and have the ability to look after themselves."
They are both really passionate about breeding cattle and love looking at, and working with, cattle of all breeds.
"We look for attractive cattle that stand up well and have a presence as they tend to be the cattle that breed on. We like bulls to look masculine and females feminine. We want cattle that have strong heads, females that have lovely udders and cattle that have great balance.
"We are really looking forward to judging your on line show."
As the suspense builds before the class results are announced for the National Hereford Show on Saturday 1 August, we catch up with some of the judges, beginning with Robert Clarke.
Robert needs little introduction to most National Hereford Club members and followers, having successfully exhibited at Tenbury many times with Badlingham and Hermitage cattle.
He says: "I’ve been involved with Hereford cattle all my life, having grown up at Badlingham Farm where my father managed the Badlingham herd. I took over from my father in the day-to-day running of the herd in 1989 to 1999 then the herd was sold to AG Wright and son when Badlingham merged with their Hermitage and Hillrow herds. I continued the day-to-day management of these herds until 2010.
"We had much success in the show rings winning many championships including shows such as the Royal Show and the National Horned Show at Tenbury. We also sold many bulls into pedigree herds. I still have an interest in the Hereford breed and run a few cows at Shadwell."
For the last 10 years Robert has managed Shadwell Aberdeen Angus where he's sold many five figure bulls up to £20,000. They sell 20 to 25 bulls a year to mainly suckler producers and a few dairy herds. Heifers have been sold to Spain and France as well as the UK.
He says: "At our first time exhibiting at Stirling February bull sales, we were awarded junior champion and overall champion bull. We’ve won championships at numerous shows including the Summer National Angus Show champion in 2014 and 2019 . Another Shadwell bull won the Summer National in 2015 and was recently voted the best Highland Show Angus champion from the last decade in a competition run by the Scottish Farmer."
World-leading bovine tuberculosis (bTB) cattle vaccination trials are set to get underway in England and Wales as a result of a major breakthrough by government scientists.
These trials enable work to accelerate towards planned deployment of a cattle vaccine by 2025, in the latest milestone to eradicate this highly damaging animal disease andallow us tophase out culling.
bTB is one of the most difficult and intractable animal health challenges that England and Wales face today. More than 40,000 cattle are slaughtered each year due to infection from bTB. However, a cattle vaccination could become a powerful tool in the battle against the disease following the necessary testing and subsequent approvals to ensure its safety and efficacy.
It is one of several key elements of the long-term bTB strategy to eradicate the disease by 2038. Measures include plans to phase out intensive badger culling, improve the cattle testing regime and vaccinate more badgers against the disease and improved testing to intercept bTB earlier.
The field trials will be conducted over the next four years on behalf of Defra, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government, following 20 years of ground-breaking research into bovine TB vaccines and diagnostic tests.
Environment secretary George Eustice said: “Bovine TB is a slow-moving and insidious disease which can cause considerable trauma for farmers as they suffer the loss of highly prized animals and valued herds.
“This scientific breakthrough is a major step forwards in our battle to see the disease eradicated from this country. As wider preventative measures like cattle vaccines are introduced, we will accelerate other elements of our strategyandstart to phase out badger culling, as no one wants to continue the cull of a protected species indefinitely.”
UK chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, said: “The Animal Plant and Health Agency’s ground-breaking research has been pivotal in developing this potential vaccine. While there is no single way to combat this damaging and complex disease, cattle vaccination is a potential new tool for our multi-pronged approach to tackle it and importantly prevent it, providing vital support to our farming communities.
“Bovine TB presents a global challenge and the UK has harnessed its world-leading science to develop potential solutions such as vaccination and new diagnostic tests that could also be valuable to other countries.”
Development of a deployable cattle BTB vaccine was a top priority outlined in the government’s response to an independent review of its 25 year bTB strategy, led by Professor Sir Charles Godfray. The response to the Godfray Review set out plans to phase out intensive culling in the next few years, and outlined the need for a combined approach which includes badger and cattle vaccination to eradicate the disease by 2038.
British Veterinary Association junior vice president James Russell said: “The deployment of a viable cattle vaccine used in combination with a validated DIVA test has the potential to be an absolute game changer in our efforts to control and eradicate bovine tuberculosis, and is something that our own expert bTB working group’s upcoming report has identified as a key priority.
“These field trials mark the culmination of years of ground-breaking research and efforts by the veterinary scientific community to expand the range of tools available to vets and farmers to tackle bovine tuberculosis.”
The latest statistics on bTB in England show the overall number of new herd incidents of the disease is down by 9 per cebt in the last year (to Nov 2019), a 10 per cent reduction in the number of herds not officially free of the disease and a 4 per cent reduction in the total number of animals slaughtered due to the disease. Full details of these statistics are available here.
Further information on the vaccine trials and a Q&A can be found at https://tbhub.co.uk/resources/frequently-asked-questions/development-of-a-deployable-tuberculosis-vaccine-for-cattle/
There was much excitement around Welsh TV channel S4C's beef champion of champions yesterday (20 July) as Normanton 1 Laertes took the reserve title.
Having won the Royal Welsh interbreed in Builth in 2016, and after doing the same at the Highland in the previous month, Laertes has been admired by Hereford enthusiasts and those from other breeds ever since.
Co-hosting the programme was Welsh Council member Non Thorne of Studdolph Herefords who did a tremendous job of telling viewers of the qualities of our breed.
Taking 34.5 per cent of the public vote, the Hereford lost out to the Welsh-bred Limousin bull Rhonllwyn Vandal, which took the interbreed title in 2008.
S4C will be covering previous Royal Welsh Shows for the rest of the week.
At 4pm on 20 July on Welsh language TV programme S4C, five Royal Welsh beef interbreed champions will be showcased from the over the years, and Normanton 1 Laertes has made the cut.
There will then be four hours when the public can vote for their favourite interbreed champion, which will then be announced at 8pm.
S4C can be viewed in Wales on Freeview-4; Virgin TV-166; Freesat-104;Sky-104;Sky(Without subscribing)-134.
It can be viewed outside Wales on Virgin TV-166;Freesat-120;Sky-134.
If you can't pick-up S4C, you can watch online
Viewers can vote by going to s4c.cymru/sioe or any of our social media accounts – Twitter:@s4csioe; Facebook: s4csioe; Instagram:@s4c.
There will be English subtitles available on the programmes.
Tuesday 21 July will focus on the team of five beef competition.
Due to the Covid-19 uncertainty the British Cattle Breeders' Club has decided to go virtual for the 2021 conference.
This one day e-conference, on Tuesday 26 January, is an exciting change of direction and will open the British Cattle Breeders' Conference (BCBC) up to a greater national and international audience.
BCBC is renowned for delivering the leading conference for both the beef and dairy sectors, which provides a forum for knowledge exchange between farmers, scientists and industry in a relaxed and friendly way.
The 2021 e-conference theme is ‘our breeding goals - learn from the past to focus on the future’. The continuation of genetic improvements has potential to have the biggest impact on livestock production, all livestock breeders need a breeding plan or goal going forward to see their businesses thrive especially as UK trade deals open up. Our beef and dairy farmers need to ensure the continuation of high standards whilst being able to compete with these opening markets.
Clive Brown, conference chairman says: "I am excited about being the first BCBC chairman to preside over a virtual conference. After the initial disappointment arising from having to forego a physical conference for 2021, it was replaced with the realisation that a virtual conference provides a huge opportunity to access speakers and a wider audience from around the world, allowing us to inspire even more cattle breeders.
"Covid-19 has shown us how interlinked our lives are, the challenges and opportunities we face in the UK are those that our international farming family also face, being able to hear each other’s stories, learn from scientists and industry from around the world is a fantastic opportunity for us all to learn from each other and ensure we have a place in the global livestock market."
The full programme and registration details will be available early autumn.
To register your interest in the e-conference please contact BCBC secretary, Heidi Bradbury - firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the www.cattlebreeders.org.uk website and sign up to the newsletter to keep up to date with BCBC news.
The Great Yorkshire Show has announced a virtual event will take place over the show’s original dates, from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 July.
The virtual show will feature three full days of entertaining and informative video footage, all available for free on the show’s website, and there is no need to register in order to view the show’s content. The show's social media channels will also give regular updates.
Expect a feast of all things Yorkshire and its glorious rural acres, as we take you onto farms, into workshops and behind the scenes with food producers. Tune in for special performances, demonstrations, showcases and look out for some famous faces.
Attractions include a performance by East Yorkshire-based TV stunt performers Atkinson Action Horses, a cook-off between top chefs Rosemary Shrager and Stephanie Moon, a Q&A with the stars of The Yorkshire Vet, Peter Wright and Julian Norton, and a behind the scenes tour with Olympic showjumper Graham Fletcher.
Livestock, farriery, beekeeping, cheesemaking and much more will be showcased as part of a packed programme of virtual events.
A virtual show will be held in place of the National Hereford Show, previously scheduled for Saturday 1 August.
Classes are open to any member of the National Hereford Club to exhibit cattle registered with the Hereford Cattle Society, within the horned section of the herd book.
The online spectacle will be judged by Robert Clarke of the Shadwell Estate (England), Brent and Anna Fisher of the Silverstream Hereford Stud (New Zealand) and Gary McKiernan of Corlismore Herefords (Republic of Ireland). Class results will be announced on 'show day' - Saturday 1 August.
Class winners will then be put forward to the female and male championships, which are kindly sponsored by Moocall and Manor Farm Feeds.
The public will be able to have their say by voting for their male and female champions. These votes will make up 25 per cent of the final outcome, while the three judges' placings will each contribute 25 per cent to the final result, which will be announced on Saturday 8 August.
Entries open: Friday 19 June
Entries close: 7pm on Monday 20 July
Details on voting to follow.
If you would like to enter and are not a member, you can join here
Ben Lewis of Haven Herefords, Dilwyn, Herefordshire appeared in this Friday's Farmers Guardian (12 June), in the youdng farmer focus coloumn.
The St Milburga herd of pedigree Herefords is to disperse at Worcester market on 20 June, by instruction of Mr and Mrs Read, Stoke St Milborough, Ludlow, Shropshire.
Organised by The Press and Journal and The Courier and the Royal Highland Show, the Scottish Agricultural Show is calling on cattle, sheep, horse, goat and poultry producers to video their top stock which to be judged online by some of the country's top judges.
Young handlers will have their own sections, and all the videos will be posted on the show website for everyone to view.
Entries are now open and will close on 19 June, and the show will take place on 3 and 4 July.