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Having already stood supreme champion during Monday’s breed classes, Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R from L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan was tapped out as interbreed junior heifer at the Royal Welsh Show.

Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R from L and L Bowen

Bred by the Kemp family, St Helens, Durham, it was purchased at the 2018 Designer Genes sale at Shrewsbury for 7,300gns. Eighteen months old, it is out of Auckvale Curly 1271K and by Dendor 1 Muttley and stood reserve breed champion at Shropshire County, reserve female at Royal Cornwall and picked up a second ticket at the Royal Bath and West.

Roughmoor 1 Ranger from T and M Goodwin and C Powell, Almeley, Herefordshire was reserve in the native interbreed recorded class. Home-bred, it is by Shraden 1 Henson and out of Roughmoor 1 Rosea.

Roughmoor 1 Ranger from T and M Goodwin and C Powell

In the Fitzhugh interbreed pairs competition, the Herefords faired the best out of the native breeds. The duo was made up of Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R and Maxstone 1 Sovereign from Colin Jones, Maxstoke, Warwickshire.

Hereford breeders travelled from across the UK, Ireland and further afield for the complete dispersal of SW Quan and co’s Border herd of Herefords.

Trade peaked at 4,100gns for the 2014 born cow Border Roulette M31, sired by the home-bred Border Rory D35 and due to calf in two months to Hustyn Stormy. It sold for 4,100gns to well-known businessman Dai Walters, Aberdare who was a volume buyer on the day securing 16 head in total. Cows and calves were sold separately, however together with its heifer calf, this outfit realised 6,100gns.

Border Roulette M31 with heifer calf Border Roulette S45

The top priced outfit was Border Beauty P64 and heifer calf Border Beauty S64 and achieved 3,100gns a piece, with the cow selling to Dai Walters and the calf to A J Crook, Startford Upon Avon, bringing the outfit total value to 6,200gns.

Selling for 4,000gns was Border Oyster Gem M65, a 2014 cow with style in abundance and seven months in-calf to Border Mainstay. It went home with G McCreath, Staffordshire.

October 2016 born Border Pansy P59, by Border Rory K52 joined Dai Walters’ purchases at 3,500gns.

In-calf heifers sold to 3,000gns for another member of the Roulette family R36, due in September to Border Nimrod and was again secured by Dai Walters.

Stock bulls topped at 3,150gns for the 2014 Hustyn Stormy, secured by local farmer C Manning. The 10 month old bull calves reached 3,000gns for Border Sentinal, a Witherstone Archie son, out of Pansy K43. It travelled to Northern Ireland with David Smyth.

Other 10 month bull calves sold to 1,950gns for Border Steadfast, a Hustyn Stormy son out of Ruth L28, this bull went to Pembrokeshire with RG and RA Jones.

Averages: 59 in-calf cows, £2145; 53 2018 calves, £1,195.29, 9 in-calf heifers £2,228.33, 3 stock bulls, £2485

Continuing its winning streak already this show season, Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R from L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan took the breed championship at the Royal Welsh Show, as well as standing grand female. Purchased at the 2018 Designer Genes sale at Shrewsbury for 7,300gns, this heifer was bred by the Kemp family, St Helens, Durham. Out of Auckvale Curly 1271K and by Dendor 1 Muttley, this 18 month female has stood reserve breed champion at Shropshire County, reserve female at Royal Cornwall and picked up a second ticket at the Royal Bath and West. It will also be seen at Burwarton, National Poll Show, Pembrokeshire and Kington shows this summer.

In reserve in both the supreme and grand female championship was Kilvrough 1 Myrtle from Elizabeth Radcliffe, Southgate, Glamorgan. Born in October 2017, this home-bred heifer is out of Dendor 1 Myrtle 12 and by Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthood. It was second at the Royal Three Counties, fourth at the HCBA Christmas calf show and will next be shown at Pembrokeshire. 

Grand male was Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland, also winning the junior male championship. April 2018 born, this young bull is a SMH Kingsize 87K son, out of Romany 1 Dawn D1 M6.

Taking his biggest show success to date, young breeder Harvey Cloke from Brecon, Powys was handed the reserve grand male rosette, for May 2018 born bull Lord Harvey’s Winston. Sired by Bakgard 1 Keno, it is out of Dendor 1 Echo, and was on its second time away form home, after being shown at HCBA Christmas calf show at Shrewsbury.

Tom and Di Harrison also took the best group of three by the same sire, with Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12, Moralee 1 Roland Rat and Moralee 1 Jolene KS R10, all sired by SMH Kingsize 87K.

The overall group of three was won by L and L Bowen, with a trio which included the overall champion, Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd and Panmure 1 Nugget.

At UK Hereford Youth’s annual workshop, held in conjunction with the Shraden herd of Herefords’ centenary celebrations, members were encouraged to develop their cattle knowledge and skills.

Proceedings off on the evening of Friday 5 July. UKHY were kindly invited by the Timmis family of Shraden Herefords to their area herd judging presentation evening. It was the centenary celebration for the family and many area and youth members came to revel in their achievements. A herd tour started the festivities with a tractor and trailer ride. Many of our senior members attended which was great.

We were shown round the herd demonstrating rotational grazing systems, soil management a variety of breeding policies ranging over their 100 years of farming. It was a great insight to a well-established herd and our young members concluded that stringent health planning alongside their true grit and determination was the success to their longevity.

On return to the farm we were treated to a delicious supper and pudding. As you can imagine, it all went down very well with everyone. The Hereford Cattle Breeders Association celebrated the winning herds and council member and herd judge Martin Jenkins gave an in-depth report as to why he placed his herds where he did. A great time was had by all.

The following morning saw the main event of the weekend. A total of 21 young members turned up prepared for the day ahead. Due to the impending New Zealand trip in which nine members have applied for the bursary, members were separated according to age and ability. Senior members started their day with an intense stock judging master class from Alan Timbrell of Thames Herefords. They then had to judge two separate classes and present their reasons to a selection panel. Vital training for their application but for furthering their knowledge and expertise too. Chris Williams of Clinwil Nutrition Services came and gave an educated presentation on minerals, nutrients and feeds. He also put our seniors to the test by demonstrating information not heard before while quizzing them throughout.

Younger members were treated to a clipping and dressing workshop from Richard Edwards of Classic Herefords and Colin Soutter of Normanton Herefords. They were taught the basics in each section and then encouraged to put their skills to the test. A great way of learning is doing, and each member had a go. For a bit of fun, we split them into a boy versus girls’ team, with the girls coming out on top – just!

There was just enough time for a quick lunch stop, provided by the Timmis family. It was also a great chance to grab those last-minute raffle ticket buyers. Some great prizes were on offer including a semen donation, Showtime vouchers, a Hereford bull statue and much more. A total of £171 was raised which was fantastic and this will go into the extra funds pot for future use.

Next in the limelight were three council members; Tim Livesey, Alan Massey and Glen Pritchard plus breed president Jonathon Moorhouse. They answered questions posed to them from our seniors. It created a successful discussion and debate on the future of the breed and the youth programme. To say the least, our panel were challenged.

To round the day off our older members took control and directed the young handler’s section. Some participants were complete novices, so this was a good test for the more competent. A degree of patience and teaching were involved. We then held a mini competition in which some great handling skills were shown off. Alan Massey of Hollyvale Herefords was the master judge, and once he placed his winners, he gave constructive feedback.

Our day finished with the raffle being drawn and the prizes distributed. Presentations were made with many of the members going home with well earned prizes. The day proved once again, to be a great success. None of these events would happen without the time and consideration given by our hosts, breeders and trainers. But as a breed we are proud of our ever-growing youth programme – so here’s to the next event!

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Farmers are warned to look out for the annual emergence of head lies (Hydrotaea irritans) from around mid-July, as these are a major source of annoyance for pastured cattle. These flies hang around until late September, mating and depositing eggs in pasture soil and leaf litter, until colder weather kills them off. 

Headflies, with their characteristic yellow abdomen and orange wing base are nuisance flies, as opposed to blood suckling types, such as the stable fly and horn fly. They cause considerable irritation as they feed on proteins from secretions such as saliva, tears, sweat and milk, and use this to mature their eggs. 

“Headflies hang around in woodland and travel to and from the cattle several times a day,” explains Dr John McGarry, a fly specialist working at the University of Liverpool Institute of Veterinary Science and contributor to the Control of Worms Sustainably (COWS) Guide to insect pests of cattle. 

“The males emerge first, followed by the females, usually in the last two weeks of July.  

“The males die a week after mating and the females lay batches of eggs in the soil during August and September. These turn into carnivorous larvae which feed on insects in the ground. They grow slowly for ten months before emerging the following summer as adult flies.”

Cattle affected by headflies move to the shade, are restless and may stamp and swish their tails. This leads to less time spent grazing and decreased performance. 

Research has also linked headflies with the transmission of summer mastitis in dairy cows and heifers as they feed on secretions from the teats. 

“Treating headfly infestations is usually through applying synthetic pyrethroid chemicals,” says Dr McGarry. “But avoiding grazing on wet, low-lying fields near woods from July to September may reduce headfly numbers. Stock should be checked at least once a day. Head flies are more commonly a problem in the north of the UK than the south. 

“Chemical control may include insecticide-impregnated ear tags which give five months cover and should really have been applied at turn-out, and ‘Pour-on’ treatments, which need re-applying every three weeks, depending on the fly challenge and if there has been heavy rainfall. 

“Sprays applied via a knapsack are also available, which have a repellent action, but again, do need re-applications.” 

Where insecticides are not used, applying teat sealant to pregnant heifers and dry cows can help stop the spread of summer mastitis bacteria by flies. Garlic licks, fly trapping and the use of fly predators, may offer some form of fly control, but there is little evidence to support this in grazing animals. 

The cost of each treatment varies on who is selling it and on the longevity of its effect, but ranges from £3 per ear tag to 50p/dose for a pour-on – which may need doing several times in a season.  

“Farmers will need to gauge how much performance is being lost and how much the treatment is, not forgetting the cost of handling the animals and the labour required to do that.  

“For example, pedigree dairy animals in high risk fields might be given two ear tags inserted at turnout, whereas beef youngstock in low risk fields might receive one pour-on application. The level of use will depend on the fly challenge in any one season and the history of fly problems on the farm.” 

There is more information on head flies and many other flies that affect cattle in the Control of Worms Sustainably (COWS) manual, which can be found at www.cattleparasites.org.uk

Miss Heather Whittaker, West Yorkshire, won the breed championship with Romany 1 Primetime (pictured right) and took reserve with Coley 1 Clara 418. This win was straight off the back of the Royal Highland Show and a credit to stockman Andrew Hughes, where they were Male and Female Champion respectively but with Clara taking top honours and Primetime in reserve, what a show season this pair are having! The Hereford classes were judged by James Graham, Richmount Herefords, who had travelled across from Northern Ireland.

James Graham’s female champion and reserve came from the largest class of the day with 15 senior heifers forward. The on-form Coley 1 Clara 418, (pictured left) sired by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid and out of Coley 1 Clara 286, was tapped out first. There was then a local battle for the next 3 places which resulted in Miss Beth Vincent’s, Beckhall Princess Grace in second, her parents, PRJ & LR Vincent’s heifer, Pulham 1 Hazel 14th in third and Norman Farming Partnership’s Hickling Blossom 5th in fourth. The judge described his female champion, Coley 1 Clara 418, as “a standout heifer, with exceptional muscle and no waste, who carries herself well, has great locomotion and is full of meat”.

Beckhall Princess Grace (pictured right), sired by Pulham Northern Lights, followed “Clara” through and was made reserve female champion, following in the footsteps of her dam, Pulham Princess Pansy 4th, who was reserve female champion at Royal Norfolk Show in 2017. In James Graham’s opinion “Grace is an exceptionally well-balanced heifer, with great locomotion, spring of rib and loin – she oozes longevity”.
The junior heifer class was won by Jonathan Wells & Partner’s Wellhart 1 Coco Chanel, with J Doyle & J Matthews in second with Fiery Cassandra.

It was another red rosette for Jonathan Wells & Partner in the intermediate heifer class, this time with Reydon 1 Ariella R16 bred by John Little Farms. In second place Fowell Brothers with Bure Valley 1 Bertha, with Mrs Lesley Jackson’s Sparkwood Blossom 20th placed third.
The cow class was won by another Royal Highland prize winner, MJ Ludgate’s Remptone 1 Bertha H311, sired by Solpoll 1 Hollywood and out of Lancillo Hall Bertha 3rd. Second place was awarded to Norman Farming Partnership with the Irish bred Grianan Orange P774, with Mrs M Wyand’s Kinglee 1 Ebony 420 placed third. There was the excitement of a Royal visit during this class with the arrival of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Society’s President HRH The Countess of Wessex. The Countess discussed Herefords with the Breed President Jonathan Moorhouse, Secretary David Deakin and Judge James Graham. The Countess was then presented to Norfolk Stockman Stephen Gray who has worked for the Wyand family based in Reepham, Norwich for the last 29 years.

Moving to the bulls, it was the senior bull class where Mr Graham found his male champion and reserve. Romany 1 Primetime BL P62, owned by Miss Heather Whittaker and bred by JRB Wilson & Sons took the top honours and was James Graham’s “standout bull of the Show”. Commenting James said “Primetime is a fine example of a breeder’s bull and looks tremendous at just 2 years. I like his locomotion, fantastic front shoulder, spring of rib and hindquarter. He is completely full of meat and muscle”. “Primetime” is sired by Barwise 1 Lancer and is out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53.

MJ Ludgate’s Rempstone 1 Hotline H471, (pictured right) sired by Dorepoll 1 Heritage and out of Rempstone 1 Bertha F260 was tapped out as reserve male champion. The judge felt “Hotline” was “eye catching and another prime example of a breeder’s bull”, he was delighted to have two such quality bulls standing champion and reserve.

Speirs Farms won the Intermediate bull class with Pepperstock 1 Rebellious, a son of 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes. Bittern 1 Fabulous owned and bred by DJ & JM Blaxell, took the blue rosette, with Owen Smith Farming third with Butley Alcapone.
More Solpoll 1 Hollywood progeny had success in the junior bull class, this time owned and bred by Newtoncroft Farms. Newtoncroft 1 Renzo was first with Newtoncroft 1 Rattle ‘N’ Rum in third. Splitting the two Newtoncroft bulls, which later in the day won the pairs class, was Hickling Rockstar, owned and bred by Norman Farming Partnership.

The Norfolk Special was won by Miss Beth Vincent with Beckhall Princess Grace. Norman Farming Partnership picked up reserve with Hickling Blossom 5th.

To the delight of the competitors the Herefords came third in the Heygates Country Feeds interbreed team of five and were presented with rosettes by HRH Countess of Wessex in the Grand Parade. The team consisted of Romany 1 Primetime BL P62, Rempstone 1 Bertha H311, Newtoncroft 1 Renzo, Coley 1 Clara 418 and Beckhall Princess Grace.

The Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association trade stand was a popular destination with Fowell Brothers, Bure Valley cow and calf attracting much attention.



SALE ANNOUNCEMENT - THE BORDER HEREFORDS DISPERSAL

 
The complete dispersal of the renowned BORDER HERD of Hereford cattle will take place on Saturday 20 July 11am
at BENARTH FARM, HR2 0BS


The sale is to be conducted by Halls Auctioneers - Jonny Dymond - 01743 462 620 

For details click HERE

The sale will comprise approximately 60 cows and heifers with their autumn born bull and heifer calves at foot, six in-calf heifers and stock bulls. All cattle are Breedplan performance recorded to a gold standard for completness of recording.

The Border herd has been closed with the exception of stock bulls for over 50 years. It is an outstanding herd, featuring cattle with great power, scale, milk and meat.

Achievements include:

⭐️ Record three time national herd of the yearcompetition winner
⭐️ 10 time regional herd competition winner
⭐️ Local beef herds competition winners (commercial)
⭐️ Male and females traits in the top 10, 5 and 1% for performance recording values (EBVs)

PRACTICAL, PREDICTABLE and PROFITABLE

BVD free, Johne's free, Lepto Free IBR Free and TB Free for two years TB1 area

Save the date - SATURDAY 20 JULY, BENARTH FARM HR2 0BS

Dear Stakeholder

Six monthly surveillance testing in the High Risk Area (HRA) 

In May 2018 we announced that from 2020 we would introduce six-monthly surveillance testing for the majority of cattle herds in the High Risk Area (HRA) of England, while keeping the lowest-risk herds on annual testing. This is to enable earlier detection and eradication of TB and to prevent it spreading to new areas. 

Having assessed the likely demands that roll-out across the whole HRA in one step would place on cattle keepers and the veterinary businesses that carry out the vast majority of the testing, we are now working on a phased introduction from 2020. We will provide further details to affected cattle keepers and veterinary businesses in due course.  

Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS2) 

Vaccination of badgers using BCG provides partial protection against infection with Mycobacterium bovis and can play a role in limiting TB spread to healthy badger populations. Therefore, a third round of applications for the ‘Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme’ (BEVS 2) is now open, with further grant funding available to private groups wishing to carry out badger vaccination in the Edge Area of England. Groups will receive at least 50% funding towards their eligible costs for four years. This builds on the four projects we have funded so far under the scheme. 

For more information regarding eligibility criteria for the scheme or how to apply for BEVS funding, please visit the Gov.uk website. For further information regarding the next BEVS application window please visit the TB hub website

Annual bovine TB epidemiology reports for the Low Risk Area (LRA)  (2018) 

APHA has published the annual bovine TB epidemiology reports for the LRA of England on Gov.uk. These reports provide an overview of the bovine TB situation in each of the six regions of the LRA as at the end of 2018. 

Supplementary Badger Control licences 

Natural England has issued a supplementary badger control licence and authorisation letter for Dorset, to ensure the disease control benefits from the last four years of culling are maintained. Natural England has also issued authorisation letters to allow licensed supplementary badger cull operations in Gloucestershire and Somerset to resume. The licences and authorisation letters can be found on GOV.UK. 

Outcome of Dorset Opportunity to Comment (OTC) 

In March 2019, Natural England ran an OTC on an application for a Supplementary Badger Disease Control Licence within the county of Dorset. A summary of the responses to this OTC have been published on GOV.UK. 

Defra TB Programme

Defra recently announced that the number of livestock producers with a farm health plan had decreased to 73% in 2019, compared with 75% in 2018.

Alexandra Ashworth, ruminant veterinary advisor for MSD Animal Health and spokesperson for Disease? Not On My Farm! – a campaign that promotes the importance of proactive, preventative healthcare on farm – expressed concern about this apparent decrease.

“The benefits of a proactive and ongoing herd health plan cannot be underestimated, and this report highlights we have more work to do in spreading this message nationwide.

“What’s more, of those who have a plan, it has been found that only 55% use it regularly to inform animal health decisions on farm, suggesting it is just a ‘tick box’ exercise for some farms.

“With changing consumer expectations and the ever-present challenges from the cost of treating disease, it has never been more important for farmers to understand the value of managing disease and a well-thought out farm health plan is a good place to start.”

Encouragingly, the report also showed that the number of farm health plans completed with the help of a vet or adviser increased from 79% in 2018 to 84% in 2019. Ms Ashworth welcomes this news. “The vet farmer relationship is crucial to preventive animal health planning and maintaining a successful farm business. The Disease? Not On My Farm! campaign champions this relationship and hopefully these figures indicate that more farmers are beginning to value it too.

Vet Iain McCormick from Galedin Vets in Berwick-upon-Tweed, who works with Disease? Not On My Farm! ambassador farmer Fiona Skeen comments, “I think the tide is turning and clients are getting the message about reducing antibiotic use and the need for a more preventative approach.”

Fiona, who runs a 175-head commercial beef herd, agrees. “Having a vet who knows us and the farm well is very important and the fact we can contact them at any time by phone is invaluable.”

Data taken from Greenhouse gas mitigation practices - England Farm Practices Survey 2019, published on 6 June 2019.

As from 8th July, and by the request of the Hereford Cattle Society, Dunbia will be facilitating the collection of a producer levy of £1.50 per head for all Hereford sired cattle slaughtered at their Sawley processing plant based in Lancashire.

All levy income derived from Sawley will be ring fenced by the Society and will solely be used to employ the services of a red meat consultant to exploit the merits of Hereford beef and to undertake consumer facing marketing of the same.

It is anticipated that through increased brand awareness and by combating some of the negative media surrounding red meat, demand for Hereford beef will increase - benefiting all stakeholders throughout the supply chain.

David Deakin and Laura Bowyer were pleased to be presented with the biography of Otto Fulscher, by grandson Ethan Fuchs and wife Dianne, while visiting the UK from New Mexico.

Otto owned the famous bull Prince Domino, which 75% of today’s American Herefords are descended from. In his time, he had progeny in 42 states of the USA.

L-R: Laura Bowyer, Dianne Fuchs, Ethan Fuchs and David Deakin

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A reminder that entries for the National Young Stars competition close on the 15th July 2019.

Entry forms and further details can be found here: http://nationalyoungstars.com/competitors/ 


The forms are complete with event guidelines and timings should you require further information. The entries should be filled out and posted to National Young Stars, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW combined with a cheque to enter the team. 

We hope to welcome you back to the event this year! If you have any queries about the event please do not hesitate to contact Tessa Warby (Admin) at Tessa.Warby@threecounties.co.uk or the Event Chairman Neil Lloyd on 07970 061796.

 

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Registration is now open with an Early Bird Discount available until the 31st October ‘19
 

With less than nine months until the World Hereford Conference to be held in New Zealand in 2020, we would like to provide an update on the itinerary and costings. 

Please click the following links for an updated intinerary and costings for the pre and post conference tours and conference week and booking form

We now have two hotel options for the Conference section of the World Hereford Conference: 

  1. 4*Millennium Hotel – situated in the heart of Queenstown, just a five minute walk to the central shopping and entertainment area.

Rooms either have one king size bed or two single beds and are NZD $1475 (GBP £750) per room for the 5 night duration (room only) (Check in on 9th March and depart on 14th March).
Rate includes 2GB wi-fi per day.
Breakfast is charged at NZD $ 28.00 (GBP £15) per person while dining in the restaurant.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE HOTEL is where the Conference is to be held.
Field Farm Tours have therefore provisionally booked 12 double rooms for UK delegates.
The booking form reflects this as the preferred option, so if you would like to stay in the Copthorne Lakefront Hotel please inform Field Farm Tours.
 

  1. 4* Copthorne Lakefront Hotel – conveniently located about five minutes walking distance of the centre of Queenstown and a few minutes stroll from Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range.
    All rooms in the hotel are fresh and contemporary.
    Wi-fi access is included in this rate.
    Breakfast is charged at NZD $28 (GBP £15) per person.
    Two room types available: Superior King Room @ NZD $1475 (GBP £750) per room for the 5 night duration (room only).
    OR Superior Lakeview King Room @ NZD $1625 (GBP £815) per room for the 5 night duration (room only).
    Both options check in on 9th March and depart on 14th March. 

There are also separate rates for the conference delegate and the accompanying person – again please see the booking form for details.

Please note there are additional costs for the Rabobank Reception and Gala Dinner (Boat Cruise and gourmet Hereford Prime BBQ dinner) – outlined on the booking form.

Once you have digested the relevant information and attachments, please contact Carolyne Cree of Field Farm Tours with the Congress parts you wish to attend and she will be able to assist / look into relevant flights for you. 

Contact details for Field Farm Tours are as follows:

Carolyne Cree
Tel: 01636 616060        
info@fieldfarmtours.co.uk

On the first day of the Royal Three Counties Show, Gerald Cox was presented with an award for 50 years of service for the Bradstock family of Free Town Herefords, Tarrington, Herefordshire.

On being congratulated by fellow breeders, Gerald said: "I would like to thank everybody for their kind comments. I have met some great people and made lifetime friends along the way and I don’t regret a minute of it."