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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coley 1 Pilot

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


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





                                                                           Pulham Dowager 4th

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

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


Sky High 1 Luscious Lucy


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

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

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dendor 1 Molly 6th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Reserve female- Dendor 1 Echo 36th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Tom and Di Harrison of the Moralee herd, Mickley who took both the champion and reserve in the Hereford classes at the East of England Winter Stock Festival.

Champion was the November 2017-born SMH Kingsize 87K daughter, Moralee 1 Kylie KS R1. Reserve was Moralee 1 Kimberly KS R7, by the same sire and also born last November.

One of these heifers is available for purchase at the Designer Genes sale.

Champion purebred went to the March 2017-born heifer Risbury 1 Sonia 2nd from Harvey Heath (pictured) and Nicola Beardsle, bred by Robert Thomas, Lemoinster. It is by Windycreek 1 Lawyer and out of Humber 1 Sonia.

Given to Harvey, 12 as a Christmas present last year, he showed it a number of shows this summer.


L-R: Martin Johnston, Thomas Johnston, Society chairman Robin Irvine

Thomas Johnston, Toome stood first place in the cross-bred heifer class with a home-bred 18-month heifer at the first Royal Ulster Beef and Lamb Championships, previously Allams fatstock show and sale. This female is by Moyclare Lieutenant, an AI bull from the Republic of Ireland’s Dovea Genetics and out of a British Blue cross Limousin cow which was purchased privately.

Weighing in at 554kg, the heifer was knocked down at £2,050 to Irvine Family Butchers, Maguiresbridge.

Second place in the heifer class was Julianne and Ewan Elliot, Enniskillen.

Taking first place in the cross-bred Hereford steer was D and A McCrea, Strabane.

This year saw the Ferryside-based Griffiths family’s best result yet at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, going home with both champion and reserve in the pedigree Hereford championship, judged by Arwyn Morgan, Builth Wells and Chris Stubbs, Northwich.

For the third consecutive year, Griffiths-bred steers have stood in the top three at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, but this is the most successful trip to Builth yet for the family.

Taking the top spot was Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 277, a May 2017-born steer. It is from Border Mortlake M8’s first calf crop and was purchased from Stan Quan’s Herefordshire-based herd in a private sale. The steer is out of Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Spark which owner Paul Griffiths described as ‘one of those cows which just work hard’.

The champion steer attracted bids to £1,489.20 (£2.19/kg) at Tuesday afternoon’s sale, and sold to D. Davies, Aberystwyth.

The reserve, an April 2017-born steer from the same home and also by Border Mortlake M8, was out of Penrhiwgoch 1 Acheiver Orange 121, an L1 American female with Bosa breeding. This animal sold for £1,347.84 (£2.08/kg) to RGB Webster and sons, Rhyl.


William and Elen Griffiths showed the two animals and were presented with their prize cards by the Countess of Wessex, along with other exhibitors in Monday afternoon’s steer class.

On his first time in a cattle showring, Alun Richards, Pumpsaint took first place in the pedigree Hereford heifer class with Celynen 1 Floppy, an October 2016-born home-bred female. Sired by Thorneysure 1 Kasper, purchased privately from Mike Shaw, it is out of Blackwell 1 Floppy which was bought as an in-calf heifer. The heifer realised the highest price in the Hereford section, selling at £2,100 (£3.70/kg) to P. Parffit, Neath.

He also took second place heifer with Celynen 1 Jill, again by Thorneysure 1 Kasper, which sold at £1,301.90 (£2.35/kg) to L. Williams, Macynlleth. Alun has enjoyed previous successes at Builth Wells, taking the sheep interbreed title at the 2017 summer show with a Beulah Speckled Face ewe.

Celynen 1 Floppy from Alun Richards, Pumpsaint

Sophie Harvey made the journey from Glasgow worthwhile as she shone in the interbreed young handlers’ section, taking the champion title which was judged by Tonyrefail-based commercial cattle and British Blue breeder Rhys Millichap, Tonyrefail.

David Deakin, breed secretary said: “The Hereford breed stand was busy throughout the course of the show and the Society was very pleased to meet up with Dunbia’s Kenny Linton and two representatives from the Co-op, Oliva Nicholson and Sioned Davies. The stand was well-received by visitors and our thanks must go to the Jones family of Dendor Herefords for supplying two tremendous young bulls for display.”

The bulls displayed were Dendor 1 Roscoe P. Coltrane, sired by Bakgard 1 Keno and supreme Hereford champion at last year’s Royal Welsh and Dendor 1 Rising Sun. This bull is by Romany 1 Distiller and out of Dendor 1 Molly 41st which holds a raft of show titles to its name including female of the year 2014.


Champion pedigree Hereford - Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 277

Reserve pedigree Hereford - Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 238

Pedigree Hereford heifer

1- AD Richards, Celynen 1 Floppy

2- AD Richards, Celynen 1 Jill

3- Mr Glenn Pritchard, Daisy

Pedigree Hereford steer

1- Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 277

2- Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch 1 BM Progress 238

3- Harvey Brothers, Harveybros 1 Paolo

The DGS Goes Global Sale catalogue is now available for viewing, featuring a selection of genetics from across the world.

The sale will be held on the evening of Friday 7 December at Shrewsbury Market, before the National Calf Show the following day. 

Click HERE to see what's on offer. 


Now in its third year, the Designer Genes sale will be held on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December 2018 at Shrewsbury Market.

Friday night will see a sale of genetics, while Saturday stages the cattle sale. To see the cattle on offer, take a look at Saturday's sale catalogue HERE. 

Friday's sale details to follow. 

Dear UK Hereford Youth member,

I hope you’re well.

I would like to invite you to a meeting to contribute to next year’s events of the UKHY programme. I feel that so far the events delivered have been a great success. However, for them to evolve and stay great we need to think outside the box and provide new and exciting elements to the programme. This is where I would like you’re input. Tim Livesey, a Council Member will be there to chair this meeting and I will be taking minutes. Tim and I have our own ideas but would really appreciate your feedback!
We will also be discussing the selection process and all things involved with the upcoming trip to New Zealand in 2020.

This meeting will be held at Shrewsbury Livestock market on Friday 7th December. I appreciate some of you may be taking animals etc, and the HCBA dinner starts at 6.30pm. Please can I suggest a start time of 4.45pm (hopefully in the café).

An agenda will be available in the next few days highlighting topics for discussion.

Please can you confirm your attendance and I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Emma Smith
UKHY Coordinator
Mob: 07772 495913

Gloucestershire-based Lorraine Hobson has exported good numbers of Hereford cattle across Europe to France, Belgium and Italy this year. 

A group of 16 home-bred in-calf heifers recently found new homes at two different farms in the north west of France. Good luck to purchasers Tony Van Den Oord and Bernard Boulet and sons.

Heifers which went to France

A young bull from Eldersfield herd and 15 in-calf heifers from Martin and Deborah Jenkins’ Appleridge herd have been exported to Belgium for a new start-up herd.

This Belgian breeder has changed from Blues to Herefords for calving ease and meat. Good luck to Dirk and Christine Claeys who are going into the breed.

Cattle destined for Belgium all loaded up

Eldersfield Herefords also exported 11 maiden heifers and one bull to Italy for breeding. Lorraine sourced an additional bull for the purchasers from Colin Powell of the Roughmoor herd in Herefordshire to enable the Italians to use other blood lines.

Again Herefords were chosen for calving ease, ability to survive in hot countries and marbling of the meat. Good luck to Signor Ferdinando Corrias of Bagnoregio in Umbria!

Being loaded up for Italy

With Christmas around the corner, the Hereford Cattle Society brings you the ideal present for any budding young herdsperson in the form of a cuddly Hereford bull.

Made in Herefordshire, the bulls are priced at £16 (inc. postage and packaging) and can be ordered by emailing postroom@herefordcattle.org.

Our new stock has attracted a lot of attention so order now to avoid disappointment.



The cream of the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders' Association calves turned out in force to attend this years NIHBA UNITED Feeds Calf show at Dungannon. Richard Edwards from the mainland had the task of judging. Richard, who has spent his life around Herefords, is a well known cattle fitter and hoof trimmer, follows in the footsteps of his father Steve in judging such events.

Leading the way in the Male section was two Moeskaer Upgrade sons with judge Richard Edwards awarding the Grand Male Championship to Solpoll 1 Rival (pictured right), a September born calf whose dam is by Henry and out of a Dynamite cow. This is the fourth successive year that the Solpoll herd has claimed this award. Reserve Male went to Solpoll 1 Rudolph who was born on Christmas day out of a Dynamite dam and won the second bull calf class. Standing Reserve in the Junior Male Championship was the winner of the January & February born class Solpoll 1 Real Good, an ET son of NBG 697 The Wonderer and a daughter of Solpoll 1 Dainty N11 whose full brother Pounder sold to AI Services at 11 months old. To top the day off Rudolph and Real Good teamed up to win the Best Pairs in a very big class.

Peter Collins took the Junior Male Champion with Drumgold Finn with other class wins going to Mark Moore's Annaghbeg Fernando on the day.

Females were led by the Junior Champion Drumshambo 1 Journey (pictured left), this eye catching junior female shone on the day for Ethan and Gerry Small of Randalstown. This is the second success for the family as they claimed Junior Bull last year. The home bred heifer didn't stop their and went on to take Overall Female Champion showing that age doesn't come before beauty and is certainly one with future potential.

Reserve Grand female and Reserve Junior Female went to one of the youngest heifers Lisnaree 1 Ruby owned and bred by Marcus Murdock, another young heifer who was at home when it come to the show ring.

Senior Female went to Richmount 1 Ruby Royale who is owned and bred by James Graham, a female who is not unfamiliar to winning, was crowned Junior Female Champion at the National show in Omagh this year. Ciaran Kerr's heifer Kinnego 1 Rainbow showed her colours to take the Reserve Senior Female Championship back to Lurgan for the family.

Richard's partner Emma Smith, who runs UK Hereford Youth, judged the young handlers on the day. Emma, who has also been with cattle all her life, scrutinised the young handlers to before finally judging Ethan Carey-Small (pictured with Emma) as the Overall winner.


Supreme Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Rival J&W McMordie

Reserve Supreme Male
Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W McMordie

Supreme Female Champion
Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small

Reserve Supreme Female
Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock

Senior Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Rival J&W McMordie

Reserve Senior Male
Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W McMordie

Senior Female Champion
Richmount 1 Ruby Royale James Graham

Reserve Senior Female
Kinnego 1 Rainbow Ciaran Kerr

Junior Male Champion
Drumgold Finn Peter Collins

Reserve Junior Male
Solpoll 1 Real Good J&W McMordie

Junior Female Champion
Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small

Reserve Junior Female
Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock

Young Handle Champion
Ethan Small

Class results

Class 1 Bull Calf born 1/9/17-31/10/17
1) Solpoll 1 Rival J&W Mcmordie
2) Richmount 1 Red Rock James Graham
3) Kinnego 1 Rocket Man Ciaran Kerr
4) Nancy Beckham T Morton
5) Mountview 1 Genesis T&S Andrews
6) Richmount 1 Rockafella James Graham

Class 2 Bull born 1/11/17-31/12/17
1) Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W Mcmordie
2) Holestone 1 Parapet Brian Mawhinney

Class 3 Bull born 1/1/28-28/2/18
1) Solpoll 1 Real Good J&W McMordie
2) Annaghbeg 1 Felix Mark Moore
3) Tamnabrady 1 General Derek McCrea
4) Castlepoll 1 Henry C&M Beatty

Class 4 Bull born 1/3/18-30/4/18
1) Drumgold 1 Finn Peter Collins
2) Kinnego 1 Rolex Ciaran Kerr
3) Annaghbeg 1 Ferdinand Mark Moore

Class 5 Bull born after 1/5/18
1) Annaghbeg Fernando Mark Moore
2) Carneyhill 1 Ribeye J&K Taggart
3) Lisnaree 1 Romeo Marcus Murdock
4) Umgola 1 Challenger Stephen Baxter
5) Nancy 1 Carson G&T Morton
6) Nancy Cooper G&T Morton

Class 6 Female born 1/9/17-31/10/17
1) Kinnego 1 Rainbow Ciaran Kerr
2) Drumshambo 1 Sparkles J&G Small
3) Holestone 1 Sadie Brian Mawhinney
4) Drumshambo 1 Tessa J&G Small
5) Mountview 1 Gelato T&S Andrews
6) Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim JE,RI&W Haire

Class 7 Female born 1/11/17-31/12/17
1) Richmount 1 Ruby Royale James Graham

Class 8 Female born 1/1/17-29/2/17
1) Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small
2) Dorepoll 1 Duchess JE,RI&W Haire
3) Richmount 1 Rosemunde James Graham
4) Richmount 1 Radio Gaga James Graham
5) Castlepoll 1 Molly 4th C&M Beatty

Class 9 Female born 1/3/18-30/4/18
1) Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock
2) Dorepoll 1 Sparkler 665 Stephen Cherry
3) Annaghbeg Flora X Mark Moore
4) Umgola Sabrina 2nd Stephen Baxter
5) Carneyhill 1 Emma 22nd J&K Taggart

Class 10 Female born after 1/5/18
1) Nancy Candie G&T Morton

Class 11 Pairs
1) J&W Mcmordie
2) J&G Small
3) Brian Mawhinney
4) Ciaran Kerr
5) James Graham
6) James Graham
7) Mark Moore

Class 12a Young Handler 12-14
1) Bradley Graham
2) Nathaniel Shaw
3) Jamie Bunting

Class 12b Young Handler 15-18
1) Ethan Small
2) John Andrews
3) Marcus Murdock
4) Corchannia Dorman
5) Emma McCrea

Sky High 1 Luscious Lucy from Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley, Stafford was tapped out as champion by judge Mark Ormondroyd at the Scottish Hereford Breeders' Association autumn calf show, hosted at Borderway Agri Expo. 

By Danish-bred Cogent bull SMH King Size 87K, this 13-month heifer’s dam is Romany 1 Lucy RE L21 which was privately purchased from the Wilson family, Kelso in 2014 as a 10-month calf and was one of the Sky High herd’s foundation females.

Winning its class at Burwarton Show and receiving a third placing at last year’s national poll show, Luscious Lucy is maternal sister to the record priced female and the 2017 national calf show champion Sky High 1 Lancôme Lucy - the dam’s only other progeny.

Mr Ormondroyd described the heifer as being ‘correct in every way’, with ‘great style’, saying it ‘will do brilliantly in the future’.

Pulham 1 Remitall from Philip and Laura Vincent, Pulham Market stood reserve, on its first time away from home. Also featuring Romany blood, its sire is Romany 1 Machine D1 M13 which was responsible for all three of the Vincents’ 2018 poll show entries.
Out of Solpoll 1 Starlet K15, this eight-month bull is entered into the Christmas calf show at Shrewsbury and will be looking for a new home.

Reserve male champion was Baldinnie 1 Chawa from John Cameron, Fife, having been placed earlier that morning in the October 2017 born bull class. By the popular Cogent sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 which carries growth EBVs in the top 5 per cent, its dam is home-bred Baldinnie 1 Cathy 49th.

Normanton 1 Blue Leg 9th R287 from Tim and Will Livesey, Normanton-le-Heath took the reserve female title. Out of Llancillo Hall Bertha 7th, it is by the home-bred Normanton 1 Laertes which took the inter-breed show rings by storm in the summer of 2016.

Tom and Di Harrison took first place in the best pair by the same sire with two SMH Kingsize daughters – September 2017 born Moralee 1 Kylie KS R1 and 12-month Moralee 1 Kimberly KS R7. The latter also stood first place in its heifer class and they are both out of home-bred dams.

In the commercial calf class, Fluffy Moo from JRB Wilson, shown by 10-year-old Lottie Wilson took the red ticket. This striking five-month steer calf is by Romany 1 Nahum JN74, with a Shorthorn cross Highland dam and went on to be placed reserve in the baby beef native inter-breed championship.

In the junior young handlers’ classes, twelve-year-old James Anderson, representing Moralee Herefords came out on top, while Iona Smith, was placed first in the seniors.

Commercial heifer or steer born on or after 01/09/17
1 – Fluffy Moo, JRB Wilson and sons

Best pair by same sire
1 – s. SMH King Size 87K, T and D Harrison (Pictured below left)
2 – s. Normanton 1 Laertes, TD and WT Livesey
3 – s. Vokslev Lemmy, H Whittaker
Heifer born on or after 01/03/18
1 – Coley 1 Hasimara 430, H Whittaker
2 – Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose, G and S Harvey
3 – Burtondale 1 Rosie, B Birch and G Brindley

Heifer born between 01/11/17 and 31/12/17
1 – Moralee 1 Kimberley KS R7, T and D Harrison
2 – Romany 1 Lucy BL R38, JRB Wilson and sons
3 – Pulham 1 Hazel 14th, PRJ and LR Vincent

Heifer born between 01/01/18 and 28/02/18
1 – Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R, W and R Kemp
2 – Romany 1 Lucy BL R47, JRB Wilson and sons
3 – Coley 1 Lima 426, H Whittaker

Heifer born between 01/09/17 and 30/09/17
1 – Normanton 1 Blue Leg 9th R287, TD and WT Livesey
2 – Pulham Dowager 4th, PRJ and LR Vincent
3 – Moralee 1 Kylie KS R1, T and D Harrison

Heifer born between 01/10/17 and 31/10/17
1 – Sky High 1 Luscious Lucy, B Birch and G Birndley
2 – Baldinnie 1 Cathy 59th, JA Cameron and son
3 – Coley 1 Clara 418, H Whittaker

Bull born on or after 01/03/18
1 – Dendor 1 Rosco P. Coltrane, DE, ED and AL Jones
2 – Dendor 1 Rising Sun, DE, ED and AL Jones
3 – Fellowhills 1 Rob, J Hodge

Bull born between 01/11/17 and 28/02/18
1 – Pulham 1 Remitall, PRJ and LR Vincent
2- Harveybros 1 Rupert, G and S Harvey
3- Fabb 1 Redwood, DRA Fabb

Bull born between 01/09/17 and 30/09/17
1 – Moralee 1 Ribroom KS R4, T and D Harrison
2 – Normanton 1 Rodriguez, TD and WT Livesey
3 – Normanton 1 Reliabull, TD and WT Livesey

Bull born between 01/10/17 and 31/10/17
1 – Baldinnie 1 Chawa, JA Cameron and son
2 – Sky High 1 Rock-the-Boat, B Birch and G Brindley
3 – Moralee 1 Real Deal KS R5, T and D Harrison

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