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Devon County Show champion 2019 was March 2017-born bull Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Top price at this spring's Society sale at Hereford at 8,000gns, it stood reserve in the performance recorded interbreed class at last year's Royal Ulster when shown by breeders J and W McMordie.

Reserve was bull 28 month bull Cato 1 Plutarch from Society president Jonathan Moorhouse. From two home-bred parents, it is by Cato 1 Lexington and out of Cato 1 Ella 442.

 
 
 
Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright

Corraback Cherry 10th secured Co Fermanagh-based Mervyn and Henry Richmond's first premier breed championship at this year's Balmoral Show.

By Irish bull Kye Rodge 553, the 2012 Royal Ulster champion, this October 2017-born female is out of the home-bred Corraback Cherry 7th. Its maternal grand sire was the renowned Mara Flook which also sired the dam of the 2018 National Hereford grand champion Mara President.

In reserve was Richmount 1 Poppy from James Graham, Portadown, Co Armagh. This January 2017-born female is by another Irish sire, Grousehallpoll 1 Premier and out of Richmount 1 Laura which was sired by Barbern 1 Gargantuan. 

The sire was also responsible for Richmount 1 Ruby Royale which won the native breed beef performance heifer class. It is out of Richmount 1 North. 

Another Premier son, Richmount 1 Rockafella took the reserve male champion, showing consistent breeding from this AI sire for the Richmount herd.

 

The Cerrig dispersal sale of pedigree Hereford cattle held on behalf of Peter and Jane Lewis, Cerrigydrudion, Corwen due to retirement peaked at 3,330gns for Romany 1 Dawn H12 M55. A September 2014-born cow sired by Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12 and out of a Romany cow, this female is in-calf to Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy and was snatched up by M Whieldon, Gnosall, Staffordshire to join the Clares herd.

Six year old cow Fisher 1 Cheerful J364 reached bids to 2,200gns, going to J Hodge, Hondean, Northumberland of Fellowhills Herefords. By semen from Australian-bred Yalgoo Boulder Z250, it is out of Fisher 1 Cheerful P18 and sold in-calf to Goulidingpoll 1 Goldspice.

Pleasantnook 1 Lassie, an April 2013-born in-calf cow sold at 1,600gns to AB and FM Bomford, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire to add to the Trenchwood herd. By Romany 1 Frisky A84 F27, it is out of Baldinnie 1 Lassie 15th, sired by Baldinnie 1 Mendoza which was imported from Argentina as an embryo. The cow was served in March to Solpoll 1 Ferrari.

Making the same money was Dendor 1 Molly 43rd from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys. Four years old, this female by Solpoll 1 Gilbert and out of Dendor 1 Molly 31st and a full sister to the renowned Dendor 1 Molly 41st. It will calve in June to Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy.
Cow and calf outfit Real 1 Jenny with heifer calf Cerrig 1 Jenny made the second highest price on the day, with the gavel going down at 2,950gns and was purchased by Stephen Jones, Mold, Flintshire. By Solpoll 1 Dynamite, it is out of Real 1 Jenny W9, bred by JW and R Johnson, Nottingham. The calf was a Normanton 1 Laertes daughter.

In-calf heifers peaked at 1,100gns with Cerrig 1 Dawn 2nd, purchased by AD Beaman, Wellington, Shropshire of Triacre Herefords. May 2017 born, this female is full of Romany breeding, being by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 and out of Romany 1 Dawn H12 M55, the day’s top price animal. It also sold in-calf to Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy.

Just behind at 1,400gns was Normanton 1 Amanita 5th L185, again served by Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy and was another travelling to Worcestershire with AB and FM Bomford.

Averages: 13 cows and calves, £1,881; 10 in-calf cows, £1,792.50; 4 in-calf heifers, £958; 10 maiden heifers £856.80; 3 young bulls £675.50.

Auctioneers: Halls

Highhouse Radar from JR and HM Whitlow, Abbots Morton, Worcestershire led the trade at the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association sale at Shrewsbury, selling at 3,100gns to Owen Bros, Tregele Bay, Anglesey to join their Foel herd.

By Cill Cormaic Kasper, this April 2018-born bull is paternal brother to the renowned Moyclare Phoenix which topped Tullamore at €6,600 in October 2017. An AI sire standing at Dovea Genetics, Co Tipperary, this bull is marketed as Ireland’s top available horned bull in terms of replacement index.

Out of the home-bred dam Highhouse Roulette, from a cow family noted for milkyness, Radar’s maternal grandsire is the Australian import Mawarra Vice Admiral.

Next in the money in the bull section was October 2017-born Alderoak 1 Rebel from P and E Williams, Alderton, Shropshire changing hands to S and A Dale, Leominster, Herefordshire to join the Phocle herd. Sired by Dendor 1 Montana, this bull lies in the top 20 per cent for 400 day weight and self replacing index. Its maternal grandsire is Solpoll 1 Ferrari, the first Northern Irish bull sold to an AI firm in Great Britain.

Herdmate Alderoak 1 Rocky was not far behind at 2,400gns, going to C Bowers, Bradley, Staffordshire. September 2017-born, it is sired by 2014 UK bull of the year Frenchstone P1 Dood and out of home-bred Alderoak 1 Floss A1.

Greenyards 1 Richelieu from PJ and AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire sold for 2,200gns, paid by EAC Brown, Haughton, Powys. Sired by Happy 1 Foxtrot Oscar, it is out of home-bred female Greenyards 1 Mary-Irene K243, a Ford Abbey 1 Dartani daughter.
Leading the heifer section was a run from MJ and HM Timmis, the home of the Shraden herd at Baschurch, Shropshire. Topping the trade was Shraden 1 Violet R835 at 2,600gns to W Milner, Callaughton, Shropshire. Bred from one of the most prolific heifer producing families for the breeders, these females are full of femininity and milk. At 20 months of age, this heifer is by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster which stood junior male champion at the 2013 National Poll Show before being purchased at the autumn sale at Hereford for 5,050gns that year.

Going to the same buyer for 2,300gns was Shraden 1 Alice R840. The Alices have been a particularly prevalent female line at Shraden in recent times, breeding all their top price cattle. Also 20 months old, this heifer is by Baldinnie 1 Victory and out of Shraden 1 Alice K558.

Shraden 1 Alice R863, a Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346 daighter, was knocked down at 2,200gns to G Llewellyn and D Sharman, Shifnal, Shropshire to join the Harvest herd.

Coley 1 Marrigold 440 from Heather Whittaker, Halifax, Yorkshire realised the same money, leaving with Thellow Heath Farm, Antrobus, Cheshire. Born in May 2018, it is a Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe daughter which was 2012 sire of the year and out of Danish imported Solbakkens Marrigold.

Averages: 7 cows and calves £1,114.49; 43 maiden heifers £911.46; 17 bulls £1,686.

Auctioneers: Halls

Congratulations to Tony Bradstock of Freetown Herefords who is the winner of our recent caption competition with his entry:

Hereford Cattle Society gets a surprise visit when the local bobby hears of a 'Hustler' and a 'Lawbreaker' having done the rounds

A Hereford goody bag will make its way to Tony!

Other favourites included:

They're no trouble really - Tim Livesey, Normanton Herefords

Hereford cause a buzz with the fuzz - John Morris, Bradmore Herefords

Thanks to all who got involved. 

The Skipton Auction Mart’s fourth annual Craven Native Day show and sale was won by Harry and Janet Elliott with Cowshill Cornriggs 1 Red Knight, on its first time out. A home-bred 14-month-old son of Cornriggs 1 Super Guy, which is by Baldinnie 1 Carlton, it is out of Cornriggs 1 Julia 3rd, a Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider daughter.

Red Knight was tapped out as champion by local show judge Stuart Currie, who runs the Beautry Beef Shorthorn herd in Rathmell, and went on to sell for 1,900gns to Geoff Ryder, of Haverah Park, Harrogate.

Photo: Adrian Legge Photography

The HCBA sale at Shrewsbury Market on Tuesday 14 May will see 105 cattle forward plus 100 straws of semen. Click here for the catalogue. 

The day will also see the complete dispersal of the Cerrig poll herd. See the catalogue here.

 Please direct any inquiries to Jonny Dymond at Halls on 07803 412617. 

Saturday 20th April saw the first UKHY event of the year take place. The weather was kind and the day proved to be very warm, which is always an added bonus.

A good crowd including one non-member and three Kent young farmers club members, plus parents, attended David and Juliet Fenton’s Silcocks Farm. Arriving at 10am the day kicked off with safety talks, introductions and lots of chit chat. David gave an in-depth over view of their 270 hectare grassland managed, organic farm. He informed the young members of their farming practices and why he farms the traditional Herefords.

They have a total of roughly 100 breeding cows. Not only does the farm have beef cattle but they also have a small herd of twenty dairy cattle, Ayrshires and Friesians. The milk is used to make cheese, milk and cream which is then sold through their farm shop. Twenty Gloucester Old Spot pigs contribute to the numbers and finally two hundred Dorset and Romney ewes. 

The farm shop provides a primary income selling all their store cattle, pigs and lamb through it. An on-site butchery offers the flexibility to slaughter and butcher when required. Alongside the farm shop is a café which offers lovely homemade food and drinks (trust me I know!)

The aim of the day was to provide an insight to various farming methods, with a large emphasis of cattle assessment. Once the introductions were over, attendees took a farm walk around the breeding cows. It was great to see the young members asking questions. Because the farm is organic and certified by the soil association there are a few restrictions that some members were unaware of. This delivered a great discussion on all thing veterinary administration, embryo work and paperwork.


Following on from viewing the cows we then went to see some in calf heifers and first time calver’s. Heifers are calved down at three which suits their farming methods. Most calves are born unaided. A mixture of bulls and AI are used to provide a broad range of bloodlines. After a good judge of the cattle we set about assessing cattle for the butcher. Clive Davies delivered a very informative and fact filled demonstration.


Clive went into the nitty gritty of cattle assessment discussing all the different types of joints, the EUROP scale and I could see the brains ticking. A discussion was had about the future market and the end product. Lunch was fast approaching so we sat in the sun and enjoyed a lovely barbeque with beef burgers, steaks and sausages, all reared on the farm of course. It gave all the young members time to reflect on what they had already learnt.


Afternoon activities allowed participants the opportunity to put theory into practice. A nearly fit animal was restrained in the handling system and Clive took a hands-on approach to guiding them through judging a butcher’s beast. All were asked to feel fat coverage over the ribs and to assess the depth of loin. They then went onto stock judge a pen of steers. This was a tough class as they were all uniformed in type and not much could split them. Clive judged them as the master, and everyone had a go. Members were then invited to give their reason under the young farmers guidelines. Clive had previously discussed delivery of reason giving and it was great to see from the side-lines that they had all taken on board what he had said. The feedback from Clive was very positive.

A butchery demonstration followed this activity. This was a great way of seeing a beast in real form. The apprentice butcher gave a great demonstration on joints of meat showing the members cuts of beef they’d been discussing out in the yard. Other activities throughout the day was to guess the weight of a ten-year-old stock bull. Being a traditional Hereford made some of them guess a lower weight than he actually was – that got them thinking!


A great day was had by all. Lots of information and learning was on offer. Many thanks go to David and Juliet Fenton and their team of staff who went above and beyond to make sure there was plenty on offer.

A Scottish-reared Hereford burger is now available as part of a range of native breed beef burgers in Scottish Aldi stores.

Each of the burgers are made from certified Scotch Beef, which means the meat is guaranteed to come from animals born and reared on assured Scottish farms.

The new range of burgers will champion Scotland’s six native breeds including Scottish-reared Hereford beef.

The scheme guarantees that the farm and abattoir processors meet stringent animal welfare and natural production methods.

Aldi is launching the series as part of its Fresh Meat Special buy calendar in partnership with Scotbeef, and will be available in stores between April and August 2019. The range is available from all 86 Aldi stores in Scotland.

The announcement follows NFU Scotland’s ‘shelf-watch’ supermarket survey, which revealed that Aldi was the strongest supporter of Scottish Beef with 96 per cent of beef stocked being Scotch Beef PGI certified.

 

If you still have not entered our caption competition, send your answer to laura.bowyer@herefordcattle.org by Friday 3 May for a chance to win a Hereford goody bag. 



Hereford bulls sold to 2,900gns with an average of £2,450 at the April native breeds sale in Dungannon Farmers Mart. 

Taking the championship and top price was Thornbank 1 Real Deal consigned by Hunter Stewart, Castlederg, going to L Mathers, Bready, Strabane. This well-balanced son of Solpoll 1 Dynamite had the scale and power to match up to its strong EBVs for growth and muscle. It follows in the footsteps of its full brother which also took the championship and top price in 2017. 

Buyers were showing a preference for big strong bulls to go straight to work and the entries from Robin Irvine’s Graceland herd seemed to fit the bill. Graceland 1 Prince sold to M Keenan, Castledawson, Magherafel and Graceland 1 Prophet to O Mitchell, Eskra, Omagh. Both being rising two year olds, they sold for 2,700gns a piece.

 

Supreme champion, Thornbank 1 Real Deal from Hunter Stewart

The reserve champion, Richmount 1 Rory, from James Graham, Portadown also featured among the top prices. This muscular son of Grousehall 1 Premier attracted considerable interest from the packed gallery and went on to sell for 2,600gns to Ian Dorrian, Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Lisrace Loyalist 18th from the Wilson family, Magheraveely was another to find favour with the bidders, selling for 2,500gns to W and N Martin, Broughshane.

The only female on offer, Corraback Guinevere, an attractive young heifer by Kye Rodge from Mervyn and Henry Richmond, Derrylyn sold at 2,200gns to I and G Browne of Clogher Valley Herefords, Fivemiletown.

Adrian Irvine, Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association chairman was very satisfied with the event.

He said: “Our offering was considerably reduced as many of the entries had found new homes prior to the sale but we are pleased to see 11 bulls selling to a respectable average of £2,450 and we very much appreciate the support of Dunbia in running this event.”

Reserve champion, Richmount 1 Rory, exhibited by Bradley Graham

Averages: 11 bulls, £2,450

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart

Hereford genetics have been the basis of a successful beef enterprise on a leading Holstein dairy herd in Co Tyrone. The father and son partnership owned by Bertie and Paul McAleece near Coagh runs 350 cows producing an average of 9,500 litres per annum on a twice a day milking regime.

“We are looking to further develop the output from the herd and are working on the installation of robotic milkers with the aim of taking our average over the 10,000 litre mark,” says Paul.

The breeding policy revolves around the use of sexed semen on selected cows – with each cow inseminated twice to the Holstein before switching to a beef bull. All cows are inseminated while indoors using both beef and dairy semen with a sweeper bull introduced when they go to grass.


“For the last 5 years a Hereford bull has been used in the sweeper role and the quality of his progeny has made a significant difference to the performance of our beef enterprise.

We rear all the Hereford sired calves on a grass-based system and market them through the Dunbia Hereford scheme which supplies the Co-op. We bought our current bull back in 2013 and were impressed with his conformation and easy fleshing when we first saw him. He is transmitting these qualities to his progeny with calves born more easily without supervision and growing quickly into good quality carcasses without a lot of feed required,” says Paul.


“We aim to rear the calves well for the first four months to give them a good start and they receive 2.5 kgs of meal per day from four months to turn-out. They are then allowed to grow out naturally and develop a good frame on grass before a finishing period of around three months on more intensive feeding. We find the cattle respond very quickly when we start to feed them – you need to be careful at this stage not to put on too much condition,” says Paul.


The 58 cattle, both steers and heifers, killed from the Mc Aleece farm over the past year averaged 383 kgs deadweight at 22 months of age, producing O+ and R grades at fat class 3+ and 4.


“We have been very pleased with what the Hereford has produced for us and have collected semen from the bull on two occasions to put in store so we can continue to use him for a few more years.”


Kenny Linton, Hereford scheme manager with Dunbia is delighted with the quality of the cattle offered.


He says: “Good quality crosses from the dairy herd provide us with the type of carcase we need in terms of delivering the right cuts and portion size for the retail pack. The McAleece’s are foundation members of our Co-op supply group and are consistently suppyling us with what we need to develop strong trading relationships with our retail customers”.

Sale

A strong offering of Hereford bulls has been catalogued for the spring show and sale of Hereford bulls scheduled for Tuesday 23 April in Dungannon Farmers Mart.

The entry of 30 bulls includes a number of well-grown two year olds, ready to go straight to work in either beef or dairy herds.

All will have undergone a pre-sale veterinary inspection and many are supported by estimated breeding values which will help guide buyers as to the performance of their progeny.

Several superior carcase sires are included in the line-up and these will be eligible for a cash-back incentive of up to £500 from the Hereford Cattle Society.

 

A new incentive has been introduced to the spring show and sale at Dungannon Market on Tuesday 23 April which has a quality entry of 30 bulls.

Any bull sold over 3,000gns will be paid for in pounds by the purchaser, with the Northern Irish Hereford Breeders' Association covering the commision. 

Further details and catalogues are available from Dungannon Farmers Mart at 028 8772 2727.

Catalogues can be viewed on the online sales section on the Hereford Society website or by clicking here

 

 

 

 
Supreme champion at last year's sale, Cullamore Nathan, from R McKenna, Dernasell

With the use of Electronic Identification (EiD) ear tags set to become compulsory in all cattle in the future, Allflex will be attending this year’s Beef Expo event to offer its advice to beef farmers to ensure their tagging procedures are fully compliant when the new regulations take effect and to explain how the technology can add real value to their businesses through improved herd management and monitoring.

Whilst the final deadline for the compulsory use of EiD tags has yet to be confirmed by DEFRA, the National Beef Association’s Beef Expo which takes place at the J36 Rural Auction Centre in Cumbria on Thursday 23rd May is the perfect event for farmers to ensure they fully understand the proposed regulations and for them to get to grips with what will be required to ensure their businesses are fully compliant when the new rules take effect.

That is according to Pete Hansford, Livestock Identification Product Group Manager for Allflex, who encourages anyone who is unsure of how the regulations will affect their business to visit the Allflex stand at the Expo.

“With the compulsory use of EiD tags on the horizon for all cattle, Allflex is committed to providing beef producers with the necessary help and advice to ensure their tagging policies conform to the proposed rules in the most cost-effective way,” Mr Hansford explains.

“Beyond simply meeting the new legal requirements for the way cattle are tagged and movements are recorded, embracing EiD technologies to capture valuable performance data on an individual animal and herd-wide basis also gives producers the opportunity to make informed management decisions which will ultimately improve their herd’s profitability: whether that’s using EiD equipment to monitor growth rates or to record health treatments, or merely to log cattle movements, adopting EiD tags ahead of the compulsory deadline will bring significant efficiencies to modern livestock systems.”

The first step to ensuring beef units can comply with compulsory EiD is for farmers to find out which technologies will best suit their specific needs and how to integrate these into their current farming practices.

“With a long heritage in this sector, Allflex is therefore looking forward to offering impartial advice to visitors to the Beef Expo to help them make the right choice to ensure their investment in EiD not only conforms to the new rules but also provides the best solution for their farming business in the long term,” Mr Hansford adds.

Allflex is currently offering interest-free packages on a range of livestock handling, weighing and EiD equipment with 0% finance and fixed monthly payments making the transition to electronic identification more affordable than ever.

For more information about EiD tags and tagging devices visit the Allflex stand (number 57) at Beef Expo on 23rd May or go to www.allflex.global/uk