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Dendor 1 Sugar Ray from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys led the trade at the Hereford Cattle Society’s inaugural Sires of the Future sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre. Selling for 6,500gns, it headed to Carmarthenshire to join international rugby referee Nigel Owen’s newly established Mairwen herd.

This 16 month old bull is the first Dendor 1 Nairobi son to be sold at public auction, which stood supreme champion at the 2018 National Poll Show. Its dam, Dendor 1 Ruby 17th, bred the 2018 female of the year, and is a SMH Euro 30E daughter.

Appleridge 1 Rollo from Martin Jenkins, Berkeley, Gloucestershire realised 4,200gns, and heads back to Gloucestershire with Allan Timbrell, Cirencester to join the Thames herd. Sired by one of Appleridge’s most successful herd sires, Lowesmoor 1 Kilkenny, it is out of a home-bred female, sired by Romany 1 Galaxy A84 G5. This bull holds a super set of EBVs, with 400 day weight, terminal and self-replacing indices lying in the top 10 per cent of the breed.

 



Dendor 1 Sugar Ray

 

 

Changing hands to Collins Bull Hire, Llangattock Lingoed, Monmouthshire at 3,800gns was Bromley 1 Othello, consigned by Society president Mark Roberts and wife Maddy from Hoarwithy, Herefordshire. This striking 21 month bull was the heaviest on the day weighing in at 1,038kg and has 400 and 600 day weight figures in the top 10 per cent of the breed, with terminal and self-replacing indices in the top five per cent.

Havenfield 1 Schooner from EL Lewis and son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire, who have been in the breed for nearly 200 years, sold for 3,000gns to commercial suckler man, Andrew Lloyd, Walton, Radnorshire. Born in October 2018, it is by the Australian bull Mawarra Mustang and is a maternal brother to Havenfield 1 Rufus which sold for 6,400gns at the Society’s spring show and sale in Hereford in 2019. All of the growth figures for this bull lie in the top five per cent of the breed, with a self-replacing index in the top 10 per cent.          

Appleridge 1 Rollo

Making the trip south from Glasgow was Harveybros 1 Stan-The-Man from George and Sophie Harvey, which also sold for 3,000gns to Michael Clark to add to the Gloucestershire-based Lowesmoor herd. Qualifying as a superior carcase sire, this September 2018-born bull is by the famous Normanton 1 Laertes, which was so successful on the 2016 summer show circuit, taking the interbreed titles at both the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh. It is out of Harveybros 1 Crocus N5, a daughter of the Danish sire Venture Night Time 7055. 

Breed secretary David Deakin said: “It was good to see over 60 per cent of bulls finding homes with commercial farmers. This was the first Sires of the Future sale and, considering how poor the weather has been, it drew a good crowd, which we can only build on.”

Auctioneers: Halls

Solpoll 1 Rambo from J and W McMordie

Storm Ciara did not stop trade at NIHBA’s premier show and sale at Dungannon Livestock Mart where prices peaked at 4,500gns for a Solpoll-bred bull.

Leading the money and the show was Solpoll 1 Rambo from John and William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down, generating the top price on the day before it was tapped out by judge Williams Smith, Co Meath. At 22 months old, this bull is a son of Moeskaer Upgrade and out of a Panmure 1 Henry sired dam and has the same breeding as December 2019’s champion and top price bull from the Solpoll stud. Backed by exceptional figures, after spirited bidding from suckler and dairy farmers in the sale ring, it was knocked down to Nigel Patterson for his Mullantine pedigree herd, Portadown at 4,500gns.

Solpoll 1 Real Thing  J and W McMordie

Taking the day’s second top price of 3,000gns was Solpoll 1 Real Thing, again from John and William McMordie. 

A 23 month old son of NBG 69T The Wonderer 36R 3W, it also stood male champion at last year’s Balmoral Show and was knocked down to Lurgan-based suckler farmers, Felix, John and Jack McStavick.

 Drumatee Rocket from John Conlon

Travelling across the water, JR Whitlow, Abbots Morton, Worcester purchased the day’s next highest priced bull, Drumatee Rocket for 2,500gns, to join the HighHouse herd. This 22 month old male was sired by Cill Cormaic Nevada winner of the best stock bull in the NIHBA herds competition for the last two years for John Conlon.

First prize winner in the last bull class was Brookfield 1 Superstar from Roy and Pat McClenaghan, Holywood, Co Down. This 18 month old Normanton 1 Laertes son had several figures in the top 5 per cent of the breed and sold for 2,300gns to David Hamilton, Rathfriland.

Selling at the same price was the youngest bull in the sale, 16 month old Thornbank 1 Superman. A son of previous sale winner and top price bull, Thornbank 1 Mightyman from Hunter Stewart, it sold to join MH Farms, Comber.

Joining Superman at its new home was the first prize winning female from Adrian and Sandra Irvine. This 17 month old maiden heifer Fingerpost AR Grace, was sired by the Irish-bred Allowdale Rambo which sold for 2,100gns.

The next sale will be on Tuesday 21 April when there will be another strong offering of bulls at Dungannon Farmers’ Market.

 

Bovine TB continues to have a devastating impact on farmers both financially and emotionally. 

The TB hub website is a joint industry-government initiative. Since it was launched in 2015, it has become the ‘go-to’ place for British beef and dairy farmers to find practical advice and information on dealing with bovine TB on their farm. It covers a broad range of subjects, from biosecurity measures and TB testing, to understanding cattle trading rules. Alongside guidance on minimising the impact of TB on farms, there is also information on what farmers can do to reduce the risk of bovine TB getting into their herds, both from cattle movements and wildlife. 

Defra has funded a full redesign of the site to make it easier for farmers to find the information they need. The Welsh Government supports the redesign, and will be providing bilingual content for the site in due course. For those that need information in a hurry, there are videos, podcasts, factsheets and FAQs covering a variety of topics, as well as in-depth articles for those that want more detail. 

There are two key groups which the redesigned TB hub particularly aims to help:

  • Those who are dealing with a TB breakdown.
  • Those who want to protect their herd from TB. 

Visit the site at https://tbhub.co.uk/ to start exploring. 

Additional background information:

  • The TB hub website is a joint industry-government initiative developed by the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board (AHDB), with support from Defra, the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA), the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), Landex and the National Farmers Union (NFU).
  • The website was launched in 2015 by the Farming Minister George Eustice, as part of a new cross-industry bovine TB biosecurity campaign which included the Five Point bovine TB Biosecurity Plan.
  • Since 2015, the website has grown and now hosts information on all aspects of bovine TB, primarily aimed at farmers, vets, other advisors and educational providers.
  • The website has been redesigned using £25,000 of grant funding from Defra.
  • Following feedback from stakeholders, enhancements have been made to the content, navigation, search engine optimisation and overall user experience.
  • The site has been redesigned with two distinct customer journeys in mind; those that are currently dealing with a TB breakdown, and those that want to try to prevent TB from entering their cattle herd.
  • The site utilises a variety of rich media including videos, podcasts, factsheets and FAQs along with more in-depth articles.
  • The Welsh Government supports the re-design of TB Hub, and will be providing further bilingual content for the site in due course. 

Please bring this to the attention of your members, partners, and interested parties. 

Thank you. 

Defra Bovine TB Programme.

The catalogue for the Sires of the Future sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre is now available. Take a look at our 46 bulls here.

 

The Society's council has voted Carolyn Fletcher of Barwise Herefords, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria into the position of vice-president. 

Having been a member since 2002, Carolyn is famed for her quality of cattle, having won the UK sire of the year trophy on two separate occasions. 

Carolyn looks forward to taking on her role and becoming integral to the running of the Society. She will be supporting Mark Roberts in his role as Society president this year, stepping in when required. 

Senior cows led the dispersal sale of Greenyards pedigree Herefords on behalf of Phil and Alison Allman, Herefordshire, with bids peaking at 10,200gns for five year old cow Greenyards 1 Truelove M314.

This large framed third calver was bought in a shared deal between Sky High Herefords of Boomer Birch and Graeme Brindley, and Nick Griffiths of Grifford Herefords, both based in Staffordshire.

By Greenyards 1 Henry, which has been a prevalent sire in the herd, it is out of Greenyards 1 Truelove H169, which was sired by the Canadian bull CCR 57G Stamina. It was a successful show heifer, having taken the reserve supreme and reserve grand female titles at the 2016 Royal Bath and West Show and sold seven months in-calf to Greenyards 1 Poldark.

At seven years old, and having had four calves, Greenyards 1 Hannah L272 sold at 5,700gns to Carmarthenshire-based international rugby referee Nigel Owens who has recently started his own pedigree herd under the Mairwen prefix. By Greenyards 1 Flynn, this female is a paternal granddaughter of Greenyards 1 Archie which stood breed champion at the Royal Welsh, Great Yorkshire and Royal Show in 2006 and again at Stoneleigh in 2008. The cow was offered while two months in-calf to Greenyards 1 Legend.

The gavel went down at 5,500gns for the in-calf Greenyards 1 Jubilee L294, sold to an undisclosed buyer. Born in January 2014, this female was champion heifer at the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association Christmas calf show in 2014. The cow is out of Broatch 1 Jubilee, bred by John Clifford, Malvern, Worcestershire, and was one of the foundation females when the Allmans established the herd while previously farming in Dunblane, Perthshire in 2003.

At 12 years old, Greenyards 1 Echo 3rd was the first lot through the ring. It was purchased to a bid of 4,000gns and travels to Denmark with Anders Mortensen, Woodlands Herefords. By twice Royal Show champion Greenyards 1 Archie, this female is out of Dendor 1 Echo 6th and is a full sister to Greenyards 1 Lotty which was Hereford female of the year in 2010. It was another sold in-calf to Greenyards 1 Legend.

Nigel Owens also purchased the November 2015-born Greenyards 1 Hannah N369 for 3,700gns, which scanned in-calf to Greenyards 1 Legend. By Greenyards 1 Lamb, a son of the Australian sire Redgate Redford D935, it is out of another home-bred Hannah cow.

A call of 3,400gns secured Greenyards 1 Jubilee N385 by JR Williams, South Molton, Devon, who runs the Culverhill herd. This female is another out of Broatch 1 Jubilee, which is a daughter of the well-known Australian bull Doonbiddie Hustler. Going home with the same buyer was Greenyards 1 Mary-Irene N383 at 3,200gns. Four years old, it is another Greenyards 1 Henry daughter and is out of a home-bred Ford Abbey 1 Dartania daughter.

Well-known breeders EL Lewis and son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire purchased maiden heifer Greenyards 1 Truelove S481, daughter of the top price, for 3,000gns. By Greenyards 1 Nigel, it is from four home-bred grandparents.

Not far behind was Greenyards 1 Truelove S519, a granddaughter of the day’s top price, which sold at 2,900gns. It is by Greenyards 1 Pontiff.

Stock bulls peaked at 2,000gns for Greenyards 1 Poldark. By Greenyards 1 Henry, which is also by a home-bred bull, it is out of Greenyards 1 Mary-Irene J206. Greenyards 1 Rascal, a 23 month old bull stayed in the county selling to T Brooke, Docklow, Herefordshire. It is out of Greenyards 1 Hannah N369, which made 3,700gns earlier in the sale.

Young bulls saw a consistent trade with the section topping at 1,550gns on two occassions. At 12 months old, Greenyards 1 Shadow firstly sold to TJ and BM Goodwin’s Roughmoor herd, Almeley, Herefordshire and Greenyards 1 Silgo sold to Peter Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire for the same money.

Following the live lots, there was also a dispersal of the breeders’ semen and embryo store. In lots of 10 straws, 40 straws of semen of the famous Greenyards 1 Archie was sold, making £380, £420 twice and £500.

A lot of two straws of Doonbiddie Hustler, Archie’s Australian sire sold for £1,100 to WT and TD Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire. This bull was the grandsire of their 2016 bull of the year, Normanton 1 Laertes which did so well on the show circuit that year.

Embryos peaked at £450 for an American-bred Harvie Traveller cross Harvie Miss Firefly 51F mating which sold to the Preston-based Hoghton View herd of S and E Walker.

John and William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down bought two lots of Dendor 1 Contessa 5th cross Doonbiddie Hustler embryos at £420 and three others of the same mating at £380.

Averages: 34 cows (including cow and calf outfits), £2,749.46; 3 stock bulls, £1,820; 18 young bulls, £1,016.46; 21 maiden heifers, £1,750.

Auctioneers: Brightwells 

After an active year as vice-president, Mark Roberts of the Herefordshire-based Bromley herd has been elected as president of the Society.

Running his own successful mixed farming business, Mark has lived at Bromley Court, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire all his life after returning from studying for a degree in economics and agricultural economics in 1981 at Nottingham.

His connection with the breed started when his father had kept a herd of 80 British Polled Hereford cows. This strain, developed from a one-off outcross with a Galloway in the 1950s, were very sought after for suckler and dairy herds in the 1970s but failed to get international recognition and were somewhat marginalised by the 1980s. Growing up with these cattle led him to an admiration for large herds of hardy, unpampered, naturally athletic and dark coated cattle. These are still the type Mark likes and has tried to breed since restarting a poll herd in 2005.

 

Through Mark and wife Maddy’s years of farming, they have expanded the area of cropping, taking out short term leys, moved from potato growing to cider fruit orcharding and also began a poultry rearing enterprise in 1995. They originally reared turkeys, which did well during the BSE turmoil years, but turned the housing over to broiler chickens in 2007 where they grow about 140,000 at a time. Mark describes Bromley as having plenty of banky permanent pastures crossed by streams for stock farming, alongside sandy arable land for cropping.

In 2005 he re-introduced pedigree Herefords to the farm. He bought foundation females from Gerald Blandford, Ernie Colledge and Pete Cobley as well as from Lowerhope, Ford Abbey and Solpoll. Most of these cattle carried a fair amount of Costhorpe bloodlines, which he had always admired for their consistent quality.

Bit by bit, Mark got sucked into greater involvement with the breed. He has sat on council since 2015 and has been chairman of the local area association for the last two years.

Mark showed great diplomacy in his role in vice-presiudent. He has been a great support to chairman and friend Phil Allman as he has learnt the ropes of his role, who describes Mark as an incredibly decent and humble person with enormous integrity.

Mark said: “I am proud of what has been achieved by others in the breed over the last 10 years. Breeders have developed a type of cattle which are commercially viable, strong and competitive.

“The council has faced up to, and is addressing the need to, promote our breed and its qualities to increase market share and premium value. I am excited to be involved in this modernised approach that our breed secretary and council are shaping and to help to strengthen the Society moving forward.

“I don’t see myself as a top breeder but will try to use my position and opportunity to explain the council’s aims and decisions as I travel and meet breeders through this year”.

Representing UK Hereford breeders at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand will be an honour and a responsibility which Mark says he will take seriously.

He adds: “No doubt the travelling this year will be gruelling, but I hope that wherever I go with a friendly and approachable attitude, much can be achieved.”

The second DGS Goes Global sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre witnessed 21 genetic lots going under the hammer with a ‘pick of the spring 2020 heifer calves’ from Moeskaer Herefords, Denmark leading the trade, which was knocked down to Dara Entwistle, Illinois, USA for £6,800.

An investment heifer opportunity in Harvie Ms Firefly 145G from Harvey Ranching sold to an undisclosed buyer for £6,000. This female is a granddaughter of the renowned Firefly 51F and one of the first daughters of $150,000 NJW Endure to sell at auction. The lot offered 100% interest with 50% embryo interest and 25% of natural calves.

Five international flush lots sold in the sale, with the highest priced being a ‘pick of the cow herd’ from Las Tranqueras, Argentina, which sold to Juha Moisander, Finland for £3,800.

A total of 40 embryos across 11 lots sold to average £421 per embryo, topping at £500 on four occasions.

Semen lots topped at £175 per straw for 10 straws of Remitall Super Duty 42S, the former Canadian national champion bull which sold for $270,000. Consigned by Moeskaer Herefords, it sold to DRA Fabb, Warboys, Cambridgeshire.

A package of 20 straws from Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12, the junior native interbreed champion at the Royal Welsh 2019 and grand male champion at the National Poll Show 2019 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland sold for £85 per straw to Henning Have, Denmark. A final semen lot consigned by Bowendu Herefords from herd sire Panmure 1 Nugget sold for £80 per straw to Roy Beattie, Ireland.

Saturday’s live lots saw prices escalate to 10,000gs for Moralee 1 Lucy KS S1 from Tom and Di Harrison. Purchased by MJ Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire half of the sale price is to be generously donated to UK Hereford Youth travel bursary.

This heifer was grand female champion at Bucks County Show and is by SMH King Size 87K, the current UK sire of the year.

At 7,000gns was Herberry 1 Lucy Belle, a 24 month old in-calf heifer from R and V Vere Hunt, Republic of Ireland which sold for 7,000gns to P Martindale, Bolton, Yorkshire. By Dendor 1 Kohinoor, it is out of Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641.

A popular heifer on the day, Romany 1 Ishbel BW R55 from JRB Wilson and sons, Kelso, Roxburghshire was knocked down to J Hodge, Hondean, Berwick Upon Tweed, for 6,200gns to join his Fellowhills herd. By previous UK sire of the year Barwise 1 Wellington, it is out of a Romany 1 Ishbel 41H A22.

Going home with L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan at 6,000gns was Auckvale 1 Janet 1705 from W and R Kemp and sons, St Helens, Northumberland paternal sister to Royal Welsh 2019 champion Auckvale 1 Curly 1725 which was purchased at last year’s by the same family.

 
Moralee 1 Lucy KS S1 from Tom and Di Harrison 

Travelling across the Irish Sea was Grifford 1 Primrose from first time consignor NJ Griffiths, Bickford, Staffordshire which sold at 5,200gns to AW Shaw, Co Tyrone. It is a daughter of 2016 bull of the year and former Royal Highland and Royal Welsh interbreed champion Normanton 1 Laertes.

Another one of five heifers to leave Great Britain was Rempstone 1 Bertha N500 at 4,000gns. The third heifer to be offered up by MJ Ludgate, it sold to JJ Darmody, Loughill West carrying a Gouldingpoll 1 Double Decker sired calf.

Changing hands at the same money was Rempstone 1 Bertha H311 a first calved heifer from MJ Ludgate which also heads across the Welsh border to T Vasami, Ffostrasol, Ceredigion.

The highest priced horned lot, Beckhall Princess Charlotte from 13 year old Beth Vincent, Pulham Market, Norfolk sold to 4,000gns to S Taylor and D Marsh, Chorley, Lancashire.

At 3,900gns, Pulham Tiara 5th from Philip and Laura Vincent, Pulham Market, Norfolk sold over the telephone to J Lake, Froxfield, Hampshire. At the same money was Romany 1 Dawn BL S36, a daughter of 2018 sire of the year, Barwise 1 Lancer, and sold to A Sweetnam, Mullinahone, Republic of Ireland. Going to the same home for 3,800gns was Burmill 1 Dowager 21 from by Robert Allcock and which is another SMH King Size 87K daughter.

The hammer fell at 3,700gns for a second heifer from R and V Vere Hunt, Herberry 1 Lucy Sky who sold to L and L Bowen.

Averages: 19 females, £4,452; 40 embryos, £421; 3 semen lots, £175/straw

Auctioneers: Genetics, Drew Patrick (Hexham Marts); live lots, Johnny Dymond (Halls)

Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland was tapped out as supreme champion by judge Pat Stanley, Leicestershire at the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association Christmas calf show which had 143 catalogued entries.

An October 2018-born heifer, Kylie is out of Moralee 1 Kylie and by the UK sire of the year SMH King Size 87K which has made such a mark in the Harrisons’ herd.

Standing in reserve was Hollybush 1 Scotty from Pete Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, which was bred by Greg and Ruth Watkins, Little Hereford, Shropshire and purchased for 2,600gns at the autumn show and sale at Hereford, after being named reserve grand male champion. Out of Romany 1 Julia D345 H17, it is by the Panmure 1 Henry son, Solpoll 1 Mustang.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3

 

 

            Hollybush 1 Scotty                                                                                              Sky High 1 Shawshank Redemption

Sky High 1 Miss Viva-la-Juicy from Boomer Birch and Graeme Brindley, Weston, Staffordshire was reserve grand female champion. At 12 months old, this heifer is by semen from Remitall Super Duty 42S which sold for $270,000 at the Canadian breeders’ dispersal. It is out of former twice female of the year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th.

The reserve grand male champion was also from the Sky High stud, and was named as Sky High 1 Shawshank Redemption, and is a full ET sister to the reserve grand female.

The heifer pairs class was won by a duo from the Moralee herd with Moralee 1 Pippa KS S11 and Katy Perry KS S8 going to the fore. Both heifers are by SMH King Size 87K. The Harrisons also had the winning group of three.

A and SG Stevenson and son had the winning pair of bulls, in the form of Alvian 1 Showman, a Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid son and Alvian 1 Saxon, a Normanton 1 Laertes son. Both were born in December 2019.

In the young handlers’ classes, Finlay Soutter, 14, from the Normanton herd, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire took the overall champion spot, after winning the junior class. Joseph Twose, 22, and responsible for the Beca herd, Login, Carmarthenshire was overall runner-up after taking the senior class.

Sky High 1 Miss Viva-la-Juicy                                                                               Young handler champion Finlay Soutter and runner-up Joe Twose

The December show and sale of Herefords at the recent native breeds sale at Dungannon Farmers Mart attracted a small, but high quality line-up of Herefords after a number of entries had been sold prior to the sale.

Judge Libby Clarke’s choice of champion, Solpoll 1 Rampage from John and William McMordie, Ballgowan, Co Down topped the sale. 

Boasting top 5 per cent figures for both terminal and maternal indices, Rampage’s performance records earned him a superior carcase sire status. Out of the Panmure 1 Henry daughter Solpoll 1 Dainty M15, this April 2018-born son of Moeskaer Upgrade, sold for 3,400gns.

The reserve champion also came from the Solpoll herd and was the January-born Solpoll 1 Real Deal, sired by Moeskaer Salute and out of Solpoll 1 Dainty N11, another Henry daughter. It sold for 3,100gns.

 

 

Solpoll 1 Rampage

Female champion and top price female was Black Water Ruby from Nigel Heatrick, Middletown, Co Armagh. Born in July 2017, this stylish Clondrina 1110th daughter, was in-calf to Clooncullane Major and sold for 2,300gns, joining Glenn Morton’s Nancy herd of pedigree Herefords in Co Armagh.

The unreserved dispersal sale of the Greenyards herd of pedigree poll Hereford cattle will be held at Hereford Livestock Market on Sunday 19 January, on behalf of Phil and Alison Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire.

Commencing at 11.30am, there will be 60 pedigree cows on offer as well as 20 stock bulls and young bulls from this multi-award winning herd.

For further information, contact Greg Christopher on 01432 261325 or 07770 972815 or greg.christopher@brightwells.com.

 

Lester Solomon of Laniley Herefords, Truro, Cornwall will be dispersing his herd at Sedgemoor Market on Saturday 7 December.

Commencing at 12.30pm, the herd is a member of the premium cattle health scheme. It is accredited free of BVD and is Johne's risk level 1.

The herd was placed second in the South West small herd competition in 2016. Alanna Aurora (lot 1031) was female champion at Royal Cornwall in 2014, second in 2015 and first in 2016.

View entries here  (lots 1015 - 1038)

The Designer Genes sale will once again follow the HCBA Christmas calf show at Shrewsbury Auction Saturday 14 December. The DGS Goes Global genetics sale will take place the night before (Friday 13 December).

View the catalogue here

 

After taking the native-bred and Hereford championships, Beefbox, jointly owned by Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland and Steven O’Kane and Helen Morgan, Adfa, Powys stood champion native at the 30th anniversary Royal Welsh Winter Fair. It went on to sell for £2.75 per kilo to William Lloyd Williams and son of Dovey Valley District Meats, Machynlleth, Powys.

By the UK Hereford sire of the year SMH Kingsize 87K, this 14 month old steer is out of Pinmoor 1 Gem, which was purchased privately in 2011 as one of Moralee Herefords’ foundation females.

Beefbox also took the commercial Hereford class at Agri Expo this autumn and reserve pure-bred Hereford champion at the English Winter Fair.

Reserve Hereford champion and the highest placed heifer at the show was Normanton 1 Ink Cap 14th R264 from TD and WT Livesey, Normanton-le-Heath, Leicestershire. Born in November 2017, this female is by the notorious Normanton 1 Laertes and out of Normanton 1 Ink Cap 8th J107.

Reserve in the steers was Penrhiwgoch 1BM Progress 32 from last year’s steer champion exhibitors, Messrs Griffiths from Broadlay, Carmarthenshire.It is by Border Mortlake M8 which sired last year’s steer champion, purchased from Stan Quan’s Herefordshire-based herd in a private sale. It is out of Penrhiwgoch 1 Kinetic Orange 151 and was snapped up in the Tuesday sale at £2.22/kg by Webster and sons, Kinmel Bay, Denbighshire.

Reserve in the heifers was Celynen 1 Harmony 3rd from Alun Richards, Pumpsaint, Carmarthenshire, who took the heifer championship on his Winter Fair cattle ring debut last year. Born in June 2017, it is by Thornysure 1 Kasper, which sired last year’s heifer champion and is out of Blackwell 1 Hermione. This animal went on to be purchased by P Parfitt, Onllwyn, Glamorgan for £3.20/kg.

At the recent Irish National Hereford Calf Show held at Tullamore, many of the top animals were sired by UK-bred bulls, judged by Pembrokeshire-based Non Thorne.

In both the male and female classes, three out of the top four animals were by UK bulls, as well as half of the class winners.

The senior and overall male champion Appel 1 Mighty was awarded to John Appelbe, Co Cork, and is sired by Solpoll 1 Lawman.

Not finished there, another Lawman son stood reserve senior male champion, this time for Michael Farrell with Castledalypoll 1 Shamrock.

Herberry 1 Kodak Moment from Raymond Vere Hunt and Veronica Brennan stood reserve junior male champion and is a son of the renowned Panmure 1 Henry, bred by JM Cant and partners, Arbirlot, Tayside.

Senior and male champion Appel 1 Mighty 

Senior and female champion was Ballymartle 1 Dolly 167 owned by Michael Dullea, Co Cork and is a Solitude 1 Marshall daughter, a sire bred by Andrew McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down.

 Reserve senior and reserve female champion was Griananpoll 1 Orange T863 from Tom and Anslem Fitzgerald, a daughter of the English-bred Fabb 1 Norther Star from DRA Fabb, Warboys, Cambridgeshire.

Moyclare Rose 45th bred by Micheal Molloy was reserve junior female champion. This iss a daughter of stockbull Free Town Nadal, purchased from RA Bradstock and partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire.