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Overall senior champion at United Auction’s Stars of the Future calf show was Harveybros 1 Crocus S2 from George and Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow, having taken senior female champion at Agri Expo just the week before.

This September 2018-born heifer shares a lot of blood with this year’s reserve poll female of the year Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose, both being by Normanton 1 Laertes and having the maternal grand dam of Harveybros 1 Crocus E2.

Reserve senior and senior male champion was tapped out as Sky High 1 Shawshank Redemption from Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley, Weston, Stafford. Born in November 2018, this young bull is by the Canadian sire Remitall Super Duty 42S and out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th.

Another from the Harveys’ stud, Harveybros 1 Stan-the-Man, was reserve male champion. Born in September 2018, it is by Normanton 1 Laertes and out of Harveybros 1 Crocus N5.

Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland was reserve senior female. Born in October 2018, it is by the 2019 UK Hereford sire of the year SMH Kingsize 87K and out of Moralee 1 Kylie.

In the junior section, Moralee 1 Katy-Perry KS S8 from Tom and Di Harrison came out on top. March 2019 born, it is by the 2019 UK sire of the year SMH King Size 87K and out of Richmount 1 Katie-Perry and was another of Agri Expo’s highlights, having stood reserve grand female and reserve junior female champion.

Moralee 1 Pippa KS S11, again from Tom and Di Harrison, stood next to its stable mate as reserve junior champion and reserve junior female. Born in April 2019, it is another King Size daughter, and is out of Coley 1 Pippa 356.

Junior male champion was 10 month old Panmure 1 Schweppes from JM Cant and partners. By Dendor 1 Leota, it is out of Panmure 1 Plum H12.

Senior (R Clarke, Norfolk) Senior and senior female, Harveybros 1 Crocus S2, G and S Harvey; reserve and senior male, Sky High 1 Shawshank Redemption, B Birch; reserve senior male, Harveybros 1 Stan-the-Man, G and S Harvey; reserve senior female, Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3, T and D Harrison.
Junior (R Clarke, Norfolk) Junior and junior female, Moralee 1 Katy-Perry KS S8, T and D Harrison; reserve and reserve junior female, Moralee 1 Pippa KS S11, T and D Harrison; junior male, Panmure 1 Schweppes, JM Cant and partners.

Phase 5 of Scotland’s BVD eradication scheme is coming

  • Phase 5 of the BVD eradication scheme will start on 1 December. Cattle keepers need to continue to meet all existing requirements, and there are additional measures focused on herds where BVD positive animals are retained and herds that have not investigated their BVD Not Negative status. 
  • The guidance for the scheme has been published online and is available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/guidance-bvd-eradication-scheme-phase-5-december-2019/   All registered cattle keepers in Scotland will receive a hard copy of the guidance in the next week or so. 

New measures in Phase 5

  • Check the key points on page 4 of the guidance booklet for the list of new requirements. 
  • From 1 December, there are additional restrictions and duties for herds that have BVD positive animals (PIs and suspect PIs).  There are also new testing requirements for herds that have been BVD Not Negative for more than 15 months: all animals in the herd will need an individual BVD status.   

The ScotEID Helpline can assist with queries: 0300 244 9823. 

More info from:

Jenny Purcell  0300 244 9877 or jenny.purcell@gov.scot

AN ICONIC Hereford bull which sat above a doorway in the city for 30 years has been given a new lease of life.

The bull statue, which could be seen above the entrance to the Hereford Cattle Society, was taken down after being damaged by a lorry in June.

Laura Bowyer, marketing manager for the society, said: "At first we thought it was storm damage. Since, we discovered evidence that the plinth and bull were scraped by a lorry.

“It will also of course have experienced general weathering from being up there for such a long time.”

The replacement has appeared in its rightful place after detailed work by local sculptor Antony Halls and carpenter Martin Dixon.

Hollyvale 1 Gracious 3rd 

Hollyvale 1 Gracious 3rd from Allen and Philip Massey, Bury, Lancashire took the plaudits at the National Hereford Calf Show, hosted by the North of the England and Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Associations at Agri Expo, Carlisle winning supreme, grand female and junior female champion on their first time exhibiting at the event.

Making the journey across the Irish Sea to sort the line-ups was James Graham of the Richmount herd who described Agri Expo as a ‘fantastic show’, allowing the breed to capture  its target audience of commercial producers at the ringside.       

This was Masseys’ seven month old heifer calf’s first time from home where it is still suckling its dam Hollyvale 1 Gracious. It is a Dendor 1 Leroy daughter which was purchased in a private deal from the Caersws-based Jones family four years ago. This bull was also responsible for Hollyvale 1 June 3rd which won breed champion at Shropshire County and Westmorland earlier this year.

James said it ‘all came down to correctness’ when deciding on his champion, adding he didn’t want anything that was ‘over conditioned’. He described his supreme champion as a ‘nice and correct novice little heifer’. 

Reserve supreme, grand male and senior male champion was September 2018-born bull calf Normanton 1 Sydney from Tim and Will Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire. Sired by the 2016 Royal Highland and Royal Welsh interbreed champion Normanton 1 Laertes, it was out of Llancillo Hall Bertha 7th.                                                            

James said this young bull ‘moved freely on its legs’ and had a ‘well-sprung rib’, being ‘clean on the front shoulders’.  

Standing next to Masseys’ heifer in the grand female championship was the March 2019-born Moralee 1 Katy-Perry KS S8, from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland. This young female was sired by SMH Kingsize 87K, the Danish-bred 2019 UK sire of the year which has been so influential across the Harrisons’ 2019 show team. It is out of Richmount 1 Katie-Perry, bred by the judge.

Coley 1 Sebastian from Heather Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire was tapped out as reserve grand male champion, with farm manager Andrew Hughes on the halter. Born in October 2018, it is by the Danish sire Rosenkaer Messi 410M and out of Coley 1 Pippa 355.

Moralee 1 Katy-Perry KS S8                                                                                                      Coley 1 Sebastian                                

Moralee 1 Mink KR S4 from Tom and Di Harrison was named senior female champion. It is by Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider, bred by Harry Elliott, Cowshill, Durham, which itself is by the Candian-bred Spurstow 1 Victor. This 12 month old heifer is out of Moralee 1 Mink 2nd.


Continuing George and Sophie Harvey’s successful year and standing reserve senior female champion was Harveybros 1 Crocus S2, which carries three quarters of the same breeding as Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose, sharing the sire Normanton 1 Laertes and maternal grand dam.

Relative newcomers to the breed, Steven and Lizzie Walker, Hoghton, Lancashire went to the fore in the junior male championship with Hoghton View 1 Landslide, born February 2019. Out of Dendor 1 Anna Mary 30th, it is by semen from the Danish-bred bull Valma Landslide.

Coley 1 Saturn from Heather Whittaker was the reserve junior male champion. A Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid son, it is out of Kammerherre Iben 1026 M816 which was again imported from Denmark.                                          

 In the young handlers, James Anderson, 13, of the Moralee herd took thetop honours, after also winning the junior section and 19 year old Tom Horsley of Ridgeline Herefords won the senior class.










 Harveybros 1 Crocus S2                                                                                                                            Hoghton View 1 Landslide


A cracking line-up of 410 pedigree and commercial calves with further potential have been entered for the tenth Stars of the Future calf show, to be staged at United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre on Saturday 9 November 2019.

With a record entry at Stirling and attracting 164 exhibitors, a host of new exhibitors and no fewer than nine different breeds as well as commercial cattle, the judges will certainly have their work cut out for them with 66 classes, young handlers, native, continental and pairs championships to be judged simultaneously within three show rings starting at 8.30am, explains Stars of the Future calf show chairman Robert Paterson.

He said: “The judging format, will start with the commercial and breed classes, followed by the young handlers’ senior and junior sections, followed by the pair’s competition with the winning continental and native pair going head to head for the Joe Watson memorial trophy, and the show concluding with the individual interbreed senior and junior championships.”

Judging of the continental interbreed championships and pairs is in the capable hands of immediate past chairman of the Stars of the Future Calf Show, Adrian Ivory from Strathisla Farms at Meigle, with renowned pedigree livestock breeder and stockman Dennis Gall from Lockerbie judging the native interbreed championships and pairs.

Calf entries and judges include - 71 Aberdeen Angus and 24 Hereford’s judged by Robert Clarke; 32 British Blue’s judged by Ross Pattinson; 27 Charolais judged by Katreen Malone; 70 Highland’s judged by Donald Dempster; 58 Limousin’s judged by Michael Massie; 30 Beef Shorthorn’s judged by Dean Anderson and 42 Simmental’s judged by Simon Key.

The new classes introduced this year include Salers with 17 entered and will be judged by Iain Livesey and the commercial calf classes will be judged by Hugh Dunlop, with an entry of 39.

22 youngsters aged between eleven and eighteen have entered the young handlers' section so far and they will be judged by Elaine Pattinson. Entries for this section will still be taken on the morning of the event.

38 continental and native pairs have been entered from across the breeds, and pairs can be entered on the morning of the event from the cattle entered.

Over 50 commercial businesses, individuals and breed societies have supported the show in the form of sponsorship and main sponsors include ABP Perth, British Limousin Cattle Society, British Simmental Cattle Society and The Scottish Farmer.

Visitor entry to the show is free.

Robert continued: “The event will be a real showcase for the future stars of the pedigree beef industry in Scotland, with entries from all breeds going on to top shows and sales next year – this is definitely seen as the show to be at this winter and we are looking forward to welcoming people from across the length and breadth of the UK.”

Experts at Dalhousie University and McMaster University, Canada, which highlighted the work of  previous findings and its link to adverse risk to health, said the recommendations to cut red meat in the diet were weak and based on low-certainty evidence.

The panel said there was no ‘statistically significant or important association’ in the risk of heart disease, cancer or diabetes for those that consumed less red or processed meat. As an example, the report showed that if 1,000 people cut out three portions of red or processed meat every week for a lifetime, there would be seven fewer deaths from cancer.

Its work chose to exclusively focus on health outcomes because environmental and animal welfare concerns were ‘very different issues that are challenging to integrate with health concerns’.  Researcher and associate professor Bradley Johnston told the national press: “Based ontheresearch, we cannot say with any certainty that eating red or processed meat causes cancer, diabetes or heart disease.”  It said participants enjoyed eating meat, considered it an essential component of a healthy diet, and tended to be unwilling to change their meat consumption. 

AHDB head of meat marketing Liam Byrne said it was heartening to see the ‘positive report’ welcomed by academics as being robust, as previous advice to cut out red meat was ‘based on assumptions’ rather than scientific research. 

He said: “This is as shot in the arm for our producers, processors and butchers who have been besieged by negativity around red meat for so long, based on half-truths and ill-informed opinion. “The study shows evidence suggesting red meat can have an adverse effect on health is weak,at best, and certainly not strong enough to confidently suggest lifestyle changes for those perceived to eat more than the recommended weekly amount of 500g. “Sadly, we continue to see those with an alternative agenda crying foul and expressing public outrage at this report.” 

Healthy lower weight cattle finished rapidly are more profitable and produce less methane emissions over their lifetime, a study has revealed. The unique analysis of six years of real-world data has identified ways to identify the point of ‘peak profit’ for farmers. The Field2Yield project aimed to develop metrics that would help a farmer predict when an animal should be sold to get maximum returns. It also looked at ways to improve the herd so that offspring would consistently meet processor specifications.   
Historical data along with additional rump width, length, hip, height and body length measurements were analysed as part of the trial to develop models that would allow farmers to benchmark their performance. For example, growth curves were used to compare consumption over a life time for animals that were the same weight at slaughter. This showed that fast finishers are more profitable.

Spear headed by agri-chcompany Breedr and Rothamsted Research, findings will be discussed at the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit today (2 October). Ian Wheal, founder of Breedr, said: “Field2Yield demonstrated that growth curve analysis offers the potential to estimate the gross feed consumption and emissions of individual cattle,enabling a deeper understanding of the economic and environmental efficiency of livestock production.  “This rigorous science underpins our platform, which offers for the first time objectivity and a data driven approach to the livestock supply chain.”  As animals get larger their efficiency decreases. Because of this, giving farmers the tools to make the decision when to send an animal off could improve profitability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr Andrew Cooke, livestock scientist at Rothamsted Research’s North Wyke ‘farmlab’, said:“An animal will consume about 2.5% of its body weight a day in dry matter. “It is accepted that dry matter intake correlates strongly with methane output – a greenhouse gas. “Therefore, you may have two animals that are the same weight at slaughter, but if one of those gained more of its weight earlier in its life, it will have consumed more food and produced more methane during its lifetime.” 

Breedr, developers of a precision livestock app, is currently looking for farmers and processors to further develop their technology. Those that see commercial sustainability as vital to reducing environmental impact of beef production are encouraged to apply for a trial. 

The booking deadlline to receive the early bird discount for the World Hereford Conference is Thursday 31 October.

Held in New Zeland this year, it is an opportunity not to be missed, with an itinerary allowing delegates to see spectacular cattle and scenery.

Please click for the intinerary and costings for the pre and post conference tours and conference week and booking form.

There are two hotel options for the conference section of the World Hereford Conference:

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 (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

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 $1,625 (GBP £815) per room for the 5 night duration (room only)

Both options check-in on 9 March and depart on 14 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.

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 on 01636 616060 or info@fieldfarmtours.co.uk.


The dispersal sale of the Rodbaston herd of pedigree Herefords will be held on Tuesday 19 November at Shrewsbury Auction Centre, to commence at 1pm. 

Entries will include 21 cows with calves at foot, 10 in-calf cows, 7 in-calf heifers, 17 bulling and maiden hefiers, 3 stockbulls and 9 young bulls. 

The herd is a member of the SAC's premium cattle health scheme and has been a closed herd since 2014. It has been TB-free for 30 months, never having had a confirmed case. 

Contact Shrewsbury Auction Centre on 01743 462620 for further details. 

Leading the trade at the Hereford Cattle Society’s autumn show and sale at Hereford market was the Panmure herd of JM Cant and partners, Arbirlot, Angus headed by Audrey Anderson. Not only did the Panmure bulls see the highest bids, but many of the day’s top prices carried breeding from the Scottish breeders, particularly on the paternal side.

Panmure 1 Radley sold for 5,800gns

Panmure 1 Radley lead the way, topping the trade at 5,800gns, going home with B Walters and sons, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen. It is out of one of the herd’s best breeding cows, Panmure 1 Plum H12, a Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53 daughter and by Dendor 1 Leota. This 21 month bull has 400 and 600 day weights in the top 1 per cent of the breed and milk and eye muscle figures in the top 10 per cent.

Panmure 1 Rocky sold for 5,500gns

Not far behind was 19 month Panmure 1 Rocky which changed hands at 5,500gns to R Hobbs of the Kea herd and travels south to Truro, Cornwall. A full brother to the well-known Panmure 1 Nugget and Panmure 1 Henry, it is the last bull of its breeding to be offered for sale by the breeders and holds an eye muscle figure in the top 5 per cent of the breed. Sired by Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53, it is out of Panmure 1 Plum E2.

Glengough 1 Vinnie sold fo r 3,200gns

The grand male champion, Glengough 1 Vinnie from Ian Markham, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes was next in the money and exited the ring to a call of 3,200gns, made by Dai Walters of the newly established Whisper herd, based in Bassaleg, Newport. By the Cornish-bred Kea 1 Maestro which was bought at 18 months old at the 2016 autumn autumn show and sale from Andrew Hughes, Halifax, Yorkshire. It is out of Blakesley 1 Holly which was purchased from Ann Riley, Towcester, Northamptonshire as a heifer and having never won a title at Hereford before, the breeder describes the bull as the best he has ever bred.

Vexour 1 Percy sold for 3,100gns

Tapped out as senior male champion that morning, the hammer went down for Vexour 1 Percy from Jan Boomaars, Woldingham, Surrey at 3,100gns to Barry Myers, Brook, Surrey. By Solpoll 1 Landmark, a Panmure 1 Henry son, and out of a home-bred daughter of the well-known Australian bull Wirruna Daffy D1, this two year old male qualifies as a superior carcase sire.

Rockness 1 Monster from W and P Eccles, Trannent, East Lothian realised 3,000gns with a final bid from W Hamilton, and heads back up country to Gordon, Berwickshire. This dark coloured 23 month bull had been running with cows this summer and is a son of Milovaig 1 Jaguar, while out of Rockness 1 Matilda KH1, the 2018 Royal Highland senior female champion.

Coley 1 Ronaldo, the only bull forward from Heather Whittaker, Halifax, Yorkshire sold to Tom Pearson, Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire for 2,600gns to use in his pedigree Limousin herd. Full of Danish blood, this May 2018 born bull is by Rosenkaer Messi 410M and out of Bondes 1 Sundance.

Hollybush 1 Scotty sold for 2,600gns

At the same money was Hollybush 1 Scotty from Greg and Ruth Watkins, Little Hereford, Shropshire, selling to Peter Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire. Reserve grand male champion, it was the youngest bull on offer at 13 months of age. Out of Romany 1 Julia D345 H17, it is by another Panmure 1 Henry son, Solpoll 1 Mustang, which the family purchased from the Co Down-based McMordie family in a private telephone deal and describe as the best they have ever owned. 

Rempstone 1 Pansy N513 sold for 4,200gns

Given the current climate in the beef industry, the show heifer section saw a reassuring clearance of 90 per cent. Topping the female trade was Rempstone 1 Pansy N513 from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire which sold for 4,200gns to Carol Prater, Cublington, Buckinghamshire. It is the first heifer bred by Solpoll 1 Nobility, another sire by Panmure 1 Henry son, to be sold in public auction. Its dam, Rempstone 1 Pansy is also by a Panmure sire.

Barwise 1 Anise R025 sold for 3,500gns

Carolyn Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria gained 3,500gns for Barwise 1 Anise R025, a March 2018 born heifer, by Danish-bred Moeskaer Patriach 1458 and from a good, milky female line. Selling to CP Douglas and partners, Hawick, Roxburghshire, it was served with Gouldingpoll 1 Gold Spice semen in August.

Barwise 1 Anya R030 sold for 3,000gns

From the same stable at Barwise Hall was Barwise 1 Anya R030 which sold for 3,000gns to W Milner, Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Also served to Gold Spice, it is again sired by Moeskaer Patriach 1458 while the dam’s sire is Barwise 1 Wellington, a previous UK Hereford sire of the year.

The grand female champion Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 48th from AE Nesbitt Farms, Hungerford, Berkshire was knocked down at 2,700gns to join Dai Walters’ purchases. By two home-bred parents, it was born in March 2018.

The first animal through the ring, Kilvrough 1 Juliet 2nd from Elizabeth Radcliffe sold to LG Vasami, Ffostrasol, Ceredigion at 2,500gns and is a heifer which had its own share of show successes this summer.

Three show heifers sold at 2,400gns. Lowesmoor 1 Kinella 1163 from Michael Clark, Cherington, Gloucestershire was purchased by H Haddock, Longdon, Gloucestershire and Cleland 1 Juliet 16th from AE Nesbitt Farms made the same money, and travels across the water to Alan Shaw, Dungannon, Co Tyrone to join the Benburb herd. Barwise 1 Anise R018 from Carolyn Fletcher joins Dai Walters’ herd and travels to Bassaleg, Newport.

Cleland 1 Juliet 16th sold for 2,400gns

The sale only heifers cleared at 94 per cent, topping at 2,150gns for Kinglee 1 Oystergirl 594 from Peter Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire and is by Panmure 1 Karl which has produced the breeder a collection of show winners and champions in recent years. This heifer was purchased by G and A Williams, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire.

Blakesley 1 Krystal from Ian Markham generated 1,700gns, going to SA Maybery, Aberdulais, Glamorganshire. Andrew Thomas, Crossways, Glamorganshire had a good run of females entered which saw bids to 1,450gns for New Breach 1 Mandy 342, born in May 2017.

Auctioneers: Brightwells

Averages: 17 show heifers, £2,396.47; 17 bulls, £2,890.59; 13 sale only heifers, £1,425.58

At the annual awards dinner of the Hereford Cattle Society, held at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford, many of the top prizes were collected by breeders from the North of England.

Leading the way was Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland, who collected the much-anticipated sire of the year award for bull SMH Kingsize 87K. This five year old male has been influential across Moralee’s show cattle, siring many top animals, including Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12, Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3 and Moralee 1 Kimberly KS R7 as well as Eveter 1 Demelza 2nd, Maxstoke 1 Sovereign and Burmill 1 Raphael in other herds. Sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty, it is out of SMH Delight Sally 16, which is a daughter of Romany 1 Captain R22 C1. The bull was bred by Jens Michael Jensen from the Glud region of Denmark before being imported into the UK by Cogent in the summer of 2015. It was then purchased by the Harrison family at the end of 2016.

SMH Kingsize 87K

The Moralee herd also took the show herd of the year title, after some great successes throughout the year including at Shropshire County, Royal Three Counties, Royal Highland, Royal Welsh, Burwarton, Northumberland, Bucks County, National Poll Show and Kington, yielding a collection of breed and interbreed championships along the way.

Coley 1 Clara 418

In the individual awards, poll female of the year was named as Coley 1 Clara 418 jointly owned by Heather Whittaker of Coley Herefords and Rebecca Robinson of Whittle Herefords. Sired by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid, it is out of Coley 1 Clara 286, which is by Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe, one of Heather’s original stock bulls. This heifer went on to be named overall female of the year and won breed championships at the Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire as well as a number of grand female championships.

Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62


Bull of the year was named as Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from Heather Whittaker. Purchased from JRB Wilison and sons, Kelso, Roxburghshire, Prime Time is a name known to most in the breed and has forged a tremendous track record in the showring over the past two years with Andrew Hughes on the halter. Sired by Barwise 1 Lancer, last year’s UK sire of the year, it is out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84.

Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12

Prime Time was jointly named as poll bull of the year along with Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison sharing the cup. Young bull Rebel Kicks took the showrings by storm this summer and has done exceptionally well for the Harrisons who say it is the best bull they have ever bred. By the 2019 UK sire of the year SMH King Size 87K, it is out of another Romany female, this time Romany 1 Dawn D1 M6.

RA Bradstock had a successful time at the National Hereford Show

In the horned animals, RA Bradstock and partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire took the herd of the year title, having had particular success at the National Hereford Show at Tenbury and at Kington Show in September. 

Kye Holly 818

Kye Holly 818 from Philip Martindale, Bolton, Lancashire took the horned female of the year title, having stood grand female at the National Hereford Show, junior Hereford champion at the Royal Ulster, reserve female champion at Bucks County and breed champion at Denbigh and Flint. Bred by Irish breeders P and C McGrath, Co Roscommon, it came into the country in the spring of this year.

Church Preen Riddick

Church Preen Riddick from AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shorophshire received the cup for horned bull of the year, which was tapped out as supreme champion at the National Hereford Show. It also made appearances at the Royal Three Counties, Royal Welsh and Shropshire County.

‘Focusing on succession to build a sustainable future’ is the theme for the 2020 BCBC Conference, taking place on 20-22 January at the Telford Hotel and Golf resort in Shropshire.

The conference draws speakers and delegates from across the beef and dairy industries. It is renowned as a forum for debate and discussion between farmers, scientists and the industry, and a platform for the introduction of new science and technology. 

Opening the conference will be Roddy McLean, Director of Agriculture, NatWest, looking at some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the sector and how we support the next generation. 

The national and international speakers will include Dr Jude Capper on communicating the environmental advantages of our industries. Also speaking is Morrisons’ Sophie Throup, giving a consumer and retailer perspective on beef and how they inform the industry. 

UK vet and Nuffield Scholar Neil Eastham will be talking about linking genomics to succession in breeding and Professor Roel Veerkamp, from Wageningen University, looks at the developments in multi-breed genomic prediction. 

Bart Lardner, Professor at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, considers the influence of nutrition through pregnancy in heifers and Dr Michelle Judge, from Teagasc, will discuss breeding for superior meat and eating quality. 

Reflecting the conference theme, delivering succession for farming businesses is the topic  accountant Rob Hitch will address. Alongside him, farmers Patrick Morris-Eyton and Neale Sadler offer a first-hand account of their personal business development and succession plans. 

The new Chair of the British Cattle Breeders Club, Laurence Loxam, was instrumental in choosing the conference theme and explains why it is so relevant: “As we enter a new decade successful succession and sustainability is key to the future of our industry. We have seen over many years how cattle breeding has greatly benefitted from the dynamic integration of science, new technologies and innovation.  New thinking and a stronger ability to innovate provide what’s needed to increase efficiencies and produce animals responsive to the demands of a changing market place; we have to be more effective. 

“The quality and range of speakers at the 2020 BCBC Conference demonstrates the very latest in innovation and thinking our industry has to offer and I look forward to the lively debate they will spark,” he concludes. 

The full conference programme and booking details will be available on the BCBC website (www.cattlebreeders.org.uk) in late October 2019.

The inaugural Goulding Opportunities sale held by the Gouldingpoll and Intelagri herds at Roscrea Mart, Co Tipperary saw records tumble including a new Irish public sale record for a Hereford male set at €8,400.

All in all, 56 live lots of pedigree Hereford cattle went through the ring at a clearance rate of 93 per cent, with many purchases heading across the Irish Sea to join UK herds.

Topping the sale at €8,400 was 18 month old Gouldingpoll Stockman, a bull lying in the top 1 per cent of the Irish breed. A son of Gouldingpoll 1 Robust, this bull is out of Danish-bred Moeskaer Keepsake 1336 and sold to Cogent Breeding UK to join other Gouldingpoll-bred herd mates at the stud.

Females cleared at 98 per cent and three heifers sold for €8,085 each, a price never before reached for a Hereford female at Irish public auction, including full sisters Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 984 and Gouldingpoll 1 Darling Duchess 986, selling to Kevin McOscar, Cookstown, Co Tyrone. These two young females were born on the same day and are by 2016’s UK bull of the year Normanton 1 Laertes and bred from Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591, the 2014 Irish National Show female champion. The other in the trio at this price was Gouldingpoll 1 Kashmir 1021, which sold to to DRA Fabb, Warboys, Cambridgeshire.

Next in the money was Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 981, a maternal sibling to Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine, and out of Dendor 1 Kohinoor. This heifer travels to the Netherhall herd of David and Maggie Kelly, Kirby Lonsdale, Cumbria for €7,455. Also heading to the North of England, but this time to reside at the Coley herd of Heather Whittaker, Halifax, Yorkshire, was 18 month old Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 916, which realised €6,195. Sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Robust, this heifer is out of Duchess 671.

A daughter of the influential Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Pebbles 888 also sold for an impressive €6,195 and joins William Ryan’s Woodpark herd, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

The fourth of the Duchess heifers to break the €6,000 barrier was Duchess 678, selling to Janet Costello, Crecora, Co Limerick. This heifer is one of the first daughters of Fabb 1 Northern Star to be offered for sale, and is another daughter of Duchess 591.

Two heifers to sell at €5,145 were Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 911 and Gouldingpoll 1 Fanny 980. Duchess 911 is a daughter of the renowned Remitall Superduty 42S, and joins the Rempstone herd of MJ Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire.

Gouldingpoll 1 Fanny 980, by Solpoll Kentucky Kid, was one of nine heifers sold into Wales, and was knocked down to Ellis Parry, Llansoy, Monmouthshire.

Heifers from Roy Beattie’s Intelagri herd also met a buoyant trade. Topping the lots was Intelagri 1 Sky Lucy, a daughter of the 11,000gns Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy and sold for €4,725 to Alfred Sweetman, Cashel, Co Tipperary. Heifers Intelagri 1 Lucy and Intelagri 1 Emma Jane which went for €4305 and €4200 to MJ LLudgate, Thame, Oxfordshire, and S and E Walker, Preston, Lancashire respectively.

Four heifers were snapped up by P Moyle and V Weller to expand their Porton House herd, based in Porton, Newport. Purchases included Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess, by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid at €4,515 and Gouldingpoll 1 Emma Jane 812 at €4,410, which sold in-calf to Panmure 1 Henry.

Gouldingpoll 1 Kashmir 825, another Panmure 1 Henry daughter, sold at €4,200 to W Duff, Norwood, Co Tipperary.Auctioneer: Dennis Barrett

Sale manager: Will Awan

Averages: 52 lots, €3,797; 7 bulls, €3,150; 45 females, €3,898

Gouldingpoll 1 Stockman                                                          Gouldingpoll 1 Kashmir 1021


Gouldingpoll Darling Duchess 986                                            Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 984

The national show and sale of Hereford cross store cattle, sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Society, attracted a good entry of store cattle which exceeded expectations considering the deadweight trade crisis, reported Hereford Market Auctioneers.

A nice selection of cows and calves started the sale with a top price of £1,360 and several sold between £1,300 and £1,200.

 After being judged by Luke Sterry, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, the store section saw a top price of £1,010 for the winning pen of steers from Watkins and Gwatkin, Abbeydore, Herefordshire, all sired by Phocle Lamborghini.

The winning pair of heifers was from John Smith of Woonton Herefords, Almeley, Herefordshire, both sired by Boundless 1 Kurt and realised £990 per life.

Plenty of steers and heifers sold between £990 and £850, generally between 15 and 20 months old and weighing 400-550kg.

A lot of animals sold at between £840 to £700, with smaller or plainer bred sorts between £650 and £500.

Rob Meadmore, Hereford Market Auctioneers said: “The standard of the stock always brings extra buyers to this fixture and with their support prices better than anticipated, with Herefords sent to many parts of the country.”

After months of hot competition, the team representing UK Hereford Youth at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand 2020, and receiving a travel bursary from the Hereford Cattle Society, has been announced. 

The competition to represent the country on the world stage concluded with a day at Robert Wilson’s Fluffy Moos venue in Kelso, where applicants undertook a series of team building activities before clipping and dressing an animal, followed by an interview. Leading the team to the other side of the world will be 28 year old Ryan Coates from Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire. Having been involved in the Hereford breed for 15 years, Ryan is a familiar face, and these days is often seen on the steering end of Newtoncroft cattle in the show ring. As the current vice chairman of the Midlands and East Anglia Herford Breeders’ Association and vice county chairman of Leicestershire and Rutland Young Farmers Clubs, Ryan already has a wealth of experience in team leadership. The judges are confident he will ably manage the group in the run up to, and while at the Conference. 

Joining Ryan will be Sophie Harvey, 24, from Balfron, Glasgow who has led the Harveybros herd to produce and show its most successful animal to date in the form of heifer Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose. Sophie is a well-practiced show lady and currently holds some 43 young handlers titles to her name. Having previously studied at Scotland’s SRUC, She is a practical girl, with an impressive back-record of freelance work in the pedigree world across a number of breeds as well as commercial stock. Sophie is also a former judge of the Autumn Calf Show at Agri Expo, Carlisle. 



James Ludgate will also be travelling as part of the team. At 27 years old, James has been the face of the Rempstone herd based near Thame, Oxfordshire in recent times. Working in the family’s meat wholesale business, James brings a good understanding of the consumer market and carcase quality to the team. He has also a good deal of judging experience having judged the Danish National Show, the Royal Berkshire and the Northern Irish Calf Show, and this year has been tasked with the job of sorting the line-ups at the Hereford autumn show and sale. 


The North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association’s junior representative, Matthew Rollason, has also been successful in gaining a position on the team. Aged 23 and from Bury, Lancashire, Matthew works as a graduate manager for Dunbia and is keen to further his knowledge of the New Zealand supply chain and further his existing network of contacts while at the Conference.

Tim Livesey, chairman of the UKHY working group, said: “It has been nothing but encouraging to see such a high calibre of candidates putting themselves forward for this opportunity. The judges truly had a hard job on their hands in what was a very close competition. 

“I must extend my congratulations to the successful candidates and thank all the applicants for their time and commitment to this process. I wish the four team members the best of luck in New Zealand.”


The Hereford Cattle Society thanks all those who have hosted, trained, judged and assisted at UK Hereford Youth events throughout this selection process. 

Pictures from top to bottom: Ryan Coates, Sophie Harvey, James Ludgate and Matthew Rollason