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Many show societies have been forced to cancel thier summer shows due to coronavirus.

Show cancellations or postponements: 

May 9 - Ayr County Show - cancelled
May 9-10 Nottinghamshire County Show, Newark - cancelled
May 13-16 Balmoral Show, Balmoral Park - cancelled
May 16-17 RWAS Smallholders Festival - cancelled
May 21-23 Devon County Show, Exeter - cancelled
May 23 Fife County Show, Kinloss - cancelled
May 23 Shropshire County - cancelled
May 23 Heathfield and District Heathfield, East Sussex - cancelled
May 23-24 Hertfordshire Show - cancelled
May 25 Great Harwood Show, Lancashire - cancelled
May 25 Northumberland County Show, Hexham - cancelled
May 25 Surrey County - cancelled
May 27-28 Suffolk Show, Suffolk - cancelled
May 27-28 Staffordshire County Show, Stafford - cancelled
May 28 NBA Beef Expo, Darlington - postponed
May 28-30 The Royal Bath and West Show, Somerset - postponed to July 31 - August 2
May 31 Rutland Agricultural Show, Rutland - cancelled

June 4-6 Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge - postponed to September 10 - 12
June 5-6 Ballymoney, Co Antrim - cancelled
June 7 LEAF Open Farm Sunday, Stoneleigh - postponed to September
June 11-13 South of England Show, Ardingly - cancelled
June 12-14 Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern - cancelled
June 13 NI National (Armargh), Co Armagh - cancelled
June 13 Cumberland Show, Carlisle - cancelled
June 16-17 Royal Cheshire County Show, Knutsford - cancelled
June 18-21 Royal Highland Show, Ingliston - cancelled
June 24-25 Lincolnshire Show, Lincolnshire - cancelled
June 27-28 Ballymena Ballymena, Co Antrim - cancelled
June 28 Derbyshire County Elvaston, Derbyshire - cancelled
June 28 Bury Bury, Lancashire - cancelled
June 28 Cranleigh Cranleigh, Surrey - postponed to Sunday 13 September

July 1-2 Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich - cancelled
July 4 Hanbury Countryside Redditch, Worcestershire - cancelled
July 4 Monmouthshire Monmouth, Monmouthshire - cancelled
July 10-12 Kent County Maidstone, Kent - cancelled
July 11 Newport Newport, Shropshire - cancelled
July 12 Ashby Heather, Leicestershire - cancelled
July 14-16 Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate - cancelled
July 18 Castlewellan Castlewellan, Co Down - cancelled
July 20-23 Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells - cancelled
July 24-25 Scottish National (Border Union) Kelso, Roxburghshire - cancelled
July 25 Antrim Antrim, Co Antrim - cancelled
July 28-30 New Forest and Hampshire County Brockenhurst, Hampshire - cancelled
July 29 Nantwich and South Cheshire Nantwich, Cheshire - cancelled
July 31-Aug 2 Royal Bath and West Shepton Mallet, Somerset - cancelled

August 1 Brecon County Brecon, Powys - cancelled
August 1 Dumfries Annan, Dumfries and Galloway - cancelled
August 1 Tenbury Countryside Show and National Hereford Show - cancelled
August 7 Fishguard Fishguard, Pembrokeshire - cancelled
August 8 Chepstow Chepstow, Monmouthshire - cancelled
August 11-12 Anglesey County Holyhead, Anglesey - cancelled
August 18-20 Pembrokeshire County Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire - cancelled
August 30-31 Edenbridge and Oxted Lingfield, Surrey - cancelled

Sept 5 Alresford Winchester, Hampshire - cancelled

This year's Shropshire County Show has been cancelled, with showgoers set to return to Shrewsbury on 23 May 2021.

You can find more information here.

 

In Friday 10 April's Scottish Farmer, a piece was printed about the huge growth the Hereford Cattle Society has witnessed over the past 10 years. 

The article followed the UK country report which was given at the World Hereford Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand. 

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With Herefords and Hereford crosses making up 27 per cent of the Kiwi national suckler herd, New Zealand was a worthy destination for the 18th World Hereford Conference, which descended on iconic Queenstown in March.

Herefords in the UK have seen a resurgence in recent times, Laura Bowyer, marketing manager at the Hereford Cattle Society told the conference’s international delegates.

In 2020, there are over 1,000 active breeders across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which has increased by nearly 60 per cent over the last 10 years, she said.

“Over 9,000 pedigree calves are now registered each year, which is up nearly 50 per cent compared to 10 years ago. Looking at the equally important commercial numbers, over 185,000 Hereford sired progeny are now registered each year in the UK, including those on cross-bred suckler and dairy systems. This is an almost 90 per cent increase over the last decade.”

Not only does this show the Hereford Cattle Society is going in the right direction and the breed is gaining more and more momentum, but it also shows how commercially relevant and popular Herefords have become once again in the UK.

The number of branded Hereford Beef carcases which went through the system in 2019, saw an increase of over 350 per cent, compared to 10 years ago, added Laura.

Since the last World Hereford Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2016, the Hereford breed has witnessed a string of price records in the UK.

“In autumn 2017, a record average price at a Society sale was set for heifers of just over £3,600.

“Spring 2018 saw a record average price at Hereford market for bulls of over £4,300, with a joint top of £8,200,” she said.

At the dispersal sale of Phil and Alison Allman’s Greenyards herd in January 2020, five year old cow Greenyards 1 Truelove M314 sold for a female centre record at Hereford market of £10,700.

The Designer Genes sale is a privately-run pedigree Hereford sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre and in December 2018 a new public sale price record for a poll bull of £13,650 was set.

The Society is also working towards more robust genetic analyses, in the form of genomics, and follows its move from microsatellite to single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) testing. The benefits of SNP testing include sire discovery without the requirement of the dam, future genomic evaluations and early decisions on animal’s destinies, traceability and food integrity, Laura explained.

The success of any future move to producing genomically enhanced EBVs will be dependent on the quality and quantity of the performance recorded data.

“We are encouraging breeders to embrace Breedplan, a free service to our members, and help the Society move forward with this technology.

Hereford Beef has been in vogue over the past 18 months picking up a number of national awards, which is very encouraging and perfectly reflects its quality, she said.

“However, much work is still to be done in promoting Hereford Beef to the public, this is essential in order to provide existing and potential stockists of Hereford Beef with the confidence that consumers recognise our brand. Quality has never been an issue for Hereford beef but its recognition as a premium product has.

Laura said: “At the end of 2019, the Society’s council appointed the services of a reputable London-based food PR and marketing agency, to work to raise the profile of Hereford beef, via both traditional print and online methods.

We have an animal that is both prolific and efficient at turning forage into a high-quality source of protein, along with the associated health benefits of eating beef higher in omega 3 than that produced from a grain-based diet. As a natural grazing animal, the Hereford can also play an important role in sequestrating carbon by utilising a mainly grass-based diet, as this would help to build soil fertility, capture carbon dioxide and encourage wildlife.”

With the nation’s restaurants closed for the foreseeable future, farmers and chefs are teaming up to help people enjoy the perfect steak dinner at home.

Usually, 20 per cent of beef is consumed in the eating-out market, with steak a popular choice, but current closures mean there will be 2.5 billion fewer eating-out occasions between April and June this year*.

With social media an increasingly important source of recipe inspiration, AHDB is rallying industry and chefs to use the hashtags #steaknight and #makeitsteak over the next three months to show consumers how to enjoy restaurantquality steak in the comfort of their own home.

The initiative aims to put steak on the menu for some of the additional 500 million meals** a week which will now be consumed at home during lockdown.

For those unsure where to start, the Hereford Cattle Society has a range of quick and easy recipes on its Hereford Beef website 

Will Jackson, AHDB Strategy Director for Beef & Lamb, said: “We want to join up the supply chain and showcase the fantastic ways we can all enjoy an eating-out experience in the comfort of our living rooms by linking up communities across social media with farmers and chefs to share their expert knowledge and tips.

“We encourage everyone to prepare and share simple steak recipes to help people cook with confidence in their own home during these difficult times.”

Steak can also make a valuable contribution to a balanced diet, as red meat is naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides eight vitamins and minerals which contribute towards good health.

Red meat, such as beef, is one of the main sources of vitamin B12, which is typically only found naturally in animal products, such as meat and milk. Vitamin B12 helps the immune system work normally and contributes to normal psychological function.

#Steaknight is part of AHDB’s extensive consumer-focused marketing and PR programme, and complements Great British Beef Week, taking place from 23 to 30 April

UK Sire Services are concentrating on export orders for Australia and New Zealand in particular.

If any member has semen from their bulls that qualifies for export to these countries, that is held with UK Sire Services, and that they wish to “hitch a lift” with the consolidated shipments that they are preparing, please let them know.

It will save considerable expense by sharing transport costs with many others.

Dear stakeholder

Following on from previous emails, publicising the advice published on the TB Hub website regarding guidance on statutory TB testing of cattle herds in GB during the COVID-19 pandemic, further updates have been made to the TB Hub with dedicated pages covering:

  • Statutory TB testing of cattle herds in GB during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • TB licensing in England and Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Management of TB breakdowns in GB during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The information can be found at: https://tbhub.co.uk/tb-testing-and-control-measures-in-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ .

Defra Bovine TB Programme

At the field day at Earnscleugh Herefords during the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand's South Island, breed secretary David Deakin and president Mark Roberts were interviewed by the New Zealand Farmers Weekly.

The pair were questionned on Britain's exit from Europe, and how choosing the Hereford which could benefit producers if the government takes the expected route of linking subsidies with the environment. 

“Permanent pasture is grazed by native breeds like Herefords that produce high-quality protein from pasture, sequester carbon in the soil and do not release carbon through land being cultivated,” said Mark. 

You can read the full article here.

David Deakin (left) and Mark Roberts. Credit: New Zealand Farmers Weekly

The Hereford sired store sale on Thursday 2 April at Hereford Market will go ahead, but without the pre-sale show. 

Market staff will however be adhering to strict regulation due to the spread of COVID-19 and ask that the following information is read before entering the market. Click here for further information. 

For further details, contact Rob Meadmore on 07774 763971.

A private sale catalogue is now available containing animals which were entered for the spring show and sale. 

The catalogue features 71 entries, including 36 bulls and 35 females. Cattle are to be sold as seen. 

Click here to view the catalogue. 

Dear Stakeholder.

We have published a series of documents on bovine tuberculosis (bTB) disease control.

Summary of 2019 badger control operations 

Summary includes:

  • NE Chief Scientist’s advice on outcome of ops, including effectiveness, humaneness and safety.
  • CVO’s advice on disease control benefits (including Area 32 – Cumbria).
  • Updating min/max numbers. 
  • Data from cull areas. 

The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-summary-of-badger-control-monitoring-during-2019

Summary of 2019 supplementary badger control operations 

Summary includes:

  • NE Chief Scientist’s advice on outcome of ops, including effectiveness, humaneness and safety.
  • CVO’s advice on disease control benefits.
  • Data from cull areas. 

The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-summary-of-badger-control-monitoring-during-2019

LRA Epidemiology Reports 2019 

  • Descriptive reports on the epidemiology of bTB in the Low Risk (LRA). 

 The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-epidemiology-reports-2019

 TB Surveillance in east Cumbria 

 Report on the monitoring of the culled badger populations for TB – prevalence and whole genome sequencing. 

The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-surveillance-in-wildlife-in-england

Summary of 2019 badger vaccination operations 

  • Data on vaccination undertaken in each county.

 The information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-summary-of-badger-control-monitoring-during-2019

Six-monthly testing in Shropshire and Staffordshire

Last week we advised stakeholders that the roll out of six-monthly surveillance testing of cattle herds in Shropshire and Staffordshire from April 2020 would be kept under review in light of the developing COVID-19 situation.  To ease the burden on official veterinarians and cattle keepers we will defer roll-out until the current situation improves to the point where we have confidence that the changes are deliverable and not unduly burdensome. 

Information on TB testing during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on the TB Hub at:

https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Thank you.

Defra Bovine TB Programme.

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Larry Feeney, the Irish Hereford Breed Society’s secretary was elected as secretary general of the World Hereford Council at the World Hereford Conference held in New Zealand earlier this month.

Larry will lead the council for the next four years, up to the next World Hereford Conference to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, USA in July 2024. 

With over 30 years experience as breed secretary of the Irish Hereford Cattle Society, Larry has a wealth of knowledge and experience in agriculture, particularly in the pedigree breeding of Herefords. He has been a dedicated servant to the Irish Hereford Society and a great supporter of the breed in general.

The Hereford Cattle Society wishes Larry the very best of luck in his new and important role, in which he will be ably supported by the newly elected advisory and technical sub-committees.

The Society would also like to thank out-going secretary general Jose ‘Pepe’ Bonico from Uruguay for his dedication and hard work over the past eight years.

Society president Mark Roberts congratulates Larry Feeney on his appointment

Due to the coronavirus restrictions in place the Breedplan accredited scanners are not operating until further notice.

However, please send in your calving scores and any weights as per normal and we will make every effort to process them in a timely manner.

Please email performance recoding data to Tracey: Tracey.Thomas@herefordcattle.org 

Dear stakeholder.

We would like to make you aware of newly published guidance for farmers on statutory TB testing of cattle during the coronavirus pandemic. This can be accessed by clicking on the COVID-19 banner on the homepage of the TB hub website. The guidance will continue to be updated as and when more information becomes available. 

Thank you. 

Defra TB Programme


Great Yorkshire Show Cancelled


Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 July 2020
 

 

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the sad but sensible decision to cancel the Great Yorkshire Show this year.

As this national crisis escalates day by day, we feel we cannot safely run the Show in 2020.  We are extremely sorry to have to announce this news and appreciate that this will disappoint everyone who loves the Show as much as we do.

We will continue to passionately support our farmers in whatever way we can, as they work hard producing our food.

We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Great Yorkshire Show and our goal is to return bigger and better next year.

We hope you and your families stay safe and well through these difficult times.


Nigel Pulling
Chief Executive
Yorkshire Agricultural Society

At 6:30am on Wednesday, we left the city of Dunedin with a population of 130,000 and headed east to the Otago Hill Country, to view a 250 cow pedigree operation and 500 commercial cattle at Stoneburn commercial stud, where the bacon and eggs were the best yet!.

After that we joined two other buses which had taken the scenic route via Oamaru, where we learnt about the little blue penguins which go into the bay to roost. You can watch them in the evenings, but sadly there was precious little time as we had the next farm to visit in the Waitiki district. We visited Merrylea, home of the McKercher family who run 260 cows alongside 2,000 breeding ewes on 720 hectares of rolling to hill country in Cave, south Canterbury.

After this, we travelled on up through the Otago province, through Pleasant Point, Temuka, and Winchester towns and towards Orari Gorge Herefords, home of Rosa, Graham, Robert and Alex Peacock. We had a stroll through their grounds and were bowled over by the beautiful rose and vegetable gardens, below the preserved farmhouse and ‘futter’ or ‘feed house’ of their ancestors, the Tripp family, who settled in these hills in the 1850s.

We were treated to a wonderful supper courtesy of the Peacock family, where humour and camaraderie remained strong despite growing uncertainty as to what the next few days had in store, due to ongoing developments regarding the Coronavirus.

Mark

As COVID-19 grasps hold of the country, a number of summer shows have announced cancellations and date changes. 

Following government advice, the Royal Three Counties Show issued its cancellation, also detailing that a number of other events at the Malvern showground will not be going ahead this year. The Royal Highand and Great Yorkshire, two of the country's biggest livestock events, have also been cancelled, causing great upset among some showgoers.

Many other shows have announced date rearrangements, rather than halting their events altogether. The National Beef Association has stated that its flagship event, Beef Expo, will be postponed to a date later this summer, rather than in May as planned.

The situation is similar for one of the summer's first shows, the Royal Ulster, which has been rescheduled to Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 August 2020.

Devon County Show joins the postponements and is now also planning an August show, giving the dates of Friday 28 to Sunday 30 August 2020.

The Society will keep members abreast of the latest news on summer shows as details are received.

We had a truly mind-boggling visit to Bill Richard’s transport museum in Invercargill, where we saw upwards of 100 Ford and Dodge vans, cars, tractors, and motorbikes, not to mention vintage shop fronts and fashion design items from local college students. Here we partied the night away and so it was with some weariness that we once again boarded the coach the next morning, bound for the famous Waikaka Hereford stud, run by Laurie and Sharon Patterson and their family.

We were greeted by a strong showing of 200 cattle, with good temperament and all-round production ability. Laurie is chair of Hereford Prime so is a strong advocate of intramuscular fat in his herd. The first rain of the trip did not dampen our enthusiasm, on what was an inspiring bunch of cattle, and a lovely little display of collector’s items in their mini museum. A picture of two forbears who had gone to war was a sobering reminder of lives cut short, and what might have been for those wonderful young men, who went off with hopes that the war would be over by Christmas.

Following this were visits to firstly Robert Kane’s beef sheep and dairy farm in West Otago, and then secondly to Limehills stud, home of Gray Pannett and family. Both men had been our guides in the North Island so those on that tour were pleased to see their farms.

Robert and his wife Mary-Anne show great farming versatility, with a mixed farm of Angus, Hereford and son Luke and his wife Nicole heading up the dairy enterprise.

The final visit of the day was to Limehills, where Gray and Robyn Pannett, and daughters Madison and Evie, run 8,000 cross-bred sheep and 1,200 cattle, 350 of which are Hereford stud cows. The family served drinks and scones while we meandered our way through some well-grown strong-looking bulls and heifers, which they had brought down off the hills that morning. Their emphasis is on breeding cattle that thrive in commercial operations. They also run an extensive AI programme, sourcing top genetics both from NZ and internationally.

A few delegates couldn’t help ribbing Gray, since he had teased some of us, and the North Islanders mercilessly the week before. He was accused of making most of the facts up about the North Island, as he only visits it under duress! He took it in good stead, allowing his wife Robyn to accept some well-deserved glory.

Mark

Bulls at Kane Farms.

After a night out on the town it was an early start for 200 or so conference delegates as we loaded onto coaches at 7:30am to set off on a winding route through the valleys towards Wanaka, 60 miles inland.

On arrival we were struck by how similar the sideshows and attractions were to our UK agricultural shows. Delineated sections for horses and showjumping, cattle lines, foodies and rural crafts and children’s play areas. 

Once Maddy had spent half an hour on the bouncy castle we were able to get to the cattle.  Wanaka is a relatively small rural show, but the number of Hereford cattle forward was considerably increased this year in order to provide a similar range of young heifers with which the Hereford Youth teams could compete.

The youth teams had already completed a fairly gruelling week, carrying out tasks such as boning out a brisket, fencing, stockjudging and reason giving, clipping, showing and a quiz.

At the show we felt the whole UK team displayed their abilities in the show ring to the absolute max. Their supporters and other country observers all congratulate them. Of course, we must say a special congratulations to James Ludgate who stood second overall in the handling class. Throughout the whole day, they displayed determination and good spirit in all they did, so we came away very proud of their efforts.

Mark

Tuesday and Thursday were full conference days, for those wanting to learn more about Breedplan, genomics, pasture management, and the current challenges to our breed.

On Tuesday morning, each representative country gave a report to conference on their local developments. Each country had eight minutes to present their PowerPoint. Most told a similar tale - of branding and quality improvements - and competition from other breeds for market share. We had very positive feedback from other country delegates who we got to know on pre-tour, that Laura’s presentation was one of the strongest due to her clear delivery and emphasis on future growth. The content covered the English rugby team triumphing over New Zealand and a message from Nigel Owens advising delegates not to argue with a New Zealander about rugby, which was also received with good humour! Well done Laura.

The speakers from Tuesday afternoon onwards, drawn from a range of countries including Australia, New Zealand, USA and Uruguay, gave thought-provoking presentations on the topics of grassland management, genotype, and the growing emphasis on Breedplan recording linked with genomic information to improve the accuracy of our predictive values.

On Thursday, the emphasis was on modern challenges to farming such as methane emissions and the common perception that beef breeds are to blame for carbon emissions. The growth of vegetarianism and veganism, and the myths some celebrities are helping to purport was combatted with evidence of how important animals are in land management. In New Zealand 60 to 70 per cent of the islands' area is mountainous and impossible to cultivate. Much discussion ensued on how we manage these modern problems.

Changes going forward are using ear tags to tissue sample our cattle, improving our recording across the board, and emphasising the strength of Herefords off pasture. Most New Zealand breeders do not supplement the grass diet. Could UK breeders manage in the same way?!

Mark

We journeyed out from Queenstown, north east to Clutha, through mountains, into drier, wine-growing regions and on to fertile valleys of vines and cherry trees. Over bridges of crystal clear, turquoise glacial water, we sped onwards and upwards to the stud of Locharburn Herefords, home of Geoff and Joyce Brown.

Here, we enjoyed a display of scanning for eye muscle area and intra-muscular fat, together with back-fat depth. The scanner compared three heifers of the same weight, demonstrating why one would come out with a much higher quality meat yield, shown by her measurements in these three areas.

After delicious home made cakes and coffee, we were given an ear tag and head collar technology demonstration, before taking a stroll round the cattle.

The afternoon consisted of a trip further up in to the mountains, to Earnscleugh Station, home of Alistair, Duncan, and Amanda Campbell. This high, exposed 21,000ha station experiences hot dry summers and cold winters, with rainfall of up to 12,000mm.

Today the Campbells farm pure Merino sheep, with an amazing show of fleeces for us to see the length and quality of wool fibre. Some fleeces fetch thousands of dollars. They also farm Angus and composite cattle as well as Herefords. The ground would not lend itself to cultivation, with rocky outcrops abound.

After a deliciously succulent steak sandwich, made from 40-day hung beef, we were given a talk by a chef of a local hotel, who had prepared the steaks. We then moved to the sheep shearing shed and heard of the latest research findings on grazing management from Dr Jason Rowntree, and on animal behaviour from Professor Pablo Gregorini, from South America.

Another memorable, picturesque day.

Mark

 

 

Almost a Sunday morning lie-in followed by a leisurely breakfast then a short run to Te Taumata Herefords, with a far backdrop of mountains, belonging to Jim, Alistair and Eileen McWilliam. The first cattle we met, at the side of the drive, were Te Taumata Foundation 14684 and Te Taumata Force..., both by NJW Hometown 10Y. Viewing them, we knew we were in for a treat.

Jim and Alistair MccCowan and their families calve their heifers at three years old, as they feel they are then better equipped within this varied environment to raise good calves. The hilly terrain, dry summers, and hard winters mean the cattle need that time to mature.

Fond farewells and presentations, including a birthday sing-song for 15 year old Ella, a keen stock woman, and winner of best presentation in future beef with both heifers and young bulls in the last four years, were well-received.The in-calf heifer bunch was one of the finest we have seen. Three strong-looking 18 month old bulls in the first paddock, were admired by all.

Another treat was then in store for us at Poppies Winery in Martinborough. We had a tasting of five main wines that they produce there, from a dry rose, a dry 2018 reisling, ‘a wine of seduction’ Pinot Grigio and an absolutely gorgeous Pinot Noir, which we were told needs time to mature if you are to taste the depths of her true character (sounds like the wife!)

Poppy taught us one is seeking the perfect balance between sweetness, flavour and assertiveness. Sounds like the perfect shopping list for an ideal partner... the words, like the wine, by now flowing freely!

We finished off our wine tasting with a dessert white, late harvest Riesling, hooose grapes are pick'd in late Mayyy... from mature viNes of charakter, which searrch for water to a depth of eight to nine metres.........(hicc).....!

Kairuru, Koanui, and Otapawa; three herds all well-known in the UK and we have made our way south to Wellington we have been to herds almost all breeders at home will know well. Friday took us to Kevin, Jane, Jeffrey and Nicola McDonald’s herd. This was the last herd which the youth team would visit with us, and a great way to go out. Nicola is a Danish-trained vet, who has married into this already successful team, so we saw no hint of limp or strain in this well-fleshed, heavy-milking herd.

That night we were treated to a succulent fillet steak dinner in St George’s restaurant, Hastings, prepared by one of Hasting’s leading chefs, who ONLY uses Hereford beef. He spoke to us of it’s qualities, saying it never lets him down.

Next was Koanui - an upland farm rather like Bushy Downs and was probably the largest herd we have seen with 800 cows and still increasing. The Chesterman family, led by Fred, and Chris, certainly know the meaning of hard work. The view from their hill top walk was breathtaking. Gerald Blandford was most impressed with this strong herd.

Young bull at Koanui

From there we drove up into the east coast hills to visit the Otapawa Stud. Donald and Marlene, heads of the Robbie family have visited the UK several times and will be known to many of you. Many of us admired the garden that Marlene has created; an English country garden in the heart of New Zealand.

This farm is open to backpackers, with tour trails and accommodation provided. We were treated to a right royal roast beef dinner, with all the trimmings, in their immaculately cleaned out sheep-shearing shed. Five star hospitality complete with wine and the local Tui beer. After this Stuart, Maria, Douglas and Dara gave us a tour of the cattle. We admired all ages of stock, including embryo donor cows. Some UK qualified embryos were offered to us, and they represent genetics that would not otherwise be available.

Bull at Otapawa

Back at the hotel in Masterton, we were treated to another buffet banquet. The outdoor pool facilities were refreshing at the end of a hot day, but proved rather too bracing for some at 7 o’clock next morning!!

Mark

Since our first day visits to two farms we have been royally entertained and informed on our trip south through the north island.

We went to the Charwell herd of Peter and Penny Davies. This herd was originally from the South Island but moved to a lakeside location at Rotoehu with land rising up to 400 meters. Again we had a lovely reception and the cattle impressed us. One stock bull was 12 years old and, unusually for NZ, heifers were calved at 30 rather than 24 months. 

Yet again, they hold an annual on farm sale where about half the yearling bulls are put up and sold. But more like us, this lakeside site has to be very careful about fertiliser run-off, and the environmental impact that may cause, similar to NVZ regulations in UK.

On that Thursday evening at the Maori heart of NZ, Rotorua, we had the traditional welcome, entertainment, feast and viewing of the hot water geysers in great style. We had terrific fun and got picked on to get involved in the dances.

Mark

Another lovely welcome from a typically understated New Zealand family farm.

The farm was cut out of nothing around 90 years ago, in an area which was then totally uninhabited: wooded, with volcanic rocky outcrops littering grassland.

A beautiful cross section of both poll and horned cattle were penned around the farmstead, with breeding details for each group, pinned to the fence.

When the sun appeared strongly in the afternoon the group started to look more like a Bonanza appreciation society convention!

Thanks to the Port family for tea and superb home made scones and jam, before the onward trip to Rotorua...

Mark

After the worst drought for 30 years, having had no rain since the beginning of November, David and Sue Henderson’s Herefords situated two hours south of Auckland are still look strong and healthy.

It is striking to note that this herd has an annual yearling bull sale held on farm of 100 bulls at a time, averaging €3,400 NZ dollars, demonstrating what a healthy British Friesian/ jersey dairy sector can do for the Hereford breed.

Mark

Did February 29th really happen? It’s a rare date to enjoy and for us it was swallowed up in the black hole of long haul flight. We left on the 28th, arrived on the 1st and that precious day in between disappeared in a haze of discomfort trying to sleep in an upright position!

We have recovered our composure by the sea on the Coromandel coast. It’s beautiful but dry everywhere. If we bring some of our rain with us, I’m sure the north islanders would be grateful.

Tour starts tomorrow, so our excitement grows; we look forward to gathering in Auckland tonight.

One thought for you: I have huge respect and appreciation for Dave Deakin and the work he has done for our society. I am so glad that he is staying with us in a new capacity because, as many have observed, he has the best interests of the Hereford breed running through him.

Mark

 

 

Society president Mark Roberts keeps us up-to-date with all the action from the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand via his president's blog.

We will be ‘boldly going’ to a place/on an adventure we haven’t been before....

Maddy and I are joining firstly John and Helen Whitlow. then many other Hereford enthusiasts from the UK and beyond. on the Boehringer Ingelheim World Hereford Conference in New Zealand.

We will keep you up to date on our progress, people in our group, places we go, others we meet, things that we learn and even Hereford cattle and farms that we want you to enjoy seeing too.

Laura is going to try and keep us on track and interesting, so do follow our trip in this way. We wish more of you could have joined this trip of a lifetime - but someone has to look after the cattle!

Mark.

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.

A large crowd of buyers descended to Shrewsbury for the dispersal sale of the Rodbaston herd of pedigree Herefords. There was strong competition throughout with the 56 lots available selling to 27 purchasers across the Midland and Wales.

The day’s top call was 2,300gns for stock bull Dieulacresse Milky Bar Kid, selling to an undisclosed Shropshire buyer. January 2015 born, it was bred by Anthony Spooner, Upper Hulme, Staffordshire and is a son of Haven Jazz.

Cows and calves topped at 2,200gns for Rodbaston Oyster Lass 9th with heifer calf Rodbaston Oyster Lass 20th at foot, which sold to Andrew Evans, Powys.

Close behind at 1,700gns was another cow and heifer calf outfit, this time Hazel 6th with its pedigree heifer calf at-foot which sold to Nigel Owens, Carmarthenshire. The Welsh rugby referee also secured the next cow in the money, Rodbaston Judy 4th with pedigree heifer calf at-foot for 1,600gns.

In-calf cows flew to 1,500gns for the recently served Phocle Dowager 438K selling to local breeder M de Quincey. Other in-calf cows realised up to 1,050gns selling to M J Brewster of Penkridge, Staffordshire.

Young bulls realised up to 1,400gns, paid for by local dairy farmers looking for sweepers.

Auctioneers: Halls

Averages: 22 pedigree cows and calves, £1,288; 4 stock bulls, £1,758.75; 8 young bulls, £1,019.81; 7 pedigree in-calf cows, £991.50; 9 pedigree maiden heifers, £1,057.

Taking the senior and grand male championship at the NIHBA United Feeds calf show at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart was Richmount 1 Skyfall from James Graham, Portadown, Co Armagh.

September- born, this Grousehallpoll 1 Premier son has already had a successful show career having taken the calf champion trophy at the Northern Irish National Show in the summer and NI reserve bull of the year title for 2019.

Following through from the same class all the way was Solpoll 1 Samson, a Solpoll 1 Dynamite son bred by John and William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down which was tapped out as reserve male champion by judge Richard Jackson of the Lancashire-based Eveter herd. It was also one half of the first prize winning pair of calves.

         

Richmount 1 Skyfall
 
Solpoll 1 Samson                                                                                                   Solpoll 1 Superstar                                

The junior male champion also came from the same home with Solpoll 1 Superstar taking the honours. This January-born Remitall Superduty son was on its show debut.

Reserve junior male champion Lisrace Loyalist 23rd from David Wilson, Magheraveely, Co Fermanagh was one of the youngest calves forward. Born in June, it is is a son of Knockmountagh Master.

Grand and senior female champion went to John and William McMordie with Solpoll 1 Starlet S4. A September born daughter of Moeskaer Upgrade, it has the same breeding as last year’s male champion.

 

Lisrace Loyalist 23rd                                                                                                 Solpoll 1 Starlet S4                               

The youngest female on show took the junior and reserve female champion. Benaughlin Emma from G and W Burleigh, Beighy, Co Fermanagh. It is a May-born daughter of Moyclare Norman.

Reserve senior female champion was Graceland 1 Sally, a September born Graceland 1 Patrick daughter from Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Co Armagh.

Marcus Murdock took reserve junior female champion with the April-born Lisnaree 1 Sundae, a Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid daughter. 

The title of champion young handler was won by Bradley Graham from the Richmount herd. Reserve champion young handler was Owen Gill, Killinchey, Co Down

The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association would like to take this opportunity to thank United Feeds for their continued support and sponsorship.

Results
Grand male, Richmount 1 Skyfall, J and B Graham; reserve grand male, Solpoll 1 Samson, J and W McMordie.
Junior male, Solpoll 1 Superstar, J and W McMordie; reserve junior male, Lisrace Loyalist 23rd, D Wilson.
Grand and junior female, Benaughlin Emma, G and W Burleigh; reserve junior female, Lisnaree 1 Sundae, Marcus Murdock.
Reserve grand and senior female, Solpoll 1 Starlet S4, J and W McMordie; reserve senior female, Graceland 1 Sally, R and J Irvine.

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 reserve 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.

Results
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

The Pasture Fed Livestock Association are holding a sale of sheep and cattle on Saturday 28 September at Ross-on-Wye market.

The entries include:

  • 23 pedigree Herefords, including the reduction of Bill Wiggins MP's Parliament herd
  • 4 pedigree Hereford show cattle

The pre-sale show is to be judged by familiar face Clive Davies and will commence at 9.30am.

Full catalogue here - bit.ly/2mpDzJn

The catalogue for the Society' s autumn show and sale on Monday 14 October 2019 can now be viewed as a PDF, via ABRI or in ISSUU.

As per previous years, the sale will take place at Hereford market. The show will commence at 9am and the sale at 12.30pm. 

Weatherbys will continue to accept hair samples but highlight that ear tissue samples have a higher success rate. They recommend the use of Caisley or Allflex, with both companies offering Society members a discount if a HCS membership number is quoted when placing an order.

Please click here for details.

Advantages of using tissue samples:

• Tissue tags can be stored at Weatherbys Scientific for up to 10 years at no additional cost to members.

• Samples would only be analysed at members request. (There would be no cost for retrieving samples from storage).

• Tissue samples are more reliable and thus have a lower failure rate than hair samples - especially when sampling young animals where immature hair follicles are of poor quality.

• If a tissue sample is held in storage for an animal entered in an official show and sale, then the sample can be instantly retrieved and analysed in a timely manner.

Both Caisley and Allflex advise a tissue tag is applied when taking a sample, even if an identification tag has already been inserted, so that samples can be traced back to the correct animal. The tissue tag can then be removed from the ear at a later date.

Both companies advise that a liquid desiccant sampling unit is used.

Caisley offer to HCS members:
15% discount on the list price for all tag combinations
Free applicator worth £17.50
Contact Hugh Pocock on 07789 171378

Allflex offer to HCS members:
Any size combination for DNA and BVD testing at £2.85 per pair
Visual tags plus DNA of any size combination at £3.15 per pair
Contact Helen Shepherd on 07766 112126

For any further queries telephone the HCS on 01432 272057

Stars of the Future calf show will once again be welcoming the Hereford breed to United Auctions, Stirling on Saturday 9 November.

Last year’s show received an entry of more than 380 pedigree cattle from a multitude of breeds, including the Hereford. Over 400 people attended the 2018 and the organising committee hopes to attract an even larger entry and crowd this year, and has now also added Salers and commercial cattle classes to the line up. 

Robert Clarke will be judging the Hereford classes while Dennis Gall will command the native championship and Katreen Malone will be judging the young handlers.

Young handlers classes will be judged simultaneously in three show rings and will conclude with the winner of each section competing in the overall senior and junior championship which will be judged after the senior championships are awarded to the native and continental sections.

Entries are now open and will close on 18 October. 

Further details and entry forms available here.

Dear Members,

During a meeting with Dr Brad Cook, ABRI, New South Wales, your Council discussed the merits and implementation of genomics to enhance EBVs – made possible by the Society’s move to using SNP DNA analyses from July 2018. 

Dr Cook emphasised that whilst genomics were certainly the way forward, they could only enhance EBVs by utilising current EBVs with high accuracy levels. Dr Cook therefore urged to the Society to encourage its members to embrace performance recording across the board; calving scores, growth weights, scrotal measurements and scanning. 

Please note the Hereford Cattle Society (HCS) is the only beef breed Society in the UK to offer free membership to Breedplan Performance Recording. 

Additionally, due to the importance of scanning data, the HCS is one of very few breed Societies to offer its membership a scanning incentive, being in the form of £5.00 per animal scanned. 

Please see below or click here to view details on how to claim the scanning incentive: 


Breedplan Performance Recording 
Scanning Incentives 

Recording members are reminded that a scanning incentive of £5.00 per animal scanned is still available. 

Claims for the incentive must be lodged with the Society by the end of the Society’s financial year during which the scanning has taken place i.e. 1st July – 30th June. 

No payments will be made for scanning that has taken place in a previous financial year. 

So, please remember, claims for any scanning that take place between the 1st July 2019 and 30th June 2020 must be received by the office no later than 30th June 2020. 

It is also important to remember the following salient points: 

  • It is important that all animals within a contemporary group (whether bulls, heifers or steers) are scanned to maximise the amount of comparable data, with the proviso that to maintain accuracy any differences in management are identified. 
  • The acceptable scanning age range is 300 to 800 days – however, 400 to 600 days is preferred range. 
  • All animals must be weighed at the time of scanning and the weights submitted and verified by the scanning technician. 
  • Scrotal measurements of all bulls must be recorded by the scanning technician and results submitted. 
  • Important: Should either of the above not be carried out no incentive will be paid. 
  • Information from heifers and steers is of equal importance to that of bulls – IMF data from heifers is of particular relevance because they mature earlier. 

When booking a scanning technician, may we kindly request on behalf of the scanner, that you provide plenty of notice due to the large area that each technician has to cover and to allow them to better co-ordinate farm visits within each region. 

Fred Klein, former stockman at the Vern herd, will be on-hand to sign copies of his biography Fortune's Buffets and Rewards at 12.30pm at Kington Show.

Copies of this fascinating book are becoming limited but will be available at Kington or from the Society.

 

 

Pulling together two of the main events through the year, the National Hereford Calf Show will this year be staged at Borderway Mart’s Agri Expo on Friday 1 November.

The home of the North of England and Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Associations’ jointly run autumn calf show, Agri Expo often attracts a strong display of young Hereford cattle which this year will only be strengthened as the Society’s flagship calf show returns to Carlisle.

Calling the shots will be Northern Ireland’s James Graham who runs the Richmount herd in Portadown, Co Armagh. His appointment follows a successful summer show season, having bred and shown the reserve supreme champion at the Northern Ireland National Hereford Show and the reserve supreme champion at Balmoral.

James established the Richmount herd just 11 years ago, which is now one of the top Hereford show herds in Northern Ireland. In the past decade, the herd has won five Northern Irish bull of the year titles, including both 2018 and 2019, and two Northern Irish females of the year.

James says: “I am delighted to have been asked to judge the National Calf Show at Agri Expo which already stages such a high quality display of Herefords every year. I am expecting to see the cream of the crop of September 2018 to March 2019 born calves and some of the sires and females of the future bred grass roots members.”

Entries for the calf show close on Friday 27 September and should be sent to Pauline Wason, honorary secretary of the Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Association.

Useful documents: 

Schedule: PDF - Word doc

Entry form: PDF - Word doc

It was clear to all spectators and exhibitors how much it meant to father and daughter double act George and Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow as their heifer Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose was selected as supreme champion of the National Poll Show, before going on to win Moreton-in-Marsh Show’s interbreed championship.

Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose

After a long show season which commenced in May, Crocus Rose has been round the circuit this summer and in the past few weeks has peaked, taking the supreme championship at Moreton-in-Marsh, top honours at the Scottish National and the title of reserve native in the Scottish Beef Champion of Champions at Keith Show, Moray.

Born in March 2018, this 17 month old heifer is the first calf of Harveybros 1 Crocus N1, which was transferred into Sophie’s ownership as a 21st birthday present from George and was successfully shown in its own right, picking up junior champion and reserve female champion at the Great Yorkshire in 2016 and reserve junior female champion at the Highland in the same year. Crocus Rose stood reserve at both the Great Yorkshire and the Royal Highland shows and is sired by Normanton 1 Laertes, which was shown so successfully by TD and WT Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire. Sophie will be retaining this heifer in the herd for breeding.

Richard Rettie, Perthshire was tasked with the marathon judging stint and said the standard of cattle in front of him throughout the day was ‘unbelievably good’, with the ‘quality extending throughout each class, from top to bottom, without any tail end’.

He described his supreme champion as the ‘stand-out winner of its class, oozing style and breed character’, having such ‘tremendous width for such a well-grown heifer’ adding despite its size, it still remains so feminine.

He commented the intermediate female classes were the pick of the show, adding there were several heifers in these classes which would have made worthy winners and this is where he also found this reserve supreme, Coley 1 Clara 418 jointly owned by Heather Whittaker, Halifax, Yorkshire and AG Whittle, Heywood, Lancashire which stood next to Harvey’s heifer in every class and championship on the day.

Coley 1 Clara 418

Another heifer which has become such a familiar name this summer show season, it was supreme champion at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Highland and reserve supreme at the Scottish National. Born in October 2017, it is by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid and out of Coley 1 Clara 286 and will next be shown at Kington before it is retained in the herd, being in-calf to Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62.
Richard Rettie described this animal as ‘full of beef with a lovely top’, having tremendous width, ‘carrying a lot of flesh but carrying it well’.

In the bulls, the grand and intermediate male championship was handed to Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland which was also intermediate champion. Born in April 2018, it is an SMH Kingsize 87K son, and out of Romany 1 Dawn D1 M6, which also contains SMH breeding. This bull has done well elsewhere this year with professional showman Steven O’Kane often on the halter, including winning grand male at the Royal Welsh Show, as well as reserve champion interbreed junior bull and native junior bull champion at the same show.

Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12

Reserve grand male was another well-known animal, Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from Heather Whittaker. This is a son of Barwise 1 Lancer which is the current sire of the year, and at 28 months old has a wealth of successes to its name from being shown as a junior bull, on top of this show season where it has been grand male champion at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Highland and supreme at Royal Norfolk. At Moreton, the bull stood its ground in a tight senior bull class of some of the most well-known males seen this year.
Overall junior and junior female champion was Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3 from Tom and Di Harrison, an October 2018 born heifer. By the Danish-bred sire SMH Kingsize 87K which is so prevalent in the Harrisons’ recent breeding, it is out of Moralee 1 Kylie. The Harrisons will be entering four embryos into this year's Designer Genes sale with the same mating as this heifer - Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3 cross SMH Kingsize 87K. 

Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62

Reserve and junior male champion went to Heather Whittaker for the 11 month old bull Coley 1 Sebastian which is sired by Rosenkaer Messi 410M and out of home-bred dam Coley 1 Pippa 355.

Coley 1 Sebastian

Reserve junior female champion was tapped out as Dendor 1 Ruby 32nd from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys. Another animal on show with Danish breeding, this heifer is by Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 and out of Dendor 1 Ruby 15th, a female now owned by L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan.

Dendor 1 Ruby 32nd

Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley were responsible for the reserve junior male champion in the form of Sky High 1 Shawshank Redemption. Sired by Remitall 1 Super Duty 42S, it is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th which has twice been female of the year.
Kinglee 1 Polly 554 from Peter Cobley took the senior female championship. Sired by Panmure 1 Karl, it is out of home-bred dam Kinglee 1 Polly 285, and calved in late July.

Owned by young breeder William Awan, Midford, Somerset and from Whittaker’s stud, Coley 1 Clara 409 stood reserve senior female champion. By Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53, it is out of Barbern 1 Claret 2nd and was served in late January.

Coley 1 Clara 409

Harvey Cloke, Brecon, Powys came reserve intermediate champion with Lord Harvey’s 1 Winston, a 14 month bull which also stood reserve grand male at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. Another Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 son, it is out of Dendor 1 Echo 19th.

Lord Harvey's 1 Winston

With all eyes watching, Coley 1 Pilot from Graham Shepherd, Preston, which has not been at a major show since its record price purchase in December 2018 at Shrewsbury’s Designer Genes sale, was tapped out as reserve senior male champion.

Coley 1 Pilot

In Friday night’s young handlers’ competition, which was judged by Caroline Davies, Catherine Shaw, aged 11, won first place in the youngest class. Eva Jackson of Eveter Herefords, 13, won the 13 to 17 years class as well as the Dendor show stick and Isla Soutter, 18, once again won the most senior of classes and the overall championship.

A further young handlers’ competition was held during Saturday’s showing, judged by Bernard and Barbara Rimmer. Catherine Shaw once again came out on top of her age group while Finlay Soutter won the middle age group of 13 to 17 years and Iona Smith was victorious in the 18 to 21 category.

Nine young members and two council members recently undertook an insightful visit to Dunbia, Sawley.

The day began with members gaining knowledge on the business, market trends and the EUROP grid. They were then lucky enough to go to the lairage and examine four Hereford cross cattle under the supervision of Steve Powdril from AHDB who explained how to visually assess and feel for fat coverage. 

After lunch members went into the boning hall and then the slaughter area. This was a big eye opener for everyone attending and provided a great insight into our beef industry and the processing sector. 

UKHY is grateful to Dunbia for putting on such an excellent day. 

Weather conditions did not put young members, parents or council members off attending the commercial day at Richard and Joanna Mann’s Ufton Hill Farm in Warwickshire.

The day kicked off with members viewing a bunch of cows and calves while discussing management and calf selection.

A group of home grown pedigree Hereford heifers were then seen, some of which will be retained for breeding replacements and others were destined for the food chain. Richard explained his decisions were dependant on many factors including conformation, breeding lines and EBVs.

Alongside the 50 strong herd is a commercial enterprise of 800 cattle, purchased from Meadow Quality or sometimes local markets. A comprehensive list of their feeding regime, sire selection and calf weights provided by Richard sparked a constructive conversation on buying in calves, what to look for and the difference between a profit and loss. Vital information and knowledge was shared among members which provided food for thought.

Members were shown around the feed store and looked at ingredients which go into the ration. It certainly made some people think about proteins and feeding structures.

A lovely lunch provided a great opportunity for members and council members to integrate and discuss the day so far. The afternoon’s proceedings involved guest speaker and trainer Phil Parrot, who runs a successful butchers shop in Aylesbury. Clive Davies was also in attendance and the two worked together demonstrating cattle assessment. Phil explained what he looks for in a butchers’ animal and sparked a debate on carcase size and evaluation. Clive touched on the EUROP grid and explained the meaning behind it.

Two sets of four cattle were then presented for judging which posed an interesting array of concentrated faces. Many members have participated in stock judging classes but not ones in which they were assessing fat and store cattle for slaughter. Phil and Clive demonstrated different cuts of meat and gave their reasoning behind their own placings. The afternoon proved to be a success and each member took away something new from the exercise.

An impressive set up of buildings and management left an impression on all who attended that day. The opportunity is not often given to visit such a commercially run enterprise and UK Hereford Youth thanks Richard and Joanna Mann for their hospitality and insight into their farming business.

After being named grand male champion at Bucks County Show, home-bred Pepperstock 1 Rebellious from Jim Speirs, Luton, Bedfordshire went on to be crowned interbreed and native champion.

Pepperstock 1 Rebellious

Also standing first in its class at the Royal Norfolk this year, this 20 month bull is by Normanton 1 Laertes and out of Pepperstock 1 Mink M251, from what Jim describes as a 'good cow family producing big, dark cows'.

Having already had a great deal of success this summer, Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland stood reserve supreme and reserve male champion.

Moralee 1 Lucy from the same stable, took the grand female championship and, after a successful National Hereford Show, Kye Holly 818 from P Martindale stood reserve.

Congratulations must also go to Beth Vincent of Pulham Herefords, Pulham Market, Norfolk for winning a competitive young handler class before taking champion handler.

Winner of the summer caption competition is John Morgan, a dairy farmer from South Wales with - 'Mark, I don't see anyone else in fancy dress?'

Congratulations to John. 

Pulham Herefords from Philip and Laura Vincent, Pulham Market, Norfolk were named the best overall herd in the Midlands and East Anglia herds competition, judged by John Kemp.
 
Other results included:
 
LARGE HERD
1st Speirs Farms Ltd - Pepperstock Herefords
2nd DR Fabb - Fabb Herefords
3rd TD and WT Livesey - Normanton Herefords
 
MEDIUM HERD
1st PJ and LR Vincent - Pulham Herefords
2nd MJ Ludgate - Rempstone Herefords
3rd SA and VJ Elwess - Elwess Herefords
 
SMALL HERD
1st John Little Farms - Reydon Herefords
2nd Norman Farming Partnership - Hickling Herefords
3rd M Church and K Froud - Old West Herefords
JG Hollands Trophy for the best herd - PJ and LR Vincent – Pulham Herefords

Geoffrey Lewis Trophy for the best bull calf - PJ and LR Vincent – Pulham Simba

Chadeshunt Trophy for the best heifer calf - TD and WT Livesey – Normanton 1 Jews 700653

Midlands Association Trophy for best cow suckling a calf - N and L Holdsworth – Pebworth 1 Paloma

Michael Church Trophy for best heifer under two years old on 1 July - P Cobley – Kinglee 1 Sadie 595

Mardleybury Trophy for best stock bull - TD and WT Livesey – Normanton 1 Laertes

Pulham Trophy for best stock bull under 30 months - DP Jones – Maxstoke 1 Sovereign

Alvian Trophy awarded to the highest placed member who has joined the Association within the last three years - Dale Walters Lowerhurst Herefords

Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose from George and Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow was named reserve native interbreed champion at Keith Show, Moray.

This show stages the Scottish Beef Champion of Champions competition where every supreme beef champion from the Scottish summer show circuit is invited to attend.

Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose stood reserve champion in this tough interbreed competition.

Congratulations to the Harvey family once again. 

Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association president Stephen Baxter’s farm on the outskirts of Armagh was the venue for this year’s Hereford Breeders BBQ and herds competition.

With around 150 people in attendance, visitors were invited to compete in a stockjudging competition and a tour of the Umgola herd’s cows and calves before sitting down to a delicious barbecue of Hereford steaks kindly supplied by Dunbia.

The judge for this year’s competition was the vastly experienced Robert Shaw of Hallwood Herefords, Cheshire. Having judged many herd competitions all over the UK, Robert was up to the task and with over 20 herds across Northern Ireland to be assessed, he fully enjoyed the task in hand.

Having completed his full week of judging Robert said that he was very impressed with the size, structure and overall quality of the cattle presented before him.

He was also very encouraged with the number of young people involved in the breed. Robert remarked: “The knowledge and enthusiasm of the young people I have met on my visits this week assures me that the Hereford breed is in very good hands in Northern Ireland.”

Leading the way and taking the overall large herd award was John Conlon, Markethill with the Drumatee herd. Taking the title of best herd in Northern Ireland for the second year in a row, he also picked up best stock bull for Cill Cormac Nevada. The judge noted his calves are very consistent and of great quality and he certainly had made his Mark on John’s herd.

Taking second in the large herd and reserve overall was John and William McMordie, Ballygowan with the Solpoll herd. Their quality crop of calves had obviously caught the judge’s eye as Solpoll 1 Snazzy picked up best autumn born bull calf and Solpoll 1 Starlet S21 secured best spring born heifer calf.

Kenny Linton, Dunbia; John Mcmordie (reserve overall herd); John Conlon (best overall herd); judge Robert Shaw and Eddie Boyd, Dunbia.

Taking third in the large herd was David Wilson’s Lisrace herd, Magheraveely. His stock bull Knockmountagh Marshall was third in the best stock bull and Lisrace Loyalist 21st took best spring born bull calf.

Trevor Andrews, Mountview herd, picked up the best medium herd award. Trevor’s calves on the ground clearly stood out as his stock bull Dorepoll 1 Legacy took second in the stock bull award.

Following Trevor in the medium herd was Robin Irvine’s Graceland Herd at Whitecross. He also picked up best autumn born heifer calf with Graceland 1 Sally. Glenn Morton’s Nancy Herefords took third place.

In the small herds Gerry and Ethan Small’s Drumshambo herd Randalstown, led the way in first place. Closely followed by the Lisnaree herd of Marcus Murdock, Newry and coming third was the Sessiagh herd of Uel and Nathaniel Shaw. Benburb. Although smaller in numbers, the judge remarked the quality was consistent in these herds.

NIHBA would like to thank all who attended and contributed to the nominated charity Angels Wishes on the night, through the barbecue and prize draw for the Hereford sired heifer which was won by Philip Macari, Armagh and kindly donated back to the charity.

Speaking at the end of the evening, Association secretary Mark Moore expressed sincere thanks to Rboret for taking on the momentous task of judging and carrying it out so professionally.Also to Dunbia for providing the excellent Hereford steaks and burgers which were fully enjoyed by everyone.

Stephen Baxter and his family were warmly thanked for hosting the evening. No effort had been spared to ensure everyone enjoyed the evening and lot of time and effort had gone in to ensure such an excellent event. Stephen’s work in organising the charity draw was much appreciated and would produce a very substantial surplus to be presented to Angels Wishes.

Simon Cutter who runs Model Farm and farm shop on the outskirts of Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, has won the Compassion in World Farming’s Sustainable Food and Farming Award for producers, as part of their Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards 2019.

This year there was a total of 50 awards celebrating market-leading food businesses for their higher welfare policies and practices. New this year, was The Sustainable Food and Farming Award, which recognises businesses that are taking steps to produce meat, dairy or eggs in ways that protect, improve and restore wildlife and the environment.

 

Simon is a founding member of the Pasture-fed Livestock Association, which champions the production of meat and dairy from 100% grass and pasture, with no grains at all. His low-input, low-cost organic system produces Hereford beef and lamb from Easycare ewes, which are certified ‘Pasture for Life’.

“We are delighted to receive this award,” said Simon. “I have to say that a large part of it is down to the cows and the sheep. What they do in the fields, as they graze encourages the wealth of wildflowers and wildlife that also live there. Fed on a natural diet of grass and pasture and living in family groups - they are less stressed, live good long lives and are more fertile. It is how they are meant to be.

“At the end of the day – what is driving this system is the increasing demand for 100% grass-fed meat from consumers looking for the healthiest food they can buy.

“Our meat has lower total fat and saturated fat content and more, good fatty acids like omega 3s, more vitamins and minerals and also tastes delicious. This is what keeps people coming back to buy more, which makes the whole system sustainable.”

Compassion in World Farming’s chief executive Philip Lymbery presented Simon with his award on a recent visit to his farm.

“Sincere congratulations to Simon on receiving Compassion’s inaugural Sustainable Food and Farming Award for his exciting revitalisation of the countryside on his farm, in a way that delivers healthy food and higher animal welfare,” said Philip.

“I was thrilled to have the opportunity of visiting Simon and to meet the pasture-fed cattle and sheep that have helped to transform the landscape into one that is thriving once more.”

Philip Lymbery (left) and Simon Cutter

With the support of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK, AkTep LLP of Kazakhstan and Genus Breeding Ltd of the UK signed an agreement for the creation of a Hereford and an Aberdeen Angus genetic core in Kazakhstan. The agreement is to last for five years with an optional extension for another five years. 

Under the agreement, the British company will begin the process of increasing meat productivity of the aforementioned breeds through improving the genetic quality of livestock at AkTep’s feedlots, along with over 500 farms in the Aktobe region who are cooperating with the company. The gene helps improve feed conversion. Today, one kilogramme of meat is produced from eight kilos of feed in Kazakhstan. The proposed approach will help produce one kilo of meat using only three kilos of feed. 

Genus Breeding Ltd will send a specialist to Aktobe to implement the first phase of the project in 2020. According to preliminary calculations, in the first years of the project, the annual increase in profits from each new-born calf will amount to 50,000-100,000 tenge (£100-200). This indicator is to be achieved by increasing the exponential mass, the cattle’s rapid growth and saving feed. 

The project’s conditions outline that Genus Breeding Ltd will only be paid if it ensures an increase in AkTep’s annual profits over the course of five years. The portion of the fee payable will only constitute 30 percent of annual profit growth of the Kazakh company. 

Another important feature of the project is its positive environmental impact, which lies in the reduction in the actual volume of feed used, the reduction in the growth of cattle population, as well as the decrease in carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. 

Under the agreement, Genus Breeding Ltd also provided AkTep with the right to use its recognisable logo in advertisement products and handouts. This will increase the Kazakh company’s international competitiveness and provide the opportunity to attract foreign investors to expand production. 

The Kazakh Scientific Research Institute of Animal Husbandry and Forage Production also showed interest in the project. It will send two of its employees to carry out empirical analysis and study the entire production cycle from artificial insemination to raising cattle. If the advantages and the economic viability of the project is proved, the Kazakh side will consider its large-scale expansion to other regions of Kazakhstan. 

AkTep LLP is the largest meat exporter in the Aktobe region. It encompasses more than 500 farms and feedlots. The company independently carries out the whole production process: cattle breeding, feed production, feeding, meat processing and shipment of finished products to the customers. It is an enterprise with a full production cycle which has a reproducer for growing pedigree cattle of the Aberdeen Angus breed for 6,000 heads, a livestock breeding complex for feeding livestock with a capacity of 22,000 heads per year and a meat processing plant with a capacity of 7,200 tonnes per year. 

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Church Preen Riddick from Andrew Owen, Church Preen, Shropshire was the star of the National Hereford Show, with the 20 month bull winning the supreme, grand male and intermediate male championships as well as the Breedplan recorded class.

Church Preen Riddick 

This is Andrew’s first National Show win under the Church Preen prefix having had success with the bull Longville Raja under his father-in-law’s prefix in 1999, which won the Royal Welsh and bull of the year in the same year.

By Haven Koala, a sire owned in a half share with EL Lewis and son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire and was interbreed champion at Kington Show in 2014. Riddick's dam, Model J035 is a quiet old working cow by Hermitage Commando which was breed champion at the 2007 Royal Welsh Show.

Riddick was shown at the 2018 National Calf Show where it stood third in its class. Since then, it has been second in its class at the Royal Three Counties, Royal Welsh and Shropshire County shows.

Nick Hewer, first time president of the National Hereford Club, known for television appearances on The Apprentice and Countdown was on hand to present the championship awards.

Taking the reserve supreme, reserve grand male and junior male spot was HighHedges Synergist from SA Cowle, Quainton, Buckinghamshire. Born in November 2018, this bull calf is by Free Town Martyr, a Mara Humorous son which has been a prolific herd sire for Free Town. It is out of Baldingham Curly 124th, bred by AG Wright and son who dispersed their herd in 2012.

HighHedges Synergist

Reserve junior male was tapped out as Pulham Simba from PRJ and LR Vincent, Pulham Market, Norfolk. October 2018 born, the bull calf is by Haven Kermit and out of Pulham Blossom 16th.

Pulham Simba 

Senior male champion went in the direction of Haven Lamborghini from breed stalwarts EL Lewis and son. This five year old male is bred from two home-bred parents, being by former National Show champion Haven Cavalier and out of Haven Splendour 25th.

Haven Lamborghini 

Auckvale Kalgoorlie 1322K from W and R Kemp and sons, St Helens, Northumberland took the reserve senior male title. By Bowmont Storm A584, it is out of Auckvale Standard Lass 1125H.

Auckvale Kalgoorlie 1322K

Recent National Stockjudging Competition winner David Makin, Wellington, Herefordshire of Adzor Herefords was presented the reserve intermediate male championship ticket for Haven Rover. Purchased from the Lewis family, its sire was the senior male champion on the same day.

Haven Rover

In the females, Kye Holly 818 from Phil Martindale, Bolton, Lancashire was named grand female champion after receiving the intermediate female championship. Led by professional showman Steven O’Kane, this heifer was bred by the McGrath family, Co Roscommon, Ireland. By Free Town Hotspur, a bull jointly owned between the McGrath family and JJ and C Farrell, it is out of Kye Sorcha 3rd.

Kye Holly 818

Church Preen Lindy Loo S087 stood reserve grand female and junior female champion. Born in September 2018, it is by Church Preen Nanook which is another Haven Koala son. Nanook stood reserve male champion at Kington in 2017 and senior male champion at the 2017 October Hereford show and sale and is now part of a large Devon-based commercial herd.

Picking up a second at Burwarton just days before, the heifer is out of Church Preen Lindy Loo K041 which is a Church Preen Galileo daughter. Galileo stood reserve male champion at Tenbury in 2011 and reserve breed champion at the Royal Welsh in both 2011 and 2012.

Church Preen Lindy Loo S087 

The reserve junior female championship was handed to Free Town Pious from RA Bradstock and partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire. Born in September 2018, it is a Free Town Nucleus daughter, out of Free Town Piety.

Free Town Pious

Reserve intermediate female champion went to Haven Louisa 79th from EL Lewis and son. This 22 month heifer is from two Haven-bred parents, being by the well-known Haven Kingpin and out of Haven Louisa 65th.

 

Haven Louisa 79th

Heath House Curly 3rd, a six year old cow bred and owned by R and E Lywood, stood senior female champion. It is sired by the renowned Mawarra Vice Admiral which is jointly owned by RA Bradstock and partners and EL Lewis and son. It is out of the female Haven Curly 86th.

Heath House Curly 3rd

Reserve in the senior female championship was Oldwest Carol Singer 1st from K Froud, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire with its bull calf Oldwest Spartacus which was born on 16 May 2019 and sired by Badlingham Barbod.

Oldwest Carol Singer 1st

In the young handlers classes, Flora Amery who competed in the senior category won the Dendor Memorial show stick. Will Awan won the intermediate section, while Beth Vincent took first place in the under 14 years category.

 

It was a day of firsts for George and Sophie Harvey from Balfron, Glasgow at the Scottish National Show, with heifer Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose taking its first major show championship after a string of reserves, but also the family’s first ever female championship at a major show and their premier Scottish National supreme championship.

This 17 month heifer is the first calf of Harveybros 1 Crocus N1, which was transferred into Sophie’s ownership as a 21st birthday present from George and has been successfully shown itself, picking up junior champion and reserve female champion at the Great Yorkshire in 2016 and reserve junior female champion at the Highland in the same year. It is sired by Normanton 1 Laertes, which was shown so successfully for TD and WT Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire.

Judge Graham Shepherd, Preston, Lancashire described his champion as being of ‘exceptional quality’, being ‘superbly balanced’ and ‘very correct’.

This heifer then went on to be named interbreed junior heifer of Perth Show, before being tapped as reserve interbreed champion overall.

Placed reserve was Coley 1 Clara 418 from Heather Whittaker, Halifax, Yorkshire, shown by Andrew Hughes. An animal with a list of show wins to its name, this 21 month old heifer is by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid and out of Coley 1 Clara 286 and has already won the breed championship at both the Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire this year.

Standing at the top end of the bulls was Romany 1 Robin N47 R50 from JRB Wilson and sons. Born in January 2018, this bull is by Romany 1 Navigator K956 N47 and out of Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10, which is sired by the Danish-bred SMH Calgary 345C.

Reserve in the male championship was the young Moralee 1 Showbox, born in November 2018 and from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland who were out with what they described a new team. By Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider, it is out of Moralee 1 Kate, which is sired by Romany 1 Mink E23 H15.

In the senior female championship, it was the turn of W, P and K Wason, Kinglassie, Fife to come to the fore with Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th, bred by J Cameron and sons. By Baldinnie 1 Orient, it is out of Baldinnie 1 Cathy 31st.

Reserve senior female was five year old cow Harveybros 1 Crocus L4, which is by Venture Night Time 7055, an imported Danish-bred sire with an American pedigree which entered the UK at five months of age before being purchased by as a two year old by the Harvey family.

In the young handlers, 20 year old Beth Harvey took the senior category, while Charlotte Anderson, 14 was triumphant in the junior category, followed by brother James Anderson, 13.

View the film here: Film from Pasture for Life

 

 A new film highlighting the many benefits of buying and eating 100% grass-fed meat and dairy has been launched at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire today.

The film was commissioned by The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, which champions and supports farmers who never feed any grain to their animals. It was funded by the Patagonia Trust and Roddick Foundation.

The short video offers a ‘Day in the Life’ of certified ‘Pasture for Life’ farming family Jonty and Mel Brunyee of Conygree Farm, based on the National Trust’s Sherborne Estate near Northleach in the Cotswolds.

 Starting at sunrise, beautiful shots of the farm reveal all the good things feeding animals just on pasture brings, such as rich wildflower meadows, healthy soil, abundant wildlife, happy and relaxed cattle - which all go to producing the ‘best meat and milk you can buy.’ 

The film travels to a butcher’s shop and then onto a family BBQ, where ‘Pasture for Life’ meat and dairy products are enjoyed by all. 

“Creating consumer demand for Pasture for Life food, with its nutritionally superior attributes over food from grain-fed animals, is now one of our chief goals, and will support farmers choosing to farm this way,” said the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association’s Russ Carrington at the launch today. 

“We want to let people know how and why 100% grass-fed animals produce such great food - with more good fats, a healthier balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and more vitamins and minerals, as well as having a unique flavour and taste reflecting the landscape where they lived. 

“Then we want them to ask for certified ‘Pasture for Life’ foods, as this is the only guarantee the animals have never been fed any grain. The first place to look is on the Pasture for Life website, by clicking on the ‘Where to Buy’ page.” 

The new film can also be watched at www.pastureforlife.org.uk and will be used widely at future Pasture for Life events and meetings.

It was a memorable National Show for Co Down breeders John and Karen Taggart when they scooped their first Northern Ireland National Show supreme champion with 27 month old heifer Carney Hill 1 Gillian 6th. With two home-bred parents, with Carney Hill 1 Jackson also siring the reserve male champion, Carney Hill 1 Ribeye, a May 2018 born bull which had earlier won the yearling bull class. Not done there, the family also won the cow class with their 6 year old home-bred Carney Hill 1 Olga sired by Carney Hill 1 Giggs - she was shown with her 4 month old bull calf at foot.

Carney Hill 1 Gillian 6th

In the reserve supreme position stood the male champion, Richmount 1 Rockafella, a September 2017 bull, sired by Grousehall 1 Premier and Richmount 1 Lady Gaga, the female champion at 2011 Balmoral Show from James Graham, Co Armagh. The Graham family also lifted the calf championship with another Premier son, Richmount 1 Skyfall, born in September 2018. The pair formed part of the winning exhibitor bred group of three.

Richmount 1 Rockafella

The reserve female championship was won by the 22 month old Shraden 1 Alice R834, shown by Alan Shaw, Dungannon. This Dendor 1 Knuckleduster daughter was tapped out by judge Des Kelly of Mullin Herefords, Ballygawley.

Shraden 1 Alice R834

The junior female champion reserve came from the youngest heifer class. Taking the top spot was Mervyn and Henry Richmond from Co Fermanagh with Corraback Olive 10th. Born in March 2018 it was sired by the 2012 Royal Ulster winner Kye Rodge and teamed up with another Rodge daughter to win the progeny pair class. Taking reserve junior female champion was the January 2018 born Riverdale 1 Dainty’s Reka, a daughter of Moeskaer Pacman from the McMordie Family, Saintfield.

Corraback Olive 10th

The youngest animal at the show came top in the young bull calf class. Annaghbeg Governor, a May born Mara Pristine son whose dam earlier stood second in the cow class, made the journey from Aughnacloy worthwhile for Mark Moore.

Annaghbeg Governor

The heifer calf classes were keenly contested with October 2018 born Drumnamether 1 Nancy winning the senior class for the Cully family while Lisnaree 1 Sundae, sired by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid and born in April 2018 took the junior class before going on to lift the reserve calf champion for Marcus Murdock.

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

Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R from L and L Bowen

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

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

Roughmoor 1 Ranger from T and M Goodwin and C Powell

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

On the Wednesday, Tom and Di Harrison took the reserve interbreed exhibitor owned group of three with Moralee 1 Jolene KS R10, Moralee 1 Roland Rat KS R16 and Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12.

Thursday's show saw Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks from Tom and Di Harrison stand reserve champion interbreed junior bull and native junior bull champion. The Hereford group took the native championship and was made up of Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R, Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks and Kilvrough 1 Myrtle.

Bowendu Herefords came fourth in the beef stockman's competition, rounding up a tremendous show for the Bowen family. 

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

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

Border Roulette M31 with heifer calf Border Roulette S45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 Tom and Di Harrison also took the best group of three by the same sire, with Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12, Moralee 1 Roland Rat and Moralee 1 Jolene KS R10, all sired by SMH Kingsize 87K.Taking his biggest show success to date, young breeder Harvey Cloke from Brecon, Powys was handed the reserve grand male rosette, for May 2018 born bull Lord Harvey’s Winston. Sired by Bakgard 1 Keno, it is out of Dendor 1 Echo, and was on its second time away form home, after being shown at HCBA Christmas calf show at Shrewsbury.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

It was double delight for Heather Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire at the Royal Highland Show as Coley 1 Clara 418 took the breed and female championships and Romany 1 Primetime BL P62 secured the grand male championship.

Coley 1 Clara 418, born October 2017, is by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid and out of Coley 1 Clara 286 and has already had a successful show season this year.

Breed stalwarts George and Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow took the reserve breed and reserve female championships with Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose. This 16 month old heifer is by the well-known Normanton 1 Laertes which had such a successful show season in 2016 and out of Harveybros 1 Crocus N1. George and Sophie also took the best pair of animals bred by an exhibitor.

In the bulls, Romany 1 Primetime BL P62 from Heather Whittaker stood champion. By Barwise 1 Lancer, it is out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53.

Reserve male champion was Romany 1 Roxburgh B1 R34 from Rebecca Robinson, Bury, Lancashire. It was purchased at the Society spring show and sale for 5,200gns.

A team of three made up of Coley 1 Clara 418, Moralee 1 Kimberley from Philip Martindale and Romany 1 Roxburgh from Rebecca Robinson took the reserve native interbreed championship.

It was another successful show for Heather Whittaker and her team based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, as Coley 1 Clara 418 was named supreme, grand and junior female champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. A Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid daughter, this heifer was born in October 2017 and has already picked up a raft of prizes this summer including breed champion at the Royal Highland and reserve breed champion at the Royal Norfolk.

Reserve supreme, reserve junior and reserve grand female champion was tapped out as Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose from George and Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow.

Standing as grand male champion was Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62, also from the Coley stable of Heather Whittaker and a successful bull on the show circuit this summer already. Sired by Barwise 1 Lancer, this bull was born in May 2017.

The reserve grand male championship was handed to Hallwood 1 Phoenix Nights 9979 from R and RI Shaw, South Wirral, Cheshire.
R and RI Shaw was also successful in both the best group of three and best pair of animals by the same sire.

In the interbreed junior group of four, Coley 1 Clara 418, Eveter 1 Demelza 2nd from EM Jackson, Hollyvale 1 June from A and P Massey and Moralee 1 Kimberly KS R7 from P Martindale made up the reserve championship winning team.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



SALE ANNOUNCEMENT - THE BORDER HEREFORDS DISPERSAL

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


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

For details click HERE

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

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

Achievements include:

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

PRACTICAL, PREDICTABLE and PROFITABLE

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

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

Dear Stakeholder

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

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

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

Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS2) 

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

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

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

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

Supplementary Badger Control licences 

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

Outcome of Dorset Opportunity to Comment (OTC) 

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

Defra TB Programme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact details for Field Farm Tours are as follows:

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

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

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

The team of Finlay Soutter, Isla Soutter and Ellis Parry won the overall national stockjudging competition at the Royal Three Counties Show, representing UK Hereford Youth.

They beat 15 other teams from around the country of all ages and so the future bodes well for these three young members.

Having travelled from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland that morning, Des Kelly attended the show as master judge to which the Society are very grateful.

In the individual categories, Finaly Soutter, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire took home the cup for the best under 26, while Dave Makin of Adzor Herefords, Wellington, Herefordshire won the trophy for the highest individual score.

Congratulations to all competitors and many thanks to exhibitors who provided stock for the competition under difficult climatic conditions.

 

L-R: Finlay Soutter, Isla Soutter, Des Kelly and Ellis Parry

 Dave Makin gained the highest individual score

 

The reserve native interbreed champion pair. L-R: Pebworth 1 Sasha Fierce, Lucy Holdsworth, Pebworth 1 Paloma, Nick Holdsworth, Fisher 1 Prospect P464, Mary Reynolds, Philip Halhead, Adam Henson, Reg Hutchings

 

Exhibitors battled through wet weather at the Royal Three Counties Show, where a number of breed successes were had in the interbreed championships, including native and overall reserve champion group of three.

Standing in the successful trio was Fisher 1 Prospect P464 from Reg Hutchings, South Mundham, West Sussex which was also breed champion, along with Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire and Pebworth 1 Paloma from Nick and Lucy Holdsworth, Pebworth, Warwickshire.

 

 Further success was had in the interbreed native pairs championship with the reserve place going to Fisher 1 Prospect P464 and cow Pebworth 1 Paloma, with its calf at foot. Lancashire-based judge Philip Halhead commended the duo, describing Prospect as a ‘powerful and modern bull’ with ‘great length and style’ while the cow was ‘hard working’ with ‘good stretch of neck and length of body’.

Earlier that day, Fisher 1 Prospect P464 was tapped out by breed judge Michael Clark of Lowesmoor Herefords, Gloucestershire as supreme champion as well as grand male champion. After being presented a first place prize card by NFU president and fellow HCS member, Minette Batters, stock lady Mary Reynolds was then handed the champion rosette by show president Helen Thomas, of the Bounds herd, Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

 
Fisher 1 Prospect P464

 

This 26 month bull is a son of Fisher 1 Jaguar J347, which breeder RegHutchings described as the best bull he has ever owned, having sired a host of sale toppers and good show cattle. It is out of home-bred cow Fisher 1 Cheerful H316, which is by Australian sire Yalgoo Boulder Z250 and is a full brother to Fisher 1 Midas M415 which stood reserve grand male at Malvern in 2017.

The bull will now return home to work, having been taken out of its field just two days before, with plans for it to attend the National Poll Show, Royal Berkshire and will then be offered for sale in the autumn.

Grand and junior female was the 15 month old heifer Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 49th from AE Nesbitt Farms, Hungerford, Berkshire. Described as ‘eye-catching’ by judge Michael Clark, it is by Solpoll 1 Kitkat and out of Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 49th and will be at the National Poll Show.

Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 49th

 

Reserve grand female and senior female champion was named Pebworth 1 Paloma from Nick and Lucy Holdsworth, with four month heifer calf Pebworth 1 Sasha Fierce at foot, sired by Cato 1 Miller. Born in August 2016, the cow is by Kinglee 1 Galaxy and out of Blakesley 1 Glamour.

Reserve grand male and reserve senior male champion was Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright which has already been busy in the showring this season, having won breed championships at Devon County, Royal Bath and West and Royal Cornwall shows. Out of Dorepoll 1 R51 Duchess 525, it is a Panmure 1 Henry son and will next be seen at New Forest and Hampshire County, Burwarton and Pembrokeshire County.

 
 
Pebworth 1 Paloma

Dendor 1 Rick Astley, jointly owned by DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys and Heather Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire was chosen by the judge as junior male champion. March 2018 born, it is by imported semen from Danish-bred Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 and out of Dendor 1 Molly 31st, a Udel 1 R51 Windjammer daughter.

To celebrate 50 years of the Danish Association, the National Show will be taking place in Herning on 4 - 6 July, and will see a large entry of Herefords. Matthew Goulding of the renowned Gouldingpoll herd in Ireland is set to judge what is northern Europe's largest show.

Attracting overseas visitors every year, the Danish Association invites all members of the Hereford Cattle Society to attend this special show, along with any Hereford enthusiast from around the world. 

The Hereford Youth Show will also take place at Herning, which this year will be judged by Jill Harvie from Canda's Harvie Ranch. An auction of two top heifers has been organised for the evening of Thursday 4 July, with sale proceeds going towards the cost of the Danish youth team's travel to the World Hereford Conference 2020. 

An anniversary party will also be taking place on 28 - 29 September, in conjunction with a number of farm visits, with the Association again extending its invitation to overseas visitors. The deadline for booking a place at the party is 1 August.

Danish Hereford history

The Danish Hereford Association was founded in 1969, 15 years before the first import of a bull and four cows from the UK. Today there are 3,400 pedigree Hereford cows in Denmark. 

With a strong dairy industry in Denmark, the beef industry does not have such a heritage as in the United Kingdom, however Danish-bred Herefords are being found in an increasing population around the world. 

Danish breeders have been working to produce a moderate sized animal with good muscling and growth rates, calving ease and lots of milk and, as such, there has been a large number of imports made from around the world. 

Danish Hereford highlights

2018 - Rosenkaer Miss World won the Hereford Miss Europe title

2017 - Moeskaer Compass 1487 took the champion of the world title

2013 - SMH Castro 0001 was named sire of the year by the Hereford Cattle Society

A great day was had by all at the Society open day, held at Netherhall Herefords, near Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, by kind permission of the Kelly family.

The Society was fortunate to host a great selection of industry speakers including Ian Locke of Wirruna Herefords and Breedplan chairman; Dr Ryan Law of Dunbia; Rosalish Goulding, beef programme manager at Irish Cattle Breeding Centre; Colin Mason from SRUC and Jim McKinstry of Farm Gate Vets.

Willie Wilson, accredited Breedplan scanner, was also on-hand, giving demonstrations of the back fat scanning process, with results shown on a television screen.

Three farm tours took place on the day, with attendees viewing the Kelly's award winning Netherhall herd of pedigree Herefords. A large amount of the genetics within the herd have been imported from Ian Locke's New South Wales-based Wirruna herd, as well as American line one genetics.

As David Kelly explained to tour goers, a very commercial system is run at Nether Hall, with an emphasis on growth from grass and high output per hectare. At present 180 cows are calved and genetics are selected on a range of performance recorded traits, in particular, gestation length and calving ease.

Breed secretary David Deakin says: "We had a tremendous turnout at Nether Hall, it was great to see so many members and commercial producers together to view such functional and consistent cattle. The open day follows hot on the heels of a successful farm tour as part of Beef Expo with both events combining to expose the breed to over 500 visitors.

"On behalf of the Society, I would like to thank the Kelly family for hosting the event and working with us with such enthusiasm to make the day possible."

Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxford continued its winning streak at the Royal Cornwall, taking the breed championship. Already breed champion at Devon County and the Royal Bath and West this year, this March 2017-born bull was top price at this spring's Society sale at Hereford at 8,000gns.

Reserve breed champion was Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd from L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan. Born in September 2014, it is a Solpoll 1 Gilbert daughter, out of Dendor 1 Ruby 11th. Reserve female was from the same stable, being heifer Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R, bred by W and R Kemp and sons, St Helens, Co Durham which recently stood reserve breed champion at Shropshire County.

Reserve male was Lanscombe 1 Walter from R Mitchell, Dorchester, Dorset. Born in February 2018, this young bull is by Lanscombe 1 Maxamillion and out of Lanscombe 1 Quiz.                                                                                                                 

Solpoll 1 Perfection

Dendor 1 Ruby 23

Royal Bath and West breed champion 2019 was crowned as March 2017-born bull Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Purchased for the top price of 8,000gns at this spring's Society sale at Hereford, it was also recently named breed champion at Devon County.

Solpoll 1 Perfection from SC and GL Hartwright

Standing reserve in the breed championship after also being named female champion was Coley 1 Clara 409, from 17 year old Will Awan. Out of Barbern 1 Claret 2nd, it is by Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53.

Coley 1 Clara 409 from W Awan

Junior interbreed champion was March 2018-born heifer Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 49 from AE Nesbitt Farms, Hungerford, Berkshire. Out of Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 18th, it is by Solpoll 1 KitKat.

Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 49 from AE Nesbitt Farms

At the National Hereford Club's AGM, club members were delighted to vote TV star Nick Hewer in as president.

Known for appearances on The Apprentice, and more recently Coutndown, Nick is a descendant of the famous Hewer family which was influential during the establishment of the breed. The Hewers have to take most of the credit for the distinctive white faced Hereford which was successful not because of facial colour, but because Hewer-bred cattle were amongst the best around at the time.

After a successful AGM and tremendous roast Free Town beef dinner at the Verzon House Hotel, members and friends of the Club travelled a short distance to Free Town for an afternoon's herd visit. Here, the Club viewed some quality cattle in the sunshine followed by a cup of tea and cake, kindly provided by the Bradstock family. 

 

History was made in the beef rings at Northumberland County Show as the Hereford group of three took the interbreed title, being the first ever native team to do so. 

The trio was made up of Coley 1 Clara 418 from Heather Whittaker, Hollyvale 1 June 3rd from Allen and Phillip Massey and Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison. 

Earlier in the show, Coley 1 Clara 418 stood overall and female champion in the breed. This Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid daughter was born in October 2017. 

In reserve was the champion male Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison. By the Danish SMH King Size 87K, it is out of Romany 1 Dawn D1 M6. 

Reserve male was Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62, also from Heather Whittaker, while reserve female was Hollyvale 1 June 3rd from Allen and Phillip Massey. 

Taking their first breed championship at the Royal Ulster Show was father and son team Mervyn and Henry Richmond, Co Fermanagh with their home-bred heifer Corraback Cherry 10th.

Born in October 2017, it was sired by the 2012 Royal Ulster winner Kye Rodge 553 and out of dam Corraback Cherry 7th which was sired by Mara Flook, the sire of the 2018 National Hereford Show champion.

Richmount 1 Poppy from James Graham, Co Armagh stood reserve supreme, after being placed reserve to Richmond’s heifer in the female championship. Born in January 2017, it is is sired by Grousehall 1 Premier and out of a Barbern 1 Gargantuan daughter, Richmount 1 Laura.

The male championship was won by the 13 month old Solpoll 1 Real Thing from John and William McMordie Co Down. Out of the Panmure 1 Henry daughter Solpoll 1 Dainty N11, its sire is NBG The Wonderer. It also went on to be placed reserve junior champion and was included in the first place group of three from one exhibitor.

Judge George Thorne with Henry Richmond and Corraback Cherry 7th

Success continued for the Graham family, with Richmount 1 Rockafella tapped out as reserve male champion. A September 2017-born Premier son, it is out as Richmont 1 Lady Gaga which was female champion at 2011 Balmoral Show.

Junior champion and winner of the youngest heifer class was Kye Holly from Tommy Staunton, Co Galway. A January 2018-born Free Town Hotspur daughter, it had previously stood female champion at the Irish Calf Show.

Later in the week during the interbreeds, the Graham family's Richmount 1 Ruby Royale won the native breed beef performance heifer class. It is out of Richmount 1 North. 

The champion Corraback Cherry 10th also teamed up with Richmount 1 Rockafella to take reserve in the native interbreed pairs class, topping off a strong show for the Hereford breed.

 
Richmount 1 Poppy from the Graham family

The National Show of Hereford Cattle will once again be held at Tenbury Wells on Saturday 3 August 2019.

A full range of classes and championships will be judged by Steve Edwards, with prize money forward as well as a first time entrant incentive. 

A prize of £100 will be handed to the winner of the Breedplan performance recorded bull class and there will also be young handlers classes with cash prizes sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Society

Full details here.

Entry form here.

Schedule available here

Young handlers entry form here.

 

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 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

The Cerrig dispersal sale of pedigree Hereford cattle held on behalf of Peter and Jane Lewis, Corwen 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, originally purchased 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 at 2,600gns 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 

Solpoll 1 Perfection from J and W McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down was the pick of the bidders and the judge at the Hereford spring show and sale at Hereford market. Having stood grand male champion in the pre-sale show, this Panmure 1 Henry son was knocked down at 8,000gns, and taken home by pedigree breeders SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire with plans to show it through the summer. A superior carcase sire with excellent figures, this bull has been used heavily at Solpoll and was reserve in the performance recorded interbreed class at the Royal Ulster.

Solpoll 1 Perfection sold for 8,000gns

Havenfield 1 Rufus, an October 2017-born bull from the well-established home of EL Lewis and son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire was next in the money at 6,400gns, passing hands to JR Williams, George Nympton, Devon. By Solpoll 1 Lawman, the supreme champion at Tullamore Show in both 2016 and 2017, Rufus’ grandsire is also Panmure 1 Henry. In late 2018, this young bull was judged best bull calf in the Christmas Calf Show 2018 at Shrewsbury.

Havenfield 1 Rufus sold for 6,400gns

Another McMordie bred bull, Solpoll 1 Rawhide, realised 6,000gns and received a red prize card in the pre-sale show. Selling to Mr and Mrs MGS Gibson, Stitchcombe, Wiltshire, it is another Panmure 1 Henry son. Born in September 2017 it is out of the home-bred Solpoll 1 Dainty F16, one of the herd’s best cows. Also a superior carcase sire, it carries a set of impressive figures, with nine traits in the top five per cent of the breed.

Solpoll 1 Rawhide sold for 6,000gns

Having travelled south from Kelso, Scottish Borders, Romany 1 Roxburgh BL R34 from JRB Wilsons and sons sold to pedigree breeders N and G Robinson, Bury, Lancashire for 5,200gns. This striking bull with full eye pigmentation is by the Hereford Cattle Society’s 2018 sire of the year Barwise 1 Lancer and out of Romany 1 Ishbel RE L48.

Romany 1 Roxburgh BL R34 sold for 5,200gns 

Bosa 1 Norfolk from Gerald Blandford’s herd at Bosbury, Herefordshire realised 3,400gns selling to M Ludgate, Scotsgrove, Oxfordshire. Born in June 2017, this well-framed bull stood reserve senior male in the pre-sale show.

Dendor 1 Myrtle 13th from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys led the heifer trade at 5,500gns, selling to Rachel Aidley, Elworth, Cheshire. It is by Canadian-bred Harvie Java 52J, which itself carries Dendor blood and has been twice named Danish national Hereford male champion. It sold in-calf to Dendor 1 Nairobi which was supreme champion at the Hereford Cattle Society’s National Poll Show in 2018.

Dendor 1 Myrtle 13th sold for 5,500gns

Not far behind was Shraden 1 Alice R834 from MJ and HM Timmis which saw bids reach 5,000gns and will travel across the water with Uel Shaw, Dungannon. By Dendor 1 Knuckleduster, it is another from the herd’s Alice family and paternal sister to the Timmis’ Hereford market record priced female made in autumn 2018.

Shraden 1 Alice R834 sold for 5,000gns

Fisher 1 Eva R480 from WJ Hutchings and sons, South Mundham, West Sussex hit 3,700gns, selling to J Twose, Login, Carmarthenshire. One of the best females ever offered by Mr Hutchings at Hereford, it is out of Fisher 1 Eva G303, one of the top cows in the Fisher herd.

Fisher 1 Eva R480 sold for 3,700gns

In the for sale only section, DJ Makin, Wellington, Herefordshire took the highest price at 2,100gns for Adzor Rumour. Born in September 2017, it is by Auckvale Kansas and out of Adzor Jessie J. It went home with S Taylor and D Marsh, Euxton, Lancashire.

IC Markham, Castlethorpe, Buckinghamshire had a good run of heifers entered, with Boundless 1 Madonna 1214, bred by B, H and MR Myers selling to 1,900gns to WS Layton, Ivington, Herefordshire. R Edwards and E Smith, Leigh, Wiltshire, also sold a heifer Classic 1 Violet at 1,850gns.

David Deakin, breed secretary, commented: “It was pleasing to see that the interest in the breed shows no signs of slowing down with standing room only around the show and sale rings, mirroring the continued increase in the Society’s membership.

“It was also encouraging to see almost half the cattle finding homes outside of the breed, another sign that the Hereford’s popularity in the commercial market is continuing to grow.”

Auctioneers: Brightwells

Averages: 28 bulls, £3,394; 13 show females, £3,021; 18 for sale only females, £1,330.

The champion Solpoll 1 Perfection from J and W McMordie (left) and Pulham 1 Remitall from PRJ and LR Vincent

A large entry of Hereford-cross cattle met an excellent demand as they went through the ring at the national spring show and sale of Hereford sired store cattle at Hereford Market on Thursday 4 April.

Lighter animals sold for more per kilo as smaller stores met a serious trade. Auctioneers said all cattle created good interest with prices exceeding expectations of both vendors and auctioneers.

After winning the best group of Hereford cross steers in the pre-sale show, GT Sayce and son, Brockmanton sold an excellent run, topping at £1,260 per head. As a part herd dispersal, other stronger steers from the same home reached £1,150 down to £1,050.

Other vendors’ stronger Hereford steers peaked at £1,100, many of which were either pedigree or pure-bred with several lots trading to four figures. With a number of buyers present for Hereford stores, bids for Hereford-cross steers peaked at £950 for the best with plainer types meeting slightly less demand and trading at 160-170p/kg.

A 30-month Hereford feeding bull from PC and PF Rudge, Sellack topped the section at £1,250. Steers from the same home were placed second in the steer section in the pre-sale show and were knocked down at £1,040.

Not far behind in the bulls was GT Sayce and son at £1,180 and Krislin Herefords, Abergavenny making £1,100.

Good, smaller steers met an excellent demand from several purchasers with the best at £850 per head.

Smaller types and dairy-cross Herefords met bids to £650 but still found good competition.

Hereford heifers were a similar story with the stronger pedigrees and pure-breds easy to place, with the best hitting £950. Some of these animals were purchased by butchers while others went to local specialist feeders.

Condition and size dictated with the better younger grazing females realising £750, with plainer and younger types and sorts to £550 depending on strength and condition.

Keenest demand was shown for the better conformed Herefords with dairy-cross and less shapely types making less money and meeting a reduced crowd of purchasers.

Auctioneers: Hereford Market Auctioneers

Staff from Hereford House travelled to Ireland to visit Weatherbys, the HCS provider of DNA analysis, to learn more about the testing process and sample quality requirements to be able to better inform members.

 

Staff took part in a laboratory tour and had useful discussions with the Weatherbys team, covering sample submission, customer service, reporting, bio banking, genomic evaluations and integration Abri (Breedplan).

For more information on DNA sampling, click here.

A group of members known to former HCS administrator Sylvia Wood gathered for a lunch at the Castle House Hotel, Hereford to present a gift and show their appreciation for Sylvia’s work for the Society over her 44 years of employment.

Clive Davies addressed guests and spoke briefly on Syliva’s time with the Society and the changes she had witnessed at Hereford House over the course of her long career.

The Society once again wishes to thank Sylvia for her commitment and service over the many years.

L-R: Alison Allman, Richard Bradstock, Tracey Thomas, Clive Davies, Sylvia Wood, Robin Irvine, Beverley Turner, Michael Church, Edward Lewis, Richard Mann and Jonathan Moorhouse

With less than 12 months until the World Hereford Conference, to be held in New Zealand in 2020, see the latest schedule and prices here.

Information has been a little slow in coming out of New Zealand, with some costings, particularly around accommodation still to be decided.

it is suggested, that if you are interested in attending or require further information, such as the cost of flights from various locations around the UK, to contact Ms Carolyne Cree at Field Farm Tours. Carolyne has many years’ experience in organising World Hereford Conference tours and will be able to assist you in all aspects of the conference.

Contact details for Field Farm Tours are as follows:
Tel: 01636 616060 info@fieldfarmtours.co.uk

To minimise the likelihood of costly re-testing, please see our helpful guidance on successfully taking DNA hair samples here.

 

Council is thankful to Jonathan Moorhouse for accepting its request to return to the position of president, following the resignation of Des Kelly.

 

Jonathan did a tremendous job last year as president and although unable to be as active in his role this year, he and Rosemary will endeavour to be at as many events as possible, particularly the engagements they could not attend in 2018.


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Following the resignation of Robin Irvine, the Society's council was pleased to elect the vice-chairman Phillip Allman into the chair. 

Phil, of Greenyards Herefords, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire has been a council member for six years, having represented both Scotland and the West Midlands.

He is probably best known within the breed for winning the breed championship at the Royal Show with Greenyards 1 Archie in both 2006 and 2008. 

A sale steeped in tradition, the Hereford Cattle Society’s premier spring show and sale will this year see a slight change to usual proceedings, with £1,500 bull buyer bonus up for grabs.

Held at Hereford Market on Monday 15 April 2019, the Society is putting forward £1,000 to be split equally between the buyer and vendor of the top price bull, and £500 for the second highest price bull to be shared under the same arrangement.

Last year’s spring sale at Hereford was a record breaker with a record bull average set at £4,321.15, topping at 8,200gns for Romany 1 Posiedon BL P5 from JRB Wilson and sons, Kelso.

This year’s sale is set to be no different with 62 bulls entered, with many coming from award winning herds and some of the most well-regarded breeders from across the UK. There will also be 62 pedigree females on offer.

The show, which is always a spectacle, will commence at 9am and will be followed by the sale at 12:30pm.

Hereford Cattle Society breed secretary, David Deakin, said: “The Hereford is most certainly a breed with a rising popularity, largely due to its management benefits, including its docility and easy-calving, but also its superior meat qualities which are widely regarded and as such, supported by a number of national retailers via branded beef schemes.

“I look forward to welcoming visitors to Hereford Market for our spring show and sale and wish the best of luck to both vendors and buyers alike.”

A fine mix of new and repeat customers converged at Mains of Airies Farm in the Rhins of Galloway for the annual Ervie Herefords spring bull sale held by the Douglas family. The sale grossed at £110,500, with prices ranging from £1,800 to £7,000.

Ervie Advance 172213 made the highest price of the day, selling at £7,000 to new pedigree breeders, Ian and Sian Houston, Newton Stewart. This big, lengthy bull sported a well-balanced set of figures including a terminal index of +33 and maternal index of +43. It is sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and out of a top Tribute cow.

Ervie Advance 172213 sold at £7,000

Commercial breeders Messrs Hutton from Castle Douglas bid to £4,500 for yet another 1151 son, this time from the Gypsy family. Dark-coloured and stylish, this bull boasted a great set of figures combining calving-ease and growth and with a terminal Index of +34 and maternal index of +42.Ervie Advance 172314, many buyers’ favourite, with the top weights at both 200 and 400 days, sold at £5,200 to E Lewis, Salbri Herefords, Anglesey. By Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and from the Libby family, it is well-marked and dark-coloured, with great natural thickness and power and will be used in a pedigree herd.

Coming through four lots later, Ervie Advance 172216 sold to repeat buyer Iain Wilkinson, Dundee at £3,400 for both pedigree and commercial use. Sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 131636 and from the Peach family, it had a birth weight of 38kg and was one of the largest and heaviest bulls in the sale. It will now work mainly on daughters of Ervie Advance 141836, bought for £7,200 in the 2016 sale.

Ervie Advance 172314 sold at £5,200

First bull in the ring, Ervie L1 Achiever 172218, realised £3,000 and sold to Ardlamont Estate, Argyll for pedigree use. This dark, attractive bull had a 38kg birthweight, has a straight Line One pedigree and descends from one of the first embryo flushes imported to Ervie in 2005.

Repeat buyer Mark Ogg, from Montrose parted with £3,000 for Ervie Advance 172234 - an upstanding, correct bull with thick top and loin. Sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 141753 and out of a Tribute cow, the bull goes to work alongside two previous Ervie purchases on a large, predominately Simmental commercial beef unit in Angus.

New customers, RG Elliot and son travelled up from Northampton topurchase two bulls including Ervie Advance 172231 at £2,700. This quality son of Ervie L1 Achiever 141780 is from the Crocus family and went south with Ervie Advance 172311 to use on Salers cross Shorthorn type females.

Volume buyers included A and M Smith, Brampton who bought eight bulls for an average of £2,000, High Mark Farming, Stranraer which secured eight bulls at an average of £1,962 and Dourie Farming Co., Newton Stewart which purchased 10 bulls for an average of £1,800.

Average: 48 bulls, £2,302

Auctioneers: Dumfries Auction Mart

Young Hereford breeder Will Awan, 17, graced TV screens across the nation on Sunday 3 March as he featured on Countryfile with Adam Henson. 

Together with his business partner and mentor Bob Honey, the two Hereford enthusiasts run Midford traditional and poll Herfords near Bath. 

Will and Bob have been fortunate to have found each other and have forged a working relationship. Bob is pleased to have a young, enthusiastic partner to contribute to the buisiness, while Will, who has no farming family members, is glad to have the opportunity to be able to progress his career. 

If you missed the programme on Sunday night, catch up on iPlayer here.  

Hereford bulls topped the trade at last week’s native breeds sale at Dungannon Market.

The top call of 5,100gns was paid for Solpoll 1 Powerhouse from father and son partnership, William and John McMordie, Ballygowan. Sired by the Danish-born Moeskar Mentos, Powerhouse boasted outstanding performance figures for both growth and muscle and is eligible for the superior carcase sire incentive funded by the Hereford Cattle Society. The bull joins a newly established suckler beef enterprise in Co Londonderry.

 

Solpoll 1 Powerhouse

It was a good day at the office for Mark and Laurence Moore, Aughnacloy with horned bull Annaghbeg Eli selling at 3,500gns, which is a well-muscled son of Guteragh Gladiator.

Annaghbeg Eli

Pick of the bunch for judge Michael Molloy was Mervyn and Henry Richmond’s Corraback Lenny which took the red rosette in the intermediate class before going on to win the supreme championship and was later knocked down at 3,000gns. This is another strong son of the very successful Mara Flook and was much admired when displayed on the breed stand at the recent Royal Ulster Winter Fair.

Corraback Lenny

Stars of television’s ‘Rare Breed’, David Wilson and sons’ Jack and Robbie were among successful vendors making 2,900gns for Lisrace Lumberjack, a stylish bull with strong EBVs for growth rate and calving-ease. Lisrace Loyalist for the same herd sold for 2,600gns.

 

Lisrace Lumberjack

The average price for 11 bulls sold was a healthy £2,825. The Northern Irish Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association chairman Adrian Irvine was delighted with the demand

He said: “We had a lot of good bulls on offer with power and quality and this is reflected in the prices with both top price and the average significantly better than last year. We’ll be back with another strong line-up on 23 April for the Association’s spring show and sale.”

Judge, Michael Malloy

Averages: 11 bulls, £2,825. 

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart

The Daily Mirror has named the best Valentine's supermarket meal deal as Co-op's offering, which includes an Irresistible Hereford rump steak. 

Commenting on the meal, the judges said: "The steaks (which we had medium rare) were easy to cook and the timings on the instructions were spot on. They were really juicy and pretty decent sizes so you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth."

This is the second piece of national coverage Co-op's Irresistible Hereford steaks have had during the run-up to Valentine's after also coming out trumps in a Good Housekeeping sirloin steak test. 

So, if you are enjoying Valentine's day with some special this year, celebrate with steak, and make it Hereford!

Showcasing someone of the best products Great Britain has to export, AHDB will be present at the Paris International Agricultural Show and will be displaying Normanton 1 Passionabull bred by TD and WT Livesey.

The 30 month old bull now owned by Guillaume Deslandes, Ménéac, Brittany is the first son of Normanton 1 Laertes the 2016 UK Hereford bull of the year which won interbreeds at the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh in the same year.

Nacre, a two year old in-calf Hereford heifer from the same Brittany home will also be on display.

The show will be held from 23 February to 3 March at Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles in Paris and is expected to attract 650,000 visitors.

There will also be classes for Hereford cattle which will conclude with a presentation to the champion at 2 March.

The AHDB’s 150m2 island stand is located near the main entrance of hall 1 between the sheep and the cattle areas and will feature livestock displays and a meat display with lamb and beef cuts and recipe videos.

Selected guests will be invited by AHDB staff to taste British beef and lamb steaks prepared by French chef Gilles Vallée. British cheeses will also be on display in the hospitality room.

Further to the standard St George quality standard mark (QSM) lamb range now present in most French supermarket chains, new packaged products will be displayed on the AHDB stand. St George QSM lamb burgers and meatballs will be on display alongside a selection of modern cuts, designed to respond to the increasing demand for convenience and versatility.

 

At this year's spring show and sale on 15 April at Hereford Market, the Hereford Cattle Society will offer a £1,000 buyer bonus to the top price bull to be evenly shared between vendor and purchaser.

£500 will be offered to the vendor and purchaser of the second highest priced bull on the same arrangement.

Robin Irvine, Society chairman, said: "The Hereford Cattle Society is pleased to be able to congratulate buyers and vendors alike with the new buyer bonus. I look forward to once again seeing a strong display of Hereford cattle and a healthy trade around the ring on 15 April."

So get to Hereford and don't miss out!

Breed secretary David Deakin was pleased to welcome two special guests to Hereford House this week - Fred Klein the ex-stockman of Captain de Quincey’s famed Vern herd and his biographer Harry Hancock.

Romanian-born Fred fought for Germany in the Second World War before coming to Britain as a prisoner of war which eventually led to his position at the Vern where he worked for many years for Captain de Quincey as his herd manager. 

After a chance meeting of Fred and Harry at the home of Tony and Barbara Norman, Harry went on to write the biography of 'Lucky Fred' Klein which is now available for purchase from Hereford House, as well as a number of other outlets.

If you would like a copy of Fred Klein’s biography ‘Fortune’s Buffets and Rewards’ please email postroom@herefordcattle.org. The book is priced at £9.99 plus P and P.

L-R: Fred Klein, breed secretary David Deakin and Harry Hancock

Doesn't Fred look well at 93!

In a recent Good House Keeping comparison of 16 sirloin steaks conducted ahead of Valentine’s day, Co-op’s 28-day matured British Hereford beef sirloin steak came out on top. 

Described as a ‘thick cut of a beef with a crisp trimming of fat’ the Hereford steak beat other breeds, both native and otherwise, along with steaks from overseas, including South America, and other premium steak products. 

Reasonably priced at £4.50, the steak scored 90/100 with the judges who commented: “Deliciously rich, this steak has a slightly salted aroma which attracted our testers to the meat, and they also found it extremely juicy and succulent. Once seared, the fat crisps up making an overall richly indulgent eat.”

Hereford breed secretary David Deakin said: “The Society is pleased the quality of Hereford beef has been recognised in this taste test of sirloin steaks. We have enjoyed a great working relationship with the Co-op in helping them form their branded Hereford beef - offered through its Irresistible range and supplied by red meat processors Dunbia". 

John and William McMordie of Solpoll Herefords, Ballygowan, have sent two embryos to B and C Connor, Crossmolina, Republic of Ireland.

The embryos are sired by Australian-bred Wirruna Daffy D1 and out of Solpoll 1 Starlet L16.

Wirruna Daffy D1

Malcolm and Lesley Gough, Rutland have exported 10 straws of miniature Hereford sire Chater Valley Chalky to Monique Middag-Dreissen, Wapse, The Netherlands.

Another 10 straws were sent to Herman Roelink, Almelo, The Netherlands along with 10 straws of Chater Valley Charlie, also a miniature.

Chater Valley Charlie

The Hereford Cattle Society wishes the best of luck to all purchasers.

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.

Averages
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.

Results

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.

Results

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
premiercattleservices@gmail.com

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.

Results

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.

Results:
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

To view more pictures from Agri-Expo Autumn Calf Show  CLICK HERE

It was a premier win for JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso and his Romany herd to take the much anticipated national herd of the year title at the Hereford Cattle Society’s annual awards dinner.

Pictured right, from L to R, Master Judge Danny Wyllie, Lucy and Robert Wilson. 

Judged by Staffordshire-based Scotsman Danny Wyllie, the Romany herd was praised for its “uniformity, quality and its stock bulls.”

Mr Wyllie congratulated the regional entries for their standard of stock, particularly bulls and commented how tight the competition was between all the regional winners.

In second position in the national herd competition was Northern Ireland regional winner John Conlon, Co. Armagh, followed by the Welsh regional representatives, Aled and Jen Jones, Caersws.

Mr Wyllie added that after the top three herds the remaining five regional winners were all equal fourth, such was the standard across the UK.

Breed secretary David Deakin commented: “It’s reassuring to hear Danny’s positive comments on the eight regional finalists and to hear his views on how much the Hereford breed has improved over recent years. As a sound commercial farmer and well respected inter-breed judge, his comments will resonate across the beef industry.”

Also announced on the night was the bull of the year competition which saw Coley 1 Pilot from Miss H Whittaker receive the top honours. Second place was Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine from Aled and Jen Jones who were also presented with the Hereford female of the year title with Dendor 1 Ruby 29.

Other major awards included:

Sire of the year: Barwise 1 Lancer – JRB Wilson & Sons (owner) and CS Fletcher (breeder)

Show herd of the year: Romany – JRB Wilson & Sons

Poll female of the year: Dendor 1 Ruby 29 – DE, ED & AL Jones

Poll bull of the year: Coley 1 Pilot – H Whittaker

Horned herd of the year: Highhedges – S Cowle

Horned female of the year: Bethanfield Lissette – B Hutchinson

Horned bull of the year: Haven Possum – EL Lewis & son

Hereford female of the year: Dendor 1 Ruby 29 – DE, ED & AL Jones

Hereford bull of the year: Coley 1 Pilot – H Whittaker

The female trade flew at the Hereford Cattle Society’s autumn show and sale, held at Hereford Market, with a new market record set for a Hereford female as Shraden 1 Alice P809 (pictured right) from MJ and HM Timmis, Baschurch reached 7,500gns, selling to JD Hodge, Berwick-Upon-Tweed. 

By Dendor 1 Knuckleduster and out of Shraden 1 Alice C198, this fine heifer also took the female championship in the pre-sale show. With the 2018 Royal Welsh Show female champion title also to its name, this March-2017 heifer sits in the top 5 per cent for retail beef yield and top 10 per cent for milk in the breed. 

Across the board, cattle forward cleared at a rate of 73 per cent, while show heifers cleared at 89 per cent, with an average price of £3,425.63. 

Selling at 3,100gns was Spartan 1 Amy from SC Hartwright, Abingdon, going home with Uel Shaw, Dungannon. This April 2017-born heifer is by Bosa 1 Hereward and out of Eldersfield 1 Amy K916 and after running with Bromley 1 Mystery, is due to calve in December. 

Not far behind at 3,000gns was Romany 1 Lucy K956 R16 from the Hereford Cattle Society’s national herd of the year – JRB Wilson and sons’ Kelso-based Romany herd. Its sire Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956 was reserve senior champion at the 2017 Royal Highland Show. 

Pictured left is Solpoll 1 Stardust P16, one of two females which sold for 2,600gns from J & W McMordie.

Two heifers from J and W McMordie’s well-known Solpoll herd, Co. Down made 2,600gns and another from RJ Windsor, Nantwich was knocked down at the same price. 

Females not entered in the pre-sale show also saw strong demand with 94 per cent forward selling at an average price of £1,324.62. 

Moorside 1 Jacky 2nd, an April 2012-born cow from G and MC Shepherd led this section, realising 1,800gns, changing hands to W Milner, Much Wenlock. 

IC Markham, Castlethorpe also had a good run in this section, with females hitting 1,550gns, 1,350gns and 1,250gns on two occasions. 

Bulls met a more difficult trade, with breed secretary, David Deakin, saying this mirrored recent trends in pedigree cattle sales nationally.  

Prices peaked at 5,000gns for the day’s Junior Champion, Vexour 1 Phantom (pictured left) from Surrey-based J Boomaars, selling to RA Mitchell, Dorchester. This March 2017-born male is by Solpoll 1 Landmark and out of Romany 1 Mink A84 J22. 

Making 4,300gns was Barwise 1 Nabucco from Mrs CS Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmorland, with a call from Hawkins Farming, Bosbury. Qualifying as a superior carcase sire, this 30-month bull has growth rates in the top 5 per cent of the breed, and retail beef yield and fertility in the top ten per cent. 




This summer’s Royal Welsh Show reserve champion, Rempstone 1 Eric V463 (pictured right) from M Ludgate, Thame secured 4,000gns and joins Michael Clark’s Lowesmoor herd near Tetbury. This February 2017-born male is by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa and out of a home-bred dam and stood reserve breed champion at this summer’s Royal Welsh Show. 

Another at 4,000gns was Panmure 1 Pudding from JM Cant and partners, Angus, purchased by TD and WT Livesey, Normanton-Le-Heath. This bull is by Dendor 1 Leota and out of Panmure 1 Plum F15.

Selling at 3,100gns was Cleland 1 Nelson from AE Nesbitt Farms, Hungerford, a 19-month bull by the Danish-bred bull, Moeskaer Keno 1222. Weighing in at 1055kg, it was bought by P Cobley, Stoney Stanton. 

Bulls cleared at 57 per cent, securing an average of £2,933.44 

Averages

8 show heifers, £3,425.63; 16 bulls, £2,933.44; 13 for sale only females, £1,324.62. 

Auctioneers: Brightwells

Joining the team at Hereford House, the Hereford Cattle Society have appointed Laura Bowyer as Marketing Manager.

After working as a livestock reporter for Farmers Guardian for three years, Laura has proven skills in communication and will strive to utilise these to promote the breed and its merits, both to producers and consumers.

She says: “I am excited to get my teeth into my new role with the Society and look forward to meeting as many members as possible, with the forthcoming Annual Dinner and Show and Sale posing a great opportunity for doing so.”
While at Farmers Guardian, Laura spent her time producing farm features and news stories, editing special supplements and reporting from shows and sales.

Laura lives on her family’s lowland beef and sheep farm in Monmouthshire, just over the border into South Wales, and in her spare time is a keen and active member of Usk Young Farmers Club, being the current Vice-Chairman.

David Deakin, Breed Secretary, commented that he was delighted to have Laura on board. He said that her media training and skill set would enable the Society to further develop its profile within the livestock industry and build on the Hereford Beef Brand.

Dendor 1 Nairobi bred and exhibited by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys took the honours at another well attended and supported National Poll Show, held in conjunction with Moreton in Marsh Show, Gloucestershire. He’s no stranger to success at this popular event, having taken the Junior Male Championship in 2016. Thirty month old ‘Nairobi’, out of Dendor 1 Molly 41st and by Lanscombe 1 Orkney has a good spread of EBV’s, with Eye Muscle Area and Intramuscular Fat figures in the Top 5% of the Breed.

Earlier in the day, Judge Jeff Thomas made Dendor I Nairobi his Senior and Grand Male Champion. Mr Thomas of Bollowal Devons, Cornwall, gave constructive comments and reasons after each class throughout a marathon stint of six and half hours of judging. He was impressed with the quality of the cattle before him and complimented the breeders on how much the Breed had improved over recent years – stating, ‘we Devon breeders had better watch out!’

In the Junior Male section it was DP Jones Agricultural Contracting, Coleshill, Birmingham, who came to the fore with 12 month old Maxstoke 1 Rambler. This promising young bull is out of Maxstoke 1 Heather and by Dendor 1 Juggernaut. In Reserve was 11 month old Sky High 1 Rock-the-Boat from B Birch and G Brindley, Weston, Staffordshire. Much to the delight of the Danish onlookers, ‘Rock-the-Boat’ is full of Danish breeding, out of Aland Irma and by SMH King Size 87K.

The Intermediate section was won by the much vaulted Coley 1 Pilot bred by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. No stranger to success, ‘Pilot’ expertly shown by Pernille Winther Sorensen, came hot foot from winning the Overall Inter-breed Championship at Bucks County Show just a few days earlier. Twenty one month old ‘Pilot’, who has a great set of Performance Recorded figures, is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by Coley 1 Maverick. Standing Reserve was 18 month old Kinglee 1 Panzer from P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire. Another bull with a good set of EBV’s, he has 200, 400 & 600 Day Weights and Scrotal Circumference all in the Top 5% for the Breed.

In the Senior section and standing Reserve to Dendor 1 Nairobi was another bull owned and exhibited by P Cobley, rising two year old Blakesley 1 Major. ‘Major’ who was the Grand Male Champion at the 2017 National Calf Show, is out of Show Champion Blakesley 1 Icicle and by the prolific Solpoll 1 Dynamite. He then followed ‘Nairobi’ all the way to the Reserve Grand Male Championship.

Moving on to the females, there was more success for P Cobley and his team, when his beautifully balanced, feminine heifer Kinglee 1 Polly 554 took the Intermediate and Grand Female Championships. Twenty three month old ‘Polly 554’, who is out of Kinglee 1 Polly 285 and by Panmure 1 Karl went on to be judged Reserve Supreme Champion by Mr Thomas. Standing Reserve in the Intermediate section was Dendor 1 Ruby 29th from DE, ED & AL Jones, this smart heifer is enjoying a marvellous show season with a string of red rosettes and Breed Championships. She is out Dendor 1 Ruby 17th and by thrice Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert.


Taking the Junior Female Championship was yet another Pete Cobley animal, this time 12 month old Kinglee 1 Ebony 577. Another promising heifer by Panmure 1 Karl, she’s out of Kinglee 1 Ebony 298. ‘Ebony 577’ then went on to pip Junior Male Champion, Maxstoke 1 Rambler, for the Overall Junior Championship and with it the Hallwood Trophy. 

The Reserve Junior Female Championship went to T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland with 12 month old Moralee 1 Kylie KS R1. Out of Moralee 1 Kylie, she’s by Danish bull SMH King Size 87K, bred by proud onlooker Jens Michael Jensen.


 

There were more red rosettes for team Moralee when Tom & Di Harrison took the Senior Female Championship with the much admired three year old cow Coley 1 Pippa 356 with her strong bull calf at foot. ‘Pippa 356’ is by Australian bred bull, Days Calibre G74 and out of former Female of the Year Frenchstone P. 1 Boo. Show stopper Coley 1 Pippa 356 then went on to take the Reserve Grand Female Championship behind Kinglee 1 Polly 554. 
Earlier in the day T & D Harrison were awarded the Blythebarn Trophy for the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire. To complete an excellent day for the Harrison’s they were presented with the Ted Hewitson Trophy for the Most Successful Herd on the Day!

Standing Reserve in the Senior Female Championship was Pebworth 1 Paloma from N & L Holdsworth, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire. This attractive, well put together two year old female is out of Blakesley 1 Glamour and by Kinglee 1 Galaxy.
Finishing with a wonderful haul of trophies DE, ED & AL Jones, Dendor Herefords, were awarded the Diamond Jubilee Trophy for the Best Group of Three Animals to include both Sexes owned by the Exhibitor. 

In the third class of the show and taking the Nitram Trophy for the Best Pair of Animals were show veterans R & RI Shaw, Hallwood Herefords, South Wirral, Cheshire. A delighted Ian Shaw stated, “we’ve been coming to this show for many years and have won lots of trophies - but we’ve never won the Nitram Trophy before!

Dear All,

For those you who have not yet booked tickets for this year’s Annual Dinner please see attached information on the venue, date and time, plus a pro-forma menu which we would kindly ask that you complete by Monday 1st October.

For details and directions to the Three Counties Hotel please click the following link Three Counties Hotel

At the Annual Dinner we will have this year’s Herefords of the Year presentations plus results from the biennial National Hereford Herd of the Year. Master Judge of the National Herd of the Year Competition, Mr Danny Wyllie, will set out his reasons for his top three placings and will also provide feedback on the other five regional winning herds from across the UK.

Entertainment will be by hypnogician Kiegan Vallely from 7pm Kiegan Vallely

If requesting tickets please contact Beverley Turner on postroom@herefordcattle.org and Bev will arrange for tickets to be dispatched and invoices to be raised……

We look forward to seeing you on the 8th

With regards, 

David Deakin
Breed Secretary

The Charmily Herd of first class Pedigree Hereford cattle established in 2013, is to
be auctioned at Newcastle Emlyn Market on Thursday 6th September 2018. GJ &
EM Thomas offer their herd for dispersal following selling their farm. Potential
buyers will see some quality Herefords with some good genetics in their make up
and may bid with confidence. The breeding of the stock bulls used can be found at
the end of the lotted pages.

Click Here for the CATALOGUE

HERD HEALTH
TB TB Test clear 27.07.18
3 breeding bulls TB Test clear 11.08.18
Vaccination Herd vaccinated against BVD and Leptospirosis end of April 2018.

All calves vaccinated Rispoval 4 at approx. 10 days old.

PD Dates PD dates to be announced at time of sale.

The whole herd is Farm Assured

SALE INFORMATION
Conditions Of Sale The Livestock Auctioneers Association
General Conditions of Sale will apply.
Hauliers Local hauliers are available - Contact auctioneers for further information.

Payment Terms Strictly on day of sale.
Please contact auctioneers if unknown to them prior to sale day or purchasing.

Catering Facilities Refreshments will be available.

Sale Day Contacts Mark Burgoyne 07831 192603
Paul Taylor 07815 509504
Llyr Jones 07812 934964

Quality samples are the key to getting good DNA from your cattle. Samples which fail initial quality control checks at the DNA isolation step of the process, do not get processed and a new sample is requested. 

Weatherbys accept hair samples but have highlighted that ear tissue samples have a higher success rate. At present the failure rates for samples are as follows: 5%-8% for hair samples and 1% to 1.5% for ear notch samples.

If tissue samples are taken then they should be stored frozen, whereas hair samples should be contained in a sealed bag with the air expelled and stored at room temperature. 

A quality sample of hair is taken from the tail and has the follicle, or root, still attached to it. Tail hair is preferable to coat hair due to the size of the root ball that is extracted from the tail versus the coat. The sample must NOT be excessively dirty and must contain 40-60 hair follicles.

Gather hairs and grasp them tightly as close to the skin as possible with hands or pliers. As an animal gets older the hairs become harder to remove so the use of pliers often aids in removal. Pull the hair slowly and firmly away from the tail making sure to get the roots.

Taking a good sample for Sire/Parentage Verification and Genetic Defect testing is paramount as it will save you time and money – a charge will be incurred even if Weatherbys are unable to successfully achieve a result due to the submitted hair samples not carrying sufficient roots/follicles or being contaminated. Samples which don’t meet Weatherbys threshold standards will be requested for a repeat sample if results are to be determined.
Any repeat samples will also incur an additional charge.
 

It is therefore extremely important that you ensure that the samples collected are carefully plucked with sufficient roots/follicles attached and are not cut.

It is also important to ensure that the samples are in no way contaminated or cross contaminated with any hairs of a different animal.

Another area where care should be taken is when an animal is shedding its hair. Shed hair does not normally include live roots/follicles and so will have degraded DNA, so again, please ensure plucked hairs carry enough roots/follicles needed to complete the test successfully.

In summary:
Hair samples which pass through DNA isolation and are tested can fail for a number of reasons:

  • Poor/insufficient hair follicles
  • Wet or dirty hair samples
  • Hair samples taken from a dead animal
  • Substance on hair sample which inhibits testing such as sprays, detergents of other cleaning agents 

Tissue Sample which pass through DNA isolation and are tested can fail for a number of reasons:

  • Tissue which has not been stored correctly or spent too long at room temperature; degrading the quality of DNA
  • Another cause for samples to underperform is a contamination occurring at sampling causing less reliable results. 

1.)   Gather 40-60 hairs and grasp them tightly as close to the skin as possible with hands or pliers. As an animal gets older the hairs become harder to remove so the use of pliers often aids in removal (see below). 

2.)   Pull the hair slowly and firmly away from the tail making sure to get the roots.  

3.)   Place the hairs into the resealable bag provided and seal the bag tightly.
Please only put one animal sample in each bag.

4.)   Samples should be placed in the provided bag, sealed and sent immediately to the Hereford Cattle Society in the accompanying addressed envelope avoiding prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

By Emma Smith UKHY Co-ordinator

Eleven youth members were bright eyed and bushy tailed when first arriving into Northern Ireland, with some travelling the night before and some early that morning, to attend to first UKHY workshop organised in Northern Ireland.

The McMordie family kindly offered to host for the day by providing an abundance of cattle, shed space to work in and food for all attendees. The day kicked off in usual style by an introduction. A total of twenty-six young people were in attendance, so it was a quick introduction into the format of the day and then onto proceedings. Each young member was split into a specific age group and then ushered off to their first activity, which was either clipping or dressing. Due to the enthusiasm of everyone taking part the first workshop ran over - a first ever! So, a quick change to the day’s agenda, saw us back on track for the feed identification test and an informative discussion on raw feed materials and how they relate to cow health. During lunch it was pleasing to see everyone sharing notes on the mornings activites.

We kicked off after lunch by everyone guessing the weight of a yearling bull – some were close and some were not so close! The groups then swapped trainers and completed their second activity of the day. Finally, we ended on a young handler demonstration and competition. Throughout the day a secret judge was assessing their skills, enthusiasm and knowledge, with the winners being announced at the Northern Irish Hereford Breeders’ Herd Competition presentation evening.

Food, laughter and awards were the order of the night. It was a great opportunity for the young members to network with not only their peers but breeders and farmers alike. We witnessed some excellent Irish music, some ‘interesting’ dancing (and that was from one of the UKHY team!) plus all the prize giving for the NIHBA Herd Competition. However, our prize giving took a slot on the main stage too, taking the first prize of a ticket to the British Cattle Breeders’ Conference to be held in January 2019 was Overall Winner Drew Ritchie from Scotland. The Overall Young Handler winner was Emma McCrea from Northern Ireland and she took home a £50 merchandise voucher to spend with items supplied through HQ at Hereford House.

Saturday saw us back at Solpoll for a bit of stock judging. Robert Clarke from the Shadwell herd, and who had been the herd competition judge that week, kindly offered to give some pointers and let everyone have a go. We finished the visit off with a lengthy walk of the well known award winning Solpoll herd. Then it was back onto the minibus for a scenic drive down to Des Kelly’s Mullin herd. The guys were presented with another stock judging task – but with a twist! Des asked young member Josh Dowbiggin to be the master judge. Their job was to select the cattle they least wanted in their herd and to select a bull for commercial use. It certainly got the brain ticking! The Overall Winner was Matthew Rollason with Ollie Garnett-Smith coming a close second. 

Our third and final day had an early start, with a two-and-a-half-hour trip down to Tullamore Show, where we had to be in the ring ready to go at 9.45am. The first class was the Junior section with our two youngest members taking part. There were eleven young handlers taking part with the judge putting them through their paces. When two UKHY Members were pulled in, Imogen Edwards taking first place and Ollie Garnett-Smith taking second, followed by Bradley Graham taking fourth - they had set the standard for the Seniors! The pressure was well and truly on……but there was no need to worry, as the same with the Junior class, a strong entry but our guys took a massive 1st Will Awan, 2nd Harvey Cloke, 3rd Isla Soutter and 4th Iona Smith, with Drew Ritchie taking 6th, Ellis Parry in 7th and Joshua Matthews in 8th place. What an achievement to finish the weekend off. The skill and patience that all our young members displayed in the ring was an absolute credit to them all. They’d never seen the animals before but they all handled themselves and the cattle well. To say that I had a ‘proud mum’ moment would be the understatement of the year! 

UK Hereford Youth would like to thank all breeders, trainers, helpers and everyone else from Northern and Southern Ireland for making everyone feel so welcome and providing some insight into life and Herefords across Ireland – THANK YOU!

The winning herds below will now go forward to be judged by Master Judge Mr Danny Wyllie over the next few weeks - with the top three herds being announced at the Annual Dinner on Monday 8th October 2018.

Area Winning Herd

Midlands & East Anglia - P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent, White House Farm,
Coles Common, Pulham Market, Diss,
Norfolk, IP21 4XT.
Tel: 01379 676906 – Mob: 07771 697866
Secretary: Alan Pittam Tel: 01788 890702 – Mob: 07747 866078
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North of England - Mr. & Mrs. D. Kelly, Nether Hall, Mansergh,
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2EW.
Tel: 01524 273927 – Mob: 07808 050030
Secretary: Jackie Cooper Mob: 07960 994376
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Northern Ireland - Mr. J. Conlon, 27 Gosford Road, Markethill,
Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, BT60 1QD.
Tel: 02837 551488 – Mob: 07753 471873
Secretary: Ivan Haire Tel: 02890 825215 - Mob: 07887 675649
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Scottish Hereford Breeders - J.R.B. Wilson & Sons, Cowbog, Kelso,
Roxburghshire, TD5 8EH.
Tel: 01573 440273 – Mob: 07980 253496
Secretary: Pauline Wason Tel: 01592 881740 – Mob: 07855 237474
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South of England - Mr. M.J. Clark, Lowesmoor Farms Ltd.,
Bankside House, Lowesmoor, Cherington,
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8SP.
Tel: 01285 760427 – Mob: 07929 637573
Secretary: Emma Smith Mob: 07772 495913
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South West - Mr. J.D. Moorhouse, James Barton Farm Office,
Vellow Road, Stogumber, Taunton, Somerset,
TA4 3TL.
Tel: 01984 656292 – Mob: 07714 104692
Secretary: Angela Kerslake Tel: 01884 849121 – Mob: 07973 452403
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Wales - D.., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Gwastadgoed,
Llanwnog, Caersws, Powys., SY17 5NZ
Tel: 01686 688266 – Mob: 07974 416527
Sec. Powys: Glenn Pritchard Mob: 07903 021680
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West Midlands - M.J. & H.M. Timmis, Moor Farm,
Ruyton Road, Baschurch, Shrewsbury,
Shropshire, SY4 2BA.
Tel: 01939 260261 – Mob: 07773 436481
Secretary: Alison Allman Tel: 01432 880027 – Mob: 07860 308599
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Coley 1 Pilot (pictured left) bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the Breed Championship at the Scottish National Show held at Dumfries. ‘Pilot’ brought out and shown by farm manager Andrew Hughes had earlier been awarded the Grand and Senior Male Championships by Judge Mr William Livesey, Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire.

The Reserve Supreme award went to Grand and Junior Female Champion, nine month old Romany 1 Lucy BL R38 (pictured below right) bred by JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, she’s sired by Barwise 1 Lancer and out of Romany 1 Lucy A84 J57.

It was a very successful day for Romany Herefords securing five first prizes and four second prizes as well as Junior & Reserve Overall Male with Romany 1 Primetime BL P62, Reserve Junior Male with Romany 1 Romeo BL R7 and Senior Female with Romany 1 Lucy A84 J57. They were also awarded the Best Pair of Animals to boot!

Other Scottish Breeders’ making the journey down to Dumfries also enjoyed a successful show - there was a first prize for Harvey Brothers, Balfron, Galsgow with the heifer Harveybros 1 Crocus P5, picking up a red rosette was JA Cameron & Son, Leven, Fife with their heifer Baldinnie 1 Dom Lass 21st. It was a blue rosette day for Gavin Dunbar, Strathaven, Lanarkshire with a second prize for his homebred bull Drumboy 1 Paolo 881. Finally, W, P & K Wason, Lochgelly, Fife took second place with their homebred bull Saltire 1 Predator who also picked up the Reserve Senior Male award.

There was very good support from the North of England Hereford Breeders’ too and they were rewarded with several wins. T & D Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Stocksfield, Northumberland enjoyed success with the Best Group of Three and the Best Group of Three bred by the Same Sire – SMH Kingsize, as well as their homebred nine month old heifer Moralee 1 Kimberley KS R7 being awarded the Reserve Junior Female and Reserve Overall Female titles. There was also a first prize for Mr & Mrs H Elliott, with Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th, and a second prize rosette for G & MC Shepherd with Moorside 1 Jane 8th.

The Young Handlers Classes were kindly sponsored once again by Mr David Gillon. The Junior Young Handler Competition was won by Miss Lottie Wilson (pictured far right with Katie Wason) and , Romany Herefords with Miss Katie Wason of Saltire Herefords in second place.

The Senior Handlers was won by Miss Beth Harvey, Harveybros Herefords with Drew Ritchie in second and Miss Iona Smith in third.

Breed stalwarts R & M Borwick, Preston Deanery, Northamptonshire took the Supreme Championship with his Grand & Intermediate Champion bull, Mara President (pictured right). It was the first time Bob and Margaret had picked up the coveted award since 1986 when they took the title with Prestone Boxer.

Fifteen month old ‘President’ who is out of Mara Blossom 43rd and by Clipston Top Drawer T4 was one of a number of bulls purchased at the show, he will be making the short journey to join the well known Haven herd owned by EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. Other prize winning animals were snapped up, some, by Irish Hereford breeders from both north and south of Emerald Isle.

Standing Reserve to ‘President’ was Grand & Intermediate Female Champion Bethanfield Lisette (left) from first time exhibitor, Ms B Hutchinson, Billingham, Cleveland. Eighteen month old ‘Lisette’ is out of Fourstones Lisette 285 and by Auckvale Monument 1436M.

Judge Mrs Pat Stanley, a renowned Longhorn breeder from Leicestershire, stated, “I would love to take home the Grand Male and Female Champions – they are so correct, well balanced and a credit to the Hereford breed, what good beef farmer wouldn’t want them?”
The day commenced with the Breedplan Performance Recorded Class judged by Mervyn Thomas, cousin of longtime ring Steward and former Hereford Breed President Robert Thomas. Taking the Performance Class and with it the Westaway Cup was two year old Haven Possum from EL Lewis & Son, with Pulham Providence from PRJ & LR Vincent, Diss, Norfolk in Reserve. ‘Possum’ is by Australian sire Mawarra After Shock and out of Haven Splendour 25th.

However, PRJ & LR Vincent went one better when they picked up the Geoff Thomas Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Pair of Calves, with Mrs S Cowle, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire in Reserve.

In the Best Group of Three Animals bred by an Exhibitor it was R & M Borwick who came to the fore with local breeder RA Bradstock & Partners, Free Town Herefords, Tarrington, Herefordshire in second place.

The female section commenced with the Senior Cow Class and for the third successive year, W & R Kemp & Sons took home the Sid Wright Memorial Trophy with joint 2017 Horned Female of the Year Auckvale Lively 1058H and her calf at foot, with Mrs S Cowle in Reserve with HighHedges Blossom 6-13. Prolific, seven year old ‘Lively 1058H’ is out of Auckvale Lively Lucinda and by Auckvale Broadside. Five year old HighHedges Blossom 6-13, a former National Show Junior Champion, is all Mara breeding, out of Mara Blossom 38th and by Mara Epic.

Standing Reserve to Bethanfield Lisette in the Intermediate section was sixteen month old Sparkwood Blossom 19th from Mrs L Jackson, Tring, Hertfordshire. Out of Sparkwood Blossom 12th, she’s another animal by the excellent Clipston Top Drawer T4.
Completing the female awards, in the Junior category it was PRJ & LR Vincent who came out on top with 10 month old Pulham Pansy 15th (right), out of Clipston Pansy R2 and by Moyclare Malcolm. Later in the show Judge Pat Stanley made this attractive young female her Reserve Grand Female Champion. Standing Reserve to ‘Pansy 15th’ was 11 month old HighHedges Diadem 5-17 from Mrs S Cowle, she’s out of HighHedges Diadem 3-15 and by Free Town Martyr.

Free Town Nevada from RA Bradstock & Partners took the first piece of silverware in the bull classes when he was awarded the Charles Mackaness Perpetual Cup in the Senior Bull Class. Twenty seven month old ‘Nevada’ is out of Free Town Peace 5th and by the prolific Mara Humorous. In Reserve was five year old Moyclare Malcolm from Messrs Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire. ‘Malcom’ bred by M Molloy, is out of Moyclare Ursula 4th and by Brocca Saviour.

In the Intermediate category and standing Reserve to Mara President, was Sparkwood Tinkerman from Mrs L Jackson. Eighteen month old ‘Tinkerman’, out of Sparkwood Blossom 10th is another by a Mara sire, this time, Mara Kilamanjaro. What a marvellous day it was for R & M Borwick, not only in taking the Overall Championship but also in seeing so many award winning animals with Mara bloodlines in them – well done Bob and Margaret!

To complete the days judging, Mrs Stanley made HighHedges Rich Reward (pictured left), from Mrs S Cowle, both her Junior Male and Reserve Grand Male Champion. Out of Lowergrove Blossom and by Free Town Martyr, this latest accolade helped Mrs Sarah Cowle to collect not only the Betty Lane Trophy for the Most successful Exhibitor in the Heifer and Bull Calf Classes but also to pick-up the George Davies trophy for the Herd Gaining the Most Points on the Day. Finishing in Reserve to ‘Rich Reward’ was AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire with 11 month old Church Preen Rasqual, who’s out of Church Preen Lindy Loo JO33 and by Haven Koala.

The day’s event finished with a Young Handler Competition split into three age groups; Senior, Intermediate and Junior, for guest Judge Steve Edwards to preside over. In the Senior Class it was Matt Taylor who picked up the red rosette from Bethan Hutchinson in second place. In the Intermediate section there was more success for serial winner Harriet Froud, much to the delight of long serving show organiser Michael Church, with Hannah Murrell in Reserve.

Judged in top spot in the Junior class and taking the Overall award was Oscar Chandler (pictured with Richard Mann right), who was presented with the Thornhill Plate and the Dendor Showstick by retiring National Hereford Club Chairman, Richard Mann. Oscar has a good pedigree with both his grandfather Mike and father Mark exhibiting many Champions at the National Show over the past 20 years.

Later Richard was presented with a beautifully carved shepherd’s crook by the President of The National Hereford Club (NHC), Cllr Michael Hammon, in recognition of his fifteen years as Club Chairman.

The NHC would also like to thank the numerous sponsors including Dunbia, Brightwells Auctioneers and main sponsor Massey Ferguson, without doubt their continued support makes the show the spectacle that it is today.

The NHC would also like to thank Moocall for making the generous donation of a MoocallHEAT package which in turn was offered in a Silent Auction with all proceeds going to the Club.

Pictured, from L to R, are Catherine and Padraig McGrath being presented with their MoocallHEAT pack from UK Sales Manager Sue Corbett.  



Overall Junior Inter-breed Beef Champion Sponsored by Coleg Cambria

Seventeen month old Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine took the Native and then Overall Junior Inter-breed Beef Championships at a highly competitive Royal Welsh Show.
Proceedings were interrupted when Prime Minister Theresa May made a surprise visit into the cattle judging rings. After asking Inter-breed Judge David Jones what he was looking for in a good beef animal and stating that it must be a very difficult job to compare different breeds of high quality, David tapped out his Champion.
‘Moonshine’, who is out of Romany 1 Lucy A84 F26 and by Gouldingpoll 1 Captain, has a good set of Performance Recorded figures - with his 200, 400 & 600 Day Weights and Eye Muscle Area all in the Top 10% for the Breed.






Junior Heifer Inter-breed Championship - Sponsored by Nettex, a division of Rumenco.


The Hereford Grand Female Champion, 16 month old Shraden 1 Alice P809 bred and exhibited by MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire took the Reserve Native Inter-breed Championship under the watchful eye of Judge Gareth James.
Out of Shraden 1 Alice C198 and by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster, she’s another animal with a good set of EBVs with her 200 Day Wt in the Top 10% and Eye Muscle Area and Retail Beef Yield in the Top 5% for the Breed.








Fitzhugh Championship – Inter-breed Best Pair of Beef Animals – Sponsored by HSBC


Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine and stablemate Dendor 1 Ruby 29th paired up to compete in the prestigious Fitzhugh Championship – and what a great pair they were – taking the Overall Championship in front of thousands of onlookers around the ring. ‘Ruby 29th’ is another top female out of the Ruby bloodline this time out of Dendor 1 Ruby 17th and is by current Hereford Sire of the Year, Solpoll 1 Gilbert. Inter-breed Judge David Jones, stated “as a former Hereford breeder, I was reluctant to give to the Hereford because of my connection with the breed - but I had no choice - they were a so well matched pair, correct in every way, a great credit to the breed.”





Marks & Spencer Native Inter-breed Group of Three

Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine and Dendor 1 Ruby 29th then teamed up with 21 month old Glenvale 1 Polly 617 from TG, EI & EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire to take the Reserve Native Inter-breed Group of Three. ‘Polly 617’ is out of Glenvale 1 Polly 387 and by Dendor 1 Ledley.

The Native Group of Three is one of the breed’s favourite competitions having had many successes over recent years. Judge Richard Rettie commented afterwards that the animals were “a credit to the breed and only just missed out on the top spot.”



Marks & Spencer Young Cattle Handlers Inter-breed Beef Competition


Iona Smith originally from Scotland but now based in Northumberland was judged the Best Overall Young Handler after first winning the Senior section 16-19 years of age. Iona, a protégé of UK Hereford Youth and competing for the first time at the Royal Welsh, caught the eye of Judge Carol Rettie from the moment she stepped into the ring – Carol was impressed with her “calm control, attention to detail and knowledge of the animal.” Iona commented afterwards that she was delighted to have won such a prestigious competition, given the calibre of her fellow competitors and the history of the show.









Best Inter-breed Beef Breed Display


Tom & Diane Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Stocksfield, Northumberland, first time exhibitors at the Royal Welsh Show were awarded third place in the Best Breed Display in the Cattle Lines. The Judge commented that the new Moralee branding was strong, clean, crisp and unmistakable. He was also impressed that the Moralee brand ran throughout, from clothing to show box and from banners to leaflets. Well done Tom & Di!

DE, ED & AL Jones, Dendor Herefords, Caersws, Powys took the Royal Welsh Show by storm both in the Hereford section and in a number of Inter-breed Competitions.

They took the Supreme Championship with Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine (pictured right) - this stylish young bull caught the eye of Scottish Judge Audrey Anderson, Panmure Herefords from the moment he walked into the ring. Although bred in Ireland, 17 month old ‘Moonshine’ has a lot of Scottish blood running through his veins with his dam, Romany 1 Lucy A84 F26 and his grand-sire, Romany 1 Captain R22 on his father’s side both bred by JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. He’s also not just about style and substance, this well put together young bull, sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Captain, has a good set of Performance Recorded figures too. With his 200, 400 & 600 Day Weights and his Eye Muscle Area all in the Top 10% for the Breed.

Earlier in the day ‘Moonshine’ took the Junior Male Championship, and appropriately, with it the Dendor Trophy presented by Sian Jones and later the Grand Male Championship.

Standing Reserve to ‘Moonshine’ in the Junior, Grand Male and Breed Championships was Rempstone 1 Eric V463 (pictured left) from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire. Also 17 months old, Eric V463, is out of Rempstone Model and by former National Poll Show Champion Hawkesbury 1 Vespa.

In the first class of the day it was Bromley 1 Tendulkar bred and exhibited by M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire who took the red ticket. Twenty six month old ‘Tendulkar’ is out of Bromley 1 Tamarisk 602 and by Greenyards 1 Legend. Other successes in the bull classes went to another Herefordshire breeder EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn with Haven Possum, out of Haven Splendour 25th and by Australian bred bull Mawarra After Shock. In the youngest bull class, the first prize rosette went to Newtoncroft Farms Ltd, Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire with Newtoncroft 1 Pondlife, out of Newtoncroft 1 Mary 25th and by Solpoll 1 Hollywood.

In the female category, Shraden 1 Alice P809 (pictured right) bred and exhibited by MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire came out on top, taking the Grand Female Championship. Things boded well for the Timmis family when 16 month old ‘Alice P809’ first won arguably the strongest class of the day, heifers born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2017. Out of Shraden 1 Alice C198 and by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster, she’s another animal with a good set of EBVs with her 200 Day Wt in the Top 10% and Eye Muscle Area and Retail Beef Yield in the Top 5% for the Breed. There was more success for the Timmis family when they collected the red rosette in the youngest heifer class of the day with 13 month old Shraden 1 Alice P828, who’s out of Shraden 1 Alice E283 and by Baldinnie 1 Victory.

Standing Reserve to ‘Alice P809’ was 21 month old heifer Dendor 1 Ruby 29th from DE, ED & AL Jones. ‘Ruby 29th’ (pictured left), who is another top female out of the Ruby bloodline this time out of Dendor 1 Ruby 17th and is by current Hereford Sire of the Year, Solpoll 1 Gilbert.
In the other female classes M Ludgate was awarded first place in the Heifer in-Calf or with Calf at Foot class with 30 month old Rempstone 1 Dowager V424. Out of Studmorepoll 1 Dowager 3rd, she’s by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa.

There was a further accolade for the much admired Coley 1 Pippa 356 owned and exhibited by first time exhibitors at the Royal Welsh Show, T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. ‘Pippa 356’ is out of former Female of the Year Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and by Days Calibre G74.

There was more success for Tom & Diane Harrison, justifying the long trip down from Northumberland when they were awarded the Best Group of Three, pipping Dendor Herefords into Reserve.

The Department of International Trade, accredited Trade Challenge Partner, are organising a visit to the National Western Stock Show, Denver, January, 2019.

There is a DIT grant available to eligible companies to showcase British livestock expertise, technology and genetics. The grant is £1,500 per eligible company and they have a limited number available. That said, for companies who do not meet the criteria for the grant they have negotiated a special package of travel, accommodation and other benefits for those wanting to participate and be part of the British visit.

Companies who may be interested should register by returning the flyer. You will then be invited to a pre mission briefing in September, to consider options of how best to showcase UK expertise and breeds. At the briefing the financial package and grant eligibility will be explained in detail.

Please do call me if you would like to discuss in greater detail. 

Kind regards
Pauline Wade
+44 (0) 1482 324976
p.wade@hull-humber-chamber.co.uk 

Company Registered in England No. 9604
Registered Office: 34/38 Beverley Rd, Hull, HU3 1YE

‘Building the Brand to Promote Our Uniqueness’ is the theme for the next BCBC Conference, which will take place on 21st – 23rd January 2019 at the Telford Hotel and Golf resort in Telford, Shropshire.

The conference will focus on ensuring the resilience of the British beef and dairy industries in a changing market environment through effective branding and promotion of its products as unique and valuable.

The new Chair of the British Cattle Breeders Club, Anya Westland, was instrumental in helping choose the conference theme and explains why it is so relevant: “The conference will focus on the new world that is evolving in our industry and how we can develop, defend, protect and brand our uniqueness.

“Continuing to evolve and strengthen co-operation, as well as promoting our brand, will be vitally important in light of increasing pressure on the livestock industry from recent negative campaigns via social media and other channels,” Anya adds. “As we look to the future we must continue to focus positive attention on a cattle breeding industry that not only strives for high levels of animal health, welfare and production efficiency but also aims to deliver high quality and nutritious animal protein products.”

Speakers already confirmed for the conference include:
• Minette Batters, NFU President
• Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer
• Jonathan Eckley, AHDB Senior Export Manager

The full conference programme and booking details will be available on the BCBC website (www.cattlebreeders.org.uk) in early Autumn 2018.

PM Teresa May hosted DonaldTrump at Blenheim Palace last night for a state banquet, offering him a quintessentially British menu of the finest ingredients available; wild Scottish Salmon followed by the star of the show - Fillet of Hereford Beef!

If that doesnt help trade talks nothing will.......! 

Coley 1 Pilot bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the Breed Championship at the Great Yorkshire Show under the watchful eye of experienced Judge, John McMordie, Solpoll Herefords, County Down. Eighteen month old ‘Pilot’, who is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by homebred bull Coley 1 Maverick is a powerfully built bull with a good set of Estimated Breeding Values.

He swept all before him taking the Junior Male, Overall Junior, Grand Male and Breed Championships. Later in the show Coley 1 Pilot took the coveted Overall Inter-breed Junior Championship in what was a very competitive class at a show situated in a strong beef region, with four beef breeds holding their National Shows.

After picking out his Champions, John commented that both his “Breed and Reserve Breed Champions were cattle that he would very much like to take home.”

Standing Reserve to ‘Pilot’ in the male classes was fourteen month old Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. He’s another excellent animal from the Ishbel family bloodline, this time out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 and by Barwise 1 Lancer. ‘Prime Time BL P62’ has excellent Performance Recorded Figures across the board, including; a 200 and 400 Day Weight, an Eye Muscle Area and Retail Beef Yield all in the Top 1% of the Breed. So too are his Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Indices.

There was more success for Romany Herefords when they were awarded the Best Pair of Animals by the Same Sire and Best Group of Three Animals - the property of the same Exhibitor.

However, it was the female classes that were the most competitive with two classes being split, due to the large number of heifers entered. Coming out on top was another junior animal, 15 month old Hollyvale 1 Sapphire 2nd from A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire. ‘Sapphire 2nd’, who is out of Mersey Valley 1 Sapphire and by Dendor 1 Leroy, caught the Judges attention as soon as she came into the ring, with John McMordie stating that “she will make a superb breeding animal in the future, she has great femininity, balance, good spring of rib and good locomotion.”

Hollyvale 1 Sapphire took the Junior and Grand Female Championships before being tapped out as his Reserve Breed Champion.

Keeping with the junior animals, John made Pinmoor 1 Pennie from G Hall, Knowsley Park, Prescot his Reserve Junior and Reserve Grand Female Champion. Also 15 months old, She’s out of homebred female Pinmoor 1 Hope and by successful Danish bull SMH King Size 87K.

In the Senior Cow Class there was another red ticket for the 2017 Reserve Female of the Year, Coley 1 Pippa 356 with her calf at foot, from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. This stylish cow is out of former Female of the Year, Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and by Australian sire Days Calibre G74.

Other first prize winners in the female classes were Messrs Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire with 28 month old Clipston Pansy V6, out of Clipston Pansy K11 and by Irish bred Moyclare Malcolm.

JRB Wilson followed up their success in the bull classes with a first place, this time with Romany 1 Plum BL P2. Two year ‘Plum BL P2’, who is out Romany 1 Plum A84 E37, is another by successful herd sire Barwise 1 Lancer.

In the class Heifers born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2017, it was young Bethan Hutchinson, Billingham, Cleveland, who came to the fore with Bethanfield Lisette. She’s out of Fourstones Lisette 285 and by Auckvale Monument 1436N.

Last but not least, in the youngest heifer class, it was breed stalwarts, R & RI Shaw, South Wirral, Cheshire, who came on top and with it a £100 first prize ticket – which according to a delighted Ian Shaw was the “first one that they had ever won!” Their 13 month old heifer, Hallwood 1 Careless 7th is out of Hallwood 1 Careless and by show bull Hallwood 1 Knight.

Pictured right is Emmerdale's Eric Pollard, aka Chris Chittell, passing on his congratulations to breeder Heather Whittaker and showman Andrew Hughes with Coley 1 Pilot. 

Dear All,

If you have not already replied to the GDPR letter and Form , would you please do so as soon as possible. 

The consequences for not having provided consent will result in the Society not being able to communicate with you directly AND contact information will not be displayed on the Society website, which will affect your ability to trade. 

If returned by email, could you please send it to postroom@herefordcattle.org or post to the usual address: The Hereford Cattle Society, Hereford House, 3 Offa St, Hereford, HR1 2LL. 

A big thank you to the vast majority of you who have already completed the form. 

Kind Regards, 

David Deakin
Breed Secretary

Dear Member,

Following the move from Microsatellite to SNP DNA testing with Weatherbys as of the 1st July 2018. 

It would help the administration to know which Hereford sires, where possible, breeders will be using to register progeny over the next 12-18 months. This would assist making the continuing transition as smooth and as cost effective as possible. 

Can you please email through the NAMES of sires to Tracey at tracey.thomas@herefordcattle.org who will then collate and send them to Weatherbys laboratory. 

Thank you to all those you have been able to send sire names through, it has been a big help.

With regards, 

David Deakin
Breed Secretary

This year it was the turn of Omagh Show to host the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders' Association's National Show. President and renown breeder Jonathan Moorehouse, Cato Herefords had the tough job of judging an entry of 40 animals on the day.

"A great turnout of cattle and quality to match", commented Jonathan as he rounded up his morning's judging......

His Supreme Champion Richmount 1 Peppermint, (pictured right) owned and bred by Mr James Graham, Portadown, County Armagh, stood out on the day - a young bull that is no stranger to winning, taking a number of first prize rosettes including the Reserve Breed Championship at Lurgan Show earlier in the year.

Reserve went to J & W McMordie's, County Down, home-bred bull Solpoll 1 Perfection (below left). This Yearling Bull took the Native & Reserve Overall Inter-breed Performance Class Championships at the Royal Ulster Show, Balmoral 2018.

The Female Championship went to a well grown heifer, Graceland 1 Nicola, owned and exhibited by N Shaw of Dungannon, she was a worthy winner on the day.

James Graham added to his victories, when he took the Junior Female Championship with seven month old heifer Richmount 1 Ruby Royale. This sylish young heifer was also made Champion at Armagh Show. 'Ruby Royale' went on to win the Reserve Grand Female Championship.

Gerry and Ethan Small's yearling heifer Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl won the biggest class of the day - the Yearling Heifer Class. This stylish Heifer who is yet to be beaten in her class went on to take the Reserve Junior Female Championship.

David Wilson from County Fermanagh won the Best Group of Three which included his Senior Bull Knockmountagh Master who had earlier won his Senior Class.

Other class wins included B & G Watson with his homebred heifer Barnburn 1 Priscilla and K Mrs K Greenaway & Mr WG Conn securing a win with Hilltop 1 Roberta 3rd in the Cow and calf class.
Calf Champion on the day went to Ciaran Kerr's Kinnego 1 Rocket Man, a strong calf by his multiple prize-winning stock Bull Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite.

The Best Young Handler Award went to Ethan Carey Small.

Supreme Champion
Richmount 1 Peppermint - J Graham

Reserve Champion
Solpoll 1 Perfection - J & W McMordie

Female Champion
Graceland 1 Nicola - N Shaw

Reserve Female Champion
Richmount 1 Ruby Royale - J Graham

Male Champion
Richmount 1 Perrpermint - J Graham

Reserve Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Perfection - J & W McMordie

Junior Female Champion
Richmount 1 Ruby Royale - J Graham

Reserve Junior Female
Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl - J & G Small

Class Results

Class 44 Cow or Heifer born before 31/12/15
1st Hilltop 1 Roberta 3rd - Mrs K Greenaway & Mr WG Conn
2nd Bellshill 1 Nancy - A, R & J Dickson

Class 45 Heifer born 1/1/16 - 30/6/16
1st Graceland 1 Nicola - N Shaw
2nd Richmount 1 Nola  - J Graham
3rd Barnburn 1 Nolana - B & G Watson

Class 46 Heifer Born 1/7/16 - 31/12/16
1st Barnburn 1 Priscilla - B & G Watson

Class 47 Heifer Born 1/1/17 - 31/8/17
1st Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl - J & G Small
2nd Richmount Poppy - J Graham
3rd Solpoll 1 Starlet P9 - J & W McMordie
4th Umgola Sabrina - S Baxter

Class 48 Heifer Calf born after 1/9/17
1st Richmount 1 Ruby Royale - J Graham
2nd Corraback Cherry 10th - M Richmond
3rd Mountview 1 Gelato - T Andrews
4th Corraback Guinevere 17th - M Richmond

Class 50 Bull Born before 31/3/16
1st Knockmountagh Master - DR Wilson
2nd Mulladoopoll 1 Elite - C Kerr
3rd Magheraknock 1 Jocker - R Black

Class 51 Bull born 1/4/16 - 31/12/16
1st Richmount 1 Peppermint  - J Graham
2nd Solpoll 1 Partner - J & W McMordie

Class 52 Bull born 1/1/17 - 31/8/17
1st Solpoll 1 Perfection - J & W McMordie
2nd Lusky 1 Prodigy - AJ Farms Ltd
3rd Lisrace Lackey Boy 11th - DR Wilson

Class 53 Bull Calf born 1/9/17 - 31/12/17
1st Kinnego 1 Rocket Man - C Kerr
2nd Mountview 1 Genesis - T Andrews

Progeny Pairs
1st J & W McMordie
2nd M Richmond
3rd J Graham

Group of Three
1st DR Wilson
2nd J Graham
3rd J & W McMordie

Annual Members who do not pay their subscriptions by Bankers Order are reminded that the fee of £65.00 for the year 2018/2019 became due as from on the 1st July, 2018.

We would therefore appreciate your remittance being submitted as soon as possible. Thank you.

The ‘Control of Worms Sustainably’ in cattle group (COWS) has launched a brand new website to support the work it does to encourage responsible use of wormers in beef and dairy cattle. The new site can be accessed at www.cattleparasites.org.uk 

The COWS initiative is an industry-led group which came together in 2010 to provide the best up-to-date, evidence-based information for the sustainable control of gut worms, lung worms, flukes and ecto-parasites of cattle. The group delivers messages at differing technical levels to farmers, vets, advisers, Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs), veterinary pharmacists and animal health advisers. 

“It has never been so important for cattle farmers to consider carefully how and when they use anthelmintics,” says Sara Gregson, who manages the communications for COWS. 

“New research published from Ireland shows marked resistance of worms to benzimidazole and macrocyclic lactone wormers on 16 dairy calf-to-beef farms. Cattle farmers can no longer be complacent about resistance and must take steps to stop it occurring or reduce its spread on their farms. 

“The new, easy to view website is clearly divided into the different parasite categories and offers an extensive library of internal and external resources to learn about tackling infestations in a sustainable way. 

“The website features an invaluable ‘Things to do now’ section for beef and dairy farmers – highlighting the things to watch out for at key seasons in the year, in particular before turnout, during summer grazing and at housing.” 

The new website has been paid for by the funding members of COWS: AgriSearch, AHDA, AHDB, AHDB Beef & Lamb, AHDB Dairy, AMTRA, HCC, NFU. NOAH and QMS. It has been further developed by information supplied by members of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), Moredun Research Institute and the University of Liverpool. 

For more information contact:

Sara Gregson, Communications Manager for COWS, Tel: 01799 530934, Mob: 07768 764062

Email: sara@saragregson.co.uk

Blakesley 1 Major, bred by J Riley and purchased by P Cobley as a calf, was made Male and Breed Champion by Judge Richard Dorrell. When Richard judged the Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Calf Show at Newark in 2017 he selected “Major” (pictured right) as his Champion and it’s great to see a strong calf develop into a great young bull. Richard believes “there will be some exciting times ahead for this young bull. He has incredible growth for age, power, strength and is immensely correct”. “Major”, expertly shown by Steve Edwards, is out of Blakesley 1 Icicle and sired by Solpoll 1 Dynamite.

Twenty exhibitors presented 48 Herefords to Richard Dorrell, who started the sunny day by judging the female section, “which was impressive throughout”. The Female Championship was won by Pete Cobely’s Kinglee 1 Polly 554, (pictured left) a 20 month old heifer out of Kinglee 1 Polly 285 and sired by Panmure 1 Karl. In Richard Dorrell’s opinion “Polly” is “a super heifer, full of strength, power and femininity”. In the class Richard had found it hard to split “Polly” and another “exceptional heifer” Newtoncroft 1 Bluebell 310, owned by Newtoncroft Farms Ltd. “Bluebell”, sired by Solpoll 1 Hollywood and out of Newtoncroft 1 Bluebell 259 (pictured below right), followed “Polly” all the way and was made Reserve Female Champion – “two wonderful examples of the breed”.

The Junior heifer class was won by Philip and Laura Vincent’s Pulham 1 Starlet 7th. “Starlet” is out of Solpoll 1 Starlet K8 and sired by Romany 1 Machine D1 M13. In second was Lesley Jackson’s Sparkwood Blossom 19th and in third was Admiral’s 1 Edie Bernice, bred by George Wright Farms and owned by new Norfolk breeder, J Doyle.

Stephen Taylor, Debbie Marsh and family made the long trip from Chorley, Lancashire which was well worth it when Pulham Blossom 20th, who they purchased at the 2017 Designer Genes Sale, won the Intermediate Heifer Class. Clive and Paula Bidmead’s Rockland Tiara P4 stood second, with Speirs Farms Ltd Pepperstock 1 Fascination P353 in third.
Sparkwood Dowager, owned by Lesley Jackson, was third in the Senior heifer class to the Female and Reserve Female Champions.

The Cow Class was won by Pepperstock 1 Jade L166 owned by the Speirs Family, with the Bidmead’s Rockland 1 Tiara M3 in second and Philip English’s Churchlands Estate Violet 30 GR in third.

The Male Championship was awarded to P Cobley’s Blakesley 1 Major, who was later made Breed Champion. The Reserve Male Champion, Bure Valley 1 Paddington (pictured left) owned by Fowell Bros had stood second in his class and then followed “Major” all the way to be made Reserve Breed Champion. “Paddington” who is sired by Dorepoll 1 High Tec and out of Alvian 1 Grace Lass “has wonderful breed character and super easy fleshing ability” said the judge.

The Junior Bull Class was won by Rempstone 1 Eric V463. “Eric” owned by MJ Ludgate is out of Rempstone Model and sired by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa. PRJ & LR Vincent’s Pulham Providence stood second with Mrs L Jackson’s Sparkwood Tinkerman in third.
The Intermediate Bull Class was won by Newtoncroft Farms with, Newtoncroft 1 Pondlife. Lesley Jackson’s Sparkwood Tearaway took second place, with Fowell Brothers, Bure Valley 1 Playmaker in third.

Standing third to the Male and Reserve Male Champion in the Senior Bull Class was Admirals 1 Donald Ashlyn owned by George Wright Farms.

The Bidmead’s dominated the group classes by winning the Best Pair under 2 years, the Best Group of Three by the same sire and the Best Group of Three bred by the exhibitor.
Fowell Brothers won the Norfolk Special with Bure Valley 1 Paddington and PRJ & LR Vincent were Reserve with Pulham 1 Starlet 7th.

The Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association had a trade stand at the Show for the second year running which was a great success. A Hereford cow and bull calf were on display, kindly provided by Clive and Paula Bidmead, Rockland Herefords.

Traditional Herefords were also represented in the Any Other Native Beef Breed (Including Any Other Rare Breed) classes. Congratulations to Owen Smith for winning the Male and Overall Champion with Butley Vanguard AI. “Vanguard” is out of Laxfield Julia 3rd and is sired by Free Town Vanguard, who was owned by the Milk Marketing Board and sired over 50,000 calves.

‘300 store cattle – Hereford Livestock Market – Thursday 19th July at 11.00am

To include the dispersal sale of 49 traditional pedigree registered cattle, on behalf of Lower Turnant Farm Partnership

15 cows with calves, 2 in-calf cows, 7 bulling heifers, 9 yearling heifers and 1 stock bull – 5 years – ‘Boreisle Opus’

Catalogues available in due course from Hereford Market Auctioneers Tel: 01432 761882

Coley 1 Pilot from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the plaudits as he took the Supreme Championship at a well attended Royal Highland Show.

Eighteen month old ‘Pilot’ (pictured right) is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by homebred sire Coley 1 Maverick. This young bull who has a good set of Breedplan Performance Recorded figures with 200, 400 and 600 Day Weights in the top 15% and Scrotal Size in the top 10% of the breed. He’s no stranger to success either, having taken the Grand Male Championship at Agri-Expo 2017 and at Northumberland County Show earlier in the year.

Earlier in the day, Judge William McMordie, Solpoll Herefords, Ballygown, County Down, made Coley 1 Pilot his Junior Male, Overall Junior and Grand Male Champion.

Standing Reserve in both the Junior and Grand Male Championships was Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from loyal show supporters, JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. Fourteen month old ‘Prime Time’ is another from the Ishbel bloodline, on this occasion, out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 and by Barwise 1 Lancer. This bull has a spectacular set of EBV’s with Scrotal Size in the top 5%, 200 & 400 Day Weights, Eye Muscle Area, Retail Beef Yield, Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Indices in the top 1% of the breed.

To complete the male section, William made Milovaig 1 Jaguar exhibited by Peter Eccles, East Lothian, his Senior Male Champion. This five year old bull is out of Irish bred Corlismore Elisia and by former Royal Highland Show Champion Baldinnie 1 Cranmore.

It was a day for junior animals when the Judge made Junior Female Champion Romany 1 Mink BL P60 (pictured above left) bred and exhibited by JRB Wilson & Sons his Grand Female and Reserve Supreme Champion. This promising 16 month old heifer is also by Barwise 1 Lancer and out of Romany 1 Mink A41 D3. Not contented with taking the Grand Female Championship JRB Wilson also took the Reserve Junior Female Championship with Romany 1 Lucy BL P61, another sixteen month old heifer by ‘Lancer’ and out of Romany 1 Lucy RE L18.

Later in the day the Romany heifers teamed up to collect first prize in the Best Pair of Animals bred by an Exhibitor.

Taking the Reserve Female Championship was Peter Eccles with Rockness 1 Matilda KH1 (pictured right) with her calf at foot. Firstly, she came won a strong cow class before being judged Senior Female Champion on her way to taking the Reserve Female Championship. This striking rising four year old cow is out of Romany 1 Dawn A84 H38 and by AI sire Kinglee 1 Hero.

Completing the female class winners, there was more success for Miss H Whittaker when she won the best female born on or between 1st September 2016 and 29th February 2017 with another Romany female, eighteen month old Romany 1 Julia BL P43. She’s out of Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 and is another by prolific stock sire Barwise 1 Lancer.

In the following class it was W, P & K Wason, Lochgelly, Fife, who came out on top with 30 month old Saltire 1 Cathy. She is all Baldinnie breeding out of Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th and by Baldinnie 1 Viscount.

Later in the show, Saltire 1 Cathy teamed up with Romany 1 Mink BL P60, Coley 1 Pippa 356 from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland and Milovaig 1 Jaguar to take Reserve Native Inter-breed Team of Four.

There was more Inter-breed success when the Hereford Team of Three (left) comprising of Romany 1 Julia BL P43, Romany 1 Plum BL P2 from JRB Wilson & Sons and Coley 1 Pilot took the Reserve Native Breed Championship.

Scawfell Genetics Ltd are happy to announce that the long awaited fully licensed semen storage facility for both domestic and export qualified semen is now open for business at our bespoke British genetics facility in Cumbria.

Managing Director James Hazard commented, “we are so pleased that we have been able to get this project off the ground. All directors as customers have been involved in cattle genetics for many years and it is great that other breeders will for the first time have another option of who to use to look after their genetic straws. Our modern, efficient and cost effective facility will provide customers with a high level of service which is required in the modern era.”

Scawfell Genetics Ltd have established a custom built facility alongside its long established bull stud in Cumbria. This facility allows a complete solution to be provided to all breeders including on farm and on stud collection, semen processing through the most modern lab in the UK, semen storage in a unique facility that provides breeders with complete transparency of inventory.

Director John black commented, “being breeders ourselves we have built a facility that is aimed at providing fellow breeders choice alongside complete security. Our main aim has been to provide a superior service to cattle breeders and we have invested heavily in the most up to date equipment from across the world to provide a simple, user friendly and cost effective facility. Assisting our breeders showcase the quality of British genetics to the rest of the world.”

Scawfell Genetics Ltd store is the first in the country that provides a completely automated straw counting system and a portal that allows breeders to see at any time what inventory they have in stock.

Pete Sherwen, Operations Director comments, “the technology we have developed to give our breeders transparency is a huge leap forward for the industry. This coupled with our advances in distribution is extremely exciting, we are delivering straws to the breeders door guaranteed within 72 hours from the day of ordering.

We are also taking care of the delivery tank returns all within a price with no hidden extra charges for less than any other distributor in the UK. For too long breeders have had to accept long delivery times, excessive charges as they have had no where else to go. Our facility provides choice which in my experience always leads to a better deal for the customer.”

For any enquiries please contact the Scawfell team on 019467 25000, through the website interactive chat at https://www.scawfellgenetics.com or send an to email  pete@scawfellgenetics.co.uk

Dear Member,

IMPORTANT please take the correct sample for SNP DNA testing

SNP testing requires at least 40-50 hair follicles, approximately five times what was previously needed for micro-satellite testing.
o If insufficient sized samples are submitted, Weatherbys will request fresh samples which will cause a delay in obtaining the results.
o If samples fail to produce a result due to incorrect sampling i.e. contaminated - then a second sample will be required at an additional cost to the breeder.

In both scenarios above, failure to obtain a result, may result in animals not being tested in time to meet key milestones i.e. dates for Shows & Sales or Exports.

Additionally, hair samples need to be:
o Clean
o Not contaminated
o Hair samples, unlike tissue samples, suffer from environmental and seasonal issues, so please send samples to Hereford House immediately after collection and always keep out of direct sunlight.
o Only tail hairs should be taken and NOT coat hair.
o Please click HERE for instructions on hair sample collection.

Imports/Exports
Imports: Please click HERE for the Hereford Cattle Society requirements for ALL Imports.
IMPORTANT: The Society reserves the right to not register any animal or progeny in the UK, if, all requirements are not met as stated in the attached document.

Exports: All Live exports must be DNA profiled and tested for hypotrichosis.
The other two genetic defects (diluter and idiopathic epilepsy will be tested at the behest of the country of destination).
It is the Breeders responsibility to obtain all export documentation (DNA and Health requirements) from the importing country.
Please note that if the two additional genetic defect tests are required the cost will increase from £40.00 to £57.00 (inclusive of VAT).

Semen and Embryo exports should all be DNA profiled and Three Trait tested.

Please click HERE for further information on SNP testing – as it appeared in the recent Breed Newsletter.

With regards,
David Deakin
Breed Secretary

To view the latest Breed Newsletter please click the following link: Breed Newsletter or click on the front cover below.

 

 

Junior heifer Dendor 1 Ruby 29th (pictured right) from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys swept all before her, when she was awarded the Junior, Grand Female and Supreme Championships.

This stylish heifer caught the eye of experienced judge Mr John Kemp, Auckvale Herefords, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. ‘Ruby 29th’ is just the latest in a long line of successful Ruby females, for the Jones family. Sired by current UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert, 20 month old ‘Ruby 29th’ is out of Dendor 1 Ruby 17th.

Taking the Reserve Supreme Championship was another Dendor animal, 16 month old Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine (pictured below left) imported at the end of 2017 from the Republic of Ireland. Out of Scottish bred Romany 1 Lucy A84 F26 and by Gouldingpoll 1 Captain, this powerfully built young bull first took the Junior and Grand Male Championships before being pipped for the Breed Championship by his stablemate. He has a great set of EBV’s with his 200, 400 & 600 Day Wts, Eye Muscle Area and Intramuscular Fat performance figures all in the Top 10% for the Breed.



Later in the show, the pair combined to take the Reserve Native Inter-breed Pairs Championship, with Inter-breed Judge Bill Quick commenting, ‘The pair were a credit to the Hereford Breed.’ There was more success to follow when Mr Quick made Dendor 1 Ruby 29th his Reserve Native Inter-breed Champion.

Standing Reserve in the Grand Female Championship was Senior Female Champion, Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 (pictured below with Andrew Owen far right) bred and exhibited by AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire. The current joint Horned Female of the Year who was shown with her calf at foot, is out of Church Preen Lindy Loo J033 and by Haven Koala. The Reserve Senior Female Championship went to 30 month old Bounds 1 Newry from H Weston & Sons Ltd. She’s all Ford Abbey breeding; out of Ford Abbey 1 Marina 11th and by former Poll Bull of the Year Ford Abbey 1 Albert.




To complete the female classes the Reserve Junior Female Championship went to Shraden 1 Alice P809 bred by MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire. Fifteen month old ‘Alice P809’ is another top female from the ‘Alice’ bloodline, this time, out of the Shraden 1 Alice C198 and is by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster.

In the male section and standing Reserve to ‘Moonshine’ in the Grand Male Championship was another Irish bred bull, Senior Male Champion Moyclare Malcolm (pictured below, with from left to right, Judge John Kemp, Breeder Anthony Spooner and Hereford Breed President Jonathan Moorhouse) owned and exhibited by Messrs Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire. Rising five year old ‘Malcolm’ is out of Moyclare Ursula 4th and by Brocca Saviour. The Reserve Senior Male Championship went to the eye catching 25 month old Bromley 1 Tendulkar, bred and exhibited by local breeders M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire. ‘Tendulkar’, who was part of the award winning Breed Stand at Beef Expo 2018, is by Greenyards 1 Legend and out of the prize winning show cow Bromley 1 Tamarisk 602.

The Reserve Junior Championship went to Rempstone 1 Eric V463, who stood second to the Breed Champion. Sixteen month old ‘Eric’, bred and exhibited by M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire, is out of Rempstone 1 Model and by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa.

In the Best Pair of Exhibitor owned Animals, it was RN & MA Borwick, Mara Herefords, Preston Deanery, Northamptonshire who came out on top with two well matched animals. Standing Reserve was Mrs I Jennings, Cornbel Herefords, Ilminster, Somerset.

Judging of the Group of Three was interrupted with the arrival of Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Michael Gove pictured right. This is the second successive year that Mr Gove has visited the Hereford ring, following his appointment in June 2017. He chatted with Judge John Kemp as to ‘what he was looking for in a prize winning animal’ and then presented prize cards to the prize winning Mara Herefords winners of the Best Group of Three.

It was ladies day at the 150th Anniversary Royal Ulster Show, Judge Jen Jones from the well known Dendor Herd based in Powys, Mid-Wales, found both her Supreme and Reserve Champions from the Intermediate Class in the Female Section.

Solpoll 1 Starlet P2 from John & William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co. Down, took the Breed Championship. This excellent in-calf daughter of the hugely successful Panmure 1 Henry was on her show debut, and is the 3rd ‘Henry’ daughter to lift the Balmoral Supreme title in the last 4 years!

Reserve Champion went to Bertie & Greer Watson with Barnburn 1 Priscilla (pictured below). Sired by former National Show Champion Pinmoor 1 Kingsley, her full sister was Reserve Female Champion at last year’s show. Not finished there the Watsons’ also won a strong Senior Heifer class with in-calf Barnburn 1 Nolana, another animal sired by Panmure 1 Henry.







The Grand Male Championship went to last year’s Supreme Champion Panmure 1 Monster owned by JE, RI & W Haire of Dundrod, Co. Antrim, weighing in at circa 1400kgs he was head and shoulders above the competition.

The Haire family weren't happy with the one win and took the Cow & Calf class with Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim, a fine example of a good breeding cow with calf at foot.

The biggest class on the day was won by J & G Small, Randalstown, Co. Antrim, with their yearling heifer Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl 561. This well grown classy female was a real head turner and one to watch out for in the future. She then went onto win Junior Champion on the day.

Solpoll 1 Playboy took the Junior Bull Class, a heifer’s calf going back to breed record price female Solpoll 1 Stella C16. Not to be outdone, his stable mate Solpoll 1 Perfection, took the Native & Reserve Overall Inter-breed Beef Performance Class the following day - both young bulls were sons of Panmure 1 Henry.


Richmount 1 Peppermint owned and bred by James Graham, Portadown, Co. Armagh, won the Intermediate Bull section, before going on to take the Reserve Grand Male Championship.

There was more success for James Graham when he won the Best Group of Three (as can be seen right).


Class results

Supreme Champion
Solpoll 1 Starlet P2. J&W McMordie

Reserve Supreme Champion
Barnburn 1 Priscilla. Greer Watson

Female Champion
Solpoll 1 Starlet P2. J&W McMordie

Reserve Female Champion
Barnburn 1 Priscilla: B & G Watson

Male Champion
Panmure 1 Monster: JE, RI & W Haire

Reserve Male Champion
Richmount 1 Peppermint: J Graham

Junior Champion
Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl 561: J & G Small

Reserve Junior Champion
Richmount 1 Poppy: J Graham

Class 583 Cow or Heifer born before 31/12/15 in calf or calf at foot
1st Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim: JE, RI & W Haire
2nd Richmount 1 Laura: J Graham
3rd Hockley Poll 1 Amelia: Leader Family

Class 584 Heifer born 1/1/16 - 30/6/16 in calf or calf at foot.
1st Barnburn 1 Nolana. B & G Watson
2nd Solpoll 1 Starlet N23. J & W McMordie
3rd Richmount 1 Nola. J Graham
4th Hawkesbury 1 Veronica. S Cherry

Class 585 Heifer born 1/7/16 - 31/12/16
1st Solpoll 1 Starlet P2. J & W McMordie
2nd Barnburn 1 Priscilla. B & G Watson
3rd Woodvale 1 Journey. A & A Armour
4th Baltymore Thora 496. C Geelan

Class 586 Heifer born on or after 1/1/17
1st Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl 561. J & G Small
2nd Richmount 1 Poppy. J Graham
3rd Solpoll 1 Starlet P9. J & W McMordie
4th Dorepoll 1 Sally. JE, RI & W Haire

Class 587 Bull born prior 1/4/16
1st Panmure 1 Monster. JE, RI & W Haire
2nd Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite. C Kerr

Class 588 Bull born 1/1/16 - 31/12/16
1st Richmount 1 Peppermint. J Graham
2nd Lusky 1 Pharoh. J Gill
3rd Lusky Premier. WJ Gill
4th Kinnego 1 Pharaoh. C Kerr

Class 589 Bull born after 1/1/17
1st Solpoll 1 Playboy. J & W McMoride
2nd Ballypallady 1 Pride. S Cherry
3rd Solpoll 1 Perfection. J & W McMordie
4th Lusky 1 Prodigy. WJ Gill

Group of Three animals
1st J Graham
2nd J & W McMordie
3rd WJ Gill

Two bulls sold for the top price of 3000gns at the annual Hereford Spring Show & Sale held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 25th May.

The Overall Champion Moorside 1 Party Animal (pictured far right) from G & MC Shepherd’s Preston based herd was one of these. Sired by Moorside 1 Montgomery this bull was purchased by Messrs Hall from Durham.

Also selling at the same money was Messrs Hewson’s Amberside 1 No Limit. Sired by Kinglee 1 Hero and out of Amberfield 1 Brunette 47th this bull won 2nd prize in his class at the pre-sale show and went on to be purchased by CB Farms from Bedale, North Yorkshire.

The Reserve Overall Champion, Barwise 1 Nelson (pictured near right) from Carolyn Fletcher sold for the next best price of 2900gns. Sired by the famous Barwise 1 Wellington and out of Barwise 1 Grace the successful bidder on this occasion was Messrs Wetherell, Carlisle.

The best of the females was the first into the ring, Mr & Mrs H Elliot’s Cornriggs 1 Valerie 2nd who sold for 2500gns. All home breeding, she’s sired by Cornriggs 1 Super Guy and out of Cornriggs 1 Valerie she was purchased by Messrs Burgess from Dumfries.

Averages – 6 bulls £2520, 2 females £1837.50

The National Young Stars Committee is proud to announce the fourth annual event will take place on the 21-22 August 2018 and will yet again showcase the livestock industry’s future talent. The event is run by the Young Stars Committee in association with the Three Counties Agricultural Society, held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern and sponsored by the Allflex Group.

Following the success of our current competitions including beef, dairy, sheep and pig sections, we are delighted to include two new divisions. The cattle section will now include a Dual Purpose and Untrimmed Section which will feature less emphasis on the clipping element and allow a larger range of breeds to enter. Equally in the sheep section, an untrimmed division will be introduced alongside the existing competition which will be open to teams with breeds of sheep who usually trim but feel they don’t have the skill set to do so, or those with breeds who normally wouldn’t trim for show or sale.

We would like to invite you to organise a team to compete at the National Young Stars event as it would be a great opportunity to promote your organisation, particularly amongst a large group that represent the next generation in the agricultural industry. For those of you who are not familiar with the show or how it works I have attached a brochure which explains the benefits of getting involved. Click Here to view the Brochure

Entry forms for the competitions can be found via this link: http://nationalyoungstars.com/

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

If you have any more queries about the section or event as a whole please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Event Chairman Neil Lloyd on 07970 061796.
For more information head to www.nationalyoungstars.com or follow us on:
Facebook at National Young Stars and Twitter: @natyoungstarsuk

 

Many Thanks,
Tessa

Tessa Warby
T 01684 584917
threecounties.co.uk

Investigating a low cost outdoor dairy beef system
Harper Adams University, Newport, 

Shropshire, TF10 8NB

Tuesday 12th June 1:30pm- 5:00pm (Regional Food Academy Lecture Theatre)

This event will provide an update on work to develop a low cost production system for dairy-bred beef calves. The key elements of the system are maximising output from grazed grass and reducing wintering costs by out-wintering on fodderbeet, before finishing during their second season at grass.

Programme

1:30 pm         Registration & refreshments (tea/coffee)

2:00 pm         Welcome & introduction to the project, Mary Vickers (AHDB)

2:10 pm          Review of cattle performance - first grazing season

                      Simon Marsh (Harper Adams University, HAU) 

2:40 pm         Outwintering & management of cattle on fodderbeet

                      Marc Jones (RSK ADAS)              

3.10 pm    Management of the cattle during their second grazing season & targets for slaughter Marc Jones (RSK ADAS) & Simon Marsh (HAU)

3:30 pm         Farm walk to see cattle being rotationally grazed

                      Chris Ruffley, Simon Marsh (HAU) & Marc Jones (ADAS)                       

5:00 pm         Finish

To book your FREE place ring the AHDB Beef & Lamb events Hub on 01904 771212 or email ke.events@ahdb.org.uk

*If you have any special dietary requirement please contact us as soon as possible; Booking is essential. Please bring clean boots and outdoor clothing.

By Emma Smith, UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator

Saturday 5th May saw the third workshop of UK Hereford Youth (UKHY) take place. This year it was kindly hosted by Jonathan and Rosemary Moorhouse, Cato Herefords and was greatly supported by the South Western Hereford Association (SWHA).

The day started out well with the weather definitely on our side! Following the long strained winter we have all endured, it was a pleasant welcome to have such glorious sunshine. There were 27 young people of varying ages in attendance, along with an abundance of supportive parents too - which was great! 

To kick off proceedings we all had tea or coffee on arrival, agendas and name badges were distributed and everyone received a welcome and warm introduction from Jonathan and yours truly. All members were then split into two groups with each section completing a one hour workshop on dressing an animal and an hour of clipping. This took us up to lunchtime where we were served a lovely spread of beef burgers, sausages, salads and crisps - the list goes on. Rosemary was manning the BBQ and Angela Kerslake SWHA Hon. Secretary serving drinks.

However, although on a lunch break no one had time to rest as there was a feed identification test and a guess the weight of the bull. Bill Harper of Harper's feeds kindly donated 12 feed samples and everyone had to identify them to the best of their knowledge. Tom Christopher correctly identified 8 making him the overall winner - and suitably received a bag of feed as his first prize!

Two young members were joint winners in guess the weight of the bull - Charlie Carey and Ellis Parry. They were both only 20kg out which was a great credit to them! Their parents did well too, so they all won a box of chocolates.

In the afternoon Bill Harper gave a demonstration on stock judging and showing etiquette. This went down well and made everyone think outside of the box. To round the day off, everyone was put into groups based on their competency level as handlers of stock. This was a great opportunity for the novices to have a go at leading an animal and the more competent members to show off their finely honed skills.

To cater for the very young members there was a halter making session which eventually saw everyone having a go - even the adults, with everyone taking home a halter to use!

Many young members won prizes through demonstrating not only skill and knowledge but also a great deal of enthusiasm. Alan Gifford was the Master Judge for the day and was impressed with what he saw and to quote his summary, he stated that, “everyone displayed some ability, with overall standard being high, making my task a difficult one.”

These workshops are invaluable to all of our up and coming young breeders and I would like to personally thank everyone involved - those who took time to talk with attendees, helping with training and who donated a raffle prize. Also to Gerald Carter of Showtime Supplies who donated products for everyone to use.
Without everyone rallying around and pulling together these workshops would not take place - but the effort was worthwhile as what a thoroughly enjoyable and successful day it was!

The next workshop will be held in Ireland and looks set to be a fantastic trip with lots on offer. We will be having a one day workshop at the well known Solpoll Herd, plus stock judging, a herd visit, BBQ with the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association and a trip to the famous Tullamore Show. If you would like to go please register your place with Emma Smith Tel: 07772 495913 or Email: premiercattleservices@gmail.com

In a statement this evening Robin Irvine, Chairman of the Society’s ruling Council commented – “Since joining the Society in 2005, David has been a major driver behind the remarkable growth in popularity that the Breed has enjoyed in recent years. His work in promoting the Breed and the Hereford Beef Brand through modern media and in building relationships along the supply chain have been key to this success. We are pleased that David has taken up the challenge of leading the Breed in the coming years.

He will have the full support of Council in bringing innovation and new technologies to the Society while further developing the role of the Hereford in profitable beef production, and as a premium food brand.

David, can be seen far right, being congratulated on his appointment by Vice-Chairman, Phillip Allman.

The appointment takes place with immediate effect, with David being based at the Society’s Headquarters in the City of Hereford.”

"The dust has finally settled on what has been one epic adventure for me and my fellow Pembrokeshire Young Farmers. Here are a few facts and figures which makes us a little wide eyed with amazement!

27 cyclists cycled 251.8 miles with the Welsh hills making it the same as climbing BEN NEVIS 3 times.

We have already raised nearly £20,000 (and still rising) for Prostate Cymru, Air Ambulance and Pembs YFC.

Thank you to everyone that has helped in anyway and all the donations, frankly without it, this adventure wouldn't have happened and there was nothing better for me than a Hereford Bull greeting me when I crossed the finishing line in Blackpool!"

The BVD Advisory Group and Scottish Government have published some short videos to provide advice and information to cattle keepers about Scotland’s BVD eradication scheme.

They are on a Youtube playlist for ease of access, and can be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnJEBZSMkbKpWs8TIJhxWznuAPSHe97fo

You can watch the short films in sequence or individually.

As new videos and infographics are produced, we’ll add them to the playlist. Please consider sharing this link with your members and operational partners, particularly with anyone keeping cattle in Scotland.

Best wishes,
Jenny

JENNY PURCELL
BVD Policy Manager | Scottish Government | Animal Health and Welfare Division | Disease Prevention Team | P Spur | Saughton House | Broomhouse Drive | EDINBURGH | EH11 3XD
T: 0300 244 9877 | E: jenny.purcell@gov.scot

Keith Jempson from Banbury, a renown Cattle Fitter and Showman had the difficult task of judging a strong entry at this year's Spring Show and Sale with 26 animals present on the day.

Taking the Supreme Championship was a May 16 born Bull Cullamore Nathan (pictured below right) owned and bred by R McKenna - a stylish bull with ring presence to match.

Reserve Champion went to a 13 month old Bull Drumatee Fred (pictured below left) owned and bred by John Conlon, one of the youngest animals to grace the ring on the day but certainly made his mark.

Other class winners on the day were Thornbank 1 Pirate, bred by SH Stewart and  Solpoll 1 Pole Position owned and bred by John and William McMordie.

 






In the sale ring trade was brisk with an average of £2583, commanding the top prices on the day was John and William McMordie, fresh from their recent success at the Show and Sale in Hereford with two bulls topping 3000 guineas on the day in Dungannon.

 






Class results:

Class 1 Bull born 22/4/16-24/5/16
1st Cullamore Nathan - R McKenna
2nd Lisrace Lackey Boy 10th -  D R Wilson
3rd Holland Lieutenant - B & K Holland
4th Brookfield 1 Nemo - R & P McClenaghan

Class 2 Bulls Born 12/6/16-28/8/16
1st Thornbank 1 Pirate - S H Stewart
2nd Holland Commander - 202 B & K Holland
3rd Drumnamether 1 George - P J Cully

Class 3 Bulls born 1/9/16-12/11/16
1st Solpoll 1 Pole Position - J & W McMordie
2nd Solpoll 1 Painter - J & W McMordie
3rd Nancy Aaron - G & T Morton
4th Benaughlin Norman - G & W Burleigh

On behalf of the Sustainable Food Trust and Fir Farm, we would like to invite you to attend 'The Future of UK Farming’, taking place at Fir Farm, Hill Barn, Lower Swell, near Stow on the Wold on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April 2018.

Keynote speakers will include DEFRA Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, President of the NFU, Minette Batters, and the US’s leading livestock farmer, Joel Salatin.

Over the two days, the conference programme will explore what future support for farmers will look like, measuring and valuing on-farm sustainability, methods for re-building soil fertility, and the case for re-localising the processing and distribution of our food.

More information about the event, including the programme, speakers and logistical details are listed on our website here - http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/events/the-future-of-uk-farming/ and for tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-uk-farming-tickets-44096056492

For any further enquiries about the programme, tickets, accommodation, media or sponsorship opportunities, please contact bonnie@sustainablefoodtrust.org

We do hope you will be able to attend, in which case we look forward to seeing you then.

With kind regards,

Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust
Sir Alan and Lady Parker, Fir Farm
Paddy Hoare, Perdix Partnership

Paddy Hoare MRICS 

Please come to the Fir Farm conference on the Future of Farming Post Brexit April 27 and 28th 2018 see link: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-uk-farming-tickets-44096056492

Rectory Farm
Lower Swell
Cheltenham
Glos
GL54 1LH

01608 670570
07855 392628
paddy@perdixpartnership.co.uk
www.perdixpartnership.co.uk

Pa amy@perdixpartnership.co.uk
01608 737 057
07900 994398

Bulls sell to a top of 8,200GNS with a Record Average for Bulls at Hereford Livestock Market conducted by the Society’s Official Auctioneers, Brightwells.

The Junior and Grand Male Champion 18-month-old Solpoll 1 Pogba (right) from J & W McMordie, Ballygowan, Northern Ireland was sold for 6,500gns into the Stratfield Saye Herd from Reading, Berkshire. This bull has excellent performance figures being in the top 1% for all weights, is out of Christies 1 Amber Keno and by Panmure 1 Henry.

Reserve Junior & Reserve Grand Male Champion was Romany 1 Prince BL P41 from JRB Wilson and Sons, Romany Herefords, with the help of Tom Bradley-Farmer. Prince had travelled from Kelso, sold for 6600gns to G Hall, Pinmoor Herefords, Lancashire. 

 



Joint top price of the day of 8200gns went to JRB Wilson’s Romany 1 Poseidon BL P5 (left). Another bull with impressive figures he is a son of Barwise 1 Lancer out of Romany 1 Lily D1 K27 and was purchased by D Manduell, Seascale, Cumbria. Poseidon is in the top 5% of the breed for both eye muscle area and intramuscular fat levels.

Also selling for 8200gns was TD & WT Livesey’s Normanton 1 Perky (below right), who was purchased by former Society Chairman RP Mann of Spinney Herefords, Ufton, Warwickshire. Perky has exemplary figures and is out of Normanton 1 Fistulina and by Australian bull Days Calibre G74 and is in the top 2% for both Terminal and Self Replacing Indices.




The Society's Reserve Bull of the Year 2017, Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 (below left) sold for 7000gns to M Shaw, Kirkby Moorside, York. This Bull was Supreme Champion at a number of Shows over the 2017 season and sits well in the top 10% of the breed for growth rates, Eye Muscle Area and Retail Meat Yield.

J & W McMordie also sold Solpoll 1 Pirate for 5600gns, another son of Panmure 1 Henry, out of Solpoll 1 Stella J11, another Bull with excellent figures being in the top 5% for 200 and 400-day weights, Eye Muscle area, Retail Meat Yield, Self-replacing and Terminal Indices. This bull was sold to HA Hatt, Weybrook Herefords, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke.



Speirs Farms Ltd’s Pepperstock 1 Norman sold to DP Jones, Maxstoke Herefords, Coleshill, Warwickshire for 5400gns, capturing the attention of number of bidders around the ring.

26 Bulls sold for £112,350 to Average £4,321.15

In the Show Heifer section, the Grand Female Champion, 13 month old Moorside 1 Poppy from G & MC Shepherd sold for 3000gns to newcomer to the breed M Jordan of Chathill, Northumberland. Standing Reserve Female Champion was Fisher 1 Clover (below right) purchased by Twose Farms Ltd, Whitland, Carmarthenshire selling for a top female price of the day of 3500gns. Clover was one of a consignment of heifers from Sussex breeders WJ Hutchings and Sons, with 2 other heifers selling to MJ and RD Russell of Chew Magna, North Somerset for 2300gns each.

14 females sold for £36435.00 to Average £2602.50

There was 94% clearance in the For Sale only female section which saw a top price of 2600gns for Mrs JA Pudge’s Heifer Black Hall 1 Shara sold to Leverington Herefords, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Well grown females sold consistently demonstrating continued demand for females in the breed.

17 For Sale Only Females sold for £24,517.50 to Average £1442.21

New Hereford Cattle Society Chairman Robin Irvine commenting after the sale that he was more delighted with a new record average for Bulls with a clearance rate of 72% which was also demonstrated a rise in demand from the previous years sale. Robin would also like to thank Sponsors, Dunbia, Meadow Quality & Nordic Star Tags for their continued support. Auctioneer Gregg Christopher of Brightwells said that trade for bulls was brisk with keen bidding on the best animals, and a strong demand from both commercial and pedigree breeders.

Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster.

Bill Wiggin MP has been appointed the new chairman of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA), by the PFLA Board at a meeting held at the Association’s offices in Cirencester last Friday (6 April 2018). The position, which is not remunerated, starts with immediate effect and will last for at least three years.

(Pictured) Bill Wiggin MP (left) with PFLA General Manager Russ Carrington

Mr. Wiggin has been the Member of Parliament for North Herefordshire since 2001 and has been breeding Hereford Cattle for 12 years. He currently runs a herd of 20 suckler cows and heifers at his farm in Upton Bishop, near Ross on Wye, Herefordshire.

“I welcome the opportunity to join a group of innovative farmers who are producing high quality food in a truly sustainable way,” says Mr. Wiggin.

“Feeding cattle and sheep just on pasture, is something I truly believe in. I want to help more farmers garner the many and varied benefits of grass feeding their animals.

“I am excited about joining the PFLA as we move away from the Common Agricultural Policy, towards farming that delivers more public goods,” says Mr. Wiggin. “This is the perfect time to take the organisations certification mark ‘Pasture for Life’ forward, to raise its profile and broaden its appeal to consumers as the healthy meat and dairy option.

“As a politician I have access to Defra, Ministers and the Government, so I can certainly help with initiatives like getting 100% grass-fed produce legally recognised and defined.”

Over the past few months, Mr. Wiggin has visited several Pasture for Life members to see how they farm.

“I have met some incredible producers working with nature, building their soils, rearing healthy, happy animals and enhancing the environment, while still producing excellent tasting food which makes them a profit.

“It is win, win, win. What we have to do is make sure all of our members see the value the PFLA is adding to their produce.”

PFLA vice-chairman Fidelity Weston says of Mr. Wiggin’s appointment:

“This is a great opportunity for us to have a sitting MP as our chairman and we welcome Bill whole-heartedly to our Board.

“He will be our voice in Parliament at this crucial stage in the formation of new agricultural policy, and will help us in our forthcoming lobbying and consumer campaigns.

“We are looking forward to the new leadership Bill will offer us, supported by our small team in the office and our panel of committed directors.

“I am confident that together, we can take the PFLA productively and successfully forward over the coming years.”

For more information:
Russ Carrington, General Manager
The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association
Trent Lodge, Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JN
Mobile: 07930 378413
Office: 01285 889853
Email: execsec@pfla.org.uk
Twitter: @PastureForLife
Website: www.pastureforlife.org

This year’s Society Spring Show & Sale to be held at Hereford Livestock Market has an abundance of quality cattle on offer whether it be for new breeders looking to purchase females to form the nucleus of a Hereford herd or pedigree and commercial buyers seeking purchase of a high performance bull.

The show commences under the watchful eye of top Northern Ireland breeder James Graham, Richmount Herefords. James, who along with his son Bradley have picked up a host of awards in recent years, will be presiding over 93 lots, comprising of 53 bulls and 40 females.

The sale which gets underway at 12.30pm will include a number of 2017 show stoppers and Superior Carcase Sires. A Superior Carcase Sire entitles the purchaser to claim up to £500 directly from the Hereford Cattle Society through his progeny over a period of up to 4 years.

Also on offer is Reserve Bull of the Year for 2017 and cattle from award winning herds including the current South of England, Midlands & East Anglia, Scottish, Welsh and National Herds of the Year.

To view the catalogue please Click Here

All entries are TB tested, BVD tested & vaccinated and DNA profiled.

Follow show & sale developments on social media via Twitter and Facebook – UK Herefords

BVD - Full implementation of Phase 4 of the BVD eradication scheme - publicity for the cattle industry in Scotland - starting 3rd April 2018.

This new development in Scotland’s Bovine Viral Diarrhoea eradication scheme, which will be of interest to Hereford Breed Society Members in Scotland........

The Scottish Government are now able to fully-implement Phase 4 of Scotland’s Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Eradication Scheme from 3rd April. This will reward keepers in Scotland who buy cattle responsibly, and will require anyone bringing risky animals in to their herd to test them for BVD, or lose their BVD “negative” herd status. The risky animals are:

1. Calves born on Scottish non-breeding holdings that have not been individually tested for BVD
2. Cattle moving off a Scottish “not negative” herd that do not have an individual negative status (either BVD test result or assumed negative from having a calf)
3. Cattle without individual BVD test results coming from herds outside Scotland.

The full implementation of Phase 4 will mean an increase in BVD sampling for Scottish keepers who buy risky animals.

Ahead of the full implementation, we are publishing three promotional videos to get the message out to vets and farmers. Please feel free to circulate them to your contacts and members, and to publish on social media and re-tweet. Our time table for publication is:

Friday 23/3/18 at 2.30pm – The BVD eradication scheme: progress so far
Monday 26/3/18 at 2.30pm – Protect your BVD negative status
Tuesday 27/3/18 at 2.30pm – Full implementation of Phase 4, message from the CVO Scotland

You’ll find the videos on the Scottish Government’s social media “Ruralmatters”:

https://www.facebook.com/RuralMattersScotland/
https://twitter.com/RuralMattersSG

Best wishes,
Jenny

JENNY PURCELL
BVD Policy Manager | Scottish Government | Animal Health and Welfare Division | Disease Prevention Team | P Spur | Saughton House | Broomhouse Drive | EDINBURGH | EH11 3XD
T: 0300 244 9877 | E: jenny.purcell@gov.scot

Cattle herds which have tested negative for BVD for two years will qualify for BVDFree Test Negative Herd Status from Wednesday.

The new herd status will launch on 28 March and will be available to farmers who are registered with BVDFree England and have recorded two years of negative BVD testing under the scheme.

A veterinary declaration is required before the status can be awarded, giving the opportunity to review the herd health plan and on-farm biosecurity protocols. As part of industry engagement with BVD eradication, vets must have completed the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) BVD training to complete the declaration.

BVDFree together with the BCVA will be hosting a webinar on 27 March to provide an update on the national eradication scheme and give clarification on the test results that qualify for the new negative herd status and the veterinary declaration process.

Nicola Moore, Towcester Farm Vets, said: “Lots of our farmers are really excited at the prospect of being able to talk about their herd status when selling cattle. It’s great to see BVDFree moving forward and providing value for our clients who have taken a proactive approach to BVD testing.”

To ensure they are up to date with the BVDFree England scheme vets can complete the BVD training at https://www.bcva.eu/cpd/bvdv-and-bvdfree-scheme-training, and register for the webinar here.

For more information contact:
Eleanor Kane, AHDB Herd Health Project Manager
Tel: 0247 647 8726/ 07772 929898
Email: bvdfree@AHDB.org.uk

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea or BVD is a highly contagious viral disease of cattle. It is one of the biggest disease issues facing the UK cattle industry. BVD has been estimated to cost between £13 and £31 per cow in Great Britain. The national cost could be as high as £61M per year. (Bennett and Ijpelaar, 2005)
BVDFree England is a voluntary industry-led scheme, working to eliminate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) from all cattle in England. The key to success is to identify and remove all animals persistently infected (PI) with the BVD virus from the English cattle herd.
The scheme is built around a national database, bvdfree.org.uk, which is searchable for the BVD status of individual animals and herds tested under the scheme. Famers must register with BVDFree to enable their herds' BVD test results to be uploaded to the database. Individual animal BVD status can be found by entering a UK tag number, or you can search the database for a herd's BVD status using the CPH number. This provides farmers with recognition, confidence and traceability when buying and selling BVDFree cattle.

Ervie Herefords acheived a sale record of £8,200 at the on-farm sale of 40 young Ervie Hereford bulls on behalf of John Douglas and family, Kirkcolm, Stranraer. 

Sale topper was Ervie Advance 162146 by Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and out of a Lisette cow with good performance recorded figures. 

Society Vice-president, Des Kelly, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, forked out the second highest price of £7000 for Ervie Advance 162151 another son of Ervie L1 Achiever 91151 and again out of a Lisette female.

The sale of these young outwintered, unpampered, rising two-year-old bulls was conducted by C and D Auctions.

Overall, 31 bulls sold to an average of £2,470 with volume buyers being Glenapp Estate, South Ayrshire who purchased ten.

We would like to make a request to Members, if you have a Newsworthy item regarding Hereford Cattle or Hereford Beef please either ‘share’ it with the Society through social media – all links are below, or just send it in via email and if appropriate we will promote it......

We now have approximately 1,500 Members, all of whom can act as advocates of our fantastic breed, contributing to spreading the message of how the Hereford performs on farm or informing the public where they can either purchase or dine on Hereford Beef.  

After seeking advice from two PR Marketing companies their overriding message was that businesses should maximise the opportunities social media can offer - it’s free and a great platform to highlight strong brand messages. 

If Members can get a photograph of a celebrity with Hereford cattle or dining on Hereford Beef then please email it in, as this will certainly increase exposure of the Breed. 

The Hereford Cattle Society

Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/HerefordCattleSocietyUK/

https://twitter.com/UKHerefords

https://www.youtube.com/user/UKHerefords

 

Hereford Beef

Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/herefordbeefuk

https://twitter.com/HerefordBeefUK

https://uk.pinterest.com/herefordbeefuk/