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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: 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 Warby
T 01684 584917

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.


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!"

Moor Farm and shop is set to open its gates on Wednesday the 23rd of May to the Beef Expos Irish Visitors, Hereford Breeders who wish to book on to the tour.

The farm tour will begin at 2pm with a delicious lunch cooked by Moor farm café including Hereford beef pie, pudding and tea and coffee. After lunch Hazel Timmis will conduct a one-hour tractor and trailer ride around fields of Shraden Herefords explaining how the farm has evolved from her father creating it almost 100 years ago.

Visitors will then be welcome to explore the farm yard and hear short talks from Melissa Roberts (Hazel’s daughter) explaining the design of their purpose-built cattle shed with ventilation and handling systems. Melissa’s husband Dan will explain the work he does in the farms grain shed and laboratory, a recent diversification project at Moor Farm.

High health and welfare is at the forefront of the management programme at Moor Farm with an extensive vaccination programme for a range of endemic diseases. Mark Spurdens, the Timmis’s practising vet will be on hand to explain. Dan Walton of Dennis Brinicombe will host the final informal talk highlighting the importance of trace elements and minerals in cattle diets.

Tickets are £15 and include a delicious lunch of Hereford beef pie, pudding and tea and coffee. Limited tickets are now available to Hereford Breeders on a first come first serve basis, please call the National Beef Association head office on 01434 601 005 to book your place today.

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,

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

Izzy Rainey runs a small textile company on her family farm. 

This year she started a blog so that she could promote local farmers, hear their stories and meet their livestock and at the same time gather inspiration and research for her designs.

Izzy recently met Hereford breeder Jeremy Buxton from Eves Hill Farm. Please click the following link to read her latest blog and find out why Herefords were Jeremy's breed of choice.....................


Next week Izzy will do a second blog with some of the designs she has created - after being inspired by Eves Hill Herefords!

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

It is with great sadness that after 30 years the Ruckmans herd is to be sold.

Ruckmans has been a closed herd since 1995 with the exception of stock bulls. Until recently we have always supported our local shows with Ruckmans cattle and have been a long-term Member's of The South of England Hereford Breeders' Association (SEHBA). Moreover, our herd came second in the 2017 SEHBA Large Herd Competition.....Aimee Hewlett

Please find details below of the cattle for sale. 

38 x Spring calving cows – to be sold with calves at foot – started calving April and will continue to end of May '18.
17 x Spring calving heifers – to be sold with calves at foot - started calving April and will continue to end of May '18.
9 x in-calf heifers to calve Autumn '18
16 x in-calf Cows with 5-7 month old bull calves at foot - (due to calve Autumn '18)
18 x in-calf Cows with 5-7 month old heifer calves at foot – (due to calve Autumn '18)

7 x 2 year old bulling heifers
14 x 18 month old bulling heifers
22 x Yearling heifers

3 x 18 month old bulls
6 x yearling bulls

Stock Bulls
Rempstone 1 Harlem – 4 years old - Winner of SEHBA Best Stock Bull 2017 – Sire: Solpoll 1 Hollywood
Rempstone 1 Nightrider – 27 months old - Sire: Aldersley 1 Edgar
Ruckmans 1 Maestro – 3 years old – Sire: Frys Cross 1 Ceasar
Ruckmans 1 Nero – 2 ½ years old – Sire: Englefield 1 Ian 1st

There will be no dispersal sale, the intention is to sell all cattle off the farm on a first come first served basis.

For further details please ring Harry Hewlett on  07714 266012.

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: 


Rectory Farm
Lower Swell
GL54 1LH

01608 670570
07855 392628

Pa amy@perdixpartnership.co.uk
01608 737 057
07900 994398

The NBA are delighted to offer 30 tickets for the Sharden Herd farm tour as part of the three day Beef Expo spectacular running from Wed 23rd to Friday 25th May. This farm walk is usually exclusively for the 90 NI beef farmers who travel across to the Beef Expo each year. However, as it is such and old and renowned herd within the Hereford breed, celebrating its 100th year next year, the NBA are offering 30 tickets for Hereford Cattle Society Members (on first come, first served basis) who wish to join the tour. The tickets are priced at £15 and include a hot beef lunch featuring delicious Hereford Beef from Moor Farm Shop.

Moor Farm is a fantastic example of a modern family business which has diversified in more ways than one and created a niche market for their award winning herd of Hereford Cattle.
Moor Farm is a not so traditional mixed farm based in Baschurch, Shrewsbury, home to Mike and Hazel Timmis and their daughter’s families and the Shraden Hereford herd. Established in 1919, the herd which will be celebrating its 100th year in 2019 now consists of around 170 cattle including 65 breeding cows.

The farm steading was originally located in the village but in 2006 the family made the decision to move the farmhouse and farm buildings to the edge of the village to give them the opportunity to improve access and build modern buildings tailor-made for farming efficiently. Sisters Melissa, Emma and Elaine and their partners have since entered the family business, setting up Moor Farm Shop and café, as well as a polo pitch, grain dryer and lab.

The herd currently achieving 95% of calves reared from cows put to the bull with longevity at an average of 11 calf crops. The family aim to rear bulls to a target finishing weight of 700kg liveweight in 14 months and heifers to 550kg liveweight in 18 months. Selection of herd replacements and bulls is 50:50 on visual analysis and Breedplan Performance Recorded data including EBVS for carcase traits such as; Eye Muscle Area (EMA) and Retail Beef Yield (RBY), vital for their market.

The Timmis’s work hard to maintain exceptional health of animals on the farm. Their detailed health plan includes protocols for IBR, BVD, Lepto, TB, blackleg, worming plans, pneumonia as well as testing and removing Neospora and being accredited as Johnes free for 4 years.

To book your place please contact NBA head office on 01434 601005 or email beefexpo@nationalbeefassociation.com. 

Please Note: These tickets are ONLY for the additional Hereford farm tour on the 23rd of May. To book onto the Official Beef Expo Farm Tour on Thursday 24th May which include three farm visits, all transport and a hot beef lunch please visit the Beef Expo website (www.beefexpo.co.uk).

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

Dear NBA Member,

As you will know our Beef Expo, the annual celebration of British Beef, is coming to Shrewsbury on the 25th May and we are very much looking forward to catching up with you all there. 

We have a lot lined up for you; a NEW Beef Farmer Challenge for all to take part in, with prizes worth over £500 up for grabs, some fantastic technical seminars, over 100 trade stands showing off the latest technologies in the industry and the beef industry dinner - a key networking event for all in the industry. 

As always, we will also be hosting the prestigious Beef Expo farm tours, which will guide you around three exceptional farms, (including a visit to Shraden Herefords - home to the Timmis family, across Shropshire) each hosting workshops. The tours include a hot lunch and transport to and from Shrewsbury farmers market. 

As a thank you for ongoing support, the NBA are this year offering our members FREE entrance to the show day as well as discounts on the farm tour and dinner tickets. 

To redeem your FREE show day entrance ticket simply reply to this email with your full name and membership number and we will send you a digital ticket free of charge.

For farm tour and dinner tickets please head to www.beefexpo.com

Kind regards, 

The NBA Team​​​


​The National Beef Association
The Mart Centre
Tyne Green
NE46 3SG


Kati​e ​​: 0739 346 3225
Rosie: 0787 674 2081
Head office: 01434 601005

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”:


Best wishes,

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.

Hereford bulls enjoyed a sharper trade and a good clearance of stock on offer at the Elite Breeders Sale in Dungannon market on Tuesday 13th February. The top price of 3,000 guineas was paid on three occasions and the average price for 11 animals sold was just under £2,600.

Champion on the day was Mark Moore’s Annaghbeg Domino sired by the home bred Annaghbeg Bruno (pictured right). No stranger to red rosettes - Domino had enjoyed a successful show season, taking Breed Championship awards at Omagh and Enniskillen Shows on his way to the coveted Horned Bull of the Year award. His entry into the sale ring brought a keenly contested battle of bids with the final call at 3,000 guineas.

Following closely behind were the two entries from the Graceland herd of Robin and James Irvine, both sired by Fisher 1 Jubilee. Graceland 1 Nigel (pictured left) - a Superior Carcase Sire who had stood second to the Champion in the judges line-up was knocked down at 3,000 guineas to join a leading beef suckler operation in Co. Tyrone. Next to reach the 3,000 guineas mark was Graceland 1 Pilgrim whose scale and muscling impressed the packed gallery.

Fingerpost Panache from Adrian and Sandra Irvine was another to attract favourable comment – sired by Trillick Hotspur he took second place in his class before going on to sell for 2,800 guineas. First time consignor to the Elite sale – Mrs K Greenaway had ‘a good day at the office’ – realising 2,700 guineas for Hilltop 1 Sunny sired by Graceland Giovani. The Reserve Champion, Corraback Larry (pictured right) - a stylish young bull from Mervyn and Henry Richmond and out of their successful stock bull Mara Flook sold for 2,400 guineas.

Mervyn Richmond commenting for the Elite Breeders group said, “The sale had produced a very satisfactory result and expressed his appreciation for the support from Bank of Ireland, R & J Lyness and W G Mills.”

British beef will be back on the menu in Beijing for the first time in more than two decades, Theresa May announced this week.

Speaking as she launched a three-day trade mission, the Prime Minister revealed UK beef would return to Chinese dinner plates and supermarket fridges for the first time since the 1996 BSE crisis.

Flanked by Chinese premier Li Keqiang, she said: “We have agreed new measures to improve market access in China and remove barriers to trade.

“This includes an agreement to make progress on the lifting of the BSE ban on British beef exports within six months and an agreement to allow exports of a broader range of dairy products from the UK to China.”

China is a key trade target with a population of 1.4billion people.

China has promised a "golden age" in relations with the UK and has said trade will not stop after Brexit. Mr Li confirmed that UK produce would be allowed in to "give the Chinese consumers more options in accessing higher-quality agricultural products".

Chris Mallon CEO of the NBA on hearing the news said, “The NBA are delighted at the prospect of new markets for British Beef. The lift of the ban on British Beef imports to China would be a fantastic step forward in forging new export relationships post Brexit.

China represents a huge opportunity for exporting both 5th quarter, essential for carcass balance and high end cuts to the top end of the market. China is one of the fastest growing markets for beef, in China last year consumption grew by 4% while domestic production only grew by 1% so there is an increasing reliance on imports. We hope British Beef will fill this quota and provide a traceable, quality product with high provenance.”

Details are now available for the Hereford Elite Breeders’ Sale on 13th February and potential purchasers are assured of a high quality offering with something to suit everyone. 

As well as a good selection of strong functional sires ideal for crossing in commercial beef and dairy herds this event features some of the stars of the summer show season which will appeal to the most selective pedigree breeder. 

Leading the line-up in pole position, Mullaghpoll Elite exhibited by Ciaran Kerr has been one of the most successful show animals in the Hereford breed for many years. ‘Elite’ was recently awarded the N.I. Hereford Bull of the Year award for the second successive year following a number of Breed and Inter-breed successes, culminating in the Beef Inter-breed Championship at the Clogher Valley show. He has been used successfully in the Kinnego herd and leaves some impressive progeny behind him. 

Another highlight will be the offering of the Horned Bull of the Year, a strong yearling from the Annaghbeg herd of Mark and Laurence Moore. 

Many of the exhibits are backed by impressive performance figures with a number eligible for the Hereford Society’s Superior Carcase incentive which is worth up to £500 to the purchaser. 

A spokesman for the Elite Hereford Breeders was delighted with the quality of the entry “We have a very interesting catalogue for this event and our breeders are really responding to the increasing demand for Hereford sires for quality beef production” 

Catalogues are available from David Smyth on 07808 078117 and can be viewed under the Online Sales Catalogue – please click Catalogue

All lined up and ready to go - the Elite Hereford breeders are offering a strong selection of quality bulls in Dungannon on Tuesday 13th February

Breeders braved the elements as a thick layer of snow covered Northern Ireland to take part in the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association (NIHBA) Premier Show & Sale at Dungannon Farmers Mart. Twenty nine bulls and five females went under the hammer on Friday 19th January.

Taking the Overall Supreme Championship was John Taggart's home-bred Bull Carney Hill 1 Nectar (pictured right), this April 2016 born bull certainly impressed the judge on the day. ‘Nectar’ didn't disappoint in the sale ring either making 2,600 guineas and was purchased by Dickson & Sons of Drumquin.

The Reserve Overall Championship went to Nigel Heatrick's Black Water Napoleon (pictured below left), who went on to make the top price on the day of 2700 guineas and is now proudly owned by Derek McCrea of Bready, Strabane.


Other class wins went to Trevor Andrews from Larne with Mountview 1 Finn in the September 2016 Born Bull Class. Drumnamether McCaw owned by PJ Cully took first in the March 2016 Born Class with Glen Mortons Nancy 1 Angus 2nd winning a strong May 2016 Born Class.

Winning the Female Class was Ian McFadden with his smart October Born Heifer Bellshill 1 Nancy, she later sold for the top price female at 1900 guineas and was another top acquisition for Dickson & Sons of Drumquin.

Sale average in the day was £2,570 for bulls and £1785 for females despite a lower than expected turnout of buyers due to the adverse weather.

Class 2 1st Peter Cully Drumnamether McCaw 2nd John Conlon Drumatee Freeman 3rd JE RI & W Haire Dorepoll 1 Nashville

Class 3 1st J & K Taggart Carney Hill 1 Nectar 2nd DR Wilson Lisrace Lackey Boy 10th 3rd D R Wilson Lisrace Landlord 27th

Class 4 1st G Morton Nancy 1 Angus 2nd JE RI & W Haire Dorepoll 1 Navigator 3rd S Baxter Umgola 1 Impact 8th

Class 5 1st S & N Heatrick Black Water Napoleon 2nd S & N Heatrick Black Water Nelson 3rd A & A Armour Woodvale 1 Next Step

Class 6 1st T Andrews Mountview 1 Finn 2nd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Fortune 3rd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Norman

Class 7 1st I & J McFadden Bellshill 1 Nancy 2nd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Lily 3rd P Beatty Tirelugan

Champion J & K Taggart Carney Hill 1 Nectar

Reserve Champion S & N Heatrick Black Water Nepoleon

Free uploads to BVDFree database

English beef and dairy farmers can have their Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) test results uploaded to the national BVDFree database without charge until the end of March*.

The offer is open to all farmers who are registered with the BVDFree England scheme and is available for all results uploaded by the following labs: APHA, Biobest, CIS and NML. Farmers can register with the scheme at bvdfree.org.uk. The aim is to grow the number of searchable BVD statuses on the existing 65,000 strong database.

Farmers don’t need to wait for the outcome of existing testing as they’re able to have any results from the previous 12 months uploaded.

Bill Mellor, BVDFree Chairman, said: “We can only eliminate BVD from the national herd if farmers test their animals and load their results onto the central database. By removing the cost, we hope this is the final encouragement farmers need to take part in this crucial scheme.

“With the busy spring sale period approaching, farmers can often command an additional premium for animals known to be BVD free as well as giving buyers confidence in the status of purchased animals.”

Farmers whose results are on the database can sell their animals with a known BVD status, which is especially important for those in the North of England as Scottish buyers require English animals to be tested for BVD.

*This offer is available for all results uploaded by the following labs: APHA, Biobest, CIS and NML.

For more information contact:
Eleanor Kane, AHDB Herd Health Project Manager
Tel: 0247 647 8726/ 07772 929898
Email: eleanor.kane@AHDB.org.uk

Pembrokeshire YFC Chairman is swapping the show ring for the saddle as she looks to complete a mammoth cycle challenge.

Non Thorne, from Tiers Cross YFC has decided to take on a unique challenge during her year as YFC County Chairman; by cycling from Haverfordwest to the NFYFC AGM in Blackpool.
The 250 mile journey will take four days to complete and Non will be joined by a team of keen YFC cyclists, dubbed 'Non's Riders'.

Miss Thorne said: "Each year the YFC County Chairman chooses their own unique challenge or fundraiser, and this year I thought I'd push the boundaries with an endurance challenge.
"Over 5,000 young farmers will descend on Blackpool for the AGM in May, most arriving by car, bus or train. However a group of us from Pembrokeshire YFC will by putting on our Lycra, pumping up our tyres and cycling all the way.

"I'm far more comfortable in the show ring with my Hereford cattle than on a bike, but this is what YFC is about: pushing yourself to try something new in a fun and friendly way.
"We will be raising money for Prostate Cymru, Wales Air Ambulance and Pembrokeshire YFC.

All donations would be greatly received, please head over to our JustGiving page or send directly to the Pembrokeshire YFC office or Non Thorne. Thank you in advance for all your support. 

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The second day of the British Cattle Breeders Club’s annual British Cattle Conference for 2018 saw Dr Matthew Cleveland fly in from the USA, to give a presentation on maximising profits through improved beef genetics, while grower, Andrew Ward, urged farmers to get involved in public relations. The Conference also saw the launch of new indexes for dairy cattle, with the 22-24 January event at Telford in Shropshire marking the BCBC’s 70th anniversary and carrying the theme of ‘Farming and Genetics – Let’s Inspire the Next Generation.’

Among the many options for differentiating beef in the marketplace, the most important were those which were measurable and demonstrated a real difference in value, said Dr Cleveland, who is the director of global beef product development for Genus.

“As breeders change their cattle genetics, they need to see an improvement and have a firm objective for the outcome which is linked to the supply chain,” said Dr Cleveland. “There are barriers to this type of improvement within the beef industry, because the benefits of taking action can be unclear.

“All of the parties along the supply chain need to perceive an advantage in any progress that is being made. Once stakeholders see its value, they will begin to demand greater genetic differentiation.”

The first steps were to understand the real value within the marketplace and define economically relevant traits, as well as deciding how performance data would be collected, he explained. The breeder should then create differentiation through a set of selection objectives, finally putting into place a targeted programme of improvements. Dr Cleveland argued the case for splitting objectives into terminal and maternal traits and basing matings on the information generated by this data. He added that the final stage for a tailored system of genetic improvement should include the aim of increasing profitability through each generation.

Lincolnshire farmer and founder of the Forage Aid charity, Andrew Ward described how the industry came together on several occasions where extreme weather caused problems for farmers. This included the forage shortage which occurred in 2013. Mr Ward also gave his views on the future, commenting on the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. However he also saw the move as an opportunity, stressing that producers had many more mouths to feed, compared with any other time in history.

“Big changes are definitely ahead, and we are already seeing some exciting developments, such as the robotic picking of fruit and vegetables in glasshouses and driverless tractors. But we are also facing threats from activists on subjects like chemical crop spraying, the bovine TB issue and the effect on human health from eating livestock products.

“More than ever before, we must tell our story and make sure the public receive accurate information about the way we farm. You would go to a doctor to learn about medicine and to a mechanic for problems with your car, so we must be proactive and encourage the public to come to us for advice on farming and not seek information from the vegan lobbyists, for example. Some anti-farming groups are highly active, especially on social media, and it is up to individual farmers to try and redress the balance,” said Mr Ward.

The group of more than 200 delegates also heard how four new dairy indexes for calf survival, carcase quality, lameness and feed efficiency will be added to the existing Predicted Transmitting Abilities published by AHDB Dairy. Announcing the launch, the organisation’s Marco Winters said that a range of data had been accessed, in order to produce the new information, which will start to be released from April.

“These four new traits for 2018 build on our progress and address some of the pressing issues the industry faces today,” said Mr Winters, who is head of animal genetics. “Farmers want to know which dairy calves have good survival, which daughters are less prone to lameness and which will convert their feed into milk more efficiently. Producers will also value the addition of carcase traits, particularly if they are rearing pure or cross-bred dairy beef.”
The BCBC wishes to thank the following major sponsors for their support: The event’s main sponsors are: Afimilk, Waitrose, Mole Valley Farmers, MSD Animal Health and AHDB. Other sponsors: ABP UK; Alltech; Asda; Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society; British Limousin Cattle Society; BVD Free; Caisley Eartag Ltd; DairyPro; Dovecote Park; Egenes; ForFarmers; Hereford Cattle Society; Neogen Europe; Shepherd Publishing; SRUC; VikingGenetics; Zoetis.

World leaders in the field of cattle genetics gave an overview of the latest technological developments on the first day of the British Cattle Breeders Club’s annual British Cattle Conference this year. The 22-24 January event at Telford in Shropshire marks the BCBC’s 70th anniversary and carries the theme of ‘Farming and Genetics – Let’s Inspire the Next Generation.’

AHDB’s head of animal breeding, Kim Matthews announced that a two-year genetic evaluation project to establish an index for tuberculosis resistance in beef cattle had recently got underway. It follows on from the AHDB Dairy’s world first, TB Advantage index, which ranks bulls according to their resistance to the disease. Other indexes, relating to susceptibility to diseases like ketosis and Johne’s, could follow, said Mr Matthews.

Gwyn Jones, AHDB Dairy Board chairman, stressed the need for producers to review their herd calving pattern, to ensure that their system maximised profitability. Processors had expressed concerns about milk supply post-Brexit and Mr Jones felt there was room for increased flexibility.

“The processors would like a level supply all year round, but we believe that does not necessarily mean that every farmer has to calve all year round. The supply of milk produced by a dairy farmer member who calves in the autumn, could be matched with a supply from another member who calves in the spring, for example.

“There are pros and cons involved with block calving, compared with calving all year round, and the choice solution depends on the individual business. But we are urging farmers to consider whether their production pattern is right for their farm in the current climate, rather than continuing with a specific system because it is a tradition. It should be a conscious decision.”

Abby Moran from SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College, told the audience that all cattle breed types were more profitable when finished on a 12-month system. The average beef and beef dairy cross animal of today took 24 months to finishing, while the figure for Holsteins was about 18 months. Reducing days to finishing was also beneficial for the environment, through the reduction of methane emissions.

“Our research shows that profitability can be improved by hundreds of pounds per head, by finishing cattle in a 12-month period, although that may not be a practical option for all farms,” said Mrs Moran. “However the advice is to reduce finishing times by as many days as possible.”

Professor Mike Coffey of the SRUC predicted that the continued development of genomic selection would slow down to a degree, but progress would remain steady.

“It could take a decade for genomic selection to be adopted on a global scale,” said Professor Coffey. “In the UK, we will see new traits coming in and new ways of predicting cattle performance. Two factors which will be evaluated are immune status and survival.

“There are a number of options for gathering data in the future. We could see farmers paid more for collecting information from their animals than they receive for their product; some beef producers are already paid a fee for measuring the feed efficiency of their herds.

“At SRUC, we have the technology to measure sheep feed intake efficiency, as well as a mobile CT scanner, which is used on sheep and pigs. Historically, testing meat for its eating quality has been expensive and that has prevented the practice from becoming more widely used. We are using one third of the national kill data, to develop a way of making it cheaper. Within the livestock industry, we have to ask ourselves whether we want to change by management, or become victims of change.”

The BCBC wishes to thank the following major sponsors for their support: The event’s main sponsors are: Afimilk, Waitrose, Mole Valley Farmers, MSD Animal Health and AHDB. Other sponsors: ABP UK; Alltech; Asda; Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society; British Limousin Cattle Society; BVD Free; Caisley Eartag Ltd; DairyPro; Dovecote Park; Egenes; ForFarmers; Hereford Cattle Society; Neogen Europe; Shepherd Publishing; SRUC; VikingGenetics; Zoetis.

hosted by the Pedigree Cattle Trust and supported by Glanbia Cheese

 Thursday 25 January 2018

7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Seagoe Hotel, Portadown, BT63 5JE 

Guest speakers include 

Richard Sibley

A pioneering vet trialling early detection methods for bTB 

David Simpson MP 

Victor Chestnutt, UFU 

Fraser Menzies, DAERA Veterinary Epidemiology Unit 

Followed by tea/coffee and biscuits and the opportunity

to talk with colleagues about the current consultation paper 

Please click here to register by 12 noon on 24 January 

We have a very distinguished panel of speakers who will share their knowledge and experience with us and more details on them can be found below.

Please feel free to forward this email to other contacts you think would be interested in attending. 

Registration for this FREE event is essential and e-tickets will be available on a first come first served basis until 12 noon on Wednesday 24 January.  Simply click here or log into https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bovine-tb-conference-tickets-42076674466 to join us for what promises to be an interesting and stimulating evening.

Brian Walker
Chairman, Pedigree Cattle Trust 

Speaker Profiles

Richard Sibley, Vet

Pioneering vet, Richard Sibley has been carrying out research which may help eradicate bovine tuberculosis without a single badger being killed.

He is trialling two new tests, the first of these detects bTB in cows months before they test positive with the traditional “skin test”.  To find out if they are infectious, a second test detects bTB in dung, showing if a cow is “shedding” – spreading – the disease. If it is, the cow is slaughtered even though the conventional test suggests it is healthy.  He is also looking at ways to prevent the spread of the disease by changing the conditions in which the cows are kept and measures to ensure mothers are not passing the disease to new born calves. 

David Simpson, MP

 Upper Bann MP David Simpson is a senior partner in a highly successful business in the agri-food sector which has been operating for more than 30 years.  It currently trades in Northern Ireland, Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, the EU and Far East.  He won the Upper Bann Westminster seat in May 2005 and retained the seat in the subsequent elections of 2010, 2015 and 2017.  He is the DUP Westminster spokesman on Business, Skills and Innovation and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs  and he also sits on the EFRA Committee. 

Victor Chestnutt, Deputy President, Ulster Farmers’ Union

Victor Chestnutt is a fourth generation farmer based on the North Antrim Coast, near the Giants Causeway. The family farm is run by Victor, wife Carol and son David. As a former Greenmount student Victor has shown a life-long commitment to farming. Firstly managing a sheep and suckler herd and producing feed for the livestock, rearing calves and undertaking a bull beef finishing system. Since then Victor has also introduced several pedigree beef herds: Aberdeen Angus; Charolais; British Blue and Limousin, and more recently a major decision was taken to extend the existing enterprises to incorporate a new dairy unit.  Victor’s farm is also well-known for pedigree Texel sheep which have been bred there since the early 1980s. Victor has held several UFU and industry positions, including; County Antrim group chairman, President of the Texel Sheep Society and chairman and co-ordinator of Causeway Coast Quality Lamb group

Fraser Menzies, DAERA Veterinary Epidemiology Unit

Fraser qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1982 and spent five years in farm animal practice in Northern Ireland prior to joining the Scottish Agricultural College’s Veterinary Investigation Service after completion of an MSc.

He returned to Northern Ireland in 1990 to work as a veterinary epidemiologist at the then Veterinary Research Laboratories, Stormont.  His interest in population medicine has led to work across many species and diseases; from farmed salmon to badgers and from campylobacter in poultry to bovine tuberculosis. He obtained his PhD from Queen’s University of Belfast which investigated some of the economically important diseases of cattle (cause of bovine mortality, coliform mastitis and liver fluke). 

Fraser joined DAERA’s Veterinary Epidemiology Unit (VEU) at its formation in 2003, which he currently manages.  The bulk of VEU’s work revolves around the epidemiology of bovine tuberculosis and evaluating the risk and mitigation measures from preventing exotic animal diseases entering Northern Ireland.

The 2018 Hereford Breed President Jonathan Moorhouse, Cato Herefords will be well known to many Hereford breeders not just in the South West but across the UK.

He is an active member and past Chairman of the South Western Hereford Association and has represented the region on Council for the past six years.

Jonathan has judged many shows including the Society’s Autumn Show & Sale in 2010, the penultimate sale at the old Hereford Market, and at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2012 which, as a native Yorkshireman gave him immense pleasure. However, his greatest honour to date in terms of judging has to be the National Poll Show held in Moreton-in-Marsh in 2013.

A great advocate of the Hereford Breed, Jonathan together with his wife Rosemary, has been breeding Herefords since the mid 1990’s and in 2016 Cato Herefords were judged Best Herd in the South West. He has a strong desire to further develop the identity of the world famous Hereford Brand and will be available to discuss ideas with members at events up and down the UK on how best this can be achieved.

Elected as Vice-President for the year is Northern Ireland breeder, Des Kelly “Mullin Herefords” who farms in Ballygawley, County Tyrone along with his wife Colette.

Pasture-Fed Livestock Association seeks new chairman and appoints three new board members.

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA), which champions livestock farmers who produce high quality beef, lamb and dairy without feeding any grains to their animals, is seeking a new chairman.

John Meadley, who has led the Community Interest Company so ably since 2011, has now stepped down. The organisation is looking for a new chairman to build on the firm foundations he has developed.

This members’ organisation is now positioned to influence the future of UK Agricultural policy, as the value of wholly pasture-fed farming is increasingly recognised, bringing with it public goods such as better human health, animal welfare and environment and wildlife.

There is a growing membership of 320 individuals, mainly farmers – with 54 Pasture for Life certified farmers and 34 certified butchers.

The biggest challenges are to ensure the association is financially self-sustaining into the future and to grow the market for Pasture for Life food.

The organisation is seeking someone with gravitas, experience and a strong and visible passion and commitment to the PFLA, its mission and its strategic objectives.

The person will head a committed and professional board of directors that is actively engaged in taking the PLFA forward, and a membership that is keen to learn, innovate and be involved.

More details about this position are posted on the Pasture for Life website at pastureforlife.org - learn more – news articles. Or contact PFLA director Fidelity Weston on Romshed@weald.co.uk or call 07867 797116.

New directors welcomed
Three new directors were welcomed to the Board at the last meeting held in November; Laura Chapman, James Osman and Dr Angela Wright.

Laura is a former vegetarian turned believer in sustainably produced meat. With her husband Jonathan she raises Pasture for Life certified Red Ruby Devon cattle on the Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire border. They have built up their herd over the past six years and retail the beef directly.

Laura has worked in London in real estate investment management for pension funds and aims to combine her commercial and administrative experience with her hands-on farming/retailing knowledge. She is particularly keen to help establish meaningful and regular pasture-fed supply chains.

James is a beef farmer from the Isle of Wight, where he runs a herd of Hereford cross Angus suckler cows, alongside a farm shop and café business at a National Trust tenant farm, with his mother and father.

Originally trained as an Environmental Scientists at Southampton University, James has spent the past six years working for the NFU. This has provided him with the key skills of lobbying, public speaking, media handling and policy development. He is also skilled in membership recruitment and will be putting some of these skills to good use while being a director of the PFLA.

Angela has been involved with the PFLA in a professional capacity as Chief Scientific Adviser for Compassion in World Farming, since 2014 and is passionate about the organisation’s members, goals and ethos.

Angela specialises in animal welfare, an area she believes the PFLA can use increasingly to position itself in the marketplace. She also has connections with organisations dealing with issues of food security and climate change, and hopes to promote the value of pasture-fed livestock as part of the solution.

In the past, Angela has been a small-scale producer of Norfolk Horn sheep, reared in a manner sympathetic to organic and Pasture for Life principles.

Fidelity Weston, Director, Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, Mobile: 07867 797116
Email: Romshed@weald.co.uk

Issued by:
Sara Gregson
Communications Director, Pasture-Fed Livestock Association
Mobile: 07768 764062 Email: sara@saragregson.co.uk

Despite the difficult driving conditions throughout many parts of the UK and particularly in Shropshire where several inches of snow fell the day before, the show was well attended with several groups making it over from Northern and Southern Ireland and others from as far afield as Denmark. The size of the crowd around the show ring was also boosted by the 2nd Designer Genes Sale which immediately followed the show which was conducted by Halls Auctioneers.

Moralee 1 Porterhouse (pictured right) from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland took the honours at this the 10th Annual Christmas Calf Show organised by the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association and held at Shrewsbury Livestock Mart.

This powerfully built, stylish young bull, 14 month old Moralee 1 Porterhouse first took the Grand Male Championship at the ever-popular event under the watchful eye of current Society Chairman Richard Mann, Spinney Herefords. ‘Porterhouse’ is out of Moralee 1 Kimberly and by Danish bred bull SMH King Size 87K. This is just the latest success for Tom & Di Harrison who have enjoyed a fantastic calendar year in both the sale ring and show ring and which justified the long journey down from Northumberland.

Standing Reserve to ‘Porterhouse’ in the Grand Male Championship was Bosa 1 John Hawkins from Herefordshire breeder G Blandford. Shown by experienced stockman Matt Gray, this eight month old bull is out of homebred dam Bosa 1 Margaret 847 and by game-changing stock sire Greenyards 1 Flynn.

Bosa Herefords were also awarded first place with calves sired by ‘Flynn’ in the Best Group of Three Calves by the Same Sire and Owned by the Exhibitor. To complete a successful day for Gerald Blandford, Bosa, were also judged to have the Best Pair of Heifer Calves Owned by the Exhibitor.

In Best Pair of Bull Calves Owned by the Exhibitor it was Derbyshire breeder A & SG Stevenson who took the plaudits with two well matched bull calves.

Other young bulls that came to the fore, in some extremely competitive bull classes, were the 2017 National Calf Show Grand Male Champion, 13 month old Blakesley 1 Major. Owned and exhibited by Leicestershire’s P Cobley, ‘Major’, who is out of multiple show champion Blakesley 1 Icicle and by thrice Royal Ulster Champion the prolific Solpoll 1 Dynamite took the class Bulls born November / December 2016.

Eleven month old Frenchstone P. 1 Hercules took the red rosette much to the joy of Richard Gray from LR & AM Ayre, South Molton in the class bulls born in January or February 2017. The powerfully built ‘Hercules’ is another animal sired by a Danish bull, this time by Moeskaer Magnum 1404 and is out of Frenchstone P. 1 D.Angela.

In the following bull class it was HighHouse Paddy from Worcestershire breeder JR Whitlow who caught the judges eye. Nine month old ‘Paddy’ is out of Border Roulette K32 and by homebred sire HighHouse Merlin.

In the youngest and last bull class of the day it was Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from Scottish Borders breeder JRB Wilson & Sons who came out on top. Shown by young Lottie Wilson this seven month bull calf is by Barwise 1 Lancer and is another top animal to come from the well known Ishbel female bloodline.

Taking the Grand Female Championship was the beautifully balanced Normanton 1 Enoki 5th, (pictured right) this followed on from her recent success at Agri-Expo where she took the Supreme Championship. ‘Enoki’ bred and exhibited by TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire is out of Normanton 1 Enoki J874 and by 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year, the much vaunted Normanton 1 Laertes. Judge Richard Man went on to tap ‘Enoki’ out as his Reserve Supreme Champion much to the delight of ‘Team Normanton’.

Standing as the Reserve Grand Female Champion was Pulham Blossom 20th (pictured below left) from fellow Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association member PRJ & LR Vincent, Diss, Norfolk. This attractive eleven month old female is all Pulham breeding; out of Pulham Blossom 10th and by Pulham Maverick. It wasn’t just the judge’s eye that she caught, as later in the day she was knocked down to S Taylor & D Marsh, Lancashire for 5,200gns at the Designer Genes Sale.

The spoils were shared amongst some other well known Hereford breeders in the remaining female classes. Breed stalwarts DE, ED & AL Jones, Powys took the class, best heifer born in either November or December 2016, with Dendor 1 Jennefer 19th. Thirteen month old ‘Jennefer’ is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 12th and by another Danish bull, SMH Euro 30E.

In the March born class it was Blakesley 1 Nancy from J Riley, Northamptonshire who was awarded the red rosette. The Blakesley herd has produced some stunning females over many years and this latest edition is a fitting tribute to the late Mrs P Riley. Nine month old ‘Nancy’ is out of Blakesley 1 Kathleen and by yet another Danish bull, Aland Leopold.

Scottish breeders JRB Wilson & Sons picked another first prize card this time in the male section with eight month old Romany 1 Lucy BL P61. ‘Lucy’ is out of Romany 1 Lucy RE L18 and is sired by Barwise 1 Lancer.

In the final class of the day it was rather fitting that local breeders MJ & HM Timmis, Shropshire took the honours, as no other breeder has done more to support the Christmas Calf Show over the past 10 years. They came out on top with the young animal in the show six month old Shraden 1 Alice P828, who is out of Shraden 1 Alice E283 by the Scottish bred bull Baldinnie 1 Victory.

Throughout the day two age categories of Young Handlers were being judged from the side-lines by newly married couple, Scott and Isabel Coates. In the 16 and under age group it was another battle royal for the Soutter siblings who were representing Normanton Herefords, with Isla this time pipping her brother Finlay into second place.

In the Senior age group of 16-21 years it was Luke New from Fir Farm which took top spot with Iona Smith in Reserve.

Scott and Elizabeth then selected Isla (pictured right) as their Overall Young Handler Champion, which meant that Isla had collected the Young Handler Trophy for the second successive year!

• Highest priced Hereford female to ever sell at auction in the UK (11,000 gns)
• Second Highest priced Hereford female to ever sell at auction in the UK (10,200 gns)
• Highest averaging Hereford sale in UK history

The heavy snow did not deter the crowds and buyers at the 2nd Annual Designer Genes Sale held at Shrewsbury Auction Mart. A total of 19 lots were sold to average £5,062 and gross £96,185, making it the highest averaging Hereford sale in UK history. The sale also broke the record twice for the highest priced Hereford female ever to sell at auction in the UK at £11,550 and £10,710. The sale auctioneer was Jonny Dymond of Halls Auctions and the sale was organised and managed by Josh Dowbiggin.

Smashing the breed record was 16-month old heifer Sky High 1 Lâncome Lucy from B Birch & G Brindley. 'Lâncome Lucy' (pictured right) was Supreme Champion at the 2017 National Hereford Calf Show in Cirencester and also Intermediate Female Champion at the National Poll Show in September. She was also the first daughter of Dendor 1 Murdock to ever sell at auction. She was knocked down at 11,000gns (£11,550) to partners Gouldingpoll Herefords and Intelagri, Republic of Ireland.

Another Sky High female was not far behind her record breaking stable mate. Sky High 1 Danish Dream, (pictured below left) another 16-month old daughter of Dendor 1 Murdock, also breached the five-figure barrier when she sold for 10,200gns (£10,710) to the Bowendu Hereford herd of L & L Bowen.

The third and final Sky High female offered at the event was Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess. This October 2015 born heifer was no stranger to the Hereford World, being Supreme Champion at Shropshire County, Reserve Female Champion at the Royal Welsh and 3rd overall Hereford Female of the Year in 2017. Sold in calf to SMH Kingsize, she was knocked down to the Spartan herd of SC Hartwright for 7,500gns (£7,875).

The only female offered from the famous Moralee herd of T & D Harrison at DGS 2017 was Moralee 1 Kate 2nd. 'Kate 2nd' was Junior Female Champion at both the Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire shows in 2017 and is sired by Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57. Sold in-calf to the renowned Knightrider bull whose progeny have averaged over 4,000gns at auction, 'Kate 2nd' was sold to young Hereford breeder William Awan for 6,200gns (£6,510).

An exciting ‘Pick of the Heifer Calves’ lot was offered from the globally renowned Romany herd of JRB Wilson & Sons in the Scottish Borders. The herd offered the successful bidder the chance to pick from any of the heifer calves born at Romany from August 2017 to March 2018. The pick sold for 6,000gns (£6,300) to partners Gouldingpoll Herefords and Intelagri, Republic of Ireland.

The highest priced Horned female of the sale was Pulham Blossom 20th from PRJ and LR Vincent, Norfolk. Earlier in the day 'Blossom 20th' was crowned Reserve Female Champion at the HCBA Christmas Calf Show. Her pedigree combined genetics from the UK and Australia, making her very popular on sale day. She was knocked down to S Taylor & D Marsh, Lancashire for 5,200gns (£5,460).

Another heifer from Pulham Herefords was offered at the sale, this time from their Polled section of their herd. Pulham 1 Starlet 6th was the first daughter of Romany 1 Machine (son of 'Castro') to be offered for sale, and out of the famous Solpoll Starlet family. This March-born heifer calf was sold to Burs Farm Partners, Norfolk for 4,200gns (£4,410).

The debut entry for the renowned Dendor herd of DE, ED & AL Jones was 6-month old heifer Dendor 1 Anna Mary 34th. 'Anna Mary' was the first daughter of Dendor 1 Max to be offered for sale and her pedigree contained numerous breed changing sires including Gilbert, Euro and Vindicator. She was sold to DJ Powell for 4,800gns (£5,040).

A heifer from the Rempstone herd of M Ludgate was also offered at Designer Genes 2017. Rempstone 1 Tessa K462 was the first daughter of SMH Kingsize to be offered for sale anywhere in the world and out of the Dorepoll Tessa family. At just 10 months of age, 'Tessa' was knocked down to Ian Skea, Bennachie Herefords of Aberdeen, Scotland for 4,500gns (£4,725).

The Auckvale herd of W & R Kemp & Sons also offered a heifer at the sale. Auckvale Lively 1631P was a direct daughter of two-time Horned Female of the Year Auckvale Lively 1058H and the first daughter of Auckvale King-Maker to be offered for sale. This heifer is only the second Auckvale female to ever sell at public auction. She was sold to Burs Farm Partners, Norfolk for 3,800gns (£3,990).

Frenchstone P. 1 Harriet was the only heifer offered for sale from the Frenchstone herd of LR & AM Ayre in Devon. 'Harriet' was only the third daughter of Moeskaer Magnum to be offered for sale and a half-sister to DGS Hall of Fame heifer and Royal Welsh Female Champion Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real. She was knocked down to G Parry for 3,500 gns (£3,675).

Gerald Blandford also offered an in-calf heifer from his award-winning Bosa herd. Bosa 1 Elke 1007 is one of the first daughters of Greenyards 1 Flynn (son of Archie) to be offered for sale. Out of a Nationwide daughter, Elke 1007 boasted EBVs in the top 10% of the breed. She sold for 3,200gns (£3,360) to S & J Branch from Bristol.

Two females from the Moorside herd of G & MC Shepherd, Lancashire also sold at the sale. In-calf heifer Moorside 1 Jane 7th, a direct daughter of previous Polled Female of the Year, sold to Jimmy Hodge for 3,000gns (£3,150). The Shepherd family also offered Moorside 1 Mink 2nd H1 at Designer Genes, a 6-year-old cow sired by Nationwide. With growth and milk EBVs in the top 1% of the breed, she was knocked down to S & J Branch from Bristol for 3,000gns (£3,150). Her heifer calf has been retained at Moorside Herefords.

Mr & Mrs H Elliot of Cornriggs Herefords in County Durham also made their DGS debut at the 2017 sale. Cornriggs 1 Vanity 2nd, a September 2016 born daughter of 'Super Guy', had a pedigree stacked with world renowned sires like 'Storm' and 'Victor Boomer P606'. She was sold to young breeder Marcus Murdock from Northern Ireland for 3,000gns (£3,150).

A pregnancy from the current Hereford Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th was also offered from the Sky High herd. The pedigree pregnant recipient carrying an embryo from this world-renowned female was knocked down to M Barber for 2,600gns (£2,730).

Three embryo and flushing opportunities from international Hereford programs were also offered at Designer Genes 2017. A pick of the 2018 Embryo Inventory from Harvie Ranching was the first genetic lot to be offered, allowing the successful bidder the chance to pick 8 embryos from all of the flushes at Harvie Ranching next year. This lot was knocked down to Steven & Lizzie Walker, Hoghton View Herefords, Lancashire for £4,400.

A pick of the cow herd flush from RSK Farms in Manitoba, Canada was also up for grabs at the sale. RSK Farms won the title of Grand Champion Polled Hereford bull at Agribition 2017 so their genetics are certainly in demand this year. This offering was sold to GH Morgan, North Wales for £3,000.

The final lot of the day was a flush of breed legend female Harvie E Ms Firelfy 19Z from Iron Lake Ranch, Texas and Elkhe Herefords, Montana. This daughter of Victor Boomer P606 is one of the top donor females in the Iron Lake program. The flush was sold to joint buyers Harvie Ranching and RSK Farms.

The British Cattle Breeders Club’s (BCBC) annual two-and-a-half day conference for 2018 will host an exciting line-up of experts and farmers from around the world, who will speak on a wide variety of scientific and practical topics related to cattle breeding. The event will mark the 70th anniversary of the Club, which was formed in 1948.

To view the 3 day programme please Click Here

The move to encourage young people into farming has inspired the topics for next year’s Conference, which carries the theme of ‘Farming and Genetics – Let’s Inspire the Next Generation.’ The packed programme will begin at 1pm on Monday, 22 January, with AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) representatives giving an overview of its proposed post-2020 business strategies. It will be led by the organisation’s Adam Quinney and Gwyn Jones.

Later in the afternoon, Mike Coffey of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College), who is the BCBC president, will examine how strategic breeding policies might address some of the long-term issues facing cattle producers. Delegates at the event in Telford, Shropshire, will also learn about the latest genetic developments planned for 2018, including carcase trait breeding values for beef and dairy, as well as feed intake recording for beef cattle.

Among the speakers on the Tuesday is Professor David Kenny, principal research scientist in ruminant nutritional physiology at the Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre in County Meath, Ireland. His presentation will be based on the management of cows for optimum fertility.

Professor Kenny will point out that herd fertility and health are the main factors in determining suckler herd profitability. In Ireland, evidence suggests that more than 80% of heifer replacements fail to meet the target 24 months of age at first calving. In addition, the average interval between calving frequently exceeds 400 days and only eight out of every 10 spring-calving cows produce a calf within a 12-month period. He will outline a number of options which have the potential to improve performance and profitability.

Wednesday will see Professor John Dupre giving a presentation on the ethical issues which may arise following scientific advances in gene editing. He will dispel some of the myths surrounding the process and explain how the use of the hornless gene, for example, could improve animal welfare. He believes the technique will be available in the “not-too-distant” future.

The student presentations are always popular and on beef day, Orla Kelly will focus on the challenges posed by the management of a profitable suckler herd in the post-Brexit environment. Ms Kelly, an award-winning student at Queens University, Belfast, will give a presentation which suggests that the Beef Shorthorn is a breed which can command a premium and has a lot to offer in a future without support payments.

The dairy day line-up also includes North Yorkshire producer, Roger Hildreth, who will describe all aspects of milk production at Curlew Fields, near York, but with special attention paid to the breeding of heifers and genomic testing. His business is run with profit per cow place at the forefront of management decisions and the farm is one of the AHDB’s ‘Calf to Calving’ hosts.

Places for the 2018 BCBC Conference can be booked online at www.cattlebreeders.org.uk or contact the secretary, Heidi Bradbury on 07966 032079 or email her at heidi.bradbury@cattlebreeders.org.uk

The event’s main sponsors are: Afimilk, Waitrose, Mole Valley Farmers, MSD Animal Health and AHDB.

Harper Adams, Temperton Room, Edgmond, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB

Wednesday 20th December 2017 - Time: 13:30–16:00

This event will provide an update on work to develop a low-cost production system for pure-bred dairy and Hereford sired dairy-beef calves. The key elements of the system are maximising output from grazed grass and reducing wintering costs by out-wintering cattle on fodderbeet, before finishing during their second season at grass.

13:30 Registration & refreshments (tea/coffee)
14:00 Welcome & introduction, Mary Vickers (AHDB)
14:05 Development of a low-cost, outdoor dairy beef system – why, what, how? Marc Jones (RSK ADAS)
14:15 Review of cattle performance, Simon Marsh (Harper Adams)
14:35 Management of cattle on fodderbeet, Marc Jones (RSK ADAS)
14:50 Farm walk to see cattle being strip grazed on fodderbeet, Chris Ruffley (Harper Adams), Simon Marsh and Marc Jones
16:00 Finish

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Northern Ireland's top Hereford Breeders were honoured at their recent Annual Awards Dinner.
The winners of the prestigious Hereford of the Year Awards are based on points earned from throughout the summer show season.

Top headlines went to Ciaran Kerr’s Kinnego herd who made it two in a row by again winning the Bull of the Year award with his 3 year old sire, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite (pictured right). He dominated the Hereford classes at the local shows carrying off 6 Supreme Hereford Championships but also had a remarkable run of success in the Interbreed Championships – taking Reserve Overall Interbreed titles in Armagh, Saintfield and Castlewellan before securing the Overall Beef Interbreed Championship in a very strong entry at the Clogher Valley Show. His current dominance in the breed was emphasised when he was also awarded Best Stock Bull in the 2017 Herds competition.

It was a big night for the newest and youngest competitor on the show circuit. New breeder Courtney Halliday overcame the established herds to bring home the awards for the Hereford Female of the Year and the Supreme Champion at the National Show; a remarkable achievement for a young lady who just recently established her herd with the purchase of a heifer from Mervyn and Henry Richmond’s Corraback herd in County Fermanagh. This is a herd noted for the strength of its female lines and Courtney’s selection of Corraback Joan 15th (pictured left) by Mara Flook and out of Corraback Joan 5th – herself Female of the Year in 2013 - proved to be an inspired one. As Courtney made her debut on the show circuit she was quickly recognised as a force to be reckoned with and success followed success. Competing in the yearling heifer class, which is always the largest and most competitive section in the Hereford schedule, Joan was awarded the red rosette at Lurgan, Armagh and Saintfield before going one better by taking the Reserve breed Championship at both Castlewellan and Clogher Valley. The best was still to come however - at the National Hereford Show at Antrim and the largest turnout of Herefords of the season, Joan took the eye of judge Robert Thomas winning the Yearling Heifer Class, the Female Championship and finally the Supreme Hereford Championship.

Mark and Laurence Moore had a season to remember, taking the Horned Bull of the year and Reserve Overall Bull of the Year awards with Annaghbeg Domino (pictured right) who had won Supreme Championships at Omagh and Enniskillen Shows. This promising young sire will be offered for sale at the Elite Breeders sale in Dungannon on 13th February. They also registered significant success at the National Show taking the award for the breeder winning most points having won best home bred heifer and the Best Group of Three.

The Corraback herd of Mervyn and Henry Richmond have always been strong competitors for the Rose Bowl awarded to the exhibitor of the most successful Pair of Herefords by the Same Sire and 2017 has been no exception. Again, it was a pair by Mara Flook who took the honours and the winning combination of a yearling bull and heifer were undefeated in this class throughout the season.

Herefordshire Judge George Bowen had difficult task of picking out his Champions at the 3rd Annual Pedigree Calf Fair.

Senior Champion went to James Graham with the homebred Richmount 1 Peppermint (pictured right) the youngest Bull in his class of seven, his quality shone through on the day.

The day got better for Richmount Herefords, when UK Hereford Youth protégée young Bradley Graham won his Inter-breed Beef Young Showmanship class in style. Judge Issy Hartley, commented on, “his outstanding performance, knowledge and attention to detail”, all against a strong class of Northern Ireland’s prime Pedigree Beef Breeds.

The Reserve Senior Championship went Annaghbeg Delilah (seen left) owned and bred by Mark Moore, a quality heifer showing lots of promise, it was a favourite for Judge George Bowen on the day.

In the Junior section Drumshanbo 1 Big Show (pictured below right) took the title. This young bull owned and bred by Gerry and Ethan Small from Randalstown is no stranger to winning, fresh from taking the Junior Champion title at the Association’s Calf Show back in September and Reserve Overall male title this stylish calf seems to be unstoppable.

Reserve Junior title went to David Wilson’s Lisrace Finola Dell (pictured below left), again a winner in its class from September this young female will be one to watch in 2018.


Senior Champion – James Graham RICHMOUNT 1 PEPPERMINT sired by Grousehallpoll 1 Premier
Reserve Senior Champion – Mark Moore ANNAGHBEG DELILAH sired by Gurteragh Gladiator
Junior Champion – J & G Small DRUMSHANBO 1 BIG SHOW sired by Graceland 1 Giovani
Reserve Junior Champion – David Wilson LISRACE FINOLA DELL 4TH sired by Knockmountagh Master

Hereford Classes

CLASS 7 – BULL BORN ON OR AFTER 01/09/16 & ON OR BEFORE 31/12/16
1st – James Graham RICHMOUNT 1 PEPPERMINT sired by Grousehallpoll 1 Premier
2nd – James Graham RICHMOUNT 1 T PEPPER sired by Richmount 1 King Kong
3rd – Mark Moore MARA PRISTINE sired by Mara Kestrel

CLASS 9 – BULL BORN BETWEEN 01/01/17 & 31/03/17
1st – J&G Small DRUMSHANBO 1 BIG SHOW sired by Graceland 1 Giovani
2nd – David Wilson LISRACE LUMBERJACK 19TH sired by Knockmountagh Master
3rd – AJ Farms Ltd LUSKY 1 PRODIGY sired by Woodvale 1 Livewire

CLASS 8 – HEIFER BORN ON OR AFTER 01/09/16 & ON OR BEFORE 31/12/16 and CLASS 10 – HEIFER BORN BETWEEN 01/01/17 & 31/03/17 combined
1st – Mark Moore ANNAGHBEG DELILAH sired by Gurteragh Gladiator
2nd - D McCrea TAMNABRADY 1 PEARL sired by Ardstewartpoll 1 Walker
3rd – T&S Andrews MOUNTVIEW 1 FOREVER sired by Dorepoll 1 579 Legacy

1st – James Graham RICHMOUNT 1 PREMIER sired by Grousehallpoll 1 Premier
2nd – Mervyn Robinson MILLWOOD 1 STOCKMAN sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty

1st – David Wilson LISRACE FINOLA DELL 4TH sired by Knockmountagh Master
2nd – David Wilson LISRACE CURLY 18TH sired by Knockmountagh Master
3rd – C&M Beatty & Son CASTLEPOLL 1 STARLETT sired by Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger

The 15th European Hereford Conference will be held in Hungary from Saturday 15th September to Thursday 20th September 2018

Booking deadline has been extended to the 1st March 2018 - CLICK HERE

The Conference provides a platform for the exchange of genetic information and breeding objectives and a chance to get together to discuss common topics and to listen to keynote lectures and Country Reports. We hope these events will attract many Hereford breeders and farmers from across Europe and further afield. 

Gatherings have previously been held in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Holland, Hungary, Germany and Switzerland. This is the second ocassion that Hungary have organized a European Hereford Conference having hosted the 8th Conference in 1995. 

We have planned tours through the length and breadth of our country, viewing some of our noted herds, three stock farms and a plethora of tourist attractions. Our Conference is taking place in Kaposvár, at the location of our Breeding Association. 

It will have been 23 years since the European Conference was hosted in Hungary, so this is a perfect opportunity to return, to renew old friendships and make new ones. 

For further details - including full conference information, registration package and conference program -  visit our website at Hungary Conference 2018 

We hope to see you at our conference! 

15th European Hereford Conference Hungary 2018
15-20th September

Program Schedule 

15th Sept


Arrival to Liszt Ferenc International Airport Budapest



Airport transfer to Mercure Budapest City Center Hotel


From 17.00

Registration and checking-in upon arrival


19.00 -22.00

Dinner and sightseeing on Ludwig event boat

16th Sept





Sightseeing bus tour with English speaking tour guides



Departure to Mezőfalva



Lunch in Mezőfalva



Professional program: farm visiting in Mezőfalva



Departure to Balatonfüred (105 km) to Anna Grand Hotel


19.00 -21.00

Dinner at Baricska Wayhouse (3 course menu with wine tasting and authentic Hungarian live gypsy music)

17th Sept





Departure to Tihany  (10 km)



Walk in Tihany with English speaking tour guides



Brunch at Echo Restaurant & Cafe Tihany



Visiting the Benedictine Abbey and Museum of Tihany, then dessert at the Rege Patisserie of the Abbey



Departure from Tihanyrév to Szántód by ferry, then from Szántód to Kaposmérő by bus (80 km)



Refreshments and snacks at Kassai Inn in Kaposmérő



Horseback archery demonstration by Lajos Kassai



Departure to Kaposvár to Hotel Dorottya (6 km)



Dinner at Dorottya Hotel



Optional program at Zselic Astropark

18th Sept




9.00 – 12.00

Conference (with one coffee break)

 9.00am: Opening of the Conference

10.30-11.00am: Counrty report

11.00-11.30am: Lecture of Professor Dr. Ferenc Szabó

Title: The Situation and Results of Hereford Breeding in Hungary

11.30-12.00: Questions, remarks-open discussion


9.00 – 12.00

Optional sightseeing program for our guests accompanying our conference participants.(Alternative program)



Buffet style lunch



Departure to  Hedrehelyre (33 km) farm visiting



Departure to Kaposvár



Formal dinner at Hotel Dorottya (5 course dinner with matching wine selection served, live music and two 15 minute performances by Somogy Folk Dance Group)

19th Sept





Departure to Sárospatak, with a lunch stop in Gödöllő  (216 km)



Buffet style lunch in the Queen Elisabeth Restaurant and Café in Gödöllő



Departure from Gödöllő to Sárospatak (222 km)



Farm visiting in Sárospatak



Departure to Tokaj, accomodation at  Andrássy Residence Wine & Spa and Gróf Degenfeld Kastélyszálló Tarcal




20th Sept





Departure to Budapest (232 km) airport transfer

We reserve the right to change our program. 

Price includes: 

* Transfers from Liszt Ferenc International Airport Budapest to the hotels and back (15th and 20th of September 2018).
* All accomodations.
*Continental breakfast included.
* Lunches from the 16th-19th of September 2018
* Dinners from the 15th-19th September 2018, including  the Gala Dinner on the 18th September 2018.
* A coffee/tea and water are included with lunch and dinner.
* All transfers and transportation to all destinations as well as entry fees.
* During the whole time of the Conference (15-20th September 2018) we provide medical supervision.

TD & WT Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire, continue their recent rich vein of form in the show ring when their steer Normanton 1 Pacific took the Native Inter-breed Championship at the English Winter Fair, held at Staffordshire County Showground.

Bred by the exhibitor he was expertly shown by the talented UK Hereford Youth Member Isla Soutter.

Fourteen month old 'Pacific' is out of Normanton 1 Jews Ear 9th L21 and by Northern Irish bred bull Dorepole 1 579 Knighthood.

Inter-breed success didn't stop there for young Isla when she won a competitive Inter-breed Young Handler Class. Not to be outdone, her younger brother Finlay also showing a Hereford, won his Inter-breed Young Handler Class too.
Finlay then went on to pip his sister to the Overall Young Handler Championship - with Isla a commendable Reserve!

The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony which takes place each October was held at the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim. With over 70 in attendance it proved to be one of the best supported evenings to date.

Special guests for the night were the retiring Hereford Cattle Society Breed Secretary, David Prothero, the Society's first Chief Executive Officer, James Sage and a representative from the Children's Heartbeat trust who was awarded a cheque for £3,421 on the evening.

James who joins from organic certifiers, The Soil Association said “I’m very much looking forward to joining the Society and working with the team at Hereford House, the Council and the Breeders who are the heart of the breed. This is an exciting era within UK and global agriculture and I believe there will be a prominent role for the Hereford to play in post Brexit UK agriculture. Capitalising on the breed’s many wonderful attributes to further develop sustainable profitable systems for farmers.” He also wants to work closely with Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders as they have the best percentage in the U.K. of providing breeding bulls into the dairy sector.

The winners of the prestigious Herefords of the year awards, based on points earned from the summer show season, were announced during the evening and were presented by David Prothero before the band played into the small hours.Retiring Secretary David Prothero spoke fondly of his time over the last 40 years as he received a large Belfast Crystal vase from the NI Hereford Breeders’ Association (pictured above) in appreciation for his dedication to the Society. He recalled memories from great friendships with longstanding Northern Ireland members. He also wished the new Chief Executive Officer great success in his new role.

Awards on the evening where presented by David Prothero before the band played into the small hours.

Bull of the year went to Ciaran Kerr's Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite for the second year in a row. 

Pictured right are Ciaran Kerr and family with their silverware for Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite who was a multiple show winner and as well as N.I. Bull of the Year 2017.


The Female of the Year went to Courtney Halliday's Corraback Joan 15th.

Pictured left is Courtney with her large haul of trophies.










Once again, the Overall Herd of the Year was won by Solpoll Herefords. This well known and successful herd owned by J & W McMordie, Co. Down are the current holders of the UK Hereford Herd of the Year.

Pictured right are John, William and Andrew McMordie collectig their trophies.











































Blakesley 1 Major, owned by P Cobley and bred by J Riley was Male and Breed Champion at the Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Calf Show. “Major”, pictured right, is sired by Solpoll 1 Dynamite and out of Blakesley 1 Icicle, whose record at this event is outstanding. She was Female Champion in 2012, and has now bred two Breed Champion Calves! Judge Richard Dorrell felt “Major” “is a calf that will go on to make a stock bull, with superb length and locomotion”.

Blakesley 1 Major, won the Senior Bull Calf class, with AR Owen’s Church Preen Pitchford in second. P Cobley was in third with his homebred bull Kinglee 1 President.
The Intermediate Bull Calf class was won by PRJ & LR Vincent with Pulham Providence. Standing second was Speirs Farms Ltd’s Pepperstock 1 Pablo, with Bittern 1 Excalibur from DJ & JM Blaxell in third.

Hawkesbury 1 Pistol won the Junior Bull Calf class and was tapped out by the judge as a very close second to Blakelsey 1 Major in the Male Championship.

The Senior Female class was in the judge’s opinion “the strongest of the day”. Coming out on top was Normanton 1 Enoki 5th P233, pictured left, owned by TD & WT Livesey and out of Normanton Enoki J874. “Enoki” went on to become the Female and Reserve Breed Champion. “A sweet, mobile, flashy heifer, full of breed character”. It is great to see previous calf show winners going on to be successful breeders and this is the case with “Enoki’s” sire, Normanton 1 Laertes, who, along with many other successes, won the Newark Calf Show in 2014. P Cobley’s Kinglee 1 Polly was a close second and the Livesey’s other heifer, Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612, who earlier on had won the pairs class with “Enoki”, was third.

The Intermediate class was won by MJ Ludgate with Rempstone 1 Tessa. Speirs Farms Ltd took the second and third spots with Pepperstock 1 Fascination P353 and Pepperstock 1 Butterfly P354 respectively.

The last class of the day, the Junior Heifer class was won by Blakelsey 1 Nancy, owned by J Riley. “Nancy” is sired by Aland Leopold and out of Blakesley 1 Kathleen and went on to be made the Reserve Female Champion. PRJ & LR Vincent’s Pulham 1 Starlet 5th was second and R Coates’s RTC 1 Terri 329 was third.

The Commercial class was won by the Livesey’s steer with Newtoncroft Farms in second.
Ricard Dorrell thought that “the quality of the cattle were a credit to the Association and the youngsters were confident and showed great stockmanship”

It was great to start the day with the young handler classes being judged by the Hereford Youth Co-ordinator, Emma Smith. Emma selected Finaly Soutter as the winner of the 14 year old and under class, with Harriet Froud in second and Jack Lake in third. The winner of the 15 to 26 year old class was Isla Soutter, with 17 year old Marcus Murdock in second and Katherine Baines in third. It was a battle of the siblings in the Championship with Finlay coming out on top and Isla taking reserve.

However whilst the event is predominantly about the young we don’t forget about the more mature handlers! As is tradition, Colin Soutter, the previous year’s winner judged the Stockhandlers Competition and selected Andrew Owen as the winner of the Hawkesbury Cup.

The Second Annual Designer Gene Sale will take place following the ever popular Christmas Calf Show at Shrewsbury Livestock Mart on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 2pm.

To view the catalogue please click the following link: CATALOGUE

TD & WT Livesey, Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire took the Supreme Championship for the second time in three years when their Grand Female Champion 14 month old Normanton 1 Enoki 5th P233 (pictured right) took the eye of Welsh Judge Miss Non Thorne from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Expertly shown by experienced stockman Colin Soutter, this stylish heifer claimed her first prize of the day by pairing up with stablemate Normanton 1 Jurana 14th  P612  in the Best Pair by the Same Sire before going on to take the Grand Female and Supreme Championships.

“Enoki 5th P233”, who is out of Normanton 1 Enoki J874 and by multiple Inter-breed winning bull Normanton 1 Laertes has a cracking set of Performance Recorded Figures with almost all of the important traits to the right of the midline Breed Average. She has has a Gestation Length in the Top 5%, 400 & 600 Day Weights in the Top 15% and Retail Beef Yield, Eye Muscle Area, Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Indexes in the Top 10% of the Breed.

Standing Reserve to the Normanton pair in the first class of the day were DRA Fabb, Warboys, Cambridgeshire with two attractive animals by Moeskaer Pacman.

The Reserve Grand Female Championship went to frequent exhibitor Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire with her powerful 12 month old heifer Romany 1 Julia BL P43 (pictured left). She is out of Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 and by Barwise 1 Lancer. In the youngest heifer class it was another Romany animal who was awarded the red rosette, this time, seven month old Romany 1 Mink BL P60 bred by JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders and shown by young Lottie Wilson. She too was sired by “Lancer” and is out of Romany 1 Mink A41.

In the bull classes there was more joy for Miss H Whittaker when she took the Grand Male Championship with 10 month old Coley 1 Pilot (pictured below right). This well balanced bull who has 200 and 600 Day Weights in the top 10% for the Breed, is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by Coley 1 Maverick, went on to be judged Reserve Supreme Champion.

The Reserve Grand Male Championship went to Moralee 1 Punchdrunk (pictured below left) from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, breeder’s of last year’s Grand Male & Supreme Champion. Seven month old “Punchdrunk” is out of the Romany 1 Mink bloodline, on this occasion, out of Romany 1 Mink D1 L24 and by SMH King Size 87K.

In the last class of the day, it was the oldest bull in the show, 14 month old Fabb 1 Peter Pan who was awarded first place, justifying the long trip up from Cambridgeshire for the Fabb team. This strapping bull is out of Hartshorne 1 Popinjay 21st and by Square-D Tortuga 953T.

Before selecting her Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champions, Judge Non Thorne described her Grand Female as a heifer who “oused femininity, with a great top line and spring of rib, a female with good locomotion that will make a great cow on day.” In describing her Grand Male Champion, Non commented, “he is a great representative of the Breed, looks wonderful for his age and is a young bull with great thickness, depth of body and like my Female Champion has good locomotion.”

Completing a long day in the showring Miss Thorne was asked to Judge the Young Handler Competition, which was split into two classes, Under 15 years and 16 to 21 Years of Age.

In the Junior section, Miss Lottie Wilson, Romany Herefords triumphed in first place with Kaite Wason, Saltire Herefords in Reserve.

In the Senior section, is was Marcus Murdock, Fabb Herefords who came out on top with the experienced Beth Harvey in second place.      

Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley from Weston, Staffordshire have enjoyed a marvellous summer showing season, culminating in their star cow Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th collecting her second Hereford Female of the Year Award - continued their rich vein of success by taking the Supreme Hereford Championship at the National Calf Show held at Cirencester Market.

The oldest heifer in the show at almost 15 months of age, Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy (pictured right) took the Senior & Grand Female Championships before going on to take the Supreme Championship. English born “Lancome Lucy” has a good pedigree on both sides, she’s out of Scottish bred Romany 1 Lucy RE L21 and by Welsh sire Dendor 1 Murdock. This powerfully built but feminine looking female also boasts a great set of Performance Recorded figures with her 200 and 400 Day Weights, Eye Muscle Area, Retail Beef Yield and Terminal Sire Index in the top 5% of the Breed. Sky High Herefords also picked up another first prize rosette, this time with 10 month old bull calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar. He's by the 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes and by current Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and went on to take the Reserve Junior Male Championship.

Standing Reserve to Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy in the Grand & Senior Female Championships was Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612 (pictured left) from TD & WT Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire. This attractive female, out of Hillrow 1 Jemima B9, is another calf by the much admired Normanton 1 Laertes. Earlier in the day Normanton Herefords took the Best Pair of Heifer Calves owned by the Exhibitor with TG, EI & EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire in Reserve.

David Sapsed, Heathbrow Simmentals, Hertfordshire who judged the female classes, made Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1117 from local breeder, MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire his Junior Female Champion. Nine month old “Beauty 1117”, who is out of Ford Abbey 1 Beauty and by Bosa 1 Hereward, is another animal to display top Performance Recorded Figures, a pattern which was eveident throughout the Summer show season. She not only has a 400 and 600 Day Weight, Terminal Sire and Self Replacing Indexes in the Top 1% of the Breed, she also has the Top Value figure of +20 for 200 Day Milk. MJ Clark also collected a red ticket in the first class of the day in the Best Group of Three Calves by the Same Sire, with three top calves by Bosa 1 Hereward, including Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1117, in Reserve was Mrs I Jennings, Ilminster, Somerset with three calves by Appleridge 1 Leo.

However Mrs I Jennings, Cornbel Herefords, went one better in the Best Pair of Bull Calves owned by the Exhibitor when she took first place, with MJ Clark in Reserve.

Taking the Reserve Junior Female title was Blakesley 1 Nancy from J Riley. Superbly shown by Edward Thompson, she’s the latest in a long line of top Blakesley females to attract the attention of a judge. Eight month old “Nancy” is out of Blakesley 1 Kathleen and by Aland Leopold.

Judging the male classes was Mr Jeff Thomas, Bollowal Ruby Red Devons, Cornwall, who made Blakesley 1 Major, (pictured right) owned and exhibited by P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire his Senior & Grand Male Champion. Eleven month old “Major”, is out of successful show stopper Blakesley 1 Icicle and by thrice Royal Ulster Show Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite. Later in the day both Judges combined to choose their Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champions with “Major” taking the Reserve Supreme Championship behind “Lancome Lucy”.

Standing Reserve in the Senior Male Championship was another animal owned by P Cobley, this time homebred, Kinglee 1 President. This promising thirteen month old bull calf is out of Kinglee 1 Ebony 298 and by Panmure 1 Karl.

In the Junior Male Section, it was Studdolph 1 Bale (pictured left) from Miss EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire who came to the fore. Seven month old “Bale”, who is out of Studdolph 1 Vogue 495 and by Dendor 1 Ledley, is another animal with good Performance Recorded Figures, having a 200, 400 & 600 Day Weight in the Top 5% of the Breed. To complete a successful day for Miss Thorne, “Bale” went on to take the Reserve Grand Male Championship.

Heading up the Hereford Society's Annual Autumn Show & Sale held at Carlisle was the Overall Champion, an October 2015 born bull, from TD & WT Livesey who are based near Normanton Le Heath, Leicestershire which sold for 2,600gns. The homebred entry, Normanton 1 Niknakpaddywak is a son of Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthood and was knocked down to V & R Murdoch from Dumbarton, Glasgow.

Next in the price ratings was Salton 1 Nemo from George Bulmer. This bull by Normanton 1 Jupiter sold for 2000gns to J Duckworth from Kilmarnock.

D & KM Dickinson’s Mallowburn herd were responsible for the only three females forward. All were sired by the successful show bull Richmount 1 Hermes and the best of these was Mallowburn 1 Nightingale who sold for 1200gns to E Long from Moffat.

The same purchaser also bought the next lot, Mallowburn 1 Peardrop, at 1000gns and completing this trio was Mallowburn 1 Polo who also went for 1000gns this time to RH Bruce & Co from Hawick.

The National Beef Association (NBA) has today announced that their renowned Beef Expo event will be heading to the Welsh Borders for this year’s celebration of British Beef. The beef industry spectacular will take place on Friday the 25th of May 2018, kindly hosted by Halls Shrewsbury Livestock Auction Market.

This key industry event which celebrates the British Beef industry and all who work within it, will once again be displaying the very best of British pedigree and commercial cattle under one roof. Over 20 breed society displays will showcase the pedigree sectors advances in genetics and the National Commercial Cattle Show (NCCS) will, as always, be kicking of the showing season with the ultimate podium for breeders from across the UK to showcase their stock and compete for their share of over £6,000 of prize money.
In line with the event theme ‘Beef Up Our Future’ the show will encompass the entirety of the beef industry and its ancillary industries with over 120 indoor and outdoor trade stands and demonstrations, covering nutrition, genetics, machinery and technologies, highlighting the strength and progression of the industry.
An array of technical seminars and debates will continue this theme investigating how we as an industry can work together to make our farms and supply chains more economically viable, integrated and transparent as we prepare to leave the EU.

The Future Beef Farmer Challenge, established in 2015 will once again encourage enthusiastic young farmers aged 35 and under to rise to the challenge and be tested on their technical, practical and scientific knowledge with the chance to win a fantastic selection of prizes.

Visitors will be invited to join the NBA for a day of Beef Expo farm tours on Thursday the 24th of May, giving guests the opportunity to view three exceptional beef farms hand-picked from across Shropshire and the Welsh Borders. This forum for knowledge exchange has sold out for three years running and is not to be missed - early booking is highly recommended! The farm tours will be followed by the prestigious Beef Expo Industry Dinner, the ultimate networking event for those within the industry.

Chris Mallon, Chief Executive of the NBA commented on the announcement, “We are delighted to be taking our two-day Beef Expo event to the Welsh borders this Spring, an area producing great quantities of quality store cattle from some of the best suckler herds in the country. It is fantastic to be returning to a mart, particularly one of such quality. Livestock marts act as an integral part of the UK livestock trade, in 2016 Auction marts sold 15% of finished cattle, and we at the NBA are proud to support them at every opportunity”

Commenting on hosting the event, Nick Hyne of Halls, Shrewsbury Livestock Auction Mart stated “We are very pleased to be hosting this prestigious event and feel that Shrewsbury Auction Centre is ideally placed in the centre of the country, being very accessible by road and other transport links. We also hope to have a large number of visitors from Wales and the border area, as again Shrewsbury is convenient to get to from this these parts. The facilities on site and in the surrounding area are great for an event like this. We look forward to working closely with the NBA to ensure the event is an enormous success”

East of England Winter Stock Festival has announced a host of new classes for its 2017 event, including the addition of a pig section for the very first time.

Taking place on a later date of Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, Festival Show Director William Haire says the 2017 festival is set to be the finale of the showing season.

“We’re very excited about the introduction of 25 new pig classes to our existing line up of 120 cattle classes and 38 classes for sheep, and are looking forward to once again, welcoming an excellent showcase of commercial and pedigree livestock.

“Last year, we attracted over 450 entries and following the addition of new classes and some revisions to improve the sheep schedule, we hope to attract exhibitors old and new to the 2017 festival,” says William.
He explains that the changes form part of their objective to extend the events offering to both current livestock producers, as well as the wider industry.

“We’re working hard to develop the festival to cater for the needs of the wider agricultural industry. Alongside new livestock classes, the 2017 festival will feature a dedicated trade stand area, as well as a range of seminars and demonstrations, with some top experts secured to deliver the latest thinking in agriculture,” concludes William.
The deadline for livestock entries closes on 3rd November, with schedules and entry forms available to download online at www.winterstockfestival.co.uk or from the show office.

For more information, please go to www.winterstockfestival.co.uk

The early Autumn NIHBA UNITED Feeds National calf saw the Annual Show taking place under the expert eye of Judge James Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords, Thame, Oxfordshire which is one of the top herds in the UK.

"Overall a satisfying turnout of bulls and heifers on the day, plenty of style with good conformation, the top winners where based on what I would strive to have in my own herd", James remarked.

Grand Male Champion and Senior Male Champion went to J & W McMordie, County Down with Solpoll 1 Pirate, yet another son of the prolific Panmure 1 Henry. A bull which has bred the family many a winner, and this time produced a well grown and clean finished bull which was just what the Judge was looking for on the day.

Overall Reserve Grand Male and Junior Male title went to a new breeder on the circuit. Drumshambo 1 Big Show, a Junior Bull with great style and ring presence took the spot for Ethan Small and his grandfather Gerry from Randalstown.

Quality females on the day where topped by Trevor Andrews’ Senior Heifer Mountview 1 Forever taking the Grand Female and Senior Female titles. One of the first progeny to be shown by Dorepoll 1 Legacy, a bull he purchased from the Haire family, his offspring are showing promise for the showing seasons to come.

Reserve Grand Female and Junior Female titles went to John Conlon's Drumatee Pearl 173, a young Heifer who was the complete package and shows great potential for the future.

Overall and Class Results

Grand Male Champion Solpoll 1 Pirate J & W McMordie
Reserve Grand Male Champion - Drumshambo 1 Big Show J&G Small

Senior Male Champion Solpoll 1 Pirate J & W McMordie
Reserve Senior Male Champion - Solpoll 1 Pogba J & W McMordie

Junior Bull Champion - Drumshambo 1 Big Show J & G Small
Reserve Junior Bull Champion - Solitude 1 Phoenix A McMordie

Supreme Female Champion - Mountview 1 Forever T Andrews
Reserve Supreme Female Champion - Drumatee Pearl 173 J Conlon

Senior Female Champion - Mountview 1 Forever T Andrews
Reserve Senior Champion Female - Solpoll 1 Dainty J & W McMordie

Junior Female Champion - Drumatee Pearl 173 J Conlon
Reserve Junior Female Champion - Solpoll 1 Nylon P8 J & W McMordie

Champion Young Handler - C Dorman

Class 1 Bull Calf born 1/9/16-31/10/16

1st Solpoll 1 Pirate - J & W McMordie
2nd Solpoll 1 Pogba - J & W McMordie
3rd Mountview 1 Finn - T Andrews
4th Kinnego 1 Pharoah - C Kerr

Class 3 Bull Calf born 1/1/17-28/2/17
1st Drumshambo 1 Big Show - J & G Small
2nd Solitude 1 Phoenix - A McMordie
3rd Drumatee Fred - J Conlon

Class 4 Bull Calf Born 1/3/17-30/4/17
1st Lisrace Lumberjack 19th - DR Wilson
2nd Drumatee Ferrari - J Conlon

Class 6 Female Calf born 1/9/16-31/10/16
1st Mountview 1 Forever - T Andrews
2nd Hockleypoll 1 Ariana – The Leader Family

Class 7 Female Calf born 1/11/16-31/12/16
1st Solpoll 1 Dainty - J & W McMordie

Class 8 Female Calf born 1/1/17-29/2/17
1st Solpoll 1 Nylon P8 - J & W McMordie
2nd Drumatee Tribute 077 - J Conlon
3rd Hockleypoll 1 Evie - The Leader Family
4th Castlepoll 1 Renie 2nd - C & M Beattie

Class 9 Female Calf born 1/3/17-30/4/17
1st Drumatee Pearl 173 - J Conlon
2nd Lisrace Curly 18th - DR Wilson
3rd Castlepoll 1 Starlet - C & M Beattie
4th Castlepoll 1 Plum - C & M Beattie

Class 10 Female Calf born after 1/5/17
1st Lisrace Finola Dell - DR Wilson
2nd Nancy Bonny - G & T Morton

Class 11 Pairs
1st J & W McMordie
2nd T Andrews
3rd J Conlon
4th The Leader Family

Class 12a Young Handler 12-14
1st J Morton
Class 12B Young Handler 15-18
1st C Dorman
2nd J Andrews
3rd E Small
4th J Gauthier

Bulls and Females both sell to a top of £5,500 and Record Average for Show Heifers at Hereford Livestock Market conducted by the Society’s Official Auctioneers Brightwells.

The Grand Female Champion 18 month old Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 (pictured right) from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire was sold for the top female price of 5,200 gns to new breeders R J Windsor, Sound Villa Herefords, Nantwich, Cheshire. This beautifully balanced and feminine heifer, who has an impressive set of performance recorded figures is out of Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and by Aldersley 1 Edgar.

A consignment of five well presented heifers from J & W McMordie, Co. Down, Northern Ireland were keenly contested with the first lot of the day Solpoll 1 Stardust N5 being purchased by G Hall, Pinmoor Herefords, Lancashire for 4,000gns. Two further Solpoll females; Solpoll 1 Starlet N28 and Reserve Grand Female Champion Solpoll 1 Starlet N26 were purchased by Speirs Farms Ltd, Pepperstock Herefords, Luton, Bedfordshire for 3,800 gns and 3,600gns respectively. The final two Solpoll heifers, Solpoll 1 Starlet N9 and Solpoll 1 Starlet N32 were purchased by Warham Court, Breinton, Herefordshire for 2,800gns and 3,300gns.

Twelve month old Dendor 1 Honeysuckle 19th bred by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys was sold for 3,700gns to Newtoncroft Farms, Leicestershire to join their herd of Newtoncroft Herefords. Other leading heifer prices were 3,500 gns paid by L & L Bowen, Bowendu Herefords, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan for Frenchstone P. 1 Gene bred by LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon and Panmure 1 Plum N3 bred by JM Cant & Partners, Angus, Tayside who sold for 3,400 gns to Mr & Mrs S Coates, Parkapella Herefords, Monmouthshire.

10 Show heifers sold for £36,225 to Average £3,622.50

Seventeen month old Shraden 1 Navas (pictured left) (870 kg) from MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire commanded the top price in the bull section when he was sold for 5,200 gns to Scawfell Genetics Ltd based in Seascale, Cumbria. Commenting after the purchase Mr James Hazard remarked, “we at Scawfell Genetics Ltd are highly delighted to have bought Shraden 1 Navas today. We liked his style, class and all round balance along with his very good breeding values and clean health status.” James added, “we plan to take semen from “Navas” for both domestic use and for export and we will be promoting the Hereford Breed in a number of countries.” Shraden 1 Navas is out of Shraden 1 Alice E283 and by Baldinnie 1 Victory.

J & W McMordie achieved the second highest price in the bull section and coupled with their trade in the show heifer category, fully justified the cost of travelling over from Northern Ireland. Eighteen month old Solpoll 1 Nashville (pictured right) (755 kg) was sold for 4,200 gns to J Riley, Blakesley Herefords, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

In general the bull trade was sticky, which has been the trend at Autumn bull sales across most breeds in recent years - but more bulls found homes this year than in the corresponding Autumn sale of 2016, mainly due to increased interest from commercial buyers.

Twenty three month old Greenyards 1 Norrie (945 kg) from PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire was purchased by J & W McMordie, owners of the current National Herd of the Year, for 3,600 gns.

Harvey Brothers, Balfron, Glasgow, sold two year old Harveybros 1 Nigel (955 kg) for 3,600 gns to Mr D England, Lisvane, Cardiff. Two bulls were sold for 3,500 gns; thirty month old Barwise 1 Marshall (1,065 kg) from Mrs CS Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria to Mr W Parry, Caernarfon and seventeen month old Panmure 1 Nelson (845 kg) from JM Cant & Partners to GT Pope & Sons, Shropshire.

Judge Jack Henry, Brighouse, West Yorkshire ably assisted by UK Hereford Youth Member Flora Amery made Hollyvale 1 Neville (795 kg) from A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire their Grand and Junior Male Champion. This nineteen month old prize winning bull (pictured left) was sold to G Llewellyn & D Sharman, Harvest Herefords, Shifnal, Shropshire for 3,000 gns.

A number of bulls failed to meet their reserve including Reserve Grand Male Champion two year old Church Preen Nanook (990 kg) from AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire.

23 Bulls sold for £65,205.00 to Average £2,835.00

There was a 100% clearance in the For Sale Only Female section, which saw a top of 3,650 gns paid to G & MC Shepherd, Preston, Lancashire for Moorside 1 Evita 5th and her bull calf at foot, Moorside 1 Phoenix. A consignment of six heifers from Marsh Court Farm Ltd, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire commenced this section with four of the heifers making their way to AJ, AE & MG Thomas, Premier Herefords, Clarbeston, Pembrokeshire, for an average of 1,890 gns. The remaing two Marsh Court heifers, Eldersfield 1 Pearl N1164 and Eldersfield 1 Amber N1171 were purchased by RW Gay, Jenob Herefords, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan both for 2,700 gns. The final lot of the day saw Panmure 1 Plum N12 from JM Cant & Partners sold to Newtoncroft Farms for 2,100 gns.

12 For Sale only Females sold for £24,517.50 to Average £2,043.13

New Hereford CEO James Sage commented after the sale that the brisk trade for females highlighted the popularity of the Breed, which has seen record numbers of new members in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. James would also like to thank Sponsors, Dunbia & Nordic Star Tags for their continued support.
Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster.

Dear NBA Member,

The schedules and entry forms for the above competition can be found here.

Forms to enter the competition can also be downloaded from the Agrifest website 

For more information about Agrifest South West please visit their website here

or contact the NBA South West & Event Secretary, Vicky Smith:
By email: natbeefsw@gmail.com
By Tel: 01884 861352
By Mobile: 07773 340008

Kind regards,
Sharon Walton


Trade was buoyant for the dispersal sale of  Ashley Moor Herefords owned by M/s EC & MM Everall, Ludlow, Shropshire at Hereford Market - with a 100% clearance.

Seventy four pedigree and purebred Herefords were on offer to those in attendance with many going home empty handed.

The herd had been kept on a commercial basis with cattle being brought in from grass just a few days prior to the sale. Mr and Mrs Everall employed the services of professional stockmen father and son Steve & Matthew Gray and George Bowen to wash and prepare the cattle to a high standard in the lead up to the sale.

Commenting after the sale the Mr Everall said he was very pleased with trade - adding there was a consistency with prices across all sectors.

Ashley Moor Averages
27 Cows & Calves at foot - £1882
24 Incalf Heifers - £1505
7 Spring Incalf Heifers - £1568
15 Maiden Heifers - £852

The sale was conducted by Hereford Market Auctioneers (HMA Ltd) inconjunction with Brightwells (Official Auctioneers for the Hereford Society).


78 Pedigree In Calf Heifers 13 Non Pedigree In Calf Heifers & 3 Pedigree Bulls

On behalf of: Nanhoron Farms Ltd, Nanhoron, Pwllheli

Saturday 14th October 2017 @ 12noon

Vale of Clwyd Livestock Centre, Parc Glasdir, Ruthin LL15 1PB. 01824 705000 

To view the catalogue click HERE

Hereford Breed Champion Lowesmoor 1 Maverick, (Pictured right) bred and exhibited by MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire went on to take the Reserve Native Inter-breed Championship. This rising two and half year old bull is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society.

“Maverick” has enjoyed a marvellous show season but he’s not all style and stature he has a great set of Performance Recorded Figures, culminating in a Terminal Sire Index in the Top 10% and a Self-replacing Index in the Top 5% of the Breed.

Later he paired up with Fisher 1 Eva G303 and her bull calf Fisher 1 Panther P455 in the prestigious Burke Trophy where they were judged the highest placed Native Inter-breed Pair. Seven year old “Eva” bred by WJ Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, West Sussex, is out of Fisher 1 Eva C190 and by the much vaunted Doonbiddie Hustler.

There was more good news for WJ Hutchings & Sons and for the Hereford Breed when Fisher 1 Nomad N440 teamed up with stablemate Fisher 1 Nocton N439 to take the Overall Inter-breed Pairs Championship (pictured left).

Eighteen month old “Nomad”, who is out of Fisher 1 Orange J359 has a superb set of EBV’s right across the board and he’s what would be commonly known in the beef industry as a ‘curve bender’. Nineteen month old “Nocton” is out of Fisher 1 Orange G297 and both bulls are by Bondes i Hubert.

Dear UK Hereford breeders,

We are currently taking bookings on our annual trip to the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, SK. This years show runs from the 20-25 November. The show is the largest cattle exhibition in Canada with 11 beef breeds on show, as well as cattle sales, rodeos and farm/feedlot tours. There is also a reception evening for all international guests.

Members of the trip are entitled to 50% cash back funding on their flights and hotel costs up to $3000 CDN.

This is the 5th year of organising the trip so we will also have some events organised in conjunction with the Canadian Hereford Association to support our milestone.

If you are interested in coming with us on the trip and receiving the funding please contact me on the below details:

Mobile - 07447 412123
Email - ghyllbeckherefords@hotmail.co.uk

Look forward to hearing from you

Josh Dowbiggin

By kind instructions of Messrs. E.C. & M.M. Everall



 To be held at


(For convenience of Sale)


AT 11.30 A.M.


 25 Pedigree Cows/Heifers with their Spring Born Calves

Heifer Calves all registered

Bull Calves not registered

 29 Pedigree Cows/Heifers

Autumn Calvers all P.D’d in calf

 6 Pedigree Heifers

Spring Calvers all P.D’d in calf

 1 Stock Bull – Fisher 1 Legacy L395

Bred by W.J. Hutchings & Sons

Born: 14th March, 2014

 11 Pedigree Heifers

8 to 14 months

This well-bred Herd warrants attention of Pedigree & Commercial buyers.  They have not been shown and have been kept on commercial basis. 

For further details and Catalogues contact:

Hereford Market Auctioneers – Tel: 01432 761882

Brightwells – Official Auctioneers – 01981 250642

Hereford Cattle Society – 01432 272057

Annual Dinner – Monday 9th October 2017 - 7.00pm for 8.00pm at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford
Telephone: 01432 299955 Email: enquiries@threecountieshotel.co.uk 
For further details and directions: Directions to the Annual Dinner

This year’s Annual Dinner will comprise the following:- 

  • Roast Beef kindly sourced by your Breed President, Mr Robert Thomas, and sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association (HCBA) – the beef will be carved at individual tables.

    This year we are offering guests a choice of Starters, Mains and Desserts. IMPORTANT for catering purposes can guests please complete the attached proforma stating their choices.
  • The talented Andrew Whitlow (HighHouse Herefords) has kindly agreed to play guitar whilst guests are welcomed to the dinner 
  • Herefords of the Year Trophies will be presented. 
  • The Thomas Duckham Epergne Award will be presented to the Secretary of the Association, considered by the retiring Council, to have made the greatest contribution to the promotion of the Breed over the past three years. 
  • Clive Davies will be MC for the evening. 
  • Celebration of long-serving Breed Secretary David Prothero. 
    Clive will inform guests of some of David’s career highlights and memories in his usual inimitable style.

    If you would like to attend the Dinner please telephone Hereford House on 01432 272057 
    or email postroom@herefordcattle.org to book your tickets.


As there will be a choice of menu at this year’s Dinner, when applying for tickets would Members please complete the pro-forma or below indicating their requirements. 


Leek & Potato Soup




Chicken Liver Pate


 Main Course 

Hereford Sirloin Beef with all the trimmings


Grilled Sea Bass with Herb Butter



Apple Crumble with Custard


Chocolate Fudge Cake


Fresh Fruit Salad


Choice of Ice Cream


Obviously the Three Counties Hotel will need to know requirements in advance so we would ask Members to ensure that their Pro-forma is returned to the Office by MONDAY, 2nd OCTOBER.

Dear Breeders & Members,

Thank you very much for your support to date with UK Hereford Youth.

I am always thinking of new ways to connect Breeders & Young Members. So I would like to create a 2018 UKHY Calendar – Twelve photographs representing each month will be chosen from a Photography Competition run by UKHY with the winners being announced around the date of the National calf show (28th October).

Additionally, I would like to offer Breeders the chance to purchase an advertisement to be placed around each photograph for each month. So not only will this be a Calendar but also a Breed Directory…..

The cost of each Breeder advert will be £35 – The advert can include one picture, up to 30 words (including contact details).

ALL funds raised will go into the UKHY account to support future activities.

I believe that this is not only a great way of encouraging our youth to take some great photographs of Hereford Cattle but also provide breeders with the opportunity to showcase their pedigree herds!

If Interested and want to know more please get in touch direct:-
Email: emmasmith460@btinternet.com or Mob: 07772 495913.

I look forward to your support.

With kind regards,

Emma Smith
UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator

On the evening prior to the National Poll Show a highly competitive Young Handlers Competition took place, kindly sponsored once again by Henry Cole & Co Ltd.

The Judge this year was Ryan Coates, Newtoncroft Herefords, Leicestershire, who had the difficult task of selecting the best young handlers within three age categories.

In the Youngest Class (7–12 years of Age) it was 11 year old Finlay Soutter representing Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire who picked up the glassware and prize money, with Oliver Garnet-Smith, aged 12, from Classic Herefords, Swindon, Wiltshire in second place.

In the category 13-17 years of age it was Finlay’s older sister Isla who came out on top, with Marcus Murdock in second place.

Pictured, are from L to R, Samantha Rimke, Ryan Coates, Isla Soutter and Finlay Soutter.

Finally, in the Senior Class (18-21 years of age) it was overseas visitor, Canadian Junior Hereford Association President Samantha Rimke who took the honours from Iona Smith, Milovaig Herefords, Ayrshire in Reserve.
The Judge then chose Isla Soutter as his Overall Young Handler Champion and with it the Henry Cole Co. Ltd Silver Salver. This is just the latest award for Isla who has an outstanding track record of Young Handler Competitions.

Thanks must go to Emma Smith UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator for all her assistance in making this such an enjoyable and rewarding event. Thanks also to Henry Cole Co. Ltd for their continued support.

There was no stopping Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th as she dominated the National Poll Show - fresh from her success at Bucks County Show where she took Breed, Native Inter-breed and Reserve Overall Inter-breed Championships, to be crowned the 2017 National Poll Show Supreme Champion for the second time in three years. Although she is no stranger to success this was something special given the quality and large forward entry of a hundred and twelve cattle – the largest Hereford entry anywhere in the UK this year!

Owned and exhibited by B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Staffordshire, this striking cow with her second calf at foot Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar first took the Senior Female and Grand Female Championships before going on to take the top prize. She’s out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by twice UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. As well as having a top pedigree she also has a very good set of EBV’s including all growth figures and rib fat in the top 10% of the Breed.

Judge Matthew Goulding, Co. Kerry, Ireland praised the quality of “Jennefer” to the many ringside onlookers from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Ireland and Denmark.

The Reserve Supreme Championship went to Grand & Overall Intermediate Male Champion 17 month old Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad from A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire. Like the Champion he’s out of a Dendor female, this time Dendor 1 Anna Mary 18th and by home-bred bull and former Great Yorkshire Show Supreme Champion Hollyvale 1 Knight.

Standing Reserve to Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th in the Grand & Senior Female Championships was two and half year old Coley 1 Nova 351 with her bull calf, Coley 1 Principal, at foot. “Nova 351” bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire is out of Coley 1 Nova 164 and by 2012 UK Bull of the Year and National Poll Show Champion Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe.

There was more success for Sky High Herefords when they took the Intermediate Female Championship with Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy. This attractive 13 month old heifer is out of Romany 1 Lucy RE L21 and by Dendor 1 Murdock. She has 200, 400 & 600 day wt growth figures in the Top 5% of the Breed and a Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 10%. In Reserve place was Glenvale 1 Polly 579 expertly shown by Non Thorne representing TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Twenty two month old “Polly 579”, another animal with a good set of Performance Recorded Figures, is out Glenvale 1 Polly 388 and sired by Bosa 1 Hereward.

In the Junior section it was 12 month old Normanton 1 Enoki 5th from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire who came to the fore to take the Junior Female Championship against some strong contendors. “Enoki 5th” is out of Normanton 1 Enoki J874 and by current UK Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes. In Reserve was Dendor 1 Ruby 29th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown. Eleven month old Ruby 29th is out of Dendor 1 Ruby 17th and is another promising heifer by top sire Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

In the male category, there was more good news for breed stalwarts TG & EI Thorne when they were judged Reserve Grand and Reserve Intermediate Champion, behind Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad, with Glenvale 1 Allbutt. Sixteen month old “Allbutt” has enjoyed a fine show season is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399 and by Dendor 1 Ledley.

The Senior Male Championship went to rising two year old Greenyards 1 Norrie from PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire. Prepared and exhibited by professional showman Matthew Gray, he’s out of Greenyards 1 Echo 4th and by Fisher 1 Keystone K365. Taking the Reserve Senior Male Championship was Lowesmoor 1 Maverick from local breeder MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. This stylish bull who has taken they eye of a number of judges over the past few months is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society.

To complete the male section it was Blakesley 1 Major from J Riley, Towcester, Northamptonshire, who first took the Junior Male Championship before pipping Normanton 1 Enoki 5th to the Overall Junior Championship and with it the Hallwood Perpetual Trophy. “Major” is out of the successful show female Blakesley 1 Icicle and by thrice Royal Ulster Show Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite. Taking the Reserve Junior Male Championship was Moralee 1 Porterhouse from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. This well balanced 12 month old bull is out of Moralee 1 Kimberley and much to the delight of Danish breeder Jens Michael Jensen who was in attendance by SMH King Size 87K.

There was a tie for the Most Successful Herd (gaining the most points) on the Day, between Moralee and Sky High Herefords!

Judge Matthew Goulding commenced his marathon stint of over 6 hours of judging with two groups of three and a best pair competition.
In the Group of Three by the Same Sire owned by an Exhibitor, it was JD & RA Moorhouse, Cato Herefords, Taunton, Somerset who were awarded the red ticket and with it the Blythebarn trophy. In Reserve were A & S Timbrell, Thames Herefords, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. In the Best Group of Three to include Both Sexes owned by an Exhibitor it was Mrs CS Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria who was awarded first place and the Diamond Jubilee Trophy, in second position was DE, ED & AL Jones.
In the Best Pair of Animals it was P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire who was placed first with T & D Harrison in Reserve.

Throughout the day a Young Handlers Competition was judged from ringside by David Hemstock. Each competitor wore an armband denoting a letter and were split into one of two age categories. Taking the Senior Young Handler (16-21 years old) first prize card was Iona Smith, Milovaig Herefords, Ayrshire, with Canadian Samantha Rimke, Mar Herefords in Reserve.

In the Junior Young Handler section (15 and under) it was Ryan Shaw, Hallwood Herefords, Wirral, Cheshire who took top spot with Oliver Garnet-Smith, Classic Herefords, Swindon, Wiltshire in second place.

An AHDB Beef & Lamb funded study on a low cost dairy beef production system has just commenced at Harper Adams University working alongside Marc Jones of ADAS and co-sponsored by Dunbia and The Hereford Cattle Society.

The objective of the study is to undertake a detailed investigation into the feasibility of rearing and finishing Hereford x Holstein-Friesian and Holstein-Friesian autumn born steers using predominantly grass and fodder beet, with minimal reliance on cereals or other bought in concentrates apart from the initial rearing of the calf.

The project aims to create low cost intensive grass and forage based system which will maximise stocking rates through the use of intensive rotational grazing and out-wintering on fodder beet. This latter crop will also allow for a higher than expected animal winter growth rate, therefore allowing stock to be finished off grass comfortably at 20-21 months of age. By maintaining a rotational grazing system grass quality will be maintained throughout the season allowing for consistent above average growth rates. The project will look closely at the transition of the autumn born calves firstly to grass with an early turnout in the spring and then the transition of the cattle to the fodder beet. Furthermore the project will aim to finish cattle before they are required to go through a second winter after the first year on fodderbeet. The study involves 35 Hereford x Holstein-Friesian and 35 Holstein-Friesian October born steer calves. The trial started in 2016 and the planned management from birth to slaughter is summarised below:

Calf rearing and pre turnout:
Calves were conventionally reared on restricted milk and concentrates and were bought in with a mean age of 30.1 days. The Herefords (by registered sires) and some Holsteins were sourced from Meadow Quality that couldn’t be supplied from the Harper dairy unit and reared by Marc Jones following the Dunbia rearing protocol. They were weaned after 5 weeks with concentrates and straw being fed changing over to big bale silage and restricted concentrates. They were turned out on the 8th of March with a mean weight of 182kg. The calves were treated with Huskvax prior to turn out.

1st summer grazing period:
The calves were initially offered concentrate feed in the transition to a grass only diet and will be grazed in a tight rotation to a target 50% utilisation in early season increasing to a target 80-85% utilisation with target DLWGs in excess of 1kg throughout the grazing season with an end of season target weight of 400kg. The calves are grazing a 12.43ha field split into 10 paddocks. The field has been used for silage making for the past few years. Half was sown to the grass seed mix Sovereign (Wynnstay) with the bottom half of the field to HSG4 (Germinal). A cut of silage was taken from 3.6ha on the 25 of May yielding 72 x 500kg (approx.) bales estimated at

40-45% dry matter equating to a yield of approx. 4.6t DM/ha. Calves have been offered Supalyx Cattle buckets (Rumenco) from the 8th of June.

The performance to date (17 July 2017) is summarized below:

                                                        Hereford x Hol-Fr                                Hol-Friesian

Start age (days)                                         24.9                                                 33.1

Wt at start (kg)                                           61.6                                                 60.8

Wt at 20 Jan (kg)                                       139                                                   140

DLWG (start - 20 Jan)                                0.87                                                  0.97

Wt at turnout (8 Mar) (kg)                           181                                                   183

DLWG 20 Jan to 8 Mar (kg)                       0.89                                                   0.92

Wt at 3 April (kg) 197 192

DLWG 8 Mar to 3 April (kg)                        0.62                                                   0.36

Wt at 18 May (kg) 237 225

DLWG 3 Apr to 18 May (kg)                       0.90                                                   0.74

Wt at 5 June (kg) 264 251

DLWG 18 May to 5 June (kg)                     1.47                                                   1.41

Wt at 13 July (kg)                                        299                                                    284
DLWG 5 June to 13 July (kg)                     0.92                                                   0.88
Overall DLWG 20 Jan to 13 July (kg)         0.92                                                   0.83
DLWG 3 April to 13 July (kg)                      1.06                                                   0.91

Figures above of the calves paddock grazing in April and June 2017.

Over winter on fodder beet:
Cattle will be transitioned gradually onto fodder beet (variety Geronimo) in October 2017 to minimise digestive disorders. Cattle will strip graze the fodder beet to the end of February 2018 and have access to good quality big bale silage. Target DLWG will be 0.7kg with end of winter weight of 480kg. Cattle will be treated with Bravoxin prior to the move onto fodder beet, vaccinated for IBR and given a trace element bolus including Iodine.

The area of land required for fodder beet was calculated as follows:

• A yield of 20,000kg of dry matter (DM) per ha of fodder beet is assumed.
• Cattle intakes are assumed to be 10kg of DM a day with 400kg cattle.

• 2kg DM supplied by silage and 8kg DM from fodder beet
• 70 cattle x 8kg DM fodder beet = 560kg DM/day
• 560kg DM/day x 120 days = 67,200kg DM fodder beet
• 67,200kg DM fodder beet / 20,000kg DM/ha = 3.36ha.

4 hectares of fodder beet has been sown to allow for a surplus. Some will be lifted at the end of the grazing season and fed in the field to help transition the cattle onto the crop.

2nd summer grazing period:
Cattle will be turned onto rotationally grazed grass in February 2018 with the aim of finishing them off grass by June/July 2018 at a target live weight of 625kg with a carcase weight of 320-340kg. Animals will be selected for slaughter at an estimated fat class of 3-4L and sold deadweight to Dunbia.

Full costings will be included in the project to allow the system to be compared to Stocktake and be fully scrutinized. Key measurements throughout the trial will include:

• Monthly measurements of animal weights and DLWGs
• Weekly grass covers
• Fodderbeet analysis to include DM, ME, CP, Digestibility and sugars
• Dry matter yields of the fodderbeet and grass
• Stocking rates
• Carcase weights and grades (cattle slaughtered at Dunbia)
• Meat tenderness, colour, pH (carried out by Dunbia)
• Animal health treatments
• Soil assessment pre and post fodderbeet
• Kg’s of liveweight produced per hectare
• Profitability per beast and hectare

The impact of overwintering on fodderbeet on soil structure will be assessed, pre and post the forage period. Any negative impacts regarding soil/nutrient loss will be mitigated via appropriate site selection for the forage crops, away from watercourses, with the use of buffer strips, and on land with low gradients.

For the last 40 years we have been finishing Continental and Holstein bulls on an intensive cereal beef system at Harper Adams. This new system poses a totally new challenge and ‘mind set’ where we are looking to totally strip out most of the high costs of beef production and make a decent profit. It will be interesting to compare the performance of the 2 breed types and to see if we can get sufficient fat cover on the Holsteins without resorting to the feed bag.

The University also has a group of 50 Autumn born Simmental and Blue x Holstein-Friesians steers, which would normally be finished as bulls but have been castrated. They are being reared on a conventional 18 month system that probably mirrors a lot of semi intensive beef systems with relatively high levels of concentrates with cattle being set stocked at grass in the summer. They were turned out in late April and being grazed this summer at our farm at Telford. They will be housed in late October and then finished at 16-18 months old on a trial to compare finishing them on either ad lib cereals or 50:50 cereals: maize silage on a DM basis with both diets formulated to contain 15% CP in DM.

It will be interesting to compare these two systems and look at the variable and fixed costs. Our target is to make a net profit of £200-300/head from the outdoor extensively finished Herefords, with concentrate only offered to finish tail-ender Holsteins.

Simon Marsh, Principal Lecturer – Beef Cattle Specialist, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB
Chris Ruffley, Assistant Farm Manager, Harper Adams University
Marc Jones, Livestock Consultant, ADAS.

Dear Members of the UK Hereford Cattle Society,

We are happy to inform you that our website for the 15th European Hereford Conference in Hungary (15-20th September 2018) is now up and running. It provides all the necessary information for the forthcoming conference including a detailed program, visits, accommodation and costings. 

Please visit  www.herefordhungary2018.com

We hope you can join us to the conference!

(Istvan Martin can be seen right, picking up the baton from Hans Baumann at the 14th European Conference held in Switzerland

Dr. István Márton
General Manager

Hungarian Hereford, Angus, Galloway Association

H - 7400 Kaposvár,Dénesmajor 2.
Tel.: 36-82/316-610, 312-331
Fax: 36-82/510-046
E-mail: hereford@t-online.hu

The Canadian Junior Hereford Association (CJHA) President Samantha Rimke, Mar Herefords, met with UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator Emma Smith and Society staff to discuss and share ideas on the Hereford Youth movement in both countries.

Samantha is being hosted by Emma during her whistle stop tour of southern England, which includes a number of herd visits and culminates in attending the National Poll Show on Saturday 2nd September at Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.

Pictured right (from L to R) are David Prothero, Emma Smith, Samantha Rimke and James Sage.

The CJHA has a long and proven track record in developing Young Breeders having commenced over 35 years ago. Today the Association boasts over 500 young enthusiasts across the country. It’s governed by a 14 Member Council of delegates elected from their respective provincial Junior Associations (BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, and the Maritimes), seven adult advisors and an advisor from the Canadian Hereford Association.
Council Members form the CJHA Executive and Committees oversee the many educational and promotional projects, including their annual Bonanza show. The National Council meets twice per year, during the winter and at the time of the Bonanza Show. Involvement on the Council demands commitment, develops leadership skills and encourages cooperation between youngsters across the country.

In providing an insight in to how the CJHA operates, Samantha passed on invaluable information on how to organise National events, fund raising ideas and how the Canadian’s structure their Junior Association.

Dr Sophie Churchill OBE visited Hereford House accompanied by AHDB Potato Board Member Bill Quan. Sophie has been appointed Chair of the Potato Board but also has an oversight of the strategic direction for the whole organisation, as her appointment in April 2017, includes a place on the main Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Pictured right with Dr Sophie Churchill are The Hereford Cattle Society's CEO James Sage and Breed Secretary David Prothero.

On speaking with staff at Hereford House, she stated, “The next few years will see some big challenges and opportunities for British agriculture and I am looking forward to playing a part in helping to lead AHDB’s strategy during this exciting period.”

Sophie remarked, “That the Hereford breed was well placed to take advantage of future market opportunities in a post Brexit era, not least because of its strong brand image. Breeds such as the Hereford are a good environmental fit, a natural grazer, producing beef economically with minimal concentrate feeding.

She also added that any future ‘subsidies’ will most probably be linked to the environment with the health of the soil playing an ever more important role in production systems.

The Hereford Beef Website - www.herefordbeef.org.uk

By Carol Wilson, Food Writer

They’re the ONLY cattle society with a dedicated beef website, so it’s the leading website for news, information and events relating to top quality, completely natural Hereford grass fed beef. One of the oldest British Native Breeds of cattle, they’re easy to recognize by their white faces and red-brown coats. The cattle are acclaimed for their placid temperament, easy calving and their outstanding quality meat.

David Deakin from the Hereford Cattle Society says, “The re-launched website is a key marketing tool for Hereford Beef and enables us to reach each of our different core audiences with a fresh look at our exceptional beef.”

It’s both interesting and informative for the beef industry, farmers and consumers and features lots of details about the Hereford breed, along with topical and useful information for producers, industry and consumers, including up to date nutritional data, inspiring recipes for every budget, cooking techniques for different beef cuts, food facts, history of beef eating in England and more besides! Watch our video on how to cook the perfect steak from The Beefy Boys. Read the Hereford Beef Blog for frequent news updates on the Hereford Beef Brand, plus the newest and best places you can find Hereford Beef on the menu, as well as regular cooking tips. You can also follow Hereford Beef on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Almost ten million Herefords now exist in over one hundred and twenty countries, providing a valuable market for farmers and superb quality marbled beef (free from additives and growth hormones and with superlative flavour) for consumers. Studies conducted prove that when cattle are reared on a forage based diet they produce beef that is significantly more nutritious, with lower levels of saturated fat and more antioxidants than grain fed beef.

Tender succulent Hereford Beef, with its characteristic finely marbled fat is the front-runner when it comes to producing superior quality meat. Consumers clearly value the superb eating quality delivered by Hereford cattle, but there are other significant customer messages relating to the breed, such as heritage, provenance, environmental sustainability, stewardship of the land and animal welfare, which are becoming increasingly important to customers.

The top quality meat, ideal carcase size, lower production costs and strong performance from a natural diet come together to meet the needs and expectations of British consumers. The preferred choice of many of the world’s top chefs, Hereford Beef is a Premium Brand, widely available from wholesalers, good butchers and supermarkets and of course all Hereford Beef is traceable from farm to plate – a detail that is important to customers who increasingly want to know where their food comes from.

The market for Hereford Beef continues to grow through supermarkets and butchers and its use is increasing in the catering trade both in the UK and overseas. Hereford Beef is also a favourite in pubs and restaurants and through boxed beef schemes. The website includes a useful list of suppliers of Hereford Beef from major supermarkets to farm shops and restaurants.

The Supreme Championship went to 7 months old Studdolph 1 Dior 622 bred and exhibited by Miss EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokshire. "Dior 622" is out of Studdolph 1 Dior and by Glenvale 1 Fellow.

Taking the Reserve Supreme was another female Kilvrough 1 Keepsake, from relative new breeder Mrs E Radcliffe, she's out of Dendor 1 Keepsake 12th and Lanscombe 1 Orkney.

The Grand & Senior Male Champion was another animal from Mrs E Radcliffe, rising two year old Kilvrough 1 Nigel. He's out Dendor 1 Myrtle and again sired by Lanscombe 1 Orkney.

Herefordshire Judge Phillip Allman, Greenyards Herefords, made Glenvale 1 Allbutt his Junior and Reserve Grand Male. "Allbutt", bred and exhibited by TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokshire is out Glenvale Miss Milly 399 and by Dendor 1 Ledley. 

There was more joy for breed stalwards TG & EI Thorne and the Hereford Breed when they took the Best Native Inter-breed Pair with Glenvale 1 Polly 579 and Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 547. Twenty one month old "Polly 579" is out of Glenvale 1 Polly 388 and twenty eight month old "Miss Milly 547 is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399. Both promising females are by herd sire Bosa 1 Hereward.

The 10th Midland and East Anglia Hereford
Beef Tasting Competition

The Tenth Annual Competition to find the best tasting Hereford Beef is open to all Hereford Breeders from any of the Hereford Associations or Clubs.

2017 Judge is Mr Ben Ternent, Executive Chef, Opus Restaurant, 54, Cornwall St, Birmingham BE3 2 DE.

If you sell your beef locally this is a great opportunity to have the eating quality of your beef assessed against other producers and should you win, then you can use this success to promote your beef to your customers adding further value to an already fantastic product…….

How will the competition be run?
Each member who would like to take part will have to submit a sirloin steak from a pure-bred Hereford carcase. The steak MUST be frozen and the animal from which it was taken must have been killed within the last 12 months. The steak will be assessed by our nominated Judge, who will place the steaks 1st to 5th. Comments will be given for the top five steaks placed.

The following attributes, (in no particular order) will be assessed during the judging:

1. Quality of butchery
2. Fat coverage
3. Colour
4. Marbling
5. Flavour
6. Succulence
7. Tenderness
8. Water leaching during cooking
9. Overall eating experience.

There will be a £5.00 Entry Fee for each entry. Each Member can submit as many entries as they like, each entry submitted to be from a different animal. Ear Tag No’s will be required alongside each entry.
If you would like to enter please complete the attached entry form and send a cheque made payable to Midlands & East Anglia HB. to cover the entry fee(s).
Entries close on 4th September 2017.

There will be two Classes:
Class 1 for carcases hung for up to 28 days from culling date.
Class 2 for carcases hung for over 28 days from culling date.
The actual tasting will take place during the 2nd two weeks of September, so you have time to obtain a steak from any pure-bred Hereford that you may have had slaughtered to sell in boxes or even to a local butcher.

We will be contacting all breeders who enter with information of where and when they should send their steaks.
Don’t miss this opportunity, it could be the best competition, (financially), you have ever entered!

Yours Sincerely
Alan Pittam
A. Pittam
Hon Secretary

Beef Tasting Entry Form

I would like to enter the 10th Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Beef Tasting competition.

Entries close 4th September 2017.

Breeder Name ………………………………………………………………………..

Address: .....................................................................................



Tel No: .....................................................................................

No of Entries ………………………………

I enclose a cheque for £…… made payable to the Midlands & East Anglia HBA.
To pay by (BACS): Please use Midlands & East Anglia H.B.A. Account No. 10074500 Sort Code 20-48-08 Reference: BT2016/17.

Please send all entries to the Secretary.
A. Pittam
38, Ashby Road
NN11 7HE

Entries have flooded in for the National Poll Show held annually in conjunction with Moreton-in-Marsh Show, Gloucestershire on Saturday 2nd September. Set in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, this popular one day agricultural show offers onlookers a feast of Hereford cattle. Judging will commence at 8.30am under the watchful eye of Matthew Goulding, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Most of the UK’s top Poll Hereford breeders will be participating in a spectacular show of Hereford cattle. In total, there are 180 entries (including 30 cattle in Groups and Pair Classes) – to date the largest Hereford entry staged during 2017!

There will also be a Young Hereford Breeders Competition comprising of two age groups 15 & under and 16 to 21 running throughout the cattle classes. A separate Young Handler Competition with three age categories will be judged by Ryan Coates, Leicestershire and will take place on the Friday evening.

Many prize-winning cattle will be on display including Champions from the following shows; Royal Highland, Shropshire County, Burwarton, Great Yorkshire and the Royal Three Counties to name but a few.

There will be a large array of breed information and merchandise freely available on the Hereford Cattle Society stand, located next to the show ring. Society staff will also be in attendance to answer any questions or provide specific information on why the Hereford Breed has seen such a surge in popularity in both pedigree and commercial registrations.

The 2015 Hereford Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, a four year old cow, from Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley, Stafford, was tapped out as Supreme Inter-breed Beef Champion by Judge Gail Ellis at Burwarton Show recently.

Out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th, it is by Solpoll 1 Gilbert and was bought privately as a calf three years ago from Caersws based breeders, DE, ED & AL Jones. It bred the record breed price holder Skyhigh 1 Miss Valentine, which sold at six months old for 8,500gns in December 2016.

It was shown with the January-born bull calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar, which is sired by current Hereford Bull of the Year Normanton 1 Laertes, last year’s Royal Welsh, Royal Highland and Burwarton Show Inter-breed Champion from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire.

Free Town Decree from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire took the Supreme Championship at the 33rd National Hereford Show at the Tenbury Wells. Judge Des Kelly, Mullin Herefords, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone chose his Junior & Grand Female Champion as his Overall Breed Champion, commenting, “she’s a sweet heifer, well balanced and very feminine, she would be an asset in any pedigree herd.” This dark, stylish 11 month old heifer is out of Free Town Decent and by the prolific herd sire Mara Humorous.

Pictured right are, from L to R, Breed President Robert Thomas, Judge Des Kelly, Tony Bradstock with Free Town Decree and Sponsor Paddy Kennedy from Massey Ferguson.

This was the crowning glory for another wonderful National Show for the famous Free Town herd, as they were also awarded the George Davies Trophy for the ‘Most Successful Herd of the Day’. This is no mean feat as the standard of preparation and showmanship increases year on year. All participants invest much time and money to attend this important show and should be congratulated on an excellent display of Herefords – a fine spectacle for the many onlookers which included a party of fifty Irish visitors to enjoy.

This popular one day show kicked off with the Breedplan Performance Class, administered by National Hereford Show Club (NHSC) Secretary Sarah Cowle. Guest Judge for this class was the well known South West cattle breeder Mike Cowell. The quality of the seven recorded bulls were to set the scene for the rest of the day. Taking first prize and the Westaway Cup was AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire with two year old Church Preen Nanook. This powerful young sire, who has a Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 10% of the Breed is out of Church Preen Prunella K043 and by Haven Koala. In second place and collecting the blue rosette was Haven Northstar from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. Better things were to come for this promising young bull later in the show, a bull who also had both Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Indexes in the Top 10% of the Breed.
After Judge Mike Cowell gave his reasons for his placings and departed, main Show Judge Des Kelly took over the reins with his first class of the day being the Best Group of Three Animals. In first place was P Snell & L Ferguson and with it they took the Tithebarn Perpetual Trophy, standing in Reserve were RA Bradstock & Partners.

Next up was the Best Pair of Calves (any sex combination) and it was AR Owen who again collected the silverware in the form of the Geoff Thomas Perpetual Challenge Trophy. RA Bradstock & Partners were once again Reserve.

The individual classes commenced with the females and taking the Senior Female Championship were W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham with Auckvale Lively 1058H (pictured right) and her calf Auckvale Lively 1631P at foot. This productive female, who went on to take the Reserve Grand Female Championship behind Free Town Decree, is out of Auckvale Lively Lucinda and by Auckvale Broadside. The Reserve Senior Female Champion was Rockland Tiara M1 from CA & PC Bidmead, making the long journey from Norwich, Norfolk worthwhile. Rising three year old “Tiara M1” is out of Clipston Tiara M15 and by Auckvale Grandee 943G.

In the Intermediate Female section it was Pulham Blossom 19th from loyal show supporters PRJ & LR Vincent, Diss, Norfolk who picked up the Haven Perpetual Trophy. She is out of Pulham Blossom 7th and by Haven Hotspur. Standing in Reserve it was another entry from Norfolk who came to the fore, Grianan Orange P774 from the Norman Farming Partnership, Hickling. “Orange P774” is all home breeding, out of Grianan Orange J530 and by Grianan Freddy.

To complete the female section and taking the Reserve Junior Female Championship behind the Supreme Champion was another top female sired by Mara Humorous, this time 11 month old Free Town Peace 29th, who is out Free Town Peace 15th.

Before moving on to the bull section, it is worth mentioning that NHSC Secretary Mrs Sarah Cowle, picked up two first prizes in the heifer classes. First in heifers born on or between 1st September and 31st December 2015 with HighHedges Blossom 11-15. This rising two year old heifer is out of Mara Blossom 38th and by Border Burlington J35. Mrs Cowle also took the red ticket in the youngest heifer class of the day with 10 month old HighHedges Blossom 12A-16, she’s a full sister to her stablemate “Blossom 11-15”.

In the bull classes it was Intermediate Male Champion Haven Northstar (pictured left) who took the top award of Grand Male Championship - before going to be judged Reserve Supreme Champion. Following an exciting climax to the show, a ‘deal was done’ for “Northstar”, who is out of Haven Curly 124th and by Haven Kingpin, and he will now be joining CFP & SH McCreath, Longridge, Stafford. The day got even better for EL Lewis & Son when they were awarded the Reserve Grand & Reserve Intermediate Male Championships with stablemate Haven Nugget. Seventeen month old “Nugget”, (pictured below right) who is enjoying an excellent show season, is out of Haven Curly 109th and is another fine son of Haven Kingpin.

Not satisfied with the top two male awards Haven Herefords also took the Senior Male Championship with three year old Haven Lamborghini. He is out of Haven Splendour 25th and by former National Show Champion Haven Cavalier. The Reserve Senior Male title went to DJ Makin, Wellington, Herefordshire with Adzor Lyric. He’s out of Badlingham Blossom 159th and by Elms School Yogi Bear. This was a fitting reward for David Makin & family who pulled out all the stops in entering a team of nine cattle and running RA Bradstock & Partners close in the Most Successful Herd of the Day.

The Junior Male Championship went to PRJ & LR Vincent with 11 month old Pulham Powerhouse, who is out of former Horned Female of the Year Clipston Tiara R16 and by Yarram Unique F181. Free Town Phantom from RA Bradstock & Partners was judged Reserve Junior Champion, he’s out of Free Town Gracious and by Bowmont Storm A584.

The day concluded with a very competitive Young Members Class sponsored by UK Hereford Youth and judged by Henry Richmond, Corraback Herefords, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Taking first place in the Senior Young Handlers class was Flora Amery, who has a great track record in Young Handler Competitions. In the Junior section it was Harriet Froud who received the first prize rosette. Henry then awarded the Overall Champion Young Handler prize to Harriet and with it she won the Thornhill Plate presented by Emma Smith, UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator and the Dendor Show Stick presented by Logan Sykes, Mawarra Herefords on behalf of DE, ED & AL Jones in memory of the late Denis and Doris Jones.

The NHSC would like to thank all the many sponsors for their continued invaluable support in making this National Show such a success.

Pictured left are Logan Sykes, Harriet Froud, Emma Smith and Judge Henry Richmond.

Coley 1 Pippa 356 exhibited by North of England Hereford Breeders (NEHBA) T & D Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Stocksfield, Northumberland, followed up on her successes at the recent Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire Shows by taking the Supreme Championship at the Scottish National Show held at Biggar, South Lanarkshire. Judged by Mr Matthew Gray, Buckenhill Herefords, “Pippa 356” went from strength to strength, firstly taking the Senior and then the Grand Female Championships before being awarded the Overall Supreme Championship. Coley 1 Pippa 356, who has won a string of successes during the 2017 show season is out of former Female of the Year Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and sired by sired by Days Calibre G74.

Taking the Reserve Supreme award was the two year old bull Barwise 1 Marshall bred by another NEHBA breeder, Mrs Carolyn Fletcher of Barwise Herefords, Appleby-in-Westmorland. “Marshall”, sired by former UK Sire of the Year Barwise 1 Wellington, was ably shown by UK Hereford Youth and Scottish Young Member Drew Ritchie. He had previously been awarded the Senior Male and Grand Male Championships.

In the Female Section, W, P & K Wason, Saltire Herefords, Fife, took the Reserve Senior and Reserve Female Championships with their four year old cow Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th shown with her bull calf at foot. “Fly 18th” is out of Baldinnie 1 Fly 5th and by Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine.

In the Junior Section another breeder who had travelled up from the North of England Mr & Mrs H Elliott, Cornriggs Herefords, Weardale, Durham were awarded the Junior Female title with their home-bred heifer Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th sired by Cornriggs 1 Super Guy and out of Romany 1 Julia A84 E38. The Reserve Junior Female was the Days Calibre G74 sired heifer Barwise 1 Aussie Rose N884 from Mrs Carolyn Fletcher.

The Reserve Male Champion was nine month old Saltire 1 Predator bred and exhibited by W, P & K Wason. “Predator” who sired by Baldinnie 1 Orient and out of the Reserve Female Champion Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th, had earlier taken the Junior Male Championship. The Reserve Senior award went to JA Cameron & Son, Baldinnie Herefords, Balbuthie, Fife with the Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine sired bull Baldinnie 1 Denver with his stablemate 16 month old Baldinnie 1 Rubin taking the Reserve Junior Male rosette.

In the pair’s class, first prize went to JA Cameron & Son. The Group of Three was won by Mrs CS Fletcher and the Group of Three by Same Sire was won by Harveybros Herefords, Balfron, Glasgow.

The Young Handlers Classes were again kindly sponsored by Mr David Gillon. The Junior Handler was won by Miss Katie Wason of Saltire Herefords with James Anderson, Moralee Herefords in second place.
In the Senior Young Handlers section it Miss Beth Harvey, Harveybros Herefords who came out on top, with Drew Ritchie in second and Miss Mhairi Hall in third position.

Returning for its tenth year, the 2017 East of England Winter Stock Festival will take place on a new date of Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December.

Held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, the festival showcases the very best of commercial and pedigree livestock, along with the latest trends and technologies in agriculture.
“The 2017 Winter Stock Festival will build upon its previous success to deliver a modern event, that caters for everyone with an interest in livestock production,” says William Haire, Festival Show Director (pictured).

“Along with a 120 cattle classes and 38 sheep classes, we are delighted to announce the new addition of 25 classes for pigs, and can confirm an excellent line-up of judges.”
Colin Phillips, highly respected stockman and renowned judge, will lead the commercial cattle judging. Mr Phillips, who farms in Herefordshire, has achieved great success in the showring and has judged at many of the country’s leading agricultural shows.

As part of the Winter Stock Festival’s commitment to helping the industry respond to challenges through collaboration and innovation, the 2017 event will also feature an expanding area dedicated to knowledge exchange. Welcoming some of the industry’s top experts, this area will include seminars and demonstrations, as well as trade exhibits.

Also firmly established in the festival’s programme is the highly coveted College Challenge and Young Stockperson of the Year competitions. Both competitions have become hugely popular since they were first introduced in 2011, with a record 30 teams competing in last year’s College Challenge.

“Preparations are well underway for this year’s festival and with multiple new attractions, 2017 promises to deliver the best event yet,” says Mr Haire.
“We look forward to bringing together the industry to celebrate the best of British livestock, as well as to share knowledge and innovations, which is particularly important in a post Brexit era,” he concludes.

Further event details, including trade stand applications, are available online at www.winterstockfestival.co.uk

This year’s National Hereford Show was held at the Randox Antrim show and was judged by the current Breed President Robert Thomas from the Risbury Hereford Herd based near Leominster, Herefordshire. With one of the best turnouts in recent years of close to 70 cattle he had the difficult job of selecting his prize winners on the day.

The Supreme Championship went to Courtney Halliday's yearling heifer, Corraback Joan 15th (pictured right). Bred by Mervyn Richmond, who is well known for his prize winning stock, this heifer was the stand out animal on the day. Before taking the Overall Championship she first won the largest class of show a line-up of 12 strong yearling heifers. Fifteen month old “Joan 15th” is out of Carraback Joan 5th and by highly thought of and successful herd sire Mara Flook. 

Reserve Supreme went to a home bred bull of Alwyn Armour, Senior Male Champion Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (pictured left). This striking three year old bull packs plenty of class and is relatively new to the circuit but already has a great showing career ahead of him. He is out of Solpoll 1 Starlet J19 and by former UK Hereford Sire of the Year Panmure 1 Henry. 

Mark Moore took home the Reserve Female Championship with his heifer Annaghbeg Pansy, with the Reserve Male Championship going to Ciaran Kerr's Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite. 

Other wins on a marvellous day for the Breed, included the Cow Class which was won by John Gill's Lusky 1 Honour, a cow that has been winning throughout 2017. The Senior Heifer Class was won by David Smith's Mara Blossom 50th with the Intermediate going to Richmount 1 Nirvana owned and bred by James Graham. The last of the two heifer classes were won by Mark Moore with Annaghbeg Delilah and the Leader Families Hockleypoll 1 Evie. 

In the bull section David Smith picked up another win with Free Town Mentor (pictured right) whom he purchased from RA Bradstock & Partners at the Spring Show & Sale held in Hereford, in the 2015 category class. Ivan Haire's Dorepoll 1 579 Nashville picked up the red ribbon in the Yearling Bull Class. Ciaran Kerr's Kinnego 1 Pharoah, who is no stranger to winning, won the September 2016 Born Class and finally the Bull Calf Class went to G & W Burleigh's smart calf Benaughlin Larry. 

Full class results below.


Champion Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Corraback Joan 15th

Reserve Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (D) 

Champion Female Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Coraback Joan 15th

Reserve Female Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Pansy 

Champion Male Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (D)

Reserve Male Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite

Class 46 Cow or Heifer Born on or before 31st December 2014, in calf or with own calf at foot. 1st AJ Farms, Newtownards, Lusky 1 Honour P, 2nd Ian McFadden, Magherafelt, Cabra 1 Fashion, 3rd JE, RI & W Haire, Crumlin, Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim.

Class 47 Heifer Born on or after 1st January 2015 and on or before 30th June 2015, in calf or with own calf at foot. 1st David Smyth, Ballynahinch, Mara Blossom 50th, 2nd John & William McMordie, Newtownards, Solpoll 1 Starlet M19, 3rd Marcus Murdock, Newry, Lisnaree 1 Millie.

Class 48 Heifer Born between 1st July 2015 and 31st December 2015. 1st James Graham, Portadown, Richmount 1 Nirvana, 2nd Trevor & Sheevaun Andrews, Larne, Mountview 1 Estelle, 3rd David Smyth, Ballynahinch, Clipston Diadem T25

Class 49 Heifer Born between 1st January 2016 and 31st August 2016. 1st Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Corraback Joan 15th, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Pansy, 3rd John & William McMordie, Newtownards, Rempstone 1 Fashion E430

Class 50 Heifer Calf Born between 1st September 2016 and 31st December 2016., 1st Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Delilah, 2nd Leader Family, Crumlin, Hockleypoll1 Ariana, 3rd Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Ravette N405 (P)

Class 51 Heifer Calf Born after 1st January 2017. 1st Leader Family, Crumlin, Hockleypoll 1 Evie, 2nd Marcus Murdock, Newry, Lisnaree 1 Opal

Class 52 Bull Born before 1st April 2015. 1st Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (D), 2nd Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite, 3rd Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Fisher 1 Jubilee.

Class 53 Bull Born on or after 1st April 2015 and on or before 31st December 2015. 1st David Smyth, Ballynahinch, Free Town Mentor, 2nd JE, RI & W Haire, Crumlin, Panmure 1 Monster.

Class 54 Bull Born on or after 1st January 2016 and on or before 31st August 2016. 1st JE, RI & W Haire, Crumlin, Dorepoll 1 579 1 Nashville, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Domino, 3rd RM Richmond, Enniskillen, Corraback Kadar

Class 55 Bull Calf Born between 1st September 2016 and 31st December 2016. 1st Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Kinnego 1 Pharaoh, 2nd James Graham, Portadown, Richmount 1 Peppermint, 3rd William Burleigh, Enniskillen, Benaughlin Norman

Class 56 Bull Calf Born after 1st January 2017. 1st William Burleigh, Enniskillen, Benaughlin Larry, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Endeavour, 3rd J&G Small, Randalstown, Drumshamble 1 Big Show.

Class 57 BestProgeny Pair by same Sire or Dam, entered in above Classes. 1st RM Richmond, Enniskillen, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, 3rd James Graham, Portadown

Class 58 Group of Hereford animals, the property of one exhibitor and entered in classes for which they are eligible. 1st Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, 2nd Trevor & Sheevaun Andrews, Larne, 3rd David Smyth, Ballynahinch


1st Marcus Murdock, 2nd Bradley Graham, 3rd John Andrews

DE, ED & AL Jones, Dendor Herefords, Caersws, Powys took the Supreme Championship with their Grand Male Champion Bakgard 1 Keno 1178. Danish bred “Keno 1178” is out of Bakgard 1 Alien and by Moeskaer Keno 1222. Judge Mervyn Richmond, Corraback Herefords, said of his Champion, “he’s an animal with good width and length and a real beefy bull.”

Standing Reserve in the Grand Male Championship was 16 month old Haven Nugget bred by EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. “Nugget” who is enjoying a fine show season, is out of Haven Curly 109th and by Haven Kingpin. Earlier in the day Haven Nugget was presented with the Dendor Trophy for the Best Bull under 2 years of Age by Marlene Robbie, Otapawa Poll Herefords, New Zealand. “Nugget” boasts a great set of EBV’s across the board; easy calving, good growth and carcase traits in the top 1% of the Breed. Later at the show Haven Nugget was judged Agri Lloyd Reserve Junior Native Elite Performance Recorded Inter-breed Champion.

The Reserve Junior Bull Championship went to MF Gray, Bromyard, Herefordshire with home bred 17 month old Buckenhill 1 Notorious. He is out of Buckenhill 1 Anxiety 2nd and by Frenchstone P. 1 Aston.
Taking the first prize rosette in the biggest class of the day was breed stalwarts and loyal Royal Welsh Show supporters TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, with Glenvale 1 Allbutt. This well presented 14 month old bull is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399 and by Dendor 1 Ledley.

Mervyn Richmond chose the stylish heifer, 18 month old Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real as his Grand Female Champion much to the delight of owner Robert Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Although, Robert to was quick to praise the showmanship skills of his stockman Twm Jones. Later in the day things were to get even better for Mr Allcock when “Get Real” went on to take the Reserve Supreme Championship!

The Reserve Female Champion was Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess from B Birch and G Brindley from Weston, Stafford. This is the latest success for 21 month old Dainty Duchess, who is out of Shraden 1 Duchess L581 and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23.

On the final day of the show Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess teamed up with Normanton 1 Grifola 10th to take the Reserve Native Inter-breed Females of the Future Championship which was judged by well known livestock exporter Andrew Ewing, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway.

There was more success for Birch and Brindley this time in the cow class when the much vaunted and former Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th took the red ticket in the first female class.
TG & EI Thorne collected another red ticket this time in the senior heifer class with 28 month old Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 547. Sired by Bosa 1 Hereward, as with her stablemate Glenvale 1 Allbutt, she is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399.

In the young female class of the day, it was TJ & BM Goodwin, Almeley, Herefordshire who came out on top with 15 month old Rough Moor 1 Rosea 171. This attractive female is out of Rough Moor 1 Rosea and by Eldersfield 1 Cohen G630.

Finally, well done to 18 year old Tom Pritchard, Berthllwyd Herefords, Aberdare, who came first in the 17 – 21 years of age category in the Inter-breed Young Handlers Competition, sponsored by Marks & Spencer.

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The year just keeps getting better for B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Staffordshire, as they moved on to the Great Yorkshire taking more championships with rising four year old female Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th along with her calf Sky High 1 Escobar at foot – this time the Supreme and Grand Female Championships under the discerning eye of Judge Gerald Blandford, Bosa Herefords.

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, purchased by Boomer Birch as a young heifer from leading Welsh Herefords breeders DE, ED & AL Jones, is no stranger to success at the Great Yorkshire Show having taken the Supreme Championship in 2015. “Jennefer 15th, a former Female of the Year, is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by twice Hereford Bull of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

The Judge deliberated long and hard over his Female Champion before tapping out Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and placing the current Royal Highland Show Supreme Champion Coley 1 Pippa 356 from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland his Reserve. Two year old “Pippa 356” followed “Jennefer 15th” all the way by taking the Reserve Supreme Championship. She is out of Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and by Australian sire Days Calibre. These top females are not just about style and appearance they have substance too, with both having a fine set of Breedplan Performance Recorded figures.

Females were the order of a very wet day, when Gerald placed Moralee 1 Kate 2nd from T & D Harrison as his Overall Junior Champion, pipping Auckvale Nobleman from W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, into Reserve. Sixteen month old Moralee 1 Kate 2nd is out home-bred female Moralee 1 Kate and by Romany 1 Frisky.

Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th from H J Elliott took the red rosette in the youngest female class, born in 2016, on or after 1st April. Fifteen month old “Julia 4th” is out of Romany 1 Julia A84 E38 and by Cornriggs 1 Super Guy.

In the male classes it was Auckvale Nobleman who took the Grand Male Championship. Twenty month old “Nobleman” is out of Auckvale Curly 1243K and by Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1127H. Co-incidentally watching ring side was young Logan Sykes of Mawarra Herefords, Victoria, Australia, whose family bred Mawarra Vice Admiral the maternal grand sire of Auckvale Nobleman 1534N.
Standing Reserve in the Grand Male Championship was fifteen month old Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad from Messrs A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire. He is out of Dendor 1 Anna Mary 18th and by former Great Yorkshire Supreme Champion Hollyvale 1 Knight.

To complete the male section in the first class it was another Auckvale animal that took the first prize card, this time Auckvale Marshall 1475 owned and exhibited by local breeder J Morrison, Helmsley, York. “Marshall 1475” is out Auckvale Beauty 774E and by Auckvale Gladiator 916G.

To complete a busy day of judging, Mr Blandford placed new breeders A Crooks & A Machen, Sheffield, South Yorkshire first in both the Group of Three and Best Pair of Animals by the same Sire. Second place in the Group of Three was A & P Massey, with J Morrison reserve in the Best Pair of Animals.

Sponsored by DuPont Agriculture, the Guild's 2017 Arable Photography Award was presented at the Cereals 2017 event at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire.

Taking the award was the Hereford Cattle Society's Official photographer John Eveson - for his picture (right) titled 'Testing a Kverneland plough', published in Farmers Guardian in December 2016.

Judges said: "This shot has great composition – the combination of colours and the balance of elements makes for a striking and attention-grabbing image, which transforms an otherwise everyday activity and sight into something with a great deal more appeal.

"John's technical skill makes the most of the difficult lighting and achieves correct exposure across the shot, as well as securing the detail-filling depth-of-field within the image.
"It has a good balance of perspective, from the low angle shot, colourful with good contrast values and the operator is also looking to camera - or furrow."

If members require John's services on farm or at a show they can contact him on: 07973 482705 or on email: j.r.eveson@btinternet.com  Website: www.johneveson.com

With anticipation building ahead of this year's National Young Stars Event, taking place at The three Counties Showground, Malvern on the 22nd and 23rd August, we're just one week out for a closing date for entries for all team competitions (Beef, Dairy, Sheep and Pigs), as well as the individual Auctioneer and Butcher competitions.

The event is yet again sponsored by Allflex, who we're incredibly indebted to for all their help and support, as well as our other sponsors such as Newark Livestock Market, McCartneys, NSA Next Generation, Royal Smithfield Club, IAE, Stillmans and TW Ludgate and Sons.

Could I ask you to post a message on your Society website home pages and/or social media pages as a reminder to anyone thinking of competing at this year's show. Entires close on the 10th July.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the site here http://nationalyoungstars.com

The 2017 Royal Norfolk Show will be one to remember for MJ Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords, Thame, with both Breed and Inter-Breed Success.

Inter Breed judge Mr Richard Rettie, Clackmannanshire, awarded Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 the Native Junior Beef Bull Championship and Reserve in the Native Male Beef Championship, continuing Even Money’s Inter-Breed success at Hertfordshire Show earlier in the season. However the Inter-Breed triumph did not stop there, Even Money was awarded Reserve in the Interbreed Junior Bull Championship and then teamed up with his full sister Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 (picture right) to take Reserve for the Best Pair of Breed Champions. What a day!

The Hereford classes took place on a very wet first day and were judged by a past Breed President John Kemp, Auckvale Herefords. The damp conditions did not put off the 19 exhibitors who showed 42 Herefords which judge John Kemp said “were a pleasure to judge and of a high standard”.

The Female Championship was won by Rempstone 1 Fashion E438, an ET heifer sired by Aldersley 1 Edgar and out of donor Kinglee 1 Fashion 304. “Fashion” is owned by MJ Ludgate and was expertly shown by James Ludgate. In Reserve was Pulham Princess Pansy 4th, sired by Haven Hotspur and out of Border Pansy G39. “Princess” is owned by 11 year old Beth Vincent, but was shown by Laura Vincent, so that Beth could attend the Show the following day to take part in Young Handlers, where she was awarded second prize in her class.

The Intermediate Heifer Class was won by Shadwell 1 Blossom N900, owned by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd and shown by Maddie Clarke. The Cow class was won by Rockland Tiara M1, owned by C & P Bidmead.

The Male Championship was awarded to MJ Ludgate’s Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 (pictured left), who was later made Breed Champion, with his stable mate, Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 in Reserve. He was described by the judge as “a well balanced, complete bull with tremendous muscle and excellent on his limbs”. The Reserve Male Champion was Philip English’s Senior Bull Churchlands Estate Plum 7941, sired by Remitall Super Duty 425 and out of Churchlands Estate 1 Plum 79.

The Intermediate Bull Class was won by Rockland Nefyn, owned by C & P Bidmead, and shown by Evie Edwards. The Bidmead’s finished their successful day by winning the Best Pair under 2 years, the Best Group of Three by the same sire, the Best Group of Three bred by the exhibitor and the Norfolk Special.

The Hereford Breed were well represented in the Young Handlers classes with 6 Herefords taking part. Congratulation to Naomi Lewis who was placed 1st in a strong class.

The Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders Association had a trade stand for the first time which was very popular with potential customers, Hereford breeders, their friends and members of the public.

Judge Alistair Smith made the stylish and much admired Coley 1 Pippa 356, exhibited by T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, his Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion at the Royal Highland Show.

Tom & Di Harrison purchased Coley 1 Pippa 356 (right) from Miss H Whittaker due to her appearance, performance figures and breeding. Tom commented, “We really liked the look of Pippa’s dam, 2013 Hereford Female of Year, Frenchstone P. 1 Boo, so we were determined to purchase one of her off-spring.” Two year old Coley 1 Pippa 356 is by the much vaulted Australian bred sire Days Calibre G74. The Harrison’s latest success, shows what can be achieved in a relatively short space of time, through hard work, studying bloodlines and a thirst for knowledge. Tom & Di Harrison became members of the Hereford Cattle Society in 2011 and the following year visited the Royal Highland Show to find out more about showing. When David Deakin asked Tom if he planned on showing at the Royal Highland? Tom remarked, “It will be a while before we are ready to exhibit at such a prestigious show.” Little did Tom know five years later he would walk away with the main prize!

Taking the Reserve Supreme, Reserve Grand & Senior Female Championships was another Coley female, four year old Coley 1 Clara 286 (left) from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. This powerful cow shown with her calf, Coley 1 Petrus at foot, is sired by Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe and out of Barbern 1 Claret 2nd.

To complete the female section, in the Junior Female Championship there was more success for T & D Harrison, this time with promising heifer Moralee 1 Kate 2nd. Fifteen month old “Kate 2nd” is out of Moralee 1 Kate and sired by Cogent AI sire Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57. Standing Reserve was nineteen month old Saltire 1 Cathy from W, P & K Wason, Lochgelly, Fife. This attractive well balanced female is out Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th and by Baldinnie 1 Viscount. She has a good set of performance figures, especially carcase EBV’s with both Retail Beef Yield and Rib Fat in the Top 1% for the Breed.

In the bull classes, one bull dominated proceedings, eighteen month old Panmure 1 Noah (right) from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath Angus, Tayside, who took the Grand, Junior and Overall Junior Championships. “Noah” a dark, beautifully presented bull is out of home-bred cow Panmure 1 Blessing G6 and by Hawkesbury 1 Volcano.

Standing Reserve to Panmure 1 Noah in the Grand Male Championship was Senior Male Champion, Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956 (below left), owned and exhibited by JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. Two & half year old “Hi Hidalgo K956” is out of Fardre 1 Heidi Hi and by Canadian sire Harvie Dan Hidalgo. The Reserve Senior Male Champion went to 26 month old Barwise 1 Marshall from Mrs CS Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. He’s another animal with good performance figures, which seems to be in keeping with most cattle exhibited at shows during 2017, “Marshall” is out of Barwise 1 Grace and by the well known top sire Barwise 1 Wellington.

To complete the male section, the Reserve Junior Championship went to W & R Kemp & Sons with Auckvale Nobleman. Twenty month old “Nobleman 1534N” also stood second to Panmure 1 Noah in the Overall Junior Championship. He’s all Auckvale breeding, out of Auckvale Curly 1243K and by Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1127H.

Breed stalwarts JA Cameron & Son Kilconquhar Leven, Fife, were presented with the first prize card in the class, Bull born on or after 1st March 2016 with Baldinnie 1 Rubin. Fifteen month old “Rubin” is out of Baldinnie 1 Ruth 18th and by Baldinnie 1 Orient.

JA Cameron & Son were also awarded the red ticket in the Best Pair of Animals (pictured right with Judge Alistair Smith) bred by an Exhibitor, with JM Cant & Partners in Reserve.

James who joins from organic certifiers, The Soil Association said “I’m very much looking forward to joining the Society and working with the team at Hereford House, the Council and the breeders who are the heart of the breed. This is an exciting era within UK and global agriculture and I believe there will be a prominent role for the Hereford to play in post Brexit UK agriculture. Capitalising on the breed’s many wonderful attributes to further develop sustainable profitable systems for farmers.”

James has worked within the agricultural and horticultural industries for nearly 20 years and will move from the Soil Association, where he was a Senior Inspector Manager. In this role James was responsible for a team of UK based office staff and remote workers, as well as contractors overseas and has seen him establish new partnerships with other Agri-food businesses. He also successfully identified new areas of business and marketed them to customers. Previously James worked for Defra where he was part of the Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate.

Hereford Society Chairman, Richard Mann, said “We are delighted to welcome James to the Society and his excellent background, coupled with his energy to work with the Council and breeders, will take the breed forward in the new and exciting times that are ahead of us.”

James was brought up on a mixed beef and sheep farm on the Mendip Hills. He also runs a small herd of pedigree pigs with which he has won a number of inter-breed titles and the “Pig of the Year” title in 2016. He now lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and family.


The Supreme, Grand & Senior Male Champion Lowesmoor 1 Maverick teamed up with Grand Female Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and her bull calf, Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar at foot to represent the Hereford breed in the Inter-breed Pairs competition, judged by Mr Colin Hutchings, Somerset.

This striking pair took both the Native and Overall Inter-breed Championships against some strong competition with both the Aberdeen Angus and Simmental Society’s holding their National Shows. It was the icing on the preverbal cake following a wonderful showing of Herefords the previous day where local Judge Gerald Blandford, Bosa Herefords, presided over a large turnout of quality cattle. Two year old Lowesmoor 1 Maverick (pictured right), bred and exhibited by MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society who also had a great show career, finishing runner-up in both the Bull and Poll Bull of the Year Competitions in 2012. “Maverick” has tremendous performance recorded figures with EBV’s in the Top 10% for the Breed in 400 & 600 Day Wts, 200 Day Milk and Eye Muscle Area. He also has a Retail Beef Yield and Self Replacing & Terminal Sire Indices in the Top 5% and Scrotal Size in the Top 1%. 

His winning Inter-breed partner was Reserve Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th (pictured left) owned and exhibited by B Birch & G Brindley, Sky High Herefords, Weston, Stafford. Another animal with a good set of EBV’s, she is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by the well-known twice Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. She was shown with her calf, Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar, at foot. This powerfully built calf has a pedigree to be proud of and is out of former Female of the Year and by the show stopping current Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes.

Standing Reserve to Lowesmoor 1 Maverick in the Grand & Senior Male Championships was the much admired Fisher 1 Midas M415 (pictured below right) from WJ Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, West Sussex. Out of Fisher 1 Cheerful H316 and by Fisher 1 Jaguar J347, this easy calving bull pushed “Maverick” all the way.

In the Junior Male section it was Shadwell 1 Bossy N877 from Shadwell Estate Co Ltd, Thetford, Norfolk, fresh from his Inter-breed successes at Hadleigh and South Suffolk Shows that took the honours. The dark coloured stylish bull is out of Badlingham Blossom 138th and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23. In Reserve was Free Town Nucleus from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire. Eighteen month old “Nucleus” is out of Free Town Pleasant and by successful herd sire Mara Humorous.

During the judging BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson called by the Hereford ring to catch-up with current developments within the breed. He was particularly interested to learn about the AHDB research project, involving Hereford X Holstein calves, being undertaken at Harper Adams University.

In the female section and standing reserve to “Jennefer 15th” in the Senior category was Coley 1 Nova 351 bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. She was expertly shown by professional showman Andrew Hughes, completing a busy day, as he also showed the Supreme Champion for MJ Clark. Twenty seven month old “Nova 351” is out of Coley 1 Nova 164 and by 2012 Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe.

Another female standing reserve to Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, this time in the Grand Female Championship was Junior Female Champion, Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real (pictured left), owned by Mr R Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Eighteen month old “Get Real” is out of Frenchstone P.1 Calla and by Danish bred bull Moeskaer Magnum 1404. The Reserve Junior Female Championship went to Mr MJ Ludgate with Rempstone 1 Fashion E438. Fourteen month old “Fashion E438”, out of Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and by Aldersley 1 Edgar, was shown by Michael’s son James who earlier in the day had been interviewed by David Gregory-Kumar for BBC’s Midlands Today.

Judging of the Best Pair of Exhibitor owned Animals by the Same Sire was interrupted by the arrival of the new Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mr Michael Gove (pictured below). What better place to make your first public appearance since taking office than in the Hereford ring – at least he’s off to a good start! However, Mr Gove was very much the side show as following his arrival in the show ring a presentation was made to long serving Hereford Breed Secretary, Mr David Prothero. David was presented with a crystal decanter by Show President Mr Robert Bernays OBE DL, flanked by Judge Gerald Blandford, Breed Chairman Richard Mann and Breed President Robert Thomas. The award was made in recognition of David’s longevity not only with the Hereford Society but following his attendance at every Royal Three Counties Show over the past 47 years.

Following the pleasantries Mr Blandford presented M & M Roberts with first place in the Best Pairs, with EL Lewis & Son in Reserve. Not to be out done, EL Lewis & Son went on to take the Hopton Perpetual Trophy for the Best Group of Three with Mrs I Jennings in second place.

All the Classes and Championships were sponsored by Brightwells Ltd, Auctioneers of the Society Sales held in Hereford for well over 120 years.

Long serving Hereford Breed Secretary, Mr David Prothero was presented with a crystal decanter by Royal Three Counties Show President Mr Robert Bernays OBE DL, flanked by Judge Gerald Blandford, Breed President Robert Thomas and Breed Chairman Richard Mann.

The award was made in recognition of David’s longevity not only with the Hereford Cattle Society but following his attendance at every Royal Three Counties Show over the past 47 years!

Northern Ireland's Bradley Graham, Richmount Herefords really pulled it out of the bag this time at Armagh County Show!

First he won the Junior Inter-breed Beef Young Handler competition in a strong class of 18 competitors.

Later he went on to take the Overall Inter-breed Beef Young Handler Championship ~ Way to go Bradley!

Bradley has won a number of Young Handler competitions in Northern Ireland in recent years.

In 2016 he attended the inaugural UK Hereford Youth (UKHY)training day held at the home of Normanton Herefords and under the guidence of UKHY Organiser Emma Smith. For future UKHY events please telephone Emma on 07772 495913.

Harper Adams University student Joshusa Dowbiggin, 21, has reached the final three in the Farmers Weekly Agricultural Student of the Year competition.

Josh is better known to Hereford breeders as one of three young members whom the Society sponsored to attend the 2016 World Hereford Conference held in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Josh, from Salterforth, Lancashire, will now face the scrutiny of independent judge Ian Pigott, last year’s student winner Claire Simonetta and Emma Northam, from Farmers Weekly.

He is a third-year student and was nominated for the award by his placement employer, Co-op Food, due to his performance during the sandwich year of his course, which he will complete this summer. Josh also runs Ghyll Beck Hereford Stud, marketing imported embryos and semen on line, which helps to fund his studies.

In 2016 Josh also organised & hosted the very successful “Designer Genes Select Hereford Female Sale”, which is set to become an annual fixture.

Josh said: "It's a huge honour to get through to the final three for the FW Agricultural Student of the Year award and to be able to represent Harper Adams in the final. My time at Harper has certainly allowed me to expand my knowledge and experience, helping me to achieve a place in the final. This makes all the hard work worthwhile!" 

Welcoming the news, agriculture courses manager Dr Russell Readman said: “We are extremely proud to have two Harper students in the final three for this national award. Helen Brown and Josh Dowbiggin are outstanding candidates for the award and a great example of the talent being nurtured here at Harper Adams.”

The Farmers Weekly Award winners will be revealed at a gala dinner in London in October.

M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire, flew the flag for the Hereford Breed at Hertfordshire County taking the Native and Reserve Overall Inter-breed Championships with Rempstone 1 Even Money E429.

Earlier in the day “Even Money 429” took the Hereford Supreme Championship. Following a similar trend across the early summer shows he’s another bull with a great set of Breedplan Performance Figures. Having EBV traits in the top 10% of the Breed for all growth weights 200, 400 & 600 day wts, Rib Fat, Retail Beef Yield and Terminal Sire and Self Replacing Indices. Sixteen month old Remptsone 1 Even Money 429 is out Kinglee 1 Fashion and by Aldersley 1 Edgar.

Standing Reserve to “Even Money 249” in the Grand Male Championship was Pepperstock 1 Naughty Boy, bed and exhibited by Speirs Farms Ltd, Luton, Bedfordshire. Also sixteen months old, “Naughty Boy”, is out of Hedges 1 Emerald and by Hawkesbury 1 Velcro.

The Reserve Supreme Championship went to Grand Female Champion Churchlands Estate 1 Violet 30 GR, P T English, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Four and half year old “Violet 30 GR, is out Greenyards 1 Violet 2nd and by home-bred bull Churchlands Estate 1 Granite. Completing a successful day for M Ludgate they also took the Reserve Grand Female Championship with two year old Rempstone 1 Fashion V344, out of Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and sired by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa.

Fresh from their success at Shropshire County Show the Sky High team moved on to their local show Staffordshire County where they acheived even more success.

This time positions were reversed with Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th with her bull calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar at foot taking the Breed and Grand Female Championships, whilst Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess took the Reserve Breed and Grand Female Championships.

To top it all off, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th owned and exhibited by B Birch & G Brindley took the Overall & Native Inter-breed Championships against some fierce competition.

Local breeders T & D Harrison once again took the Supreme Championship with Coley 1 Pippa 356 at Northumberland County Show. Commenting on their third success in a row, Tom Harrison said, in his usual understated way, “we’re chuffed to bits with another win against another large entry”. Tom & Di Harrison purchased Coley 1 Pippa 356 from Miss H Whittaker due to both her appearance and breeding. Tom stated “we really liked the look of “Pippa’s dam former Hereford Female of Year Frenchstone P. 1 Boo - when she took the show circuit by storm in 2013 and were determined to purchase one of her off-spring.” Rising two year old Coley 1 Pippa 356 is by the much admired Australian bred sire Days Calibre G74.

Standing Reserve to “Pippa 356” in the Supreme and Grand Female Championships was another Coley animal, four and half year old Coley 1 Clara 286 bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. Judged Reserve Breed Champion by Judge Bert Taylor, she’s out of Barbern 1 Claret 2nd and by former Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe.

Females were the order of the day with a good entry across all classes. Harry Elliott, Weardale, Durham, took first place in the youngest female class with thirteen month old Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th. Out of Romany 1 Julia A84 E38, she’s by home-bred bull Cornriggs 1 Super Guy. C Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria, took both first and second place in the class Heifers born between 1st September 2015 and 29th February 2016. First was Barwise 1 Aussie Rose N884, another sired by Days Calibre G74, she is out of Barwise 1 English Rose, followed by Barwise 1 Amazing Grace N886.

Later in the day there was more good news for Carolyn Fletcher and Barwise Herefords when they took the red prize card in the Best Pair of Animals with JRB Wilson and Sons in Reserve.

Standing second to Coley 1 Pippa 356 in the Heifer born between 1st January 2015 and 31st August 2015 was Classic 1 Champagne owned and exhibited by young Bethany Hutchinson, Billingham, Cleveland.

T & D Harrison were back to the fore when they took the Grand Male Championship with 14 month old Moralee 1 Nevis. “Nevis”, who has a Rib Fat measurement and Retail Beef Yield in the Top 1% of the Breed, is out of Baldinnie 1 Cathy 43rd and by Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider.

Standing Reserve to “Nevis” in the Grand Male Championship was Auckvale Marshall 1475M owned and exhibited by Jim Morrison, Helmsley, York. Two year old “Marshall 1475M”, who is out Auckvale Beauty 774E and by Auckvale Gladiator 916G, is another bull with a tremendous set of performance recorded figures.

Nineteen month old Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess owned and bred by B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Stafford, stole the show at Shropshire County Show taking the Breed and Grand Female Championships. This powerful and yet feminine young heifer caught the eye of stand in Judge Phillip Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire the moment she stepped into the ring. “Dainty Duchess” (pictured right) is sired by Cogent’s popular sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 and is out of the Shopshire born Shraden 1 Duchess L581. She also boasts an Eye Muscle Area and Intramuscular Fat in the top 1% for the Breed.

Earlier in the day, Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess pipped her stablemate, 2015 Hereford Female of the Year, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th (pictured below)  to the Grand Female Championship. “Jennefer 15th” with her exceptionally strong calf at foot, Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar, sired by 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year Normanton 1 Laertes, was judged Reserve Grand Female Champion. “Jennefer’s first calf Sky High 1 Miss Valentine sold in December 2016 for a record Hereford public auction price of 8,500 gns. Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by twice Hereford Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

Another Dendor female took a red rosette when Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd came first in the Heifer born on or between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2016. “Ruby 23rd”, bred by DE, ED & AL Jones, is owned and exhibited by newcombers to the Breed, L & L Bowen, Bowendu Herefords, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan. There was more success for L & L Bowen when they took first prize in the youngest female class of the day with Dendor 1 Holly 8th. Thirteen month old “Holly 8th” is out of Dendor 1 Holly 7th and by SMH Euro 30E. To complete the female section, in the Heifer born on or between 1st Jan 2016 and 31st March 2016, it was local R Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shopshire who came out on top.

In the male category is was another close affair with all four class winners impressing the Judge, as Mr Allman outlined during his commentary. In the oldest bull class it was Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 who came out on top. Owned and exhibited by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys, the two and half year old Danish bred bull “Keno 1178”, is out of Bakgard 1 Alien AI and by the well-known sire Moeskaer 1 Keno 1222. In the second bull class it was another local breeder AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire who was awarded the red prize card with Church Preen Nanook. Twenty month old “Nanook” who has an excellent set of EBV’s is out of Church Preen Prunella K043 and by former Kington Show Inter-breed Champion Haven Koala.

It was Haven Nugget from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire, who came first in the Bull born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2016, with the Judge commenting “Nugget” had a great top line - which felt firm to touch”. Haven Nugget, another bull with a good set of performance figures, is out of the Curly family bloodline, this time Haven Curly 109th and by proven sire Haven Kingpin exported to the Republic of Ireland a few years ago. In the youngest bull class it was promising young bull Bromley 1 Kallis, from M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire who took the honours. Thirteen month old “Kallis”, a really stylish bull with plenty of scale, is out of Dendor 1 Keepsake 9th and by Greenyards 1 Legend purchased for 4,500gns at the 2015 Hereford Spring Show & Sale.

After much deliberation the Judge tapped out Bromley 1 Kallis (pictured above right) as his Grand Male Champion, with Haven Nugget as his Reserve Champion (left).

“Kallis” then went on to take the Reserve Breed Championship behind Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess.

To complete a good day for the Herefordshire breeders, making the short trip up the A49 well worthwhile, M & M Roberts were awarded the Best Pair of Animals with A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire in Reserve. However, roles were reversed in the Best Group of Three where A & P Massey came first with M & M Roberts in second place.

There was more exposure for the Hereford Breed when BBC Radio 4's Emily Hughes vsisted Hereford Martket for the Hereford Spring Show & Sale.

Emily discussed with Brightwell's senior auctioneer Mike Evan's how the move from the old livestock market in Hereford city centre, with all its history and traditions, to a new modern day market on the outskirts of the city had been received.

Emily also spoke with Northern Ireland Show Judge David Smyth, Magheraknock Herefords, (pictured right with Emily) on what he looked for in a good Hereford bull.
She also spoke with the owner of Grand Male Champion Moralee 1 Novak, Tom Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Northumberland both after the judging and immediately post the hammer going down his sale.

To hear the Hereford feature click on the following link  Radio 4 Farming Today the Herefords start approximately 20 seconds in from the start of the programme.

The Overall Champion Hereford Moorside 1 No Limits topped the May Multi-breed Show & Sale at 3000gns.

Consigned by G & MC Shepherd, Moorside Herefords, Preston, Lancashire. Thirteen month old "No Limits" (pictured right) is sired by Moorside 1 Kingston and out of the Moorside herd’s matriarch female Romany 1 Jane A51 E66.

Following closely behind was the Reserve Overall Champion, 14 month old Moralee 1 Ned, shown by T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, who sold for 2900gns. "Ned" is out of Mallowburn 1 Ethel Carr and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker. 

National Show of Hereford Cattle - Tenbury Wells - Saturday 5th August 2017 

Supreme Champion to win over £500
£100 to winner of Breedplan Performance Recorded Bull Class
Full range of classes and championships
Forward money
First-time entrants incentives

Click here for Schedule and an Entry Form

Young Handler classes with cash prizes to all – kindly sponsored by Hereford Cattle Society
Young Handler Entry Form

Full details in attached schedule or online at National Show Club

Cattle Entries by 4th July 2017 please!


IVOMEC® Super, the combination wormer and flukicide for cattle, is celebrating 30 years on the market with the launch of a competition to find the UK and Ireland’s best success stories from livestock farming businesses. 

Manufactured by Merial Animal Health, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim, and launched in 1987, IVOMEC Super was the first combination endectocide to contain ivermectin and clorsulon. It provided cattle farmers with unique benefits, including effective control of a wide range of worm species, adult stages of the liver fluke parasite, and important external parasites at the low-volume dose rate of 1ml/50kg by subcutaneous injection. 

The parasiticide ivermectin revolutionised worm control when it was introduced as IVOMEC in 1981 and, when combined with clorsulon, IVOMEC Super became a game changer for British cattle farmers. This was particularly evident in the South West of England, where liver fluke was causing significant issues for beef production; an issue that has since spread eastwards, affecting cattle UK-wide. 

The injectable formulation of IVOMEC Super demonstrated several distinct advantages over combination products applied by drench, especially when many farms lacked crushes needed to control animals during dosing. Just a single, low-volume dose of IVOMEC Super was needed, even on larger animals, and the subcutaneous, single-site injection reduced potential medicine wastage from spills and ensured easy delivery of the measured dose. Furthermore, cattle did not require housing during or after treatment with IVOMEC Super. As an injectable, it could be administered in any weather, unlike alternative topical treatments. 

Since its launch farmers have shared their positive experiences with IVOMEC Super, reportedly seeing visible improvements in the condition of their animals shortly after treatment. Over 43 million doses have been sold across the UK and Ireland in just the past 17 years* and cattle farmers continue to trust IVOMEC Super to deliver great results. 

To mark the 30th anniversary of IVOMEC Super, Merial is showcasing a celebration of farming with a competition to identify the UK and Ireland’s best livestock farming success stories. 

Cattle farmers are invited to share stories about their life in farming over the past 30 years; the changes they have experienced, improvements instigated, invaluable lessons learned, and the role that IVOMEC Super has played. 

The competition was launched at Beef Expo on 18 May at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Entries close 14th July 2017. 

For more information, and to enter the competition visit: www.ivomecsuper30.vettimes.co.uk

Please click the following PDF - Some things never change!

* Merial sales data 2001 - 2016 

Use medicines responsibly. www.noah.co.uk/responsible

IVOMEC® Super Injection for cattle contains ivermectin and clorsulon. Ivomec® Super is indicated for the treatment and control of gastrointestinal roundworms, lungworms, liver fluke, eyeworms, warbles, mange mites and sucking lice in cattle. Legal category: POM-VPS. For information about side effects, precautions, warnings and contraindications please refer to the product packaging and package leaflet. Advice on the use of this or alternative medicines must be sought from the medicine prescriber. For further information refer to the datasheet, contact Merial Animal Health Ltd. CM19 5TG, UK or call the Merial customer Support centre on 0800 592 699. Ivomec® and the Steerhead® logo are registered trademarks of Merial Ltd. ©Merial Ltd 2017. 

Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim.

Semen from 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes, is available from Genus ABS as part of their prestigious Premier Collection.

Genus ABS were excited to hear that Normanton 1 Laertes had collected the maximum number of points from four of his five qualifying shows in the Hereford bull of the Year Competition, resulting in him being crowned the Number One Hereford Bull and Poll Bull of the Year in 2016.

"Laertes" won Male Champion, Breed Champion and Inter-breed Champion at Shropshire County Show, the Royal Highland, the Royal Welsh and Burwarton Show, along with taking the maximum number of points at the National Poll Show where he was judged Supreme Champion. Three year old Laertes, from TD & WT Livesey in Leicestershire, was also part of the Marks and Spencer native group of champions at the Royal Welsh Show. Laertes was bred from Romany 1 Distiller and the 2011 Female of the Year, Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21.

Jocelyn Orr, Beef Brand Manager, comments, “We are incredibly proud to be able to offer Laertes to Hereford breeders in the UK. His Estimated Breeding Values (EBV’s) are tremendous, he is in the top 1% for Gestation Length, the top 5% for Terminal and Self-replacing Index and Eye Muscle Area, as well as being in the top 10% for Milk. Laertes seems to have become the most talked about bull of any breed during the show circuit last year. He is a very eye-catching bull and we expect he will be in high demand.”

For further information please contact:
Emma Pepler, Genus ABS: Tel: 01270 616642

Crowds looked on as the 2017 Hereford Classes took place at this years RUAS Balmoral Show. With class numbers increasing by 8% on previous years the breed saw just shy of 70 entries which made it one of the best supported breed's at the superb venue.

"Great quality of cattle in good numbers, well presented and my type of animal, I always look for something that stands out and is that little bit special" commented Judge Andrew Hughes, a well-known stockman and breeder from West Yorkshire who had the task of placing the cattle on the day.

Ivan Haire and Family from Dundrod claimed both Champion Male and Female on the day with their recently purchased stock bull, Panmure 1 Monster (pictured right) taking the Supreme Championship.

"Monster" now just turned 2 years old caught Ivan's eye at a Show and Sale in Hereford back in October, bred by the Cant family from Scotland who are well known for producing prize winning stock, Ivan had to bring him back to Ulster to add to his already prolific Dorepoll herd. His home bred female Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 (left) who won the Intermediate Heifer Class went on to claim the Grand Female Championship. This heifer comes from one of the most successful lines of breeding for the Haire family to date. Other victories on the day for the Haire's were 1st in the Senior Bull class with Dorepoll 1 Knight Hawk, a bull who weighs in at over 1500kg and a sheer crowd pleaser!

Peartree 1 Ed, Reserve Grand Male & Reserve Supreme Champion (pictured below right) was bred by first time exhibitor William Connolly from Saintfield and sired by Solitude 1 Kingdom who was bred by Andrew McMordie. “Kingdom” previously took Reserve Male Champion at Balmoral in 2014, his dam Solpoll 1 Starlet H10 an ET daughter of the three times Balmoral Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite and Starlet B10 the 2007 Balmoral Female Champion.

Reserve Female Champion was lifted by Greer Watson with Barnburn 1 Nancy (pictured below left). This stylish heifer showed great ring presence and was sired by Pinmoor 1 Kingsley who took Reserve NI Bull of the Year 2016 and Supreme Championship at The National Show in Enniskillen to mention but a few.

Solpoll 1 National, the Junior Champion bred by John & William McMordie was sired by the legendary Solpoll 1 Dynamite. This 13 month old bull was previously Junior Champion at the 2016 Pedigree Calf Fair and is considered as one of the best ever bred by the herd.

Reserve Junior Champion went to David Wilson's Lisrace Lumberjack 18th, previously Junior Champion at the NIHBA calf show in October. He is the first calf out of David's stock Bull Knockmountagh Master who himself won the ROI calf show 2014 and ROI sale 2015, his dam Lisrace Prettymaid 19th was Reserve Female Champion at Balmoral in 2015 and went on to win NI.I. Female of the Year.

J & W McMordie won the Junior Female class, which had the largest entry of the day with 14 animals, with Rempstone 1 Fashion E430. Expertly exhibited by Victoria Orr, she was bought at the Designer Genes Sale in December 2016. She is a daughter of the best cow in the Rempstone herd, Kinglee 1 Fashion 304.

Class Results

Overall Supreme Champion - Panmure 1 Monster. JE, RI and W Haire
Overall Reserve Champion - Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly

Senior Male Champion - Panmure 1 Monster. JE,RI and W Haire
Reserve Senior Male Champion - Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
Senior Female Champion - Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641. JE,RI and W Haire
Reserve Senior Female Champion - Barnburn 1 Nancy. B & G Watson
Junior Breed Champion -Solpoll 1 National. J & W McMordie
Reserve Junior Breed Champion - Lisrace Lumberjack 18th. David Wilson

Class 579 Cow or Heifer born before 31/12/14
1st Baltimore Orange 449. Coote Geelan
2nd Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim. 583 JE, RI & W Haire
3rd Lusky 1 Honour. WJ Gill

Class 580 Heifer born between 1/1/15 -30/6/15
1st Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Barnburn 1 Marigold. Greer Watson
3rd Solpoll 1 Starlet M19. J & W McMordie

Class 581 Heifer born between 1/7/15 - 31/12/15
1st Barnburn 1 Nancy. B & G Watson
2nd Ballymartin 1 Hazel. Aaron Patterson
3rd Solpoll 1 Pansy N7. J & W McMordie

Class 582 Heifer born after 1/1/16
1st Rempstone 1 Fashion E430. J & W McMordie
2nd Hawkesbury 1 Veronica. Stephen Cherry
3rd Dorepoll 1 Tessa 656. JE,RI & W Haire

Class 583 Bull born prior 1/4/15
1st Dorepoll 1 Knighthawk. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Pinmoor 1 Kingsley. B & G Watson
3rd Mallaghdoopoll 1 Elite. Ciaran Kerr

Class 584 Bull born after 1/4/15 - 31/12/15
1st Panmure 1 Monster. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
3rd Mountview Enzo. Trevor Andrews

Class 585 Bull born after 1/1/16
1st Solpoll 1 National. J & W McMordie
2nd Lisrace Lumberjack 18th. David Wilson
3rd Annaghbeg Decimus. M&L Moore

Class 586 Group of Three
1st J & W McMordie
2nd JE,RI & W Haire
3rd C Geelan

The National Hereford Show Club is holding its annual herd visit on Saturday, 3rd June.

This year we are being kindly hosted by Jim & Hazel Morrison of Castle Park Herefords, in Helmsley, North Yorkshire.

You are most welcome to join us –

please contact Sarah Cowle (s.cowle@hotmail.co.uk) for further details and to book your place by 23rd May (for catering purposes).  If you’d like to join us for lunch, please see attachment re lunch as we need to pre-order. 

The National Hereford Show Club organises the National Show of Hereford Cattle at Tenbury Wells, Worcs – this year’s show is on 5th August.  Make sure the date is in your diary and come along for a great day out.

Shadwell Herefords managed by Robert Clake had a field day at South Suffolk Show taking the Breed, Native Inter-breed and Reserve Overall Inter-breed Championships with Shadwell 1 Bossy N877.
Fifteen month old "Bossy", shown by Robert's daughter Maddie, is out of Badlingham Blossom 138th and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker.

The day got better for Shadwell Herefords when Shadwell 1 Bossy N877's full brother was Reserve Breed Champion and his full sister judged Female Champion. 

Tom was filmed by BBC Wales last October undertaking his annual bovine TB test.
The piece will be part of Vets 24/7 and screened on Monday May 15th at 7:30pm.

The South African Hereford Cattle Society are holding their Hereford Centenary Celebration tour during September.

For full details including itinerary and costings please view the following two PDFs:-
SA Centenary Brochure and for SA Hereford Tour

If anyone is interested to learn more or indeed book a place they can contact Ms Carolyne Cree, Field Farm Tours who willing and able to assist....

Ms Carolyne Cree
Web: http://www.fieldfarmtours.co.uk/
Tel: 01636 616060
Email: info@fieldfarmtours.co.uk

Dear Members of Hereford Society’s & Association’s 

We would like to inform your about the 15th European Hereford Conference in Hungary as follows: 

  • The Conference will run from the 15th September to 21st September 2018.
  • Within a week the conference website will be ready to view: www.herefordhungary2018.com
    Here you will be able to find more details...... 

We hope see you at the conference. 

István Márton

General Manager, Hungarian Herefords

Bulls were snapped up by buyers with 100% clearance of animals presented for sale on Tuesday at The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association Show and Sale in conjunction with the Native Breeds.
Quality was recognised by a packed sale ring which reflected a healthy £2850 average on the day.
Top price of the day went to Judge, Sean McKiernan's Champion River-Dale 1 Nero (pictured below right) for 3800 guineas owned and bred by Norman McMordie and Family which was purchased by M. & S. Crawford of Ballymena.

Reserve in the show ring commanded a price of 3700 guineas - Solpoll 1 Neon (pictured below left) bred by J. & W. McMordie which went to S. Cargill of Parkgate. Two more sons of the legendary bull, Panmure 1 Henry sold for 3200 guineas and 2900 guineas.

"Great to see such a demand for bulls, NIHBA breeders today have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest and enquiries received from prospective buyers who missed out on a chance to buy on the day. The quality of the animals shone through and that's what the Association strives for" commented John Gill, Chairman of the NIHBA.
In the show ring Judge, Sean McKiernan did a sterling job placing the animals which was backed up by the prices in the sale ring.
Supreme Champion of the day went to River-Dale 1 Nero bred by Norman McMordie and Family. This growthy bull caught the eye of Sean and is sired by 3 times Balmoral Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite.
Reserve Champion went to Solpoll 1 Neon bred by J. & W. McMordie, this son of Panmure 1 Henry had the figures to match with many in the top 10%.

Bulls to 6,600 gns. and Heifers to 4,100 gns. at Hereford Cattle Society Spring Show & Sale on Tuesday 4th April. 

Local breeder takes the overall Male and Senior Male Championships at this week’s Hereford Cattle Society Spring Sale. Messrs. R.A. Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Hereford saw their 24 month old Free Town Mentor (960 kgs), pictured right, sell for 4,600 gns. to Judge, David Smyth, Magheraknock Herefords, Co. Down.

The Reserve Overall Male and Junior Championships went to the 12 month old Moralee 1 Novak (645 kgs) bred by T. & D. Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, selling for 6,200 gns. to D.J. Deaville, Alderville Herefords, Belper, Derbyshire.

Top price of the day went to another North of England breeder, Mrs. Caroline Fletcher from Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria who saw her 25 month old Barwise 1 Mach One (935 kgs) right, sell for 6,600 gns. to Speirs Farms Ltd., Pepperstock Herefords, Luton, Bedfordshire. “Mach One”, a Superior Carcase Sire in the top 1% for Calving Ease and Retail Beef Yield, showing the importance of performance results now required by customers of the top bulls.

Another Superior Carcase Sire, the 26 month old Fisher 1 Monarch M414 (1,015 kgs.) demonstrating excellent carcase EBVs, bred by W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, Sussex, sold for 6,000 gns. to M. Shaw, Thornysure Herefords, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire.

(Left) Moralee 1 Novak bred by T. & D. Harrison who sold for 6,200gns.

A third Superior Carcase Sire, 24 month old Auckvale Masterclass 1472M (910 kgs.) sold for 4,300 gns. to commercial producers, T.L. & E.M. Clarke, Narberth, Pembrokeshire. Again this bull, with both carcase and weight EBVs in the top 5% and 10%.

The Reserve Senior Male Champion, 23 month old Danish bred bull, SMH Liga 107L (1,150 kgs.) recently imported by L.R. & A.M. Ayre, South Molton, Devon, captured the attention of a number of bidders, eventually selling for 5,000 gns. to local breeder, G. Blandford, Bosa Herefords, Bosbury, Herefordshire.

Somerset breeder, J.D. Moorhouse from Taunton saw his 26 month old Cato 1 Marksman (935 kgs.) sell for 4,000 gns. to Peter Walker Partnership, Pentry, Wiltshire.

(Right) Barwise 1 Mach One from Mrs CS Fletcher sold for the top price of 6,600gns.

Other leading prices included 24 month old Harveybros 1 McBeath (990 kgs) from Harvey Brothers, Balfron, Glasgow selling for 3,800 gns. to N. Davies, Crow Wood Herefords, Churchstoke, Montgomeryshire.

22 month old Fisher 1 Magnus M427 (840 kgs) bred by W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, Sussex selling for 3,800 gns. to W.S. Turner & Son, Church Stretton, Shropshire and the 18 month old Coley 1 Nelson (925 kgs.) bred by Miss H. Whittaker, Halifax, W. Yorkshire also realising 3,800 gns. selling to local breeders, M. & M. Roberts, Bromley Herefords, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire.

(Left) Fisher 1 Monarch M414 from WJ Hutchings & Son sold for 6,000gns.

32 Bulls sold for £105,315.00 to Average £3,291.09

In the Show Heifer Section, the Grand Female Champion, 15 month old Pepperstock 1 Butterfly N293 bred by Speirs Farms Ltd. topped the female trade at 4,100 gns. selling to newcomer to the breed, W. Shaw, Kirkby-Moorside, N. Yorkshire.

The Reserve Grand Female Champion, 18 month old Dendor 1 Anna Mary 32nd, bred by D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Caersws, Powys, following close behind selling for 3,500 gns. to Mrs. R. Williamson, Wardle Herefords, Nantwich, Cheshire.

Upholding the success for the breeders from the North of England, G. & M.C. Shepherd, Woodplumpton, Preston, Lancashire saw their 12 month old heifer, Moorside 1 Evita 8th, sell for 3,100 gns. to P. Poole, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury.

Other leading prices included the 14 month old Fisher 1 Susan N436, bred and exhibited by W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, Sussex selling for 2,600 gns. to K.E. & L.R.C. Edwards, Chepstow, Gwent and 19 month old Fisher 1 Cherry N430 sold for 2,500 gns. to W. Shaw, Kirkby Moorside, N. Yorkshire. Also, 19 month old Normanton 1 Jurana 9th, exhibited by T.D. & W.T. Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicester, selling for 2,550 gns. to Whittle AG, Whittle Herefords, Lancashire.

(Right) Grand Female Champion Pepperstock 1 Butterfly N293 who sold for the top price of 4,100gns.

12 Show Heifers sold for £30,187.50 to Average £2,515.63.

A draft of heifers offered at the end of the Sale saw E.R. & C.A. Kirby, Buxton, Derbyshire, top this section with two 23 month old heifers, Tydesmoor 1 Minola selling for 1,800 gns. to Mrs. D. Watkins, Craven Arms, Shropshire and Tydesmoor 1 Kimberley selling for 1,600 gns. to Grove Farms, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

9 Heifers sold for £12,757.50 to Average £1,417,50

Breed Secretary, David Prothero, commenting on the Sale said he was more than satisfied with the 75% clearance of the bulls offered and an 87% clearance of the females, adding that it was also good to see that three of the top price Sale bulls were Superior Carcase Sires, demonstrating the importance of breeders participating in the Breed’s Performance Recording Scheme.

The Society would also like to thanks Sponsors, Farmers Guardian, Meadow Quality Ltd & Nordic Star Tags

Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster.

Herefords bulls met with a quieter trade at the Elite Breeders sale in Dungannon on Monday. 

Buyers were cautious and auctioneer Stephen Redmond had to struggle for every bid.

8 animals were sold however with the top price of £2,520 going to Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Co Armagh for the youngest bull in the sale.

Graceland 1 Nelson, an October born calf sired by Lowesmoor 1 Khan was admired for his conformation and easy fleshing.

Pictured right Graceland 1 Nelson presented by Robin and James Irvine from topped the trade for Hereford bulls at the Elite Breeders sale.

Topping the female section was Tullyraine Norah offered by Stuart Forsythe and due to calve in September. 

Pictured left Stuart Forsythe exhibited Tullyraine Norah – top selling female at the Elite Hereford Breeders sale in Dungannon Mart. 


The Midland & East Anglia Hereford Breeders' Association - National Beef Tasting Competition

The Tenth Annual competition to find the best tasting Hereford Beef is open to all Hereford Breeders from any Area Association or Club across the UK.

2017 Judge is Mr Ben Ternent, Executive Chef, Opus Restaurant, 54, Cornwall St, Birmingham BE3 2DE.

If you sell Hereford beef this is a great opportunity to have the eating quality of your beef assessed against other producers, and should you win, then you can use this success to promote your beef to your customers adding further value to an already fantastic product.

How will it the competition be run? Each member who would like to take part will submit a sirloin steak from a Pure-Bred Hereford carcase.
The steak MUST be frozen and the animal from which it was taken MUST have been killed within the last 12 months.
The steak will be assessed by our nominated judge, who will place the steaks 1st to 5th.
Comments will be given on the top five placed.
The following attributes, (in no particular order) will be assessed during the judging:

1. Quality of butchery
2. Fat coverage
3. Colour
4. Marbling
5. Flavour
6. Succulence
7. Tenderness
8. Water leaching during cooking
9. Overall eating experience.

There will be a charge of £5.00 for each entry.
Members can submit as many entries as they like, with each entry submitted from a different animal.
Ear Tag No’s will be required for each entry.

If you would like to compete please complete the entry form below and send a cheque made payable to Midlands & East Anglia HBA.

Entries close by Monday 7th August 2017.

There will be two Classes:
Class 1 for carcases hung for up to 28days from culling date.
Class 2 for Carcases hung for over 28days from culling date.
The actual tasting will take place during the second two weeks of August, so you have time to obtain a sirloin steak from any Pure-Bred Hereford that you may have had slaughtered.

We will be contacting all breeders who enter with information of where and when they should send their steaks. Don’t miss this opportunity, it could be the best competition, (financially), you have ever entered!

Yours Sincerely,

Alan Pittam
A. Pittam
Hon Secretary 

Beef Tasting Entry Form 

I would like to enter the 10th Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders' Association National Beef Tasting competition.

Entries close 7th August 2017. 

Breeder Name………………………………………………….

Address: ......................................................................................



Tel No: ..........................................................................................

No of Entries………………………………................................

Entry Forms can also be downloaded HERE

I enclose a cheque for £…… made payable to the Midlands & East Anglia H.B.A. To pay by (BACS): Please use Midlands & East Anglia H.B.A. Account No. 10074500 Sort Code 20-48-08. Reference: BT2017.

Please send all entries to the Secretary.
38, Ashby Road
NN11 7HE

UK Hereford Youth Event Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April, 2017 - Organised by Emma Smith.

Kindly hosted by Miss Heather Whittaker. “Coley Herefords”, Coley Walks Farm, Coley Hall Lane, Norwood Green, Halifax, W. Yorkshire, HX3 8RD.

Age categories: 8 - 14 15 - 19 20 - 26

Workshops on preparing an Animal for the Show Ring -

  • Grooming & Clipping and Show Ring Etiquette with a
  • Young Handler’s Competition.


  • A ‘question & answer session’ with Council Members to kick things off. So get those questions ready! 
  • Stock Judging Sessions for all ages. The Senior category will be required to provide reasons for their placings and the highest placed Senior will be awarded the prize of “Shadow Judging” at a Summer Show. A further opportunity to Shadow Judge will also be on offer for the Autumn Show & Sale in Hereford 2017.

There will be many Judges and Trainers in attendance to offer help and advice to all participants.
Prizes will include a ‘Goody Bag’ containing show products, vouchers & much more.
A lot of fun to be had by all.

On Saturday evening a Buffet Dinner will be held at Cedar Court Hotel, Huddersfield. A raffle will also be held during the evening, plus an after Dinner Speaker.

Food will be provided on farm over the two days.

Local accommodation can be arranged if required.

For further details contact:
Emma Smith on her Mobile: 07772 495913 or by email: emmasmith460@btinternet.com

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

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Alan McFadden made the headlines with his top selling bull at Monday’s Elite Breeders sale in Dungannon. Having made his sale debut at this event in 2016 with one of the top prices Alan was back with a full brother to last year’s entry to go one better by securing the day’s top bid of 2,500 guineas.

J.D. 1 Maximus is sired by top Australian sire Wirruna Daffy D1 who is one of the top performers in the Hereford Breed in terms of calving ease and carcass quality. “Maximus” was much admired in the pre-sale parade for his style and presence and attracted keen interest when he came to the sale ring.

Following closely behind J.D. 1 Maximus and selling for 2,400 guineas was Graceland 1 Mack presented by Robin and James Irvine from Whitecross, Co. Armagh. “Mack” is the first bull to be offered from Fisher 1 Jubilee, Senior Sire with the Graceland herd and he impressed onlookers with his power and scale.

The Elite breeders again invited students from Greenmount College to the event and following a short presentation on bull selection they were invited to put their judging skills to the test. Students closely scrutinised the bulls in the pre -sale parade, they considered the performance figures and Estimated Breeding Values printed in the catalogue and the health status of the animals on offer before making their selections. The winner - the student whose selections correlated most closely with the prices paid in the sale was Matthew Donaghy from Camlough in Co. Armagh.


Heading up The Hereford Cattle Society’s early Spring Show & Sale held at Carlisle on Friday 27th February at 3200gns was Mrs CS Fletcher’s bull Barwise 1 McCoy M861 (pictured right). Sired by NBG 69T The Wonderer and out of the homebred cow Barwise 1 Graceful G2. Twenty one month old "McCoy M861" (pictured right) was purchased by J & D Whalley from Ulverston.

Following at 3000gns was the Reserve Overall Champion Moorside 1 GBHS Motown (pictured below left) shown by G & MC Shepherd from Preston. This March 2015 born son of NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y is out of Harvie Ms Firefly 65P and he now travels to Herefordshire to join RJ Verdin of Weobley.

The winner of the Junior Bull Class Baldinnie 1 Fernando was the next best price at 2500gns. Consigned by JA Cameron & Son from Leven in Fife this bull was sired by Baldinnie 1 Orient and out of the homebred Baldinnie 1 Fiona 11th, he was purchased by Hendrie Bros Ltd from Galston in Ayrshire.

Averages: 6 Bulls £2765.00

The Herefordshire Agricultural Club held a Committee meeting at the historic Hereford House with most Committee Members having some connection with the Hereford Breed.
Club Chairman Bill Quan, Border Herefords, himself steeped in Hereford history with his Grandfather Mr W Milner President of the Hereford Cattle Society in 1957 and Uncle Richard Milner a past President in 1981 and a former Chairman of the Society from 1988-93.
Honorary Secretary of the Club Tom Nellist a keen advocate of the Hereford Breed attended the World Famous Vern Sale in 1966. Committee member Jo Hilditch of Whittern Farms and Herefordshire Cassis / White Heron Drinks (and of Dragon's Den fame) is the Great Grandaughter of Mr R Green who was President of the Society in 1893. Finally, Committee member Owen Whittall is the son of the late Laurie Whittall who was a staunch supporter of the breed, acting as a ring steward at Society Shows & Sales over many years, Owen's son CT Whittall is now a Young Hereford breeder, trading under the prefix Moccas Herefords. 

Pictured right, are from Left to Right,
Paddy Kennedy Ross Farm Machinery, Owen Whittall, Tom Nellist, Bill Quan, Steve Deakins Honorary Treasurer, Henry Chinn Cobrey Farms & Jo Hilditch.

After the meeting concluded the Committee kept with the Hereford theme when they met for a Hereford gourmet burger at the Rule of Tum, with Hereford beef supplied by Tom Jones.

The use of technology and performance recording in pedigree beef production was the theme of a seminar run for Greenmount agricultural students and hosted by the Glenside Hereford herd owned by Raymond and Stuart Pogue near Benburb.

The event featured weighing and scanning of yearling bulls and heifers demonstrated by William Tait of AI Services Ltd. William explained the use of weight recording to assess growth potential and how ultra sound scanning of fat depth and muscle area can be used to predict carcase yield. The data collected from on-farm measurement is processed through the internationally acclaimed Breedplan program. Developed in Australia this is now the accepted method of estimating breeding value in all the leading beef producing countries of the world. Contemporary comparisons are used to predict performance in the key areas of calving ease, milk yield, fertility, growth rate and carcase quality with linkages made to all recorded relatives of the animal to improve the accuracy of the prediction.

The students also heard about the role and operation of Breed Societies in maintaining the pedigree register, in directing breed improvement and building branded beef schemes. Robin Irvine (pictured right with Greenmount students), a past President and Chairman of the Hereford Cattle Society spoke of the growth of the Certified Hereford Beef Brand - with close to 50,000 cattle per year marketed through major UK retailers.
“The value of the premiums earned by Hereford sired beef is in the region of £5 million per annum at the farm gate and represents a very significant bonus for UK beef producers” said Robin.

Elite Bull Sale
Breeders are looking forward to welcoming the students to the Elite Hereford sale on Monday 27th February when the bulls which they saw weighed and scanned will come under the hammer. They will have a chance to view at close quarters the process of assessing and selecting a sire for either a beef or dairy herd. They will be given the opportunity make their choices based on visual appraisal during the pre-sale parade and on the published performance data in the sale catalogue. Guidance will be given by experienced breeders who will explain the use of Breedplan information and how it can be used to select a sire to meet the herd requirements. Calving ease has to be balanced against growth rate and carcase quality with consideration given to the production system and the end product in terms of carcase weight and grade. The students will be invited to rank the bulls prior to the sale and a prize will be awarded to the student who’s ranking most closely matches the prices achieved in the sale.

More than 80 people from the beef industry and research communities across Europe met in Milan on 1-2 February 2017 for a meeting entitled “Sustainable Beef Quality for Europe–II”, organised by AFBI with the University of Milan, funded by the UK Science and Innovation Network.

Following the success of the first workshop of the same title, held in Milan in October 2015, there was considerable support for a second meeting. The meeting was organised by Linda Farmer of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast, UK together with the British Embassy in Rome and the University of Milan. It was held at the “Touring Club” of Milan, in Corso Italia.

The goal of the meeting was to strengthen links and exchange knowledge between scientists and industry representatives across Europe on some of the key challenges facing the beef industry. Four sessions of short talks addressed four key topics, while two extended workshops invited delegates to discuss the issues raised and contribute their comments.

Rainer Roehe (Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, UK) discussed the potential for the genetic improvement of nutritional quality while Aidan Moloney (Teagasc, Ireland) summarised the work that has been conducted to improve the fatty acid and nutrient composition of red meat. The session clearly illustrated the conflicted role of beef in the diet, providing essential nutrients and micronutrients while also posing a potential risk to health.

The workshop in 2015 focused on eating quality and the second session of this workshop provided an ‘Update on Beef Eating Quality’, chaired by Declan Troy (Teagasc, Ireland). Jean-Francois Hocquette (INRA, France) summarised work on combined data from across Europe to obtain more information on factors affecting eating quality and to determine the potential for a combined predictive system designed to meet the needs of the European beef industry. David Farrell (AFBI, Northern Ireland, UK) reviewed recent developments in instrumental prediction of eating quality and other important quality attributes.

Rod Polkinghorne (Birkenwood, Australia) illustrated the benefits of a ‘value-based payment system’ that rewards farmers on the basis of the quality of the meat produced, not only on quantity. Jerzy Wierzbicki (Polish Beef Association, Poland) updated the meeting on discussions held under the auspices of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to agree a common system of terminologies and protocols to describe beef cuts and quality, to facilitate the increasingly global trade in beef.

The conference resumed on the second day with a session on ‘Beef Environment and Welfare’, chaired by Jonathan Birnie of Dunbia, UK. Tim Searchinger travelled from Princeton University, USA, to highlight the challenges facing the beef industry in terms of environmental impact. While Searchinger suggested that projected expansion to meet future population needs could have a very detrimental effect on the climate, Europe has one of the most efficient and least damaging production regimes. Modest growth and more efficient processes, together with a moderation of very high beef consumption in some countries could help to mitigate effects on climate.

Dequan Zhang, from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, presented the approach used in China to make maximum use of all parts of the animal, including bones and blood, to provide nutritional components of the diet. Ettore Capri (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Piacenza, Italy) discussed a project on the “Sustainability of Meat and Cured Meats in Italy” which has considered health, nutrition and sustainability. He pointed out that, when considered on the basis of proportion of a Mediterranean diet, the carbon footprint of meat production is no more than that of fruit and vegetables.

Paolo Ferrari (CRPA, Italy) described a project to create an assessment system for animal welfare in Italy.
The fourth session discussed ‘Adding value throughout the supply chain’, and was chaired by Jean-Francois Hocquette (INRA, France). Jonathan Birnie (Dunbia, Northern Ireland, UK) outlined priorities to reduce variation in quality and meet customer needs, especially measurement and processing interventions that are practicable at meat plant speeds. Valeria Vigano (Sealed Air Packaging, Italy) explained how innovations in packaging technologies are changing the way meat is presented to the consumer. Ciara McDonnell (Teagasc, Ireland) described the benefits of new processing technologies while Phil Hadley reported that overall beef quality has improved but suggested that specification and trimming may further reduce dissatisfaction.

In the final session on “Findings and Future”, feedback was provided on the responses to the workshops. Workshop 1, entitled, ‘How can the industry help to ensure that beef has a positive nutritional impact?’ generated 35 comments in total, from industry and researchers. Terence Hagan (AFBI, UK) identified three themes which cropped up most commonly in these responses: “Communication” to clarify the nutritional benefits of beef, “coordination” of the industry in addressing the issues and “Omega-3”, the potential to increase these fatty acids in beef. There were fewer responses for Workshop 2, on ‘How should the industry manage the environmental impact of beef?’, summarised by David Farrell (AFBI, UK). In general, responses highlighted the need to make better use of what is currently available. Industry partners focused on requesting a higher percentage of European grasslands be set aside for beef production. Researchers were more interested in minimising waste and maximizing quality. A proposal for funding to the EU for a Thematic Network to continue to build knowledge exchange across Europe within the beef industry was outlined by the coordinator, Linda Farmer (AFBI, UK). The aim is to address four key challenge areas: “Sustainable beef”, Trusted beef”, “Meeting Consumer Expectations” and creating a “Connected Supply Chain”. The proposal will be submitted within the next two weeks. Declan Troy then summed up the meeting by highlighting five areas of particular interest: the need for careful communication of health messages, the importance of sustainability in all its forms, the need for an international “big data” approach on quality, the importance of knowledge transfer and the research pipeline and the need for more measuring and monitoring methods throughout the food chain. He commended the forum for bringing together a diversity of interests to discuss these topics.

The aim will be to continue the dialogue between all those with an interest in the beef industry across Europe into the future, so that an informed and consolidated approach can be taken to the industry’s challenges.

An Elite Breeders Ltd sale will take place at Dunngannon Mart on Monday 27th February 2017.

All bulls will be veterinary inspected, weighed, DNA profiled and vaccinated according to HCS conditions.

For a full list of catalogued entries please click ENTRIES

Friday saw the start of the season for Northern Ireland Hereford Association's Premier Show and Sale sponsored by Danske Bank.

With over 28 entries from 13 top breeders the first of the Association's events didn't disappoint the spectators and buyers alike.

Judge George Workman from Garvagh had the difficult task of selecting his Champion and Reserve as all bulls presented on the day were of quality and class.

His Supreme Champion went to SH Stewart's Thornbank 1 Mighty Man (pictured right). “For a bull of 23 months, he is well grown, correct and showed class when in the ring” stated George. Sired by Solpoll 1 Dynamite from the McMordie herd he certainly has his father's genes. The 2016 first prize winner from the National Show later went under the hammer and achieved the top price on the day of 4100 guineas.

Overall Reserve Champion went to Norman McMordie and family with River-dale 1 Neptune (pictured left). Sired by the prolific Panmure 1 Henry this August 2015 born bull was packed with style and certainly had ring presence.

Trade on the day was healthy with a 75% clearance of bulls going under the hammer and reached an average of £2300. Champion, Thornbank 1 Mighty Man, was sold for 4100 guineas to the pedigree herd of W McCrabbe, Raphoe, Co Donegal. Dorepoll 1 Lawman bred by JE & RI & W Haire sold for 2500 guineas to O & I Hawe of Knockloughrim. Reserve Champion  River- Dale 1 Neptune was purchased by J H Fraser from Belfast for 2300 guineas. D R Wilson's two bulls, Lisrace Lifeguard 16th went for 2400 guineas to Montgomery Bros of Eglington and Lisrace Liberty 15th for 2200 guineas to James Eakin of Moy.


Overall Supreme Champion Thornbank 1 Mighty Man SH Stewart
Reserve Champion River-Dale 1 Neptune  McMordie Family

Class 2
1st   Thornbank 1 Mighty Man   SH Stewart
2nd  Lisrace Liberty 15th   DR Wilson
3rd  Drumatee Frantom  J Conlon
4th   Drumatee Mojo  J Conlon

Class 3
1st    Drumatee Force  J Conlon
2nd   Lisrace Lifeguard  DR Wilson
3rd   Newtownbutler 1 Lighting  T Mohan

Class 4
1st   Drumatee Yahoo  J Conlon
2nd  Barnburn 1 Monopoly  B & G Watson
3rd   Drumatee Massey  J Conlon

Class 5
1st   Cullamore 1 Harvey  R McKenna
2nd  Black Water Major   S & N Heatrick
3rd   Holland Hector 1921  B & K Holland
4th   Holland Sergeant   B & K Holland

Class 6
1st   River-Dale 1 Neptune  McMordie Family
2nd  Barnburn 1 Neptune  B & G Watson

A Hereford Guide to Management and Feeding

It is a well-known fact that Herefords will live under almost any condition and will thrive where many other breeds fail. Internationally, Herefords survive under varying climatic conditions, i.e. from the Arctic Circle to equatorial regions, but prospective breeders of Hereford cattle would do well to follow certain basic principles if they wish to make the most of their cattle.

The everyday management of a herd is most important and includes the breeding programme, record keeping, grassland management and selection of future breeding stock. It is essential that someone oversees the general management practice so that calving periods, grassland utilization, etc. are used to their best advantage.

Please take look at the revised Hereford Management Guide for tips and advice by CLICKING HERE