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Congratulations to Tom and Di Harrison of the Moralee herd, Mickley who took both the champion and reserve in the Hereford classes at the East of England Winter Stock Festival.

Champion was the November 2017-born SMH Kingsize 87K daughter, Moralee 1 Kylie KS R1. Reserve was Moralee 1 Kimberly KS R7, by the same sire and also born last November.

One of these heifers is available for purchase at the Designer Genes sale.

Champion purebred went to the March 2017-born heifer Risbury 1 Sonia 2nd from Harvey Heath (pictured) and Nicola Beardsle, bred by Robert Thomas, Lemoinster. It is by Windycreek 1 Lawyer and out of Humber 1 Sonia.

Given to Harvey, 12 as a Christmas present last year, he showed it a number of shows this summer.


L-R: Martin Johnston, Thomas Johnston, Society chairman Robin Irvine

Thomas Johnston, Toome stood first place in the cross-bred heifer class with a home-bred 18-month heifer at the first Royal Ulster Beef and Lamb Championships, previously Allams fatstock show and sale. This female is by Moyclare Lieutenant, an AI bull from the Republic of Ireland’s Dovea Genetics and out of a British Blue cross Limousin cow which was purchased privately.

Weighing in at 554kg, the heifer was knocked down at £2,050 to Irvine Family Butchers, Maguiresbridge.

Second place in the heifer class was Julianne and Ewan Elliot, Enniskillen.

Taking first place in the cross-bred Hereford steer was D and A McCrea, Strabane.

This year saw the Ferryside-based Griffiths family’s best result yet at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, going home with both champion and reserve in the pedigree Hereford championship, judged by Arwyn Morgan, Builth Wells and Chris Stubbs, Northwich.

For the third consecutive year, Griffiths-bred steers have stood in the top three at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, but this is the most successful trip to Builth yet for the family.

Taking the top spot was Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 277, a May 2017-born steer. It is from Border Mortlake M8’s first calf crop and was purchased from Stan Quan’s Herefordshire-based herd in a private sale. The steer is out of Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Spark which owner Paul Griffiths described as ‘one of those cows which just work hard’.

The champion steer attracted bids to £1,489.20 (£2.19/kg) at Tuesday afternoon’s sale, and sold to D. Davies, Aberystwyth.

The reserve, an April 2017-born steer from the same home and also by Border Mortlake M8, was out of Penrhiwgoch 1 Acheiver Orange 121, an L1 American female with Bosa breeding. This animal sold for £1,347.84 (£2.08/kg) to RGB Webster and sons, Rhyl.


William and Elen Griffiths showed the two animals and were presented with their prize cards by the Countess of Wessex, along with other exhibitors in Monday afternoon’s steer class.

On his first time in a cattle showring, Alun Richards, Pumpsaint took first place in the pedigree Hereford heifer class with Celynen 1 Floppy, an October 2016-born home-bred female. Sired by Thorneysure 1 Kasper, purchased privately from Mike Shaw, it is out of Blackwell 1 Floppy which was bought as an in-calf heifer. The heifer realised the highest price in the Hereford section, selling at £2,100 (£3.70/kg) to P. Parffit, Neath.

He also took second place heifer with Celynen 1 Jill, again by Thorneysure 1 Kasper, which sold at £1,301.90 (£2.35/kg) to L. Williams, Macynlleth. Alun has enjoyed previous successes at Builth Wells, taking the sheep interbreed title at the 2017 summer show with a Beulah Speckled Face ewe.

Celynen 1 Floppy from Alun Richards, Pumpsaint

Sophie Harvey made the journey from Glasgow worthwhile as she shone in the interbreed young handlers’ section, taking the champion title which was judged by Tonyrefail-based commercial cattle and British Blue breeder Rhys Millichap, Tonyrefail.

David Deakin, breed secretary said: “The Hereford breed stand was busy throughout the course of the show and the Society was very pleased to meet up with Dunbia’s Kenny Linton and two representatives from the Co-op, Oliva Nicholson and Sioned Davies. The stand was well-received by visitors and our thanks must go to the Jones family of Dendor Herefords for supplying two tremendous young bulls for display.”

The bulls displayed were Dendor 1 Roscoe P. Coltrane, sired by Bakgard 1 Keno and supreme Hereford champion at last year’s Royal Welsh and Dendor 1 Rising Sun. This bull is by Romany 1 Distiller and out of Dendor 1 Molly 41st which holds a raft of show titles to its name including female of the year 2014.


Champion pedigree Hereford - Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 277

Reserve pedigree Hereford - Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 238

Pedigree Hereford heifer

1- AD Richards, Celynen 1 Floppy

2- AD Richards, Celynen 1 Jill

3- Mr Glenn Pritchard, Daisy

Pedigree Hereford steer

1- Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 277

2- Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch 1 BM Progress 238

3- Harvey Brothers, Harveybros 1 Paolo

The DGS Goes Global Sale catalogue is now available for viewing, featuring a selection of genetics from across the world.

The sale will be held on the evening of Friday 7 December at Shrewsbury Market, before the National Calf Show the following day. 

Click HERE to see what's on offer. 


Now in its third year, the Designer Genes sale will be held on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December 2018 at Shrewsbury Market.

Friday night will see a sale of genetics, while Saturday stages the cattle sale. To see the cattle on offer, take a look at Saturday's sale catalogue HERE. 

Friday's sale details to follow. 

Dear UK Hereford Youth member,

I hope you’re well.

I would like to invite you to a meeting to contribute to next year’s events of the UKHY programme. I feel that so far the events delivered have been a great success. However, for them to evolve and stay great we need to think outside the box and provide new and exciting elements to the programme. This is where I would like you’re input. Tim Livesey, a Council Member will be there to chair this meeting and I will be taking minutes. Tim and I have our own ideas but would really appreciate your feedback!
We will also be discussing the selection process and all things involved with the upcoming trip to New Zealand in 2020.

This meeting will be held at Shrewsbury Livestock market on Friday 7th December. I appreciate some of you may be taking animals etc, and the HCBA dinner starts at 6.30pm. Please can I suggest a start time of 4.45pm (hopefully in the café).

An agenda will be available in the next few days highlighting topics for discussion.

Please can you confirm your attendance and I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Emma Smith
UKHY Coordinator
Mob: 07772 495913

Gloucestershire-based Lorraine Hobson has exported good numbers of Hereford cattle across Europe to France, Belgium and Italy this year. 

A group of 16 home-bred in-calf heifers recently found new homes at two different farms in the north west of France. Good luck to purchasers Tony Van Den Oord and Bernard Boulet and sons.

Heifers which went to France

A young bull from Eldersfield herd and 15 in-calf heifers from Martin and Deborah Jenkins’ Appleridge herd have been exported to Belgium for a new start-up herd.

This Belgian breeder has changed from Blues to Herefords for calving ease and meat. Good luck to Dirk and Christine Claeys who are going into the breed.

Cattle destined for Belgium all loaded up

Eldersfield Herefords also exported 11 maiden heifers and one bull to Italy for breeding. Lorraine sourced an additional bull for the purchasers from Colin Powell of the Roughmoor herd in Herefordshire to enable the Italians to use other blood lines.

Again Herefords were chosen for calving ease, ability to survive in hot countries and marbling of the meat. Good luck to Signor Ferdinando Corrias of Bagnoregio in Umbria!

Being loaded up for Italy

With Christmas around the corner, the Hereford Cattle Society brings you the ideal present for any budding young herdsperson in the form of a cuddly Hereford bull.

Made in Herefordshire, the bulls are priced at £16 (inc. postage and packaging) and can be ordered by emailing postroom@herefordcattle.org.

Our new stock has attracted a lot of attention so order now to avoid disappointment.



The cream of the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders' Association calves turned out in force to attend this years NIHBA UNITED Feeds Calf show at Dungannon. Richard Edwards from the mainland had the task of judging. Richard, who has spent his life around Herefords, is a well known cattle fitter and hoof trimmer, follows in the footsteps of his father Steve in judging such events.

Leading the way in the Male section was two Moeskaer Upgrade sons with judge Richard Edwards awarding the Grand Male Championship to Solpoll 1 Rival (pictured right), a September born calf whose dam is by Henry and out of a Dynamite cow. This is the fourth successive year that the Solpoll herd has claimed this award. Reserve Male went to Solpoll 1 Rudolph who was born on Christmas day out of a Dynamite dam and won the second bull calf class. Standing Reserve in the Junior Male Championship was the winner of the January & February born class Solpoll 1 Real Good, an ET son of NBG 697 The Wonderer and a daughter of Solpoll 1 Dainty N11 whose full brother Pounder sold to AI Services at 11 months old. To top the day off Rudolph and Real Good teamed up to win the Best Pairs in a very big class.

Peter Collins took the Junior Male Champion with Drumgold Finn with other class wins going to Mark Moore's Annaghbeg Fernando on the day.

Females were led by the Junior Champion Drumshambo 1 Journey (pictured left), this eye catching junior female shone on the day for Ethan and Gerry Small of Randalstown. This is the second success for the family as they claimed Junior Bull last year. The home bred heifer didn't stop their and went on to take Overall Female Champion showing that age doesn't come before beauty and is certainly one with future potential.

Reserve Grand female and Reserve Junior Female went to one of the youngest heifers Lisnaree 1 Ruby owned and bred by Marcus Murdock, another young heifer who was at home when it come to the show ring.

Senior Female went to Richmount 1 Ruby Royale who is owned and bred by James Graham, a female who is not unfamiliar to winning, was crowned Junior Female Champion at the National show in Omagh this year. Ciaran Kerr's heifer Kinnego 1 Rainbow showed her colours to take the Reserve Senior Female Championship back to Lurgan for the family.

Richard's partner Emma Smith, who runs UK Hereford Youth, judged the young handlers on the day. Emma, who has also been with cattle all her life, scrutinised the young handlers to before finally judging Ethan Carey-Small (pictured with Emma) as the Overall winner.


Supreme Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Rival J&W McMordie

Reserve Supreme Male
Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W McMordie

Supreme Female Champion
Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small

Reserve Supreme Female
Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock

Senior Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Rival J&W McMordie

Reserve Senior Male
Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W McMordie

Senior Female Champion
Richmount 1 Ruby Royale James Graham

Reserve Senior Female
Kinnego 1 Rainbow Ciaran Kerr

Junior Male Champion
Drumgold Finn Peter Collins

Reserve Junior Male
Solpoll 1 Real Good J&W McMordie

Junior Female Champion
Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small

Reserve Junior Female
Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock

Young Handle Champion
Ethan Small

Class results

Class 1 Bull Calf born 1/9/17-31/10/17
1) Solpoll 1 Rival J&W Mcmordie
2) Richmount 1 Red Rock James Graham
3) Kinnego 1 Rocket Man Ciaran Kerr
4) Nancy Beckham T Morton
5) Mountview 1 Genesis T&S Andrews
6) Richmount 1 Rockafella James Graham

Class 2 Bull born 1/11/17-31/12/17
1) Solpoll 1 Rudolph J&W Mcmordie
2) Holestone 1 Parapet Brian Mawhinney

Class 3 Bull born 1/1/28-28/2/18
1) Solpoll 1 Real Good J&W McMordie
2) Annaghbeg 1 Felix Mark Moore
3) Tamnabrady 1 General Derek McCrea
4) Castlepoll 1 Henry C&M Beatty

Class 4 Bull born 1/3/18-30/4/18
1) Drumgold 1 Finn Peter Collins
2) Kinnego 1 Rolex Ciaran Kerr
3) Annaghbeg 1 Ferdinand Mark Moore

Class 5 Bull born after 1/5/18
1) Annaghbeg Fernando Mark Moore
2) Carneyhill 1 Ribeye J&K Taggart
3) Lisnaree 1 Romeo Marcus Murdock
4) Umgola 1 Challenger Stephen Baxter
5) Nancy 1 Carson G&T Morton
6) Nancy Cooper G&T Morton

Class 6 Female born 1/9/17-31/10/17
1) Kinnego 1 Rainbow Ciaran Kerr
2) Drumshambo 1 Sparkles J&G Small
3) Holestone 1 Sadie Brian Mawhinney
4) Drumshambo 1 Tessa J&G Small
5) Mountview 1 Gelato T&S Andrews
6) Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim JE,RI&W Haire

Class 7 Female born 1/11/17-31/12/17
1) Richmount 1 Ruby Royale James Graham

Class 8 Female born 1/1/17-29/2/17
1) Drumshambo 1 Journey J&G Small
2) Dorepoll 1 Duchess JE,RI&W Haire
3) Richmount 1 Rosemunde James Graham
4) Richmount 1 Radio Gaga James Graham
5) Castlepoll 1 Molly 4th C&M Beatty

Class 9 Female born 1/3/18-30/4/18
1) Lisnaree 1 Ruby Marcus Murdock
2) Dorepoll 1 Sparkler 665 Stephen Cherry
3) Annaghbeg Flora X Mark Moore
4) Umgola Sabrina 2nd Stephen Baxter
5) Carneyhill 1 Emma 22nd J&K Taggart

Class 10 Female born after 1/5/18
1) Nancy Candie G&T Morton

Class 11 Pairs
1) J&W Mcmordie
2) J&G Small
3) Brian Mawhinney
4) Ciaran Kerr
5) James Graham
6) James Graham
7) Mark Moore

Class 12a Young Handler 12-14
1) Bradley Graham
2) Nathaniel Shaw
3) Jamie Bunting

Class 12b Young Handler 15-18
1) Ethan Small
2) John Andrews
3) Marcus Murdock
4) Corchannia Dorman
5) Emma McCrea

Sky High 1 Luscious Lucy from Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley, Stafford was tapped out as champion by judge Mark Ormondroyd at the Scottish Hereford Breeders' Association autumn calf show, hosted at Borderway Agri Expo. 

By Danish-bred Cogent bull SMH King Size 87K, this 13-month heifer’s dam is Romany 1 Lucy RE L21 which was privately purchased from the Wilson family, Kelso in 2014 as a 10-month calf and was one of the Sky High herd’s foundation females.

Winning its class at Burwarton Show and receiving a third placing at last year’s national poll show, Luscious Lucy is maternal sister to the record priced female and the 2017 national calf show champion Sky High 1 Lancôme Lucy - the dam’s only other progeny.

Mr Ormondroyd described the heifer as being ‘correct in every way’, with ‘great style’, saying it ‘will do brilliantly in the future’.

Pulham 1 Remitall from Philip and Laura Vincent, Pulham Market stood reserve, on its first time away from home. Also featuring Romany blood, its sire is Romany 1 Machine D1 M13 which was responsible for all three of the Vincents’ 2018 poll show entries.
Out of Solpoll 1 Starlet K15, this eight-month bull is entered into the Christmas calf show at Shrewsbury and will be looking for a new home.

Reserve male champion was Baldinnie 1 Chawa from John Cameron, Fife, having been placed earlier that morning in the October 2017 born bull class. By the popular Cogent sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 which carries growth EBVs in the top 5 per cent, its dam is home-bred Baldinnie 1 Cathy 49th.

Normanton 1 Blue Leg 9th R287 from Tim and Will Livesey, Normanton-le-Heath took the reserve female title. Out of Llancillo Hall Bertha 7th, it is by the home-bred Normanton 1 Laertes which took the inter-breed show rings by storm in the summer of 2016.

Tom and Di Harrison took first place in the best pair by the same sire with two SMH Kingsize daughters – September 2017 born Moralee 1 Kylie KS R1 and 12-month Moralee 1 Kimberly KS R7. The latter also stood first place in its heifer class and they are both out of home-bred dams.

In the commercial calf class, Fluffy Moo from JRB Wilson, shown by 10-year-old Lottie Wilson took the red ticket. This striking five-month steer calf is by Romany 1 Nahum JN74, with a Shorthorn cross Highland dam and went on to be placed reserve in the baby beef native inter-breed championship.

In the junior young handlers’ classes, twelve-year-old James Anderson, representing Moralee Herefords came out on top, while Iona Smith, was placed first in the seniors.

Commercial heifer or steer born on or after 01/09/17
1 – Fluffy Moo, JRB Wilson and sons

Best pair by same sire
1 – s. SMH King Size 87K, T and D Harrison (Pictured below left)
2 – s. Normanton 1 Laertes, TD and WT Livesey
3 – s. Vokslev Lemmy, H Whittaker
Heifer born on or after 01/03/18
1 – Coley 1 Hasimara 430, H Whittaker
2 – Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose, G and S Harvey
3 – Burtondale 1 Rosie, B Birch and G Brindley

Heifer born between 01/11/17 and 31/12/17
1 – Moralee 1 Kimberley KS R7, T and D Harrison
2 – Romany 1 Lucy BL R38, JRB Wilson and sons
3 – Pulham 1 Hazel 14th, PRJ and LR Vincent

Heifer born between 01/01/18 and 28/02/18
1 – Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R, W and R Kemp
2 – Romany 1 Lucy BL R47, JRB Wilson and sons
3 – Coley 1 Lima 426, H Whittaker

Heifer born between 01/09/17 and 30/09/17
1 – Normanton 1 Blue Leg 9th R287, TD and WT Livesey
2 – Pulham Dowager 4th, PRJ and LR Vincent
3 – Moralee 1 Kylie KS R1, T and D Harrison

Heifer born between 01/10/17 and 31/10/17
1 – Sky High 1 Luscious Lucy, B Birch and G Birndley
2 – Baldinnie 1 Cathy 59th, JA Cameron and son
3 – Coley 1 Clara 418, H Whittaker

Bull born on or after 01/03/18
1 – Dendor 1 Rosco P. Coltrane, DE, ED and AL Jones
2 – Dendor 1 Rising Sun, DE, ED and AL Jones
3 – Fellowhills 1 Rob, J Hodge

Bull born between 01/11/17 and 28/02/18
1 – Pulham 1 Remitall, PRJ and LR Vincent
2- Harveybros 1 Rupert, G and S Harvey
3- Fabb 1 Redwood, DRA Fabb

Bull born between 01/09/17 and 30/09/17
1 – Moralee 1 Ribroom KS R4, T and D Harrison
2 – Normanton 1 Rodriguez, TD and WT Livesey
3 – Normanton 1 Reliabull, TD and WT Livesey

Bull born between 01/10/17 and 31/10/17
1 – Baldinnie 1 Chawa, JA Cameron and son
2 – Sky High 1 Rock-the-Boat, B Birch and G Brindley
3 – Moralee 1 Real Deal KS R5, T and D Harrison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other major awards included:

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

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

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

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

Horned herd of the year: Highhedges – S Cowle

Horned female of the year: Bethanfield Lissette – B Hutchinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Auctioneers: Brightwells

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Dear All,

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you on the 8th

With regards, 

David Deakin
Breed Secretary

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

Click Here for the CATALOGUE

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

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

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

The whole herd is Farm Assured

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

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

Catering Facilities Refreshments will be available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Emma Smith UKHY Co-ordinator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Area Winning Herd

Midlands & East Anglia - P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent, White House Farm,
Coles Common, Pulham Market, Diss,
Norfolk, IP21 4XT.
Tel: 01379 676906 – Mob: 07771 697866
Secretary: Alan Pittam Tel: 01788 890702 – Mob: 07747 866078

North of England - Mr. & Mrs. D. Kelly, Nether Hall, Mansergh,
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2EW.
Tel: 01524 273927 – Mob: 07808 050030
Secretary: Jackie Cooper Mob: 07960 994376

Northern Ireland - Mr. J. Conlon, 27 Gosford Road, Markethill,
Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, BT60 1QD.
Tel: 02837 551488 – Mob: 07753 471873
Secretary: Ivan Haire Tel: 02890 825215 - Mob: 07887 675649

Scottish Hereford Breeders - J.R.B. Wilson & Sons, Cowbog, Kelso,
Roxburghshire, TD5 8EH.
Tel: 01573 440273 – Mob: 07980 253496
Secretary: Pauline Wason Tel: 01592 881740 – Mob: 07855 237474

South of England - Mr. M.J. Clark, Lowesmoor Farms Ltd.,
Bankside House, Lowesmoor, Cherington,
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8SP.
Tel: 01285 760427 – Mob: 07929 637573
Secretary: Emma Smith Mob: 07772 495913

South West - Mr. J.D. Moorhouse, James Barton Farm Office,
Vellow Road, Stogumber, Taunton, Somerset,
TA4 3TL.
Tel: 01984 656292 – Mob: 07714 104692
Secretary: Angela Kerslake Tel: 01884 849121 – Mob: 07973 452403

Wales - D.., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Gwastadgoed,
Llanwnog, Caersws, Powys., SY17 5NZ
Tel: 01686 688266 – Mob: 07974 416527
Sec. Powys: Glenn Pritchard Mob: 07903 021680

West Midlands - M.J. & H.M. Timmis, Moor Farm,
Ruyton Road, Baschurch, Shrewsbury,
Shropshire, SY4 2BA.
Tel: 01939 260261 – Mob: 07773 436481
Secretary: Alison Allman Tel: 01432 880027 – Mob: 07860 308599



Coley 1 Pilot (pictured left) bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the Breed Championship at the Scottish National Show held at Dumfries. ‘Pilot’ brought out and shown by farm manager Andrew Hughes had earlier been awarded the Grand and Senior Male Championships by Judge Mr William Livesey, Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Junior Inter-breed Beef Champion Sponsored by Coleg Cambria

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

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

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

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

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

Marks & Spencer Native Inter-breed Group of Three

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

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

Marks & Spencer Young Cattle Handlers Inter-breed Beef Competition

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

Best Inter-breed Beef Breed Display

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards
Pauline Wade
+44 (0) 1482 324976

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear All,

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

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

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

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

Kind Regards, 

David Deakin
Breed Secretary

Dear Member,

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

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

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

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

With regards, 

David Deakin
Breed Secretary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Young Handler Award went to Ethan Carey Small.

Supreme Champion
Richmount 1 Peppermint - J Graham

Reserve Champion
Solpoll 1 Perfection - J & W McMordie

Female Champion
Graceland 1 Nicola - N Shaw

Reserve Female Champion
Richmount 1 Ruby Royale - J Graham

Male Champion
Richmount 1 Perrpermint - J Graham

Reserve Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Perfection - J & W McMordie

Junior Female Champion
Richmount 1 Ruby Royale - J Graham

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

Class Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information contact:

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

Email: sara@saragregson.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coley 1 Pilot from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the plaudits as he took the Supreme Championship at a well attended Royal Highland Show.

Eighteen month old ‘Pilot’ (pictured right) is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by homebred sire Coley 1 Maverick. This young bull who has a good set of Breedplan Performance Recorded figures with 200, 400 and 600 Day Weights in the top 15% and Scrotal Size in the top 10% of the breed. He’s no stranger to success either, having taken the Grand Male Championship at Agri-Expo 2017 and at Northumberland County Show earlier in the year.

Earlier in the day, Judge William McMordie, Solpoll Herefords, Ballygown, County Down, made Coley 1 Pilot his Junior Male, Overall Junior and Grand Male Champion.

Standing Reserve in both the Junior and Grand Male Championships was Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from loyal show supporters, JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. Fourteen month old ‘Prime Time’ is another from the Ishbel bloodline, on this occasion, out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 and by Barwise 1 Lancer. This bull has a spectacular set of EBV’s with Scrotal Size in the top 5%, 200 & 400 Day Weights, Eye Muscle Area, Retail Beef Yield, Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Indices in the top 1% of the breed.

To complete the male section, William made Milovaig 1 Jaguar exhibited by Peter Eccles, East Lothian, his Senior Male Champion. This five year old bull is out of Irish bred Corlismore Elisia and by former Royal Highland Show Champion Baldinnie 1 Cranmore.

It was a day for junior animals when the Judge made Junior Female Champion Romany 1 Mink BL P60 (pictured above left) bred and exhibited by JRB Wilson & Sons his Grand Female and Reserve Supreme Champion. This promising 16 month old heifer is also by Barwise 1 Lancer and out of Romany 1 Mink A41 D3. Not contented with taking the Grand Female Championship JRB Wilson also took the Reserve Junior Female Championship with Romany 1 Lucy BL P61, another sixteen month old heifer by ‘Lancer’ and out of Romany 1 Lucy RE L18.

Later in the day the Romany heifers teamed up to collect first prize in the Best Pair of Animals bred by an Exhibitor.

Taking the Reserve Female Championship was Peter Eccles with Rockness 1 Matilda KH1 (pictured right) with her calf at foot. Firstly, she came won a strong cow class before being judged Senior Female Champion on her way to taking the Reserve Female Championship. This striking rising four year old cow is out of Romany 1 Dawn A84 H38 and by AI sire Kinglee 1 Hero.

Completing the female class winners, there was more success for Miss H Whittaker when she won the best female born on or between 1st September 2016 and 29th February 2017 with another Romany female, eighteen month old Romany 1 Julia BL P43. She’s out of Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 and is another by prolific stock sire Barwise 1 Lancer.

In the following class it was W, P & K Wason, Lochgelly, Fife, who came out on top with 30 month old Saltire 1 Cathy. She is all Baldinnie breeding out of Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th and by Baldinnie 1 Viscount.

Later in the show, Saltire 1 Cathy teamed up with Romany 1 Mink BL P60, Coley 1 Pippa 356 from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland and Milovaig 1 Jaguar to take Reserve Native Inter-breed Team of Four.

There was more Inter-breed success when the Hereford Team of Three (left) comprising of Romany 1 Julia BL P43, Romany 1 Plum BL P2 from JRB Wilson & Sons and Coley 1 Pilot took the Reserve Native Breed Championship.

Scawfell Genetics Ltd are happy to announce that the long awaited fully licensed semen storage facility for both domestic and export qualified semen is now open for business at our bespoke British genetics facility in Cumbria.

Managing Director James Hazard commented, “we are so pleased that we have been able to get this project off the ground. All directors as customers have been involved in cattle genetics for many years and it is great that other breeders will for the first time have another option of who to use to look after their genetic straws. Our modern, efficient and cost effective facility will provide customers with a high level of service which is required in the modern era.”

Scawfell Genetics Ltd have established a custom built facility alongside its long established bull stud in Cumbria. This facility allows a complete solution to be provided to all breeders including on farm and on stud collection, semen processing through the most modern lab in the UK, semen storage in a unique facility that provides breeders with complete transparency of inventory.

Director John black commented, “being breeders ourselves we have built a facility that is aimed at providing fellow breeders choice alongside complete security. Our main aim has been to provide a superior service to cattle breeders and we have invested heavily in the most up to date equipment from across the world to provide a simple, user friendly and cost effective facility. Assisting our breeders showcase the quality of British genetics to the rest of the world.”

Scawfell Genetics Ltd store is the first in the country that provides a completely automated straw counting system and a portal that allows breeders to see at any time what inventory they have in stock.

Pete Sherwen, Operations Director comments, “the technology we have developed to give our breeders transparency is a huge leap forward for the industry. This coupled with our advances in distribution is extremely exciting, we are delivering straws to the breeders door guaranteed within 72 hours from the day of ordering.

We are also taking care of the delivery tank returns all within a price with no hidden extra charges for less than any other distributor in the UK. For too long breeders have had to accept long delivery times, excessive charges as they have had no where else to go. Our facility provides choice which in my experience always leads to a better deal for the customer.”

For any enquiries please contact the Scawfell team on 019467 25000, through the website interactive chat at https://www.scawfellgenetics.com or send an to email  pete@scawfellgenetics.co.uk

Dear Member,

IMPORTANT please take the correct sample for SNP DNA testing

SNP testing requires at least 40-50 hair follicles, approximately five times what was previously needed for micro-satellite testing.
o If insufficient sized samples are submitted, Weatherbys will request fresh samples which will cause a delay in obtaining the results.
o If samples fail to produce a result due to incorrect sampling i.e. contaminated - then a second sample will be required at an additional cost to the breeder.

In both scenarios above, failure to obtain a result, may result in animals not being tested in time to meet key milestones i.e. dates for Shows & Sales or Exports.

Additionally, hair samples need to be:
o Clean
o Not contaminated
o Hair samples, unlike tissue samples, suffer from environmental and seasonal issues, so please send samples to Hereford House immediately after collection and always keep out of direct sunlight.
o Only tail hairs should be taken and NOT coat hair.
o Please click HERE for instructions on hair sample collection.

Imports: 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!"

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

Keith Jempson from Banbury, a renown Cattle Fitter and Showman had the difficult task of judging a strong entry at this year's Spring Show and Sale with 26 animals present on the day.

Taking the Supreme Championship was a May 16 born Bull Cullamore Nathan (pictured below right) owned and bred by R McKenna - a stylish bull with ring presence to match.

Reserve Champion went to a 13 month old Bull Drumatee Fred (pictured below left) owned and bred by John Conlon, one of the youngest animals to grace the ring on the day but certainly made his mark.

Other class winners on the day were Thornbank 1 Pirate, bred by SH Stewart and  Solpoll 1 Pole Position owned and bred by John and William McMordie.


In the sale ring trade was brisk with an average of £2583, commanding the top prices on the day was John and William McMordie, fresh from their recent success at the Show and Sale in Hereford with two bulls topping 3000 guineas on the day in Dungannon.


Class results:

Class 1 Bull born 22/4/16-24/5/16
1st Cullamore Nathan - R McKenna
2nd Lisrace Lackey Boy 10th -  D R Wilson
3rd Holland Lieutenant - B & K Holland
4th Brookfield 1 Nemo - R & P McClenaghan

Class 2 Bulls Born 12/6/16-28/8/16
1st Thornbank 1 Pirate - S H Stewart
2nd Holland Commander - 202 B & K Holland
3rd Drumnamether 1 George - P J Cully

Class 3 Bulls born 1/9/16-12/11/16
1st Solpoll 1 Pole Position - J & W McMordie
2nd Solpoll 1 Painter - J & W McMordie
3rd Nancy Aaron - G & T Morton
4th Benaughlin Norman - G & W Burleigh

On behalf of the Sustainable Food Trust and Fir Farm, we would like to invite you to attend 'The Future of UK Farming’, taking place at Fir Farm, Hill Barn, Lower Swell, near Stow on the Wold on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April 2018.

Keynote speakers will include DEFRA Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, President of the NFU, Minette Batters, and the US’s leading livestock farmer, Joel Salatin.

Over the two days, the conference programme will explore what future support for farmers will look like, measuring and valuing on-farm sustainability, methods for re-building soil fertility, and the case for re-localising the processing and distribution of our food.

More information about the event, including the programme, speakers and logistical details are listed on our website here - http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/events/the-future-of-uk-farming/ and for tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-uk-farming-tickets-44096056492

For any further enquiries about the programme, tickets, accommodation, media or sponsorship opportunities, please contact bonnie@sustainablefoodtrust.org

We do hope you will be able to attend, in which case we look forward to seeing you then.

With kind regards,

Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust
Sir Alan and Lady Parker, Fir Farm
Paddy Hoare, Perdix Partnership

Paddy Hoare MRICS 

Please come to the Fir Farm conference on the Future of Farming Post Brexit April 27 and 28th 2018 see link: 


Rectory Farm
Lower Swell
GL54 1LH

01608 670570
07855 392628

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

Bulls sell to a top of 8,200GNS with a Record Average for Bulls at Hereford Livestock Market conducted by the Society’s Official Auctioneers, Brightwells.

The Junior and Grand Male Champion 18-month-old Solpoll 1 Pogba (right) from J & W McMordie, Ballygowan, Northern Ireland was sold for 6,500gns into the Stratfield Saye Herd from Reading, Berkshire. This bull has excellent performance figures being in the top 1% for all weights, is out of Christies 1 Amber Keno and by Panmure 1 Henry.

Reserve Junior & Reserve Grand Male Champion was Romany 1 Prince BL P41 from JRB Wilson and Sons, Romany Herefords, with the help of Tom Bradley-Farmer. Prince had travelled from Kelso, sold for 6600gns to G Hall, Pinmoor Herefords, Lancashire. 


Joint top price of the day of 8200gns went to JRB Wilson’s Romany 1 Poseidon BL P5 (left). Another bull with impressive figures he is a son of Barwise 1 Lancer out of Romany 1 Lily D1 K27 and was purchased by D Manduell, Seascale, Cumbria. Poseidon is in the top 5% of the breed for both eye muscle area and intramuscular fat levels.

Also selling for 8200gns was TD & WT Livesey’s Normanton 1 Perky (below right), who was purchased by former Society Chairman RP Mann of Spinney Herefords, Ufton, Warwickshire. Perky has exemplary figures and is out of Normanton 1 Fistulina and by Australian bull Days Calibre G74 and is in the top 2% for both Terminal and Self Replacing Indices.

The Society's Reserve Bull of the Year 2017, Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 (below left) sold for 7000gns to M Shaw, Kirkby Moorside, York. This Bull was Supreme Champion at a number of Shows over the 2017 season and sits well in the top 10% of the breed for growth rates, Eye Muscle Area and Retail Meat Yield.

J & W McMordie also sold Solpoll 1 Pirate for 5600gns, another son of Panmure 1 Henry, out of Solpoll 1 Stella J11, another Bull with excellent figures being in the top 5% for 200 and 400-day weights, Eye Muscle area, Retail Meat Yield, Self-replacing and Terminal Indices. This bull was sold to HA Hatt, Weybrook Herefords, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke.

Speirs Farms Ltd’s Pepperstock 1 Norman sold to DP Jones, Maxstoke Herefords, Coleshill, Warwickshire for 5400gns, capturing the attention of number of bidders around the ring.

26 Bulls sold for £112,350 to Average £4,321.15

In the Show Heifer section, the Grand Female Champion, 13 month old Moorside 1 Poppy from G & MC Shepherd sold for 3000gns to newcomer to the breed M Jordan of Chathill, Northumberland. Standing Reserve Female Champion was Fisher 1 Clover (below right) purchased by Twose Farms Ltd, Whitland, Carmarthenshire selling for a top female price of the day of 3500gns. Clover was one of a consignment of heifers from Sussex breeders WJ Hutchings and Sons, with 2 other heifers selling to MJ and RD Russell of Chew Magna, North Somerset for 2300gns each.

14 females sold for £36435.00 to Average £2602.50

There was 94% clearance in the For Sale only female section which saw a top price of 2600gns for Mrs JA Pudge’s Heifer Black Hall 1 Shara sold to Leverington Herefords, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Well grown females sold consistently demonstrating continued demand for females in the breed.

17 For Sale Only Females sold for £24,517.50 to Average £1442.21

New Hereford Cattle Society Chairman Robin Irvine commenting after the sale that he was more delighted with a new record average for Bulls with a clearance rate of 72% which was also demonstrated a rise in demand from the previous years sale. Robin would also like to thank Sponsors, Dunbia, Meadow Quality & Nordic Star Tags for their continued support. Auctioneer Gregg Christopher of Brightwells said that trade for bulls was brisk with keen bidding on the best animals, and a strong demand from both commercial and pedigree breeders.

Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster.

Bill Wiggin MP has been appointed the new chairman of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA), by the PFLA Board at a meeting held at the Association’s offices in Cirencester last Friday (6 April 2018). The position, which is not remunerated, starts with immediate effect and will last for at least three years.

(Pictured) Bill Wiggin MP (left) with PFLA General Manager Russ Carrington

Mr. Wiggin has been the Member of Parliament for North Herefordshire since 2001 and has been breeding Hereford Cattle for 12 years. He currently runs a herd of 20 suckler cows and heifers at his farm in Upton Bishop, near Ross on Wye, Herefordshire.

“I welcome the opportunity to join a group of innovative farmers who are producing high quality food in a truly sustainable way,” says Mr. Wiggin.

“Feeding cattle and sheep just on pasture, is something I truly believe in. I want to help more farmers garner the many and varied benefits of grass feeding their animals.

“I am excited about joining the PFLA as we move away from the Common Agricultural Policy, towards farming that delivers more public goods,” says Mr. Wiggin. “This is the perfect time to take the organisations certification mark ‘Pasture for Life’ forward, to raise its profile and broaden its appeal to consumers as the healthy meat and dairy option.

“As a politician I have access to Defra, Ministers and the Government, so I can certainly help with initiatives like getting 100% grass-fed produce legally recognised and defined.”

Over the past few months, Mr. Wiggin has visited several Pasture for Life members to see how they farm.

“I have met some incredible producers working with nature, building their soils, rearing healthy, happy animals and enhancing the environment, while still producing excellent tasting food which makes them a profit.

“It is win, win, win. What we have to do is make sure all of our members see the value the PFLA is adding to their produce.”

PFLA vice-chairman Fidelity Weston says of Mr. Wiggin’s appointment:

“This is a great opportunity for us to have a sitting MP as our chairman and we welcome Bill whole-heartedly to our Board.

“He will be our voice in Parliament at this crucial stage in the formation of new agricultural policy, and will help us in our forthcoming lobbying and consumer campaigns.

“We are looking forward to the new leadership Bill will offer us, supported by our small team in the office and our panel of committed directors.

“I am confident that together, we can take the PFLA productively and successfully forward over the coming years.”

For more information:
Russ Carrington, General Manager
The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association
Trent Lodge, Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JN
Mobile: 07930 378413
Office: 01285 889853
Email: execsec@pfla.org.uk
Twitter: @PastureForLife
Website: www.pastureforlife.org

This year’s Society Spring Show & Sale to be held at Hereford Livestock Market has an abundance of quality cattle on offer whether it be for new breeders looking to purchase females to form the nucleus of a Hereford herd or pedigree and commercial buyers seeking purchase of a high performance bull.

The show commences under the watchful eye of top Northern Ireland breeder James Graham, Richmount Herefords. James, who along with his son Bradley have picked up a host of awards in recent years, will be presiding over 93 lots, comprising of 53 bulls and 40 females.

The sale which gets underway at 12.30pm will include a number of 2017 show stoppers and Superior Carcase Sires. A Superior Carcase Sire entitles the purchaser to claim up to £500 directly from the Hereford Cattle Society through his progeny over a period of up to 4 years.

Also on offer is Reserve Bull of the Year for 2017 and cattle from award winning herds including the current South of England, Midlands & East Anglia, Scottish, Welsh and National Herds of the Year.

To view the catalogue please Click Here

All entries are TB tested, BVD tested & vaccinated and DNA profiled.

Follow show & sale developments on social media via Twitter and Facebook – UK Herefords

BVD - Full implementation of Phase 4 of the BVD eradication scheme - publicity for the cattle industry in Scotland - starting 3rd April 2018.

This new development in Scotland’s Bovine Viral Diarrhoea eradication scheme, which will be of interest to Hereford Breed Society Members in Scotland........

The Scottish Government are now able to fully-implement Phase 4 of Scotland’s Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Eradication Scheme from 3rd April. This will reward keepers in Scotland who buy cattle responsibly, and will require anyone bringing risky animals in to their herd to test them for BVD, or lose their BVD “negative” herd status. The risky animals are:

1. Calves born on Scottish non-breeding holdings that have not been individually tested for BVD
2. Cattle moving off a Scottish “not negative” herd that do not have an individual negative status (either BVD test result or assumed negative from having a calf)
3. Cattle without individual BVD test results coming from herds outside Scotland.

The full implementation of Phase 4 will mean an increase in BVD sampling for Scottish keepers who buy risky animals.

Ahead of the full implementation, we are publishing three promotional videos to get the message out to vets and farmers. Please feel free to circulate them to your contacts and members, and to publish on social media and re-tweet. Our time table for publication is:

Friday 23/3/18 at 2.30pm – The BVD eradication scheme: progress so far
Monday 26/3/18 at 2.30pm – Protect your BVD negative status
Tuesday 27/3/18 at 2.30pm – Full implementation of Phase 4, message from the CVO Scotland

You’ll find the videos on the Scottish Government’s social media “Ruralmatters”:


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.

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. 

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