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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall and Class Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

Champion Young Handler - C Dorman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear NBA Member,

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,
Sharon Walton


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

On behalf of: Nanhoron Farms Ltd, Nanhoron, Pwllheli

Saturday 14th October 2017 @ 12noon

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

To view the catalogue click HERE

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

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

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

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

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

Dear UK Hereford breeders,

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

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

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

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

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

Look forward to hearing from you

Josh Dowbiggin

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



 To be held at


(For convenience of Sale)


AT 11.30 A.M.


 25 Pedigree Cows/Heifers with their Spring Born Calves

Heifer Calves all registered

Bull Calves not registered

 29 Pedigree Cows/Heifers

Autumn Calvers all P.D’d in calf

 6 Pedigree Heifers

Spring Calvers all P.D’d in calf

 1 Stock Bull – Fisher 1 Legacy L395

Bred by W.J. Hutchings & Sons

Born: 14th March, 2014

 11 Pedigree Heifers

8 to 14 months

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

For further details and Catalogues contact:

Hereford Market Auctioneers – Tel: 01432 761882

Brightwells – Official Auctioneers – 01981 250642

Hereford Cattle Society – 01432 272057

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

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

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

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

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


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


Leek & Potato Soup




Chicken Liver Pate


 Main Course 

Hereford Sirloin Beef with all the trimmings


Grilled Sea Bass with Herb Butter



Apple Crumble with Custard


Chocolate Fudge Cake


Fresh Fruit Salad


Choice of Ice Cream


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

Dear Breeders & Members,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to your support.

With kind regards,

Emma Smith
UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                        Hereford x Hol-Fr                                Hol-Friesian

Start age (days)                                         24.9                                                 33.1

Wt at start (kg)                                           61.6                                                 60.8

Wt at 20 Jan (kg)                                       139                                                   140

DLWG (start - 20 Jan)                                0.87                                                  0.97

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

DLWG 20 Jan to 8 Mar (kg)                       0.89                                                   0.92

Wt at 3 April (kg) 197 192

DLWG 8 Mar to 3 April (kg)                        0.62                                                   0.36

Wt at 18 May (kg) 237 225

DLWG 3 Apr to 18 May (kg)                       0.90                                                   0.74

Wt at 5 June (kg) 264 251

DLWG 18 May to 5 June (kg)                     1.47                                                   1.41

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Members of the UK Hereford Cattle Society,

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

Please visit  www.herefordhungary2018.com

We hope you can join us to the conference!

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

Dr. István Márton
General Manager

Hungarian Hereford, Angus, Galloway Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Carol Wilson, Food Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 10th Midland and East Anglia Hereford
Beef Tasting Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours Sincerely
Alan Pittam
A. Pittam
Hon Secretary

Beef Tasting Entry Form

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

Entries close 4th September 2017.

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

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



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

No of Entries ………………………………

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full class results below.


Champion Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Corraback Joan 15th

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

Champion Female Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Coraback Joan 15th

Reserve Female Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Pansy 

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

Reserve Male Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for Schedule and an Entry Form

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

Full details in attached schedule or online at National Show Club

Cattle Entries by 4th July 2017 please!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please click the following PDF - Some things never change!

* Merial sales data 2001 - 2016 

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

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

Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Class Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You are most welcome to join us –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Members of Hereford Society’s & Association’s 

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

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

We hope see you at the conference. 

István Márton

General Manager, Hungarian Herefords

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entries close by Monday 7th August 2017.

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

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

Yours Sincerely,

Alan Pittam
A. Pittam
Hon Secretary 

Beef Tasting Entry Form 

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

Entries close 7th August 2017. 

Breeder Name………………………………………………….

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



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

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

Entry Forms can also be downloaded HERE

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

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

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

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

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

Workshops on preparing an Animal for the Show Ring -

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


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

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

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

Food will be provided on farm over the two days.

Local accommodation can be arranged if required.

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

We would like to make a request to Members, if you have a Newsworthy item regarding Hereford Cattle or Hereford Beef please either ‘share’ it with the Society through social media – all links are below, or just send it in via email and if appropriate we will promote it......

We now have approximately 1,500 Members, all of whom can act as advocates of our fantastic breed, contributing to spreading the message of how the Hereford performs on farm or informing the public where they can either purchase or dine on Hereford Beef.  

After seeking advice from two PR Marketing companies their overriding message was that businesses should maximise the opportunities social media can offer - it’s free and a great platform to highlight strong brand messages. 

If Members can get a photograph of a celebrity with Hereford cattle or dining on Hereford Beef then please email it in, as this will certainly increase exposure of the Breed. 

The Hereford Cattle Society

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Averages: 6 Bulls £2765.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a full list of catalogued entries please click ENTRIES

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

A Hereford Guide to Management and Feeding

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

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

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