Get to know some of the members...
Name: Harvey Cloke
Where are you from?: Originally from Oxford but moved to a Welsh hill farm just over 3 years ago as my parents wanted to offer us all the opportunity to live on a working farm.
Which herd are you associated with?: owner of the newly established Lord Harvey Herefords
How long have you been involved in the breed for?: I have owned Hereford's for 4 years I started by buying my first heifer in 2014 Churchlands 1 Julia, she is still the key cow in my breeding program.
What is your biggest success in the breed?: I have had great success this summer in young handlers’ competitions, but my highlight has to be winning second place with my young bull, Lord Harvey’s 1 Winston, at the Christmas calf show in Shrewsbury.
What do you enjoy most about UKHY?: Being able to socialise with other like-minded people that share similar interest in showing Hereford cattle, while having the freedom to exchange ideas and learning many new skills and making lifelong friendships. It allows the opportunity to travel globally and meet the best breeders in the world.
What do you hope to do in the future?: I hope to win with the Herefords I own. I would like to increase my herd size to 10 pedigree Herefords over the next three years. My aim is to breed cattle that are not only great successful show animals but also good commercial animals with superb growth rates and a good mix of conformation and covering.
What do you hope to gain from UKHY?: I hope to learn many new skills from other people within the farming community. I enjoy being taught about clipping, nutrition, genetics, ring craft, judging, handling youngstock and all aspects of animal health and welfare. Thanks to the UKHY and Emma Smith who organises amazing trips and experiences that allows all of these things to be possible. I am looking forward to 2019 and am excited for the opportunities that may lie ahead especially the World Hereford conference in New Zealand in 2020.
Age: 17 years old
Name: Isla Soutter
Where are you from?: I live in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
Which herd are you associated with?: Normanton herd.
What is your biggest success in the breed?: My biggest success in the breed is winning the young handlers’ competition at the
National Poll Show in two consecutive years.
What do you enjoy most about UKHY?: The most enjoyable part of UKHY is meeting new people and being offered many different
What do you hope to do in the future?: In the future I hope to have a career in agriculture, specialising in livestock.
What do you hope to gain from UKHY?: From the UKHY programme, I hope to improve my knowledge of the breed and learn
different methods of production generally.
Name: Iona Smith
Age: 19 years old
Where are you from?: Ayrshire, Scotland.
Which herd are you associated with?: Milovaig Herefords.
How long have you been involved in the breed for?: All my life.
What is your biggest success in the breed?: Winning overall champion young handler at the National Poll show in 2017.
What do you enjoy most about UKHY?: I enjoy being able to meet new people from all over the world and gain experiences I might
not have been able to. It opens up so many doors and opportunities.
What do you hope to do in the future?: Achieve my honours degree in rural business management at Edinburgh Scottish Rural
University College and then I hope to get a job within the food marketing sector.
What do you hope to gain from UKHY?: I hope to widen my knowledge further by attending the workshops that are set up. This will
help me with my own herd at home by putting what I’ve learnt in to practice.
When I arrived at the workshop hosted by Heather Whittaker at Coley Herefords in April 2017 I had never led a cow on a halter or clipped or washed a cow. In the last two years since then, I have learnt and developed so much from the workshops and helping other breeders at shows.
I would like to thank UKHY for organising the trip to Ireland, it was amazing. I had so much fun, made some great new friends and became closer to existing friends.
I have learnt so much from the workshops, the herd walks and again the other people on and around our Irish trip. It was great to finish the week off with the win at Tullamore.
The support of Emma Smith and other breeders has been amazing.
I have loved my year in UKHY and the fact that there are different things to do all year round. I especially like the national shows - I had so much fun. I am looking forward to the next events and I love my uniform too! Thank you Emma Smith and other breeders who have made me feel welcome.
Grace Denning, aged 12