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The Shorthorn Society of United Kingdom & Ireland Contents: Society Staff Members and Society Directors 2013 3 Secretary’s Report 2013 5 President’s Report 7 This Years Letter - ‘H’ 7 Standards for Judges 9 New Zealand 2013 - 14th World Shorthorn Conference 11 Remembering Friends - Olwen Kerr 20 “Let The Word Be Heard” 21 Glenarm open day 22 Iain Malcolm open day 24 Inaugural Beef Shorthorn Society Young Members’ Club event 26 Scottish Beef Shorthorn Club 29 North of England herd competition 30 Northern Group Visit the Lowlands 31 Central England Club 33 Southern England Beef Shorthorn Club 36 South West Beef Shorthorn Breeders Club 36 South Western Counties Shorthorn Breeders’ Association Suckler Herd Competition 2013 38 Wales & West Midlands Beef Club - Herd Competition Results 38 N.I. Beef Shorthorn Clubs 41 Open Day at Tullycore Beef Shorthorn Herd 47 Open Meeting of the N.I. Beef Shorthorn Club 49 The Making of the Morrisons Advert – Cows on film 52 Scottish suckler producer secures top cattle award 55 Morrisons Update 57 Chapelton, a herd for the 21st Century 59 Most Improved Herd Award for the Shorthorn breed 62 Individual Health Declarations – Supporting the Purchase of Healthy Stock 65 Christopher Marler Judging the Futurity heifer competition 67 Mad about Beef Shorthorn 68 A Captivating Christmas Story 71 The Functional Suckler Cow 77 Maximising output per cow 82 Stirling Bull Sales – February 2013 85 Annual Spring Sale at Chelford Agricultural Centre 93 Carlisle Sale 2013 95 Native Breed Sale 99 Stirling Bull Sales - October 101 Annual Autumn Sale at Chelford Agricultural Centre 105 Skipton Sale 2013 107 National Beef Shorthorn Show at the East of England Show 110 Royal Highland Show 115 Great Yorkshire Show 121 Royal Norfolk Show 122 Royal Bath & West Show 123 Royal Welsh Show 125 Regional Shows 126 Agri Expo Calf Show 146 Stars of the Future Calf Show 148 Southern Beef Shorthorn Calf Show 150 Ballymena Calf Show 151 East of England Calf Show Smithfield Festival 153 Beef Shorthorn Breeders Directory 154 New Members and Prefixes 159 Beef Shorthorn Society Membership and Registration Fees 160 Merchandise 160

Advertisers: Althorne Beef Shorthorns 100 Alvie Shorthorns 28 Balgay Shorthorns 104 Ballard Beef Shorthorns 70 Balmedie Beef Shorthorns 135 Bova-Gen 4 Caltech-Crystalyx 66 Cairnsmore Beef Shorthorns 114 Caramba Shorthorns 138 Castlemount Shorthorns 39 Cavans Beef Shorthorn Herd 96 Chapelton Shorthorns 58 Coldrochie Beef Shorthorns IFC Cogent - Signature Beef 8 Cooper Beef Shorthorns 122 Craigfaddock Beef Shorthorns 132 Dunsyre Beef Shorthorns 98 Faradale Beef Shorthorns 106 Farmers Guardian 158 Frank Marshall LLP 92 Grandtullybrae Beef Shorthorns 157 Gilven Beef Shorthorns 79 Glenariff Pedigree Beef Shorthorns 88 Glenbrae Beef Shorthorns 6 Glenisla Shorthorns 84 Glenkiln Shorthorns 51 Harrison & Hetherington 134 Herdsure 63 Highland Wagyu 108 Highland Wagyu BC Highlee Beef Shorthorns 147 Hi Health Herdcare 97 Holkin Beef Shorthorns 34 Housebyers Shorthorns 160 Knockenjig Beef Shorthorns 64 Knowehead Pedigree Beef Shorthorns 20 Lowther Shorthorns 94 Lucombe Beef Shorthorns 142 Meonhill Shorthorns 124 Millerston Beef Shorthorns 120 Morrisons Traditional Beef Scheme 54 Nordic Star 144 Osberton Shorthorns 50 Pode Hole Herd IBC Red Cattle Genetics 143 Redhill Beef Shorthorns 46 Ricketstown Shorthorns 49 Rowanberry Pedigree Beef Shorthorns 40 SAC Consulting 89 Sandwick Beef Shorthorns 48 Shawhill Shorthorns 149 South Western Counties Shorthorn Breeders’ Association 38 Stonehills 99 Stoney Royd Pedigree Beef Shorthorns 44 Stonmour Herd 152 Symphony Beef Shorthorn 130 The Rothesay Herd 56 The Holmeere Herd 10 Uppermill Beef Shorthorns 80-81 Upsall Polled Shorthorns 74 United Auctions 105 Wavendon Beef Shorthorns 67 Wenmar Beef Shorthorns 35 Westmoor Beef Shorthorns 90 Willingham Beef Shorthorns 2 Wivey Herd of Beef Shorthorns 131 Yorkshire Wildlife Trust 32 beef shorthorn

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The Beef Shorthorn Society Directors

HQ News:

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal List of Directors for 2013

Society Staff Members “Who to contact and for what�

President Mr Mark Holmes

t: 01902 372783 e: mark@meerebarn.com

Vice-President Mr Geoff Riby

t: 01262 673043 e: ribyslivestock@gmail.com

President: Mark Holmes tel: 07973115103 e: mark@meerebarn.com

Vice-President:

Members for North Scotland Major John Gibb

t: 01575 582227 e: glenislashorthorns@hotmail.co.uk

Geoff Riby

Mr John Redpath

t: 01575 560233 e: redpathknowehead@aol.com

e: ribyslivestock@gmail.com

t: 01262 673043

Members for South Scotland Mr Donald Biggar OBE

t: 01556 660205 e: djbiggar@aol.com

Secretary:

Mr Carey Coombs

tel: 01899 810273 e: carey.coombs@btinternet.com

e: frankmilnes@shorthorn.co.uk

Mr Douglas McMillan

t: 01285 721050 e: md.mcm@btinternet.com

Frank Milnes

Members for Northern England and Wales

Claire Ward

Mr Rob Paisley

t: 01943 816068 e: rob@westmoor.plus.com

Dairy Registrations and Red Cattle Genetics

Mrs Caroline Ivinson

t: 01768 881343 e: sandwickfarm.ousby@hotmail.co.uk

e: claire@shorthorn.co.uk

The Hon. Gerald Turton

t: 01845 537202 e: turtongerald@hotmail.com

Members for Southern England Mr Trevor Brown

tel: 01908 357050 e: hootensfarm@gmail.com

Mrs Sally Horrell

t: 01733 270247 e: sally@horrell-podehole.co.uk

Members for Northern Ireland Mr David Alexander

t: 02825685168 e: davidalexander24@hotmail.co.uk

Special Member

Beef Registrations and General Enquiries e: rachel@shorthorn.co.uk

Sue Watkins Office Manager and Accounts e: suewatkins@shorthorn.co.uk

Roger Kelley

Past Presidents Mr James Playfair-Hannay

t: 01573 440364 e: james.playfair@btconnect.com

Mr Charles Horrell

t: 01733 270247 e: charles@horrell-podehole.co.uk

Secretary Mr Frank R Milnes

Rachel Foley

t: 02476 696 549 e: frankmilnes@shorthorn.co.uk

Accountant e: rogerkelley@shorthorn.co.uk

4th Street, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. CV8 2LG tel: 02476 696 549 fax: 02476 696 729 email: shorthorn@shorthorn.co.uk www.shorthorn.co.uk

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Secretary’s Report 2013 When is a cow not a cow? – when it is a horse! The revelations earlier this year that many of the beef products sold on supermarket shelves contained, in some cases, very high percentages of horsemeat came as quite a shock to many people. We would all like to think that we can believe what someone is telling us but the scale of the horsemeat scandal raised serious doubts in people’s minds. I think we as consumers have every right to know what our food is and where it has come from so that we can make an informed decision about what we want to purchase. Health, welfare, provenance, and traceability are now essential ingredients in the marketing of all food products and particularly meat. The consumer needs to know that animals have been reared on farms conforming to the highest possible standards of health and welfare and I think that we as a breed Society are helping to promote that in the Beef Shorthorn breed. Every animal sold at a Society sale now has to come from a herd which is a member of a Checs approved health scheme and the herd must be testing for BVD and Johnes. As we move closer to seeing Beef Shorthorn branded beef on the supermarket shelves we need to be promoting ourselves as a healthy welfare friendly breed. We have been collecting hair samples for all registered bull calves now for over two years and it is only a matter of time before we start some form of random parentage testing to verify the integrity of the pedigree. Consumers will then have a product offering the highest health standards and complete traceability. This is an opportunity not a hassle and everyone who breeds Beef Shorthorn cattle will ultimately benefit from the sometimes difficult decisions made by your Directors. With regard to the Society’s health requirements at Society sales, we remain the only breed society which insists on a health pen card for every animal at a sale, a fact which has not gone unnoticed within the industry and which has resulted in many complimentary comments. An explanation of the pen cards and the new risk level assessment for Johnes is reported in this journal but I would remind all members that they must supply their health scheme provider with a herd health plan otherwise they will not be given a risk level status. At one Society sale recently four different people all commented on the pen cards and congratulated us on providing such comprehensive information about each animal. One buyer stated categorically that she studied the catalogue prior to the sale and would not even look at any animals from herds which were not providing health information. Whilst there is undoubtedly a cost to providing health information there is also a substantial benefit not only in improved herd health but also in higher prices at sales. The breed average price for females has risen consistently for the last few years and has more than compensated for the price of testing. The message is crystal clear – buyers need as much information as possible about the animals they are buying, and yes that includes EBVs as well as health.

On the subject of Beef Shorthorn sales the Society will, in response to requests from members, be holding another Society sale in 2014 at Newark Auction Mart on March 29th. This is a new venue in a new area and will depend on members supporting the sale with cattle to sell. More details will be available in the New Year. In March of this year the World Shorthorn Conference took place in New Zealand. It is always a wonderful opportunity to meet other Shorthorn breeders and learn how the breed is progressing in other Countries. Our marketing partnership with Morrisons caused a great deal of interest and we were questioned in depth about our marketing and publicity initiatives. There is no doubt that Beef Shorthorns have featured more prominently in the press over the past two years and that is due to the hard work and initiatives put forward by your publicity committee. The announcement in July at the Yorkshire Show that Morrisons were increasing the premium paid for Beef Shorthorn sired cattle to 30p per Kg was a further huge boost for our breed and a further show of commitment from Morrisons towards the Beef Shorthorn. The weekly kill of Beef Shorthorn sired cattle is steadily increasing. It is a golden opportunity for our breed and I would urge every member to support the scheme as much as possible. The year to the end of August 2013 has been an excellent year with registrations and membership both increasing and record averages at sales. The recent sale at Stirling saw a greater number of females sold at a new record average. A combination of more animals sold at a higher average price is a sure sign of progress. The National Beef Shorthorn Show held for the last 3 years at the East of England will be moving in 2014. The old RASE trophies will be presented at a new event the UK Beef Shorthorn Championships to be held at the Great Yorkshire Show. The Yorkshire Show is the major show in England and regularly attracts good entries of Beef Shorthorns. This year the Show has agreed to re house the Beef Shorthorns in the larger cattle sheds and to show them in the larger rings following the Dairy judging. This will give us a much better chance to showcase our increasing entry of Beef Shorthorns and we are very grateful to the Yorkshire Show for giving us this opportunity. It would be nice to see Beef Shorthorns from all over the UK competing for these wonderful trophies.

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There will also be a new competition in 2014 kindly sponsored by Highland Wagyu with a £1000 prize to encourage people to show their animals. The prize will be awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points at the four qualifying shows, namely the Royal Highland, Royal Welsh, Royal Ulster and the UK Beef Shorthorn Championships at the Yorkshire Show. The judges committee are currently looking at the criteria for awarding the points which will be published later.

We held two commercial open days during the year, one at Antrim Estates, Glenarm who were last year’s winners of the Morrisons Beef Shorthorn suckler herd of the year competition and one at Ian Malcolm’s Cromlix farm, Perthshire. Both events were very well attended and were excellent examples of how the Beef Shorthorn is used successfully in a commercial situation. We must never lose sight of the fact that without a commercial use a pedigree breed is destined for extinction.

The high standard of animals exhibited at shows is a credit to the exhibitors and the Directors are keen that standards and etiquette are maintained amongst judges as well as exhibitors. With this in mind they have published a standards for judges which is included on pg9 of this journal which they hope all judges will consider.

My thanks must go to our staff in the office for their unstinting efforts to go the extra mile to ensure your queries are dealt with swiftly and efficiently and also to our Directors and President Mark Holmes who travel thousands of miles a year on behalf of the Society.

Another first this year was the young members day held in April by kind permission of Charles Lowther. This was a chance for young members to learn more about clipping, stockjudging, EBVs and ringcraft. Tina Russell did a great job organising the day and our thanks must go not only to Tina but to all the other people who helped to make it such a successful event. There will be a similar event in 2014 to be hosted by Charles Horton, at Cirencester, Gloucestershire on a date to be announced shortly.

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These are interesting, demanding, and wonderfully exciting times for your breed and your Society and you as members are part of it. Enjoy it! Frank Milnes Following the compiling of the journal we have learnt of the sudden tragic death of Olwen Kerr one of our Northern Ireland members who features very prominently in the Northern Ireland club activities. We send our deepest sympathies to the family at this very sad time.

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President’s Report 2013 2013 was a challenging start to the year with the effects of Schmallenberg disease to contend with in our calving and lambing season and then the heavy spring snows delaying turn out. The future looks bright, especially if you have Beef Shorthorns. Commerical men are looking more and more to our breed, realising the benefits of using the Shorthorn to breed a female that will give a calf a year with shorter gestation periods and still be easily managed, fertile and long living. If you look at suckler cows around the world, the biggest population will always be native bred. Morrisons have been a huge support to the society and breed increasing their premium for shorthorns to 30ppk, this giving us more opportunity to promote the breed. They require more and more cattle every week, striving to get branded shorthorn beef in all of their supermarkets. Who would have thought a couple of years ago that you would see shorthorns in a major television advert. Brilliant!! The rest of the industry have great awareness of us now and are following how we do things. The breed is going from strength to strength and that is all down to the support from members who are out there talking to the public and showing our great cattle up and down the country.

Membership and registrations have increased substantially. We have had some great sales in 2013 at Carlisle, Stirling, Skipton and Chelford and all have had great support which proves that our health status and pen cards are the best at giving buyers the confidence to buy. On a personal note, I would like to thank Frank and all the members of staff in the office for all of the help and advice that they have given over the last year. And also I would like to thank all of the Directors and members who have helped at shows and on stands this year.

We still need more representation at any show, whatever the size.

A special thanks to Mrs Sally Horrell for all of the hard work and time that she gives with publicity.

Remember your UK Beef Shorthorn Championships at the Great Yorkshire Show on 8, 9th and 10th July 2014. You will need to enter early to be guaranteed your place.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you at the shows next year.

Success breeds success.

Mark Holmes

‘H’

Is the Year Letter for

2014

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Standards for Judges Judges who have been nominated by the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society must be aware that, as representatives of the Society, they will be expected at all times to meet standards which have been formulated by the Judges’ Committee. The following points are intended to be of some help in this connection. 1. When invited to judge, please reply - in writing - immediately, or at the very earliest possible moment. This enables the organisation to prepare Schedules or to seek another judge if you are unavailable. Do not accept the invitation unless you are certain that you will (emergencies excepted) be available. 2. When two or more invitations are received from events in the same vicinity, during the same showing season, the Society would suggest that the second invitation is declined for that particular year, as the same exhibitors can often be showing at each event. 3. Do not enter the cattle lines or engage socially with exhibitors or their representatives prior to or during judging. 4. Remember to arrive at the event in plenty of time, and to report to the Senior Steward immediately upon arrival. Bear in mind the probability of long delays in getting on to the showground because of heavy traffic. Judges who arrive late are a constant source of irritation to the organising Society and to the Exhibitors. Moreover, a late arrival usually leads to a state of mind which is not conducive to objective judging. 5. Be fully aware of the Class specification. If in doubt, ask the Steward. He/she is there to assist. 6. Arrive at the Ringside well groomed and turned out. This is a courtesy to exhibitors who have spent a long time preparing themselves and their exhibits. Jeans, baseball caps and logos are not considered suitable 7. When in the Ring, do not smoke or stand about with hands in pockets. Do not engage in conversation with ringside spectators during the judging or in between classes. 8. When judging, it is useful to carry a duster or cleaning cloth. Animals on display are often oiled or chalked. 9. It is optional whether or not to handle exhibits but, in doing so, be consistent. Exhibitors expect everyone to be judged on equal merits. 10. During judging, use the Steward to marshal the animals as you require them. That will enable you to concentrate on your task. 11. Judges are expected to give a commentary after each class, explaining their reasons for their placings. It is also desired practice to give positive reasons. If a microphone has been provided, use it! 12. After judging, check that the Steward has finished with you. Visit the Exhibitors as soon as possible to give them an opportunity to comment and discuss your reasons. Treat complaints – however strongly they may be expressed – with courtesy and patience. 13. It is greatly appreciated by Show organisers if you write to them afterwards to thank them for their support and to offer any constructive comments you may have to improve the show.

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New Zealand 2013 14th World Shorthorn Conference The choice of New Zealand as the venue for the 14th World Shorthorn Conference could not have been timed better, as 2013 also marked the 200th anniversary of Shorthorns being introduced to New Zealand. We arrived at Christchurch Airport on Friday 8th March after travelling for 36 hours and were very pleased to be met by Ian and Robyn Dibble who escorted us to our hotel for the night in Christchurch to join our companions for the next three weeks. After the welcome dinner we were very privileged to be addressed by Christchurch Deputy Mayor Button who gave us a first hand report on how Christchurch had coped with the tragedy of the earthquake in 2011. We were all aware of the tragedy from the news bulletins but once it had disappeared from the front page of the news there was a feeling that everything was back to normal, whereas in fact nothing could have been further from the truth. The loss of life of 185 people and the complete destruction of the centre of Christchurch had tested the resilience of the residents to the core. It was quite strange listening to Mrs Button speaking so positively about the future and the rebuilding programme with no hint of self pity or dejection. The residents of Christchurch were quite clearly moving on.

Christchurch after the earthquake

Our tour of Christchurch the following morning showed the true extent of the damage. Houses overhanging huge crevasses where the land had just slipped away, whole housing estates deserted because all the houses were unsafe, and the centre of Christchurch flattened. The

main shopping centre had been renamed container city as all the shops were now trading out of containers. When we hear of an earthquake we tend to imagine the trembling and shaking of the ground but the true extent of the damage is much much worse. The trapped energy of the earthquake lifted the ground by as much as 8 metres in some places and the seabed was raised by several metres. Even buildings which had withstood the quake were consumed by slurry, a mixture of sand and water known as liquefaction which blocked drains and engulfed properties, some of which crumbled under the pressure. Some of the roads were like driving on an ocean wave.

We left Christchurch reflecting on the fact that we had come to New Zealand to see Beef Shorthorns and on our first morning had witnessed the destruction caused by a huge earthquake which fortunately we have never seen here in UK. The fact that we had experienced a wet summer and late spring were certainly put into perspective. As we continued our journey South across the Canterbury Plains we saw for the first time the huge irrigation booms stretching out across the plains for miles. The largest one we saw was over 1Km long and capable of irrigating 600 hectares in one complete rotation. This huge area of land which was once home to many of New Zealand’s 75 million sheep is now home to large herds of dairy cattle. New Zealands sheep population has more than halved to the current 35 million while the Country’s dairy herd has increased from 1 million to 4 million dairy cows. Our first farm visit was to Jenny and Mark MacDonald’s Brecon herd of Dairy Shorthorns. We were welcomed in true New Zealand style with Mark and Jenny’s daughter singing the New Zealand National Anthem for us followed by a rousing Haka from their two sons. Mark milks 580 cows, nearly all Shorthorns and they were a picture to see in the paddock close to the farm. The herd is run very commercially but Mark and Jenny also do some showing as a hobby and have been very successful winning the New Zealand Royal Show in 2012. Their cattle have also been prominent in the international photographic competition with several of their cattle representing New Zealand in recent years’ competitions. The importance of irrigation was spelled out by Mark who said that without irrigation 800 acres would support 30 cows but with irrigation 800 acres would support 600 cows. Leaving the MacDonalds we continued on through the McKenzie basin, named after the Scottish shepherd turned s h e e p rustler who herded flocks of sheep inland with the help of his remarkable collie dog Friday,

Bronze statue of the Collie Dog

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Lake Tekapo

towards Lake Tekapo, with spectacular views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, with the snow covered summit gleaming in the sunlight. At the side of the lake is a bronze statue of the collie dog, close to the church of the Good Shepherd. Lake Tekapo itself is a beautiful turquoise lake formed from the molten waters of the surrounding glaciers. This was our home for the night at the Peppers Bluewater resort. Immediately after dinner we were transported to Mount John Observatory to view stars over 560 light years away, and ponder some of the unfathomable questions posed by astronomers. How can we be looking at a star which burnt out 6,000 years ago? And where does the universe end. The following morning Sunday 10th March we took a short drive to visit Irishmans Creek, a 25,000 acre estate with 6000 merino sheep. This was also the birthplace of the Hamilton jet boat which we would take a ride on later in the tour. The estate had recently been purchased and much of the land was in poor heart so an extensive improvement programme was under way. The name of the estate was taken from the name of the plant Wild Irishman which infested the estate. The story is that the first Scottish settlers had to push their way through this dense vegetation and found it to be remarkably similar to pushing their way through the crowds to get to the bar for a drink in Dublin – abrasive and prickly! 12

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Mount Cook

So the name of the plant stuck and hence the name of the estate. Rabbits have been an enormous problem for farmers in New Zealand and myxomatosis has been introduced to try and control the numbers of rabbits. The Kiwis also have a slightly different take on the Easter tradition. Instead of having an Easter bunny competition they have an Easter bunny shoot and thousands of rabbits are shot.

We had a very pleasant lunch and wine tasting experience at the Northburn Station Winery before continuing to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Dinner was taken at the Skyline restaurant with magnificent views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.


Queensland and Lake Wakatipu

Monday 11th March was a day at leisure to explore the sights of Queenstown. This was the centre of New Zealand’s gold rush in the late 19th Century and the Shotover River was regarded as one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. Several of us took a hair raising ride out along Skippers road, with sheer drops on the side of the road, to Skippers creek where we took a ride on a jet boat up the Shotover river. After the excitement of the jet boat ride we tried our hand at panning for gold with some taking the exercise more seriously than others, and yes two of our party did find gold! albeit a rather miniscule amount. The following morning Tuesday 12th March we made the short drive to John and Lindy Dobson’s Brigadoon herd. Anita Erskine also had some of her Westwood herd here on display. John and Lindy’s cows were looking very fit and grazing some of the greenest lushest pastures we saw. After sampling some beautiful home made cakes we continued to John and Caryl Brown’s Weldon herd. The Weldon herd exist solely on grass and are not fed any concentrates. Judging from the condition of the cows they could obviously grow plenty of grass. Following afternoon tea we journeyed on to Te Anau for our overnight stay.

The next day we took a short boat ride on Lake Manapouri to West Arm to view the underground power station. The power station is housed in a cavern carved out of solid rock and is an impressive piece of engineering which started in 1964 and took 1800 workers eight years to complete. The electricity is produced by the force of the water from the lake above being channelled through pipes to the turbine. This project was successfully carried out in a World Heritage Area where preservation of the unique and fragile environment was of paramount importance. No wind turbines here then! After a picnic lunch en route, we arrived at Mount Linton Station, Ohai, Southland. Mount Linton is a huge operation by any standards. It is the largest farm in New Zealand consisting of 32,000 acres and in winter carries 96,500 stock units. Estate manager Ceri Lewis explained the philosophy of Mount Linton which is to be a world leader in genetics for both cattle

and sheep. The Angus herd has been recorded since 1991 and all credit must go to Bill and Judy Austin who persuaded Ceri to do a trial comparing pure Angus steers and Angus cross Shorthorn steers with the results to be announced at the World Conference. This was a very brave decision but one which gave very positive results for the Beef Shorthorn cross steers. The hybrid vigour gave the cross bred steers a 30.3 Kg weight advantage over the pure bred Angus and the heifers a 10.1 Kg advantage with no loss of carcase quality and a slight increase in intramuscular fat.

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The sheep enterprise is huge with 45,000 breeding ewes. The wool shed at Mount Linton had a line of 12 shearing stations which, when fully manned during the shearing season, could shear up to 5,000 sheep per day. Looking after the sheepdogs was a job in itself with 70 to 100 dogs on the farm at any one time. This was a hugely impressive operation the size of which we do not see in the UK. Leaving Mount Linton we continued on to overnight at Invercargill.

David Baynes and myself were then transported on a slight detour to see the milking Shorthorn herd of Logan Kelly. Logan is a young man with a mission and is dedicated to producing as much milk as possible from his herd of cows. The farm had only recently been acquired and Logan was quickly setting about improving the pastures. His herd were by several different breeds of sire but were consistently showing great dairy character. We saw some examples of UK sired animals here with stock by Oxton Boundless and Hooton Perfection.

David Murphy’s dairy Shorthorns

Thursday March 14th. We made the short journey to visit David Murphy’s milking Shorthorn herd. David, a long serving member of the New Zealand Milking Shorthorn Association Board, milks around 200 cows using some Scandinavian genetics on his Shorthorn cattle. His original cattle came from David Dents Winbrook herd. The herd produces all its milk from grass and forage with no cake fed at all. It was evident from the pastures we saw that David puts a lot of emphasis on producing good quality grass. We continued on through Southland heading north to Heriot to Fraser Fletcher and Susie Burrows at Glendhu Shorthorns. Established 17 yrs ago, this herd had been built on New Zealand and Australian genetics using high index bulls to improve the herd. Fraser has imported semen from several Australian bulls for which he holds the NZ semen rights. The rolling countryside looked much greener here than in many other areas we visited and the cattle were obviously thriving.

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On our way to Oamaru we stopped to see the Moeraki boulders, a very strange phenomenon of perfectly formed circular boulders along the beach. The only other marvel to rival this was how Charles managed to escape without getting his feet wet – not many people we know can walk on water Charles! We arrived at our evening destination of Oamaru and several of our party were tempted to go and see the penguins come ashore at dusk. Unfortunately most of the penguins had already come ashore by the time our party arrived and the ones which did come ashore seemed quite shy. Those of us who stayed behind certainly did not feel left out as Sally’s impression of a penguin coming ashore was very impressive and infinitely repeatable on demand!


The following day was spent mainly travelling up country back across the Canterbury Plains, towards Kaikoura with a very pleasant lunch stop at Waipara Springs winery. Kaikoura is noted for its abundance of wildlife, the most spectacular of which are the giant sperm whales, the playful dusky dolphins and the unique New Zealand fur seals, the only seals to have a fur coat for warmth rather than a layer of blubber under the skin. Needless to say we had to experience this for ourselves and were certainly not disappointed. We saw four huge sperm whales doing their characteristic dive, were entertained by a pod of dusky dolphins dancing around the boat and saw several fur seals some with their young sunbathing on the rocks. It was a memorable experience.

David is the 5th generation to farm at Hinewaka and Shorthorns have been on the property for over 150 years. Genetics are imported from around the world to produce their young bulls which are offered for sale to stud and commercial farmers at their on farm sale in early June when 25 young bulls are offered for sale every year. The effects of the drought were evident to see with some very bare pastures but the cattle were in great condition obviously being well fed and watered, as indeed we were, with more generous hospitality from the Blackwood family before moving on to Palmerston North for Refreshment at the Blackwoods – Charles displaying the night. admirable dexterity with two bottles in one hand!

We travelled on to Picton visiting the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre en route. We arrived at Picton to catch the evening interislander ferry to take us across Cooke Straight to Wellington for our evening stay. Unfortunately there was a technical hitch and the ferry was delayed for several hours which meant we didn’t arrive in Wellington until the early hours. Sunday 17th March. Following a good night’s sleep we awoke to find we had been joined on tour by some familiar faces. We were delighted to see (and hear) Malcom Douglas and his wife Wendy and Willie Alston with his son Franscisco together with Jorge and Patricio Sinclair and Miguel Vallo. We had the morning free to explore Wellington. New Zealand’s capital city. We wandered down to the picturesque harbour on a beautiful sunny morning to find that we had arrived on the morning of the Wellington Dragon Boat Festival with over 100 teams competing in various classes and lots of typical Chinese entertainment along the quayside. We left Wellington at lunchtime to travel over the Rimutaka Hill to Masterton to visit David and Phillipa Blackwoods Hinewaka Herd. As we drove in to the farm yard we were very surprised to see two more familiar faces waiting to greet us. Major Gibb and Anne had been visiting their son Alastair and it was their last day in New Zealand before flying back home.

Monday March 18th started with a very interesting visit to the TUI brewery. TUI are renowned throughout New Zealand for their amusing, very un PC advertising bill boards ending in Yeah Right. “The Aussies will win the Ashes in 2013 – Yeah Right”! OK I made that one up with the benefit of hindsight! The thought of drinking beer at 9.00am could cause even hardened drinkers to have second thoughts but then well it was free! Suitably refreshed, we moved on to Waipama to visit the Tahuna and Hiwiroa herds owned by Timothy Plummer and Jim Nick and Trish Symes. Some time ago a young man from Penrith called David Jackson came out to New Zealand and spent time working on a farm near the town of Tahuna. When he returned home he started his own herd of Dairy Shorthorns and chose as his prefix Tahuna, as a reminder of the happy days he spent in New Zealand. The Tahuna prefix therefore was a familiar name to our dairy members on tour but had no connection to the Tahuna stud in New Zealand. The Hiwiroa and Tahuna studs are farmed together which each family retaining ownership of their respective cattle with a very clear focus on producing 2 yr old bulls for the commercial herd. Timothy is a keen enthusiast of genetic improvement through performance recording and uses AI and ET to speed up genetic progress. beef shorthorn

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After a lovely lunch in glorious sunshine we continued our journey towards Napier calling in at Hohepa homes along the way. This is a residential community caring for people with learning difficulties based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and social reformer. The community is run on the same principles as Botton Village near Whitby which also keeps a herd of Dairy Shorthorns. Hohepa farm is entirely organic and produces its own cheese which it sells in its farm shop. The small Shorthorn herd produces A2/A2 milk which is ideal for the cheese production, so only genetically tested A2 bulls are used, and the docile temperament of the cattle is essential for this type of operation. The Portugese cheesemaker attributes the wonderful taste of their cheese to the lush herbal pastures and the special care of the land. We arrived in Napier, a world famous wine area, and enjoyed an evening meal at the impressive Mission Estate Winery, complete of course with wine. The following day Tuesday 19th March we crossed the Central Plateau to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, before stopping at the mighty Huka Falls where the Waikato River pours through a narrow chasm. After an early lunch at the Huka Prawn Park we continued on to Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture, famous for its erupting geysers, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud. The first thing to hit everyone as we disembarked was the strong smell of Sulphur which apparently the locals can’t smell as they are used to it. Hot water geysers at Whakarewarema

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We had a tour of the Whakarewarewa thermal village which gave us a brief insight in to the traditional way of life of the Maori people, much of which has now been overtaken by Westernisation. We were entertained in the evening by a show of Maori cultural experience with our leader John Dobson showing his fearlessness in the face of a frightening confrontation with the Maori chief. Our evening meal was a traditional Hangi meal, cooked in the traditional method of slow cooking in a pit, with the heat from the earth creating a steam box. The evening concluded with a short bush walk to see glow worms and kiwis. It was dark and the kiwi was under a bush, and they are quite small but trust me I did see one.


The next morning Wednesday 20th March we set off towards Te Aroha to visit the Dairy Shorthorn herd of Ian and Robyn Dibble. We had a brief comfort stop at Hobbiton, where the film trilogy Lord of the Rings was filmed. I was forced to admit to never having read the books or seen the films and spectacularly failed to recognise Gollum, a strange little creature who seemed to be everywhere. The area around Te Aroha is a huge milk producing area with 2.5 million dairy cows in a 100 mile radius. Ian and Robyn are well known to many of our dairy Shorthorn breeders and have visited the UK several times. They have used several UK sires in their herd and progeny of Winbrook King Henry, Wenvoe Briars Man, Hooton Fair Reflection and Oxton Boundless were all on display. Ian explained that they were paid for protein content rather than just litres of milk and had very impressive average of 3.51% protein with several cows achieving up to 3.8%. Whilst New Zealand dairying is traditionally based on block calving in the spring and leaving cattle outside all year round, there is a growing trend towards providing some shelter during the winter. Herdhomes which are simple wooden structures with a plastic roof are springing up New Herdhome at Dibbles on many farms. Whilst they provide shelter and warmth for the cattle they do also increase the overhead costs which is something New Zealand Dairy farmers have always been keen to minimise. After more delicious home made food, we left the Dibbles and travelled through the gold mining town of Waihi, stopping en route to see a huge gold mine before continuing on to Katikati to see the Orena herd owned by the Morton family of Ken, Betty, Craig and Maree. Ken Betty and Craig all had their individual studs until they amalgamated them all Relaxing at Morton’s Winery in 1996. It was a bull from Betty’s Aonga herd which is probably best known here in the UK. Aonga Simon S6 was imported and used in John and Sue Dunlop’s Tarrant herd and then in James Playfair-Hannay’s Tofts herd in the 1990s. The Orena herd is predominantly pedigree herd, selling stud bulls at most of the National sales as well as exhibiting at many shows. Ken and Betty are familiar faces on World Conference Tours and the family obviously decided to make this visit one to remember. We were duly treated to a night to remember at Mortons winery (no relation) just down the road. With generous sponsorship from Mortons wines,

Farmlands, ANZ and Boonies Boots we were indulged with excellent food and wine throughout the evening in delightful surroundings overlooking the Bay of Plenty. This was the first time I had ever heard of a baron of beef. It was a very large piece of beef cooked on the barbeque and believe me it tasted delicious. An element of competition with a target golf facility was definitely a win for the ladies with Judy Austin showing that either she was very good at golf or had consumed considerably less wine than some of the other participants. After a wonderful day to remember we made our way back to Rotorua for the night. A Baron of Beef

Some looked brighter than others as the day dawned and we headed off to Te Kuiti to visit Russell and Mavis Proffit’s Raupuha Herd. Russell and Mavis keep 98 Shorthorn cows and about 1700 ewes. After a welcome cup of tea we were treated to a very interesting demonstration of sheep shearing using both electric and hand clippers. This was followed by a fascinating demonstration by Te Kuiti Meat Processors of how a lamb carcase is butchered and where the cuts are subsequently sold. Whilst the prime cuts are sold domestically or exported to Europe the lower price cuts and offal are all exported to a growing market in China. The whole of the carcass is saleable.

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We were also treated to a fine display of sheepdog handling with the huntaway dogs - a very different mode of sheep herding to our own border collies. The huntaways control the sheep by barking and bark or refrain from barking on command. We then saw the Rauphua stud of Beef Shorthorns looking very well on some very dry pasture. When we returned to the homestead we found the lamb we had earlier seen butchered now cooking nicely on the barbeque. We left Russell and Mavis after another mouthwatering lunch to head towards Hamilton. We stopped en route at Waitomo where we were taken underground in the limestone caves with impressive stalactites growing down from the ceiling and columns of satalgmites rising up from the floor. My chemistry teacher taught me all those years ago how to remember the difference “tites down and mites up” he used to say. Well it obviously worked as I’ve never forgotten it. We concluded our underground tour with a short boat ride in complete silence and in total darkness through the glow worm grotto. Friday 22nd March. We left Hamilton for a short drive to Horotu to see Kelvin and Barbara Stokes Lochburn herd. Kelvin had numbered some of the heifers and young bulls for a judging competition but the animals were not used to seeing so many johnny foreigners and decided not to make it easy for them by standing still for too long. It was however very pleasing to see that one of the winners was from the UK. Congratulations to David Baynes one of our Dairy Shorthorn breeders! We then headed West to see John and Helen Reeves Waimai herd stopping en route for lunch kindly hosted by John and Helen. We had tasted some very special beef during the previous two weeks and Helen’s beautifully prepared fillet was no exception. Full fillets marinated with wholegrain mustard cooked at 100C for two hours. It was delicious. John had his cattle collected for us to view in the holding pens. It was interesting to see stock by Chapelton Wildfire and Podehole Beefeater which were clearly doing a good job in John’s herd. John won champion bull and heifer at the 2011 Royal show, with both animals being sired by Wildfire. We also saw a very promising young bull bred by the Morton’s who was due to go on centre for semen collection. Unfortunately the bull did not pass all the tests required for export status.

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We arrived in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city in time for a short city tour before booking in to the Sky city Hotel for the night. Dinner was taken in the Observatory restaurant at skytower with spectacular views across the city.

The Auckland skyline

We left Auckland over the Auckland Harbour Bridge driving north to Matakohe where we visited the Kauri museum telling the story of the famous Kauri tree and the region’s early settlers. It was a fascinating visit with some interesting displays. Later on the tour we stopped to see some of the magnificent Kauri trees in their natural environment. From the heart of Northland we travelled East to Whangarei Heads for lunch hosted and sponsored by the Ody families and to see their Glenrossie herd. On the fertile land running down to the sea the cattle looked superb and were certainly not short of food. They have produced stud bulls for commercial herds with some customers buying bulls from the Glenrossie herd for over 35 years, reflecting their drive for consistent quality cattle. the Glenrossie herd (right) Sons of Chapelton Wildfire at John Reeve’s (below)


We then carried on to our final destination of the tour, the beautiful Bay of Islands. It was here in 1840 that the treaty of Waitangi was signed with the British government and the Maori chiefs establishing New Zealand as a British Colony and establishing the rights of land ownership for the Maori people. Disagreements over the terms of the treaty have continued right up to the present day but the treaty of Waitangi signed in 1840 is still regarded as New Zealand’s founding document. We spent the afternoon immersed in the history and culture of New Zealand and wandered around the treaty grounds to see the very large Waka Taua (Maori War Canoe), one of the historical artefacts preserved in the treaty grounds. The following day Sunday 24th March we visited the Longview herds of Shane and Dot Dromgool. They run both a Dairy Shorthorn herd and a Beef Shorthorn herd with many of the beef suckler cows coming from the dairy unit in the form of Friesan cross Shorthorn heifers. Whilst some dairy herds here in the UK have moved to three times a day milking to maximise yields, Shane believes a better idea is to milk once a day which dramatically reduces costs and reduces labour by up to 2 men. He sells a lot of bulls to dairy farmers who use them as sweeper bulls and then sell them on to a beef farmer. After our herd visit we were treated to with a beautiful meal in the local school hall thanks to Dot and her helpers, where we experienced our second baron of beef. We were then entertained by the local school choir who sang for us and performed a memorable, and suitably frightening Haka. It was a beautiful end to our herd tours prior to our Conference the next day.

The Conference opened on Monday 25th March with a Powhiri or traditional Maori welcome. After the President Bill Austin’s opening remarks we were privileged to hear his sister in law, Dame Jenny Shipman, New Zealand’s first woman prime minister speak about New Zealand agriculture’s place in the world and the significant impact which is being exerted on all our lives by the emergence of China and other Asian countries as world producers and exporters. It is always interesting to hear how other Countries’ Shorthorn Associations are progressing and I think this year we had a very positive message to give the rest of the Conference from both our Dairy and Beef Societies. There were some excellent papers throughout the two days covering a variety of topics including use of EBVs, animal welfare and R & D, use of a central organisation serving 20 different breed societies for pedigree registrations, the proliferation of herdhomes being erected throughout New Zealand for housing cattle and a typically charismatic reminder from Tony Fountain that we all need to do much more to promote our breed. The Conference concluded with a video invitation from Uruguay to the 2016 World Shorthorn Conference. The whole proceedings concluded that evening with the closing Gala dinner and a speech from Mr Bruce Orr celebrating the 200th year of Shorthorns being introduced to New Zealand. We had a fantastic time in New Zealand. It was enjoyable, interesting and informative and we are very grateful to the New Zealand organising committee and particularly Bill and Judy Austin for their impeccable organisation. We look forward to 2016 and Uruguay.

Shane and Dot Dromgool’s beef herd

The British and Irish Contingent


Knowehead Pedigree Beef Shorthorns

2012 Spring born calves by Glenisla Agamemnon

World Conference Delegates at Russell and Mavis Proffits

Remembering Friends

2 yr old heifers by Glenisla Agamemnon with autumn calves at foot by Knowehead Cuckoo

Stock Bull Glenisla DrWho (shared with Doldy Farms) admiring the view 1000ft above see level

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Olwen Kerr Olwen Kerr started keeping Beef Shorthorns in 2005. About the same time she began converting her farm to organic production. She believed the Shorthorn to be a suitable breed because of its easy care characteristics requiring minimal veterinary intervention of medication and finishing readily off grass or with limited concentrate input. Tullycare Farm was also ideal for organic production, running right to the shore of Strangford Lough, with its very favourable microclimate, rich in wildlife and with a soil well-suited to the diverse clover and herb-rich swards that Olwen has established. She believed passionately in this system of farming. Olwen referred to individual cattle by name with great fondness and admiration, almost like old friends. She was a loyal and enthusiastic member of the Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club regularly attending meetings and particularly enjoying club trips. She had strong opinions about many issues, not least the direction the Shorthorn breed should be taken in and how cattle should be managed. Her other great passion was her horses and ponies which were managed with the cattle on a rotational grazing system, fitting in with her organic principles. Olwen’s sudden and untimely death has left us all stunned. She will be much missed by many club members.


“Let The Word Be Heard” by Tony Fountain For many years, from the late 1880’s to around the 1960’s, there was published in Australia a wonderful magazine (black and white of course) entitled The Pastoral Review and which was, for those of us living in rural areas, “the bible”. In the advertising section at the back, one of the then foremost Merino sheep studs in Australia, Fairfield Grange, ran an advertisement month after month and in which was their logo of a man leaning over a brick well and the wording “he who has something to sell should never whisper down a well” under it. Fast forward then to today, where the internet, just as Gutenberg did with his printing press, has revolutionized the world and especially in the fields of marketing and communication. But has it? Does the basic need or ability to “press peoples buttons” not be the same as it was back in the days of The Pastoral Review? Of course it is, and we ignore that fact at our peril, as we also do the ability to assume that people know about our breed or our stud. The pedigreed cattle business today across the world is an almighty competitive one and the savvy Breed Society/ Association or stud breeder will maximize their use of both print and electronic media to stay in the game. As an example, my weekly e-bulletin The Drovers Journal, which is published every Sunday and is about the Australian and global Shorthorn business (as well as Australian pastoral history) now has subscribers (it’s free actually) from 14 countries across the world. That, put simply, would not have been possible prior to the emergence of the internet, and it is this same power that you can utilise to lift the Shorthorn profile as both a breed in your country and as your own enterprise. A big part of the key to success is a having a growing database – data is dollars! Do you indeed even have one and how do you use it? Collect peoples names and contact details (including, obviously email addresses) whenever and wherever possible, and by doing so, and utilising a simple program such as MailChimp (The Drovers Journal comes via that), you can both make, and keep, regular contact with these people. However, in saying that, there is one question you must always ask of yourself when issuing an e-bulletin, designing and operating a website or writing a press release and that is “what’s in it for them?” with ”them” being the reader or recipient.

If your bulletins or website are all about how good you are, then you are most probably wasting a lot of its potential. Over the last 50 years I have auctioned thousands of Shorthorn cattle across Australia and I have never once had a bull bid. It has always been a human who did, so make “people” a central part of your website and/or bulletins. Add to that social media and the net widens. I note, and have become a “Friend” of, the growing number of Shorthorn breeders across the globe that are using Facebook as a communication tool. Doubtless there will be a number reading this short article who “pooh-pooh” the concept of social media, but I think that it is enormously valuable and I commend the UK Shorthorn Society for being so active on it. As you can imagine, finding copy for The Drovers Journal week in and week out is not always that easy, especially in the November to March period here in Australia when the sales and shows have finished and farming is taking priority for many. To help that situation, I am constantly trolling Facebook for photos and potential leads for stories on herds and people. If you want to be in the industries eye, place your stud on the internet and social media and you may well find that your enquiry rate (that equates with sales) will lift dramatically! Don’t be like the man in the Fairfield Grange ad and be seen whispering down a well! Tony Fountain is the Editor/Publisher of The Drovers Journal and is one of the leading stud stock auctioneers in Australia. He has been a Poll Shorthorn breeder and judge and was recently one of the Keynote Speakers at the World Shorthorn Conference in New Zealand. You can subscribe to The Drovers Journal at www.fountainandco.com/droversjournal.html

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Glenarm open day

A wet day in September was not enough to stop over 100 people making the trip to Glenarm Castle Estate to see the winning herd in the 2012 Morrisons Beef Shorthorn Suckler Herd of the Year Competition. The Beef Shorthorns were introduced to Glenarm about 5 years ago and quickly made an impression both in terms of producing efficient functional suckler cows and also in producing top quality beef which the estate now markets under the “Glenarm Shorthorn Beef” banner. The texture and flavour of the Beef Shorthorn meat was quickly recognised by several hotel and restaurant owners and the brand then expanded in partnership with Hannan Meats. The financial success of the farm business was underlined by Mike McCory of Dard who opened the proceedings explaining that the herd was in the top 10% of CAFRE Beef Benchmarking costings and achieves a high physical and financial performance with a tight calving pattern and 93% of calves reared. The gross margin per cow of £1306 at Glenarm is more than twice the average gross margin per cow of £617 achieved by other farms costed by CAFRE.

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The Beef Shorthorns were obviously contributing to this success with their excellent fertility which enabled Glenarm to achieve a calving index of 366 days in 2012. Since Beef Shorthorns were introduced in 2008 the calving index and the number of calves have shown a dramatic improvement as the table below illustrates:

2008

FACT FILE: 1,000 acre organic upland unit 100 cow split calving suckler herd 20% heifers retained as replacements Remaining heifers and 100% steers finished High dependence on red and white clover rich perennial ryegrass swards

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Calving Index days 413

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All year round own branded supply for wholesale business; offer to top end niche marketplace

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Much of the success of any Beef enterprise on a limited acreage relies heavily on the standard of grassland management and on the tour of the farm and pastures it was evident that the cattle had access to some excellent quality forage. The cows were clearly rearing their calves very well but had still maintained a good condition score enabling them to hold back in calf for next spring. The visitors were mainly commercial suckler producers from Northern Ireland who could not fail to be impressed by the performance of this herd. They say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating and that was certainly the case as we all tucked in to the Glenarm Beef Shorthorn beefburgers to round off the visit. Our thanks must go to Adrian Morrow, Managing Director of Antrim Estates and his herdsman Bryan Wilson for the wonderfully educational visit they put on. Even on a dreary wet autumn day, the scenery was magnificent and the cattle were a picture.

Herd performance (12 months to April 2013) 100% cows introduced to high EBV Beef Shorthorn bull Calving Index 366 days 70% calved within first three weeks 100% calved within first nine weeks 93% calves reared Weaning eight months Forage based diet for all store cattle; 14% CP concentrate introduced for final 60 days, fed at minimum rate Ave DLG: 0.98kg steers 0.78kg heifers from birth to finishing 74 steers ave 23.5 months; ave 399.4kgs deadweight R4L 26 heifers ave 23.7 months, ave 330.8kg R4H

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Iain Malcolm open day

Low Inputs and High Outputs – the Recipe for Success The second open day in September organised by the Beef Shorthorn Society this time in conjunction with the Highland and Charolais cattle Societies was to Cromlix and Coilchat farmed by Iain and Sarah Malcolm and sons Jack and Angus, runners up in the Morrisons Beef Shorthorn Suckler herd of the year competition 2013. The day was generously sponsored by SAC and NFUS and Pedigree Cattle Services were also on hand to answer questions on performance recording. After a welcome by Ian Pritchard of SAC, one of the judges of the competition the four trailer loads of people were taken up the hill on to the grazing area. The upland grazing area can only be describes as rough grazing but the cows and their calves were a picture to see. Iain uses Shorthorn cross Highland cows and puts a Charolais bull on as a terminal sire. The cows calve entirely on their own, remain outside the whole time and receive very little supplementary feed.

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No conserved forage is available so the cows have to graze whatever they can find on the hill. The first batch of cows and calves we saw elicited a great deal of discussion about the optimum size of the suckler cow. Ian Pritchard had commented earlier that the future for a sustainable suckler enterprise depended on maximising output per unit of the cows body weight. This means accurately matching cow type to environmental conditions before selecting the correct terminal sire to drive profits with minimal input. Iain Malcolm said that the Beef Shorthorn had proved its place on the farm for more than 50 years. All the heifer replacements are bought in and he finds the Beef Shorthorn’s maternal traits, coupled with the Highlands hardiness, ideally suited to his system. The herd’s all year round foraging ability has brought massive savings to their fixed costs and made a significant contribution to maximising margins on the less favoured grazing The cows looked quite small in comparison to the calves they were rearing but were obviously able to provide plenty of milk for the calf. The average size of the cows would be about 600Kg. The most striking thing about the whole set up was the lack of fixed equipment. There was one shed, one tractor, a grass topper, a lime spreader, a direct drill and three quad bikes. The views from the top of the hills were wonderful but it looked a bleak place for cows to have to outwinter. This operation was a great example of how suckler cows can be used to manage the upland hill ground and still manage to provide a good return.

FACT FILE: • 2,700 acre hill unit • 170 Beef Shorthorn cross Highland cows • 1,000 Blackface ewes • Fixed costs minimised to one 80hp tractor, grass topper, lime spreader, direct drill, post driver and three quad bikes • No wintering accommodation • No conserved forage or forage crops Herd performance • Outwintered on hill grazing supplemented with ave 490kg/head purchased concentrate • Over 50% of herd introduced to high EBV Charolais bulls • Outdoor calving commences mid March • 74% calved within first three weeks • 100% calved within eight weeks • 91% calves reared • 1.2kg DLG from birth to 22 weeks, off milk and grass • Creep introduced two weeks prior to weaning at six months • 2012 sale at six months: steers ave 275kg, £620; heifers ave 265kg, £580 • The herd is tested for BVD and is Johne’s free.

Returning back to the farm, or more precisely the one shed, the 130 visitors tried their hand at a spot of stockjudging before finishing the day with a drink and a burger. It was an interesting and inspiring day and our thanks to Iain and Sarah, Angus and Jack for hosting the day and to our sponsors SAC and NFUS for their input. Ian Pritchard, and Gavin Hill of SAC provided some stimulating thoughts for discussion during the day which was without doubt a huge success.

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Inaugural Beef Shorthorn Society Young Members’ Club event

A welcome cuppa and sunshine met the 24 youngsters plus parents who travelled from as far afield as Lincolnshire and Stirling to Maulds Meaburn near Penrith the home of the Lowther herd of Beef Shorthorn for the Inaugural Beef Shorthorn Society Young Members’ Club event. Organiser Tina Russell pulled together a hands on and action packed day of events for the youngsters with herd owner Charles Lowther kicking off with firstly demonstrating clipping a heifer for show as he moved through her body he explained the best areas to clip short or leave longer and how to blend in the hair that would enhance her shape. With ages ranging from 9yrs to 28yrs they were then spit into 4 smaller age related groups, then off to the different activities, one being the Ring craft lead by Tina Russell and Tracy Severn here they covered the basic of picking their show animal, getting to know them, basic handling skills prior to going to the show ring. The youngsters then in pairs lead heifers around the ring and then made the animal stand correctly. They also covered show etiquette and correct dress code. The more senior members also did the above but were given those

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slightly more challenging heifers and were asked to perform showing pairs and quartets. The second section was stock judging lead by Alastair and Angela Cooper who travelled all the way from Berkshire to support this event, here a line of 4 heifers stood before the groups all slightly different to make the job more challenging the youngster had 15mins to look the animals over, then a further 10mins to write down the order and reasons why. After this came the 2mins reasoning for placement each candidate being scored on observations, placement and reasons. The third section was another hands on class lead by Charles Lowther and John Rowell...who kindly let the youngsters clip the cattle, hence putting into practice what they had already observed at the start of the day. This was for some their first ever go at clipping cattle. So with trepidation they each took it in turn to change the animals in front of them, to enhance it best feature and hide those that maybe are not so desirable. I am glad to say both man and beast came through relatively unscaved.


Probably one of the most driest of topics to talk on the day was Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs), however lead by Mark Severn and Caroline Ivinson, Each component i.e. DIR – direct calving ease, Milk was explained in some detail of how it goes to make the overall Self Replacing/Terminal index Some of these could be pointed out in the heifers before them so as to understand what is meant in real terms. The topic extended to something we could all learn. How to select a heifer or bull not only on EBV alone but with our eyes as you could have to hopefully look at it 10yrs plus. Remembering head, muzzles, teeth, teat placement, angle/direction of legs, kind eyes and colour, as I am sure we all lean towards out favourite be it Red/Red Roan/Roan or White. This area brought in the Stock judging skills they had previously covered. It was also reiterated that the selection of a stock bulls for your herd needs to be with a view in to what maybe your females need enhancing, i.e. more length or height and what characteristics he can bring to it rather than just exceptionally high EBV. Each youngster came to the day with buckets of enthusiasm for the beef shorthorn breed and with different abilities on stockman ship, levels of experience in the show ring or knowledge of EBV’s. Each one of them went away with more knowledge and better understanding of the breed and showing and loved the idea of getting together on a regular basis. I am sure as a parent who attended I learned a valuable lesson, if this breed is to continue on into the future we need to let our youngsters have a go! I would like to extend my many thanks to the Lowther herd for all the hard work in preparing the heifers for the youngsters to work on and also Tina Russell and all those that led each topic for all their hard work and finally to all those parents that brought the youngsters from near and far.

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Alvie Shorthorns

Alvie Elton, Stirling Bull Sales October 2013. Sold 12,000gns

Sincere thanks to all purchasers of Alvie cattle

First crop of Chapelton Duke Calves

Last Crop of Glenisla Zinzan Calves Hi Health Member

Performance Recorded

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Scottish Beef Shorthorn Club

The Scottish Beef Shorthorn Club was launched last October and with memberships flooding in-59 family, stockman and junior memberships, equating to over one hundred members our first year has been a success. Our first event was a barbeque at the Royal Highland Show for club members and exhibitors - 80 people attended and a good night was had by all, demonstrated by the fact that people were still buying drinks at the bar at 10.30, despite there being enough free stuff in kists in the cattle lines to float the Queen Mary! In July we held a very successful visit to Quoiggs Beef Lot, courtesy of Highland Wagyu, Blackford to see their pedigree herds of Beef Shorthorn, Aberdeen Angus and Wagyu cattle as well as the interesting crossbreeding programme. Over one hundred and seventy members and friends enjoyed the hospitality of Mohsin and Martine Altajir, with Beef Shorthorn sausages in rolls on our arrival and a fabulous finger buffet later in the day. Mohsin gave us a brief insight into his plans to expand the pedigree herds, which included the purchase of another Wagyu herd that very day. With the weather clearing, we were transported by tractor and trailer up into the Perthshire hills to view two separate fields of Beef Shorthorn cows: one group running with the successfully shown homebred bull, Quoiggs Extra Special and the other lot with Glenisla Drambuie 2nd. Most of the cows go back to Chapelton Landmark, a bull that had obviously left his mark on the herd. There were many good calves on show, sired by senior stock bull Chapelton Brogie and Glenisla Drambuie 2nd. Herd manager George McCulloch was kept busy answering questions and identifying the calves that had caught people’s eyes!

Many people took the opportunity to visit the Aberdeen Angus herd, which were grazing in fields on the opposite side of the A9. Back at the steading, there were some well-grown shorthorn yearling heifers running with a young bull, and a demonstration of pure and crossbred Wagyu steers and heifers. Mohsin has noticed significant differences in these calves: the pure calves with Shorthorn and Angus recipient mothers were bigger at birth than those born to Wagyu mothers and the Shorthorn cross Wagyu calves were outperforming the Angus crosses! There were also some novelty competitions involving guessing the weight of Chapelton Brogie and the value of a pair of Wagyu stock bulls. Mohsin was keen to speak to those who had valued these bulls at over £50,000! The generosity of all resulted in over £500 being raised for the charity RSABI. Vice chairman Catriona Gibb rounded off the day with a vote of thanks to Mohsin and Martine Altajir and all who had contributed to the visit, with special thanks to George, Maureen and John McCulloch for all of their efforts too. The Club adopted the “Stars of the Future” calf show as its “National calf show” and there were over fifty calves entered for this event on 16th November at UA, Stirling. Danny Wyllie was the man in the middle who had eight strong classes to judge. There were two club “specials”: a points competition for the club member gaining most points in the open classes and a prize for the best pair from a club member: both of these were won by the Williamsons from Alvie Estate. Our secretary, Claire Robinson, stepped down at the agm in October. We thank her for all of her efforts in setting up the club. Her successor is Maureen McCulloch.

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North of England herd competition Judge: Major John Gibb This was no easy task Catriona and I (I definitely needed a driver) visited 13 herds in 3 1/2 days and inspected between 70 & 80 individual entries and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The friendly reception we received everywhere was so much appreciated and the competition between herds always positive and friendly. I’m not sure how one would cope with a bigger entry because I believe that one should see each herd within a few days of each other and late July is when cattle should be at their best.

Steve Johnson with the trophy for the best heifer born in 2012

Several episodes stand out as memories of our trip. Our ride in Andrew Ivinsons quad trailer to near the top of Cross Fell at 847m on the most perfect day. Anyone who hasn’t been to Halifax should do so to see the old factory buildings, the deep valleys and high ridges with incredibly narrow steep roads from top to bottom, goodness knows how snow ploughs can work in winter! The lush farms of North Yorkshire are a complete contrast. We saw some very good shorthorns, general observations are that there are a lot of white cattle about including white bulls in use, please don’t forget that red is very much a shorthorn colour as many commercial cattlemen home and abroad will agree. The standard of feet was excellent with udder confirmation not far behind and temperament mostly good.

Tracy Severn receives the award for the best small herd

As always in these events there are some who don’t make the prize list and to these I would say special encouragement is due because of their enthusiasm and keenness to succeed as they surely will in time; many of these cattle were so nearly in the prize list. Many thanks Major John Gibb

Gerald Turton with his award for the best large herd

Cow With Calf At Foot – 12 Entries: 1st A Thompson Pikelow Gold Queen 2nd M & T Severn Highlee Blackbrook Dipsy 3rd S & G Johnson Gilven Sapphire Cactus Stock Bull – 6 Entries: 1st G Turton 2nd R James 3rd J Hopper

Dingo of Upsall LS Alpha Westmoor Clansman

In Calf Female over 2 Years of Age – 9 Entries: 1st A & C Ivinson Blinkbonny Foxglove Tanzy 2nd G Turton Gem X742 of Upsall 3rd G Riby Stonehills Lancaster Viking Heifer Born In 2012 – 12 Entries: 1st S & G Johnson Gilven Magic Fantasy 2nd L Swiers Inglestone Graduate Foxglove 3rd G Turton Tessa X860 of Upsall Registered Bull Born In 2012 – 6 Entries: 1st M & T Severn Highlee Frankie 2nd G Turton Flight Lieutenant of Upsall 3rd M & T Tailford Lipwood Prince

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Caroline Ivinson receives the trophy for the winning in calf female


Heifer Calf Born In 2013 – 17 Entries: 1st A Thompson Pikelow Typhoon Queen 2nd A & C Ivinson Sandwick G’day Floss 3rd S & G Johnson Gilven Sapphire Grace Bull Calf Born In 2013 -15 Entries: 1st M & T Severn Highlee Gabriel 2nd R James Sleightholme 121915 400464 3rd S & G Johnson Gilven Guardsman Large Herd - 8 Entries: 1st G Turton - Excellent Stock Bulls Good Varied Bloodlines 2nd G Riby - Nice Cattle Overall 3rd A & C Ivinson - A Real Hill Farm Sound Cattle Small Herd -5 Entries: 1st M & T Severn - Good Individual Prize Winners 2nd J Hopper - Very Uniform Small Herd 3rd A Thompson - Excellent Heifer Calf Andrew Thomson receives the award for the best cow with calf at foot

Northern Group Visit the Lowlands The sun was well high in the sky during late August, thus our Northern group of doughty troubadour’s decided to head in convoy to where it was a couple of degrees warmer, the terrain was flat and they even had pretty coloured dragonflies and darters to boot !

The intervening evening was spent at a local hotel where sustenance and the odd glass of vino were consumed long into the night. We were joined by the Horrell team and all together we laughed long and hard, especially at Rob’s sparkly purple shoes!

A good turn-out of people attended with around twenty-five people journeying south from as far afield as the Scottish border and Northumberland, over the weekend of the 31st / 1st September 2013. Our motive; to have a look around two fine herds of shorthorns at both the Horrell’s (Pode Hole), and Brown’s (Grafton) herds of cattle. Friendships were reinforced, good banter was had by all and the various sun-tans on show were browned to a crisp.

Trojan looking good

On display were in the main, large framed but balanced cattle, with differing farming systems in operation at each venue. The Pode-Hole terrain was completely flat, whilst the Grafton terrain I would describe as gently rolling. It was commented upon in quite a few quarters how these cattle would physically look if located on top of a Pennine hill, they of course would still thrive and produce but would they look so serene. All have to make the best of what they have, however this is one of the reasons why the shorthorn are becoming more and more popular throughout our green and pleasant land i.e. they can deal with all situations.

His own riposte came swiftly the next morning, bright and early, he kindly sent the majority of the club on a wild goose chase across Northamptonshire in search of the abode of Trevor and Julie with the aid of an incorrect post code. Indeed, I think we saw every thatched house in the county. Nevertheless, all arrived safely. Finally, the club would like to thank Charles, Sally, Roy, Trevor and Julie for their wonderful hospitality and precious time, in giving the club a great couple of days with something to discuss, learn, debate and laugh about. Inclusive of our fury friend, the badger!

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Working with Mr and Mrs J Allison

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Central England Club Scottish Tour 2013 The Central England Beef Shorthorn Club met at Edinburgh airport on the 27th September for a 4 day tour whilst based in Perth. The group stayed at The Royal George Hotel where there was a hint of nostalgia for those who had attended the original Perth Bull Sales. Today the staff are just as welcoming, the food is excellent and the bar prepared for a few late sessions!! Our first visit on the 27th was to the Fingask herd owned by the McGowan family near Cupar. Set in a glorious position with rolling hills and stunning views, this 300 acre farm is home to one of the breeds longest established herds. The cattle were working hard with a good crop of calves at foot and with some very useful heifers destined for the October sales in Stirling. Liz Lang was exceedingly knowledgeable about the cattle and the hospitality provided by Margaret was excellent. We left in the early evening thinking that if this was to be the standard of every visit then we were going to have a good time. Our next visit on the 28th was to see the Coldrochie herd owned by Douglas McMillan. This is a new set up renovated over the last four years with the majority of the herd brought from their former home in Gloucestershire. The array of buildings would be the envy of many. The cattle were in paddocks which radiate out from the house. They were all very relaxed despite 20 people walking amongst them. The herd comprises 50 cows with 100 followers all calving in the spring. The calves were well grown and the cows were thriving on the new pasture despite a difficult winter. There was a competition to guess the weight of a young bull going to Stirling. Colnvalley Elmar weighed in at 960kg and the prize was won by Eiryth Thomas. The tour then travelled to the House of Bruar at Blair Atholl for the ladies to enjoy some retail therapy. The journey took in some of Central Scotlands best and most beautiful scenery with autumn colours just starting to show in the wooded becks and wild deer grazing on stubble. Along the route we saw fields of carrots, potatoes, brassicas and polytunnels full of raspberries.

The following day we had another scenic drive to Glen Isla and the estate of Major J. Gibb. We stopped on the way at the Reekie Lines Falls which were quite spectacular. Glenisla is at 950 ft. above sea level and is set in an unspoilt valley with steep hills on both sides. The renowned Glenisla herd comprises 6065 cows which were on display in the best of settings in fields at the bottom of the valley. The cows are all home bred and had strong calves at foot of an even type. The cows all had very good udders regardless of their age. The stock bulls are also home bred, Glenisla Arctic Storm and Glenisla Excalibur. Both these bulls are well muscled and producing consistently good calves. The visit concluded with the real treat of a hot meal prepared by Catriona; the generous hospitality being appreciated by all. The next herd we viewed was five mins down the valley and was only started 5 years ago. The East Mill herd is a good level bunch of cows with some promising calves at foot by the bull Glenisla Doctor Who. This bull is shared by the Knowlehead herd owned by Mr and Mrs John Redpath; our next visit. The setting for this farm was just as beautiful as all the rest we had seen. It has a range of traditional buildings but these are not very livestock friendly for cattle so the family rent alternative accommodation for their winter housing. The cows were deep bodied and milking well as shown by the useful looking calves at foot. The visit and the day concluded with a welcome hot drink and homemade cakes in the old diary. Our final visit on the 30th was to the home of Highland Wagyu near Dunblane. Many on the tour had their first sighting of Wagyu cattle and during the morning we were treated to viewings of herds of Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorns and a whole host of crossbreds. This enterprise is forging new ground for cattle breeding and a return visit in a few years is going to be “a must do“. Thank you to all of our interesting and generous hosts, who will always be welcome down in The Shires. LR

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Central England Club herd competition 2013 Judge: Mr Geoff Riby Champion Herd: Harry Horrell Reserve Champion Herd: RG Elliot & Sons Large Herd 1st Harry Horrell 2nd RG Elliot 3rd SS Horton & Son Medium Herd 1st Trevor Brown 2nd JD & ME Hill 3rd Robert Leach Small Herd 1st Graham Towers 2nd Lynda Robson 3rd BG & SL Williams Cow with Calf at Foot 1st Harry Horrell Cow, Podehole Phantasy Yue. Calf, Podehole Phantasy Gaiety 2nd SS Horton Cow, Hannington Magic Amanda. Calf, Hannington Magic Goblin 3rd Trevor Brown Cow, Grafton Xeni. Calf, Grafton Giselle Floss Bull over 18 month of Age 1st Lynda Robson 2nd Trevor Brown 3rd SS Horton Group of Home Bred Heifers 1st James Fanshawe 2nd Robert Leach 3rd Julia Evans

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Podehole Brigadier Lowther Eclipse Knockenjig Eclipse

Heifer Born in 2012 1st Harry Horrell 2nd Graham Towers 3rd Robert Leech

Podehole Gypsey Freesia Greenley Heathermaid 2nd Warmington Broadhooks 2nd

2013 Born Heifer Calf 1st Harry Horrell 2nd Julia Evans 3rd Graham Towers

Podehole Madeline Glamour Longlands Carnation Gale Greenley Broadhooks Gracie

2013 Born Bull Calf 1st Graham Towers 2nd Harry Horrell 3rd Harry Horrell

Greenley Grenadier Podehole Grandee Podehole Geronimo

It was a great honour to be asked to judge the Central Clubs 2013 herd competition. With eldest daughter Rosemary, as driver, we had a wonderful round trip from 29th to 31st July 2013 of 750 miles including 9 counties and inspecting 1094 cattle in 15 herds. The cattle were exceptional throughout and hospitality amazing, the countryside breath taking but the weather varied from good to horrendous. I would of thought Trevor Brown would have sorted the weather better!! The standard of cattle inspected was high throughout all the classes and the points awarded were close. I’m sure given a few years the competition could be any ones. Well done and congratulations to everyone. Thanks again. Geoff Riby


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Southern England Beef Shorthorn Club The end of 2012 saw a good turnout for the Southern Club members AGM and Christmas lunch held once more at the Shoot room of the Hursley estate, home of Hursley Beef Shorthorns, and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all – David and Finn’s Shoot Room is a great venue. We were joined by Mr and Mrs Charles Lowther, who made the trip to present the prizes for the 2012 Herd Competition judged by Charles earlier on in the year, and sincerely thank him for his time and expertise in visiting our Herds – quite a trek round Southern England covering a large area from Kent to Somerset. Herd Competition Results:

Champion Calf Redhill Fitzroy, with the Redhill Team and Judge Trevor Brown

Senior Bull: GAMBLEDOWN with ALVIE CONNOR Junior Bull: ANGELA AND ALISTAIR COOPER with HAWTHORN MAXIMUS. Cow and Calf: LEP FARMS with MEONHILL PURDY Heifer Born 2011 onwards: LEP FARMS with MEONHILL JOYFULL CRYSTAL. Calf: DRAYTON FARM with MEONSIDE WIMPLE FOXGLOVE Group of Heifers: MEONHILL Large Herd: MEONHILL Medium Herd: MEONSIDE Small Herd: COOPERDOWN Champion Herd: MEONHILL Reserve Champion: HANNINGTON

Farm Walk at Meonhill in Hampshire

Southern Club Calf Show 2012 2012 also saw the birth of the Southern Club Calf Show held at the Bristol Sales Centre on 3rd November 2012. A most successful and enjoyable day with really good support from the members has resulted in the likelyhood of this becoming an annual event. Very generous cash prizes and trophies from our sponsors and a great lunch laid on by Sue Watson and Tim, saw this first Southern Calf Show go with a swing. Overall and Male Champion went to Brenda Weir’s Redhill Fitzroy, with Meonhill Emerald Gem taking Female Champion and Young Handler Champion going to Sophie Pallet. Well done to all who entered and made the day such a success.

The Southern Group Farm Walk open day at Meonhill in July was a great success. Very well supported with over 40 members and potential members attending. We were greeted with a Soup and Sandwich lunch and chat, followed by a scanning demonstration and talk kindly given by Jim Barber of Abri, giving us all food for thought in making future breeding program decisions. We then had a walk round the Meonhill Herd and saw how the breed thrives in the unforgiving Hampshire hills, but today even the weather was kind, Afterwards, back to the barn for tea, more chat and the result of the Caption Competition. Well done Angela Wynn for winning a bottle of wine here, and everybody for some very amusing entries. Southern Club Members have been great supporters of Beef Shorthorn entries at the shows this Summer, ensuring, we hope, a continuation of having our own Breed classes. The list of members supporting these shows include The North School, Drayton Farm, Hannington, Gambledown, Meonhill, Mark and Sophie Pallet, Hursley, Terry and Alison Ruby, Sue Watson and Tim Prior and others with some pretty notable wins being notched up overall. All in all, a great year for Southern Beef Shorthorns. The wish list for the future includes more new members, a level TB playing field, a successful Southerly Bull Auction and a dash of good luck.

South West Beef Shorthorn Breeders Club - Annual Report 2013 The past year has been a vast improvement on the past two years for all our members - lengthy periods of dry weather made life much easier and stock much happier. The annual Inter-Breed Quiz, organised to enable various cattle breeders in the south west to have an enjoyable winter evening of entertainment and socialising, resulted in a win by our team. Congratulations to all four team members - Judy Mills, Anne Locke, Geoff Chedgey and James Taylor, who answered a multitude of questions on every topic and won a tight-fought battle to emerge victorious. The Club was extended an invitation to visit the Thorne family, near Crediton, and several members joined together to see their Stockleigh herd and learn about the Thorne Farm Shop, Anthony’s passion for the breed and its vital input into the shop.

This was an excellent afternoon out, seeing an appealing selection of cattle, learning about their management and how Anthony and his family passionately promote the meat in their retail business. Combine all this with the stunning farm location in mid-Devon, varying from low lying wetland to fields some 600m above sea level, affording vistas across the southern coast and northern face of Dartmoor, it all made a thoroughly enjoyable visit. Even the incoming rain showers could not deter Club members from enjoying the sumptuous spread provided by the Thorne family as a finale to the afternoon - many thanks go to the whole family for not only providing a truly delicious home-produced meal, but also for devoting their precious time to entertain the members.

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South West Beef Shorthorn Breeders Club Herd Competition

We were very pleased to welcome James Nelson from Northern Ireland to judge the herds. Joined by George Somerville and Edward McIlwaine, James was ably chauffeured by Keith Turner and Eddy Mills on the usual “whistle-stop” tour of the South West Area and we are extremely grateful to all members who provided such a genuine welcome and hospitality. Judge’s Report It was an honour to be invited to judge the South West of England’s Herd Competition. Liz Poole-Warren told me it was quite a task and it certainly was, with a huge area to cover in a tight time schedule. Keith Turner, now known as Jason Button, was our (George Somerville and Edward McIlwaine) tour guide. He was a great host and travelling companion. The South West is a fantastic part of the United Kingdom and the breeders are friendly, kind and good fun! Most of herds are “young” – formed in the last 10 years, so it takes time to get the uniformity which I was looking for. All the herds had very good individual animals, with some of those in the top level. The management was similar to my own – commercial and all cattle were working hard after the dry summer with grass in short supply. I saw some very nice young stock of heifers and heifer calves working their way through the herds, so the future looks bright for the enthusiastic breeders of the South West. Over the last two years I have seen around 1,000 head of Beef Shorthorns, having judged the Central Club in 2011 and it has been great to see very good shorthorn cattle spreading throughout the country, in herds which are not so much in the public eye - doing a good job of strengthening our great breed.

Large Herd 1st Mr Roger Grose Trevarrick Herd 2nd Mr & Mrs K Turner Wivey Herd 3rd Mr & Mrs J Locke Polden Herd Medium Herd 1st Mr & Mrs M Christian Woolcombe Herd 2nd Mr & Mrs R Woodley Willingvale Herd 3rd Mrs T Blake Stonmour Herd Small Herd: 1st Mr & Mrs D Wootton Misty Herd 2nd Mr & Mrs I Dixon Lew River Herd 3rd Mr R Whitcombe Bruevallley Herd Senior Bull 1st Mr R Grose Trevarrick Z Man 2nd Mr & Mrs K Turner Wivey Admiral Gus 3rd Mrs T Blake Stonmour Thunder Cloud Junior Bull 1st Mr & Mrs K Turner Wivey Fireman 2nd Mr & Mrs K Turner Wivey Flagship 3rd Mr & Mrs K Turner Wivey Fearless Homebred Cow 1st Mr R Grose Trevarrick White Gem 2nd Mr & Mrs K Turner Wivey Non Pareil Aneika 3rd Mrs T Blake Stonmour Musical May Any Prefix Cow 1st Mr R Whitcombe Holtlodge Woodruff 2nd Mr & Mrs M Christian Alvanley Irania Cherry 3rd Mr & Mrs M Christian Glenisla Catriona Rosebud 100% Cow 1st Mrs T Blake Stonmour June Fairy Heifer in calf or with calf at foot 1st Mr & Mrs M Christian Woolcombe Bundaberg Jubilee 2nd Mr & Mrs D Wootton Misty Lovely Lark 3rd Mr & Mrs M Christian Woolcombe Foxglove Gem Maiden Heifer 1st Mr & Mrs M Christian Woolcombe Gem Rebecca 5th 2nd Mr & Mrs R Woodley Willingvale Clipper Princess 2nd 3rd Mr & Mrs R Woodley Willingvale Augusta Willow 2nd Suckled Calf (Male) 1st Mr & Mrs M Christian Woolcombe Guy 2nd Mr & Mrs D Wootton Misty Grandstand 3rd Mr & Mrs M Christian Woolcombe George Suckled Calf (Female) 1st Mr & Mrs M Christian Woolcombe Mignonette 9th 2nd Mr R Grose Trevarrick Gem 3rd Mr & Mrs R Woodley Willingvale Augusta Willow 4th Champion Calf: Mr & Mrs M Christian - Woolcombe Guy Res Ch Calf: Mr & Mrs M Christian - Woolcombe Mignonette 9th Butcher’s Beast: Mrs T Blake - Stonmour Socks

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South Western Counties Shorthorn Breeders’ Association

Redhill Bundaberg’s Lovely 2nd Winner of the SWCSBA’s Herd Competition Cow Class 2013 REDHILL HERD - Brenda Wear tel: (01275) 474271 Windover, Butcombe, Blagdon, Bristol. BS40 7XQ (5 mins Bristol Int Airport) TONEMOOR HERD - Arthur Whittle tel: (01823) 400910 Houndsmoor Farm, Milverton, Taunton, Somerset. TA4 1PU

Tonemoor Foggathorpe 4th Winner of the SWCSBA’s Herd Competition Maiden Heifer Class 2014 DIARY DATES February: Annual Skittles Match Wednesday 9th April: SWCSBA AGM & President’s Dinner - Oake Manor Golf Club, Taunton. TA4 1BA September: Annual Herds Competition

Secretary: Sally Mitchell c/o Westgate House, 45 High West Street Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UT | tel: 01305 268786 | email: sally.mitchell@gth.net

South Western Counties Shorthorn Breeders’ Association Suckler Herd Competition 2013 Herd Competition 1st A Whittle 2nd B Wear 3rd T Blake

Tonemoor Herd Redhill Herd Stonmour Herd

Bull 1st 2nd

Stonmour Thunder Cloud Gunville Tyson

T Blake A Whittle

Suckler Cow 1st B Wear 2nd T Blake 3rd A Whittle

Redhill Bundaberg Lovely 2nd Stonmour Primrose Holden Pansy 4

Suckler Heifer 1st B Wear 2nd A Whittle 3rd A Whittle

Redhill Promoters Lovely 053 Tonemoor Foggathorpe 3 Tonemoor Pansy 6

Maiden Heifer 1st A Whittle 2nd B Wear 3rd T Blake

Tonnemoor Foggathorpe 4 Redhill CP Lovely 071 Stonmour Lucklee

Suckler Calf 1st B Wear 2nd A Whittle 3rd H Rawlins

Redhill Eva Broadhooks 084 Tonemoor Foggathorpe 8 Ablington Snowdrop

Wales & West Midlands Beef Club - Herd Competition Results Herd: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Frenni Herd Lamboro Herd Vale Meadows Herd Stock Green Herd Elkington Herd

Best Bull: 1st Dunsyre Cavalier 2nd Vale Meadows Daffyd 3rd Maevllyd Malcolm 4th Wenmar Everest

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Brian Thomas Alma James Martin Reynolds Ted Everitt Mark Davies

Best Cow or Heifer: 1st Lamboro Ury Maid Yarrow 2nd Frenni Elissa Ffion 3rd Wavendon Flossy Flower 4th Stock Green Cherry 5th Elkington Fairy

Frenni Vale Meadows Lamboro Stock Green

Best Calf: 1st Stock Green 500244 TedEveritt 2nd Lamboro Ury Maid Greetings Alma James 3rd Elkington 955 4th Vale Meadows Gentleman

Alma James Brian Thomas Martin Reynolds Ted Everitt Mark Davies


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1st Prize Group of Heifers in Herds Competition 2013 RESERVE CHAMPION

3rd INTER BREED CHAMPION

Castlemount Jimmy, Reserve Champion at National Show 2013

1st Progency of Kilfrush Roulette by Creaga Dice, 3rd Prize in the Heifer Calf Class in Herds Competition 2013

Castlemount Joker, Interbreed Champion at Limavady Show 2013

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Castlemount Frankie, 1st Prize Senior Bull at Stirling Bull Sales October 2013, maternal brother to Castlemount Joker

Ballyvaddy Foxglove Flake, Champion at Armagh Show 2013

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N.I. Beef Shorthorn Clubs Annual herd competition Judge: Mr Arthur Lawrence

Herd competition Judge Arthur Lawrence, overall Champion David Alexander with his son Tom Alexander & the Judges wife Hilary Lawrence

Large Herd 1st Uppermill Herd 2nd Cooper Herd 3rd Lisnawiggle Herd

James Porter Tom McGuigan Harry Millar

Small Herd 1st Craigfaddock Herd 2nd Mullaglass Herd 3rd Glenbrae Herd

David Alexander Richard Henning James Nelson

Stock Bull 1st Chapelton Alamo 2nd Glenisla Agamemnon 3rd Lynthorpe Emblem

T.F Duncan&Co Tom McGuigan James Nelson

Brood Cow 1st Priestland Flossies Sam McCollum 2nd Craigfaddock Lady Annetta 8th David Alexander 3rd Glenbrae Floss B7 James Nelson Heifer Group 1st Castlemount Shorthorns 2nd James McConaghy 3rd Luke Cosgrove Young Bull 1st Craigfaddock Finn McCool David Alexander 2nd Castlemount Frankie Castlemount Shorthorns 3rd Uppermill Samsonite James Porter Herd competition Judge Arthur Lawrence overall Reserve Champion Richard Henning, N.I. Beef Shorthorn Club Chairman Tom McGuigan & the Judges wife Hilary Lawrence

Bull Calf 1st Glenbrae Gip James Nelson 2nd Castlemount Knight Castlemount Shorthorns 3rd Craigfaddock Giant’s Causeway David Alexander Heifer Calf 1st Mullaglass Matilda 10th Richard Henning 2nd Craigfaddock Lady Annetta 16th David Alexander 3rd Castlemount Dice Zipy Castlemount Shorthorns Champion Young Handler:

Jack Kelly, Dromara

Champion Herd: Craigfaddock Herd

David Alexander

Reserve:

Mullaglass Herd

Richard Henning

James Nelson 3rd Small Herd with Judge Arthur Lawrence, Tom Alexander 1st in the Small Herd and Richard Henning 2nd in the Small Herd

Judge Arthur Lawrence with James Nelson 3rd in Best stock bull, Fred Duncan Ist Best Stock Bull and Tom McGuigan 2nd in the Best Stock Bull

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A tremendous turnout of Beef Shorthorn breeders and friends attended the Annual Dinner held in the Ramble Inn, Ballymena, on Thursday 16th September 2013. A delicious meal was enjoyed with Beef Shorthorn meat was on the menu sourced from Peter Hannon of the famous award-winning Hannon Meats, Moira. Hannon Meats recently installed a larger Himalayan Salt Chamber to accommodate the rise in demand for Shorthorn Beef. Many thanks to the manager and staff of the Ramble Inn for their hospitality, the venue and service were second to none. This year Arthur Lawrence from Perthshire in Scotland was our Judge of the Herd competition.

James Nelson 3rd in the Brood Cow with Judge Arthur Lawrence, winner Sam McCollum & 2nd Tom Alexander

He went on to comment that it was an honour to be asked and he knew it would be a difficult task when he accepted. Nothing prepared him for how difficult it would be as there were literally only points between most of the top herds here in Northern Ireland, but that had not stopped his wife, Hilary and himself enjoying their time and hospitality shown to them. Arthur then went on to thank all those who took the time and effort to enter the herd competition and was most impressed by the breeders enthusiasm towards the beef shorthorn breed. He commented that he was looking for a balanced herd with functional cows, good feet and milky udders. Arthur congratulated David Alexander’s Champion “Craigfaddock” Herd, the most uniform herd with consistency throughout. A special mention was also given to James McConaghy who farms the “Stolan” Herd, Larne in the most difficult conditions he had ever seen, making an excellent job of his heifers. “If beef shorthorns can thrive here they can thrive anywhere”.

Sean Cosgrove 3rd in the group of heifers, Judge Arthur Lawrence, Duncan McDowell 1st in Group of Heifers & Tom McGuigan 3rd in Group of Heifers

The next event on our winter programme will be the Calf Show at Ballymena livestock Mart on Saturday 7th December 2013. Anyone wishing to enter or want more information please contact Paddy McGuigan on mobile number: 07977590343

2nd prize winner Duncan McDowell in the junior Bull Class with Judge Arthur Lawrence, Tom Alexander winning Junior Bull Class & James Porter 3rd

Judge Arthur Lawrence presenting Jack Kelly with the Young Handler Cup Judge Arthur Lawrence 1st prize James Nelson with his Bull Calf, 3rd in the bull calf Tom Alexander & Duncan McDowell 2nd in the bull calf class

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N.I Beef Shorthorn Clubs Herd Visit For the 2013 Northern Ireland trip it was another early start with great shorthorns and fantastic scenic trip of southern Scotland for the club members and friends. Our first herd was the Ballylinney Herd of Derek and Cindy Steen. Where we saw three groups of cows and calves and an Members listening to pedigrees at Tofts with James Playfair-Hannay impressive line up of stock bulls. This was a particularly interesting herd for the group as Derek and Cindy had used a large influence of Irish genetics and blended them with the Scottish genetics to create a very uniform herd of easy calving easy fleshing animals. After a couple of hours back on the bus we arrived at morebattle tofts here we greeted by James Playfair-Hannay to show us around the cattle here. The tofts herd has had a huge influence of genetics from all corners of the world. Here we saw another three groups of cows and calves and four stock bulls and an impressive field of young bulls. From here we went to the hotel for dinner and to sleep on what we had seen that day. The Next morning after breakfast we were back on the bus for a few hours to the Glenkiln farm managed by George Somerville. Here the emphasis was on a functional cow irrespective of the breed. The first group of cattle we saw here were commercials running with the shorthorn bull and then to view the purebred stock later the bulling heifers. Shorthorn genetics here were mainly UK based. From here we had a short trip down the road to the Chapelton herd. Here we saw bulling heifers, the cows with bull calves, the cows with heifer calves stock bulls and then the young bulls. Genetics here were based on Canadian and American embryos and then mostly UK genetics bred back over these. Over the four herds and two days although varying environments and genetics the same themes ran through, this was of functional cattle and very enthusiastic and friendly people. A very big thank you to all our hosts for the chance to view some very impressive cattle and for all your hospitality. Many thanks, C McGuigan

Members listening to pedigrees with Derek Steen

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N.I. Club AGM A Very Exciting Year For N.I. Beef Shorthorn Club Club Chairman Tom McGuigan welcomed an enthusiastic gathering of members and friends to the Ballinderry Inn Moira on Wednesday February 20th. Guest Speaker Maria Guelbenzu, veterinary research officer from AFBI, outlined the current Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) control programme which commenced in January and is voluntary this year. She encouraged everyone to participate and help eliminate persistently infected animals from their herds, therefore eradicating BVD.

Appreciation also must go to the award winning butchers Hannan Meats of Moira who promote and use quality local beef in their shop from native breeds such as the shorthorn. The 2012 Annual National Show was held at Ballymoney Show, a young roan bull Mullaglass Exuberant from Richard Henning’s Mullaglass herd took overall Supreme Breed Champion. Overall reserve champion went to a five year old cow from Fred Duncan’s Largymore herd. Special thanks going to Ballymoney Show for hosting the event and to Judge John Redpath who travelled from Blairgowie in Scotland.

Maria draws the winning ticket

After a lively debate, Maria was asked to draw the winning ticket for a Shorthorn Heifer owned by Thomas McGuigan which had been put up for raffle by the Club. After expenses monies raised will be going to Macmillan Cancer Care Nurses and Club funds. Jason Hamilton from Glenarm was the lucky ticket holder and was delighted to accept. Following a delicious supper, David Alexander gave an outline on the Clubs accounts. Secretary Richard Henning reflected on another successful year which included the Beef Expo in Dungannon. There were around 2,000 visitors with 16 breed stands. The shorthorn stand was a great advert for the breed. A range of cattle had been kindly provided by members. Two very stylish heifers from James Porters Uppermill herd, two young bulls from my own Mullaglass Herd and attracting many admirers were three crossbred beef shorthorn heifers from Duncan McDowell and Sam Martin’s Castlemount Herd. A very successful Spring show and sale held at Moira saw a packed ringside with keen demand in all sections. Congratulations going to James Porter’s Uppermill herd who took Overall Supreme Champion with Uppermill Superior, selling for 2,100gns, overall reserve champion went to a heifer of Sam McCollums from his Priestland Herd which realised 2,020gns. Winners of the Morrisons Beef Shorthorn Suckler Herd of the Year was Antrim Estate, Glenarm, Ballymena, managed by Bryan Wilson, who was praised for his attention to detail, management and maximising the marketing of Beef Shorthorn produce from the unit’s 100 cow organic herd. The club welcomes Morrisons Supermarket for their backing under the Morrisons Native Bred Scheme which gives the commercial producer added value for their steers.

Local shows were well attended and represented by members, congratulations going to the Mullaglass, Largymore, Castlemount, Uppermill and Croobview Herds which took overall breed and reserve championships. One of the highlights being when Denise Bailie’s two heifers Croobview Dot Com and Tintrim Coonagh from the Croobview Herd won the beef interbreed championship pairs in a strong final at Antrim Show. Flying the flag for the breed and winning in style at the 2012 Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh with an outstanding cow Gipsy Rascal and stylish bull calf from the Uppermill Herd owned by James Porter. This cow won Best Female and went on to win the Overall Supreme Breed Championship at the Show. The NI club organised a trip to Southwest Scotland, visiting the Cairnsmore Herd of Bill and Jane Landers, the Rothesay Herd at Dumfries House owned by Morrisons, Jack and Grace Ramsay’s herd at Millerston, finishing with an Open Day held at Glenapp Estate. The common difficulty faced by these herd owners had been the weather, but it was very clear, that shorthorn cows can still “produce the goods” even under extremely difficult conditions. Special mention was given to the Herds competition, which was kindly sponsored by The Ulster bank. Congratulations were extended to the two overall winners, David Alexander’s Large Herd Craigfaddock and Olwen Kerr’s Small Herd Tullycore. Judge James Scott from Inverness was very impressed with the standard of stock forward, results were announced at the annual Dinner in the Wild Duck, Portglenone. Breed enthusiasts travelled from all over Ireland to view the long established Priestland herd of Sam and Frances McCollum at an Open Day held in May. The purebred herd showing both quality and scale were very much admired by breeders and visitors, especially a group of blue-grey maiden heifers which attracted a lot of interest typifying what’s best in our native breeds. Our thanks go to the McCollum family for their warm welcome. beef shorthorn

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For the first time the NI club held a Calf Show at Ballymena Mart, Patrick Brady kindly judged the event. Scooping Overall Supreme Championship and Senior Bull class was a promising young bull from Tom and Kate Madden’s Ballyvaddy Herd, Overall Reserve Champion went to a stylish Feb born heifer of James Porter’s Uppermill Herd, the Commerical Championship went to Jonathan Adams, Bellaghy with a shorthorn/limousin cross bull calf. The Chairman Tom McGuigan in his remarks was delighted to report on how the NI breeders had topped the show and sale at Perth Bull sales with the Female Champion from Tom and Kate Madden’s Ballyvaddy herd with an April born Ballyvaddy Heathermaid E775 and the highest priced bull £8,500 was a first prize winning Burnside Elite brought out by W and J McAllister, Ballymena, born in April 2011, he is by the popular AI sire Creaga Dice, and is out of the home-bred Burnside Bluebell. James Porter, Uppermill herd claimed the reserve junior championship award with Uppermill Retro TSI + 8 SRI + 5. Born in May 2011 by Trunley Zorba - senior male champion at Glenarm in 2011 while his dam is the Uppermill Bartle daughter, Rothes Jordan, selling for 4,500gns. James Porter also realised 4,000gns for the first placed junior bull Uppermill Jefferson. The future looks promising and with the increasing interest and demand in the breed from commercial suckler producers and breeders alike, elected committee members will be working hard to organise new and established events commencing with the second Show and Sale being held on the first Saturday in May at Moira.

The RUAS have reintroduced classes for Beef Shorthorns this year which can be viewed online or contact RUAS direct for entry forms. The “National Show” will be held at Castlewellan Agricultural and District Show on the 13th July. This year the show is to be televised. Ballymena Show will also be introducing new beef shorthorn classes at their show on the 25th May. Tom wished all the members and breeders every success in the year ahead and encouraged members to keep up the good work in promoting the breed in Northern Ireland and beyond. William Carson carried out the election of office bearers with the following serving for the 2013/14 term: • Chairman: Thomas McGuigan • Vice Chairman: David Hammond • Secretary: Patrick McGuigan • Treasurer: David Alexander • PRO: Denise Bailie Committee: Richard Henning, Karen Carson, James Nelson, Richard Henderson, Fred Duncan, James Porter, George Shanks and Harry Millar. Tom McGuigan, Chairman concluded by thanking the Ballinderry Inn and its staff for the excellent supper and for hosting the committee meetings throughout the year. He also encouraged both old and new members to contact our new secretary Paddy McGuigan mobile number 07977590343 to renew their membership to ensure everyone receives the necessary information and avail the range of services being offered by the Club to its paid up members.

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Open Day at Tullycore Beef Shorthorn Herd Olwen Kerr kindly hosted the Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club annual herd open day. Situated on the picturesque shores of Strangford Lough near Killinchy. Olwen stated that when she was working as a young vet in the seventies, it was nearly all with shorthorns. Back in 2005 beef shorthorns had been placed on the register of rare breeds and when Olwen decided to establish her own herd, beef shorthorns were the obvious choice as she had always been impressed with their great temperament, natural milking ability and low maintenance. When selecting bloodlines Olwen was keen to source very traditional Irish bloodlines and purchased four heifers from the old long established Ballyshonakin herd based in Limerick. An additional four heifers were also purchased from the Annacloy herd of the McGrath Family near

Downpatrick, one of these cows Annacloy Nancy can be seen today and looks as good as ever, producing Olwen a live calf every year. The first two bulls used were purchased from the Craigfaddock herd of David Alexander, Ballymena and proved very successful and further strengthened the old irish bloodlines of Deerpark and Kilkenny Major. A delicious barbeque with shorthorn burgers and sausages from Hannan Meats, Moira was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended the Open day. The evening concluded with members presenting a cheque for ÂŁ1,500 to MacMillan Hospice representatives. The beef shorthorn club would like to thank Olwen for affording the members the opportunity to view the Tullycore Herd and for her generous hospitality.

left to right David Hammond Vice chairman of the NI Beef Shorthorn club, Tom McGuigan Chairman of the NI Beef Shorthorn Club, Olwen Kerr Host Farmer, Anne & Robert Bannister Macmillan Cancer Care Volunteers.

Fund raising from the Northern Ireland Club Chairman and Vice Chairman of the NI Beef Shorthorn Club presented Anne & Robert Bannister Volunteers with the Macmillan Cancer Care Support Charity with a cheque for ÂŁ 1,500 raised by raffling a Beef Shorthorn heifer throughout the year. One of the largest British Charities providing practical, medical & financial support helping to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Donations make up 98% of Macmillan Cancer Support income and therefore all support is very much appreciated to enable this vital service to continue so that no one has to face cancer alone.

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SANDWICK BEEF SHORTHORNS

Stock bulls include: Stonehills White Warrior & Engineer of Upsall

We would like to wish all our purchasers all the best.

Visitors welcome by appointment

Stock usually for sale BVD accredited, Johnnes risk level 1, vaccinated for IBR

Andrew & Caroline Ivinson Sandwick Farm, Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 1QB Tel: 01768 881343 email: andrew@sandwickshorthorns.co.uk or caroline@sandwickshorthorns.co.uk Keep up to date with web, twitter or facebook | www.sandwickshorthorns.co.uk

Many thanks to all those that helped Caroline retain her post as Director for the North of England and Wales.


Open Meeting of the N.I. Beef Shorthorn Club A very successful open meeting was held on Wednesday 20th November 2013 in the Ballinderry Inn, Moira. Many members and interested farmers in the scheme enjoyed a lively evening beginning with a video to demonstrate Glenarm shorthorn beef enterprise. Glenarm Estate Farm Manager Adrian Morrow talked, interspersed with a little comedy, through the various stages to develop a new aspect to the Estate business producing and marketing premium, homebred Organic Shorthorn beef. Following on Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats Moira, gave a comprehensive over view of his highly successful business developing markets for the premium meat both in G.B. and Europe. Discussing how he developed and marketed his unique Himalayan salt chamber to enhance the flavour of the meat and also an insight into all the awards he has received for the premium shorthorn beef.

N.I. Beef Shorthorn Club Chairman Tom McGuigan congratulates Jason Hamilton from Glenarm on winning this Beef Shorthorn Heifer in the prize draw. Monies raised will go towards MacMillan Cancer Care Nurses and Club Funds.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone using a Registered Pedigree beef shorthorn bull on their commercial or pedigree beef cattle. Only cattle meeting the criteria will receive a minimum 10 % extra premium at slaughter - no grading and animals will be assessed on farm by Bryan Wilson Farm Manager to determine if they are of sufficient quality to command the premium. Presently demand for the product out strips supply. Judging by the number of enquiries and questions directed at the speakers there seems to be a huge amount of interest in this scheme and taking the next steps to get involved in the future of producing top quality shorthorn beef. The Chairman Tom McGuigan thanked the speakers for coming and wished everyone a safe journey home.

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The Making of the Morrisons Advert – Cows on film

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A phone call just prior to Christmas from Andrew Loftus with a request to provide cattle for a TV advert to promote Morrisons British meat policy caused quite a lot of head scratching as to how we were going to be able to achieve the brief whilst still adhering to movement restrictions and maintaining some calm amongst the cattle. Two location scouting visits later and it was decided that the filming would take place in the New Year on farm with a confidentiality requirement so that the set would not be swamped by public on the day of filming as ‘Ant and Dec’ were going to be the stars. A few props had to be gathered together for the filming such as an old tractor and a pair of wooden gates artfully draped with scraps of sheep’s wool to look authentic which could be erected anywhere in the fields to create a scene. The day before filming Trojan had a wash and spruce ready for his role in one of the story boards. The evening before the filming the advance party arrived with lorries full of camera equipment, two Winnebago’s for the stars, a double decker bus kitted out to act as a restaurant, two catering vehicles and a makeup vehicle. The yard was quickly turning into a massive car park.

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The morning of the filming and a thick fog hung over the farm. At around 6 a.m. the yard began to fill with mini buses full of crew with over 120 people being involved with the filming. The fog turned out not to be a problem as huge light reflecting sheets were unloaded from the lorries with equally big spotlights being used to create imaginary sunlight. At 7am Ant and Dec were on location and the catering staff provided a hearty breakfast before filming started in earnest. Well it would have but the first location was deemed unsuitable so it had to be reconstructed in different area. Everyone went through make-up and all advertising logos were covered up with masking tape. The cattle meanwhile watched it all unfold with complete disinterest. The first shot required Trojan to be looking over Dec’s shoulder as he talked with the Morrisons butcher Anthony and Ant. Trojan had to be manoeuvred between cameras and huge light sheets plus umpteen camera and sound men. He very good naturedly stood whilst his position was altered down to the last inch. The camera crew had wondered ‘if he could possibly stand there without his halter on’, but when confronted by the bull in the flesh decided that the risk of him flattening Dec might just be too much of an insurance risk. However he stood there perfectly whilst they took take after take of the same piece of footage.

A few of the crew


A bit of feed gets the girls in line

In the yard facing him were a bunch of cows two of which had recently calved. They watched calmly as cameramen wandered in amongst them with huge cameras mounted on their shoulders with another team member leading the cameraman backwards as if this happened every day. One lovely roan 7 year old roan cow in particular took the Directors eye and a request was made for her to be walked up and down in the background of one of the shots. Although she had been shown as a 2 year old she hadn’t had a halter on since but ‘Morning Anthony’ obligingly she was happy to be haltered up and walked up and down whilst the shot must have been taken twenty times before it was deemed in the can. This was with cameras and lights sheets and a camera from above stationed in the forklift man cage. She never turned Anthony doesn’t have a coat holder a hair. On the rise

Lunch was called and 120 people were fed in very speedy fashion before filming began in an outside location. This entailed a set of gates being re-created in a grass field for Ant, Dec and Anthony to be walking towards whilst Charles walked in the opposite direction greeting them on the way. Three heifers were required to create background atmosphere. The heifers hadn’t been outside since October and so it was with some trepidation that we let them out into the field. After a couple of frolics they dropped their heads to graze and we manoeuvred them into position in the back of the shot. They happily obliged with staying put with some gentle persuasion for the next couple of hours whilst Charles and Ant and Dec repeated the walk up and down the field endlessly. Again this was with about 100 people variously engaged with filming, sound, makeup etc. even coat holders for Ant and Dec all milling about in their area. Filming completed they happily made their way back to their yard although probably a bit miffed that they didn’t have longer at the green stuff. Ant, Anthony and Dec

Everyone from Ant and Dec to the film crew to Morrisons marketing team had shown great interest throughout the day in the cattle and what was happening on the farm. They were hugely impressed with the quietness of the animals and how smoothly everything had gone. It was certainly testament to the docility of the Beef shorthorn which enabled the shots to be taken. A whole day’s filming condensed into about 30 seconds of advert which was shown in the early part of February during prime time TV. It also received a huge number of views on YouTube together with a short film on the making of the advert.

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Morrisons Traditional Beef Scheme for British native breed cattle

Premiums of 30p/kg are available for Beef Shorthorn cattle and up to 10p/kg for other British native breeds. The Morrisons traditional beef sheme has been in place since September 2011 and pays a premium for native breeds, focusing on the shorthorn as the primary breed in our premium product range. An information pack, including the declaration for approved finishers can be obtained from our Colne livestock office on 01282 729117. Alternatively, this can be downloaded form the Shorthorn Cattle Society’s website: www.shorthorn.co.uk (finishers must be approved in advance in order to receive the premium). All British native breeds and their crosses are eligible, however they must weight 260-400kg deadweight, and grade O+ or better. Only steers and heifers under thirty months are eligible and the stock must be Farm Assured. Beef shorthorns and their crosses receive a 30p/kg premium, Aberdeen Angus and their crosses 10p/kg, other native breeds receive a 5p/kg premium.


Scottish suckler producer secures top cattle award The Morrisons Beef Shorthorn Suckler Herd of the Year Award Winner of the Morrisons Beef Shorthorn Suckler Herd of the Year Award is Raymond Martyn, of Wester Bleaton and Soilzarie Farms, Bridge of Cally, Perthshire, who was praised for the on-going improvement of his farming enterprise and the use of Beef Shorthorn to breed suckler replacements for the unit’s 200 cow herd. The runners up are Michael Foljambe, Osberton, Worksop; Guy Prudom, Mickleby, Saltburn and Alex Smith, Wykeham, Scarborough.

Raymond Martyn accepts the award from the judge Mark Holmes

THE WINNER Raymond Martyn, Wester Bleaton and Soilzarie Farms, Bridge of Cally, Perthshire 200 cows, 800 ewes, 800ha, hill and upland unit Beef Shorthorn was introduced in 2009 to breed replacement heifers for the spring calving herd which this season recorded 98.5% calves reared from 200 cows calved. Closing the herd, introducing more milk to the cows along better feet are among the unit’s objectives as well as breeding females that will put on flesh in late summer to enable them to winter outdoors off their backs. Cows are put to a terminal sire, with progeny reared and sold after weaning. Future plans are to finish the Beef Shorthorn cross steers to target finishing weight for Morrisons native breeds’ scheme. THE FINALISTS Michael Foljambe, Mill Farm, Osberton, Worksop 70 cows, 100 pure Beef Shorthorn, 360ha lowland mixed unit Beef Shorthorn is favoured at Mill Farm for its high quality meat together with ease of calving and quiet temperament. All commercial cattle are finished on the unit on home grown forage to between 500kg and 700kg target liveweight. Steers are sold to Morrisons native breeds’ scheme. Guy Purdom, Mickleby, Cleveland 170 cows, 468ha Beef Shorthorn is used over the replacement heifers due to its ease of calving. Mr Purdon says the calves are fast growing and easy on their dams, allowing them to grow and get back in calf. Last season the herd recorded 93% Beef Shorthorn cross calves reared. The entire crop of calves is finished and sold direct to Dovecote Park’s organic scheme at 22 to 26 months – steers at 650kg to 700kg and heifers, 580kg to 620kg. Alex Smith, Overdale Farms, Wykeham, Scarborough 120 cows, 220ha lowland plus elevation mixed unit High quality premium beef, ease of calving and quiet temperament are the three key reasons for using Beef Shorthorn over the split calving suckler herd. The entire crop of calves is finished on the unit at an average 480 days, steers to 359kg and heifers 350kg, and sold either to Woodheads or Mr Smith’s own shop, Ginger Pig.

The finalists were judged according to technical and financial management, genetics, herd health, marketing and particularly on the performance and impact of Beef Shorthorn within the suckler herd. The winner received £500 cash, while each of the four finalists was awarded a £250 voucher towards the purchase of a Beef Shorthorn bull at a society sale. Judge, EBLEX senior regional manager, Clive Brown commented: “It was a pleasure to see so many quality cattle in such a variety of locations and farming situations. These herds certainly showed the versatility of the Beef Shorthorn and illustrated just why the breed continues to grow in popularity. “Although all four finalists had particular strong points, Raymond Martyn had the edge through his all-round performance and determination to continually improve his farming enterprise and for the role that the Beef Shorthorn played in helping him achieve that goal. His focus on using the breed to improve such things as feet and milk within the herd as well as continuing to produce quality cattle was particularly noticeable.” He adds: “Going forward, I feel all suckler producers are going to need to follow Raymond’s approach of trying to identify where they can make small changes that will aid ease of management and improve overall herd performance, but still keep a focus on the marketplace.” Beef Shorthorn Society president, Mark Holmes said: “Once again thanks to Morrisons for sponsoring this award which has received an enthusiast response from commercial producers who are finding Beef Shorthorn genetics have a complementary role to play within their modern suckler herds. Add together foraging ability, hardiness, fertility, milkiness, longevity and docility, and breed offers a package of traits which leave cattle that complement their environment and make for functional suckler cow replacements, the bedrock of a sustainable and profitable enterprise. In addition, Morrisons native breeds’ scheme has introduced real value to Beef Shorthorn cross steers which are now commanding a premium.”

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ROTHESAY SHORTHORNS Bred on commercial principles, to thrive in the worst of weather!

The Morrisons Farm Dumfries House Cumnock Ayrshire KA18 2NJ

Caroline Thompson (Livestock Operations Manager) 07772 682675 Andrew Thornber 01282 865704 andrew.thornber@morrisonsplc.co.uk


Morrisons Update The Morrisons traditional beef scheme has been in place since September 2011. Since starting, the success of the scheme in respect of the Shorthorn breed has grown and grown. Initially, our traditional scheme kill accounted for around 200 cattle per week and there was approximately 10% Shorthorns with the other native British breeds making up the remaining 90%. Now, as we approach the end of 2013 the kill is approximately 250 beasts per week across our 3 abattoirs, and up to 50% of the total are shorthorns.

Here at Morrisons we are proud to be promoting the Shorthorn breed as the primary breed in our premium range. The success of the traditional beef scheme, combined with the work we are doing at Dumfries House on progressing Shorthorn genetics has significantly contributed to the fantastic increase in the number of Beef shorthorn registrations in 2013. Our dedication to promoting the breed and increasing the number of Shorthorn carcases included in our premium scheme has been reflected in us increasing the price per kilo from a 20p premium to a 30p premium.

Our main stock bull Dominator, has provided us with excellent progeny and is creating great customer interest. To ensure we further support the growth of the breed, we have sold one of our bulls Rothesay Eildon (shown below) to Cogent for Semen sales. Eildon is successfully siring calves with qualities of easy calving and excellent confirmation, along with leading growth and performance figures. He ranks in the top 5% of the breed for both terminal and self replacing indexes. Eight of our other home bred pedigree bulls have been sold to herds across the UK, based on their trusted qualities that breeders are looking for. Our work at The Morrisons farm with the Shorthorn breed has enabled us to grow our herd to over 200 females, which is a leading herd for shorthorn genetics. Each year our top 25 young bulls are selected on phenotype and genotype, before being ranked for Feed Conversion Efficiency.

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CHAPELTON Beef Shorthorn & Aberdeen Angus

Chapelton Exemplar

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The fifth son of Chapelton Typhoon to stand Champion at Stirling.

Suited to both commercial and pedigree breeders.

Founded on Tradition, Focused on the Future... Donald & Emma Biggar Tel: 01556 660205 Mob: 07860 325 888 Email: djbiggar@aol.com

Herd Manager: Robert Grierson Tel: 01556 660267 Mob: 07977 389 703

Office/Fax: 01556 660208 Email: admin@chapeltonfarm.co.uk

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Chapelton, a herd for the 21st Century Chapleton of the Beef Shorthorn Society’s most renowned herds during the last century has restocked, rebuilt and reinstated its position within the space of a decade.

We meet Donald Biggar who shares the journey.

Beef Shorthorn is a good place to be, says Donald Biggar. Why? “If we want a more economic, easily managed suckler cow with better temperament and enough milk, then one carrying Beef Shorthorn blood will keep you. You won’t have to keep her,” he says. “She will in fact help to mitigate the issues that can be found in suckler herds which are costing too much to maintain and are ultimately contributing to the continual shrinkage of the GB herd. And in future, post CAP Reform it will be those herds who can contain their maintenance costs who are most likely to survive.” Beef Shorthorn now comes with an additional bonus, he adds. “Not only does the breed offer a best combination of maternal traits, along comes a premium for the steers for eating quality which indicates this breed has a great deal to offer to the beef industry.” The breed has been proven functional for more than 70 years on the family’s low maintenance Kirkcudbrightshire unit where 90% of the spring calving herd comprising both pedigree and commercial cattle calve within nine weeks, all heifers calve at two years, and the average life span is eight calf crops.

Donald and Duncan Biggar with Robert Grierson with Chapelton Dauphin

“Developing a suckler herd is a long term project, however introducing Beef Shorthorn is in investment offering the advantage of being able to retain the heifers which provide much sought after maternal characteristics, while the steers are now achieving a bonus.” Donald Biggar had the privilege of following two stalwart generations of cattle breeders, however it was Prof Jan Bonsma, the world renowned South African animal scientist, who confirmed to him ‘what good stockmen already know’. “I was very influenced by his work while in my twenties. Bonsma claimed it was the smart cattle breeder who could look at an animal, determine its reproductive history and its actual breeding value. Furthermore, in order to produce endproducts with value, then he believed beef producers must breed environment adapted, fertile, functional and efficient feed conversion animals. His dictum was ‘man must measure’.

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“Consequently, selection at Chapelton is based on three basic criteria: soundness of structure, functional efficiency and performance recording data. We don’t necessarily buy the smartest bull but the one that will do the job for us and breed good daughters. We always sift his through dam and females siblings to determine their consistency of quality.” While eye remains uppermost, it is supplemented with knowledge of the animal’s background - a personal version of a performance data sheet, along with the data itself - Breedplan performance recording. “We’ve been recording since the 1980s, it’s another tool in the box. Something that introduces knowledge has to be useful and recorded data improves with accuracy over the years, however there are so many other traits to consider which remain unrecorded such as soundness of structure, temperament, fertility and feet. Consequently, I would never make a decision on performance recording alone. Chapelton is undoubtedly achieving success, which to Donald means trading breeding animals on farm and at Stirling, if it is to repeat buyers, then that’s a bonus. First and foremost it’s selling the cream of the crop to fellow breeders, followed by bulls to commercial producers, and surplus females. The herd has also achieved the health status required for export and is currently finding markets for females in Austria and Germany. Rebuilding Chapelton Chapelton comprised 70 breeding cows in 2001 and it was within the breed’s top 10% of performance recorded herds. FMD was found on the edge of the farm and the entire herd had to be subsequently culled. “A very strange silence followed us around the farm,” says Donald.

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Chapelton Jackie, one of many Typhoon sired cows that now form the backbone of the Chapelton herd.

There was never any hesitation about restocking. “We were determined to get up and running as soon as possible. We had the strongest emotional attachment to the breed which was already in resurrengence, and we also recognised here was a one off opportunity to introduce some genetic diversity.” Donald Biggar invested a six figure sum in the restocking venture resulting in the establishment of six strong female lines which ‘set the show on the road’. He sifted out females which already featured Chapelton genetics including from Croxton Park, Dunsyre, Glenisla, Tofts and Uppermill. The tank also contained some semen from Tofts Romany, the most influential bull he had used in the 1990s producing highly functional daughters and stock bulls. However, the majority of new seed stock was purchased from Canadian herds. “I was fully aware that the country’s herds offered the characteristics we were looking for having visited Canada on my own to buy and import the bull which we lost at FMD. It was not possible to return to Canada during the epidemic so with the help of good friend Rolly Bateman in Alberta, I put together a project from here. We identified animals in six Alberta based herds featuring 20 females for flushing, we introduced to them both US and Canadian sires and imported over 200 embryos resulting in over 50 females and 50 very expensive steers, plus a range of bulls to continue the bloodlines.”


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One of those bulls was Chapelton Typhoon whom Donald commends for bringing ‘enormous success’ to the herd. “He has introduced a new degree of muscling that is going to be important to commercial producers, particularly those who are exploiting Morrisons native breeds’ scheme with its accompanying premiums. Typhoon is within the breed’s top 1% for eye muscle area, retail meat yield and calving ease EBVs, but above all he is very structurally sound.” Typhoon’s success is reflected in his progeny. His daughters feature largely within the Chapelton herd and he has sired five homebred Perth/Stirling February champions in the last six years as well as Chapelton Dauphin, the new 15,000gns breed record holder all brought out by stockman Robert Grierson. Typhoon genetics are in fact becoming the fastest most widely used within the herdbook, he says. Whilst Typhoon has stood out from the crowd, there are other up and coming sires at Chapelton all of which have the one common selection factor – they’re structurally sound. They include Glenisla Banquo, Stonehills X Factor and Cavans Yankee. “We are attempting to crystallise and consolidate the good work we established within the first decade, we have no interest in changing direction. In fact we’re always looking for the next stock bull from within what is a very small gene pool. That means we’ll scan the globe if we cannot find what we’re searching for in the UK, however we won’t be buying semen out of a glossy magazine. We have to first see the bull and his siblings in the flesh.”

Walter Biggar, a livestock breeder and agent purchasing on behalf of US clients and an international cattle judge. He established the Chapelton pedigree Beef Shorthorn herd in 1942, its first success was Perth in 1947 when Chapelton Brigadier headed his class and sold for 3,000gns. He developed an export trade for bulls to Argentina, Australia, South Africa and the US. James Biggar continued the Beef Shorthorn breeding programme which changed in the late 1960s with the demand for larger, leaner cattle. The first bull to mark the new direction was the 1967 Royal Highland champion, Denend Glendrossan who left cattle competing with the Continental invasion. Further major changes occurred following his decision to introduce poll Australian and Maine Anjou genetics to help increase scale, growth rates and muscularity. Donald Biggar graduated from SAC, Edinburgh in 1972 and spent the next 10 years travelling the major beef producing continents before returning to manage Chapelton. His interests extend beyond the farmgate. He is a former chairman of Royal Smithfield Club, Royal Smithfield Show and Quality Meat Scotland, and newly appointed chairman of West Cumberland Farmers. The future Donald and his wife, Emma have three children. “They’re each currently exploring new boundaries. We are optimistic they will return and continue the business,” says Donald. Jamie works on a London trading floor for a major energy supplier. Duncan is studying English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Rachel is a ski and sail instructor. Chapelton fact file: 1,500 acres SDA, inc 120 acres cereals 70 pedigree Beef Shorthorn cows 70 pedigree Aberdeen Angus cows 240 commercial suckler cows, all progeny finished Head stockman, Robert Grierson with 38 years of service Four staff

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Podehole herd wins Most Improved Herd Award for the Shorthorn breed Charles & Sally Horrell with the Podehole herd

The Podehole herd owned by the Horrell family, of Thorney, near Peterborough, has been recognised by EBLEX as the Most Improved Herd of Shorthorn cattle in England for 2013. The award is presented by the EBLEX Beef Better Returns Programme (BRP) to the recorded herd that shows the greatest genetic gain for commercial characteristics over a 12-month period. There is a separate award for each of 10 UK breeds. Charles and Sally Horrell moved to Podehole Farm in 1990. Located in a predominantly arable area, 1,000 acres of the 1,200 acres of land are dedicated to arable crops, producing oilseed rape, wheat and sugar beet, as well as growing maize as a forage crop for winter feeding.

Over the years, the Horrells have found Shorthorns to be excellent grass converters, who cope well with a low input system. Primarily a maternal breed, they exhibit strong mothering traits, such as easy calving, docility and good milking ability, and are fertile and easy to handle. The herd is currently closed, with the exception of bought-in stock sires. They have a high herd health status and have been both Johnes and BVDaccredited since 2010. Production system

However, part of the farm was reclaimed after gravel extraction and was also the location of Roman earthworks. This land is mostly permanent grassland, as it can’t be used for growing arable crops. It was the need to manage this that prompted Charles to go into livestock production.

The Podehole herd calves indoors from March and is usually turned out in April. The cattle are brought in again in October and fed over winter on maize silage. Calves are weaned at seven months old and wintered indoors from then on. Any surplus stock is finished and sold, with bulls finished at around 13 months old.

The priority for the Horrells was identifying low input breeds that could cope with the type of forage available on this challenged land. In 1992, he established a flock of pedigree Hampshire Down sheep, which now numbers 50 pedigree ewes and is also performance recorded.

They used to calve heifers down at two and a half years old in Autumn, but as the Horrells prefer a Spring calving herd, this year the heifers will be calving down at two years old. They will decide whether to continue with this approach depending on how successful it is.

Their son Harry began showing an interest in cattle and, five years later, they purchased their first females and so started the Podehole Shorthorn herd. The initial three foundation females, from the Tugby herd, were purchased in 1997.

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Performance recording the herd came naturally to the Horrells, as they had grown accustomed to recording their Hampshire Down flock. In the early days, they had a small number of stock on the farm and were able to scan their cattle and sheep at the same time.


Selling breeding cattle to both pedigree and commercial producers is very important to the herd and, as time goes on, they find that more and more purchasers are keen to know background performance information about the animals. The figures give important guidance to what’s going on beneath the skin,” Sally said. “The fact that we’re performance recording shows that we’re taking the job of producing breeding animals seriously. “The information we record is verified by the scanning data, which gives us peace of mind and confidence in the animals we’re producing, and gives potential buyers confidence in our stock. “However, it’s important that figures are used with an experienced eye to ensure the breed characteristics are correct.” When selecting animals for the herd, they look for conformation and mobility. In terms of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs), using the Self-Replacing Index to determine calving ease, fertility and milkiness, and looking at the Terminal Sire Index to improve growth and carcase traits.

seasons. They currently have one bull on his sixth season and Chapelton Clansman, who is on his third. Chapelton Clansman is undoubtedly having a great influence on the herd, particularly in terms of growth rates and carcase traits, and is considered to be one of the major factors contributing to the herd winning this award. In addition to this, they are also beginning to improve the cow profile as they lose lower index females from the herd. The herd is now producing around eight bulls each year that they consider good enough to be sold for breeding. A select few are sold at the Sterling Bull Sale, while the majority are sold off the farm. Females are also sold off the farm and at breed society sales. The Horrells regularly exhibit at shows across the UK and have had numerous successes over the years. Moving in the right direction Looking ahead, they feel it is important to ensure their figures continue their upward trend. “Presently we have a very balanced herd that we are very happy with,” Sally said.

The Horrells use a limited amount of artificial insemination (AI) and run two stock bulls.

“We need to maintain that balance, while ensuring the figures move in the right direction in order to attract buyers.

Providing the bulls are working well and prove a good match for the cows, they will stay active in the herd for a number of

“Maintaining a good partnership between good figures and good conformation is key for us.”

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KNOCKENJIG Beef Progeny of Meonhill Charlie Chaplin for sale February 2014

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Knockenjig Foremost

Knockenjig Field Marshall

Knockenjig Fearless

Tofts Whisky

Sold October 2013 for 5000gns

New stock bull

Knockenjig Rosie Duchess sold for 4000gns

1st crop of calves due spring 2014

Both progeny of Meonhill Charlie Chaplin

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Individual Health Declarations – Supporting the Purchase of Healthy Stock All cattle with individual health declarations should have an A3 copy, signed by the testing laboratory, for display in the sale pen, and an A4 copy containing more detailed information to be passed on to the purchaser. An example certificate is shown below and an explanatory note given of what information is contained on a pen card. 1. The diseases are listed in column (1). The TB testing interval is given beside the TB title if known. 2. Herd accreditation is shown in column (2). Herds that are accredited for BVD, IBR or leptospirosis have a white coloured box in this column containing the number of years the herd has been accredited. The herd’s Johne’s risk level is shown, along with the number of years the herd has been at this level. Only Johne’s risk level 1 herds are given a white box. When provided, the date of the last clear herd TB test is displayed. 3. Results for individual testing are shown in column (3) and are colour-coded as follows: Antibody negative IBR or Leptospira hardjo antibody positive BVD antibody positive Note that bulls with positive BVD antibody titres (green box) and no known history must not be used for 10 weeks after testing as they can carry the virus for this time after infection. Pregnant females that test positive for antibodies to BVD will not be given pen cards unless the animal was known to be antibody positive or fully vaccinated prior to service. 4. The date of vaccination is given in column (4). Where marker vaccination has been given for IBR, this is indicated. Further details on vaccination are given on the accompanying A4 sheet. (1) (2) (3) (4)

This information is intended as a guide to the cattle health declaration. It is important to remember that there are no absolute guarantees of freedom from disease. All newly purchased stock should be routinely isolated and tested if required before introducing them to existing stock. If in doubt ask for advice on biosecurity from your own or health scheme vets.

CHeCS Johne’s Programme The CHeCS Johne’s programme has changed to a graded system (see table) which is designed to enable herds to maintain or move towards clear herd tests. This is achieved through a combination of testing and the implementation of a management programme. It is essential for herds within levels 1-4 to have a health plan in place covering the control of Johne’s disease. The health plan must be updated annually and endorsed by both vet and farmer.

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Level 1: This is directly equivalent to the previous CHeCS Accredited free status. Level 1 status is associated with the lowest risk source when buying in stock. Health plan required. Level 2: Herds with level 2 status have had one or two clear consecutive herd tests. Health plan required. Level 3: Herds with level 3 status have reactors identified at the annual herd test, but these are no more than 3% of the animals tested. Health plan required. Level 4: Herds with level 4 status have reactors identified at the annual herd test, and these amount to more than 3% of the animals tested. Health plan required. Level 5: Any herd that is not carrying out the required testing or does not have a suitable health plan in place automatically falls into this category. Level 5 status is considered to be the greatest risk source when buying in stock.

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Christopher Marler Judging the Futurity heifer competition Last November (2012) I was fortunate to have the opportunity to judge Beef Shorthorns at the NAILE show at Louisville, Kentucky which is the largest show in the world lasting 16 days with 27,000 livestock including 5,500 beef cattle. I had the honour of judging the North American Shorthorn Heifer Futurity with a huge entry of 350 Beef Shorthorns. Having judged at Louisville, I was then inspired to take a journey in the U.S.A. through the cattle states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio which I undertook this November (2013). My friend, Tom Turner, arranged with eight Shorthorn breeders in those states, to visit them and show us their herds. The week started with the International Wild Waterfowl Association Convention at Shreveport, Louisiana, where we visited private and public collections of waterfowl and other exotic animals in Louisiana and Texas. The second week was entirely Beef Shorthorns and 2000 miles of travelling. My friend, Tom, flew down to Dallas from Ohio and we hired a car and visited some marvellous herds and extremely kind and welcoming breeders. I was impressed with the uniformity of the herds, many of them all red, but all showing a distinct type. Many of the cattle were smaller than those favoured over here, but excellent shape, breed character and hind quarters.

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The climate, grazing and lack of rainfall in certain areas presents a real challenge to breeders to breed the type of animal that will survive and breed in those conditions. Some of the more high profile herds go in for the Club Calf Market which caters for the show heifers and steer competitions. Big money is paid for likely show animals, not all pure breeds, so a black Shorthorn is not unknown. Generally the cattle scene is black herds, so many of the breeds known over here in the true coat colour would be unrecognisable over in the U.S.A. Just over two weeks flew by and the whole journey was just incredible. Next year the Waterfowl meeting will be in Utah and Yellow Stone, so after that, I am sure will be another Shorthorn Tour.

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Mad about Beef Shorthorn, a low input low cost solution to island farming The Colson family, Fred, nephew Colin and his son Dan are farming 240 commercial Beef Shorthorn suckler cows on the Isle of Wight. We paid them a visit.

and away sucking and ably looking after themselves, whilst their dams had plenty of milk. We finished the year with 95% calves reared from cows put to the bull without feeding any supplements, apart from minerals. “Steers have gone on to average 300kg at weaning in early November, and heifers 265kg, performance which we think is good going from just milk and grass. What’s more, the cows out winter on forage alone – initially they graze on Shanklin Downs, a windswept area overlooking the Channel at up to 750 feet, before we strip graze them on 90 acres of stubble turnips supplemented with homegrown forage – in 2013 we made 2,500, four feet diameter big hay bales ourselves. Colin, Fred and Dan Colson

“We’re mad about Beef Shorthorn,” says Fred Colson. “They’re so straightforward to manage solely off a forage diet, they calve easily, make great mothers and they’re quiet. What’s more, our Beef Shorthorn herd is enabling us to minimise both variable and fixed costs which is vital to island farming - the majority of purchases have a premium attached to move on, likewise all sales have an added cost to move off to mainland.” Colin continues: “Take spring 2013, the worst calving season for seven years. It certainly put the cows through their paces and in turn, they really did demonstrate true hardiness. They were calving on to snow, however the calves seemed oblivious to the conditions. They shivered a bit at first but were soon up

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“Furthermore, the herd incurs few health issues. The vet bill has never exceeded £1,500 a year, even in 2013. The herd has tested negative for Johne’s, it’s clear of IBR and Lepto, and we are extremely fortunate to have no reported TB incidents on the island.” Operating a closed herd policy is vital to the Colsons in helping to maintain its high health status. Up to 40 heifers are retained annually for replacements purposes – their own and occasional trade on the island. “We select on growth and those bred from the most prolific dams. They’re sufficiently well grown to serve from 13 months and the vast majority do calve bang on two years and go on to mature at 600kgs.” That’s a medium sized cow which Colin says, ‘suits the system and requires less to eat than a bigger animal’.


The Colsons run a gang of 10 bulls. Previously they’ve introduced one or two homebred bulls, however nowadays they’re all registered and sourced from pedigree herds off the island. “We’re looking for bulls with frame and growth, as well as colour, and in future we’ll be paying more attention to Breedplan data in particular, growth rate and ease of calving.” Three generations The family has farmed on the island for more than 130 years. Fred Colson started his career milking dairy cows before securing a County Council small holding and introducing Dairy Shorthorn cows. A strong entrepreneurial spirit emerged as he began investing in his own land and subsequently increasing herd size, before quitting milk production 20 years ago and replacing with a beef enterprise. To him, introducing Beef Shorthorn was an obvious and natural progression and the rest is history. Today the closed herd is managed in five separate groups around the home steading at Chale Green, Ventnor. Colin had managed his own Continental cross suckler herd before having the opportunity to join Fred in a partnership arrangement seven years ago. “I would never have considered farming Beef Shorthorn before, however there’s no going back simply because this low cost native breed in more profitable.” Meanwhile, 24 year old Dan has recently returned to work on the family after studying an ND Agriculture at Sparsholt College followed by 12 months on a mixed unit. “As far as I’m concerned, Beef Shorthorn is here for the future. I worked with a 250 Continental cross suckler cow herd which was great experience, and it was only afterwards that I realised the real benefits of our Beef Shorthorn’s low input requirement and accompanying ease of management,” says Dan. “For example, they don’t have foot issues and last year we had to touch less than one in 100 hundred cows at calving which can be a stressful time of year. However we find we only have to check the cows twice a day whilst calving outdoors.” He adds: “Interestingly the breed has gone full circle – it has been modernised over recent years to have growth and scale to match the Continentals without diluting its strong native maternal characteristics. However achieving support from a major supermarket has to be the icing on the cake. That 30p/ kg deadweight premium has levelled Beef Shorthorn crosses with their Continental counterparts and makes them just as attractive.”

The finisher The Colsons sell their entire crop of weaned calves, apart from those retained for replacement purposes, to Leicestershire based specialist finisher, Giles Marriott who is taking steers to 350kg and heifers to 310kg target finishing weight for Morrisons traditional breeds scheme. “I’ve been trading with the family for more than 15 years, there’s a bit of trust either side and we don’t always agree a price in advance,” he says. Giles who runs 350 Beef Shorthorns along with 850 other crossbreds cattle at any one time at Beeches Farm, Market Harborough says: “We buy all our cattle privately and sourcing scores of calves direct from one unit has real advantages in terms of health status; we also find that the Colson’s cattle perform well on a forage based system and are easy to finish. “We’ve noticed a vast improvement in these cattle over the years simply because the Colsons have had access to higher quality bulls resulting in better conformation and more easily fleshed animals. Furthermore, Morrison’s premium on all registered Beef Shorthorn sired cattle is providing us with a worthwhile bonus.” The Colson fact file: • 700 acre grassland unit, majority in HLS • 100 acres spring cereals – grain and straw cash crop • 240 Beef Shorthorn cows • No wintering accommodation • Grass silage / hay and stubble turnips • No purchased concentrates or straw Herd performance • 10 crops of calves • Two year age at first calving • Outdoor calving commences mid-February • 80% calved within first six weeks • 95% calves reared • DLG birth to 240 day weaning: steers1.08kg, heifers 0.94kg • Calves reared on milk and grass • No creep

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a Riding for the Disabled (RDA) group – it’s the children from both who are due to star in today’s tableau, with members of the latter taking the mounted parts. Soon, the pupils from years four and five head up the lane towards the farm in pairs with teacher Mrs Evans, members of the cast streaking ahead to pick costumes from the rail inside the cow shed. The colourful wardrobe has been crafted by Margaret Richardson, a volunteer with RDA, who had the challenge of making clothing that could fit four- to 14-year-olds, as today’s event is repeated 14 times in the run-up to Christmas, involving more than 200 children from different schools and organisations. “Yesterday, we had a class of five-yearolds, so we had to roll some robes up a few inches,” she admits. Each outfit is paired with Wellington boots. Margaret is one of an army of helpers that support Julia in staging these special Christmas performances. While Mrs Evans tweaks an angel’s wings, and equips Felicity with her silver star on a stick to raise over the holy family, Julia’s sister Rachel tends to shepherdesses Erica, Izzie and Emaleen, arranging rope belts over their brown tabards. Under their Middle Easterninspired costumes are woollen scarves to ward off the bitter cold. “The children love being involved,” says Des Dodge, chairman of the RDA group. “It’s the high 46

point of the year.” Beside the audience, a small band of musicians prepare to add their tunes: Julia’s daughter Megan, who plays the cello; Vernon, a clarinettist and teacher of visually impaired children; and Louis, Rachel’s stepson, who is home for the holidays from the University of Oxford, and now tuning his guitar. The cast take their places at the end of the brick barn. Mary, in reality Louisa, waits to be led onto the stage on a white pony, alongside Joseph, played by Ben. Wrapped up in hats and mittens, the audience of remaining children, parents and helpers is seated, and it’s time for the Wise Men to be prepared. The splendidly crowned and caped young kings, Musa, Jason and Rhianna, are helped onto their horses, each with a tinsel-fringed floral rug, and cobs Rosie and Topaz, and Highland pony Calaman are led on a gentle procession to the shed. Julia stands to welcome everyone, raising her voice over the occasional outburst from a child, lowing cows and calves, honking geese and baa-ing sheep, and begins to narrate a slightly modernised version of the narrative – “All the hotels and B&Bs were full…”. The musicians strike up and everyone sings O Come, All Ye Faithful as Mary and Joseph are settled on a seat of straw in front of a bale of hay, where Emma Gregory’s ten-day-old baby Ivy lies, wrapped in a blanket as 

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Jesus. Instead of shepherds, there are shepherdesses who, each with a sheep on a halter and lead, walk on to the tune of While Shepherds Watched, then the kings ride down to join the group. During the final carol, Away in a Manger, there is slight cause for concern as the three-strong flock knock over the gifts of rosemary to munch the hay around the baby Jesus, but Ivy thankfully emerges unscathed. The scene is complete and the play draws to a close. Cast, crew and audience gather in the yard afterwards for juice, mulled wine and iced biscuits. Despite the cold, there is much jollity and the children are clearly very pleased with their performances, praising and patting their animal co-stars. Soon, they file back down the lane and the farm’s midwinter serenity is restored. Julia’s passion for connecting young people with the land does not begin and end with the Nativity, however: it is the guiding principle at Longlands throughout the year. Since 2008 she has been a care farmer, sharing her 180 organic acres, 87 beef shorthorn cattle, 140 breeding ewes, 200 young sheep, pair of pigs and small flock of poultry with disadvantaged teenagers. Her husband Bill looks after the woodland, while Joe, their son, is modernising the estate, selling the meat and organising commercial shoots. He is also a board member of the care farm and believes that offering young people responsibility is key to their transformation: “Jobs have to be done, animals need looking after. What we ask them to do is always very important.” The students, who are often coping with difficult personal issues, have been expelled from mainstream schools, frequently due to behavioural problems, and are referred here by local authorities. They can achieve a City & Guilds in Animal Care, Machinery Maintenance and Tractor Driving or Equine Studies under the guidance of Trevor Scruton. “One of the first things they learn is to be calm around animals and that the way they act affects others,” Julia explains. Among the beneficiaries is 15-year-old Warren, who visits three times a week. “His conduct is exemplary here,” she says, “but he’s been excluded from three foster homes over the past year.” Sixteen-year-old college student Aston, who helped prepare the horses for the Nativity, is one of the scheme’s great success stories. “When she first came four years ago, she didn’t stop swearing, was very intolerant and had no patience at all,” Julia remembers, as they both cross the field behind the farmhouse to feed the cattle. Aston, who readily admits to having better control over her anger since beginning at Longlands, is now studying small animal care at Pershore College, so doesn’t receive funding to visit, but pays the bus fare from Worcester out of her own pocket. “No two days are the same,” she says. Her tasks include checking on the livestock, herding the sheep and helping at lambing time, and, of course, playing a supporting role in the nativity tableaux throughout December. “Working with horses – feeding and grooming them – is my favourite job.” She has also found a confidante in Highland pony Calaman: “Cal is my best friend; I tell him everything.” Julia and her fledgling farmer leave the herd and head back towards the twinkling lights of the farmhouse as dusk descends and imbues this remarkable place with an ethereal beauty. d

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The Functional Suckler Cow

Commercial producers up and down the country are introducing Beef Shorthorn not only to complement their suckler herd’s Continental genetics but also to enable them to manage a closed herd. We talked to two of them. After years of depending on replacements from the dairy herd, Shropshire producer, Ian Mainwaring and his herd manager, Chris Wright have introduced a new strategy and are finding the solution in Beef Shorthorn to develop their own functional suckler herd. “We initially sourced Hereford crosses and then Limousin crosses until both quality and quantity became an issue as the Holstein influence took a hold. We also found the Continental crosses were becoming too soft,” explains Ian who runs Oteley, a 1,600 acre mixed unit based at Ellesmere carrying a split calved 350 suckler cow herd and with all progeny reared to target finishing weight. “I’d been observing how Beef Shorthorn had been tried and tested in herds for decades, and so the breed came in to the picture here as having the potential to introduce hybrid vigour. The breed was larger framed and offered the maternal traits we were looking for, along with longevity. We also had the opportunity at the time to acquire more land which provided a new base to develop a closed herd and subsequently minimise disease risk. “Five years ago we introduced a Beef Shorthorn bull selected for this size, shape and scale and accompanying Breedplan data – he had the highest 400 day weight EBV in the catalogue. We initially used him over 35 Limousin cross cows and rest is history.

Chris Wright and Ian Mainwaring

“We’ve since introduced a breeding programme to establish a 150 cow herd of Beef Shorthorn cross Limousin crosses while Limousin remains the terminal sire. Already these hybrid females are proving to be hardier - the spring calvers can stand being outwintered on silage and stubble turnips or kale.” Chris Wright explains: “These females are very good at calving themselves, their milk hasn’t been compromised, they are proving to be good mothers and new dropped calves are thrifty - they have that will to get up and go which is a real bonus. We target one calf per cow, and we’re achieving 95% calves reared from cows put to the bull. What’s more we’re finding they are certainly not as quick tempered as the Limousin crosses which is another bonus.” beef shorthorn

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Bull calves are weaned at six months and introduced to an ad lib barley based 13%CP diet which is fed through to 580kg to 600kg target finishing weight at an average 13.5 months. “Those bulls carrying the Beef Shorthorn genetics have daily liveweight gains which are matching the Limousin crosses, in fact they’re finishing slightly heavier,” says Chris. “We sell through the ring at Market Drayton to repeat buyers and consistently arrive within the day’s top 5% of prices.” Beef Shorthorn cross heifer are weaned at 10 months and introduced to a forage based TMR to grow to target 500kgs at first breeding at 17 months. “The vast majority of heifers are retained as replacements and in 2013 we introduced an AI breeding programme for management purposes and to increase the choice and number of bloodlines used over the herd. The decision demonstrates our commitment to the breed for now and the future.”

Adrian Ivory farms 150 suckler cows along with pedigree Charolais and Simmental herds on 2,285 mixed acres at Strathisla Farms, Moolies, Meigle, Perthshire. “Our objective is simple, to run a profitable suckler enterprise, which includes finishing the bulls as quickly as possible, while the top 25 heifers are retained annually as replacements and the remainder sold as recipients. “We had established a South Devon cross Simmental herd, however we want to introduce some hybrid vigour to complement those existing genetics and we weighed up Beef Shorthorn to be the best option,” he explains. “The breed had the characteristics to deliver a well-balanced, fertile, milky female that was docile and yet wasn’t going to grow in to a massive cow which would be costly to keep. We accepted the fact we may have to take a step backwards in terms of growth, however that has not been the case.” Strathisla bulls are finishing to 380kgs target deadweight within 12.5 months with over 80% grading within the U specification.” Adrian introduced the first Beef Shorthorn bull to Strathisla in 2007 to essentially produce what he terms his own Stabiliser – a Beef Shorthorn, South Devon Simmental composite. The blend has been a success. “We’ve bred very fertile females with 70% calving within the first three weeks, they’re easily calved, milky, very docile and we aim to wean from 90% of cow put to the bull. In 2013, 94% were PD’d in calf.

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“We’re able to calve these heifers at two years. They’re reaching breeding at 13 months and 400kg to 440kg – that’s approximately 65% of adult weight. There’s always room for tweaking to improve performance, and in future, I’d like to focus on selecting Beef Shorthorn to further improve that hybrid vigour and at the same time breed a slightly smaller female.”


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Established in 1882, the Uppermill Shorthorn is the oldest in the United Kingdom and is renowned for its high-quality cattle.

Uppermill Jellybean First Prize Cow at Antrim Show 2013 Sire: Chapleton Touchstone Dam: Rothes Jew

Uppermill Gladiator 2534 (P) Sire: Trunley Zorba (P) Dam: Uppermill Gipsy Roberta (P)

Dunsyre Demetri Dunsyre Demetri is in the top 1% for all breedplan figures. Sire: Dunsyre Asterix (P) Dam: Dunsyre Violet 7TH (P)


Maximising output per cow Nigel Miller farms in partnership with his sons, Gus and Malcolm, a traditional stock breeding unit located in the Borders, near Stow, Selkirk. Whilst his family manage the farm’s day to day running, it’s to Stagehall where Nigel returns every Friday evening, after a week which can take him from Edinburgh to London and Brussels as president of the National Farmers Union of Scotland.

Nigel Miller’s clear cut objective for a viable suckler enterprise is to maximise output per cow. “Our target is for all progeny to achieve a minimum 1kg DLG through to sale at between 12 to 17 months, see table 1, and for the 2013 season with a cow and calf unit’s variable costs close to 200p per day over the winter period, then that 1kg DLG must be valued at over 200p to start to make sense. The grazing period is crucial for profit.

Table 1: Stagehall Beef Shorthorn cross Angus suckler performance to sale date

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“Our cows need to get back in calf as quickly as possible. We get concerned unless at least 70% of the herd calves within the first 30 days it’s scheduled to – that’s important for management purposes and achieving weight uniformity. Our target is to maintain cows in condition score 3 throughout and the entire herd is calved outdoors for health reasons. “Overall we’re going for maximum number of calves reared per cow, and this year we achieved 178 out of 180. The herd also has to demonstrate longevity; it is currently averaging eight calf crops.” To consistently achieve such levels of performance on the LFA unit which rises to 1,000’, then the Millers have adopted a strategy which features a blend of native breed genetics combined with management and nutrition together with minimal labour. “This is what we do, and we can do well,” he says. Beef Shorthorn was introduced to the mix at Stagehall over 20 years ago, and it continues to fit like a glove. A nucleus of up to 82

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40 red, white and roan Beef Shorthorn cows are kept to supply replacements to the main herd of 140 head which features, Beef Shorthorn cross Aberdeen Angus, all of which are put to the Angus. Never at any stage is the herd allowed to exceed 75% Angus genetics, he says. Furthermore, Nigel, a former vet adheres to his principles and apart from purchasing bulls, he makes sure the herd remains closed. “Beef Shorthorn confers the maternal characteristics which are essential in a functional suckler cow – milk, ease of calving and motherability. The entire herd is consequently quiet and genuinely easy to handle, in fact the cows are a pleasure to work with, 99% calve themselves and we could put a halter on each one if necessary.” New herd sires are selected visually before a final appraisal using Breedplan performance data in particular EBVs for maternal traits - milk, calving ease daughters and SRI. If 200, 400, and 600 day growth rates are above average, then that’s a bonus. “Beef Shorthorn is a hugely complementary to Angus which we use to achieve growth performance. However, we’ve noticed that our Beef Shorthorn cross steers sired by our last two bulls purchased are demonstrating growth rates just as good as their


Angus cross counterparts.” Both bulls were in the breed’s top 5% of Breedplan performance data.” Furthermore, better genetics combined with management is also enabling the Millers to breed from their heifers up to 12 months earlier. “We are targeting all our replacements to calve at 24 months simply because they’re now sufficiently grown to reach puberty at 430kg by 13 months and we implement an AI programme. This year they calved slightly lighter at 625kg; we expect them to grow on to reach 750kg mature weight.” Cattle are turned out in April just ahead of calving, and managed alongside the sheep on clean rotational grazing system, an area ripe for small tweaks in fertiliser and muck management and the introduction of more productive grass leys, he says. Cropping is limited to fodder production – grass silage and triticale, while spring barley is grown for wholecrop and introduced to a TMR fed to housed calves after weaning in February.

In fact we know the sheep enterprise can, in a good year, exist without payments. It’s Aware there a goal we’ve set for our beef enterprise.” • Stagehall’s sheep enterprise provides that essential balance to grassland management. The flock comprises a mix of North Country Cheviots and Suffolk cross Cheviot ewes put to Meatlinc or Suffolk terminal sires, and lambed in March indoors – a ‘precautionary, risk averse measure’. The flock is averaging160% lambs reared. Lambs reach 20kg target finishing weight off grass from July. Nigel Miller on the Scottish beef sector The future for the Scottish suckler herd is brighter than at any other period in my lifetime. Producers are achieving higher market values and there are more opportunities for premium product. Demand for high quality beef is growing globally whilst consumers like Scotch beef and it accompanying provenance.

After housing the herd in November, the calves are weighed on housing, weaning and turn-out. “Weighing is an important tool for management and benchmarking purposes. It provides us with an idea of how much it’s going to cost us to achieve the targeted gain. Also, if we find that a cow isn’t looking after her calf properly, then she may have to be culled.”

The real challenges are going to come during the next two to three years – the CAP Reform transition period moving to a tougher economic environment with reduced buffer support. At the same time, Scotland must also avoid, if at all possible, loss of slaughter capacity. We do not want to lose our critical mass of both farmers and processing capacity within the sector.

Nigel admits that current winter housing facilities are expensive and space is an issue. The family have subsequently agreed to sell a portion of land for development and invest the return in purpose built accommodation which is scheduled to ease stocking density and reduce bought in straw costs by 50%.

To help maintain beef farming businesses, there is potential for all of us involved at farm level to up our game and produce to a higher standard, to become more biologically efficient. There’s a raft of different mechanisms available to help all producers to adapt, whether it’s more careful selection of genetics and more consider management systems.

For 30 years, the Millers had placed virtually all their eggs in one basket and sold up to 120 head of stores in one day through St Boswells traditional beef breeds sale at St Boswells mart. “Recently we realised they had more potential for us, and we engaged a local contract finisher to take the steers and any heifers not making the grade as replacements,” he explains. “The arrangement based on daily liveweight gain, is working. The steers are going on to average over 1.0kg per day, reach 600kg target finishing weight at 20 months and kill out at an average 50.4%.”

There is also a challenge for the marketers to be more sophisticated in feeding back information to producers to ensure cattle and lambs coming off farms in Scotland meet with the highest quality standards as we continue to build the Scottish brand. The introduction of pioneering Integrated Measurement of Eating Quality (IMEQ) technology in Scottish plants is nearer to becoming reality after three years to enable the industry to improve its delivery of a consistently high quality product.

To the future, Nigel Miller is cautiously optimistic his farming business will ‘hang together’ following CAP Reform. “We already operate under a relatively lower level of support, and understand the levels of performance we have to achieve to remain in profit.

With new and emerging technologies to hand for use throughout the chain, plus Government’s National Food and Drink Policy for Scotland in place, then I am confident we can end up with a fantastic beef industry. The Stagehall fact file: • 550ha mixed LFA unit • 180 suckler cows, split calving May/Jul; Aug/Oct • 950 breeding ewes Family labour Turnover excluding support Cattle 62.8% Sheep inc wool 32.4%

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Stirling Bull Sales – February Top bid of 8,500gns at Stirling for Beef Shorthorn bulls Beef Shorthorn bulls met a solid trade to peak at 8,500gns at the society’s official sale at Stirling on Tuesday 5 February. The Beef Shorthorn Society’s Frank Milnes commented: “Trade was consistent with a packed ringside, reflecting the increasing awareness of the breed amongst commercial producers, who recognise the Beef Shorthorn’s maternal traits – fertility, milkiness, docility and longevity – whilst the Morrisons’ Traditional Breeds Scheme has added a market value to steers that were previously a byproduct.” Trade was headed at 8,500gns by Burnside Elite TI +16, SRI +14, from W and J McAllister, Ballymena, County Antrim. This 21 month old roan bull, by Creaga Dice and out of a homebred dam, was secured by Messrs Thomson, Roddick and Laurie, Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, who recuperated some of their outlay taking 4,000gns for Shawhill Evaristus TI +13, SRI +10, a 23 month old red and white bull by Alvie Blue Eyedboy and out of Alvie Briar Briony, purchased by Aucheneck Estates, Killearn, Glasgow. The same buyers paid 6,000gns for Highlee Eric TI +15, SRI +8, a 22 month old roan bull by Astrix of Upsall and out of Craxtonpark Lily. This one was bred by T Severn, Halifax, West Yorkshire. Aucheneck Estates invested 5,000gns in a third bull, the reserve overall champion Blelack Hildalgo TI +11, SRI +9, a 22 month old red and white bull by Loch Awe Saxon S098 and out of a homebred dam. This one was bred by N Massie and Sons, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. Messrs Massie also took 6,000gns from Page Farms Partners, Bedale, North Yorkshire, for Blelack Fortune Maker TI +9, SRI +8, a 20 month old roan bull sired by Alta Cedar Samurai 46T and out of Butterfield Forester 50H. The pre-sale overall champion Chapelton Exemplar TI +23, SRI +21, went for 8,000gns to W S Robson, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Exemplar, a 22 month old roan bull bred by D J Biggar, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, was by Chapelton Typhoon and out of a homebred dam. Judge, stockman Friar Thomson, Forfar, Angus, commented: “This was a tremendous line up of Beef Shorthorn bulls, the best I’ve seen for a very long time, and the champion’s class was particularly hard to judge. My champion had excellent conformation with muscling through the rear and was an exceptional example of the breed.”

Judge Friar Thomson presents the Championship trophy to Collin Dodd with Chapelton Exemplar

Also sold for 8,000gns was the 21 month old roan bull Tofts Whisky E775 TI +20, SRI +16, by Tofts Jovial S147 and out of a homebred dam. Whisky was bred by J Playfair, Kelso, and went home with D M Dickie, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, reinvesting the 4,800gns they had taken from S S Horton and Sons, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, for the 21 month old roan bull Knockenjig Eclipse TI +27, SRI +27, by Cavans Northern Light and out of Glengloy Flossy Camilla. Mr Biggar took 7,500gns for Chapelton Emir TI +21, SRI +20, a 20 month old roan bull by Glenisla Banqo and out of a homebred dam. Emir was secured by the College of Agriculture, County Antrim. At 4,000gns the same breeder sold the 22 month old red bull Chapelton Emissary TI +20, SRI +16, by Chapelton Typhoon and out of a homebred dam to the Crofting Commission, Inverness. Mr Playfair secured 6,500gns from Messrs Ward and Sons, Carnwath, Lanarkshire, for Tofts Academical E729 TI +17, SRI +15, a 21 month old roan bull also sired by Jovial and out of a homebred dam. At 4,200gns the same breeder sold the 22 month old Tofts Lionheart E754 TI +29, SRI +20 to W S Muir, Stromess, Orkney. This roan bull was by Tofts Atlas Z900 and out of a homebred dam. Craigeassie Tobias TI +21, SRI +17, went for a call of 6,500gns to J H D Fanshawe, Naseby, Northamptonshire. By Dunsyre North star and out of a homebred dam, this two year old white bull was bred by Lady Glendyne, Forfar, Angus. Through the ring at 6,000gns was Erasmus II of Upsall TI +19, SRI +11, a 22 month old dark roan bull by Atilla of Upsall and out of a homebred dam. He was secured by A J Hunter, Brae, Shetland and bred by the Hon G Turton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

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Caldwell Poser TI +21, SRI +17 sold for 5,800gns to Lochty Farm, Anstruther, Fife. Entered by H P Whittaker, Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland, and bred by R Hodson Walker, Poser was a 22 month old roan bull by Tofts Prince Xavier X626 and out of Croxden Marigold Fireworks 3. Traded at 5,200gns was Fearn Elvis TI +19, SRI +15, a light roan bull by Fearn Boomerang and out of a homebred dam. This 20 month old bred by J Scott and Partners, Tain, Ross and Cromarty, went home with J H Younger, Haddington, East Lothian. The same breeders took a bid of 4,800gns from N B Taylor and Son, Penrith, Cumbria, for the 22 month old Fearn Empire TI +15, SRI +16, a red and white bull by Balmyle Crackle and out of a homebred dam. Making a further 4,000gns for Messrs Scott and Partners was Fearn Emperor TI +8, SRI +9, a 22 month old red and white bull by Balmyle Universe and out of a homebred dam. He was purchased by Buitelaar Production, Castledermot, County Kildare.

Judge: Friar Thomson

Heifers born on or between 28 august 2010 and 31 March 2011 1st Tulip 29th Skaillhouse C Macadie & Sons 2nd Tara Floss 6th Skaillhouse C Macadie & Sons 3rd Fearn Elsie floss E988 J Scott & Partners 4th Lancaster Clara 17th of Skaillhouse C Macadie & Sons Heifers born on or between 1 April and 31 May 2011 1st Ballyvaddy Heathermaid E775 T & K Madden 2nd Chapelton Ariel 3724 DJ Biggar OBE 3rd Chapelton Secret Sally 3728 D J Biggar OBE 4th Uppermill Rothes Mabel J Porter Heifers born on or after 1st June 2011 1st Crichton Ballarina 554 2nd Crichton Patsy 575 3rd Cairnsmore Elizabeth

B Walling B Walling Mr & Mrs B Landers

Bulls born on or between 23 October 2010 and 28 February 2011 1st Lowther Eclipse C Lowther 2nd Craigeassie Tobias Lady Glendyne 3rd Fingask Dakota W & J McGowan & Son 4th Shawhill Evaristus Thomson, Roddick & Laurie 5th Mountberger Eddie JF Irving & Son Bulls born on or between 1 & 18 March 2011 1st Chapelton Emir 2nd Erasmus II of Upsall 3rd Highlee Eric 4th Podehole Elite 5th Meonhill Echo

D J Biggar OBE The Hon G Turton Mrs Tracey Severn H Horrell LEP Farms

Glenisla Enigma 864 TI +18, SRI +19, made 5,000gns selling to J Stewart and Partners, Peebles. Bred by Major J P O Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Enigma was a 17 month old roan bull by Glenisla Chieftain and out of a homebred dam.

Bulls born on or between 19 & 31 March 2011 1st Chapelton Exemplar 2nd Blelack Hidalgo 3rd Caldwell Poser 4th Chapelton Emissary 5th Burnside Egbert

D J Biggar OBE N Massie & Sons H P Whittaker D J Biggar OBE William & Jill McAllister

A bid of 4,500gns won Uppermill Retro TI +8, SRI +5, for J and M Brims, Wick, Caithness. Retro was a 20 month old red and white bull from J Porter, Lisburn, by Trunley Zorba and out of Rothes Jordan.

Bulls born on or between 1 & 15 April 2011 1st Burnside Elite 2nd Knockenjig Eclipse 3rd Fearn Empire 4th Quoiggs Eye of the Tiger 5th Tofts Academical E729

William & Jill McAllister D Dickie J Scott & Partners Highland Wagyu Playfair Farms

Messrs Severn paid 4,200gns for Podehole Elite TI +9, SRI +8, from H Horrell, Thorney, Cambridgeshire. This 22 month old roan bull was by Trojan of Craigeassie and out of a homebred dam.

Bulls born on or between 16 & 30 April 2011 1st Tofts Lionheart E754 2nd Tofts Whisky E775 3rd Podehole Edmond 4th Millerston Einstein 5th Coldrochie Eagle

Playfair Farms Playfair Farms H Horrell Jack P Ramsay M D McMillan

Bulls born on or between 1 and 31 May 2011 1st Blelack Fortune Maker 2nd Uppermill Retro 3rd Quoiggs Extra Special 4th Chapelton Emperor 5th Knockenjig Empire

N Massie & Sons J Porter Highland Wagyu D J Biggar OBE D Dickie

Bulls born on or after 1 June 2011 1st Uppermill Jefferson 2nd Glenisla Enigma 3rd Uppermill Jameson 4th Blinkbonny Equity 5th Dunsyre Excel

J Porter Major JPO Gibb J Porter J R Purves Carey Coombes

At 5,000gns the two year old roan bull Lowther Eclipse TI +23, SRI +22, from C Lowther, Penrith, Cumbria, was secured by T C Brown, Towcester, Northamptonshire. Eclipse was sired by Blelack Rupert and out of LS Special K.

Meonhill Emperor TI +3, SRI +3, was knocked down sold at 4,000gns to R James, Fadmoor, North Yorkshire. Bred by L E P Farms, Hambledon, Hampshire, Emperor was a 22 month old roan bull by Meonhill Highland Beau and out of a homebred dam. Averages: 56 bulls, ÂŁ3,937.50 Auctioneers: United Auctions Best Poll Bull: Lowther Eclipse Senior Champion Bull: Lowther Eclipse Reserve: Craigeassie Tobias Intermediate Champion Bull: Chapelton Exemplar Reserve: Blelack Hidalgo Junior Champion Bull: Blelack Fortune Maker Reserve: Uppermill Retro

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C Lowther C Lowther Lady Glendyne

Supreme Champion Bull: The Uppermill Calrossie Perpetual Trophy Chapelton Exemplar D J Biggar OBE

D J Biggar OBE

Reserve Supreme Champion Bull: The Campbell Durno Perpetual Challenge Trophy Blelack Hidalgo N Massie & Sons

N Massie & Sons

Female Champion: Ballyvaddy Heathermaid E775

N Massie & Son

Reserve: Chapelton Ariel 3724

J Porter

T & K Madden

DJ Biggar OBE

Best Two Bulls: Best Three Bulls: D J Biggar OBE D J Biggar OBE


Stirling Bull Sales Prices Bulls-gns 6500 Craigeassie Tobias JHD Fanshawe 2600 Fingask Dakota F Watt 1600 Wells Eldorado Glenkin Farms 5000 Lowther Eclipse T C Brown 2000 Lowther Equity Buitelaar Producers 4000 Showhill Evaristus Aucheneck Estates 2500 Stonehills Gold Star Buitelaar Producers 2600 Mountbenger Eddie D C Gibbon 3500 Meonhill Echo I W & NJ Hollows 6000 Erasmus II of Upsall AJ Hunter 3800 Glenisla Eclipse The Morrisons Farm 6000 Highlee Eric Aucheneck Estate 7500 Chapelton Emir College Of Agriculture 4200 Podehole Elite Tracy Severn 2200 Frontman of Skaillhouse K R Howman 2800 Millerston Equinox J H Ireland 4000 Meonhill Emperor R James 8000 Chapelton Exemplar WS Robson & Co 3200 Mountbenger Elliot D Baillie 3800 Burneside Egbert H W Venables 4000 Chapleton Emissary Crofters Commission 3200 Glenisla Everest D & S Calder 4000 Fearn Emperor Buitelaar Producers 5000 Blelack Hildalgo Aucheneck Estates 5800 Caldwell Poser Lochty Farm Estates 1800 Coldrochie Eymer Buitelaar Producers 2500 Dunsyre Ethlered R Orr 3600 Tofts Wellington E707 J Risk 4800 Fearn Empire N B Taylor & Son 2000 Quoiggs Eye of the Tiger J T Owen 2000 Lowther Enduro 2nd T Smith 6500 Tofts Academical E729 Mrs Ward & Sons 4800 Knockenjig Eclipse S S Horton & Sons 2000 Galla Emperor J Purdie 8500 Burnside Elite Thomson, Roddick & Laurie 3000 Cairnsmore Elvis Crofters Commission 1800 Glenapp Evolution J D Macauley

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Quoiggs Frontier E528 J T Owen Tofts Lionheart E754 W S Muir Coldrochie Eagle J T Owen Podehole Edmond Mr & Mrs B Landers Tofts Whisky E755 D M Dickie Shawhill Einstein Buitelaar Producers Quoiggs Eye of The Storm B J Smalley & Co Uppermill Retro J M Brims Fearn Elvis J H Younger and Co Chapelton Emperor John Meikle Blelack Fortune Maker Page Farms Partnership Millerston Eastwind ??? Knockenjig Empire A & C Millar Uppermill Jefferson G L Riby Blinkbonny Equity J F Irving & Son Blinkbonny Excel W S Muir Dunsyre Esquire R H Henning Glenisla Enigma J Stewart & Partners Stonehills White Warrior A & C Ivinson

Supreme Champion: Chapelton Exemplar

Reserve Champion: Blelack Hidalgo

Females - gns 2200 Tara Floss 6th of Skaillhouse J Fyall 1150 Fieldhouse Evelyn J McGarva 1900 Blinkbonny Focglove Tansy A & C Ivinson 1800 Lancaster Clara 17th D C Gibbon of Skaillhouse 2200 Tulip 29th of Skaillhouse Balnabroich Farm 2200 Fearn Elsie Floss E988 J Fyall 1700 Fieldhouse Emily Kelsocleugh Farm 1900 Flora 51st of Skaillhouse Kelsocleugh Farm 2100 Chapelton Ariel 3724 Conway 2000 Uppermill Rothes Madge Balnabroich Farm 2400 Chapelton Secret Sally M Lamb 1800 Uppermill Rothes Mabel AD Fotheringham 1850 Blinkbonny Leila ND Blair 2300 Crichton Ballarina 554 M Lamb 2000 Crichton Patsy DC Gibbon 2300 Cairnsmore Elizabeth DC Gibbon

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Beef Shorthorn Females to 2,400gns at Stirling Beef Shorthorn female trade peaked at 2,400gns at the society’s official sale at Stirling on Monday 4 February. Leading the trade at 2,400gns was Chapelton Secret Sally 3728 TI +24, SRI +20, a 20 month old dark roan heifer from D J Biggar, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. Purchased by M Lamb, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, this one was by the 6,800gns Glenisla Banqo and out of a homebred dam. The same buyer invested 2,300gns in the 18 month old Crichton Ballarina 554 from B Walling, Selkirk. Ballarina was a roan heifer sired by Crichton Flyer and out of Dunsyre Ballerina 7. Also sold for 2,300gns was Cairnsmore Elizabeth TI +11, SRI +7, a 15 month old roan heifer by Elliot Boo Boo and out of a homebred dam bred by B Landers, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire to go home with D Gibbon, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. The same buyer paid 2,000gns for B Walling’s Crichton Patsy 575, a 16 month old roan heifer by Crichton Flyer and out of Kilfrush Patsy. Three calls of 2,200gns were made. First up was the 23 month old roan heifer Tara Floss 6 of Skaillhouse TI +17, SRI +14, from C Macadie and Sons, Thurso, Caithness. By Bon-Accord Alpha and out of a homebred dam, she was knocked down sold at 2,200gns to J Fyall, Newmachar, Aberdeenshire, who bid the same money for Fearn Elsie Floss E988, a 22 month old red and white heifer by Fearn Bundaleer 762 and out of a homebred dam. This one was bred by J Scott and Partners, Tain, Ross and Cromarty.

Top price female Chapelton Secret Sally

Messrs Macadie took a further 2,200gns for Tulip 29 of Skaillhouse TI +12, SRI +12, a 22 month old roan heifer by Alpha and out of a homebred dam. She was purchased by Balnabroich Farms, Dundee, Angus. The same buyer made a call of 2,000gns for Uppermill Rothes Madge TI +18, SRI +15, from J Porter, Lisburn, County Antrim, a 21 month old red and white heifer by Ardoyne Bombus and out of Rothes Maidenhair S032. The reserve champion Chapelton Ariel 3724 TI +19, SRI +13, realised 2,100gns for Mr Biggar. By Chapelton Typhoon and out of a homebred dam, this 21 month old red and white heifer was secured by M Conway, Kilrush, County Clare. Averages: 16 heifers, £2,086.88 Auctioneers: United Auctions


Presentations for Winners

Charles Lowther receives the Upper Millhills Cup for the Senior Champion bull from the judges wife Mrs Helen Thomson

Collin Dodds receives the South Africa Trophy on behalf of D Biggar for the intermediate champion

Donald Biggar receives the City of Perth Trophy for the Supreme Champion

Gordon Fraser receives the Uppermill Linzee Gordon Trophy on behalf of N Massie for the Junior Champion bull

R Grierson accepts the Auctioneers cup for the best 3 bulls

Robert Grierson receives the Chapelton Cup for the Herdsman responsible for the champion bull

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27th April 2013

Annual Spring Sale at Chelford Agricultural Centre

Top call of 2,350gns at Chelford for Beef Shorthorn cow with calf at foot Beef Shorthorn trade was led at 2,350gns by a cow with a calf at foot at the breed society’s official annual spring sale at Chelford Agricultural Centre on Saturday 27 April. Llanarth Candida TI +12, SRI +11, was knocked down sold for 2,350gns with her six month old light roan heifer calf Llanarth Emlyns Rosina, sired by Llanarth Emlyn, to J R Pearce, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Bred by K E Mitchell, Llanarth, Ceredigion who was completing his two part herd dispersal sale, this seven year old red and white cow sired by Tofts Rigger S273 and out of a homebred dam was back in calf to Emlyn. Mr Mitchell took a further 1,500gns for Llanarth Emlyns Hetty TI +15, SRI +14, a 19 month old dark roan heifer in calf to Llanarth Centaurs Gareth. Purchased by G R and R F Norbury, Macclesfield, Cheshire, this one was also by Emlyn and out of a homebred dam. From the same breeder, a call of 1,450gns was made for Llanarth Titans Fenella TI +2, SRI +0, a two year old light roan heifer by Llanarth Titan and out of a homebred dam. In calf to Emlyn, Fenella went home with T J Evans, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Mr Mitchell also had success in the bull trade with the two year old dark roan Llanarth Emlyns Hector TI +16, SRI +14, by Emlyn and out of a homebred dam secured at 1,500gns by E J Moseley, Matlock, Derbyshire. A bid of 2,000gns secured the red and white heifer Grafton Foggathorpe Diana TI +16, SRI +13 for J Townsend, Southampton, Hampshire. In calf to Westmoor Duke, and bred by T C Brown, Towcester, Northamptonshire, the two year old Diana was by Chapelton Waverley and out of Tarrant Weigelia.

Grafton Foggathorpe Diana sold for 2000gns

Sticking with the same herd a call of 1,900gns was made for the 22 month old roan heifer Grafton Elesha TI +14, SRI +11. By the same sire and out of Tarrant Xanthsoma, she was also in calf to Duke and went home with I W and N Hollows, Whitchurch, Shropshire, along with the two year old Grafton Broadhooks Eliser TI +10, SRI +10, at 1,850gns. This roan heifer by Grafton Bombardier and out of a homebred dam was again in calf to Duke. The 23 month old red bull Floweryfields Woody made 1,500gns for breeder T Birtles, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Purchased by D M Thorp, Bakewell, Derbyshire, this one was by Meonhill Highland Beau and out of Ayylward Rothes Queen 33rd. Averages: 2 bulls, £1,575; 2 in calf cows with calves at foot, £1,890; 12 bulling/in calf heifers, £1,429.75 Auctioneers: Frank Marshall beef shorthorn

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24th May 2013

Carlisle Sale

A leading call of 4,200gns secured the headlines at the Spring Show and Sale of Beef Shorthorns, Borderway Mart. Averages took a slight dip from the corresponding sale in 2012, with buyers remaining tentative following the long winter. Commanding the leading price was Wells Edward from Mr John Wood, St Andrews. Sired by the 2012 Great Yorkshire Show Male Champion; Dacre Rock Star and out of a Dunsyre Mercenary daughter, the two-year-old had earlier captured the Reserve Male Championship under judge Mr James Porter in the pre-sale show. Purchasing was Mr E Belchier, Maybole, Ayrshire. Following at 3,200gns was Cairnsmore Eric from Newton Stewart-based breeders B&J Landers. With multiple championships already under his belt from the 2012 show circuit, the stylish Captain Vortek of Upsall son continued the run of form, securing the Overall Championship in the pre-sale show. With an impressive set of maternal trait EBV’s, and a catalogue leading Milk value of +9, he was knocked down to WSL Muir, Orkey. A 3,000gns bid acquired the services of Dunsyre Esperanza; a 3rd prize-winning Dunsyre Asterix son from Carey Coombs, Lanarkshire. With a balanced portfolio of performance traits; registering above average for both maternal and growth traits, he heads eastwards into Northumberland with new owners Messrs ME & TD Tailford, Gallaw Hill Farm.

The sale also featured a draft of females from the Hutton herd on behalf of Mr Brian Goddard. A varied selection of leading genetics on offer saw buyers eagerly competing for brood cows, which sold to a top of 2,700gns for Glenisla Duchess; a 2009-born Fearn Wyvis daughter who sold with her Tarrant Waverley heifer calf at foot to J H D Fanshawe. Averages – 16 Bulls £2447.81; 26 Served and Maiden Heifers £1702.21; 7 Cows and Heifers served and/or suckling £2182

Heifers sold to a top of 2,600gns, with a resurgent interest in native breeds ensuring quality females on offer were keenly bid for. Oakleigh Evie, from Mr P Turnbull, Pickering, North Yorkshire, being the pick of the ladies on show. A Blelack Masterpiece daughter, from a Cairnsmore Xtreme Force dam, she was knocked down to the Harrietsfield Herd of KG Anderson, Roxburghshire.

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9th September 2013

Native Breed Sale SALE REPORT FOR SALE HELD AT CALEDONIAN MARTS (STIRLING) LTD. Stirling - Caledonian Marts (Stirling) Ltd (Monday 9th September) sold 997 Native Bred Store Cattle at their Show and Sale, which was kindly supported and sponsored by Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Shorthorn, Whtiebred Shorthorn, Hereford, Luing, Aberdeen Angus, Highland and Galloway Societies. The judge was Alan Taylor, Southolm, Pittentian, Lanark and the following were his awards: Overall Champion and Beef Shorthorn, Champion was exhibited by Ormsary Estate, Lochgilphead with a 555kg Bullock realising £1360 to the judge. Breed Averages: Beef Shorthorn Bullocks (278) averaged 212p per kg or £860.16 (up 27p per kg or £115 on the year), selling to £1360 for 555kg from Ormsary Estates, Lochgilphead and to 245p per kg for the same animal, which was closely followed at 244p per kg for two 355kgs from Jamie Dawson, Beannie, Braco.

Beef Shorthorn Heifers (105) averaged 188p per kg or £601 per head (up 44p per kg or £154 on the year), selling to £1000 for two 530kgs from The Firm of G Gray, Sunnycroft, Lindean, Selkirk and to 209p per kg (three times) from I & S Graham, Killochries, Kilmacolm, D Oliver, Middleknowes, Jedburgh and Johnny Mackey, Wester Drumlochy, Blairgowrie.

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21st October 2013

Stirling Bull Sales October Stirling Beef Shorthorns meet solid commercial demand Top 12,000gns; record 16 bulls and 90 females sold; record respective £4,305 and £2,217 average Beef Shorthorns met an exceptional demand driven by the commercial sector in Stirling on Monday 21 October at the breed’s official autumn sale where bidding peaked at 12,000gns and records were smashed in the ‘new trading era’ with 16 bulls sold to average £4,305 and 90 females averaged £2,217. “The day’s trade was fuelled at a packed ringside by commercial producers full filling their quest for a functional suckler cow,” commented the society’s Frank Milnes. “They were aware that they can now buy Beef Shorthorn with confidence that he’ll not only breed replacement heifers with strong maternal traits, but knowing they’ll also achieve a premium on their steers, thanks to Morrisons native breed scheme.” Sale leader at 12,000gns was the day’s champion, Alvie Elton TI +15, SRI +15, a roan two year old by the £5,000 Glenisla Zinzan and out of Millerston Irania Xanadu, the foundation cow in Catherine Williamson’s Kincraig, Inverness based herd which over the last eight years has grown to 20 breeding females. Earlier in the day, Elton was awarded the supreme male championship, a fitting reward after taking one of the two top titles this season at the Royal Highland, Perth, Grantown and Keith shows. “We’re absolutely thrilled for the herd to have achieved such success in a very short period of time,” said Mrs Williamson. Elton went to join Mohsin Altajir’s 100 cow Highland Wagyu Beef Shorthorn herd based at Dunblane, Perth. “After following him throughout the season, we believe he fit perfectly among our cows, he had length and a good head and we believe he was the best in the sale.” Mr Altajir’s investment didn’t stop there. He went on to purchase a further 14 lots including the reserve female champion and leader at 5,800gns, Millerston Orania Fizz TI +12, SRI +10. A 19 month old white heifer, she was among the first progeny to be sold by the 14,000gns Stirling junior champion, Podehole Beefeater and out of a homebred dam from Jack Ramsay’s Mauchline based 25 cow herd.

Supreme Male Champion: Alvie Elton from Catherine Williamson’s Kincraig Herd

Reserve Male Champion: Langalbuinoch Fantastic from R and P McAlister, Kingarth, Isle of Bute

The day’s second top call at 9,000gns was made by J Wink and Sons, Huntly for the reserve male champion, Langalbuinoch Fantastic TI +13, SRI +11, a 19 month old red and white bull from R and P McAlister, Kingarth, Isle of Bute. A Newfield Tarquin son, he was out of a homebred dam going back to Loch Awe lines.

Gregors Fernando from Chesterhall Parks Farm sold for 5000gns

Two bulls commanded a 5,000gns bid and both from Orkney buyers. First to go was Gregors Fernando TI +20, SRI +20, a 20 month old roan bull from Chesterhall Parks Farm, Wiston, Biggar. Sired by the Barnaigh Loch Awe and out of a homebred dam going back to Uppermill lines, he sold to EM Flett, Holm. beef shorthorn

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The second 5,000gns entry was the 19 month old Knockenjig Fearless TI +32, SRI +25, a roan Meonhill Charlie Chaplin son and out of a Gregors bred dam from David and Rosemary Dickie, Sanquhar, Dumfries. The buyer was RFJ Seatter, Sanday. The Dickies also secured a bid of 4,000gns from F Baird, Tetbury for their same way bred 19 month old red heifer, Knockenjig Rosie Duchess TI +23, SRI +23, sold in calf to Tofts Whiskey. Castlemount Frankie TI +12, SRI +14, a two year old roan bull from D McDowell and SJ Martin, Newtownards, County Down returned over the water with N Gibson, Belfast for 4,000gns. A Chapelton Neptune son, he was out of a Glenbrae bred dam. A second 4,000gns bid was made, this time by Tullochgorum Farm, Boat of Garten, Inverness for Alvie Emblem TI +18, SRI 18, a two year old roan bull by Glenisla Zinzan from Catherine Williamson. Two more entries were in the money for Mrs Williamson. At 3,200gns she sold to K and B Brown, Milnathort, the red and white maiden heifer Alvie Fern Broadhooks TI +17, SRI +14, an Alvie Diamond daughter and out of a Glenisla bred dam. Alvie Lovely Friday TI +23, SRI +20, a 17 month old red and white maiden by Zinzan and out of a Croxtonpark bred dam made 3,000gns to A Park, Charlton, Malmesbury. The day’s second highest female call at 5,400gns went to the female champion, Galla Floss Zeta TI +18, SRI +15, an 18 month old roan Kidston Rambo daughter and out of a Winningbank bred dam. Bred and exhibited by JW Frame, Wiston, Biggar, she was knocked down sold to M Haigh, Glenluce, Stranraer. Heading a draft from Carey Coombs, Carnwath at 4,500gns was Dunsyre Honeysuckle Opal 6 TI +17, SRI +15, a six year old light roan cow by Dunsyre Yorkie and sold with her five week old heifer calf, Dunsyre Honeysuckle Opal 19 by Langalbuinoch Barney. The pair went to HD Bailie, Dromara. Shawhill Dewdrop Fairlady TI +12, SRI +8, a red 20 month old maiden all-Canadian ET heifer by K-Kim Freedom and out of a Braebank dam from Thomson, Roddick and Lawrie, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie sold for 3,800gns to S and C Currie, Rathmell, Settle. Minutes earlier, Shawhill Fancy TI +20, SRI +14, an 18 month old maiden by Alvie Blue Eyedboy from the same breeders made 3,000gns to Smallburn Farms, Elgin. A draft from Major John Gibb and his daughter Catriona, Blairgowrie, Perth, was led at 3,500gns by Glenisla Foxglove Flake TI +24, SRI +21, a 19 month old roan heifer by Dunsyre Cavalier and out of a homebred dam by Broughton Park Thunder. The buyers were H and M Sloan, Oxton, Lauder. Their next entry at 3,000gns to Messrs Macdowell was Glenisla Margo TI +15, SRI +13, a roan maiden by Glenisla Artic Storm. Top lot from Cupar based W and J McGowan and Son’s draft at 3,000gns was Fingask Rosette Elga TI +18, SRI +15, a BonAccord Angus sired two year old heifer. The buyer was W Denham, Langleydale, Barnard Castle. Averages: 16 bulls £4,305; 90 females £2,217 Auctioneers: United Auctions 102

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Bulls born on or between 30th May & 25 Sept 2011 1st Castlemount Frankie D McDowell & SJ Martin 2nd Wells Eric Mr J Wood 3rd Dunsyre El Nino Carey Coombs 4th Dunsyre Electron Carey Coombs Bulls born on or between 26 Sept 2011 and 27 Feb 2012 1st Alvie Elton Mr & Mrs JDA Williamson 2nd Alvie Emblem Mr & Mrs JDA Williamson 3rd Castlemount Jimmy D McDowell & SJ Martin 4th Blelack Broadway N Massie & Sons Bulls born on or after 28th February 2012 1st Langalbuinoch Fantastic R & P McAllister 2nd Knockenjig Fearless David & Rosemary Dickie 3rd Gregors Fernando Chesterhall Parks Farm 4th Chapelton Foreward D046 Mr D J Biggar OBE Heifers born on or between 4th April 2011 & 21 Feb 2012 1st Holmeere Broadhooks Ella Mr M A Holmes 2nd Millerston Gretta Evette Jack P Ramsey 3rd Holmeere Verity Mr M A Holmes 4th Eastmill Melody Essence Firm of Doldy Farm Heifers born on or between 22 February & 28 March 2012 1st Alvie Fern Broadhooks Mr & Mrs JDA Williamson 2nd Knockenjig Rosie Duchess David & Rosemary Dickie 3rd Cairnsmore Fearn Bridget Mr & Mrs B Landers 4th Uppermill Jasmines Mr J Porter Heifers born on or between 29 March & 4 April 2012 1st Millerston Irania Fizz Jack P Ramsey 2nd Uppermill Gipsy Robina Mr J Porter 3rd Knockenjig Tanzy Yorkie 2nd David & Rosemary Dickie 4th Uppermill Broadhooks Babs Mr J Porter Heifers born on or between 5 & 21 April 2012 1st Galla Floss Zeta Mr J W Frame 2nd Galla First Lady Mr J W Frame 3rd Shawhill Festive Thomson Roddick & Laurie 4th Galla Flora Gypsy Mr J W Frame Heifers born on or after 22 April 2012 1st Shawhill Dewdrop Fairlady Thomson Roddick & Laurie 2nd Alvie Lovely Friday Mr & Mrs JDA Williamson 3rd Tofts Princess Royal F953 Playfair Farms 4th Tulip 32nd of Skaillhouse Messrs C Macadie & Sons Best Pair of Bulls Bred By Exhibitor: Mr & Mrs JDA Williamson Overall Male Champion: Alvie Elton Mr & Mrs JDA Williamson Reseve Champion: Langalbuinoch Fantastic R & P McAllister Female Champion: Galla Floss Zeta Mr J W Frame Reserve Female Champion: Millerston Irania Fizz Jack P Ramsey


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Bulls-gns 2600 Wells Eric Glenkiln Farms 4000 Castlemount Frankie N Gibson 3000 Dunsyre Electron Kincraigie Farms 4000 Alvie Emblem Firm of Tullochgorum 2800 Castlemount Jimmy J McIntosh 12000 Alvie Elton Highland Wagyu 2000 Woodend Ernie J Baillie 2600 Blelack Broadway J Barr 5000 Gregors Fernando EM Flet 9000 Langalbuinoch Fantastic J Wink & Son 5000 Knockenjig Fearless RFJ & JM Seatter 2800 Chapelton Forward T McKinnel 3200 Chapelton Flagship Dept of Agric 2800 Knockenjig Footprint Dept of Agric 3000 Glenisla Fingal R I & SA Little 1800 Crichton White Fire T Miller & Son Females - gns 2600 Millerston Gretta Yvette Highland Wagyu 2600 Holmeere Broadhooks Ella A Thompson 2000 Eastmill Melody Essence A & M Peter 2000 Uppermill Gypsy Rosie 2nd A Thompson 2200 Cairnsmore Flavia Cara E Belcher 1400 Shawhill Nonpareil Faith Highland Wagyu 1400 Tofts Rose F836 R Morton 2600 Cairnsmore Fearn Bridget E Belche 4000 Knockenjig Rosie Duchess F Baird 1500 Knockenjig Lovely Lisclare W M Lindsay & Sons Ltd. 1400 Knockenjig Lovely Lisclare 2nd W M Lindsay & Sons Ltd. 3200 Alvie Fern Broadhooks K & E Brown 1800 Uppermill Jasmines E Belcher 1600 Knockenjig Tanzy Yorkie WM Lindsay & Sons Ltd. 1600 Knockenjig Tanzy Yorkie 2nd R Downie 5800 Millerston Irania Fizz Highland Wagyu 2500 Uppermill Broadhooks Babs E Belcher 1300 Knockenjig Primrose R Downie 1600 Galla Flora Gypsy Smallburn Farms 1600 Shawhill Princess Felicity Highland Wagyu 2000 Tofts Rose F893 DC & JR Gibbon 2400 Galla First Lady RL Morris & Partners 5400 Galla Floss Zeta M Haigh 1400 Tofts Lovely F916 R Morton 1300 Alvie Flora Ramsden Highland Wagyu 3000 Shawhill Fancy Smallburn Farms 2600 Shawhill Festive E Belcher 1500 Tofts Rose F952 O Burns 1700 Tofts Princess Royal F953 D & T Ballantyne 3800 Shawhill Dewdrop Fairlady S & G Currie 3000 Alvie Lovely Friday A Park 2000 Tulip 32nd of Skaillhouse Highland Wagyu 1800 Sally Wildeyes 2nd of Skaillhouse DC & JR Gibbon 1400 Lancaster Clara 18th of Skaillhouse Highland Wagyu 1200 Eva Wildeyes 7th of Skaillhouse RL & K Jones 1400 Millie Floss 15th of Skaillhouse KG Anderson 1900 Glenisla Waterloo Naomi F865 Highland Wagyu 3500 Glenisla Foxglove Flake F878 H & N Sloan 2600 Glenisla Waterloo Andrea F881 Highland Wagyu 1800 Glenisla Desiree F891 Highland Wagyu

Females - gns 2000 Glenisla Waterloo Naomi F892 1600 Glensila Lovely Gazelle F894 2200 Glenisla Margo F896 2800 Glenisla Foxglove Tansy F898 2700 Folda Catriona Rosebud E900 1400 Glenisla Foxglove Flake F903 2600 Glenisla Margo F921 2100 Glenisla Eva Broadhooks F923 3000 Glenisla Margo F925 2000 Glenisla Margo F928 1600 Glengloy Lovely Fuschia 2700 Glengloy Lovely Flora 1600 Glengloy Lovely Tara 2400 Woodend Ynes Ramsden 1600 Glengloy Lovely Zsa Zsa 2600 Glengloy Lovely Amaryllis 2800 Glengloy Lovely Chanelle 4000 Glengloy Rothes Calypso 3800 Glengloy Lovely Cecilia 5500 Glenisla Sally Broadhooks C703 5500 Glengloy Lovely Dixie 2400 Letterfinlay Diamond Ramsden 1100 Glengloy Lovely Frost 2000 Letterfinlay Fantasia Ramsden 2500 Glengloy Frigate (Male) 1100 Loch Awe Magic 10th 1900 Dunsyre Hyacinth 6th 1700 Dunsyre Anemone Opal 7th 4500 Dunsyre Honeysuckle Opal 6th 1800 Dunsyre Meadowsweet 18th 2200 Dunsyre Lily28th 2000 Dunsyre Honeysuckle Opal 9th 1800 Dunsyre Leila 22nd 1500 Dunsyre Vatersay 20th 1800 Dunsyre Daisy 19th 1800 Dunsyre Primrose 7th 2200 Dunsyre Medwyn Maid 7th 2000 Coldrochie Joyful E38 1400 Coldrochie Princess Royal F4 1300 Coldrochie Princess Royal F14 1800 Coldrochie Irene F30 1400 Coldrochie Irania Rainbow F37 1600 Fingask Rosette Ellie 3000 Fingask Rosette Elga 1500 Fingask Lancaster Ella 2800 Fingask Lancaster Elsie 2800 Fingask Rosette Ellen 1200 Mountbenger Fiona 1400 Mountbenger Flavia 600 Mountbenger Freya 1400 Mountbenger Fern 2000 Holmeere Felicity 5th 1800 Holmeere Maureen 8th

A Thompson Highland Wagyu A & C Ivinson Highland Wagyu S Brigdale RL & K Jones Highland Wagyu Highland Wagyu DD McDowell A Cooper W Thomson & Son J Campbell & Co W Mathews & Son Balnabroich Farms JD Anderson & Son G Brough, Dumfries W & J McAllister aJ Campbell & Co. Balnabroich Farms DM Dickie W Mathews & Son RI & SA Little A Hall R Downie Hon Gerald Turton JC Oliver W Watt R Downie H D Baillie RL & K Jones KG Anderson J & D Haigh RL & K Jones R Downie R Downie W Thomson & Son W Thomson & Son E Belcher RL & K Jones A Rafferty H & N Sloan A Rafferty W Denham W Denham D & T Ballantyne R Downie E Belcher RL & K Jones KG Anderson A Park RL & K Jones W Watt R Downie

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9th November 2013

Annual Autumn Sale at Chelford Agricultural Centre Continued Lively Demand for Beef Shorthorns at Chelford A strong demand for Beef Shorthorn cattle continued at Chelford, at the Shorthorn Society’s annual Autumn sale. The plaudits were taken by the Llanarth Herd of Mr and Mrs Keith Mitchell, Ceredigion who presented the last portion of their staged Herd Dispersal Sale. The days leading price of 2500 gns was paid for Llanarth Angela, a Tofts Rigger daughter out of the Chapelton Nobility sired Llanarth Precious, sold with her March born heifer calf at foot, and safely back in calf for next April. She travelled home to Ayrshire with Alec Scott who bought a nice load of breeding cows and heifers throughout the sale.

Llanarth Angela with her heifer calf, Llanarth Emlyns Pearl – 2500 gns

At 2400 gns, Llanarth Emlyns Jade topped the served heifers. By Llanarth Emlyn, and due in April to Dunsyre Cavalier, she made 2400 gns to J Griffin, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, who was also in again at 1850 gns each for the twin maiden heifers from Llanarth Emlyns Jane and Llanarth Emlyns Jamila from Mrs and Mrs Mitchell. Two in-calf heifers from Gordon and Linda Robson, Rugby made 2150 gns each. Both heifers were sired by Podehole Brigadier, the first Lynthorpe Wineberry 4th due in February to Cairnsmore Thraser went to P Griffin, Alstonefield, Derbyshire, while the second one, Lynthorpe Brawith Bud 8th, due next May also due to Thraser but not until next May, went to A V Joseph, from Malden, Essex. Best of the bulls was Meonside Frankel, a son of Uppermill Jinks from Messrs Moffat and Farmer, Hampshire, who made 1850 gns to Cheshire breeders R Crank & Son, Ince.

Llanarth Emlyns Jade – 2400 gns

Averages: 2 Bulls £1916.25; 4 Cows with Calves £1732.50; 11 Served Heifers - £1575.00; 14 Maiden Heifers - £1329.75

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7 November 2013

Skipton Sale Skipton Beef Shorthorn females achieve new 5,000gns centre record Beef Shorthorn females met an exceptional demand from a packed ringside selling to a new breed centre record of 5,000gns in Skipton on Thursday 6 November at the breed society’s official autumn sale. Sale leader at 5,000gns was Podehole Phantasy Eva TI +12, SRI +12, a red March 2011 born heifer with her seven week old bull calf at foot by Chapelton Clansman. Sired by the multi interbreed winner Trojan of Craigeassie and out of a homebred dam by Chapelton Promoter, the pair were bred and exhibited by Harry Horrell, Thorney, Peterborough and sold to Rumsden Farms, Crowborough who went on to secure three more lots from the same vendor for their newly established herd. They bid 4,700gns for Podehole Irene Elodie TI -2, SRI +1, a same age dark roan heifer, out a homebred dam by Nevada Warrior and offered with her six week old bull. Both heifer and calf were by Craigieassie. Next at 2,900gns to Rumsden was Podehole Tess Edwina TI +6, SRI +7, a two and a half year old roan heifer going back to Warrior and sold in calf to the 11,000gns Chapelton Clansman. Minutes earlier Rumsden paid 2,700gns for Tugby Annabelle TI +10, SRI +10, a roan five year old from Harry Horrell. Bred by Jean Doughty, she was by Chapelton Promoter and sold in calf to Craigeassie. Mr Horrell’s final entry, Podehole Irene Yuppie, a red and little white eight year old by Warrior and sold in calf to Craigeassie, was knocked down for 2,400gns to M Ward, Harwoodale, Scarborough. Yorkshire breeder, Gerald Turton, Upsall, Thirsk was in the money with his highest entry at 3,800gns heading the small entry of bulls. Eurosceptic of Upsall TI +20, SRI +24 was a roan, 18 month old Broughton Park Thunder son and out of a homebred dam going back to Dunsyre lines. He went to the Isle of Man with EJ Faragher, Andreas. Ury Maid X590 of Upsall TI +12, SRI +5 led Mr Turton’s female trade at 2,900gns to IR Rockley, Claverton, Nottingham. Sired by the homebred Vortrekker of Upsall and out of a homebred dam going back to Uppermill lines, she was offered with her three month old bull calf at foot by Dingo of Upsall.

Sale leader at 5,000gns was Podehole Phantasy Eva TI +12, SRI +12

Next at 2,850gns was Augusta x378 of Upsall TI +1, SRI +7, a light roan seven year old, by Wallace of Upsall and out of a dam going back to Sutherland lines. She was sold with her roan bull calf by the 4,000gns Glenisla Zetor to LJ Riley, Longwood, Huddersfield. A bid of 2,500gns secured Victoria X806 of Upsall TI +16, SRI +10 for EG Parry-Jones, Nannerch, Mold. A roan 21 month old heifer, she was by Atilla of Upsall who goes back to Canadian lines, and out of a homebred dam. Next in the ring from Mr Turton and selling for 2,050gns was Tessa X821 of Upsall TI +16, SRI +11, a red 20 month old Dunsyre Bonaparte daughter and out of a homebred dam. The buyer was W Denham, Langleydale, Barnard Castle. Rob Paisley, Middleton, Ilkley offered his sole entry, Westmoor Diamond Fancy TI +23, SRI +18 at 3,000gns to A Haigh, Willingham, Market Rasen. A roan 19 month old, she was by Podehole Cracker and out of a homebred dam by Glenisla Zetor. Rothesay Flora TI +12, SRI +10, a roan two year old heifer sold in calf to Glenisla Eclipse made 2,400gns to W Walton, Bardon Mill, Hexham. A Bon-Accord Alpha daughter and out of a Skaillhouse bred dam, she was bred and exhibited by Morrisons Farm, Dumfries House Estate, Cumnock. Averages: 19 heifers £1,450.11; 16 in calf heifers £1,559.91; 2 in calf cows £2,677.50; 4 heifers and calves at foot £3,150; 4 cows and calves at foot £2,139.38; 3 bulls £2,415.00 Auctioneers: CCM

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National Beef Shorthorn Show at the East of England Show 5th/6th July 2013 Judge: Mr D Evans, Middlesborough

BULL, born in 2011 1st Meonhill Eastern Star 2nd Mineshop Mr Ed (P) (ET)

LEP Farms Mr C Nye

BULL, born after 1st January 2012 and before 31st March 2012 1st Podehole Fenman Harry Horrell 2nd Podehole Financier Harry Horrell 3rd Redhill Felton Brenda R Wear 4th Mineshop Fangio (H) Mr C Nye BULL, born after 1st April 2012 1st Willingham Fomalhault 2nd Willingham Faux 3rd Osberton Royal Wagtail

Mr A Haigh Mr A Haigh P J & C Timbury

COW OR HEIFER IN MILK OR IN CALF, born before 1st January 2011 1st Podehole Madeline Choice Harry Horrell 2nd Meonhill Waterloo Ziva LEP Farms 3rd Podehole Rita Bedazzle Harry Horrell 4th Redhill Bundabergs Crocus Brenda R Wear HEIFER, born in 2011 1st Redhill P Eva Broadhooks 065 2nd Meonhill Edelweiss Queen

Male Champion: Meonhill Eastern Star from LEP Farms

Brenda R Wear P J & C Timbury

HEIFER, born after 1st January 2012 and before 31st March 2012 1st Podehole Rita Flora Harry Horrell 2nd Meonhill Forsythia Queen LEP Farms 3rd Redhill CP Lovely 071 Brenda R Wear 4th Redhill C Eva Broadhooks 074 Brenda R Wear HEIFER, born after 1st April 2012 1st Podehole Gypsy Freesia 2nd Redhill Thrashers Lovely 078 3rd Willingham Irene 2nd Pair of Animals: 1st Harry Horrell 2nd Messer G H Towers 3rd Mr A Haigh

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Harry Horrell Brenda R Wear Mr A Haigh

Female Champion: Podehole Madeline Choice from Harry Horrell


Junior Male Champion: Podehole Fenman

Harry Horrell

Reserve Junior Male Champion: Willingham Fomalhault

Mr A Haigh

Male Champion: Meonhill Eastern Star

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Reserve Male Champion: Podehole Fenman

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Best Bull bred by the exhibitor: Champion: Meonhill Eastern Star

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Reserve Champion: Podehole Fenman

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Junior Heifer Champion: Podehole Gypsy Freesia

Harry Horrell

Reserve Junior Heifer Champion: Podehole Rita Flora

Harry Horrell

Female Champion: Podehole Madeline Choice Harry Horrell Reserve Female Champion: Meonhill Waterloo Ziva

Breed Champion: Champion: Meonhill Eastern Star LEP Farms Reserve: Podehole Madeline Choice Harry Horrell Best Beef Shorthorn: Champion: Meonhill Eastern Star LEP Farms Reserve: Podehole Madeline Choice Harry Horrell Best Beef Shorthorn bred by the exhibitor: Champion: Meonhill Eastern Star LEP Farms Reserve: Podehole Madeline Choice Harry Horrell Best Pair of Animals: Winner: LEP Farms Reserve: Harry Horrell Best Group of Three Animals: Winner: LEP Farms Reserve: Harry Horrell

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Show Report: It was a huge honour to be invited to judge the national summer show at the East of England showground in early July. The showground is an ideal venue with good facilities and easy to access being adjacent to the A1. It was with some disappointment that in the hotel the evening before the show that it became apparent that the East of England show was not to be what I expected in as much that it was not a ‘full blown’ agricultural show. The cattle section was effectively the only section that was operating at anything like full capacity and the audience was not to be the general public but school children from the local schools. Various events were held throughout the day to educate and inform the children of the various aspects of agricultural and rural topics. Thankfully the day was perfect weather wise and as a consequence the cattle looked a picture. Unfortunately no senior bulls were forward which was a disappointment, this is not uncommon during the summer shows as the most important venue at this time of year for good stock bulls is at home with the cows!

The 2011 bull class had only two entries but that having been said the easy winner was Meonhill Eastern Star from LEP farms. He caught my eye immediately, he was well grown being under 2yrs of age moved very well and had an excellent top line which went right through to his shoulder, he will no doubt produce progeny that will meet the specification required by Morrisons and other retailers. The young bull classes followed, in the pre 31st March class the Pode hole entries dominated gaining both 1st and 2nd place, both were by Chapelton Clansman. There was little to choose between the two however Podehole Fenman got the nod as in my view he was again a bull that was clean and had a good top and moved well. The Post April class unfortunately only had three entries and here I placed Mr Haigh’s two entries both first and second with Willingham Fomalhaut being the leader. In the male championship it was an easy choice to have as my champion Meonhill Eastern Star, he simply had too much presence, power, locomotion and cleanness through his top than the other class winners. Podehole Fenman was a worthy reserve male and junior male champion.

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The females followed and the senior cow class was the strongest class of the day. There were only four entries but the quality was excellent. I placed Podehole Madeline choice first, she has developed into a fantastic young cow, I first had the pleasure of judging her as a yearling heifer at Surrey show. In second place was an excellent young cow from LEP Farms, Meonhill Waterloo Ziva was only three years old and suckling her second calf, whilst not carrying the condition of the class winner I am sure this will be a cow to look out for at shows in the coming years. These were the strongest females in the show and were deservedly overall female and reserve.The two year old heifer class only had two entries one with a calf and one in calf. Whilst it is nice to see two year olds with a calf it was clear in this case that Brenda Wears’ heifer Redhill Eva Broadhooks was the more structurally correct animal and will no doubt go on to be a good breeding female.

In The yearling heifer classes Podehole again dominated winning both classes, with the youger heifer Podehole Gypsy Freesia being Junior female champion.

The overall champion was close run thing but eventually my choice was Meonhill Eastern Star with Podehole Madeline choice as reserve. At the time of deciding the championship there were quite a group of schoolchildren watching from the sidelines, they were very interested in what was going on and amazed at the size and quality of the cups that were being competed for, especially the Brother Colling memorial trophy for the supreme champion. One of them remarked it was better than the Champions league trophy! Hopefully the day will stick in his memory. Hopefully in years to come the show itself will not become just a distant memory and that it will continue and thrive again in years to come.

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Presentations for Winners at the Beef Shorthorn National Show

Mary Reynolds receives the Brothers Colling Memorial Trophy on behalf of LEP Farms for the Champion Beef Shorthorn from the judge David Evans

Mary Reynolds receives the Durno Bullrich Trophy for the best pair bred by the exhibitor

Mary Reynolds receives the McNair Snadden for the best group of three

Mary Reynolds receives the Hugh Cornwallis Maud trophy for the best animal bred by the exhibitor

Roy McDonald receives the Nathaniel Catchpole Trophy on behalf of Harry Horrell for the Champion Female

Mary Reynolds receives the Uppermill Calrossie Trophy for the Best Bull bred by the Exhibitor

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The Royal Highland Show 20th / 23rd June 2013 Judge: John Scott FEMALE born after 1st April 2012 1st Podehole Gypsy Freesia Mr Harry Horrell 2nd Millerston Augusta Foxy Mr Jack Ramsay 3rd Shawhill Dewdrop Futurama (P) (ET) Thomson, Roddick & Laurie 4th Redhill Thrashers Lovely 078 Brenda R Wear 5th Highlee Rose Fern Mrs Tracy Severn 6th Shawhill Fancy (P) Thomson, Roddick & Laurie FEMALE born after 1st January and before 31st March 2012 1st Lowther Sally 332 P Mr Charles Lowther 2nd Meonhill Flossy Fantastia I & S Graham 3rd Redhill CP Lovely 071 Brenda R Wear 4th Knockenjig Lovely Yasmin (H) Mr David Dickie 5th Podehole Rita Flora Mr Harry Horrell 6th Uppermill Jessie Mr James Porter FEMALE, born in 2011 1st Glenisla Desiree E799 (P) Major J P O & Miss C M Gibb 2nd Glenisla Foxglove Flake E848 R & P McAlister 3rd Quoiggs Rhona E530 Highland Wagyu 4th Highlee Esme Rose Mrs Tracy Severn 5th Eastmill Bracken Envy Doldy Farms 6th Alvie Emerald Sparkle Mrs Cathryn Williamson FEMALE, in milk or in calf born on or before 31st December 2010 1st Podehole Madeline Choice P Mr Harry Horrell 2nd Uppermill Jellybean Mr James Porter 3rd Podehole Rita Bedazzle H Mr Harry Horrell 4th Gregors Anemone J & J Redpath 5th Redhill Bundaberg’s Crocus Brenda R Wear 6th Glenisla Eva Broadhooks A508 (P) Major J P O & Miss C M Gibb BULL born after 1st April 2012 1st Gregors Fergus (P) 2nd Millerston Fullthrottle 3rd Knockenjig Foremost (H) 4th Glenisla Faust 5th Coldrochie Front Rank 6th Galla Fantastic

Mr & Mrs W & I McGregor Mr Jack Ramsay Mr David Dickie Major J P O & Miss C M Gibb M D McMillan Mr James Frame

BULL, born after 1st January and before 31st March 2012 1st Blelack Broadway Mr Neil Massie & Sons 2nd Podehole Fenman Mr Harry Horrell 3rd Knockenjig Fearless Mr David Dickie 4th Langalbuinoch Fantastic R & P McAlister 5th Uppermill Global Mr James Porter 6th Gregors Fernando (P) Mr & Mrs W & I McGregor

Champion: Podehole Madeline Choice (P) Mr Harry Horrell

BULL born in 2011 1st Alvie Elton 2nd Tofts Whisky E775 3rd Quoiggs Extra Special 4th Alvie Emblem 5th Uppermill Sensation 6th Uppermill Jefferson

Mrs Cathryn Williamson Mr David Dickie Highland Wagyu Mrs Cathryn Williamson Mr James Porter Mr G L Riby

BULL born on or before 31st December 2010 1st Ardoyne Bombus Mr James Porter Best Junior Female: Podehole Gypsy Freesia

Mr Harry Horrell

Best Female: Podehole Madeline Choice P Mr Harry Horrell Reserve Best Female: Glenisla Sally Broadhooks E802 (P) Major J P O & Miss C M Gibb Best Bull from Classes 204 & 205: Gregors Fergus (P)

Mr & Mrs W & I McGregor

Best Junior Bull: Gregors Fergus (P)

Mr & Mrs W & I McGregor

Best Bull: Ardoyne Bombus

Mr James Porter

Reserve Best Bull: Alvie Elton

Mrs Cathryn Williamson

Best Bull bred by Exhibitor: Alvie Elton

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Best Junior Animal: Gregors Fergus (P)

Reserve Junior Animal: Podehole Gypsy Freesia

Mr & Mrs W & I McGregor Mr Harry Horrell

Champion: Podehole Madeline Choice (P) Mr Harry Horrell Reserve Champion: Ardoyne Bombus

Mr James Porter

Best Animal bred by Exhibitor: Podehole Madeline Choice (P) Mr Harry Horrell Best Pair, consisting of one Male and one Female of any age, bred by Exhibitor: Quoiggs Extra Special Highland Wagyu Quoiggs Rhona E530 Highland Wagyu

Reserve Champion: Ardoyne Bombus by Mr James Porter

Best Group, consisting of one Bull and two Females: Quoiggs Extra Special Highland Wagyu Quoiggs Irania E529 Highland Wagyu Quoiggs Rhona E530 Highland Wagyu Best Pair, the progeny of 1 animal, bred by Exhibitor: Alvie Emblem Mrs Cathryn Williamson Alvie Elton Mrs Cathryn Williamson

Junior Champion: Gregors Fergus (P) by Mr & Mrs W & I McGregor

HRH Princess Anne chats with Rachel Foley at the Highland show

Show Report: As far as judging shows go this is without doubt my highlight to date, I always enjoy the Highland and being asked to judge it was special in itself. In the lead up to the show we were fairly busy and I hadn’t thought too much about the task ahead until I read in the Scottish farmer that there were to be 111 beef shorthorns! It would be safe to say that the nerves kicked in at this point and by Thursday morning I felt an interesting mix of excitement and nervousness similar to that of my wedding day. First class in the morning was female born after 1st April 2012, some cracking heifers were presented and any of the top three would have been worthy winners. I plumped for Podehole Gypsy Freesia from the Horrell family, an extremely correct heifer which had everything I was looking for in a heifer of that age. Millerston Augusta Flossy came a close second with Shawhill Dewdrop Futurama in third place in an extremely strong class.

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In the heifer born 1st January-31st March class Lowther Sally 332 P took my eye as soon as she entered the ring, she was an extremely well fleshed heifer without being too fat and all the makings of a cracking cow. Female born in 2011 was the class that I was really looking forward to; I was intrigued to see which breeders would have brought females of this age with calves at foot. There is no doubt that it doesn’t suit every situation but most of the heifers in this class could have had calves at foot and if they had, they may well have finished further up the line than they did. As it was I had no hesitation in placing Major Gibbs Glenisla Desiree E799 (P) first in this class, she was an excellent example of a young beef shorthorn cow producing a good calf in an upland situation. Having made this decision I pulled into second place Glenisla Foxglove Flake E848 another heifer with calf at foot, this time from the McAlister’s. In third place was an absolute belter of a heifer, Quoiggs Rhona E530, she was in top form but unfortunately lacked the vital ingredient to progress further, a calf. Once again calving heifers at two years old isn’t for everyone, there’s no right or wrong answer and it’s one of those debates that will always be had.


On to the cow class, and what a cow class it was, some excellent cows that just filled the ring providing a real spectacle for the watching crowd. Uppermill Jellybean was a huge cow she was tall, long, broad but she just lacked the femininity of Podehole Madeline Choice who won the class. I realise I was judging cows in the class but Madeline’s calf certainly helped her as she was making a real job of it. Third place went to another Podehole cow, Rita Bedazzle, all credit to Roy and the Podehole team for turning out two cows in the same class to such a high standard. On to the males and the bull born after 1st April 2013 class was won by Gregors Fergus, a smart young bull with good natural fleshing who will no doubt be seen again in Stirling in February. In second place I put Millerston Full throttle and Knockenjig Foremost came a close third. In the bull born 1st January-31st March Neil Massie and Sons Blelack Broadway took top spot with Podehole Fenman and Knockenjig Fearless claiming second and third spots. In the bull born in 2011 class there was quite an age range and I must admit I left it late to select my final winner. Alive Elton was one of the younger bulls in the class and he just grew and grew on me the more I looked at him. When judging I always look for a beast with that little x factor about them, Elton certainly had this along with locomotion and conformation to match. Tofts Whiskey E775 and Quoiggs Extra Special coming second and third along with another good bull Alvie Emblem in fourth made this my pick of the bull classes.

It was disappointing that there was only one senior bull shown, Ardoyne Bombus however I take comfort in the fact that all the other bulls that might have suited this class would have been out working at a time of year when that’s the number one priority. Following the classes junior championships were relatively straight forward with Podehole Gypsy Freesia taking the female and Gregors Fergus taking the female and male sections respectively. In the female championship I couldn’t look past the Podehole cow but Glenislas heifer with her calf at foot did provide temptation for a moment. In the male championship it was much closer and I suspect that the result might be different now with Alvie Emblem given time to grow. As it was Ardoyne Bombus took the male championship with the Alvie bull in reserve. In selecting my overall champion is was in no doubt whatsoever Podehole Madeline Choice was the stand out beef shorthorn on the day. Reserve champion was a tougher choice and either Glenisla Desiree E799 (P) or Alvie Emblem could have occupied that spot in front of Ardoyne Bombus. I would like to thank all those who exhibited cattle at the highland and the royal Highland Society for asking me to judge it was a tremendous honour which I thoroughly enjoyed. John A Scott

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Presentations to the winners

Sally Horrell receives the Duthie Perpetual Trophy for the Supreme Champion from Caroline Thompson of Morrisons

Roy Macdonald receives the Uppermill Challenge Trophy on behalf of Harry Horrell for the Champion Female from the judge John Scott

James Porter receives the Carlos Duggan trophy for the best bull

Willie McGregor receives the Emilio Casares trophy for the junior bull

Cathryn Williamson receives the Mains Farm Trophy for the best bull bred by exhibitor

Martine Altajir of Highland Wagyu receives the Durno Bullrich Trophy for the best pair of animals

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Millerston Beef Shorthorn “Bred to Breed�

Success for the Irania Family in 2013 Millerston Full Throttle Sire: Podehole Beefeater Dam: Millerston Irania Zip Champion Perth Show 2013 To be sold at Stirling Feb 2014

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Great Yorkshire Show 9/11th July 2013 Judge: Elizabeth Lang Bull, born on or before 30th June 2011 1st Wells Eric Mr J D Wood 2nd LS Alpha Mrs R James 3rd Connor of Upsall Mr. M.D. Abrahams CBE.DL BULL, born on or after 1 July 2011 1st Pode Hole Fenman Mr H C Horrell 2nd Flight Lieutenant of Upsall Mr G C Turton 3rd Frigate of Upsall Mr G C Turton Cow in calf or in milk born before 1st June 2010 1st Podehole Madeline Choice Mr H C Horrell 2nd Gilven Sapphire Cactus R S & G Johnson 3rd Podehole Rita Bedazzle Mr. H. Horrell

Female Champion: Podehole Madeline Choice from Mr HC Horrell

HEIFER, born on or between 1 June 2010 and 31 December 2011 1st Highlee Enya Mrs T L Severn 2nd Newfield Ecstasy Foxglove Mr M D Abrahams CBE, DL 3rd Highlee Esme Rose Mrs T L Severn HEIFER, born on or after 1 January 2012. 1st Podehole Gypsy Freesia Mr H C Horrell 2nd Highlee Rose Fern Mrs T L Severn 3rd Lowther Sally Mr C Lowther GROUP OF THREE ANIMALS, the property of the same exhibitor. Open to animals already entered and SHOWN in this breed section. 1st Mr G C Turton 2nd Mr H C Horrell 3rd Mr R S Johnson PAIR OF ANIMALS BY THE SAME SIRE, the property of the same exhibitor but not necessarily bred by the exhibitor. Open to animals already entered and SHOWN in this breed section. 1st Pair sired by Chapelton Clansman - Mr H C Horrell 2nd Lowther Sally Mr C Lowther 3rd Pair sired by Asdtrix of Upsall - Mrs T L Severn Breed Champion Champion: Podehole Madeline Choice - Mr H C Horrell Reserve:

Wells Eric - Mr J D Wood

Junior Champion Champion: Pode Hole Fenman - Mr H C Horrell Reserve:

Flight Lieutenant of Upsall - Mr G C Turton

Champion Male Champion:

Wells Eric - Mr J D Wood

Reserve:

Pode Hole Fenman - Mr H C Horrell

Champion Female Champion: Pode Hole Madeline Choice - Mr H C Horrell Reserve:

Highlee Enya - Mrs T L Severn

Special Prize – Winner of Class 2 Winner: Podehole Fenman - Mr H C Horrell Special Prize – Winner of Class 5. Shown by a member of the North England Beef Shorthorn Society Winner: Highlee Rose Fern - Mrs T L Severn

Male Champion: Wells Eric from Mr J D Wood

Senior bull class. 1st was the very smart, correct young bull, Wells Eric, shown by J Wood. 2nd place was LS Alpha, a very fresh looking 5 year old shown by Mrs R James. The other two in the class were beginning to look their age. Podehole Fenman won the Junior bull class, a Roan bull from H Horrell with plenty of width and depth. 2nd was Flight Leutenant of Upsall, shown by Hon G Turton, a long, clean, Red and White bull. The cow class was won by Podehole Madeline Choice in tremendous form. 2nd was Gilven Sapphire Cactus, a lovely breedy Cow. A really good show of Cows and Calves. Senior Heifers: The first two Highlee Enya and Newfield Ecstasy Foxglove were very powerful heifers, if slightly over-fit.

Show Report:

Junior Heifers: Podehole Gypsy Freesia and Highlee Rose Fern were two well grown young heifers. Following on from the class was a very impressive 8 Groups of Three, won by Upsall, the Pairs being won by Podehole.

It was indeed an honour to be invited to judge the Beef Shorthorns at the Yorkshire Show. An experience that was formidable, interesting and enjoyable.

Champion was Podehole Madeline Choice who looked every part a Champion. My thanks to all the exhibitors and stewards who made my day most enjoyable. Elizabeth Lang beef shorthorn

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Royal Norfolk Show 26th/27th June 2013 | Judge: Phil Halhead Heifer born on or after 1.1.2012 1st Meonhill Forsythia Queen 2nd Glenariff Lancaster Fiona 3rd Glenariff Flora Broadhooks 4th Willingham Irene 2nd

LEP Farms NJ & AM Barrett NJ & AM Barrett Mr. A Haigh

Beef Shorthorn Heifer born on or between 1st January 2011 and 31st December 2011 1st Glenariff Princess Emelia NJ & AM Barrett 2nd Snarehill Ruby Elizabeth P & V Claxton 3rd Meonhill Edelweiss Queen Mr. P. Timbury Cow in milk in calf or with calf at foot born before 1st January, 2011 Champion: Glenariff Brave Bonnar from NJ & AM Barrett 1st Meonhill Waterloo Ziva LEP Farms 2nd Roseberry Irene Dawn Mrs M Wyand Champion Female: 3rd Tugby Catalina W & J Murphy Meonhill Waterloo Ziva LEP Farms Bull born on or after 1st January, 2012 Reserve Champion Female: 1st Willingham Fomalhaut Mr A Haigh Meonhill Forsythia Queen LEP Farms 2nd Mineshop Fangio Mr. C Nye Champion Male: 3rd Glenariff Fortune NJ & AM Barrett Glenariff Brave Bonnar NJ & AM Barrett 4th Osberton Royal Wagtail Mr. P. Timbury Reserve Champion Male: Bull born prior to 1st January, 2012 Meonhill Eastern Star LEP Farms 1st Glenariff Brave Bonnar NJ & AM Barrett 2nd 3rd

Meonhill Eastern Star Mineshop Mr Ed

LEP Farms Mr. C Nye

Best Group of Three Winner: LEP Farms

Breed Champion: Glenariff Brave Bonnar

NJ & AM Barrett

Reserve Breed Champion: Meonhill Waterloo Ziva

LEP Farms

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Royal Bath & West Show 29th May/1st June 2013 Judge: James Playfair-Hannay Bull born before 2012 1st Meonside Eskimo

Moffat & Bradley Farmer

Bull born in 2012 1st Meonside Field Marshall 2nd Hursley Curly 3rd Northstar Highland Flame 4th Redhill Fenton

Moffat & Bradley Farmer Hursley Cattle Partnership The North School Ms. Brenda Wear

Cow in milk or in-calf born before 2011 1st Redhill Bundabergs Crocus Ms Brenda Wear Heifer born in 2011 1st Hursley Princess Bali Hursley Cattle Partnership 2nd Redhill P Eva Broadhooks 065 Ms Brenda Wear 3rd Meonhill Blythesome June The North School Heifer born in 2012 1st Meonside Broadhooks Fuschia Moffat & Bradley Farmer 2nd Redhill CP Lovely 071 Ms Brenda Wear 3rd Meonside Wimple Foxglove Moffat & Bradley Farmer 4th Hursley Flossy Champer Hursley Cattle Partnership Group of Three animals bred by the exhibitor Winner: Ms Brenda Wear Pair of Animals 1st Ms Brenda Wear 2nd The North School Champion Male: Meonside Field Marshall

Moffat & Bradley Farmer

Reserve Champion Male: Meonside Eskimo

Moffat & Bradley Farmer

Champion Female: Hursley Princess Bali

Hursley Cattle Partnership

Reserve Champion Female: Meonside Broadhooks Fuschia Moffat & Bradley Farmer Breed Champion: Meonside Field Marshall

Moffat & Bradley Farmer

Reserve Breed Champion: Meonside Eskimo

Moffat & Bradley Farmer

Champion: Meonside Field Marshall from Moffat & Bradley Farmer

For some cattle it was their first outing for the season and for the majority it was their first experience of wood chips which caused a certain amount of consternation amongst the cattle and handlers! With only 1 entry in 2yr+ bulls Meonside Eskimo, a white bull displayed characteristics required by modern Beef Shorthorns. The young class of bulls provided genetics in various stages of development. My winner was Meonside Field Marshall, who was the outstanding animal displaying style, growth and muscle and I believe will make an outstanding herd sire. The female classes had more variety particularly in the heifer classes. Many of these heifers will develop into functional suckler cows, and will change cosiderably over the next 12 months. My champion was Meonside Field Marshall (Reserve interbreed junior champion) and reserve was Meonside Eskimo.

Show Report:

My thanks go the exhibitors for displaying their cattle, I I was delighted to be invited to judge the Beef Shorthorn Cattle at enjoyed my day and I hope that they did too. the Royal Bath and West Show. Though not the largest display of James Playfair-Hannay cattle, there was quality to the fore.

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Royal Welsh Show 22nd/25th July 2013 Judge: Sally Horrell Bull born before 1st January, 2012 1st Cairnsmore Dominator

TC & AJ Ruby

Bull born on or after 1 January 23012 1st Ashwater Flintstone TC & AJ Ruby 2nd Lamboro Fullback Mrs A James Female in milk or in calf born before 1 January 2011 1st Lamboro Ury Yarrow Mrs A James Female born on or after 1 January 2012 1st Ashwater Freya Tulip TC & AJ Ruby Group of Three Winner: TC & AJ Ruby

Male Champion: Cairnsmore Dominator from TC & AJ Ruby

Breed Champion: Cairnsmore Dominator

TC & AJ Ruby

Reserve: Ashwater Freya Tulip

TC & AJ Ruby

Champion Male: Cairnsmore Dominator

TC & AJ Ruby

Reserve Champion Male: Ashwater Flintstone

TC & AJ Ruby

Champion Female: Ashwater Freya Tulip

TC & AJ Ruby

Reserve: Lamboro Ury Yarrow

Mrs A James

Junior Male Champion: Ashwater Flintstone

TC & AJ Ruby

Reserve Junior Male Champion: Lamboro Fullback

Mrs A James

Show Report: The judging at the Royal Welsh Show took place on the Monday afternoon on one of the hottest days of the year.

Only a small entry of Beef Shorthorns were forward (TB restrictions again causing problems). The animals forward were good representatives for the breed and I would like to thank the exhibitors for their hard work in turning them out to a high standard. The Champion was the three year old bull Cairnsmore Dominator from Messrs TC & AJ Ruby. A well grown fleshy bull who moved well. The reserve Champion was Ashwater Freya Tulip an April 2012 born maiden heifer. A very smart sort. I would like to thank the stewards who looked after me very well and to the show Society for inviting me to judge. The Royal Welsh Show is one of the top agricultural shows in the UK and is situated in an area in which Beef Shorthorns should do well. A bigger entry of Beef Shorthorns at this show would make a great shop window for the breed. Well done to those who were able to exhibit. Sally Horrell beef shorthorn

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Devon Show 16th May 2013 Judge: Dan Bull Heifer, any age. 1st Ashwater Freya Tulip

T C & A J Ruby

Bull, born in 2010. 1st Willingham Draco 2nd Cairnsmore Dominator

Miss S Watson T C & A J Ruby

Bull, born in 2012 1st Ashwater Flintstone 2nd Bowden Frostie 3rd Bowden Firestorm

T C & A J Ruby Miss S Watson Miss S Watson

Calf, born on or after 1st June 2012. (Not to have been entered in any other breed class) 1st Bowden Tansy Fizz Miss S Watson 2nd Bowden Feisty Miss S Watson Best Bull born on or after 1st January 2012. This is a qualifying prize for the Inter Breed Award C118. Champion: Ashwater Flintstone T C & A J Ruby Reserve: Bowden Frostie Miss S Watson Champion Male: Willingham Draco

Miss S Watson

Reserve Male Champion: Ashwater Flintstone

T C & A J Ruby

Champion Female: Ashwater Freya Tulip

T C & A J Ruby

Reserve Female Champion: Bowden Tansy Fizz Miss S Watson Best Group of Three Cattle, at least one of the opposite sex, owned by one exhibitor. The winning group will qualify for Inter Breed Award C117 Champion: Cairnsmore Dominator, Ashwater Flintstone, Ashwater Freya Tulip T C & A J Ruby Reserve Champion: Bowden Tansy Fizz , Bowden Frostie, Willingham Draco Miss S Watson

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Champion: Ashwater Freya Tulip from TC & AJ Ruby

Best Exhibit Bred by the Exhibitor who is Resident in Devon. This is a qualifying prize for the Inter Breed Award C115. Champion: Ashwater Flintstone

T C & A J Ruby

Reserve: Ashwater Freya Tulip

T C & A J Ruby

Breed Champion: Ashwater Freya Tulip

T C & A J Ruby

Reserve Breed Champion: Willingham Draco Miss S Watson Champion Pair (Qualifier) Judge to select Breed Champion and an animal of the opposite sex to qualify for C118 Champion: Ashwater Freya Tulip

T C & A J Ruby

Reserve: Ashwater Flintstone

T C & A J Ruby


Aldborough & Boroughbridge Show

Frome Show

23rd August 2013 | Judge: Philip Hughes

Champion: Redhill Bundaberg Crocus Brenda Wear

Bull any age 1st Highlee Franka 2nd Liam of Loxley Cow in calf 1st Gilvern Sapphire Cactus

14th September 2013 Judge: Mr Alan Bishop, Berkshire

T Severn R Hebdon RS & G Johnson

Reserve: Redhill CP Lovely

Heifer in calf 1st Highlee Enya 2nd Highlee Esme 3rd Oakleigh Lovely Elise

T Severn T Severn C Ward

Calf under 6 months on Show Day 1st Hannington Magic Guest

Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd

T Severn C Ward L Swiers

Heifer 12-24 months on Show day 1st Redhill CP Lovely 2nd Hannington Edith 3rd Hannington Finch

Highlee Fern Kimrina Fern Inglestone Graduate Foxglove

Champion: Highlee Enya

T Severn

Reserve Champion: Gilvern Sapphire Cactus

RS & G Johnson

Surrey County Show

Brenda Wear

Cow or Calved Heifer over 30 months on Show day 1st Redhill Bundaberg Crocus Brenda Wear 2nd Redhill Promoters Lovely Brenda Wear 3rd Hannington Magic Andrea C Horton C Horton

Calf over 6-12 months on Show Day 1st Redhill Thrashers Crocus Brenda Wear Brenda Wear C Horton C Horton

Maiden or In-Calf Heifer over 24 months on Show day 1st Redhill P Eva Broadhooks Brenda Wear 2nd Hannington Edith C Horton Bull under 24 months on Show day 1st Hannington Egbert 2nd Redhill Felton

C Horton Brenda Wear

27th May 2013 | Judge: Mr Richard Bartle

Bull over 24 months on Show day 1st Ashwater Freyer Tulip T C & A J Ruby 2nd Knockenjig Eclipse C Horton

COW, IN MILK OR IN CALF, born before 31 December 2010 1st Podehole Rita Bedazzle Mr Harry Horrell 816 Meonhill Blythesome Jenny The North School 818 Podehole Madeline Choice Mr Harry Horrell

Pair of animals from above classes 1st Redhill Bundaberg Crocus Brenda Wear 2nd C Horton 3rd Cairnsmore Dominator T C & A J Ruby

SENIOR HEIFER, born on or after 1 January 2011 820 Meonhill Blythesome June The North School 819 Podehole Phantasy Eva Mr Harry Horrell JUNIOR HEIFER, born on or after 1 January 2012 1st Podehole Gypsy Freesia Mr Harry Horrell 2nd Podehole Rita Flora Mr Harry Horrell 3rd North Star First Class The North School JUNIOR BULL, born after 1 January 2012 1st Podehole Fenman Mr Harry Horrell 2nd North Star Highlander Flame The North School 3rd Podehole Financier Mr Harry Horrell GROUP OF THREE ANIMALS 1st Mr Harry Horrell 2nd The North School THE R W HADDON PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP (32) will be awarded to the Champion Beef Shorthorn. Champion: Podehole Gypsy Freesia

Mr Harry Horrell

Reserve Champion: Podehole Rita Bedazzle

Mr Harry Horrell

Interbreed Champion Group: Podehole Rita Flora, Podehole Gypsy Freesia, Podehole Fenman

Show Report: Although numbers were small at Surrey show there was no lack of quality, I found my champion in the Junior heifer Podehole Gypsy Freesia, a very stylish heifer full of width and good locomotion. Following closely in Reserve was the cow and calf Podehole Rita Bedazzle. The group of three from Podehole was made up of three very classy youngsters and went on to win the interbreed group of three. I would like to congratulate all the exhibitors on the quality of their stock and the professional way they were turned out, a credit to the breed.

Champion: Podehole Gypsy Freesia by Harry Horrell

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Ryedale Show 30th July 2013 | Judge: Rob Paisley Cow: 1st

Gilven Sapphire Cactus

RS & G Johnson

Heifer under 19 months old on day of show: 1st Inglestone Graduate Foxglove Laura Swiers 2nd Gilven Rothes Queen Freya RS & G Johnson 3rd Kimrina Fern Miss C Ward 4th Albion Beauty Fleur Paul Braithwaite Heifer between 19 months old and 31 months old on day of show: 1st Oakleigh Lovely Elise Miss C Ward 2nd Sleightholme Rowanberry Mrs R James 3rd Sleightholme Lily of the Valley Mrs R James 4th Jilt X750 of Upsall Hon Gerald Turton

Champion: Flight Lieutenant of Upsall from Hon Gerald Turton

Bull (any age): 1st Flight Lieutenant of Upsall Hon Gerald Turton Champion: Flight Lieutenant of Upsall – Hon Gerald Turton Reserve Champion: Gilven Sapphire Cactus – RS & G Johnson Junior Champion Beef Shorthorn: Flight Lieutenant of Upsall – Hon Gerald Turton The Kirbymisperton Cup given by the late Alderman Twentyman and the late T.V.S Twentyman for the Champion Beef Shorthorn bred by an exhibitor: Winner: Flight Lieutenant of Upsall – Hon Gerald Turton The Quaker cup for the best beef shorthorn cow: Winner: Gilven Sapphire Cactus – RS & G Johnson

Show Report: As now seems customary, a heavy shower arrived just as judging commenced at The Ryedale Show which has an idyllic setting in parkland on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. As the sun reappeared, Laura Swiers won the strongest class of the day with her under 19 month heifer Inglestone Graduate Foxglove, a sweet, well balanced red heifer. Caitrina Ward won the other well contested class with her strong, beefy in calf heifer Oakleigh Lovely Elise, a well fleshed red and white animal with a good top line. Although my two top animals came from the smallest classes, they were worthy winners. The reserve was Gilven Sapphire Cactus, a well fleshed roan cow with a good udder from Steve and Gilly Johnson. She was shown with her third calf, a white bull. My champion, Flight Lieutenant of Upsall, was from Rt Hon Gerald Turton. A young roan bull that was well grown and physically correct with lots of character. May I thank both exhibitors and show organisers for a very enjoyable day. Rob Paisley

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Reserve Champion: Gilven Sapphire Cactus from RS & G Johnson

Stokesley Show 21st September 2013 Judge: Geoff Riby Bull 1st T. Severn 2nd R. Hebdon

Cow and calf 1st S & G. Johnson

In calf heifer/calf at foot 1st R. James 2nd R. James 3rd T. Severn

Yearling heifer 1st T. Severn 2nd S. Johnson 3rd P. Braithwaite

Champion: Reserve Champion:

S & G. Johnson R. James

Show Report: It was a privilege and a pleasure to judge beef shorthorns at Stokesley show this year on a wonderful autumn day in another one of Yorkshires really attractive corners. Classes were good and the standard high. I was really impressed with the Champion from S&G Johnson, Gilvern Saphire Cactus with her bull calf Genesis. The reserve place was the first prize from the heifer in calf/calf at foot class from Mrs James of the Sleightholme herd. This heifer was a really good example of the breed, calved fairly young with the most attractive well grown heifer calf at foot. Congratulations to all exhibitors for the quality of cattle they exhibited. Geoff Riby


South of England Show 6th/8th June 2013 Judge: James Playfair-Hannay Female born on or after 1st January 2012 1st Meonhill Forsythia Queen LEP Farms 2nd Podehole Gypsia Freesia Harry Horrell 3rd Meonside Wimple Foxglove Moffat & Bradley Farmer 4th Meonside Broadhooks Fuschia Moffat & Bradley Farmer 5th Hursley Flossy Champer Hursley Cattle Partnership 6th Podehole Rita Flora Harry Horrell Female born on or after 1st January 2010 and the 31st December 2011 1st Meonhill Waterloo Ziva LEP Farms 2nd Hursley Flossy Bubble Hursley Cattle Partnership 3rd Castlemast Joyful Evita Mr & Mrs W Murphy Cow any age in calf or with calf at foot at the time of the Show having had a full term calf during the previous twelve months 1st Podehole Madeline Choice Harry Horrell 2nd Tugby Catalina Mr & Mrs W Murphy Bull born on or after 1st January 2012 1st Meonside Field Marshall Moffat & Bradley Farmer 2nd Podehole Fenman Harry Horrell 3rd Podehole Financier Harry Horrell 4th Hursley Casper Hursley Cattle Partnership Bull born on or before 31st December, 2011 1st Meonhill Eastern Star LEP Farms 2nd Glenariff Detroit J C Hewitt Group of 3 animals owned and bred by Exhibitor 1st Harry Horrell 2nd Moffat and Farmer Champion: Podehole Madeline Choice Harry Horrell Reserve Champion: Meonside Field Marshall

Moffat & Bradley Farmer

Junior Champion: Meonside Field Marshall

Moffat and Bradley Farmer

Reserve Junior Champion: Meonhill Forsythia Queen LEP Farms

Show Report: I was delighted to accept my invitation to judge at Ardingly. At the time of accepting I did not realise that England was such a small country and that I might see the same cattle again as at the Bath and West. I was therefore relieved to see many other entries forward! Recognising the fact that the breed has come a long way in the last 30 years from a small genetic base there was a variety of cattle forward demonstrating that fact. Now with the development of Morrison’s Branded Shorthorn Beef, I believe that we recognise the dual purpose nature of our cattle.

I was therefore looking for cattle with structural correction, growth, muscle along with breed character. In the females I was looking for the same characteristics together with udder and teat quality which is fundamental to suckler cow production. The class of yearling heifers was led by Meonhill Forsythia Queen a superb heifer having a better top line and length of hind quarter than the super heifer Podehole Gypsy Freesia in second place, Meonside Wimple Foxglove and Meonside Broadhooks Fucshia following on in third and fourth with the heavier muscled Hursley Flossy Champer fifth. This was a great class to judge, and I would love to see these heifers again in a year’s time. Meonhill Waterloo Ziva, a big strong heifer nursing a calf won the 2 year old heifers with Hursley Princess Bali second and a daughter of Tugby Catalina third. The cow class was straight choice between Podehole Madelaine Choice and Tugby Catalina. The podehole cow is an easy winner; she is great example of a modern Beef Shorthorn, a cow with great character, style, presence and size with tremendous structure and a good udder nursing a good calf. I’m sure that we will see and hear a lot more of this cow in future. The yearling bull class caused a certain amount of head scratching! Meonside Field Marshall, a tremendous young bull that has herd sire written all over him winning ahead of Podehole Fenman, Podehole Financier and Hursley Curly. Again it would be good to see these bulls again in a year’s time or so. The older bull class was won by Meonhill Eastern Star ahead of Glenariff Detroit that really needed another 100kg to play at this level. My Champion was Podehole Madelaine Choice with Meonside (reserve Native interbeed champ) in reserve. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the exhibitors for putting such a good display. James Playfair-Hannay

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SYMPHONY Beef Shorthorn In the spring of 2012 we went to buy a bull for our commercial suckler herd and came home with 2 heifers !!! LLANARTH GINA & HANNINGTON DAMSON

LLANARTH EMLYN running with both pedigree and commercial cows

So pleased were we with these 2 we added. LLANARTH BELLA, her daughter LLANARTH FLAVIA and stock bull LLANARTH EMLYN in the autumn of 2012. In 2013 we added LLANARTH CANDIDA and her heifer calf at foot LLANARTH EMLYNS ROSINA and in calf heifer ROWANLEA BLYTHSOME 11

LLANARTH GINA with her heifer calf SYMPHONY GRACIE

LLANARTH FLAVIA with her bull calf SYMPHONY GRANVILLE

SYMPHONY GRANVILLE at 6mths sired by LLANARTH EMLYN members of

JO & ROBERT PEARCE BROAD OAK FARM, HOLLINGTON, ASHBOURNE, DERBYSHIRE. DE6 3GB tel: 07807440894 / 07989770160 | josephinepearce@btinternet.com


Alresford Show 7th September 2013 Judge: Mr Nigel Fulton Cow in calf or with calf. Born before January 2011 1st Wavendon Secret Seascape Hursley Cattle Partnership 2nd Wavendon Princess Serena Hursley Cattle Partnership 3rd Hannington Magic Andrea SS Horton & Sons

Bull Born in 2012 1st Meonside Field Marshall 2nd Meonside Frankel 3rd Hannington Francis

Drayton Farm Partnership Drayton Farm Partnership SS Horton & Sons

Breed Champion: Meonhill Field Marshall

Drayton Farm Partnership

Heifer born in 2011 1st Hannington Edith SS Horton & Sons 2nd Hursley Princess Bali Hursley Cattle Partnership 3rd Hursley Flossy Bubble Hursley Cattle Partnership

Reserve Breed Champion: Meonhill Wimple Foxglove Drayton Farm Partnership

Heifer born in 2012 1st Meonside Wimple Foxglove Drayton Farm Partnership 2nd Broadhooks Fuschia Drayton Farm Partnership 3rd Hursley Flossy Champer Hursley Cattle Partnership 4th Hursley Flossy Cheery Hursley Cattle Partnership 5th Hannington Finch SS Horton & Sons 6th Gambledown Felicity R.Arnison-Newgrass 7th Gambledown Fabia R Arnison-Newgrass

Show Report: The breed champion was an 18month old bull - Meonside Field Marshall from the Drayton Farm Partnership. A square, well fleshed bull that I am sure we will see more of in the future. I chose the reserve breed champion from a strong class of 7 heifers born in 2012. Meonside Wimple Foxglove a well grown, feminine heifer again shown by the Drayton Farm Partnership. Thank you to the show committee for their hospitality. Nigel Fulton

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Pembrokeshire County Show Gwartheg Beef Shorthorn Cattle 13th/15th August 2013 | Judge: Nigel Fulton

Bull (any age) 1st Carreg Excalibur 2nd Maenllyd Malcolm 3rd Lamboro Fullback

Junior bull born on or after 1st January 2012 Winner: Lamboro Fullback Alma James Cow in calf or in milk 1st Lamboro Urymaid Yarrow 2nd Lamboro Chrystal

Lamboro Challenge Cup for the Champion Beef Shorthorn. Winner 2012 BMS & EM Thomas Winner: Frenni Elissa Ffion - Messrs BMS & EM Thomas

JT Stone Alma James Alma James

Alma James Alma James

Heifer born on or between 1st August 2010 and 31st May 2012 1st Frenni Elissa Ffion Messrs BMS & EM Thomas 2nd Carreg Princess Polly 7th JTJ Stone 3rd Frenni Lovely Enfys Messrs BMS & EM Thomas 4th Lamboro Urymaid Fashion Alma James

P.A.S Special Rosette awarded to the best male & best female. Winner: Carreg Excalibur - JTJ Stone Winner: Frenni Elissa Ffion - Messrs BMS & EM Thomas

Show Report: Enthusiastic local breeders provided the entry for this years show. 3 Entries in the bull class with Carreg Excalibur taking first prize on his debut in the show ring, a well grown bull with excellent locomotion. He went on to be reserve breed champion. First in her class and female champion was Frenni Elissa Ffion a smart heifer with a lot of presence who later teamed up with her stable mate Frenni Lovely Enfys to win the pairs class. Thank you to the exhibitors, show committee and stewards for an excellent day.

Calf born after 1st June 2012 1st Carreg Galahad JTJ Stone 2nd Lamboro Urymaid Greetings Alma James 3rd Lamboro Granite Alma James Pair of Heifers owned by the exhibitor, born on or after 1st September 2010. 1st Messrs BMS & EM Thomas 2nd Alma James Group of three animals the property of the same exhibitor 1st Alma James 2nd JTJ Stone P.A.S Champion and Reserve Champion rosettes to be awarded to the Champion and Reserve Champion Champion: Frenni Elissa Ffion - Messrs BMS & EM Thomas Reserve Champion: Carreg Excalibur - JTJ Stone

Nigel Fulton

Overall Winner of N.I. Herds Competition

First in Baby Calf Class at Glenarm Show 2011

Craigfaddock Freyr & Craigfaddock Finn McCool, entered for February Sales. Visitors always welcome

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Lady Annetta 9th with her Typhoon bull calf

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Westmoreland Show 12th September 2013 Judge: Mr G Somerville This is the first time that Beef Shorthorns have had their own class and the exhibitors pulled out all the stops to put on a good show of cattle. For a one day show, the number of people coming through the gate means that this show is a good place to advertise the breed. The first class was 3 Bulls: 1st Burnside Elite from Thomson , Roddick and Laurie 2nd Wells Eric from John Wood 3rd Beautry Excaliber from S & G Currie

Three good bulls with little between them! Young Bulls: 1st Highlee Frankie from Mrs T Severn 2nd Flight Lieutenant of Upsall from The Hon G Turton 3rd Wells Fernando from Mr J Wood 4th Pikelowe Highland Tudor from A Thompson

Frankie, a red, gangly bull will certainly be the best bull when mature. Flight Lieutenant is a thick bull and well fleshed. Both Fernando and Highland Tudor were bulls with a lot of outcome. Cows 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Fieldhouse Florence Anita – Thomson, Roddick & Laurie Highlee Blackbrook Dipsy – Mrs T Severn Pikelowe Princess Royal – Mr A Thompson Gilven Sapphire Cactus – RS & G Johnson Croftends Dido – J E Bellas & Son

A good class of cows and calves. Fieldhouse Florence Anita and with smart heifer calf at foot, had correct locomotion, udder and legs. Very feminine. Highlee Blackbrook Dipsy with her bull calf, was another good cow but lacked the femininity of the first place. Her bull calf will be at the bull sales in the future. 3rd, 4th and 5th placings were all good cows but on the day, just lacked being leader. 2 Year old under 3 years 1st Highlee Esme Rose – Mrs T Severn 2nd Highlee Enya – Mrs T Severn 3rd Croftends Easter Melody – JE Bellas & Son 4th Crichton Margo 596 – J & P Miller

Champion: Fieldhouse Florence Anita by Thomson, Roddick and Laurie

This was the hardest class to judge as there were so many different types. 1st was a big, strong heifer. 2nd was a correct heifer but just lacked the strength of the first place. 3rd, 4th and 5th were all good types but in a strong class. Pairs 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Mrs T Severn John Wood Hon G Turton RS & G Johnson

Champion: Fieldhouse Florence Anita Thomson, Roddick and Laurie Reserve:

Highlee Esme Rose – Mrs T Severn

Many thanks to exhibitors, Stewards and everyone at Westmoreland Show. G Somerville

1st Placed was a strong, red heifer with length, depth and good locomotion which edged in front. 2nd place was a strong, roan heifer which also had good length and depth and good locomotion. Both 3rd and 4th place were smaller heifers but still good types. 1 year under 2 years 1st Shawhill Dewdrop Futurama – Thomson, Roddick and Laurie 2nd Clipper X809 of Upsall – The Hon G Turton 3rd Shawhill Fancy – Thomson, Roddick and Laurie 4th Shawhill Festive - Thomson, Roddick and Laurie 5th Gilven Rothes Queen Freya – RS & G Johnson

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Alyth Show 25th May 2013 Judge: Mr Vic Watson, Kingussie, Invernessshire Show Report:

Bull born on or before 31st May 2011 No Entries came forward Bull born on or after 1st June 2011 and before 31st Dec 2011 No Entries came forward Bull born on or after 1st January 2012 and before 31st Dec 2012 1st Coldrochie Front Rank M D McMillian 2nd Glenisla Faust Major J PO Gibb & Miss C Gibb 3rd Wells Fernando John Wood Cow or Heifer born on or before 31st May, 2011 1st Gregors Anenome John Redpath 2nd Glenisla Eva Broadhooks Major J PO Gibb & Miss C Gibb 3rd Eastmill Bracken Envy Eastmill Farms Heifer, born on or after 1st June, 2011 and before 31st December 2011 No Entries came forward Heifer, born on or after 1st January 2012 and before 31st December 2012 1st Fingask Freya Crocus W & J McGowan 2nd Wells Margueritte 3rd John Wood 3rd Coldrochie Secret Swift M D McMillian Calf born on or after 1st January No Entries came forward Supreme Champion: Alyth with Gregors Anenome

J & J Redpath

Reserve Champion: Glenisla with Glenisla Eva Broadhooks Major JPO Gibb and Miss C Gibb

The cattle presented were quite a range in quality and in the end the champion and reserve both came from the cow class. The champion was the 6 year old cow Gregors Anemone from John and Jill Redpath. She was a great example of a Shorthorn cow, looked tremendous on the day and was a worthy champion. The reserve was Glenisla Eva Broadhooks A508 from Major Gibb, another super cow showing lots of breed character. The biggest class was the young bulls which was won by Coldochrie Front Rank from Douglas McMillan. The heifer class was won by one from Liz Lang with Major Gibb winning the calf class with a heifer calf, I am sure we will see out again, and also the pairs with two promising young bulls. I had a very enjoyable day and would like to thank Alyth Show for all their kindness and for asking me to judge. Victor Watson

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Perth Show 2nd/3rd August 2013 | Judge: James Porter Bull born on or between 1st June 2011 and 31 December 2011 1st Alvie Elton Alvie Farms 2nd Wells Eric John Wood 3rd Balgay Emmerson Messrs I & S Graham Bull born on or between 1st January 2012 and 31 December 2012 1st Millerston Full Throttle Jack Ramsay 2nd Coldrochie Front Rank D McMillan 3rd Wells Fernando John Wood Female in Milk or in Calf born on or before 31st May, 2011 1st Croxtonpark Lovely Origano Alvie Farms Female born on or between 1st June 2011 & 31st December 2011 1st Alvie Emerald Sparkle Alvie Farms 2nd Wells Sensation 8 John Wood Female Born on or between 1st January & 31st December 2012 1st Millerston Irania Fizz Jack Ramsay 2nd Millerston Augusta Foxy Jack Ramsay 3rd Wells Margaaritte 3 John Wood Bull or heifer calf born in 2013 1st Alvie Lovely Gael

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Champion Male and Champion Overall: Millerston Full Throttle Jack Ramsay

Overall and Male Champion: Millerston Full Throttle by Jack Ramsay

Reserve Champion Male and Reserve Overall: Alvie Elton Alvie Farms Female Champion: Croxton Park Lovely Origano – Alvie Farms Res Female Champion: Millerston Irania Fizz – Jack Ramsay

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Black Isle Show

Turriff Show

1st August 2013 Judge: Derek Steen

4th/5th August 2013 Judge: James Playfair-Hannay

BULL, Born prior to 1st August 2011 1st Blelack Messenger Smallburn Farms 2nd Chatelton Duke Alvie Farm

Bull born on or between 1st June 2011 and 1st May 2012 1st Mrs C M Williamson Alvie Elton 2nd J & S Ravenshear Greenwall Flashman

BULL, Born on or after 1st August 2011 1st Alvie Elton Alvie Farm 2nd Woodend Ernie Ken Greenwood

Cow, born before 1st June 2010 1st A Anderson 2nd Mrs C M Williamson 3rd J & S Ravenshear

COW, any age 1st Lowder Sally Smallburn Farms 2nd Croxtonpark Lovely Origano Alvie Farm 3rd Smallburn Mango Smallburn Farms 4th Crichton Patsy Ken Greenwood HEIFER, 1 or 2 years old 1st Emerald Sparkle 2nd Smallburn Fifi

Alvie Farm Smallburn Farms

CALF, Heifer, Born on or after 1st August 2012 1st Alvie Lovely Gael Alvie Farm 2nd Smallburn Greta Smallburn Farms 3rd Woodend Gael Ken Greenwood PAIR of Shorthorns from the Same Exhibitor 1st Smallburn Smallburn Farms 2nd Alvie Farm

Heifer, born on or between 1st June 2010 and 31st May 2011 1st J & S Ravenshear Greenwall Fennel Foxglove Heifer, born on or between 1st June 2011 and 31st July 2012 1st A Anderson Smallburn Fifi 2nd Mrs C Williamson Alvie Emerald Sparkle 3rd J & s Ravenshear Greenwall Fantasy Foxglove Heifer Calf, born on or after 1st August 2012 1st Mrs CM Williamson Alvie Lovely Gael 2nd J & S Ravenshear Greenwall Fanfare Foxglove 3rd A Anderson Smallburn Greta Champion: A Anderson

Lowerders Sally

Reserve: Mrs C M Williamson

Alvie Lovely Gael

Champion: Blelack Messenger

Smallburn Farms

Reserve Champion: Alvie Emerald Sparkle

Show Report:

Alvie Farm

Female Champion: Emerald Sparkle

I was pleased to accept the invitation, having judged here before I was persuaded to return.

Alvie Farm

Reserve Female Champion: Lowder Sally

Alvie Farm

Male Champion: Blelack Messenger

Smallburn Farms

Reserve Male Champion: Alvie Elton

Alvie Farm

Opposite Sex to Champion: Emerald Sparkle

Alvie Farm

Herdsman: Blelack Messenger

Smallburn Farms

It was not a huge display of Beef Shorthorn cattle, fortunately there was quality on hand. Smallburn Farms won the cow class and championship with Lowther Sally,not the biggest of cows but a cow full of breed quality and a great example of a functional suckler cow, a picture to behold! My reserve champion was a heifer calf Alvie Lovely Gael, a calf displaying a lot of character and potential. I take this opportunity to thank the exhibitors to make time and effort supporting the show and in particular the Ravenshears whose cattle were shown in their working clothes. James Playfair-Hannay

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Lowerders Sally Croxtonpark Lovely Greenwall Fantasia Foxglove

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Fife Show 2-3 August 2013 Judge: Mrs Cathryn Williamson

Bull born between 1 June 2010 and 31 May 2012 1st Quoiggs Extra Special Highland Wagyu 2nd Wells Eric J Wood 3rd Glenisla Faust Major JPO Gibb Bull or heifer calf born on or after 1 June 2012 1st Fingask Lancaster Freda W & J McGowan 2nd Wells Fargo J Wood 3rd Wells Serena 9 J Wood Cow in milk or in calf 1st Fingask Lancaster Cara

W & J McGowan

Heifer born between 1 June 2010 and 31 May 2011 1st Quoiggs Irania Highland Wagyu 2nd Fingask Lancaster Emma W & J McGowan Heifer born between 1 June 2011 and 31 May 2012 1st Shawhill Fancy R & L Thomson Ltd 2nd Aberdona Duchess Fancy Pants R & C Rettie 3ed Quoiggs Frosty Rebecca Highland Wagyu Group of 3 animals (1 male and 2 females), the property of the same exhibitor. 1st Highland Wagyu 2nd J Wood

Her dam Fingask Lancaster Cara took first place in the Cow class. She went on to become my Female Champion. The next class was 2 yr old heifers and first place in this class went to Quoiggs Irania a well grown, well turned out heifer who I am sure we will see more of in the future. The strongest and most challenging class of the day was the yearling heifer class. There were eight entries in this class. The thirteen month old Shawhill Fancy had great presence and style and stood out in the crowd so gained a well deserved first prize.

I was delighted to be asked to judge the Shorthorn Cattle at the Fife Show in May.

My second prize winner, Aberdona Duchess Fancy Pants was of a different type but nevertheless a very smart feminine heifer. In third place was a lovely white heifer Quoiggs Frosty Rebecca.

There were no senior bulls on the day but four good entries in the Junior Bull Class.

Highland Wagyu took first Place with the Group of Three followed closely by J Wells.

The winner of this class was an attractive well fleshed bull from Highland Wagyu, Quoiggs Extra Special who went on to become Breed Champion.

Many thanks to Fife Show for asking me to Judge and for their kind hospitality. It was a great experience. It was a pity that the torrential rain in the afternoon resulted in the cancellation of the Grand Parade but fortunately it was dry in the morning for the judging.

Show Report:

There were only three entries in the Bull or Heifer Calf class but the heifer calf Fingask Freya Crocus really caught my eye as soon as she entered the ring and I put her in first place.

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Uppermill Rothes Jasmine Reserve Supreme Champion

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Carrarock Chalkie - son of Storm Tullamore Supreme Champion 2013 Northern Ireland National Junior Champion 2013

Supreme Champion Tullamore

Dam: Carrarock Ruthie

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Antrim 107th Annual Show 27th July 2013 Judge: Mr. Cary Coombs, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Reserve Champion: Ardoyne Bombus

Senior Bull before 2012 1st Ardoyne Bombus 2nd Castlemount Joker

Supreme Champion: Craigfaddock Finn McCool

James Porter Castlemount Shorthorns

Junior Bull born in 2012 1st Craigfaddock Finn McCool David Alexander 2nd Craigfaddock Freyr David Alexander Cow in Milk with calf at foot 1st Uppermill Jellybean James Porter 2nd Ballyvaddy Heathermaid C756 T & K Madden 3rd Castlemount Jovial Zoe Castlemount Shorthorns Cow in Calf 1st Chapelton Heathermaid B13 T & K Madden 2nd Ballyvaddy Heathermaid Castlemount Shorthorns 3rd Largyvale Rotary Crocus T.F. Duncan & Co. Heifer born in 2011 1st Ballyvaddy Foxglove Flake Castlemount Shorthorns 2nd Ballyvaddy Heathermaid E775 T & K Madden 3rd Knockenjig Foxglove Tansy J & Michelle McCauley

Heifer born in 2012 1st Ballyvaddy Princess F791 T & K Madden 2nd Castlemount Wildfire Zoe Castlemount Shorthorns Calf born in 2013 1st Croobview Galahad 2nd Guardsman of Ballyvaddy 3rd Croobview Galaxy

H D Baillie T & K Madden H D Baillie

Pair, the property of one exhibitor, entered in above classes 1st David Alexander 2nd T & K Madden 3rd H D Baillie Champion: Craigfaddock Finn McCool

David Alexander

Reserve Champion: Ardoyne Bombus

James Porter

Show Report: It was an honour and a pleasure to judge the Beef Shorthorn classes at Antrim’s 107th annual agricultural show. An outstanding turnout of 40 fine cattle were turned out and paraded on a beautiful sunny afternoon in the splendid grounds of Shanes Castle. The senior bull class was narrowly won by Ardoyne Bombus shown by James Porter. Castlemount Joker ran him very close however. The junior bull class was won by an outstanding young bull shown by David Alexander. Craigfaddock Finn McCool by Chapleton Wildfire and out of Craigfaddock Lady Annetta 9th and shows considerable potential. He narrowly beat his stablemate Craigfaddock Freyr by Mourne Major and the two of them went on to win the pairs competition. The female classes were strong in both quality and numbers and demonstrated the strength in depth of Beef Shorthorns in Northern Ireland. T and K Madden’s Chapleton Heathermaid B13 won the cow in calf class. Castlemount Shorthorns took the heifer born in 2011 class with Ballyvaddy Foxglove Flake and the Maddens took the heifer born in 2012 class with Ballyvaddy Princess F791. In all of these classes the decisions were close. The calf born in 2013 class was won by Mrs HD Baillie with the eye-catching Croobview Galahad, by a short head from the Maddens’ Guardsman of Ballyvaddy. I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the exhibitors for presenting a truly outstanding show of cattle of which they can be extremely proud. I would also like to extend my thanks to the Antrim Show committee and stewards for their hospitality and would recommend the event to anyone seeking a good day out in late July.

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Castlewellan & District 44th Agricultural Show 13th July 2013 Judge: Lisa Dowd, Creggs, Co.Galway Senior Bull born before 1st January 2012 1st Castlemount Jimmy ET Castlemount Shorthorns 2nd Castlemount Joker Castlemount Shorthorns 3rd Largyvale Cairn F Duncan &Co Junior Bull born between 1st January 2012 &31st August 2012 1st Carrarock Chalkie Tom Staunton 2nd Craigfaddock Finn McCool D. Alexander 3rd Craigfaddock Freyr D. Alexander 4th Castlemount Snowman Castlemount Shorthorns Cow, in calf, born before 1st January 2010 1st Ballyvaddy Heathermaid Castlemount Shorthorns 2nd Largyvale Cairn F. Duncan& co Junior Cow born in 2010, in calf or with calf at foot 1st Craigfaddock Northolm 3rd Castlemount Shorthorns 2nd Croobview Dot Com Denise Bailie Heifer born in 2011 1st Ballyvaddy Heathermaid G775 T.&K. Madden 2nd Knockenjig Foxglove Tansy E 1820 Michelle McCauley 3rd Uppermill Lovely Lettie Tom Staunton 4th Ballyvaddy Foxglove Flake Castlemount Shorthorns Heifer born between 1st January 2012 & 31st August 2012 1st Ballyvaddy Princess F791 T.&K. Madden 2nd Castlemount Wildfire Zoe Castlemount Shorhorns Calf born on or after 1st September 2012 1st Croobview Galahad Denise Bailie 2nd Guardsman of Ballyvaddy T&K Madden 3rd Castlemount Joker Anita Castlemount Shorthorns 4th Croobview Galaxy Denise Baillie Pair of animals property of one exhibitor 1st Denise Bailie 2nd David Alexander 3rd T&K Madden Young Handlers Class 1st Jack Kelly 2nd Matthew Graham 3rd Fiona Sloan Champion: Croobview Galahad

Denise Bailie

Reserve Champion: Castlemount Jimmy

Castlemount Shorthorns

Reserve Champion: Castlemount Jimmy owned and bred by Messers D. McDowell & S. Martin, Newtownards

Show Report: The Castlewellan and District Agricultural Show provided an idyllic setting on Saturday July 13th 2013 for the N.I. Beef Shorthorn Clubs 7th Annual National Show which was kindly sponsored by the Bank of Ireland. There was a fine display of 32 Beef Shorthorns, presented for the young Judge, Lisa Dowd, under the watchful eye of her father, Noel Dowd, from the famous “Creaga” Beef Shorthorn Herd. As Lisa admitted it “took a little working out” which gave her somewhat of a challenge. Judging began with the senior bull, which was won by Castlemount Jimmy owned and bred by Messers D. McDowell and S. Martin, Newtownards. He went on to win Reserve Champion. Castlemount Jimmy was sired by Chapelton Neptune and out of Mailer Bramble Broadhooks. Thomas Staunton was well rewarded after making the long journey from Kinvara ,Co Galway when Carrarock Chalkie won the Junior Bull class. He was sired by Alta Cedar Perfect Storm and out of Carrarock Ruthie. There was a tremendous line up of 7 heifers born in 2011 and after much thought, T&K Maddens heifer, Ballyvaddy Heathermaid secured first place and new breeder, Michelle McCauley, chairperson of Castlewellan Show with her heifer Knockenjig Foxglove Tansy, was placed second. Overall champion was the winner of a very strong calf class. Croobview Galahad, a four month old bull calf, owned and bred by Denise Bailie, sired by Chapelton Typhoon and out of Bushtown Daphne. Despite his young age, he showed great potential and had the look of a lengthy bull when he grows out. Chapelton Typhoon recorded a Terminal index of +28 in the top 1% of the breed. He has sired many Supreme Champions at Perth bull sales since 2008 including Chapelton Dauphin which set a new beef shorthorn

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Champion at NI Clubs National Show - Croobview Galahad from Denise Baillie

breed record being sold for 15,000 gns in February 2012 at Perth bull sales, Stirling Scotland. Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club would like to thank Castlewellan Show for hosting our National Show, providing stewards and ample space for parking and showing our stock. Lisa Dowd


Ballymena Show 25th May 2013 | Judge: Sam McCollum Heifer/Bull born on or after 1st September 2012 1st Croobview Lady Barrington Mrs H. D. Bailie 2nd Castlemount Joker Broodhooks Castlemount Shorthorns 3rd Castlemount Zulu Zoe Castlemount Shorthorns Cow, any age, in calf or in milk 1st Craigfaddock Northoln 3rd Castlemount Shorthorns Heifer born in 2011 1st Ballyvaddy Foxglove Flake Castlemount Shorthorns 2nd Ballyvaddy Heathermaid E775 T&K Madden 3rd Mainevalley Lady Annetta Karen Carson Heifer born on or between 1st January 12 & 31st August 12 1st Ballyvaddy Princess F791 T&K Madden 2nd Castlemount Wildfire Zoe Castlemount Shorthorns 3rd Mainevalley Lady Annetta 2nd Karen Carson 4th Tintrim Cotton Mrs H.D Bailie 5th Mainvalley Fifi Karen Carson Bull born on or before 31st August 12 1st Castlemount Joker Castlemount Shorthorns 2nd Craigfaddock Finn McCool David Alexander 3rd Craigfaddock Frey David Alexander Pair of Animals, by the same exhibitor 1st David Alexander 2nd Castlemount Shorthorns 3rd Karen Carson Champion Beef Shorthorn: Castlemount Joker

Castlemount Shorthorns

Reserve Champion: Ballyvaddy Princess F791

T&K Madden

Champion: Castlemount Joker owned by Messers D McDowells & S Martin

Reserve Champion: Ballyvaddy Princess F791 owned by T&K Madden

Show Report: It was a great honour to be asked to judge the Beef Shorthorn classes as this was the first time that beef shorthorns were represented at Ballymena show for quite a few years. It is just terrific to see the increasing interest in our cattle not only by a good show of Beef Shorthorns throughout all classes but by the packed ringside of spectators. Castlemount Joker took the bull class and Male Championship for Castlemount Shorthorns. A powerful, very well fleshed bull with good locomotion. In the female section two heifers, Ballyvaddy Foxglove Flake and Ballyvaddy Princess F791 gave me food for thought. Eventually deciding on Ballyvaddy Princess F791 from T&K Madden as Reserve Champion, a sweet roan heifer with lots of style. Ballyvaddy Foxglove Flake I’m sure will go on to do well in the show circuit for Castlemount Shorthorns. Many thanks to the committee of Ballymena Show for inviting me to judge, I thoroughly enjoyed the day out. Sam McCollum

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Balmoral Show 15th-17th May 2013 Judge: James Playfair-Hannay Cow in calf or with calf at foot 1st Chapelton Veronica

D.D McDowell & S.J Martin

Heifer born on or before 31st December 11 1st Ballyvaddy Heathermaid E775 2nd Uppermill Lovely Lettie 3rd Uppermill Rothes Jasmine

T &K Madden Thomas Staunton Thomas Staunton

Heifer, born on or after 1st January 12 1st Burnside Francessca William & Jill McAllister 2nd Ballyvaddy Princess F791 Thomas Madden 3rd Uppermill Rothes Jessie James Porter

Overall Champion: Burnside Francessca from William & Jill McAllister

Bull, born on or before 31st December 11 1st Castlemount Joker D.D McDowell & S.J Martin 2nd Castlemount Jimmy D.D McDowell & S.J Martin 3rd Uppermill Sensation James Porter Bull born or after 1st January 1st Uppermill Lancaster James Porter 2nd Carrarock Chalkie Thomas Staunton 3rd Castlemount Snowman D.D McDowell & S.J Martin Pair of animals property of one exhibitor 1st D.D McDowell & S.J Martin 2nd James Porter 3rd Thomas Staunton Overall Champion: Burnside Francessca

William & Jill McAllister

Show Report: A new showground, first time Beef Shorthorn exhibits for 50 years, all good news. The display of Beef shorthorn cattle forward reflected the variety of genetics and types available in the breed that has seen a vast transformation in the last 30 years, having expanded rapidly from a fairly small nucleus. Cow class (only one), a cow in her working clothes with a good heifer calf at foot. 2 year old heifer class – a good display of heifers, the winning heifer was deep bodied, thick topped, especially through the heart and pins, with a strong line and structurally sound, I believe a good example of the type of animal the breed should be trying to breed. Yearling heifer – another good display of heifers. The winning heifer showed tremendous length, thickness and style. Structurally correct, she has all the makings of a great cow demonstrating the virtues of a modern Beef Shorthorn Suckler cow. The 2nd and 3rd placed heifers were good heifers and should not be disappointed in their placing in this company. 2Year Old Bull Class – A variety of ages, types and sizes. There were big bulls and small bulls. I tried to find a balance between structural soundness and performance. Big is not necessarily best. Bulls have to be able to have good locomotion to serve cows.

Female & Reserve Champion: Ballyvaddy Heathermaid E775 from T & K Madden

The winning bull was in my opinion, the type of bull required by the commercial breeder to supply branded shorthorn beef, a good shaped carcase with eye muscle and sufficient growth. The 2nd placed bull was arguably the best shaped bull and very correct, but was dwarfed in this company. Yearling Bull – A class again showing the variety in the breed. These bulls will be vastly different in a year’s time. The winning bull displayed growth with a good top and testicles. The 2nd placed bull was a good shaped bull but was not carrying the beef of the winner, but one to watch. Champion was my yearling heifer which helped the McAlister family have a fantastic day winning four junior champions in the beef section and two champions in the sheep section – well done them. Along with the winning Senior bull, these 2 heifers went on to win the native team of 3 and were reserve in the Overall Team of 3. My thanks go to all the exhibitors for putting on a good show, the RUAS and the NI BS Club for looking after me and my stewards James Playfair-Hannay

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Overall Champion: Podehole Madeline Glamour Harry Horrell

Reserve Overall Champion: Elliot Matrix John Elliott

Podehole Madeline Glamour heads Agri-Expo’s Calf Show 1st November 2013 | Judge: Archie McArthur Agri-Expo was a red letter day for Harry Horrell and his show team at the Beef Shorthorn Society’s official open calf show staged at the event in Carlisle on 1 November. His four homebred entries each headed their respective classes, while Podehole Madeline Glamour went on to secure the female and overall supreme championship on what was her first trip out. Glamour was a 10 month old roan heifer by the multi interbreed champion, Trojan of Craigieassie and out of the homebred Royal Highland champion, Podehole Madeline Zeta, a Chapelton Promoter daughter from Harry Horrell’s 55 cow herd based at Thorney, Peterborough. Judge, Archie McArthur commented: “I was searching for a future breeding animal and I found in Glamour a fantastic heifer who will go on to make an excellent suckler cow. She is very correct throughout and full of breed character.”

Young Handler: John McCulloch - Highland Wagyu

Standing in overall reserve place was Elliot Matrix, a seven month old bull from John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso. A Canadian bred animal imported as an embryo, Matrix was by Star P Matrix 4N, out of B Good Red Sue 1P and is the first Beef Shorthorn to run with the unit’s 200 Aberdeen Angus herd. Archie McArthur Male Calf Born on or Between 1/9/12 and 31/12/12 1st Podehole Frederick Harry Horrell Male Calf Born Between 1/1/13 And 31/03/13 1st Podehole Geronimo Harry Horrell 2nd Podehole Gladiator Harry Horrell 3rd Goldstar Of Upsall (P) GC & RE Turton 4th Knockenjig Glenfiddich D & R Dickie 5th Gauntlet of Upsall (P) GC & RE Turton Male Calf Born After 1/4/13 1st Elliot Matrix John Elliott 2nd Lowther Gervase C Lowther 3rd Shawhill Gerald Thompson, Roddick & Laurie 4th Mohmar Glenlivet Highland Wagyu 5th Redhill Gordano Brenda R Wear Female Calf Born on or Between 1/9/2012 and 31/12/12 1st Podehole Tessa Fancy Harry Horrell 2nd Redhill Sprys Lovely 082 Brenda R Wear

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Female Calf Born Between 1/1/2013 And 31/03/13 1st Podehole Madeline Glamour Harry Horrell 2nd Victoria X875 of Upsall GC & RE Turton 3rd Redhill Eva Broadhooks 084 Brenda R Wear 4th Redhill Kathryn Ramsden 085 Brenda R Wear 5th Lowther Crocus 370P C Lowther Female Calf Born on or After 1/4/2013 1st Shawhill Florence Gertrude Thompson, Roddick & Laurie 2nd Cairnsmore Ginevra Averell Bobby Landers 3rd Mohmar Gifted Broadhooks Highland Wagyu 4th Mohmar Rhona Highland Wagyu 5th Lowther Melody 385P C Lowther Young Handler: 1st John Mcculloch C/O Highland Wagyu, Age 14 Overall Champion: Podehole Madeline Glamour

Harry Horrell

Reserve Overall Champion: Elliot Matrix

John Elliott


Stars of the Future Calf Show 16th November 2013 | Judge: Danny Wyllie

Overall Senior Champion Alvie Daffodil from Mrs CM Williamson

Senior Champion: J & P Ramsay’s heifer Millerston Gretta Freya, by Podehole Beefeater

Senior Male Champion: D McMillan’s Coldrochie Factor, by L S Zeus

Bulls born 23rd September to 22nd October 2012 Heifers born 2nd April to 15th April 2013 1st D McMillan’s Coldrochie Factor, by L S Zeus 1st C Williamson’s Alvie Margo Giselle, by Chapelton 2nd R & P McAlister’s Langalbuinoch Future, by Tofts Atlas Duke 2900 2nd Thomson, Roddick and Laurie’s Shawhill Florence Gertrude, by Dunsyre Duke Heifers born 25th July to 19th December 2012 Jack Ramsay’s Millerston Augusta Glint, by Millerston 1st Jack Ramsay’s Millerston Gretta Freya, by Podehole 3rd Cyclone Beefeater 2nd 3rd

Andrew Anderson’s Smallburn Flora, by Glenford Gus Bulls born 12th April to 17th May 2013 Brenda Wear’s Redhill Sprys Lovely 082, by Pakaraka 1st Jim Frame’s Galla Gypsy Boy, by Kidston Rambo Sprys Quarterback 2nd Thomson, Roddick and Laurie’s Shawhill Gerald, by Vortrekker of Upsall Bulls born 9th January to 19th March 2013 3rd Andrew Anderson’s Smallburn Galaxy, by Blelack 1st C Williamson’s Alvie Galaxy, by Glenisla Zin Zan Messenger 2nd C Williamson’s Alvie Gaius, by Glenisla Zin Zan 3rd

I & S Graham’s Gairloch of Drumcross, by Chapelton Heifers born 19th April to 19th May 2013 Winsome 1st C Williamson’s Alvie Lovely Gael, by Glenisla Zin Zan 2nd Jim Frame’s Galla Guinevere, by Kidston Rambo Heifers born 1st February to 28th March 2013 3rd Jack Ramsay’s Millerston Irania Gow, by Podehole 1st A Locke’s Glenrinnes Gabriella, by Chapelton Ensign Beefeater 2nd I and S Graham’s Balgay Secret Snowdrop, by Chapelton Braveheart Senior Champion: 3rd Brenda Wear’s Redhill Eva Broadhooks, by Cairnsmore J & P Ramsay’s heifer Millerston Gretta Freya, by Thrasher Podehole Beefeater Bulls born 23rd March to 10th April 2013 Reserve Senior Champion: 1st John Elliot’s Elliot Matrix, by Star D Matrix A Anderson’s heifer Smallburn Flora, by Glenford 2nd I & S Graham’s Balgay Gorbadoc, by Chapelton Gus 4H Braveheart Senior Male Champion: 3rd M McMillan’s Coldrochie Governor, by Pode Hole D McMillan’s Coldrochie Factor, by L S Zeus Drummer Reserve Senior Male Champion: R & P McAlister’s Langalbuinoch Future, by Tofts Atlas 2900 Junior Champion: C Williamson’s heifer Alvie Lovely Gael, by Glenisla Zin Zan Reserve Junior Champion: C Williamson’s bull Alvie Galaxy, by Glenisla Zin Zan Junior Male Champion: C Williamson’s bull Alvie Galaxy, by Glenisla Zin Zan

Junior Champion: C Williamson’s heifer Alvie Lovely Gael, by Glenisla Zin Zan

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Stars of the Future: Beef Shorthorn calves line up in Stirling Beef Shorthorn was among the native senior titles in the final line up at Stars of the Future in Stirling on 16 November. Millerston Gretta Freya, a 16 month old heifer took the reserve overall native senior championship for Jack Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayr. Freya was by the 14,000gns Podehole Beefeater and out of Millerston Gretta Yvette. Earlier in the day she had been placed in overall senior breed position by Beef Shorthorn judge, Danny Wyllie. Below her in overall reserve senior breed place was the reserve senior female. Smallburn Flora. A 15 year old heifer bred and exhibited by Andrew Anderson, Smallburn Farms, Rothes, Moray, she was a Glenford Gus daughter and out of Diamond Dottie. Reserve Senior Male Champion: R and P McAlister’s Langalbuinoch The senior male Beef Shorthorn title was secured by Coldrochie Factor Future, by Tofts Atlas 2900 from M McMillan, Luncarty, Perth. A 14 month old, he was by LS Zeus and out of Colnvalley Augusta. Reserve to Factor was Langalbuinoch Future from R and P McAlister, Kingarth, Isle of Bute, This 13 month old Tofts Atlas son was out of Langalbuinoch Carly. Cathryn Williamson, Kincraig, Inverness enjoyed a successful day in the junior section with progeny by the £5,000 Glenisla Zin Zan. Her seven month old Alvie Lovely Gael out of a Croxtonpark Lovely Origano took the overall Beef Shorthorn junior and junior female titles. Her eight month old Alvie Galaxy secured the reserve junior and junior male championships, whilst standing below him in reserve male position was Alvie Gaius, an eight month old out of Alvie Melba Cleopatra. Finally, the reserve junior female was won by Glenrinnes Gabriella from A Locke, Glenrinnes Farms, Dufftown, Keith. An eight month old Chapelton Ensign daughter, she was out of Glenrinnes Ximena.

Male Junior Champion: C Williamson’s Alvie Galaxy, by Glenisla Zin Zan

Thomson, Roddick & Laurie John & Matthew Thomson Newlands, Eaglesfield Dumfriesshire DG11 3AA

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Southern Beef Shorthorn Calf Show2013 23rd November 2013 Judge: Andrew Ivinson Champion Calf: Redhill Eva Broadhooks Brenda Wear & Andrew Ivinson

Male born between 1st July 2012 and 31st December 2012 1st Meonhill First Edition S & M Pallett Male born between 1st January 2013 and 31st March 2013 1st Redhill Glastonbury Brenda Wear Male born on or after 1st April 2013 1st Redhill Gordano 2nd Gambledown Gator 3rd Gambledown Goodboy

Brenda Wear R Newgass R Newgass

Female born on or between 1st July 2012 and 31st December 2012 1st Hursley Flossy Champer Hursley Cattle Partnership 2nd Redhill Sprys Lovely Brenda Wear 3rd Hursley Flossy Cherry Hursley Cattle Partnership 4th Gambledown Ladybird Flora R Newgass

Female born on or after 1st April 2013 1st Elphicks Secret Surrender 2nd Ashwater Gem Augusta 3rd Ashwater Grace 4th Redhill Thrashers Crocus

S & M Pallett A & T Ruby A & T Ruby Brenda Wear

Champion Calf: Redhill Eva Broadhooks 084

Brenda Wear

Reserve Champion: Meonhill First Edition

S & M Pallett

Young Handler Champion: Sophie Pallet Young Handler Reserve: Amber Newgass

Female born on or between 1st January 2013 and 31st March 2013 1st Redhill Eva Broadhooks 084 Brenda Wear The intermediate class was my biggest class of the day with 2nd Hursley Derrimut Diana Hursley Cattle Partnership 3rd Elphicks Flossy Grace S & M Pallett 8 entries.The very classy heifer Redhill Eva Broadhooks by 4th Redhill Kathryn Ramsden085 Brenda Wear Cairnsmore Thrasher won through from Hursley Derimut

A raw, frosty, foggy morning welcomed me and the group of hardy souls to Bristol Sales Centre for the Southern Beef Shorthorn Calf Show. Numbers may have been slightly down on the year but it was good to see that the quality of the stock forward was not. A prompt start at 10am with the bull classes saw Meonhill First Edition take the senior class, a well grown son of Dunsyre Cavalier shown by S & M Pallet. The intermediate class went to Brenda Wear with Redhill Glastonbury. Brenda also took the Junior class with her bull Gordano who was also sired by Cavalier. This bull went on to be my reserve male champion behind the Pallets First Edition bull. Moving on to the females I saw larger classes put before me. In the senior class a strong red heifer by Chapelton Winsome from Hursley farms was successful , although muscular she retained her feminine characteristics. The same breeder also took third place with a Trojan of Craigassie daughter. They were split by Brenda Wears entry Redhill Sprys Lovely. 150

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Diana in 2nd and Elphicks Flossy Grace in 3rd. The junior class was taken by Elphicks Secret Surrender a clean stylish and very correct heifer from S & M Pallet with A & T Ruby gaining 2nd and 3rd place with their two shapely heifers by Cairnsmore Dominator. In the heifer championship the tremendous ring presence of Redhill Eva Broadhook saw her narrowly pip Hursley Flossy Champer and Elphicks Secret Surrender to the title, these should all go on to do well on the show circuit next year. My heifer champion then went on to be the overall champion for the show. In the young handlers class Miss Sophie Pallet won through with Miss Amber Newgass in second and young Seth Wear in third. Well done to them all for demonstrating their skills and knowledge. I would like to thank Sue Watson for organising the show, the Southern club for their warm welcome on such a cold morning and for turning out with such a good and well behaved entry of calves. I certainly enjoyed my trip down south. Thanks must also go to Morrisons Supermarket for their generous sponsorship of the show.


Ballymena Calf Show 19th January 2013 Judge: Patrick Brady Senior Bull Calf 1st Tom and Kate Madden, Glencoy, Ballymena 2nd Duncan McDowell and Sam Martin, Newtownards Junior Bull Calf 1st Karen Carson, Downkillybegs, Ballymena 2nd Duncan McDowell and Sam Martin Senior Heifer 1st James Porter, Gillhall 2nd William McAlister, Kells, Ballymena 3rd James Porter 4th Duncan McDowell and Sam Martin 5th Duncan McDowell and Sam Martin

Overall Supreme Champion: Tom and Kate Madden

Junior Heifer 1st Tom and Kate Madden 2nd Duncan McDowell and Sam Martin 3rd James Porter 4th Karen Carson 5th Richard Henderson, Newry Baby Calf 1st Karen Carson 2nd Tom and Kate Madden Pair of Calves 1st James Porter 2nd Duncan McDowell and Sam Martin 3rd Karen Carson Commercial heifer or bullock sired by shorthorn bull: Jonathan Adams, Bellaghy Under 15 Young Handlers Class 1st David Rae 2nd Jack Henderson 3rd Shania McGuigan 15-17 Young Handlers Class 1st Sarah Jones 2nd James Rae 3rd Rebecca Jones Overall Supreme Champion: Tom and Kate Madden Overall Reserve Champion: James Porter

STRONG ENTRIES FORWARD FOR FIRST BEEF SHORTHORN CALF SHOW The Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn breeders Club held their inaugural calf show at Ballymena Livestock Market. The Judge Mr. Patrick Brady and father Noel run the successful Grousehall Shorthorn herd based at County Cavan. Patrick praised the quality of the cattle presented in each of the classes. Scooping Overall Supreme Championship and the Senior bull class was a promising young bull from husband and wife team Tom and Kate Madden, Glencoy, Ballymena, County Antrim, with a Sept 2011 born Eagle of Ballyvaddy 07836, sired by Byron of Ballyvaddy, Dam: Ballyvaddy Rosewood B742.

Overall Reserve Champion: James Porter

Runner up in this class was from Duncan McDowell and Sam Martin of Newtownards with Castlemount Jimmy E.T. 4077-7. Sire: Chapelton Neptune, Dam: Mailer Bramble Broadhooks. The Junior Bull class was awarded to a May born Mainevalley Flintstone 1728-3, Sire: Craigfaddock Duke, Dam: Mainevalley Carla bred by Karen Carson of Downkillybegs, Ballymena, County Antrim. A very stylish Feb 2012 - born Uppermill Rothes Jesse 0323-2 from James Porter, Gillhall Estate claimed the Senior heifer class and went on to take Overall Reserve Champion. Sire: Elonmor Royal Piper 227, Dam: Uppermill Rothes Jellybean. Securing top spot in a very strong class of junior heifers was an exceptionally well grown heifer an April 2012 born Ballyvaddy Princess F791 0791-7, Sire: Byron of Ballyvaddy, Dam: Ballyvaddy Princess A720 shown by Tom and Kate Madden. The Award for baby calf went to Karen Carson with her May born Mainevalley Fifi 1730-5, Sired by Craigfaddock Duke, Dam: Bushtown Connie. Runner up went to Tom and Kate Madden for their Sept 2012 born Firefox of Ballyvaddey 07943, Sire: Byron of Ballyvaddy, Dam: Ballyvaddy Tessa Moss Rose.

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Best Pairs of Calves went to James Porter, Gillhall Estate who exhibited two heifers, Uppermill Rothes Jesse 0323-2 and Uppermill Secret Supreme 0335-7. Second pair were a junior bull calf, Castlemount Snowman 4098-8 and junior heifer, Castlemount Wildfire Zoe E.T. 4132-6. Third place in the pairs was won by Karen Carson with a bull calf, Mainevalley Flintstone 1728-3 and a heifer Mainevalley Fifi 1730-5. The commercial championship was awarded to a Dec 2012 born shorhorn/limousin cross bull calf owned by Jonathan Adams, Belleghy.

Under 15 Young: David Rae

Winner of the Under 15 Young Handlers Class was David Rae and in the 15-17 Young Handlers Class this award was collected by Sarah Jones. The Club would like to thank the management and staff at Ballymena Mart for all their help and assistance, also Mr. Patrick Brady for giving up his time to judge the event.

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East of England Calf Show Smithfield Festival 5th December 2012 | Judge: Mr Danny Wyllie

Overall Senior Champion Alvie Daffodil from Mrs CM Williamson

Champion: Podehole Gypsy Freesia from Harry Horrell

Reserve Champion: Grafton Emily from Trevor Brown

Bull Calf born on or between 1st January, 2012 and 31st March 2012 1st Podehole Fenman Harry Horrell 2nd Meonhill Fire Cracker LEP Farms 3rd Podehole Financier Harry Horrell 4th Meonhill F1 Ferrari LEP Farms

Heifer Calf born on or between 1st January 2012 and 31st March, 2012 1st Grafton Eionmor Floss Trevor Brown 2nd Podehole Rita Flora Harry Horrell 3rd Meonhill Forsythia Queen LEP Farms 4th Meonhill Joyful Magic LEP Farms

Bull Calf born on or after 1st April 2012 1st Willingham Faux Mr. A Haigh 2nd Podehole Foreman Harry Horrell 3rd Osberton Royal Wagtail Pavenham Beef Shorthorns 4th Willingham Fomalhaut Mr A Haigh

Heifer Calf born on or after 1st April, 2012 1st Podehole Gypsy Freesia 2nd Aberdonna Duchess Fancy Pants

Harry Horrell R & C Rettie

Champion: Podehole Gypsy Freesia

Harry Horrell

Heifer Calf born on or between 1st September 2011 and 31st December 2011 1st Grafton Emily Trevor Brown 2nd Podehole Rothes Emmas Harry Horrell 3rd Meonhill Emerald Gem LEP Farms 4th Snarehill Ruby Elizabeth Snarehill Livestock

Reserve Champion: Grafton Emily

Trevor Brown

The East of England Smithfield Festival calf show saw a good entry with several new exhibitors taking part. Judge Danny Wyllie commented “A good entry of quality calves with tremendous heifer calf classes.” His champion was an April 2012 born, roan heifer calf Podehole Gypsy Freesia sired by Chapelton Clansman out of Podehole Snowqueen and exhibited by Harry Horrell. Another very smart roan heifer, Grafton Emily, born October 2011 by Grafton Bombardier out of Grafton Silver Cloud and exhibited by Trevor Brown took the reserve championship.

The show organisers were delighted to see the increased entry stating “We are pleased to see the Calf Shows gaining in strength – it is a great opportunity for new exhibitors to make a start in showing and we are pleased to offer a platform to do that. Many thanks go to Wm Morrisons Supermarket plc for their kind sponsorship.”

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Mr& Mrs J D A Williamson | ALVIE HERD - T/A Alvie Farm, Alvie Estate, Kincraig, Inverness-shire. PH21 1NE e: cathryn@alvie-estate.co.uk www. alvie-estate.co.uk t: 01540 651255 Mr and Mrs M Ross | BALMEDIE

2 HERD - Balmedie Farm, Balmedie,

Aberdeenshire. AB23 8WT e: malcolmandmaureen@live.co.uk t: 01358 743398 Mr Scarth | CAVANS HERD - Twatt

3 Farm, Birsay, Orkney. KW17 2LN

South Scotland: Carey Coombs | DUNSYRE HERD

13 - Weston Farm, Dunsyre, Carnwath,

J Scott & Partners | FEARN HERD -

4 Fearn Farm, Fearn by Tain, Ross-shire. IV20 1TL e: info@fearnfarm.com t: 01862 832205 Major JPO Gibb | GLENISLA HERD

5 - Glenisla House by Blairgowrie, Perth,

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J & J Green | WRANGHAM HERD Wrangham, Colpy, Insch, Aberdeen. AB52 6TQ e: oxcroft@supanet.com t: 07775 735 052 / 88

KY15 4RX t: 01334 654845 / 652246 Glenkiln Farms | GLENKILN HERD -

16 C/O Mr Sommerville, Bettyknowles, Crocketford, Drumfries. DG2 8QE t: 01556 690219 / 07850 038 957

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Mr D Steen | BALLYLINNEY HERD T/A Ballylinney Livestock, Whitecastles Farm, Corrie, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. DG11 2NR e: cindy.webster@btinternet.com t: 01576 710641 / 07703 581 191 Mr & Mrs B Lander | CAIRNSMORE HERD - Bargaly Farm, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire. DG8 7BH e: bargaly.shorthorns@gmail.com t: 01671 402179/07768 512 891 MR D J Biggar OBE | CHAPELTON HERD - Messrs James Biggar, Grange, Castle Douglas, Kircudbrightshire. DG7 3EU e: admin@chapeltonfarm.co.uk www.chapeltonfarm.co.uk t: 01556 660208 / 07860 325 888 Mr. M.D. McMillan | COLDROCHIE

12 HERD - Moneydie Roger, Luncarty,

Perth. PH1 4HT e: info@coldrochieshorthorns.co.uk www.coldrochieshorthorns.co.uk t: 07973 543 272

Mr & Mrs D Calder | GRANDTULLYBRAE HERD - Braes of Grandtully, Grandtully, Aberfeldy, Perthshire. PH15 2QZ e: shonamclean@live.co.uk www.grandtullybraeshorthorns.co.uk t: 01887 840462 / 07717 665 016 W & I Mcgregor | GREGORS HERD

18 - Gregor Texels, Chesterhall Parks,

Wiston, Biggar. ML12 6HY e: chesterhallparks@hotmail.co.uk t: 07743248891 / 01899 850683 K G Anderson | HARRIETSFIELD

19 HERD - Mid Harriets Field Farm, Ancrum, Jedburgh. TD8 6TZ e: mhfarms@btinternet.com t: 01835 830201

Balgay Farm | BALGAY HERD - Balgay e: balgayfarm@gmail.com t: 07885 965 495

Northern England:

W & J McGowan & Son | FINGASK

South Scotland:

8 Farm, Inchture, Perthshire. PH14 9QH

Mr J Elliot | ELLIOT HERD - Roxburgh

15 HERD - Fingask, Dairsie, Cupar, Fife.

Perthshire. PH11 8QL e: glenislashorthorns@yahoo.co.uk t: 01575 5582736 J & J Redpath | KNOWEHEAD HERD - Knowehead Farm, Kilry, Blairgowrie. PH11 8JA e: redpathknowehead@aol.com t: 01575 560233

HERD - Newlands, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. DG11 3AA e: info@shawhillshorthorns.co.uk t: 07900 181 635

e: johnrelliot@aol.com t: 07795 165 140

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A Hall & L Done | HOUSEBYRES HERD

20 - Jessie’s Cottage, Housebyres Farm,

Melrose, Roxburghshire. TD6 9BW e: housebyres_shorthorn@yahoo.co.uk t: 07793 324 667 James Stewart & Partners | KIDSTON

21 HERD - Upper Kidston, Peebles. EH45 8PP t: 01721 721071 David & Rosemary Dickie |

22 KNOCKENJIG HERD - Knockenjig, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire. DG4 6JS e: daviddickie@farming.co.uk t: 01659 67384 / 07785 512 169 Mr. J Ramsay | MILLERSTON HERD

23 Millerston Farm, Mauchline, Ayrshire. KA5 5HH e: millerstonfarm@aol.com t: 01290 550997 / 0779 130 2478

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26 Laurie | SHAWHILLS

Lanarkshire. ML11 8NG e: carey.coombs@btconnect.com www.dunsyreshorthorns.co.uk t: 07734 330 087

14 Mains, Kelso, Roxburghshire. TD5 8NJ

e: dave_scarth@hotmail.com t: 01856 771259

South Scotland:

Blackford Farms Ltd. | QUOIGGS HERD - Estate Office, Burnside of Balhaldie, Dunblane, Perthshire. FK15 0NB t: 01786 824000 e: info@blackfordfarms.co.uk www.blackfordfarms.co.uk Morrisons | ROTHESAY HERD -

25 Morrisons Farm, Dumfries House, Dumfries House Estate, Ayrshire. KA18 2NJ e: caroline.thompson@morrisonsplc.co.uk

t: 0777 2682675

Messrs D & C & T Wood |

27 ABBOTSREADING HERD Abbotsreading Farm, Haverthwaite, Nr Ulverston, Cumbria. LA12 8JP e: tony.wood3828@o2.co.uk t: 07812 173 334 F J Hugill | BALLARD HERD - Throstle

28 Nest Farm, Sproxton, Helmsley, York. YO62 5EQ e: fjhugill@yahoo.co.uk t: 07502 425 266

Mr E J Farragher | FARADALE HERD

29 Prospect Villa, Andreas Rd, Lezayre, Isle of Man. IM7 4EF t: 01624 814463 Alan Dixon | FOGRIDGE HERD -

30 Fogridge Shorthorns, Low Rough Lea Farm, Hunwick, Crook, Co Durham. DL15 0RH e: alansfarm@googlemail.com www.facebook.com/FogridgeShorthorns

t: 07920 840 915 RS & G Johnson | GILVEN HERD -

31 10 Maple Lane, Huby, York. YO61 1JG e: gil7venshorns@tesco.net t: 01347 810980 Mr P F Chambers | GREENSLEYBANK

32 HERD - Greensley Bank Farm, Askrigg, Leyburn, N Yorkshire. DL8 3DA e: paulchambers@greensleybank.co.uk t: 0777 5813 242 Andrew & Helen Tomkins |

33 HALLSFORD HERD - Hallsford Farm, Hethersgill, Haggbeck, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 6JD e: andrew@hallsford.co.uk www.hallsfordshorthorns.co.uk t: 01228 577329 Mrs T Severn | HIGHLEE HERD -

34 Brick Green Farm, Scammonden Rd, Barkisland, Halifax. HX4 0DE e: tracysevern@aol.co.uk www.highleebeefshorthorns.co uk t: 01422 822932 / 07880 790 595 David J Charlesworth | HINSTOCK

35 HERD - Hinstock Hall, Hinstock, Market Drayton, Shropshire. TF9 2TY e: hinstockherdsman@aol.com t: 01952 550276 / 07985 789 084 IW & NJ Hollows | HOLKIN HERD

36 - Wood Farm, Coppice Lane, Coton, Whitchurch, Shropshire. SY13 3LT e: ian@holkinbeefshorthorn.co.uk t: 01948 880598 Mr M A Holmes | HOLMEERE HERD

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Laura & Alistair Swiers | INGLESTON HERD - The Grange, Balk, Thirsk. YO7 2AQ e: laura.swiers@bailliegifford.com t: 07843 501643 DG & M Shaw | KIPLIN HERD - The Bungalow, Kiplin, Scorton, Richmond N. Yorkshire. DL10 6AY e: kiplinherd@btinternet.com t: 01748 811745

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52 West Moor House Farm, Middleton, Ilkley, West Yorkshire. LS29 0DW e: rob@westmoor.plus.com t: 01943 816068 / 07940579833

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Mrs Anne Burnett | WIGSTHORPE HERD - Hall Farm, Wigsthorpe, Peterborough. PE8 5SE e: anne@wigsthorpe.com t: 01832 720488

Mr C Lowther | LOWTHER HERD - Nord

Mr A Haigh | WILLINGHAM HERD -

Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 2HG www.lowthershorthorns.co.uk t: 07769 695380

Rasen, Lincolnshire. LN8 3RA t: 07940309553

40 Vue Farms Ltd, The Estate Office, Lowther, 54 Ashgrove Farm, North Willingham, Market

Mr A Thompson | PIKELOWE HERD

41 High House Farm, 500 Blackburn Road, Higher Wheelton, Chorley, Lancashire. PR6 8JA e: at500@aol.com t: 01254 831472 / 07990 518364 Mr J R Wesson | RICEYPARK HERD -

42 Ricey Park, Highfield, Lingdale, Saltburn, Cleveland. TS12 3HA t: 01287651012

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G R Cope | SANDYBROOK HERD Green Valley, Sandbrook, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. DE6 2AQ t: 01335 342728 A & C Ivinson | SANDWICK HERD

44 - Sandwick Farm, Townhead, Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 1QB

e: andrew@sandwickshorthorns.co.uk

t: 01768 881343 / 07814317481 Mr G L Riby | STONEHILLS HERD - Low

45 Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, E. Yorkshire. YO15 3QR e: ribyslivestock@gmail.com t: 07932176626

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Mr Tim Riley | STONEYROYD HERD - Stoney Royd Farm, Midgley, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. HX7 5QY e: enquiries@stoneyroydshorthorns.com www.stoneyroydshorthorns.com t: 07812 075568 J & R Pearce | SYMPHONY HERD -

47 Broad Oak Farm, Hollington, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. DE6 3GB e: josephinepearce@btinternet.com t: 07807440894 GMT Foljambe | OSBERTON HERD

48 Estate Office, Osberton, Worksop,

Nottinghamshire. S81 0UG e. georgebunning@hotmail.co.uk t. 07894934581 The Hon. G. Turton | UPSALL HERD -

49 The Grange, Upsall, Thirsk, N. Yorkshire. YO7 2QL e: turtongerald@hotmail.com www.upsallshorthorn.co.uk t: 01845 537202 ME & TD Tailford | LIPWOOD HERD -

50 Gallaw Hill Farm, Broomley, Riding Mill, Northumberland. NE44 6AZ e: tailford.m@btconnect.com t: 01434 682750

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YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST | APPLETON HERD Jonathan Allison - Appleton Mill Farm, Appleton Le Moors, York. YO62 6TG t: 01751 417537 Ellen Fairbank - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, 1 St George’s Place, York. YO24 1GN t: 07818 579272 Southern England: Mr & Mrs B F White | ALTHORNE

56 HERD - Highfields Farm, Upper Chase, Summerhill, Althorne, Chelmesford, Essex. CM3 6BY althornebeefshorthorns@hotmail.com t: 01621 741845 / 07740304845

57 Croxton Park Partnership |

CROXTONPARK HERD - Mr and Mrs A J Bowkett, Croxton Park, Croxton, St Neots, Cambs. PE19 6SY t: 07825877710 / 01480 880345 Gambledown Farm | GAMBLEDOWN

58 HERD - Gambledown Lane, Sherfield

English, Romsey, Hampshire. SO51 6JU www.gambledownfarm.co.uk t: 01794 340286 N.J. and A.M. Barrett | GLENARIFF

59 HERD - Glenariff, Avon Road, South

Wootton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 3LS info@glenariff-pedigree-livestock.com t: 01553 672440 S S Horton & Sons |

60 HANNINGTON HERD - Poulton Fields Farm, Poulton, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 5SS e: nellfarm@btconnect.com t: 01285 850905 / 07831 489694 The Hursley Cattle Partnership |

61 HURSLEY HERD - The Estate Office, Home Farm, Hursley, Winchester, Hants. SO21 2JL office@homefarmhursley.com www.homefarmhursley.com t: 01926 775210 / 07802 265430

Southern England: Farms Ltd. | MEONHILL HERD 63 LEP - Mr S Chaplin, Little West End Farm, Chidden, Hambledon, Waterlooville, Hamps. PO7 4TE e: marychaplin@btinternet.com t: 02392632101 Chris Nye | MINESHOP HERD -

64 Holly Oaks, The Hythe, Little Downham, Ely, Cambs. CB6 2DT e: chris.nye@cnseeds.co.uk t: 07876543552 Mrs P A Reid | MOREWOOD HERD

65 - Down Barn Farm, Sparholt Down,

Wantage. OX12 9XD e: pendomeffect@aol.com t: 01367 820272 / 07799 833115 Mr H Horrell | PODEHOLE HERD -

66 Pode Hole Farm, Thorney, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. PE6 0QH e: sally@horrell-podehole.co.uk www.horrell-podehole.co.uk t: 01733 270247 / 07860541160 Dr & Mrs S Cave | POYNTINGTON

67 HERD - Poyntington, Sherborne, Dorset. DT9 4LF e: pacave@btinternet.com t: 01963 220294 Brenda R Wear | REDHILL HERD -

68 Windover Farm, Butcombe, Blagdon, Bristol. BS40 7XQ e: brenda@beefshorthorncattle.org.uk www.beefshorthorncattle.org.uk t: 01275 474271 Mr Peter J Scott | SANDLEY HERD -

69 Sandley House, Sandley, Gillingham, Dorset. SP8 5DU e: n.fortun@btinternet.com t: 07816 143047 PA & HM Coles | SILSON HERD -

70 Pits Farm, Silverstone, Towcester, Northants. NN12 8UB e: pitsfarm@btopenworld.com t: 01327 857429

Mrs T C Blake | STONMOUR HERD

71 - Wharf Farm, Kingston Seymour, Nr

Clevedon, Somerset. BS21 6XL e: traditionalshorthorn@hotmail.com t: 01934 832017 Mr C J S Marler | WAVENDON HERD -

72 Overbrook House, Weston Underwood, Olney, Buckinghamshire. MK46 5JR e: overbrookhouse@me.com t: 01234 711451

Mr & Mrs JHD Fanshawe | LUCOMBE

62 HERD - Oak Farm, Naseby, Northampton. 73 Mr M Moore | WENMAR HERD Woodstock Bower Farm, Stoke Bliss, NN6 6BX e: jhd.fanshawe@virgin.net t: 07802794553

Tenbury Wells, Worcerster. WR15 8QN e: martyncmoore@manx.net t: 01885 410443 / 07767608012


Southern England: K & G Turner | WIVEY HERD -

74 Mount Pleasant Farm, Pitsford Hill,

Northern Ireland: Damian & Emmet McNulty |

79 GILLAROO HERD - 29 Cornahilta Road,

Wiveliscombe, Taunton, Somerset. TA4 2RR keithturner21@hotmail.com t: 01984 623218

Gortnalee, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland. BT93 3AU e: mcnulty144@btinternet.com t: 028 68658140

M & M Christian | WOOLCOMBE

75 HERD - Woolcombe Valley Farm,

Barrowlands Lane, Toller Porcorum, Nr Dorchester, Dorset. DT2 0DE t: 01300 321180 Northern Ireland:

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D McDowell & SJ Martin | CASTLEMOUNT HERD - 17 Ballycastle Road, Newtownards, Co. Down, N.Ireland. BT22 2AT e: email@castlemounthouse.com www.castlemounthouse.com t: 07851 040032 Mr D Alexander | CRAIGFADDOCK HERD - 23 Springmount Road, Clough, Ballymena, Co Antrim, N Ireland. BT44 9QQ e: davidalexander24@hotmail.co.uk t: 02825 685168 / 07738 414 713

Eire:

80

Mr J Nelson | GLENBRAE HERD 21 Carnduff Road, Carnduff, Larne, Co Antrim, N Ireland. BT40 3NJ t: 028 28273295 / 07961725261 Samuel McCollum | PRIESTLAND

81 HERD - 17 Revellagh Road, Bushmills, Co Antrim, N Ireland. BT57 8UG t: 02820 731231 Mr J Porter | UPPERMILL HERD -

82 5 Legaterriff Road, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland. BT28 2EY e: james@gillhall-estate.com www.gillhall-estate.com t: 028 9265 2361 / 0789 993 6166

Mr T McGuigan | COOPER HERD - Armagh, N Ireland. BT60 4HW e: nishorthorn@yahoo.co.uk t: 02837 568515 / 07801 063 164

HERD - Rathvilly, Co. Carlow, Eire t: OO353 (0) 59 9161213 e: kelly.martin13@yahoo.com Shane & Frances Brigdale |

85 ROWANBERRY HERD - Rowanberry Cottage, Creggaun, Doora, Ennis, Co Clare, Eire e: francesibrowne@eircom.net t: 00353 863861943 Wales: B.M.S. & E.M. Thomas | FRENNI

86 HERD - Llwyncelyn-Lan, Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire. SA35 0BY e: bthomas2009@btinternet.com t: 01239 698207 C O Jones | MECHELL HERD - Plas

87 y brain, Llanfechell, Amlwch, Isle of

Eire:

Anglesey. LL68 0SN e: astellagriculture@hotmail.com t: 01407 710753

Thomas Staunton | CARAMBA HERD

Foriegn:

83 - Loughcurra North, Kinvara, County

78 34 Mullinary Road, Middletown, Co

Martin & PJ Kelly |

84 RICKETSTOWN

Galway, Eire. e: shorthorncattle.sc@gmail.com t: 00353 866047333

Peter Schuhmacher | FREEHILL HERD

88 - Bruennerweg 7, 9300 Gassing, Austria

e: peter.schuhmacher@putz-estrich.at

GRANDTULLYBRAE BEEFSHORTHORNS

2013 Grandtullybrae Yantara Trixy 2nd with Her 2nd calf SAC Premium Cattle Health Scheme member.

2013 Grandtullybrae Yellow Yasmin 2nd with her 1 st calf CHeCS Accredited BVD free since 04 May 2007. JOHNE’S DISEASE Risk level 2.

Donny and Shona Calder Braes of Grandtully , Grandtully , Aberfeldy , PH15 2QZ Tel 01887840462 Mob. 07717665016 e.mail shonamclean@live.co.uk www.grandtullybraeshorthorns


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Address 29 Castlescreen Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down, N Ireland BT30 8BA 220 Sixtown Road, Draperstown, Co. Derry, N Ireland BT30 7BH Flannog Farm, St Martins, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 3DR 79A Norton Road, Heysham, Morcambe, Lancs, LA3 1PG 61 Carrickfergus Road, Ballynure, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, BT39 9QJ Little Oaks Farm, Rough Close, Stoke on Trent, Staffs, ST3 7NH Muirhouse Farm, Gatehead, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA2 0BT Peacock Farm, Thorington, Nr Saxmundham, Suffolk. IP17 3QU Sandwick Farm, Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1GB Down Lodge Broad Hempston Totnes Devon TQ9 6BY Stadfold Farm, Naseby, Northampton, NN6 6DN Faughhill Farm, Bowden, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9HT Fourwinds, Wood Omes Farm, Linwick Street, Horsham, W Sussex Upper Coby Syke Farm, Cobby Syke, Harrogate, N Yorks, HG3 1SR Darnells Hall, Weston, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 7AL Nether Lenshie, Rothienorman, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 8XT T/A RMS Livestock Castlebank, Castlebolton, Leyburn, N Yorks, DL8 4EY Appuldurcombe Farm, Wroxall, Ventor, Isle of Wight Rockwood, Enagh, Dromara, Dromore, Co Down, N I, BT25 2PE The Grange, Geaves Lane, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1QH Promised Land Farm, Lacey Green, Princess Risborough, Bucks, HP27 0QR Gaskbeg, Laggan, By Newtownmore, Inverness, PH20 1BS Ravenseat, Keld, Richmond, N Yorks, DL11 6LP 2 Drumcaw Rd, Clough, Downpatrick, Co Down, BT30 8RJ Greaves Cottage, Greaves Lane, Hanbury, Staffordshire, DE13 8TQ 33 Main Road, Jackside, Notts, NG16 5JU Cockley Beck Farm, Seathwaite, Broughton in Furness, Cumbria, LA20 6EQ Hegdale Farm, Rosgill, Bampton, Cumbria, CA10 2QY Haughton Park Farm, Nr Bothamsall, Retford, Notts, DN22 8DB 98 Longstone Rd, Annalong, Co Down, BT34 4UZ 1 Ash Grange, Monyash, Bakewell, DE45 1JS Rose Cottage, Alstonefield, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2FS Broad Oak Farm, Hollington, Ashbourne. Derbyshire, DE6 3GB Upper House Farm, North Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, Yorks, S75 4AF Easterholme Farm, Cobbinshaw, West Calder, West Lothian, EH55 8LN Warren House, Watling Close, Gayles, Richmond, N Yorks, DL11 7JE 11 Mulberry Way, The Hedgerows, Hilton, Derbyshire, DE65 5FR Prospect Cottage, 10 Drumhirk Ave, Newtownardss, Co Down, BT23 7QA Loughcurra North, Kinvara, Co Galway CARAMBA Moor Farmhouse, Moor Lane, Charlton, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DR 230 Carnlough Rd, Broughshane, Co Antrim, N Ireland BT42 4LX The Meadow, Chelford Rd, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4SZ 4 Madden Heights, Tandragee, Co Armagh, BT62 2GG Dunley, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9PW 24 Robertland Rigg, Stewarton, KA3 5DS Pasonage Farm, Llandewi skirrid, Abergavenny, NP7 8AG 9 Meenan Road, Banbridge, N Ireland Marr Grange, Farm, Oxmargyke, Brough, HU15 2UY Clocaird Castle, Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, KA19 7LU Birkenburn, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 5PD West Kyloe, Berwick-upon Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2PF Mardleybury Farmhouse, Datchworth, Knebworth, Herts, SG3 6SG Glebe Farm, Low Street, Kirkby Fleetham, Northallerton DL7 0SP Well Farm, Adversanel ,Billinghurst, W Sussex, RH14 9JG Oaklea Farm, Auchincruvie, Ayr, KA6 5HS Warren Farm, Sheepdrove, Lambourn, Berkshire, RG17 7UU Carnoch Farm, Patna, Ayr, KA6 7LD Woodford Park Farm, Moisty Lane, Uttoxeter, Staffs, ST14 8JY 108 Effernan Rd, Co Tyrone, BT78 3SE Rhiewgoch, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6HL Lower Courses Farm, Crossings Rd, Chapel-en-le Frith, High Peak, SK23 9RX Dentgate Farm, Lagley Dale, Barnard Castle, Co Durham, DL12 8RX Ballintuim, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH10 7NW Farley’s Cottage, Crouch Farm, Barlavington, GU28 0LQ Largiemore Farm, Kilkenzie, Campbeltown, PA28 6QD 116A Ballynashee Rd, Ballyclare, Co Antrim, BT39 9TH Sittyton, Newmachar, Aberdeenshire, AB21 0RP Edgemoor Farm, Bishops Lane, Burbage, Derbyshire, SK17 6UP New Leys Farm, Mamble, Nr Kidderminster, Worcs, DY14 9JB Millington Heights, Millington, York, YO42 1UB 15 Hillside Close, West Dean, Salisbury 25 Dunlady Rd, Dundonal, Belfast, BT16 1TT Cathelyd Isaf Farm, Craig Cefn Parc, Swansea, SA6 5TR North Moorhouse Frm, Langlee Rd, Newton Mearns, E Renfrewshire, G77 6RX Breakheart Farm, Fordfield Rd, Millbrook, Beds, MK45 2HZ Grieves Cottage, Home Farm, Dalkieth, Midlothan

New Prefix CASTLESCREEN MOYARD FLANNOG VALSTAR BALLYLAGAN ROUGHCLOSE ROSSMUIR SOTTERLEY ARDALE TORRDOWN FAUGHHILL BRAMBLEBERRY COBBYSYKE WESTONPARK NETHERLENSHIE BOLTON FREEMANTLE ROCKWOOD ASHFORD PROMISEDLAND GRANTS RAVENSEAT BRIDGESTONE STANOAK PORTHILL COCKLEYBECK HEGDALE THAYMAR MONEYDARRAGH BARLEYCLOSE ALSTONEFIELD SYMPHONY UPPERHOUSE EASTERHOUSE MTT CHADSTON DRUMHIRK CHARLESBURY NORTHDYKE IRONGATES FORTFIELD HITHERDOWN NISBET GLEBEDALE CLOSE CLONCAIRD STRATHISLA KYLOE WALLINGTON BEEFTUB HANSFORD OAKLEA SHEEPDROVE DRUMGRANGE WOODFORD DERRYALLEN MONTGOMERY DENTGATE BALNABROICH DARGARVEL LARGIEMORE BALLYVALLAGH SPARTAN EDGEMOOR MOOREND WOLDS DEAN GLENVAIL CATHELYD GLENEARN BREAKHEART AUCHENDINNY beef shorthorn

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Beef Shorthorn Society Membership & Registration Fees All fees all plus VAT Calf registrations received up to 4 months after the calf’s date of birth

£ 25.00

Calf registrations received between 4 and 12 months after the calf’s date of birth £ 50.00 Registrations of FEMALE animals over 12 months of age

Merchandise Have your herd name and a Beef bull (or any lettering of your choice) embroidered on any garment of the list which can be obtained from the office, along with an order form.

£100.00

Male calf registrations must be accompanied by a hair sample for DNA testing No male registrations accepted for animals over 12 months of age Transfer of ownership (Transfer for animals sold at Society sales free of charge) Annual Membership subscription

£ 30.00

Associate Membership subscription

£ 15.00

Overseas

£ 20.00 no VAT

Herd Prefix registration

£ 30.00

£ 25.00

£ 15.00

Beef

£ 15.00

Cost covers - garment, logo and one line of text. Additional lines charged at £3.00. Postage & packing extra. Ties: £ 12.50 inc VAT Junior Ties: £ 6.00 VAT not applicable Apply to the office for a list or order form.

Herd Books – no VAT Dairy

Many different garments available. Average delivery time approximately two/three weeks.

Contact the office tel: (0044) (0)24 7669 6549 to order any of these items or: shorthorn@shorthorn.co.uk

Both Beef & Dairy £28.00

HOUSEBYERS SHORTHORNS A SMALL HERD MADE UP OF SELECT ANIMALS WITH BIG AMBITIONS CONTACT: ANDREW HALL & LISA DONE 07793324667 4

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EST. 2009 BVD & JOHNES ACCREDITED

CAIRNSMORE CINDY TULIP Sire: Elliot Boo Boo Dam: Cairnsmore Zoe White Tulip Female Champion Stirling Feb ‘11 Purchased for 4,500gns


PodeHole beef shorthorns Charles, Sally & Harry Horrell Pode Hole Farm, Thorney, Peterborough. PE6 0QH

‘Champions still at home’

Champion: Podehole Madeline Zeta

Champion: Podehole Madeline Choice

BVD accredited Johnes Level Risk 1

Champion: Podehole Fenman Junior Champion

Champion: Trojan of Craigeassie

Champion: Podehole Gypsy Freesia Best Junior Female

Champion: Podehole Madeline Glamour Champion calf /daughter of Trojan and Zeta

t: 01733 270247 | e: charles@horrell-podehole.co.uk | www. horrell-podehole.co.uk Stockman: Roy McDonald t: 01733 844748 | m: 07961 085672


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