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New girls inspection Stock bulls: Coln Valley Aristocrat | LS Zeus | Tamhorn Zip

Coln Valley Bogart at Royal Show 2009

The Coln Valley Herd has moved to Moneydie Roger in central Perthshire, just a few miles northwest of Perth, where visitors will always be welcome.

Coln Valley Admiral at Carlisle Coln Valley had another successful year in 2009 both at the sales and at the shows. Coln Valley Aladdin was top priced Shorthorn in Perth in February at ÂŁ7000. Coln Valley Bogart was Junior Breed Champion and Interbreed Reserve at the Royal Show.

Coln Valley Aristocrat with dam Tofts Wineberry

Douglas McMillan Coln Valley Shorthorns, Moneydie Roger, Luncarty, Perth PH1 3JA | 07973 543272

Coln Valley Aristocrat was Champion at the Bath & West before becoming our new stock bull and Coln Valley Admiral was breed Champion at the Carlisle pedigree sale in May.

Coln Valley Aladdin at Perth

Lawerence Fenton - Stockman Moneydie Roger, Luncarty, Perth PH1 3JA 07792 114928

The Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society Contents List of Directors and Staff 3 Secretary’s Report 4 President’s Report - A Breed of Influence in a World of Opportunity 7 Judging Day at Chapelton 9 Beef Shorthorn Young Handlers Event 11 Beef Expo 2009 11 Agribition Trip - The Chance of a Lifetime 12 N. Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club Herd Visit Draws a Crowd 15 “A Breed of Influence” 18 North of England Beef Shorthorn Club Open Day 20 Club Herd Competition 14/15/16 August 2009 21 South West Beef Shorthorn Breeders Club 23 South West Club Herd Competition 2009 24 The Southern Beef Shorthorn Club 2009 25 The Southern Beef Shorthorn Club 2009 Herd Competition 26 Central England Beef Shorthorn Club 2009 Herd Competition 26 Central England Beef Shorthorn Club Report 27 South Western Counties Shorthorn Breeders' Association 29 The Upsall Herd May Be Britain's Oldest Herd of Beef Shorthorns 30 Fortuitous Circumstances Bring Sustainability & Show Success 32 A Passion for Beef Shorthorns (and Canaries) 36 Pure Beef Shorthorn Carcase Gains Reserve Champion at 17th - Annual Scottish National Premier Meat Exhibition 37 Recording Will Never Replace Good Stockmanship 40 What is Your Society Doing to Support Recording? 40 Orkney Shorthorns are “Gold” Standard 41 Got Milk? Not the White Stuff... 45 Mature Cow Weight - The balancing act! 47 Memories of a Shorthorn Breeder 48 Itinerary for Shorthorn World Conference 2010 51 Four Generations Keep the Flag Flying for Shorthorns 55 News from Around the World 58 The End of an Era - The Very Last Perth Bull Sales Feb 09 65 Presentations to the Winners 68 Final February Perth Bull Sales 68 Carlisle Show & Sale 70 Upsall Centenary Sale of Pedigree Beef Shorthorns 71 Perth Bull Sales October 72 Chelford Early Summer Sale 75 Champion Sells for 3,600gns at Chelford November Sale 75 East of England Winter Stock Festival 2009 75 Royal Highland Show 77 Royal Show 2009 - The Last Ever Royal Show July 2009 83 Great Yorkshire Show 87 Royal Welsh Show 89 Local Shows 91 Inter Breed Competitions 102 Showing Protocol 102 Show Results from the Orkney Isles 103 Reminder: the year letter for 2010 is ... ‘D’ 103 Irish Summer Show Results 2009 105 Glenarm Highland Games 106 Beef Shorthorn Breeders Directory 111 New members & prefixes 116 Society Information 117

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The Beef Shorthorn Society Directors Patron: HRH The Princess Royal

List of Directors for 2009

Society Staff Members “Who to contact and for what�

President Mr James Playfair-Hannay

President - James Playfair-Hannay tel: 01573 440364 email:

Morebattle Tofts, Kelso, Roxburghshire. TD5 8AD

Vice President Charles Horrell

tel: 01573 440364 email:

tel: 01733 270247 email:

Members for North Scotland Major John Gibb

tel: 01575 582736

John Redpath

tel: 01575 560233

Vice-President - Mr Charles Horrell Pode Hole Farm, Thorney, Peterborough. PE6 0QH tel: 01733 270247 email:

Members for South Scotland Donald Biggar

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Jane Landers

tel: 01671 402179

Secretary - Frank Milnes email:

Members for North England and Wales Rob Paisley

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Steve Johnson

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The Hon Gerald Turton

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Mrs C Ivinson

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Sue Walters PA to Secretary & Dairy Registrations email:

Members for South England Mark Holmes

Caroline Burbidge

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Mr Simon Farmer

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Christopher Marler

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Member for Northern Ireland

Sue Watkins

James Nelson

Accounts & Membership Enquires

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Special Member Mrs Sally Horrell

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Past Presidents Mr David Macleod Mr Dan Bull


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Secretary Frank R Milnes

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Secretary’s Report World Shorthorn Conference - 2010 is now here and with it the World Shorthorn Conference here in the UK. We are very much looking forward to hosting our Shorthorn friends from around the world for an event which we aim to make affordable, informative and enjoyable. The itinerary is printed elsewhere in this journal and we feel confident that visitors will have a wonderful time, seeing some great cattle and staying in very comfortable accommodation. One of the advantages of a small Country is that the travelling distances are reduced and we have deliberately tried to avoid too many days of long travelling and single overnight stops so that delegates will have time to relax. I hope that many of our own breeders will participate in the tours and Conference - it is a wonderful way to meet other Shorthorn breeders and forge long lasting friendships. We have been very fortunate to secure sponsorship from many firms listed on our website, for which we are very grateful. I would specifically like to thank Calltech and Morrisons for their very generous support and I hope we can continue to work with them in the future. The recent acquisition of the management of Dumfries House Estate by Morrisons and their decision to set up a pedigree herd of Beef Shorthorns is a tremendous boost to the breed and further underlines the progress that Beef Shorthorns have made in recent years from rare breed status to recognised commercial viability. Office - We were sorry to lose Louise last March when she emigrated to Mauritius with her family but we are delighted to welcome back Caroline Burbidge who has lost no time in getting to grips with the changes since she was last here, notably TH testing, herd health cards, and EBVs. The number of members using on line registration seems to have levelled off and is still less than 50% of the membership. I can't believe that fewer than 50% of our members have computers at home, so if you are not yet using online registration, please let Caroline know and she will open the door to an easier way to register calves and save you money as well! The number of registrations continues to increase and this year has shown a 10% increase and a continuing increase in membership. The use of Beef Shorthorns commercially in the beef herd is further underlined by figures from BCMS which show an increase in Beef Shorthorn sired calves despite a fall of 7% in the total number of beef sired calves. There is a marked trend to use suckler cows which are at least 50% native breeds. This increase in popularity has to be maintained and people buying Beef Shorthorns need to be assured of the genetic merit and health status of the animals they are buying which is why performance testing and mandatory blood testing at Society sales are so important. There is a very good article from Simon Farmer, chairman of our breed development committee elsewhere in the journal on EBVs and the new index which we will be using in the future. Health Pen Cards at Society Sales - January 2009 marked the start of mandatory blood testing of animals at Society Sales. This initiative has been driven by a desire

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to inform buyers of the health status of animals they buy and I am delighted to report that the response from purchasers has been 100% supportive of this initiative. I have received several phone calls from prospective purchasers, prior to sales, asking if the animals have been blood tested and stating quite clearly that if the animals were not tested they would not bid for them. The vast majority of vendors have also realised the desirability of providing this information to purchasers. It enhances the value of the stock for sale and safeguards the vendor against any future comeback regarding the health status of the cattle offered for sale. As a Society we have taken a lead in the health declaration of animals at sales and other Societies are now beginning to follow suit. Sales - February 2009 marked the end of an era when the Perth Bull Sales held their last sale at Perth. The new market at Stirling opened in July 2009 and saw the first Pedigree Bull Sales in October. The new sale venue also marked quite a new scenario for the breed as there were more Beef Shorthorn animals to sell than Aberdeen Angus. The Beef Shorthorns again sold very well with an average of ÂŁ4079 for bulls and ÂŁ1762 for females. Shows - July also marked the end of an era when the Royal Show was held for the last time. It is a tragedy that this great show which has been replicated in many Countries the world over has now gone. There will be no livestock show at Stoneleigh in 2010 and the RASE are currently looking at the possibility of some form of Livestock event for 2011. Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen. Congratulations to our President Mr James Playfair-Hannay who won the beautiful Collings Brothers Memorial trophy for the champion Beef Shorthorn at the last Royal Show. Agribition 2009 - The Society has again participated in the Canadian 4H judging competition at Agribition when a team of young people from several different British breed societies travelled to Canada in November. Bobby Landers had been selected to represent the Beef Shorthorn Society and his report appears on page 12 of the journal. We were very pleased to have a judging event for young members at the judging day at Chapelton in May and we hope that more young members will take part in future events which will be advertised in the newsletter. I would like to thank our President Mr James PlayfairHannay for his continued efforts on behalf of the Society, particularly as he has taken on the extra workload as chairman of the World Conference organising committee. Also to Sally Horrell for her help with the journal and to all the Directors for their support in implementing new society policies. Thanks also to the staff in the office for their hard work, diplomacy and patience, but then it can't be too difficult can it? All we are doing is putting a cow's name in a book! beef shorthorn


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story to tell, where business opportunities have been built on the back of the shorthorn cattle. It is some 20 years since our cattle were on display to a world trade audience, again this is a wonderful opportunity to show how our cattle have been adapted to meet modern demands. The conference gives us the ideal opportunity for us to promote and market our genetics.

“A Breed of Influence in a World of Opportunity” is the theme for the 13th World Shorthorn Conference being hosted here in the UK next summer. As the Beef Shorthorn breed continues its revival and expansion within the UK, it is very apt that we should be hosting the World Conference. Over the last 30 plus years the features of the breed and its breeders have changed dramatically. From the lows of the late 70's up to the current highs our breed has been transformed.

It has been an interesting year for the society, nostalgic too with the last 'Royal Show' and the closure of the Perth Auction Mart. A new bull sale venue at Stirling looks promising if the inaugural sale was anything to go by and a centenary sale at Upsall where several new herds were founded.

From small overfat cattle not meeting commercial acceptance and rare breed status to todays cattle being very acceptable to the beef trade, particularly when retailers are now considering selling branded “Shorthorn beef”.

I would like to take the opportunity to say a very big thank you to exhibitors who have been showing Beef Shorthorn cattle up and down the country. Congratulations on the successes and a heartfelt thank you to one and all for supporting the breed. We do rely on our exhibitors to raise the flag and promote our genetics. It is pleasing to see that we do get recognition in Interbreed classes too - big is not always beautiful.

I believe that there is a great future and many opportunities for the breed, both here and around the world to develop a “Shorthorn” brand encompassing beef, milk and suckler cows. It is my belief that we as breeders must look beyond the farm gate and get closer to the consumer. By hosting the World Conference, we have the chance to show case our breed with its many advantages. The conference will demonstrate farm businesses using Shorthorn genetics to advantage. Each visit has a real

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Judging Day at Chapelton May 23rd 2009 A rather grey and misty morning greeted us as members gathered at Grange, Castle Douglas but a warm, Chapelton Team welcome and hot coffee revived those who had travelled from as far apart as Orkney in the North and Hampshire in the South to take part in the Judging day. After a quick briefing from both our host Donald Biggar and President, James Playfair-Hannay we proceeded to the first part of the day which was the judging demonstration. Our judge for the day was Paul Harrison, a notable Holstein and Dairy Shorthorn judge, in his introduction he outlined the strict selection procedure for inclusion in the Holstein panel which was rigorous to say the least! He then moved on to various aspects of judging which included ring protocol, assessing the class as it entered the ring, concentration on the job in hand, confidence in placing the class of cattle, clarity in thought processes (juggling the line too much tended to lead to errors), the importance of encouraging all the exhibitors at both ends of the line-up, to name but a few. The young handlers left the yard at this point to begin their workshop (see separate report). Two smart maiden heifers were then drawn out into the yard for his appraisal. Paul pointed out that many times he heard the comment 'oh we can't be bothered with showing it is all cosmetic' but as he highlighted showing should be primarily about correct conformation. If an animal does not have correct conformation it will not be fit for purpose whether that is a sheep, dairy cow or beef animal. Although he claimed to be out of his comfort zone with beef cattle Paul then showed the gathering how to assess the animals in front of him and most importantly to then be able to put together a set of reasons to justify his thought processes. We were told that a lot of the words we would need in this respect would end in '-er' such as longer, fleshier, wider, etc. It was important that the reasons given were not too lengthy, delivered as the cattle were leaving the judging ring but whilst they were still in view and picking up three or four points to compare your placings positively against the animal placed below it. It was only necessary to compare the first three or four placings but in a strong class it was a good idea to highlight good traits in the animal at the bottom of the line as well. He also talked about the importance of building climax to your championship.

After giving his reasons some discussion ensued about the importance of locomotion in cattle and the need for correct structure and good feet, an animal needed to be able to get up and down and move easily to graze all of which would add to its longevity and correct structure in the pelvic area would have implications in fertility and calving ease. A class of four young cows with calves at foot was then brought in to the yard for appraisal. The cows were similar in age and calving pattern but different in size and type and the President was soon handing around the microphone so that positive reason giving could be practised. The placings in the class varied but it was soon evident that much had been learned and sets of reasons justifying the line-ups gave insight into the thought processes of the rankings. Then to ensure that we weren't too entrenched in our comfort zone a class of four young angus bulls was brought out for the process to be repeated. The number of those willing to confidently take the microphone and give their reasons increases each year the judging day is held.

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The herd now comprises of 70 cows and is expected to stay at around about that number. In the first field the striking bull Cavans Yankee was running with a group of cows and calves. With Donald, Robert and Jamie on hand with all the information regarding sires and dams much discussion and admiration was soon taking place despite the rain setting in. A second field presented us with an equally good bunch to deliberate over before we had to take cover from the rain in the barn.

Concluding the morning's proceedings was the chance to view four very smart roan yearling shorthorn bulls as a class - great length and big bums here, get a preview of the coming season's Chapelton show team together with stock bull Chapelton Typhoon and inspect an impressive field of yearling Shorthorn heifers. Everywhere there was information regarding parentage and performance of the cattle which added to the experience. We then departed to Chapelton for lunch where Emma Biggar had laid on a tremendous spread for us all. After we had all been fed and watered, Jane Landers who had led and organised the workshop for the youngsters presented the trophy to the winner of the Junior section. Following profuse thanks for the generous hospitality we returned to Grange to view the Chapelton herd. In a leaflet handed to us we were reminded that the Chapelton Beef Shorthorns were initially established back in the 1930's by James Biggar and his father Walter. Following the devastation of the F&M outbreak the herd has been re-established with the focus on breeding animals with high performance, superior health and functional efficiency with mainly imported blood lines.


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James Playfair Hannay then gave a vote of thanks to all of the Chapelton team, Donald and Emma, Jamie, Rachel and Duncan Biggar, Herd Manager Robert Grierson and Farms Manager Collin Dodds for all the effort and work that had gone into making it such an informative and enjoyable day. Our thanks also went to Paul Harrison for his thought provoking seminar. As the sun came out a group then went to view the Angus herd. As we all made our way home no doubt there was considerable ruminating over the days events and admiration of the foresight and knowledge required to put together such a quality herd.

Beef Shorthorn Young Handlers Event May 23rd 2009 Hi Kids, As you know, we had our first time Beef Shorthorn Young Handlers day. This was held at Chapelton Farm by kind permission of Mr. Donald Biggar. The kids received a talk and were then asked to handle some Shorthorn heifers. They were put into their age groups, then judged by Messrs. Jim Borland and Ian Mathews. Mark McCornick was the winner, everyone received a cap with the Beef Shorthorn Logo. Next year we hope to do a little more by showing the procedure in working and preparing Shorthorn Cattle for shows. This is a great skill and very worthwhile to learn. I need YOUR help, to get it going. This will be a super chance for all of you around the British Isles to come forward. Even if you have no experience, or don't have cattle now, but would like to have cattle some day, this is set up for you! The Winner - Mark McCornick receives his cup from Jane Landers

The older age group will practice their Stockjudging skills and giving reasons. Tell the world about yourself in an essay, and you could be in Canada at the Agribition 2010, representing your breed and Country (who needs the Olympics??). I would have loved a chance like this at your age, don't dismiss it, make the most of your chances. Details will be sent out in Spring 2010, so watch this space! And come along to Beef Shorthorn Young Handlers, this is set up for you. I am Jane Landers, and I look forward to meeting you all and to your support of this event. Jane Landers

Beef Expo 2009

An excellent attendance of 6,000 people attended the National Beef Association's Beef expo event at the Three Counties Showground. The Beef Shorthorn Society was well represented with excellent stock on display kindly provided by Charles and Sally Horrell and Mark Holmes. The overriding message coming from the event was the concern at the high numbers of heifers being slaughtered which will eventually give rise to a shortage of suckler cows. This will lead to fewer beef herds in the upland areas and the NBA were calling for increased environmental payments to keep cows on the hills. This concern is borne out by recent BCMS figures which show a decline of 7% in the number of

beef bred heifers registered in the last 12 months. The encouraging news for Beef Shorthorn breeders is that Beef Shorthorns are one of the few breeds to have actually recorded an increase in the number of heifers registered with BCMS and again the evidence was there at the event as we were dealing with a huge number of enquiries throughout the day. We are indebted to Charles and Sally Horrell and Mark Holmes not only for providing the stock but also for helping to man the stand. It was probably one of the busiest events we have attended as a Society and there is definitely a lot of very useful positive contacts made at these technical events. beef shorthorn


Agribition Trip The Chance of a Lifetime by Bobby Landers I was very honoured and delighted when I was told that I had been selected to represent the Beef Shorthorn society at this year's Agribition in Regina, Canada. It was certainly a worthwhile trip and an experience that I will never forget. I set off for my trip on the 19th to Airdrie to meet one of my team mates, Kirsty McCaig, who thoughtfully offered to drive the Scottish lot down to London. We met up with the rest of the British team who were; Alistair Jackson, Robert “big Dave� Pearse, David Gethin, William Tucker and Scott Coates. I also met our three chaperones for the first time, Roger Birch, James Barber and Robert Evans; they were all great company and a bunch of characters. Although none of us had ever met before we all seemed to get along very well right from the word go. I have to admit I was a little nervous about the flight as I had never flown or been abroad before, but it all seemed to go without a hitch. We had all seemed to prepare ourselves for snow but were surprised to find a very mild 6 degree C. Firstly we landed in Calgary and went to a talk about Canadian Agriculture and the beef industry, it was very interesting and a brilliant spread of food was laid out for us. Thanks go out to Herb McClean for giving us the talk, he like everyone else that we met was very friendly and helpful which made it so much easier to settle in. The next morning we were up bright and early (no need for an alarm clock the jet lag got us up), and we set off in 2 vans heading for a ranch on the road to Banff. The Ranch was owned by Roy Copperfield and it covered over 40000 acres running around 800 breeding cows, which were mainly Hereford and Angus crosses. What I noticed about this ranch was how well the cows did running outside all year with very little inputs, they really were very good cows. Roy explained that when he is buying bulls they must have good calving ease figures as he is farming with so many animals he doesn't have time to be calving the cows. This visit was very interesting as we learned so much about how things are done on a ranch over there. We also got a close up of a mountain cougar... although it was stuffed and mounted on the wall, Roy had shot it in his garden last year, certainly not something you want digging up your flower beds! After the ranch visit we headed off to Banff, where the landscape seemed to transform from open flat land to Rocky Mountains. It was certainly a beautiful sight and one worth seeing, when we got to Banff we made a visit to the Banff Springs Hotel, a magnificent structural building built in the 18 hundreds and it was really breathe taking being there. That night we got to go a run through Calgary... although it was an unexpected detour, as Jim said we weren't lost, as we got to where we were meant to go. 12

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The next day we went to Agribition where we were greeted and got our International guest badges. We had a chance to wander around the grounds and what struck me was the huge work ethic that everyone seemed to have with the cattle, every animal was in showing condition even though the shows weren't till later in the week, another thing that stuck out was the amount of young people working with the cattle it really was a great sight to be seen and sets a real example to other countries. There were a lot of different breeds there that I hadn't came across before, like the speckled park and the Gelbvieh which were both a good type of cattle. I also noticed a lot of the breeds had been cross bred with Angus and so there were a lot of similarities between breeds, like with the Simmentals, Limousines, Gelviehs and Angus' were all very similar in shape, size and colour. That evening we attended a dinner where we had a chance to meet some of the other 48 competitors which was good as we would spend a lot of time with them the next day. We started out the next morning at half past seven when we got to the grounds we were told that we were judging 12 classes and giving oral reasons on 8 of them, we did 2 classes of horses, 2 of pigs, 2 of dairy and the rest were on beef cattle. I had a mixture of results, getting the two classes of pig's right and the class of Limousine bulls, which we judged using their EBV's which, was very pleasing. I was impressed by how well the whole thing was organised and run with such little hassle but 8 classes of oral reasons did take its toll ever so slightly. It was very much the same as here but we weren't permitted to touch the animals and instead of ABXY we used 1234. It was interesting talking to other competitors, as they seem to partake in stock judging on a monthly basis so they were all very good. The judging was all done in one day and the judges explained the class placings, it was interesting to see what qualities they look for in beef animals, quite different from over here.

We all attended an awards breakfast and found out how we all did, all in all the Brits gave a good account of themselves with Ali Jackson coming tenth overall. We had free time for the rest of the day and so we decided to watch some of the judging. It was interesting to watch how they show, the people showing the cattle don't wear “lab coats� as they called them and they walk the calves in front of the cows unlike us. They also play music in the cattle lines and during the show which I quite liked. While walking through the line after line of cattle every breeder was only too happy to stop and chat with us, they especially liked the Scottish accent, even if they did struggle to understand us at times. The way that cattle are clipped in Canada is also quite different to here as they are given spiked tails and their legs are clipped to make them look very straight. We learned all this at a clipping demonstration that we attended, it gave us a good insight to clipping methods and clippers that are good for different jobs, and this could come in handy for the future if I ever decide to emigrate. We attended the International Reception at the Regina Casino where we got to try different types of food including Bison which was really good. We got to mingle with a lot of different people from a number of different countries and it was a really enjoyable evening. We also attended a rodeo one evening, where we sat in the luxury of first class, unlike the cowboys sitting on the luxury of a mad bull. It was a really good night and we got to see a number of different events, such as bull riding, bare back horse riding, and the children's sheep rodeo which was hilarious to watch. On Friday we got to go and visit a ranch and a feedlot, which we had all been sorely anticipating even the chaperones as none of us had ever seen one before. We took off early on Friday morning down a long straight road which seemed never ending, we asked the driver if he had ever seen a sharp bend ahead sign and he was puzzled. We finally reached the South View Ranch where we saw another great example of Hereford cross Angus, which seemed to be the desired cross for breeding cows in Canada, and it was clear to see why.

We went from the ranch to the feed lot which at that time was holding around 11000 steers, and it was going to be extended to a holding capacity of 24000. There were 2 huge feeder wagons on the feedlot, and the manager told us that it took them 2 hours each to feed the whole lot. The whole place was surrounded by bale after bale of straw that is purchased from different ranches that put cattle into the lot. This was a very interesting place to visit, what I thought was interesting was the huge trucks that came in to take out the dung from the pens, they were the size of articulated lorries and had spreading devices on the back of them so they can just go onto the fields and spread it. On Friday afternoon we visited a colony which showed us a whole different way of life, as they were totally self sufficient, making their own houses, food, and having 8 different industries including contracting, carpentry, butchery and baking amongst others. When I heard we were going to a colony I thought it would be a very old fashioned and basic place but it was mind blowing how modern everything was, I realised this when we saw the 7 brand new combines. On the Saturday we got to see the grand championship of livestock where the Angus reigned supreme although I felt the shorthorn cow was very hard done to, and I made a point of saying this... (Just to prove my allegiance). As Saturday was our last day we made our farewells' to everyone at the show who had made us feel so welcome and at home I would like to express my gratitude to Mona, Jeanine, Stewart and everyone else who made our trip so memorable. On Sunday we headed for Toronto, Heathrow and then good old home. I had a fantastic time on my first trip to Canada and Agribition and would like to express my gratitude to everyone who kindly put forward sponsorship so that it was possible for me to go and to the chaperones that took great care of us and made the trip enjoyable. I would like to say that it was a very worthwhile trip as I learned a lot about stock and feel I have improved my stock judging skills massively, I also met a lot of new people and have made some very good friends being there (and it's not in every country you get to meet cows wearing dresses). I would also like to put forward a big thank you to the Shorthorn society for selecting me to go and I would urge any other young people interested in stock, showing or having a good time to take advantage of opportunities like this one as it is a great place to visit and a brilliant event to attend.

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N. Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club Herd Visit Draws a Crowd

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Beef Shorthorn enthusiasts look over James Nelson's Glenbrae herd at Carnduff, Larne.

Members of the NI Beef Shorthorn Club, breed enthusiasts, neighbours and friends enjoyed a warm welcome as they visited the 2008 Champion Beef Shorthorn herd, owned by James Nelson, Carnduff, Larne. A number had journeyed from as far afield as Ayrshire and Airdrie in Scotland to attend. The event was a double celebration for James as he was also marking the twentieth anniversary of his well-known Glenbrae herd.

Armagh, on Saturday 5th September, run by the RBSTNI Support Group. Contact the RBSTNI Secretary Graham Wilson for details on Tel: 028 9263 8145. To contact the N I Beef Shorthorn Club call Chairman David Hammond on Tel: 07713585130 or Secretary Karen Carson on Tel: 07766933733.

Visitors to the herd were invited to guess the weight of James's recently purchased young bull and also to show their stock judging skills by placing in order a group of six heifers who had been pre-judged by Jack Ramsay of the Millerton herd, Scotland. They went on to view the cows and calves grazing with stock bull Uppermill Raeburn, who has made significant contributions to Glenbrae breeding. The day was rounded off by a delicious high tea and the NI Beef Shorthorn Club would like to thank James and his family for their hospitality and an enjoyable visit. The final opportunity to see Beef Shorthorns being shown and judged this year will be at the Native and Traditional Breeds Show and Sale at Gosford Park,

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The NI Beef Shorthorn Club 2009 AGM attracted a good turnout including both long-established breeders and a significant number of recent entrants. The guest speaker at the meeting was David Graham, from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute at Hillsborough (AFBI), who gave a detailed talk and answered many questions about the AFBI Cattle Health Scheme. The content of the talk was particularly timely as the UK Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society has introduced compulsory health testing for Society sales. Test results must be displayed at the sale on a health pen card supplied under the Cattle Health Certification Standard (CHeCs) accredited health scheme. The newly appointed Committee are looking forward to a challenging year ahead where there will be an increased focus on developing premium markets for Beef Shorthorn beef as well as promoting the breed and raising its profile at events across the province. For further information on the NI Club or marketing of beef contact Club Secretary Karen Carson on 07766933733.

Pictured at the Glenbrae herd visit are (left) herd owner James Nelson, with guests Peter McAleer from Airdrie, and Jack and Grace Ramsay from Ayrshire.

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History, heritage and honours, and the beginning of a brand new chapter in the story of the UK’s oldest breed, the Uppermill Shorthorns.

For over a century, the Uppermill Shorthorn breed has evolved into one of the most successful and celebrated in the UK and Ireland. Having originated in Jackstown, Scotland when it was established following the purchase of females from Collynie, Uppermill and Kinelar by the Durno family in 1882, it was moved to Uppermill in 1916, before coming to Northern Ireland in 2006. The man behind the move was the award winning breeder James Porter, who bought the full 132 year old herd from the Durno family in Aberdeenshire. “I wanted a pedigree breed that would be low maintenance and simple to look after. Shorthorns are famous for being quiet and easily calved and the Uppermill herd were already famous for the extremely high quality of the beef they produce, so for me, they were the obvious breed to choose.” Having previously been known for his work with the highly successful Old Glenort Angus, James has used the superior genetics within the breed to win a variety of competitions, the most recent of which being the Junior Champion, Perth 2009. 1V[MIZKPWN ITWKI\QWV\PI\_W]TLZMÆMK\JW\P\PM history and the heritage of the Uppermill Shorthorn name, James Porter has recently relocated this unique herd to the Gill Hall estate. Set within acres of prime agricultural land in Dromore, County Down, it is famous for its beauty and its intrigue. Established in 1670 by Sir John Magill, the now ruined stately home was made famous by Lady Nicola Beresford’s ghostly premonitions in, and while the original architecture has disappeared, the natural beauty of the estate has been left very much in tact. By marrying the oldest herd in the UK to one of Ireland’s most impressive, unspoiled landscapes, James Porter hopes to create an idyllic home for what many agree are the best animals in the business. Whatever the future holds for the industry, the appeal of the Uppermill champion pedigree breed has never diminished throughout its 125 year history and with the herd’s latest achievements, it shows no signs of doing so any time soon. <WÅVLW]\UWZMIJW]\\PMIKPQM^MUMV\[WN 2IUM[ Porter’s Uppermill Shorthorn or Old Glenort Angus herds, or about the Gill Hall Estate, contact:

James Porter T: 078 9993 6166

“A Breed of Influence” A new book by the well known agriculturist and journalist Mike Keeble - will be available in early 2010 Shorthorn history is well documented not least by John Wood-Roberts book of 2005 coming as it did just as the tide of good fortune was turning. I was brought up around Shorthorns and in fact as a child I didn't realise there were any other cattle so it was a great pleasure and privilege to be charged with producing a book on the breed. I have been fortunate over the years to stay in touch with the breed as it went through the dark years as the tide of the Continental nearly overcame so many of our native herds and then to see the gradual rebirth now with two distinct "breeds" and recently to see both dairy and beef taking centre stage. The exciting and impressive thing is that the foresight of a few breeders back in the late '60's saw blending, as they chose to call it, become part of their survival. What of course they were doing was utilising hybrid vigour as was being done at the same time in other countries, not least the U.S.A. When you look at the number of breeds that have started from the Shorthorn, or incorporated its genes into others, the possibilities are incredible and the influence has been immeasurable. So the book looks at a few of those who are making progress using the knowledge we now have on genetic improvement, it looks at such things as the "old Blue Grey" as an example of the magic of the three way cross, none of these folk are

allowing tradition to stand in their way. I have known the Thomas family of the Drisgol herd for many years and I asked Leslie what is meant by pedigree and he described it is an accurate and accountable record of performance which is something rather different from the way many of us, including me, have seen it in the past. He, his family and many others see the bottom line of profit as the guiding light of pedigree breeding. As we move into a new era of food production that profit will mean sustainability and whether it be for beef or dairy the Shorthorn has an important part to play, but anyone who thinks the future will be like the past has to think again. In my view every breed that we have has a chance to be influential and from the visits I have made I know there are people there prepared to take these cattle a long way forward. One deep impression has been the young people within the breed and the confidence they and their families have in the future. The book has been sponsored by Michael Foljambe a man with family genetics extending back right to the beginnings of the breed. I and all people connected with these cattle should be grateful to him for, hopefully, this time will become another part of the record of the oldest and most influential breed of cattle in the world Buy the book, it is aimed at selling the breed, it will be controversial to some, it tells an interesting story and finally it attempts to take a positive view of what could well be the next chapter, or do I mean book.! Mike Keeble

PIKE LOWE Beef Shorthorns Established 2006

“Small in numbers, but BIG in genetics”

A young herd with a bright future. Andrew Thompson High House Farm, 500 Blackburn Road, Higher Wheelton, Chorley, Lancashire PR6 8JA tel: 00 44 (0)1254 831472 | mob: 0799 051 8364 |

North of England Beef Shorthorn Club Open Day The Northern Club held a show preparation and animal scanning day at the Highlee herd of Tracy and Mark Severn near Halifax on Sunday the 7th of June. A bright but cool day greeted the club members and local farmers to the aptly named Highlee herd which is found high up in the Pennine hills where there is nothing to stop the wind blowing all the way from Siberia. Before any of our members could collapse with altitude sickness we were given a show clipping demonstration by Andrew Ivinson. The idea of the day was to give members confidence to prepare their own cattle for show or sale and many of the crowd came up with suggestions of how to accentuate the good points of the cattle on show. After a good break where many subjects were discussed (including how good the pavlova was) we went out to the fields to look around the Highlee herd. The farm has both a flat high plateau and very steep fields but cows and calves looked well with the stock bull Vulcan of Upsall, who looked in great order, showing his worth with some good looking calves.

We were then given a demonstration of live animal scanning by Adrian Johnson. The animals were judged by the audience on looks alone and then scanned to show back fat and eye muscle area and the results were compared. This proved very interesting and gave a good chance for debate. We were then treated to a tremendous buffet and barbecue and a truly great array of puddings. Very generously Tracy and Mark donated all the food and proceeds of the meal were given to the local hospice. Our thanks go to Tracy and Mark for hosting the day. As new breeders their enthusiasm and love of the breed were great to see. Rob and Penny Paisley


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Club Herd Competition 14/15/16 August 2009


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Many thanks to all those who took the time and effort to enter the competition which proved a great success for all involved and it was good to see some new entrants this year. Congratulations to Rob Paisley on his second year of success in the large herd competition. Once again we found every herd, no matter how large or small, that entered had something that we would all like to see in our own herd and it was a pleasure to see the enthusiasm towards the breed. This year Andy Ryder was our Judge and the weekend proved to be a full timetable for all involved. Our thanks to Andy for a professional job done and also thanks go to Andrew and Caroline Ivinson for arranging the enjoyable meal we had on the Friday night-even though it was a little later than expected due to unforeseen events (VW Golf) - Level Crossing 1)!! Once again thank you to all those who entered, I hope that you will do so gain next year and perhaps we can persuade a few more to be involved.

Judges Report: Large Herd Winner

Small Herd Winner

J & R Paisley - Westmoor

S & G Johnson - Gilven

Very well balanced herd, tremendous batch of Spring calvers. Most uniform herd with consistency throughout.

A lot of young cows and calved heifers with a lot of potential. Runner Up

Runner Up

I & J Barker - Bankfoot

C & A Ivinson - Sandwick

Some very good cows with a lot of good youngsters coming on.

S & G Johnson with Kiplin Yootha Charm - Given Capricorn Very sweet well balanced cow with good udder and a promising May born calf. Runner Up R Layfield with Chapelton Skjaklin - Wharfedale Royal Camilla

P Braithwaite with Tarrant Arnie Tarrant Arnie is a bull I'd buy any day of the week well balanced with style mobility and well fleshed. Runner Up J & R Paisley with Glenisla Zetor Glenisla Zetor is a massive red bull more in his working clothes than the first, some very good calves on the ground.

Nice 3yr old heifer with a good roan heifer calf.

I would like to thank the Northern Club for asking me to judge their herd competition and thanks to Steve and Gilly for looking after us for the weekend.

Visitors always Welcome

Rob Paisley West Moor House Farm, Middleton, Ilkley, West Yorkshire. LS29 0DW tel: 01943 816068 EEF RECOR LB D NA




We travelled across a lot of beautiful countryside while judging a lot of good quality stock, not an easy task. All the Breeders were full of enthusiasm towards the breed and had great knowledge of their cattle's pedigrees, every herd had something to offer. Andy Ryder

Glenisla Zetor daughters


Cow and calf at foot winner

Bull Winner


Some very good cattle with a lot of promising youngsters coming through but not just as uniform as the first herd.


Chapelton Winsome The sire of our prize winning young stock.

Meonhill Highland Beau

Meonhill Skjaklin Purdy

Son of Eionmor Highlander. Successfully shown in 2009 now junior stock bull with David Rutherford.

Daughter of Chapelton Winsome. A consistant prize winner throughout 2008-2009.






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Manager: Mr Simon Farmer t: 07739 035667

Visitors Welcome


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South West Beef Shorthorn Breeders Club 2009 has been a busy year for the Club with a variety of events arranged and several of our members competing at Shows both in and out of the region, with notable successes.

The second herd visit of the year was to Mick and Marigold Christian's Woolcombe Herd in Dorset at the end of August. Yet again the weather was particularly kind to us and we enjoyed an excellent

Sales of member's stock has also been buoyant and there has been a marked number of new herds being established in the South West, sourcing locally bred stock. Club member numbers continue to steadily increase as a reflection of this. More interestingly, there have been a number of bulls being purchased from our members to go into commercial herds - their worth as an excellent cross onto commercial beef stock is apparently becoming more appreciated. To break the monotony of the dark winter evenings, in February the Club entered a team into an Inter-Breed G e n e r a l Knowledge Quiz. More like a trial by jury! With a barrage of difficult, as well as some trick questions, the team (encouraged by Club members) did magnificently well to finish second of seven teams. The evening was an excellent opportunity to make friends amongst other breeders and to wave the Beef Shorthorn banner. The AGM in April was a luncheon event held in Somerset and after the “business end” of the meeting we were treated to an excellent presentation by Danny Goodwin-Jones from Trace Element Services. Danny provided us with a brilliant insight into the explanation of mineral depletion and how to combat their deficiencies. It was a truly factual and vastly amusing presentation and all present thoroughly appreciated sharing his knowledge - bombarding him with questions which he answered in his inimitable way. The veil of mystery around trace elements was partially lifted for all attending. Our first herd visit of the year was to Mrs Thelma Blake's Stonmour Herd and took place in May. The sun shone as brightly as it could and it was a truly glorious afternoon to enjoy Mrs Blake's stock, as well as her wonderful hospitality, in their natural habitat along the banks of the Bristol Channel. This herd has been established for many years and Mrs Blake's hard work to continue to improve her breed line has been well rewarded this year by the successes in the show ring achieved by Stonmour Thundercloud.

afternoon on the rolling Dorset hills, appreciating their stock as well as their hospitality. Mick and Marigold have built up this herd over the past few years, using purchased stock to integrate some new bloodlines to create a well-balanced and very interesting herd. September rolled in and with it our annual Herd Competition. Yet again the number of herds entered increased as well as the number of individual cattle. Julia Evans very kindly accepted our invitation to judge this annual event and we hope that she enjoyed meeting new friends as much as we enjoyed welcoming her to the area. It was the usual “whistle-stop” tour of the South West, with entries to judge from Cornwall to Wiltshire. Hundreds of miles to cover in three days is something of a logistical achievement and we are truly grateful to her for giving up her time to visit us. With the year drawing to a close, we look forward to 2010 and are already making plans for events during the year ahead. We thank all our sponsors for all their continued generous support of the Club in what are particularly difficult times. Welcome to all our new members - we anticipate lots of new input from these in the year ahead and above all we hope for the breed to be further established within the South West. A final piece of exciting news from the Club is that thanks to Duncan Holton's very hard work, we now proudly announce the arrival of the SWBSBC website. The website carries all the relevant information about the club; contact details, membership application form, member's register, copies of Newsletters, stock and services for sale and wanted, our events calendar, a host of pictures and of course a link to the National website. The address is Please take a look, find out what we are doing, make a contribution / comment - as well as finding out the latest South West Beef Shorthorn gossip! Liz Poole-Warren - Secretary SWBSBC beef shorthorn


South West Club Herd Competition 2009 Class 1 Best Herd

Medium Herd

Large Herd 1st 2nd 3rd

Woolcombe Wivey Forever

Marigold & Mick Christian Keith Turner Duncan & Lisa Holton

Class 2 Senior Bull 1st 2nd 3rd

Stonmour Thunder Cloud Trevarrick Z Man Wivey Wonder

Mrs Blake Roger Grose Mr & Mrs Bunney

Class 3 Junior bull 1st 2nd 3rd

Cairnsmore Bart Wivey Brigadier Penstacen Charlie

Marigold & Mick Christian Keith Turner Keith Turner

Woolcombe Mignonette Trevarrick Z Rose Wivey Flossey's Yolanda

Marigold & Mick Christian Roger Grose Keith Turner

Class 5 Any prefix cow 1st 2nd 3rd

Glenisla Foxglove Tansy Fanthill Winnie Gaddesdon Lovely April

Marigold & Mick Christian Keith Turner Roger Grose

Class 6 100% cow 1st

Stonmour Princess Christine Mrs Blake

Class 7 Heifer with calf / in calf 1st 2nd 3rd

1st Trevarrick 2nd Polden 3rd Hentley Small Herd

Roger Grose Anne & John Locke Eddy & Judy Mills

1st 2nd 3rd

Geoff & Judy Chedgey Mrs Blake Brian & Bridget Wessely

Trevarrick A True Gem Wivey Non Pareil Aneika Rowfold Zigzag

Roger Grose Keith Turner Geoff & Julia Chedgey

Wilbury Stonmour

Class 8 Maiden Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd

Alvanley Irania Cherry Ashwater Bella Rowfold 300015

Marigold & Mick Christian Alison and Terry Ruby Liz Poole Warren

Class 9 Suckled calf male 1st

Class 4 Homebred Cow 1st 2nd 3rd

Judge: Julia Evans

2nd 3rd

Woolcombe Bundaberg Charlie

Marigold & Mick Christian UK 344874 100220 Brian Wessely Hentley Marlow's calf UK321565 600087 Eddy & Judy Mills

Suckled calf female 1st 2nd 3rd

Wivey Mari Carmella Keith Turner Polden Young Duchess Anne & John Locke Forever Non Pareil Cosmos Duncan & Lisa Holton


Wivey Mari Carmella


Woolcombe Bundaberg Charlie

Class 10 Butcher's Beast Wilbury Blizzard Wilbury Buccaneer Polden Lively Lad

Geoff & Julia Chedgey Geoff & Julia Chedgey Anne & John Locke

Stonmour Thunder Cloud

D.O.B. 26.04.05 | 100% Breed Champion N. Somerset Show 08 Breed Champion N. Somerset Show 09 Reserve Supreme Champion N. Somerset Show 09 Reserve Breed Champion Devon County Show 09 Breed Champion Royal Cornwall Show 09 Champion Any Other Native Breed - Royal Cornwall 09 ...and many other prizes previously

Mrs T C Blake Wharf Farm, Kingston-Seymour, Nr Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 6XL tel: 01934 832017

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The Southern Beef Shorthorn Club 2009 Open to all interested parties from Cornwall to Kent we continue to grow, as the resurgence of the Beef Shorthorn cattle continues with great gusto. We set ourselves a target of increasing entries at three major shows in the centre of our area, targeting The Surrey County, The Bath & West and The South of England. All of these shows have Shorthorn classes and as a club may we thank all judges and exhibitors. The Surrey County and Bath & West were very well attended but we could do with bolstering numbers at The South of England Show. Another well attended show was Newbury where as usual the Shorthorns took more than their fair share of rosettes in mixed native classes. Charles Horton and Brenda Wear led the way with male and female championships respectively; they were well supported by Keith Mitchell and David Rutherford. I am sure if we maintain these numbers we can get our own classes back!

Whilst there, we took full advantage of Richard's hospitality and walked round his growing Gambledown Herd. We started with a look at Richard's recently purchased heifers, and with Keith's words still ringing in our ears, we heard that they were specifically chosen with their 'health status' in mind. We then admired the stock bulls and continued on to the Autumn born calving group - we saw some well grown and attractive calves by E i o n m o r Highlander and the homebred bulls Gambledown Quantas and Gambledown Cameron. The spring calvers were next; another group of calves to be proud of - I particularly enjoyed the sight of two identical red calves 'taking tea', both on the same side, tails going in unison. A walk through the yearling heifers, then the steers completed the tour.

The Club continues to try and find interesting themes for meetings and visits. This year it seemed appropriate to take our lead from the Society and have our Main meeting on the Cattle Health Schemes, this was hosted by the Chairman Richard Newgass and his family, with his local vet Keith Cutler being the guest speaker. A well attended meeting was educated on BVD, IBR, Leptospirosis and Johne's disease. Keith has a self-confessed fascination for these particular diseases; he is a leading expert and won the Farmers Weekly livestock advisor award. A major part of the meeting was to fully discuss the pros and cons of the Health Cards introduced by the health schemes. I hope our members can now interpret all the information necessary to maintain or improve their herd health.

Whilst attending society events and shows it is evident our members continue to shine. David Rutherford appeared on the show circuit again after a short break and immediately made an impact with his yearling heifer at the Royal Show. Charles Horton has shown prominently at the Royal Welsh, Bath & West and Newbury Shows and Syd Chaplin's L.E.P. Farms continue to build their reputation, whilst in the prize money, at the Royal Show, Surrey, Bath & West and South of England Shows, as well as a number of other members from the south. It is with great regret I offer Richard Newgass and his family our condolences on the untimely death of his mother, who died this autumn. I believe Mrs. Newgass has been a major influence in the development of the Gambledown herd and she will be greatly missed by family, friends and members of the Shorthorn Society. Simon Farmer

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The Southern Beef Shorthorn Club 2009 Herd Competition Judge: Angus Stovold I would like to say how much I enjoyed judging the herd competition. I thought all the herds very evenly matched and have been very impressed with the quality of stock. Senior Bull 1st 2nd 3rd

Hannington Herd Gambledown Farm LEP Farms

Fearn Wanaka Gambledown Camoscon Chapelton Winsome

Junior Bull 1st 2nd 3rd

Hannington Herd LEP Farms Polden Herd

Hannington Balthazer Meonhill Ambassador Glenariff Arizona

Cow and Calf 1st 2nd 3rd Calf

LEP Farms - Chapelton Skjaklin 017 & Meonhill Commander Hannington Herd - Lochawe Lily & Bull Calf Poyntington Herd - Poyntington Doris Day & Heifer

The highlights: The young bull Hannington Balthazar, and the quality of cattle at Hannington. The cow and calf from LEP farms as well as the crop of superb 2009 calves. The Autumn calving cattle at Meonside herd and the even group of heifers. The Gambledown herd autumn cows, the heifer 229 and the group of steers (ALL ORGANIC). The traditional cow at Poyntington herd, the calf from Croxton Park Impatiens at the Bowden herd and the Princess Royal line at the Polden herd. I was also impressed with the Munsley herd bull Glenariff Yogi and for calving heifers at two while on poor ground----if cattle can thrive there they can thrive anywhere! Well done to all the herds for having even cattle while being new herds. Well done also to the shorthorn breed for the genuine ability to finish off grass.

Heifer Born 2008 1st 2nd 3rd

Gambledown Herd - Gambledown Opal 229 Polden Herd - Polden Princess Royal Bowden Herd - Parsonpark Broadhooks Bella

Group of Heifers 1st 2nd 3rd

Meonside Herd Hannington Herd Gambledown Herd


Small herd

1st 2nd 3rd

1st 2nd 3rd

Hannington Herd LEP Farms Gambledown Farm

Polden Munsley Pontington

Central England Beef Shorthorn Club 2009 Herd Competition Simon Farmer very kindly agreed to judge the competition. He wrote "These are the results, as I saw them. The herds are very varied and at different stages of development so this is just a snapshot on one day. I can see a lot of potential in a number of herds and

Heifer Group

Senior Bull 1st 2nd

Trojan of Craigeassie Fanthill Duke


Fearn Wanaka


Chapelton Waverley

Harry Horrell, Podehole James Fanshawe, Lucombe Charles Horton, Hannington Trevor & Alison Brown, Grafton

Junior Bull 1st

Hannington Balthazar

2nd 3nd

Podehole Beefeater Lucombe Duke 2nd

Charles Horton, Hannington Harry Horrell, Podehole James Fanshawe, Lucombe

Cow and Calf 1st 2nd 3rd


Wavendon Princess Special & her heifer calf Christoper Marler, Wavendon Glenisla Marguerite & her heifer calf James Fanshawe, Lucombe Podehole Y-You & her bull calf Harry Horrell, Podehole

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results could look very different in a couple of years time, when some herds are further down the lines of their breeding programme. Once again can I say how much I enjoyed judging and I hope all members enjoyed themselves as well."

1st 2nd 3rd 3rd=

Lucombe Grafton Wavendon Podehole

James Fanshawe Trevor and Alison Brown Christoper Marler Harry Horrell

Herds Competition: Medium 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd=

Longlands Grafton Lynthorpe Stockgreen

Julia Evans Trevor and Alison Brown Lynda Robson ES Everitt

Herds Competition: Large 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd=

Podehole Wavenden Lucombe Hannington

Harry Horrell Christopher Marler James Fanshawe Charles Horton

Champion Herd:


Reserve Champion:


Central England Beef Shorthorn Club Report For our first meeting the Club enjoyed a very well attended visit to James Fanshawe's Lucombe herd back in the spring. The farm is a new enterprise for James and his is one of the largest herds in the Midlands. It's always challenging when buying in cows from different sources to achieve consistency in the cows, but the bunch of heifers we saw looked very promising and are certainly very sociable. We spent a long time amongst them before adjourning to the house for a delicious lunch of home produced Shorthorn beef provided by Mrs Fanshawe. Very many thanks to them both for their hospitality and a very interesting day. Our herd competition was judged by Simon Farmer, one of the Society's Southern directors, accompanied by his son David; always good to see the younger generation taking an interest - our investment for the future. We await the results to be announced at the Club Dinner on December 6th (read on for details!). We were blessed again with glorious weather for the Club tour this year up in the Lake District. First stop was Tony Woods' Abbots Reading herd, near Ulverston. Tony bought his first Beef Shorthorn cows in 1995 and we saw the 40 cow herd running with Chapelton Zodiac, the Champion bull purchased at last year's Perth bull sales. The cows were turned out on river meadows. It was a fine sight as Tony called them and the cows responded to the summons trooping up shouting back to meet the visiting crowd. Zodiac is certainly leaving his stamp and has thrown some very strong bull and heifer calves.

Next stop was Charles Lowther's Nord Vue herd at Armathwaite, but first things first - ie lunch, a marvellous spread of cold beef and veal, salads and potatoes, followed by gorgeous cheesecake desserts, all washed down by fine wine. Again, much appreciated by our group. H a v i n g regained our strength we set off for a leisurely stroll round the Lowther herd in the afternoon sunshine. Chapelton Zebec was running with the spring calving herd, a tall red bull with plenty of stretch in him. Charles takes a keen interest in the breeding and genetics of the Beef Shorthorn and uses embryo transfer extensively. This is reflected in the quality of the young cattle. His heifers are tremendous, showing great conformation and style. We were also able to see the young bulls destined for the sales. On our way back we stopped off at the George and the Dragon for a pint or two of the local brew - a pub with rooms run by Charles and his partner which is a very popular local eatery using locally sourced food including beef from the Lowther farm and Estate.

Back to the farm for a good elevenses - home produced beef rolls and home made biscuits provided by Sharon, Tony's partner and daughter Molly and mother, Carol. This was well received by the party despite having enjoyed a full English breakfast a few hours previously at the Tufton Arms, Appleby, of traveller's horse fair fame, where we all stayed.

Back then to the Tufton Arms in time to spruce up before dinner and a chance to repay some of the hospitality by hosting Tony and Sharon, and Andrew and Carol Ivinson, for the evening meal. How could you lot eat any more I know you are wondering - studying cattle takes a lot of energy and concentration you know!

Before leaving we saw Tony's herd of Shorthorn x Highland cows with Simmental calves at foot. These were medium sized strong cows, rearing cracking calves - absolutely ideal for upland poorer land. With rather mixed feelings on Tony's part these had been more or less sold making way for increasing the purebred Shorthorns. Tony's right hand man during our guided tour was 5-year old Jake. Growing up immersed in family farming business and way of life he certainly deserves his badge!

Next morning after breakfast and checking out of the hotel we made our way to Townhead, Ousby, near Penrith, the home of Carol and Andrew Ivinson and their family of five children, and the Sandwick herd of Beef Shorthorns, Hampshire Down and Herdwick sheep, Sandy and Black and Berkshire pigs and fell ponies.

Highland x Shorthorn cows with their Sim. calves at foot.

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Never a dull moment here. Needless to say we were welcomed by a scrumptious elevenses laid out in a cow byre complete with table cloths and flowers on the tables. Erika and Katrina make fab fairy cakes I sense a future diversification! There are thirty-two head of cows, with followers, many the progeny of Croxton Park Ken, showing good length and top lin. New stock bull is Podehole Atlas, a fine very well muscled young animal, who will certainly make his mark. It is an upland farm with part of the farm opening up onto the hills. Wonderful views and a great place to be on a still autumn morning - not so good on a cold wet winter one and I believe they do get a lot of rain, but the cattle do well and a r e certainly docile, but w i t h everything else going on it's not surprising.

So after a tour of the farm and a walk over the hill it was back to the byre for a delicious lunch of home made stew and dumplings and several very fattening puds. Before heading south and home - after a very interesting couple of days - given that though they are on the increase there are still not so many Beef Shorthorn herds around so it's interesting and useful for breeders to get together and see the results of others' efforts, where they come from and where they are heading. I certainly always come home and look at the cattle with a fresh eye and some new ideas. But obviously not just about the cattle - the welcome and very generous hospitality from all our hosts is heart warming and much appreciated. So next year plans are already under way for a trip to Northern Ireland - I'm already looking forward to the Guiness, and the cattle, of course. New members are always welcome. We are an informal friendly group whose main aims are to share our interest, knowledge and enthusiasm for the Beef Shorthorn and to enjoy the friendship and support network which that brings. Julia Evans - Chair | Trevor Brown - Secretary & Treasurer 01886 821431 | 01327 860859

South Western Counties Shorthorn Breeders' Association South West Herds Competition - Suckler Section Judge: Mr David Barker Class 1 - HERD COMPETITION 1st 2nd 3rd

Redhill Herd Polden Herd Stonmour Herd

Brenda R Wear Mr J & Mrs A Locke Mrs T C Blake

Class 2 - SUCKLER BULL ANY AGE 1st 2nd

Stonmour Thunder Cloud Glenariff Arizona

Mrs T C Blake Mr J & Mrs A Locke

Class 3 - SUCKLER COW to have calved her second calf 1st 2nd 3rd

Redhill Bundaberg Lovely 2nd Redhill Zeuss Crocus Polden Broadhooks Bonnie

Brenda R Wear Brenda R Wear Mr J & Mrs A Locke

Class 4 - SUCKLER HEIFER in calf or calved to her first calf 1st 2nd 3rd

Holden Pansy 3rd Polden Princess Royal A159 Redhill Belmore Kathryn

A Whittle Mr J & Mrs A Locke Brenda R Wear

Class 5 - MAIDEN HEIFER over 12 months of age 1st 2nd 3rd

Redhill Bundaberg Crocus Polden Princess Royal B190 Redhill Traditions Lovely

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The Upsall Herd May Be Britain's Oldest Herd of Beef Shorthorns

but owner Gerald Turton has used the newest recording and testing available to aid genetic progress. “They make very good mothers and because of their wide pelvic bone they calve easily. They come to puberty earlier than other breeds and they do extremely well on poorer grazing ground. Gerald Turton is the third generation of his family to be involved with the development of the Upsall herd which he introduced to performance recording in 1996 to improve genetics and, more recently, has been using DNA testing to improve breed traits. So it is not surprising that the herd based at the Upsall and Roxby Estate near Thirsk in North Yorkshire in the heart of Shorthorn country, was awarded the first Most Improved Beef Shorthorn herd prize in Eblex's Beef Better Returns Programme.

“Beef Shorthorns are also quiet and easy to manage which are all traits which should be of particular importance now when people have less time.” Gerald's son, Robin, is the most recent family member to become involved with the herd at Upsall. Nearly three-quarters of the farm is down to arable crops, with the rest permanent pasture for the pedigree Shorthorns.

Managed by stockman Laurence Fenton, the polled herd showed the greatest genetic gain for commercial traits over a 12-month period, as reported to the centralised database run by the English Beef & Lamb Executive (Eblex). To mark the herd's centenary this year, Gerald is staging a celebratory sale on the estate's Park House farm on September 12, conducted by United Auctions (UA), Stirling, enabling established and potential breeders to buy into the herd's bloodlines. The Upsall herd was founded by Gerald's great uncle, Sir Edmund Turton, when he purchased four pedigree heifers, registering the first bull calf in Coates Herd Book in 1909, when the Beef Shorthorn was in its hey day. Gerald's father, Robin Turton - Lord Tranmire succeeded in the herd's management as well as in his uncle's footsteps as an MP for 45 years, and since Gerald took on the running of the 1,000-acre predominantly arable estate and the herd in 1960 there was never any doubt that he would continue with the breed - a later brush with the imported continental breeds further strengthened his resolve. “I think the future for the Beef Shorthorn is very encouraging with a number of beef marketing initiatives emerging which will take advantage of the breed's superior meat eating qualities. “The Beef Shorthorn is a maternal breed which has unique traits and those who want decent suckler cows would be well advised to look to the Shorthorn to breed their own replacement females if they don't want to buy them in. 30

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Gerald has always been interested in performance recording. He started weighing his animals in the 1970s and joined a recording scheme 25 years ago. He is now involved in DNA testing for disease prevention, as well as making routine use of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) - the overall performance measurement which Eblex promotes. “Next to animal health, we recognise we need to make performance recording figures a priority in improving our herd. There is much to learn from scanning and the percentage accuracy of EBV figures as a tool to breed better cattle,” said Gerald. “In recent years we have been scanning using Igenity DNA to identify marbling, tenderness, rig eye volume, carcase fat and other traits in our home bred bulls as an added breeding tool.”

The herd is monitored with the SAC Premium Cattle Health Scheme and is vaccinated for BVD, leptospirosis and blue tongue. With the prospect of the centenary sale, herd numbers have been built up. Seventy animals, including both heifers and proven breeders of all ages from the heart of the herd including one which has produced 10 calves, will make up the catalogue for the sale which will appeal to a cross section of breeders.

Upsall Shorthorns have been bred for length and to a good size, although not too big to cause poaching when outwintered, with good hind quarters. Gerald likes to see a broad muzzle and a big head. They must be hardy and have good locomotion.

Females will include daughters of Uppermill Recto which produced the Upsall Perth supreme champion and senior champion in 2005. Daughters of Glenisla Zetor, a son of Fearn Wyvis, will also be included. At +25 he is in the top one per cent for the breed for self replacing index and a trait leader for weight at +42kg at 200 days and +92kg at 600 days.

The herd's first polled bull, Hilldale Collynie 100, was purchased from the west coast of America in 1960. AI and embryos have been used to introduce new bloodlines as well as American and Canadian bulls.

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Progeny from Argonaut of Upsall, which sold at Perth in February this year (2009) with a self replacing index of +26 and a trait leader for weight is also included. Gerald is a firm believer in recognising cow families and most of the herd's female lines will be represented - the Marigolds, Tessas - four bulls from this family averaged more than ÂŁ4,000 in 2005 - Lavenders, Clippers and Nonpareils.

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Current stock bull is Vortrekker, a roan son of Warlock of Upsall. Semen from Glenisla Zetor, Belmore Fuel Injected and Bundaleer Yankee Cruiser has been used in recent years. Bilsdale Anson is being used on most of the heifers in 2009.

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Fortuitous Circumstances Bring Sustainability & Show Success

A chance discovery and a random knock at the front door helped transform a farming business into a multi-functional, pedigree livestock enterprise. Angela Calvert meets the Horrells. It's hard to believe a collection of tiny rocks could transform a farming business, and for Charles and Sally Horrell it was further helped by being at the right place at the right time.

It is almost 20 years since the couple moved to Pode Hole Farm, but during that time they have trebled their acreage and established prize-winning pedigree herds of both Beef Shorthorns and Simmentals, as well as a flock of Hampshire Down sheep. This has been achieved by commercial acumen, a good eye for stock and, in part, to a completely unexpected knock on their door just a few years after they moved to the farm. This encounter not only changed the structure of the business, but quite literally the landscape of the farm. When they moved to the 120-hectare (300-acre) farm at Thorney, near Peterborough, it was mainly arable with just a few grass paddocks. They also had a further 80ha (200 acres) of land in the area which had been acquired by Charles over the years, while he was still working in his family's milk retailing business. Although this was sold in 1993, the move allowed Charles and Sally to concentrate on building their own business. When they bought Pode Hall farm the couple were aware gravel deposits lay underneath some of the land, but thought they were unlikely to get planning permission to extract it as this is only given when there is a specific need for it in the area. However, the upgrading of the A1(M) proved to be that reason and when the unexpected knock on the door came in the spring of 1994, it was to enquire whether they would be willing to sell the gravel for use in construction of the new road.


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Gravel Extraction Events moved fast and by autumn gravel extraction was underway. In total, gravel was taken from 36ha (90 acres) of the farm - one of the conditions being that once it has been extracted the land has to be restored to grass. Inevitably, the renovation has meant the amount of grassland on the farm is gradually increasing. “We are well aware it was a case of being in the right place at the right time and we regard the gravel as our diversification enterprise,” says Sally. “It has enabled us to expand the farm at a rate greater than would otherwise have been possible and create a sustainable mixed unit.”

This aim has been reinforced by the fact their son Harry, 20, has always been keen to farm and he has just returned home after taking a National Diploma in Agriculture at Shuttleworth College, followed by a spell in Australia. Daughter, Lucy, 22, has just completed a biology degree and started work in the pharmaceutical industry. Stock Success The first stock on the farm were 12 Hampshire Down ewes bought in 1993. This has now grown to a flock of 70 ewes and the fact they lamb in December means they fit in well with the rest of the farm's workload. “We were never going to be able to have the numbers on this acreage, so we decided to go for quality instead and aim for the niche market,” says Sally. “However, all our stock are managed on commercial lines, until they show the potential to be kept as pedigree. Anything which is not top class is sold fat.” The couple started showing the sheep almost straight away, admitting they had a lot to learn, but were encouraged and helped by other Hampshire breeders and the Society. Perseverance prevailed and in 1994 they took first prize with a ram lamb at the Royal Show, and in 1997 the sheep inter-breed title with a pair of ewe lambs. This year's show season has also kicked off to a good start with a ram lamb and a ewe lamb taking breed champion and reserve at the Leicestershire Show.

Farm facts: • Pode Hole Farm is a 525ha (1,300-acre) mixed unit on the edge of The Fens • It supports a pedigree flock of Hampshire Down Sheep and herds of pedigree Beef Shorthorns and Simmental cattle • Pedigree stock is sold privately and through sales • Fat lambs are sold through a box scheme and local auction • Beef Shorthorn steers are sold to a farm shop specialising in native breeds • Simmental steers are sold deadweight to ABP, Shrewsbury • Crops include wheat, oil seed rape, bean

The Hampshires have proved to be a good choice with demand for them increasing, as they are well suited to organic and extensive systems. Lambs not sold for breeding are finished and sold either through a box scheme or Thrapston market, aiming for the Easter trade. As more grass has been restored more stock was needed and so cattle are now part of the farming unit. “We wanted another native breed, so chose beef Shorthorns,” explains Sally. “They are easy to handle and calve and they suit the pedigree and commercial market. We have tried to keep to type and not be extreme, we breed good solid cattle to go and do a good job.”

“We may look to cross them with the Shorthorns in the future to produce a commercial cross.” Grassland Challenge The restored grassland brings its own challenges in terms of management. Once the gravel has been extracted the area is clay lined and then the top soil put back and grassed down. This leaves the once flat land with gentle undulations, but more significantly a good deal lower, with the lowest point on the farm now four to five metres below sea level. There are a series of ponds and a drainagesystem now in place to cope with the low lying land and hundreds of trees and miles of hedges have been planted. “We have been able to choose how we restored the ground and have been able to make a real mark on the landscape for future generations,” says Charles.

Numbers have now grown to 53 cows plus followers and these also have proved to be successful in both the show and sale ring. They took the breed championship at the Royal Show three years running from 2003-5, and in 2002 broke the 40 year old breed record for a bull at Perth, selling Podehole Rambo for 8,000 guineas and then also set the female record. With ever more grass, a Simmental herd was started in 2006 and now stands at 20 breeding females. “We thought we should have more than one breed to spread the load and they are a docile, initially dualpurpose breed, but we must admit they haven't coped with this land as well as the Beef Shorthorns.

Already, it is attracting a whole host of wildlife and half the farm has been in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme for five years, and it is hoped to eventually enter fully into the Higher Level Scheme.

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The whole structure of the soil has changed and it is unable to sustain any livestock throughout the winter months and only one cut of silage is possible. But the main issue is the mineral imbalance, which can prove costly for stock, mainly affecting fertility, unless managed carefully. All forage and grass is tested and a bespoke mineral is then made up which is added to the concentrate feed for the youngstock, sprinkled on silage and put in buckets outside to supplement the stock. Over the years additional buildings have been erected and more land has been added to the farm making in total 60ha (145 acres) of grass and 485ha (1,200 acres) of arable land. This is mainly heavy grade II fen land, which grows wheat and oil seed rape, in addition to beans, sugar beet and forage maize on the lighter land.

Gravel has also been extracted on anther part of the farm from a single burrow pit to build the Thorney bypass. “This area has now been restored in the form of a natural conservation pond, an irrigation pond and a fishing pond.” The new ponds offer the couple a number of options for the future. “It means we could, as water becomes a more valuable resource, let the arable land surrounding the irrigation pond for potatoes or root crops,” says Charles. “We also hope to develop the fishing ponds as a diversification enterprise at some stage, so we have plenty more plans for the future.”

The farm has quickly developed and the couple are already maintaining progress by planning for the future. “We are looking to grow more forage maize to feed to the cattle in future as we find the yards keep much cleaner if they are on maize rather than silage,” says Charles. “We use 15-20 per cent less straw and less labour.”

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A Passion for Beef Shorthorns (and Canaries) Norfolk cattleman Nick Barrett runs 150 head of pedigree Beef Shorthorns - yet he has no farm and only owns 30 acres of land. Such is his dedication that he can travel up to 45 miles in a day checking his stock on the hired land scattered around his home Glenariff, named after a picturesque valley in Northern Ireland, at South Wootton near Kings Lynn, up to 200 acres of which is on the 28,000 acre royal estate of Sandringham.

Nick and his wife Annalain founded the Glenariff herd in 1989 with two maiden heifers from Willie McGowan's Fingask herd at Cupar, Fife and two maiden heifers from Major John Gibbs's Glenisla herd draft sale in Perthshire. Like their passion for breeding Gloster Fancy Canaries for which they have world-wide acclaim, the Barretts bred their current herd now numbering 70 breeding females from those original foundation cows. With no background in farming, Nick studied agriculture at Norfolk College of Agriculture, specialising in farm animal husbandry and management. From 1959 to 1976 he worked with dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep and breeding pigs gaining a valuable allround experience. For the next 29 years until 2001 he worked as senior animal health inspector for Norfolk County Council during which time he was involved with farm animal welfare, advisory animal health law and tuition to farmers, local government departments and the RSPCA.

After gaining his National Diploma in agriculture at Kirkley Hall College in Northumberland, Andrew gained experience from 12 months working in Australia and New Zealand and he now runs a successful contracting business as well as managing the Beef Shorthorn herd with his parents and his wife Danielle. The main investment in the herd has been the purchase of breeding bulls. Numbers have been built up from a total of eight purchased females with the emphasis on buying families which have included Lancaster, Broadhooks, Princess, Flossie, Rothes, Ruby, Katrina and Gina. The herd's first stock bull Chapelton Eagle by Uppermill Lang, left his mark on the herd, siring the 2002 Royal Show female and reserve breed champion Glenariff Lancaster Krystal out of Fingask Lancaster Petula. The heifer Chapelton Princess joined the herd at the same time as Eagle. Glenariff Yashin by Chapelton Tyco

So it is not surprising that their Shorthorn cattle, canaries and flock of 45 Kerry Hill sheep all have a high health status. “I had worked with cattle all my life although my family background had nothing to do with farming,” said Nick. “I knew the Beef Shorthorn was a native British breed with a longer history than any other breed but I knew little else about them. I had seen the cattle DJ and JM Taylor showed with great success - big, thick-set heavy cows - and I liked them.” When the Barretts set out with their herd they only intended to run half a dozen cows and a bull, however, numbers have expanded to the current herd size, spurred also by their son Andrew's enthusiasm for livestock. 36

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The next stock bull, Uppermill Lister was bought in Perth as an over aged bull for only 1,000gns and he was retired in 2008 at the age of 17. So good was his progeny that a lot of the females in the herd today are by him. In the show ring he was overall reserve champion at the Royal Show. Chapelton Legend followed - although not big he was a very correct bull and is the sire of current stock bull Glenariff Washington. He was sold to Eddie Mills for his herd in Gloucestershire.

Uppermill Beggar brought stature to the herd and he had an illustrious show record winning the Royal Welsh Show and the breed championship twice at the Great Yorkshire Show before being sold on to pedigree breeder Peter Kelly in County Carlow in the Republic of Ireland. Current stock bulls are six year old Glenariff Washington by Chapelton Legend, four year old Glenariff Yashin by Chapelton Tyco and three year old Tofts Hector bought in Perth in February 2007 for 8,000gns. “The huge selling point of the breed is its docility which is important for us when there is just Andrew and myself looking after the cattle. Our cattle outwinter and do well,” said Nick. Not surprisingly, Nick puts the health of his animals as a priority. The cattle are in the SAC health scheme and are vaccinated for BVD and tested clear of other diseases. The herd is on a four year TB test.

Fertility in the Glenariff herd is high. Heifers are calved at 30 months old in August and September and then they are brought back in line with the rest of the herd which calves from March onwards. The cattle are fed a basic diet in the winter of hay, straw and feed blocks with s o m e concentrate with minerals and trace elements. Potale syrup has been used this winter. “If you feed breeding stock too well there is a price to pay for it. The bulls to be sold are well-fed but we don''t want excess body condition which then puts them off their feet and be too heavy to serve the cows. Fat covers a multitude of sins,” said Nick. Jennifer Mackenzie

The Barretts are also careful to handle their animals gently which further enhances temperament and as an example Nick never pulls a bull by its ring. Bulls are sold mainly privately from Cornwall to Caithness and in between as well as into southern Ireland, mainly to pedigree breeders, and testament to the quality and reliability of the bulls is that the buyers come back for more. “We try to be sensible about the price as we want to encourage as many people both pedigree and commercial breeders to use the Shorthorn. We always follow up to see how our bulls are doing,” said Nick.

Pure Beef Shorthorn Carcase Gains Reserve Champion at 17th Annual Scottish National Premier Meat Exhibition Mr Biggar stated that the steer had been finished on a low cost system, having been wintered on grass, then onto slats and finished off with a “wee bit of barley” which he says is the cheapest possible production and gives the right amount of fat Sired by the home bred bull Chapelton cover. Tycoon, this 530kg steer killed out at 57% Photo printed courtesy of Scottish Farmer and the 302.1kg carcase graded at 0+4L. Judge Katrina Farquhar a butcher from HM Sheridan, Ballater, chose as her Reserve Champion a pure Beef Shorthorn carcase from Donald Biggar, Chapleton, Castle Douglas. She pointed out that the Champion and Reserve (Championship went to an Angus X) had the ideal size and fat cover that she was looking for.

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Recording Will Never Replace Good Stockmanship by Simon Farmer: Chairman Breed Development Committee Recording will never replace good stockmanship but the two can bring great results when harnessed together. The stockman's eye must always be used to enhance figures and even exclude those animals which are just not right. Recording has always helped every species that has embraced its methods and used them to take that species towards its designated goals. Targeting breed objectives, identifying them across blood lines is good stockmanship and doubles as recording. Many breeders will tell you that their female families are the main source of their breed's success; in the Shorthorns we even protect their names to enhance their importance. Why? Because over the years stockmen have noted that certain dam lines have performed well above others. Duly noted, sons and daughters have gone to other herds and out performed their contemporaries. A good stockman knows his blood lines and notes mentally or physically the performance of his and others herds. When selecting cattle, the stockman may make full use of all his knowledge and skill to single out those animals which he desires. If he can blend these skills with the use of figures he can build a clearer picture and increase his accuracy by recording. Such areas which can be improved are those features genetically inheritable. As an example: When selecting a bull you can ask yourself; Has he the character and confirmation I desire? Will his daughters be good milkers? How fertile will his daughters be? How big will his calves be born and how will they grow? What will the carcase of his progeny yield? All of the above are commercially important, inheritable and recordable but only the first question can be answered visibly whilst looking at the bull. Some stockmen may be able to answer these questions through acquired knowledge but many of us will not and we should use the available figures to help us

make our decisions. Some traits are more inheritable than others and can vary between breeds. The most commonly recorded traits are listed below with their inheritability percentages. Milk 10% Gestation length 22% Weaning weight 20% Marbling 20% Eye muscle area 25% 400 day weight 30% Fat depth 30% Birth weight 40% Scrotal size 42% By recording the birth weights of calves we can compare them with their contemporaries and calculate how far they differ from the average. A calf born at 45kgs is 5kgs above the breed average, with this being 40% inheritable. 5 x 0.4 = 2. This is interpreted as this animal having an Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) +2kgs for birth weight. This information will be linked into the animal's pedigree, to see what other influences there are in the past and further technology used to perform a Best Linier Unbiased Prediction (BLUP).The end result being an EBV within the breed. Please note it is the Best Prediction at a point in time using the available recorded information. This will change in time with further information. The Beef Shorthorn as a breed is in great need of further increasing its recorded animals. This will ensure its place in today's market can continue to increase. Why? Because all successful breeds are founded on a buoyant commercial market where farmers are well used to purchasing stock which have figures to prove their worth and looks to enhance the point. All of our stock would have greater accuracies if more herds recorded.

What is Your Society Doing to Support Recording?


Over the last twelve months your board of Directors has undertaken a review of the physical performance of the breed, the base we are at and the performance we need, to increase our share of the suckler cow market. This is all wrapped up in what is called the Shorthorn Self Replacing Index. A longwinded name, soon to be shortened to the Shorthorn index once our changes have been seen to be taking us in the right direction.

well and produce a suckled calf to a good weight. This calf will grow consistently throughout its life and have the ability to finish of grass at around 20 months of age. The finished steer will have a good commercial shape without excess fat for today's market and the carcase will be well marbled to ensure cooking ability and tenderness. The heifers produced from this index will be able to replace their dams and continue the line, hence Self Replacing Index.

The changes implemented have been put in place, in conjunction with ABRI, to enable us to use the individual EBVs to form an index. The index will highlight the best recorded animals to use for breeding a robust, commercially effective suckler cow. This animal will be able to calve easily, once a year, forage

We are looking to have the heifers calve at an early commercial age so any heifers which calve under 2years and 8months will get extra index points. All those wishing to be involved in these objectives please record more cattle!!

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There are a number of new initiatives that the Society has but in place to encourage as many herds as possible to join in on recording. No herd is too small and every record adds to the bigger picture which helps the breed. The weight bands are simple but effective; they give a recorded weight of a new born calf without the hassle of trying to get the calf into a weigh crate. This weight coupled with date of birth and service dates will give gestation length, calving ease and calving index information critical to the breed's performance. The next stage is to complete the calving difficulties, if any, once done we have the base information all good stockmen need to look after the calving records of a herd. Weighing and Back Fat Scanning - This operation assesses the ability of the offspring to grow Marbled Lean Meat throughout its body. It is the only part of recording which requires an independent contractor to be involved. This then lends itself to the Society having an independent check weight, which is always useful to give the commercial buyer extra confidence when buying. To encourage the wider use of scanning the Board has granted two free calf registrations to every member who, on an annual basis scans their cattle of a suitable age. This will be available to any herd that is recording or takes up recording and ultra sound scans their cattle. Our breed has led the way in breeding over many generations and is known as the great improver, as stated in history, many breeds have used the Shorthorn to take themselves forward and improve their marketability.

We as a breed need to use all that is renowned in our breed and tailor it for today's market. The board's foresight in making Health Cards compulsory, at Society sales, has been seen as a leading light by the industry and many breeds will try to follow our lead. Our next target is to record as much of our breeds performance as possible. This will give all stockmen, both pedigree and commercial the information to use our breed to its full potential, something which has been missing from the market place for the last thirty years. The Society feels incorrect information is worse than no information, so we ask anyone recording to do so as accurately as possible. Calving weights cannot be guessed, should you not be able to weigh the calf or tape weigh it please just leave it. However EBVs without evidence are also a move to inaccuracy and therefore from January 2012 only animals which have an ABRI approved scanning and weighing will be permitted to advertise the full Shorthorn Index. This will improve the confidence of the purchasers and once again improve our position in the market place. Those unable to scan will be allowed to show EBVs for those traits which have been recorded but not the overall index. It is our aim to maintain the long and treasured history of our breed but also enable our members to go into the modern market place and compete with any other breed. In today's world information is always valuable but may come in many different forms, the stockman's eye must always be used but today we have boundless ways to assist him in making his choice on the way forward.

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Orkney Shorthorns are “Gold” Standard

What is probably Scotland's most northerly pedigree and commercial Beef Shorthorn enterprise aims for high health and high quality in all it produces.

There has been a pedigree Beef Shorthorn herd at Twatt Farm, Birsay, Orkney for 50 years. Established by Mrs Anna Spence, the Cavans herd is now run by her great nephew David Scarth who has taken on the business now that his father Sandy is semi-retired. “Beef Shorthorn bulls were used on the farm before that but Auntie Anna bought in females from Uppermill to start the herd,” said David. “Now we have 40 Beef Shorthorns, not all of which are bred pure, to provide replacements for a commercial herd of 150 Shorthorn cross Aberdeen Angus cows which are then crossed with the Charolais bull.” The Scarths farm 700 acres, which includes 150 acres of rented ground, growing 60 acres of spring barley and 11 acres of kale for cattle feeding. While the farm generally is low-lying it is exposed to winds from the Atlantic. They have one full-time man. Orkney 17 miles off the north coast of Scotland with its fertile, good grass growing land, has probably the highest density of beef cows in Britain with 25,000 head across all the islands. A premium brand only available from quality independent butchers - Orkney Island Gold - is marketed by Scotland's most northerly EC approved meat complex, Orkney Meats in Kirkwall and beef is regularly supplied for the scheme by the Scarths. Up to five Beef shorthorn steers a year are also sold to the local butcher for sale through her shop in Dounby village and at the farmers market in Inverness.

They readily meet the Orkney Gold specification for steers of a 300kg carcase weight grading at R4L while heifers may finish at slightly lighter weights. For the last two years, David has been a director of Orkney Livestock Association - a farmer-led health scheme for Orkney farmers, launched in February 2001 and the largest of HI Health's sub-groups. Animal health is an area in which David has a great interest: “We have been members of OLA since its inception and we have been involved with the pioneering scheme to eradicate BVD in Orkney which has been successful with now below five per cent of cattle on the islands having incidence of the disease. Our cattle have been BVD accredited since 2001.” “In the last two years a Johne's monitoring scheme has also been started and which we are part of. The importance of animal health is also key to the Orkney Gold brand,” added David. “The health schemes are important for the economy of the area and, personally, I see them as being economically important for the production of cattle. It pays off financially. “I welcome the Shorthorn Society's initiative to have animals presented at society sales to have had a health test. It gives more transparency and security for buyers and it will hopefully encourage them to join health schemes.”

“We can grow grass for six months of the year and beef farming is a very important part of Orkney's economy,” said David. “The Shorthorn cross cows suit our system. We outwinter cattle and the cows need to be hardy. With labour being at a premium, ease of management is also an important consideration. The cows calve without assistance with the Charolais as a terminal sire,” he added.

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Sixty per cent of the cows calve in March and April with the reminder in June and July to provide a break for lambing the 200 Lleyn X and Texel X ewe flock. The pedigree cattle are treated in the same way as the commercials. A third of the early calving cows and bulling heifers are outwintered either on deferred hill grazing or on kale grown on 11 acres. They come inside for calving and after having no supplementary feed are in perfect body condition. The later calving batch are housed and then calve outside at grass. The Scarths' commitment to the Beef Shorthorn is that over the years the number of pedigree cows has doubled to the herd's current size. Depending on the number of replacements required for the commercial herd, around 10 Angus cross heifer calves from the herd's older cows are retained each year.

and two thirds of the 2009 calf crop are in the top 10 per cent of the breed for Terminal index and Self replacing index and all the 2009 calf crop are above average. More recently, stock bulls have been DNA tested with Merial's IGENITY profiling system and Bourbon has tested homozygous polled, which guarantees his offspring to be polled. Semen may be taken from him. Three bulls destined for the Perth Bull sales in Stirling in 2010 will also be DNA tested. The top price has been 3,200gns for a bull sold in February 2009.

While as well as hardiness, the Shorthorn's other key attribute for the Scarths is longevity. However, at weaning time both calves and cows are weighed and any cow with calves below average weight will be investigated and those which are not performing will be culled. The majority of the finished cattle are sold from August to November, making from £800 and £900 a head, carcases meeting the Gold standard attracting a premium of 7p/kg. Great emphasis is also placed on performance recording. The best pedigree cows are served by AI with sires selected for beef value which must be in the top 10 per cent for the breed and individual traits, growth and muscling in particular. In addition, where possible the Scarths like to see the bull, or its mother or offspring. They take the view that by using AI they are minimising their risk compared with buying a bull and it also allows them a wider choice of sires.

The Family at Dounby Show

The Scarths fly the flag for the breed at their local shows - Dounby and Orkney County shows - when David's elder brother, who works in insurance in London - returns home to help out.

Cavans Princess Sasha

“I think there is a very good future for the Beef Shorthorn, providing it stays commercially focused and breeders remember is it a maternal breed,” said David. “Importantly, we must listen to our customers and we need to performance record our cattle. Cavans Pole Star

There are currently two home-bred stock bulls. Cavans Pole Star is by Dunsyre North Star and Cavans Bourbon is by Sutherland Bundaberg, both AI bulls with Red Cattle Genetics, the Shorthorn Society's breeding company. Uppermill Jinks was used for the first time this year and they expect calves of him in March.

“While I would not rule out using genetics from abroad, the cattle in this country are bred for our environment and our type of production systems. “For our enterprise we don't want a big, heavy cow because of outwintering them and keeping the cost of feeding down. We can get the size for the finished animal from the Charolais bull.” Jennifer MacKenzie

The herd has been performance recorded for the last nine years with animals regular scanned and weighed beef shorthorn


CAVANS Beef Shorthorn Herd

Breeding top quality Beef Shorthorns for 50 years 1959-2009


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Cavans Yankee (H) Stock bull with Messrs James Biggar at Chapelton. Yankee was greatly admired by many breeders at the open day at Chapelton


Cavans Bourbon (P) Sire: Sutherland Bundaberg Shorthorn Terminal index +30 top 1% Shorthorn Self replacing index +29 top 1%. This outstanding young sire that combines looks, pedigree and performance is being retained for our own use.

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Got Milk? Not the White Stuff... by Patrick Wall, Reprinted Courtesy of Shorthorn Country It's a point of confusion for many breeders across the country, yet an important aspect of raising Shorthorns: Milk Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). Listening to young people give oral reasons in judging contests certainly proves the point. One hears more 'half-truths' about the meaning of Milk EPD than any other column on the paper. In the simplest of definitions, Milk EPD is really nothing more than the genetically unexplainable portion of weaning weight. After all, the trait is measured in pounds of live calf 'due to milk.' A portion of the weaning weight is attributed to the bull's performance, and a portion to the cow's performance. What's left over is lumped into Milk EPD, giving the cow credit or blame, for raising her calf. For this reason alone, embryo transfer progeny cannot have Weaning Weight or Milk EPDs calculated since the recipient cow did all the work. A number of things influence Milk EPD, some more obvious than others. It sounds absurd, but Milk EPD really has very little to do with the white stuff coming out of the udder. We simply do not measure milk in the same way as dairy farmers. Along these lines, the size of a cow's udder is a common misconception of Milk EPD. Numerous breeders have shown me Shorthorn cows with large udders, but low Milk EPDs. We can blame this on our first trip down the dairy aisle at the county fair. We logically think, big udder, big milk. Research tells us that the nutritional value of the milk is just as important as the amount consumed. In cowboy logic, you may be looking at a big udder full of 'skim' milk. In other cases, the large udder may have a mammary system that's partially inactive due to a number of environmental factors.

math problem which generates Milk EPD. We all know some calves don't really like creep feed right away, yet others seem to 'camp out' at the feeder until weaning day. When those two calf types are in the same contemporary group, it gets extremely hard to separate genetics from environment. Creep feed can have some biological impact on heifers which may be detrimental to their value as a mature cow. If creep feed is introduced early to heifers, research suggests that fat cells may form in the mammary system, essentially blocking the ability for milk production. Before you yank the creep feeder or cull the big bag cow, the true value of Milk EPD needs attention. In general terms, cows which put more grow in their calves due to milk need more feed per pound of body weight to do it every year. Where feed resources are scarce, breeders prefer moderate milk to ensure cows rebreed on time. Put that same cow in the Corn Belt, and you may have a disappointed breeder come weaning time. We've all seen the two-year-old which milks her heart out, but comes up open in the fall. Likewise, we may remember the cow that stayed fat all summer, yet her calf looked like walking death. These are the genetic 'pictures' of high and low Milk EPD, respectively. Reproductive organs will not function properly if a cow is in poor body condition, hence the open three-year-old. Management can mask the genetic story of both cows and the Milk EPD calculation can struggle telling the difference. Patience, proper contemporary grouping, and Whole Herd Reporting (WHR) are the best methods to assess whether you've 'Got Milk.'

One environmental factor which can cause havoc on Milk EPD is creep feed. It's not that creep feed is bad or good, but rather hard to figure into the complex beef shorthorn


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Mature Cow Weight - The balancing act! A question worth asking yourself is “what impact is the weight of the cows in my breeding herd having on the overall profitability of my business?” To answer this you need to understand how the weights of mature cows influence costs and returns of production. Primarily, mature cow weight will affect: 1. Costs through feed requirements: In general, lighter cows will tend to eat less, have lower feed requirements and be more cost efficient to maintain compared to heavier cows. 2. Returns from cull cows: The returns from cull cows can make up a significant proportion of the total income of a beef breeding business. In most situations heavier weight cows will return more per head than lighter weight cows. But at what cost? 3. Fertility vs. weaning weight: There is some evidence to suggest that, generally, heavier cows produce heavier weight weaners, BUT the number of calves produced per cow joined tends to decrease with increasing cow weight. In a commercial situation in which the objective is to maximize profit, the more desired cow weight (light, moderate or heavy) will depend on the cost of feed, the current value (c/kg) for cull cows and the advantage of having more or heavier weaners. In a situation of limited feed (high cost of available feed) and a fall in cull cow value, a breeding objective of moderating or reducing average cow weight is most likely to be more profitable. In times of abundant, low cost feed and high cull cow values the most profitable breeding objective may be to breed for heavier weight cows. So, the weight of your breeding cows will impact on your profitability and the decision to breed moderate, lighter or heavier cows needs to take into account several key factors. There are a number of tools available that can assist you make the most profitable breeding decision such as BreedObject ( or Breedcow Dynama ( In this decision making process remember you are breeding for tomorrow so will need to make some assumptions about the future. This can be viewed as long term sustainability verses short term profit.

Once you have made the decision to reduce, moderate or increase the average mature cow weight of your breeders you must identify a means to meet this goal. This can be achieved through bull selection using effective information. Bulls selected (purchased) for breeding in a self replacing herd will influence the average mature cow weight. This occurs through the genes they pass on to their heifer calves that are subsequently retained for breeding. A useful source of information that indicates genetic differences between bulls for mature cow weight is the Mature Cow Weight EBV. Mature Cow Weight EBVs are estimates of the genetic differences between cows in live weight at 5 years of age and are expressed in kilograms (kg). A Bull with higher, more positive Mature Cow Weight EBV is expected to produce daughters with, on average, heavier mature cow weights than bulls with a lower mature cow weight EBV. Mature Cow Weight EBVs are generated from the Shorthorn GROUP BREEDPLAN analysis from the live weights of cows that are recorded at the same time (within 2 weeks) of the weaning weight (200 day weight) of their calves, with up to 4 weights analysed per cow. Weights are not analysed from cows that do not have a calf weighed at weaning. Bulls have mature cow weight EBVs generated from the mature cow weight performance of all known female relatives (dam, grand dams, half sisters, daughters etc) and from relationships with other traits such as 600 day growth. Using EBVs in bull selection has the added benefit of allowing you to identify bulls that are “curve benders” for post birth growth (e.g 600 day) and mature cow weight. That is, they produce calves that have genetics for above average post-birth growth but moderate mature cow weight genetics in the retained daughters. This is a breeding technique that can be utilised to avoid effect 3 (fertility vs. weaning weight) noted above. To identify bulls that bend the curve seedstock herds must performance record both post birth (200, 400 and 600 day) and mature cow weights and submit to Shorthorn BREEDPLAN for analysis.

Further information on recording mature cow weight or interpreting mature cow weight EBVs can be accessed at the BREEDPLAN website ( This article was written by Christian Duff, Technical Officer for Southern Beef Technology Services (SBTS). SBTS is an joint initiative of 14 Australian Breed Societies (including Shorthorn Beef), Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI). The mission of SBTS is to provide technical support for BREEDPLAN and related genetic technologies. beef shorthorn


Memories of a Shorthorn Breeder by Christopher Marler My first memory of animals of any sort as a young boy were my Father's Dairy Shorthorns and which, in 1939 included the Royal Champion Dairy Shorthorn at the Windsor Royal Show, Aldenham Florentia 8th. This made a lasting impression on me and the interest it created was to develop a sense of perfection in animals. This has sustained me in breeding many forms of both birds and animals during the last 60 years or so, in my cattle breeding as well as developing my zoological career.

their marvellous and successful herd. Through a friend of my Father's a visit was arranged in 1954, so I took to the road on the long journey to Calrossie. On that particular day I arrived on the dot of 2.00pm where I was met by the Captain and Donald showed me round. What an experience it was, I remember picking out a young calf who turned out to be Calrossie Paramount, a Perth Champion a year later. After looking at the Calrossie herd, I was invited to tea with the family. What a day I had, one that I will treasure to this day and will never forget.

It was about that time that the flame was lit that a small herd of Beef Shorthorns could be introduced without to much trouble, but it took Chris with Portia â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best a bit longer to make it happen. I whippet I have ever bredâ&#x20AC;? remember so well at the Royal at Over the years we have kept and bred something like Windsor again in 1954, when Erimus Ghost was 250 bird and animal species. As this article is primarily Champion Shorthorn and a member of the Burke concerned with Shorthorns, I will limit it to just one winning team. He, of course won the Brothers Colling species. Memorial Challenge Trophy for the Champion Shorthorn. I wondered then if I would ever have one On leaving the Royal Agricultural College at good enough to do that. The dream for me came true Cirencester, I joined my Father in partnership with the 51 years later when my Chapelton Neptune, did just Wavendon Dairy Shorthorns before moving to my that and won the marvellous trophy. present farm at Weston Underwood in 1952, taking the Dairy Shorthorns with me. At that time a herd of However, between that time many things happened. Blue Greys was introduced as much of the farm The beef cattle numbers were growing and I needed reseeding due to the constant cropping and my introduced a small herd of pedigree Galloways, which plan was to build up numbers of beef cattle and keep included a Castle Douglas Champion bull. They came a limited acreage of corn production. As numbers from the Islip Cattle Breeding Centre near Oxford, grew in the commercial beef herd it was decided to whose manager, Leslie Pickett, was a great stockman give up milk production, so the Dairy Shorthorns were and showman. He taught me so much about dispersed. stockmanship in those early years. Previously I had attended my first Perth sales in 1952, when sons of Calrossie Welcome made such a hit and the best were all bought by Canadian breeders. That was a signal for me to try to get an introduction to Capt. John MacGillivray and his son Donald, to visit


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The Galloways did me very well and we were successful at many shows in the south. Later in the sixties, I purchased the noted Beef Shorthorn herd from GM Hope of Basildon, a very successful herd with many champions to their credit.

However, circumstances changed and my business activities down in Australia necessitated a reduction in my farming activities here at home. So reluctantly I scaled down on numbers and reduced my acreage until the mid seventies when I could review my farming activities once again. A small herd of Galloways was purchased in the late seventies, which produced no less than 10 Royal Champions and 4 Royal Highland Champions in a 25 year period for me. However , my dream was soon to be realised when I attended the Calrossie dispersal at Perth in the mid 1990's and purchased two Augusta cows with bull calves at foot, one eventually being our first stock bull, Calrossie Noble. I was now a Beef Shorthorn breeder again and proud of it. I then went to Mary Durno at Uppermill and she very kindly offered me 3 heifers to start me off, and later went to Stuart Durno and bought 4 more, Then, a visit to James and Donald Biggar at Chapleton, yielded two more, a Broadhooks and a Princess, both purchased at Perth. Again a further stock bull was then required. I went on a tour of many herds until I arrived at Chapleton in early May 1999. My eye was immediately drawn to Neptune. I returned in August, when I was judging at the Dumfries show, and I liked him still. I returned in October and decided to try to buy him at Perth in February of the following year, 'come what may’. I went at him with guns blazing and secured him for my next stock bull. Maybe my Royal Champion quest was getting nearer.

To widen the gene pool, I decided to import some embryos from Australia, having seen some very nice exhibits at the Royal Show in Adelaide, and visited the Ashby's “Bundaleer” herd at Gulnare. This resulted in a flush from a very exciting heifer, Derrimut 132, and imported in the early part of the decade. With foot and mouth raging at the time, we only used the embryos into our own heifers and over a period of time. The resulting bull and three heifers from that flush were satisfactory, and the bull, Wavendon Red Rattler, has been successfully used as our stock bull for three seasons and has left some very good females. Five of his offspring have been sold at Perth to average £2,000 each. A son, Wavendon Prince Simon, is the sire of this years crop, along with a Bundaleer Yankee Cruiser sired (top priced bull at the Dubbo sales in Australia) bull called Wavendon Hercules, out of a Chapelton Princess cow. As many of the offspring of these Australian sires are red, a white bull from Millerston out of the Calrossie Augusta line, was purchased at Perth in 2009 to get some of the favoured roan colours. We await his calves with great anticipation. We have had various reduction sales and at Chelford in August 08 we had the two top prices with adult breeding cows with Red Rattler calves at foot. Again at Perth in February 09, we had the top and equal second top price for a draught of in-calf heifers. The numbers at present in the herd are about 50 females, so a further reduction in 2010/11 is being planned. My love for the breed has never wavered since the early years and it will be a great pleasure and honour to host a visit by delegates to the World Conference in July 2010.

Chris with Neptune awaiting the judge's verdict at the Royal 05

Neptune matched well with my Uppermill females and produced two 6,000guinea sons at Perth and several top daughters. Neptune developed well and in 2004 we decided that he looked a champion in the making and prepared him for the 2005 Royal. We had him working with the herd in the spring of that year and kept him in condition. He was fit and active and in July 2005 we felt that he was 100% to possible achieve our goal of bringing back the coveted trophy for “Champion Shorthorn at the Royal”. HE DID JUST THAT, and achieved a lifetime ambition for me, a moment in my cattle breeding life that I will never forget. A photograph of him takes pride of place in my Champions Gallery.

My cattle showing and exhibiting at the top shows has resulted in many judging appointment. The highlights have been the judging of the Burke and Nat.West Trophies at the Royal Show, three times breed judge at the Royal Highland and many other i n t e r b r e e d competitions all over the UK. Abroad, several beef breeds at four Royal Shows in Australia and the Ohio State Fair in the USA. To bring this ALDENHAM FLORENTIA 8TH profile up to date, I am just off to judge at the Royal Christchurch, New Zealand. In conclusion, to think what might have happened if that Royal Champion had not started this passion for Pedigree breeding in a certain young boy in 1939. beef shorthorn


A Breed of influence in a World of Opportunity

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2010 sees the World Shorthorn Conference touring the UK - THE HOME OF THE SHORTHORN - starting with the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland, then visiting fantastic tourist attractions and some of the oldest & best Beef & Dairy Shorthorn herds: Tofts, Glenisla, Dunsyre, Chapelton, Lowther, Marleycote, Upsall, Pode Hole, Twells, Groveland, Croxton Park, Wavendon and Rodway.

The World Shorthorn Conference will be held in Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home town of Stratford Upon Avon, featuring keynote speakers and country reports, and you will enjoy some wonderful shorthorn hospitality along the way. Costs and booking information will be available late 2009. Our website carries up to date information. We look forward to seeing you in 2010.

The 2010 Shorthorn World Conference and tour will take place here in the UK between June 23rd and July 8th. This will be a great opportunity to showcase our Shorthorn genetics to other Shorthorn breeders from around the world. The delegates will visit the Royal Highland Show where we hope to have a great display of cattle forward. The itinerary for the tour is below and details of costs for the various parts of the tour will be available towards the end of 2009. Stop Press: We are delighted to announce that our Patron HRH The Princess Royal has agreed to host a reception at some point during the Conference and tour at which she will meet all the delegates. For security reasons we are not allowed to publish date and venue until nearer the time. Weds 23rd June Delegates arrive Edinburgh, met at airport and transferred to Edinburgh Hotel, PM - Registration, Evening reception at the Scottish Parliament, hosted by John Lamont MSP Overnight - Holiday Inn, Edinburgh (6 nights) Thurs 24th June Royal Highland Show - Judging of Beef Shorthorns Overnight - Edinburgh Friday 25th June Royal Highland Show - judging of Dairy Shorthorns or alternative visit to Loch Lomond Evening - Dinner and Trophy presentation at Royal Highland showground Overnight - Edinburgh Sat 26th June

Sightseeing in Edinburgh possibly include Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia, National Gallery of Scotland Option of 3rd day at show if required Overnight - Edinburgh

Sun June 27th

AM - Visit local tourist attraction PM - Visit to James and Debbie Playfair-Hannay, Morebattle Tofts, Kelso TD5 8AD Lunch at Morebattle Tofts Overnight - Edinburgh

Itinerary for Shorthorn World Conference 2010

Mon 28th June

AM - Visit Glamis Castle Lunch at Glenisla PM - Visit to the Gibb family's Glenisla herd, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH11 8QL Overnight - Edinburgh

Tues 29th June

AM Visit Carey Coombs Dunsyre herd, Carnwath, ML11 8NG (22 miles) Lunch at C Coombs' Travel to Messrs Biggar's Chapelton Herd, Castle Douglas DG7 3EU (80 miles PM - Inspect Messrs Biggar's Chapelton Herds. Dinner at Chapelton Travel to overnight at - Swallow hotel, Carlisle (1 night)

Weds 30th June AM - Visit Charles Lowther's herd at Armathwaite, Carlisle CA4 9TN Travel to Housesteads (Hadrian's Wall) - lunch at Housteads PM Visit David and Shirley Baynes, Marleycote Herd, (Dairy Shorthorn herd and milk processing unit. Cows milked by robotic milkers) Hexham, Northumberland NE47 0DQ Dinner at Messrs Baynes Travel to Overnight at Park Inn York (92 miles) (2 nights) Thurs 1st July

AM - Visit Gerald Turton's Upsall Herd, Thirsk, North Yorkshire (The oldest Beef Shorthorn Herd in England) YO7 2QJ Lunch at Upsall Travel to York (27 miles) - afternoon and evening free Free time to tour York - Minster, Museums, Walls, Jorvik Centre etc - maybe optional guided tour. Overnight in York


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Friday 2nd July Travel to Horrell family's Pode Hole Herd at Peterborough (131 miles) View Pode Hole Herd Lunch followed by International judging event Dinner at East of England Showground Travel to overnight at Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon Cambridge (45 miles) (3 nights) Sat 3rd July

Travel to Tim and Anne Wyatt's Twells Herd (Dairy Shorthorns rotary parlour) (45 miles) Lunch at Wyatt's Travel to Brian Filby's Groveland Herd, Norwich (40miles) Dinner at Filby's Return to overnight at Cambridge (85 miles)

Sunday 4th July AM - at leisure in Cambridge - visit to Madingley American War Cemetery Travel to Croxton Park herd at Huntingdon (Manager Dan Bull) Dinner at Croxtonpark Return to overnight at Cambridge Mon 5th July

Travel to Chris and Shirley Marler's Wavendon herd, Olney Bucks (43 miles) View herd and private zoo. Lunch at Chris Marler's PM - Visit Woburn Abbey/safari Park Travel to overnight at Alveston Manor Stratford upon Avon (4 nights)

Tues 6th July

Weds 7th July

Thurs 8th July

AM - Visit Graham Madeley's herd of organic Dairy shorthorns

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PM - Visit to be arranged - several options under consideration


Overnight Stratford upon Avon

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Day 1 - World Shorthorn Conference in Stratford upon Avon with keynote speakers and Country reports. Overnight in Stratford upon Avon

QMS - Quality Meat Scotland

AM Day 2 of World Shorthorn Conference - concludes 12.00 noon

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PM - Meeting of World Shorthorn Council PM - Free time in Stratford Closing Gala Dinner at Alveston Manor Fri 9th July


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Overnight at Stratford upon Avon

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Tour ends - transfer to Birmingham Airport

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We are working on costing the tour as follows. The final costs for the tours will be available in late 2009.

Charles & Sally Horrell Pedigree Cattle Services

The whole tours and Conference 23rd June to 8th July - 16 nights. Arriving Edinburgh and departing Birmingham

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Tour Scotland - 23 June - 28 June - 6 nights. Arriving Edinburgh (or Glasgow) and departing Edinburgh.

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Tour - England - 28 June - 9 July - 11 nights. Arriving Edinburgh and departing Birmingham.

Package 1:

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The travel agent coordinating the tour is Carolyn Cree of Agritravel email: If any delegates wish to extend their stay in UK, Carolyne would be pleased to assist in arrangements for onward travel and accommodation.

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Wavendon Beef Shorthorns

STOP PRESS: Major dispersal of breeding age cattle, approx. 60 head - Chelford 28th August 2010. Winners of Central Breeders Judging Competition Best Cow & Calf and Reserve Champion Herd

Secret Shoot, our Best Breeding Cow with descendants in many top herds, with her Red Rattler sired heifer calf Wavendon Secret Sickle. Pelicans in our private zoo

We look forward to welcoming delegates to the World Shorthorn Conference July 2010

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Four Generations Keep the Flag Flying for Shorthorns It all started many years ago with the late John Farrell and his wife Betty, breeding and showing shorthorns and loving every minute of it. John was herdsman for the “Loughlinstown” herd which was a very successful herd in the mid 50's When we were old enough we were brought to the shows which we looked forward to from year to year. We all had our little jobs to do from a very young age whether it was feeding calves or bringing the cows in for milking, and holding the cow's tails while being milked (that was hand milking in those days ) .How could we not get to love being with cattle seeing baby calves from the day they were born growing into beautiful animals and winning so many great prizes at shows all over the country. Betty worked hard also she had a great love for the Shorthorns and did a lot of the back ground work like keeping registrations etc up to date. She did her share when it came to preparing for shows a lot of work went into training and handling cattle and they had to be just right for John Farrell.! The “Loughlinstown Herd” changed to a new owner Sir John Galvin he took over in 1962, everything carried on as before. I became more involved and doing more work, by this time the cows were being milked by machine and I was trained in to milking . I enjoyed every minute of it, working with John was an education he was a perfectionist at his job and everyone who knew him commented on his attention to detail. The herd changed hands again this time to Mrs Fegan it became the “Moyglare Herd” still doing the same things lots of shows, lots of prizes. In 1978 Moyglare President was brought to Perth February Sales he made 1400gns it was top price on the day and I think that was the real highlight of John Farrell's career. In 1982 the Moyglare Herd was dispersed and John retired. To the delight of John, P.J. and I bought our first pedigree heifer at that sale and that was the beginning of the “Ricketstown Herd”. A second heifer was then bought from Ballingarrane herd (Ballingarrane Lady Winsonia 72nd ) this cow went on to win the RDS, being female champion four times and three times supreme. We continued showing and picked up where John and Betty finished, they were so proud to come along to the shows with us and John, while he was able took great pride in showing our cattle and kept up the tradition of winning lots of prizes just as he had been used to. Our children began doing the same things I did when I was growing up, helping with the cattle and going to shows. Our eldest daughter Carol and youngest son Martin are particularly good with the cattle and take a great interest in showing and following in their Grand dads footsteps. John was very proud when Carol won the young stock person of the year in RDS in 1985, he had been coaching her and giving her tips for a while before the event.

Carol continued helping us and was always very reliable and knowledgeable. She married in 1996, she now has her own herd with her husband Larry. Martin has become very involved in the herd he does a lot of research into breeding and is very up to date with new sires and worldwide news, he also has a good eye when it comes to choosing animals for showing. This year he tried his hand as a judge, he went with his Dad to Charleville Show, he enjoyed it very much. Conor is Carol and Larry's oldest child and he too has got the bug for showing, this year he came to all the shows and we were very proud to have him show a calf, the mother was shown by Grand Dad P.J. or Martin. We hope Conor will go on to enjoy the shows as much as we do and I know he will make many great friends as we have done over the years. So while John Farrell is looking down on all of us from above Betty his widow is still with us hail and hearty at 86 years old she still enjoys our cattle and our success, she is proud to see us carrying on the career that they enjoyed so much. To conclude the story (for now) 2009 saw our “Ricketstown herd achieve nine breed championships four reserve and a reserve interbreed out of ten shows, I think we have 4 Generations left to right Mother Betty, Carmel, Daughter inherited the Carol, Grandson Connor and son Martin family tradition!! Carmel Kelly

From Left to Right - Connor, PJ & Martin

The Late John Farrell showing Ballingarrane Winsonia at RDS

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Podehole Yeoman Sire: Loch Awe Lucky Jim. Dam: Podehole Annie. First place in Senior Bulls at Perth Show 2007.

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Shorthorn Beef The Shorthorn Society of Australia The first decade of the 21st Century featured an extended drought recorded as one of the worst in the short history of European settlement in Australia. The big dry forced livestock breeders to choose between buying fodder at record prices to maintain their valuable flocks and herds and hope that the rains would arrive sooner rather than later or consign their breeders to slaughter. However, the decade was also notable for the sale of several corporate pastoral interests of massive scale and the entry of a number of large foreign investors seeking a significant presence in Australian agriculture. The expansion and consolidation of established corporate interests which coincided with foreign interest pushed freehold land and pastoral leasehold land values to new record levels.


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Northern pastoral properties and herds have been sold at three and fourfold their valuation ten years earlier. The live export of feeder cattle underpins this pastoral investment and in recent years the value of steers and heifers shipped from northern ports to Asia has exceeded the value of feeder steers destined for the high-value global markets. A lasting legacy of the drought and high feed costs is the reduction of days-onfeed from 220 to 150 days of high energy feeding for the Japanese and Korean table beef markets. The shorter regime means that breeders and backgrounders selling to feedlots must hold cattle for longer periods to meet the higher feedlot entry weights specified. It has also placed increased pressure on breeders to ensure that the growth, carcass yield and marbling genetics of their herds are able to meet the requirements of feedyards.

The Beef Shorthorn Society of Australia The beef cattle industry in Australia remains strong although prices remain soft, and unlikely to lift until the New Year; however we are fortunate enough to breed cattle that calve easily, milk well and produce a quality carcass product which will place us in an enviable position when demand increases. We as a breed, slowly but surely are gaining ground on several fronts as more and more producers seek out breeds and genetics which offer soundness and profitability in more than one trait area. In Australia the Shorthorn family continues to demonstrate its capability in the feedlot and at the market place thereby being a desirable carcass suitable for the premium Japanese market.

On the show-ring front, Beef Shorthorn's have excelled! Particularly noteworthy was the success of the Malton stud of RT&YE Falls & Sons in being awarded the Interbreed All Breed Champion with Malton Cougar at the 2008 Bendigo Beef Expo.

Grain and fodder prices are likely to be depressed as supply is expected to outstrip demand across our country. The drought is still adversely affecting many areas of Australia, however some areas have had good rain and will produce good crops and cut Hay. On a positive commercial note the Beef Shorthorn White bulls continue to be in demand by Hereford and Angus commercial breeders for cross-breeding from the southern regions of Victoria where they sold well to a top of $7500.00 during the annual Mountain calf sales to the Northern areas of NSW and Southern Queensland. Membership numbers have remained steady over the past few years, with a slight increase in overall registration numbers; this is credited primarily to the increase in Australian Shorthorn registrations. The Australian Shorthorn Herd Book, established by the Beef Shorthorn Society in 1974 has enabled the broadening of the gene pool of registered Shorthorn cattle in Australia, to facilitate flexibility in breeding programs, and to enable reliable tracing of cattle previously excluded from Shorthorn herd books. The 50th anniversary of the Dectomax Dubbo Shorthorn Show & Sale was held during June 2009; the inaugural Sale in 1959 was established by the 3 Shorthorn family Societies namely Poll Shorthorns, Beef Shorthorns and Dairy Shorthorns. This event is now recognized as the major multi-vendor sale for Shorthorn cattle in Australia. The anniversary sale provided a diverse range of genetic options within the breed offering commercial breeders the opportunity to acquire sires from a breed which has a proven track record of performance.

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Another significant achievement in the show ring was the success again by the Malton stud at the 2008 Royal Melbourne Show when Malton Connors was awarded the All breeds Interbreed champion exhibit. To the North of the country lies Rockhampton and during May this year the Rockhampton Beef Expo was held after 3 years of intense planning and preparation which culminated in one spectacular week of beef competition and celebration. The three yearly event is one that truly has to be seen to be believed. There are countless examples of what is great about the beef industry in Australia from exhibitions of the best stud and commercial cattle in the country, cutting edge technology and product innovations, industry leading speakers. Beef 2009 featured 32 breeds of cattle, 420 trade displays, 2069 stud cattle and 2600 commercial cattle. In closing I take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous effort undertaken by the organizers of the 13th World Shorthorn Conference; an event of this magnitude demands a dedicated and focused team to achieve the best possible outcome. David W Spencer, Federal President, Beef Shorthorn Society of Australia

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Brazil The 2009 year for Brazilian breeder show some little changes. After the World Congress in Argentina, we work personally trying to change the Shorthorn breed perspective in our Country. Is necessary an approach with neighboring associations in Argentina and Uruguay, but also keep the open mind to breed changes and policies around the world. Regarding genetics, we had some new semen for use. The Palermo Great Champion, Tarbes Count Willy 1749, is being offered last year and remained some straws to this year. Also Canada provides us new genetics with Wolf Willow Major Leroy 1M on 2008 and this year to join Leroy, the roan bull Red Rose Gold Spear Rufian is being offered too. Some activities with interested people were done and the breed has now 3 new breeders that are interested in keeping registered cattle. One of them showed interest in ordering embryos and animals from outside Brazil to provide new bloodlines and work with a modern and productive Shorthorn type. Also commercial breeders are looking for bulls. Show cattle are now seeing Shorthorns again. The breed keeps appearing on the Expointer, our biggest cattle show. On the 2009 edition were shown 8 animals, see the Champion Male and Champion Female images. Also some little shows are being attended and the people are asking and looking for Shorthorn bulls again.

We are trying for information regarding these crosses to have available an important data that will to be used for breed promotion exalting the breed for cross. The Brazilian Association has now a new board and the focus is kept on the breed, with punctual activities to call new breeders for the breed. Also the actual breeders are being called to join the Breed Association on the effort to revitalize the breed. For 2009 is being prepared a field day on the oldest herd in Brazil. 2010 is being waited for the World Congress were at least Brazilian breeders intend to go. For the next year is being waited a meeting and field day with Argentina and Uruguay to keep running the Mercosul Shorthorn Confederation. Some breeders are involved to keep the Shorthorn alive in Brazil giving to the breed a modern phenotype that attends our grass feed production systems without lost the mothering ability, precocity and meat tenderness and marbling. It's a Herculean work that some ones are prepared to fight against with full enthusiasm. We have a wonderful breed on hands and a perfect tool to produce quality meat, the wind need to blow to our side now. Would like do a personal thanks to James PlayfairHanney and Rob Wills from UK Sire Services for your kind visit on my modest farm, was a great opportunity to learn more regarding our breed and change opinions that some times are opposite to one or other, but are welcome. Shorthorn friends are always welcome on my house. Agronomist Jean Pierre Martins Machado Cabanha Santa Isabel - Rio Grande - Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil

We had information that soon in summer we will have more than 300 half blood calves ShorthornNellore on ground in Mato Grosso as part of a crossbreeding program that is looking for new breeds options for Aberdeen Angus breed. The calves were sired by Tarbes Count Willy 1749. Also we had news that a bigger zebu breeder from central Brazil used Shorthorn bulls to produce half blood steers with success.


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The Canadian beef industry seems to have gone through numerous struggles since BSE was first found in a domestic Canadian cow in May, 2003. There have been many trade related issues that have restricted our beef markets and have put pressure on our commercial and purebred cattle producers. Along with these factors there have been the normal weather related factors that have been historical in nature, which also put pressure on our markets from time to time. High fuel prices have restricted the movement of cattle, especially from Western Canada to Eastern Canada, and between Canada and the US. Canada is a net exporter of beef so any of these factors can have a major affect on the cattle producer's bottom line. Despite these limiting factors, I think it is very good to say that the Shorthorn breed has been experiencing more acceptance and growth in the industry, than it has experienced in many years. This is occurring due to several factors. The quality of Shorthorn breeding stock has been steadily improving and this has been noticed by cattlemen. The Shorthorn shows across Canada are seeing deeper quality each year, and this is bringing more cattlemen to the shows and sales to see what is happening in the breed. This has also led to increased sale averages of Shorthorn breeding stock, with the most improvement being seen in the prices received for the best quality animals. It has been said that good quality breeding stock retain their value even in tough times and this is truly evident in the Shorthorn breed in Canada. In the past three years, the numbers of Shorthorns exhibited at the major shows in Canada has also increased. Canadian Western Agribition is the largest show of cattle in Canada, and the Shorthorn breed has been experiencing one of the largest percentage increases in numbers of cattle exhibited. This is also being seen at various other shows across the country as well.

In many parts of Canada Shorthorns have seen renewed commercial acceptance in recent years. This is a true bright spot in our breed and Canadian Shorthorn breeders are working hard to continue this trend. This is again being created by several factors, but the main one is the quality of the Shorthorn product. Our breed association has had an excellent promotional campaign in some of the nation's leading industry journals, and it is starting to pay dividends. Sales of Shorthorn females for crossbreeding have been good for many years, but we are now seeing more Shorthorn bulls being sold at good prices. This is particularly being seen in Western Canada, and it is still fairly regional in nature, but we are confident that it will be a trend that gains momentum across the nation. Commercial acceptance is extremely important to the well being of any breed and I would suggest that we are now seeing the best commercial acceptance we have experienced in several decades. It has become more evident every year that the world is our market place for Shorthorn genetics. Global trade is commonplace and it is only restricted by bureaucratic red tape that countries seem to enjoy inflicting on buyers and sellers from time to time. Canadian Shorthorn genetics are being used around the world by some of the breeds most well known breeders. Semen and embryos have become the genetic source of choice as it is much easier, and much more cost effective, to ship these around the world. It appears that Canadian Shorthorn genetics are being considered for use in some countries where they have not been used much in the past. Semex International, a Canadian based world wide genetics company, has reported very large increases in the sale of Shorthorn semen in Brazil and Russia in the past couple of years. There have been inquiries from countries such as Chile, China and Mongolia for Shorthorn embryos, however, at this point in time, I am unaware of any sales to these countries. It appears that there is definite interest and that is a good starting point. All in all, Canadian Shorthorn breeders are experiencing many positives, despite the volatile commercial marketplace we have experienced. This too, will change in time, and we look forward to a very bright future down the road for our breed. Grant Alexander beef shorthorn


New Zealand Champion of Champions at the National Beef Expo Judy, Bill, Kacey and James Austin holding Austins Masterpiece 07050

The New Zealand Shorthorn Society has had a major boost this year with the winning of the Champion of Champions at the National Beef Expo in May this year. This is a Multi Breed National Sale where seven breeds all come together for the one purpose of selling bulls and top Female genetics. It was a great thrill to see Shorthorns out in the front line after having previously won this event eleven years ago. Austins Shorthorns Masterpiece 07020 went to the great home of John and Melissa Jebsons Flockton Shorthorns. This bull had all that Shorthorns in New Zealand are looking for, early growth, thickness, softness, milk and good temperament with a balanced set of EBV data. Two years ago we changed our criteria for entry into the National Bull Sale at Expo and feel this has helped with the quality of Bulls coming in to the Sale. Each bull must have a full set of EBV data of which three traits must be breed average or above. Also held at the same time as the Expo was the finals of the Steak of Origin. A competition introduced four years ago to find the tenderest and tastiest steak. The scientific side of the competition were the steaks are cooked and sheer tested at Lincoln University revealed that the tenderest steak out of three hundred and fifty entries was from a pure shorthorn breed by John and Lindy Dobson of the Bridadoon Stud. All positive success and publicity for Shorthorns at a National level. The weekend prior to Beef Expo saw Future Beef New Zealand running a school for young people wanting to get involved in the beef industry. This involved eighty young people breaking in steers and presenting them in hoof judging prior to the hook competition. There was also several training workshop related to the breeding and judging of Beef Cattle. The overall Senior winner was Anna Playfair-Hannay. Anna was in New Zealand on a Angus Exchange but also managed to visit some Shorthorn herds as well. We all enjoyed having Anna to stay and she was a great Ambassador for your country, and the Shorthorn and Angus Breeds. First in the Intermediate Section was Hannah Knight, Grand daughter of John Guise one of our shorthorn life members.


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Hannah did extremely well for this being her first time in a competition like this. Private and Multi Vendor Bull Sales have been well supported throughout the Bull selling season. The well known herd of Norm and Di Makenzies Maerwhenua Stud has been dispersed with a large part of this herd going to a new breeder in North Auckland. This keeps our membership at sixty five breeders. Cow and Heifer Sales have been quiet but that shows we have longevity in our breed and breeders are prepared to stick with their animals. Weaner Calf sales held in the autumn were good with shorthorn calves being sort after. The high New Zealand dollar is causing serious concern for Beef and Lamb producers. With huge increases in input costs it is making life very difficult. While Angus is riding on a high in New Zealand at the moment with Angus Pure and Angus Burgers. We must remember that Shorthorn is the only real alternative to Angus with its great muscle, marbling and carcass shape. We need to promote this fact more strongly along with the strong production increases when utilizing hybrid vigour in a crossbreeding situation. The increased production when crossing Shorthorn with Angus is considerable. We look forward to meeting as many people as possible at the up and coming World Shorthorn Conference in the UK in 2010. Judy Austin President of the New Zealand Beef Shorthorn Association and Vice-President of the World Council

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The End of an Era - The Very Last Perth Bull Sales - February 09 Aladdin Rubs his Lamp and Magics 7,000gns Colnvalley Aladdin bred and consigned by Douglas McMillan took the top price at the penultimate sale at Perth, this son of Colnvalley Titanic out of Colnvalley Lovely, sold to R Crawford, Mauchline for 7000gns. Major Gibb's, Glenisla Athos sold to E Milburn and Sons of Morpeth. This roan bull is sired by Fearn Wyvis out of Glenisla Flower made 6,500gns. Another son of Wyvis form the Glenisla herd, this time Glenisla Argossy, reached 5,000gns and was off to JF Irving and Sons at Selkirk. Chapelton Typhoon sired the Shorthorn Champion as he did in 2008, this time it was a red and white bull, Chapelton Ambassador, selling to R Martyn at Bridge of Cally for 6,000gns. Mr Biggar sold another Typhoon son at 5,500gns to Laga Farms. More good prices came from the sales of Tofts Watchman from Playfair Farms, 6,000gns, a Belmore Fuel Injected son, Fearn Abraham, sold for 5,500gn, Mark Holmes sold Holmeere George for 4,800gns and the reserve Champion from James Porter sold to 4,500 and going back again to Northern Ireland. Females were also selling well with the top at 2,100gns, this was from the Wavendon consignment, Wavendon Flossy Final a Chapelton Neptune daughter in-calf to Wavendon Hercules, she went to join the herd of D Calder of Grandtully. Mr Marler sold another heifer for 2000gns, this time it was Wavendon Secret Shearwater, sired by Wavendon Red Rattler and in calf to Hercules, she was off to join D Steen at Hawick. The female Champion, Dunsyre Lily 21, made the same price, she was by Dunsyre Wolf and due in August to Dunsyre Yorkie, sold to Macfarlane Farms, Berwickshire. Show Results - Judge: Dan Bull Class 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Class 1st 2nd 3rd Sons Class 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Class 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Class 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

1 Flora 44th of Skaillhouse C Macadie & Sons Hallsford Bluebell 5th AN &HS Tomkins Hallsford Carnation Briar 5th AN &HS Tomkins Hallsford Marguerite 4th AN &HS Tomkins

Colnvalley Aladdin - Highest Priced Bull

Chapelton Ambassador - Shorthorn Champion

Averages: 23 Bulls sold ÂŁ4,099

2 Dunsyre Lily 21st Carey Coombs Lancaster Liz 10th of Skaillhouse C Macadie & Sons Rosewood Rachel 3rd of Skaillhouse C Macadie & 3 Podehole Ambassador Holmeere George Windyhills Viceroy Cairnsmore Axel

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H Horrell M A Holmes J Borland & Mrs Landers

4 Meonhill Apollo L E P farms Tamhorn Admiral D &J Wyllie Glenisla Athos Major Gibb Cairnsmore Achilles Princess Mr & Mrs B Landers 5 Chapelton Ambassador Glenisla Argossy Millerston Augustas Bon-Accord Alpha

Mr D J Biggar Major J P O Gibb Mr T Mcclatchie & Ors Aberdeen City Council

Reserve Champion - Uppermill Rotary from J Porter

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Tofts Watchman Oldglenort Sparky Tofts Lancastrian Cavans Appalachian

Playfair Farms Mr J Porter Playfair Farms Mr R A Scarth

Uppermill Rotary 2nd Uppermill Bavarian Blelack Minstrel Uppermill Lambert 2nd

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Class 8 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

J Porter J Porter G Massie & Sons J Porter

Best Poll Bull: Meonhill Apollo

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Senior Champion Bull: Meonhill Apollo

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Intermediate Champion Bull: Chapelton Ambassador Mr D J Biggar Junior Champion Bull: Uppermill Rotary 2nd

Senior Champion - Meonhill Apollo

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Reserve: Uppermill Bavarian

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Supreme Champion Bull - The Uppermill Calrossie Trophy: Chapelton Ambassador Mr D J Biggar Reserve: Uppermill Rotary 2nd

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Supreme Champion Bull - The City of Perth Trophy: Chapelton Ambassador Mr D Biggar Reserve: Uppermill Rotary 2nd

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Champion Female - The Uppermill Dunmore Park Trophy: Dunsyre Lily 21st Carey Coombs Reserve: Flora 44th of Skaillhouse C Macadie & Sons Reserve Supreme Champion Bull - The Campbell Durno Trophy: Uppermill Rotary 2nd Mr J Porter Best Two Bulls: Mr J Porter Best Three Bulls: Mr J Porter


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950 1200 1200 Holmeere George - J & J Gibb, Glenisla Pode Hole Ambassador - R. Catton, Hapingden, Herts 1200 1000 Windyhills Viceroy - Mosser Mains Farms, 1100 Cockermouth Holmeere Gunsmoke - G Berwick & Son, Cupar 1100 Glenisla Athos - E. Millburn/A Harrison, Morpeth Tamhorn Admiral - WD Wright, St. Boswells 2000 Bon-Accord Abbot - AN McInnes, Alford 950 Meonhill Apollo A355 - E Graham, Shetland 1050 Cairnsmore Achilles Prince - R Mitchell & Sons, 1050 Hawick 1100 Cairnsmore Angus - GT & S Coghill, Orkney 900 Chapelton Adonis - Laga Farms, Orkney Gregors Atlas - A & J Struthers, Lanark 2100 Chapelton Ambassador - R Martyn, Bridge of Cally 1300 Millerston Augustas - C. Marler, Olney Glenisla Argossy - JF Irving & Son, Yarrow 1300 Argonaut of Upsall - RA Miller & Son, Galashiels Bon-Accord Alpha - C Macadie & Sons, Thurso 2000 Colnvalley Aladdin - R Crawford, Mauchline 900 Fearn Abraham - IW & NJ Hollows, Whitchurch 1150 Cavans Appalachian - A Hall, Melrose 1300 Old Glenort Sparky - DJ Hardie, Midmar 1000 Tofts Lancastrian - D & J Peebles, Pittenweem 1000 Tofts Watchman - GMT Foljambe, Worksop 1660 Blelack Minstrel - Nord Vue Farms, Penrith Uppermill Lambert - Ellary Farms Ltd., Lochgilphead 1150 950 Uppermill Bavarian - E M Flett, Orkney 950 Uppermill Rotary - TF Duncan, N. Ireland 900

Bulls - Gns 4800 3500 3400

Glenisla Athos from Major Gibb sold for 6,500gns

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Hallsford Tessa Beggarticks 4 - M & J Wigan, Kinbrace Hallsford Carnation Briar 5th - PW & ES Willison, Mansfield Hallsford Marguerite 4th - RS & G Johnson, York Hallsford Bluebell 5th - PW & ES Willison, Mansfield Flora 45th of Skaillhouse - PW & ES Willison, Mansfield Lancaster Liz 10th of Skaillhouse - GM Murray & Son, Rogart Rosewood Rachel 3rd of Skaillhouse - GM Murray & Son, Rogart Dunsyre Lily 21st - Macfarlane Farms, Duns Flora 46th of Skaillhouse - R Jardine & Son, Castle Douglas Elie Wildeyes 4th of Skaillhouse - M & J Wigan, Kinbrace Wavendon Flossy Fastnet - R Jardine & Son, Castle Douglas Wavendon Lovely Lyn - PW & ES Willison, Mansfield Wavendon Broadhooks Springtime - MA Holmes, Wolverhampton Wavendon Flossy Final - D & S Calder, Aberfeldy Wavendon Lovely Linnet - Mosser Mains Farms, Cockermouth Wavendon Secret Shearwater - Mosser Mains Farms, Cockermouth Wavendon Blythesome Juliet - DJ Steen, Hawick Wavendon Secret Showtime - MA Holmes, Wolverhampton Wavendon Secret Storm - DJ Steen, Hawick Fingask Rosette Abigail - HR Farms, Mauchline Fingask Lancaster Anora - R Jardine & Son, Castle Douglas Fingask Lancaster Ailsa - M & J Wigan, Kinbrace Fingask Alexis Beauty - DJ Steen, Hawick Glenisla Waterloo Naomi - J Wood, St Andrews Winningbank Lancaster Zeta - JW Frame, Biggar Overton Rothes Queen 25th - M & J Wigan, Kinbrace Winningbank Waterloo Annabelle - MA Holmes, Wolverhampton

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Cups presented by Linda Bull top left to right: 1. Robert Grierson receives the Uppermill-Calrossie Trophy on behalf of Donald Biggar for the Supreme Champion Bull 2. Robbie & Beatrice Minty presented with silver tray & tumblers by President David Macleod recognising 60 years attendance at Perth Bull Sales 3. Carey Coombs receives the Uppermill Dunsmore Park Trophy for the Champion Female 4. Syd chaplin of LEP Farms receives the MacGilliuray-Aldie trophy for the Best Poll Bull 5. James Porter receives the Campbell Durno Trophy for the Reserve Supreme Bull

Final February Perth Bull Sales The February bull sales marked the end of a long and distinguished history of pedigree cattle sales at Perth. Perth Bull Sales have become renowned as the pedigree livestock centre for the world and many breeds have sold stock for record prices at Perth. The record price for a Beef shorthorn bull remains at 14,500gns for Pittodrie Upright sold at Perth Bull Sales in 1946. It surely can't be too long before that record is broken. The start of the Beef shorthorn sale was a nostalgic affair for United Auctions ex chairman, Roley Fraser who took up the gavel again to sell the first few bulls through the ring. Roley joined United Auctions in 1951 and retired as chairman in 1992. There was a further nostalgic moment later in the day at the annual Dinner when the President Mr David Macleod, commented on Mr Robbie Minty's unblemished record of attending every Perth Bull sale for the last 60 years. He presented Robbie with a silver tray and crystal whisky tumblers in recognition of this wonderful achievement and for the help enthusiasm and advice he has given to new members over the years. 68

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Carlisle Show & Sale 22nd May 2009

Aramis has the sweet smell of success Top price in the Beef Shorthorn section was taken by Annanwater Aramis a 2yr old bull from Andy Ryder who sold at 3000gns, he was sired by the 6000gns purchase from Perth, Newfield Tarquin, and out of Llanarth Rachel, a cow purchased from Chelford. Mr Clark took him home to Cockermouth. Second price went to Mr Tomkins for Hallsford Viking Warrior, a Chapleton Warrior son, he went to GL Riby for 2600gns, for his herd at Bridlington. Mr Brewster Colnvalley Admiral Breed Champion purchased Dacre Rock Star from Brian Goddard at Lockerbie, this son of Chapelton Promoter went to him for 2000gns. A draft sale of shorthorn females from the Ballard Herd topped 2500gns for a 2yr old daughter of Cairnsmore Xtreme Force, she went home with T Severn to Halifax. Another daughter of the same sire, Ballard Clipper Adraina was knocked down to Andy Ryder for his Annanwater herd, this time for 2400gns. Averages - 7 bulls £1,207.00, 40 served and maiden heifers £1,267.00, 17 cows in calf or with calf at foot £1,073.00.

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1 Bull Croxtonpark Ken 2 Bull Dacre Rock Star Glenariff Alaska Hallsford Viking Warrior 3 Bull Colnvalley Admiral Gregors Benlomond Gregors Ben Nevis 4 Served Heifer Colnvalley Irania A1 Fingask Lancaster Alice Sandwick Amber Magic

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A & C Ivinson B Goddard NJ & AM Barrett AN & HS Tomkins MD McMillan J McGregor J McGregor MD McMillan W McGowan A & C Ivinson

Dacre Rock Star Reserve Champion Class 5 Maiden Heifer 1st Sandwick Blythsome BrandyA & C Ivinson 2nd Hallsford Marguerite 5th AN & HS Tomkins Champion: Colnvalley Admiral from MD McMillan Reserve: Dacre Rock Star from B Goddard

A packed ringside for the Carlisle Sale, showing the depth of interest in Beef Shorthorns

Upsall Centenary Sale of Pedigree Beef Shorthorns Saturday 12 September 2009 United Auctions conducted the Upsall Centenary sale of pedigree beef Shorthorns at Upsall Castle, Thirsk on behalf of The Hon Gerald Turton whose family established the herd in 1909. Shorthorn breeders from throughout the UK were present including several who have recently established herds. No less than 35 lots were purchased by Scottish herd owners.

Two lots achieved a price of 2600gns Ury Maid X276 of Upsall a five year old roan with calf they were purchased by J Allison, Appleton Mill Farm, Appleton Le Moors. M/s R & J M Bunny, Carcinick Farm, Gorran, St Austill, Cornwall paid 2600gns for an impressive seven year old cow Tina Gem of Upsall.

3500gns was the top price realised twice. First for Jilt X502 of Upsall a very promising roan in calf heifer which was purchased by Mr Martin Moore, Woodstock Bower Farm, Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells, Worcester. Secret Maid X568 of Upsall also made 3500gns, this 17 month old maiden heifer was much admired, being a granddaughter of noted American bull WRH Sonny the winning bidder was M/s Massie, Blelack, Tarland, Aberdeenshire. 3000gns was realised twice, Upsall Tessa X450 an attractive dark roan heifer with calf at foot was secured by D J Steen, Ballylinney Livestock, Westerhouses, Bonchester Bridge, Hawick. Tessa X496 of Upsall a two year old in calf heifer also made 3000gns the buyer was Morrison Farms, Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire. Morrison Farms purchased 14 lots for their recently established herd at Dumfries House. 2800gns was the price tag on Upsall Tessa X416 a heifer sold with bull calf she was purchased by Wigtownshire based breeder M/s Landers, Bargaly Farm, Newton Stewart.

Three lots were traded at 2400gns Victoria X498 of Upsall a strong well grown in calf heifer purchased by Martyn Moore, Woodstock Bower Farm. A O Bell of Eden Lodge, Greenlaw Road, Gordon, Berwickshire paid 2400gns for Secret X507 of Upsall a much fancied in calf heifer. Mr Steen of Westerhouses paid the same price for Nonpareil X544 of Upsall an outstanding white maiden heifer with very good EBV's. 34 cows and heifers with calves averaged ÂŁ1627.50 31 in calf and maiden heifers averaged ÂŁ1733.18

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Perth Bull Sales

- October 2009

Champion and highest priced bull, Fingask Angus

Reserve Champion and second best price, Alvie Bovill

FIRST BULL SALES AT THE NEW STIRLING MART PROVED A SUCCESS, BUT HIGH SHORTHORN FEMALE NUMBERS STOLE THE SHOW OVER THE MALES With almost a full clearance of the 100 strong catalogue the Shorthorn females stormed the sale room selling at a top price of 4,800 gns. and 18 priced at 2,500 gns. or more. There were 98 cashed some with calves at foot, averaging at £1762. It was also encouraging to see several new breeders vying for quality stock. Starting off the female sale was James Porters Uppermill herd from Northern Ireland his best price for Oldglenort Rothes Maggie a 3 year old by Uppermill Bartle which sold to Stuart Finlayson Forgie Keith for 2700gns James Porter sold another 2 at 2500gns a piece, Stuart Finlayson also adding one of those to his float. The top price paid was for David Mcleod's Glengloy Broadhooks a roan 18 month old Hurtiso Copinsay daughter who was sold to Bill and Jane Landers. This top heifer was part of David McLeods dispersal sale. The next best from Glengloy, was 3,100gns paid for Glengloy Flossy Zola by Uppermill Milfoil who sold with her Glenisla Zinzan sired heifer calf. They were bought by David Dickie Sanquhar who is putting on Shorthorns to replace his dispersed Ayrshire milk cows. David Dickie also bought Glenisla Margo, an in calf heifer by Fearn Wyvis from John Gibb Glenisla Blairgowrie selling for 2800gns and Rosie Duchess of Upsall a rising 10 year old cow by Magnate of Upsall with a heifer calf at foot by Knowehead Maladdo who sold for 3,300gns she was from the late Jock Mcgregor's herd from Lanarkshire she was joined by two others from Mcgregor's dispersal at 2800gns and 2500gns. Mr Dickie was one of the biggest buyers of the day taking home in total eight adult cattle, some with calves at foot for more than £22,000. Michael Curtiser of Laga Farms, Orkney paid John Gibbs best price, 3500gns for Glenisla Foxglove an 18month old heifer by Fearn Wyvis and in calf to Glenisla Zambesi, he also took home Glenisla Desiree 72

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also by Wyvis but in calf to Glenisla Barbarian. she sold for 2,800gns. Neil and Graeme Massie sold their best shorthorn female Blelack Silver Maisie a rising three year old by Huberdale Hilfiger which sold with a bull calf at foot by Blelack Secret Service to Nunappleton Estate Appleton York for 2800gns. It was a the same price paid for the prize winning female Champion Cairnsmore Breeze a bulling heifer by Uppermill Michael bought by Fred Duncan, Northern Ireland who is replacing his dairy herd with Beef Shorthorns. Again the reserve female Galla Bonnie Princess made the same money for Jim Frame Little Galla Wiston Biggar she went home with Messers Harding, Kings Manor. Mr Moore of Tenbury Wells placed the winning bid of 3900gns on 41/2 year old Gregor's Zeta by Uppermill Bush which came with a heifer calf by Dunsyre Zebedee, the best price paid from the Gregors herd. With the females taking centre stage, the few bulls that were there still managed to draw in plenty of competition from the crowd, selling to 7200gns and averaging £4079 for seven. The best price of the day was paid for the Show Champion, Fingask Angus, shown by Liz Lang daughter of the veteran breeder Willie McGowan, this being their 1st Perth Championship since 1972, Liz Lang thought it may even have been their first October sale ever. Following the Champion into the ring was Alvie Bovill from Alvie Estates, he was pulled in as Reserve Champion and followed the Champion with the second price of the day, 6000gns. This bull had proved himself in the show ring over the summer with 4 wins at 4 shows, only being beaten by his mother to the Championship at Keith and Grantown. He sold to Messrs Harding nr Ventner. Third price of 5500gns went to Chapelton for a Chapleton Typhoon son, Chapelton Bonanza going home to Overdale Farms.

Averages: 7 Bulls..........£4079

100 Females..........£1762

Show Results - Judge: Nigel Miller Senior Bull 1st Fingask Angus Mr W McGowan MBE 2nd Colnvalley Admiral Mr M D McMillan 3rd Cairnsmore Antonio Mr and Mrs B Landers 4th Neptune 2nd Skaillhouse Messrs C Macadie Junior Bull 1st Alvie Bovill Mr JDA Williamson 2nd Chapelton Bonanza Mr D J Biggar 3rd Alvie Blur Eyed Boy Mr J D A Williamson 4th Glenisla Barbarian Major GP O Gibb Heifers - born on or between 20 March 06 and 31 October 06 1st Oldglenort Rothes Maggie Mr J Porter 2nd Oldglenort Sweetpea Mr J Porter 3rd Uppermill Gipsy Rosie Mr J Porter 4th Fingask Lancaster Alma Mr W McGowan MBE Heifers - born on or between 1 November 06 and 31 March 07 1st Cairnsmore Breeze Energy Mrs B & J Landers 2nd Alvie Buttercup Mr J D A Williamson 3rd Cairnsmore Becky Heather Mrs B & J Landers 4th Bon Accord Rose Duchess20 Mr J W Frame Heifers - born on or after 1 April 2007 1st Galla Bonnie Princess Mr J W Frame 2nd Alvie Briar Briony Mr J D A Williamson 3rd Galla Belinda Goldie Mr J W Frame 4th Dunsyre Moondancer 12th Mr Carey Coombs Senior Male Champion: Fingask Angus Mr W McGowan Junior Male Champion: Alvie Bovill Mr J D A Williamson Best Pair of Bulls: Mr J D A Williamson Female Champion: Cairnsmore Breeze Energy Mr B & J Landers Reserve Female: Galla Bonnie Princess Mr J W Frame Overall Male Champion: Fingask Angus Mr W McGowan Reserve: Alvie Bovill Mr J D A Williamson

Stirling Bull Sale Prices Bulls - £ 7560 Fingask Angus - Glenkiln Farms, Crocketford 2625 Cairnsmore Antonio - J & E Goddard & Son, Lockerbie 2100 Colnvalley Admiral - G Anderton, Orkney 6300 Alvie Bovill - Mr. Harding, Ventners IOW 2100 Glenisla Barbarian - Aitken Partners, Linlithgow 5775 Chapelton Bonanza - Overdale Farms, London 2100 Tofts Westminster - Messrs Smith & Sons, Bishop Auckland Bulls - Dispersal 1995 Glenariff Xceller - Glenkiln Farms, Crocketford 945 Gregors Brieadoon - DJ Steen, Lockerbie 945 Gregors Braveheart - S McCollum, Bushmills 945 Highbanks Edwards Sonofpaladin - JHD Fanshawe, Naseby Prices Females 2625 Uppermill Gipsy Rosie - S Finlayson, Forgie, Keith 2835 Oldglenort Rothes Maggie - S. Finlayson, Forgie, Keith 1890 Fingask Lancaster Alma - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries 2625 Oldglenort Sweetpea - W A McFarlane, Patna 2100 Fingask Alexis Beauty - Nunappleton Estate, Roebuck 1155 Fingask Annette Beauty - L & K Jones, Orkney 1890 Alvie Buttercup - E & T Richardson, Catterall 2940 Cairnsmore Breeze Energy - TF Duncan, Crumlin 1575 Cairnsmore Becky Heather - TF Duncan, Crumlin 1050 Bon-Accord Rose Duchess 20th - S Cornforth, Whitby 2100 Cairnsmore Blossom Exceptional - Nunappleton Estate, Roebuck 1260 Cairnsmore Brambles Menna - TF Duncan, Crumlin 2940 Galla Bonnie Princess - Mr. Harding, Ventners, IOW 1890 Dunsyre Venus Opal 7th - JF Irving & Son, Selkirk 1680 Galla Belinda Goldie - T McKinnel, Newton Stewart 1995 Dunsyre Moondancer 12th - JF Irving & Son, Selkirk 1995 Cairnsmore Bianca Twilight - TF Duncan, Crumlin 1470 Cairnsmore Becky Tessa - T McKinnel, Newton Stewart 1680 Alvie Briar Briony - Thomson & Roddick, Annan 2625 Blelack Blythesome - J & K Meadley, Cockermouth 2940 Blelack Silver Maisie - Nunappleton Estate, Roebuck 1785 Glenbrae Floss B8 - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries 1050 Glenbrae Floss B10 - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries 1575 Glenbrae Floss B2 - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries

Mr Roley Fraser presenting the Trophy to the Supreme Champion from Willie McGowan and Liz Lang. 1890 2520 2625 2100 2940 1785 3675 2940 1680 2310 1785 1575 1050 1575 840 1260 1680 2205 1680 1365 2310 1890 1890 3255 2100 1050 1890 1890 1050 1155 1260 5040 1890 1365 1470 1785 3465 1890 1260 1470 2520 1680 2100 4095 1365 2940 2940 1680 1890 1050 1995 1050 1260 1890 1470 1260 1365 2625 1680 1155 1260 893 1365 998

Glenisla Margo B574 - Morrison Farm, Dumfries Glenisla Duchess B585 - DM Dickie, Kirkconnel Glenisla Marguerite - D Thomson, Bathgate Glenisla Desiree B606 - S Cornforth, Whitby Glenisla Margo B609 - DM Dickie, Kirkconnel Glenisla Flower B614 - D Thomson, Bathgate Glenisla Foxglove Flake B616 - Laga Farms Ltd., Orkney Glenisla Desiree B617 - Laga Farms Ltd., Orkney Glenisla Crocus B618 - Hoardweel Farms, Nr. Duns Glenisla Margo B628 - Hoardweel Farms, Nr. Duns Glenisla Sally Broadhooks B629 - A. Haigh, Market Rasen Glenisla Flower B632 - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Glengloy Lovely Suisaidh S078 - WA McFarlane, Patna Glengloy Broadhooks Sonas S079 - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Glengloy Broadhooks Slainte S084 - P Turnbull, Pickering Glengloy Rothes Seamrag S085 - D Harris, Borth Glengloy Rothes Expert - D Steen, Lockerbie Glengloy Lovely Xena - D Harris, Borth Glengloy Lovely Xpression - Doldy Farms, Blairgowrie Glengloy Lovely Xenia - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Glengloy Lovely Yasmin - DM Dickie, Kirkconnel Glengloy Lovely Yvette - D Steen, Lockerbie Glengloy Lovely Zaire - A Paterson, Ardrossan Glengloy Flossy Zola - DM Dickie, Kirkconnel Glengloy Lovely Anastasia - DM Dickie, Kirkconnel Glengloy Flossy Anna - M & J Wigan, Sutherland Glengloy Lovely Azalea - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Letterfinlay Blossom - A Lamont, Isle of Tiree Glengloy Lovely Butterscotch - P Turnbull, Pickering Glengloy Lovely Blackberry - M & J Wigan, Sutherland Glengloy Lovely Bluebell - P Turnbull, Pickering Glengloy Broadhooks Bridget - Mr & Mrs W Landers, Newton Stewart Glengloy Rothes Buttercup - AM & P Dodge, Shetland Glengloy Lovely Bramble - DJ Welsh, Kilmarnock Glengloy Lovely Bobby Dazzler - T McKinnel, Newton Stewart Wavendon Secret Shoot - D Harris, Borth Rosie Duchess of Upsall - DM Dickie, Kirkconnel Glenisla Waterloo Naomi R56 - S Cornforth, Whitby Colony Wymott Rosette T105 - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Glenisla Foxglove Flake T193 - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Gregors Yoga - JHD Fanshawe, Naseby Gregors Youthful - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Gregors Zephyr - A Lamont, Isle of Tiree Gregors Zeta - M Moore, Tenbury Wells Gregors ZE Snowflake - Morrisons Farm, Dumfires Gregors Zblda - M Moore, Tenbury Wells Gregors Zola - DM Dickie, Kirkconnel Gregors Ziggy - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Gregors Zoe - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Gregors Annrose - Mr & Mrs. J Wight, Biggar Gregors Auburn - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Gregors Amygold - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Gregors Another Secret - Mr & Mrs J Wight, Biggar Gregors Auburn Flake - Morrisons Farm, Dumfries Gregors Snowflake - M & J Wigan, Sutherland Gregors Secret Shoot - J Y Fleming, Kelso Gregors Yoga 2nd - DJ Welsh, Kilmarnock Gregors Bessie - DM Dickie, Kirkconnnel Gregors Rosie - S Cornforth, Whitby Gregors Rosette - DJ Welsh, Kilmarnock Gregors Belle - DJ Steen, Lockerbie Gregors Bunty - Mr & Mrs J Wight, Biggar Gregors Beth - JY Fleming, Kelso Gregors Foxglove Flake - R Laird, Biggar

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Atilla of Upsall

We would like to thank all the buyers and bidders in our centenary sale. We were delighted that two bull calves, sons of Vortrekker, were chosen to be future stock bulls RT Cairnsmore and Ballylinney.

Secret Maid X568 sold to Graham Massie 3500 gns. Maternal sister to Atilla




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Jilt X502 sold to Mr Moore 3500 gns

We are very proud to have won the Eblex 2009 Most Improved Beef Shorthorn Herd Award. GERALD TURTON, THE ESTATE OFFICE, UPSALL, THIRSK, N. YORKS. YO7 2QJ. TEL: +44 (0) 1845 537 202

Chelford Early Summer Sale June 6th 2009 A small entry of Beef Shorthorns in the early summer sale was dominated by an outstanding 2 year old heifer, Llanarth Cressida from K & S Mitchell from Ceridigion, she was sold due to calve in November and made 3450gns, going home to the Flowery Fields herd of Messrs Birtles at Stoke on Trent. LLanarth Elizabeth from K & S Mitchell sold to 3,450gns

Show Champion Sells for 3,600gns at Chelford November Sale 7th Nov 09 | Judge: J Warne John Warne picked for his Champion the2008 born in-calf heifer from Keith and Sue Mitchell from Ceredigion, This light roan heifer was in calf to Toft Rigger and was purchased by Messrs Whittaker of Marple Bridge, Stockport. Mr and Mrs G Robson heifer, Lynthorpe Wineberry, was the second hightest price of the day, at 2,500gns. This 2007 born heifer by Gorse Tearaway is due to calve in the spring to Chapelton Wildfire. She finds a new home with Mark Best 1st 2nd Best 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Best 1st 2nd Best 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Cow or Heifer with Calf at Foot Bitfell Rosette 3rd Sandwick Aqua Marita Cow or Heifer In Calf Llanarth Elizabeth Grafton Broadhooks Amber Fedwen Siroil Fedwen Ceirios Maiden Heifer Longlands Hedgerose Bella Holkin Clementine Bangle Bull Tamhorn Bertie Llanarth Centaurs Ewart Tamhorn Bounder Holtlodge Cooker

Averages: 3 Cows with Calves - £1.076 9 Served Heifers - £1,755 11 Maiden Heifers - £951.68 6 Bulls - £1,533

and Tracy Severn at Barkisland, West Yorkshire. The entry of bulls was headed by Holmeere Colonel, a November 2003 born, out of Marks show cow, Holmeere Georgia Rose, he was heading off to Oxford with Edward White for the final bid of 2,000gns. First placed bull and reserve to the Champion was Tamhorn Bertie from Danny Wylie.

Mrs E Roberts A & C Ivinson K & S Mitchell Mr & Mrs TC Brown Mrs E Roberts Mrs E Roberts Mrs J Evans IW & NJ Hollows D & J Wylie K & S Mitchell D & J Wylie RL Cooke

Llanarth Elizabeth, Champion and Highest price from K & S Mitchell

East of England Winter Stock Festival 2009

Podehole Phantasy Brocade from H Horrell

The second Winter Stock Festival sale at the East of England Showground saw a small entry of cattle meet a brisk trade reaching a top of 3000 gns twice. First through the ring was Podehole Society Girl a 2001 in calf cow with heifer calf at foot, champion on the day she was sold to Mrs. M. Wyand Reepham, Norfolk for 3000 gns. Joining her at the same price was Pode Hole Phantasy Brocade a white maiden heifer. Mrs. Wyand also purchased Croxtonpark Tessa Oasis for her new herd. A strong line of in-calf heifers from Croxtonpark realised a consistently smart trade averaging over 1800gns going as far afield as the Borders of Scotland as well as closer to home in Northamptonshire and Norfolk. The Reserve Champion, September 2007 born Pode Hole Tessa Anastasia due to calf in January sold to Mr. Chris Nye to join his Mineshop herd for 2400 gns.

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Royal Highland Show 25/28 June 2009 Judge: Charles Russell

FEMALE - born on or after 1st January 2008 - 22 Forward 1st LS Gaia 155 C Lowther 2nd Glenisla Eva Broadhooks B588 JPO & C Gibb 3rd LS Gaia 154 C Lowther 4th Alvie Bramble C Williamson FEMALE - born on or between 24th June and 31st December 2007 - 5 Forward 1st LS Gaia 150 C Lowther 2nd Dunsyre Venus Opal 6th C Coombs FEMALE - born on or between 1st June 2006 and 23rd June 2007 - 9 Forward 1st Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell 2nd Chapelton Duchess 690 Messrs J Biggar 3rd Redhill Bundaburg Lovely 2nd B Wear 4th GlenislaEva Broadhooks A536 JPO & C Gibb Supreme Champion - Podehole Madeline Zeta BULL - born on or after 1st January 2008 - 16 Forward 1st Chapelton Braveheart Messrs J Biggar 2nd LS Adonis C Lowther 3rd Holmeere Hooray Henry M Holmes 4th Podehole Beefeater H Horrell BULL - born on or between 24th June and 31st Dec 07 3 Forward 1st LS Zeus 151 C Lowther 2nd Fingask Argyll W McGowan BULL - born on or before 31st May 2006 - 4 forward 1st Holmeere Colonel Mark Holmes 2nd Tofts Atlas 2900 Playfair Farms Best Pair One Male, One Female Bred by Exhibitor: LS Gaia 155 & LS Adonis Best Junior Female: LS Gaia Best Female:

C Lowther

Reserve Champion - Chapelton Braveheart

C Lowther

Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell

Best Junior Bull: Chapelton Braveheart

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Best Bull:

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Reserve Native Interbreed Group

Judges Report: Female born on or after 1st January 2008. - This class represented beautifully my interest and passion for Beef Shorthorns, 22 yearling heifers walked into the ring oozing breed character, feminine characteristics and structural soundness. Any of the top 8 would be welcome additions to any herd in the country. Top of the line was LS Gaia 155, an ET heifer from Charles Lowther, who really was in perfect condition for the show ring, for me she had just enough presence and power not to detract from her femininity. She very marginally pipped Glenisla Eva Broadhooks B588 from The Gibb family into second place, another outstanding heifer, who was slightly more immature that the first prize heifer, however one to watch for the Future. Third prize was LS Gaia 154, another ET heifer from Charles Lowther and a full sister to the first prize heifer in this class. Female born on or between 24th June and 31st December 2007. - With only two heifers in this class and from polar opposites within the breed, Charles Lowther's LS Gaia 150's thickness and depth stood above Carey Coomb's Dunsyre Venus Opal 6th.

Classes brought a lot of interest around the ring

Female born on or between 1st June 2006 and 23rd June 2007. - This class again showed the variety and strengths within the Shorthorn breed. My commercial background and drive to improve the efficiency of beef animals within our own herd made it impossible for me to ignore The Gibb's Glenisla Eva Broadhooks A536, who was the only animal in the class to be shown in milk and with her calf at foot. She was a beautiful example of a 2 year old heifer, the second youngest animal in the class, rearing a good calf whilst in reasonable condition and growing herself - a fantastic advert for the breed. In second place was the youngest animal in the class, Tofts Wineberry A1141 from Playfair Farms, a white heifer whose power and presence overshadowed her competitors. 78

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Third prize was Brenda Wear's Redhill Northstar's Lovely. Female, in milk or in calf, born before 31st May 2006. - A fantastic class of cows which culminated in the clash of the titans between The Biggar's Chapelton Duchess 690, a tremendous 6 year old cow whose power, presence, depth, quality of her calf and individuality just kept drawing my attention against the youth, size, fluid movements, presence and structural perfection of The Horrell's Pode Hole Madeline Zeta. In the end Pode Hole's 3 year old cow won through to the top of the line. Third prize was Brenda Wear's Redhill Bundaberg, a cracking 4 year old cow and another to watch for the future. Bull born on or after 1st January 2008. - As good a class of young bulls as I have seen at the Highland show for a long time. However, The Biggar's Chapelton Braveheart was on the day an easy winner. This exceptional yearling bull made his presence felt with his power, muscle depth, locomotion, growth and presentation - in essence a very exciting possibility for the future. Second prize was LS Adonis from Charles Lowther followed by Mark Holmes's Holmeere Hooray Henry, two good yearling bulls with Adonis shinning through with a touch more power and maturity through age. Bull born on or between 24th June and 31st December 2007. Charles Lowther's LS Zeus 151 masculinity and locomotion beat The McGowan's Fingask Argyll into second place who was not carrying the same degree of condition. Bull born on or before 31st May 2006. - Mark Holmes's 5 year old Holmeere Colonel's, width, depth, power and maturity earned him the first prize over Playfair Farm's 3 year old Toft Atlas's, length, height and potential. Best Pair and Best Group. - The best pair was awarded to LS Adonis and LS Gaia 155, who were joined by LS Gaia 154 to win the group for Charles Lowther. These young teams whilst including some tremendous individual animals were very well matched and complemented each other strengths in their representation of the breed. Champions - The Highland Show Beef Shorthorn Champion was awarded to the Horrell's young cow Pode Hole Madeline Zeta with the reserve going to the Biggar's Family's yearling bull Chapelton Braveheart.

My congratulations go out to all the breeders who exhibited. The cattle were a great advertisement for The Beef Shorthorn breed, created a wonderful spectacle for the hoards of interested onlookers and a real challenge for a judge who thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of sorting out some very competitive classes. Charlie Russell

Presentation at the Shorthorn Pavilion to the Winners as follows:

Charles Lowther receiving the BM Durno Trophy from the judge Charlie Russell for the Best Group

Robert Grierson receives the Mains Farm trophy on behalf of Donald Biggar for the best bull bred by exhibitor

Charles Horrell receives the Uppermill Perpetual Challenge cup for the Champion Female

Sally Horrell receiving the Duthie Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Supreme Champion

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Pode Hole Madeline Zeta Born: 28

March 2006 Sire: Chapelton Promoter | Dam: Wenmar Madeline N15 2009 Success: Breed & Interbreed Champion Rutland Show Breed & Native Interbreed & Res. Overall East of England Show Breed Champion Royal Highland Show Burke Native InterBreed Pair Winner Royal Show Breed Champion & Reserve Native Pair Interbreed Great Yorkshire Show

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Royal Show 2009 7th -10th July Judge: John Redpath Heifer, born between 1.1.08 & 31.3. 08 1st LS Gaia 154 (ET) C Lowther 2nd Colnvalley Lovely Hornbeam B7 MD McMillan 3rd LS Gaia 155 (ET) C Lowther 4th Colnvalley Broadhooks B1 MD McMillan Heifer, born on or after 1.4. 08 1st Aylward Gypsy Rose D Rutherford 2nd Podehole Rita Bedazzle H Horrell 3rd Glenariff Flossy Bonamy NJ & AM Barrett 4th Tofts Princess B1220 Playfair Farms Heifer, born in 2007 1st Tofts Wineberry A1141 Playfair Farms 2nd Redhill North Star's Lovely B Wear 3rd LS Gaia 150 (ET) C Lowther 4th Grafton Broadhooks Angel TC Brown Cow or Heifer, in-milk/in-calf, born pre 31.12.06 1st Croxtonpark Shuna Jewal Croxtonpark Prtnrs 2nd Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell Bull, born on or after 1.1.08 1st Colnvalley Bogart MD McMillan 2nd Holmeere Hooray Henry M Holmes 3rd Meonhill Highland Beau LEP Farms 4th Glenariff Brave Bonnar NJ & AM Barrett Bull, born in 07 1st LS Zeus 151 (ET) C Lowther 2nd Glenariff Apache NJ & AM Barrett Bull, born before 1.1.07 1st Tofts Atlas Z900 Playfair Farms 2nd Trojan of Craigeassie H Horrell 3rd Holmeere Colonel M Holmes Best Shorthorn Bull Champion: Tofts Atlas Z900 Playfair Farms Reserve: Trojan of Craigeassie H Horrell

Roy McDonald, Paul Tinker and James Playfair-Hannay with the Native Interbreed Champions at last ever Royal Show

Best Shorthorn Cow or Heifer Champion: Croxtonpark Shuna Jewal Croxtonpark Prtnrs Reserve: Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell Best Beef Shorthorn Champion: Tofts Atlas Z900 Playfair Farms Reserve: Croxtonpark Shuna Jewal Croxtonpark Prtnrs Best Junior Beef Shorthorn Bull under 2 years Champion: Colnvalley Bogart MD McMillan Reserve: LS Zeus 151 (ET) C Lowther

The judge, John Redpath, judging a strong heifer class

Best Junior Beef Shorthorn Heifer under 2 years Champion: Aylward Gypsy Rose D Rutherford Reserve: LS Gaia 154 (ET) C Lowther Best Pair, one male one female Champion: LS Gaia 154 & LS Zeus151 C Lowther Reserve: Colnvalley Bogart & Colnvalley Lovely Hornbeam B7 MD McMillan Best Group of Three Shorthorns shown by exhibitor Champion: Trojan of Craigeassie, Podehole Beauty Ava & Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell Reserve: LS Gaia 154, LS Adonis & LS Zeus151 C Lowther Best Beef Shorthorn Bull, bred by exhibitor Champion: Tofts Atlas Reserve: Colnvalley Bogart Best Beef Shorthorn bred by exhibitor Champion: Tofts Atlas Z900 Reserve: Croxtonpark Shuna Jewal

Playfair Farms MD McMillan

Playfair Farms Croxtonpark Prtnrs

A line up of all the beef breeds

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Judges Report: It has been 16 years since I was last here but the weather was not as good at it was then, being showery throughout the day. The biggest cloud though was the fact that this was to be the final Royal Show but at least I had the honour to judge the Beef Shorthorns.

Spectators around the ring outside the Shorthorn Pavilion

Presentations for Winners at the Royal Show

James Playfair and Herdsman Paul Tinker with the Brothers Collings Cup for Best Beef Shorthorn

I must congratulate the exhibitors for producing such good animals, there were very strong classes. Alas there was to be only one Champion and I chose the Senior Bull, Tofts Atlas. He was well fleshed and a good walker. Atlas also went on to win the Native Burke title. My reserve champion went to a 7yr old cow from Croxton Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Croxtonpark Shuna Jewalâ&#x20AC;?, she was a very correct cow rearing a good calf. I would like to thank the exhibitors, steward and most of all Frank for his hospitality, before, during and after judging. John Redpath

Supreme Beef Shorthorn & Supreme Native Champion Tofts Atlas from Playfair Farms

Female Champion and Reserve Beef Shorthorn Champion Croxtonpark Shuna Jewal from Croxton Park Partnership


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Mrs Redpath presents Charles Lowther with the Durno Bullrich Trophy for the Best Pair of Animals

Dan Bull receives the Nathanial Catchpole trophy for the Best Female

Charles Horrell receiving the Durno McNair, Snadden Trophy for the Best Group

The Last Ever Royal Show July 2009 A 170yr history of the Royal Show came to an end this year with the last ever Royal Show. Ask any pedigree stockman in the UK which prize he would most like to win and most of them would say without hesitation The Royal Show. The pride associated with winning the breed championship at the Royal show has to be seen to be understood and this is true of all animals not just cattle. The RASE blames declining numbers of farmers and visitors coupled with the success of their technical events for the demise of the Royal Show, but it has been sad to see that this great institution, which has spawned imitators across the world, in terminal decline when other agricultural shows facing similar problems have continued to thrive. The Shorthorn sections this year were well supported with good classes of quality cattle and it was good to see the breed going out on a high. As a mark of respect, the Society organized a “Royal Wake” for the last night of the show. Members, friends and partners in the industry were invited to the event, kindly sponsored by Shepherd Publishing, and were duly entertained by “Big Agenda.” Most of you will know Caroline in the office who during the day answers your queries on the telephone but some of you may not know that in the evening “she's a singer with the band” and wow what a singer. With husband Jason on guitar and three other talented musicians they provided a fantastic evening's entertainment. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the last night of the last ever Royal show such a memorable affair. What a swell party it was!

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G ILVEN BEEF SHORTHORNS NORTH OF ENGLAND CLUB HERD COMPETITION 2009 1st - Small Herd Competition 1st - Cow with calf at Foot (overall) Kiplin Yootha Charm (bred by D Shaw, Scorton, Richmond, North Yorkshire) & Gilven Capricorn (sire: Gilven Ace of Spades now at Newham Grange Leisure Farm)

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Great Yorkshire Show 14th/16th July 2009 Judge: I Neish This years show proved the most popular one for many years with exhibitors being turned away. We had over 2 sheds full of 30 quality animals showing the breed at its very best and also emphasising the popularity of the breed.

Many thanks must go to all the exhibitors for their hard work and commitment to improving the breed and establishing the beef shorthorn as a force to be reckoned with well done! Mark Severn

The Grand Parade was a sight to behold with Madeline Zeta leading the way ahead of all the senior bulls and a large number of females also being shown.

Bull, born before 31st June 07 1st Holmeere Colonel M.A. Holmes 2nd John of Loxley RW Hebdon 3rd Vulcan of Upsall Mrs TL Severn Bull, born on or after 1st July 07 1st Colnvalley Bogart MD McMillan 2nd LS Zeus 151 (ET) C Lowther 3rd Boris of Upsall Hon G Turton 4th Sandwick Bourbon A & C Ivinson Cow in milk or in calf born before June 06 1st Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell 2nd Betty 2nd of Loxley RW Hebdon 3rd Tarrant Xanthoceras RG Russ Heifer, born on or between 1st June 06 & 31st Dec 07 1st Podehole Beauty Ava H Horrell 2nd LS Gaia 150 (ET) C Lowther 3rd Ballard Abygail Mrs TL Severn 4th Loxley Bria RW Hebdon Heifer, born on or after 1st January 07 1st LS Gaia 154 (ET) C Lowther 2nd LS Gaia 155 (ET) C Lowther 3rd Podehole Irene Bloom H Horrell 4th Colnvalley Broadhooks B1 MD McMillan Group of Three 1st C Lowther 2nd H Horrell 3rd MD McMillan 4th RW Hebdon Pair of Animals, by the same sire 1st C Lowther

Champion - Podehole Madeline Zeta from H Horrell

Champion Beef Shorthorn: Podehole Madeline Zeta from H Horrell Junior Champion: Colnvalley Bogart from MD McMillan Male Champion: Holmeere Colonel from Mark Holmes

Reserve Champion - Podehole Beauty Ava

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Judges Report:

Senior Heifer

I was delighted to accept the invitation to judge the Beef Shorthorns at the Great Yorkshire Show.

These were more varied in type but heading the line was a roan heifer from the Podehole herd with good breed character.

Aged Bulls 1st was a well fleshed roan bull from Mark Holmes and a good walker. 2nd Was a good muscled bull, but did not show himself so well on the day. Junior Bulls I placed a roan bull from Colnvalley 1st as he had a good frame and potential, although there was not much between the first and second as both were good bulls. Cow Class Winner of the cow class was an outstanding animal, well balanced, feminine head on a good body and correct walk. She gained the prize over the second placed cow for her size and type.

Junior Heifer First and second were of the same type, well fleshed and good on their legs, both were from the Lowther herd. I made my Champion the bull from Mark Holmes with reserve champion and Junior champion going to the bull from Colnvalley. Female and Overall Champion went to the cow from Podehole as did the reserve prize. I would like to thank the exhibitors for presenting their cattle to such a high standard and to the stewards for looking after me so well. Ian G Neish

Shows with Shorthorn classes in 2010 can be found on the Society website:


Herd bred for: temperament, milk and longevity

B e ef S h o r t h o r n s

Visitors welcome

BALMEDIE EMERALD dob: 22/4/2006 - 2nd calver

Malcolm & Maureen Ross

Stock Bull:

Balmedie Farm Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire

ARDOYNE ATLAS dob: 04/07/2006

AB23 8WT tel: 01358 743398

Royal Welsh Show

Class 1

20th/23rd July 2009

1st: Fearn Wanaka, a strong, big red bull, very square conformation from S.S. Horton & Sons.

Judge: Jane Landers Bull, born before 1 January 2008 1st Fearn Wanaka SS Horton & Sons 2nd LS Zeus 151 (ET) C Lowther Bull, born on or after 1 January 2008 1st LS Apache (ET) C Lowther 2nd Hannington Balthazar SS Horton & Sons 3rd LS Animal (ET) C Lowther Best Male 1st LS Apache (ET) C Lowther Female In Milk or In Calf, born before 19 January 2007 1st Maxton Cinderella Mrs JR Gethin 2nd Lochawe Lily 13th SS Horton & Sons Female, born on or after 1 Jan 07 but before 1 Jan 08 1st Hannington Magic Amanda SS Horton & Sons 2nd LS Gaia 150 (ET) C Lowther 3rd Sannan Heather 3rd TA Williams 4th Bon Accord Rose Duchess 17th T Smith Female, born on or after 1 January 2008 1st LS Gaia 154 (ET) C Lowther 2nd Silson Bo Mr & Mrs T Coles 3rd Camlas Barcardi Mrs JR Gethin 4th Silson Buttercup Mr & Mrs T Coles Best Female & Best Shorthorn: LS Gaia 154 (ET) C Lowther Reserve Best Female & Reserve Best Shorthorn: Maxton Cinderella Mrs JR Gethin Best Group of Three: 1st Charles Lowther

2nd: LS Zeus, a younger roan bull, very stylish, I felt, he was weaker behind the shoulder, from Mr. Charles Lowther. Class 2 1st: LS Apache H ET, a long stretchy white bull with presence, the head held well, good locomotion, from Mr. Charles Lowther. 2nd: Hannington Balthazar, a dark roan, square deep bodied animal, lacking a little presence, from S.S. Horton & Sons. 3rd: LS Animal P ET: a white bull with a good head and plenty of width, from Mr. Charles Lowther. The Championship Rosette for best Male Exhibit went to Charles Lowther's LS Apache, the older bull Fearn Wanaka got Reserve, he would not behave in the Championship, and lost his chance. Animals at this level of showing need to be controlled, to give the public the best possible presentation. Class 4 1st: Mrs. J.R. Gethin with Maxton Cinderella, a strawberry roan cow with good locomotion, plenty of milk, finer, a touch of Dairy type, well put together. 2nd: S.S. Horton & Sons with Lochawe Lily, a more traditional type, just on the short side for my liking. Class 5 1st: S.S, Horton & Sons Hannington Magic Amanda, a dark roan good stretchy heifer, with width, a female head and style, will make a lovely cow. 2nd: Mr. Charles Lowther's LS Gaia 150, a dark roan, wide (may be overdone), spoiling her for her femininity on the day. 3rd: Mr. T.A. Williams' Sannan Heather, this heifer needs more time, coming from a hard hill place, to fill out. 4th: Thomas Smith's Bon Accord Rose Duchess, a good heifer, more traditional. Class 6 1st: Mr. Charles Lowther with LS Gaia 154, she came into the ring, looking stunning, great locomotion, carrying herself like a model on the catwalk! WOW!

LS Gaia 154 Champion from Lowther Shorthorns

Judges Report: I was delighted to judge the Royal Welsh on my birthday with these lovely Beef Shorthorns. What an adventure it was: my first time at the Royal Welsh. This Show looks after you very well and has a great farming spirit. Although there was a smaller amount of Beef Shorthorns, the breeders enthusiasm was lovely.

2nd: Mr. & Mrs. T. Coles with Silson Bo. An amazing white heifer, with shape, locomotion and size. 3rd: Mrs. J.R. Gethin, Camlas Barcardi, a strawberry roan, very stylish, smaller than 1st and 2nd heifers 4th: Mr. & Mrs. Coles' Silson Buttercup, a good red heifer, just a baby, needing more time 5th: Mr. T.A. Williams, Sannan Brenda 6th: S.S. Horton & Sons Hannington Magic Bernadette, a good heifer, needing more time to develop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well doneâ&#x20AC;? to all exhibitors for putting forward a good show! Jane Landers beef shorthorn


FARADALE Beef Shorthorns

Spring born calves 2009

The Faradale Beef Shorthorn Herd was established in 2008 from stock we acquired from: Upsall, Sandwick and Annanwater Herds Young stock for sale Visitors welcome

Mr E J Faragher Sandwick Lovely Yum Yum and Calf

Prospect Villa, Andreas Road, Lezayre, Isle of Man IM7 4EF

tel: 01624 814463

Pembrokeshire Show

Royal Bath & West Show

18th/20th August 2009 Judge: C J S Marler Esq.

27th/30th May 2009 Judge: C Marler

Bull any age 1st Lanarth Titans Evan K E Mitchell 2nd Lamboro Yeoman Mrs A James 3rd Lamboro Arnie Mrs A James Calf born after 1st June 2008 1st Llanarth Emilyn K E Mitchell 2nd Lamboro Ury Clarabell Mrs A James 3rd Lamboro Ury Buttercup Mrs A James COW in calf or in milk 1st Carreg Barrington III J T J Stone HEIFER under 3 years old 1st Llanarth Elizabeth K E Mitchell 2nd Lamboro Ury Precious Mrs A James 3rd Lamboro Ury Maid Bluebell Mrs A James 4th Lamboro Yarrow Beatrice Mrs A James Best Pair of Heifers owned by exhibitor, born on or after 1st Sept 06 1st Mrs A James Group of 3 animals property of the exhibitor 1st Mrs A James 2nd Mrs A James Champion: Llanarth Elizabeth K E Mitchell Reserve: Llanarth Titans Evans K E Mitchell

Llanarth Elizabeth Champion from K Mitchell

Judges Report: I was delighted to accept the invitation to judge at Haverford West, a part of the world I had not previously visited. The Shorthorns winners were of a high standard and Keith Mitchell's Llanarth herd provided the Champion and Reserve. The Champion was a lovely heifer, Llanarth Elizabeth, born April 08, beautifully prepared and brought out by the owner and a very worthy Champion. The reserve was Llanarth Titans Evan, a similar age to the champion and showing promise for the future. Mrs A James won both the group classes. Congratulations to all the exhibitors for flying the Shorthorn flag in this lovely part of Wales. Christopher Marler

Champion Colnvalley Broadhooks B1 - MD McMillan

Bull, born on or after 1st January 07 1st Colnvalley Aristocrat MD McMillan 2nd Meonhill Highland Beau LEP Farms 3rd Colnvalley Bogart MD McMillan 4th Colnvalley Bruno MD Mcmillan Cow or Heifer in milk or in calf, born on or before 1st Jan 06 1st Redhill Bundaberg Lovely 2 B Wear Heifer, born on or after Jan 07 1st Redhill North Star's Lovely B Wear 2nd Meonhill Skjaklin Purdy LEP Farms 3rd Hannington Magic Amanda SS Horton &Sons Heifer. born on 2008 1st Colnvalley Broadhooks B1 MD McMillan 2nd Colnvalley Lovely Hornbeam B7 MD McMillan 3rd Redhill Bundabergs Crocus B Wear 4th Meonhil Red Hyacinth LEP Farms Group of Three 1st MD McMillan 2nd LEP Farms 3rd B Wear Male Champion: Colnvalley Aristocrat from MD McMillan Reserve: Meonhill Highland Beau from LEP Farms Female Champion: Colnvalley Broadhooks from MD McMillan Reserve: Redhill Bundaberg Lovely 2 from B Wear Breed Champion: Colnvalley Broadhooks B1 from MD McMillan Reserve: Redhill Bundaberg Lovely 2 from B Wear

Judges Report: A return visit to the Shorthorn judging at this year's show for me was rewarded with a high standard of entries. The class of bulls, born after January 07, was won by a handsome bull from Douglas McMillan, Colnvalley Aristocrat, with LEP Farms, Meonhill Highland Beau in second place. The cow classes were won by Brenda Wear with Redhill Bundaberg Lovely 2. A lovely cow who is breeding well and whose daughter, Redhill North Star's Lovely, sired by Dunsyre North Star, won the next class for heifers born after January 1st 07. The junior heifer class secured a double for Douglas McMillan when his outstanding heifer, Colnvalley Broadhooks B1, was an easy winner but with plenty of opposition. This outstanding heifer went on to win the Championship from Brenda Wear's Redhill Bundaberg Lovely 2. Christopher Marler beef shorthorn


Dunsyre Beef Shorthorns Twenty five years of pedigree Beef Shorthorn breeding Selecting for sound commercial cattle and the best quality beef. Calving approximately 100 cows annually. Total herd size 250/300head. Champion heifer at Perth February 2009. First prize heifer at Perth October 2008. Performance recorded for more than twenty years. Member of the Hi-Health herd scheme and certified organic. Supplier of pedigree breeding stock by private sale and through Society sales. Thanks to Morrisons Farms for purchasing 31 head for the new herd at Dumfries House. Visitors welcome by appointment.

Carey Coombs Weston Farm, Dunsyre, Carnwath, Lanark. ML11 8NG 01899 810273 07734 330087

South of England Show 11th/13th June 2009 Judge: Jim Borland Female 1st Meonhill Skjaklin Purdy LEP Farms 2nd Ridley Zodiac DP Mellish 3rd Meonhill Flossy F122 LEP Farms Junior Bull 1st Meonhill Highland Beau LEP Farms Group 1st LEP Farms Female Champion and Supreme Champion: 1st Meonhill Skjaklin Purdy LEP Farms Reserve Champion and Junior Champion: Meonhill Highland Beau LEP Farms

Judges Report:

Champion Beef Shorthorn - Meonhill Skjaklin Purdy Reserve Champion - Meonhill Highland Beau from LEP Farms

Although there was a small turnout, I got a really worthy Champion in the two year old heifer Meonhill Skjaklin Purdy from LEP Farms. Reserve went to young bull also from LEP Farms, Meonhill Highland Beau. I really enjoyed my day judging and thanks must go to my stewards for making it all run smoothly. Jim Borland.

Knowehead Pedigree Beef Shorthorns Quality Breeding Stock Member of Orkney Hi Health Stock Bull:

Glenisla Agamemnon Knowehead Lady Yogurt by Knowehead Wonder Bull calf (10 days) by Glenisla Agamemnon Visitors always welcome.

John & Jill Redpath Knowehead, Kilry, Blairgowrie. PH11 8JA | tel/fax: 01575 560233 | Mob: 07801313853

Royal Norfolk Show Heifer, born in 08 1st Glenariff Flossy Bonamy 2nd Ridley Bee Howie Heifer, born in 2007 1st Glenariff Lancaster Alywn Heifer, in milk or in calf 1st Ridley Zodiac Young Bull, born in previous year 1st Glenariff Brave Bonnar Bull, any age 1st Glenariff Apache Group of Three 1st NJ & AM Barrett Best Cow or Heifer Glenariff Flossy Bonamy Best Bull Glenariff Brave Bonnar Champion Beef Shorthorn: Glenariff Brave Bonnar Reserve: Glenariff Flossy Bonamy

1st-2nd July 2009 | Judge: Mark Holmes

NJ & AM Barrett MDM

NJ & AM Barrett MDM Howie NJ & AM Barrett NJ & AM Barrett

NJ & AM Barrett NJ & Am Barrett NJ & AM Barrett

Beef Shorthorn Champion: Glenariff Brave Bonnar from NJ & AM Barrett

NJ & AM Barrett

East of England Show 19th-21st June 2009 Judge: R Rettie Bull, born before 1st January, 2008 1st Chapelton Wildfire Croxtonpark Prtnrs 2nd Glenariff Washington NJ & AM Barrett Bull, born on or after 1st January, 2008 1st Glenariff Brave Bonnar NJ & AM Barrett 2nd Podehole Beefeater H Horrell Cow in Milk or in Calf, born before 1st January, 2007 1st Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell 2nd Croxtonpark Shuna Jewal Croxtonpark Prtnrs Heifer, born on or after 1st January, 2007 but before 2008 1st Podehole Beauty Ava H Horrell 2nd Grafton Broadhooks Angel Mr & Mrs TC Brown 3rd Croxtonpark Broadhooks Obelia Croxtonpark Ptnrs 4th Glenariff Lancaster Alwyn NJ & AM Barrett Heifer, born on or after 1st January, 2008 1st Podehole Irene Bloom H Horrell 2nd GlenariffFlossy Bonamy N.J. & A.M. Barrett 3rd Grafton Ruby B Mr & Mrs TC Brown 4th Croxtonpark Lovely Popsy Croxtonpark Prtns Pair of Animals 1st Podehole H Horrell 2nd Glenariff NJ & AM Barrett Male Champion: Chapelton Wildfire Croxtonpark Prtns Junior Female: Podehole Irene Bloom H Horrell Female and Breed Champion: Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell Reserve Female Champion: Podehole Beauty Ava H Horrell Reserve Breed Champion: Chapelton Wildfire Croxtonpark Prtns

Female and Breed Champion - Podehole Madeline Zeta from Harry Horrell

Reserve Champion Interbreed Quartet animals from Pode Hole & Croxton Park

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Surrey County Show 25th May 2009 Judge: Christopher Marler Cow in Milk or in Calf, born before 31 Dec 2007 1st Ridley Zodiac D Mellish 2nd Meonhill Flossie Fizz LEP Farms 3rd Tarrant Thalia SS Horton & Sons 4th Trunley Secret Whistle B Howard Heifer, born on or after1st Jan 07 1st Grafton Broadhooks Angel Mr & Mrs TC Brown 2nd Meonhill Sjkaklin Purdy LEP Farms 3rd Meonhill Blythsome Josie LEP Farms 4th Trunley Lilian Angel B Howard Heifer, born on or after 1 Jan 08 1st Ridley Bee D Mellish Junior Bull 1st Highland Beau LEP Farms 2nd Hannington Balthazar SS Horton & Sons Group of Three 1st LEP Farms Champion Beef Shorthorn: Grafton Broadhooks Angel Mr & Mrs TC Brown Reserve: Highland Beau LEP Farms

Beef Shorthorns - Reserve Interbreed Champion Group - from LEP Farms

Judges Report: It was a pleasure to judge the Beef Shorthorns at the above show and a much improved entry and more exhibitors than when I previously judged a few years ago. The cow class was up to standard with Mr Mellish winning with Ridley Zodiac in the class for heifers born before 31st December 2007. The strongest class of the day, heifers born after 1st January 2007, produced my eventual Champion in Mr & Mrs Brown's heifer, Grafton Broadhooks Angel. This heifer showed great presence and breed character and was a clear winner on the day. The only two bull entries were both juniors and the winner was a very smart March 08 born, stylish youngster, Highland Beau from LEP Farms. Highland Beau went on to be Reserve Breed Champion to Mr & Mrs Brown's Grafton Broadhooks Angel, winner of the RW Haddon Challenge Cup for the Champion Beef Shorthorn. Christopher Marler

Beef Shorthorn Breed Champion - Mr & Mrs Browns Heifer Grafton Broadhooks Angel

Rutland County Show 7th June 2009 Judge: D Wyllie Bull, born on or after 1.1.08 1st Podehole Beefeater H Horrell 2nd Glenariff Brave Bonar NJ & AM Barrett Cow or Heifer in Calf or with calf at foot born before 1.1.07 1st Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell Heifer, born on or after 1.1.07 and before 1.1.08 1st Podehole Beauty Ava H Horrell 2nd Grafton Broadhooks Angel Mr & Mrs TC Brown 3rd Podehole Joyful April GH Towers Heifer, born on or after 1.1.08 1st Podehole Irene Bloom H Horrell 2nd Podehole Rita Bedazzle H Horrell 3rd Glenariff Flossy Bonamy NJ & AM Barrett 4th Grafton Ruby B Mr & Mrs TC Brown Junior Champion: Podehole Beefeater H Horrell Supreme Beef Shorthorn: Podehole Madeline Zeta H Horrell Reserve: Podehole Beefeater

H Horrell

Supreme Inter-Breed Championship and the Native Beef Breed Championship: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Podehole Madeline Zetaâ&#x20AC;&#x153; a very good day for the Horrell family.


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North Yorkshire County Show 14th June 2009 Judge: R McDonald Bull born on or before 31st December, 2007 1st C Lowther LS Zeus 151 ET 2nd RW Hebdon John of Loxley 3rd P Braithwaite Tarrant Arnie Bull born on or after 1st January, 2008 1st C Lowther LS Apache ET 2nd A & C Ivinson Sandwick Bourbon 3rd C Lowther LS Alpha ET 4th C Lowther LS Animal ET Heifer born on or after 31st January, 2008 1st C Lowther LS Gaia 1545 ET 2nd I Barker Bankfoot Blossom 3rd FW Graham Fieldhouse Florence Female in calf or with calf at foot born before 31st December, 2007 1st RW Hebdon Betty 2nd of Loxley 2nd C Lowther LS Gaia 148 3rd P Braithwaite Albion Maryann Ariadne 4th RS Johnson Gilven Magic Aurora Champion: C Lowther LS Gaia 1545 Reserve: C Lowther LS Apache Interbreed Pairs: C Lowther took reserve in this class

Judges Report: I would like to thank The North Yorkshire County Show for allowing me to judge their Beef Shorthorn Classes this year. I enjoyed the show and the stewards made my job easier and made me feel very welcome. All of the exhibitors brought out a high standard of show cattle. Older Bull Class - The winning bull in this class was well finished and turned out. Young Bull Class - A good turn out for this class, but the first four bulls were very strong, the winner being a white, well fleshed bull. The second placed bull was not far behind. Young Heifer Class. Only three entries in this class but the winner was exceptional and went on to be my Champion. Female in calf or in milk. The winner of this class was a good, honest hard working cow. R McDonald

Perth Summer Show 2009 Judge: R Minty Bull, born on or before 31st May 07 1st Dacre Rock Star J Wood Bull, born on or between 1 June 07 and 31 Dec 07 1st Fingask Angus W McGowan 2nd Colnvalley Aristocrat MD McMillan 3rd LS Zeus 151 (ET) MD McMillan Bull, born on or between 1 Jan 08 and 31 Dec 08 1st Glenisla Bango Major JPO & Miss C Gibb 2nd Colnvalley Bogart MD McMillan 3rd Colnvalley Bruno MD McMillan Female in Milk or in Calf born on or before 31 May 07 1st Fingask Rosette Topsy W McGowan Female born on or between 1st June 07 and 31 Dec 07 1st Fingask Honey Crocus W McGowan Female born on or between 1st Jan 08 and 31 Dec 08 1st Glenisla Eva Broadhooks Major JPO & Miss C Gibb 2nd Fingask Lancaster Bridget W McGowan 3rd Colnvalley Lovely MD McMillan Bull or Heifer calf, born in 2009 1st Fingask Ceasar W McGowan Group of Three, Exhibitor Bred 1st Major JPO & Miss C Gibb 2nd W McGowan Junior Bull: Glenisla Bango Major JPO & Miss C Gibb Champion Female: Glenisla Eva Broadhooks Major JPO & Miss C Gibb Supreme and Male Champion: Fingask Angus


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W McGowan

Fingask Angus Breed Champion from W McGowan

Judges Report: How delighted I was to see such a large entry of good quality Shorthorns at Perth Show. I must thank the exhibitors and handlers for showing their cattle in which was rather wet conditions underfoot in the morning, clearing up in the afternoon. I would like to thank the Perth Show Directors for inviting me to judge and my stewards for making my day a most enjoyable one. Robbie Minty



Present Stock Bull: Glenisla Zinzan (pictured, purchased privately)

Beef Shorthorns from the Highlands Much smaller herd but still going for Top Quality GLEN GLOY FARMS LTD Letterfinlay, Spean Bridge, Inverness-Shire PH34 4DZ contact: David Macleod - 01397 712 668 | Bob McWalter - 07831 593 095 / 01397 772212

Cow 1st 2nd Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd Bull 1st 2nd 3rd

143rd Ryedale Show 09

Dumfries & Lockerbie Show

Judge: A Ivinson

31st July - 1st August 09 Judge: J Redpath

Betty of Loxley Nentsberry Yasmin

RW Hebdon D Ingleson

Albion Maryann Ariadne Loxley Brice Sleighthome Laurel

P Braithwaite RW Hebdon R James

Tarrant Arnie John of Loxley 2nd Agamemnon of Upsall

P Braithwaite D Ingleson Hon G Turton

Champion: Betty of Loxley - RW Hebdon

Judges Report: The weather improved as we travelled over the Pennines, wet soggy Cumbria gave way to a dry, warm if slightly dull North Yorkshire. I was met with a warm welcome, a hot coffee (plus biscuits) and some very tight classes of cattle. First place in the cow class went to Betty 2nd of Loxley a big strong and well fleshed cow, well turned out by Mr Hebdon. The large heifer class was for animals under 31 months of age and certainly made me work. I was looking for animals that were well grown for their age, and wanted the older heifers to be well in calf as I believe that show animals should also be productive animals. Therefore my first place animal was a strong red heifer Albion Maryann Ariadne shown by Mr Braithwaite. Second went to Mr Hebdon with Loxley Brice a very fleshy heifer but not as well grown despite being the oldest in the class. Third went to Mrs James with her pretty yearling Sleightholme Lobelia. In the bull class I placed importance on locomotion and structural correctness. I made an allowance on the fitness of the bull as some had been working harder than others. Based on this my first place went to Mr Braithwaite with Tarrant Arnie by far the most mobile bull in the class. Second was John of Loxley a big long well fleshed bull but slightly lame on the day. My champion for the day was Betty 2nd of Loxley due mainly to her superior condition and fleshiness - a fine example of a working cow. The junior champion was Sleightholme Lobelia. My congratulations go out to all those who showed cattle to such a high standard at this traditional agricultural show and I would like to thank my steward and the show committee for inviting me to judge and for their help on the day. Andrew Ivinson


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Cow or Heifer 1st Chapelton Duchess Messrs J Biggar 2nd Trunley Lilian Winnie B & LJ Landers Heifer 1st Cairnsmore Aleisha Moment B & J Landers 2nd LS Gaia 154P C Lowther 3rd Chapelton Zola 2620 Messrs J Biggar Bull 1st Chapelton Braveheart Messrs J Biggar 2nd Cairnsmore Antonio B & J Landers 3rd Cairnsmore Brooke B & J Landers Champion: Chapelton Duchess from Messrs Biggar Reserve: Trunley Lilian Winnie from B & J Landers

Judges Report: As with all the shows I judged this year, Dumfries did not let us down as it rained, though not too heavy and the hospitality made a really warm welcome. I had both Shorthorn and Highland to judge. There was a good show of cattle and I picked the Chapelton senior cow as Champion. She was a very correct cow, rearing a good calf. My reserve was another good cow from Cairnsmore. Congratulations to all the exhibitors and a thanks must go to the stewards. John Redpath

Aylth Show 20st June 09 Judge: G Lennox Bull, born on or after 1 June 07 but before 31 Dec 07 1st Fingask Angus W McGowan Bull, born in 08 1st Glenisla Badendun Major JPO & Miss 2nd Knowehead Buchanan J & J Redpath Cow or Heifer, born on or before 31 May 07 1st Glenisla Eva Broadhooks Y379 Major JPO & Miss Heifer, born in 08 1st Glenisla Eva Broadhooks B588 Major JPO & Miss Champion Beef Shorthorn: Glenisla Eva Broadhooks Y379 Major JPO & Miss Reserve: Glenisla Badendun Major JPO & Miss

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Granton Show 13th August 2009 | Judge: Major JC Gibb Judges Report: Writing this on a wet November morning, I wonder if foresight might have produced a different result. Only two bulls were shown, I chose as my male champion the well grown, attractive, white bull from Alvie Estates, who went on to be come an impressive male champion at Stirling in October. Had I chosen him as my champion the resulting Native Interbreed may have been different. My champion was the Millerston cow with another good white bull calf at foot and she went on to win the Native Interbreed from strong opposition. This was quite a small show of shorthorns, but was strong in quality especially in the female classes. I could have justified any four females as champion. For my reserve champion I chose a yearling heifer from Smallburn Farms: she was full of character and promise for the future. Alongside the showground was a busy farmers market. One of the stall was selling locally produced Shorthorn beef. Naturally I bought some, it was better than excellent. Well done to everyone, exhibitors and stallholders, our thanks to the show society for their hospitality.

Major Gibb choosing his Champion


Fingask Angus Shorthorn Champion at the first Bulls Sales at Stirling October 09. We thank the purchaser Glenkiln Farms and wish them all the best with him.

Home & Overseas visitors always welcome. Stock usually for sale.

William McGowan MBE. Fingask, Cupar, Fife Tel: (01334) 654845 or 652246 or 840419 Mobile: David McGowan 0780 1933034

Turriff Show A small but very selective number of Beef Shorthorn's were presented on Monday the 3rd of August 2009. Bull - Blelack Rupert, a well grown, thick, muscular bull exuding breed character from the Massie's pushed the very useful Windy Hills Bold Leader from James Borland into second place. Cow, The compact but beautifully made 4 year on cow Bon-Accord Duchess 9th, from Andrew Anderson was a worthy class winner. She was shown with her heifer calf at foot and was a tremendous advert for the breed with her fluid locomotion, depth, width and udder attachment. Heifer, The Massie's Blelack Mistletoe who was well grown, stretchy heifer with just enough power not to detract from her femininity was first prize followed close by Andrew Anderson's yearling heifer. Champions, Champion Beef Shorthorn was the yearling Bull Blelack Rupert from the Massie's, His presence, growth, breed character and potential pushed Andrew Anderson's Bon-Accord Duchess 9th into the reserve champion position.

Inter Breed Competitions The Beef Shorthorns achieved some notable successes in 2008 and 2009 in Inter Breed Competitions, Individuals, Pairs and Teams, including Supreme Champion Great Yorkshire Show, Native individual and Native Burke pairs at the Royal Show as well as many other regional and County Shows. Congratulations to all those who took part. The Interbreed Competitions are an important shop window for potential purchasers and as a breed we look to make the biggest impact we can in these classes. The selection of teams and pairs - if not denoted by the Shows schedule - should if possible be done by the Judge and another Society Director (preferably non exhibiting) where available with the emphasis of putting out the strongest team available. Although circumstances will not make this possible at every show and in those cases exhibitors should collaborate with one another to put forward the best team for the breed. Beef Shorthorns - Reserve Interbreed

Charlie Russell

Champion Group

Showing Protocol The Shorthorn classes at shows up and down the country are a great shop window for the breed and have their part to play in publicising the Shorthorn to a wider market.

At the Director's meetings there has been some discussion regarding showing protocol and exhibitors are asked to note the following suggestions.

Protocol 1. Plain white coats preferably 2. A shirt with a collar and without advertising logos for Society tie are preferable. herds etc. must be worn by all exhibitors.


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3. Mobile phones should be switched off or left outside the ring if an urgent call is expected. Chewing gum, cigarettes likewise.

East Mainland Show 1st August 09 Champion: Nearhouse Ruthie a 15month old heifer by JM Lennie & Co - Balmyle Crackle Reserve: Greeness Saxon a three year old bull by E & I Kemp Greeness Erland

West Mainland Show 6th August 09 | Judge: Ian Smith, Glenrinnes Farms Ltd There was a good show of Beef Shorthorn cattle with 22 entries from 5 exhibitors. Champion: Cavans Princess Winnie a six year old cow by GRT Scarth & Co - Glenisla Rannoch Reserve: Greenburn Adele a two year old heifer in-calf by E Heddle Chapelton Waverley Best Calf: Queenamoan Lovely by Newfield Tarquin B & S Slater Best Yearling and Best Male: Lagas Bigboy by Glenisla Zoco Laga Farms Ltd Best Cow or Heifer: Cavans Princess Winnie from GRT Scarth & Co

Judges Report: Sunshine, Vodka and Coke and 54 Beef Shorthorns to judge: I had my work cut out. No. 267, a roan bull, 7 years old, with power and good locomotion, just what a Shorthorn should be, was my Champion, and Reserve Interbreed. The cow classes were very strong, with all shapes, traditional and modern, very impressive. The female line up for the Championship was very pleasing to the eye.

Reminder: the year letter for 2010 is................

Show results from the Orkney Isles Orkney 123rd County Show 8th August 09 | Judge: Mrs J Landers Breed Champion and Reserve Interbreed Champion: Nearhouse James a six year old bull by Balmyle Crackle shown by E Flett Reserve Champion and best Calf: Nearhouse Ruthie from J & M Lennie Best Bull: Nearhouse James from E Flett With 9 exhibitors and 40 animals forward, it was a very good show.

From Classes 60 and 61 Sandy Scarth with a roan cow and a good bull calf at foot, and Dry Cow: a young roan cow. J.M. Lennie, Nearhouse, with a red & white 3 year old, large and powerful cow. In-Calf Heifer from Erlend Flett, Hurtiso, Holm, a light roan daughter of the 7 year old champion bull. Heifer Stirk Class 65: a strawberry light roan heifer with a wow look, also a daughter of the champion bull. Class 70 Heifer Calf: Red calf with the wow factor, it showed itself off, from B. & S. Slater, Newbigging, Dounby. It turned out, that the young females stole the show. The red heifer calf from B. & S. Slater was Female Champion. She also won the championship at Dounby show on the Thursday before. Reserve was the heifer from J.M. Lennie, Nearhouse, Tankerness, she had also been winning in Orkney at other shows. The 7 year old bull won overall Beef Shorthorn Champion and the red heifer calf from B. & S. Slater was Reserve. I had to judge the Native Breed and Young Farmers Section as well, so I had a lovely time. Orkney: you really have great Beef Shorthorns! Congratulations to all exhibitors. Come to the Royal Highland Show next year, and tell the world, you are here! Jane Landers

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Croxtonpark Rothes Kerry Champion - Jinahely, Limerick, Jullon also Reserve Interbreed

Croxtonpark Rothes Natasha

Ricketstown Belle 15th DOB: 05.01.09 Won a number of top prizes at Summer shows Stock usually for sale. Visitors welcome.

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Enniscorthy Show 1st August 09 Cow in calf or calf at foot 1st Ricketstown Jonquil Martin Kelly 2nd Croxtonpark Tansy Jonquil P.J. and C. Kelly Pure bred Male or Female under 2 years old 1st Ricketstown Gracie P.J. and C. Kelly Pure bred Calf Male or Female born after 1st January 09 1st Ricketstown Captain P.J. and C. Kelly 2nd Ricketstown Belle Martin Kelly Pure bred Male or Female under 2 years old 1st Ricketstown Gracie P.J. and C. Kelly Champion: Ricketstown Jonquil Martin Kelly

This show was very badly supported the day was changed from Saturday to Thursday this could have been the reason!

Tullow Show Best Calf born after 1st January Male or Female 1st Ricketstown Belle 15th Martin Kelly 2nd Ballylaffin heifer James Whelan 3rd Ballylaffin heifer James Whelan Best uncalved heifer with not more than two permanent teeth 1st Capponellan Daffodil 6th Mr Donal Bowe Best Cow in milk or incalf 1st Croxtonpark Rothes Kerry Martin Kelly 2nd Capponellan Ivy Mr Donal Bowe Champion: Croxtonpark Rothes Kerry Martin Kelly

Mullingar Show Inter club Championship 2009 Female Team consisting of - Cow, 2 year old heifer and 1 year old heifer (3 animals) 1st South Eastern Club Ricketstown Shorthorns 2nd Mount Leinster Club Paul Darker, James Whelan, Peter Luttrell 3rd Moy Club James Gormley, Noel Dowd, Jim Foley Pedigree Shorthorn cow rearing 2009 calf (calf not to be shown) 1st Croxtonpark Tansy Jonquil P.J. and C.Kelly 2nd Creaga Tina Mr Noel Dowd 3rd Gortna Dreas Rose 2nd James and Peter Gormley 4th Kilfrush Rose 2nd Tom and Mary Fox All Ireland Pedigree Shorthorn Heifer born between January 1st 2007 and 31st December 2007 1st Ballygowan Cahtter Mr Jim Foley 2nd Ricketstown Tansy Jonquil P.J. and C. Kelly 3rd Creaga Coco Mr Noel Dowd 4th Mr James Whelan Pedigree Shorthorn Heifer born between 1st January 2008 and December 31st 2008 1st Creaga Dazzle Mr Noel Dowd 2nd Ardnaskea Cybil Mr Patrick Hehir 3rd Ricketstown Gracie Martin Kelly 4th Gortna Dreas Red Lady James and Peter Gormley Boyne Valley Club Class - Members only 1st Kilfrush Belle 16th Tom and Mary Fox 2nd Ballinlig Dazzler Terry Middleton 3rd Monasteroris Jenny Deans 10th Mr Michael Manley 4th Kilfrush Rose 2nd Tom and Mary Fox Pedigree Shorthorn Heifer born after 1st January 2009 1st Creaga Ebony Mr Noel Dowd 2nd Daisy Mr James Whelan 3rd Wild Eyes Mr Kenneth Smyth 4th Bethlahem Zenith 2nd Tom and Mary Fox Champion: Croxtonpark Tansy Jonquil P.J. and Carmel Kelly

Irish Summer Show Results 2009 Athlone Show Cow with calf at foot 1st Croxtonpark Tansy Jonquil 2nd Gortnadrass Rose 3rd Creaga Azara Rose 4th Kilfrush Gracie 2nd Heifer born 2007 1st Ballygowan Chatter 2nd Creaga Coco 3rd Ricketstown Tansy Jonquil 4th Kilfrush Belle16th Heifer born 2008 1st Creaga Dazzle 2nd Roisin 3rd Gortnadrass Red Lady 4th Ardnasfea Zenith Bull or Heifer born from 1st January 2009 1st Ballinlig Danzer 2nd Creaga Ebany 3rd Champion: Croxtonpark Tansy Jonquil

P.J.and C. Kelly James and Peter Gormley Mr Noel Dowd Tom and Mary Fox Mr Jim Foley Mr Noel Dowd P.J. and C Kelly Tom and Mary Fox Mr Noel Dowd Mr Patrick Hehir James and Peter Mr Patrick Hehir Mr Terry Middleton Mr Noel Dowd Tom and Mary Fox P.J. and C. Kelly

Tinahely Show Cow in milk or in Calf 1st Croxtonpark Rothes Kerry Heifer Calf born after 1st January 2009 1st Ricketstown Belle 15th 2nd Diana 3rd Drew Champion: Croxtonpark Rothes Kerry

Martin Kelly Martin Kelly Mr James Whelan Mr James Whelan Martin Kelly

Champion - Croxtonpark Tansy Jonquil from PJ & C Kelly

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Beef Shorthorn Show Goes from Strength to Strength

Supreme Champion Flossy Fae, owned by James Porter, exhibited by Ian Rea whose son is receiving the trophy from judge Donald Biggar.

Young Handlers in the Beef Shorthorn Under-14 class are put through their paces.

The NI Beef Shorthorn Club Annual Show at Glenarm Castle on Tuesday 14th July saw breeders bring out one of the largest show entries of Beef Shorthorns in the UK. The impressive sight of just under fifty red, white, and roaned cattle attracted much interest from visitors to the Highland Games as well as many enquiries about this historic and resurgent breed. Judging some of the largest Beef Shorthorn classes seen in Northern Ireland for many years was Donald Biggar, owner of the well known and highly distinguished Chapelton herd in Castle Douglas, Scotland. Donald also has historic links with Glenarm Castle as in the early 1900's his great grandfather competed against the past Lord's of Antrim in the show ring with Galloway cattle. Donald was able to bring over historic documents from those shows to reminisce with the current Lord Antrim. These links extend to the present day as a Chapelton Beef Shorthorn bull; Yardley, is being used by the Antrim Estate Company's (Glenarm Castle) suckler herd to produce organic Shorthorn beef to complement their acclaimed organic salmon. Donald certainly had his work cut out on the day with no less than ten cattle classes and two Young Handler classes to judge. The Young Handler classes have been introduced this year for the first time in recognition of the contribution of young breeders to the future development of the breed. Donald has a wealth of experience in judging and was in his youth himself a Young Handler. But he was faced with many tough decisions as the cream of local Beef Shorthorns were put through their paces. In thanking Antrim Estate Company for the invitation to judge at Glenarm Donald also commended the NI Beef Shorthorn Club for putting on a show with such a consistently high quality of entries, on a par with the top entries at any other UK Show. Donald's choice for the Supreme Champion went to the Uppermill herd of James Porter, Ballinderry, with his Cow with Calf at Foot entry, Flossy Fae, a tremendous five year old roaned cow who demonstrates clearly the superb maternal characteristics of the breed.


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Glenarm Highland Games Reserve Supreme Champion honours went to Brian McAllister & Son, Kells, to the 1st place Junior Heifer Burnside Bluebell, an exceptional light roaned heifer who combined eye catching style with all round quality and femininity. Donald noted that she is definitely one to watch out for in the future. First place in both the Senior Bull and Junior Bull classes were won by T & K Madden, Ballyvaddy, Glencloy, with Watchman of Upsall and Brigadier of Ballyvaddy respectively. Donald particularly noted the high quality of the entries in the Senior and Junior Heifer classes which clearly showed the results of ongoing efforts in sustained breed development and which bode very well for the future of the breed in Northern Ireland. The 1st place Senior Heifer in a class of 12 entries, Priestland Crocus, owned by veteran breeder Sam McCollum, Bushmills, and shown with a strong calf at foot was praised for her growth, correctness and calf rearing ability. There was also very strong competition in the Junior Heifer class with ten entries demonstrating the best of the breed's qualities. The judge commented that judging the three calf classes was a particular challenge and he was delighted to see the next generation of Beef Shorthorns exhibited in the Senior, Junior and Baby calf classes setting such a high standard. The Senior Calf class was won by Castlemount Shorthorns, Newtownards, with Castlemount Joker. The Junior Calf class was won by James Porter with Uppermill Flossy Fae and the ever popular crowd-pleasing Baby Calf class was won by David Alexander with Craigfaddock Matilda 8th. A large entry to the Pairs class gave the judge much food for thought with entries ranging from pairs of calfs through pairs of heifers to bull and heifer combinations. First place went to Fred Duncan with the duo of Senior Heifers Glenbrae Floss A5 and Croxtonpark Kestrel Oxlip.

In the highly competitive and well supported Young Handler classes brothers Tom and John Alexander came to the fore, taking first place in the Under-14 class and the Over-14 class respectively. A little sibling rivalry ensued as John went on to take the Champion Young Handler Cup, edging forward by a nose with the benefits of age and experience. Well done to the other placed Young Handlers: Peter and Adam Gillespie; Michael and Paul Duncan; David and James Rea, and Sam Martin, and all those who competed.

Reserve Supreme Champion Beef Shorthorn was won by B McAllister & Son, with Burnside Bluebell

The NI Beef Shorthorn Club would like to thank all their sponsors for their sustained and generous support and Antrim Estate Company for hosting the event. The next event scheduled in the NI Beef Shorthorn Club programme is a herd visit to view the 2008 Champion Herd on Saturday 1st August, commencing at 3.00pm. If you would like further information on this event please contact Club Chairman David Hammond on Tel 07713585130, Club Secretary Karen Carson on Tel 07766933733 or Club Member James Nelson on Tel 07961725261.

Senior Bull, Watchman of Upsall, owned by T & K Madden

Champion Beef Shorthorn Young Handler John Alexander receives his trophy from judge Donald Biggar

NI Beef Shorthorn Club Results for the Annual Show at Glenarm Castle Senior Bull, SPONSORED BY AI Services, Ballycraigy:

Baby Calf, SPONSORED BY W J Wharry:

1st 2nd

1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Watchman of Upsall Thorn the Boss

T & K Madden TF Duncan and Co.

Junior Bull, SPONSORED BY Sam Mellon Excavation,: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Brigadier of Ballyvaddy Blue of Ballyvaddy; Bandoleer of Ballyvaddy Mainevalley Blockbuster

T & K Madden T & K Madden T & K Madden W & K Carson

In-calf cow, SPONSORED BY James Porter, Uppermill Shorthorns: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Craigfaddock Lady Annetta Colonywymott Tessa S060 Colonywymott Crocus Dunsyre Daisy 10

2nd D Alexander T & K Madden TF Duncan & Co. H McConnell

Cow with Calf at Foot, SPONSORED BY William Hamill & Sons: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Flossy Fae Chapelton Heathermaid 613 Trunley Secret Wonderful Glenbrae Floss Zipy

J Porter T & K Madden, Castlemount Shorthorns B McAllister & Son

Senior Heifer, SPONSORED BY David Hamilton, Farm Buildings: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Priestland Crocus S McCollum Uppermill Rothes Jellybean J Porter Rothes Joan J Porter Uppermill Rothes Myrtle J Porter

Junior Heifer, SPONSORED BY Seamus Hunter: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Burnside Bluebell Uppermill Betts Craigfaddock Lady Annetta Ballyvaddy Tessa B732

B McAllister & Son J Porter 7 D Alexander T & K Madden

Senior Calf, SPONSORED BY Glens Farm Supplies: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Castlemount Joker Castlemount Jovial Zoe Craigfaddock Lady Annetta Byron of Ballyvaddy

Castlemount Shorthorns Castlemount Shorthorns 8th D Alexander T & K Madden

Junior Calf, SPONSORED BY McCurdy Fuels: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Uppermill Flossy Fae Clansman of Ballyvaddy Craigfaddock Lady Annetta Chieftain of Ballyvaddy

J Porter T & K Madden 9th D Alexander T & K Madden

Craigfaddock Matilda 8th D Alexander Burnside Caveman B McAllister & Son Ballyvaddy Heathermaid C756 T & K Madden Mainevalley Carla W & K Carson

Pairs, SPONSORED BY McCaughan: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

T & F Duncan J Porter D Alexander J Porter


Flossy Fae - J Porter


John Alexander

Judges Report: Great credit to the NI Beef shorthorn Club for turning out the largest show of Shorthorn cattle in the UK this year with 54 animals on parade. Glenarm Highland Games is wonderful event organised by Antrim Estates with an attendance of around 15,000 each year. Glenarm Organic Salmon is already a well known brand and the Estate plan to extend their offer with Shorthorn beef from their own commercial herd from the progeny of Shorthorn bulls. Calves from the estate herd were on display at the show and created a great advert for our breed. The standard of cattle presented was very high and a demonstration of the progress the Shorthorn breed is making. The female classes in particular were impressive with the large heifer classes having quality animals throughout. Champion of the show was from the Uppermill herd of James Porter with cow class winner Flossy Fae, a long well structured cow with a good calf at foot. Reserve from B McAllister and son with Burnside Bluebell a strong quality heifer with potential to be a powerful show cow in the future. beef shorthorn


Winner of the very strong senior heifer class was Sam McCollum with Priestland Crocus. These three females would hold their own in any show of Shorthorns. The bull classes were dominated by Tom and Kate Madden and the calf classes produced winners for David Alexander and Castlemount Shorthorns. The pairs class was won with well matched heifers from Fred Duncan. Two classes for young handlers were won by brothers John and Tom Alexander The enthusiasm shown by the exhibitors young and not so young bodes well for the future of the breed in N Ireland.

Pairs class was won by T F Duncan & Co, pictured with Class Sponsor Robert McCartney of McCaughan Animal Health, Ballymena, and the judge Donald Biggar.

I very much enjoyed the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended by the show organisers and all exhibitors. My thanks go to all who made the trip to Glenarm most enjoyable. Donald Biggar

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intention, effort, and execution; it represents the wise choice, it represents Creaga Shorthorns

Creaga Dice - DOB: 08 Semen Available from Dovea Genetics

Creaga White Rose - DOB: 03

Creaga Dazzle - DOB: 08

Winner of Numerous Prizes

Tullamore yearling Heifer 09

Creaga Ebony - DOB: 09

Creaga Coco - DOB: 07

Connaught Champion Heifer and Tullamore Heifer Calf 09

Tullamore Supreme Champion Heifer 09

The Creaga Heard is TH free Stock available for sale from time to time, visitors always welcome. Breeder: Noel Dowd Loughglass, Creggs, Co. Galway, Ireland. Tel: 0035390 6621163 | Mob: 0035387 2977387 | E-mail:

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13 Carey Coombs | DUNSYRE

HERD - Weston Farm, Dunsyre, Carnwath, Lanarkshire. ML11 8NG t: O1899 810273 e:

HERD - T/A Alvie Farm, Alvie Estate,

Kincraig, Inverness-shire. PH21 1NE t: 01540 651255 e:


Mr W McGowan MBE | FINGASK HERD - Fingask, Dairsie, Cupar, Fife

J Porter | UPPERMILL HERD 24 Mr 5 Legaterriff Rd, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland. BT28 2EY t: 028 9265 2361 m: 07899936166 e:

KY15 4RX t: 01334 654845 / 01334652246

and Mrs Ross | BALMEDIE HERD 2 Mr Balmedie Farm, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire.

16 Glenkiln Farms | GLENKILN HERD - c/o Mr G Sommerville, Bettyknowes, Crocketford, Dumfries. DG2 8QE t: O1556 690219

AB23 8WT t: 01358 743398 e:

G Massie & Sons | BLELACK HERD 3 Mr - Bleleck Farm, Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. AB34 5NH t: 01339 881662 / 01339 881931


Bushmills, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland. BT57 8UG t: 02820731231 m: 07855058310

Lanarkshire. ML11 8LP t: O1501 785262

1 Mr & Mrs J.D.A. Williamson | ALVIE


Samuel McCollum | PRIESTLAND 23 Mr HERD - 17 Revellagh Road, Priestland,

J Webster | DIPPOOL HERD 14 Mr Kilnpothall Farm, Carnwath, Lanark,

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Breeders Directory



HERD - Playfair Farms, Morebattle Tofts,

Birsay, Orkney. KW17 2LN t: 01856 771259 e:

Kelso, Roxburghshire. TD5 8AD t: O1573 440364 m: 07831455994 e:

J Scott & Partners | FEARN HERD -

Northern Ireland:

Fearn Farm, Fearn, Tain, Ross-shire. IV20 1TL t: O1862 832205 m: O7770 863506 e:


Mr. D Macleod | GLENGLOY HERD Glen Gloy Farms Ltd, Letterfinlay, Spean Bridge, Invernes-Shire. PH34 4DZ t: O1397 712668 | m: O7977129808

J.P.O. Gibb | GLENISLA HERD 7 Major Glenisla House, by Blairgowrie, Perth,


Perthshire. PH11 8QL t: 01575 5582736 e:

8 J & J Redpath | KNOWEHEAD HERD -

Kilry, Blairgowrie. PH11 8JA t: O1575 560233 e:

South Scotland:

9 Mr Derek J Steen | BALLYLINNEY


N Dowd | CREAGA HERD 25 Mr Loughglass, Creggs, Roscommon, Co Galway,

T/A T. Mclatchie, Millerston Farm, Mauchline Ayrshire. KA5 5HH t: 01290 550997

18 Mr J.P.L. Playfair-Hannay | TOFTS

Mr Scarth| CAVANS HERD - Twatt Farm,


Eire t: 00353906621163 / 00353872977387 e:

26 Martin & PJ Kelly | RICKETSTOWN HERD - Rathvilly, Co. Carlow, Eire t: OO353 (0) 59 9161213 e:

27 Mr & Mrs S. Brigdale | ROWANBERRY HERD - Creggaun, Doora, Ennis, Co. Clare, Eire t: OO353 (0) 6568 22237 e:

T & K Madden | BALLYVADDY HERD Ballyvaddy, Glencloy, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland. BT44 0LG t: 028 2884 1684 m: 07720535573 e:


Mr T McGuigan | COOPER HERD 34 Mullinary Road, Middletown, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland BT60 4HW t: 02837 568515 e:


Mr David Alexander |CRAIGFADDOCK HERD - 23 Springmount Road, Clough,


Ballymena, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland BT44 9QQ t: 0783 8857683 e:

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HERD - T/A Ballylinney Livestock,

Whitecastles Farm, Corrie, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire DG11 2NR t: 01576 710641 e:

10 Mr & Mrs B. Landers | CAIRNSMORE

22 Mr. J. Nelson

GLENBRAE HERD - 21 Carnduff Rd, Carnduff, Larne, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland. BT40 3NJ t: O28 2827 3295

HERD - Bargaly Farm, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire. DG8 7BH t: O1671 402179


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Kirkcudbrightshire. DG7 3EU t: O1556 660205 m: 07860325888 e:




James Biggar | CHAPELTON 11 Messrs HERD - Grange, Castle Douglas,



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12 Mr McMillan | COLNVALEY

HERD - Skymore, Duncrub Park, Dunning, Perthshire. PH2 OQR t: 01764 684191 e:

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Breeders Directory Northern England:




Mr E J Faragher| FARADALE HERD -

& C Ivinson | SANDWICK HERD 37 A Sandwick Farm, Townhead, Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 1QB t: 01768 881343 e:

Prospect Villa, Andreas Road, Lezayre, Isle Of Man. IM7 4EF t: 01624 814463 m: 07624 496261

R.S & G Johnson | GILVEN HERD -


Bank Farm, Askrigg, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. DL8 3DA t: 01969 650955 m: 07775 813242 e:

G Riby | STONEHILLS HERD 39 Mr Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington

32 Mr David Charlesworth | HINSTOCK HERD - Hinstock Hall, Hinstock, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 2TY t: 01952 550276 m: 07985 789084 e:


Mr M. A. Holmes | HOLMEERE HERD - Meere Barn Farm, Newhouse Lane,

SA35 0BY t: 01239 698207

44 Mr & Mrs K E Mitchell | LLANARTH HERD - Oakleigh, Llanarth, Ceredigion. SA47 0RL t: O1545 580868 e:

T A Williams | SANNAN HERD 45 Mr T/A Rhydeidion Bach, Llansannan, Denbigh,

E. Yorks. YO15 3QR t: 01262 673043 m: 0799 0518364 e:

Conwy. LL16 5LH t: 01745 870635

40 The Hon. G. Turton | UPSALL HERD -

Upsall & Roxby Estate Office, Upsall Castle, Upsall, Thirsk, North Yorkshire. YO7 2QJ t: O1845 537202 e:

31 Andrew & Helen Tomkins |

HALLSFORD HERD - Hallsford Farm, Haggbeck, Carlisle, Cumbria. CA6 6JD t: O1228 577329 e:

& EM Thomas | FRENNI HERD 43 BMS Llwyncelyn-Lan, Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire

Sandybrook, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. DE6 2AQ t: O1335 342728

10 Maple Lane, Huby, York, Yorkshire. YO61 1JG t: O1347 810980 e:

Mr Paul F Chambers | GREENSLEYBANK HERD - Greensley

Mr and Mrs G R Cope | SANDYBROOK HERD - Green Valley, Buxton Road,



Mr Peter Ashby | WASHBURN HERD Rose Tree Farm, Farnley, Otley, Yorkshire. LS21 2RB t: 01943 462726 e:

Paisley | WESTMOOR HERD 42 R.T. West Moor House Farm, Middleton, Ilkley, West Yorkshire. LS29 0DW t: O1943 816068 e:

Albrighton, Nr Wolverhampton. WV7 3QS t: 01902 372783 m: O7973115103 e:

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Whittaker | LANEENDS HERD 34 Carl Honeysuckle Cottage, Glossop Road, Marple


Bridge, Stockport. SK6 5RX t: 01457 862538 e:


C. Lowther | LOWTHER HERD 35 Mr Nord Vue Farms Ltd, Armathwaite, Carlisle,

Higher Wheelton, Chorley, Lancashire. PR6 8JA t: 01254 831472 m: 07990518364 e:


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Cumbria. CA4 9TN t: 01697 472182 e:

A Thompson | PIKELOWE HERD 36 Mr High House Farm, 500 Blackburn Road,



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46 Mr & Mrs B.F. White | ALTHORNE HERD - Highfield Farm, Upper Chase,

Summerhill, Althorne, Chelmsford, Essex. CM3 6BY t: O1621 741845 e:


TA & EL Patchett | BLOEMENDAAL HERD - Coulston Farm, Coulston, Westbury, Wiltshire. BA13 4NZ t: 01985844824 e:


Mr D Bull | CROXTONPARK HERD Croxton Park Partnership, Home Farm, Croxton, St Neots, Cambridgeshire. PE19 6ST t: O1480 880479 e:

Gambledown Farm | GAMBLEDOWN

49 HERD - Sherfield English, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6JU t: O1794 340286 e:


Halsey & Partners | GADDESDEN HERD - Gaddesden Home Farm, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. HP2 6EZ t: O1442 252421 m: O7802 472027 e:


N.J & A.M Barrett | GLENARIFF HERD - Glenariff, Avon Road, South Wootton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 3LS t: O1553 672440 e:

Julia Evans | LONGLANDS HERD 54 Mrs Longlands, Whitbourne, Worcester. WR6 5SG


t: O1886 821431 e:

Mr R Howard | TRUNLEY HERD Hazelbrow Farm, Rad Lane, Peaslake Surrey GU5 9PB t: O1306 730313 m: 07771 542754 e:


55 L.E.P. Farms c/o Mr Syd Chaplin |

MEONHILL HERD - Little West End Farm,

61 - Overbrook House, Weston Underwood,

Chidden, Hambledon, Hampshire. GU32 1PN t: O7739035667 e:

Olney, Buckinghamshire. MK46 5JZ t: O1234 711451

56 Dr. & Mrs S. Cave | POYNTINGTON

H & G E Turner | WIVEY HERD 62 K Mount Pleasant Farm, Pitsford Hill,

HERD - Home Farm, Poyntington,

Wiveliscombe, Taunton, Somerset. TA4 2RR t: O1984 623218 e:

Sherbourne, Dorset. DT9 4LF t: O1963 220294 e:

57 Harry Horrell | PODEHOLE HERD Pode Hole Farm, Thorney, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. PE6 0QH t: O1733 270247 e:

58 Brenda Wear | REDHILL HERD -

Windover Farm, Butcombe, Blagdon, Bristol Somerset. BS40 7XQ t: O1275 474271 e:

59 Mrs. Thelma C. Blake | STONMOUR HERD - Wharf Farm,

Kingston Seymour, Clevedon, Nr. Somerset. BS21 6XL t: O1934 832017

52 Fiona and Johnathon Miles |

GROUBEAR HERD - Groubear Farm, Cruwys Morchard, Withleigh, Devon. EX16 8LA t: 01884 251181 e:

53 S. S. Horton and Sons | HANNINGTON HERD - Poulton Fields Farm, Poulton, Cirencester, Glocestershire. GL7 5SS t: 01285 850905 e:

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New members & prefixes Fiona & Johnathan Miles Tom Birtles Ralph Catton A V ST. Joseph S McConnell R Hodson Walker James Rock G Robinson & Son A J Smith Dunbeacon Poll Shorthorns Mr Richard LG Spencer Matt & Jenny Ralston Mr & Mrs R J Peeke BMS & EM Thomas Mr John Howard F J & R Tuck M McDonagh N Haigue & Sons Ltd S Murray Philip & Elizabeth Willison DS Munro K McGuire H& M Connell A Ryder Wendy Gover Fromm Duncan Welsh John Y Fleming J Halls S McKinley JD &ME Hill Max Clough Mr J H Wescott R G & M Belbin Donald Gotts Mr Mark Elliot Mr Cliff E Pearce Robert Trezise A E J & GE Brick Major T E Easby Mr P R Claxton Miss C J Ward Colin Matthew Mr Peter J Scott Robert E Moreton Robert Patton A Whittle & Son W & K Carson Mr B G Harding Andrew Hall A & J Cottey Mr Derek Thornley Antony & Andrew Bradley RE Wood & Son J Meehan Mr & Mrs Davies Damian & Emmet McNulty H & E Evans Tim Riley WD Kirkby Mr & Mrs Capstick


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Groubear Farm, Crowys, Morchard, Withleigh, Devon GROUBEAR Fowery Fields Farm, Firs Lane, Biddolph Park FLOWERYFIELDS Faulkers End Farm, Roundwood Lane, Harpenden KINSBOURNE Mell Farm, Tollesbury, Maldon, Essex TOLLESBURY Gass Fram, Glenluce, Newton Stewart,Wigtownshire TORWOOD Breach Farm, Cadley Lane, Caldwell, Swadlincote CALDWELL Knock'O'Ronald Farm, Gargunnock, Stirling TULMORE Pond Farm, Ellerton, York Midglen Farm, Langbank, Renfrewshire MIDGLEN Dunbeacon Upper Hoxton, Australia Mansell Farm, Newbold on Stour, Stratford upon Avon Loanhead Farm, Kilry, Blairgowrie, Perthshire LOANHEAD Granary Farm, Lower Washbourne, Devon WASHVALLEY LLwyncelyn-Lan-Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire FRENNI Gortroe, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, Ireland MANDEVILLE Highgate Farm, Wootton Bassett, Swindon Ballindrehid, Kiltimagh KILLATURLEY Millburn Grange, Coventry Road, Kenilworth MILLLBURN Drumbrick Termon, Letterkenny, Donegal Hatfield Farm, Norton-Cuckney, Mansfield TIRESIAS Cyderhall, Dornoch Sutherland CYDERHALL 96 Corgary Road, Castlederg Co. Tyrone BORDERVIEW Minsca, Waterbeck Lockerbie, MINSCA No.1 Newton Cottages, Moffatt, Dumfriesshire HARTFELL Thistledown Mill Lane, Nurling, Southampton NUTSCHULLYNG Westbroad Moss Farm, Fenwick, Kilmarnock WESTBROAD Jubilee Cottage, Clifton Park, Linton, Kelso CLIFTON PARK Rivervale Carkeet, Liskeard, Cornwall RIVERVALE Chawtle Farm, West Chapple, Winkleigh, CHAWTLE Ashcroft Edingley, Newark, Notts TURNCROFT Raindale Head Farm, Heads Rd, Stape, N. Yorks RAINDALE Brockhole Farm, Morebath, Tiverton, Devon BROCKHOLE Belbin Bros, Home Farm, Tarrant Gunville, DorsetGUNVILLE Lower Ladysford, Boyndlie, Fraserburgh ABERDOUR Cavanacross, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh CAVANACROSS Cleeton Court Farms, Cleeton St. Mary, Worcs. CLEETON Tregaminion Cottage, Morvah, Pendeen, Penzance BOSCASWELL Painscastle Farm, Llanbister Road, Llandrindod LITTLEHILL Oak Stile Farm, Bramley Grewelthorpe, Ripon OAKSTILE Main Lodge Shadwell Park, Diss Rd, Thetford SNAREHILL Morra Head Farm, Harwood Dale, Scarborough KIMRINA Silverlea, Memsie, Fraserburgh MOREMOND Sandley House, Sandley Gillingham, Dorset SANDLEY Stobilee Farm, Gleghorn, Lanark STOBILEE 110 Carne Rd, Ballycarry, Carrickfergus Co. Antrim ALFRECK Houndsmoor Milverton, Taunton, Somerset TONEMOOR 155 Whitesides Road, Downkillybegs, Ballymena MAINEVALLEY Kingston Manor, Kingston Rd, Isle of Wight KINGSTON Jessie's Cottage, Housebyres, Melrose HOUSEBYRES Little Dart Raffe, Witheridge, Tiverton Devon DARTRAFFE 68 Brown Street, Chorley, Lancashire HUYTON FOLD Mearbeck Long Preston, SkiptonN. Yorks MEARBECK Kingledores, Broughton, Biggar KINGLEDORES Church Street, Rathdowney, Co. Laois KILBREEDY Wybersley Farm, Wybersley Rd. Stockport, Cheshire WYBERSLEY Bortnalee, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh GILLAROO Caesgubor, Llanfihangel, Llanfyllin, Powys DERW Stoneyroyd Farm Midgley, Hebden Bridge STONEYROYD The Lawn Swallow Lane, Wootton, North Lincolnshire WOOTTON Peartree Farm, Harton, York HARTON

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J H Wood-Roberts Book

John Wood-Roberts Book “SHORTHORNS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY” with a forward by HRH The Princess Royal, is now available and can be purchased from the office for £20.00 plus postage and packing.

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Shorthorn Society Enrol Your Friends Irish

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We welcome the 13th World Shorthorn Conference to Morebattle Tofts where we aim to meat commercial demands Tofts Romany

Tofts Augusta M7

Tofts Hector

Tofts Beauty Princess T323

Tofts Tchaikovsky

Tofts Holly D7

Tofts Regent

Tofts Watchman

All classes of breeding stock available. Beef Shorthorn and Aberdeen Angus â&#x20AC;˘ Pure Bred & Cross Bred Visitors Welcome by Appointment

TOFTS selected for Performance and ProÂŁit

Waitrose Native Interbreed Champion RASE 2009

Semen Available

Clifton on Bowmont, Kelso, Roxburghshire. TD5 8PR

tel: 01573 420 227




P. A. Playfair-Hannay




Burke Trophy Partner Best Native Pair RASE 2009

2009 Summer Beef Shorthorn BREEDPLAN EBVs Calv. Calv. 200 400 600 Eye Retail Ease Ease Birth Day Day Day Scrotal Muscle Rib Beef Direct Dtrs Wt. Wt. Wt. Wt. Milk Size Area Fat Yield IMF (%) (%) (kg) (kg) (kg) (kg) (kg) (cm) ( (mm) (%) % EBV -9.0 -1.3 +4.7 +28 +41 +55 +5 -0.5 +4.5 -1.2 +2.8 -0.9 Acc 35% 24% 73% 70% 67% 62% 35% 64% 38% 46% 44% 32% Breed Avg. EBVs for 2007 Born Calves EBV -0.1 -0.2 +1.2 +11 +21 +28 +2 +0.2 +0.9 0.0 +0.2 -0.1


Tofts Atlas Z900 Breed Champion RASE 2009


J.P.L. Playfair-Hannay Paul Tinker Stockman tel: 01573 440759

Morebattle Tofts, Kelso, Roxburghshire. TD5 8AD

tel: 01573 440364


Beef Shorthorn Journal 2010