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AUTUMN 2018 NEWSLETTER Fantastic Result at National Young Stars ! A big congratulations to our National Young Stars teams. The Dairy Teams had to battle it out in areas of stock judging, public speaking, marketing, clipping and presentation, ring craft and overall team work skills over two days. In a very tight and competitive competition we are pleased to report that 1st place went to our Shorthorn team called “Roan Rangers” comprising of Hannah Morgan, Bob Crank & Florence Mannerings, winning a trip to The European Show, Libramont. The Shorthorn team “Red Revolution” Anna Crank, David Madeley & Naomi Bandd took a respectable 3rd place. Well done to all the competitors who all did a fabulous job at showing the breed, one outside commentator stating “Such a professional approach from the teams. A credit to their breed” Thank you to the Sponsors NMR and Farmers Guardian and to Mr Rob Kite for providing the calves.

The Shorthorn Society 4th Street Stoneleigh Park Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 2LG Tel 02476 696549 email:

Balmoral Show Interbreed Supreme Champion Ballytrain Bloom 30 from James Lambe & family Ballytrain Bloom 30 is a home-bred EX91-rated senior cow which calved her fourth in January and is currently yielding 45kg per day, with a projected yield of 10,500kg. Paraded by Georgia Kerr one of 100 Dairy Shorthorns run by James Lambe, Ballytrain Bloom 30 has done well at Tullamore Show, standing champion last year as well as reserve the year before. “She's just world class and the most outstanding Shorthorn I've ever seen, but you really need to see her on the move to appreciate her," said interbreed judge, Lisa Window-Walker, who runs the 90-cow Hunnington Ayrshire herd. "The main thing is she's stylish but she's also full of quality and dairy character, with a great openness of rib and rear udder attachment."

BCMS—Removal of sho (Shorthorn) breed code The Society has recently been in contact with BCMS after it came to our attention that the SHO (Shorthorn) code had been removed from their database. It seems that a new committee called FAnGR have made this decision without consulting the breed societies. The response from BCMS was:Good afternoon Ros As discussed the decision to remove the catch-all Shorthorn breed code was made following consideration by the Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee (FAnGR) who provide advice to Defra and the devolved administrations on all issues relating to farm animal genetic resources. Farmers registering shorthorn cattle need to do so using an available breed code that best matches the primary intended purpose of the animal in question. Farmers concerned about the removal of the Shorthorn breed code should contact FAnGR. FAnGR’s e-mail address is and postal address is: FAnGR Secretariat Area 1B Nobel House 17 Smith Square London SW1P 3JR We suggest those members who are a not happy with this change make contact with FAnGR as soon as possible as per the details above, stating disappointment at the removal of the code.

Shows/Events 2018 All Breeds All Britian Calf Show 19th—21st October, Peterborough

Autumn Show & Sale at Beeston Cattle Market: **Thursday 25th October 2018 *** Shows/Events 2019 Presidents Dinner Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th February 2019 @ Cardigan UK Dairy Expo Saturday 9th March 2019 Surrey County show Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 Spring show & Sale at Beeston Cattle Market: Friday 31st May 2019 Balmoral Show: Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th May 2019 AGM, Judging Day & Young Members Weekend: June 2019, TBC Royal Cheshire Show (National show): Tuesday 18th June & Wednesday 19th June Royal Highland Show: Thurs 20th June to Sun 23rd June 2019 (shared with Beef Society) Great Yorkshire Show: Tues 9th July to Thurs 11th July 2019 (shared with Beef Society) Royal Welsh Show: Mon 22nd July to Thurs 25th July 2019 (shared with Beef Society)

Bakewell Show: Sunday 30th June 2019 celebration of 200 years of Bakewell show Tullamore Show: Sunday 11th August 2019 Wensleydale Show: Saturday 24th August 2019 UKDairy Day @ Telford: Wed 11th September 2019 Westmorland Show: Thurs 12th September 2019 The Dairy Show @ Bath and West show ground: Wednesday 2nd October 2019 All Breeds All Britain calf show @ East of England Showground to be advised in next newsletter. Date also on the Dairy Shorthorn Calendar on the website. If you have any events which you would like to promote please email Claire and we can add them to the calendar. Photo Competition 2018 Closing date Friday 26th October, late entries will not be accepted. Entry form can be found on the website or call Claire for a posted copy.

Journal 2019 We are now collating all show Judge reports, results, photos, adverts, associations events and articles for the forth coming Journal so please start emailing your information and reports to Claire asap. The deadline for submitting items is end of October 2018. Members adverts prices : £125 & VAT per page £90 & VAT for half a page £90 & VAT for a small classified advert Commercial advert prices: £400.00 & Vat for A4 page £250.00 & Vat for half page ***Please submit items early as we have to allow time proof reading.***

Presidents Dinner 2019 The Presidents Dinner will be held at the Cliff Hotel & Spa in Cardigan on Tuesday 26th February 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm. Venue Address: Cliff Hotel & Spa, Cardigan, Gwbert On Sea, Cardigan, SA43 1PP Tel: 01239 613241 3 course meal only £22.50 per person Dinner, bed & breakfast £65 per person Please confirm with Claire if you would like a room ASAP. You will pay on departure with the hotel. MEETINGS: This is also the Venue for those attending SS or SSUK meetings on Tuesday 26th &/or Wednesday 27th February 2019.

Paperless Registration update As from January 2019 you will need to provide us with an email address to receive your pedigree certificates via email along with the invoice at the end of the month, rather than receiving posted certificates. The new procedure will reduce the registration fee by £2 /€2 per registration. For those who we do not have an email address your certificates and invoice will continue to be posted and the fees remain the same. If you wish to go paperless please advise Claire of your email address. The registrations can continue to be submitted in the same way however if you wish to be set up to be able to do them online via the website please contact Claire at the office. If you do require a hard copy of a particular certificate to be printed this can be requested from Claire for a fee of £2/€2 & vat per certificate. Please call if you have any questions.

Transfers Please advise us of any new animals into your herd, your records will be updated and a new certificate will be emailed or a paper copy for £2 per animal.

AGM & Judging Day A big thank you for a fabulous day held at the Cotonhall Herd on behalf of R kite and his family along with Judge Paul Harrison. The AGM & Judging day were a great success with many breeders attending. Next years venue will also include the Young Members Weekend with lots of activities to take part in. The hosts will be Mr & Mrs Norbury of the Broadlane Herd in June 2019, exact date to be confirmed. Venue: Broad Lane Farm, Sproston Holmes Chapel, Crewe, Cheshire, CW4 7LT. The itinerary on these events will be issued in the next Newsletter. *****Please can we ask that any questions which are going to be put forward at the AGM are sent a week in advance to the office so that relevant information may be gathered to provide all those attending on the day.****** Thank you.


Wainwrigths Wanderings

The Shorthorn Society office is on the move at the beginning of 2019, we are relocating to a new office still on the Stoneleigh Showground but to a smaller premises.

If you are interested in taking part in the Wanderings please call David Wainwright before the end of January 2019, David will be able to answer any questions you may have 07968 757956. Details regarding the trip will The new address will be released nearer be in the next newsletter. the time so please continue to send post to this address for the time being. Any volunteers to help sort boxes of photos Shorthorn Books and Items are welcome. 2017 Coates Herd Book (CHB) for £15

Genomic Bull Test Please can we remind all to make sure that the hair samples you provide to us are of good quality; clean, dry, tail hair with good roots as some of the samples received are of poor quality and this may affect the testing. An Instruction guide will be issued with the hair bag.

Shorthorns in the 20th Century by John Wood-Roberts for £5 CHB from 1933 to 1955 contact Juliet Moore 01675 481222 Old Shorthorn journals contact Jonathan Duncan Old milk yield certs, diplomas and sale catalogue from 1952—1958, contact Mr Wilcockson

2019 World Shorthorn Conference - Intinerary

“Meating the Future” The Australian Shorthorn Family invites you to the 2019 World Conference & Tour The Pre-Conference tour starts Monday 23rd September 2019 with 3 nights in Adelaide, during this time you will view Bayview Stud, Bundaleer Stud & Carlton Stud. While in SA the home of some of Australia’s best wine, you will visit one of the oldest & best wineries, Yalumba (Est 1849) From here you will travel to Mt Gambier via Belmore Stud. You will be spending 2 nights in Mt Gambier visiting Shepherd’s Noola Stud & the famous Blue Lakes at Mt Gambier. The tour will then proceed to Ballarat Victoria, visiting the Eloora Stud & Rockgrove Stud. Following this will be the Royal Melbourne Show, with the Shorthorn judging taking place Sunday September 29th 2019. 2 dairy herds in the Gippsland district will be visited, followed by a visit to the world-famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade. From Melbourne we travel to Griffith (NSW) viewing a restored heritage wool shed at the Tataila Stud near Echuca on the Murray River. Near Griffith we will visit a JBS feedlot where the Thousand Guineas Shorthorns are fed. We then travel to Wagga Wagga via Spry’s Stud where the 2 day conference (3rd & 4th October 2019) will be held at the Charles Sturt University. With ‘Meating the Future’ as our theme, Excellent speakers & lively (we hope) discussions & a visit to the University Veterinary School being organised. Following Wagga Wagga the post conference tour will feature The Shorthorn Youth Expo being held in Dubbo which includes their annual Heifer Show. Other Studs are then visited on the way to Sydney via Coonabarabran & Tamworth. The tour will conclude with a Sydney Harbour cruise & final dinner on Thursday 10th October 2019. A further post conference tour will follow in Tasmania for 4 nights. A more detailed itinerary will follow soon.

Membership fee 2019


In order to make your 2019 membership payment easier please can we ask that you set up a standing order, if you haven't already done so. You can call the office to obtain a form to complete and return to us. This will then be sent to your bank ready to start in 2019. Memberships must be paid in order to be able to register your cattle.

Hopefully everyone will have seen the new monthly style invoices, with all the payment methods are detailed.

Emails/Contact details Please keep us updated with any new email addresses or change of home address. We share your contact details with allied partners e.g. Livestock markets, for marketing purposes. If you are unhappy with your details being shared please email or contact the office and we will update your records.

Please note: on the Payment Terms, it states that a 2% monthly charge may be incurred if payment is not received within 30 days of the date of the invoice. For those of you who have a large invoice to pay you may wish to pay in instalments, if so please call the office to discuss.

Assistant Herdsman Mr David Bailey is looking for a job on a dairy farm, to help support with daily farm duties. If interested please contact Mr David Bailey 01747 229205

Diplomas & The Gold Cup To qualify for the Gold Cup Competition and a Diploma a Cow must have produced an average of 6000 kg with a minimum total of 7% Fat and Protein combined average and a minimum average of 3.2% Protein over 3 lactations. The Competition will be judged on the highest total weight of fat & Protein over 3 lactations (305 days or less) within a period of 3 years and 4 calendar months, as printed on Cow Lactation Certificates from NMR or other Official Milk Recording Company. If the animal meets the criteria they will receive a Diploma Certificate and a Star on their pedigree. The “Star Brood Cows” list is displayed in the journal each year. To enter please find the entry form on the Website along with the criteria which the cow must meet or call the office for a printed copy. The forms must be sent to the office accompanied by the milking lactation records. The fee is £5 + VAT(£6) per animal. These competitions were inaugurated in 1926, largely through the efforts of the President of the Dairy Shorthorn Association for that year, the late Mr J L Shirley: the necessary funds being subscribed by a number of firms and individuals in response to a personal appeal by Mr Shirley who was himself a generous contributor. The Council, therefore, directed that the trophies should be known as the “1926” Gold Challenge Cups. The closure date for entries is the end of May 2019. The Gold Cup will be awarded annually to the Overall Winner of the Competition at the National Show.


SSUK Newsletter 2018 For more details on the SSUK bulls please visit the SSUK website or call our Field Officer Graham Bell 07828 483995

Selection Criteria for SSUK Genetics Please see below the bull selection criteria which all bulls that are chosen by SSUK have to meet, if you think you have a bull which is suitable then please email the details to Claire ready for the next SSUK meeting in November. SSUK was established to provide top class Dairy Shorthorn genetics for use in the dairy herd. The Directors meet 3 times a year to consider any prospective young bulls which may be suitable for semen collection. The minimum selection criteria are that the dam has to be classified VG or EX and have at least one production index of 110 or greater. The bull will also inspected by the Directors to ensure he is of suitable conformation. Other factors such as butterfat and protein percentage, genetic indexes of parents, and pedigree are all considered before a bull is accepted for collection by SSUK. The stringent selection process has proved to be an extremely reliable measure of a young bull’s expected genetic potential.

Sexed Semen We are currently in the process of obtaining Sexed semen from a Australian bull Glenbrook Queens Prince. If this is something you would be interested purchasing please can you inform the office so we can place your name on our provisional orders list as the demand for sexed semen is high. Photo below of the Dam: Llandovery Jordens Queen EX

Shorthorn Beef Scheme New Morrisons Beef bull coming soon to SSUK !! Morrisons promote Shorthorn Beef in their stores and require more beef to meet demand, there is a 25p/kg premium for animals sired by a Beef Shorthorn Bull that hit the required grade. Shorthorn Sires UK market bulls especially selected by Morrisons for their superior beef shape and easy calving attributes. Because Morrisons are subsidising this scheme Shorthorn Sires UK can offer high quality semen at extremely reasonable rates, with minimum orders of 50 straws, it is being sold on a first come first serve basis. There is a definite opportunity for many commercial dairy herds to make use of this offer and potential premium. Please call the office to place a provisional order and we will contact you once it is in stock to confirm.

New Bulls For more details please contact our field officer Graham Bell 07828 483995 Rantonall Edward £10.00 per straw Rantonall Edward is a 100% bull, has come from a long lasting line of hard wearing cows. Is proving to be a high fertility. His daughters are proving to be consistent as heifers to be good plus. He is breeding strength and power into his daughters with exceptional legs and feet with tidy udders. Offers a good out cross in his bloodlines.

Drisgol Mortimore £15.00 per straw

Below: photo of a daughter, first lactation

Winbrook Brutus £10.00 per straw

Photo of Dam Winbrook Cactus EX91

She was champion of The Great Yorkshire Show In 2007

The Shorthorn Society 4th Street Stoneleigh Park Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 2LG Tel 02476 696549 email:

Dairy Shorthorn Newsletter Autumn 2018  
Dairy Shorthorn Newsletter Autumn 2018