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Highland Cattle Society Spring 2017 Newsletter Dates for your Diary Show & Sale of Highland Cattle Multibreed Sale, UA, Stirling 30 April & 1 May 2017

Sheffield Highland Fling Graves Park, Sheffield, S8 8LL 30 April 2017 & 1 May 2017

Show & Sale of Highland Cattle Beeston, CW6 9NZ 13 May 2017

NBA Beef Expo Stoneleigh, CV8 2LZ 18 May 2018

SBA Scotland Beef Event Fans, Earlston 8 June 2017

WELCOME

Daniel Rowbottom leading the Male Champion from T P Radford at the 126th Spring Show & Sale at Oban in February 2017

Dear members,

Royal Highland Show Ingliston, Edinburgh 22 – 25 June 2017

Although the summer show season is nearly upon us, don’t forget we have two important shows and sales of Highland Cattle beforehand. The first takes place on 30 April and 1st May 2017 within the Multibreed Show and Sale run by United Auctions in Stirling, the classes will be judged by Bob McWalter.

Great Yorkshire Show Harrogate, Yorkshire 11 – 13 July 2017

Jim Ayres will be in charge of judging proceedings at the English Premier show and sale of Highland Cattle at Beeston on 13 May 2017. As many of you will know Chelford has closed and Wright Marshall who have been very supportive of the Society over the years suggested we hold a sale at Beeston, Tarporley CW6 9NZ alongside the Longhorn Society. I hope you will all support this sale as it is vitally important we maintain outlets for highland cattle in England and Wales as well as grow our sales in Scotland.

Royal Welsh Show Builth Wells, Powys 24 – 27 July 2017

2nd National Highland Gaetherin’ Perth Show, Perth 4 & 5 August 2017

Charity Show & Open Day in aid of PATCH Balnabroich, PH10 7NW 8 & 9 September 2017

As you may have read in the press Oban Livestock Centre, which is currently run under the auspices of Caledonian Marts Ltd, has had its operational responsibilities put out for tender. Duncan Buchanan, Highland Cattle Society member and Argyll and Island Agricultural Trust said “Caledonian Marts are not giving up the running of the site”. “The board of the directors for the market have simply decided to put the running of the business up for tender. “It’s been a good few years now since we did this, and with it being a couple of years since the changes that took place at Caledonian Marts, this seemed like a good time to take these steps. It has been a decision taken by the board of directors.”

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I will update members on the outcome of this tender process as soon as I can. The Highland Cattle Society will have a presence at BeefExpo at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 18 May 2017 and we have booked a stand at Scotland’s Beef Event to be held at The Fans, Earlston, Berwickshire on 8 June 2017. The Royal Highland Show takes place on 22 – 25 June 2017 and will be judged by Willie MacLean, Dochy Ormiston is the judge at the Great Yorkshire Show on 11 – 13 July 2017 and Robert Phillip takes over the judging reins at the Royal Welsh Show on 24 – 27 July 2017. The Society is holding its 2nd National Highland Gaetherin’ at Perth Show on 4/5 August 2017. John Singer, Chair of the East of Scotland Club has been working tirelessly behind the scenes gathering sponsorship and prizes for the event and encouraging exhibitors and visitors. Make sure you don’t miss this exciting showcase of Highland cattle. On 8/9 September 2017 Michael and Sally Nairn are hosting an Open Day and Show of Highland Cattle in aid of PATCH the first charity specifically set-up to support 24/7 specialist palliative care for patients in hospital. This is a particularly worthwhile charity and I hope you will join the Society in supporting the event through entries, attendance and donations. Finally I wish you all well and look forward to seeing you at the various events throughout the summer.

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HIGHLAND CLASSES

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Multi Breed Show & Sale United Auctions, Stirling 30th April & 1 May 2017

Wright Marshall, Beeston 13 May 2017

Pure or Crossed

Highlanders achieve excellent Calf : Cow weight ratios

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BEEF EXPO

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AN ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF BRITISH BEEF

THURSDAY 18TH MAY 2017 NAEC STONELEIGH PARK CV8 2LZ

PRESS RELEASE

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FRIDAY 10th MARCH 2017

Beef Expo 2017: A Key Beef Industry Event NBA Beef Expo is a true celebration of the strength of the great British Beef Industry and is the UK’s key annual event held on behalf of the industry. It brings together the very best British pedigree and commercial cattle. Hosted by the National Beef Association (NBA), the 2017 event will take place at the NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on Thursday 18th May. The 2017 NBA Beef Expo provides British breeders and producers with an excellent platform to showcase the quality of their cattle, and visitors can expect to see some of the finest examples of British breeding from all corners of the UK. As the event will be the first of its kind post Brexit, there will undoubtedly be a focus on what this means for British farmers in terms of opportunities moving forward. A major feature of the event is the National Commercial Cattle Show (NCCS) which will see, as always, farmers from the length and breadth of the UK showing the very best cattle from their herds, all hoping for a share of the £5000 overall prize fund. Alongside the NCCS, visitors have the opportunity to browse in the region of 120 commercial and educational trade exhibits, as well as specialist Breed Society stands. NBA Beef Expo is a nucleus for knowledge sharing and networking. Trade exhibitors will highlight, through displays and demonstrations, the latest industry trends and developments as well as nutrition and genetics. Applications are now open for businesses, traders and breed societies wishing to attend the 2017 event. Now a firmly established feature of the event is the Future Beef Farmer Challenge which was launched back in 2015 for beef farmers aged 36 and under. Entrants can take part as an individual or as a team and the winner of each section is presented with a trophy. The competition challenges entrants’ knowledge of the beef sector at both a practical and scientific level, which is fundamental to the future strength and success of the industry. As in previous years, the highly anticipated farm tours will take place on Wednesday 17th May giving people the opportunity to gain an insight into how various beef enterprises are managed. This year the farm tour includes three diverse beef farms all championing efficiency in their relative sectors and showcasing the very best of British beef production. As part of the event the NBA will also be hosting a range of seminars and workshops held by various industry professionals. Chris Mallon, Chief Executive of the NBA commented: “Plans for NBA Beef Expo 2017 are certainly in full swing and we are very much looking forward to welcoming farmers and exhibitors to the event in May. Following the UK’s Brexit decision this year, this will be a key focus as we offer support and help British producers who may have concerns surrounding this.“British beef is the best in the world with our farmers producing high-welfare, high quality meat, that is fully traceable, the NBA is constantly working hard to engage with farmers and producers to drive the industry forward. NBA Beef Expo provides an excellent platform for us to do just that.” Rosie McGowan, Development manager of the NBA commented “This is my first Beef Expo and I am looking forward to meeting NBA members in the new Members area at Beef Expo which will be situated by the NCCS Show ring. I strongly believe that the NBA should work on behalf of its members and I am keen to find out what the members want from the NBA so we can act upon their comments going forward” Trade stand applications, visitor tickets and cattle show entry forms are now available online on the NBA Beef Expo website, www.beefexpo.co.uk, where further detailed information about the event can also be found. Notes to Editor’s: Organised by the National Beef Association, the Beef Expo is a key date in the Beef industry calendar. Hosted by the NBA this year at Stoneleigh’s NAEC on the 18th May the Expo will include The Commercial Cattle Show, the South Devons Championships, over 100 industry and educational trade stands, seminars, demonstrations, farm tours (17th May), beef industry dinner (17th May) and the Future Beef Farmer Challenge. Trade stand applications, visitor tickets, farm tour tickets, industry dinner tickets and cattle show entry forms and future beef farmer entry forms are available online on the NBA Beef Expo website, www.beefexpo.co.uk, where further detailed information about the event can also be found. A word document of this press release can be downloaded at www.beefexpo.co.uk under press releases. Images and Logos can be requested from the Marketing and PR Manager.

CONTACT INFORMATION For all Media and PR enquiries please contact Tom Kinroy, Marketing and PR Manager Tel: 07738 229752 Email: tom@nationalbeefassociation.com Event Organised By: National Beef Association www.nationalbeefassociation.com A Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England. Reg No. 3678612 Registered Charity No.1115366 VAT No. 747 6388 83

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If you are interested, we would be more than happy to know it as soon as possible so that we can plan the event, farm visits and hotels. We would also like to know if you would be interested in shared transport by bus or if you would rather be driving your own cars. No need to commit officially yet. in Scotland, Company No. SCO13974 If you are interested, please contact Highland Cattle ClubRegistered Finland secretary Johanna Ratia sihteeri@highlandcattle.fi

We from Highland Cattle ClubCATTLE Finland are hoping toAND see you all in Finland INTERNATIONAL HIGHLAND MEETING JUBILEE SHOW August 2017. FINLAND More information coming. Check the lastest news: www.highlandcattle.fi 24TH AUGUST – 27TH AUGUST 2017 Highland Cattle Club Finland is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 and we are inviting you to celebrate with us! You are very welcome to meet our breeders, visit different highland cattle farms, enjoy Finnish nature and witness our Jubilee Highland Cattle Show. The meeting will be held from Thursday 24th till Sunday 27th of August. The days will contain farm visits and on Saturday, our main event in Jämsä: The Nationwide Jubilee Highland Cattle Show and dinner! Our judge will be the famous and respected Mr Angus R. Mackay from Scotland. On Sunday he will give us a talk about highland cattle and its history. Jubilee Festival contains the biannual Nordic Meeting, but it is also open for all breeders around Europe and the world. The location will be around the Tampere area. You can travel to Tampere very easily by plane, train, bus or your own car. You are also welcome to join our meeting for just a day or two if you can't make it to the whole tour. If you are interested, we would be more than happy to know it as soon as possible so that we can plan the event, farm visits and hotels. We would also like to know if you would be interested in shared transport by bus or if you would rather be driving your own cars. No need to commit officially yet. If you are interested, please contact Highland Cattle Club Finland secretary Johanna Ratia sihteeri@highlandcattle.fi We from Highland Cattle Club Finland are hoping to see you all in Finland August 2017. More information coming. Check the lastest news: www.highlandcattle.fi

OFFICIAL HIGHLAND CATTLE SOCIETY SALE DATES & DEADLINES

2017 NEW MEMBERS

Welcome to the Highland Cattle Society. The Highland Cattle Society, its council and members would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new members who have joined the Society.

Please note entries will not be accepted after the deadline. English Premier Show & Sale of Highland Cattle Beeston, CW6 9NZ (Wright Marshall) 13 May 2017 Deadline for entries: 19 April 2017 Autumn Show & Sale of Highland Cattle Oban, PA34 4SD 8 & 9 October 2017 Deadline for entries: 1 September 2017 Spring Show & Sale of Highland Cattle Oban, PA34 4SD 11 & 12 February 2018 Deadline for entries: 15 December 2017

Andrew Parkin National Museum Rural Life Miss Anne Richardson Hillhead Farm Management Co Ltd Minto Lohoar S J Harrison Karen de Haan Archie MacLellan & Caroline Ronald If you require any information please do not hesitate to contact Sian, Janet or Helen on 01786 446866 or alternatively contact a council member, field officer or fellow member their details can be found at: www.highlandcattlesociety.com

WEBSITE ADVERTISING

Sell your animals online using the Highland Cattle Society website. £25 inc. VAT for Text Only £30.00 inc. VAT for Text and Photograph Adverts will remain on the website for three months. Email Helen on info@highlandcattlesociety.com Please note payment must be received prior to the advert going live

As a new annual member you are entitled to a free Field Officer visit who can help and advise you on keeping, looking after and breeding Highland Cattle. For details of field officer in your area please visit www.highlandcattlesociety/directory/fieldsmen

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FOLD PROFILES

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The ‘A’ team comprises twelve pedigree Highland cows now just dropping the fourth and final group of calves by Claidhamh Mor of Balmoral. In 2016, heifers from the ‘A’ team won 1st in their classes at the Royal Highland Show, Alyth, Perth, Dalmally and Senior Female Champion and Overall Senior Champion at Stars of the Future.

STRATHARDLE, BLAIRGOWRIE, PH10 7NW

HIGHLANDERS AT BALNABROICH

It was in early 2010 that Michael and Sally Nairn began to put in place their long-held ambition to establish a new herd of outwintered native breed cattle at Balnabroich in Strathardle, Perthshire. The glen had been a favoured cattle breeding ground since the Middle Ages, though in recent times and with distorting financial support from the EU, sheep grazing had become the dominant pastoral activity in Strathardle.

The ‘B’ team comprises thirty Highland cows running with a shorthorn bull. The hybrid vigour shows strongly in this first cross and being a relatively larger number of cows provides opportunities for promotion and demotion to and from the ‘A’ team to manage the pedigree herd in the interests of the very best of the Highland breed quality.

With a more-or-less blank sheet of paper, where to begin? The choice of native breed seemed to be between Galloway, Irish blue-grey or Highland - each a hardy breed, but the combination of hardiness, good mothering characteristics and its iconic links to the Scottish highlands made the Highlander the obvious choice as the base herd for the new cattle enterprise at Balnabroich. We bought a bull and two in-calf 3 year old heifers at the Oban sale in February 2010. Then, quite unexpectedly, a herd of fifty-five highland cows became available in something of a distressed sale and we were up and running with an interesting variety of temperaments and pedigree backgrounds including Dunvegan, Inchmarnock, Ormsary and Torloisk, Now, some seven years and three generations of highland bull later, Balnabroich runs two separate herds of Highlanders.

The best of the heifers from the ‘B’ team are retained as replacements for the third team. This ‘C’ team has been built up to number one hundred Highland cross cows

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None of what we strive to achieve would be possible without the skills, hard work and dedication of Alex Smith, stockman, Dite Simpson and Lynzi Marshall as shepherds and Bob McWalter, advisor. For the sake of completeness, we run a small fourth herd of nine pedigree beef shorthorn cows, the ‘D’ team, aiming for the highest quality in that breed also and linked to the remainder of the enterprise as a possible source for replacement bulls for the ‘B’ team.

running with Aberdeen-Angus bulls as terminal sires. Calving is March/April. Surplus calves from the ‘B’ team and all the calves from the ‘C’ team are sold to finishers either after weaning in the autumn or off the grass at the end of the following summer. We have made mistakes along the track and have suffered our share of misfortune, but two things at least we feel we have got right, both relating to the choice of Highland breed. The first has been how strongly the hardiness and the good mothering characteristics of the breed follow through into the first crossing with the shorthorns. The second is how ideally suited is the Highland cow in terms of size and weight to our upland environment. She is not so heavy as would make a mess of our rough grazing in the winter months and not so greedy as would eat us out of house and home. Calving too is close to 100%. They are just the natural cattle for the glen as they were in times of long ago.

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DATA COLLECTION

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DATA COLLECTION – 2 & 3 YEAR OLD BULLS

The breed development committee approved by Council introduced a data collection exercise for two and three year old bulls at the Spring Show & Sale at Oban. All bulls in these categories were weighed and a height measurement taken. This initiative accompanied a minimum bid policy for two and three year old bulls of 1200 guineas. The results were as follows:

Height & Weight Measurements - Two & Three Year Old Bulls

Two Year Old Bulls

Lot Name

Weight (Kgs)

1

CAMERON DUBH OF KELBY

53

710

2

CONNEACH RIABHACH 6TH OF LEYS

51

580

3

CALLUM 12TH OF GOLDENBERRY

52

788

4

CALLUM 14TH OF GOLDENBERRY

53

736

5

BRAVEHEART OF MORTIMERS

51

604

6

DUKE 10TH OF LEYS

52

636

7

ANGUS RUADH OF GLENGORM

52

658

8

DUNCAN OF KYNEDOR

52

626

9

BROGACH OF BENMORE

50

576

10

BRATACH 1ST OF BENMORE

51

604

11

ELLIOT OF EARN

51

690

12

ARCHIE SAUCE OF GLENGORM

52

678

13

ROSS OF EARN

52

598

14

CALLUM 15TH OF GOLDENBERRY

50

656

15

DOUGLAS OF RANNOCH

52

630

16

OSSIAN OF ALLANFEARN

49

582

17

NERO 2ND OF KNOCKENDON

52

606

18

DOCHIE 1ST OF GARTOCHARN

50

570

19

LORD MOSSCASTLE 2ND OF ARDBHAN

49

472

51.26

631.58

Height (Inches)

Weight (Kgs)

AVERAGE OF 19 TWO YEAR OLD BULLS

Three Year Old Bulls

Height (Inches)

Lot Name 22

RUADH NERO OF SEAM

53

880

25

STRUAN OF GLENKINGLASS

53

758

26

BODACH GEAL OF BORLAND

55

788

27

SOLOMON OF BRUNNILA

53

758

28

EXCEPTION OF BALLIMORE

51

624

53.00

761.60

AVERAGE OF 5 SENIOR BULLS 8


HIGHLAND BEEF

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HIGHLAND BEEF – UK

HIGHLAND BEEF Gordon McConachie announced to members at the AGM in Oban that ALDI Scotland would run a Facebook campaign advertising 100% Highland Beef Quarter Pounders in February which would be endorsed by the Society. See advert below.

Dovecote Park launched the first Highland beef products for Christmas 2008 in the Waitrose Christmas customer order and entertaining ranges, these include Wing Rib, Fore rib of Beef, Sirloin, Fillet, Rolled Rump and Corner cut of Topside.

We have always recognised that Highland Cattle are slower maturing animals and to achieve the best quality we took them up to 40 months of age, which is outside our standard policy of 30 months, this allowed the animal to grow and finish properly meeting the ideal weight and finish level. This helps ensure the consumers enjoy their Highland Beef for Christmas and New Year and keeps them coming back for more!

Aldi Scotland have indicated that they wish to run future promotions of Highland Beef if there are sufficient numbers of Farm Assured Scottish Highland Cattle by pedigree registered Highland bulls available.

Over the years we have developed and extended our Highland product range at Christmas time to assist us with carcase balance and include a prepack range of Highland top rump, topside and burgers. If you are finishing farm assured highland cattle sired by a registered, pedigree highland bull and are likely to have cattle ready for the Christmas promotion please contact the procurement officer Mark Blakey on 07711 082728.

Scotbeef in Bridge of Allan are the dedicated processor. To enable them to forward plan for such promotions I would ask all farm assured Scottish members who are finishing highland cattle sired by pedigree registered highland bulls to contact Bill MacKinnon on 07768 144742.

GUARANTEED PURE HIGHLAND BEEF We want the general public to know where they can buy and eat Highland Beef. If you are regularly supplying a hotel, restaurant, shop or farmers market, please send details of these outlets to the Highland Cattle Society so we can advertise this on our Website and Facebook Page. If the company is willing to supply their logo or a website link to their Company then we will try to include this also. As members if you are supplying ‘Guaranteed Pure Highland Beef’ from registered cattle then don’t forget you can use our logo. Stickers are available from the office or as a Jpeg. 9


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126th SPRING SHOW & SALE AT OBAN

126th SPRING SHOW AND SALE AT OBAN ON 12th & 13th FEBRUARY 2017.

It was the first time ever a father and daughter pairing were honoured with judging the Spring Show with veteran Jimmy Laing judging the cattle classes and daughter Helen Laing judging the Young Handlers. The Overall Male Champion of the day taking the Craig Sellar Trophy and The W Pearson Brown Memorial Trophy for the Best Two year old bull was a black bull, Cameron Dubh of Kelby. He was born on 4 January 2015 out is out of Fiona 2nd of Bien Esk and by Conan Dubh of Craigowmill. Cameron Dubh comes from the home of first time exhibitor T P Radford from Lincolnshire and was expertly shown by stockman Daniel Rowbottom who won the Roy Cruickshank Goblet. This bull headed to the Blingery Fold in Wick for 6500 guineas.

Angus Ruadh of Glengorm

Sidonia 12th of Ormsary

Cameron Dubh of Kelby

The Reserve Overall Male Champion and Reserve Two Year Old Champion winning the Caledonian Marts (Stirling) Trophy was Douglas of Rannoch a red bull from Donald MacNaughton who has been coming to Oban for 52 years. Douglas of Rannoch born on 6 April 2015 was by Reich of Rannoch and out of Skye 2nd of Rannoch. He travelled all the way to Germany to his new home with Falko Steinberg for 6000 guineas. Archie Sauce of Glengorm

Topping the sale was Angus Ruadh of Glengorm from Past President Tom Nelson, Glengorm, Isle of Mull. Angus Ruadh stood first in his class, was born on 4 March 2015 and was sold to Inverinate Estate for 8000 guineas. The fold from Glengorm also took 5200 guineas for Archie Sauce of Glengorm who stood second in the same class as Angus Ruadh of Glengorm. Archie Sauce was purchased by Messrs Stewart of Langraw. The overall female champion was the Best Senior Heifer and came from Sir William Lithgow, Bt & Son (Ormsary) who won the D M Stewart Memorial Trophy with Sidonia 12th of Ormsary, born on 6 April 2013 by Callum 2nd of Goldenberry out of Sidonia 10th of Ormsary and was in calf to the black bull Ruaridh of Inver. Sidonia 12th of

Amber of Allanfearn 10


126th SPRING SHOW & SALE AT OBAN

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Out of the same stable was the Two Year Old Heifer Champion, Skye of Allanfearn who sold to Hendrick Hoof of Germany for the top female price of the day 4000 guineas. Skye is by Crusoe of Brue, out of Caileag Bheag 25th of Callachally born on 23 February 2015. Second top female price went to Ken & Eva Brown of the Craigowmill Fold with Isla Dubh 9th of Craigowmill who stood second in her class to the Overall Female Champion. She was a April 2013 born heifer by Panther 2nd Vom Aignerhof out of Isla Dhubh of Craigowmill and went to the Blingery Fold from Wick along with the Overall Male Champion for 3800 guineas. The Young Handlers class was divided this year as a new trophy was donated by Annie Perkins of the Thistle Fold for the Under 12s. Winning this section was young Kate Cameron of the Dunach Fold. The Senior Young Handler who won the Woodneuk Trophy was Kerrie MacGillivray of the Pennygown Fold, Isle of Mull.

Douglas of Rannoch

Skye of Allanfearn

Isla Dubh 9th of Craigowmill

Ormsary was brought out by Alan Bosomworth who won The Angus MacGillivray Memorial Quaich, she sold to Germany to the home of Volker Hahn & Ruediger Lange for 2200 guineas. The Reserve Overall Female Champion was the Three Year Old Heifer Champion, Amber of Allanfearn, from the Allanfearn Fold of Maureen MacArthur & John Ashton. They also won the MacLean Duart Perpetual Trophy for the Best Pair of Females of any age. Amber was born in April 2014, was out of Ruby of Allanfearn and by Eilean Dubh of Craigowmill and sold to D Howden for 3200 guineas.

SALE AVERAGES

Two Year Old Bulls - £4153 (11) up £1592 from £2561 (18) in 2016

Three Year Old Bulls - £2590 (3) up £543 from £2048 (4) in 2016

Aged Bulls - £3675 (1) up £1750 from £1950 (3) in 2016

Yearling Bulls - £1192 (4) up £466 from £726 (11) in 2016

Senior Heifers - £2100 (7) down £473 from £2573 (4) in 2016

Three Year Old Heifers - £1638 (10) up £520 from £1118 (7) in 2016

Two Year Old Heifers £1445 (10) up £300 from £1145 (10) in 2016

Yearling Heifers - £825 (18) up £75 from £750 (21) in 2016

Cows - £840 (1) Full class results and prices can be found at www.highlandcattlesociety.com

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CLUB CONTACTS

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East of Scotland Club

Secretary

Ms Grace Noble

07733 196667

gracenoble@btinternet.com

East of Scotland Club

Chair

Mr John Singer

01561 320717

j.j.singer@hotmail.com

Highland Cattle Club of Wales

Secretary

Mrs Eleri Hughes

07979 150278

eleri368@gmail.com

Highland Cattle Club of Wales

Chair

Mr Julian Ford

01766 770399

julian.llanfarm@btinternet.com

Midlands & Southern Club

Secretary

Mrs Elizabeth Gwynn

01989 750233

kingsmill@talktalk.net

Midlands & Southern Club

Chair

Mr Daniel Rowbottom

07812 858893

rowbottom2@hotmail.com

North of England Club

Chair

Mr Peter Fletcher

01909 773034

renandpete@hotmail.co.uk

North of England Club

Acting Secretary

Mr Robert Phillip

North of Scotland Club

Chair

Mr Jim Fraser

07776 055107

jim.s.fraser@talk21.com

North of Scotland Club

Secretary

Mrs Veronica Thomson

07812 105375

veronicathomson@hotmail.com

West of Scotland Club

Chair

Mrs Catherine McKechnie

01389 83075

catfrance@hotmail.com

West of Scotland Club

Secretary

Mr Duncan Watt

07508 830593

lugton.watt@gmail.com

01729 850217

NATIONAL FOLD COMPETITION WINNERS

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Ruth Thomson, Catesby Fold, Regional Winner, Small Fold Category, Midlands & Southern Martin & Lindsey Tree, Grafton Fold, Regional Winner, Large Category, Midlands & Southern

The Inland Revenue has come to the aid of non-profitmaking organisations like ours with a scheme for charities that will allow us to treat you as a donor in respect of your donation / subscription. Moreover, we can benefit from all donations / subscriptions paid in the last 4 years, and into the future as the law stands now.

Top Left & Centre – Peter & Sue Smith of the Stockley Fold winners of the National Fold Competition – Large Fold Category. Bottom Left – John Ashton from the Allanfearn Fold owned by Maureen MacArthur & John Ashton winners of the National Fold Competition – Small Fold Category. Top Right – John Evans, Ty Rhos Fold – Regional Winner, Small Fold Category, Highland Cattle Club of Wales Centre Right – Jim Fraser, Tilbouries, Regional Winner, Large Fold Category, North of Scotland Club Bottom Right – Jim Ogston on behalf of Emma Paterson, Benmore, Regional Winner, Large Fold Category, West of Scotland Club.

In practice this means that for every £1.00 donated through Gift Aid we can claim back 25p, so by using Gift Aid every pound you give helps your donation go further. Gifting your donation could hardly be easier - just contact the office on 01786 446866. A significant number of our current annual and associate members are not signed up for Gift Aid resulting in a potential loss of upwards of £3k to the Society.

ANIMAL REGISTRATIONS

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SCOTTISH BEEF EVENT

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SCOTTISH BEEF ASSOCIATION BORDERS VENUE FOR SCOTLAND’S BEEF EVENT 2017

Photograph Competition 2017 Highland Breeders Journal

Would you like your photograph on the front of the 2017 Highland Breeders Journal?

Scotland’s Beef Event 2017 is to be held on a farm in the Borders next year and the Highland Cattle Society will host a Breed Society stand. The biennial event, organised by the Scottish Beef Association, will focus on the efficient production of beef on a mixed farm and will be hosted by the Stewart family at Fans, Earlston, Berwickshire, on Thursday, June 8. A local organising committee, under the chairmanship of Sion Williams, farm manager at Bowhill Estate, with representatives from the farming, trade and research/ advisory sectors, has been established to run the event. “Fans will be an excellent venue for Scotland’s national beef event,” said Mr Williams. “It is a fantastic setup to see in operation and a shining example of a commercially run beef cattle enterprise from start to finish. It will provide an opportunity to see how an efficient suckler cow enterprise adds value to an arable/ potato enterprise as part of a mixed farming unit.” Mr Williams said he looked forward to seeing advancements available to make the industry more sustainable, especially with the economic pressures currently on the industry due to changes under the Common Agricultural Policy and Brexit. “We are grateful to the Stewart family for accepting the association’s invitation to host this important event for the beef industry in Scotland which is sure to attract a huge attendance of beef farmers and industry professionals from throughout Scotland and the north of England,” he said. Full details are available from the event organiser, Ms Natalie Cormack, Dairy Cottage, Tower Road, Ayton, Berwickshire. TD14 5QX. Tel: 01890 781 006. Mob: 07712 623669. E-mail: natalie.cormack@btconnect.com

If so please send your photograph to Sian at sian@highlandcattlesociety.com by 31 May 2017. Guidelines: • To suit the cover of the journal your photograph should either be ‘Portrait’ so it fits on the front cover, or if you wish for the cover to be a wraparound cover, the picture should be landscape but the subjects should be on the right hand side of the photo. • The picture should be of high resolutions to ensure there is no pixilation once printed •  The photos will be judged by an independent judge from the Scottish Farmer

Prettiest Calf Competition

October 2016 Trophy Winners

Deadline – 30 September 2017

Deadline – 30 September 2017

Could all members who won a trophy at the 2016 Autumn Spring Show and Sale at Oban please return them to the Highland Cattle Society Office, Stirling Agricultural Centre, Stirling FK9 4RN by 30 September 2017.

Entries are sought for photographs of the prettiest calf in 2017. Please send your photograph, name and fold name electronically to the office by 30 September 2017. 13


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HIGHLAND CATTLE AT THE KELBY FOLD Owned by T P Radford Stockman: Mr Daniel Rowbottom Photographs from home by Mark Rowbottom, photoneg.co.uk

time they ran alongside commercial cattle which have now been dispersed. At first bulls were hired in. Lensio Thornton of Melkett was purchased in 2008 when numbers in the herd warranted keeping one. With heifers retained the fold grew roughly to 15 cows. When I joined TP Radford, we decided to breed functional  cattle for a pedigree market, so cows with the wrong temperament and not up to standard i.e. breed characteristics, bad walking and bad udders were culled. Also we entered into the Biobest Hihealth scheme gaining elite health status from the beginning giving prospect buyers confidence in our product.

Daniel with Stock Bull Conan Ruadh 3rd of Auchtenny

The Kelby Fold is run on the Heydour Estate owned by Mr Tim Radford. It is situated in South Lincolnshire between Grantham and Sleaford. The Estate is made up of 1500 acres of land with approximately 1000 acres down to arable rotation with the rest down to woodland and about 400 acres of improved and permanent grassland.  The arable enterprise is farmed by contractors and a commercial pheasant and partridge shoot is run over the whole estate managed by a permanent gamekeeper. The livestock enterprise is run by myself joining the business in October 2010. The livestock business is based at Holme farm, Kelby, hence the name of our fold with land running through to Heydour Farm where our office is situated. Currently we have a flock of 500 Maedi Visna (MV) accredited  pedigree Lleyn sheep. Lambing is from mid February for roughly six weeks. About half are bred pure to provide females for replacements in our flock, and pedigree shearlings. A small amount of tups are retained to be sold as shearlings. The other half of the flock is bred to both Charollais and texels rams to produce fat lambs which are sold through Newark Market. The sheep graze the grassland from after lambing until after tupping, when they are moved to stubble turnips grown as part of the arable rotation. They are then housed inside for lambing at the beginning of February and fed silage which is made on farm, along with supplementary concentrate. Lambs are creep fed to get good growth rates and produce fat lambs for the early market with lambs being sold from the end of May. This leaves grass for the ewes when we are  dry in August and for effective tupping in late September.  Any additional labour is contracted in with one regular person for routine tasks. Then two additional contract shepherds over the lambing period.

Over the first four years of my employment I introduced some new bloodlines from various sources, giving us a wider range of genetics in the fold. I started to halter train  heifers and bulls which were of the best standard, making handling easier.  Lensio left big framed cattle with plenty of muscle which I believe is where the breed needs to be, as it is a beef animal we are producing. Conan Dubh of Criagowmill  was purchased to put more style into the cattle for the pedigree market and slightly more body length. A son of Conan Rudh 3rd of Auchtenny has been retained to provide  more back end  and improve legs, with first calves just born, they looking promising. Junior stock Lord Ruadh of Kelby a son of Lensio will be used for the first time this year to be put back onto Conan’s daughters. To try and increase bloodlines Artificial Insemination (AI) was used for the first time last year with Augus 8th of Dunvegan used and this year Philip of Strathallen and Angus Dubh of Invercassley. This is the best way to overcome the issues of being a small fold and trying to improve genetics in a quicker and in a more cost effective way.

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The fold is managed outside all year round with only bulls coming into airy pens in the winter due to logistics of the farm. The land on our farm is heavy clay land, so we have created various hard standing areas within fields to feed the cattle silage on through the winter months. One of these is fenced so a group of heifers can be shut in and bedded up if the land does become very wet to stop them poaching the grazing for the summer months. Also this area is used for handling the cattle for routine tasks such as blood testing. A mobile penning systems is used for this management.  Calving starts at the beginning of January with the AI team, this means that if they do not conceive then, they can go back into the main herd which start calving from the middle of February so the calves can benefit from the early grass growth from late march.  Weaning takes place in late October before cows are moved to winter pasture and this is when halter training of any potential breeding cattle takes place.

Shows are a great shop window for all livestock at Heydour Estate but we can never take our attention away from breeding functional animals. Recent successes for the cattle include Junior champion Great Yorkshire show 2014 with Lili of Kelby, Reserve breed champion at both Rutland and Royal Norfolk 2016 with Cameron Dubh of Kelby and Breed Champion at Penistone show 2016 with Caileag Ghrinn Dubh of Kelby. Sales are carried are out from home and at society sales with cattle sold at Chelford and more recently Oban where we achieved 6500gns for Overall Male Champion Cameron Dubh of Kelby.

Our beef outlet is limited with some being sold to private customers and it used for the meals on our shoot days. This is something in the future we are going to look to market better as we have a premium product and need to increase the benefit from it. However, there are issues to overcome with creating facilities for processing meat effectively and efficiently to get as much profit as possible. 

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NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS

RETIRING COUNCIL MEMBERS

BCMS - Number of Births (County) - Jan 2017

The Society would like to thank Females Jim Ayres, Dochy Ormiston,HIGHLAND HIGHLAND X Total Stuart Campbell and Hugh Aberdeen 8 Hoather for all their hard work Argyll 13 during their term of office. Ayr 1 Banff 1 Jim Bedfordshire 1 Ayres Buckinghamshire 3 Bute Caithness 1 Cambridgeshire 4 Cheshire 1 Cornwall Cumbria 3 1 Derbyshire 1 Devon 10 Dumfries Dunbarton Dochy Ormiston Stuart Campbell Hugh Hoather Durham 5 1 Fife 4 Hereford & Worcester 2 Hertfordshire 1 1 Humberside 2 Inverness 7 2 The Kent Highland Cattle Society will appoint 1 the same principle for the selection of teams at all three National Kincardine 1 Shows. The judge along with 2 Field Officers will select Kirkcudbright 1 the team (s) and if there are not two field officers Lanark available the judge will appoint two experienced Leicestershire stockmen / women to assist him / her with2 the selection Lincolnshire of the correct cattle for the various teams.4 Norfolk North Yorkshire 2 2 Northumberland 2 Nottinghamshire 1 Perth 3 Renfrew 1 Ross and Cromarty 1 1 Roxburgh 1 Shropshire 4 Somerset 2 Staffordshire 4 Stirling 2 Suffolk 5 Surrey 2 Sutherland 1 If you sell pure highland animals to the commercial Tyne & Wear 1 market with no intention of these animals entering a Warwickshire breeding herd, please return the certificate of pedigree West Lothian 1 to the Highland Cattle office with a note to that effect West Sussex 4 and the date and location of where the animal was sold. West Yorkshire 1 1 Wigtown Wiltshire 2 1 Grand Total 113 14

Males HIGHLAND X Total 2 1 8 3

Grand Total 11 21 4 1 1 3 3 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 3 3 7 1 1 2 2 2 4 3 6 (l to r) Angus3 MacKay, Willie MacLean, Craig 10 1 1 2 Finnie, Jacky Harrison 1 10 11 11 21 1 1 1 2 2 2 6 4 4 10 4 3 3 7 The2Breed Development Committee and6Council have 6 8 developed a framework for the new Bull1 Assessment 2 1 3 Scheme. Once this has been finalised full details will 2 1 1 3 be 9sent to members. In the meantime if you wish 14 to 4 1 5 register a bull please ensure it is vet checked and a hair 1 1 sample taken for5DNA purposes. 1 5 6 1 4 4 5 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 3 3 7 4 2 2 6 2 1 1 3 In the interest of Health & Safety the Highland Cattle 1 1 Society actively encourages the use of snitches/ 3 7 7 and sales, 10 humbugs/nose leaders in Society shows 1 Shows. Any animal that 1 is not under 2 local1 and National 2 3 1 4 6 control in such shows will be asked to leave the ring. 1 1 As from 1 October 2017 all bulls must have a ring and 4 4 all females must have a snitch/humbug/nose leader 2 1 1 3 at Society Shows and Sales. No Society judge should 4 6 actively penalise2an exhibitor for the use2of such safety 2 2 equipment. 5 1 1 6 2 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 4 2 2 6 2 1 1 3 1 1 1 3 1 1 4 127 100 11 111 238 HIGHLAND

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BULL ASSESSMENT

SELECTION OF TEAMS AT NATIONAL SHOWS

THE USE OF SNITCHES / HUMBUGS AT SHOWS AND SALES

RETURN OF CERTIFICATE OF PEDIGREE

BCMS Birth Statistics – Jan 2017 (Highland & Highland X)

BCMS Number Of Births (Country) - Jan 2017 HIGHLAND England Scotland Grand Total

Female HIGHLAND X Total 67 10 46 4 113 14 16

Males HIGHLAND X Total 51 6 49 5 100 11

HIGHLAND 77 50 127

57 54 111

Grand Total 134 104 238


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Alan Bosomworth from Ormsary receiving the Angus MacGillivray Quaich for the Stockman bringing out the Female Champion. Alan's name now appears 10 times on this trophy.

Daniel Rowbottom receiving the Roy Cruickshank Goblet from Roy's son Jock Cruickshank for the Stockman bringing out the Male Champion.

Archie McArthur of the Ormsary Fold owned by Sir William Lithgow Bt & Son (Ormsary), receiving the D M Stewart Trophy for the Overall Female Champion.

Daniel Rowbottom receiving the W Pearson Brown Memorial Trophy for the Best Two Year Old bull on behalf of T P Radford. 17


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Ian Graham of Killochries receiving the Y W Mok Trophy for the Best Yearling Heifer.

Daniel Rowbottom Stockman of the Kelby Fold owned by T P Radford receiving the Craig Sellar Trophy for the Overall Male Champion.

John Ashton receiving the McLean Duart Perpetual Trophy on behalf of the Allanfearn Fold for the Best Pair of Heifers of Any Age.

Emma Haley of the Seam Fold receiving the Dounside Challeng Bowl for the Best Yearling Bull. 18


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The Ormsary Team with their silverware.

Judge of the 126th Spring Show and Sale Jimmy Laing receives the judges quaich from Breed Secretary Sian Sharp.

Young Handlers Judge Helen Laing receives a bouquet of flowers from Breed Secretary Sian Sharp.

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HIGHLAND GAETHERIN’ 2nd National Highland Cattle Show

Saturday 5th August 2017 Perth Show

• Excellent Prize Money • Pre Show Livestock Accommodation • Pre Show BBQ – Friday Evening

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Name of  animal                

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Ear Tag                

D.O.B.

   

Health Status  

(Name of  Health  Scheme  or  state   if  Privately  Tested)  

           

            Grant  total    

Entry Fee  

email:     info  @balnabroich.com   tel:    01250  881214/881254   Mob:    07768  314372  (Sally)   Mob:    07979  474520  (Alex)    

JUDGE: Mr  Archie  McArthur  /  COMMENTATOR:  Mr  David  Leggat  

CHARITY SHOW  AND  OPEN  DAY  –  Entry  Deadline:  20  July  2017  

           

CLASSES Bull  of  any  age   Cow  in  calf  or  in  milk  on  or  before  2013   Heifer  born  in  2014   Heifer    born  in  2015   Heifer  born  in  2016   Calf  born  on  or  after  1st  Jan:  2017   CHAMPIONSHIP     Pairs  (No  fee)    

           

Please let  us  know  if  you  are  bringing  a  caravan  and  on  which  day   Please  enclose  Health  Scheme  Certificate  or  individual  test  results  for  BVD  (Antigen  &  Antibody)  and  IBR   Initial  straw  will  be  provided.   Vet  on  call  at  all  times.   Entry  Fee  £5.00  per  animal   Cheques  to  be  made  out  to  ‘Sally  Nairn  -­  Charity  Show’  and  returned  to  above  address.  

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CHARITY SHOW  AND  OPEN  DAY     th SHOW  A–ND   DAY   2017    September    9thO  SPEN   eptember   Friday  8CHARITY   th th –  9FORM    September  2017   Friday  8  September   BOOKING   BOOKING     FORM  

Name:   Name:   Address:     Address:           Telephone   Number:   Telephone   Number:       Site  Required   Caravan  

(Please tick)   Caravan  Site  Required  

     

   

Date of  arrival  

Date of  arrival  

(Please tick)       EVENING  -­‐  HOG  ROAST   FRIDAY   FRIDAY  EVENING  -­‐  HOG  ROAST     Number  Required   Price   Total     Number  Required   Price   Total   Hog  Roast       £15.00  per  person     Hog  Roast       £15.00  per  person         SATURDAY   EVENING   –  DINNER   &  & CEILIDH   SATURDAY   EVENING   –  DINNER    CEILIDH  ((7.30pm)   7.30pm)     Number   R equired   Total     Number  Required   Price   Price   Total   Adult  TAdult   icket  Ticket       £30.00   er   person       £30.00  pper   person   Children’s   Ticket   (U15)  (U15)     £15.00   er   person       Children’s   Ticket     £15.00  pper   person       DONATIONS   -­‐  PATCH   -­‐  The  -­‐  fTirst   harity   specifically   to   4/7  specialist   specialist   palliative   for  patients   in  h  ospital   DONATIONS   -­‐  PATCH   he  fcirst   charity   specifically   to  ssupport   upport  224/7   palliative   care  cfare   or  patients   in  hospital   Gift   Aid   (Please   tick)     Amount   Total     Gift   Aid   (Please   tick) Amount   Total   Donation         Donation      

ticking the   box   it  mfeans   for  every   1  donation   ade  through   through  ggift   ww e  e  can   can  claim   back   a  further   25p  m2aking   our  donation   By  ticking  By   the   Gift  A id  Gbift   ox  Aiid   t  m eans   or  every   £1  d£onation   mm ade   ift  aaid   id   claim   back   a  further   5p  myaking   your  donation   go  further. further.   go  

FEES DETAILED   OVERLEAF   ENTRY  ENTRY   FEES  D ETAILED   OVERLEAF     No.   Entries     No.   of  oEf  ntries   Entry  FEntry   ees   Fees          

Price Price   £5.00  pper   animal   £5.00   er   animal  

Total Total      

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CHARITY SHOW AND OPEN DAY

STRATHARDLE, BLAIRGOWRIE, PH10 7NW

CHARITY SHOW AND OPEN DAY IN AID OF

The first charity specifically to support 24/7 specialist palliative care for patients in hospital

FRIDAY 8th September 2017 Cattle arrive Dinner: Hog Roast £15 per person

SATURDAY 9th September 2017 Highland Cattle Show (9.30am – 12.00pm) Lunch: Fish and Chips and Ice Cream van Farm tours showing the versatility of the Highland breed Garden and Pinetum walks 3 Course Dinner: £30 per person / £15 under 18 Charity Auction, Bar & Ceilidh Band

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