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Longhorn Cattle Society Officials Scale of Fees Longhorn Cattle Society Past Officers Introduction Colne Valley Herd Profile Nanning’s Herd Profile Mowles Farms Longhorns Herd Profile English Longhorns in the United States AGM Report - 2016 AGM Awards - 2016 Society Visit to the Pointer Herd 2016 Society Technical Day Mid West Breeders’ Visit to Watton Farm 2016 Northern Breeders Show Workshop 2016 National Show 2016 Spring Show & Sale 2016 Northern Breeder’s Show & Sale 2016 Blackbrook Sale 2016 Autumn Show & Sale 2016 Beef Expo 2016 Fishwick Bull Sale 2016 Badger Fencing at Lessor Farm AGM Report - 2017 AGM Awards - 2017 Northern Breeders’ Visit to Southfield Farm 2017 Northern Breeders’ Visit to HMP Kirkham 2017 Mid West Breeders Group Summer Visit 2017 Midland Breeders Group Summer Visit 2017 National Show 2017 Spring Show & Sale 2017 Northern Breeders’ Show & Sale 2017 Autumn Show & Sale 2017 Beef Expo 2017 Society President - Sarah Coleman VG and EX Cattle Classified in 2017 Type Classification Southfield the Next Generation Betty’s Farm Shop Stottesdon Longhorns A Great Gathering of the Greens!

ADVERTISERS IFC Tetford Longhorns 5

Southfield Longhorns

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Pointer Pedigrees

14 Bollin Valley Longhorns 15 Gorse Herd 21 Carn Edward Longhorns 21 Rousham Longhorns 23 Gupworthy Longhorns 27 Norbrook 29 Harford Longhorns 31 Aberdeen Longhorns 31 Fullwood Longhorns 35 Treverton Longhorns 35 The Red Lion 37 Castleview Pedigree English Longhorns 39 Thornton Breakers 45 Fishwick Longhorns 53 Blackbrook Longhorns 61 McCartneys LLP 63 Allington Farm Shop 63 Wright Marshall Auctioneers 65 The Longhorn Farm Shop 67 Fishwick Bloodlines 69 Brookfield Contracting & Farming Limited 69 Brookfield Groundcare 70 Carreg Longhorns 77 Parc Grace Dieu Farm 78 John Deere

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LONGHORN CATTLE SOCIETY BREED SECRETARY

Debbie Dann 3 Eastgate, Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire CV8 2LH Tel: 0345 017 1027 Email: secretary@longhorncattlesociety.com Web: www.longhorncattlesociety.com

COUNCIL

Paul Ashcroft, barlingspigs@me.com, 07859 861001 David Blockley, david@davidblockley.co.uk, 07831 247405 Bertie Facon, bertrand.facon@gmail.com, 07785 221961 Peter Guest, colabalonghorns@aol.com, 01568 760251 Bernard Llewellyn, carregcennencastle@btinternet.com, 01558 822291 Tom Mills, Tom@wheatlands-Longhorns.co.uk, 07968 819134 Stephen Wright, brookfieldcontracting@gmail.com, 07905 734257 Sabine Zentis, cvlonghorns@aol.com, 0049 172 3985221

SCALE OF FEES

OFFICIAL AUCTIONEERS

Mr CC Roads FLAA McCartneys LLP The Heath Meadow, Nunnery Way, Worcester, WR4 0SQ Tel: 01905 769770 Email: worcester@mccartneys.co.uk Web: www.mccartneys.co.uk

PRESIDENT

Mrs Sarah Coleman

REGISTRATIONS

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LONGHORN CATTLE SOCIETY PAST OFFICERS PRESIDENT

CHAIRMAN

1878

His Grace the Duke of Buckingham

1939-1947

No meetings were held during the war years

1899-1900

The Hon EA Fitzroy

1948-1950

TG Arnold

1901

WH Sale

1951-1953

WE Nokes

1902

H Jasper Selwyn

1954

TB Johnson

1903

CT Scott

1955

WE Nokes

1904

TCC Morgan

1957

FH Unwin

1905

TBP Levett

1958

WE Nokes

1906-1907

The Hon EA Fitzroy

1959

FH Unwin

1908

John Riley

1960

WE Nokes

1909-1910

CT Scott

1961-1962

R Wales

1911

WH Sale

1963

WE Nokes

1912

Capt CW Cottrell Dormer

1964

R Wales

1913

FAN Newdegate

1965

WE Nokes

1914

The Hon EA Fitzroy

1966-1969

R Wales

1915-1919

John Riley

1970

WE Nokes

1920

JW Swinnerton-Weston

1971

R Wales

1921

SBH Chamberlayne

1972-1974

TP Johnson

1922

HB Parsons

1975-1976

JS Brigg

1923-1924

A Wheeler

1977-1978

RA Wilson

1925

WE Swinnerton

1979-1983

C Cottrell-Dormer

1926

Rt Hon Lord Doverdale

1984-1986

R Carter

1927

B Worrall

1987-1989

P Close

1928

RR Hollick

1990

D Roberts

1929

FJ Mayo

1991-1993

J Warne

1930

JW Swinnerton-Weston

1994-1996

G Vincent

1931-1932

Rt Hon Lord Doverdale

1997-1999

J Stanley

1933-1936

FJ Mayo

2000-2002

B Llewellyn

1937

RR Hollick

2003-2005

F Sutton

1938-1939

JW Swinnerton-Weston

2006-2007

J Brigg

1972

R Wales

1990-1991

Mrs Lesley Hutton

1992-1993

DN Elliott

1994-1995

Charles Cottrell-Dormer

2007-2008 2009 2010-2012 2013 2014 -2016

J Hedges J Stanley G Wild R Warner D Blockley

1996-1997

Joe L Henson

1998-1999

Michael Thompson

SECRETARY

2000-2001

Robert Williams

1878

John B Lythall

2002-2003

Phil Evans

1899

TH Wheetman

2004-2005

Mrs Pat Quinn

1912

Bertram Worrell

2006-2007

Roger Carter

1924

RS Walters

2008-2009

John Warner

1932

EH Walters

2009-2011

John Backhouse

1972

JS Brigg

2012-2013

Frank Sutton

1975

CC Roads

2014-2015

John Brigg

1984

Miss E Henson

2016-2017

Dr Philip Cleland

2003

Miss E Henson (accounts & registration)

2018-2019

Mrs Sarah Coleman

Miss L Smith (administration)

2004

Miss E Henson (accounts & registration)

Mrs S Slade (administration)

2007 -

Miss D Dann

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INTRODUCTION

The Longhorn is beyond equal as a suckler cow. Its combination of qualities in terms of milk, calving ease, longevity, docility, length and leanness of body is unrivalled by any other breed. It has stood the test of time but does not rest on its laurels. Responding to market trends the breed continues to adapt and improve, so much so that the Longhorn is now superbly placed to meet the challenges of quality beef production in the 21st Century. The Longhorn is noted for its “feed responsive milk supply”. The cows do not pull themselves down so much in winter that they will not take the bull but when grass comes in the spring they can really pump out the milk. It is well known that it is the butterfat element of the milk which gives “bloom” to suckled calves. The Longhorn was renowned for the high butterfat of its milk which, in days gone by, was used in the making of famous cheeses like Stilton and Red Leicester. The lactation is long and level which helps to avoid a flush of milk at calving when the newborn calf cannot cope.

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Calving ease is where the Longhorn really comes into its own. The combination of prominent hook bones with wide deep pin bones, whilst still retaining a level top line, produces a roomy birth canal at the right angle to minimise calving problems. This means that a Longhorn or Longhorn cross cow when put to a continental bull experiences little or no calving difficulties and thus forms a highly efficient, productive and profitable unit. She is an adaptable long-lived cow that can produce and rear big, growthy calves to any breed of bull. Longhorn cows live to an unusually old age – and keep on breeding. Their hardiness and thriftiness together with their level lactation and ease of calving ensure that they do not place themselves under undue stress. The longer the cow will breed the fewer replacements are needed each year which is a significant economic consideration. Longhorns are noted for their exceptional docility, an extremely important consideration when establishing a herd. This quality, combined with their attractive appearance

will engender greater stockmanship in cattleman and farmer alike. Depth over the pins allows greater length from hooks to pins without incurring calving difficulties. Indeed the great overall length generally associated with the Longhorn is correlated with a rapid growth rate and lean carcase. It is a well established fact that intramuscular fat or “marbling” within meat is largely responsible for succulence, tenderness and flavour – the hallmark of beef with superior eating quality. Unlike many rival breeds, which require the laying down of excessive amounts of external fat before the formation of intramuscular fat can take place, a properly finished Longhorn carcase will benefit from “marbling” without such excess external fat cover. Today’s Longhorns are clean, modern cattle, well capable of producing lean beef with superior eating qualities to suit today’s discerning market. Such beef can command a premium price, which when coupled with the economical costs associated with its production, place the Longhorn in pole position for Quality Beef Production in the 21st Century!


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HERD PROFILE - COLNE VALLEY HERD

T&S Farms

Tim and Sophie Gurton farm the 150 acre Colletts Farm near Colchester in Essex. Sophie’s mother Sarah Coleman owns the Chalkney herd and Sarah is the Longhorn Cattle Society’s President for 2018 and 2019. The farm is tenanted and is a mixture of arable and grass grown on rotation and some permanent pasture. Having taken on the land in 2010, the opportunity to take on the separate tenancy of the farmhouse presented itself in 2013 meaning the couple could live on the farm and concentrate on building a number of businesses on site. Tim is a fencing contractor and also works away from home building grain dryers on farms and assisting with the transportation of dryers as well a setting up and manning trade stands at shows around the country, so much of the summer is spent away from the farm. As well as the day to day management of the cattle and sheep Sophie has a thriving business making pies, sausage rolls and Scotch eggs which are sold privately and at Farmers Markets such as Bures and Sidbury under the Colletts Farm brand. She also makes gourmet burgers which are sold at fetes, fairs and festivals in the County. Sophie has even had a commission for a pork pie wedding cake! Longhorn beef is sold in mixed boxes of varying sizes or individual cuts or

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joints can be ordered. She also supplies a couple of butchers in the local area. Sophie and Tim also have a young family; Henry who was born in 2013 and Isla, born in 2015 A flock of around 120 ewes is kept, mainly Texel x but there is a small core flock of pure Dutch Texels. The family have always had Longhorns and initially herd numbers were supplemented with Red Poll, Limousin x and British White x cows which were served by a Charolais bull.

Once Longhorn numbers had been built up the other breeds gave way to a pure Longhorn herd. The Longhorn herd was started in 2006 with Wellhead Fiona from Nicky Luckett arriving as a yearling heifer, quickly followed by heifers Settrington Ludo and Settrington Kinky from John Harrison and Ruth Russell. Other cattle have followed to build up the herd to its current level of around 18 cows with many of them now being homebred. Sophie and Tim have a picture in their minds of the type of cow they are looking for; other than one female in 2017 no females have been bought since 2012 so the foundations of the herd are very much established now. They are just as strict with the their selection of bulls with Chalkney Legend, Chalkney Phoenix and latterly Blackbrook Stig being used in the herd. In 2017 Carreg Legend was introduced into the herd and a home bred bull Colne Valley Have-A-Go was also used. The cattle are all grass fed, with home grown haylage and barley being fed over the winter. Calves are crept from around four months of age, and are weaned at 7-8 months. Around one animal a month is finished and surplus cattle are sold at weaning but most are kept for finishing before 30 months and the whole animal is used for meat sales or processing. Lavenham butchers have been


Pork Pie Wedding Cake taking any surplus animals for the last six years or so. The Longhorn cattle are the core of the farming operation at Collett’s Farm and they have to provide the family with a living. Sophie works hard to add value to the Longhorn meat through her Collett’s Farm

pies and burgers as well as selling Longhorn meat boxes to her loyal, regular following of customers. In 2017 Sophie passed her probationer training and was accepted onto the Longhorn judges panel for 2018 onwards so she will be seen on the show circuit handing out the

rosettes as opposed to receiving them! Facebook: www.facebook.com/collettsfarm Twitter: www.twitter.com/CollettsKitchen Website: www.collettsfarm.co.uk/ Lavenham butchers website: lavenhambutchers.com/

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HERD PROFILE - NANNING’S HERD A butcher’s shop in Holland tells his story

Since 1989 we have a butcher store in Niekerk, Northern Holland, a small village with 3000 residents. Our shop is close to the supermarket and some other stores. The village has many sporting facilities including an indoor swimming pool. Each day at 7 o’clock we start preparing the shop to open. Our shop is open from 8.00 till 18.00 hours. On Saturdays we close at 16.00. Our Dutch costumers like to buy quick and convenient meat such as burgers, sausages and minced meat. Big pieces of meat are barely sold. For instance the proportions are: Pork: 70% , Beef: 15%, Chicken 12% 3% is lamb, turkey and veal. We have never sold or made a pie. We even tasted our first one in 2016 ourselves! It was delicious, made by Jim Sutcliffe from Meridian

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Meats in Louth, Lincolnshire. We sell lots of small bites to go along with a beer or wine. Dutch people like to party at home with friends and relatives. During the summer we sell lots of barbecue for parties, which is all home made in our butcher shop. In the winter it is more a hot and cold buffet. Our barbeque season is from the end of April till early October, we sell many ‘complete bbq’s’ meaning five small pieces of meat a person, two different type of salads, four kinds of sauces, French bread and garlic butter, a bbq, plates and cutlery delivered and picked up at your home with cleaning. During the high season we hire out an average 25 barbecues each weekend. Because the barbecues are often on Sundays we give our customers the ability to pick up their order between 12.30 and 13.00 hours that day.

Three years ago we had the opportunity to buy six of the most lovely English Longhorn cows to start our own herd, and now we are up to 36 head. The Dutch cows are originally from Sabine Zentis of the Castleview herd, who had sold cows to Annie GraumansChristianen a number of years ago to establish the first Dutch herd. The sire of our first six cows is Laceby Jeronimo, bred by Chris and Liz Lilly in Lancashire and sold to Annie. Our in calf heifers’ sire is Barlings Nebula who is also


owned by Annie. Those heifers are in calf to Tetford Wanderer our new stock bull who arrived in May 2017 from Charles Sutcliffe, together with Fullwood Quest from Peter Wild. We are very happy and proud with our new bulls and hope to get a whole new continental bloodline. Every day we love the cows more, they are easy to handle and very smart. In November 2016 we sold our first Longhorn meat. We had a whole beast sold in three days in our shop. It was a hugh success! In October 2017 we sold our 5th animal in two and a half days. We’re able to make an average price of three euros per kilo more for a kilo of Longhorn beef compared to other breeds. We hope when our herd grows bigger we have more beef more often to sell in the shop. Our customers like the taste and flavour of the meat very much. That is promising for the future. We keep them up to date with our Longhorn newsletter (left) that we send them by email and they can find it at our website www.longhornbeef.nl This is our Longhorn story for so far. We wish all the Longhorn breeders and sellers good luck and good business in 2018 Nanning van Wijk and Janny van Dellen www.longhornbeef.nl

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HERD PROFILE - MOWLES FARMS LONGHORNS

Cows with Limousin sired calves Tom Mowles started in Longhorns in 2010. A builder of small scale housing projects by trade, he bought Lower Lutheredge Farm in the village of Shortwood near Nailsworth, Gloucestershire where he was born and brought up. He is currently expanding and improving the buildings and will have housing for up to 200 cattle which will allow for more flexibility. 400 North of England Mules and 300 ewe lambs are also kept. The farm extends to around 150 acres, plus another 50 acres with direct access rented from the adjoining farm, and another 90 acres of rented ground nearby. 50 acres of land for haylage is also rented. Cattle are split between the locations, with youngstock on outlying land and cows and calves nearer the home farm.

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Tom with some of the youngstock Initially the impetus for buying the cattle was to provide a source of beef for a local pub that Tom wanted to buy – unfortunately the pub purchase fell through but the Longhorns have continued to go from strength to strength. Tom’s initial cows mostly came from David Sheppy’s Three Bridges herd and Sallie Lloyd’s Garbutt herd and since then the herd has grown through buying cows and keeping back homebred heifers. Conformation and form are more important than specific pedigree lines. Cows now just number just under 40 head and Blackden Impeccable has been the herd sire since the outset; in recent years his daughters have been crossed with a Limousin bull. Cows calve in May and June and Tom tries to aim for a tight calving pattern to reduce the workload and then he adjusts the feed the

cattle as they get nearer finishing to maintain a steady supply. There are usually between 30 and 40 cattle housed for finishing at any one time, with animals being selected from the shed each week. Sales of homebred cattle are supplemented by stores that are bought in, mostly from Society sales such as Worcester and Beeston Castle where Tom is a familiar figure around the ring, quite often accompanied by his grandfather who takes a very active interest in Tom’s farming business and lives in the village. The farm is in a high-incidence TB area and has had it’s fair share of problems with TB breakdowns which have stifled the growth of the business. Around three animals a week are finished, slaughtered at King’s abbatoir in Brookthorpe,

Gloucestershire, just 30 minutes from the farm. His finished cattle are sold to two butchers, Taylors and Jesse Smiths who are award winning butchers. The meat then sold to local pubs and restaurants with the odd animal sold in beef boxes. Tom’s main aims for the future is to produce quality finished animals in a consistent manner so his emphasis is on these two factors when planning his farming strategy. Farming has skipped a few generations but Tom’s great Grandfather was a farmer so the farming gene was always there! The cattle have to provide a living - as he works full time Tom has help on the farm and the business pays for that man’s salary. As Tom says, ‘You have to enjoy what you do and I enjoy working with the Longhorns – they are a real passion of mine’

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Bollin Valley Longhorns Traditional cattle Helping to conserve ower rich meadows

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Quality British Cattle for sale at society sales and by private treaty Herd number 343 Founded 1988 Current stock bulls Fishwick Poseidon 30114/P00087 Blackbrook Warrior 25513/M00380 14

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GORSE HERD No 33 Established over 50 years

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Breed Champion Shropshire, Royal Bath & West and Royal Three Counties Shows 2017 Breed Champion Society Show and Sale, Worcester, September 2017 and sold for 3,800 gns

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JS & JW BRIGG BISHOPS GORSE FARM LIGHTHORNE, WARWICK

Tel: 01926 651273

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ENGLISH LONGHORNS IN THE UNITED STATES

...at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

English Longhorns were once a common sight in the United States. These powerful beasts provided food and draft power for the early settlers as they traveled across the frontier. Though the breed is now nearly extinct in the U.S., Conner Prairie Interactive History Park is working hard to keep this unique and historically significant breed from disappearing. Once a popular triple-purpose breed, English Longhorns lost popularity as improved modern breeds were introduced. After facing extinction by the mid-1850s, the breed was absent from North America until the early 1990s, when a handful of embryos was reimported. Raised exclusively because of their rarity and not for any productive purpose, this herd consisted of a purebred bull and three females. For several years these animals were privately owned and unavailable for purchase. That changed, however, when the November-December 1999 issue of The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy newsletter contained a small advertisement reading only: “Old English Longhorns: The only ones in America. One bull, two females. All breeding age. Available Fall 1999.” The details of what happened after the ad was placed are hazy, but ultimately the cattle ended up on a farm in Virginia. It is unclear if any other genetics have been introduced into that herd since that original importation, but we do know there is very little genetic diversity and most of the country’s current breeding stock descended from those original four animals. Conner Prairie Interactive History Park,

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located in Indiana in the Midwestern United States, is a living history museum with a strong agriculture program focusing on heritage breeds. For many years, we primarily raised dual-purpose Shorthorns but were always looking to expand the program. Intrigued by their uniqueness and desiring to raise something more unique than the Devons and Shorthorns typically found at living history museums, Livestock Manager Kevyn Miller decided to research Longhorns. Owning English Longhorns would serve two purposes at Conner Prairie – to educate the public about a critically endangered breed that was a part of our nation’s agricultural

history, and to further our efforts in promoting heritage breeds. We borrowed a cow and a heifer calf from Virginia, then turned our attention to finding new genetics. Import bans created difficulties, but with the generous help of Blackbrook Longhorns, we were able to import semen. ln 2012, our first heifer calf was born. In 2014, the Agriculture Staff decided to increase our preservation efforts, purchasing four young steers to be trained as oxen and leasing a few heifers from the Virginia herd. We also imported more semen from another bull, enabling us to breed daughters of the original bull.

Conner Prairie Roundabout ET– Blackbrook Sabre/Blackbrook Xaviera


The breakthrough came when the import ban was lifted and we had the opportunity to import embryos. Thanks to a generous donor’s contribution, we purchased embryos from two different matings, and in March of 2017, our first embryo transfer calf was born. Unrelated to anything in the United States, this bull secured his place as our future herd sire, offering fresh genetics for a breed with a very tight pedigree. The national response to this calf’s birth was overwhelming, with news outlets from across the country reporting the story. Though the popularity of this calf was unexpected, the media attention it garnered helped bring more attention to the breed and cultivate more awareness about heritage breeds. Our goals for this breed are simple: keep the breed alive and viable, find the niche that makes them marketable, and sell them to breeders who want to preserve and promote them. Our efforts currently focus on increasing numbers and setting up satellite herds across the country both to help establish other breeders and to preserve our genetic line in case disease or natural disaster would destroy our small herd. Once numbers reach a sustainable level, we plan to start using the meat and finding ways to market it. It is vital that we create a demand for the

breed so that it becomes sustainable and profitable for other farms to raise. It may seem odd that a museum in the United States would invest so much time, money, and effort into saving a breed like the English Longhorn, but we believe that

the breed had a significant impact on the founding of the nation and is important to preserve. Primarily, we believe it is vital to keep the legacy of Robert Bakewell’s work alive. Further, Longhorns have a significant place in our nation’s history. Records of great white-backed cows with “rag horns” exist dating back as early as 1627, and other documentation records the breed spreading across the Midwest. Historic paintings frequently depict cattle with large horns and line backs, suggesting Longhorn influence. By 1836, the year portrayed in Conner Prairie’s fictional village of Prairietown, English Longhorns were very common. Additionally, these animals’ grass-friendly genetics and their docile temperaments make them perfect in both small farm and museum settings. To our knowledge, there are currently only three herds of English Longhorns in the United States. Due to the breed’s extreme rarity in the United States and its increasing numbers in the U.K., at this point in time Longhorns are not classified as a rare breed by the Livestock Conservancy, but there is hope for the future. Fresh genetics and increased preservation efforts have already made substantial impacts. Though there are fewer than sixty of these magnificent animals currently in America, the breed is gradually making a return. Through the efforts of breeders in the U.S., the Longhorn Cattle Society, and breeders in England, this irreplaceable breed will be preserved for generations to come. For more information regarding Conner Prairie, please visit www.connerprairie. org or email the author at Buchanan@ connerprairie.org. Stephanie Buchanan Assistant Livestock Manager, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park photos: Emily Nyman The Longhorn Journal

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AGM - 2016

The 2016 AGM took place on 15th - 16th October and saw around 100 members of the Society head to Wales for the weekend. Each year the number of members coming to all or part of the AGM weekend grows which is testament to the pleasure members get out of meeting up, even if it’s just once a year.

Saturday 15 October

The weekend started with a visit to Bernard and Margaret Llewellyn’s Carreg Herd at Carreg Cennen Castle, Llandeilo. Bernard and Margaret established the Carreg herd in 1981 with two cows from Fishwick, alongside Welsh Blacks, White Park and Highland Cattle to dress the land surrounding the iconic attraction of Carreg Cennen Castle – by the early 1990’s with the exception of providing animals for film sets they turned solely to breeding Longhorns. The basis of the herd, with the exception of a cow called Tottiskay Juliet, has female lines confined to Fishwick, Rousham and Linton cattle. Bulls of various types have been used over the years in attempt to breed milky cattle with good locomotion. It’s Bernard’s policy to

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buy bulls ‘in bits’ in an attempt to overcome any herd weaknesses. Particular success has been achieved with Fishwick Kinsman and Bulford Freddy. Freddy sired several animals of note including Carreg Cennen who still holds the breed record for a Longhorn sold at public auction. In recent years a limited amount of line breeding has been practiced in an attempt to retain the herd’s position in the show ring. Cattle not required for breeding are slaughtered locally and sold to a database of regular customers from as far afield as Bristol and Norfolk . The day started with a discussion around the launch of the Society’s Type Classification scheme, with Bernard demonstrating how the classifier would be assessing the cattle and what traits they would be looking for. Bernard also wanted to highlight the importance of female lines within his herd. This was then followed by a look around

the majority of the breeding herd which was situated next to the farm, with the castle a constant presence overlooking the proceedings. After a hog-roast lunch the formal AGM business was conducted, with new Council members being elected and outgoing Chairman David Blockley being presented with a momento from Council.


Bernard Llewellyn discusses Type Classification After the AGM Council member David McVeigh gave a presentation on the Society’s trademarked Beef logo and and the proposed new Certified Longhorn Beef scheme. A number of hardy members braved the wind and rain which had set in during the AGM to accompany Bernard to visit the castle. A bracing end to an excellent day. In the evening we were back at Carreg Cennen Castle for a roast Longhorn beef dinner and we were entertained first by ‘Encore’ a local stage school (yes, the Welsh can sing!) and then our President Dr Phil Cleland who regaled us with tales of his years as a country GP.

Andrew Williams 2011 with foundation stock coming from the Glasnant herd at Llanelli when that herd dispersed. These bloodlines were mainly Carreg and School Green. Subsequent purchases have been from the Fishwick, Blackbrook and Southfield herds with a strong

emphasis on maternal lines. Stockbulls have included Carreg Knight, Southfield Kobra, Southfield Otto and the current bull is Southfield Granite. The 100 acre farm has been in Andrew’s family since the 1880’s and much of it sits on the estuary of the

Sunday 16 October

On Sunday members travelled just 30 minutes away from the Carreg herd to visit Andrew Williams’ Rhyfel herd. Having seen Longhorn Cattle on the Rare Breeds stand at the Royal Welsh Show back in the 1970’s Andrew started his herd in

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The farm overlooks the River Loughor River Loughor which has it’s source at Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons (just above Carreg Cennen Castle!). Andrew used to rear calves and sheep as well as grow green crops and arable but the combination of BSE and heavy winter storms meant a career change as Andrew went into tree surgery, sawmilling and joinery. This business expanded and has continued until the present day. Alongside his timber business Andrew has now found time to start showing his cattle and in 2015 he won the Paul Luckett Novice’s Award. After Andrew introduced us to his farm we saw his magnificent purpose build cattle sheds as well as his cattle. The views from the farm across the estuary were as spectacular as they were different to the views we had seen the day before. Refreshments followed the visit before everyone departed for home.

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AGM AWARDS 2016

President Dr Phil Cleland presents the Maydencroft Trophy to Bernard Llewellyn and William Edwards

President Dr Phil Cleland presents the Leebarn Trophy to Rachael Heard

President Dr Phil Cleland present the Lesley Hutton Award to Eileen Hallifield

Maydencroft Trophy Bull of the Year

Leebarn Trophy - Cow of the Year

Lesley Hutton Trophy Heifer of the year

Presented to Bernard Llewellyn by Society President Dr Phil Cleland for the bull Carreg Pinocio

Presented to Rachael Heard by Society President Dr Phil Cleland for the cow Treverton Kitkat

Presented to Eileen Hallifield by Society President Dr Phil Cleland for the heifer Dunstall Peony

Frank Sutton Young Handlers Competition

Six Junior members had taken part in stockjudging competitons this year. In third place was Rhiannydd Davies, in second place was William Edwards and in first place was Alice Glover. Alice was presented with the Trophy at the Mid West Breeders’ lunch in November. Â

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President Dr Phil Cleland presents the 2nd place Young Handlers Award to William Edwards

President Dr Phil Cleland presents outgoing Chairman David Blockley with a momento


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SOCIETY VISIT TO THE POINTER HERD 2016

Glorious summer weather accompanied around 30 Longhorn members to David and Fiona Howden’s Pointer herd at Ludgershall in Buckinghamshire on 6 August 2016. Bacon and sausage butties (bacon and sausages from the Middle Whites pigs) started the day and then David and Fiona introduced themselves, the family and members of staff who were responsible for the gardens and cattle.

Firstly we were shown the vegetable garden and the poly tunnels which were stuffed full of vegetables and herbs for the Pointer pub, then we walked to see the Longhorn cattle, Hampshire Down sheep and Middle White pigs before going to the Pointer pub in Brill, also owned by the Howdens for a lunch of Longhorn brisket. The weather was glorious and the warmth of the weather was only matched by the warmth of the hospitality from the Howden family and their staff.

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SOCIETY TECHNICAL DAY

Foot trimming

Foot trimming, the finished result

The Society’s first Technical Day was held at David and Angela Blockley’s Southfield Farm, Drighlington, Bradford on 8th May 2016, a gloriously sunny Sunday. Members enjoyed a series of talks and demonstrations; feeding and nutrition from Carrs Billington, embryo transfer from Rosie Hetherington, foot trimming from Richard Bartle and disbudding from Hilary Peel. After a busy morning everyone enjoyed lunch in the sunshine before heading home. Some members stayed behind after lunch and were treated to a tour of some of the Southfield herd. The Society’s thanks go to all those who gave up their time to talk to Society members, and to David and Angela who let us use their cattle, buildings and equipment and fed us all so well!

Embryo transfer talk, Rosie Hetherington

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MID WEST BREEDERS’ SUMMER VISIT 2016

Watton Farm, Tiverton

Some 33 members and friends met at Watton Farm, Halberton, near Tiverton, Devon on 30 July 2016 to see Pete Grabham’s Watton herd. Numbers were reduced due to haymaking and massive holdups on the M5 motorway. Pete Grabham is the 6th generation to have farmed at Watton Farm, which was purchased in 1870 and runs to some 350 acres. In the early part of this century the dairy herd was dispersed and replaced with suckler cows, primarily Limousin crosses and purchased store cattle. The move was then to have pedigree Limousins and the first Longhorns came in 2006 with cows from Nancy Young’s Rooksbridge herd. There are some 30 Longhorn cows with the aim only to keep ‘the best from the best’. All the cattle, some 250, are fed on home produced rations with all finished cattle going to one butcher’s shop or two farm shops. We went to see the cows and calves which were on a chicory/clover ley. The calves were either by Three Bridges Ivanhoe and Tanfield

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Jacket. Six cows have been AI’d to Llantrothy Kestrel as a means of bringing new blood in. One bull calf has been earmarked as a potential herd sire with the rest dehorned and castrated. We went to see the Junior heifers

(Longhorns and Limousins) and then back to the buildings to see a very impressive cattle handling system which has been designed to be worked primarily by one person. There is a circular pen which leads to a race at the end of which is a crush which is now a squeeze/ ratchet design which can handle everything between the smallest calf to the largest bull. We were then given a traditional Devon Cream Tea with all the trimmings! Geoff Wild gave a vote of thanks and both Mrs Grabhams were given a bouquet as a mark of appreciation from the group. Peter Guest, Mid West Chairman & Secretary


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NORTHERN BREEDERS SHOW WORKSHOP 2016

A less than hoped for turnout but with the weather having been as it had in early Spring and everyone behind on work not too surprising. With no cows turned out as yet we made the best of what we had and had to move indoors as once again it rained. The demonstrations were carried out by Jim Courts of Thirsk who demonstrated clipping and dressing of a Longhorn senior heifer in preparation for the show or sale ring, followed by members having a go themselves. Jim selected and judged four cows for a stock judging competition and all members had a go. Nobody totally agreed with Jim but the closest was James Emsley. After lunch two heifers where led into a show ring as Jim explained what a judge was looking for and how animal and handler should behave. A big thank you to Jim for his knowledge and advice and everyone went home with something to think about!! Graham Walker, Northern Breeders’ Group Chairman.

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NATIONAL SHOW 2016

Royal Three Counties Show

– 17 June 2016

Breed Champion Treverton Kitkat

Reserve Champion Gupworthy Onzlo, Judge Richard Bartle, Breed Champion Treverton Kitkat

Reserve Breed Champion Gupworthy Onzlo

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President Dr Philip Cleland and Rachael Heard with the Morgan Trophy for the Breed Champion


NATIONAL SHOW 2016

Burke pairs preliminary judging

Burke pairs steward Clive Roads & judge Peter Close

Longhorn Cattle Society National Show - Results Judge: Richard Bartle Senior Bull 0 entered, 0 forward Intermediate Bull 3 entered/1 forward 1st Gupworthy Onzlo Mr & Mrs G Woollatt Junior Bull 7 entered/7 forward 1st Gupworthy Pilot Mr & Mrs G Woollatt 2nd Carreg Pinocio Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 3rd Pointer Brave Mr D Howden 4th Dunstall Prophet Mrs E Hallifield 5th Rhyfel Pluto Mr TA Williams 6th Carreg Pollinator Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 7th Rhyfel Pine Mr TA Williams Cow with calf at foot 4 entered/3 forward 1st Treverton Kitkat Ms RE Heard 2nd Dunstall Myleen Mrs E Hallifield 3rd Shadybrook Karen Mr D Howden Senior Heifer 8 entered/5 forward 1st Carreg Ola Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 2nd Carreg Octopus Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 3rd Treverton Octavia Ms RE Heard 4th Gupworthy Ocean Mr & Mrs G Woollatt 5th Rhyfel Orchid Mr TA Williams Junior Heifer born between 01.01.15 & 30.04.15 19 entered/13 forward 1st Carreg Plum Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 2nd Dunstall Peony Mrs EM Hallifield 3rd Dunstall Pearl Mrs EM Hallifield 4th Gentons Pecrette Mr B Facon 5th Gentons Paris Mr B Facon 6th Treverton Pollyanna Ms RE Heard 7th Gentons Pacita Mr B Facon 8th Rhyfel Pearl Mr TA Williams 9th Treverton Paloma Ms RE Heard 10th Long Ash Pearl Mr SA Hollier 11th Gupworthy Pippcott Mr & Mrs G Woollatt 12th Etheridge Pansy Mr D Phillips 13th Etheridge Primrose Mr D Phillips Junior Heifer born between 01.04.15 & 31.12.15 6 entered/5 forward 1st Carreg Primrose Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 2nd Gentons Polo Mr B Facon 3rd Long Ash Purple Mr SA Hollier 4th Treverton Promise Ms RE Heard 5th Rhyfel Peach Mr TA Williams Pairs 9 entered/7 forward 1st Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn

2nd Mr B Facon 3rd Mr SA Hollier 4th Mr D Phillips 5th Mrs EM Hallifield 6th Mr & Mrs G Woollatt 7th Mr TA Williams Teams of Three 2 entered/2 forward 1st Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 2nd Mr TA Williams Breed Champion (Morgan Trophy) Treverton Kitkat Reserve Champion (Elizabeth Henson Trophy) Gupworthy Onzlo Male Champion (Tomlinson Trophy) Gupworthy Onzlo Female Champion (Hill Lady Trophy) Treverton Kitkat Reserve Champion Female Carreg Ola Reserve Champion Male Gupworthy Pilot Best Junior Heifer (Fishwick Shield) Carreg Plum Best Junior Bull (Linton Trophy) Gupworthy Pilot Best Overall Junior (Blackbrook Trophy) Carreg Plum Best 1st calved heifer (Leebarn Trophy) Not awarded Best calf at foot (Southfield Trophy) Treverton Q Tip calf of Kitkat Best Pair (Doverdale Trophy) Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Best Exh Bred Pair (Michael Thompson Trophy) Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Best Team of Three (Colaba Trophy) Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn

Royal Three Counties Show Rare & Minority Breeds Show 19 June 2016 Judge: Danny Wyllie Cow with calf at foot 4 entered/3 forward 1st Treverton Kitkat 2nd Dunstall Myleen 3rd Shadybrook Karen

Ms RE Heard Mrs EM Hallifield Mr D Howden

Senior Heifer 7 entered/5 forward 1st Carreg Octopus Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 2nd Gupworthy Ocean Mr & Mrs G Woollatt 3rd Carreg Ola Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 4th Rhyfel Orchid Mr D Howden 5th Treverton Octavia Ms RE Heard Junior Heifer 17 entered/11 forward 1st Dunstall Peony Mrs EM Hallifield 2nd Carreg Plum Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 3rd Treverton Paloma Ms RE Heard 4th Long Ash Purple Mr SA Hollier 5th Carreg Primrose Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 6th Gupworthy Pippcott Mr & Mrs G Woollatt 7th Etheridge Pansy Mr D Phillips 8th Rhyfel Pearl Mr TA Williams 9th Etheridge Primrose Mr D Phillips 10th Long Ash Pearl Mr SA Hollier 11th Rhyfel Peach Mr TA Williams Senior Bull 3 entered, 1 forward 1st Gupworthy Onzlo Mr & Mrs G Woollatt Junior Bull 9 entered/7 forward 1st Dunstall Prophet Mrs EM Hallifield 2nd Rhyfel Pluto Mr TA Williams 3rd Carreg Pinocio Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 4th Carreg Pollinator Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 5th Gupworthy Pilot Mr & Mrs G Woollatt 6th Pointer Brave Mr D Howden 7th Rhyfel Pine Mr TA Williams Pairs 7 entered/6 forward 1st Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 2nd Mr SA Hollier 3rd Mr & Mrs G Woollatt 4th Mrs EM Hallifield 5th Mr D Phillips 6th Mr TA Williams Breed Champion Dunstall Peony Reserve Champion Carreg Octopus Best Junior Bull Dunstall Prophet Best Junior Heifer Dunstall Peony Interbreed Pairs Reserve Champions Dunstall Peony/Rhyfel Pluto

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NATIONAL SHOW 2016

Senior heifers (l-r) Carreg Ola, Carreg Octopus, Treverton Octavia, Gupworthy Ocean, Rhyfel Orchid

Junior Bull lineup

Junior Bulls

Junior Heifers

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SPRING SHOW & SALE 2016

Longhorns Enjoy Brisk Competition For Quality

Breed Champion Hennisfield Gorgina The Longhorn Cattle Society’s Spring Show and Sale, at Worcester on 23rd April 2016, attracted a strong following and somewhat selective trade with buyers keen for quality stock and prepared to compete for those types fitting the bill. Top call of the day went to the pre-sale Show Champion, a maiden heifer Hennisfield Gorgina from Mike and Yvonne Smith’s Derbyshire based herd and levelled at 2,700gns to David Howden, Ludgershall, Buckingham. Mr Howden was a strong supporter of the

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sale looking to secure superior stock for his Pointer herd promoting his exclusive pub. He made a further two purchases at over four figures including Treverton October a third prize heifer from Rachel Heard and Graham Towers at 1,620gns and Gorse Winnie, the Reserve Female and Reserve Overall Champion from John and Joshua Brigg’s Warwickshire based herd at 1,500gns. The Treverton prefix has a successful day from the Heard/Towers Partnership with second prize winner Treverton Opportunity selling to B.

Facon, Banbury, Oxon. at 1,700gns. Top price in the Senior Heifer section went to BC & JW Evans with Colaba Juno 2nd levelling at 900gns again to David Howden. Bulls on offer were a selection pleasing many followers and peaking at 2,100gns for Aberdeen Oswin a two year old son of Fishwick Iconic rewarding vendor Graham Lennox for his long trip from Aberdeen and purchased by Worcestershire breeders Goodman Bros.


SPRING SHOW & SALE 2016 Results Judge: Mrs Lynda Burditt Cow 1st Carreg Novo Heifer born in 2014 1st Hennisfield Gorgina 2nd Treverton Opportunity 3rd Treverton October Heifer born in 2015 1st Gorse Winnie 2nd Gorse Winegum Senior Bull 1st Hennisfield George 2nd Stoke Nobleman 3rd Aberdeen Oswin 4th Mayfield Omega 5th Rhyfel Odo Bull born in 2015 1st Carreg Psynergy

Male Champion Carreg Psynergy Reserve Male Champion Hennisfield George Female Champion Hennisfield Gorgina Reserve Female Champion Gorse Winnie Breed Champion Hennisfield Gorgina Reserve Champion Gorse Winnie Averages

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Animals

Messrs JS&JW Brigg Messrs JS&JW Brigg

Led Senior Heifers Led Junior Heifers Led Senior Bulls Unled Cows Unled Unserved Heifers Unled Senior Heifers Unled Junior Heifers

Mr & Mrs M&Y Smith Natural England Mr G Lennox Mr J Newton Mr TA Williams

Number

3 1 5 6 5 14 1

Top price ÂŁ Average ÂŁ 2835.00 1575.00 2205.00 945.00 861.00 945.00 315.00

2107.00 1575.00 1638.00 822.00 780.00 731.00 315.00

Auctioneers: McCartneys LLP

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NORTHERN BREEDERS’ SHOW & SALE 2016

The Longhorn Cattle Society’s 8th Northern Spring Show & Sale held at Beeston Castle Auction on Saturday, 21 May attracted a large entry of 84 head including for the first time this year a section for steers. The show Judge was Mrs Angela Blockley who selected as her Champion female Croftlands Ocean, a March 2014 born Maiden heifer from Colin Hughes of Silloth, Cumbria with Croftlands Octavia from the same home taking the reserve ticket. The leading bull was the Bollin Valley Partnership’s Blackbrook Vanguard and in reserve was the same vendor’s homebred bull, Bollin Odin. A really good crowd travelled from all corners of the country and cattle were distributed as far away as Berwickshire, Northumberland, Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire but the great majority went to buyers in Derbyshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. This good crowd of very interested purchasers resulted in a total clearance. The top price of the day was in the bull section with the Reserve Champion, Bollin Odin achieving a selling price of 2400gns; this March 2014 son of Blackbrook Strongbow was purchased by RE & JS Jones of Penrhos, Raglan, Monmouthshire. Next at 2200gns was the Champion bull, Blackbrook Vanguard, a five year old son of Blackbrook Sabre and the

former stock bull at Bollin. He was purchased by Mrs E Lawson of Ripponden, Nr. Halifax. Her Majesty’s Prison Kirkham sold another bull, the February 2015 born Kirklan Pedro, a son of Stoke Inca for 1500 gns to J Huntbach of Baddiley, Nantwich. Females topped at 1550 gns for the Champion heifer, a daughter of Frondeg Lion which sold to J Close & Son Ltd., of Berwickon-Tweed whilst another from the same home, Croftlands Odelia, also by Frondeg Lion sold at 1020gns to R Kellett, Macclesfield. The sale included a major reduction from the Laycroft Herd, the property of Gary Prance of Barnston, Wirrall and it was an entry from this herd which topped the cow section selling at 1150gns; this was for Laycroft Jambul, a May

2009 daughter of Bollin Apollo which sold with her three week old bull calf at foot to JT Kirkham of Ridley, Tarporley. Next at 1080 gns was Laycroft Litmus, an October 2011 daughter of Southfield Hawk which sold with her two week old bull calf at foot to DJ Saxby of Litton, Buxton. The nine year old Southfield Havana, the eldest member of the Laycroft reduction led the incalf cows selling at 1020 gns to A Knight of Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. For the first time steers were included in the sale and what a great success it proved to be with two year old steers selling to £903 and yearlings to £693, both lots from Mr and Mrs Joe Barlow of Caerwys, Flintshire and another group of two year olds from P Wild of Shaw, Bolton selling at £882.

Croftlands Ocean

Results Judge: Mrs Angela Blockley Heifer born in 2014 1st Croftlands Ocean 2nd Croftlands Octavia 3rd Croftlands Odette Senior Bull 1st Blackbrook Vanguard 2nd Bollin Odin Bull born in 2015 1st Kirklan Pilot 2nd Kirklan Pedro 3rd Kirklan Panther Breed Champion Reserve Champion

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Animals

Mr C Hughes Mr C Hughes Mr C Hughes Bollin Valley Partnership Bollin Valley Partnership HMP Kirkham HMP Kirkham HMP Kirkham Croftlands Ocean Kirklan Pilot

Cows Heifers born in 2014 Heifers born in 2015 Senior Bulls Junior Bulls Steers Laycroft reduction sale Cows

Number

Top price £

Average £

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763.00

1 15 14 3 3 11

Auctioneers: Wright Marshall, Beeston Castle

840.00 840.00 1627.00 820.00 609.00 540.00 2520.00 1995.00 1575.00 1312.00 903.00 826.00


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BLACKBROOK SALE 2016

Blackbrook Longhorns top at 5,700gns

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Southfield Lyric The Blackbrook Longhorn production Sale, for John and Pat Stanley on 28th May, proved a resounding success with possibly some of the best genetics in the breed being offered for sale and selling to a packed ring of supporters with a spirited and hotly contested demand. Top call of the day at 5,700gns went to Southfield Lyric, a five year old cow by Blackbrook Philisopher who was a Breed Champion winner at the Royal Show, she had been used in an embryo transplant programme with all her embryos having been exported to Australia. She was sold with a bull calf at foot and returned home to her breeders David and Angela Blockley, Bradford, Yorkshire. Other cows with calves sold briskly to 2,400gns for Blackbrook Wren, a Blackbrook Trapper daughter, the four year old had a steer calf at foot and was secured by S Mullan, Hexham, Northumberland.

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has established a prize winning herd at Banbury, Oxon valued the quality animals on offer taking a total of five from the sale, the top being Blackbrook Ysolde, A Blackbrook Uruk-Hai daughter and recently served to Huntsham Cardinal. Cows and calves were also on the shopping list with Blackbrook Vole and steer calf taken at 2,200gns. Senior Heifers were all closely followed none more so than by David and Angela Blockley for their noted Southfield herd in Yorkshire – the long-time breeders securing two at 2,700gns and 2,550gns for Blackbrook Ysabel and Blackbrook Yoo Hoo both by Blackbrook Uruk-Hai and the latter carrying a service to Eyebrook Richard, one of the pair that won the coveted Burke Trophy. Junior Heifers were not to be left out and also enjoyed a sound following peaking at 1720gns for Blackbrook Zuleika to D Sargeant, St Osyth, Essex. Bulls topped at a very creditable 3,000gns for Blackbrook Zulu another progeny of Blackbrook Uruk-Hai and tracing to Southfield Lilac II on the maternal line who won first Royal Show and Female Champion, Great Yorkshire, he was purchased by AJ Parker & Sons, Derby.

Sale Results Averages: Animals Cows Heifers born in 2014 Heifers born in 2015 Junior Bulls Steers Semen straws

Number 12 9 10 1 6 28

Top price £ Average £ £5985.00 £2107.00 £2835.00 £2158.33 £1806.00 £1260.00 £3150.00 £3150.00 £1134.00 £928.25 £53.55 £41.55

Auctioneers: McCartneys LLP

Keen supporter of the breed David Howden, Buckingham who runs the “Pointer” restaurant specialising in Longhorn beef made two purchases at the sale Blackbrook Vodka with a heifer calf at foot at 2,350gns and an

in calf cow Blackbrook Topaz by a former Reserve Junior Champion at the Royal Show Blackbrook Odin carrying a calf by Blackbrook X-Chequer at 2,500gns. Strong support from Bertrand Facon who

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AUTUMN SHOW & SALE 2016

Breed Champion Gentons Polo

at the National Show, she was purchased by D Sargeant, St. Osyth, Essex to add to some quality purchases earlier in the year for his newly formed herd. The Gentons prefix had a successful day with another maiden heifer Gentons Petra taking third prize in the show and selling to David Howden, Bucks for 1,420gns. The long trip from Cumbria for Nicky Luckett’s Wellhead herd consignment again proved a worthwhile effort selling her fourth prize maiden heifer Wellhead Peony at 1,480gns also to Stan Dixon, while her second prize bull Wellhead Paul’s Pride levelling at 1700gns to M.R. Owen, Haverfordwest, Pembs. Senior Heifers were well supported and peaked at 1,400gns for the second prize Hennisfield Greta, an in calf heifer by Dunstall Jaguar from Mike and Yvonne Smith and taken by David Howden for his Buckinghamshire based Pointer herd.

The Longhorn Cattle Society’s Autumn Show and Sale on 24th September, attracted a strong entry and a bumper crowd to ensure an almost total clearance with keen and spirited competition for all types on offer. Top call of the day at 2,120gns was secured by John Close & Son for their first prize bull Fishwick Phoenix, a 17 months old son of Fishwick Macavity out of Fishwick Firefly eventually being taken by M. Horne, Overton, Hampshire. Females were the main feature of the sale and sold to 1,600gns for Gentons Polo, a maiden heifer from up and coming breeder Bertrand Facon, Oxfordshire – she won first, female and overall Champion in the preceeding show and had previously been placed second

Judge Brian Wragg presents the Championship Trophy to Bertie Facon, with stockman Ben Bellew and President Dr. Philip Cleland

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Fishwick Phoenix


Show Results Judge: Mr B Wragg Cow 1st Heronbrook Millie 2nd Blackbrook Whimsey Heifer born in 2014 1st Treverton Octavia 2nd Hennisfield Greta 3rd Settrington Twist 4th Settrington Trivia Heifer born in 2015 1st Gentons Polo 2nd Newton Zenobia 3rd Gentons Petra 4th Wellhead Peony 5th Heronbrook Pansy 6th Settrington Unique 7th Wellhead Paragon 8th Rhyfel Poppy 9th Settrington Una Senior Bull 1st Blackbrook Voldemort Bull born in 2015 1st Pointer Brave 2nd Wellhead Pauls Pride 3rd Fishwick Phoenix 4th Fishwick Polar Star 5th Rhyfel Pluto

Mr J Winnington Mr D Nutt Ms RE Heard Mr & Mrs M&Y Smith Mr J Harrison Mr J Harrison Mr B Facon Mr D Walker Mr B Facon Mrs N Luckett Mr J Winnington Mr J Harrison Mrs N Luckett Mr TA Williams Mr J Harrison Mr D Nutt Mr D Howden Mrs N Luckett Mr P Close Mr P Close Mr TA Williams

Breed Champion Res Breed Champ Best Opposite Sex Male Champion Res Male Champ Female Champion Res Female Champ Best Junior Heiffer Best Young Handler

Gentons Polo (Ciba Geigy Shield) Treverton Octavia (Rosemary Roberts Trophy) Blackbrook Voldemort (Lloyds Bank Trophy) Blackbrook Voldemort Pointer Brave Gentons Polo Treverton Octavia Gentons Polo (Southfield Trophy) Harry Blockley

Averages Animals Number Led Cows 1 Led Senior Heifers 3 Led Junior Heifers 8 Led Senior Bull 1 Led Junior Bulls 3 Unled Cows 10 Unled Senior Heifers 3 Unled Junior Heifers 9 Durham dispersal Cows 15 Senior heifers 4 Junior heifers 7 Bulls 2 Auctioneers: McCartneys LLP

Top price £ 1071.00 1470.00 1680.00 1102.50 2226.00 1176.00 1239.00 1134.00

Average £ 1071.00 1312.50 1228.50 1102.50 1862.00 909.30 996.50 533.16

2152.50 1410.50 1207.50 997.50 1050.00 822.00 1071.00 1060.50

The main feature of the sale was the dispersal of Ian Salmon’s Durham herd and a large supporting crowd ensured that competition was vibrant throughout. Top price in the dispersal was 2,050gns for Durham Nigella and Durham Nasturtium 2013 twins both with Charolais cross calves at foot and secured by G.H. Woollatt, Exmoor, Somerset. Cows and calves were particularly impressive and sold with a strong following peaking at 1,780gns for Colaba Felicity, a six year old cow with a heifer calf at foot, going to G. Willey, Newcastle upon Tyne the same buyer also buying a calved heifer Durham Nemesia also with a heifer calf at 1,150gns. In calf heifers also topped at 1,150gns for Durham Osier, three months in calf to Durham Mack to B. Facon, Banbury, Oxon. Maiden heifers sold to a creditable 1,000gns for a 17 month old heifer Durham Primula to AB & FM Bomford, Worcester.

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BEEF EXPO 2016

Wheatlands steers

Hennisfield Gorgina

Beef Expo 2016, organised by the National Beef Association was centred on The Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire and the surrounding Peak District on Thursday 19th May and Friday 20th May.

The first day was a series of farm tours to beef herds at Chatsworth, Haddon Hall and monitor farmer Simon Frost. The Haddon Hall herd of Longhorns was also on display. The second day focused on the trade event

held in the market at Bakewell. We were kindly loaned cattle by Mike and Yvonne Smith and Tom Mills and were busy with enquiries during the day.

FISHWICK BULL SALE

Fishwick Mains

- 3 July 2016

Sale Results Name

Vendor

Purchaser

Price (gns)

Bulls Fishwick Poseidon J Close & Son Ltd Bollin Valley Partnership Fishwick Pascal J Close & Son Ltd Dr D Buckeridge Fishwick Principal J Close & Son Ltd Mr D Sargeant Females Fishwick Marla & heifer calf J Close & Son Ltd Mr T Nutter Fishwick Nemesia & bull calf J Close & Son Ltd Mr S Dixon Fishwick Ophelia J Close & Son Ltd Mr S Dixon Fishwick Orlagh J Close & Son Ltd Dr D Buckeridge

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2900 2700 2000 1800 1550 1400 1600

Fishwick Primavera J Close & Son Ltd Mr S Dixon Fishwick Phi J Close & Son Ltd Mr S Dixon Averages

Animals

Bulls Cows Senior Heifers Junior Heifers

Number

3 2 2 2

Top price £

3045.00 1890.00 1680.00 1365.00

Auctioneers: McCartneys LLP, Worcester, Tel: 01905 769770

1200 1300

Average £

£2660.00 £1758.75 £1575.00 £1312.50


Fishwick Longhorns

Fishwick Lord of the Rings

Sire: Carreg Cennen Dam: Croc Mhor Foxglove

Bull of the Year 2012 and 2013 - Semen for Sale

Some outstanding 2016/17 sons for sale including two out of Croc Mhor Katkin - dam of Once in a Lifetime, Pascal and Queensberry Boy

Fishwick Macavity, pictured above alongside his dam, Fishwick Donna, was the main sire of our 2015 calf crop and will return home to sire the bulk of the 2019 crop. He is by Bollin Eugene - sire of Fishwick Kanara, Breed Champion and Interbreed Heifer Champion Royal Welsh Show 2012 and Breed Champion Great Yorkshire Show 2015. Macavity was shown successfully in 2013 when only 12 months old. Donna was Breed Champion at the 2005 Royal Show. For the future we hope that Lord of the Rings and Macavity will do for the breed what Llantrothy Kestrel and Fishwick Kinsman combined to do in the 90’s; combining stretch, power and thickness to take the breed forward to a new dimension. Tel. 01289 386 181 Mobiles: 0777 993 7217 [Peter] 07784 155 991 [Ashley] 07702 317 303 [Rob] The Longhorn Journal

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BADGER FENCING AT LESSOR FARM

Over the last two months, 3.5kms of perimeter badger fencing has been erected around the farm. This is possibly unique in England. The decision to proceed with this costly exercise came after battling with TB for a year. From the outset, APHA advised us that, from their analysis of our outbreak and from the lab result of the specific strain of TB, wildlife was likely the cause. Badger fencing is only one of a set of measures put in place on the farm to maximize bio-security. Lessor Farm (Banbury, Oxfordshire), sits on sandy ground and whilst there is no badger sett on the farm, we are surrounded by setts and badgers were very frequently seen. In discussion with various fencing contractors, we realised that no one seems to have experience and know-how on erecting a large badger fencing enclosure and much of the planning work was left to us. Tornado, one of the only two suppliers of badger-proof netting provided useful guidance. The key decision was whether to bury the net for 25cms vertically and 30cms horizontally (as advised by Tornado) or to lay a 55cm skirt on the ground facing the outside

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of the perimeter. We opted for the latter for the following reasons: • Cost: From a cost point of view, digging a trench is very significantly more expensive. However, the ground preparation for the skirt to lay flat and the pegging of the skirt requires significant work that should not be discounted. • Effectiveness of the netting. Quickly after you lay and peg the skirt, the grass grows through it binding the skirt to the ground and hiding the edge. After much deliberation, we decided that we prefer the badger to face the horizontal netting (skirt) as soon as he tries to dig while standing on it. Frustrated, it will (we hope) more likely try again along the line rather than look for the edge 55cms back from the fence. If the net is buried instead, the badger will dig at the bottom of the fence and, now committed, will only have to enlarge the hole by 25cms to reach the edge and dig under it.

• Effectiveness of the Electric wire. We want a frustrated badger who cannot dig at the bottom of the net (having tried in various places along the line) to soon try to climb over the fence, only to meet a live wire while standing on his back legs. We therefore elected to have a single 2.5mm wire 60cms up. The shock will, we hope again, permanently convince the animal not to return to the fence. (A wire closer to the ground, while possibly more active, would require constant maintenance). On the cattle side, we are also putting a single strand electric wire on 20cm pegs, 90cms up, to prevent the cattle from damaging the fence. The internal cattle wire will be connected to the external wire at the gate when the cattle are brought into the field. Only time will tell whether we are successful in keeping cattle and badgers away from each other. In the meantime, we would happily share our experience with other Society members. Bertie Facon, Gentons Longhorns


LONGHORN CATTLE SOCIETY FIRST HERDBOOK

To celebrate it’s 140th anniversary in 2018 the Society has produced a facsimile reproduction of the first Herdbook, published in 1878. Here past Society Secretary and President John Brigg puts the first Herdbook in context with the development, demise and resurrection of the Society. Volume I of the Longhorn Herd Book dated 1878 includes a list of Vice Presidents, Officers and nine Committee Members together with Rules and Regulations of the newly formed Long-Horn (sic.) Cattle Society. The introduction dated July 1st 1878 makes fascinating reading, containing a long history of the breed including, inter alia, Birmingham Fat Stock Show results from 1849 up to 1877. However, what may not be generally known is that this new Society was very short lived and Volume II was not published until 1899. It appears that the original Society petered out without publishing another Herd Book. The introduction to Volume II records that, due to the efforts of various named breeders “the R.A.S.E. were once more induced to open classes for the breed at their shows, the first of these occasions being at Birmingham in 1898”. This was so successful, drawing an entry of 6 bulls and 16 cows and heifers, that a meeting was called at Rugby the following May which resulted in “the formation of a new Society and the publication of the present volume, which is the second in connection with the breed, the former volume having been published more than twenty years ago by Mr JB Lythall of Birmingham, to whom the newlyformed Society express their indebtedness his kind courtesy in handing over to them all rights pertaining to that volume.” It is interesting to note that this new (1899) Society was virtually a clean sweep, as only one name, WS Shaw of Fradley near Lichfield, remained on the new committee from the 1878 Committee. The meeting in May 1899, which led to the formation of the new Society, was well

reported in The Field which gave full support to the efforts of these breeders. “After lingering for a somewhat lengthened period on the verge of total extinction, the Long-Horn breed of cattle is to be resuscitated and brought back in line with more modern types which threatened to irrevocably crush it.” It suggests that “fickle fashion was mainly responsible for the temporary elimination of Long-Horns from public exhibitions.” and, goes on to say “The fact that the older supporters of the breed in the Midlands, most of whom were tenant farmers, with rents to pay and livings to earn, clung to the old breed through all these years of acute depression and in the absence of external demand at fancy prices, succeeded in weathering the storm of adversity, is no small testimony to the utilitarian merits of the breed”. Only bulls were given registration numbers, Volume II carried on the numbering from Volume I, starting at 287, and going on to 372. Once reconstituted, the Society thrived for another thirty years, until history repeated itself and during the downturn of the 1930’s, mirroring the agricultural depression of the 1880’s, there was a major decline in interest in the breed and the final Herd Book was published in 1936 which covered two years and only contains details of 12 bulls and 43 heifers born in 1934 and 1935, entered by 8 breeders, the last bull being numbered 991. This period, being closely followed by the outbreak of the Second World War, when peoples’ minds were obviously preoccupied with considerably more important matters, effectively spelt the demise of the Society. In November 1948 a Meeting was called to “discuss and approve the future of the breed, and it was resolved that due to the lapse of time, a new Herd Book should be prepared, commencing as Volume I” The 17 known breeders were allocated Herd Numbers from 1 to 20 (for some reason numbers 5, 16 and

18 were blank). These are the start of the series of Herd Numbers in use today. All living animals were to be tattooed with the owner’s herd number in the left ear and the animal’s number in the format 1/49 onwards starting with the oldest. This exercise produced a list of 45 females and 7 bulls from 6 breeders. Of these, 15 are merely described as “aged” with no indication of breeding although possibly previously registered, and one, entered by Mr F Tomlinson of Lichfield as “Sutton Patricia – calved 1933 by Waddon Clarke out of Westmeath Dorothy” is the only link we have to the previous Herd Books. Westmeath Dorothy was one of a bunch of eight heifers imported by the Society in 1931 from The Earl of Westmeath, Loughrea, County Galway and shared out among members in an exercise to obtain more bloodlines. Calves born in 1950 and onwards were to be tattooed with a consecutive number and the year of birth e.g. 1/50. One of the new members listed was Bill Nokes. During the war Mr. Nokes, on a family seaside holiday, spotted the dispersal sale of Mr Mayo’s Longhorn herd – Mr Mayo choosing to disperse his milking herd rather than use Friesian bull as required by the War Ag. – and the influential HILL herd was born. By the early 1970’s the breed was again in a parlous state, the last Herd Book having been produced in 1966. With the deaths of both Ted Walters, who had succeeded his father as Secretary in 1932 and bred the Sutton Herd (No 6), later adopting the Grendon prefix, and Bill Nokes of the Hill Herd within weeks in 1972 the breed was again at a watershed. A meeting was hastily called at the Royal Show, which had restored Longhorn classes when moving to its permanent home at Stoneleigh and it was resolved to continue the work of the Society. The Herd Book was recovered and updated and the rest, as they say, is history. John Brigg, ‘Gorse’ Herd, established 1966 Secretary, 1972 - 1974 The Longhorn Journal

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AGM - 2017

Hennisfield cattle The 2017 AGM was based in Derbyshire, with visits to Mike and Yvonne Smith’s Hennisfield herd, Ben and Tori Stanley’s Melbourne Park herd and Calke Abbey. Around 80 members, including members from Germany and Holland joined in all or part of the weekend’s activities.

Saturday 14 October

The weekend started with a visit to the breeding portion of the Hennisfield herd belonging to Mike and Yvonne Smith. Mike and Yvonne bought Hennisfield Farm in 2003, initially rearing free range poultry and sheep. They bought two cows and calves from the Blackbrook/Fishwick/Southfield sale in 2007 to start their Longhorn herd and five years ago gave up free range egg production. The sheep enterprise has also been reduced so all efforts are now concentrated on the Longhorns. The herd now comprises 20 cows and followers, with heifers being retained

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Longhorn Head at Calke Abbey as replacements and steers being finished for local butchers shops. The herd has had success in both the show and sale ring. We didn’t have far to go to see the cattle as they were running in the parkland adjacent to the Hilton Hotel, our base for the weekend. The formal AGM business was conducted with a change to the General Rules being voted in and David Blockley and Paul Ashcroft being re-elected back onto Council. Sarah Coleman was announced as the Society’s President for 2018 and 2019. The awards were presented, with David Howden winning the Bull of the Year Award

Hennisfield cattle with Pointer Can Dance, Vicki Hopkinson winning the Cow of the Year Award with Gorse Valentine Rose and Mark and Bev Wheeler winning the Heifer of the Year with Carreg Quicksilver. The Junior Handler’s Award was won by William Edwards. The President’s Award was awarded by President Dr Phil Cleland to Charles and Angela CottrellDormer of the Rousham herd for the work they had done to preserve the breed.

After lunch a number of members visited Calke Abbey which has been home to Longhorn cattle since the 18th Century. As well as cattle grazing in the park there are a number of Longhorn heads in the Entrance Hall to greet visitors. In the evening we had a meal at the Hilton Hotel and along with a raffle we were entertained by our outgoing President, Dr Phil Cleland.

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Melbourne Park cattle

Sunday 15 October

On Sunday the day was spent at the various enterprises of Ben and Tori Stanley of the Melbourne Park herd. Ben and Tori recently secured the long term tenancy on Park Farm, part of the Melbourne Hall Estate and they also farm land nearby at Langley Abbey Priory. As well as the Longhorn herd there are also flocks of Jacob and Texel sheep, as well as a flock of Portlands managed by Tori and Ben on behalf of Lady Ralph Kerr. The Longhorn cattle are taken through to finishing and sold through their own butcher’s shop at King’s Newton as well as farmers markets, local farm shops and butchers. Tori and Ben won the Farmer’s Guardian Awards ‘Beef Innovator of the Year’ award in 2016.

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Melbourne Park cattle Ben and Tori farm 600 acres over four tenancies, the main one being 400 acres at Park Farm, part of the Melbourne Hall

Estate. They have been selling Longhorn beef for seven years and it is their main farming enterprise and therefore their living. Initially beef was sold in boxes but when the first tenancy was secured a more regular cashflow was needed so they started attending farmers markets and for the last five years have attended three in London every Saturday. The tenancy at Park Farm is for 30 years, allowing for long-term plans to be put in place which include renovating the farm and buildings to

Ben and Tori Stanley


Bertie Stanley make them more fit for purpose. Tori and Ben finish 150 cattle a year, mostly Longhorns but supplemented with other native breeds when there aren’t any Longhorns ready. The aim is to rear steers or heifers over two summers at grass to 24-30 months and finish them at R4H or O+. Currently the breeding herd consists of just over 40 cows and they aim to get numbers up to around 100 cows meaning they are breeding around 2/3 of the finishing cattle they need. An HLS application to turn 100 acres of Melbourne Hall land that is currently in arable back into permanent pasture will facilitate this. There is 300 acres of arable growing barley for home milling, and oilseed rape. Around 300 sheep are also kept, mostly Mules with some Texel and Cheviot half breds and there is also a flock of pedigree Jacobs which are very successful in the show ring. The farm employs four people for the shop, butchery and farmer’s markets and Ben is the only person on the farm. We started off at Tori and Ben’s Butchery in King’s Newton which had only had it’s official opening the week before for coffee and a butchery demonstration which proved a real hit.

Tori and Bens Butchery demonstration

Members enjoy lunch From there we moved on to Park Farm to see the breeding cattle and the finishing cattle. We were then treated to an amazing Longhorn lunch, with Longhorn cooked ‘from nose to tail’ by 2014 BBC Masterchef Winner Sven Britt-Hansen and his team. We had dishes of Longhorn neck, Longhorn brisket, Longhorn sirloin, Longhorn forerib,

Longhorn rump and Longhorn oxtail. This was all washed down with two beers that had been brewed specially for the occasion – Melbourne Park and Herbertsherd. Bertie Stanley was awarded the Paul Luckett Newcomers Award for the member winning the most points showing for the first time in their own right.

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AGM AWARDS 2017

President Dr Cleland presents the Maydencroft Award to Jamie Brewer

President Dr Cleland presents the Leebarn Award to Vicki Hopkinson

Maydencroft Perpetual Trophy – Bull of the Year

Leebarn Perpetual Lesley Hutton Perpetual Trophy – Cow of the Year Trophy – Heifer of the Year

President Dr Cleland presents the Lesley Hutton Award to Mark Wheeler

The winner of the Maydencroft Perpetual Trophy for the bull gaining the most points on the show circuit in 2017 was Pointer Can Dance from David Howden.

The winner of the Leebarn Perpetual Trophy for the cow gaining the most points on the show circuit in 2017 was Gorse Valentine Rose from Mrs V Hopkinson.

The winner of the Lesley Hutton Perpetual Trophy for the heifer gaining the most points on the show circuit in 2017 was Carreg Quicksilver from Mr & Mrs B&M Wheeler.

Paul Luckett Memorial Trophy

Frank Sutton Young Handlers Competition

President’s Award

Three members had shown Longhorn cattle in their own right for the first time in 2017. Yvonne Ferguson and Harry Saxby tied for second place and in first place was Bertie Stanley. The Trophy was presented to Bertie on the Sunday of the AGM weekend.

Four Junior members had taken part in stockjudging competitions this year. In first place was William Edwards, second was Rhiannydd Davies, in third place was Coby Horrocks and in fourth place was Dan Preece.

The President’s Award, given by the retiring President to a member of the Society whom they feel has made a significant contribution to the breed either recently or in the past, was awarded by the President to Charles and Angela Cottrell-Dormer of the Rousham herd. The Cottrell-Dormers were amongst those who kept Longhorns during the ‘lean’ times and the President felt their unwavering support of the breed should be recognised.

Newcomers Award, Debbie Dann, Tori and Bertie Stanley

William Edwards

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Est. 1989

BLACKBROOK LONGHORNS Overall Champion herd of the Midland Longhorn Breeders for the 18th time Six National Show Championships

‘Blackbrook Zither’ in calf heifer

‘Blackbrook Zara’ in calf heifer

‘Blackbrook Zinnia’ in calf heifer

‘Blackbrook Zelia’ in calf heifer

‘Blackbrook Yasmina’ 1st calved heifer

‘Blackbrook Wisdom’ 3rd calver

Cattle, semen & embryos for sale John & Pat Stanley Springbarrow Lodge, Swannymote Road, Grace Dieu, Nr Coalville, Leics. Tel: 01509 503276 Mobile: 07860 515 893 • e-mail: info@blackbrook-longhorns.com cattle health scheme

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NORTHERN BREEDERS’ VISIT 2017

Southfield Farm, Drighlington

The Northern Longhorn Breeders’ Group held their herd visit at the Southfield Herd by kind invitation of David and Angela Blockley, on Sunday 23 April. Around 30 Society members and friends attended in glorious sunshine. As well as the opportunity to see the Southfield herd, Meurig James, Chief Classifier with Holstein UK, was there to classify David and Angela’s cattle. It provided Society members with the ideal opportunity to see the classifying process in action and a number of members had some in depth discussions with Meurig regarding the benefits of the scheme. After a fabulous lunch there was a ‘guess the weight of the steer’ competition and stock judging of cows, heifers, bulls and steers which got everyone once again having discussion and debate over the cattle in front of them. After the results of the competition were announced members enjoyed afternoon tea before heading home.

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NORTHERN BREEDERS’ VISIT 2017

HMP Kirkham

On 4 June 2017 the Northern Longhorn Breeders’ Club had a herd visit to HMP Kirkham. 15 members plus guests had a great day in Preston ‘behind the fence’ in the sun viewing some good looking Longhorns. They are a real credit to Keith and Peter who look after the herd on a day to day basis. The new stock bull Stoke Mudlark got a lot of attention and admiration from breeders. A light lunch was supplied from the Prison kitchen and a really good day was had by all. Luckily all members made it out from behind the fence and a visit into the farm shop ended the day. I would like to thank Keith, Peter and Judy and everyone else who helped make the visit a great day Graham Walker Northern Breeders Club Chairman

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MID WEST BREEDERS’ SUMMER VISIT 2017

Blackdown Herd, Churchstanton

This year’s visit on 9th September was to the Blackdown Herd of Longhorns owned by the Batchelor family and set in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. The weather was ‘variable’ and rained whilst Russell Batchelor gave us an outline of how it all started, whilst we were undercover. It was well timed as the rain finished at the same time as he did! The farm at Churchstanton runs to some 90 acres and used to be a dairy farm. The herd numbers some 70 cows and four bulls are kept as the cows run in bunches of 15 to 20. The cows graze land which is owned by the Forestry Commission who let it to the Blackdown Hills Trust, who in turn have a contract with the Batchelor Family and is now about half way through the 10 year agreement. The woodland covers some 380 acres. The Forestry Commission had originally had Longhorns but when their tenant became unsuitable the Batchelors put in an offer and now own the herd. It is quite a challenge as the daily round to check the cattle can be up to 30 miles. Water bowsers have contact telephone numbers on them and the public are very helpful at spotting ‘problems’. We then went in convoy some five miles

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away and saw one group which were in a 30 acre ‘paddock’ Back nearer the farm we saw two groups of steers and the newest recruit to the line up of bulls, Tanfield Jacket, bred by Mike Shearstone and bought from Pete Grabham. Becky Batchelor, with her mother in law put on a barbeque for us with homegrown

burgers and sausages. A vote of thanks on behalf of the group was given by Mark Barden and bouquet was given by Monique Hustinx to Becky Batchelor Peter Guest, Chairman/Secretary Midland Longhorn Breeders’ Group


MIDLAND BREEDERS’ SUMMER VISIT 2017

Hardwick Hall and Hardwick Park Farm

Longhorn cattle have been at Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield in Derbyshire for many years. Hardwick Park Farm, although in the ownership of the National Trust is now tenanted; part of the tenancy agreement requires a nucleus herd of pure Longhorn cattle to be kept alongside any other enterprises the tenant chooses. The current tenants Will Botham and his partner Karen have embraced this clause and run a very efficient farm on commercial lines. The farm is just over 600 acres of mainly parkland grazing with a round 30 acres of arable grown for own use. The National Trust favours low input grassland under Stewardship Agreements. This provides extensive grazing for the suckler herd and a flock of 300 breeding ewes. The suckler herd consists of a mix of pure Longhorn cows running alongside crossbred cows with Longhorn and Stabilisers featuring in the current breeding policy. Although new to the Longhorn breed Will and Karen have sufficient faith in the Longhorns to include them in their cross-breeding, with their current stock bull, of Riverlands breeding, working well. The herd is performance recorded, with

anything not hitting target being culled. We saw some good working cows with tremendous calves at foot, all spring born in a very tight calving pattern. It was interesting to see how the Longhorns were crossing onto Angus, Limousin and latterly Stabilisers, showing how adaptable the Longhorn breed has become, as originally Longhorns had been kept to look attractive grazing around the Hall, but are now fitting into a very commercially

run farm. Stock not required for breeding are fattened on the farm and sold to the local wholesaler who sells to a network of pubs, restaurants and shops in the area. Having walked through the parkland looking at the cattle we had worked up an appetite for lunch at the Hardwick Inn adjacent to the park, with an invitation to look around the Hall and gardens in the afternoon. Hardwick Hall was once part of the Cavendish family’s extensive estates until it had to be forfeited to pay death duties and eventually came into the hands of the National Trust. The Hall houses one the finest collections of tapestries in this country and was built for the infamous Bess of Hardwick. Due to the extensive windows which feature throughout, it is often known as ‘Hardwick Hall more glass than wall’. The visit to the Hall and gardens concluded a very pleasant day with a good mix of cattle and culture and we thank Will and Karen for their welcome.

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NATIONAL SHOW 2017

Lincolnshire Show

- 21st June 2017

Breed Champion, Riverlands Oink The Society’s National Show was held at Lincolnshire Show. Exhibitors and visitors were treated to the hottest day of the year but that did not stop a superb display of cattle being shown to their absolute best. Danny Wyllie found his Champion in Richard and Vicki Burton’s three year old bull Riverlands Oink, and the Reserve Champion was Peter Close’s cow Fishwick Kanara. On the second day Riverlands Oink went on to be best Native in the Beef Interbreed and the team of Southfield Lace (Harry Blockley), Carreg Quartet (Bernard Llewellyn) and Riverlands Oink stood best Native team in the Interbreed Teams of Three.

Reserve Champion, Fishwick Kanara

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Junior heifers (1st class) (r-l) 1st Carreg Quartet, 2nd Riverlands Quinine, 3rd Trelawny Quiritis


NATIONAL SHOW 2017

Disbudded class, (r-l) 1st Southfield Diesel, 2nd Southfield steer

Cow class (r-l) Fishwick Kanara, Southfield Lyric, Tetford Twinkle, Southfield Lace

Longhorn Cattle Society National Show 2017 - Results Senior bull 4 entries/3 forward 1st Riverlands Oink 2nd Stoke Juniper 3rd Tetford Vaders Vortex Intermediate bull 3 entries/3 forward 1st Southfield Panther 2nd Riverlands Paddington 3rd Colne Valley Hercules Junior bull 12 entries/7 forward 1st Riverlands Quibble 2nd Pointer Can Dance 3rd Carreg Quintet 4th Newton Acceleration 5th Rhyfel Q 6th Rhyfel Quest 7th Dunstall Quadrant Cow with calf at foot 19 entries/8 forward 1st Fishwick Kanara 2nd Southfield Lyric 3rd Tetford Twinkle 4th Southfield Lace 5th Carreg Martha 6th Fishwick Omega 7th Gorse Valentine Rose 8th Riverlands Misty Senior Heifer 17 entered/11 forward 1st Dunstall Peony 2nd Southfield Peach 3rd Colne Valley Happy 4th Chalkney Utter 5th Carreg Plum 6th Wellhead Paxos 7th Newton Zinnia 8th Treverton Paloma 9th Newton Zambuca 10th Briar Mead Precious Valentine 11th Rhyfel Pearl

Mr & Mrs R&V Burton Mr D Walker Mrs V Hopkinson

Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Ms Y Ferguson T&S Farms

Mr & Mrs R&V Burton Mr D Howden Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Mr D Walker Mr TA Williams Mr TA Williams Mrs E Hallifield

J Close & Son Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Mr & Mrs C&D Sutcliffe Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn J Close & Son Mrs V Hopkinson Mr & Mrs R&V Burton

Mrs R Hallifield Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley T&S Farms Mrs SE Coleman Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Mrs N Luckett Mr D Walker Ms RE Heard Mr D Walker Mrs V Hopkinson Mr TA Williams

Junior Heifer born between 01/01/2016 & 30/04/2016 26 entries/ 18 forward, class split Part 1 1st Carreg Quartet Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 2nd Riverlands Quinine Mr & Mrs R&V Burton 3rd Trelawny Quiritis AK Clark & Sons 4th Dunstall Quest Mrs E Hallifield 5th Dunstall Quail Mrs E Hallifield 6th Trelawny Quincy Mr AK Clark & Sons 7th Wellhead Quicksilver Mrs N Luckett 8th Chalkney Virago Mrs SE Coleman 9th Newton Absolutely Fabulous Mr D Walker Part 2 1st Tetford Xara Mr & Mrs C&D Sutcliffe 2nd Southfield Quail Harry Blockley 3rd Tetford Xaviera Mr & Mrs C&D Sutcliffe 4th Southfield Quiz Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 5th Pointer Caci Mr D Howden 6th Newton Absinthe Mr D Walker 7th Treverton Quest Ms RE Heard 8th Newton Appy Easter Mrs V Hopkinson 9th Rhyfel Quail Mr TA Williams Junior heifer born between 01/05/2016 & 31/12/2016 6 entries/ 3 forward 1st Southfield Quip Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Fishwick Queen of the Ring J Close & Son 3rd Southfield Quaint Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Pairs 11 entries/ 9 forward 1st AK Clark & Sons 2nd Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Mr TA Williams 4th Mr D Walker 5th Mrs EM Hallifield 6th Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 7th Mrs N Luckett 8th Mr & Mrs R&V Burton 9th Mr H Blockley Group of Three 6 entries/ 5 forward 1st Mr & Mrs R&V Burton 2nd Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn

3rd Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 4th Mr D Walker 5th Mr TA Williams Disbudded Longhorn 8 entries/2 forward 1st Southfield Diesel Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Southfield steer Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Breed Champion (Morgan Trophy) Riverlands Oink Reserve Breed Champion (Elizabeth Henson Trophy) Fishwick Kanara Male Champion (Tomlinson Trophy) Riverlands Oink Reserve Male Champion Riverlands Quibble Female Champion (Hill Lady Trophy) Fishwick Kanara Reserve Female Champion Dunstall Peony Best Junior Bull (Linton Trophy) Riverlands Quibble Best Junior Heifer (Fishwick Shield) Carreg Quartet Best Overall Junior Heifer (Blackbrook Trophy) Carreg Quartet Best 1st calved heifer (Leebarn plate) Fishwick Omega Best calf at foot (Southfield Trophy) calf of Carreg Martha Best Pair (Doverdale Trophy) AK Clark & Sons Best Exhibitor bred pair (Michael Thomson Trophy) AK Clark & Son Best Group of Three (Colaba Trophy) Mr & Mrs R&V Burton Supreme Beef Breed Native Champion Riverlands Oink Best Native Team of Three Southfield Lace / Carreg Quartet / Riverlands Oink

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SPRING SHOW & SALE 2017

Longhorns Top at 3,050Gns

Breed Champion Slough Okeydokey The Longhorn Society’s Annual Spring Show and Sale at Worcester on 22nd April again recorded a bumper crowd and no shortage of keen competition throughout the sale. Top call of the day went to Rachael Heard’s Treverton herd when Treverton Pegasus, a third prize winning bull in the pre-sale show was secured by volume buyer at the sale Jane Grant, Easingwold, York at 3,050gns. Mrs Grant took a total of 12 females and 1 bull at the sale – her female purchases topping at 2,000gns for John Salt’s first prize winning in calf cow Wellhead Newlands Lass, bred by Nicky Luckett and the top maiden heifer Carreg Patience, a daughter of Fishwick Lord of the Rings, being secured at 1,650gns. The First, Female and Reserve Overall Champion Treverton Pollyanna a two year old maiden heifer from Rachael Heard enjoyed a sound following also taken by Jane Grant at 1,500gns. A third prize in calf cow Gorse Telyn from John & Joshua Brigg’s Warwickshire based herd found favour and strong bidding eventually being taken by Mrs V Hopkinson, Chesterfield, Derbyshire at 1,750gns. The same vendors securing a very creditable 820gns for a weaned heifer calf, the first to be offered for sale by Gentons 007 James Bond

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to M & A Corrie, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Quality bulls were closely followed with Colne Valley Hero, the second prize bull by Blackbrook Stig from Sophie Gurton, Colchester, Essex being taken by T & M Lewis, Llandrindod Wells at 2,900gns

Reserve Champion Treverton Pollyanna

The First, Male and Overall Champion Slough Okedokey, a senior bull having previously won numerous prizes including First and Male Champion, Moreton in Marsh from Mr & Mrs D Preece’s herd sold to a level 2,000gns to RJ Sheppy & Son, Taunton, Somerset.


Show Results Judge: Mr Steve Gray Cow 1st Wellhead Newlands Lass 2nd Ash Tree Kanga 3rd Gorse Telyn 4th Colaba Jardinia 5th Wolseley Park Levi Heifer born in 2015 1st Treverton Pollyanna 2nd Carreg Primrose 3rd Treverton Promise 4th Tanfield Puzzle 5th Tanfield Pavlova 6th Pointer Beltuna 7th Witley Persephone 8th Hennisfield Hermione Heifer born in 2016 1st Pointer Capella 2nd Carreg Quail 3rd Newton Appy Easter 4th Carreg Quil 5th Slough Quick 6th Witley Quest 7th Birbury Queenie Senior Bull 1st Slough Okedokey 2nd Colne Valley Hero

Mr J Salt Mr J Salt Messrs JS & JW Brigg Messrs BC & JW Evans Messrs A & R Goodman Ms RE Heard Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Ms RE Heard Mr M Shearstone Mr M Shearstone Mr D Howden Messrs A & R Goodman Mr & Mrs M&Y Smith Mr D Howden Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Mr D Walker Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Mr & Mrs D Preece Messrs A & R Goodman Mr & Mrs DP Osborne Mr & Mrs D Preece Mrs S Gurton

Ms RE Heard 3rd Treverton Pegasus 4th Hambleton Montgomery Mr A Nelson 5th Colne Valley Falcon Mr MA Pearsons Bull born in 2016 1st Pointer Corker Mr D Howden 2nd Newton After Shock Mr D Walker 3rd Carreg Quango Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Male Champion Slough Okedokey Female Champion Treverton Pollyanna Breed Champion Slough Okedokey Reserve Champion Treverton Pollyanna Averages Animals Number Top price £ Average £ Led cows 8 2100.00 1286.50 Led Senior Heifers 10 1732.50 1361.85 Led Junior Heifers 7 787.50 658.50 Senior Bulls 5 3202.50 2300.00 Junior Bulls 1 1207.50 1207.50 Unled cows 5 1312.50 1068.90 Unled Senior Heifers 4 945.00 842.65 Unled Junior Heifers 7 861.00 691.50 Hempwell draft 7 1260.00 997.50 Steer 1 955.00 995.00 Auctioneer: McCartneys LLP

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NORTHERN BREEDERS SHOW AND SALE 2017 16 September 2017, Borderway Auction Mart

Results Judge: Mr Graham Willey Cow 1st Gale Farm Oldany Heifer born in 2015 1st Reiver Peaslaw Heifer born in 2016 1st Newton Asiatic Lily 2nd Reiver Quilt Bull 1st Barlings Lance 2nd Croftlands Thor

Breed Champion Reserve Champion

Mr SD Horrocks

Averages

Animals

Mr R Armstrong

Cow Senior Heifers Junior Heifers Bulls

Mr D Walker Mr R Armstrong

Newton Asiatic Lily Barlings Lance

Number

1 9 6 2

Top price £

Average £

1600.00 1600.00 1050.00 825.00 1040.00 745.00 1000.00 980.00

Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington

Mr T Atkinson Mr C Hughes

BEESTON CASTLE 2017 Sale Results Averages: Animals Cows Senior Heifers Junior Heifers Senior Bull Steers Auctioneers: Wright Marshall

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AUTUMN SHOW & SALE 2017

The Longhorn Cattle Society’s Autumn Show & Sale, at Worcester on 23rd September, peaked at a very creditable 3,800gns for JS & W Brigg’s Gorse Winegum, an in calf heifer from the Warwickshire based Gorse herd. The heifer had previously won Breed Champion at Shropshire, Royal Bath & West and Royal Three Counties Shows 2017 and also took the Overall Championship in the pre-sale show, the successful bidder being David Howden, Buckingham for his Pointer herd. A second prize winning in calf heifer Carreg Plover by multi prize winner Fishwick Lord of the Rings from Bernard Llewellyn found favour and was finally secured by Mark Wheeler, Stroud, Glos.

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Cows and calves were closely followed and topped the section at 1,500gns for Woolhope Leah a Blackbrook Stig daughter with bull calf at foot from O’Brien & Vice to ATF Brodie & Son, Worcester. Two other cows and calves also from Messrs O’Brien & Vice’s Woolhope

herd sold briskly at 1,480gns and 1,380gns both to RJ Hamer, Bishops Castle, Shropshire. Bulls were a selective trade but peaked at 2,300gns for Newton Zinfadel bred by D Walker but consigned by Nicky Luckett, the 2½ year old bull had won Reserve Male

Champion at Northumberland and also took the same award in the show section of the sale, he was taken by T. Taberner, Burton on Trent, Staffs.

Show Results Judge: Mr C Davies Cow 1st Carreg Kuckoo EX90 2nd Rhyfel Molly 3rd Carreg Kakadu VG85 Heifer born in 2015 1st Gorse Winegum 2nd Carreg Plover 3rd Carreg Primula Heifer born in 2016 1st Gorse Xpected Senior Bull 1st Newton Zinfandel 2nd Gentons Pyrite Bull born in 2016 1st Ryfel Q 2nd Carreg Quango (subs) Breed Champion Reserve Champion

Male Champion Female Champion Reserve Male Champ Reserve Female Ch Best Opposite Sex Best Junior Heifer

Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Mr TA Williams Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Messrs JS & JW Brigg Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Messrs JW & JW Brigg Mrs NA Luckett Messrs JS & JW Brigg Mr TA Williams Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn Gorse Winegum (Ciba Geigy Shield) Rhyfel Q (Rosemary Roberts Trophy)

Rhyfel Q Gorse Winegum Newton Zinfandel Carreg Kuckoo Rhyfel Q (Lloyds Bank Trophy) Gorse Xpected (Southfield Trophy)

Averages Animals Number Led Cows 3 Led Senior Heifers 4 Led Junior Heifers 5 Unled Cows 5 Unled Senior Heifers 2 Unled Junior Heifers 2 Bulls 2 Steers 9

Top price £ Average £ £1386.00 £1179.50 £3990.00 £1803.37 £1281.00 £863.10 £1575.00 £1251.60 £672.00 £651.00 £577.50 £551.25 £2415.00 £1837.00 £840.00 £750.00

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BEEF EXPO - 18 MAY 2017

This year’s NBA Beef Expo was held at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Thursday 18 May. The day before the NBA has arranged a series of local farm visits and the weather had been appalling, but the day of the event was warm and dry. With 20 Breed Society stands along with companies selling machinery, livestock equipment and supplies and a full seminar programme there was plenty to interest visitors. The Society had a stand at the event and David and Angela Blockley kindly loaned two superb disbudded steers, both of which were 27 months old and they weighed 588kg and 650kg respectively. They drew much admiration and attention from event visitors. The Society’s thanks go to David and Angela for kindly loaning cattle, plus Council members David McVeigh and Paul Ashcroft who came along to do a ‘stint’ on the stand.

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THE HISTORY OF BLOODLINES AT FISHWICK Senior Sire 2016 - 18 calves

< Lord of the Rings Sire: Carreg Cennen

Mercury/Kinsman/Kosmic line

Dam: Croc Mhor Foxglove Optimist/Kosmic/Goliath line

Our foundation sires were, effectively, Rousham Goliath and Glaven Alliance It is fair to say that between them they have put the herd and the breed where it is today - the vast majority of prize winners over the past 25 years have carried Goliath and/or Alliance blood. Goliath bred fabulous females that have proved to be prepotent matrons of the breed, although that is not to say that our foundation cows - Eyebrook Rachel, Grendon Dulci, Grendon Wendy and Shugborough Campion - have not played a hugely significant part. Rachel was flushed to give us Daydream, who, put to Goliath, gave us Galaxy and Fantasy, 5 consecutive times Yorkshire Champion and mother of Mirage - cornerstone with Lark [Shugborough Drake x Gambol] of Southfield genetics - and Kinsman, who, by Alliance, put the backsides into the breed. Meanwhile Galaxy produced the unfortunately under-used Mercury [by Fishwick Kascade] and Legend [by Drake], and also Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super- matriarch Karisma, by Alliance. Dulci produced Gambol, Hawthorn and Kristal, all stars in their own right, whilst Wendy gave us Goldie who delivered Optimist [by Longrove Resolve] and Kosmic [by Alliance]. In turn Campion mothered Marigold and Nightshade, both by Goliath. Nightshade has been an outstanding influence at Blackbrook along with Kestrel, Kristal [both by Alliance] Natasha [by Kascade]. Outwith the Fishwick herd we have tried to make use of Rousham Kite, a heifer that we sadly spurned the chance to buy in 1986. Kite has had a colossal influence within the breed and it is a pity that we were never able to see her blood-line merged with Shuborough Drake, Over the past two decades numerous bulls have played a significant role in developing the herd - we try to keep our bloodlines as diverse as is commensurate with breeding powerful but feminine females alongside for the breed what Llantrothy Kestrel and Fishwick Kinsman combined to do in the 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; combining stretch, power and thickness to take the breed forward to a new dimension.

Fishwick Macavity, pictured above alongside his dam, Fishwick Donna, was the main sire of our 2015 calf crop and will return home to sire the bulk of the 2019 crop. He is by Bollin Eugene - sire of Fishwick Kanara, Breed Champion and Interbreed Heifer Champion Royal Welsh Show 2012 and Breed Champion Great Yorkshire Show 2015. Macavity was shown successfully in 2013 when only 12 months old whilst Donna was Breed Champion at the 2005 Royal Show.

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SARAH COLEMAN

Society President 2018 & 2019

Born and still living in Earl’s Colne, near Colchester in Essex, Sarah first came across Longhorns when she saw them in the field of a local farmer. She has worked with livestock all her life; pigs, poultry, sheep but mainly dairy cattle in the first instance. Her father had a small herd of Jerseys which her elder sister took over when she married, and the herd moved to Hedingham to their new farm. Sarah was promised the first Jersey heifer born at her sister’s and she was the start of Sarah’s own herd; she was 13 at the time. She worked all school holidays fruit picking and in season turkey plucking and gutting to pay for the heifer, straw and hay had to be collected from a mile up the road in a wheelbarrow (no luxury of a car at 13!!). Finally one Jersey

Chalkney Echo & calf

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heifer became 25 cows and followers. A series of events culminated in the Jerseys being sold and Sarah and her husband, now with three daughters went into sheep instead. At the end of 1990 Sarah lost her husband suddenly to cancer and six months later she discovered she also had cancer. It was at this point Sarah decided life was too short not do what you loved so she purchased her first Longhorn! Tottiskay Fantasy was soon joined by two more cows with calves at foot, a heifer and a bull from Stoneleigh in 1992 and the Chalkney herd was born. She was the laughing stock of the local farmers but she didn’t care because unloading the cattle and having cattle back on the farm was the best feeling in the world and brought new life to the place!

Chalkney Justice

The herd now consists of a total of around 12 adults. For Sarah Longhorns were the only choice, the best natured and easiest calving. The local farmers no longer laugh as her young stock sell for more and the beef is in higher demand than many of their own. Showing has opened many doors for the Chalkney herd and also enabled Sarah and her daughters Charlotte and Sophie to get to know many other breeders much better. Some of their show successes include Native Interbreed Female Champion at the Royal Norfolk, being part of the winning Interbreed Group of Four at the East of England Show, having some of her cattle included in the Burke Trophy at the Royal Show, winning the Small Herd in the South East Breeders Herd Competition several times and gaining many male, female, junior and Breed Championships. Sarah has been a great supporter of the Longhorn Breed all the time she has been involved and she always a familiar face at show, sales and Society events. The Society is very honoured to have Sarah as the Society’s President for 2018 and 2019.


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CARREG

Herd 149 Est 1981

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EX EX EX EX EX EX VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG GP

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Carreg Cattle featured prominently in the 124 registered Longhorn Cattle shown in 2017!

• Reserve Bull of The Year • Champion Heifer of the Year for Mr & Mrs Wheeler— Carreg Quicksilver plus 3 others in the TOP 10 • 4 CARREG Cows in the TOP 10.

Championships • Interbreed Championship • Breed Championships National Trophies • Best Junior Heifer (Fishwick Shield) Carreg Quartet • Best calf at foot (Southfield Trophy) calf of Carreg Quadrant

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VG AND EX CATTLE CLASSIFIED IN 2017 The Longhorn Cattle Society established it’s type classification scheme in 2017. Longhorn breeders have made huge strides in the last 20 or so years to improve their cattle through careful and selective breeding. Type classification provides an independent assessment of members’ cattle in order to identify strengths and weaknesses within the herd and speed up breed improvement. Type classification is also an excellent independent guide for new members

who will be able to select cattle that have been assessed when establishing a herd if they wish. Cattle are assessed by classifiers from Holstein UK who have been specially trained to classify beef cattle. Assessed on 14 different linear traits that make up four composite traits, a final score results in a grade from ‘poor’ to ‘excellent’. This grade is then appended to the animal’s pedigree so anyone can see how an animal has been independently assessed. As the scheme develops multiple generations

of cattle will be inspected and the results will inform members which cattle they should retain in their herd to improve the quality of both their herd and the national population. The breeders that have had their animals classified so far have all reported that the process has been straightforward and very positive. These members, and a list of the cattle that have graded VG (Very Good) and EX (Excellent) are in the table, followed by an article from a member who has been through the classification process

Name

Herdbook No

Class

Sire

Herdbook No

BLACKBROOK QUEEN BEE BLACKBROOK VIOLET BLACKBROOK UNO BLACKBROOK UPSADAISY BLACKBROOK VIXEN BLACKBROOK U-GENIE BLACKBROOK UNASSUMING BLACKBROOK VESPER BLACKBROOK WHATNOT BLACKBROOK WIDGEON BLACKBROOK U-ROPA BLACKBROOK WISDOM BLACKBROOK YELENAH BLACKBROOK WHISPER BLACKBROOK WILD ROSE BLACKBROOK XYNA BLACKBROOK VERITY BLACKBROOK YASMINA BLACKBROOK XIU MEI BLACKBROOK YALIKA BLACKBROOK YVETTE

14155/G0380 21363/L0380 19687/K0380 19689/K0380 21976/L0380 19849/K0380 19847/K0380 21362/L0380 23169/M0380 23030/M0380 20539/K0380 23023/M0380 26561/O00380 23028/M0380 23029/M0380 25167/N00380 21359/L0380 26614/O00380 25166/N00380 26617/O00380 26491/O00380

EX 94 EX 93 EX 92 EX 91 EX 91 EX 90 EX 90 EX 90 EX 90 EX 90 VG 88 VG 88 VG 88 VG 87 VG 87 VG 87 VG 86 VG 86 VG 85 VG 85 VG 85

Blackbrook Maximus Blackbrook Rebel Blackbrook Rochester Blackbrook Philosopher Blackbrook Trapper Blackbrook Rebel Blackbrook Philosopher Blackbrook Rochester Blackbrook Trapper Blackbrook Rochester Blackbrook Stig Blackbrook Trapper Blackbrook Uruk-hai Blackbrook Trapper Blackbrook Trapper Blackbrook Rochester Blackbrook Rebel Blackbrook Uruk-hai Blackbrook Trapper Blackbrook Trapper Blackbook Vanguard

11276/C0380 16819/H0380 16820/H0380 14255/F0380 19954/J0380 16819/H0380 14255/F0380 16820/H0380 19954/J0380 16820/H0380 18121/I0380 19954/J0380 21588/K0380 19954/J0380 19954/J0380 16820/H0380 16819/H0380 21588/K0380 19954/J0380 19954/J0380 24976/L00380

14271/G0781 17712/I0149 11514/D0149 11434/D0149 21119/K0149 15065/G0149 13786/F0149 23364/M00149 26424/O00149 22606/L0149 16118/H0149 17710/I0149 26422/N00149 19966/K0149 23368/M00149 25606/N00149

EX 93 EX 92 EX 91 EX 90 EX 90 EX 90 VG 88 VG 88 VG 88 VG 87 VG 86 VG 86 VG 86 VG 85 VG 85 VG 85

Charnwood United Southfield Aristocrat Huntham Lion Bulford Freddy Carreg Herby Rousham Goliath Dunley Alligator Underknoll Focus Carreg King Carreg Herby Southfield Aristocrat Southfield Aristocrat Carreg King Linton Beowulf Underknoll Focus Carreg King

8329 9973/B0460 4356 7024 17281/H0149 1268 10194/B0705 16150/G0773 22160/K0149 17281/H0149 9973/B0460 9973/B0460 22160/K0149 10992/B0112 16150/G0773 22160/K0149

15836/H0490 11043/C0490 22289/L0490 22290/L0490 23373/M00490

EX 90 VG 88 VG 88 VG 88 VG 87

Linton Ulysses Linton Ulysses Blackbrook Raptor Blackbrook Raptor Blackbrook Raptor

8330 8330 16639/H0380 16639/H0380 16639/H0380

EX 91 EX 90 VG 88 VG 88 VG 87 VG 86

Riffhams Zorro Blackbrook K2 Chalkney Legend Raby Gladiator Blackbrook Lionheart Chalney Phoenix

15801/G0377 9941/B0380 17098/G0490 8623 10466/C0380 21881/K0490

Mr & Mrs JW Stanley, Blackbrook

Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn, Carreg

HAMBLETON GUINEA CARREG IDLENOT CARREG DAMSON CARREG DODO CARREG KUCKOO CARREG GENTILE CARREG FLORA CARREG MARTHA CARREG OCTOPUS CARREG LUDO CARREG HOTTENTOT CARREG IDESIA CARREG NESTA CARREG KAKADU CARREG MELODY CARREG NIA

Mrs S Coleman, Chalkney

CHALKNEY MYNAH CHALKNEY HATTIE CHALKNEY QUAVER CHALKNEY QUIBBLE CHALKNEY ROSARY

Mr & Mrs T&S Gurton, Colne Valley

TRELAWNY JASMINE SOUTHFIELD GLORY COLNE VALLEY DIGNITY WELLHEAD DORA BLACKBROOK RAPTURE COLNE VALLEY EZARA

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18027/J0870 14687/G00460 22066/L0962 11691/D0268 15402/H0380 23229/M0962


Name

Mr P Guest, Colaba

COLABA DANSKE COLABA ANONA II COLABA GEMSTONE COLABA HALO COLABA GRISELDA II COLABA ESMERELDA COLABA GENEVIVE COLABA GENTLE

Mrs EM Hallifield, Dunstall

DUNSTALL HARRIETT DUNSTALL JEWEL DUNSTALL JOANNA DUNSTALL MYLEEN DUNSTALL NUTMEG

Mrs SH Hallifield, Pokerleys

POKERLEYS GLACIER MINT POKERLEYS LILAC POKERLEYS HONEYBEE POKERLEYS LAVENDER POKERLEYS LOVAGE POKERLEYS LUPIN POKERLEYS MIRACLE POKERLEYS NARNIA POKERLEYS LATTE POKERLEYS NICKY

Ms RE Heard, Treverton

TREVERTON KITKAT BOLLIN FREEDOM LOGAN DULCIE TREVERTON KITTIWAKE TREVERTON KEEPSAKE TREVERTON MERCY

Herdbook No

Class

Sire

Herdbook No

16926/I0097 13252/F0097 22115/L0097 23588/M00097 21890/L0097 18243/J0097 21889/L0097 21892/L0097

EX 93 EX 91 EX 90 EX 90 VG 89 VG 88 VG 87 VG 85

Riffhams Burlington Riffhams Burlington Riffhams Burlington Riffhams Burlington Tripps Goldcrest Riffhams Burlington Tripps Goldcrest Riffhams Burlington

11316/C0377 11316/C0377 11316/C0377 11316/C0377 17091/G0605 11316/C0377 17091/G0605 11316/G0377

15730/H0775 18097/J0775 17990/J0775 23243/M0775 24962/N00775

EX 90 EX 90 EX 90 VG 88 VG 86

Blackbrook Galileo Dunstall Hawkeye Fishwick Casanova Dunstall Indiana Dunstall Genesis

7862 16527/H0775 11987/C0087 18235/I0775 15497/G0775

14982/G0854 25222/L00854 16756/H0854 25221/L00854 22249/L0854 25232/N00854 23224/M0854 25198/N00854 22816/L0854 25961/N00854

EX 92 EX 90 VG 88 VG 87 VG 87 VG 87 VG 86 VG 85 VG 85 VG 85

Fishwick Casanova Wellhead Gladiator Fishwick Casanova Wellhead Gladiator Wellhead Gladiator Wellhead Gladiator Wellhead Gladiator Wellhead Gladiator Wellhead Gladiator Wellhead Gladiator

11987/C0087 15787/H0268 11987/C0087 15787/H0268 15787/H0268 15787/H0268 15787/H0268 15787/H0268 15787/H0268 15787/H0268

19984/K0899 14111/F0343 14188/G0770 20195/K0899 19635/K0899 23488/M00899

EX 93 EX 90 EX 90 EX 90 VG 88 VG 87

Gorse Morrisman Blackbook Mayhem Southfield Attitude Gorse Morrisman Gorse Morrisman Treverton Jethro

14486/F0033 11246/C0343 9972/B0460 14486/F0033 14486/F0033 20012/J0899

27085/O00380 13164/f0460 11254/D0460 12354/E0460 14238/G0460 21830/L0460 21307/L0460 21833/L0460 19894/K0460 21927/L0460 24028/M00460 21832/L0460 23274/M0460 24997/N00460 24029/M00460

VG 85 VG 88 EX 92 EX 94 EX 93 EX 92 EX 90 EX 90 VG 88 VG 88 VG 88 VG 87 VG 87 VG 86 VG 85

Blackbrook Uruk-hai Southfield Cobalt Southfield Atomic Southfield Awesome Southfield Attitude Southfield Hawk Blackbrook Newt Blackbrook Philosopher Blackbrook Newt Blackbrook Philosopher Blackbrook Philosopher Blackbrook Philosopher Blackbrook Philosopher Blackbrook Philosopher Blackbrook Philosopher

21588/K0380 13164/F0460 10057/B0460 9974/B0460 9972/B0460 17836/H0460 12105/D0380 14255/F0380 12105/D0380 14255/F0380 14255/F0380 14255/F0380 14255/F0380 14255/F0380 14255/F0380

20008/K0843 13579/F0596

EX 91 VG 89

Raincliffe Wilhelm Bollin Callum

9614 11706/C0343

18931/J0112 19620/K01053 23132/M01053 15986/H0268 21347/L01053 15766/H0059 23135/M01053 23134/M01053 15764/H0059 26465/O01053 19710/K01053

EX 92 EX 90 EX 90 EX 90 VG 89 VG 88 VG 88 VG 87 VG 86 VG 85 VG 85

Dunley Alligator Hambleton Hurricane Treverton Jethro Raby Gladiator Hambleton Hurricane Raincliffe Allen Hambleton Hurricane Hambleton Hurricane Raincliffe Allen Overdale Kungfu Hambleton Hurricane

10195/B0705 17516/H0781 20012/J0889 8623 17516/H0781 12664/D0059 17516/H0781 17516/H0781 12664/D0059 21772/K01021 17516/H0781

Mr & Mrs D& A Blockley, Southfield

BLACKBROOK YOO HOO SOUTHFIELD FABLE SOUTHFIELD DYNASTY SOUTHFIELD ECHO SOUTHFIELD GYPSY SOUTHFIELD LACE SOUTHFIELD LARK SOUTHFIELD LYRIC SOUTHFIELD KITE SOUTHFIELD LARIAT SOUTHFIELD MYSTIC SOUTHFIELD LARA SOUTHFIELD MELODY SOUTHFIELD NOVELTY SOUTHFIELD MAISY

Mr J Winnington, Heronbrook

HERONBROOK KITTY BEJON FARINA

Mr M Shearstone, Tanfield

LINTON JUNIPER TANFIELD KIT-KAT TANFIELD MULBERRY WELLHEAD HELEN TANFIELD LIQUORICE RAINCLIFFE EVE TANFIELD MCVITIE TANFIELD MARMITE RAINCLIFFE ENOLA TANFIELD OSWEGO TANFIELD KEEPSAKE

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TYPE CLASSIFICATION

Carreg Martha VG88 (a score of VG89 suggests perfection) I have just spent a second thirty years of my farming life as a Longhorn breeder, the first thirty were very much entwined in the milking, breeding and showing of dairy cattle, it was September 1981 before we purchased our first Longhorns, it was that same year the breed won the most prestigious beef prize in the UK, The Royal Show’s Burke Trophy with a supreme pair of Animals. That year I also had the honour of showing one of the Burke Pair but it wasn’t Rousham Carnation or Eyebrook Richard that had won the Beef pair, it was in fact a Guernsey cow called Duchess of Holbatch, Classified Excellent 97 and one of the winning Dairy Burke pair. By this time in my ‘dairy’ career I had established a half decent herd of pedigree Friesian cattle what most of you will now know as Holsteins or ‘Black and Whites’. My breeding policy for both bulls to use and females to buy in was based almost wholly on family data Firstly milk yield of individuals, dams or progeny - probably the most significant factor, Secondly the classification of those animals, I had the luxury of a large pool of AI bulls to choose from and details of their individual strengths and weaknesses of their families and progeny was readily available as far as females to potentially purchase, EX in extended pedigrees was critical to purchase cost and usually beyond my budget Thirdly family show performance, again success usually pushed it out of the price range. Finally in the case of potential purchases the way they or their relatives looked that day. I hope this will begin to help you understand why the introduction of classification to Longhorn cattle was received with such enthusiasm by me. Many of the more

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sceptical amongst you will already be saying some of our less significant animals are producing quality progeny that was true then and applies with me even today. Carreg Molly comes to mind – GP84 but her first two calves are showing huge potential however observing her dam line – D: Carreg Christine (Breed Champion), GD: Toddington Jennifer (Breed Champion), GGD: Fishwick Goldie (held the record price for a female sold at auction for several decades) – there can be little doubt that all of these cows would have classified excellent and it should be remembered it’s the exception that proves a rule. Presently half our third calf plus cows are classified excellent with the remainder VG. Of the young cows there are 6 VG’s and 2 GP’s – I live in hope for both. Molly will certainly remain if progeny live up to expectations. It all still took 30 years.

The process itself is not about comparing animals but marking specific attributes of four basic elements 1. Legs and feet 30% of overall marks 2. Body Confirmation 25% 3. Beef Character 25% 4. Mammary system 20% Percentages reflect the strengths and weaknesses of the breed and the suggested direction of travel and may well change at some stage. Age will also be a significant factor when it comes to marking. Body conformation and beef character are quite likely to improve in maturity whereas the mammary system being abused by calves or legs and feet suffering from carrying 700k of muscle, fat, bone and calf uphill and down dale may well become more stressed. It is vital that classification is consistent and professionally carried out by individuals who have no direct involvement with the breed and that consideration is given to a Breed Society’s changing priorities; it’s not for the classifiers to decide what is most significant but only to judge accurately the elements. The British Friesian cattle that were classified for me 40 years ago are very different in type to the Holsteins of today but the fundaments are exactly the same and the scheme has developed according to the needs of the breed, it’s breeders as well as its potential customers. Since our initial involvement as a Society classification of breeds of beef cattle has increased dramatically and in the not too distant future I would predict that breeds that do not classify will be very much in the minority and sacrifice potential improvement and sales. By Bernard LLewellyn, Carreg Herd

Carreg Molly Only GP84 with her second calf- but look at her calf! The quality of the maternal line has come through in the progeny


HERD PROFILES SOUTHFIELD THE NEXT GENERATION

We bought our first Longhorns and joined the Society in 1991. We have had considerable success in the showring and sales over 26 years and now the next generation are showing great interest and enthusiasm. Most of the members will know our eldest grandson Harry Blockley who has his own Fieldhead herd prefix; his two younger brothers Clark (11) and Billy (9) are now snapping at his heels. David and I have given them a heifer each and they have registered Southlane as their joint prefix; they are also hoping to show in 2018. Our grand-daughter Zara (11) is not going to be left out, although her main passion in horses. She has always been on hand to lead a calf at the shows and along with her cousins has done well at the calf show and Young Handlers in 2017. Dave and I are immensely proud of them all and hope they will continue with our passion for the Longhorn in the years ahead. Angela Blockley

BETTY’S FARM SHOP Simon and I started with 24,000 free range laying hens 7 years ago, which diversified into a small farm shop outside Derby. This in turn lead to a butchery installation for which we have been lucky and always sourced Local Longhorns from Tori and Ben at Melbourne. Then an opportunity arose for us to purchase some more land which

was very unloved and needed some mowers. The terrain is very rough and unsuitable for machinery so Tori and Ben suggest a few cattle – the few turned out to be 10 heifers from the and 8 calves! So we have started a long term plan to use our own Longhorns in the butchery now as well. Emma Ruff

STOTTESDON LONGHORNS I first came across Longhorns in childhood when friends of my parents kept a herd of organic Longhorns in Hampshire, then more recently I was reacquainted with them through work, as both my partner and I work for Worcestershire County Council’s Countryside service where we use Longhorns for conservation grazing on our nature reserves. They work really well in this respect as their placid nature means they are unpurturbed by dogs, walkers and other interactions with the public, as well as getting by on what many would deem second rate pasture; some of our reserves are heath and scrubland, where the Longhorns help to maintain the open habitat and are happy out in all weathers. In 2013 after always fancying a piece of our own land, we were  extremely  lucky to be able to purchase a field in the village where we live in South Shropshire. At just under 12 acres it was larger than we had dreamt of and even after planting 1500 trees and my partner planting a heritage orchard and installing bee hives, we still had around 8

acres of pasture which we initially allowed a local grazier to have, but last year we decided to do something different and started to look at getting some of our own cattle. We did consider Highlands briefly but were drawn to Longhorns on the basis of their reputation for mild mannered nature, low intensity systems, ease of calving and all round hardiness. I started to look at animals for sale on the Longhorn website and saw that Cheshire Wildlife Trust were selling off their herd. We went to view them and most had already sold, but of the remaining few, we were taken with 2 cows and a calf. We have since added

to them with some of Nicky Luckett’s lovely cattle and so now have a small herd of 6 animals. Our daughter, Eva, who is 9 is really keen and is thinking about showing one of the heifers next year. In the village where we live they have been the focus of much attention and many comments. People really like to see something  different  from  the  same old, same old Holsteins that tend to dominate the area and as my partner says we have cows that really wouldn’t look out of place in an Anglo Saxon village; an ancient breed in the modern age. Rachel Datlen

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A GREAT GATHERING OF THE GREENS!

Where Deere Friends Met!

The ‘Gathering of the Greens’ is a group of John Deere tractor enthusiasts who get together for a weekend in July to meet up with old friends, make new ones, share and learn more about their John Deere passion, and talk tractors ‘round the clock!’ The Deere enthusiasts held their 8th annual event on July 1st at Parc Grace Dieu Farm, The Hendre, near Monmouth in South Wales courtesy of local John Deere dealer Frank Sutton. All types of John Deere tractors and machinery attended the Gathering which included a tractor ride around the farm and surrounding Welsh countryside, culminating with a hog roast and chance to share the fun around an authentic John Deere chuckwagon and camp. Enthusiasts came from Monmouthshire and beyond including visitors from Oklahoma, Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Devon, The Gower and Teme Valley Vintage Tractor Club. This year saw the introduction of special

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classes for John Deere Vintage (1918-1974) and John Deere Classic (1974-1994) tractors. A JD 3350 tractor owned by Leonard Mullen of Magor Sawmills won the Classic Class and a JD 2020 owned by Neil Rollings of Rogiet won the Vintage Class and was judged to be the ‘The Best Deere Tractor of the Day’ by Guest Judge, Laverne Dowding, Bank Manager of Banc First, Guthrie, Oklahoma, USA. There was a Western theme throughout the weekend with a Cowboy and Indian encampment and American Quarter Horses on show. Families were treated to an afternoon trailer ride around the farm with the Grace Dieu Cowboys rounding up the herd of Longhorn and White Park cattle in front of them! There was plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy with the surprise landing of a helicopter, off-road courses for gators and mini-gators, mud sculptures fashioned purely by diggers and a Blacksmith

demonstration by Owain Salter of Raglan. The Young Deeres’ displays featured model farms, robot designs for the future farmer and a multi-medium collage celebrating the farming community by students of Rougemont School, Newport. Crafty Deeres presented an array of Deere themed artwork alongside photographic displays, patchwork quilts and local spinners. The High Sherriff of Gwent, Kevin Thomas, made a special appearance to congratulate all who had participated in the competitions. A popular attraction was the wood carving of The Duke-John Wayne at the entrance to the farm to accompany the totem pole trail by artist Chris Wood, who fashions the sculptures with a chainsaw on the day. The evening gathering featured an outdoor country band with Longhorn steak burgers on the barbecue and the Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl competition. The highlight of the evening was the staging of an impressive Fire Labyrinth by Stuart Bawler and family of Hummadruz Theatre Company in which many participated in the burning, spectacular fire walk! The Deere spirit remained strong throughout the weekend and a good time was had by all. For more information on the Gathering of the Greens contact Frank Sutton: Email: gatheringofthegreens@gmail.com or Tel: 07748960463 or visit our website: wwww. parcgracedieufarm.co.uk Anna Sutton


Parc Grace Dieu Farm is situated in the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside and is owned and farmed by Frank Sutton and family. The farm is home to the well established Parc Grace Dieu Longhorn Herd, White Park Cattle, American Quarter Horses and North American Bison. Visitors are welcome to the farm all year round and it is host to John Deere enthusiasts’ club, ‘The Gathering of the Greens’ each July.

Established in 1983 and fulfilling the demands of today’s cattle market, the Grace Dieu Herd is functional and attractive, bred in the old tradition using today’s ideas and technology!

OPEN FOR CATTLE BUSINESS AT ALL TIMES OF THE YEAR! For more information: Contact Frank Sutton:07748960463 Email: gatheringofthegreens@gmail.com www.parcgracedieufarm.co.uk Parc Grace Dieu Farm, The Hendre, Nr.Monmouth, South Wales. UK.

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NATIONAL RECORD PRICES

For Longhorn Cattle Sold at Auction All prices quoted in guineas

COWS

SOUTHFIELD LYRIC FISHWICK GAMBOL FISHWICK GOLDIE GORSE RAINBOW ABERDEEN DORA

5700 3600 3400 3400 3200

Mrs J Stanley to Mrs A Blockley, Blackbrook Sale 2016 J Close & Son Ltd to Mrs S Vaughan, RBST Show & Sale 1990 J Close & Son Ltd to Sir Neville Bowman Shaw, Joint Production Sale 1992 Messrs JS & JW Brigg to Mr B Facon, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2013 Aberdeen City Council to B&M Llewellyn, Carlisle 2008

8400 5500 4400 4000 3800 3500 3400 3200 3000 3000

B&M Llewellyn to Messrs Carden, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2010 B&M Llewellyn to P Winterton Ltd, National Show & Sale, Melton Mowbray 2004 J Close & Son Ltd to Mr S Sutherland, Fishwick Bull Sale, 2015 J Close & Son Ltd to Mr S Sutherland, Fishwick Bull Sale, 2015 Mr & Mrs P Evans to Bollin Valley Project, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 1997 J Close & Son Ltd to Marquess of Cholmondeley, RBST Show & Sale 1989 Messrs JS & JW Brigg to Dr P Cleland, RBST Show & Sale 1992 Mr A Smith to Mr M Shearstone, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2011 Mrs N Luckett to Mrs Y Ferguson, Autumn Show & Sale, Worcester 2015

5400 5000 4400 4300 3800 3800 3600 3700 3600 3500 3400 3400 3200 3100 3050 3000 3000

Mr & Mrs G Lennox to Mr D Howden, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2015 Mrs N Luckett to Mr TD Wilson, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2013 B&M Llewellyn to Mr B Banham, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2013 Mr & Mrs A Nelson to Mr & Mrs R Batchelor, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2012 Mr J Warner to Mr F Sutton, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2007 B&M Llewellyn to Mr D Bevan, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2014 B&M Llewellyn to Mr D Sheppy, National Show & Sale, Melton Mowbray 2006 Messrs JS & JW Brigg to Mr S Medwell, Spring Show & Sale, Worcs 2014 Aberdeen City Council to Mr & Mrs A Rockey, Carlisle 2008 Natural England to HMP Kirkham, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2011 Prof I Craft to Mr I Clark, Logan Dispersal Sale, Worcester 2007 Mrs N Luckett to Messrs Mellin, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2011 Polden Farms to R&B Clutton, Polden Dispersal Sale, Bristol 2006 Mr D Nutt to Mr B Facon, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2014 Ms RE Heard to Mrs J Grant, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2017 B&M Llewellyn to Rowler Farming Partnership, Nat Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2009 Mr & Mrs R&V Burton to A&J Sheppard Partnership, Nat Show & Sale, Worcs 2014

5700 3700 3550 3400 3400 3500 3000 3000

Mr & Mrs M&Y Smith to Mr R Tedbury, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2014 Messrs JS & JW Brigg to Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Spring Show & Sale, Worcs 2006 Ms RE Heard to Mr D Howden, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2015 Mr WJ Spalton to Mr P Green, National Show & Sale, Melton Mowbray 2005 Ms RE Heard to Mr D Bevan, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2014 Mr & Mrs JW Stanley to Mrs A Blockley, Joint Production Sale 2007 TB Johnson to MM Rosenberg, Eyebrook Herd Dispersal Sale 1978 Mr & Mrs JW Stanley to Mrs A Blockley, Joint Production Sale 2007

7600 4400 4200 3500 3500 3400 3400 3200 3200

Mrs A Blockley to Mrs J Stanley, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2012 Mrs A Blockley to Miss E Vice & Mr M Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2009 Mrs A Blockley to Mr D Bevan, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2013 Mrs A Blockley to Mrs JW Stanley, National Show & Sale, Melton Mowbray 2004 Ms R Heard to Mr D Howden, National Show & Sale, Worcester 2014 Mr & Mrs G Lea to Mr P Robinson, Society Sale, Beeston Castle 2009 Mrs A Blockley to Mr & Mrs P&L Bell, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2009 Mr & Mrs JW Stanley to Mrs A Blockley, Joint Production Sale 2007 Mr JA Warner to Ms R Heard, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2009

JUNIOR BULLS

(under 2 years on or after 1 July) CARREG CENNEN CARREG ICARUS CARREG EQUATOR FISHWICK ONE IN A MILLION FISHWICK OLIGARCH LINTON TROJAN FISHWICK KOSMIC GORSE YEOMAN OVERDALE KUNGFU WELLHEAD ORTON LAD

SENIOR BULLS ABERDEEN NIK WELLHEAD LOHENGRIN CARREG KING HAMBLETON HANNIBAL CHARNWOOD ERIC CARREG MOGLEY CARREG EVEREST GORSE SAMSON ABERDEEN GRANITE STOKE INCA LOGAN CASPAR WELLHEAD JACKIE BLACKBROOK ICEMAN OXLANE MAHARG TREVERTON PEGASUS CARREG HORNBLOWER RIVERLANDS MUSTER

SENIOR HEIFERS HENNISFIELD EILEEN GORSE LAYLA TREVERTON NETTLE BEJON DELIA TREVERTON MAYFLOWER BLACKBROOK PEARL EYEBROOK TINA BLACKBROOK PLEASURE

JUNIOR HEIFERS SOUTHFIELD LYRIC SOUTHFIELD ICE SOUTHFIELD MIA SOUTHFIELD DEBUTANTE TREVERTON NOBLESSE DINGLEBANK IMOGEN SOUTHFIELD INNOCENT BLACKBROOK QUAINT CHARNWOOD LUCANIA

B&M Llewellyn to Gilbert McClung (Kelso) Ltd, Nat Show & Sale, Melton Mowbray 2004

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The Saxby family from Buxton won first and second prizes in the native classes with their purebred Longhorns at the English Winter Fair, Staffordshire in November 2017. They showed two 19 month old steers, Wellhead Quince who weighed 590kg and made ÂŁ2.82 per kg and homebred Litton Quip who weighed 620kg and made ÂŁ2.72 per kg. Both animals graded R4L and killed out at 60%. Both animals were bought by Ben Stanley for Tori and Ben's Butchery, Kings Newton, Derbyshire


Longhorn Cattle Society Journal Volume 10  

The Longhorn Cattle Society Journal for 2018 and2019

Longhorn Cattle Society Journal Volume 10  

The Longhorn Cattle Society Journal for 2018 and2019

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