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INTRODUCTION - HISTORY OF THE LONGHORN BREED From the very earliest records of British agriculture there has been a race of cattle set apart from most other breeds by the great length of their horns.


he Longhorn, as they became known, were predominant in medieval times over a large area of the Midland counties and Northern England. Their origin is shrouded in mystery, but the Craven district of Yorkshire, northern Lancashire, Cumberland, Westmorland, Staffordshire, Derbyshire & Leicestershire hold the honour of being greatly (especially) linked to this grand old breed. The breed also had a very firm footing in Ireland at an extremely early period of its history. Robert Wallace, writing in 1885 reported that the herd belonging to the Earl of Westmeath on his estate in Co. Galway was believed to have been bred there in a pure state for over 200 years. The Midlands must, however, be given full credit for the great improvement that was affected in the Longhorn, and certainly held the reputation as the stronghold of the breed. Here it was to be transformed from a multitasking role of milk, meat & draught to one whose primary function was beef. It was improved and designated as our first British beef breed by that great high priest of livestock breeding Robert Bakewell (1725-1795). It was Bakewell’s aim to feed the masses who had left the rural areas and moved into the towns and cities in pursuit of work during the Industrial revolution. Bakewell gave us the blueprint for all livestock improvement. The blueprint that is still followed to this day. Bakewell brought his herd to great perfection and worldwide repute, so much so that for many years after his death they were still referred to as the Dishley, or New Leicester breed. His stock were used to improve many other regional types/breeds. J.Neville Fitt writing on the Longhorn in 1876 spoke of correspondence with breeders and their experiences with Longhorns. One Staffordshire farmer told of the cattle being in his family for 280 years, thus putting them

there 180 years prior to Bakewell’s era (17251795). In the breed’s early history there appears to have been two distinct types of animals, one considerably smaller than the other. The smaller version inhabited the mountains and moorlands, were very hardy and useful, and being easy maintenance were largely kept by cottagers & small farmers, who kept them because of their propensity to produce large quantities of rich milk, for butter and cheese manufacture. They also fattened rapidly when given access to better pasture. The other type was larger, and inhabited the lower, richer areas of the country. These were particularly adapted as butcher’s beasts, due to the fact that they readily laid down tremendous carcasses of beef. In the very early days of the breed, cheese and butter making was the main occupation of farmers, and in this capacity the Longhorn at that point had no equal. It is said that Stilton Cheese was first produced at Wymondham, in the Melton Mowbray district of Leicestershire using the superior, rich, quality milk of the Longhorn. The Longhorn is a particularly hardy breed, with a very robust constitution, and will thrive well in most situations. Of a medium frame, they have great length, well sprung ribs and wide level backs. The hide which should be mellow to the touch, is well and thickly covered with silky hair. Through the winter their hair becomes thick and rough, to enable them with little or no shelter to withstand the season and emerge in the Spring still looking fit. In past times they earned the nickname of the ‘Leicestershire Curly Coat’. These are just some of the many reasons the Longhorn is wonderfully adapted to produce product in a most sustainable & environmentally friendly way & in a variety of systems. The colour of the Longhorn is a variation of roan from light to dark, but always with the addition of red hair in the mixture. The

characteristic trademark of the animal is the white line (finch mark) along the spine, possessed by the majority, but which however in the past was not always found in pure-bred animals, some being entirely self- coloured. In present times animals can be red, grizzled roans or brindled on the sides of the body. These colours can be interspersed with specs or patches of white. Usually a white thigh patch can also be seen. The horns which give the breed its name must be long, and may grow in any shape, some coming out at right angles others curving and almost meeting under the jaw (bonnet horns), whilst many assume very artistic, freestyle shapes and add much to the general character of the animal. The colour of the horns to be a creamy white with no trace of black. The Longhorns have a quiet temperament which makes them an ideal beef animal not prone to stress, ensuring that meat quality is of the highest specification. Used for crossing purposes the Longhorn is extremely successful, passing on its many attributes including wealth of flesh of the very best sort, hardiness, ability to convert forage, and good mothering ability. They make an excellent cross for dairy cattle due to ease of calving and vigorous offspring. Cross bred Longhorn calves are currently commanding a premium from the dairy sector in an exciting new era for the breed. It is gratifying that Artisan butchers are now using Longhorn as their premium product, bringing the breed full circle & placing them back on the pedestal on which Robert Bakewell first placed them. Its many excellent attributes will serve it well, to compete in new & emerging markets across the globe providing meat of exemplary texture & flavour to a more discerning market- place. The Longhorn is in an excellent position for a successful future in the 21st Century & beyond! Pat Stanley, Blackbrook Longhorns



t gives me great pleasure to introduce our 11th Society Journal. As you will see from the articles and herd profiles the Longhorn Cattle Society is very active and has a fantastic diverse group of members who continue to improve and develop the breed. The recent showing successes reported in the journal really do demonstrate how far this breed has come over recent years and how it is now being recognised and competing at an Interbreed level.


As you will see, the Society organises many events, visits and workshops throughout the year for Longhorn breeders and enthusiasts to enjoy and share their passion for the breed. These events are great opportunities to learn from other breeders and industry specialists, get advice on a specific aspects or simply catch-up with good friends. As agriculture moves into a period of significant change the Longhorn breed is perfectly placed to meet the needs of

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the industry, consumer and a sustainable environment. I would strongly encourage anyone considering the Longhorn breed to get in touch with the Society and see how we can help you. I hope you enjoy reading the journal and would like to thank all those who have help to put it together, provided articles and sponsorship. Tom Mills Longhorn Cattle Society Chairman

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am sure that we are not the only farmers to be totally exasperated by the coverage we get from a great cross section of the media including that once doyen of the truth the BBC. For much of the time we are very much on the back foot as lobby group after lobby group hurl their accusations on a myriad of ills that they put firmly at our door without us having the opportunity to put over our side of the argument. So, when the opportunity arose for us to take part in a week’s broadcasts by BBC Breakfast to speak out on a range of current issues we jumped at it. On August 11th a cameraman and producer arrived at the farm to prepare a short lead into the articles that would be filmed on the week beginning 19th August. This was to introduce and engage the viewing public to the Stanley family at Springbarrow. Our initial reticence was soon overcome by the bubbly young producer Josh who wanted us to introduce ourselves and the dogs, say how long we had lived at the farm, and what we did. He had


me seemingly popping up all around the field naming cows like a jack in a box, all rather eccentric! We were told that the weather would be presented with us on Wednesday, and I put in a request for Carol Kirkwood, Josh said he would see what he could do. After they had departed, we were left with the feeling of ‘what had we let ourselves in for.’ We felt this would be a wonderful opportunity to put the Longhorn breed in front of a wider audience and so the night before filming a little product placement took place when we ensured that we had cattle in the front paddock to wander up and down. August 19th dawned very early. In fact, the Breakfast Television sofa had already been installed in our garden by the time John and I got out of bed at 4.30 am, in readiness for the start of ‘Farm Focus’ at 6 am complete with cushions they had produced with Blackbrook Longhorns on them, very smart! The cattle worked to cue and had a presence throughout. The presenter for the first two days was Graham Satchell, and the topics he would

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be covering were global warming and the contribution from agriculture on the Monday and crime in the countryside on Wednesday. We sensed his detachment from agriculture when we were introduced but thankfully this was to change over the span of his visit. Guest speakers on the Monday were our son Joe and Prof Lindsay Stringer of the University of Leeds who had sat on the IPPC Committee which had very recently made their findings public but which the media had cherry picked for their own agenda. Throughout the time guests, presenters and crew were with us I kept up a steady stream of mugs of tea, coffee and bacon or cheese baps. This gave ample time to gather the views and opinions of everyone and proved to be both useful and thought provoking. Prof Stringer was lovely and although a vegetarian, actually stressed on air that it is not what you eat but where it is produced that makes a difference to our carbon footprint. She was completely in favour of the sustainable manner in which meat is produced in this country as apposed to the decimation of the Brazilian rainforest for the production of beef and crops for export. We felt that Monday was a very productive day! Albeit that the airtime given over to interviews on the farm were cut short for more frivolous topics back at the studio in Manchester, much to the chagrin of the crew who were recording here. Tuesday was filmed elsewhere and covered Brexit. Wednesday it was back to Springbarrow to talk about genetically modified food and coverage of the weather with the very lovely Carol Kirkwood. Carol turned out to be every bit as kind and fun as she appears to be and we had a really good experience with her. We were genuinely amazed that after contacting the Met Office at 3.30 am she memorises what she has to say and there is no teleprompt for her to rely on. All this

while meeting and interviewing strangers and putting them completely at ease. What a star she is! I thoroughly enjoyed the interview she did with me. As for GM it was kept to a very limited timetable, with a GM scientist and an anti GM spokeswoman who had come from quite a distance being kept to a very short interview. Thursday was again more productive when countryside crime was the agenda of the day with the slaughter and removal of sheep from farmers’ fields the main topic. The new presenter, a lady called Sam Fenwick made a mistake from which it will take her quite some time to recover, calling one of our yearling bulls a sheep. But more seriously a rural crime officer from North Wales was here to put over the very ugly face of crime in rural areas, and again John and Joe were interviewed on how it had impacted us. Farming Focus drew to a close, the producer declared ‘that’s a wrap,’ the Thursday team gathered for a photo on the red sofa for the last time and then it was whisked away off to its next destination. Well we tried to make a difference. We hope that people bought into what we are all doing in this great Industry of ours and that

buying UK produce can only be good for us all especially the planet. We were especially pleased to hear that Graham Satchell had perhaps changed his thoughts a little about what actually goes on, on farm. He left us with a frightening thought that it is the current young generation that are taking the oath to save the planet and not eat meat, in much the same way that our

generation wanted to ban the bomb. Only this time round media is king. It is instant and global and will have far reaching impacts on everything we do. Can any of us afford to sit on our hands and remain silent, perhaps if we do then we only have ourselves to blame when the soft target that is UK farming is no longer sustainable! Pat Stanley, Blackbrook herd of Longhorn Cattle

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Steers at Teggs Nose


he Bollin Valley Partnership has been working for 40 years providing a Countryside Management Service within the catchment of the River Bollin. The River Bollin is 49km in length running from the hills surrounding Macclesfield Forest to where it joins the Manchester Ship Canal at Bollin Point near Lymm in Cheshire. The main source of the River Bollin is on Toot Hill in the hamlet of Forest Chapel on the edge of Macclesfield Forest. Half way down its length the Bollin is joined by the River Dean. The catchment area of the two rivers combined is 273 square kilometres. The Bollin Valley Partnership manages sites across the valley as well as the Bollin Valley Way which approximately follows the River Bollin from Riverside Park in Macclesfield to the River Mersey near Partington.

Bollin Hatstand

Youngstock in Riverside Park, Macclesfield


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The Bollin Valley Partnership aims to provide an efficient and cost effective countryside management service for the Bollin Valley, improve the Valley’s natural environment and its recreational opportunities. To achieve these aims they provide a Countryside Ranger service and encourage public use of the valley whilst taking part in conservation and enhancement of the natural environment. The Longhorn cattle form an integral part of this management. In the late 80’s, the Bollin Valley Project (now Partnership), was faced with managing 100 acres of wild flower-rich grassland at Macclesfield Riverside Park and they were looking for a method which was more interesting and ecologically sound than mowing. Grazing was deemed to be the most sustainable method to manage the land as

it would both encourage wildflowers though removal of coarse grasses that compete with wildflowers, and also mean that large areas of pasture land didn’t have to be mechanically mown. The country park was already being heavily used by the public for recreation, mainly walking, dog walking and running so if the area was to be grazed then the animals had to be hardy, tolerant of people and unworried by dogs. In 1988, after investigating various alternatives, the Project bought 11 Longhorn cows and two calves from various herds around the country including Alan Cheese, (Mavesyn herd), Peter Close, (Fishwick herd) and the Boldvale Herd. Founder cows Westward Julie and Tottiskay Heather are two cows that bred well, with Westward Julie being the dam of Bollin Jill, the Partnerships first show cow. Showing used to be a large part of the Partnership’s summers, with a number of successes at shows across the country. It was seen as a valuable way of promoting the Partnership and it’s activities. In recent years a reduction in staffing numbers has impacted on the ability of the Partnership being able to get out and about in the showring quite as much.

Since the 1980’s, the herd has been building up in numbers as and when further grassland management has been required. One of the added bonuses of Longhorns was that at that time they were on the RBST Watchlist which created both a further conservation aspect and an educational opportunity. The Partnership have made the most of this by hosting farm visits and ‘Meet the Longhorn’ events for people to find out more about why they keep the cattle and to learn more about them, whilst seeing them at close quarters. In addition to their other regular duties, the Bollin Valley rangers, under the direction of Tim Harding, currently manage a herd of around 80 animals. These animals graze a range of habitats along the course of the River Bollin, from Tegg’s Nose 1200ft up in the Peak District above Macclesfield to the flood plain at Riverside Park in Macclesfield itself. These areas are fully accessible to the public so steers and heifers are grazed in these areas, with calving cows running with the bulls graze land that is either not open to the public, or the footpaths run adjacent to the fields. Blackbrook Warrior was running with a group of cows and calves on land at the very edge of Manchester Airport, with planes taking off

and landing less than 500 metres away! The cattle are out at grass all summer and then are housed at Oakwood Farm in Styal over the winter. Other than buying in new bulls the herd operates as a closed herd – the breeding policy aims to retain the best characteristics of the cattle - their docile nature and easy calving. Fishwick Sherman was bought in 2019 and will start working in the herd in 2020 alongside Fishwick Poseidon and Blackbrook Warrior. The best heifers are kept in the herd; the steers are sold at 12 - 18 months, historically at Chelford and Beeston Castle markets, but with their closure other outlets are being investigated including other live markets, Society sales and private sales advertised via the Longhorn Cattle Society. The herd have been great supporters of Longhorn Cattle Society sales over the years and homebred bull Bollin Rupert was Breed Champion at the Society’s Sale at Beeston Castle in 2018. The Longhorn cattle are a vital and integral part of the management of the River Bollin catchment and are loved and enjoyed by the large number of members of the public who see them every day. https://www.bollinvalley.org.uk/

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Bollin Valley Longhorns Herd number 343

Founded 1988

Traditional cattle Helping to conserve flower rich meadows


Current stock bulls Fishwick Poseidon 30114/P00087 Blackbrook Warrior 25513/M00380 Fishwick Sherman 34339/S00087

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Contact - Tim Harding or Euan Murray on 01625 374790 tim.harding@cheshireeast.gov.uk

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Who are you?

The Williams Family (Robert Williams, past Society President and Council member with Frances, Tom and Victoria) plus Chris Oakley, Farm Manager and Chloe Glenn, Apprentice of Maydencroft Herd

Where are you?

Maydencroft Manor near Hitchin in Hertfordshire. Our farming interests include approx 700 acres of grazing sites, owned, rented and contracted, many of which are SSSIs, Nature Reserves and public open spaces.

How did you find out about Longhorn cattle and decide they were the breed for you?

Bob’s lifetime love of this historic breed first noted when as a boy visiting county shows after World War II.

When did you Longhorn cattle?



We purchased our first in-calf Longhorn cow, Stoke Dorothea, in 1985. We now have approximately 200 head of cattle grazing mostly in Hertfordshire

Why did you start keeping Longhorn cattle?

We consider ourselves to be professional conservation graziers and producers of high quality meat for butchers and pre-packed retail boxes. Our Longhorns are much loved by the public far and wide and we do everything we can to publicise the fine qualities of this quintessentially English breed.

who comes across them! Website: www.maydencroftmanor.co.uk   maydencroftmanor   maydencroftfarm   maydencroft_manor

What are you trying to achieve with your herd?

We are constantly trying to improve our Longhorns and have operated for the last few years as a ‘closed’ herd, only buying in breeding bulls.

How would you sum up the Longhorn breed?

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he Rousham Herd of Longhorns was established in 1971, even though Longhorns had previously been at Rousham House in the early 1900’s. The herd is one of the oldest herds still registering cattle and they have had significant success in the showring as well as being an influential herd within the breed. Rousham and its landscape garden should be a place of pilgrimage for students of the work of William Kent (1685-1748). Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design and remains almost as Kent left it, one of the few gardens of this date to have escaped alteration. In 2017 Charles and Angela Cottrell Dormer were presented with the President’s Award by outgoing President Dr Philip Cleland. Charles was Chairman of the Society from 1979-1983 and President in 1994 & 1995. Here Charles talks about the history of his herd. “There were Longhorns at Rousham from about 1910 to 1928 when my grandfather sold them to his land agent B Worrall. The cows were milked by hand in those days. Most agricultural shows had a class for the most butter made from a gallon of milk. Longhorns always won, beating Jerseys and Ayrshires. Grandfather was President of the Society in 1912 just as I was in 1994 & 1995. We started again in 1971 when my wife Angela saw the Longhorns at the Royal Show, and said I would like one of those. We managed to buy six heifers from Simon Gilby of Great Bardefield. Then in 1973 the first sale of Longhorns since before the second World War took place which was the Hill sale at Leamington Hastings. I told Angela we would go to look but not buy. We came back with five cows and calves and a bull, Hill Texmas. John Brigg came up at the sale


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and said as we had just bought the cow that had won at the Royal Show so we must start showing. I said we only showed horses. There was a retired tenant farmer living in the village, Bob Burgess. I knew he had shown Shorthorns at the Royal in 1927 so I asked him if he would show Hill Lady at the Royal if I took a caravan for him to stay in. Hill Lady won again and after her retirement we presented the Society with the Hill Lady Challenge Trophy which is now presented to the Female Champion at the National Show each year.

Angela Cottrell Dormer

In the 1970’s and 1980’s we always took fat steers to Birmingham Fatstock Show and often won. Our local butcher John Walton always bought them and made a big display in his shop window. We went to all the major shows for some years and won many prizes. In 1981, I was Chairman of the Society when Betty Weiner won the Burke Trophy Interbreed Championship at the Royal with Eyebrook Richard (who was sired by Rousham Archer) and Rousham Carnation. The Queen arrived in her carriage to present the Burke Trophy. She said she was worried her horses would be frightened of the Longhorns horns. I assured her they were very quiet and would she like to pat them, which she did. The judge was Captain Ben Coutts, a well known character who liked a wee dram. He was factor on the Fleming’s Black Mount Estate near

Glencoe, only 54,000 acres. Robin Fleming told me that one day he came across a herd of cows he didn’t think he owned any so asked Ben about them. Ben admitted they were his and had had them there for 25 years1 In recent years with have had Bovine TB problems. There is no doubt in our minds it is caused by too many badgers. In the second world war you couldn’t be seconded to submarines you had to volunteer as so many of them got TB from the recycled air. The problem does not occur where Badger and Possum numbers are controlled” Charles Cottrell Dormer, Rousham herd of Longhorn Cattle photos courtesy of Charles Cottrell Dormer and the Stanley archive

website https://www.rousham.org/



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BEEF JUST FROM GRASS! article first published in Shepherd Publishing’s Beef Farmer Magazine, and reproduced with their kind permission


ick, Barbara and Oliver Fuller sell certified Pasture for Life longhorn beef through a successful London butcher and also from their farm in Surrey. Sara Gregson pays them a visit to find out more Nick, Barbara and son Oliver Fuller have been building their herd of Halliloo Longhorn suckler beef cows since 2007. Starting with one old cow and two heifers, they now have 31 cows and six bulling heifers. The herd is one third of Church Farm Services, alongside a flourishing contracting business making 2,000 bales of haylage, 4,500 bales of hay and 200 big bales of lucerne haylage every year, and two livery yards hosting 72 horses. Oliver is the sixth generation of Fullers to farm in Woldingham originally at Halliloo Farm. They are tenants of the 163ha Warren Barn Farm and 12ha at Church Farm. A further 230ha is rented from 18 different landlords – small parcels of land surrounding large houses typical of the area on the North Downs in Surrey, within the M25 but seemingly miles away from the Capital. “Back in the day, our family were market gardeners and dairy farmers selling into Covent Garden with a milk round in Purley,”


Nick and Barbara Fuller explains Nick Fuller. “We gave up the bottle round when pasteurization came in and gave up the cows and growing crops all together at the end of the 1980s. We started the contracting business fencing and making hay. But the cows came back!” The Fullers chose Longhorn cattle after

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seeing some at the Oxted and Edenbridge Show. They are easy to look after, calve unaided and are good mothers with plenty of milk and are docile. In ten years, the vet has been called in just twice. The cows calve all year round to give continuity of supply of meat and the bull lives out with the

FLA initiatives

The staff and directors of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association are working hard on many fronts to promote the benefits of producing 100% grass-fed meat and dairy to farmers, and the benefits to consumers of buying it. The organisation operates on a very tight budget but is currently, amongst many other things: • Investigating different routes to market for Pasture for Life meat and dairy • Promoting members’ farms and products to consumers throughout Great British Beef Week • Talking to retailers about the 100% grass-fed concept • Lobbying Government for a tighter definition of ‘grass-fed’ to mean ‘100% grass-fed’ • Organising the first sale of certified Pasture for Life cattle in September herd full time. The cattle graze the steep slopes and valleys of the North Downs during the summer and out-winter on unfenced chalk pads in the corner of one or two free-draining fields. Straw is spread out across part of the chalk pad for the animals to lie on. The cows are also given grass and lucerne haylage in round feeders and the calves have access to a covered area where they can eat their own lucerne haylage. No concentrates or grain feeds are ever offered. Two groups of youngstock, which are weaned at eight to nine months of age, graze the small parcels of

Pasture for Life

The Fullers have been members of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association for six years after seeing general manager Russ Carrington talking to John Craven about Pasture for Life on Countryfile. “With our system it is very easy to become a member and to become certified,” says Barbara. “We are very proud of our cert-

land in summer and live on chalk pads similar to the cows and calves in winter.

Beef marketing

Two beasts aged up to 30 months, are slaughtered every month at a small abattoir just seven miles away. They weigh between 300 and 310kg deadweight. One carcase is sent whole to butcher Nathan Mills at The Butchery in South East London, where the focus is on native breeds, small farmers and a nose to tail philosophy. The other carcase is cut down and returns

ification and I am delighted to say we sailed through our audit just before Christmas. “The Certification mark, the Pasture for Life rosette, is really important for us – it is a sign of integrity and trust. Our customers know that the meat they buy comes from animals that were 100% grass- fed. “Everything works in harmony. The breed of cow suits our landscape and the cattle are

butchered to order to the Fullers. Barbara has a clean and up-to-date email list and tells her customers what is coming up for sale at their pop-up shop in the farmyard on a forthcoming weekend. “Our carcases are hung for a full 28 days – which means we lose 20% of the weight, but makes sure we derive the best possible flavour,” says Barbara. “Longhorns develop marbling within their meat without laying down excessive fat. Marbling is a reliable indicator of good flavour and a succulent and tender piece of meat. “We are also keen on educating our customers that there are pieces of exceptional tasting cuts other than fillet or rib. We find that many people are afraid of what they don’t know, but we are now getting more people asking for things like brisket and braising steak. “We also work with pie makers from Southsea who make 750 gluten-free pies a year with our 100% grass-fed meat in them. We also promote our beef as much as we can through our Facebook pages.” http://www.halliloovalleylonghorns.co.uk/

easy to care for. They are healthy and grow slowly on just grass and conserved grass and lucerne, so are relatively cheap to feed compared to animals finished on grains. “Our beef enterprise has developed slowly over the years but has reached a point where customers come back time and again. We see a great future for our Longhorn cattle.”

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Slough Jackie

The Slough is a family run farm headed up by David & Christine Preece, together with their son Martin, daughterin-law Wendy and grandson Daniel aged 10.


he Slough, Stoke Prior near Leominster in Herefordshire was purchased in 1967 by Christine’s parents and consisted of 9.5 acres of grassland, on which they reared calves and sheep. Dave originally worked full time as an Agricultural Mechanic at Burgess’s before they closed and he then went to Arrow Plant & Tool Hire as a mechanic before retiring in 2016. Dave & Chris purchased a further 5.2 acres in 2001 and they also rent a further 15 acres of grassland within the village. Martin works full time as an HGV driver for Conod’s of Leominster moving plant and vehicles and Wendy works at DHL in Leominster as a Transport Administrator. Daniel goes the village Primary School. Dave and Chris visited the Highland Show in 2005 where they saw Longhorn cattle being shown and Dave thought he might like some

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on the farm. They went to Worcester Market to see if they could find any and then heard about the Joint Production Sale of Southfield, Blackbrook and Fishwick herds in October 2007 but came away empty handed. Dave then decided to get in touch with the Society’s official auctioneer Clive Roads at Worcester Market who put them in touch with Peter Guest of the Colaba Herd who lives just up the road! They purchased two 18 month old heifers in October 2007 and then in May 2009 purchased two Rooksbridge cows with calves at foot from Nancy Young. It now became apparent they needed a bull so a little day trip in August 2009 to Dorchester to see Sid

Hollier resulted in Long Ash Ian joining the herd as their stock bull. In 2011 Martin was taken ill and was stopped from driving for six months due to a suspected heart attack but actually was a virus around his heart muscles. In order to pass the time he decided to start to halter train that year’s heifer Slough Kiwi ready for the Society’s Show & Sale at Worcester in April, where she came 2nd and this was the start of halter training. Obviously the natural progression was to start showing and in 2012 the family entered their first show at Mid Devon where they were placed 1st Bull & Reserve Breed Champion with Slough Lonnie. Since then the show circuit has become a fixture of the summer for the whole family with both local shows and those further afield being attended. Homebred bull Slough Okedokey was consistently in the ribbons in 2015 and 2016 and these successes culminated in him being Breed Champion at the Society Spring Show & Sale at Worcester in April 2017 where he was sold to fellow member David Sheppy for his Three Bridges herd. Cows and heifers have also done well with Slough Nugget being Reserve Breed Champion at Burwarton and Breed Champion at Mid Devon in 2015 and in 2018 Colaba Logic was Breed Champion at Shropshire Show. The family are great supporters of the Society’s sales at Worcester and regularly consign breeding females. The males are mostly taken to Worcester Market as stores with the occasional one going to the local butchers at Leintwardine to be killed for the family freezer. As well as the Longhorns the Preece’s have a flock of Berrichon sheep and Dorset Horn sheep. Daniel has been showing the Dorset Horns since 2018 with increasing success. He was 1st & 3rd in the ewe Class on the Rare Breeds Day at the Royal Three

Dan & Slough Rosie at Royal Three Counties Show 2018 Counties Show 2018 and then followed this Betty both home bred. He also takes part up with Reserve Breed Champion. He also in the Young Handlers competitions with had 1st at Mid Devon Show, Burwarton & the sheep and in 2019 at the local Tenbury Moreton in Marsh. In 2019 he went one Show he won his age group (8-10 years) and better at the Rare Breeds day on Sunday at then went on to be overall Young Handler at The Royal Three Counties Show with a 1st the Show whilst being judged by two very and Breed Champion. He also had 1st Ram professional and experienced judges (Steve Lamb with Stoke Prior Bertie at Mid Devon Gray & Joshua Brigg). In 2020 he is hoping Show together with 1st Ewe Lamb and Breed to come back to showing cattle so the next Champion with Stoke Prior Becky and then generation of Preece’s being involved with Interbreed Pairs Champions with Bertie & Longhorn cattle is guaranteed!

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Who are you? Leighton Longhorns, Malcolm and Archie Corrie

Where are you? Our Longhorns graze on the flood plains of the River Severn at the foot of the Wrekin in Shropshire.

How did you find out about Longhorn cattle and decide they were the breed for you? In 2012 we started looking for a breed that would thrive on unimproved pasture whilst

fitting a parkland setting. The Longhorn is a striking breed with many qualities such as docility, longevity and meat quality, fitting our requirements perfectly.

When did you start keeping longhorn cattle? Having visited some local herds we purchased our first cow and calf in 2012 at the National sale followed by the School Green herd from Dr Cleland, Herefordshire. Since then we have carefully purchased pedigree animals and increased the herd through breeding.

What are you trying to achieve with your herd?

We are trying to produce top quality pedigree Longhorns with the ability to compete in a commercial setting whilst also continuing to thrive in low input systems.

How would you sum up the Longhorn breed?

A pleasure to work with! They are a stunning breed with endless qualities and enormous potential for the future.   leightonlonghorns


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Mid-England Barrow, A Modern Round Barrow – an alternative for storage of cremation ashes, and rural funeral venue.


ociety members Richard Beeby and his daughter Harriet run the Starhire herd of Longhorns near Banbury, Oxfordshire. Having downsized in terms of land area, and moved to accommodate both his and his partner Sarah’s families, Richard decided that along with their ever-growing herd of Longhorn cattle, further diversification was necessary to ensure the viability of the farm for future generations. Sarah said ‘we looked at a number of alternatives, including growing goji berries and truffles. We wanted something to offer us part time work, which would also enable us to get our work life balance back. Not that we’ve achieved that yet!!’ Having visited friends who had a Barrow on their farm, and also, sadly attended a farmer friends funeral at a local crematorium, Richard and Sarah concluded that not only was a Barrow the business for them, but also, alongside it, a rural funeral venue. Whilst people are now aware that anything


is possible when it comes to their wedding, funerals are rather stuck with tradition: church or crematorium. After lots of research and number crunching, planning permission was the first major challenge for the pair, taking about 8 months in total, followed by the lengthy, but

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worthwhile application for a grant from the RDPE. The Barrow is situated in a peaceful corner of their 70 acre holding, next to a pond. In the nearby fields, a wildflower and winter bird food mix gives a change of colour with every season, and attracts a plethora of wildlife around the Barrow. Richard said ‘the barrow is built from locally sourced stone, handshaped to fit each and every spot, and offers a final resting place of peace and tranquility. Inside, its cool environment and aura, give a breathtaking sense of mystery, that rare feeling when a shiver goes down your spine’. Sarah, co-owner added, ‘The Barrow isn’t a sad or gloomy place, it’s incredibly surreal, any sound or movement seems to disappear as you enter, giving a calming feeling, you can’t help but lower your tone, and begin reflecting upon the space you are in and the reason for your visit. It’s not spooky or scary, but invigorating and rewarding, and you leave feeling connected with the life lost.’ The individual niches, with completely personalised covers are built nestled into the

walls by the skilled craftsmen. Each niche can hold up to 5 urns, and can be reserved for periods ranging from 1 to 99 years. The niches can be sealed, or created so that urns can be seen or touched, meaning family and friends can visit at any time. What’s more, alongside human ashes, pet ashes can remain a loyal companion, as they were in life. The owners are committed to enable people to have what they want in relation to celebration, be it religious, non-religious, traditional, or something just a little bit different such as a hog roast, picnic, or full

English breakfast! Imagine a picnic on a sunny day, with family and friends, celebrating the life of a countryside lover, surrounded by English wildlife.

Further information can be found at http:// www.mid-englandbarrow.co.uk Richard & Harriet Beeby, Starhire herd of Longhorn Cattle

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hrewsbury based Longhorn members Sam and Claire Barker were delighted and very excited to work with Pipers Crisps to produce the newest flavour in their flag ship range – Great Berwick Longhorn Beef. Launched in January 2020, Pipers approached the Barkers at the end of 2019, following some very careful and extensive

research into flavour, provenance and market demand. The combination of some the finest, most flavoursome, organic, pasture fed beef from the Great Berwick Longhorn herd and Piper’s famously crunchy potato crisps culminated in a flavour which is destined to be their third best seller. Sam Barker said ‘Claire and I are so proud of the recognition this gives to 15 years of hard work establishing the Great Berwick Longhorn brand and of promoting the Longhorn breed.


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It’s a complicated process converting our beef into a beef flavoured crisp, but the results are amazing. We can’t believe that the crisps actually taste like our beef. They have to be tasted to be believed!’ Pipers Crisps are particularly popular in pubs, clubs and bars and they are available directly from Great Berwick Farm just north of Shrewsbury. https://www.longhornbeef.co.uk/


Who are you?

Matt and Sarah Horne, Berrydown Longhorns. Both from a farming background, we met and Sparsholt College many moons ago! Matt is also a whole time firefighter at Winchester for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, which helps to pay the bills!

Where are you?

As tenant farmers we have land scattered around North Hampshire where ever we can get it, with the main parcel of 150 acres on

the Ashe Park Estate, Steventon, (birthplace of Jane Austen) just outside Basingstoke, Hampshire.

How did you find out about Longhorn Cattle and decide they were the breed for you? We researched different breeds that would suit our system; I knew of Longhorns from agricultural shows and always admired them. With little winter housing we needed a breed which could with stand out-wintering; they are easy calving, do well on grass with a superior flavour beef and look stunning!

What are you trying to achieve with your herd? To produce high quality sustainable beef via our box scheme direct to our customers and


educate the consumer to buy locally produced produce. We are looking to increase our breeding herd to approximately 30 breeding females and improve the herd year on year and hopefully a bit of showing!

How would you sum up the Longhorn breed? A beautiful docile native breed and a pleasure to work with, they always turn heads and are admired by the locals. Excellent mothering instincts and the beef is amazing. They do very well on grass and offer the bonus of meeting with the wonderful knowledgeable characters in the society.   BerrydownLonghorn

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AGM WEEKEND 2018 13 & 14 October 2018

Harold herd cows

The Society’s AGM weekend was in the north of England this year, with 90 members travelling from across the country to gather in Piercebridge, a small village dating back to Roman times near Darlington, Co Durham.


ur visit on Saturday morning was to the Hodgson family’s Piercebridge Farm. Located right in the middle of the village the farm straddles the main road, with the farmyard near the church and the farm shop, Post Office and egg packing sheds on the other side of the road. We all met for coffee and cake before an introduction to the farm’s various enterprises by Harry Hodgson. Harry and his family farm 450 acres of tenanted grassland, a lot of it farmed without subsidy. They run 1200 ewes, a herd of commercial Angus based suckler cows, over 30 Longhorns, 3500 laying hens, they finish 2000 outdoor pigs and rear and finish 60 organic free range broilers every week for the farm shop and butchery. One other full time person is employed and a couple of part time people are also on the farm. The farm is entirely grass with the sole aim of producing all red meat off grass and to provide the highest quality meat to supply the organic farm shop and butchery and no beef is sold to anyone else. Harry aims to breed hardy, well shaped, easy fleshing, easily managed cattle that will finish at 24 months with no concentrate feed at a minimum weight of 600 kilos. He runs a system based around maximising outputs whilst minimising

Members enjoy lunch

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costs through correct investment in land, genetics and machinery. Harry is in his 30’s and he and his wife Joanna have two young children. Harry’s parents Chris and Liz are also still very hands on in the business. We ventured out in the pouring rain to see yarded cattle including stock bulls Southfield Puma and Fishwick Philanderer. Puma was running with a batch of heifers and Philanderer was with a group of cows and calves. There were also a number of finishing cattle, both Angus and Longhorns. We then went to see the cows running in the field and we could also see the houses containing the broilers and free range egg laying hens but the weather meant none of them were venturing out! After seeing the cattle everyone headed back to the barn where a very welcome lunch had been prepared. We all enjoyed roast beef, baked potatoes and salad and then delightful desserts before heading to the George Hotel in Piercebridge for the AGM. After the AGM the Awards were announced and then members mingled and chatted before meeting for dinner. After dinner a raffle raised £430 and a large Longhorn hide handbag, originally donated by Sabine Zentis at the AGM in 2017 was kindly re-donated by Terri Brownbridge. Under the expert eye of auctioneer Bernard Llewellyn and some

Raby herd spirited bidding the bag was bought by Jackie Woollatt for £150, with the proceeds being donated to the Hodgson family’s chosen charity, the Great North Air Ambulance. The weather improved for our visit to Raby Castle on Sunday. We were welcomed by Lord Barnard and the Farm Manager Robert Sullivan before driving through the beautiful 200 acre deer park to see the Longhorns. The cattle usually graze the deer park but in order for us to be able to see them at closer quarters they had been gathered into a 30 acre field. As herd number 79 the Raby Herd is one of the oldest herds still registering cattle in the Herdbook. The Herd was established by the then Farm Manager Peter Boylett in 1973 with four Eyebrook cows and the bull Rousham Bunter being the foundation stock, as part of a rare breed park project. This was eventually discontinued, but the Longhorns remained and were integrated into the commercial suckler herd, with Bunter being used as a crossing bull. The Raby herd is part of the Longhorn Type Classification scheme and had 21 cows classified in 2019, with eight females classifying VG or EX. The Longhorn herd expanded in the

Raby herd

Raby herd mid 1980’s when the commercial suckler herd was dispersed, with Peter buying cows in to form a core herd of around 12 cows, which then expanded by breeding and retaining replacements. The herd had notable successes in the show ring, especially at the Great Yorkshire Show with the bulls Linton Coriolanus, Lupat Horatio and Raby Whinestone all winning the Breed

Championship. In recent years Fishwick Instigator, Southfield Commanche and Bollin Andrew have been used as herd sires. Lady Barnard takes an active interest in the herd and joined members as we viewed the cattle. After seeing the cows we drove to Home Farm where the homebred bull Raby Kaiserchief was running with some cows. Kaiserchief had been sold as a calf at foot with his dam and was registered by another member and then subsequently sold back to the Raby Estate. Lord Barnard pointed out the Nevill family crest above the entrance into Home Farm which, appropriately enough, is a bull! We then drove though more of the Estate to arrive back at the Castle where refreshments were waiting for us. After a vote of thanks we all departed for home after another enjoyable weekend. The Society’s thanks go to everyone who made the weekend such a success; Chris, Liz, Harry and Joanna Hodgson and other family and staff members at Piercebridge Farm, Lord and Lady Barnard and the staff at Raby Castle and Graham Walker and Robert Mothersill who provided the furniture for the Saturday lunch. http://piercebridgeorganics.co.uk/ and https://www.raby.co.uk/raby-castle/

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AGM AWARDS 2018 Bull of the Year Award

This year’s Maydencroft Bull of the Year Award was won by Riverlands Ratty, bred by Richard & Vicki Burton and owned by Bertie Facon.

Riverlands Ratty

Cow of the Year Award

Heifer of the Year Award

Society President Sarah Coleman presents the Leebarn award to Bertie Facon, with breeder Joshua Brigg alongside

President Sarah Coleman presents the Lesley Hutton award to Bertie Facon & Ben Bellew

Young Handler Award

Newcomers Award

This year’s Leebarn Cow of the Year Award was won by Gorse Quesnelia, bred by John & Joshua Brigg and owned by Bertie Facon.

The Young Hander Award was won by Rhianydd Davies.

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This year’s Lesley Hutton Cow of the Year Award was won by Gentons Qasim, bred and owned by Bertie Facon.

The Paul Luckett Newcomers Award was won by Clark and Billy Blockley of the South Lane herd.

Nicky Luckett presents the Newcomers award to Clark Blockley


< 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 Germany’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 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 growthy well-muscled bulls. Parc Grace Dieu Two Tone, Charnwood United, Carreg Cennen and Bollin Eugene have probably been the most influential but more recently Underknoll Legend and Blackbrook Nonsuch have played a valuable part. For the future we hope that Lord of the Rings and Macavity son, Fishwick Philanderer [below left] out of Lordy’s mother - perhaps aided and abetted by Heronbrook Ned Kelly and the due to return in 2021 Fishwick Oligarch [below right] - will take the breed forward to a new dimension.

At Fishwick we try to produce both bulls and heifers as naturally as is feasible within the demands of the market for well-fleshed quality animals. We try to calve to the grass in March/April so that creep feed is usually not required until housing in November. Calving heifers at 3 years old prolongs their useful life but demands economy in their 2 years between weaning and calving. Meanwhile young bulls are fed to be FIT-NOT-FAT but still ready to work from as young as 15 months - usually with a limited number of maiden heifers Mobiles: 0777 993 7217 [Peter] 07784 155 991 [Ashley] 07702 317 303 [Rob]

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The Society’s Summer visit was to the Woollatt family’s Gaer Hill Farm, Chepstow, Gwent. The continuing prolonged dry spell meant a number of members had already started combining so numbers were a little depleted, but those that could make it were treated to first class transport courtesy of Frank Sutton.


eorge, Jackie and Thea Woollatt moved from Gupworthy Farm, Somerset in September 2017 and had settled in to their new farm over the winter. Firstly we saw the youngstock Longhorn herd replacements, before moving on to see the sheep and then the breeding portion of the


Longhorn herd, all running with Newton Yahoo. After seeing the commercial cattle and the Shorthorns we saw the enormous shed that housed the cattle and all the fodder and straw over the winter – we all had ‘shed envy’! After the tour we returned to the house for afternoon tea before departing to do battle

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with the motorway to get home. It was a lovely afternoon seeing a fabulous, well established herd of Longhorns that had adjusted well to their new surroundings. A huge thank you to the Woollatt family for their generous hospitality on one of the hottest days of the year.


Around 30 members attended the Society’s showing workshop, held at the Pointer herd, Lower Lawn Farm, Nr Ludgershall, Aylesbury, by kind permission of David Howden and his stockman Jamie Brewer.


amie presented us with a number of heifers and bulls, all of whom had been shown but were still in their ‘working clothes’ for the winter. The merits of each animal was discussed, along with the feeding and management of Longhorns for the show-ring, with an emphasis on feeding and feet, alongside good conformation and temperament. Joe Clark demonstrated trimming and clipping a heifer to enhance her attributes and then members were invited to have a go at clipping a heifer to get the feel of what to do. After lunch Adrian Clark explained and demonstrated ‘soaping’ and then four heifers were led by four members and everyone else had a go at placing them and then explaining their placings. Angela Blockley acted as head judge for the day and gave her reasons for putting the animals in the order she had. There was plenty of discussion about why cattle had been placed in a certain order and it highlighted that showing is very subjective! Throughout the day lots of questions were

Master judge Angela Blockley

asked and everyone learned a lot of useful tips and pointers for putting into practice in their own herds when they have a go at showing. At the end of the workshop everyone was invited to view the rest of the Pointer herd

before heading home after a busy day. The Society’s thanks go to David Howden, Jamie Brewer, Joe and Adrian Clark and David and Angela Blockley, and to everyone who attended and made the day so successful.

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The Midland Group & friends were welcomed to the Lower Anchor Farm Buxton, home of the Litton Herd, by Claire & David Saxby & family on a glorious summer’s day and before everyone looked at the cattle they were treated to a fly past of a Lancaster bomber!


t was a pleasure to view this new herd which has come a long way in a short time and shows much promise for the future with some quality youngstock coming through. The cattle all looked well in the dry conditions of the wonderful Derbyshire countryside. A huge thank you to the Saxby family for sharing their enthusiasm for the breed and the generous hospitality enjoyed by everyone.

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Some 40 members, friends and three previous herd competition judges met at Walsgrove Farm, Great Witley, Worcestershire, by kind invitation, to see the Witley herd owned by Messrs Goodman. We met in the appreciated coolness of the packhouse which is the hub of one of the main enterprises of the business – some 4500 geese and 5500 turkeys.


ndrew Goodman gave us a rundown of the business with some 450 acres of arable and 200 acres of grassland, chiefly permanent pasture. The herd consists of 55 cows with followers, all the stock is taken through to be sold as prime beef with the exception of any heifers who are retained as herd replacements. Only eight cows in the herd are not homebred. We first went to see a batch of turkeys which were some five weeks old and housed in part of a very large shed which had been purchased from the Ministry of Defence and has stored explosives in a previous life. Two other buildings had been used to house tanks. We moved onto the farmyard and got onto two tractors and trailers to see the first group of cows which were running with Aberdeen Oswin who had been purchased at the Worcester Sale in 2016. Despite the influx of people the cattle were totally un-phased by

such a large group. We then went to the other end of the farm to see the second group of cows running with Blackbook Ulric, after going through several large groups of geese. The two enterprises work well together as the cattle utilise the turkey sheds, moving in just after Christmas. A sumptuous tea was provided by Mrs Goodman and Duncan Handley gave a vote

of thanks on behalf of the group. Both Mrs Goodmans were give a bouquet of flowers as a gesture of thanks from the group, who also gave donations to the RABI which totalled £125. Peter Guest Secretary & Treasurer, Mid West Longhorn Breeders’ Group Photos from Wendy Preece

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NORTHERN BREEDERS’ HERD VISIT 2018 15 September 2018

With eight months of planning and eleven years passing by since the last Society visit to our herd in Aberdeen, we could not have asked for a better weekend. The questions of ‘what the weather would be like?’ was a hot topic of discussion between myself and Graham Walker. After twenty-five years at Doonies, the family are all used to the ‘dreich’ wet days and bracing winds of the North Sea, but there was a genuine concern a rescue mission may occur whilst viewing the cows closest to the cliff tops. Luckily, the weather was beautiful, and I am happy to report that the only emergency on the day was if we had enough pudding for everyone!


he weekend began with a very tasty three course meal at the local hotel, where most attendees were staying. For dad and I this was a great opportunity to have a chat with new and old faces, some we had not seen in a few years. It was fantastic to have so many members travel this far north, and I think we easily broke the record at the hotel for the number of farmers staying at one time – not a hard task considering that there are only two farms in the area, including Doonies. On the Saturday morning, we gathered in our on-farm education unit and after an introduction from Graham Walker, I provided a brief history of Doonies and a run down of the farm business. Doonies can be traced back to 1661 and through that time the farm has been run as an arable, livestock and dairy farm. When our family arrived in 1993, it was primarily a city petting zoo until my dad, Graham, decided to begin keeping rare breed livestock. We took over Doonies as a family


business in 2008 and since then we have been recognised as one of only two Rare Breeds Survival Trust approved conservation farm parks in Scotland. We operate on 110 acres of grassland and have a herd of Longhorns totalling ninety. All our heifers and cows are homebred and currently run with our two stock bulls; Tetford Whinestone, a three-yearold bought from Charlie Sutcliffe and Monty, our six-year-old homebred bull who we aptly

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name the ‘BFB’ (Big Friendly Bull). Most of our bullocks are fattened and sold in our farm freezer room as prime Longhorn beef and the rest who do not make the cut – pardon the pun – are sold at the United Auction mart in Stirling. The farm also keeps six breeds of rare sheep, totalling 100 ewes. four breeds of pig, two breeds of equine, a herd of 10 Golden Guernsey goats and various rare poultry. We first went to see Tetford Whinestone who was purchased in 2017 and the ladies he is currently running with – and run they all did with the en-masse arrival of the group! We then went up the track to see our second group who have been running with our lad Monty. Being a more seasoned group, they were less phased with all the bystanders and soon settled down. The group the convoyed back to the main farm where we then went

to see our two younger homebred bulls, Aberdeen Runrig and Aberdeen Roy. This also gave members the opportunity to see the other stock we keep. A lunch consisting of our own Doonies beef and all the trimmings was provided by my mum Debbie and Louise, a family friend who kindly helped us out. Instead of paying for lunch, I had asked all attending members to kindly donate to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Heavy Horse Campaign, that I am currently raising funds for. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone, as we have now raised over £300.00 which will go towards the future survival of Britain’s heavy horses. A raffle followed lunch and myself, mum and dad

were presented with a lovely card, bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine as a thank you – I took the wine… no assumptions please! Overall, the weekend was wonderful and on behalf of the family I would like to thank everyone who attended the visit. I would also

like to thank Graham Walker for co-organising the visit and putting up with eight months of emails from me! Let’s hope another decade does not pass until the next Society visit to Doonies. Alice Lennox, Aberdeen herd of Longhorns

ABERDEEN LONGHORNS The Lennox Family Doonies Farm, Coast Road, Nigg, Aberdeen, AB12 3LT Tel: 01224 875 879 Email: dooniesfarm1@gmail.com Doonies Rare Breeds Farm @dooniesfarm Doonies Farm

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Royal Three Counties Show – 14 June 2018

Breed Champion Southfield Qnard, judge Peter Close, Reserve Breed Champion Gentons Q

Interbreed Pairs, Gentons Q, Southfield Qnard

Breed Champion Southfield Qnard

Rare & Minority Day Breed Champion Gorse Quesnelia

Reserve Breed Champion Gentons Q


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Rare & Minority Day Reserve Breed Champion Carreg Rye Grass


Junior Heifer lineup

Longhorn Cattle Society National Show - Results Judge: Peter Close Senior Bull 3 entries/2 forward 1st Riverlands Paddington Mrs Y Ferguson 2nd Gupworthy Paddington Mr & Mrs G&J Woollatt Intermediate Bull 4 entries/4 forward 1st Southfield Qnard Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Pointer Can Dance Mr D Howden 3rd Carreg Quintet Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 4th Etheridge Quicksilver Mr DA Phillips Junior Bull 8 entries/7 forward 1st Pointer Diamond King Mr D Howden 2nd Riverlands Ratty Mr B Facon 3rd Pointer Downtown Rebel Mr D Howden 4th Rhyfel Royal Mr TA Williams 5th Rhyfel Rowan Mr TA Williams 6th Foxglove Rodger the Dodger Miss T Woollatt 7th Slough Rory Mr & Mrs M Preece Cow 9 entries/5 forward 1st Gorse Quesnelia Mr B Facon 2nd Carreg Octopus Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 3rd Southfield Peach Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 4th Yaverland Nancy Mrs Y Ferguson 5th Slough Nugget Mr & Mrs M Preece Senior Heifer 11 entries/11 forward 1st Gentons Q Mr B Facon 2nd Gentons Qasim Mr B Facon 3rd Carreg Quartet Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 4th Carreg Quoit Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 5th Pointer Caci Mr D Howden 6th Treverton Quest Ms RE Heard 7th Carreg Quack Mr & Mrs B&M Wheeler 8th Colaba Logic Mr & Mrs M Preece 9th Gupworthy Quartz Mr & Mrs G&J Woollatt 10th Gupworthy Quality Mr & Mrs G&J Woollatt 11th Carreg Quicksilver Mr & Mrs B&M Wheeler Junior Heifer born between 01.01.17 & 30.04 17 14 entered/11 forward 1st Pointer Dyami Eagle Mr D Howden 2nd Southfield Razzle Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Carreg Rye Grass Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 4th Carreg Romance Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 5th Rhyfel Ruby Mr TA Williams 6th Pointer Dreamer Mr D Howden 7th Gupworthy Roma Mr & Mrs G&J Woollatt 8th Etheridge Roany Mr D Phillips

9th Rhyfel Robinia Mr TA Williams 10th Gupworthy Reta Mr & Mrs G&J Woollatt 11th Slough Rosie Mr & Mrs M Preece Junior Heifer born between 01.05.17 & 31.12.17 2 entered/2 forward 1st Treverton Ripple Ms RE Heard 2nd Southfield Romance Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Pairs 7 entered/6 forward 1st Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Mrs Y Ferguson 3rd Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 4th Mr & Mrs B&M Wheeler 5th Mr D Howden 6th Mr TA Williams Teams of Three 4 entered/4 forward 1st Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Mr B Facon 3rd Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 4th Mr TA Williams Breed Champion (Morgan Trophy) Southfield Qnard Reserve Breed Champion (Elizabeth Henson Trophy) Gentons Q Male Champion (Tomlinson Trophy) Southfield Qnard Reserve Male Champion Riverlands Paddington Female Champion (Hill Lady Trophy) Gentons Q Reserve Female Champion Gorse Quesnelia Best Junior Bull (Linton Trophy) Pointer Diamond King Best Junior Heifer (Fishwick Shield) Pointer Dyami Eagle Best Overall Junior (Blackbrook Trophy) Pointer Diamond King Best 1st calved heifer (Leebarn plate) Southfield Peach Best calf at foot (Southfield Trophy) calf of Yaverland Nancy Best Pair (Doverdale Trophy) Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Best Exhibitor bred pair (Michael Thomson Trophy) Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Best Group of Three (Colaba Trophy) Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley

Royal Three Counties Show Rare & Minority Breeds Show 15 June 2018 Judge: George Young Senior Bull - 5 entries/4 forward 1st Pointer Can Dance Mr D Howden 2nd Southfield Qnard Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Carreg Quintet Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 4th Gupworthy Paddington Mr & Mrs G&J Woollatt Junior Bull - 8 entries/6 forward 1st Pointer Diamond King Mr D Howden 2nd Pointer Downtown Rebel Mr D Howden 3rd Riverlands Ratty Mr B Facon 4th Rhyfel Rowan Mr TA Williams 5th Rhyfel Royal Mr TA Williams 6th Foxglove Rodger the Dodger Miss T Woollatt Cow - 8 entries/4 forward 1st Gorse Quesnelia Mr B Facon 2nd Carreg Octopus Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 3rd Southfield Peach Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 4th Slough Nugget Mr & Mrs M Preece Senior Heifer - 11 entries/9 forward 1st Pointer Caci Mr D Howden 2nd Treverton Quest Ms RE Heard 3rd Gentons Qasim Mr B Facon 4th Colaba Logic Mr & Mrs M Preece 5th Carreg Quicksilver Mr & Mrs B&M Wheeler 6th Carreg Quack Mr & Mrs B&M Wheeler 7th Carreg Quartet Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 8th Carreg Quoit Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 9th Gupworthy Quartz Mr & Mrs G&J Woollatt Junior Heifer - 14 entered/10 forward 1st Carreg Rye Grass Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 2nd Pointer Dreamer Mr D Howden 3rd Southfield Razzle Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 4th Rhyfel Ruby Mr TA Williams 5th Carreg Romance Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 6th Pointer Dyami Eagle Mr D Howden 7th Gupworthy Roma Mr & Mrs G&J Woollatt 8th Rhyfel Robinia Mr TA Williams 9th Treverton Ripple Ms RE Heard 10th Slough Rosie Mr & Mrs M Preece Pairs - 6 entered/4 forward 1st Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn 2nd Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Mr M Wheeler 4th Mr TA Williams Breed Champion - Gorse Quesnelia Reserve Champion - Carreg Rye Grass Best Junior Bull - Pointer Diamond KRing Best Junior Heifer - Carreg Rye Grass

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Society Spring Show & Sale - 21 April 2018

Breed Champion Treverton Paloma, D Blockley (Chair), P Stanley (judge) G Towers, R Heard (Treverton) S Coleman (President)

The Longhorn Cattle Society’s Annual Spring Show and Sale at Worcester attracted a strong entry in terms of numbers and a top price of 2,200gns for the First and Reserve Male Champion Newton Acceleration, a two year old bull out of Fishwick Garnet from David Walker’s York based herd, selling to ID & SS Backway, Wadebridge,Cornwall.


ulls enjoyed the two top prices of the day with the Second Prize Junior Bull Riverlands Radagast from R & V Burton by Riverlands Mathom who took Breed Champion at the Society’s National Show in 2014, selling at 1950 gns to C Brooks, Newark, Notts. Females sold to a top of 1850gns for the first lot into the ring Treverton Paloma, who took First, Female & Overall Champion in the pre Sale Show, from Rachael Heard’s successful

herd in Northamptonshire. The in calf heifer by Treverton Jethro and out of Treverton Kittiwake who was classified EX90 sold to B Facon, Banbury, Oxon. The Treverton prefix also took the second highest priced female with Treverton Quick also out of Treverton Kittiwake at 1700 gns to A Pearson, Northern Ireland. Cows and calves were closely followed although probably affected by the weather and lack of fodder and grazing, however Peter

Osbourne’s cow Birbury Queen Elizabeth, a fourth calver tracing back to Burke Trophy winner Eyebrook Richard with heifer calf at foot sold to some spirited bidding and was finally secured at 1500 gns by B Stanley, Melbourne, Derby. Senior heifers peaked at 1100 gns for Mayfield Quaver, by Newton Viper from J Newton and taken by J Poulter, Evesham, Worcester.

Results Judge: Mrs P Stanley Cow 1st Treverton Paloma 2nd Fishwick Phi Heifer born in 2016 1st Colaba Lyre 2nd Treverton Quick 3rd Colaba Logical 4th Hennisfield Iona 5th Hennisfield Ingrid 6th Cloverdown Iris Heifer born in 2017 1st Pointer Dream On Senior Bull 1st Newton Acceleration 2nd Mayfield Quasar Bull born in 2017 1st Rhyfel Rowan 2nd Riverlands Radagast


Ms RE Heard Messrs Dixon & Lawrence Mr & Mrs D Preece Ms RE Heard Mr & Mrs D Preece Mr & Mrs M&Y Smith Mr & Mrs M&Y Smith Prof & Mrs M Tisdale Mr D Howden Mr D Walker Mr J Newton Mr TA Williams Mr & Mrs R&V Burton

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3rd Rhyfel Rocky Mr TA Williams 4th Riverlands Rustic Mr & Mrs R&V Burton Best turned out Riverlands Radagast Male Champion Rhyfel Rowan Female Champion Treverton Paloma Breed Champion Treverton Paloma Reserve Champion Rhyfel Rowan Averages Animals Number Top price £ Average £ Led cows 1 £1942.50 £1942.50 Led Senior Heifers 5 £1785.00 £1033.50 Led Junior Heifer 1 £693.00 £693.00 Senior Bulls 2 £2310.00 £2021.25 Junior Bulls 2 £2047.50 £1811.25 Unled cows 19 £1575.00 £1007.44 Unled Senior Heifers 9 £1155.00 £885.50 Unled Junior Heifers 12 £651.00 £580.12 Steers 10 £760.00 £659.00 Auctioneer: McCartneys LLP


Society Northern Show & Sale - 12 May 2018 Longhorns meet lively trade at Beeston


he Annual Show and Sale of Longhorn Cattle for Northern Longhorn Breeders at Beeston Castle Auction, Cheshire last Saturday drew a huge crowd from all over the UK and Ireland provoking lively, competitive bidding for an excellent show of cattle. The sale peaked at 2300gns for the 2015 born stock bull Oxlane Patrick included as part of a herd reduction of the Mossgiel Herd of Mr J and Mrs P Barlow. By Blackbrook Voldemort, Patrick had drawn admiring glances from many breeders pre sale, and it was G Myddleton, from Chirk, Oswestry, who beat off all others to take him home at 2300gns. Judge for the day, Graham Walker, chose as his overall Champion, the young bull Bollin Rupert, an April 2016 born son of Blackbrook Warrior. He sold for 1300gns to M Naylor, Bakewell, Derbyshire. A strong selection of cows with calves at foot sold to 1620gns for Stanthorne Orangina, a 2014 daughter of Kirklan Harris, sold with her ten day old heifer calf by Patrick at foot. She went home to Litton, Derbyshire with D G Saxby, who also went

Res Champion Gale Farm Pabbay to 1550gns for another recently calved cow Mossgiel Lucky, a Southfield Harvester daughter, again sold with her ten day old heifer calf at foot. Best of the annual production sale from Bollin Valley Partnership was Bollin Nan, a 2013 born Blackbow Strongbow daughter, who sold with her heifer calf at foot for 1320gns to D Bradshaw, Church Eaton, Staffordshire. Maiden Heifers were also in demand, selling

to 1220gns for Mossgiel Quercus, a March 2016 born Stoke Limited Edition daughter, who went home to Betchton, Sandbach with Tom Gardiner, with another Limited Edition daughter Mossgiel Quickstep, making 980gns to M Smith, Sutton-on-the-Hill, Derbyshire. The sale has always showcased the commercial potential of Longhorn Cattle, with a run of strong steers from a number of vendors selling to 820gns

Show Results Judge: Mr G Walker Cow 1st Gale Farm Pabbay Senior Bull 1st Bollin Rupert Bull born in 2017 1st Heronbrook Poseidon Steers 1st Heronbrook Peter 2nd Bollin Rocky 3rd Criccin

Mr S Horrocks Bollin Valley Partnership Mr J Winnington Mr J Winnington Bollin Valley P’ship M Williams & Sons

Carlisle Show & Sale 22 September 2018, Borderway Mart, Carlisle

Champion Newton Boomshakalaka

Breed Champion Bollin Rupert Reserve Champion Gale Farm Pabbay Averages Animals Number Led cows 1 Senior Bulls 2 Junior Bulls 1 Unled cows 16 Unled Senior Heifers 8 Steers 9 Auctioneer: Wright Marshall

Top price £ £1312.50 £2415.00 £1365.00 £1701.00 £945.00 £861.00

Average £ £1312.50 £1890.00 £1365.00 £1203.50 £1281.00 £731.50

Results Judge: Mr P Close Senior Heifers 1st Southfield Quartz Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Southfield Quip Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Cleatlam Pyro Mr M Harding Junior Heifers 1st Southfield Romance Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Southfield Raven Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Cleatlam Rogue Mr M Harding 4th Southfield River Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 5th Cleatlam Redwing Mr M Harding Bulls 1st Newton Boomshakalaka Mr D Walker 2nd Southfield Ricochet Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Wellhead Owain Mr D Metcalf Breed Champion Newton Boomshakalaka Reserve Champion Southfield Ricochet Averages Animals Number Top price £ Average £ Senior Heifers 3 £880.00 £860.00 Junior Heifers 5 £1160.00 £908.00 Auctioneer: Harrison & Hetherington

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New Breed Record At 12,000Gns For Gorse Longhorns At Worcester

The virtual dispersal sale of John & Joshua Brigg’s Gorse herd of Longhorn cattle – the oldest privately owned herd in the breed set new heights at Worcester when their eight year old cow Gorse Rosa by Underknoll Quest and out of Gorse Iberis sold with her heifer calf at foot by Lockinge Kit at a new breed record of 12,000gns to 11th Earl de la Warr, Withyham, Sussex.


ierce competition throughout followed the cow who had previously bred Gorse Valentine Rose that won the breed’s Cow of the Year Award in 2017. That set the trend for the sale with no fewer than 14 cattle over 2,000gns. Next highest in the cow & calf section was recorded by Gorse Umber a third calver with bull calf at foot; she was secured by Mr David Howden, Charlbury, Oxon for his Pointer herd for 3500gns. Close behind Umber in the pricing stakes was Gorse Umbrella; a third calver with heifer calf at foot knocked down for 3400gns to Yvonne Ferguson, Steyning, Sussex. A second calver Gorse Viola also by Gorse Samson and with a bull calf at foot by Gentons Pyrite levelled at a very creditable 2,700gns to Ms Jane Grant, Yorkshire. The same buyer taking Gorse Wellingtonia, a calved heifer with steer calf at the same price. Senior Heifers were closely followed selling to 2,600gns for Gorse Xantippe, a Logan Brunel daughter out of a Gorse Samson dam to Mr Bertie Facon, Banbury, Oxon, with another Senior Heifer Gorse Xcel by Gorse Uncle Gary selling at 2,000gns to Mr Tom Mills, Bakewell, Derby. Junior Heifers were hotly contested peaking at 3200gns for Gorse Yana by Gentons 007 James Bond selling to Mr David Howden. A descendant of Watling Orchid an original cow from 1966 made 1750gns also by James Bond


Lot 2 Gorse Rosa to 11th Earl de la Warr, Sussex Top price in the bull section was 5400gns for Gorse Yukon, an 18 month old son of Gentons 007 James Bond tracing to the 8400gns Carreg Cennen and out of Gorse Rosa that achieved the new breed record price earlier in the sale, he was finally taken again by Yvonne Ferguson, Sussex for her Maudlin herd. John Brigg is in many ways the ‘father’ of the breed, having been Breed Secretary in the 1960’s and literally lifting the breed up by its boot laces to the status it holds in modern times. Auctioneer: McCartneys

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Matt & Steve Gray (Photo: Esme Cormack)

Carreg Longhorns Visitors always welcome

Bernard & Margaret Llewellyn Carreg Cennen Castle, Trapp, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA19 6UA 01558822291 info@carregcennencastle.com www.carregcennencastle.com

Cattle always for sale




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Tom Mills entries


here was a great turnout of Longhorns at the English Winter Fair in November 2018. The Saxby family took first place in the Longhorn class with the homebred steer Litton Ragtime, born January 2017 and weighing 595kg. He was bought by Ben Stanley for his farm shop for £2.72p per kilo. Tom Mills and Eileen Hallifield also had cattle there, meaning

the Longhorns had their own class. Bertie Facon’s heifer calf Gentons Sara was second in the AOB calf class. The overall Supreme Champion, Messrs A Dickinson & L Powdrill’s British Blue x heifer born in June 2017, has a Longhorn granddam, so we can bask in the reflected glory of that little fact!

Eileen Hallifield entries

Ben Stanley purchased 1st place Litton Ragtime for £2.72kg 595kglw


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Society show stand


Sophie Gurton judges Gentons Q at Burwarton Show

David Sheppy from Three Bridges Longhorns cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats!

Breed Champion Southfield Panther at Great Yorkshire Show Reserve Interbreed Pairs from David Howden and Bertie Facon, shown by Jamie Brewer and Ben Bellew at Moreton-in-Marsh Show. Credit: Joshua Brigg

2nd place in the People’s Choice Competition, Great Yorkshire Show Breed Champion Gentons Qasim at Royal Bath & West Show

Breed Champion Mayhill Fantasy at the Royal Welsh Show

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AGM WEEKEND 2019 12-13 October

The AGM weekend followed a slightly different format than previous years, with both days being hosted by John, Pat and Joe Stanley of the Blackbrook herd, Leicestershire


he Blackbrook Herd was established in 1989, following a desire to set up a beef suckler herd to run concurrently with the then dairy herd. John and Pat had found a family tie with the breed going back over 100 years previously when going through some old farm documents. Add to this the breed’s enormous appeal, legendary docility, and the fact that it is one of our oldest and purest natives and every box was ticked. So began the long association with the breed that stole their hearts from the very earliest days. The Stanleys have always been very selective in their purchases and very ruthless in their culling. The cattle now conform to the type they desire leaving them with consistently good offspring and solid foundations for the next few decades. Stock bulls were selected with great care. Over the years they have brought size, power and strength, together with passing traits to their females of good udders and milking ability. The Stanleys look for an animal of quality with good locomotion, feet, and overall balance. Suckler dams should be easy care and within the Blackbrook herd that is essential.


The meat from the Longhorn has won accolades by all of the top Chef’s including Heston Blumenthal, Jock Zonfrillo, and Gregg Wallace. The Blackbrook herd itself won the title of ‘Best Meat in Britain’ (Country Life) in 2012. Blackbrook Longhorns were a familiar sight up and down the country in the showring for a period of 26 years. During that time they took six National Championships as well as prestigious Interbreed Championships. The

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herd has won the Midland Herd Competition for an outstanding total of 18 times. The herd participates in the Society’s Type Classification Scheme and has the most number of cattle classified EX in one herd. Over the last few years John & Pat have been concentrating of the export of their genetics to countries across the World - America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France etc. After gathering for refreshments we had a tour of the cattle which were still out. They were split into a number of groups with a field of yearling heifers, a field of cows and heifer calves, a field of cows and bull calves and then finally we went to a group of bulling heifers running with stock bull Blackbrook Acer. After the visit we had the formal AGM and the presentation of the annual Society awards, and then in the evening a dinner which included a raffle and charity auction. In a change from the usual format for the AGM weekend Society members spent a second day at Blackbrook Longhorns, this time to have talks and demonstrations from

Andrew Spicer type classifier. Credit: Sami Gunn


Classification works ‘in the field’ and how the scores animal are given are reached. Clive will be known to many members as a renowned Hereford breeder, Longhorn panel judge and commentator. Clive discussed a number of topics, including conformation and how that affects the functionality of breeding cattle. It was all very interesting stuff! David is an experienced veterinary surgeon and has a keen interest in advanced breeding techniques to increase herd genetic merit. David gave a presentation about how to select cattle for embryo transfer in order to both multiply herd numbers and improve quality within the herd Robert is very familiar with the Blackbrook herd as the Stanleys have used Scarsdale vets for many years for all their veterinary requirements. Robert gave a presentation about why it is important for members

professionals. We were very fortunate to have four speakers; Andrew Spicer from NBDC, Clive Davies from Westwood Herefords, David Preece BVSc MRCVS and Rob Howard BVMS, MRCVS. Andrew is one of the senior classifiers for NBDC who deliver the Longhorn Type Classification Scheme. He classifies both beef and dairy cattle and has been classifying Longhorns since the beginning so has seen new members come on board and has reclassified quite a few cattle that started off as calved heifers and are now maturing into cows. Andrew will gave a demonstration of how Type

Joe Stanley talks about the farm enterprises

to know the health status of their herd, and what members should do to improve and protect the health of their cattle. There was also opportunity to see the Blackbrook Gallery with it’s unique collection of naive livestock paintings and a number of other Longhorn pictures from other members will be on display, bringing together a comprehensive collection of Longhorn cattle depicted in art. After a fabulous hog roast lunch which raised £300 for RABI, members dispersed home. https://www.blackbrooklonghorns.co.uk/   Volume 11 - 2020/2021   The Longhorn Journal


AGM AWARDS 2019 Bull of the Year Award

This years Maydencroft Bull of the Year was Pointer Diamond King from Mr D Howden

President Sarah Coleman presented the award to Jamie Brewer

Cow of the Year Award

This years Leebarn Cow of the Year was Blackbrook Zabrina from Bertie Stanley

Junior Heifer of the Year Award

A new award for 2019, the Tetford Longhorns Junior Heifer of the Year was won by Gentons Sara ET from Bertie Facon

Charles Sutcliffe of the Tetford herd presented the award to Bertie Facon and Ben Bellew

Presidents Award

The Presidents Award is presented by the President at the end of their two year term of office. It is awarded to the person the President thinks has made a significant contribution to the Society over the years. Sarah Coleman presented the award to Bernard Llewellyn MBE. Bernard and his family run the Carreg herd, which grazes land below the ruins of Carreg Castle, Llandeilo, Wales. Bernard has been a stalwart of the breed and has ‘served time’ as a Society Trustee as well as being Society Chairman from 2000 to 2002. Bernard is a very regular and successful participant in the show ring and is also a Longhorn panel judge. He is also in demand as an industry commentator, and regularly features on television where his beloved Longhorns take centre stage

Paul Luckett Memorial Trophy

This years Paul Luckett award for newcomers in the show ring was won by Chris Wardle

President Sarah Coleman presented the award to Pat Stanley on behalf of Bertie Stanley

Nicky Luckett presented the award to Chris Wardle

Senior Heifer of the Year Frank Sutton Young Award This years Lesley Hutton Senior Heifer of Handlers Award

the Year was won jointly by Carreg Rye Grass from Mr & Mrs B&M Llewellyn and Pointer Dreamer from Mr D Howden

President Sarah Coleman presented the award to Jamie Brewer and Bernard Llewellyn


Sarah Coleman presented the President’s Award to Bernard Llewellyn

Change of President

This years winner of the Frank Sutton Young Handlers Award was Rhianydd Davies

The Chairman David Blockley presented Sarah Coleman with a bouquet of flowers to mark the end of her two year term of office, and then welcomed Nicky Luckett as the Society’s President for 2020 and 2021.

President Sarah Coleman presented the award to Rhianydd Davies

Chairman David Blockley, outgoing president Sarah Coleman, incoming president Nicky Luckett

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SOCIETY SUMMER VISIT 2019 10 August 2019

The Society’s Summer visit on Saturday was to English Farm Longhorns, Nuffield, Oxon. Owner Robert Laycock and herd manager Silas Hedley-Lawrence showed nearly 40 Society members and friends around the cattle and then provided a wonderful barbeque lunch.


he herd was established in 2016 with foundation stock coming from Cheshire Wildlife Trust and Plum Park Longhorns. As demand has grown new breeding stock was bought in from Great Berwick Longhorns and the original stockbull Carreg Pollinator from Bernard Llewellyn was joined in 2019 by Pointer Endless Opportunity from David Howden. As the herd is a Soil Association member organic stock has to be sourced when buying in new cattle. In addition they are members of the Pasture for Life Scheme. The farm is around 240 acres, mostly acidic loamy free draining soil that allows the cattle to stay out all year round. The grass is managed by mob grazing; building soil fertility and grazed forage quality by moving the cattle to a new pasture every few days. As the cattle are out all year round there is a low stocking density. They are fed supplementary hay in the winter which is put out on the ground rather than in feeders to reduce poaching and


incorporate hay seeds into the sward. The herd features heavily on social media and use Instagram to promote the herd and the beef. They work hard to connect face-toface with their customers, hold tasting events on the farm throughout the year to promote the Longhorn beef and raise awareness of the superb taste and versatility of all the cuts. They also attend a number of farmers markets in the local area and supply beef boxes nationally to their customers. The farm has an onsite butchery where all their carcases are processed (around 2 per month in 2019) Members saw cows with calves at foot, bulling heifers and finishing stock and then had a tour of the butchery. The day was made complete when everyone enjoyed a barbeque lunch in the old tythe barn, ably cooked by Robert and featuring a number of different cuts of Longhorn beef. https://www.englishfarm.net/

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The Midland Longhorn Breeders’ Club arranged a summer visit to Northamptonshire.


oger and Tom Elliott were the Club’s herd competition judges in 2018 and kindly invited the Club to visit their farming enterprise. The enterprise is spread over three main sites based around The Homestead. Roger and Tom farm 1500 acres, 350 owned and 1150 rented. They run approximately 800 head of cattle, made up of 300 cows/ heifers to calve this year and another 80 heifers going to the bull. Breeding-wise they have 60 pedigree South Devons (est 1988), 70 pedigree Shorthorns (est 2009), the rest of the herd is nearly all homebred with a mix of mainly Shorthorn, South Devon, Salers and Angus cows. All heifers calve at two years old to the Salers, 2nd calvers to the Angus, and after that Angus, Shorthorn, Limousin and British Blue are used.  All cattle are taken through to fat, usually killed between 14 & 20 months, with stores also purchased to finish. Roger and Tom run 50 poll Dorsets lambing Sept/Oct, 800 NZ Romney/Lleyn ewes lambing outside in April. Also 150 Suffolk, Charolais, Texel and Beltex to produce shearling rams to sell.  The also have a few pedigree Welsh pigs.  There is also a butchers shop run alongside the farming enterprises, which has been in the family for 120 years!


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The Northern Longhorn Breeders’ Club held their summer herd visit at Raby Castle, home of the Raby herd of Longhorns.


he day started with 30 club members and friends arriving at Raby Estate and gathering at the tea rooms. Robert Sullivan, Farm Manager for the estate gave the group a brief history of the castle, estate farming practices and the Longhorns and deer whilst members listened on with cups of tea and coffee. The Longhorn cows and calves were grazing within some 250 acre parkland along with 200 red deer and 200 roe deer around the castle and lakes. Members got into cars and led by Robert and his team set off into the park to find the Longhorns. The herd was found laying on a hillside but not for long! Once the cars had parked up and everyone was out and on foot they soon made over the hill out of sight. The convoy of cars set off to follow the herd which led us to the perfect place right in front of the castle and lake where they settled and we got right in amongst them for quite a while until they had had enough and gradually moved on down to the lake to drink. In convoy we moved through the estate to Home Farm where the herd is housed during winter and to see the steers and heifers before returning to the tea rooms for a late lunch. Many thanks go to Lord and Lady Barnard, Robert Sullivan and his team for hosting a great day and giving us a good Longhorn fix. Graham Walker, Chairman, Northern Longhorn Breeders’ Club


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The Northern Longhorn Breeders’ Club herd visit, AGM and herd competition results and awards was held on Saturday 19th October 2019.


he morning started with 40 club members, guests and friends meeting at 10.30am for tea/coffee and biscuits at the Travellers Rest pub in Slaley, Hexham. Next to the pub’s carpark was part of the Beaufront and Paragon Longhorn herds cows and calves along with herd sire Wellhead Largo. A White Park cow with her Longhorn sired calf shared the field with the Longhorns and in the shed was a red and white Holstein who had recently been flushed. John Pennie gave the group an interesting in-depth talk

about the history of this particular Holstein cow and the White Park cow before the group headed out to the field to walk around the Longhorn cows and calves. After 45mins, in car convoy the group moved a mile down the road and visited the field containing the youngstock (Longhorn steers and heifers) plus a few more cows and calves. Thank you goes to John Pennie for showing the group the two herds and Stuart Mullan who couldn’t be with us due to other commitments.

The group then moved to the Tynedale suite at Hexham cattle market for a roast beef lunch followed by the club’s AGM, herd competition awards and a raffle. Congratulations go to all prize winners in the two herd competitions, there was some stiff competition in all classes this year going by the judges comments. Graham Walker, Chairman, Northern Longhorn Breeders’ Club

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Great Yorkshire Show - 9 July 2019

Breed Champion Southfield Lace & Harry Blockley © Yorkshire Post

Judge’s comments


t was a huge pleasure to judge one of the most outstanding shows of cattle since the heady days of the Royal Show, not only numerically but also in quality. It was a relief to me that I was judging and not exhibiting. I don’t believe there was a female present that I would not have been happy to take home and I’m not looking for a bull at the moment. Making positive comments on each and every animal forward would be the easiest thing in the world to do but I would single out two. Gentons Sara my Reserve Champion from Bertie Facon is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding juniors of the breed in the 40 years that I have been involved and my opinion has been born out in the number of her show successes in 2019. Southfield Lace, Breed Champion from Harry Blockley epitomises the

One of the Junior heifer classes in progress


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end product I have always sought, a cow that owns the show ring, breeds a calf and stands the test of time. As important a criteria as any in our breed. Bernard Llewellyn MBE.

National Show trophies


Breed Champion Southfield Lace

Reserve Breed Champion Gentons Sara

Longhorn Cattle Society National Show 2019 - Results Judge: Bernard Llewellyn Senior Bull 5 entered/5 forward 1st Southfield Qnard Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Stoke Juniper Mr D Walker 3rd Riverlands Paddington Mrs Y Ferguson 4th Southfield Panther Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 5th Raincliffe Northern Prospect Messrs J Emsley & M Cleasby Intermediate Bull 5 entered/3 forward 1st Pointer Diamond King Mr D Howden 2nd Gentons Ramses Mr B Facon 3rd Wheatlands Ruben Mr T Mills Junior Bull 11 entered/6 forward 1st Tetford Zack Mr & Mrs CTD Sutcliffe 2nd Southfield Shockwave Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Pointer Eat You Alive Mr D Howden 4th Gentons Sydney Mr B Facon 5th Fishwick Sherman J Close & Son Ltd 6th Dunstall Saxon Mrs EM Hallifield Cow, in milk or in calf 9 entered/4 forward 1st Southfield Lace Mr H Blockley 2nd Newton Xtra Tipsy Mr D Walker 3rd Raincliffe Keeley Messrs J Emsley & M Cleasby 4th Yaverland Nancy Mrs Y Ferguson Heifer, in milk or in calf 9 entered/6 forward 1st Southfield Quaver Mr C Blockley 2nd Fishwick Queen of the Ring J Close & Son Ltd 3rd Southfield Peach Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 4th Gentons Qiana Mr B Facon 5th Raincliffe New Queen Messrs J Emsley & M Cleasby 6th Briar Mead Precious Valentine Mrs V Hopkinson Senior Heifer 12 entered/8 forward 1st Southfield Razzle Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Pointer Dreamer Mr D Howden 3rd Dunstall Ruby Mrs EM Hallifield 4th Dunstall Roxanne Mrs EM Hallifield 5th Southfield Ruby Mr H Blockley 6th Briarmead Ring ‘o’ Roses Mrs V Hopkinson 7th Newton Blooming Marvellous Mr D Walker 8th Tetford Yarina Mr & Mrs CTD Sutcliffe Junior Heifer (a) born between 01.01.18 & 30.04.18 9 entered/7 forward 1st Gentons Sara Mr B Facon 2nd Fishwick Salvia J Close & Son Ltd 3rd Fishwick Superstar J Close & Son Ltd 4th Dunstall Sapphire Mrs EM Hallifield

5th Briarmead Salamis Mrs V Hopkinson 6th Newton Crème de la Crème Mr D Walker 7th Newton Cheeky Moo Coo Mr D Walker Junior Heifer (b) born between 01.01.18 & 30.04.18 8 entered/4 forward 1st Pointer Enough is Enough Mr D Howden 2nd Southfield Swift Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Wheatlands Sunflower Mr T Mills 4th Southdown Sophie Mr R Tedbury Junior Heifer born between 01.05.18 & 31.12.18 7 entered/5 forward 1st Pointer ET Phone Home Mr D Howden 2nd Wheatlands Snowberry Mr T Mills 3rd Fishwick Saffron J Close & Son Ltd 4th Fishwick Saskia J Close & Son Ltd 5th Briar Mead Serenity Mrs V Hopkinson Group of Three 6 entered/3 forward 1st Pointer Group Mr D Howden 2nd Southfield Group Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 3rd Newton Group Mr D Walker Pairs 10 entered/6 forward 1st Southfield Pair Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Gentons Pair Mr B Facon 3rd Pointer Pair Mr D Howden 4th Cumboots Pair Messrs J Emsley & M Cleasby 5th Tetford Pair Mr & Mrs CTD Sutcliffe 6th Newton Pair Mr D Walker Breed Champion (Morgan Trophy) Reserve Breed Champion (Elizabeth Henson Trophy) Male Champion (Tomlinson Trophy) Reserve Male Champion Female Champion (Hill Lady Trophy) Reserve Female Champion Best Junior Bull (Linton Trophy) Best Junior Heifer (Fishwick Shield) Best Overall Junior (Blackbrook Trophy) Best 1st calved heifer (Leebarn plate) Best calf at foot (Southfield Trophy) Best Pair (Doverdale Trophy) Best Exhibitor bred pair (Michael Thomson Trophy) Best Group of Three (Colaba Trophy)

Southfield Lace Gentons Sara Southfield Qnard Pointer Diamond King Southfield Lace Gentons Sara Tetford Zack Gentons Sara Gentons Sara Southfield Quaver calf of Yaverland Nancy (Maudlin Taboo) Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Mr D Howden

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019 was a fabulous year for Longhorn cattle in the show ring, with a record number of animals taking the honours in Interbreed Competitions. The Society’s thanks and congratulations go to all members who competed; here are a few of the highlights.

Blackbrook Zabrina; Supreme Interbreed Champion, Ashby Show Carreg Rye Grass; Native Exhibitor-bred Interbreed Champion, Royal Bath & West Show

Etheridge Quartz Beauty; Native Reserve Interbreed Champion, Gillingham & Shaftesbury

Gentons Sara ET; Beef Interbreed Champion, Three Counties Rare Breeds Day & Native Junior Heifer Interbreed Reserve Champion, Royal Welsh Show

Pointer Eat You Alive; Native Junior Bull Interbreed Champion, Royal Bath & West Show

Wellhead Kir Royale; Native Reserve Interbreed Champion, Royal Lancashire Show

Melbourne Park Fizz; Reserve Interbreed Champion, Heckington Show

Wheatlands Ruben; Supreme Interbreed Beef Champion, Ashover Show



he Society has a small but dedicated band of young members who enthusiastically show their cattle during the season and are nearly always in the ribbons.

Clark Blockley

William Edwards Rhianydd Davies

Coby Horrocks


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Billy Blockley and Zara Monks


Southfield Peach & Southfield Qnard Supreme Interbreed Pair, Lincolnshire Show 2019 DAVID & ANGELA BLOCKLEY, SOUTHFIELD FARM, FIELDHEAD LANE, DRIGHLINGTON, BRADFORD, BD11 1JL , WEST YORKSHIRE T: 01132 853015

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Society Spring Show & Sale - 25 May 2019

Worcester Longhorns reach peak of 4,800gns


he Longhorn Cattle Society’s Spring Show and Sale at Worcester peaked at 4800gns for the third-prize yearling bull, Southfield Stalker, a son of Southfield Panther and out of Southfield Lyric from David & Angela Blockley, Yorkshire. He sold to P Winterton, Syston, Leicestershire. The male and overall Champion, Southfield Spitfire, another yearling bull from the same home, sold for 3000gns to John & Pat Stanley, Leicester. Senior bulls sold to 3400gns for first prizewinner Carreg Oak, Breed Champion at the 2015 National Show, from James Winnington, Derbyshire. The five year old bull was secured by R Edwards & Partners, Cardiff. Females topped at 2600gns for Gentons Sole, a yearling heifer by Gentons 007 James Bond, from B Facon, Banbury. It was female and reserve overall Champion in the preshow before being knocked down to Riverside Livestock, Strabane, Northern Ireland. It’s half sister, second prize winner Gentons Sonnet, made 1300gns to ID & SS Backway, Wadebridge, Cornwall.

Breed Champion Southfield Spitfire Cows and calves peaked at 1350gns for Fishwick Phi, a Fishwick Macavity daughter, with bull calf at foot and back in calf to Stoke Paddy, consigned by S Dixon, Swindon. It sold to G Gilder, Cheltenham.

Senior heifers peaked at 1220gns for Mr Winnington’s Heronbrook Ursula, a Carreg Oak daughter and first prize winner which sold to DG Bradshaw, Church Eaton, Staffordshire.

Show Results Judge: Sophie Gurton Cow 1st Long Ash Maple 2nd Southfield Quaint 3rd Fishwick Pavlova 4th Fishwick Phi Senior Heifer 1st Heronbrook Ursula Junior Heifers 1st Gentons Sole 2nd Gentons Sonnet Senior Bulls 1st Carreg Oak EX92 2nd Otten Rex 3rd Etheridge Quicksilver


Mr D Phillips Master C Blockley Mr S Dixon Mr S Dixon Mr J Winnington Mr B Facon Mr B Facon Mr J Winnington Mr W Nankivell Mr D Phillips

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Junior Bull 1st Southfield Spitfire Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 2nd Rhyfel Stone Mr TA Williams 3rd Southfield Stalker Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley 4th Rhyfel Sage Mr TA Williams Breed & Male Champion Southfield Spitfire Reserve & Female Champ Gentons Sole Averages Animals Number Top price £ Cows 8 £1417.50 Senior Heifers 5 £1281.00 Junior Heifers 2 £2730.00 Senior Bulls 3 £3570.00 Junior Bulls 4 £5040.00 Auctioneer: McCartneys LLP

Average £ £1081.50 £1008.00 £2047.50 £1932.00 £3360.00



he Annual Rare & Minority Breeds Sale held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 21 September 2019 was buzzing from early in the morning and continued throughout the day. Trade throughout for all classes in all sections was in strong demand and saw some new records achieved. In the cattle ring, it was the Longhorn breed which secured the leading top two prices of the day. The first at £2600 was for a cow and calf outfit shown by Stephen Horrocks of Lancaster. The January 2014 born cow, Gale Farm Nicola along with her February born heifer calf, was sold to the Firm of B&C Wilde, Lochfoot, Dumfries. Gale Farm Nicola & Gale Farm Tiree

Auctioneer: Harrison & Hetherington


Beeston Castle, Cheshire - 11 May 2019

Champion Newton Boomshakalaka, Reserve Champion Newton Co Co Cabana

Championship lineup

Results Judge: Brian Wragg Cow 1st Colaba Innuendo Junior Heifers 1st Newton Co Co Cabana 2nd Newton Caught Out Senior Bulls 1st Newton Boomshakalaka 2nd Bollin Reginald Junior Bull 1st Hurslow Triumph

Mr & Mrs D Preece Mr D Walker Mr D Walker Mr D Walker Bollin Valley Partnership Mr J Salt

Breed Champion Newton Boomshakalaka Reserve Breed Champion Newton Co Co Cabana Averages Animals Number Top price £ Cows 7 1280.00 Senior Heifers 5 945.00 Junior Heifers 6 966.00 Senior Bulls 4 2184.00 Junior Bulls 1 819.00 Steers 2 651.00

Average £ 1130.00 932.00 569.00 1722.00 819.00 651.00

Auctioneer: Wright Marshall

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Newark Livestock Market, Newark - 26 October 2019

Breed Champion & Best Junior Heifer Treverton Secret


he Longhorn Cattle Society show and sale at Newark peaked at 3100gns for Pointer Eat You Alive, a January 2018-born bull by Aberdeen Nik out of Avonvale Imke from D Howden, Charlbury, Oxfordshire. It was knocked down to Messrs Bradshaw, Stafford. Making 2000gns was Southfield Samurai, a March 2018-born bull consigned by D&A Blockley, Bradford. The son of Southfield Outlaw out of Southfield Mystic sold to Messrs Hallifield, Ashby de la Zouch. Females topped at 2300gns for first prize winner, Fishwick Rosela, and 18 month old heifer from J Close & Son, Berwick upon Tweed. By Fishwick Lord of the Rings out of Fishwick Imelda, it sold in calf to Heronbrook Ned Kelly, to Messrs Banham, Norwich. Another red rosette winner, February 2016born Gentons Qunnie, a daughter of Oxlane Maharg, consigned by Bertie Facon, Banbury, Sold in-calf to Riverlands Rarebit and with

Breed Champion Treverton Secret a heifer calf at foot to Thoresby Livestock, Neward for 2000gns. The winning junior heifer and overall champion, Treverton Secret, a March 2018-

Reserve Champion & Best Junior Bull Southfield Shotgun


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born heifer by Tanfield Pilot from Rachael Heard, Northamptonshire, also made 2000gns selling to Messrs Sargeant, Clactonon-Sea, Essex.

Pointer Eat You Alive, highest priced lot

Judge Lynda Burditt

Show Results Judge: Lynda Burditt Cow 1st Genton Qunnie Senior Heifer 1st Fishwick Rosella 2nd Wheatlands Roxette 3rd Fishwick Radiant Junior Heifers (a) 1st Treverton Secret 2nd Southfield Swallow 3rd Fishwick Santolina 4th Colne Valley Kora Junior Heifers (b) 1st Riverlands Snuggul 2nd Treverton Sapphire 3rd Colne Valley Kiwi Junior Bulls 1st Southfield Shotgun 2nd Pointer Eat You Alive 3rd Riverlands Shagrat 4th Southfield Samurai

Mr B Facon J Close & Son Ltd Mr T Mills J Close & Son Ltd Ms RE Heard Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley J Close & Son Ltd T&S Farms Mr & Mrs R&V Burton Ms RE Heard T&S Farms Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley Mr D Howden Mr & Mrs R&V Burton Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley

Calf show 1st Riverlands Thorn (bull) Mr & Mrs R&V Burton 2nd Trelawny Silas (bull) AK Clark & Sons Breed Champion (Ciba Geigy Shield) Treverton Secret Reserve Champion Southfield Shotgun Best Opposite Sex (Lloyds Bank Trophy) Southfield Shotgun Best Junior Bull (Rosemary Roberts Trophy) Southfield Shotgun Best Junior Heifer (Southfield Trophy) Treverton Secret Averages Animals Cows Senior Heifers Junior Heifers Junior Bulls Calves

Number 1 2 5 2 1

Top price £ 2100.00 2415.00 2100.00 3255.00 787.50

Average £ 2100.00 2152.50 1743.00 2677.50 787.50

Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington Ltd in conjunction with Newark Livestock Market

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Longhorn class: 1st Litton Rascal, 2nd Litton Starlight, 3rd Wheatlands Slade, 4th Litton Symphony, 5th Wheatlands Sydney

2nd pure native beef carcase sold for 325ppkg


he Society once again had a small stand in the lines at the English Winter Fair, Stafford in November. The Longhorns had their own class with entries from the Saxby family and Tom Mills. For the third year in a row the class was won by the Saxby family with Litton Rascal who sold to Ben & Tori Stanley for 240p per kg. The steer subsequently killed out at 374kg, a killing out percentage of 60% and graded R4L. In the Carcase Hall Mary Madders and Stuart Johnson's purebred carcase sold for 325p per kg.

1st Longhorn Litton Rascal sold for 240 ppkg to Ben & Tory Stanley for their farm shop

Longhorn class top three - 1st Litton Rascal, 2nd Litton Starlight, 3rd Wheatlands Slade


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NSA 2019 HIGHLAND SHEEP EVENT Sibmister Farm, Thurso, Caithness 12th June 2019

Longhorn x Simmental heifers


he farming unit of Sibmister and nearby farm of Stainland, run by Kenneth and Elspeth Sutherland with son Stephen and his wife Alix and son Kenneth and his wife Fiona, is one of the best known sheep and beef enterprises in the north of Scotland. Lambs from the farm are regularly prominent prize winners in commercial sheep classes at the Royal Highland, Caithness, Black Isle and Turriff shows. Stocking on the two farms, which extends to 1700 acres all grass, comprises 1500 ewes, predominantly Texel x Cheviot Mules, which are crossed with Suffolk and Texel rams, and pedigree flocks of 50 Suffolk and 50 Texel ewes. The spring calving suckler herd comprising 400 Longhorn x Simmental breeding females are crossed with Charolais and Simmental bulls. Peter and Ashley Close manned a stand with stock from Fishwick at the event. The story related by Peter unfolds: ‘A phone call from Stephen Sutherland in late March 2019 alerted us to the mere existence of such an event. He thought it would be good for the breed if we staged a promotional stand and he could probably arrange for it to be FOC given the distance we would have to travel - 350 miles! Never ones to shirk a challenge we gave the “goahead”. The Sutherlands had bought their first Longhorn bull, Long Ash Fruit, in 2010 from their neighbour Raymond Gunn. Raymond had a small Longhorn herd and had acquired Sid Hollier’s young bull with a telephone bid at Worcester in 2007 and went on to win Male Champion at the last Highland Show at which the breed was represented in


2008. He was followed at Sibmister by the former Clonyard and Fishwick stock bull Bollin Eugene and by Fishwick Lord of the Rings’ half brother Fishwick Master of the Rings. In 2015 Stephen and Kenneth Snr. ventured down to the Inaugural Fishwick Bull Sale, purchasing the two top priced bulls - Fishwick One in a Million for 4,000gns and Fishwick Oligarch for 3,800gns. Oligarch returns home in 2021 in exchange for the pick of the 2020 calf crop. As the event drew closer we naively thought we could pop up from home in Berwick on Tweed on the day before, set up the stand that evening and “scoot back down” the following night after it finished! We had decided to take up a young Longhorn bull Fishwick Senator - in the hope of achieving a sale together with an outstanding Longhorn x Aberdeen Angus heifer with an equally impressive 3/4 Longhorn calf at foot. In May reality dawned with respect to the timescale and logistics! At the same time an article in the Scotsman indicated that Prince Charles had just opened the Old Granary at the Castle of Mey for B&B. In for a penny, in for a pound we thought we might as well make a holiday

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Fishwick Oligarch of it and booked in for three nights! We set off on Sunday tea time and broke the journey overnight at Logie near Forres thanks to Panny and Alasdair Laing’s generous hospitality. The event itself was an outstanding success with as many people complimenting the Sutherland’s on their cattle as on their sheep. Whilst we didn’t achieve any sales directly it was very much a case of sowing seeds - especially with the backing of the outstanding field after field of impressive suckler cows. Fishwick Senator came home but has now gone back up nearly as far again to Beauly to be used both as a crossbred suckler sire and hopefully in a new Longhorn herd. Peter Close, Fishwick Longhorns, Berwick on Tweed

The Fishwick Production Team

Fishwick Lord of the Rings

Fishwick Philanderer

Fishwick Oligarch

Heronbrook Ned Kelly

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Jess Marshall gets ready for judging at Cartmel Show

Interbreed Beef Group Southfield Qnard, Southfield Lace, Pointer Dreamer and Gentons Sara at Great Yorkshire Show

Tetford Zack & Tetford Yarina at Heckington Show Pointer Eat You Alive & Pointer Dreamer at Royal Bath & West Show

Female Champion Newton Blooming Marvellous (middle), Reserve Female Champion Briar Mead Salamis (front) and Southfield Peach line up for the Female Championship at Lincolnshire Show Aled Jones, Bev Wheeler, Rachael Heard & Andrew Williams following the action at the Royal Welsh Show

Treverton Sorrel & Treverton Secret at the Royal Three Counties Show


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Riverlands Orpington at Rutland County Show


Who are you?

Hello! We are Graham, Debbie and Alice Lennox and we keep the Aberdeen herd of Longhorns.

Where are you?

We are located in the North-East of Scotland in Aberdeen

How did you find out about Longhorn Cattle and decide they were the breed for you?

We first found out about the Society in 1993. We decided to begin breeding Longhorns because they are an easy-keep cow, that are hardy and excellent mothers.

What are you trying to achieve with your herd? We aim to achieve quality, functional cows that will rear a calf with minimum inputs as well as produce quality Longhorn beef.

How would you sum up the Longhorn breed?

A docile and easily kept breed that has its roots in its past but also important relevance for the future. Website: www.dooniesfarm.co.uk   Doonies Rare Breeds Farm   DooniesFarm   DooniesFarm




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Ripon horn


he city of Ripon in North Yorkshire has a long tradition of a hornblower ‘setting the watch’ each night at 9pm. In 2016 the Mayor of Ripon put a request out for a suitable cattle horn to make a new horn that could be used to continue the tradition, and the call was answered by Longhorn member Ruth Russell of the Settrington herd from nearby Malton. Her bull, Settrington Quest had already made a name for himself when he starred in the ‘Dads Army’ film, but unfortunately he had to be put down and his horn was then used to make a new instrument to ensure the four current hornblowers had a horn each. The new horn was handed over to the City by the retiring Mayor on 3 May just before 9pm. It is called the McHardy Quest Horn (after Settrington Quest and the retiring Mayor – Pauline McHardy) Richard Midgely, pictured blowing the horn,

had the job of boiling the horn for about 3 hours to remove the centre (not a pleasant experience – all the windows and doors had to be opened because of the smell!). He then lightly sanded the horn before sending it to a company in West Yorkshire who applied the

Longhorn Coracle

V&A Museum



t’s not often we hear about Longhorn members featuring in exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum! Malcolm Adams from Wrexham, North Wales was asked to provide a Longhorn to artist Alice V Robinson for her installation as part of the ‘FOOD: bigger than the plate’ exhibition at the V&A. As Malcolm didn’t have a purebred finished Longhorn available he supplied her with a Longhorn/Limousin cross. Alice’s installation featured products made from the tanned hide of the animal, as well as pictures of Malcolm’s local butcher processing the meat which had been served at other events at the V&A and was the centrepiece of a sold out event on 17 October when a three course meal using the steer were cooked by Michelin starred chef Sally Abe.


nickel silver band, they removed the tip to be sent abroad to act as a mould for the end and mouthpiece. A local saddler made the harness to complete the horn. The presentation of the McHardy Quest Horn took place in the Market Square in Ripon on 3 May 2019, where all four horns were blown at the Obelisk. Then as is tradition the horn was blow three times in the presence of the Mayor. It’s amazing to think this custom has taken place every night since 886 without a break. The photo showing five horns are the four blown regularly by the four Hornblowers and the 5th is the 886 horn, now only used for ceremonial purposes, covered in black velvet and bound with silver bands. An oil painting of Settrington Quest was presented to the City Of Ripon and which will hang in the Town Hall as a record of the history of the Mchardy Quest Horn. If you happen to be in Ripon at 9pm, listen out for the horn being blown at the Obelisk in the Market Square!

onghorn Cattle Society member Panny Laing from Forres, Aberdeenshire sent in this picture of her friend Henry Fosbrooke who used one of Panny’s Longhorn skins to make a coracle. Henry collected the wet hide from the abattoir and then scraped, dried and stretched it himself before making the coracle frame and mounting the hide on the frame. Apparently he was very proficient at paddling it too!

Photo (c) Alice V Robinson and V&A Museum

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Society Show & Sale at Worcester, third Saturday in May Full details of all sales contact: Clive Roads, Worcester Livestock Centre Tel: 01905 769770 / 07702 722910 Email: worcester@mccartneys.co.uk

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TRIBUTES Bill Lupton February 2018


ill and his wife Helen had the Lupat herd of Longhorns in the 1980’s and 1990’s and were very successful in the showring during those years. Due to ill health, in 1997 the entire Lupat herd was sold to David and Angela Blockley as the Luptons did not want the herd split up on it’s dispersal. The Luptons were from Ripon, North Yorkshire and donated the Econ salver for the Champion Longhorn at the Great Yorkshire show, named after the company they ran building road gritters. Mike Tisdale added that he was also a philanthropist, donating a piece of equipment for cancer research at Aston University, Birmingham.

Richard Warner July 2019


large number of Society members and friends joined the Warner family and other mourners in the lovely parish church of St Peter in Copt Oak, Leicestershire on 30 July to celebrate the life of fellow Society member, judge and past Society Chairman Richard Warner who passed away on 5th July. The church was dressed with many of the rosettes and sashes Richard had won during his career showing his beloved Longhorn cattle and the very moving service was themed around Richard’s farming life. Society judge and close friend Richard Bartle gave the eulogy, relating tales about their trips to shows and sales both in the UK and abroad and highlighting Richard’s innate skill with and love of livestock. The Warner family were very touched by the number of Longhorn members who attended, from all across the country. Donations given totalled £1670 which was split between Cancer Research and Marie Curie who have both responded with grateful letters of thanks’.


Richard Warner

Alan Cheese July 2019


lan Cheese, who sadly died on 24th July, was one of the small and now diminishing band of enthusiasts who played a part in reviving the fortunes of the Longhorn breed and Breed Society which had reached a very low ebb by 1972. Alan had a lifelong appetite for history and, in particular, the history of British livestock breeding.  In the late 1970’s Alan was curator of the Staffordshire County Council farm museum at Shugborough where he established herds and flocks of local breeds – Longhorns, Shropshire sheep, Tamworth pigs and Derbyshire Redcap poultry.  Alan served on the Longhorn Cattle Society Council and was instrumental in setting up the Longhorn sales at Lichfield Market each Spring which balanced the RBST Autumn sales as well as assiduously tracing pure bred Longhorns outside the Society, including one large herd in Lincolnshire, and bringing them back to the fold.  When he left Shugborough, Alan started his own herd under the Mavesyn prefix. Alan was curator of the Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham for a while and later returned to university for a post-graduate degree, concentrating on Thoroughbred horse breeding and blood lines.  He also applied his passion for livestock over the years in researching various breeds including Blue Albion cattle and Galway sheep.  The latter he found to be descended from the original Dishley Leicester sheep that had been sent to Ireland and he was instrumental in bringing them back to England and always claimed that they were far closer to Bakewell’s type of sheep than either the Leicester Longwool or Border Leicester.  Latterly Alan lived in Lincolnshire and dealt in antiquarian books. (Many thanks to Alan’s sister Ros Anderson and to John Brigg for providing these words)

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Alan Cheese is pictured standing on the right alongside Roger Carter. Seated is M Bauley, Mrs Betty Weiner, Charles Cottrell-Dormer and Clive Roads.  In pride of place is the Burke Trophy (Beef), won by Mrs Weiner’s pair of Longhorns at the Royal Show in 1981.

Adrian McConnel September 2019


drian McConnel passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on 10 September. Adrian had the Plaitford herd that was very successful in the show ring, including winning the Royal Show with Plaitford Orlando.  Adrian and Orlando were featured in Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s book ‘Good Breeding’, published in 1999.

Phil Evans September 2019


hil Evans of the Linton herd passed away on Sunday 22 September.   The contribution that the late Phil Evans made to the improvement in conformation of the modern Longhorn breed for the 30 years from the late 1970’s until 2007 is evident from the number of Linton prefix animals that may be traced in virtually all the herds of note right up to the present day. He and Joy registered their first cattle in 1980 while farming at Ross on Wye; the Herdbook was little more than a flimsy few pages when Linton Edith, Ellen, Joy and Nora entered Class B of the Supplementary register, all purchased and of unknown breeding and in the same year Jane by Bemborough Garrick and Helen by Birbury Boy gotten by AI, into Class C. Note the family names! By 1981, he had already bred a steer good enough and I suspect fed well enough to win Birmingham Fatstock for the first of several occasions. By 1984 he had his first of numerous successes at the Royal Show with Houghton Caroline and Linton Anne, both of whom dominated shows for the remainder of the season. The first of many Royal red rosettes came the following year with Linton Boadicea and she also topped the Rare Breeds

Llantrothy Kestrel Show & Sale that year. Soon after this he joined Council where he had a major influence on breeding, only standing down in 1996. His greatest accolades are this lasting influence but also winning the Royal Show Male Championship in 1992 and the Supreme Championship in 1993 (the year the family moved to Pembrokeshire) with Llantrothy Kestrel, who to all intents and purposes should have been Linton Kestrel. Phil judged the Royal Show in 1997 and sadly the family registered the last

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Paul with his ‘L’ plate leading Wellhead Enquirer, 2005 Raby Gladiator at 10 years old


grew up in rural Buckinghamshire - animal mad (dogs, cat, ponies, wildlife) but not from a farming family. I met Paul while still at school (sweet 16!) and we married 3 years later, following his jobs in Civil Engineering to Teeside and then, in 1975, to Workington in Cumbria. The first job offer I got after moving was as an Assistant Scientific Officer (the lowest of the low) at Sellafield, where I stayed for 35 years. Inspired by our friend Heather’s smallholding we bought Wellhead - a very dilapidated 17th century farmhouse with old barns and about 7 acres - in 1983. Our first agricultural ventures were goats and calf rearing but Heather had given us membership of RBST as a house-warming present, and we decided to ‘do something useful’ and keep rare breeds. A trip to Stoneleigh RBST show and sale in 1985 began my love affair with Longhorns. Although I later rationalised the choice docile, easy calving, long lived etc. the truth is I just fell in love with them. Odd to have grown up so near to many well-known herds and never come across them before! In 1986 Paul bought in-calf heifers Blackberry Biddenden Baby and Bemborough Clover. They gave us heifers in 1987, and again (after failed attempts at AI followed by a stud visit to Peter Close’s Fishwick herd) in 1988. The girls, plus Cholmondeley Empress, bought as a yearling at Stoneleigh Show & Sale, went to stud at Fishwick again in 1988, then it was time to get our own bull. We got Grove House Emperor (a Baron son) - a true gentleman and so easy to handle. By 1992 various females had joined the herd through private and breed sales, but one of the most influential was Okeover Victoria, with Berryhill Sophie at foot, bought from Lichfield sale. From them came the ‘jewel’ line (including the bull Wellhead Diamond) and the ‘booze’ line (bulls Cognac, Fizz,


females Madiera, Kir Royale - dam of Paxos, Quicksilver and Rothschild - among others). At one time over half the herd went back to them. We also bought 35 acres of land high, rough, and 2 miles from the steading, but beggars can’t be choosers! To round off the year, my 1st appearance in the show/sale ring at Stoneleigh sale, with Lucy and Louise. Standing white-coated and waiting to go, I shoved the lead-ropes at Paul, muttering that I was going to be sick (nerves) - and was! They sold well enough to buy our next bull, Milton Leo, when he came in the ring. It amused my family no end that although I was the only non-medic I still wore a white coat! 1994 was a special year - the birth of Peregrine, the first bull calf we’d even considered keeping as a bull, who was duly registered the following year. Being an unknown herd we felt that in order to attract buyers - especially being out on a limb in Cumbria - we needed to start showing. My first outings were disastrous- we got a lastminute place at the Royal in 1995 but we’d been away and neighbours had been feeding the two yearling bulls like continentals. In my ignorance I decided that Perry was grossly fat, so took Punch. John Backhouse was judging, and when asked he told me Punch had no shape, not enough flesh, no character, and, and....followed by ‘I hope I haven’t offended you!’ Never ask a question if you don’t want to hear the answer; I was keen to learn, and over the years John has been a source of advice and information. The other disaster was at Great Yorkshire Show with Katie, my yearling heifer who was good as gold at home - but that’s a well-known story (and example of what not to do) so I won’t repeat it! Anyway, I kept trying and suddenly realised I was hooked; by now I was working shifts, and would book my time off as soon as I knew show dates for the following year

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In 1999, realising we needed another bull I asked John Backhouse if he knew of anything that would suit. He said Raby Gladiator, then 6 months old. How right he was - the bull had tremendous impact on the herd, clicking with just about every bloodline we had. My thanks to John, and to Peter Boylett. 2001 was Foot and Mouth year, and even now thinking about it makes me go cold. Both our immediate neighbours were taken out as positives early on, and we were soon in 13 3k circles. From the end of the road you could see - and smell - 11 pyres. Vets from all over the world were inspecting the cattle 2 or 3 times a week (an unexpected benefit of working at Sellafield:I had a pretty good idea of decontamination procedures and sometimes surprised the vets by telling them ‘not good enough, do it again!’). It was a horrible time, dreading going among the cattle just in case... and watching a heifer calf being born and thinking ‘there’s no point naming you’. The Longhorn community, and particularly Clive Roads were hugely supportive, and for us there was a happy outcome. We somehow escaped infection and cull, and the heifer calf was eventually named Wellhead Bessie, and went on to win the Royal two years later. In fact 2003 was something of a glory year for us, with Championships at Three Counties (Cumin) and the Royal (Bessie), Male Champion at GYS (Cognac) and several Best Juniors (male and female) too. Championships at GYS with our great favourite Wendy, Royal Highland with Dill (2005) and Dorcas (2007) followed. 2005 was a very mixed year - we bought another 40 acres, bringing our total to 84, and Wendy dropped a bull calf, Firework who was very special and quickly became a favourite with us both. On the downside, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and for months was unable to do anything except supervise while Paul did all the work. That included halter breaking the young bulls, which had always been my job, and

Wellhead Firework

Wellhead Ruby Rose (reluctantly, as he preferred to be the backroom boy) showing them. Actually, he didn’t do a bad job! In March 2008 Paul died suddenly and unexpectedly. My neighbours were wonderful, helping me with the day to day tasks and teaching me how to use the Loadall (I never had), but it was obvious that I needed to reduce the herd so that I could manage on my own. In August about half the herd were sold at auction, taking it down to about 16 calvers. The bright spot in a horrible year? We’d decided in February that we could spare Firework from the day job for Northumberland Show that year, so I honoured this and he was made Champion. A special boy delivering the goods for a special man - I went round the ring and parade trying not to cry. The Novice’s Award presented in Paul’s memory is because we often talked about ways to encourage people to show their cattle since standing them up against others is so helpful in assessing them (no Linear Assessment at the time). Showing continued with fair success, and young bulls Jackie (named after a neighbour) and Lohengrin made runner up and record prices in the sale ring. I do like bulls - in the few years that I haven’t had a junior to show I’ve really missed it. We always hated the rather sneering terms ‘hobby farmer’ and ‘part time farmer; since we were both working full time in addition to the farm we actually had three jobs between two of us. After Paul died that became two jobs for one person, and in 2010 I took the chance of voluntary redundancy which made life easier. Calving is one of my favourite times and watching the new generation arrive is such a joy, but with old buildings and 3 foot doorways it’s pretty physical - everything goes in and comes out in your arms or a barrow. By the winter of 2015/6 I was struggling, and not long after writing ‘30 years in Longhorns’ for the Society Journal I took the painful

decision to disperse the herd. My head knew it was right, but my heart was another matter! I decided to do it over two years, retaining a small show team for the third year to wean myself off. To my amazement everything went to plan - the cattle went on the Longhorn website in Spring 2016 and by August of that year a third of them had gone. By housing 2017 all that remained was a couple of steers and the showteam. I knew where each one had gone and though they may not have realised it the new owners were carefully vetted! I’ve very much appreciated getting follow up on how they are doing, and their calves too - thank you! The last Longhorn left Wellhead on 22 September 2018 - fittingly yearling heifer Ruby Rose was also the last ever Wellhead calf, with pester power gaining her a home with young Sarah Willey. When Sarah took Junior Handler with her at Northumberland in 2019 I was thrilled! Wellhead had been my home for 35 years. It was full of memories and it’s where together Paul and I started Wellhead Longhorns with

two heifers (which with hindsight weren’t very good!) and built it to a nationally recognised herd with significant success in the sale and show rings and over 50 registered bulls, Once the cattle had gone I didn’t want to be there any more; Wellhead was sold in 2019 and I moved to a village in the Eden Valley. That doesn’t mean no more Longhorns though - not only was I under orders to attend Northumberland and GYS last year, I was asked to judge one Section of the Northern Longhorns Herd Competition and the exhibitors are still speaking to me! So going back to the 2016 article, I said may ‘walking among the cattle on a summer’s evening’ and ‘the camaraderie within the Longhorn community’ long continue. Of course they will, it’s just that for me the cattle will be other people’s. Longhorns have been such a part of my life that I was deeply touched and honoured to be asked to be President, thank you. Nicky Luckett

Royal Show Breed Champion 2003, Wellhead Bessie

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Who are you ? Tom Mills & family, the Wheatlands Herd

Where are you? We are tenant farmers on the Chatsworth estate near Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District.

How did you find out about Longhorn cattle and decide they were the breed for you: With my family all being dairy farmers I

wanted to try something different and start a beef herd. I first saw Longhorns at the Royal Show in 2004 and have been obsessed ever since. They looked so striking in the show ring!

When did you Longhorn cattle:



I graduated from University in 2006 and got a job in Civil Engineering, I saved a few month’s salary up and bought two cows with calves at foot from John Salt (Hurslow herd, Derby).

Why did you start keeping Longhorn cattle:

I initially bought them as a hobby and to ensure I still had a connection with farming whilst working full time as a Civil Engineer. 12 years in and the ‘hobby’ has grown to over 70! I was always interested in selling beef directly to the public and the Longhorns were ideal for this and we now have a modest but popular local beef box scheme.

What are you trying to achieve with your herd:

Over the next few years our focus will be to continue to improve the quality of the breeding herd by only retaining the best heifers and hopefully have more frequent success in the show ring. We also aim to increase the number of animals we are finishing and selling direct to the public or through specialist premium retailers.

How would you sum up the Longhorn breed:

The English Longhorn is a great, diverse breed is ideally placed to thrive as the focus in the farming industry moves to reward more sustainable methods. It is unique in its quality of meat and also in its purity having been improved without the influence of any other breeds.   bubnellclifffarm


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Large Herd

1st: Charles Sutcliffe

2nd: Peter Chapman

= 3rd: Peter Chapman

= 3rd: Wendy Preece

Small Herd


1st: Peter Chapman 1st: Charles Sutcliffe

2nd: Vicki Hopkinson

3rd: Joshua Brigg


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2nd: Graham Walker

3rd: Sophie Gurton


=1st: Joshua Brigg

=1st: Andrew Williams

2nd: Peter Chapman

3rd: Charles Sutcliffe


1st: Stephen Horrocks

2nd: Wendy Preece

3rd: Wendy Preece


1st: Vicki Burton

2nd: Ruth Russell

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Credit: Zeemon Erhardt


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For Longhorn Cattle Sold at Auction All prices quoted in guineas



12000 5700 3600 3500 3400 3400 3400 3200

Messrs JS & JW Brigg to Earl de la Warr, Gorse near-dispersal sale 2018 Mrs J Stanley to Mrs A Blockley, Blackbrook Sale 2016 J Close & Son Ltd to Mrs S Vaughan, RBST Show & Sale 1990 Messrs JW & JW Brigg to Mr D Howden, Gorse near-dispersal sale 2018 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 Messrs JW & JW Brigg to Mrs Y Ferguson, Gorse near-dispersal sale 2018 Aberdeen City Council to B&M Llewellyn, Carlisle 2008

8400 5500 5400 4800 4400 4000 3800 3500 3400 3200 3100

B&M Llewellyn to Gilbert McClung (Kelso) Ltd, Nat Show & Sale, Melton Mowbray 2004 B&M Llewellyn to Messrs Carden, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2010 Messrs JS & JW Brigg to Mrs Y Ferguson, Gorse near-dispersal sale 2018 Mr & Mrs D&A Blockley to Mr M Winterton, Soc Spring Show & Sale, Worcs 2019 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 D Howden to Mr D Bradshaw, Society Autumn Show & Sale, Newark 2019

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

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 B&M Llewellyn to Mr D Bevan, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2014 Mr J Warner to Mr F Sutton, Spring Show & Sale, Worcester 2007 Messrs JS & JW Brigg to Mr S Medwell, Spring Show & Sale, Worcs 2014 Aberdeen City Council to Mr & Mrs A Rockey, Carlisle 2008 B&M Llewellyn to Mr D Sheppy, National Show & Sale, Melton Mowbray 2006 Natural England to HMP Kirkham, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2011 Mr J Winnington to Mr M Edwards, Society Spring Show & Sale, Worcs 2019 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

5700 3800 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 Mr D Howden, Autumn Show & Sale 2017 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 Mr & Mrs JW Stanley to Mrs A Blockley, Joint Production Sale 2007 TB Johnson to MM Rosenberg, Eyebrook Herd Dispersal Sale 1978

7600 4400 4200 3500 3500 3400 3400 3200 3200 3200

Mrs A Blockley to Mrs J Stanley, National Show & Sale, Stoneleigh 2012 Mrs A Blockley to Miss E Vice & Mr M O’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 Messrs JS & JW Brigg to Mr D Howden, Gorse near-dispersal sale 2018






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The Longhorn Cattle Society Journal, Vol 11  

The Society's Journal. Full of articles about Longhorn Cattle Society members and their cattle, herd profiles and Society event reports.

The Longhorn Cattle Society Journal, Vol 11  

The Society's Journal. Full of articles about Longhorn Cattle Society members and their cattle, herd profiles and Society event reports.