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NEWSLETTER MAY 2011 CONTENTS: Devon County Show National Show Midland Club Sale Forthcoming Sales & Events Intro member award; AA x heifers; Pavilion furniture Royal Cornwall accommodation; DNA & bull regs; PYBS Smithfield; condolences

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TB compensation Health issues Polled bloodlines; for sale list Diary; new members David Phillips competition

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Young Handler competition

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Dear Member, As ever, time is racing away, and the County Show season is already upon us with only six weeks until our National Show. An update of arrangements and sponsors is inside, and it is delightful to see more stalls being booked than at last yearâ€&#x;s Show at the Royal Cornwall. Thank you to everyone who is supporting it – what a great measure of enthusiasm for the breed! Earlier this week a number of members interested in polling joined together by kind invitation of John, Jean and Robert Hadley at Chesterton Fields Farm, to enjoy a very interesting afternoon looking at the Knightcote herd of polled South Devon cattle, as well as some lavish refreshments and much enjoyed Banbury buns! Very grateful thanks are extended to the Hadley family for opening their doors and going to considerable efforts to welcome us. We wish them success with their new polling project, and look forward with interest to seeing the results.

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A report of the Midland Club Sale is also inside, where a new record for the Club was set by a very strong Welland Valley bull. The bull line-up was impressive, with a good choice for buyers. The females were also a strong breed representation, but they sold less well than in some previous years which was disappointing and not a true reflection of the quality of animals. We can all speculate as to the reasons, but it is becoming increasingly clear that animals with performance figures and health status are more and more sought after. If you would like to take advantage of the current financial incentives offered by the Society for recording and for herd health schemes, please ring us. Council have decided to bring in some new measures to encourage higher health status – details inside. These measures are not intended to be restrictive, rather to give assurances to buyers as the prices of South Devon pedigree cattle continue to rise. Just a few more opportunities remain for you to buy a bull or some females before the Summer (assuming we have a summer this year) at public auction (more information inside), and I wish all vendors success in the sale ring. There are a number of things of interest to our younger members to which I would draw your attention – the Next Generation weekend in September which promises to be both interesting and fun; the David Phillips Memorial Competition and the Young Handler Competition, both aimed at encouraging activity in the show ring. Please support where you can. I look forward to seeing many of you during the coming weeks at shows and other events. Please come and have a chat, and collect your Journal! With best wishes, Caroline

DEVON COUNTY SHOW Because of Health & Safety requirements, there will be restricted access to the cattle building whilst any judging is taking place. This means that you will be unable to enter the area between the building and the judging ring during those times, unless you are wearing an authorised wristband. 2


We have been given a supply of wristbands for our members and, if you would like to receive one, please let us know as soon as you read this to allow time for posting. The Devon Regional Committee is hosting a Cheese & Wine gathering on Thursday afternoon at 3pm at the Society stand in the cattle lines. All are welcome to join us then, or at other times during the show.

NATIONAL SHOW UPDATE

Royal Norfolk Show, 29th & 30th June At the date of closing, there were 123 South Devon stalls booked by a total of 36 breeders – a tremendous effort! If you are not showing, please do come and support the exhibitors, and enjoy a marvellous spectacle of immaculate cattle! Judging will start first thing on Wednesday morning, with Hugh Lello MBE taking charge in the show ring. The Society marquee is alongside the ring, and there will be refreshments available for members and guests. If you would like a break from the judging, or from the Show, for a time, and could give a hand in the marquee please let Liz know. On Wednesday afternoon the Colman Mustard Beef Interbreed competition takes place, which invites entries from breeds to include mixed teams of pedigree and commercial cattle – something a little different! The Society will then host a Pimms Party for members and guests in the marquee, beginning at 4.30 pm, before the Stockmans Dinner in the evening. The main event on Thursday is the Towergate Lloyd & Whyte Young Handler Competition – details of which appear elsewhere in the newsletter. Please encourage sons/daughters/relatives/employees aged 16-25 to come forward and enter – there are great prizes to be won, as well as the prestige that comes with it. The Competition will take place after the interbreed beef 3


classes, towards lunchtime. Awards will then be made in the marquee, including the Track Marshall Trophy to the exhibitor gaining the most points in the breed classes. We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors who are enabling us to hold the Show in Norfolk this year, namely:

KW Trident Merial Igenity Heygate & Sons Ltd Randall Parker Foods Ltd Ray Wilson & Co Central Wool Growers Dallas Keith Ltd Cotswold Seeds Ltd Mr M Kettlewell Mr J Pinnells Lord Jim Prior

MIDLAND CLUB SALE Stratford, 7th May One of the strongest line-ups of pedigree bulls and heifers in recent years at the South Devon Midland Club‟s 24th annual sale at Stratford brought interest from across the country, with a good trade for well-structured cattle near to profit. A new record of 8,500 guineas was achieved for the Club Sale – an increase of 2,300 guineas, with a new average for bulls of £3,668 – an increase of £439! Judge Roger Clemens, Breed Society President from Wadebridge, Cornwall, picked Lumbylaw Galahad 15 from A R Lee, Alnwick, Northumberland, as his Champion. The bull is out of a home-bred cow by Sexton Excalibur 16. Knowlhill Excalibur 2 from A E J & F J Claridge, Middle Clayden, 4


Buckinghamshire, was Reserve Champion and with similar bloodlines on the sire side, going back to Godworthy Excalibur. In the sale ring there was good demand for bulls, and fierce competition for M E & T E Broome‟s Welland Valley Jerome (T), a bull by Erme Jerome out of Welland Valley Dorothy 2, who sold to Mr W H D Scott, from Moreton-inMarsh, Gloucestershire for 8,500 guineas. Next highest price was for M & M Rushbrooke‟s polled bull Z Brettles SAS Intrepid (T) who sold for 5,200 guineas to Mr & Mrs J A Hopkins from Somerset; followed by A R Lee‟s Lumbylaw Leo 71 from a very successful breeding line, who sold to W L Pickford & Son, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, for 5,000 guineas. In the heifer judging, Mr W H D Scott‟s AI Grove Dandelion 28 took top place in the 2009 born section, a classy heifer by Trewint Henry 1. A E J & F J Claridge‟s Knowlhill Rose 10, by the same sire as the Reserve Breed Champion, Sexton Excalibur 7, was placed second. She went on to sell at the top price of 2,450 guineas in her section to Mrs J Archer, North Tuddenham, Norfolk. In the 2010 born heifer section, A & P Rickett‟s Juniper Kingcup 1 was placed first, a striking yearling heifer by Juniper Ivanhoe. She sold at 1,120 guineas, top price in her section, to D Holt, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. A strong trade in a consignment of cows with calves at foot from Mr & Mrs Pratt, Stourport-on-Severn, saw a top price of 2,550 guineas to Roger and Tom Elliott, from Kislingbury, Northamptonshire. Averages: 15 bulls £3,668; halter-broken bulling heifers £1,458; halter-

broken maiden heifers £1,006; cows with calves at foot £2,121 Auctioneers: John Wakeham, Mark Bromell – Messrs Kivells THE SHOW BULLS Class 1a 1st The Tully Partnership nd 2 D J Thomas & Son

Z WADDETON ILLISTRAM 3 Z TREGUDDICK POLL PROGRESSION 8 5


Class 1b 1st D & B Bowley nd 2 W J Wright & Son rd 3 M E & T E Broome Class 1c 1st A E J & F J Claridge nd 2 M E & T E Broome rd 3 M & M Rushbrooke Class 1d 1st A R Lee nd 2 D J Thomas & Son rd 3 A R Lee

AI RIDGEMERE JASPER OXEY NIMROD 2 WELLAND VALLEY EBOR KNOWLHILL EXCALIBUR 2 WELLAND VALLEY JEROME (T) Z BRETTLES SAS INTREPID (T) LUMBYLAW GALAHAD 15 Z TREGUDDICK POLL PROGRESSION 10 LUMBYLAW LEO 71

FEMALES Class 3 – Heifers born 2009 1st W H D Scott AI GROVE DANDELION 28 nd 2 A E J & F J Claridge KNOWLHILL ROSE 10 rd 3 Mrs K Darnbrook CLEUGHSIDE ROSE Class 4 – Heifers born 2010 1st A & P Rickett JUNIPER KINGCUP 1 nd 2 Mrs K Darnbrook CLEUGHSIDE POPPY rd 3 A & P Rickett JUNIPER KALMIA Male Champion – Thomas Brayne Cup Champion A R Lee LUMBYLAW GALAHAD 15 Reserve A E J & F J Claridge KNOWLHILL EXCALIBUR 2 2009 born Champion Heifer – David Phillips Memorial Trophy Champion W H D Scott AI GROVE DANDELION 28 2010 born Champion Heifer – Cholwells Cup Champion A & P Rickett JUNIPER KINGCUP 1 Best primestock – Hollygate Trophy Winner D E Coning SOWERTON RUBY 2 Championship rosette Champion A R Lee LUMBYLAW GALAHAD 15

THE SALE BULLS Vendor The Tully Partnership D J Thomas & Son M E & T E Broome W J Wright & Son M & M Rushbrooke D & B Bowley M E & T E Broome

Bull name Z Waddeton Illistram 3

Purchaser JP&DP Furneaux, Pitton, Rhossili, Swansea ZTreguddick Poll Progression 8 JB Statton & Sons, Launceston, Cornwall Welland Valley Grazier Kingsmead Farm, Taunton, Somerset Oxey Nimrod 2 R Clemens, St Ervan, Wadebridge, Cornwall Brettles SAS Imperial DG Letherbarrow, Oxhill, Warwickshire AI Ridgemere Jacob RJ&CJ Edwards, Tavistock, Devon Welland Valley Ebor A S Walters, Bradfield, Southend, Essex

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Gns 2800 2800 2200 1400 1500 4700 3200


M & M Rushbrooke R A Ford M E & T E Broome A E J & F J Claridge A E J & F J Claridge A R Lee A R Lee D J Thomas & Son

ZBrettles SAS Intrepid(T) Goffe Cave Abbot Welland Valley Jerome (T) Knowlhill Excalibur 2 Knowlhill Excalibur 3 Lumbylaw Galahad 15 Lumbylaw Leo 71

Mr & Mrs J A Hopkins, Lympsham, Somerset PP&DF Redgate, Newthorpe, Notts WHD Scott, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos G Roach, St Blazey, Cornwall Aldbourne Chase Farms, Marlborough, Wilts J G Williams & Son, Craven Arms, Shropshire W L Pickford & Son, Malmesbury, Wilts ZTreguddick Poll Progression 10 R & J Farrow, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

5200 3000 8500 3000 2100 4600 5000 2400

15 bulls, average £3,668 HALTER-BROKEN COW WITH CALF AT FOOT Vendor Cow Purchaser The Tully Partnership Waddeton Ann 94 Mrs J Archer, North Tuddenham, Norfolk

Gns 2100

HALTER-BROKEN HEIFERS BORN IN 2009 Vendor Heifer name Mrs K Darnbrook Cleughside Rose D E Coning Sowerton Ruby 1 C Page Z Coton Dorothy 11 D E Coning Sowerton Ariel 1 W H D Scott AI Grove Dandelion 28 N P Foster & Partners Fosmac Gladriel J R Bastard & Son Tregada Beauty 45 W H D Scott Grove Hawthorn 42 A E J & F J Claridge Knowlhill Rose 10 C Page Coton Dorothy 12 D E Coning Sowerton Corngirl 1 M & M Rushbrooke Brettles SAS Venus 6 W H D Scott Grove Sorrel 66 C Page Coton Izzy 12 J R Bastard & Son Tregada Beauty 49 E G & C E James Glancollen Eirlys 3 Mr & Mrs S Carpenter Lickhill Goldie 2 E G & C E James Z Glancollen Iona 4 E G & C E James Glancollen Sian 6 J P Harrison Brafferton Doris 40 (T) J P Harrison Brafferton Doris 41 (T)

Gns 1650 1500 1250 1500 1900 1200 1400 2100 2450 1500 1500 1450 1350 1400 1150 900 1300 700 950 1000 1000

Purchaser Mrs J Archer, North Tuddenham, Norfolk Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol EC&MM Everall, Orleton, Ludlow, Shropshire K Finch, Crick, Northants D Holt, Harpenden, Herts J Gurney, Wicken, Milton Keynes, Beds Mrs J Archer, North Tuddenham, Norfolk D Holt, Harpenden, Herts Mrs J Archer, North Tuddenham, Norfolk Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol J Gurney, Wicken, Milton Keynes, Beds R J Milner, Parrotts Grove, Coventry, Warwicks CAR Lockhart, Tushingham, Whitchurch, Shrops EC&MM Everall, Orleton, Ludlow, Shropshire Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol Saywards Ltd, Whilton Locks, Northants Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol Saywards Ltd, Whilton Locks, Northants C Read, Lowerwych, Malpas, Cheshire C Read, Lowerwych, Malpas, Cheshire

21 halter-broken 2009 born heifers, average £1458 HALTER-BROKEN HEIFERS BORN IN 2010 Vendor Heifer name Mr & Mrs J R Hadley Knightcote Lorna 46 Mr & Mrs J R Hadley Knightcote Anthea 50 A & P Rickett Juniper Karma A & P Rickett Juniper Kingcup 1 Mrs K Darnbrook Cleughside Poppy

Purchaser Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol C R Harris, Thurleston, Leicestershire Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol D Holt, Harpenden, Herts Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol

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Gns 950 1100 900 1120 720


5 halter-broken 2010 born heifers, average £1006 NON HALTER-BROKEN COWS WITH CALVES Vendor Heifer name Mrs M Pratt Severn Valley Katie Mrs M Pratt Severn Valley Snowdrop 6 Mrs M Pratt Severn Valley Petunia Mrs M Pratt Severn Valley Rose Mrs M Pratt Severn Valley Maygirl 2

AT FOOT Purchaser R G Elliott, Kislingbury, Northants R G Elliott, Kislingbury, Northants R G Elliott, Kislingbury, Northants R G Elliott, Kislingbury, Northants R G Elliott, Kislingbury, Northants

Gns 1650 1950 2350 1600 2550

5 cows with calves, average £2121 NON HALTER-BROKEN HEIFERS BORN IN 2009 Vendor Heifer name Purchaser W H D Scott Grove Primrose 54 Kingsmead Farm, Taunton, Somerset W H D Scott Grove Buttercup 114 CAR Lockhart, Tushingham, Whitchurch, Shrops W H D Scott Grove Buttercup 115 J Gurney, Wicken, Milton Keynes, Beds W H D Scott Grove Mayflower 36 NP Foster & Partners, Blakesley, Northants W H D Scott Grove Buttercup 118 Kingsmead Farm, Taunton, Somerset J R Bastard & Son Tregada Holly 45 Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol J R Bastard & Son Tregada Beauty 48 R Wilson, Cleckheaton, Bradford, Yorks A & P Rickett Juniper Jocasta R A Ford, Thorpe Langton, Leics A & P Rickett Juniper Jemima 2 R A Ford, Thorpe Langton, Leics W J Wright & Son Oxey Betty 53 GP Hubbard &Sons, Lutterworth, Leics W J Wright & Son Oxey Flame 243 GP Hubbard &Sons, Lutterworth, Leics W J Wright & Son Oxey Duchess 63 GP Hubbard &Sons, Lutterworth, Leics W J Wright & Son Oxey May 53 AB&PJ Nightingale, Towcester, Northants W J Wright & Son Oxey Hawthorn 21 GP Hubbard &Sons, Lutterworth, Leics W J Wright & Son Oxey Stephanie 342 GP Hubbard &Sons, Lutterworth, Leics W J Wright & Son Oxey Eija 22 AB&PJ Nightingale, Lutterworth, Leics N P Foster & Partners Fosmac Garnet Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol

Gns 1400 1700 1250 1400 1500 1250 1200 1150 1050 1050 1000 1020 952 1000 1000 1000 820

17 non halter-broken 2009 heifers, average £1219 PRIMESTOCK Vendor D E Coning Mrs K Darnbrook

Animal name Sowerton Ruby 2 Cleughside Sampson

COMMERCIALS Vendor Heifer name N P Foster & Partners Z Fosmac Bramble N P Foster & Partners Z Fosmac Crumpet

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Purchaser R J Reeve, Broadwell, Rugby, Warwickshire HA&HJ East, Kirtlington, Oxfordshire

Gns 1000 780

Purchaser Church Farm Publow LLP, Pensford, Bristol WPD Robinson, Launceston, Cornwall

Gns 667 743


INSPECTIONS Two bulls were rejected for not meeting the minimum required scrotal circumference. Two heifers were found to be slightly overshot, but were accepted.

FRAME SCORE MEASUREMENTS SCROTAL CIRCUMFERENCE (cm) Age (mths) No Range Avg 21-30 16 35-43 39 31+ 1 36 36 HEIGHT AT WITHERS (cm) Age (mths) No Range 21-30 16 139-148 31+ 1 143 HEIGHT AT RUMP (cm) Age (mths) No Range 21-30 16 143-156 31+ 1 149 LENGTH (cm) Withers to pin Age (mths) No Range Avg 21-30 16 139-156 146 31+ 1 147 147 RUMP WIDTH (cm) Age (mths) No Range Avg 21-30 16 61-70 65 31+ 1 64 64 WEIGHT (kg) Age (mths) No Range 21-30 16 923-1097 31+ 1 925 SHOULDER WIDTH (cm) Age (mths) No Range 21-30 16 69-76 31+ 1 72

Pass size 35 36 Avg 143 143 Avg 149 149

Hook to pin Range Avg 52-64 58.5 58 58

Avg 986.5 925 Avg 73.5 72

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FORTHCOMING SALES CARLISLE PEDIGREE SPRING SALE Borderway Mart, Friday 27th May Judge: Mr Roger Clemens, St Ervan, Wadebridge, Cornwall Inspector: Mr Paul Harrison, Tollerton, Yorkshire Catalogues: Harrison & Hetherington, 01228 640924 Entries: 9 bulls, from P & H Fletcher (Ballig); Sir John Bell (Arncliffe); A R Lee (Lumbylaw); Mrs K Darnbrook (Cleughside); D L Irving (Enterprise) 5 calved cows & heifers from D L Irving (Enterprise & Isleside) 7 x 2009 born heifers from A R Lee (Lumbylaw) 13 x 2010 born heifers from Mrs K Darnbrook (Cleughside); W R & J Barron (Fell View); Mr & Mrs J A Hetherington (The Heigh)

SOUTH DEVON CATTLE BREEDERS CLUB SALE Exeter Livestock Centre, Friday 27th May Catalogues for over 40 entries, from Exeter Market Auctioneers, 01392 276668

FORTHCOMING EVENTS REGION 3 VISIT TO MELLS PARK Mells Park are very kindly hosting a regional visit to see their herd on Saturday 17th September. Details of times will be in a later newsletter, but please note that the invitation will be open to members in other Regions. The day will include a demonstration of scanning by Mr Jim Barber.

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REGION 6 OPEN DAY Saturday 23rd July By kind invitation of Sean & Kay Carpenter, Lickhill herd, 1 Lickhill Road North, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire 10.30 11.00

13.00 13.30

Coffee and welcome Demonstration by Douglas Scott of the use of Breedplan on the Internet to source and select animals, and as a search engine Talk by Bob Bostelmann about herd health issues Lunch Farm walk

If you would like to come, please let the office know by Friday 16th July.

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“NEXT GENERATION WEEKEND” to 25th September at the River Dart Country Park, Ashburton, Devon

Friday evening Saturday morning

Saturday afternoon Saturday evening Sunday morning

Talk by Pete Davis, nutritionist, Harpers Home Mix Talk by Duncan Findlay, Society veterinary inspector, about health issues, fertility, and a practical demonstration of Sale requirements Stock judging and show preparation at Horsehill Farm, Ashburton; talk by Tim Martin, Masstock Disco, with Totnes Young Farmers High Rope Adventure at River Dart Country Park

This is a new event aimed at younger members, and relatives/friends of members from anywhere in the country, and is an opportunity to get to know more like-minded South Devon enthusiasts. Age range 16 to 30. If you would like to come along, or know someone who might be persuaded to join in, please let us know in good time. The cost will be approximately £70 for the weekend, to include accommodation and meals, and all the fun!

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SOUTH DEVON CATTLE BREEDERS CLUB OUTING Tuesday 12th July By kind invitation of Portman Burtley Estate, Beaconsfield, Bucks Arrangements are being made to travel from Cornwall and Devon. If you would like to come, please contact Mrs Margaret Northey, 01548 830612

NBA BEEF EXPO

Thursday 26th May, Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire This year the South Devon Herd Book Society are a sponsor of the Beef Expo, and we shall have a stand with demonstration pedigree and crossbred cattle. The Expo is the most productive promotional technical event for us, and there are plenty of workshops and seminars during the day for added interest. Please come along and support us!

REMINDER - SUPPORT FOR NEW SHOW EXHIBITORS If you are new to showing and are tempted to „have a goâ€&#x; at a one-day show, then the Society will refund you the entry fees for two animals in South Devon classes at any one-day show. If you would like some help or guidance, please either contact the office or your regional Secretary/Chairman (contact details can be found at the back of the Journal).

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INTRODUCTORY MEMBERSHIP AWARD We are very pleased to congratulate Peter Rowe on winning the 2010 Introductory Membership Award for introducing the most new members to the Society during the year. Thank you to all who contributed to the growing membership in this way. All it costs is ÂŁ10, for which fee a new introductory member receives membership for a year, before being invited to join as a full member in his/her own right.

ENQUIRY FOR HEIFERS If you have an availability of ANGUS X SOUTH DEVON heifers, please would you let Caroline know

PAVILION FURNITURE We are most grateful to the Hadley family (Knightcote) for removing and taking charge of the contents of the Stoneleigh Pavilion following the relinquishing of the lease. There are a number of bits of furniture available which are seeking a new home, including: Wooden kneehole desk with 2 side drawers Desk chairs Small wooden wardrobe Two working fridges (a little rusty, but otherwise in good order) Two electric wall heaters Ten circular white plastic patio tables, and approx 40 plastic chairs If interested, please contact Robert Hadley, 01926 651687

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ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW ACCOMMODATION A three bedroom bungalow is available for the duration of the Royal Cornwall Show, only seven miles from the showground, and a short walk from the beach. If interested please telephone 01841 540398

DNA TESTING & BULL REGISTRATIONS Please note that, with immediate effect, we can no longer receive hair samples for DNA testing unless DNA cards are used. Please let us know as and when you need a card. It is also very important that vendors of bulls at Society Sales apply for pedigree registration well in advance of the closing date for Sale entries to allow sufficient time for the DNA test to be completed, and for the result to be published in the sale catalogue. Increasingly, buyers are taking myostatin status into account in their preselection, and if the DNA result is not available in time, you might miss out!

PROMISING YOUNG BULL SCHEME The Promising Young Bull Scheme, run by EBLEX, is an opportunity for breed societies to increase the range of AI genetics available to their members and has proved very beneficial in the past. The selection criteria set by EBLEX, however, is understandably quite tight and it is not always possible to have a wide choice of potential bulls to nominate. Any nominated bull must be performance recorded, and fall within the top 10% of a number of EBVs to qualify, and must also be scanned. It is disappointing to miss the chance to collect semen from promising young bulls under this scheme just because there are no scanning figures available, so please take this into consideration if you are performance recording. 14


The Society offers a refund against the cost of one scanning visit each year (ÂŁ60 per herd), and you should contact the office for the details of scanners licensed to measure for Breedplan.

EAST OF ENGLAND SMITHFIELD FESTIVAL The East of England Agricultural Society and the Royal Smithfield Club have joined together to create a new winter primestock show in 2011 and in future years. It will be held this year on 2nd/3rd December at the Peterborough Showground, and will be housed in the showgroundâ€&#x;s purpose-built exhibition centre. The usual Smithfield primestock classes will be held at the show, followed by the traditional auction sale of exhibits. The South Devon breed gave strong support to the Smithfield event last year, together with prize money from the Society, and we look forward to another good opportunity to promote the breed for its primestock characteristics. If any member has in their herd, or knows of, potential primestock cattle which might be shown to promote the breed at Smithfield or any other primestock event please would they let Caroline, or Richard Ford (chairman of Breed Promotion) know.

CONDOLENCES We are sorry to inform members of the death of Alan Cook, who was herdsman of the Tregotha herd at Trevaskis for 30 years during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. During that time Alan showed cattle from the herd at many major shows and Society Sales; he had great love and passion for South Devon cattle and was well known and respected by breeders. Our sympathy is extended to the Cook and Eustice families. 15


COMPENSATION FOR BOVINE TB Payable during May 2011 NON PEDIGREE BOVINE Male Age

Compensation due

Up to 3 months Over 3 months up to 6 months Over 6 months up to 9 months Over 9 months up to 12 months Over 12 months up to 16 months Over 16 months up to 20 months 20 months and over Breeding bulls months and over

188 345

Up to 3 months Over 3 months up to 6 months Over 6 months up to 9 months Over 9 months up to 12 months Over 12 months up to 16 months Over 16 months up to 20 months 20 months and over Calved

525 679 753 817 923 20

Female Age

1,082**

Compensation due 147 292 434 572 634 719 818 982

PEDIGREE BOVINE Male Age 6 months up to 12 months Over 12 months up to 24 months 24 months and over

Compensation due *

Female Age 6 months up to 12 months Over 12 months up to 24 months 24 months and over (not calved) Calved under 36 months Calved 36 months and over

4,169 2,158

Compensation due * 1,376 1,393 1,492 1,150

*Compensation to be determined using individual valuation ** Compensation to be determined using previously ascertained market price 16


HEALTH ISSUES If you are a newly joined member of a CHeCS scheme and would like to claim a £5 credit against pedigree registrations over a 2-year period please contact Debbie. You will need to show that you are screening for Johnes Disease in the first instance. When Council met in April they discussed herd health issues, in recognition of the increasing need for beef herds to promote a clean health status, particularly in the light of market-driven requirements. Some new measures will come into force soon at Society Sales to reassure buyers acquiring valuable pedigree stock that the cattle are protected and unlikely to be transmitting disease; and to generally encourage moves towards clean herds and the eradication (where practically possible) of a number of diseases. The Herd Health Declaration will become a compulsory requirement for vendors to complete at Society Sales, beginning this Autumn at the Bristol Sale. For BVD, as of the Spring Sale 2012, all Sale animals will be required to be either tested clear or from a CHeCS accredited herd; and double vaccinated for the disease. The date of test and vaccinations will be required to be declared on the Herd Health Declaration. Johnes Disease remains a serious issue, not least because of the difficulties in testing for it whilst also regularly testing for TB. Council did not feel ready yet to „legislate‟ on this disease because of sensitivity towards TB-affected herds, but recognised that it is in the breed‟s long-term interests to encourage clean herd status where possible, particularly as buyers are becoming increasingly discriminatory. The best defence for Show cattle is to test them clear then double vaccinate for BVD and Lepto, even when from herds accredited clear of those diseases. You might also consider marker-vaccinating for IBR, but only if you are not

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considering collecting semen from those show bulls as it would exclude them from export orders. For general advice, and if you are considering joining a CHeCS licensed scheme, your own veterinary practice should be your first port of call.

POLLED BLOODLINES Following discussions at the recent Poll Group Open Day at the Hadleys, and by the Breed Improvement Committee, I would like to draw your attention to any polled cattle in your herds whose polled status might not yet have been notified to us. Current polled bloodlines are quite limited, and any „wild types‟ that might suddenly appear could be of significant interest for anyone wishing to take polling forward within the breed. Now that Merial are able to help with DNA testing animals for the possibility of homozygous poll type, we can much more easily trace the source of polling and assess its potential. Please would you let us know if you have any polled animals which do not have a Z in their prefix, so that we may correct the pedigree certificate and so update our records. Thank you.

CATTLE FOR SALE LIST The Cattle for Sale List, as indicated in the last newsletter, has now been refreshed and only those cattle remain that we have been specifically advised about at the beginning of May. BULLS Billington Arthur UK371751 100270 Born 28/06/08 Beals Damien UK380465 600350

G K & M A Garrett & Son Devon – Region 2

01837 54348

M H Coumbe & Son Cornwall – Region 1

01579 370734

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Born 28/04/09 Beals Zodiac 3 UK380465 300354 Born 07/05/09

M H Coumbe & Son Cornwall – Region 1

01579 370734

G K & M A Garrett & Son Devon – Region 2 A R Lee R R B & S J Harvey Devon – Region 2

01837 54348

FEMALES 8 in-calf cows 12 x 2-yr old heifers Bulling & served heifers

01665 574277 01548 830307

DIARY 13th 26th 27th 27th June 29th&30th July 18th-21st 23rd September 8th 17th 23rd-25th October 4th 8th November 9th December 6th May

Truro Club Sale, Hallworthy NBA Beef Expo, Newark South Devon Cattle Breeders Club Sale, Exeter Carlisle Sale NATIONAL SHOW, Royal Norfolk Showground Royal Welsh Show Region 6 meeting and Open Day Council meeting Region 3 Open Day, Mells Park „Next Generation Weekend‟ Autumn Show & Sale, Bristol World Congress begins in Australia World Congress ends Council meeting

NEW MEMBERS FULL Region 1 Mr P Risdon, Basil Farm, St Clether, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8QJ Region 2 Mr G H Davey, East Lodge, Harcombe, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0PP Prefix: SNODBROOK 19


Region 6 Ms L Salt, Beech Farm, Quixhill Lane, Prestwood, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 5DD Prefix: DAMBLE Mr W Prestwood, Lower Betton Farm, Cross Houses, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 6JD Prefix: SWYNNERTON Region 7 I & J Howard, Hough Park Farm, Bradley, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1PN Prefix: HOUGH PARK Mr & Mrs C Watchorn, Fair Farm Cottage, Melton Rd, Waltham-onthe-Wolds, Leicestershire, LE14 4AJ Prefix: DEBDALE Mr S C Foster, Fordham Farm, Garrowby Hill, Bishop Wilton, Yorkshire, YO42 1SZ Prefix: MANORFORD INTRODUCTORY Region 2 Mr J Deverson, Windwood Farm, Ringmore, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4HJ Introduced by Stewart Dagworthy Region 3 Ms C Taylor, Aquatong Farm Ltd, Cresswell Lane, Lea, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9PE Introduced by Robert Whitcombe Region 5 Mr P Davis, Moor Farm, Foxleigh, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4QP

Introduced by Malcolm & Thelma Broome

Region 7 Mr T Kilby, Hall Farm, Thorp Arch Park, Thorp Arch, Wetherby, Yorkshire, LS23 7AW Introduced by Malcolm & Thelma Broome Mr G Richardson, A T Richardson & Son Ltd, Throwley Hall, Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbys, DE6 2BB Introduced by Malcolm & Thelma

Broome

Mr Garnet, Mount John Estate, Felixkirk, Thirsk, Yorkshire, YO7 2DT Introduced by Malcolm & Thelma Broome Mr K Barnett, Pistern Hill Farm, Heath End Lane, Calke, Ashby-dela-Zouch, Leics, LE65 1RH Introduced by Malcolm & Thelma

Broome

Mr S Gilbert, Wistow Grange Cott, Kibworth Rd, Wistow, Leicestershire, LE8 0QF Introduced by Malcolm & Thelma

Broome

P & J Farnsworth, The Oaks Farm, Leicester Forest East, Leicestershire, LE3 3JP Introduced by David Farr Mr W Cooper, Haddon Park Farm, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1ND

Introduced by Chris & Barbara Land

Ms L Mee, 89a Cottingham Rd, Hull, HU5 2DG

Caroline Gray

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Mr J Holne, China Plate Farm, China Farm Lane, West Kirby, Wirral, Merseyside, CH48 1TS Introduced by Tim Kent RESIGNING Region 1 Mr C J Smith, Glencoe Cottage, Skinners Bottom, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5EB Prefix: PHYLLIS Region 2 Mr C Jeffrey & Miss K Chaffey, Twiscombe Farm, Whitstone, Exeter, Devon, EX4 2HS Mr J & Mrs C Shelley, Shobrooke Park, Crediton, Devon, EX17 1DG Region 3 Mrs S Organ, Vineyards Farm, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Glos, GL53 9NE Prefix: VINEYARDS Mrs M Heald & Mrs M Kemmish, Westhill Farm, Catherine St, East Huntspill, Somerset, TA9 3PX Prefix: WESTHILL BONIFACE Region 6 Mr I S James, Bron-y-Glyn, Glynarthen, Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales, SA44 6PS Region 7 Mr C J Riley, Lowenva Lodge, John Oâ€&#x;Gaunt, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE14 2QU Prefix: LOWENVA

DAVID PHILLIPS MEMORIAL COMPETITION Summer Shows with individual South Devon classes qualify for the David Phillips Memorial Competition, which is launched for the 2011 season. A minimum of two shows must be entered by each entrant. There will be no maximum to the number of shows entered, and the two highest-scoring shows will count towards final points. Members, and relatives or employees of members, aged between 16 and 25 on the dates of the first and last shows, will be eligible to enter the Competition. Cattle shown need not be the property of the Exhibitor, but must be prepared for the Show by the Exhibitor. Entrants and exhibitors are invited to apply for Young Exhibitor cards from the SDHBS office in good time before shows are held, which must be handed to the South Devon judge of the classes before judging begins. The entrant should identify in which class he/she should be judged. The judge will mark the Exhibitor with points out of ten, in each of three sections: Exhibitorâ€&#x;s personal presentation; presentation of animal; 21


competence in handling of animal. pertinent questions of the entrants.

The judge will be encouraged to ask

The judge will be responsible for returning the completed cards to the SDHBS office as soon as possible after the show, and in any case by 31st December. The Young Exhibitor‟s two highest-scoring shows will count towards the winning prize of £200, to be presented at the AGM following the year in which the cattle were shown, together with a Trophy. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be divided equally between the winners. The Competition may be held for as many years as the David Phillips Memorial Fund allows. It may not be won by any one individual more than once.

AND FINALLY ..... (this one comes from Australia) In the hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where their family member lay gravely ill. Finally the doctor came in, looking tired and sombre. “I‟m afraid I‟m the bearer of bad news”, he said, as he surveyed the worried faces. “The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It‟s an experimental procedure, very risky, but it is the only hope. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the brain yourselves.” The family members sat silently as they absorbed the news. After a great length of time, someone asked, “Well, how much does a brain cost?” The doctor quickly replied, “£5,000 for a male brain, and £200 for a female brain ...” The moment turned awkward. Men in the room tried not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women, but some actually smirked. A man unable to contain his curiosity blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask: “Why is the male brain so much more?”

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The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, “It‟s just standard pricing procedure. We have to mark down the price of the female brains because they‟ve actually been used.”

TOWERGATE LLOYD & WHYTE YOUNG HANDLER COMPETITION At the National Show, Royal Norfolk Show, Thursday 30th June at approx midday, to be judged by Mr Hugh Lello MBE Entries are invited from any Society member, from any Region, aged between 16 and 25 years of age on 30th June, as well as sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters or employees of members. The object of the Competition is to identify future stockmen and stockwomen who can demonstrate an ability to prepare and exhibit cattle to a professional standard, and who can also demonstrate basic skills and knowledge of livestock breeding. At the discretion of the Judge, the Competition may include any or all of the following: The preparation of an animal for showing (the animal will be supplied) Handling (control and exhibit an animal in a style that displays it in a positive manner, taking into consideration the safety of the handler and others) Assessment by placing a class of four animals, with justification, giving reasons using positive and descriptive terminology The first prize will be a £400 contribution towards a trip abroad to see/assist with South Devon cattle. The winner will also receive a Showing Stick donated by the Society. Second and third prizes will be £50 and £25 respectively, plus a South Devon baseball cap and key-ring. The winner will undertake to write a report for the Journal, or give a presentation about their travel experience to an Annual General Meeting. 23


If you wish to enter please would you complete the form at the back of the newsletter and return it to the Society office by Friday 24th June. If there are fewer than 6 competitors entered by the closing date this Competition will not take place, and competitors will be informed before the Show date.

Reply Slip LLOYD & WHYTE YOUNG HANDLER COMPETITION I wish to enter the 2011 Young Handler Competition to be held on Thursday 30th June at the Royal Norfolk Show Name ……………………………………………………................................................................................ Address ................................................................................................................................ ……………………………………………................................................................................................. ..................................................Telephone no. ......................................................... Date of birth ………………………….............................................................................................. Eligibility criteria (eg daughter of member) ……………………………………………….............. Signed …………………………....…………………………………………………………......................................... TO BE RETURNED TO SDHBS BY FRIDAY 24th JUNE

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South Devons Newsletter May 2011