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SOUTH DEVON HERD BOOK SOCIETY Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ. Tel: 01392 447494 Fax: 01392 447495


NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2013 CONTENTS: Shrewsbury Collective Sale Autumn Show & Sale; Skipton Sale; Thame native breed sale Waddeton Open Day; Smithfield; Health issues Market Snippets; From Debbie TB compensation table

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Region 4 herd competition; South West Training Day EBLEX Improved Herd Award; For Sale; Wanted Semen for sale; Cattle Market in Brief BCBC Competition; Diary New Members; And Finally

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Dear Member This was intended to be a news sheet, but somehow it has grown into a newsletter! Our sincere condolences are conveyed to the Sandbach family for the loss of Mr Malcolm Sandbach who died recently following an illness. The family founded the Perlees herd of pedigree South Devons, near Wadebridge, joining the Society in 2000. Council met at the beginning of this month and discussed a wide range of issues, such as Society Sales and health status. This included general advice to anyone selling breeding South Devons - either privately, at Society sales, or at public auction - to present cattle that the vendor would be pleased to purchase themselves in order to ensure customer satisfaction. Should a problem occur after the sale has taken place, it should be resolved as soon and quietly as possible to preserve the herds’ reputation and most importantly, that of the breed. 1

The draft strategy for TB eradication in England is still in consultation stage, and if you have not already done so you are encouraged to respond with your comments by 26th September. Please also consider whether your MP will channel your opinions in the right direction. September is the traditional month for judging Herd Competitions, and as I write our three National Herd Competition judges begin their long trek around the country to assess twenty herds in all, totalling 62 stock bulls, 1,233 cows, and 1,989 young stock – not a task to be undertaken lightly! The winner will be announced and arrangements made for his/her/their Open Day very soon after the judging is completed. A message for those members in Region 4 – a new regional herd competition is being arranged for early October - please see the details inside. This is a great initiative and I would encourage you to become involved. Congratulations to John Virgin on winning EBLEX’s ‘Most Improved Herd Award’ within the breed for his Glebe herd. The award is based on performance recording and genetic evaluation. More details inside. With my best wishes


SHREWSBURY COLLECTIVE SALE Shrewsbury Auction Centre, SY4 3DR Tuesday 17th September 2013 This is a reminder of the forthcoming collective sale of South Devons on 17 th September. Entries currently total over 40, including stores, breeding heifers, and cows. There will not be breed inspections. Catalogues are available from Halls, telephone 01743 462620.


AUTUMN SHOW & SALE Bristol Sale Centre, Easter Compton, Bristol Tuesday 8th October 2013 The catalogue is currently in production, with entries for 19 bulls, 26 in-calf heifers, 21 maiden heifers, and two embryo recipents. It will be printed next week, so if you have yet to tell us if you would like to receive a printed copy please do so now so that we have sufficient numbers to post. The catalogue will be available to view on-line at the beginning of next week. Bookings for the pre-sale supper on Monday 7th October are now being taken. Please let Debbie know if you would like to join this informal gathering. The Wessex Region will hold a raffle after the supper, and will also present the awards to the winners of their Herd Competition, currently being judged between twelve herds.

SOCIETY SALE AT SKIPTON CCM Auctions, Skipton, BD23 1UD Wednesday 6th November 2013 Society rules apply, fully inspected Entries close 15th October Entry forms available from SDHBS Entries encouraged from ‘Edge Area’ as well as ‘Low Risk Area’

NATIVE BREED SALE, THAME Thame Market are holding a show and sale of Hereford and native cross store cattle on 11th October, and Chris Page (Secretary, Region 4) has requested a separate South Devon class. There will be prizes for the best South Devon pen. Please contact Chris Page if you are interested in bringing cattle – 07990 970065 3



A visit is being arranged to see the Waddeton Herd of South Devons near Brixham on Monday 30th September, beginning at 2 pm, by kind invitation of Gordon, Anne and Philip Tully. Although primarily arranged for members in Region Two, if you are from further afield and would like to come, you would be very welcome. Bookings to the SDHBS office please, by Wednesday 25th September.

EAST OF ENGLAND SMITHFIELD FESTIVAL 5th & 6th December 2013 East of England Showground, Peterborough

The net is still being cast for potential primestock South Devons for entry to the Smithfield Festival this December – it’s not that far away! If you have something that might be suitable please would you let Roger Clemens know as soon as possible (01841 540256). The pedigree South Devon calf show will take place on the Friday, 6th December, and exhibitors do not need to be on site until 8 am that day. There will be a calf interbreed class in the main exhibition hall followed by the group of three. Schedules are being sent to previous exhibitors, and if you would like to receive a copy please contact Kerry Buttriss on 01733 234451, or go to the show website, A promotional leaflet for the Festival is enclosed with this newsletter.

HEALTH ISSUES BVD Status at Sales Council have decided to allow an additional year for herds to comply with a tighter requirement for BVD status of cattle coming to Society Sales. 4

Currently animals must be either from a herd accredited for BVD in a CHeCS scheme or tested negative for the BVD antigen; and all animals must be double vaccinated for BVD. From Spring 2015 (previously 2014), all animals must be from a herd accredited for BVD in a CHeCS scheme and also double vaccinated.

Johnes Status at Sales Again to facilitate moves towards higher health status, Council have extended the period by which herds adopt a test/eradication programme for Johnes. From Spring 2017, all animals must be from herds belonging to a CHeCS health scheme at Risk Level 1 or 2 for Johnes. From Spring 2020, all animals must be from herds belonging to a CHeCS health scheme at Risk Level 1 only. Please plan ahead and discuss health plans with your vet.

Routine Johnes testing If you are in a CHeCS health scheme and unfortunate enough to suffer an unexpectedly poor result from a Johnes blood test, please be aware that results can sometimes be muddled by TB testing. If you doubt the accuracy of the results please ask for a PCR test on dung samples to confirm the blood test.

Schmallenberg and performance recording If you have experienced difficult calvings as a direct result of Schmallenberg infection please be sure to note same on the records you submit to the office. The records can then be treated as ‘outlier’ information and thus excluded from evaluations.

Liver Fluke As we all know, August to October 2012 was very wet across much of the UK, allowing many snails in the grazing pasture to be infected late last year.


Above-average rainfall across the UK in May will have allowed release of some of this infection. There is now a significant risk of early fluke disease in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and all of western England. Please discuss treatment with your vet, and encourage abattoirs to tell you if they are condemning livers.

MARKET SNIPPETS This month I am very pleased to report that a South Devon 15-month old bull from Nick Hamer (Ludlow, Shropshire) achieved a dead weight of 445.7 kg, grading at –U3, and returning £1,754. “In the last 180 days the bull averaged 2.2 kg daily live weight gain,” said Nick, “performing as well as his continental peers.”

FROM DEBBIE A reminder that tickets are still on sale for the new Club Draws. They cost £15 each, and will be placed in each of six draws made throughout the next twelve months, the first being at the pre-sale supper at Bristol. This last year’s draw prize was £168.75 per winning ticket. A total of £2,025 was raised of which 50% was shared between six lucky winners. Please contact me via e-mail ( or telephone 01392 447494. If you make electronic payments to us (and please note that statements are enclosed), it would make things easier for me if you could reference your name with the payment! Thank you.


COMPENSATION FOR BOVINE TB Payable during September 2013 NON PEDIGREE BOVINE Male Age 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, non breeding bulls Breeding bulls 20 months and over

Compensation due 249 367

Female Age 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, not calved Over 20 months, calved

575 759 949 1,063 1,143 1,777

Compensation due 202 313 489 636 803 934 1,022 1,096

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

Compensation due * *

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

3,722 2,844

Compensation due * 1,325 1,645 1,599 *


*Compensation to be determined using individual valuation ** Compensation to be determined using previously ascertained market price 7

REGION 4 HERD COMPETITION Judging of this new regional Herd Competition will take place between Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th October, by Mr David Camp and Mr Andrew Allan. A new cup will be awarded to the overall winner – and yours might be the first name to be engraved on it! Rules for this first time: Minimum 15 cow herd, 75% pedigree or grading up South Devons Maximum 1000 points – 500 (cows), 425 (young stock), 75 (stock bull) There will also be individual recognition in those three classes, as well as best home-bred cow. In the future there will be more classes and cups – perhaps you would like to present a cup yourself. Entries to Chris Page by 30th September, by phone (07990 970065) or e-mail (, please.

SOUTH WEST REGIONAL TRAINING DAY The Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators (IAgSA) is inviting all farm administrators, including farmers and spouses who keep the farm records to a Training Day at Westpoint (Devon County Showground) on Monday 23rd September, starting at 10 am. The day will include talks on waste regulations, pension regulations, nitrate vulnerable zones, farm records, financial record keeping, and wages. If you would like to book a place please contact Emma or Sophie at the IAgSA office on 01926 485543. The cost of the day is £20.


EBLEX IMPROVED HERD AWARDS 2013 The Glebe herd owned by John Virgin, Pulham, Dorchester, has been recognised by EBLEX as the Most Improved Herd of South Devon cattle in England for 2013. The award is presented by the EBLEX Better Returns Programme to the recorded herd that shows the greatest genetic gain for commercial characteristics over a 12-month period, and there is a separate award for each of 10 UK breeds. The herd was established in the late 1990s, starting with a Sexton bull, and now comprises 30 pedigree cows plus followers. It has been Breedplan recorded for several years, and John is also a member of the HiHealth Herdcare scheme. Two stock bulls were used in the herd in 2012 – Mutterton Strongbow 8 and Z Glebe Torr Down 1 (home-bred). AI is also used to spread the genetics more widely. Using high EBV bulls have made a big contribution to his success, whilst at the same time maintaining ease of calving and growth rates.

FOR SALE 12 pure South Devon store steers, 17-19 months old, 485 kg Contact Arwyn Davies, Gro Herd, 01938 820710

WANTED a proven bull, aged 5 or 6 years myostatin ‘0’ for an established South Devon herd in Berkshire please let the office know if you can help 9

SEMEN FOR SALE 6 straws Roskymer Boxer 6 straws SDE Downy’s Brutus Contact Bridget Porter, 07718 762882


GB liveweight prices week ending 04/09/13 Price per kg/lwt Steers Heifers Young bulls Cows

208.3 215.7 194.2 126.2

Price/kg change on wk -4.4 -5.5 -3.2 -1.3

GB deadweight prices week ending 31/08/13 Price per kg/lwt Steers: R4L Steers: All Heifers: R4L Heifers: All Young bulls: R3 Young bulls: All Cows: -O4L Cows: All

395.7 388.7 388.7 384.9 366.2 356.3 268.5 251.4


Price/kg change on wk +1.9 +4.3 +1.1 -2.1 -0.4 -5.3 -0.2 +6.5

BRITISH CATTLE BREEDERS CLUB COMPETITION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 2014’s multi-media competition is again open to ALL young people aged under 26. To enter they will need to produce a multi-media presentation of up to 10 minutes duration on the following topic: “Breeding to deliver high quality food to a hungry world”, themed from either a beef or dairy perspective. The closing date is Friday 20th December. The winners in each section stand to win a share of £700 total prize money and give their presentations to the BCBC Conference on 21st/22nd January 2014. The prize includes attendance at the conference and overnight accommodation. This is a great opportunity for breed promotion, and for the young person to promote themselves to an audience that includes many potential employers. Up to six young people in each section will be shortlisted to make their presentations to the judging panel at the conference, so this is also an opportunity for these young people to attend the conference for free and to gain a whole year’s membership of the Club. If you would like further information please contact Caroline.

DIARY September

October November


17th 30th 30th 8th 15th 1st 6th 16th-17th 5th-6th 10th

Shrewsbury Collective Sale Meeting of the Exec & Breed Improvement Regional herd visit, Waddeton Autumn Show & Sale, Bristol Entries close, Skipton Sale Agri-Expo, Carlisle Society Sale, Skipton English Winter Fair, Stafford Smithfield & Calf Show, Peterborough Council meeting



Mr J & Mr W & Mrs L Pack, Vinivers, East Prawle, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2BT Prefix: PORTLEMOUTH Ms J Webster, Raddon Barton, Lydford, Devon, EX20 4BP Region 7 Miss S Glover, 9 Dromara Road, Ballynahinch, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT24 8JL Prefix: HILL FARM INTRODUCTORY Region 4 Heckfield Place, c/o Mr I Constable-Dakeyne (farm manager), Heckfield, Hampshire, RG27 0LD Introduced by Robert Hadley Ms M Naylor, Brook House Farm, Brook House Lane, Framfield, East Sussex, TN22 5QJ Introduced by Paul Collinson Region 5 Mr C Butcher, Valley Farm, Wellborne, Norfolk, NR20 3LG Introduced by Sue Manning Region 6 Mr H Salwey, The Lodge, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 4DU Introduced by Arwyn Davies

AND FINALLY … (a boost for the ladies this time) Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side the first man prayed, “God, please give me the strength to cross the river.” Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about two hours, having almost drowned twice. After witnessing that, the second man prayed, “God, please give me the strength and tools to cross the river.” Poof! God gave him a rowing boat, strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once. Seeing what had happened to the first two men, the third man prayed, “God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river.” Poof! He was turned into a woman. She checked the map, hiked one hundred yards upstream and walked across the bridge. 12

South Devons September Newsletter 2013  
South Devons September Newsletter 2013  

South Devons September Newsletter 2013