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SOU UTH DEVO ON H HERD D BOO OK S SOCIE ETY Westppoint, Clystt St Mary, Exeter, E EX X5 1DJ. Te el: 01392 447494 4 Faxx: 01392 447495 4

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PATRO ON: HIS ROYAL H IGHNESS THE PRIN NCE OF W WALES

NEW WSL LETT TER JU ULY 2013 2 CO ONTENTS S: TB B consultattion docum ment Welsh appro oach to TB B Au utumn Sho ow & Sale schedule s Otther forth hcoming Sa ales Ma ajor show results On ne day sho ows; Smith hfield Ma arket Snip ppets Ne ext Genera ation Wee ekend

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Farm wa alk repts; E EBLEX surrvey Livestoc ck 2013; skkills training Upland training; t seemen available Help 4 Heroes; H Cluub tickets s Regional farm walkk; market news World Congress; D Diary; For Sale Herd Competition rules New mem mbers Herd Competition entry forrm

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Dear D Mem mber Itt is sad tto have to t reportt the deaath of Mr M Will Chesters,, from Whitchurc W ch in Shropshir S re, who together with his wife Gillian ran the t Good dwill herd d. Itt has been anoth her hectiic month , but suc ch a plea asure to be able to enjoy the of last year! South Devvons sh how seasson in sunny weatther aft er the disasters d ha ave been n out at many sh hows acrross the e country y, and reesults of f the rec cent ‘m majors’ a are insid de. Shows are e still a most importannt ‘shop window w’ to demonstra ate the breed’s qualities q to a wid der audie ence, as well as a chance e for breeders to meet up and exchange e e views. There T havve also been b a nu umber off farm walks; w and the Li vestock Event was w a big successs for th he breed at the N NEC. Lo ooking a ahead, th he Autum mn Show w & Sale schedulle is ins ide, and entries are in nvited be efore the e closing date of 30th Au ugust. Later L on in the autumn a th here th t will w be a second Society y Sale att Skipto on on 6 Novem mber to provide for 1


vendors and purchasers in region 7. If you are looking for a more immediate sale, please take note of a regional sale at Shrewsbury on Tuesday 17th September – more information inside. At the end of August, the Next Generation Weekend takes place in the Midlands. We have pre-booked a number of hotel rooms and need reservations to be made by Friday 16th August if you require hotel accommodation, or by Tuesday 27th August if you prefer to camp. Judging of the National Herd Competition takes place in the middle of September, and details together with an entry form are inside. Please note the closing date for entries of Friday 23rd August. This year’s judges are Robert Lee (last year’s winner), Colin Edwards, and Olliver Rounsevell. We are grateful to Christine Hill for doing the work of Secretary of the Wessex Region for the past three years. She has now stepped down, and Mark Stanley-Smith will carry out the secretarial duties for the next twelve months. An entry form for this year’s Wessex Region Herd Competition is included with this posting for members of Region 3, and we would ask you to return the form to us here at Westpoint if you wish to enter. The new Club draw is being launched, so please contact Debbie if you would like to buy tickets. More details inside. I shall be away on holiday for the first two weeks of August, and hope that you all continue to enjoy the first real summer in many years! Thank you to everyone who supported ‘The South Devon Moos’ (Liz, myself, Katie and Emily Rose) in the Race for Life – we raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK! A final word of congratulations to Connor Whitehead from Region 6, who was awarded Champion Young Handler at Cheshire County Show! Well done, Connor, and for flying the South Devon flag! With my best wishes

Caroline 2


DRAFT STRATEGY FOR ACHIEVING ‘OFFICIALLY BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS-FREE’ STATUS FOR ENGLAND This lengthy document was published on 4th July and is open for ‘consultation’ until the last week in September. I would urge you to read it and to respond, as it has big implications for all of you, irrespective of where you are in the country (including Scotland and Wales). It is now available as a link from our website. The main focus of the document is to outline measures, some of which have already been agreed by government, to plan for TB eradication within 25 years. All sounds too good to be true – and the devil may be in the detail. Just to summarise a few of the major parts of the plan: • Risk-based approach Under the Strategy England will be divided into three areas – o High Risk (HRA) to include the South West, West Midlands and East Sussex o Edge Area to cover the boundary of the High and Low Risk Areas, to include Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Hampshire o Low Risk (LRA) to include those counties that are currently on 4yearly testing Each area will be treated differently with the most rigorous measures in the HRA and a ‘protection’ policy in the LRA to enable it to become an ‘Officially TB Free’ area as soon as possible. • Blanket or cross-cutting measures applicable to all areas These will include improved biosecurity through voluntary risk-based trading, and by deploying measures at farm level. There are options for adjusting compensation to provide ‘the necessary incentives to reward risk-reduction and to penalise risky practices’. This is one of the more worrying aspects of the Strategy for many South Devon breeders who might be unfairly treated just because of their herd’s TB history. There seems to be little if any allowance or understanding of the pedigree sector that relies on trade for its sustainability. 3


• Tackling wildlife Whilst we welcome the recognition that reservoirs of infection in wildlife are to be addressed, it is hard to imagine how effective this part of the Strategy can be unless big changes are made to existing legislation to allow a much wider approach. • Vaccination It is said that the development of an effective cattle vaccine is some ten years away. I have been told many times over the last few days that this has been the message for decades! • Funding It is clear that Defra’s reduced budget will have a big effect on the Strategy; for example, annual TB testing will only be required in the HR and Edge areas, compensation levels are being addressed, and a call for industry ‘participation’ is emphasised. This is very much a summary of the Strategy. Council will be discussing the Society’s response to the document when they meet in September, so if you have any particular views that you would like taken into account please would you let your Council member/s know.

WELSH GOVERNMENT TB POLICY In Wales an Eradication Plan is already in place which has been approved by the EU, the main points being: • Annual testing of all herds • Identification of the epidemiology (type of infection) and specific regional response (eg in Anglesey it is concluded that bTB was introduced through cattle movements, not wildlife, because of the island boundaries) • Biosecurity advice: o Keep cattle away from neighbouring cattle o Be aware of where bought-in animals have come from o Protection of feed stores, cattle housing and farmyard from badgers o Awareness of badger presence at pasture 4


• General good practice • Five year badger vaccination project • Six-month pilot service of private veterinary advice to herds suffering new bTB breakdowns, to be funded by the Welsh Government It is possible that there might be changes to the current compensation system in Wales which pays higher than England, and both pay higher than Europe (we are told) – ie, downwards – although nothing has been publicised to date.

Now on to more positive matters …

AUTUMN SHOW & SALE 2013 BRISTOL SALE CENTRE, EASTER COMPTON, BRISTOL Tuesday 8th October 2013 SCHEDULE A.

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All animals to arrive at the Livestock Centre between 11.00 and 14.00 on Monday 7th October 2013. Our veterinary inspector, Duncan Findlay MRCVS, will be carrying out inspections on all animals at the Centre on Monday 7th October between the hours of 14.00 and 16.00. If animals are not made ready to be inspected during those times the Society reserves the right to refuse entry to the Sale. Any member who has an animal rejected will have their entry fee refunded. All measurements (frame scores) of bulls will be shown at the sale. EBVs will be published in the catalogue for cattle from Breedplan recorded herds, and will be on display on each pen as applicable. Bulls registered after 1st January 2010 must be DNA tested for myostatin and the result published in the sale catalogue. All vendors are required to complete a Herd Health Declaration and submit it with their completed Entry Forms. All Sale animals must either be from CHeCS accredited BVD free herds or the individual animals must be blood tested negative for BVD antigen, and all animals must be double vaccinated for BVD. Judging will commence at 08.30 on Tuesday morning and the Sale will commence at midday. 5


ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST 2013

(Late entries accepted only at the discretion of the Secretary)

Entry Forms are now available from

SDHBS, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ or www.sdhbs.org.uk Tel: 01392 447494, Fax: 01392 447495, e-mail: info@sdhbs.org.uk JUDGE: Mr P S Rowe, Trewint, Menheniot, Liskeard, Cornwall CLASSES BULLS 1. 2.

Bulls from 12 months to 2 ¾ years of age. This class may be divided. Bulls over the age of 2 ¾ years (for sale only).

FEMALES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Cow of any age, in calf or with calf at foot. Heifers under the age of 3 years 3 months on the day of sale, with calf at foot or warranted to calve by that age. Heifers from 1 year 3 months to 2 years 3 months, in calf, running with the bull or not served. Heifers from 9 months to 15 months of age. Non halter-broken females (for sale only), classes as for halter-broken. NOTES

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ENTRY FEES:

Bulls Females (including calf at foot)

£30 + VAT £30 + VAT

Animals not forward due to illness but with a veterinary certificate will receive a £10 + VAT reimbursement. The entry fee, pedigree certificate, herd health declaration, and organic certificate (where applicable) must be enclosed when returning the completed entry form for each animal. 2.

INSPECTION OF ALL ENTRIES Once at the Sales Centre all bulls will be weighed and all halter broken entries inspected and checked for locomotion, temperament, active infection (eg ringworm, etc), and defects (eg jaws, testicles, hernia, etc) by the veterinary inspector. Those found to be not up to standard will be rejected. No entry thus rejected may be sold through the ring and must be removed from the sale pens according to the instructions of the Chief Steward. Halter-broken and non-halter broken females will also be subject to an inspection, with particular attention paid to jaw, legs, locomotion and feet. 6


Bulls - Scrotal Circumference: Bulls aged 12-14 months Bulls aged 15-20 months Bulls aged 21-30 months Bulls over 31 months

31 cms 33 cms 35 cms 36 cms

Failure to meet the above measurements will mean automatic rejection from the sale. 3.

DISPERSAL SALES If a member wishes to disperse his/her herd immediately after the Society Sale they may do so provided that it is the whole herd. The cattle are subject to a reduced entry fee of £10 + VAT per animal, which must be enclosed with the entry forms and pedigree certificates and received by the closing date. Dispersals at Society Sales, although not subject to veterinary inspection, are required to comply with current health standards.

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JUDGING Animals bred by the judge will have to be placed by another person. The person so nominated by the Society will not enter the ring until all other animals in the class concerned have been placed by the judge. The person nominated will then enter the ring and place the animal concerned. If a judge enters an animal for any Society Sale it may be SOLD only, but the entry in the catalogue will remain in the appropriate show class. The animal will be paraded in its class but will be removed at the instruction of the steward before judging.

5. CATALOGUE INFORMATION Up to 50 words of information may be provided by the Vendors for the catalogue. An additional 30 words may be added at a charge of £0.10/word. EBVs - all Breedplan recording members will have their animals’ EBVs published in the catalogue as appropriate. Caesarean births - members are reminded that they must declare caesarean births for all entries at Society Sales. Herd health declarations – must be completed by all entrants and submitted to the South Devon office at the same time as the completed entry forms. Information from the completed declaration will be published in the sale catalogue. No other information relating to herd health, or individual animal health status will be published in the catalogue. Vendors may display additional information on the animal pen. The Herd Health Declaration will be displayed on the animal pen. BVD testing – the CHeCS accreditation certificate or the laboratory test result certificate must be displayed on the pen gate at the sale by the vendor. 6.

TB TESTING All animals are required to have been tested clear of TB within 60 days prior to the Sale date.

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AUCTIONEER Messrs Kivells 7


REGIONAL COLLECTIVE SALE Wales & West Midlands (region 6)

TUESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER Shrewsbury Livestock Centre, SY4 3DR Please book cattle in with Halls, 01743 462620 or contact Bob Bostelmann, 01785 850575

SKIPTON SALE

Society rules apply, fully inspected WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER CCM Auctions, Skipton, BD23 1UD Entries close 15th October Entry forms available from SDHBS

MAJOR SHOW RESULTS ROYAL THREE COUNTIES JUDGE: Mr Lionel Pascoe, Hayle, Cornwall Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

born in 2012 A & C Farms A & C Farms M E & T E Broome Mr R V Hartshorn David Smallcombe Ltd Mells Park Trust

LANGHAM’S CRUMPLE LANGHAM’S LADY 2 WELLAND VALLEY CLAUDIA 10 CILGWRRWG SAS XANTHIPPE AI BROOKIN BUTTERCUP 3 MELLS PARK ELINOR 8


Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

born in 2011 David Smallcombe Ltd David Smallcombe Ltd A & C Farms Mells Park Trust K V & M A Plain Mr R V Hartshorn

BROOKIN TIGER LILY BROOKIN BLUEBELL 7 LANGHAM’S APRIL MELLS PARK DANICA FOXHOLE WILMA 4 X CILGWRRWG WANWAN

Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

or cow born in 2010 A & C Farms M E & T E Broome David Smallcombe Ltd Mr R V Hartshorn

TREVASSACK ASTER 158 WELLAND VALLEY CLAUDIA 9 BROOKIN BLUEBELL 5 Z CILGWRRWG SAS VEE

Cow born before 31 December 2009 Mells Park Trust KEATON BLUEBELL 22 1st nd 2 Mr O Brewin NORTH VIEW CLAUDIA 1 Bull born in 2012 1st A & C Farms nd 2 M E & T E Broome rd David Smallcombe Ltd 3 th 4 N P Foster & Partners th 5 Mr R V Hartshorn th 6 K V & M A Plain

LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 WELLAND VALLEY TRIDENT 3 AI BROOKIN HERMES 2 FOSMAC JETHRO Z CILGWRRWG SAS XANTO FOXHOLE NAVIGATOR 1

Bull born in 2011 or 2010 M E & T E Broome 1st nd 2 K V & M A Plain rd David Smallcombe Ltd 3

WELLAND VALLEY HANBURY 22 Z COLCHARTON HALLMARK 12 BROOKIN CELTIC WARRIOR 3

Bull born before 31 December 2009 1st Mells Park Trust MELLS PARK BERTIE SPECIALS Champion Female Winner A & C Farms Reserve David Smallcombe Ltd

TREVASSACK ASTER 158 BROOKIN TIGER LILY

Champion Male Winner M E & T E Broome Reserve Mells Park Trust

WELLAND VALLEY HANBURY 22 MELLS PARK BERTIE

Best Young Bull on performance and inspection Winner A & C Farms LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 Breed Champion Winner M E & T E Broome Reserve A & C Farms

WELLAND VALLEY HANBURY 22 TREVASSACK ASTER 158 9


ROYAL NORFOLK JUDGE: Mr Mervyn Rowe, Liskeard, Cornwall Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

born on or after 1 January 2012 A & C Farms LANGHAM’S LADY 2 A & C Farms LANGHAM’S CRUMPLE M E & T E Broome WELLAND VALLEY CLAUDIA 10 Portman Burtley Estate EWEFIELDS VENUS 8

Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

born in 2011 Miss C Hanton Malthouse Livestock M E & T E Broome A & C Farms

MALTHOUSE PEARL 6 MALTHOUSE MICA 5 TREVASSACK MIMOSA 196 LANGHAM’S APRIL

Cow born before 1 January 2011 1st A & C Farms TREVASSACK ASTER 158 nd 2 M E & T E Broome WELLAND VALLEY CLAUDIA 9 rd 3 Mr & Mrs R E Hadley KESTLE TULIP 86 th 4 Portman Burtley Estate EWEFIELDS AUDREY Bull born after 1 January 2012 1st A & C Farms LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 nd 2 M E & T E Broome WELLAND VALLEY TRIDENT 3 rd N P Foster & Partners FOSMAC JETHRO 3 th 4 Mr C Riseborough DOEBRIDGE NOBBY Bull born before 1 January 2012 1st Mr & Mrs J R Hadley KNIGHTCOTE DEMETRIUS 6 nd 2 M E & T E Broome WELLAND VALLEY HANBURY 22 rd Mr I Kendall GROVE LYSANDER 34 3 SPECIALS Champion Female Winner A & C Farms Reserve Miss C Hanton

TREVASSACK ASTER 158 MALTHOUSE PEARL 6

Champion Male Winner Mr & Mrs J R Hadley Reserve M E & T E Broome

KNIGHTCOTE DEMETRIUS 6 WELLAND VALLEY HANBURY 22

Breed Champion Winner Mr & Mrs J R Hadley Reserve A & C Farms

KNIGHTCOTE DEMETRIUS 6 TREVASSACK ASTER 158

Best Norfolk exhibit Winner Malthouse Livestock

MALTHOUSE MICA 5

Best Group of three Winner A & C Farms,

Reserve

M E & T E Broome 10


EAST OF ENGLAND JUDGE: Mr Stewart Ward, Truro, Cornwall Bull born before 1 January 2012 1st W J Wright & Son OXEY NIMROD 6 nd 2 Mr O Brewin NORTH VIEW BAILEY Bull born on or after 1 January 2012 1st M E & T E Broome WELLAND VALLEY TRIDENT 3 nd N P Foster & Partners FOSMAC JETHRO 2 Cow in milk or in calf, born before 1 January 2011 1st M E & T E Broome WELLAND VALLEY ADORA 5 Heifer born in 2011 M E & T E Broome 1st nd 2 D & L Farr

WELLAND VALLEY DORIS 23 INGLEBERRY AIMEE 2

Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

WELLAND VALLEY CLAUDIA 10 INGLEBERRY MARINKA 2 FOSMAC JACINTH FOSMAC JESSAMY

born in 2012 M E & T E Broome D & L Farr N P Foster & Partners N P Foster & Partners

SPECIALS Champion Female Winner M E & T E Broome Reserve M E & T E Broome

WELLAND VALLEY DORIS 23 WELLAND VALLEY ADORA 5

Champion Male Winner W J Wright & Son Reserve Mr O Brewin

OXEY NIMROD 6 NORTH VIEW BAILEY

Breed Champion Winner W J Wright & Son Reserve M E & T E Broome

OXEY NIMROD 6 WELLAND VALLEY DORIS 23

GREAT YORKSHIRE JUDGE: Mr David Thomas, Launceston, Cornwall Bull born before 1 July 2011 1st Mr W H D Scott nd 2 M E & T E Broome

GROVE WELLINGTON 56 WELLAND VALLEY CRUSADER 12

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Bull born on or after 1 July 2011 A & C Farms LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 1st nd 2 Mr J P Harrison BRAFFERTON WARRIOR 5 rd 3 Mr W H D Scott GROVE BRUTUS 132 th 4 Mr R W Bostelmann RUFFORD SAS LEWIS Cow or heifer born in 2010 1st Mr J P Harrison nd 2 Mr W H D Scott rd A & C Farms 3 th 4 Mr O Brewin

BRAFFERTON DINAH 7 GROVE BUTTERCUP 124 TREVASSACK ASTER 158 NORTH VIEW CLAUDIA 1

Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

born in 2011 Mr J P Harrison Mr T R F Smyth Mr W H D Scott Mr D L Irving R W & S M Bostelmann Ms A Welch

BRAFFERTON STELLA 38 SUNDERLANDWICK BUTTERMAID 3 GROVE COLUMBINE 11 ENTERPRISE ATHENA Z ROSKILLY BUTTERCUP GALTRES WINSTON ASTER

Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

born in 2012 A & C Farms Mr J P Harrison Mr W H D Scott M E & T E Broome A & C Farms Mr T R F Smyth

LANGHAM’S CRUMPLE BRAFFERTON STELLA’S BETTY GROVE DAISY 24 WELLAND VALLEY CLAUDIA 10 LANGHAM’S LADY 2 SUNDERLANDWICK DOROTHY 4

Group of three animals 1st Mr J P Harrison nd A & C Farms 2 Pair of animals by the same sire 1st A & C Farms AI X MUTTERTON ASHTON BITTER nd Mr J P Harrison WELLAND VALLEY WARRIOR 2 rd 3 Mr W H D Scott GROVE BELLEROPHON 3 th Ms A Welch EWEFIELDS WINSTON 4 SPECIALS Champion Female Winner Mr J P Harrison Reserve A & C Farms

BRAFFERTON DINAH 7 LANGHAM’S CRUMPLE

Champion Male Winner Mr W H D Scott Reserve A & C Farms

GROVE WELLINGTON 56 LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 12


Breed Champion Winner Mr W H D Scott Reserve Mr J P Harrison

GROVE WELLINGTON 56 BRAFFERTON DINAH 7

Best Junior Champion Winner A & C Farms Reserve A & C Farms

LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 LANGHAM’S CRUMPLE

ROYAL WELSH JUDGE: Mr Peter Rowe, Liskeard, Cornwall Bull born before 1 September 2011 1st Mr W H D Scott GROVE WELLINGTON 56 Bull born on or after 1 September 2011 A & C Farms LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 1st nd 2 Mr R V Hartshorn Z CILGWRRWG SAS XANTO rd 3 W T P & E A Rees GRWYNE THOMAS th 4 R W & S M Bostelmann RUFFORD SAS LEWIS Cow or heifer, in calf or with calf at foot A & C Farms TREVASSACK ASTER 158 1st nd 2 Mr W H D Scott GROVE BUTTERCUP 124 rd 3 Mr R V Hartshorn AI Z CILGWRRWG SAS VEE Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

born in 2011 Mr W H D Scott R W & S M Bostelmann Mr R V Hartshorn W T P & E A Rees

GROVE COLUMBINE 11 Z ROSKILLY BUTTERCUP 1 X CILGWRRWG WANWAN GRWYNE TERRI

Heifer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

born in 2012 A & C Farms Mr W H D Scott Mr W H D Scott Mr R V Hartshorn W T P & E A Rees

LANGHAM’S LADY 2 GROVE DAISY 24 GROVE BUTTERCUP 140 CILGWRRWG SAS XANTHIPPE GRWYNE VISCOUNTESS 2

SPECIALS Champion Female Winner Mr W H D Scott Reserve A & C Farms

GROVE COLUMBINE 11 TREVASSACK ASTER 158

Champion Male Winner A & C Farms Reserve Mr W H D Scott

LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 GROVE WELLINGTON 56 13


Breed Champion Winner A & C Farms Reserve Mr W H D Scott

LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 GROVE COLUMBINE 11

Best Young Bull on performance and inspection Winner A & C Farms LANGHAM’S LOUIS 2 Reserve Mr R V Hartshorn Z CILGWRRWG SAS XANTO Best pair of heifers on performance and inspection Winner Mr W H D Scott GROVE BUTTERCUP 140 GROVE DAISY 24 Reserve Mr R V Hartshorn X CILGWRRWG WANWAN CILGWRRWG SAS XANTHIPPE Best group of three Winner Mr R V Hartshorn Best polled animal Winner R W & S M Bostelmann Reserve Mr R V Hartshorn

Z ROSKILLY BUTTERCUP 1 Z CILGWRRWG SAS XANTO

ONE DAY SHOWS There are many one day shows holding South Devon classes around the country (please see the Journal for a list), and they all need support, especially after last year’s disastrous show season. One such show that has asked for publicity is Moreton-in-Marsh, 7th September (same day as Kingsbridge and Dorset), which has added additional prize money of £100 and £25 to Breed and Reserve Champion respectively. Very well done to all those exhibitors who are achieving success on the one-day show circuit, especially in the interbreed classes!

EAST OF ENGLAND SMITHFIELD FESTIVAL 5th-6th December 2013

This year’s Smithfield Festival moves away from a weekend, to a Thursday/Friday fixture – good for some, not for others. The Society will once again hold a calf show alongside the traditional primestock classes, and you are encouraged to support both if you can. If you have potentially suitable primestock animals but are not able to show, Roger Clemens would be pleased 14


to hear from you as well as from others who wish to show their own animals, tel 01841 540256. The Society offers prize money of £1000 for the supreme Smithfield champion, if sired by a registered South Devon bull. Also for the Primestock section, it gives £65 per exhibitor, and £20 per animal forward. This year there will be an additional travel discount to help those bringing primestock animals as follows: From From From From

regions 1 & 2 regions 3,6 & 7 region 4 region 5

£50 per animal forward £40 per animal forward £30 per animal forward £20 per animal forward

For the Calf Show, £20 per calf forward is offered irrespective of region. Roger Clemens, show coordinator writes his own plea for support: “For years the South Devon classes at the Royal Smithfield Show have been kept alive mainly by Cornish exhibitors. A clash with Truro Primestock Show in 2013 means that we could be short of exhibitors. IF YOU HAVE NOT SHOWN AT SMITHFIELD BEFORE, IT IS YOUR TURN TO DO SO IN 2013. Help is offered for selection, preparation and transport. There are classes in the Calf Show as well. The SDHBS needs YOU!”

MARKET SNIPPETS If you have any notable success in your livestock market, please let me know so that we can publicise it. This time round I am very pleased to report that an 8-year old cow from Emma Wyatt set a new Sedgemoor record of £1,544.66 recently for Chalk Regis Emma 3, who weighed in at 914 kg. The South Devon female continues to bring returns throughout its life, and produces a good heavy finished carcase. 15


NEXT GENERATION WEEKEND Bookings are still being taken for the Next Generation Weekend which is being held at the end of August in the Midlands, at Chesterton Fields Farm, Leamington Spa, and at Kislingbury, Northants – by very kind arrangement of the Hadley and Elliott families. There will be two options for accommodation – either hotel (limited number of shared rooms available so first come, first served), or camping at the farm (you provide camping gear). The draft programme is as follows: Friday 30th August

Arrival at Chesterton Fields Farm early evening Evening barbecue & Quiz

Saturday 31st August Breakfast at Tarsus Hotel, Southam Discussion on cattle health issues, and health inspections at sales (Duncan Findlay MRCVS) Hands-on show preparation (Malcolm Broome) Pasty lunch Stock-judging (Richard Hartshorn) Pasture management talk (Dow Agriculture) Farm walk Greek evening at Tarsus Hotel, with entertainment Sunday 1st Sept

Breakfast at Tarsus Hotel Morning at Kislingbury, Northants looking at beef production Barbecue lunch before departure home

As before, the weekend is open to members and friends aged 16 to 30 years (those under 18 will need parental permission). The cost of the weekend will be subsidised, and will be £75 per person if staying at the Hotel, and £50 if camping (to include all food). If you would like to reserve accommodation at the hotel, please let us know by Friday 16th August at the latest. If you prefer to camp at the farm, the latest date for booking will be Tuesday 27th August. The weekend is a great educational as well as social opportunity, drawing together youngsters from around the country to make friendships that will 16


last! If you know of youngsters who might be interested in coming along, please encourage them – it will be worthwhile!

RECENT FARM WALKS A big thank you on behalf of Society members to those herds who have recently hosted Farm Walks – in much better conditions than last year! David & Tracey Nixey opened their doors to members of the Midland Club and the Society to see their Chiltern & Haddenham herd on the edge of the Chilterns on a beautiful summer’s afternoon. This was followed by a generous tea, and the annual regional meeting of region 4. Richard & Diana Wright welcomed members interested in polling to Oxey Farm in Leicestershire, to see how a range of polled genetics is advancing this herd. It was another hot afternoon, but with a pleasant breeze, and the cattle looked very contented in their lush pasture. After hearty refreshments the Poll Group held a meeting, matters arising from which will be taken to the Breed Improvement committee for further consideration. John & Yvonne Hopkins held an Open Afternoon for members of the Wessex region, as winners of the 2011 regional Herd Competition. This was another event that had to be postponed from last year because of the very wet weather. What a contrast this year! The annual regional meeting was held at the end of the afternoon. These visits are such a pleasant opportunity to see other breeder’s cattle, and to enjoy some lovely hospitality and company!

EBLEX PEDIGREE BULL BREEDERS’ SURVEY If you have nothing better to do during these long summer evenings, then EBLEX invite you to complete an online survey to learn more about your production system and selection processes. To complete the survey go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/pedigreebullbreeders2013. The closing date for the survey is 30th August. 17


COMPENSATION FOR BOVINE TB Payable during July 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 264 392

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

614 718 930 1,047 1,178 1,717

Compensation due 215 341 525 613 760 888 1,036 888

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

4,471 2,978

Compensation due * 1,245 1,682 1,766 *

1,992

*Compensation to be determined using individual valuation ** Compensation to be determined using previously ascertained market price 18


LIVESTOCK 2013 Livestock 2013 was by far the best that the event has seen at the NEC. The evolution from the former Dairy Event is moving quite fast now, into a multiple interest technical event. Beef producers are an increasingly significant proportion of the overall visitor number. The breed stand was very well supported by the male side, with the Breed Champion from the Royal Norfolk, Knightcote Demetrius 6, and a pen of three young Knightcote bulls each by a different sire. We all owe the Hadley family, and especially Robert, a big thank you for loaning the cattle, and for spending so much time on the stand to promote the breed. Thanks also to those others who gave up time to help, and in particular Bob Bostelmann, Mike Kettlewell, Chris Page, and our President John Wakeham. We were all kept busy with enquiries, although it was a little quieter on the second day.

FARM SKILLS TRAINING Forthcoming ‘FarmSkills’ workshops are open to farmers from across the country and on a variety of livestock subjects. These are just a few examples: DIY AI:

5th-8th August 2nd-5th September 8th October

Aberystwyth North Yorkshire Norfolk

Safe and effective use of Veterinary Medicines: 7th August Wiltshire th Norfolk 13 September st 1 October Cheshire Beef finishing to perfection: 9th September

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FREE TRAINING FOR UPLAND FARMERS Upland farmers can take advantage of free training events from farm business consultancy Strutt & Parker. The skills training programme is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for which Defra is the managing authority, part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The programme is available to those farming and working in land-based businesses in the uplands. To be eligible, a minimum of 50% of their farmed area must be designated as a severely disadvantaged area (SDA). It is also open to self-employed farm contractors and agricultural workers operating in the SDA and others operating in the SDA land-based sector. Topics covered include budgets & cashflows; spray training; first aid; basic IT; tenancy & succession; wills & taxation; CAP reform; cross compliance; and diversification. For more information call helen.stahl@struttandparker.com.

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SEMEN FROM TORR DOWN HERMES 3 Semen from Torr Down Hermes 3 has now arrived from Australia, and is offered for sale. The bull is heterozygous polled, and myostatin status “1� nt821. Twenty per cent is already sold, so if you wish to take the opportunity of acquiring these genetics please contact John & Sue Harvey, 00 61 3 5424 1001, jsharvey@torrdown.com.au. For further information about the bull please log on to www.torrdown.com.au, or our own database.

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HELP FOR HEROES AT GREAT YORKSHIRE Exhibitors at the Great Yorkshire Show will be familiar to the calls to make up a team of cattle to enter the ‘Housewives Choice’ competition, and to find a theme that will appeal to the competition judges who are picked from the watching crowd. This year, the theme chosen by the South Devon team was Help for Heroes, and the cattle were adorned with patriotic bunting and even a flag, whilst four members of the military helped to carry collecting buckets around the ring. It certainly caught the attention of the public who were most generous with their donations. The winning team’s (Beef Shorthorn) bottle of champagne was very generously donated to the cause for auction, raising £100 before being re-presented for auction a second time around, and adding to the overall £500 collected for the Charity. Well done, team – a great effort for a very worthy cause!

CLUB 2013/2014 Tickets are now on sale until September for the new Club Draws. Tickets cost £15 each, and will be placed in each of six draws made throughout the next twelve months. 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 Debbie via e-mail (debbie@sdhbs.org.uk) or telephone 01392 447494.

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FARM WALK, REGION 6 Bob Bostelmann, chairman of region 6, is very kindly hosting a regional Farm Walk on Saturday 10th August to look at the Rufford herd, starting with a regional meeting at 2 pm (ST21 6HJ). There will be opportunities for open discussion on a range of issues before walking around the herd, and then returning for tea. Please let Bob know if you are planning to attend – 01785 850557 or e-mail bobbostelmann@hotmail.com.

CATTLE MARKET IN BRIEF Source: AHDB/EBLEX/LAA/IAAS

GB liveweight prices week ending 24/07/13 Price per kg/lwt Steers Heifers Young bulls Cows

210.3 214.2 191.4 126.4

Price/kg change on wk -4.0 -5.5 -6.1 -6.6

GB deadweight prices week ending 20/07/13 Price per kg/lwt Steers: R4L Steers: All Heifers: R4L Heifers: All Young bulls: R3 Young bulls: All Cows: -O4L Cows: All

407.6 399.8 403.8 399.8 382.4 379.8 293.1 273.9

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Price/kg change on wk -1.9 -2.5 +0.5 -0.6 -4.2 -1.8 -3.7 -7.6


WORLD CONGRESS 2014 Still no firm dates published yet, but the Tour and Conference look to take place over three weeks in the US, from mid September to early October. As soon as we have more information from the organisers it will be published in the newsletter.

DIARY 10th 20th 23rd 30th 30th September 5th 12th-20th 17th October 8th 15th November 1st 6th December 5th-6th August

Farm Walk & regional meeting (6), Rufford Executive committee meeting Entries close, National Herd Competition Entries close, Autumn Show & Sale Start of Next Generation Weekend Council meeting, Bristol Judging National Herd Competition Shrewsbury Collective Sale Autumn Show & Sale, Bristol Entries close, Skipton Sale Agri-Expo, Carlisle Society Sale, Skipton Smithfield & Calf Show, Peterborough

CATTLE FOR SALE LIST

Please let us know when you sell these animals to save wasted enquiries BULLS

Trewint Excalibur 2 UK383029 400541 Born 16/05/2006 Brafferton Starbuster Wright UK122117 400175 Born 15/07/2007 Welland Valley Explorer 9 UK201140 500995 Born 05/10/2007

L E Walters & Son Devon – Region 2

01404 841403

D & L Farr Leicestershire – Region 5

01409 405057/ 07837 405346

Mr P Shubrook Surrey – Region 4

01252 703658/ 07824 357684

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Tregondale Trooper UK383061 600712 Born 31/03/2008 Brafferton Trooper 15 UK122117 700227 Born 29/01/2009 Roccombe Centurion UK365678 200172 Born 27/01/2011 Ingleberry Starwright Kit UK200789 700120 Born 22/02/2011 Waterlane Godfrey UK260354 700439 Born 04/03/2011 X Gro Hermes 5 UK712292 700286 Born 10/03/2011 Waterlane Gerald UK260354 100447 Born 19/03/2011 AI Z Woodhayes Illya 21 UK373426 600034 Born 19/04/2011 Brafferton Warrior 5 UK122117 700311 Born 13/01/2012 Foxhole Navigator UK302314 300180 Born 14/02/2012 Trevowah Maximus UK381740 500099 Born 04/03/2012 Trevowah Maximus 2 UK381740 100102 Born 06/03/2012

FEMALES

10 bulling heifers In-calf heifers Cows in calf, & bulling heifers

Lady Michael (pls tel AWells) Berkshire – Region 4

07969 881113/ 01235 819409

Mr J P Harrison Yorkshire – Region 7

01347 838725/ 07971 699716

R J & P N Hunt Devon – Region 2

01626 872882/ 07803 752888

D & L Farr Leicestershire – Region 5

01509 504057/ 07837 405346

Mr O A Reynolds Kent – Region 4

07885 802302/ 01580 754353

Mr A Davies Powys – Region 6

01938 820710

Mr O A Reynolds Kent – Region 4

07885 802302/ 01580 754353

B G & J Z A Dart Devon – Region 2

01884 277410/ 07595 205938

Mr J P Harrison Yorkshire – Region 7

01347 838725/ 07971 699716

K V & M A Plain Wessex – Region 3

01684 772096

P R & T Eustice Cornwall – Region 1

01637 830218

P R & T Eustice Cornwall – Region 1

01637 830218

Mr A R Lee Northumberland – Region 7 R R B & S J Harvey Devon – Region 2 Mr D P Crow

01665 574277/ 07789 390400 01548 830307/ 07974 391105 01952 222134/

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Bulling heifers out-wintered 8 bulling heifers 8 in-calf cows 5 cows & 4 heifers 15-20 yearlings Cows with calves & in-calf heifers

Shropshire – Region 6 Mr A Rew Devon – Region 2 P S & A P Rowe Cornwall – Region 1 Mr W H D Scott Gloucestershire – Region 3 Mr T G Elliott Northants – Region 5 Mr R A Ford Leicestershire – Region 5 B G & J Z A Dart Devon – Region 2

07811 593260 01626 365107 07772 563967/ 01579 347155 01608 651464 www.southdevons.co.uk 07508 624376/ 01604 831491 01858 545227/ 07980 893663 01884 277410/ 07595 205938

NATIONAL HERD COMPETITION Entries are invited to this year’s National Herd Competition by completing and returning the Entry Form. Please note the closing date – Friday 23rd August – and the need for strict adherence to the Rules. JUDGES: Mr Colin Edwards, Mr Robert Lee, Mr Olliver Rounsevell RULES • The whole of the herd must be shown for Inspection and 75% of the females in the herd must be pedigree cattle (pedigree to include animals entered in the Register or the Supplementary Register, Part III, in addition to the Herd Book proper) • The Competition to be judged on Inspection only and the Inspection will be based on the Standard Breed Description (see Journal) • If a member has two farms, they shall be coupled as one for the purposes of the Competition • 1,000 points to be awarded as the maximum number and sub-divided as follows: 500 points for all Cows including heifers in-milk 425 points for Young Stock 75 points for Stock Bull or Bulls in use

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• The winner of the Herd Competition is required to hold an Open Day shortly after the results are announced and to be one of the Judges for the following year • Should the winner be unable to judge the Competition the following year he/she will not then be permitted to enter the Competition for a further two years, ie three years’ ineligibility, unless Council would determine that the reason for the inability to judge was unavoidable. PRIZES (to be awarded at the 2014 AGM) • • • • • • • • • • •

Wakeham Memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Herd Cecil Harvey Challenge Shield for the Best Herd of Cows Tregerrick Perpetual Trophy for the Best Stock Bull The Society Cup for the member gaining the highest number of points for Young Stock Angus Loggie Memorial Trophy for the member gaining the most points, who has never won either the Herd Competition or this Trophy Irving Enterprise Trophy for the Best Small Herd (15 cows or fewer) Bill Major Trophy for the Best Group of Three Cows sired by the same bull Edmeston Hilda Cup for the Best Cow HSBC Trophy for Best Performance Cilgwrrwg Trophy for Best Homebred Polled Animal Erme Cup for Best Heifer under 2 years old

NEW MEMBERS FULL Region 1

Region 2

Mr C G Roach, Little Prideaux Farm, St Blazey, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2SS Mr M Martyn, Westcott Barton, Boyton, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8NT Prefix: WESTCOTT Mrs A & Mr R Dennis, Failte, St Cleer, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5DN Prefix: CARPUAN Mr E G Wilton, Grimpstone, Blackawton, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DW Prefix: GRIMPSTONE

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Region 5 Region 7

Mr S F Summers, Mulberry Cottage, Little Court, Farthingstone, Towcester, Northants, NN12 8HE Prefix: SUMMER BROOKE Mr A Waterhouse, Whitecroft Farm, Station Road, Strines, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 3AH Prefix: WHITECROFT Mr R Pattison, Northfield Farm, Long Lane, Brompton, Northallerton, Yorkshire, DL6 2TJ Prefix: REEPOOL

INTRODUCTORY Region 5 Mr J Smith, Chalk Hill Farm, Binham Road, Warham, Wells-nextthe-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1NS (introduced by Malcolm & Thelma Broome) B J Briggs & Son, Hillcote Farm, Saddington, Leicestershire, LE8 0QT (introduced by Malcolm & Thelma Broome) Region 7 Mr M J Adams, 2 Water Houses, Dalbury Lees, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5BR (Introduced by Adam Parkinson) RESIGNING Region 2 J & C Ford, Lower Stadbury Manor, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4PD Region 6 R H & D E Harris, Oernant Fawr, Llanboidy Road, Meidrim, Carmarthenshire, SA33 5QX Region 7 Mr J Pye, Hatters Farm, Back Lane, Stalmine, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, FY6 0JN

AND FINALLY … (with thanks to Pat Rickett for passing this on) A recent article in the Kentucky Post reported that a woman, one Anne Maynard, has sued St Luke’s Hospital, saying that after her husband was treated there recently, he has lost all interest in sex. A hospital spokesman replied, “Mr Maynard was actually admitted into Opthamology – all we did was correct his eyesight.”

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HERD COMPETITION ENTRY FORM Please complete IN FULL and return by Friday 23rd August together with your entry fee of £15 plus VAT = £18.00 I/We wish to enter the 2013 Herd Competition. The Herd comprises: STOCK BULLS (Name in full and Identification number): ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------.................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................... COWS (NUMBERS) …………………………………………………………................................................. YOUNG STOCK INCLUDING CALVES (NUMBERS) …………………………....................... I/We agree to abide by the Rules of the Competition (see page 25) SIGNED .................................................................................................................................. NAME

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ADDRESS ...........................................

................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................... For performance recorded herds only. If you would like to enter the Breedplan competition to compete for the HSBC Trophy please sign here. SIGNED ..................................................................................................................................

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South Devons Newsletter July 2013  

South Devons Newsletter July 2013

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