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Hereford Journal Breed 2017

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Official Publication of The Hereford Cattle Society Hereford House, 3 Offa Street, Hereford HR1 2LL Telephone: 01432 272057  Fax: 01432 377529  E-mail:  Website: Breed Secretary and Editor: David Prothero

GENERAL 2 4 6 6 12 13 16 36 36 38 41 42 44 45 63 82 84 97 98 105 135 138 160 174 196 221

Society Council Secretary’s Report New President President’s Message Top Herefords Annual Awards The Tenth National Herd of the Year Hereford Breeders’ Associations & Clubs Calendar of Events Spring Show & Sale Mara Sale Autumn Show & Sale Designer Genes Sale Lower Hurst Sale Royal Welsh Winter Fair National Stock Judging Competition “Ronaldo” Meets his Fans at Wembley Stadium May Show & Sale, Carlisle Scottish National Show Ervie Sale Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Calf Show NBA Beef Expo 2016 – Bakewell Mart Royal Ulster Show, Balmoral Show Reports Show Results World Hereford Conference 2016 – Uruguay


8 Wedded to the Hereford through Thick & Thin 52 Moralee Herefords Beefing up their Profits 64 Hereford Playing a Significant Role in a Low Input Hill 70 80 86

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Farming Strategy Introducing the Hereford to a Low Cost, Low Input, Low Risk Suckler System Vintage Hereford Beef Ease of Management and Handling are Core Elements in Suckler Beef Production Ignoring BVD could be a costly mistake New Blood brings new ideas, enthusiasm and change Stranraer Farm announced as Scotch Beef Farm of the Year Despite the change from Dairy to Beef, the Hereford remains the Breed of choice for Lanarkshire farmer Stitchcombe Herd wins Most Improved Herd Award for the Hereford Breed Pasture for Life Cattle thrive on Wildflower Meadows and Herbal Leys

130 Easy care at the heart of Commercial Hereford Herd 168 Hereford Beef Schemes have played a major part in the 168 172 210 212 214 219 220 224 228 231 232 234

Development of our Breed Focus on Fertility Herefords on the Hill in County Monaghan UK Hereford Youth – New Scheme for Youngsters Champion of the World Competition, Fort Worth, Texas Canadian Western Agribition Hereford Cattle Society sponsor two teams at National Young Show Stars Event Young Star shines at the Royal Welsh Show World Hereford Conference, Uruguay – A Young Member’s Perspective Squeezing more benefits out of Genomics for Herefords Getting to Grips with Genetics From Womb to Tomb: Why Beef is important whatever your age A Delegate’s Perspective of the World Hereford Conference

ASSOCIATIONS & CLUBS 46 58 62 66 72 75 94 109 121 143 151 155

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238 Associations & Clubs Around the World 239 Finland 240 Denmark 242 France 243 Norway 244 Sweden 245 Germany 246 Ireland 249 Canada 250 Brazil 252 Australia 254 United States of America 255 South Africa

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The Hereford Cattle Society Council Midlands & East Anglia Mr. T.D. Livesey Manor Farm, The Hollow, Normanton le Heath, Leicester, LE67 2TJ. T: 01530 264683 E:

Mr. R.P. Mann Hill Farm, Ufton, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV33 9PP. T: 01926 612208 E:

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Mr. R.J. Hutchings

North of England Mr. A.J. Massey 239 Birtle View, Hollins Mount Farm, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 8AS. T: 01617663320 E:

Fisher Farm, South Mundham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 1ND. T: 01243 262252 E:

Mr. B. Rimmer

South West of England

Holmefields Farm, Off Long Lane, Scorton, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 1DB. T: 01524 792748 E:

Mr. E.G. Mills

Northern Ireland

Mr. J.D. Moorhouse

Mr. R.J. Irvine 115 Ballymoyer Road, Whitecross, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, BT60 2JN. T: 02837 507005 E:

Severnlea House, Church Farm, Northwick, Pilning, Bristol, Avon, BS35 4HE. T: 01454 632309 E: Lower Preston Farm, Lydeard St. Lawrence, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3QQ. T: 01984 656292 E:

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Mr. G.H. Morgan Fardre Farm, St George, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 9RT. T: 01745 833012 E:

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Scotland Mrs. A.G. Anderson Easter Knox, Arbirlot, By Arbroath, Angus, Tayside, DD11 2PZ. T: 01241 873910 E:

The Bank Farm, Scurlage Castle, Scurlage Reynoldston, Gower, Swansea, SA3 1BA. T: 01792 390389 E:

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West Midlands

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Mr. M. Roberts

Mr. M.J. Clark Bankside House, Cherington, Tetbury, Gloucester, GL8 8SP. T: 01285 760427 E:

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Secretary's Report We continue to see our Breed taking a greater share of the beef market in this Country, the population of both Pedigree and Commercial Herefords increasing year on year. At the World Conference held last Spring we reported on the progress made by the Breed since the previous Conference held in Canada in 2012. During the intervening four year period we were able to show how the Breed had grown in popularity by using the following figures:Calves processed by the Society over this period had increased by 23% (6,900 in 2012 – 8,500 in 2015); Membership by 13% (1,190 in 2012 – 1,345 in 2015) and all current indications would seem to confirm that this growth is to continue. One of the greatest achievements has been the Breed’s influence on the commercial population of Hereford cattle. At the end of 2015 the British Beef Industry experienced an increase in the population of beef sired calves compared to the previous year (the first rise for many years) to a total of 1.75 million. The increase, whilst modest, totalled 30,500 additional calves by beef sires of all Breeds, the Hereford accounting for over 50% of this increase. Based upon Government figures, this increase alone required the use of at least an extra 400 Hereford sires i.e. 1 bull to 35 cows. The improved demand for the Hereford has been very much market led by the beef processing and retailing industry seeking out quality beef with a well-documented provenance that can be marketed under a unique Brand name. Today, three of the Country’s leading Supermarkets actively promote the sale of quality Hereford Beef and an increasing number of independent retailers and restaurateurs doing likewise. We have also seen the processing industry implementing changes to their specification for finished cattle with an emphasis on the finished weight of the beef carcase now wavering somewhere between 260 kgs. and 380 kgs., a weight suiting such breeds as ours, with the added ability of being finished at such weights on low cost forage systems. There has also been a swing within the export market and retail sector demanding primal cuts that are not too large and steaks that are of a size that can be cut to an adequate thickness without being too thin and therefore having the ability to market a quality product potentially at a lower price. It is an accumulation of all these factors that has helped to move the Breed forward in an upward direction and no doubt will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We will, however, have to be extremely careful that we do not become complacent as demand for our Breed continues to increase. Breeders must be more vigilant than ever in ensuring that they concentrate their minds on marketing the best of the Breed and not take advantage of the improved demand to market second rate stock. A further factor that we will, over the next year or so have to address will be the effect upon our Industry created by “Brexit”. I am not going to try and predict the outcome of “Brexit” but I strongly believe that we have the ability to capitalize on the outcome whatever it may be. We have a Breed capable of meeting all the needs of economical



David Prothero, Breed Secretary

production of Quality Beef, playing upon all the strengths we know the Breed has such as easy calving, easy management and docility and all based upon a grass finished animal. It will be important as the margins tighten that producers seek out the type of animal that can produce a “high end output” from a “low base input” and it is without any doubt that in the case of the Hereford such results can be achieved. Looking at an overview of the last year, we saw numbers of cattle sold at our main Sales increase with more or less total clearance of the females being offered and an 80%+ clearance of the bulls. On the Show circuit during the Summer the Hereford continued to dominate, outnumbering all other breeds at the major Shows. A great year for Inter-Breed successes including winning awards at the Great Yorkshire, Royal Bath & West, Royal Three Counties Shows and, most notably, taking the Overall Beef Championship at the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh Shows, a double that I believe has never been achieved by our Breed before – congratulations go to all concerned. On the subject of our younger enthusiasts, we saw the inaugural UK Hereford Youth event taking place during the Spring organised by our very own Emma Smith of “Classic Herefords” and hosted by the Livesey family, “Normanton Herefords”. A second event being held in the Autumn hosted by the Allman family, “Greenyards Herefords” and H. Weston & Sons Ltd., “Bounds Herefords”. Reports on both events will be found elsewhere within this Journal. We extend our thanks to Emma for her enthusiasm in organising these events and to the various hosts for their support. Further dates are to be announced for similar events taking place during the coming year and we urge everyone to come forward and support this UK Hereford Youth initiative and make it the best youth programme in the Country. Whilst on this subject I know that all involved appreciate the backing of the Society’s Council for the events organised by Emma and their sponsorship of our younger enthusiasts including three who

SOCIETY NEWS attended the World Hereford Conference in Uruguay during the Spring and a further three attending the Hereford Youth Bonanza held at Agribition in Canada during the Autumn. Reports on both and the experiences of those involved will be found elsewhere in the Journal.

During the Autumn our National Calf Show, hosted by the Scottish Hereford Breeders’ and the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Associations, was held at Agri Expo, Carlisle where we saw a quality entry go under the watchful eye of Jill Harvie of the wellknown Harvie ranching family in Canada.

Having mentioned the World Conference in Uruguay, the UK was extremely well represented with a total of 22 attending. With the exception of a wet start to the event, the worst rain experienced in Uruguay for many, many years, we all received terrific hospitality visiting some of the leading Hereford Estancias and spending a couple of days at the world-famous Prado Showground in Montevideo. We express our appreciation to all those that made it such a memorable occasion.

Agri Expo is an event that has gone from strength to strength over the years and I understand this year there were some 12,000 visitors through the gate during the day.

The next World Conference will take place in New Zealand in 2020 with an interim European Hereford Conference being hosted by the Hungarian Hereford Association in 2018. We again participated in the National Beef Expo event, this year held in Bakewell, Derbyshire with cattle and assistance provided by members of the Midlands & East Anglia Association. We were delighted to again receive the Trophy for the Best Breed Stand, following on from reserve last year and it was the fourth time we have won the overall award for this Competition in six years, an achievement we are extremely proud of. Whilst at this event we were approached by Simon Marsh, Senior Lecturer at Harper Adams University seeking our co-operation and support for a Hereford Calf Grazing Trial. Following discussions, the trial has now commenced with the purchase of 35 Hereford Sired Calves funded by the Society and sourced by Dunbia. The calves are currently on a rearing unit in mid Wales and will go to Harper Adams early in the New Year with the trial running until the Autumn of 2018. This is the first feeding trial to be conducted with the Breed’s support for many years and hopefully the first of more to come.

In the process of writing this report, I received a telephone call from our very own Nuffield Scholar, Robert Parker, Stranraer, producer of Black Baldies to say he had just been awarded “Scotch Beef Farmer of the Year” at Agri Scot, certainly one of the most prestigious awards north of the border if not in the whole of our Country. Our congratulations go to Robert, one of the best ambassadors that our Breed has had for very long time. The year has certainly ended on a high with the exceptional entry at the Christmas Calf Show, hosted by the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association at Shrewsbury when the Judge, Mr. John O’Connor, Clouncagh Herefords, Co. Limerick, certainly had his work cut out with such a large entry forward. Our congratulations go to all involved in making this event such a success. We must also congratulate our young member, Joshua Dowbiggin, organiser of the inaugural “Designer Genes Sale”, held at the conclusion of the Calf Show, resulting in record prices and a record average. Results of the Calf Show and the Sale will be found elsewhere in the Journal. Finally, a thank you to all who have contributed to making such a success of our year, and we look forward to your continued support during 2017 which I know will see the further expansion of our Breed both in the pure-bred and commercial sectors of our Industry.




New President Robert Thomas, owner of the Risbury Herd of Herefords, has been elected President of the Society for the coming year. Robert has been farming at Risbury Court close to Leominster in Herefordshire since taking over from his father-in-law in 1985. Prior to that he had farmed with his father and brother at Weston Court near Pembridge. He has had a life-long involvement with the Breed and remembers a wonderful year working with the Hereford herd at The Haven in Dilwyn back in the late 1960’s. Robert’s grandfather, Jack Thomas, registered his first Hereford calf, Blossom, in 1916 when farming at Home Farm, Norton, Radnorshire. Jack’s son, Geoff, Robert’s father, continued to breed Herefords first at The Rhyse in Lyonshall and later with his brother Ivor at Merryhill. Later, Geoff re-established his herd at Weston Court along with Robert and his brother Philip. On moving to Risbury Court with his wife Diane and children, Richard & Lizzie, Robert continued breeding Herefords under the prefix “Risbury”. More recently he has concentrated on the beef market supplying pure-bred Hereford beef to numerous local butchers on a regular basis, not to mention The Old Court Hotel & Dining Room at Symonds Yat, South Herefordshire which has been serving Risbury beef for the last 10 years. His son Richard is now a partner in the farm, whose interests lie with his flock of commercial ewes, maintaining the farm’s standard cider orchards and growing a small acreage of cereals chiefly for home use. Elected as Vice- President for the year is South West breeder,

2017 Breed President Robert Thomas left takes over from out going President Michael Clark right.

Jonathan Moorhouse “Cato Herefords” who farms near Taunton, Somerset along with his wife Rosemary.

President's Message I feel most honoured to be invited to be President of the Hereford Cattle Society and hope to do my best to serve and promote our wonderful Breed throughout 2017. At the present time the Hereford breed is enjoying something of a resurgence with recent demand being experienced for a smaller carcase. Docility and ease of calving have all helped to encourage many new members to join the Society and also increase sales of breeding females. Young members are being encouraged, with many enjoying the workshops which have, and will continue to be organised will help them hone their showing and presentation skills ready for future show seasons. I hope we will be able to build on this, by encouraging the breeding of animals with all the qualities that have made the Hereford renowned throughout the world, keeping the breed characteristics and producing top quality beef carcases to fulfil the demand from processors such as Dunbia, Dovecote Park and other buyers of Branded Hereford Beef. I will be interested to follow the trial of Hereford sired calves which is currently under way at Harper Adams University. Also I would like to thank the staff at Hereford House for all their dedication and hard work on behalf of the Members, I am sure they will help me during my year in office. I would also like to thank my family at home for their support - ahead of all the travelling to come



Rob & Diane Thomas with grandson’s Harry (left) and Tommy Davidson

and look forward to my year as President and hope to meet as many breeders as possible, old and new, to discuss the Hereford Breed.


On the Tenth anniversary of purchasing pure-bred Hereford beef from Risbury Court for Old Court Hotel & Dining Room, Jono Smith-Milne and Rob inspect next year’s beef.

Herd Sire jointly owned with breeders Edward, Carol and Ben Lewis

Robert, Diane & Richard Thomas Risbury Court, Leominster, Hereford HR6 ONG Tel: 01568 760 443 email:

Wedded to the Hereford through thick and thin

By Ann Hardy

“Bosa 1 Hereward and the home-bred bull, Lowesmoor 1 Falcon, have been used successfully in the herd and our hopes are now set on Lowesmoor 1 Maverick who has had a very successful show season this summer and whose first progeny are awaited for spring 2017,” he says.

2016 Society President, Michael Clark, has stuck with the Hereford breed through thick and thin, and today he is reaping the rewards in more ways than one. Speaking at around the half way point of his Presidential term of office, he recalls how throughout his married years – spent with Roma, his wife of 34 years – the Hereford breed has been in the doldrums for much of the time. “When we got married the breed was on a high,” he recalls. “We used to take 12 bulls to Edinburgh to sell, and average £1,200/ bull, which was a lot of money at that time.” However, after those heady days of the early 1980s, he recalls how the breed began to fall out of favour, almost sinking ‘out of sight’. Farming with his brother, Adrian, and formerly with their late father, Wally, at Lowesmoor near Tetbury, in the heart of the Cotswolds, Michael stuck with the breed through loyalty, belief and passion. “We had to buy in some other breeds when the market wasn’t there, but we always kept a core of Herefords,” he says. Over those years, Michael continued his father’s good work, developing the Lowesmoor herd which had been founded on cattle bought from Herefordshire’s legendary

Michael and Roma Clark

herd at The Vern, amongst others. Further bloodlines came into the mix from Canada and Australia and the Herefords developed to be stretchier and taller, and increasingly based on Poll bloodlines. “My father was amongst a group of people who thought Poll was the way to go, and today the Poll Hereford probably dominates the breed,” he says. “But people breed different types of animal to suit what they do,” he adds. “The Hereford is easy fleshing and can survive on fresh air, but there are different types within the breed.” Continuing to develop and promote the breed throughout the lean years, Michael brought genetics in from around the world, while good, consistent females from fellow UK breeders have also proved to be outstanding bull mothers.

Taking cattle to shows whenever he could, as a yardstick for his progress and a shop window for the breed, he laughs at the thought: “They are all fantastic at home – it’s not until you get to the show you realise that maybe they’re not quite so good.” Modestly describing his own cattle, which have show-winning credentials including many Championships and Reserves to their credit, he says he is not a ‘Chaser of Championships’, but just likes to do reasonably well. Also a regular judge on the circuit, he says: “The quality of the cattle has improved enormously over the last 10 years - no more so than this year when I’ve seen great cattle on the farm and in the showring as we’ve travelled the country.” Always commercially astute, Michael has regular and plentiful outlets for his purebred Hereford bulls – to other pure-bred breeders, commercial suckler herds and dairy farmers – while females also enjoy a thriving trade, either sold privately or through Society sales. The Hereford is also put to good commercial use on the farm, where Michael is now enjoying the fruits of the breed’s resurgence. Buying in and finishing around 150 crossbred Herefords from local dairy herds every year – many sired by Lowesmoor bulls – he markets these through box schemes, through local butchers and restaurants and has also been a supplier to Dovecote Park, dedicated processors to Waitrose, for around 30 years.





SRI: 40 Milk: +9


SRI: 32

Milk: +10

Thank you to all customers who have purchased LOWESMOOR cattle this year. We wish you every success.


Michael Clark, Lowesmoor Farms Limited, Bankside House Cherington, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8SP Tel/Fax: 01285 760427 Mob: 07929 637573 email:

them – you have to have them sold before you start.” Today, as he and Roma enjoy his year as President – travelling the country and attending shows and Society events – he can feel a sense of vindication for his longterm commitment, with BCMS registrations of Hereford-sired calves up 12 per cent/ year over the past three years.

“We were supplying Dovecote Park before the Hereford Beef Scheme began and what a good decision this has been,” he remarks. “In the early days, we bought in Hereford-cross bull calves and finished them at under 14 months – feeding them silage and grain. Now, we still finish cattle for Dovecote but they are all steers which are ready at 20-24 months.”

“That tells its own story,” he says, reflecting on the breed’s progress, not just in its own conformation but in the eating quality it delivers. “It certainly wasn’t always this way,” he recalls. “I can remember when we first went to buy a joint at the supermarket. Let’s put it this way – we didn’t eat much!”

Remarking on the resurgence of interest from the supermarkets he says: “The breed definitely needed something at that time and the fact that Waitrose, the Co-op and Sainsbury’s now all supply our Hereford Beef as a branded product has definitely helped drive demand for Hereford cattle. Remarking that ‘we have all learnt a lot since then’, this applies as much to his own herd – which has taken giant strides genetically – as to the breed as a whole. He reluctantly confirms that Lowesmoor was the most genetically improved herd of 2014, shrugging it off as almost good luck. “We had a good bull at the time with high EBVs for the traits we were looking for and we are hoping that our present stock bulls will continue this trend,” he says. Lowesmoor 1 Maverick’s figures certainly suggest this may be the case, with a Hereford Terminal Index of +33; Self Replacing Index of +40 and 200 day milk at +10. Michael has always pushed the boundaries “And since starting to sell Hereford beef on the new Dovecote scheme 15 years ago, there has been continued improvement in meat yield and grading, with plenty still to come,” he adds. For his own farm, he is keenly aware of commercial considerations, always rearing his beef on grazed grass and silage with minimal grain, and finding his markets well before he gets to the point of sale. “That’s what you have to do these days,” he says. “It’s no good finishing them and then wondering where you are going to sell



“The Hereford is filling show rings across the country and having more success as a breed than I can ever remember,” he says. “The standard is getting better – there will often be six or eight animals in a championship line-up and such is the quality that the judge would struggle to know which one to put at the top. “And more than any other year I’ve noticed Herefords winning Inter-Breed Championships at many of the major shows. That would have been unthinkable 20 years ago.

of cattle breeding and continues to do so, today encouraging backfat scanning across the breed and carrying it out routinely for his own herd. “It usually confirms just what you were thinking, but sometimes it throws up a few surprises,” he says.

with the breed and he admits its performance today would have been unimaginable at the start of his farming career.

“The breeders have done really well,” he says. “We know what it was like when the Hereford was in the doldrums but now it’s having its day.” And so, indeed, is Michael!

Also keen to have the figures incorporated into his herd’s EBVs, he says: “More and more commercial beef producers are looking for EBVs – often for milk and easy calving as well as the backfat measurements – and that’s in addition to eye appeal, which everyone wants.” Certainly the eye appeal of the Hereford has come a long way since Michael first set out

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Bull of the Year

Female of the Year

1st Normanton 1 Laertes 1st Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th T.D. & W.T. Livesey D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones 2nd Cleland 1 Jackson 2nd Moorside 1 Jane 5th A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd. G. & M.C. Shepherd 3rd Dendor 1 Napoleon 3rd Moorside 1 Jane 3rd D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones G. & M.C. Shepherd

Poll Bull of the Year

Poll Female of the Year

1st Normanton 1 Laertes 1st T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Show Herd of the Year

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th 1st D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons “Romany”

2nd Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346 2nd Moorside 1 Jane 5th 2nd D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones M. Ludgate G. & M.C. Shepherd “Dendor” 3rd Firbosa 1 Maximus =3rd Greenyards 1 Beata K239 3rd J. & W. McMordie Fir Farm Ltd. P.J. & A.C. Allman “Solpoll” =3rd Dendor 1 Ruby 27th D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Sire of the Year

Horned Bull of the Year

Horned Female of the Year

1st Solpoll 1 Gilbert 1st Dieulacresse Goodenough 1st Auckvale Lively 1058H E. Rees T.A. Spooner and W. & R. Kemp & Sons R.G. Westaway & Son 2nd Panmure 1 Henry =2nd Church Preen Muldoon 2nd Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 J. & W. McMordie A.R. Owen A.R. Owen 3rd

Sky High 1 Korker =2nd Haven Montana 3rd Rockland Tiara M3 Miss H. Whittaker E.L. Lewis & Son C.A. & P.C. Bidmead

Horned Herd of the Year 1st R.A. Bradstock & Partners 2nd W. & R. Kemp & Sons 3rd E.L. Lewis & Son “Free Town” “Auckvale” “Haven”




Bull & Poll Bull of the Year Normanton 1 Laertes

The 2016 Hereford Bull & Poll Bull of the Year goes to the highly successful Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire. Three year old “Laertes” is sired by the prolific Romany 1 Distiller and out of the 2011 Hereford Female of the Year Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21. He collected the maximum number of points from four of his five qualifying shows in the Hereford Bull of the Year Competition, taking the Grand Male Championships at the following shows; Shropshire County, Royal Highland, Royal Welsh, Burwarton. In addition to being awarded the Poll Bull of the Year Trophy, Normanton 1 Laertes also took maximum points at the National Poll Show when he was judged Supreme Champion. The many accolades that he collected over the show season

Normanton 1 Laertes

culminating in these National Awards were some what surpassed when he took both Overall Individual Inter-breed Championships at arguably the UK’s foremost agricultural events the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh Shows. During a fantastic year for “Laertes” this eye catching bull won many hearts and minds to add to the treasure trove of silverware – probably the most talked about bull of any breed on the show circuit, putting the Hereford Breed firmly on the map once again.

Bull of the Year Trophy is presented to William Livesey from Breed President Michael Clark. Also featured from left to right are Mrs Roma Clark and Mr Colin Soutter

Normanton 1 Laertes superbly prepared throughout the Summer by the Livesey family, he backs up his pedigree with a tremendous set of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs), with a Terminal & Selfreplacing Index in the Top 10% of the Breed. His performance figures put him in a category commonly known in layman’s terms as a ‘curve bender’ - animal with almost all of his figures to the right of the mid-line Breed Average.

Female & Poll Female of the Year Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th

Eighteen month old Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown has picked up the highly competitive Female & Poll Female of the Year Awards. This beautifully balanced heifer is by twice Hereford Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert and out of Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th. The much admired “Lilac Wine 20th” took points from her five qualifying shows which included; Shropshire County where she took the Breed Championship, Royal Three Counties, Royal Welsh, Burwarton and Pembroke County. Additionally, Dendor 1 Lilac 20th

Female & Poll Female of the Year Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th

was awarded Native & Reserve Overall Junior Female Champion at the Royal Welsh Show and although she didn’t collect any points for this accolade, she made a significant contribution in making the 2016 Royal Welsh Show a tremendous spectacle for the Hereford Breed.

Twm Jones, Dendor Herefords recieves the Female of the Year Trophy

In keeping with this year’s award winners she has excellent Performance Recorded figures with 400 & 600 day weights and Intra Muscular Fat EBVs in the Top 1% for the Breed. She has other performance traits in the top 5% and a Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Index again in the 5% of the Breed.




Horned Female of The Year Auckvale Lively 1058H - W & R Kemp & Sons

The 2016 Horned Female of the Year goes to Breed Stalwarts W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Five year old Auckvale Lively 1058H is out of Auckvale Lively Lucinda and by prolific sire Auckvale Broadside. “Lively 1058H” picked up points at her local Northumberland Show, the Royal Highland Show, Scottish National Show and the National Hereford Show where she was awarded the Reserve

Pictured, from L to R, Mrs Sue Wright, John Kemp with five year old Auckvale Lively 1058H with her calf at foot Auckvale Nobel 1541N led by Tom Kemp.

Senior Female Championship under the watchful eye of Irish Judge John O’Connor.

John (left) & Tom Kemp receiving the Horned Female of the Year Trophy.

This award is the icing on the cake for what has been a great year for the Auckvale herd, one in which they’ve collected numerous red tickets over a productive show season.

Horned Bull of the Year Dieulacresse Goodenough

Dieulacresse Goodenough jointly owned by T.A. Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire & R. G. Westaway & Son, Market Harborough, Leicestershire has been awarded the prestigious Horned Bull of the Year. This striking six year old bull bred by TA Spooner collected his qualifying points at the Royal Three Counties, Great Yorkshire and

National Shows. Indeed, he was judged by John Kemp as his Supreme Champion at the popular Great Yorkshire Show beating off a highly competitive field of entries. “Goodenough”, who has a scrotal size EBV in the top 1% of the Breed, is out of Dieulacresse Dowager 17th and by 2009 Bull of the Year Westwood Advancer.

Horned Bull of the Year Dieulacresse Goodenough jointly owned by TA Spooner & RG Westaway & Son




UK Sire of The Year - Solpoll 1 Gilbert - DE, ED & AL Jones / E. Rees Solpoll 1 Gilbert owned by E Rees, Trefochlyd Herefords, Haverfordwest, Pembrokshire has scooped the UK Sire of the Year for the second time in three years. Bred by J & W McMordie from Ballygowan, Co. Down, he was later purchased by DE, ED & AL Jones as a promising young bull to join their Dendor herd. His potential soon came to fruition when in 2012 he took the Royal Welsh Show Supreme Championship.

Six year old “Gilbert”, who is out of Solpoll 1 Pansy D3 and by Christies 1 Radar has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded figures which include 400 and 600 day weights, scrotal size and carcase weight all in the top 1%. These impressive figures Presenting the Sire of the Year trophy to Twm Jones, Dendor Herefords are Roma & Breed President Michael Clark

culminate in a Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 5% of the Breed.

Solpol 1 Gilbert UK Sire of the Year

These desireable traits have certainly been passed on to his progeny to help him collect the 2016 Hereford Sire of the Year. Amongst a string of show successes sired by “Gilbert” are Dendor 1 Ruby 27th Reserve Female Champion at Anglesey, Dendor 1 Napolean Junior Male Champion at the National Poll Show, Dendor 1 Nonu Junior Male Champion at the Royal Welsh and Dendor 1 Molly 41st Supreme Champion at Kington Show. If this wasn’t enough he also sired the 2016 Female and Poll Female of the Year, Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th.

Horned Herd Of The Year - Free Town Herefords - RA Bradstock & Partners RA Bradstock & Partners, Free Town Herefords, Tarrington, Herefordshire have once again taken the National Horned Herd of the Year and with it the Dick Adams Trophy. The award is given to the most successful Horned Herd over the year long show season. This well-known herd established in 1906 continues to produce the goods. A regular participant at many of the top shows held across the midlands they very much came into their own at the National Show held at Tenbury Wells where they took a host of trophies. Most notably with Grand Female & Reserve Supreme Champion Free Town Bryony. This attractive 12 month old heifer “Bryony” is out of Free Town Benign and by Mara Humorous. In the bull section at the National, 17 month old Free Town National Show Reserve Supreme Champion Free Town Bryony

Martyr took the Reserve Intermediate & Reserve Grand Male Championships. “Martyr”, who is out of Free Town Peace 5th, another top animal sired by Mara Humorous and like most of the Free Town cattle has very good Performance Recorded figures. “Martyr’s” Rib Fat and Retail Beef Yield are in the Top 1% and his overall indices for Self-replacing and Terminal Sire are in the Top 5% for the Breed. Also at the same show Free Town Herefords were also awarded the Reserve Intermediate Female Championship with Free Town Gloss and judged Best Group of Three at the National Show.

Tony Bradstock from RA Bradstock & Partners receives the Horned Herd of the Year Trophy

The points continued at Kington Show when two up and coming animals Free Town Nucleus and Free Town Lynette 22nd caught Judge Eamon McKiernan’s eye.




National Show Herd of The Year: Romany Herefords - J.R.B. Wilson & Sons The 2016 Award for the National Hereford Show Herd of the Year has been secured by the Romany Herd run by the Wilson family near Kelso in the Scottish Borders. In order for a herd to achieve this success it requires a number of cattle to be shown successfully throughout the year from the Autumn Sales through to the late Summer shows the following year, this year Romany Herefords have done just that. Established in 1955 the herd of approximately 200 head is one of the oldest active herds in the Breed and is the longest established in Scotland. Originally formed by the late JRB Wilson it is now run by his grandson Robert Wilson, with his father, Ronald Wilson, on hand to offer advice and assistance. Commencing at the Autumn Show and Sale where the award of Reserve Male and Junior Male Champion went to Romany 1 Menace D1 M43, by previous UK Sire of the Year SMH Castro, and the Female Championship to Romany 1 Lucy H12 M34, by previous Royal Highland Show Champion Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12, it had the makings for a fabulous year. The success continued at the Spring Show and Sale where Romany 1 Ishbel H12 M4 was awarded the title of Reserve Female Champion, again sired by “Heavyduty”. With the sales over, the focus moved onto the Summer Show season for the Romany Herd. The Summer Shows form an essential part of promotion for the herd as Robert Wilson explained, “We tend to treat the Shows as more of a trade stand than a place to win rosettes, obviously we aim to exhibit the most suitable, correct cattle for the current market and also want to achieve the best result we can, but what is as gratifying is speaking to new interested parties and catching up with past customers to find out what they require of our cattle and the breed in general whilst moving forward. We also take great pleasure and enjoyment from the preparation of these cattle for shows, it’s amazing what a wash and blow dry does to help show every animal to their full potential”. All UK herds are able compete for this award and given the number of Hereford breeders who enjoy attending shows, it is no mean feat to achieve. The criteria for the National Show Herd of the Year allows each animal exhibited from a herd to only score once from a select number of shows spread around the regions of the UK towards the final tally.

Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 just one of the many prize winning Romany animals

classes - carrying on the family tradition. Also at this show it was one of the Wilson’s Stock bulls, the 2013 Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956 by the imported sire Harvie Dan Hidalgo that picked up the award of Senior and Reserve Overall Male Championships. An annual long trip to the National Poll Show at the end of the showing season saw further awards when the previously successful show cow Romany 1 Plum A84 E37 was awarded Senior & Reserve Overall Female Champion. Although ‘retired’ the previous year it was thought “she was just looking too well not to have one final outing” said Robert Wilson. Many further awards in the form of class placings at the shows and sales mentioned above, plus at Northumberland County Show and Bucks County Show were also handed out to exhibits from the Romany Herd helping them secure this auspicious title for 2016. The Wilson family are honoured to have been awarded this prize and would like to thank all that have helped over the past year, especially Jim Borland.

This year the Romany Herd had major successes at a number of these shows. It was the 2008 born Romany 1 Lucy R22 F12, by previous Sire of the Year Crickley 1 Figurehead, shown with twin heifer calves at foot, who picked up the first major accolade of the year when she was awarded Reserve Female Champion at the Royal Highland Show. Following on from this there was further success when another female 2009 born Romany 1 Julia A84 F51, by three times Sire of the Year Baybridge 1 Atlas, shown with her late October born calf at foot, was awarded Female & Reserve Overall Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. This same cow went on to be awarded Overall Inter-breed Champion at the Scottish National Show held at Border Union Show later in the season. A show marked by Robert’s daughter Lottie making her showing debut in competitive



Robert Wilson representing JRB Wilson & Sons collects the Show Herd of the Year trophy for Romany Herefords


The Tenth National Herd Of The Year Competition 2016 Solpoll Herd (Winner) - J & W McMordie The 2016 National Herd of the Year is Solpoll Herefords owned by J & W McMordie, Ballygown, Co. Down. This is the second successive time the Solpoll herd, founded in 1953 by John’s father Eric, have taken this top award. Today John farms in partnership with son William and with the enthusiastic support of wife Helen, younger son Andrew and daughter Jennifer. Though Andrew and Jennifer have busy off farm careers both retain that McMordie love of good livestock. Judge’s comment: “The herd consisted of uniformed feminine cows with nicely shaped udders, tidy briskets, good spring of rib and excellent locomotion - with well grown calves on the Spring calvers. The in calf heifers were well selected many of which were from Solpoll 1 Dynamite and Panmure 1 Henry breeding. There was a most impressive group of 12 month old bull calves with long, broad, level top lines, nice markings and lovely temperament. The groups of older bulls were eye catching and the younger heifers were a promising bunch. The McMordie youngsters are very keen and their enthusiasm comes through in this fine herd.”

Dendor Herd (Runner-Up) - DE, ED & AL Jones The Dendor herd is another family run herd. The ‘Jones family’ and their Dendor prefix are familiar to many pedigree breeders across the UK and beyond. The Dendor trademark came from the herd founders, the late Denis and Doris Jones. The Dendor herd continues today under the stewardship of their son Aled, his wife Jen and their three sons, Guto, Twm and Ianto along with Aled’s sister Sian. This latest accolade completes another triumphant year for Dendor Herefords following their success in winning the UK Female of the Year with Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th and in the UK Sire of Year with Solpoll 1 Gilbert. Judge’s comment: “A very close second with again an excellent cow herd with females of good conformation, moderate in size and uniform in type with very good calves at foot. The in-calf heifers were carefully selected as replacements and were in ideal condition. Here we saw the best group of yearling heifers, with some recently weaned. Twice UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert and SMH Euro daughters will make sure that the Dendor Herd goes from strength to strength.”

Aled & Jen Jones, Dendor Herefords, collect the Runner-up silver salver

Solpoll Herefords take the National Herd of the Year for the second successive time. Pictured from left to right are Judge George Thorne, Andrew McMordie & John McMordie representing J & W McMordie and Ionwy Thorne

The Judge stated it was impossible to separate the two herds in third position………

Fisher Herd (Joint Third) - WJ Hutchings & Sons The Fisher herd represents the culmination of over 70 years of breeding cattle, which began when Reg’s father came to the farm in 1943, and first kept pedigree Ayrshires. A gradual switch to the British Friesian in the 1960s was accompanied by the introduction of the farm’s first Hereford stock bull, although it was not until the 1970s that Reg and his father moved out of dairy production and into the Hereford Breed. Since then they haven’t looked back with many successes at shows and shows & sales through to the National Herd of the Year. Judge’s comment: “Here again we saw excellent cows with good conformation and locomotion. Cows of a rich dark colour with some very good calves at foot especially those sired by influential stock getter Fisher 1 Jaguar. The in-calf heifers were well grown and the maiden heifers a nice example of the Breed. We also saw an impressive group of yearling bulls, so the future looks bright for Fisher Herefords.”

Pepperstock Herd (Joint Third) - Speirs Farms Ltd It says an awful lot that the Pepperstock herd is listed amongst such esteemed company after a mere 10 years of Hereford breeding.

Joint Third Place went to Reg Hutching of Fisher Herefords (centre) & Jim Speirs of Pepperstock Herefords



AWARD WINNERS - 2016 The herd has been put together and is developing well under the astute stockmanship of young Jim Speirs. Jim Speirs winner of the National Stock Judging Competition for Best Young Member in 2014 is putting together a herd of note with some discerning purchases. Judge’s comment: “The presentation of this herd was first class. An excellent herd of balanced cows with well grown calves at foot. The stock bulls were particularly very impressive with some excellent calves from herd sire Bosa 1 Howzat. The maiden and in-calf heifers were a good guide to the future of this progressive herd. A herd which is going to go places due to the enthusiasm of young breeder Jim Speirs.” The full list of Regional Winners in the National Herd of the Year Competition

Breed President Michael Clark presents a gift to George & Ionwy Thorne for all their dedication in judging the UK’s top herds

Hereford Cattle Breeders

Scottish Hereford Breeders

J. Walker, Tedney, Clifton-on-Teme, Worcestershire, WR6 6DT Tel: 01886 821892 – Mob: 07974 307566 Secretary: Alison Allman Tel: 01432 880027 – Mob: 07860 308599

Midlands & East Anglia (Joint Third) Speirs Farms Ltd, Pepsal End Farm, Pepperstock, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LH. Tel: 01582450962 – Mob: 07979 463480 Secretary: Alan Pittam Tel: 01788 890702 – Mob: 07747 866078

North of England B. & B.A. Rimmer, Holmefields Farm, Off Long Lane, Scorton, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 1DB. Tel: 01524 792748 – Mob: 07714 254564 Secretary: Jackie Cooper Mob: 07960 994376

Northern Ireland (Winner) J. & W. McMordie, Solitude, Ballygowan, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT23 6NA Tel: 02897 528222 – Mob: 07866 125959 Secretary: Ivan Haire Tel: 02890 825215

Mrs. J.M. Cant & Partners, Easter Knox, Arbirlot, By Arbroath, Angus, Tayside, DD11 2PZ Tel: 01241 871660 – Mob: 07974 705430 Secretary: Pauline Wason Tel: 01592 881740 – Mob: 07855 237474

South of England (Joint Third) W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Fisher Farm, South Mundham, Chichester, W. Sussex, PO20 6ND Tel: 01243 262252 – Mob: 07881 944394 Secretary: Aimee Hewlett Tel: 01306 628473

South West J.D. & R.A. Moorhouse, James Barton Farm Office, Vellow Road, Stogumber, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3TL Tel: 01984 656292 – Mob: 07714 104692 Secretary: Angela Kerslake

Wales (Runner-Up) D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Gwastadgoed, Llanwnog, Caersws, Powys, SY17 5NZ. Tel: 01686 688266 (Aled Jones) and 07974 416527 (Jen Jones) Secretary Powys: Glenn Pritchard Tel: 01685 814582 – Mob: 07899 737999

National Herd Master Judge George Thorne presented an informative and amusing summary of his judging around the UK




Solpoll Herefords - Northern Ireland Winners of the Biennial UK Herd of the Year

It is a great honour to again be named winner of the National Herd of the Year. Herefords play a huge part in our lives as they have kept this farm in business since their introduction back in 1953 and continue to play the same role going forward. The farm is a partnership between John, Helen & William totalling 175 acres of grassland, no crops are grown and the only enterprise is pedigree cattle so complacency is not an option as it’s the only source of income on the farm. Having had previous reports done on our herd, Hereford House has asked us to focus on the past two years since the last herd report. The 12 months between the 2014 & 2015 Dinner were quite possibly as good as any herd could ever wish for, having been placed 2nd & 3rd previously, to win the National Herds Competition, was the culmination of a lifetimes work. The youngstock on the farm were mostly by Panmure 1 Henry and when his first progeny came out to Society’s Shows & Sales they didn’t disappoint with the top price at Dungannon Mart, before an incredible trade for them at Hereford Market in April. All breeds need headline prices and the Hereford breed certainly got them with two of Henry’s sons passing 10,000gns, while setting new record prices, and two of his daughters topping the female trade. The NI shows were dominated by a daughter, Stella L2, winner of six shows & Female of the Year and a son Lawyer who took joint Bull of the Year. All of these successes helped Henry to win the UK Sire of the Year at the 2015 Annual Dinner, a first for a NI resident sire, made even more special by the fact that we only have two qualifying shows in NI for the UK Awards. His progeny’s success combined with his ease of calving and short gestation saw an order for a large quantity of semen which was exported mostly to Denmark. We have always tried to support the calf shows as it is a good chance to give bull calves especially, a run out. At the NI Calf Show our three September bull calves took 1st, 2nd & 3rd in their class, with Milkyway taking the Championship. The following April they sold in Hereford to average £6,930 taking two 1st & a 2nd in their respective classes. Our only heifer calf out that day, Starlet M10 was Female Champion and went on to be Reserve Supreme Champion at the Royal Ulster Show the following May.

Panmure 1 Henry at 17 months of age

16 bulls ready for the NI Calf Show

We have always bred to a type and don’t push our cattle hard knowing that they will go on and thrive when they are sold, with our show cattle comfortably returning to their original group and not looking out of place. Master National Herd Judge Mr George Thorne commented, “The Solpoll herd consisted of uniformed feminine cows with nicely shaped udders, tidy briskets, good spring

Solpoll 1 Dainty G2 at 7 years old, dam of Kitkat & Milkyway

Solpoll 1 Stella L2, 2015 Royal Ulster Show Champion

Solpoll 1 Starlet C3




Royal Ulster Show Reserve Supreme Champion (right) her ET sister (left)

of rib and excellent locomotion”. We could hardly describe the type of female we try to breed any better - if we tried! The majority of the cows are sired by Dynamite, although it mystifies us that his figures have dropped, his influence is still felt with how well his daughters are breeding and the impact of them will leave a lasting impression in the herd, as he himself was out of our best cow. The breed as a whole has seen a marked increase in demand for females and we are no different selling 16 this year to average £3,604 and with more enquiries than we could fill, though we would never sell a heifer we weren’t happy to keep as we don’t see the point in selling something we don’t have confidence in. Since the early 60’s the amount of bought in females could be counted on one hand, however, in summer 2015 an opportunity to re-purchase one of our best cows was too good to miss. After the success of Ferrari’s first calves at Genus, his dam, Starlet C3 was sold on a freezing cold December night in 2011 with her 3 month old daughter for £10,000 and after 3 years in Herefordshire and with the decision to disperse her new herd, we bought her and her now four daughters back home.

Solpoll 1 Pansy F15 with her calf Pansy N13 - full sister to Irish National Male Champion, with dam a full sister to Solpoll 1 Gilbert

reduced our Charolais and Simmental herds in the last few years to increase the Herefords from around 50 calves last year to hopefully 60 plus ‘P’ calves. Flushing our best females has partly enabled the increase in numbers, the 2016 Royal Ulster Reserve Champion was part of a set of three ET sisters with another sister winning her class in Hereford at the April Sale selling for 5,500gns. With a lot of enquiries in the last two years we have been able to sell some as well. Current stock bull is Moeskaer Upgrade and was spotted from an advert in the 2015 Breed Journal - his first calves arrived in October and show good promise for the future. His pedigree is an outcross to anything we have previously used. The future is bright for the breed and we look forward to what the future holds for it and for our herd.

Whilst we didn’t lift any Championship rosettes at the summer shows in 2016 our genetics did do us proud in other herds. The Royal Ulster Female Champion, Irish National Show Reserve Supreme had a Solpoll sire or dam with both Royal Ulster & Irish National Male Champions having been sold by us and the progeny of Gilbert in particular having had another great year for Dendor winning his second ‘UK Sire of the Year’. Like most herds we have seen an increased interest in demand for bulls and 2016 has been one of our best years for selling to date, 22 bulls have averaged £3,845 (8 in sales averaged £5,119 the other 14 sold averaging £3,117). With this in mind we have

Solpoll 1 Starlet N31 a 2 month old Starlet C3 ET daughter

Solpoll 1 Starlet E16

Moeskaer Upgrade



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Nomad Male Champion NIHBA Calf Show

Nobility Reserve Senior Champion PCF

These and many more available for sale in 2017!

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very well including breeding the        Pedigree Calf Fair Junior Champion                  National  

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Dendor Poll Hereford - Wales It was with great pleasure to be nominated for the National Hereford Herd Competition 2016 as the winning Hereford Herd for Wales and then receiving second overall. We would like to congratulate all the Herds – not only the winners but all those who took part. Denis and Doris ceased milk production in the early 1960s when they established the Gwastad Hereford Herd. Even today calves are still being registered by a bull they sold to the MMB in 1972 - Gwastad Fergus pictured right with a very young Aled. In 1974 they switched to Poll Herefords with the introduction of a new stock bull with a strong poll gene – Wayland 1 Harrow – and the Dendor Poll Hereford Herd was established. We believe the strength of any herd lies in its females. From the 1970’s through to today the policy has been to develop the strongest of the original female lines. Introducing productive and quality sires throughout these 40 plus years has enabled this - through the use of a number of senior stock bulls. These include Clarendon 1 Edward, Vorn 1 24K Liverpool, Costhorpe 1 Destiny, Chapleton 1 Highlander, Costhorpe 1 Manhatten, Costhorpe 1 Umpire, Seaconpoll 1 Ringmaster, Topgen 1 Supremo, Dendor 1 Vindicator, Bosa 1 Mr Bean, Hawkesbury 1 Prosper, SMH Euro, Solpoll 1 Gilbert, Lanscombe 1 Orkney .

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine13th & Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th

On establishing a type for the female lines – which have to be full of breed character, structurally correct, maternal, hardy, healthy, easy feeding and milky. The aim and achievement is to wean a calf as big as possible on a low input system. Dendor have continued to produce animals that can work on this farm and, most importantly, go onto produce profitable stock in both Commercial and Pedigree Herds. It is also very pleasing to see Dendor stock or their offspring succeeding at shows and sales. In 2016 Dendor cattle have been present at both local and National shows and shows & sales again having many successes. The highlight would be the Poll Female of the year with Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th following on from Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th for 2015 and Dendor 1 Molly 41st for 2014. Other successes that are pleasing include the Champion Female at both the Hereford Cattle Society Spring and Autumn Show & Sales – Dendor 1 Molly 44th and Dendor 1 Anna Mary 26th. It’s not all about the girls as Dendor 1 Napoleon was Male Champion at the Autumn Show & Sale 2016 aged 13 months and Dendor 1 Nairobi took Junior Male Champion at both the National Poll Show and Kington Show 2016 aged 6months.

SMH Euro at 7 years old

Dendor 1 Molly 44th and Dendor 1 Molly 41st

We would also like to thank the abundance of visitors from home and overseas who have visited Gwastadgoed this year as it is so nice to show people around our cattle, to talk about the cattle and to hear their comments.



Dendor Poll Herefords Welsh Herd of the Year 2016 Female of the Year 2016. Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th Following on from Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th in 2015 & Dendor 1 Molly 41st in 2014

Junior Male Champion at the National Poll Show & Kington Show 2016. Dendor 1 Nairiobi

Female Champion HCS Spring Show & Sale 2016. Dendor 1 Molly 44th

D E, E D & A L JONES, Gwastadgoed, Llanwnog, Caersws, Powys, Wales, SY175NZ Aled and Jen 01686-688266 or 07974416527 Email: Web :

Visitors always welcome. Again thank you to those who purchased Dendor Stock this year.


Pepperstock Herefords - Midland & East Anglia The Pepperstock Herd is based on our family run mixed farm on the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border. Together with my parents Gary and Angela, we farm around 3,000 acres of arable combinable crops on a variety of farming agreements. We have 450 acres of grass available for our pedigree suckler herd of 60 poll Hereford cows, 20 Hereford cross cows and a couple of stray Aberdeen Angus cows bought in before we saw the light! The farm was originally a dairy farm starting when my great grandfather moved from Ayrshire to Newlands Farm, Luton in 1933. The M1 motorway then cut the farm in half in 1958 and we were subsequently offered the tenancy of Pepsal End Farm, Pepperstock which is where we are based now. We keep all the cattle here apart from a few calves that we keep at Newlands Farm when weaned.

were preparing for our wedding and got married in June. As the farm business is predominantly arable cropping low maintenance cattle are essential to us. Calving takes place December to April, whilst the herd is housed. Calves are creep fed in their first nine months to encourage rapid growth in order to calve into the herd at just over two years old. Cows are maintained on a forage only diet with mineralised feed blocks being offered.

In 2006 we bought the first Hereford cows from A G Wright & Son (Farms) Ltd at Ely when visiting to purchase a sweeper bull for the Holstein dairy herd. This is how the pedigree Hereford herd started and the “Pepperstock” prefix was first registered in 2011 following the move from dairy to beef. Hereford bulls had been used on our farm for many years for cross breeding and their quiet nature and ability to finish on a grass based system were the main consideration when selecting a beef breed. With our Hereford herd now fairly established we only keep the very best bred males and females for potential breeding and re-appraise at 12 months of age. Our aim is to breed animals with superior length and strength in order to achieve a 370kg deadweight carcase at under two years old. Cattle are sold to Dunbia or more recently to Dovecote Park.

Whilst relatively new to the show circuit notable achievements have been Female Champion at the Royal Norfolk Show in 2015 with Pepperstock 1 Jade and Senior Male Champion at the Royal Three Counties 2015 Show with Pepperstock 1 Kingsley. We have been made to feel very welcome by the Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Members and very much value their advice and assistance since joining the breed and we look forward to a long and enjoyable involvement with both Hereford cattle and Hereford breeders.

The foundation cow families were purchased almost all as maiden heifers from Badlingham, Hermitage, Kinglee and Boundless herds, along with a small herd all carrying the Bromham prefix. The first sire used was Kinglee 1 Gangster by Dorepoll 1 93N Nationwide, originally purchased as a bull for crossbreeding. It was noticeable how much length this bull was leaving in his progeny. Sadly “Gangster” died at three years old but he had produced a super looking bull calf out of Boundless 1 Venus which was the first pedigree male to be registered under the Pepperstock prefix. This bull, Pepperstock 1 Kingsley is now our first choice sire and is producing some excellent offspring which we will be showing in 2017. In 2016 showing did rather take a back seat as Sophie and I

Jim on his wedding day!



Pepperstock Polled Herefords ‘There’s no stock like Pepperstock’

MEAHBA Herd Competition Overall Winner. Joint 3rd National Herd Competition 2016

Herd Sire: Pepperstock 1 Kingsley. Kingsley calves. Venus (MEAHBA best heifer calf) & Fascination

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Jim Speirs : 07979 463480 / 01582 450962 Email: Stock Available For Sale Speirs Farms Ltd Pepsal End Farm, Pepperstock, Luton, Beds, LU14LH






Fisher Herefords - South of England As I lie here on my sun lounger with a cool Corona in hand looking out over the Caribbean sea, I get a reminder on my iPad from David Deakin requesting my herd report for the Breed Journal, so here goes…….. We at Fisher are very pleased to have won the Best Herd Competition for the South of England and to be in the mix for the top herd in the Country. Particularly pleasing were the comments from the judges. The Area judge, a Limousin breeder, was very impressed by the commercial qualities of our cattle and the fact that they would compare well across all breeds. He liked their ability to calve easily, grow at a good rate off grass, have such high carcase values and were free from waste – traits which Fisher Herefords have always been known for. The consistency and temperament of the herd also attracted good comments from both judges. They also much admired the milking ability of the cows and stock sire Fisher 1 Jaguar as a fine figurehead for the herd and who was looking his absolute best at the time of the judges’ visits. We really enjoyed the presentation that George Thorne gave at the Annual Dinner ably assisted by his charming assistant (& wife!) Ionwy, it was full of positive comments all spiced with good humour, something which was appreciated by all in attendance. Well done George!

Fisher 1 Jaguar with a few cows ‘Chilling’

Promotion of the herd is very limited as we are quite a distance from the most important shows for the breed. We try to exhibit at a number of shows including the South of England, Royal Three Counties, The National Poll Show and Newbury but the early season shows do not suit us so well, as we do not individually prepare animals for them. The policy of late is to try and take out our best animals to the Hereford Shows & Sales which has met with considerable success. In 2016 we had the Champion and top price bull at the April Sale with Fisher 1 McCoy and top price with Fisher 1 Ensign a few years before. Another bull I should mention is Fisher 1 Charlie who sired a top priced bull at more than one major Show & Sale for the McMordie family’s Solpoll herd.

Group of bulls and Fergus ‘all tagged’

The herd itself is now around 60 cows in total, with approximately half of them going to “Jaguar”, a son of the renowned home-bred bull Fisher 1 Cracker, over the past three years or so. We have also introduced new genetics more recently through the Danish bull Bondes i Hubert and through imported semen from around the world - but always with market trends in mind.

Fisher 1 Mc Coy Grand Male Champion and Top Price at 9,000gns at Hereford Spring Show & Sale 2016



For those who do not know, the Fisher Herd was started some 43 years ago by my father and I, we purchased of a whole crop of females from the Warehead herd and a bull Wayland 1 Hardy. Additionally we purchased some select females from the Wayland herd and also some top females from other major herds when they became available. New genetics have been added by purchasing the best bulls around and also through AI. When the herd was established in the 1970’s the breed was at a high but the situation was changing due to supermarket demands which Native breeds were unable to satisfy. The more progressive breeders began to source genetics from North America and as a result the breed saw major changes in type, some good and unfortunately some not so good. At Fisher Herefords we imported

Fisher 1 Eva N433 a nine month old daughter of Bondes Hubert




Fisher 1 Midas M415

Sire: Fisher 1 Jaguar / Dam: Fisher 1 Cheerful H316 EBV TSI +29 To be used in the herd and shown before being offered for sale

Fisher 1 Monarch M14

Both bulls offered for sale at 2017 Spring Show & Sale

Born 09-02-15 EBV TSI +30 Sire: Fisher 1 Jaguar / Dam: Fisher 1 Susan H318

Fisher 1 Noah N429

Born 27-07-15 EBV TSI +29 Sire: Fisher 1 Jaguar / Dam: Fisher 1 Susan D231

Semen available from Fisher 1 Jaguar J347 & Fisher 1 Hardy H323 at HCS or UK Sires

Member of AHVLA Herdsure - Breedplan Recorded Herd - 4 year TB Test Area. Thank you to all purchasers of Fisher Herefords to whom we wish every success.

R. J. Hutchings

Fisher Farm, South Mundham, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 1ND

Telephone: 01243 262252 Mobile: 07881 944394 Email:

Visitors welcome by appointment

HERD WINNERS - 2016 two bulls from Canada, Kilmorlie Banker and Harvie Anxiety which were to have a major influence on the herd. This gave the herd new impetus but still the Native breeds were on the decline, so a decision was taken to invest in another breed to run alongside the Herefords, so purchased some Salers. This was a very successful move for us and then we moved into Aberdeen Angus at the request of some of our commercial customers at the time. We were in these two breeds for some 15 years during which time our Hereford sales had reached an all time low. Fortunes for the Native breeds, however, were about to see further changes with the commencement of supermarket driven Branded Beef Schemes - introduced in the late 1990’s early 2000’s. This has certainly shown a gradual improvement in quality and demand for our breed, we like to think we as breeders have played a small part in this. I think the moral of the story is never to be complacent and always look to improve, with your customers being the key priority. I believe the Hereford Breed is in a better position now than it has been for a very long time and at Fisher we want to be a part of a bright future. In the meantime, time for a refreshing swim in the ocean, then back to the sun lounger and another nice cool beer. It’s a hard life!

Fisher 1 Susan M417 an 18 month old daughter of Fisher 1 Jaguar

Fisher 1 Jane L397 a two year old heifer with her ‘Jaguar’ bull calf at foot at just a few days old

Fisher 1 Nelson N437 a much admired 2016 born calf by Fisher 1 Jaguar

Panmure Herefords - Scotland By Audrey Anderson

Winning the Scottish herd of the year was an honour for us, especially given the small number of cows we have. We run 16 Hereford cows alongside our 15 Charolais cow herd on our farm on the East Coast of Scotland. Panmure Herefords were established in 1969 by my parents, Alex and Jessie Cant. Having won the National Herd Competition in 2006, we pride ourselves on being able to achieve success in the breed with our small herd. All of our females are home bred and we believe that strong, successful females are the most important component of any herd. We have had a successful few years in the show and show & sale rings, with our previous herd sires, Romany 1 Distiller, followed by Hawkesbury 1 Volcano breeding well for us. Our first two sons of “Distiller” topped the Hereford Sale in 2011, with Panmure 1 Goliath making the record price at that time of 8,300gns, and Panmure 1 Gino close behind at 8,100gns. The 10 hour journey seemed well worth it that year! Another top son of “Distiller” was Panmure 1 Henry, bought by the McMordies, Solpoll Herefords in Northern Ireland. We are always extremely pleased to see our cattle perform well for other herds, and “Henry” certainly has. Two of his



sons were the first bulls over the 10,000gns mark, and following a successful year for Solpoll, “Henry” went on to be Sire of the Year in 2015.

plan d e e r B ded Recor Reserve Male Champion and Overall junior Champion, RHS 2016


Scottish Herd of the year 2016

Male and Reserve Overall Champion, Scottish National 2016

Memb er Hi-He s of alt Schem h e

Top Price of 5,200gns at Hereford Society Sale 2016 Panmure 1 Mumford Thank you to all our customers

J.M Cant & Partners

Easter Knox Farm, Arbirlot, Arbroath, Angus DD11 2PZ Audrey:- 01241 871660

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Panmure 1 Noah took the Overall Junior Championship at Stars of the Future

Panmure 1 Nugget took the Reserve Junior Championship at Stars of the Future Calf Show

We had our own success in the show ring with Panmure 1 Blessing and her twin calves, who in 2014 won both the Royal Highland Show and Scottish National Show and went on to be crowned Miss Europe in the Hereford Champion of the World Competition.

Plum L7, was Grand Female and Reserve Overall Champion at the Royal Highland Show, and was part of the winning Native Group of Three, a huge boost for the Breed. Panmure 1 Mumford was the other star of the team, a grandson of “Volcano”, he was Overall Junior and Reserve Male Champion before going on to win Reserve Native Beef Breeder Bull at the Highland Show, and Grand Male and Reserve Overall Champion at the Scottish National. He went on to prove his worth at the Autumn Hereford Sale, where he stood Reserve Senior Champion, before going on to top the sale.

“Volcano” had a hard act to follow, but he proved to be the right bull for us, adding scale and length to our herd and leaving some promising females. We had one of our best show seasons this summer with “Volcano” progeny. Our two year old, Panmure 1

Our current stock bull, Dendor 1 Leota, was bought for his size and power, having come from an excellent female line. He was spotted by my daughter, Abbie, when she was helping at lambing time at Dendor, she phoned me to say she thought she had found our next stock bull, so I took the train down to Wales to see for myself, and the rest as they say is history. She is extremely relieved that his first calves look very promising, but time will tell. Having a small herd, we aim to have each cow not only having a calf every year, but producing quality breeding stock. We always believed that it was Quality & not Quantity that was important in our herd. We strive to maintain the high standards & successes which were started many years ago by Dad, we would like to introduce Panmure Genetics into as many herds as possible whether it be with the purchase of a stock bull or some females. I feel happy in the knowledge that Panmure Herefords will continue for many years to come in the safe hands of Abbie alongside her Charolais herd.

At the 2016 Scottish National Show, Panmure Herefords took the Royal Bank of Scotland Salver Group of Three




Hyde / Docklow Herefords - West Midlands Many thanks to Des Kelly for giving up his time and kindly judging our local herd competition. It was a pleasure to meet both Des and his neighbour Richard who was acting as his chauffeur. It was quite a surprise and a great honour to win the West Midlands herd Competition. As a family we have had Hereford cattle for many years, the first bull we exported to Australia was in 1836. Most of our herd is British Polled, we have about 100 breeding females and due to the recurring issue of TB we have concentrated on finishing our cattle for Dovecote Park rather than Pedigree sales. We have used a number of poll and horned bulls over the years, but I think the two with the biggest influence would have been firstly Chapelton 1 Hercules from Donald Biggar and secondly Udel 1 R51 Tolkien from David, Mary and Daithi Carroll. These bulls have made big steps forward for us and brought in traits we wanted while complementing what we already had. Our Hereford cattle are an integral part of our organic mixed farm in the Teme Valley on the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border. We also farm hops, cider fruit, sheep and a bit of arable. The cows spend most of their time on the banks, while we make silage and graze the young stock on the flood meadows and leys. We are not part of an official health scheme, but have a herd plan with our vets. We are free of Johnnes disease, IBR and BVD and we vaccinate for BVD and Leptospirosis as a matter of course. Our breeding and general policy’s’ are aimed at ease of management and maximum production of beef from grass. We aim to have a uniform herd of cows that can calve unassisted and rear a calf to weaning without intervention and then do it all again the next year. To achieve this, we look for functional cattle with good teats, udders, feet and legs. A good temperament is a prerequisite and from a production point of view we are looking for good growth rates and muscle scores. We select our breeding heifers to go to the bull at 15 months and have done so for the last 30 years. To do this they need to be big

enough and mature enough. Any that are scanned empty in the Autumn can then go to Dovecote Park at about 20 months. The obvious result of this is that we are selecting fast growing cattle off dams with enough milk. The less obvious result is that we are breeding from highly fertile, healthy cattle that can achieve the required growth from grass. Once we have selected a bunch of heifers to choose from we then scan them for muscle score and fat depth and discard any that don’t make the grade, they are then vaccinated for BVD and Leptospirosis prior to bulling. We try to have modest sized cows leading to a saleable carcase at 19 to 21 months of age. To do this we calve in February/March and sell fat October/November the following year. This has several advantages for us; firstly, the young cattle are only housed through one winter, so saving significant costs. Secondly they are available for sale at a time that our market needs them. Thirdly by the time the spring milk flush comes the calves are 6 to 8 weeks old and can cope with the milk and avoid scours. We believe Hereford cattle are ideally suited to our farm and the way we farm, they are easy handling and superb at converting the available forage into a top quality, highly valued product.




Cato Herefords - South West The yard at Cheddarmarsh is still a building site. We moved the herd in at the beginning of March having kitted out the cattle buildings and bull pens. We have now nearly completed on the rest of the work…….. We made the move so that we could continue to breed Herefords and have time sometimes to stand back and enjoy them. It is a plan now with the work nearly finished that is coming into its own. An essential part of the plan was to find and employ a full time stockman. For too long we had the difficulty of finding help for work with the animals. Tractor drivers are easy to find but even then they are not necessarily keen to drive the ‘old cronks’ that make up our stable. We were therefore very fortunate to have Chris Richens come to join us. Chris and Wendy moved to Cheddarmarsh at the beginning of January and straight away helped with the relocation of the herd. The move for the cattle was straightforward and spring calving progressed well with no major incidents. A great relief in view of the great upheaval around them. Surely this is one of the greatest attributes of the Hereford breed that they can adapt so calmly and effortlessly to new surroundings. Now nearly a year on we can look back on a rewarding year. An effort by everyone including our two keen youngsters Sophie Osler and Tom Dixon enabled us to go to the National Poll Show, where we were placed in every class entered including the young handlers; a credit to Chris’s tutelage and their enthusiasm. This enthusiasm showed through I think when we were judged by Clive Davies for the South West Herd Competition. It gave a huge lift to all of us to win our area against some very good herds. On 25th September we hosted a South West Hereford Association Open Day, the sun shone, seventy people came to see us to enjoy tea and cake, a walk around the cattle, steam trains passing by courtesy of the West Somerset Railway and an entertaining halter making demonstration. Three weeks later we took Cato 1 Miller to the Autumn Show & Sale and I am delighted that he is now at Nick and Lucy Holdsworth’s Pebworth herd in Stratford Upon Avon. We wish them every good fortune with him, he was certainly a bit of a favourite here. We came home from the Show & Sale with Dendor 1 Napoleon, the Overall Male Champion. We had been up to the Jones’ Gwastadgoed Farm in Powys, Mid-Wales to see “Napoleon” in the Summer and we are very pleased that we were eventually able to secure him as a future stock bull. He will join Harveybros 1 Lachie who is already here, he’s showing a lot of promise as we already have a number



of his calves on the ground. They are well marked, stylish and very lively from the word go. The Autumn calving cows are either by Barbern 1 Hercules or Panmure 1 Hugo; “Lachie” is stamping his calves from both. There will be a further addition now to our collection of future stock bulls. At the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show I spotted a young bull calf being shown with its mother from the Baybridge herd of Les and Thelma Gould. The calf in question, Baybridge 1 Night Star, will be joining us some time before the end of 2016. This calf is by Bosa 1 Huntsman and out of a very deep-bodied cow Baybridge 1 Felicity. It is the type of calf which is very hard to find when out looking. I saw him in August and I think he will complement our herd very nicely. The future of the herd looks set fair. New accommodation, new bloodlines and determination from us all to succeed.

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Barbern Herefords - North of England Barbara and I were very pleased to have been chosen regional winners for the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association (NEHBA). After culling some of the older cows earlier in the year the herd looked a more consistent group, something that our area judge picked up on straight away. The Judge this time was a retired Aberdeen Angus Breeder namely David Fish who has judged far and wide and is very competent at his job. He is not afraid to give his views either good or bad but is always very honest in his decisions. We are aiming at breeding quality animals that go on to produce good carcases and our two senior stock bulls Listimous 1 Encore and Barbern 1 Gargantuan are proving their worth siring young bulls with lots of muscle and clean shoulders. Better ones are going into pedigree herds and the rest to either suckler herds or dairy farms. Both stock bulls are producing females with good mothering ability and plenty of milk.

Barbern 1 Jackie 217

Listimous 1 Encore

Barbern 1 Jackie 228 with a bull calf

We run a closed herd but, from time to time, we do have to buy in a new stock bull. Having quietly looked for a year or two we purchased Dendor 1 Mufasa. We are hoping his offspring live up to the good name of his breeders. Landwise 2016 has been a difficult year, second in line to 2012 because of the continual rain from about the middle of June. Grass has grown and silage was cut and baled in drier times and seems to be good quality - having said all that the calves have done well and look a pretty even bunch. On the day David Fish judged, the heavens opened and one of the fields that some first calving heifers and their calves were in looked more like a rice paddy field than the Lancashire countryside. But Herefords are very resilient and weather doesn’t bother them too much. However, at the beginning of October when the land was more like a bog than field, enough was enough, and the cows and calves were housed and they were only too pleased to come in. Let’s hope for a short winter.

Barbern 1 June 269

We now await the 2017 calving season with anticipation.

Some Barbern in calf heifers



Barbern 1 June 093


Listimous 1 Encore, Barbern 1 Gargantuan and Dendor 1 Mufasa

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Hereford Breeders' Associations and Clubs U.K. Dyfed Hereford Breeders' Club

North of England H.B.A.

Hereford Cattle Breeders' Association

North Wales Hereford Breeders' Club South of England Hereford Breeders' /Clwb Henffordd Gogledd Cymru Association

Hereford Stockmen's Club

Northern Ireland H.B.A.

Midlands and East Anglia H.B.A.

Powys Hereford Breeders' Club

Hon. Secretary: Mrs. L. Roderick The Bank Farm, Scurlage Castle, Scurlage, Gower, Swansea, SA3 1BA.

Hon. Secretary: Mrs. A. C. Allman Amberley Court, Sutton St. Nicholas, Herefordshire, HR1 3BX Hon. Secretary: Mrs. H.M. Timmis Moor Farm, Ruyton Road, Baschurch, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 2BA. Hon. Secretary: Mr. A.L. Pittam 38 Ashby Road, Braunston, Daventry, Northants, NN11 7HE.

Hon. Secretary: Mrs. J. Cooper 24 Jubilee Road, Walmer Bridge, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 5QY.

Hon. Secretary: Mrs. N. Jones Bryn Awel, Tynlon, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 3LX.

Hon. Secretary: Mr. R.I. Haire Loughanhill, 41 Divis Road, Dundrod, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT29 4UB. Hon. Secretary: Mr. G. Pritchard Woodlands, Tramway, Hirwaun, Aberdare, CF44 9NU.

Calendar of Events 2017 JANUARY 20th

Premier Winter Show & Sale, Dungannon, N.I.


Spring Show & Sale, Carlisle, Cumbria

APRIL 4th 24th

Spring Show & Sale, Hereford Spring Show & Sale, Dungannon, N.I.

MAY 10th-13th Royal Ulster Show, Balmoral Showground 18th Beef Expo, NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire 27th Shropshire County Show, Shrewsbury 29th Surrey County Show, Guildford 31st-3rd June Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

JUNE 8th-10th 8th-10th 10th 16th-18th 20th-21st 22nd-25th 24th-25th 25th 28th-29th

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, Cornwall South of England Show, Ardingly, Sussex Armagh County Show, Armagh Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, Worcester Cheshire County Show, Knutsford, Cheshire Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh Bromyard Gala, Herefordshire Bury Show, Bury Royal Norfolk Show, Norfolk

JULY 1st 11th-13th 22nd 22nd 24th-27th

Monmouthshire Show, Monmouth Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate N.I. National & Antrim Agricultural Show, Antrim Scottish National Show, Biggar Show Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells, Powys



Scottish Hereford Breeders' Association

Hon. Secretary: Mrs. P. Wason Redwells, Kinglassie, Lochgelly, Fife, KY5 0UD.

Hon. Secretary: Miss A. Hewlett 1 The Courtyard, Ruckmans Lane, Oakwood Hill, Surrey, RH5 5ND.

South Western Hereford Association

Hon. Secretary: Ms A. Kerslake Nicholashayne Farm, Nicholashayne Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9QY.

Traditional Hereford Breeders' Club

Hon. Secretary: Mr. D.F. Fenton Honour Farm, St. Michaels, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6TJ.

AUGUST 5th 13th 15th-16th 15th-17th

National Hereford Show, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire National Hereford Show (Ireland), Tullamore, Co. Offaly Anglesey Show, Anglesey Pembrokeshire Show, Withybush County Showground, Haverfordwest

SEPTEMBER 2nd 9th 16th-17th

National Poll Hereford Show, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire Kington Show, Kington, Herefordshire Royal County of Berkshire Show, Priors Court, Chieveley, Nr. Newbury, Berkshire

OCTOBER 10th 20th 28th

Autumn Show & Sale, Hereford Autumn Hereford Show, Carlisle, Cumbria National Hereford Calf Show, Cirencester Market

NOVEMBER 3rd 12th 14th-15th 18th-19th 21st 27th-28th

Hereford Autumn Calf Show in conjunction with Agri Expo , Carlisle Midlands & East Anglia H.B.A. Calf Show, Newark County Showground East of England Smithfield Festival, Peterborough English Winter Fair at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire Allams Christmas Show & Sale, Balmoral, Belfast Royal Welsh Agricultural Winter Fair, Builth Wells, Powys

DECEMBER 7th 9th

Royal Ulster Winter Fair, Balmoral H.C.B.A. Christmas Calf Show, Shrewsbury Livestock Market, Shrewsbury




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Hereford Spring Show & Sale - Herefords' are the real McCoy! Bulls top 9,000gns and Heifers 5,700gns

The Hereford Cattle Society Spring Show & Sale exceeded all expectations…….

Show Heifers A 100% clearance of the Show Heifers offered saw a top of 5,700 gns. paid for the Grand Female Champion, 14 month old Dendor 1 Molly 44th sired by the Danish bull, SMH Euro 30E bred & exhibited by D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Newtown, Powys. “Molly” was purchased by local breeder, P.D. Vaughan, Kingsland, Herefordshire.

Reserve Female Champion Romany 1 Ishbel H12 M4 sold for 5,300gns

Grand Female Champion Dendor 1 Molly 44th with, from L to R, Sponsor Justin Frankfort Nordic Star Tags, Twm Jones and Judge Robert Thomas

Solpoll 1 Starlet M8 from J&W McMordie sold for 5,500gns

month old Moorside 1 Jane 6th by Canadian sire CCR 57 G Stamina sell for 3,800 gns. to Highridge Farm Partnership, Oxted, Surrey. The 19 Show Heifers sold for £61,845 to Average £3,255.00

Show Bulls Female Champion & Top Price Female Dendor 1 Molly 44th sold for 5,700gns

An 80% clearance of the bulls offered saw the Grand Male Champion, 18 month old Fisher 1 McCoy (745 kgs) by Fisher 1 Jaguar, bred & exhibited by W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Chichester,

Mr. Vaughan also purchased the Reserve Female Champion, 20 month old Romany 1 Ishbel H12 M4 sired by Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12 and bred by J.R.B. Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Roxburghshire for 5,300 gns. and two heifers bred by J. & W. McMordie, Ballygowan, Co. Down, Northern Ireland sired by Panmure 1 Henry – 19 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M1 for 3,600 gns. and 18 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M14 for 4,200 gns. Messrs. McMordie went on to sell three further heifers, 19 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M8 by Solpoll 1 Dynamite for 5,500 gns. to J. Radcliffe, Swansea; 19 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M6 by Danish sire Moeskaer Keno for 3,600 gns. to A.G. Whittle, Heywood, Lancashire and 19 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M9 by Panmure Henry for 3,300 gns. to E. Pierce, Tiverton, Devon. Messrs. G. & M.C. Shepherd, Preston, Lancashire saw their 12



Fisher 1 McCoy from WJ Hutchings & Sons Male Champion & Top Price at 9000gns


Solpoll 1 Milkyway from J&W McMordie sold for 8,400gns

Solpoll 1 Maverick from J&W McMordie sold for 6,000gns

Sussex top the sale at 9,000 gns. and sold to Highridge Farm Partnership, Oxted, Surrey. J. & W. McMordie, Ballygowan, Co. Down sold 19 month old Solpoll 1 Milkyway (780 kgs) by Panmure 1 Henry for 8,400 gns. to P. Murphy, Wychnor, Staffordshire and another “Henry” son, 25 month old Solpoll 1 Lawyer (975 kgs) for 8,000 gns. to Mr. & Mrs. J.R. Pike & Son, Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Barwise 1 Lekhwair from Mrs CS Fletcher sold for 6,400gns

Mr. M. Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire sold the first bull through the ring, 30 month old Rempstone 1 245N Comply-or-Die (1,195 kgs) for 5,000 gns. to P. Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire.

Solpoll 1 Lawyer from J&W McModie sold for 8000gns

A further two 19 month old bulls, Solpoll 1 Maverick (815 kgs) by Solpoll 1 Dynamite for 6,000 gns. purchased by Spendlove Bros., Kettering, Northants., and Solpoll 1 Mr. Daffy (795 kgs) by the Australian sire Wirruna Daffy D1 for 5,400 gns. to H. Richardson, Redditch, Worcestershire. Mrs. C.S. Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria saw her 24 month old Barwise 1 Lekhwair (1,030 kgs) by Barwise 1 Wellington sell for 6,400 gns. to G.J. & E.M. Thomas, Ferwig, Cardiganshire. Rempstone 1 245N Comply or Die sold for 5,000gns




Grand Male Championship presentation, from L to R, Judge Robert Thomas, Mary Reynolds with Fisher 1 McCoy, breeder Reg Hutchings and Sponsor Michael Midgley, JM Midgley Farm Services

Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd., Thetford, Norfolk, first-time exhibitors at the Society’s Sales sold two 19 month old bulls, Shadwell 1 Bomber M768 (920 kgs) by Solpoll 1 Dynamite for 4,600 gns. to T.G.R. Williams & Sons, Olney, Buckinghamshire and Shadwell 1 Beethoven M774 (1,050 kgs) by Aldersley 1 Edgar for 4,200 gns. to Mr. & Mrs. D.L. Wallace, Dulverton, Somerset. D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Newtown, Powys, sold their 19 month old Dendor 1 Maverick (845 kgs) by Solpoll 1 Gilbert for 4,800 gns. to R. Hobbs, Truro, Cornwall. Messrs. Jones then went on to sell another son of “Gilbert”, the youngest bull in the Sale, 12 month old Dendor 1 Mufasa (575 kgs) for 4,500 gns. to B. & B. Rimmer, Preston, Lancashire. Messrs. L.R. & A.M. Ayre, South Molton, Devon sold their recently imported Danish bred bull, 13 month old Aland Leopold (645 kgs) by the Irish bull Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty for 3,700 gns. to P. Riley, Towcester, Northants. The Reserve Grand Male Champion bred & exhibited by G. Blandford, Bosbury, Herefordshire, 14 month old Bosa 1 Ken (660 kgs) by Eldersfield 1 Carter sold for 3,200 gns. to H. & E. Rudge, Ballingham, Hereford. J.R.B. Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Roxburghshire sold their two 19 month old bulls, Romany 1 Magnate F57 M25 (830 kgs) by Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57 for 3,400 gns. to H.A. Colburn & Son, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and Romany 1 Mandate D1 M51 (860 kgs) by the Danish bull, SMH Castro 0001 for 3,000 gns. to go back to Scotland to P. Brown, Lanark. Messrs. W. & R. Kemp & Sons, St. Helens, Bishop Auckland sold two 22 month old bulls, both by Auckvale Advance 790E – Auckvale Lighthouse 1416L (880 kgs) for 3,000 gns. to E.B. Walker & Co., Clifton-on-Thame, Worcestershire and Auckvale Legend



Judge Robert Thomas 'getting them sorted out'

1424L (925 kgs) also for 3,000 gns. to M. Jordan & son, Chathill, Northumberland. 45 Bulls sold for £153,667.50 to Average £3,414.83

Non-Show Heifers In the Females for Sale Only section, which this year consisted of an offering of 25 heifers, only one missed to sell. Topping this section was a 13 month old heifer bred & exhibited by P.J. & A.C. Allman, Sutton St. Nicholas, Herefordshire, Greenyards 1 Echo M346, a daughter of the Australian sire, Wirruna Daffy D1 selling for 2,700 gns. to B. Head, Barnt Green, Birmingham. R. Edwards & E. Smith, Swindon, Wiltshire saw their 23 month old heifer, Classic 1 Justa-Lady by the Danish bull, Slyk’s 1 Elevation sell for 2,500 gns. to Wick Farm Partnership, Devizes, Wiltshire. A small consignment of heifers from A.J. & L.R. Hobson, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire saw a 24 month old incalf heifer, Eldersfield 1 Lilac L997, by Fisher 1 Ensign E254 sell for 2,300 gns. to T.I. Pugh, Twyn, Gwynedd who purchased a second 23 month old incalf heifer, Eldersfield 1 Regina L1019, another daughter of Fisher 1 Ensign E254 for 2,000 gns. B., H. & M.R. Myers, Godalming, surrey sold their 23 month old heifer, Boundless 1 Raine 1291 by Frys Cross 1 Oberon for 2,000 gns. to I.C. Markham, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. 24 non-shown heifers sold for £39,060.00 to Average £1,627.50 Breed Society Secretary, David Prothero, felt that in the present agricultural climate the Sale had proven to be a great success with almost a total clearance of the females offered and an 80% clearance of the bulls, selling 45 at this year’s Sale compared to 23 last year. Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster


Irish Breeders top the bidding at the Mara Herefords Reduction Sale Having built the Mara Herd of Herefords up to is present size over the last 30 years or so, Bob & Margaret Borwick, Preston Deanery, Northampton have had to reach a decision to reduce numbers to a more manageable size. The Sale held at Hereford Livestock Market on Saturday, 29th October, and conducted by the Auctioneers, Brightwells of Leominster, saw 30 Lots sell for a total of £58,750.00 to average £1,958.25. Cows and Calves in demand with 4½ year old Mara Blossom 40th, along with her 4 week old bull calf, selling for 3,100 gns. to Mr. M. Moore, County Tyrone. The 7½ year old Badlingham Blossom 155th and her 4 week old bull calf also selling for 3,100 gns. to Mr. C. McGrath, Co. Meath. The 4½ year old cow, Mara Bonny 38th with her 3 week old heifer calf, sold for 3,000 gns. to Mr. F. Harrington, Co. Roscommon. Another 4½ year old incalf Mara Bonny 40th sold for 2,600 gns. to Mr. D. Dickinson, Mallowburn Herefords, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and her 7 month old heifer calf Mara Bonny 45th selling for 1,100 gns. to Herefordshire Meats, Madley, Herefordshire.

Bob Borwick with Mara Blossom 40th

The Incalf Heifers topped at 1,900 gns. for Mara Bonny 42nd which was also purchased by Mr. D. Dickinson. The Bulls on offer saw 4 year old Mara Kestrel, who had been running with most of the Sale females, sell for 2,700 gns. to Mr. C. McGrath, Co. Meath. A small offering of three females included in the Sale from The Elms School of Ledbury saw their 5½ year old cow, Elms School Zodina, along with her week old heifer calf, sell for 2,550 gns. to Mr. C.R. Amphlett, Craven Arms, Shropshire who also purchased the 18 month old maiden heifer, Elms School Cinnamon for 1,950 gns. The last heifer in the Sale, 18 month old Elms School Bonny Cracker, sold for 1,900 gns. to Mrs. J.A. Pudge, Black Hall Herefords, Kings Pyon, Herefordshire.

MARA HERD 10 Cows & Calves sold to Average £2,730.00 6 Incalf Heifers sold to Average £1,592.50 6 Maiden Heifers sold to Average £1,277.50 5 Bulls sold to Average £1,501.50

ELMS SCHOOL 3 Females sold to Average £2,240.00




90% Clearance at Autumn Show & Sale - as Herefords are in demand!

Bulls and Females both sell to a top of £5,500

There was brisk trade at Hereford Market for pedigree Herefords at the Society’s Autumn Show & Sale. Show females commenced the sale with the second lot through the ring - Grand Female Champion, Dendor 1 Anna Mary 26th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Newtown, Powys, setting the tone for the day - selling for the Top Price of 5,200gns to AG Whittle, Heywood, Lancashire. Twenty five month old “Anna Mary 26th”, in calf to Danish bull SMH Euro 30E, is sired by newly crowned UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. She has excellent BreedPlan performance recorded figures being in the top 10% for the Breed for 200, 400 & 600 Day Weights and Top 5% for Eye Muscle Area, Rib Fat & Retail Beef Yield. Shadow Judge James Ludgate, Master Judge Michael Clark, Sponsor Kenny Linton from Dunbia, Twm Jones with Dendor 1 Anna Mary 26th & presenting the Kew ‘Otter’ trophy for the Grand Female Championship Will Jackson, COOP Agricultural Manager.

“Plum” family and is sired by Hawkesbury 1 Volcano. A further Panmure female, this time Panmure 1 Blessing M7 sired by Panmure 1 Kingsman sold for 2,800gns to FC Jones & Co. Upper House Herefords, Kington, Herefordshire.

Dendor 1 Anna Mary 26th sold for top price female 5,200gns

The Dendor females were much sought after with 23 month old Dendor 1 Lily 19th selling for 3,600gns to PD & JM Vaughan, Kingsland Herefords, Leominster, Herefordshire. “Lily 19th”, sired by SMH Euro 30E is in calf to Canadian sire Harvie Jarva 52J. Twenty five month old Dendor 1 Greta 19th, also in calf to Harvie Jarva 52J and a maternal sister to the show’s Grand Male Champion Dendor 1 Napoleon, sired by Dendor 1 Kalgoorlie sold for 3,500gns to RJ Windsor, Nantwich, Cheshire. Finally, 14 month old Dendor 1 Anna Mary 30th sired by SMH Euro 30E sold for 3,200gns to S E Coar, Preston, Lancashire. Other leading prices in the show heifer section saw Lot 13 - twenty month old maiden heifer Panmure 1 Plum M6 from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath Angus, Tayside, sell for 3,600gns to PD & JM Vaughan. She’s another top animal out of the award winning



Fellow Scottish breeders JRB Wilson & Sons also enjoyed a good day with all of their Romany females in demand. Leading the way was 13 month old Romany 1 Julia H12 N11, sired by Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12, who sold to local breeders GE & SE Jackson, Marshland Herefords, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. Eighteen month old Romany 1 Mink ST M68 sired by Spurstow 1 Star Bright Future sold to PR & RJ Lewis, Cerrig Herefords, Corwen, North Wales for 2,600gns. Lastly, 12 month old Romany 1 Ishbel K956 N26, another “Star Bright Future” daughter sold for 2,500gns to SE Coar. The Reserve Female Championship went to 25 month old maiden heifer Coley 1 Emerald from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. “Emerald”, a grand daughter of former Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe, is sired by 2015 Royal Highland Show Champion Sky High 1 Korker and was sold for 2,600gns to SE Coar. 18 Show Heifers sold for £49, 560.00 to Average £2,753.33 (95% Clearance) In the bull section it was Reserve Senior Male Champion 18 month old Panmure 1 Mumford (weight 835kg) from JM Cant & Partners


Panmure 1 Mumford sold for top price male at 5,200gns

who recorded the highest price of the day. “Mumford”, sired by Panmure 1 Karl, sold for 5,200gns and will make the long journey back to Scotland as he was purchased by John Torrance & Sons, Knowetop Herefords, Hamilton, Lanarkshire. It was an excellent day for JM Cant & Partners as they also took the Reserve Grand Male Championship with another “Volcano” son, Panmure 1 Monster (weight 895kg). “Monster” sold for 4,800gns to JE, RI & W Haire, Dorepoll Herefords, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Shadow Judge James Ludgate, Master Judge Michael Clark, Sponsor Kenny Linton from Dunbia, Twm Jones with Dendor 1 Napoleon & presenting the impressive Leonardo Pereyra trophy for the Grand Male Champion Will Jackson, COOP Agricultural Manager.

Cato 1 Miller sold for 4,000gns

Reserve Grand Male Champion Panmure 1 Monster sold for 4,800gns

Following their success in the female classes Dendor Herefords also took the Grand Male Championship with Junior Champion, Dendor 1 Napoleon - another top “Gilbert” progeny 13 month old “Napoleon” (weight 675kg) sold for 5,000gns to fellow pedigree breeder JD & RA Moorhouse, Cato Herefords, Taunton, Somerset. Jonathan & Rosemary Moorhouse made room in their trailer for their new acquisition by selling 18 month old Cato 1 Miller (weight 775kg) to N & L Holdsworth, Pebworth Herefords, Stratford-uponAvon, Warwickshire. 21 Bulls sold for £65,940.00 to Average £3,140 (81% Clearance) There was a 100% clearance for females on offer in the for sale

Grand Male Champion Dendor 1 Napoleon sold for 5000gns

Judges in harmony - Master Judge Michael Clark (left) with shadow Judge James Ludgate

only section which realised a top of 2,000gns for Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl 495 from P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire which was purchased by R & RI Shaw, Hallwood Herefords, South Wirral, Cheshire. 14 For Sale Only Females sold for £19,530.00 to Average £1,395.00 (100% Clearance)

Shadow Judge James Ludgate, Master Judge Michael Clark, Aled Jones with Dendor 1 Masterplan, Twm Jones with Dendor 1 Napoleon & presenting the Atok trophy for the Best Pair of Exhibitor Bred Animals Sponsor Justin Frankfurt, Nordic Star Tags.




Prices go Sky High and records are smashed at Designer Genes Sale 2016 Highest priced Poll Hereford female to ever sell at auction in the UK Highest price for a Hereford female sold under 12 months in the UK Highest average of any UK Hereford Sale A quality entry of pedigree Hereford cattle was put forward for the first ever Designer Genes Select Hereford Sale at Shrewsbury Auction last weekend. Seventeen Females and 3 Embryo lots were sold to average £4,717 and gross £94,340 for a clearance total of 80%. The auctioneer was Nick Hyne of Halls Auctions and the sale was managed by Josh Dowbiggin. The sale broke a number of records, being the highest averaging Hereford sale in the UK, as well as the highest priced Poll Hereford female to ever sell at public auction in the UK. Topping the live lots on the day was 10-month old heifer calf Sky High 1 Miss Valentine from B Birch and G Brindley who sold for 8500gns (£8925) to Adam Bowen and family. Out of 2015 Hereford Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and by breed-leading sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23, she is the highest priced Poll Hereford female to ever sell at public auction in the UK, as well as also being the highest priced Hereford female to sell at under 12 months of age in the UK. Congratulations to the Birch and Brindley families on their record breaking day.

Sky High 1 Miss Valentine from B Birch & G Brindley sold for the record price of 8,500gns

Second highest price of the day was paid for breed legend Coley 1 Bubbles 249 from Miss H Whittaker. A twice Native Interbreed Champion and previous Reserve Female of the Year, the whole sale ring gasped when Bubbles entered the ring! This powerhouse female by 2012 Sire of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe then sold for 8000gns (£8400) to PD & JM Vaughan. Three more females from the Coley herd sold at Designer Genes. These females were all ¾ sisters sired by the 5-figure bull Sky High 1 Korker and out of cows sired by Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe (2012 Sire of the Year). Coley 1 Brandy 360, Coley 1 Samantha 369 and Coley 1 Model 378 sold for 3500gns, 3000gns and 3600gns respectively to Speirs Farms Ltd, N & L Holdsworth and PA Astley.



Coley 1 Bubbles 249 from Miss H Whittaker sold for 8,000gns

The Grand Female Champion at the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association Christmas Calf Show (Europe’s largest Hereford Show) was Normanton 1 Enoki 4th from the award winning Normanton herd. Enoki 4th was one of the last daughters of

2016 - SHOW AND SALES Alvian 1 Emperor to ever sell from Normanton. She was sold to J Hodge for 6000gns. A cow/calf pair from G & MC Shepherd’s Moorside Herd was another high selling lot at the sale. Moorside 1 Jane 3rd, a two-year old first calved heifer, had won numerous breed and interbreed titles throughout 2016. She was knocked down to new breeders S & E Walker, Lancashire for 5000gns. Her April born heifer calf, Moorside 1 Jane 9th, a daughter of noted Cogent sire Moorside 1 Joseph was next into the ring. She was sold to Alan Crooks, Sheffield for 3800gns. A lovely January 2016 born heifer from the Frenchstone herd was offered at the event. Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real is the first daughter of Danish sire Moeskaer Magnum to sell in the UK. She was purchased by Robert Allcock for 4400gns.

An in-calf heifer from the famous Bosa herd was also offered at Designer Genes. Bosa 1 Priscilla 993, a daughter of Eldersfield 1 Carter, was a very popular entry on the day, selling for 4000gns to R Williamson. Horned females were also in demand on the day, topping at 3400gns for Auckvale Janet 1579N from the Kemp family. Sired by Kalgoorlie 1322K and out of an Advance 790E daughter, she was sold to Mannon Lewis’ Salbri herd in Angelsey. Two heifers from the impressive Haven herd were offered as a pick lot. Julia 48 and Dowager 180 were the first Haven females to sell at public auction in 35 years. Sired by Kermit and Kingpin, two bulls that a receiving a lot of attention in the horned world. Dowager 180 was sold for 3000gns to CFP, SH & LJ McCreath and Julia 48 went to M J Brewster for 2600gns.

A ‘pick of the heifers’ lot was offered from the Moralee herd of Tom and Di Harrison. Having already won National Champion at the Agri Expo calf show and swept the board at Northumberland County, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the first heifers to ever be sold at auction by Moralee! Both heifers were also the first to sell from senior herd sire Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider. Moralee 1 Nest Egg was sold to PA Astley for 4200gns and Moralee 1 Nigella was sold to George Morgan for 3200 gns. Mr Morgan also offered a heifer at the event - Fardre 1 Ms Gweno, who had already won the Female Championship at Agri Expo earlier in the season. Sired by Harvie High Roller and out of Harvie Ms Gwen 177T, she was knocked down to K Goldstraw for 3200gns.

Embryo Lots

Another young heifer also breached the 4000 guinea barrier. Rempstone 1 Fashion E340, a daughter of noted sire Aldersley 1 Edgar and of the top donor female at Rempstone, Kinglee 1 Fashion. This stunning heifer weighed 420kgs at 7 months of age. She was sold to Victoria Orr for 4200gns.

A late entry embryo lot came from Rockness Herefords in Scotland. A package of three full sibling embryos to Stars of the Future Female Champion Rockness 1 Matilda KH1 were offered as the last lot of the day. These were knocked down to G & MC Shepherd for £1860 (£620 per egg).

A flush of any cow in the herd from the noted Moeskaer herd in Denmark was the first of the embryo lots to sell. Moeskaer Herefords have this year won a number of national and international accolades, including Champion Bull of Europe 2016. This lot was sold for £9000 to MJT Herefords Canada and Dara C Entwistle, Illinois. Another flush of any cow in the herd was also offered on the day, this time from owners of the 2016 Canadian National Champion female Harvie Ranching. The flush sold for £6000 to DRA Fabb and Moeskaer Herefords.

Strong Demand for Females at Lower Hurst Reduction Sale held at Bakewell Mart Lower Hurst pedigree Herefords sell to £3,200 A wonderful day at Bakewell Livestock Market was had by Mr Andrew Sebire who had a small reduction sale from his organic herd of Pedigree Hereford Cows. A total clearance was achieved with a top price on the day of £3,200 for Lower Hurst 1 Crocus 27th. She’s a first calved daughter of former herd sire Romany 1 Distiller and sold with her April born steer calf at foot to J Cairns, Coatbridge, Fife. Just behind the top price and selling for £3,100 was Lower Hurst 1 Prunella 46th a daughter of Dendor 1 Beckham that sold with an April born heifer calf by Dendor 1 Lincoln and scanned back in calf. The successful buyer was JJ Barlow, Dore, Sheffield who was the leading buyer on the day securing 14 lots, including the third top price of £2,800. In calf cows sold to £2,400 for Lower Hurst 1 Playful 64th, a daughter of “Distiller” and due to calve next April to Dendor 1 Lincoln. Ten bulling heifers were also offer for sale and these sold up to £2,500 for a daughter of Dendor 1 Beckham that has been shown successfully this summer at the local show. She was purchased by Messrs Barlow for their Liberty Herd.

Averages: 8 Cows and Calves £2,425; 2 In Calf Cows £1,750; 10 Bulling Heifers £1,575; Overall 20 Lots £1,932.50 Commenting after the sale Mr Sebire said, “The cattle were literally straight from the field and far from show condition - we were pleased both with the prices acheived and a 100% clearance. With some potential buyers going home empty handed the demand for the Hereford Breed remains strong.”




North of England Hereford Breeders' Association By Jackie Cooper, Hon. Secretary Members of the NEHBA have been working very hard to put Herefords on the map again in 2016. We have a very strong membership, which is growing each year - taking us to over 60 members. Carol Fozzard has had her reign in office as Chairperson of the Association, working very hard to ensure all the clubs formalities are carried out as expected. Our thanks go to Carol for her hard work over the past two years. Tom Kemp has been our President and will continue his office for another year, Tom has been present at most major shows and has aided in the presentation of trophies and again we thank Tom for his input over the past year. Matthew Rollason took up the mantle for the Junior Committee member, in 2016. Matthew is known for his input Nationally into the NBA Young Show Stars events and for being a Bursary recipient for the World Hereford Conference held in Uruguay. I’m sure that anyone who meets Matt, will agree, that he is a great person with good ideas and I’m sure he will work well for the young members of the NEHBA. Those few Committee members are to name but a few and there are so many more that make up a ‘’team’’ which aims to deliver an unbiased and fair platform for members in the promotion of the Hereford. Our two Council members are extremely proactive in their conduct both at the Council meetings and the NEHBA meetings. Allen and Bernard do a sterling job, feeding back important information to the club members and vice versa. On behalf of the Association I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you both for your time. I would personally like to thank the team at Hereford House, for their input in always responding to queries and providing information. To have that resource is extremely important, especially when getting back to members on issues that surround them. Our marketing literature and viewing aids are sourced from Hereford House and Emma Jackson, our promotional secretary, has designed a leaflet board (with the help of her husband!) for use at the Shows in reaching the general public. I absolutely believe that the public awareness of the Breed and the delicious and nutritious beef it provides is the key to its success. If there wasn’t as much bureaucracy surrounding cooked meats, then I would surely be pushing food demo’s and tasting demo’s anywhere I could. The beef website is working well and I didn’t know there were as many ways to present/cook beef, as there are, coming through the social networks.

2016 born calves enjoying an afternoon snack at Dendor Herefords

This year we managed to gather a small group of members to visit Northern Ireland, taking in lovely countryside and hospitality. We spanned two days and visited the Richmount and Magheraknock herds. Thanks go to the Graham family and the Smyth family for allowing us to view their herds at such a busy time ahead of the Balmoral Show. We enjoyed our time very much and would definitely do it again. In the same vain members gathered together over a sunny weekend in mid-September, which saw over twenty of us attending two herd visits - to the Fardre herd and the Dendor herd. In between we had our presentation evening, which saw lots of silverware collected by members for various competitions held throughout the year. The full list of results is at the end of this report, well done and congratulations to all winners and participants. Our first visit was with the Morgan family and George certainly knew his cattle and was obviously very keen to experiment with overseas genetics. He had some lovely cattle and some outstanding calves. The views out onto the sea, at certain parameters was just spectacular. This followed a hearty feast of pulled beef and pork sandwiches and lots and lots of cake. Thank you to the Morgan’s for doing us proud. Our second visit was to the Jones family and what a treat they had in store for us. Every field was crammed with stock that you could have loaded up and taken home - my wish list certainly grew ten fold! The Female of the Year – Dendor 1 Lilac-Wine 20th was just a beauty, she had a fantastic personality and physique to match, well done with her win - I can certainly see why she received the title. I think I can say, from all the members that attended, we certainly enjoyed a good weekend. Jen and Sian put on a feast

NEHBA Members on their Welsh Herd trip and Presentation weekend, pictured here with the Morgan Family




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Mr. Harry Elliott CORNRIGGS HEREFORDS Low Cornriggs Farm, Cowshill, Weardale, Co. Durham DL13 1AQ Tel: 01388 537600 Email: Mr. Stuart Hall STARLIGHT POLL & HORNED HEREFORDS Plough Farm, Haswell, County Durham, DH6 2AZ Tel: 0191 520 8158 Email: W & R Kemp & Sons AUCKVALE HEREFORDS Wigdon Walls Farm, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham DL14 0LN Tel: 01388 603395 Mobile: 07803 692545 Email: Web: Facebook: auckvaleherefords


R A Armstrong FOURSTONES HORNED HEREFORDS East Fourstones, Fourstones, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5DX, Tel: 01434 674242, Email: raarmstrong@onebillinternet. Davie and Kate Dickinson MALLOWBURN HEREFORDS Chattlehope House, Catcleugh Newcastle upon Tyne NE191TY Tel: 07881 379 809 Email: Tom & Di Harrison MORALEE HERERFORDS The Old Potato House, Eltringham Farm, Mickley, Stocksfield, Northumberland NE43 7DF Tel: 01661 844 428 Mobile: 07962 076 854 Email:

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David Hanson HANSON HEREFORDS Bay View Farm, North Street, Flixton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 3UA Tel: 07852 334 503 Stephen Tate BLACKWOOD HEREFORDS White Lodge Farm, Green Lane, Easingwold, York YO61 3ER Tel: 01347 823 190 Mobile: 07964 753079 Email: S T & J E Foster CALTON POLL HEREFORDS Newfield Grange, Calton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4 AB Tel: 01729 830175 Mob: 07763891772 Email:

Jim & Hazel Morrison CASTLE PARK HEREFORDS Wood View, 4 Station Road, Helmsley, York YO62 5BZ Tel: 01439 771414 Mobile: 07760557776 Email: castleparkhereford@btinternet. com Mark and Gemma Dobson WHITEHILL HEREFORDS Raikes Farm, Hartlington Burnsall, Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 6BX Tel: 01756 720210 Mobile: 0777 992 0202 Email: whitehillherefords@hotmail. Bruce & Teresa Storr MARRICK HEREFORDS East End Farm, Marrick Richmond, N.Yorks, DL11 7LQ Tel: 07770 391532 Email:


Mrs Carolyn Fletcher BARWISE HEREFORDS Barwise Hall, Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria CA16 6TD Tel: 01768 353430 Mobile: 07711415694 Email: info@barwisepedigreecattle. com Neil Cummings CARLETON HEREFORDS Hall Carleton Farm, Saltcoats, Holmrook, Cumbria, CA19 1YZ Tel 01229 717069 Mob 07581488378


Mr. John Parker BURTONDALE HEREFORDS Oakleigh Farm, Ledsham Lane, Ledsham, Ellesmere Port CH66 0NA Tel: 0151 339 2591 R & R I Shaw HALLWOOD POLL HEREFORDS Hallwood Farm, Badgers Rake Lane, Ledsham, South Wirral, Cheshire L66 8PF Tel: 01513 396 762 (Ian) Mobile: 07885 438 993 (Ian) Tel: 01513471732 (Robert) Mobile: 07774 469 896 (Robert) Email: Mr. Sam Walton STOCKLEY HEREFORDS Weaver Dairyhouse Farm, Stocks Hill, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 4EE Tel: 07840 638877 Email:

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Mr E Warner & Mrs C Burnell BARWICK POLL HEREFORDS 12 Abbott Close, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3AZ Tel: 07977 317 506 / 0777 399 4625 Email: christine.burnell@googlemail. com

Mr. Brian J Boulton STONER POLL HEREFORDS Stones Farm, Wainstalls, Halifax, HX2 7UJ Tel: 01422 240573 Mobile: 07768 996613 (Brian) Mobile: 07903 325341 (Lauren) Email: Keith & Carol Fozzard RINGBY HEREFORDS 3 Ringby, Collier Toppin, Queensbury Road, Halifax Mobile: 07952 939 341 Email: Nigel & Judith Patrick AVALON HEREFORDS 5a Greenway, Honley Holmfirth, HD9 6NQ Mobile: 07880 554 986 Email: Mr. J. B Henry BLAKELAW POLL HEREFORDS 33 Deep Lane, Clifton, Brighouse, Halifax, West Yorkshire HD6 4HF Tel: 01484 716 544 Mobile: 07860 555 128 Mark & Lisa Ormondroyd TUNNELTOP POLL HEREFORDS Bridle Stile Farm, Bridle Stile Lane, Queensbury, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD13 1NW Tel: 01274 880 352 Mobile: 07718 955 618(Lisa) Mobile: 07885 913950 (Mark) Email: Miss Heather Whittaker COLEY POLL HEREFORDS Coley Walks Farm, Norwood Green, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 8RD Tel: Andrew Hughes 07861 899 646 Tel: 01422 202 690 Mobile: 07811 207 244 (Heather) Email: Bernadette McDonnellSpencer CELTICSHIRE HEREFORDS Benedictus Deius, Back Castleford Road, Normanton, West Yorkshire, WF6 1PY Tel: 01924 896582, 07908 873732 Email:


A & P Massey HOLLYVALE POLL HEREFORDS Hollins Mount Farm, Bury, Lancashire BL9 8AS Tel: Phil Massey 07878 665309 Allen Massey 07917 324 471 Email: Mrs Eleanor Mills JOWKIN POLL HEREFORDS Mooredge Farm, Jowkin Lane, Bamford, Rochdale, Lancashire OL11 5UU Tel: 01706 642 063 Mrs Jackie Cooper RIMINI POLL HEREFORDS Collinwood Farm, Ratten Lane, Hutton, Preston, Lancashire PR4 5TE Mobile: 07960 994 376 Email:

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Mrs E Jackson EVETER HEREFORDS Lostock Bridge Farm Ulnes Walton Lane, Ulnes Walton, Leyland, Lancs, PR26 8LT Tel: 01257 272348 Mobile: 07815790880 Email: Mr. & Mrs B & B A Rimmer BARBERN POLL HEREFORDS Holmefields Farm, Off Long Lane, Scorton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 1DB Tel: 01524 792 748 Mobile 0771 425 4564 Email: Mr. Gary Hall PINMOOR POLL HEREFORDS 100 Stopes Road, Radcliffe Manchester M26 3TW Tel: 07710 193 013 Email: Josh Dowbiggin GHYLL BECK HEREFORD STUD Ghyll Hall Farm, Skipton Road, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB18 6JH Tel: 07447 412123 Email: ghyllbeckherefords@hotmail. Facebook: /GhyllBeckHerefords. twitter: @qualitygenetics G & MC Shepherd MOORSIDE POLLED HEREFORDS Moorside House Farm Woodplumpton Preston, Lancs. PR4 0TB Tel: 07778191964 Email:

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Peter Jackson, of Eveter Herefords, preparing the 2016 NEHBA Female of the Year Barbern 1 June for the show ring

for us, even though we did kill Jen’s oven. Aled, Twm and Guto all shared their genetic wisdoms with us and aided our viewing very well. The whole weekend was a fantastic recipe of sun, fresh air, good company and Hereford Cattle! There are many congratulations I need to make this year and mainly to show winners, but also to exhibitors and participants, that put their time and efforts into making the Club what it is. Congratulations to the Moralee herd, for their numerous successes at the National shows this year, especially the calf show, where Northumberland didn’t disappoint. Probably one to watch in 2017! Congratulations to the Moorside herd for their position in the National Female titles. Some relatively new members; Richard and Emma Jackson, from Leyland did a grand job of exhibiting their cow Barbern 1 June with Eveter 1 Gin at foot, and secured the NEHBA Female of the Year title. In only their second year out and relatively new to the breed, well done to the Jackson family in such a victory. Taking the bull accolade was the Cooper family, exhibiting Rimini 1 Mr. Maker (a son of the renowned bull Barbern 1 Gargantuan), Mr. Maker took the Bull and Exhibitor Bull of the Year titles. Erin Cooper, aged 9, won various prizes in the young handler classes and went on to achieve the NEHBA Junior young handler 2016. Peter Jackson, who gained the title last year was a worthy second and worked very hard all season, well done to all our young members who took part in any of the showing processes. Moving on to the herd competition, we decided to shake up the judging this year and bring in an Angus judge. Mr. David Fish kindly took on the task, with his wife Ruth, travelling the length and breadth of England, visiting fifteen herds

and selecting his winners for us. David’s overall winner was the Barbern Herd; Bernard and Barbara Rimmer were delighted to have received the title and looked forward to seeing how they faired in the National final. Congratulations to the Rimmer’s, the Barbern genetics have certainly triumphed in the show ring this year. Taking the medium herd category was Jim and Hazel Morrison, of Castle Park Herefords, David said that these cattle were all of a uniformity and he could see where Jim was aiming for in his breeding programme. The cattle all looked well and a worthy category winner. The small herd category was won by Michael Sedman, a breeder and member that beavers away in the background, but obviously has a good eye for cattle. Well done Michael! I’m sure I will have missed someone or something, so I apologise

Jim Morrison receiving his 1st placed Salver, from NEHBA President Tom Kemp for winning the Medium herd category

Erin Cooper, aged 9, receiving her Plaque and Perpetual Trophy for winning the Overall Junior Young Handlers Competition 2016

Rimini 1 Mr. Maker, NEHBA Bull & Exhibitor Bred Bull of the Year 2016


Erin Cooper winning the Young Handler Trophy at Honley Agricultural Show


Michael Sedman receiving his Salver for the Small herd category from NEHBA President Tom Kemp

CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2016 Some small herds had exceptionally good cows yet felt that to push them through to the national would give them a disadvantage against others with stronger numbers. The calves set David a real challenge as he has to judge calves from January to August - some calves already showing their potential and some only just on the ground. David went on to explain that the calves on the ground this year showed massive potential and said that if those showing have them out next year it’ll be a great competition. They have both thoroughly enjoyed their time spent with the NEHBA members and cleared 800 miles during the judging!

Results are as follows; Great Yorkshire Show Housewives Choice Team, taking on the theme of the Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations, with the Hereford show cattle as the queens corgi dogs. The team were placed 5th

Small Herd winners

now. I look forward to 2017 and all its challenges. Thank you for reading.

1st J Morrison; 2nd T & D Harrison; 3rd G & MC Shepherd

Results for the Herd Competition

1st Mr & Mrs B Rimmer; 2nd W & R Kemp & Sons; 3rd Mrs J Foster

Mr David Fish and Mrs Ruth Fish would like to extend their thanks to all members for allowing them to come and judge their cattle over the week commencing 8th August. The hospitality they received was overwhelming and they said they now need lots of sleep and lots of salad! David expressed his views regarding all the cattle he’d seen, he mentioned how the breed in general is very varied in type and yet each breeder has a plan of where they want their cattle to be, and in many instances he could see it coming through in the herds. David explained that his reasoning for choosing the herds that he did, meant that the majority of the cattle within them - he would take home.

NEBHA Winners of 2016 NEHBA Female of the Year 2016 Barbern 1 June 350 - Owned and exhibited by Mrs E Jackson NEHBA Reserve Female of the Year 2016 Moorside 1 Jane 3rd - Owned and exhibited by G & MC Shepherd NEHBA Exhibitor Bred Female of the Year 2016 Moorside 1 Jane 3rd - Bred and exhibited by G & MC Shepherd NEHBA Reserve joint Exhibitor Bred Females of the Year 2016 {Hollyvale 1 Mary Ann - Bred and exhibited by A & P Massey {Moorside 1 Jane 5th - Bred and exhibited by G & MC Shepherd

1st M Sedman; 2nd Mr & Mrs H Elliott; 3rd Mrs J Cooper

Medium Herd winners Large Herd winners Best stock bull 2016 - D & K Dickinson with Richmount Hermes Best Heifer Calf - Miss H Whittaker with Coley 1 Evita 377 Best Bull Calf - W Kemp & Sons with Auckvale Nobel 1541N A very well done to all those that competed and thank you for supporting the competition once again. Your Overall Winner representing the NEHBA in the National Herd of the Year was: The BARBERN herd from Mr & Mrs B Rimmer, Holmefields Farm, Off Long Lane, Scorton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 1DB.

Auckvale says Auf Wiedersehen to Marquis & Marquess! WR Kemp & Sons have export two bulls to Germany - Auckvale Marquis 1479M and Auckvale Marquess 1488 set off for Continental Europe on Sunday 21st August, after successfully completing various health requirements and associated paperwork. They have been purchased by repeat customer Mr Giel Hermans from the region of Nimsreuland. Auckvale Marquis 1479M is an Auckvale Masterman 784E son and out of Auckvale Janet 917G. While Auckvale Marquess 1488L is out of Auckvale Peach 1173J and by Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1131H. Both 16 month old bulls have a tremendous set of Performance Recorded Figures across the board, something which caught the eye of Mr Hermans. In particular, “Marquis 1479M”, is in the Top 1% for Scrotal Size and has Terminal & Self Replacing Indexes in the Top 10% for the Hereford Breed.

NEHBA Bull of the Year 2016 Rimini 1 Mr Maker - Owned and exhibited by Mrs J Cooper NEHBA Reserve Bull of the Year 2016 Coley 1 Maximilian - Owned and exhibited by Mr & Mrs MA Ormondroyd NEHBA Exhibitor Bred Bull of the Year 2016 Rimini 1 Mr Maker - Bred and exhibited by Mrs JCooper NEHBA Reserve Exhibitor Bred Bull of the Year 2016 Hollyvale 1 Maestro - Bred and exhibited by A & P Massey NEHBA Junior Young Handler Champion 2016 Miss Erin Cooper Age 9



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Moralee Herefords Beefing up their Profits! Setting your standards high when building a Pedigree herd is paramount to success and customer satisfaction, and this is exactly the ethos behind the Moralee Herd based in Mickley near Stocksfield, Northumberland run by Tom and Di Harrison. The herd, which was established in 2011 now numbers around 40 and the Harrison’s have spent the last few years proving their prowess in the show ring with significant wins at agricultural shows up and down the country - including the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire and National Calf Show held at Agri-Expo in 2016. But this success is not by chance, the Harrison’s have strict selection criteria and only exhibit the type of animals they feel have the pedigree and commercial traits they want their own herd to be built on. However, this strict criteria leaves the Harrison’s in a dilemma. “My biggest problem”, explains Tom, “Is that I married an accountant! We bought pedigree Herefords for a reason, they suited our lifestyle and their reputation for quality beef is renowned - but we paid pedigree prices and my ‘accountant’ said we needed a return on that investment.” Tom and Di went on to explain that their initial thoughts, probably similar to most new breeders, was to just sell more bulls, but as Di said, “there are bulls, and there are bulls.” With the feeling that their high standards were mandatory to the future success of their own herd they had to make a some tough decisions and that involved a few pence and a few rubber rings……! As a result of these hard decisions the herd, in conjunction with building its reputation in the pedigree breeding world, is building a reputation for producing and marketing top quality Hereford Beef. Moralee Hereford Beef Boxes are sold locally to an ever increasing number of customers. Tom points out, “This is down to one main reason, it’s all about the taste - good Hereford beef is what quality beef used to taste like.” Having introduced the idea to family and friends over the last few years, Tom and

Tom Harrison (left) with Joe Simpson and Susan Jackson from Joe Simpson Butchers, County Durham.

Di say their customer base has grown through word of mouth and by directing new customers to the Society’s Hereford Beef Website to learn more about this special product. The website highlights recipes for different joints, cooking tips and describes what gives the product its distinctive flavor - a flavour their customers keep needing their ‘fix of’!

For more information about Moralee Herefords and their Beef Box Scheme, visit

Through careful selection of genetics their cattle have the ability to be finished off grass to give a 300 kg carcase before their second winter, normally equating to 14 Boxes per carcase. Currently between seven to ten animals are being used for the growing Moralee Hereford Beef Box orders, but the couple believe the market is there to increase this in the short term to between 15 and 20 animals. Part of the success of the scheme has been down to the partnership formed with local butcher Joe Simpson and his team. Joe has his own abattoir adjacent to his shop in County Durham, which keeps everything fresh and local, whilst reducing food miles, aspects which customers are delighted to learn about. Joe said “some of the beef they have been handling from the Harrisons’ has been as good as anything they have had the pleasure to work with.” Joe charges a fixed price from when the animal arrives until it all comes back in boxes, all vacuum packed, labelled and weighed ready for delivery. Di and Tom added “We are seeing a profit in excess of prices being quoted for run of the mill breeding bulls in farming publications


and those being offered online. In turn this is making our ‘rubber ring’ decisions easier - our business more economical, gives us the required return on the pedigree breeding stock we invested in and maintains our high standards of breeding stock for sale.”


The Hereford - A cut above and a breed apart! If you’re not sure which cut to purchase, or how to cook it, the Society’s Hereford Beef website has plenty of advice and delicious seasonal recipes to provide you with inspiration. This informative website also lists purveyors of Hereford Beef from major supermarkets to farm shops and also includes a section on where to dine on this wonderful beef.




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Traditional Hereford Breeders' Club By Sarah Cook, Promotions Summer Herd Visit The Traditional Hereford Breeders’ Club THBC (THBC) would like to thank all those at both Brynmawr Farm and Cow Hall in Shropshire who put together such a wonderful day for the Club meeting and summer herd visit on 22nd June. The day began with a Club meeting in the straw-insulated building at Brynmawr Farm, a care farm and visitor centre who use their cattle, sheep and organic farmland to educate and provide opportunities for a wide variety of people.

Oakgard heifers Highlights from this sale of superb-quality cattle were Oakgard Regina 1st, sold with her April-born heifer calf Oakgard Regina 3rd at foot for 2300gns to Mrs D Morgan - one of four outfits purchased at the sale to join Mrs Morgan’s newly-established Carden herd. Oakgard Model 1st, another Spring calver with her March-born heifer calf Oakgard Model 14th at foot sold to R Clare for 1420gns. Top-price among the young cattle was Oakgard Prettymaid 5th, a 9-month-old heifer which sold for 960gns to Ms K Lightfoot, who also picked up another heifer the same age, Oakgard Prettymaid 4th, for 600gns and a freshly calved cow, Oakgard Model 3rd with her August-born heifer calf at foot for 1300gns.

Club Trip to Enschede, Holland Following a walk round the Brynmawr cattle and a tasty lunch, the group moved on to see another organically-managed herd at Cow Hall, where we were introduced to some Soil Association trials using diverse leys of legumes and grasses to improve silage yields and quality, as well as for use within arable rotations.

By air, sea and land and via plane, train, ferry and car a group of around 20 Hereford breeders made their various ways in October to visit the Hof te Boekelo herd of Original Population Herefords at Hengelo, near Enschede in Holland. THBC visit to Hof te Boekelo, Holland

Export Original Population Hereford genetics have been very popular with the export market in recent years, and another successful shipment has this time made its way to Montana, USA in 2016. Ten embryos were exported from a collection project using the donor Albany Lovebird and were sired by Heritage Postman to form the foundation of a new herd over in America. With a focus on consistency of breed type and easy calving, ongoing enquiries for international exports show an encouraging trend for the demand for Original Population genetics overseas.

Sales The Hereford breed claimed the 2016 Interbreed Championship at the Melton Mowbray Show & Sale held on 9th & 10th September, with two-year-old bull Albany Oblivion from F W Cook & Son, Cambridgeshire taking the top prize among the small entry of cattle on show day - sold for 1900gns to Mr D Harvey, Builth Wells, and joins the Hawkesridge herd along with young maiden heifer Carpenters Silver 3rd from Mrs H MacLeod, Worcestershire, who sold for 800gns. 2010-born cow Albany Patience with her heifer calf Albany Plum 3rd, also from F W Cook & Son, sold for 1200gns to P T & F Stubbs. Due to retirement, the Oakgard herd was dispersed on behalf of Alan and Judy Gardiner on 12th September at Chelford Agricultural Centre.



Gradually assembling on the Friday evening at the wonderfully renovated estate of our hosts Lida and Charles Stork we were welcomed at the refurbished farm which was to be our home for the weekend. What we might refer to as a house-come-farm building, very typical of the area, has been beautifully converted into a conference/event centre with a spacious main hall flanked by a professional kitchen and other essential facilities. The upper floor houses ten well-appointed en suite bedrooms allowing all of our party to be accommodated for the duration of the visit. The restoration work has been accomplished using oak timbers from the estate itself and sawn by mobile sawmill. This gives a very organic touch to the building and evokes an historic feel which adds so much to the experience. After being met with tea and coffee on arrival, much lively chat ensued and merged seamlessly into the barbeque which entertained

2016 - CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS us for the evening. Featuring the fabulous Traditional Hereford beef from Hof te Boekelo and the liberal hospitality dispensed by our hosts we gorged, discussed and laughed our way to bedtime. After a more than ample breakfast, all prepared on site by Charles and Lida, we began our inspection of the herd with the older cows with their calves by the 11-year-old English-bred stock bull Albany Leonardo. The herd was established with a handful of cows picked up by Lida from various sources around Holland, all with known registered pedigrees. Three families now comprise the bulk of the herd, two of which are now extinct in the Original Population herd in the UK. Their ancestors were exported to Holland from the Pwll herd of Mr D.E. Roderick of Sennybridge, Breconshire and have been maintained to this day using only Original Population genetics. Also among this group were females sired by semen imported from British bulls Llandinabo Mackie and Llandinabo Muster.

Hof te Boekelo herd, Holland

with them in their own Indonesian language! With yet more libation amply consumed during the evening we retired not wanting for anything. Finally on Sunday morning we began to disperse after breakfast by the many ways in which we had arrived, sad to be leaving but so grateful to Lida and Charles and all those who had helped them with the excellent visit and convivial atmosphere.

Beef Farming in Botswana In April 2015 Keith Siddorn (Dornley herd) was asked to go to Botswana to help five pre-selected beef farmers add value to their businesses; here he gives his account of the trip and the farmers’ return visit in June 2016. Next to view were the yearling heifers, sired by Leonardo and Albany O’Gara. There was a couple that really stood out among this excellent bunch and all of us would have happily taken them home. The herd is run on organic lines and little or no hard feed is used except in emergency but the cattle look wonderfully well on the extremely well maintained pasture. Interestingly, the land lies over a major salt deposit, which is industrially recovered from a depth of up to 500 metres by a process akin to fracking, which leaves no trace on the surface save for some little hut-like structures about the size of a chicken shed and the occasional sink hole in the road! Now it was time for lunch and after feeding and watering us again Lida took us to the yearling steers and young bulls, all running out at grass. The weather, somewhat cool and misty in the morning, now turned warmer and gave us the chance to look in comfort at the valuable steers which are marketed directly to the public and young bulls which are extensively managed before making the choice between breeding or beef. At this point the group also took interest in another similar ongoing farm restoration project on the estate, this time a home for Lida and Charles’ daughter Amelia and her partner Henry who will have a sumptuous house when it is finished. Once again all of the mighty oak beams have been hewn from their own forests. Now it was on to the final group, the younger cows and their calves by Lida’s most recent import from the UK, Albany Obama by Upleadon Courtier – a bull of pure Free Town breeding. Here was a magnificent herd of cows, consistent in type and true to the breed with an attractive, level bunch of calves at foot of superb colour and shape. We dwelt for a long time among the beautiful surroundings and cattle, before returning to base with a couple of hours to kill before dinner. Gathering around the massive inglenook-style open fireplace a game of charades developed, revealing previously unimagined talents and easily keeping everyone out of mischief until it was time for Lida’s final masterpiece, an Indonesian meal prepared and served quite magnificently by two ladies who found, to their surprise, that at least one of our party could converse quite easily

Botswana was a colony of Great Britain until 1966. In 1966, beef farming was the biggest single industry (50% of all GDP) and beef was exported around the world. One year after Botswana became independent they found diamonds! Now the diamond industry is approximately 40% of the economy and beef production only 2%. In 2015 there were 2 million people and 2.4 million beef cattle. The ownership of cattle is very important to the people of Botswana and is a sign of wealth. 35% of the population own some beef cattle or sheep/goats. My mission had been six months in the planning, due to the development board in Botswana trying to choose the five farmers I was to visit. My own farming commitments meant I had to leave for Botswana in April 2015. Upon arrival in Botswana I was told that the five farmers had still not yet been chosen. After a meeting lasting several hours I asked to see the list of all the farmers from which they were to be selected – the list contained six names! I therefore suggested that I visit them all. From the capital of Botswana, Gaborone, I travelled 600 miles north to the District of Ghanzi. I travelled on the tar road known as the ‘A2’ and in a six hour period I met only a handful of cars. Botswana is five times the size of the UK and they are just now constructing the A10 as a tar road! In the Ghanzi District I met with the six farmers. The smallest farm I visited was 12,500 acres; the largest 300,000 acres. Some of the farms were 70 miles (via a sand track) from a tar road and 4x4‘s are the only way to travel once off the main roads. The cattle I saw were very impressive, with the Beefmaster (a composite breed made up of Shorthorn, Hereford and Brahman genetics) being a popular breed; pure Brahman are also in large numbers and the management systems are very extensive. Farmsteads have no buildings or machinery but plenty of staff are available. The 300,000 acre farm had one Ford 5000 (1975) and 30 staff for the holding carrying 8,000 cattle. Dead stock is not a major issue as it is consumed within a matter of an hour by the vultures! Here in the UK we have to deal with the RPA, DEFRA, NVZ’s and bureaucracy galore. In Botswana they are dealing with cheetah



CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2016 15th European Hereford Conference Hungary 2018

An informal gathering of Hereford Cattle Breeders from across Europe is held every four years and is hosted by a different country on each occasion. Please look out for details on the Society’s website or in a forthcoming Breed Newsletter. Istvan Martin, Hungary picks up the European Conference batton from Hans Baumann, Switzerland

that take the new born calves, elephants that destroy the fences and buffalo that carry foot and mouth disease from the infected (red) areas into the clean (green) areas. The Veterinary Service is responsible for the maintenance of over 6,000 miles of fencing between foot and mouth red and green areas. They seem to spend a great deal of time culling buffalo that have transgressed from one zone to another after the elephants have demolished the fencing. The beef in Botswana is some of the best I have ever eaten. The whole beef retail industry is operated by a state monopoly, the Botswana Meat Corporation (BMC). In my opinion this is a most inefficient organisation as exports are very limited and prices to the farmer very low. However, things are all relative – you can buy an acre of land for £200! I travelled out again in June 2015 and three of the farmers came here for a study tour in June 2016, where they visited the Royal Three Counties Show and viewed the Hereford cattle on display. Progress has been made and contacts gained on both sides. Reaseheath Agricultural College is forming links with the farming industry in Botswana and hopefully this will lead to a long-term partnership.




Dyfed Hereford Cattle Breeders Club Secretary: Mrs.Liz Roderick Bank Farm, Scurlage Castle, Scurlage, Reynoldston, Gower, SA3 1BA 01792 390389

Powys Hereford Breeders Club

Secretary: Mr.Glenn Pritchard Woodlands, Tramway, Hirwaun, Aberdare, CF44 9NU 01685 814582

North Wales Hereford Club Secretary: Mrs. Niamh Jones, Bryn Awel, Tynlon, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 3LX (M): 07810 551061 (H): 01407 720445


Powys Hereford Breeders' Club By Glenn Pritchard, Hon. Secretary

Our Club seems to be growing steadily year after year - with this year’s events being attended by record numbers which can only be good for the Hereford Breed. Our first meeting of the year was our well attended AGM. Once all the Clubs business had been taken care of, with all officers reelected en bloc, we were given a film show on the Great American Dust Bowl, courtesy of Frank Sutton. We then thanked Frank for giving up his time once again! Mid May took us to Builth Wells and the Spring Festival where we entered the Breed Stand Competition. Out of the eight breed stands competing we were awarded a fantastic 2nd place, so a huge thank you to all those who helped in meeting and greeting the show goers and offering them refreshments. Our annual BBQ was held in June by our Secretary and his family, on a wet summers day which seemed to be the norm this summer. We all gathered in the barn to eat, drink and chat amongst ourselves and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event even if the weather stopped us viewing the cattle. A big thank you to Glenn, Iris, Tom, Callum and Mrs McBride for hosting us. In July, Gaynor Powell travelled the length and breadth of Wales judging the Hereford Herd of the Year Competition. Powys winners were the Dendor herd with Krislin/Vater runners up. Dendor then went on to finish Runners-up in the National Herd of the Year Competition and were also awarded the Sire of The Year and Female of the Year trophies. To round things off they also had both Male and Female Champions at the Society’s Autumn Show and Sale in Hereford - so a huge well done to the Jones family!

Young stock at Krislin & Vater Herefords

and being runners up as previously mentioned in the Herd of the Year Competition, Tom Pritchard for having the Hereford Champion at the RWAS Winter Fair for the second year running and Ann Watkins for all the help she provided the clubs officers with running the events. Our Secretary gave an account of the year and then our Chairman, Tommy Williams and President, Deri Jones ended the day by praising the efforts of Club officers and more importantly the members for their continued support - so a very big thank you to all those who have supported the Club during the past year and hope that it continues to thrive in 2017.

This year’s herd visit took us to the outskirts of Abergavenny to view the Krislin/Vater Hereford Herd. Firstly we viewed the pedigree herd running with a Border bull which was doing a very good job. We then moved on to the commercial herd, again using a Hereford bull and producing some lovely calves. Finally, we were shown a bunch of very consistent yearlings before returning to the farm for a fantastic lunch so a big thank you to Kristian, Linda, John and Sue for putting on a very enjoyable day. Our final gathering of the year was our very popular Sunday Lunch/Presentation which attracted 70 plus members. As always Rhosgoch Golf Club gave us a wonderful lunch and then the presentations were made; Dendor and Krislin/Vater for winning

Loyal Club Members and regular Winter Fair Exhibitors Glenville & Rose Goodall


Members visiting the herd of Krislin & Vater Herefords

Callum Pritchard being presented with a picture of RWAS Winter Fair Hereford Champion by purchaser Greg Willis Anne Watkins & Tommy Williams


2016 - SHOWS

Royal Welsh Winter Fair The Hereford Cattle Society once again took a breed stand at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair held in a bitterly cold Bulith Wells, Powys. The Society would like to thank breed stalwarts DE, ED & AL Jones for again kindly supplying cattle for display. This year the Jones family offered two show stoppers, Dendor 1 Molly 41st and her calf at foot Dendor 1 Nairobi. Four year old “Molly 41st”, the 2014 Hereford Female of the Year, was fresh from her recent success at Kington Show, where she had taken the Supreme Championship. She is out of Dendor 1 Molly 31st and by twice UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. However, she’s not just about style and femininity, she’s produced a show winner in the form of eight month old Dendor 1 Nairobi. Young “Nairobi”, who is sired by Lanscombe 1 Orkney, took two Junior Male Championships in September, at the National Poll Show and Kington Show.

The Hereford Champion Steer - Marcos from S Coates & I Hart

The breed stand was kept busy throughout the two days with livestock farmers from across both sides of the border and it was especially good to welcome Will Jackson, Agricultural Manager, Coop and Kenny Linton, Agricultural Manager, Dunbia to the stand.

Miss Anna Robbie of Otapawa Herefords, NZ, with prize winning Dendor 1 Molly 41st & her bull calf Denor 1 Nairobi on the Hereford Breed Stand

The pedigree Hereford steer class was once again well supported by local Powys Hereford Breeders, producing a strong line of seven steers. Taking first place was S Coates & I Hart with a steer names Marcos. Eighteen month old Marcos was out of Newtoncroft 1 Truelove and sired by Dorepoll 1 93N Nationwide. In second place was DP Griffiths with 19 month old Penrhiwgoch Binks Progress 160, who was out of Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Spark and by Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Binks. In third place was another Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Binks sired steer, stablemate Penrhiwgoch Binks Progress 161.

The Judge Mr Bryn Lloyd presents the first prize rosette to Martin Coates

Good line up of Herefords in the pedigree steer class



Hereford playing a significant role in a low input hill farming strategy Developing a more efficient low input farming strategy is among the Bright family’s priorities on their LFA unit lying between 1,000’ and 1,580’ in the run up to 2020, and the Hereford is destined to play a new and significant role within their suckler enterprise. “Continuing to reduce inputs and get more out of the farm will be vital as payments as we know them are reduced to zero. We’ve already had a focus on the sheep enterprise – we’ve stepped up ewe numbers, introduced better genetics, scanning has improved from 120% to 170% and we’ve made considerable savings by starting to lamb outdoors. We are now turning to the suckler enterprise and already we are trying to run a dog and stick operation, and that includes minimising labour requirements,” John explains. “Cutting the work load by improving suckler cow temperament was one of the areas where we felt there was potential and had started to investigate,” says John. “Introducing Salers as the herd’s dam line to the herd eight years ago in order to improve ease of calving had proved a success, however, amongst its weaknesses was temperament.

Jennifer and John, with Harry, James and Tom

“We were aware of the Hereford’s quiet temperament. We had also read about the Black Baldie and liked the concept, so we started to consider introducing the Hereford to breed a ‘Red Baldie’. We

Weybrook 1 Duke with Salers suckler cows



thought it would provide an opportunity for developing a criss cross breeding programme and utilise the subsequent hybrid vigour.” The big push came in 2014 when the

Brights found they had an abundance of grass. “We considered buying in some Hereford cross steers to rear on as strong stores, however we found that they were keenly sought after by finishers for branding beef schemes and commanding such crazy prices that I thought we should have a slice of the action ourselves. The decision was made to invest in a registered poll Hereford bull. We secured Weybrook 1 Duke in Ludlow market. “Since then we’ve found he is proving to deliver the goods. The Hereford cross Salers calves are really lively, they’re soon up and suckling, they grow away quickly off milk and grass and are bigger than pure Salers calves and what’s more they are noticeably quieter than their pure-bred dams. And that docility really does make a difference when it comes to routine handling and is enabling me to move the cattle myself without the need to employ labour. Our land is in three separate blocks, so moving cattle around can create a lot of extra work.” In fact, introducing the Hereford has led to a change in the Bright’s overall suckler herd strategy. Previously they used a Continental terminal sire, sold the heifers at 12 months of age as suckler replacements while the male calves were finished for bull beef or sold as stores. Nowadays the Red Baldie heifers are being retailed as replacements to calve at two years whilst the steers will either be finished off a forage based system, at an average 380kg and 22 months or sold through the ring as strong stores at 16 to 18 months after following the sheep grazing excess grass. “We are optimistic these steers will command a premium, being eligible for one of the Hereford branding beef schemes.”

Red Baldies - Hereford cross Salers

Fact file Donald Bright, his son John and wife, Jennifer Upper House Knighton, Powys



520 LFA acres, owner occupied / rented mix 40 suckler cows 10 pure-bred Hereford heifers 1,200 breeding ewes plus 250 ewe lambs In 2015, the Brights went one further in pledging their support for the Hereford breed by investing in 10 pure-bred poll Hereford heifers which they served with the Salers bull. “Apart from having an ideal temperament, they’re making very good dams. We calve outdoors and they haven’t required any assistance, they look

after their calves and milk well off grazed grass and we think they are going to last for a long time on our forage based system which suits us well since we want to become increasingly reliant on grazed grass and silage. Growing cereals up here is out of the question.” John adds. “We are considering various ways to get more out of the farm, for example we are introducing more ploughing and reseeding with high sugar leys, together with a rotational grazing system which will encourage the swards to be more productive and in turn enable us to carry more stock. Our new suckler policy with Hereford genetics and its reduced management requirements has given us the confidence to consider expanding the herd which we believe is essentially complementary to the sheep enterprise.”

The Black Baldie The term Black Baldie evolved in Australia, New Zealand and the USA where Herefords are crossed with a solid black breed, usually Aberdeen Angus to generate hybrid vigour. Black Baldies are characterised by their white faces similar to the Hereford, however the Hereford’s red body colour is replaced by black from the Angus - the alleles for white faces and black coat colour are both genetically dominant in cattle. Black Baldie cows are noted for their good mothering abilities. In addition to general hybrid vigour, the cross produces black skin, which in sunny climates reduces the prevalence of sunburn on bare skin, such as the udder.

Salers cow with Hereford cross calf




Dyfed Hereford Breeders' Association By Liz Roderick, Hon. Secretary

Many Congratulations to the Dyfed Hereford Breeders’ Club On March 31st 2017 Dyfed Hereford Breeders will be celebrating 40 years since its formation. Mr Bruce McKay who was Licensing Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries & Food (MAFF) decided to bring together some enthusiastic Hereford breeders from west Wales and form a Club that would meet regularly and promote the breed. This meeting in 1977 was held at the Ivy Bush Hotel, Carmarthen and this is where we will all come together on the same date in March 2017 to a Gala Dinner to celebrate 40 years of success. Anyone that has been associated with the Club in any form during the last 40 years, please come along and join in the celebration. Three of the founder members still play an important part in the Club today, Val James, Anthony John, and George Thorne. The Club had regular Shows and Sales held at Carmarthen Mart - the first sale held in May 1977. Let’s hope the Club continues to go from strength to strength!

Lax Tornado Dyfed Bull of the Year

The new Committee was elected. Joint Presidents Chairman Vice Chairman Treasurer Secretary Welsh website

Mr Anthony John and Mr George Thorne Mr Charles Smith Mr Euros Rees Mrs Ionwy Thorne Mrs Liz Roderick Mr Euros Rees

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Dyfed Award Winners at their Annual Dinner

Our 2016 AGM in May was a little different to usual, breaking with the tradition of visiting a Hereford herd, we decided to visit a Longhorn herd in Llandeilo. We were greeted with a warm welcome from our hosts Margaret and Bernard Llewellyn at Carreg Cennen Castle. Our meeting was held in a recently refurbished large wooden building, which is also used as a wedding venue and in the back ground was the Carreg Cennen Castle. After the meeting we had a tour of the farm and thoroughly enjoyed looking around the Longhorns and they were all quiet - with our presence not making any difference. After a lovely tea we said our thanks for the hospitality and gave our host a gift.

George Thorne enjoying socialising at the World Hereford Conference in Montevideo



During the AGM Ionwy Thorne spoke a little about their recent trip to the World Hereford Conference in Uruguay and encouraged members to make an effort to go to the 2020 conference which will be held in New Zealand as it was an experience they’ll never forget. We must also thank Gaynor Morgan for Judging the Welsh Herd of the Year Competition - there was 12 Herds entered altogether, from the 3 clubs; North Wales, Powys and Dyfed. 1st Dendor D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones 2nd Laxfeild D.C. Smith & Son 3rd Salbri Miss M Lewis George also had the mammoth task of being Master Judge for the 10th National Herd of the Year Competition and Non was also given the task of Judging the Young Handlers Competition at the National Poll Show.

Studdolph Herefords winning the Senior Heifer Class at the Royal Welsh Show








All the above calves have a strong influence of Wenlock, Haven and Rowington bloodlines in their pedigrees Sires used in 2016 Laxfield Timpanist (semen available) Laxfield Ballad (traditionally bred) Laxfield Jubilee (see 2014 journal)

Laxfield Bombshell By Wenlock Bombshell Pulham Hercules

Many thanks to all our customers - visitors always welcome Well-bred, hardy, unpampered cattle of 100% horned bloodlines usually for sale

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Greenyards 1 Hannah H142 Hereford Supreme and Inter-breed Champion at the Pembrokeshire County Show

Show Results 2016 St Clears - Judge - Mrs Becky Hurd Male Champion Glenrose 1 Storm Female Champion Glenvale 1 Molly 474

Non Thorne receiving her gift for judging the Young Handlers competition at the National Poll Show

Dyfed Show Female of the year

Champion: Caron Lucky lad; Reserve: Lax Dowager 42nd

1st Lax Regina 34th: 73pts 2nd Lax Dowager 42nd: 50pts 3rd Sancler Diadem: 45pts

Aberystwyth - Judge - Mr Glenn Pritchard

Dyfed Show Bull of the year

Cothi Bridge - Judge - Mr FG Goodall

Champion: Lax Tornado; Reserve: Lax Regina 15th

Fishguard - Judge - Gaynor Morgan Champion: Ashdale 3 Queen 438; Reserve: Glenvale 1 Polly 532 Gower - Judge - Mr FG Goodall Champion: Lax Tornado; Reserve: Lax Dowager 42nd

Sioe Llanddarog Champion : Sancler Diadem; Reserve: Sancler Marvel

Pembroke - Judge - Mr Les Gould Female Champion & Supreme: Greenyards 1 Hannah H142 Male Champion: Dendor 1 Napoleon Martletwy - Judge - Mr Mike Chandler Champion: Lax Tornado; Reserve: Sancler Diadem 3rd

Llandyfaelog - Judge - Mr Charles Smith Champion: Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Progress 44 Reserve: Lax Tornado Once again the most points gained at all Shows went to the Lax Herd who made such an effort to attend so many shows during the season. In second position was the Sancler herd and Glenvale third.

1st Lax Tornado: 92pts 2nd Sancler Marvel: 43pts 3rd Glenrose 1 Storm / Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Progress 44 15pts A few members exhibited at the Royal Welsh Show, the National Horned Show and at the National Poll Show achieving some excellent results. It was encouraging seeing new and young members take part in the show ring last year, let’s hope it continues this year.

Club Herd of the year We would like to thank Mr Howard Patrick from Haverfordwest for taking time out of his regular duties to Judge our Herd Competition. This took place at the end of September. Best Overall Herd: Laxfield: DC Smith & Son Runner-up: Trefochlyd : E Rees Best Herd over 20 Cows 1st: Laxfield : DC Smith & Son 2nd : Studdolph/ Glenvale : TG & EI Thorne Best Herd Under 20 Cows 1st : Trefochlyd: E Rees 2nd Premier: AJ AE & MG Thomas

Herd Under 20 Cows Best Cow with Calf at foot 1st Brangwyn 1 Ferrari with heifer calf Brangwyn 1 Nova : TDJ Roderick 2nd Rosehill 1 Abigail 49 and her bull calf Toby 71 : S Lewis Best Stock Bull 1st Solpol 1 Gilbert: E Rees; 2nd Bwlchllyn Harry: RL Morgan Best Heifer Calf 1st Premier 1 Beauty 233 : AJ AE & MG Thomas 2nd Kilvrough 1 Keepsake : Mrs E Radcliffe Best Bull Calf 1st Kilvrough 1 Nigel : Mrs E Radcliffe 2nd Glenrose 1 Raver : FG Goodall

Herd over 20

Lax Regina 34th Dyfed Female of the Year



Best Stock Bull 1st Laxfeild Timpanist : DC Smith & Son 2nd Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Progress 44 : Messrs Griffiths


Best Cow/Calf 1st Laxfield Countess & Bull Calf Lax Columbas : DC Smith & Son 2nd Glenvale 1 Molly 74 : TG & EI Thorne Best Heifer Calf 1st Glenvale 1 Polly 579: TG & EI Thorne 2nd Laxfeild Kate 134: DC Smith & Son Best Bull Calf 1st Glenvale 1 Andy 571 : TG & EI Thorne 2nd Lax Torrando : A John Trophies were presented at the Annual Dinner held at the Ivybush Hotel at the end of November. An enjoyable evening was had by all members present On October 2nd the Coracle herd was dispersed at Cardigan Market. The trade was good and our best wishes go to Mrs Val James and also to Roger James and his family on their new venture.

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The Hereford Group of Five at Pembrokeshire County Show were Glenvale 1 Molly 474, Glenvale 1 Polly 532, Glenvale 1 Sara 543, Glenvale 1 Kylie 548 and Dendor 1 Napoleon. Leaders were Meurig Thomas, George, Non & Ionwy Thorne and Aled Jones.



Introducing The Hereford To A Low Cost, Low Input, Low Risk Suckler System Chris Thomas is currently in transition from full time lorry driver to full time farmer, and it’s a journey that he terms ‘work in progress’. “I’m planning to double herd size to over 60 spring calving suckler cows to achieve more of a critical mass, and at the same time expand the sheep enterprise, however it’s going to be on a shoe string. It’s a project that we’re undertaking as cost effectively as possible and the Hereford is making a significant contribution. The breed is definitely fitting into our system which is all about low cost, low level input and investment and low risk. “Since we swapped a Continental terminal

sire for a Hereford we’ve found our sucklers calve easily and I’m pleased with their performance. Overall, they are just so docile which makes for a much easier life, and nowadays that’s very important since I’m managing the herd myself, and I’m also away five days a week working for my brother Tony’s haulage business. What’s more, we find there is very little difference in price per head in the store ring between our Hereford crosses and the Continental crosses at nine and 12 months of age.” The Hereford was introduced to Moorcroft in 2013, mainly for temperament reasons. “Dad wasn’t getting any younger, the cows required attention at calving, we were multi-suckling several cows which was a lot

Chris Thomas

of work, while the Continental cross calves were proving to be just a bit too lively when handling after weaning to the extent they were potentially dangerous. “We needed a way to make the job easier, without changing the entire system. We were aware of the Hereford being docile

Moorcroft’s suckler cows with three month Hereford cross calves at foot



and easy to calve, and after the first crop of calves, we were convinced. Making one single simple change of breed has made such a difference to life. I can come back after a long day’s driving to find the cow with her calf up and sucking; we no longer have to touch calving cows.” That’s not all. “Nowadays we can check the Hereford crosses morning or evening and they’ll stand and look at us instead of running headlong to jump the gate.” Chris officially took over the reins from his father in 2013 and his first executive decision was to invest in a registered Hereford bull, Marklands 1 Logan “He’s a poll bull which I like – he offers that bonus of one less job to do. He’s wintered outdoors for the last two seasons and did not lose any condition.” He continues: “I’m also really pleased with our Hereford cross calves’ growth

Fact file Chris Thomas farming in partnership with parents, Alf and Tina Moorcroft, West Nash, Newport, Gwent 280 acres, mainly tenanted grassland on floodplain 30 cow suckler herd 150 ewe flock

rates – they’re reaching an average 330kg at weaning. Having been offered creep from around five months of age to prevent a check at weaning, they continue to graze until point of sale.” The Hereford is now scheduled to take on an even bigger role in future at Moorcroft. “We have hired a second Hereford bull Kathlea Local to serve a number of select Hereford cross heifers, however this is a temporary fixture buying me time to select a poll Hereford bull. Our first crop of three quarter bred Hereford calves are due in spring 2017. These heifers which were sufficiently strong to calve at two

years, are proving to be equally hardy; they’ve got good feet and legs and have wintered outdoors on a forage based diet. Temperament continues to be key and whilst we now know from experience that Herefords are naturally docile, we consciously select heifers that are already quiet or they have quiet dams.” Chris adds: “I’m approaching the stage where I’m fine tuning the system which will include out wintering the three quarter bred Hereford sucklers on a forage based diet which is destined to bring major cost savings and help me towards establishing a viable full-time farming business.”

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North Wales Hereford Breeders£ Club By Niamh Jones, Hon. Secretary

Firstly, we would like to acknowledge the passing of one of our very dear member’s, Hefin Owen, Bodwyn Herefords. Hefin sadly passed away in June surrounded by his loving family. He will be sadly missed by the Club and the Breed and his presence was missed this year at our local shows. In April we gathered for a social dinner in our usual haunt, Bod Erw Hotel - a three course roast beef dinner where we welcomed new members Dave & Debbie Burnham. They started their herd with some lovely cattle from Shraden and Pencombe Herefords. The start to the year’s show season kicked off in May with Shropshire County Show. Hogia Bryn Awel Herefords were the only exhibitors from the North, showing a cow & calf and an in-calf heifer and came home with rosettes for both. June was a busy time - we had a BBQ hosted by Fardre Herefords. Audrey as usual presented a great serving of food, Henry did the cooking!! and we welcomed more new members, Peter & Jane Lewis - Cerrig Herefords. There was also a good show of Herefords from Fardre, Nicholas & Heath and Hallwood Herefords at the Cheshire County Show. By the end of June Gaynor Morgan had visited herds in North Wales for the herd competition judging. She visited Bodwyn, Hogia Bryn Awel, Fardre and Salbri Herefords. Salbri Herefords came 3rd in the Welsh judging, well done Mannon and Enid Lewis! July came and so did the Royal Welsh Show - a scorching week as temperatures sored to one of the highest at the show. Hogia Bryn Awel Herefords again were the only cattle from the North and came home with a 4th & 6th prize. August again was busy with shows - Anglesey County Show yet again saw great entries for the Hereford cattle lines, not all who entered came but we still managed to reach the numbers required to qualify as a ‘Points Show’. Judge, Tom Davies, did an excellent job and on the day the Champion Hereford went to Cenydd L Owen with his homebred bull, Bodwyn 1 Kakana and Reserve went to G & MC Shepherd with Moorside 1 Jane 5th. The young handlers, showing on the Tuesday of the show saw Katherine Shaw get 1st in her class, her brother Ryan receive a 5th In the same class as Ryan was Finn Jones who received a 1st and the class after Finn, saw his brother Gethin Jones receive a 3rd Well done to all the young handlers on the day. Then only a few days later Eglwys Bach Show Judge, Hazel Timmis, along with a second opinion from another judge, awarded Overall Champion to George Morgan’s homebred bull Fardre 1 Monty M393 and Reserve to Shraden 1 Alice with a calf at foot shown by Hogia Bryn Awel. Then Finn Jones went on to receive reserve Overall Young Handler with a homebred in calf Heifer named after his late great Grandma Kathleen.

Judge Hazel Timmis hands out the prize cards at Eglwsbach Show


Success for George Morgan Fardre Herefords at the National Calf Show held at Agri-Expo, Carlisle

The following week in August was Denbigh & Flint Show where George Morgan swept the board with Overall Champion going to Fardre 1 Heidi Maple and Reserve to Fardre 1 Monty M393. Then, to follow his success in October and in convoy, Fardre and Hogia Bryn Awel headed up to Carlisle for Beef Expo and the National Calf Show. With cattle head count of 8, Best Junior Male went to Fardre 1 Major Tom N695, then Fardre 1 Ms Gweno N665 went on to win Junior Female Champion, Overall Female Champion and Reserve Overall Champion. A show well worth the miles for anyone to attend. Hogia Bryn Awel also brought rosettes home from the show, where Hogia Bryn-Awel 1 Niffler came 2nd in his class and HBA Francis & HBA Nagini came 4th in the pairs class. All 3 went on to win the group of 3 sired by the same bull, which was Normanton 1 Lucifer. Finn Jones came 2nd in the Young Handlers showing Fardre 1 Ms Gweno. To reflect on the year, it is great to hear of the rising show success for the members of the Club and the great friendships formed with the social events of showing and gatherings throughout the year. We as a Club feel privileged to be breeding and showing Hereford cattle to help with the ever-growing breed. Myself as Secretary can only thank members for everyone’s help throughout the year and Audrey, who as usual, whenever anything was needed was always at the end of the phone to help me.

Finn Jones with a Champion animal at Eglwsbach Show


Hogia Bryn Awel on mass at the Shropshire County Show

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A Tribute to Hefin Owen Hefin Owen of Bodwyn Herefords, Cefn Du Isaf, Gaerwen Anglesey, sadly left us on the 2nd June 2016 aged 72 years. Hefin and his family had been dairy farmers and then moved to beef production 12 years ago. He had previously used Belgian Blue and Simmental semen through AI to have a better grade of store calves. On moving to beef production he then purchased a pedigree Poll Hereford Bull from his close friend Denis Jones, Dendor Herefords and put this over his better crop of cross-bred cows.

In 1998 and through his love of Herefords he became a Member of the Society and afterwards purchased his first females from the Mwyn Herd. Hefin continued to buy Poll Hereford Bulls from Dendor to use over his pedigree and commercial herd. His bulls were sold on when they have daughters coming into the herd. The Bodwyn herd has attended many shows in North Wales, Shrewsbury Calf Show and the National Poll Show at Moreton in Marsh – being successful with both his own home-bred stock and purchased animals. Over 50 cross bred stores were sold between 10 and 12 months of age to the same buyer once each year. Hefin loved good quality stock – the photo to the left was one of his crossbred calves he saw before he passed away. He was a kind, unassuming gentleman, respected by many people from all walks of life. His family and friends will miss him deeply – but hopefully to his joy, his family will keep the Bodwyn name alive.

Mr D.L. Elwyn Davies Sunbridge Herefords, 1924-2016

Mr. Elwyn Davies of ‘Sunbridge Herefords’ passed away peacefully at the age of 92 earlier this year. A renowned breeder during the 1960’s, Elwyn’s herd made breed history in 1966 when at the Society’s main Sale in Hereford he won three first prize rosettes - the Yearling Bull Championship, the Sires Group and the Reserve Supreme Championship. It was the first time in living memory that a breeder had taken three first prizes at the Society’s Premier January Show & Sale. When sold, Elwyn’s trio of bulls, Sunbridge Favourite, Sunbridge Flanagan and Sunbridge Fiesta, realised a total of 4,450 gns. with the Champion “Favourite” being sold to go to New Zealand. The herd was founded on the then renowned Herd Sire, Vern Nostrum, bred by the late Capt. R.S. de Q. Quincey of the Vern where Elwyn paid many visits during his many years of involvement with the Hereford breed.

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Sadly, due to ill health Elwyn had to disperse his Sunbridge Herd in 1970. However, his unerring eye for quality in both cattle & ponies resulted in many Sunbridge successes and, while an uncompromising man, he was always willing to share his knowledge and provide advice. Following the sad loss of his wife Irene in 2010, Elwyn was cared for by his son Brian to whom we offer our sympathy.



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Home of the Breed


Hereford Cattle Breeders' Association By Alison Allman, Hon. Secretary

Welcome to this year’s report from the Area Association which is ‘The Home of the Breed’. At the start of 2016 we held our AGM on Thursday 28th January 2016 at Hereford House, Offa Street, Hereford. We had a good turnout and many of those attending, though local, had never previously been to Hereford House. In attendance was David Prothero, HCS Breed Secretary, who was invaluable in answering questions about breed matters during the meeting which followed the AGM. Phil Allman stood down as interim Chairman & David Makin ‘Adzor’ was elected Chairman and Mark Roberts ‘Bromley’ Vice-Chairman. There was no change in positions of the other office holders with Richard Bradstock ‘Free Town’ continuing as HCBA President, Alison Allman ‘Greenyards’ as Hon Secretary & Daniel Seaborne ‘Holme Lacy’ as Treasurer. Following the 2015 November Council Meeting, Robert Thomas ‘Risbury’ was elected as Vice-President of the HCS for the forthcoming year. Our next meeting was brought forward earlier, like the HCS Spring Show & Sale, as a few of us from this area were attending the 2016 World Hereford Conference in Uruguay. The Allmans, Blandfords, Roberts and Whitlows left their farms in the capable hands of offspring and staff for 12 days - though in the end it was 13 as we were stranded in Sao Paulo for a night and day with other UK Delegates! Shame the F1 Grand Prix wasn’t on, it would have given us something to do. On the whole it was an interesting trip in more ways than one!

HCBA Member Matt Gray judging at the popular Shropshire County Show

Due to the overwhelming support we get from Nick Hyne of Halls Auctioneers in hosting our very successful Christmas Calf Show at Shrewsbury Market in December, HCBA again held their Annual Sale of mainly Hereford Females in May, though a few bulls were entered to catch the commercial market. Once again there was a near 100% clearance and in 2017 we are hoping for more entries. The ‘Marches Livestock Markets’ in this area such as Hereford, Ross-on- Wye, Worcester, Ludlow and Shrewsbury will always have a good entry of Hereford cattle, both fat and stores, with good numbers of buyers looking for Herefords for the various Beef Schemes. Once again the shows in our area were well attended, whether a “points” or “local show” with the Hereford entry usually being the largest. The first area show of the year was Shrewsbury with Matt Gray judging at least 50 entries. Sorry to report the Inter-breed Judge put a Welsh Black Heifer as his Overall Champion, which was judged by our very own Hereford cattle breeder, Phil Allman. Again, a big thank you to the Timmis family, who every year provide good hospitality on the Breed Stand and also enter a marvellous team of cattle in the show ring.

HCBA Council Member Mark Roberts presents a gift to the hosts of the Las Anitas herd visit as part of the World Hereford Conference, Uruguay

The Royal Three Counties Show goes from strength to strength



In June, the Royal Three Counties Show had over 120 entries - no wonder it is an 8.30am start. The Saturday afternoon of the show saw the National Stock Judging Competition with HCBA Members once again doing well. Congratulations to Allen Watkins & Matt

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Haven Kingpin

Sire: GH Adams 144S Bulge 138W th Dam: Haven Splendour 25 Semen sold to Irish Hereford Society’s Breed Improvement Scheme.

Haven Montana Sire: Knockmountagh Marshal Dam: Haven Louisa 48th

Supreme Champion National Hereford Show 2016 Sold to RG & MD Thomas “Risbury Herefords” Photo taken at 16 months

Photo at 20 months, 910kg

Corlismore Ted 832 Sire: Cill H Cormaic Leo Haven otspur Dam: Corlismore Tara 618

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Haven Kermit Sire: Haven Cavalier th Dam: Haven Thrush 64

Supreme Hereford Champion National Horned Show Tenbury 2014 He is in the top 1% of the breed Self-­‐ Replacing and Terminal Sire indices.

Sire : Mawarra Vice Admiral Dam: Haven Curly 72nd Junior herd sire purchased from the McKiernan Family. Senior Male Champion National Horned Show Tenbury 2015 500kg at 272 days Owned Photo jointly taken with P.R.J. L.R. Vincent at 12& months

Haven Kingpin

Sire: GH Adams 144S Bulge 138W Dam: Haven Splendour 25th Sire of Supreme Calf Champion and Best Group of Three at The Christmas Calf Show 2016

Other sires include:



 Haven Kermit  Solpoll 1 Lawman  Haven Lamborghini  Days Calibre !Horned: Haven Cavalier (Semen for sale), Haven Lamborghini, Mawarra After Shock, Knockmountagh Marshall.  Haven Hotspur  Moeskaer 1 Pacman 1417 Thank youRomany to all 1our customers year. !Polled: Lawbreaker, Days this Calibre G74.  Mawarra Aftershock  SMH King Size 87K Visitors always  Romany 1 Lawbreaker Thank you to all welcome. our customers this year. Visitors always welcome.


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Part of the winning HCBA herd owned by John Walker, Hyde & Docklow Herefords

Best Heifer Calf cup presented on behalf of Clive & Sylvia Richards - RA Bradstock & Partners Free Town Plum 112th HCBA Chairman David Makin exhibiting at the National Show, Tenbury Wells

Gray and to team members Greg, John & Allen Watkins and to the winning team of Phil Allman and Hazel & Elaine Timmis. In July the ‘Greenyards Herd’ of Phil & Alison Allman hosted a farm tour of Australian farming visitors, not all cattle or Hereford breeders but it was certainly interesting to hear how they farm in Australia. Once again Tony Bradstock and Matt Gray organised Bromyard Gala at the beginning of July which was judged by Anthony Spooner. A small number of entries forward as Bromyard now clashes with Hanbury (Worcestershire) and next year Monmouth is moving from August to the same weekend. The Overall and Female Champion was Greenyards 1 Hannah H142, who later in the year was Inter-breed Champion at Pembrokeshire County Show, Overall Reserve and Reserve Female Champion was Free Town Lynette 22nd. There are many other local shows in the HCBA area that were well supported by Hereford cattle breeders, none more so than Burwarton with 45 entries, Kington with 60 entries and of course, Tenbury which hosts the National Show in August. This year was the National Hereford Herd of the Year Competition and once again it was difficult to choose a judge to give up his time to judge at least 30 herds. This year Des Kelly, ’Mullin Herefords’, Co. Tyrone, ably assisted by his friend and neighbour, Richard, took this task on and managed it in a week. It was understood that Richard planned a few days helping but stuck it out to the end! Robert & Diane Thomas hosted the ‘Presentation Evening’ in the delightful setting of a hop kiln on their farm at Risbury. The Association is very grateful to all who have hosted farm visits as there is always a good turnout and so feeding them is a mammoth task.

In November Emma Smith, asked two HCBA Members to host the UK Hereford Youth Group for a weekend. On the Saturday, Westons hosted the group and they were given a tour of the ‘Bounds Herd‘ of Herefords and also a tour around their cider factory. The following day the group visited the ‘Greenyards Herd’ for a mini workshop and herd visit. Unfortunately this took place on a cold and wet day in complete contrast to the previous day’s weather which was warm and sunny. We would have liked to have seen a few more youngsters from the HCBA area attend but being Sunday quite a few were playing rugby! Topic of the mini workshop was weaning calves, which included Matt Pugh, Belmont Veterinary Practice, talking about associated health issues with weaning. Matt also gave everyone a demonstration with a fogging machine to show how good or bad the ventilation was in the building. November and December has seen three reduction and dispersal sales of Hereford Cattle in Hereford Market. As our area looks forward to this year’s HCBA Christmas Calf Show, to be judged by John O’Connor, ‘Clouncagh Herefords’, Co. Limerick and with Matthew Rollason, NEHBA Young Representative judging the young handlers - we have over 150 calf entries. As said many years ago, this is the largest show of Herefords in Europe! Congratulations to all those members who have done well at shows, competitions and at sales throughout 2016. A big thank you and much appreciation to those people who have given their time in hosting visits, organising and helping out at shows and also sponsoring classes. Finally, HCBA would like to wish Robert Thomas all the very best for 2017, as he takes on his term as HCS President. Enjoy your travels to all four corners of the UK Robert and Diane!

The results were: Small Herd (Tony Sargeant Memorial Cup) 1st - R & E Lywood, ‘Heath House’; 2nd - JR & HM Whitlow, ‘Highhouse’; 3rd - WD Wiggin - ‘Parliament Medium Herd 1st - G & R Blandford,’Bosa’; 2nd - PJ & AC Allman, ‘Greenyards’; 3rd -T & M Goodwin, ‘Rough Moor’ Large Herd (Ann Hamer Perpetual Challenge Cup) 1st - J Walker, ‘Hyde & Docklow’; 2nd - RA Bradstock & Partners, ‘Free Town’; 3rd - MJ & HM Timmis, ‘Shraden’ Overall Herd Winner to represent the HCBA area in the National final was John Walker, ‘Hyde & Docklow’ Best Stock Bull & Progeny - RA Bradstock & Partners. ‘Mara Humorous’ Best Bull Calf (Border Libertine Cup) - I Braithwaite ‘Highfields P. 1 Nighthawk’



2017 Breed President Robert Thomas with former PM David Cameron

 HORNED HERD OF THE YEAR - 2014, 2015 & 2016 MARA HUMOROUS, by F.H. Diamond ET, pictured above with some of his calves. Winner of the HCBA Best Stock Bull & Progeny 2016. A daughter, ‘Free Town Plum 112th’, took the Best Heifer Calf Cup. Humorous is also the sire of ‘Martyr’ and ‘Bryony’, pictured below:

FREE TOWN MARTYR, at 14 months old., By HUMOROUS, ex FT PEACE 5th. Born 8th June 15

FREE TOWN BRYONY, at 10 Months old. By HUMOROUS, ex FT BENIGN. 12th Oct 15.

Reserve Male Champion at National Horned Show.

Supreme Female Champion and Reserve Overall at National Horned Show, at just 10 months old.

Retail Beef Yield & Rib Fat in the Top 1%, Both Index Values in the Top 5% of the breed.

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Vintage Hereford Beef A good vintage always enhances a special meal but for diners at a London restaurant this was the seven-year-old Hereford cow they were eating rather than the wine. The sirloin came from Simon Cutter’s herd at Model Farm, Ross-on-Wye, and customers delighted in its rich, buttery flavour. They were at a beef tasting organised by the Pasture Fed Livestock Association (PFLA), and like the other joints brought from around the country, Simon’s sevenyear-old cow, a cull cow on most farms and not for eating, had fed entirely on grass and natural forage. Like a good wine, connoisseurs present may have even been able to identify its terroir. “The cow would be full flavoured, like a big red wine; a Malbec,” said Simon. But unlike the other platters of beef being passed around at the Table Café in Southwark, all interesting for their terroir, with some even detecting tones of clover and herbs, Simon’s sirloin was of a rare and increasingly sought after vintage. Cattle of even maturer years have apparently been wiped out in parts of Spain for their full-bodied flavour. PFLA director, Sara Gregson, said the “older the cow the better the flavour” and found that Simon’s aged Hereford had tasted “very different” and “very buttery.” Terroir, age and variety are all being prized like a good bottle at a wine tasting. “Matt Walls, a wine blogger, had a whole heap of terms for wine and said why not use them for beef too. There was definitely a difference between each cut. They were all different and were reflecting where they came from. For example one came from the Berkshire Downs where there is chalk and limestone,” said Sara. She said the three counties would not have its own terroir, because it varies from farm to farm, although beef from upland uncultivated farms with species rich grass would have similarities.

It take practice to identify terroir and describe individual flavours in meat in wine terminology like Matt, but James said as far as he’s concerned matching flavour with terroir has “never been for a minute in doubt.” “We taste meat that has been raised on different ground which means it has fed differently because it’s eating a different blend of grass and herbs. What is an animal made up of apart from water? It’s what it eats.” Breed is also a big factor for James, who keeps Dexter cows and never uses meat from a commercial breed in his charcuterie. “Within traditional breeds there’s a better flavour. They are more complex and there is much less water. There’s up to 10 per cent more water in commercial breeds of livestock, particularly if they are factory farmed. We never use commercially produced meat. You have to dry it to get the water out. “Then there’s the really old breeds, like the Hebridean and Manx sheep, which have a gaminess,” he said. Considering all factors however James said diet makes a big difference to the flavour of meat. It’s what the PFLA and Simon, who is a member, are building on when they insist 100 per cent grass fed is best. Some also claim it’s healthier than grain-fed meat. “People who have had their blood tested and sent it to America are finding that if they have eaten beef from cattle fed on cereals it’s causing them problems. Health experts are pointing them in the way of grass-fed beef. Then there’s the paleo people who want grass fed meat. People are avoiding cereals. “Then there’s another group of people who have always been interested in the subtle differences,” said Simon. He has taken his beef production one step further by selling meat from older cows, a

At a similar event, a lamb tasting held at Abergavenny Food Festival last year, James Swift of Trealy Farm Charcuterie near Monmouth said he could identify his own lamb in a blind tasting because it had a flavour peculiar to his farm, that’s irrespective of breed.



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trend he says that has come from Spain where some northern areas are said to have been cleared of older cattle, so prized is their flesh by top restaurants. “There’s a trendiness now with Spanish cow beef. That’s why we decided to try some older cow meat on the Pasture Fed group. “We had experimented on our customers and they said it was wonderful. There’s a mutton renaissance; it’s the equivalent of that with cows. It’s not as tough as old boots. “I talked to a chef at Bibury Court. One of the chefs is on to the trend for Spanish cow meat. It’s something they do that we have not done. “It was pretty well received in London. Nobody said it was tough. It has flavour. You have got to treat it right. The supermarkets just want us to have a bland, standardised product. They don’t want to be fiddling around hanging a cow for six to seven weeks,” said Simon, who keeps a herd of 100 pedigree Hereford suckler cows. He also produces grass-fed mutton from his Easy Care ewes. He processes meat on the farm and also has a farm shop to which he says people following grass fed meat diets drive a long way. They are now able to buy the beef through a new type of on-line farmers market, food assemblies. “Everybody orders what they need for that week and pays on-line then go to a prearranged meeting spot. In Birmingham it’s a room in a pub and in Bristol it’s a community hall. There’s a two hour window to pick up meat and people are loving it,” said Simon. But its beef from his older cows that’s proving to be the biggest hit and like a rare wine customers are snapping it up when it’s available.

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National Stock-judging Competition The ever popular National Stock-Judging Competition took place on the second day of the Royal Three Counties Show. Sixteen teams of three representing their respective Hereford Breeder Associations & Clubs competed for the South of England Trophy - presented to the team with the highest combined score. Three groups of four cattle consisting of bulls, cows & heifers were judged separately, by each team member, during an eight minute period for each group. Team members remain in the same area of the show ring whilst the cattle move from one section to another. Moving on to the competition there was a tie for the Highest Individual Score between members Matthew Gray and Ryan Coates, who both scored an impressive 141 points out of a possible 150. They will both hold the Midland & East Anglia Trophy for a period of six months each.

Highest Overall Individual Winners Matthew Gray (left) & Ryan Coates flanked by Breed Chairman Richard Mann and Master Judge Michael Clark

In the Young Members section and taking the trophy for the Highest Individual Score was young Allan Watkins with a commendable score of 140 points. Allan is no stranger to success as last year he formed part of the team which finished second.

Joint Second Place Team are, from L to R, Greg, Allan and John Watkins representing HCBA Team 3

Highest Under 25 Individual Winner Allan Watkins receives his trophy from Breed Chairman Richard Mann (left) and Breed President Michael Clark

In the team category awards and finishing in fourth place with 379 points out of a possible 450 were the Senior North of England HBA team consisting of Graham Shepherd, Bernard Rimmer and Jackie Cooper. In joint second place with 380 points were a team from the South of England HBA (Team 1) comprising Allan Timbrell, Richard Edwards and Emma Smith and for the second successive year Greg, John & Allan Watkins from the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association (HCBA - Team 3).

Joint Second Place were SEHBA Team 1 from, L to R, Allan Timbrell, Richard Edwards & Emma Smith



However, with 383 points, it was another team from the HCBA (Team 2) that took the top spot. The team taking the silverware consisted of three members who have all won either team and/or individual awards over recent years; Hazel and Elaine Timmis and Phil Allman. The Hereford Cattle Society would like to thank its Chairman Richard Mann for selecting the 12 cattle to be judged, the members for preparing the cattle to be assessed, the Breed President Michael Clark for acting as Master Judge and for the 48 members for taking part to make it another memorable occasion. Well done to all concerned!

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'Ronaldo' Meets his fans at Wembley Stadium! Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo owned by H Weston & Sons Ltd the proud mascot of Hereford FC become the first animal to be paraded around Wembley Stadium. Five year old “Ronaldo” was bred by D & E Colledge and is out of Hawkesbury 1 Violet and by Dorepoll 1 499 Emporer. He was paraded around Wembley Stadium prior to Hereford FC’s match versus Morpeth Town in the FA Vase Final on 22nd May 2016.


“Ronaldo”, a firm favourite with the Hereford fans, showed all the typical calmness associated with the Hereford Breed. Inspite of over 20,000 fans cheering and applauding he showed fantastic temperament. Hereford FC and the Hereford Football Association would like to go on record in thanking officials at the Football Association and Wembley Stadium for agreeing to their unprecedented request, and would also like to thank Westons Cider for their


assistance and the enthusiasm in helping to make this unique appearance happen. Jon Hale, Hereford FC Chairman, said “I have to be honest, when the idea was first mooted I was not confident that we would succeed with our proposal. So I was absolutely delighted when the FA and Wembley Stadium agreed to our request, as seeing ‘Ronaldo’ grace such an iconic venue was a proud moment for every Herefordian.








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Ease of management and handling are core elements in suckler beef production By Neil Ryder

“We have always had riding and hunting horses and in the past have had a racehorse or two!”

Hereford and Simmental breeds are the cornerstones of the easy care low input suckler beef production system built by Staffordshire farmer, Peter Mitchell, Brookfield Farm, Fradswell, Stafford.

“We then set up a commercial suckler beef herd and bought a Limousin bull which we put on Simmental, Hereford and Limousin cross cows. Simply we bought in heifers on price - if they were in our price range, we bought them. We also had a flock of Texel cross and Mule sheep. These were the basis of today’s beef suckler and sheep enterprises,” he said.

Development of the suckler herd is still very much work in progress reflecting changes in the family farming business and losses of cattle to the bovine TB eradication programme in an area that is a hot spot for the disease. The system also requires calm, docile cattle that are easy to handle and managed by one person, plus will be as safe as possible on land that is crisscrossed by popular public footpaths. This is reinforced in that any animal showing potentially dangerous behavioural or temperamental problems is immediately culled and sold for slaughter. “I do not want any animals that could be a danger to myself or to the people using the footpaths. We are careful to keep cows with young calves away from fields with footpaths, and only put them back when the calves are bigger. “Our two Hereford bulls are very calm animals and we find our Simmental and Simmental cross cows are also docile animals too. We still have some Limousin crosses which tend to have more ‘attitude’ and are very protective of their young calves. Limousin are good cattle, but just do not suit our present needs,” he says. Mr Mitchell farmed with his late brother on three farms, two owned and one tenanted with a combined 320 acres (129ha). They ran a mixed livestock system including a

Peter Mitchell

100 cow British Friesian dairy herd which had Hereford and Limousin bulls running with it. The farm came through the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic unscathed though many farmers in the area lost stock to the disease. The brothers decided that the long term future for relatively small dairy herds like their own was not good and in 2002 decided to go out of dairying and sell their British Friesians. “It was a good time to go out of dairying. While the cows did not make so much at £600-£700 each, people were after milk quota which sold well. When the two were put together things evened out. I have never been a machinery man, so there was very little to sell. I would rather have horses than machines!

The next major change came eight years ago with the death of Mr Mitchell’s brother after a long illness. One of the two owned farms was sold shortly afterwards. Mr Mitchell and his wife Pauline then built a farmhouse and buildings on the land at Brookfield Farm, 120 acres (49ha), while retaining the tenancy of Landerswood Farm, 130 acres (53ha), from the Sandon Estate. “We had bought Brookfield in 2001 as it is very close to Landerswood, though not adjoining. At the time it was just a block of land but planning permission was obtained to build a house and shed capable of housing up to about 100 beef cattle. Landerswood is very much a traditional estate farm with few buildings. “The Brookfield land had been all arable and has been reseeded with long term leys including clover. Landerswood is all permanent pasture and includes some steep slopes. We have done some limited improvement work with over seeding. Our aim is to produce as much as possible from grass and silage with just a little corn when needed. We make full use of farmyard muck, and, normally, do not buy in any fertiliser,” he says. Development of the suckler herd was by no means smooth with cattle testing positive for bovine TB and being culled. “Of course we must eradicate bovine TB if at all possible. It is hard to lose any cattle under the eradication programme, but it is especially hard to lose a cow with calf. That is one reason why I would never want a pedigree herd here,” says Mr Mitchell.

One of the farm's two Hereford stock bulls, Meadowbank 1 Venture



Present stock is about 50 mixed Hereford, Simmental and Limousin cross suckler cows put to Hereford bulls. There are also about 200 breeding ewes made up of early

lambing Texel crosses and North Country Mule all put to Texel and Charollais tups. Until last year the beef suckler cows calved from January onwards, the same time as early lambing. Now calving does not start until 1st March and calves stay out with their mothers until weaned in November. At the same time the calves are vaccinated against pneumonia and wormed. The cows are housed from December onwards. Mr Mitchell used to use a diet feeder for his cattle but has switched to a big bale unroller which, he says, is simpler and better suited to his needs. About 700-800 bales of good quality silage are made annually.

Hereford cross Simmental heifers ready for slaughter

and I really do like them. I buy all stock by eye, though may also glance at figures but think that this information is more for pedigree breeders than us,” he says. Early lambing ewe numbers vary a little with early lambing ewes bought through Shrewsbury market. North Country Mule ewes are bought through Bakewell Mart and mostly come from the Chatsworth Estate.

Hereford cross heifers are finished on the farm and sold to Dunbia at about 18-20 months of age and weighing about 540kg live. Bullocks are sold through Bakewell market as stores at 20 to 22 months old, usually making between £1,000 and £1,100 each. “We do get a premium as they are by a Branded Hereford Beef Scheme, but I am not in any marketing scheme. A batch of heifers in July 2016 made 353p per kg deadweight. A friend of mine is in a breed marketing scheme and gets 5p per kg more than me for similar animals, however this involves more paperwork and visits which I don’t want,” he says.

“We have two Hereford stock bulls Meadowbank 1 Venture and Chirbury Hall 1 Dragon. We have a polled bull and a horned bull simply because it was what was available at the time. I’m never sure which are the best for us. What we do need are big bulls with good conformation as we need size to give us the big calves we need. Overall we find the Hereford and Simmental combination works well for us. “We have used Limousin for many years and the only reason we are not using them now is potential handling problems. We started buying Simmental three years ago

Looking forward Mr Mitchell says: “I intend to keep farming as long as I can, but I also want a system that I can manage on my own. I have a contractor friend who lives nearby that I can call on at any time. I also like to give young people a chance to make a start. For instance, our silage contractor is the son of a local farmer. “At the moment the farm is clear of bovine TB. As long as that continues I hope to increase the suckler cows a little to nearer 60 cows, but will keep sheep numbers about the same. The Hereford and Simmental are working well for us and there will be no change there.” Mr Mitchell farms with his wife, Pauline, who handles the farm’s paperwork. Before her retirement, Pauline was a commercial manager for a semi-finished industrial plastics company. Please note: All prices are July 2016.

Finished continental cross cattle plus all lambs are all sold through Bakewell Mart. 43kg Lambs recently averaged 187p per kg. “Because of the TB situation, we have a suckler herd of mainly older cattle and will keep our cows as long as they are in good condition, still have good bags and are calving easily. We are gradually phasing the Limousin cross cows out for ease of management and are looking to breed some Hereford cross Simmental heifers as herd replacements.

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Ignoring BVD could be a costly mistake! By Nick Gibbon BVSC MRCVS, Belmont Farm and Equine Vets Ltd, Herefordshire I am going to tell you a tale of BVD..... Don’t turn the page on this and put the journal back on the kitchen table with your bills and sales leaflets. This will definitely be of interest to you if you have any involvement in the pedigree and showing world. Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is always being talked about in the farming press, making it relevant to the farm situation however is not always easy. It has been discussed through various campaigns, advertising, meetings and lectures but to hear of real life events, relevant to your herds and businesses is the most valuable of all. BVD is a sophisticated viral disease, primarily of cattle. It is a particularly nasty virus that chooses to suppress the infected animal’s immune system and will also cause abortions and the birth of what we call Persistently Infected animals or PIs. These PIs occur when a cow is infected during days 60-125 of pregnancy or when a PI cow manages to carry a calf to full term and give birth to one. A PI carries the virus for life and sheds it constantly. Some PIs are poor doing animals, some may suddenly drop dead of mucosal disease and others are perfectly healthy for years and years- making them very hard to pick out by eye. The PI is how the virus spreads itself around, creating new PIs in its own herd and potentially in others if moved. If the virus doesn’t infect the cow in this narrow window of pregnancy then it will cause early and late abortions in pregnant cows, deformed calves and increased incidence of disease in young-stock because of its tendency to suppress the immune


response. Abortion, sudden deaths and sick calves? It sounds like something no one really wants! In the summer of 2015, a prestigious herd of Herefords (is there anything less?!) was showing at one of the UKs premier livestock events. They had exceptionally good BVD status, with no evidence of infection in years of testing and they had decided that as the risk was low; not to vaccinate their cattle. It had been a very successful couple of days and the team had won quite a few prizes between them. Amongst the show team was an in-calf cow with her current calf at foot. She had done particularly well in the ring. Four months later, her calf was born, a strapping bull calf with potential to outperform his mother and go on to be a top breed specimen. At around two weeks old, this calf and his companion in his pen appeared to have pneumonia, a strange thing to happen to calves, suckling cows under very little stress. The vet was called and the calves were both treated, with good success, but there remained a question mark over the origin of the problem. The herd in question is undergoing ear tag and testing, as a monitoring tool to maintain BVD


free status and when these calves were tested, both of them came back as positive for BVD virus- indicating a current infection or persistently infected (PI) status. This herd has been monitored and accredited free of BVD for years and this came as a big shock to the owners. The vet was called and both the calves were blood tested to make sure the tag had been correct. One of the calves had by this time become negative – it had cleared the infection, or was a false positive, the calf from the prize winning cow was, however, still positive; suggesting it was persistently infected. The calf was isolated with his mother and because of his pedigree and her history we decided to test him one last time. The third result was positive, re-affirming his status as a PI animal. By this time, he had a back like a table and was streets ahead of his peer group. The challenge with a BVD PI is the unknown nature of their future, they are a risk to the herd and they could suddenly die having been grown on or fattened. In this case, he was despatched by the hunt and it broke everyone’s hearts to see him dragged up the tail board, so much work, money and genetics down the drain, a real tragedy.


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BVD can appear to be very complicated, there are lots of different tests, vaccines and health schemes out there that all deal with the disease with similar end results. A lot of the Hereford breeders in the UK and worldwide are involved in some sort of BVD accreditation scheme and they will have some form of ‘status’ relating to the degree of disease they have or don’t have in their cattle. The herd in question was classed as ‘accredited monitored free’, a status achieved by herds that have been closed for a long time and test clear of the disease at repeated tests and have not vaccinated their breeding cattle. Unvaccinated cattle are naïve to infection with BVD and they are at risk of picking it up, as in this case In this case, because of the narrow window for infection to produce a PI, it didn’t take long to work backwards to the show being the point of exposure for the in-calf cow. It could have been cattle she came into contact with whilst tied up or a farmer or member of the public that passed the virus from animal to animal, we will never know. The key point is that while we are not free of BVD in the UK, all breeding animals going to shows, including bulls, should be vaccinated against BVD, even if they are returning home afterwards. The herd in question now vaccinates all breeding stock including bulls and bulling heifers

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Scottish Hereford Breeders' Association By Pauline Wason, Hon. Secretary

2016 was another very successful year for the Scottish Hereford Breeders who travelled from all corners of Scotland to attend many of the Agricultural Shows around the country to showcase our fantastic breed. The year started with our AGM in February with the following Office bearers elected; Chairman: Mrs Audrey Anderson Vice Chairman: Mr John Torrance Secretary/Treasurer: Mrs Pauline Wason Honorary President: Mrs Margaret Cameron In April at the Spring Show & Sale held at Hereford Auction Mart, JRB Wilson sold the Reserve Female Champion Romany 1 Ishbel H12 M4 for 5,300gns. The Wilsons also sold two bulls at the same sale for 3,400gns and 3,000gns respectively.

Scottish breeders were well represented at the Great Yorkshire Show

well as the Grand and Senior Female Championships before going on to take the Reserve Breed Championship with their two year old heifer Panmure 1 Plum L7. Plum was also part of the winning Inter-breed Pair. Standing Reserve to Panmure 1 Plum L7 in both the Senior and Grand Female Championships was the eight year old cow Romany 1 Lucy R22 F12 from JRB Wilson & Sons. After a hectic day of showing we all descended on the Hereford Breed Stand to enjoy some Pimms and a Hog Roast dinner cooked for us by fellow Scottish Hereford breeder Steven Reaper and his dad John.

JRB Wilson & Sons sold Romany 1 Ishbel H12 M4 for the top female price of 5,300gns at the Hereford Spring Show & Sale

Our May meeting was a farm visit to Cowbog, the home of Ron and Robert Wilson’s Romany Herd. With Robert and Lucy attending a christening we were left in the capable hands of Ron and Joan who gave us a wonderful tour of Romany Herefords followed by a fantastic lunch. In June we had the Royal Highland Show which saw the number of Herefords exhibited double from the previous year which was absolutely tremendous. The Hereford Breed had huge success at the 2016 show, winning the Overall Inter-breed title along with success in the Best Pair, Group of Three and the M&S Native Beef Breeder Class, it truly was a great show for the breed and thanks must go to the exhibitors for bringing out their cattle to such a high standard. Scottish breeders JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath had a super show, winning both the Male and Female Junior titles as

Next on the show calendar was the Great Yorkshire Show, where there was plenty of prizes for the Scottish Breeders who had travelled down to Harrogate. JRB Wilson & Sons, Cowbog were awarded the Grand Female Championship and later the Reserve Supreme Championship with the seven year old show cow Romany 1 Julia A84 F51. Taking the Reserve Grand Female Championship was the Overall Junior Champion Harveybros 1 Crocus N1 from Harveybros, Balfron who also picked up a first prize with their bull Harveybros 1 Murray. The Scottish National Show was held at the end of July as was the judging of the Scottish herds for the Herd of the Year Competition. Mr Harold Hatt of Weybrook Herefords had the task of placing the Scottish herds. With a mixture of Small herds consisting of 15 cows or less and the large herds 16 cows and over, Harold travelled all over Scotland starting in the south, then east, north and west before ending up in Kelso on the eve of the Scottish National Show to deliver his results at the pre-show dinner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Harold on behalf of all the Scottish members for agreeing to judge our herds. The results for the Scottish Herds are as follows;

Large Herd 1st JM Cant & Partners 2nd JRB Wilson & Sons 3rd AJ & IM Dunbar

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CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2016 Best Heifer Calf Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10 Mr Hatt awarded the Overall Scottish Herd to JM Cant & Partners who went forward to the National Competition. On Saturday 30th July the Scottish National Show was held at the Border Union Show, Kelso with exhibitors travelling from Aberdeen and from the North of England to put on a fantastic display of Herefords for Judge Tom Rennie, Mosston Muir. His Supreme Champion, following her success at the Great Yorkshire Show, was Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 bred and exhibited by JRB Wilson & Sons. The day just kept getting better for the Wilsons with Julia winning not only the Inter-breed title but also the award of Champion of Champions. In the Male section Junior Male Champion Panmure 1 Mumford from JM Cant & Partners took the titles of Overall Male and Reserve Supreme Champion. The Cant family were also awarded the Royal Bank of Scotland Salver for the Best Group of Three animals. JRB Wilson & Sons made the long journey down to The National Poll Show at the beginning of September and the trip was worth it when their nine year old cow Romany 1 Plum A84 E37 was awarded Reserve Grand Female Champion. In September we lost one of the Hereford Breed’s greatest supporters - Mr Alex Cant Panmure Herefords, who sadly passed away on the 14th September aged 86. His standing within the breed was evident with the numerous breeders who travelled many miles to pay their respects to a well loved and respected man. Our thoughts go out to his wife Jessie, daughters Wilma and Audrey and all the family.

Overall Senior Champion at Stars of the Future Show, Baldinnie 1 Denver from JA Cameron & Son

Taking top spot in the Hereford Junior section was Panmure 1 Noah from the JM Cant & Partners family from Easter Knox, Arbroath, this 10 month old calf is out of the 2014 Royal Highland Show Champion and sired by Hawkesbury 1 Volcano. The Reserve Junior Champion was another Panmure animal from the JM Cant & Partners, Panmure 1 Nugget, this time sired by successful stock bull Romany 1 Distiller. In the Hereford Young Handler Competitions, the Senior section was won by Miss Beth Harvey, Harveybros Herefords and in the Junior Section the red ticket was won by Miss Katie Wason, Saltire Herefords. Both girls then went on to compete with the other winning Young Handlers from across all breeds, with Katie returning triumphant by being awarded the trophy for the Best Overall Junior Young Handler.

At the Hereford Society Sale in October we had JM Cant & Partners and JRB Wilson & Sons flying the Flag for Scotland. Top price on the day went to the Cant family with the 18 month old bull Panmure 1 Mumford selling for 5,200gns with their other bull Panmure 1 Monster selling for 4,800gns. Panmure females also sold well with Panmure 1 Plum M6 selling for 3,600gns and Panmure 1 Blessing M7 for 2,800gns. JRB Wilson also had a good day they sold Romany 1 Julia H12 N11 for 2,900gns, Romany 1 Mink ST M68 for 2,600gns and Romany 1 Ishbel K956 N26 for 2,500gns. The Annual Society awards were also presented in October with the Romany Herd from JRB Wilson & Sons winning the Show Herd of the Year for the eigth time in ten years. This year’s National Calf Show was held in conjunction with the Agri Expo Event at Borderway Mart Carlisle and jointly hosted by the Scottish Hereford Breeders Association and the North of England Hereford Breeders Association. With a record entry of 64 Herefords it was sure to be a great day of showing. Prizes for the Scottish Breeders started with the first class - Best Commercial Steer or Heifer, this category was won by P Eccles, Tranent, East Lothian when he took both first and second places with two animals sired by Milovaig 1 Jaguar, JRB Wilson & Sons came third. Following on from being judged Best Heifer Calf in the Scottish Herd Competition, earlier in the year, Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10 took the Senior Female Championship before going on to take the Reserve Grand Female Championship for JRB Wilson, Cowbog. Stars of the Future Calf Show – Stirling Market. In the Hereford section the Overall Senior Championship went to JA Cameron & Son, Balbuthie with the September born bull Baldinnie 1 Denver sired by Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine and out of Baldinnie 1 Dom Lass 13th. The Reserve Overall Senior animal also came from the Cameron’s, Baldinnie 1 Kay 30th, another by Einsteine and she was also judged Senior Female Champion.



Katie Wason Overall Inter-breed Junior Young Handler Champion

2017 will no doubt be another busy one, with Sales at Stirling in February and October and at Carlisle in February, May and October and plenty of summer shows for us to show off our fantastic Hereford breed. We will also have Association meetings in February, May and November to which all members are invited and new members are most welcome. In June we look forward to welcoming Mr Alistair Smith to judge the Royal Highland Show on Thursday 22nd. The Scottish National Show will be held on Saturday 22nd July at Biggar Show. The Scottish Association Autumn Calf Show in conjunction with Agri Expo will be on Friday 3rd November at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. I look forward to seeing you all at the many shows up and down the country next year and would like to take this opportunity to thank all members, breeders, sponsors and friends of the Association for their support they have given myself and the Association over the past year, it is greatly appreciated. Wishing you all a successful 2017.


May Show & Sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle Herefords saw a top price of 2,500gns paid for the Reserve Overall Champion Panmure 1 Midge from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath. Out of Panmure 1 Plum B5 and sired by Hawkesbury 1 Vulcano, the March 2015 born bull sold to Colby Farms, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria. Selling at 2,400gns was Overall Champion Salton 1 Lexus from G Bulmer, Salton, York. Out of Salton 1 Millie and sired by Normanton

Overall Champion Salton 1 Lexus from G Bulmer

1 Jupiter, the June 2014 born bull went to RC & S Cleasby, Broughton in Furness, Cumbria.

Top price of 2,500gns was paid for Panmure 1 Midge from JM Cant & Partners

At the same money was the Romany 1 Mikado H12 m14. The September 2014 born bull, sired by Romany 1 Heavyduty and out of Romany 1 Milk, went to JS & IM Wilson, Millom, Cumbria. (Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington).


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SHOWS - 2016

Scottish National Show

Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 - Simply the Best as she takes title to Breed, Inter-breed & Champion of Champions at Border Union Show! Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 swept all before her at this popular Scottish Borders show, nothing could stop – not beef breeds or any other species. This seven-year-old cow from local breeders JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, epitomises the old adage form is temporary class is permanent. “Julia A84 F51” out of Romany 1 Julia 41H V23 is by former Sire of the Year Baybridge 1 Atlas. This latest success capped a marvellous day for the Romany herd, which is very much a family affair with three generations in action and young Charlotte Wilson much involved. They also took the Reserve Grand Male Championship with Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo. Three-year-old “Hi Hidalgo” is out of Fardre 1 Heidi Hi and by Harvie Dan Hidalgo. However, in the male section it was Junior Male Panmure 1 Mumford from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath Angus, Tayside who came out on top. Fresh from taking the Overall Junior Male Championship at the Royal Highland Show, fifteen month old “Mumford” is out of Panmure 1 Plum J16 and by Panmure 1 Karl. “Mumford” later went on to take the Bowmont Cup as the Reserve Overall Breed Champion and Best Animal of the Opposite Sex to the Champion. JM Cant & Partners were also awarded the Royal Bank of Scotland Salver for the Best Group of Three.

Overall Champion Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 from JRB Wilson & Sons

Championship line-up. From left, Heather Whittaker, Andrew Hughes with Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11, Judge Tom Rennie, Robert Wilson with Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 and Lottie Wilson with Romany 1 Julia ST N34

In the Best Pair of Animals it was W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, Durham who collected the red prize card with JM Cant & Partners in Reserve. There was further success for John & Tom Kemp when they were awarded the Best Group of Three, with Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire in second place. Not to be out done Miss H Whittaker went one better when she took the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire from Tom & Di Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland in Reserve. Male Champion Panmure 1 Mumford from JM Cant & Ptnrs, pictured are, from L to R, Abbie Anderson, Audrey Anderson with Mumford and Judge Tom Rennie




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Reserve Grand Female & Junior Female Champion Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 from Miss Heather Whittaker

To complete a good day’s work for Miss H Whittaker and professional showman Mr Andrew Hughes they were also awarded the Reserve Grand Female Championship with their highly thought of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11. Sired by SMH Castro 001, 23 month old “Ishbel D1 M11 is out Romany 1 Ishbel A84 H53.

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New blood brings new ideas, enthusiasm and change By Eilidh Macpherson, Editor Farming Scotland Saughland Farm, Pathhead, Midlothian invested in new genetics in 2013 – in the shape of young Peter Eccles (now 31), an arable farmer’s son from Tranent – following the retirement of Bryan Kelly, who had managed the 800 acre mixed sheep, beef and arable unit for fifty years. Working closely with farm owner, Richard Callander, the aim is to provide what the market wants, at a profit, without reliance on farm subsidy. “We are looking to increase the number of kilos of liveweight produced per hectare through better utilization of grass using a combination of cattle and sheep – they must work together and compliment each other,” commented Peter, who attends the QMS run Borders Grazing Group at Pirntaton, Galashiels. “Current production is sitting under 300kg/ ha, which includes all lambs, calves and culls sold. We have an ambitious target of increasing this by 50% by 2020.” Historically, Limousin bulls covered dairy bred cows at this Midlothain property, “but the poor fertility of the bought in heifers was inflicting heavily on production,” commented Peter, who sold all but 12 of the original 65 cows with calves at foot, at Carlisle. Initially, Peter was buying in Aberdeen Angus cross Limousin heifers from the King’s at Wolfstar, who have high herd health status

Three generations, Peter's father Willie & daughter Matilda alongside Rockness foundation cow Romany 1 Dawn A84 H38

and good fertility, as replacements. Bulling heifers have also been sourced from the Skeen’s at Berryhill in Northumberland. The aim is to run 80 head of cattle; currently 42 cows and 14 homebred in-calf heifers are munching the pastures at Saughland. But with just 17 Hereford sired heifer calves born this year more heifers will be needed to bolster replacements next year. The Hereford has been brought in to cover the heifers with pleasing results. “The Hereford is so versatile I believe it can fit in to suit the majority of farming systems in Scotland and across the UK. It must be a factor as to why it is so popular in big beef producing countries around the world.

“The maternal traits of the Hereford really compliment continental cattle. They are a joy to work with – reduced stress for both man & beast. “The Hereford fleshes up easily in the summer months and has the ability to mobilise fat reserves to help fuel them through the winter on a low energy ration of straw or poorer quality forage and 2.5kg/hd/day of distillers dark grains to reach Condition Score 2.5 at calving in the spring.” Having previously trained and worked as an SAC Consultant based at St Boswells, following his graduation from Edinburgh in

Peter Eccles brought the hereford to Saughland for their ability to convert grass to well marbled beef, easy calving & great temperament



Peter was successful in securing a Young Farmer Grant of £48,000 from the Scottish Government – to invest in a pedigree herd of Hereford cattle – Rockness – which he runs on 20 acres he rents as a tenancy from his father. As an experienced SAC Consultant he completed the business plan and filled in the application himself. “Apparently there was enough money from Scottish Government funding for 150 successful applications throughout Scotland, my local SGRPID office received over 200 applications alone so I feel lucky to have received the grant.”

Four year old Stock Bull Milovaig 1 Jaguar

Agriculture, Peter is very much a figures and target focussed farmer. He aims to calve 70% of the herd in the first 3-week cycle (which has been achieved in last two years). “Then the cow or heifer must milk and regain condition fast to get back in-calf to calve down again at the same time the following year. 95% of the herd is expected to rear a calf to weaning for every cow put to the bull.” Calves are weaned early at an average of 150 days old in September and returned to the fields to minimise respiratory problems and additional stress associated with housing. Creep feeders and quality pastures in familiar surrounding are maintaining high growth rates during this period before housing in late October. Young farmer, Peter Eccles (31), grew up on an arable farm – Carlaverock, on the outskirts of Tranent in East Lothian. He may well have grown up surrounded by tractors and grain, but his passion lies in horn, not corn!

Farm Facts Farm Manager: Peter Eccles (31) Farm Managing: Saughland Location: Pathhead, Midlothian Area: 800 acres Owner: Richard Callander Sheep: 1800 ewes Cattle: 42 cows 14 in-calf heifers Using Herefords on heifers Arable: 200 acres currently let on contract farming agreement Other: Steading converted into offices Peter: Peter has own herd of pedigree Herefords (24) on 20 acres at parents property, Carlaverock Studied Agriculture at Edinburgh Was an SAC Consultant Played rugby for Melrose

17 month old in-calf Hereford sired heifers out of Angus & Limousin X cows



Peter initially purchased two heifers from Robert Wilson of Cowbog. He flushed one to multiply the best genetics – landing five calves out of six embryos – 3 heifers and 2 bulls. One of the bulls – Rockness 1 Maelstrom has already made his mark, taking the Reserve Overall Male Championship at the Scottish National at Perth in 2015 and Grand Male Championship at Agri-Expo. At Stars of the Future Show held at Stirling, Rockness 1 Matilda (also ET bred) and “Maelstrom” took the Male and Female Championships - with “Maelstrom” being crowned Overall Champion. Rockness 1 Maelstrom came second in his class and Rockness 1 Matilda third in hers at Rockness’s first outing to the Royal Highland Show this year. “My full time position as Farm Manager at Saughland restricts the amount of time I can spend showing – the time off is taken as holiday!” On the pedigree side Peter places more emphasis on milkiness & tidy udders, which is something the breed has been working to improve in recent years. He looks for; “Deep bodied cattle with good width between the plates with a view to ensuring ease of calving. We have had easy calving’s

with higher than average birth weights but they are born easily and unassisted due to their length over thickness at birth.” Another target at Saughland is for each cow to produce a calf at 50% of her bodyweight at 200 days. “Our best cows are achieving >68% – the cows weighing 608kg at weaning and the calves 413kg at 200 days (with some creep feeding, which must be added - but this is financially viable giving a return of over 2:1). The herd achieved an average of 51% this year.” Since my visit Peter sold his first couple of Hereford steers through the ring at St Boswells. Both were grass finished at 17 months on rotational system with no supplementary feeding, just a trace element bolus at turnout on March 20th and bought by a local butcher – 636kg @ 225p/kg = £1431.00 and 622kg @ 226p/ kg = £1405.72.

Matilda who was the inspiration behind Rockness' female line of Matilda's which now numbers 2 cows & 3 heifers!

Phasing out the Mules, with only 300 left, ewes are joined with Abermax sires. The lambing percentages are lower than the Mules, but they receive no feeding and pretty much lamb themselves outdoors.

The grazing system at Saughland is continually evolving. Fields are being halved and rotational grazing with 3 - 4 day shifts will be carried out to utilize the grass and in turn support more stock. The sheep enterprise, which was originally a high input, high output Scotch Mule flock of 1000 ewes is being converted to Aberfields cross Romneys and Cheviots, with 1800 going to the tup this year and 2000 next year. Of the 1800, 300 ewe lambs are covered by a Primera. /RocknessHerefords @RocknessCattle

Five month old Hereford heifer out of homebred Limousin X cow


Another income source at Saughlands is from the converted steading, which houses offices rented out to businesses. Farm owner Richard Callander admitted that when full, the office rentals bring in the largest gross margin to the business. But he is as enthused about the figures, targets and aims as the new genetics he recently invested in – his farm manager – Peter Eccles is!


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Stranraer Farm announced as Scotch Beef Farm of the Year A Dumfries and Galloway farm was named as the 2016 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year. Drumdow farm, near Stranraer, run by Robert Parker and his wife Eileen, was announced as the overall winner during a presentation at AgriScot. Drumdow farm runs 170 Hereford and Aberdeen Angus cross cows and calves (otherwise known as Black Baldies) and a further 40 Hereford and Angus cross bulled heifers. All cows and bulls are outwintered on a 52 hectare moor. Cows are homebred with heifers joining the herd calving as two-year-olds. The farm also has 150 Easycare ewes and gimmers. The aim of the annual award, run by AgriScot and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), is to showcase excellence in the production of cattle in Scotland and raise the profile of the dedication and stock management skills behind the production of Scotch Beef. The other two finalists were: Seggarsdean Farm, Haddington, East Lothian run by Andrew Kennedy and Sons and Corrimony farm, Glenurquhart, Inverness, run by David Girvan in partnership with his parents Lindsay and Mamie. Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, extended his congratulations to the Parkers. He said: “Farms like Drumdow are the mainstay of our livestock industry and I whole heartedly congratulate the Parker family on this award. This year’s winner and the other finalists should be commended for their commitment to building sustainable and viable farming businesses. Their success and commitment augurs well for the future of the beef industry in Scotland.” Representatives from AgriScot and QMS

Robert Parker at Drumdow farm

visited all three finalist farms and were particularly impressed with the Parkers’ commitment to continually improving the efficiency of their farm.

dedicated to producing quality meat in an easily managed system and - with climate change and carbon footprint moving to the top of the agenda - a sustainable way.”

“It was a pleasure to visit all of the finalist farms all of which demonstrated high quality beef production systems”, said Douglas Bell, Head of Industry Development with QMS.

Robert Parker said he was delighted and astounded to have won.

He added: “What particularly impressed us with Robert’s production system was how he has designed and tailored it to suit the resources available at Drumdow. A tenyear programme of criss-crossing Hereford and Aberdeen Angus, using carefully selected bulls, has produced a high quality herd of ‘Black Baldies’ which, when combined with Robert’s management skills, is achieving high levels of technical and financial performance.” Andrew Moir, Chairman of Agriscot added: “We are delighted that we have a farm

“My thanks go to my wife Eileen and our stockman Jim McCurdy who has been working with the Parker family for 45 years now. “I am really happy with the performance of our cows and the balance in the breed now. However, there is always scope for improvement and we’ll keep looking for ways to do that.” During the farm visits the award assessors looked to gauge the passion and enthusiasm of the farmer, and family and staff where relevant, to efficiently produce high quality animals. They also looked for evidence of a high standard of technical and financial performance, and how the finalists adopted new ideas to improve the efficiency and profitability of their farms. Finalists were also asked to demonstrate their commitment to animal health and welfare as well as their ability to keep an eye on the market for the end product. All farms producing cattle destined to be used for meat sold under the Scotch Beef PGI label – from breeders through to finishers - were eligible to apply for the award and accordingly they were also required to be members of QMS’s quality assurance scheme.



2016 - SALES


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Ervie Herefords Spring Bull Sale

Thursday 16th February 2017 at the farm. Selling 65 naturally reared bulls by our Line One Hereford Sires. Pleases check our website for details close to sale date.

Ervie Herefords Summer Heifer Sale

Friday 21st July 2017 at the farm. Offering up to 30 of our choice replacement yearling heifers. Pleases check our website for details close to sale date.

The advantage of high performing line-bred cattle is the

The advantage of high performing line-bred cattle is the increased predictability & uniformity, as well as the hybrid vigour generated in their progeny by an outcross either within breed or between breeds.

increased predictability & uniformity, as well as the We look forward to your enquiry. Visitors always welcome by appointment. Check on our website for up-to-date information on our sales and breeding cattle throughout the year.

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Ervie Stock Sales 2016

February 18th 2016 was the date for the Annual on-farm sale either within breed or Quickbetween off the mark was breeds. recent convert to the Hereford breed, Peter of naturally reared and out-wintered Hereford bulls - all sired by Douglas from the Scottish Borders. His selections were Ervie Ruth imported Line One Hereford bulls. 151901 and Ervie Peach 151984 paying a good average of £2,900 Highest price was Ervie Advance 141836, selling £7,200 - he is for each. Check onofour website for up-to-date information on our sales and breeding cattle throughout the year. now working in the Redstroke herds Herefords and Limousins Tel. 01776854226 or e-mail Michael Palmer selected Ervie Tsuga 151883 and Ervie Trudy owned by Iain and Jennifer Wilkinson near Perth. The sire of this We look forward to your enquiry. Visitors always 151994 towelcome add to byhisappointment. recently established Hereford herd in high performance individual is Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H. Cumbria. They averaged £2,500 each with the additional purchase Second top price of £4,800 was for Ervie Advance 141781 sired by of the proven junior herd sire, Ervie L1 Achiever 131735 at £2,500. Ervie L1 Achiever 81035C. He sold to regular buyer Robert Parker, The Mitchell brothers from Ayrshire proved tough, prudent Drumdow along with Ervie Advance 141851 at £3,500 for Black negotiators, striking a bargain for three junior heifers from the Baldie production. Matching £3,500 was Ervie Advance 141799, Pansy, Crocus and Satina families at £1,000 each to establish their again sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and went to repeat new herd near Sorn. buyers, R & M Reid, Caddell Farm, Saltcoats, Ayrshire.

Ervie Herefords Spring Bull Sale

there were heifers priced to suit everyone with sales made from £1,000 to £5,000.

31 Hereford bulls averaged £2674 (Up £321.69 on the year).

Des Kelly from Northern Ireland made his raid on the group of heifers late in the day but succeeded in buying many top heifers amongst the 15 he purchased including Ervie Oystergirl 151906 and Ervie Cornelia 151907 at £5,000 each.

Ervie Herefords First Summer Heifer Sale Following an April private sale of 23 in-calf heifers to the Grangefell herd in Cumbria and numerous enquiries for females throughout the spring via their herd’s website, the Douglas family decided to host an impromptu on-farm sale of yearling heifers, the day following the herd’s annual muscle and fat scan in July. After the Thursday scan, the heifers were held overnight in a coral and on Friday the sale kicked off at 11.00 am with potential buyers able to sift through the large group of 84 heifers and draw any favoured heifers into a side pen for closer examination and comparison. Sales were made on a first come first served basis by private negotiation with John and

Reflecting on the sale, John Douglas says he sees no reason why they won’t hold this sort of sale each summer to allow both established breeders and Hereford newcomer’s access to their highly consistent maternal Line One genetics. “As with our bull sale in February, we present the cattle in their true state, straight from the field. We are proud of our female herd and we have the confidence that our young heifers will grow on and please the new owners with long and productive lives.” 22 maiden Pedigree Hereford heifers sold to Average £2503.



Despite the change from Dairy to Beef the Hereford remains the Breed of choice for Lanarkshire farmer The economic and other pressures facing many dairy farms have decided many dairy farmers to leave the industry. One such family are the Browns who used their dairy herd as the base for building a suckler beef enterprise as Jim Brown explained to Neil Ryder. Hereford bulls have played a key role in a smooth transition from dairy farming to suckler beef production using only homebred cattle and retaining closed herd status for Scottish farmer, Jim Brown, Newhouses Farm, Strathaven, Lanarkshire. The change has been achieved with the only bought in cattle being the Hereford stock bulls. All other cattle, including dairy, have been homebred with some former dairy females becoming suckler dams. While semen from other beef sire breeds has been used in the past, all females are now put to the Hereford which, Jim believes, best suits the farm’s present and future needs offering high quality beef calves and, importantly, being easy to handle. The Brown family came to Newhouses Farm about 45 years ago and it was run as a dairy farm with around 100 Friesian type commercial Holsteins with all replacements home bred. Average yield has been around the 8,000 litre mark. The Hereford was widely used on dairy heifers for ease of calving with a mix of British Blue, Limousin and Simmental AI used on cows not

required for breeding dairy replacements. Newhouses covers 200 acres (81ha) of owned and 45 acres (18ha) of rented land about half a mile away. Both lots of land are ring fenced and ‘good grass growing land’ apart from two wetter areas totalling about 15 acres (7ha). Grassland is all permanent or long term leys with some over seeding of long term seed mixes including clovers. Apart from keeping costs down, this means there is no major interruption of grazing. Jim farms with his father Robert and the help of Jim’s partner, Jayne Clenaghan, who also works as a shop assistant. Much of the farm work is done by the family, however contractors are used for silaging and baling. About 80 acres (32ha) of grass are cut for clamp silage and a further 50 acres (20ha) baled as haylage. All straw is bought in from the Duns area in the drier East of Scotland. “Our fertiliser usage is relatively light with about 2cwt per acre of 27:5:5 on silage ground and 11/2cwt on grazing areas. Both are plus slurry and dung. Rainfall is about 55 inches annually. “We had used the Hereford on dairy heifers, but in 2013/2014 we decided to do away with dairy and move to suckler beef production so then used Hereford across everything and kept all our cross bred heifers for our suckler herd. “Simply we had got to a stage where milk

Hereford cross Friesian heifers sired by Arranview1 Diamond and in calf to Baldinnie 1 Katsuma.



Jim Brown

prices were low and to stay in milk would have meant investing a great deal of money. Also my father was then at retirement age and while I like working with livestock, I do not want to be tied to twice a day milking all my life! Dad will continue to take a very active part in the farm and I know he will miss the dairy herd which has been his life but we agreed it was time to move on,” says Jim. At late summer 2016 the dairy herd had reduced to about 30 milkers meanwhile the suckler herd had built up to 80 breeding cows. By the end of the year it was expected that dairying would be completely finished and the suckler herd on its way towards its 100 cow target. The residue of the dairy cows would then be used as suckler dams rather than being sold.

conditions. Cattle with calves are given silage and a bought in barley based blend while dry cows receive haylage. Calves are also given a creep feed for the first month or so of their life to give them an early boost. “We calve heifers at about two and a half years of age as we like them to have a bigger frame and give them a better start than if we tried to calve them too young. One advantage of having bred from the Friesian is sound udders and a good supply of milk,” he says.

Baldinnie 1 Katsuma with Simmental cross cow in background.

The suckler herd is now predominantly Hereford cross, but includes some British Blue and Simmental crosses. Remaining Limousin crosses have been sold as being good cattle but not really suited to a system where ease of handling is a priority, says Jim. “Our first Hereford bull was Arranview 1 Diamond by Romany 1 Diamond, out of Tullypark 1 Mayflower U2 and bred by Bill Andrew of Auchincruive, Ayr. Most of the current Hereford cross suckler dams are by “Diamond”. “Last year we also bought Baldinnie 1 Katsuma by Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine out of Baldinnie 1 Katie for 3,700gns at Carlisle. He was bred by John and Margaret Cameron of Leven, Fife. “We have also used an Australian AI bull from the Genus stud, Wirruna Daffy D1 by Mount Difficult Fellis and out of Mount Difficult Last Day A205. He was not in the original catalogue, but I liked the look of him and decided to use him. “I choose my bulls almost entirely by eye rather than figures. With the Herefords I look for homozygous poll genetics as this means I do not have to dehorn their calves. This saves an unpleasant job and is much less stress on the calves. Generally, I am looking for a bull with size, with good conformation and capable of giving good

Spring born heifer calves by Baldinnie 1 Katsuma.

sized calves. We need an animal with good temperament, which the Hereford gives us. “The Simmental is also a good breed, but the calves generally need a little more feeding than the Hereford crosses which is important in keeping costs down. The British Blue crosses also work well for us but we are now putting the Hereford across all our cows,” he says. Calving is mostly in two blocks, Spring calvers in March and April and Autumn calvers in August and September. Cattle are normally housed from about October through to May depending on weather

Ready for sale the following day - calves by the Australian AI bull Wirruna Daffy D1. The batch of 15 averaged 400kg and £870 apiece. (August 2016).

Both lots of calves are weaned at about 9-10 months and sold at about 12 months of age through United Auctions at Stirling They are selected for sale by eye by Jim and the UA fieldsman. The first autumn 2015 born batch of 15 sold in August 2016 averaging 400kg and selling at £870. “At the moment we are just selling male calves as bullocks and keeping all suitable heifers for the suckler herd. UA handle both auction and private sales. I like auction as I feel it gives a true price for your livestock with competition from bidders,” says Jim. He adds that as the farm has bred its own replacements, both dairy and beef, for many years it is effectively a closed system, apart from purchased bulls, and overall health is good. It is also Farm Assured and he works closely with the farm’s vet on health management. Looking forward Jim feels that there is a solid future for suckler beef calf production. While there will be a little more housing available when the last dairy heifers leave the farm, there remains a need for a new cattle shed which is being built. He has joined the Hereford Cattle Society and plans to buy a few pedigree Hereford heifers as foundation stock for his own small Hereford herd.




A Tribute to Alex Cant By Audrey Anderson

Alexander Small Fleming Cant was born to Bob and Nan Cant on 19th January 1930. Eldest brother to Wilson and Elma. Husband to Jessie. Dad to Wilma and Audrey. Grandad to Alana, Linzi and Abbie. Dad was born at Craigton, Monikie. He attended Monikie Primary School, before going onto the Morgan Academy, Dundee. His parents had high hopes of him becoming a doctor, or lawyer, but dad had other ideas. He left school at 16 to work on the family farm, his passion at that time was for Clydesdale horses. He was winning ploughing competitions from the age of 17, with his greatest achievement coming at the age of 21 when he became the youngest Highland Show Medal winner for ploughing at that time. Young Farmers again proved its worth as a tried and tested matchmaker, with Dad being a Member and later Chairman of South Angus Club, and Mum being a Member and Secretary of Arbroath Club. Despite their differences, often said by Dad to be epitomised by the fact that Mum had a telephone in their house and Dad had to go to the village for one, they were married on 27th June 1956, at Arbirlot Church. In 1969, Mum decided she would like a Hereford heifer, and so they bought one from Dad’s Uncle, Alex Cant, Drowndubbs who also offered to keep it for them. However, they went out one morning to find it dead, at which point, Dad decided they would do it properly, and Panmure Herefords was founded. One of their earliest successes was with Cheviot Lily, who won just about every show she went to, and won the Inter-breed Championship at our local County Show three years running. They bought some of their first poll cattle at the St. Aubrey dispersal sale, where Dad bought big framed cattle, which he saw as the future for the Hereford Breed. He was involved in the development of the Caledonian Cattle Company, along with Denis and Ron Wilson and John Gill, with Mum and Dad hosting the launch. They imported three bulls from Canada, Remitall Patriot, Remitall Prophet and Remitall Marathon, which they used to introduce outside genetics into their herds. As a dedicated Member of the Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Association and avid supporter of the showing circuit, he enjoyed much success. He exhibited at the Royal Highland Show every year, and enjoyed great success, having won every Major Championship apart from the Overall Championship. This honour did not come until 2006 when we won with newly purchased stock bull, Solpoll 1 Brigadier, however, in an unfortunate turn of events, Dad was not able to attend that show, the first time he had ever missed it. This did have people asking if perhaps he should have stayed away sooner! Dad came up with the idea of holding a Scottish National Hereford Show, which would move around the country each year, with the first one being held in 1996 at Fife Show. The Panmure herd have enjoyed great success at these shows, having won them 6 times so far. As well as supporting the shows as an exhibitor, Dad was honoured whenever he was asked to judge. He judged all over the country with the pinnacle of his judging career coming in 1983 at the Royal Highland Show.



One of Dads greatest achievements in the Hereford world came in 2006, when Panmure was named National Herd of the Year. We had a stellar year, winning the Highland Show, Scottish National and then the Herd competition. The herd consisted of just 16 cows, and Dad was immensely proud that he had achieved so much with so few cows. Despite being a Hereford man at heart, Dad bought his first Charolais in 1992 and formed the Panmure Charolais Herd. He enjoyed early success, with our first ever bull, Ignition, winning first prize at Perth Bull Sales and making 5000gns. We learnt over time that it wasn’t quite as easy as we had first thought. Much to the disappointment of Dad, Abbie fell in love with the Charolais breed, purchasing her first heifer in 2014. Although in recent years Dad had not been able to attend the shows, he still kept in contact with the many friends he had made throughout his time in the Breed. He had many fond memories of Highland Shows past; especially when one kindred spirit thought it would be a good idea to clip his new tie in half, inspired by the Famous Grouse. Dad was extremely proud of all he achieved in this Breed, and greatly valued the many friends he made.


South of England Hereford Breeders' Association Terry Perkins, Chairman We have had an interesting and eventful year starting with our Annual Dinner and presentation evening at the end of 2015. The Society’s 2015 Breed President, Gerald Blandford and his wife kindly supported us. Harry Hewlett was our Master of Ceremonies for the Herd Competition awards which were presented by the President. The well attended evening was great fun and enjoyed by all. In April we held a Show preparation day for members and young people at Mayridge Farm, Englefield. There were 62 people in attendance including a group of students from Berkshire College of Agriculture. In the morning Emma Smith and Richard Edwards demonstrated the preparation of cattle from clipping through to washing and drying. Everyone was given a chance to be hands on with all the tasks. There was a talk by Adele, a vet from Larkmead Veterinary Group on animal health - this gave us an insight of what to be aware of in Animal Health care. Also there was a feed nutritionist talk about feed values in grass and maize silage and the value of the use of feed concentrates. After a barbecue lunch Steve Edwards joined us and anyone who wanted to was given a chance to lead an animal and Steve was on hand to give valuable tips on showing and then each one presented their animal to be judged. It was a great day enjoyed by all who attended. At the end of April, Emma Smith and Richard Edwards held a training weekend for young Hereford enthusiasts to launch the beginning of UK Hereford Youth. Over 30 young people attended and had a fun filled weekend as well as learning essential skills for preparing and showing cattle. We at SEHBA are so pleased that

Our very own Michael Clark (foreground), showing at Newbury, was UK Breed President in 2016

SEHBA & M&EAHBA enjoying their trip to Ireland

we are able to help and encourage young handlers and we would like thank the Livesey family for hosting this event at the home of Normanton Herefords and of course Richard and Emma for all their hard work over the weekend. On the show circuit we are fortunate to have such a high calibre of breeders with many entries this summer. In August, members from SEHBA and MEAHBA joined together on a trip to Southern Ireland. We were welcomed at the airport by Val Ledwith (Rathregan Herefords) who escorted the coach to his farm. A walk around his herd was followed by a superb barbecue steak supper which was served by his lovely family and we enjoyed wonderful hospitality. An early start on Sunday and we went to the Tullamore Show, a unique Irish event with many cattle on show including a large amount of Herefords. It was a great day out. On the Monday we had two farm visits to Coolnacritta Herefords with Sean Shiel in the morning, and to David Carroll’s Udel Herefords in the afternoon. Both farms welcomed us to see their cattle followed by wonderful refreshments and hospitality. Sadly a number of the group had a stomach upset and were not able to enjoy the whole trip but we will not dwell on that. On Tuesday morning we visited Grianian Herefords with Tom Fitzgerald and his family. We were shown around their herd and provided with more food and a very warm welcome. We flew home on Tuesday afternoon - a relief for some but everyone would agree we had an amazing welcome by our fellow Irish breeders. Many thanks to Aimee and Cindy who arranged it but were sadly were unable to come with us.

SEHBA & M&EAHBA Members at the home of Val Ledwith, Rathregan Herefords











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Some of the leading herds in the country are in our area and the undermentioned breeders would be delighted to see you. A prior appointment would be appreciated. BERKSHIRE

1. A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd., Titcomb-Cleland (P) Herd, North Standen House, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0QZ. Tel: 07788 412098 Fax: 01488 686832 Email: 2. Mrs. Pam Noel & Mr R. Snelling, Sarabande (H & P) Herds, Sarabande Herefords, Long Meadow, Shurlock Row, Reading RG10 0PL. Tel: 01189 343323 Mobile: 07976 692543 3. Terry Perkins, Herd Manager, Englefield Home Farms, Estate Office, Englefield Road,Theale, Reading, Berks RG7 5DZ Tel: 07747 047128. Email: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

4. D. Briggs, Blackwell (P) Herd, Blackwell Farm, Latimer, Chesham, Bucks HP5 1TN. Tel: 01494 762190. Email: GLOUCESTER

5. Michael Clark, Lowesmoor (P) Herd, Lowesmoor Farms Ltd. Bankside House, Cherington, Tetbury, Gloucester GL8 8SP. Tel/Fax: 01285 760427 and 6. M.L. & D.J. Jenkins, Appleridge (P) Herd, Appleridge Farm, Hystfield, Stone, Berkeley, Gloucestershire GL13 9LJ. Tel: 01453 819393. Mobile: 07785 388408 Email: HAMPSHIRE

7. Mr Harold A Hatt, Weybrook (P) Herd, Weybrook Farm, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9LE. Tel: 01256 850083 Mobile: 07836 702277 Fax: 01256 851529 8. The Viscountess Lifford, Potkiln (P) Herd, Field House, Hursley, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2LE. Tel: 01962 775203. Email: 9. Mr M. Osmond, Broadgate Herd, Gastons Farm, Five Bells Lane, Nether Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8EN Tel: 07970 484 677 Email: 10. Mr Julian Neagle, Velmore Herd, 1 Velmore Farm Cottages, Bournemouth Road, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, SO53 3HF. Tel: 07736 830536 Email: 11. Graham D. Stratford, Aultoun (H) Herd, Annetts Farm, Farringdon, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3EL. Tel: 01420 588278. Email: ISLE OF WIGHT

12. Mr & Mrs P Bradley, Crockers & Northwood Herds, Crockers Farm, Cowes Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TP. Tel: 01983 525878. Email: KENT

13. Mr and Mrs D Fenton, Boresisle (Traditional) Herd, “Organic Original Population Herefords” Honour Farm, St. Michaels, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6TJ Tel: 01580 762395 Email:

14. Mrs. S.I. Purchese, Lynsore (P) Herd, Court Lodge Farm, Manns Hill, Bossingham, Nr. Canterbury, Kent CT4 6EB. Tel: 01227 709330 Email: 15. Charlie Baseley, Phantom Herd, Landway Farm, Basted Lane, Crouch, Kent, TN15 8PY. Tel: 01732 886002 Fax: 01732 887466 Email: OXFORD

16. E L Townsend & Son, Madeira (P) Herd, Orchard Farm, Watling Lane, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxford OX10 7JG. Tel: 01491 836860 Fax: 01491 836793 Mobile: 07801 274116 Email: SURREY

17. M.J. Burton, Westgate (P) Herd, Stumblehole Farm, Leigh, Surrey RH2 8PY. Tel: 01293 862607. 18. Nigel, Ann & Tim Metson, Coverwood (P) Herd, The Old Farmhouse, Coverwood Farm, Peaslake Road, Ewhurst, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 7NT. Tel: 01306 731101 Email: 19. B., H. & M. Myers, Boundless (P) Herd, Boundless Farm, Boundless Road, Brook, Nr. Godalming, Surrey GU8 5LF. Tel: 01428 683077. 20. Martin Comley & Thomas Comley, Martom Herefords, Comley Farm, The Chestnuts, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RG. Tel: 01428 609023 Thomas Comley: 07917 880833 Email: SUSSEX

21. R. Hutchings, Fisher (P) Herd, Fisher Farm, South Mundham, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 1ND. Tel: 01243 262252. Mobile: 07881 944394 22. Ruckmans Ltd., Ruckmans (P) Herd, Dawes Farm, Bognor Road, Warnham, West Sussex RH12 3SH. Tel: 01306 627413 Fax: 01306 628151. Email: 23. Nick Wren, Cathedral (P) Herd, Cedars Leggatts Farm, Old Park Lane, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8AP Tel: 01243 572732 Fax: 01243 576899 Email: WILTSHIRE

24. Mr & Mrs J R Pike & Son, Bromham (P) Herd, Durlett Farm, Bromham, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2HY. Tel: 01380 850412 25. A. & D. Robinson, Velleyhill (P) Herd, Boyds Farm, Gastard, Near Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9PT. Tel/Fax: 01249 713146. Mobile: 07966 376015 26. Richard Edwards & Emma Smith, Classic Polled Herefords, 1 Drive Cottage, Eysey, Eysey Manor, Cricklade, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 6LP. Tel: 07742 752300 Email: 27. Mr & Mrs M G S Gibson, Stitchcombe (P) Herd, Durnsford Mill House, Mildenhall, Marlborough, SN8 2NG. Tel: 07850 859824. Email: Secretary: Aimee Hewlett, 1 The Courtyard Ruckmans, Ruckmans Lane, Oakwood Hill, Surrey, RH5 5ND. Tel: 01306 628473 Email:

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Members viewing the Cleland herd at the home of AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd

Lastly, it has been a privilege for me to serve as your Chairman for the past three years. Thank you all for your support - I could not have managed without it and of course thanks to Aimee and Cindy who work tirelessly for the Association.

2016 South of England Herd Competition Results Best Herd/Overall Winner - The Bromham Trophy Fisher Herd - W.J. Hutchings & Son

Our herd competition this year was judged by Richard Davies. Thank you to all who entered, - the prizes will be presented at the Annual Dinner in December. On 25th September the AGM of the South of England Hereford Breeders Association took place at Stephen and Aileen Nesbitts North Standen Farm - the home of the Cleland herd. The meeting was well attended and informative. As this was my final meeting as Chairman, Nick Wren was voted in as new Chairman, Richard Edwards as Vice Chairman with Aimee and Cindy Hewlett agreeing to stay as Secretary and Treasurer. The SEHBA discussed arrangements in hosting the 2017 National Calf Show and a sub committee will be adopted at our following meeting to formulate arrangements. After a superb lunch we went to see the excellent Cleland herd and enjoyed a walk through an enchanting glade by the river on the estate. The weather was perfect and we were all reluctant to leave. After a lovely tea and a vote of thanks to our very generous hosts and their staff we drifted home.

Large Herd - Lincoln Cup (Over 35 cows) 1st Lowesmoor Herd – MJ Clark 2nd Cleland Herd - AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd 3rd Boundless Herd – B H & MR Myers Medium Herd - Lincoln Cup (16-34 cows) 1st Fisher Herd - WJ Hutchings & Son 2nd Weybrook Herd – HA Hatt 3rd Cathedral Herd – HM Scarterfield Ltd Small Herd - Lincoln Cup - (Up to 15 cows) 1st Lynsore Herd – Mrs S Purchese 2nd Broadgate Herd – Broadgate Farm Partnership 3rd Sarabande Herd – Mrs PM Noel & Mr RG Snelling Warehead Cup for the Best Stock Bull - Fisher 1 Jaguar J347 – WJ Hutchings & Son Hawstonfold Salver for Best 12-15 month Heifer - Fisher 1 Susan M417 – WJ Hutchings & Son Lincoln Rose Bowl for Best 12-15 month old Bull Millennium Bomber – K Hasemore The Fern Nichols Tankard for Best Spring Bull Calf Appleridge 1 Native 339 – M Jenkins David Trott Tankard for Best Spring Heifer Calf - Fisher 1 Susan M417 – WJ Hutchings & Son South of England Hereford of the Year 2016 - Lowesmoor 1 Countess Stockman of the Year - Michael Clark Brodnyx Trophy for Best Young Handler - George Staples The Wilson Quaiche (For services to the Association) Cindy Hewlett

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Stitchcombe herd wins Most Improved Herd Award for the Hereford breed The Stitchcombe herd, owned by Martin Gibson from Grove Farm in Wiltshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Hereford cattle in England for 2016. The award is presented by the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme (BRP) to the recorded herd that shows the greatest genetic gain for commercial characteristics over a 12-month period. There is a separate award for each of ten UK breeds. Situated in the Kennet Valley near Marlborough, Grove Farm is a 95 hectare farm with 69 hectares of grassland bordered by mature woodland. Martin is from a farming background and he and his wife Ninna bought Grove Farm as a dairy unit in 1999 after his father’s farm was sold. Five years later they made the decision to close the dairy herd and focus on beef production. They chose to use the Hereford, a native breed that suited their ambition and farming philosophy, valuing conservation and supporting ecological diversity within their grassland. The Stitchcombe herd comprises of 100 Hereford cattle and is run alongside a flock of 40 Hampshire Down sheep. “I first came across the breed while driving a herd of Herefords in Australia when I was 17,” Martin explained. “Since developing my own herd I find them aesthetically pleasing and I was keen to promote a native breed. Herefords provide great meat and are lovely animals to work with.” Martin grew up with livestock and combined with his job as an accountant, has always loved the science and statistics of breeding. Together with his herdsman, Mike Sinden, they decided to base their herd on Jonathan Moorhouse’s Cato herd and were keen to incorporate the same breeding objectives. Mr Moorhouse was able to provide valuable guidance when setting up their herd. As they grew in confidence and developed their own goals they purchased their first high-index bull, Weybrook 1 Midas,

from Harold Hatt and used a Cogent bull, Moorside 1 Joseph based on his Calving Ease Index, for artificial insemination (AI) on their heifers. Martin said: “It was logical to record the performance of the herd, I never considered the alternative.” “Bench marking oneself against others in any walk of life makes good business sense, there is such a wealth of data collected for the breed it would feel very ignorant not to consider this when making our breeding decisions,” he said. Martin and Ninna aim to produce the quality of meat that the consumer wants; everything is finished off grass and any surplus from the breeding stock is sold to the local butcher. “Our butcher’s opinion on our animals dominates our decisions aiming for a 550kg live weight from a minimum of 16 months. Our aim is to have the lowest cost cows to produce that as our output.” Martin said. Stitchcombe Herefords are selected for Breed type with a dark red colour and the distinctive white face. Martin uses Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) to target easy calving from smaller cows and good growth rates to ensure they will do well from grass and silage. They showed cattle at Newbury for the first time this year and their intention is to attend more shows next year, harnessing the opportunity to advertise the herd alongside their social media campaign. Typically they sell around five heifers and three bulls for breeding each year. “My aim is to build a reputation for producing quality animals with good temperaments,” said Martin. “We decided that average was no longer good enough and set our aim to be in the top quartile of EBV figures for the Breed. “We like what Harold Hatt does within his herd and Weybrook 1 Midas is a high index easy calving sire with good milk figures – our two favourite measures.” “Our heifers are continuously improving and we are excited with the bull calves born this year, they really look the part!” “We look forward in anticipation to the main Hereford sales next year, where some of these young bulls sired by Weybrook 1 Midas will be for sale.” Satisfied with the overall index of the herd, they now need to ensure the standard is maintained. With the number of breeding females in the herd stabilising, Martin and Ninna can now become more particular in their selection process to ensure the performance figures and Breed type continues to improve. “I am delighted to get this Improved Herd Award. As it is a statistical award we now need to provide the proof behind the figures.” “Our aim is to be winning shows and selling our surplus breeding stock while keeping our local butcher happy.” Martin concluded.

Martin Gibson with Stitchcombe Herefords



Taking Reserve spot in the Most Improved Herd Awards for the Hereford Breed was Society Chairman Richard Mann, Spinney Herefords, Hill Farm, Warwickshire.

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Pasture for Life cattle thrive on wildflower meadows and herbal leys Can a love for wildlife and selling 100% grass-fed beef drive a profitable mixed farm business, particularly post-Brexit? Cathy and Ian Boyd think so and tell Sara Gregson how… Whittington Lodge Farm lies across 280 hectares of thin Cotswold brash soils, rising to 275 metres, to the east of Cheltenham. Ian Boyd’s Grandmother arrived there in 1930 and he became involved with running the farm after leaving university in the 1980s. After his father retired, Ian ‘struggled’ with conventional agriculture, trying to grow wheat with increasing amounts of fertiliser and rearing calves on a barley beef system. Everything changed in 2005, when 40 hectares of the least-yielding arable land was entered into the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS). This speciesrich calcareous grassland was managed with a herd of organic pedigree Hereford suckler cows. “The progeny is sold as certified Pasture for Life beef to a growing customer base, including bed and breakfast visitors, people coming to the farm to collect, and those that order online and receive meat boxes by post,” explains Ian Boyd. “Encouraged by the financial success of the beef enterprise, where the animals never eat any grain, just grass and conserved forage, we have now converted the arable half of the farm to organic status and introduced herb-rich leys. We hope this will rebuild soil organic matter and encourage even more biodiversity.”

The planned rotation is four years of herbrich leys with a diverse species mix of five grasses, five legumes and five herbs including red, alsike and sweet clover, sainfoin, birdsfoot trefoil, chicory, burnet, yarrow and sheep’s parsley. This is followed by wheat and two spring barley crops. The second spring barley crop is undersown with the herb-rich ley mix, an operation done a month after the barley is sown – using a grass harrow with a seeder box attached. This knocks out any weeds and the later sowing means the red clover does not interfere with harvesting the barley crop. All the organic crops are handled and sold by the Camgrain cooperative. The cattle rotationally graze all the grasslands in about two hectare paddocks. Temporary electric fencing is used to split up fields and the herd is moved onto new

pasture every two to three days. The herd does not return to the same field for two months. This means grass, legume and herb growth is quite advanced and flowers have headed. It also means there is a lot of winter grazing for the cows, which cuts down on the conserved fodder they need to eat. The cows live outside all winter and are only fed poorer quality hay from the wild-flower meadows as needed, before they calve in April and May. The weaned calves, yearlings and any twoyear-olds for beef are housed by Christmas and fed only on high quality haylage from the herb-rich leys. The beef animals are fit for slaughter from two to three years old. Most are turned out to rejoin the cows and new calves in April. The Traditional Hereford bull joins the herd at the beginning of July and any heifers for beef are removed from the herd to graze elsewhere. A traditional native breed is used as it is much easier to finish any beef animals off grazing and conserved grass only. Water is pumped from a farm supply to mobile water troughs as the mains pressure does not reach the altitude of most fields. There is also a Bibby Cow Catcher attached to an old tractor in the field. A hanging salt lick means the cows are familiar with it and are easy to catch if any eyes or lameness need attention. With a low stocking rate and long rotational grazing, no wormers have yet been needed. “Fertility has been very good,” says Ian. “But actually we are not very good at culling



Cathy spends hours initially on the phone chatting to potential customers – telling the story of their herd and why the meat from their animals is so special. But she says she is careful not to bombard people with too much information. Being certified members of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association has been extremely helpful, as she can alert customers to their website to find out more about the benefits of eating wholly grass-fed meat.

our cows. Oddly enough, many we should have culled go on to have fewer problems later on and throw really good calves. But we do not keep those calves for breeding. “My passion for wildlife photography has been the main driver for trying to increase the wildlife on the farm. Now we are trying to demonstrate how you can farm profitably with Pasture for Life beef. This is particularly relevant now with Brexit and the anticipated reduction of direct farm support.”

Selling Cotswold Beef Ian’s wife Cathy has been running a successful bed and breakfast business for years, but had never sold meat. But when the butchers she asked were not interested in selling her ‘grass-fed’ beef, she decided she would sell it herself. “100 per cent grass-fed meat is always better than any other meat,” said Cathy. “I am really proud of our beasts and they certainly deserve a premium.” At the start, Cathy ran through the possible sales options open to her. She found selling meat at shows and farmers’ markets hard work – standing around for eight hours to sell one topside was never cost effective. Selling boxed beef directly from the farm was the preferred choice.

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When an animal is sent to the abattoir, Cathy knows she has four weeks of hanging time to sell it all. In truth, half the meat has been sold before it steps onto the lorry. Customer’s order forms are filled in with their names and mobile numbers. When Cathy wants to let them know the meat is ready she texts them, saying they are more likely to respond to text than email. The meat is sold mainly in three types of box – Mixed for £105, Winter Warmer for £85 and Taster for £65. Individual cuts, including fillet, rib on/off the bone, LMC (a lean slow-roasted braising joint) or top rib (a slow roast joint similar to brisket), feathered steak and burgers can be bought to make up a customer’s own box – but the three main boxes offer the best value. “In the £65 Taster Box we make sure we include at least £68 worth of meat, present it well and explain how to cook it all,” says Cathy. Meat selling days are hectic. Cutting instructions were sent to the butcher in week three and the meat, cut into the required pieces and vacuum packed, is picked up from him at 7.30am. Cathy makes up the orders, adding the prices and weights and organic and Pasture for Life labels, before packing them into size 4 Woolcool boxes.

Capturing carbon A cow emits 2t of carbon equivalent (CE)/year Herd emits 200t CE/year Mob grazing herb-rich leys Composted grazing




Every 1% increase in organic matter (OM) under grass sequestrates 90t of CE/year Annual rise in OM expected of around 0.13%/year over 100ha grassland Could store 1,000t CE/year A 12-sectioned freezer pack is added to keep the meat at the right temperature for transport and the boxes are lined with blue plastic to prevent any melt water ruining the cardboard. Consumers pay £5 for the packaging and many of those who come to the farm, bring their boxes back for refilling. Half of the meat is picked up by customers after 4pm. Parcel carrier APC collects the other half of the orders and delivers them nationwide. “We have developed a pricing strategy after talking to many butchers,” says Cathy. “We average a retail price of around £16/ kg, which gives us a good return for every animal we sell. “Demand is now outstripping our supply – which is why we have just bought ten pasture for life heifers from beef farmer and retailer Simon Cutter from Ross on Wye. This will mean we have around 30 carcases a year to sell, giving us two and a half a month – which will certainly keep us busy!”

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280 ha Up to 275m Light Cotswold brash 40ha HLS wildflower meadows 30ha Permanent Pasture 30ha herb-rich leys in arable rotation 40 Hereford cows + calves + yearlings + two-year olds Cows out-wintered Beef cattle fattened just on grass and conserved fodder Low cost Direct selling at £16/kg




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Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders' Association By Alan Pittam, Hon. Secretary

The Association’s 2016 programme of activities started traditionally with the first of two committee meetings held throughout the year on 2nd February at TD & WT Livesey’s ‘Normanton Herd’ Manor Farm, The Hollow, Normanton-LeHeath, Leicestershire. A varied programme was set out for all members, existing or new, young and old, with an interest in the breeding and promotion of the “Hereford Breed”. Traditionally we hold our meetings at a venue of a member, whereby after the meeting the committee members can visit the herd of the host. As our area extends to a large distance in mileage, from North to South, holding meetings at different venues throughout the region shares the distance for members to travel for meetings. We have many reasons to be proud of the young members in our area and their promising future in the cattle industry for both pedigree and commercial Herefords. We have three Junior Members on our Committee; Fiona Woollatt, James Ludgate and William Livesey. The strength of the young member section was born out this year with Jimmy Speirs ‘Pepperstock Herefords’ winning the Association’s Best Herd Competition and followed up this achievement by being placed =3rd in the bi-annual National Herd Competition. With other experienced young members Ryan Coates, Sarah Cook and Maddie Clarke the breed can look forward to continued progress in the beef industry. This year has not disappointed with many young entrants taking part in the young handler classes at many shows, not just in the Hereford breed classes, but also the Interbreed young handler classes too.

Calf Show. This show prides itself on providing opportunities for young people to practice their ring craft and preparation. Exhibitors are able to help young handlers as well as allowing them to lead their animals in the handling classes and in breed classes if they so wish. This also allows anyone under 26 the opportunity to “have a go” and learn practical skills even if they have no cattle of their own. The ‘Highhedges’ award was retained by another of our up and coming junior members - 12yr old Harriet Froud, who won the Trophy in 2015. The Association congratulates Harriet and Runner Up 8 year old Beth Vincent on their achievements. Beth is the elder daughter of Philip and Laura Vincent from Diss in Norfolk. All entrants worked so hard throughout the summer and it is hoped that their interest and determination continues. The points will be available again to anyone leading a Hereford at our area shows in the Young Handler’s Classes from May 2017. Good luck to Harriet and Beth with their future showing careers which will hopefully remain within the M&EAHBA.

The growth in popularity of entering young handler classes at our area shows continues to grow. This is where there is the opportunity to gain points towards our ‘Highhedges’ Handler of the Year Trophy. Throughout the summer over twenty handlers gained points in this competition which culminates at our Newark

Runner-up – Beth Vincent

‘Highhedges Trophy’ – Winner Harriet Froud

Stock Judging Competition: This event is organised primarily for selecting teams to enter into the National Stock Judging competition held annually at the Royal Three Counties Show. It gives members the opportunity to visit other Herds within our area and enjoy a social get together. The 2016 Competition was hosted by our President Peter Cobley at Great Poultney Farm, Misterton. Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Thirty one members attended with twenty seven participating in part of the competition which was followed by a tour of the ‘Kinglee Herd’. The evening was rounded off with an excellent buffet provided by our host and family. From the results and availability we entered one Junior and three Senior Teams into the National Competition.




PUTTING TOP QUALITY HEREFORDS ON THE MAP Homes of the best herds in the Association’s Area with many of the best herds in the Breed producing in 2016 T.D & W.T Livesey ‘Normanton’:National & overall Bull of the year ‘Normanton 1 Laertes’. rd Jimmy Speirs ‘Pepperstock’ Winner of Area Herd Competition & = 3 in the National Herd of the year competition. ‘Pepperstock 1 Kingsley’ Supreme Champion: Hertfordshire County & Res Supreme Champion Bucks County. Newtoncroft Farms. ‘Newtoncroft 1 Mr Mackay’ winner of the MEAHBA Paul Sapsed Trophy & Austin Manning Trophies. National Hereford Tenbury Wells th Senior Female Champion Mrs L Jackson ‘Sparkwood Diadem 7 ’, st Res Grand & Int Female Champion-Mrs K Froud ‘Old West Carol Singer 1 ’ Royal Norfolk. Supreme Breed Champion M.J Ludgate ‘Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346’. BEDFORDSHIRE 1 R & M Bates, ‘Battlebrook’ (DH) Brook House, Grange Farm, Wrestlingworth, Sandy, Beds. SGI92HE. Tel: 01767 631639. Email: 2 Monica Brown, ‘Happy Herefords” 2, Cedar Cottages, Newton Blossomville, MK43 8AR Tel: 07770770976 Email. 3 Jim Speirs, (P) ‘Pepperstck’ Pepsal End Farm, Pepperstock, Luton, Beds LU1 4LH Tel: 07979463480. Email: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 4 D. & A. Briggs, ‘Blackwell” (P), Blackwell Farm, Latimer, Chesham, Bucks., HP5 1 TN. Tel: 01494 762190. Email: 5 Sarah Cowle ‘High Hedges’ 15, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 4BW. Tel: 01296658310/07770666887. Email: 6 Mr I. C. Markham & EA Gough ‘Glenmore & Glengough” (P), Glenmore Farm, Bullington End Road, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes, MK19 7ER. Tel: 01908 511169/07778180730. Email: 7 Paul & Lynn Snell, ‘Lowergrove”, Lower Grove Barn, Mursley Road, Little Horwood, Bucks MK17 OPG Tel: 01296720703 Email: 8 TGR Williams & Son, ‘Alanbrook’, Highlands 95 Weston Road, Olney, Bucks. MK46 5AA. Tel: 07831529406. CAMBRIDGESHIRE 9 F.W Cook & Son and Mrs. A Cook, ‘Albany” (H). “Hawcroft” (H), Albany Farm, Fen End, Over, Cambs., CB4 5NE. Tel: 01954230265. Email: 10 Daniel Fabb & Helen Parr, ‘The Fabb Herd’ Wilsons Orchard Farm, Fenside Road, Warboys, Cambs, PE28 2TY. Tel: 07584035080. Email: DERBYSHIRE 11 D. J. Deaville, “Alderville(P)/Aldersley(H)”, Model Home Farm, New Road, Alderwasley, Belper, Derbyshire, DE 56 2SQ. Tel: 01629822402/824070 Mob: 07999527108. 12 D.D. Rowley & Partners, ‘Hollowseal” (P), Hollows Farm, Sandy Lane, Netherseal, Swadlincote, Derbys., DE12 8BU. Tel: 01827 373293/07724743611. Email; carol@ Web: 13 A & S. Stevenson & Sons, “Alvian” (P), Carr Farm, Carr Lane, Brackenfield, Alfreton, Derbys, DE55 6DG. Tel: 01773 836124/07891832195. Email: ESSEX 14 Reydon Cattle Company ‘Reydon’ (P), Hereford House, Main Road, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8DR Tel: 01268767175/07858378501. Email: HERTFORDSHIRE 15 Mrs. L. Jackson, ‘Sparkwood’ Woodrow Farm, Wigginton, Tring, Herts., HP23 6HT Tel: 01442 823005. Email: LEICESTERSHIRE 16 P. Cobley, “Kinglee’ (P), Stanton Farm, Broughton Road, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, LE9 4JA Tel: 01455 272810107738 110102. Email: pete.cobley@cobleytransport. 17 TD. & WT Livesey, ‘Normanton’ (P), Manor Farm, The Hollow, Normanton Le Heath,Leics LE672TJ. Tel: 01530 264683/07710386329. Email: 18 Newtoncroft Farms, ‘Newtoncroft’ Croft Farm, Newton Harcourt, Leicester, LE8 9FH. Tel: 01162 259387 Email: LINCOLNSHIRE 19 David and Jane Coulson, ‘Ancholme’, High Harbour Farm, Sand Lane, Middle Rasen, Lincs. LN83FB. Tel: 01673 844789/07778 926017. Email: Web: www. 20 SA & VJ Elwess, ‘Elwess” (H) Manor Farm, Common Lane, Heapham, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 5XB. Tel: 01427 838208. Simon: 07825446321. Victoria: 07764740540. Victoria: NORFOLK 21 C.A & P.C Bidmead, Tuppin Farm, Magpie Lane, Rocklands Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 1UU. Tel: 01953483825. Email: www.rocklandherefords. 22 Jeremy Buxton, Town Farm, Booton, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 4NY Tel: 07870490159. Email: 23 Norman Farming Partnership, ‘Hickling Herefords’ Poplar Farm, Sutton Road, Hickling, Norfolk NR12 0AS. Tel: 07584564976. 24 P.RJ. & L. R Vincent, “Pulham” (H & P). White House Farm, Coles Common, Pulham Market, DISS, Norfolk, IP21 4XT Tel: 01379 6769061 07771697866. Email: Web: NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 25 RN & MA Borwick ‘Mara’ (H), No1 Preston Lodge Farm, Preston Deanery, Northampton NN7 2DS. Tel: 01604870246/07861661275.

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 26 J & T Riley, ‘Blakesley”, Kirby Grounds, Towcester, Northants, NN12 8RQ. Tel: 01327860273. 27 Thornby Farms - Miss AE. Barlow, “Thornby” (P), Thornby House, Thornby, Northampton, NN6 8SJ. Tel: 01604740295. Email: Peter Moyes - 07767 353205. Email: 28 RG. Westaway & Son, ‘Clipston” (H), Grasslands Farm, Clipston, Market Harborough, Leics., LE16 9RY. Tel: 01858 525385. Email: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 29 JW & R Johnson, “Real” (P), 110 Bridle Road, Burton Joyce, Nottingham, NG14 5FP. Tel: 01159 313184 Web: Email: OXFORDSHIRE 30 P. T. English, “Churchlands Estate” (P), Churchlands, Appletree Road, Chipping . Warden, Banbury, axon OX17 lLN. Tel: 01295 6604831 07788616447. Email: Web: 31 M.J. Ludgate, ‘Rempstone” (P), Scotsgrove Farm, Scotsgrove, Thame, Oxon., OX9 3RX. Tel: 0772555805. 32 Megan Trinder, Manor Farm, Islip, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2SQ. Tel: 07768816637. Email: RUTLAND 33 JWE& SL Bevin, ‘Shorne Hill’, ‘Shipleyhill’, Shorne Hill, Brooke, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8DB. Tel: 07860819554 Email: SUFFOLK 34 Owen Smith Farming, ‘Clement” (H). Briar Cottage, School Lane, Bromeswell, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2PX. Tel: 01394460408 and 07885 594143. Email: WARWICKSHIRE 35 C&S Grundy, B& V Bingham, ‘Ingon” (H), Lower Ingon Farnn, Ingon Lane, Stratford-upon- Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 OQF. Tel: 01789 731069/731338. Email: 36 GH Cattell, ‘Woodhouse’ Woodhouse Farm, Catherine-De-Barnes, Solihull B92 0DJ Tel: 01217058340. Email: 37 D. & E. Colledge, “Hawkesbury” NN7 2DS(P), Grove Farm, Parrotts Grove, Aldermans Green Road, Coventry, CV2 lNR Tel: 02476 313806. Email: 38 P.E. & K.J. Dicken, ‘Jacobean” (P), 121, Darley Green Road, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands B93 8PU. Tel: 01564 7764711 07817587010. Email: 39 Nick & Lucy Holdsworth, Little Meadows Farm, Pebworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8XE. Tel: 01789 721972/07894074041 Email: 40 C,M,M D Jones, “Maxstoke Herefords” (P), Mill Farm, Maxstoke, Coleshill, Warwickshire, B46 2QA Tel: 01675462183. Email: 41 RP. Mann, “Spinney” (H), Hill Farm, Ufton, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV33 9PP Tel: 01926 612208/07739280645. WEST MIDLANDS 42 Mr & Mrs S.C Price, ‘Celiasam’ 15, Palmers Close, Codsall, Wolverhampton WV8 2JX. Tel: 01902845098.

Hon. Secretary: Alan Pittam, 38 Ashby Road, Braunston, Daventry, Northants, NN11 7HE. Tel: 01788 890702 Email:


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CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2016 As we are all aware the TB regulations had an effect on the number of entries at the summer shows. Despite this the Hereford Breeders participation generally outnumbered other beef breeds. Our major area shows were the benefactors, Hertfordshire, Royal Norfolk and Bucks County, with 35 animals – 11 exhibitors, 46 animals – 18 exhibitors and 38 animals – 12 exhibitors. Generally other local shows throughout the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk were well supported. We were able to have our Breed Promotion stand at the following shows again this year; Newark, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Kenilworth, Rutland County, Market Bosworth, Bakewell, Ashby, Leicestershire, Bucks County and Henley-on-Thames. The stand, over the years has become a recognised meeting place for Exhibitors, Members, Hereford Breeders and many others including some from other breeds. There is always a cup of tea/coffee and wide variety of snacks on offer, plus a whole range of Hereford merchandise to purchase. The banners and posters displaying general breed information, local news about our Association and Hereford literature on display have created a lot of interest in the Breed. The Association provide extra sponsorship to shows in our area in the form of extra prize money and Rosettes for the Male and Female Champions and Reserves, together with a ‘Sash for the Supreme Championship.

M&EAHBA member Victoria Elwiss supplied cattle for Countryside Lincs.

visitors attended for a hands-on day of fun and learning about farming and Lincolnshire heritage. The Association were pleased to represent the Breed at the Beef Expo held on the 20th May at Bakewell Mart, where the cattle for the stand were provided by Richard Mann which were two commercial cows with Hereford x calves at foot, TD & WT Livesey – ‘Normanton 1 Laertes’ and A & SG Stevenson & Sons – ‘Alvian 1 Jamaica’. The Stand was set up by the HCS and manned by Richard Mann, David Prothero, David Deakin, Tim Livesey, Kris Stevenson and yours truly. The stand took the Award for the Best Breed Stand at the event. On the 6th - 7th July we hosted the

A twice yearly Newsletter is produced by the Secretary from January to June and July to December, detailing events and show results from the previous six months, together with a programme of future events. Food, farming and fun greeted hundreds of children at Countryside Lincs, when families flocked to Lincolnshire Showground, where Herefords were much in evidence as Elwess Herefords provided cattle for display. Returning for its second year, this annual event saw ticket sales soar by over 200 per cent as more than 3,000

MEAHBA member Kris Stevenson with Breed President at Bakewell Mart - Beef Expo 2016

A commercial cow & calf provided by Richard Mann - part of the winning Breed Stand at the Livestock Event, NEC, Birmingham




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Above: Alderville 1 Dorothy 35th. Sire: Otapawa High Voltage, Dam: Aldersley 1 Dorothy 25th (Sire: Clipston Krespian) Below: Her son Alderville 1 Discretion. Sire: Aldersley 1 Edgar. He is being used on a few females and has a good set of balanced EBV’s. T138 SR146

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Maddie Clarke with a relaxed Normanton 1 Laertes on display at the Livestock Event

Hereford Breed stand at the Livestock Event, NEC, Birmingham where TD & WT Livesey once again had ‘Normanton 1 Laertes’ on display together with another Commercial Cow & Calf kindly loaned by Richard Mann. Over the two days the stand was manned by Richard Mann, Michael Church, William Livesey and myself. We thank the Staff of the Hereford Cattle Society for providing the stand, posters and literature, as well as David Deakin who also assisted on the stand, which like the Beef Expo, was Awarded 1st prize in the livestock section.

house we were greeted with a BBQ, prepared by Val’s family for us to enjoy before boarding our coach for the onward journey to the Central Tullamore Hotel for the next three days. Our thanks are extended to Val and his family for their kind hospitality. Day 2 was spent at the Tullamore Show and an evening meal at our Hotel. Day 3 consisted of travelling south for our first visit of the day to view Sean Sheil’s, ‘Coolnacritta Herd’, Rathdowney, Portlaois, Co. Laois. Here we spent time viewing Sean’s Horned herd of Herefords. To complete the visit we were provided with lunch by Sean and his family, to whom we thanked before boarding the coach to travel further south for our next stop, which was the famous ‘Udel’ herd of David Carroll, Carrollstown House, Coole, Campile, New Ross, Co. Wexford. After the tour of the large Poll herd we were once again supplied with refreshments before starting our long Journey back to our hotel for a relaxing evening. On our final day after checking out of our Hotel and on our way to Dublin Airport we paid a visit to Tom and Anslem Fitzgerald’s ‘Grianian’ herd, where once again there were many Horned and Poll Herefords on display. We sincerely thank the Fitzgerald family for their superb hospitality and the hearty lunch provided for us before proceeding to Dublin airport for our return flight home. Our sincere thanks are expressed to the SEHBA, especially their Secretary, Aimee Hewlett for her contribution in organising another successful trip.

2016 Beef Tasting Competition - Our 9th National Competition took place with two classes. Class 1 Steaks hung up to 28days. Class 2 Steaks hung over 28 days. Judging the competition was Mr Mike Moore, Wykin Lane, Stoke Golding, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. There were nine Sirloin Steaks submitted to Mike coming from many different parts of the UK. Each steak had all original packaging removed by the Secretary and was replaced by a letter, this ensured that he was the only person to know the origin of each entry. Overall Results: 1st, D.H. Daw & Son ‘Trehill’ Herd – Male – Hung 15 days. 2nd I.C. Markham ‘Glenmore’ Herd – Steer – Hung - 18 days. 3rd I.C. Markham – Steer – Hung – 18 days. Class 1 Steaks Hung up to 28 days: 1st, D.H. Daw & Son ‘Trehill’ – Male – Hung 15 days, 2nd I.C. Markham ‘Glenmore’ – Steer – Hung 18 days, 3rd I.C. Markham ‘Glenmore’ – Steer – Hung 18 days.

The M&EAHBA 'Red Roses' Team taking part in the Young Show Stars Event at Malvern

The two day National Young Stars Challenge took place on 23rd – 24th March at The Royal Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Eighteen teams of three members worldwide took part. The MEAHBA sponsored the Hereford ‘Red Roses’ team consisting

Class 2 Steaks hung 28 days & Over: 1st MJ & HM Timmis ‘Shraden’ – Male – Hung 28 days, 2nd Fir Farm Ltd ‘Firbosa’ – Heifer – Hung 28 days. Following previous year’s successful three day visit to Northern Ireland, along with members from the South of England Hereford Breeders’ Association (SEHBA), which included visits the Royal Ulster Show and several herds. The 2016 joint event, organised by the secretaries of both Associations, saw nineteen members of our Association and eleven members from the SEHBA spend four days travelling in Southern Ireland. Day 1 consisted of morning flights from Stanstead and London Gatwick airports to Dublin. On arrival at Dublin Airport, a coach which was our transport throughout the four days, was waiting to transport us to our first Herd visit, that being the ‘Rathregan’ herd of Val Ledwith, Batterstown, Co. Laois. Following our arrival, a tour took place around Val’s well known herd of Horned cattle, where some were running with a Poll bull. We were also introduced to his young Horned bull that he was taking to the Tullamore Show the next day. On return to the farm



The Red Roses Breed Stand put together by Fiona Woollatt, Catherine Baines and James Hicks

CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2016 of Fiona Woollatt, Katherine Baines and James Hicks. They were judged in the following categories where points were awarded; ‘clipping and preparing two Heifers for the show ring’, working as a team’, cleanliness of the lines’, Breed Stand design and giving a verbal promotional presentation’ of the breed. Our thanks go to the team for all their hard work in representing the breed. The Annual General Meeting took place at The Crown, The Green, Market, Diss and was hosted by Philip and Laura Vincent on 6th October 2016. The following Officers were elected: President: Mr Tim Livesey (Office to commence 1st January 2017) Chairman: Michael Church Vice Chairman: Richard Mann Secretary: Alan Pittam. After the Trophies listed below were presented and the Meeting closed, the thirty two members and friends had Lunch organised by our host for the day. Following lunch the afternoon was taken up with a tour of the Vincent’s ‘Pulham’ pedigree Hereford herd and refreshments were served by them at their White House Farm, Coles Common, Pulham Market. Our sincere thanks go to Philip, Laura and families for their wonderful hospitality. Trophy Successes: Paul Sapsed Trophy. This is awarded to the Exhibitor of the most successful animal shown by a member of the Association at summer shows in our area. Eighty four animals qualified for this Trophy. Winner: Newtoncroft Farms – Newtoncroft 1 Mr Mackay. 2nd: C & P Bidmead – Rockland Tiara M3 3rd: P. Cobley – Kinglee 1 Nicole 462.

Jim Speirs (Pepperstock) – ‘J.G. Hollands Trophy’

‘Pepperstock 1 Venus N278’ Midlands Association Trophy for Best Cow Suckling a Calf: P. Cobley – ‘Kinglee 1 Miss 353’. Michael Church Trophy: for Best Heifer under 2 years old on 1st July: Thornby Farms – ‘Thornby 1 Maria’. Mardleybury Trophy: for the Best Stock Bull: Fowell Bros – ‘Dorepoll 1 553 High Tec’. Pulham Trophy: for Best Stock Bull, under 30 months of age on 1st July: DRA Fabb – ‘Moeskaer Crossfire 1474’.

Austin/ Manning Trophy. This is awarded to the Exhibitor of the most successful animal shown by a member of the Association at summer shows in our area from a small herd Winner was Newtoncroft Farms – Newtoncroft 1 Mr Mackay. 2nd: C & P Bidmead – Rockland Tiara M3. =3rd: Newtoncroft Farms – Newtoncroft 1 Garland 262 & Newtoncroft 1 Luna 286. Herd Competition 2016: Judged by Mr & Mrs Charles Horrall, Pode Hole Farm, Thorney, Peterborough, PE6 0QH. Overall 18 Entries 1st Speirs Farms Ltd ‘Pepperstock’. 2nd P. Cobley ‘Kinglee’ 3rd TD & WT Livesey ‘Normanton’ Large Herd 35 and Over Females 1st Spiers Farms Ltd ‘Pepperstock’. 2nd TD & WT Livesey ‘Normanton’. 3rd Thornby Farms ‘Thornby’

Helen Parr (DRA Fabb) – ‘Pulham Trophy’

Alvian Trophy: Highest Placed Member who has joined the Association within the last three years. Nick & Lucy Holdsworth – ‘Pebworth’.

Medium Herd 30 – 34 Females. 1st P. Cobley ‘Kinglee’ 2nd PRJ & LR Vincent ‘Pulham’ 3rd A & SG Stevenson & Sons ‘Alvian’’ Small Herd Under 30 Females. 1st M.J. Ludgate ‘Rempstone’ 2nd RJ Westaway & Son ‘Clipston’ 3rd N & L Holdsworth ‘Pepworth’ J.G. Hollands Trophy: for Best Herd - Speirs Farms Ltd ‘Pepperstock’. Geoffrey Lewis Trophy: for Best Bull Calf - TD & WT Livesey – ‘Normanton 1 Notstopabull’ Chadeshunt Trophy: for Best Heifer Calf - Speirs Farms Ltd –



Lucy Holdsworth (Pebworth) – ‘Alvian Trophy’

Easy-care at the heart of Commercial Hereford Herd By Richard Saunders, Hornet Associates Ltd Experience gathered over the course of some 35 years has placed the ease of management of the Hereford breed firmly at the centre of this medium-sized commercial suckler herd situated in England’s smallest county. True to the Latin motto of Rutland ‘Multum in Parvo’ (which could be translated as ‘Good Things come in Small Packages’), this farming enterprise does things simply yet effectively – with the Hereford at its core. This 100-acre holding, comprising solely of pastureland, is run by husband and wife William & Katie Barker, and is home to a commercial suckler herd of around 50 breeding females. The cows are predominantly dairy-bred and reflect Mr Barker’s background in the pedigree Friesian world: notably, the Ragdale Herd of HG Barker & Son, formed in 1919 in Seagrave, North Leicestershire; and more recently the Tolethorpe Herd which the couple established when moving to the current farm and which ran from 1979 to 2008. The adjoining Tolethorpe Hall, an Elizabethan Manor House, is home to the Rutland Theatre of the Stamford Shakespeare Company. The cows are mainly half-bred Herefords with the heifers three-quarter bred out of the dairy herd with some Simmental, Angus and Limousin crossbred females thrown into the mix as a result of AI.


Having traditionally used Hereford bulls across the dairy herd, use of the Hereford sire was continued as the basis of today’s sucklers which go back to the pedigree poll bull Costhorpe 1 Nu-Man bred by HW Coates Ltd, Armston Farm, Cosby, Leicestershire, and which was purchased in 1997. The present Hereford sire is the February 2013-born Normanton 1 Klaus who was bought privately two years ago from the Liveseys’ Normanton Herd based at Manor Farm, Normanton-le-Heath, Leics. He was spotted whilst being paraded at Ashby Show as a young bull and was purchased pretty much there and then, says Mr Barker. Explains William: “I picked him out for his nice temperament, good length and

William & Katie Barker

scale.” His EBVs also stacked up with his calving ease direct (CED) figure in the Top 10% of the Hereford Breed (+4.4), his sire Normanton 1 Eastern Promise being the 2011 Bull of the Year and a trait leader for ease of calving. He went that night to look at Klaus’ dam, Normanton 1 Grifola C35, who also impressed with her good size, conformation and depth of body, being one of the most consistent breeders in the Normanton Herd. “To cut a long story short, we did the deal on the spot and, being naturally poll, the bull also suited our straightforward management system,” added Mr Barker.

First Cross Cows with calves at foot.


Progeny are generally sold as yearlings, with all steers sold as stores as are a proportion of the heifers, with the rest sold for breeding. A batch of eight heifers will shortly be heading to Mark Turner of Beltonin-Rutland for his newly-established beef herd, and will go to the bull in September 2016. These represent the Normanton 1 Klaus’ first batch of heifers (2015 born calves and now yearlings), with his second crop born in July 2016).

Normanton Herefords Perfection Defined

Normanton 1 laertes

just another bull from the normanton! interbreed champion at the royal highland & The royal welsh shows & bull of the year 2016.

Normanton 1 Fistulina 14th

Normanton 1 Notstopabull

Normanton 1 Grifola 10th

Visitors Always Welcome Manor Farm, The Hollow, Normanton Le Heath, Leicestershire, LE67 2TJ Tel: 01530 264683 ­ William Livesey: 07791 917382 ­ Colin Soutter: 07958 153651 Email: Search 'Normanton Herefords Royal Welsh 2016' on

The calving period is from April to midAugust with estimated birthweights of 3540kg. Adds Katie: “Everything needs to be able to calve itself but we don’t mind having to give one of two of the heifers a helping hand if needs be.” The Barkers’ run a simple but effective operation which plays to the realities of their land as well as farming system, and to the strengths of the Hereford breed itself. Calves benefit from having plenty of milk from the dam and are not creepfed; nor do the breeding females have any concentrates – just hay and silage. Nothing is wormed or vaccinated and the only treatment given is for fly, as and when needed. Pasture land is kept Nitrogen-free; only fields destined for silage getting a dressing of fertiliser. Steers, plus some heifers, are sold to regular customer L Blackman & Sons who run an 850-head finishing unit at Sheep Lair Farm, Norman Cross, Peterborough with the Herefords ultimately destined for the Hereford Branded Beef Scheme operated

Yearling heifers sold as replacements to Mark Turner

is generally long due to the holding’s very light limestone soil, and cows are generally turned out mid-April with housing around Bonfire Night. Low rainfall, however, does mean that in most years the fields have a tendency to burn off so grazing grass tends to be kept higher than in other (wetter) parts of the country. Of the 100 acres of grassland, 10 are kept for hay with a contractor coming in to do around 60 acres of silage. Furthermore, there is a

Normanton 1 Klaus

‘muck for straw’ agreement in place with the neighbouring arable farm. Concluding, William says: “For us, the Hereford fits the bill nicely with its quiet nature, straightforward calving, abundance of milk and ease of care. Just as important is that the economics stack up. Our customers get what they want - whether they’re looking for breeding replacements or store cattle. Either way there is a strong demand and ready market.” by Dovecote Park Ltd since 1998 and dedicated to supply Waitrose. Effectively a closed herd, nothing is brought in except a bull as and when required, and, again, their own females are retained as replacements. The aim is to calve down heifers at around two years of age. Calves are weaned from their mothers at approximately 10 months old just before the dams calve again. The Hereford is a perfect fit for the enterprise in terms of its easy-calving attributes and quiet disposition. The number of days that stock is at grass

The Finisher's Perspective L Blackman & Sons A regular customer of the Barkers for over 25 years, John Blackman says: “The Barkers’ cattle come to me at around 10 months old and I aim to get them away again at approximately two years of age. They settle well on arrival, are easy to handle and always grade well in the annual Dovecote Park performance index. They suit my system perfectly as I don’t want anything overfat and prefer something

Cows running with “Klaus”



Customer/Finisher John Blackman left with son Paul, right, and grandson Patrick, centre

with a bit of frame that grazes on and performs well.”

ChurChland EstatE 1 rEmital supErduty RESuLtS: MAy - SEptEMBER 2016 ashborne show: 1st Place + Male Champion Kenilworth show: 1st Place + Reserve Male Champion herts County show: 1st Place + Reserve Male Champion Bucks County show: 1st Place

Gene Genies? There’s no magic when it comes to creating an award-winning herd. Nearly 40 years of hard work, selective breeding & genetic fine-tuning have created the widely renowned and highly respected Churchlands Herefords. Our reputation is one we’ve worked tirelessly to achieve, maintain and improve. Our enviable work in the area of genetics is the result of significant investment of time and money, whilst the continued success of the prize-winning herd speaks for itself. And the future looks even more promising with some of the finest Hereford Bulls & Heifers available, as part of our show-winning team for 2017 and beyond.

Bulls for sale by: Shraden 1 Joker Churchlands Estate 1 Granite Heifers for sale by: Churchlands Estate 1 Granite Churchlands Estate 1 Batavia Embryos available: Donor Sire Panmure 1 Plum T9Heston Panmure 1 Plum T9 Hollywood 1 Nibbs Cheerbrook 1 Nardia 3rd Moeshaer Salute Romany 1 Mink R5 B28 Moeshaer Salute Semen Available: Churchlands Estate 1 Batavia Romany 1 Distiller Allendale Superstar Barwise 1 Wellington Greenyards 1 Archie Pine Hill Glenfern A595 Remittal Super Duty WTK Heston Please contact us for further information regarding any of the above.

The Churchlands Herd As a result of modern breeding and assessment techniques as well as traditional showing activities, the herd today boasts a string of national show awards whilst also excelling commercially. Beef from the herd is keenly sought by the butcher and restaurant trades, whilst bloodlines from the herd are in widespread demand by farmers and breeders worldwide

Churchlands Genetics - Semen & Embryos Churchlands Herefords has semen available from Batavia as well as from our other Hereford bulls from our bank. For more information, please visit the Hereford Cattle Semen page on our website or call us on 01295 660222 for more information. Embryos are also available and can be purchased on a contract basis.




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CLEMENT PEDIGREE HEREFORDS CLEMENT VIRTUE 2ND Date of birth 09/08/2015 LAXFIELD VALDERAMA Date of birth: 01/06/07 and weighs 1360 kg and is our current stock bull.

CLEMENT VIRTUE 3RD Date of birth 09/08/2015 Lovely twin heifers by Sire: Clinwil Ethan Dam: Laxfield Virtue 48th



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Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders' Association Calf Show By Laura Vincent, M&EAHBA

Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 was worth a bet, taking the Male and Supreme Championship at the 2016 M.E.A.H.B.A. Calf Show. It was a great day for MJ Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords with all three of their embryo transfer calves being placed either first or second in their respective classes. The full brother and sisters share Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 as their genetic dam and Aldersley 1 Edgar as their sire. In the opinion of judge William McMordie, from the highly successful Solpoll herd, “Even Money has a great carcase, is well filled out, has a good spring of rib and carries his width right into his loin”. The breed classes commenced with the pair class, where R & R Westaway’s pair of heifers, both sired by Venture 70X Heart-Index 273U were a “easy first, well balanced and a super match for each other”. TD & WT Livesey’s pair were second, with P Cobley in third. The Senior bull calf class was won by PRJ & LR Vincent’s Pulham Nimrod, a Haven Hotspur son out of Clipston Pansy H18, “he has a good top, carries his width down his backend and is well fleshed” said the judge. Normanton 1 Notstopabull, led by 11 year old Finlay Soutter was second. The Intermediate bull calf class was where William McMordie found his Male and Reserve Male Champions. Rempstone 1 Even Money, led by James Ludgate was first in the class and kept going all the way through to eventually take the Supreme Championship. “Even Money’s” sire, Aldersley 1 Edgar, was also the sire of the 2015 Male Champion, Shadwell 1 Beethoven M774, making him a very successful sire of calves shown at the event. In second and Reserve Male Champion was D & E Colledge’s Hawkesbury 1 Rocco, “a calf who is really well grown for his age and great on the plates”, sired by Baybridge 1 Leo and out of Hawkesbury 1 Roberta. The third placed calf, Hawkesbury 1 Victor, was also owned by D & E Colledge and led by 17 year old Emma Dexter. P Cobley’s Kinglee 1 Nogging, sired by Panmure 1 Karl and out of Kinglee 1 Oystergirl 418, was first in the Junior bull calf class. He was described as “very big for his age, with good width and top” by the judge. A Kinglee calf also stood in second, this time it was Kinglee 1 Northern Star, led by 19 year old Matthew Coates. In third was Rockland Nefyn owned by first time exhibitors C & P Bidmead and led by 23 year old Evie Edwards.

Blakesley 1 Liberty Reserve Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Supreme & Grand Male Champion Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 from MJ Ludgate

Female Championship presentation, from L to R, Breed President Michael Clark, Edward Thompson with Blakesley 1 Liberty & Judge William McMordie

Taking the Female Championship was Blakesley 1 Liberty, owned by J Riley and expertly shown by Edward Thompson. “Liberty” was placed first in the Senior Heifer Calf class, and was just pipped at the post in the Supreme Championship by “Even Money” and won Reserve. “Liberty” is sired by Dendor 1 Krypton and is out of Blakesley 1 Icicle. “Icicle’s” achievements at the M.E.A.H.B.A. Calf Show are second to none. She was Female Champion in 2012,

Supreme Championship presenation Breed President with James Ludgate & Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 and Judge William McMordie



SHOWS - 2016 third. The 14 and under class was won by 12 year old Harriet Froud, with Finlay Soutter in second and Robert Froud in third. The 15 to 26 year old class was won by 15 year old Isla Soutter, with Katherine Baines in second and Matthew Coates in third. Emma Dexter was made the Champion with Harriet Froud in Reserve. The success continued for Harriet when she was awarded the High Hedges Cup for collecting the most points in young handler class in the Midlands and East Anglia area in 2016, with 10 year old Beth Vincent in reserve.

Judge William McMordie from County Down, Northern Ireland

Steve Edwards judged the Hereford Stockman’s Club Stockhandlers Competition and after putting the handlers through their paces chose Colin Soutter as his winner. As usual fun was had by all on the Saturday night. Very competitive “horse racing” took place, with Isla Soutter being the under 18 winner and Robert Norman taking the over 18 prize.

her first calf “Kimberly” was Supreme Champion in 2015 and now her second daughter has matched her achievement of 2012. Judge William McMordie said “the senior heifer class was the strongest class of the day, the winner is really feminine, tight and clean through the middle, she has good depth of hind quarter and width of loin”. Second in the class was Normanton 1 Fistulina 14th, owned by TD & WT Livesey and led by 15 year old Isla Soutter, with R & R Westaway’s Clipston 1 Laura T16 in third. The Intermediate Heifer Calf class was won by Rempstone 1 Fashion E430 “a heifer well grown for her age, with a fantastic carcase”. “Even Money’s” full sister went on to be made Reserve Female Champion. Pepperstock 1 Jade N284 and Pepperstock 1 Venus N278, owned by Speirs Farms, were second and third respectively.

Mr McMordie summed up his day judging by saying “there was a really good show of cattle which were well clipped and presented across the board, a credit to the Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association”. The Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association were honoured that the Breed President, Michael Clark, made the long trip from Tetbury, Gloucestershire to attend.

Hereford Stockmans Club Trophy winner Colin Soutter receives his trophy from Judge Steve Edwards

Pebworth Poll Herefords

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Kingless 1 Miss 528, described by William McMordie as “very big for her age and really good at the loin” won the Junior Heifer Calf class. “Miss 528” owned by P Cobley is sired by Panmure 1 Karl and out of Kinglee 1 Miss 302. Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 owned by MJ Ludgate was second, with Pepperstock 1 Jade N328 in third.

This year’s young handler classes were judged by Fiona Woolatt, Hedges Herefords. The Novice class was won by 17 year old Emma Dexter, with Casey Parker in second and Evie Edwards in

Visitors welcome Stock bulls for 2016/17 Kinglee 1 Galaxy and Cato 1 Miller Nick & Lucy Holdsworth. Little Meadows Farm, Pebworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks CV37 8XE Young handler Judge Fiona Woollatt with her Reserve Champion Harriet Froud, Champion Emma Dexter and Sponsor Emma McInnes with her daughter Olivia



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Haven Hotspur Sire – Mawarra Vice Admiral Dam – Haven Curly 72nd Jointly owned with EL Lewis & Son


Progeny performing well………

Pulham Norfolk

Pulham Pansy 8th

Sire – Haven Hotspur Dam – Clipston Tiara P17

Sire – Haven Hotspur Dam – Clipston Pansy J562

1st National Hereford Show 2016 2nd Shrewsbury Calf Show 2016

2nd National Hereford Show 2016

We are delighted to have added 6 more Romany females to our Polled herd, including Romany 1 Dawn H12 N15, 1st Northumberland County Show 2016 Our first Romany 1 Machine calves are showing promise, with more to be born to our Solpoll females in the Spring Bulls and females for sale SAC Elite Herd – Johnes Risk Level 1, BVD, IBR & Lepto Accredited Philip & Laura Vincent, White House Farm, Coles Common, Pulham Market, Diss, IP21 4XT 01379 676906 07771 697866 / 07767 838208 Visitors always welcome

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National Beef Association Beef Expo 2016 Bakewell Mart It was another successful Beef Expo for the Hereford Breed as they once again won the Best Breed Stand – that’s three wins and one reserve in five years! This year the NBA decided to break with convention and rather than have one or two appointed judges they ‘employed’ their services of six Newton Rigg College students to judge the beef breed stands, under the guidance of their tutor Mr Charlie McClaren. Commenting on why the students gave the Hereford Breed stand the highest marks, Mr McClaren said, “The Hereford display highlighted the Breed’s seed stock and commercial activity but most importantly followed the 2016 Beef Expo theme, which was educating the consumer on the choice of specific beef cuts and recipes available.” Once again the Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association via their long serving Honorary Secretary, Alan Pittam organised some top pedigree and commercial cattle to highlight the Breed’s longevity, ease of calving, branded Hereford beef scheme sires and hybrid vigour. Cattle on display were kindly provided by Breed Chairman, Richard

Master Judge Charlie McClaren, Newton Rigg College, presenting the winning trophy to Hereford Breed Secretary David Prothero & David Deakin

Mann with two commercial cows and calves at foot, Midlands & East Anglia Council Member Tim Livesey with Normanton 1 Laertes and Derbyshire breeder Kris Stevenson with Alvian 1 Jamaica. During the early part of a busy day on the stand, Breed President, Michael Clark was interviewed by Charlotte Smith from Radio 4’s Farming Today. Michael who runs the well known Lowesmoor Herd of Poll Herefords in Gloucestershire, was asked why had the Hereford Breed seen such an increase in popularity. As depicted on the stand the number of Hereford sired calves born in 2015 recorded by the British Cattle Movement Services (BCMS) has increased by 13.4% in 2015 ~ the highest percentage increase of any beef breed. This significant increase equates to just over half of the total gain in beef-sired cattle registered in Great Britain.

A & SG Stevenson kindly loaned Alvian 1 Jamaica



However, it’s a similar picture in Northern Ireland with Animal & Public Health Information System (APHIS) recording an increase of 34.2% for Hereford sired calf registrations in 2015. The number of Hereford sired calves born in the UK (BCMS & APHIS) has increased for seven consecutive years, increasing by a massive 61%, with the total

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AA X cow with Hereford sired calf at foot kindly supplied by Richard Mann

Breed Chairman Richard Mann also provided a Hereford X cow with a Hereford sired calf at foot

Normanton 1 Laertes loaned by TD & WT Livesey. Little did we know then what an exciting show season this bull was going to enjoy.

number of Hereford sired calves registered in 2015 standing in excess of 150,000. Commenting on the figures, Michael informed Ms Smith, “That over the past 10 years the Society has seen a year on year increase in Membership, Pedigree Registrations, Transfers and cattle valuations – but it’s equally important to see an expansion in the use of the Hereford sire in the commercial sector. Whilst the Society’s core business will always be to service its membership, improve and promote the pedigree Hereford, a greater demand for commercial Herefords whether it’s as a terminal sire or as a moderate sized functional suckler cow, can only create further demand for the registered Hereford sire.” Mr Clark added, “The Hereford Breed seems well placed to provide livestock farmers with cattle that are cost effective to rear, due to their ease of management and low production costs. Farmers using Hereford genetics are also able to produce the type of carcase meat processors and major retailers require - well marbled, reared on a forage-based diet and with a finished weight between 335380kg.

Breed President being interviewed by Charlotte Smith presenter of Radio 4's Farming Today programme

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MAXSTOKE POLL HEREFORDS Producing quality pedigree and commercial Herefords Promoting Hereford Beef in our Farmers Butcher Shop

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Our new herd sire Venture 70x Heart-Index 273U ET with maiden heifers

Easter Rose 42nd and her calf Noel (at 9 months old)

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Now the East Anglian section of the long established ‘Laxfield’ herd CLINWIL ETHAN CONTINUES PRODUCING CONSISTENTLY CORRECT PROGENY. Name: LAXFIELD ELVIS (DH) Sex: MALE

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Sire: Clinwil Ethan (DH) UK300959 700029

Westwood Brutus (DH) UK302615 200277 Westwood Carrie 65th (DH) E2/R23/129

Dam: Laxfield Curly 3rd (DH) UK225698 300073

Westwood Van Nistelrooy (DH) UK302615 600134 Badlingham Curly 84th (DH) RLB/P25/128

Champion Suffolk 2015. Elvis has developed into a successful sire. Name: LAXFIELD BUTTERMILK 11th (DH) Sex: FEMALE

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Sire: Clinwil Ethan (DH) UK300959 700029

Westwood Brutus (DH) UK302615 200277 Westwood Carrie 65th (DH) E2/R23/129

Dam: Laxfield Buttermilk 8th (DH) UK225698 400242

Laxfield Rugby (DH) UK225698 300059 Albany Grace 35th [*] UK220209 200049

Buttermilk 11th. A girl with plenty of length and stretch Name: LAXFIELD EFFERVESCENT (DH) Sex: MALE

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Sire: Clinwil Ethan (DH) UK300959 700029

Westwood Brutus (DH) UK302615 200277 Westwood Carrie 65th (DH) E2/R23/129

Dam: Laxfield Spark 72nd UK225698 400165

Clipston Beckett (DH) UK201909 600035 Laxfield Spark 53rd (DH) UK740187 300135

Another promising boy from the successful Spark family.

A new arrival, full of Hereford Character and Personality Butley Vanguard AI* By Free Town Vanguard* With his dam Laxfield Julia 3rd*

Cattle reared beside the North Sea. Visitors always welcome. Breeding stock usually available.

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Clipston Herefords

Clipston 1 Pansy at 13 months by Venture Index Dam Clipston 1 Pansy P3

Clipston Vulcan V8 at 7 months by Moyclare Malcom Dam Clipston Margaret F9

Calves on the ground by Moyclare Malcom and Venture Index

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South Western Hereford Association By Angela Kerslake, Hon. Secretary

The 2016 year started with a big bang for the SWHA as we had three major County Shows all within weeks of each other. The Breed stand at Devon County was kept very busy this year with much interest in the breed. Royal Bath & West Show saw a greater entry of Herefords than in previous years and it was good to see Heather Whittakers’ heifer Coley 1 Bubbles taking the Supreme Championship - all the way from Yorkshire! Royal Cornwall also had a good turnout of entries. This is a real farmers’ show with very few ‘cheap jack’ stalls. If you are also into ‘Huntin’, Shootin’ and Fishin’ this is the show for you.

Members were able to enjoy three herd walks this summer. Our first walk was hosted by Chris & Philip Caunter at The Hollystone Herd in South Devon. Their farm is nestled deep in a very grassy valley between Totnes and Kingsbridge. Everyone was so satisfied after eating a grand carvery dinner that they were delighted to have had a tractor and trailer ride around the farm to view the stock. Our thanks go to Chris & Philip for a most enjoyable day. The Hustyn, Breock & Nanscient Herds Open Day near Wadebridge, Cornwall was very well attended by about 70 head of farmers. The Herefords certainly outnumbered the visitors! The stock were put into well managed bunches in and around the main farm buildings for optimum viewing. Many thanks to the Hawke Family for allowing us to see their animals and also for the splendid Tea afterwards. The next walk was at the new premises for Jonathan and Rosemary Moorhouses’ Cato Herd in Somerset. In the midst of renovations to the cattle sheds we were made most welcome. The newly installed line up of bull rearing pens and wash down area were very impressive! Plenty of well grown calves at foot could be seen prior to weaning. Jack Ellicot was kept busy showing guests how to

The Royal Three Counties Show judging team representing the South West - Mike Harris, Isobel Jennings and Edward Mills.

make their own rope halters. Thank you Jonathan & Rosemary and Stockman, Chris Richens. Earlier this year we lost one of our breed stalwarts Owen Brockway who will be sadly missed by all that knew him. His fountain of knowledge and enthusiasm to help others were unsurpassable. Some of Owen’s ‘Shaston’ herd was taken over by friends and fellow breeders Matt Fairman and Sue Crawford of Knightwood Oak Herefords from Lymington, Hampshire. They also purchased Cornbel 1 Magnum from Mrs Isobel Jennings. Magnum has been shown successfully and has won the Barclays Cup for the animal opposite sex to the overall winner. We wish them every success with their new stock. The shows throughout the summer were well attended by keen breeders with the Mitchell family winning the overall points trophy - the Caldicott Cup with their Lanscombe 1 Roxy. Our Herd Competition results were announced by Judge Clive Davies at the Dinner after the AGM. Congratulations to the Cato Herd for best overall herd. Many awards were given in each category with our retiring Secretary Mike Harris going home with a boot full of silver. Well done Mike and thank you for all your hard wo rk over the last two years in office. The final outing of the year was to have a Breed Stand at NBA Beef South West. Isobel Jennings and Jackie Hawke were kept busy with people visiting the stand. Stuart Luxton’s bull Cleland 1 Lennox was kindly loaned for the day. Lennox was very relaxed and enjoyed lots of interest and scratches!



South Western Hereford Association

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F.C & F.J. & R.P. Hawke Nanscient, Hustyn & Breock Herds (Horned) Hustyn Farm, Burlawn Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7LD Tel: 01208 815834 Mr R Hobbs Kea Herd (Polled) Higher Lanner Farm, Kea, Truro, Cornwall TR3 6AP Tel: 01872 273037 Email rogerhobbs01@gmail. com

Mr & Mrs V Hall Chegwidden Herd (Polled) Chegwidden Farm, St Levan, Penzance TR19 6LP Tel: 01736 810516 Mob: 07831834013 Email hall@chegwiddenfarm. com Mrs Anna Pascoe-Old Venen Herd Cannalidgey Villa St Issey , Wadebridge Cornwall PL27 7RB Tel: 01208368451 Email:

Mr & Mrs J Olds Dowran Herd (Horned) Dowran Far, Dowran St Just, Penzance Cornwall TR19 7RS Tel 01736 788736 Email john.olds@btinternet. com

Mr Alan & Mrs Ann Miller Alanna Herd (Horned) Mena Farm, St Dennis St Austell PL26 8BB Tel 01726 824643 Email Web

Mr & Mrs L Solomon Laniley Herd (Horned) Little Laniley Farm Bodrean, Truro Cornwall TR4 9AG Tel: 01872 273909 Mob: 07831 240040 Email: lester.soloman@hotmail. com Miss S Walsh Trewen Herd (Traditional) Trewen Farm, Trewen Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8QF Tel: 07939 153703 Email: sarahjwalsh@hotmail. com

RWJ & MM Williams Anhay Herd Anhay, St Martin Helston, Cornwall TR12 6DY Tel: 01326 231417 Mob: 07737 492235 Email: rwjwilliams@btinternet. com


Mr L R & A M Ayre Frenchstone Herd (Polled) Great Frenchstone Farm Queen’s Nympton South Molton Devon EX36 4JH Tel: 01769579460 Email: richard.gray@yahoo.

Phillip and Chris Caunter Hollystone Herd Stonehills Farm, Harbertonford Totnes, Devon. TQ9 7UA Tel: 01803 732621/07971733451 Mr M Goddard Bryony Herd Bryony Hill Farm, Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8SW Tel: 01837 83647 Email: martin@silverlineuk. Mr SC Luxton Chamberlains Herd Chamberlains Farm Brampford Speke Exeter, EX5 5DR Tel 01392 841094 Email:stuart@stuartluxton.

Miss Elisabeth Pierce Lillibeth Herd Cowlings Farm, Huntsham, Tiverton, Devon EX16 7LZ Tel: 01398 361471 Mob: 07808 874274 Email: elisabethpierce09@

Mr R Redwood & Ms S Walker Winbrook Herd (Horned) Winbrook Farm, Kelly, Lifton Devon PL16 0HQ Tel: 01566 784615 Email: winbrookfarm@gmail. com Mr & Mrs R Webster Paradise Herd (Horned) Upcott Park, Cookbury, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6NT Tel 01409 254424 Email richard-webster@


JL & JL DeGreeff Pencastle Herd Hill Farm, Salwayash Bridport, Dorset DT6 5HU Tel: 07795 435071 Email:

Mr & Mrs Les Gould Baybridge Herd (Polled) Lower Breach Farm West Orchard, Shaftesbury SP7 0L Tel 01258 472417 Email: gould121@btinternet. com Mr M J Harris Hilfield Herd Remedy House, Hilfield Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7BD Tel: 01963 210709 Email: mjharris.remedy@

Mr R A Mitchell Lanscombe herd (Polled) Higher Henley Farm Buckland Newton, Dorchester Dorset DT2 7BL Tel 01300 345292 Email:

Mrs J Trott Kiddles Herd (Polled) Kiddles Farm, Piddletrenthide Dorchester DT2 7QY Tel 01300 348576 Email


Mrs I Jennings Cornbel Herd (Polled) Roche Farm Barrington Hill Broadway Ilminster TA19 9LW Tel 01823 480321 Email isobelatroche@hotmail. Angela Kerslake & Keith Prettejohn Nicholashayne Herd Nicholashayne Farm Sampford Arundel, Wellington , Somerset TA21 9QY Email Tel 01884 849121

Mr M & D Lury Castlewood (P) Polled herd Oakleaf (H) Horned herd Castle Farm, Buckland St Mary Nr Chard, Somerset TA20 3JX Tel 01460 234394 Email

Mr J & Mrs R Moorhouse Cato Herd (Polled) James Barton, Stogumber, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3TL Tel 01984 656292 Email info@catopollherefords. com Miss K Rolls Woodclose Herd Wood Close Farm Pear Ash Lane, Penselwood Somerset BA9 8LX Tel 01747 841233 Email: katherine_rolls@


Miss Ann Fielding Holloway Traditional Herefords (Horned) Bluebell Cottage Holloway Lane, East Knoyle Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6AH Tel 01747 830335

Mr E Mills Severnvale Herd (Horned) Severnlea House Church Farm, Northwick Pilning, BRISTOL BS35 4HE Tel: 01454 632309 Email: edwardmillsmuddy@

Mr & Mrs J L Pike & Son Bromham Herd (Polled) Durlett Farm, Bromham Chippenham SN15 2HY Tel 01380 850412 Email: richardjohnpike@icloud. com Mrs D & Mr D Robinson Velleyhill Herd (Polled) Boyds Farm, Gastard Nr Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9PT Tel 01249 713146 Email: dereksallyrobins@aol. com



‘Frenchstone Easter’

Royal Cornwall Show 2016 Overall Champion Royal Welsh Young Handler 2016 Interbreed Champion

Our Stock Bull

‘Moeskaer Magnum’ SEMEN Available

L.R. & A.M. Ayre and D.M. Gray, Great Frenchstone Farm, Queens Nympton, South Molton, North Devon EX36 4JH Telephone: 01769 579460 or 572294. Mobile: 07831 694461. Email:


Jonathan Moorhouse receives the Butcombe Trophy for the best Large Herd

Mike Harris receives the Andy Robinson Cup for the best Medium Herd

Medium Herds

South Western Hereford Association Herd Competition 2016 “It was a great pleasure to undertake the judging of the 15 herds entered into the Herd Competition. From Wiltshire through to Cornwall it is clear that the Breed is thriving. The visits demonstrated the diversity of our Herefords and how they can fit into varied conditions and circumstances. It is evident that there is sound demand for a quality product in the region. Also taking into account the enthusiasm of the Association’s Members who opened their doors there are many great opportunities for the Breed to further expand and develop in this part of UK. My grateful thanks for all of the kind hospitality, particularly for such an encouraging and interesting show of cattle. All the very best for times ahead” – Judge Clive Davies.

Results: Small Herd Class Best Bull Calf: Shield 1st LG Gould Baybridge 1 Nimrod 2nd LJ & CA Solomon Laniley Andy 748 3rd Kerslake and Prettejohn Nicholashayne 1 Joker Best Heifer Calf: Shield 1st CP & KL Wearne 2nd LG Gould 3rd LJ & CA Solomon

Tremenheere Pansy 30 Baybridge 1 Dawn 2nd Laniley Paradox 750

Best Stock Bull: Gerald Dicker Cup 1st LG Gould Bosa 1 Huntsman 2nd CP & KL Wearne Nancient Gladiator 3rd Kerslake and Prettejohn Nicholshayne 1 Kingkong Best Herd: Charisford Cup 1st LG Gould Baybridge 2nd LJ & CA Solomon Lanileys 3rd Kerslake and Prettejohn Nicholshayne



Best Bull Calf: Shield 1st RA & VA Mitchell 2nd MJ Harris 3rd A & D Robinson

Lanscombe 1 Sovereign Hilfield Ninety Nine Velleyhill 1 Toby

Best Heifer Calf: Shield 1st LR & AM Ayre 2nd Mrs I Jennings 3rd Mr & Mrs A Miller

Frenchstone P1 Gene Cornbel 1 Nectarine 169 Alanna Curly 7th

Best Stock Bull: 1st MJ Harris 2nd LR & AM Ayre 3rd DeJager and Wilson

Church Preen JJ Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Broadoak Slow 1 Johannes

Best Herd: Andy Robinson Cup 1st MJ Harris Hilfield 2nd LR & AM Ayre Frenchstone 3rd DeJager and Wilson Broad Oak Slow


“ GENTLE GIANTS happily looking forward to a new home ” Groups of KURLEY & KEEL sired young bulls for sale in Spring 2017 (We will continue supporting our ever increasing customer demand by having numbers of fully registered, farm assured BULLS available throughout the year)

Castlewood 1 Logic

“Nosey” in calf heifers


Recognisable, easily managed, gentle, thrifty, fertile cattle with their calves ‘happy as Larry’ on a grey November 2016 ‘Blackdowns’ day


Castle Farm, Buckland St. Mary, Chard, Somerset. TA20 3JX Tel: 01460 234394 Mobile: 07951 518676 Email:


CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2016 Large Herds Best Bull Calf: Shield 1st Hawke Family Hustyn Smuggler 2nd Mr & Mrs JR Pike & Son Bromham 1 Nocturnal 3rd PR & CA Caunter Hollystone 1 Delboy 425 Best Heifer Calf: Shield 1st PR & CA Caunter 2nd Hawke Family 3rd J and R Moorhouse

Hollystone 1 Princess 411 Nanscient Gaylass 84th Cato 1 Iona 567

Best Stock Bull: 1st Hawke Family Phocle Generator 2nd 2nd Mr & Mrs JR Pike & son Rempstone 1 Diesel 957U 3rd PR & CA Caunter Hollystone 1 Bo Jupiter Best Herd: Butcombe Cup 1st J and R Moorhouse 2nd Hawke Family 3rd PR & CA Caunter Mr & Mrs JR Pike & son

Cato Hustyn, Breock & Nanscient Hollystone Bromham

Overall: Best Herd Sire: Anhay Cup MJ Harris Church Preen JJ Best Young Stockperson: Ruphpa Tray Elisabeth Pierce Best Newcomer / Novice Herd: David Barker Shield CP & KL Wearne Tremenheere Herd Best Herd: J and R Moorhouse

Cato Herd

Showing: Caldicott Cup - most points at SW Shows Home bred - Lanscombe 1 Roxy Barclays Cup - Most points at SW Shows, opposite sex to winner – Cornbel 1 Magnum

Owen Brockway Owen Brockway who sadly passed away suddenly on the 26th April, 2016. Owen purchased “Huntswood 1975” as he called it, but it quickly became known as “Huntswood Farm, which had a few simple buildings. Very soon, however, cattle appeared. His first choice was Herefords for which he had a passion and he followed the Breed along the way all through his journey of life. Being an electrician by trade, he met and became very good friends with many local farmers. He was the son of a farm worker and brought up in the Dorset countryside which, to his passing day, was the place he loved and

Young Arthur Jones shows his appreciation to Owen for his generous donation

along the way he met Hereford breeders from whom he purchased some of their cattle. Dad was always concerned that the Breed needed a younger generation of members coming into the Hereford Cattle Society – those to follow the Hereford Breed on! And to that end he donated a Hereford cow and calf to a young man, Arthur Jones, who has been featured in the BBC Countryfile programmes with Adam Henson. Not long after that Owen passed away. Arthur’s Hereford cow had a heifer calf which he named “Owena” and I’m sure Owen would have felt very proud of that. Again, this friendship came about through his work as an electrician by meeting with Arthur’s grandmother, Nicky Jesse, and her association with sheep and the estate where Owen and Nicky worked. In his later years Owen spent his time reading up on Hereford cattle and their progeny. He also spent time visiting other herds, together with the odd Hereford Cattle Sale for which I must thank Chris Woods for being the ‘taxi driver’ and companion. I would also like to extend thanks to him for helping to prepare cattle for a local Agricultural Show. Over the years Owen purchased and sold Hereford cattle from various sources, including local Hereford breeders. He seemed to select from some very good names for his cattle from sportsmen & women to close friends – one of the last bulls being appropriately named ‘Mr. B’, now at a local dairy herd.

Owen’s first attempt at showing at S&G Show at Cann Fields Farm, Shaftesbury



Please find these words as a lasting tribute to Owen Brockway. Many thanks to all who knew him and shared his passion for Hereford cattle. I’m sure he will be sorely missed. Written by Steve Brockway, eldest son.

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PEDIGREE, ORGANIC HEREFORD COWS, HEIFERS AND BREEDING BULLS USUALLY AVAILABLE John & Melanie Williams. AnHay Farm, St Martin, Helston, Cornwall. TR12 6DY Tel: 01326 231417 Mob: 07737 492235 Facebook: Anhay Herefords Visitors always welcome

Baybridge Herefords

Baybridge 1 Manhatten at 18 months

High health status herd. Male & Female stock usually for sale


SV GAYLASS, a typical daughter of ERVIE EXPRESS

Introducing our new herd sire FREE TOWN LAUREATE (+28 +32) Many thanks to our customers in 2016, including Also using ACRASWALL CAMERON* on our of traditional & E Gifford, Holsworthy - s5mall pickherd of the herd cows. R Honey and Will, Bath - 6 in calf cows Many thanks to our customers in 2015, including Alan and Ann B Sinnett and Son, Cheltenham - 5 heifers and a bull

Miller with 3 heifers from our Wilfull family.

Lower Breach Farm West Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0LL Tel: 01258 472417 email:

All to start new herds . Good luck.




Edward Mills Church Farm, Northwick, Bristol BS35 4HE 01454 632309

Edward Mills, Severnvale Herefords, Church Farm, Northwick, Bristol BS35 4HE



Telephone: 01884 849121 Mobile 07881 683955 l: o .u k Em a i i ve. c l @ 6 ag k6 Keith Prettejohn & Angela Kerslake Nicholashayne Farm, Sampford Arundel Wellington. Somerset TA21 9QY

Nicholashayne 1 Kingkong Reserve Poll Bull of the Year and Reserve Bull of the Year 2015 DEVON COUNTY - Breed Champion, Champion Native, Res Junior Champion Res Overall Champion Beef Animal THREE COUNTIES - Breed Champion Champion Native, Open Beef Pairs Reserve Supreme Interbreed Champion ROYAL WELSH - Breed Champion, Native Junior Bull, Res Overall Junior HONITON - Breed Champion PEMBROKESHIRE - Breed Champion NEWBURY - Native Junior Champion

Nicholashayne 1 Kite South West Hereford Association Trophy winner 2013 & 2014 most points BATH & WEST 2014 - Champion Female & Reserve Breed Champion


Breock, Hustyn & Nanscient Horned Herefords - the real ones

(Mr. F.G. Hawke – 97 years old – possibly the oldest breeder in the U.K. and the world)

Over 100 Bulls sold to Pedigree, Dairy and Suckler Herds since January 2014.

Hustyn Sheeran at 2 years and 3 months old.

(Roland with Hustyn Onslow, Male Champion, Royal Cornwall Show 2016 in the background)

Also have sires of cattle topping the markets.

Open Day July, 2016 70 people were in attendance – Limousin, Charolais, Simmental and Hereford Breeders Came and they were so impressed with the cattle saying that our Herd could stand against any Breed. They also said that they have never seen a bull like Phocle Generator – and out working and said that he has got to be the best bull in the Breed. It was good having comments like this from cattlemen doing the same job. 20 Cattle sold on the day.

F.G. F.J. and R.P. Hawke Hustyn Farm, Burlawn, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7LD Tel: 01208 815834



We have never bred a bull that we had so many offers for but he is staying here. Hustyn Sheeran must be the biggest, cleanest, two year old in the Breed by Phocle Generator. Calves look very promising.


The National Hereford Show Club By Sarah Cowle, Hon Secretary & Treasurer

Herd visit to Adzor Herefords and AGM - 4 June 2016 The Herd visit and Annual General Meeting were held, as usual, on the first Saturday in June and this year, we were superbly hosted by the Makin Family in the glorious rolling countryside of Herefordshire. A lively, interactive meeting was held in the Wellington, the village pub. Michael Hammon, Club President, paid a touching and amusing tribute to John Thorley, who, sadly, had passed away in the preceding month following a prolonged period of ill health. John was clearly quite a character! A convivial lunch of succulent roast beef was enjoyed by all before we made our way along the road to Stocks House Farm where we were warmly greeted by the Makin family. The Hereford herd numbers 47 cows/heifers and runs alongside a flock of 170 ewes and 56,000 broiler chickens.

ladies. An easy fleshing type with a good spring of rib, he has good growth and milk EBVs. Next stop was the cows and spring-born calves, running with Auckvale Kansas 1312K. Kansas, a son of Auckvale Advance 790E has SRI and TI indices in the top 5% of the breed. The calves were by Elms School Yogi Bear and Auckvale Kansas 1312K.

The farm covers 120 ha- half owned/half rented of which c68 ha is down to grass. The remainder is arable with c29ha under wheat, 14ha barley and c10ha down to forage maize. The Adzor herd started in 2009. David credited Whartonspool & an Aultoun cow for setting him off on his Hereford cattle path. Since then, there have been females added from Church Preen, Border, Phocle, Hollingwood, Ford Abbey, Free Town, Ingon, Mara, Broadfield, Badlingham, Gomer, New House & Haven herds. David gave us a brief overview of the herd and we set off to the first field. Here we found four strong heifers from the Spring ‘15 crop, Adzor Miley, Mia, Mirage and Maud. Two were by Normanton Nathan and two by Elms School Yogi Bear. Mia and Mirage were out of Church Preen Prunella H027 and Border Roulette K68 respectively whilst Miley and Maud were out of homebred heifers by Ervie Classic Lad B618 ex Ingon Libby females. Our carriages then took us down to see Adzor Lyric (03/2014 by Elms School Yogi Bear ex Badlingham Blossom 159th) and his

The cows gave a good display of their grace on the move as they toured the periphery of the field before we headed back to Stocks House Farm, where the two Mrs Makins and their helpers had been busy. A sumptuous afternoon tea was enjoyed by all as we chatted away. Richard Mann gave his thanks on behalf of the Club and we departed for our various homes, near and far.

The 32nd National Show of Hereford Cattle - 6 August 2016 Our thanks go to our headline sponsors, AGCO Massey Ferguson, Listers, ForFarmers, ACT, Minshall Construction, Mole Valley Farmers, Moocall & Dunbia, and to our many class sponsors for their generosity and support of the show. Our team of Edward Lewis, Laura Vincent, Paul Snell and Michael Hammon deserve a special mention for their work with the sponsors. Again we were extremely fortunate to have one of the most knowledgeable men in the breed, Clive Davies, as our MC and commentator. Clive is a great supporter and always takes the time

Adzor Lyric

David Makin, Adzor Herefords, briefing the National Hereford Show Club




James Ludgate sorts out a strong Breedplan Class prior to the main event

to give some feedback after the show to keep us on the ball. As is customary now, the Show commenced with the Breedplan Recorded Bull class. This class was judged by Mr James Ludgate. James, an out-and-out Hereford enthusiast, has come up through the youth development process, having benefitted from the travel bursary from the Hereford Cattle Society to attend the World Hereford Conference in Calgary, Canada. He has grown, improved and showed his own herd successfully and has the benefit of the family meat wholesale business behind him giving him that important knowledge of hoof to hook.

Town Maximus, who appeared here last year as a calf at foot, took the January-March ‘15 heifer class and was Reserve Intermediate Champion. This was followed up by two of their Mara Humorous progeny. The stunning Free Town Bryony was awarded Reserve Supreme Champion, after taking Female Champion and the Junior title. She is out of Free Town Benign (10 calves to her name to date) making her a half-sister to Free Town Liberator (3rd in Senior Bull class and now stock bull at Thomas Lewis Partners). She should become a beautiful cow in time. Free Town Martyr, a clean, well grown bull with a bit of ‘look-at-me’ about him, stood Reserve Male Champion. His dam is Free Town Peace 5th. He has found pastures anew in Buckinghamshire at Steve & Sarah Cowle’s HighHedges herd. This points cache was what made the difference and in time, Free Town were, once again, Horned Herd of the Year. Dieulacresse Goodenough, owned jointly by Messrs Spooner and R & R Westaway and shown by Anthony Spooner, followed up his Great Yorkshire success with the Senior Male Championship. He went on to be Horned Bull of the year.

It was therefore fitting that we had the biggest turnout of bulls in this class in recent memory, vying to win the £100 to the winner, generously sponsored by Rodney & Rose Westaway, Clipston Herefords. James assessed the bulls before him, placed them on merit for locomotion, structural correctness, style and fitness for purpose and scored them. James was clear and concise in his explanations as to how and why he had placed the bulls thus. The scores were fed into the computer and combined with points derived from the bull’s terminal index EBV figure. His order remained unchanged which brought a wide smile to Andrew Owen’s face as Church Preen Muldoon kept his place at the head of the line-up, and duly was presented with the Westaway Cup. Second went to E L Lewis & Son’s Haven Montana, with P Snell & L Ferguson’s Lowergrove Maverick, giving away a lot of age, in third. It is encouraging that more exhibitors are performance recording, and especially scanning, their stock. Bench marking against others makes good business sense; the more data that is fed into the system the better the accuracy of the Breedplan system will become. However, the assets that the Judge weighs up in this class are key and no animal without good locomotion, structural correctness, style and fitness for purpose should be used in a breed improvement programme. Clive Davies then welcomed to the ring our Judge for the Breed classes, Mr Michael Molloy from County Offaly. Mr Molloy has kindly provided his Judge’s report which appears elsewhere in this publication and gives his view on the first two in each class through the day, so I won’t repeat that information. Honours were widely distributed during the day. Our Supreme Champion, E L Lewis & Son’s Haven Montana, is from the first crop of calves by Knockmountagh Marshal at the Haven, having done his first shift at co-owners, Messrs Spooner. His dam line is the Louisa family – a family of solid breeders. In a deal done early on the day, Montana’s new job was secured not too far from home at Robert & Diane Thomas’ Risbury Herefords. Free Town Herefords enjoyed a great day. They took the Group and were second in the calf pairs class. Free Town Gloss, by Free



Senior Male Champion Dieulacresse Goodenough with Anthony Spooner receiving his trophy from Judy Underwood, Meadow Quality Ltd (right) and Sponsor Kate Cooke of ACT

The cow class was won by Auckvale Lively 1058H exhibited by W & R Kemp & Sons. This powerful Auckvale Broadside cow is a real production unit, with consistent calving intervals of less than 365 days. After standing Reserve Senior Female Champion, she went on to take Horned Cow of the Year. Her calf at foot, Auckvale Nobel 1541N, was judged the best bull calf in the North (herd competition), so he’ll be one to look out for next year. Lively was accompanied on the long journey down from Co Durham by the pair of bulls Auckvale Marshall 1475M and Auckvale Maximus 1464M, who stood 1st and 2nd in the January-March bull ‘15 class. Both bulls have headed off now to take up stock bull duties, Marshall at Jim & Hazel Morrison’s Castle Park herd in North Yorkshire and Maximus (a full brother to Lottery, who won the Westaway Cup here last year) at Mannon Lewis’ Salbri herd on Anglesey. Mrs Lesley Jackson’s Sparkwood team were rewarded when her lovely in-calf heifer, Sparkwood Diadem 7th won her class and took the Senior Female Championship. Her sire is the former Horned Bull of the Year, Free Town Hannibal. Philip & Laura Vincent swept the opposition away in the bull calf classes with Pulham Northern Lights in the September class and Pulham Norfolk in the younger class. Northern Lights is bred for the job, being by the Horned Bull of the Year 2015, Trillick Knockout, out of the Horned Female of the Year 2015, Clipston Tiara R16. Andrew Owen also enjoyed a good day. Church Preen Muldoon franked his early morning form by taking his class and the Church

2016 - CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS Preen calves won the Geoff Thomas Perpetual Challenge Cup. Church Preen Lindy Loo N064, by Haven Koala, won her class and was Reserve Junior Champion. Mark Chandler, a man who knows the time of day, brought out R & E Lywood’s Heath House Curly 6th and Heath House Dowager 2nd, both by Heath House Jupiter (himself Senior Male Champion in 2014) to stand 1st and 3rd in the April-August‘15 heifer class. My last mention is for OldWest Carol Singer 1st. It was a great pleasure to see this September ’14 heifer win her class and then take the Intermediate Female Championship and stand Reserve Female Champion for she is owned by Mrs Karen Froud, daughter of our superb Show Organiser, Michael Church, and it was Michael showing her on the day. This Haven Wizard heifer is out of one of Michael’s picks from the AG Wright & Son (Farms) Ltd’s dispersal sale and was their first calf born into the herd. She has always been a very well grown individual and will certainly be a sizeable cow.

NHSC President Michael Hammon presents a gift to Judge Michael Molloy, flanked by Mrs Hammon and NHSC Chairman Richard Mann

Other awards Badlingham Bull Trophy - the best bull under 2 years old: E L Lewis & Son for Haven Montana Doris M Dancer Cup - the best animal from a herd of less than 12 cows: A R Owen for Church Preen Muldoon Trevor Parker Memorial Trophy – best animal bred by exhibitor: E L Lewis & Son for Haven Montana Betty Lane Memorial Trophy – most successful exhibitor in calf classes: PRJ & LR Vincent - Pulham George Davies Memorial Trophy – owner of herd gaining most points: R A Bradstock & Partners – Free Town

Michael Church with OldWest Carol Singer 1st prior to taking the Reserve Grand Female Championship

Welford Perpetual trophy – herd gaining most points that has not won a Championship or Group trophy: Mrs S A Cowle – HighHedges

Young Handlers

Ray Egan (John Bull) Award – best kept cattle lines: C A & P C Bidmead – Rockland

Once the photographs had been taken and the young handlers rustled up, we welcomed our Judge, Mr John O’Connor to the ring to assess the showmanship skills of the groups. 19-26 years 1: Richard Whitlow 2: Andrew Whitlow 3: Flora Amery 4: Ben Lewis

Under 14 years 1: Harriet Froud 2: Robert Froud 3: Isabelle Cumming 4: Jack Lake

The Champion and winner of the Thornhill Plate and The ‘Dendor Memorial’ show stick was Harriet Froud. Harriet was the winner of the MEAHBA points trophy for Young Handlers competitions in both ‘15 and ‘16, so this was a well-deserved win. She also attended the Hereford Youth weekend in April to learn more and polish up her skills.

Ted Hewitson Perpetual Cup – Stockman in charge of herd gaining most points: Mr Gerald Cox Ingon Vic Harper Memorial Plate – Stockman bringing out the Supreme Champion: Mr Mike Chandler Stockmans Club Vic Harper Trophy – Stockman bringing out best animal of opposite sex to Supreme Champion: Mr Gerald Cox

`Of the Year£ awards The Herman G Smith Memorial Trophy for the Horned Bull of the Year went to Dieulacresse Goodenough, bred by Messrs Spooner and owned and exhibited by Messrs Spooner & R &R Westaway. The John Noel Memorial Cup for the Horned Female of the Year was awarded to Auckvale Lively 1058H, owned & exhibited by W & R Kemp & Sons.

Free Town Herefords had a field day at the National Show, here they took the Best Group of Three with the trophy presented by Mrs Roma Clark




John O'Connor had his work cut out with large classes of Young Handlers

Dick Adams Memorial Trophy for the Herd of the Year was awarded to RA Bradstock & Partners: Free Town.

Thank you ... The show is the end-product of much hard work behind the scenes, throughout the months leading up to show day and on show day itself. On behalf of the Club, thanks go to Michael Church, Richard & Jo Mann, all of Richard’s setting up team, Edward Lewis, Laura Vincent, Paul Snell, Clive Davies, Robert Thomas, Richard Bradstock, Craig McCreath, Alice Lampard, Alan Pittam, Pam Williams, Rosie Hawnt, the Rampleys, the Sponsors, Donors and Exhibitors, all of whom contributed to making the show an enjoyable and successful event, and not forgetting HCS’s Davids, Prothero & Deakin. We also thank the Tenbury Agricultural Society for hosting us in a prominent position at their flagship show. Great team-work!

Looking forward to 2017 Our Judge for the 2017 National Show is Mr Des Kelly from Northern Ireland. The Young Handlers competition will be judged by Mr Henry Richmond, also from Northern Ireland. Henry undertakes refereeing duties at the weekend, so we hope he won’t need his whistle or cards when sorting the Young Handlers! We look forward to welcoming both gentlemen, and indeed, the rest of you to Tenbury on Saturday, 5th August 2017. For membership information, please contact Sarah Cowle on 07770 666887 or via the website: www.nationalherefordshowclub. com/contact-us.html

John Marston Thorley 1932-2016 By Michael Hammon, President National Hereford Show Club John Thorley was born at Dove Bank Farm in 1932, the third of four children of Ernest Thorley. He came from a strong farming family and his Father bred prize winning Shire Horses and the family were originally Shorthorn breeders. John and his brother George were thrust into farming at a very young age having lost their parents. The initial outstanding success was showing a Dairy Shorthorn Bull to win the First Prize at the Royal Show in 1955. In 1959 John, again with his brother George, started dealing in hay and straw and the business is now run by John’s nephew, David, having grown into one of the largest and the most respected businesses in the Midlands. In 1972 John and George started the Hereford Herd which grew to 100 head in the 90’s. From the mid 70’s to the early 90’s over 100 home-bred cattle were successfully shown at the Staffordshire Show with the Herd Bull, Dovemount Gypsom, being four times



Mr John Thornley with his Herefords

Hereford Champion and one time Inter-Breed Champion. As a member of the Hereford Cattle Society and the Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association, John judged at various Shows across the Country and was especially honoured to be invited to judge at the Royal Highland, Royal Norfolk and Royal Cornwall Shows. He also judged twice in Southern Ireland. John was elected County Chairman of the Birmingham and Stafford Agricultural Society in 1990 and eventually was appointed a Life Member of this Society. He was also Chief Catering Steward at the Show for 25 years and became Uttoxeter District Chairman in 1992. John never married but was a wonderful uncle to George and his wife, Eunice’s children. He was also much admired by the grandchildren and, because of his amusing stories, was known as “Farmer John”. Farming was his life and he understood and respected nature and the countryside. He was also a fine gardener and supplied the family with “masses” of runner beans, potatoes and other varieties of vegetables. I shall never forget John, not only as a great friend but one of the most amusing men I have ever met. He was a raconteur of stories and his keen wit and sense of fun caused laughter and happiness wherever he went. He was also an accomplished “After Dinner Speaker” and his jokes were admired by many, including members of the Royal Family and other well-known individuals. John wanted his ashes scattered on the family farm and I was privileges to attend the occasion in woodland looking southwards down over the farm towards Mount Pleasant Farmhouse. One noticed the complete devotion that all the family had to John. He will be sorely missed, not only by his family but by his very wide circle of friends who so much appreciated “Farmer John”.


Northern Ireland

By John Gill, Chairman, Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders£ Association NIHBA went through somewhat of a transformation with myself taking on the role as Chairman in December 2015 and also a new Secretary namely Ivan Haire from the Dorepoll Herd. With Ivan’s previous experience in the role we soon managed to form a solid base to build on. Stepping into the role at such a time when the farming industry was on a down turn proved a challenge, however, with good communication regarding sales etc we managed to keep entries up and in turn the average sale price stayed healthy. The first sale of the year held in January saw Bull’s averaging £3,000 with 84% sold. May I take this opportunity to congratulate The McMordie family on their success at the April Show & Sale in Hereford - great to see local breeders commanding an event in the UK. One of the main events in Northern Ireland’s calendar saw Co. Tyrone family the Beattys’ win Supreme Champion, Champion Bull and Champion Female - great to see the three generation’s excel at the showcase event. The Annual Herds Competition was expertly judged by the legendary Steve Edwards who I cannot thank enough for taking a week out of his busy schedule. He also returned at the end of July to present the awards at the Association’s BBQ & Field Night which was held at the Beatty’s home. With over 160 people turning up for the event it was a pleasure to see so many enjoying a great night in which we raised £2,500 for the local charity Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke Association.

This year the National Show was held in Enniskillen with Bertie & Greer Watson taking Supreme Champion with Pinmoor 1 Kingsley and James Graham’s Hilton 1 Delilah taking the Female Championship - a fantastic entry of cattle on the day judged by Swedish Hereford breeder Miranda Lysell. October saw the Associations Annual Dinner Dance held at the Killyhevlin hotel - Breeder’s, Sponsor’s and guests enjoyed NIHBA Chairman John Gill an informative talk by a local veterinary on fertility which was followed by a fabulous meal, prize giving and entertainment. The United Feed’s sponsored calf show wrapped up the season at the end of October with over 16 breeders turning out to exhibit under judge Matt Gray from Herefordshire - great quality was on display during the day and I have no doubt they are the animals to watch in 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone who has been involved with the NIHBA throughout 2016 and ask for their continued support and wish them every success in the future.

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Northern Ireland's Top Herefords “Great to see such a turn out, not just on the Awards evening but throughout the year at the qualifying shows” commented John Gill, Chairman NIHBA, at the presentation of the silverware on the evening. Poll Bull and Overall Bull of the Year went to Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite belonging to Ciaran Kerr of the Kinnego herd and who also picked up the 2016 Novice Award. In a keenly contested competition Ciaran staked his claim early in the season with his newly acquired young stock bull taking the Breed Championship in Lurgan, following up with overall wins in Saintfield, Newry, and Clogher Valley. The Clogher success was topped off with a second reserve placing in a very strong interbreed class. “Elite” proved to be the dominant bull of the show season and was the clear winner of the coveted awards. A son of Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty he was bred by Basil Arnold from Killeshandra in County Cavan and had been shown successfully in the South of Ireland as a yearling before joining the Kinnego herd in Autumn 2015. Female & Poll Female of the Year went to Hilton 1 Delilah owned by James Graham of the Richmount Herd, Portadown. The “Delilah” family line have been notable breeders of successful show cattle over the years. She made a strong start to the show season with a good placing at Balmoral Show and just kept getting better. A class win at Armagh was followed a week later by another red rosette at Newry where she was also awarded the Reserve Overall

NI Bull of the Year Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite from Ciaran Kerr

Breed Champion. It was a similar result at Antrim and again at the National Show in Enniskillen where she collected another Reserve Championship and enough points to confirm her place as Northern Ireland’s top female. Taking home both horned titles for 2016 was the Corraback Herd, belonging to father and son team Mervyn & Henry Richmond, with Corraback Jedi winning the Bull accolade and Corraback Blossom 3rd dominating the Females. In taking the Horned Bull of the Year “Jedi” followed in the footsteps of his sire, Mara Flook who won the award in 2013 & 2014. Corraback Blossom 3rd was one of the stars of the show season – coming through the junior heifer classes to take two Supreme Championships on her way to the award of the Horned female of the year and Reserve Overall Female of the Year 2016. She’s also sired by Mara Flook, with her dam Badlingham Blossom 132nd being purchased at the Badlingham Herd dispersal sale in 2012. Best Progeny Pair winners for 2016 went jointly to the Richmond family with Mara Flook and J&W McMordie with Panmure 1 Henry.

Full Results: Hilton 1 Delilah NI Female of the Year & Polled Female of the Year exhibited by James Graham of Richmount Herefords

Overall Female 2016 Champion: Hilton 1 Delilah - James Graham Reserve Female: Corraback Blossom 3rd - - Mervyn Richmond

Overall Male 2016 Champion: Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite - Ciaran Kerr Reserve Male: Pinmoor 1 Kingsley - B&G Watson

Poll Female 2016 Champion: Hilton 1 Delilah - James Graham Reserve: Solpoll Starlet M12 - J&W McMordie

Poll Male 2016 Champion: Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite - Ciaran Kerr Reserve: Pinmoor 1 Kingsley - B&G Watson

Horned Female 2016 Champion: Corraback Blossom 3rd - Mervyn Richmond Reserve: Fortview Lucinda - David Smyth

Horned Male 2016 Corraback Blossom 3rd – Horned Female of the year and Reserve Overall Female of the year is congratulated on winning the Championship at Armagh show by Judge Anders Mortensen and the Minister for Agriculture in Northern Ireland, Michele McIlveen.

Champion: Corraback Jedi Mervyn Richmond Reserve Joint: Kilsunny Lleyton/Annaghbeg Becimus - M&L Moore

Progeny Pair 2016 Mara Flook / Panmure 1 Henry - M Richmond / J&W McMordie




Excellent Clearance at January Premier Show & Sale at Dungannon Mart Despite the difficult economic times Hereford breeders generally went home happy from Dungannon Mart. There was a good mix of dairy and suckler farmers in attendance with good quality bulls selling to every County in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association would like to thank the Judge Mr Des Kelly, Mullin Herefords, Co. Tyrone and Dunbia for their continued sponsorship of the Show & Sale.

The Champion, Black Water Limelight shown by Sam & Nigel Heatrick from Middletown Co. Armagh sold for the joint top price of 3000gns. This June 2014 bull is by their stock bull Kye Sting 595. They also sold Black Water Lancer, by the same sire, for 2100gns. The Reserve Champion exhibited by J & W McMordie from Ballygowan Co. Down also sold for 3000gms. Solpoll 1 Lone Judge Des Kelly thinking Ranger, a Superior Carcase Sire, is by over another tough class the current UK Sire of the Year Panmure 1 Henry, a bull renowned for his exceptional carcase figures with Eye Muscle Area and Intramuscular Fat both in the top 1% of the Breed. The McMordie’s also sold two other “Henry” sons, the 1st prize winning Solpoll 1 Lively for 2900gns and the 2nd prize bull Solpoll 1 Landini for 2500gns.

Champion & joint Top Price, Black Water Limelight from Sam & Nigel Heatrick

John Conlon from Markethill Co. Armagh sold Drumatee Frank a 3rd prize winner by the homebred Drumatee Flamenco for 2600gns. Norman & Christa McMordie from Saintfield showed River-Dale 1 Maximus to took the first prize ticket in the youngest class. This 16 month old son of the highly acclaimed three times Royal Ulster Show Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite sold for 2400gns. Bertie & Greer Watson, Crossgar Co. Down had the only heifer forward, Barnburn 1 Lydia Lady, served recently to Pinmoor 1 Kingsley the joint 2015 NI Bull of the Year she sold for 1500gns. Sixteen out of the 18 bulls sold to average £2,292, although the average was slightly down of the previous year’s sale (less than £100), there was a better clearance with three more bulls sold.

Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger, Reserve Champion & joint Top Price from John & William McMordie

Judge Des kelly, with the Champion & Reserve Champion, Sponsors Dunbia, President Cecil Beatty & Chairman John Gill




April Show & Sale in Dungannon Mart The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association (NIHBA) Spring Show & Sale saw good demand continue for Hereford bulls despite the difficult economic times in farming. Several of the bulls catalogued had already been sold off farm prior to the sale, however, there was still a healthy average of £2,541 recorded on the day. Topping the trade at 3000gns was Riverdale 1 Malachi exhibited by Norman McMordie from Saintfield, Co. Down. This 18 month old bull by Panmure 1 Henry, the current UK Sire of the Year, and from a Solpoll 1 Dynamite sired dam had earlier been judged Reserve Breed Champion. The Champion from John & William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co. Down was Oakchurch 1 Maestro, a 16 month old bull also out of a “Dynamite” sired dam and by the highly rated Australian sire Wirruna Daffy, he sold for 2,800gns. Keeping the money in Co.Down, Conor King from Castlewellan sold 20 month old Kilmegan 1 Red II for 2600gns. This growth young sire is by Udel 1 Eskimo and out of Kilmegan 1 Rosie II.

Kilmegan 1 Barney, 1st prize senior bull from Conor King

The champion from J & W McMordie, Oakchurch 1 Maestro

Show Judge for the event was Alwyn Armour from Dromara, Dromore, Co. Down.

River-dale 1 Malachi, Reserve Champion from the McMordie Family

October Show & sale at Dungannon The Autumn Show and Sale of pedigree Herefords in Dungannon Farmers’ Mart saw a small entry of cattle paraded in front of the Judge John Gill of the Lusky Herd in Killinchy. Cattle came under the hammer of Trevor Wylie, with bulls peaking at £2,100 for the third prize Silverford 1 Lad from R Stewart, Dungannon. This 19 month old son of Kilsunny Goliath sold to R & A Davis Moneymore. The Champion Drumatee Mojo, a 20 month old son of Baleen Maker exhibited by John Conlon of Markethill, failed to make his reserve, as did the Reserve Champion the in-calf heifer Black Water Lady from S & N Heatrick, Middletown. The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association would like to thank Dungannon Farmers’ Mart for the use of their facilities.

The Champion Drumatee Mojo owned & exhibited by John Conlon



SHOWS - 2016

Hereford judging takes centre stage at Royal Ulster Show, Balmoral Photos by Alfie Shaw, Report by Libby Clarke Once again Hereford exhibitors pulled out all the stops and presented a top notch entry of cattle at the 148th Balmoral Show. For the second year in a row the Breed had the largest entry amongst a record number of almost 700 head. Scooping the top honours and notching up their very first Balmoral win was Auchnacloy based couple Paul & Wendy Beatty with their home-bred heifer Tirelugan 1 Lily. This rising two year old heifer was purchased in utero of her dam Solpoll 1 Stardust J12, and is out of the highly successful sire Panmure 1 Henry. Judging was in the hands of Society President Michael Clark, who described his Champion as “simply outstanding, with tremendous breed character and style”. The Reserve Championship was awarded to John & William McMordie, Ballygowan for Solpoll 1 Starlet M10. This September 2014 born daughter of their home-bred “Dynamite” stock sire, is out of one of the most prolific families within a high performing herd.

Paul & Wendy Beatty won the Supreme Championship with their homebred two year old heifer Tirelugan Lily

Saintfield. This young prospect sired by Gurteragh Justice was also tapped out Junior Champion and Reserve Male Champion by the Judge. The Reserve Junior came from the 2015 born heifer class, which was one of the largest of the entire show. Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 a daughter of the well-known sire Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage, was bred and exhibited by the Haire Family, Dundrod who chalked up several ribbons at the show. The days busy judging programme kicked off with a super class of females in calf or with calf at foot. The red ticket was awarded to Solpoll 1 Pansy C4 an eleven year old cow from the McMordie team, accompanied with her Panmure 1 Henry sired heifer calf at foot.

The Reserve Champion came from the Solpoll herd of John & William McMordie, Ballygowan

C & M Beatty & Son, Dungannon collected the Male Championship with their stock bull Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger after he stood top of the line in the April to December 2014 bull Class. “Lone Ranger” was purchased in January this year at the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association Premier Sale. A strong class of 2015 born bulls were led by the greatly admired Dominarigle 1 Prince 658 brought out by Mrs Jacqueline Martin,

C & M Beatty were Male Champion with their two year old stock bull Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger



Dorepoll 1 579 Knight Hawk another entry by Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage was winner of the Senior Bull Class for J.E, R.I & W Haire. “Knight Hawk” is no stranger to success at previous Balmoral Shows. The Group of Three cattle from one exhibitor saw the Solpoll team selected as class leaders, with the Haires in second and Co. Leitrim based Coote Geelan in third. All of the classes were watched by a packed ringside of visitors to the show. Sponsorship for the Hereford section was kindly provided by Lidl.

Dominarigle 1 Prince 658 was leader of the yearling bull class and Junior Champion for Mrs Jacqueline Martin, Saintfield


Diary of a Herd's Competition Judge The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeder’s Association (NIHBA) Annual herd’s competition got under way on the 26th July with none other than the legendary English Stockman, Steve Edwards judging the Annual Award. The monumental task which involved covering over 1000 miles in the six Counties judge Steve Edwards took it in his stride. The first visits saw Steve at relatively new breeders, starting with the Kinnego Herd of Ciaran Kerr, Nathan Hylands Moygannon Herd and the Grallagh Herd belonging to Ryan McKnight. With the rain closing in he headed back to base visiting Gerry and Jonathan Smalls Drumshanbo Herd back in Randalstown. Steve managed to fit in some down time at the Clogher Valley Show where he met up with fellow Hereford Breeder Alan Timbrell from the Thames Herd who had the honour of judging the Dairy Cow Championship. The afternoon was finished off visiting the Corcreevy Herd in Brookeborough belonging to Niall Hudson then back home via Co Armagh to see John Conlon’s Drumantee Herd. Thursday saw him visit a local Herd in Broughshane belonging to John Richmond then cross Country to Co Tyrone to see this year’s Balmoral Show Champions from the Beatty family at the Castlepoll and Tierlugan Herd. With the rain now firmly set in for the day it was on to Co Fermanagh to judge Tom Mohan’s Newtownbutler Herd finishing with David Wilsons Lisrace herd and finally G & T Mortons Nancy Herd. The penultimate day took in Co Down, starting in Holywood with Roy and Pat McClenaghan’s Brookfield Herd then onto the McMordie Family’s herd of Solpoll Herefords who this year took,

Large Herd Winners William McMordie (center), 2nd John Conlon (right), 3rd David Wilson, also pictured Judge Steve Edwards and Sponsor Kenny Linton, Dunbia

for the second time, the prestigious UK Herd of the Year Award. The Lisola/Craigy herd of Jacqueline Martin followed, with the day finishing at the Lusky, Ballymartin and Barnburn Herds belonging to W.J. Gill, A Patterson and the Watson family respectively. Saturday saw the finish line in sight with a cross country visit to the final two herds, firstly the Graceland Herd of Robin and James Irvine and finally Stephen Baxter’s Umgola Herd. The NIHBA would like to thank Steve Edwards for putting in such time and dedication and to all the breeders who took part. SMALL HERD WINNERS: 1st Barnburn Herd - B&G Watson; 2nd Umgola Herd - Stephen Baxter; 3rd Corcreevy Herd - Niall Hudson MEDIUM HERD WINNERS: 1st Lisola/Craigy Herd - Jacqueline Martin; 2nd Newtownbutler Herd - Tom Mohan; 3rd Graceland Herd - R&G Irvine LARGE HERD: 1st Solpoll Herd - J&W McMordie; 2nd Drumatee Herd - John Conlon; 3rd Lisrace Herd - David Wilson OVERALL WINNERS: 1st Solpoll Herd; 2nd Drumatee Herd Best Stock Bull: Pinmoor 1 Kingsley - B&G Watson Best Autumn Born Bull Calf: Solpoll 1 Nobility - J&W McMordie Best Spring Born Bull Calf: Umgola 1 Impact 5th - Stephen Baxter

Medium Herd winner Dessi Martin with Judge Steve Edwards (left) and sponsor Kenny Linton, Dunbia

Best Autumn Born Heifer Calf: Lisrace Prettymaid 23rd - David Wilson Best Spring Born Heifer Calf: Lisrace Crystal 4th David Wilson

Small Herd winners Greer Watson (right) and runner up Stephen Baxter

Best Spring and Autumn born Heifer calves went to Lisrace Herefords



SHOWS - 2016

Herefords pull out all the stops for Northern Ireland National Show Photos by Alfie Shaw, Report by Libby Clarke The Hereford National Show is considered by many as the highlight of the season and attracts a large number of cattle and spectators alike. The 2016 Championships were staged at Enniskillen Show, with a strong entry of Hereford cattle representing breeders from all six counties. Judge for the day was Secretary of the Swedish Hereford Association, Miranda Lysell, who is a noted breeder and judge in her native country. Tapped out at Supreme Champion was “Pinmoor 1 Kingsley” exhibited by Bertie & Greer Watson, Crossgar. This three year old stock bull in the Barnburn herd was first spotted by the Watson’s at Westmorland Show in 2014, and was snapped up shortly afterwards in a private transaction. He has calves on the ground, and the Watson’s are delighted with how his progeny are shaping up to date. Enjoying a tremendous National Show was James Graham and son his Bradley from Portadown. They took home an array of ribbons for their Richmount herd including Reserve Supreme Champion with Hilton 1 Delilah. This is a 2007 born daughter of Dieulacresse Vodaphone out of Panmure 1 Blessing. The success story didn’t end there for the Graham team, with their home-bred bull Richmount 1 King Kong notching up Reserve Male Champion. This son of Graceland 1 Colin is out of the Champion Female which highlights her ability to breed well in addition to looking the part in the show ring. The Reserve Female Championship went Richmount 1 Nola who is also out Hilton 1 Delilah. This super young prospect was earlier in the day shown at foot with her dam, and

Supreme Champion was Pinmoor 1 Kingsley exhibited by Bertie & Greer Watson

achieved much admiration before being tapped out by Ms Lysell as Junior Champion. “King Kong” and “Nola” then teamed up to win the Best Progeny Pair Championship. The overall standard of cattle on show was exceptional according to the Master Judge, who described her Supreme Champion as “very stylish combined with great power and excellent breed character. The Female Champion is a well made brood cow, and her calf which is a winner in its own right shows tremendous potential”. The hotly contended Young Handlers Class was led by Marcus Murdock, with Bradley Graham and Robbie Wilson following in the placings.

Hilton 1 Delilah took the Reserve Supreme Championship for James Graham, Portadown The Reserve Male award was presented to James Graham for his home bred Richmount 1 King Kong

Swedish judge Miranda Lysell pictured in action at the NI Hereford Breeders Association National Show



Bradley Graham proudly exhibits Richmount 1 Nola

2016 - SHOWS

Pedigree Calf Fair - Beef Expo N.I. Over 30 exhibits were on display for Hereford Judge and Breeder Tony Bradstock at Saturday’s Calf Fair at Balmoral with two Co. Down breeder’s taking the top spots. Senior Champion was taken by Bertie and Greer Watson with their home bred bull Barnburn 1 Napolean. Sired by the National Show Champion Pinmoor 1 Kingsley he certainly is following in his fathers footsteps. Reserve Senior Champion was won by Solpoll 1 Nobility, a son of the prolific Panmure 1 Henry. Junior Champion was won by John and William McMordie with an April born Bull Solpoll 1 National with Reserve taken by a heifer Lisrace Crystal belonging to David Wilson.

Senior Championship Champion Barnburn 1 Napolean Reserve Solpoll 1 Nobility

B &G Watson J & W McMordie

Junior Championship Champion Solpoll 1 National Reserve Lisrace Crystal

J & W McMordie DR Wilson

Class Results Bull Born on or after 1/9/15 and Before 31/12/15 1st Barnburn 1 Napolean B & G Watson 2nd Solpoll 1 Nobility J & W McMordie 3rd Solpoll 1 Next Step J & W McMordie Heifer Born on or after 1/9/15 and before 31/12/15 1st Lisrace Prettymaid 24th DR Wilson 2nd Mountview 1 Estelle T Andrews 3rd Barburn 1 Nancy B & G Watson Bull Born between 1/1/16 and 31/3/16 1st Annaghbeg Decimus

M & L Moore

Senior Male Champion Barnburn 1 Napoleon from B & G Watson (left) with Reserve Senior Champion Solpoll 1 Nobility from J & W McMordie

2nd 3rd

Corraback Kent Castlepoll 1 Goldstar

RM Richmond C &M Beatty and Son

Heifer Born between 1/1/16 and 31/3/16 1st Annaghbeg Dawn M & L Moore 2nd Corriewood 1 Jen J & V Peters 3rd Lisnaree 1 Nora MMurdock Bull Calf born after 1/4/16 1st Solpoll 1 National 2nd Lisrace Lumberjack 18th 3rd Corraback Kadar

J & W McMordie DR Wilson RM Richmond

Heifer Calf born after 1/4/16 1st Lisrace Crystal DR Wilson 2nd Corraback Guenevere 15th RM Richmond


Winner of Small Herd 2016

PINMOOR 1 KINGSLEY Supreme Champion NI National Show 2016 Overall supreme Champion Ballymena Show 2016 Joint Bull of Year 2015 Reserve Bull of Year 2016 NIHBA Best Stock Bull 2016 ( Herds Competition)

BARNBURN 1 NANCY Reserve Senior female at NIHBA calf show 2016 Paired with BARNBURN 1 NAPOLEON to win progeny pairs at NIHBA calf show 2016 Both Sired by PINMOOR 1 KINGSLEY

B&G Watson, Crossgar Greer: 07990517766



SHOWS - 2016

NI United Feeds National Calf Show 2016 Saturday 29th October saw the NIHBA United Feed’s National Calf Show take place at Dungannon Market. Sixteen exhibitors brought forward over 30 entries to be judged by the experienced Matthew Gray from the Buckenhill Herd, Herefordshire, England. With a packed ringside looking on, the youngstock went under the expert eye of the judge who was delighted to see such a great turn out of quality that is sure to dominate the show circuit over the next few years. Judge Mathew Gray from Herefordshire

Overall Male Champion went to J & W McMordie with Solpoll 1 Nomad. The September 2015 Born Bull Calf once again came from the winning combination of former UK Sire of the Year, Panmure 1 Henry and Solpoll 1 Starlet J15 and took victory in the bull section. Judge Matt Gray stated, “The bull was class, quality and well balanced”. The Overall Female Championship went to Co. Antrim breeder Trevor Andrews with Mountview 1 Estelle. This 14 month old heifer who is out of Castlepoll 1 Daity 5th and by Mullin 1 Knight K827 showed great ring presence and feminine quality, truly worthy of heading the female line-up on the day.

Overall Female Champion Mountview 1 Estelle from T Andrews

Female Senior Champion: Mountview 1 Estelle T Andrews Reserve Senior Female: Barnburn 1 Nancy B&G Watson Junior Female Champion: Solpoll 1 Duchess J&W McMordie Reserve Junior Female: Lisrace Crystal D Wilson Pairs Class: 1st B&G Watson; 2nd T Andrews; 3rd J&W McMordie Young Handler 14 and Under: 1st Emily Peters; 2nd Owen Gill Young Handlers 15 to 18: 1st Marcus Murdock; 2nd John Andrews Champion Young Handler: Marcus Murdock Reserve Young Handler: Emily Peters Class 1 Bull born between 1/9/15 - 31/10/15: 1st Solpoll 1 Nomad J&W McMordie; 2nd Barnburn 1 Neptune B&G Watson; 3rd Barnburn 1 Napolean B&G Watson Class 2 Bull Born between 1/11/15 - 31/12/15: 1st Mountview 1 Enzo T Andrews; 2nd Solitude 1 Noble A McMordie Class 4 Bull born between 1/3/16 - 30/4/16: 1st Dorepoll 1 Nashville JE RI & W Haire; 2nd Solpoll 1 National J&W McMordie; 3rd Umgola 1 Impact 6th S Baxter Class 5 Bull born after 1/5/16: 1st Lisrace Lumberjack D Wilson; 2nd Dorepoll 1 National JE RI & W Haire Class 6 Female born between 1/9/15 - 31/10/15: 1st Mountview 1 Estelle T Andrews; 2nd Barnburn 1 Nancy B&G Watson; 3rd Lusky 1 Nan AJ Farms Class 7 Female born between 1/11/15 - 31/12/15: 1st Lisrace Prettymaid D Wilson

Overall Male Champion Solpoll 1 Nomad from J&W McMordie

Class 8 Female born between 1/1/16 - 29/2/16: 1st Solpoll 1 Duchess J&W McMordie; 2nd Lisnaree 1 Nora M Murdock; 3rd Corriewood 1 Jen J V & E Peters


Class 9 Female born between 1/3/16 - 30/4/16: 1st Lisrace Crystal D Wilson; 2nd Dorepoll 1 Tessa JE RI & W Haire

Overall Male Champion: Solpoll 1 Nomad J&W McMordie Reserve Male Champion: Lisrace Lumberjack 18th David Wilson Overall Female Champion: Mountview 1 Estelle T Andrews Reserve Female Champion: Solpoll 1 Duchess J&W McMordie Champion Senior Male: Solpoll 1 Nomad J&W McMordie Reserve Senior Male: Mountview 1 Enzo T Andrews Junior Male Champion: Lisrace Lumberjack 18th David Wilson Reserve Junior Male: Dorepoll 1 Nashville JE RI & W Haire




NIHBA Field Evening and Charity BBQ The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association (NIHBA) field evening and BBQ was held at the home of Castlepoll Herefords (C & M Beatty & son) 49 Leaney road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone. With four generations of Beatty family involved with Herefords this was a momentous occasion for the family. A bumper crowd of over 160 attended the evening consisting of friends, neighbours, Hereford breeders both past and present and coming from many Counties throughout Northern and Southern Ireland. Some of these included new Hereford breeders attending the NIHBA event for the first time. The evening started off with stock judging and viewing of the herds on show. The herds on show included the Braemount and Castlepoll herds belonging to C & M Beatty and with 47 years of experience had a number of cows with calves, dry cows and maiden heifers and bulls. Hosts Cecil & Meta Beatty Also on view was the Tirelugan herd belonging to P & W Beatty with cows and calves and maiden heifers. The focal point was the opportunity to guess the weight of both male and female (Supreme) Champion at the 2016 Balmoral Show with the Beatty families having scooped both these awards this year. As the evening wore on everyone headed for food where there was plenty to suit everyone. With steaks, burgers, numerous salads and a wide variety of desserts on offer everyone had their fill.

Cheque for £2,500 being handed over to the Alzheimers Society, left to right, Jack Dobson (Dunbia), Cecil & Meta Beatty (hosts), a representative from Alzheimer's Society, and Kenny Linton (Dunbia)

of the NIHBA who also provided items to be auctioned and also supplied the desserts which were enjoyed by all. The NIHBA would also like to thank Donald Beatty for conducting the auction where he did a wonderful job and also Ian Coulter who gave of his time to come and tell some yarns and craic a few jokes which went down very well. Two people who we owe a great deal of thanks to were our chefs Ashley and Vanessa who did an excellent job of cooking the steaks and managing the BBQ’s. Thanks must also go to photographer Alfie Shaw who kindly gave of his time to capture the evening with some memorable photo’s and also thanks to everyone else who helped in any way to the success of the BBQ as there are just too many to mention by name. It gave the NIHBA great pleasure in handing over a cheque for £2500 to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Master Judge for the evening was the well renowned stockman Mr Steve Edwards from England. A big thank you must go to everyone who supported and helped with this event. In particular our main sponsors for the evening beef processors Dunbia who very kindly donated all of the steaks and burgers for the BBQ and a special mention must go to Mr Kenny Linton representing Dunbia who organised this superbly. A thank you must also go out to some of the Beatty family suppliers who donated items for auction the main ones being L W Surplis, Dungannon Farmers Mart, SMP Concrete Products Ltd, Irwin feeds, Irwin Farm Supplies and OddBall Engineering. Many other suppliers to the Beatty farm also donated items and a big thank you to them too. Thanks must go to the Committee Members

Junior winners receiving their prize for stock judging

Everyone enjoyed the Stock judging

Helpers at their BBQ were from left to right Andrea, John, Esther, Stephen, Lyndsey, Sinclair and Wendy.

‘Auctioneer’ Donald Beatty looking for another bid!




NI Annual Awards Presentation Evening The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association held their Annual Dinner Dance and Presentation of Awards in the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel in Enniskillen. The Chairman, John Gill welcomed over 60 breeders and friends to the function where the breeders were rewarded for their efforts at the various events and summer shows throughout 2016. Amongst the guests were representatives from Dunbia and United Feeds who the Association are indebted to for their continued support. After a very enjoyable meal the Associations President, Cecil Beatty gave a detailed report on the years events, the Chairman then welcomed the guest speaker for the evening, Mr Gareth Bell from the Jubilee Veterinary Clinic in Newtownards who attended with his wife. Gareth gave a very interesting and enlightening talk on bull reproduction.

James & Bradley Graham and Lindsey McCallister from Richmount Herefords, Portadown, with their trophy haul.

The Awards were handed over by Mrs Ann Orr from The Fermanagh Farming Society who hosted the well supported 2016 National Hereford Show where the Hereford Championship was won by Bertie & Greer Watson from Crossgar with the Reserve Champion going to James Graham from Portadown. A very enjoyable evening was had by all with music being provided by the Cathy McGovern band.

Mia, Paul, Wendy and Charlie Beatty, from Aughnacloy, with the trophies they received for the Champion Hereford and the Best Poll at the Royal Ulster Show, Balmoral.

Niall Kerr, Brian Kerr, Seauna Mulholland, Ciaran Kerr, Peter Kerr, Ann Kerr and David Lavery, with some of the trophies for Kinnego Herefords, Lurgan.

John McMordie, Helen McMordie, William McMordie, Victoria Orr, Andrew McMordie and Lesley Ann Davidson, from Ballygowan, with their trophies.

Jon Gill, Chairman of the NI Hereford Breeders’ Association, presenting Henry Richmond, Derrylin, with some of his trophies.


John Gill, Chairman of the NI Hereford Breeders’ Association, presenting to Marcus Murdoch, Newry, along with his father Robert, the Young Handler Trophy.

Nigel & Theola Heatrick, Glaslough, County Monaghan, with the trophy they received for the Champion Bull at the January Sale.


Greer & Bertie Watson, Crossgar, with some of the trophies they received.

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THE ELITE BREEDERS SALES In Dungannon Farmers Mart ELITE SALE – 27th February 2017 (20 bulls) SPRING SPECIAL – 3rd April 2017 (Incl. females) All entries vet inspected, weighed, DNA tested and vaccinated according to HCS rules.

The Elite Hereford Breeders Robin & James Irvine, Whitecross


David Smyth, Ballynahinch


Raymond & Stuart Pogue, Benburb


Adrian & Sandra Irvine, Trillick


James Graham, Portadown


Mervyn & Henry Richmond, Derrylin Corraback

NI Female of the Year: Hilton1 Delilah


NI Bull of the Year: Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite

Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan


M & L Moore, Aughnacloy


Colin Mc Cord, Hillsborough


Roy Mc Clenaghan, Holywood


Alan Mc Fadden, Banbridge

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Hereford Beef Schemes have played a major part in the development of our Breed Council Member Robin Irvine talks to Kenny Linton of Dunbia

The Brand in Demand Branded Hereford Beef Schemes have grown in popularity as consumers and restauranteurs have recognised the Breed’s ability to deliver a top quality eating experience. The entry of Dunbia into this market in 2013 was a major boost for the Breed. The launch of their partnership with the Co-op brings the ‘Irresistible’ Premium Hereford beef range to stores throughout England, Northern Ireland & Wales. We talk to Kenny Linton, Hereford Scheme Manager with Dunbia about the success of the Hereford Brand and how farmers can add value to their beef enterprise.

The growth of the Hereford Scheme has been phenomenal - what are the contributors to this success? The consistent eating quality that Herefords deliver is a key contributor as consumers know what to expect each time they purchase a Hereford product. The good temperament of the Hereford and its ability to finish off grass enhances the quality of the beef and therefore the final product for customers.

How can producers play their part in the Hereford supply chain? Producers have a key role to play in ensuring a consistent supply 52 weeks of the year for retailers and ultimately to encourage customers to buy again and again.

Kenny Linton, Dunbia, talks with Robin Irvine, Council Member for Northern Ireland

This requires long term planning and at Dunbia our Ag team are committed to working with our Hereford producers to ensure a sustainable supply of meat and a profitable enterprise for producers.

Is there an ideal specification for cattle entering the Scheme in terms of carcase weight, conformation and fat score? Like many schemes, the Hereford Scheme in partnership with the Co-op has stringent weight and grade requirements to ensure uniformity of the end product. Cattle must meet these specified weights and condition scores to enter the Hereford supply chain. We find that a carcase around 320 kgs with a conformation of O+ or R and fat class 3 or 4L will deliver a good yield of cuts meeting the portion size and price point that customers currently demand.

A high proportion of beef cattle produced now originate from the dairy herd - are these suitable for the scheme? Yes, Herefords are frequently used in dairy herds for their renowned ease of calving. As long as the appropriate production

Focus on Fertility Good herd Fertility and a tight calving interval is a priority for dairy farmer, Gordon Mitchell who farms with his father Walton near Banbridge, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. “Attention to detail and a focus on the key efficiency factors is more important than ever at current milk prices” says Gordon. It was this focus on areas such as grassland management, nutrition, herd health and fertility which earned Gordon a place in the 2016 Dale Farm, farm efficiency competition. Genetic improvement is another key area and carefully selected AI sires are used to ensure sufficient high quality replacements


to maintain the herd – a Hereford bull is then used to get the remaining cows in calf as quickly as possible. The bull is first introduced to the heifers to cover any repeats to AI service – then joins the main herd in March or April when sufficient cows have been confirmed in-calf to the Holstein inseminations. A program of heat detection involving pedometers and close observation of the cows ensures good conception rates and regular veterinary visits for pregnancy diagnosis and examinations make sure that problems are detected and treated as early as possible. This regime has helped reduce the herds


systems remain in place, the required carcase weights can be achieved, making them suitable for the Scheme.

How do you see future demand for the product what is the key to continued growth? Consumers demand for high quality meat is showing no signs of slowing, so as long as customers demand Hereford for its guaranteed succulence and taste we will see continued growth. The key to this growth will be maintaining the high quality eating experience that customers expect while keeping Hereford beef at an affordable level for these customers.

What changes do you predict in terms of consumer demand and how can the Hereford supply chain be developed? The Hereford supply chain can be further developed through a greater focus on the genetics and production systems which can best deliver current market requirements. Closer working relationships between breeders, finishers and processors can ensure that each link in the chain can respond effectively to changing customer behaviour.

calving interval in recent years – achieving an average of 367 days in 2014. “A sweeper bull is part of the strategy” says Gordon. “We introduced our first Hereford in 2008, purchasing him at a Dungannon bull sale. We have been pleased with the results and some years later when he became a bit too heavy for the heifers we returned to the same breeder to purchase our current bull Corraback Felix. They work well either in the cubicles or at grass and are effective in getting cows settled quickly” The Hereford progeny are reared and sold as stores in the local market at 15 to 18 months when they are in keen demand from beef finishers or as breeding females.


Maestro tops the Sale at 3,900 guineas The Elite Hereford Breeders February sale in Dungannon produced the top price of the spring season of beef breed sales in Northern Ireland. It took an exceptional young sire from the herd of Robin and James Irvine at Whitecross to set the sale alight, getting the packed gallery galvanised to produce the day’s top price of 3,900 guineas, topping the Angus and Limousin events and the Balmoral bull sale. The sale produced a solid average of £2,440 for the bulls sold. “Trade was selective however, and reflected difficult times in the

livestock sector with the income squeeze particularly affecting the dairy farmers who are the main customers for Hereford bulls” said auctioneer Trevor Wylie of Dungannon Farmers mart. Graceland 1 Maestro had been well admired at the pre-sale parade for his scale and quality and with exceptional EBV’s putting him in the top 5% of the Breed for growth and muscle he was pretty much the complete package according to a delighted Robin Irvine. “Maestro is another son of our very successful stock bull, Greenyards 1 Dougie. He has sired the top priced bull through the Dungannon bull sales in each of the four years since his progeny first came on the scene in 2011”. Maestro is eligible for the Hereford Society’s Superior Carcase Sire Scheme which promotes the top genetics in the breedplan recording scheme.

Graceland 1 Maestro topped the Elite Breeders Sale in February selling for £3,900 guineas

Other bulls to catch the eye were Mervyn Richmond’s Corraback Impulse – a stylish young bull with good length and scale. Sired by Mara Flook, impulse went on to sell for 2,600 guineas while David Smyths Fortview Logic from the famous Badlingham Blossom family and sired by Border Quaestar made 2,500 guineas. Overall average for 12 bulls sold was £2,440.


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Good trade at Elite Breeder£s Spring Sale Hereford bulls and females both sold in a sharper trade at the Elite Breeders Spring Sale in Dungannon. This new event was introduced to the sales calendar to meet the increased demand for breeding stock at this time of the year. Topping the bull trade was Glenside Lawson from C & R Pogue from Benburb. This big, clean growthy bull weighed in at 820 kgs at just eighteen months of age and boasted impressive figures for weight gain and carcass traits. Lawson attracted keen interest from the packed gallery of customers and this was reflected in the sale ring with auctioneer Trevor Wylie fielding a flurry of bids before bringing the hammer down for the day’s top price of 2,900 guineas. Lawson’s stable mates Leo and Lawrence, again sired by the successfull Dreemore Titanic were also in demand selling for 2,300 and 2100 guineas. Two bulls from the Graceland herd of Robin & James Irvine were also much admired in the pre sale parade and attracted keen buyer interest – both selling at 2,600 guineas. Both bulls were supported by excellent EBV’s with Graceland 1 Merlin eligible for the Superior Carcass payment. Selling at 2,500 guineas was Annaghbeg 1 Berlusconi from M & L Moore. This December born calf was just over 15 months of age but showed impressive growth rate and conformation and was another bull to attract favourable comment.

Brookfield 1 Megan from Roy and Pat Mc Clenaghan topped the trade for heifers selling for 2,900 guineas

The 10 bulls on offer sold to average £2,425. The female section was keenly contested and a complete clearance was achieved as a number of new breeders competed to add quality females to their herds. Roy and Pat Mc Clenaghan had another successful outing, selling Brookfield 1 Megan for the top price of 2,900 guineas. Carrying the service of Wiruna 1 Daffy this stylish young heifer joins a newly established pedigree herd in Co. Tyrone. Allowdale Tinkle - presented to perfection by Adrian and Sandra Irvine was another quality heifer which appealed to the buyers – selling for 2,600 guineas after a tense battle of bids. The 5 heifers sold to an average price of £2,440 each. Selling for 2,600 guineas was Allowdale Tinkle presented by Adrian and Sandra Irvine

Stuart Pogue with Glenside Lawson – top selling bull at the Elite Hereford Breeders sale in Dungannon



Capitano - one of two bulls from Robin Irvine’s Graceland herd to sell for 2,600 guineas

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Corraback Kent pictured at 9 months, sire Mara Flook, dam Corraback Clover 4th twice NI Reserve Female Of The Year.

Mara Flook sire of NI Progeny Pair Of The Year 2016.

Corraback Impulse who sold at the Elite Breeders Sale in February. His full brother will be available for sale summer 2017.


Herefords on the Hill in County Monaghan “I hoped that a change to a Hereford bull for my suckler herd would give me an easier system to manage with less calving difficulties and cattle that were safer to handle” says Ian Warmington – a beef and sheep farmer from Newtownhamilton in South Armagh. Ian’s farm is situated on the border with the Republic of Ireland and at 900 feet above sea level it offers panoramic views over County Monaghan across the border. “Coming from many years of crossing with Charolais bulls I have been used to high growth rates and good carcase conformation and I suppose I expected to sacrifice some of those qualities with the move to the Hereford. Having sold my first crop of the Hereford progeny this spring I have been very pleased with the performance of the cattle and they have way exceeded my expectations. The bull calves are kept entire and finished at 13 to 14 months and were slaughtered at around 380 to 400 kgs deadweight and have graded really well – probably with a bit less feed in them than the Charolais crosses. This is a real bonus which I had not really expected.” “The market for Hereford cross females was another bonus I had not anticipated – the majority of this year’s heifers having been sold to a large scale suckler operation in Fermanagh at about 14 months of age. The cross between the Hereford and our strong continental cows produce a more maternal type female with a lower maintenance requirement. My customer was delighted with them and he has already been back to book first pick of next year’s crop as well”.

Hereford cross cattle suit our system, says Ian Warmington

Like most farmers in the area Ian has a full time job “off the farm”. He was keen for a lower stress system and with a young family growing up on the farm all aspects of farm safety are given a high priority. “In the past we have had bulls whose progeny were highly strung and they could be really difficult to handle. “We could see the growing popularity of the Hereford breed and while this area is still very continental minded I felt that a change of genetics might be the way to a more user friendly system of producing beef”. “Having visited a couple of our local Hereford breeders I could see that the breed could produce the scale and quality of cattle I was looking for and the decision was made that our next sire should be a Hereford. Richmount 1 Ice Diamond from

Richmount 1 Ice Diamond doing the buisness for Ian Warmington



James Graham’s herd at Portadown was selected for his structure and excellent carcase traits and we haven’t been disappointed in the job he has done for us. The Hereford crosses have a great temperament and they don’t get excited if they are to be moved from field to field and the basic operations such as worming or weighing are much less stressful for both man and beast. The calving season is not the ordeal that it used to be and with two crops safely landed we haven’t yet had to use the jack on a Hereford calf – they are generally bright and vigorous and need very little help.” “The first cross on the continental cow produces a great calf and it will be our policy to buy in suitable replacement heifers to keep this balance of bloodlines” said Ian.


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SHOWS - 2016

Shropshire County Show Vintage show as 'Lilac Wine 20th' comes of age!

Fourteen month old Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown took the plaudits at Shropshire County Show, under the watchful eye of young Judge Matthew Gray. Grand Female Champion “Lilac Wine 20th”, who is out of Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th and by 2014 Hereford Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert, has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded Figures. She’s in the Top 1% of the Breed for 400 day & 600 day weights, Intra-muscular Fat and both Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Indexes. Standing Reserve to Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th was Grand Male Champion Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire. Shropshire County Show is a firm favourite for Normanton Herefords having taken the Supreme Championship in 2015 with Normanton 1 Lionel. “Laertes” who was part of the winning display at Beef Expo 2016 is out of well-known dam Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 and by successful sire Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53. Thirty month old “Laertes who was the 2015 National Calf Show Champion at Agri-Expo, Carlisle has a good set of Performance Recorded Figures with an Eye Muscle Area in the Top 1% and a Self-replacing Index in the Top 5% of the Breed.

Supreme Champion Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones

Moving to the bull classes and taking the Reserve Grand Male Championship was 14 month old Dendor 1 Montana owned and exhibited by another local breeder, P & E Williams, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury. “Montana”, out of Dendor 1 Wattle 4th, is also sired by Solpoll 1 Gilbert. Completing the bull class winners were 18 month old Firbosa 1 Maximus, sired by Eldersfield 1 Cohen G630, from Fir Farm Ltd, Gloucestershire and 12 month old RTC 1 Midwest Tradition from R & RI Shaw, South Wirral, Cheshire.

Grand Male and Reserve Supreme Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey

Standing Reserve to the Breed Champion was Grifford 1 Meredith owned and exhibited by local breeder R Allcock, Hine Heath, Shropshire. Bred by NJ Griffiths Penkridge, Staffordshire, eighteen month old “Meredith” is out of Normanton 1 Blewit J6th and by former Bull of the Year Normanton 1 Eastern Promise. Other class winners in the female section were Shraden 1 Alice G395, sired by Greenyards 1 Dynamic, owned and exhibited by Hogia Bryn-Awel, Holyhead, Anglesey, Frenchstone P. 1 Easter, out of former Female of the Year Frenchstone P. 1 Boo, from LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon and Bromley 1 Thuya 718 by Kinglee 1 Galaxy from M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire.

P & E Williams took the Reserve Grand Male Championship with Dendor 1 Montana


The Reserve Female Championship went to R Allcock with Grifford 1 Meredith, pictured here with Twm Jones and Judge Matthew Gray

R & RI Shaw also enjoyed some further success in the Best Pair of Animals from one Exhibitor when they took the Runner-up spot behind EL Lewis & Son, The Haven, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. To conclude the Shropshire County Show results, in the Best Group of Three Animals from one Exhibitor, it was loyal show advocate and local breeders MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire.

Best Pair of Animals owned by MJ & HM Timmis


Judge Matthew Gray giving the animals a final close inspection

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Royal Bath & West Show More Inter-breed Awards...

This year’s Royal Bath & West saw the Herefords win the Overall Inter-breed Group of Four with four smashing animals exhibited from Berkshire, Herefordshire and South Yorkshire. Miss Heather Whittaker, Halifax, South Yorkshire provided two females Coley 1 Bubbles 249 & Coley 1 Nova 351, PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire with Greenyards 1 Truelove M314 and AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd, Hungerford, Berkshire completed the team with their Senior stock-bull Cleland 1 Jackson. Earlier in the day Coley 1 Bubbles 249, with her bull calf Coley 1 Naginski at foot, took both the Breed and Exhibitor Bred Native Inter-breed Beef Championships. Four year old “Bubbles” is sired by former Hereford Bull of the Year, Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe and out of Costhorpe 1 Bubbles S26. Judging the Hereford classes was former Breed Chairman, Robin Irvine, Graceland Herefords, Whitecross, Co. Armagh. Robin’s first job was to award MJ Clark, Lowesmoor Herefords his Best Group of Three with AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd, Cleland Herefords in Reserve and local breeders RA & VA Mitchell, Lanscombe Herefords in third place. Moving on to the Best Pair of Animals, the first prize

Coley 1 Bubbles 249 took the Breed, Native Inter-breed & Reserve Overall Championships

ticket went to Herefordshire breeders PJ & AC Allman, Greenyards Herefords with MJ Clark in second position and RA & VA Mitchell once again third. Standing as Reserve Breed Champion behind Coley 1 Bubbles 249 was another outstanding female Greenyards 1 Truelove M314, who was part of the Inter-breed Team of Four. Twenty month old “Truelove M314” is out of Greenyards 1 Truelove H169 and by Greenyards 1 Henry. In the male section it was senior sire Cleland 1 Jackson from AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd who took the plaudits and with them the Grand Male Championship. Out of Cleland 1 Clover 4th, he carries all of the hallmarks of his famous father Romany 1 Captain R22 C1 the 2010 Royal Highland Inter-breed Champion. Finishing Reserve to “Jackson” was 11 month old Frenchstone P. 1 Figurehead from LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon. “Figurehead” is out of Frenchstone P. 1 Daffodil and by popular Australian sire Days Calibre G74.

SWHBA Chairperson Isobel Jennings and Keith Prettejohn with Former Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson

Away from the pedigree Hereford section, there was more good news for the breed when Judge B Jones, Brecon made a Brymore Academy Hereford steer his Native and Reserve Overall Beef Steer Champion. The steer bred by Sam Chard was out of a Hereford dam and was sired by Border Punter.

The winning team: Judge Robert Aitkin, Twm Jones with Coley 1 Nova 351 , Matthew Grey with Greenyards 1 Truelove M314 (Reserve Breed Champion), Flora Amery with Coley 1 Bubbles 249 and Keith Jempson & Hannah Baldwin with Cleland 1 Jackson.



SHOWS - 2016

Royal Three Counties Show No-one can burst the Coley Bubbles!

Grand & Senior Female Champion Coley 1 Bubbles 249 from Miss Heather Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the Supreme and Native Inter-breed Championships at the Royal Three Counties Show. These latest accolades follow hot on the heels of her recent success at the Royal Bath & West Show where she also took the Breed & Native Inter-breed Championships. Four year old “Bubbles 249”, who is out of Costhorpe 1 Bubbles S26 and by former Sire of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe, enjoyed her return to the Royal Three Counties Show after previously taking the Junior & Grand Female Championships in 2013. Whilst the stand out animal may have been Coley 1 Bubbles the three day show belonged to the Timmis family from Baschurch, Shropshire. On the first day they took the Junior & Grand Male Championships followed by the Junior & Reserve Grand Female Championships before being awarded the Best Pair of Animals and Best Group of Three Animals. The following day Mrs Hazel Timmis & Miss Elaine Timmis were part of the winning team of three, representing the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association in the National Stock Judging Competition. Not content with these triumphs over the first two days of the show, they also won the inaugural Inter-breed Group of Three on the final day.

Supreme Champion Coley 1 Bubbles 249 from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Taking the Reserve Supreme Championship was Junior & Grand Male Champion 14 month old Listimous 1 Mallet from MJ & HM Timmis. “Mallet”, who is out of Shraden 1 Duchess A140 and Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion 14 month old Listimous 1 Mallet owned by Mrs M Roberts

by Baldinnie 1 Victory, joined up with his half-sister Shraden 1 Dowager M641 to take the Best Pair of Animals before they teamed up with Shraden 1 Duchess M639 to take the Best Group of Three. In second place in the Best Pair of Animals by the same Sire was Mrs I Jennings, Ilminster, Somerset with two animals by Frenchstone P. 1 Cannon. Taking the blue ticket in the Best Group of Three was Breed President MJ Clark, Lowesmoor Herefords, Tebury, Gloucestershire.

Tom Manns, Bounds Herefords introduces HRH Princess Royal to the famous Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo



Judging was brought to a halt, to the delight of on-lookers, when HRH The Princess Royal visited the Hereford show ring. After a brief discussion with the Breed President Mr Michael Clark, Judge Reg Hutchings, cattle stewards Richard Bradstock & Raymond Morgan-Jones and Society staff David Prothero & David Deakin, she presented prize cards in the Best Pair of Animals line-up.

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HRH Princess Royal meets Hazel Timmis, Shraden Herefords alongside Judge Reg Hutchings

The Reserve Grand Male Championship went to Senior Male Champion Cleland 1 Jackson from AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd, Hungerford, Berkshire. Four year old “Jackson”, another animal who has enjoyed success earlier in the season at the Royal Bath & West Show, being awarded the Grand Male Championship. Cleland 1 Jackson is out of Cleland 1 Clover 4th and by 2010 Royal Inter-breed Champion Romany 1 Captain R22 C1. Standing Reserve to “Jackson” in the Senior Male Championship was the much admired Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Normanton-le-Heath, Leicestershire.

The Priness Royal meets Mark & Mike Chandler

from the successful “Duchess” bloodline. She’s out of Shraden 1 Duchess J516 and by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster, the Top Priced Bull at the 2013 Autumn Show & Sale in Hereford. She was also part of the winning Inter-breed Group of Three, alongside “Mallet” and “Dowager M641” as mentioned above. Standing Reserve in the Senior Female Championship with Bromley 1 Laurel 594 owned and exhibited by local breeders M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire. Four year old “Laurel 594” is out Bromley 1 Laurel 445 and by Romany 1 Fantasy R22 F35. To complete the main awards, at what was another highly competitive show, with Mr Reg Hutchings presiding over the highest beef breed entry at this prestigious event, was Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown, mid-Wales who took the Reserve Junior Female title. Fifteen month old “Lilac Wine 20th” is out of Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th and by 2014 Hereford Sire of the Year, Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

Reserve Grand & Senior Male Champion Cleland 1 Jackson from AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd

To complete the male section another bull standing Reserve to Listimous 1 Mallet was Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346 from MJ Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire. Sixteen month old “Trendsetter V346” is out of Rempstone 1 Model and by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa. Turning to the female category and standing Reserve to Coley 1 Bubbles 249 in the Grand Female Championship was Junior Female Champion, Shraden 1 Duchess M639 from MJ & HM Timmis. Twenty one month old “Duchess M639” is another promising heifer

Reserve Grand & Junior Female Champion Shraden 1 Duchess M639 from MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire

Judge Gerald Blandford made Coley 1 Bubbles 249 with her calf at foot the Native & Reserve Overall Inter-breed Champions

Herefords took the Inter-breed Group of Three. Pictured, L to R, are Elaine Timmis with Shraden 1 Dowager M641, Aled Jones with Listimous 1 Mallet and Hazel Timmis with Shraden 1 Duchess M639



SHOWS - 2016

Royal Highland Show

No referendum required - Normanton 1 Laertes an 'easy winner' in both Breed & Inter-breed Championships! There was some discussion about a certain referendum during the Royal Highland Show 2016 but this was put on the back burner when it came to judging beef cattle. However, there was no split decision here - only a united voice from within the cattle lines and around the showring, that a certain Hereford bull, Normanton 1 Laertes TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire would prevail – and so it proved to be when the Hereford Breed Champion become the Overall Inter-breed Beef Champion. In a country renowned for its high quality beef stock across both Native and Continental beef sectors, it was the Hereford which came out on top! Normanton 1 Laertes went one better than his maternal halfbrother Normanton 1 Eastern Promise who was judged Reserve Inter-breed Champion in 2011, becoming the first Hereford to be crowned Overall Champion since 2010.

Supreme Inter-breed & Breed Champion Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey

Normanton 1 Laertes, a former National Calf Show Champion, was described by Inter-breed Judge Gerald Smith as being “perfect – he’s got good length, shape, muscle throughout, not too strong in his front, breed character, four powerful legs and great top line – just perfect an easy winner.” November 2013 born “Laertes”, out of prolific former Female of the Year Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 and by Romany 1 Distiller, is not style and substance he backs up his looks with a great set of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) with a Terminal & Self-replacing Index in the Top 10% of the Breed. His performance figures put him in a category commonly known in layman’s terms as a ‘curve bender’. An animal with figures all to the right of the mid-line breed average.



Supreme Championship presentation, from left, Judge Danny Wylie, Tim Livesey, Will Livesey with Normanton 1 Laertes, World Hereford Secretary General Jose Bonica & Breed President Michael Clark.

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Reserve Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion Panmure 1 Plum L7 from JM Cant & Partners

Judge Danny Wylie is a picture of concentration

It wasn’t just a great show for Normanton Herefords, the Hereford Breed also had enjoyed a wonderful event with twice as many Herefords on display this year than in 2015, thanks in part to first time exhibitors; Tom & Di Harrison, Moralee Herefords and Peter Eccles, Rockness Herefords, plus the popular return of breed stalward Mrs Margaret Cameron. Couple this with further Inter-breed successes in the Best Pairs, Group of Three and the Performance Recorded Native Bred Class it made for an exciting show for the resurgent Hereford Breed. The Reserve Breed Championship went to Grand & Senior Female Champion Panmure 1 Plum L7 from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath Angus, Tayside. Twenty eight month old “Plum L7” is out of Panmure 1 Plum E2 and by Hawkesbury 1 Volcano. She later teamed up with “Laertes” to be placed the Best Native Inter-breed Pair. The pair then joined Auckvale Lively 1058H from W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, Durham to secure the Native Inter-breed Group of Three. Standing Reserve to Panmure 1 Plum L7 in both the Senior and Grand Female Championships was Romany 1 Lucy R22 F12 from JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. Eight year old “Lucy R22 F12”, described by Judge Danny Wylie as a “good functional type”, is out of Romany 1 Lucy A48 and by Crickley 1 Figurehead. In the Junior section there was more success for the Cant family when they took both the Female and Male Junior Championships. Sixteen month Panmure 1 Plum M9, out Panmure 1 Plum E2, is another promising animal by successful herd sire Hawkesbury 1 Volcano. Harveybros 1 Crocus N1 from local breeders Harvey Brothers, Glasgow took the Reserve Junior Female Championship. Expertly shown by Sophie Harvey, “Crocus N1”, is out Harveybros 1 Crocus E2 and by Venture Night Time 7055. In the Junior Male Championship it was Panmure 1 Mumford who took the plaudits for a delighted Audrey Anderson of JM Cant

Junior Male Champion Panmure 1 Mumford from JM Cant & Partners also took the Overall Junior Championship

Champion Native Inter-breed Team of Three. From, L to R, Panmure 1 Plum L7, Normanton 1 Laertes & Auckvale Lively 1058H

& Partners. Fourteen month old “Mumford”, out of Panmure 1 Plum J16 and by Panmure 1 Karl, went on to pip his stablemate “Plum M9” for the Overall Best Junior Animal. There was further success for this eye-catching young bull when he was judged by Mr Michael Robertson as his Reserve Native Inter-breed Marks & Spencer Beefbreeder / Breedplan Champion. Behind “Mumford” in the Junior Male Championship was fifteen month old Moralee 1 Monster Munch from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. To complete a fabulous show for JM Cant & Partners they went on to take the red ticket in the Pair of Animals bred by an Exhibitor, with W & P Eccles finishing a commendable second place to make it a memorable first show. Other Class winners were; Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, in the Female Class born on or between 1st September 2014 and 28th February 2015 and Baldinnie 1 Clinton in the Bull Class born on or between 1st September 2014 and 28th February 2015 to make it a happy return for Mrs Margaret Cameron.

UK Hereford Breed President Michael Clark (left) with Jose (Pepe) Bonica World Hereford Secretary General



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Great Yorkshire Show Herefords are certainly Goodenough!

Judge John Kemp, Auckvale Herefords, County Durham made six year old Grand Male Champion Dieulacresse Goodenough his Supreme Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. “Goodenough”, bred by TA Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire and jointly owned by Messrs Spooner & RG Westaway & Son, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, is no stranger to success at this premier event, being a class winner back in 2011. He was the first animal into the ring on a busy show day for the Hereford Breed under the watchful eye of an experienced judge. The prolific Dieulacresse Goodenough is out of home bred cow Dieulacresse Dowager 17th and by 2009 Royal Three Counties Inter-breed Champion Westwood Advancer. He has good performance figures with growth figures well above average and a scrotal size in the top 1% for the Breed. Standing Reserve to “Goodenough” throughout judging was the stylish senior bull Hallwood 1 Knight from R & RI Shaw, South Wirral, Cheshire. He stood second in their class and in the Grand Male Championships. Three and a half year old “Knight” is out of Baldinnie 1 Fiona 7th and by Solpoll 1 Gladiator.

Supreme Champion Dieulacresse Goodenough from TA Spooner & RG Westaway & Son

Supreme Championship presentation from Left, Judge John Kemp, Anthony Spooner with Dieulacresse Goodenough and Breed President Michael Clark Reserve Grand Male Champion Hallwood 1 Knight from R & RI Shaw

Taking the red ticket in the class Bull, born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st March 2015 was Harveybros 1 Murray from Harvey Brothers, Balfron, Glasgow. “Murray” is out of Harveybros 1 Crocus H3 and by multiple show winner and former Bull of the Year Greenyards 1 Archie. Standing second in the class was another promising bull from R & RI Shaw, RTC 1 Midwest, sired by another show champion Leos Pride 1 Ellis. In the youngest but largest bull class of the day it was Moralee 1 Monster Munch who came out on top, bred & exhibited by T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. Expertly turned out, sixteen month old “Monster Munch” is out of Romany 1 Ishbel A51 H52 and by Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack. In second place was Rimini 1 Mr. Maker bred by the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association’s Hon. Secretary Mrs J Cooper, Preston, Lancashire. Fifteen month old “Mr. Maker” is out of Rimini 1 Vanessa and by Barbern 1 Gargantuan. There was a large female section, with big classes throughout, which probably gave Judge John Kemp his biggest task of the day. Taking the honours with the Grand Female Championship and then later the Reserve Supreme Championship was Romany 1 Julia A84



Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 from JRB Wilson & Sons took the Grand Female & Reserve Supreme Championships

F51 from JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. This seven year old show cow “Julia A84 F51” is out of Romany 1 Julia 41H V23 and by well-known former herd sire Baybridge 1 Atlas. Taking the Reserve Grand Female Championship was Overall Junior Champion Harveybros 1 Crocus N1 from Harvey brothers.

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A & P Massey took the Best Group of Three Animals property of the same Exhibitor

Overall Junior Champion, Harveybros 1 Crocus N1 led by Sophie Harvey from Harvey brothers

This beautifully balanced, feminine 11 month old heifer was expertly exhibited by Miss Sophie Harvey. “Crocus N1” is out of Harveybros 1 Crocus E2 and by Venture Night Time 7055 ET. Standing Reserve to Harveybros 1 Crocus NI in the Junior Championship was class winner 23 month old Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 owned and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. It was a good day for G & MC Shepherd when they took first prize in the Heifer, born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2015, with Moorside 1 Jane 5th. “Jane 5th”, who is by CCR 57G Stamina ET 199S, is another of the day’s show stoppers to have Romany breeding, this time out of Romany 1 Jane A51 E66. There were further awards for G & MC Shepherd when they took second place to Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 with Moorside 1 Jane 3rd, who is also by “Stamina ET 199S”. In the Best Group of Three Animals property of the same Exhibiter it was A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire who came out on top with AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd in second place. However, all was not lost for AE Nesbitt Farms when they went one better when they were awarded the Best Pair of Animals by the Same Sire. Taking the blue prize card were local breeders Mr E Warner & Mrs C Burnell, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Judge John Kemp, Auckvale Herefords, takes a close inspection of a good class of bulls



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Royal Welsh Show

Normanton 1 Laertes takes his second major Inter-breed Championship! Not content with dominating the Royal Highland Show just a few weeks ago, this striking bull much talked about in the beef industry, also stole the limelight at the Royal Welsh. “Laertes” bred and exhibited by TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire won the Overall Individual Inter-breed Championship against another high class field of beef cattle from across the UK. It’s the first time that a Hereford has taken this Championship or indeed any bull to have won these two major Royal Shows in the same season for many years. Well-known Judge Robert Alwyn Rees, a beef farmer from Powys and livestock show commentator, described Normanton 1 Laertes as “a worthy winner, a powerful bull with all the right attributes. I’m not one for politics, so I don’t mind if he was black, red, white or brown, he would have been my Champion!” Earlier in the day, he took the Grand Male & Breed Championships to the delight of breeder William Livesey and under the judgement of Mr David Deaville, Belper, Derbyshire. He has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded Figures to go with his outstanding Breed characteristics, as highlighted on Breed Stands at BeefExpo and the Livestock Event during the year. He’s out of the highly acclaimed Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 and by Romany 1 Distiller.

Royal Welsh Overall Inter-breed Champion Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire

Following “Laertes” all the way through the Hereford classes was long time ‘rival’ Cleland 1 Jackson from AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd, Hungerford, Berkshire. First he stood second in the Senior Bull Class before going on to be Reserve Grand Male and then Reserve Supreme Champion. Six year old “Jackson” is out of Cleland 1 Clover 4th and by another Romany bull, this time 2010 Royal Highland Show Inter-breed Champion Romany 1 Captain.

Breed President presents the Supreme Championship prize card to William Livesey with Normanton 1 Laertes alongside Judge David Deaville

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Grand Male Champion Cleland 1 Jackson from AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd

In the Junior Male section it was local breeders DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys with Dendor 1 Nonu, who were aptly awarded the Dendor Trophy, for the Best Male Exhibit born on or after 1st January 2015. Nine month old “Nonu” is out of Dendor 1 Helen 14th and by 2014 Hereford Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. Standing Reserve to “Nonu” was Firbosa 1 Moreton bred and shown by Fir Farm Ltd, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire. Sixteen month old “Moreton” is out of Bosa 1 Brownie 905 and by Panmure 1 Knightsman. In the Female section it was Greenyards 1 Beata K239 with her three-month old heifer calf at foot, Greenyards 1 Miss Uruguay,



Paul Skilton representing Sponsors DC Financial Ltd and Sian Jones present the Dendor Trophy for the Best Junior Male to Guto Jones with Dendor 1 Nonu

who took the Grand Female Championship. Three and half year old “Beata K239” out of Dendor 1 Beata 9th and by Greenyards 1 Flynn, was bred and exhibited by PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire. In Reserve was Junior heifer, 16 month

2016 - SHOWS To complete a good day’s showing, DE, ED & AL Jones were also awarded the Group of Three by the Same Sire with TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Carmarthen is second place and the Best Group of Three with at least One Male and One Female with RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire in Reserve.

Inter-breed Awards at the Royal Welsh Show Individual Overall Inter-breed Champion: Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire. Native & Reserve Overall Junior Heifer: Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys Native Inter-breed Group of Three: Animals were provided by LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon with Frenchstone P. 1 Easter, TD & WT Livesey with Normanton 1 Laertes and MJ & HM Timmis with Shraden 1 Duchess M639, Baschurch, Shropshire.

Grand Female Champion Greenyards 1 Beata K239 from PJ & AC Allman Herefords took the Native Inter-breed Group of Three with animals from MJ & HM Timmis, LR & AM Ayre and TD & WT Livesey

Herefords also finished the highest placed Native-bred cattle in the Best Team of Five animals and Best Females of the Future Pairs Championships.

Young Handler Competitions Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) Inter-breed Cattle Young Handler: Winner Flora Amery, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. This is the second time the RWAS have held the competition and it’s the second time that a young Hereford handler has taken the Eifion Green Trophy, with Flora following in footsteps of Sophie Harvey. Jen Jones tries to cool down Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th on a scorching hot day - but forgets about Aled!

old Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones. “Lilac Wine 20th”, out of Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th, is another top progeny by Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

Dendor Herefords took both Group of Three competitions

RWAS / Marks & Spencer Young Cattle Handlers’ Competition: Hannah Baldwin from Berkshire was judged Best Young Handler in the Age Category 18-21 years and Reserve Overall.

Judge David Deaville has plenty of food for thought




The National Hereford Show Yee-haw, yippie-yi-yo, Montana, here we come!

Haven Montana from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire took the Supreme, Grand & Intermediate Championships at the National Show under the judgement of Mr Michael Molloy, Co. Offaly, Ireland. Continuing the Irish connection “Montana”, who boasts a Retail Beef Yield in the top 1% for the Breed, is sired by Knockmountagh Marshal bred by E McKiernan and is out of home-bred dam Haven Louisa 48th. As show commentator Mr Clive Davies remarked this “stylish 16 month old bull” was a worthy winner, one much admired by on lookers. Standing Reserve to Haven Montana in both the Grand & Intermediate Male Championships was Free Town Martyr from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire. Fifteen month old “Martyr” is out of Free Town Peace 5th and by Mara Humorous. Supreme Champion & Grand Male Champion Haven Montana

Reserve Grand Male Champion Free Town Martyr

In the Senior section Dieulacresse Goodenough jointly owned by Messrs Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire & R & R Westaway, Northampton took the Championship. Six year old “Goodenough” is out Dieulacresse Dowager 17th and by former National Show Supreme Champion Westwood Advancer. In Reserve was another bull jointly owned, Haven Hotspur, from EL Lewis & Son and PRJ & LR Vincent, Diss, Norfolk. Five year old “Hotspur” who has a tremendous set of performance figures across the board, is out of Haven Curly 72nd and by successful sire Mawarra Vice Admiral. There was more success for PRJ & LR Vincent when they took the Junior Male Championship with promising 10 month old bull Pulham Northern Lights. “Northern Lights” is another animal by

JJ Farrell presents the Junior Male Championship Trophy to Laura Vincent with Pulham Northern Lights



The Supreme Championship presentation, from left, Tim Walters from Sponsor AGCO Massey Ferguson, Breeder Edward Lewis, Stockman Mike Chandler with Haven Montana, President Michael Clark and Judge Michael Molloy.

an Irish bred bull, Trillick Knockout, and out 2016 Horned Female of the Year Clipston Tiara R16. AR Owen from Church Stretton, Shropshire with 10 month old Church Preen Nanook took the Reserve Junior Male Championship. “Nanook” is out of Church Preen Prunella K043 by successful show bull Haven Koala. In the Female classes it was Junior Female Champion, 10 month old Free Town Bryony from RA Bradstock & Partners who came out on top. She took the Grand Female and then later the Reserve

Reserve Supreme Champion Free Town Bryony


Seb Morgan-Giles and Nell Watts from Sponsors Listers Land Rover, Hereford, present the Grand Female Championship trophy to Gerald Cox with Free Town Bryony.

Supreme Championships. She’s another super animal by Mara Humorous and out of home-bred Free Town Benign. AR Owen once again finished in Reserve position in the Junior Championship, with another Haven Koala progeny, this time, Church Preen Lindy Loo N064. Eleven month old “Lindy Loo N064” is out of Chruch Preen Lindy Loo J033. However, it wasn’t all second best for AR Owen as Church Preen Herefords won the Breedplan Class, judged by James Ludgate, to take the Westaway Cup with Church Preen Muldoon. “Muldoon” is out of Church Preen Prunella H024 and by Dieulacresse Foremost. AR Owen were also awarded the Geoff Thomas trophy for the Best Pair of Calves (any sex combination) with RA Bradstock & Partners in Reserve.

“Carol Singer 1st”, exhibited by Karen’s father and show organiser Mr Michael Church, is out of Hermitage Carol Singer J2 and sired by Haven Wizard. Standing in Reserve was Free Town Gloss from Bradstock & Partners, she’s out of Free Town Glowing and by the well-known former Royal Show Champion Free Town Maximus. To complete a marvellous day for the famous Free Town herd, they were also judged Best Group of Three Animals with PRJ & LR Vincent taking the blue rosette. To complete the female section and keep a fine run of show Champions going, Mrs Lesley Jackson from Tring, Hertfordshire won the Senior Female Trophy with 2 year old Sparkwood Diadem 7th. She’s out of Sparwood Diadem 3rd and by 2012 Horned Bull of the Year Free Town Hannibal. In Reserve was five year old Auckvale Lively 1058H from W & R Kemp & Sons. Bishop Auckland, Durham. “Lively 1058H” is out of Auckvale Lively Lucinda and by Auckvale Broadside.

James Ludgate judged the Breedplan Class which was won by AR Owen with Churchpreen Muldoon

The Intermediate and Reserve Grand Female Championships went to 23 month old OldWest Carol Singer 1st from a relatively newcomer to the Breed Mrs Karen Froud, Ely Cambridgeshire.

Lesley Jackson was awarded the Senior Female Championship trophy for Sparkwood Diadem 7th

Karen Froud took the Intermediate Female Championship with Oldwest Carol Singer 1st. Pictured (from L to R) are Karen Froud, Michael Church, Tenbury Show President Philip Spilsbury & his wife Margie.



SHOW AND SALES - 2016 The thoughts of Show Judge Michael Molloy...... Firstly, I considered it a great honour to be asked to judge the National Show of Hereford Cattle in England at the historic Tenbury Show.

Young Handler Judge John O’Connor passes on some words of wisdom

Mr John O’Connor, Clouncagh Herefords from Ireland adjudicated over two highly competitive Young Handler Classes. In the Senior Class (19-26 Years of Age) it was Richard Whitlow who was awarded the first prize ticket. His younger brother Andrew was in second place with Flora Amery in third.

From the issuing of the invitation through all the prior arrangements, everyone was very kind and that continued from our arrival the night before the show until my wife, Rita, and I left the committee group after dinner on the night of the show. Judge Michael Molloy We were looked after so well in both accommodation and refreshments. Michael Church and Richard Mann couldn’t have been more welcoming, it was really appreciated. Most unexpected was the lovely presentation at the end of the judging of a beautiful framed print of the old Herefords, engraved especially to mark the occasion of my judging which is now hanging in our home back in Ireland. The show itself was on a beautiful morning and after a hearty breakfast the judging kicked off at 9.00am with the Breedplan Recorded Bull Class. This class was judged by Mr James Ludgate, I looked on from outside the ring and got an idea of some of the bulls that were being shown that day. I have decided I would write down a few notes on how I selected my Grand Female and Male Champions and ultimately how I came to choose my Supreme Champion. Grand Female Championship: Here I awarded the trophy to Free Town Bryony; I have to say that this heifer caught my eye from the time she was in the Group of Three and she is an animal that I would dearly love to have myself. Reserve Champion was Old West Carol Singer 1st - Here I had a very good heifer that had the style of the Champion but just lacked the same sweetness.

Richard Whitlow was judged the Best Senior Young Handler

In the Junior Class (Under 14) it was Harriet Froud who took honours with her brother Robert in second position and Isobelle Cumming in third place. Young Harriet was then judged the Best Overall Young Handler by Mr O’Connor to take the Thornhill Plate presented by Caroline Davies and the Dendor Show Stick presented by Andrew Owen – much to the delight of proud mother Karen Froud and grandfather Michael Church.

Grand Male Championship: Here I had a line up with three bulls who had won first prize in their respective classes. I have to say in my time coming to the Tenbury show that the bulls have improved hugely. In picking my Champion, I chose Haven Montana after some deliberation. In choosing my Reserve Champion, I took into consideration the Reserve Intermediate Champion and made Free Town Martyr Reserve Grand Male Champion. In these two bulls, I had animals I’d dearly love to have in my own herd. Moving on to Supreme Champion of the Show: I had two animals that stood out for me – the Champion Female, Free Town Bryony and the Champion Male, Haven Montana. I picked out Haven Montana as my Supreme Champion of the Show. A bull that had great Hereford characteristics and an animal that would improve any Hereford herd. When making my decision for the Reserve Supreme Champion of the show I took into consideration the two Free Town cattle. I awarded Free Town Bryony the Reserve Supreme Champion of the show – here I had an animal full of style and a female that I know will go on to breed Champions in her own right. I have to say that the selection of Hereford Cattle that day was the best I have seen at the Tenbury Show in my years of travelling to it.

Junior Young Handler Champion Harriet Froud took the Best Overall Young Handler awards. Pictured, from left, are Andrew Owen representing Dendor Herefords, Judge John O’Connor, Harriet Froud and Caroline Davies.



I would like to thank sincerely all involved and especially the Steward, Robert Thomas, for his patience with a microphone - shy Judge! Michael Molloy, Co. Limerick

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The National Poll Show

It's not just the rain that's heaven sent - as £Laertes' keeps doing the business! Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire continued his fine show season by taking the Supreme Championship at a wild and wet National Poll Show, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire. There seems to be no stopping this fine example of the Hereford Breed following Overall Inter-breed successes including the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh Shows. This rising three year old bull, out of Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 is by prolific sire Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53, has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded Figures culminating in a Terminal Sire and Self-replacing Indexes in the Top 10% of the Breed. Earlier in the day Judge Clive Davies made “Laertes” his Senior and Grand Male Champion, commenting, “The Livesey team should be congratulated on producing a bull of such high quality with great muscling and having the stockmanship to keep the bull looking fresh throughout a long show season.”

Supreme Champion Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey

Taking the Reserve Supreme Championship and repeating last year’s fine achievement was Blakesley 1 Kimberly from P Riley, Towcester, Northamptonshire. This stylish heifer also took the Intermediate, Overall Intermediate and Grand Female Championships. Two year old “Kimberly”, expertly exhibited by Edward Thompson, is out of Blakesley 1 Icicle and by Kinglee 1 E-Bay.

Will Livesey with Supreme Champion Normanton 1 Laertes receiving the Talbot Rice Trophy from Helen Morgan, Dunbia (left) and Jo Lawrence, Sainsbury's

Reserve Supreme & Grand Female Champion was the Intermediate female Blakesley 1 Kimberly from P Riley

The Reserve Grand Male Championship went to 23 month old Intermediate Champion Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346 from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire. The aptly named “Trendsetter V346” is out of Rempstone Model and by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa. The Reserve Intermediate Championship went to Lowesmoor 1 Maverick from Breed President Michael Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Shown by professional stockman Andrew Hughes, “Maverick” who is in the Autumn Show & Sale in Hereford on October 11th, is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society a former Runner-up in the Hereford Bull of the Year in 2012.



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Reserve Grand Male & Intermediate Champion Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346 from MJ Ludgate

Standing Reserve to Normanton 1 Laertes in the Senior Male category was another Rempstone bull, this time, Rempstone 1 245N Comply-or-Die owned and exhibited by P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire. Three year old “Comply-or-Die”, out of Ford Abbey 1 Tuna 5th and by Dorepoll 1 93N Nationwide, has all growth figures in the Top 5% of the Breed. The Junior Male classes were dominated by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys who took both the Junior Male and Reserve Junior Male Championships. The Championship went to Dendor 1 Nairobi, out of Dendor 1 Molly 41st and by Lanscombe 1 Orkney, and at exactly 6 months of age was the youngest bull in the show. Later in the show Clive made “Nairobi” his Overall Junior Champion.

Show commentator Allen Timbrell was in high spirits throughout the day inspite of the damp conditions

These awards capped a great day for Breed Stalwarts, DE, ED & AL Jones, as earlier in the day they were awarded the Blythebarn and Diamond Jubilee Trophies for the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire and Best Group of Three to include Both Sexes. All these awards culminated in Dendor Herefords taking the Ted Hewitson Trophy for the most successful herd on the day. The Best Pair of Animals was won by AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd, Hungerford, Berkshire.

The Reserve Junior Male Champion was stablemate, 12 month old Dendor 1 Napoleon out of Dendor 1 Greta 13th and by successful sire Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

Dendor Herefords took both Group of Three Awards here they receive the Diamond Jubilee trophy from Ivan Haire

In the Junior Female section the Championship went to Thames 1 Jed Vanity 905 owned and bred by show commentator Alan Timbrell of A & S Timbrell, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Ten month old “Jed Vanity 905” is out of Lincoln 1 Vanity Midnight and by Kinglee 1 Jed. In Reserve was Normanton 1 Fistulina 14th from TD & WT Livesey. This 10 month old junior heifer is out of Normanton 1 Fistulina 3rd H55 and the much vaunted Days Calibre G74.

Jen Jones with Dendor 1 Nairobi from DE, ED & AL Jones, who was judged Junior Male & Overall Junior Champion



Junior Female Champion Thames 1 Jed Vanity 905 from A & S Timbrell

2016 - SHOWS three age categories taking part. Judge was Miss Non Thorne, Studdolph Herefords, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. In the Age 7-12 years it was eleven year old Oliver Garnett-Smith who came out on top with Finlay Soutter in second place. In the age group 13-17 years it was Finlay’s sister Isla Soutter who took first prize. Fifteen year old Joshua Jack was runner-up. In the senior section 18-25 years of age Hannah Baldwin aged 19 was placed first with Ryan Coates in second position. Judge Miss Thorne then chose Isla Soutter as her Overall Show Champion and with it she was awarded a silver salver and the much sought after Dendor Show stick - in memory of the late Denis and Doris Jones, Dendor Herefords. Tim Livesey discusses Hereford beef with Helen Morgan, Dunbia and Jo Lawrence, Sainsbury's

Standing Reserve to Blakesley 1 Kimberly in the Intermediate Championship was Halifax breeder Miss H Whittaker’s Coley 1 Nova 351. This 18 month old heifer is out of Coley 1 Nova 164 and by former Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe. In the Senior Female classes it was the oldest animal in the show, nine year old Romany 1 Plum A84 E37 from JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders who rose to the top. This functional and prolific cow, who has enjoyed a great show season, is out of Romany 1 Plum 41H A37 and by thrice Sire of the Year Baybridge 1 Atlas. To make it a well worth trip for loyal Scottish Poll Show supporters, “Plum A84 E37” went on to be judged Reserve Grand Female Champion. Picking up the Reserve Senior Female Championship was Nicholas & Heath, Chester, Cheshire with Gowybank 1 Hazel 530, who’s out Broomheath 1 Hazel and by another Dorepoll sire, Dorepoll 1 60G Chinook.

Overall Best Young Handler Isla Soutter laiden with her pizes including the Dendor Show Stick presented by Jen Jones, Dendor Herefords

The following day and during the main show of Poll Herefords, there was a second competition for Young Hereford Members organised by the Hereford Cattle Society, where youngsters were observed ‘in action’ by onlooking Judge Martin Blower. Young Members wearing suitably marked arm bands were judged whilst they competed throughout the day. On this occasion there was two age groups. In the 15 & Under category 13 year old Tom Dixon took the red prize card, with young Catherine Shaw aged 8 in second place. In the older class it was again Hannah Baldwin who triumphed with Flora Amery in second position.

The Senior Female Champion was 9 year old Romany 1 Plum A84 E37 from JRB Wilson & Sons

Young Member Competitions at the National Poll Show During the evening prior to the recent National Poll Show Young Hereford Members held a Stock Handlers Competition, with

Judge Martin Blower pictured with Young Handler Winners Hannah Baldwin (Senior section) & Tom Dixon (Junior section)

This second success completed a fine show season for Hannah following her award in the Open Young Handlers Competition at the Royal Welsh Show.

UKHY Co-ordinator Emma Smith presents a gift to Judge Non Thorne

Each Young Member competing in either competition was given a souvenir plaque to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the National Poll Show.



SHOWS - 2016 Judge Clive Davies outlines his National Poll Show experience.... There’s a certain buzz about a show judging invite. Much more so with a national or international recognised event. The UK National Poll Hereford Show is right up there. To have been honoured with the duties of selecting winners at the 2016 event which was made even more significant because this year represented the 60th anniversary since the inaugural event at Thame Show and the 50th year since moving to Moreton. It is clear that previous Shows have been assessed by many of the World’s top cattle people. Anticipation built. With a sizeable entry of cattle from many destinations and the usual detailed planning by Wendy Manning and her team, all preparations were in-hand despite a stormy weather forecast. It was good to view the Groups Section first. This not only provided keen competition, but for the Judge and spectators alike a great overview of the day to follow. What did follow were keenly fought classes albeit with a range of choices. For a universal breed like the Hereford with its vast options of beef production systems to fit into diversity of type can be advantageous. However, for exhibitions and their impact with the viewing public, some resemblance to uniformity is beneficial. Throughout the female classes it was the aim to identify specimens with strong level toplines, full capacity, particularly of the pelvic area, and feminine breed character. Whilst in the bull section muscling was a key feature together with balance and masculinity. In all cases sound feet, legs and tracking together with quality hides and ideal conditioning of fleshing were important. Additionally, professional presentation puts the icing on the cake. The top winners in all divisions epitomised the ideals of construction, conformation and character. The Overall Champion of the day led the field because of many attributes, but particularly due to his immense width of body. This is a key feature in seeking finished stock at some generation with higher meat yield and killing-out percentage. The Reserve Male Champion was an impressive prospect because of the excellence of his hind-quarter development and rear leg structure, the best in the Show! The Females were led by a rising two year old heifer that among many attributes had exceptional length of body and great carriage whilst the runner-up was a quality matron proving her worth with a promising calf at foot. The top junior winners of the day were great prospects for times ahead and their progress will be of immense interest. One point briefly made during proceedings was that associated with frame size. Most of the cattle at the Show fell well into the parameters of Frame Score 5 to 7, this, I believe, is ideal. It offers genetics for varied systems and manageable circumstances with enough scope of adjustment to breeding programmes going forward but without too much extremism. Primarily it offers the best chance of contributing to the production of acceptable 600 kg, 20 month old steers from a forage based diet. There are some moves that showring judges might be armed with information like performance records. I’m not sure that there is enough reliability with this data to be of such use but there is certainly great advantage to boost knowledge transfer in providing the entrant’s live weight, frame score and condition score. These are the three components that when coupled with accurate visual assessment can provide best in-ring analysis of what’s on offer. For the breeder, this appraisal, together with the selection of preferred bloodlines ought to give a chance of progression. The usefulness of showring activity has been questioned for a long time. It certainly does still have an important part to play in modern



stock breeding circles but must move along with the times. Being as informative as possible and more professionally presented in all aspects to be addressed. With the help of Ring Steward, Tony Whittaker, MC, Alan Timbrell and behind the scene helpers the judging process moved apace and in the Championship Sections the top three placed animals were nominated. This process came from instruction given to the Hereford Youth Workshop back in the springtime and was an illustration of conveying more information during proceedings together with verbal opinion associated. It is hoped that this process can be developed more during forthcoming times. This is for the future. At Moreton and many Hereford Shows some thirty odd years ago most entries would have represented Frame Scores 3 to 5. This just demonstrates where we have come from and that is why today’s Hereford product offers the best commercial options ever. For the people that developed The National Poll Hereford Show and those that presided over the Breed during the halcyon days of the 1970’s, this year’s event was a great tribute to them all and certainly the top performing cattle were an excellent advert for our Breed. The pioneers would be blown away with these examples. To continue the legacy it’s now a matter of securing greater uniformity and concentrating on further developing the benefits of the best specimens. I heard it rained a little during the event? I wasn’t too aware of this! Much more immersed in a fine show of a breed going places. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Show’s success with sincere gratitude for my involvement, the organisers’ generosity and the hospitality extended to Tom and myself. But, especially thanks for the great memories and the buzz!

2016 - SHOWS

Kington Show It's Dendor's day!

Dendor Herefords swept the board at Herefordshire’s popular one day show. DE, ED, & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys took the Supreme Championship with the Grand Female Champion and 2014 Female of the Year, Dendor 1 Molly 41st with her calf at foot Dendor 1 Nairobi. Out of Dendor 1 Molly 31st and by Solpoll 1 Gilbert, she has excellent growth and carcase figures culminating in Self-replacing and Terminal Sire indexes in the Top 5% of the Breed. Irish Judge Eamon McKiernan commented, “I wish to compliment all exhibitors here today – my Supreme Champion, coming from a class of very good females, is one of the finest cow & calf combinations I have ever seen. All through the standard of stock has been extremely impressive.” Taking the Reserve Supreme Championship was Grand Male Champion Dendor 1 Montana owned and exhibited by P & E Williams, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury. This impressive 18 month old bull also has good performance figures and is out of Dendor 1 Wattle 4th and is another super animal by Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

Supreme Championship presentation, from Left, Jac Beynon-Thomas with Dendor 1 Nairobi, Twm Jones with Dendor 1 Molly 41st and Judge Eamon McKiernan

1 Nairobi – fresh from his accolades at the National Poll Show the previous week. Six month “Nairobi” out of the Supreme Champion “Molly 41st” and by Lanscombe 1 Orkney. His stablemate 12 month old Dendor 1 Napoleon, another “Gilbert” son, took the Reserve Junior Male Championship - he’s out of Dendor 1 Greta 13th. Edward Lewis presents The Edward Lewis Challenge Cup to P & E Williams with Dendor 1 Montana for the Grand Male Championship

Dendor 1 Ruby 27th another top animal by “Gilbert” took the Junior and Reserve Grand Female Championships for DE, ED & AL Jones. Eleven month old “Ruby 27th is out of Dendor 1 Ruby 11th. Taking the Reserve Junior Female title was Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 from AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire. Twelve month old “Lindy Loo N064” is out of Church Preen Lindy Loo J033 and by Haven Koala.

To complete a marvellous day for Dendor Herefords they were also awarded the red tickets for the Exhibitor Group of Three with H Weston & Sons Ltd, Much Marcle, Herefordshire in Reserve and the Best Pair of Animals with AR Owen in second place.

The success kept coming for Dendor Herefords when they also won the Junior and Reserve Grand Male Championships with Dendor

Grand Male Championship line-up

Six month old Dendor 1 Nairobi took the Junior & Reserve Grand Male Championships



SHOWS - 2016

National Calf Show at Agri-Expo, Borderway Mart, Carlisle Canadian Judge does the right thing Moralee speaking! T & D Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Stocksfield, Northumberland took the Supreme Championship at the 2016 National Hereford Calf Show, Agri-Expo, Carlisle. This marks a watershed moment for Tom and Di Harrison as in the space of five years they’ve gone from novice breeders to National Champions. They took the top accolade with Moralee 1 Northumberland who earlier in the day had been awarded the Grand & Senior Male Championships by Mrs Jill Harvie, Alberta, Canada. Twelve month old “Northumberland” who is out of Moralee 1 Kylie and by Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack has a Terminal Sire and Self Replacing Indices in the Top 20% of the Breed. Standing in Reserve was the Grand & Junior Female Champion Fardre 1 Ms Gweno N665 from G H Morgan, Aberlee, Conwy. Nine month old “Ms Gweno” is out of Harvie Ms Gwen 177T and by Harvie High Roller 66X.

Supreme & Grand Male Champion Moralee 1 Northumberland from T & D Harrison

Grand Female & Reserve Supreme Champion Fardre 1 Ms Gweno N665

Supreme Championship presentation, from L to R, Col Harvie, Judge Jill Harvie, Tom Harrison with Moralee 1 Northumberland, Breed President Michael Clark, Sponsor Katie Stephens & Diane Harrison

In a strong female section, the Reserve Grand Female Championship went to JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders with their beautifully presented Senior Female Champion Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10. Thirteen month old “Lucy H12 N10” is out of Romany 1 Lucy D345 H42 and by former Royal Highland Show Champion Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12.

There was more joy for T & D Harrison when they were awarded the Reserve Junior Female Championship with seven month old Moralee 1 Nest Egg. “Nest Egg” is out of Mallowburn Hilda and by Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider.

The Reserve Senior Female Championship went to A Hughes & R Hurd, Halifax, West Yorkshire with 11 month old Invictus 1 Annabella. “Annabella” is out Binnegar 1 Duchess and in keeping with the international theme is by Danish bull Moeskaer Magnum 404.

Turning to the Male Classes it was DRA Fabb with Fabb 1 Noah who was judged Reserve Grand Male and Reserve Senior Male Champion behind Breed Champion Moralee 1 Northumberland. Fourteen month old “Noah”, who is out of Hartshorne 1 Cornelia 14th and by WLL Global Force 7X, has a tremendous set of

Judge Jill Harvie, Harvie Ranching, congratulates Lottie Wilson on taking the Reserve Grand Female Championship with Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10

Pictured are from left Sponsor Daniel Fabb with daughter Annie, Helen Parr with Reserve Grand Male Champion Fabb 1 Noah and Jill Harvie



2016 - SHOWS Performance Recorded Figures and his success justified the long journey for Fabb family from Warboys in Cambridgeshire. Completing the male prizes and taking the Junior Championship was another animal from GH Morgan this time with Fardre 1 Major Tom N695. Ten month old “Major Tom N695” is all Canadian breeding, out of CB 57U Doo 102Y and out of Remittal-West Marvel 76Y. In Reserve was five month old Romany 1 Nehemiah JN75 from JRB Wilson & Sons. “Nehemiah JN75” is out of Romany 1 Lucy A84 J57 and by Moorside 1 Joseph. Other class winners were Miss Bethan Hutchinson, Billingham, Cleveland with Romany 1 Lucy ST N33 in the class Heifers Born in October 2015 and Breed stalwart JA Cameron & Son, Leven, Fife with Baldinnie 1 Orlando in the class Bulls Born November / December 2015. Twelve month old “Lucy ST N33” is out Romany 1 Lucy A84 K7 and by Spurstow Star Bright Future, whilst 12 month old “Orlando” is out of Baldinnie 1 Oakland 9th and by Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine.

Peter Eccles took the Best Commercial Steer or Heifer Class

was Beth Harvey, keeping up the family tradition, who came out on top with Rachel Morris in Reserve.

In the Group of Three by the Same Sire it was was Hogia Bryn Awel, Holyhead, Angelsey who came out on top with three animals sired by Normanton 1 Lucifer.

Hogia Bryn Awel took the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire Beth Harvey winner of the Senior Young Handler Competition

To complete a marvellous day for GH Morgan they again came to the fore in the Best Pair of Animals with T & D Harrison in second place and JA Cameron & Son in third position. There was one commercial class - the Best Commercial Steer or Heifer Born on or after 1st August 2015. This category was dominated by P Eccles, Tranent, East Lothian when he took both first and second places with two animals sired by Milovaig 1 Jaguar, JRB Wilson & Sons came third. To complete what was a highly successful day for the Hereford Breed at Agri-Expo, with a large crowd in attendance throughout judging - in no small part due to Judge Mrs Jill Harvie’s use of the microphone - where she provided detailed analyses of all animals throughout each class.

In the Under 16 Junior Class it was young Charlotte Anderson who took the red ticket with Finn Jones in second place and four year old Annie Fabb in third position. Mrs Harvie provided sound advice and encouragement to each young competitor when handing out the various prize cards. The Hereford Cattle Society would like to go on record in thanking the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association and the Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Association for jointly organising such a great event. The Society would also like to thank the many Sponsors for again supporting the Hereford Classes and Breed Championships.

Following judging there were two Young Handler Classes also Judged by Mrs Harvie. In the Senior Class 16-21 years of Age it

Taking the Junior Young Handler Competition was Charlotte Anderson



SHOWS - 2016

Annual Christmas calf Show Neptune is out of this world - as Haven Herefords dominate! The Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association (HCBA) Christmas Calf Show at Shrewsbury Mart lived up to its billing of the largest show of Herefords in Europe with another superb line up of top quality calves. Taking the limelight was Haven Neptune from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. This 13 month old calf, who is in the top 1% for 200 day weight and has Terminal Sire and Self-replacing indices in the top 10% of Breed, is out of Haven Shela 27th and by Haven Kingpin. It was a great day for the famous Haven Herefords, a herd who has been breeding Herefords continuously since 1822. They were awarded the red ticket for the first class of the day by Judge John O’Connor, Clouncagh Herefords, Co. Limerick, the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire – Haven Kingpin. In Reserve were another well-known local herd, Free Town Herefords from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire with three smart matching animals sired by Mara Humorous. Haven Herefords then took

Supreme & Grand Male Champion Haven Neptune from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire

RA Bradstock went one better in the Best Pair of Heifer Calves owned by the Exhibitor with another Herefordshire breeder G Blandford, Bosa Herefords in second position. Following seven very strong bull classes it was Haven Neptune who took the Grand Male Championship sponsored by The Hutchinson Partnership. Standing Reserve was stablemate Haven Northstar another top notch bull calf by “Kingpin”. Nine month old “Northstar”,

Grand Male Championship line-up – from left to right, Breed President Michael Clark, Breeder Edward Lewis with Reserve Grand Male Champion Haven Northstar, Stockman Mike Chandler with Grand Male Champion Haven Neptune and Show Judge John O’Connor

the Best Pair of Bull Calves owned by the Exhibitor with fellow Herefordshire breeders PJ & AC Allman, Greenyards Herefords in second place. It was the story of the day for Greenyards Herefords with a string of second and third placings in some very competitive classes.



Republic of Ireland Judge John O'Connor taps out his Supreme Champion

2016 - SHOWS who is out Haven Curly 124th, has an excellent range of EBV traits with many in the top 10% of the Breed. Haven Herefords dominated the bull calf section with three bull calves in the final line-up for John O’Connor’s consideration. Also in the class winners line up were Dendor 1 Nonu from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire, Pebworth 1 Naughtyboy from Mr N & Mrs L Holdsworth, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, N Griffiths, Penkridge, Staffordshire with Grifford 1 Neddard and breed stalwards DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown with Dendor 1 Nimrod. Moving on to the heifer calves, the packed show ring were treated to six very large classes of well presented Hereford heifers - a joy to be hold. The first heifer in to the ring, as she was the oldest heifer at 15 months of age in the show, was Normanton 1 Enoki 4th from TD & WT Livesey, Normanton, Leicestershire. This beautifully balanced and powerful heifer took her class and subsequently the Grand Female Championship sponsored by Ballard, Dale, Syree & Watson. She then went on to be awarded the Reserve Supreme Championship. “Enoki 4th, who is another Champion with a great set of Performance Recorded figures, was later sold at the Designer Genes Sale for 6,000gns.

Sponsor Ben Allman from Ballard, Dale, Syree & Watson presents the Reserve Grand Female prize card to showman Jim Barber with Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess

Matthew judged young handlers in two sections; a junior category, 16 and Under and a senior class which was 17 to 26. Each young handler wore a unique armband and were judged throughout the show for style and handling ability. Youngsters were also marked on their show preparation skills and knowledge of the animals being paraded. Taking the Junior section it was Isla Soutter who came out on top to continue her great run of form, with her brother Finlay in second place and Oliver Garnett-Smith in third. In the Senior section it was Luke New who took the first prize card followed by Andrew Whitlow, who was also the highest placed HCBA member and in third position it was Scott Coates. Matthew then awarded Miss Isla Soutter with the Overall Champion rosette with Luke New in Reserve.

Normanton 1 Enoki 4th took the Female Championship from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire

The Reserve Grand Female Championship went to B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Staffordshire with 13 month old Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess. This stylish heifer, who is out of Shraden 1 Duchess L581 and by the Cogent AI sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23, has an eye muscle area and intramuscular fat EBV’s in the top 1% of the Breed. There was also red rosettes for A Hughes, Halifax, West Yorkshire with 12 month old Invictus 1 Annabella, LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon with Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real, G Blandford with Bosa 1 Brownie 999 and Bosa 1 Julia 1016 and P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire with Kinglee 1 Nicole 539.

Senior Young Handler Winner & Reserve Overall Luke New with Judge Matthew Rollason left and Breed President Michael Clark

The HCBA also organised a Young Handlers Competition which was Judged by Matthew Rollason from Bury in Lancashire.

Sponsor Ben Allman presents the Grand Female Championship rosette to Normanton Herefords. Pictured, from Left to Right, are Ben Allman, Finlay Soutter, Isla Soutter with Normanton 1 Enoki 4th, Breeder William Livesey & Judge John O’Connor

President Michael Clark presents the winning trophy to Isla Soutter



RESULTS - 2016 ROYAL ULSTER Judge: Michael Clark 11th -13th May 2016

Judge Michael Clark

Tirelugan Lily


Name of Animal




Female & Supreme Champion

Tirelugan 1 Lily

Panmure 1 Henry

Solpoll 1 Stardust J12

P Beatty

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Female Champion

Solpoll 1 Starlet M10

Solpoll 1 Dynamite

Solpoll 1 Starlet E21

J & W McMordie

Male Champion

Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger

Panmure 1 Henry

Solpoll 1 Dainty W7

C & M Beatty & son

Junior & Reserve Male Champion

Dominarigle 1 Prince

Gurteragh Justice

Corlismore 1 Sydney 607

J Martin

Reserve Junior Champion

Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641

Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage

Dorepoll 1 553 Catalina 594

JE, RI & W haire

Cow or heifer born on or before December 31, 2013

1. Solpoll 1 Pansy C4 2. Hilton 1 Delilah 3. Carneyhill 1 Emma 1st

Udel 1 R51 Vindicator Dielacresse Vodaphone Lisola 1 Centurian

Solpoll 1 Pansy U18 Panmure 1 Blessing N4 Lisola 1 Emma 2nd

J & W McMordie J Graham J & K Taggart

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2014 and 30th June 2014

1. Tirelugan 1 Lily 2. Kinnego 1 Loanin Lady 3. Solpoll 1 Starlet L16

Panmure 1 Henry Romany 1 Frisky Panmure 1 Henry

Solpoll 1 Stardust J12 Richmount 1 Gloria Solpoll 1 Starlet E16

P Beatty C Kerr J & W McMordie

Heifer born on or between 1st July 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Solpoll 1 Starlet M10 2. Solpoll 1 Starlet M12 3. Dorepoll 1 Tessa 636

Solpoll 1 Dynamite Panmure 1 Henry Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage

Solpoll 1 Starlet E21 Solpoll 1 Starlet G13 Dorepoll 1 499 Tessa 535

J & W McMordie J & W McMordie JE, RI & W Haire

Heifer born on or after 1st January 2015

1. Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 2. Barnburn 1 Marigold 3. Corraback Blossom

Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage Solpoll 1 Dynamite Mara Flook

Dorepoll 1 553 Catalina 594 Barnburn 1 Fancy Badlingham Blossom 132nd

JE, RI & W Haire B & G Watson M Richmond

Bull born prior to 1st April 2014

1. Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthawk 2. Pinmoor 1 Kingsley 3. Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite

Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage Fisher 1 Ferrari Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty

Dorepoll 1 499 Tessa 535 Pinmoor 1 Hope Mullaghdoo Rosetta

JE, RI & W Haire B & G Watson C Kerr

Bull born on or between 1st April 2014 or before 31st December 2014

1. Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger 2. Dorepoll 1 563 Lawman 3. Dorepoll 1 579 Manhattan

Panmure 1 Henry Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage

Solpoll 1 Dainty W7 Dorepoll 1 518 Journey 582 Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim

C & M Beatty & son JE, RI & W Haire JE, RI & W haire

Bull born after 1st January 2015

1. Dominarigle 1 Prince 2. Umgola 1 Impact 3. Barnburn 1 Monopoly

Gurteragh Justice Dernaroy 1 Impact Solpoll 1 Dynamite

Corlismore 1 Sydney 607 Tarascon 1 Tilly Barnburn 1 Graceful Lady

J Martin A Patterson B & G Watson

Group of 3 Cattle, property of 1 exhibitor

1. J & W McMordie

2. JE, RI & W Haire

3. C Geelan

Pair of Animals by same sire or dam

1. J & W McMordie 2. JE, RI & W Haire 3. B & G Watson

Panmure 1 Henry Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage Solpoll 1 Dynamite


Judge Matt Gray

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th


Name of Animal


Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th

Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion

Judge: Matthew Gray 28th May 2016 Dam


Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Normanton 1 Laertes

Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53

Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Reserve Grand Male Champion

Dendor 1 Montana

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Wattle 4th

P. & E. Williams

Reserve Grand Female Champion

Grifford 1 Meredith

Normanton 1 Eastern Promise

Normanton 1 Blewit 6th J6

R. Allcock

Bull born on or between 1st September 2013 and 30th June 2014

1. Normanton 1 Laertes

Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53

Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Bull born on or between 1st July 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Firbosa 1 Maximus 62 2. Church Preen Muldoon

Eldersfield 1 Cohen G630 Dieulacresse Foremost

Bosa 1 Laurel 687 Church Preen Prunella H024

Fir Farm Ltd. A.R. Owen

Bull born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. RTC 1 Mid West Tradition 2. Bromley 1 Kiwi 3. HighHouse Morton Boy

Leos Pride 1 Ellis Kairuru Xavier Mawarra Aftershock

Boundless 1 Terri 1211 Dendor 1 Keepsake 9th Haven Glance 59th

R. & R.I. Shaw M. & M. Roberts J.R. Whitlow



2016 - RESULTS Bull born on or after 1st April 2015

1. Dendor 1 Montana 2. Haven Montana 3. Sky High 1 My Boy

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Knockmountagh Marshall Spurstow 1 Star Bright Future

Dendor 1 Wattle 4th Haven Louisa 48th Romany 1 Mink A84 E53

P. & E. Williams E.L. Lewis & Son B. Birch & G. Brindley

Cow born on or before 30th June 2013 shown with her calf at foot

1. Shraden 1 Alice G395

Greenyards 1 Dynamic

Shraden 1 Alice C198

Hogia Bryn Awel

Heifer born on or between 1st July 2013 and 30th June, 2014 incalf or with her calf at foot

1. Frenchstone P. 1 Easter 2. Moorside 1 Jane 3rd 3. Hogia Bryn-Awel Kathleen

Dorepoll 1 499 High Society CCR 57G Stamina ET 199S Bosa 1 Ashley

Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Romany 1 Jane A51 E66 Lowerhope 1 Tamerisk 225

L.R. & A.M. Ayre G. & M.C. Shepherd Hogia Bryn Awel

Heifer born on or between 1st July 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Grifford 1 Meredith 2. Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 3. Hallwood 1 Sapphire 5th

Normanton 1 Eastern Promise SMH Castro 0001 Hallwood 1 Nibbs

Normanton 1 Blewit 6th J6 Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 Hallwood 1 Sapphire 4th

R. Allcock Miss H. Whittaker R. & R.I. Shaw

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th 2. Moorside 1 Jane 5th 3. Coley 1 Nova 351

Solpoll 1 Gilbert CCR 57G Stamina ET 199S Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th Romany 1 Jane A51 E66 Coley 1 Nova 164

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones G. & M.C. Shepherd Miss H. Whittaker

Heifer born on or after 1st April 2015

1. Bromley 1 Thuya 718 2. Heath House Dowager 3. Heath House Curly 6th

Kinglee 1 Galaxy Heath House Jupiter Heath House Jupiter

Bromley 1 Thuya Haven Dowager 163rd Haven Curly 122nd

M. & M. Roberts R. & E. Lywood R. & E. Lywood

Best Pair Bred by Exhibitor

1. M.J. & H.M. Timmis

2. R. & R.I. Shaw

3. E.L. Lewis & Son

Exhibitors Group of Three

1. M.J. & H.M. Timmis

ROYAL BATH & WEST SHOW Judge: Robin Irvine

1st – 4th June


Name of Animal



Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Coley 1 Bubbles 249

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe

Costhorpe 1 Bubbles S26

Miss H. Whittaker

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Grand Female Greenyards 1 Truelove M314 Champion

Greenyards 1 Henry

Greenyards 1 Truelove H169

P.J. & A.C. Allman

Grand Male Champion Cleland 1 Jackson

Romany 1 Captain

Cleland 1 Clover 4th

A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Reserve Grand Male Champion

Days Calibre G74

Frenchstone P. 1 Daffodil

L.R. & A.M. Ayre

Romany 1 Captain Greenyards 1 Henry Solpoll 1 Dynamite

Cleland 1 Clover 4th Greenyards 1 Beata 2nd Coverwood 1 Careful 200

A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd. P.J. & A.C. Allman Prettejohn & Kerslak

Frenchstone P. 1 Figurehead

1. Cleland 1 Jackson Bull born before 2015 2. Greenyards 1 Milo 3. Nicholashayne 1 King Kong


Judge Robin Irvine

Bull born in 2015 (before 1st March)

1. Nicholashayne 1 Rambo 2. Lanscombe 1 Rufus 3. Cornbel 1 Marmite

Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty Brangwyn 1 Emperor Frenchstone P. 1 Cannon

Nicholashayne 1 Kiwi Lanscombe 1 Lotty Cornbel 1 Nectarine

Prettejohn & Kerslake R.A. & V.A. Mitchell Mrs. I. Jennings

Bull born in 2015 (on or after 1st March)

1. Frenchstone P. 1 Figurehead 2. Lowesmoor 1 Marshall 3. Cleland 1 Magnus

Days Calibre G74 Dorepoll 1 499 High Society Bromley 1 Midas

Frenchstone P. 1 Daffodil Lowesmoor 1 Plover 575 Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 11th

L.R. & A.M. Ayre M.J. Clark A..E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Cow or Heifer born before 2014

1. Coley 1 Bubbles 249 2. Baybridge 1 Kate

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Baybridge 1 Horatio

Costhorpe 1 Bubbles S26 Baybridge 1 Felicity

Miss H. Whittaker L.G. Gould

Heifer born in 2014

1. Greenyards 1 Truelove M314 2. Frenchstone P. 1 Easter 3. Frenchstone P. 1 Eve

Greenyards 1 Henry Dorepoll 1 499 High Society Solpoll 1 Dynamite

Greenyards 1 Truelove H169 Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Frenchstone P. 1 Snowy

P.J. & A.C. Allman L.R. & A.M. Ayre L.R. & A.M. Ayre

Heifer Born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2015

1. Coley 1 Nova 351 2. Grenyards 1 Jubilee M333 3. Lowesmoor 1 Necktie 1026

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Greenyards 1 Henry Dorepoll 1 499 High Society

Coley 1 Nova 164 Broatch 1 Jubilee Lowesmoor 1 Necktie 501

Miss H. Whittaker P.J. & A.C. Allman M.J. Clark

Heifer Born on or after 1st April 2015

1. Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1047 2. Lanscombe 1 Ruth

Lowesmoor 1 Komondor Brangwyn 1 Emperor

Ford Abbey 1 Beauty 1078 Lanscombe 1 Jacqui

M.J. Clark R.A. & V.A. Mitchell

Group of Three animals bred by the Exhibitor

1. M.J. Clark

2. A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

3. R.A. & V.A. Mitchell

Best Pair of Animals

1. J. & A.C. Allman

2. M.J. Clark

3. R.A. & V.A. Mitchell

Coley 1 Bubbles 249



RESULTS - 2016 ROYAL THREE COUNTIES SHOW Judge: Reg Hutchings 17th -19th June 2016

Judge Reg Hutchings

Coley 1 Bubbles 249


Name of Animal




Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion

Coley 1 Bubbles 249

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe

Costhorpe 1 Bubbles 526

Miss H. Whittaker

Reserve Supreme, Grand & Junior Male Champion

Listimous 1 Mallett

Baldinnie 1 Victory

Shraden 1 Duchess A140

Mrs. M. Roberts

Junior & Reserve Grand Female Champion

Shraden 1 Duchess M639

Dendor 1 Knuckleduster

Shraden 1 Duchess J516

M.J. & H.M. Timmis

Senior Male & Reserve Grand Male Champion

Cleland 1 Jackson

Romany 1 Captain R22 C1

Cleland 1 Clover 4th

A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Reserve Senior Male Champion

Normanton 1 Laertes

Romany 1 Distiller

Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Rempstone 1 Trendsetter

Hawkesbury 1 Vespa

Rempstone 1 Model

M.J. Ludgate

Reserve Senior Female Champion

Bromley 1 Laurel 594

Romany 1 Fantasy

Bromley 1 Laurel 445

M. & M. Roberts

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Bull born on or before 31st December 2013

1. Cleland 1 Jackson 2. Normanton 1 Laertes 3. Dieulacresse Goodenough

Romany 1 Captain R22 C1 Romany 1 Distiller Westwood Advancer

Cleland 1 Clover 4th Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 Dieulacresse Dowager 17th

A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd. T.D. & W.T. Livesey T.A. Spooner

Bull born on or between 1st January 2014 and 31st August 2014

1. Dorepoll 1 563 Maverick

Dorepoll 1 499 Grenadier

Dorepoll 1 Kim 540

Englefield Home Farms

Bull born on or between 1st September 2014 and 30th November 2014

1. Firbosa 1 Maximus 62 2. Romany 1 Menace 3. Dieulacresse Mortimer

Eldersfield 1 Cohen G630 SMH Castro 001 Mawarra After Shock

Bosa 1 Laurel 687 Romany 1 Dawn A84 G2 Dieulacresse Dowager 15th

Fir Farm Ltd. B. Cambridge T.A. Spooner

Bull born on or between 1st December 2014 and 28th February 2015

1. Rempstone 1 Trendsetter 2. Rempstone 1 Boomer B347 3. Baybridge 1 Magnum

Hawkesbury 1 Vespa Remitall Boomer 46B Shaston 1 Scapin

Rempstone 1 Model Harvie Don Ms Firefly 69S Baybridge 1 Flower

M.J. Ludgate M.J. Ludgate Mrs. I. Jennings

Bull born on or between 1st March 2015 and 30th April 2015

1. Listimous 1 Mallett 2. Lowesmoor 1 Marshal 3. Lowesmoor 1 Maverick

Baldinnie 1 Victory Dorepoll 1 499 High Society Dorepoll 1 499 High Society

Shraden 1 Duchess A140 Lowesmoor 1 Plover 575 Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571

Mrs. M. Roberts M.J. Clark M.J. Clark

Bull born on or after 1st May 2015

1. Bromley 1 Tutor 2. Frenchstone P. 1 Figurehead 3. Haven Mustang

Listimous 1 Grammar Days Calibre G74 Knockmountagh Marshall

Bromley 1 Tamerisk 602 Frenchstone P. 1 Daffodil Haven Thrush 61

M. & M. Roberts L.R. & A.M. Ayre E.L. Lewis & Son

Cow or Heifer in milk born on or before 31st August 2013 with her own calf at foot

1. Coley 1 Bubbles 249 2. Bromley 1 Laurel 594 3. Greenyards 1 Beata K239

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Romany 1 Fantasy Greenyards 1 Flynn

Costhorpe 1 Bubbles S26 Bromley 1 Laurel 445 Dendor 1 Beata 9th

Miss H. Whittaker M. & M. Roberts P.J. & A.C. Allman

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014

1. Thornysure 1 April 2. Rempstone 1 Curly F263 3. Moorside 1 Jane 3rd

Dendor 1 Hobo Panmure 1 Fred CCR 57G Stamina

Thornysure 1 Anya Llancillo Hall Curly 14th Romany 1 Jane A51 E66

M. Shaw M.J. Ludgate G. & M.C. Shepherd

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Shraden 1 Duchess M639 2. Blakesley 1 Kimberley 3. Shraden 1 Dowager M641

Dendor 1 Knuckleduster Kinglee 1 E-Bay Baldinnie 1 Victory

Shraden 1 Duchess J516 Blakesley 1 Icicle Shraden 1 Dowager G404

M.J. & H.M. Timmis P. Riley M.J. & H.M. Timmis

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th 2. Frys Cross 1 Starlight 3. Lowesmoor 1 Necktie 1026

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Slyks Elevation Dorepoll 1 499 High Society

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th Frys Cross 1 Saffie Lowesmoor 1 Necktie 501

D.E., E.D. & A.L.Jones R. Edwards & E. Smith M.J. Clark



2016 - RESULTS Heifer born on or after 1st April 2015 Best Pair of Exhibitor Owned Animals by the Same Sire Best Group of Three Animals Bred and owned by the Exhibitor

1. Bromley 1 Thuya 718 2. Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1047 3. Eldersfield 1 Periwinkle M1108

Kinglee 1 Galaxy Lowesmoor 1 Komondor Eldersfield 1 Pedro Delgado J738

Bromley 1 Thuya 471 Ford Abbey 1 Beauty 1078 Eldersfield 1 Periwinkle A157

1. M.J & H.M. Timmis

2. Mrs. I. Jennings

3. A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

1. M.J. & H.M. Timmis

2. M.J. Clark

3. P.J. & A.C. Allman



Name of Animal

Supreme, Grand & Senior Male Champion

M. & M. Roberts M.J. Clark A.J. & L.R. Hobson

Judge: Danny Wylie 23rd – 27th June 2016 Sire



Normanton 1 Laertes

Romany 1 Distiller

Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Reserve Supreme & Grand Senior Female Champion

Panmure 1 Plum L7

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Panmure 1 Plum E2

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.

Junior & Reserve Grand Female Champion

Panmure 1 Plum M9

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Panmure 1 Plum E2

J.M Cant & Ptnrs.

Junior & Reserve Grand Male Champion

Panmure 1 Mumford

Panmure 1 Karl

Panmure 1 Plum J16

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.

Reserve Senior Female Champion

Romany 1 Lucy R22 F12

Crickley 1 Figurehead

Romany 1 Lucy A48

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Moralee 1 Monster Munch

Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack

Romany 1 Ishbel A51 H52

T. & D. Harrison

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Panmure 1 Plum M9

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Panmure 1 Plum E2

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs

Female born on or after 1st March 2015

1. Panmure 1 Plum M9 2. Harveybros 1 Crocus N1 3. Coley 1 Misty 363

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano Venture Night Time 7055 Sky High 1 Korker

Panmure 1 Plum E2 Harveybros 1 Crocus E2 Coley 1 Misty 279

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs. Harvey Brothers Miss H. Whittaker

Female born on or between 1st September 2014 and 28th February 2015

1. Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 2. Frenchstone P. 1 Eve 3. Rockness 1 Matilda KH1

SMH Castro 0001 Solpoll 1 Dynamite Kinglee 1 Hero

Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 Frenchstone P. 1 Snowy Romany 1 Dawn A84 H38

Miss H. Whittaker L.R. & A.M. Ayre P. Eccles

Female in milk or in calf born on or between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014

1. Panmure 1 Plum L7 2. Panmure 1 Plum L8 3. Frenchstone P. 1 Easter

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano Hawkesbury 1 Volcano Dorepoll 1 499 High Society

Panmure 1 Plum E2 Panmure 1 Plum G8 Frenchstone P. 1 Boo

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs. J.M. Cant & Ptnrs. L.R. & A.M. Ayre

Female in milk or in calf born on or before 31st August 2013

1. Romany 1 Lucy R22 F12 2. Auckvale Lively 1058H 3. Baldinnie 1 Cathy 25th

Crickley 1 Figurehead A22 Auckvale Broadside Baldinnie 1 Oxford

Romany 1 Lucy A48 Auckvale Lively Lucinda Baldinnie 1 Cathy 4th

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons W. & R. Kemp & Sons J.A. Cameron & Son

Bull born on or after 1st March 2015

1. Panmure 1 Mumford 2. Moralee 1 Monster Munch 3. Romany 1 Monk ST M67

Panmure 1 Karl Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack Spurstow 1 Starbright Future

Panmure 1 Plum J16 Romany 1 Ishbel A51 H52 Romany 1 Julia RE K42

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs. T. & D. Harrison J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Bull born on or between 1st September 2014 and 28th February 2015

1. Baldinnie 1 Clinton 2. Rockness 1 Maelstrom 3. Harveybros 1 Murray

Baldinnie 1 Orient Kinglee 1 Hero Greenyards 1 Archie

Baldinnie 1 Chico 2nd Romany 1 Dawn A84 H38 Harveybros 1 Crocus H3

J.A. Cameron & Son P. Eccles Harvey Brothers

Bull born on or before 31st December 2013

1. Normanton 1 Laertes

Romany 1 Distiller

Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Best pair of animals Bred by Exhibitor

1. J.M. Cant & Ptnrs

2. P. Eccles

3. T. & D. Harrison

Judge Danny Wylie

Normanton 1 Laertes




Judge John Kemp

Dieulacresse Goodenough

Name of Animal Sire



Supreme & Grand Male Champion

Dieulacresse Goodenough

Westwood Advancer

Dieulacresse Dowager 17th

T.A. Spooner

Reserve Supreme and Grand Female Champion

Romany 1 Julia A84 F51

Baybridge 1 Atlas A84

Romany 1 Julia 41H V23

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Reserve Grand Male Champion

Hallwood 1 Knight

Solpoll 1 Gladiator

Baldinnie 1 Fiona 7th

R. & R.I. Shaw

Reserve Grand Female Champion

Harveybros 1 Crocus N1

Venture Night Time 7055

Harveybros 1 Crocus E2

Harvey Brothers

Bull born on or before 31st August 2014

1. Dieulacresse Goodenough 2. Hallwood 1 Knight 3. Cleland 1 Jackson

Westwood Advancer Solpoll 1 Gladiator Romany 1 Captain R22 C1

Dieulacresse Dowager 17th Baldinnie 1 Fiona 7th Cleland 1 Clover 4th

T.A. Spooner R. & R.I. Shaw A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Bull born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st March 2015

1. Harveybros 1 Murray 2. RTC 1 Midwest Tradition 3. Romany 1 Monk ST M67

Greenyards 1 Archie Leos Pride 1 Ellis Spurstow 1 Starbright Future

Harveybros 1 Crocus H3 Boundless 1 Terri 1211 Romany 1 Julia RE K42

Harvey Brothers R. & R.I. Shaw J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Bull born on or after 1st April 2015

1. Moralee 1 Monster Munch 2. Rimini 1 Mr Maker 3. Harveybros 1 McBeath

Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack Barbern 1 Gargantuan Venture Night Time 7055

Romany 1 Ishbel A51 H52 Rimini 1 Vanessa Harveybros 1 Crocus B2

T. & D. Harrison Mrs. J. Cooper Harvey Brothers

Cow born before 1st January 2014

1. Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 2. Moralee 1 Kylie 3. Barbern 1 June 350

Baybridge 1 Atlas Spurstow 1 Recruit 1st Listimous 1 Encore

Romany 1 Julia 41H V23 Romany 1 Ishbel A51 H52 Barbern 1 June 093

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons T. & D. Harrison Mrs. E. Jackson

Heifer Born in 2014

1. Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 2. Moorside 1 Jane 3rd 3. Frenchstone P. 1 Easter

SMH Castro 0001 CCR 57G Stamina ET 199S Dorepoll 1 499 High Society

Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 Romany 1 Jane A51 E66 Frenchstone P. 1 Boo

Miss H. Whittaker G. & M.C. Shepherd L.R. & A.M. Ayre

Heifer Born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2015

1. Moorside 1 Jane 5th 2. Hollyvale 1 Maisie 3. Cleland 1 Glissade 21st

CCR 57G Stamina ET 199S Coley 1 Karl Bromley 1 Midas

Romany 1 Jane A51 E66 Hollyvale 1 Gracious Cleland 1 Glissade 10th

G. & M.C. Shepherd A. & P. Massey A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Heifer Born on or after 1st April 2015

1. Harveybros 1 Crocus N1 2. Coley 1 Pippa 355 3. Blakelaw 1 Jess

Venture Night Time 7055 Days Calibre G74 Bosa 1 Jackpot

Harveybros 1 Crocus E2 Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Blakelaw 1 Empress

Harvey Brothers Miss H. Whittaker J.B. Henry

Exhibitors Group of Three Animals

1. A. & P. Massey

2. A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

3. Harvey Brothers

Best Pair by the Same Sire

1. A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Mr. E. Warner & Mrs. C. Burnell

3. P.T. English


Judge David Deaville

Normanton 1 Laertes

Judge: John Kemp 12th - 14th July 2016


Judge: David Deaville 18th – 21st July 2016


Name of Animal




Supreme & Grand Male Champion

Normanton 1 Laertes

Romany 1 Distiller

Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Grand Male Champion

Cleland 1 Jackson

Romany 1 Captain R22 C1

Cleland 1 Clover 4th

A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Grand Female Champion

Greenyards 1 Beata K239

Greenyards 1 Flynn

Dendor 1 Beata 9th

P.J. & A.C. Allman

Reserve Grand Female Champion

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Junior Male Champion

Dendor 1 Nonu

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Helen 14th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Firbosa 1 Moreton

Panmure 1 Knightsman

Bosa 1 Brownie 905

Fir Farm Ltd.

Bull born on or before 31st August 2014

1. Normanton 1 Laertes 2. Cleland 1 Jackson

Romany 1 Distiller Romany 1 Captain R22 C1

Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 Cleland 1 Clover 4th

T.D. & W.T. Livesey A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Bull born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Firbosa 1 Maximus

Eldersfield 1 Cohen G630

Bosa 1 Laurel

Fir Farm Ltd.

Bull born on or between 1st January 2015 and 30th April 2015

1. Firbosa 1 Moreton 2. Harveybros 1 Murray 3. Harveybros 1 McBeath

Panmure 1 Knightsman Greenyards 1 Archie Venture Night Time

Bosa 1 Brownie 905 Harveybros 1 Crocus H3 Harveybros 1 Crocus B2

Fir Farm Ltd. Harvey Brothers Harvey Brothers

Bull born on or after 1st May 2015

1. Dendor 1 Nonu 2. Free Town Martyr 3. Dendor 1 Napoleon

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Mara Humorous Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Helen 14th Free Town Peace 5th Dendor 1 Greta 13th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Cow In calf or with calf at foot born on or before 31st December 2013

1. Greenyards 1 Beata K239 2. Dendor 1 Molly 41st 3. Glenrose 1 Joy 4th

Greenyards 1 Flynn Solpoll 1 Gilbert Barwise 1 Wellington

Dendor 1 Beata 9th Dendor 1 Molly 31st Glenrose 1 Joy 2nd

P.J. & A.C. Allman D.E. E.D. & A.L. Jones F.G. Goodall



2016 - RESULTS Heifer In calf or with calf at foot born on or between 1st January 2014 and 31st August 2014

1. Ashdale 3 Queen 509 2. Frenchstone P. 1 Easter 3. Harveybros 1 Crocus L4

Bosa 1 Hereward Dorepoll 1 499 High Society Venture Night Time

Ashdale 3 Queen 375 Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Harveybros 1 Crocus C4

T.G. & E.I. Thorne L.R. & A.M. Ayre Harvey Brothers

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Greenyards 1 Truelove M314 2. Shraden 1 Duchess M639 3. Shraden 1 Dowager M641

Greenyards 1 Henry

Greenyards 1 Truelove H169

P.J. & A.C. Allman

Dendor 1 Knuckle Duster Baldinnie 1 Victory

Shraden 1 Duchess 516 Shraden 1 Dowager 404

M.J. & H.M. Timmis M.J. & H.M. Timmis

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th 2. Glenvale 1 Sara 543 3. Glenvale 1 Kylie 548

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Bosa 1 Hereward Bosa 1 Hereward

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th Glenvale 1 Sara 220 Glenvale 1 Kylie 353

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones T.G. & E.I. Thorne T.G. & E.I. Thorne

Heifer born on or after 1st April 2015

1. Coley 1 Pippa 335 2. Harveybros 1 Crocus N1

Days Calibre G74 Venture Night Time

Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Harveybros 1 Crocus E2

Miss H. Whittaker Harvey Brothers

Exhibitors Group of Three Animals by the Same Sire

1. D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

2. T.G. & E.I. Thorne

3. Harvey Brothers

Exhibitors Group of three the property of the exhibitor

1. D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.


Judge: Tom Rennie 30th July, 2016


Name of Animal




Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion

Romany 1 Julia A84 F51

Baybridge 1 Atlas

Romany 1 Julia 41H V23

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Reserve Supreme, Grand & Junior Male Champion

Panmure 1 Mumford

Panmure 1 Karl

Panmure 1 Plum

J. M. Cant & Ptnrs.

Reserve Grand & Senior Male Champion

Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956

Harvie Dan Hidalgo

Fardre 1 Heidi Hi

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Reserve Grand & Junior Female Champion

Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11

SMH Castro 0001

Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53

Miss H. Whittaker

Reserve Senior Male Champion

Bennachie 1 Master

Panmure 1 Herman

Bennachie 1 Amy

I. Skea

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Auckvale Maximus 1464M

Auckvale Gladiator 916G

Auckvale Curly 834F

W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Reserve Senior Female Champion

Panmure 1 Plum L7

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Panmure 1 Plum E2

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Panmure 1 Plum M9

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Panmure 1 Plum E2

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.

Heifer born on or after 1st August 2015

1. Cornriggs 1 Julia 3rd 2. Coley 1 Priscilla 362 3. Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10

Cornirggs 1 Knight Rider Sky High 1 Korker Romany 1 Heavy Duty

Cornriggs 1 Julia Coley 1 Priscilla 169 Romany 1 Lucy D345 H42

Mr. & Mrs. H. Elliott Miss H. Whittaker J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Heifer born on or between 1st March 2015 and 31st July 2015

1. Panmure 1 Plum M9 2. Bennachie 1 Curly 4th 3. Barwise 1 Amazing Grace M858

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano Panmure 1 Herman NBG The Wonderer

Panmure 1 Plum E2 Bennachie 1 Curly Barwise 1 Grace 363

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs. I. Skea Mrs. C. Fletcher

Heifer born on or between 1st August 2014 and 28th February 2015

1. Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 2. Romany 1 Julia H12 M19 3. Baldinnie 1 Cathy 49th

SMH Castro 0001 Romany 1 Heavy Duty Baldinnie 1 Orient

Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 Romany 1 Julia R22 E65 Baldinnie 1 Cathy 15th

Miss H. Whittaker J.R.B. Wilson & Sons J.A. Cameron & Son

Heifer or Cow in milk or in calf born on or between 1st August 2013 and 31st July 2014

1. Panmure 1 Plum L7 2. Moorside 1 Jane 3rd 3. Panmure 1 Plum L8

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano CCR Stamina Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Panmure 1 Plum E2 Romany 1 Jane A51 E66 Panmure 1 Plum G8

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs. G. & M.C. Shepherd J.M. Cant & Ptnrs

Cow in milk or in calf born on or before 1st August 2013

1. Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 2. Auckvale Lively 1058H

Baybridge 1 Atlas Auckvale Broadside

Romany 1 Julia 41H V23 Auckvale Lively Lucinda

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Bull born on or after 1st August 2015

1. Coley 1 Nelson 2. Coley 1 Norton 3. Moralee 1 Northumberland

Sky High 1 Korker Sky High 1 Korker Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack

Reydon 1 Missie 53 Coley 1 Claret 74 Moralee 1 Kylie

Miss H. Whittaker Miss H. Whittaker T. & D. Harrison

Bull born on or between 1st March 2015 and 31st July 2015

1. Panmure 1 Mumford 2. Auckvale Maximus 11464M 3. Auckvale Marshall 1475M

Panmure 1 Karl Auckvale Gladiator 916G Auckvale Gladiator 916G

Panmure 1 Plum Auckvale Curly 834F Auckvale Beauty 774E

J. M. Cant & Ptnrs. W. & R. Kemp & Sons W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Bull born on or between 1st August 2014 and 28th February 2015

1. Bennachie 1 Master 2. Baldinnie 1 Oregon 3. Baldinnie 1 Clinton

Panmure 1 Herman Baldinnie 1 Orient Baldinnie 1 Orient

Bennachie 1 Amy Baldinnie 1 Oakland 14th Baldinnie 1 Chico 2nd

I. Skea J.A. Cameron & Son J.A. Cameron & Son

Bull born before 1st August 2014

1. Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956

Harvie Dan Hidalgo

Fardre 1 Heidi Hi

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Judge Tom Rennie

Romany 1 Julia A84 F51



RESULTS - 2016 Best Pair

1. W. & R. Kemp & Sons

2. J.M. Cant & Ptnrs

3. J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.

Best Group of Three animals

1. W. & R. Kemp & Sons

2. Miss H. Whittaker

3. T. & D. Harrison

Best Group of Three animals by the same sire

1. Miss H. Whittaker

2. T. & D. Harrison

3. J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

NATIONAL SHOW ENNISKILLEN Judge: Miranda Lysell 3rd August 2016


Name of Animal Sire



Male & Supreme Champion

Pinmoor 1 Kingsley

Fisher 1 Ferrari

Pinmoor 1 Hope

B & G Watson

Reserve Supreme & Female Champion

Hilton 1 Delilah

Dielacresse Vodaphone

Panmure 1 Blessing N4

J Graham

Reserve Male Champion

Richmount 1 King Kong

Graceland 1 Colin

Hilton 1 Delilah

J Graham

Reserve Female & Calf Champion

Richmount 1 Nola

Grousehall 1 Premier

Hilton 1 Delilah

J Graham

Cow or heifer born on or before December 31st , 2013

1. Hilton 1 Delilah 2. Solpoll 1 Dainty K18

Dielacresse Vodaphone Panmure 1 Henry

Panmure 1 Blessing N4 Solpoll 1 Dainty U16

J Graham J & W McMordie

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2014 and 30th June 2014

1. Solpoll 1 Starlet L16 2. Kinnego 1 La Scala

Panmure 1 Henry Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty

Solpoll 1 Starlet E16 Richmount 1 Georgina

J & W McMordie C Kerr

Heifer born on or between 1st July 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Ballymartin 1 Spark 2. Peartree 1 Daisy 3. Solpoll 1 Starlet M12

Corlismorepoll 1 Rafter Christies 1 Van Piersie Panmure 1 Henry

Laxford Spark 68th Solpoll 1 Stella G20 Solpoll 1 Starlet G13

A Patterson W Connolly J & W McMordie

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Barnburn 1 Marigold 2. Corraback Blossom 3. Umgola 1 Rustic 2nd

Solpoll 1 Dynamite Mara Flook Lisola 1 Eddie

Barnburn 1 Fancy Badlingham Blossom 132nd Clontead Rustic

B & G Watson M Richmond S Baxter

Heifer calf born on or between 1st September 2015 & 31st December 2015

1. Lisrace Prettymaid 24th 2. Richount 1 Nirvana 3. Solpoll 1 Pansy N7

Ballyaville Lifeliner Richmount 1 King Kong Panmure 1 Henry

Lisrace Prettmaid VII Richmount 1 Kimberly Solpoll 1 Pansy C4

D Wilson J Graham J & W McMordie

Heifer calf born after 1st January 2016

1. Richmount 1 Nola 2. Lisnaree 1 Nora 3. Annaghbeg Dawn

Grousehall 1 Premier Gouldingpoll 1 Nora Gurteragh Gladiator

Hilton 1 Delilah Bruntwood 1 June Trillick Hope

J Graham M Murdock M & L Moore

Bull born prior to 1st April 2014

1. Pinmoor 1 Kingsley 2. Richmount 1 King Kong 3. Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite

Fisher 1 Ferrari Graceland 1 Colin Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty

Pinmoor 1 Hope Hilton 1 Delilah Mullaghdoo Rosetta

B & G Watson J Graham C Kerr

Bull born on or between 1st January 2015 & 31st August 2015

1. Thornbank 1 Mightyman 2. Corraback Jedi 3. Hockleypoll 1 Andy

Solpoll 1 Dynamite Mara Flook Rathreganpoll 1 Storm

Cavandarragh Glamorous 5153 Corraback Joan Hockleypoll 1 Orla

H Stewart M Richmond Leader Family

Bull calf born on or between 1st September 2015 & 31st December 2015

1. Annaghbeg 1 Cavalier 2. Solpoll 1 Nobility

Annaghbeg 1 Alpha Panmure 1 Henry

Annaghbeg 1 April Solpoll 1 Starlet G13

C & R Pogue J & W McMordie

Bull calf born after 1st January 2016

1. Annaghbeg Decimus 2. Solpoll 1 National 3. Lisrace Lancelot 7th

Kilsunny Goliath Solpoll 1 Dynamite Lisrace Lifeliner

Phocle Dowager 123H Solpoll 1 Dainty K18 Lisrace Finola Dell

M & L Moore J & W McMordie D Wilson

Group of 3 Cattle, property of 1 exhibitor

1. J Graham

2. J & W McMordie

3. D Wilson

Pair of Animals by same sire or dam

1. J Graham 2. J & W McMordie 3. C Kerr

Young handlers

1. Marcus Murdock 2. Bradley Graham 3. Robbie Wilson

Judge Miranda Lysell

Pinmoor 1 Kingsley




6th August 2016


Name of Animal



Supreme, Grand & Intermediate Male Champion

Haven Montana

Knockmountagh Marshall

Haven Louisa 48th

E.L. Lewis & Son

Reserve Supreme, Grand & Junior Female Champion

Free Town Bryony

Mara Humorous

Free Town Benign

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Reserve Grand & Reserve Intermediate Male Champion

Free Town Martyr

Mara Humorous

Free Town Peace 5th

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Reserve Grand & Intermediate Female Champion

Oldwest Carol Singer 1st

Haven Wizard

Hermitage Carol Singer 12

Mrs. K. Froud

Senior Female Champion

Sparkwood Diadem 7th

Free Town Hannibal

Sparkwood Diadem 3rd

Mrs. L. Jackson

Reserve Senior Female Champion

Auckvale Lively 1058H

Auckvale Broadside

Auckvale Lively Lucinda

W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Reserve Intermediate Female Champion

Free Town Gloss

Free Town Maximus

Free Town Glowing

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Church Preen Lindy Loo N064

Haven Koala

Church Preen Lindy Loo J033

A.R. Owen

Senior Male Champion

Dieulacresse Goodenough

Westwood Advancer

Dieulacresse Dowager 17th

T.A. Spooner & R. & R. Westaway

Reserve Senior Male Champion

Haven Hotspur

Mawara Vice Admiral

Haven Curly 72nd

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

Junior Male Champion

Pulham Northern Lights

Trillick Knockout

Clipston Tiara R16

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Church Preen Nanook

Haven Koala

Church Preen Prunella K043

A.R. Owen

Breedplan recorded bull born on or between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2015

1. Church Preen Muldoon 2. Haven Montana 3. Lowergrove Maverick

Dieulacresse Foremost Knockmountagh Marshall Free Town Jaguar

Church Preen Prunella H024 Haven Louisa 48th Lowergrove Diadem 3rd

A.R. Owen E.L. Lewis & Son P. Snell & L. Ferguson

Cow in calf or with her own calf at foot born on or before 31st August 2013

1. Auckvale Lively 1058H 2. Clipston Tiara L19 3. HighHedges Blossom 2-11

Auckvale Broadside Clipston Harvey Lowergrove Fernando

Auckvale Lively Lucinda Clipston Trudy D13 Lowergrove Blossom

W. & R. Kemp & Sons C.A. & P.C. Bidmead Mrs. S.A. Cowle

Heifer in calf or with her own calf at foot born on or between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014

1. Sparkwood Diadem 7th 2. Mara Blossom 6-13 3. Sparkwood Diadem 6th

Free Town Hannibal Mara Epic Free Town Hannibal

Sparkwood Diadem 3rd Mara Blossom 38th Mara Diadem 20th

Mrs. L. Jackson Mrs. S.A. Cowle Mrs. L. Jackson

1. Old West Carol Singer 1st 2. Wenlock Iris 51st 3. HighHouse Dowager HM01

Haven Wizard Dieulacresse Bidulph Yarram Star General W251

Hermitage Carol Singer J2 Wenlock Iris 30th Phocle Dowager 395J

Mrs. K. Froud Mrs. A. Dugdale J.R. Whitlow

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. Free Town Gloss 2. Rockland Tiara M3 3. Pulham Princess Pansy 4th

Free Town Maximus Dieulacresse Kingdom Haven Hotspur

Free Town Glowing Clipston Tiara M8 Border Pansy G39

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. C.A. & P.C. Bidmead P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

Heifer born on or between 1st April 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Heath House Curly 6th 2. Sancler Diadem 3rd 3. Heath House Dowager 2nd

Heath House Jupiter Bwlchllyn Harry Heath House Jupiter

Haven Curly 122nd Llwynrose Diadem 2nd Haven Dowager 163rd

R. & E. Lywood R. Morgan R. & E. Lywood

1. Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 2. Boycefield Louisa 30th 3. Free Town Brisk

Haven Koala

Church Preen Lindy Loo J033 Boycefield Louisa 24th Free Town Bliss

A.R. Owen

1. Free Town Bryony 2. Pulham Pansy 8th 3. Boycefield Purport 19th

Mara Humorous Haven Hotspur Corlismore General 700

Free Town Benign Clipston Pansy J562 Boycefield Purport 16th

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent J.W. Lewis

1. Dieulacresse Goodenough

Westwood Advancer

Dieulacresse Dowager 17th

2. Haven Hotspur

Mawarra Vice Admiral

Haven Curly 72nd

3. Free Town Liberator

Spinney Dublin

Free Town Benign

T.A. Spooner & R. & R. Westaway P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent & E.L. Lewis & Son R.A. Bradstock & Ptrnrs.

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014

Heifer born in September 2015

Heifer born in or after 1st October 2015

Bull born on or before 31st August 2014


Judge Michael Molloy

Corlismore General 700 SS Topline Powerhouse SE 888Z

Haven Montana

J.W. Lewis R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.



RESULTS - 2016 Bull born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Church Preen Muldoon 2. HighHouse Merlin

Church Preen Prunella H024 Haven Dowager 170th

A.R. Owen J.R. Whitlow

3. Dieulacresse Mortimer

Dieulacresse Foremost Yarram Star General W251 Mawarra Aftershock

Dieulacresse Dowager 15th

T.A. Spooner

Bull born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. Auckvale Marshall 1475M 2. Auckvale Maximus 1464m 3. Lowergrove Montgomery

Auckvale Gladiator 916G Auckvale Gladiator 916G Free Town Jaguar

Auckvale Beauty 774F Auckvale Curly 834F Badlingham Bonny 105th

W. & R. Kemp & Sons W. & R. Kemp & Sons P. Snell & L.Ferguson

Bull born on or between 1st April 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Haven Montana 2. Free Town Martyr 3. Haven Mustang

Knockmountagh Marshall Mara Humorous Knockmountagh Marshall

Haven Louisa 48th Free Town Peace 5th Haven Thrush 59th

E.L. Lewis & Son R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. E.L. Lewis & Son

Bull Calf born in September 2015

1. Pulham Northern Lights 2. Church Preen Nanook 3. Free Town Notable

Trillick Knockout Haven Koala SS Topline Powerhouse 888Z

Clipston Tiara R16 Church Preen Prunella K043 Free Town Pansy 4th

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent A.R. Owen R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Bull Calf born on or after 1st October 2015

1. Pulham Norfolk 2. Haven Neptune 3. Pulham Nimrod

Haven Hotspur Haven Kingpin Haven Hotspur

Clipston Tiara P17 Haven Shela 27th Clipston Pansy H18

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent E.L. Lewis & Son P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

Group of Three bred by the same exhibitor

1. R.A. Bradstock Ptnrs.

2. P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

3. W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Best Pair of Calves – any sex combination

1. A.R Owen.

2 R.A.Bradstock & Ptnrs.

3. P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

Young Handlers Competition – 14 years and under

1. Harriet Froud

2. Robert Froud

3. Isobelle Cumming

Young Handlers Competition – 19 – 26 years of age

1. Richard Whitlow

2. Andrew Whitlow

3. Flora Amery

Denis Jones Memorial Show Stick

Harriet Froud

NATIONAL POLL SHOW Judge: Clive Davies 3rd September 2016

Judge Clive Davies

Normanton 1 Laertes


Name of Animal




Supreme, Grand & Senior Male Champion

Normanton 1 Laertes

Romany 1 Distiller A84

Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Reserve Supreme & Grand & Intermediate Female Champion

Blakesley 1 Kimberly

Kinglee 1 Ebay

Blakesley 1 Icicle

P. Riley

Reserve Grand & Intermediate Male Champion

Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346

Hawkesbury 1 Vespa

Rempstone 1 Model

M.J. Ludgate

Reserve Grand & Senior Female Champion

Romany 1 Plum A84 E37

Baybridge 1 Atlas

Romany 1 Plum 41H A37

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Overall Junior & Junior Male Champion

Dendor 1 Nairobi

Lanscombe 1 Orkney

Dendor 1 Molly 41st

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Reserve Overall & Junior Female Champion

Thames 1 Jed Vanity 905

Kinglee 1 Jed

Lincoln 1 Vanity Midnight

A. & S. Timbrell

Reserve Senior Male Champion

Rempstone 1 Comply or Die

Dorepoll 1 Nationwide

Ford Abbey 1 Tuna 5th

P. Cobley

Reserve Intermediate Male Champion

Lowesmoor 1 Maverick

Dorepoll 1499 High Society

Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571

M.J. Clark

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Dendor 1 Napoleon

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Greta 13th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Reserve Senior Female Champion

Gowybank 1 Hazel 530

Dorepoll 1 Chinook

Broomheath 1 Hazel

Nicholas & Heath

Reserve Intermediate Female Champion

Coley 1 Nova 351

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe

Coley 1 Nova 164

Mrs. H. Whittaker

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Normanton 1 Fistulina 14th

Days Calibre

Normanton 1 Fistulina 4th

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Cow born before 31st August 2013 with calf at foot born 2016

1. Romany 1 Plum A84 E37 2. Gowybank 1 Hazel 530 3. Greenyards 1 Beata K239

Baybridge 1 Atlas Dorepoll 1 Chinook Greenyards 1 Flynn

Romany 1 Plum 41H A37 Broomheath 1 Hazel Dendor 1 Beata 9th

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons Nicholas & Heath P.J. & A.C. Allman



2016 - RESULTS Heifer born on or between 1st September 2013 and 31st December 2013

1. Rempstone 1 Curly F263 2. Velleyhill 1 Nancy

Panmure 1 Fred Shraden 1 Henson

Llancillo Hall 1 Curly 14 Velleyhill 1 Julia

M.J. Ludgate S. Coates & I. Hart

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2014 and 31st August, 2014 in calf or with calf

1. Lowesmoor 1 Countess 978

Fisher 1 Ensign

M.J. Clark

2. Kinglee 1 Nicole 462 3. Panmure 1 Plum L7

Kinglee 1 Hotrod Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Lowesmoor 1 Countess 647 Kinglee 1 Nicole 370 Panmure 1 Plum E2

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Blakesley 1 Kimberly 2. Greenyards 1 Truelove M314

Kinglee 1 Ebay Greenyards 1 Henry

P. Riley P.J. & A.C. Allman

3. Glenvale 1 Polly 532

Romany 1 Fulcrum

Blakesley 1 Icicle Greenyards 1 Truelove H169 Glenvale 1 Polly 80

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 28th February 2015

1. Boundless 1 Elaine 1339 2. Moeskaer Keepsake 1486

Boundless 1 Dollar Remitall Pilgrim 93P

Boundless 1 Elaine 1002 Moeskaer Keepsake 1158

3. Bounds 1 Marilyn

Romany 1 Juggernaut

Dendor 1 Lois 9th

B., H. & M.R. Myers A. & S.G. Stevenson & Sons H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Heifer born on or between 1st March 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. Coley 1 Nova 351 2. Glenvale 1 Kylie 548 3. Alvian 1 Magical Lass

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Bosa 1 Hereward Alvian 1 Jamaica

Coley 1 Nova 164 Glenvale 1 Kylie 353 Alvian 1 Boomerang Lass 13th

Miss H. Whittaker T.G. & E.I. Thorne A. & S.G. Stevenson & Sons

Heifer born on or between 1st April 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Coley 1 Pippa 356 2. Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1047 3. Cato 1 Maisie 356

Days Calibre G74 Lowemoor 1 Komondoor Panmure 1 Hugo

Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1078 Cato 1 Maisie 361

Miss H. Whittaker M.J. Clark J.D. & R.A. Moorhouse

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st October 2015

1. Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess

Shraden 1 Duchess L581

B. Birch & G. Brindley

2. Dendor 1 Ruby 27th 3. Normanton 1 Grifola 10th

Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 Solpoll 1 Gilbert Romany 1 Distiller A84

Dendor 1 Ruby 11th Normanton 1 Grifola 7th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Heifer born on or after 1st November 2015

1. Thames 1 Jed Vanity 905 2. Normanton 1 Fistulina 14th 3. Romany 1 Dawn L6 N67

Kinglee 1 Jed Days Calibre G74 Romany 1 Login RE L6

Lincoln 1 Vanity Midnight Normanton 1 Fistulina 4th Romany 1 Dawn A84 G8

A. & S. Timbrell T.D. & W.T. Livesey J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Bull born on or before 31st December 2013

1. Normanton 1 Laertes

Romany 1 Distiller A84

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

2. Rempstone 1 Comply or Die

Dorepoll 1 Nationwide

Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 Ford Abbey 1 Tuna 5th

Bull born on or between 1st January 2014 and 31st August 2014

1. Boundless 1 Legacy

Boundwood 1 Route 66

Boundless 1 Raine

B., H. & M.R. Myers

Bull born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Firbosa 1 Maximus

Eldersfield 1 Cohen

Bosa 1 Laurel

Fir Farm Ltd.

Bull born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346 2. Cato 1 Miller 3. Glenmore 1 Jimmy D

Hawkesbury 1 Vespa

Rempstone 1 Model

M.J. Ludgate

Panmure 1 Hugo Kinglee 1 Jericho

Cato 1 Iona 377 Glenmore 1 Jude

J.D. & R.A. Moorhouse I.C. Markham

Bull born on or between 1st April 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Lowesmoor 1 Maverick

Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571

M.J. Clark

2. Dendor 1 Montana 3. Bosa 1 Barclays

Dorepoll 1499 High Society Solpoll 1 Gilbert Eldersfield 1 Carter

Dendor 1 Wattle 4th Bosa 1 Julia 870

P. & E. Williams G. Blandford & Son

Bull born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st October 2015

1. Dendor 1 Napoleon 2. Coley 1 Naginski 3. Moralee 1 Northumberland

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Sky High 1 Korker Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack

Dendor 1 Greta 13th Coley 1 Bubbles 249 Moralee 1 Kylie

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones Miss H. Whittaker T. & D. Harrison

1. Dendor 1 Nairobi 2. Normanton 1 Notstopabull

Lanscombe 1 Orkney Dorepoll 1 Knighthood

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones T.D. & W.T. Livesey

3. Greenyards 1 Nuff Said

Fisher 1 Keystone K365

Dendor 1 Molly 41st Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 Greenyards 1 Ricochet

Group of three animals by the same sire and owned by the Exhibitor

1. D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

2. J.D. & R.A. Moorhouse

3. A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Group of three animals to include both sexes, owned by the Exhibitor

1. D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

2. M.J. Clark

3. A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

Best Pair of animals bred and owned by an Exhibitor who has not won a First Prize at the Show in 2013 or 2014

1. A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd.

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

3. J.D. & R.A. Moorhouse

Bull born on or after 1st November 2015

P. Cobley Mrs. J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.

T.G. & E.I. Thorne

P. Cobley

P.J. & A.C. Allman




Judge: Eamon McKiernan (Rep. of Ireland) 10th September 2016

Judge Eamonn McKiernan

Dendor 1 Molly 41st


Name of Animal




Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Dendor 1 Molly 41st

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Molly 31st

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion

Dendor 1 Montana

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Wattle 4th

P. & E. Williams

Junior & Reserve Grand Female Champion

Dendor 1 Ruby 27th

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Ruby 11th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Junior & Reserve Grand Male Champion

Dendor 1 Nairobi

Lanscombe 1 Orkney

Dendor 1 Molly 41st

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Church Preen Lindy Loo 64

Haven Koala

Church Preen Lindy Loo J33

A.R. Owen

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Dendor 1 Napoleon

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Greta 13th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Cow or Heifer born before 1st September 2014

1. Dendor 1 Molly 41st 2. Greenyards 1 Beata K239 3. Bromley 1 Laurel 594

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Greenyards 1 Flynn Romany 1 Fantasy

Dendor 1 Molly 9th Dendor 1 Beata 9th Bromley 1 Laurel 445

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones P.J. & A.C. Allman M. & M. Roberts

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2014 & 31st December 2014

1. Grifford 1 Meredith

Normanton 1 Blewit 6th J6

R. Allcock

2. Shraden 1 Duchess M639 3. Greenyards 1 Truelove H314

Normanton 1 Eastern Promise Dendor 1 Knuckleduster Greenyards 1 Henry

Shraden 1 Duchess 516 Greenyards 1 Truelove H169

M.J. & H.M. Timmis P.J. & A.C. Allman

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th 2. Free Town Lynette 22nd 3. Bounds 1 Mabella

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Mara Humorous Romany 1 Juggernaut

Dendor 1 Lilac Wine Free Town Lynette 12th Bounds 1 Edwina-Edburgha

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Heifer born on or between 1st April 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Heath House Curly 6th 2. Heath House Dowager 2nd

Heath House Jupiter Heath House Jupiter

Haven Curly 122nd Haven Dowager 163rd

R. & E. Lywood R. & E. Lywood

Heifer Calf born on or after 1st September 2015

1. Dendor 1 Ruby 27th 2. Church Preen Lindy Loo 64 3. Free Town Brisk

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Haven Koala SS Topline Powerhouse 888Z

Dendor 1 Ruby 11th Church Preen Lindy Loo J33 Free Town Bliss

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones A.R. Owen R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Bull born on or before 1st September 2014

1. Shraden 1 Henson 2. Buckenhill 1 Keegan 3. Trenchwood Beech

Bosa 1 Ashley Greenyards 1 Ferdinand Clinwil Classic

Shraden 1 Duchess Buckenhill 1 Anxiety Trenchwood 1 Brownie

Goodwin & Powell A.B. & F.M. Bomford A.B. & F.M. Bomford

Bull born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Church Preen Muldoon 2. HighHouse Merlin

Dieulacresse Foremost Yarram Star General

Church Preen Prunella H24 Haven Dowager 170th

A.R. Owen J.R. & H.M. Whitlow

Bull born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015

1. HighHouse Morton Boy 2. Greenyards 1 Minstrel 3. Bounds 1 Mungo

Mawarra After Shock Wirruna Daffy Ford Abbey 1 Albert

Haven Glance 59th Greenyards 1 Echo K245 Bounds 1 Evie Lois

J.R. & H.M. Whitlow P.J. & A.C. Allman H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Bull born on or between 1st April 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Dendor 1 Montana 2. Bromley 1 Tutor 3. Listimous 1 Mallet

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Listimous 1 Grammar Baldinnie 1 Victory

Dendor 1 Wattle Bromley 1 Tamarisk 602 Shraden 1 Duchess

P. & E. Williams M. & M. Roberts H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Bull born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st October 2015

1. Dendor 1 Napoleon 2. Church Preen Nanook 3. Shraden 1 Nebuchadnezzar

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Haven Koala Dendor 1 Knuckleduster

Dendor 1 Greta 13th Church Preen Prunella K43 Shraden 1 Duchess 513

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones A.R. Owen M.J. & H.M. Timmis

Bull Calf Born on or after 1st November 2015

1. Dendor 1 Nairobi 2. Greenyards 1 Nigel 3. Free Town Nucleus

Nanscombe 1 Oriovey Greenyards 1 Henry Mara Humorous

Dendor 1 Molly 9th Greenyards 1 Dodo L267 Free Town Pleasant

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones P.J. & A.C. Allman R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Exhibitors Group of Three

1. D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

2. H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Best Pair of Herefords

1. D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

2 .A.R. Owen



3. P.J. & A.C. Allman

2016 - RESULTS NATIONAL AND AUTUMN CALF SHOW CARLISLE Judge: Jill Harvie (Canada) 28th October 2016


Name of Animal




Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Moralee 1 Northumberland

Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack

Moralee Kylie

T. & D. Harrison

Reserve Supreme, Grand & Junior Female Champion

Fardre 1 Ms Gweno N665

Harvie High Roller 66X

Harvie Ms Gwen 177T

G.H. Morgan

Reserve Grand & Senior Male Champion

Fabb 1 Noah

Will Global 1 Force 7X

Reserve Grand & Junior Female Champion

Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10

Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12

Junior Male Champion

Fardre 1 Major Tom N695

CB 57U Can Doo 102Y

Remitall West Marvel

G.H. Morgan

Reserve Senior Female Champion

Invictus 1 Annabella

Moeskaer Magnum 1404

Binnegar 1 Duchess

A.Hughes & R. Hurd

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Moralee 1 Nest Egg

Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider

Mallowburn Hilda

T. & D. Harrison

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Romany 1 Nilpina D1 N68

SMH Castro 0001

Romany 1 Lily 41H W47

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Best Pair of Calves

1. G.H. Morgan

2. T. & D. Harrison

3. J.A. Cameron & Son

Best Group of 3 by the same sire

1. Hogia Bryn Awel

Commercial Steer of Heifer born on or after 1st August 13

1. P. Eccles

2. P. Eccles

3. J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Heifer Calf born on or after 1st March 2016

1. Moralee 1 Nest Egg 2. Moralee 1 Kate 2nd 3. Moralee 1 Nigella

Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57 Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider

Mallowburn Hilda Moralee 1 Kate Mallowburn Holly

T. & D. Harrison T. & D. Harrison T. & D. Harrison

Heifer Calf born between January/ February 2016

1. Fardre 1 Ms Gweno N665 2. Fardre 1 Ms Gwen N664 3. Coley 1 Model 378

Harvie High Roller 66X Harvie High Roller 66X Sky High 1 Korker

Harvie Ms Gwen 177T Harvie Ms Gwen 177T Coley 1 Model 317

G.H. Morgan G.H. Morgan Miss H. Whittaker

Heifer Calf Born November/December 2015

1. Invictus 1 Annabella 2. Baldinnie 1 Kay 31st 3. Panmure 1 Plum N1

Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Baldinnie 1 Orient Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Binnegar 1 Duchess Baldinnie 1 Kay 28th Pnmure 1 Plum F1

A.Hughes & R. Hurd J.A.. Cameron & Son Mrs. J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.

Heifer born in October 2015

1. Romany 1 Lucy ST N33 2. Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess

Spurstow 1 Star Bright Future Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23

Romany 1 Lucy A84 K7 Shraden 1 Duchess L581

Miss B. Hutchinson B. Birch & G. Brindley

Heifer born in September 2015

1. Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10 2. Normanton 1 Enoki 4th 3. Normanton 1 Grifola 10th

Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12 Alvian 1 Emperor Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53

Romany 1 Lucy D345 H42 Normanton Enoki J874 Normanton 1 Grifola 7th K160

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons T.D. & W.T. Livesey T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Bull Calf born on or after 1st March 2016

1. Romany 1 Nilpina D1 N68 2. Hogia Bryn Awel 1 Niffler 3. Moralee 1 Ned

SMH Castro 0001 Normanton 1 Lucifer Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23

Romany 1 Lily 41H W47 Shraden 1 Alice G395 Mallowburn 1 Ethel Carr

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons Hogia Bryn Awel T. & D. Harrison

Bull Calf born January/ February 2016

1. Fardre 1 Major Tom N695 2. Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 3. Fabb 1 Nicholson

CB 57U Can Doo 102Y Aldersley 1 Edgar

Remitall West Marvel 76Y Kinglee 1 Fashion 304

G.H. Morgan M. Ludgate

Square D Tortuga 953T

Fabb 1 Popinjay

D.R.A. Fabb

Bull Calf born November/December 2015

1. Baldinnie 1 Orlando 2. Normanton 1 Notstopabull 3. Auckvale Nobleman 1534N

Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthood Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1127H

Baldinnie 1 Oakland 9th Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 Auckvale Curly 1243K

J.A. Cameron & Son T.D. & W.T. Livesey W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Bull Calf Born October 2015

1. Moralee 1 Northumberland 2. Dendor 1 Nonu

Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Moralee 1 Kylie Dendor 1 Helen 14th

T. & D. Harrison Miss H. Whittaker

Bull Calf Born September 2015

1. Fabb 1 Noah 2. Coley 1 Naginski 3. Baldinnie 1 Denver

WLL Global Force 7X Sky High 1 Korker Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine

Hartshorne 1 Cornelia 14th Coley 1 Bubbles 249 Baldinnie 1 Dom Lass 13th

D.R.A. Fabb Miss H. Whittaker J.A. Cameron & Son

Judge Jill Harvie

Hartshorne 1 Cornelia 14th

Romany 1 Lucy D345 H42

D.R.A. Fabb

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons Moralee 1 Northumberland




Judge: John O’Connor (Republic of Ireland) 10th December 2016

Judge John O’Connor

Haven Neptune


Name of Animal




Supreme & Grand Male Champion

Haven Neptune

Haven Kingpin

Haven Shela 27th

E.L. Lewis & Son

Reserve Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Normanton 1 Enoki 4th

Alvian 1 Emperor

Normanton 1 Enoki J874

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Reserve Grand Male Champion

Haven Northstar

Haven Kingpin

Haven Curly 124th

E.L. Lewis & Son

Reserve Grand Female Champion

Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess

Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 Shraden 1 Duchess L581

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Bull Calf born September/October 2015

1. Dendor 1 Nonu 2. Pulham Norfolk 3. Coley 1 Naginski

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Haven Hotspur Sky High 1 Korker

Dendor 1 Helen 14th Clipston Tiara P17 Coley 1 Bubbles 249

Miss H. Whittaker P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent Miss H. Whittaker

Bull Calf born November/December 2015

1. Haven Neptune 2. Greenyards 1 Nuff Said 3. Greenyards 1 Nigel

Haven Kingpin Fisher 1 Keystone K365 Greenyards 1 Henry

Haven Shela 27th Greenyards 1 Ricochet Greenyards 1 Dodo L267

E.L. Lewis & Son P.J. & A.C. Allman P.J. & A.C. Allman

Bull Calf born January/ February 2016

1. Havenfield 1 Nitro Solpoll 1 Dynamite 2. Fabb 1 Nicholson Square-D Tortuga 953T 3. Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 Aldersley 1 Edgar

Solpoll 1 Stardust K3 Fabb 1 Popinjay Kinglee 1 Fashion 304

E.L. Lewis & Son D.R.A. Fabb M. Ludgate

Bull Calf born 1st March to 7th March 2016

1. Haven Northstar 2. Kinglee 1 Nogging 3. Dendor 1 Nairobi

Haven Kingpin Panmure 1 Karl Lanscombe 1 Orkney

Haven Curly 124th Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl 418 Dendor 1 Molly 41st

E.L. Lewis & Son P. Cobley D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Bull Calf born 8th March to 31st March 2016

1. Pebworth 1 Naughtyboy 2. Greenyards 1 Navan 3. Garnstone 1 Night Owl

Kinglee 1 Galaxy Fisher 1 Keystone K365 Haven Cavalier

Pebworth 1 Beauty Greenyards 1 Kissangel Fisher 1 Susan K383

N. & L. Holdsworth P.J. & A.C. Allman T. Verdin

Bull Calf born April 2016

1. Grifford 1 Neddard 2. Dendor 1 Ned Kelly 3. Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad

Normanton 1 Laertes Solpoll 1 Gilbert Hollyvale 1 Knight

Romany 1 Plum A84 K6 Dendor 1 Echo 15th Dendor 1 Anna Mary 18th

N.J. Griffiths D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones A. & P. Massey

Bull Calf born on or after 1st May 2016

1. Dendor 1 Nimrod 2. Glenvale 1 Allbutt 3. Shraden 1 Navas

Lanscombe 1 Orkney Dendor 1 Ledley Baldinnie 1 Victory

Dendor 1 Honeysuckle 14th Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399 Shraden 1 Alice E283

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones T.G. & E.I. Thorne M.J. & H.M. Timmis

Heifer Calf born September/October 2015

1. Normanton 1 Enoki 4th 2. Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess 3. Normanton 1 Grifola 10th

T.D. & W.T. Livesey Normanton Enoki J874 Alvian 1 Emperor B. Birch & G. Brindley Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 Shraden 1 Duchess L581 Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53 Normanton 1 Grifola 7th K160 T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Heifer Calf born November/December 2015

1. Invictus 1 Annabella 2. Normanton 1 Fistulina 14th 3. Greenyards 1 Hannah N360

Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Days Calibre G74 Fisher 1 Keystone K365

Heifer Calf born January/February 2016

Moeskaer Magnum 1404 1. Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real Aldersley 1 Edgar 2. Rempstone 1 Fashion E430 3. Greenyards 1 Mary-Irene N383 Greenyards 1 Henry

Frenchstone P. 1 Calla Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 Greenyards 1 Mary-Irene K243

L.R. & A.M. Ayre M. Ludgate P.J. & A.C. Allman

Heifer Calf born March 2016

1. Bosa 1 Brownie 999 2. Bosa 1 Margaret 1004 3. Free Town Plum 112th

Greenyards 1 Flynn Greenyards 1 Flynn Mara Humorous

Bosa 1 Brownie 883 Bosa 1 Margaret 847 Free Town Plum 105th

G. Blandford G. Blandford R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Heifer Calf born April 2016

1. Kinglee 1 Nicole 539 2. Moorside 1 Jane 9th 3. Rempstone 1 Fashion E438

Panmure 1 Karl Moorside 1 Joseph Aldersley 1 Edgar

Kinglee 1 Nicole 370 Moorside 1 Jane 3rd Kinglee 1 Fashion 304

P. Cobley G. & M.C. Shepherd M. Ludgate

Heifer Calf born on or after 1st May 2016

1. Bosa 1 Julia 1016 2. Shraden 1 Alice N764 3. Frenchstone P. 1 Gold

Greenyards 1 Flynn Dendor 1 Knuckleduster Moeskaer Magnum 1404

Bosa 1 Julia 870 Shraden 1 Alice V58 Frenchstone P. 1 Crystal

G. Blandford M.J. & H.M. Timmis L.R. & A.M. Ayre

Best Group of Three Calves by the Same Sire

1. E.L. Lewis & Son

2. R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs

3. P.J. & A.C. Allman

Best Pair of Bull Calves owned by the exhibitor 1. E.L. Lewis & Son

2. P.J. & A.C. Allman

Fir Farm Ltd.

Best Pair of Heifer Calves owned by the exhibitor

1. R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

2. G. Blandford

3. T. Verdin

Young Handlers Competition 16 and under

1. Isla Soutter

2. Finlay Soutter

3. Oliver Garnett-Smith

Young Handlers Competition 17 to 26

1. Luke New

2. Andrew Whitlow

3. Scott Coates

Overall Winner

1. Isla Soutter



A. Hughes Binnegar 1 Duchess Normanton 1 Fistulina 3rd H55 T.D. & W.T. Livesey P.J. & A.C. Allman Greenyards 1 Hannah H142



UK Hereford Youth - The new scheme for youngsters! We all know how important on many levels showing cattle is to us as individuals, breeders and producers. Primarily it is our shop window to promote a high standard ‘representative’ of our Breed. However, the social aspects and the networking opportunities that agricultural shows and sales have to offer are crucial to continuing our professional development. So, when it became apparent that the Hereford Cattle Society could be missing out on tapping into their future, and professional development for the next generation! I decided to take matters into my own hands! So, let me introduce myself. My name is Emma Smith and I’m 34 years old (I know, I look a lot younger!), My partner is Richard Edwards and we own the small herd named “Classic”. We have a son called Oliver who is 12, a daughter called Imogen who is 13 and very recently a new daughter called Harriet who, at the time of writing, is 4 weeks old. I have been on the show circuit since the age of 16, worked for various breeders over the years and have participated in many young handler events and classes. I have a degree in Agriculture and Rural Business Management and also obtained a teaching qualification which I then used to teach work - based learners at the Duchy College. I also established a show team and taught showing skills as an extra -curricular activity.

So, how did UK Hereford Youth begin? Enough about me, back to the programme! After discussions with Council and agreeing that a schedule of events was needed, and I was the best woman for the job, I set about organising the first event. After much deliberation, and many thoughts, I decided to start with a bang and the first weekend event took place by kind invitation at the renowned Normanton herd, hosted by Tim and Louise Livesey in April 2016 and am pleased to report it was a complete success. The Saturday saw all children and their accompanying adults arrive on farm excited and fresh faced. Tea and coffee were served, biscuits consumed and everyone mingled. The day consisted of four workshops;1 – Washing & blowing, 2 – Clipping, 3 – Dressing an animal, 4 – Showmanship & ring craft. A


total of 27 young members (and a handful of not so young members) attended and were split into four groups, with each group having an hour on each workshop. Trainers, helpers and a judge were all brought in to guide, teach and assist. Our secret judge assessed them all from a distance, marking them on skill, ability, confidence and overall enthusiasm. A lovely lunch was had by all along with copious amounts of hot tea & coffee for the adults – which was handy for us as it was cold day! Once everyone had rotated around all four workshops Tim Livesey and Darragh McManus kindly gave everyone a tour of the Normanton herd which was informative and interesting. In the evening we all met for a fun filled evening of food, prize giving, speeches and a raffle. The food was great and so was the company with everyone swapping notes on what they’d learnt during the day. Our Breed President, Michael Clark, gave a speech as did Clive Davies of the Westwood herd of Herefords. These Breed stalwarts gave us some giggles regarding their time growing up with cattle - which was a long time ago! As part of the programme, each young member falls into an age category: 8 – 14, 15–20, 21–26. This allows all participants the opportunity to compete with their peers and our judge found a Champion and Reserve Champion in each of these. Prizes were donated from Area Associations, AgriLloyd, Premier Cattle Services, Breeders, Showtime – the list goes on. The dinner came to an end just before midnight with some of the older members venturing onto further ‘networking opportunities’. Everyone arrived even more fresh faced on the Sunday (apart from those fore mentioned tut tut!). The aim of Sunday’s antics was to provide them with the tools, knowledge and confidence to assess,

All participants with Normanton 1 Laertes


criticise and judge cattle. Our first session saw well-known and experienced cattle scanner, Jim Barber, give a presentation on the benefits of scanning, what he was looking for and what each of the figures meant. Clive Davies then took over talking about structure and conformation of the animal and some of the things he, as a judge, would look for in the show ring. In the afternoon everyone, adults included, were asked to judge in a young farmer’s style, various groups of cattle. There were four young bulls, four cows with calves at foot and four yearling heifers. No conferring was allowed and all the members in the senior category had to then present their reasons to a master judge. During this section of the day a competition was held for the senior members with the overall prize being to shadow Michael Clark judging at the Hereford Society’s October Show & Sale. This was honourable in many ways, with Michael being our President at the time plus it was a high accolade. The winner of this was James Ludgate as it was felt that he presented his reasons well. To conclude, the first weekend was a great success with members coming from as far as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Surrey, Kent, Oxfordshire and Leicestershire.

And then...... After the success of the first weekend I felt that we had made inroads into providing a new scheme to offer the young members of the breed. I didn’t want to leave it a whole year until the next workshop event so, I organised another get together for November. However, the aim of the scheme is to not only provide the tools and knowledge for them to be competent stock people but also about networking amongst peers, forging friendships and understanding the wider industry. So, a gathering of young members met for weekend number two. Our first trip was to

around the country, allowing all members to attend and an Autumn get - together with visits to abattoirs, commercial herds, beef bull units and other related venues.

Youngsters at Weston’s cider , Much Marcle

A Veterinary talk in progress at Greenyards Herefords

Weston’s Cider and the home to Bounds Herefords in Herefordshire. We had an interesting tour of the apple orchards and whilst we were there the apples were being harvested. The sun was shining and the cattle looked well. The famous “Ronaldo” welcomed us, as well as a variety of cows, calves and heifers. Our Breed President, Michael Clark, was present and offered some guidance on what a judge looks for in the ring and as a commercial value. A lovely lunch of Hereford beef pie, roasted vegetables and chips was welcomed with a low alcoholic cider to wash it down. After lunch we had an interesting tour of the factory and learnt some facts I never knew – like, if you fall into cider you sink! Weston’s very kindly allowed some sampling of ciders and gave everyone a goody bag. A number of the members then had a fun evening at Hereford racecourse watching fireworks whilst sampling even more ciders. Everyone then met the following morning on a sunny but very cold day visiting Phil and Alison Allman’s Greenyards Herd. The day consisted of a discussion given by a local vet on ventilation during winter housing where he used a smoke bomb to identify air flow. This proved to be very interesting and gave everyone something to think about regarding their sheds at home. Matt Gray and Phil Allman took a small group each. Matt gave a demonstration on winter clipping, showing how to clip out backs and discussing the benefits of doing this. Phil discussed weaning and feeding for shows. During lunch, which was homemade burgers and sausages with endless cups of tea and biscuits, Matt gave another demonstration but this time on summer clipping. To finish up we had a tour of the cattle which were still out at grass. It was very Autumnal with some lovely colours, cattle and company!

The future..........? So what’s next I hear you ask? Well, it’s my aim, with the support of Council, Members and Breeders that this new programme will now flourish and grow. There will be an annual Spring workshop which will rotate

I want Newsletters, more influence on young handler classes, competitions and links abroad - the list goes on. There are many exciting ideas and opportunities on the horizon for UKHY so keep your eyes peeled on the UK Hereford Youth Facebook page and the Hereford Cattle Society website and Social Media. Or, you can contact me at emmasmith460@btinternet. com or Mob: 07772 495913. The next workshop is being hosted by the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association in April 2017. Venue and location to be confirmed but I will keep you posted.

Proof is in the pudding - Testimonials My Showing Life I love showing! - From washing the cattle at home to driving into the farm after the show. I have been showing for nine years and I remember the first time when I was dragged across the show ring by a calf, I was three! We have all got someone to look up to and my inspiration is Steve Edwards, Richard Edwards and my mum - Emma Smith. The Poll Show is one of my favourite shows and this year I was quite successful in the young handlers competition. First on the Friday night when I won my class, leaving the ring with a £50 Showtime voucher. Many thanks to the Fabb herd for sponsoring that! On Saturday I was lucky enough to be given the chance to lead the young heifer belonging to Alan & Sue Timbrell in the ring and we won Junior Female Champion. As my love and experience of cattle is expanding all the time I am so glad that the UK Hereford Youth programme has started! Many thanks to my mum for starting this! Oliver Garnett – Smith, Aged 12

spent time with Andrew Hughes working with cattle from various herds. I kicked off this season at Bath & West Show where we were successful with Coley 1 Bubbles taking the Breed Championship. This was my first time at Bath & West Show and so there were a lot of new faces, but as always on the show circuit I was made to feel at home. Throughout this season I attended a number of shows alongside Andrew and where possible took part in young handler competitions – my most successful show in this sense being the Royal Welsh Show where I was awarded the Champion Inter-breed Young Handler. I always look forward to the showing season and not just because of my love of early mornings and getting covered in a cocktail of god-knowswhat! The social side is also something I look forward to. Although the faces in the lines change, the atmosphere is always a warm and welcoming one and has a strong part to play in my love of showing. Unfortunately, next year I will be on my Uni placement and so will be missing show season 2017 – the first time in 7 years! I have been truly privileged to have worked with some great cattle and gained some amazing experiences, not least attending Canadian Agribition later in 2016, somthing that I am really looking forward to! I am sure it will be one to remember. Flora Amery, Aged 20

Growing in confidence Bradley is growing in confidence & ability this season due in no small part to the first youth weekend held in April. He won the Beef Junior Young Handler Competition heldermanagh County Show. Lindsey McCallister

My first showing season The Poll show was the first Hereford show I have been to. The setting was beautiful and lots of really good cattle were there. I was lucky enough to have such a good start and win at such an honourable event. Isla Soutter, Aged 15 P.S. No young members were harmed in the making of this article. Bribery has not been used especially with Oliver GarnettSmith. All testimonials are their own words!

Oliver in action at the National Poll Show 2016

Poll Herefords - my take on this year£s showing Showing has always been a big part of my summer calendar and so after the dispersal of our herd in September of 2014 I wasn’t ready to pack it in just yet! Last year I had the privilege of working with Darragh McManus and the Normanton herd and this year I

Bradley Graham at Fermanagh Show 2016



Champion of the World Competition - Fort Worth, Texas To win Male champion at the National Poll Show with Normanton Lionel was the highlight of the 2015 showing calendar, until somebody told me that winning such an award meant we had qualified for the ‘Champion of the World’ competition. On the way home from the Poll Show I looked on the website to see what the competition entailed. National Show winners from all around the world are split into groups according to what continent they are in, then a panel of judges - one from North America, South America, Australasia and Europe would look at the photograph of each animal and make their three top placings. As the Hereford is so largely populated around Europe there is a pre-qualifying round before the ‘Champion of Europe’ is judged. Fortunately we made it through the pre-qualifying round and went on to be crowned the 2015 ‘Champion of Europe’. In order to receive the $3000 prize money for winning we HAD to go to Texas to collect it and with that do a talk to a group of university students studying on the TCU Ranch Management Course. Of course I all of a sudden had a lot of friends who would love to go to Texas for a week. So on Friday the 29th January Darragh, Andy, Sam and I left Heathrow for Dallas, Texas where we were greeted by competition organiser PJ Budler and wife Koula. Not letting the jet lag set in we soon found ourselves in a popular watering hole in Cowtown Fortworth and I can confirm that Guinness doesn’t travel but Jamison’s does.

amount of Herefords present at the show and all of the cattle had been turned out to the highest standard. Each breeder present had promotional information on their herd sires, most recent bull sales and the donor females involved in their Embryo programs and some even had music playing to draw you to see their cattle. The day we’d travelled to Texas arrived and the awards ceremony was taking place in the sale ring at the Showground. The sale ring was like no other sale ring I’d ever seen before. Green sawdust for the cattle to walk on, pristine painted rails around the ring, tiled walls and cushioned seats for the prospective bidders to sit on. Fortunately for me the seats weren’t full but there was a camera present recording the presentation and streaming it live across the internet for those all around the world to see. Unfortunately ‘Lionel’ didn’t win ‘Champion of the World’ but instead a bull called ‘Mason’ who was born and bred in America did. However I did receive a jacket with ‘Champion of Europe’ printed on and a lovely brown envelope full of dollars that looked more like monopoly money than actual currency. To say we partied hard that night would be an understatement. On the Monday morning we travelled back to the showground to see the National Hereford and Poll Hereford Shows. The cattle that we’d seen in the stalls were out strutting their stuff and it was apparent why the animals looked so good. before each animal entered the ring each vendor would

The first evening we found the familiar faces of Robert Wilson and Andrew Hughes. Robert had won ‘Miss Europe’ and I think Andrew volunteered to carry Robert’s bags just so he could go too on the trip. We also met the other Delegates from around the world and were treated to a big Texas bbq and later found ourselves in the world renowned Billy Bobs bar which has a bull riding ring in the middle. On the Saturday morning we went to Fort Worth Stock Show for the first time and what a place it was. Acres and acres of purpose built sheds for cattle, horses, sheep and pigs. The show itself lasts for 3 weeks but cattle only go for the days required to get ready for show day and then leave. What was so impressive to see was the



have 2 or 3 people clipping and glueing every hair on the body so that their animal looked as close to perfection as possible. Whilst I could not follow all of the judging, once the judge got hold of the microphone it was much clearer to see why he’d placed them in the order he had. Tuesday was a day that I was regretting. I’m not a confident public speaker and the thought of having to stand up in front of a lecture theatre full of budding Ranch students and other delegates from around the world did worry me slightly. Fortunately for me I was one of the last speakers of the day and I could sense that everyone was getting ready to go home. I played them a video of the cattle from home I had created

and whisked through my presentation -I don’t think anyone fell asleep! On the 3rd of February we moved away from Fortworth and started our tours around some of the Hereford ranches in Texas. The first ranch we visited was Dudley brothers who run a system very different to what we had seen so far. No showing and the only animals receiving supplementary feeding was the Sale bulls in the run up to their annual on farm sale. For their 2016 annual bull sale and over 120 bulls to sell through their own on farm purpose built sale ring. After the sale the brothers spend the next few weeks delivering the bulls far and wide. Moving on from Dudley brothers we visited the ‘Rocking Chair Ranch’, as we came off the tarmac road it felt like we were going on a safari. Twisting and turning down stone tracks with the occasional sighting of a Hereford cow and calf hiding under a bush or drinking from a pond. I wondered what the cows were living off as there didn’t appear to be any grass in sight. But, I guess, this is where the Hereford comes into its own and has the ability to convert poor quality forage into milk or meat. They had got two pens of bulls in and we were able to do some stock judging and it was great to hear the reasons of fellow Hereford breeders from around the world on what they perceived to be the best of each group. On the 4th of February we visited GKB Herefords. GKB exhibited at the Show we’d visited in Fortworth and had great success. GKB was very different to Dudley Brothers and the Rocking chair Ranch. They seemed to be very proactive in the showring regularly taking teams of cattle well into the teens to shows. We visited their very own embryo barn where they can keep cows during the flushing program and they plan to put up a laboratory to process all the eggs that are flushed. It was here

we also saw ‘Mason’ the bull that beat us to Champion of the World. He didn’t look much like the show bull he did in the picture but more like a bull that had done a lot of work. But, you could still see the qualities in him that won him so many prizes across America. Whilst we were looking at the herd sires in the paddocks I couldn’t help but notice a very little Angus bull who wouldn’t have been much bigger than a jersey cow. Turns out he’s for the GKB Black Baldie program, has some of the best EPD’s in America and cost $160,000. On our penultimate day in Texas we visited Iron Lake Ranch owned by a Businessman called Dimitri. His breeding policy was quite simple take the best female, find the best bulls, sell the best cattle and it seemed to work for him. He also owns the record highest price bull Miles Mckee who was sold first time around for $600,000. Unfortunately Miles Mckee had hurt his

back so hadn’t got many progeny on the ground when we visited. At the most recent on farm annual sale they sold 45 females averaging $9363, so I guess something must be working. On our final day in Texas we went back to the showground to see the sale of champions. While we had been away hundreds of steers had been shown and the top few from each division were able to be sold through the ring. Before the sale we looked through the lines of steers and it was amazing to see the standard of cattle turned out. Cattle were perfectly washed, dried and trimmed. I had to ask some of the exhibitors how they managed to get such perfect coats of hair on their animals. Big Cooler’s or fridges are used to keep the animal’s cold and where these steers spend most of their lives being washed and dried. The skill and dedication of the person whose job it is to get the cattle ready is absolutely world class. What is more unbelievable is the price that the champion and reserve steers sold for. The champion steer sold for $210,000 and the reserve champion steer sold for $160,000, unlike in the UK where the champion steers are bought by big Meat processors these two steers were bought by business men and women who then donate the steers to the FortWorth Zoo for all visitors to see. I would like to thank PJ Budler for organising such an amazing trip where everything had been planned so I didn’t have to! I would urge anybody wanting to go and see cattle in America to get in touch with PJ or go to the Annual event that he organises. It was really a trip of a lifetime.



Canadian Western Agribition

Attended by three young members Flora Amery, Maddie Clarke and Andrew Whitlow By Flora Amery My trip to Canada began when I read the Society Newsletter last summer and noticed the Denis Jones Memorial Bursary to attend Canadian Western Agribition and compete in the 4H stock judging competition. Combining my passion for showing and love of travelling was something that had never really crossed my mind so when the opportunity to do so came about I jumped at the chance to apply. When I heard the news that my application had been successful I was over the moon and as I continued to read the letter I realised that Maddie Clarke and Andrew Whitlow would be joining me – at least I’d know a couple of faces, I thought! After trying Jim’s patience with numerous e-mails, the time quickly came to start my journey. I eventually arrived at Heathrow Terminal 2 after navigating rail replacement services to find a rather cool, calm and collected looking Maddie, I have to admit I did envy her relaxed demeanour as I had been checking my passport every 10 minutes for the last hour and running through lists in my head of things I may have forgotten. Once everyone had arrived and got through the ‘time saving’ self check-in machines we made our way to board the plane for the 8 hour flight to Calgary. Once again I was left envious of Maddie who was fast asleep within the first 20 minutes of the flight! A few films later we landed and were straight back into the air on a much smaller plane, I joked that there was no way they would fit all of our bags on! This was funny until we landed in Regina and two of the group’s bags hadn’t arrived! We were met by some of the lovely volunteers from Agribition who drove us to our hotel. The weather was far warmer than expected at about -3! The next day we had time to catch up on some sleep before heading over to the Agribition site. Today, was Sunday, and the show didn’t start until Monday so we had a chance to wander around and see all the cattle before it got too busy. Whilst we were taking a look around we came across the shed of bison, there was a very helpful exhibitor there who spent time with us explaining a bit about the beasts and the benefits of farming them. There would be a sale on the Tuesday where videos of the bison would be played to avoid causing the animals stress. The bison all had to be gone from the showground the evening of the sale as


Flora (left) and Maddie at Buffalo Plains Cattle Company

the sheep would be coming in, we were told that the sheep carry a disease that is harmless to them but could easily kill all the bison should they come into contact with it! Sunday evening, we had supper with the rest of the 4H competitors and kicked off the judging with our first three classes; forage, meat and crops. These were a lot harder than expected as the forage was far from what I was used to and the meat was four different cuts! We all had a go before heading to bed – tomorrow was when it would really start! We had an early start on Monday and after being split into groups the day kicked off with our first class – for me it was the finishing heifers. We all made our way around the 9 different classes ranging from dairy cattle to horses! After everyone had placed each class we stopped for lunch and had some time to start preparing our reasons. I have had a bit of experience stock judging with the Hereford Society and YFC at home but giving reasons, without notes or the animals in front of me was daunting to say the least! I calmed my nerves by telling myself that only the judge can hear me and they will have forgotten who said what come the following week. By the time I had given my reasons for the last class I was exhausted, more than likely a combination of a long day and slightly jet lagged. None the less Jim and two ladies from the International Business Centre suggested going out for a meal to give us all a chance to get to know each other a bit better and we headed to “Bobby’s Tavern” – a Scottish bar – for supper and some down time. I was amazed at how well we all gelled as a group and how close we had become in a matter of days! Tuesday was the results breakfast and award ceremony! All the competitors and some family and friends got together for


a buffet breakfast before we were told the results. To start with they announced the top scorers for each class, Andrew Whitlow scoring just 1 mark off perfect with the Hereford heifer calf class! There were over 50 competitors and I really surprised myself coming 18th! I was more amazed to find out I scored 93 out of 100 on the light horses class given that I have only ever shown cattle! At this point I knew that if I took nothing else away from the trip at least I knew to believe in myself and have confidence in my ability. The first place price was a scholarship as well as a place on the judging panel for the First Lady Classic. We spent the rest of the day walking around the showground before making our way back to the International Business Centre (IBC) to watch the finals of the First Lady Classic. On Wednesday we had a chilled day and after a much appreciated lie-in we made our way to the showground. We watched some of the judging and had another wander around the cattle lines. It was so different to show day at home, here there were clipping crushes all down the lines and public weaving their way through. At around 6pm each night the cattle are taken to the tie ups outside and still there were no restrictions on where you could and couldn’t walk, rather refreshing I thought. That evening was the international dinner at the casino just across the road from our hotel so we donned our glad rags and headed over for the evening. Shortly after arriving there was a display by a tribe of Native Americans. The colours of their outfits and the sound of their music mixed with the food that was cooking really was a treat for all the senses. For dinner there were various stations with lots of different types of food showcasing various culinary skills. By this point it felt like I had known the group for years and we continued the

was a spectacle as around 50 females and 50 bulls paraded around the main ring. We watched from the IBC as the lights were dimmed and the final judging commenced. It was all very dramatic as the overall female and bull were tapped out and awarded $10,000 each! Sunday marked the end of our trip and the beginning of the long flight home. We all made it back with all our bags and I even managed to get my sorting stick home! I cannot express how grateful I am to the Agribition team for making our time truly unforgettable as well as Jim for putting up with us all and helping us to make the most of our time in Canada! And of course, a huge thank you to the Hereford Cattle Society for making it all possible. Attending Agribtion was an absolutely incredible opportunity and I would not have been able to do it without them. I had an amazing time and met some great people. Thank you to everyone that made it happen. Maddie & Flora with a Chief from a tribe of Native Americans

By Andrew Whitlow

night in the casino bar with a little dabble at roulette.

Being offered the opportunity to travel through the financial support from the Hereford Cattle Society to the internationally renowned agricultural show “Canadian Western Agribition” has to be one of the most memorable trips I have ever been lucky enough to be part of.

Thursday was a quieter day, we all split off and went around the show. Using my Welsh nationality to my advantage I managed to get myself a free sorting stick, I hadn’t really thought it through as the boys quickly realised and asked me how I intend to get it home… That evening we went to the Rodeo – Jim and the Director of Agribition arranged for us to watch it from one of the boxes which meant we could see everything! It was truly exhilarating – even the youngsters’ sheep rodeo! Friday was another quieter day of walking around the show and watching some judging. After the judging had all finished we made our way back to the hotel for a quick change before getting a taxi to our farewell meal, Jim had assured us that the steak would be right up there with the best we’ve ever tasted and he wasn’t wrong!

Travelling to Canada on Saturday 19th November with our chaperones, Jim Barber and Ian Cook the prep talk began at Heathrow airport. I met the following; Maddie Clarke and Flora Amery who were also representing the Hereford Cattle Society alongside Richard Evans a previous bursary recipient. Rupert Shinner from the South Devon Cattle Society, Joe

Clarke and William Glover were privately sponsored and were also fortunate enough to experience this great Canadian adventure. Our group landed safely in Calgary airport to connect to the last destination: Regina in Saskatchewan Province. Although the flights went smoothly in that we all arrived in Regina, my luggage had different ideas and had travelled by airmail to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories! Two days after landing I was eventually reunited with my suitcase of woolly jumpers which was a must in the -5° fresh Canadian air - and most importantly my cowboy boots! Arriving in Regina on the Saturday night the group met up with two volunteers from the Canadian Western Agribition and long term friends of Jim Barber; Mona Taylor and Jeanine Nazarchuk. Throughout the week Mona and Jeanine guided us around the various exhibitions at the show, helped co-ordinate the participants of the stock judging competitions, hosted our ‘meet and greets’ in the international lounge and generally ensured we really were making the most of our time in Canada. After a welcoming sleep we spent our first day at the Canadian Western Agribition Show. Beginning to get our bearings within the shows enormous buildings and meeting other 4H participants from Canada, some who had driven 32 hours to attend the show, made us realise this was going to be a fantastic event and we were all delighted to be part of it. The sheer size and scale of the show was unreal and was like nothing I had seen before. After a brief, but insightful look around the cattle lines we headed to the international lounge to pick up our show passes. The international lounge became our central hub throughout

Come Saturday we had no idea where the week had gone! We spent the day looking around a feedlot called Buffalo Plains, it was huge! Whilst we were there they were processing a load of calves that had just come in. The system was so slick; the calves came in and went up the chute and into the mechanised crush and within 15 seconds the animal was branded, tags checked and replaced if needs be, drenched and out into the pen. We made it back in time to watch the beef supreme class – the male and female champions from various shows across Canada! It really



of all the breeds exhibiting. I have to say my mind was blown away with the quality of the cattle, these were truly some of the best cattle I have seen and the uniformity and consistency was incredible. One remarkable aspect of the Show Cattle was seeing them tied up outside, in deep straw bedded lines overnight. The reason for this mass-movement of over 3000 head of cattle each evening was to prevent pneumonia. We also stopped at a Bison sale and were fortunate to speak to a bison breeder. After a hectic day walking around the various exhibitions and watching the show of the First Lady Classic, Rupert, Ian and I headed to the Brandt Centre (an ice hockey arena turned rodeo for one week) to watch some full contact jousting, it was quite a surreal event and I can imagine the health and safety police back in the UK would have a field day!

the week and you were guaranteed to find good company at the bar. Once all the group had signed in to participate in the 4H Youth Judging Competition, we intermingled with over 56 other competitors from Canada’s Agricultural Colleges and Provinces. Sunday evening’s competition asked competitors to place classes of hay, cereals and meat. Reasons were not to be given, which was quite a challenge for someone as talkative as me! The following competitions took place on Monday; Light Horses, Dairy, Feeder Steers, Feeder Heifers, Charolais Bulls, Prospect Calves, Speckled Park Bred Heifers, Gelbvieh Bred Heifers and finally the best of all the Hereford Heifers. All nine classes were judged by the 4H competitors in the morning with reasons to be given in the afternoon. In comparison to stock judging competitions in the UK the experience was notably different, as all given reasons were expected to be from memory. Receiving the final placings and reasons from the competition judges, it was safe to say the group had met the overall opinions of each class and we speculated on our final position. Returning to the international lounge to meet Jim Barber and Ian Cook we were introduced to the well-known Australian Hereford Breeder, Keith Plant (originally from Staffordshire), who throughout the week, kindly shared his knowledge and experience of his Hereford Cattle system in Australia. Once good food and drink were consumed in a Scottish-themed bar we were all ready to return to our beds, excitingly awaiting the awards breakfast the following morning.

After all the individual class awards were disclosed, the top five overall winners were revealed as all being Canadian. I felt privileged just to have taken part but being placed for stock judging is always gratifying. Once the UK group had received our results on paper we could see our individual scores, I was pleased to have done so well in all the beef classes but my lack of horse knowledge was telling and thus reduced my overall score to achieve 28th place. Rupert Shinner excelled out of the UK group being placed 9th. The prize giving drew to an end and the group took the opportunity to have a good look around the showground. Firstly, heading around the cattle handling systems and then onto the large arable machinery, all of which looked very expensive! We then got engrossed looking down the cattle lines

We took our places at the showground for the awards breakfast. As the results were announced I was elated to hear my name called out as the winner of the Hereford Heifers class with a near-perfect score of 99/100 for my placings and reasons. I was informed that this was the highest mark awarded to an individual class on the day!



Wednesday turned into another insightful day around the show where we also met up with other delegates from the UK including John Kemp from Auckvale Herefords and Helen Parr of the Fabb herd. CJME Radio managed to spot the UK group in the international lounge, and asked whether I would give a radio interview on my experience of the Agribition show so far. A little bit of persuasion from Rich and I obliged. Slightly nervous, having never done a radio interview before, they were keen to find out what had brought me to Agribition and what I was hoping to get out of it. We spent most of the afternoon watching the judging of Shorthorns from the international lounge and mingling with other delegates. I had a memorable chat with a Canadian dairy farmer, David Marshall who moved from Scotland to start farming out in Ontario. In the evening we attended the international gathering which was held at Casino Regina. There we met people from all across the globe who had come to visit Agribition, the food was excellent but the beer was, as was to be expected, from North American brewery’s (- couldn’t find a decent pale ale anywhere!). After the reception we said

goodnight to Jim and the ‘older’ crowd and the young ones headed to the casino, this turned out to be an eventful night and Rich couldn’t believe how easy you could make money whereas Flora couldn’t believe how easy it was to lose money! Next morning had us pondering why our wallets were on the lighter side. We began the day in the international lounge watching the Limousin judging. Jim Barber, John Kemp and I then decided to wander round the Hereford lines. Mr Kemp had a heifer showing at Agribition which came 3rd in its class. A feather in their cap at Auckvale Herefords as the winner of the class later sold for an amazing sum in excess of 30,000 dollars. We saw some excellent cattle and spoke to some highly regarded breeders such as the world famous Remitall West herd. In the afternoon, Rupert, Rich and I decided to take a shuttle bus to Cowtown, I had never seen so many pairs of cowboy boots! If it wasn’t for the previous night’s events, I think I would have had to have bought another suitcase to bring back various pieces of western wear. Returning from Cowtown we headed for the John Deere sale arena to watch the Hereford sale, the first lot to sell was a 9-month old bull calf which made $70,000 for 2/3’s full possession. The sale was hard to follow due to their speedy auctioneering style but it was fascinating to watch.

showground early to watch the National Horned and Poll Hereford Shows. Once again I was impressed with the quality of the cattle that were in the ring, they were all very well balanced animals, easy fleshing with excellent width but with perhaps slightly more condition when compared to the Herefords back in the UK. It was an excellent show and myself and Rich spent most of the day with Keith and Jim watching the judging. After the show we all went out for dinner nearby and polished off incredible T-bone steaks. The younger members of the party headed to a bar called “Bobby’s Place” to help Maddie celebrate her birthday. The night ended with me doing an impromptu singing performance of Wagon Wheel and Country Roads with the live band. The look on Rich’s face was priceless when he returned from the bar to see me up on stage! We were off on a feedlot and ranch tour the following day. This was one of my highlights of the trip, the experience of the show in itself was excellent but to actually see the ranches rearing beef was fantastic. There were over 25,000 head of cattle at the feed lot and they were in the middle of processing the newest batch of cattle, this involved ear tagging, hormone implant, dehorning if necessary and branding which they invited me to have a go at. We then headed to a Red Angus and Charolais ranch which was very informative and a real treat for all who visited. We made it back in time for Rupert to go and “Run with Bulls” in the rodeo ring which as you can imagine doesn’t sound too safe. I opted out of this event as I had my appendix out only three weeks previously! Luckily Rupert managed the course without getting hurt. We then headed back to the main show ring to watch the Beef Supreme Championship. This has to be the most dramatic cattle show I have ever seen. It included all the champion bulls and females from the weeks shows. I was then honoured to be asked to hold an advertising board in the parade of the Beef Supreme cattle. The prize money was $10,000 dollars,

there were some exceptional Horned and Poll Herefords picked out for the final 10 bulls and females but the Angus won both male and female championships. It was an incredible atmosphere and I felt privileged to be there watching. Once the show had finished we had a final meal with Mona, Janine and Keith and said our goodbyes to our new friends. The week had passed by far too quickly but it was time to catch the plane from Regina to Toronto and then the last leg from Toronto to Heathrow, London. To summarise the week at Agribition with the above paragraphs doesn’t give the experience the justice it deserves. The 4H Competition and shows have really opened my eyes to international opportunities with the breed and plans to return to Agribition are definite! I’m sure the knowledge gleaned will prove most beneficial for the development of our High House Hereford herd based in Worcestershire and fully cement my passion for the breed. I would like to thank Jim Barber for all his guidance throughout the week and his contacts that I was fortunate enough to meet. I can honestly say I feel so privileged to have been considered, and then given the chance to represent the Hereford Cattle Society and am extremely grateful to the Society’s Council in allowing me this opportunity. My grateful thanks also to the Jones family (Dendor Herefords) in commencing the Bursary some years ago - in memory of the late Denis Jones. Thank you.

Following the Hereford sale, we headed to the rodeo, where we were introduced to Stuart Stone the President of Agribition and a long-term friend of Jim’s. He kindly invited us to watch the rodeo from the President’s box! The experience was surreal and the rodeo was exceptional. The skill of the cowboys and their shear fearlessness was nothing short of remarkable. Needless to say everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable night and we headed back to the casino bar for a few drinks before turning in for the night. Slightly jaded we made our way to the



By Maddie Clarke

My trip started when I arrived at Heathrow Airport on Saturday 19th November where I met my fellow travellers and our chaperone for the trip Jim Barber. Jim just about managed to get all of us checked in until it was my turn and surprise surprise there was a fault with my visa!! After finding out that I had informed the Canadian government that I was a British subject rather than a British citizen when I applied for my visa, we soon sorted the problem and cracked on with our 8hr flight.

On Monday we had to judge 9 classes throughout the day and give reasons on 6 classes. We had to judge Dairy Heifers, Prospect Calves, Hereford Heifers, Charolais Bulls, Feeder Steers, Feeder Heifers, Speckled Park and Gelbviehs. It was tiring but an amazing experience and learning curve and I think that we all learnt that the Canadians judge cattle completely different to how we do here in the UK. It was interesting to hear the judge’s reasons as to how they placed the cattle and learn what they look for in an animal. I was really chuffed as I got the placings spot on in the Hereford heifer class and Andrew even scored the highest marks and beat all of the other competitors in this class.

Highlights of Agribition 2016 On our last day we visited the Buffalo Plains Cattle Co feedlot. It was amazing to see so many cattle on one farm and see how they manage the stock. We then went on to visit a pedigree Red Angus and Charolais herd. I had my 19th Birthday whilst I was out in Canada and there was no better way to



spend it than watching the Overall Beef Supreme at Agribition! I was spoilt rotten by everyone at Agribition and had the best birthday. On Wednesday night we went to the rodeo and it was by far my favourite part of the trip. It was amazing!! The best part was when the kids ride the sheep and try and stay on as long as possible. I would like to thank the Hereford Cattle Society for sponsoring me on this trip. It really was a trip of a lifetime and an experience I will never forget. It was amazing to see so many quality cattle all in one show. Special thankyou to Jim Barber as without him this trip wouldn’t happen and there is no one better to take us than Jim.

2016 - SHOWS

The National Young Show Stars Event, Malvern Showground National Young Show Stars was launched in 2015 as a new event for the livestock sector with a view to showcasing the industry’s future talent and is organised by the Show Stars Management Committee in association with the Three Counties Agricultural Society at Malvern.

Emma Smith. Cattle for the South of England team were kindly provided by Classic Poll Herefords. Well done to both young Hereford teams for their enthusiasm and endeavour in what was a highly competitive and professional competition.

The event took place on 23rd and 24th March and saw more than 140 young farming enthusiasts between the ages of eight and 24 showcase their skills in marketing and publicity, clipping, trimming and presentation, ring craft, auctioneering, butchering and their general knowledge of the industry. Commenting on the event, Chairman Neil Lloyd said: “In just two years this event has cemented itself as a showcase for young talent in this industry. The aim all along has been to put young people at the forefront of a farming event and give them the profile and credit they deserve. The event has grown considerably with the addition of a headline sponsor in the form of the Allflex Group, which the event organisers are indebted to for their valuable support. The most eagerly contested section was undoubtedly the beef competition with 18 teams entered, including an exchange team from Canada, and with many competitions taking place for judges Mark Phillips, Fraser Cormack and Jimmy McMillan, there was plenty for them to discuss and deliberate over.

From L to R, Amy Osbourne, Tom Oatey & Ella Fosten representing SEHBA

Two teams were sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Society at the event. One team from Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association (M&EAHBA) and another from the South of England Hereford Breeders’ Association (SEHBA) respectively. Representing the MEHBA team were; a former winner of the competition when it was held in conjunction with Beef Expo, Fiona Woollatt alongside Katherine Baines and James Hicks. The highlight of the day for the “Red Roses” team was finishing second in the Interview section, after Fiona did a sterling job when grilled by veteran Royal Three Counties Show commentator Mr Clive Davies. Hereford Society Chairman Mr Richard Mann kindly provided the team with two animals for them to prepare and show. The SEHBA team, “Irresist-a-bulls” comprised of Thomas Oatey, Ella Fosten and Amy Osbourne and were under tutorage of Ms

Competing for M&EAHBA are, from left, Katherine Baines, James Hicks & Fiona Woollatt



Young star shines at the Royal Welsh Show Re-printed by kind permission of the Farmers Weekly The 2016 Royal Welsh was another successful, if scorching, show and some of the competitors turning up the heat were in the junior competitions. Hayley Parrott caught up with one of the three young champions. “This is the first sash I have won that I can keep,” says Flora Amery, the 19-year-old awarded The Eifion Green Award in the Inter-breed Beef Young Handler Competition. “I always said I won’t stop showing until I get a sash, but I am not stopping yet.” Before selling up a couple of years ago, Flora’s family had a Hereford herd for eight years and she says it was their stockman George Bowen who trained her up. “He taught me everything I know.” Flora added “I got into showing as my parents got into it. I was always out there washing them and prepping them.” After doing a summer with Normanton Herefords last year, Royal Agricultural University student Flora is now working as a freelance assistant stockman in the holidays while away from her studying. The fluent Spanish speaker is working towards a degree in International Business Management and Mandarin, which she hopes she will be able to use to set up her own agricultural consultancy business eventually. Flora speaks passionately about showing and its contribution to agriculture. “It’s good because the public get to see the cattle and get to know more about agriculture. In my case it’s also great publicity for the Hereford Breed. I just love showing; I love the social side. Even in horrible hot

Flora's morning at the Royal Welsh before her Winning Class 6am – Rise and shine With earlier classes, Flora would get up earlier, but she had a lie-in until 6am before her 11am competition. “You have to be up early because you don’t know what state they’re going to be in when you wake up. They might have pooped and lay in it, or got their white bits all dirty, so you have to leave time to wash, dry and prep them.” 8am – Shampoo time This was a bit later than Flora would usually begin washing, but she didn’t want her heifer stood about getting hot in the heatwave at this year’s show. 10am – Grooming in the shade This was time for Easter the heifer’s blow dry and combing. “You comb them to sculpt the body,” says Flora. “You brush them up to accentuate their good bits and help hide any small flaws. A good stockman will do it so you don’t even know they’ve done it.” 11am – Showtime Flora held Easter in the cattle lines until right at the last minute, to keep her out of the mid-day sun on the ring. She had to run back to the lines to get her bucket of grooming gear because she noticed Easter’s hair had been flattened as she brushed against something and she’d had a poo on the walk down, so Flora wanted to do some last-minute preening before they entered the ring.



From L to R, Judge Chris Ball, Abergavenny, Flora Amery with Coley 1 Easter, Sponsor from Nat West Gary James and presenting the Eifion Green Award Ms Elin Green

weather like this, it’s like we’re a big team. We’re like one big family in the Hereford lines.” Being a Welsh girl, from Llandeilo, Carmarthen, the Royal Welsh is one of her favourites. In the young handler competition, she was showing a young heifer called Coley 1 Easter, named after the time of year she was born in 2014, from Heather Whittaker’s Coley Hereford herd, based in Halifax, West Yorkshire. “She was so well behaved,” says Flora, “she got a bit touchy though in one corner; I think it was because she could see the shade!” Her showing summer will continue with the Border Union Show in Kelso followed by the National Show at Tenbury Wells, where she achieved her first ever Champion Young Handler title in her second year of showing, and finally the National Poll Show at Moreton-inMarsh. Even though she has got her sash now, she plans to keep learning, getting involved with the Hereford Society’s new UK Hereford Youth development events and improving her showmanship skills. “I don’t think you can ever stop learning,” she says.

Flora's top tips for other young handlers...... 1. Look at the judge Keep your eyes on the judge the whole time you’re in the ring, she says, even though “you do feel awkward looking at them all the time”. You can flick to the animal to check they’re OK and check where you’re going, but you have to make lots of eye contact with the judge. “I sometimes get told off for scowling because I am concentrating so hard, so my mum pulls funny faces from the side of the ring to make me smile!” 2. Don’t set the feet straight away “Don’t jump straight in with setting the feet,” she advises. When called up to the judge, let the animal stand, give them a scratch to settle them, then set their feet. 3. Showing starts outside the ring “The judge is watching you before you get into the ring,” says Flora, so you have to do everything yourself. “You have to be on the ball from the start and do it all yourself, maybe getting it wrong sometimes, but learning from it.” 4. “A clean white coat always helps”

Highlights for me were the commercial groups at Prado and the way the cattle were displayed on the Estancia’s. They really showed the value of the Hereford in the stud and commercial environment. Richard Mann, Spinney Herefords

“Thoroughly enjoyable trip of a lifetime. It’s great to see the Hereford breed thriving in such testing climates compared to those in the UK, the quality of the cattle in the show ring and on farm would compete with any in the world” William Livesey, Normanton Herefords

“I think the calmness of the cattle on show considering they can’t see a lot of people, and the way they were handled without fuss impressed me the most. Also a big thank you to all for making it a most enjoyable trip.” Les Gould, Baybridge Herefords

“I was very impressed with the locomotion of the older animals at the Prado Show, the width in the hind quarters and also the temperament of all cattle and horses as they walked amongst people at the showground. And of course the tenderness of the SEVEN fillet steaks I had!” George Thorne, Studdolph Herefords


The 17th World Hereford Conference was held in Uruguay during April 2016 Since the introduction of the breed and the establishment of the Hereford Breeders’ Society of Uruguay, Herefords have been at the centre of the meat production in Uruguay. In 2016 the Uruguayan Hereford Society celebrated several anniversaries in the history of the Hereford breed. For the second time, after 36 years, they hosted World Hereford Conference. The previous one which took place in 1980 was a landmark, positioning Uruguay as a global partner for the breed. It’s a country of 176,000 square kilometres (almost 110,000 square miles) with a population of just over 3 million. Uruguay shares borders with Brazil to the north and Argentina to the south west. 80% of the land is used for producing beef, which after tourism, is the country’s most important source of income. 70% of all beef produced is exported and the rest is consumed within the country where the average consumption per capita is approximately 6070kg per annum. The history of the Hereford breed in Uruguay is older than the Society. The first animals entered the country in 1864 and in 1888 the first purebred Hereford animal was born. Slowly, and by crossbreeding the cattle, the Hereford became the leading breed. With six million purebred Herefords this equates to more than half of the country’s beef cattle. The main reason was their outstanding characteristics; hardiness, foraging ability in natural pastures and docility. In April 1946, a group of important farmers got together to … “set up a specialised Society aiming to study and search for solutions to the problems arising from this very significant branch of the national livestock wealth” verbatim as stated in the first minutes of the Hereford Breeders’ Society of Uruguay. From then on, the breeders have been the pillars to ensure the success of the breed. Their poise has been the crucial factor in order to achieve a breed well adapted to the changing production environment as well as to industrial and commercial processes. The Uruguayan Hereford Society can name many dates and landmarks after 70 years of existence. For instance; in 1950 the Hereford Improvement Programme, in 1968 the first performance recording, in 1976 the establishment of the Kiyu Central Testing



Station, in 1994 the data from the Expected Progeny Difference and in 2006 the Pan-American Genetic Evaluation was launched. Conference presentations and farm visits can be viewed by logging on to the following and The genetic basis of the Uruguayan Beef Cattle Industry is Hereford, being the largest Hereford purebred herd in the world √ Free range √ Grass fed √ No hormones used √ Less cholesterol √ 100% traceability √ Safe, healthy, delicious √ High contents of Omega-3 and antioxidants For centuries, farmers have applied careful animal welfare and husbandry practices when raising cattle and sheep, following a sustainable process in total harmony with the environment. Traceability is mandatory for the 100% of cattle stock and every packing plant in the country. The process begins on the farm when the animal is born and continues until the final product, through an electronic information system (Black Boxes), with ISO 27001 Certification, audited by the British Standards Institute (BSI). The use of hormones, antibiotics and animal proteins in animal’s feed is forbidden by law. Uruguayan beef has less cholesterol and four times more Omega-3 and antioxidants than conventional beef. The taste of meat from animals raised freely and fed on natural pastures is unique and incomparable. Uruguay is in the “South American pampas”, on the Atlantic Ocean coastline, between Argentina and Brazil. The MERCOSUR (Southern Common Market) headquarters are based in Montevideo, the capital city.

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The World Hereford Conference - A Young Member's Perspective By Matthew Rollason, William Livesey & Joshua Dowbiggin William Livesey: After an extremely long journey with three flights and some extremely tight connections, our delegation touched down in Uruguay. Myself and the other 19 delegates were greeted at Montevideo airport by Jose ‘Pepe’ Bonica, Secretary General of the World Hereford Council and his family. As Pepe explained our itinerary for the weekend, we become more excited about what lay ahead. There was no time to be wasted as we set off on our tour bus to our first farm in the central region of the country.

of Montevideo, where on arrival we found two weary travellers; Les Gould and Matthew Rollason. The UK delegation was now completed and with a group of 22, we were representing the UK with flying colours! That evening we met up with more breeders who had travelled from every corner of the globe to attend the conference at the drinks reception hosted at our hotel. It was great to see so many attendees and it was a testament to the hard work of Pepe and his team for organising such an incredible conference.

Unfortunately, our tour did not get off to a great start, as heavy rains across Uruguay over the previous days and weeks, the worst flooding for over 30 years, meant that the ground was saturated. The road to our first farm visit at the Valle Chico herd was somewhat treacherous, and after getting within a stone’s throw away from the farm, we had to turn back as the floodwaters had breached the road and were too high for our vehicles to cross (believe me some serious attempts were made!). After another long bus ride (and still no cattle), we reached our stay for the night; the beautiful seaside city of Punta del Este. We met up with fellow breeders from around the world at our hotel that evening, which was ironically sited right next to the Punta del Este Trump Tower.

Matthew Rollason: On the first morning of the Conference week, we visited the Kiyu Test Station, an hour’s coach drive from the city in the region of San Jose. Here, they have been running feed conversion efficiency trials since 1976, taking in groups of 120 males from 40 different Estancias and rearing them in the same feedlot environment to compare performance. After the trial, two of the three bulls return home while the third remains at Kiyu to be reared in natural conditions out on pasture, before being later sold at auction. The latter animals were finished entirely on grass and were gaining a credible 1.2kg per day.

Bulls at Central de Prueba - Kiyu - Torros Hereford

No way through! The first visit to Valle Chico had to be abandoned due to flooding

The next day we began our tour of the city and surrounding area, which included a sneak peek into what can only be described as the ‘Beverley Hills’ of Uruguay, as well as a look around the fishing port, beaches and coastal formations surrounding the city. By this point the weather still hadn’t turned in our favour, but this didn’t dampen the spirits of our group. Phil Allman was in an especially good mood, even sharing out his well-guarded Haribo sweets (which we didn’t see much of for the rest of the trip!). We got back on our tour bus and headed back to the capital city



After observing a group of forty 14-16 month old bulls in the ring before us, we walked to see one of the trial feedlots where there were around 50 yearling bulls looking very sorry for themselves, knee deep in mud after four months of torrential rain. The bulls had access to a total mixed ration in feed bins which record the animal’s EID tag as it passes the reader. The bins were weighed every 20 seconds to record the weight before and after each feed as well as recording the number of feeds each day. The animals themselves were then weighed at regular intervals and weights compared to their daily feed intake. This research identifies the most efficient animals which gain the most weight using the least amount of feed and is currently being used to develop a feed efficiency EBV. Unfortunately, the weather had forced the organising committee to abandon plans to visit the El Ceibal stud that afternoon, so we departed for the Rural del Prado showground for lunch. As this was in fact my 20th birthday, the UK delegates were more than happy to inform our coach guide. Following the traditional “happy birthday routine” she said that it was Uruguayan tradition for the birthday boy to have his ears pulled by everyone he meets, something a delegate from Sweden kept up for the rest of the week! We arrived


The three UK young delegates, from left to right, William Livesey, Josh Dowbiggin and Matthew Rollason

at the showground for lunch and with true Uruguayan hospitality, red wine on tap. It is safe to say we soon forgot about the weather! Tuesday was the day of the pen shows and sales at the showground, with over 300 commercial cattle on display. The unhaltered cattle entered the ring in groups of three to be judged before moving into holding pens whilst the following lots entered. The quality of the cattle being exhibited was extremely high across the board, with fleshing ability, depth and feet and legs obviously high on the agenda for Uruguayan breeders. It was interesting to exchange views with our international counterparts around the ring about the concept of depth, a phrase often blurred with “bellied” in the UK. The cattle there have been selected to suit their environment; being capable of ranging vast areas and processing large volumes of forage, which is something we have maybe moved away from in the UK.

Josh Dowbiggin with Sr Roberts

the sustainability of Uruguayan beef production; the backbone being six million Hereford animals, out of a National population of some 11 million beef cattle, suited to their grass based systems. The country’s Hereford herd is comprised mostly of purebred animals with approximately 10,000 pedigrees across 900 farms. The talks were later followed by the official opening ceremony and 20 country reports from around the world. Hereford Cattle Society Secretary - David Prothero - presented a standout report which focussed on the recent change in fortunes for the breed back on home turf and the integral role it is playing within both the beef and dairy sectors. When speaking to delegates from other countries afterwards, it was interesting to learn just how differently our agricultural systems operate, and how the Hereford has been adapted across the world to meet different systems, environments and eating habits.

300 commercial Herefords were judged in small groups during the Pen Show

Wet weather persisted for most of the day, although that wasn’t going to deter us. To defeat the rain, Mark Roberts bought a beret, and one could be forgiven for assuming that he was a genuine Uruguayan citizen. I’m sure it raised several eyebrows at passport control before their departing flight! The judging ring was already saturated and after 300 cattle had passed through over the course of the morning, it looked a little worse for wear by the end. Due to the horrendous weather before the Conference, the country’s roads were in disarray and so the afternoon pen sales were cancelled due to the fact that the buyers could not even get there. Wednesday morning featured the first technical talks and outlined

David Prothero presenting the UK's country report at the 17th World Hereford Conference

After a long day of speeches and discussions, we were invited to attend a wine tasting evening along with traditional Uruguayan food, which we did with gusto! The main centrepiece were three huge joints of Hereford beef cooked there in front of us, and at least 20 stalls offering different varieties of wine. The most enjoyable part though was seeing Josh being asked for a form of ID! We also had the chance to speak with two women from the British Embassy, who said that the imports from Britain were dominated by Scotch whisky, with JCB’s coming a close second!




Visitors were shown an abundance of high quality cattle at the Prado Showground

Thursday was another early start at the Rural Del Prado showground, kicking off with lectures from guest speakers Donagh Berry of University College Cork, Ireland, and Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University, USA. These centred around research and development, with particular emphasis on recent advances in feed efficiency and breeding. As science and technology within agriculture is now moving at such a fast pace, livestock genetics are undoubtedly taking more precedence in a bid to feed a world increasingly demanding animal protein. For anyone who does not already know, genomics in cattle is basically mapping the bovine genome using technology originally designed for human medicine. It takes DNA samples in the form of hair, semen or tissue and allows identification of animals with high genetic merit at only a few weeks old, way before they have sired any offspring. It allows faster genetic progress as well as raising the accuracy of EBV’s from 30-40% to over 70%. Donagh Berry’s seminar highlighted how successful the uptake of genomics has been in Northern Ireland’s dairy herd, with 70% of semen sold in 2015 coming from genomic bulls, and outlined the potential it has for the UK beef herd. Genomics has transformed the UK dairy industry firstly with Holsteins, and now other dairy breeds. In the beef sector the early beginnings of genomics has already began, but key to its success is having a large enough reference population to develop a genomic base. Across the world, the Hereford is one of the most numerous beef breeds and although many breeders are already recording information, there is still a vast amount of data available to collect. This puts the breed in a highly advantageous position to improve the rate of genetic progress through co-operation between countries. Future advances will likely see the introduction of efficiency markers, expansion of eating quality traits and the improvement of production traits. One topic of great interest was that this technology could potentially identify animals which are genetically susceptible to certain diseases such as bovine TB and also reduce our reliance on antibiotics. Certainly a lot to talk about during our much needed coffee breaks! The day concluded with a special talk from guest speaker Mr Gustavo Zerbino, one of 16 survivors of the 1972 Andes plane disaster, of the original 45 passengers. He spoke in great detail about the crash and later, the avalanche that swept over their shelter in the wreckage. He said that they survived the cold temperatures and lack of food by resorting to cannibalism from remains preserved in the snow. Definitely one of the more sobering moments of the Conference. Following a 10-day trek across the mountains, they were finally found 72 days after the crash by a



Matthew Rollason with inspirational speaker Gustavo Zerbino

man from a remote village who had alerted the authorities. By the end of the talk, the crowd were on their feet and there were few dry eyes in the house. Following Gustavo’s talk, we left the Conference hall to watch traditional South American dancing, accompanied by the ever familiar red wine. We shortly returned inside to see that the whole hall had been transformed from a Conference centre to a dining room, complete with a raised auction ring. We were lucky enough to sit right at the front and enjoy our evening meal as 12 elite female lots went under the hammer. Joshua Dowbiggin: After we said our goodbyes to Matthew, Des and George & Iowny Thorne on Friday morning, as they headed back to the UK, the rest of our group headed out to the centre of Uruguay on our way to see some of the country’s top Hereford programs. The weather had improved dramatically compared to the weekend prior, so we were much more hopeful about the farm visits on our itinerary. The first stop on our post-conference tour was the world famous Las Anitas herd. Talk about hospitality! Food and drink as far as the eye could see, but this wasn’t the highlight of the herd visit for me. The cattle themselves were the stars of the show, and every animal on the farm was on display. Show animals, donor females, herd bulls, young bulls and heifers as well as the entire cow herd was shown to us, and better still, they brought them directly to us. A pen made with electric fencing and grandstand seating around three sides provided the perfect setting for the Alfonso family to show us their elite sires and donor females, followed by the entire cow herd being run through a field next to the farmyard where we could stand and watch as hundreds of whiteface cattle were herded past us by a team of gauchos. I could certainly get used to herd tours where the cattle are brought to you! After our visit to Las Anitas, we travelled to a remote country club where we enjoyed a night of local music, Uruguayan cuisine and (yes you guessed it!) more red wine. We than travelled back to our hotel to get some rest before our herd visits the next day.

At Las Anitas cattle previously shown at Prado Showground were brought close up to the many interested onlookers


Commercial Herefords being expertly brought up in large groups at El Paraiso by the many Gauchos on hand

The following day was definitely a personal highlight for me. The El Paraiso stud was the first herd on our travels for the day. We saw Herefords in numbers that could rival the migrations of the Serengeti. Huge fields with hundreds of purebred cows run in a completely commercial setting were again herded past by a large team of highly skilled gauchos. The look on the faces of the delegates was quite a sight, as we were all in awe of the scale to which these ranchers farmed, with minimal inputs and labour, on a purely grass based system. As we were taken down to the farm yard, we were shown the farms herd sire line up with some incredible bulls expressing serious fleshing ability and extremely sound structure, a theme which was exhibited throughout the Conference. The herd owner explained to us that his cattle must earn their keep to remain on his ranch, adding that selecting for problem-free efficient animals must be the number one aim of any Hereford program if they are to become a successful enterprise. With the pressures that the global beef industry is going to face in the coming decades, in my view systems such as this that utilise an energy source useless to humans (grass) and turn it into a healthy nutritious protein source like beef. At the same time using minimal inputs, can only be a good thing for the world beef market, ensuring the industry we work in remains sustainable. Our next herd visit was only a short horse ride away (at least it was for the gauchos that were lending a hand at both ranches!). The El Baqueano herd was another large scale Hereford operation with predominantly horned genetics being used throughout the herd. As we assessed the cow herd through the afternoon, one could not miss the functionality of every animal in the paddocks. Each cow had a clean and tidy udder and had excellent locomotion, structural soundness whilst also being very confident with her feet

Cattle on view at the impressive El Baqueano stud

placement. It became increasingly obvious throughout the day that cattle who could not cope with the environment in which they were required to live had no place in Uruguay. This was also the case at the show earlier in the week, where you would have to look very hard to find structurally unsound cattle there too. As we completed our tour of the El Baqueano herd, we were treated to an incredible evening of Uruguyuan music, fine dining and the largest BBQ feast any of us had ever seen. The Bordaberry family were incredible hosts and it seemed liked the perfect end to the perfect trip. The following morning, we travelled to the airport for what would become a very lengthy journey home, including a very spontaneous night in Sao Paulo! Our first flight was delayed, meaning we didn’t have much time to connect to our long-haul flight to London, and after some seriously fast running from our whole delegation we were stopped at the gate and told we would not be making our flight. So we enjoyed one last night together as a group in the hustle and bustle of downtown Sao Paulo. We all however made it home and lived to tell the tale of the 2016 World Hereford Conference in Uruguay. We would both like to thank the UK Hereford Cattle Society, its Council and its Members for providing us with this opportunity to travel to Uruguay. We could not be more grateful and the memories and experiences that this trip provided will stay with us forever. We would also like to thank the Uruguayan Hereford Association for their organisation of such a phenomenal event. Even though the weather was not in their favour for a large proportion of the trip, they stuck at it and provided us with an incredible week of all things Uruguayan and all things Hereford!

Matthew Rollason at the Prado Showgound



Squeezing more benefits out of genomics for Herefords

By Donagh Berry Animal and Bioscience Research Department, Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland The basics Genomics is the study of DNA. DNA is the building blocks of genes and it is the genes that determine whether a Hereford has the potential, for example, to grow or be fertile– whether a Hereford achieves its genetic potential is dependent on the management and environment the animal was and is exposed to. DNA is present in all cells and remains the same throughout an animal’s life; in other words the DNA of a calf taken at one day of age is the same as that animal’s DNA several years later. By Donagh Berry, eagasc, oorepark, Ireland Apart from identical twins,Teach animalM has a different DNA profile. This is commonly The basics referred to as the animal’s genotype.

Beefing up beef breeding in Ireland using DNA technology

The potential immediate uses of genomic Genomics is the study of DNA. DNA is the building blocks of genes and it is the genes that information in cattle production is in Figure determine whether an animal the potential, for example, to grow or be fertile– whether an 1. Other more futuristic uses has include personalised management, animal achieves its genetic development potential is dependent on the management the animal is exposed to. of diagnostics, and vaccines DNA is present in all cells and ramongst emains the same throughout an animal’s life; in other words the DNA others. of a calf taken at one day of age is the same as that averification nimal’s DNA years later. Apart fDNA-based rom Previous technology could parentage canseveral be accurately only (in)-validate the proposed sire. In the undertaken based on the DNA information Parentage assignment and identical twins, each animal has a different DNA profile. This is commonly referred to as the animal’s absence of DNA information of the dam, of the individual and its parent(s). The extent genotype. traceability where the proposed sire was not validated, of sire parentage errors in most commercial The use of genomic information in cattle the identification of the true sire could cattle populations is approximately 15%. breedingThe potential immediate uses of Assuming genomic a information in cattle production is in Figure 1. is not new. Genomics has not easily be ascertained. Recent DNA Hereford bull has, on average, Other more futuristic uses include personalised management, development of diagnostics being used routinely in parentage testing technologies areand not only more accurate, 70 progeny each, the 15% sire-error rate including ainmongst Herefords, since the 1960’s. but also facilitate the identification of the true equates to a 12% loss in genetic gain for a vaccines others. Because each animal inherits half its DNA sire (and dam) of the calf if DNA information trait like fertility and a 2% loss in gain for a from its sire and the other half from its dam, trait like the carcass weight or conformation. of the parent is available. Because DNA is unique to each individual (except identical twins), DNA can also be used to achieve full traceability – this is useful not only for traceability of meat samples, but also in the event of stolen stock. Coupled with the information available from the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS), having a complete and accurate national traceability system is advantageous when seeking new, higher-value beef markets. This is particularly relevant for Hereford cattle who already command a higher value carcass in some markets – being able to supplement the promoted superior meat quality with full traceability could further propel Hereford carcasses into higher value-added markets.

Inbreeding, mating advice and breed composition

Figure 1. Potential immediate uses of genomics in cattle production.


228  HEREFORD BREED JOURN AL 2012 Figure 1. Potential immediate uses of genomics in cattle production.

Inbreeding occurs when an animal carries two copies of the same chunk of DNA, both of which originated from a common

are probably okay while inbreeding in regions of the DNA that affect performance can be good or bad. Examination of the DNA of an individual can be used to more accurately determine its inbreeding level and the impact on performance; inbreeding of the offspring resulting from a mating cannot be predicted with certainty from the mates although some estimates can be generated especially if the mates are genotyped. Therefore, DNA information can be used to slow down the rate of inbreeding but also target (or avoid) inbreeding at certain regions of the DNA.

Figure 2. Possible DNA transmission scenario from grandparent to grandprogeny.

ancestor. Inbreeding levels, or indeed relationships among individuals, are generally calculated internationally from just pedigree data. Even if the pedigree recorded is correct, the calculated inbreeding or relationships is not a very accurate estimate of the actual respective values; in fact, inbreeding calculated from pedigree has an accuracy of just 73%. True inbreeding can only be calculated from DNA information. Although difficult to believe, scenarios can exist where a mating between full sibs or between grandparentgrandoffspring can result in no inbreeding. This is illustrated in Figure 2. Each of the grand-parents (top of the figure) has two sets of identically coloured DNA. Each progeny receives one copy from its sire and one copy from its dam. These progeny in turn transmit, at random, one of their DNA copies to each of their two full-sibs (bottom of the figure). Clearly, based on the colour of the DNA, the two full sibs share no common DNA and are therefore unrelated. Similarly, each of the youngest animals is unrelated to one of their grandparents and so therefore could be mated without any repercussions for inbreeding. The chances of this scenario arising are extremely unlikely but can only be quantified when the DNA of the mates are known.

a Charolais bull mated to an HerefordFriesian first-cross, the calf with be 50% Charolais but could range anywhere from 0% Hereford to 50% Hereford. The breed composition cannot be known without genotyping the calf. Being able to use DNA to unequivocally determine the breed proportion of an animal, carcass or meat sample could be hugely advantageous to breeds like the Hereford breed and provide further reassurance to the consumer that the steak they are consuming truly is Hereford. Moreover, inbreeding generally has negative connotations and is often associated with inbreeding depression arising from a reduction in performance in inbred animals especially for traits associated with fitness. The double muscling in Belgian Blues is due to linebreeding, which is a form of deliberate inbreeding; the same may be true of the polled gene in Angus cattle and Hereford. Therefore, inbreeding in certain regions of the DNA which do not affect performance

Major and lethal genes, congenital defects and chromosomal abnormalities Although not guaranteed, the manifestation of the effects of many mutations with lethal effects, and to a lesser extent congenital defects, can be due to inbreeding. The most common mutations in genes of known lethal effects are in dairy cattle and include CVM, BLAD, DUMPS, and Brachaspyina. Many congenetial defects have been discovered in Hereford cattle and include Idiopathic Epilepsy, Congenital Myoclonus, Hypotrichosis KRT71, and Arthrogryposis Multiplex or Curly Calf Syndrome. Mutations in genes of known major effect include the myostatin (i.e., double muscling gene) and the mutations in the polled gene(s). Although it can be predicted with some certainty the genotype of an animal based on several progeny, having the genotype of the animal provides greater certainty and potentially at a younger age. For example if a Hereford bull has 5 polled calves then there is a 96.88% probability the bull is a double copy carrier for the polled variant. Knowledge of the genotype of an animal is

From pedigree alone, it is not possible to know the true breed composition accruing from a mating which involves at least one crossbred parent. Take for example



important to minimise the mating of carriers of lethal mutations but also managing the animal differently based on either its genotype or the expected genotype of the foetus. Everybody has 2 sets of chromosomes, one set inherited from each parent. Chromosomal abnormalities are relatively common and generally refer to changes in the number of chromosomes an individual has (i.e., numerical abnormality) or can also be due to large pieces of a chromosome duplicating, missing, or moving to another chromosome (i.e., structural abnormality). Down Syndrome in humans for example is when an individual has 3 copies of chromosome 21 rather than 2 copies. While each female is supposed to have 2 X chromosomes; Turner syndrome is a phenomenon which occurs once in every 2,500 in human females and is where the female only has one X chromosome. This is a non-inherited effect and the female is almost always sterile. Figure 3 illustrates the chromosomes of a 3-year Irish Turner syndrome Holstein heifer; she was inseminated several times but did not establish pregnancy. Examination of her reproductive tract at slaughter revealed tiny ovaries implying sterility. The genotype of this animal could have been used to alert the farmer at birth that she was not suitable for breeding.

Figure 3. Chromosomes of a Turner syndrome Holstein-Friesian heifer with only one X chromosome detected from available DNA information

Genomic evaluations The first step in a successful genomic selection program is to accurately quantify the impact each piece of DNA has on a range of different animal characteristics recorded such as growth rate, carcass traits, fertility, and other traits of economic importance. To achieve this, genotype and performance records on several hundreds of thousands of Hereford animals are required. These animals can be either


Figure 4. Increase in reliability in terminal index reliability from including DNA information in the genetic evaluation (blue dots) over and above not including genomic information.

cows themselves or their sires/progeny. The greater the number of animals with both genotypes and performance records available, the greater will be the subsequent accuracy of genomic predictions of young Hereford calves.

(i.e., ¼x30 + ¼x25). When genotyped in Ireland for example, the reliability of the calf will, on average, increase to approximately 36%. The impact of improved reliability of genetic evaluations is a reduction in fluctuations in proofs over time.

Based on earlier research in beef cattle in Ireland, it was obvious that a very large population of genotyped and phenotyped animals would be required to develop an accurate genomic evaluation that worked well across breeds. This led to a national initiative to genotype a large population of Irish beef cows; the sole aim of this initiative was to determine the optimal DNA profile (i.e., genotype) for a range of different traits in Irish beef cattle. The objective of the on-going beef genomics scheme is to use this developed knowledge to increase the accuracy of identifying genetically elite replacement females. The impact of using genomic information on the reliability of genomic evaluations is in Figure 4. A clear benefit of including genomic information exists especially for animals with low reliability based solely on pedigree information. Such animals are generally newborn calves or indeed cows; proven AI bulls benefit less from DNA information because, by definition, proven bulls are already proven and their DNA merit has already been accurately predicted from their progeny who received half their DNA from the AI bull.

Genomics and precision management

Reliability, as the name suggests, is simply a measure of how confident the genetic evaluation system on the genetic evaluation published for a bull. The reliability of a newborn calf is simply quarter the reliability of the sire plus quarter the reliability of the dam. Therefore the reliability of a calf from a young stock bull son of an AI bull (reliability ~30%) and heifer (reliability ~25) will be 14%


Personalised medicine or nutrition (commonly referred to nutrigenomics) is topical at present in humans. The fundamentals behind such strategies are that the medicinal treatments, remedies or strategies as well as diets are tailored to the genotype of the individual. For example, certain mutations in two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are known to increase the risk to various cancers. If an individual is carrying the unfavourable mutations, then the individual can undertake more frequent and detailed screening, can embark on prophylactic approaches (e.g., mastectomy), or can engage in chemoprevention approaches. Similarly individuals with a genotype mitigating a greater risk of cardiovascular disease can alter their diet and exercise regime to reduce the risk. Such personalised management in cattle is not novel. For example, Charolais and Belgian Blue cattle are generally fed and managed differently to Hereford cattle. Nonetheless, considerable differences exist within breed and thus animals can be managed based on their genetic potential for growth and, for example, genetic predisposition for fat deposition. Similarly, animals differ in genetic predisposition to various diseases – the accuracy of identifying animals of different genetic risk to diseases can be augmented by supplementing the genetic evaluation with DNA information. Such information can subsequently be

used to segregate animals based on risk and managed accordingly (e.g., vaccinate high risk animals and monitor closer for subclinical disease). Information on genetic risk can also be used when purchasing animals – for example, based solely on pedigree data, 31% calves born in the 10% greatest risk category for tuberculosis succumbed to the disease while only 5% of calves in the lowest 10% risk category for tuberculosis succumbed to the disease. A similar trend was observed for other

diseases based on their respective genetic evaluations. Genomic information can be used to further increase the accuracy the segregation potential.

Conclusions The new technology called genomic selection will increase the reliability of genetic evaluations of cattle; the extent to which the reliability improves will depend on the number of animals with genotype and performance information available. The

increased reliability from genomics means greater confidence that the published values of a given animal will translate into progeny performance or in other words less fluctuations in proofs over time. This contributes to accelerated genetic gain. Although most commentary globally is on genomic evaluations, further potential benefits from genomics also exist. All benefits can be realised from just a single biological sample which could be blood, hair, ear biopsy, meat, or semen.

Getting to grips with genetics Hereford breed enthusiast Matthew Rollason is getting a real insight into the workings of a leading genetics business while he spends his placement from Harper Adams University with Cogent Breeding. Currently studying for a degree in Agriculture and Animal Science at Harper Adams, Matthew, from Bury in Lancashire, has had a long involvement with the Hereford breed although he is not from a farming background. He worked on a variety of farms in the North West before spending several years with the Massey family and their respected Hollyvale Herd, exhibiting cattle at Shows across the UK. An active member and now Junior Representative of the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association, he has represented the NEHBA at the Young Show Stars competition in 2014 and 2015. Also in 2016 he was awarded a bursary by the Hereford Cattle Society to attend the 17th World Hereford Conference in Uruguay. During his time with Cogent, Matthew will be based in the genetics department working on all tasks from progeny evaluation to the

Matthew Rollason

young sire visions programmes, as well as spending time with the telesales, marketing and distribution teams. He will assist in creating newsletters and catalogues for both beef and dairy sires, and support the sales team to help ensure customers receive all the information they need to make informed breeding decisions. Working with the genetics team, he will be actively involved in making genetic selections for the future based on industry

demand which he will research as part of his placement. “It is an exciting and challenging time for the beef sector as farmers look to react to changing market requirements and building robust, profitable systems. Selecting the best genetics is fundamentally important and during my time at Cogent I am going to be fortunate enough to get an unrivalled insight into the work of a leading Breeding Company which is focused on helping farmers meet the challenges they face,” Matthew comments.



From Womb to Tomb: why beef is important whatever your age - By Fiona Carruthers Grass & Grain

Fiona Carruthers has spent almost 20 years working as a nutritionist for both the British and New Zealand meat industries. On her way home in April, after 15 years in New Zealand, Fiona spoke at the World Hereford Conference in Montevideo. This article outlines her presentation. Humans have been eating meat for millions of years. We know this from the world’s oldest human skull discovered in Africa, estimated to be seven million years old. It shows canine teeth required specifically for tearing meat, as well as incisors and molars for chewing and grinding a variety of foods. As well as our teeth, the type of bacteria and enzymes in our gut, and an inability to digest plant cellulose, indicate we are designed to eat meat as part of an omnivorous diet. Hereford beef has been contributing to our meat intake for over 200 years, with the oldest herd, founded in 1780, still run today by the Norman family just outside Pembridge in Herefordshire. It’s good to know then that Hereford beef contains a range of health-promoting nutrients. Most of these nutrients are needed throughout life but some are particularly important at specific times.

Pregnancy: Iron During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume doubles increasing the amount of iron she needs in her diet by two to three times. Although iron is found in a number

of foods, meat and seafood are the only sources of haem iron, which is more easily used by the body. On average 25% of haem iron is absorbed compared to 5% of non-haem iron, found in foods such as vegetables and cereals. Consequently, we obtain about the same amount of iron from a 120g lean beef steak as from 1kg spinach.

Babies: Omega 3s Iron is also important for babies as birthweight triples in the first year. Equally vital to their growth and development are omega 3s. A baby is born with billions of brain cells, but in order to start functioning after birth those cells need to connect to each other. This requires omega 3s, one of the fats found in beef.

There’s on-going debate about the nutritional differences between meat derived from animals raised on pasture and meat from animals raised on grain. Those nutritional differences centre on the fat profile, in particular the omega 3s. The omega 3 level of meat derived from animals raised on pasture is higher per gram of total fat, but as meat from animals raised on grain tends to be higher in total fat, the difference in omega 3 content is often insignificant. Omega 3 levels also appear to vary according to pasture and season, so comparisons are not straightforward. In addition, oily fish will always contain more omega 3s than meat, but meat does make a valuable contribution. In Australia, almost a third of the population’s omega 3 intake is derived from beef and lamb. The bottom line: all beef makes a contribution, particularly for those who eat little fish.

Toddlers: Zinc Levels of iron deficiency in babies have long been a concern but the vulnerability of toddlers is becoming increasingly apparent – where low levels of zinc are seen in addition to iron. Toddlerhood is a time when a youngster’s individuality takes shape, often best seen at the meal table, through ‘fussiness’ and its resulting food restrictions. It is also the time most children are transitioning from nutrient-rich breast milk or fortified baby milks onto cow’s milk, lower in both iron and zinc. Zinc has a number of functions, but for toddlers, its greatest importance comes from the role it plays in growth and DNA formation. Meat, including beef, is a major source of zinc for this age group.

Children: Protein Growth remains a theme throughout childhood, for which high quality protein is an essential component of the diet. The protein in beef is just that – high quality. It contains all the essential constituents of protein called amino acids. That’s not the case for non-meat protein sources, so these foods need to be combined with one another, e.g. baked beans on toast, in order to provide the full range of building blocks critical to growing children.

Teenagers: Iron The teenage years are a busy time



to maintain good health and prevent illness. Eating well can help achieve this although a declining appetite and inability to use nutrients as efficiently can make this harder. As a result, many older people go short on vitamin B12, required at this age for a healthy nervous system and good digestion. Vitamin B12 is only found naturally in animal foods, e.g. meat, fish and eggs. Offal meats, such as liver and kidney, are especially rich, cost effective and convenient sources of this vitamin for those in their later years.

A lot in a little

emotionally and physically. Whilst growth continues, the importance of iron reemerges with the onset of puberty, particularly for girls. The symptoms of insufficient iron are tricky to spot and separate from the general demeanour of this age group - irritability, difficulty concentrating and tiredness. These probably sound familiar to the parents of teenagers! It’s also a time many teenage girls experiment with fad diets and food exclusions, including meat. This can put their nutritional status at risk if care isn’t taken to ensure excluded foods are replaced adequately.

Adults: Selenium Adulthood spans several decades and therefore a range of dietary needs. Micronutrients, such as iron and zinc, remain significant for younger adults through their child-bearing years. But it is selenium which becomes central to the nutritional needs of middle-aged adults as we begin to outlive our ‘natural’ lifespan. Ageing involves oxidation, the same process seen when metal rusts or an apple goes brown. It also occurs in common degenerative diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant so works to protect against the oxidative process. Meat and cereals contribute the greatest amount of selenium in the UK diet.

Older adults: Vitamin B12 As quantity of life increases, the quality of life can also be enhanced by aiming

Despite highlighting one nutrient of particular significance during each life stage, the whole bundle of nutrients found in beef is beneficial throughout life. Most are needed most of the time. Beef contains a lot in a little, and whilst some is good, more is not usually better, hence the benefit of nutrient-rich foods, such as meat, over dietary supplements.

Myths and misconceptions

the other. The greatest diet-related factor influencing cancer is obesity, which itself has many causes. The type of risk being quoted also needs to be considered when looking at the results of scientific studies. Relative risk is often reported, but the absolute risk determines the potential impact of that increase when put in context. For example, if the increased risk of something occurring is 50%, but the absolute risk of it is low, e.g. 0.001%, even with a 50% increase in risk, the likelihood of it happening is still very low.

Does avoiding red meat help you lose weight?

Having established beef is such a nutritious food, why then does it attract negative press, and is it justified? Let’s unwrap some of the most common ‘allegations’.

No. The protein in meat helps us feel full for longer, so is an important part of a balanced diet for those trying to lose weight.

Do we eat too much red meat?

Is red meat high in fat?

The average meat intake in most countries does not exceed the recommended amount. There are however individuals at the extremes of intakes for every food, some eating too much and some too little. Dr Elsie Widdowson, pioneer of nutrition in the UK and designer of the wartime diet, once suggested we should eat “a little bit of everything and not too much of anything” and these remain wise words today.

Much of the fat on beef is visible so can be removed, making lean beef a low fat food. Almost all lean cuts of beef are below 10% fat, compared, for example, with cheese, cakes and biscuits having fat contents of over 20% in many cases.

Does red meat cause cancer? No single food causes cancer and that includes meat. Most studies investigating whether there is a link between meat and cancer are epidemiological. This type of study only looks at associations between two factors and cannot determine cause and effect. For example, breast cancer is associated with wearing a skirt, but wearing a skirt does not cause breast cancer. The same is true for studies showing an association between a food and a particular type of cancer; however big or small the association, it does not show one causes

When myths are heard often enough, they can become accepted as true, irrespective of the evidence, or lack of it, underlying them. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” from Shakespeare’s Hamlet reflects this well, and describes how untruths can be thought into being. The meat industry has suffered as a result of this. Many of the so-called claims about beef are unfounded; lean beef is not high in fat or fattening, and does not cause cancer, heart disease or obesity. Hereford beef remains an important part of a healthy, balanced diet as it has been for over 200 years. It contains a bundle of essential nutrients, offering something to everyone whatever their age.




World Hereford Conference - A Delegate's Perspective - By Helen Whitlow, HighHouse Herefords When the possibility of attending the 17th World Hereford Conference in Uruguay was first mentioned in the Whitlow household it was initially dismissed, as being relatively new recruits to the world of Hereford breeding, we assumed it would cater towards the more established herds. However, with encouragement from the Hereford Cattle Society and other breeders we bit the bullet and took the step to go. On arrival, the warm welcome we received from our fellow delegates dispelled any lingering doubts and the next 11 days were filled with good company, information sharing and of course – Hereford cattle.

ranch visit, where lunch had been laid on for us, by early evening we were a little peckish to say the least and everyone scoured their hand luggage for sustenance. It’s surprising how grateful you can be for a communal feast of Haribo’s, Fruit Pastels and Soft Mints! Eventually we were deposited at our hotel for the night and after food and drink we were ready to sleep and dream of better weather to come.

Friday 15th April 2016 On arriving at Heathrow airport, it didn’t take long before the first ‘Schoffel’ gilet was spotted in the distance and soon after a few more appeared trundling cases behind them. It was rightly assumed that we were all off on the same trip and introductions followed. Uneventful flights had us arriving in Montevideo a tired but excited bunch, looking forward to embarking on the forthcoming adventure - and what an adventure it proved to be…. UK Delegates pictured at Punta del Este

Sunday 17th April 2016 Unfortunately, our dreams did not become our reality as we were woken up by gale force winds and lashing rain on our sea front windows. Undeterred and used to the Great British weather, we set off for a city tour and even made it to the beach for a group photograph next to a modern art installment – La Mano en la Arena.

Torrential rain caused organisers problems but nothing that they couldn’t overcome.

Saturday 16th April 2016 With luggage retrieved it was straight on to the coach and onward to Valle Chico Stud. It became clear within a short space of time that the weather was not behaving as it should for the time of year and the country was in a state of flood. Three hours later, within striking distance of the farm, we came upon a flooded stream that needed careful negotiation to cross. It was decided that the coach shouldn’t attempt the crossing and we were transferred in a convoy of 4x4’s to the other side. Once over we were met with an even larger flood that was rising by the minute. Waving to the delegates that found themselves trapped on the other side after visiting the ranch earlier that morning, and after animated discussions it was decided not to take a chance with the crossing and return to the coach without seeing the stud. Disappointment turned to anxiety as the first stream had now turned into a torrential river and the only way back to the main road was to cross it. Faith in the local drivers had us all safely deposited back onto the coach and on our way to our first hotel in Punta Del Este. A two hour journey became five as each road taken had a flood and the coach had to retrace its route and find another passible road. Having missed the



Whilst transferring to Montevideo the continuing wet weather hindered our view from the coach and we passed the time being regaled of unfortunate tales of suitcases being damaged by floodwater the day before and many of the group desperately trying to dry clothing with the hotel room hair driers. That evening saw the first of our meetings between over three hundred delegates from different countries. Friendships were renewed from previous conferences and new acquaintances made. Our expectations for the week were discussed over locally produced wine and we all agreed, after many tastings to be certain, that Uruguay definitely had the upper hand when it came to wine making! The remainder of the evening was free and we ventured out to the neighbouring Shopping Centre for dinner. The Spanish menus and the waiters limited English led for some very interesting food combinations, and we quickly realised that our school Spanish wasn’t going to be much use on this trip.

Monday 18th April 2016 Our first visit was to the Kiyu Test Station that was established forty years ago by members of the Uruguayan Hereford Cattle Society and the National Agriculture Research Centre. Their vision is for long term breeding of the best performing cattle and therefore yielding a quality carcase to meet the end producers requirements. We were shown a variety of different aged cattle that were being monitored for growth and efficient feed conversion. Hi-tech


One of the many bulls at Kiyu Test Station

feedlots measured the individual feed intake of the cattle and processed this data, thus enabling farmers from all over Uruguay to purchase the livestock that best suits their needs at an annual auction held at the test station. The latest genomic technology is now being introduced at the station, and once results are widely recognised and accepted we will no doubt all be taking advantage and choose our breeding stock based on known genes for the characteristics that will give increased profit margins. This all sounds very complicated especially when we are still trying to get to grips with EBV graphs!

Cattle stalled prior to commencement of the Pen Show

but most took sanctuary within the grandstand. As the weather worsened and a chilly evening beckoned the consensus was to return to the warmth of our hotel and hope for improving weather tomorrow.

The internet sale in full swing

Wednesday 20th April 2016

The historic Prado Showground in Montevideo

Rain forced the visit to El Ceibal Stud to be cancelled and we were diverted to the Prado Show Ground for lunch. El Prado is Montevideo’s premier park consisting of undulating paths, fountains and statues, a fabulous rose garden and a section dedicated to agriculture. The headquarters of the Rural Association have purpose built avenues that are home to three magnificent brick cattle buildings dating back over a hundred years. We would become well acquainted with them along with the covered grandstand during the next four days!

Tuesday 19th April 2016 The perimeter of the main arena at the Prado showground was divided into pens housing females and bulls. These were shown and judged as groups with individual class winners. Some familiar genetics were on show as worldwide delegates had used the embryo transplant facilities within Uruguay to promote their progeny. It was exciting to see the Australian Mawarra Herd entries have success in their class, as we have used their genetics in our own HighHouse Herd. Some delegates braved the persistent rain

The weather improved, but as it was the start of the conference sessions most of the delegates spent the day inside one of the large cattle buildings. Set with a stage, podium and translation booth we sat with our earphones on and listened to the various speakers on subjects such as the economics, identification and biosafety of the Hereford Breed. Each country gave a short powerpoint presentation on their respective developments in Hereford breeding along with end sale performances since the previous conference. There were some very entertaining ones especially memorable was the enthusiasm from Kazakhstan. Our own David Prothero gave an interesting and informative country report for the United Kingdom. A reception of beef, cheese and local wines followed. By now we had realised that Uruguayan hospitality was based on quality products being the star of the show without any elaborate embellishment; simply cooked Hereford Beef spoke for itself.

Thursday 21st April 2016 Delegates had the option to watch live sales of cattle, broadcast via the internet in real time or listen to conference speakers from other countries on a variety of subjects; for example DNA technologies, feed efficiency, carcase quality and marketing. Rounding off the afternoon was guest speaker Gustavo Zerbino, survivor of the Andes air crash in 1972. A very moving and thought provoking speech that left a lasting impression on everyone in the room.




Gustavo Zerbino with Helen Whitlow

support their cattle and handlers. As the week had progressed we had become acquainted with the different breeders and we each had our favorite animal picked for the overall champion. A very tense finale led to Ancares Kamikaze being awarded Grand Male Champion and Mamia Homethown being crowned Grand Female Champion. And just like home, discussions were had on whether the judge had made the right decisions. After a quick wash and brush up, and a change of venue to the local golf club, the delegates met for the prize giving ceremony, accompanied by more steak and wine. Time also to say our goodbyes to our new friends from home and abroad, who were unable to stay for the organised post tours.

Saturday 23rd April 2016 A Gala Auction took place while delegates were wined and dined

Early next morning, a convoy of coaches made its way to the central area of Uruguay to Las Anitas stud near Durazno city. It was very sad to see the devastating effects of the floodwaters on the low-lying, poorer areas of the rural towns. Many properties were under water, with locals having to be rescued by the army; their meagre possessions drying out on higher ground.

Entertainment came in all forms and colours

Outside, we were entertained by traditional street performers, and once the room was converted into a dining and Gala Sales area we again took our seats for a sale of premier cattle. The auctioneers rapid Spanish and excitable manner had us all in raptures and luckily a local breeder was able to translate the final price. The meal consisted of never ending platters of fantastic barbequed beef and sausages, which by now we were becoming well accustomed.

Friday 22nd April 2016 The sun shone all day and local visitors swelled the numbers within the show ground. The Horned and Poll Show was a tremendous success. It was very similar to our shows here in the UK. Extended family members travelled from flood hit areas to



Gauchos at Las Anitas

The stud was well organised, mobs of cattle were rounded up by Gauchos on horseback and driven passed the delegates whilst a commentary in Spanish and English explained the rationale of the business. Breeding stock, young bulls and the Show Teams were expertly manoeuvred. The quality of the herd was clear to see. They are predominately grass fed on extensive pastures, roaming freely, and with the aid of natural selective breeding, their locomotion was excellent. Before returning to a local hotel, we ate at the Cattle Association Market. There was entertainment from a local guitarist, and a display of old Herd books proved popular.


BBQ Uruguayan style - this time kindly provided by El Baqueano

Monday 25th April 2016 Waking up to lashing rain and squally wind the decision was made to forego the final visit to San Jose del Yaguari Stud. It wasn’t far as the crow flies but due to overnight flooding the roads were impassible and a lengthy detour would have to be taken. After ten days of early starts, and long days both mentally and physically we were happy to go directly to the airport and wait for our flight home. As they say, the best laid plans don’t always workout; the late departure of our short flight to Sau Paulo, Brazil meant we missed our connecting flight to Heathrow!

Tuesday 26th April 2016 Another top bull at El Paraiso Stud

Sunday 24th April 2016 Our final day started early and finished late. The first herd visit of the day was to El Paraiso Stud which was established by the Bordaberry family who have had strong political connections within Uruguay for many decades. Again Gauchos expertly manoeuvred the different categories of cattle along side the delegates, enabling us to inspect the commercial breeding characteristics and temperaments. We were amazed how quiet the cattle were considering the quantity in each mob and disruption we were causing to their regular grazing. Back at home the slightest movement or noise out of the ordinary would have our cattle baulking to each other continuously. A short film on the ethos of the business accompanied lunch and then onto the neighbouring stud for our next visit. El Baqueano Stud is managed by another member of the Bordaberry family. A brief history of the agricultural enterprise was given whilst more cattle were driven by. It was a fantastic sight to see such large mobs of cattle, like peas in a pod, approaching over the horizon. Later in the day, it was amazing to watch as staff prepared another barbeque for our evening meal. The size of the grill and quantity of meat put our attempts back at home to shame.

Booked onto the next flight the following evening, meant we were transferred to a hotel rather than spend the day at the airport. It was a culture shock from the previous day of under four million people in Uruguay to over eleven million just in the city of Sau Paulo.

Wednesday 27th April 2016 Touch down Heathrow. Home sweet home. Cattle and work waiting for our arrival.

Conclusion Our trepidation was unfounded. The Hereford World Conference was a showcase not just promoting the expansion of the Hereford breed using tried and tested methods, but also displaying innovative production systems with a modern approach to the complex issues that the agricultural world has on feeding an ever growing population. Uruguay is a beautiful unspoiled country with the potential to increase its beef exports due to the bountiful pasture land and temperate climate. The local breeders were extremely hospitable to the delegates with an enthusiasm and passion for the future of Hereford cattle, both in their own country and worldwide. It was enjoyable discussing the improvements of the breed, both physical and economical, with people who share a common interest, from a great variety of business models, this led to an educational and rewarding trip. We all came away satisfied in the knowledge that here in the UK, breeders are keeping up with their worldwide counterparts in terms of breeding selection, establishing and maintaining fantastic breeding and quality beef producing livestock. Building on this, we need to expand our marketing strategies to take advantage of the population market on our doorstep, promoting our premium product with full traceability and excellent green credentials. Highlighting what makes our product different, keeping it simple and letting the beef speak for itself; better texture, better taste, better for you.

A mob of cattle being expertly moved at El Baqueano

See you all in New Zealand, 2020!




Associations and Clubs Around the World World Hereford Council – Secretary General: José “Pepe” Bonica Email: Website:


American Hereford Association

Box 014059, 1501 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri 64108-1222, Mr. Jack Ward, Exec. VP. Tel: 1 816 842-3757 Fax: 1 816 842-6931 Email: Web:

Asociacion Argentina Criadores de Hereford Manuel Obarrio 2948, C1425CQB, Buenos Aires, Argentina Dr. Juan Bullo, Executive Director Tel: 54-11-4802-1019 Fax: 54-11-4802-1019 Email: Web:

Herefords Australia Ltd.

16 Uralla Road, Locked Bag 7, Armidale, NSW 2350, Australia Mr. John McKew, General Manager Tel: 61-2-6772-1399 Fax: 61-2-6772-1615 Email: Web:

Associacao Brasileira de Hereford Av. General Osorio 1094, CX Postal 483, Bage - RS - Brasil Fernando Lopa, President Tel: 55-53-32419164 Fax: 55-53-32421332 Email: Web:

Canadian Hereford Association

5160 Skyline Way N.E., Calgary. Alberta, Canada,T2E 6Vl Mr Stephen Scott Executive Director Tel: 1-403-275-2662 Fax: 1-403-295-1333 Email: Web:

Denmark Hereford Association

Vestergade 39, Haesinge, 5672 Broby, Denmark Mr. Keld Balle, President Tel: 45 41132761 Email: Web:

Dutch Hereford Society

Mr. E. Kluinsteker, Secretary, Dutch Hereford Society, Zonnenbergen 12, 8111 TC Heeten, Holland. Tel: 06-50965958 E-mail:

Animal Breeders Association of Estonia General Manager: Tanel Bulitko 79005, Keava, Rapla County, Estonia Tel: 372-4873-181 Fax: 372-4890-680 Lahte, Voibla K, 60540, Estonia Hereford Director: Mr. Aigar Suurmaa Tel: 372-742-1575 Fax: 372-742-2879

Finnish Hereford Society

Mr. Jyri Tanner, President, Aro-Tannerin tila, Nevankuja 115, FIN- 64720 Perälä, Finland Tel: +358-6-266 9212 Fax: +358-6-266 9445 E-mail: Web:


German Hereford Association

Am Jugendheim 8, 30900 Wedemark, Germany Mr. Carsten Schmidt, Managing Director Tel: 49 5130 925021 Fax: 49 5130 925023 Email: Web:

Hereford Cattle Society (UK)

Hereford House, 3 Offa Street, Hereford, HR1 2LL, England, UK. Mr. David E. Prothero, Secretary Tel: 44-1-432-272057 Fax: 44-1-432-377529 Email: Web:

Hungarian Hereford Association

H-7400 Kaposvar, Denesmajor 2, Hungary Dr. Istvan Marton, General Manager Tel: 36-82-316-610 Fax: 36-82-510-046 Email:

Irish Hereford Breed Society

Harbour Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland Mr. Laurence Feeney, Secretary Tel: 353-44-9348855 Fax: 353-44-9348949 Email: Web:

Kazakhstan Republican Chamber of Hereford Breed

Dostyk apt. 30, Street 12, Astana City, 010000 Kazakhstan Phone/fax: + 7 7172 28 44 26 Chief Manager: Kairova Aida 87019478105 Manager: Lyazzat 87056139536 Email:

New Zealand Hereford Association Hereford House, Box 503, Feilding, 4704, New Zealand Mrs. Donna Abbiss, General Manager Tel: 64-6-323-4484 Fax: 64-6-323-3878 Email: Web:

Norwegian Hereford Association Postboks 4211, 2307 Hamar, Norway Mr. Øyvind Utgarden, Chairman Tel: 47 9488 7711 Email:

South African Hereford Breeders' Society

PO. Box 20165, Willows, BFN 9320, South Africa. Web: Contact: Liezel Grobler Phone: 051 410 0958 Fax: 086 218 8246 E-mail: Promotions: Lizette Vermaak Phone: 082 412 2868 Email:

Sociedad Criadores de Hereford del Uruguay Mr. Javier Aznárez Elorza, Secretary, Mercedes 855 Esc. 605, CP 11.100, Montevideo, Uruguay. Email: Phone: 598-2-9087-579 Fax: 598-2-9087-579


Asociacion de Criadores de Hereford de Chile Casilla (PO. Box) 703, Osorno, Chile Mr. Fernando Schuck, R, President Tel: 56-64-234388 Fax: 56-64-238408 Email:

Czech Republic Hereford Association Osík 201 Osík u Litomysle 569 67 Czech Republic Mr. Jan Kopecký E-mail: Web:

French Hereford Association

Gaec de la Source, 10 Rue de la Fontaine, 54170 Bagneux, France. Monsieur Pascal Bastien, President, Tel: 0033 5 56 09 83 97 Fax: 0033 5 56 09 93 10 Email: Web:

Mexican Hereford Association

Bosque de Yuriria 2701-2, Fracc. Sicomoros, Chihuahua, Chih. 31260, Mexico. Octavio Bermudez, President Tel: 52-410-7493

Hereford Association of Namibia P.O.Box 11172 Klein Windhoek Namibia Web: President: Mr. Harro Kebbel Club Secretary: Mrs Almut Gruhn Telephone : + 264 62 503727 Email: Marketing & Promotions: Mrs Kate Düvel Telephone: + 264 62 56 0004 Mobile : + 264 (0) 81 124 4652 Email:

Paraguay Hereford Association Oficina de Registro Genealogico de la Asociación Rural del Paraguay Ing. Carlos Pedretti Ruta Transchaco Km. 14 ½ Mariano Roque Alonso Asunción, Paraguay Phone: 011-595-21-754412 E-mail:

Herd Book Society of Zambia

Hereford Breed Section, PO. Box 50146, Lusaka 15101, Zambia

Swedish Hereford Association

The Polish Association of Beef Cattle

Switzerland Hereford Association

Zimbabwe Hereford Society

Slättåkra Bårarp 314, 31391 Oskarström, Sweden Miranda Lysell, Secretary Tel: 46 35 69153 Email: Web: IG Swiss Hereford, Interessengemeinschaft Gruben 448, 9103 Schwellbrunn, Switzerland Hans Baumann, Secretary Email: Web:


Breeders and Producers, Ul. Rakowiecka 32, 02 – 532 Warszawa, Poland Tel: 48 22 849 19 10 Fax: 48 22 849 32 32 Email: Web: PO. Box FM80, Famona, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Mr. Phil Rogers, Chairman Tel: 263 9885588 Fax: 263 974 839 Email:



By Taru Luomajärvi and photographs by Vesa Luomajärvi During the year 2016 The Finnish Hereford Association organised events and participated in discussions considering the future of the Hereford breed in Finland. The year began with our Annual Meeting in February where new members of the board were chosen. Already in January the Association had employed a Secretary to help the board. The Association’s magazine for 2016, Tuottava Hereford (Productive Hereford) 2016, was presented at the meeting. The Hereford’s breed standards in Finland were discussed at the meeting but no conclusion was reached. Later on, during the spring and summer, the Association had a representative attend the 17th World Hereford Conference in Uruguay and organised a Junior handler Camp. The camp was led by older Hereford juniors and was aimed at children aged 8-13. At the camp children were taught how to wash their animals, present them at a show, how to manage their animals and general farm work. The official ending of the camp was the Junior Handler Show in Okra.

Finnish Hereford Juniors and camp leaders with their heifers at the Hereford Junior Handler Camp in June at Luomajärvi farm

The year’s’ Hereford Show was organized at the beginning of July at Okra Farm Fair where Herefords were widely represented. There were classes for bulls, cows with calves and two classes for heifers. The Judge at the show was Per Mårtensson from Sweden. Hereford and Hereford Female Champion 2016 is Tuorlan Lakka (Sire Pirttimäen Jassi HfN 4151, grandsire Pirttimäen ED ET HfN 3678, dam Tuorlan Akka, grandsire Tuorlan Ainutlaatuin HfVN 3554) and the Bull Champion is APH. Bulls Eye ET (Sire SHF Rib Eye M326 HfN 4091, grandsire KCF Bennett 3008 M326 HfN 3752, dam Tlell 8N Ragamuffin 22R 12249 HfN, grandsire Tlell 29F Red Cedar 8N HfN 4268). In addition to these classes, there were two Hereford Junior Handler Classes and showmanship for adults. The Association then held a BBQ night for its members in Okra. During the Autumn the board started to prepare the magazine for 2017 and next year’s activities and shows. In November the Association organized a trip to Ireland where Finnish breeders got to know Ireland, its Irish breeders and Herefords.

Older heifers’ class and winner APH. BettyBoop at Okra

Hereford and Hereford Female Champion 2016 Tuorlan Lakka with owners and the Judge, Per Mårtensson





By Bent Sorensen, Rosenkaer Polled Herefords. Translated by Gill Andersen Solbakkens Herefords. The 16 months old Hereford bull, Moeskaer Compas 1487 went all the way to the top and ended as the winner of the much desired title of ‘Best Beef Bull’, in competition with the winning bulls from all the other beef breeds, at the National Show 2016 at Herning, Denmark, held between 30th June and 2nd July. The Judges of the ‘Inter-breed’ competition had only flattering comments about Moeskaer Compas 1487, born 06/02/15 which is a wonderful example of the Hereford Breed at its very best. He has the impressive weight of 937kg and an excellent balance between size, weight and muscle area. The National Shows best beef bull is the son of the Canadian bull Remital Pilgrim 93P and is bred, shown and owned by Henrik Andersen, Moeskaer Polled Hereford, near Randers. Moeskaer Compas 1487 also won the Hereford titles of Grand & Junior Male Champion.

SMH Grace Sally, Supreme Champion

titles of Grand Female Champion and Cow Champion, is sired by the Northern Ireland bull Solpoll 1 Dynamite and out of SMH Unique Sally with Harvie Jackpot 74J mf. SMH Grace Sally is a cow with tremendous length, size and muscle structure weighing 905kg. By her side she had her almost three month bull calf, sired by Fisher 1 Jaguar J347. Henrik Andersen, Moeskaer Polled Herefords was also successful with 13 month old bull Moeskaer Togo 1501 which took the titles of Reserve Grand & Reserve Junior Male Champion. Moeskaer Togo 1501 is a very long attractive bull with good muscle structure, his sire is the Canadian bull Square D Tortuga 953T and his dam is Moeskaer Kema 1401 with Canadian bull Remital Pilgrim 93P as mf.

Moeskaer Compass 1487, Grand Champion Bull

The National Show is Denmark’s largest ‘show window’ for beef cattle, setting a new record this year of 15 different breeds altogether there were 492 beef cattle forward. The Hereford Breed, once again, was impressive in both the number and standard of animals. From the top through to the bottom of the classes the animals were of a very high quality. 48 Herefords – 15 bulls, 21 heifers and 12 cows with calves competed. The Judge Mr Andrew Hughes, Farm Manager for Coley Polled Herefords based near Halifax, West Yorkshire, who also judged the Aberdeen Angus, handled the job extremely professionally. This was to the utmost satisfaction of the exhibitors and spectators and under very difficult climatic conditions. The show ring was a pool of mud as the grass couldn’t absorb the enormous amount of rain which had poured down in the days leading up to the show and in between judging the animals.

Cow SMH Grace Sally, Supreme Champion The winner of the Hereford Supreme Championship went to Jens Michael Jensen, Soendermarkens Herefords. The Judge chose his five year old cow, SMH Grace Sally, as the Supreme Champion and therefore the overall Best Hereford at the National Show 2016. SMH Grace Sally, born 10.01.2011 also won the



Last year’s Reserve Grand Champion Female, the now 28 month old cow Aaland 1 Katrine from Ib Ravn, Aaland Herefords, repeated her achievement and again this year was Reserve Grand Female Champion and Reserve Cow Champion. Aaland 1 Katrine, with her four month old heifer calf at her side sired by Fisher 1 Jaguar J347, has a lot of quality and ‘eye appeal’. Her sire, the Irish bull Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty ET and her dam is Aaland 1 Evita which was Supreme Champion at the National Show in 2010 and 2012. Aaland 1 Evita is sired by Romany 1 Captain R22C1. Bent Sorensen, Rosenkaer Polled Herefords won both Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion of all heifers. Bent Sorensen also won the Best Pair of Animals with two heifers by Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty ET, and after judging was completed Bent Sorensen won the title of the shows Best Hereford Exhibitor. Junior Champion was the 18 months old Rosenkaer Kalinda, sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty ET which for the second year running won the title of Best Progeny Group. Reserve Junior Champion was the 16 month old Rosenkaer Loveday sired by Moeskaer Razor 1431, a Harvie Traveller 69T son, and Dorepoll 1 93N Transatlantic ET as mf. Henrik Andersen, Moeskaer Polled Hereford won the titles of The National Shows Best Hereford Breeder and The Best Herd Group of Herefords. The group was composed of the two best bulls and a heifer.




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By Jean François Protheau Lots of activities have taken place by the French Hereford Association with our dynamic President and his Team. Like Napoléon at Austerlitz, the sun set on the prairies: A great venture in France for our wonderful breed. Traditional Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris with the co-operation of AHDB and Rémi Fourrier organised a static twin presentation Hereford/Aberdeen Angus. Following this show the Angus Breed joined the French Hereford Association. Due to the small amount of breeding farms in France we had to bring in some new chromosomal advantages from other breeding countries which have been firstly achieved with the Dutch Hereford Association who imported heifers and bulls from Denmark and Sweden. In 2017 we will study other opportunities with further European Associations and increase the quality of our stock. Sommet de l’Elevage 2016 at Cournon d’Auvergne (Clermont Ferrand) was held in early October. As the biggest European Cattle Show it has been the most prestigious International event for the Hereford Breed with the highlight being the presence of PJ Budler on the French Hereford Association stand and elsewhere. This worldwide judge and “traveller” has quoted the show as being ‘the most prestigious one in the world with top quality cattle’. For the official presentation in the main ring the President, Pascal Bastien and PJ Budler took the opportunity and time to explain all of the advantages of the Breed’s characteristics and the high quality of the cattle, in front of a National and International audience, including professionals and a number of Hereford Breeders visiting the show from the six continents. We thank them for their presence at the show and on the Hereford stand. At the event a Hereford cattle show was organized for the heifers in the ring (first Hereford show in France - an historic moment …..with PJ Budler as our Judge N° 001.

The French Hereford Team at Sommet de l’Elevage



PJ Budler with Christiane Garret and her daughter Corinne and their Champion Hereford

Results: Champion: Elevage Family: GARRET Reserve Champion: 1) Elevage Fabien BERNARD; 2) Elevage J François PROTHEAU Sommet de l’Elevage 2016 animals and 88,000 visitors.

Seven Herefords out of 3,000

Next year 2017 book in your diary 4th – 6th October and come and visit us and promote the Hereford Breed. Agrimax in Metz Lorraine the other cattle show in the east of France with two prestigious displays for the Hereford breed with visitors coming from Belgium, Netherlands and Germany - another great success on communication for the Hereford Association and the President’s Team.



By Celina Lindeborg, Norwegian Hereford Association Throughout the year the Norwegian Hereford Association has worked with the tasks that were on the annual work program. The main priority was to promote sales of Hereford semen. We set goals for this to be directed towards dairy farmers and new breeders. This has given a high profit, and semen sales had increased by as much as 21% by the end of September.

We have also had an upgrade and relaunch of the homepage which is now easier to design and work with. We will make sure that we publish news and articles of interest more quickly and more often. In addition, we are working continuously on the coming year’s calendar and are so proud and grateful to our members, who are good photographers, and send us many new beautiful photos that can be used.

At the beginning of September, the annual event at Dyrku’n in Seljord, Telemark took place. A market that this year celebrated its 150th anniversary and where the ancient traditions of the Norwegian agriculture is promoted. Herefords had been exhibited over the previous three years, but unfortunately it was not our turn this year. However we presented two heifers up for auction, and they went right to the top of sale statistics for the day. In Norway we have several markets that are directed towards agriculture and the Association is represented at most, to showcase and promote the breed. This is something that has provided feedback and we can see that the breed is growing. As of today demand is greater for more livestock than we can deliver. This we see as a positive development for the future and hope that the breed gets the “boost” it needs for the livestock market. The annual bull auction at Staur where phenotype tested bulls were up for auction was good for the Hereford when the nine bulls that were for sale had a price tag of between 42000-80000 NOK (Approx £4,200 - £8,000). Due to such a demand for the breed and so many new farmers, the Association has created a consultancy service that consists of experienced Hereford farmers to help answer any questions the many new farmers want answers to and in addition be a helping hand to find livestock to purchase.





By Miranda Lysell, Secretary of the Swedish Hereford Association. Results from the Performance Test Station. As your readers may know there is a sale of approved performance tested bulls on the last Friday in March every year. Even the AI bulls picked out by Viking Genetics the year before are sold at this sale where Breeders from across Europe attend, especially from Denmark. Last year at least one Charolais bull was sold to Germany. A hundred bulls from the main five breeds go under the hammer. This year 14 Hereford bulls sold for an average price of 52.000SEK (aprox £4800) and last year’s AI bulls, VB Laf of Stendala and VB Ozmo of Oden, both sold for 52.000kr. The high selling bull this year was Guran of Svanaholm T-110 by the National Champion bull Origo Rocky. He sold for 87.000SEK (aprox £8000) Named as the best Hereford bull at the test station was a bull from a relatively new breeder, Oskar Caster who is also on the Association’s Board. His bull, Smen’s Fenix T- 112, son of Golden Oak Fusion, had an average daily gain of 1825gr and a linear score as follows: legs 88, muscling 90, body 88 and total 91. His weights: BW 46kg WW 350kg YW 634kg. Oskar decided to take him back home. For information on Swedish Hereford bulls please visit www. - click on the English flag.

New AI Sires The two new Hereford AI sires from the test station are VB Amor and VB Ebony. Amor is bred by our Chairman, Göran Johansson, and by Triara Exelorator with Star Tohon as maternal grandsire, and is backed by a very well known, strong cow family. He is Homozygous polled, had an average daily gain of 1701gr and weights and linear score as follows: BW 39 WW 334 YW 601 Legs 84 Muscling 82 Body 83 and total 83. VB Ebony bred by Jan Nilsson who is also on our Board. Ebony is by Square-D Diesel and he is backed by the strongest cow family at Jan Gylteboda’s herd. He to is homozygous polled, has a high score for marbling and an average daily gain of 1662gr. His weights and linear scoring as follows: BW 46kg WW 347kg YW 616kg. Legs 83 Muscling 83 body 86 and total 85. Information about all Swedish AI sires are on the Association’s website in a PDF under “AI sires”. Why not take a look… you may miss out on something!

Buck of Folkestorp, exhibited by Miranda Lysell, with Cole & Jill Harvie (Grand Male Champion, Supreme Champion & Reserve Inter-breed Champion)

The Champion Female title was awarded to the in-calf heifer, 629 Silvia av Gylteboda, daughter of NBG The Wonderer, owned by Jan Nilsson. Silvia also went on to claim a second place in the prestigious Interbreed Championship. Jan also took the Reserve Female Campion title with the winner of the heifer calf class, 670 Holly of Gylteboda, daughter of Golden Oak Xceed. The Champion Bull and Supreme Champion titles (Best in Breed) were awarded to the two year old son of Golden Oak Fusion, Buck of Folkestorp T-117 exhibited by the author of this report and husband who bought Buck when he was named Best In Test - all breeds at the test station sale in 2015 where he also became the All Time High Seller Hereford bull when the hammer fell at 115.000SEK (aprox £10,500). Buck was 2nd in the Interbreed Championship by one point. The Reserve Male Champion title went to another performance tested bull, Hai of Stendala T-109, exhibited by Cattis Ohlsson from Gotland. He was 2nd in the Sire of the Year competition and to being beaten by only one point! In the National Junior Beef Breed showmanship older division, there were 6 entries. The Herefords were represented by one entry, Christel Lysell, who just celebrated her 16th birthday at the show with a win awarded by Judge Jill Harvie. In the National Open Beef Showmanship there were 8 entries,

Shows Mila We have had two Shows in Sweden this year. The first one at Mila in Malmö was a huge disappointment with regards to the number of Herefords entered - only four females and one bull… but, the Champion female, 7395 Bårarps Genna did take a 2nd place in the Interbreed Championship.

Elmia At the National Show at Elmia in Jönköping there was a better turnout, even if there were not as many as expected, 21 Herefords. In total aprox 110 beef breed cattle. This year’s Judges were Cole & Jill Harvie from Canada, who also judged Angus, Charolais and Simmental.



Grand Female Champion & 2nd Inter-breed Champion 629 Silvia of Gylteboda exhibited by Michelle Schutt, with breeder Jan Nilsson.

INTERNATIONAL HEREFORDS including Adam Armour from Northern Ireland. Herefords were represented by 2½ (!) entries, all of who were placed in the top three. In first place, myself (sorry to say showing an Angus, but none the less, still Secretary of the Hereford Association…) In second place was Lowa Göransdotter (our Chairman’s daughter) and in 3rd place my sister, Annika Harding from the UK who came over to help out at the show. The Inter-breed Judge was also Mrs Jill Harvie.

Obituary To end, unfortunately on a sad note, I’d like to inform the people who knew past Chairman, Arne Henriksson of his passing at age

92. Arne was elected onto the Board in 1960. In 1977 he became Chairman and remained until 1991. One can only imagine the impact he must have had on the Association and on the breed having led the Association for so many years. I for one never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I am sure older Members of the UK Society will remember him well.

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By Carsten Schmidt 25th German Hereford Association Anniversary On the first weekend of September the German Hereford Association celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The event took place on the farm of Jutta Wiegand and Jürgen Schubart which is close to Leipzig and is one of the largest herds of pure bred Herefords in Germany. The farm runs about 120 cows with pastures close to the river Elbe. The celebration began with the welcome of guests by Chairman Monika Spechtmeyer. In addition to numerous guests from Germany, we were able to welcome a large delegation from Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark. We started with the visit to an English thoroughbred breeding stud in Graditz - as well as breeding horses they also have a small herd of Herefords. After a delicious lunch, we visited the herds of Jutta Wiegand and Jürgen Schubart and were really impressed with the cattle on their farms. The next point, was the highlight of the day, our National Bull & Heifer Show. In total we had 19 cattle in the competition. In the Bull class we had nine competitors and in the Heifer-class 10 competitors. The Judges were Mr Torsten Kirstein and Mr. Clemens Braschos from the Country Breeding Society, Masterrind. They had to judge two bull-classes and three heifer-classes.

The National Female Champion Beatles2 from Carsten Schmidt

Schubart; a bull born in February 2001 and a son of Golden Oak Outcross 18U. Heifers:


National Champion: Beatles2; owner Carsten Schmidt; a heifer born in October 2014; a daughter of the bull Romany 1 R22 F Formidable.

National Champion: Hans Oluf; owner Ulrich Spechtmeyer; a bull born in February 2012 and a son of the Danish bull Vokslev Eik.

Reserve Champion: Kirsche; owner Carsten Rust; a heifer born in May 2015, a daughter of the bull RZW Nestor.

Reserve Champion: Outcross B from JuttaWiegand/Jürgen

We ended the day with an evening event, in which we reviewed the past 25 years of the German Hereford Association and would like to take this opportunity to thank Jutta Wiegand and Jürgen Schubart for hosting such a marvellous event.

The National Champions are as follows:

The following day we had our AGM. After 15 years as Chairman, Wolfgang Maschke retired. Monika Spechtmeyer was elected as new Chairman and Frans Josef Schirk as Vice Chairman. From the 15th to 18th November 2016 Eurotier takes place, once again in Hannover. Together with the Hereford Association’s from Denmark and the Netherlands, we have a joint stand.

The National Male Champion Hans Oluf from Ulrich Spechtmeyer

At the trade fair we showed our National Champion bull Hans Oluf and had a lot of visitors on the stand and talked to many breeders. It was a pleasure to be there and we enjoyed the time with our friends.



SHOWS - 2016

Ireland National Hereford Show Tullamore Once again this event has proven to be the leading show venue in terms of number and quality of pedigree Hereford cattle exhibited. Many Hereford breeders from right across the country converged onto the showground on the Saturday evening availing themselves of the tented accommodation provided and ensuring their cattle exhibits were well rested for the show. The accommodation first provided in 2015 has proven to be a tremendous asset ensuring comfort and an excellent display area for both animal and exhibitor. The judge for the event was the well-known International Adjudicator, Jens Michael Jensen from Denmark where he is amongst the top rank of Hereford breeders. As his Supreme Champion he selected Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591 having earlier selected her as his Female champion. She was born 14th of September 2013 and is sired by Remitall Superduty out of Dorepoll 1 Duchess 5525. Owned by Matthew Goulding, Ballyduff, Tralee she is no stranger to the show-ring or the top position The Reserve Supreme National Hereford Champion position was awarded to Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 793 the Reserve Female Champion. She was born on 26th of January 2015, is sired by Solpoll 1 Cruiser and out of Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 1st a cow which has bred very well for owner Sean McKiernan, Corlismore House, Ballinagh.

Supreme and Female Champion Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591 with Judge Jens Michael Jensen (Denmark), Liam Philpott President IHBS Ltd, Owner Matthew Goulding and Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Mr Andrew Doyle TD

The judge awarded the National Hereford Male Championship to Solpoll 1 Lawman exhibited by John Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty, Co Cork. This NI born bull was bred by John McMordie and is sired by Panmure 1 Henry and out of Solpoll 1 Pansy. As his Reserve National Hereford Male Champion Mr Jensen selected his National Bull Calf Champion, Shiloh Farm Dynamite. The judge was very impressed by this most promising but very young calf in his class. Born in February last he is sired by Grianan Freddy out of a dam Cill Cormaic Lass purchased from breeder David Larkin, by owners, S & H Murray, Parkwood, Moate. The 2016 National Hereford Heifer Calf Champion, Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 742 was provided by Matthew Goulding, Ballyduff, Tralee and is the daughter of the Supreme Champion Female. A feature of the event is the constant presence of a huge crowd of spectators throughout the judging. Many independent observers voted the Hereford ring the busiest and best attended show-ring at the National Livestock show which attracts in excess of 1,300 cattle in addition to the myriad of other events taking place which provide such enjoyment and activity for families young and not so young.

Success for UK breeding at Tullamore Show Reserve Supreme Champion and Reserve Female Champion Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 793 with Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Mr Andrew Doyle TD, Liam Philpott President IHBS Ltd, Judge Jens Michael Jensen (Denmark) and Gary McKiernan

The Female & Supreme Champion Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591 is a daughter of Dorepoll 1 R51 Duchess 525 bred by the Haire Family. “Duchess 525” was sold in 2007 at their Reduction Sale to Matt Goulding, Co Kerry, and has won numerous Championships including Tullamore Show. Shown with her seven month old heifer calf at foot, “Duchess 742” sired by Dendor 1 Last Chance, she stood Heifer Calf Champion The Reserve Champion Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 793, a yearling heifer from Sean McKiernan, Co Cavan and sired by Solpoll 1 Cruiser. “Cruiser” bred by J&W McMordie was a former NIHBA Bull Sale Champion and sold for a record price in 2007. “Sydney 793” was also Female Champion at the 2015 Irish Calf Show. “Cruiser” also sired the 1st prize winning Corlismorepoll 1 Lad, who had previously stood Male Champion at the Calf Show

Male Champion Solpoll 1 Lawman with Judge Jens Michael Jensen (Denmark), Liam Philpott President IHBS Ltd, Owner John Appelbe and Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Mr Andrew Doyle TD



The Male Champion was awarded to John Appelbe, Co Cork with Solpoll 1 Lawman sold by J&W McMordie as a nine month old calf, sired by 2015 UK Sire of the Year Panmure 1 Henry, his dam is a full sister to the current UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

2016 - SHOWS Eamon McKiernan, Co Louth had a successful day with progeny of a EL Lewis & Son bred bull Haven Kingpin. The first of his two class winners was the yearling heifer Knockmountagh Willow with Knockmountagh Super winning the Autumn born bull calf class Romany 1 Lucy was the dam of Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 641 a class winner for Veronica Brennan, Co. Kilkenny. With 8 out of 12 class winners having a British sire or dam it was a great showcase for British genetics in front of a huge crowd of spectators.

Strong demand at Hereford Premier Bull Show and Sale Tullamore A combination of strong Hereford calf prices at the marts and continued demand for quality assured Hereford cross steers and heifers at premium prices for the Hereford beef schemes pushed demand at the Irish Hereford Breed Society’s Premier Spring Bull Sale at GVM Tullamore. A large crowd attended the event with commercial producers outbidding pedigree breeders in many instances to secure the bull of their choice. The day’s top price was reached when the hammer dropped at €4,700 for the twenty one month old Reserve Champion, Castledalypoll 1 Michael. Bred by Michael and Grainne Farrell, Kilcleagh Castledaly, Moate, Co Westmeath this thick bull full of muscle is sired by their stock bull Castledaly Jeff a Bowmont Storm A584 son. The dam Castledalypoll 1 Sandy is a granddaughter to the very successful Churchill Storm V583 and is one of a small but select cow herd which is a consistent producer of quality stock. The purchasers, Summerhill Farms, Dungarvan, Co Kilkenny run a large suckler operation.

Top price bull at €4,700 & Reserve Champion Castledalypoll 1 Michael with owner Michael Farrell, Kilcleagh, Castledaly, Moate, Co Westmeath

Trillick Daniel sold at €4,400 with owner JJ Farrell, Trillick, Longford

The Championship was awarded to Glaslough Pacesetter a bull from the herd of regular exhibitors Sam and Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan which also had three bulls on offer all by herd sire Glaslough Karl. Pacesetter a seventeen month old son to Glaslough Hattie was purchased at €3,800 by Paul Larkin, Dunderry, Navan, Co Meath. Glaslough Pete a September born bull out of Glaslough Honey sold to Michael Morrison of Castlerichard, Killeagh, Co Cork at €3,000 while his herd sibling Glaslough Patch found a new home at Croghan, Killeshandra when bought by Brian McNally again at €3,000. Eamon and John McKiernan, Newtown, Monasterboice, Co Louth exhibited Knockmountagh Dazzler a Hollow Point Broker son to Knockmountagh Carmel. A very promising

Champion Glaslough Pacesetter €3,800 with owner Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan

JJ Farrell, Trillick, Longford a regular amongst the prize-winners had three bulls forward at the event and what a day out for the herd. Trillick Daniel by the successful herd sire Steil Gerard sold to David Byrne, Ballykelly, Monasterevan at €4,400. Out of Cloughran Sally by Corlismore Winner he is a well-muscled bull whose full brother was exported to the UK in 2015 where later in the year was awarded Horned Hereford Bull of the Year. Trillick Lawman by Free Town Hotspur a sixteen month old son to Trillick Bea sold at €3,900 to Aidan Hynes, Mountrath while the third bull from the herd Trillick Admiral 2nd again sired by Free Town Hotspur out of Steil Gerard daughter Trillick Fairy sold as a stock bull to Hereford breeder Thomas Plunkett, Castletown Finea, Mullingar at €3,700 to average a very pleasing €4,000 for the three bulls exhibited.

Knockmountagh Dazzler €3,800 with Purchaser Patrick Lynch, Michael O’Riordan and owner Eamonn McKiernan, Newtown, Monasterboice



INTERNATIONAL HEREFORDS bull he was purchased by Hereford breeder Patrick Lynch, Ullanes, Ballymaherra, Co Cork at €3,800. Charles Sweeney, Letterkenny, Co Donegal bid a further €3,800 to secure a second offering from the Co Louth duo Knockmountagh Joker 2nd. This is a Yarram Star General W251 son out of a Churchill Storm daughter Knockmountagh Edwina. It was John Waters, Gowlan, Longford who bid €3,700 to take home Kye Manhattan 688, a Free Town Hotspur son shown by Padraig McGrath, Kye, Elphin. This September born son of Kye Patty is a granddaughter of Yarram Pompeii V055. Cill Cormaic Moses a Cedar Liam son from David Larkin, Kilcormac, Birr sold at €3,500 to Michael Mooney all the way from Blackwater, Co Wexford to purchase a sire for his dairy herd. Other principal prices included Feevaghmore Invader from Willie Kennedy, Ballyforan, Co Roscommon sold at €3,100 to Patrick J Killeen, Aghlish, Roscrea, Michael Molloy’s Moyclare Nevis at €3,000 to Noel Harney, Aughrim, Ballinasloe and two Aidan Farrell bred Churchill Storm sons and ET brothers at €3,000 each Mountwilliams Invincible to James Fay, Dysart and Mountwilliams Indurain to Herbert Pollock, Newtowngore, Co Leitrim.

Gageboro Morgan and had earlier been awarded the Senior Bull Championship before eventually being tapped forward as Supreme Male Champion. This capped off a super day for the Cork showman who also secured first prize with his yearling heifer Riverrock Naughty Bea. It was the Junior Male Champion, Shiloh Farm Dynamite, who fared next best in the male section, being tapped out after Goldstar as Reserve Supreme Champion. This promising young February born calf was sired by Grianan Freddy and exhibited by Hugh and Sarah Murray, Moate, Co Westmeath. Offaly breeder Michael Molloy picked up the Reserve Senior Male Championship with his September 2015 born Moyclare Oliver. Placed second in his class to the Champion, Oliver is sired by the herd’s stock bull Brocca Saviour. Saviour was also sire of Michael’s Moyclare Rose a very good heifer who went on to claim the Supreme Female Championship.

Society President John Neenan, Broadford, Charleville who attended the event was well pleased with the sale average of €3,340, a range of €4,700 to €2,400 and a clearance of 72%. He complimented the exhibitors on the standard of bulls forward and wished those who had purchased well.

Third Annual Irish Hereford National Calf Show Attracts Top Herds The annual National Hereford Calf Show took place at the GVM show arena and saw more than 80 calves catalogued. Now in its third year the event showcased the very best Hereford calves in the country, offering spectators from at home and abroad including a strong contingent of Hereford visitors from Finland a chance to view the finest Horned and Poll genetics available.

Supreme & Senior Female Champion Moyclare Rose with owner Michael Molloy

Officiating as judge was well known UK Hereford breeder Richard Mann from Warwickshire. Richard runs the very successful Spinney herd and is no stranger to the judging ring, having previously overseen the Irish National Show which takes place each year in August at Tullamore, as well as the Royal Three Counties, Royal Highland and Royal Welsh Shows.

Clinching the Reserve title in the Junior Male section was Limerick father and son duo John and Jack O’Connor with Clouncagh Perfection. Marking his debut Perfection was also sired by a herd sire this time Adrigole Pat.

Starting with the males, Richard found his Overall Champion in Riverrock Goldstar, bred and exhibited by Tony Hartnett, Rockchapel, Co Cork. Goldstar, an October 2015 born bull, is sired by Dovea AI bull

This one is no stranger to the show ring having previously claimed a red rosette at the Ballyforan Hereford Calf Show, This stylish 14 month old is out of the homebred dam Moyclare Ursula 4.

Claiming the Reserve Supreme title in the female section was Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald, Moate, Co Westmeath, with Grianan Orange P752. Another heifer well used to the show circuit having secured the Reserve Overall Heifer of the Year at Tullamore in August last. She is sired by the well-known and successful Australian sire Bowmont Storm. This heifer stood second in her class to the Champion, before claiming Reserve Senior Female and continuing to follow the champion all the way to the end to secure the Reserve Supreme Championship. The Fitzgerald’s were also successful in the Junior Heifer Championship when their heifer Grianan Orange P774 was tapped forward as Reserve Junior Champion. A May born calf Orange P774 is sired by the home bred Grianan Freddy. Securing the Junior Heifer Championship, Sean McKiernan, Corlismore, Co Cavan came out on top with his January 16 born Corlismore Betty 843 a very sweet young heifer sired by Grianan Firecracker out of Corlismore Betty.

Supreme & Senior Male Champion Riverrock Goldstar with owner Tony Hartnett and assistant Gerry O'Riordan



In addition to exhibitors and spectators a number of purchasers were in attendance and a number of private sales were made with some further sales arising in the days following the event.



By Stephen Scott, General Manager It’s been another great year for Herefords in Canada – sales have been strong throughout the year on both the female and bull side. The breed has experienced new interest in Hereford bulls to cover commercial cows in areas of the country that have not been Hereford friendly in previous years. They are attracting lots of attention from commercial cattle producers looking to add some pounds to their calf crop. Three new consignment sales have been started this year to fulfil the demand for Hereford genetics. Two female sales in the west and one new bull sale in Eastern Canada. These are positive signs that the commercial market place is looking across the fence at Hereford genetics. The Canadian Junior Hereford Association is still very active. Under the guidance of a dedicated group of volunteers they held Bonanza 2016 “Burning the Hereford Brand” in Olds, Alberta. One hundred and forty-seven youth from across Canada the USA and Mexico participated in this year’s competitions, which included exhibiting 240 head of Hereford cattle. The development of Hereford youth programming continues to be a priority in Canada to encourage youth to stay involved with their family operations and draw new youth into the breed. We encourage any international youth who would like to be involved in Bonanza to come and take part in Bonanza 2017 “Herefords Headin’ West” in Abbotsford, B.C. July 17-21.

Champion horned bull Triple A 2059 Bam Bam ET

of Hereford cattle in the barns raised eyebrows and prompted comments from exhibitors of all breeds. The quality of the Hereford cattle showing this year was so strong. We really enjoy hosting our International Hereford friends during our Autumn shows – so please take the opportunity to apply for Incoming buyer programs available at both Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition. These programs will subsidize your cost in travelling over to these shows to see some great Hereford Cattle.

Sales of Hereford bulls and females to the commercial sector have been strong and the purebred market has been reflecting that strength. The top selling Poll bull in 2016 so far has been Haroldson’s Totem 200Z 5D which sold 2/3 interest for $70,000 and the top selling Horned bull was GH SENSATION 3786 DELUXE 17D who sold ½ interest for $60,000. Top selling females this year have been BNC Glenlees 14Z Chantel 1D (polled) who sold for $40,000 and GH MVP DIAMOND DIANE 25D (horned) who sold for $17,000 ½ interest. The Canadian National Hereford Show was held at Canadian Western Agribition in 2016. The quality of the over-300 head

Champion Polled bull BNC Diamond Jim 102C





Hereford and Braford: genetic quality to the world. By Tatiana Feldens, Journalist of ABHB First of all we need to know the Hereford and Braford are produced in Brazil. Brazilian Hereford and Braford genetics are recognized and admired by breeders around the world. The Hereford breed has been especially developed for what is known as “cattle ranching for profits”. The breed also has the unique advantage of producing tender, flavourful meat that is synonymous with quality all over the world. The Hereford celebrates decades of selections in Brazil, having been raised commercially here for more than 150 years and has been registered in the Herd Book since 1907. It thrives extremely well in cold climates and has also been proven to adapt well to Brazilian temperatures and subtropical regions - thriving well, both in the field and in feedlot. Braford came from the controlled cross between Hereford and Bos Indicus breeds, a species more resistant to the most hostile production enverionments. This breed adapts better to the climate variations, while still maintaining the characteristic meat quality and docility of the Hereford. The Braford is able to adapt to any environment in the world to efficiently produce large quantities of meat, without losing quality. The Brazilian Braford is the result of 50 years of genetic selection that has been monitored by Brazil´s most renowned research institution and is considered the most genetically consistent in the world, having been consecrated by International Shows and several production conditions. Saying that, to improve genetic quality of Brazilian meat our Association (ABHB) has improved the controlled cross between Hereford and others breeds, having an effective alternative for profitable livestock.

Increased global demand for beef, and consumer market demands for quality and welfare conditions of the product, have required more efficient and sustainable production systems. In this context, as Technical Inspector Accredited by ABHB, Witis Baes Rodrigues, the use of crosses between Zebu and Taurine breeds is a strategy that needs to be considered with a view to raising the production rates of this system by exploiting heterosis and complementarity between races. He cites as an example the project “crossroads for early calf production,” led by researcher Gilberto Romeiro de Oliveira Menezes, the Embrapa Beef Cattle. The study evaluated 224 crossbred, half male and half female, divided in two consecutive harvests, resulting from the insemination Nelore headquarters, ½ Angus + ½ Nelore and ½ Caracu + ½ Nelore with Caracu bulls, Canchim and Braford in station riding summer. Under the same conditions, the bullocks sons of Braford bulls showed a moderate Birth Weight (kg), reaching 33.4 kg; and greater weight to weaning (kg) compared to the other races, reaching 226.6 kg and also higher daily weight gain in Confinement (kg/day), reaching 1.45 kg / day. The scientific results (not only point out), as proven by the efficiency of the Hereford and Braford races in crossbreeding, means more weight in less time and with exceptional quality of the meat, which makes it possible to negotiate different prices for slaughter in slaughterhouses. For ABHB also shows that the adaptability of Zebu, combined with the precocity and meekness of the Hereford and the Braford, produces an animal whilst performing better in tropical conditions and produces an animal with top quality meat. A reflection of




presented by the Brazilian Association of Artificial Insemination in 2015 (an increase of 4.7% compared to 2014), have excited the creators of Hereford and Braford, with special emphasis on the Braford which showed a growth of 200% in semen production, driven by the perception of creators in the gains achieved when using the Braford crossed with F1 Taurine x Zebu.

this is the growing interest of central Brazil creators of the races. “The auctions held in the region in 2016 prove this new reality, as presented clean and medium track for well over breeding of US$ 3,200” said Rodrigues. The first Auction called “Visionários do Centro-Oeste” opened the door to the Braford in Mato Grosso (Brazil central state). Held in July, at Estância la Aurora in Campos de Júlio, in the State of Mato Grosso, the shot sold copies Braford between players, mothers and calves. Total revenue exceeded US$ 416,000, reaching averages for Braford players of US$ 3,600 and arrays of US$ 1,400. In May there was also the second edition of the Auction ‘Braford Tropical Genética Adaptada’, held in Brasília. On that occasion, 53 bulls and 30 females were sold, reaching averages of US$ 3,200 for breeding, US$ 1,500 for pregnant cows and US$ 960,00 for heifers for cross. The big highlight was the bull tattoo in 2813, from the Farm Estância Luz de São João, marketed by US$ 4.7 thousand. The spring auction season in South Brazil also brought good news for the Hereford and Braford breeds, which reached incredible average values at US$ 7 thousand to Braford players. With one animal was valued at US$ 35,000.

Armed with this information the ABHB has been working hard in agreements with refrigerators and supermarket chains through the Program Meat Pampa - a pioneer in housing certification in Brazil, using price indicators that guarantee a return above the counter prices from the market and seeking agreements to facilitate promotion of programs for the use of semen of Hereford and Braford breeds to farmers throughout Brazil. Currently, refrigerators from South Brazil, as Frigorífico Silva, Marfrig, Producarne, São João and Novicarnes have agreements with ABHB. Importantly, it is through the Pampa Meat Program that ABHB makes the certification of meat Hereford with the approval of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil. When we approach the important time of the breeding season in most parts of the country, we make more appropriate choices and ensure greater profitability to the producer. By choosing registered Hereford and Braford players the creator will improve your herd and is rapidly increasing its profitability in the livestock business, either by reducing feed costs for producing heavier carcasses and excellent finish in less time than other intersections, or the best compensation for carcases of animals going to slaughter. The use of semen and Hereford and Braford breeding in their breeding season is certainly the most appropriate choice!

The great demand for races in Central Brazil, and the increase in the sale number of doses of semen for artificial insemination





Trans-Tasman Cow productivity project to deliver fertility tools. By Kim Woods A Trans-Tasman cow productivity project is set to deliver Hereford producers the tools to lift fertility and profitability in their females. The Trans-Tasman Beef Cow Productivity Project is a collaboration between Meat and Livestock Australia, and Beef and Lamb New Zealand Genetics, and involves members of Herefords Australia and NZ Herefords. It encompasses about 20 Hereford and Angus cowherds in Australia and New Zealand, and draws on data already generated by the Beef Information Nucleus herds. University of Adelaide, Animal Breeding and Genetics Professor, Wayne Pitchford said the project was the next phase of the Beef CRC’s maternal productivity project, Herefords Australia crossbreeding trial and New Zealand progeny test programs. “We have pooled resources with New Zealand funding and scientists combining with the Meat and Livestock Donor Company,’’ Professor Pitchford said.

Ian and his wife Diana retain at least 90 per cent of their heifers for mating and sell cows over eight years old. Around 80 per cent of their calving females are aged four years and under to boost genetic gain and production efficiency, and reduce age related problems. The couple have a disciplined approach based on “cow herd hurdles’’ – females are culled on fertility with no exceptions or favourites, and there is a focus on easy calving and nonintervention. All females are joined from November 1 for six weeks for a mid August calving, with heifers calving as two-year-olds and all calves early weaned at five months of age. Mr Locke said the average performance recorded Hereford female had its first calf at 2.5 years of age, representing opportunities for the breed in Australia to lift fertility.

“We are working with a group of leading Hereford and Angus breeders to identify and address gaps existing within the research.

“I’m after cows that can ride the condition score roller coaster – the animals who can put haystacks on their backs in spring to get through the autumn and winter, calve and go through the cycle again,’’ he said.

“There are gaps around how best to describe cows, for example, two cows could weigh the same but be quite different in body composition.

“By culling any females without calving ease, and selecting for calving ease in the bulls, we were also driving gestation length down.

“The mature cow weight description doesn’t really cover how we describe cows.

“Genetically, the mature cow weight of our herd is lighter than the breed average.’’

“We are also looking at selecting for fertility in younger animals and we have an issue where the best data recorders in the industry are using a lot of artificial insemination.’’

Mr Locke said genetic fat was a risk management tool for females during the tough seasons.

With the synchronisation used in AI programs masking the variation in fertility, the project will study alternative means of fertility data collection. These include measuring the age of puberty in heifers and using genomic testing on animals with a history of fertility data. Project participant and Hereford Breeder, Ian Locke hosted Australian and New Zealand members of the project group on his Holbrook property, in Southern NSW.

“I have accepted fat is part of running a low cost beef herd and we drive eye muscle area to ensure we have the carcase yield wanted in the market,’’ he said. “Carcase has the most scope for improvement in the breed – that may be not in dollars per hectare but we can go a long way in carcase without downsizing the other traits. “We keep driving muscle and as yet it has no effect on fertility.’’ Emphasis is also placed on intra-muscular fat percentage. “I am under no illusion that in the end we are in the beef industry and its about eating quality,’’ Mr Locke said. “The good thing about the Hereford breed is there is a wide variation in marbling, just the same as there was in Angus 15 years ago. “It’s just about utilising the tools to keep driving it – there seems to be very few downsides to driving IMF.’’ Mr Locke said placing stocking rate pressure on the cowherd had resulted in a more moderate framed, efficient female. He said the BREEDPLAN mature cow weight estimated breeding value was not a good descriptor of cow type. “We need weight, hip height (frame) and condition score components to describe the type of cow,’’ he said. Mr Locke has used both US and New Zealand sires to bolster his herd’s Trans Tasman genetic linkages to those Hereford populations.

Ian Locke, front, has used objective data to boost the fertility of his whiteface herd to above average



“I can see a day coming when we will have Pan American and

INTERNATIONAL HEREFORDS Trans Tasman analysis, and I want to be well linked to that,’’ he said. “The Trans Tasman analysis makes it easy to select genetics – generally speaking, the New Zealanders are better than the Australians on structure, calving ease and gestation length.’’ Hereford Breed stamps dominance to clear $19.2 million in Bulls A Hereford buying bonanza in 2016 has resulted in a thumping $6917 average for more than 2700 bulls sold under the hammer nation-wide worth $19.2 million. On the way, the breed set a top on-property price of $110,000, a new record top price at the flagship Wodonga National of $95,000 and sale average of $9961, plus a new on-property sale breed average record of $11,700. There were 75 on-property and multi-vendor whiteface sales around the nation this year. A total of 3291 bulls were offered at auction with 2779 sold for a clearance of 84 per cent, gross of $19,225,113 and average of $6917. The autumn bull sales, including the Wodonga and Dubbo Nationals, resulted in 1284 bulls selling for a gross of $9.01 million and average of $7008. In the spring run, 1495 bulls sold under the hammer for a gross of $10.21 million and average of $6832. The top price of $110,000 was set at the Injemira 45th annual “Carcase Revolution’’ bull production sale at Book Book, NSW, on February 23. Brian Burgess, Ravensdale Poll Herefords, Holbrook, NSW, bought Injemira Anzac K220 from Injemira principal Marc Greening.

The second top price of the year, $95,000, was reached at the 2016 Herefords Australia Wodonga National Show and Sale when Tom and Amy Honner, Minlacowie Poll Herefords, Minlaton, SA, sold Minlacowie Jubilant J123 to Tom Nixon, Devon Court Herefords, Drillham, Qld. The multi-vendor Dubbo National reaffirmed the Breed’s strength by breaking the event’s sale average of $11,853. The longest running multi-vendor bull sale in regional Australia, Glen Innes Hereford Bull Sale, set a new record top price of $45,000 for the combined Horned and Poll. The bull, Battalion Black Hawk K7, was sold by Grant and Kylie Kneipp, Battalion Herefords, Dundee, NSW, to Frank Hannigan, Franco Herefords, Woodview, NSW, and Ben and Annabelle Monie, Thornleigh Herefords, Little Plain, NSW. Stephen and Jodi Peake, Bowen Poll Herefords, Barraba, NSW, led the charge in the spring sales by setting a new breed onproperty record average of $11,700 on July 21. The next closest on-property sale average was $10,024 achieved by Andrew McKay, Merawah Poll Herefords, Boggabilla, on July 19. In the nation’s biggest on-property offering of whiteface bulls, Ironbark Herefords, Barraba, sold 137 from 187 lots in a 73 per cent clearance on August 26. The breed flexed its muscles at the Wodonga National with the biggest catalogue in years – a total of 141 bulls sold from the 169 offered for an 83 per cent clearance, an average of $9961 and gross of $1,404,500.

The top price of $110,000 was set at the Injemira 45th annual “Carcase Revolution’’ bull production sale at Book Book, NSW, on February 23. Brian Burgess, Ravensdale Poll Herefords, Holbrook, NSW, bought Injemira Anzac K220 from Injemira principal Marc Greening.




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National Hereford Feedout, Going Again. By Tom Graznow The National Hereford Feedout got fired up again in December of 2015. After a few years of high calf prices, it looks like we are heading into a time where retained ownership will be a viable option for getting the most out of our calves. The test concluded in July of 2016 and once again it showed that the Hereford breed produces the type of cattle that “fit” the beef industry. A couple of qualifiers need to be brought up here. It seems that the packing industry is once again driving the market. To get the tonnage required, the packers are asking for more days on feed. We have all seen that the slaughter weights went up during 2016 and the end of 2015. The NHF cattle were caught up in this, yet they still performed admirably and did our breed proud. I had a feed yard manager tell me that he has learned that he can feed these white face cattle those extra days and not have to worry as much about Yield Grade penalties. He told me that this doesn’t necessarily apply to some other cattle, as with their pursuit of marbling without keeping up with muscle, they have tended to put on more backfat relative to muscle. This brings on more Yield Grade 4s and 5s. Also, with COOL going by the wayside, the packers can once again take the extra fat put on in those added days and mix it with lean trim meat being imported from foreign sources and market the extra fat for more money. As you will garner from the test results, I am not making excuses! I am simply stating the facts of the marketing being more or less forced on us by the packing industry. The facts are that the Hereford and Hereford sired cattle in the test did quite well inspite of the marketing disadvantage in the industry today, once again proving that Hereford cattle are a big plus to producers, and we should be promoting the white face to a mostly black national cow herd as such. This test was conducted at Royal Beef near Scott City, KS. Thank you to the crew there, especially Mark Lampe, for all their work. The Kansas yard Average that is used in comparing the NHF cattle to the industry are a compilation of data from eight yards in Kansas. The yards included are: Brookover Ranch Feed Yard, Deseret Cattle Feeders, Hoxie Feedyard, HyPlains Feedyard, Kearney County Feeders, Poky Feeders, Pratt Feeders, and Supreme Cattle Feeders. The 2015-16 National Hereford Feedout had several participants. They were Bookcliff Herefords from Russell, KS, KEG Hereford Ranch from Valentine, NE, Shumaker Polled Herefords from Wetmore, KS, Jake Betts from Dorrance, KS, Greg Carey from Russell, KS., Dr. Joe Butler, Valentine, NE., Kyle Baker, Rosalia, KS., Dan Binder, Inman, KS., and Mike Orpin, Inman, KS. Thank you to these breeders for putting their cattle on the line for the Hereford breed. They learned more about their cattle and their breeding program and are also doing this in a way that enhances the breed, promotes the marketing of Herefords, and proves our worth in the industry. Now, just how did these Hereford cattle do? First off, these calf feds were on feed for an average of 200 days, with a range of 187 to 218. In the performance traits, the Average Daily Gain was 3.63

with a range of 3.33 to 4.08. Excellent gain considering the days on feed. The Kansas Yard Average for cattle on feed marketed at the same time was 3.70 with an average days on feed of 155. As you can see, the Hereford calves gained within a whisker of the shorter day cattle, proving their viability in an upside down marketing cycle. In pounds of feed per pound of gain, the NHF cattle consumed an average of 4.97 pounds of feed (dry basis) per pound of gain, with a range of 3.99 to 5.58. The corresponding Kansas Yard Average was 5.98 pounds of feed per pound of gain. We smoked ‘em on this one. That shows a 17% advantage to the Hereford and Hereford sired cattle at the feed bunk and that is comparing us to the shorter day cattle once again. So actually it could have been more. This was also reflected in the comparative cost of gain. The NHF calves had a total cost of gain of $61.10 dollars per hundredweight, with a range of $49.24 to $69.89. The Kansas Yard Average for cost of gain was $77.46. So the Hereford calves reflected a whopping 21% advantage in total cost of gain. Not only did they convert feed better, but in all other costs, they beat the yard average. This would include medicine costs, thus showing that the Herefords were healthier, had a lower death loss, and withstood the elements better than the average. Something I find interesting in this data is that the Hereford cattle that were at the high end of the range in feed conversion and cost of gain were STILL significantly under the yard average for these traits. Efficiency seems to be a trait that we have nailed. More later. We fed well and made money at the bunk, so what. How do we stack up in the carcass traits. Quite well, thank you. Here are the results. The average slaughter weight on these calves was 1316 pounds, with a range of 1231 to 1479. This compares to 1424 pounds for the Kansas Yard Average. Seems like most of the really big cattle were north and south of Kansas. Don’t know why. Our hot carcass weight was 803 pounds, with a range of 626 to 1013. Very acceptable by industry standards. This calculated to an average dressing percent of 61%. Also quite acceptable. Our average Yield Grade was 3.20 with a range of 1.7 to 5.8. I should also say that we refused to use any of the short term beta blockers (ractopamine) since we wanted our results to be as close to pure as we could. The normal implants were used. In the actual carcass data, these Hereford and Hereford sired cattle did well. The average Rib Eye Area was 13.25 with a range of 10.3 to 15.8. Backfat measurements were in a range of .12 to 1.24 with an average of .57. Our average marbling score was 447 with a range of 300 to 721. For the long feeding period, it is apparent that these calves did very well. The final Quality Grade came in at 1% Prime, 79% Choice, and 20% Select. Excellent results, and definitely a marketing tool for the Hereford breed. Congratulations to the breeders involved. So, how do we sort through all this stuff and come to any conclusions. Certainly this data will help the breeders involved make quality breeding decisions individually, but what can we draw from this as a breed. Once again, this test group shows that the Herford breed makes its living with efficiency. A 21% advantage



INTERNATIONAL HEREFORDS efficiency that makes our living. Let’s follow these guys lead and not give up anything for carcass traits. We have proven that we can have it all. We have not sold out our breed’s quality traits and performance efficiency to fit a packing industry that moves all around the marketing target board and rarely pays for it. Other things that are being proven positive for Hereford are health issues. Zero death loss and very little time in the hospital pens sure didn’t hurt the efficiency of these calves when compared to the yard average. It also is a feather in the hats of these producers in managing these calves very well at home before the trial started. on cost of gain equates to about $105 dollars on 650 pounds of gain. In the marketing climate that we are moving into, this is very significant. This is true in any phase of the feeding of Herefords, from efficiency at the cow herd end or the actual feed lot phase. At every turn of the beef industry, this efficiency is what puts money in the producer’s pocket. While some breeds are pushing efficiency through phenotype, very unreliable, we as a breed can and should be pushing our efficiency through our genotype. As a breed, we do not have to visibly say, “She’s efficient, a real belly dragger”. We can look at cattle that still perform and have a performance look to them and state unequivocally that they are efficient. Why? Because we possess it in our very genome. It has been proven time and time again through trials like National Hereford Feedout, Genetic Outreach Program, the Olsen studies, Triple A and others. Now let’s promote it. That said, these cattle also are proving that many myths about Herefords are being, and have been dispelled. Who would have thought 20 years ago that a set of Hereford steers (calf feds) would have graded 1% Prime, 79% Choice, and had an average Yield Grade of 3.2. Congratulations to these participants for enhancing their carcass traits without sacrificing the performance and breed

If you are interested in participating in a National Hereford Feedout, the Kansas Hereford Association will once again sponsor a test at Royal Beef at Scott City, Kansas, starting in December. The arrival dates are the first full week of December, beginning on the 5th. The stipulations are that you enroll at least 5 steers that are CHB qualifiers, but we will test as many as you like. The cost is $50 per consignor and $5 per head tested. For more information, contact Tom Granzow, 765 South 3000 Road, Herington, KS 67449. Phone numbers are 785-466-2247, 785-466-6790 (cell) and email is If there is enough interest, we will also offer a test starting in February for those that would rather feed more of a yearling type. I must also interject here that the American Hereford Association, with its new leadership, is once again getting involved with this program and using the carcass and performance data as part of our performance program. Hats off to Jack Ward, Trey Befort, Shane Bedwell, and Stacy Sanders for recommitting the AHA to this program. They are doing a lot of work to take data gathered from the NHF over the years and implementing it into the data base. So your personal data gathered in the NHF would be eligible for you to enter into your database at AHA through the Form 7. Once again, thank you to all of the participants in the National Hereford Feedout and to Royal Beef.

South Africa By Lawrence Moorcroft

Greetings from a drought ravaged South Africa. We enter our summer months still waiting for significant rainfall to break a most devastating drought. Many areas in the summer rainfall regions have had to part with a major proportion of their herds because resources WERE depleted as summer crops were well below normal last year - fodder has become scarce and very expensive! Our Breed Society is going full steam ahead with plans for our Centenary celebrations in September 2017 culminating in a National Championship Show, AGM and Symposium at the Agri Megaweek near Bredasdorp in the Western Cape. There are plans to arrange a pre-tour and visits to attractions in the Western Cape. It will be wild flower time up the West Coast of Namaqualand - this is a must see spectacular phenomenon. The Cape Floral Kingdom Expo and the usual attraction of Historical and Natural sights of Cape Town and the winelands are all nearby. The pre-tour is being planned from Thursday 7 September 2017 leading to, and including, Megaweek. This could include viewing the sights mentioned above and visiting Herds in the area. A slaughter stock and carcase competition is planned starting with live animals being judged at the Morreesburg Show, followed by an evaluation of the carcases which will be offered at auction. There will be a photo and video display of the carcases the following week at the Agri Meganweek Show.

Hereford sired commercial weaned calves - Rooikraal 2016

There are many Hereford events planned at the Mega Week including Slaughter Stock and Carcase competition, the Annual General Meeting of the Society, a Hereford Weaner calf information day, Handler/Livestock Workers’ course, a Consumer and Ladies Programme, a Hereford Breeders’ Symposium with Darr Bullock(USA) speaking on Designing breeding objectives to accommodate the livestock value chain - from farm to fork and finally the S.A. Hereford National Championship Show. We will be having both Halter and Pen classes for the first time at a Championship Show which will be followed by an Auction of Champions. The final function will be the S.A. Hereford Centenary Dinner. There will be a post tour of Herds and sights including big 5 Game Reserves. Anyone interested in joining us for the Centennial celebrations can contact Liezel at the S.A. Hereford Office email:




Allman, P.J. & A.C. ......................... Greenyards.......................83 Andersen, H. ................................. Moeskaer .......................241 Appelbe, J. & F. ............................. Carrigroe & Apple............100 Ascaris .......................................... Caterers............................60 Ayre, L.R. & A.M. ........................... Frenchstone....................145 Bovela ........................................... BVD Vaccine................... IBC Bradstock & Partners, R.A. ............ Free Town ........................79 Braithwaite, I.A. ............................. Highfield ...........................88 Cameron & Son, J.A. ..................... Baldinnie ..........................97 Cant & Ptnrs., J.M. ........................ Panmure ..........................29 Castle House Hotel ..................................................................92 Clark, M.J. ..................................... Lowesmoor ........................9 Cogent Breeding Ltd. .................... A.I. Services ................. OBC Dale, S.F.J. .................................... Phocle ..............................91 Davies, & Co. R.T. .......................... Westwood.........................91 Deaville, D.J. .................................. Alderville/Aldersley .........125 Dickinson, D. & K. ......................... Mallowburn.......................54 Douglas, J.T. & J.S. ....................... Ervie ...............................105 Dovecote Park Ltd. ........................ Beef Processors................11 Dowbiggin, J. ................................ Ghyll Beck ........................49 Dunbia ........................................... Beef Processors..................5 Eccles, W. & P. .............................. Rockness........................103 Edwards, R. & Smith, E. ................ Classic............................120 Elite Breeders Sale ........................ Northern Ireland..............167 Elwess, S.A. & V.J. ......................... Elwess ...........................124 Englefield Home Farms .................. Englefield .......................118 English, P.T. ................................... Churchlands Estate.........133 Eveson, J. ..................................... Photographer .....................2 Fabb, D.R.A. ................................. Fabb...............................127 Farmers Guardian .......................... Media................................69 Fir Farm Ltd. .................................. Firbosa ...........................111 Fletcher, Mrs. C.S. ......................... Barwise.............................56 Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. M.G.S. ............. Stitchcombe...................115 Gould, L.G. .................................... Baybridge ......................149 Graham, J. .................................... Richmount .....................171 Harrison, T. & D. ............................ Moralee ............................53 Hatt, H.A. ...................................... Weybrook ......................120 Hawke, F.G., F.J. & R.P. ................. Breock, Hustyn & Nanscient . ..............................................................................................150 Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association .....................................75 H. & H. Insurance .......................... Insurance Brokers ............74 Hi Health Herdcare (Biobest) .......... Cattle Health Scheme ......25 Hobson, A.J. & L.R. ....................... Eldersfield ........................85 Holdsworth, N. & L. ....................... Pebworth .......................136 Hutchings & Sons, W.J. ................. Fisher ...............................27 Irvine, A. & S. ................................. Pallas .............................173 Irvine, R.J. ..................................... Graceland ......................171 Jackson, Mrs. L. ............................ Sparkwood.....................142 Jones, D.E., E.D. & A.L. ................ Dendor .............................23 Jones, Agricultural Contracting, D.P. ...................................................... Maxstoke .......................140 Jones & Son, W.S. ......................... Tyn-y-Coed ......................71 Kelly, Mr. & Mrs. D. ........................ Netherhall..........................54 Kelly, D. ......................................... Mullin .............................155 Kemp & Sons, W. & R. ................... Auckvale ..........................51 Kerr, C. .......................................... Kinnego .........................169 Lewis & Son, E.L. .......................... Haven ..............................77 Lewis, R. ....................................... Salbri ...............................73






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