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Hereford Journal Breed 2018



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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: Editor: David Deakin


86 Traditional values of the heart of modern farming business

2 Appointment of new CEO – James Sage

2 Staff at Hereford House

3 CEO’s Report

4 President’s Message

4 New President

6 Society Council

7 Council Members Profiles

14 Top Herefords 15 President Robert Thomas addresses the Annual Dinner 16 Annual Awards 20 Farewell to David Prothero 43 National Show 52 Spring Show & Sale at Hereford Market 90 Beef Expo 2017 95 Show Results 123 UK Hereford Youth takes off 126 National Calf Show 137 The 15th European Hereford Conference – Hungary 2018 138 National Poll Show 157 Bespoke Hereford Beef Website 174 Autumn Show & Sale at Hereford Market 183 Carlisle Shows & Sales 187 National Stock Judging Competition 197 Scottish National Show 198 Award for Society’s Official Photographer 199 Calendar of Events 2018 208 N. Ireland Shows & Sales 212 N. Ireland National Show

114 Beef Producer creates fully integrated system 118 Hereford cattle are the cream on top of the milk at Peak House Farm 142 The Hereford is the top performer on Commerical Beef unit 154 A Journey through Food and Farming with Liz Earle MBE 158 Food for thought at “Meat Business Women Conference” 159 From farm to fork - Grass Fed Beef at its very best 182 Josh Dowbiggin wins Farmers Weekly’s Student Award 188 Carbon Farming with Livestock digging deeper

ASSOCIATIONS & CLUBS 23 Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association 56 National Hereford Show Club 59 Hereford Breeders’ Associations and Clubs 62 Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association 108 South of England Hereford Breeders’ Association 129 Powys Hereford Breeders’ Club 134 Dyfed Hereford Breeders’ Club 146 South Western Hereford Association 160 North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association 184 Traditional Hereford Breeders’ Club 190 Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Association 202 Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association

OVERSEAS 223 Associations & Clubs Around the World 224 New Zealand 225 South Africa 226 Germany 227 France

ARTICLES 32 Breed President Robert Thomas – Traditional Hereford to the core!

228 Finland 229 United States of America

48 Harper Adams University’s Pioneering Beef Trial

230 Ireland

60 The Hereford perfectly fits the Brandon Farm Business Model

233 Canada

70 Pebworth Herd wins AHDB Progressive Herd Award

235 Netherlands

72 Growing dairy business benefits from Breed robustness

236 Denmark

75 EBV’s – Make Life Difficult?

239 Uruguay

234 Brazil

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James Sage Appointed as the Hereford Cattle Society's First Chief Executive James who joined from organic certifiers, The Soil Association said “I’m very pleased to have become part of the Hereford Cattle Society to work with an established team at Hereford House, the Council and the breeders who are the heart of the breed. This is an exciting era within UK and global agriculture and I believe there will be a prominent role for the Hereford to play in post Brexit UK agriculture. Capitalising on the breed’s many wonderful attributes to further develop sustainable profitable systems for farmers.” James added, “I would also like to pay tribute to the legacy David Prothero leaves myself and all the staff at Hereford House. The Society has grown exponentially under his careful stewardship and has enjoyed a period of sustained interest and expansion both in terms of pedigree registrations and membership. It is now up to the Council,

members and staff to build on this in the future.” James has worked within the agricultural and horticultural industries for nearly 20 years and will move from the Soil Association, where he was a Senior Inspector Manager. In this role James was responsible for a team of UK based office staff and remote workers, as well as contractors overseas and has seen him establish new partnerships with other Agri-food businesses. He also successfully identified new areas of business and marketed them to customers. Previously James worked for Defra where he was part of the Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate. Hereford Society Chairman, Richard Mann, said “We are delighted to welcome James to the Society and his excellent background, coupled with his energy to work with the Council and breeders, will take the breed forward in the

new and exciting times that are ahead of us.” James was brought up on a mixed beef and sheep farm on the Mendip Hills. He also runs a small herd of pedigree pigs with which he has won a number of interbreed titles and the “Pig of the Year” title in 2016. He now lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and family.

Staff at Hereford House

James Sage

David Deakin

Chief Executive

Tracey Thomas

Registrations and General Enquiries


Breed Development and Promotions

Beverley Turner

Finance and General Enquiries


Sylvia Wood



Chief Executive's Report My first few months here at the Society have gone very quickly and have been thoroughly enjoyable. I had a great handover with David and recognise the big boots I am to fill. I’d like to personally thank David for his time on the phone prior to my start and all his time and effort in the handover. As you will read elsewhere in the journal David provided long and dedicated service and is the second longest serving secretary in the Society’s 139-year history. He has guided the Society through some challenging times when there was a fashion for breeds other than the Hereford in to the recent period of sustained growth over the last 15 years. I believe that we will continue to grow in the future as the UK agricultural industry reshapes itself post Brexit. I would also like to thank all the members who have introduced themselves to me at the shows and events from Moreton-in-Marsh through to the Christmas Calf Show, I have enjoyed meeting you and listening to your thoughts around the breed and the future. We head towards an interesting and challenging time in UK and world agriculture in which we could see some of the largest changes since the 2nd world war. The breeds ability to lay down flesh from grass and forage coupled with its easy calving and docile nature means that we are very well placed for the future which will unfold. The Beef website has grown over the last year and hopefully you will have seen the video put together with help from the Castle Hotel here in Hereford. This website represents a major tool for us to help remind the public of the many wonderful attributes of eating Hereford beef. Multiple retailers are being drawn towards Hereford beef and in 2017 Lidl started stocking a range of steaks, giving the public an additional outlet on top of Co-op, Sainsburys and Waitrose. We will be working towards further developing the excellent relationship that has been built with the Society and processors Dunbia and Dovecote Park. Hereford Beef is back on the shelves in more prominence than for several years but there is still huge potential for growth in this area. UK Hereford Youth has grown under Emma Smith’s watch and now

has over 30 members, her report later in this Journal will talk about the work she has done with the members and the plans for 2018 look to offer the members greater opportunities. The uniforms that the members have worn do make them standout in the ring and caught the eye at the Poll show and the calf shows over the autumn months. The trial of “Investigating a low cost outdoor dairy beef system” that the society sponsored calves at Harper Adams has seen the Herefords performing well and at the point of writing the animals have moved on the fodder beat for the winter and are still performing well. This trial is an excellent opportunity for the breed to demonstrate in a very commercial environment its ability to provide quality beef at low input costs which will be ever more important in the future. I’m hopeful the society can look at additional trials in the future on this basis or other systems to demonstrate the benefits of keeping Herefords. The 2017 Show season was again a tremendous advert for the breed and although there weren’t quite so many Interbreed successes as in 2016 Herefords were well represented numerically across the country and dominate other breeds at the summer shows. The calf shows in the autumn and winter have seen nearly 300 lots entered across the National Calf Show, Agri Expo and the Christmas Calf Show, in addition to the Midlands and East Anglia event at Newark. The animals were of high quality and the numbers entered demonstrate the demand and strength of the breed. The Christmas Calf Show also saw the 2nd Designer Gene Sale and I would like to congratulate Josh Dowbiggin on this and his Farmers Weekly Award as Agricultural Student of the Year, well done on these awards Josh it is to your great credit. There are more reports on these items later in the journal, so I won’t go in to results now. The European Hereford Conference will be back in Hungary in 2018 and it would be good to see as many members as possible in attendance, I’m told these are always interesting and insightful events and I am certainly looking forward to it. Registrations have broken through the 9000 barrier in 2017, and with successful sales of females at the previously mentioned Designer Gene Sale and the Society’s sale in October shows there is still considerable demand for the breed. The Spring Bull Sale saw a clearance of over 80% and the Autumn Sale matched last year’s figures for clearance and averages.

David Prothero wishes James well in his new role as CEO of the Hereford Cattle Society before hanging up the microphone one final time

I hope to meet more of the members in the coming months and at the summer shows next season. The new Council will meet on February 8th and I’m very much looking forward to working with them and the excellent staff team we have here at Hereford House in 2018.




New President: Jonathan Moorhouse The 2018 Hereford Breed President Jonathan Moorhouse, Cato Herefords will be well known to many Hereford breeders not just in the South West but across the UK. He is an active member and past Chairman of the South Western Hereford Association and has represented the region on Council for the past six years. Jonathan has judged many shows including the Society’s Autumn Show & Sale in 2010, the penultimate sale at the old Hereford Market, and at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2012 which, as a native Yorkshireman gave him immense pleasure. However, his greatest honour to date in terms of judging has to be the 2013 National Poll Show held in Moreton-in-Marsh. A great advocate of the Hereford Breed, Jonathan together with his wife Rosemary, has been breeding Herefords since the mid 1990’s and in 2016 Cato Herefords were judged Best Herd in the South West. He has a strong desire to further develop the identity of the world famous Hereford Brand and will be available to discuss ideas with members at events up and down the UK on how best this can be achieved. Elected as Vice-President for the year is Northern Ireland breeder, Des Kelly “Mullin Herefords” who farms in Ballygawley, County Tyrone along with his wife Colette.

President's Message Looking at the profile of my distinguished predecessors I realise that in Hereford terms I am something of a rookie. Rosemary and I started the Cato Herd in the early 1990s using as a prefix the family nickname of our daughter Kate. The herd is completely self-contained, built now on mainly three families descended from our original purchase of heifers from the Kiwi Herd of Miss Ann Humbert in Hampshire. My family background is in jam manufacturing, which I think influences my belief in brand image as we have in the Hereford one of the most potent brands in the farming industry. We must never relax in our efforts at exploiting all its unique characteristics. Looking around at our recent South West AGM it was exciting to

Jonathan Moorhouse judging at a recent National Poll Show



see a new generation of committed breeders joining our ranks. It is to them and the new members of the Council that we need to pass the torch. Together with James Sage, David Deakin and the team in Hereford House we must continue to build on the successes of the recent past. My particular thanks go to Robert Thomas who has done such a fine stint as President in 2017 and special appreciation must go to out-going Society Chairman Richard Mann who has dedicated so much of his time to our breed over so many years. Thank you for giving me the honour of being your President in 2018, Rosemary and I are looking forward to meeting as many Hereford people as we can, safe in the knowledge that we can leave things in the hands of our very capable team at home.


Jonathan Moorhouse: 01984 656292 / 07714 104692

The Farm Office, James Barton Stogumber, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3TL






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. P.R.J. Vincent White House Farm, Coles Common, Pulham Market, Diss, Norfolk, IP21 4XT. T. 01379 676906 E.

North of England Mr. T. Harrison The Old Potato House, Eltringham Farm, Mickley, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7DF. T. 01661 844428 E.

Mr. A.J. Massey

Mr. M. Jenkins

239 Birtle View, Hollins Mount Farm, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 8AS. T. 01617 663320 E.

Appleridge Farm, Hystfield, Stone, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9LJ. T. 01453 511635 E.

Northern Ireland

South West of England

Mr. R.J. Irvine

Mr. M.J. Harris

115 Ballymoyer Road, Whitecross, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, BT60 2JN. T. 02837 507005 E.

Dowerfield Farm, Long Bredy, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9AB. T. 01308 482837 E.

Mr. D. Smyth

James Barton Farm Office, Vellow Road, Stogumber, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3TL T. 01984 656292 E.

Magheraknock House, 65 Creevytennant Road, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT24 8UJ T. 02892 639322 E.

Mr. J.D. Moorhouse

Wales Scotland

Mr. G. Pritchard

Mrs. A.G. Anderson Easter Knox, Arbirlot, By Arbroath, Angus, Tayside, DD11 2PZ. T. 01241 871660 E.

Mr. R.J.B. Wilson Cowbog, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 8EH. T. 01573 440278 E.

Woodlands, Tramway, Hirwaun, Aberdare, CF44 9NU. T. 01685 814582 E.

Miss E.N. Thorne Studdolph Hall, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3UW. T. 07890 781323 E.

West Midlands Mr. P.J. Allman Amberley Court, Sutton St. Nicholas, Herefordshire, HR1 3BX. T. 01432 880027 E.

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

Mr. M. Roberts Bromley Court, Hoarwithy, Hereford, HR2 6QN. T. 01981 540717 E.

Official Photographer to The Hereford Cattle Society

Mr. J. Eveson 5 The Grove, Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2QP. Tel: 01995 61280 Mob: 07973 482705 Em:



COUNCIL MEMBERS 2018-2020 Midlands & East Anglia

continued ongoing success.

Tim Livesey

16. I keep a close eye on value to members. I am acutely aware of the ever rising costs of Pedigree Breeding. I question initiatives that spend our registration fees and always seek to justify those initiatives through value alone.

Here’s my 15 point plan to being an active Council Member:1. Council member for the last 9 years, missed only one Council meeting and that was because the date was changed. (I did turn up for the meeting - but it was the day before!) 2. A very vocal member of Council, (just ask any other Council Member). Responsible for questioning not only Hereford House Staff but other Council Members on just about every item on the agenda. 3. I provide a detailed report of all Council business back to our Area Association meetings. Never short of any information. 4. I have confused Council many times as I will often raise my own views and then the views of my area which can at times conflict. 5. I sit on the Promotions and Breed Development Committees. 6. I am Council’s First Person of contact for the UK Hereford Youth organiser, Emma Smith, regularly advising her and representing all things about the UKHY development at Council meetings. 7. I am a great advocate of Breed Development and am very forward thinking in this regard. The first Breed Development workshop and the first UKHY weekend were both held at my farm, Normanton Herefords. 8. I have many views and thoughts on the Show Circuit and the selection of judges. In summary though I believe in Meritocracy rather than Nepotism. It is my aim to bring youngsters through the Hereford Youth Movement, provide them with the correct training and guidance, see them move up to the higher echelons of judging and eventually to see them judging all over the world. Now that would be a success story. 9. I am a great advocate for change and progress. Never short to challenge the present. 10. I am a great advocate of data management and its uses to determine current position and future policies. The presentation of such data to Council is now far improved. 11. My primary business, mushroom growing, supplies direct to the UK retailers. I have an understanding of their needs, wants and methods. I am well positioned to converse and to sell the Hereford Brand to buyers, technologists, consumers and of course the meat trade itself. 12. I am a listener and a doer. I am happy to ‘stir the pot’ and then to run with the ideas that come out through conversation, even if it may be a heated conversation. 13. I don’t do 13s life’s bad enough already! 14. I may upset some people along the way, but I am always ready to support those that I have upset when they initiate something worthwhile and I will always value and recognise their efforts and achievements. 15. I am a great advocate of Area Associations. I believe it is here that we can discuss the future of the breed and initiatives to ensure

Philip Vincent My wife, Laura, and I started the Pulham herd of Hereford cattle in 2007. What started as a hobby quickly became a passion and a major enterprise on the farm that I run in conjunction with my parents. We have approximately 45 breeding females, and run both a Horned and Poll herd under the Pulham prefix. It is essential that the cattle are a profitable part of our business and that they work in harmony with our free range egg enterprise. We are active members of our Area Association and were delighted to win our area Herd Competition in 2011, the first small herd ever to do this. We have performed consistently ever since and have picked up various individual awards. In 2015 we were thrilled to win both Horned Female and Horned Bull of the Year Trophies. We have had a great Show season this year with Pulham Powerhouse, winning Junior Bull Champion at the National Hereford Show, Tenbury Wells, Reserve Male Champion at Hertfordshire Show and Male & Reserve Breed Champion at Kington Show - all that travelling from Norfolk was worth it! We enjoy showing people our herd and hosted the Midlands & East Anglia AGM in 2016 and the Northern Breeders on their Annual Herd Trip in 2017. I am passionate about the Hereford Breed and believe showing is an important shop window, however, the commercial traits and eating quality of the beef must remain high priorities. The relationships that have been established with Dovecote Park and Dunbia are invaluable to the commercial success and profitability of the breed. I feel very honoured to have been voted on to Council by my fellow breeders in the Midland & East Anglia area. I hope I can represent my area’s views to Council and I will strive to do the best job I can for the Breed. I believe that I can use commercial experience gained through being a shareholder in Anglia Free Range Eggs, who supply eggs to supermarkets, to add something to Council. I also feel my passion and enthusiasm for Herefords will help me make the right decisions for the breed.

North of England Tom Harrison My wife Diane and I founded the Moralee herd in 2011 and have selectively built up numbers to presently 30 breeding females plus followers. Our 230acre farm at Mickley in the Northumberland Tyne Valley proves ideal for Hereford cattle and we are fortunate that ground conditions allow us to winter outside. We both work



COUNCIL MEMBERS 2018-2020 fulltime so the docility of the cattle is key to our ability to manage both farm and work. Over the last six years we have strived to win acclaim in the show ring, reaching the pinnacle in 2016/2017 with notable success at the National Calf Show, Royal Highland Show, Great Yorkshire Show and the National Poll Show. We have a strict policy of keeping only the very best bull calves and castrating the rest for our boxed beef scheme, a business idea that has proved to be extremely successful. I am always willing to share my knowledge of how our scheme operates and actively encourage others to market, what we all know, is a top-quality product. The recent invention of the Hereford Beef website is a great asset to our scheme giving our customers a great place to share recipes and find places to buy and dine on Hereford Beef. I really hope this side of the breed grows to the level I know it can, and as a Council Member, I will make it one of my missions to highlight to retailers and consumers how and why Hereford Beef is the best on the market. We all know we are in uncertain agricultural times, but with a post Brexit era in the near future, I am confident the industry will be looking at ways of cutting production costs and feel proud to be part of a breed that can offer just that! I feel very honoured to have been nominated and voted in as a Council Representative for the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association. I aim to communicate information between Council and breeders in the North of England, listening to members concerns and also reporting back news from Council to the wider membership.  I’m also interested in the marketing of the breed, in particular the development of social media as a sales tool. Please feel free to contact me on any matter however big or small and if you bump into me please make yourself known - we have the largest area geographically and also one with the largest potential for growth.

Allen Massey l was brought up on a family farm in Bury, Lancashire and have been breeding pedigree Hereford cattle since 1993 with purchases from Lower Hope and Dendor. Over the years we have seen many changes in the Breed, of which some have been very significant e.g. Dovecote Park and Dunbia Hereford Beef Schemes, the rise in registrations and of new members. On a personal note we have increased pedigree numbers, but still have retained a number of commercial cross Hereford cattle, which go under the prefix of Hollyvale Herefords. The family enjoy showing our cattle as it is our shop window. By day I work as a farm manager for Wythenshawe Community Farm (WCF) which is based in a municipal park.  We attract between 40,000 to 50,000 visitors per year.  WCF also have their own herd of pedigree Herefords which go under the Wythen prefix.  We have recently opened a farm shop selling and promoting Hereford beef, as well as home produced lamb and pork and vegetables grown in our walled garden.  WCF is a registered charity supported by enthusiastic volunteers as well as agricultural students on work experience, many go on to find employment within the industry. 



For the last three years I have been the Chairman of Bury & District Agricultural Society. l first got involved in the aftermath of the Foot and Mouth disaster, rebuilding the cattle section, after taking over from the famous(!) Mr Len Cox and building the cattle numbers to such an extent it is now recognised as a National Hereford points show. l would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Members that voted for me to represent them on the Council.  As l have said previously l am only a phone call or e-mail away, whether you have one Hereford or a 1000. l am looking forward to hearing your views and feeding them back and to working with our new Committee and CEO. I think in the next three years we will see many changes in genetics and genomics and we will need to enhance and engage with our young Hereford breeders to continue the good work.  Together, as a Society and breed members, we need to drive this great Hereford Breed forward to the forefront, so that once again, it’s a major force in the cattle industry. Don’t forget, ‘the futures bright its Brown and White!’ - Wishing you all success in the future.

Northern Ireland Robin Irvine FRAgS I was introduced to Herefords in 1980 when, as a new graduate from Harper Adams and working in the animal feed business, a friend asked me if I would take on the job of Secretary to the N Ireland Hereford Breeders Association (NIHBA). I had no background with the breed but was keen for a challenge and over the next 6 years I took the minutes – organised bull sales, attended shows, produced leaflets and press articles and generally tried to promote the merits of the Hereford to local farmers and the meat trade. In 1984 we took over a small farm at Whitecross in County Armagh and the first Herefords were purchased. I continued the work with the NIHBA as secretary, as President and later served 3 terms (9 years) as Chairman. I worked particularly on the development of the market for branded Hereford beef establishing and administering supply chains for several major meat processors in N Ireland – including WD Meats, Omagh Meats, Linden Foods and later facilitated the early meetings which led to the establishment of the Dunbia/Co-op scheme. These schemes earned levies for our association and were used to fund breed improvement initiatives such as the Superior Carcass Sire Scheme which was later taken up by the Hereford Cattle Society. Meanwhile the Graceland herd was growing in size but it took the purchase of Chapelton Juryman in 1999 to bring some quality to the operation. Juryman had an impressive show career but more importantly his progeny transformed the herd, topping the N Ireland bull sales and winning the N Ireland herds competition on a number of occasions – taking 3rd place in the National Competition in 2004. Our breeding policies are driven by the needs of the commercial market and success is measured in the value of bull sales rather than the number of rosettes in the box. Our bulls have consistently topped the Dungannon sales in recent years and hold the record price of 5,200 guineas.

COUNCIL MEMBERS 2018-2020 I have been privileged to judge most of the principle Hereford shows throughout the UK and Ireland, including the 4 National Royal Shows, and also national shows in Denmark and Holland. It has also been my privilege to serve on the Council of the Hereford Cattle Society for a number of years including a term as President in 2007 and as Chairman in 2008-11.

and sale rings over the years having won the Overall Championship at the Royal Highland Show twice, the second time being a bit more special as she was a homebred cow, won the Scottish National Show 6 times also with homebred cattle. We were Herd of the Year in 2006, something we did not think we would achieve with so few cows.

The development of the Hereford Breed in recent years has been remarkable – whether we measure it in terms of pedigree registrations or in the £millions earned in premiums for Hereford branded beef. But this is a long journey and there is still much to be done – we need stronger links throughout the supply chain and effective breed improvement strategies to raise the quality and value of our cattle. These are challenges for our new council – we take office at a time of tremendous opportunity for the breed and I very much look forward to the next three years.

We have topped the Hereford Bull Sales on a few occasions, the most memorable day being with our two bulls, ‘Goliath’ and ‘Gino’, selling to 8,300gns and 8,100gns respectively, record prices at the time.

David Smyth Cert PFS David has been involved in Agriculture all of his life with a sabbatical during the nineties, during which time, he established a substantial Financial Services business, which currently advises 5,000 clients on all aspects of financial planning. The Magheraknock Hereford herd was established in 2003, and has now grown to be the largest Horned Herd in Northern Ireland with 40 + cows, based on genetics carefully selected from top Horned herds from all over the UK and Ireland. He has served as Secretary of the N.I. Hereford Breeder’s Association for 8 years, and for most of that time also coordinated the supply of Hereford sired cattle to the Foyle Meats Certified Hereford Beef Scheme. This involved managing a network of commercial beef producers to deliver a consistent weekly supply of cattle to meet the needs of their retail customers. David has represented Northern Ireland on the Council of the Hereford Cattle Society since January 2012, and is a firm believer in the advancement of the Breed through the development of the Hereford Beef Brand as a top quality product which will ultimately increase the demand for the Hereford cattle bred by our Members. David has judged several shows in England and the Republic of Ireland, and in 2017, judged the Hereford Cattle Society’s Spring Show and Sale at Hereford Market.

Scotland Audrey Anderson I have been involved with the Hereford breed for many years and now run the Panmure Herd started by my Mum & Dad in 1969. We have 15 Hereford cows alongside 10 Charolais cows, believing it is quality not quantity that is important. We have enjoyed many successes in both the show

We aim to breed cattle that put a stamp on a herd, and I like to see our genetics breeding well in other herds. One of our most successful bulls was Panmure 1 Henry, who was sold to J & W McMordie to join their Solpoll herd. He sired the first two bulls to make over 10,000gns at Hereford Market and has also won Sire of the Year. I wanted to be on Council to help determine the future of the breed, which my family have been heavily involved with for many years. I believe that the breed has a lot of potential and think it’s important that we showcase the best of the breed especially given the uncertainty currently facing the cattle industry. The Hereford breed should be able to compete with all the other Native breeds. With the increasing demand by processors for Native bred cattle we need to promote the breed and be able to fill this demand by producing cattle suitable for use in the modern commercial cattle herd.

Robert Wilson Robert Wilson – Romany Herefords, Senior Partner of JRB Wilson & Sons, a mixed family farm located in the Scottish Borders. The focus of the business is the herd of Hereford cattle established in 1955 as the Bowmont Horned Herd by the late Jock Wilson, with the Romany Poll Herd added in the 1970s. Although predominantly Poll the Wilsons do hold the record price for a Horned bull sold at Edinburgh market – Bowmont Onedin. No long term preference is given to any strain of Hereford in the Herd and the Breed has always been viewed as just that, one Breed. However, the aim has always been to produce what the market wants, and currently that seems to be those cattle who offer the commercial producer an easily managed product hence the focus has been on Poll cattle, with the very occasional Horned sire used as breeding decisions deem fit. Recently the Romany Herd has been to the forefront of the Breed being the UK Show Herd of the Year no fewer than nine times in the last twelve years, having several bulls and females exported, stud bulls being sold to AI companies and the Romany prefix featuring in many high priced sale lots and private sales. The Herd is run on a more commercial basis than some, as it is the core activity in the business. Normally around 200 head of cattle are utilised by the business. Recently fertility/maternal traits have been the focus as it is felt enough muscle is prevalent in the herd for the time being to suit customer’s demands. A diversification has been added recently utilising the skills in the business associated with pedigree cattle. An aspect of this new



COUNCIL MEMBERS 2018-2020 venture, ‘Fluffy Moos’, is training for those new to the world of showing and taking animals to sales. Robert Wilson recently became Senior Partner of the business as part of a smooth succession plan. Prior to this, he has been in charge of the day to day running of the business since graduating from Harper Adams when father (Ronald) moved aside and ran the Border Union Agricultural Society. Robert has served on Council for a number of years as a Scottish area representative and enjoys the challenge! Moving forward he sees the Society being in a tremendous place in the beef industry – helping to promote a Breed that can be efficient and work on a pasture/forage based system to produce high quality beef. Robert suggests, ‘With a major industry focus currently on Brexit, low cost and efficient systems are needed in all businesses from farms to offices’.

South of England Michael Clark I have been involved with Hereford cattle all my life from the good fortunes of the 60’s, through the low times and now during the resurgence of native bred cattle – in particular the Hereford. During the leaner times, I added more commercial cattle to suit the meat market and especially for Waitrose. During the past 30 years I have judged many and varied shows all over the UK - small one day shows and the much larger three day events - I have judged the Beef Inter-breed at the Royal Welsh and the Calf Show at Smithfield where many breeds were present. I have also shown my own cattle successfully at many shows over the years. The most recent being this year’s Royal Three Counties Show where Lowesmoor 1 Maverick was judged Supreme Champion, he was also 50% of the Overall & Native Inter-breed Pair Champions. After a successful show season “Maverick” was crowned Bull of the Year for 2017. I was first elected to Council in 2014. I was then very fortunate to have the honour of being Breed President in 2016, when Roma and I travelled many miles across the United Kingdon. We were so delighted to see the real enthusiasm for the Hereford Breed everywhere we went. As for the future, I look forward to the Hereford continuing on its upward trajectory but we must not rest on our laurels, as, in order to keep the momentum going, we all need to pull together. It is important that breed standards are not only maintained but improved. I would like to see more herds, big and small, joining Herd Health Schemes so that we can keep on top of ‘new’ situations as they may arise. Estimated Breeding Values have become a big marketing tool and I will try and encourage more breeders to performance record their cattle. This all costs money but if we want the best and wish to maintain and improve standards then we have to invest in the future of our breed. I would like to see a lot more Hereford Beef on menus across the board and am convinced that once the uninitiated consumer has tasted our product they will find it hard to put anything else on their plates!



I am very keen on the UK Hereford Youth Programme and the more opportunities the young breeders/handlers get the better for the breed in the future. We need these young people to take the Hereford forward - we also need them for their extensive expertise in the use of Social Media platforms - another very effective promotional tool.

Martin Jenkins Not coming from a farming family, my interest for farming came from spending my spare time helping out on local dairy farms. I attended Hartpury Agricultural College 197779, and on coming home I became a self-employed relief milker /contracts herdsman. I was a keen young farmer member, where I met my wife Debbie whom I married in 1985, by which time we had started a landscape gardening and fencing company to fill in time between milking. Unable to get a County Council farm our company took over and I left my love of cows behind. In 2002 we managed to purchase Appleridge Farm in the Berkeley Vale, and set about renovating the house and buildings with the help of our two children, Sarah and Steve. The first Hereford cattle arrived in April 2004, with foundation stock from Panmure, Lowesmoor, Lowerhope and Derryswood. The Hereford was an easy choice for us as I had worked with them in my herdsman days, knowing they did well off grass and had a good temperament which was a must as Debbie and the children would need to handle them whilst I was away from the farm. In 2007 Steve came home to work and the decision to concentrate on the farm was taken. As the farm is 120 acres we had to diversify and so we now have a small agricultural contracting business, horse livery and a holiday cottage on the farm and also rent 60 acres on a grass keep basis. The herd has grown over the years retaining many home bred females, with a careful eye on their milking and maternal instinct. We calf our heifers at two years old and will have approximately 70 females calving next spring. We sell young bulls to many local dairy farmers and other breeders, and are pleased that many return when they require a replacement bull. I am pleased to be elected as a Council Member and will do my best to represent the South of England Hereford Breeders Association (SEHBA). I obviously have my own views on where the breed should be heading but welcome the views of any SEHBA members. We should not lose sight of producing cattle that the end user requires, to this end as breeders we should have a clear view on size, type and model of bulls. Females should have some sort of classification score to be used alongside EBV’s so that we can all work towards a more consistent end product. I welcome more workshops, dialogue with rearers, finishers and beef processors to ensure that we meet their requirements.

South West of England Mike Harris I had always been interested in farming from an early age. At school I used to read the ‘Farmers Weekly’, much to the amusement of my friends. The rather large stumbling block that I had to negotiate however, was that I was not from a farming family.

COUNCIL MEMBERS 2018-2020 Having decided this was the path in life that I wanted to follow, A levels were sat, and then I went on to study at the Royal Agricultural College, as it was called in those days. Once I had completed the course, I had a series of farming jobs all with the intention of farming for myself at some point in the future. Losing both my parents whilst I was at Cirencester, my determination to ‘go farming’ grew stronger. Cattle farming felt like it was always in my DNA, and after my working experiences with Herefords, whether pure or crossbred, it seemed a natural choice for my future farming venture. Being in a predominantly dairy farming part of West Dorset, my plan of breeding Hereford bulls began in 2010 with the purchase of several bulling heifers from the Smith family in Suffolk. I borrowed a bull from a friend and ‘Hilfield Herefords’ began. Further heifers were purchased from John and Melanie Williams (Anhay), Alan Williams (Alanbrook) and bulls from Ingon, Dieulacresse and Church Preen, with the latest additions from Free Town and Boycefield. Success has been achieved with the South West Hereford Association Herd Competition and for the last three consecutive years, we have won the Medium Sized Herd Section. This year has seen more change for Hilfield Herefords. My wife Kate and I applied for a Dorset County Council farm and to our delight, we were successful and moved into our new farm near the coast in March 2017. Our plan is to expand the herd to about 30 breeding cows, to run alongside our holiday cottage, a small acreage of arable land and low input grassland, which suits the Hereford so well. Having been Secretary for the South Western Hereford Association for two years, several members encouraged me to stand for election to the Society Council (perhaps the first time a first generation farmer has served on Council?). Over the next three years it will be an honour to represent the South West region’s members, alongside my fellow South West Council Member Jonathan Moorhouse.

started, we are a major  breed again and I am proud to be part of it. If we all remain true to the distinctive character of the Hereford Breed and link it to the landscape and climate of the British Isles we will have every right to claim it as the best beef in the world.

Wales Glenn Pritchard I first became interested in Herefords in the mid 90s, and purchased my foundation females in 2002 from Tommy Williams of the Windycreek herd. The cattle graze the Welsh hillside at 1200 ft on approx 75 acres in partnership with my son and brother in law. More females were purchased from various herds and we now run 20 breeding females - some of them are retained within the herd whilst others are sold to fellow breeders. Of the males 99% are castrated and these go through our boxed beef scheme with the very best kept and shown at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, where we have been lucky enough to win the Purebred Hereford section on two occasions. I’ve judged at a few local and not so local shows and very much enjoyed the experience. I feel honoured to be elected onto Council and with our breeds popularity on the increase feel that we have to keep pushing the message out there that Hereford Beef, as various awards have shown, is the best in the World. Continental breeds may have good conformation and meat to bone ratio but as a butcher for thirty years people are finally realising it is quality and not quantity that wins through in the end. I firmly believe, if you have a passion for something and believe in your product people will see this and be persuaded to join you. I am looking forward to the next three years serving as a Council Member and hope that I can help to make our breed get to the very top where it deserves to be.

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Jonathan Moorhouse

All my life I have been immersed in the Hereford breed and have always been aware of the importance of the Hereford Council as both my father and grandfather served on the Council, each representing Wales for over 30 years and having the honour of being Breed Presidents - it is a hard act to follow but I will try my best.

After fifty years farming we are now settled to doing what we enjoy most. Breeding Herefords will always be unfinished business but we will always strive to stamp the Cato herd with a type we are happy with. The breed has come a very long way from the doldrums it was in when we

I’ve always been interested and very involved in the breeding and showing of my family’s Glenvale Poll and Ashdale British Polled herds and started showing at an early age, always suggesting that we attend as many national shows as possible to promote our herd, as living in the far west of Wales we don’t have many visitors passing the farm gate. In 2005 I was given two heifers for Christmas and delighted to use the Studdolph prefix once again, which was used years ago for our Horned cattle. My biggest achievement was winning the Junior Bull Championship at the 2017 National Calf Show. I was always involved with the Hereford

I am extremely passionate about breeding Hereford cattle to a high standard, without losing sight of the fact that it needs to be done on a sound commercial basis. The Hereford Breed is in an incredibly strong position at the moment, and hopefully I can be part of the Society’s planning for its continued success in the future.



COUNCIL MEMBERS 2018-2020 Young Breeders and enjoyed all the activities at various events especially stockjudging and young handler competitions, this leading on a few years later to be given the honour of judging at various shows. I felt very privileged to judge the Hereford Autumn Calf Show at Agri-Expo 2017 in Carlisle and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.   I was very lucky to attend Agribition four years ago and this was a serious eye opener, the way the cattle were prepared for the show ring and how important the Hereford Breed is in Canada. I also realised that performance recording is the way forward and this is something that I have encouraged at home. In my daily work I am an Agricultural Consultant with a local business working across South Wales and over the border but I’m also a partner in the family farm and enjoy getting involved with all decisions. At the moment I am County YFC Chairman for Pembrokeshire and I do my best to promote the breed at every opportunity. It is an absolute honour to be on the Hereford Council as I want the breed to continue going from strength to strength. I look forward to working alongside the other Council members and meeting members across the country. I’m a strong believer in modern methods but we must always remember our traditional roots and values too.

West Midlands Philip Allman First and foremost, I’m a Shropshire lad having grown up in Wellington, Shropshire where I farmed livestock alongside my family. I have farmed stock all my life, initially finishing Native bred cattle, often Hereford and Hereford X cattle, sourced from the Welsh Marches and the Scottish Borders. I then attended Harper Adams Agricultural College before moving to a mixed farm in Warwickshire where we milked cows and ran a commercial suckler unit. A British Polled Hereford bull was used extensively throughout both enterprises. Then it was off to Scotland, where we commenced breeding pedigree Herefords, with sound commercial principals, under the Greenyards prefix and enjoyed much success in the show ring. During my time North of the Border I represented Scotland on the Hereford Cattle Society Council. A move to Herefordshire followed, bringing our pedigree Herefords with us back down to the spiritual ‘home of the breed’ where we continued with success both in the show ring and sale ring. Again, I was honoured to be elected as a Council representative for the West Midlands region and have been on Council since 200? During my time on Council I have been elected to several committees including the Breed Development and Performance Recording committees. Most recently I was chosen to form part of the selection committee to appoint the new Hereford CEO. I have been selected to judge several major shows including; Royal Three Counties, Pembrokeshire, Shropshire and Surrey. I have also judged at Society sales in Hereford, Stirling and Carlisle.



We have always welcomed visitors to our Hereford stud in Herefordshire, some from overseas including Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands. Recently, we hosted an enjoyable and informative day’s training for UK Hereford Youth. I am keen to learn about new technologies and have been a regular attendee at the Annual British Cattle Breeders’ Conference, as well as attending the 2016 World Hereford Conference held in Uruguay. I look forward to working with a new Council and the Staff at Hereford House over the next three years and build on an increasingly successful breed through breed development and promotion. This can move us forward to produce cattle suitable for todays market and increase our market share.

Mark Roberts I returned to Hereford Cattle Breeding in 2004, having failed to lose my love for the breed – farming commercial cattle in the 12 year interim period. What I had planned at the outset as a “cash neutral” hobby, soon became more complex and all-consuming. My aim became to produce quality and commercially viable Herefords, from a 30cow herd, alongside other farm enterprises. I began to gain some significant sale and show success as time went by. In 2012 my wife Maddy and I brought out the Hereford Cattle Society’s April Show & Sale Champion: Bromley 1 Midas, selling him for 8,600gns. We were also delighted to win the Senior Female Championship at the National Poll Show with Bromley 1 Vanessa 386. Other successes followed with Bromley 1 Vanessa 468, Bromley 1 Tamarisk 602, and this year Bromley 1 Kallis was Male Champion at Shropshire County Show. My other enterprises on our 470 acre farm are: 110 acre bush tree cider fruit production 140K broiler chicken unit Single-suckled beef Wheat, barley oil-seed and maize I am very pleased, and proud, to represent the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association: the ‘home of the breed’, on the Breed Society Council. I want to help the breed in the modern competitive farming world. As a Council Member I aim to be approachable and friendly, listening to all views offered – but focused on decisions to improve our breed and its image. I love the history of the breed, but want today’s cattle to be what the market requires. The Society must seize opportunities in sales and promotion, be outward and forward – thinking, so that we can take advantage of our many attributes and strong public perception. I think it is essential that national public sales of the breed are wellsupported: bringing out the best cattle and gaining genuinely better prices for the vendors. I am often mystified as to why our optimism at sales so often turns to disappointment, and am interested in tackling this issue. I support entrepreneurial efforts such as the ‘Designer Genes’ sale and the UK Hereford Youth programme. Through projects such as these, all breeders will receive the ‘trickle down’ benefits of good sales and good publicity.

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Bull of the Year

Female of the Year

1st Lowesmoor 1 Maverick 1st M.J. Clark 2nd Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 2nd M. Ludgate 3rd Haven Nugget 3rd E.L. Lewis & Son

Poll Bull of the Year

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th B. Birch & G. Brindley Coley 1 Pippa 356 T. & D. Harrison Coley 1 Clara 286 Miss H. Whittaker

Poll Female of the Year

1st Lowesmoor 1 Maverick 1st M.J. Clark

Show Herd of the Year

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th 1st B. Birch & G. Brindley

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones “Dendor”

2nd Rempstone 1 Even Money E429

2nd Coley 1 Pippa 356 2nd T. & D. Harrison M. Ludgate T. & D. Harrison “Moralee”

3rd Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad 3rd Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess 3rd Miss H. Whittaker A. & P. Massey B. Birch & G. Brindley “Coley”

Sire of the Year

Horned Bull of the Year

Horned Female of the Year

1st Solpoll 1 Gilbert 1st Haven Nugget =1st Auckvale Lively 1058H E. Rees E.L. Lewis & Son W. & R. Kemp & Sons 2nd Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 2nd Church Preen Nanook =1st Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 Cogent Breeding Ltd. A.R. Owen A.R. Owen 3rd Sky High 1 Korker 3rd Pulham Powerhouse =3rd Free Town Bryony Miss H. Whittaker P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent R.A. Bradstock & Partners =3rd HighHouse Oyster Gem N17 J.R. Whitlow =3rd Rockland Tiara M1 ET030 C.A. & P.C. Bidmead

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




President Robert Thomas addresses the Annual Dinner Benjamin Disraeli said: “Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.” Which is how I feel about this past year, so I would like to begin by thanking Council very much for having given me this opportunity to be President of our Breed Society. Clive has lots to get through this evening, so I will keep my speech short. I thought it might be nice to give you a brief run-down of how I have spent my year: The first herd I visited, in January, was Tommy Williams’ Windycreek herd, where I purchased store cattle to supply our butcher customers. Also in January I accompanied David Deakin to see Mark Jones, who was rearing the calves for the Harper Adams trial. I look forward to following up their progress in December. At the end of March we were invited to the Dyfed Breeders 40th Anniversary Dinner in Carmarthen, which was a great evening where we also saw David Prothero and heard some of his memories of his many years at the Society. In April our local breeders’ club visited Bill Wiggin’s herd at Felhampton, where we were royally (or Parliamentar-ily) entertained! The early part of the year also saw sadness, when we lost two great characters from the Breed in Bob Powell and Dennis Heath. Two good friends, who will be missed by many. In May we visited the Devon, Shropshire and the Bath & West shows and were looked after exceptionally well. June saw us visit Jim and Hazel Morrison’s herd at Duncombe Park in North Yorkshire, where the National Hereford Show Club held its’ AGM in a Tepee! If you ever get the chance to go there, take it, it’s a most stunning location. We also had the Royal Three Counties Show, where there was a fantastic show of cattle, a credit to the breed and also the Royal Highland. We let the train take the strain (once we had waited for an hour in Leominster, due to a delay), and enjoyed the chance to visit Scotland again. In July we visited Northern Ireland, where I judged at Antrim Show. It was a lovely location for the show and, after the high standard of cattle forward, the one thing that sticks in my mind from Antrim was the two-year-old girl asleep on her Jersey calf, which she had led in the calf-handling class! The Royal Welsh Show was the day after I returned from Northern Ireland and was judged by Mervyn Richmond, who had bred the Champion at Antrim, now owned and shown by Courtney Halliday.

Show in recent years, I was most impressed with the high standard of the cattle and the efficient way the show was run. My grateful thanks especially to Wendy Manning for looking after us so well. My final show was Kington and I was invited to judge in the same year that my brother was the Show’s President, which could be a first! For the rest of the year we have calf shows and some dinners, and I’m looking forward to it all. I would like to thank everyone we have met over the past year for their kindness and hospitality to us. We have had a wonderful time, visited every country of the Union and the North, East, South and West of England and been very impressed by the standard of Hereford cattle and the dedication of the breeders. On a personal note, I would like to finish by thanking Jono at the Old Court Hotel at Symonds Yat, Wallers of Ledbury and Walls of Ludlow for buying our beef. Jono has been our customer for 11 years and rarely complains – thanks Jono – here’s to the next 11! Lastly, DAVID, I don’t really know why I am standing here, because this is your evening. My Dad enjoyed visiting Hereford House (with his chocolates for the girls) and discussing Herefords with you. When I spoke to Richard Milner last week he sends his best regards and remarked on what a fantastic job you have done. We can all agree with that....Thank you David

August was a busy month, with Burwarton (rather wet), Tenbury, Tullamore and Bucks County Shows. We had a week in Southern Ireland, visiting four or five herds and were most impressed with the cattle we saw and were very well entertained everywhere we visited. Bucks County was also a wonderful show. It was great to be in the east of the country again – I was envious of all the grass they had compared to us at home! At Tenbury again there was a great turnout of cattle for Des Kelly to judge. The Poll Show followed in September. Not having visited the Poll




Bull & Poll Bull of the Year Lowesmoor 1 Maverick

Rising three year old Lowesmoor 1 Maverick owned and bred by MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society, himself a Runner-up in the Bull and Poll Bull of the Year in 2012. ‘Maverick’ collected the maximum number of points from four of his five allotted qualifying shows, earning enough points to be awarded the prestigious Hereford Bull of the Year Competition including the Grand Male Championships at the following shows; Royal Bath & West, Royal Three Counties, Burwarton and Royal Berkshire. ‘Maverick’ was a clear winner with his closest rival

Hereford Bull & Poll Bull of the Year Lowesmoor 1 Maverick from MJ Clark

Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 over 20 points behind in second place. It was the same story in the Poll Bull of the Year where Lowesmoor 1 Maverick, a class winner at the National Poll Show, was a clear winner over his rival, Rempstone 1 Even Money E429.

Michael and Roma Clark receive the Bull of the Year Trophy from Robert and Diane Thomas

Another 2017 summer show highlight for this stylish young bull was when he paired up with Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and her bull calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar to win the Native and Overall Inter-breed Pair Championships at a highly competitive Royal Three Counties Show which included both the Aberdeen Angus and Simmental National Shows.

Female & Poll Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

The much admired Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th took the 2017 Female and Poll Female of the Year Trophies for the second time in three years, with the maximum number of points achievable in both competitions - in what was a truly remarkable show season. Owned and exhibited by Boomer Birch & Graham Brindley, Sky High Herefords, Weston, Staffordshire, four year old “Jennefer 15th” is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by current Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. In qualifying for the Female of the Year ‘Jennefer 15th’ took the Grand Female Championships at the following shows; Royal Three

Female & Poll Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th from B Birch & G Brindley

Counties, Bury, Great Yorkshire, Burwarton and Bucks County. She gained extra points in taking the Poll Female of the Year Trophy by being awarded Grand Female Champion at the National Poll Show. This powerfully built female is another top animal with a good set of Performance Recorded Figures. She’s in the Top 10% of the Breed for 200 & 400 day weights, the Top 5% for Rib Fat and Top 25% for Terminal Sire Index.

Jim Barber receives the Female of the Year Trophy for Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th on behalf of B Birch & G Brindley



However, she’s not just about style and performance data, her first calf Sky High 1 Miss Valentine sold for 8,500gns a then UK record female price at a public auction.


Horned Bull of the Year Haven Nugget

Eighteen month Haven Nugget from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire took the Horned Bull of the Year after a tremendous show season. This well muscled promising young bull is all Haven breeding, out of Haven Curly 109th, he’s by the well known sire Haven Kingpin. ‘Nugget’ started the year taking the Reserve Grand Male Championship at Shropshire County Show and finished it with a class win at Kington Show. In between ‘Nugget’ took two further

Haven Nugget Horned Bull of the Year

Reserve Grand Male Championships at the Royal Welsh and National Shows respectively. At the National Show held at Tenbury Wells he finished Reserve to his stablemate, and another ‘Kingpin’ son, 18 month old Haven Northstar.

Ben Lewis of EL Lewis & Sons is awarded the Horned Bull of the Year Trophy for Haven Nugget

‘Nugget’ boasts a great set of EBV’s across the board; ease of calving, growth and has carcase traits in the top 1% of the Breed. At the Royal Welsh Show he was judged Agri Lloyd Reserve Junior Native Elite Performance Recorded Inter-breed Champion.

Horned Female of the Year Auckvale Lively 1058H & Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 This was the closest run competition of all the Annual Awards in 2017, ending in a tie between to good albeit contrasting females, rising seven year old Auckvale Lively 1058H and two year old Church Preen Lindy Loo N064. Auckvale Lively 1058H owned and exhibited by W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, Durham is out of Auckvale Lively Lucinda and by Auckvale Broadside. Shown with her calf at foot, Auckvale Lively 1631P, she took the Senior and Reserve Grand Female Championships at the National Show, Tenbury Wells. This productive and functional cow, who was crowned Horned Female of the Year in 2016, also picked up valuable points at the Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire Shows. The attractive and feminine Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 from AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire picked up points at the National

Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 Joint Horned Female of the Year

Auckvale Lively 1058H Joint Horned Female of the Year

Show, Burwarton Show and finally Kington Show where she won her class to equal the points tally of Auckvale Lively 1058H.

The Horned Female of the Year was shared between Auckvale and Church Preen Herefords. Pictured, from L to R, and representing Auckvale Herefords are Tom & Catherine Kemp, John Kemp receiving the Trophy from Robert Thomas & Diane Thomas and Andrew Owen of Church Preen Herefords.




Horned Herd of the Year Free Town Herefords

RA Bradstock & Partners, Free Town Herefords, Tarrington, Herefordshire have remarkably once again taken the National Horned Herd of the Year and with it the Dick Adams Trophy for the fourth consecutive year! The award is given to the most successful Horned Herd over a 12 month period commencing with the Autumn Show and Sale in Hereford market. Free Town Herefords picked up points at the Spring Show & Sale when their bull Free Town Mentor took the Grand Male Championship before being sold to Judge David

Free Town Herefords

Smyth for 4,600gns. Other points were awarded at the Royal Three Counties Show where Free Town Nucleus was judged Reserve Junior Male Champion, at the Royal Welsh Show with Free Town Bryony and Free Town Notable.

Richard Bradstock, Free Town Herefords is pictured once again collecting the Horned Herd of the Year Trophy

However, it was at the National Show where the world renowned Free Town herd once again came into their own, taking the Reserve Junior Female and Reserve Junior Male Championships before being judged Overall Breed Champion with 10 month old Free Town Decree.

UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Solpoll 1 Gilbert owned by E Rees, Trefochlyd Herefords, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire has been awarded the UK Sire of the Year for the third time in the past four years. Bred by J & W McMordie from Ballygowan, Co. Down, ‘Gilbert’ was then purchased by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys as a promising young bull to join their successful Dendor herd. His potential soon came to the fore when he took the Royal Welsh Show Supreme Championship back in 2012. The prolific seven year old “Gilbert”, who is out of Solpoll 1 Pansy D3 and by Christies 1 Radar has an excellent set of Performance Recorded figures which include 400 and 600 day weights, scrotal

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Sire of the Year 2017

size and carcase weight all in the top 1%. These impressive figures culminate in a Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 5% of the Breed.

Euros Rees, owner of Solpoll 1 Gilbert, picks up the Sire of the Year trophy for the second time in three years



Points for Solpoll 1 Gilbert were accumulated with sons and daughters at a number of shows including the 2016 Autumn Show & Sale, Spring Show & Sale, Burwarton, Kington and Shropshire. However, undoubtedly the star turns were Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd who took the Supreme Championship at Royal Bath & West Show and current Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th who numerous Breed Championships.


National Show Herd of the Year Dendor Herefords

Dendor Herefords owned by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys have won the Show Herd of the Year for the second time in four years. The vast majority of Dendor’s points were gained at the sharp end of our business, at the Society Shows & Sales. Dendor 1 Anna 26th was crowned Grand Female Champion and later sold for the top price female price at 5,200gns at the 2016 Autumn Show & Sale. At the same event Dendor 1 Napoleon was judged Grand Male Champion and sold for 5,000gns. There were additional points collected at the Show & Sale for Dendor 1 Lily 19th, Dendor 1 Anna Mary 30th, Dendor 1 Greta 19th and Dendor 1 Masterplan.

Another top Dendor animal, this time Dendor 1 Anna Mary 26th who sold for top female price of 5,200gns at Society's Autumn Show & Sale

At the Spring Show & Sale there was more success and more points for Dendor Herefords when Dendor 1 Anna Mary 32nd was placed the Reserve Grand Female Champion and Dendor 1 Knutcracker was judged second in his class.

Aled and Jen Jones of Dendor Herefords receiving the Show Herd of the Year Trophy from Breed President Robert Thomas and his wife Diane

As with all annual competitions, points are only amassed from shows where there are at least 4 exhibitors and 20 entries present. With regards to the National Show Herd of the Year, an individual animal will only be awarded the highest points from one showing and must be bred within the United Kingdom. Moreover, points are also awarded to winners of the official Autumn Shows & Sales held in the previous autumn to the year in which the trophy is presented.

The North of England Hereford Breeders' Association are presented with the Thomas Duckham Epergne The award is given to the Hereford Breeders’ Association or Club who have contributed most to the Hereford Breed over the past three years 2015-17 (in line with the term of Council). Each Association are asked to provide a summary report of their activities over proceeding three year period. These reports are then viewed by each Council Member who in turn vote for the Association most deserving of the award. Honorary Secretary Ms Jackie Cooper, who received the ornate Epergne on behalf of the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association (NEHBA), wrote a 30 page document highlighting the North of England’s activities and also outlined the roles of the key office bearers. During the past three years the NEHBA have seen an increase in merchandise sales, produced bespoke promotional material for use at local summer shows, commenced with the production of a Beef Recipe pamphlet to compliment the Society’s Beef website, supported Junior Teams at the Young Show Stars event, hosted a UK Hereford Youth event, assisted two young members to attend the 2016 Hereford World Conference in Uruguay, assisted the parent Society in organising two successful Beef Expo events, jointly hosted the National Calf Show in two of the past three years,

Hon Secretary Jackie Cooper receives the Thomas Duckham Award on behalf of the North of England Hereford Breeders' Association

arranged a number of herd visits, manned a Breed Stand at Society Shows & Sales in Carlisle and with the recent appointment of a Marketing Co-ordinator now have a thriving presence on social media, along with a current informative Association website. Well done to all those involved in making the NEHBA a great example for other Associations and clubs to follow…..



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Farewell To David Prothero by The National Beef Association Magazine David Prothero, at the age of 17, joined the Hereford Cattle Breed Society as Sales Assistant to Phil Wilson who organised society sales. Within three years, following Mr Wilson’s retirement, Mr Prothero was appointed Sales and Editing manager. Some 10 years later, when Chief Executive Tony Morrison retired, Mr Prothero took on the mantle of Breed Secretary. He has been instrumental in restoring faith and demand in the Hereford ever since. As a result he leaves the Society in fine fettle on his retirement with the breed’s popularity continuing its resurgence under the new guidance of his successor James Sage. It is testament to Mr Prothero’s quiet, diplomatic and visionary approach the breed recorded 174,000 birth notifications with British Cattle Movement Society (BCMS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) last year – compared with 94,000 in 2009. When he joined the Society in 1971 the breed was at its zenith. Pedigree calf registrations stood at 30,000 in the UK and Eire; Hereford cattle were omnipresent in beef and dairy herds across the country – as they had been since the Society’s inception in 1878. There were 39 staff and popular Society sales at Hereford, Edinburgh, Reading, York, Lancaster and Salisbury. During the 1970s Mr Prothero organised as many as 32 collective and farm sales in one year. However, by the end of that same decade the tide had turned: continental

David meeting HRH Prince Charles at the Royal Three Counties Show in 2007

David Prothero giving the UK Country report at the World Hereford Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

David observes the Hereford judging at the 2017 Royal Welsh Show

breeds were imported to meet fashion and demand for larger leaner cattle. The Hereford faced a dramatic loss in sales and popularity as their smaller and often fatter carcasses were unable to comply with market demand. British Agriculture’s love affair with this breed was severely dented. By the mid 1980s the Hereford’s future was in crisis. During that period, and into the 1990s, registrations of pedigree calves fell to little over 3,000 a year. Today that figure stands at 9,000 and increasing. “There had to be changes within the breed,” recalled Mr Prothero. “We needed to change our breeding policies so as to produce the type of cattle being sought by the commercial and processing industries. Our cattle needed a larger frame and the potential to produce leaner carcasses.” With those traits in mind, leading breeders sourced genetics from overseas. Canadian counterparts had moved on and were already breeding Herefords with more height, length and overall scale. Many of those cattle - whilst providing such traits lacked shape and conformation. However, they were successful in moving the breed in the right direction. In more recent years, again through careful selection, breeders have improved the shape and conformation on the larger frame. Mr Prothero was at pains to point out the breed’s ability to rally and improve to meet market demands has been through careful selection. “It has taken breeders 25 to 30 years to achieve this. But it is easy to take a step backwards in a far shorter time scale,” he said. “The extent to how successful breeders have been at producing modern Herefords is



David received a gift along with an appropriate caption from Emma Smith, UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator at his farewell dinner.

continually monitored through the number of cross- bred Hereford calves birth notified with BCMS and APHIS - as well as pedigree calf registrations with the Society,” said Mr Prothero. “There is no doubt these increases over the past 10 to 15 years have more than justified the changes breeders have brought about within the breed.” There have been many highlights during Mr Prothero’s 47-year tenure with the Society. His association with the breed goes back to his childhood in the Black Mountains near Hay-on-Wye where his father worked a Hereford x suckler herd and a flock of Radnor sheep. His sister married Powell Jones whose family name in the 1960s was synonymous with the Llanthomas Hereford herd. He enjoyed helping his brother-in-law show these cattle during those years. Unfortunately his wish to carry on with the home farm and the first pedigree

Hereford cow given to him by his father was not fulfilled due to his father’s ill health. However, a career with the Hereford Cattle Society has maintained a strong connection with farming and the cattle with which he grew up. “Coming from my background, I couldn’t have found a job I loved more,” said Mr Prothero. “When I started I never imagined the opportunities that would arise. I have travelled to Australia, Uruguay, Canada, America, South Africa and most European countries during my time as Breed Secretary. I have also had to take on a role which I have never found easy and that is speaking at conferences the world over. “And, as breed administrator, I have made some tremendous acquaintances: I organised breed sales for Sir Anthony Eden (prime minister 1955- 1957), two Dukes of Grafton (both past breed Patrons) and Sir Freddie Laker (Laker Airways). All were extremely memorable with Sir Freddie most probably standing out as one of the most colourful characters I have ever met.” There have been just eight Breed Secretaries at the Hereford Cattle Society since 1878. Mr Prothero is the second-longest serving. He concedes his longevity was based much upon diplomacy. “I hope I can be remembered for quietly driving the breed forward overcoming politics evident in such organisations. It is so essential to play the role of being all things to all men,” he said. Mr Prothero is confident he is leaving the Society at a time when both the breed and organisation is on a very sound footing. He is also adamant that, following such a long tenure, it’s time for change - a different approach - for him to move away quietly. He is positive for the industry’s future. “There have been so many occasions over the years where agriculture hasn’t really known what the future holds with pundits declaring an end to the industry,” he said. “There is, however, never an end. There may be some loss of understanding and uncertainty as to the direction we are going

David Prothero with auctioneer Julian Galimore at the Mara Hereford Sale in 2006



David in familiar pose giving out the results at yet another show!

– especially over Brexit - but we all know this industry will stick with it and come out the other side as strong as ever.” He has tremendous confidence for the future of Hereford cattle – both in terms of breeding and its end product. “Let’s face it, it’s beef the Hereford is here to produce,” he stated. “Hereford beef is a quality product second to none.” With cattle numbers now at a sustainable level, this breed has the ability to secure and maintain significant contracts with retailers. At the turn of the century the market for branded Hereford beef stood at 11,000 cattle a year. Today in excess of 40,000 cattle are sold through outlets such as Waitrose, Co-Op and, latterly, Lidl. “As a Society we have entered a new phase. We experienced a hard learning curve dealing with processors and retailers. This is a sector of our industry, as administrators, we were not used to dealing with,” said Mr Prothero. “But we have worked quietly behind the scenes nurturing markets and trying to accommodate the wishes of all those involved wanting to take advantage of all the qualities this breed can provide.” Today, Mr Prothero would go as far as to describe Herefords as ‘cool’ once again. His hypothesis is backed up by fact: 150 cattle were shown at Moreton-in-Marsh show this year, over 100 were forward at Tenbury Show and often in excess of 150 are entered at the breed’s annual calf show. “The scene is vibrant again. There is an enthusiastic UK Hereford Youth Group with many new breeders coming forward. In many cases the breed has skipped a generation and I am now meeting grandchildren of breeders I knew back in the 1970s. I now know my age!” laughed Mr Prothero.



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

Welcome to this year’s report from the Association area which is ‘The Home of the Breed’ covering the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. As always our year starts with the AGM which was held on Wednesday 25th January 2017. All office holders were re-elected with David Makin ‘Adzor’ remaining as Chairman, Mark Roberts ‘Bromley’ as Vice-Chairman, Richard Bradstock ‘Free Town’ continuing as HCBA President, Alison Allman ‘Greenyards’ as Hon Secretary and Daniel Seaborne ‘Holme Lacy’ as Treasurer. Robert Thomas ‘Risbury’ was the 2017 President of the Hereford Cattle Society and was congratulated on his achievement. The UK Hereford Youth Group held a workshop in Yorkshire in April and our two Council Members Mark Roberts and Phil Allman took part in a lively Question and Answer Forum. Nick Hyne from Halls Auctioneers together with HCBA once again held their Annual May Sale of mainly Hereford females along with a few bulls also being entered. This year there weren’t as many entries and not as good a clearance particularly with the bulls. It’s a shame as the Hereford and Hereford cross bred cattle are still mainly being sourced by buyers for the branded beef schemes from the markets within our Association Area. With kind permission of Edward and Ben Lewis, a Judge’s Workshop was organised at The Haven, Dilwyn by Clive Davies, ably assisted by Alan Timbrell. Clive and Alan were very entertaining and with a good attendance those who came along hopefully learnt something new. This was a pilot event to develop the role of judging and covered all aspects of cattle assessment, class placements and the expression of those important decisions. The Saturday afternoon of the Royal Three Counties Show saw

2017 Breed President Robert Thomas was instrumental in sourcing Hereford Beef sponsored by the HCBA for the Society's Annual Dinner

the National Stock Judging Competition with another good turnout of HCBA Members supporting this event - and doing well again. Congratulations to Mike Chandler, Matt Gray and Andrew Owen for coming First with the Stockmans Club and Phil Allman, Ben Lewis and Mark Roberts for coming = Fourth. In July, eleven HCBA Members ventured north to visit two Hereford Herds in Yorkshire and Lancashire. On the Saturday we visited Mark and Gemma Dobson, “Whitehill” herd in the hills above Skipton. On the Sunday we went across to Lancashire and Preston to see Bernard and Barbara Rimmer’s “Barbern” herd. With true ‘northern hospitality’ we were very well looked after on both days. This year was the HCBA’s Hereford Herd Competition which was judged by well known Herefordshire farmer, Mervyn Thomas. He took on the large task of judging around 26 herds, which he completed within a week, and all in between his own farm jobs.

HCBA Member Gerald Blandford judging at the 2017 Royal Three Counties Show



2017 - CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS Mervyn does have a connection with the breed other than being proposed as judge by his cousin and Breed President, Robert Thomas. He farmed pedigree Herefords for many years before giving them up in 1972 after some very successful seasons in the show ring. Mervyn said that he was very impressed with the standard of the cows he saw during his judging and that he may even buy a Hereford Bull! As always catering for the Presentation Evening is a mammoth task. So a very big thank you to Mary and Edwin Everall for accommodating us for the evening. Unfortunately the rain decided to come down that night. However, this didn’t stop everyone clambering on trailers which turned out to be the last chance to view the “Ashley Moor” Herefords, as Mary and Edwin sold the herd in the following September in Hereford Market.

RESULTS Small Herd Tony Sargeant Memorial Cup 1st JR & HM Whitlow, “HighHouse”; 2nd R & E Lywood, “Heath House”; 3rd CFP & SH McCreath “Longridge” Medium Herd 1st G & R Blandford, “Bosa”; 2nd HW Weston & Sons Ltd “Bounds”; 3rd Mrs JA Pudge “Black Hall”. Large Herd

Ann Hamer Perpetual Challenge Cup

HCBA Chairman David Makin in action at the National Hereford Show

1st EL Lewis & Son “Haven”; 2nd SW Quan “Border”; 3rd = J Walker “Hyde & Docklow” and RA Bradstock & Partners “Free Town”. Overall Herd Winner - EL Lewis & Son “Haven” Best Stock Bull & Progeny - PJ & AC Allman Greenyards 1 Flynn Best Bull Calf - Border Libertine Cup - EL Lewis & Son, Haven Possum Best Heifer Calf Cup presented on behalf of Clive & Sylvia Richards D Makin Adzor Peggy- Sue We are looking forward to the HCBA’s 10th Annual Christmas Calf Show to be held at Shrewsbury Market with again over 140 lot entries. This year the show will be judged by Richard Mann, Chairman of the Hereford Cattle Society with Scott and Isabel Coates judging the Young Handlers. Congratulations to Scott and Isabel as when they agreed to take this task on they weren’t married but are they now!

Bromley 1 Kallis Grand Male Champion at Shropshire County Show. Pictured are showman Matt Gray with “Kallis”, breeders Maddy & Mark Roberts and Judge Phil Allman

Finally, congratulations to all those HCBA Members who have done well in the show ring, in both competitions and at sales. Also big thank you and much appreciation to all those who have given up their time in hosting visits, organising and helping out at shows and sponsoring classes.

Ashley Moor Dispersal Sale Trade was buoyant for the dispersal sale of Ashley Moor Herefords owned by M/s EC & MM Everall, Ludlow, Shropshire at Hereford Market - with a 100% clearance. Seventy four pedigree and purebred Herefords were on offer to those in attendance with many going home empty handed. The herd had been kept on a commercial basis with cattle being brought in from grass just a few days prior to the sale. Mr and Mrs Everall employed the services of professional stockmen father and son Steve & Matthew Gray and George Bowen to wash and prepare the cattle to a high standard in the lead up to the sale. Commenting after the sale the Mr Everall said he was very pleased with trade - adding there was a consistency with prices across all sectors.

Ashley Moor Averages 27 Cows & Calves at foot - £1882 24 Incalf Heifers - £1505 7 Spring Incalf Heifers - £1568 15 Maiden Heifers - £852

The sale was conducted by Hereford Market Auctioneers (HMA Ltd) Ashley Moor Averages 27 Cows & Calves at foot - £1882 24 Incalf Heifers - £1505 7 Spring Incalf Heifers - £1568 15 Maiden Heifers - £852



SHOWS - 2017

Shropshire County Show

Nothing Dainty about Duchess as she smashes another strong entry! Nineteen month old Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess owned and bred by B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Stafford, stole the show at Shropshire County Show taking the Breed and Grand Female Championships. This powerful and yet feminine young heifer caught the eye of stand in Judge Phillip Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire the moment she stepped into the ring. “Dainty Duchess” is sired by Cogent’s popular sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 and is out of the Shopshire born Shraden 1 Duchess L581. She also boasts an Eye Muscle Area and Intramuscular Fat in the top 1% for the Breed.

Judge Philip Allman examining the goods at Shropshire County Show

High 1 Miss Valentine sold in December 2016 for a record Hereford public auction price of 8,500 gns. Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by twice Hereford Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

Supreme & Grand Female Champion Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess

Earlier in the day, Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess pipped her stablemate, 2015 Hereford Female of the Year, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th to the Grand Female Championship. “Jennefer 15th” with her exceptionally strong calf at foot, Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar, sired by 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year Normanton 1 Laertes, was judged Reserve Grand Female Champion. “Jennefer’s first calf Sky

Reserve Grand Female Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th with her calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar



Another Dendor female took a red rosette when Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd came first in the Heifer born on or between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2016. “Ruby 23rd”, bred by DE, ED & AL Jones, is owned and exhibited by newcombers to the Breed, L & L Bowen, Bowendu Herefords, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan. There was more success for L & L Bowen when they took first prize in the youngest female class of the day with Dendor 1 Holly 8th. Thirteen month old “Holly 8th” is out of Dendor 1 Holly 7th and by SMH Euro 30E. To complete the female section, in the Heifer born on or between 1st Jan 2016 and 31st March 2016, it was local R Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shopshire who came out on top. In the male category is was another close affair with all four class winners impressing the Judge, as Mr Allman outlined during his commentary. In the oldest bull class it was Bakgard 1 Keno 1178

2017 - SHOWS who came out on top. Owned and exhibited by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys, the two and half year old Danish bred bull “Keno 1178”, is out of Bakgard 1 Alien AI and by the wellknown sire Moeskaer 1 Keno 1222. In the second bull class it was another local breeder AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire who was awarded the red prize card with Church Preen Nanook. Twenty month old “Nanook” who has an excellent set of EBV’s is out of Church Preen Prunella K043 and by former Kington Show Inter-breed Champion Haven Koala. It was Haven Nugget from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire, who came first in the Bull born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2016, with the Judge commenting “Nugget” had a great top line - which felt firm to touch”. Haven Nugget, another bull with a good set of performance figures, is out of the Curly family bloodline, this time Haven Curly 109th and by proven sire Haven Kingpin exported to the Republic of Ireland a few years ago. In the youngest bull class it was promising young bull Bromley 1 Kallis, from M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire who took the honours. Thirteen month old “Kallis”, a really stylish bull with plenty of scale, is out of Dendor 1 Keepsake 9th and by Greenyards 1 Legend purchased for 4,500gns at the 2015 Hereford Spring Show & Sale.

Grand Male Champion with Haven Nugget his Reserve Champion. “Kallis” then went on to take the Reserve Breed Championship behind Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess. To complete a good day for the Herefordshire breeders, making the short trip up the A49 well worthwhile, M & M Roberts were awarded the Best Pair of Animals with A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire in Reserve. However, roles were reversed in the Best Group of Three where A & P Massey came first with M & M Roberts in second place.

After much deliberation the Judge tapped out Bromley 1 Kallis as his

Best Group of Three went to A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire

Herefords take the Overall Inter-breed Championship At Stafford County Show! Fresh from their success at Shropshire County Show the Sky High team moved on to their local show where they achived even more success. This time positions were reversed with Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and her bull calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar at foot taking the Breed and Grand Female Championships, whilst Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess took the Reserve Breed and Grand Female Championships. Grand Male Champion Bromley 1 Kallis from Mark & Maddy Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire

To top it all off, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th owned and exhibited by B Birch & G Brindley took the Overall & Native Inter-breed Championships against some fierce competition.

Reserve Grand Male Champion Haven Nugget from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire

Roger Birch exhibiting Inter-breed Champion Dendor 1 Jennnefer 15th at Stafford County Show



SHOWS - 2017

Royal Three Counties Show Inter-breed success at the Royal Three Counties Show The Supreme, Grand & Senior Male Champion Lowesmoor 1 Maverick teamed up with Grand Female Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and her bull calf, Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar at foot to represent the Hereford breed in the Inter-breed Pairs competition, judged by Mr Colin Hutchings, Somerset. This striking pair took both the Native and Overall Inter-breed Championships against some strong competition with both the Aberdeen Angus and Simmental Society’s holding their National Shows. It was the icing on the preverbal cake following a wonderful showing of Herefords the previous day where local Judge Gerald Blandford, Bosa Herefords, presided over a large turnout of quality cattle. Two year old Lowesmoor 1 Maverick, bred and exhibited by MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society who also had a great show career, finishing runner-up in both the Bull and Poll Bull of the Year Competitions in 2012. “Maverick” has tremendous performance recorded figures with EBV’s in the Top 10% for the Breed in 400 & 600 Day Wts, 200 Day Milk and Eye Muscle Area. He also has a Retail Beef Yield and Self Replacing & Terminal Sire Indices in the Top 5% and Scrotal Size in the Top 1%.

Supreme Champion Lowesmoor 1 Maverick from MJ Clark

The Supreme Championship presentation from, L to R, Sara Hamer & Greg Christopher representing sponsors Brightwells, Showman Andrew Hughes with Lowesmoor 1 Maverick, Breeder Michael Clark, Mike Evans from Brightwells and Judge Gerald Blandford.

His winning Inter-breed partner was Reserve Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th owned and exhibited by B Birch & G Brindley, Sky High Herefords, Weston,

Reserve Supreme Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th from B Birch & G Brindley

Overall Inter-breed Pair Champions – pictured, from left to right, Judge Colin Hutchings, Ben Allman from Sponsors Ballard I Dale I Syree I Watson, Drew Coppinger with Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, Showman Andrew Hughes with Lowesmoor 1 Maverick and Breeder Michael Clark



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SHOWS - 2017 Stafford. Another animal with a good set of EBV’s, she is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by the well-known twice Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. She was shown with her calf, Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar, at foot. This powerfully built calf has a pedigree to be proud of and is out of former Female of the Year and by the show stopping current Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes. Standing Reserve to Lowesmoor 1 Maverick in the Grand & Senior Male Championships was the much admired Fisher 1 Midas M415 from WJ Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, West Sussex. Out of Fisher 1 Cheerful H316 and by Fisher 1 Jaguar J347, this easy calving bull pushed “Maverick” all the way.

UK Hereford Youth Member Isla Soutter being interviewed by BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson

by professional showman Andrew Hughes, completing a busy day, as he also showed the Supreme Champion for MJ Clark. Twenty seven month old “Nova 351” is out of Coley 1 Nova 164 and by 2012 Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe.

Reserve Grand Male Champion Fisher 1 Midas M415 from WJ Hutchings & Sons

In the Junior Male section it was Shadwell 1 Bossy N877 from Shadwell Estate Co Ltd, Thetford, Norfolk, fresh from his Interbreed successes at Hadleigh and South Suffolk Shows that took the honours. The dark coloured stylish bull is out of Badlingham Blossom 138th and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23. In Reserve was Free Town Nucleus from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire. Eighteen month old “Nucleus” is out of Free Town Pleasant and by successful herd sire Mara Humorous.

Another female standing reserve to Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, this time in the Grand Female Championship was Junior Female Champion, Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real, owned by Mr R Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Eighteen month old “Get Real” is out of Frenchstone P.1 Calla and by Danish bred bull Moeskaer Magnum 1404. The Reserve Junior Female Championship went to Mr MJ Ludgate with Rempstone 1 Fashion E438. Fourteen month old “Fashion E438”, out of Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and by Aldersley 1

During the judging BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson called by the Hereford ring to catch-up with current developments within the breed. He was particularly interested to learn about the AHDB research project, involving Hereford X Holstein calves, being undertaken at Harper Adams University. In the female section and standing reserve to “Jennefer 15th” in the Senior category was Coley 1 Nova 351 bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. She was expertly shown Long serving Hereford Breed Secretary, Mr David Prothero was presented with a crystal decanter by Royal Three Counties Show President Mr Robert Bernays OBE DL, flanked by Judge Gerald Blandford, Breed President Robert Thomas and Breed Chairman Richard Mann. The award was made in recognition of David’s longevity not only with the Hereford Cattle Society but following his attendance at every Royal Three Counties Show over the past 47 years!



Frenchstone P. 1 “Get Real” from Mr R Allcock took the Reserve Grand & Junior Female Championships

2017 - SHOWS Edgar, was shown by Michael’s son James who earlier in the day had been interviewed by David Gregory-Kumar for BBC’s Midlands Today. Judging of the Best Pair of Exhibitor owned Animals by the Same Sire was interrupted by the arrival of the new Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mr Michael Gove. What better place to make your first public appearance since taking office than in the Hereford ring – at least he’s off to a good start! However, Mr Gove was very much the side show as following his arrival in the show ring a presentation was made to long serving Hereford Breed Secretary, Mr David Prothero. New Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mr Michael Gove made his first public appearance at the Royal Three Counties Show - in the Hereford ring of course!

Bromley Herefords collect the Best Pair of Animals first prize rosette

Following the pleasantries Show President Mr Robert Bernays OBE DL presented M & M Roberts with first place in the Best Pairs, with EL Lewis & Son in Reserve. Not to be out done, EL Lewis & Son went on to take the Hopton Perpetual Trophy for the Best Group of Three with Mrs I Jennings in second place.

The Best Group of Three went EL Lewis & Sons, Haven Herefords

All the Classes and Championships were sponsored by Brightwells Ltd, Auctioneers of the Society Sales held in Hereford for well over 120 years.


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Breed President Robert Thomas - Traditional Hereford to the core! By Ann Hardy

It was almost inevitable that the 2017 Society President, Robert Thomas, would make his living from Hereford cattle. Born and bred himself in the heart of Herefordshire county, his earliest memories are of his father, Geoff Thomas, buying commercial Herefords to order, and keeping a few for himself. And when Robert moved from the family farm at Weston Court near Kington to join his wife, Diane, at Risbury Court near Leominster, the couple continued the tradition which had always been part of each of their lives. Today, their farm is the archetypal Herefordshire holding with a few modern twists, retaining a suckler herd of 50 pedigree Hereford breeding females at its heart and continuing the county tradition of maintaining its apple orchards. But things have changed since the days when the farm was alive with workers harvesting hops and fruit, and making its own cider. The apples now go straight to large-scale cider makers, Weston and Bulmer, and a thoroughly modern flock of 350 ewes, which are bred to the hybrid

Abermax terminal sire, has been added to the business, courtesy of the couple’s son, Richard. Further enterprises make this an innovative and diverse family-run operation, with the green burial ground, Humber Woodland, added to the mix by Diane in 2003, while daughter, Lizzie, has set up a rapeseed oil business, pressing rapeseed grown on her cousin’s farm, selling the oil and returning its by-product for use as cattle feed. With field beans recently introduced and cereals completing the mix, this 265 acre holding (with an additional 100 acres rented) is not far from being self-sufficient. The Hereford herd has always remained at the heart of the business, slotting in effortlessly to finish off grass and homegrown forage, with little more than a handful of cereals, used ‘mostly as a management tool’. Calving is in two blocks, in spring and autumn, progeny are sold on a regular basis to two local butchers – Waller & Sons in Ledbury and Wall’s of Ludlow – as well as to Symonds Yat’s Old Court Hotel, who take the farm’s lamb as well as its beef.

This gives Robert immediate contact with his customers, whose demands have to be met virtually every week of the year. This comes with its challenges and means some animals are on store rations for longer than he would like. “It’s easier to fatten up and sell a whole group when they are ready, but this way, we have to just pick out single animals,” he says. But the Hereford lends itself perfectly to the system, living off very little and producing a relatively small, well-covered carcase with the tenderness and taste demanded by the farm’s high-end and discerning clients. Carcase weights are between 300kg and 320kg for steers and 280kg to 300kg for heifers, both of which are aged between 18 and 24 months. Although they won’t be officially graded on the EUROP scale, Robert receives his customer feedback at first hand, and says: “I can go and see the carcase hanging up the following morning.” Breeding and replacing the Risbury herd is about keeping in mind the needs of the modern market while retaining the traditions of the Hereford breed. “We have the butchers and the hotel but I still want to continue breeding that heifer



who was one of the ‘sweetest and most stylish females I judged this year’. But despite taking on the Society’s highest office, he is modest and self-effacing about his role and appears almost incredulous to have been asked to take it on. out of that cow for our herd replacements, and it’s important to me to keep those fourth or fifth generation family members here on the farm,” he says. “They need to be the right colour and shape and have the balance and movement, as well as all the characteristics of the Hereford breed. For me that’s about keeping the cherry-red colour and that pleasant, soft look which is difficult to explain – like the difference between soft and hard water.” Remarking that the breed has come a long way from the ‘short and stubby’ animals of the 1960s and ’70s, he continually improves his own herd by breeding replacements from his best and bringing in new bulls. “We are not big spenders but we did buy the Tenbury Show Champion, Haven Montana, [before he took the Championship] in 2016, as he had everything I like about the breed – length, colour, movement and a kind eye,” he says.

“If you look back at some of the past Presidents of the Society, they were great men of the breed; they have bred champions – we certainly haven’t done that,” he says. He also counts his father as one of the men from the breed’s history whom he has most admired and says: “I remember one year when my father bought cattle on commission on behalf of five Lords!”

Open minded about others’ opinions and remarking that ‘everyone has a different idea’ when it comes to breed characteristics, he is equally lacking in dogma when asked to give advice.

However, he may describe himself as ‘an ordinary farmer who does the combining and makes the silage’, but it is difficult to think of anyone who would be better qualified than Robert to take on the job of Hereford Cattle Society President – a job he has done with aplomb.

“It’s not about advising people in my role as President; it’s just about being there,” he says. Of his year as President, he says: “It has been a great honour. It’s been lovely to see the young generation involved, to meet members throughout the country and I’ve really enjoyed the judging.” He cites the Antrim Show as one of the highlights of his judging year, when he awarded the Supreme Championship to the yearling heifer, Corraback Joan 15th,



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Herefords Get Real at Kington Show! Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real owned and exhibited by R Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shropshire caught the eye of Judge Robert Thomas. It was certainly a memorable day for the Judge and Hereford Breed President, not only was he presiding over a good show of Herefords but his brother Philip was Kington Show President – a real family affair! Robert’s Supreme and Grand Female Champion, 21 month old Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real, has enjoyed a fine show season, ably shown by stockman Twm Jones. ‘Get Real’ who has all growth rates in the top 10% of the Breed, is out of Frenchstone P. 1 Calla and by Danish bred sire Moeskaer Magnum 1404.

Championship Presentation, from L to R, Judge Robert Thomas, Robert Allcock, Twm Jones with Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real and Kington Show President Philip Thomas

In the male section it was PRJ & LR Vincent, Diss, Norfolk who made their long journey worthwhile by taking the Grand Male Championship with Pulham Powerhouse. This 12 month old bull, who lived up to his name, went on to take the Reserve Supreme Championship. ‘Powerhouse’, who is out of former Horned Female of the Year Clipston Tiara R16 and by Yarram Unique F181, has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded Figures culminating with a Self-Replacing and Terminal Index in the Top 5% of the Breed. Supreme & Grand Female Champion Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real

There was more joy for relative newcomer to the Breed Robert Allcock, when his 14 month old heifer Burmhill Isfahan, took the Reserve Grand Female Championship. She is out of Blackwell 1 Isfahan and by top sire Barwise 1 Wellington. Other red rosettes presented in the female classes went to R & E Lywood, Craven Arms, Shropshire with Heath House Curly 6th in the class Cow or Heifer born before 1st September 2015. This striking 30 month old cow is out of Haven Curly 122nd and by homebred bull Heath House Jupiter. In the youngest heifer class of the day, it was local breeder D J Makin, Wellington, Herefordshire who took the honours with Adzor Peggy Sue. This 12 month old heifer is out of Haven Skylark 7th and by Auckvale Kansas.

Grand Male Champion Pulham Powerhouse from PRJ & LR Vincent



In Reserve was two year old Church Preen Nanook from AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire. Out of Church Preen Prunella K043 and by show champion Haven Koala, he is another animal with good Performance Figures being in the Top 10% of the Breed for Self-Replacing and Terminal Index. Other male class winners were HighHouse Merlin from JR Whitlow, Abbots Morton, Worcestershire, Haven Nugget from EL Lewis & Sons, Dilwyn, Herefordshire and Bromley 1 Klusener from M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire. It was another Herefordshire breeder, H Weston & Sons Ltd, Much Marcle, who cleaned up in the Exhibitor Group of Three and Best Pair of Herefords.

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Christmas Calf Show 'Porterhouse' simply a cut above the rest!

Despite the difficult driving conditions throughout many parts of the UK and particularly in Shropshire where several inches of snow fell the day before, the show was well attended with several groups making it over from Northern and Southern Ireland and others from as far afield as Denmark. The size of the crowd around the show ring was also boosted by the 2nd Designer Genes Sale which immediately followed the show which was conducted by Halls Auctioneers.

Bosa Herefords were also awarded first place with calves sired by ‘Flynn’ in the Best Group of Three Calves by the Same Sire and Owned by the Exhibitor. To complete a successful day for Gerald Blandford, Bosa, were also judged to have the Best Pair of Heifer Calves Owned by the Exhibitor.

Moralee 1 Porterhouse from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland took the honours at this the 10th Annual Christmas Calf Show organised by the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association and held at Shrewsbury Livestock Mart. This powerfully built, stylish young bull, 14 month old Moralee 1 Porterhouse first took the Grand Male Championship at the everpopular event under the watchful eye of current Society Chairman Richard Mann, Spinney Herefords. ‘Porterhouse’ is out of Moralee 1 Kimberly and by Danish bred bull SMH King Size 87K. This is just the latest success for Tom & Di Harrison who have enjoyed a fantastic calendar year in both the sale ring and show ring and which justified the long journey down from Northumberland.

Supreme & Grand Male Champion Moralee 1 Porterhouse from T & D Harrison

Standing Reserve to ‘Porterhouse’ in the Grand Male Championship was Bosa 1 John Hawkins from Herefordshire breeder G Blandford. Shown by experienced stockman Matt Gray, this eight month old bull is out of homebred dam Bosa 1 Margaret 847 and by gamechanging stock sire Greenyards 1 Flynn.

Gerald Blandford picked up the first prize of the day winning the Best Group of Three Calves by the Same Sire

In Best Pair of Bull Calves Owned by the Exhibitor it was Derbyshire breeder A & SG Stevenson who took the plaudits with two well matched bull calves.

A & SG Stevenson won the Best Pair of Bull Calves Owned by the exhibitor

Other young bulls that came to the fore, in some extremely competitive bull classes, were the 2017 National Calf Show Grand Male Champion, 13 month old Blakesley 1 Major. Owned and exhibited by Leicestershire’s P Cobley, ‘Major’, who is out of multiple show champion Blakesley 1 Icicle and by thrice Royal Ulster Champion the prolific Solpoll 1 Dynamite took the class Bulls born November / December 2016. Eleven month old Frenchstone P. 1 Hercules took the red rosette much to the joy of Richard Gray from LR & AM Ayre, South Molton in the class bulls born in January or February 2017. The powerfully built ‘Hercules’ is another animal sired by a Danish bull, this time by Moeskaer Magnum 1404 and is out of Frenchstone P. 1 D.Angela. In the following bull class it was HighHouse Paddy from Worcestershire breeder JR Whitlow who caught the judges eye. Nine month old ‘Paddy’ is out of Border Roulette K32 and by homebred sire HighHouse Merlin.

Bosa 1 John Hawkins was awarded the Reserve Grand Male Championship. Pictured from L to R are Gerald Blandford, Matt Gray with 'John Hawkins' and Richard Mann



In the youngest and last bull class of the day it was Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from Scottish Borders breeder JRB Wilson & Sons who came out on top. Shown by young Lottie Wilson this

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seven month bull calf is by Barwise 1 Lancer and is another top animal to come from the well known Ishbel female bloodline. Taking the Grand Female Championship was the beautifully balanced Normanton 1 Enoki 5th, this followed on from her recent success at Agri-Expo where she took the Supreme Championship. ‘Enoki’ bred and exhibited by TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire is out of Normanton 1 Enoki J874 and by 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year, the much vaunted Normanton 1 Laertes. Judge Richard Man went on to tap ‘Enoki’ out as his Reserve Supreme Champion much to the delight of ‘Team Normanton’.

Pulham Blossom 20th took the Reserve Grand Female Championship

November or December 2016, with Dendor 1 Jennefer 19th. Thirteen month old ‘Jennefer’ is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 12th and by another Danish bull, SMH Euro 30E. In the March born class it was Blakesley 1 Nancy from J Riley, Northamptonshire who was awarded the red rosette. The Blakesley herd has produced some stunning females over many years and this latest edition is a fitting tribute to the late Mrs P Riley. Nine month old ‘Nancy’ is out of Blakesley 1 Kathleen and by yet another Danish bull, Aland Leopold. Scottish breeders JRB Wilson & Sons picked another first prize card this time in the male section with eight month old Romany 1 Lucy BL P61. ‘Lucy’ is out of Romany 1 Lucy RE L18 and is sired by Barwise 1 Lancer. In the final class of the day it was rather fitting that local breeders MJ & HM Timmis, Shropshire took the honours, as no other breeder has done more to support the Christmas Calf Show over the past 10 years. They came out on top with the young animal in the show six month old Shraden 1 Alice P828, who is out of Shraden 1 Alice E283 by the Scottish bred bull Baldinnie 1 Victory.

Grand Female & Reserve Supreme Champion Normanton 1 Enoki 5th from TD & WT Livesey

Standing as the Reserve Grand Female Champion was Pulham Blossom 20th from fellow Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association member PRJ & LR Vincent, Diss, Norfolk. This attractive eleven month old female is all Pulham breeding; out of Pulham Blossom 10th and by Pulham Maverick. It wasn’t just the judge’s eye that she caught, as later in the day she was knocked down to S Taylor & D Marsh, Lancashire for 5,200gns at the Designer Genes Sale.

Throughout the day two age categories of Young Handlers were being judged from the side-lines by newly married couple, Scott and Isabel Coates. In the 16 and under age group it was another battle royal for the Soutter siblings who were representing Normanton Herefords, with Isla this time pipping her brother Finlay into second place. In the Senior age group of 16-21 years it was Luke New from Fir Farm which took top spot with Iona Smith in Reserve. Scott and Elizabeth then selected Isla as their Overall Young Handler Champion, which meant that Isla had collected the Young Handler Trophy for the second successive year!

The spoils were shared amongst some other well known Hereford breeders in the remaining female classes. Breed stalwarts DE, ED & AL Jones, Powys took the class, best heifer born in either

Exhibitors braved the elements to attend the Christmas Calf Show which was celebrating it's 10th Anniversary

From L to R, Young Handler Judges Isabel & Scott Coates, Overall Young Handler Champion Isla Soutter, Breed President Robert Thomas presenting the trophy and HCBA Chairman David Makin




Francis Robert (Bob) Powell I feel privileged to write a tribute to my dad, Bob Powell (14th April 1941 – 31st January 2017). From an early age Dad had a thirst for farming and as soon as he was old enough he went to Walford Agricultural College leading to a job on a farm in Surrey. Unfortunately, due to family reasons he had to return to Hereford, and postpone his passion for cattle. During this spell at home in Herefordshire his Mother convinced him that prospects in the police force were better than farming and so for 9 years he served his community in the local constabulary. This he did with true valour but continued to feel the burning desire to become a Stockman. Nine years later the opportunity arose to return to farming in working with hops and cattle for Mr Jim Lewis at Leighton Court. This lead to bigger and better things as herdsman at Bodenham Court, the home of John and Jane Weyman-Jones. John and Dad worked together to develop the herd of Hereford cattle with the prefix ‘Bunhill’ alongside the ‘Bodenham’ herd already established by John’s late father.

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1976 was an extremely successful year for John and Dad with Reserve Hereford Bull of the Year ‘Bunhill Krikey’, and Female of the Year, Bodenham Prudence 92nd. As if this was not enough for Dad, he went on that year to win Stockman of the Year. He was the first Hereford Cattle stockman to ever win this title and to go and win it twice more was a great accolade. Over 31 years Bob Powell meeting HRH Prince Charles Dad continued to present many more successful Herefords at shows across the country, meeting many members of the Royal Family along the way. Going on his own in 1980, Dad’s reputation as a successful freelance stockman went far and wide, where he prepared and lead many show beasts from a variety of pedigree breeds. However, he was always a great ambassador for the Hereford. To all those who knew dad, he was a charismatic workaholic, who was full of life and liked nothing more than a challenge. One such an occasion was when he took 17 hundredweights of Bunhill Noggin into JW Rutters China Shop on a Hereford Herd Book campaign in 1979! I suppose you could call him a ‘cattle whisperer’, no beast would ever get the better of him and when my sisters and I were children we used to help with halter training and we would often be seen in the lanes of Lugwardine walking Herefords; with the words of dad, “Don’t let go!” being whispered in our ears! We really do miss him….

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National Show

No stopping Free Town Herefords as they take another Supreme Championship! Free Town Decree from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire took the Supreme Championship at the 33rd National Hereford Show at the Tenbury Wells. Judge Des Kelly, Mullin Herefords, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone chose his Junior & Grand Female Champion as his Overall Breed Champion, commenting, “she’s a sweet heifer, well balanced and very feminine, she would be an asset in any pedigree herd.” This dark, stylish 11 month old heifer is out of Free Town Decent and by the prolific herd sire Mara Humorous. This was the crowning glory for another wonderful National Show for the famous Free Town herd, as they were also awarded the George Davies Trophy for the ‘Most Successful Herd of the Day’. This is no mean feat as the standard of preparation and showmanship increases year on year. All participants invest much time and money to attend this important show and should be congratulated on an excellent display of Herefords – a fine spectacle for the many onlookers which included a party of fifty Irish visitors to enjoy.

Tony Bradstock with some of the many trophies won with Supreme Champion Free Town Decree and presented by Paddy Kennedy, AGCO Massey Ferguson

day. Taking the Westaway Cup was AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire with two year old Church Preen Nanook. This powerful young sire, who has a Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 10% of the Breed is out of Church Preen Prunella K043 and by Haven Koala. In second place and collecting the blue rosette was Haven Northstar from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. Better things were to come for this promising young bull later in the show, a bull who also had both Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Indexes in the Top 10% of the Breed. After Judge Mike Cowell gave his reasons for his placings and departed, main Show Judge Des Kelly took over the reins with his first class of the day being the Best Group of Three Animals. In first place was P Snell & L Ferguson and with it they took the Tithebarn Perpetual Trophy, standing in Reserve were RA Bradstock & Partners.

Supreme, Grand & Junior Female Champion Free Town Decree

This popular one day show kicked off with the Breedplan Performance Class, administered by National Hereford Show Club (NHSC) Secretary Sarah Cowle. Guest Judge for this class was the well known South West cattle breeder Mike Cowell. The quality of the seven recorded bulls were to set the scene for the rest of the

Judge Mike Cowell presents the Westaway Cup to Charlie Jones representing AR Owen with Church Preen Nanook

Next up was the Best Pair of Calves (any sex combination) and it was AR Owen who again collected the silverware in the form of the Geoff Thomas Perpetual Challenge Trophy. RA Bradstock & Partners were once again Reserve. The individual classes commenced with the females and taking the Senior Female Championship were W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham with Auckvale Lively 1058H and her calf Auckvale Lively 1631P at foot. This productive female, who went on to take the Reserve Grand Female Championship behind Free Town Decree, is out of Auckvale Lively Lucinda and by Auckvale

Reserve Grand Female Champion Auckvale Lively 1058H



SHOWS - 2017 Broadside. The Reserve Senior Female Champion was Rockland Tiara M1 from CA & PC Bidmead, making the long journey from Norwich, Norfolk worthwhile. Rising three year old “Tiara M1” is out of Clipston Tiara M15 and by Auckvale Grandee 943G. In the Intermediate Female section it was Pulham Blossom 19th from loyal show supporters PRJ & LR Vincent, Diss, Norfolk who picked up the Haven Perpetual Trophy. She is out of Pulham Blossom 7th and by Haven Hotspur. Standing in Reserve it was another entry from Norfolk who came to the fore, Grianan Orange P774 from the Norman Farming Partnership, Hickling. “Orange P774” is all home breeding, out of Grianan Orange J530 and by Grianan Freddy.

Pulham Blossom 19th from PRJ & LR Vincent was the recipient of the Haven Perpetual Trophy presented by sponsor David C Smith of DC Smith Financial Ltd

To complete the female section and taking the Reserve Junior Female Championship behind the Supreme Champion was another top female sired by Mara Humorous, this time Free Town Peace 29th. This eleven month heifer is out Free Town Peace 15th.

Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion Haven Northstar from EL Lewis & Son

Before moving on to the bull section, it is worth mentioning that NHSC Secretary Mrs Sarah Cowle, picked up two first prizes in the heifer classes. First in heifers born on or between 1st September and 31st December 2015 with HighHedges Blossom 11-15. This rising two year old heifer is out of Mara Blossom 38th and by Border Burlington J35. She then took the red ticket in the youngest heifer class of the day with 10 month old HighHedges Blossom 12A-16, she’s a full sister to her stablemate “Blossom 11-15”.

Rachel Gilder representing sponsor's Dunbia presents the Grand Male Championship trophy to Mike Chandler with Haven Northstar

got even better for EL Lewis & Son when they were awarded the Reserve Grand & Reserve Intermediate Male Championships with stablemate Haven Nugget. Seventeen month old “Nugget”, who is enjoying an excellent show season, is out of Haven Curly 109th

Show Commentator Clive Davies with NHSC Secretary Sarah Cowle

In the bull classes it was Intermediate Male Champion Haven Northstar who took the top award of Grand Male Championship before going to be judged Reserve Supreme Champion. Following an exciting climax to the show, a ‘deal was done’ for “Northstar”, who is out of Haven Curly 124th and by Haven Kingpin, and he will now be joining CFP & SH McCreath, Longridge, Stafford. The day



Reserve Grand Male Champion Haven Nugget from EL Lewis & Son

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Haven Herefords Kingpin reigning supreme while his sons do the work!



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SHOWS - 2017 and is another fine son of Haven Kingpin. Not satisfied with the top two male awards Haven Herefords also took the Senior Male Championship with three year old Haven Lamborghini. He is out of Haven Splendour 25th and by former National Show Champion Haven Cavalier. The Reserve Senior Male title went to DJ Makin, Wellington, Herefordshire with Adzor Lyric. He’s out of Badlingham Blossom 159th and by Elms School Yogi Bear. This was a fitting reward for David Makin & family who pulled out all the stops in entering a team of nine cattle and running RA Bradstock & Partners close in the Most Successful Herd of the Day.

Michael Hammon & Janet Moore present a gift to Des & Colette Kelly (centre) in appreciation of a great day's judging.

Pictured from L to R Breed President Robert Thomas, Ben Lewis with Senior Male Champion Haven Lamborghini and sponsor John Hywel ACT

The Junior Male Championship went to PRJ & LR Vincent with 11 month old Pulham Powerhouse, who is out of former Horned Female of the Year Clipston Tiara R16 and by Yarram Unique F181. Free Town Phantom from RA Bradstock & Partners was judged Reserve Junior Champion. He’s out of Free Town Gracious and by Bowmont Storm A584.

Overall Young Handler Champion Harriett Froud receives the Dendor Show Stick from Logan Sykes, Mawarra Herefords and the Thornhill Plate from Emma Smith

Amery, who has a great track record in Young Handler Competitions. In the Junior section it was Harriet Froud who received the first prize rosette. Henry then awarded the Overall Champion Young Handler prize to Harriett and with it she won the Thornhill Plate presented by Emma Smith, UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator and the Dendor Show Stick presented by Logan Sykes, Mawarra Herefords on behalf of DE, ED & AL Jones in memory of the late Denis and Doris Jones. The NHSC would like to thank all the many sponsors for their continued invaluable support in making this National Show such a success.

Judge Des Kelly shares his experiences at the National Show... Can I start by saying how surprised, yet honoured, I was to be invited to judge this prestigious show. When we arrived on the day, the setting was as good as you will see anywhere, and the obvious comradery between all there makes it a special and enjoyable place to judge, something I would recommend to anyone! The Junior Male Championship went to PRJ & LR Vincent with Pulham Powerhouse. Pictured, from L to R, are Judge Des Kelly, Philip Vincent with Pulham Powerhouse and Tony Hartnett from Southern Ireland

The standard of the cattle on the day did not disappoint, there were not many classes that I didn’t have to study and weigh up in detail to sort out my placings.

The day concluded with a very competitive Young Members Class part sponsored by UK Hereford Youth and judged by Henry Richmond, Corraback Herefords, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Taking first place in the Senior Young Handlers class was Flora

The day started with a performance recorded class and I chose not to watch in case it in any way influenced my choices that were to follow. My work began with the groups of three, where I found my first placed group from the Lowergrove Herd. In the pairs Church Preen came in number one with a stylish pair.



2017 - SHOWS locomotion and just the sweetest of heads, full of character, and that went to Free Town Decree. The rain that fell on the day was heavy but passed quickly and even managed to time itself between classes! The bull classes were up next, and like the heifers the hard work for me was in the intermediate classes. For Senior Champion I took Haven Lamborghini, and for Junior Male Champion I chose Pulham Powerhouse. The young Pulham bull had character, length, and carcase, a little cleaner though the middle and he could have been a contender for the Overall Male Championship. In the intermediate class, there were two Haven bulls which were very clean carcase bulls with great muscle patterns, indeed it took some thought on splitting them as they were so alike, a great sign of the good job their sire is doing! In the end I went for Haven Northstar. The pair went on to take the Grand and Reserve Grand Male Championships, I’ve no doubt they will produce the type of progeny required by the commercial market. Judge Des Kelly, Mullin Herefords

In the senior cow class I went for Auckvale Lively 1058H, a good square cow with good udder and plenty of milk. She was up against the senior heifer winner Rockland Tiara M1, on the day the senior cow just edged it, but I have to say I thought the young heifer was doing a fine job and was a nice broody milky young cow. There followed a series of heifer classes where I think the depth and quality was the best on the day, a credit to all involved and no doubt they will keep the breed moving in the right direction. My Junior Female Champion and Overall Female Champion was a standout in terms of simple eye appeal. Clean lines, nice

When the various champions and reserves came into the ring for the Overall Supreme Championships, it was a pleasing sight indeed with quality right through. In the end my eye could not move away from the young heifer, Free Town Decree, correct stylish and just sweet, a worthy Supreme Campion. Finally, I have to thank all involved in organising the show, to Michael Church and Sarah Cowle and to Steve Edwards for keeping me right in the ring, and for all that made us feel welcome on the trip! Thanks also to the exhibitors who turned out such good cattle, a credit to the Breed! The hospitality Colette and myself received from all involved from when we walked into the tent on the Friday night, right through was second to none – thank you sincerely for a very enjoyable experience.



Harper Adams Pioneering Beef Trial - Part 1 by Rhian Price, Farmers Weekly In a first of its kind trial Harper Adams University is investigating whether they can finish dairy- bred beef from forage based diets by 20-21 months. Farmers Weekly will be following their progress over the next year. In the first article, Rhian Price reports on the initial results Beef and dairy-bred steers are going to be challenged to put on 1kg per day from forage without any concentrate supplementation while at grass in the latest finishing study carried out by Harper Adams. The pioneering project will finally give farmers an insight into whether dairy-bred beef animals can pack as big a punch as their suckler contemporaries on extensive forage systems. It is hoped the project, which is being funded by AHDB Beef and Lamb and supported by the Hereford Cattle Society and Dunbia, will create a blueprint for a low-cost beef finishing system for summer - and autumn- born calves. With ever-changing and increasingly challenging markets, Harper Adams’ beef cattle specialist Simon Marsh recognises there is a need for the university to broaden its scope. “It is a completely new concept for the university, which has tradi- tionally run intensive barley beef systems for more than 40 years,” says Mr Marsh. “With recent volatility of cereal prices and some market resistance to young bulls it is important to create a blueprint for a sustainable, profitable ‘calf to beef system’ that will not be reliant on price changes in feed. We are having to adopt a completely new mindset,” he adds. Initial results already indicate that Herefordcross calves are putting on more weight at grass (see “Calf Weights and Growth” opposite).


Chris Ruffley, Marc Jones, AHDB’s Bill Reilly and Simon Marsh (left to right) are all involved in the pioneering finishing trial

About The Trial: Rearing And PreGrazing The trial began in October 2016, when 70 autumn-born steer calves, weighing around 60kg liveweight at 25-33 days old, were purchased from a range of farms. The group is split equally into 35 Hereford cross Holstein-Friesian and 35 HolsteinFriesians. All Hereford calves are sired by registered bulls and therefore qualify for Branded Hereford Beef schemes. Calves were reared at RSK Adas consultant Marc Jones’s farm in Powys before being moved to Harper Adams in January at approximately 14 weeks of age. In week one calves were fed 1.5 litres of skimmed milk powder twice a day at 200g/ litre (600g CMR), but this changed to a 50% skimmed and 50% whey-based powder in week two, fed at the same rate. In week three they received a whey-based powder only, fed at two litres once a day (400g CMR) up to weaning at week four. Along- side milk, calves were offered ad-lib


straw and starter concentrate. Once at Harper, steers gradually transitioned on to a silage and restricted concentrate diet. At Mr Jones’s farm the calves had been eating 5kg of concentrates alongside straw so they required a gradual transition down to 2.6kg of a 20% rearer nut and big bale silage. The big bale silage had a protein content of just 10.2%, hence the requirement to feed a 20% CP nut. This was changed to a 14% CP nut fed at 2kg a head a day at turnout on 8 March on to grass, when calves were given access to a pasture adja- cent to the shed.

GRAZING On 3 April, they were moved into a 10ha paddock grazing system, with paddocks split into 1ha using electric fencing. The 10ha, which is sown with a mix of perennial ryegrasses, received a dressing of urea in March spread at a rate of 30kg/ ha. After most grazings, slurry is applied at 30cu m/ha.

Calves enter pastures at 2,500- 3,000kg of DM/ha and are moved every two to three days once residu- als hit 1,500kg of DM/ ha. To control grass growth some paddocks were shut up for silage and these bales will then be fed to the calves when they are overwintered on fodder beet later in 2017, so the whole block is self- sustaining. Mr Jones, who is overseeing the trial alongside Mr Marsh and assis- tant farm manager Chris Ruffley, says next year they will be able to better control grass growth by set- ting up a leader follower system when another 70 calves are intro- duced to the trial. Not only will stocking rates be increased but grass utilisation, too, as older animals can follow younger ones and really clean up pastures, he adds. “The target will be to achieve a DLWG in excess of 1kg throughout the grazing period.

Key Measurements Throughout The Trial •

Monthly measurements of animal weights and DLWGs

Weekly grass covers

Fodder beet analysis to include DM, ME, CP, digestibility and sugars

Dry matter yields of the fodder beet and grass

Stocking rates

Carcass weights and grades (cattle slaughtered at Dunbia)

Meat tenderness, colour, pH (carried out by Dunbia)

Animal health treatments

Soil assessment pre- and postfodder beet

Kilogrammes of liveweight produced per hectare

Profitability hectare

“Most beef producers achieve this in the first half of the grazing season but often it goes pear-shaped in the second half with variable grass quality and ends up with over- all summer DLWGs of just 0.8kg,” says Mr Marsh.


Throughout the trial calves will be weighed monthly and grass covers measured weekly using a plate meter by Mr Ruffley, who manages the calves on a daily basis.




Holstein-Friesians grew better initially while on concentrate and milk and therefore weigh 2kg heavier than Hereford calves on average Since turnout, however, Hereford calves have achieved better DLWG of +0.26kg and therefore have overtaken the weights of Holstein cross Friesian calves.

Calf Weights And Growth

Hereford cross Holstein-Friesian Holstein-Friesian

Start age (days)



Wt at start (kg)



Wt at 20 Jan (kg)



DLWG (start – 20 Jan)



Wt at turnout (8 Mar) (kg)



DLWG 20 Jan to 8 Mar (kg)



Wt at 3 April (kg)



DLWG 8 Mar to 3 April (kg)



Overall DLWG 20 Jan to 3 April (kg)



Simon Marsh outlining trial progress suring a Hereford Cattle Society summer visit

“The black and whites don’t seem to have the natural ability to graze, which is maybe the trait of the Holstein,” says Mr Marsh. “At the end of the day we will find out if they can cope with this system, but may have to resort to the feed bag to get some fat cover,” he adds.

OBJECTIVES AND AIMS The aim is to maximise growth rates and reduce finishing age to 20-21 months by strip grazing cattle on 4ha of fodder beet from November to March. The steers will then be re- introduced to the paddock grazing system next spring. Maximising growth rates on fodder beet will be key to finishing them quickly off grass and avoiding another winter - something Mr Jones says can kill profits. “The third winter can add on £200-£300, which would wipe out our profits. At the same time the cost of out-wintering in the growing phase will be half that of housing,” says Mr Jones. They hope to finish all animals by June 2017 at 320-340kg carcass weight and a fat class of 3-4L, with everything sold deadweight to Dunbia. Meat tenderness, colour and pH will be measured, too. The university also has a group of 50 October-born Simmental and Blue cross Holstein-Friesians, which would normally be finished as bulls but have been castrated. They will be grazed this summer (on a different unit) and then brought inside in October to finish at 16-18 months old on either ad-lib cereals or 50:50 cereals:maize silage. “It will be interesting to compare these two systems, as well and look at the variable and fixed costs,” notes Mr Marsh, who aims to make a net profit of £200-£300 a head from the extensively finished calves, with concentrate only offered to tail-enders. “We are basically stripping out all all the major costs associated with beef production and maximising DLWG on cheap highquality forage. If we don’t make a decent profit with this system - no one will.”



Key Stages In The Trial Trial stage




October 2016-March 2017

Calves reared on milk before transitioning onto a concentrate and silage diet

120kg liveweight gain at the end of the period

First summer grazing

March-October 2017

Claves transitioned onto a grass only diet and rotationally grazed

50% pasture use early in season increasing to 80-85% with target DLWGs in excess of 1kg

Winter fodder beet

November 2017-February 2018

Strip graze fodder beet with access to silage

Minimum of 0.7kg DLWG. End weight of 485kg

March-June/July 2018

Rotationally graze 10ha

Minimum DLWG of 1.3kg. End weight of 625-650kg. Killing out of 50% for black and whites and 53% for Herefords

Calf-rearing/pre turnout

Second summer grazing

Dairy Beef Study sees promising gains off grass - Part 2 by Hayley Parrott, Farmers Weekly Twelve months in and at the end of their first summer grazing period, Rhian Price visited the university to find out how the animals are performing to date. After being dubious as to how animals would perform at the start of the trial, lecturer Simon Marsh and assistant farm manager Chris Ruffley now say they are grazing converts after seeing the promising weight gains achieved off grass alone. Rotationally grazed steers have averaged about 0.9kg a head a day since turnout. Hereford cross Holstein-Friesians are edging ahead of the Holstein-Friesians at 0.94kg a head a day against 0.87kg a head a day. For comparison, a separate group of 50 October-born Simmental and Blue cross Holstein-Friesians steers that were set stocked on permanent pasture at another unit have only grown at 0.72kg/day. Although this rate of growth may not seem a lot, Mr Marsh claims it is “huge” and could be the differ- ence between profit and loss.

Cattle will be out-wintered on fodder beet

“Over a 180-day grazing period, if cattle are growing at 1kg that equates to 180kg liveweight. But if they only grow at 0.7kg over the same period that leaves a difference of 54kg.

with conventional grazing [set stocked] beef systems,” he says.

“An extra 54kg at current live-weight prices of £1.90/kg adds up to £102.60 a head,” Mr Marsh says.

Grass Growth And Its Impact On Weight Gain

“Until now we have never considered grazing cattle at Harper because the land is more suited to arable and vegetable growing and the lack of profit associated

Rotational grazing has seen the platform grow 12t DM/ha to mid- September with grass quality maintaining above 12ME.

Performance Targets Targets

kg kg/day

Liveweight of reared calf attend of three months rearing period 120 Liveweight at turnout in March


Target daily liveweight gain (DLWG) at grass Liveweight at end of October


Target DLWG on fodder beet Liveweight at end of February Liveweight at slaughter


Hereford cross Holstein-Friesian carcass weight @53.5% KO grading 0+/R 3/4L


Holstein-Friesian carcass weight @ 50.5% KO grading P+/-0.3





Target DLWG at grass during secind grazing season




“You talk about teaching an old dog new tricks; well I have learned a new trick, but it requires a totally different mindset.”

Grass growth peaked in March/ April at almost 120kg DM/day which meant 3.6ha (four paddocks) had to be closed up for silage in late April, with a cut taken on 25 May. This yielded 72 x 500kg bales estimated at 40-45% DM (4.6t DM/ha). However, in June, grass growth plummeted due to the dry conditions, with growth rates

Grass Quality Dry Matter ME D-value

23/05/17 07/09/17 18.40%


13.7 MJ/kg 12.4 MJ/kg 85.50% 77.70%

Crude protein 18.40%


dipping below 20kg DM/ha in July for three weeks. To counter this, cattle were moved daily, reducing the rotation from three weeks to 10 days. Adas consultant Marc Jones, who is overseeing the trial, says: “The soil dried out very quickly, because it’s a sandy loam, and in late June-early July we didn’t have any growth at all.” He adds that, although the dry matter of the grass increased, intakes fell over this period because there was simply a lack of grass in front of the cattle. This was reflected in late July and August when lower daily liveweight gains of 0.590.63kg were recorded across the group.

growth increasing to above 80kg DM/day after rain in July.

strip graze 4ha until early March with all the cattle finishing off grass by midsummer.

Despite the volatility of the season, Mr Jones thinks by the end of the grazing season the grazing platform will have grown 14t DM/ ha.

Mr Marsh adds: “The key will be to ensure cattle meet the requirements of the marketplace in terms of weight and fat cover. The latter may be an issue with some of the Holsteins.”

“This is exceptional and is reflective of the good soil indices and the quality of the ley, which is fairly new, comprising intermediate and late heading perennial, ryegrass and medium-leaved white clovers from the Recommended Grass and Clover List.”

“The cattle looked well, but we didn’t realise growth had dropped until we weighed them,” says Mr Marsh, who adds this highlights the need for beef producers to weigh animals monthly.

Higher Profit Mr Marsh reckons the system is much more transparent than the barley-beef system, because every penny is costed out on its own rather than borrowing from other enterprises, such as straw from the arable enterprise.

Because steers are grazing clean pasture, faecal egg counts have come back negative, which means cattle haven’t had to be wormed.

“If you get a slightly below growth rate I don’t tend to panic because I’m a believer in compensation growth.

The system is predicted to return a higher profit, although only time will tell if this estimate is achievable.

However, Mr Jones says the challenge will be greater next year because cattle are returning to the same pasture they grazed this year. As part of the next phase of the trial, cattle are being gradually transitioned on to fodder beet where they will

“The time to worry is when you have two consecutive growth rate reductions,” he explains. As predicted, growth rates climbed back up to 0.99-1.0kg by August, with grass

If it is, it could mean a seismic change in the way beef calves from the dairy unit are finished at Harper Adams in the future. “It will be the profitability that makes us decide what system to go for,” explains Mr Ruffley.

Performance of Groups Compared (KG)

Hereford cross Holstein Holstein-Friesian Friesian

Liveweight at start 22 October 2016


Weight at 20 Jan



Daily liveweight gain (DLWG)(start 20 January)




Weight at turnout (8 March)



DLWG 20 Jan to 8 Mar



Weight at 3 April


DLWG 8 March tooutput 3 April Sheep farmer increases byWeight £10 a ewe p30 at 6 September New antibiotic targets set p32 DLWG 3 April to 6 September



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Overall DLWG 20 Jan to 6 September

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Mary Vickers, beef scientist with AHDB, says: “The results to date are encouraging but it is the bottom line that counts, so as well as record- ing the physical performance of the cattle, the system will be fully costed to see how profitability compares with other production systems.”

Steers on the trial have averaged about 0.9kg a day since turnout (4.6t DM/ha).

Grass Growth Plummeted in June when TRIAL BACKGROUND Demand Was High

 A total of 70 autumn-born steer calves – 35 Hereford cross HolsteinMarsh, who adds this highlights the Friesian and 35 Holstein-Friesian – are on the trial. Having different need for beef2012 producers to HEREFORD weigh BREED JOURN AL   breeds will allow researchers to compare the performance of these two animals monthly. breeds under the same conditions. “If you get a slightly below



Free Town Mentor shows how it's done at the Hereford Spring Show & Sale! Bulls to 6,600 gns. and Heifers to 4,100 gns at Hereford Cattle Society Annual Spring Show & Sale in Hereford Mart. Local breeder, Messrs. R.A. Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Hereford took the overall Male and Senior Male Championships. They saw their 24 month old Free Town Mentor (960 kg), sell for 4,600 gns to Judge, David Smyth, Magheraknock Herefords, Co. Down.

Reserve Grand & Junior Male Champion Moralee 1 Novak from T & D Harrison sold for 6,200gns

Grand & Senior Male Champion Free Town Mentor sold for 4,600gns

Barwise 1 Mach One from Mrs CS Fletcher sold for the top price of 6,600gns

Another Superior Carcase Sire, the 26 month old Fisher 1 Monarch M414 (1,015 kg) demonstrating excellent carcase EBVs, bred by W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, Sussex, sold for 6,000 gns to M. Shaw, Thornysure Herefords, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire.

From left to right, Judge David Smyth, Gerald Cox with Grand Male Champion Free Town Mentor, Sponsor Justin Frankfort, Nordic Star tags and Breed President Robert Thomas

The Reserve Overall Male and Junior Championships went to the 12 month old Moralee 1 Novak (645 kg) bred by T. & D. Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, selling for 6,200 gns to D.J. Deaville, Alderville Herefords, Belper, Derbyshire. Top price of the day went to another North of England breeder, Mrs. Caroline Fletcher from Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria who saw her 25 month old Barwise 1 Mach One (935 kg), sell for 6,600 gns to Speirs Farms Ltd., Pepperstock Herefords, Luton, Bedfordshire. “Mach One”, a Superior Carcase Sire in the top 1% for Calving Ease and Retail Beef Yield, showing the importance of performance results now required by customers of the top bulls.



Fisher 1 Monarch M414 from WJ Hutchings & Sons sold for 6,000gns



SHOW AND SALES - 2017 A third Superior Carcase Sire, 24 month old Auckvale Masterclass 1472M (910 kg) sold for 4,300 gns to commercial producers, T.L. & E.M. Clarke, Narberth, Pembrokeshire. Again this bull, with both carcase and weight EBVs in the top 5% and 10%.

In the Show Heifer Section, the Grand Female Champion, 15 month old Pepperstock 1 Butterfly N293 bred by Speirs Farms Ltd topped the female trade at 4,100 gns selling to newcomer to the breed, W. Shaw, Kirkby-Moorside, N. Yorkshire.

The Reserve Senior Male Champion, 23 month old Danish bred bull, SMH Liga 107L (1,150 kg) recently imported by L.R. & A.M. Ayre, South Molton, Devon, captured the attention of a number of bidders, eventually selling for 5,000 gns to local breeder, G. Blandford, Bosa Herefords, Bosbury, Herefordshire.

Grand Female Champion Pepperstock 1 Butterfly N293 from Speirs Farms Ltd sold for the top female price of 4,100gns

SMH Liga 107L from LR & AM Ayre sold for 5,000gns

Somerset breeder, J.D. Moorhouse from Taunton saw his 26 month old Cato 1 Marksman (935 kg) sell for 4,000 gns to Peter Walker Partnership, Pentry, Wiltshire. Other leading prices included 24 month old Harveybros 1 McBeath (990 kg) from Harvey Brothers, Balfron, Glasgow selling for 3,800 gns to N. Davies, Crow Wood Herefords, Churchstoke, Montgomeryshire. 22 month old Fisher 1 Magnus M427 (840 kg) bred by W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, Sussex selling for 3,800 gns to W.S. Turner & Son, Church Stretton, Shropshire and the 18 month old Coley 1 Nelson (925 kg) bred by Miss H. Whittaker, Halifax, W. Yorkshire also realising 3,800 gns selling to local breeders, M. & M. Roberts, Bromley Herefords, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire. 32 Bulls sold for £105,315.00 to Average £3,291.09



From left to right, Judge David Smyth, Jim Speirs with Grand Female Champion Pepperstock 1 Butterfly N293, President Robert Thomas

2017 - SHOW AND SALES The Reserve Grand Female Champion, 18 month old Dendor 1 Anna Mary 32nd, bred by D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Caersws, Powys, following close behind selling for 3,500 gns to Mrs. R. Williamson, Wardle Herefords, Nantwich, Cheshire.

Moment in the spotlight for Judge David Smyth, Magheraknock Herefords!

Dendor 1 Anna Mary 32nd sold for 3,500gns

Upholding the success for the breeders from the North of England, G. & M.C. Shepherd, Woodplumpton, Preston, Lancashire saw their 12 month old heifer, Moorside 1 Evita 8th, sell for 3,100 gns to P. Poole, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury. Other leading prices included the 14 month old Fisher 1 Susan N436, bred and exhibited by W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, Sussex selling for 2,600 gns to K.E. & L.R.C. Edwards, Chepstow, Gwent and 19 month old Fisher 1 Cherry N430 sold for 2,500 gns to W. Shaw, Kirkby Moorside, N. Yorkshire. Also, 19 month old Normanton 1 Jurana 9th, exhibited by T.D. & W.T. Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicester, selling for 2,550 gns to Whittle AG, Whittle Herefords, Lancashire. 12 Show Heifers sold for £30,187.50 to Average £2,515.63. A draft of heifers offered at the end of the Sale saw E.R. & C.A. Kirby, Buxton, Derbyshire, top this section with two 23 month old heifers, Tydesmoor 1 Minola selling for 1,800 gns to Mrs. D. Watkins, Craven Arms, Shropshire and Tydesmoor 1 Kimberley selling for 1,600 gns to Grove Farms, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. 9 Heifers sold for £12,757.50 to Average £1,417,50 Breed Secretary, David Prothero, commenting on the Sale said he was more than satisfied with the 75% clearance of the bulls offered and an 87% clearance of the females, adding that it was also good

to see that three of the top price Sale bulls were Superior Carcase Sires, demonstrating the importance of breeders participating in the Breed’s Performance Recording Scheme. The Society would also like to thanks Sponsors, Farmers Guardian, Meadow Quality Ltd & Nordic Star Tags Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster. There was more exposure for the Hereford Breed when BBC Radio 4’s Emily Hughes visited Hereford Martket for the Hereford Spring Show & Sale. Emily discussed with Brightwell’s Senior Auctioneer Mike Evan’s how the move from the old livestock market held in Hereford city centre, with Brightwells auctioneer Mike Evans with BBC Radio 4 Farming Today's all its history and traditions, Emily Hughes to a new bespoke modernday market on the outskirts of the city had been received. Emily also spoke with Northern Ireland Show Judge David Smyth, Magheraknock Herefords, on what he looked for in a good Hereford bull. She also spoke with a delighted Tom Harrison, Northumberland, owner of Grand Male Champion Moralee 1 Novak - both after the judging and immediately post the hammer going down his sale.




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

Herd visit to Castle Park Herefords and AGM - 3 June 2017 We had been promised a day to remember by Jim Morrison, our host with his wife, Hazel, and they delivered in spades – even down to the weather. On the customary first Saturday in June, we headed to North Yorkshire for our herd visit and Annual General Meeting. Castle Park Herefords was founded in October 2011 when two heifers were purchased from the Kemps, in the form of Auckvale Janet 1065 and Auckvale Lively 1056. This pair was the foundation of the herd and in August 2012 a stock bull, Lowergrove Fernando, bred by Paul Snell, was purchased. The same year, a further two incalf cows were bought from the Mara reduction sale, Mara Bonny 25th and Mara Bonny 28th. In 2013, a further two, Mara Diadem 31st and Auckvale Curly 1158 were added. The farm has been in Hazel Morrison’s family for four generations and is rented from Duncombe Park Estate comprising 120 acres permanent pasture plus 100 acres summer grazing. The Castle Park herd won the Medium herd section of the Northern Region Herd competition in 2016, following their success in the Small Herd section of the same competition two years earlier. In addition to the cattle, the Morrisons also lamb about 350 Lleyn and mule ewes to Texel tups from 1st May outside. In the heart of Yorkshire’s Ryedale, we met at the GI Sukawaka Restaurant, Canadian Fields which took its name from the nearby Wombleton Airfield that played host to the Royal Canadian Airforce in WWII. The venue was actually a a heated tent from Lapland, taking its inspiration from the kåta tents of the nomadic reindeerherding Sami people, although to us, it appeared very ‘cowboys and indians’ with western saddles, wide horns and dream catchers adorning the space above our heads. A lively meeting was followed by a tasty lunch complete with Yorkshire puddings (what else!).

Before leaving Canadian Fields, Jim Morrison (above left) gave us an outline of what we were going to see and do for the rest of the afternoon. So we headed to Helmsley and convened at the tank wash at the bottom of Duncombe Park, where a rather smart tractor and covered trailer, courtesy of Ripon Farm Services, awaited its cargo of happy Hereford breeders. Helmsley Castle (the original castle was built in the early 12th century) dominates the views from the top of the park where the autumn calvers with their late 2016 calves were found. We then toured the quintessentially English park and meadows alongside the River Rye and returned to the tank wash passing




Some of the silverware to be awarded

the big house, Duncombe Park, and a bridal party trudging back from a photo session afore a scenic backdrop to join their guests in the marquee. After crossing the river, we walked up from a field with the show heifers (Castle Park Lively 0031N and Castle Park Curly 0034N – both by HighHedges Kick On and both of whom went on to finish 2nd in their respective classes at the National Show in the Morrisons’ first foray south) in an abundance of keep through the woods to see the spring calvers with their calves (by 2014 Westaway Cup winner, HighHedges Kick On) and new stock bull Auckvale Marshall 1475M. Marshall 1475M was a class winner at the National Show in 2016 and boasts growth and milk EBVs in the top 10%. From the cows, we headed back down to the bridge and to the riverside garden belonging to Hazel’s father, Brian, where Hazel and her helpers had laid out a wonderfully tasty and calorific spread. Jim and Hazel’s daughter, Harriet, and her friend enjoyed keeping our glasses, mugs and tummies topped up. Richard Mann gave his thanks on behalf of the Club and we departed for our various homes, near and far.

The 33rd National Show of Hereford Cattle - 5 August 2017 Many shows have seen numbers down this year and, sadly, ours were too, but the quality of cattle forward was impressive. Our Supreme and Grand Female Champion, Free Town Decree from R

A Bradstock & Partners, was a beautiful calf, correct, clean and, importantly, feminine. Our Reserve Supreme and Grand Male Champion, E L Lewis & Son’s Haven Northstar, a great example of a modern Hereford, and a Superior Carcase Sire to boot. Both combinations of quality, functionality and true breed type which their breeders can be proud of. Our thanks go to our headline sponsors, AGCO Massey Ferguson, Listers, ForFarmers, ACT, Patrick Clayphan Wealth Management, 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. With a bit of persuasion, Robert Thomas, in his year as President of the Hereford Cattle Society, agreed to meet and greet our VIPs, handing over the running of the ring to the inimitable Steve Edwards. We are grateful to Steve and hope he enjoyed his day with us. Kindly sponsored by R & R Westaway of Clipston Herefords, the Breedplan Recorded Bull class kicked off the show. A strong class of 7 bulls was presented to judge, Mr Mike Cowell, for his assessment. After deciding his order based on locomotion, structural correctness, style and fitness for purpose and scoring them, the marks were combined with those for Terminal Index EBVs and the rosettes awarded. Repeating last year’s success, the victor was from the Church Preen herd of A R Owen: Church Preen Nanook, by Haven Koala, and interestingly ex Church Preen Prunella (K043) who is a daughter of the dam of the 2016 Westaway Cup winner, CP Muldoon. The 2nd and 3rd= placings were filled by the Haven bulls, Northstar and Nugget, both by Haven Kingpin out of Haven Curly cows from E L Lewis & Son. 3= went to W & R Kemp & Sons’ Auckvale Nova 1591N, the bull with the highest TI in the class and also out of a Curly female. Of the bulls entered at the show in the age range covered by this class, only one had not been scanned, an encouraging sign that more members are both performance recording and reporting, including vital scanning.



CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2017 Our MC, Clive Davies then welcomed to the ring our Judge for the Breed classes, Mr Des Kelly. Des farms over 50 pedigree Hereford cows alongside a Hereford cross suckler herd at Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, NI, on a commercial basis and during his stint on the HCS Council was involved in getting the Dunbia / Co-Op Branded Hereford Scheme set up.

So then the section champions came into the ring for Des Kelly to determine his Female Champion. Free Town Decree was clearly grabbing his eye and was tapped forward to be Grand Female Champion (a repeat feat for a Mara Humorous daughter from Free Town). Reserve went to W & R Kemp & Sons’ Auckvale Lively 1058H.

The well matched Lowergrove trio from Paul Snell and Lynn Ferguson took the group class from the Free Town Group (R A Bradstock & Partners) and Free Town were then pipped by Church Preen pair shown by Andrew Owen. This was another repeat for Church Preen so the Geoff Thomas Perpetual Challenge Cup returned to its place on the mantelpiece.

Grand Female Champion Free Town Decree who went on to take the Supreme Championship Best Group of Three from P Snell, Lowergrove Herefords

2016’s Horned Cow of the Year, Auckvale Lively 1058H from W & R Kemp & Sons again took the cow class and, this year, went one better to take the Senior Female Championship. The Senior Heifer Class went to CA & PC Bidmead’s smart heifer, Rockland Tiara T1. She had a very successful, busy year and both held her own condition and did her calf well, a tribute to her handlers. Second in both classes went to D J Makin with Whartonspool Peach 12th and Adzor Marilyn respectively. The Intermediate heifer classes started with the Autumn 2015 class which went to Sarah Cowle’ HighHedges Blossom 11-15. This heifer boasts EBVs in the top 1% along with a kind disposition and was expertly handled by Edward Thompson. Second to her was Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 with last year’s Grand Female Champion, the lovely Free Town Bryony in 3rd. Tenbury weather intervened with a spirited rain and hail storm, fortunately between classes enabling all to shelter. Possibly the large contingent of visitors from Ireland thought us a bit soft! The middle heifer class yielded our Intermediate Female Champion in the shape of Pulham Blossom 19th from PRJ & LR Vincent, by Haven Hotspur ex Pulham Blossom 7th. She has a milk EBV in the top 5% and good growth EBVs so should make a grand cow. The Reserve Intermediate Champion came from Norman Farming Partnership in the form of Irish-bred Grianan Orange P774. She was the youngest in the April-August class and must have made Robert Norman’s day on his first venture to Tenbury with cattle. Second to both of the above were J & H Morrison Castle Park heifers, Lively 0031N and Curly 0034N, making the long trip down from North Yorkshire worthwhile.

Having chosen a genuinely feminine female champion, the stage was given over to the testerone-charged big bulls. E L Lewis & Sons’ Haven males proved impossible to beat in their classes with Haven Lamborghini (by Haven Cavalier) taking the senior bull class and championship from D J Makin’s Adzor Lyric in Reserve, Haven Northstar (by Haven Kingpin) and Haven Nico (by Haven Kermit) winning their respective classes. Haven Nugget (also by Haven Kingpin) stood second to Northstar and W & R Kemp & Sons’ Auckvale 1591N stood second to Nico. In the Autumn 2015 bull class, R A Bradstock & Partners’ Free Town Nucleus took the red ribbon ahead of Church Preen Nanook. The Intermediate Championship went to Haven Northstar and Haven Nugget followed through to take Reserve. When it came to the bull calf section, it was a repeat of 2016 where PRJ & LR Vincent’s Pulham calves won both classes and the Junior Male Championship. Both calves are ex Clipston Tiara females. The September winner was Pulham Powerhouse by the Australian sire Yarram Unique F181, and the final class winner was Pulham Pleasure by Pulham Maverick. Second respectively were RA Bradstock & Partners’ Free Town Phantom and the youngest animal competing, CA & PC Bidmead’s Rockland Prince Caspian who appeared at foot with the reserve Senior Female Champion. The Junior Championship went to Pulham Powerhouse and the Reserve to Pulham Pleasure.

The September heifer class was headed by two Free Town heifers by Mara Humorous. Tony Bradstock picked the right one and topped the class with Decree from Gerald Cox with Peace 29th. They went on to take both the Junior Female Championship and Reserve. The final heifer class was won by Sarah Cowle’s HighHedges Blossom 12-A-16, a full sister to her earlier winner, from R T Davies & Co’s Westwood Carrie 121st.



Grand Male Champion Haven Northstar from EL Lewis & Son

2017 - CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS And so to the climax of the male section, the choosing of the Grand Male Champion, where Des Kelly didn’t hesitate long in tapping forward the one/two from Class 13: Haven Northstar and Haven Nugget, both are Superior Carcase sires. Northstar has taken up stud duties at the farm of the McCreaths, so we wish Craig and Luke all the best with him.

Young Handlers Once the photographs had been taken and the young handlers rustled up, we welcomed our Judge, Henry Richmond to the ring to assess the showmanship skills of the two sections. 19-26 years

Under 14 years

1: Flora Amery

1: Harriet Froud

2: Casey Parker

2: Jack O’Connor

3: Ben Lewis

3: Jack Lake

4: Logan Sykes

4: Oscar Chandler

Ray Egan (John Bull) Award – best kept cattle lines: A R Owen – Church Preen Ted Hewitson Perpetual Cup – stockman in charge of herd gaining most points: Mr Gerald Cox – Free Town Ingon Vic Harper Memorial Plate – stockman bringing out the Supreme Champion: Mr Gerald Cox – Free Town Stockmans Club Vic Harper Trophy – stockman bringing out best animal of opposite sex to Supreme Chaampion: Mr Mike Chandler - Haven

Thank you ...

Badlingham Bull Trophy - the best bull under 2 years of age: E L Lewis & Son for Haven Northstar

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 and Deakin. We also thank the Tenbury Agricultural Society for hosting us in a prominent position at their flagship show. Great team-work!

Doris M Dancer Cup - the best animal from a herd of less than 12 cows: A R Owen for Church Preen Nanook

Looking forward to 2018

The Champion and winner of the Thornhill Plate and The ‘Dendor Memorial’ show stick was Harriet Froud for the 2nd year. In Reserve was Flora Amery.

Other awards

Trevor Parker Memorial Trophy – best animal bred by exhibitor: R A Bradstock & Ptnrs for Free Town Decree Betty Lane Memorial Trophy – most successful exhibitor in calf classes: R A Bradstock & Ptnrs - Free Town George Davies Memorial Trophy – owner of herd gaining most points: R A Bradstock & Partners – Free Town Welford Perpetual trophy – herd gaining most points that has not won a Championship or Group trophy: Mr D J Makin - Adzor

Our Judge for the 2018 National Show is Mrs Pat Stanley from Coalville, Leicestershire. Pat and her husband are progressive and leading breeders of Longhorn cattle. We look forward to welcoming all to Tenbury on Saturday, 4th August 2018, whether you are returners or first-timers. For membership information, please contact Sarah Cowle on 07770666887 or via the website: www.nationalherefordshowclub. com/contact-us.html

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.

Scottish Hereford Breeders' Association

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

Hon. Secretary: Ms E. Smith 1 Drive Cottage, Eysey Manor, Eysey Cricklade, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 6LP.

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.



The Hereford Perfectly Fits the Brandon Farm Business Model The Hereford plays a significant role in the dairy sector with just over half of all Hereford sired progeny recorded by BCMS coming from the dairy sector. The resurgent Hereford Breed has also seen record increases of Hereford sired progeny both within BCMS and APHIS over the past five years. A large proportion of these are sold in to rearing systems for finishing in Hereford Branding Schemes, and in turn are earning producers a premium throughout the supply chain. We visit one dairy producer who is annually producing approximately 400 Hereford cross calves from two dairy herds amounting to 950 cows. Steve Brandon’s business strategy is focused on delivering a sustainable dairy system based on block spring calving and accompanying paddock grazing. And he is succeeding. “I was amongst the first to adopt a UK pioneering New Zealand style rotation grazing system over 20 years ago, and since then our business’s primary objective has continued to maximise milk yield from grazed grass, the cheapest form of feed.”

Steve Brandon

are AI’d once to the dairy bull, after which any empties are picked up by the Hereford bull. “The herd replacement rate is running at less than 20%, so for example for the Staffordshire unit we don’t need any more than 120 replacements each year, we’ve had TB restrictions on and off for the last 15 years and we’ve found there is always a market for beef bred calves.”

The Staffordshire based herd block calves between February and April. Its grazing season extends from February to November enabling it to take from forage an average 4,800 litres of its total 6,400 litres yield, a figure at the higher end for a grazing herd. Keen to progress the business, in 2012 Steve established the Dolphenby Farming Partnership based near Penrith, Cumbria with like-minded dairy producer, Robert Craig and which replicated the Staffordshire model. The business was rapidly developed with the introduction of dairy genetics from eight different herds.


Week old Hereford cross calves

The business model doesn’t stop there. Keen to maximise herd profit, those cows which are not in calf by the fifth week of the cycle to dairy AI are served with the Hereford. In addition, the maiden heifers


Why Hereford? “Temperament is very important, both for the safety of our farm staff and the general public - we have a number of footpaths crossing both units,” Steve explains. “However, primarily we need a beef breed with a relatively short gestation period, one that’s easily calved, consequently that cuts out all the Continental breeds. “We are calving between 20 and 25 calves a day for three weeks and a total of 950 cows within 12 weeks so we want a system that is simple for everyone working on both units –

Fact file New Buildings Farm, Stafford, Staffordshire 400 cow spring calving herd 6,400 litres average yield 585 acres Dolphenby Farm, Edenhall, Penrith, Cumbria 550 cows 6,000 litres average yield 670 acres grassland that’s our team of four full time staff and two relief milkers on each farm. We also need a calf that is easy to distinguish at birth. We happen to calve quite a lot of black dairy calves, so introducing the alternate Angus just would not work. Furthermore, Hereford sired calves seem to suit the buyers both in Staffordshire and Cumbria.” Both herds commence service 1 May. “We buy a total of 900 straws of dairy semen each year, all of which is used over the first cycle to achieve a 60% retention to first service; dairy semen is continued in to the fourth week, after which we use Hereford semen, and by week eight the Hereford bulls go in for four weeks. “The herds are PDd during the first week in September, and any cows and heifers found not in calf are reintroduced to the Hereford bull – usually in the region of 10%, of which up to 80% will conceive. We like to produce as many Hereford cross calves as possible in order to generate an additional source of income.” The units are farming relatively small dairy cows maturing at between 500kg to 520kg, they are calving 35kg to 40kg calves and the vast majority of both cows and heifers don’t require assistance. “They’re lively

Natural grazers

calves, they are soon up and away and have a natural will to live,” he says. “Any issues are usually associated with cow condition; we attempt to keep all the dry cows fit not fat, calving down in a targeted body condition score 3.25. Both Hereford cross and dairy calves are taken from their dams within the first six to eight hours post calving and tube fed colostrum to ensure adequate intake; a top up of natural colostrum is always available in the fridge, if necessary. The entire crop of Hereford cross calves are sold off their respective units within their first 21 days. Whilst the Dolphenby calves are traded to a local dealer, Steve sells his direct from New Buildings Farm to his brother Nick, based less than four miles away, who buys in over 800 head of calves a year in total to rear for the store market. The two dairy units carry a team of 16 Hereford bulls. “It’s much easier for those bulls to pick up the empties and for us to maintain our current 90% calving to conception rate,” he explains. “We invest in two to three new bulls per farm each year. They are young, on average 18 months of age and in the region 600kg to 700kg so we restrict their use to the heifers, before

introducing them to the cows the following year having matured to 850kg to 950kg. “Our Hereford bull selection criteria is usually based on what we feel best suits our grazing system and our herd. We are primarily looking for bulls that have good feet and legs, and have been born and reared on grass. Those reared indoors on concentrates are no good for us; on arrival, they have to maintain themselves on a grass based diet and we expect them to achieve an average four working seasons. Breedplan data is also taken into account when purchasing both bulls and semen; whilst we do not search out those in the breed’s top 10%, calving ease EBV must be within the top 20% and have a high accuracy.” “Health status is equally important; all bulls must be TB tested, from Johne’s tested herds and those from herds tested BVD and Lepto free. We annually check all bulls’ feet and fertility test four weeks prior to the date they are scheduled to start working.” He adds: “For more than a decade we’ve used the Hereford as a sweeper, a breed that has proved to not only fit our system, but also introduce welcome added value.”

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Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders' Association By Michael Church, Chairman

The review of 2017 must start with a get well message to Joy, wife and great supporter of our long serving Secretary, Alan Pittam. Joy had major surgery towards the end of 2017 to relieve a breathing problem which has restricted her activities’ for the last few years, in spite of which she has still attended most shows and functions at which our breed promotion stand has been present. We look forward to her making a full recovery, and back on the stand at our events next year, supplying refreshments and selling the Hereford merchandise as usual. Our sincere thanks must also be extended to Richard Mann. Richard has recently stood down from the Hereford Cattle Society Council after 27 years representing the Midlands & East Anglia Area. He has been a regular attender at Council Meetings and for the last six years has been Chairman of Council. A position he has carried out with due diligence with only one objective in mind, the future success of the breed and its members. Richard has been present at most World and European Conferences during this time. Over the years, Richard has supplied cattle for breed stands at most events at which the Society has had a presence and in later years when TB has been a problem within his own herd, selecting them from herds of his many friends in the beef industry. Since the start of the National Stock Judging competition finals, firstly at the Royal Show and more latterly at the Royal Three Counties, Richard has selected the cattle from the class judging and in his usual friendly manner has been successful in getting these cattle brought out the next day for the stock judging competition. We cannot let the retirement of David Prothero pass without offering our most sincere thanks for all the work he has done in getting the Area Associations established, which have become such an important part in promoting the Hereford Breed. We wish him a long and happy retirement. Our Association must also thank Fiona Woollatt, who unfortunately has had to cut back on her involvement with us, due to health problems. Fiona was the inspiration behind starting our Young Handler of the Year Competition, which runs throughout the show season, culminating at our Calf Show at Newark in November. Fiona also setup our Facebook page and revamped our website, assisting Alan, our Secretary, with updates. Laura Vincent is now helping Alan with the website, and keeping us informed with the latest news on our Facebook page, as well as Entries Secretary for our Association Calf Show. Our Association has had the usual programme of events throughout the season, supporting seventeen summer shows with Rosettes, Championship Sashes and Prize money for the Champions. We have not seen as many animals forward at some of the shows this year, however others have enjoyed greater numbers. The latest TB regulations must have an effect, as our area is fairly well divided, with the western side in a one year testing area, and the east in a four year area. This certainly affects animals from the four year area attending events in a one year area. We congratulate all exhibitors who have succeeded in winning the many Championships during the season at our area shows,



particularly MJ Ludgate and Son, with Rempstone 1 Even Money E429, who started by winning the Supreme and Male Championships at the M&EAHBA Calf Show at Newark in 2016, judged by William McMordie. At Hertfordshire, his first show in 2017, “Even Money” was Male and Breed Champion under Judge, Robin Irvine and went on to be Native Interbreed Champion and Reserve Supreme Interbreed Champion. Expertly prepared and shown by young member, James Ludgate, on a thoroughly wet day at Norfolk, “Even Money” was again Male and Breed Champion, this time with John Kemp as judge. The following day, with much better weather, he enjoyed further Interbreed success, as Native Junior, Reserve Native Male and Reserve Interbreed Junior Champion. With his full sister, Rempstone 1 Fashion, the Breed Female Champion, he was awarded the Reserve Best Pair of Breed Champions. Many of our members have enjoyed success at National Shows including; The Royal Three Counties, National Hereford Show, National Poll Show and Kington Show, keeping the flag flying for the area. At the Royal Norfolk Show, after a break of many years, our Association organised a trade stand, rather than our gazebo in the cattle lines. The feature was a Hereford cow with a strong bull calf at foot, kindly loaned by Pulham Herefords, this certainly attracted attention from the passing public. On a soaking wet first day, the shelter and refreshments were most welcome. Members rated the stand a success, which we intend to repeat next year.

2017 - CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS cattle for Dovecote Park, was delighted to be asked to provide cattle. A seven year old Belgian Blue/Holstein cow with a top quality two month old Hereford sired calf at foot and a black/white-faced steer and heifer, demonstrated the ability of the Hereford breed to produce outstanding beef carcases. TD & WT Livesey, Normanton Herefords completed the stand with two young Hereford bulls. The Hereford Stand impressed the judges and kept up a good record by taking the Reserve Best Beef Breed Stand. Our thanks to the Spendlove and Livesey families for providing the cattle and to Hereford House for preparing the stand.

Beef Tasting Competition 2017

East of England Winter Stock Festival saw M&EAHBA Members DRA Fabb take both the Breed Championship with Fabb 1 Pacie and Reserve Breed Championship with Fabb 1 Paco, as can be seen here with Judge Kris Stevenson.

The Individual Trophies for animals gaining points at the summer shows, with a maximum of six shows counting, saw ninety five animals recording points during the season. Congratulations to all the winners. The Paul Sapsed Trophy for the most successful animal: 1st P T English with Churchlands Estate 1 RDS Plum 79 41; 2nd C & P Bidmead, Rocklands Tiara M1; 3rd JW & R Johnson, Real 1 Jenny M9 The Austin/Manning Trophy for a herd of under 20 cows: 1st C & P Bidmead with Rocklands Tiara M1; 2nd JW & R Johnson, Real 1 Jenny M9; 3rd JW & R Johnson, Real 1 Kracker. Our summer judging evening and herd visit was held at Scotsgrove Farm, Thame, Oxon, by kind invitation of Mike and James Ludgate. Twenty four members entered the competition to judge groups of four cows, four heifers and four young bulls which James had prepared for us. Gary Speirs was somewhat surprised to be invited to be our master judge, but carried out the task perfectly. So good in fact that his wife, Angela was placed 1st, Mark Lake 2nd and Mike Church 3rd. Following the judging we were given a very interesting tour of the herd, and finished with lovely refreshments. Our thanks to the Ludgate family for a most enjoyable evening. We entered four teams in the National Competition at the Royal Three Counties Show with a successful result, our teams were 2nd, 3rd, and equal 4th. Beef Expo 2017 was held in our area at Stoneleigh, and we were invited to provide the cattle for the stand. Mark Spendlove, Rothwell, a large commercial producer of Hereford sired finished

The Judge for 2017 was Mr Ben Ternent, Executive Chef, Opus Restaurant, 54 Cornwall Street, Birmingham who was asked to place ten sirloin steaks, taking into account presentation as well as cooking and eating quality. To try and define whether the hanging length of the carcase improves quality the competition is divided into two categories, under 28 days and over 28 days. The overall winner was hung for 26 days. Class 1. Carcase hung up to 28 days, 1st Philip & Laura Vincent, 2nd Sarah Cowle, 3rd Ian Markham Class 2. Carcase hung over 28 days, 1st Philip & Laura Vincent, 2nd Tim & Will Livesey, 3rd Tim & Will Livesey

Highhedges Young Handler of the Year Trophy 2017 The desire to win this prestigious competition among our young handlers has again created great interest throughout the summer show season. This year the points between two of our young handlers was so close, that the result depended on the last show of the season - our calf show at Newark. Seventeen Young handlers took part, scoring points at nine shows in the area throughout the summer. Well done to Beth Vincent (below left), who finished runner up for the second season and a big congratulations to Harriet Froud (below right) in winning for the third time in a row.

Herd Competition Results 2017 The Association would like to thank Mr & Mrs Malcolm Broome, South Devon Cattle Breeders from Leicestershire for judging the competition. The number of herds taking part increased to twenty three this year. Large Herds, Over 37 Females 1st J Speirs Pepperstock 2nd PRJ & LR Vincent Pulham 3rd Miss A Barlow Thornby Medium Herds, 20-36 Females 1st N & L Holdsworth Pebworth 2nd MJ Ludgate Rempstone 3rd P Cobley Kinglee








CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2017 Small Herds, under 20 cows 1st S Cowle


2nd J Riley


3rd J Buxton

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J G Hollands Trophy: for the Best Herd: J Speirs - Pepperstock Geoffrey Lewis: for the Best Bull calf: PRJ & LR Vincent - Pulham Powerhouse Chadshunt Trophy: for the Best Heifer Calf: PT English Churchlands Estate 1 Mink 203

Malcolm and Thelma Broome and the M&EAHBA President Tim Livesey. Alan was thanked, with applause, for organising another successful event.

MEAHBA Trophy: for Best Cow Suckling a Calf: N & L Holdsworth - Pebworth 1 Jemima

Herefords take Native Inter-breed at English Winter Fair

Michael Church Trophy: Heifer under 2 years - A & SG Stevenson & Sons - Alvian 1 Nubile Ambrosia Mardleybury Trophy: for Best Stock Bull - J Speirs - Pepperstock 1 Kingsley Pulham Trophy: for Best Stock Bull under 30 months - P Cobley Kinglee 1 Norman Alvian Trophy: for Highest Placed Member, joining MEAHBA in last 3 years - Norman Farming Partnership, Hickling The Annual General Meeting was held at Manor Farm, The Hollow, Normanton Le Heath, by kind invitation of Tim and Will Livesey, on Thursday 28th September. The following Officers were elected. President: Richard Mann Chairman: Michael Church Vice Chairman: Ryan Coates Secretary: Alan Pittam

TD & WT Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire, continue their recent rich vein of form in the show ring when their steer Normanton 1 Pacific took the Native Inter-breed Championship at the English Winter Fair, held at Staffordshire County Showground. Bred by the exhibitor he was expertly shown by the talented UK Hereford Youth Member Isla Soutter. Fourteen month old ‘Pacific’ is out of Normanton 1 Jews Ear 9th L21 and by Northern Irish bred bull Dorepole 1 579 Knighthood. Inter-breed success didn’t stop there for young Isla when she won a competitive Inter-breed Young Handler Class. Not to be outdone, her younger brother Finlay also showing a Hereford, won his Interbreed Young Handler Class too. Finlay then went on to pip his sister to the Overall Young Handler Championship - with Isla a commendable Reserve!

Committee: Fiona Woolatt and Peter Dowlman stood down. Clive Bidmead, Ryan Coates were elected on to the Committee and the remainder of Committee were re-elected. Thanks were recorded to Peter Dowlman for his support over many years, as he has now moved from the area, to be nearer to his family in Herefordshire. Following an excellent lunch, members were given a walking tour of the Normanton Hereford Herd. A most impressive group of freshly calved cows, with their young calves, grazing a lush grass and clover pasture, were the envy of most members. After tea, Richard Mann thanked Tim, Will, and Stockman Colin for a most interesting visit.

Summer Tour 2017 The proposed summer tour to Denmark for the Herning Show was unable to take place, as the date clashed with the Royal Norfolk Show. The dates do not clash in 2018, and we look forward in joining with the South of England Breeders in another successful venture, particularly as one of our members, James Ludgate, will be judging.

Normanton 1 Pacific from TD & WT Livesey

Herefords take another Inter-breed - this time at Hertfordshire County Show

Presentation Evening 25th November

M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire, flew the flag for the Hereford Breed at Hertfordshire County Show taking the Native and Reserve Overall Inter-breed Championships with Rempstone 1 Even Money E429.

Our first evening event for the presentation of Trophies was held at the Daventry Football Stadium, who provided an excellent carvery. Our Guests for the evening were 2017 Breed Society President Robert Thomas, with his wife Diana, who made the long trip from Hereford to join us, as well as the 2017 Herd Competition Judge and his wife, Malcolm and Thelma Broome and the after dinner speaker, Alan Timbrell accompanied by his wife, Sue. The trophies were presented by the Breed Society President and his wife,

Earlier in the day “Even Money 429” took the Hereford Supreme Championship. Following a similar trend across the early summer shows he’s another bull with a great set of Breedplan Performance Figures. Having EBV traits in the top 10% of the Breed for all growth weights 200, 400 & 600 day wts, Rib Fat, Retail Beef Yield and Terminal Sire and Self Replacing Indices. Sixteen month old Remptsone 1 Even Money E429 is out Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and by Aldersley 1 Edgar.



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normanton 1 laertes interbreed champion at the royal highland & The royal welsh shows &  bull of the year 2016.

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Normanton 1 Enoki 5th Sire: Laertes, Junior Female Champion at the National Polled Show 2017

Normanton 1 Jurana 14th Sire: Laertes, Reserve Female champion at the National Calf Show 2017

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CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2017 Standing Reserve to “Even Money 249” in the Grand Male Championship was Pepperstock 1 Naughty Boy, bred and exhibited by Speirs Farms Ltd, Luton, Bedfordshire. Sixteen months old, “Naughty Boy”, is out of Hedges 1 Emerald and by Hawkesbury 1 Velcro. The Reserve Supreme Championship went to Grand Female Champion Churchlands Estate 1 Violet 30 GR, P T English, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Four and half year old “Violet 30 GR”, is out Greenyards 1 Violet 2nd and by home-bred bull Churchlands Estate 1 Granite. Completing a successful day for M Ludgate they also took the Reserve Grand Female Championship with two year old Rempstone 1 Fashion V344, out of Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and sired by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa.

Herefords Boss Inter-breed Championships at South Suffolk and Hadleigh Shows... Shadwell Herefords managed by Robert Clarke had a successful Hadleigh Show, when fifteen month old Shadwell 1 Bossy N877 took the Breed and Overall Inter-breed Championships. Expertly shown by Robert’s daughter Maddie, “Bossy” is out of Badlingham Blossom 138th and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23. The success Hadleigh followed a field day at South Suffolk Show where “Bossy N877” also took the Breed, Native & Reserve Overall Inter-breed Championships.

Inter-breed Champion Shadwell 1 Bossy N877

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First & Reserve Female Champion Royal Norfolk, South Suffolk & Hadleigh 2017

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PUTTING TOP QUALITY QUALITYHEREFORDS HEREFORDSON ONTHE THE MAP MAP PUTTING TOP Homes of of the best herds in in the Association’s Area with many ofofthe herds in Breed the Breed producing in 2017 Homes the best herds the Association’s Area with many thebest herds in the producing in 2017 M. J. Ludgate ‘Rempstone’:Herts County, ‘Rempstone 1 Even Money’ M. J.Champion, Ludgate Native ‘Rempstone’:Herts County,   Rempstone   1  Even  MChamp oney’   Sup Interbreed Champion & ‘Res O/A Interbreed Sup  Champion,   Native   Interbreed   hampion   &  RChamp, es  O/A  Native Interbreed   Champ   Royal Norfolk: Sup Champion, ResCNative Male Junior Champ & Res Royal  Norfolk:    Sup   Champion,   Res  Native  1MFashion’ ale  Champ,   Native   Junior   & Res Sup Interbreed Junior Champion. ‘Rempstone Female Champion Champ  &  Res  Interbreed  Junior  Champion.    ‘Rempstone  1  Fashion’  Female   Champion. Champion   &  Res  Sup   hampion.         Male & Overall Junior Champion, National Poll J. Riley, ‘Blakesley 1 CMajor’, Junior J.  Riley,  ‘Blakesley  1  Major’,  Junior  Male  &  Overall  Junior   Show. PRJ & LR Vincent ‘Pulham’: ‘Pulham Powerhouse‘. Male & Breed Champion Champion,   National   Poll  Show.     –PRJ   Kington. Male Champion‘Pulham   – National Hereford - Tenbury &  LR  Junior Vincent   ‘Pulham’:   Powerhouse‘.   Male  Wells &     & Res Male Champion Bucks County. Breed  Champion   –  Kington.  Junior  Male  Champion  –  National     TD & WT-­‐  TLivesey. ‘Normanton Junior Female Champion, National Hereford   enbury  W ells  &  Res  1MEnoki ale  C5th’ hampion   Bucks  County.   th Poll Show. TD  &  WT  Livesey.  ‘Normanton  1  Enoki  5 ’  Junior  Female   Champion,  National  Poll  Show.     BEDFORDSHIRE BEDFORDSHIRE 1 R & M Bates, ‘Battlebrook’ (DH) Brook House, Grange Farm, Wrestlingworth, Sandy, Beds. 1 R & M Bates, (DH)Email: House, Grange Farm, Wrestlingworth, Sandy, Beds. SGI92HE. Tel:‘Battlebrook’ 01767 631639. Tel: 01767 Email: 2 SGI92HE. Monica Brown, ‘Happy631639. Herefords” 2, Cedar Cottages, Newton Blossomville, MK43 8AR 2 Monica Brown, ‘Happy Herefords” 2, Cedar Cottages, Newton Blossomville, MK43 8AR Tel: 07770770976 Email. Email. 3 Tel: Jim 07770770976 Speirs, (P) ‘Pepperstck’ Pepsal End Farm, Pepperstock, Luton, Beds LU1 4LH 3 Jim (P) ‘Pepperstck’ Pepsal End Farm, Pepperstock, Luton, Beds LU1 4LH Tel: Speirs, 07979463480. Email: Tel: 07979463480. Email: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 4 D. & A. Briggs, ‘Blackwell” (P), Blackwell Farm, Latimer, Chesham, Bucks., HP5 1 TN. 4 D. A. Briggs, ‘Blackwell” Blackwell Farm, Latimer, Chesham, Bucks., HP5 1 TN. Tel:&01494 762190. Email: (P), Tel: 01494 762190. Email: 5 Sarah Cowle ‘High Hedges’ 15, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 4BW. 5 Sarah Cowle ‘High Hedges’ 15, Station Quainton, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 4BW. Tel: 01296658310/07770666887. Email:Road, Tel: 01296658310/07770666887. Email: 66 Mr Mr I.I. C. C. Markham Markham &&EA EAGough Gough‘Glenmore ‘Glenmore&&Glengough” Glengough”(P), (P),Glenmore GlenmoreFarm, Farm,Bullington BullingtonEnd End Road, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes, MK19 7ER. Tel: 01908 511169/07778180730. Road, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes, MK19 7ER. Tel: 01908 511169/07778180730. Email: Email: 7 Paul & Lynn Snell, ‘Lowergrove”, Lower Grove Barn, Mursley Road, Little Horwood, Bucks 7 Paul Lynn Tel: Snell, ‘Lowergrove”, Grove Barn, Mursley Road, Little Horwood, Bucks MK17&OPG 01296720703 Email: MK17 OPG. Tel: 01296720703 Email: TGR Williams Williams && Son, Son, ‘Alanbrook’, ‘Alanbrook’, Highlands Highlands95 95Weston WestonRoad, Road,Olney, Olney,Bucks. Bucks. MK46 5AA. 88 TGR Tel: 07831529406. MK46 5AA. Tel: 07831529406. CAMBRIDGESHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE F.W Cook Cook && Son Son and and Mrs. Mrs.AACook, Cook,‘Albany” ‘Albany”(H). (H).“Hawcroft” “Hawcroft”(H), (H),Albany AlbanyFarm, Farm,Fen FenEnd, End,Over, Over, 99 F.W Cambs., CB4 CB4 5NE. 5NE.Tel: Tel:01954230265. 01954230265.Email: Cambs., 10 Daniel Fabb && Helen HelenParr, Parr,‘The ‘TheFabb FabbHerd’ Herd’Wilsons WilsonsOrchard OrchardFarm, Farm,Fenside FensideRoad, Road,Warboys, Warboys, PE282TY. 2TY.Tel: Tel:07584035080. 07584035080.Email: Cambs, PE28 07787576798. 11 Karen Froud ‘Oldwest’ 1, Meadowbrook, Aldreth, Ely, Ely, Cambs, Cambs, CB6 CB6 3UZ. 3UZ. Tel: Tel:07787576798. Email: DERBYSHIRE 12 D. J. Deaville, Deaville, “Alderville(P)/Aldersley(H)”, “Alderville(P)/Aldersley(H)”,Model ModelHome HomeFarm, Farm,New NewRoad, Road,Alderwasley, Alderwasley,Belper, Derbyshire, DE 56 2SQ. 01629822402/824070 Mob: 07999527108. Belper, Derbyshire, DE 56Tel: 2SQ. Tel: 01629822402/824070 Mob: 07999527108. 13 D.D. Rowley & Partners, ‘Hollowseal” (P), Hollows Farm, Sandy Lane, Lane, Netherseal, Netherseal, Swadlincote, Swadlincote, Derbys., DE12 8BU.373293/07724743611. Tel: 01827 373293/07724743611. Derbys., DE12 8BU. Tel: 01827 Email; Email; carol@ Web: 14 14 A A && S. S. Stevenson Stevenson &&Sons, Sons,“Alvian” “Alvian”(P), (P),Carr CarrFarm, Farm,Carr CarrLane, Lane,Brackenfield, Brackenfield,Alfreton, Alfreton,Derbys, Derbys, DE55 DE55 6DG. 6DG. Tel: Tel:01773 01773836124/07891832195. 836124/07891832195.Email: ESSEX ESSEX 15 Reydon Cattle Company ‘Reydon’ (P), Hereford House, Main Road, Rettendon, Chelmsford, 15 Essex ReydonCM3 Cattle ‘Reydon’ (P), Hereford House, Road, Rettendon, Chelmsford, 8DRCompany Tel: 01268767175/07858378501. Email:Main Essex CM3 8DR Tel: 01268767175/07858378501. Email: HERTFORDSHIRE HERTFORDSHIRE 16 Mrs. L. Jackson, ‘Sparkwood’ Woodrow Farm, Wigginton, Tring, Herts., HP23 6HT Tel: 16 01442 Mrs. L.823005. Jackson,Email: ‘Sparkwood’ Woodrow Farm, Wigginton, Tring, Herts., HP23 6HT Tel: 01442 823005. Email: LEICESTERSHIRE LEICESTERSHIRE 17 P. Cobley, “Kinglee’ (P), Stanton Farm, Broughton Road, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, 17 LE9 P. Cobley, “Kinglee’ (P), Stanton Farm, Broughton Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, 4JA Tel: 01455 272810107738 110102. Email: Road, pete.cobley@cobleytransport. LE9 &4JA 01455‘Normanton’ 272810107738 Email: pete.cobley@cobleytransport. 18 TD. WTTel: Livesey, (P), 110102. Manor Farm, The Hollow, Normanton Le Heath,Leics 01530‘Normanton’ 264683/07710386329. Email:The 18 LE672TJ. TD. & WT Tel: Livesey, (P), Manor Farm, Hollow, Normanton Le Heath,Leics LE672TJ. Tel: 01530 264683/07710386329. Email: 19 Newtoncroft Farms, ‘Newtoncroft’ Croft Farm, Newton Harcourt, Leicester, 9FH. Tel:Farms, 01162 ‘Newtoncroft’ 259387 Email:Croft 19 LE8 Newtoncroft Farm, Newton Harcourt, Leicester, LE8 9FH. Tel: 01162 259387 Email: LINCOLNSHIRE 20 SA & VJ Elwess, ‘Elwess” (H) Manor Farm, Common Lane, Heapham, Gainsborough, Lincs LINCOLNSHIRE DN21 5XB. Tel: 01427 838208. Simon: 07825446321. Victoria: 07764740540. 20 SA & VJ Elwess, ‘Elwess” (H) Manor Farm, Common Lane, Heapham, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 5XB. Tel: 01427Victoria: 838208. Simon: 07825446321. Victoria: 07764740540. NORFOLK Victoria: 21 C.A & P.C Bidmead, Tuppin Farm, Magpie Lane, Rocklands Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 NORFOLK 1UU. Tel: 01953483825. Email: www.rocklandherefords. 21 Jeremy C.A & P.C Bidmead, Magpie Lane, Rocklands Norfolk NR17 1UU. 22 Buxton, TownTuppin Farm,Farm, Booton, Norwich, Norfolk NR10Attleborough, 4NY Tel: 07870490159. Tel: 01953483825. Email: www.rocklandherefords. Email: 22 Norman Jeremy Buxton, Farm, Booton, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 4NYSutton Tel: 07870490159. 23 FarmingTown Partnership, ‘Hickling Herefords’ Poplar Farm, Road, Hickling, Email: Norfolk NR12 0AS. Tel: 07584564976. 23 Norman Farming Partnership, ‘Hickling Herefords’ Poplar Farm, Sutton Road, Hickling, Norfolk 24 P.RJ. & L. R Vincent, “Pulham” (H & P). White House Farm, Coles Common, Pulham Market, NR12 0AS. Tel:IP21 07584564976. DISS, Norfolk, 4XT Tel: 01379 6769061/ 07771697866. 24 Email: P.RJ. & L. R Vincent, “Pulham” (H &Web: P). White House Farm, Coles Common, Pulham Market, DISS, Norfolk, IP21 4XT Tel: 01379 6769061/ 07771697866. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Email: Web: 25 RN & MA Borwick ‘Mara’ (H), No1 Preston Lodge Farm, Preston Deanery, Northampton NN7 2DS. Tel: 01604870246/07861661275. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 25 RN & MA Borwick ‘Mara’ (H), No1 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. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Tel: 01327860273. 26 J & T Riley, ‘Blakesley”, Kirby Grounds, Towcester, Northants, NN12 8RQ. 27 Thornby Farms - Miss AE. Barlow, “Thornby” (P), Thornby House, Thornby, Tel: 01327860273. Northampton, NN6 8SJ. Tel: 01604740295. Email: 27 Peter Thornby Farms Miss AE. Barlow, (P), Thornby House, Thornby, Moyes - 07767 353205. Email:“Thornby” Northampton, 8SJ. Tel: 01604740295. Email:Farm, 28 RG. WestawayNN6 & Son, ‘Clipston” (H), Grasslands Clipston, Market Harborough, Peter Moyes 07767 353205. Email: Leics., LE16 9RY. Tel: 01858 525385. Email: 28 RG. Westaway & Son, ‘Clipston” (H), Grasslands Farm, Clipston, Market Harborough, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Leics., LE16 9RY. Tel: 01858 525385. Email: 29 JW & R Johnson, “Real” (P), 110 Bridle Road, Burton Joyce, Nottingham, NG14 5FP. NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Tel: 01159 313184 Web: 29 Email: JW & Johnson, “Real” (P), 110 Bridle Road, Burton Joyce, Nottingham, NG14 5FP. Tel: 01159 313184 Web: OXFORDSHIRE Email: 30 P. T. English, “Churchlands Estate” (P), Churchlands, Appletree Road, Chipping . Warden, Banbury, axon OX17 lLN. Tel: 01295 6604831 07788616447. OXFORDSHIRE Web: 30 Email: P. T. English, “Churchlands Estate” (P), Churchlands, Appletree Road, Chipping . 31 M.J. Ludgate, ‘Rempstone” (P),lLN. Scotsgrove Farm, Scotsgrove, Thame, Oxon., Warden, Banbury, axon OX17 Tel: 01295 6604831 07788616447. OX9 3RX. Tel: 0772555805. Email: Web: 32 Trinder,‘Rempstone” Manor Farm,(P), Islip, Kidlington,Farm, Oxon,Scotsgrove, OX5 2SQ. Thame, Oxon., 31 Megan M.J. Ludgate, Scotsgrove Tel: Email: OX907768816637. 3RX. Tel: 0772555805. RUTLAND 32 Megan Trinder, Manor Farm, Islip, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2SQ. Tel: 07768816637. 33 JWE& Bevin, ‘Shorne Hill’, ‘Shipleyhill’, Shorne Hill, Brooke, Oakham, Rutland, Email: SL LE15 8DB. Tel: 07860819554 Email: RUTLAND SUFFOLK 33 JWE& SL Bevin, ‘Shorne Hill’, ‘Shipleyhill’, Shorne Hill, Brooke, Oakham, Rutland, 34 Owen Smith Farming, ‘Clement” (H). Briar Cottage, School Lane, Bromeswell, WoodLE15 8DB. Tel: 07860819554 Email: bridge, Suffolk, IP12 2PX. Tel: 01394460408 and 07885 594143. Email: owensmithSUFFOLK 34 Owen Smith Farming, ‘Clement” (H). Briar Cottage, School Lane, Bromeswell, WARWICKSHIRE Suffolk, IP12 2PX. Tel: 07885 594143. 35 Woodbridge, D. & E. Colledge, “Hawkesbury” NN701394460408 2DS(P), Groveand Farm, Parrotts Grove, Email: Aldermans Green Road, Coventry, CV2 lNR Tel: 02476 313806. Email: WARWICKSHIRE 36 Dicken,“Hawkesbury” ‘Jacobean” (P), 121, DarleyGrove GreenFarm, Road,Parrotts Knowle, Solihull, West 35 P.E. D. & &E.K.J. Colledge, NN7 2DS(P), Midlands B93 8PU. Tel: 01564 7764711 07817587010. Email: Grove, Aldermans Green Road, Coventry, CV2 lNR Tel: 02476 313806. 37 Nick & Lucy Holdsworth, Little Meadows Farm, Pebworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, Email: CV37 8XE. Tel: 01789 Email: Knowle, 36 Warwickshire P.E. & K.J. Dicken, ‘Jacobean” (P),721972/07894074041 121, Darley Green Road, Solihull, West 38 C,M,M D Jones, “Maxstoke Herefords” Mill Farm, Maxstoke, Coleshill, Midlands B93 8PU. Tel: 01564 7764711(P), 07817587010. Email: B46 2QA Tel: 01675462183. Email:Pebworth, 37 Warwickshire, Nick & Lucy Holdsworth, Little Meadows Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 39 RP. Mann, “Spinney” (H), Hill Leamington Spa,Email: Warwickshire, Warwickshire CV37 8XE. Tel: Farm, 01789Ufton, 721972/07894074041 CV33 9PP Tel: 01926 612208/07739280645. 38 C,M,M D Jones, “Maxstoke Herefords” (P), Mill Farm, Maxstoke, Coleshill, 40 Warwickshire, Mike & Caroline Shaw, ‘Thorneysure Herefords’ Wharf Farm, Darlingscote B46 2QA Tel: 01675462183. Email: Ilmington, Nr Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire Tel: 01608CV33 9PP 39 Road, RP. Mann, “Spinney” (H), Hill Farm, Ufton, LeamingtonCV36 Spa, 4JA. Warwickshire, 682556/968486823. Tel: 01926 612208/07739280645. 41 White, ‘Meadowduke Herefords’, Duke Meadows Farm, Grendon,Atherstone’ 40 S. Mike & Caroline Shaw, ‘Thorneysure Herefords’ Wharf Farm, Darlingscote Warwickshire, CV9 Tel: 07885331026. Road, Ilmington, Nr 3DP. Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4JA. Tel: 01608 WEST MIDLANDS 682556/968486823. 42 & Mrs S.C Price, ‘Celiasam’ 15, Palmers Close, Codsall, Wolverhampton 41 Mr S. White, ‘Meadowduke Herefords’, Duke Meadows Farm, Grendon,Atherstone’ WV8 2JX. Tel: CV9 01902845098. Warwickshire, 3DP. Tel: 07885331026. WEST MIDLANDS 42 Mr & Mrs S.C Price, ‘Celiasam’ 15, Palmers Close, Codsall, Wolverhampton WV8 2JX. Tel: 01902845098.

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Pebworth Herd wins AHDB Beef & Lamb Progressive Herd Award The Pebworth herd, owned by Mr and Mrs Holdsworth from Warwickshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the most progressive herd of Hereford cattle based on the herd’s genetic merit and improvement in 2017. Mr and Mrs Holdsworth set up the Pebworth herd 13 years ago. “We moved down to Little Meadows farm from Doncaster where I was a farm manager,” says Mr Holdsworth. “We had been looking for a tenant farm for around two years and when the opportunity came up we packed our bags and moved to Stratford Upon Avon.” As well as the pedigree Hereford herd, they also have a flock of 100 ewes and a livery yard. “We chose Herefords because they are known for being quiet and easy to handle. We run a low-input system and they are good converters of grass and forage, needing no extra feed,” explains Mr Holdsworth. “We bought the best cows we could at the time and a good stock bull. We mainly reared them for beef but moved on to selling breeding animals and three years ago we started showing.” The majority of heifers not kept for breeding are sold privately, usually through the Hereford show and sale in spring and autumn. “Some don’t meet the right breeding standards and so depending on price at the time, we sell as stores or finish them ourselves and sell to local butchers,” says Mr Holdsworth.

Nick Holdsworth with one of his prize winning Herefords

The Holdsworths began performance recording three years ago when they started showing. “Recording weights helps us keep a track of how we are progressing with feed techniques and breeding. It also means we can keep up to speed with the breed and industry as we don’t want to fall behind.” Last year they bought a good bull in Cato Millar. Mr Holdsworth says: “When we first started the herd we were looking for more height and size so bought a Kinglee bull. We are now looking to improve shape, length and conformation. “When choosing cows to breed from we take into account their sire and dam and how she has grown and performed. Calving ease is an important estimated breeding value (EBV) for us. Weaning weight is also key, we don’t creep feed calves so they have to grow well on milk and grass.” It’s been a successful year for the Pebworth herd. “People are starting to notice us which is nice,” says Mr Holdsworth. “We sold a bull for a good price this autumn and Pebworth 1 Jemima won best cow suckling a calf at the herd awards. The AHDB Beef & Lamb Progressive Herd award is another feather in our cap. We are not big breeders but this shows we are doing something right and gives us something to build on.”



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Growing dairy business benefits from breed robustness Hereford bulls are proving their worth on a rapidly expanding dairy enterprise. By Sarah Alderton Having a bull that is robust and can mate a large number of cows, while maintaining fit and healthy, is the main reason dairy farmer Tom Rawson picked the Hereford as a breed to go across his cows. Tom is a partner in Evolution Farming, which between him and two other partners operates six farms- four conventional and two organic farms across the country. They are also hoping to take on a further two farms this year and by the end of 2017 look to be milking well over 2,500 cows. The farms are either tenanted or managed by Evolution Farming, with practices consistent across each of the units. Crossbred cows are calved in blocks, mainly in the spring on each of the sites, with a high dependency on milk from forage.

Breeding Cows are AI’d for six weeks to dairy and then there is a week’s transition with beef semen. After that, a Hereford bull is turned in with the cows to pick up any cows not in calf. Tom says he chose the Hereford due to its robust nature. “We have a lot of cows to mate and there is also a lot of walking that needs to be done as they are walking to and from the parlour every day. “They are also housed inside in the autumn, which can be hard on bulls, so we need a

robust breed that is good on its feet, but also easy calving,” he says. Tom says the Hereford also has the advantage because it is easy to identify calves being born that are sired by the Hereford.

“We were using Angus bulls before and still have two bulls, but sometimes it was hard to identify which calves were dairy-sired and which ones were sired by the Angus. With the Hereford, you can tell easily due to their colouring,” he adds. Evolution Farming has 13 Hereford bulls at the moment across the six sites with new bulls bought in every year as the enterprise grows.

Bulls All bulls are sourced from the Elwess herd of Herefords owned by Simon and Victoria Elwess, Lincolnshire, who Tom discovered on twitter. “Simon and Victoria are quite active on twitter and that’s where I found them. We now buy all our bulls from them,” he says. Bulls are bought at about 13 month’s old, which Tom says makes them the perfect size to use across maiden heifers. He then uses two-year-old bulls and older on the cows.



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Farm facts • Milking 2,500 cows across 6 sites • Mainly spring block calving • Crossbred cows • AI’d with dairy semen for six weeks, one week transition with beef semen and then turned in with Hereford bulls • Buying bulls that are easy calving, good on feet and legs Tom Rawson

When buying bulls, he is looking for calving ease, good feet and legs, good sale value and importantly he ‘likes working with nice people’. “I have a good working relationship with Simon and Victoria and have been really happy with their bulls.” he says.

Added value Due to the premium supermarket schemes for native bred stock, Tom also has a ready market for his calves. “There’s always a market for the calves,” says Tom. He is selling calves on to dedicated calf rearers at a couple of weeks old and occasionally sells some through the market to make sure his prices are set at the right level. This spring he was also approached by some large-scale calf rearers, which may open up another avenue for his calves. The calves are not only popular with calf rearers, but suckler producers are also interested in them as a dairy x Hereford


have plenty of milk. Victoria Elwess says she was approached at the Lincolnshire Show by fellow Hereford breeders Warner and Burnell who have bought some dairy x Hereford heifers, as they make a good suckler cow. “It means you not only have one outlet for calves going on to be finished, but also for breeding stock too,” she added. Victoria and Simon have also bought some bull calves back from Tom this year and are going to see how they grow on. “If we have enough forage, straw and shed space then we will look at finishing them. We have never reared calves before, so have just started with eight,” she says.

• Selling dairy x beef calves to calf rearers, some heifers to suckler producers and some through market well for fat and muscle. They also select for temperament, soundness and ease of management. They are also accredited free from BVD and have a risk level 2 for Johne’s after having two free tests. They sell most of their bulls between 12-15 months, easing pressure on housing by not having to house for a second winter.


Selection using EBVs is important for the couple, but because they are a new herd and have only been performance recording since 2013, the data is not as strong as some of the herds that have been performance recording for longer.

The Elwess’s established their herd in 2009 with lines going back to the Tarrington, Rowington and Wenlock herds. Their aim is to breed cows that are easy calving, have low birth weights, but good 200and 400-day growth rates, and that score

To help draw a comparison, this year they purchased a bull with more accuracy- the eight-year-old Ervie L1 Achiever 91151 . “Running him alongside the other bulls will provide a direct comparison with how the other bulls are performing,” she says.


Advice for other dairy farmers Tom says if dairy farmers are looking to produce calves that calve easily, have a good sale value and have bulls that are robust and have good feet and legs, then the Hereford is the breed. “We will continue using the Hereford as they are working well across all of our farms,” he says.

Who are Evolution Farming? Evolution Farming was formed in January 2010 by co-founders Tom Rawson and Oliver Hall with the aim of developing a sustainable dairy business. In April 2016 Charlie Crotty bought into the business. The philosophy of the company is to keep farming systems simple; as a result block calving crossbred cows with a high dependency on milk from forage are at the heart of the business. Today the company manages 2,500 cows across six sites.  These are run on a range of different agreements from farm business tenancies to simple management fees.  They milk 1,000 cows between two farm business tenancies in Lincolnshire (130 hectares) and Leicestershire (404 hectares).   They milk a further 300 spring calving cows on a contract farming agreement in

Ayrshire, Scotland (168 hectares).  Finally, they have three management agreements where they supply all management and some or all of the labour to the businesses.   The first management agreement is in Yorkshire on a 260-cow spring calving business (135 hectares).  The second is in Cheshire on a newly established 350

cow organic autumn calving business (242 hectares).   The third is in Norfolk where they are establishing a 500 cow organic autumn and spring calving business.   Evolution Farming consultancy.



EBV's - Make Life Difficult? by Basil Lowman, SAC Consulting Beef Specialist

valuable data for other breeders animals/relatives they have in their herd.

Recently I was “told off” by a pedigree breeder for making his life more complicated by continually writing articles on EBVs.

How EBVs Make Life Simpler

Of course he is correct - EBVs are based on records of animals and their relatives, the vast majority of which can only be recorded by the breeder or with at least his co-operation eg in handling yearlings to be scanned etc. (Interestingly in the future the rapid developments in artificial intelligence means that an increasing number of these records will be collected automatically eg automatic weighing of animals every time they drink etc.) Pedigree breeders can of course record the bare minimum e.g. not bother scanning but will pay the penalty in having EBVs with lower accuracies, an increasing area of concern with more and more breeders looking for high accuracy EBVs. So why bother? •

It is becoming increasingly difficult to sell bulls which have no figures.

The most important job for all pedigree breeders is to decide which bulls to use to maximise the sale value of the stock they sell. This means animals which will leave his customers the most profit by producing a lot of progeny which are born easily, grow fast and produce high price carcasses.

All breeders are buyers of livestock, including pedigree breeders. Hence every pedigree breeder benefits from the work of other breeders who are producing EBVs. When they purchase a bull/semen they are helping themselves as well as their clients.

Breeders help one another to record information. By recording their own animals they are also recording

It is here that EBVs make life much simpler for the pedigree breeder by giving him the best guide possible to the quality of calf which will be produced from a specific mating. Not only do we now have EBVs for a lot of critical data which cannot be seen in a bull eg calving interval of his daughters but it is also extremely easy to calculate what the difference might be when trying to choose 1 of 2 possible bulls to put across a cow. The performance of the two calves is likely to be the difference in the EBVs of the two bulls divided by 2.




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SHOWS - 2017

"Major" success at M.&E.A.H.B.A. Newark Calf Show for Pete Cobley By Laura Vincent, M&EAHBA

Blakesley 1 Major, owned by P Cobley and bred by J Riley was Male and Breed Champion at the Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Calf Show. “Major” is sired by Solpoll 1 Dynamite and out of Blakesley 1 Icicle, whose record at this event is outstanding. She was Female Champion in 2012, and has now bred two Breed Champion Calves! Judge Richard Dorrell felt “Major” “is a calf that will go on to make a stock bull, with superb length and l ocomotion”. The breed classes commenced with Richard Dorrell judging the Commercial class. TD & WT Livesey’s “flashy steer” won the class with Newtoncroft Farms in second. The Livesey’s success continued into the Pairs class, where they were first with Normanton 1 Enoki 5th P233 and Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612, led by 16 year old Isla Soutter and her brother 12 year old Finlay Soutter. P Cobley’s pair Kinglee 1 President and Kinglee 1 Polly 554, led by 18 year old Emma Dexter and 13 year old Jack Lake were second, with Speirs Farms Ltd pair in third.

Supreme & Grand Male Champion Blakesley 1 Major from P Cobley

The Senior Bull Calf class was won by the youngest bull in the class, P Cobley’s Blakesley 1 Major, who went on to become the Male and Breed Champion. In second was AR Owen’s Church Preen Pitchford, who the judge thought “would have a good future”. P Cobley was in third with his homebred bull Kinglee 1 President. The Intermediate Bull Calf class was won by PRJ & LR Vincent with Pulham Providence, in the Judge’s opinion “a tremendous bodied bull – full of meat”. Providence is sired by Haven Hotspur and out of Clipston Pansy J562. Standing second was Speirs Farms Ltd’s Pepperstock 1 Pablo, with Bittern 1 Excalibur from DJ & JM Blaxell in third. There may have only been one calf forward in the Junior Bull Calf class but that was definitely not the reason why he won! Judge Richard Dorrell thought Hawkesbury 1 Pistol was a “superb calf, very good on his legs”, he was tapped out by Richard as a very close second to Blakelsey 1 Major in the Male Championship. “Pistol”, sired by Kinglee 1 Jed and out of Hawkesbury 1 Precious, had kindly been lent out to 13 year old Harriet Froud. Harriet did a great job in the Championship going up against one of the best stockman in the business, Steve Edwards!

Reserve Male Champion Hawkesbury 1 Pistol owned by D & E Colledge



Championship Presentation, from L to R, Judge Richard Dorrell, Steve Edwards with ‘Major’, Peter Cobley and M&EAHBA Hon. Secretary Alan Pittam.

Moving onto the heifer classes, the Senior class was in the judge’s opinion “the strongest of the day”. Coming out on top was Normanton 1 Enoki 5th P233 bred and owned by TD & WT Livesey and out of Normanton Enoki J874. “A sweet, mobile, flashy heifer, full of breed character”. It is great to see previous calf show winners going on to be successful breeders and this is the case with

Reserve Supreme & Grand Female Champion Normanton 1 Enoki 5th P223 from TD & WT Livesey




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SHOWS - 2017 “Enoki’s” sire, Normanton 1 Laertes, who, along with many other successes, won the Newark Calf Show in 2014. P Cobley’s Kinglee 1 Polly was a close second whom Richard Dorrell felt “would make a lovely cow”. The Livesey’s other heifer, Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612, who won the pairs class with “Enoki”, was third. The Intermediate class was won by MJ Ludgate with Rempstone 1 Tessa. “Tessa” “A well put together and superbly turned out heifer, who is good on her feet and legs” is sired by SMH Kingsize 87K and out of Dorepoll 1 499 Tessa 535. Speirs Farms Ltd took the second and third spots with Pepperstock 1 Fascination P353 and Pepperstock 1 Butterfly P354, led by 16 year old Katherine Baines, respectively. The last class of the day, the Junior Heifer class was won by Blakelsey 1 Nancy, owned and bred by J Riley. “Nancy” is sired by Aland Leopold and out of Blakesley 1 Kathleen, the judge said “she is a well turned out heifer who will go on to make a lovely cow”. PRJ & LR Vincent’s Pulham 1 Starlet 5th was second and R Coates’s RTC 1 Terri 329 was third, shown by 20 year old Matthew Coates.

Judge Richard Dorrell in action

UK Hereford Youth Judge Emma Smith in discussion with youngsters

Reserve Female Champion Blakesley 1 Nancy owned by J Riley

Normanton 1 Enoki J874 took the Female Championship with Blakesley 1 Nancy in Reserve. “Enoki” went on to be made Reserve Breed Champion. Ricard Dorrell thought that “the quality of the cattle were a credit to the Association and the youngsters were confident and showed great stockmanship” This event is focused around encouraging youngsters and it was great to start the day with the young handler classes being judged by the Hereford Youth Co-ordinator, Emma Smith. Emma selected Finlay Soutter as the winner of the 14 year old and under class, with Harriet Froud in second and Jack Lake in third. The winner of the 15 to 26 year old class was Isla Soutter, with 17 year old

Young Handler Champion Finlay Soutter and Reserve Champion Isla Soutter, with Judge Emma Smith and Sponsor Ashley McInnes



Marcus Murdock in second and Katherine Baines in third. It was a battle of the siblings in the Championship with Finlay coming out on top and Isla taking reserve. 13 cash incentive vouchers were given out to youngsters taking part in the breed classes and this is only possible though the generosity of exhibitors lending out their calves. However whilst the event is predominantly about the young we don’t forget about the more mature handlers! As is tradition, Colin Soutter, the previous year’s winner judged the Stockhandlers Competition and selected Andrew Owen as the winner of the Hawkesbury Cup. Fun was had on the Saturday night on the “Strike a Light” reactions game, with Harriet Froud winning the under 18’s section and after a tense tournament, the over 18’s section was won by yours truly!

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Above: Alderville 1 Dorothy 38th. Sire: Aldersley 1 Edgar, Dam: A. I. Dorothy 18th (Sire: Clipston Krespian). Her last Heifer by A I Drogba was sold in a group of five Heifers to Heather Whittaker’s Coley Herd. Below are four Heifers from a group served by Moralee 1 Novak, the Junior and Reserve Supreme Champion at the Hereford April sale. Left to right they are by Bare-U-Tube, A.I. Drogba, Days Calibre & A.I. Destiny.

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Machine calves showing promise ….

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Pulham 1 Starlet 6th

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Traditional Hereford Values at the Heart of Modern Farming Business By Richard Saunders, Hornet Associates Here we feature the Spinney Hereford herd and commercial beef enterprise of Richard Mann, Hereford Cattle Society Chairman 2011-2017, and reflect on his experiences of the breed gained over the past forty-plus years. As the out-going Chairman of the Hereford Cattle Society, Richard Mann’s longstanding association with the Hereford breed spans some 45 years but this affinity is firmly rooted in the commercial strengths of Hereford cattle. RP Mann & Sons, Hill Farm, Ufton, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire established the Spinney Hereford herd in 1972 with the purchase of two heifers from the Stanton Long Herd of Messrs WA Davies & Co. Joining the Society in 1973, Richard was elected to its Council of Management in 1991 serving as President 2009 and as Chairman since 2011. “Stepping down from Council in December 2017, I will be leaving the Midlands & East Anglia region in the capable hands of the younger generation with Tim Livesey (Normanton Herefords) being joined on the Board by Philip Vincent (Pulham Herefords),” says Richard.

Richard with wife Jo

The Spinney herd numbers 130 cows of which 80 are pedigree Herefords. Four Hereford bulls hold sway here with all purebred progeny registered with the Society, including those destined for the commercial finishing side as heifers or steers. Although some females are sold privately or kept as replacements, Richard underlines that this is a very commercial operation with most of the calves entering the on-farm finishing unit. Adds Richard: “Given the feed and buildings we have, we try to have around 800 head of cattle on the farm at any one time and finish something over 500 head per year.” Additional store cattle for the finishing enterprise are bought in either privately or from Meadow Quality and are native-bred either Hereford or Angus-sired - with 90% destined for Dovecote Park, with some going to Dunbia. “We’ve got an excellent Fieldsman in Meadow Quality’s Stephen Timms who knows the type of cattle we’re after - predominantly Hereford-bred weaned calves or older store cattle - which will go on to finish efficiently and ultimately give a good return.”



The business is run as a farming partnership alongside Richard’s wife Jo and their two sons Thomas & Peter. Richard’s father (also called Peter) came to the farm as a tenant in 1957 and the family later managed to raise the capital to buy it in the 1980s. They had always run a suckler herd but the main dairy business numbering 140 cows was dispersed in 2006. With Hereford bulls traditionally used on the dairy side, it was a natural progression to maintain a Hereford-based herd and to keep true to the strengths of the breed and its versatility in both pedigree and crossbred breeding. Hill Farm comprises 750 acres, all owned, on land with Blue Lias clay, a raw material for making mortar, and hence why there are many cement factories in the local Rugby area. Nearly all is permanent pasture - and for good reason - as around 2,000 tonnes of grass silage is clamped each spring. 50 acres are put down to winter wheat which is then crimped for use as feed. There is also a ‘muck-for-straw’ agreement with local arable farms. On the pedigree and suckler herd side of the business, the herd is all spring calving (end-February to April) with bulls put out to the cows mid-May where they stay for on average 12 weeks. Comments Richard: “Hereford cows take everything in their stride, are good mothers with plenty of milk and have a very quiet disposition. We want cows of a moderate size – not too big or too small – with a good forage capacity and easy calving. We also want our cows to be long-lived and ultimately give a good return on grass throughout their lives.”

months with the rest going out to grass from July onwards. “Dovecote Park are looking for a deadweight of 260-380 for steers and heifers with our best heifers reaching that target from 18 months of age,” notes Richard. All cattle go to Dovecote Park which started its Hereford Beef Scheme in 1998 and has seen sales increase every year since. “We receive a premium of 30—40ppkg which rewards the ability of native-bred cattle like the Hereford to finish off grass or on a forage-based diet to produce traditional, tasty and tender beef with good levels of natural marbling.” Adds Richard: “We have heavy soil here and good grass so the Hereford is the ideal choice to make the best use of what we have. Cattle on grass achieve around 0.65-0.75kg daily liveweight gain with well over 1kg in the finishing sheds. I don’t like anything to get too fat and want animals to develop a good frame with a decent capacity, so a roughage-based diet suits my system well.” Grade R U O+ O Numbers 33 1 31 6 Table 1. Grading of most recent batch of 71 head Hereford-sired cattle sold between 04/09/2017 and 30/11/2017

Deadweight KO% Steers (51 head) 336kg 53-56% Heifers (20 head) 292kg 52-54% Table 2. Deadweight & killing-out percentage of most recent batch of 71 head Herefordsired cattle sold between 04/09/2017 and 30/11/2017

Around 20 homebred replacements are retained each year for breeding, with a new bull bought in every year or so as required to maintain four bulls on farm at any one time. Hereford bulls are used across all cows and first-calving heifers. The Spinney prefix is a Horned herd, and although there is a strong purebred Hereford base with some pedigree animals sold privately, bTB issues in this part of the country are an unfortunate reality so the Manns tend not to breed specifically for the pedigree market. One notable success, however, was Spinney Dublin, the October 2009 Champion Bull at Hereford Market which sold to the noted Free Town Herd of Messrs Bradstock & Partners. The most recent addition to the bull battery is River Rock Superstar bred by Tony Hartnett and purchased at Tullamore Show during a Hereford Club trip to Ireland. “I like a decent, growthy bull with a bit of frame and good temperament. Visual appeal has to be backed up by figures and for me it’s very important to look at the bull’s dam as she will have a big impact on the look and performance of the future cow herd,” notes Richard. The oldest bull, still active in the herd aged nine, is the homebred Spinney Admission. The finishing unit comprises two open-sided sheds with a further outdoor woodchipfloored corral. A new feeding shed is under construction and will increase the capacity to 1,000 head of cattle. “As a young man, my ambition was to have 1,000 acres and 1,000 cattle and I’ve now got a chance of achieving at least one of these aims!” quips Richard. A Keenan feeder wagon helps the Manns put together a total mixed ration of grass silage complemented by the addition of Trafford Gold, chopped wheat straw, Proflo syrup and a vitamin and mineral pre-mix. The result is an appetizing, moist, high-protein, forage-based feed which stimulates rumen function and achieves efficient gains. Fat cattle receive supplementary maize (bought in from a neighbouring farm) during the last threemonth finishing period. Cattle are weighed

All cows – both pure and crossbred – get a calving score and generally no assistance is required ‘apart from the odd backwards one which needs a bit of help.’ Stock is brought inside from Bonfire Night up to Christmas depending on the weather with turnout from the middle of March. Male calves are steered and kept for finishing: the best finishing inside at 12-14



at regular intervals, typically every 4 to 6 weeks, with EID (electronic identification) used to record the data and simplify the management system. By and large, a batch of 40-50 cattle leave the farm every month or so. This helps cash-flow and suits what Richard calls his ‘dairy mentality’ having been used to receiving a milk cheque every month. Richard Mann leaves the Hereford Cattle Society in good hands and in a strong and growing position both in terms of pedigree registrations (8,589 in 2016 compared to

5,623 in 2007) and underscored by the Hereford’s popularity with commercial beef farmers who in 2016 applied to the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) for passports for some 145,000 Herefordsired calves representing an increase of 12.6% on the previous year and a jump of 72% over the past seven years. “The Hereford breed is very lucky to have had a very capable and hard-working administration headed by David Prothero who recently left the Society after 47 years. I am sure that James Sage will continue

the good work as the new C.E.O,” says Richard. The Hereford is very much a ‘World Breed’ having adapted successfully and thrived on every continent. It is testament to its intrinsic qualities of being able to produce a calf in the extremes of climate, land type and off grass which has stood the test of time and something Richard Mann has seen first-hand. Two World Hereford Conferences (Canada 2012 & Uruguay 2016), European Conferences in Hungary, Switzerland, Finland & Estonia as well a number of high-profile judging roles (Royal Highland, Royal Welsh, Royal Norfolk, Great Yorkshire, Tullamore Show, Clogher Show and the Hereford National Calf Show) have equipped him with a unique insight into Hereford cattle. Summing up, Richard says: “The Hereford continues to evolve both cattle-wise and on the marketing side where it is in demand throughout the production chain. At home and abroad, the Hereford is attracting a lot of very talented and enthusiastic breeders who are seeing their time and effort rewarded. This puts the Hereford breed in a very good place.”




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SHOWS - 2017

Beef Expo 2017 - Stoneleigh, Warwickshire NBA Beef Expo is a true celebration of the strength of the great British Beef Industry and is the UK’s key annual event held on behalf of the industry. It brings together the very best British pedigree and commercial cattle. Hosted by the National Beef Association (NBA), the 2017 event took place on the 18th May at the NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. As the event took place in the East Midlands, the ‘local’ Association, the Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association (M&EAHBA) were invited to assist in sourcing cattle. As Hon. Secretary of the M&EAHBA, Alan Pittam was duly contacted and through his endeavours cattle were sourced through the Association’s Council Members Richard Mann and Tim Livesey. Tim from Normanton Le Heath, Leicestershire provided two Junior Hereford sires in the form of Normanton 1 Nutcracker and Normanton 1 Noble. Richard sourced two lots from commercial beef finisher and Hereford advocate Mark Spendlove from Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Breed Secretary David Prothero collects the prize card for the Reserve Best Breed Stand

Through excellent Performance Recorded Figures, Normanton 1 Noble, demonstrated the breed’s ease of calving, growth rates and carcase traits. He has an Eye Muscle Area (EMA), Retail Beef Yield and Scrotal Circumference in the Top 1% of the Breed. All

Normanton 1 Noble was one of two Junior Stock bulls kindly provided by TD & WT Livesey



2017 - SHOWS traits culminated him in having a Terminal Sire and Self-Replacing Index in the Top 5% of the Breed. At the date of the event ‘Noble’, who is out of Normanton 1 Jews Ear 9th and by Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthood weighed 745kg at nineteen months of age. Normanton 1 Nutcracker also boasted a good set of EBV’s but was on the stand to highlight the Hereford as a terminal sire in commercial beef industry and in particular through the various Branded Hereford Beef Schemes which has increased dramatically in recent years. Hereford Branded Beef can now be sourced in the following major retailers; Waitrose, COOP, Lidl, Aldi and some selected Sainsbury’s stores. ‘Nutcracker’ is out of Hillrow 1 Jemima B9, a female still breeding after 12 years and is another by showstopper Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthood. ‘Knighthood’ was the 2015 Royal Ulster Show Grand Male Champion and in the same year was Breed Champion at Burwarton Show. Mark Spendlove kindly provided a cow and calf and two finishing cattle. The British Blue X AA cow had a two month old Romany 1 Hero sired calf at foot. This three way cross calf would make an ideal suckler cow or could be sold as Branded Hereford beef. The two finishing cattle, a heifer and steer were also a three way cross, out of a British Blue X Holstein put to a Hereford sire. The heifer

A Hereford sired steer and heifer demonstrated the Hereford’s crossing ability in the dairy sector

was sired by Maxstoke 1 Oak and the steer by Bosa 1 Hornblower. This particular three-way cross is a particular favourite of Mark’s as the progeny have the milkyness of the Holstein, the added shape of the British Blue and with 50% of the genetics from the Hereford sire has the bonus of good temperament, low production costs and also qualifies for the Dovecote Park Branded Hereford Beef Scheme, which Mark currently supplies. The Hereford Breed Stand, which was manned by Alan Pittam, Richard Mann and staff from Hereford House also provided visitors with facts and figures on the Breed’s development over the past 10 years, displayed material on the bespoke Hereford Beef website and gave examples of the Breed’s many attributes.

Pedigree and commercial cattle were once again sourced by M&EAHBA

The messages were clearly observed by the event’s stand judges as the Hereford Breed were awarded the Reserve Best Breed Stand for 2017. This is just latest success as the Hereford Stand has won two Reserves and three Best Breed Stands over the past six years!

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SHOWS - 2017

Royal Norfolk Show

Rempstone Herefords enjoy Breed and Interbrees Success! The 2017 Royal Norfolk Show will be one to remember for Michael and James Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire, with both Breed and Inter-breed Success. Inter-breed Judge Mr Richard Rettie, Clackmannanshire, awarded Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 the Native Junior Beef Bull Championship and Reserve to the Senior bull in the Native Male Beef Championship, continuing ‘Even Money’s’ Inter-breed success at Hertfordshire Show earlier in the season. However, the Inter-breed triumph did not stop there, ‘Even Money’ was awarded Reserve in the Overall Inter-breed Junior Bull Championship and then teamed up with his full sister Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 to take Reserve in the Best Pair of Breed Champions. Breed Judge John Kemp, a past Breed President, described the pair as “a great advert for the breed” and they certainly proved him right! Another animal from M Ludgate Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 took the Grand Female & Reserve Breed Championships

was Pulham Princess Pansy 4th, sired by Haven Hotspur and out of Border Pansy G39. ‘Princess’ is owned by 11 year old Beth Vincent, but was shown by Laura Vincent, so that Beth could attend the Show the following day to take part in Young Handlers, where she was awarded second prize in her class.

Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 Breed and Native Junior Beef Bull Champion from M Ludgate

The Hereford classes took place on a very wet first day but the damp conditions did not put off the 19 exhibitors bringing out 42 Herefords which the Judge said “were a pleasure to judge and of a high standard”. The Female Championship was won by Rempstone 1 Fashion E438, an ET heifer sired by Aldersley 1 Edgar and out of donor dam Kinglee 1 Fashion 304. ‘Fashion’ is owned by Michael Ludgate and was expertly shown by son James. John Kemp, Auckvale Herefords described his Female Champion as “a tremendous heifer, well balanced, very correct and very feminine”. In Reserve



Pulham Princess Pansy 4th owned by 11 year old Beth Vincent took the Reserve Female Championship

Second to Rempstone 1 Fashion E438, in the Junior Heifer Class, was Norman Farming Partnership’s Grianan Orange P774. In third place was Pete Cobley’s Kinglee 1 Nicole 539.

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SHOWS - 2017 The Intermediate Heifer Class was won by Shadwell 1 Blossom N900, owned by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd and shown by Maddie Clarke. Philip and Laura Vincent’s Pulham Blossom 19th stood second, with Pete Cobley’s Kinglee 1 Miss 528 in third. Second to Pulham Princess Pansy 4th, in the Senior Heifer Class, was Pepperstock 1 Venus N278 owned by J Speirs. In third place was Rockland Tiara M3 from Clive and Paula Bidmead. The youngest entry in the Cow class, Rockland Tiara M1 owned by the Bidmeads, took the top spot. Kinglee 1 Ebony 420 was second with Kinglee 1 Bubbles 344 in third, both owned by Mrs Monica Wyand. The Male Championship was awarded to Michael Ludgate’s Rempstone 1 Even Money E429, who was later made Breed Champion, with his stable mate, Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 in Reserve. He was described by the Judge as “a well balanced, complete bull with tremendous muscle and excellent on his limbs”. The Reserve Male Champion was PT English’s Senior Bull Churchlands Estate 1 Plum 7941, sired by Remitall Super Duty 425 and out of Churchlands Estate 1 Plum 79.

The Reserve Grand Male Championship went to PT English’s Senior Bull Churchlands Estate 1 Plum 7941

The Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association had a trade stand for the first time which was very popular with potential customers, Hereford breeders, their friends and members of the public. A Hereford cow and bull calf were on display, kindly provided by Philip & Laura Vincent.

Second to Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 in the Junior Bull Class was J Speirs’s Pepperstock 1 Naughty Boy, with the Shadwell Estate Company’s Shadwell 1 Boss N872 in third. In the Intermediate Bull Class the Bidmeads took 1st and 2nd with Rockland Nefyn, and Rockland Notorious, with R Coates’s RTC 1 Newray standing third. Second to Churchlands Estate 1 Plum 7941 in the Senior Bull Class was Romany 1 Lion owned by George Wright Farms. The Bidmead’s finished their successful day by winning the Best Pair under 2 years, the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire, the Best Group of Three Bred by the Exhibitor and the Norfolk Special, for the Best Animal bred in Norfolk. The Hereford Breed were well represented in the Young Handlers classes with 6 young leaders showing Herefords. Congratulations to Naomi Lewis who was placed 1st in a strong class.



Judge John Kemp dressed for a long wet day of judging!


Judge: Andrew Hughes 10-13 May 2017


Name of Animal




Male & Supreme Champion

Panmure 1 Monster

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Panmure 1 Plum E8

JE, RI & W Haire

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Male Champion

Peartree 1 Ed

Solitude 1 Kingdom

Solpoll 1 Starlet H10

W Connolly

Female Champion

Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641

Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage

Dorepoll 1 553 Catalina 594

JE, RI & W haire

Reserve Female Champion

Barnburn 1 Nancy

Pinmoor 1 Kingsley

Barnburn 1 Juliette

B & G Watson

Junior Champion

Solpoll 1 National

Solpoll 1 Dynamite

Solpoll 1 Dainty K18

J & W McMordie

Reserve Junior Champion

Lisrace Lumberjack 18th

Knockmountagh Master

Lisrace Prettymaid 19th

D Wilson

Cow or heifer born on or before December 31st, 2014

1. Baltymore Orange 449 2. Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim 3. Lusky 1 Hope

Kye Rodge 553 Dorepoll 1 93N Transatlantic Solpoll 1 Classic

Grianan Orange 491 Dorepoll 1 89H Classic Kim Ballynaloughh 1 Barbara

C Geelan JE, RI & W Haire WJ Gill & AJ Weir

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 30th June 2015

1. Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 2. Barnburn 1 Marigold 3. Solpoll 1 Starlet M19

Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage Solpoll 1 Dynamite Panmure 1 Henry

Dorepoll 1 553 Catalina 594 Barnburn 1 Fancy Solpoll 1 Starlet J4

JE, RI & W haire B & G Watson J & W McMordie

Heifer born on or between 1st July 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Barnburn 1 Nancy 2. Ballymartin 1 Hazel 5th 3. Solpoll 1 Pansy N7

Pinmoor 1 Kingsley Solpoll 1 Dynamite Panmure 1 Henry

Barnburn 1 Juliette Ballymartin 1 Hazel Solpoll 1 Pansy C4

B & G Watson A Patterson J & W McMordie

Heifer born on or after 1st January 2016

1. Rempstone 1 Fashion E430 2. Hawkesbury 1 Veronica 3. Dorepoll 1 Tessa 656

Aldersley 1 Edgar Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage

Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 Hawkesbury 1 Verity Dorepoll 1 Tessa 545

McMordie & Orr S Cherry JE, RI & W haire

Bull born prior to 1st April 2015

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 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Panmure 1 Monster 2. Peartree 1 Ed

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano Solitude 1 Kingdom

Panmure 1 Plum E8 Solpoll 1 Starlet H10

JE, RI & W Haire W Connolly

Bull born after 1st January 2016

1. Solpoll 1 National 2. Lisrace Lumberjack 18th 3. Annaghbeg Decimus

Solpoll 1 Dynamite Knockmountagh Master Kilsunny Goliath

Solpoll 1 Dainty K18 Lisrace Prettymaid 19th Phocle Dowager 123H

J & W McMordie D Wilson M & L Moore

Group of 3 Cattle, property of 1 exhibitor

1. J & W McMordie

2. JE, RI & W Haire

Pair of Animals by same sire or dam

1. C Geelan 2. J & W McMordie

Kye Rodge 553 Panmure 1 Henry



Name of Animal


Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess

Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion

Judge Andrew Hughes

Panmure 1 Monster

Judge: Phil Allman 27th May 2017 Dam


Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23

Shraden 1 Duchess L581

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Bromley 1 Kallis

Greenyards 1 Legend

Dendor 1 Keepsake 9th

M. & M. Roberts

Reserve Grand Male Champion

Haven Nugget

Haven Kingpin

Haven Curly 109th

E.L. Lewis & Son

Reserve Grand Female Champion

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Bull born on or between 1st September 2014 and 30th June 2015

1. Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 2. Dendor 1 Montana

Moeskaer Keno 1222 Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Bakgard 1 Alien Dendor 1 Wattle 4th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones P. & E. Williams

Bull born on or between 1st July 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Church Preen Nanook 2. Leos Pride 1 Sony Bill 3. Maxstoke 1 Gorse

Haven Koala Wirruna Daffy D1 Dendor 1 Jugernaut

Church Preen K043 Leos Pride 1 Millie-Elisia Maxstoke 1 Heather 345

A.R. Owen D. & B. Ellis D.P. Jones

Bull born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Haven Nugget 2. Alderoak 1 Norris 3. Bromley 1 Veyron

Haven Kingpin Days Calibre G74 Greenyards 1 Flynn

Haven Curly 109th Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Bromley 1 Vanessa 386

E.L. Lewis & Son P. & E. Williams M. & M. Roberts

Bull born on or after 1st April 2016

1. Bromley 1 Kallis 2. Shraden 1 Navas 3. Bromley 1 Klusener

Greenyards 1 Legend Baldinnie 1 Victory Greenyards 1 Legend

Dendor 1 Keepsake 9th Shraden 1 Alice E283 Bromley 1 Keepsake 622

M. & M. Roberts M.J. & H.M. Timmis M. & M. Roberts

Cow born on or before 30th June 2014 shown with her calf at foot or to calve within 4 months of the show

1. Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th 2. Coley 1 Clara 286 3. Wenlock Dewberry 22nd

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Ervie Top Class

Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th Barbern 1 Claret 2nd Wenlock Dewberry 11th

B. Birch & G. Brindley Miss H. Whittaker A. Dugdale

Judge Phil Allman

Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess



RESULTS - 2017 Heifer born on or between 1st July 2014 and 30th June, 2015 incalf or with her own calf at foot

1. Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd 2. Wenlock Iris 53rd

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Free Town Henry

Dendor 1 Ruby 11th Wenlock Iris 42nd

L. & L. Bowen A. Dugdale

Heifer born on or between 1st July 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess 2. Normanton 1 Grifola 10th 3. Coley 1 Bonnie 358

Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53 Sky High 1 Korker

Shraden 1 Duchess L581 Normanton 1 Grifola 7th Coley 1 Bonnie

B. Birch & G. Brindley T.D. & W.T. Livesey Miss H. Whittaker

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real 2. HighHouse Oyster Gem N17 3. Sky High 1 Miss Valentine

Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Mawarra Vice Admiral Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23

Frenchstone P. 1 Calla Border Oyster Gem K12 Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

R. Allcock J.R. & H.M. Whitlow L. & L. Bowen

Heifer born on or after 1st April 2016

1. Shraden 1 Duchess P793 2. Hollyvale 1 Naomi 3. HighHouse Roulette AN23

Dendor 1 Knuckleduster Dendor 1 Leroy Mawarra Vice Admiral

Hilton 1 Freda Greenyards 1 June H151 Border Roulette K32

M.J. & H.M. Timmis A. & P. Massey J.R. & H.M. Whitlow

Best Pair Bred by Exhibitor

1. M. & M. Roberts

2. A. & P. Massey

3. T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Exhibitors Group of Three

1. A. & P. Massey

2. M. & M. Roberts


Judge: Robert Thomas

Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd


Name of Animal


Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd

Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion

Judge: Robert Thomas 31st May – 3rd June Dam


Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Ruby 11th

L. & L. Bowen

Lowesmoor 1 Maverick

Dorepoll 1 499 High Society

Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571

M.J. Clark

Reserve Grand Female Champion

Sky High 1 Miss Valentine

Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

L. & L. Bowen

Reserve Grand Male Champion

Nicholashayne 1 Joker

Nicholashayne 1 KingKong

Woolavington 1 Charlotte

K. Prettejohn & A. Kerslake

Bull born before 2016

1. Lowesmoor 1 Maverick 2. Romany 1 Menace D1 M43 3. Manston 1 Tobias

Dorepoll 1 499 High Society SMH Castro 0001 Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty

Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 Romany 1 Dawn A84 G2 Shaston 1 Landsley

M.J. Clark B. Cambridge T. Christopher

Bull born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Cornbel 1 Napoleon 2. Lanscombe 1 Socrates 3. Baybridge 1 Noble

Frenchstone P. 1 Cannon Brangwyn 1 Emperor Bosa 1 Huntsman

Cornbel 1 Precious Lanscombe 1 Lotty Baybridge 1 Jane 4th

Mrs. I. Jennings R.A. & V.A. Mitchell L.G. Gould

Bull born on or after 1st April 2016

1. Nicholashayne 1 Joker 2. Nicholashayne 1 Jester 3. Cornbel 1 Noah

Nicholashayne 1 Kingkong Dendor 1 Lomax Frenchstone P. 1 Cannon

Woolavington Charlotte Nicholashayne 1 Kite Cornbel 1 Olive 36

K. Prettejohn & A. Kerslake K. Prettejohn & A. Kerslake Mrs. I. Jennings

Cow or Heifer born before 2015

1. Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd 2. Baybridge 1 Kate

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Baybridge 1 Horatio

Dendor 1 Ruby 11th Baybridge 1 Felicity

L. & L. Bowen L.G. Gould

Heifer born in 2015

1. Lowesmoor 1 Necktie 1026 2. Lanscombe 1 Roxy 3. Manston 1 Lilly

Dorepoll 1 499 High Society Brangwyn 1 Emperor Dendor 1 Dai

Lowesmoor 1 Necktie 501 Lanscombe 1 Millie Shaston 1 Santos

B. Cambridge R.A. & V.A. Mitchell T. Christopher

Heifer Born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2016

1. Sky High 1 Miss Valentine 2. Lowesmoor 1 Countess 1085 3. Baybridge 1 Dawn 2nd

Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 Lowesmoor 1 Lieutenant Bosa 1 Huntsman

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th Lowesmoor 1 Countess 978 Baybridge 1 Flower

L. & L. Bowen M.J. Clark L.G. Gould

Heifer Born on or after 1st April 2016

1. Dendor 1 Holly 8th 2. Frenchstone P. 1 Gene 3. Frenchstone P. 1 Gold

SMH Euro 30E Moeskaer Magnum Moeskaer Magnum

Dendor 1 Holly 7th Frenchstone P. 1 Twinkle Frenchstone P. 1 Crystal

L. & L. Bowen L.R. & A.M. Ayre L.R. & A.M. Ayre

Group of Three animals bred by the Exhibitor

1. R.A. & V.A. Mitchell

2. Mrs. I. Jennings

Best Pair of Animals

1. L.G. Gould

2. R.A. & V.A. Mitchell



3. B. Cambridge


June 2017

Judge: Gerald Blandford 16th -18th


Name of Animal




Supreme, Grand & Senior Male Champion

Lowesmoor 1 Maverick

Dorepoll 1 499 High Society

Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571

M.J. Clark

Reserve Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Reserve Grand & Reserve Senior Male Champion

Fisher 1 Midas M415

Fisher 1 Jaguar J347

Fisher 1 Cheerful H316

W.J. Hutchings & Sons

Reserve Grand & Junior Female Champion

Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real

Moeskaer Magnum 1404

Frenchstone P. 1 Calla

R. Allcock

Junior Male Champion

Shadwell 1 Bossy N877

Romany 1 Lawbreaker

Badlingham Blossom 138th

Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd.

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Free Town Nucleus

Mara Humorous

Free Town Pleasant

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Reserve Senior Female Champion

Coley 1 Nova 351

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe

Coley 1 Nova 164

Miss H. Whittaker

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Rempstone 1 Fashion E435

Aldersley 1 Edgar

Kinglee 1 Fashion 340

M.J. Ludgate

Bull born on or before 31st December 2014

1. Churchlands Estate 1 Red Plum 7941

Remitall Superduty 45

Churchlands Estate 1 Plum 79th

P.T. English

Bull born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Lowesmoor 1 Maverick 2. Fisher 1 Midas M415 3. Rempstone 1 Right on Time

Dorepoll 1 499 High Society Fisher 1 Jaguar J347 Solpoll 1 Hollywood

Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 Fisher 1 Cheerful H316 Solpoll 1 Nan G5

M.J. Clark W.J. Hutchings & Sons Englefield Home Farms

Bull born on or between 1st September 2015 and 30th November 2015

1. Free Town Nucleus 2. Church Preen Nanook

Mara Humorous Haven Koala

Free Town Pleasant Church Preen Prunella

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. A.R. Owen

Bull born on or between 1st December 2015 and 29th February 2016

1. Shadwell 1 Bossy N877 2. Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 3. Lowesmoor 1 Nasser

Romany 1 Lawbreaker Aldersley 1 Edgar

Badlingham Blossom 138th Kinglee 1 Fashion 304

Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd. M.J. Ludgate

Dorepoll 1 499 High Society

Lowesmoor 1 Sylvan 601

M.J. Clark

Bull born on or between 1st March 2016 and 30th April 2016

1. Bromley 1 Kallis 2. Grifford 1 Neddard 3. Haven Nugget

Greenyards 1 Legend Normanton 1 Laertes Haven Kingpin

Dendor 1 Keepsake 9th Romany 1 Plum A84 K6 Haven Curly 109

M. & M. Roberts N. Griffiths E.L. Lewis & Son

Bull born on or after 1st May 2016

1. Shraden 1 Navas 2. Bromley 1 Tendulkar 3. Glenvale 1 Allbutt

Baldinnie 1 Victory Greenyards 1 Legend Dendor 1 Ledley

Shraden 1 Alice 283 Bromley 1 Tamerisk 602 Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399

M.J. & H.M. Timmis M. & M. Roberts T.G. & E.I. Thorne

Cow or Heifer in milk born on or before 31st August 2014 with her own calf at foot

1. Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th 2. Dendor 1 Ruby 14th 3. Englefield 1 Zoe 2nd

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Hawkesbury 1 Prosper Leos Pride 1 Ellis

Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th Dendor 1 Ruby 9th Englefield 1 Zoe 1st

B. Birch & G. Brindley A. & S. Timbrell Englefield Home Farms

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015

1. Coley 1 Nova 351 2. Fisher 1 Susan M417 3. Frys Cross 1 Starlight

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Fisher 1 Jaguar J347 Slykes Elevation

Coley 1 Nova 164 Fisher 1 Susan E259 Frys Cross 1 Saffie

Miss H. Whittaker W.J. Hutchings & Sons R. Edwards & E. Smith

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Normanton 1 Grifola 10th 2. Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess 3. Free Town Bryony

Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53 Romany 1 Lawbreaker Mara Humorous

Normanton 1 Grifola 7th Shraden 1 Duchess L581 Free Town Benign

T.D. & W.T. Livesey B. Birch & G. Brindley R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real 2. Shadwell 1 Blossom N874 3. Bounds 1 Newry

Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Romany 1 Lawbreaker Ford Abbey 1 Albert

Frenchstone P. 1 Calla Badlingham Blossom 138th Ford Abbey 1 Marina 11th

R. Allcock Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd. H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Heifer born on or after 1st April 2016

1. Rempstone 1 Fashion E348 2. Eldersfield 1 Lilac N1193 3. Frenchstone P. 1 Gold

Aldersley 1 Edgar Bosa 1 Hereward H785 Moeskaer Magnum

Kinglee 1 Fashion 340 Eldersfield 1 Lilac L975 Frenchstone P. 1 Crystal

M.J. Ludgate A.J. & L.R. Hobson L.R. & A.M. Ayre

Best Pair of Exhibitor Owned Animals by the Same Sire

1. M. & M. Roberts

2. E.L. Lewis & Son

3. Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd.

Best Group of Three Animals Bred and owned by the Exhibitor

1. E.L. Lewis & Son

2. Mrs I. Jennings

Judge: Gerald Blandford

Lowesmoor 1 Maverick




Judge: Alistair Smith

Coley 1 Pippa 336

Judge: Alistair Smith 22nd – 25th June 2017


Name of Animal




Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion

Coley 1 Pippa 336

Days Calibre G74

Frenchstone P. 1 Boo

T. & D. Harrison

Reserve Supreme, Reserve Grand & Senior Female Champion

Coley 1 Clara 286

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe

Barbern 1 Claret 2nd

Miss H. Whittaker

Junior Female Champion

Moralee 1 Kate 2nd

Romany 1 Frisky

Moralee 1 Kate

T. & D. Harrison

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Saltire 1 Cathy

Baldinnie 1Viscount

Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th

W.P. & K. Wason

Grand & Junior Male & Overall Junior Champion

Panmure 1 Noah

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Panmure 1 Blessing G6

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.

Reserve Grand & Reserve Senior Male Champion

Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo

Harvie Dan Hidalgo

Fardre 1 Heidi Hi

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Reserve Junior Male Champion & Reserve Overall Junior Champion

Auckvale Nobleman

Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1127H

Auckvale Curly 1243K

W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Female born on or after 1st March 2016

1. Moralee 1 Kate 2nd 2. Fabb 1 Keepsake-Norma 3. Panmure 1 Blessing N10

Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57 Moeskaer Keyman Dendor 1 Leota

Moralee 1 Kate Moeskaer Keepsake Panmure 1 Blessing G7

T. & D. Harrison D.R.A. Fabb J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.

Female born on or between 1st September 2015 and 29th February 2016

1. Saltire 1 Cathy 2. Barwise 1 Aussie Rose N884 3. Harveybros 1 Crocus N5

Baldinnie 1 Viscount Days Calibre G74 Venture Night Time

Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th Barwise 1 English Rose Harveybros 1 Crocus H3

W.P. & K. Wason Mrs. C.S. Fletcher Harvey Brothers

Female in milk or in calf born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015

1. Coley 1 Pippa 356 2. Romany 1 Mink H12 M56 3. Baldinnie 1 Cathy 49th

Days Calibre G74 Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12 Baldinnie 1 Orient

Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Romany 1 Mink D1 H9 Baldinnie 1 Cathy 15th

T. & D. Harrison J.R.B. Wilson & Sons J.A. Cameron & Son

Female in milk or in calf born on or before 31st August 2014

1. Coley 1 Clara 286 2. Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th 3. Auckvale Lively 1058H

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine Auckvale Broadside

Barbern 1 Claret 2nd Baldinnie 1 Fly 5th Auckvale Lively Lucinda

Miss H. Whittaker W.P. & K. Wason W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Bull born on or after 1st March 2016

1. Baldinnie 1 Rubin 2. Saltire 1 Predator 3. Fabb 1 New Direction

Baldinnie 1 Orient Baldinnie 1 Orient Moeskaer Keyman

Baldinnie 1 Ruth 18th Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th Moeskaer Beauty 1192

J.A. Cameron & Son W.P. & K. Wason D.R.A. Fabb

Bull born on or between 1st September 2015 and 29th February 2016

1. Panmure 1 Noah 2. Auckvale Nobleman 1534N

Panmure 1 Blessing G6 Auckvale Curly 1243K

J.M. Cant & Ptnrs. W. & R. Kemp & Son

3. Baldinnie 1 Denver

Hawkesbury 1 Volcano Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1127H Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine

Baldinnie 1 Dom Lass 13th

J.A.. Cameron & Son

Bull born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Barwise 1 Marshall 2. Romany 1 Mustang ST M69

Barwise 1 Wellington Spurstow 1 Starbright Future

Barwise 1 Grace Romany 1 Lucy A41 E8

Mrs. C.S. Fletcher J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Bull born on or before 31st December 2014

1. Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956

Harvie Dan Hidalgo

Fardre 1 Heidi Hi

J.R.B. Wilson & Son

Best pair of animals Bred by Exhibitor

1. J.A. Cameron & Son

2. J.M. Cant & Ptnrs.




Judge: Gerald Blandford 11th – 13th July 2017


Name of Animal Sire



Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Reserve Supreme and Reserve Grand Female Champion

Coley 1 Pippa 356

Days Calibre

Frenchstone P. 1 Boo

T. & D. Harrison

Grand & Junior Male Champion

Auckvale Nobleman 1543N

Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad

Auckvale Ciurly 1243K

W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Junior Female Champion

Moralee 1 Kate 2nd

Romany 1 Frisky

Moralee 1 Kate

T. & D. Harrison

Bull born on or before 31st August 2015

1. Auckvale Marshall 1475M

Auckvale Gladiator

Auckvale Beauty 774E

J. Morrison

Bull born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st March 2016

1. Auckvale Nobleman 2. Harveybros 1 Nigel 3. Hollyvale 1 Neville

Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad Venture Night Time Dendor 1 Leroy

Auckvale Curly 1243K Harveybros 1 Crocus C4 Hollyvale 1 Emerald

W. & R. Kemp & Sons Harvey Brothers A. & P. Massey

Bull born on or after 1st April 2016

1. Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad 2. Fabb 1 New Direction

Hollyvale 1 Knight Moeskaer Keyman

Dendor 1 Anna Mary 18th Moeskaer Beauty 1192

A. & P. Massey D.R.A. Fabb

Cow born before 1st January 2015

1. Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th 2. Coley 1 Clara 286 3. Auckvale Lively

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Auckvale Broadside

Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th Barbern 1 Claret 2nd Auckvale Lively Lucinda

B. Birch & G. Brindley Miss H. Whittaker W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Heifer Born in 2015

1. Coley 1 Pippa 356 2. Auckvale Peach 3. Blakelaw 1 Jess

Days Calibre Auckvale Masterman 784E Bosa 1 Jackpot

Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Auckvale Peach 964G Blakelaw 1 Empress

T. & D. Harrison Miss B. Hutchinson J.B. Henry

Heifer Born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2016

1. Moralee 1 Kate 2nd 2. Castle Park Lively 0031N 3. Eveter 1 Gin

Romany 1 Frisky HighHedges Kick-on Solpoll 1 Ferrari

Moralee 1 Kate Castle Park Lively Barbern 1 June 350

T. & D. Harrison J. Morrison Mrs. E.M. Jackson

Heifer Born on or after 1st April 2016

1. Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th 2. Moorside 1 Jane 9th 3. Fabb 1 Keepsake -Norma

Cornriggs 1 Super Guy Moorside 1 Joseph Moeskaer Keyman

Romany 1 Julia A84 E38 Moorside 1 Jane 3rd Moeskaer Keepsake 1218

H. Elliott A. Crooks D.R.A. Fabb

Exhibitors Group of Three Animals

1. A. Crooks

2. A. & P. Massey

Best Pair by the Same Sire

1. A. Crooks

2. J. Morrison

Scottish National Show

Judge: Gerald Blandford

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

3. A. & P. Massey

Judge: Mr Matt Gray 22nd July 2017


Name of Animal




Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Coley 1 Pippa 356

Days Calibre G74

Frenchstone P. 1 Boo

T. & D. Harrison

Reserve Supreme and Grand Male Champion

Barwise 1 Marshall

Barwise 1 Wellington ET

Barwise 1 Grace

Mrs CS Fletcher

Reserve Senior and Reserve Female

Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th

Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine

Baldinnie 1 Fly 5th

W. P. & K. Wason

Reserve Male and Junior Male

Saltire 1 Predator

Baldinnie 1 Orient AI ET

Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th

W. P. & K. Wason

Junior Female Champion

Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th

Cornriggs 1 Superguy

Romany 1 Julia A84 E38

Mr & Mrs H Elliott

Reserve Junior Female

Barwise 1 Aussie Rose N884

Days Calibre G74

Barwise 1 English Rose ET

Mrs CS Fletcher

Reserve Junior Male

Baldinnie 1 Rubin

Baldinnie 1 Orient

Baldinnie 1 Ruth 18th

J.A. Cameron & Son

Reserve Senior Male

Baldinnie 1 Denver

Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine

Baldinnie 1 Dom Lass 13th

J.A. Cameron & Son

Bull born on or before 1st August 2015

1. Barwise 1 Marshall

Barwise 1 Wellington ET

Barwise 1 Grace AI ET

Mrs CS Fletcher

Bull born on or between 1st August 2015 and 29th February 2016

1. Baldinnie 1 Denver 2. Harveybros 1 Nigel

Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine Venture Night Time

Baldinnie 1 Dom Lass 13th Harveybros 1 Crocus C4

J.A. Cameron & Son Harveybros

Bull born on or 1st March and 31st July 2016

1. Baldinnie 1 Rubin

Baldinnie 1 Orient

Baldinnie 1 Ruth 18th

J.A. Cameron & Son

Bull born on or after 1st August 2016

1. Saltire 1 Predator 2. Harveybros 1 Pedro

Baldinnie 1 Orient AI ET Venture Night Time

Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th Harveybros 1 Crocus E2

W. P & K Wason Harvey Brothers

Cow in milk or in calf born before 1st August 2014

1. Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th 2. Leos Pride Violet-Abby 3. Spurstow 1 Gemstone 4th

Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine Yalgoo Boulder Z250 Spurstow 1 Salute

Baldinnie 1 Fly 5th Leos Pride 1 Violet Sundae Spurstow 1 Gemstone 1st

W. P & K Wason Ms J. Laird Ms J. Laird

Heifer or cow in milk or in calf born between 1st August 2014 and 31st July 2015

1. Coley 1 Pippa 356 2. Baldinnie 1 Cathy 49th

Days Calibre G74 Baldinnie 1 Orient

Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Baldinnie 1 Cathy 15th

T. & D. Harrison J.A. Cameron & Son

Judge: Mr Matt Gray

Coley 1 Pippa 356



RESULTS - 2017 Heifer Born on or between 1st August and 29th February 2016

1. Barwise 1 Aussie Rose N884 2. Saltire 1 Cathy 3. Harveybros 1 Crocus N5

Days Calibre G74 Baldinnie 1 Viscount Venture Night Time

Barwise 1 English Rose Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th Harveybros 1 Crocus H3

Mrs C.S. Fletcher W. P & K Wason Harvey Brothers

Heifer Born on or between 1st March and 31st July 2016

1. Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th 2. Moralee 1 Kate 2nd 3. Drumboy 1 Olivia 844

Cornriggs 1 Superguy Romany 1 Frisky Venture Night Time

Romany 1 Julia A84 E38 Moralee 1 Kate Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th

Mr & Mrs H Elliott T. & D. Harrison G. Dunbar

Heifer born on or after 1st August 2016

1. Panmure 1 Plum P1

Dendor 1 Leota

Panmure 1 Plum G8

J M Cant & Partners

Best Pair

1. J A Cameron & Son

2. Mrs CS Fletcher

3. J M Cant & Partners

Group of Three Animals

1. Mrs CS Fletcher

2. Harvey Brothers

Group of three by the Same Sire

1. Harvey Brothers

N.I. National Show

Judge: Robert Thomas

Corraback Joan 15th

Judge: Robert Thomas 22nd July 2017


Name of Animal




Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Corraback Joan 15th

Mara Flook

Corraback Joan 5th

C Halliday

Reserve Supreme and Grand Male Champion

Woodvale 1 Limited Edition

Panmure 1 Henry

Solpoll 1 Starlet J19

A & A Armour

Reserve Female Champion

Annaghbeg Pansy

2nd Gurteragh Gladiator

Baleen Pansy 668

M Moore

Reserve Male Champion

Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite

Gouldingpoll 1 Super Duty

Mullaghdoo Rosetta

C Kerr

Cow or heifer born on or before 31st December 2014

1. Lusky 1 Honour 2. Cabra 1 Fashion 3. Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim 588

Solpoll 1 Classic Solitude 1 Gold Bar Dorepoll 1 93N Transatlantic

Ballynalough 1 Barbara Cabra 1 Fashion Show Dorepoll 1 89H Classic Kim

A J Farms I & J McFadden JE RI & W Haire

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 30th June 2015

1. Mara Blossom 50th 2. Solpoll 1 Starlet M19 3. Lisnaree 1 Millie

Mara Garnet Panmure 1 Henry Dorepoll 1 60G Chinook

Clipston Blossom F18 Solpoll 1 Starlet J4 Dorepoll 1 Sadie 614

D Smyth J & W McMordie M Murdock

Heifer born on or between 1st July 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Richmount 1 Nirvana 2. Mountview 1 Estelle 3. Clipston Diadem T25

Richmount 1 King Kong Mullin 1 Knight Dieulacresse Goodenough

Richmount 1 Kimberly Castlepoll 1 Dainty 5th Clipston Diadem M12

J Graham T & S Andrews D Smyth

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st August 2016

1. Corraback Joan 15th 2. Annaghbeg Pansy 2nd 3. Rempstone 1 Fashion

Mara Flook Gurteragh Gladiator Aldersley 1 Edgar

Corraback Joan 5th Baleen Pansy 668 Kinglee 1 Fashion 304

C Halliday M Moore J & W McMordie

Heifer calf born on or between 1st September 2016 and 31st December 2016

1. Annaghbeg Delilah 2. Hockleypoll 1 Ariana 3. Woodvale 1 Ravette N405

Gurteragh Gladiator Rathregan Poll 1 Storm Kinglee 1 Hero

Annaghbeg Poppy Hockleypoll 1 Natalie Dorepoll 1 Royal Victoria

M Moore Leader Family A & A Armour

Heifer calf born on or after 1st January 2017

1. Hockleypoll 1 Evie 2. Lisnaree 1 Opal

Rathregan Poll 1 Storm Dorepoll 1 10H Headliner

Hockleypoll 1 Pansy Lisnaree 1 Millie

Leader Family M Murdock

Bull born on or before 31st March 2015

1. Woodvale 1 Limited Edition 2. Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite 3. Fisher 1 Jubilee

Panmure 1 Henry Gouldingpoll 1 Super Duty Fisher 1 Cracker

Solpoll 1 Starlet J19 Mullaghdoo Rosetta Fisher 1 Cherry S32

A & A Armour C Kerr R Irvine

Bull born on or between 1st April 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Free Town Mentor 2. Panmure 1 Monster

Mara Humorous Hawkesbury 1 Volcano

Free Town Pansy 3rd Panmure 1 Plum E8

D Smyth JE RI & W Haire

Bull born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st August 2016

1. Dorepoll 1 579 Nashville 2. Annaghbeg Domino 3. Corraback Kadar

Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage Annaghbeg Bravo Mara Flook

Dorepoll 1 563 Duchess 610 Trillick Elaine Corraback Clover 2nd

JE RI & W Haire M Moore R M Richmond

Bull calf born on or between 1st September 2016 and 31st December 2016

1. Kinego 1 Pharoh 2. Richmount 1 Peppermint 3. Benaughlin Norman

Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite Grousehallpoll 1 Premier Moyclare Norman

Dernaroy 1 Joy Richmount 1 Lady Louche Benaughlin Bridge Girl

C Kerr J Graham W Burleigh

Bull calf born on or after 1st January 2017

1. Benaughlin Larry 2. Annaghbeg Endeavour 3. Drumshambo 1 Big Show

Moyclare Norman Gurteragh Gladiator Graceland 1 Giovani

Cassan Tara J332 Baleen Pansy 668 Solpoll 1 Starlet L21

W Burleigh M Moore G & J Small

Pair of animals by same Sire or Dam

1. R M Richmond

2. M Moore

3. J Graham

Group of 3 Cattle property of 1 Exhibitor

1. M Moore

2. T & S Andrews

3. D Smyth

Young handlers

1. Marcus Murdock

2. Bradley Graham

3. John Andrews




Judge: R.M. Richmond – N. Ireland 24th – 27th July 2017


Name of Animal




Supreme ,Grand & Senior Male Champion

Bakgard 1 Keno

Moeskaer Keno

Bakgard 1 Alien

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Grand & Female Champion

Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real

Moeskaer Magnum

Frenchstone P. 1 Calla

R. Allcock

Junior Male & Reserve Grand Male Champion

Haven Nugget

Haven Kingpin

Haven Curly 109th

E.L. Lewis & Son

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Buckenhill 1 Notorious

Frenchstone P. 1 Aston

Buckenhill 1 Anxiety 2nd

M. Gray

Reserve Grand Female Champion

Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess

Romany 1 Lawbreaker

Shraden 1 Duchess

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Bull born on or before 31st August 2015

1. Bakgard 1 Keno 2. JoJo 1 Ruben

Moeskaer Keno Dieulacresse Fieldmarshall

Bakgard 1 Alien Meiklebob 1 Ruby

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones Mrs. R. Aidley

Bull born on or between 1st January 2016 and 30th April 2016

1. Haven Nugget 2. Buckenhill 1 Notorious 3. Free Town Nostradamus

Haven Kingpin Frenchstone P. 1 Aston Mara Humorous

Haven Curly 109th Buckenhill 1 Anxiety 2nd Free Town Peace 8th

E.L. Lewis & Son M. Gray R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs

Bull born on or after 1st May 2016

1. Glenvale 1 Allbutt 2. Shraden 1 Navas 3. Coley 1 Petrus

Dendor 1 Ledley Baldinnie 1 Victory Spurstow 1 Recruit 1st

Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399 Shraden 1 Alice 283 Coley 1 Clara 286

T.G. & E.I. Thorne M.J. & H.M. TImmis Miss H. Whittaker

Cow in calf or with calf at foot born on or before 31st December 2014

1. Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th 2. Coley 1 Clara 286 3. Dendor1 Ruby 23rd

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th Barbern 1 Claret 2nd Dendor 1 Ruby 11th

B. Birch & G. Brindley Miss H. Whittaker L. & L. Bowen

Heifer In calf or with calf at foot born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 547

Bosa 1 Hereward

Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399

T.G. & E.I. Thorne

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Sky High 1 Dainbty Duchess 2. Free Town Bryony 3. Kilvrough 1 Keepsake

Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 Mara Humorous Lanscombe 1 Orkney

Shraden 1 Duchess Free Town Benign Dendor 1 Keepsake 12th

B. Birch & G. Brindley R.A.. Bradstock & Ptnrs. Mrs. E. Radcliffe

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real 2. Sky High 1 Miss Valentine

Moeskaer Magnum Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23

Frenchstone P. 1 Calla Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

R. Allcock L. & L. Bowen

Heifer born on or after 1st April 2016

1. Roughmoor 1 Rosea 171 2. Normanton 1 Jews Ear 19th 3. Houghton 1 Confetti

Eldersfield 1 Cohen G630 Yalgoo Boulder Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23

Roughmoor 1 Rosea Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 Houghton 1 Coco

T. & M. Goodwin & C. Powell T.D. & W.T. Livesey Mrs. R. Aidley

Judge: R.M. Richmond

Bakgard 1 Keno


Judge: D. Kelly – N. Ireland 5th August 2017


Name of Animal




Supreme, Grand & Junior Female Champion

Free Town Decree

Mara Humorous

Free Town Decent

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Reserve Supreme, Grand & Intermediate Male Champion

Haven Northstar

Havern Kingpin

Haven Curly 124th

E.L. Lewis & Son

Reserve Grand & Reserve Intermediate Male Champion

Haven Nugget

Haven Kingpin

Haven Curly 109th

E.L. Lewis & Son

Reserve Grand & Senior Female Champion

Auckvale Lively 1631P

Auckvale Broadside

Auckvale Lively Lucinda

W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Intermediate Female Champion

Pulham Blossom 19th

Haven Hotspur

Pulham Blossom 7th

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

Senior Male Champion

Haven Lamborghini

Haven Cavalier

Haven Splendour 25th

E.L Lewis & Son

Junior Male Champion

Pulham Powerhouse

Yarram Unique

Clipston Tiara R16

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

Judge: D. Kelly

Free Town Decree



RESULTS - 2017 Reserve Senior Female Champion

Rockland Tiara M1

Auckvale Grandee

Clipston Tiara M15

C.A. & P.C. Bidmead

Reserve Intermediate Female Champion

Grianan Orange P774

Grianan Freddy

Grianan Orange J536

Norman Farm Partnership

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Free Town Peace 29th

Mara Humorous

Free Town Peace 15th

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs..

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Free Town Phantom

Bowmont Storm A584

Free Town Gracious

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Breedplan recorded bull born on or between 1st July 2015 and 30th June 2016

1. Church Preen Nanook 2. Haven Northstar 3. Haven Nugget

Haven Koala Haven Kingpin Haven Kingpin

Church Preen Prunella K043 Haven Curly 124th Haven Curly 109th

A.R. Owen E.L. Lewis & Son E.L. Lewis & Son

Cow in calf or with her own calf at foot born on or before 31st August 2014

1. Auckvale Lively 1631P 2. Whartonspool Peach 12th 3. Mara Dowager 20th

Auckvale Broadside Free Town Baron Mara Garnet

Auckvale Lively Lucinda Whartonspool Peach 6th Mara Dowager 17th

W. & R. Kemp & Sons D.J. Makin Mrs. K. Froud

Heifer in calf or with her own calf at foot born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015

1. Rockland Tiara M1 2. Adzor Marilyn 3. Pulham Princess Pansy 4th

Auckvale Grandee Normanton Nathan Haven Hotspur

Clipston Tiara M15 Whartonspool Peach 11th Border Pansy G39

C.A. & P.C. Bidmead D.J. Makin Miss B. Vincent

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Highhedges Blossom 11-15 2. Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 3. Free Town Bryony

Border Burlington J35 Haven Koala Mara Humorous

Mara Blossom 38th Church Preen Lindy Loo J033 Free Town Benign

Mrs. S.A. Cowle A.R. Owen R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Pulham Blossom 19th 2. Castle Park Lively 0031N 3. HighHouse Oyster Gem N17

Haven Hotspur Highhedges Kick On 4th Mawarra Vice Admiral

Pulham Blossom 7th Castle Park Lively Border Oyster Gem K12

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent J. & H. Morrison J.R. Whitlow

Heifer born on or between 1st April 2016 and 31st August 2016

1. Grianan Orange P774 2. Castle Park Curly 0034N 3. Hickling Blossom 1st

Grianan Freddy Highhedges Kick On Pulham Lancelot

Grianan Orange J530 Auckvale Curly 1158J Pulham Blossom 9th

Norman Farm Partnership J. & H. Morrison Norman Farm Partnership

Heifer born in September 2016

1. Free Town Decree 2. Free Town Peace 29th 3. Adzor Peggy Sue

Mara Humorous Mara Humorous Auckvale Kansas 1312K

Free Town Decent Free Town Peace 15th Haven Skylark 7th

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. D.J. Makin

Heifer born in or after 1st October 2016

1. Highhedges Blossom 12A-16 2. Westwood Carrie 121st

Border Burlington J35 Westwood Director

Mara Blossom 38th Westwood Carrie 114th

Mrs. S.A. Cowle R.T. Davies & Co.

Bull born on or before 31st August 2015

1. Haven Lamborghini 2. Adzor Lyric 3. Auckvale Marshall 1475M

Haven Cavalier Elms School Yogi Bear Auckvale Gladiator 916G

Haven Splendour 25th Badlingham Blossom 159th Auckvale Beauty 774F

E.L. Lewis & Son D.J. Makin J. & H. Morrison

Bull born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Free Town Nucleus 2. Church Preen Nanook 3. Lowergrove Neptune

Mara Humorous Haven Koala Mara Kestrel

Free Town Pleasant Church Preen Prunella K043 Mara Pansy 29th

R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. A.R. Owen P. Snell & L. Ferguson

Bull born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Haven Northstar 2. Haven Nugget 3. Free Town Nostradamus

Haven Kingpin Haven Kingpin Mara Humorous

Haven Curly 124th Haven Curly 109th Free Town Peace 8th

E.L. Lewis & Son E.L. Lewis & Son R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

Bull born on or between 1st April 2016 and 31st August 2016

1. Haven Nico 2. Auckvale Nova 1591N 3. Blackwood Nobleman

Haven Kermit Auckvale Kingmaker 1265K Dieulacresse Jamison

Haven Curly 100th Auckvale Curly 1372L Dieulacresse Gina D309

E.L. Lewis & Son W. & R. Kemp & Sons S. Tate

Bull Calf born in September 2016

1. Pulham Powerhouse 2. Free Town Phantom 3. Oldwest Pluto

Yarram Unique F181 Bowmont Storm A584 Auckvale Kars 1317K

Clipston Tiara R16 Free Town Gracious Hermitage Carol Singer J2

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs. Mrs. K. Froud

Bull Calf born on or after 1st October 2016

1. Pulham Pleasure 2. Rockland Prince Caspian 3. Blackwood Orrick

Pulham Maverick Dieulacresse Kingdom Dieulacresse Jamison

Clipston Tiara P17 Rockland Tiara M1 Blackwood Cherry

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent C.A. & P.C. Bidmead S. Tate

Group of Three bred by the same exhibitor

1. P. Snell & L. Ferguson

2 .R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs

3. D.J. Makin

A R Owen

Best Pair of Calves – any sex combination

1. A.R. Owen

2. R.A. Bradstock & Ptnrs.

3. D.J. Makin

Young Handlers Competition 14 years and under

1. Harriot Froud

2. Jack O’Connor

3. Jack Lake



2017 - RESULTS Young Handlers Competition 19 – 26 years of age

1. Flora Amey

Denis Jones Memorial Show Stick

1. Harriet Froud

2. Casey Parker

3. Ben Lewis


Judge: Matthew Goulding (Republic of Ireland) 2nd September 2017


Name of Animal




Supreme, Grand & Senior FemaleChampion

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Reserve Supreme, Grand & Intermediate Male Champion

Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad

Hollyvale 1 Knight

Dendor 1 Anna Mary 18th

A. & P. Massey

Reserve Grand & Reserve Senior Female Champion

Coley 1 Nova 351

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe

Coley 1 Nova 164

Miss H. Whittaker

Intermediate Female Champion

Sky High 1 Lancombe Lucy

Dendor 1 Murdock

Romany 1 Lucy RE L21

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Reserve Intermediate Female Champion

Glenvale 1 Polly 579

Bosa 1 Hereward

Glenvale 1 Polly 388

T.G. & E.I. Thorne

Junior Female Champion

Normanton 1 Enoki 5th P233

Normanton 1 Laertes

Normanton 1 Enoki J824

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Dendor 1 Ruby 29th

Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Dendor 1 Ruby 17th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Reserve Grand & Reserve Intermediate Male Champion

Glenvale 1 Allbutt

Dendor 1 Ledley

Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399

T.G. & E.I. Thorne

Senior Male Champion

Greenyards 1 Norrie

Fisher 1 Keystone

Greenyards 1 Echo 4th

P.J. & A.C. Allman

Reserve Senior Male Champion

Lowesmoor 1 Maverick

Dorepoll 1 499 High Society

Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571

M.J. Clark

Junior Male Champion

Blakesley 1 Major

Solpoll 1 Dynamite

Blakesley 1 Icicle

J. Riley

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Moralee 1 Porterhouse

SMH King Size 87K

Moralee 1 Kimberley

T. & D. Harrison

Cow born before 31st August 2014 with calf at foot born 2017

1. Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th 2. Ford Abbey 1 Beauty 1078 3. Hawkesbury 1 Precious

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Dorepoll 1 Nationwide Dorepoll 1 Emperor

Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th Llancillo Hall Beauty 12th Hawkesbury 1 Passion

B. Birch & G. Brindley M.J. Clark D. & E. Colledge

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014

1. Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd 2. Hallwood 1 Sapphire 5th

Solpoll 1 Gilbert Hallwood 1 Nibbs

Dendor 1 Ruby 11th Hallwood 1 Sapphire 4th

L. & L. Bowen R. & R.I. Shaw

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st August, 2015 in calf or with calf

1. Coley 1 Nova 351 2. Coley 1 Pippa 356 3. Fisher 1 Susan M417

Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe Days Calibre G74 Fisher 1 Jaguar J347

Coley 1 Nova 164 Frenchstone P. 1 Boo Fisher 1 Susan E259

Miss H. Whittaker T. & D. Harrison W.J. Hutchings & Sons

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Glenvale 1 Polly 579 2. Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess 3. Normanton 1 Grifola 10th

Bosa 1 Hereward Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 Romany 1 Distiller A84

Glenvale 1 Polly 388 Shraden 1 Duchess L581 Normanton 1 Grifola 7th

T.G., E.I. & E.N. Thorne B. Birch & G. Brindley T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2016 and 28th February 2016

1. Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real 2. Boundless 1 Julia 1375 3. Bounds 1 Newry

Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Boundless 1 Jasper Ford Abbey 1 Albert

Frenchstone P. 1 Calla Boundless 1 Julia 1188 Ford Abbey 1 Marina 11th

R. Allcock B., H. & M.R. Myers H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Heifer born on or between 1st March 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Moralee 1 Kate 2nd 2. Kinglee 1 Miss 528 3. Cato 1 Iona 571

Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57 Panmure 1 Karl Panmure 1 Hugo

Moralee 1 Kate Kinglee 1 Miss 302 Cato 1 Iona 415

T. & D. Harrison P. Cobley J.D. & R.A. Moorhouse

Heifer born on or between 1st April 2016 and 31st August 2016

1. Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy 2. Burnhill 1 Isfahan 1st 3. Sky High 1 Danish Dream

Dendor 1 Murdock Barwise 1 Wellington Dendor 1 Murdock

Romany 1 Lucy RE L21 Blackwell 1 Isfahan Aland Irma

B. Birch & G. Brindley R. Allcock B. Birch & G. Brindley

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2016 and 31st October 2016

1. Normanton 1 Enoki 5th P233 2. Dendor 1 Ruby 29th 3. Coley 1 Lucinda 398

Normanton 1 Laertes Solpoll 1 Gilbert Spurstow 1 Recruit 1st

Normanton 1 Enoki J874 Dendor 1 Ruby 17th Romany 1 Lucy H12 M22

T.D. & W.T. Livesey D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones Miss H. Whittaker

Judge: Matthew Goulding

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th



RESULTS - 2017 Heifer born on or after 1st November 2016

1. Studdolph 1 Dior 622 2. Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612 3. Dendor 1 Jennefer 19th

Glenvale 1 Fellow Normanton 1 Laertes SMH Euro 30E

Studdolph 1 Dior Hillrow 1 Jemima B9 Dendor 1 Jennefer 12th

Miss N. Thorne T.D. & W.T. Livesey D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Bull born on or before 31st December 2014

1. Solpoll 1 Hollywood 2. Cathedral 1 Donatello

Dorepoll 1 93N Nationwide Rosewood 1 Hugo 10H H1

Solpoll F9 1 Stardust Barwise 1 Anni-Stazia

Newtoncroft Farms S.C. Hartwright

Bull born on or between 1st January 2015 and 31st August 2015

1. Lowesmoor 1 Maverick 2. Fisher 1 Midas M415

Dorepoll 1 499 High Society Fisher 1 Jaguar J347

Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 Fisher 1 Cheerful H316

M.J. Clark W.J. Hutchings & Sons

1. Greenyards 1 Norrie 2. Greenyards 1 Nottie 3. Maxstoke 1 Gorse

Fisher 1 Keystone K365 Fisher 1 Keystone K365 Dendor 1 Juggernaut

Greenyards 1 Echo 4th Greenyards 1 Lottie H139 Maxstoke 1 Heather 345

P.J. & A.C. Allman P.J. & A.C. Allman D.P. Jones Agri.

Bull born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 2. Havenfield 1 Nitro 3. Pebworth 1 Ned

Aldersley 1 Edgar Solpoll 1 Dynamite Kinglee 1 Galaxy

Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 Solpoll 1 Stardust K3 Pebworth 1 Klover

M.J. Ludgate E.L. Lewis & Son N. & L. Holdsworth

Bull born on or between 1st April 2016 and 31st August 2016

1. Hollowvale 1 Northern Lad 2. Glenvale 1 Allbutt 3. Bromley 1 Kallis

Hollowvale 1 Knight Dendor 1 Ledley Greenyards 1 Legend

Dendor 1 Anna Mary 18th Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399 Dendor 1 Keepsake 9th

A. & P. Massey T.G., E.I. & E.N. Thorne M. & M. Roberts

Bull born on or between 1st September 2016 and 31st October 2016

1. Moralee 1 Porterhouse 2. Romany 1 Pitcher K956 3. Clipston 1 Viscount V19

SMH King Size 87K Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956 Venture 70X Heart Index 273U

Moralee 1 Kimberly Romany 1 Dawn RE L42 Clipston 1 Pansy P3

T. & D. Harrison J.R.B. Wilson & Sons R.G. Westaway & Son

Bull born on or after 1st November 2016

1. Blakesley 1 Major 2. Dendor 1 Playboy 3. Coley 1 Prometheus

Solpoll 1 Dynamite Solpoll 1 Gilbert Spurstow 1 Recruit 1st

Blakesley 1 Icicle Dendor 1 Greta 13th Romany 1 Lucy H12 M22

J. Riley D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones Miss H. Whittaker

Group of three animals by the same sire and owned by the Exhibitor

1. J.D. & R.A. Moorhouse

2. A. & S. Timbrell

3. H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Group of three animals to include both sexes, owned by the Exhibitor

1. Mrs. C.S. Fletcher

2. D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

3. A. & S. Timbrell

Best Pair of animals bred and owned by an Exhibitor who did not win a First Prize at this Show last year

1. P. Cobley

2. T. & D. Harrison

3. M. & M. Roberts

Bull born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st December 2015

Young Handlers Judge: Ryan Coates Young Handlers Competition – 7-12 years of age

1. Finlay Souter

2. Oliver Garnet-Smith

Young Handlers Competition – 13-17 years of age

1. Isla Souter

2. Marcus Murdock

Young Handlers Competition – 18-21 years of age

1. Samantha Rimke

2. Iona Smith




Judge: R.G. Thomas 9th September 2017


Name of Animal




Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real

Moeskaer Magnum

Frenchstone P. 1 Calla

R. Allcock

Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion and Best Bull Calf

Pulham Powerhouse

Yarram Unique F181

Clipstson Tiara R16

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

Reserve Grand Female Champion

Burmill 1 Isfahan

Barwise 1 Wellington

Blackwell 1 Isfahan

R. Allcock

Reserve Grand Male Champion

Church Preen Nanook

Haven Koala

Church Preen Prunella K073

A.R. Owen

Reserve Best Bull Calf

Haven Percy

Haven Kermit

Haven Curly 120

E.L. Lewis & Son

Best Heifer Calf

Adzor Peggy Sue

Auckvale Kansas

Haven Skylark 7th

D.J. Makin

Cow or Heifer born before 1st September 2015

1. Heath House Curly 2. Bounds 1 Lexi

Heath House Jupiter Ford Abbey 1 Albert

Haven Curly 122nd Lowerhope 1 Tamerisk

R. & E. Lywood H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Heifer born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Church Preen Lindy Loo N064

Haven Koala

Church Preen Lindy Loo J033

A.R. Owen

Heifer born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real 2. Bounds 1 Newry 3. HighHouse Oyster Gem

Moeskaer Magnum Ford Abbey 1 Albert Mawarra Vice Admiral

Frenchstone P. 1 Calla Ford Abbey 1 Marina 11th Border Oyster Gem K12

R. Allcock H.Weston & Sons Ltd. J.R. Whitlow

Heifer born on or between 1st April 2016 and 31st August 2016

1. Burmill 1 Isfahan 2. Bounds 1 Natasha

Barwise 1 Wellington Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo

Blackwell 1 Isfahan Bounds 1 Karina

R. Allcock H. Weston & Sons Ltd

Heifer Calf born on or after 1st September 2016

1. Adzor Peggy Sue

Auckvale Kansas

Haven Skylark 7th

D.J. Makin

Bull born on or before 1st September 2015

1. HighHouse Merlin 2. Adzor Lyric 3. Dendor 1 Montana

Yarram Star General Elms School Yogi Bear Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Haven Dowager 170th Badlingham Blossom 159th Dendor 1 Wattle

J.R. Whitlow D.J. Makin P. & E. Williams

Bull born on or between 1st September 2015 and 31st December 2015

1. Church Preen Nanook 2. Greenyards 1 Norrie 3. Greenyards 1 Northern Dancer

Haven Koala Fisher 1 Keystone Fisher 1 Keystone

Church Preen Prunella K073 Greenyards 1 Echo 4th Greenyards 1 Truelove 2nd

A.R. Owen P.J. & A.C. Allman P.J. & A.C. Allman

Bull born on or between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016

1. Haven Nugget 2. Garnstone 1 Night Owl 3. Alderoak 1 Norris

Haven Kingpin Haven Cavalier Days Calibre

Haven Curly 109 Fisher 1 Susan Frenchstone P. 1 Boo

E.L. Lewis & Son T. Verdin P. & E. Williams

Bull born on or between 1st April 2016 and 31st August 2016

1. Bromley 1 Klusener 2. Roughmoor 1 Nelson

Greenyards 1 Legend Eldersfield 1 Cohen

Bromley 1 Keepsake 622 Mwyn 1 Fashion

M. & M. Roberts T & M. Goodwin & C. Powell

Bull born on or between 1st September 2016 and 31st October 2016

1. Pulham Powerhouse 2. Haven Percy 3. Hollybush 1 Opal

Yarram Unique F181 Haven Kermit Dendor 1 Jibba Jabba

Clipston Tiara R16 Haven Curly 120 Hollybush 1 Starlet

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent E.L. Lewis & Sons G. & R. Watkins

Exhibitors Group of Three

1. H. Weston & Sons Ltd

Best Pair of Herefords

1. H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

2. M. & M. Roberts

3. D.J. Makin

Judge: R.G. Thomas

Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real




Judge (Bull calves): Jeff Thomas / Judge (Heifer calves): David Sapsed 28th October 2017

Judge Jeff Thomas (Bull calves)

Judge David Sapsed (Heifer calves)

Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy


Name of Animal




Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion

Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy

Dendor 1 Murdock

Romany 1 Lucy RE L21

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Reserve Supreme, Grand & Senior Male Champion

Blakesley 1 Major

Solpoll 1 Dynamite

Blakesley 1 Icicle

J. Riley

Reserve Grand & Junior Male Champion

Studdolph 1 Bale

Dendor 1 Ledley

Studdolph 1 Vogue 495

Miss E.N. Thorne

Reserve Grand & Reserve Senior Female Champion

Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612

Normanton 1 Laertes

Hillrow 1 Jemima B9

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Reserve Junior Male Champion

Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar

Normanton 1 Laertes

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

B. Birch & G. Brindley

Junior Female Champion

Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1117

Bosa 1 Hereward

Ford Abbey 1 Beauty

M.J. Clark

Reserve Junior Female Champion

Blakesley 1 Nancy

Aland Leopold

Blakesley 1 Kathleen

J. Riley

Reserve Senior Male Champion

Kinglee 1 President

Panmure 1 Karl

Kinglee 1 Ebony 298

P. Cobley

Best Pair of Bull Calves owned by the Exhibitor

1. Mrs I. Jennings

2. M.J. Clark

3. A. & S. Timbrell

Best Pair of Heifer Calves owned by the Exhibitor

1. T.D & W.T. Livesey

2. T.G., E.I. & E.N. Thorne

3. M.J. Clark

Best Group of 3 Calves by the same sire and owned by the Exhibitor

1. M.J. Clark

2. Mrs. I. Jennings

3. A. & S. Timbrell

Heifer Calf born August/ September/October 2016

1. Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy 2. Kinglee 1 Polly 554 3. Sky High 1 Danish Dream

Dendor 1 Murdock Panmure 1 Karl Dendor 1 Murdock

Romany 1 Lucy RE L21 Kinglee 1 Polly 285 Aland Irma

B. Birch & G. Brindley P. Cobley B. Birch & G. Brindley

Heifer Calf born November/December 2016

1. Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612 2. Frenchstone P. 1 Gaynor 3. Fisher 1 Orange P453

Normanton 1 Laertes Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Fisher 1 Jaguar J347

Hillrow 1 Jemima B9 Frenchstone P. 1 Damaris Fisher 1 Orange W99

T.D. & W.T. Livesey L.R. & A.M. Ayre W.J. Hutchings & Sons

Heifer Calf Born January/ February 2017

1. Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1117 2. Fabb 1 Katie 3. Rempstone 1 Tessa 462

Bosa 1 Hereward Moeskaer Crossfire 1474 SMH King Size 87K

Ford Abbey 1 Beauty Dorepoll 1 Katie 611 Dorepoll 1 499 Tessa 535

M.J. Clark D.R.A. Fabb M. Ludgate

Heifer Calf born March/ April 2017

1. Blakesley1 Nancy 2. Lowesmoor 1 Countess 1121 3. RTC 1 Terri 329

Aland Leopold Bosa 1 Hereward Remitall Ace 145A

Blakesley 1 Kathleen Lowesmoor 1 Countess 647 Boundless 1 Terri 1211

J. Riley M.J. Clark R. Coates

Bull Calf born August/ September/October 2016

1. Kinglee 1 President 2. Church Preen Pitchford 3. Normanton 1 Perky

Panmure 1 Karl Haven Koala Days Calibre G74

Kinglee 1 Ebony 298 Church Preen Lindy Loo J033 Normanton 1 Fistulina 3rd H55

P. Cobley A.R. Owen T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Bull Calf born November/ December 2016

1. Blakesley 1 Major 2. Blakesley 1 Murphy 3. Banjo’s 1 Albert

Solpoll 1 Dynamite Solpoll 1 Dynamite Solpoll 1 Ferrari

Blakesley 1 Icicle Kilbrannan 1 Amber Lincoln 1 Gilly Victoria

J. Riley H. Weston & Sons Ltd. A.B. Yaldren

Bull Calf born January/ February 2017

1. Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar 2. Frenchstone P. 1 Hercules 3. Boundless 1 Preston

Normanton 1 Laertes Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Baybridge 1 Leo

Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th Frenchstone P. 1 D. Angela Boundless 1 Symphony 1198

B. Birch & G. Brindley L.R. & A.M. Ayre B., H. & M.R. Myers

1. Studdolph 1 Bale 2. Appleridge 1 Pepsi 3. Banjo’s 1 Blaze

Dendor 1 Ledley Lowesmoor 1 Kilkenny Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23

Studdolph 1 Vogue 495 Appleridge 1 Curly 39 Lincoln 1 Vanity Lace

Miss E.N. Thorne M. Jenkins A.B. Yaldren

Bull Calf Born March/ April 2017





Name of Animal

Supreme & Grand Male Champion

Judge: Richard Mann 9th December 2017 Sire



Moralee 1 Porterhouse

SMH King Size 87K

Moralee 1 Kimberly

T. & D. Harrison

Reserve Supreme & Grand Female Champion

Normanton 1 Enoki 5th

Normanton 1 Laertes

Normanton Enoki J874

T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Reserve Grand Male Champion

Bosa 1 John Hawkins

Greenyards 1 Flynn

Bosa 1 Margaret 847

G. Blandford

Reserve Grand Female Champion

Pulham Blossom 20th

Pulham Maverick

Pulham Blossom 10th

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent

Bull Calf born September/October 2016

1. Moralee 1 Porterhouse 2. Pulham Powerhouse 3. Romany 1 Pitcher K956 P10

SMH King Size 87K Yarram Unique F181 Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo

Moralee 1 Kimberly Clipston Tiara R16 Romany 1 Dawn RE L42

T. & D. Harrison P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent A. Crooks & A. Machen

Bull Calf born November/December 2016

1. Blakesley 1 Major 2. Frenchstone P. 1 Grant 3. Blakesley 1 Murphy

Solpoll 1 Dynamite Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Solpoll 1 Dynamite

Blakesley 1 Icicle Frenchstone P. 1 Tia Kilbrannan 1 Amber

P. Cobley L.R. & A.M. Ayre H. Weston & Sons Ltd.

Bull Calf born January/ February 2017

1. Frenchstone P. 1 Hercules 2. Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine 3. Garnstone 1 Pedro

Moeskaer Magnum 1404 Romany 1 Captain R22 C1 Otapawa Skymate 2046

Frenchstone P. 1 D Angela Romany 1 Lucy A84 F26 Dorepoll 1 533 Catalina 594

L.R. & A.M. Ayre D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones T. Verdin

Bull Calf born in March 2017

1. HighHouse Paddy 2. Alvian 1 Pirate 3. Firbosa 1 Odysseus

HighHouse Merlin Alvian 1 Mexican Panmure 1 Knightsman

Border Roulette K32 Moeskaer Tracy 1300 Bosa 1 Brownie 905

J.R. Whitlow A. & S.G. Stevenson & Sons Fir Farm Ltd

Bull Calf born April 2017

1. Bosa 1 John Hawkins 2. Moralee 1 Punchdrunk 3. Auckvale 1 Pinnacle 1676P

Greenyards 1 Flynn SMH King Size 87K Dendor 1 Muttley

Bosa 1 Margaret 847 Romany 1 Mink D1 L24 Auckvale Beauty 1277K

G. Blandford T. & D. Harrison W. & R. Kemp & Sons

Bull Calf born on or after 1st May 2017

1. Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 2. Dendor 1 Poldark

Barwise 1 Lancer

Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Dendor 1 Max

Dendor 1 Anna Mary 16th

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Heifer Calf born September/October 2016

1. Normanton 1 Enoki 5th 2. Kinglee 1 Polly 554 3. Dendor 1 Ruby 29th

Normanton 1 Laertes Panmure 1 Karl Solpoll 1 Gilbert

Normanton Enoki J874 Kinglee 1 Polly 285 Dendor 1 Ruby 17th

T.D. & W.T. Livesey P. Cobley D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Heifer Calf born November/December 2016

1. Dendor 1 Jennefer 19th 2. Romany 1 Julia BL P43 3. Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612

Smh Euro 30E Barwise 1 Lancer Normanton 1 Laertes

Dendor 1 Jennefer 12th Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 Hillrow 1 Jemima B9

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones Miss H. Whittaker T.D. & W.T. Livesey

Heifer Calf born January/February 2017

1. Pulham Blossom 20th 2. Auckvale Lively 1631P 3. Alvian 1 Precious Miss

Pulham Maverick Auckvale King Maker 1265K Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid

Pulham Blossom 10th Auckvale Lively 1058H Alvian 1 Lilac Miss

P.R.J. & L.R. Vincent W. & R. Kemp & Sons A. & S.G. Stevenson & Sons

Heifer Calf born March 2017

1. Blakesley 1 Nancy 2. Bosa 1 Priscilla 1026 3. HighHouse Glance P31

Aland Leopold Greenyards 1 Flynn HighHouse Merlin

Blakesley 1 Kathleen Bosa 1 Priscilla 882 Haven Glance 59th

J. Riley G. Blandford J.R. Whitlow

Heifer Calf born April 2017

1. Romany 1 Lucy BL P61 2. HighHouse Dowager P33 3. Romany 1 Mink BL P60

Barwise 1 Lancer Yarram Star General W251 Barwise 1 Lancer

Romany 1 LUCY re l18 Haven Dowager 170th Romany 1 Mink A41 D3

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons J.R. Whitlow J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Heifer Calf born on or after 1st May 2017

1. Shraden 1 Alice P828 2. Hollyvale 1 June 2nd 3. Dendor 1 Anna Mary 34th

Baldinnie 1 Victory Dendor 1 Leroy Dendor 1 Max

Shraden 1 Alice E283 Greenyards 1 June H151 Dendor 1 Anna Mary 27th

M.J. & H.M. Timmis A. & P. Massey D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones

Best Group of Three Calves by the Same Sire and owned by the Exhibitor

1. G. Blandford

2. M.J. & H.M. Timmis

3. J.R.B. Wilson & Sons

Best Pair of Bull Calves owned by the exhibitor

1. A. & S.G. Stevenson & Sons

2. Mr. & Mrs. Holdsworth

3. Fir Farm Ltd.

Best Pair of Heifer Calves owned by the exhibitor

1. G. Blandford

2. M.J. & H.M. Timmis

3. A.L & S.G. Stevenson & Sons

Young Handlers Competition 16 and under

1. Isla Soutter

2. Finlay Souter

3. Lottie Wilson

Young Handlers Competition 17 to 26

1. Luke New

2. Iona Smith

3. Hannah Braithwaite

Overall Winner

1. Isla Soutter

Judge: Richard Mann

Moralee 1 Porterhouse




South of England Hereford Breeders' Association By Nick Wren, Chairman The last 12 months has flown by and I cannot believe that my first year as Chair for the South of England Hereford Breeders’ Association is drawing to an end. It is hard for me to imagine that when I was a 17-year-old in Cheshire leading Costhorpe 1 Granite in the Grand Parade at the Cheshire Show, under the watchful eye of Steve Edwards, that I would end up with my own herd of Herefords. I would also like to thank the Shaw family at Hallwood Herefords for igniting an interest in the Hereford breed that has stuck with me and for the guidance they gave me when purchasing my initial stock. Without the Committee, any Association would struggle and we are no exception, I would like to thank the Committee for their invaluable support over the past 12 months and especially to Aimee and Cindy Hewlett for the number of unseen hours they put in to the Association. People say that all good things must come to an end and this year is no exception as Nigel Metson has decided that he no longer has the time to commit to the Committee. I am sure we will miss his calm guidance in future meetings and would like to thank him for the time he has served our Association. Aimee Hewlett has also taken the decision to stand down from the Committee and I would like to thank her for all the hard work that she has put in over recent years. After our AGM last year and with the election of new slightly younger members on to the Committee it allowed a new impetus to how our Association would run and operate. Over the last 12 months we have launched a SEHBA Facebook page for members within our Association to stay connected and also to give us presence outside of area with other breeders. This has proved successful with 74 followers of our page and recently a post about Edenbridge & Oxted Show reached 465 people. We also have our Association webpage which we will be looking to keep updated with events and news. The aim of the Committee over the next 12 months is to engage with its existing membership more effectively and to encourage new members to join our Association. This will be done using social media, attendance at various shows in the area and workshops that will be organised. The last 12 months have been a busy year for the SEHBA, which started with our Annual Dinner (2016) and my first official

The SEHBA held a very successful National Calf Show at Cirencester Mart



BBC Radio 2 presenter Sara Cox gives Lowesmoor 1 Maverick some well deserved TLC - Sara's no stranger to cattle having shown Masefield Herefords for her father Len Cox

engagement as Chairman. An enjoyable evening was had by approximately 100 guests at the Parrot Inn, Ockley, which was attended by our Breed President and fellow member Michael Clark and his wife Roma. Michael did a sterling job of presenting the trophies to the herd competition winners. Congratulations must go to Reg Hutchings who had a very busy evening receiving numerous trophies that he had won in the herd’s competition. This year’s competition was judged by Alan Bishop of the Warrenho Herd of Aberdeen Angus and we would like to thank him for taking the time to visit the herds in our area and look forward to him attending our annual dinner at the end of 2017. This year the South of England has again shown itself to have a high calibre of breeders and has seen notable success at both local and major shows. Michael Clark had Supreme, Grand & Senior Male





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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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BSE & TB Free Herd Member BioBest High Health Scheme BVD Accredited Free Herd

Boundless 1 Julia

South of England Best Show Animal

Sires in use

Baybridge 1 Leo Boundless 1 Magnus – Legacy – Karl Our thanks to purchasers of Boundless Herefords Boundless Farm • Boundless Road • Brook • Nr. Godalming • Surrey GU8 5LF • Tel/Fax: (01428) 683077




CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2017 Champion with Lowesmoor 1 Maverick at the Three Counties and Reg Hutchings’ bull Fisher 1 Midas M415 stood Reserve in the Grand and Senior Male Championship. Maverick then went on to take the Native and Overall Inter-breed Championships in the pairs with Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th. This was followed up by Michael taking Champion at Newbury Show and Reg Hutchings taking the Championship in the Native Inter-breed Pairs.

Inter-breed Success At Royal Berkshire Show - Newbury Hereford Breed Champion Lowesmoor 1 Maverick, bred and exhibited by MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire went on to take the Reserve Native Inter-breed Championship. This rising two and half year old bull is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society.

In August, a family day was organised by the Englefield Estate where 20 members were treated to a BBQ lunch and a stock judging competition. Reg Hutchings was our master judge and put his chosen cattle in order. The winners were as follows; highest placed lady, Shelia Hutchings, with the highest overall being Imogen Edwards. In October, we will be hosting the National Calf Show at Cirencester cattle market, a sub committee made up of myself, Richard Edwards, Emma Smith, Nick Williams, Martin Jenkins and Michael Clark have been given the task to deliver not only a great show but a profitable one to boost our Association’s funds. There has been numerous emails and phone calls going between the Committee securing sponsorship, judges, a venue for a Stockman’s Dinner. I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work that has been put in to delivering this National show. It feels that the last twelve months has been a time of departures but none bigger than that of David Prothero retiring from the Hereford Cattle Society after 47 years of service, as Breed Secretary. We would like to thank him for those years of service and wish him an enjoyable and well-deserved retirement. I am sure the members of our Association in turn would like to welcome James Sage as Chief Executive Officer of the Hereford Cattle Society and look forward to how the strong presence of the Hereford breed will continue to develop over the coming years.

2017 South of England Herd Competition Results Best Herd/Overall winner - The Bromham Trophy Fisher Herd - WJ Hutchings & Sons Large Herd - Lincoln Cup (Over 35 cows) 1st Lowesmoor Herd – MJ Clark; 2nd Ruckmans Herd – Ruckmans Ltd; 3rd Boundless Herd – B, H & MR Myers Medium Herd - Lincoln Cup (16-34 cows) 1st Fisher Herd - WJ Hutchings & Sons; 2nd Cleland Herd - AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd; 3rd Stitchcombe Herd – Mr & Mrs MGS Gibson Small Herd - Lincoln Cup (Up to 15 cows) 1st Broadgate Herd – M & R Osmond; 2nd Lynsore Herd – SI Purchese; 3rd Clatford Herd – M Scott Warehead Cup for the Best Stock Bull Rempstone 1 Harlem – Ruckmans Ltd Hawstonfold Salver for Best 12-15 month Heifer Broadgate 1 Princess 6th – M & R Osmond Lincoln Rose Bowl for Best 12-15 month old bull Sarabande Qatar – Mrs PM Noel & R Snelling The Fern Nichols Tankard for Best Spring Bull Calf - Fisher 1 Nocton N439 – WJ Hutchings & Sons David Trott Tankard for Best Spring Heifer Calf Lowesmoor 1 Katie – MJ Clark

Lowesmoor 1 Maverick from SEHBA's Michael Clark enjoyed a marvellous show season culminating in him winning the 2017 Hereford Bull of the Year

“Maverick” has enjoyed a marvellous show season but he’s not all style and stature he has a great set of Performance Recorded Figures, culminating in a Terminal Sire Index in the Top 10% and a Self-replacing Index in the Top 5% of the Breed. Later he paired up with Fisher 1 Eva G303 and her bull calf Fisher 1 Panther P455 in the prestigious Burke Trophy where they were judged the highest placed Native Inter-breed Pair. Seven year old “Eva” bred by WJ Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, West Sussex, is out of Fisher 1 Eva C190 and by the much vaunted Doonbiddie Hustler. There was more good news for WJ Hutchings & Sons and for the Hereford Breed when Fisher 1 Nomad N440 teamed up with stablemate Fisher 1 Nocton N439 to take the Overall Inter-breed Pairs Championship. Eighteen month old “Nomad”, who is out of Fisher 1 Orange J359 has a superb set of EBV’s right across the board and he’s what would be commonly known in the beef industry as a ‘curve bender’. Nineteen month old “Nocton” is out of Fisher 1 Orange G297 and both bulls are by Bondes i Hubert.

Judge Alan Bishop's Special Note

It was very difficult to place the traditional horned herd against all the polled herds, but I was very impressed by the standard and uniformity of the Boresisle Herd and would like this to be recorded. South of England Hereford of the Year 2017 - Boundless 1 Julia 1375 - B, H & MR Myers Stockman of the Year - Barry Myers Brodnyx Trophy for Best Young Handler - Jack Smith The Wilson Quaiche - Aimee Hewlett



WJ Hutchings & Sons Fisher 1 Nomad N440 teamed up with stablemate Fisher 1 Nocton N439 to take the Overall Inter-breed Pairs Championship




Fisher 1 Poldark P450 Sire: Fisher 1 Jaguar / Dam: Fisher 1 Susan J343 EBV +30 at 12 months Another April Sale entry Full brother to Fisher 1 McCoy – Grand Male Champion & Top Price Bull at 9,000gns at the 2016 Hereford Spring Show & Sale.

Fisher 1 Nocton N439

Sire: Bondes 1 Hubert / Dam: Fisher 1 Orange G297 EBV +26 at 21 months One of our Spring Sale entries

Fisher 1 Nomad N440

Sire: Bondes Hubert / Dam: Fisher 1 Orange EBV +32 at 21 months of age Shown just once at Newbury when Champion Inter Breed Pair with Nocton N439

Fisher 1 Panther P455 Sire: Fisher 1 Legacy / Dam: Fisher 1 Eva G303 EBV +32 at 8 months Shown on Dam when representing the breed in the Burke Trophy at Newbury 2017

All 4 bulls to be used in the Herd prior to sale in 2018

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



Beef producer creates fully integrated system By Sarah Alderton, Farmers Weekly Supply chain integration has long been established in the pig and chicken sector, but could it work in the beef industry? Sarah Alderton speaks to one man trying it out Beef production integration has long been something Rob Drysdale has wished to see in practice after working more than 20 years as a farm vet. He believes integration, similar to that seen in the pig and poultry industries, can be replicated using dairy-bred beef. After completing a Nuffield scholarship looking at the issue, he set about putting his theory into practice. More than half of UK prime beef (53% in 2014) produced today originates from the dairy herd, but there is often lack of consistency in the way it is produced. Various schemes such as Blade and Buitelaar have helped improve consistency, but Mr Drysdale wanted to see complete integration from conception and genetics through to slaughter and beyond

How the system works Owning no land or farm, Mr Drysdale started by working with a group of local dairy farmers to source a trial batch of 120 Hereford cross calves in 2014. The business has grown steadily, now taking batches of 80 calves a month, and has pregnancies contracted that will see


this double by the end of 2017. All animals are contract produced using an integrated supply chain of dedicated rearers, growers and finisher. Currently most cattle are slaughtered through Dunbia for the Co-op.

Sourcing the calves Calves come from a network of about 40 farms in the south-east of England, Wales and the Three Counties, with more than half sourced from 12 of these units. Several Hereford sweeper bulls have been supplied free of charge to some farms, purchased based on EBVs and known health status, to help both the dairy and the project develop. “I work with a great team for calf sourcing: the guys take all the calves from the farms and manage them on to rearing units,” says Mr Drysdale. “With overall involvement in calf breeding, procurement and early management, any calf entering the integrated beef project should be the best it could be,” he adds. Using a set protocol for colostrum and early management, calves leave the dairy farm only when deemed healthy and at a weight reflecting their age. “I am happy to pay an extra £10 for a healthy calf sired by the right bull. Early calf health, and good genetics plus management are vital for efficient beef production. Any


Rob Drysdale says it pays to use good sires

additional money spent here should be reflected in performance far outweighing any savings the ‘cheaper’ calf may bring,” explains Mr Drysdale.

Rearing unit Calves move to one of two dedicated units, to be reared in sheds devoted just to milk feeding. Each shed is filled over a maximum of 14 days to form a group of 40 calves. An all-in,-all-out system then ensures the group moves to the weaned shed when eating more than 1kg/head of concentrate daily. Strict protocols, from feeding to vaccination, are included within a lifetime health plan. Fever tags aid early diagnosis and reduce the effect of respiratory disease, targeting antibiotics and responsible use of medicines.

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Final backgrounding begins at 400kg, where concentrate percentage increases steadily, preparing the rumen for the final finishing diet. “Integration means we produce cattle able to eat forage, backgrounding the rumen to have high dry matter intakes and grow from forage. “If they can eat and process large volumes of TMR then they should finish really quickly,” says Mr Drysdale. The growing farmer is paid per kilogramme liveweight gain while on farm, to cover all the inputs bar vet and medicines.

Finishing and pricing

Growing unit

Moving to a dedicated finishing unit at 500kg, the cattle spend between 50-90 days on feed. The finisher is contracted on a per-day space price, which includes food, but no vet and meds. Cattle at this point are averaging 1.9- 2.1kg/day, before processing.

Calves move to the growing unit at 80-100 days old and weighing more than 120kg. Two groups of 40 calves merge at this point to form a batch of 80 head that stay together through to finishing.

Cattle are processed at 600-650kg with carcas s weight s mostly within 30kg of one another. The grading has seen nothing worse than an O+3 and 40% R4L averaging 17 months old.

Still housed, the batch moves gradually to a home-made blend plus silage, aiming for 200kg by 150-170 days old.

“My Nuffield studies showed the best beef farmers work closely with their processor. I have negotiated a very tight specification with a ‘sweet spot’ that may be better than other premium specs.

Calves are reared in groups of 40 until they move to the weaned shed

He says: “The target is 1kg daily liveweight gain from arrival as a calf. Feeding more milk powder than most, using 900g/day at peak, helps push the calves on and I feel managing genetics, health and nutrition then produces savings elsewhere. I want to shave 30 days off the processing age by integration.” Being a vet means health status is of the upmost importance to Mr Drysdale. “I want local health zones to be maintained. Cattle reared in a TB zone will stay in the same TB zone. I would never move from a TB 1 to a TB 4 zone.” Mr Drysdale even has plans to market his beef on the back on their health. “I would like to be able to market beef produced having never received antibiotics. From our records this would already be possible for more than half our supply.”

Grazing starts at 200kg on rotational paddocks or set stocking, depending on what is available. Average growth is between 0.8-1kg/ day over the next six months. Winter sees heavier cattle out grazing stubble turnips, supplemented with big bale haylage and additional feed as required. Lighter cattle are housed.

In the winter heavier cattle are supplemented with big bale haylage



“However, I am heavily penalised for anything at 4H, more than 340kg or less than 280kg. “Adding this grid to the premium Hereford scheme means I am rewarded for the consistency and quality integrating throughout the supply chain brings.”

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Hereford cattle are the cream on top of the milk at Peak House Farm! By Melanie Jenkins, Editorial & PR Assistant, AGRIhub Mark & Jenny Stevens and their son’s, Will (16) and Tom (23) farm at Peak House Farm, Cole Henley, Whitchurch, Hampshire. Though the farm is predominantly a dairy business, the Hereford sweeper bull allows the Stevens family to achieve a great price for their store cattle, bolstering the success of the business. Dairy farmers have been through the mill for a number of years now, and those aiming to ride the storm are doing everything they can to get more from their assets. Although the Stevens family did not choose a Hereford bull because of harder economic times, it still helps them to command a premium for store cattle that might otherwise not break even. Will Stevens, at the fresh age of 16, is very much in command of the livestock side of the family-run farm, knowing the ins-and-outs of the business to the point that he recognises each of his 100 head of dairy cattle by name. Working alongside his father, Mark, and 23-year old brother,

Tom, Will has already carved out a future for himself as a dairy farmer and herdsman. Though the farm only has a single purebred Hereford on it, the importance of the breed to the business is in no way diminished. The family have been running Hereford sweeper bulls with their dairy cows for 20 years and have regularly bought from Harold Hatt at Weybrook Farm, Basingstoke. The current Hereford bull, Weybrook 1 Rufus, is the last bull sired by Dendor 1 Flinder. “I think we have had five bulls from Harold now and the calves have all been really docile,” explains Will. The decision to switch to a Hereford sweeper came from the breed’s easy calving and docile characteristics, as well as the premium beef value. When selecting a bull, the family look for a decent back end and an animal that will produce young stock with good meaty conformation. Harold helps guide the choice, as he knows just what they are after in the temperament and progeny. “Although we could get a Limousin or Simmental calf finished in 18 months on rolled barley and not much else, we want to have the meat quality of a native breed, and particularly a Hereford, in our stock,” explains Will. The farm has 100 milking cows, with 150 followers, but Will is hoping to increase the milking herd to 120 as the farm has the capacity. Calving all year round it is an easy system, while also spreading the milk cheques evenly. “Block calving is a nice idea, but it is not for us. We have to do what is best for the farm.”

Tom & Will Stevens


Originally all dairy cows were Holstein/ Friesian but over the past 10 years these have been cross bred, firstly with Brown


Sixteen year old Will Stevens at Peak House Farm

Swiss, but now with Norwegian Red. This was to increase milk solids and increase cow longevity. “Going forward everything will be crossed,” says Will. “We use AI for all dairy replacements, with three-quarters sexed semen.” Conception rates to AI are about 50% but last winter the family achieved 66% with their bulling heifers. “We were very pleased with this. Our policy now is to AI as many bulling heifers as possible, with sexed semen, as they are so fertile and hold to it,” explains Will. “When you’re serving cows with semen that comes at £35 a straw, you can’t afford to waste it.” The family selectively breed the cows, with the average and high yielding cows put to a Norwegian Red, while poor performers with a low average yield are put to a Holstein to bring up the daughter’s yield. “Cows are then run with the Hereford sweeper bull inand-out throughout the winter.” Every six to eight weeks the vet comes in to pregnancy diagnose the cows. At the same time, they will estrumate some of the cows,

a natural business

a natural business

a natural business




The farm:

• Will is the fourth-generation dairyman: Milking five days a week and rearing the calves, he also does foot trimming and any other jobs that need doing.

• Covers 140 acres/ 56.7ha of owned land: 30 acres/12ha of winter wheat for wholecrop, 25 acres/10ha of maize for forage, 15 acres/6ha of red clover for silage and a 70 acre/28ha grazing platform. Plus 200 acres/ 81ha of rented meadows and grazing.

• Mark Stevens, Will’s father, oversees the day-to-day operations of the business and a milk vending machine diversification.

and a week after the visit the bull will be put in with the cows to serve them naturally. “Though he is mainly a sweeper bull, 70% of our calves would be from him, at least,” says Will. Calves are suckled for two days so they learn to suckle naturally without being taught, and are then put into individual pens for six weeks. Will feeds the dairy heifer calves on powdered milk, while all beef calves get powdered or dump milk, at three litres twice a day. He then places them in groups of between four and six, and feeds them three litres once a day, until they are eight weeks old. That then drops to one litre, once a day, until they are weaned at nine weeks of age. Before weaning, Will introduces an 18% protein nut and by the time they are weaned, they are on 1.5kg of this a day. The Hereford calves on the farm right now seem particularly clever, he says. “All of the calves from Weybrook 1 Rufus are sharp and quick to take to sucking. What we do with the store cattle is profitable, easy to manage and we barely get any problems at all. The Hereford is a sound breed and easy calving – the bull is not particularly big and is docile, which is just fine with milking cows. He likes to wander into the parlour and has a special liking for the cow brush!”

• Tom Stevens, Will’s brother, looks after the machinery, AIs the cows, looks after the beef and helps with milking. • Jenny Stevens, Will’s mother, runs an on-farm bed and breakfast, as well as a shepherd’s hut.

• Twice a day milking, averaging 8,500 litres a year per cow, at 4% butterfat and 3.2% protein. (3,000 litres from forage). • Has a 10x10 tandem parlour, installed by Will’s grandfather.

• Jessica Stevens, Will’s sister, is studying at school with ambitions of being a vet and also a happy extra pair of hands on the farm.

• 300 store lambs overwintered on the farm to freshen up the pastures.


• Raw milk vending machine on site, selling about 90 litres a day.

• Anne, a relief milker doing three milkings a week. Will weighs all of calves when they are taken off the cows. “They are then weighed at weaning to make sure they are double their birth weight,” he says. At weaning, he puts them into larger groups of around 20, on ad-lib hay and a 20% rearing mix, at 1.5kg a day. All the bull calves are castrated and as they are polled there is no need for dehorning. “This is a big advantage as it’s a lot less stress for the animal and less work to do.” Calves from three to four months old are turned out in the spring, and fed on 0.5kg a day of molasses, but when they are housed, anything over six to eight months goes into a yearling group and is fed ad-lib

Will Stevens with Weybrook 1 Rufus


• 250 head of cattle: 100 milking, 150 followers (beef and dairy).



• On farm bed and breakfast and shepherd’s hut. haylage and 1.5kg of rearing mix. “They are lovely looking animals and they do well just off the grass in the water meadows – they do grow slower but they don’t need much to achieve this.” Will sells the beef crossbreds as stores at between 12 and 16 months old, through Frome market. There’s no target weight for the stores, but Will sorts through the group and picks out the biggest animals. In the autumn when the animals are housed, he will take about 30-40 to market, and then a further 30-40 will go in the spring, before they are turned out. “We take the animals over a space of about three weeks each time, to make sure we don’t send them all in one week and it’s a bad market.”

An on site raw milk vending machine selling about 90 litres a day

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Weybrook 1 Rufus is producing the goods at Peak House Farm

The livestock have previously been Red Tractor Assured, and as of March this year they are dairy and beef assured through Acoura, which operates the Red Tractor scheme. Will estimates that rearing dairy-beef crosses costs about £500 a head. Broken down, he calculates a standard £1 a day, for every day on the farm, plus £50 in veterinary bills, haulage and market costs.

The beef animals are never finished on farm because there just isn’t the space, but Will reckons selling them as stores is more profitable. “There is a lot of demand for pedigree-sired Hereford cattle, to finish for supermarket contracts,” he says. Purchasers are happy to pay more for good looking, clean animals that have been well looked after. “A 12-14 month old bullock will fetch

around £700-£750, while heifers will achieve £600-£650. We are making a good profit on the steers and a little less on the heifers,” explains Will. Pedigree Hereford sired progeny are achieving around 10-15% more than non-pedigree sired animals, as buyers are looking to finish Herefords for the various Branded Beef Schemes. “We get the best premium for Hereford sired beef, which makes it all worthwhile.”

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UK Hereford Youth takes off.... Since my last entry a lot has happened. We voted out for Brexit, David Prothero has retired, I’ve changed my hair colour(!) and……. UKHY has made it! We’re a success - We have taken off!

The story so far.... It’s been a busy year. After the success of our first year I had to pull some tricks out of the bag to keep the youngsters keenly engaged. My first mission – create a membership. I want all the young people to feel inclusive of the breed, to feel welcomed and encouraged by breeders - but also challenged and taught by their seniors and peers alike. Currently we have 35 active members of varying ages from 6 – 26 years. On joining they receive a UK Hereford Youth (UKHY) tie and a welcome letter from myself. Becoming a member also encourages them to participate in national workshops, young handler competitions, the autumn event and more recently a photography competition. It is paramount especially for the seniors that they are proactive in attending as they are monitored on their progress. The reason being we wish them to compete amongst themselves to earn ‘brownie’ points for such things as excursions, bursaries etc to further enhance their knowledge. The next move was to create a uniform, which has now been achieved and is slowly trickling its way onto the show circuit. At present 17 members have purchased this uniform and have worn it at events such as the National Stock Judging Competition at the Royal Three Counties Show, the National Poll Show and at various Autumn Calf Shows. My aim with the uniform is to create not only a sense of pride within our members but also have an impact. I want to be at the forefront of a new change. If all of our young members can be recognised not just through their hard work and abilities

but through a blue shirt and a burgundy gilet (and no white coat) then mission accomplished. We also have a Facebook page with 525 followers and many posts reaching over 1000 views. Many of the young members stay in touch through this page, share pictures and stories but most of all spread the word of the Hereford breed and their involvement.

The 2017 Spring Event The National workshop this year was kindly hosted by Ms Heather Whittaker of Coley Herefords in Halifax. Head Stockman, Andrew Hughes played a vital role in providing stock for the day, but the event couldn’t have run without the support of the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association. The format was to follow the same as last year with workshops, presentation evening, stock judging classes and a handlers’ competition. A total of 30 members attended throughout the weekend. The age range was brilliant and to include the very younger members in the weekend activities I ran a painting competition with five entries presented. I roped in breeders from across the country with Robert Wilson and Boomer Birch running the dressing and preparing for the showring workshop, Richard Edwards and Drew Hyslop the clipping workshop and Bernard Rimmer was the afternoon judge for the young handler’s competition. This year due to many members being young I asked the senior members of the group to help and assist which they did brilliantly! The entire day was judged and assessed by Tom and John Kemp. We had a lovely dinner in the evening with presentations

galore and an exciting raffle. All monies raised went into the UKHY fund. Sundays events were slightly more of a challenge. One of the important things that I am pushing our youth programme to provide is a foundation base of skills, which include being taught the art of stock judging and how to give sound reasons. I want these budding Hereford enthusiasts to be competent and confident not only in their own selections but also be able to justify their decisions with sound reasoning on the dreaded microphone. We all know the Clive Davies and Alan Timbrell’s of this world and I’m not sure I want to replicate those two (heavens above could you imagine?!) BUT I want to nurture and expand on the skills that our young members possess. So, the morning proceedings, by the suggestion of Council was a Question and Answer session. This proved an immense success and created discussions, debates and some forward-thinking ideas. It also created an interaction with some of our Council Members not only with members but with parents and supporters. This was followed by the stock judging. Each member had 3 classes of cattle to judge – maiden heifers, in calf heifers and cows with calves at foot. They had 10 minutes on each class - no discussing or note swapping. This year the intermediates



and seniors had to give their reasons to the judges. The prize for them was to shadow the master judge at the Autumn Show & sale in Hereford so I really wanted them to do this. We finished up the afternoon with senior member, Matthew Rollason giving an interesting presentation on the collection of bull semen and genetics, before we all made our way home after a long weekend. I would like to personally thank Heather for all her kind hospitality and services and for stock she provided, which were second to none.

The Results Under 8's painting competition 1st Anna Elwess 2nd Nina Dickinson 3rd Imogen Cooper 4th Johnathon Williams 5th Annie Rose Fabb

Saturday Young Handler's Competition Junior Champion – Eva Jackson Reserve – Nina Dickinson

Canadian Junior Hereford Association President Samantha Rimke with David Prothero (left) and James Sage

Intermediate Champion – Shona Andrew Reserve – Iona Smith

the sights of an English Show and on the last day she showed in the ring and won!

Senior Champion – Flora Amery Reserve – Hannah Williams

The next stop of our tour took us to Hereford House where we had a lovely tour of a building steeped in history and Sam met with David Prothero, James Sage and David Deakin. Sam gave us a great insight into the Canadian youth movement which has been running for over 30 years and has over 500 members. The meeting gave us an invaluable source of information for me to work on in the future. We then had a whistle stop tour of Hereford City where we made ‘friends’ with the impressive bronze Hereford bull statue. After lunch we visited the home of Haven Herefords and were given an excellent tour by Ben Lewis. The evening was spent with Alan & Sue Timbrell of Thames Hereford’s sampling steaks.

Overall Saturday Winner Junior Champion – Oliver Garnett-Smith Reserve – Peter Jackson Intermediate Champion – Beth Harvey Reserve – Maddie Clarke Senior Champion – Flora Amery Reserve – Josh Dowbiggin

Sunday Stock Judging Winners Junior – Oliver Garnett-Smith Intermediate – Maddie Clarke Senior – Flora Amery. As a result of this win Maddie Clarke shadow judged alongside Phil Allman at Ashby Show and Flora Amery shadow judged the Autumn Show & Sale in Hereford guided by Jack Henry.

Overseas Visitor Another mission of mine within this youth development programme is to make connections with other youth groups around the globe - which is exactly what happened in 2017 following our correspondence with Canada. Fortunately for us, the Canadian Junior Hereford Association (CJHA) President Samantha Rimke, Mar Herefords responded positively and came on a ten day exchange to the UK, which was partly funded by the CJHA. Day 1 saw Samantha thrown completely into the deep end. We took her to Edenbridge and Oxted Show where she helped prep cattle Canadian style, took in


Day 5 saw an educational visit to Lackham College where we explored the grounds, looked at their herd and quizzed the Head of Agriculture. We then took a three hour drive up to Cambridgeshire to visit Dan Fabb and Helen Parr of the Fabb herd. The hospitality was amazing, we were made to feel very welcome, the cattle were great too, plus we had a sneaky little visit to Cambridge – English culture and all that! And finally, a two day excursion to the famous National Poll Show. Right from the start Sam threw herself into the ‘English’ way of doing things. This included a variety of things but most importantly cider sampling. Sam had a successful show by taking the Reserve Championship on the Friday evening in the young handler’s competition and a second on the Saturday


in a strong class of young competitors. I would like to thank everyone who spoke to Sam, hosted us throughout her visit and made both her and myself feel very welcome.

College connections In September I started a new part time position at Lackham College in Wiltshire. They currently have a small herd of pedigree Hereford’s which the students all work with. They complement the Limousin herd by offering the students comparisons in native and continental cattle. Part of the long-term plan is the merge of a partnership with our UK Hereford Youth programme and make even more young people exposed to the opportunities that it can offer. I have been asked to hold a showing workshop there in the new year. All of these connections, educational and overseas are a positive step in making next year’s story another successful one. I do hope that you can see that the young members are slowly being put through their paces. We have had a successful summer across the country at shows. The pictures, stories and positive feed back I have received throughout the course of the year has been very impressive and I hope as breeders, experts and general supporters you will continue to guide and encourage our youth to make UK Hereford Youth the best youth program on the block! Don’t forget to buy the 1st UKHY calender. Photo’s were taken by members and voted for by you!


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SHOWS - 2017

National Calf Show No stopping Sky High Herefords!

Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley from Weston, Staffordshire have enjoyed a marvellous summer showing season, culminating in their star cow Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th collecting her second Hereford Female of the Year Award continued their rich vein of success by taking the Supreme Hereford Championship at the National Calf Show held at Cirencester Market. The oldest heifer in the show at almost 15 months of age, Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy took the Senior & Grand Female Championships before going on to take the Supreme Championship. English born “Lancome Lucy” has a good pedigree on both sides, she’s out of Scottish bred Romany 1 Lucy RE L21 and by Welsh sire Dendor 1 Murdock. This powerfully built but feminine looking female also boasts a great set of Performance Recorded figures with her 200 and 400 Day Weights, Eye Muscle Area, Retail Beef Yield and Terminal Sire Index in the top 5% of the Breed. Sky High Herefords also picked up another first prize rosette, this time with 10 month old bull calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar. He’s by the 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes and by current Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and went on to take the Reserve Junior Male Championship.

Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612 took the Reserve Grand Female Championship

David Sapsed, Heathbrow Simmentals, Hertfordshire who judged the female classes, made Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1117 from local breeder, MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire his Junior Female Champion. Nine month old “Beauty 1117”, who is out of Ford Abbey 1 Beauty and by Bosa 1 Hereward, is another animal to display top Performance Recorded Figures, a pattern which was eveident throughout the Summer show season. She not only has a 400 and 600 Day Weight, Terminal Sire and Self Replacing Indexes in the Top 1% of the Breed, she also has the Top Value figure of +20 for 200 Day Milk. MJ Clark also collected a red ticket in the first class of the day in the Best Group of Three Calves by the Same Sire, with three top calves by Bosa 1 Hereward, including Lowesmoor 1 Beauty 1117, in Reserve was Mrs I Jennings, Ilminster, Somerset with three calves by Appleridge 1 Leo. However Mrs I Jennings, Cornbel Herefords, went one better in the Best Pair of Bull Calves owned by the Exhibitor when she took first place, with MJ Clark in Reserve.

Supreme & Grand Female Champion Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy

Mrs I Jennings, Cornbel Herefords, winning the Best Pair of Bull Calves Sky High Herefords team receiving the Supreme Championship prize card from major sponsor Duncan Sinclair Senior Agricultural Manager for Waitrose

Standing Reserve to Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy in the Grand & Senior Female Championships was Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612 from TD & WT Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire. This attractive female, out of Hillrow 1 Jemima B9, is another calf by the much admired Normanton 1 Laertes. Earlier in the day Normanton Herefords took the Best Pair of Heifer Calves owned by the Exhibitor with TG, EI & EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire in Reserve.



Taking the Reserve Junior Female title was Blakesley 1 Nancy from J Riley. Superbly shown by Edward Thompson, she’s the latest in a long line of top Blakesley females to attract the attention of a judge. Eight month old “Nancy” is out of Blakesley 1 Kathleen and by Aland Leopold. Judging the male classes was Mr Jeff Thomas, Bollowal Ruby Red Devons, Cornwall, who made Blakesley 1 Major, owned and exhibited by P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire his Senior & Grand Male Champion. Eleven month old “Major”, is out of successful show stopper Blakesley 1 Icicle and by thrice Royal Ulster Show Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite. Later in the day

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Oliver Garnet-Smith and Annie Senior Young Handler winner Ryan Fabb, joint winners of the Coates (left) with James Ludgate who Junior Section was Reserve Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion Blakesley 1 Major

both Judges combined to choose their Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champions with “Major” taking the Reserve Supreme Championship behind “Lancome Lucy”. Standing Reserve in the Senior Male Championship was another animal owned by P Cobley, this time homebred, Kinglee 1 President. This promising thirteen month old bull calf is out of Kinglee 1 Ebony 298 and by Panmure 1 Karl. In the Junior Male Section, it was Studdolph 1 Bale from Miss EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire who came to the fore. Seven month old “Bale”, who is out of Studdolph 1 Vogue 495 and by Dendor 1 Ledley, is another animal with good Performance Recorded Figures, having a 200, 400 & 600 Day Weight in the Top 5% of the Breed. To complete a successful day for Miss Thorne, “Bale” went on to take the Reserve Grand Male Championship.

included a Public Speaking Competition, Feed Identification and competitive Young Handler classes. James Ludgate was the star turn in the public speaking and feed identification competitions by taking first prize in both but failed to complete a hattrick when he was pipped to first place in the Senior Young Handlers Class by Ryan Coates. In the Intermediate category it was Marcus Murdock who took the top spot with Will Awan in Reserve. There was a joint 1st place between Oliver Garnett-Smith and Annie Rose Fabb in the Junior section. The Overall Young Handler Championship went to Marcus Murdock, a young man who’s had a very successful show season picking up a number of Young Handler first prizes, with the experienced Ryan Coates taking Reserve.

Emma Smith UK Hereford Youth co-ordinator organised an enjoyable event in conjuction with the National Calf Show which

Studdolph 1 Bale from Miss EN Thorne took the Reserve Grand Male Championship

Marcus Murdock pictured left was judged Intermediate and Overall Young Handler Champion

There were big classes in all age categories throughout the day

Show Commentator Clive Davies with Young Handler Judges Matt Impey and Nina Smith




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

The Clubs events started in early May with a well attended Annual General Meeting. After the official business was dealt with and all officers re-elected, we were then joined by two local musicians, Ken and Marion who gave us a medley of older songs which all members thoroughly enjoyed. We would like to thank them both for giving up their time to entertain us.

Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 exhibited by Powys breeders DE, ED & AL Jones was judged Supreme Champion at the Royal Welsh Show

Ken and Marion, seen here in full voice, were so good they played twice for the Powys Club.

Towards the end of May we visited the Spring Festival in Builth Wells with our usual Club promotional stand. Out of the nine breeds represented we were awarded a very creditable third, and would like to thank all members who came along to help out over the weekend by meeting, greeting or providing refreshments. June took us to Llanigon for our annual BBQ, this year it was kindly hosted by Fred, Rose, Gordon and Julia Williams. It was a very sunny day in fabulous surroundings and the thirty plus members had a wonderful afternoon, so a huge thank you to the Williams’ for making it such a successful day. By this time the show season was well underway and a big well done to all those club members who got out there to fly the Hereford flag in numerous shows but a special mention must go to the Jones family (Dendor) for taking Supreme Champion at the Royal Welsh Show and to Tom Pritchard for winning the Young Handlers (17-21 years).

Messrs Griffiths steer Penrhiwgoch took the red rosette in a competitive steer class

August took us to the village of Leysters for our annual herd visit to the Herouldmede Herd of Traditional Herefords run by the WoodsVan-Beele partnership. We viewed some lovely cattle in idyllic countryside. All members commented on the deep bodied females with calves at foot and were impressed with how relaxed the cattle were. The Club would like to thank Willem and Suzy for letting us visit their farm and the wonderful warm welcome that we were given. October came around quickly and with it our annual Sunday Lunch / Presentation day. An ever popular event which was well attended by sixty plus members and this year we were joined by UK Breed President, Robert Thomas, his wife Diane and Beverley and Tracey from the offices at Hereford House - it was great to have them with us, so that we could show them our appreciation for all the hard work they do mainly behind the scenes. With the Welsh Winter Fair on the horizon the Club would like to thank their members and those from further afield for supporting the Hereford classes in this prestigious event and the officers elected would like to thank all Club members for their continued support without whom the Club would not be the success it is today.

Tom Pritchard won the M&S 17-21 years of age Inter-breed Young Handler Class at the Royal Welsh Show. Here he receives a momento for that ocassion from Breed President Robert Thomas

Powys Club Chairman Tommy Williams receives the 3rd place rosette for the Best Breed Stand at the Spring Festival, Builth Wells, from Breed President Robert Thomas



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Royal Welsh Show

Dendor Herefords take the Supreme Championship! DE, ED & AL Jones, Dendor Herefords, Caersws, Powys took the Supreme Championship with their Grand Male Champion Bakgard 1 Keno 1178. Danish bred “Keno 1178” is out of Bakgard 1 Alien and by Moeskaer Keno 1222. Judge Mervyn Richmond, Corraback Herefords, said of his Champion, “he’s an animal with good width and length and a real beefy bull.”

Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 the Supreme Hereford Champion from DE, ED & AL Jones

Judge Mervyn Richmond (left) and Breed President Robert Thomas present the Supreme Championship to Aled Jones with Bakgard 1 Keno 1178

Standing Reserve in the Grand Male Championship was 16 month old Haven Nugget bred by EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. “Nugget” who is enjoying a fine show season, is out of Haven Curly 109th and by Haven Kingpin. Earlier in the day Haven Nugget was presented with the Dendor Trophy for the Best Bull under 2 years of Age by Marlene Robbie, Otapawa Poll Herefords, New Zealand. “Nugget” boasts a great set of EBV’s across the board; easy calving, good growth and carcase traits in the top 1% of the Breed. Later at the show Haven Nugget was judged Agri Lloyd Reserve Junior Native Elite Performance Recorded Inter-breed Champion. The Reserve Junior Bull Championship went to MF Gray, Bromyard, Herefordshire with home bred 17 month old Buckenhill 1 Notorious. He is out of Buckenhill 1 Anxiety 2nd and by Frenchstone P. 1 Aston. Taking the first prize rosette in the biggest class of the day was breed stalwarts and loyal Royal Welsh Show supporters TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, with Glenvale 1 Allbutt. This well presented 14 month old bull is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399 and by Dendor 1 Ledley.

Reserve Grand Male Champion Haven Nugget from EL Lewis & Sons

Mervyn Richmond chose the stylish heifer, 18 month old Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real as his Grand Female Champion much to the delight of owner Robert Allcock, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Although, Robert was quick to praise the showmanship skills of

Haven Nugget was judged the Agri Lloyd Reserve Junior Native Interbreed Elite Performance Recorded Champion

Reserve Supreme & Grand Female Champion Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real exhibited by Robert Allcock



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SHOWS - 2017 his stockman Twm Jones. Later in the day things were to get even better for Mr Allcock when “Get Real” went on to take the Reserve Supreme Championship! The Reserve Female Champion was Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess from B Birch and G Brindley from Weston, Stafford. This is the latest success for 21 month old Dainty Duchess, who is out of Shraden 1 Duchess L581 and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23.

Exhibitors enjoying a well earned break!

The Reserve Grand Female presentation from, L to R, Judge Mervyn Richmond, President Robert Thomas, stockman Jim Barber with Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess and Sponsor from ?? DC Smith Financial Ltd

On the final day of the show Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess teamed up with Normanton 1 Grifola 10th to take the Reserve Native Interbreed Females of the Future Championship which was judged by well known livestock exporter Andrew Ewing, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway.

Judge Mervyn Richmond with the Welsh Government’s Environment and Rural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ms Lesley Griffiths

There was more success for Birch and Brindley this time in the cow class when the much vaunted and former Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th took the red ticket in the first female class. TG & EI Thorne collected another red ticket this time in the senior heifer class with 28 month old Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 547. Sired by Bosa 1 Hereward, as with her stablemate Glenvale 1 Allbutt, she is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399. In the young female class of the day, it was TJ & BM Goodwin, Almeley, Herefordshire who came out on top with 15 month old Rough Moor 1 Rosea 171. This attractive female is out of Rough Moor 1 Rosea and by Eldersfield 1 Cohen G630. Finally, well done to 18 year old Tom Pritchard, Berthllwyd Herefords, Aberdare, who came first in the 17 – 21 years of age category in the Inter-breed Young Handlers Competition, sponsored by Marks & Spencer.



UK Hereford Youth Tom Pritchard who won the M&S 17-21 years of age Inter-breed Young Handler Competition receives his first prize rosette from Sponsor Sian Lewis

2017 - SHOWS

Royal Welsh Winter Fair The Hereford Breed Society once again took a Breed Stand at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Builth Wells, Powys and once again DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys kindly loaned an animal to display on the Breed Stand. This time it came in the form of successful stock bull Bakgard 1 Keno, the 2017 Royal Welsh Show Breed Champion. Three year old Danish bred Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 is out of Bakgard 1 Alien and by Moeskaer Keno and certainly drew an audience and favourable comments from visitors to the stand, both from the pedigree and commercial sectors. This year saw an increased entry in the RW Winter Fair pedigree Hereford classes. Taking first prize in the heifer section was T & M Goodwin and C Powell, Almeley, Herefordshire with two year old Rough Moor 1 Dolphin 161. ‘Dolphin’, who is sired by Eldersfield 1 Cohen and out of Ford Abbey 1 Dolphin 2nd weighed 660kg. Later in the show she sold for £3.00 per kg liveweight, to provide a gross income of £1,980. Standing Reserve to Rough Moor 1 Dolphin was 26 month old Krislin 1 Karla from Tom Pritchard, Berthllwyd Herefords, Hirwaun, Aberdare.

Pedigree Hereford Steer Champion Penrhiwgoch from Messrs Griffiths, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 kindly loaned by Dendor Herefords was the star attraction on the Breed Stand

Champion Heifer was Rough Moor 1 Dolphin 161 from T & M Goodwin and C Powell, Almeley, Herefordshire

In a highly competitive class of pedigree Hereford steers, Derbyshire Judge Richard Taylor picked out 20 month old Penrhiwgoch 1 44 Progress 204 as his Champion. Sired by Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Binks and out of Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Diadem, he weighed 588kg and sold for £1,317. In Reserve was Dendor 1 Nordic, a 19 month old steer from DE, ED & AL Jones. Well done to Powys Hereford Breeders’ Club, and in particular, Honorary Secretary, Glenn Pritchard in achieving a good display of commercial pedigree Herefords.

Jen Jones, Dendor Herefords (centre) with visitors to the Stand

There was an impressive line up of pedigree Hereford steers




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

The Dyfed Club started 2017 with a Gala Dinner held at the Ivy Bush Hotel, Carmarthen on March 31st to commemorate 40 years to the day that the Club was established. It was so nice to see many past members joining us to celebrate this special occasion.

Mrs Rose Goodall cutting the 40th Anniversary cake

The shows once again were well supported by old and new members with many members venturing further afield to the Royal Welsh Show, Welsh Winter Fair, National Horned Show, National Poll Show and National Calf Show which this year was held at Cirencester and many having considerable success. Honoured guests were George Thorne and Anthony John (founder members) David Prothero (Secretary) Robert Thomas (Society President) and Bruce McKay (responsible for forming the club)

We were delighted to have the Hereford Society Breed Secretary, Mr David Prothero, Society President, Mr Robert Thomas and partners in attendance together with Mr Bruce McKay the first Secretary and founder member of the Club. During the evening a slide show organised by Non Thorne showing members and their cattle over the last 40 years was held and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We must also thank Paul Griffiths and family for the delicious birthday cakes which were so beautifully decorated. Also on display were old show and sale catalogues and trophies. The 2017 prize winning Dyfed Hereford breeders

Show Results 2017 St Clears - Judge: Mr M Thomas Overall Champion/Female Champion: Lax Regina 22nd Reserve Female Champion: Hean 1 Diadem Champion Male: Lax Tornado Reserve Male Champion: Glenvale 1 Allbutt Cothi Bridge - Judge: Mr H Griffiths Overall Champion: Lax Tornado Reserve Champion: Sancler Model

Aberystwyth - Judge: Miss Flora Amery Champion: Lax Tornado Retiring Breed Secretary David Prothero proposing a toast to the Dyfed Hereford Breeders’ Club

On a glorious day in May the Club held its AGM which was hosted by Vice Chairman, Mr Euros Rees and family, Trefochlyd Poll Herefords at Croesgoch, St Davids. After the AGM we had an excellent lunch and enjoyed a tour of the cattle. Euros is gradually expanding his herd and had on display Sire of The Year, Solpoll 1 Gilbert and the winning trophy. It really was a most enjoyable afternoon and the cattle are a credit to this young breeder.



Fishguard - Judge: Mr T Roderick Champion: Lax Tornado Reserve Champion: Glenvale 1 Polly

Gower - Judge: Mr G Cox Champion: Dendor 1 Ruby 23 Reserve Champion: Sky high 1 Miss Valentine Martletwy - Judge: Mr T Bradstock Champion: Lax Tornado Reserve Champion: Lax Regina 22nd Pembrokeshire County - Judge: Mr P Allman




Laxfield Jubilee at 5 years old. Jubilee has grown into a most impressive sire successfully transmitting his structural correctness, conformation and quality to his progeny.

Laxfield Marigold 45th By Laxfield Timpanist with her calf Laxfield Montgomery at 4 months old By Pulham Hercules. Sires Used In 2017

Laxfield Timpanist (Semen Available) Laxfield Jubilee Laxfield Jefferson (Traditionally Bred) Laxfield Keegan (now sold to Mara Herefords) By Badlingham Broad Lad Pulham Hercules

Sires Used By AI In 2017 Rathcor Ranger & Weston Topper

Laxfield Jefferson by Laxfield Ballad Ex Laxfield Julia 4th by Clipston Robert. Jefferson is a young traditional bull of great promise. He is currently at UK Sire Services, and semen will be available in 2018. Traditionally bred Herefords of proven performance and ancestry form an integral part of our breeding programme.

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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Glenvale 1 Allbutt winning his class at the Royal Welsh Show

Studdolph 1 Dior 622 winning her class at the National Poll Show

Overall Champion and Female Champion: Studdolph Dior 622 Reserve Champion: Kilvrough 1 Keepsake Male Champion: Kilvrough 1 Nigel Reserve Male Champion: Glenvale 1 Allbutt

We must thank Tom Roderick for attending Council Meetings for the last three years and reporting back to us all on matters that were discussed. We are fortunate that once again we have a member from our Club elected as a Council Member – Miss Non Thorne and we wish her well along with Glenn Prichard from the Powys Hereford Breeders’ Club.

Llandyfaelog - Judge: Mr Ron Welch Champion: Lax Regina 22nd Reserve: Lax Tornado Once again, winning the most Show points was Mr Anthony John who always makes a tremendous effort in attending so many shows during the season. Show Female: Lax Regina 22nd Show Male: Lax Tornado Show Herd: Lax

Studdolph 1 Dior 622 winning the Supreme Championship at Pembrokeshire County Show

Native Interbreed Pair of Heifers Champions at Pembrokeshire County Show

Lax Regina 22nd - Dyfed Female of the Year for the second time in three years

Lax Tornado - Dyfed Bull of the Year for second successive year!



Lax in-calf heifers part of the Dyfed Herd of the Year


The 15th European Conference - Hungary 2018 By Istvan Marton Ph.D, General Manager

European Hereford Conferences are arranged every four years, with the last one taking place in Switzerland in 2014. The 15th European Hereford Conference will be held in Hungary from Saturday 15th September to Thursday 20th September 2018. The Conference provides a platform for the exchange of genetic information and breeding objectives and a chance to get together to discuss common topics and to listen to keynote lectures and Country Reports. We hope these events will attract many Hereford breeders and farmers from across Europe and further afield. Gatherings have previously been held in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Holland, Hungary, Germany and Switzerland. This is the second ocassion that Hungary have organized a European Hereford Conference having hosted the 8th Conference in 1995.

Delegates at the last Hungarian European Conference in 1995

We have planned tours through the length and breadth of our country, viewing some of our noted herds, three stock farms and a plethora of tourist attractions. Our Conference is taking place in Kaposvár at the location of our Beef Breeding Association. It will have been 23 years since the European Conference was last hosted in Hungary, so this is a perfect opportunity to make your return, to renew old friendships and make new ones. For further details - including full Conference information and detailed program - visit our website at We hope to see you at our Conference!



SHOWS - 2017

National Poll Show

Jennefer 15th is one in a hundred and twelve! There was no stopping Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th as she dominated the National Poll Show - fresh from her success at Bucks County Show where she took Breed, Native Interbreed and Reserve Overall Inter-breed Championships, to be crowned the 2017 National Poll Show Supreme Champion for the second time in three years. Although she is no stranger to success this was something special given the quality and large forward entry of one hundred and twelve cattle – the largest Hereford entry anywhere in the UK this year! Owned and exhibited by B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Staffordshire, this striking cow with her second calf at foot Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar first took the Senior Female and Grand Female Championship before going on to take the top prize. She’s out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by twice UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. As well as having a top pedigree she also has a very good set of EBV’s including all growth figures and rib fat in the top 10% of the Breed. Judge Matthew Goulding, Co. Kerry, Ireland praised the quality of “Jennefer” to the many ringside onlookers from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Ireland and Denmark. The Reserve Supreme Championship went to Grand & Overall Intermediate Male Champion 17 month old Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad from A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire. Like the Champion he’s

Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad, owned & exhibited by A & P Massey



Supreme & Grand Female Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th from B Birch & G Brindley

out of a Dendor female, this time Dendor 1 Anna Mary 18th and by home-bred bull and former Great Yorkshire Show Supreme Champion Hollyvale 1 Knight. Standing Reserve to Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th in the Grand & Senior Female Championships was two and half year old Coley 1 Nova 351 with her bull calf, Coley 1 Principal, at foot. “Nova 351” bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire is out of Coley 1 Nova 164 and by 2012 UK Bull of the Year and National Poll Show Champion Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe.

Reserve Grand Female Champion Coley 1 Nova 351 with her bull calf Coley 1 Principal at foot from Miss H Whittaker

2017 - SHOWS There was more success for Sky High Herefords when they took the Intermediate Female Championship with Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy. This attractive 13 month old heifer is out of Romany 1 Lucy RE L21 and by Dendor 1 Murdock. She has 200, 400 & 600 day wt growth figures in the Top 5% of the Breed and a Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 10%. In Reserve place was Glenvale 1 Polly 579 expertly shown by Non Thorne representing TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Twenty two month old “Polly 579”, another animal with a good set of Performance Recorded Figures, is out Glenvale 1 Polly 388 and sired by Bosa 1 Hereward. In the Junior section it was 12 month old Normanton 1 Enoki 5th from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire who came to the fore to take the Junior Female Championship against some strong contendors. “Enoki 5th” is out of Normanton 1 Enoki J874 and by current UK Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes. In Reserve was Dendor 1 Ruby 29th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown. Eleven month old Ruby 29th is out of Dendor 1 Ruby 17th and is another promising heifer by top sire Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

The Senior Male Championship went to PJ & AC Allman with Greenyards 1 Norrie

1 Maverick from local breeder MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. This stylish bull, who has taken they eye of a number of judges over the past few months, is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society. To complete the male section it was Blakesley 1 Major from J Riley, Towcester, Northamptonshire, who first took the Junior Male Championship before pipping Normanton 1 Enoki 5th to the Overall Junior Championship and with it the Hallwood Perpetual Trophy. “Major” is out of the successful show female Blakesley 1 Icicle and by thrice Royal Ulster Show Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite. Taking the Reserve Junior Male Championship was Moralee 1 Porterhouse from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. This well balanced 12 month old bull is out of Moralee 1 Kimberley and much to the delight of Danish breeder Jens Michael Jensen who was in attendance by SMH King Size 87K.

Normanton 1 Enoki 5th from TD & WT Livesey took the Junior Female Championship. Here stockman Colin Soutter receives the trophy from Sponsor Henry Cole

In the male category, there was more good news for breed stalwarts TG, EI & EN Thorne when they were judged Reserve Grand and Reserve Intermediate Champion behind Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad with Glenvale 1 Allbutt. Sixteen month old “Allbutt” has enjoyed a fine show season is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399 and by Dendor 1 Ledley.

Edward Thompson with Blakesley 1 Major receives the Hallwood Perpetual Trophy from Robert Shaw on behalf of J Riley

There was a tie for the Most Successful Herd (gaining the most points) on the Day, between Moralee and Sky High Herefords!

Reserve Grand Male Champion Glenvale 1 Allbutt from TG, EI & EN Thorne

The Senior Male Championship went to rising two year old PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire with Greenyards 1 Norrie. Prepared and exhibited by professional showman Matthew Gray, he’s out of Greenyards 1 Echo 4th and by Fisher 1 Keystone K365. Taking the Reserve Senior Male Championship was Lowesmoor

Judge Matthew Goulding commenced his marathon stint of over 6 hours of judging with two groups of three and a best pair competition. In the Group of Three by the Same Sire owned by an Exhibitor, it was JD & RA Moorhouse, Cato Herefords, Taunton, Somerset who were awarded the red ticket and with it the Blythebarn trophy. In Reserve were A & S Timbrell, Thames Herefords, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. In the Best Group of Three to include Both Sexes owned by an Exhibitor it was Mrs CS Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria who was awarded first place and the Diamond Jubilee Trophy, in second position was DE, ED & AL Jones.



SHOWS - 2017

Cato Herefords from JD & RA Moorhouse took the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire

In the Best Pair of Animals it was P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire who was placed first with T & D Harrison in Reserve.

Iona Smith winner of the Senior Young Handler Competition

years old on the day of the show) first prize card was Iona Smith, Milovaig Herefords, Ayrshire, with Canadian Samantha Rimke, Mar Herefords in Reserve. In the Junior Young Handler section (15 and under) it was Ryan Shaw, Hallwood Herefords, Wirral, Cheshire who took top spot with Oliver Garnet-Smith, Classic Herefords, Swindon, Wiltshire in second place.

Jens Michael Jensen presents the silver salver to Steve Edwards on behalf of P Cobley for the Best Pair of Animals

Throughout the day a Young Handlers Competition was judged from ringside by David Hemstock. Each competitor wore an armband denoting a letter on their arm and were split into one of two age categories. Taking the Senior Young Handler (16-21

A large crowd was in attendance throughout several hours of judging



UKHY Organiser Emma Smith with Ryan Shaw winner of the Junior Young Handler Competition

2017 - SHOWS National Poll Show - Young Handlers Competition On the evening prior to the National Poll Show a highly competitive Young Handlers Competition took place, kindly sponsored once again by Henry Cole & Co Ltd. The Judge this year was Ryan Coates, Newtoncroft Herefords, Leicestershire, who had the difficult task of selecting the best young handlers within three age categories. In the Youngest Class 7–12 years of Age it was 11 year old Finlay Soutter representing Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire who picked up the glassware and prize money, with Oliver GarnetSmith, aged 12, from Classic Herefords, Swindon, Wiltshire in second place. In the category 13-17 years of age it was Finlay’s older sister Isla who came out on top, with Marcus Murdock in second place. Finally, in the Senior Class (18-21 years of age) it was overseas visitor, Canadian Junior Hereford Association President Samantha Rimke who took the honours from Iona Smith, Milovaig Herefords, Ayrshire in Reserve. The Judge then chose Isla Soutter as his Overall Young Handler Champion and with it the Henry Cole Co. Ltd Silver Salver. This is just the latest award for Isla who has an outstanding track record of Young Handler Competitions. Thanks must go to Emma Smith UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator for all her assistance in making this such an enjoyable and rewarding event. Thanks also to Henry Cole Co. Ltd for their continued support.

Judge Matthew Goulding

For me, the ideal Female should have: a long, clean body of moderate frame on four good legs; well-attached udder ligaments with four, nice quality, accessible teats; a neatly shaped shoulder following a long neck; a feminine head and of course, good pelvic width. The Males should be quite similar in type, demonstrate masculinity and have well developed testicles. Further, for me it is extremely important to have a correct angle on the hind legs with a good depth of heel. I am very comfortable judging this type of cattle. In fact, I was hoping I would be presented with cattle that would resemble this type. I was thrilled when the cattle started coming into the prestigious Moreton show ring as this was predominantly the type and quality of animal I was presented with. Certainly there was some variation in each class, as one would expect, but the quality was remarkable. I must also remark that the professionalism and courteousness of the exhibitors will most definitely remain in my mind for a long time to come. The enthusiasm from both the exhibitors and spectators was incredible. It was the strongest and most enjoyable competition I have ever judged. The respect that was given to me by everybody involved was amazing and for this I am deeply grateful.

Pictured, are from L to R, Samantha Rimke, Judge Ryan Coates, Isla Soutter and Finlay Soutter

Comment from Judge Matthew Goulding.... I am both honoured and privileged to have been invited to judge the UK’s National Poll Show. Prior to the event, I was fully aware of the task ahead of me considering it is one, if not, the biggest exhibition of Hereford cattle in the United Kingdom. I felt a responsibility to the breed, the breeders, the organisers, the Society and how my opinion and the choices I was to make on the day, could influence and shape the future of the Hereford cattle of tomorrow. As a breeder and stockman since I was a boy and working with all different types of cattle for many years, I have identified a certain type of animal which I know will deliver all of the important traits that contribute to sustained profitability.

A special thank you to my ring steward, Tony Whittaker. His professional approach and vast experience of the show ring was just perfection in motion. Also, the lovely lady Wendy Manning, her organisational skills and relaxed, ‘no-fuss approach’ deserves a special mention. Lastly, I must thank Steve Edwards and Ryan Coates for chauffeuring me to the showground and back. The quality of the cattle was just unreal. The overall winner was an outstanding cow, she had all the attributes you would wish for in the breed, just sheer quality. Throughout all of the classes, from the females, right through to the males, there were many fantastic specimens. The top end of some classes I felt had progressed the breed to a new level. Overall, my wife Rita and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Moreton. We have wonderful memories and have made many new friends. Whenever possible we will be going back again and again. With such fine people in charge and the passion you have for the breed, this show can only continue go from strength to strength. A big thank you to everybody, Matthew Goulding



The Hereford is the top performer on commercial beef unit By Wendy Short, Short Associates. The Hereford is proving to be the top performer on a Leicestershire beef unit which is achieving an average 281 days to finishing. Its weight gain figures are keeping pace with other crossbreeds without suffering from some of the health issues that have affected its rivals, and the breed is regularly hitting target quality specifications. A rapid finishing system for crossbred beef cattle that is widely practised in Spain has produced some promising initial results for Andrew Bowley, with growth rates enhanced following the installation of a pressurised ventilation system. Mr Bowley’s first batch of calves arrived at Old Hall Farm near Melton Mowbray in September 2016, with some leaving the 300-head unit this April. The initial average growth rate across the finishing period was 1.1-1.2kgs/day, a figure which has increased to an average 1.5kgs/day, since the installation of the pressurised ventilation system.

minimum of 12 months and one day old, as younger cattle would be officially classified as veal. The finishers receive a pre-agreed payment, which is linked to weight, quality and market price, as well as the cost of production. The calves arrive at approximately four months old and weighing 130kgs, with steers taken to 570-580kgs and heifers to roughly 540kgs.

He also estimates that the fans have shaved more than 90 days off the finishing time, which has declined from an average 375 days, to just 281 days. This has reduced the requirement for bought-in feed by an estimated 630kgs/head, which equates to a saving of just over £100. The management system is overseen by Dunbia, which is replicating the project on several other farms. The company supplies steer and heifer calves of mixed breeding; mainly sourced from dairy herds, and takes back the finished animals. These must be a



“In fact, some of the cattle are finishing earlier than 366 days and I have to wait for the minimum period to be reached, before I can send them in,” says Mr Bowley, who runs the beef and arable farm in partnership with his father, Ray and mother, Janet. “Performance to date has mostly been as expected, with the black and whites taking longer to achieve finish and some of the native breeds producing better quality meat.” Bedded on wheat straw, the cattle are fed a total mixed ration with home-grown rolled barley as the main ingredient, plus maize distillers’ grains, soya bean meal, soya oil and protected fat. It also contains Econbeef, a supplementary mineral and vitamin mix with antacids which is imported from Spain. This product costs an average £170/tonne and has been designed to reduce the risk of acidosis in high cereal

cattle diets. They also have access to barley straw.

have a genetic hypersensitivity to metabolic disorders.

“At one point, I counted almost 20 different breeds and crossbreeds in the unit,” he says. “The Hereford crosses have emerged as the clear leaders to date. They only achieved average growth rates, but none have suffered any health problems. They have also produced the highest killing out percentages and have graded well.”

Mr Bowley stresses that he is still finetuning herd management and expects that the minor health issues will be ironed out over time. “Feed costs on this system are comparatively expensive at about £450/ head. Therefore a high throughput is needed, in order to produce a reasonable gross margin. It is a good way of utilising the buildings and I have set it up so that minimal labour is required. The total mixed ration allows for mechanical feeding and there is an automated straw bedding machine, so it only takes one man two hours a day to see to the cattle.

The high input system pushes cattle growth limits and it is important to guard against metabolic disorders, warns Mr Bowley. “Laminitis is the main challenge, although it can be alleviated by removing the animal and offering a higher forage diet. There have also been a couple of cases of bloat, or acidosis. These health issues are treatable in the early stages, but they greatly reduce profitability. Some individuals will gorge on the barley and they have to be monitored.” One particular breed appears to be more prone to contracting laminitis, but Mr

Bowley does not wish to identify it, as performance results to date are limited. He is trying to establish whether specific sires

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“I will need to see more results before I make a final decision on whether the system has the profitability potential to beat more traditional methods of cattle finishing,” he says.

Pressurised Fan Installation Mr Bowley, a qualified engineer who returned to the family farming business in 2012, initially believed that the cattle housing was well ventilated. However several animals had to be treated for pneumonia in the autumn and after some research, he purchased four pressurised fan systems for the two cattle buildings in Christmas 2016. These have produced results beyond expectation, with no pneumonia cases recorded since their installation. The four fans and tubing were priced at £2,000 and



incur running costs totalling £1,200 per year. They were sourced from a specialist supplier of mushroom farming equipment and have been adapted by Mr Bowley, using his engineering expertise. The fans blow air into a polythene tube which runs horizontally across the length of the building, he explains. Holes have been punched into the tube at one metre intervals and positioned at 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock angles. This arrangement pushes air downwards at an angle, which causes stale air to rise and subsequently exit through the roof vent. If the fans were used without the tubing, they would simply blow air at a point above the cows and would not fully solve the problem, he comments.

experimented by turning down the setting from 8 to 6 and within less than an hour, the environment was 1.5 degrees warmer. “The general temperature of the building is slightly reduced by the addition of the fans, but I think that the heating effect of the barley diet more than makes up for this factor. In general, the temperature is 0.2 degrees C higher and at the same humidity level, compared with the ambient figure. As the buildings empty, savings can be made, by switching off half of the fans. Some cattle are clipped to keep them cool, but I

think this is a more practical solution. “I have been asked whether the fans create a draught, but the air flow can only be detected directly below the outlets,” he adds. “It has also been suggested that because the risk of cattle contracting pneumonia is greatest in the autumn and the fans were not installed until Christmas, there may be a resurgence of the disease this season. However, I am fully confident that the fans will continue to offer protection; I see them almost as a way of boosting the animal’s immune system.”

“The fans had an immediate effect, although I have continued with a vaccination programme, because young calves are highly vulnerable. In a typical farm building, cattle can be heard coughing every now and then and ours were no exception, but there has been no coughing at all, since the installation. The fans also keep dust to a minimum during bedding up and this leads to a better working environment for the operator.” A power meter has been added to measure output and the fans are set to maximum speed at minimum power. Mr Bowley has rejected the idea of an automated system. “Automated fans would cut off when the air reached a certain temperature and humidity level, but I wanted the environment to be constantly cooled and refreshed. I

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Mr & Mrs Les Gould Baybridge Herd (Polled) Lower Breach Farm West Orchard, Shaftesbury SP7 0L Tel 01258 472417 Email: gould121@btinternet. com

Mr L R & A M Ayre Frenchstone Herd (Polled) Great Frenchstone Farm Queen’s Nympton South Molton Devon EX36 4JH Tel: 01769 572294 or 01769579460 (R Gray) Mr M J Harris Email: Hilfield Herd Remedy House, Hilfield Dorchester, Dorset Phillip and Chris Caunter DT2 7BD Hollystone Herd Tel: 01963 210709 Stonehills Farm, Harbertonford Email: mjharris.remedy@ Totnes, Devon. TQ9 7UA Tel: 01803 732621/07971733451 Mr R A Mitchell Lanscombe herd (Polled) Mr M Goddard Higher Henley Farm Bryony Herd Buckland Newton, Dorchester Bryony Hill Farm, Winkleigh, Dorset DT2 7BL Devon EX19 8SW Tel 01300 345292 Tel: 01837 83647 Email: Email: martin@silverlineuk. Mrs J Trott Kiddles Herd (Polled) Mr SC Luxton Kiddles Farm, Piddletrenthide Chamberlains Herd Dorchester DT2 7QY Chamberlains Farm Tel 01300 348576 Brampford Speke Email Exeter, EX5 5DR SOMERSET Tel 01392 841094 Email:stuart@stuartluxton. Mrs I Jennings Cornbel Herd (Polled) Roche Farm Miss Elisabeth Pierce Barrington Hill Broadway Lillibeth Herd Ilminster TA19 9LW Cowlings Farm, Huntsham, Tel 01823 480321 Tiverton, Devon EX16 7LZ Email isobelatroche@hotmail. Tel: 01398 361471 Mob: 07808 874274 Email: elisabethpierce09@ Angela Kerslake & Keith Prettejohn Nicholashayne Herd Mr R Redwood & Ms S Nicholashayne Farm Walker Sampford Arundel, Winbrook Herd (Horned) Wellington , Somerset Winbrook Farm, Kelly, Lifton TA21 9QY Devon PL16 0HQ Email Tel: 01566 784615 Tel 01884 849121 Email: winbrookfarm@gmail. com Mr M & D Lury Mr & Mrs R Webster Castlewood (P) Polled herd Paradise Herd (Horned) Oakleaf (H) Horned herd Upcott Park, Cookbury, Castle Farm, Buckland St Mary Holsworthy, Devon Nr Chard, Somerset EX22 6NT TA20 3JX Tel 01409 254424 Tel 01460 234394 Email richard-webster@ 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




South Western Hereford Association By Angela Kerslake, Hon. Secretary

The year started on a sad note with the news of the passing of two of our most loyal and long standing supporters George Hawke and Cathy Howells. Mr Hawke on May 16th 2017 of Burlawn, Wadebridge, had reached the grand age of 97, most probably making him our oldest Hereford Breeder whose membership of the Society had spanned seven decades having joined in 1955. Cathy had supported the SWHA for many years and was such a familiar and welcoming face on our Breed Stands at many Shows. Our herd visits this year were to Lanscombe Herefords on Sunday 30th July at Higher Henley Farm, Buckland Newton, Dorchester by kind permission of The Mitchell family. The family turned their stock out to high standards as usual and allowed us to have stock judging competitions. The herd was in two bunches running with two impressive herd sires Lanscombe 1 Maximillion and Branwyn 1 Emperor. On Sunday 20th August we travelled to the wild North Cornwall coast to see the Reddivallen Herefords at Trevalga, Boscastle by kind permission of Anthony & Liz Brewer and family. The 420 acre award winning farm produces Organic Beef and Lamb consisting of 90 Suckler Cows and 300 Breeding Ewes set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This is a great example of a suckler herd of hardy Herefords able to thrive in harsh weather conditions, with driving wind and rain coming off the North Atlantic and Irish Seas. On Monday 25th September we had a visit to ‘Hereford House’. Those that attended enjoyed some very informative talks on the history and current issues of the Hereford breed and it was good to meet the new CEO James Sage. We then went on a herd walk to see Bounds Herefords at their home at Westons Cider Mill & Restaurant, by kind permission of H Weston & Sons Ltd. A delightful lunch was had before a tour of the impressive mill and their ‘modern’ cider press. Well worth a visit.

The Annual General Meeting and Dinner with Herd Competition Awards had a good attendance with an exceptional amount of keen young breeders.

Agrifest - NBA Beef South West The year finished for us at the NBA Agrifest event at Exeter where we had a breed stand which encompassed promotional material and a young bull Nicholashayne 1 Joker, kindly supplied by K. Prettejohn & A. Kerslake. Agrifest 2017 is organised by the NBA South West Area and has become a well supported and rapidly growing event held in the livestock arena at the Devon County showground. Commercial and pedigree beef classes had good numbers forward, with pedigree classes being judged by well known stockman Jimmy McMillan. The event which was opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex also hosted the auction of ‘pink’ pedigree sheep in aid of Cancer Research UK. Local MP Neil’s Parish visited the Hereford Breed Stand, a stand which was awarded the Bronze Award in the Best Breed Stand Competition.

SWHA Herd Competition Results Our enormous thanks go to John and Melanie Williams of Anhay Herefords, Cornwall for judging a massive 25 herds this year. This great task was mainly undertaken on their out-bound and return journeys to the Royal Welsh and Tenbury Wells Shows. We are very grateful for their time and dedication

Baybridge Herefords

Devon County Show proved to be a great success as the SWHA won the Gold Award for the Best Breed Stand in the Show! Well done to James Greensill who also won the Best Stockman Award whilst attending to the Lanscombe Herefords and was presented with his award in the main ring.

Baybridge 1 Manhatten at 18 months

Male & Female stock usually for sale Lower Breach Farm

The Hereford Breed won Best Breed Stand at Devon County Show and with it the Gold Award

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=4th Mr Edward Mills and Keith Prettejohn & Angela Kerslake 52 points

Butcombe Cup: 1st Mr Richard Pike 2nd Mr and Mrs Jonathon Moorhouse 3rd Mr and Mrs Alec Faull 4th Mr and Mrs Caunter

66 points 61.5 points 61 points 58 points

Specials - Best Stock Bull and his progeny: Mr and Mrs Alec Faull – Free Town Mascot

Specials - Gerald Dicker Cup - Best Stock Bull and his Progeny: Mr Les Gould - Bosa 1 Huntsman Shield - Best Heifer Calf: Mr Edward Mills - Severnvale Venus 8th born 18/6/17 Shield - Best Bull Calf: Mr Chris Wearne - Tremenheere Phoenix born 26/4/17

Shield - Best Heifer Calf: Mr and Mrs Alec Faull - Trelissick Joyce born 16/2/17 Shield - Best Bull Calf: Mr and Mrs Jonathon Moorhouse - Cato 1 Plutarch born 24/1/17

Medium Herds Andy Robinson Cup: 1st Mr Mike Harris 70.5 points = 2nd The Robinson Family and The Mitchell Family 63 points 4th Mrs Isobel Jennings 55 points 5th Mr and Mrs Alan Miller 6th Mr Martin Goddard

Novice Class - David Barker Shield 1st Mr Dan Pascoe 2nd The Sanders Family 3rd Mr and Mrs Adam Roberts 4th Mr Jamie Palmer =5th Mrs J R Williams and Mr and Mrs Ron and Sue Redwood =7th and Highly Commended - Miss Katherine Rolls and Miss Elizabeth Pierce 9th Mr Stuart Luxton Specials - Best Stock Bull and his Progeny: Mr Dan Pascoe - Lisrace Loyalist V

Specials - Best Stock Bull and his Progeny: The Mitchell Family - Brangwyn 1 Emperor

Shield - Best Heifer Calf: Mr Jamie Palmer - Rolster Bridge 1 Penelope born 5/4/17

Shield - Best Heifer Calf: Mr and Mrs Alan Miller - Alanna Beauty 3rd born 9/3/17

Shield - Best Bull Calf: Miss Katherine Rolls - Woodclose 1 Perseus born 20/06/17

Shield - Best Bull Calf: The Mitchell Family - Lanscombe 1 Trouble born 13/2/17

Caldicutt Cup - Most points at SW shows Home-bred: Isobel Jennings, Cornbel 1 Newton 20pts

Small Herds

Barclays Cup - Most points at SW Shows, opposite sex to winner: Mitchell family, Lanscombe 1 Solitare

Charisford Cup: =1st Mr Lester Solomon and Mr Les Gould 3rd Mr Chris Wearne

63 points 54 points

Frederick George Hawke 1919 - 2017 FREDERICK George Hawke was born at Station Road, St. Blazey, the home of his mother’s sisters, Florrey and Annie. However George, as he was known, spent his early years at Nanscient, St Breock, on a smallholding where the family kept horses and cattle. His father was a great horseman, but also sexton at St Breock Church and his mother cleaned the church. George and his brother, Frank, cleaned the paths and George also pumped the organ in the church, that is until the organist fell asleep during a service and hit the wrong notes. George had the blame for it and received a hiding from the vicar and from his father too! George said he would never set foot in the church again, that is until Mr. West of Hay Farm paid him to do it.

Anhay Cup - Best Overall Stock Bull: The Mitchell Family - Branwyn 1 Emperor

Margaret, Fred, Roland, Kevin and Samantha; the second buying his first pedigree Hereford heifer. George’s friends and fellow farmers all told him he was “off his head” to buy a Hereford as they would never survive down here – but they were all proved very wrong. George built up a fabulous herd of prize-winning Herefords and was a great supporter of the Breed. He was a member of the Hereford Breed Society for seven decades and was the longest serving exhibitor of cattle at the Royal Cornwall Show, as well as being the oldest. He was the oldest pedigree Hereford breeder in the UK and probably in the world! George has left his pedigree herd in good hands as his children continue to look after the farm, following in George’s footsteps.

In 1935 Nanscient was sold and the family went to farm at Tregingey Farm, St Ervan, near Padstow and George went to work for Tom Ford at High Barn. However, on a visit to Wadebridge George’s father, Fred (who was born at Burlawn) bumped into John Gillbert who suggested George return to his roots and take up the tenancy at Hustyn Farm, part of the Prideaux-Brune estate, which he did in 1937 – at a rent of £50 a year. They walked all their stock from Tregingey to Hustyn Farm, over St Breock and Hustyn Downs. Unfortunately Fred died not long after and so George, along with his mother, took on the tenancy. There were two very important and life-changing occasions in George’s life: the first meeting and marrying Mavis and having his six children – Jacky,


The Hawke family at Royal Cornwall Show in 2000


2017 - SHOWS

Royal Bath & West Show 'Ruby' sees Red at the Royal Bath & West!

Twenty month old Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd owned and exhibited by L & L Bowen, Bowendu Herefords, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan took the Supreme & Grand Female Championships at this Royal Bath & West Show. ‘Ruby 23rd’, out of Dendor 1 Ruby 11th and by former Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert, has a great range of Estimated Breeding Values (EBV’s). She has a 200 Day Growth Wt figure in the Top 10% of the Breed and a 400 and 600 Day Growth Wt in the Top 5%. She also has an Eye Muscle Area figure in the Top 10% and a 200 day milk and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 15% of the Breed. To complete a marvellous day for L & L Bowen they also took the Reserve Grand Female Championship with the much vaulted fifteen month old Sky High 1 Miss Valentine purchased at the 2016 Designer Genes Sale for 8,500gns. ‘Miss Valentine’ is out of 2015 Hereford Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker, one of a number of Hereford bulls in Cogent’s portfolio. She too has a great set of Performance Recorded Figures, culminating in both her Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Indexes in the Top 10% of the Breed. In the male section it was Lowesmoor 1 Maverick, another animal with a good performance figures from MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire who took the Grand Male Championship. Two year old ‘Maverick’ is out home-bred female Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by show stopper Dorepoll 1 499 High Society. Lowesmoor 1 Maverick went on to be judged Reserve Supreme Champion behind ‘Ruby 23rd’ but bigger and better things were to lie ahead for him during a long show season.

Supreme Champion Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd owned and exhibited by L & L Bowen

Standing Reserve in the Grand Male Championship were local breeders K Prettejohn and A Kerslake, Wellington, Somerset with 14 month old junior bull Nicholashayne 1 Joker. This promising young bull is out of Woolavington 1 Charlotte and by multi Interbreed Champion sire Nicholashayne 1 Kingkong. Breed stalwart’s RA Mitchell, Lanscombe Herefords, Dorchester, Dorset enjoyed another successful Royal Bath & West Show this time taking the Best Group of Three Animals bred by the Exhibitor and Best Steer sired by a Registered Pedigree Hereford bull. In the final class of the day, the Best Pair of Animals Owned by an Exhibitor, it is was loyal show supporter LG Gould, Baybridge Herefords, Shaftesbury, Dorset who took the red rosette.


Lanscombe 1 Trouble

Winner of the SW Herds Comp Best Bull Calf 2017

Lanscombe 1 Trouble

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The Mitchell Family

Winner of Buckland, the SW Herds Comp Best Bull CalfDT2 2017 Henley Farm, Newton, Dorchester, Dorset 7BL (01300) 345565 Chris Mitchell (07889) 389830

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Twilight Horned and Starline Poll Herefords Alan, Linda and Alex Gifford Whitebear Farm, Milton Damerel, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 7NZ

Sires Used Haven Hotspur, left Free Town Hercules Westwood Knockout Free Town Maximillian Lowesmoor 1 Krug Bromley 1 Veyron Tel: 01409 261284 Mobile: 07799 261634

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






Wiltshire College report

By Chris Taylor (Lecturer/Head of Agriculture - Wiltshire College) Wiltshire College has a long history in Agricultural education at its Lackham campus based in the historic village of Lacock, Wiltshire. The estates farm covers some 1600 acres, with mixed livestock/arable farm enterprises (160 Holstein dairy cows, 1,000 Lleyn ewes, pedigree Limousin and Hereford herds, commercial continental cross dairy beef on a semi-intensive forage based system, plus free range sow herd and a 5 year arable rotation on Brash and heavy clay soils ). A small herd of Hereford cattle were established at Lackham College after the Second World War. However animals dwindled in number and it was not until 2006 when the herd was re-stablished after a kind donation of heifers from the Hereford Cattle Society membership, purely for education and comparison purposes. The instigator of the initial project was Mr Marcus Lury with the backing of the Hereford Cattle Society, and the first Hereford bull on the farm was used as a sweeper bull on the Dairy herd from the Lawford Hereford herd with beef cross progeny reared until finishing. Although female numbers since 2006 have dipped, Wiltshire College has started to re-invest in the security of pedigree Hereford cattle in an educational facility. New pedigree bloodlines (UK/Danish) have been brought into the herd, with modern females from the established Fisher and Bosa Hereford herds bringing in both new genetics and improving maternal traits. The College’s Hereford herd fits nicely into

Wiltshire College students with some of the College’s Hereford herd

the farms rotation as well as educationally, with cattle grazing water meadows close to the Home farm and finished cattle sold to a local butcher as well as for private kills (purchased by students and staff). The naturally easy calving ability of the Hereford bulls are used on Holstein heifers in the Autumn/Winter months, if unsuccessful to the insemination of sexed Holstein semen after the second service, this clearly shows students the versatility of the Hereford sire. This tremendous opportunity to restart this native beef breed here at Lackham has

Marcus Lury with his beloved Herefords



enabled agricultural students to compare and work with both British and Continental breeds and has been paramount in matching growth rates, grazing habits as well as cattle handling. Plans to increase numbers have been slowed down over the last 18 months by breeding cows producing so many bull calves, although one young homebred pedigree bull (from Panmure / Bosa bloodlines) now runs with unrelated Hereford females and we await his first progeny in 2018 (fingers crossed for heifers). This year the Lackham agriculture students have undertaken showing responsibilities and have learnt a tremendous amount, with such tasks as halter breaking / leading, clipping as well as foot trimming and pedigree cattle management. We have had a trial run in showing cattle in 2017 with students taking out three Limousin heifers on the show circuit in the South West, with the Bath & West Show being our first. These keen students learnt a tremendous amount at this first show as well as receiving the cup for the Junior Continental Heifer Championship. The Hereford cattle we hope will be shown in 2018 with the help of Emma Smith and UK Hereford Youth with some showing / clipping workshops planned here at the Lackham Campus - so watch this space and if you see us at a show please stop to say hello!









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One of the groups of heifers sired by Kurley & Keel now carrying calves by Castlewood 1 Logic

Creaslea 1 Kurley

Castlewood 1 Logic

Many thanks to all our customers for their orders and kind testimonials leading to our supplying unprecedented numbers of new customers in the last twelve months We will continue our policy of maintaining throughout the year numbers of fully registered, farm assured BULLS for early delivery; the progeny from which qualify for the current premium beef schemes




A journey through food and farming with Liz Earle MBE Reprinted with kind permision from the Farmers Guardian Flying the flag for pasture fed livestock and the connection between health and farming, Liz Earle speaks to Emily Ashworth about her deep-rooted love for food and the serious impact it can have on our health. Sat awaiting to speak to Liz Earle, the ultimate wellbeing guru, curiosity began to set in. For over 30 years, this was someone who has graced the nation’s TV screens and magazine pages, the instigator if you will in championing natural products. Known for her passion for beauty, natural health and wellbeing, her current focus is her magazine, Liz Earle Wellbeing (www., a high-quality quarterly magazine focused on food and living well, alongside running her 350-

acre pasture-fed organic farm in the West Country. It is of great importance at this present moment to ensure farming is made accessible to everyone and Liz, I found, is the perfect person to highlight that this industry is not only pivotal in the creation of a healthier nation, but in environmental longevity too.

The move to farming Having always been an advocate for seasonal food and produce that isn’t born from intensive farming methods, Liz and her husband renovated a derelict dairy farm ten years ago with, she says, an outlook to embed themselves in the rural community and really understand the complexity of farming.

Liz Earle on her organic farm - Photo: John Wilson

Her views are clear, spoken with clarity and precision – this is her passion, not just her hobby. Liz, who currently runs 70 Pedigree Hereford cows alongside 300-400 sheep, is adamant about the link between food and wellness. “I used to say you are what you eat. “Now I say you are what you eat has eaten because that’s where it starts.” And it begins with the soil, a topic close to Liz who is an ambassador for The Soil Association, as well as The Sustainable Food Trust and Love British Food. “Grazing is essential for the re-fertilisation of soils and the microbiology of it. “Soil microbiology and gut microbiology are very similar. It translates into the food and is important for our gut health, which can affect anything from illness to mental health and depression.” The produce from grass-fed livestock – dairy or beef – says Liz, is very healthy. High in omega-3 and rich in a variety of nutrients, she is aware of the criticism that red meat has had, but is confident it is the way our meat has been reared that counts – in terms of sustainability as well as health. “People are becoming aware of the benefits of good fat, especially when it’s naturally occurring. Fat isn’t the concern, it’s sugar. “I grew up in a generation where we ate a lot of pork and chicken thinking this was more sustainable, but actually it’s not the case. “Grass-fed beef requires far fewer inputs and is more sustainable, as well as healthier”

Liz walking on farm with dogs - Photo:


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“We should be eating less meat, but better quality. Yes, we will have to pay a bit more

for it but it means more premium will go back to farmer and our shopping bill will be balanced by less expensive other foods”

A love for the land In a film clip created for Love British Food, she vibrantly spoke of how farming was essential in the upkeep of the countryside and if we wish to preserve that beauty, it is grazing that has to play a significant role. “People don’t realise what happens if you take sheep, for example, off the land. “What happens to the field management?” And it isn’t just the land itself that benefits from this, it’s simply a traditional way of life for livestock. “Getting them outside is of course good for them and good for soil health. “It’s the natural rhythm of food production, having animals on the land. “We realised recently that we didn’t have any veterinary bills last year and, unlike our neighbours, haven’t had any positive TB reactors. “I don’t know whether this is down to the way our land is managed or the greater immunity of the animals, but it’s something that is being investigated as we’re not the only pastured farm to experience this.”

The public view Sensing the pure enjoyment Liz gets from

the intricate science behind it all, and the obvious positives in how she bridges the gap between good living and good farming, how can we really present that message to the public? She is evidently proud to be part of the industry, but believes it those at the helm that also need to take the lead. “Whatever you’re selling, you need to be telling a story and take the customer along with you. “Labelling is important – supermarkets shouldn’t be making up fake farms. You need genuine stories. “Once you explain things, customers are much more likely to buy in to it. “We need to create transparency in farming to reassure the public that scandals won’t keep happening.” In a climate where constant negativity can dampen the brilliant work our farmers do every day, it is refreshing to hear someone who is firmly in the public eye calmly input a bit of realism. “Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or eat meat, all food comes from farmers.

“There is so much farming can do and we should be proud of that.”

Pasture for life A founding farmer member of Pasture for Life, an organisation that extols the benefits of produce from animals fed exclusively on pasture, Liz is keen on the new Free Range Dairy milk vending machine scheme. With reducing pollution and packaging at the forefront of her mind, it comes back to her main ethos: Cutting out the middle man. She explains that she and her family now visit a local dairy farm to purchase their milk. Having introduced a small pasteurisation unit and a vending machine, you take one of the bottles provided (which is yours to re-use), fill it with non-homogenised milk and pay a pound per litre for it. All revenue goes directly to the farmer and you get the freshest milk possible from that very field. This type of diversification is not only a way to create a more environmentally friendly and sustainable business, but reinforces your community.

“People look to Britain because we have some of the highest animal welfare in the world.

“I didn’t know this local family beforehand.

“It’s why I wanted to be an ambassador for Love British Food.

“My seven-year-old son will look at the cows and say, ‘Look, that’s where the milk comes from.”


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New for 2018 ELWESS Popeye to use on our VENON Hotspur daughters.

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Dave Reeves (3 cows), Alex Gifford (8 cows), and Chamberlayne Farms, Gloucester (7 cows & bull).

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Bespoke Hereford Beef Website Launch By Carol Wilson

They’re the ONLY cattle society with a dedicated beef website, so it’s the leading website for news, information and events relating to top quality, completely natural Hereford grass fed beef. One of the oldest British Native Breeds of cattle, they’re easy to recognize by their white faces and redbrown coats. The cattle are acclaimed for their placid temperament, easy calving and their outstanding quality meat. David Deakin from the Hereford Cattle Society says, “The website is a key marketing tool for Hereford Beef and enables us to reach each of our different core audiences with a fresh look at our exceptional beef.” It’s both interesting and informative for the beef industry, farmers and consumers and features lots of details about the Hereford breed, along with topical and useful information for producers, industry and consumers, including up to date nutritional data, inspiring recipes for every budget, cooking techniques for different beef cuts, food facts, history of beef eating in England and more besides! Watch our video on how to cook the perfect steak from The Beefy Boys. Read the Hereford Beef Blog for frequent news updates on the Hereford Beef Brand, plus the newest and best places you can find Hereford Beef on the menu, as well as regular cooking tips. You can also follow Hereford Beef on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

strong performance from a natural diet come together to meet the needs and expectations of British consumers. The

preferred choice of many of the world’s top chefs, Hereford Beef is a Premium Brand, widely available from wholesalers, good butchers and supermarkets and of course all Hereford Beef is traceable from farm to plate – a detail that is important to customers who increasingly want to know where their food comes from. The market for Hereford Beef continues to grow through supermarkets and butchers and its use is increasing in the catering trade both in the UK and overseas. Hereford Beef is also a favourite in pubs and restaurants and through boxed beef schemes. The website includes a useful list of suppliers of Hereford Beef from major supermarkets to farm shops and restaurants.

Almost 10,00000 Herefords now exist in over 120, providing a valuable market for farmers and superb quality marbled beef (free from additives and growth hormones and with superlative flavour) for consumers. Studies conducted prove that when cattle are reared on a forage based diet they produce beef that is significantly more nutritious, with lower levels of saturated fat and more antioxidants than grain fed beef. Tender succulent Hereford Beef, with its characteristic finely marbled fat is the front-runner when it comes to producing superior quality meat. Consumers clearly value the superb eating quality delivered by Hereford cattle, but there are other significant customer messages relating to the breed, such as heritage, provenance, environmental sustainability, stewardship of the land and animal welfare, which are becoming increasingly important to customers. The top quality meat, ideal carcase size, lower production costs and



difference was  found  yet,  patients  with  hypercholesterolemia  are  often  counseled  to  limit  or  eliminate  intake  of   red  meats.  

Food for thought at Meat Business Women conference By Rosie McGowan, National Beef Association

Lean beef  also  has  a  low  calorie  to  nutrient  ratio.  USDA  research  conducted  in  2007  found  that  a  85g  serving  of   lean  beef  (179  calories)  contributes  less  than  10%  of  a  2000  calorie  diet,  yet  it  supplies  more  than  10%  of  the  

Table 1:  Percentage  of  an  adults  daily  requirement  of  nutrients  an  85g  por;on  of  lean  beef  provides.   Source:  USDA,  2007  

I was delighted to be to have the opportunity to attend the 4th Meat Business Women conference. A fantastic event buzzing with positivity, highlighting the exciting and fastmoving environment the meat industry is to work in and the interesting but interesting challenges we have to face looking forward. One speaker highlighted that we as producers and manufacturers of red meat are still a long way off understanding the end consumer. She explained that the millennial consumer is more health conscious than ever when buying food, with the food health sector now worth £23 billion. This being said, mainstream ‘healthy products’ could be very unsettling for those producing meat products. Red meat still appears to have a negative ‘unhealthy’ stigma with the number vegetarians and ‘flexitarians’ opting out of meat for health reasons on the rise. It is clear that consumers care a lot about health and fitness and therefore want to consume protein. I was amazed to hear that there is now a vast range of products with added protein such as breakfast cereals and yogurts and sales of such products are booming. So why are consumers choosing these over traditional protein sources such as red meat?

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Several studies have put lean beef to the test. One study which compared patients with hypercholesterolemia and their longterm lipid levels after eating a diet including lean red meats (beef, veal and pork) compared to lean white meats (poultry and







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daily requirements  for  the  following  nutrients  (see  Table  1).     Table 1: Percentage of an adults daily requirement of nutrients an 85g portion of lean beef provides. Source: USDA, 2007  

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Understandably fatty beef cuts are high in saturated fatty acids highly associated with heart disease but lean beef* is low in saturated fat, high in nutrients and has a whole host of other nutritional and health benefits to offer.


The health benefits of beef go on. Some recent Australian research by Deakin University, Victoria studying over 1000 Australian women found that those who ate the Australian recommend 65-100g of red meat 4 times a week had a 50% reduction in likelihood of depression and anxiety. Professor Felice Jacka, who led the research by Deakin University, Victoria, said: “We had originally thought that red meat might not be good for mental health but it turns out that it actually may be quite important.


depressive or anxiety disorder as those consuming the recommended amount. “Even when we took into account the overall healthiness of the women’s diets, as well as other factors such as their socioeconomic status, physical activity levels, smoking, weight and age, the relationship between low red meat intake and mental health remained.” Meat and two veg is going out of fashion (a 9% decrease in sales last year), 42% of people now live alone and it’s sad to say 18% of meals are now eaten in front of a laptop! Convenience is king and although the mini roast has been a successful campaign we need to push further the message that beef can be nutritious, health and convenient. Lean beef stir-fry’s, meatballs, bolognaise are a few 15min meals and we as an industry will have to invest in R&D to make beef even easier to consume. I think it’s about time we as an industry really promoted this quality and nutritious product instead of letting chicken rule the roost! *The 1990 National Labelling and Education Act definition of “Lean” is: “Lean” is less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per serving* and per 100 grams. *85 grams = cooked portion.

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From farm to fork Grass Fed Beef at its very best... Country house hotels serve up Grass-Fed Hereford beef direct from owner's farm Robert Parker, who owns luxury country house hotels, is setting the standard in farm-to-fork produce by supplying his six hotels with chef-selected cuts of beef direct from the pedigree Hereford herd on his own farm. Guests at the Robert Parker Collection of hotels in Northumberland, Cumbria and Southern Scotland enjoy beef from the Tedsmore herd, which is farmed on Mr Parker’s Tedsmore Estate in Shropshire, in a share farming agreement with Haydn and Emma Jones. Providing complete traceability, the beef is also specially selected by the chefs at each hotel to suit their menus, from Hereford beef sausages for breakfast, to sirloin steak dinners, and as the key element of their speciality creations. The 32-strong Tedsmore Hereford herd was established in 2007 on the Tedsmore Estate Farm, a 200-acre traditional Shropshire farm that also runs 250-300 Welsh Mule breeding ewes. The pedigree herd are supplying 12 cattle to Mr Parker’s hotels this year, and the remainder to a leading supermarket, providing traceable, assured beef accordance with its high quality and animal welfare standards. Mr Jones, who farms in Partnership with Robert Parker, said: “All the cattle are grass fed. Any forage and silage in the winter is produced on the farm and stock are out all year round. This really is naturally produced beef at its best.

“We established the herd with 17 pedigree Herefords, and in the main we now keep the heifers to grow the herd and replace those that have entered the food chain. If required we buy in stock bulls, always looking for one which has strong motherly instincts. “This is traceability at its very best; you can up pinpoint exactly where it is from, where it is going and what it is being used for. The hotels and guests quite literally couldn’t get any better beef.” One of the oldest recorded native cattle breeds, Herefords are now farmed in more than 50 countries worldwide. Known for their white faces and red-brown coats, they are renowned for their docile temperaments and their quality meat. Grass-fed Herefords produce a marbled beef with a distinctive flavour, which sells for a premium through branded programmes such as the Waitrose Scheme, which was launched in the 1990s. Mr Jones said: “This is natural, slowmaturing beef. We calve in the spring and sell after 24 months of age, when the animal has reached its optimum carcass weight.” Beef from the Tesdmore herd is hung for 28 days and butchered by Rikki Lloyd in Welshpool, directly to the specifications of chefs working at the Robert Parker Collection – Doxford Hall, Guyzance Hall and Eshott Hall in Northumberland; Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh; Ednam

House in the Scottish Borders; and the Wordsworth Hotel in the Lake District. The hotels range from spas and wedding venues to private and boutique sites, and each makes different demands on the Tedsmore herd. Once butchered, the cuts are sent directly to each hotel. Michael Thorpe, head chef at, Doxford Hall, said: “We use the beef sausages for breakfasts, whole carved sirloin for larger parties and fillet steaks with a caramelised onion, and butter kale risotto with a port wine jus on our a la carte menus. “The traceability from the herd at Tedsmore, to the butcher and then to us at the hotel is so important to customers. You cannot get better than this – this is field to fork at its very best. For me, if it goes straight into an anonymous food chain, it’s not the same thing at all.” For Tedsmore farmer Haydn Jones, it’s a satisfying link-up that makes all his hard work worthwhile. “It’s the ultimate for any farmer,” he said. “I’m delighted that it’s something quite unique that Robert and I can offer to the guests at the Robert Parker Collection of hotels.” Tedsmore Farm Estate Hereford Beef is a seasonal product that is available from June.





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R A Armstrong FOURSTONES HORNED HEREFORDS East Fourstones, Fourstones, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5DX, Tel: 01434 674242, Email: raarmstrong@onebillinternet. Ailsa Dickinson WANSBECK HEREFORDS Three Farms , Harle Newcastle Upon Tyne NE 19 2PS Tel: 01830540278 Mobile: 0750600678 Email: 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:

North Yorkshire

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:


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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:

West Yorkshire

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: 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: Mr. Gary Hall PINMOOR POLL HEREFORDS Nursery Cottage , Knowsley Park Prescot , L34 4AE Tel: 07710 193 013 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: 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: S & E Walker HOGHTON VIEW HEREFORDS Lane Side Farm, Blackburn Old Road, Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0SG Tel: 01254 852187 Mob: 07814056943 Email: steven@hoghtonviewherefords. Website: www.hoghtonviewherefords.

Greater Manchester

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North of England Hereford Breeders' Association By Jackie Cooper, Hon. Secretary Whilst sat here writing this report, Christmas is beginning to get closer and some breeders within our area are lucky enough to have their cattle still out – mostly on a hill! The calf Shows are beginning to set the pace for the autumn/winter season of showing and I wish all those exhibiting the best of luck. By the time you are all reading this report, the results will be well and truly in. Our summer season has found a brilliant level of support and enthusiasm from breeders old and new. I would personally like to thank the Committee for their efforts in all aspects of the NEHBA, and further afield all members who make our Association what it is. The work that is done year in year out was recognised by the Hereford Cattle Society in September 2017, when the NEHBA was awarded the Thomas Duckham Trophy. An award presented every three years to the Area Association that has invested the most into the promotion of the Hereford Breed. This award must go to all members and the committee for their hard work in pushing the breed forward. We must also look forward to the next three years and how we can improve with our promotion and aim to retain this title! Social media is a great platform for most Area Associations and carries news, as quickly as any grape vine, to its recipients. I particularly appreciate the commercial and pedigree news that is published within the online media, which I believe is of massive importance to the audiences of today. Without the shows or meetings to attend, from Mid-December to Mid-February, the media enables the ‘’quiet’’ months to be filled with Hereford news. Our year started off as it usually does with our AGM in February, with just over forty members attending. Tom Kemp continued his office as our area President and I’d like to thank Tom for his continued support of the Association. Mr. Jack Henry has worked extremely hard for the Hereford Breed and has taken on the task of running the Association, in the position of Chairman. Personally, what I love about Jack is that he always has a story to tell, never the same story and always something involving fun and characters. He could write a book…………now there’s a thought……………! Lauren Boulton is a ‘Yorkshire lass’ who took on the role of Treasurer, in the usual way, when someone gives up a role and no-one else really wants to take it on. Lauren has worked really

Kathryn Shaw won the Overall trophy at the Great Yorkshire Show stock judging event, receiving it here from Jack Henry, NEHBA Chairman

hard to keep the NEHBA finances in the shape they are in today and we all thank her for giving up her time to do this task voluntarily. Emma Jackson is our Promotions Secretary and has come up with lots of new ideas for 2017/18 and we look forward to telling you all about it in the 2019 Hereford Breed Journal. If you’re like me and get excited when the white envelope drops into the letter box, every February, this will be another exciting element to look out for in 2019, within our report page. Emma is new to the breed and new to the position, but has lots of enthusiasm and is from a family of Hereford fanatics – oh and a few Angus in there too!! Graham Shepherd took on a newly designed position, named ‘Marketing Coordinator’. Graham has settled well into this new role and has been keenly updating members via social media on news and other items of interest, throughout the summer/autumn months and will continue with this moving forward. I’m sure there will be more to tell you about once Graham has developed his position further. Matthew Rollason is the second of our Junior representatives on our NEHBA committee and continues to be an enthusiastic part of the Association. Matthew is extremely keen to push British Hereford genetics and has recently finished his work placement at Cogent Breeding, working under the guidance of Boomer Birch of Sky High Herefords. In October 2017, following his placement year, he took the opportunity to go on a trip to Australia to work on the family farm with the well known herd of Mawarra Herefords. Another great insight into overseas genetics, breeding programmes, showing and marketing. The NEHBA has numerous proactive young members. Last year Josh Dowbiggin held his first sale of high-end genetic females in a sale named ‘’Designer Genes 2016’’, this is set to be held again in 2017. The first sale was a great success and brought a record UK price for a female at a public auction. The sale is held after the showing of calves at the Hereford Cattle Breeders Association’s ‘’Christmas Calf Show’’, held at Shrewsbury Livestock Mart. The NEHBA had a number of other young members who came to the fore at the second UK Hereford Youth Development weekend at Coley Herefords, Halifax. Those that attended showed a great set of growing / developing skill sets, by grasping the opportunities provided to them, by Emma Smith and her helpers.

NEHBA Hereford Team at the Peoples Choice Competition, Great Yorkshire Show 2017 - Team Udderley Aware were crowned Champions!

In late September / early October 2017, just under thirty members visited some herds in East England, over a weekend, namely to the FABB and PULHAM Hereford herd’s. Helen & Daniel and Philip




NEHBA Members enjoyed herd visits to Fabb and Pulham Herefords

& Laura made our North of England members feel very welcome and although the weather was wet on the Sunday it didn’t dampen the spirits of viewing the great cattle on display. We’d like to again convey our thanks to both families for accepting our requests to visit them and for their kind hospitality during our stay. The summer show season has seen a great exhibit of Hereford cattle, hotting up the competition, even if the weather didn’t agree. We’ve seen a great number of new breeders exhibiting this year and we’d like to make a special mention to some of the newcomers in the Show ring for 2017: Bethan Hutchinson of Bethanfield Herefords Neil, Gaynor and Rebecca Robinson of Whittlefold Herefords, Jessica Anderson & P. Eggleston of Chollerton Herefords Alan Crooks & Angela Machen of Well Hill Herefords A big thank you to those above and to others who have taken to the show ring to promote the Hereford Breed and thus continue to ensure the Hereford has a presence at these important shows. The show winners for the 2017 season can be seen below, well done to all the winners in these categories and a massive thank you to all exhibitors for attending shows throughout the year.

Winners of the 2017 North of England Hereford Breeders' Association Points Competition Bull of the Year 2017 Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad – Bred & Exhibited by A & P Massey Reserve Bull of the Year 2017 Hollyvale 1 Neville – Bred & Exhibited by A & P Massey Exhibitor Bred Bull of the Year 2017 Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad – Bred & Exhibited by A & P Massey Reserve Exhibitor Bred Bull of the Year 2017 Hollyvale 1 Neville – Bred & Exhibited by A & P Massey Female of the Year 2017 Hollyvale 1 Naomi – Bred & Exhibited by A & P Massey Reserve Female of the Year 2017 Eveter 1 Gin – Bred & Exhibited by Mrs E Jackson Exhibitor Bred Female of the Year 2017 Hollyvale 1 Naomi – Bred & Exhibited by A & P Massey Reserve Exhibitor Bred Female of the Year 2017 Eveter 1 Gin – Bred & Exhibited by Mrs E Jackson Young Handlers – 15 & Under category Winner – Georgiana Foster Thank you for reading the report and we look forward to what 2018 has to offer.



When Royalty met the Coley Hereford Team at Westmorland Show

Northumberland County Show Moralee Herefords do it again! Local breeders T & D Harrison once again took the Supreme Championship with Coley 1 Pippa 356 at Northumberland County Show. Commenting on their third success in a row, Tom Harrison said, his usual understated way, “we’re chuffed to bits with another win against another large entry”. Tom & Di Harrison purchased Coley 1 Pippa 356 from Miss H Whittaker due to both her appearance and breeding. Tom stated “we really liked the look of “Pippa’s dam former Hereford Female of Year Frenchstone 1 Boo - when she took the show circuit by storm in 2013 and were determined to purchase one of her off-spring.” Rising two year old Coley 1 Pippa 356 is by the much admired Australian bred sire Days Calibre G74. Standing Reserve to “Pippa 356” in the Supreme Championship and Grand Female Championship was another Coley animal, four and half year old Coley 1 Clara 286 bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. She’s out of Barbern 1 Claret 2nd and by former Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe. Females were the order of the day with a good entry across all classes. Harry Elliott, Weardale, Durham, took first place in the youngest female class with thirteen month old Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th. Out of Romany 1 Julia A84 E38, she’s by home-bred bull Cornriggs 1 Super Guy. C Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria, took both first and second places in the following class Heifer born between 1st September 2015 and 29th February 2016. First was Barwise 1 Aussie Rose N884, another sired by Days Calibre G74, she is out of Barwise 1 English Rose, followed by Barwise 1 Amazing Grace N886.


Bulls, Females Semen & Embryos FOR SALE


Coley 1 Nova

Miss Heather Whittaker Coley Walks Farm, Norwood Green, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 8RD 07811 207 244 Farm Manager - Andrew Hughes - 07861 899 646 high health - BVD, Lepto, IBR-accredited, Johnes level 1,BREED TB AreaJOURN 4 2012 HEREFORD AL163   163 HEREFORDS 

CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2017 Later in the day there was more good news for Carolyn Fletcher and Barwise Herefords when they took the red prize card in the Best Pair of Animals with JRB Wilson and Sons in Reserve. Standing second to Coley 1 Pippa 356 in the Heifer born between 1st January2015 and 31st August 2015 was Classic 1 Champagne owned and exhibited by young Bethany Hutchinson, Billingham, Cleveland. T & D Harrison were back to the fore when they took the Grand Male Championship with 14 month old Moralee 1 Nevis. “Nevis”, who has a Rib Fat measurement and Retail Beef Yield in the Top 1% of the Breed, is out of Baldinnie 1 Cathy 43rd and by Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider. Standing Reserve to “Nevis” in the Grand Male Championship was Auckvale Marshall 1475M owned and exhibited by Jim Morrison, Helmsley, York. Two year old “Marshall 1475M”, who is out Auckvale Beauty 774E and by Auckvale Gladiator 916G, is another with a tremendous set of performance recorded figures.

Reserve Supreme and Reserve Grand Female Champion Coley 1 Clara 286 bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire

T & D Harrison, Moralee Herefords took the Supreme Championship with Grand Female Champion Coley 1 Pippa 356 and also took the Grand Male Champion Moralee 1 Nevis


Barwise 1 Mach One

Semen available in UK from Barwise 1 Wellington. Eligible for export to all EU countries. Please contact the Hereford Cattle Society.

Top price bull sold for 6,600gns Hereford 2017 Spring sale.

Carolyn Fletcher, Barwise Hall, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria CA16 6TD Tel. 01768 353430 Mob. 07711 415694



From Novices to Breed Champions in Six Years Moralee Herefords Show What Can be Acheived Pedigree Hereford cattle have lived up to expectations for Tom and Di Harrison at Mickley Square, near Stocksfield, winning acclaim in the show ring, topping pedigree sales and providing quality beef for direct sales. Both work full time - Tom is a land agent with Northumbrian Water based at Pity Me and covering an area from Berwick to Teesside dealing with pipeline compensation agreements with private landlords. Di is an Accountant at Gosforth Academy, in Newcastle. “My Dad Arnold had run Limousin cross cows put to the Blonde bull and latterly had bought in store cattle until he decided to retire,” said Tom. “We did our research and Herefords were the obvious choice for us, the main reason being their docility. We wanted a breed that either me or Di could go into a pen with on our own.” Tom added.

scheme, Moralee Hereford Beef. They sold four cattle in the first year and from September last year to March this year they sold 12 cattle in boxes.

The Moralee Hereford herd - named after Di’s maiden name and High Moralee where Di’s parents Alec and Joan had farmed near Wark in the Tyne Valley - was founded in September 2011 with a handful of females bought from David and Kate Dickinson’s Mallowburn herd at Catcleugh. The cattle have proved ideal for the 230 acre farm at Eltringham which is sand and gravel just to the south of the River Tyne. The farm includes 90 acres of arable land which is contract farmed as well as woodland. The village of Mickley Square grew on the back of coal mining and the Harrisons converted what they called the Old Potatoe House, a former mine office, into their home and the cattle are outwintered on the surrounding land which includes former washing plants for the coal from the drift mine.

Tom & Di Harrison

Herd numbers have increased to 28 cows with additions from JRB Wilson & Sons Romany herd at Kelso, which were poll with bloodlines going back to the Canadian bull, Glenlees Storm. With some purchasers looking for poll cattle on welfare grounds, the Harrisons are breeding for this gene, as well as for conformation and looking to reduce the carcase weight. Because the cattle are such good converters of grass into marbled beef, the Harrisons started a chilled boxed beef

“Our boxed beef scheme is going so well. It gives us the opportunity to keep only the best for pedigree breeding. We have had 19 calving this Spring but we decided we would only keep three bulls out of the best cows and castrate the rest. It’s a bit of a challenge to make the decision in the first 28 days of the calf’s life,” said Tom, who believes they can sell 24 cattle via boxes a year and the farm could carry 40 cows plus followers. Sub-standard heifers for legs and feet as well as udders are also sold through the scheme. The aim is for finishing off grass the following year at 15 to 18 months old at 600-650kg liveweight with a 320kg carcase which is cut up by butcher, Joe Simpson at Cockfield who has his own abattoir. Heifers are bulled at 21 months to give



them extra growth and to fit in with the system. The cows are outwintered in the pit heaps on silage and some straw to keep their condition down for Spring calving. Calves are housed the first winter, staying on their mothers until Christmas. They are given creep feed in the Summer then they are fed silage and a maintenance blend from Davidsons with most finishing off grass. The herd is Breedplan recorded and it’s in the Biobest High Health Herd Scheme. The policy of only keeping the best pedigrees for breeding is paying off. Whilst bulls have been sold privately, the first sale through the ring was in April at the Society’s Annual Spring Show & Sale in Hereford when Moralee 1 Novak, the Junior Male Champion and Reserve Grand Male Champion at 13 months old, made the second top price of the sale at 6,200gns to David Deaville for his Alderville herd in Derbyshire.

herd which has diverse bloodlines because of previous use of AI sires. The Harrisons have been bitten by the show bug and within a relatively short space of time, their best success was at the Royal Highland Show in June, taking the Breed Championship on only the second time of showing at the event. They are supported in their show team by Tom’s sister and her

356 from Miss H Whitaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire due to her appearance, performance figures and breeding. Tom commented, “We really liked the look of Pippa’s dam, 2013 Hereford Female of Year, Frenchstone P. 1 Boo, so we were determined to purchase one of her offspring.” Two year old Coley 1 Pippa 356, who is by the much vaulted Australian bred sire Days Calibre G74, had a fine show season culminating in the taking the UK’s Reserve Female of the Year title for 2017. “Pippa 356” took the couple’s third Breed Championship in a row at the Northumberland County Show early in the season - at the 2016 event, they won five championships! There was more success in the Junior Female Championship at the Royal Highland Show for Tom and Di, this time with heifer Moralee 1 Kate 2nd, at 15 months old she is out of Moralee 1 Kate and sired by Cogent AI sire Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57.

Another bull bred the same way has just been sold to the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire which sells Hereford beef through its renowned farm shop. At the Carlisle Hereford Spring Show and Sale in May the Reserve Champion, Moralee 1 Ned made the sale’s second top price at 2,900gns, 100gns behind the leader. Sired by Romany 1 Lawbreaker and out of Mallowburn 1 Ethel Carr, the 14 month old bull sold to JF & S Heath from Hull.

husband from Elsdon, Otterburn, Jane and Jonathan Anderson’s two children, Charlotte, 12 and James, 11. The Harrisons purchased Coley 1 Pippa

The first females sold though the ring were at the Designer Genes sale in December 2016 at Shrewsbury Livestock Centre. Both nine month old heifers were also the first to sell from enior herd sire Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider. Moralee 1 Nest Egg was sold to PA Astley for 4,200gns and Moralee 1 Nigella was sold to George Morgan Abergele, Conwy for 3,200gns. “Knight Rider” is being used across the



The quality of their stock and passion for showing resulted in the Tom & Di’s Moralee Herefords finishing Runner-Up in the UK’s prestigious National Show Herd of the Year competition – well deserved for a hard working dedicated team!

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Lightning does strike twice - as Jennefer takes her second Supreme Championship at the Great Yorkshire Show! The year just keeps getting better for B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Staffordshire, as they moved on to the Great Yorkshire taking more championships with rising four year old female, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th along with her calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar at foot – this time the Supreme and Grand Female Championships under the discerning eye of Judge, Gerald Blandford, Bosa Herefords. Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, purchased by Boomer Birch as a young heifer from leading Welsh Herefords breeders DE, ED & AL Jones, is no stranger to success at the Great Yorkshire Show having taken the Supreme Championship in 2015. “Jennefer 15th, a former Female of the Year, is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by twice Hereford Bull of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

Judge Gerald Blandford with the Overall Junior Champion Moralee 1 Kate 2nd bred by Tom & Di Harrison

Females were the order of a very wet day, when Gerald placed Moralee 1 Kate 2nd from T & D Harrison as his Overall Junior Champion, pipping Auckvale Nobleman 1534N from W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, into Reserve position. Sixteen month old Moralee 1 Kate 2nd is out home-bred female Moralee 1 Kate and by Romany 1 Frisky. Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th from Mr & Mrs H Elliott took the red rosette in the youngest female class, born in 2016, on or after 1st April. Fifteen month old “Julia 4th” is out of Romany 1 Julia A84 E38 and by Cornriggs 1 Super Guy. The Supreme Champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th from B Birch & G Brindley

The Judge deliberated long and hard over his Female Champion before tapping out Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and placing the current Royal Highland Show Supreme Champion Coley 1 Pippa 356 from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland his Reserve. Two year old “Pippa 356” followed “Jennefer 15th” all the way by taking the Reserve Supreme Championship. She is out of Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and by Australian sire Days Calibre G74. These top females are not just about style and appearance they have substance too, with both having a fine set of Breedplan Performance Recorded figures.

Tom & Di Harrison with Coley 1 Pippa 356 the Reserve Supreme Champion



In the male classes it was Auckvale Nobleman 1534N who took the Grand Male Championship. Twenty month old “Nobleman 1534N” is out of Auckvale Curly 1243K and by Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1127H. Co-incidentally watching ring side was young Logan Sykes of Mawarra Herefords, Victoria, Australia, whose family bred Mawarra Vice Admiral the maternal grand sire of Auckvale Nobleman 1534N. Standing Reserve in the Grand Male Championship was fifteen month old Hollyvale 1 Northern Lad from Messrs A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire. He is out of Dendor 1 Anna Mary 18th and by former Great Yorkshire Supreme Champion Hollyvale 1 Knight. To complete the male section in the first class it was another Auckvale animal that took the first prize card, this time Auckvale

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Agri-Expo - Autumn Calf Show

Normanton's success mushrooms as "Enoki" takes the Supreme Title! TD & WT Livesey, Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire took the Supreme Championship for the second time in three years when their Grand Female Champion 14 month old Normanton 1 Enoki 5th P233 took the eye of Welsh Judge Miss Non Thorne from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Expertly shown by experienced stockman Colin Soutter, this stylish heifer claimed her first prize of the day by pairing up with stablemate Normanton 1 Jurana 14th P612 in the Best Pair by the Same Sire before going on to take the Grand Female and Supreme Championships.

The Reserve Grand Female Championship went to Miss H Whittaker, Halifax West Yorkshire, with Romany 1 Julia BL P43

Standing Reserve to the Normanton pair in the first class of the day were DRA Fabb, Warboys, Cambridgeshire with two attractive animals by Moeskaer Pacman.

Supreme & Grand Female Champion Normanton 1 Enoki 5th from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire

“Enoki 5th P233”, who is out of Normanton 1 Enoki J874 and by multiple Inter-breed winning bull Normanton 1 Laertes has a cracking set of Performance Recorded Figures with almost all of the important traits to the right of the midline Breed Average. She has has a Gestation Length in the Top 5%, 400 & 600 Day Weights in the Top 15% and Retail Beef Yield, Eye Muscle Area, SelfReplacing and Terminal Sire Indexes in the Top 10% of the Breed.



The Reserve Grand Female Championship went to frequent exhibitor Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire with her powerful 12 month old heifer Romany 1 Julia BL P43. She is out of Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 and by Barwise 1 Lancer. In the youngest heifer class it was another Romany animal who was awarded the red rosette, this time, seven month old Romany 1 Mink BL P60 bred by JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders and shown by young Lottie Wilson. She too was sired by “Lancer” and is out of Romany 1 Mink A41. In the bull classes there was more joy for Miss H Whittaker when she took the Grand Male Championship with 10 month old Coley 1 Pilot. This well balanced bull who has 200 and 600 Day Weights in the top 10% for the Breed, is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by Coley 1 Maverick, went on to be judged Reserve Supreme Champion.

2017 - SHOWS In the last class of the day, it was the oldest bull in the show, 14 month old Fabb 1 Peter Pan who was awarded first place, justifying the long trip up from Cambridgeshire for the Fabb team. This strapping bull is out of Hartshorne 1 Popinjay 21st and by Square-D Tortuga 953T. Before selecting her Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champions, Judge Non Thorne described her Grand Female as a heifer who “oused femininity, with a great top line and spring of rib, a female with good locomotion that will make a great cow on day.” In describing her Grand Male Champion, Non commented, “he is a great representative of the Breed, looks wonderful for his age and is a young bull with great thickness, depth of body and like my Female Champion has good locomotion.”

Reserve Supreme & Grand Male Champion Coley 1 Pilot from Miss H Whittaker

The Reserve Grand Male Championship went to Moralee 1 Punchdrunk from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, breeder’s of last year’s Grand Male & Supreme Champion. Seven month old “Punchdrunk” is out of the Romany 1 Mink bloodline, on this occasion, out of Romany 1 Mink D1 L24 and by SMH King Size 87K.

Completing a long day in the showring Miss Thorne was asked to Judge the Young Handler Competition, which was split into two classes, Under 15 years and 16 to 21 Years of Age. In the Junior section, Miss Lottie Wilson, Romany Herefords triumphed in first place with Kaite Wason, Saltire Herefords in Reserve.

Lottie Wilson of Romany Herefords winner of the Junior Young Handlers section Reserve Grand Male Champion Moralee 1 Punchdrunk from T & D Harrison

In the Senior section, is was Marcus Murdock, Fabb Herefords who came out on top with the experienced Beth Harvey in second place.

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Marcus Murdock, Fabb Herefords winner of the Senior Young Handler Competition




Females in demand at Hereford Autumn Show & Sale Bulls and Females both sell to a top of £5,500 and Record Average for Show Heifers at Hereford Livestock Market conducted by the Society’s Official Auctioneers Brightwells.

The Grand Female Champion 18 month old Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire was sold for the top female price of 5,200gns to new breeders R J Windsor, Sound Villa Herefords, Nantwich, Cheshire. This beautifully balanced and feminine heifer, who has an impressive set of performance recorded figures is out of Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and by Aldersley 1 Edgar.

Solpoll 1 Starlet N26 sold for 3,600gns

Champion Solpoll 1 Starlet N26 were purchased by Speirs Farms Ltd, Pepperstock Herefords, Luton, Bedfordshire for 3,800 gns and 3,600gns respectively. The final two Solpoll heifers, Solpoll 1 Starlet N9 and Solpoll 1 Starlet N32 were purchased by Warham Court, Breinton, Herefordshire for 2,800gns and 3,300gns.

Grand Female Champion & top price Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 from M Ludgate sold for 5,200gns

A consignment of five well presented heifers from J & W McMordie, Co. Down, Northern Ireland were keenly contested with the first lot of the day Solpoll 1 Stardust N5 being purchased by G Hall, Pinmoor Herefords, Lancashire for 4,000gns. Two further Solpoll females; Solpoll 1 Starlet N28 and Reserve Grand Female



Twelve month old Dendor 1 Honeysuckle 19th bred by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys was sold for 3,700gns to Newtoncroft Farms, Leicestershire to join their herd of Newtoncroft Herefords. Other leading heifer prices were 3,500gns paid by L & L Bowen, Bowendu Herefords, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan for Frenchstone P. 1 Gene bred by LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon and Panmure 1 Plum N3 bred by JM Cant & Partners, Angus, Tayside who sold for 3,400gns to Mr & Mrs S Coates, Parkapella Herefords, Monmouthshire. 10 Show heifers sold for £36,225 to Average £3,622.50





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Shraden 1 Navas from MJ & HM Timmis sold for the top male price of 5,500gns to Scawfell Genetics Ltd

Seventeen month old Shraden 1 Navas (870 kg) from MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire commanded the top price in the bull section when he was sold for 5,200gns to Scawfell Genetics Ltd based in Seascale, Cumbria. Commenting after the purchase Mr James Hazard remarked, “we at Scawfell Genetics Ltd are highly delighted to have bought Shraden 1 Navas today. We liked his style, class and all round balance along with his very good breeding values and clean health status.” James added, “we plan to take semen from “Navas” for both domestic use and for export and we will be promoting the Hereford Breed in a number of countries.” Shraden 1 Navas is out of Shraden 1 Alice E283 and by Baldinnie 1 Victory.

Judge Jack Henry with Shadow Judge Miss Flora Amery

Panmure 1 Nelson (845 kg) from JM Cant & Partners to GT Pope & Sons, Shropshire. Judge Jack Henry, Brighouse, West Yorkshire ably assisted by UK Hereford Youth Member Flora Amery made Hollyvale 1 Neville (795 kg) from A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire their Grand and Junior Male Champion. This nineteen month old prize winning bull was sold to G Llewellyn & D Sharman, Harvest Herefords, Shifnal, Shropshire for 3,000gns.

J & W McMordie achieved the second highest price in the bull section and coupled with their trade in the show heifer category, fully justified the cost of travelling over from Northern Ireland. Eighteen month old Solpoll 1 Nashville (755 kg) was sold for 4,200gns to J Riley, Blakesley Herefords, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

Grand Male Champion Hollyvale 1 Neville sold fro 3,000gns

Solpoll 1 Nashville from J & W McMordie sold for 4,200gns

In general the bull trade was sticky, which has been the trend in Autumn bull sales across most breeds in recent years - but more bulls found homes this year than in the corresponding Autumn sale of 2016 due to an increased interest from commercial buyers. Twenty three month old Greenyards 1 Norrie (945 kg) from PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire was purchased by J & W McMordie, owners of the current National Herd of the Year, for 3,600gns. Harvey Brothers, Balfron, Glasgow, sold two year old Harveybros 1 Nigel (955 kg) for 3,600gns to Mr D England, Lisvane, Cardiff. Two bulls were sold for 3,500gns; thirty month old Barwise 1 Marshall (1,065 kg) from Mrs CS Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria to Mr W Parry, Caernarfon and seventeen month old



The Grand Male Championship went to Hollyvale 1 Neville, pictured from L to R; Judge Jack Henry, Shadow Judge Flora Amery, Olivia Massey with “Neville”, Sponsor Kenny Linton, Dunbia, Breed President Robert Thomas and Philip Massey.

A number of bulls failed to meet their reserve including Reserve Grand Male Champion two year old Church Preen Nanook (990 kg) from AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire. 23 Bulls sold for £65,205.00 to Average £2,835.00


The Senior Male Championship presentation, from L to R, Shadow Judge Flora Amery, Judge Jack Henry, Sharon Jones and Andrew Owen with Church Preen Nanook, Sponsor Kenny Linton, Dunbia and Breed President Robert Thomas.

There was a 100% clearance in the For Sale Only Female section, which saw a top of 3,650gns paid to G & MC Shepherd, Preston, Lancashire for Moorside 1 Evita 5th and her bull calf at foot, Moorside 1 Phoenix. A consignment of six heifers from Marsh Court Farm Ltd, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire commenced this section with four of the heifers making their way to AJ, AE & MG Thomas, Premier Herefords, Clarbeston, Pembrokeshire, for an average of 1,890gns. The remaing two Marsh Court heifers, Eldersfield 1 Pearl N1164 and Eldersfield 1 Amber N1171 were purchased by RW Gay, Jenob Herefords, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan both for 2,700gns. The final lot of the day saw Panmure 1 Plum N12 from JM Cant & Partners sold to Newtoncroft Farms for 2,100gns.

The Reserve Junior Male Championship, pictured from L to R are Shadow Judge Flora Amery, Judge Jack Henry, David Burnhill with Hean 1 Noble, Sponsor Kenny Linton, Dunbia and Breed President Robert Thomas.

12 For Sale only Females sold for £24,517 to Average £2,043.08 New Hereford CEO James Sage commented after the sale that the brisk trade for females highlighted the popularity of the Breed, which has seen record numbers of new members in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. James would also like to thank Sponsors, Dunbia & Nordic Star Tags for their continued support.

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Designer Genes Sale - Shrewsbury Mart More records smashed at the Annual Designer Genes Sale! Highest priced Hereford female to ever sell at auction in the UK (11,000 gns) Second Highest priced Hereford female to ever sell at auction in the UK (10,200 gns) Highest averaging Hereford sale in UK history The heavy snow did not deter the crowds and buyers at the 2nd Annual Designer Genes Sale held at Shrewsbury Auction. A total of 19 lots were sold to average £5,062 and gross £96,185, making it the highest averaging Hereford sale in UK history. The sale also broke the record twice for the highest priced Hereford female ever to sell at auction in the UK at 11,000gns and 10,200gns. The sale auctioneer was Jonny Dymond of Halls Auctions and the sale was organised and managed by Josh Dowbiggin. Smashing the breed record was 16-month old heifer Sky High 1 Lâncome Lucy from B Birch & G Brindley. Lâncome Lucy was Supreme Champion at the 2017 National Hereford Calf Show in Cirencester and also Intermediate Female Champion at the National Poll Show in September. She was also the first daughter of Dendor 1 Murdock to ever sell at auction. She was knocked down at 11,000gns (£11,550) to partners Gouldingpoll Herefords and Intelagri, Republic of Ireland.

Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy who sold for the record price of 11,000gns

Another Sky High female was not far behind her record breaking stable mate. Sky High 1 Danish Dream, another 16-month old daughter of Dendor 1 Murdock, also breached the five-figure barrier when she sold for 10,200gns (£10,710) to Rachel Johnson as a Christmas present for her partner Adam Bowen to join their Bowendu herd. The third and final Sky High female offered at the event was Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess. This October 2015 born heifer was no stranger to the Hereford World, being Supreme Champion at Shropshire County, Reserve Female Champion at the Royal Welsh and 3rd overall Hereford Female of the Year in 2017. Sold in calf to



Sky High 1 Danish Dream who sold for 10,200gns

2017 - SHOW AND SALES at Designer Genes 2017. Rempstone 1 Tessa K462 was the first daughter of SMH Kingsize to be offered for sale anywhere in the world and out of the Dorepoll Tessa family. At just 10 months of age, Tessa was knocked down to Ian Skea, Bennachie Herefords of Aberdeen, Scotland for 4,500gns (£4,725). The Auckvale herd of W & R Kemp & Sons also offered a heifer at the sale. Auckvale Lively 1631P was a direct daughter of two-time Horned Female of the Year Auckvale Lively 1058H and the first daughter of Auckvale King-Maker to be offered for sale. This heifer is only the second Auckvale female to ever sell at public auction. She was sold to Burs Farm Partners, Norfolk for 3,800gns (£3,990).

SMH Kingsize, she was knocked down to the Spartan herd of SC Hartwright for 7,500gns (£7,875). The only female offered from the famous Moralee herd of T & D Harrison at DGS 2017 was Moralee 1 Kate 2nd. Kate 2nd was Junior Female Champion at both the Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire shows in 2017 and is sired by Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57. Sold in-calf to the renowned Knightrider bull whose progeny have averaged over 4,000gns at auction, Kate 2nd was sold to young Hereford breeder William Awan for 6,200gns (£6,510). An exciting ‘Pick of the Heifer Calves’ lot was offered from the globally renowned Romany herd of JRB Wilson & Sons in the Scottish Borders. The herd offered the successful bidder the chance to pick from any of the heifer calves born at Romany from August 2017 and to March 2018. The pick sold for 6,000gns (£6,300) to partners Gouldingpoll Herefords and Intelagri, Republic of Ireland. The highest priced Horned female of the sale was Pulham Blossom 20th from PRJ and LR Vincent, Norfolk. Earlier in the day Blossom 20th was crowned Reserve Female Champion at the HCBA Christmas Calf Show. Her pedigree combined genetics from the UK and Australia, making her very popular on sale day. She was knocked down to S Taylor & D Marsh, Lancashire for 5,200gns (£5,460). Another heifer from the Pulham was also offered at the sale, this time from their Polled herd. Pulham 1 Starlet 6th was the first daughter of Romany 1 Machine (son of Castro) to be offered for sale, and out of the famous Solpoll Starlet family. This March-born heifer calf was sold to Burs Farm Partners, Norfolk for 4,200gns (£4,410) The debut entry for the renowned Dendor herd of DE, ED & AL Jones was 6-month old heifer Dendor 1 Anna Mary 34th. Anna Mary was the first daughter of Dendor 1 Max to be offered for sale and her pedigree contained numerous breed changing sires like Gilbert, Euro and Vindicator. She was sold to LD & LL Powell for 4,800gns (£5,040) to join their Brynheath herd. A heifer from the Rempstone herd of M Ludgate was also offered

Frenchstone P. 1 Harriet was the only heifer offered for sale from the Frenchstone herd of LR & AM Ayre in Devon. Harriet was only the third daughter of Moeskaer Magnum to be offered for sale and a half-sister to DGS Hall of Fame heifer and Royal Welsh Female Champion Frenchstone P.1 Get Real. Harriet was knocked down to E Parry, Monmouthshire for 3,500 gns (£3,675). Gerald Blandford also offered an in-calf heifer from his awardwinning Bosa herd. Bosa 1 Elke 1007 is one of the first daughters of Greenyards 1 Flynn (son of Archie) to be offered for sale. Out of a Nationwide daughter, Elke 1007 boasted EBVs in the top 10% of the breed. She sold for 3,200gns (£3,360) to S & J Branch from Bristol. Two females from the Moorside herd of G & MC Shepherd, Lancashire also sold at the sale. In-calf heifer Moorside 1 Jane 7th, a direct daughter of previous Polled Female of the Year, sold to Jimmy Hodge for 3,000gns (£3,150). The Shepherd family also offered Moorside 1 Mink 2nd H1 at Designer Genes, a 6-year-old cow sired by Nationwide. With growth and milk EBVs in the top 1% of the breed, she was knocked down to S & J Branch from Bristol for 3,000gns (£3,150). Her heifer calf has been retained at Moorside. Mr & Mrs H Elliott of Cornriggs Hereford in County Durham also made their DGS debut at the 2017 sale. Cornriggs 1 Vanity 2nd, a September 2016 born daughter of Super Guy, had a pedigree stacked with world renowned sires like Storm and Victor Boomer P606. She was sold to young breeder Marcus Murdock from Northern Ireland for 3,000gns (£3,150). A pregnancy from the current Hereford Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th was also offered from the Sky High herd. The pedigree pregnant recipient carrying an embryo from this worldrenowned female was knocked down to M Barber for 2,600gns (£2,730). Three embryo and flushing opportunities from international Hereford programs were also offered at Designer Genes 2017. A pick of the 2018 Embryo Inventory from Harvie Ranching was the first genetic lot to be offered, allowing the successful bidder the chance to pick 8 embryos from all the flushes at Harvie Ranching next year. This lot was knocked down to S & E Walker, Hoghton View Herefords, Lancashire for £4,400. A pick of the cow herd flush from RSK Farms in Manitoba, Canada was also up for grabs at the sale. RSK Farms won the title of Grand Champion Polled Hereford bull at Agribition 2017 so their genetics are certainly in demand this year. This offering was sold to GH Morgan, North Wales for £3,000.

Sale organiser Josh Dowbiggin (left) with Hall's Auctioneer Jonny Dymond

The final lot of the day was a flush of breed legend female Harvie E Ms Firelfy 19Z from Iron Lake Ranch, Texas and Elkhe Herefords, Montana. This daughter of Victor Boomer P606 is one of the top donor females in the Iron Lake program. The flush was sold to joint buyers Harvie Ranching and RSK Farms.








Josh Dowbiggin - wins Farmers Weekly's Agricultural Student of the Year Josh bowled the judges over with his determination to get an education in farming. His mantra ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’ has clearly driven his business success, which has only been strengthened by what he has learned at university. With ambitions to make a difference in the sector on a global scale, this Harper Adams student is one to watch.

Josh is better known to Hereford breeders as the organiser of the successful Designer Genes Sale and one of three young Hereford enthusiasts whom the Society sponsored to attend the 2016 World Hereford Conference held in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a third-year student he was nominated for the award by his placement employer, Co-op Food, due to his performance during the sandwich year of his course. Josh also runs Ghyll Beck Hereford Stud, marketing imported embryos and semen on line, which helps to fund his studies. In 2016 Josh organised and hosted the first “Designer Genes Select Hereford Female Sale”, which he was repeated in 2017 and which is set to become an annual fixture. Josh said: “It’s a huge honour to win the FW Agricultural Student of the Year award and represent Harper Adams. My time at Harper has certainly allowed me to expand my knowledge and experience. This award makes all the hard work worthwhile!” The Student of the Year Award was


Joshua Dowbiggin

presented at the thirteenth annual Farmers Weekly Awards which took place at the impressive Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane London. As well as sharing his knowledge of Hereford cattle through various beef industry youth groups, Josh has still found time to throw himself into university life, taking on stints as student ambassador and social secretary.


Welcoming the news, agriculture courses manager Dr Russell Readman said: “We were extremely proud to have had two Harper students in the final three for this prestigious national award. Josh Dowbiggin was an outstanding candidate and a great example of the talent being nurtured at Harper Adams.” The Agricultural Student of the Year was sponsored by Woodlands Trust. Writer, broadcaster, and former Conservative Member of Parliament Gyles Brandreth presented the awards in front of more than 1000 guests at the Grosvenor House – AJW Marriott Hotel on London’s Park Lane.


Carlisle Sales at Borderway Mart February Heading up The Hereford Cattle Society’s early Spring Show & Sale held at Carlisle on Friday 27th February at 3200gns was Mrs CS Fletcher’s bull Barwise 1 McCoy M861. Sired by NBG 69T The Wonderer and out of the homebred cow Barwise 1 Graceful G2. Twenty one month old “McCoy M861” was purchased by J & D Whalley from Ulverston. Following at 3000gns was the Reserve Overall Champion Moorside 1 GBHS Motown exhibited by G & MC Shepherd from Preston. This March 2015 born son of NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y is out of Harvie Ms Firefly 65P and he now travels to Herefordshire to join RJ Verdin of Weobley. The winner of the Junior Bull Class Baldinnie 1 Fernando was the next best price at 2500gns. Consigned by JA Cameron & Son from Leven in Fife this bull was sired by Baldinnie 1 Orient and out of the homebred Baldinnie 1 Fiona 11th, he was purchased by Hendrie Bros Ltd from Galston in Ayrshire.

Show Champion Auckvale Maxim 1450M from W & R Kemp & Sons. Pictured (from L to R) are Show Judge Tom Harrison, John Kemp and William Kemp

Averages: 6 Bulls £2765.00

May The Overall Champion Hereford Moorside 1 No Limits topped the May Multi-breed Show & Sale at 3000gns. Consigned by G & MC Shepherd, Moorside Herefords, Preston, Lancashire. Thirteen month old “No Limits” is sired by Moorside 1 Kingston and out of the Moorside herd’s matriarch female Romany 1 Jane A51 E66. Following closely behind was the Reserve Overall Champion, 14 month old Moralee 1 Ned, shown by T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, who sold for 2900gns. “Ned” is out of Mallowburn 1 Ethel Carr and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker.

Hereford lot 157 Overall Champion sold for 3000 gns at the May Sale

Dougie Lockhart "A Dream Come True" Dougie Lockhart was born in 1952 and grew up in Bardsea overlooking Morecombe Bay. He spent a lot of his time on a local farm and it was here that his love for Hereford cattle began; Dougie was quoted as saying “They were always very quiet and placid animals”. However, his career path took him to a major pharmaceutical company where he worked for the next 34 years. In 1979, Dougie was married to Elaine and they made their home on Walney Island, where their son and daughter grew up and later blessed them with two grandchildren. Dougie was offered the opportunity to take early retirement, which he happily accepted and was fortunate to be able to purchase a holding nearby, overlooking the Irish Sea. In June 2007 he travelled down from Cumbria to Gloucestershire and went home with two Hereford cows and calves. A year later he returned and bought three very nice in-calf heifers; Severnvale Biddy, Countess and Emma. This was soon followed by a trip to Scotland where he acquired Ervie Express, his first stock bull, from John Douglas. These were to be the foundation of the Walney herd.

both privately and through Ulverston Market. On 29th March 2017 we lost a very good friend and enthusiastic Hereford breeder. I will always remember Dougie for his friendship, for reintroducing Hereford cattle to his home territory of Cumbria and for his enthusiasm to promote the Hereford breed.

Ervie Express was followed by a son of Lake Lodge Storm, from Messrs TA Spooner, and it was at this time that he brought in two additional Dieulacresse females to add to his herd.

His small herd of Hereford’s were always very well cared for and Dougie always liked to say what he looked for in the appearance of a Hereford, “nice shape and back end, a nice straight top line and good depth of body and a good colour.”

Dougie soon established a good reputation selling heifers and bulls

by Edward G Mills




Traditional Hereford Breeders' Club By the THBC Publicity Team Royal Welsh Spring Festival

Summer Herd Visit

Held on 20th May, the Royal Welsh Spring Festival was another well-supported event with strong classes of Traditional Herefords. Taking the Breed and Reserve Interbreed Championships on the day was cow class winner Carpenters Curly 2nd from Mrs H MacLeod, Worcestershire. It was another animal originally from the same stable which picked up the Reserve Breed Championship; the in-calf heifer Carpenters Silver 3rd owned by Mr D Harvey, Builth Wells.

The annual summer herd visit took place at the beautiful Belvoir Castle in Lincolnshire on 28th June. We started the day with coffee and our summer meeting in an impressive panelled room within the castle and after lunch we were herded into two beater’s wagons to view the superb herd of cattle running with the bull Herouldmede Ulysses amongst rolling parkland. The weather was inclement and as a result there was an impressive display of various foils against the rain, but nothing could beat the hat and boot covers sported by our American visitors. We were delighted to welcome Steven Pollestad and Tom Sparks from North Dakota and South East Montana respectively, who on a whistle stop two week tour of Traditional Hereford herds in the UK, managed to visit at least one herd a day from Scotland to Wales to Kent!

Carpenters Curly 2nd

Royal Three Counties Show It was the Albany herd from Cambridgeshire which picked up the honours on Sunday 18th June in the Traditional Hereford section, with home-bred stock bull Albany Lincoln taking the Male and Breed Championships. The Female and Reserve Breed Championships went to maiden heifer Gavelock Curly from Mrs C Redmayne, also of Cambridgeshire.

The herd at Belvoir Castle

Club trip to Cheshire In late September a group of 15 or so THBC members converged on the Cock O’ Barton in Malpas to start a weekend of cattle and conviviality! We were rounded up on Saturday morning by Keith Siddorn who arrived at the pub with a packed programme that was choreographed to the final minute. This included visits to three herds, a stop at the oldest water mill in the country and a private tour of Grocontinental transport – all in two days. We set off in the ‘air-conditioned’ trailer behind Keith’s tractor to our

Albany Lincoln The Carden Herd of Mrs D Morgan







CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS - 2017 first destination, Mrs Morgan’s Carden herd. With the first cattle on the farm originating from the neighbouring Dornley herd, Mrs Morgan has quickly developed her own herd with the help of purchases from sales at Melton Mowbray and the recent Oakgard dispersal sale. The first group we saw were a strong bunch of heifers by her stock bull Albany Lorenzo, then moving on to cows running with the bull. We were then given a viewing of her impressive equine establishment from which her son was going on to compete at the Horse of the Year Show the following weekend. After negotiating a flat tyre on the ‘luxury’ trailer we had a tasty lunch of soup and beef sandwiches at Didi’s pub, the local Carden Arms, through which she sells her beef carcases. Our next stop was Keith Siddorn’s Dornley herd which has recently been reduced in number due to a large private sale to set up a new herd in Wales. The herd was diminished only in number as the quality is truly exemplary. Keith’s cattle are wintered outdoors on The Dornley herd of Mr Keith Siddorn stubble with ad-lib hay, he castrates all his bull calves went on to Grocontinental, a family run company which has grown some of which go through the farm shop, along with his from a small agricultural haulage business to the huge international own pork and lamb. We were shown Keith’s pig finishing unit which operation it is today. We were impressed by the size of the he runs with his father and were treated to tea and biscuits and a warehouses, and one in particular that can hold 32,000 tonnes tasting of a new enterprise of delicious Biltong in the educational of cheese, not to mention the one full of Crème Eggs! We were venue in a loft above a barn. grateful for the opportunity to see this logistical masterpiece of Amongst all of this we had a most interesting stop at Stretton, the lorries and warehousing and then to move on to David Grocott’s oldest working water mill in England, mainly because – having lived herd of Traditional Herefords and Original Population Angus cattle, there all his life – Keith’s father had never been! It was then back to which he has crossed to produce some excellent store calves. We the Cock O’ Barton for a delicious dinner and a good night’s sleep. dispersed, all ‘cattled out’ and most grateful to all our hosts and especially to Keith for organising such an enjoyable weekend. The next morning some of our party had to leave us, but the rest

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2017 - SHOWS

National Stock Judging Competition Once again, members turned out in force to support this popular competition, which brings together members from all over the UK representing their respective Association or Club. The competition consists of three groups of cattle with four animals in each marked with the letters A,B, X and Y. This year the groups consisted of bulls, young heifers and older heifers. The Master Judge, Breed President Robert Thomas, placed the four animals in each group in order of preference, with competitors then trying to match Robert’s placings. Taking the honours and the £100 prize money in the Team Award, were Mike Chandler, Matt Gray and Andy Owen representing the Stockmen’s Club. They amassed a total of 422 points from a possible 450 points.

Steve Edwards representing the third placed team from MEAHBA. Missing are Peter Cobley and Colin Soutter

the latest success for Matt who has a great record in both the individual and team competitions. Indeed, Matt was joint winner overall winner in 2016 and so retains the trophy for another year.

The winning Stockmen’s Club team, from left to right, Andy Owen, Mike Chandler, Master Judge Robert Thomas and Matt Gray

In second place were a team from Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association (MEAHBA) consisting of Les Cook, Paul Dickin and Lucy Holdsworth with a score of 418 points.

Collecting the trophy for the highest individual score from Master Judge and Breed President Robert Thomas is Matt Gray

In the Under 25 years of Age category it was Katie Baines representing UK Hereford Youth who took home the trophy with a creditable score of 139 points. The Hereford Cattle Society would like to thank sponsors Dunbia, all the stock handlers for preparing the animals, the Master Judge Robert Thomas, Breed Chairman Richard Mann for selecting and organising suitable cattle and not least to all the competitors in making it such a great event.

Pictured with the Master Judge is Paul Dickin representing the second placed team from the MEAHBA. Missing from the photograph are Les Cook and Lucy Holdsworth

In third place were another team from MEHBA with a total of 416 points; Peter Cobley, Steve Edwards and Colin Soutter. There was a tie in fourth place with two teams scoring a total of 413 points one from the Hereford Cattle Breeders Association (HCBA) and another from MEAHBA. Representing the HCBA were Phil Allman, Ben Lewis and Mark Roberts. In the MEAHBA team were Martin Coates, Alan Pittam and Jim Speirs. Moving on to the individual awards and taking first place with the highest overall score was HCBA member Matt Gray with an excellent score of 146 out of a possible 150 points. This is just

Katie Baines from UK Hereford Youth receives the trophy for the highest individual young member score from David Prothero



Carbon farming with livestock; digging deeper By Becky Willson

Becky Willson works as project manager for the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit, a farmer-led organisation which aims to provide practical advice and tools for farmers that focus on greenhouse gas emissions, energy resilience and sustainable farming methods. She also works for Duchy College Rural Business School as a specialist in resource management, translating research and developing tools and advice for farmers around managing their soils, manures, nutrients and water. Global scientific and political consensus is that climate change is happening due to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released by human activity. Addressing climate change is complicated and multi-faceted; this is all the more true when it comes to agriculture, which, as a biological system dependent on the weather generates a range of greenhouse gases, and is a sector operating across a huge diversity of production systems, soil types, and landscapes. The statistics are stark, agriculture is currently producing 10% of the UK emissions, and this 10% is made up of three main gases, nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide. In a resource constrained world, farmers are crucially positioned to contribute to saving resources and increase production in a more sustainable way. However this is exacerbated by the enormous challenges and threats posed to the sector from a world faced with fewer resources and greater competition for them. World population is forecast to reach over 9 billion by 2050 and this will put huge strain on the globe’s natural resources, creating water


shortages and greater competition for minerals and natural wealth. So as farmers what can we do about this? As farmers and growers, we can produce quality food, enhance biodiversity, and sequester carbon by making management changes to the business, usually with improvements in efficiency and profitability as a result. As the food producers and retailers are pressured from regulations above and consumer demand below, supply chains will be increasingly scrutinised for their GHG emissions so taking action now will put farmers at a competitive advantage in the near future. Where do livestock fit into the debate? Over the last few months there has been an increased focus of the role of livestock (and especially grazing livestock) on greenhouse gas emissions. It is not a new issue that


grazing livestock produce methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, as part of enteric fermentation and this gas has been the subject of much debate. The efficiency argument works along the lines that the quicker that we can get beef animals to their ideal carcase weight (and therefore on the consumers’ plate) the better. This would lead to the conclusion that by feeding more digestible and energy dense foods (for example grain or soya based diets) the animal is finished quicker and is thus more efficient. However this argument forgets one simple fact which is that we, as humans can’t eat grass, and as such, to get any nutritional value from it, we have to develop systems that utilise this grass in an efficient way and turn it into a digestible form of protein that we can eat – generally through ruminants such as cattle and sheep.

As well as using this grassland to produce meat, there has also been increasing interest in the benefits that grasslands provide in terms of soil health and sustainability, and how grazing management can be altered to produce animals efficiently while balancing the benefits that come from growing a perennial crop. This includes the concept of soil carbon sequestration and the ability of grasslands to hold carbon in the soil to a greater extent than systems that include regular cultivations and growing of annual crops. Soil is a major source of carbon, and holding and increasing the amount of carbon within the soil is a unique attribute that farming and forestry brings to carbon accounting. As such, systems that rely on grassland are poised to play an important part in the future of farming. By building soil organic matter, we are able to build soil health, lower costs, improve productivity and resilience, produce food and improve water quality and biodiversity. Amongst all the talk about future agricultural policy in the UK, none of the changes that we need can happen without a functioning soil. Pasture based systems, using Native breeds such as the Hereford, which have a low cost base and are sequestering soil carbon and building soil health and resilience will be an integral part of farming

in the UK. However, what is needed now is more understanding of what is happening under grass in terms of soil carbon sequestration and how to quantify it, as well as how we as farmers can maximise the benefits for the farm business and the wider environment. Evaluating business efficiency and starting to understand soil health is a crucial first step. The time is now upon us to champion farming systems that produce quality food, protect our most vital environmental resources, contribute to rural society and (potentially most importantly) are economically viable.




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

2017 was another very successful year for the Scottish members at many of the Local and National Summer Shows and Sales, promoting the breed and enjoying much success. As full show and sale reports are published elsewhere in the journal here is a short summary of the Association business in 2017.

comments. Huge thanks to Peter and his team for providing the cattle. Moving on to the Royal Highland Show which attracted a good number of Herefords for Judge Alistair Smith. After showing, exhibitors, breeders and friends descended on the Society stand for our Annual Show Dinner once again provided by fellow Association member Steven Reaper ably assisted by his father John.

The AGM was held in February with the following Office bearers elected; Chairman: Mr John Torrance Vice Chairman: Mr George Harvey Secretary/Treasurer: Mrs Pauline Wason Honorary President: Mrs Margaret Cameron

On to July, The Scottish National Show headed to Biggar Show for the first time and although the weather was not so kind the hospitality of the show organisers was fantastic and the location was ideal for the Scottish exhibitors as well as attracting several breeders from the North of England. All in all an excellent venue and would very much look forward to taking the National back there in the future.

In April, UK Hereford Youth held a training weekend at Miss Heather Whittaker’s Coley herd, four of our Young Association Members, Iona Smith, Shona Andrew, Drew Ritchie and Beth Harvey attended this fantastic event with the assistance of Mr David Gillon who very kindly helped them with transport and accommodation. Sincere thanks to David for his continued support of the Association and the Young Members.

Scottish Young Members Iona Smith and Beth Harvey were in attendance at the UK Hereford Youth Workshop held at Coley Herefords

In early June we attended Scotland’s Beef Event at Earlston in the Scottish Borders where yours truly, Chairman John Torrance, Young Member Drew Ritchie and Association member Peter Eccles were on hand to promote the Hereford Breed. As well as providing literature on the breed it is always a great opportunity to have cattle on display and Peter very kindly brought his tremendous stock bull and some Hereford cross cattle which attracted lots of great

The month of November started with our Regional Calf Show at Agri Expo which attracted an entry of 60 Herefords, the pre-show dinner was very well attended with 58 enjoying a fabulous meal. Our November meeting was very kindly hosted by the Eccles family, Peter, Eilidh and daughter Matilda. After a short meeting we were treated to a fantastic lunch which was followed by a tour of the farm which Peter manages as well as viewing his Rockness

The Autumn Calf Show held at AgriExpo, Carlisle was as popular as ever!

Hereford herd. Sincere thanks to Peter and his family for a very interesting and informative day. 2018 will no doubt be another busy one, with Sales at Stirling in February and October and Carlisle in February, May and October and plenty of summer shows for us to show off our fantastic Hereford breed as well as judging for the National Herd Competition.




Peter Eccles with some of his commercial Herefords kindly hosted our November meeting

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 William McMordie to judge the Royal Highland Show on Thursday 21st, The Scottish National Show will be held at another new location Dumfries Show on Saturday 4th August. The Scottish Association’s Regional Calf Show in conjunction with Agri Expo will be on Friday 2nd November at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Barwise Herefords stepping it out at the Scottish National Show

Export to France There are has been growing interest in the Hereford Breed in recent years with Hereford numbers increasing steadily, the first show of Herefords at Sommet de l’Élevage, Herefords on display at SIA (Paris) and more activety within the French Hereford Breeders’ Society led by Jean-Francois Protheau.

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 2018. sire ‘Lancer’ who was bought privately from Ms Carolyn Fletcher’s Barwise herd in 2015. He is sired by the herd’s famous Barwise 1 Wellington and out of an imported Canadian embryo. 

A consignment of 15 heifers and 1 bull were exported from RA Bradtsock & Partners and Fir Farm Ltd during the first half of 2017, with a further Junior stock sire Romany 1 Popcorn exported in December. Romany 1 Popcorn joined the herd of Pascal Bastien, the current President of the French Hereford Association following a Summer visit to the Scottish Borders. He was selected on pedigree, conformation and aesthetics - in addition to sound growth, muscle and meat yield EBVs. His dam - Lucy A84 K7 - is from the well known Lucy line, the Romany’s herd line that was heavily influential in the record priced female at 2017 Designer Genes Sale - Sky High 1 Lancôme Lucy. ‘Popcorn’ is from the first crop of calves by the herd’s new stock



Romany 1 Popcorn exported from JRB Wilson & Sons to the French Hereford Association Breed President Pascal Bastien




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SHOWS - 2017

Royal Highland Show

Delight for the Harrisons as they take the Supreme Championship! Judge Alistair Smith made the stylish and much admired Coley 1 Pippa 356, exhibited by T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, his Supreme, Grand & Senior Female Champion at the Royal Highland Show. Tom & Di Harrison purchased Coley 1 Pippa 356 from Miss H Whittaker due to both her appearance, performance figures and breeding. Tom commented, “We really liked the look of Pippa’s dam, 2013 Hereford Female of Year, Frenchstone P. 1 Boo, so we were determined to purchase one of her off-spring.” Two year old Coley 1 Pippa 356 is by the much vaulted Australian bred sire Days Calibre G74. The Harrison’s latest success, shows what can be achieved in a relatively short space of time, through hard work, studying bloodlines and a thirst for knowledge. Tom & Di Harrison became members of the Hereford Cattle Society in 2011 and the following year visited the Royal Highland Show to find out more about showing. When David Deakin asked Tom if he planned on showing at the Royal Highland? Tom remarked, “It will be a while before we are ready to exhibit at such a prestigious show.” Little did Tom know five years later he would walk away with the main prize!

Supreme Champion Coley 1 Pippa 356 owned and exhibited by Tom & Di Harrison

Taking the Reserve Supreme, Reserve Grand & Senior Female Championships was another Coley female, four year old Coley 1 Clara 286 from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. This powerful cow shown with her calf, Coley 1 Petrus at foot, is sired by Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe and out of Barbern 1 Claret 2nd.

Grand Male & Overall Junior Champion Panmure 1 Noah from JM Cant & Partners

Reserve Supreme Champion Coley 1 Clara 286 from Miss H Whittaker



To complete the female section, in the Junior Female Championship there was more success for T & D Harrison, this time with promising heifer Moralee 1 Kate 2nd. Fifteen month old “Kate 2nd” is out of Moralee 1 Kate and sired by Cogent AI sire Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57. Standing Reserve was nineteen month old Saltire 1 Cathy from W, P & K Wason, Lochgelly, Fife. This attractive well balanced female is out Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th and by Baldinnie 1 Viscount. She has a good set of performance figures, especially carcase EBV’s with both Retail Beef Yield and Rib Fat in the Top 1% for the Breed.


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German Hereford Secretary Carsten Schmidt presents a first prize card to Willie Wason with Saltire 1 Cathy

In the bull classes, one bull dominated proceedings, eighteen month old Panmure 1 Noah from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath Angus, Tayside, who took the Grand, Junior and Overall Junior

Pictured, are from L to R, Judge Alistair Smith, Robert Wilson with Reserve Grand Male Champion Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956 and Breed President Robert Thomas

Championships. “Noah” a dark, beautifully presented bull is out of home-bred cow Panmure 1 Blessing G6 and by Hawkesbury 1 Volcano. Standing Reserve to Panmure 1 Noah in the Grand Male Championship was Senior Male Champion, Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956, owned and exhibited by JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. Two & half year old “Hi Hidalgo K956” is out of Fardre 1 Heidi Hi and by Canadian sire Harvie Dan Hidalgo. The Reserve Senior Male Champion went to 26 month old Barwise 1 Marshall from Mrs CS Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. He’s another animal with good performance figures, which seems to be in keeping with most cattle exhibited at shows during 2017, “Marshall” is out of Barwise 1 Grace and by the well known top sire Barwise 1 Wellington.

Abbie Anderson with Grand Male Champion Panmure 1 Noah receiving her first place prize card from Billy McIndoe now living in Australia

To complete the male section, the Reserve Junior Championship went to W & R Kemp & Sons with Auckvale Nobleman. Twenty month old “Nobleman 1534N” also stood second to Panmure 1 Noah in the Overall Junior Championship. He’s all Auckvale breeding, out of Auckvale Curly 1243K and by Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1127H. Breed stalwarts JA Cameron & Son Kilconquhar Leven, Fife, were presented with the first prize card in the class, Bull born on or after 1st March 2016 with Baldinnie 1 Rubin. Fifteen month old “Rubin” is out of Baldinnie 1 Ruth 18th and by Baldinnie 1 Orient. JA Cameron & Son were also awarded the red ticket in the Best Pair of Animals bred by an Exhibitor, with JM Cant & Partners in Reserve.

South African PJ Budlar presents a first place ticket to Di Harrison with Coley 1 Pippa 356



Later in the show, Moralee, Coley and Panmure Herefords combined to claim the Reserve Marks & Spencer Native Inter-breed Team of Three Championship. Quality was the order of the day when the Supreme, Reserve Supreme and Grand Male Champions came together to take on a strong line-up of Native bred cattle – not least with the World Angus Forum being held at the Royal Highland Show. Coley 1 Pippa 356 from T & D Harrison combined with Coley 1 Clara 286 from Miss H Whittaker and Panmure 1 Noah from Messrs JM Cant & Partners to claim their coveted prize. Inter-breed Judge Jack P Ramsey of Mauchline, commented, “The Hereford team were well balanced and a credit to the breed.”

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Scottish National Show Tom & Di Harrison's trophy haul just gets Biggar! Coley 1 Pippa 356 exhibited by North of England Hereford Breeders (NEHBA) T & D Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Stocksfield, Northumberland, followed up on her successes at the recent Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire Shows by taking the Supreme Championship at the Scottish National Show held at Biggar, South Lanarkshire. Judged by Mr Matthew Gray, Buckenhill Herefords, “Pippa 356” went from strength to strength, firstly taking the Senior and then the Grand Female Championships before being awarded the Overall Supreme Championship. Coley 1 Pippa 356, who has won a string of successes during the 2017 show season is out of former Female of the Year Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and sired by sired by Days Calibre G74. Tom & Di show their delight with Pippa's latest success....

In the Junior Section another breeder who had travelled up from the North of England Mr & Mrs H Elliott, Cornriggs Herefords, Weardale, Durham were awarded the Junior Female title with their home-bred heifer Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th sired by Cornriggs 1 Super Guy and out of Romany 1 Julia A84 E38. The Reserve Junior Female was the Days Calibre G74 sired heifer Barwise 1 Aussie Rose N884 from Mrs Carolyn Fletcher.

Supreme & Grand Female Champion Coley 1 Pippa 356 from T & D Harrison

Taking the Reserve Supreme award was the two year old bull Barwise 1 Marshall bred by another NEHBA breeder, Mrs Carolyn Fletcher of Barwise Herefords, Appleby-in-Westmorland. “Marshall”, sired by former UK Sire of the Year Barwise 1 Wellington, was ably shown by UK Hereford Youth and Scottish Young Member Drew Ritchie. He had previously been awarded the Senior Male and Grand Male Championships.

Harry Elliott with Junior Female Champion Cornriggs 1 Julia 4th

The Reserve Male Champion was nine month old Saltire 1 Predator bred and exhibited by W, P & K Wason. “Predator” who sired by Baldinnie 1 Orient and out of the Reserve Female Champion

Grand & Senior Male Champion Barwise 1 Marshall from Ms Carolyn Fletcher

In the Female Section, W, P & K Wason, Saltire Herefords, Fife, took the Reserve Senior and Reserve Female Championships with their four year old cow Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th shown with her bull calf at foot. “Fly 18th” is out of Baldinnie 1 Fly 5th and by Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine.

Junior & Reserve Grand Male Champion Saltire 1 Predator from W, P & K Wason



SHOWS - 2017 Baldinnie 1 Fly 18th, had earlier taken the Junior Male Championship. The Reserve Senior award went to JA Cameron & Son, Baldinnie Herefords, Balbuthie, Fife with the Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine sired bull Baldinnie 1 Denver with his stablemate 16 month old Baldinnie 1 Rubin taking the Reserve Junior Male rosette. In the pair’s class, first prize went to JA Cameron & Son. The Group of Three was won by Mrs CS Fletcher and the Group of Three by Same Sire was won by Harveybros Herefords, Balfron, Glasgow.

Judge Matt Gray presents Katie Wason with her trophy for winning the Junior Young Handler Competition

Ms Carolyn Fletcher, Barwise Herefords receives her first prize rosette for the Best Group of Three

The Young Handlers Classes were again kindly sponsored by Mr David Gillon. The Junior Handler was won by Miss Katie Wason of Saltire Herefords with James Anderson, Moralee Herefords in second place. In the Senior Young Handlers section it Miss Beth Harvey, Harveybros Herefords who came out on top, with Drew Ritchie in second and Miss Mhairi Hall in third position.

Senior Young Handler Champion Beth Harvey receives her trophy

Society's Official Photographer John Eveson takes another Award! Sponsored by DuPont Agriculture, the Guild’s 2017 Arable Photography Award was presented at the Cereals 2017 event at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire. Taking the award was the Hereford Cattle Society’s Official photographer John Eveson - for his pictured entitled ‘Testing a Kverneland plough’, published in Farmers Guardian in December 2016. Judges said: “This shot has great composition – the combination of colours and the balance of elements makes for a striking and attention-grabbing image, which transforms an otherwise everyday activity and sight into something with a great deal more appeal. “John’s technical skill makes the most of the difficult lighting and achieves correct exposure across the shot, as well as securing the detail-filling depth-of-field within the image.


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Calendar of Events 2018 JANUARY 19th

Premier Show & Sale N.I.


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Stirling Bull Sale Elite Breeders Sale N. Ireland Beef Event

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Spring Show & Sale


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

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Royal Ulster (Balmoral) Devon County Beef Expo 2018 Native Breed Sale, Carlisle Shropshire County Northumberland County Royal Bath & West

Belfast Devon Shrewsbury Livestock Market Carlisle Shropshire Northumberland Shepton Mallet

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Burwarton Scottish National and Dumfries & Lockerbie National Hereford Show Anglesey County Pembrokeshire County Edenbridge & Oxted Bucks. County

Shropshire Annan Tenbury Anglesey Pembrokeshire Surrey Buckinghamshire

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National Poll Show Kington Royal County of Berkshire

Moreton-in-Marsh Herefordshire Newbury

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9th 26th

Hereford Autumn Show & Sale Autumn Show & Sale, Carlisle

Hereford Carlisle

Tel: 01432 272057 Tel: 01228 406230


Hereford Autumn Calf Show in conjunction with Agri Expo Midlands & East Anglia H.B.A. Calf Show English Winter Fair Allams Winter Fair Royal Welsh Agricultural Winter Fair Winter Stock Festival


Tel: 01228 406200

Newark County Showground Staffordshire Balmoral Builth Wells Peterborough

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National Calf Show incorporating the HCBA Christmas Calf Show Royal Ulster Winter Fair


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Ervie Annual Spring Bull Sale 2017 The Douglas family from Stranraer in south-west Scotland held their 2017 Spring Bull Sale on Thursday 16th February. Once again, the February weather was good, with the bulls all penned dry on the morning and many people commented that they were the best and most level set of bulls, Ervie Herefords had produced. Top seller at £6,200 was Ervie Advance 151965, and after a flurry of bidding was chapped down to repeat buyers, William and James Montgomery, Colmslie Farm near Galashiels. This thickset, easy-fleshing, deep red bull had an impressive set of EBV’s and sported the highest 400-day weight EBV in the sale. Sired by heifer specialist, Ervie L1 Achiever 121496, he was a beautiful Ervie Unitarian heifer’s first calf.

Volume buyers at the sale were Glenapp Estate, Ayrshire, with eight to average £2,075, Lundie Farming Company, Dundee with four to average £2,175 and Graham Armstrong, Kirvennie, Wigtownshire with four to average £1,975. Commenting immediately after the sale, herd owner John Douglas said, “I was delighted with the demand we had on today, with many repeat customers but we also added plenty of new names to the sales sheet. Our customers are paying attention to the information we provide and are identifying bulls with the genetics to suit them and are returning to us on a regular basis.

Another much sought after bull at £4,200 was Ervie Advance 151950, purchased by another repeat buyer, Greenmount College, Northern Ireland. This big thickly-made bull was number one for actual adjusted 400-day weight in his group and was sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91147F. The dam is a very consistent breeder, Ervie Dowager F1030.

Third highest price on the day at £4,000 also went to a longstanding customer, Campbell Partnership from near Stokesley in Yorkshire. This was Ervie Advance 151991 who had an outstanding set of performance figures behind him including the groups highest maternal index of +43 and second highest Terminal Sire Index of +34. He was sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91147F and came from a terrific dam, Ervie Carol Lily 162119.



The fact that there is a ready outlet through the various supermarkets and other retail chains selling Branded Hereford Beef is certainly giving producers confidence to use Hereford bulls, knowing there will be good demand for the progeny.” The 45 bulls offered sold to gross £108,399 and averaged £2,408.88 Ervie females were also in demand in 2017 beginning with a private treaty sale in April of 23 bulling heifers to Welburn Herefords in Yorkshire. The second Ervie Summer Heifer Sale was held outdoors amidst atrocious rain and gales on Friday 21st July, but successfully resulted in the sale of two well-grown and stylish yearling heifers, Ervie Hazel 162060 and Ervie Lisette 162114 to a Danish consortium led by Simon Johansen at £3,000 each.

Another super pair of heifers sold for £3,000 each to new breeder, Kenny Lang from Lanarkshire. These were Ervie Cornelia 162163 and Ervie Pansy 162180.


Ian Smith chose Ervie Topsy 162128 and Ervie Topsy 162149 at £1,400 each to join his Cherrydene herd in Ayrshire. New breeder, Rob Lewis from near Stoke-on Trent, Staffordshire, paid £1,100 each for Ervie Narcissi 162189 and Ervie Progress 162193. Both these buyers each chose a young Ervie bull to join their herds. Later in the autumn, Welburn manager, Richard Bush returned to purchase 30 heifers and 7 cows by private treaty to boost their new herd in Yorkshire. This sale was boosted with the inclusion of Ervie Model 121519 valued at £5,000. This big stunning daughter of Ervie L1 Achiever 1151H was sold in-calf to Ervie L1 Achiever 141753.


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Northern Ireland

By John Gill, Chairman, Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders£ Association The year started with a successful Premier Show & Sale in January and was followed up by another successful event at our Spring Show & Sale in April which saw a 100% clearance and a healthy average of £2,850. The show season commenced with the Royal Ulster at Balmoral Park and again Hereford Breeders turned out in force to support this prestigious event with almost seventy cattle catalogued. This proved to be one of the largest turnout of Hereford cattle throughout the year. Lots of quality animals were on display at what is now a four day event, with the trend continuing throughout the year, although some of the smaller shows lacked numbers forward. Our National Show which was held in Antrim and saw another impressive entry and at this point I would like to thank and congratulate those breeders who showed cattle throughout the summer shows. Our herd’s competition was held at the end of July when we had a record number of herds entered, this included some herds entering for the first time. Our Judge, James Nelson of Glenbrae Shorthorns spent a few long days judging and covered in the region of a thousand miles. The eventual winners were announced with awards presented at the Association’s Annual Charity BBQ at the start of September, which as in the past, has been the duty of the N.I. President to host. As President in 2017, it was held on my farm in Killinchy with all profits given to the N.I. charity Children’s Heart Beat Trust. A special word of thanks to all those who attended, our Sponsor Dunbia, those who donated items for auction and anyone else who helped in any way. The N.I. Children’s Heart Beat Trust were presented with a cheque for £3,421 at our Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards at the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim which was well attended by members and friends and also some of our sponsors. Our guest speakers for the evening were David Prothero who also presented the awards as he had previously done on his visit to our Dinner in 1984. David

talked about the enjoyment he had in being Secretary of the Hereford Cattle Society. Ivan Haire the NIHBA Secretary presented David with a Belfast Crystal Vase on behalf of the Association in our appreciation for his help over his many years of service. James Sage said it was an honour to be connected with a breed like the Hereford and NIHBA Chairman John Gill hoped he would have a long and happy working relationship with the NIHBA and looked forward to many trips across to N Ireland. Lynn Cowan from the Children’s Heart Beat Trust gave an account of what the trust did and how the money was spent and how it would help children and families over difficult period’s of sickness etc. Our National Calf Show in September had an entry of 40 calves and again thanks to our sponsor United Feeds who’s continued help is very much appreciated. On a personal note I would like to thank the NIHBA Committee for their help and support over 2017 and the members in general for their wider support by attending shows and other events - although the attendance at our AGM was disappointing. Our Speaker for the evening was Brian Walker from the newly formed Pedigree Cattle Trust. It has been an honour and pleasure to be President during 2017. I would like to congratulate Trevor Andrews the incoming President and Stephen Baxter the incoming Vice President and wish them a successful year in office. Finally, I would like to thank our Secretary Ivan Haire for his tireless work and knowledge which he contributes to the Association.

Annual BBQ and Herds Competition Awards In September 2017 the annual BBQ and presentation of Herds competition awards took place on the NIHBA Chairman’s farm of John Gill (AJ Farms), Saintfield. This years beneficiaries, The Children’s Heartbeat trust attended the evening and the Society are pleased to announce that over £2000 was raised on the evening for such a worthwhile cause.

Overall Herd winners were the Solpoll herd owned by John and William McMordie, a truly well deserved award which has been won by the herd for the thirteenth year in a row. Reserve overall Herd of 2017 went to David Wilson from the Lisrace Herd who yet again has had a very successful showing year.

With over 100 people attending the evening they where treated to quality Hereford Steaks after a walk round the Lusky Herd with thanks to Dunbia. The evening also included an auction with the Association’s own Donald Beattie – ‘who really worked the room’. Music was also provided by local group Tennessee. The Association would like to thank everyone who attended and donated on the night, without them we couldn’t manage to support such a worthwhile cause. Herds completion Judge, James Nelson from Larne attended to announce the winners and present the trophies on the evening. “This year 23 Herds from the province competed with an overall great standard of cattle” added judge James Nelson.



Overall Herd winner and Large Herd winner John McMordie and Reserve Overall Herd winner and Reserve Large Herd winner David Wilson pictured with Judge, James Nelson centre. Also included are Sponsor Kenny Linton Dunbia (left) and Chairman, John Gill (right)

2017 - CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS REPORTS Individual section results Overall Champion Herd J &W McMordie Solpoll Herd

Reserve Champion Herd D Wilson Lisrace Herd

2nd B & G Watson Barnburn 1 Priscilla 3rd G & T Morton Nancy Amy

Best Stock Bull 1st C Kerr Kinnego Herd 2nd B & G Watson Barnburn Herd 3rd R & J Irvine Graceland Herd

Large Herd 1st J & W McMordie. Solpoll Herd 2nd D Wilson. Lisrace Herd 3rd J Conlon Drumatee Herd

Medium Herd 1st T & S Andrews Mountview Herd 2nd G& T Morton. Nancy Herd 3rd R & J Irvine Graceland Herd

Small Herd 1st S Baxter. Umgola Herd 2nd B & G Watson Barnburn Herd 3rd JE,RI & W Haire. Dorepoll Herd

Best Spring Born Bull Calf 1st D Wilson Lisrace Lumberjack 19th 2nd J&W McMordie Solpoll 1 Pilgrim 3rd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Elite

William Haire (left) helping out with the BBQ

Best Spring Born Heifer Calf 1st S Baxter Umgola Sabrina 2nd J & W McMordie Solpoll 1 Nylon 3rd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Kate

Best Autumn Born Bull Calf 1st J&W McMordie Solpoll 1 Patriot 2nd D Wilson Lisrace Lifegaurd 18th 3rd J & W McMordie Solpoll 1 Pounder

Best Autumn Born Heifer Calf 1st J & W McMordie Solpoll 1 Dainty P4

From left Kenny Linton, Dunbia with Stephen Baxter (Best April Born Heifer), William McMordie (Best Autumn Born Bull Calf and Best Autumn Born Heifer Calf), Robbie Wilson (Best Spring Born Bull Calf), Ciaran Kerr (Best Stock Bull) and Judge, James Nelson

Children's Heartbeat trust volunteers

Medium Herd winners From left Kenny Linton sponsor Dunbia, G Morton 2nd, T Andrews 1st and Judge James Nelson

Small Herd winners, from left Eddie Boyd sponsor Dunbia, Bertie Greer 2nd, Steven Baxter 1st, William Haire 3rd and Judge James Nelson

Some of the Hereford Members enjoying the evenings entertainment




NI Annual Dinner and Awards Evening The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony which takes place each October was held at the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim. With over 70 in attendance it proved to be one of the best supported evenings to date. Special guests for the night were the retiring Hereford Cattle Society Breed Secretary, David Prothero, the Society’s first Chief Executive Officer, James Sage and a representative from the Children’s Heartbeat trust who was awarded with a cheque for £3,421 on the evening. James who joins from organic certifiers, The Soil Association said “I’m very much looking forward to joining the Society and working with the team at Hereford House, the Council and the Breeders who are the heart of the breed. This is an exciting era within UK and global agriculture and I believe there will be a prominent role for the Hereford to play in post Brexit UK agriculture. Capitalising on the breed’s many wonderful attributes to further develop sustainable profitable systems for farmers.” He also wants to work closely with Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders to ensure the Hereford is the prominent bull in the dairy sector. Retiring Secretary David Prothero spoke fondly of his time over the last 40 years as he received a large Belfast Crystal vase from the NI Hereford Breeders’ Association in appreciation for his dedication to the Society. He recalled memories from great friendships with longstanding Northern Ireland members. He also wished the new Chief Executive Officer great success in his new role.

Ciaran Kerr and family with their silverware for Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite who was a multiple show winner and awarded Bull of the Year

with Corraback Joan 15th. A remarkable achievement for a young lady who only recently established her herd with the purchase of this striking heifer from Mervyn and Henry Richmond’s Corraback herd in County Fermanagh. A herd noted for the strength of its female lines and Courtney’s selection of “Joan 15th”by Mara Flook and out of Corraback Joan 5th – herself Female of the Year in 2013 - proved to be an inspired one! As Courtney made her debut on the show circuit she was quickly recognised as a force to be reckoned with and success followed success. Competing in the yearling heifer class, which is always the largest and most competitive section in the Hereford schedule, “Joan 15th” was awarded the red rosette at Lurgan, Armagh and Saintfield before going one better by taking the Reserve Breed Championship at both Castlewellan and Clogher Valley. The best was still to come however - at the National Hereford Show at Antrim and the largest turnout of Herefords of the summer show season, when she took the eye of Judge Robert Thomas winning the Yearling Heifer Class, the Female Championship and finally the Supreme Hereford Championship. Mark and Laurence Moore had a season to remember, taking the Horned Bull of the year and Reserve Overall Bull of the Year Awards with Annaghbeg Domino who had won Supreme Championships

From left John Gill (Chairman) presenting a retirement gift to David Prothero along with Trevor Andrews

The winners of the prestigious Herefords of the year awards, based on points earned from the summer show season, were announced during the evening and were presented by David Prothero before the band played into the small hours. Bull of the Year went to Ciaran Kerr’s three year old sire Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite for the second successive year. This top sire from Kinnego herd, dominated the Hereford classes at the local shows carrying off six Supreme Hereford Championships but also had a remarkable run of success in the Interbreed Championships – taking Reserve Overall Interbreed titles in Armagh, Saintfield and Castlewellan before securing the Overall Beef Interbreed Championship in a very strong entry at the Clogher Valley Show. His current dominance in the breed was emphasised when he was also awarded Best Stock Bull in the 2017 Herds Competition. It was a big night for the newest and youngest competitor on the show circuit. New breeder Courtney Halliday overcame the established herds to bring home the awards for the Hereford Female of the Year and the Supreme Championship at the National Show



Mark Moore who's many awards included Horned Bull of the Year

2017 - AWARD WINNERS Mark Moore Stock Person Shield for the Best Under 18: Marcus Murdock The Robert Clarke Cup for the Best Poll Exhibitor Bred Animal: A & A Armour The Nihba Cup for the Champion Calf: Ciaran Kerr

Calf Show The Kerridge Cup for the Female Champion: T & S Andrews The Mccaffrey Cup for the Male Champion: J & W McMordie The Christie Cup for the Best Young Handler Under 18: Marcus Murdock John, William and Andrew McMordie who picked up the Herd of the Year title

at Omagh and Enniskillen Shows. This promising young sire will be offered for sale at the Elite Breeders sale in Dungannon on 13th February 2018. They also registered significant success at the National Show taking the award for the breeder winning most points on the day - having won Best Home-bred Heifer and Best Group of Three. The Corraback herd of Mervyn and Henry Richmond have always been strong competitors for the Rose Bowl awarded to the exhibitor of the Most Successful Pair of Herefords by the Same Sire and 2017 was no exception. Again, it was a pair by Mara Flook who took the honours and the winning combination of a yearling bull and heifer were undefeated in this class throughout the season. Once again, the Overall Herd of the Year was won by Solpoll Herefords. This well known and successful herd owned by J & W McMordie, Co. Down are the current holders of the UK Hereford Herd of the Year. Wenlock Cup for the January Sale Champion: Hunter Stewart Omagh Mart Cup for the April Sale Champion: The McMordie Family Saintfield The Sydney Mawhinney Cup for the Best Poll Animal UK Bred at The Royal Ulster Show: JE RI & W Haire

Yearly Awards The Bull Of The Year Cup: Ciaran Kerr (Mullaghdoo Poll 1 Elite); Reserve: Mark Moore (Annaghbeg Domino) The Robert Haire Cup For The Poll Bull Of The Year: Ciaran Kerr (Mullaghdoo Poll 1 Elite); Reserve: Ciaran Kerr (Kinnego 1 Pharo) The TT Simpson Cup For The Horned Bull Of The Year: Mark Moore (Annaghbeg Domino); Reserve: G & W Burleigh (Benaughlin Norman) The Mount Stewart Cup For The Female Of The Year: Courtney Halliday (Corraback Joan 15th); Reserve: W.J. Gill (A J Farms) (Lusky 1 Honour) The A S O’connor Cup For The Horned Female Of The Year: Courtney Halliday (Corraback Joan 15th); Reserve: Mark Moore (Annaghbeg Pansy) The HW Coates Cup For The Poll Female Of The Year: W.J. Gill (A J Farms) (Lusky 1 Honour); Reserve: B & G Watson (Barnburn 1 Marigold) The Ulster Bank Rose Bowl For The Progeny Pairs Of The Year: M Richmond; Reserve: Mark Moore The Haven Cup For The Sire Of The Year: Solpoll 1 Dynamite J & W McMordie The Cuddy Cup For The Overall Herds Competition Winner: J & W McMordie Novice Award: W.J Gill (A J Farms); Reserve: Courtney Haliday

The F W McMordie Cup for the Junior Champion at the Royal Ulster Show: J & W McMordie

Summer Show Champion Awards

National Show Awards

Ballymoney - Ian Mcfadden

Royal Ulster - JE, RI & W Haire

News Letter Rose Bowl for the Champion: Courtney Halliday

Newry - Marcus Murdock

The Barron Cup for the Junior Female Champion: Courtney Halliday

Antrim - Courtney Halliday

The Ralston Cup for the Best Exhibitor Bred Heifer: Mark Moore

Omagh & Enniskillen - Mark Moore

Clow Cup for the Best Exhibitor Bred Group Of Three: Mark Moore

Ballymena, Lurgan, Armagh, Saintfield, Castlewellan & Clogher Valley - Ciaran Kerr

Robinson & O’Kane Cup for the Exhibitor Gaining the Most Points:

Northern Ireland Hereford Breeder’s Association members with David Prothero




N.I. Show & Sales at Dungannon Mart January The Premier Show & Sale, sponsored by Danske Bank, saw the start of the season for Northern Ireland Hereford Association. With over 28 entries from 13 top breeders the first of the Association’s events didn’t disappoint the spectators and buyers alike. Judge, George Workman, from Garvagh had the difficult task of selecting his Champion and Reserve as all bulls presented on the day where of quality and class. His Supreme Champion went to SH Stewart’s Thornbank 1 Mighty Man. “For a bull of 23 months, he is well grown, correct and showed class when in the ring” stated George. Sired by Solpoll 1 Dynamite from the McMordie herd he certainly has his father’s genes. The 2016 first prize winner from the National Show later went under the hammer and achieved the top price on the day of 4100 guineas.

Judge George Workman with his Champion & Reserve

April Bulls were snapped up by buyers with 100% clearance of animals presented for sale at pring Show & Sale held in conjunction with the Native Breeds. Quality was recognised by a packed sale ring which reflected a healthy £2850 average on the day. Top price of the day went to Judge, Sean McKiernan’s Champion River-Dale 1 Nero for 3800 guineas owned and bred by Norman McMordie and Family which was purchased by M. & S. Crawford of Ballymena. Reserve in the show ring commanded a price of 3700 guineas Solpoll 1 Neon bred by J. & W. McMordie which went to S. Cargill of Parkgate. Two more sons of the legendary bull, Panmure 1 Henry sold for 3200 guineas and 2900 guineas. “Great to see such a demand for bulls, NIHBA breeders today

Norman Mcmordie's Champion Riverdale 1 Nero sold for the top price of 3,800gns


Supreme Champion Thornbank 1 Mightman owned by SH Stewart sold for £4,300

Overall Reserve Champion went to Norman McMordie and family with River-Dale 1 Neptune. Sired by the prolific Panmure 1 Henry this August 2015 born bull was packed with style and certainly had ring presence. Trade on the day was healthy with a 75% clearance of bulls going under the hammer reached and an average of £2300. Champion, Thornbank 1 Mighty Man, was sold for 4100 guineas to the pedigree herd of W McCrabbe, Raphoe, Co Donegal. Dorepoll 1 Lawman bred by JE & RI & W Haire sold for 2500 guineas to O & I Hawe of Knockloughrim. River-Dale 1 Neptune was purchased by J H Fraser from Belfast for 2300 guineas. D R Wilson’s two bulls, Lisrace Lifeguard 16th went for 2400 guineas to Montgomery Bros of Eglington and Lisrace Liberty 15th for 2200 guineas to James Eakin of Moy.

have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest and enquiries received from prospective buyers who missed out on a chance to buy on the day. The quality of the animals shone through and that’s what the Association strives for” commented John Gill, Chairman of the NIHBA. In the show ring Judge, Sean McKiernan did a sterling job placing the animals which was backed up by the prices in the sale ring. Supreme Champion of the day went to River-Dale 1 Nero bred by Norman McMordie and Family. This growthy bull caught the eye of Sean and is sired by 3 times Balmoral Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite. Reserve Champion went to Solpoll 1 Neon bred by J. & W. McMordie, this son of Panmure 1 Henry had the figures to match with many in the top 10% of the breed.

John McMordie's reserve Champion Solpoll 1 Neonsold for 3,700gns


Solpoll 1 Marcus sold for 3200gns


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65 years of breeding Herefords      

 Repeat customers are essential for any business, 60% of last years bulls sold to   repeat buyers, 2 private sales to repeat pedigree  herds pictured.                 

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 Our ‘P’ bull calf crop is exceptional with 42 for sale with many more top Henry   sons as well as the first from Upgrade who has been very easy calved on heifers   

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 Thanks and best wishes to all our customers for cattle, semen & embryos 

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SHOWS - 2017

Royal Ulster Show

No Haire raised as 'Monster' is more beauty than beast! Crowds looked on as the 2017 Hereford Classes took place at the 2017 RUAS Balmoral Show. With class numbers increasing by 8% on previous years the breed saw just shy of 70 entries which made it one of the most supported breed’s at the venue. “Great quality of cattle in good numbers, well presented and my type of animal, I always look for something that stands out and is that little bit special” commented Andrew Hughes, a well-known stockman and breeder from the UK who had the task of judging on the day.

day for the Haire’s were 1st in the Senior Bull class with Dorepoll 1 Knight Hawk, a bull who weighs in at over 1500kg and a sheer crowd pleaser. Peartree 1 Ed, Reserve Male & Reserve Supreme Champion was bred by first time exhibitor William Connolly from Saintfield and sired by Solitude 1 Kingdom who was bred by Andrew McMordie. “Kingdom” previously took Reserve Male Champion at Balmoral in 2014, his dam Solpoll 1 Starlet H10 an ET daughter of the three times Balmoral Show Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite and Starlet B10 the 2007 Balmoral Female Champion.

Ivan Haire and Family from Dundrod claimed both Champion Male and Female on the day with their recently purchased stock bull, Panmure 1 Monster taking the Supreme Championship.

Reserve Supreme Champion Peartree 1 Ed owned and bred by William Connolly Supreme & Grand Male Champion Panmure 1 Monster owned and exhibited by JE, RI & W Haire

Two year old “Monster” caught Ivan’s eye at a Show and Sale in Hereford back in October, bred by the Cant family from Scotland who are well known for producing prize winning stock Ivan had to bring him back to Ulster to add to his already prolific Dorepoll herd. His home bred female Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 who won the Intermediate heifer class went on to claim the Grand Female Championship, this heifer comes from one of the most successful lines of breeding for the Haire family to date. Other victories on the

Reserve Female Champion was lifted by Greer Watson with Barnburn 1 Nancy. This stylish heifer showed great ring presence and was sired by Pinmoor 1 Kingsley who took Reserve NI Bull of the Year in 2016 and the Supreme Championship at The National Show in Enniskillen to mention but a few.

Reserve Female Champion Barnburn 1 Nancy owned and bred by Greer Watson

Grand Female Champion Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 owned and bred by The Haire Family



Solpoll 1 National, the Junior Champion bred by John & William McMordie was sired by the legendary Solpoll 1 Dynamite. This 13 month old bull was previously Junior Champion at the 2016 Pedigree Calf Fair and is considered as one of the best ever bred by the Solpoll herd.

2017 - SHOWS

Junior females had one of the largest entries in the Hereford section

The Reserve Junior Championship went to David Wilson’s Lisrace Lumberjack 18th, previously Junior Champion at the NIHBA Calf Show in October. He is the first calf by David’s stock Bull Knockmountagh Master who himself won the Republic of Ireland’s (ROI) Calf Show in 2014 and ROI sale in 2015. His dam Lisrace Prettymaid 19th was Reserve Female Champion at Balmoral in 2015 and went on to win N.I. Female of the Year. J & W McMordie won the Junior Female class, which had the largest entry of the day consisting of 14 animals, with Rempstone 1 Fashion E430. Expertly exhibited by Victoria Orr, she was bought at the Designer Genes Sale in December 2016 and is a daughter of the best cow in the Rempstone herd, Kinglee 1 Fashion 304. 

The Hereford Cattle Society's David Deakin provides beef famer and British & Irish Lions rugby star Rory Best a Hereford Breed Journal

Judge Andrew Hughes assessing another good line-up of bulls



SHOWS - 2017

Northern Ireland National Show Record turn-out for the Hereford National!

The 2017 National Hereford Show was held at the Randox Antrim show and was judged by Breed President Robert Thomas from the Risbury Hereford Herd based near Leominster, Herefordshire. With one of the best turnouts in recent years with close to 70 cattle he had the difficult job of selecting his prize winners on the day. The Supreme Championship went to Courtney Halliday’s yearling heifer, Corraback Joan 15th. Bred by Mervyn Richmond, who is well known for his prize winning stock, this heifer was the stand out animal on the day. Before taking the Overall Championship she first won the largest class of the show, a line-up of 12 strong yearling heifers. Fifteen month old “Joan 15th” is out of Carraback Joan 5th and by highly thought of and successful herd sire Mara Flook. John Gills Lusky 1 Honour who won the Senior Cow Class

going to Richmount 1 Nirvana owned and bred by James Graham. The last of the two heifer classes were won by Mark Moore with Annaghbeg Delilah and the Leader Families Hockleypoll 1 Evie. In the bull section David Smyth picked up another win with Free Town Mentor whom he purchased from RA Bradstock & Partners at the Spring Show & Sale held in Hereford, in the 2015 category class. Ivan Haire’s Dorepoll 1 579 Nashville picked up the red ribbon in the Yearling Bull Class. There was more joy for Ciaran Kerr when his young bull Kinnego 1 Pharoah, who is no stranger to winning, won the September 2016 Born Class and finally the Bull Calf Class went to G & W Burleigh’s smart calf Benaughlin Larry. Supreme Champion Courtney Halliday with Corraback Joan 15th

Reserve Supreme went to a home bred bull of Alwyn Armour, Grand & Senior Male Champion Woodvale 1 Limited Edition. This striking three year old bull packs plenty of class and although he is relatively new to the circuit, it can be clearly seen that he has a great showing career ahead of him. He is out of Solpoll 1 Starlet J19 and by former UK Hereford Sire of the Year Panmure 1 Henry.

Dorepoll 1 579 Nashville who won the yearling Bull section

Reserve Supreme Champion Alwyn Armours Woodvale 1 Limited Edition

Mark Moore took home the Reserve Female Championship with his heifer Annaghbeg Pansy, with the Reserve Male Championship going to Ciaran Kerr’s Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite. Other wins on a marvellous day for the Breed, included the Cow Class which was won by John Gill’s Lusky 1 Honour, a cow that has been winning throughout 2017. The Senior Heifer Class was won by David Smith’s Mara Blossom 50th with the Intermediate



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NIHBA United feeds National Calf Show The early Autumn NIHBA United Feeds National Calf Show took place under the expert eye of Judge, James Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords, Oxfordshire, one of the top herds in the UK. “Overall a satisfying turnout of bulls and heifers on the day, plenty of style with good conformation, the top winners were based on what I would strive to have in my own herd”, James remarked. Grand Male Champion and Senior Male Champion went to J & W McMordie, County Down with Solpoll 1 Pirate, yet another son of the prolific Panmure 1 Henry. A bull which has bred the family many a winner, and this time produced a well grown and clean finished bull which was just what the Judge was looking for on the day. Grand Female & Senior Female Champion Mountview 1 Forever owned and bred by Trevor Andrews

Grand Bull and Senior Bull Champion Solpoll 1 Pirate owned and bred by J & W McMordie

Overall Reserve Grand Male and Junior Male title went to a new breeder on the circuit. Drumshanbo 1 Big Show, a Junior Bull with great style and ring presence took the spot for Ethan Small and his grandfather Gerry from Randalstown.

Reserve Grand Female and Junior Female Champion Drumatee Pearl 173 owned and bred by J Conlon

Overall and Class Results Grand Male Champion Solpoll 1 Pirate J & W McMordie Reserve Grand Male Champion - Drumshambo 1 Big Show J&G Small Senior Male Champion Solpoll 1 Pirate J & W McMordie Reserve Senior Male Champion - Solpoll 1 Pogba J & W McMordie Junior Bull Champion - Drumshambo 1 Big Show J & G Small Reserve Junior Bull Champion - Solitude 1 Phoenix A McMordie Supreme Female Champion - Mountview 1 Forever T Andrews Reserve Supreme Female Champion - Drumatee Pearl 173 J Conlon Senior Female Champion - Mountview 1 Forever T Andrews Reserve Senior Champion Female - Solpoll 1 Dainty P7 J & W McMordie

Reserve Grand Male & Junior Bull Champion Drumshambo 1 Big Shot exhibited by Ethan Small, bred by J & G Small

Quality females on the day were topped by Trevor Andrews’ Senior Heifer Mountview 1 Forever taking the Grand Female and Senior Female titles. One of the first progeny to be shown by Dorepoll 1 579 Legacy, a bull he purchased from the Haire family - his offspring are showing promise for the showing seasons to come. Reserve Grand Female and Junior Female titles went to John Conlon’s Drumatee Pearl 173, a young Heifer who was the complete package and shows great potential for the future.



Junior Female Champion - Drumatee Pearl 173 J Conlon Reserve Junior Female Champion - Solpoll 1 Nylon P8 J & W McMordie Class 1 Bull Calf born 1/9/16-31/10/16 1st Solpoll 1 Pirate - J & W McMordie 2nd Solpoll 1 Pogba - J & W McMordie 3rd Mountview 1 Finn - T Andrews 4th Kinnego 1 Pharoah - C Kerr Class 3 Bull Calf born 1/1/17-28/2/17 1st Drumshanbo 1 Big Show - J & G Small

2017 - SHOWS Class 8 Female Calf born 1/1/17-29/2/17 1st Solpoll 1 Nylon P8 - J & W McMordie 2nd Drumatee Tribute 077 - J Conlon 3rd Hockleypoll 1 Evie - The Leader Family 4th Castlepoll 1 Renie 2nd - C & M Beattie

From left Andrew McMordie (representing Sponsor United Feeds, Judge James Ludgate, Champion Young Handler C Dorman, Reserve John Andrews and NIHBA Chairman John Gill

2nd Solitude 1 Phoenix - A McMordie 3rd Drumatee Fred - J Conlon Class 4 Bull Calf Born 1/3/17-30/4/17 1st Lisrace Lumberjack 19th - DR Wilson 2nd Drumatee Ferrari - J Conlon Class 6 Female Calf born 1/9/16-31/10/16 1st Mountview 1 Forever - T Andrews 2nd Hockleypoll 1 Ariana – The Leader Family Class 7 Female Calf born 1/11/16-31/12/16 1st Solpoll 1 Dainty P7 - J & W McMordie

Class 9 Female Calf born 1/3/17-30/4/17 1st Drumatee Pearl 173 - J Conlon 2nd Lisrace Curly 18th - DR Wilson 3rd Castlepoll 1 Starlet - C & M Beatty 4th Castlepoll 1 Plum - C & M Beatty Class 10 Female Calf born after 1/5/17 1st Lisrace Finola Dell 3rd - DR Wilson 2nd Nancy 1 Bonny - G & T Morton Class 11 Pairs 1st J & W McMordie; 2nd T Andrews; 3rd J Conlon; 4th The Leader Family Champion Young Handler - C Dorman Class 12a Young Handler 12-14 1st J Morton Class 12B Young Handler 15-18 1st C Dorman; 2nd J Andrews; 3rd E Small ; 4th J Gauthier

N.I. Pedigree Calf Fair 2017

Herefordshire Judge George Bowen had a difficult task of picking out his Champions at the 3rd Annual Pedigree Calf Fair. Senior Champion went to James Graham with the homebred Richmount 1 Peppermint the youngest Bull in his class of seven, his quality shone through on the day. The day got better for Richmount Herefords, when UK Hereford Youth protégée young Bradley Graham won his Inter-breed Beef Young Showmanship class in style. Judge Issy Hartley, commented on, “his outstanding performance, knowledge and attention to detail”, all against a strong class of Northern Ireland’s prime Pedigree Beef Breeds.

James Graham's Richmount 1 Peppermint who took Senior Championship

Annaghbeg Delilah who won Reserve Senior title

The Reserve Senior Championship went Annaghbeg Delilah owned and bred by Mark Moore, a quality heifer showing lots of promise, it was a favourite for Judge George Bowen on the day. In the Junior section Drumshanbo 1 Big Show took the title. This young bull owned and bred by Gerry and Ethan Small from Randalstown is no stranger to winning, fresh from taking the Junior Champion title at the Association’s Calf Show back in September and Reserve Overall male title this stylish calf seems to be unstoppable.

Junior Champion Drumshanbo 1 Big Show with owner and breeder Ethan Small



SHOWS - 2017 Reserve Junior title went to David Wilson’s Lisrace Finola Dell, again a winner in its class from September this young female will be one to watch in 2018.

1st – James Graham RICHMOUNT 1 PEPPERMINT sired by Grousehallpoll 1 Premier 2nd – James Graham RICHMOUNT 1 T PEPPER sired by Richmount 1 King Kong 3rd – Mark Moore MARA PRISTINE sired by Mara Kestrel CLASS 9 – BULL BORN BETWEEN 01/01/17 & 31/03/17 1st – J&G Small DRUMSHANBO 1 BIG SHOW sired by Graceland 1 Giovani 2nd – David Wilson LISRACE LUMBERJACK 19TH sired by Knockmountagh Master 3rd – AJ Farms Ltd LUSKY 1 PRODIGY sired by Woodvale 1 Livewire CLASS 8 – HEIFER BORN ON OR AFTER 01/09/16 & ON OR BEFORE 31/12/16 and CLASS 10 – HEIFER BORN BETWEEN 01/01/17 & 31/03/17 combined 1st – Mark Moore ANNAGHBEG DELILAH sired by Gurteragh Gladiator 2nd - D McCrea TAMNABRADY 1 PEARL sired by Ardstewartpoll 1 Walker 3rd – T&S Andrews MOUNTVIEW 1 FOREVER sired by Dorepoll 1 579 Legacy

Robbie Wilson with Reserve Junior Champion Lisrace Finola Dell

Results Senior Champion – James Graham RICHMOUNT 1 PEPPERMINT sired by Grousehallpoll 1 Premier Reserve Senior Champion – Mark Moore ANNAGHBEG DELILAH sired by Gurteragh Gladiator Junior Champion – J & G Small DRUMSHANBO 1 BIG SHOW sired by Graceland 1 Giovani Reserve Junior Champion – David Wilson LISRACE FINOLA DELL 4TH sired by Knockmountagh Master

Hereford Classes CLASS 7 – BULL BORN ON OR AFTER 01/09/16 & ON OR BEFORE 31/12/16

CLASS 11 – BULL CALF BORN AFTER 01/04/17 1st – James Graham RICHMOUNT 1 PREMIER sired by Grousehallpoll 1 Premier 2nd – Mervyn Robinson MILLWOOD 1 STOCKMAN sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty CLASS 12 – HEIFER CALF BORN AFTER 01/04/17 1st – David Wilson LISRACE FINOLA DELL 4TH sired by Knockmountagh Master 2nd – David Wilson LISRACE CURLY 18TH sired by Knockmountagh Master 3rd – C&M Beatty & Son CASTLEPOLL 1 STARLETT sired by Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger


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the largest turnout of Herefords of the season, Joan took the eye of judge Robert Thomas winning the Yearling Heifer Class, the Female Championship and finally the Supreme Hereford Championship.

Top headlines went to Ciaran Kerr’s Kinnego herd who made it two in a row by again winning the Bull of the Year award with his 3 year old sire, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite. He dominated the Hereford classes at the local shows carrying off 6 Supreme Hereford Championships but also had a remarkable run of success in the Interbreed Championships – taking Reserve Overall Interbreed titles in Armagh, Saintfield and Castlewellan before securing the Overall Beef Interbreed Championship in a very strong entry at the Clogher Valley Show. His current dominance in the breed was emphasised when he was also awarded Best Stock Bull in the 2017 Herds competition.

Mark and Laurence Moore had a season to remember, taking the Horned Bull of the year and Reserve Overall Bull of the Year awards with Annaghbeg Domino who had won Supreme Championships at Omagh and Enniskillen Shows. This promising young sire will be offered for sale at the Elite Breeders sale in Dungannon on 13th February. They also registered significant success at the National Show taking the award for the breeder winning most points having won best home bred heifer and the Best Group of Three. The Corraback herd of Mervyn and Henry Richmond have always been strong competitors for the rose bowl awarded to the exhibitor of the most successful Pair of Herefords by the Same Sire and 2017 has been no exception. Again, it was a pair by Mara Flook who took the honours and the winning combination of a yearling bull and heifer were undefeated in this class throughout the season.

Ciaran Kerr with twice N.I. Bull of the Year, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite

It was a big night for the newest and youngest competitor on the show circuit. New breeder Courtney Halliday overcame the established herds to bring home the awards for the Hereford Female of the Year and the Supreme Champion at the National Show; a remarkable achievement for a young lady who just recently established her herd with the purchase of a heifer from Mervyn and Henry Richmond’s Corraback herd in County Fermanagh. This is a herd noted for the strength of its female lines and Courtney’s selection of Corraback Joan 15th by Mara Flook and out of Corraback Joan 5th – herself Female of the Year in 2013 - proved to be an inspired one. Courtney with Joan As Courtney made her debut on the show circuit she was quickly recognised as a force to be reckoned with and success followed success. Competing in the yearling heifer class, which is always the largest and most competitive section in the Hereford schedule, Joan was awarded the red rosette at Lurgan, Armagh and Saintfield before going one better by taking the Reserve breed Championship at both Castlewellan and Clogher Valley. The best was still to come however - at the National Hereford Show at Antrim and

Courtney Halliday with Horned Female of The Year, Corraback Joan 15th

Horned Bull of the Year, Annaghbeg Domino

It was a dream debut on the show circuit for Courtney Halliday



Students take up the Hereford Challenge The use of technology and performance recording in pedigree beef production was the theme of a seminar run for Greenmount agricultural students and hosted by the Glenside Hereford herd owned by Raymond and Stuart Pogue near Benburb. The event featured weighing and scanning of yearling bulls and heifers demonstrated by William Tait of AI Services Ltd. William explained the use of weight recording to assess growth potential and how ultra sound scanning of fat depth and muscle area can be used to predict carcase yield. The data collected from on-farm measurement is processed through the internationally acclaimed Breedplan program. Developed in Australia this is now the accepted method of estimating breeding value in all the leading beef producing countries of the world. Contemporary comparisons are used to predict performance in the key areas of calving ease, milk yield, fertility, growth rate and carcase quality with linkages made to all recorded relatives of the animal to improve the accuracy of the prediction. The students also heard about the role and operation of Breed Societies in maintaining the pedigree register, in directing breed improvement and building branded beef schemes. Robin Irvine, a past President and Chairman of the Hereford Cattle Society spoke of the growth of the Certified


NI Council Member Robin Irvine with students from Greenmount College

Hereford Beef Brand - with close to 50,000 cattle per year marketed through major UK retailers. “The value of the premiums earned by Hereford sired beef is in the region of £5 million per annum at the farm gate and represents a very significant bonus for UK beef producers” said Robin. During the event students were invited to the early Spring (February) Elite Hereford breeders’ sale where the bulls which they had seen weighed and scanned would go under the hammer. They would have the chance to view at close quarters the process of assessing and selecting a sire for either a beef or dairy herd. They would be given the


opportunity to make their choices based on visual appraisal during the pre-sale parade and on the published performance data in the sale catalogue. Guidance would be given by experienced breeders who could explain the use of Breedplan information and how it can be used to select a sire to meet a herd’s requirements. Calving ease had to be balanced against growth rate and carcase quality with consideration given to the production system and the end product in terms of carcase weight and grade. The students would be invited to rank the bulls prior to the sale and a prize would be awarded to the student who’s ranking most closely matched the prices achieved in the sale.

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Elite Breeders February Sale - Dungannon Mart Alan McFadden made the headlines with his top selling bull, J.D. 1 Maximus, at February’s Elite Breeders sale in Dungannon. Having made his sale debut at this event in 2016 with one of the top prices, Alan was back with a full brother to last year’s entry to go one better by securing the day’s top bid of 2,500 guineas. “Maximus” is sired by top Australian sire Wirruna Daffy D1 who is one of the top performers in the Hereford Breed in terms of calving ease and carcass quality. He was much admired in the pre-sale parade for his style and presence and attracted keen interest when he came to the sale ring. Following closely behind J.D. 1 Maximus and selling for 2,400 guineas was Graceland 1 Mack presented by Robin and James Alan McFadden with J D Maximus

Irvine from Whitecross, Co. Armagh. “Mack” is the first bull to be offered from Fisher 1 Jubilee, Senior Sire with the Graceland herd and he impressed onlookers with his power and scale.

Robin Irvine is congratulated by Sale Sponsor, Jane Bond of R & J Lyness Feeds

The Elite breeders had invited students from Greenmount College to the event and following a short presentation on bull selection they were invited to put their judging skills to the test. Students closely scrutinised the bulls in the pre -sale parade, they considered the performance figures - Estimated Breeding Values printed in the catalogue and the health status of the animals on offer before making their selections. The winner - the student whose selections correlated most closely with the prices paid in the sale was Matthew Donaghy from Camlough in Co. Armagh.

Herefords bulls met with a quieter trade at the Elite Breeders April sale Buyers were cautious and auctioneer Stephen Redmond had to struggle for every bid.

Graceland 1 Nelson, an October born calf sired by Lowesmoor 1 Khan was admired for his conformation and easy fleshing.

Eight animals were sold, however, with the top price of £2,520 going to Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Co Armagh for the youngest bull in the sale.

Topping the female section was Tullyraine Norah offered by Stuart Forsythe and due to calve in September 2017.

Stuart Forsythe exhibited Tullyraine Norah – top selling female at the Elite Hereford Breeders April sale at Dungannon Mart

Graceland 1 Nelson presented by Robin and James Irvine from Whitecross topped the trade for Hereford bulls at the Elite Breeders sale



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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 Bull of the Year: Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite


NI Female of the Year: Corraback Joan 15th

Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan


M & L Moore, Aughnacloy


Colin Mc Cord, Hillsborough


Roy Mc Clenaghan, Holywood


Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore


Alan Mc Fadden, Banbridge

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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 Andrew Donoghue, 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:

Swedish Hereford Association

Slättåkra Bårarp 314, 31391 Oskarström, Sweden Miranda Lysell, Secretary Tel: 46 35 69153 Email: Web:

Switzerland Hereford Association

IG Swiss Hereford, Interessengemeinschaft Gruben 448, 9103 Schwellbrunn, Switzerland Hans Baumann, Secretary Email: Web:

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:

Association Hereford France

10 Rue de la Fontaine 54170 BAGNEUX, France Pascal BASTIEN, Chairman Tel: 00 33 383 528 109 Mobile: 00 33 615 177 610 E-Mail: Jean-François PROTHEAU, International Relations Mobile: 00 33 614 037 229 E.Mail: Web: www.hereford

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

The Polish Association of Beef Cattle

Breeders and Producers, Ul. Rakowiecka 32, 02 – 532 Warszawa, Poland Tel: 48 22 849 19 10 Fax: 48 22 849 32 32 Email: Web:

Zimbabwe Hereford Society

PO. Box FM80, Famona, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Mr. Phil Rogers, Chairman Tel: 263 9885588 Fax: 263 974 839 Email:




New Zealand

By Posy Moody, General Manager Registered Hereford cattle in New Zealand have had a very strong year and staff and board members are busy providing support to breeders, marketing the successes and determining the future path for the Association. The Association was fortunate to co-host, with Beef + Lamb New Zealand, the annual “Power of the Beef Cow Field Day” at an outstanding high-country station, Alpha Burn, overlooking Lake Wanaka in the South Island. The McRae family buy registered Hereford genetics to put over the cow herd with a key focus on heifer mating. As opposed to many NZ hill country farms, where cattle are managed around sheep, the McRae family place more importance on cattle management. The introduction of fodder beet and increased winter crop yields has enabled them to winter more heifers and reach their 15-month mating target weights of 300kg LW, which was a critical factor for herd expansion. With 3,165 ha of well farmed hill country, stunning views, knowledgeable speakers and great Herefords, the day proved to be a success and fulfilled its aim of marketing registered Herefords to commercial hill farmers.

were sold from Lance and Janelle Downs’s Stud, Tawanui, for $6,500 and $7, 500, which proved to be the top heifer prices for the year. The youth appreciated the support and used the funds to organise a fantastic three-day Technical Tour. On the tour they attended a processing plant that specialised in processing Hereford Prime products, visited Livestock Improvement Corporation for education around semen collection and AI, and viewed some local herds, discussing selection and breeding objectives. Following on from the Herd Tour, the National Show and Sales, Tru-Test Beef Expo, proved to be another successful show for the breed, once again achieving the highest breed average of NZ $14,083 across the sale. Chris and Amanda Jeffries (Hawkridge Run) sold their bull, Grassmere Gallant 152, for the top price of

Grassmere Gallant 152

Alpha Burn Station

This year the Annual Hereford Herd Tour was hosted by Taranaki, on the West Coast of the North Island. It was clear to any members who attended that, despite the club’s remoteness, they have some top genetics and young and enthusiastic breeders who are farming well and bringing great ideas to the Association. During the Herd Tour, the Hereford Youth held their annual auction when two heifers

Hereford Youth at Magills



$40,000, to Koanui Polled Hereford Stud. At the time we were all unaware that we were attending the last Beef Expo after 28 years. Due to increasing costs, greater time demands and Health and Safety requirements, in 2018 the National Sale will be held by video. This change has been accepted well by Hereford members as the ‘grazing unit’, where the Hereford bulls are grazed for 14 weeks prior to the sale, will continue to play an important role. Not only does the grazing unit provide a level playing field for all the entrants but also gives purchasers a great opportunity to view the bulls in a natural environment, prior to the sale. Bull sales proved to be strong in both islands, with bulls being evenly sold to commercial farmers and stud breeders. Spring and Autumn calving in both islands was testing this year, due to the

National Bulls at Grazing Unit

INTERNATIONAL HEREFORDS higher than average rainfall. Now, as we approach Christmas, the ground is drying out and, typically, the East Coast of both islands needs rain. The dairy/Hereford cross continues to be in high demand with top Hereford/Friesian four day old bull calves fetching between NZ $260 - $300.

bull, Foulden Hill Mustang 16-381. The judge said Mustang “had tremendous volume and width across the loin, and was a clear winner”. It was certainly their show this year, as they also won several other classes, including the Heifer (2 years), with Foulden Hill Pearl 15335.

The most recent success story for the breed was at the Canterbury Show, where the Gibson Family (Foulden Hill Ltd) won the Prestigious inter-breed Meat and Wool cup with their yearling

The NZ Hereford Association is currently going through a technical change, moving from microsatellite DNA testing to SNP DNA testing. The Association is working with B+L Genetics NZ to identify and test the NZ training population on a 50K SNP chip. Some members have already started testing their progeny on a 10K chip in NZ using tissue sample units (TSUs). The Association hopes that by this time next year all breeders will be using SNP testing and Single Step analysis will be adopted, similar to our Australian colleagues. The NZHA breeders in general are looking forward to using this improved technology, which will assist them further in their breed objectives. The next step for the NZHA technical committee is to have a closer look at our carcase data.

Foulden Hill Mustang 16-381 with Will Gibson

World Hereford Conference planning has started in earnest and we invite you to keep abreast of developments with our Facebook and web page. Queenstown will be a magnificent venue and the opportunity to see Herefords on iconic high-country stations and learn about the latest farming technology. So, start planning and mark the dates in your diary now – March 8-13th 2020!

South Africa By Lawrence Moorcroft

The South African Hereford Breeders’ Society celebrated their Centenary in 2017. The year started with various media campaigns and planning sessions leading up to the Centenary Show which was held in September at Morreesburg in the Swartland region of the Western Cape. A Coffee table book outlining the history of Hereford cattle was compiled by the capable office staff led by Liezel Grobler. Breeders contributed by compiling the history and highlights of their herds. The result, a magnificent record of Hereford cattle in South Africa to be cherished by future generations. The 2017 National Championship Show had some interesting innovations like cattle being judged at liberty in open pens, slaughter stock were judged on the hoof and later on the hook. Weaner calf information sessions were held mainly for emerging farmers and students, practical demonstrations on show preparation and handling of cattle were popular with prospective breeders. Jack Ward from the American Breeder’s Association proved to be a popular Judge at the National Championship Show. Visitors from Uruguay, Canada, USA and Mexico were also welcomed to the Centenary, with a special welcome to to Mr Pepe Bonica, Secretary General of the World Hereford Council.

Zuikerkop Rayban bred by Dr Carl Scholtz sold for the top price at the Centenary Gala Dinner

The Male Champion was bred and exhibited by Dr Carl Scholtz. The Champion Female was a cow bred and exhibited by Vicedale Herefords belonging to the Koster family, she was also the Interbreed Beef Champion. The prize giving and Auction was held at the Centenary Gala Dinner after the judging. An auction of some of the show cattle was held at the dinner and the highest price went to Zuikerkop Rayban, bred by Dr Carl Scholtz. Guests were treated to a tour of cattle herds and other attractions in the Western Cape and Cape Town.

Female Champion from Vicedale Herefords bred by the Koster Family

Our cattle prices have rallied well this year with weaned calf, breeding and slaughter stock really selling well, this has had a good knock on effect on Bull sale prices. Some areas are still feeling the effect of serious drought conditions which unfortunately has resulted in a lack of demand for breeding cattle for some. For any information please contact our Secretary, Liezel. liezel@





By Carsten Schmidt, Hon. Secretary Traditionally the year started in February with the beef-cattledays in different parts of Germany. At the beef-cattle-days, beef-cattle-bulls are displayed and came to auction. This year it was very successful for the Hereford breed because we could sell bulls for very good prices to breeders from Estonia and the Czech Republic. The bull Riff, an ET-Bull from Canada, a son of the bull Rib Eye, breeder Dennis Elsen, went for the price of €5,000 to Estonia and the bull Sascha a son of the bull Samson, breeder Agrar GmbH Biesen, was sold for €6,300 to the Czech Republic. The next stop on the Hereford schedule for this year was the beef cattle Heifer auction in April. At this event only two heifers took part and were sold to German breeders. On the weekend of the 22/23 July we had our Annual Breeder Meeting and AGM. The breeder meeting was organized by the Hereford Mutterkuh GmbH in Münchehofe. A village approximatley

Riff PP 116 745 1347 7 9 6 Dennis Elsen B+Âsel. Photo taken by Heinrich Schulte

40 km south-east of Berlin, with the farm located in the middle of the Spreewald. Hereford Mutterkuh GmbH is an organic operation and one of Germany‘s largest Hereford farms. The meadows and pastures are located in the idyllic Spreewald and so we could take a look at the cattle while doing a boat tour. From 29th September to 3rd October 2017, 26 Hereford breeders made their way to Denmark to attend the breeder‘s trip organized by the Petz family. Added to the German travel group were four Hereford breeder friends from Switzerland. The Danish tour covered from the south of Denmark to the northernmost tip of Skagen. On this trip we visited a number of pedigree Hereford breeders including the farm of Solbakkens Herefords the herd of Anni and Anders Søndergaard, Skibstedgård Herefords belonging to Nanny Knud Erichsen, the herd of Arne Gammeltoft and the Herefords from Jette and Evald Jensen. Finally, we visited the well known herd owned by the families of Egon and Gert Petz.

German Hereford Breeders enjoy some fresh air by the sea in Skagen, Denmark





By Jean François Protheau HEREFORD the breed of the future Plenty of action has taken place in 2017 promoting the Herefords at different local shows and the main French cattle shows such as PARIS SIA by courtesy of AHDB/St GEORGES, Sommet de l’Elevage and AGRIMAX.

June in Scotland A group of French farmers flew to Scotland for a quick visit to the Romany, Rawburn and Rockness herds. This tour was a great experience for studying the Hereford and Angus high class genetic stock. It took some time, but, finally in October some business was done when our Chairman made a move and is now a happy guy with 14 month old Romany 1 Popcorn and already has some future calves reserved.

Sommet de l'Élevage in October With the first ever National Hereford Show in FRANCE, when eleven animals entered this competition. It is a good start and compares favorably to the two Herefords competing every two years in the past. At the National Show we were honoured by the presence of three well known International Judges: Jill and Cole Harvie from Alberta, Canada and Miranda Lysell from Sweden. They spent five days in France with a three day visit to the Sommet de l’Élevage and also Hereford farms and tourist attractions in Paris and Nancy in Lorraine. The show results from among 8 heifers from 18 to 30 months old was a great surprise for the French breeders who had expected a French style of judging.

Hereford Champion Lune with Justine Larraud and from L to R Judges Jill Harvie, Miranda Lysell and Cole Harvie

Sommet de l’Élevage is the Premier European Cattle Show and is the place to be seen for the promotion of our breed with a panel of 93,000 professional visitors from 40 countries. AGRIMAX at Metz Expo in Lorraine is the third most important cattle show in France with visitors coming from nearby countries such as Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark. The Hereford French Association showed eight Herefords coming from different regions of France and 3 Aberdeen Angus from France and Luxembourg. Since the Aberdeen Angus is not officially recognized as a bovine breed in France they join our Association to present their cattle at shows.

The winning heifer was Lune, a 30 month old heifer from Justine Larraud, a young farmer freshly established in 2016. LUNE was born at J-François PROTHEAU’s farm and Sired by Jehtro/ Protheau.

For the last three years the increase in members of the Hereford France Association has grown by over 25 % per year with registered cattle. This upward trend is, however, slowed down by the lack of native quality live animals on offer, especially heifers and young cows.

“Lune was well balanced, level over her top with ample width between her pins and length between her hooks and pins for calving ease. She exhibited the appropriate Hereford characteristics in terms of colouring as well. She was a deep sided female which means she has added capacity“. - Jill Harvie judging comments.

In October 2018 we invite all Hereford breeders from around the world visiting Sommet de l’Élevage to come and meet us on our stand to share knowledge and experiences (and of course, French hospitality ……) Come and help us to promote and develop the Hereford.

Second was Languette Sired by Bosa 1 Jupiter Dam  Electra, from Bastien Brothers Farm in Lorraine and in third place was Mimuscule Sired by  Fisher 1 Forager Dam  Derval from Guillaume Deslandes Farm in Britany.

This winter (2017/2018) we have worked on embryo transplants from Canada, bringing in high quality genetics in a shorter timescale and opening this market, in the near future, to other countries with high class genetic stock.

Hereford line-up at Sommet de l 'élevage 2017





By Taru Luomajärvi and pictures by Anna Luomajärvi The year 2017 for the Finnish Hereford Association began as so many times before, with the Annual Hereford Spring meeting. In connection to the meeting, there was a whole new event in the form of a seminar. The seminar had a few lectures about some of the current issues, such as economical problems, and beef cattle bull calf growth rates. After the seminar, the new Tuottava Hereford (Productive Hereford) 2017 - magazine was issued. In the beginning of June, the Association organized a Junior Handler Camp for 8-18 years-old. The camp was a success with eight participants, great team spirit and exemplorary behaving heifers. The Camp culminated with the Junior Handler Show held together with the Annual Hereford Show 2017 in Seinäjoki city. The Hereford Show was held in Farmari Agricultural Exhibition 2017 in Seinäjoki from 14th - 17th June 2017. On Wednesday and Thursday we had Hereford breed introductions and heifer agility, on Friday the National Hereford Show with classes for heifers, cows and bulls. Lastly on the Saturday we had showmanship and Junior Handler Classes.The Judge was David Ross from Moeskaer Hereford. The Hereford and Hereford Male Champion of the year is Thorsvik Nipa (sire Woodland Godfather, dam Thorsvik Fortuna, grand sire Embracer 2 ET av Brunared) and the Hereford Female Champion is APH Dame Anna (sire APH Zaikowski ET, dam APH Unna, grandsire APH Sean Connery). Later in the year, in October, the Association organized another seminar, this time about beef cattle feeding, held alonside our Annual Autumn Meeting. Also at this meeting was our ceding event of the Association’s Junior Calf (the chain of calves began with the ceded heifer and after the first female calf it was given to next Junior and then the first female calf of that heifer is ceded to the next Junior and so on....). In the meeting we chose a new member to our board and decided to renew our Hereford magazine for the year 2018.

Campers and leaders preparing camp heifers to demonstrate

Hereford Champions of 2017 with Judge David Ross

Young heifer class



A group of Finnish Hereford Breeders, led by Johanna Jahkola, visited Hereford House in the Autumn of 2017


United States of America By Julie Mais, Editor Hereford World

In Fiscal year 2017 the Hereford breed continued to strengthen its position in the industry as commercial producers find value in Hereford genetics. The AHA documented growth in all segments of the Association including registrations, transfers, cow inventories, memberships and pounds of Certified Hereford Beef (CHB®) sold. “FY17 was another great year for the Hereford breed, and the AHA has committed itself to continue to grow and identify genetics that will make cattlemen profitable and the beef industry sustainable,” says Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) Executive Vice President. The second largest cattle breed in the U.S., Hereford reported 79,586 registrations (a 0.64% increase) and 44,232 transfers (a 4.3% increase) with 117,645 cows on inventory. The Association has 4,187 active adult members (a 3.7% increase), 3,307 active junior members (an 8% increase) and 55.1 million lb. of CHB product sold (a 0.55% increase) during the fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31. Over the course of 2017, the AHA developed an aggressive strategic plan to set a path for the next five years, which includes updated mission and vision statements and a set of core strategies with specific goals in mind. “Hereford breeders are committed to using tools to find cattle with strength for economically relevant traits,” Ward says. “This dedication gives power to the Hereford breed as the commercial industry adds heterosis to its cow herd and builds a product that is profitable in all segments of the beef chain.” The foundation of these tools provided by the Association is the AHA’s Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program. Now 17 years old, the program has helped the AHA and Hereford breeders build a database that documents the breed’s strengths. This registration and performance tracking system has given the information to build tools for fertility and efficiency selection in the Hereford breed. The Association has long been dedicated to offering its members the most robust genetic evaluation possible, and due to Whole Herd TPR and the current 53,000 genotypes on record, the AHA is poised for a stronghold in the DNA era, making Hereford cattle even more predictable. In FY17 the AHA Board of Directors pursued a genetic evaluation overhaul — Biometric Open Language Tools (BOLT) — which allows for better use of genomics.

BOLT provides a more robust evaluation by calculating true accuracy on animals. Utilizing BOLT, all factors associated with contemporary group makeup will be accounted for in the calculation of true accuracy. This genetic evaluation system moves away from a full multi-trait model, decoupling models to better estimate traits of interest as well as modifying contemporary group structure of the models to allow for as much data as possible to affect the evaluation. BOLT also utilizes a cutoff strategy which only includes animals born after 2001 and animals related by three generations of pedigree. A genetic evaluation backed solely by Whole Herd TPR data strengthens the evaluation and takes out selection bias that occurred pre-Whole Herd TPR. The value of Hereford genetics and heterosis is documented to help cattlemen remain competitive in a challenging commercial and seedstock market. The Hereford breed has witnessed an increase in domestic and international semen sales. According to the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB), domestic Hereford semen sales increased 38 percent from 2012-2016. A total of 201 Hereford production sales were reported by AHA field representatives during the fiscal year. Bull sales averaged $4,899 and females average $4,569. Hereford breeders moved a total of 6,889 bulls in FY17. In August, the AHA unveiled “The Bald-Faced Truth About Hereford Genetics” ( The Hereford breed offers a welldocumented advantage to the cattle industry and brings legendary hybrid vigor, improved fertility, feed efficiency and easy-handling docility to commercial programs. On March 1, 2017, the AHA launched a revised version of Hereford. org. The new site is an update from the previous website created in 2009, and meets the technology needs of AHA members. is now mobile friendly through responsive technology — meaning the site will seamlessly format to whatever device (tablet, cell phone) is being used to access it.



SHOWS - 2017

Ireland Tullamore Show The Hereford Society held its annual National Championship at the AIB National Livestock Show in Tullamore on Sunday the 13th of August. Hereford breeders from all around the country made the trip for this event resulting in the largest entry of Herefords to date for the exhibition, with over 140 cattle entered. A number of familiar faces from well known Hereford breeders throughout the UK could be seen around the ring and they were not disappointed with the quality of animals on show, which was to be expected, seeing as the numbers of Herefords has been high at various shows throughout the country prior to the event. Mr Donald Robbie and his wife Marlene made the trip all the way from New Zealand to judge the event. Marlene got the ball rolling and judged the first class of the day which was the young handlers, leaving the remaining 19 classes for husband, Donald. The young handlers’ class was split in two sections at this year’s event, junior and senior, with the addition of a new trophy presented in memory of the late Denis Collins of Templeglantine Herd who officiated as Chief Steward at Tullamore for 25 years. The Robbie’s are from the Otapawa Hereford herd, which consists of 220 breeding females and 1200 commercial cattle along with 1200 ewes which are farmed on medium to steep hill country that ascends to 2000ft on the foothills of the Puketoi Ranges. Their cattle are part of an extensive grass based system that is pasture run all year round. The couple were amazed with the quality and number of Herefords at the event saying “this is the best Hereford Show they have ever been at on this side of the equator”.

Grand Female & Reserve Supreme Champion Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 607 with Ciara McNamara and IHBS President Pat McCarthy

Champion Heifer Calf Coisceim Poll 1 Jewel with owner Timmy Breen, John Angland and IHBS President Pat McCarthy

Donald selected John Appelbe’s bull Solpoll 1 Lawman as his Supreme Champion of the event, who also won the senior bull class followed by Male Champion, which he also won at last year’s Tullamore show. Born the 3rd of November 2013 and sired by Pamure 1 Henry out of Solpoll 1 Pansy.

Bull Calf Champion Kye Manhatten 757 with owner Padraig McGrath and IHBS President Pat McCarthy

Grand Male & Supreme Champion Sollpoll 1 Lawman, owners John and Beatrice Appelbe, Judge Don Robbie and IHBS President Pat McCarthy

Padraig McGrath. This young bull born 2nd Septemeber 2016 really impressed the judge, sired by Trillick Hotsspur and out of Kye Hidi 585.

Reserve Supreme Champion was awarded to Corlismore Poll 1 Sydney, who started the day off winning the cow and calf class followed by Female Champion. Born the 16th of January 2011 this 6 year olds’ breeding is made up of Grianan Firecracker a bull who has produced many champions at events throughout the country, with the mother being Corlismore Poll 1 Sara. Owner Gerry McNamara from Ennis, Co. Clare announced soon after that she is carrying twins and looks forward to their arrival. As his Champion heifer calf, Mr. Robbie selected Coisceim Poll 1 Jewel, born 10th January 2017 this impressive heifer is sired by Grousehallpoll 1 Premier and out of Drominarigle 1 Hoodini. The Champion bull calf was exhibited by Roscommon man,



Winner of the Denis Collins Memorial Trophy - Padraig Jones (Junior Young Handler)

2017 - SHOWS €5,200 Tops the Hereford Premier Spring Show and Sale

at Tullamore

The wintry conditions certainly didn’t help as many people who had to make the long journey woke to a blanket of snow resulting in a number of exhibitors unable to attend the event. A number of private on farm sales and those sold at the Kilkenny sale also reduced the numbers present. The cold weather conditions made it a miserable day but people weren’t long getting warmed up once the show got underway. Competition was tough with animals in each class being of very good quality. Our adjudicator for the day, John Kemp of the Auckvale Herd in the UK, received many compliments from both spectators and exhibitors on his judging decisions and deserves massive thanks. The overall show Champion, Moyclare Olivier a son of herd sire Brocca Saviour sold for €4,750. Reserve Senior Champion at the Calf Show in November last, he is bred by Michael Molloy, Belmont, Birr, Co. Offaly. The purchaser David Lovett travelled all the way from Castlemaine to secure his new sire for his dairy herd.

Frank Harrington’s bull F.H. Unique winner of class 5 sold for €4,000 to J.J. Melody from Ennis, Co. Clare.

Sam and Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough Co Monaghan who have made their name known within the Hereford Society for breeding excellent stock had a number of bulls on display. Glaslough Rooney a son of Glaslough Navigator born August ’15 won his class and was purchased jointly by Longford breeder JJ Farrell and Padraig McGrath, Kye, Elphin at €3,900. Mr Farrell himself later sold his entry Trillick Volvo to Denis Crowley from Tipperary. The Heatricks also exhibited Glaslough Pompeii a second prize-winner which caught the fancy of Percy Kingston, Waterford at €3,700.

Champion at the Hereford Society Spring Show and Sale Moyclare Oliver with Michael Molloy and John Kemp, UK (Judge) Sold at €4,750

It was however the 1st prize-winner, Cill Cormaic Nevada who “Cilled” the competition to claim the crown for top price. The breeder, David Larkin who is also from Kilcormac, Birr, Co. Offaly beat last year’s top price when John Conlon from Co. Armagh placed a final bid of €5,200 to become the new owner.

Glaslough Rooney, bred by Sean Heatrick in Co. Monaghan sold for €3,900 to J.J. Farrell from Co. Longford.

Tony Hartnett was in the spotlight again as his bull Riverrock Gold Star which championed the calf show in November took the title of Reserve champion this time round. Riverrock Gold Star while securing a bid of €3,400 failed to reach his reserve and remained unsold.

David Larkin with his top priced bull Cill Cormaic Nevada which sold for €5,200

Bulls sold prior to the sale included two sold at Kilkenny for Tom Brennan, Freshford Balleen Perfection at €3,400 and Balleen Diplomat at €3,400. Also sold prior to this sale was Trillick Emmet sired by Haven Kingpin by J.J. Farrell from Co. Longford at a substantial undisclosed sum to Eurogene A.I. Another top bull sold in advance was the Junior National Calf Show Junior Champion, Shiloh Farm Dynamite from the herd of Hugh and Sarah Murray, Moate, Co. Westmeath. It is reported he has sold to top Cavan Hereford breeder Sean McKiernan once again at an undisclosed amount but believed to be a substantial sum.

Well known Co Roscommon breeder Frank Harrington exhibited FH Unique a half-brother to FH William recently acquired by Dovea AI. A son of FH Queen Rose and a class winner sold at €4,000 to JJ Melody, Bunratty, Co Clare.

The overall sale average was excellent but demand for bulls in the €2,200 to €2,800 range was not as solid as in spring 2016. The Society has further sales at Bandon April 5th plus Nenagh and Carrick on Shannon on April 8th.



INTERNATIONAL HEREFORDS National Hereford Calf Show 2017 Minister for Heritage and Culture Ms Heather Humphreys, attended the Irish Hereford livestock stand to launch the National Hereford Calf Show at this year’s National Ploughing Championships. This is the 4th consecutive year that this competition has run since it was first created back in 2014. The event has attracted visitors from Northern Ireland, the UK and Finland in the past. Since it first started the competition has had a huge amount of success, with top Hereford breeders from around the country competing at the event. The show has attracted more and more interest each year, with approximately 90 calves entered for this year’s event making it an excellent opportunity to see some top quality Herefords.

to win Reserve Supreme Male Champion. This January born calf is bred by one of Trevor’s stockbulls, Glaslough Judge, a sire which has provided him with many show winners. Moving on to the female section, it was Veronica Brennan’s Herberry 1 Lucy Lou that was crowned Supreme Female Champion, after already winning Junior Female Champion a few moments earlier. This smashing heifer born 12th of January 2017 is a mixture of Canadian and Cavan bloodlines with the sire “Tleel 8n Red Zulu 1Z” being a Canuck and the Dam bred by Sean McKiernan from Corlismore Herefords.

Judging the proceedings was Cork man Albert de Cogan, owner of Imokilly Herefords. Four classes were created for both heifers and bulls where a junior and senior champion was selected at the end. The Commercial class took place in the middle which was judged by John Holloway of Gageboro Herefords who also judged the young handler classes. Starting with the males, Albert selected Sean McKiernan’s young bull “Corlismore Ted 894” as his Supreme Male Champion. Having won Senior Male Champion earlier that day, this calf of exceptional qualities is sired by Moyclare Mariner a bull who has bloodlines from Brocca Saviour and Bowmount Storm. This really put the icing on the cake for the McKiernan’s as they also secured another first prize winner for their bull Corlismore Cracker in one of the younger bull classes.

Herberry 1 Lucy Lou’ exhibited by owner Veronica Brennan

Taking the Reserve Supreme Female Champion at the event was Senior Female Champion, Moyclare Piscies owned by Michael Molloy, a breeder who is no stranger to the show ring having just topped the Autumn Premier Show & Sale a few weeks earlier with his bull Moyclare Phoenix that sold for €6,600. Piscies is sired by Michaels Stock bull Brocca Saviour, a bull which has done extremely well for the Moyclare herd. Piscies is well used to the show circuit having won Champion Junior Heifer Calf earlier this year at the Royal Meath Show.

‘Corlismore Ted 894’ owned by Sean McKiernan and shown by the newly wedded couple Gary & Evelyn McKiernan

Long time Hereford breeder Edward Dudley from the very successful Kilsunny herd was next best in the bull ring with his young calf Kilsunny Noble who had just won Junior Male Champion, going on

‘Moyclare Piscies’ with owner Michael Molloy

‘Kilsunny Noble’ shown by Susan Dudley



The 15th European Hereford Conference will be held in Hungary from Saturday 15th September to Thursday 20th September 2018.



Herefords Reign Supreme Jacob Onsychuck, Director of Business Development, Canadian Hereford Association 2017 was an exciting year for the Hereford breed in Canada. For the first time ever, a Hereford Female won a Supreme and this was at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON. The Supreme Show saw the champion females and males from each breed show competing against each other to be named the overall top female and male. It truly was a display of the best of the best in all breeds and to be named the Champion is an incredible honour. Herefords were represented in other supreme shows across the country and did just as well. There were two Hereford bulls that were in the top 10 at the Canadian Western Agribition. With 2018 on the horizon the future for Canadian Hereford breeders looks bright. Purebred Sales in 2017 saw an overall increase from the previous years. There is continued growth and optimism for the breed. The demand for purebred Hereford bulls is continuing to grow as commercial cattlemen in the area look to add the white face advantage to their herd. A white face on any colored animal implies an efficient cross. Sales of Hereford females is also seeing increased growth and opportunities. The Hereford cow is one of the favourite cows and demand for her grows as more and more herds look to expand. This year Bonanza was held in Abbotsford, BC. The Canadian Junior Hereford Association hosted the event along with the support of the BC Hereford Breeders and numerous sponsors. The show this year had an exceptional turnout and was enjoyed by all those who attended. More and more young people are turning to

JDL Janice 11X 119C with calf at side – Owned by JDL Cattle Co of Mulmur, ON

the Hereford breed as they are seeing the opportunity as the Hereford presence continues to expand. The Canadian Hereford Association continues to work with their members to provide various services to the members. New this year will be the introduction of a Hereford Plus program which will provide genetic services to cattlemen that are using Registered Hereford Genetics in their crossbreeding programs. In order to modernize genetic evaluations for Hereford breeders, the CHA and American Hereford Association have launched a new EPD evaluation that will increase the efficiency of EPD evaluations and better incorporate genomic information. This change will ensure that members can be at the forefront of genetic evaluations in the genomic era. The Canadian Hereford Association has continued the RFI trials to support the breeders who are interested in measuring and making selection decisions on this economically relevant trait the association is using this feed efficiency data for the calculation of direct feed intake EPDs and incorporating this data into economic selection indexes. Through the Incoming Buyers Programs at both Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition there were Hereford breeders from 15 different countries that took part in these great exhibitions. The CHA welcomes interested International Hereford Breeders to partake in these programs in order to attend the exhibitions to see the Canadian Hereford genetics on display from our Canadian breeders. Overall, 2017 has been a great year for Hereford breeders in Canada. The Canadian Hereford Association Board of Directors and the staff at the CHA office continue to work hard to provide services and promotional support for the use of Hereford genetics in Canada.

2017 Bonanza Participants





Hereford beef consumption grows in Brazil by loyal chefs and customers By Tatiana Feldens, ABHB journalist The Hereford breed is known for being one of the largest animals as well as being one of the largest breeds when speaking of growth in the quality meat market of Brazil in 2017. The Hereford Meat Certification - a member of the Meat´s Pampas Program – has been largely recognized and well known as the pioneer in the certification market. A Hereford certification can be issued as long as the Hereford carcases are comprised of at least 50% of Hereford breeding – managed by the Brazilian Hereford and Braford Association (ABHB) - a Member of the Brazilian Official Certification of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply. The Certification not only carries the history of the breeders but also states the quality, taste and juiciness inherent to the Hereford breed. It also ensures that the product was accompanied and classified by the allocated authorities from the live animal through designated batches and traceable protocols until the final product (packaged, processed or primary cuts). This project started in 1999 aiming to boost the production of the breed’s meat but it quickly became more than that: it became synonymous with quality beef. The program is reaching almost 20 years and is being judged by the excellent taste, juiciness and tenderness of the Hereford Certified Meat. According to the Pampas Meat Program’s Manager, Fabiana Freitas, the use of the Hereford breed gives a racial pattern to animals sent to slaughter, and this has shown to be a great differential in the taste of the meat that receives the Hereford Certification seal. They are also being fed less and finishing earlier, having animals ready for slaughter on an average in 20 months with an average carcase weight of 240 kg. Feeding is another important factor to be considered when discussing meat taste. The nutrition through the pasture represents an average of 15 months of the animal’s life and it gives a real differential flavour to the meat, with tenderness and juiciness. From the pasture stage some are moved to confinement where they receive a balanced diet, that assists in the production of desirable fat in the form of marbling, shortening the time to slaughter by up to 6 months and at the same finishing weight. This quality Certification has been requested by several consumers, and ABHB, with its unrestricted support in promoting the breed and its products has successfully been able to promote through supportive famous chefs, digital influencers and renowned brands. This type of promotion greatly assists to further strengthen the relationship of trust when offering high-quality beef produced in Brazil to the international market. A competition for the best blend of Hereford-Certified beefburger was held during EXPOINTER 2017, considered the largest open-



air agricultural market in Latin America. Chefs from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul were invited to discover the perfect recipe for their burger patties. With a mix of cuts, São Paulobased chef Marcos Livi won the battle and will sign an exclusive beefburger line at Silva´s Slaughterhouse on a national level. This same successful interaction can be seen in another large enterprise launched in October 2017 in the city of Porto Alegre, located south of Brazil. That is where businessman and partner of the ABHB´s Volmir Ângelo Carboni inaugurated his Pampas Prime meat shop with the concept of being an open door between the producer and the consumer. He sells only meat that comes from the Pampas Pastures of southern Brazil with the finest quality of hand-selected beef. Wholesome grass-fed beef, tender and rich in flavour. Two examples that have enabled consumers to know more about the operation and the qualities of the beef products. By being a partner in activities such as these, ABHB expands the pampas program nationally and internationally adding value to the meat chain as a whole. Even though we are in a year of crisis in Brazil, our Association also celebrates the implementation of new partnerships signed with Slaughterhouse in the southern region of Brazil. In Rio Grande do Sul, the Famile Slaughterhouse, located in Pelotas recently began certifying carcases where in the neighbouring State, Santa Catarina, the partnership was signed with El’Golli and further in São Paulo, the largest Brazilian financial centre, another one was sealed with Cowpig. Together those three Slaughterhouses have the mission of supplying the growing demand for Hereford Certified Meat from


consumers and establishments that are increasingly demanding and concerned with the origin of the products. They also offer special bonuses to breeders along with the processors already registered in the program, such as Silva, São João and Novicarnes. These Slaughterhouses have annually slaughtered over 40,000 certified animals (up to 4 teeth old and with a minimum fat cover of 3 mm which qualifies them as Certified Hereford Meat).

kg and in confinement at 13 months of age at 420 kg, both with excellent marbling, tenderness and carcase yield.

Herefords have been commercially produced for more than 150 years in Brazil. The breed expanded throughout the country, mainly in the southern region, where we find similar climate and topography to its origin. Brazilian breeders have developed some genetics for animal production that is easily adaptable to the most diverse environments, easy handling, good longevity and exceptional performance of weight gain from pasture and also in the regime of confinement. Steers are able to be ready for slaughter on a pasture only based feeding diet within 20 months and at 480

Netherlands - The Dutch National Show Dutch Hereford breeders turned out in force to support their National Show on the farm of Frans Simmons near the town of Dalfsen in a very picturesque area of the Netherlands. Over 60 cattle were put before Judge, Robin Irvine of Graceland Herefords, Northern Ireland - closely followed by some typical Irish weather. The rainfall did nothing to dampen the spirits of the exhibitors however – and with only one short break for a particularly heavy shower the event was enjoyed by an enthusiastic gallery of spectators. A range of types were on show - from the smaller scale traditional style Herefords – many sporting an impressive set of horns through to extremely large framed poll animals. The Judge was pleased to have a microphone on hand to explain some of the difficult decisions which had to be made throughout the afternoon. One interesting feature was a class for cow/calf unit - to be judged as a pair with equal consideration to be given to the calf and its dam.

Grand Male Champion Moeskaer 1 Rico

The winner of this class was Horstinge Jindara exhibited by Henk & Sonja Kuipers. This beautifully balanced four year old was shown with a very attractive bull calf at foot and she went on to take the Female Championship. Mr Irvine commented particularly on her correctness of structure with excellent conformation and ease of fleshing all coming together in a moderately sized package. “This is the type of cow that would be competitive in any showring in the world and would pay her way under any system of production” he added. “Jindara” is no stranger to success at this event having also taken the top honours at last year’s show.

Grand Female Champion Horstinge Jindara

The Bull classes were somewhat smaller but again keenly contested with the Male Championship going to Moeskaer 1 Rico exhibited by Amerhof Herefords from Be Warmelts, Amen. “Rico” impressed for his power and muscling, was very well presented with plenty of show condition and he carried his weight well, demonstrating excellent structure and locomotion. Rising three year old Moeskaer 1 Rico was imported from the well known Moeskaer herd in Denmark.





By Anders Moretensen 2017 has been a very wet year in Denmark, it has rained more than having a sunny sky. Nevertheless 2017 was a good year for Danish Hereford Breeders and for the Danish Hereford Society.

Beef Program, Bull & Female of the Year One of the major achievements during the General Assembly in March was the launch of a beef program in order to promote Danish Hereford Beef. Evald Jensen, Blaesbjerg Hereford, became the Chairman of the Danish Hereford Beef Program Committee, which consist of 6 breeders in total from various parts of Denmark. The plan is to be able to offer a bonus of approx. € 0,6 per kilo on top of the regular settlement. One of the prerequisites in order to become a supplier to the Danish Hereford Beef Program is to be a member of the Danish Hereford Society. With this Beef Program initiative, The Danish Hereford Society hope to break the downward trend of losing members in the Danish Hereford Society.

This year’s judge in the Hereford ring was the well-known Torben Andersen, who also is responsible for the independent evaluation for most of the beef breeds in Denmark. He leads the pan-Nordic beef cattle evaluation program. Millennium Pearl of Woodland M485 became Supreme Champion, Grand Champion Female, Heifer Calf Champion and runner-up in the Interbreed. Millennium Pearl is sired by Woodland Domino, a Star-Lake Dandy son. Woodland Herefords had 3 good days, exhibiting the Cow Champion, best young cow and another young heifer calf receiving an award. In total Woodland Herefords won the Best Exhibitor Trophy. Another successful exhibitor was Hoeris Herefords with the Best Bull, Grand Champion Bull and Interbreed winner. Hoeris Herefords also won Herd Interbreed with 4 well balanced bull calves after Bare Mr You Tube 4Y, semen imported from Canada.

Bull of the Year (highest evaluated bull) was Roost 1 Hannibal, who also won the Agromek Show 2016 in Herning. Roost 1 Hannibal is one of the new bulls in the Danish semen program, and sired by Vokslev Eik, another bull in the Danish semen program. Feel free to contact the Danish Hereford Society, if you need further information regarding this consisted breeding bull. Female of the Year was Infernal Queen of Woodland, sired by Woodland Domino and the Runner-up Bull of the Year was a full brother to Infernal Queen of Woodland. This was the third time since 2011 that Woodland Herefords have won the Female of the Year Trophy.

Roskilde Show - May 2017 Roskilde Show is on the Eastern part of Denmark in a town close to Copenhagen. The Roskilde Show is the biggest show in Denmark with close to 100,000 in attendance – more than twice as many as at the National Show. The Roskilde Show is eager to build bridges between the city consumers and the farming industry during 3 amazing days with lots of attractive sessions, such as presenting food, organic production, sustainability and other interesting hot topics. With approximately 45 entries, the Hereford was the third largest beef breed in the 2017 Roskilde Show.

Hoejris Hereford receives the Best Pair Trophy

National Show, Herning - July 2017 Many Danish Hereford breeders received a lot of inspiration during the Danish Hereford Youth Show 2016 in Roskilde, where the wellknown international Hereford celebrity PJ Budler from Texas judged the Hereford cattle shown by the young breeders. Based on this positive experience, the Danish Hereford Society invited PJ Budler back again to Denmark in 2017 in order to judge at the National Show in Herning in the western part of Denmark. Approximately 50 Hereford entries participated in the National Show, also this year the show in Herning was quite a rainy experience. Despite the uncomfortable weather, PJ Budler delivered high-quality judging accompanied with valuable comments on breed character and with lots of spirit – he also dressed in proper outdoor clothing!

Millennium Pearl of Woodland M485 became Supreme & Grand Female Champion



Moeskaer Compass 1487 was appointed Supreme Champion, Grand Champion Bull and Senior Champion Bull. Compass is sired by Remitall Pilgrim 93P and NS Keno 005 is damsire.


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INTERNATIONAL HEREFORDS of Denmark (Herning) and eastern part of Denmark (Roskilde) every year. In 2017 the Hereford Youth Show took place with the National Show in Herning. Chairman for the young breeders’ board is Josephine Mortensen and every year the Youth Show is judged by an international judge. The year 2017 was no exception, the young board had managed to invite Rachael Wheeler from Down Under to judge the young breeders. Approximately 25 entries had some valuable hours in Rachael hands and eyes. The young breeders received lots of constructive comments, due to Rachael’s deep insight in beef cattle breeding. After the judging, Rachael shared some of her experiences with a larger group of interested breeders during a knowledge sharing session in the barns.

Woodland Newsfeeder Hat-Trick 505N - ready for the big show!

Venture 70x Online273U ET, exhibited by Venture Hereford and Angus, was appointed to Reserve Grand Champion. Online273U is sired by Star Market Index 70X, and damsire is Star Bright Future 533P. Hazel Rambo, exhibited by Hazel Hereford, was awarded Junior Bull Champion. Rambo is sired by Gross Dun Kevin and Mandix First Rambo ET is damsire. Hylke Max, exhibited by Hylke Hereford, was awarded to Bull Calf Champion. Max is sired by Roost 1 Hannibal – the Danish semen bull. RMR1 Pioneer is damsire. Moeskaer exhibited the best Hereford Female. Moeskaer Kashmir 1494 was appointed Grand Female Champion and Cow Champion. Kashmir is sired by Golden Oak Fusion 3S and NS Keno 005 is damsire. Rosenkaer Ladysport, exhibited by BI Hereford, was appointed Reserve Grand Champion and Junior Female Champion. Ladysport is sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty, Moeskaer Nemo 1169 ET is damsire. Mascara Queen of Woodland, exhibited by Woodland Hereford from Zealand. Mascara is sired by Woodland Kato, Woodland Domino is damsire. Moeskaer Hereford had 3 successful days at the National Show with the following additional trophies: Best Pair, Best Herd, Best Exhibitor and Best Breeder.

Hereford Youth Show, Herning - July 2017 The Hereford Youth Show switches location between western part

After the National Show Rachael Wheeler was hosted by Woodland Hereford for another 5 days, where she got the chance to experience different parts of Danish culture, from the Viking ships in Roskilde, the Dragsholm Castle with the Michelin awarded restaurant, the creation of “Lammefjorden” (the Danish Vegetable Garden), and the music festival in Vig.

New Semen Bull Bakkely Kristian is the new semen bull in Denmark. Kristian is sired by Hedelund Gorm, and RMR1 Pioneer is damsire. Kristian is evaluated at the Danish Beef Cattle test station with positive results. Main characteristics: Moderate birth weight High general index (133) High slaughter index (144) Please contact the Danish Hereford Society if you are interested in more information about the new semen bull.

International Visits and Exports Many breeders from other parts of the World have visited Denmark during 2017 in order to select new genetics. It is quite easy to import cattle from Denmark due to the high veterinary standard in the country. Most often the breeders from the western part of Denmark (Jytland) are the destination for visitors from Germany, the Netherlands and UK. This year was no exception. A significant group of Hereford breeders from Germany had a farm tour in Jytland organized by Edel and Egon Petz, who have a large network among German Hereford Breeders. Also breeders from UK visited Jytland during 2017 and several exports were organised. One of the largest sales was a group of heifers from Kammerherre Herefords but also other breeders from Jytland managed to sell Hereford genetics to the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Moeskaer Hereford was part of the first “Designer Gene” Sale in Shrewsbury in December 2016, and the buyer of a Moeskaer flush were two breeders from North America. Another International visitor to Denmark in 2017 was from the famous Otapawa Station from New Zealand. Otapawa was hosted by Woodland Herefords during the one week stay in Denmark. The stay included various visits to different Hereford breeders in Denmark and visits to highlights of Danish Culture, including the old city of Aarhus, Dragsholm Slot, Roskilde Dom and Tivoli in Copenhagen.

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After evaluating several studs and options in Denmark, Otapawa ordered a flush of Woodland genetics for delivery, probably the first sale of Danish genetics to New Zealand.


Uruguay By Javier Terra

In Uruguay we had a year of many activities with some very good results. We would like to highlight the successful completion of the efficiency test at the Kiyú Bull Center, which represented an important effort by all involved over three years, especially the breeders. In the annual tour we visited the east of our country with the main theme being “Strong in any environment”. We were able to visit several breeders who showed how the breed develops successfully in different environments with some of them very extreme. At the same time, thematic sessions have been held with very good public attendance, referring to the role of the Hereford in crossbreeding programmes and also Hereford and afforestation. The Prado Show was a success, with very high quality cattle presented and with very good sale results.

Prado Show Grand Hereford Champion

We have also developed a campaign in social networks with much success, obtaining a lot of positive feedback and followers. There was a total of 9,077 Hereford registrations during the period 2016-17. We wish all UK Hereford Breeders an excellent 2018.

Prado Show Grand Poll Hereford Champion Durazno Show 2017




Andersen, H. ................................. Moeskaer ........................237 Ascaris .......................................... Caterers.............................42 Ayre, L.R. & A.M. ........................... Frenchstone.....................151 Bidmead, C.A. & P.C. .................... Rockland............................78 Bovela ........................................... BVD Vaccine.................... IBC Bradstock & Partners, R.A. ............ Free Town .........................53 Braithwaite, I.A. ............................. Highfield ............................29 Cameron & Son, J.A. ..................... Baldinnie .........................195 Cant & Ptnrs., J.M. ........................ Panmure .........................195 Castle House Hotel ..................................................................38 Clark, M.J. ..................................... Lowesmoor .....................109 Cogent Breeding Ltd. .................... A.I. Services ................... 0BC Dale, S.F.J. .................................... Phocle ...............................34 Deaville, D.J. .................................. Alderville/Aldersley ............83 Douglas, J.T. & J.S. ....................... Ervie ................................201 Dovecote Park Ltd. ........................ Beef Processors.................91 Dowbiggin, J. ................................ Ghyll Beck ................180/181 Dunbia ........................................... Beef Processors.................47 Elite Breeders Sale ........................ Northern Ireland...............221 Elliott, Mr. & Mrs. H. ...................... Cornriggs.........................170 Elwess, S.A. & V.J. ......................... Elwess ..............................73 Englefield Home Farms .................. Englefield ........................121 English, P.T. ................................... Churchlands Estate............81 Eveson, J. ..................................... Photographer ......................6 Fabb, D.R.A. ................................. Fabb.............................64/65 Fir Farm Ltd. .................................. Firbosa ............................117 Fletcher, Mrs. C.S. ......................... Barwise............................164 Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. M.G.S. ............. Stitchcombe....................156 Gifford, A.G., L.E. & A.A.. ............... Twilight ............................150 Gould, L.G. .................................... Baybridge .......................147 Graham, J. .................................... Richmount ......................222 Harris, M.J...................................... Hilfield..............................155 Harrison, T. & D. ............................ Moralee ...........................167 Hatt, H.A. ...................................... Weybrook .......................122 Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association .....................................23 Hi Health Herdcare (Biobest) .......... Cattle Health Scheme .......38 Holdsworth, N. & L. ....................... Pebworth ..........................68 Hutchings & Sons, W.J. ................. Fisher ..............................113 Irvine, A. & S. ................................. Fingerpost/Pallas.............219 Irvine, R. J..................................... Graceland .......................222 Jenkins, M. .................................... Appleridge.......................115 Jones, D.E., E.D. & A.L. ................ Dendor ............................131 Jones, D.P. Agricultural Contracting .Maxstoke ..........................71 Kelly, Mr. & Mrs. D. ........................ Netherhall.........................175 Kemp & Sons, W. & R. ................... Auckvale .........................169 Kerr, C. .......................................... Kinnego ..........................216 Lewis & Son, E.L. .......................... Haven ...............................45 Livesey, T.D. & W.T. ........................ Normanton ........................67 Ludgate, M. ................................... Rempstone........................93 Lury, M. & D. .................................. Oakleaf/Castlewood ........153 Massey, A. & P. .............................. Hollyvale...........................171






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