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The Hereford Cattle Society welcomes you to this site which outlines the profile of one of Britain's finest Native Beef Breeds.

New President 2017

Robert Thomas, owner of the Risbury Herd of Herefords, has been elected President of the Society for the coming year.

Robert (left) is pictured here shaking hands with outgoing President Michael Clark.

Robert has been farming at Risbury Court close to Leominster in Herefordshire since taking over from his father-in-law in 1985. Prior to that he had farmed with his father and brother at Weston Court near Pembridge.

He has had a life-long involvement with the Breed and remembers a wonderful year working with the Hereford herd at The Haven in Dilwyn back in the late 1960’s.

Robert’s grandfather, Jack Thomas, registered his first Hereford calf, Blossom, in 1916 when farming at Home Farm, Norton, Radnorshire. Jack’s son, Geoff, Robert’s father, continued to breed Herefords first at The Rhyse in Lyonshall and later with his brother Ivor at Merryhill. Later, Geoff re-established his herd at Weston Court along with Robert and his brother Philip.

On moving to Risbury Court with his wife Diane and children, Richard & Lizzie, Robert continued breeding Herefords under the prefix “Risbury”. More recently he has concentrated on the beef market supplying pure-bred Hereford beef to numerous local butchers on a regular basis, not to mention The Old Court Hotel & Dining Room at Symonds Yat, South Herefordshire which has been serving Risbury beef for the last 10 years. His son Richard is now a partner in the farm, whose interests lie with his flock of commercial ewes, maintaining the farm’s standard cider orchards and growing a small acreage of cereals chiefly for home use.

Elected as Vice- President for the year is South West breeder, Jonathan Moorhouse “Cato Herefords” who farms near Taunton, Somerset along with his wife Rosemary.

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The modern attributes of Hereford Cattle, combined with those that have made the breed the cornerstone of the beef producing industry for so many years, make it the natural choice of Quality Beef producers.Hereford Cattle have stood the test of time for well over 200 years and today offer tremendous opportunities to Beef Cattlemen wishing to produce Quality Beef naturally and economically.

In light of the many problems that have beset the Beef industry in recent years, in no small measure contributed to by the intensification of farming methods, it is the Hereford with it's unique ability of producing top Quality Beef naturally from grass and grass related products that can lead the way to a safer and more secure future for Beef Producers in this country.

Extensive, organic and economic methods of beef production are now without question key factors to a successful future and it is Hereford Cattle that excel when bred and reared under such conditions producing naturally marbled beef, which is succulent and full of flavour.

Hereford beef is now acclaimed by many leading purveyors of Quality Beef from all over the world for its succulence and flavour meeting the demands of today's discerning customers.

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