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East of England Winter Stock Festival has announced a host of new classes for its 2017 event, including the addition of a pig section for the very first time.

Taking place on a later date of Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, Festival Show Director William Haire says the 2017 festival is set to be the finale of the showing season.

“We’re very excited about the introduction of 25 new pig classes to our existing line up of 120 cattle classes and 38 classes for sheep, and are looking forward to once again, welcoming an excellent showcase of commercial and pedigree livestock.

“Last year, we attracted over 450 entries and following the addition of new classes and some revisions to improve the sheep schedule, we hope to attract exhibitors old and new to the 2017 festival,” says William.
He explains that the changes form part of their objective to extend the events offering to both current livestock producers, as well as the wider industry.

“We’re working hard to develop the festival to cater for the needs of the wider agricultural industry. Alongside new livestock classes, the 2017 festival will feature a dedicated trade stand area, as well as a range of seminars and demonstrations, with some top experts secured to deliver the latest thinking in agriculture,” concludes William.
The deadline for livestock entries closes on 3rd November, with schedules and entry forms available to download online at www.winterstockfestival.co.uk or from the show office.

For more information, please go to www.winterstockfestival.co.uk

The early Autumn NIHBA UNITED Feeds National calf saw the Annual Show taking place under the expert eye of Judge James Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords, Thame, Oxfordshire which is 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 where 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.

Overall Reserve Grand Male and Junior Male title went to a new breeder on the circuit. Drumshambo 1 Big Show, a Junior Bull with great style and ring presence took the spot for Ethan Small and his grandfather Gerry from Randalstown.

Quality females on the day where 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 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.

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 J & W McMordie

Junior Female Champion - Drumatee Pearl 173 J Conlon
Reserve Junior Female Champion - Solpoll 1 Nylon P8 J & W McMordie

Champion Young Handler - C Dorman

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 Drumshambo 1 Big Show - J & G Small
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 - J & W McMordie

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

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 Beattie
4th Castlepoll 1 Plum - C & M Beattie

Class 10 Female Calf born after 1/5/17
1st Lisrace Finola Dell - DR Wilson
2nd Nancy Bonny - G & T Morton

Class 11 Pairs
1st J & W McMordie
2nd T Andrews
3rd J Conlon
4th The Leader Family

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

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 (pictured right) from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire was sold for the top female price of 5,200 gns 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.

A consignment of four 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 Champion Solpoll 1 Starlet N26 were purchased by Speirs Farms Ltd, Pepperstock Herefords, Luton, Bedfordshire for 3,800 gns and 3,600 gns respectively. The last Solpoll heifer, Solpoll 1 Starlet N32 was purchased by Warham Court, Breinton, Herefordshire.

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 3,500 gns 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 3,400 gns to Mr & Mrs S Coates, Parkapella Herefords, Monmouthshire.

10 Show heifers sold for £36,225 to Average £3,622.50

Seventeen month old Shraden 1 Navas (pictured left) (870 kg) from MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire commanded the top price in the bull section when he was sold for 5,200 gns 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.

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 (pictured right) (755 kg) was sold for 4,200 gns to J Riley, Blakesley Herefords, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

In general the bull trade was sticky, which has been the trend at Autumn bull sales across most breeds in recent years - but more bulls found homes this year than in the corresponding Autumn sale of 2016, mainly due to 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 3,600 gns.

Harvey Brothers, Balfron, Glasgow, sold two year old Harveybros 1 Nigel (955 kg) for 3,600 gns to Mr D England, Lisvane, Cardiff. Two bulls were sold for 3,500 gns; 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 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 (pictured left) was sold to G Llewellyn & D Sharman, Harvest Herefords, Shifnal, Shropshire for 3,000 gns.

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

There was a 100% clearance in the For Sale Only Female section, which saw a top of 3,650 gns 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 1,890 gns. 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 2,700 gns. The final lot of the day saw Panmure 1 Plum N12 from JM Cant & Partners sold to Newtoncroft Farms for 2,100 gns.

12 For Sale only Females sold for £24,517.50 to Average £2,043.13

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.
Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster.

Dear NBA Member,

The schedules and entry forms for the above competition can be found here.

Forms to enter the competition can also be downloaded from the Agrifest website 

For more information about Agrifest South West please visit their website here

or contact the NBA South West & Event Secretary, Vicky Smith:
By email: natbeefsw@gmail.com
By Tel: 01884 861352
By Mobile: 07773 340008

Kind regards,
Sharon Walton


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) inconjunction with Brightwells (Official Auctioneers for the Hereford Society).


78 Pedigree In Calf Heifers 13 Non Pedigree In Calf Heifers & 3 Pedigree Bulls

On behalf of: Nanhoron Farms Ltd, Nanhoron, Pwllheli

Saturday 14th October 2017 @ 12noon

Vale of Clwyd Livestock Centre, Parc Glasdir, Ruthin LL15 1PB. 01824 705000 

To view the catalogue click HERE

Hereford Breed Champion Lowesmoor 1 Maverick, (Pictured right) 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.

“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 (pictured left).

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.

Dear UK Hereford breeders,

We are currently taking bookings on our annual trip to the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, SK. This years show runs from the 20-25 November. The show is the largest cattle exhibition in Canada with 11 beef breeds on show, as well as cattle sales, rodeos and farm/feedlot tours. There is also a reception evening for all international guests.

Members of the trip are entitled to 50% cash back funding on their flights and hotel costs up to $3000 CDN.

This is the 5th year of organising the trip so we will also have some events organised in conjunction with the Canadian Hereford Association to support our milestone.

If you are interested in coming with us on the trip and receiving the funding please contact me on the below details:

Mobile - 07447 412123
Email - ghyllbeckherefords@hotmail.co.uk

Look forward to hearing from you

Josh Dowbiggin

By kind instructions of Messrs. E.C. & M.M. Everall



 To be held at


(For convenience of Sale)


AT 11.30 A.M.


 25 Pedigree Cows/Heifers with their Spring Born Calves

Heifer Calves all registered

Bull Calves not registered

 29 Pedigree Cows/Heifers

Autumn Calvers all P.D’d in calf

 6 Pedigree Heifers

Spring Calvers all P.D’d in calf

 1 Stock Bull – Fisher 1 Legacy L395

Bred by W.J. Hutchings & Sons

Born: 14th March, 2014

 11 Pedigree Heifers

8 to 14 months

This well-bred Herd warrants attention of Pedigree & Commercial buyers.  They have not been shown and have been kept on commercial basis. 

For further details and Catalogues contact:

Hereford Market Auctioneers – Tel: 01432 761882

Brightwells – Official Auctioneers – 01981 250642

Hereford Cattle Society – 01432 272057

Annual Dinner – Monday 9th October 2017 - 7.00pm for 8.00pm at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford
Telephone: 01432 299955 Email: enquiries@threecountieshotel.co.uk 
For further details and directions: Directions to the Annual Dinner

This year’s Annual Dinner will comprise the following:- 

  • Roast Beef kindly sourced by your Breed President, Mr Robert Thomas, and sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association (HCBA) – the beef will be carved at individual tables.

    This year we are offering guests a choice of Starters, Mains and Desserts. IMPORTANT for catering purposes can guests please complete the attached proforma stating their choices.
  • The talented Andrew Whitlow (HighHouse Herefords) has kindly agreed to play guitar whilst guests are welcomed to the dinner 
  • Herefords of the Year Trophies will be presented. 
  • The Thomas Duckham Epergne Award will be presented to the Secretary of the Association, considered by the retiring Council, to have made the greatest contribution to the promotion of the Breed over the past three years. 
  • Clive Davies will be MC for the evening. 
  • Celebration of long-serving Breed Secretary David Prothero. 
    Clive will inform guests of some of David’s career highlights and memories in his usual inimitable style.

    If you would like to attend the Dinner please telephone Hereford House on 01432 272057 
    or email postroom@herefordcattle.org to book your tickets.


As there will be a choice of menu at this year’s Dinner, when applying for tickets would Members please complete the pro-forma or below indicating their requirements. 


Leek & Potato Soup




Chicken Liver Pate


 Main Course 

Hereford Sirloin Beef with all the trimmings


Grilled Sea Bass with Herb Butter



Apple Crumble with Custard


Chocolate Fudge Cake


Fresh Fruit Salad


Choice of Ice Cream


Obviously the Three Counties Hotel will need to know requirements in advance so we would ask Members to ensure that their Pro-forma is returned to the Office by MONDAY, 2nd OCTOBER.

Dear Breeders & Members,

Thank you very much for your support to date with UK Hereford Youth.

I am always thinking of new ways to connect Breeders & Young Members. So I would like to create a 2018 UKHY Calendar – Twelve photographs representing each month will be chosen from a Photography Competition run by UKHY with the winners being announced around the date of the National calf show (28th October).

Additionally, I would like to offer Breeders the chance to purchase an advertisement to be placed around each photograph for each month. So not only will this be a Calendar but also a Breed Directory…..

The cost of each Breeder advert will be £35 – The advert can include one picture, up to 30 words (including contact details).

ALL funds raised will go into the UKHY account to support future activities.

I believe that this is not only a great way of encouraging our youth to take some great photographs of Hereford Cattle but also provide breeders with the opportunity to showcase their pedigree herds!

If Interested and want to know more please get in touch direct:-
Email: emmasmith460@btinternet.com or Mob: 07772 495913.

I look forward to your support.

With kind regards,

Emma Smith
UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator

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 Garnet-Smith, 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.

Pictured, are from L to R, Samantha Rimke, Ryan Coates, Isla Soutter and Finlay Soutter.

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.

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 Inter-breed 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 a 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 Championships 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 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.

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.

In the male category, there was more good news for breed stalwarts TG & EI 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.

The Senior Male Championship went to rising two year old Greenyards 1 Norrie from PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire. 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 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.

There was a tie for the Most Successful Herd (gaining the most points) on the Day, between Moralee and Sky High Herefords!

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.
In the Best Pair of Animals it was P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire who was placed first with T & D Harrison in Reserve.

Throughout the day a Young Handlers Competition was judged from ringside by David Hemstock. Each competitor wore an armband denoting a letter and were split into one of two age categories. Taking the Senior Young Handler (16-21 years old) 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.

An AHDB Beef & Lamb funded study on a low cost dairy beef production system has just commenced at Harper Adams University working alongside Marc Jones of ADAS and co-sponsored by Dunbia and The Hereford Cattle Society.

The objective of the study is to undertake a detailed investigation into the feasibility of rearing and finishing Hereford x Holstein-Friesian and Holstein-Friesian autumn born steers using predominantly grass and fodder beet, with minimal reliance on cereals or other bought in concentrates apart from the initial rearing of the calf.

The project aims to create low cost intensive grass and forage based system which will maximise stocking rates through the use of intensive rotational grazing and out-wintering on fodder beet. This latter crop will also allow for a higher than expected animal winter growth rate, therefore allowing stock to be finished off grass comfortably at 20-21 months of age. By maintaining a rotational grazing system grass quality will be maintained throughout the season allowing for consistent above average growth rates. The project will look closely at the transition of the autumn born calves firstly to grass with an early turnout in the spring and then the transition of the cattle to the fodder beet. Furthermore the project will aim to finish cattle before they are required to go through a second winter after the first year on fodderbeet. The study involves 35 Hereford x Holstein-Friesian and 35 Holstein-Friesian October born steer calves. The trial started in 2016 and the planned management from birth to slaughter is summarised below:

Calf rearing and pre turnout:
Calves were conventionally reared on restricted milk and concentrates and were bought in with a mean age of 30.1 days. The Herefords (by registered sires) and some Holsteins were sourced from Meadow Quality that couldn’t be supplied from the Harper dairy unit and reared by Marc Jones following the Dunbia rearing protocol. They were weaned after 5 weeks with concentrates and straw being fed changing over to big bale silage and restricted concentrates. They were turned out on the 8th of March with a mean weight of 182kg. The calves were treated with Huskvax prior to turn out.

1st summer grazing period:
The calves were initially offered concentrate feed in the transition to a grass only diet and will be grazed in a tight rotation to a target 50% utilisation in early season increasing to a target 80-85% utilisation with target DLWGs in excess of 1kg throughout the grazing season with an end of season target weight of 400kg. The calves are grazing a 12.43ha field split into 10 paddocks. The field has been used for silage making for the past few years. Half was sown to the grass seed mix Sovereign (Wynnstay) with the bottom half of the field to HSG4 (Germinal). A cut of silage was taken from 3.6ha on the 25 of May yielding 72 x 500kg (approx.) bales estimated at

40-45% dry matter equating to a yield of approx. 4.6t DM/ha. Calves have been offered Supalyx Cattle buckets (Rumenco) from the 8th of June.

The performance to date (17 July 2017) is summarized below:

                                                        Hereford x Hol-Fr                                Hol-Friesian

Start age (days)                                         24.9                                                 33.1

Wt at start (kg)                                           61.6                                                 60.8

Wt at 20 Jan (kg)                                       139                                                   140

DLWG (start - 20 Jan)                                0.87                                                  0.97

Wt at turnout (8 Mar) (kg)                           181                                                   183

DLWG 20 Jan to 8 Mar (kg)                       0.89                                                   0.92

Wt at 3 April (kg) 197 192

DLWG 8 Mar to 3 April (kg)                        0.62                                                   0.36

Wt at 18 May (kg) 237 225

DLWG 3 Apr to 18 May (kg)                       0.90                                                   0.74

Wt at 5 June (kg) 264 251

DLWG 18 May to 5 June (kg)                     1.47                                                   1.41

Wt at 13 July (kg)                                        299                                                    284
DLWG 5 June to 13 July (kg)                     0.92                                                   0.88
Overall DLWG 20 Jan to 13 July (kg)         0.92                                                   0.83
DLWG 3 April to 13 July (kg)                      1.06                                                   0.91

Figures above of the calves paddock grazing in April and June 2017.

Over winter on fodder beet:
Cattle will be transitioned gradually onto fodder beet (variety Geronimo) in October 2017 to minimise digestive disorders. Cattle will strip graze the fodder beet to the end of February 2018 and have access to good quality big bale silage. Target DLWG will be 0.7kg with end of winter weight of 480kg. Cattle will be treated with Bravoxin prior to the move onto fodder beet, vaccinated for IBR and given a trace element bolus including Iodine.

The area of land required for fodder beet was calculated as follows:

• A yield of 20,000kg of dry matter (DM) per ha of fodder beet is assumed.
• Cattle intakes are assumed to be 10kg of DM a day with 400kg cattle.

• 2kg DM supplied by silage and 8kg DM from fodder beet
• 70 cattle x 8kg DM fodder beet = 560kg DM/day
• 560kg DM/day x 120 days = 67,200kg DM fodder beet
• 67,200kg DM fodder beet / 20,000kg DM/ha = 3.36ha.

4 hectares of fodder beet has been sown to allow for a surplus. Some will be lifted at the end of the grazing season and fed in the field to help transition the cattle onto the crop.

2nd summer grazing period:
Cattle will be turned onto rotationally grazed grass in February 2018 with the aim of finishing them off grass by June/July 2018 at a target live weight of 625kg with a carcase weight of 320-340kg. Animals will be selected for slaughter at an estimated fat class of 3-4L and sold deadweight to Dunbia.

Full costings will be included in the project to allow the system to be compared to Stocktake and be fully scrutinized. Key measurements throughout the trial will include:

• Monthly measurements of animal weights and DLWGs
• Weekly grass covers
• Fodderbeet analysis to include DM, ME, CP, Digestibility and sugars
• Dry matter yields of the fodderbeet and grass
• Stocking rates
• Carcase weights and grades (cattle slaughtered at Dunbia)
• Meat tenderness, colour, pH (carried out by Dunbia)
• Animal health treatments
• Soil assessment pre and post fodderbeet
• Kg’s of liveweight produced per hectare
• Profitability per beast and hectare

The impact of overwintering on fodderbeet on soil structure will be assessed, pre and post the forage period. Any negative impacts regarding soil/nutrient loss will be mitigated via appropriate site selection for the forage crops, away from watercourses, with the use of buffer strips, and on land with low gradients.

For the last 40 years we have been finishing Continental and Holstein bulls on an intensive cereal beef system at Harper Adams. This new system poses a totally new challenge and ‘mind set’ where we are looking to totally strip out most of the high costs of beef production and make a decent profit. It will be interesting to compare the performance of the 2 breed types and to see if we can get sufficient fat cover on the Holsteins without resorting to the feed bag.

The University also has a group of 50 Autumn born Simmental and Blue x Holstein-Friesians steers, which would normally be finished as bulls but have been castrated. They are being reared on a conventional 18 month system that probably mirrors a lot of semi intensive beef systems with relatively high levels of concentrates with cattle being set stocked at grass in the summer. They were turned out in late April and being grazed this summer at our farm at Telford. They will be housed in late October and then finished at 16-18 months old on a trial to compare finishing them on either ad lib cereals or 50:50 cereals: maize silage on a DM basis with both diets formulated to contain 15% CP in DM.

It will be interesting to compare these two systems and look at the variable and fixed costs. Our target is to make a net profit of £200-300/head from the outdoor extensively finished Herefords, with concentrate only offered to finish tail-ender Holsteins.

Simon Marsh, Principal Lecturer – Beef Cattle Specialist, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB
Chris Ruffley, Assistant Farm Manager, Harper Adams University
Marc Jones, Livestock Consultant, ADAS.