Crowds looked on as the 2017 Hereford Classes took place at this years 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 best supported breed's at the superb 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 Judge Andrew Hughes, a well-known stockman and breeder from West Yorkshire who had the task of placing the cattle on the day.
Ivan Haire and Family from Dundrod claimed both Champion Male and Female on the day with their recently purchased stock bull, Panmure 1 Monster (pictured right) taking the Supreme Championship.
"Monster" now just turned 2 years old 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 (left) 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 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 Grand Male & Reserve Supreme Champion (pictured below right) 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 Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite and Starlet B10 the 2007 Balmoral Female Champion.
Reserve Female Champion was lifted by Greer Watson with Barnburn 1 Nancy (pictured below left). This stylish heifer showed great ring presence and was sired by Pinmoor 1 Kingsley who took Reserve NI Bull of the Year 2016 and Supreme Championship at The National Show in Enniskillen to mention but a few.
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 herd.
Reserve Junior Champion went to David Wilson's Lisrace Lumberjack 18th, previously Junior Champion at the NIHBA calf show in October. He is the first calf out of David's stock Bull Knockmountagh Master who himself won the ROI calf show 2014 and ROI sale 2015, his dam Lisrace Prettymaid 19th was Reserve Female Champion at Balmoral in 2015 and went on to win NI.I. Female of the Year.
J & W McMordie won the Junior Female class, which had the largest entry of the day with 14 animals, with Rempstone 1 Fashion E430. Expertly exhibited by Victoria Orr, she was bought at the Designer Genes Sale in December 2016. She is a daughter of the best cow in the Rempstone herd, Kinglee 1 Fashion 304.
Overall Supreme Champion - Panmure 1 Monster. JE, RI and W Haire
Overall Reserve Champion - Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
Senior Male Champion - Panmure 1 Monster. JE,RI and W Haire
Reserve Senior Male Champion - Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
Senior Female Champion - Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641. JE,RI and W Haire
Reserve Senior Female Champion - Barnburn 1 Nancy. B & G Watson
Junior Breed Champion -Solpoll 1 National. J & W McMordie
Reserve Junior Breed Champion - Lisrace Lumberjack 18th. David Wilson
Class 579 Cow or Heifer born before 31/12/14
1st Baltimore Orange 449. Coote Geelan
2nd Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim. 583 JE, RI & W Haire
3rd Lusky 1 Honour. WJ Gill
Class 580 Heifer born between 1/1/15 -30/6/15
1st Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Barnburn 1 Marigold. Greer Watson
3rd Solpoll 1 Starlet M19. J & W McMordie
Class 581 Heifer born between 1/7/15 - 31/12/15
1st Barnburn 1 Nancy. B & G Watson
2nd Ballymartin 1 Hazel. Aaron Patterson
3rd Solpoll 1 Pansy N7. J & W McMordie
Class 582 Heifer born after 1/1/16
1st Rempstone 1 Fashion E430. J & W McMordie
2nd Hawkesbury 1 Veronica. Stephen Cherry
3rd Dorepoll 1 Tessa 656. JE,RI & W Haire
Class 583 Bull born prior 1/4/15
1st Dorepoll 1 Knighthawk. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Pinmoor 1 Kingsley. B & G Watson
3rd Mallaghdoopoll 1 Elite. Ciaran Kerr
Class 584 Bull born after 1/4/15 - 31/12/15
1st Panmure 1 Monster. JE,RI & W Haire
2nd Peartree 1 Ed. William Connolly
3rd Mountview Enzo. Trevor Andrews
Class 585 Bull born after 1/1/16
1st Solpoll 1 National. J & W McMordie
2nd Lisrace Lumberjack 18th. David Wilson
3rd Annaghbeg Decimus. M&L Moore
Class 586 Group of Three
1st J & W McMordie
2nd JE,RI & W Haire
3rd C Geelan
The National Hereford Show Club is holding its annual herd visit on Saturday, 3rd June.
This year we are being kindly hosted by Jim & Hazel Morrison of Castle Park Herefords, in Helmsley, North Yorkshire.
You are most welcome to join us –
please contact Sarah Cowle (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details and to book your place by 23rd May (for catering purposes). If you’d like to join us for lunch, please see attachment re lunch as we need to pre-order.
The National Hereford Show Club organises the National Show of Hereford Cattle at Tenbury Wells, Worcs – this year’s show is on 5th August. Make sure the date is in your diary and come along for a great day out.
Shadwell Herefords managed by Robert Clake had a field say at South Suffolk Show taking the Breed, Native Inter-breed and Reserve Overall Inter-breed Championships with Shadwell 1 Bossy N877.
Fifteen month old "Bossy", shown by Robert's daughter Maddie, is out of Badlingham Blossom 138th and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker.
The day got better for Shadwell Herefords when Shadwell 1 Bossy N877's full brother was Reserve Breed Champion and his full sister judged Female Champion.
Tom was filmed by BBC Wales last October undertaking his annual bovine TB test.
The piece will be part of Vets 24/7 and screened on Monday May 15th at 7:30pm.
The South African Hereford Cattle Society are holding their Hereford Centenary Celebration tour during September.
For full details including itinerary and costings please view the following two PDFs:-
SA Centenary Brochure and for SA Hereford Tour
If anyone is interested to learn more or indeed book a place they can contact Ms Carolyne Cree, Field Farm Tours who willing and able to assist....
Dear Members of Hereford Society’s & Association’s
We would like to inform your about the 15th European Hereford Conference in Hungary as follows:
- The Conference will run from the 15th September to 21st September 2018.
- Within a week the conference website will be ready to view: www.herefordhungary2018.com
Here you will be able to find more details......
We hope see you at the conference.
General Manager, Hungarian Herefords
Bulls were snapped up by buyers with 100% clearance of animals presented for sale on Tuesday at The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association Show and Sale 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 (pictured below right) 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 (pictured below left) 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 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%.
Bulls to 6,600 gns. and Heifers to 4,100 gns. at Hereford Cattle Society Spring Show & Sale on Tuesday 4th April.
Local breeder takes the overall Male and Senior Male Championships at this week’s Hereford Cattle Society Spring Sale. Messrs. R.A. Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Hereford saw their 24 month old Free Town Mentor (960 kgs), pictured right, sell for 4,600 gns. to Judge, David Smyth, Magheraknock Herefords, Co. Down.
The Reserve Overall Male and Junior Championships went to the 12 month old Moralee 1 Novak (645 kgs) 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 kgs) right, 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.
Another Superior Carcase Sire, the 26 month old Fisher 1 Monarch M414 (1,015 kgs.) 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.
(Left) Moralee 1 Novak bred by T. & D. Harrison who sold for 6,200gns.
A third Superior Carcase Sire, 24 month old Auckvale Masterclass 1472M (910 kgs.) 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%.
The Reserve Senior Male Champion, 23 month old Danish bred bull, SMH Liga 107L (1,150 kgs.) 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.
Somerset breeder, J.D. Moorhouse from Taunton saw his 26 month old Cato 1 Marksman (935 kgs.) sell for 4,000 gns. to Peter Walker Partnership, Pentry, Wiltshire.
(Right) Barwise 1 Mach One from Mrs CS Fletcher sold for the top price of 6,600gns.
Other leading prices included 24 month old Harveybros 1 McBeath (990 kgs) 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 kgs) 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 kgs.) bred by Miss H. Whittaker, Halifax, W. Yorkshire also realising 3,800 gns. selling to local breeders, M. & M. Roberts, Bromley Herefords, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire.
(Left) Fisher 1 Monarch M414 from WJ Hutchings & Son sold for 6,000gns.
32 Bulls sold for £105,315.00 to Average £3,291.09
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 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.
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.
(Right) Grand Female Champion Pepperstock 1 Butterfly N293 who sold for the top price of 4,100gns.
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.
Herefords bulls met with a quieter trade at the Elite Breeders sale in Dungannon on Monday.
Buyers were cautious and auctioneer Stephen Redmond had to struggle for every bid.
8 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.
Graceland 1 Nelson, an October born calf sired by Lowesmoor 1 Khan was admired for his conformation and easy fleshing.
Pictured right Graceland 1 Nelson presented by Robin and James Irvine from topped the trade for Hereford bulls at the Elite Breeders sale.
Topping the female section was Tullyraine Norah offered by Stuart Forsythe and due to calve in September.
Pictured left Stuart Forsythe exhibited Tullyraine Norah – top selling female at the Elite Hereford Breeders sale in Dungannon Mart.
The Restoration Man - Channel 4 Saturday 25th March at 2.50pm
Marco and Kath Walker have bought a pair of 17th and 18th-century cow barns from a local farmer in Wellington, Herefordshire, but the couple are restoration novices and the project is beset with problems from the start. Architect George Clarke offers much-needed advice and discovers how these Grade II-listed buildings and the surrounding land helped to revolutionise cattle farming in the UK.
Features our very own Hereford breeder David Makin, Adzor Herefords and scenes from a recent Autumn Show & Sale at Hereford Market.
Cast: George Clarke
Runtime: 45 minutes
The Midland & East Anglia Hereford Breeders' Association - National Beef Tasting Competition
The Tenth Annual competition to find the best tasting Hereford Beef is open to all Hereford Breeders from any Area Association or Club across the UK.
2017 Judge is Mr Ben Ternent, Executive Chef, Opus Restaurant, 54, Cornwall St, Birmingham BE3 2DE.
If you sell Hereford beef this is a great opportunity to have the eating quality of your beef assessed against other producers, and should you win, then you can use this success to promote your beef to your customers adding further value to an already fantastic product.
How will it the competition be run? Each member who would like to take part will submit a sirloin steak from a Pure-Bred Hereford carcase.
The steak MUST be frozen and the animal from which it was taken MUST have been killed within the last 12 months.
The steak will be assessed by our nominated judge, who will place the steaks 1st to 5th.
Comments will be given on the top five placed.
The following attributes, (in no particular order) will be assessed during the judging:
1. Quality of butchery
2. Fat coverage
8. Water leaching during cooking
9. Overall eating experience.
There will be a charge of £5.00 for each entry.
Members can submit as many entries as they like, with each entry submitted from a different animal.
Ear Tag No’s will be required for each entry.
If you would like to compete please complete the entry form below and send a cheque made payable to Midlands & East Anglia HBA.
Entries close by Monday 7th August 2017.
There will be two Classes:
Class 1 for carcases hung for up to 28days from culling date.
Class 2 for Carcases hung for over 28days from culling date.
The actual tasting will take place during the second two weeks of August, so you have time to obtain a sirloin steak from any Pure-Bred Hereford that you may have had slaughtered.
We will be contacting all breeders who enter with information of where and when they should send their steaks. Don’t miss this opportunity, it could be the best competition, (financially), you have ever entered!
Beef Tasting Entry Form
I would like to enter the 10th Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders' Association National Beef Tasting competition.
Entries close 7th August 2017.
Tel No: ..........................................................................................
No of Entries………………………………................................
Entry Forms can also be downloaded HERE
I enclose a cheque for £…… made payable to the Midlands & East Anglia H.B.A. To pay by (BACS): Please use Midlands & East Anglia H.B.A. Account No. 10074500 Sort Code 20-48-08. Reference: BT2017.
Please send all entries to the Secretary.
38, Ashby Road
UK Hereford Youth Event Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April, 2017 - Organised by Emma Smith.
Kindly hosted by Miss Heather Whittaker. “Coley Herefords”, Coley Walks Farm, Coley Hall Lane, Norwood Green, Halifax, W. Yorkshire, HX3 8RD.
Age categories: 8 - 14 15 - 19 20 - 26
Workshops on preparing an Animal for the Show Ring -
- Grooming & Clipping and Show Ring Etiquette with a
- Young Handler’s Competition.
- A ‘question & answer session’ with Council Members to kick things off. So get those questions ready!
- Stock Judging Sessions for all ages. The Senior category will be required to provide reasons for their placings and the highest placed Senior will be awarded the prize of “Shadow Judging” at a Summer Show. A further opportunity to Shadow Judge will also be on offer for the Autumn Show & Sale in Hereford 2017.
There will be many Judges and Trainers in attendance to offer help and advice to all participants.
Prizes will include a ‘Goody Bag’ containing show products, vouchers & much more.
A lot of fun to be had by all.
On Saturday evening a Buffet Dinner will be held at Cedar Court Hotel, Huddersfield. A raffle will also be held during the evening, plus an after Dinner Speaker.
Food will be provided on farm over the two days.
Local accommodation can be arranged if required.
For further details contact:
Emma Smith on her Mobile: 07772 495913 or by email: email@example.com
We would like to make a request to Members, if you have a Newsworthy item regarding Hereford Cattle or Hereford Beef please either ‘share’ it with the Society through social media – all links are below, or just send it in via email and if appropriate we will promote it......
We now have approximately 1,500 Members, all of whom can act as advocates of our fantastic breed, contributing to spreading the message of how the Hereford performs on farm or informing the public where they can either purchase or dine on Hereford Beef.
After seeking advice from two PR Marketing companies their overriding message was that businesses should maximise the opportunities social media can offer - it’s free and a great platform to highlight strong brand messages.
If Members can get a photograph of a celebrity with Hereford cattle or dining on Hereford Beef then please email it in, as this will certainly increase exposure of the Breed.
The Hereford Cattle Society
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 will take place at the NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on Thursday 18th May.
The 2017 NBA Beef Expo provides British breeders and producers with an excellent platform to showcase the quality of their cattle, and visitors can expect to see some of the finest examples of British breeding from all corners of the UK. As the event will be the first of its kind post Brexit, there will undoubtedly be a focus on what this means for British farmers in terms of opportunities moving forward.
A major feature of the event is the National Commercial Cattle Show (NCCS) which will see, as always, farmers from the length and breadth of the UK showing the very best cattle from their herds, all hoping for a share of the £5000 overall prize fund. Alongside the NCCS, visitors have the opportunity to browse in the region of 120 commercial and educational trade exhibits, as well as specialist Breed Society stands.
NBA Beef Expo is a nucleus for knowledge sharing and networking. Trade exhibitors will highlight, through displays and demonstrations, the latest industry trends and developments as well as nutrition and genetics. Applications are now open for businesses, traders and breed societies wishing to attend the 2017 event.
Now a firmly established feature of the event is the Future Beef Farmer Challenge which was launched back in 2015 for beef farmers aged 36 and under. Entrants can take part as an individual or as a team and the winner of each section is presented with a trophy. The competition challenges entrants’ knowledge of the beef sector at both a practical and scientific level, which is fundamental to the future strength and success of the industry.
As in previous years, the highly anticipated farm tours will take place on Wednesday 17th May giving people the opportunity to gain an insight into how various beef enterprises are managed. This year the farm tour includes three diverse beef farms all championing efficiency in their relative sectors and showcasing the very best of British beef production. As part of the event the NBA will also be hosting a range of seminars and workshops held by various industry professionals.
Chris Mallon, Chief Executive of the NBA commented: “Plans for NBA Beef Expo 2017 are certainly in full swing and we are very much looking forward to welcoming farmers and exhibitors to the event in May. Following the UK’s Brexit decision this year, this will be a key focus as we offer support and help British producers who may have concerns surrounding this.
Trade stand applications, visitor tickets and cattle show entry forms are now available online on at www.beefexpo.co.uk, where further detailed information about the event can also be found.
Deadline for the National Commercial Cattle Show entries draws near
Beef Expo are set to host the Future Beef Farmer Competition
Alan McFadden made the headlines with his top selling bull at Monday’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.
J.D. 1 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. “Maximus” 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 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.
The Elite breeders again 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 and 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.