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Dear Members of the UK Hereford Cattle Society,

We are happy to inform you that our website for the 15th European Hereford Conference in Hungary (15-20th September 2018) is now up and running. It provides all the necessary information for the forthcoming conference including a detailed program, visits, accommodation and costings. 

Please visit  www.herefordhungary2018.com

We hope you can join us to the conference!

(Istvan Martin can be seen right, picking up the baton from Hans Baumann at the 14th European Conference held in Switzerland

Dr. István Márton
General Manager

Hungarian Hereford, Angus, Galloway Association

H - 7400 Kaposvár,Dénesmajor 2.
Tel.: 36-82/316-610, 312-331
Fax: 36-82/510-046
E-mail: hereford@t-online.hu

The Canadian Junior Hereford Association (CJHA) President Samantha Rimke, Mar Herefords, met with UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator Emma Smith and Society staff to discuss and share ideas on the Hereford Youth movement in both countries.

Samantha is being hosted by Emma during her whistle stop tour of southern England, which includes a number of herd visits and culminates in attending the National Poll Show on Saturday 2nd September at Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.

Pictured right (from L to R) are David Prothero, Emma Smith, Samantha Rimke and James Sage.

The CJHA has a long and proven track record in developing Young Breeders having commenced over 35 years ago. Today the Association boasts over 500 young enthusiasts across the country. It’s governed by a 14 Member Council of delegates elected from their respective provincial Junior Associations (BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, and the Maritimes), seven adult advisors and an advisor from the Canadian Hereford Association.
Council Members form the CJHA Executive and Committees oversee the many educational and promotional projects, including their annual Bonanza show. The National Council meets twice per year, during the winter and at the time of the Bonanza Show. Involvement on the Council demands commitment, develops leadership skills and encourages cooperation between youngsters across the country.

In providing an insight in to how the CJHA operates, Samantha passed on invaluable information on how to organise National events, fund raising ideas and how the Canadian’s structure their Junior Association.

Dr Sophie Churchill OBE visited Hereford House accompanied by AHDB Potato Board Member Bill Quan. Sophie has been appointed Chair of the Potato Board but also has an oversight of the strategic direction for the whole organisation, as her appointment in April 2017, includes a place on the main Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Pictured right with Dr Sophie Churchill are The Hereford Cattle Society's CEO James Sage and Breed Secretary David Prothero.

On speaking with staff at Hereford House, she stated, “The next few years will see some big challenges and opportunities for British agriculture and I am looking forward to playing a part in helping to lead AHDB’s strategy during this exciting period.”

Sophie remarked, “That the Hereford breed was well placed to take advantage of future market opportunities in a post Brexit era, not least because of its strong brand image. Breeds such as the Hereford are a good environmental fit, a natural grazer, producing beef economically with minimal concentrate feeding.

She also added that any future ‘subsidies’ will most probably be linked to the environment with the health of the soil playing an ever more important role in production systems.

The Hereford Beef Website - www.herefordbeef.org.uk

By Carol Wilson, Food Writer

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 red-brown 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 re-launched 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.

Almost ten million Herefords now exist in over one hundred and twenty countries, 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 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.

The Supreme Championship went to 7 months old Studdolph 1 Dior 622 bred and exhibited by Miss EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokshire. "Dior 622" is out of Studdolph 1 Dior and by Glenvale 1 Fellow.

Taking the Reserve Supreme was another female Kilvrough 1 Keepsake, from relative new breeder Mrs E Radcliffe, she's out of Dendor 1 Keepsake 12th and Lanscombe 1 Orkney.

The Grand & Senior Male Champion was another animal from Mrs E Radcliffe, rising two year old Kilvrough 1 Nigel. He's out Dendor 1 Myrtle and again sired by Lanscombe 1 Orkney.

Herefordshire Judge Phillip Allman, Greenyards Herefords, made Glenvale 1 Allbutt his Junior and Reserve Grand Male. "Allbutt", bred and exhibited by TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokshire is out Glenvale Miss Milly 399 and by Dendor 1 Ledley. 

There was more joy for breed stalwards TG & EI Thorne and the Hereford Breed when they took the Best Native Inter-breed Pair with Glenvale 1 Polly 579 and Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 547. Twenty one month old "Polly 579" is out of Glenvale 1 Polly 388 and twenty eight month old "Miss Milly 547 is out of Glenvale 1 Miss Milly 399. Both promising females are by herd sire Bosa 1 Hereward.

The 10th Midland and East Anglia Hereford
Beef Tasting Competition

The Tenth Annual Competition to find the best tasting Hereford Beef is open to all Hereford Breeders from any of the Hereford Associations or Clubs.

2017 Judge is Mr Ben Ternent, Executive Chef, Opus Restaurant, 54, Cornwall St, Birmingham BE3 2 DE.

If you sell your beef locally 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 the competition be run?
Each member who would like to take part will have to 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 for the top five steaks placed.

The following attributes, (in no particular order) will be assessed during the judging:

1. Quality of butchery
2. Fat coverage
3. Colour
4. Marbling
5. Flavour
6. Succulence
7. Tenderness
8. Water leaching during cooking
9. Overall eating experience.

There will be a £5.00 Entry Fee for each entry. Each Member can submit as many entries as they like, each entry submitted to be from a different animal. Ear Tag No’s will be required alongside each entry.
If you would like to enter please complete the attached entry form and send a cheque made payable to Midlands & East Anglia HB. to cover the entry fee(s).
Entries close on 4th September 2017.

There will be two Classes:
Class 1 for carcases hung for up to 28 days from culling date.
Class 2 for carcases hung for over 28 days from culling date.
The actual tasting will take place during the 2nd two weeks of September, so you have time to obtain a steak from any pure-bred Hereford that you may have had slaughtered to sell in boxes or even to a local butcher.

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!

Yours Sincerely
Alan Pittam
A. Pittam
Hon Secretary

Beef Tasting Entry Form

I would like to enter the 10th Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Beef Tasting competition.

Entries close 4th September 2017.

Breeder Name ………………………………………………………………………..

Address: .....................................................................................



Tel No: .....................................................................................

No of Entries ………………………………

I enclose a cheque for £…… made payable to the Midlands & East Anglia HBA.
To pay by (BACS): Please use Midlands & East Anglia H.B.A. Account No. 10074500 Sort Code 20-48-08 Reference: BT2016/17.

Please send all entries to the Secretary.
A. Pittam
38, Ashby Road
NN11 7HE

Entries have flooded in for the National Poll Show held annually in conjunction with Moreton-in-Marsh Show, Gloucestershire on Saturday 2nd September. Set in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, this popular one day agricultural show offers onlookers a feast of Hereford cattle. Judging will commence at 8.30am under the watchful eye of Matthew Goulding, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Most of the UK’s top Poll Hereford breeders will be participating in a spectacular show of Hereford cattle. In total, there are 180 entries (including 30 cattle in Groups and Pair Classes) – to date the largest Hereford entry staged during 2017!

There will also be a Young Hereford Breeders Competition comprising of two age groups 15 & under and 16 to 21 running throughout the cattle classes. A separate Young Handler Competition with three age categories will be judged by Ryan Coates, Leicestershire and will take place on the Friday evening.

Many prize-winning cattle will be on display including Champions from the following shows; Royal Highland, Shropshire County, Burwarton, Great Yorkshire and the Royal Three Counties to name but a few.

There will be a large array of breed information and merchandise freely available on the Hereford Cattle Society stand, located next to the show ring. Society staff will also be in attendance to answer any questions or provide specific information on why the Hereford Breed has seen such a surge in popularity in both pedigree and commercial registrations.

The 2015 Hereford Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, a four year old cow, from Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley, Stafford, was tapped out as Supreme Inter-breed Beef Champion by Judge Gail Ellis at Burwarton Show recently.

Out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th, it is by Solpoll 1 Gilbert and was bought privately as a calf three years ago from Caersws based breeders, DE, ED & AL Jones. It bred the record breed price holder Skyhigh 1 Miss Valentine, which sold at six months old for 8,500gns in December 2016.

It was shown with the January-born bull calf Sky High 1 Pablo Escobar, which is sired by current Hereford Bull of the Year Normanton 1 Laertes, last year’s Royal Welsh, Royal Highland and Burwarton Show Inter-breed Champion from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire.

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.

Pictured right are, from L to R, Breed President Robert Thomas, Judge Des Kelly, Tony Bradstock with Free Town Decree and Sponsor Paddy Kennedy from Massey Ferguson.

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.

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 day. Taking first prize and 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.

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 (pictured right) 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 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.

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 11 month old Free Town Peace 29th, who is out Free Town Peace 15th.

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. Mrs Cowle also 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”.

In the bull classes it was Intermediate Male Champion Haven Northstar (pictured left) 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 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”, (pictured below right) who is enjoying an excellent show season, is out of Haven Curly 109th 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.

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.

The day concluded with a very competitive Young Members Class 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 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 Harriet 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.

Pictured left are Logan Sykes, Harriet Froud, Emma Smith and Judge Henry Richmond.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Returning for its tenth year, the 2017 East of England Winter Stock Festival will take place on a new date of Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December.

Held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, the festival showcases the very best of commercial and pedigree livestock, along with the latest trends and technologies in agriculture.
“The 2017 Winter Stock Festival will build upon its previous success to deliver a modern event, that caters for everyone with an interest in livestock production,” says William Haire, Festival Show Director (pictured).

“Along with a 120 cattle classes and 38 sheep classes, we are delighted to announce the new addition of 25 classes for pigs, and can confirm an excellent line-up of judges.”
Colin Phillips, highly respected stockman and renowned judge, will lead the commercial cattle judging. Mr Phillips, who farms in Herefordshire, has achieved great success in the showring and has judged at many of the country’s leading agricultural shows.

As part of the Winter Stock Festival’s commitment to helping the industry respond to challenges through collaboration and innovation, the 2017 event will also feature an expanding area dedicated to knowledge exchange. Welcoming some of the industry’s top experts, this area will include seminars and demonstrations, as well as trade exhibits.

Also firmly established in the festival’s programme is the highly coveted College Challenge and Young Stockperson of the Year competitions. Both competitions have become hugely popular since they were first introduced in 2011, with a record 30 teams competing in last year’s College Challenge.

“Preparations are well underway for this year’s festival and with multiple new attractions, 2017 promises to deliver the best event yet,” says Mr Haire.
“We look forward to bringing together the industry to celebrate the best of British livestock, as well as to share knowledge and innovations, which is particularly important in a post Brexit era,” he concludes.

Further event details, including trade stand applications, are available online at www.winterstockfestival.co.uk

This year’s National Hereford Show was held at the Randox Antrim show and was judged by the current Breed President Robert Thomas from the Risbury Hereford Herd based near Leominster, Herefordshire. With one of the best turnouts in recent years of 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 (pictured right). 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 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. 

Reserve Supreme went to a home bred bull of Alwyn Armour, Senior Male Champion Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (pictured left). This striking three year old bull packs plenty of class and is relatively new to the circuit but already 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. 

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 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 Smith picked up another win with Free Town Mentor (pictured right) 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. Ciaran Kerr's 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. 

Full class results below.


Champion Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Corraback Joan 15th

Reserve Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (D) 

Champion Female Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Coraback Joan 15th

Reserve Female Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Pansy 

Champion Male Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (D)

Reserve Male Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite

Class 46 Cow or Heifer Born on or before 31st December 2014, in calf or with own calf at foot. 1st AJ Farms, Newtownards, Lusky 1 Honour P, 2nd Ian McFadden, Magherafelt, Cabra 1 Fashion, 3rd JE, RI & W Haire, Crumlin, Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim.

Class 47 Heifer Born on or after 1st January 2015 and on or before 30th June 2015, in calf or with own calf at foot. 1st David Smyth, Ballynahinch, Mara Blossom 50th, 2nd John & William McMordie, Newtownards, Solpoll 1 Starlet M19, 3rd Marcus Murdock, Newry, Lisnaree 1 Millie.

Class 48 Heifer Born between 1st July 2015 and 31st December 2015. 1st James Graham, Portadown, Richmount 1 Nirvana, 2nd Trevor & Sheevaun Andrews, Larne, Mountview 1 Estelle, 3rd David Smyth, Ballynahinch, Clipston Diadem T25

Class 49 Heifer Born between 1st January 2016 and 31st August 2016. 1st Courtney Halliday, Annaghmore, Corraback Joan 15th, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Pansy, 3rd John & William McMordie, Newtownards, Rempstone 1 Fashion E430

Class 50 Heifer Calf Born between 1st September 2016 and 31st December 2016., 1st Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Delilah, 2nd Leader Family, Crumlin, Hockleypoll1 Ariana, 3rd Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Ravette N405 (P)

Class 51 Heifer Calf Born after 1st January 2017. 1st Leader Family, Crumlin, Hockleypoll 1 Evie, 2nd Marcus Murdock, Newry, Lisnaree 1 Opal

Class 52 Bull Born before 1st April 2015. 1st Alwyn Armour, Dromara, Woodvale 1 Limited Edition (D), 2nd Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite, 3rd Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Fisher 1 Jubilee.

Class 53 Bull Born on or after 1st April 2015 and on or before 31st December 2015. 1st David Smyth, Ballynahinch, Free Town Mentor, 2nd JE, RI & W Haire, Crumlin, Panmure 1 Monster.

Class 54 Bull Born on or after 1st January 2016 and on or before 31st August 2016. 1st JE, RI & W Haire, Crumlin, Dorepoll 1 579 1 Nashville, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Domino, 3rd RM Richmond, Enniskillen, Corraback Kadar

Class 55 Bull Calf Born between 1st September 2016 and 31st December 2016. 1st Ciaran Kerr, Lurgan, Kinnego 1 Pharaoh, 2nd James Graham, Portadown, Richmount 1 Peppermint, 3rd William Burleigh, Enniskillen, Benaughlin Norman

Class 56 Bull Calf Born after 1st January 2017. 1st William Burleigh, Enniskillen, Benaughlin Larry, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, Annaghbeg Endeavour, 3rd J&G Small, Randalstown, Drumshamble 1 Big Show.

Class 57 BestProgeny Pair by same Sire or Dam, entered in above Classes. 1st RM Richmond, Enniskillen, 2nd Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, 3rd James Graham, Portadown

Class 58 Group of Hereford animals, the property of one exhibitor and entered in classes for which they are eligible. 1st Mark Moore, Aughnacloy, 2nd Trevor & Sheevaun Andrews, Larne, 3rd David Smyth, Ballynahinch


1st Marcus Murdock, 2nd Bradley Graham, 3rd John Andrews

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.”

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.

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 to was quick to praise the showmanship skills of 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.

On the final day of the show Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess teamed up with Normanton 1 Grifola 10th to take the Reserve Native Inter-breed Females of the Future Championship which was judged by well known livestock exporter Andrew Ewing, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway.

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.

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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 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.

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. 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.

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 from W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, into Reserve. 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 H J 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.

In the male classes it was Auckvale Nobleman who took the Grand Male Championship. Twenty month old “Nobleman” 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 Marshall 1475 owned and exhibited by local breeder J Morrison, Helmsley, York. “Marshall 1475” is out Auckvale Beauty 774E and by Auckvale Gladiator 916G.

To complete a busy day of judging, Mr Blandford placed new breeders A Crooks & A Machen, Sheffield, South Yorkshire first in both the Group of Three and Best Pair of Animals by the same Sire. Second place in the Group of Three was A & P Massey, with J Morrison reserve in the Best Pair of Animals.

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 picture (right) titled '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.
"It has a good balance of perspective, from the low angle shot, colourful with good contrast values and the operator is also looking to camera - or furrow."

If members require John's services on farm or at a show they can contact him on: 07973 482705 or on email: j.r.eveson@btinternet.com  Website: www.johneveson.com

With anticipation building ahead of this year's National Young Stars Event, taking place at The three Counties Showground, Malvern on the 22nd and 23rd August, we're just one week out for a closing date for entries for all team competitions (Beef, Dairy, Sheep and Pigs), as well as the individual Auctioneer and Butcher competitions.

The event is yet again sponsored by Allflex, who we're incredibly indebted to for all their help and support, as well as our other sponsors such as Newark Livestock Market, McCartneys, NSA Next Generation, Royal Smithfield Club, IAE, Stillmans and TW Ludgate and Sons.

Could I ask you to post a message on your Society website home pages and/or social media pages as a reminder to anyone thinking of competing at this year's show. Entires close on the 10th July.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the site here http://nationalyoungstars.com

The 2017 Royal Norfolk Show will be one to remember for MJ Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords, Thame, 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 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 Interbreed Junior Bull Championship and then teamed up with his full sister Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 (picture right) to take Reserve for the Best Pair of Breed Champions. What a day!

The Hereford classes took place on a very wet first day and were judged by a past Breed President John Kemp, Auckvale Herefords. The damp conditions did not put off the 19 exhibitors who showed 42 Herefords which judge John Kemp 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 Kinglee 1 Fashion 304. “Fashion” is owned by MJ Ludgate and was expertly shown by James Ludgate. In Reserve 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.

The Intermediate Heifer Class was won by Shadwell 1 Blossom N900, owned by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd and shown by Maddie Clarke. The Cow class was won by Rockland Tiara M1, owned by C & P Bidmead.

The Male Championship was awarded to MJ Ludgate’s Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 (pictured left), 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 Philip English’s Senior Bull Churchlands Estate Plum 7941, sired by Remitall Super Duty 425 and out of Churchlands Estate 1 Plum 79.

The Intermediate Bull Class was won by Rockland Nefyn, owned by C & P Bidmead, and shown by Evie Edwards. 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.

The Hereford Breed were well represented in the Young Handlers classes with 6 Herefords taking part. Congratulation to Naomi Lewis who was placed 1st in a strong class.

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.

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 (right) from Miss H Whittaker 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 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!

Taking the Reserve Supreme, Reserve Grand & Senior Female Championships was another Coley female, four year old Coley 1 Clara 286 (left) 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.

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.

In the bull classes, one bull dominated proceedings, eighteen month old Panmure 1 Noah (right) from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath Angus, Tayside, who took the Grand, Junior and Overall Junior 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 (below left), 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.

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 (pictured right with Judge Alistair Smith) bred by an Exhibitor, with JM Cant & Partners in Reserve.

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.”

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 inter-breed titles and the “Pig of the Year” title in 2016. He now lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and family.


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 (pictured right), 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%. 

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

In the Junior Male section it was Shadwell 1 Bossy N877 from Shadwell Estate Co Ltd, Thetford, Norfolk, fresh from his Inter-breed 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.

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 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.

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 (pictured left), 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 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 (pictured below). 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. David was presented with a crystal decanter by Show President Mr Robert Bernays OBE DL, flanked by Judge Gerald Blandford, Breed Chairman Richard Mann and Breed President Robert Thomas. The award was made in recognition of David’s longevity not only with the Hereford Society but following his attendance at every Royal Three Counties Show over the past 47 years.

Following the pleasantries Mr Blandford 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.

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

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!

Northern Ireland's Bradley Graham, Richmount Herefords really pulled it out of the bag this time at Armagh County Show!

First he won the Junior Inter-breed Beef Young Handler competition in a strong class of 18 competitors.

Later he went on to take the Overall Inter-breed Beef Young Handler Championship ~ Way to go Bradley!

Bradley has won a number of Young Handler competitions in Northern Ireland in recent years.

In 2016 he attended the inaugural UK Hereford Youth (UKHY)training day held at the home of Normanton Herefords and under the guidence of UKHY Organiser Emma Smith. For future UKHY events please telephone Emma on 07772 495913.

Harper Adams University student Joshusa Dowbiggin, 21, has reached the final three in the Farmers Weekly Agricultural Student of the Year competition.

Josh is better known to Hereford breeders as one of three young members whom the Society sponsored to attend the 2016 World Hereford Conference held in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Josh, from Salterforth, Lancashire, will now face the scrutiny of independent judge Ian Pigott, last year’s student winner Claire Simonetta and Emma Northam, from Farmers Weekly.

He is a third-year student and was nominated for the award by his placement employer, Co-op Food, due to his performance during the sandwich year of his course, which he will complete this summer. Josh also runs Ghyll Beck Hereford Stud, marketing imported embryos and semen on line, which helps to fund his studies.

In 2016 Josh also organised & hosted the very successful “Designer Genes Select Hereford Female Sale”, which is set to become an annual fixture.

Josh said: "It's a huge honour to get through to the final three for the FW Agricultural Student of the Year award and to be able to represent Harper Adams in the final. My time at Harper has certainly allowed me to expand my knowledge and experience, helping me to achieve a place in the final. This makes all the hard work worthwhile!" 

Welcoming the news, agriculture courses manager Dr Russell Readman said: “We are extremely proud to have two Harper students in the final three for this national award. Helen Brown and Josh Dowbiggin are outstanding candidates for the award and a great example of the talent being nurtured here at Harper Adams.”

The Farmers Weekly Award winners will be revealed at a gala dinner in London in October.

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

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 429 is out Kinglee 1 Fashion and by Aldersley 1 Edgar.

Standing Reserve to “Even Money 249” in the Grand Male Championship was Pepperstock 1 Naughty Boy, bed and exhibited by Speirs Farms Ltd, Luton, Bedfordshire. Also 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.

Fresh from their success at Shropshire County Show the Sky High team moved on to their local show Staffordshire County where they acheived even more success.

This time positions were reversed with Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th with 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.

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.

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, in 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 P. 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 and Grand Female Championships was another Coley animal, four and half year old Coley 1 Clara 286 bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. Judged Reserve Breed Champion by Judge Bert Taylor, 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 place in the class Heifers 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.

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 January 2015 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 bull with a tremendous set of performance recorded figures.

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” (pictured right) 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.

Earlier in the day, Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess pipped her stablemate, 2015 Hereford Female of the Year, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th (pictured below)  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 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.

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 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 well-known 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.

After much deliberation the Judge tapped out Bromley 1 Kallis (pictured above right) as his Grand Male Champion, with Haven Nugget as his Reserve Champion (left).

“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.

There was more exposure for the Hereford Breed when BBC Radio 4's Emily Hughes vsisted 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 in Hereford city centre, with all its history and traditions, to a new modern day market on the outskirts of the city had been received.

Emily also spoke with Northern Ireland Show Judge David Smyth, Magheraknock Herefords, (pictured right with Emily) on what he looked for in a good Hereford bull.
She also spoke with the owner of Grand Male Champion Moralee 1 Novak, Tom Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Northumberland both after the judging and immediately post the hammer going down his sale.

To hear the Hereford feature click on the following link  Radio 4 Farming Today the Herefords start approximately 20 seconds in from the start of the programme.

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" (pictured right) 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. 

National Show of Hereford Cattle - Tenbury Wells - Saturday 5th August 2017 

Supreme Champion to win over £500
£100 to winner of Breedplan Performance Recorded Bull Class
Full range of classes and championships
Forward money
First-time entrants incentives

Click here for Schedule and an Entry Form

Young Handler classes with cash prizes to all – kindly sponsored by Hereford Cattle Society
Young Handler Entry Form

Full details in attached schedule or online at National Show Club

Cattle Entries by 4th July 2017 please!


IVOMEC® Super, the combination wormer and flukicide for cattle, is celebrating 30 years on the market with the launch of a competition to find the UK and Ireland’s best success stories from livestock farming businesses. 

Manufactured by Merial Animal Health, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim, and launched in 1987, IVOMEC Super was the first combination endectocide to contain ivermectin and clorsulon. It provided cattle farmers with unique benefits, including effective control of a wide range of worm species, adult stages of the liver fluke parasite, and important external parasites at the low-volume dose rate of 1ml/50kg by subcutaneous injection. 

The parasiticide ivermectin revolutionised worm control when it was introduced as IVOMEC in 1981 and, when combined with clorsulon, IVOMEC Super became a game changer for British cattle farmers. This was particularly evident in the South West of England, where liver fluke was causing significant issues for beef production; an issue that has since spread eastwards, affecting cattle UK-wide. 

The injectable formulation of IVOMEC Super demonstrated several distinct advantages over combination products applied by drench, especially when many farms lacked crushes needed to control animals during dosing. Just a single, low-volume dose of IVOMEC Super was needed, even on larger animals, and the subcutaneous, single-site injection reduced potential medicine wastage from spills and ensured easy delivery of the measured dose. Furthermore, cattle did not require housing during or after treatment with IVOMEC Super. As an injectable, it could be administered in any weather, unlike alternative topical treatments. 

Since its launch farmers have shared their positive experiences with IVOMEC Super, reportedly seeing visible improvements in the condition of their animals shortly after treatment. Over 43 million doses have been sold across the UK and Ireland in just the past 17 years* and cattle farmers continue to trust IVOMEC Super to deliver great results. 

To mark the 30th anniversary of IVOMEC Super, Merial is showcasing a celebration of farming with a competition to identify the UK and Ireland’s best livestock farming success stories. 

Cattle farmers are invited to share stories about their life in farming over the past 30 years; the changes they have experienced, improvements instigated, invaluable lessons learned, and the role that IVOMEC Super has played. 

The competition was launched at Beef Expo on 18 May at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Entries close 14th July 2017. 

For more information, and to enter the competition visit: www.ivomecsuper30.vettimes.co.uk

Please click the following PDF - Some things never change!

* Merial sales data 2001 - 2016 

Use medicines responsibly. www.noah.co.uk/responsible

IVOMEC® Super Injection for cattle contains ivermectin and clorsulon. Ivomec® Super is indicated for the treatment and control of gastrointestinal roundworms, lungworms, liver fluke, eyeworms, warbles, mange mites and sucking lice in cattle. Legal category: POM-VPS. For information about side effects, precautions, warnings and contraindications please refer to the product packaging and package leaflet. Advice on the use of this or alternative medicines must be sought from the medicine prescriber. For further information refer to the datasheet, contact Merial Animal Health Ltd. CM19 5TG, UK or call the Merial customer Support centre on 0800 592 699. Ivomec® and the Steerhead® logo are registered trademarks of Merial Ltd. ©Merial Ltd 2017. 

Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim.

Semen from 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes, is available from Genus ABS as part of their prestigious Premier Collection.

Genus ABS were excited to hear that Normanton 1 Laertes had collected the maximum number of points from four of his five qualifying shows in the Hereford bull of the Year Competition, resulting in him being crowned the Number One Hereford Bull and Poll Bull of the Year in 2016.

"Laertes" won Male Champion, Breed Champion and Inter-breed Champion at Shropshire County Show, the Royal Highland, the Royal Welsh and Burwarton Show, along with taking the maximum number of points at the National Poll Show where he was judged Supreme Champion. Three year old Laertes, from TD & WT Livesey in Leicestershire, was also part of the Marks and Spencer native group of champions at the Royal Welsh Show. Laertes was bred from Romany 1 Distiller and the 2011 Female of the Year, Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21.

Jocelyn Orr, Beef Brand Manager, comments, “We are incredibly proud to be able to offer Laertes to Hereford breeders in the UK. His Estimated Breeding Values (EBV’s) are tremendous, he is in the top 1% for Gestation Length, the top 5% for Terminal and Self-replacing Index and Eye Muscle Area, as well as being in the top 10% for Milk. Laertes seems to have become the most talked about bull of any breed during the show circuit last year. He is a very eye-catching bull and we expect he will be in high demand.”

For further information please contact:
Emma Pepler, Genus ABS: Tel: 01270 616642

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.

Class Results

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 (s.cowle@hotmail.co.uk) 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 day 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....

Ms Carolyne Cree
Web: http://www.fieldfarmtours.co.uk/
Tel: 01636 616060
Email: info@fieldfarmtours.co.uk

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. 

István Márton

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
3. Colour
4. Marbling
5. Flavour
6. Succulence
7. Tenderness
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!

Yours Sincerely,

Alan Pittam
A. Pittam
Hon Secretary 

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. 

Breeder Name………………………………………………….

Address: ......................................................................................



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
NN11 7HE

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: emmasmith460@btinternet.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

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Hereford Beef

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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.


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 (pictured right). Sired by NBG 69T The Wonderer and out of the homebred cow Barwise 1 Graceful G2. Twenty one month old "McCoy M861" (pictured right) was purchased by J & D Whalley from Ulverston.

Following at 3000gns was the Reserve Overall Champion Moorside 1 GBHS Motown (pictured below left) shown 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.

Averages: 6 Bulls £2765.00


Three agricultural shows in the Midlands are joining forces to stage a new ‘Triple Crown’ competition for showing cattle.

Hanbury Countryside Show in Worcestershire (Saturday, July 1st), Burwarton Show in Shropshire (Thursday, August 3rd) and Moreton Show in Gloucestershire (Saturday, September 2nd) will award the Three Shires Cattle Trophy to the exhibitor who gains the most points across all three shows.

The new, prestigious award, with a £1,000 top prize, is sponsored by Moreton-based Nimrod Veterinary Products manufacturers of the SELEKT cattle rehydration system.

Donna Renney, Nimrod’s operations director said: ‘We are thrilled to be supporting this new partnership between three of the best agricultural shows in the country. We hope this will be a great incentive for owners to show off all their hard work and their fabulous cattle.’

Exhibitors will accumulate points by showing their cattle at all three shows and the running total will be kept secret until the finale at Moreton Show. As well as the £1000 top prize, the runner up will receive £350 and £150 will go to third place.

Lynne Parkes, Moreton livestock secretary said: ‘It’ll be a bit like revealing the results of the X Factor for cattle! Our treble, involving all three shows, is aiming to attract some of the best cattle from across the country and we’d like to encourage handlers to compete for what will be the equivalent of a premier league title in cattle showing.’

Peter Kirton, chief cattle steward at Burwarton said: ‘We wanted to create a new, prestigious and exciting competition for cattle exhibitors. This is extra to the traditional classes for all breeds of cattle and we hope that exhibitors will enjoy and support this new venture. We’re looking forward to seeing exhibitors at all three shows.’

Richard Heath, secretary at Hanbury said: ‘We think it’s a great idea to form a partnership in cattle showing and I’m looking forward to seeing how the cattle progress through the classes at each show. It’s going to be pretty exciting by the time we get to Moreton in September to see who’s our first Three Shires Cattle Trophy ‘Triple Crown’ winner.’

Information about how to compete and the scoring system for the cattle showing ‘Triple Crown’ will be available shortly on the shows’ websites:




The Herefordshire Agricultural Club held a Committee meeting at the historic Hereford House with most Committee Members having some connection with the Hereford Breed.
Club Chairman Bill Quan, Border Herefords, himself steeped in Hereford history with his Grandfather Mr W Milner President of the Hereford Cattle Society in 1957 and Uncle Richard Milner a past President in 1981 and a former Chairman of the Society from 1988-93.
Honorary Secretary of the Club Tom Nellist a keen advocate of the Hereford Breed attended the World Famous Vern Sale in 1966. Committee member Jo Hilditch of Whittern Farms and Herefordshire Cassis / White Heron Drinks (and of Dragon's Den fame) is the Great Grandaughter of Mr R Green who was President of the Society in 1893. Finally, Committee member Owen Whittall is the son of the late Laurie Whittall who was a staunch supporter of the breed, acting as a ring steward at Society Shows & Sales over many years, Owen's son CT Whittall is now a Young Hereford breeder, trading under the prefix Moccas Herefords. 

Pictured right, are from Left to Right,
Paddy Kennedy Ross Farm Machinery, Owen Whittall, Tom Nellist, Bill Quan, Steve Deakins Honorary Treasurer, Henry Chinn Cobrey Farms & Jo Hilditch.

After the meeting concluded the Committee kept with the Hereford theme when they met for a Hereford gourmet burger at the Rule of Tum, with Hereford beef supplied by Tom Jones.

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 (pictured right with Greenmount students), a past President and Chairman of the Hereford Cattle Society spoke of the growth of the Certified 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.

Elite Bull Sale
Breeders are looking forward to welcoming the students to the Elite Hereford sale on Monday 27th February when the bulls which they saw weighed and scanned will come under the hammer. They will have a chance to view at close quarters the process of assessing and selecting a sire for either a beef or dairy herd. They will be given the opportunity make their choices based on visual appraisal during the pre-sale parade and on the published performance data in the sale catalogue. Guidance will be given by experienced breeders who will explain the use of Breedplan information and how it can be used to select a sire to meet the herd requirements. Calving ease has 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 will be invited to rank the bulls prior to the sale and a prize will be awarded to the student who’s ranking most closely matches the prices achieved in the sale.

More than 80 people from the beef industry and research communities across Europe met in Milan on 1-2 February 2017 for a meeting entitled “Sustainable Beef Quality for Europe–II”, organised by AFBI with the University of Milan, funded by the UK Science and Innovation Network.

Following the success of the first workshop of the same title, held in Milan in October 2015, there was considerable support for a second meeting. The meeting was organised by Linda Farmer of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast, UK together with the British Embassy in Rome and the University of Milan. It was held at the “Touring Club” of Milan, in Corso Italia.

The goal of the meeting was to strengthen links and exchange knowledge between scientists and industry representatives across Europe on some of the key challenges facing the beef industry. Four sessions of short talks addressed four key topics, while two extended workshops invited delegates to discuss the issues raised and contribute their comments.

Rainer Roehe (Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, UK) discussed the potential for the genetic improvement of nutritional quality while Aidan Moloney (Teagasc, Ireland) summarised the work that has been conducted to improve the fatty acid and nutrient composition of red meat. The session clearly illustrated the conflicted role of beef in the diet, providing essential nutrients and micronutrients while also posing a potential risk to health.

The workshop in 2015 focused on eating quality and the second session of this workshop provided an ‘Update on Beef Eating Quality’, chaired by Declan Troy (Teagasc, Ireland). Jean-Francois Hocquette (INRA, France) summarised work on combined data from across Europe to obtain more information on factors affecting eating quality and to determine the potential for a combined predictive system designed to meet the needs of the European beef industry. David Farrell (AFBI, Northern Ireland, UK) reviewed recent developments in instrumental prediction of eating quality and other important quality attributes.

Rod Polkinghorne (Birkenwood, Australia) illustrated the benefits of a ‘value-based payment system’ that rewards farmers on the basis of the quality of the meat produced, not only on quantity. Jerzy Wierzbicki (Polish Beef Association, Poland) updated the meeting on discussions held under the auspices of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to agree a common system of terminologies and protocols to describe beef cuts and quality, to facilitate the increasingly global trade in beef.

The conference resumed on the second day with a session on ‘Beef Environment and Welfare’, chaired by Jonathan Birnie of Dunbia, UK. Tim Searchinger travelled from Princeton University, USA, to highlight the challenges facing the beef industry in terms of environmental impact. While Searchinger suggested that projected expansion to meet future population needs could have a very detrimental effect on the climate, Europe has one of the most efficient and least damaging production regimes. Modest growth and more efficient processes, together with a moderation of very high beef consumption in some countries could help to mitigate effects on climate.

Dequan Zhang, from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, presented the approach used in China to make maximum use of all parts of the animal, including bones and blood, to provide nutritional components of the diet. Ettore Capri (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Piacenza, Italy) discussed a project on the “Sustainability of Meat and Cured Meats in Italy” which has considered health, nutrition and sustainability. He pointed out that, when considered on the basis of proportion of a Mediterranean diet, the carbon footprint of meat production is no more than that of fruit and vegetables.

Paolo Ferrari (CRPA, Italy) described a project to create an assessment system for animal welfare in Italy.
The fourth session discussed ‘Adding value throughout the supply chain’, and was chaired by Jean-Francois Hocquette (INRA, France). Jonathan Birnie (Dunbia, Northern Ireland, UK) outlined priorities to reduce variation in quality and meet customer needs, especially measurement and processing interventions that are practicable at meat plant speeds. Valeria Vigano (Sealed Air Packaging, Italy) explained how innovations in packaging technologies are changing the way meat is presented to the consumer. Ciara McDonnell (Teagasc, Ireland) described the benefits of new processing technologies while Phil Hadley reported that overall beef quality has improved but suggested that specification and trimming may further reduce dissatisfaction.

In the final session on “Findings and Future”, feedback was provided on the responses to the workshops. Workshop 1, entitled, ‘How can the industry help to ensure that beef has a positive nutritional impact?’ generated 35 comments in total, from industry and researchers. Terence Hagan (AFBI, UK) identified three themes which cropped up most commonly in these responses: “Communication” to clarify the nutritional benefits of beef, “coordination” of the industry in addressing the issues and “Omega-3”, the potential to increase these fatty acids in beef. There were fewer responses for Workshop 2, on ‘How should the industry manage the environmental impact of beef?’, summarised by David Farrell (AFBI, UK). In general, responses highlighted the need to make better use of what is currently available. Industry partners focused on requesting a higher percentage of European grasslands be set aside for beef production. Researchers were more interested in minimising waste and maximizing quality. A proposal for funding to the EU for a Thematic Network to continue to build knowledge exchange across Europe within the beef industry was outlined by the coordinator, Linda Farmer (AFBI, UK). The aim is to address four key challenge areas: “Sustainable beef”, Trusted beef”, “Meeting Consumer Expectations” and creating a “Connected Supply Chain”. The proposal will be submitted within the next two weeks. Declan Troy then summed up the meeting by highlighting five areas of particular interest: the need for careful communication of health messages, the importance of sustainability in all its forms, the need for an international “big data” approach on quality, the importance of knowledge transfer and the research pipeline and the need for more measuring and monitoring methods throughout the food chain. He commended the forum for bringing together a diversity of interests to discuss these topics.

The aim will be to continue the dialogue between all those with an interest in the beef industry across Europe into the future, so that an informed and consolidated approach can be taken to the industry’s challenges.

To apply for this excellent opportunity please click the following HERE

An Elite Breeders Ltd sale will take place at Dunngannon Mart on Monday 27th February 2017.

All bulls will be veterinary inspected, weighed, DNA profiled and vaccinated according to HCS conditions.

For a full list of catalogued entries please click ENTRIES

The 2017 annual British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) Cattle Conference was declared a resounding success, with feedback from delegates confirming that the programme was both thought-provoking and insightful. The event marked the occasion of the BCBC presidential handover, with Dr Maurice Bichard completing his six-year term and handing over to Professor Mike Coffey, of the SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College).

Dr Bichard an industry stalwart and former director of the Pig Improvement Company, said:

“Professor Coffey is driven and passionate about all aspects of livestock breeding, while retaining a strong commercial focus. Despite stepping down as president, I am keen to maintain connections within the industry and with the BCBC. The year 2018 will be the BCBC’s 70th anniversary and Professor Coffey is a highly appropriate choice for the new Club president.”

Professor Coffey responded:

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Dr Bichard for his wise counsel, good humour and commitment to helping the Club to maintain a forward direction. He has always been technically-minded and kept our focus on science. I was honoured to be asked to become president of the BCBC and I am very much looking forward to taking on the role.”

Professor Mike Coffey is a Professor in livestock informatics at the SRUC, based in Edinburgh. He is one of the world’s leading breeding specialists and geneticists, with a particular interest in genomics. As well as lecturing at the College, Professor Coffey is involved in the development of new breeding tools and innovations for the management of farmed livestock and participates in a number of related research projects. He enjoys the challenge of ensuring that scientific research delivers immediate benefits for livestock farmers.

Outgoing BCBC chairman, Iain Kerr, who is the chief executive of the British Limousin Cattle Society, was succeeded by the new BCBC chairman, Andy Dodd, a former dairy farm manager who is currently the technical manager of breeding and fertility at AHDB Dairy (formerly DairyCo).

The British Cattle Conference ran from 23-25 January, under the theme ‘Practical Innovation – Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Generation It took place at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort in Shropshire. Experts from around the globe gave their views on a variety of topics linked to cattle breeding. The event was focused on beef cattle on Tuesday and dairy cattle on Wednesday, with approximately 260 delegates in attendance.

The BCBC wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support: Major sponsors: Asda; Afimilk; Waitrose Farming Partnership; AHDB Dairy; Mole Valley Farmers. Other sponsors: ABP UK; AHDB Beef and Lamb; Alltech; British Limousin Cattle Society; CIS; DairyPro; Dovecote Park; Egenes; ForFarmers; Hereford Cattle Society; Holstein UK; Merial Animal Health; MSD Animal Health; Neogen Europe; NMR; Shearwell Data Ltd; Shepherd Publishing; Shorthorn Cattle Society; SRUC; VikingGenetics; Zoetis.

Friday saw the start of the season for Northern Ireland Hereford Association's Premier Show and Sale sponsored by Danske Bank.

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 were of quality and class.

His Supreme Champion went to SH Stewart's Thornbank 1 Mighty Man (pictured right). “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.

Overall Reserve Champion went to Norman McMordie and family with River-dale 1 Neptune (pictured left). 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 and reached 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. Reserve Champion  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.


Overall Supreme Champion Thornbank 1 Mighty Man SH Stewart
Reserve Champion River-Dale 1 Neptune  McMordie Family

Class 2
1st   Thornbank 1 Mighty Man   SH Stewart
2nd  Lisrace Liberty 15th   DR Wilson
3rd  Drumatee Frantom  J Conlon
4th   Drumatee Mojo  J Conlon

Class 3
1st    Drumatee Force  J Conlon
2nd   Lisrace Lifeguard  DR Wilson
3rd   Newtownbutler 1 Lighting  T Mohan

Class 4
1st   Drumatee Yahoo  J Conlon
2nd  Barnburn 1 Monopoly  B & G Watson
3rd   Drumatee Massey  J Conlon

Class 5
1st   Cullamore 1 Harvey  R McKenna
2nd  Black Water Major   S & N Heatrick
3rd   Holland Hector 1921  B & K Holland
4th   Holland Sergeant   B & K Holland

Class 6
1st   River-Dale 1 Neptune  McMordie Family
2nd  Barnburn 1 Neptune  B & G Watson

Delegates urged speakers from the new innovation centres set up to promote innovation in agriculture to maintain their focus on grassroots farming, at the beef workshop which kicked off the annual British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) Cattle Conference on Monday (23 January).

Dr Mark Young of the Centre for Innovation in Livestock (CIEL) explained that the organisation had been set up to equip the livestock sector to move forward, by forging closer links between science and industry, with a focus on enterprise profitability. The role of CIEL is to enable collaborations between industry and research.

Professor Mark Rutter of Harper Adams University outlined the goals of the Agri-Epi Centre, which was established to develop precision agriculture and innovation in agricultural engineering. It aimed to improve farm economic performance, by turning science into practice.

The predicted growth in world population over the next decade was 10% in the developed world, with a figure of 20-30% for the undeveloped world, said Mr Rutter. This would present significant challenges to UK farming and among Agri-Epi’s current projects was the use of data collected by the Formula 1 motor racing team and the potential for expanding the utilisation of drones.

Meanwhile, Agrimetrics spokesman, Professor Richard Tiffin, outlined the need to manage data within the industry.

“Agrimetrics is the world’s first data centre of excellence for the agri-food industry,” he explained. “Some 95% of current data has been collected within the past two years and the volume continues to grow; it is vital that it is managed efficiently.

“Historically, the industry has been guarded about releasing its own data, but that is no longer appropriate. Our projects are not about exposing commercially sensitive information; the value of data lies in the insights it provides. The purpose is to manage data and turn it into meaningful information that can be applied at a practical level.”

Summing up delegates’ reaction to the workshop presentations, chairman Professor Mike Coffey said the world was changing “fundamentally and fast” and pointed to the need for the UK agricultural industry to respond and adapt to these changes.

“There is a general willingness to engage with the centres for innovation, although there has been some surprise that they have been set up with relatively little consultation to industry,” said Professor Coffey, who is an SRUC researcher and a BCBC committee member.

“If agriculture does not act quickly, there is a risk that our industry will be left behind. The Uber application is a prime example of how innovation can drive efficiency. It has changed the way that taxis do business within a period of just 18 months.

“At SRUC, we are working with Agrimetrics to set up training courses for vets, to give them a better understanding of the application of genomics. Other projects involve establishing mobile meat sensory laboratory, to facilitate meat quality testing across all livestock species, as well as developing a mobile sheep feed intake facility, to improve sheep feed efficiency.

“The British Cattle Club Conference beef workshop session on the new centres for innovation was highly useful to both the speakers and the audience and was, in fact, the first time that the three organisations had been brought together to give presentations at the same event.”

The British Cattle Conference runs from 23-25 January, under the theme ‘Practical Innovation – Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Generation. It is taking place at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort in Shropshire. Experts from around the globe will give insights into a variety of topics linked to cattle breeding, including the implications for cattle breeders post-Brexit.

A series of free practical workshops to assist beef producers to select the most efficient and profitable breeding lines are being held across Scotland presented by SAC through Farm Advisory Service funding.

With the annual spring bull sales fast approaching the open events are aimed at assisting producers to choose the ideal bull for their herd. These workshops are popular and are proven to be very effective in helping buyers of bulls interpret both EBV’S (Estimated Breeding Value) cards along with  Health Cards (interpreting Johne’s, BVD, TB and IBR status) that are presented in the catalogues and bull pens at the sales.

SAC Consulting Beef Specialist Gavin Hill, who will be facilitating at the meetings, said that the additional financial challenges facing farmers this year mean it is vital producers ensure they buy the right bull for their herds.

“With tighter abattoir specification becoming more widespread, it is especially important for farmers to select bulls that complement their cows in order to ensure they produce cattle to suit their chosen market,” said Mr Hill.

“Some producers are also moving towards more maternal cow types in order to have a cow suited to her farm environment. They are combining this with looking to achieve increased fat cover, good fertility and good longevity and it is important to bear this in mind when selecting a bull.”

However, Mr Hill warns care must be taken with this strategy to achieve the correct balance since many abattoirs report heifers being slaughtered with too much fat cover resulting in penalties to the finisher.

“The EBV for fat cover has become more important,” he said. Previously, recorded breeding bulls have been rewarded for leanness. However, this has led to cattle reaching very heavy weights with little fat cover being laid down.  This is no longer in such demand by finishers following the cap on finished weight being demanded by processors.

“However, producers cannot suddenly change overnight and breeding decisions made now will not generate results for some time. With this in mind, specifications such as weight limits must be consistent to allow producers to make informed decisions when purchasing bulls.”

Mr Hill believes that EBVs are another tool to use when purchasing bulls alongside visual assessment. Comparing the use of EBVs with buying a car, he says: “EBVs will not tell you how a bull was reared or how it has been fed, but using them does give you an idea of what is going on under the bonnet.”

He advocates that first a visual assessment should be carried out for character, shape, conformation, legs and feet – all of which EBVs cannot convey.

An EBV is a value which expresses the difference (plus or minus) between an individual animal and the breed benchmark to which the animal is being compared. However, herd management also has an important role to play here as with EBVs such as calving ease. Mr Hill added: “Remember at calving time, how easily the cow will calve is 75% down to management and 25% genetics!”

Part of the workshop will also include an explanation of the Health Cards by Ian Pritchard, covering Johne’s and BVD (Bovine Virus Diarrhoea) available at the bull sales. It is increasingly important that the bulls purchased for the farm have the desired health status and the purchaser is fully aware of it. .

The EBV workshops will be held from 11am to 3pm at:

Northern Hotel, 2 Clerk Street, Brechin, DD9 6AE on Tuesday 24th January 2017 event1brechinjanuaryian2017

United Auctions, Stirling, FK9 4RN on Thursday 26th January 2017 event2stirlingian2017

Dingwall Market, Humberston, Dingwall, IV15 9TP on Thursday 2nd February 2017 event3dingwallian2017

Free lunch provided.

The 2016 "Hereford - Champion of the World" Competition took place in December.
This was the 5th time that this annual competition had taken place.

It was sponsored by HerefordBreeder.net LP, TheCattleMarket.net LLC, Lone Star Ag Credit and Cowtown USA.

National Champion Hereford and Polled Hereford cattle from 50 different countries were judged by four Official Judges:

Jose Bonica (Uruguay)
Glenn Trout (Australia)
Gjermund Birkeli (Norway)
Mark McClintock (USA)

The 8 finalists below will take part in a series of events, ranch tours, seminars and awards ceremonies in January/February 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. The "Champion of the World" and "Miss World" will be announced during the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

All finalists will receive $3000 in prize money with the "Champion of the World" and "Miss World" receiving an additional $2000 each.

Attached are the 8 finalists as well as the itinerary for the "Champion of the World" Week.

We would like to invite all Hereford enthusiasts to join us in Texas for the "Hereford - Champion of the World" Week in January/February 2017.

For details click the following Hereford 1 & Hereford 2 & Hereford 3 & Hereford 4


2016 "Hereford - Champion of South America"

GOLD: Uruguay (Polled)
SILVER: Argentina (Polled)
BRONZE: Uruguay (Horned)

2016 "Hereford - Miss South America"

GOLD: Uruguay (Polled)
SILVER: Argentina (Polled)
BRONZE: Uruguay (Horned)

2016 "Hereford - Champion of Asia/Africa"

GOLD: Australia (Polled)
SILVER: New Zealand
BRONZE: Australia (Horned)

2016 "Hereford - Miss Asia/Africa"

GOLD: Australia (Horned)
SILVER: South Africa
BRONZE: Kazakhstan

2016 "Hereford - Champion of Europe"

GOLD: Denmark
SILVER: England (Polled)
BRONZE: Norway

2016 "Hereford - Miss Europe"

GOLD: Scotland
BRONZE: Ireland

2016 "Hereford - Champion of North America"

GOLD: USA (Polled)
SILVER: Canada (Horned)
BRONZE: USA (Horned)

2016 "Hereford - Miss North America"
GOLD: Canada (Polled)
SILVER: USA (Polled)
BRONZE: USA (Horned)

• Highest priced Poll Hereford female to ever sell at auction in the UK
• Highest price for a Hereford female under 12 months in the UK
• Highest average of any UK Hereford sale

A quality entry of pedigree Hereford cattle was put forward for the first ever Designer Genes Select Hereford Sale at Shrewsbury Auction last weekend. Seventeen Females and 3 Embryo lots were sold to average £4,717 and gross £94,340 for a clearance total of 80%. The auctioneer was Nick Hyne of Halls Auctions and the sale was managed by Josh Dowbiggin. The sale broke a number of records, being the highest averaging Hereford sale in the UK, as well as the highest priced Poll Hereford female to ever sell at public auction in the UK.
Topping the live lots on the day was 10-month old heifer calf Sky High 1 Miss Valentine (pictured right) from B Birch and G Brindley who sold for 8500gns (£8925) to the Adam Bowen and family. Out of 2015

Hereford Female of the Year Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th and by breed-leading sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23, she is the highest price Polled Hereford female to ever sell at public auction in the UK, as well as also being the highest priced Hereford female to sell at under 12 months of age in the UK. Congratulations to the Birch and Brindley families on their record breaking day.

Second highest price of the day was paid for breed legend Coley 1 Bubbles 249 (pictured left) from Miss H Whittaker. A two time Native Interbreed Champion and previous Reserve Female of the Year, the whole sale ring gasped when Bubbles entered the ring! This powerhouse female by 2012 Sire of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe then sold for 8000gns (£8400) to PD & JM Vaughan.

Three more females from the Coley herd sold at Designer Genes. These females were all ¾ sisters sired by the 5-figure bull Sky High 1 Korker and out of cows sired by Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe (2012 Sire of the Year). Coley 1 Brandy 360, Coley 1 Samantha 369 and Coley 1 Model 378 sold for 3500gns, 3000gns and 3600gns respectively to Speirs Farms Ltd, N & L Holdsworth and PA Astley.

The Grand Female Champion at the HCBA Christmas Calf Show (Europe’s largest Hereford show) was Normanton 1 Enoki 4th from the award winning Normanton herd. Enoki 4th was one of the last daughters of Alvian 1 Emperor to ever sell from Normanton. She was sold to J Hodge for 6000gns.
A cow/calf pair from G & MC Shepherd’s Moorside Herd was another high selling lot at the sale. Moorside 1 Jane 3rd, a two-year old first calved heifer, had won numerous breed and interbreed titles throughout 2016. She was knocked down to new breeders S & E Walker, Lancashire for 5000gns. Her April born heifer calf, Moorside 1 Jane 9th, a daughter of noted Cogent sire Moorside 1 Joseph was next into the ring. She was sold to Alan Crooks, Sheffield for 3800gns.

A lovely January 2016 born heifer from the Frenchstone herd was offered at the event. Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real is the first daughter of Danish sire Moeskaer Magnum to sell in the UK. She was purchased by Robert Allcock for 4400gns.

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

Another young heifer also breached the 4000 guinea barrier. Rempstone 1 Fashion E340, a daughter of noted sire Aldersley 1 Edgar and of the top donor female at Rempstone, Kinglee 1 Fashion. This stunning heifer weighed 420kgs at 7 months of age. She was sold to Victoria Orr for 4200gns.
An in-calf heifer from the famous Bosa herd was also offered at Designer Genes. Bosa 1 Priscilla 993, a daughter of Eldersfield 1 Carter, was a very popular entry on the day, selling for 4000gns to R Williamson.
Horned females were also in demand on the day, topping at 3400gns for Auckvale Janet 1579N from the Kemp family. Sired by Kalgoorlie 1322K and out of an Advance 790E daughter, she was sold to Mannon Lewis’ Salbri herd in Angelsey.

Two heifers from the impressive Haven herd were offered as a pick lot. Julia 48 and Dowager 180 were the first Haven females to sell at public auction in 35 years. Sired by Kermit and Kingpin, two bulls that a receiving a lot of attention in the horned world. Dowager 180 was sold for 3000gns to CFP, SH & LJ McCreath and Julia 48 went to M J Brewster for 2600gns.

Embryo Lots
A flush of any cow in the herd from the noted Moeskaer herd in Denmark was the first of the embryo lots to sell. Moeskaer Herefords have this year won a number of national and international accolades, including Champion Bull of Europe 2016. This lot was sold for £9000 to MJT Herefords Canada and Dara C Entwistle, Illinois.

Another flush of any cow in the herd was also offered on the day, this time from owners of the 2016 Canadian National Champion female Harvie Ranching. The flush sold for £6000 to DRA Fabb and Moeskaer Herefords.
A late entry embryo lot came from Rockness Herefords in Scotland. A package of three full sibling embryos to Stars of the Future Female Champion Rockness 1 Matilda KH1 were offered as the last lot of the day. These were knocked down to G & MC Shepherd for £1860 (£620 per egg).

The Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association (HCBA) Christmas Calf Show at Shrewsbury Mart lived up to its billing of the largest show of Herefords in Europe with another superb line up of top quality calves. Taking the limelight was Haven Neptune from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. This 13 month old calf, who is in the top 1% for 200 day weight and has Terminal Sire and Self-replacing indices in the top 10% of Breed, is out of Haven Shela 27th and by Haven Kingpin.

It was a great day for the famous Haven Herefords, a herd who has been breeding Herefords continuously since 1822. They were awarded the red ticket for the first class of the day by Judge John O’Connor, Clouncagh Herefords, Co. Limerick, the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire – Haven Kingpin. In Reserve were another well-known local herd, Free Town Herefords from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire with three smart matching animals sired by Mara Humorous. Haven Herefords then took the Best Pair of Bull Calves owned by the Exhibitor with fellow Herefordshire breeders PJ & AC Allman, Greenyards Herefords in second place. It was the story of the day for Greenyards Herefords with a string of second and third placings in some very competitive classes.

Championship Presentation: Pictured left are from, L to R, Breed President Michael Clark, Stockman Mike Chandler with Haven Neptune and Show Judge John O'Connor.

RA Bradstock went one better in the Best Pair of Heifer Calves owned by the Exhibitor taking first place with another Herefordshire breeder G Blandford, Bosa Herefords in second position.

Following seven very strong bull classes it was Haven Neptune who took the Grand Male Championship sponsored by The Hutchinson Partnership. Standing Reserve was stablemate Haven Northstar another top notch bull calf by “Kingpin”. Nine month old “Northstar”, who is out Haven Curly 124th, has an excellent range of EBV traits with many in the top 10% of the Breed. Haven Herefords dominated the bull calf section with three bull calves in the final line-up for John O’Connor’s consideration. Also in the class winners line up were Dendor 1 Nonu from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire, Pebworth 1 Naughtyboy from Mr N & Mrs L Holdsworth, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, N Griffiths, Penkridge, Staffordshire with Grifford 1 Neddard and breed stalwards DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown with Dendor 1 Nimrod.

Moving on to the heifer calves, the packed show ring were treated to six very large classes of well presented Hereford heifers - a joy to be hold. The first heifer in to the ring, as she was the oldest heifer at 15 months of age in the show, was Normanton 1 Enoki 4th from TD & WT Livesey, Normanton, Leicestershire. This beautifully balanced and powerful heifer took her class and subsequently the Grand Female Championship sponsored by Ballard, Dale, Syree & Watson. She then went on to be awarded the Reserve Supreme Championship. “Enoki 4th, who is another Champion with a great set of Performance Recorded figures, was later sold at the Designer Genes Sale for 6,000gns.

Left: Another great line-up of calves at the 2016 Christmas Calf Show.

The Reserve Grand Female Championship went to B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Staffordshire with 13 month old Sky High 1 Dainty Duchess. This stylish heifer, who is out of Shraden 1 Duchess L581 and by the Cogent AI sire Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23, has an eye muscle area and intramuscular fat EBV’s in the top 1% of the Breed.

There was also red rosettes for A Hughes, Halifax, West Yorkshire with 12 month old Invictus 1 Annabella, LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon with Frenchstone P. 1 Get Real, G Blandford with Bosa 1 Brownie 999 and Bosa 1 Julia 1016 and P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire with Kinglee 1 Nicole 539.

The HCBA also organised a Young Handlers Competition which was Judged by Matthew Rollason from Bury in Lancashire. Matthew judged young handlers in two sections; a junior category, 16 and Under and a senior class which was 17 to 26. Each young handler wore a unique armband and were judged throughout the show for style and handling ability. Youngsters were also marked on their show preparation skills and knowledge of the animals being paraded. Taking the Junior section it was Isla Soutter who came out on top to continue her great run of form, with her brother Finlay in second place and Oliver Garnett-Smith in third.
In the Senior section it was Luke New who took the first prize card followed by Andrew Whitlow, who was also the highest placed HCBA member and in third position it was Scott Coates.

Matthew then awarded Miss Isla Soutter with the Overall Champion rosette with Luke New in Reserve. Pictured right are, from right to left, Judge Matthew Rollason, Overall Winner Isla Soutter and President Michael Clark.

Dear Hereford Enthusiast,

It is with great excitement that we present to you our 2016 Designer Genes Select Hereford Female Sale catalogue. Over the last 12 months, we have travelled the length and breadth of the UK selecting Polled and Horned females from the country’s best Hereford programs. We think it’s safe to say that the resulting line up is truly spectacular. On offer are interbreed champions, record breaking bloodlines, breed changing pedigrees as well as performance and phenotype to die for!

Opportunities include in-calf cows, in-calf heifers and maiden heifers. Many of these females will be the first of their breeding to ever be offered for sale! We have selected these females on the strength of their phenotypes, pedigrees and performance data; and we think you’ll agree they are all have a certain flare about them!

Also on offer at DGS 2016 will be two really exciting embryo lots from two of the world’s most renowned Hereford programs. Moeskaer Herefords (Denmark) and Harvie Ranching (Canada) are both offering the right to flush any cow in their herd. Both these programs have built their herds with functional cattle and have created some of the strongest cow families in the Hereford world. Check out pages 20 and 21 to see some of the females available for flushing.

With BCMS figures showing it is the fastest growing breed in the UK, we believe the Hereford breed is the breed of the future, and this event allows current and potential breeders from around the world to invest in this functional, efficient and profitable breed. We look forward to seeing you on December 10th and if you have any questions about the sale don’t hesitate to contact a member of our sale team.

To view an online catalogue please click here Designer Genes or to view a PDF verson click DGS PDF

The DGS Sale Team

Scottish Council Member Robert Wilson of Romany Herefords is to be featured on the BBC series 'The River' along with his father Ronald and daughter Lottie.

Herefords will be highlighted over the next three episodes - which includes film footage of the 2016 Scottish National Show held at Kelso - being shown on BBC 1 Scotland on Monday nights at 7.30pm.

The episodes are also available, following broadcast, on either iplayer or on Sky (wherever the BBC Scotland channel is shown in England

To view a clip highlighting next week's programme featuring the Wilson family at Cowbog and to find out if Lottie's favourite cow is in-calf please Click Here 

N.B. What the clip doesn't tell the viewer is - does Lottie get her pocket money?!

By Laura Vincent

Rempstone 1 Even Money E429 was worth a bet, taking the Male and Supreme Championship at the 2016 M.E.A.H.B.A. Calf Show.

It was a great day for MJ Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords with all three of their embryo transfer calves being placed either first or second in their respective classes. The full brother and sisters share Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 as their genetic dam and Aldersley 1 Edgar as their sire. In the opinion of judge William McMordie, from the highly successful Solpoll herd, “Even Money has a great carcase, is well filled out, has a good spring of rib and carries his width right into his loin”.

The breed classes commenced with the pair class, with R & R Westaway’s pair of heifers, both sired by Venture 70X Heart-Index 273U, in first, with TD & WT Livesey’s pair were second, with P Cobley in third.
The Senior bull calf class was won by PRJ & LR Vincent’s Pulham Nimrod, a Haven Hotspur son out of Clipston Pansy H18. Normanton 1 Notstopabull, owned by TD & WT Livesey, was second.

The Intermediate bull calf class was where William McMordie found his Male and Reserve Male Champions. Rempstone 1 Even Money, was first in the class and kept going all the way through to eventually take the Supreme Championship. In second and Reserve Male Champion was D & E Colledge’s Hawkesbury 1 Rocco, sired by Baybridge 1 Leo and out of Hawkesbury 1 Roberta. The third placed calf, Hawkesbury 1 Victor, was also owned by D & E Colledge.

P Cobley’s Kinglee 1 Nogging, sired by Panmure 1 Karl and out of Kinglee 1 Oystergirl 418, was first in the Junior bull calf class. A Kinglee calf also stood in second, this time it was Kinglee 1 Northern Star. In third was Rockland Nefyn owned by first time exhibitors C & P Bidmead.

Taking the Female Championship was Blakesley 1 Liberty, owned by J Riley and expertly shown by Edward Thompson. “Liberty” was placed first in the Senior Heifer Calf class, and was just pipped at the post in the Supreme Championship by “Even Money” and won Reserve. “Liberty” is sired by Dendor 1 Krypton and is out of Blakesley 1 Icicle.

Judge William McMordie said “the senior heifer class was the strongest class of the day, the winner is really feminine, tight and clean through the middle, she has good depth of hind quarter and width of loin”. Second in the class was Normanton 1 Fistulina 14th, owned by TD & WT Livesey, with R & R Westaway’s Clipston 1 Laura T16 in third.

The Intermediate Heifer Calf class was won by Rempstone 1 Fashion E430 who went on to be made Reserve Female Champion. Pepperstock 1 Jade N284 and Pepperstock 1 Venus N278, owned by Speirs Farms, were second and third respectively.

Kingless 1 Miss 528 won the Junior Heifer Calf class. “Miss 528” owned by P Cobley is sired by Panmure 1 Karl and out of Kinglee 1 Miss 302. Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 owned by MJ Ludgate was second, with Pepperstock 1 Jade N328 in third.

Mr McMordie summed up his day judging by saying “there was a really good show of cattle which were well clipped and presented across the board, a credit to the Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association”.

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

The 14 and under class was won by 12 year old Harriet Froud, with Finlay Soutter in second and Robert Froud in third.

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

Steve Edwards judged the Hereford Stockman’s Club Stockhandlers Competition and after putting the handlers through their paces chose Colin Soutter as his winner.

A Dumfries and Galloway farm was named as the 2016 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

Drumdow farm, near Stranraer, run by Robert Parker and his wife Eileen, was announced as the overall winner during a presentation at AgriScot.

Drumdow farm runs 170 Hereford and Aberdeen Angus cross cows and calves (otherwise known as Black Baldies) and a further 40 Hereford and Angus cross bulled heifers. All cows and bulls are outwintered on a 52 hectare moor. Cows are home-bred with heifers joining the herd calving as two-year-olds. The farm also has 150 Easycare ewes and gimmers.

The aim of the annual award, run by AgriScot and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), is to showcase excellence in the production of cattle in Scotland and raise the profile of the dedication and stock management skills behind the production of Scotch Beef.

The other two finalists were: Seggarsdean Farm, Haddington, East Lothian run by Andrew Kennedy and Sons and Corrimony farm, Glenurquhart, Inverness, run by David Girvan in partnership with his parents Lindsay and Mamie.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, extended his congratulations to the Parkers.
He said: “Farms like Drumdow are the mainstay of our livestock industry and I whole heartedly congratulate the Parker family on this award. This year’s winner and the other finalists should be commended for their commitment to building sustainable and viable farming businesses. Their success and commitment augurs well for the future of the beef industry in Scotland.”
Representatives from AgriScot and QMS visited all three finalist farms and were particularly impressed with the Parkers’ commitment to continually improving the efficiency of their farm.

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

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

Andrew Moir, Chairman of Agriscot added: “We are delighted that we have a farm dedicated to producing quality meat in an easily managed system and - with climate change and carbon footprint moving to the top of the agenda - a sustainable way.”

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

“My thanks go to my wife Eileen and our stockman Jim McCurdy who has been working with the Parker family for 45 years now.

“I am really happy with the performance of our cows and the balance in the breed now. However, there is always scope for improvement and we’ll keep looking for ways to do that.”

During the farm visits the award assessors looked to gauge the passion and enthusiasm of the farmer, and family and staff where relevant, to efficiently produce high quality animals. They also looked for evidence of a high standard of technical and financial performance, and how the finalists adopted new ideas to improve the efficiency and profitability of their farms. Finalists were also asked to demonstrate their commitment to animal health and welfare as well as their ability to keep an eye on the market for the end product.

All farms producing cattle destined to be used for meat sold under the Scotch Beef PGI label – from breeders through to finishers - were eligible to apply for the award and accordingly they were also required to be members of QMS’s quality assurance scheme.

The Stitchcombe herd, owned by Martin Gibson from Grove Farm in Wiltshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the Most Improved Herd of Hereford cattle in England for 2016.

The award is presented by the AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme (BRP) to the recorded herd that shows the greatest genetic gain for commercial characteristics over a 12-month period. There is a separate award for each of ten UK breeds.

Situated in the Kennet Valley near Marlborough, Grove Farm is a 95 hectare farm with 69 hectares of grassland bordered by mature woodland.

Martin is from a farming background and he and his wife Ninna bought Grove Farm as a dairy unit in 1999 after his father’s farm was sold. Five years later they made the decision to close the dairy herd and focus on beef production. They chose to use the Hereford, a native breed that suited their ambition and farming philosophy, valuing conservation and supporting ecological diversity within their grassland.

The Stitchcombe herd comprises of 100 Hereford cattle and is run alongside a flock of 40 Hampshire Down sheep.

“I first came across the breed while driving a herd of Herefords in Australia when I was 17,” Martin explained.

“Since developing my own herd I find them aesthetically pleasing and I was keen to promote a native breed. Herefords provide great meat and are lovely animals to work with.”

Martin grew up with livestock and combined with his job as an accountant, has always loved the science and statistics of breeding. Together with his herdsman, Mike Sinden, they decided to base their herd on Jonathan Moorhouse’s Cato herd and were keen to incorporate the same breeding objectives.

Mr Moorhouse was able to provide valuable guidance when setting up their herd. As they grew in confidence and developed their own goals they purchased their first high-index bull, Weybrook 1 Midas, from Harold Hatt and used a Cogent bull, Moorside 1 Joseph based on his Calving Ease Index, for artificial insemination (AI) on their heifers.

Martin said: “It was logical to record the performance of the herd, I never considered the alternative.”

“Bench marking oneself against others in any walk of life makes good business sense, there is such a wealth of data collected for the breed it would feel very ignorant not to consider this when making our breeding decisions,” he said.

Martin and Ninna aim to produce the quality of meat that the consumer wants; everything is finished off grass and any surplus from the breeding stock is sold to the local butcher.

“Our butcher’s opinion on our animals dominates our decisions aiming for a 550kg live weight from a minimum of 16 months. Our aim is to have the lowest cost cows to produce that as our output.” Martin said.

Stitchcombe Herefords are selected for Breed type with a dark red colour and the distinctive white face. Martin uses Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) to target easy calving from smaller cows and good growth rates to ensure they will do well from grass and silage.

They showed cattle at Newbury for the first time this year and their intention is to attend more shows next year, harnessing the opportunity to advertise the herd alongside their social media campaign. Typically they sell around five heifers and three bulls for breeding each year.

“My aim is to build a reputation for producing quality animals with good temperaments,” said Martin.

“We decided that average was no longer good enough and set our aim to be in the top quartile of EBV figures for the Breed.

“We like what Harold Hatt does within his herd and Weybrook 1 Midas is a high index easy calving sire with good milk figures – our two favourite measures.”

“Our heifers are continuously improving and we are excited with the bull calves born this year, they really look the part!”

“We look forward in anticipation to the main Hereford sales next year, where some of these young bulls sired by Weybrook 1 Midas will be for sale.”

Satisfied with the overall index of the herd, they now need to ensure the standard is maintained. With the number of breeding females in the herd stabilising, Martin and Ninna can now become more particular in their selection process to ensure the performance figures and Breed type continues to improve.

“I am delighted to get this Improved Herd Award. As it is a statistical award we now need to provide the proof behind the figures.”

“Our aim is to be winning shows and selling our surplus breeding stock while keeping our local butcher happy.” Martin concluded.

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

Hereford breed enthusiast Matthew Rollason is getting a real insight into the workings of a leading genetics business while he spends his placement from Harper Adams University with Cogent Breeding.
Currently studying for a degree in Agriculture and Animal Science at Harper Adams, Matthew, from Bury in Lancashire, has had a long involvement with the Hereford breed although he is not from a farming background.

He worked on a variety of farms in the North West before spending several years with the Massey family and their respected Hollyvale Herd, exhibiting cattle at Shows across the UK. An active member and now Junior Representative of the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association, he has represented the NEHBA at the Young Show Stars competition in 2014 and 2015. Also in 2016 he was awarded a bursary by the Hereford Cattle Society to attend the 17th World Hereford Conference in Uruguay.

During his time with Cogent, Matthew will be based in the genetics department working on all tasks from progeny evaluation to the young sire visions programmes, as well as spending time with the telesales, marketing and distribution teams.
He will assist in creating newsletters and catalogues for both beef and dairy sires, and support the sales team to help ensure customers receive all the information they need to make informed breeding decisions.
Working with the genetics team, he will be actively involved in making genetic selections for the future based on industry demand which he will research as part of his placement.

“It is an exciting and challenging time for the beef sector as farmers look to react to changing market requirements and building robust, profitable systems. Selecting the best genetics is fundamentally important and during my time at Cogent I am going to be fortunate enough to get an unrivalled insight into the work of a leading Breeding Company which is focused on helping farmers meet the challenges they face,” Matthew comments.

Clarabelle painted by Lauren Terry (www.laurenscows.com), a very talented artist from Yorkshire, has been on tour around the UK with the RABI.

She has been treated very much as a National awareness tool for RABI as well as an opportunity to raise substantial funds for the charity. Currently she is residing at Rathbones on 1 Curzon Street in London until the auction on the 17th November at Hampton Court Palace.

If you are interested in owning this iconic and unique piece of art to support the RABI don’t forget to register with the auctioneers at www.ewbankauctions.co.uk where you can leave a commission bid if you don’t wish to bid on the night.

Saturday 29th October saw the NIHBA United Feed's National Calf Show take place at Dungannon Market. Sixteen exhibitors brought forward over 30 entries to be judged by the experienced Matthew Gray from the Buckenhill Herd, Herefordshire, England.

With a packed ringside looking on, the youngstock went under the expert eye of the judge who was delighted to see such a great turn out of quality that is sure to dominate the show circuit over the next few years.

Overall Male Champion went to J & W McMordie with Solpoll 1 Nomad. The September 2015 Born Bull Calf once again came from the winning combination of former UK Sire of the Year, Panmure 1 Henry and Solpoll 1 Starlet J15 and took victory in the bull section. Judge Matt Gray stated, "The bull was class, quality and well balanced".

The Overall Female Championship went to Co. Antrim breeder Trevor Andrews with Mountview 1 Estelle. This 14 month old heifer who is out of Castlepoll 1 Daity 5th and by Mullin 1 Knight K827 showed great ring presence and feminine quality, truly worthy of heading the female line-up on the day.


Overall Male Champion
Solpoll 1 Nomad J&W McMordie
Reserve Male Champion
Lisrace Lumberjack 18th David Wilson

Overall Female Champion
Mountview 1 Estelle
Reserve Female Champion
Solpoll 1 Duchess J&W McMordie

Champion Senior Male
Solpoll 1 Nomad J&W McMordie
Reserve Senior Male
Mountview 1 Enzo T Andrews

Junior Male Champion
Lisrace Lumberjack 18th David Wilson
Reserve Junior Male
Dorepoll 1 Nashville JE RI & W Haire

Female Senior Champion
Mountview 1 Estelle T Andrews
Reserve Senior Female
Barnburn 1 Nancy B&G Watson

Junior Female Champion
Solpoll 1 Duchess J&W McMordie
Reserve Junior Female
Lisrace Crystal D Wilson

Pairs Class
1st B&G Watson
2nd T Andrews
3rd J&W McMordie

Young Handler 14 and Under

1st Emily Peters
2nd Owen Gill

Young Handlers 15 to 18
1st Marcus Murdock
2nd John Andrews

Champion Young Handler
Marcus Murdock
Reserve Young Handler
Emily Peters

Class 1 Bull born between 1/9/15 - 31/10/15
1st Solpoll 1 Nomad J&W McMordie
2nd Barnburn 1 Neptune B&G Watson
3rd Barnburn 1 Napolean B&G Watson

Class 2 Bull Born between 1/11/15 - 31/12/15
1st Mountview 1 Enzo T Andrews
2nd Solitude 1 Noble A McMordie

Class 4 Bull born between 1/3/16 - 30/4/16
1st Dorepoll 1 Nashville JE RI & W Haire
2nd Solpoll 1 National J&W McMordie
3rd Umgola 1 Impact 6th S Baxter

Class 5 Bull born after 1/5/16
1st Lisrace Lumberjack D Wilson
2nd Dorepoll 1 National JE RI & W Haire

Class 6 Female born between 1/9/15 - 31/10/15
1st Mountview 1 Estelle T Andrews
2nd Barnburn 1 Nancy B&G Watson
3rd Lusky 1 Nan AJ Farms

Class 7 Female born between 1/11/15 - 31/12/15
1st Lisrace Prettymaid D Wilson

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

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

Having built the Mara Herd of Herefords up to is present size over the last 30 years or so, Bob & Margaret Borwick, Preston Deanery, Northampton have had to reach a decision to reduce numbers to a more manageable size.

The Sale held at Hereford Livestock Market on Saturday, 29th October, and conducted by the Auctioneers, Brightwells of Leominster, saw 30 Lots sell for a total of £58,750.00 to average £1,958.25.

Pictured right Bob Borwick with Mara Blossom 40th.

Cows and Calves in demand with 4½ year old Mara Blossom 40th, along with her 4 week old bull calf, selling for 3,100 gns. to Mr. M. Moore, County Tyrone.

The 7½ year old Badlingham Blossom 155th and her 4 week old bull calf also selling for 3,100 gns. to Mr. C. McGrath, Co. Meath.

The 4½ year old cow, Mara Bonny 38th with her 3 week old heifer calf, sold for 3,000 gns. to Mr. F. Harrington, Co. Roscommon.

Another 4½ year old incalf Mara Bonny 40th sold for 2,600 gns. to Mr. D. Dickinson, Mallowburn Herefords, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and her 7 month old heifer calf Mara Bonny 45th selling for 1,100 gns. to Herefordshire Meats, Madley, Herefordshire.

The Incalf Heifers topped at 1,900 gns. for Mara Bonny 42nd which was also purchased by Mr. D. Dickinson.

The Bulls on offer saw 4 year old Mara Kestrel, who had been running with most of the Sale females, sell for 2,700 gns. to Mr. C. McGrath, Co. Meath.

A small offering of three females included in the Sale from The Elms School of Ledbury saw their 5½ year old cow, Elms School Zodina, along with her week old heifer calf, sell for 2,550 gns. to Mr. C.R. Amphlett, Craven Arms, Shropshire who also purchased the 18 month old maiden heifer, Elms School Cinnamon for 1,950 gns.

The last heifer in the Sale, 18 month old Elms School Bonny Cracker, sold for 1,900 gns. to Mrs. J.A. Pudge, Black Hall Herefords, Kings Pyon, Herefordshire.


Mara Herd

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


3 Females Sold to Average £2,240.00

T & D Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Stocksfield, Northumberland took the Supreme Championship at the 2016 National Hereford Calf Show, Agri-Expo, Carlisle. This marks a watershed moment for Tom and Di Harrison as in the space of five years they’ve gone from novice breeders to National Champions. They took the top accolade with Moralee 1 Northumberland (pictured right) who earlier in the day had been awarded the Grand & Senior Male Championships by Mrs Jill Harvie, Alberta, Canada. Twelve month old “Northumberland” who is out of Moralee 1 Kylie and by Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack has a Terminal Sire and Self Replacing Indices in the Top 20% of the Breed.

Standing in Reserve was the Grand & Junior Female Champion Fardre 1 Ms Gweno N665 (pictured below left) from G H Morgan, Aberlee, Conwy. Nine month old “Ms Gweno” is out of Harvie Ms Gwen 177T and by Harvie High Roller 66X.

In a strong female section, the Reserve Grand Female Championship went to JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders with their beautifully presented Senior Female Champion Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10 (pictured below left, are Sponsor Graham Shepherd, Robert Wilson & daughter Lottie with Romany 1 Lucy H12 N10 & Judge Mrs Jill Harvie). Thirteen month old “Lucy H12 N10” is out of Romany 1 Lucy D345 H42 and by former Royal Highland Show Champion Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12.

The Reserve Senior Female Championship went to A Hughes & R Hurd, Halifax, West Yorkshire with 11 month old Invictus 1 Annabella. “Annabella” is out Binnegar 1 Duchess and in keeping with the international theme is by Danish bull Moeskaer Magnum 404.

There was more joy for T & D Harrison when they were awarded the Reserve Junior Female Championship with seven month old Moralee 1 Nest Egg. “Nest Egg” is out of Mallowburn Hilda and by Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider.

Turning to the Male Classes it was DRA Fabb with Fabb 1 Noah who was judged Reserve Grand Male and Reserve Senior Male Champion behind Breed Champion Moralee 1 Northumberland. Fourteen month old “Noah”, who is out of Hartshorne 1 Cornelia 14th and by WLL Global Force 7X, has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded Figures and his success justified the long journey for Fabb family from Warboys in Cambridgeshire. (Pictured below left are Sponsor Daniel Fabb with daughter Annie, Helen Parr with Fabb 1 Noah along with the Show Judge).

Completing the male prizes and taking the Junior Championship was another animal from GH Morgan this time with Fardre 1 Major Tom N695. Ten month old “Major Tom N695” is all Canadian breeding, out of CB 57U Doo 102Y and out of Remittal-West Marvel 76Y. In Reserve was five month old Romany 1 Nehemiah JN75 from JRB Wilson & Sons. “Nehemiah JN75” is out of Romany 1 Lucy A84 J57 and by Moorside 1 Joseph.

Other class winners were Miss Bethan Hutchinson, Billingham, Cleveland with Romany 1 Lucy ST N33 in the class Heifers Born in October 2015 and Breed stalwart JA Cameron & Son, Leven, Fife with Baldinnie 1 Orlando in the class Bulls Born November / December 2015. Twelve month old “Lucy ST N33” is out Romany 1 Lucy A84 K7 and by Spurstow Star Bright Future, whilst 12 month old “Orlando” is out of Baldinnie 1 Oakland 9th and by Dorepoll 1 499 Einsteine.

In the Group of Three by the Same Sire it was was Hogia Bryn Awel, Holyhead, Angelsey who came out on top with three animals sired by Normanton 1 Lucifer.
To complete a marvellous day for GH Morgan they again came to the fore in the Best Pair of Animals with T & D Harrison in second place and JA Cameron & Son in third position.

There was one commercial class - the Best Commercial Steer or Heifer Born on or after 1st August 2015. This category was dominated by P Eccles, Tranent, East Lothian when he took both first and second places with two animals sired by Milovaig 1 Jaguar, JRB Wilson & Sons came third.

To complete what was a highly successful day for the Hereford Breed at Agri-Expo, with a large crowd in attendance throughout judging - in no small part due to Judge Mrs Jill Harvie’s use of the microphone - where she provided detailed analyses of all animals throughout each class.

Following judging there were two Young Handler Classes also Judged by Mrs Harvie. In the Senior Class 16-21 years of Age it was Beth Harvey, keeping up the family tradition, who came out on top with Rachel Morris in Reserve.

In the Under 16 Junior Class it was young Charlotte Anderson (pictured right) who took the red ticket with Finn Jones in second place and four year old Annie Fabb in third position.

Mrs Harvie provided sound advice and encouragement to each young competitor when handing out the various prize cards.

The Hereford Cattle Society would like to go on record in thanking the North of England Hereford Breeders' Association and the Scottish Hereford Breeders' Association for jointly organising such a great event. The Society would also like to thank the many Sponsors for again supporting the Hereford Classes and Breed Championships.

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

There was brisk trade at Hereford Mart for pedigree Herefords at their Society’s Autumn Show & Sale. Show females commenced the sale with the second lot through the ring - Grand Female Champion, Dendor 1 Anna Mary 26th (pictured right) from DE, ED & AL Jones, Newtown, Powys, setting the tone for the day - selling for the Top Price of 5,200gns to N & G Robinson, Whittle Herefords, Heywood, Lancashire. Twenty five month old “Anna Mary 26th”, in calf to Danish bull SMH Euro 30E, is sired by newly crowned UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. She has excellent BreedPlan performance recorded figures being in the top 10% for the Breed for 200, 400 & 600 Day Weights and Top 5% for Eye Muscle Area, Rib Fat & Retail Beef Yield. 

The Dendor females were much sought after with 23 month old Dendor 1 Lily 19th selling for 3,600gns to PD & JM Vaughan, Kingsland Herefords, Leominster, Herefordshire. “Lily 19th”, sired by SMH Euro 30E is in calf to Canadian sire Harvie Jarva 52J. Twenty five month old Dendor 1 Greta 19th, also in calf to Harvie Jarva 52J and a maternal sister to the show’s Grand Male Champion Dendor 1 Napoleon, sired by Dendor 1 Kalgoorlie sold for 3,500gns to RJ Windsor, Nantwich, Cheshire. Finally, 14 month old Dendor 1 Anna Mary 30th sired by SMH Euro 30E sold for 3,200gns to S & E Walker, Hoghton View Herefords, Preston, Lancashire. 

Other leading prices in the show heifer section saw Lot 13 - twenty month old maiden heifer Panmure 1 Plum M6 from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath Angus, Tayside, sell for 3,600gns to PD & JM Vaughan. She’s another top animal out of the award winning “Plum” family and is sired by Hawkesbury 1 Volcano.

A further Panmure female, this time Panmure 1 Blessing M7 sired by Panmure 1 Kingsman sold for 2,800gns to FC Jones & Co. Upper House Herefords, Kington, Herefordshire. 

Fellow Scottish breeders JRB Wilson & Sons also enjoyed a good day with all of their Romany females in demand. Leading the way was 13 month old Romany 1 Julia H12 N11, sired by Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12, who sold for 2,900gns to local breeders GE & SE Jackson, Marshland Herefords, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. Eighteen month old Romany 1 Mink ST M68 sired by Spurstow 1 Star Bright Future sold to PR & RJ Lewis, Cerrig Herefords, Corwen, North Wales for 2,600gns. Lastly, 12 month old Romany 1 Ishbel K956 N26, another “Star Bright Future” daughter sold for 2,500gns to S & E Walker. 

The Reserve Female Championship went to 25 month old maiden heifer Coley 1 Emerald from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire. “Emerald”, a grand daughter of former Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe, is sired by 2015 Royal Highland Show Champion Sky High 1 Korker and was sold for 2,600gns to S & E Walker. 

18 Show Heifers sold for £49, 560.00 to Average £2,753.33 (95% Clearance

In the bull section it was Reserve Senior Male Champion 18 month old Panmure 1 Mumford (pictured above left) (weight 835kg) from JM Cant & Partners who recorded the highest price of the day. “Mumford”, sired by Panmure 1 Karl, sold for 5,200gns and will make the long journey back to Scotland as he was purchased by John Torrance & Sons, Knowetop Herefords, Hamilton, Lanarkshire. It was an excellent day for JM Cant & Partners as they also took the Reserve Grand Male Championship with another “Volcano” son, Panmure 1 Monster (weight 895kg). “Monster” sold for 4,800gns to JE, RI & W Haire, Dorepoll Herefords, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. 

Pictured left Reserve Grand Male Champion Panmure 1 Monster.

Following their success in the female classes Dendor Herefords also took the Grand Male Championship with Junior Champion, Dendor 1 Napoleon (pictured above right) - another top “Gilbert” progeny 13 month old “Napoleon” (weight 675kg) sold for 5,000gns to fellow pedigree breeder JD & RA Moorhouse, Cato Herefords, Taunton, Somerset. Jonathan & Rosemary Moorhouse made room in their trailer for their new acquisition by selling 18 month old Cato 1 Miller (weight 775kg) to N & L Holdsworth, Pebworth Herefords, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. 

21 Bulls sold for £65,940.00 to Average £3,140 (81% Clearance) 

There was a 100% clearance for females on offer in the for sale only section which realised a top of 2,000gns for Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl 495 from P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire which was purchased by R & RI Shaw, Hallwood Herefords, South Wirral, Cheshire. 

14 For Sale Only Females sold for £19,530.00 to Average £1,395.00 (100% Clearance)

The Hereford Cattle Society once again acknowledges the continued sponsorship of Dunbia and Nordic Star Tags. The Society was indeed pleased to see the presence of Kenny Linton, Agricultural Manager, Dunbia along with Will Jackson, Agricultural Manager, Coop and Justin Frankfort from Nordic Star Tags who were able to present prize cards and trophies to the various winners.

Solpoll Herd (Winner) – J & W McMordie

The 2016 National Herd of the Year is Solpoll Herefords owned by J & W McMordie, Ballygown, Co. Down. This is the second successive time the Solpoll herd, founded in 1953 by John’s father Eric, have taken this top award. Today John farms in partnership with son William and with the enthusiastic support of wife Helen, younger son Andrew and daughter Jennifer. Though Andrew and Jennifer have busy off farm careers both retain that McMordie love of good livestock. 

Judge’s comment: “The herd consisted of uniformed feminine cows with nicely shaped udders, tidy briskets, good spring of rib and excellent locomotion - with well grown calves on the Spring calvers. The in calf heifers were well selected many of which were from Solpoll 1 Dynamite and Panmure 1 Henry breeding.  There was a most impressive group of 12 month old bull calves with long, broad, level top lines, nice markings and lovely temperament.
The groups of older bulls were eye catching and the younger heifers were a promising bunch. The McMordie youngsters are very keen and their enthusiasm comes through in this fine herd.” 

Dendor Herd (Runner-Up) – DE, ED & AL Jones

The Dendor herd is another family run herd. The ‘Jones family’ and their Dendor prefix are familiar to many pedigree breeders across the UK and beyond. The Dendor trademark came from the herd founders, the late Denis and Doris Jones.

The Dendor herd continues today under the stewardship of their son Aled, his wife Jen and their three sons, Guto, Twm and Ianto along with Aled’s sister Sian. This latest accolade completes another triumphant year for Dendor Herefords following their success in winning the UK Female of the Year with Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th and in the UK Sire of Year with Solpoll 1 Gilbert. 

Judge’s comment: “A very close second with again an excellent cow herd with females of good conformation, moderate in size and uniform in type with very good calves at foot. The in-calf heifers were carefully selected as replacements and were in ideal condition. Here we saw the best group of yearling heifers, with some recently weaned. Twice UK Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert and SMH Euro daughters will make sure that the Dendor Herd goes from strength to strength.” 

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

Fisher Herd (Joint Third) – WJ Hutchings & Sons

The Fisher herd represents the culmination of over 70 years of breeding cattle, which began when Reg’s father came to the farm in 1943, and first kept pedigree Ayrshires. A gradual switch to the British Friesian in the 1960s was accompanied by the introduction of the farm’s first Hereford stock bull, although it was not until the 1970s that Reg and his father moved out of dairy production and into the Hereford Breed. Since they haven’t looked back with many successes at shows and shows & sales through to the National Herd of the Year. 

Judge’s comment: “Here again we saw excellent cows with good conformation and locomotion. Cows of a rich dark colour with some very good calves at foot especially those sired by influential stock getter Fisher 1 Jaguar. The in-calf heifers were well grown and the maiden heifers a nice example of the Breed. We also saw an impressive group of yearling bulls, so the future looks bright for Fisher Herefords.” 

Pepperstock Herd (Joint Third) – Speirs Farms Ltd

It says an awful lot that the Pepperstock herd is listed amongst such esteemed company after a mere 10 years of Hereford breeding. The herd has been put together and is developing well under the astute stockmanship of young Jim Speirs. Jim Speirs winner of the National Stock Judging Competition for Best Young Member in 2014 is putting together a herd of note with some discerning purchases.

Judge’s comment: “The presentation of this herd was first class. An excellent herd of balanced cows with well grown calves at foot. The stock bulls were particularly very impressive with some excellent calves from herd sire Bosa 1 Howzat. The maiden and in-calf heifers were a good guide to the future of this progressive herd. A herd which is going to go places due to the enthusiasm of young breeder Jim Speirs.” 

The full list of Regional Winners in the National Herd of the Year Competition

                AREA                                                   WINNING HERD


Hereford Cattle Breeders             -              J. Walker, Tedney, Clifton-on-Teme,

                                                                Worcestershire, WR6 6DT

                                                                Tel: 01886 821892 – Mob: 07974 307566

Secretary: Alison Allman                            Tel: 01432 880027 – Mob: 07860 308599



Midlands & East Anglia  -                              (Joint Third) Speirs Farms Ltd
                                                                   Pepsal End Farm,

                                                                   Pepperstock, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LH.

                                                                   Tel: 01582450962 – Mob: 07979 463480

Secretary: Alan Pittam                                  Tel: 01788 890702 – Mob: 07747 866078



North of England                              -           B. & B.A. Rimmer,
                                                                  Holmefields Farm,

                                                                  Off Long Lane, Scorton, Preston,

                                                                  Lancashire, PR3 1DB.

                                                                  Tel: 01524 792748 – Mob: 07714 254564

Secretary: Jackie Cooper                             Mob: 07960 994376



Northern Ireland                              -             (Winner) J. & W. McMordie,
                                                                   Solitude, Ballygowan,

                                                                   Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT23 6NA

                                                                   Tel: 02897 528222 – Mob: 07866 125959

Secretary: Ivan Haire                                     Tel: 02890 825215



Scottish Hereford Breeders         -              Mrs. J.M. Cant & Partners, Easter Knox,

                                                                Arbirlot, By Arbroath, Angus, Tayside,

                                                                DD11 2PZ

                                                                Tel: 01241 871660 – Mob: 07974 705430

Secretary: Pauline Wason                          Tel: 01592 881740 – Mob: 07855 237474



South of England                              -         (Joint Third) W.J. Hutchings & Sons,
                                                                 Fisher Farm, South Mundham, Chichester,
                                                                 W. Sussex, PO20 6ND

                                                                 Tel: 01243 262252 – Mob: 07881 944394

Secretary: Aimee Hewlett                            Tel: 01306 628473



South West                                         -     J.D. & R.A. Moorhouse,
                                                                James Barton Farm

                                                                Office, Vellow Road, Stogumber,                                                                                         Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3TL

                                                                 Tel: 01984 656292 – Mob: 07714 104692

Secretary: TBC



Wales                                       -              (Runner-Up) D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones,                                                                                  Gwastadgoed, Llanwnog, Caersws,                                                                                    Powys, SY17 5NZ.

                                                               Tel: 01686 688266 (Aled Jones) and

                                                               07974 416527 (Jen Jones)

Secretary Powys:  Glenn Pritchard            Tel: 01685 814582 – Mob: 07899 737999 


The 2016 Hereford Bull & Poll Bull of the Year goes to the highly successful Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire. Three year old “Laertes” is sired by the prolific Romany 1 Distiller and out of the 2011 Hereford Female of the Year Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21. He collected the maximum number of points from four of his five qualifying shows in the Hereford Bull of the Year Competition, taking the Grand Male Championships at the following shows; Shropshire County, Royal Highland, Royal Welsh, Burwarton.

In addition to being awarded the Poll Bull of the Year Trophy, Normanton 1 Laertes also took maximum points at the National Poll Show when he was judged Supreme Champion.

The many accolades that he collected over the show season culminating in these National Awards were some what surpassed when he took both Overall Individual Inter-breed Championships at arguably the UK’s foremost agricultural events the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh Shows.

During a fantastic year for “Laertes” this eye catching bull won many hearts and minds to add to the treasure trove of silverware – probably the most talked about bull of any breed on the show circuit, putting the Hereford Breed firmly on the map once again.

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

Eighteen month old Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown has picked up the highly competitive Female & Poll Female of the Year Awards.
This beautifully balanced heifer is by twice Hereford Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert and out of Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th. 

The much admired “Lilac Wine 20th” took points from her five qualifying shows which included; Shropshire County where she took the Breed Championship, Royal Three Counties, Royal Welsh, Burwarton and Pembroke County. Additionally, Dendor 1 Lilac 20th was awarded Native & Reserve Overall Junior Female Champion at the Royal Welsh Show and although she didn’t collect any points for this accolade, she made a significant contribution in making the 2016 Royal Welsh Show a tremendous spectacle for the Hereford Breed.

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

Dieulacresse Goodenough jointly owned by T.A. Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire & R. G. Westaway & Son, Market Harborough, Leicestershire has been awarded the prestigious Horned Bull of the Year.

This striking six year old bull bred by TA Spooner collected his qualifying points at the Royal Three Counties, Great Yorkshire and National Shows. Indeed he was judged by John Kemp as his Supreme Champion at the popular Great Yorkshire Show beating off a highly competitive field of entries.

“Goodenough”, who has a scrotal size EBV in the top 1% of the Breed, is out of Dieulacresse Dowager 17th and by 2009 Bull of the Year Westwood Advancer.

The 2016 Horned Female of the Year goes to Breed Stalwarts WR Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Five year old Auckvale Lively 1058H is out of Auckvale Lively Lucinda and by prolific sire Auckvale Broadside.

“Lively 1058H” picked up points at her local Northumberland Show, the Royal Highland Show, Scottish National Show and the National Hereford Show where she was awarded the Reserve Senior Female Championship under the watchful eye of Irish Judge John O’Connor.

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

RA Bradstock & Partners, Free Town Herefords, Tarrington, Herefordshire have once again taken the National Horned Herd of the Year and with it the Dick Adams Trophy.

The award is given to the most successful Horned Herd over the year long show season. This well-known herd established in 1906 continues to produce the goods. A regular participant at many of the top shows held across the midlands they very much came into their own at the National Show held at Tenbury Wells where they took a host of trophies.

Most notably with Grand Female & Reserve Supreme Champion Free Town Bryony. This attractive 12 month old heifer “Bryony” is out of Free Town Benign and by Mara Humorous.

In the bull section at the National, 17 month old Free Town Martyr took the Reserve Intermediate & Reserve Grand Male Championships. “Martyr”, who is out of Free Town Peace 5th, another top animal sired by Mara Humorous and like most of the Free Town cattle has very good Performance Recorded figures. “Martyr’s” Rib Fat and Retail Beef Yield are in the Top 1% and his overall indices for Self-replacing and Terminal Sire are in the Top 5% for the Breed.

Also at the same show Free Town Herefords were also awarded the Reserve Intermediate Female Championship with Free Town Gloss and judged Best Group of Three at the National Show.

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

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

Six year old “Gilbert”, who is out of Solpoll 1 Pansy D3 and by Christies 1 Radar has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded figures which include 400 and 600 day weights, scrotal size and carcase weight all in the top 1%. These impressive figures culminate in a Self-replacing and Terminal Sire Index in the Top 5% of the Breed.

These desireable traits have certainly been passed on to his progeny to help him collect the 2016 Hereford Sire of the Year. Amongst a string of show successes sired by “Gilbert” are

Dendor 1 Ruby 27th Reserve Female Champion at Anglesey, Dendor 1 Napolean Junior Male Champion at the National Poll Show, Dendor 1 Nonu Junior Male Champion at the Royal Welsh and Dendor 1 Molly 41st Supreme Champion at Kington Show. If this wasn’t enough he also sired the 2016 Female and Poll Female of the Year, Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th.

The 2016 Award for the National Hereford Show Herd of the Year has been secured by the Romany Herd run by the Wilson family near Kelso in the Scottish Borders. In order for a herd to achieve this success it requires a number of cattle to be shown successfully throughout the year from the Autumn Sales through to the late Summer shows the following year, this year Romany Herefords have done just that.

Established in 1955 the herd of approximately 200 head is one of the oldest active herds in the Breed and is the longest established in Scotland. Originally formed by the late JRB Wilson it is now run by his grandson Robert Wilson, with his father, Ronald Wilson, on hand to offer advice and assistance.

Commencing at the Autumn Show and Sale where the award of Reserve Male and Junior Male Champion went to Romany 1 Menace D1 M43, by previous UK Sire of the Year SMH Castro, and the Female Championship to Romany 1 Lucy H12 M34, by previous Royal Highland Show Champion Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12, it had the makings for a fabulous year.

The success continued at the Spring Show and Sale where Romany 1 Ishbel H12 M4 was awarded the title of Reserve Female Champion, again sired by “Heavyduty”.
With the sales over, the focus moved onto the Summer Show season for the Romany Herd. The Summer Shows form an essential part of promotion for the herd as Robert Wilson explained, “We tend to treat the Shows as more of a trade stand than a place to win rosettes, obviously we aim to exhibit the most suitable, correct cattle for the current market and also want to achieve the best result we can, but what is as gratifying is speaking to new interested parties and catching up with past customers to find out what they require of our cattle and the breed in general whilst moving forward. We also take great pleasure and enjoyment from the preparation of these cattle for shows, it's amazing what a wash and blow dry does to help show every animal to their full potential”.

All UK herds are able compete for this award and given the number of Hereford breeders who enjoy attending shows, it is no mean feat to achieve. The criteria for the National Show Herd of the Year allows each animal exhibited from a herd to only score once from a select number of shows spread around the regions of the UK towards the final tally.
This year the Romany Herd had major successes at a number of these shows. It was the 2008 born Romany 1 Lucy R22 F12, by previous Sire of the Year Crickley 1 Figurehead, shown with twin heifer calves at foot, who picked up the first major accolade of the year when she was awarded Reserve Female Champion at the Royal Highland Show.

Following on from this there was further success when another female 2009 born Romany 1 Julia A84 F51, by three times Sire of the Year Baybridge 1 Atlas, shown with her late October born calf at foot, was awarded Female & Reserve Overall Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. This same cow went on to be awarded Overall Inter-breed Champion at the Scottish National Show held at Border Union Show later in the season. A show marked by Robert’s daughter Lottie making her showing debut in competitive classes - carrying on the family tradition. Also at this show it was one of the Wilson’s Stock bulls, the 2013 Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo K956 by the imported sire Harvie Dan Hidalgo that picked up the award of Senior and Reserve Overall Male Championships.

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

A Hereford Guide to Management and Feeding

It is a well-known fact that Herefords will live under almost any condition and will thrive where many other breeds fail. Internationally, Herefords survive under varying climatic conditions, i.e. from the Arctic Circle to equatorial regions, but prospective breeders of Hereford cattle would do well to follow certain basic principles if they wish to make the most of their cattle.

The everyday management of a herd is most important and includes the breeding programme, record keeping, grassland management and selection of future breeding stock. It is essential that someone oversees the general management practice so that calving periods, grassland utilization, etc. are used to their best advantage.

Please take look at the revised Hereford Management Guide for tips and advice by CLICKING HERE  

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The Hereford Autumn Show & Sale – Hereford Mart

The Judge at the Hereford Cattle Society’s Autumn Show & Sale on Tuesday 11th October will be using Breedplan Performance Recorded Figures as an ‘extra tool’ in which to place the animals. The Judge, Breed President, Michael Clark, Lowesmoor Herefords, Tetbury, Gloucestershire will have access to Estimated Breeding Values from across all categories; Ease of Calving, Growth & Carcase traits in addition to the overall indexes. The figures placed against each lot number will be used, where necessary, to assist the Judge in deciding his final placings. 

Young Hereford Breeder James Ludgate will act as a shadow judge to Mr Clark. James’s appointment was endorsed by the Society following his success at the inaugural UK Hereford Youth Event which took place last April. The stage will be set to provide him with an opportunity to develop his judging techniques from an experienced master judge.  

There are 86 lots on offer at this year’s show & sale with 39 bulls and 47 females including a number of Show Stoppers and Superior Carcase Sires.

During the evening prior to the recent National Poll Show Young Hereford Members held a Stock Handlers Competition, with three age categories taking part. Judge was Miss Non Thorne, Studdolph Herefords, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. 

In the Age 7-12 years it was eleven year old Oliver Garnett-Smith who came out on top with Finaly Soutter (pictured right) in second place. In the age group 13-17 years it was Finaly’s sister Isla Soutter who took first prize. Fifteen year old Joshua Jack was runner-up. In the senior section 18-25 years of age Hannah Baldwin aged 19 was placed first with Ryan Coates in second position.

Judge Miss Thorne then chose Isla Soutter as her Overall Show Champion and with it she was awarded a silver salver and the much sought after Dendor Show stick - in memory of the late Denis and Doris Jones, Dendor Herefords.

Pictured left is Isla Soutter laiden with her pizes including the Dendor Show Stick presented by Jen Jones, Dendor Herefords. 

The following day and during the main show of Poll Herefords, there was a second competition for Young Hereford Members organised by the Hereford Cattle Society, where youngsters were observed ‘in action’ by onlooking Judge Martin Blower. Young Members wearing suitably marked arm bands were judged whilst they competed throughout the day. On this occasion there was two age groups. In the 15 & Under category 13 year old Tom Dixon took the red prize card, with young Catherine Shaw aged 8 in second place. In the older class it was again Hannah Baldwin who triumphed with Flora Amery in second position. 

This second success completed a fine show season for Hannah following her award in the Open Young Handlers Competition at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.
Each Young Member competing in either competition was given a souvenir plaque to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the National Poll Show.

Pictured right with Judge Martin Blower are Hannah Baldwin and Tom Dixon with their respective trophies and prize cards.

Dendor Herefords swept the board at Herefordshire’s popular one day show. DE, ED, & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys took the Supreme Championship with the Grand Female Champion and 2014 Female of the Year, Dendor 1 Molly 41st (pictured right) with her calf at foot Dendor 1 Nairobi. Out of Dendor 1 Molly 31st and by Solpoll 1 Gilbert, she has excellent growth and carcase figures culminating in Self-replacing and Terminal Sire indexes in the Top 5% of the Breed.

Irish Judge Eamon McKiernan commented, “I wish to compliment all exhibitors here today – my Supreme Champion is one of the finest cow & calf combinations I have ever seen. All through the standard of stock has been extremely impressive.”

Taking the Reserve Supreme Championship was Grand Male Champion Dendor 1 Montana (pictured left) owned and exhibited by P & E Williams, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury. This impressive 18 month old bull also has good performance figures and is out of Dendor 1 Wattle 4th and is another super animal by Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

Dendor 1 Ruby 27th another top animal by “Gilbert” took the Junior and Reserve Grand Female Championships for DE, ED & AL Jones. Eleven month old “Ruby 27th is out of Dendor 1 Ruby 11th. Taking the Reserve Junior Female title was Church Preen Lindy Loo N064 from AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire. Twelve month old “Lindy Loo N064” is out of Church Preen Lindy Loo J033 and by Haven Koala. 

The success kept coming for Dendor Herefords when they also won the Junior and Reserve Grand Male Championships with Dendor 1 Nairobi – fresh from his accolades at the National Poll Show the previous week. Six month “Nairobi” out of the Supreme Champion “Molly 41st” and by Lanscombe 1 Orkney. His stablemate 12 month old Dendor 1 Napoleon, another “Gilbert” son, took the Reserve Junior Male Championship - he’s out of Dendor 1 Greta 13th.

To complete a marvellous day for Dendor Herefords they were also awarded the red tickets for the Exhibitor Group of Three with H Weston & Sons Ltd, Much Marcle, Herefordshire in Reserve and the Best Pair of Animals with AR Owen in second place.