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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.

Lower Hurst pedigree Herefords sell to £3,200

A wonderful day at Bakewell Livestock Market was had by Mr Andrew Sebire who had a small reduction sale from his organic herd of Pedigree Hereford Cows. A total clearance was achieved with a top price on the day of £3,200 for Lower Hurst 1 Crocus 27th. She's a first calved daughter of former herd sire Romany 1 Distiller and sold with her April born steer calf at foot to J Cairns, Coatbridge, Fife.

Just behind the top price and selling for £3,100 was Lower Hurst 1 Prunella 46th a daughter of Dendor 1 Beckham that sold with an April born heifer calf by Dendor 1 Lincoln and scanned back in calf. The successful buyer was JJ Barlow, Dore, Sheffield who was the leading buyer on the day securing 14 lots, including the third top price of £2,800.

In calf cows sold to £2,400 for Lower Hurst 1 Playful 64th, a daughter of “Distiller” and due to calve next April to Dendor 1 Lincoln.

Ten bulling heifers were also offer for sale and these sold up to £2,500 for a daughter of Dendor 1 Beckham that has been shown successfully this summer at the local show. She made £2,500 and sold to Messrs Barlow for their Liberty Herd.

8 Cows and Calves £2,425
2 In Calf Cows £1,750
10 Bulling Heifers £1,575
Overall 20 Lots £1,932.50

Commenting after the sale Mr Sebire said, "The cattle were literally straight from the field and far from show condition - we were pleased both with the prices acheived and a 100% clearance. With some potential buyers going home empty handed the demand for the Hereford Breed remains strong." 

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

The Anhay Herd of organic, pedigree Herefords are offering a choice selection of 16 in-calf cows and heifers, and 6 maiden heifers for sale at Hereford Livestock Market on Thursday November 17th at 11am.

Anhay Herefords

Lot 20 - Anhay Waggle, pictured right.

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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.

The next UK Hereford Youth Event will take place over the Weekend of 5th to 6th November 2016

Saturday 5th with include a visit to Greenyards Herefords Greenyards by kind permission of Philip & Alison Allman and on Sunday the 6th there will be a visit to Weston's Cider also home to the Bounds herd of Herefords Westons

For further details please contact Emma Smith 07772 495913.

Please click the following link for more information:


What does the Hereford Cattle Society do for Hereford Young Members?

The 2016 East of England Smithfield Festival has announced the introduction of three new classes for this year’s event, to meet changing industry needs and to appeal to the increasing number of young farmers that the event is now attracting.

The first new class for 2016 is the market ready beef pair, where two native and continental steers or heifers, which are ready for slaughter, will be judged for the honoured title. These animals will be judged in the pen so only minimal halter training is required. However, they must be under 650 kg live weight and from a farm assured holding to qualify. The champion and reserve will be offered for sale at the event.

A new breeding ewe lamb competition has also been added to the schedule and includes classes for purebred and crossbred, native and continental breeds. A specific class will also be held for the best North of England Mule lamb. Again, the champion will be sold at the festival.

The third new section, has been introduced due to increased interest, and is for British White cattle. Classes will be available for bulls and heifers in the pedigree calf show.
William Haire, show director is also delighted to confirm the addition of Martin Irvine to the judging team. Martin, known to many for his award winning Anside Limousin herd, and star of the BBC Two series, “This Farming Life”, will judge the Young Stockperson of the Year Award.

The young stockperson class has seen a tremendous amount of interest this year, and aims to recognise up and coming talent in the cattle showing industry. Applicants qualify for entry into this class throughout the year at local and regional shows, and require a high standard of both skill and knowledge.

The College Challenge will also make a return this year and will see teams from agricultural colleges around the UK compete for this prestigious title. This will also be judged by Martin Irvine, together with NFU livestock board chairman, Charles Sercombe. The College Challenge is predominately a stock judging competition, but also includes feed raw material identification and silage sample analysis. This class proved incredibly popular in 2015.

“As promised, the Smithfield Festival continues to listen to the industry and change the format for new demands,” says William Haire, festival show director. “The new classes reflect the changing face of the industry.

“The growing support for the young stockperson award and the college competition also highlight the immense talent and enthusiasm we have coming into the industry. It gives me great pleasure to work with such professional and knowledgeable individuals and I’m looking forward to yet another incredible Smithfield Festival,” concludes William.
Full details of all classes can be found at www.eoesmithfield.co.uk  

Midlands & East Anglia
- 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 
- J. & W. McMordie, Solitude, Ballygowan,
Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT23 6NA
Tel: 02897 528222 – Mob: 07866 125959

Secretary: Ivan Haire Tel: 02890 825215

- 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 
- 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

- 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

West Midlands
- J. Walker, Tedney, Clifton-on-Teme,
Worcestershire, WR6 6DT
Tel: 01886 821892 – Mob: 07974 307566

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

Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire continued his fine show season by taking the Supreme Championship at a wild and wet National Poll Show, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.

There seems to be no stopping this fine example of the Hereford Breed following Overall Inter-breed successes including the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh Shows. This rising three year old bull, out of Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 is by prolific sire Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53, has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded Figures culminating in a Terminal Sire and Self-replacing Indexes in the Top 10% of the Breed.

Earlier in the day Judge Clive Davies made “Laertes” his Senior and Grand Male Champion, commenting, “The Livesey team should be congratulated on producing a bull of such high quality with great muscling and having the stockmanship to keep the bull looking fresh throughout a long show season.”

Taking the Reserve Supreme Championship and repeating last year’s fine achievement was Blakesley 1 Kimberly from P Riley, Towcester, Northamptonshire. This stylish heifer also took the Intermediate, Overall Intermediate and Grand Female Championships. Two year old “Kimberly”, expertly exhibited by Edward Thompson, is out of Blakesley 1 Icicle and by Kinglee 1 E-Bay.

The Reserve Grand Male Championship went to 23 month old Intermediate Champion Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346 from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire. The aptly named “Trendsetter V346” is out of Rempstone Model and by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa. The Reserve Intermediate Championship went to Lowesmoor 1 Maverick from Breed President Michael Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Shown by professional stockman Andrew Hughes, “Maverick” who is in the Autumn Show & Sale in Hereford on October 11th, is out of Lowesmoor 1 Winkle 571 and by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society a former Runner-up in the Hereford Bull of the Year in 2012.

Standing Reserve to Normanton 1 Laertes in the Senior Male category was another Rempstone bull, this time, Rempstone 1 245N Comply-or-Die owned and exhibited by P Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire. Three year old “Comply-or-Die”, out of Ford Abbey 1 Tuna 5th and by Dorepoll 1 93N Nationwide, has all growth figures in the Top 5% of the Breed.

The Junior Male classes were dominated by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys who took both the Junior Male and Reserve Junior Male Championships. The Championship went to Dendor 1 Nairobi, out of Dendor 1 Molly 41st and by Lanscombe 1 Orkney, and at exactly 6 months of age was the youngest bull in the show. Later in the show Clive made “Nairobi” his Overall Junior Champion. The Reserve Junior Male Champion was stablemate, 12 month old Dendor 1 Napoleon out of Dendor 1 Greta 13th and by successful sire Solpoll 1 Gilbert. These awards capped a great day for Breed Stalwarts, DE, ED & AL Jones, as earlier in the day they were awarded the Blythebarn and Diamond Jubilee Trophies for the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire and Best Group of Three to include Both Sexes. All these awards culminated in Dendor Herefords taking the Ted Hewitson Trophy for the most successful herd on the day. The Best Pair of Animals was won by AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd, Hungerford, Berkshire.

In the Junior Female section the Championship went to Thames 1 Jed Vanity 905 owned and bred by show commentator Alan Timbrell of A & S Timbrell, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Ten month old “Jed Vanity 905” is out of Lincoln 1 Vanity Midnight and by Kinglee 1 Jed. In Reserve was Normanton 1 Fistulina 14th from TD & WT Livesey. This 10 month old junior heifer is out of Normanton 1 Fistulina 3rd H55 and the much vaunted Days Calibre G74.
Standing Reserve to Blakesley 1 Kimberly in the Intermediate Championship was Halifax breeder Miss H Whittaker’s Coley 1 Nova 351. This 18 month old heifer is out of Coley 1 Nova 164 and by former Bull of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe.

In the Senior Female classes it was the oldest animal in the show, nine year old Romany 1 Plum A84 E37 from JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders who rose to the top. This functional and prolific cow, who has enjoyed a great show season, is out of Romany 1 Plum 41H A37 and by thrice Sire of the Year Baybridge 1 Atlas. To make it a well worth trip for loyal Scottish Poll Show supporters, “Plum A84 E37” went on to be judged Reserve Grand Female Champion. Picking up the Reserve Senior Female Championship was Nicholas & Heath, Chester, Cheshire with Gowybank 1 Hazel 530, who’s out Broomheath 1 Hazel and by another Dorepoll sire, Dorepoll 1 60G Chinook.

The Gardiner family have farmed at Oak Farm, Styal for over 125 years, ever since George Gardiner walked his cattle from Pot Shrigley to Styal in 1886. Alan Gardiner is the fourth generation of the family at Oak Farm since he took the tenancy over in 1970. Originally a mixed enterprise farm, the farm became a specialist dairy unit in the 1970s with over 250 head of cattle at its peak before the decline in milk prices forced the family into a herd sale in 2003.

With a potential tenancy succession to Alan and Judy's son, Edward, the family invested into six traditional Pedigree Hereford cows in 2010, most of which are still present in the herd today. The herd has expanded organically and now totals 42 head. A decision has reluctantly been made to disperse the herd and retire. Were it not for the inconvenience of old age Alan and Judy would not hesitate in keeping the herd as they bring much pleasure and with their docile nature are easy to manage.

The foundation stock of 3 cows and 3 heifers was purchased from Keith Siddorn (Meadowbank Farm, Broxton, Malpas), a long standing member of the Traditional Hereford Breeding Society. All animals born at Oak Farm have been sired by Endeavor Sir George (2010-2014) or Shefford Bullfinch (2014 -2016) with the majority holding pedigree certificates from the Hereford Society. They have been reared on a forage only diet, grazing pastures throughout spring, summer and autumn and housed for the winter period with silage and straw as their diet. They have an excellent conversion from forage into high quality beef which is marketed under the RSPCA National Trust Freedom Food Scheme to Booths supermarket. All animals are in excellent health having been tested recently for TB with clear certificates on July 20, 2016.

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Jonathan Farrall's contact details are mobile 07796 952 948, telephone 01625 861122, jonathanfarrall@wrightmarshall.co.uk.

WR Kemp & Sons have export two bulls to Germany - Auckvale Marquis 1479M and Auckvale Marquess 1488L set off for Continental Europe on Sunday 21st August, after successfully completing various health requirements and associated paperwork.

They have been purchased by repeat customer Mr Giel Hermans from the region of Nimsreuland.

Auckvale Marquis 1479M (pictured right) is an Auckvale Masterman 784E son and out of Auckvale Janet 917G. 
While Auckvale Marquess 1488L is out Auckvale Peach 1173J and by Auckvale 157K Ribstone Lad 1131H.

Both 16 month old bulls have a tremendous set of Performance Recorded Figures across the board, something which caught the eye of Mr Hermans.
In particular, "Marquis 1479M", is in the Top 1% for Scrotal Size and has Terminal & Self Replacing Indexes in the Top 10% for the Hereford Breed.

The Hereford National Show is considered by many at the highlight of the season and attracts a large number of cattle and spectators alike. The 2016 Championships were staged at Enniskillen Show, with a strong entry of Hereford cattle representing breeders from all six counties.

Judge for the day was Secretary of the Swedish Hereford Association, Miranda Lysell, who is a noted breeder and judge in her native country.

Tapped out at Supreme Champion was "Pinmoor 1 Kingsley" exhibited by Bertie & Greer Watson, Crossgar. This three year old stock bull in the Barnburn herd was first spotted by the Watson's at Westmorland Show in 2014, and was snapped up shortly afterwards in a private transaction. He has calves on the ground, and the Watson's are delighted with how his progeny are shaping up to date.

Pictured right, the Supreme Champion at the National Hereford Show was Pinmoor 1 Kingsley exhibited by Bertie & Greer Watson.

Enjoying a tremendous National Show was James Graham and son his Bradley from Portadown. They took home an array of ribbons for their Richmount herd including Reserve Supreme Champion with Hilton 1 Delilah. This is a 2007 born daughter of Dieulacresse Vodaphone out of Panmure 1 Blessing.

Pictured left, Hilton 1 Delilah, exhibited by James Graham the Reserve Supreme Champion.

The success story didn't end there for the Graham team, with their home-bred bull Richmount 1 King Kong notching up Reserve Male Champion. This son of Graceland 1 Colin is out of the Champion Female which highlights her ability to breed well in - addition to looking the part in the show ring. The Reserve Female Championship went Richmount 1 Nola who is also out Hilton 1 Delilah. This super young prospect was earlier in the day shown at foot with her dam, and achieved much admiration before being tapped out by Ms Lysell as Junior Champion. “King Kong” and “Nola” then teamed up to win the Best Progeny Pair Championship. If that wasn't enough, Richmount Herefords also took the prestigious Group of Three! 

The overall standard of cattle on show was exceptional according to the Master Judge, who described her Supreme Champion as "very stylish combined with great power and excellent breed character. The Female Champion is a well made brood cow, and her calf which is a winner in its own right shows tremendous potential".

Swedish Judge Miranda Lysell pictured right in action during the NI Hereford Breeders Association National Show.

The hotly contended Young Handlers Class was led by Marcus Murdock, with Bradley Graham and Robbie Wilson following in the placings.

Photos by Alfie Shaw Report by Libby Clarke

Haven Montana from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire took the Supreme, Grand & Intermediate Championships at the National Show under the judgement of Mr Michael Molloy, Co. Offaly, Ireland. Continuing the Irish connection “Montana” (pictured below right), who boasts a Retail Beef Yield in the top 1% for the Breed, is sired by Knockmountagh Marshal bred by E McKiernan and is
out of home-bred dam Haven Louisa 48th. As show commentator Mr Clive Davies remarked this “stylish 16 month old bull” was a worthy winner, one much admired by on lookers.

Standing Reserve to Haven Montana in both the Grand & Intermediate Male Championships was Free Town Martyr (pictured below left) from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire. Fifteen month old “Martyr” is out of Free Town Peace 5th and by Mara Humorous.

In the Senior section Dieulacresse Goodenough jointly owned by Messrs Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire & R & R Westaway, Northampton took the Championship. Six year old “Goodenough” is out Dieulacresse Dowager 17th and by former National Show Supreme Champion Westwood Advancer. In Reserve was another bull jointly owned, Haven Hotspur, from EL Lewis & Son and PRJ & LR Vincent, Diss, Norfolk. Five year old “Hotspur” who has a tremendous set of performance figures across the board, is out of Haven Curly 72nd and by successful sire Mawarra Vice Admiral.

There was more success for PRJ & LR Vincent when they took the Junior Male Championship with promising 10 month old bull Pulham Northern Lights. “Northern Lights” is another animal by an Irish bred bull, Trillick Knockout, and out 2015 Horned Female of the Year Clipston Tiara R16. AR Owen from Church Stretton, Shropshire with 10 month old Church Preen Nanook took the Reserve Junior Male Championship. “Nanook” is out of Church Preen Prunella K043 by successful show bull Haven Koala.

In the Female classes it was Junior Female Champion, 10 month old Free Town Bryony (pictured below right) from RA Bradstock & Partners who came out on top. She took the Grand Female and then later the Reserve Supreme Championships. She’s another super animal by Mara Humorous and out of home-bred Free Town Benign. AR Owen once again finished in Reserve position in the Junior Championship, with another Haven Koala progeny, this time, Church Preen Lindy Loo N064. Eleven month old “Lindy Loo N064” is out of Chruch Preen Lindy Loo J033.

However, it wasn’t all second best for AR Owen as Church Preen Herefords won the Breedplan Class, judged by James Ludgate, to take the Westaway Cup with Church Preen Muldoon. “Muldoon” is out of Church Preen Prunella H024 and by Dieulacresse Foremost. AR Owen were also awarded the Geoff Thomas trophy for the Best Pair of Calves (any sex combination) with RA Bradstock & Partners in Reserve.

The Intermediate Championship went to 23 month old OldWest Carol Singer 1st from a relatively newcomer to the Breed Mrs Karen Froud, Ely Cambridgeshire. “Carol Singer 1st”, exhibited by Karen’s father and show organiser Mr Michael Church, is out of Hermitage Carol Singer J2 and sired by Haven Wizard. Standing in Reserve was Free Town Gloss from Bradstock & Partners, she’s out of Free Town Glowing and by the well-known former Royal Show Champion Free Town Maximus. To complete a marvellous day for the famous Free Town herd, they were also judged Best Group of Three Animals with PRJ & LR Vincent taking the blue rosette.

To complete the female section and keep a fine run of show Champions going, Mrs Lesley Jackson from Tring, Hertfordshire won the Senior Female Trophy with 2 year old Sparkwood Diadem 7th.  She’s out of Sparwood Diadem 3rd and by 2012 Horned Bull of the Year Free Town Hannibal. In Reserve was five year old Auckvale Lively 1058H from W & R Kemp & Sons. Bishop Auckland, Durham. “Lively 1058H” is out of Auckvale Lively Lucinda and by Auckvale Broadside.

Mr John O’Connor, Clouncagh Herefords from Ireland adjudicated over two highly competitive Young Handler Classes. In the Senior Class (19-26 Years of Age) it was Richard Whitlow who was awarded the first prize ticket. His younger brother Andrew was in second place with Flora Amery in third.

In the Junior Class (Under 14) it was Harriet Froud who took honours with her brother Robert in second position and Isobelle Cumming in third place.

Young Harriet was then judged the Best Overall Young Handler by Mr O’Connor to take the Thornhill Plate presented by Caroline Davies and the Dendor Show Stick presented by Andrew Owen – much to the delight of proud mother Karen Froud and grandfather Michael Church.

There is no stopping Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire as he takes another Breed and Inter-breed Championships, this time at Burwarton Show. This year's Inter-breed judge was someone well-known in the beef industry Mr Arwel Owen, ABS Genus.

The Hereford Classes were judged by Mr Richard Edwards of Classic Herefords, Wiltshire.

Standing Reserve to "Laertes" was Grand Female Champion Greenyards 1 Beata K239 from PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire.

There was plenty of quality and quantity on show at Burwarton with in access of 40 Herefords on view.

Some of these top animals will be on road again when they make their way to Tenbury Wells to take part in the National Horned Show on Saturday 6th August. Classes will commence at 9am under the watchful eye of overseas Judge Mr Michael Molloy, Moyclare Herefords, Co. Offaly, Ireland.

Scottish National Show held inconjunction with Border Union Show, Kelso.

Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 swept all before her at this popular Scottish Borders Show, nothing could stop – not beef breeds or any other species. This seven-year-old cow from local breeders JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, epitomises the old adage form is temporary class is permanent. “Julia A84 F51” out of Romany 1 Julia 41H V23 is by former Sire of the Year Baybridge 1 Atlas.

This latest success capped a marvellous day for the Romany herd, which is very much a family affair with three generations in action and young Charlotte Wilson much involved. Judge Tom Rennie also awarded them the Reserve Grand Male Championship with Fardre 1 Hi Hidalgo. Three-year-old “Hi Hidalgo” is out of Fardre 1 Heidi Hi and by Harvie Dan Hidalgo.

However, in the male section it was Junior Male Panmure 1 Mumford from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath Angus, Tayside who came out on top. Fresh from taking the Overall Junior Male Championship at the Royal Highland Show, fifteen month old “Mumford” is out of Panmure 1 Plum J16 and by Panmure 1 Karl. “Mumford” later went on to take the Bowmont Cup as the Reserve Overall Breed Champion and Best Animal of the Opposite Sex to the Champion. JM Cant & Partners were also awarded the Royal Bank of Scotland Salver for the Best Group of Three.

In the Best Pair of Animals it was W & R Kemp & Sons, Bishop Auckland, Durham who collected the red prize card with JM Cant & Partners in Reserve. There was further success for John & Tom Kemp when they were awarded the Best Group of Three, with Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire in second place. Not to be out done Miss H Whittaker went one better when she took the Best Group of Three by the Same Sire from Tom & Di Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland in Reserve.

To complete a good day’s work for Miss H Whittaker and professional showman Mr Andrew Hughes they were also awarded the Reserve Grand Female Championship with their highly thought of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11. Sired by SMH Castro 001, 23 month old “Ishbel D1 M11 is out Romany 1 Ishbel A84 H53.

Once again the Scottish Hereford Breeders' Association held a Young Members Handler Class kindly sponsored by David C. Gillon.

The Junior Young Handler Class Results are as follows:-

1st. James Anderson (9) Moralee Herefords.(James was also Reserve in the Open Young Handler Under 15 Class)
2nd. Katie Wason (12) Saltire Herefords
3rd. Charlotte Anderson (11) Moralee Herefords.

 Herd Competition Results - Friday 29th July 2016

Judge: Mr D Kelly of Mullin Herefords, Co. Tyrone, N.I.

Small Herd                 Tony Sargeant Memorial Cup

1st R & E Lywood                                          “Heath House”

2ndJR & HM Whitlow                                        “Highhouse”                                          

3rd WD Wiggin                                                 “Parliament”

Medium Herd

1st G & R Blandford                                                  “Bosa”

2nd PJ & AC Allman                                        “Greenyards”

3rd T&M Goodwin                                           “Roughmoor” 

Large Herd
                Ann Hamer Perpetual Challenge Trophy 

1st J Walker                                             “Hyde & Docklow”

2n   RA Bradstock & Partners                           “Free Town”                         

3rd MJ & HM Timmis                                            “Shraden”

Overall Herd Winner    J Walker
(pictured with his Herefords at Clifton-on-Teme, Worcestershire)

Best Stock Bull and Progeny

RA Bradstock & Ptns                                 Mara Humorous

Best Bull Calf             Border Libertine Cup

I Braithwaite                                 Highfields P 1 Nighthawk

Best Heifer Calf        Presented by Clive & Sylvia Richards

RA Bradstock & Partners                Free Town Plum 112th

A thank you to all who took part in the competition. Twenty three herds in all were judged by Des Kelly, accompanied by his friend & neighbour, Richard. Also a big thank you Robert & Diane Thomas who kindly hosted the presentation evening at Risbury Court, Herefordshire with over 60 people in attendance.

Congratulations to all the successful participants & to John Walker our Overall Winner, who now goes forward to represent our Area in the National Hereford Herd of the Year Competition. Good Luck John!

Regards, Alison Allman
HCBA Hons. Secretary

Once again the 2016 Smithfield Festival has attracted the biggest names in the cattle and sheep industry to judge this year’s prestigious event, which will be held at the East of England Showground on the 15 and 16 November 2016.

The Smithfield Festival leads the way in bringing all aspects of livestock management to one event, and showcases the very best of modern day agriculture.
Andrew Mutch, director of Mutch Meats in Oxfordshire, will lead the sheep judging this year and brings a wealth of knowledge in market demands. Andrew offers a unique combination of farming knowledge and market insight, which is crucial to profitable sheep farming and gives him a highly valued place in the judging team.

Commercial cattle will be judged this year by an individual hugely respected in the cattle industry; Gavin Scott, from Gateside Farm, Linlithgow. Gavin brings invaluable experience in cattle judging and livestock production, and will ensure a world class animal takes the prestigious title in 2016.

Also confirmed for the 2016 Smithfield Festival, is Iain Green from the well-known Corskie Simmental herd in Scotland, which has itself seen tremendous success in the show ring. Iain, who will judge the Pedigree Calf Show Interbreed Championship and the Duke of Norfolk Pedigree Calf Group of Three, promises to bring his wealth of cattle and judging knowledge to his role at this year’s event.

“Andrew Mutch, Gavin Scott and Iain Green are fantastic assets to the event team and have enormous experience in judging the best show animals in the UK,” says William Haire, Festival show director (pictured judging the Hereford classes at the Royal Highland Show in 2015).

“The Smithfield Festival continues to evolve as the industry changes,” adds Mr Haire. “We acknowledge the changing landscape of livestock farming in the UK and farmers have to be closer to the consumer and produce what the market demands.
“This event puts the future needs of livestock farmers first and provides a venue that offers information and tools to ensure the longevity of our industry,” he says.
“We plan to continue with our focus on innovations and technical advancements within the livestock sector, bringing together the industry’s leading representatives to share their views and thoughts on the future,” he concludes. “2016 promises to be an exciting and thought provoking event and one that will benefit anyone wanting to be successful in the livestock industry of the future.”

For more information please contact livestock@eastofengland.org.uk or telephone 01733 234 451.

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

2016 Judge is Mr Mike Moore, Stoke Golding, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV13 6HN

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 it 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 22nd August 2016.

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 28days from culling date.
The actual tasting will take place during the 1st 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 9th Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association Beef Tasting competition.

Entries close 22nd August 2016.

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

Not content with dominating the Royal Highland Show just a few weeks ago, this striking bull much talked about in the beef industry, also stole the limelight at the Royal Welsh. “Laertes” (pictured right) bred and exhibited by TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire won the Overall Individual Inter-breed Championship against another high class field of beef cattle from across the UK. It’s the first time that a Hereford has taken this Championship or indeed any bull to have won these two major Royal Shows in the same season for many years.

Well-known Judge Robert Alwyn Rees, a beef farmer from Powys and livestock show commentator, described Normanton 1 Laertes as “a worthy winner, a powerful bull with all the right attributes. I’m not one for politics, so I don’t mind if he was black, red, white or brown, he would have been my Champion!”

Earlier in the day, he took the Grand Male & Breed Championships to the delight of breeder William Livesey and under the judgement of Mr David Deaville, Belper, Derbyshire. He has a tremendous set of Performance Recorded Figures to go with his outstanding Breed characteristics, as highlighted on Breed Stands at BeefExpo and the Livestock Event during the year. He’s out of the highly acclaimed Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 and by Romany 1 Distiller.

Following “Laertes” all the way through the Hereford classes was long time ‘rival’ Cleland 1 Jackson (pictured left) from AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd, Hungerford, Berkshire. First he stood second in the Senior Bull Class before going on to be Reserve Grand Male and then Reserve Supreme Champion. Six year old “Jackson” is out of Cleland 1 Clover 4th and by another Romany bull, this time 2010 Royal Highland Show Inter-breed Champion Romany 1 Captain.

In the Junior Male section it was local breeders DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys with Dendor 1 Nonu, who were aptly awarded the Dendor Trophy, for the Best Male Exhibit born on or after 1st January 2015. Nine month old “Nonu” is out of Dendor 1 Helen 14th and by 2014 Hereford Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. Standing Reserve to “Nonu” was Firbosa 1 Moreton bred and shown by Fir Farm Ltd, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire. Sixteen month old “Moreton” is out of Bosa 1 Brownie 905 and by Panmure 1 Knightsman.

In the Female section it was Greenyards 1 Beata K239 (pictured right) with her three-month old heifer calf at foot, Greenyards 1 Miss Uruguay, who took the Grand Female Championship. Three and half year old “Beata K239” out of Dendor 1 Beata 9th and by Greenyards 1 Flynn, was bred and exhibited by PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire. In Reserve was Junior heifer, 16 month old Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones. “Lilac Wine 20th”, out of Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th, is another top progeny by Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

To complete a good day’s showing, DE, ED & AL Jones were also awarded the Group of Three by the Same Sire with TG & EI Thorne, Milford Haven, Carmarthen is second place and the Best Group of Three with at least One Male and One Female with RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire in Reserve.

Inter-breed Awards at the Royal Welsh Show

Individual Overall Inter-breed Champion: Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire.

Native & Reserve Overall Junior Heifer: Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys

Native Inter-breed Group of Three: Animals were provided by LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon with Frenchstone P. 1 Easter, TD & WT Livesey with Normanton 1 Laertes and MJ & HM Timmis with Shraden 1 Duchess M639, Baschurch, Shropshire (pictured left).

Herefords also finished the highest placed Native-bred cattle in the Best Team of Five animals and Best Females of the Future Pairs Championships.

Young Handler Competitions

Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) Inter-breed Cattle Young Handler: Winner Flora Amery (pictured right), Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. This is the second time the RWAS have held the competition and it’s the second time that a young Hereford handler has taken the Eifion Green Trophy, with Flora following in footsteps of Sophie Harvey.

RWAS / Marks & Spencer Young Cattle Handlers’ Competition: Hannah Baldwin from Berkshire was judged Best Young Handler in the Age Category 18-21 years and Reserve Overall.

Judge John Kemp, Auckvale Herefords, County Durham made six year old Grand Male Champion Dieulacresse Goodenough his Supreme Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. “Goodenough”, bred by TA Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire and jointly owned by Messrs Spooner & RG Westaway & Son, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, is no stranger to success at this premier event, being a class winner back in 2011. He was the first animal into the ring on a busy show day for the Hereford Breed under the watchful eye of an experienced judge. The prolific Dieulacresse Goodenough is out of home bred cow Dieulacresse Dowager 17th and by 2009 Royal Three Counties Inter-breed Champion Westwood Advancer. He has good performance figures with growth figures well above average and a scrotal size in the top 1% for the Breed.

Standing Reserve to “Goodenough” throughout judging was the stylish senior bull Hallwood 1 Knight from R & RI Shaw, South Wirral, Cheshire. He stood second in their class and in the Grand Male Championships. Three and a half year old “Knight” is out of Baldinnie 1 Fiona 7th and by Solpoll 1 Gladiator.

Taking the red ticket in the class Bull, born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st March 2015 was Harveybros 1 Murray from Harvey Brothers, Balfron, Glasgow. “Murray” is out of Harveybros 1 Crocus H3 and by multiple show winner and former Bull of the Year Greenyards 1 Archie. Standing second in the class was another promising bull from R & RI Shaw, RTC 1 Midwest, sired by another show champion Leos Pride 1 Ellis.

In the youngest but largest bull class of the day it was Moralee 1 Monster Munch who came out on top, bred & exhibited by T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. Expertly turned out, sixteen month old “Monster Munch” is out of Romany 1 Ishbel A51 H52 and by Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack. In second place was Rimini 1 Mr. Maker bred by the North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association’s Hon. Secretary Mrs J Cooper, Preston, Lancashire. Fifteen month old “Mr. Maker” is out of Rimini 1 Vanessa and by Barbern 1 Gargantuan.

There was a large female section, with big classes throughout, which probably gave Judge John Kemp his biggest task of the day. Taking the honours with the Grand Female Championship and then later the Reserve Supreme Championship was Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 from JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. This seven year old show cow “Julia A84 F51” is out of Romany 1 Julia 41H V23 and by well-known former herd sire Baybridge 1 Atlas.

Taking the Reserve Grand Female Championship was Overall Junior Champion Harveybros 1 Crocus N1 from Harvey brothers. This beautifully balanced, feminine 11 month old heifer was expertly exhibited by Miss Sophie Harvey. “Crocus N1” is out of Harveybros 1 Crocus E2 and by Venture Night Time 7055 ET. Standing Reserve to Harveybros 1 Crocus NI in the Junior Championship was class winner 23 month old Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 owned and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire.

It was a good day for G & MC Shepherd when they took first prize in the Heifer, born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2015, with Moorside 1 Jane 5th. “Jane 5th”, who is by CCR 57G Stamina ET 199S, is another of the day’s show stoppers to have Romany breeding, this time out of Romany 1 Jane A51 E66. There were further awards for G & MC Shepherd when they took second place to Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 with Moorside 1 Jane 3rd, who is also by “Stamina ET 199S”.

In the Best Group of Three Animals property of the same Exhibiter it was A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire who came out on top with AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd in second place. However, all was not lost for AE Nesbitt Farms when they went one better when they were awarded the Best Pair of Animals by the Same Sire. Taking the blue prize card were local breeders Mr E Warner & Mrs C Burnell, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

There was some discussion about a certain referendum during the Royal Highland Show 2016 but this was put on the back burner when it came to judging beef cattle. However, there was no split result here - only a united voice from within the cattle lines and around the showring, that a certain Hereford bull, Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Leicestershire would prevail – and so it proved to be when the Hereford Breed Champion become the Overall Inter-breed Beef Champion.

In a country renowned for its high quality beef stock across both Native and Continental beef sectors, it was the Hereford which came out on top!
Normanton 1 Laertes (pictured right) went one better than his maternal half-brother Normanton 1 Eastern Promise who was judged Reserve Inter-breed Champion in 2011, becoming the first Hereford to be crowned Overall Champion since 2010.
"Laertes", a former National Calf Show Champion, was described by Inter-breed Judge Gerald Smith as being “perfect – he’s got good length, shape, muscle throughout, not too strong in his front, breed character, he moved well with power in his four legs and great top line – just perfect, an easy winner.”

November 2013 born “Laertes”, out of prolific former Female of the Year Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 and by Romany 1 Distiller, is not just style & substance, he backs up his looks with a great 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’. An animal with figures all to the right of the mid-line breed average.

Pictured left, from L to R, are Judge Danny Wylie, Tim Livesey, William Livesey with Normanton 1 Laertes and Jose 'Pepe' Bonica, World Hereford Secretary General and Breed President, Michael Clark.

It wasn’t just a great show for Normanton Herefords, the Hereford Breed also enjoyed a wonderful event with twice as many Herefords on display this year than in 2015, thanks in part to first time exhibitors; Tom & Di Harrison, Moralee Herefords and Peter Eccles, Rockness Herefords, plus the popular return of breed stalwart Mrs Margaret Cameron. Couple this with further Inter-breed successes in the Best Pairs, Group of Three and the Performance Recorded Native Bred Class it made an exciting show for the resurgent Hereford Breed.

The Reserve Breed Championship went to Grand & Senior Female Champion Panmure 1 Plum L7 (pictured right) from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath Angus, Tayside. Twenty eight month old “Plum L7” is out of Panmure 1 Plum E2 and by Hawkesbury 1 Volcano. She later teamed up with “Laertes” to be placed the Best Native Inter-breed Pair. Standing Reserve to Panmure 1 Plum L7 in both the Senior and Grand Female Championships was Romany 1 Lucy R22 F12 from JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. Eight year old “Lucy R22 F12”, described by Judge Danny Wylie as a “good functional type”, is out of Romany 1 Lucy A48 and by Crickley 1 Figurehead.

In the Junior section there was more success for the Cant family when they took both the Female and Male Championships.
Sixteen month Panmure 1 Plum M9 is out Panmure 1 Plum E2 and is another promising animal by successful herd sire Hawkesbury 1 Volcano. Harveybros 1 Crocus N1 from local breeders Harvey Brothers, Glasgow took the Reserve Junior Female Championship. Expertly shown by Sophie Harvey, “Crocus N1”, is out Harveybros 1 Crocus E2 and by Venture Night Time 7055.

The Junior Male Champion was Panmure 1 Mumford (pictured left) who took the plaudits for a delighted Audrey Cant of JM Cant & Partners. Fourteen month old “Mumford”, out of Panmure 1 Plum J16 and by Panmure 1 Karl, went on to pip his stablemate “Plum M9” for the Overall Best Junior Animal. There was further success for this eye-catching young bull when he was judged by Mr Michael Robertson as his Reserve Native Inter-breed Marks & Spencer Beefbreeder / Breedplan Champion. Behind “Mumford” in the Junior Male Championship was fifteen month old Moralee 1 Monster Munch from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland.

To complete a fabulous show for JM Cant & Partners they went on to take the red ticket in the Pair of Animals bred by an Exhibitor, with W & P Eccles finishing a commendable second place to make it a memorable first show. 

Other Class winners were; Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 from Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, in the Female Class born on or between 1st September 2014 and 28th February 2015 and Baldinnie 1 Clinton in the Bull Class born on or between 1st September 2014 and 28th February 2015 to make it a happy return for Mrs Margaret Cameron.

Non Thorne of Studdolph Herefords talks about the family business breeding Herefords, and why shows, especially Pembrokeshire, are important for them........

"My grandfather started breeding Herefords in 1945, and we're all trying to breed the perfect animal... They've all got their own characters and personality. You've got the very showy animals, they love going to the show, they look alert - and you've got others that are real sookies, and all they want is a cuddle and grooming!" Non Thorne.

The original Studdolph herd was established in 1946. In 2005, the Studdolph Poll Herd was established when Non was given two heifers for Christmas by her parents George & Ionwy. Studolph Herefords were awarded the National Hereford Herd of the Year in 2008 which was was a "proud moment for the family".

This year George Thorne a former Hereford Breed President is Master Judge for the National Herd of the Year.

The ever popular National Stock-Judging Competition took place on the second day of the Royal Three Counties Show. Sixteen teams of three representing their respective Hereford Breeder Associations & Clubs competed for the South of England Trophy - presented to the team with the highest combined score.

Three groups of four cattle consisting of bulls, cows & heifers were judged separately, by each team member, during an eight minute period for each group. Team members remain in the same area of the show ring whilst the cattle move from one section to another.

Moving on to the competition there was a tie for the Highest Individual Score between members Matthew Gray and Ryan Coates, who both scored an impressive 141 points out of a possible 150. They will both hold the Midland & East Anglia Trophy for a period of six months each.

Pictured right are from left to right Chairman Richard Mann, Matthew Gray, Ryan Coates and Breed President Michael Clark.

In the Young Members section and taking the trophy for the Highest Individual Score was young Allan Watkins with a commendable score of 140 points. Allan is no stranger to success as last year he formed part of the team which finished second.

A delighted Allan Watkins can be seen, pictured below left, receiving his well earned trophy.

In the team category awards and finishing in fourth place with 379 points out of a possible 450 were the Senior North of England HBA team consisting of Graham Shepherd, Bernard Rimmer and Jackie Cooper.

In joint second place with 380 points were a team from the South of England HBA (Team 1) comprising Allan Timbrell, Richard Edwards and Emma Smith and for the second successive year Greg, John & Allan Watkins from the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association (HCBA - Team 3).

However, with 383 points, it was another team from the HCBA (Team 2) that took the top spot. The team taking the silverware consisted of three members who have all won either team and/or individual awards over recent years; Hazel and Elaine Timmis and Phil Allman.

Pictured below right are the winning team of from left to right; Phil Allman, Hazel Timmis, Elaine Timmis along with the Chairman and President.

The Hereford Cattle Society would like to thank its Chairman Richard Mann for selecting the 12 cattle to be judged, the members for preparing the cattle to be assessed, the Breed President Michael Clark for acting as Master Judge and for the 48 members for taking part to make it another memorable occasion. Well done to all concerned!

Grand & Senior Female Champion Coley 1 Bubbles 249 from Miss Heather Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the Supreme and Native Inter-breed Championships at the Royal Three Counties Show. These latest accolades follow hot on the heels of her recent success at the Royal Bath & West Show where she also took the Breed & Native Inter-breed Championships.

Pictured right Breed and Native Inter-breed Champion Coley 1 Bubbles with professional Showman Andrew Hughes.

Four year old “Bubbles 249”, who is out of Costhorpe 1 Bubbles S26 and by former Sire of the Year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe, enjoyed her return to the Royal Three Counties Show after previously taking the Junior & Grand Female Championships in 2013.

Whilst the stand out animal may have been Coley 1 Bubbles the three day show belonged to the Timmis family from Baschurch, Shropshire. On Friday they took the Junior & Grand Male Championships followed by the Junior & Reserve Grand Female Championships before being awarded the Best Pair of Animals and Best Group of Three Animals. On Saturday Mrs Hazel Timmis & Miss Elaine Timmis were part of the winning team of three, representing the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association in the National Stock Judging Competition. Not content with triumphs over the first two days of the show, they also won the inaugural Inter-breed Group of Three on the final day.

Taking the Reserve Supreme Championship was Junior & Grand Male Champion 14 month old Listimous 1 Mallet (pictured left) from MJ & HM Timmis. “Mallet”, who is out of Shraden 1 Duchess A140 and by Baldinnie 1 Victory, who then joined up with his half-sister Shraden 1 Dowager M641 to take the Best Pair of Animals and then Shraden 1 Duchess M639 to take the Best Group of Three. In second place in the Best Pair of Animals by the same Sire was Mrs I Jennings, Ilminster, Somerset with two animals by Frenchstone P. 1 Cannon. Taking the blue ticket in the Best Group of Three was Breed President MJ Clark, Lowesmoor Herefords, Tebury, Gloucestershire.

Judging was brought to a halt, to the delight of on-lookers, when HRH The Princess Royal visited the Hereford show ring. After a brief discussion with the Breed President Mr Michael Clark, Judge Reg Hutchings, cattle stewards Richard Bradstock & Raymond Morgan-Jones and Society staff David Prothero & David Deakin, she presented prize cards to the Best Pair of Animals line-up.

Pictured below right are the Breed & Inter-breed Group of Three winners from Shraden Herefords, Baschurch, Shropshire.

The Reserve Grand Male Championship went to Senior Male Champion Cleland 1 Jackson (pictured below left) from AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd, Hungerford, Berkshire. Four year old “Jackson”, another animal who has enjoyed success earlier in the season at the Royal Bath & West Show, being awarded the Grand Male Championship. Cleland 1 Jackson is out of Cleland 1 Clover 4th and by 2010 Royal Inter-breed Champion Romany 1 Captain R22 C1. Standing Reserve to “Jackson” in the Senior Male Championship was the much admired Normanton 1 Laertes from TD & WT Livesey, Normanton-le-Heath, Leicestershire.

To complete the male section another bull standing Reserve to Listimous 1 Mallet was Rempstone 1 Trendsetter V346 from MJ Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire. Sixteen month old “Trendsetter V346” is out of Rempstone 1 Model and by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa.

Turning to the female category and standing Reserve to Coley 1 Bubbles 249 in the Grand Female Championship was Junior Female Champion, Shraden 1 Duchess M639 (pictured below right) from MJ & HM Timmis. Twenty one month old “Duchess M639” is another promising heifer from the successful “Duchess” bloodline. She’s out of Shraden 1 Duchess J516 and by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster, the Top Priced Bull at the 2013 Autumn Show & Sale in Hereford. She was also part of the winning Inter-breed Group of Three, alongside “Mallet” and “Dowager M641” as mentioned above.

Standing Reserve in the Senior Female Championship with Bromley 1 Laurel 594 owned and exhibited by local breeders M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire. Four year old “Laurel 594” is out Bromley 1 Laurel 445 and by Romany 1 Fantasy R22 F35. To complete the main awards, at what was another highly competitive show with Mr Reg Hutchings presiding over the highest beef breed entry at this prestigious event, was Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 20th from DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown, mid-Wales. Fifteen month old “Lilac Wine 20th” is out of Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 10th by former Hereford Sire of the Year, Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

The Hereford Breed took the Reserve Overall Junior Inter-breed Champship at Royal Cornwall Show with Frenchstone P. 1 Figurehead from LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon & Lanscombe 1 Roxy from RA Mitchell, Dorchester, Dorset.

Eleven month old "Figurehead" by the revered Australian sire Days Calibre G74 and out of home grown female Frenchstone P. 1 Daffodil has both a Self-replacing & Terminal Sire Index in the Top 15% for the Breed.

Sixteen month old Lanscombe 1 Roxy is Lanscombe 1 Millie and by prolific sire Brangwyn 1 Emporer.

There are good days showing cattle, there are great days showing cattle, but then there are days when everything falls into place. On Bank Holiday Monday it was a day like this for Tom and Di Harrison’s Moralee herd at Northumberland County Show…

In recent years Hereford Classes have been going from strength to strength at Northumberland County Show and the bonus this year of being a ‘points counting show’ for the National Hereford Competitions saw it draw an entry from far and wide, however, it was animals from only a mile and a half away that took the Championship ribbons.

Exhibited by the Harrisons’ it was the beautiful Moralee 1 Kylie with her October born bull calf at foot, (aptly named Moralee 1 Northumberland), that came out on top under the watchful eye of Judge Mr Keith Jempson. Born February 2013, “Kylie” by Spurstow 1 Recruit 1st, is the first calf out of one of the herd’s foundation females - Romany 1 Ishbel A51 H52. It was also the same dam, bred to the herd’s past stock bull Mallowburn 1 Jumpy Jack, that produced April 2015 born Moralee 1 Monster Munch who was awarded the Grand Male and Reserve Overall Breed Championships.

You’d think that was enough to cause celebration but it turned out, to quote her name sake Kylie, that nothing was going to be ‘better than today’ for Tom and Di Harrison as they should be so ‘lucky, lucky lucky lucky’ as they also picked up the Reserve Female & Reserve Male Championships with two more “Jumpy Jack” progeny!

The Reserve Female Championship went to April 2015 born Moralee 1 Moneypenny, out of Pinmoor 1 Gem, the 2014 County Show Grand Female & Overall Reserve Breed Championship. The Reserve Male, also April 2015 born, was awarded to Moralee 1 Magic, out of Mallowburn 1 Ethel Carr. The Grand & Reserve Grand Male Champions then teamed up to be awarded the Best Pairs Cahmpionship - All in all a fantastic day!

On speaking after the show Tom and Di Harrison said, ‘When we went into the Championships with nothing to lose, we just thought ‘wow’! We’ve been heavily involved with the Show for many years (Di had previously been in charge of the cattle section) but you can’t beat the feeling of competing and having such success.” “It’s easy to get carried away!’ Tom added, ‘by the end my head was just spinning but there would be some celebration in the Harrison household tonight!’ With having such success lead ropes were being thrown in all directions with fathers, uncles, nieces and nephews all involved when it came to the final Championship!”

Judge Keith Jempson commented, “what a great turnout of cattle had been presented, but my Champion had been a firm favourite as soon as she had entered the ring. I just couldn’t get her out of my mind throughout the rest of the classes - it was an easy decision when it came to the Breed Championship”.

The children also saw some success in the Young Handlers’ competition under the watchful eye of Judge Drew Patrick an auctioneer from Hexham Auction Mart. The Harrison’s nephew James (9) and niece Charlotte (11) were 1st and 3rd respectively in the Under 14 Age Category in a highly competitive class.

Other Class winners were Moorside Herefords with their March 2014 born Moorside 1 Jane 3rd shown with her April 2016 born heifer calf at foot, sired by the Cogent bull, Moorside 1 Joseph. Coley Herefords from Halifax, West Yorkshire with their September born in-calf heifer Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11, and Romany Herefords with the October born Romany 1 Manager D1 M63 both came out on top in their respective classes. The latter two animals both sired by previous UK Hereford Sire of the Year SMH Castro. Romany Herefords also had further success with Romany 1 Dawn H12 N15 sired by Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12, a previous Northumberland and Royal Highland Show Champion.

The day ended with an impressive Grand Parade in the Main Arena with a large contingent of Hereford cattle taking a spin around the ring with more cattle than any other breed taking part.

The North of England Hereford Breeders’ Association would like to thank all exhibitors for attending and the Northumberland County Show for hosting one of the Association’s two National Points Shows in the region.

This year's Royal Bath & West saw the Herefords win the Inter-breed Group of Four with four smashing animals exhibited from Berkshire, Herefordshire and South Yorkshire.

Miss Heather Whittaker, Halifax, South Yorkshire provided two females Coley 1 Bubbles 249 & Coley 1 Nova 351, PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire with Greenyards 1 Truelove M314 and AE Nesbitt Farms Ltd, Hungerford, Berkshire completed the team with Senior stock-bull Cleland 1 Jackson.

The Winning Team pictured right are, from L to R,

Judge Robert Aitkin, Twm Jones with Coley 1 Nova 351 , Matthew Grey with Greenayrds 1 Truelove M314 (Reserve Breed Champion), Flora Amery with Coley 1 Bubbles 249 and Keith Jempson & Hannah Baldwin with Cleland 1 Jackson. 

Earlier in the day Coley 1 Bubbles 249, with her bull calf Coley 1 Naginski at foot, took both the Breed and Exhibitor Bred Native Inter-breed Beef Championships. "Bubbles" is sired by former Hereford Bull of the Year, Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe and out of Costhorpe 1 Bubbles S26.

Herefords saw a top price of 2,500gns paid for the Reserve Overall Champion Panmure 1 Midge (pictured) from JM Cant & Partners, Arbroath. Out of Panmure 1 Plum B5 and sired by Hawkesbury 1 Vulcano, the March 2015 born bull sold to Colby Farms, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria.

Selling at 2,400gns was Overall Champion Salton 1 Lexus from G Bulmer, Salton, York. Out of Salton 1 Millie and sired by Normanton 1 Jupiter, the June 2014 born bull went to RC & S Cleasby, Broughton in Furness, Cumbria.
At the same money was the Romany 1 Mikado H12 m14. The September 2014 born bull, sired by Romany 1 Heavyduty and out of Romany 1 Milk, went to JS & IM Wilson, Millom, Cumbria. (Harrison & Hetherington).

Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo bred by D&E Colledge and now owned by H Weston & Sons Ltd is the proud mascot of Hereford FC.
Five year old "Ronaldo" is out of Hawkesbury 1 Violet and by Dorepoll 1 499 Emporer.

Pictured here is "Ronaldo" being paraded around Wembley Stadium prior to Hereford FC's match versus Morpeth Town in the FA Vase Final 22nd May 2016.

"Ronaldo", a firm favourite with the fans, shows all the typical calmness associated with the Hereford Breed - fantastic temperament!

May Show & Sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle

A select group of bulls & heifers are available - click here to view the catalogue:

Catalogue for Carlisle Show & Sale, Friday 27th May.

The Hereford Breed won the Best Breed Stand at Beef Expo 2016 held at Bakewell Mart, Derbyshire, for the third time in five years!

Pictured right are lecturer and Master Judge Mr Charlie McClaren, Newton Rigg College, presenting the winning trophy to Hereford Breed Secretary Mr David Prothero & Mr David Deakin. 

Cattle on display were kindly provided by Breed Chairman Richard Mann with two commercial cows & calves at foot and from Midlands & East Anglia Council Member Tim Livesey with Normanton 1 Laertes & Derbyshire breeder Kris Stevenson with Alvian 1 Jamaica.

The six students judging the Breed Stand under the guidence of their tutuor Mr Charlie McClaren stated that, "The Hereford display highlighted the Breed's seedstock, commercial activity and most importantly followed the Beef Expo theme of educating the consumer on the choice of recipes & specific cuts of beef available.

Thanks must go to the Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders' Association and their long serving Hon. Secretary Mr Alan Pittam for arranging and providing the cattle for the Breed Stand.

Once again Hereford exhibitors pulled out all the stops and presented a top notch entry of cattle at the 148th Balmoral Show. For the second year in a row the Breed had the largest entry amongst a record number of almost 700 head.

Scooping the top honours and notching up their very first Balmoral win was Auchnacloy based couple Paul & Wendy Beatty with their home-bred heifer Tirelugan 1 Lilly (pictured right). This rising two year old heifer was purchased in utero of her dam Solpoll 1 Stardust J12, and is out of the highly successful sire Panmure 1 Henry. Judging was in the hands of Society President Michael Clark, who described his Champion as "simply outstanding, with tremendous breed character and style".

The Reserve Championship was awarded to John & William McMordie, Ballygowan for Solpoll 1 Starlet M10 (left). This September 2014 born daughter of their home-bred “Dynamite” stock sire, is out of one of the most prolific families within a high performing herd.

C & M Beatty & Son, Dungannon collected the Male Championship with their stock bull Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger after he stood top of the line in the April to December 2014 bull Class. “Lone Ranger” (pictured below right) was purchased in January this year at the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association Premier Sale.

A strong class of 2015 born bulls were led by the greatly admired Dominarigle 1 Prince 658 brought out by Mrs Jacqueline Martin, Saintfield. This young prospect (pictured below) sired by Gurteragh Justice was also tapped out Junior Champion and Reserve Male Champion by the Judge.

The Reserve Junior came from the 2015 born heifer class, which was one of the largest of the entire show. Dorepoll 1 Catalina 641 a daughter of the well-known sire Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage, was bred and exhibited by the Haire Family, Dundrod who chalked up several ribbons at the show.

The red ticket was awarded to Solpoll 1 Pansy C4 an eleven year old cow from the McMordie team, accompanied with her Panmure 1 Henry sired heifer calf at foot.

Dorepoll 1 579 Knight Hawk another entry by Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage was winner of the Senior Bull Class for J.E, R.I & W Haire. “Knight Hawk” is no stranger to success at previous Balmoral Shows.s awarded to Solpoll 1 Pansy C4 an eleven year old cow from the McMordie team, accompanied with her Panmure 1 Henry sired heifer calf at foot.

The Group of Three cattle from one exhibitor saw the Solpoll team selected as class leaders, with the Haires in second and Co. Leitrim based Coote Geelan in third.

All of the classes were watched by a packed ringside of visitors to the show. Sponsorship for the Hereford section was kindly provided by Lidl.

Photos by Alfie Shaw Report by Libby Clark

Dear Hereford Breeder

Ghyll Beck Hereford Stud is now taking bookings on our annual trip to Agribition in Canada. Last years trip was a great success and we hope to take more people with us this year.

This years show takes place between 21-26 November 2016. Hereford events take place on the 24th and 25th, however cattle are at the show for the full week. Schedules and more information of the show can be found at www.agribition.com

Participants are also entitled to claiming 50% back on travel costs (flights + hotel) through the Incoming Buyers Program, funded by the Canadian government. It is possible to claim up to $1500 CDN, an amount which participants rarely exceed. There are a certain number of places on this program reserved for the Ghyll Beck delegation so we work on a first come first serve basis. Even if breeders are not wishing to receive the funding, they are more then welcome to join our delegation.

Joshua can be seen pictured right whilst attending the recent World Hereford Conference in Uruguay.

We also book hotel rooms on behalf of delegation members, however we ask participants to book their own flights as many decide to stay in Canada for longer than just the CWA show. If people need advice/help on flights etc we are happy to help with the booking etc. Agribition is based in the city of Regina, Saskatchewan.

We feel Agribition is one of the best venues to assess North American genetics as many of the top Hereford and Polled Hereford herds exhibit here.

I hope you decide to join us this year, and I can't stress how incredible an event it is.

Best regards,
Josh Dowbiggin

Ghyll Beck Hereford Stud
Mobile - 07447412123
Email - ghyllbeckherefords@hotmail.co.uk 

The National Horned Hereford Show Club is holding its annual herd visit on Saturday, 4th June.
This year we are being kindly hosted by David Makin of Adzor Herefords, at Stocks House Farm, Wellington, Herefordshire HR4 8AZ.
All are welcome – please contact Sarah Cowle (s.cowle@hotmail.co.uk ) for further details and to book your place by 20th May (for catering purposes).

The National Horned Hereford Show Club organises the National Horned Show of Hereford Cattle at Tenbury Wells, Worcs – this year’s show is on 6th August.
Make sure the date is in your diary and come along for a great day out……..

Sarah Cowle

‘Ronaldo’s’ Wembley Appearance Given Final Clearance

16th May 2016 by Chris Ammonds - Club Statement,FA Vase,Latest News

Hereford FC and the Herefordshire Football Association (HFA) are delighted to confirm that the Football Association (FA) has given final confirmation that Hereford FC club mascot, Hereford Prize Bull, Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo, can be paraded in front of the club’s fans at Wembley Stadium ahead of the club’s FA Vase Final appearance against Morpeth Town on Sunday 22 May.

This announcement follows a huge amount of detailed preparatory work behind the scenes over a number of weeks, followed by a meeting at Wembley last Thursday, where officials from the two organisations – alongside representatives from Westons Cider – met with Wembley staff to agree and finalise the exact procedure for the day.

It was agreed that Ronaldo will make his way pitchside at 11.10 am and then parade in front of the Hereford fans for around half an hour before leaving the arena at 11.40am.

Hereford FC and the HFA would like to thank officials at the Football Association and Wembley Stadium itself for agreeing to this unprecedented request, and would also like to thank Westons Cider – Hawkesbury 1 Ronaldo’s owners – for their assistance and the enthusiasm they have shown in helping make this unique appearance take place.

Speaking earlier today, Hereford FC Chairman, Jon Hale, said:

‘I have to be honest, when this idea was first mooted I was not confident we would succeed with our proposal. Therefore I am absolutely delighted that the FA and Wembley Stadium have agreed to our request and I know seeing ‘Ronaldo’ gracing such a iconic venue will be a proud moment for every Herefordian.

‘I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in making this happen – it is only going to make what will be a special day even more remarkable.’

Herefordshire Football Association Chief Executive, Jim Lambert, added:

‘I am delighted that we have been able to facilitate the meeting with the FA to enable Ronaldo to grace this wonderful occasion. I’m sure the Hereford public will appreciate and respect ‘Ronaldo’.

So the first ever Hereford Young Members weekend took place on the 23rd & 24th April. It was kindly hosted by Tim Livesey of Normanton Herefords based in Leicestershire. 

Twenty seven youngsters of varying ages took part over the course of the weekend. They were to undertake a series of workshops, challenges and stock judging skills and lessons.

The whole weekend kicked off with tea and coffee on the Saturday morning. There was a real buzz around the event especially as people had travelled far and wide. Four members had travelled from Northern Ireland accompanied with adults. Other Members had travelled from Scotland, Kent, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire and Wiltshire.

Already whilst drinking tea, people were networking and swapping stories! Prior to the event each Young Member had been put into a group which they were to remain in throughout the Saturday workshops. Each person completed a workshop on a rotational system allowing them an hour on each specialist subject. These included; Washing & Blowing with Matt Gray and Richard Edwards, Clipping with Darragh McManus, Dressing an animal with Andrew Hughes and Showmanship / ring craft with Steve Edwards.

At roughly 4.30pm when all the workshops were completed Tim kindly invited all interested people on a farm walk  - needless to say everyone took up the option. We couldn’t waste too much time though as anticipation was building - as during the evening there was a sit down buffet dinner with sixty people in attendance, prize giving, guest speakers; Clive Davies, Keith Jempson and Breed President Mr Michael Clarke and a raffle. All three speakers discussed the importance of the beef industry and the future for young farmers. This was followed by the highly awaited prize giving.

The winners were as follows:-

Junior section aged 8 – 14
Champion - Imogen Edwards Reserve champion - Bradley Graham

Intermediate section aged 15 – 20
Champion – Maddie Clarke
Reserve champion – Katie Baines

Senior section aged 21 – 26
Champion – Ryan Coates
Reserve champion – James Ludgate

All participants received a t-shirt for taking part, these were embroidered by Constructive clothing, with new UK Hereford Youth logo and the word Herefords across the left sleeve. To finish the night off there was a brilliant raffle with prizes ranging from straws of semen, chocolates, wine, plants, Mcinnes show products and clothing products. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening to finish off a good first day!

After a much needed sleep (from me!) everyone arrived at the farm bright and early. The atmosphere amongst children and adults alike were that they were making friends, enjoying their experience and having fun! At 11 o clock there was a back fat scanning session from Jim Barber, outlining the importance of EBV recognition. It allowed members to learn about the frame and structure of animals which they had been washing and showing the previous day. This then lead on to Clive Davies giving a session on what to look for in animal. He explained about the importance of conformation, sound feet and legs and described that an animal had to have style to show itself off – something I think Clive has himself - lots of style!

After a break for a lovely lunch, all people present, young and old took part in stock-judging. Each young member had to judge three classes, comprising of four young heifers, four young bulls and four cows with calves at foot. Clive Davies was the Master Judge. The prize for the Senior participants is to understudy the Judge at this year’s Autumn Show & Sales in Hereford, and so whilst everyone got to have a go, the five competing Seniors had to battle it out and provide their reasons which they were marked by Alan Timbrell. Alan guided and advised all people including the ‘oldies’ on how to provide reasons using a microphone. He emphasised the importance of actually believing in your decisions and to have the confidence to talk in front of people. After much deliberation and marking  - James Ludgate was the Senior Member who with the highest combined scores for stock judging and reasons became the first UK Hereford Youth Member to understudy at a Hereford Show & Sale.

I feel for a first time event of this kind it was encouraging to have so much support. Support ranging from the young members who took part, the adults that brought them but also all the trainers and advisors in giving up their weekend to allow such an event to take place.
And of course to Tim Livesey & family and especially to stockman Darragh McManus, in providing the venue and the cattle.

The future of UK Hereford Youth is on the up and looking exciting!

Emma Smith

May newsletter, keeping you in touch with our latest up to the minute news

2016 is proving to be a tough time for the industry, which is even more reason to attend this year's Livestock Event at the NEC. Make sure you have 6th and 7th July in the diary to attend Livestock Event which has been specifically designed to offer information, ideas and no nonsense practical advice to help your business ride out the current market trends.
With over 340 trade stands signed up, you will be able to find out about relevant products and concepts that will save money and keep you on track. We are also extending our practical demonstrations, discussions and seminars to offer you the opportunity to take home practical advice to implement next day on the farm.

Free tickets

Don't forget to pre-register for your FREE visitor ticket this week. Pre-registration is highly recommended to avoid lengthy queues on the day. Secure your FREE visitor ticket not just for yourself, but also your partner, family and staff. Remember, Livestock Event 2016 is open doors for all visitors.

Technical Demonstrations

We are continuing to work hard on our major technical features. This year we've introduced two new arenas which will bring you up to speed with some of the latest equipment designed to improve efficiency.

Beef Arena
The Beef Arena is dedicated to handling measuring and monitoring to help all rearers and finishers improve their management systems. The arena will feature live EID demonstrations offering a "Which Guide" to leading equipment; livestock specialist Miriam Parker will walk-through various handling systems whilst the central focal area will be dedicated to handling systems, weigh crates, cells and accompanying software.

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The Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association (NIHBA) Spring Show & Sale saw good demand continue for Hereford bulls despite the difficult economic times in farming.

Several of the bulls catalogued had already been sold off farm prior to the sale, however, there was still a healthy average of £2,541 recorded on the day.

Topping the trade at 3000gns was Riverdale 1 Malachi (right) exhibited by Norman McMordie from Saintfield, Co. Down. This 18 month old bull by Panmure 1 Henry, the current UK Sire of the Year, and from a Solpoll 1 Dynamite sired dam had earlier been judged Reserve Breed Champion.

The Champion from John & William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co. Down was Oakchurch 1 Maestro (left), a 16 month old bull also out of a “Dynamite” sired dam and by the highly rated Australian sire Wirruna Daffy, he sold for 2,800gns.

Keeping the money in Co.Down, Conor King from Castlewellan sold 20 month old Kilmegan 1 Red II for 2600gns (right). This growth young sire is by Udel 1 Eskimo and out of Kilmegan 1 Rosie II.

Show Judge for the event was Alwyn Armour from Dromara, Dromore, Co. Down.

Returning to Derbyshire for the first time in 15 years, NBA Beef Expo 2016 will take place on Friday, May 20 at the Agricultural Business Centre, home of Bakewell Mart. 

Bringing together the very best British pedigree and commercial cattle, the National Spring Spectacular Show (NSSS) has a total of 110 cattle in 12 classes and attracts some of the best of British cattle from the length and breadth of the UK.

This year, NBA Beef Expo will be kicking off with its annual farm tours which will take place on Thursday, May 19, featuring some of the Peak District’s most noted herds of cattle, in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The tour will include Chatsworth Estate’s renowned herd of pedigree Limousins & small herd of pedigree Herefords and Haddon Hall Estate’s Longhorn cattle.

A visit to Hopping Farm will also be included in the tours, where Simon Frost’s enterprise is founded upon a number-driven, science-based, market-orientated strategy. The herd of 150 Black Limousin cross suckler cows are all bred to easy calving, high index Charolais bulls.

The farm tours will be followed by the beef industry dinner at the Devonshire Dome, Buxton.

Beef Expo is a nucleus for knowledge sharing and breeding expertise and, as part of the event, NBA will also be hosting a range of seminars and workshops held by various industry professionals. 

The Hereford Cattle Society launched a Hereford Beef website in 2014, the only Breed Society to have a dedicated website.

Over the past two years the site has undergone a number of changes and has evolved through social media.

We have recently given the website a new, fresher more contemporary look, please view it by clicking the following link:- http://www.herefordbeef.org.uk/

We would also urge you to follow HerefordBeefUK on social media to increase ‘traffic’ and interest in Hereford Beef.

The 17th World Hereford Conference being held in Montevideo is fast approaching!

There will be a large presence from the UK with 22 delegates in attendance.
For those of you unable to attend please look out for regular updates from the conference via facebook or twitter during the period 16th - 25th April


Good herd Fertility and a tight calving interval is a priority for dairy farmer, Gordon Mitchell who farms with his father Walton near Banbridge, Co. Down, N.I. “Attention to detail and a focus on the key efficiency factors is more important than ever at current milk prices” says Gordon.

It was this focus on areas such as grassland management, nutrition, herd health and fertility which earned Gordon a place in this year’s Dale Farm, farm efficiency competition.
Genetic improvement is another key area and carefully selected AI sires are used to ensure sufficient high quality replacements to maintain the herd – a Hereford bull is then used to get the remaining cows in calf as quickly as possible. The bull is first introduced to the heifers to cover any repeats to AI service – then joins the main herd in March or April when sufficient cows have been confirmed in-calf to the Holstein inseminations.

Gordon Mitchell (pictured above) with some of the Hereford calves which are reared for sale through the local livestock market.

A program of heat detection involving pedometers and close observation of the cows ensures good conception rates and regular veterinary visits for pregnancy diagnosis and examinations make sure that problems are detected and treated as early as possible.

This regime has helped reduce the herds calving interval in recent years – achieving an average of 367 days in 2014. “A sweeper bull is part of the strategy” says Gordon. “We introduced our first Hereford in 2008, purchasing him at a Dungannon bull sale. We have been pleased with the results and some years later when he became a bit too heavy for the heifers we returned to the same breeder to purchase our current bull Corraback Felix. They work well either in the cubicles or at grass and are effective in getting cows settled quickly”

The Hereford progeny are reared and sold as stores in the local market at 15 to 18 months when they are in keen demand from beef finishers or as breeding females.

Good Luck to the newly formed UK Hereford Youth - holding their inaugural event over the weekend of 23 & 24th April.

The Young Members event, organised by Ms Emma Smith, will be kindly hosted by well-known Hereford Breeder Mr Tim Livesey, Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire.

On the Saturday Workshops will include: Washing & Grooming, Preparing an Animal for the Show ring, Clipping & Show ring Etiquette.
Whilst on the following day participants will undertake sessions on stock judging (for all age categories 8 - 14 years, 15 - 19 years & 20 - 26 years of age). Additionally, the Senior group will be entered for a competition where they will also have to provide reasons for their placings.

Throughout the weekend there will be a number of Judges & Trainers on hand to offer advice.

A fun evening has been arranged for the Saturday night with a raffle, prizes and after dinner speaker Mr Clive Davies.

Hereford Cattle Society Spring Show & Sale - Tuesday 5th April at Hereford Livestock Mart

Bulls Top 9,000gns and Heifers 5,700gns

The Hereford Cattle Society Show & Sale on Tuesday exceeded all expectations.

Show Heifers

A 100% clearance of the Show Heifers offered saw a top of 5,700 gns. paid for the Grand Female Champion, 14 month old Dendor 1 Molly 44th (pictured right) sired by the Danish bull, SMH Euro 30E bred & exhibited by D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Newtown, Powys.  “Molly” was purchased by local breeder, P.D. Vaughan, Kingsland, Herefordshire.

Mr. Vaughan also purchased the Reserve Female Champion, 20 month old Romany 1 Ishbel H12 M4 (pictured left) sired by Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12 and bred by J.R.B. Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Roxburghshire for 5,300 gns. and two heifers bred by J. & W. McMordie, Ballygowan, Co. Down, Northern Ireland sired by Panmure 1 Henry – 19 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M1 for 3,600 gns. and 18 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M14 for 4,200 gns.

Messrs. McMordie went on to sell three further heifers, 19 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M8 by Solpoll 1 Dynamite for 5,500 gns. to J. Radcliffe, Swansea; 19 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M6 by Danish sire Moeskaer Keno for 3,600 gns. to A.G. Whittle, Heywood, Lancashire and 19 month old Solpoll 1 Starlet M9 by Panmure Henry for 3,300 gns. to E. Pierce, Tiverton, Devon.

Messrs. G. & M.C. Shepherd, Preston, Lancashire saw their 12 month old Moorside 1 Jane 6th by Canadian sire CCR 57 G Stamina sell for 3,800 gns. to Highridge Farm Partnership, Oxted, Surrey.

The 19 Show Heifers sold for £61,845 to Average £3,255.00

Show Bulls

An 80% clearance of the bulls offered saw the Grand Male Champion, 18 month old Fisher 1 McCoy (pictured right) (745 kgs) by Fisher 1 Jaguar, bred & exhibited by W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, Sussex top the sale at 9,000 gns. and sold to Highridge Farm Partnership, Oxted, Surrey.

J. & W. McMordie, Ballygowan, Co. Down sold 19 month old Solpoll 1 Milkyway (left) (780 kgs) by Panmure 1 Henry for 8,400 gns. to P. Murphy, Wychnor, Staffordshire and another “Henry” son, 25 month old Solpoll 1 Lawyer (975 kgs) for 8,000 gns. to Mr. & Mrs. J.R. Pike & Son, Chippenham, Wiltshire.

A further two 19 month old bulls, Solpoll 1 Maverick (815 kgs) by Solpoll 1 Dynamite for 6,000 gns. purchased by Spendlove Bros., Kettering, Northants., and Solpoll 1 Mr. Daffy (795 kgs) by the Australian sire Wirruna Daffy D1 for 5,400 gns. to H. Richardson, Redditch, Worcestershire.

Mrs. C.S. Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria saw her 24 month old Barwise 1 Lekhwair (1,030 kgs) by Barwise 1 Wellington (pictured right) sell for 6,400 gns. to G.J. & E.M. Thomas, Ferwig, Cardiganshire.

Mr. M. Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire sold the first bull through the ring, 30 month old Rempstone 1 245N Comply-or-Die (1,195 kgs) for 5,000 gns. to P. Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire.

Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd., Thetford, Norfolk, first-time exhibitors at the Society’s Sales sold two 19 month old bulls, Shadwell 1 Bomber M768 (920 kgs) by Solpoll 1 Dynamite for 4,600 gns. to T.G.R. Williams & Sons, Olney, Buckinghamshire and Shadwell 1 Beethoven M774 (1,050 kgs) by Aldersley 1 Edgar for 4,200 gns. to Mr. & Mrs. D.L. Wallace, Dulverton, Somerset.

D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Newtown, Powys, sold their 19 month old Dendor 1 Maverick (845 kgs)  by Solpoll 1 Gilbert for 4,800 gns. to R. Hobbs, Truro, Cornwall.  Messrs. Jones then went on to sell another son of “Gilbert”, the youngest bull in the Sale, 12 month old Dendor 1 Mufasa (575 kgs) for 4,500 gns. to B. & B. Rimmer, Preston, Lancashire.

Messrs. L.R. & A.M. Ayre, South Molton, Devon sold their recently imported Danish bred bull, 13 month old Aland Leopold (645 kgs) by the Irish bull Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty for 3,700 gns. to P. Riley, Towcester, Northants.

The Reserve Grand Male Champion bred & exhibited by G. Blandford, Bosbury, Herefordshire, 14 month old Bosa 1 Ken (660 kgs) by Eldersfield 1 Carter sold for 3,200 gns. to H. & E. Rudge, Ballingham, Hereford.

J.R.B. Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Roxburghshire sold their two 19 month old bulls, Romany 1 Magnate F57 M25 (830 kgs) by Romany 1 Frisky A84 F57 for 3,400 gns. to H.A. Colburn & Son, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and Romany 1 Mandate D1 M51 (860 kgs) by the Danish bull, SMH Castro 0001 for 3,000 gns. to go back to Scotland to P. Brown, Lanark.

Messrs. W. & R. Kemp & Sons, St. Helens, Bishop Auckland sold two 22 month old bulls, both by Auckvale Advance 790E – Auckvale Lighthouse 1416L (880 kgs) for 3,000 gns. to E.B. Walker & Co., Clifton-on-Thame, Worcestershire and Auckvale Legend 1424L (925 kgs) also for 3,000 gns. to M. Jordan & son, Chathill, Northumberland.

45 Bulls sold for £153,667.50 to Average £3,414.83

Non-Show Heifers

In the Females for Sale Only section, which this year consisted of an offering of 25 heifers, only one missed to sell.

Topping this section was a 13 month old heifer bred & exhibited by P.J. & A.C. Allman, Sutton St. Nicholas, Herefordshire, Greenyards 1 Echo M346, a daughter of the Australian sire, Wirruna Daffy D1 selling for 2,700 gns. to B. Head, Barnt Green, Birmingham.

R. Edwards & E. Smith, Swindon, Wiltshire saw their 23 month old heifer, Classic 1 Justa-Lady by the Danish bull, Slyk’s 1 Elevation sell for 2,500 gns. to Wick Farm Partnership, Devizes, Wiltshire.

A small consignment of heifers from A.J. & L.R. Hobson, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire saw a 24 month old incalf heifer, Eldersfield 1 Lilac L997, by Fisher 1 Ensign E254 sell for 2,300 gns. to T.I. Pugh, Twyn, Gwynedd who purchased a second 23 month old incalf heifer, Eldersfield 1 Regina L1019, another daughter of Fisher 1 Ensign E254 for 2,000 gns.

B., H. & M.R. Myers, Godalming, surrey sold their 23 month old heifer, Boundless 1 Raine 1291 by Frys Cross 1 Oberon for 2,000 gns. to I.C. Markham, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

24 non-shown heifers sold for £39,060.00 to Average £1,627.50

Breed Society Secretary, David Prothero, felt that in the present agricultural climate the Sale had proven to be a great success with almost a total clearance of the females offered and an 80% clearance of the bulls, selling 45 at this year’s Sale compared to 23 last year.

Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster

Hereford bulls and females both sold in a sharper trade at the Elite Breeders Sale in Dungannon on 4th April. This new event was introduced to the sales calendar to meet the increased demand for breeding stock at this time of the year.

Topping the bull trade was Glenside Lawson (pictured right) from C & R Pogue from Benburb, Co. Tyrone. This big, clean growthy bull weighed in at 820 kgs at just eighteen months of age and boasted impressive figures for weight gain and carcass traits.  “Lawson” attracted keen interest from the packed gallery of customers and this was reflected in the sale ring with auctioneer Trevor Wylie fielding a flurry of bids before bringing the hammer down for the day’s top price of 2,900 guineas. Lawson’s stable mates “Leo” and “Lawrence”, again sired by the successfull Dreemore Titanic were also in demand selling for 2,300 and 2,100 guineas respectively.
Two bulls from the Graceland herd of Robin & James Irvine were also much admired in the pre-sale parade and attracted keen buyer interest – both selling at 2,600 guineas.             Both bulls were supported by excellent EBV’s with Graceland 1 Merlin eligible for the Superior Carcase Sire payment. Selling at 2,500 guineas was Annaghbeg 1 Berlusconi from M & L Moore. This December born calf was just over 15 months of age but showed impressive growth rate and conformation and was another bull to attract favourable comment.
The 10 bulls on offer sold to average £2,425.

The female section was keenly contested and a complete clearance was achieved as a number of new breeders competed to add quality females to their herds. Roy and Pat McClenaghan had another successful outing, selling Brookfield 1 Megan (pictured left) for the top price of 2,900 guineas. Carrying the service of Wiruna 1 Daffy this stylish young heifer joins a newly established pedigree herd in Co. Tyrone.

Allowdale Tinkle - presented to perfection by Adrian and Sandra Irvine was another quality heifer which appealed to the buyers – selling for 2,600 guineas after a tense battle of bids.
The 5 heifers sold to an average price of £2,440 each.

National Young Show Stars was launched in 2015 as a new event for the livestock sector with a view to showcasing the industry’s future talent and is organised by the Show Stars Management Committee in association with the Three Counties Agricultural Society at Malvern.

This year the event took place on 23rd and 24th March and saw mo

enthusiasts between the ages of eight and 24 showcase their skills in marketing and publicity, clipping, trimming and presentation, ring craft, auctioneering, butchering and their general knowledge of the industry.re than 140 young farming

Commenting on the event, Chairman Neil Lloyd said: “In just two years this event has cemented itself as a showcase for young talent in this industry. The aim all along has been to put young people at the forefront of a farming event and give them the profile and credit they deserve. The event has grown considerably with the addition of a headline sponsor in the form of the Allflex Group, which the event organisers are indebted to for their valuable support.

The most eagerly contested section was undoubtedly the beef competition with 18 teams entered, including an exchange team from Canada, and with many competitions taking place for judges Mark Phillips, Fraser Cormack and Jimmy McMillan, there was plenty for them to discuss and deliberate over.

The two teams, sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Society, came from the Midlands & East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association (M&EAHBA) and from the South of England Hereford Breeders’ Association (SEHBA) respectively.

Pictured left are, from L to R, Fiona Woolatt, James Hicks & Katherine Baines.

Representing the MEHBA team were; a former winner of the competition when it was held in-conjunction with Beef Expo, Fiona Woollatt alongside Katherine Baines and James Hicks. The highlight of the day for the “Red Roses” team was finishing second in the Interview section, after Fiona did a sterling job when grilled by veteran Royal Three Counties Show commentator Mr Clive Davies. Hereford Society Chairman Mr Richard Mann kindly provided the team with two animals for them to prepare and show.

The SEHBA team, “Irresist-a-bulls” comprised of Thomas Oatey, Ella Fosten and Amy Osbourne and were under tutorage of Ms Emma Smith. Cattle for the South of England team were kindly provided by Classic Poll Herefords.

Pictured left are, from L to R, Amy Osbourne, Tom Oatey & Ella Fosten.

Well done to both young Hereford teams for their enthusiasm and endeavour in what was a highly competitive and professional competition.

The NBA are looking for Young Beef Farmers (16-36 years of age) on whom they can base a case study.  
This will be to promote both the future of our industry and the Beef Farmer of the Future Competition which is to be held at Beef Expo 20th May 2016.

For further details please click the following Press Release

Pictured right: James Bonner, Future Beef Farmer Challenge Winner 2015 with Adam Henson

If you know of anyone please could you send their details, or ask them to contact Barbara at Glendale PR on telephone: 01668 283044 or Mobile:07980850394 or at barbara@glendalepr.co.uk

The number of Hereford sired calves born in 2015 as recorded by the British Cattle Movement Services (BCMS) increased by 13.4% in 2015 ~ the highest percentage increase of any beef breed. This significant increase equates to just over half of the total gain in beef-sired cattle registered in Great Britain.

BCMS figures show that 1,755,357 beef sired calves were registered during the year, up 24,580 on 2014.

A similar picture appears in Northern Ireland with Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS) recording an increase of 34.2% for Hereford sired calf registrations in 2015.

The number Hereford sired calves born in the UK (BCMS & APHIS) has increased for seven consecutive years, increasing by a massive 61%, with the total number of Hereford sired calves registered in 2015 standing in excess of 150,000.

David Deakin from The Hereford Cattle Society, commenting on the figures stated, “Over the past 10 years the Society has seen a year on year increase in Membership, Pedigree Registrations, Transfers and cattle valuations – but it’s equally important to see an expansion in popularity of the Hereford sire in the commercial sector. Whilst the Society’s core business will always be to service its membership, improve and promote the pedigree Hereford, a greater demand for commercial Herefords whether it’s as a terminal sire or a moderate sized functional suckler cow, this can only create further demand for the registered Hereford sire.”


Mr Deakin added, “The Hereford Breed seems well placed to provide livestock farmers with cattle that

are cost effective to rear, due to their ease of management and low production costs. Farmers using Hereford genetics are also able to produce the type of carcase meat processors and major retailers require - well marbled, reared on a forage-based diet and with a finished weight between 335-355kg.

The “Denis Jones Memorial Overseas Bursary” to attend ‘Canadian Western Agribition’ - 21st-26th November 2016 to compete in the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition

Competitors must be 18-21 years of age on the 25th November, 2016.

Mr Jim Barber, who will be accompanying the team, has informed the Hereford Cattle Society that the approximate cost of attending will be £1,400.00 per person which includes air fares, hotel and entry fees.

Some meals are included in the trip and all entry fees to the Show.  The competitor will need to buy other meals, etc.

Taking the estimated cost of £1,400.00 as stated above, the Society will fund 75% leaving the successful candidate to find the remaining £350.00 - plus spending money and insurance.

For further details and an application Form please download the PDF click HERE

FORT WORTH, TEXAS–In the heart of Texas cattle country, international cattlemen convened at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (#FWSSR) to coronate the top Hereford bull and female in the world for 2015, experience America’s western culture and examine the elite genetics and management practices of the globe’s most prestigious ranches.

Not daunted by restrictions such as health and export regulations that a live international show would incur, South Africa native P.J. Budler, now of Fort Worth, Texas, conjured up a new method to judge an international Hereford show. He worked tirelessly throughout 2015 collecting the names and photos of national champions from four regions of the world. Then, these champions competed in an online photo competition officiated by four judges plus an equally weighted fifth vote from the “Hereford Breeder” Facebook page. This year, 4,331 judging sheets from 35 countries were tabulated to narrow down the “best of the best” to name the outstanding four females and four bulls in each region.

The owners of the eight finalists recently traveled to the FWSSR in Fort Worth, Texas, United States, for the pinnacle of the yearlong competition — the announcement of the Hereford Champion of the World (bull) and Hereford Miss World (female).

On Jan. 31, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price recognized the finalists prior to the Fort Worth National “Cowtown Select” Hereford and Polled Hereford Sale. Having grown up on a Texas Hereford ranch, Mayor Price’s knowledge and appreciation of the Hereford breed made an impression with the international guests.

When the life-size cutouts were unveiled, the crowd cheered as the North American entries swept the competition. BR Anastasia 3023 ET was selected as Hereford Miss World. The March 2, 2103, daughter of UPS TCC Nitro 1ET is owned by Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas, United States; Deppe Bros., Maquoketa, Iowa, United States; Sullivan Farms, Dunlap, Iowa, United States; and Cottonwood Spring Farms and Bushy Park Farms, Mitchell, South Dakota, United States.

Video Link to Hereford Miss World presentation 

Also stepping into the winner’s circle as Hereford Champion of the World was CHAC Mason 2214. The Feb. 6, 2012, son of CRR About Time 743 is owned by Gary and Kathy Buchholz, Waxahachie, Texas, United States; Prairie Rose Cattle Co. and Eleanor James, both of Sherman, Illinois, United States.

Video Link to Hereford Champion of the World presentation

Other regional winners included:
• Tranqueras X4850 Good Gitana T/E, owned by Las Tranqueras, Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Kanimbla Miss K H100, owned by Tondara Herefords, Urana, New South Wales, Australia
• Romany 1 Plum A84 E37, owned by Romany Poll Herefords, Kelso, Borders, Scotland

Romany 1 Plum A84 E37, exhibited by Romany Poll Herefords, Kelso, Borders, Scotland, won Miss Europe to qualify for the Hereford Miss World contest at the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
Picture above from left are Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price; Robert Wilson of Romany Poll Herefords; National Hereford Queen Taylor Belle Matheny, Mays Lick, Kentucky, United States; Texas Polled Hereford Queen Jena McCall, Emory, Texas, United States; and Texas Hereford Queen Stephanie Golightly, Bellville, Texas, United States.

• La Piedra 0X2065 Mustag Shark T/E, owned by Terra Garba SACAI y F, San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Locheim Best Performer WDW 120053, owned by Vicedale Herefords, Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa
• Normanton 1 Lionel, owned by Normanton Herefords, Normanton le Heath, Leicester, England

Normanton 1 Lionel, exhibited by Normanton Herefords, Normanton le Heath, Leicester, England, won Hereford Champion of Europe to qualify for the World Hereford Champion contest at the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
Picture above from left are Texas Hereford Queen Stephanie Golightly, Bellville, Texas, United States; Texas Polled Hereford Queen Jena McCall, Emory, Texas, United States; National Hereford Queen Taylor Belle Matheny, Mays Lick, Kentucky, United States; Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price; and William Livesey and Darragh McManus of Normanton Herefords.

Photos courtesy of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
By Lisa Bryant, Cowboy Connection Designs & Communications

A Young Hereford Members' Event is to be held over the weekend of Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April, kindly hosted by Mr Tim Livesey and organised by Ms Emma Smith.

Age categories are as follows: 8 - 14 years, 15 - 19 years & 20 - 26 years of age.

On the Saturday Workshops will include: Washing & Grooming, Preparing an Animal for the Show ring, Clipping & Show ring Etiquette.

During the following day Young Members will undertake sessions on stock-judging (for all ages). Additionally, the Senior Group will also be required to provide reasons for their placings. The highest placed Senior will be awarded a first prize of ‘Shadow Judge’ at this year’s Autumn Show & Sale on 11th October at Hereford Market.
There will be many Judges & Trainers in attendance to offer help & advice, Prizes (including a Goody Bag from McInnes Show) and lots of fun to be had.

On the Saturday evening a buffet dinner will be available at a cost of £9.99. After dinner speaker will be well-known Hereford breeder and show commentator Mr Clive Davies. A raffle will also be held during the evening.
Food will be provided on farm, over the two day event.
Local accommodation can be arranged where necessary.

It is hoped that this will be the first of a number of similar events, so please support this wonderful opportunity!

For further details please contact Emma Smith on mob: 07772 495913 or by email: emmasmith460@btinternet.com  

Fifteen month old Netherhall 1 OZ Daffy M040 an imported embryo from Ian Lockes Wirruna Herd in Australia (sire Wirruna Daffy and Dam  Wirruna Tigress E69) has been bought by The National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC) in Ireland for their 'beef on dairy breeding programme', to supply an increasing demand for Hereford bloodlines in Ireland.

Rose Goulding, Beef Programme Manager NCBC commented that she was "very impressed when she saw the bull at nine months of age  - he was well grown, exhibited exceptional muscle development both on the back and the hindquarter and was fine boned. He is perfect for what we look for in our beef on dairy breeding programme, low birth weight, short gestation length, good growth rate, good muscle development and fine bone.  He will be tested on dairy cows in the 2016 breeding season, we look forward to the results...."

Thirty one naturally reared and outwintered Hereford bulls, all sired by imported Line One Hereford bulls, sold to a high of £7200, with an average of £2674.19 (Up £321.69 on the year.)

High seller was Ervie Advance 141836, going to work in the Redstroke herds of Herefords and Limousins owned by Iain and Jennifer Wilkinson from near Perth. The sire of this high performance individual is Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H.

Second top price of £4800 was for Ervie Advance 141781 sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 81035C. He sold to regular buyer Robert Parker, Drumdow along with Ervie Advance 141851 at £3500 for Black Baldie production.

Matching the £3500 price was Ervie Advance 141799, again sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H, he went to repeat buyers, R & M Reid, Caddell Farm, Saltcoats, Ayrshire.

Volume buyer for their large dairy herd was Glenapp Estate, Ayrshire taking six bulls.

The sale drew bidders and buyers from across the country with quite a few new customers mingled amongst the many repeat bull buyers. Bulls are heading for Orkney, Skye, Aberdeen, Perthshire, Scottish Borders and Yorkshire as well as many spread throughout Dumfries & Galloway.

Commenting on the sale afterwards, Ervie herd owner John Douglas said, “We are well aware of the current dire financial restraints affecting everyone in farming this year, but this was the largest crowd we have drawn to our sale to date. Although definitely sticking to a budget, there was an air of determination, and buyers were paying attention to the performance and calving-ease data provided and buying bulls specifically to suit their breeding requirements. It was great having so many top cattlemen from both beef and dairy backgrounds, comparing and exchanging views and searching for useful genetics to use on a host of different breeds and crosses. Every bull was on the market at £1800 and I take this sale as a definite vote of confidence on the breeding consistency of our Line One Hereford genetics.”

C & D Auction Marts Limited conducted the sale. Harry Begg auctioneer.

Mondays' Elite Hereford sale in Dungannon produced the top price of the spring season of Beef Breed Sales in Northern Ireland to date. It took an exceptional young sire, Graceland 1 Maestro (pictured right) from the Graceland herd of Robin and James Irvine of Whitecross to set the sale alight, getting the packed gallery galvanised to produce the day’s highest price of 3,900 guineas, topping the Angus and Limousin events and this week’s Balmoral bull sale. Further reflecting the demand for Hereford bulls in N.I. where recent APHIS figures have shown a massive 34.2% increase in Hereford sired calves born in the Province.

The sale produced a solid average of £2,440 for the bulls sold. “Trade was selective however, and reflected difficult times in the livestock sector with the income squeeze particularly affecting the dairy farmers who are the main customers for Hereford bulls” commented Auctioneer, Trevor Wylie of Dungannon Farmers mart.

Another quality bull on offer was J.D. 1 Leonard (pictured left) from A & V McFadden

Graceland 1 Maestro had been well admired at the pre-sale parade for his scale and quality and with exceptional EBV’s putting him in the top 5% of the Breed for growth and muscle - he was pretty much the complete package according to a delighted Robin Irvine. “Maestro is another son of our very successful stock bull, Greenyards 1 Dougie and has sired the top priced bull through the Dungannon bull sales in each of the 4 years since his progeny first came on the scene in 2011”. 
“Maestro” is eligible for the Hereford Cattle Society’s Superior Carcase Sire Scheme which promotes the top genetics in the Breedplan Recording Scheme.

Other bulls to catch the eye were Mervyn Richmond’s Corraback Impulse – a stylish young bull with good length and scale. Sired by Mara Flook, “Impulse” went on to sell for 2,600 guineas whilst David Smyth’s Fortview Logic from the famous Badlingham Blossom family and sired by Border Quaestor H5 made 2,500 guineas.

Next outing for the Elite Hereford Breeders’ will be on Monday 4th April when a further selection of good young sires will be on offer along with a strong line up of quality females suitable for new and established breeders.