The first Countryfile programme of 2015 is a compilation focusing on rare breeds and one segment is Adam and Joe Henson visiting Longhorn member Pat Quinn and her Harford herd.
The programme airs on Sunday 4 January at 8pm. Click here for the link to the BBC's Countryfile web page.
For the second year running Will Glover of the Warns herd, Yeovil, Somerset won the Frank Sutton Trophy for the Best Junior Handler.
He was presented with his award at the Mid West Breeders' lunch by herd competition judge Neil Vance.
The Longhorn Cattle Society survey is now available for members to complete online. Please go to the Herdbook to complete your survey.
Longhorn members Barbara and Nick Fuller of the Halliloo Herd in Woldingham, Surrey have beaten all-comers to win the Surrey Life Food and Drinks Awards Food Producer of the Year 2014.
The Society has a range of clothes available to order - jackets, polo shirts, fleeces, hoodies etc that can be embroidered with the Society logo and your herd name. Last orders for Christmas must be with the embroiderer by Wednesday 19 November so make sure they get to the office by Friday 14 November.
In stock at the office are baseball caps for £12, Longhorn mugs for £5 and Longhorn ties in burgundy or navy for £15. All items plus postage.
A full list of items and an order form are in the 'for sale and wanted section' of the website or Debbie can send you one by request.
The Society had a great day out at Borderway Agriexpo, Carlisle on Friday 31 October. We were kindly loaned cattle by Nicky Luckett and Simon Dalton which were great examples of what the breed can do.
EBLEX have commissioned an internationally recognised group of experts to undertake a review of genetic improvement services delivered to the beef and sheep industry.
The project has three main aims:
to quantify the financial benefit of genetic improvement in the sector;
to review the delivery of breeding improvement services and identify opportunities to improve uptake;
to explore opportunities for implementing new approaches to breeding – including potential genomic approaches
The research team has developed a 15-20 minute online survey for ram and bull breeders to gain a clearer insight into the way breeders use breeding improvement services.
We would very much like to get your views. The site is hosted at http://beefsheepsurvey.com/ - simply fill in your email address and click the box to get started.
If you have a slow internet connection or an older version of your web browser you may struggle to access the survey. If this is the case please please email Sam Boon at Samuel.email@example.com and he will send you a copy of the survey to complete and return in a reply-paid envelope.
Sam Boon from Signet recently wrote a report analysing the national beef and dairy herds by dam registrations.
Click here for the report to see how Longhorns fit into the national picture.
Many thanks to Signet for allowing us to reproduce this article.
Northern Longhorn Breeders' Herd Competition
Entries are now open for this year's Herd Competition for members in the Northern Group.
There are 9 individual classes: Senior bull, Junior bull, Senior cow, Junior cow, Senior heifer, Junior heifer, Best calf, Best steer, Best crossbred, then Best Large herd and Best Small Herd. Entry fee is calculated so that we cover the judges expenses, so isn't calculated until judging is complete, but is normally around £25 - not bad for up to 10 classes!
Peter Close has kindly agreed to judge this year. He plans to make a start towards the end of September and carry on into early October. He has also volunteered to host the AGM and prize-giving in December (date to be confirmed) which will also be a chance for us to turn the tables and judge his cattle!
Last year's judge covered almost 1800 miles - Peter is likely to have at least as far to go, so please say if you'd be able to put him up overnight.
Entries to Nicky Luckett firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th Sept please, so we have time to sort out Peter's itinerary.
The catalogue for the Society's National Show & Sale and Autumn Sale is now available.
Click here for the catalogue
Amendments to the catalogue as at 28.08.14
Lot 6 - sale only not show & sale
Lot 11 - withdrawn
Lot 17 - withdrawn
Lot 18 - withdrawn
Lot 24 - withdrawn
Around 30 members and friends gathered at Charles and Debbie Sutcliffe's Tetford herd on 17 August for the Society's Beef Production Workshop. The morning started with a 'guess the weight of the heifer' competition and continued with a general discussion on beef production systems both from a butcher's perspective and a producer's preferred system for their individual situation. After a lunch of Longhorn beef Jim Sutcliffe treated everyone to a butchery demonstration using both the forequarter and hindquarter of a Longhorn. After being well fed and watered a few members stayed on to have a look at the Tetford breeding herd.
The Society's summer visit was by kind invitation of David and Sharon McVeigh and their family to visit their home Kenton Hall and the De-Kenton herd of Longhorns alongside the other enterprises that are run from the farm.
The day started sampling a Longhorn burger from the brand new catering trailer the McVeighs had just purchased and were using for the first time that day at the Snape Maltings Farmers Market.
We then went back to the farm for a cookery demonstration using more obscure cuts and offal from homebred Longhorn cattle and then we toured the farm to see the glamping site, the wedding marquee, the cattle accommodation and David's engineering workshops and farm. We then saw the Longhorn cattle before being treated to a supper of Longhorn beef and produce from the garden.
Photos are in the gallery
Have you thought about standing for Council? A range of talents are required such as marketing and PR skills and business management experience so please don't think you just need to know about cows! Most members have real world experience outside their love of Longhorn cattle and it's these skills that will benefit Council and the Society as a whole.
Click here for a nomination form - give it some thought.
The Society is holding a photographic competition, to be judged at this year's AGM. Categories are:
Posed, Small herd, Large herd, Shows, Humerous, Commercial and must contain Longhorn cattle.
Get your photos to the Secretary by Friday October 3rd. Either via email or hard copy.
Longhorn member Felix Dennis has passed away after a long illness. The Society's condolences go to his family and friends at this sad time.
Many members would have followed the recent debate on slaughter methods and pre-stunning with interest.
A petition had been lodged on the HM Government e-petition website calling for an end to slaughter of all animals without pre-stunning.
Click here to view the petition.
Booking forms for the Society's 2014 events are now available. They will be emailed to all members before June or can be downloaded by following the links below.
Click here for the booking form for the Summer visit on 5 July
Click here for the booking form for the Beef Workshop on 17 August
Click here for the booking form for the AGM on 11 October
Pat Stanley of the Blackbrook Herd has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies for her contribution to the agricultural industry. This is the second FRAgS member in the Stanley household as John was made a Fellow a number of years ago. Many congratulations!
Pat was presented her award by Baroness Byford DBE, DL
NADIS has launched their Livestock Disease A-Z as an App for Smartphones which will be an invaluable, portable resource for you and your fellow livestock handlers. The Livestock Disease A-Z is currently featured on the NADIS website (www.nadis.org.uk) which receives over 25,000 unique visits each month.
Please go to your App store and type in NADIS Farmer and download the App.
Once launched, select your species, search for the disease affecting them and find out more - clinical signs to watch out for, causes, treatment and prevention and control (with checklist) all with clinical pictures held in a useful resource in your pocket!
Why not also try the clinical quiz for each disease and receive a Health Certificate from NADIS. The old saying "prevention is better than a cure" has never been more relevant. Disease prevention is most effective as part of an active veterinary health plan.
The monthly Parasite Forecast and Disease Alert webcasts are also featured on the NADIS App and are a fast and convenient way to keep up to date with the disease challenges facing livestock each month http://webinars.nadis.org.uk/distributors/nadis.aspx
The first stage of the development of the App is complete and we are working to convert the entire NADIS website Disease A-Z to App format (Android and iPhone platform) so you can look up all diseases affecting livestock, watch relevant videos, whilst on the go.
For further information contact Janet Woodhart on email@example.com or Paula Bullivant on firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Adams is currently on holiday in New Zealand and he took time out from his travels to visit fellow members Doug and Frances Drury.
The first meeting of the Longhorn Council of Management was held on Tuesday 14 January 2014. At the meeting David Blockley was elected Chairman for 2014, Charles Sutcliffe was re-elected as Vice Chairman.
For a full list of Council members and their contact details go to the contact details page of the website.
BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison stopped by Society member Robert Vaughan's Carn Edward herd recently. The cattle were filmed out on the hills and then Ellie had a go at preparing one of Robert's show heifers. Finally she was treated to some Carn Edward Longhorn steak.
The programme aired on BBC1 on the evening of Sunday 26 January.