This year's NBA Beef Expo was held at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Thursday 18 May. The day before the NBA has arranged a series of local farm visits and the weather had been appalling, but the day of the event was warm and dry. With 20 Breed Society stands along with companies selling machinery, livestock equipment and supplies and a full seminar programme there was plenty to interest visitors. The Society had a stand at the event and David and Angela Blockley kindly loaned two superb disbudded steers, both of which were 27 months old and weighed 588kg and 650kg respectively. They drew much admiration and attention from event visitors. The Society's thanks go to David and Angela for kindly loaning cattle, plus Council members David McVeigh and Paul Ashcroft who came along to do a 'stint' on the stand.
The Society regrets to inform members that Mrs Lesley Hutton passed away peacefully on Monday 8 May. Our condolences go to her family and many friends in the Longhorn community.
There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Lesley's life at St Matthias Church, Malvern on Friday 26th May at 2.30 p.m. No black please. Donations in lieu of flowers for St Richard's Hospice, Worcester WR5 2QT, 01905 763963. If anyone would like to attend please could they email Nicky to let her know for numbers on firstname.lastname@example.orgLesley bred Longhorns under the Winthill prefix in the 1970's. She was the Society's bull inspector from 1979 to 1990 and was President in 1990 and 1991. She was still a regular attendee at the Royal Three Counties Show where she always took a great interest in the judging and catching up with members old and new.
Last year she donated a picture to the Society which was awarded to the Heifer of the Year.
Lesley is pictured below (right) at last year's Royal Three Counties Show alongside Society President Dr Phil Cleland.
The Pointer herd of Longhorns was featured on the 6 May edition of BBC's Saturday Kitchen, being used for charcuterie.
Click here for the link on BBC IPlayer for 30 days from the date of transmission. The cattle are featured at 1hr 8 minutes into the 1hr 30 minute programme.
Pat Quinn of the Harford herd celebrated her 90th birthday with a gathering of friends and family at her home on Sunday 23 April.
The Society's congratulations go to Mrs Quinn who is pictured with John and Pat Stanley and Sabine Zentis
Thank you to the eagle eyed members who spotted that the year letter for 2017 should be R, not P as published in the latest newsletter.
In time for the upcoming Show season Society ties are back in stock. Available in navy blue or burgundy with the classic Longhorn head motif. £12 each.
The Society's National Show is at the Lincolnshire Show this year and we will be holding a lunch reception after the judging on Wednesday 21 June.
An experimental disbudded Longhorn class is being held for the first time which will be open to steers, bulls and any age females which have been disbudded. The cattle must be registered (bulls and females) or notified (steers) to the Society in accordance with current registration regulations. There is no entry fee and the winner does not qualify for any Championships. Cattle forward cannot be entered into any of the other Longhorn classes but must be entered in advance of the Show for penning purposes.
Click here for the link to the schedule and show website.
Three agricultural shows in the Midlands are joining forces to stage a new 'Triple Crown' competition for showing cattle. Hanbury Show, Burwarton Show and Moreton in Marsh Show will award the Three Shires Trophy to the exhibitor gaining the most points across the three shows.
Click here for more information
Members will be sadded to hear the news that Cathy Miller of the Ponsonby herd passed away on 21 February.
Her service of remembrance will take place in Ponsonby Church on Friday, 3rd March at 11am. Joyous attire to reflect a service of celebration.
Family flowers only please.
Charitable donations to:
Rare Breeds Survival Trust, RNLI, West Lakes Music Centre
c/o Adams, Read & Hocking
Bridge End Funeral Home
Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2RE
Cathy's Ponsonby herd is now for sale in it's entirety. See the listing in 'For Sale and Wanted'
Bernard Llewellyn's Carreg herd of Longhorn cattle will feature on the Sunday's BBC Countryfile.
The programme will be broadcast at 7pm on BBC 1 on Sunday 12 February and then will be available for 28 days on BBC I player
Click here for the link to the BBC website
Some members' cattle have started calving and many more will start in the next few weeks.
NADIS, the National Animal Disease Information Service, produce information on a comprehensive range of conditions and diseases. Very timely for this time of year are 3 articles on calving and the problems that may arise.
Click here for calving - the basics
Click here for calving - dystocia
Click here for calving - nerve damage
Click here for the AHDB Better Returns Programme 'Minimising Calving Difficulties' leaflet in the Knowledge Base
Longhorn member Susan Aglionby from Cumbria has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for her services to young people and the community.
The Society's congratulations go to Susan, who registers cattle under the Houghton prefix.