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The city of Ripon in North Yorkshire has a long tradition of a hornblower 'setting the watch' each night at 9pm. Click here for a BBC news article about the ancient tradition.
A couple of years ago the Mayor of Ripon put a request out for a suitable cattle horn to make a new horn that could be used to continue the tradition, and the call was answered by Longhorn member Ruth Russell of the Settrington herd. Her bull, Settrington Quest had already made a name for himself when he starred in the 'Dads Army' film, but unfortunately he had to be put down and his horn was then used to make a new instrument to ensure the four current hornblowers had a horn each.
Click here for the press release explaining more about the process, and the handing over ceremony that will take place on Friday May 3rd to coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passing through Ripon.
Photos of the ceremony will be posted after the event.
The Southfield herd of Longhorns belonging to David and Angela Blockley were hosts to personalities from the Great Yorkshire Show to publicise the launch of ticket sales and begin the Show's publicity drive in the run up to the event on 9-11 July. The Society has it's National Show at the Great Yorkshire Show this year.
Click here for the press release. Photo copyright GYS
The Willock Park herd of Longhorns, established in 2012 by Richard Gunner in Stirling, South Australia has been purchased in it's entirety by Will Randall of Launceston, Tasmania.
The whole herd of over 100 cattle have been transported from Australia to Tasmania and are now settling in to their new home. South Australia has suffered severe drought and the cattle are now in an area with better rainfall and will be able to regain their condition.
Will plans to embark on a large flushing programme this year, with around 300 embryos being implanted to rapidly increase the size of the pedigree herd. He, his wife and children and their farm manager Mick Graham will be coming to the UK for the Great Yorkshire Show and they look forward to meeting members this summer.