John and Pat Stanley of the Blackbrook Herd have recently been presented with a major award from the Three Counties Agricultural Society.
‘The ‘crème de la crème' of livestock exhibitors, who swept the board in prizes at the region's premier food and farming event, have been recognised for their hard work, at the annual Malvern Farming Conference. Introduced to mark HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee year, the Diamond Jubilee Trophy, sponsored by Bruton Knowles, was awarded to exhibitors with the most points gained in the cattle, sheep and pig sections at both the Three Counties Show, and the National Rare & Minority Breeds Show, in June.
It was a three way tie for the Cattle Cup, between Otter & Co, Whitland (Murray Grey cattle), J & P Stanley, Coalville (Longhorn Cattle) and A & C Farms, Rutland (South Devon).
J & P Stanley also won the cup for the Rare Breeds Cattle section.'
Junior member Joe Clark from the Trelawny Herd, Great Dunmow, Essex beat off stiff competition to win the 15-17 age group of the Smithfield Young Handler of the Year Championship. He was up against some excellent young handlers, all of whom had qualified for the Championship at a series of County shows over the summer.
Many congratulations to Joe!
Members will know by now that the badger culls have now been postponed. I have put a few relevant links on the website here. The list is by no means comprehensive.
Click here for the link to the letter to members from the NFU President Peter Kendall published on 23 October.
Click here for the link to the DEFRA statement published on 23 October.
Click here for a statement from the NBA published on 26 October.
Click here for the link to a Farmers Guardian news article published on 26 October.
Click here for an opinion piece published in the Daily Telegraph on 13 October, before the postponement was announced.
Many congratulations to Longhorn Cattle Society member John Baker from Thoresby Home Farm, Perlethorpe, Notts for winning the Farm Manager of the Year category at this year's Farmers Weekly Awards.
Yesterday the Society received the sad news that Peter Boylett had passed away having been in hospital for a couple of weeks. He had been in poor health for a while.
The funeral is at Staindrop Church, Staindrop, Darlington, Co Durham on Wednesday 10 October at 12.00 noon. All welcome.
At the 2012 AGM Peter was the recipient of the Presidents' Award and the citation from the then President John Backhouse is replicated below.
Photographs of the cattle for sale from the Clonyard Longhorn herd are available by clicking here. The cattle are being sold as part of Harrison & Hetherington's Rare & Minority breeds sale on Saturday 22 September at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
Click here for the catalogue for the sale, which also includes Longhorn cattle from Nicky Luckett (Wellhead) and Lavinia Vaughan (Linnhead)
Catalogues for the Society Sale at Worcester, the Native Breed Sale at Chelford and the Mid West Sale at Sedgemoor have been added to the website. There's also a last minute entry of cows and calves from Alan Hannaford of the Landmark Herd entered for Sedgemoor.
Click here for the link to the Auctions page of the site.
DEFRA have announced a radical shake-up of the Bovine TB compensation regime in England which may mean the scrapping of the tabular valuation and replacing it with a 'salvage value' per animal. DEFRA are asking for feedback to the proposals by 17 October.
Click here for the consultation document, details of four workshops being held around the country and details of how to respond.
Pembrokeshire member Robert Vaughan had the honour of meeting the Prince of Wales in August, during His Royal Highness' visit to Aberaeron, Wales. A hamper of Welsh produce was given to the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall which included some Carn Edward beef.
Robert then attended the Cardiff Food Festival and Sheep Dog Trials on 8 and 9 of September and was fortunate enough to meet the Princess Royal.
The closing date for the Northern Longhorn Breeders' herd competition is fast approaching, please contact Nicky Luckett on 01697 371487 for more details.
The Midland Longhorn Breeders' Competition dinner takes place at Kilworth Springs Golf Club on 13 October, 7.00 for 7.30. All members welcome. Please contact Rachael Heard on 01858 575280 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The Society's 4th National Show & Sale was held at Rugby Farmers Mart, Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, CV8 2LG on Friday 10 August (show) and Saturday 11 August (sale).
The breed record for a female sold at Auction was completely smashed when Southfield Lyric sold for 7600gns.
Ian and Lynne Kett of the Quantock Herd had a Bovine TB breakdown in their herd earlier in the year.
Click here to read their personal experience, written at the time of the breakdown and now with an update of their current TB status in July 2012.
In a competition held by Country Life magazine to celebrate the Olympiad of all things British Longhorn beef won a gold medal in the Meat Producer section.
Click here to read the introduction to the awards and the entry for Best Meat Producer. Article courtesy of Country Life Magazine.
The organisers of Burwarton Show have announced that they have had to cancel the Show due to waterlogged ground.
The Leicester County Show is back after a two year break at a new location. It will take place on Saturday 25 August at Melton Mowbray Market, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
The Longhorn classes and associated cups have been included in the new event.
Click here for the entry form and schedule. Entries close 25 July 2012
Click here for the Show website
Longhorn beef, along with other native breed beef, has been showing the French a thing or two recently. A new 24 hour restaurant called Le Beef Club has been established in Paris and what the article doesn't tell you is that Longhorn beef, supplied by Society members The Ginger Pig, was voted as tasting better than Limousin beef when a French TV crew did a 'piece' on the restaurant.
Click here for the BBC news article on Le Beef Club
Film maker Chris Chapman stayed with David Bevan for three days over the period of David's cattle being valued and slaughtered as TB reactors. His short film, also featuring Iain and Lynne Kett, reflects the dignity and frustration of three Society members who have had a lifetime's worth of pedigree Longhorn breeding destroyed in an instant.
Click here for the link to YouTube
Warning: the film does not make for comfortable viewing, with scenes of cattle being humanely destroyed, but this element is not gratuitous and reflects the true nature of the consequences of Bovine TB.
The Northern Longhorn Breeders Summer visit will be to HMP Kirham on Saturday 26 May 2012. The day will include some stock judging, a buffet lunch (no more than £10 per head) and a look at the Kirkham Herd which has gained such a good reputation in both the show and the sales rings over the last few years. We also hope to have a look at some of the other enterprises on site, and the work of Kirkham Prison.
Even though this is a Northern Breeders visit, the invitation is extended to all members of the Longhorn Cattle Society.
Click here for further details
Please contact Nicky Luckett on: 01697 371487 or email her on email@example.com
David Bevan's Longhorns were on BBC1's Countryfile on Sunday 13 May. As part of the 'Adam's Farm' feature Adam visited David on the day David's cattle were being slaughtered after testing positive to Bovine TB.
Click here for BBC iPlayer to see the programme. The 'Adam's Farm' feature is about 40 minutes into the programme. It's available to view until 7.24 pm on Sunday 20 May.
The Chairman of the Longhorn Cattle Society has expressed his concern over the loss of important bloodlines to Bovine TB. Click here to read his statement.
After assisting David Bevan on the day David's cattle were slaughtered as TB reactors, Bernard Llewellyn wrote an article for publication in the NFU Cymru magazine. Click here to read his reaction to the day's events.
The breed record price for a Senior bull sold at auction was smashed at the Society's Spring Show and Sale at Worcester on 21 April. Hambleton Hannibal, owned and bred by Jill and Andrew Nelson from Rutland won the pre-sale show Championship before selling for 4300gns to Russ and Rebekah Batchelor from Taunton, Somerset.
Click here for the full report.
The catalogue for the multi-breed sale at Stirling on Monday 7 May is now available. The sale incorporates the 1st Longhorn Cattle Society Scottish Sale. Longhorn entries begin on page 63.
Click here for the catalogue. It's quite a big file so may take some time to load.
For a hard copy catalogue please contact the Auctioneer:
The Society and it's members would like to congratulate Sid Hollier and Anne Gardner on their marriage on 10 April.
The Blackbrook herd of Longhorns featured on BBC Radio 4's Farming Today This Week programme recently. The programme was investigating the role of rare breeds within modern farming systems and the Longhorns were cited as a breed which has been a success story having come off the RBST At Risk Register in 2005 and is now commercially viable for many breeders.
Click here for the link to the programme, first broadcast on Saturday 31 March.
Longhorns topped Bentham's Best of British Sale recently. Steers from Guy Hope of the Bowland herd, Tatham, Lancashire made £1045.00, ahead of Red Polls, Belted Galloways, Shorthorns, Hereford, Angus and Highland cross entries.
The Diamond Jubilee Pageant is a major event marking The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in the presence of Her Majesty. The event takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle on the evenings of 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th May 2012.
Dancers, musicians, military and equestrian displays from around the world will come together for four nights in a performance to pay tribute to 60 spectacular years of Her Reign.
Over 500 horses and 800 international performers will come together in this spectacular programme. The show consists of seven acts drawing displays from different areas of the globe, including the Americas. As part of the Americas section the Society was asked to provide Longhorn cattle (yes, we know the American Longhorn is not the same as the English Longhorn) and as a result Bernard Llewellyn is going to be parading his Carreg Longhorns as part of the Pageant.More information is available from the event website.
Members will be delighted to know that Charlotte Coleman of the Chalkney Herd safely gave birth to twin boys, Max and Jacob, on Wednesday 8 February 2012. Our congratulations and best wishes go to the family.