A very successful Auction of Promises took place at the AGM this year.
Click here for the successful bidders on the lots offered. In total £3000 was raised for a new promotional show stand.
The Society's thanks goes to all those who kindly offered lots, and to everyone who dug deep and bought the lots on offer.
Longhorn member Graham Willey of the Broomfield herd near Newcastle on Tyne finally married his long-term partner Stef Canning on Saturday 21st September. Many congratulations to them both!
Artist Imogen Man has recently completed a pastel picture of Gorse Quebec (pictured) that will be the centrepiece of her first solo show in London.
Click here for the link to Imogen's website. Go to the blog page for details of her solo show which is at 'The Chelsea Barn' at the Chance Gallery, Chelsea, SW3 6NR from Monday 18 - Sunday 24 November, 10am-7pm. Private views are Wednesday 20 November and Thursday 21 November 6.30-9pm
The Society had an excellent three days at the Irish National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, Ireland. It's estimated that around 228,000 people attended the event and we certainly saw a lot of them on the Longhorn stand. As with our visit in 2007 the mission was to raise the profile of Longhorns in Ireland and we certainly spoke to many people who had not heard of them and there was a lot of genuine interest in the breed.
It has been confirmed that the event will be held at the same location next year so plans are already underway to pay a return visit, hopefully combining a trade stand with a Society organised visit for members.
A series of Stakeholder workshops are being run by the OPM Group on behalf of DEFRA to promote discussion about Defra's draft strategy for achieving officially bTB-free (OTF) status for England.
Click here for the dates, locations and how to book.
The Society Sale on Saturday saw the breed record price for a Senior bull sold at auction smashed twice! Carreg King made 4400gns, swiftly followed by Wellhead Lohengrin making 5000gns.
Click here for the show results and prices for the 5th National Show & Sale at Stoneleigh on 3 August 2013.
The catalogue for the Landmark & Menadue herd dispersals is now available.
Click here for the catalogue. The Landmark Irish Draught Stud is also being dispersed - details are in the catalogue. Please note that the buyers premium is NOT applicable to the livestock, not as stated in the catalogue.
'Landline', Australia's leading agricultural magazine television programme featured pure-bred Longhorn calves in it's programme on 21 July.
The calves are a result of embryos from John and Pat Stanley's Blackbrook herd, exported in 2012.
The programme is 16 minutes long and is available to watch by clicking here.
The Government have launched a consultation document detailing their strategy for making England TB free within 25 years.
DEFRA are inviting responses to the consultation document, the closing date for responses is 26 September.
Click here for the link to the page on the DEFRA website. Responses to the consultation document
are via an online survey.
Longhorn embryos exported by John and Pat Stanley from the Blackbrook Herd were exported to Australia and New Zealand in 2011 and 2012. The export process was complicated by restrictions brought about by the Schmallenberg virus but reports have been coming back that embryos were successfully implanted and stock are now on the ground.
Mr & Mrs Drury from New Zealand have had a heifer calf, and in Australia Richard Gunner has had 14 successful births,11 of which are heifers and Graham Warwick has had 1 heifer and 2 bull calves.
Pictured below is the Drury's heifer
Richard Gunners' calves
Congratulations to Victoria Clark who won her Young Handlers age group at Suffolk Show and was also Reserve Champion Hound handler, and to Will Glover who won the Dual Purpose cattle Young Handlers section at the Three Counties Show.
The Landward team filmed Graham Lennox at home at Doonies Farm and also followed him to the Society's sale at Stirling on 6 May, where they also filmed other members selling their cattle. Click here for details of the programme, to be shown on Friday 17 May and Sunday 19 May.
The programme is available on terrestial television for those who are in the BBC Scotland area and should be available on satellite, broadband and cable channels. After broadcast it will be available via the I-Player link.
Robert Vaughan from the Carn Edward herd in Pembrokeshire is taking Longhorn beef to the Wexford Food Festival on 25th and 26th May, along with other Welsh food producers who are taking a variety of Welsh made goods.
Click here for Robert's blog
Click here for the link to the Wexford Food Festival website
The decision by the head chef at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant in Watergate Bay near Newquay to use Longhorn beef from Gloucestershire rather than local breeds or producers has caused controversy.
Bosses at Fifteen say the breed produces the tastiest meat, which they want to "sit at the heart of their menu", and they tried unsuccessfully to find a Cornish supplier.
Click here for the full article.
Embryos from John & Pat Stanley were sent to New Zealand in 2011 and there are now two purebred calves on the ground. This is great news and congratulations to all involved.
Click here for an article in the Otago Daily Times regarding the cattle.
Many congratulations to Tim and Sophie Gurton (Coleman) on the safe arrival of baby Harry on January 6th. According to Sophie he'll be doing Young Handlers next year (!)
According to food writer Tom Parker Bowles Longhorn beef makes a great steak - as long as it's reared, fed, hung and cooked correctly of course.
Two Longhorn members, the Ginger Pig and Meridian Meats, get a mention too!
Click here for the link to the article in Saturday 26 January's edition of the Daily Mail.
The first meeting of the Longhorn Council of Management was held on Tuesday 8 January 2013. At the meeting Richard Warner was elected Chairman for 2013, Charles Sutcliffe was elected as Vice Chairman.
For a full list of Council members and their contact details go to the contact details page of the website.