Many congratulations to Russell and Becky Batchelor of the Blackdown herd who recently won NSF Premier's Assured Beef Farmer of the Year Award. This was presented at a ceremony at the House of Commons.
John and Pat Stanley's Blackbrook herd is featured on BBC Radio 4's On Your Farm on Sunday 6 December. Richard Gunner from Adelaide is also featured, talking about the Longhorns he is rearing in Australia.
Click here for the link to the programme.
The Society had a stand at the English Winter Fair, Bingley Hall, Staffordshire on 21 and 22 November to support members who had entered enough cattle to have our own Longhorn class.
Many thanks go to Eileen Hallifield, Thea Woollatt and Mick Smith who took cattle to the show. Eileen sold her steer (21 months, weighing 605kg) for £2.10 per kg (£1270.50)
The class results were as follows:
1st Dunstall steer, Eileen Hallifield
2nd Gupworthy Ocean, Thea Woollatt
3rd Hennisfield steer, Mick Smith
4th Hennisfield steer, Mick Smith
A number of pictures of this event, Agriexpo and Beef South West are in the Gallery or click here.
The McVeigh family have produced an excellent video showcasing their Longhorn cattle from field to Farmer's Market. It epitomises how much love and care Society members put into producing their quality Longhorn beef.
Click here for the video on YouTube.
It is with regret that the Society passes on the news that John Thornborrow has died. John was well known to many members as he was official Auctioneer at the RBST Show and Sale all the time it was at Stoneleigh. He 'trained up' the Society's official Auctioneer Clive Roads, who started with John before moving to McCartneys. Our condolences go to his family.
It is with regret that the Society passes on the news of the death of Michael Rosenberg CBE. Michael set up the Ash herd with cattle brought from the Grendon herd and the Winthill herd. The Ash herd was later gifted to the National Trust at Wimpole, Herts and is still going strong today.
Michael was another 'big noise' in the RBST and was Chairman from 1980-1982 and President in 1987 and 1988. A true philanthropist, he was passionate about rare breeds and was awarded the CBE in 1986 for his 'unique contribution to genetic conservation through the survival of rare breeds'. The Society's condolences go to his family .
Do you have a favourite way of cooking your Longhorn beef? The Society is after your recipes for the best stew or casserole, the best way to cook a perfect Longhorn steak, how to make a super tasty pie or pasty.
These will feature as a regular article on the website and in the Society newsletter.
Have a look through your recipe book for that old recipe handed down through the generations or perhaps you prefer a more recent recipe from your favourite chef - whatever it is, let the Society know by emailing email@example.com
Council will meet four times in 2016
Tuesday 12 January
Tuesday 5 April
Tuesday 5 July
Tuesday 4 October
Should you wish to raise anything with Council please let the Secretary have it in writing at least one week in advance as Council paperwork is circulated seven days before each meeting
Sadly, the passing of Society member Joe Henson on 5 October has been announced.
Click here for the press release on the Cotswold Farm Park website.
There will be a private family cremation followed by a celebration of his full life at St John the Baptist Church, Market Square, Cirencester on Tuesday 20th October at 1.15 pm. A reception will be held at Cirencester University following the service.
No flowers please, but donations, if desired, for Useful Vision (Charity No. 1108824) in memory of his grandson Ben may be left at the church or sent to W.J. Wright Funeral Director, Rectory House, High Street, Bourton on the Water GL54 2AP or www.justgiving.com/usefulvision"
The Society AGM weekend was held on 10 and 11 October. The Society had visits to Wykham Park Fam Shop and Longhorns, Broughton Castle and Gorse Longhorns.
Our after dinner speaker was Lord Plumb of Coleshill and £560 was raised through the raffle for his Foundation.
The President's Award was presented to Clive Roads by outgoing President John Brigg. Dr Philip Cleland became President for a two year term.
The Bull of the Year Award was won by Gentons 007 James Bond, owned by Bertie Facon and John & Joshua Brigg
The Cow of the Year Award was won by Carreg Martha, owned by Bernard & Margaret Llewellyn
The Paul Luckett Novices Award was won by Andrew Williams of the Rhyfel Herd
The Junior Handlers Award was won by Will Glover.
A full report will be posted soon. Click here to see some photos on Flickr. Thank you to Pat Stanley and Jean Hotchkiss for the extra photos.
Those of you who are fans of Downton Abbey will have to keep your eyes open for Longhorn bull Leebarn Kestral who features in the Sunday 27 September episode of the current (and last) season.
Leebarn Kestral has had a busy summer as he was also used during the filming of the feature film 'Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur', directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jude Law and David Beckham, due for release in June 2016. With him was his 'peasants' Michael Lawrence, Stan Dixon and Gary Humphries.
Kestral was bred by Roger Carter and is jointly owned by Stan Dixon, Michael Lawrence and Gordon Hedges.
Photos of Downton Abbey and King Arthur are below.
The Society's summer visit on 9 August was to Nicky Luckett's Wellhead herd and the Hughes' Croftlands herd. Around 50 Society members and friends had a trour of the Wellhead herd before lunch and then went on to see the Croftlands herd followed by afternoon tea.
Click here for photos of the day.
Many congratulations to Longhorn member Tom Mills who married Joanne Shaw on 4 July.
Also congratulations to Ben and Tori Stanley on the arrival of a baby boy in June, and to Ian and Lorraine Salmon on the arrival of their baby girl in July.
Entry forms for the Society Autumn Show & Sale at Worcester are now available.
Click here for the entry form and schedule
In addition £50 is offered to the best steer in the sale, to be judged in the pen on Saturday morning prior to the sale.
HRH Prince Charles visited the Great Yorkshire Show on 14 July in his capacity as Patron and was presented to Breed Champions in the native section.
Judge Richard Bartle, Harry Blockley handling Reserve Champion Southfield Opal and Rob and Ashley Close with Breed Champion Fishwick Kanara were presented to His Royal Highness who spent quite some time talking to them about Longhorn cattle.
Click here for the results of the Longhorn classes
The Society's National Show was at Cheshire County Show in 2015, with Clive Roads judging. There was an excellent turnout of cattle and the Carreg prefix took all the major honours.
Click here for the results and the judge's report Photos are in the Gallery.
The Gorse herd belonging to Messrs JS & JW Brigg recently won Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society's Beef Herd Competition.
Congratulations to them!
The Society had a stand at this year's NBA Beef Expo held at York Auction Centre, Murton, York. There were a number of Longhorns from Thea Woolatt and David and Angela Blockley entered into the show classes who gave a very good account of themselves, culminating in Thea Woollatt's Longhorn x British Blue x heifer taking Reserve Champion Native sired beast.
The Society's thanks go to Thea Woollatt and David, Angela and Harry Blockley. Both herds had cattle in the show ring and also lent cattle for the stand which created a great deal of interest amongst the 7000 visitors to the show.
There are a few photos of the show classes in the Gallery.
The Longhorn Cattle Society AGM weekend will be based in Banbury, Oxfordshire. We will be visiting the Wykham Park herd of Longhorns and the Wykham Park Farm Shop on Saturday 10 October and another visit is being arranged for Sunday 11 October.
The AGM will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 10 October.
A breed record for a Senior Bull sold through the auction ring was set at McCartneys,Worcester on Saturday at the Society's Spring Show & Sale with Aberdeen Nik from Graham and Debbie Lennox justifying the long journey to sell to Mr D Howden, Bucks for 5400gns.
Click here for the show results and sale prices.
Click here for some photos
Great British Beef Week runs from 23 April to 3 May.
Organised by Ladies in Beef, Great British Beef Week 2015 will run from 23 April to 3 May and put the spotlight firmly on the fantastic food that British beef farmers produce. In addition, it will raise vital funds for those in need in the farming industry by partnering with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) for the third consecutive year
Click here for more information.
Longhorn breeders - what are you doing to celebrate Great British Beef Week? Let the Society know and we will do what we can to help promote you.
Longhorn beef eaters - tell us about the Great British Longhorn Beef you are eating this week!
Click here for Longhorn beef suppliers in your area
An update on the earlier post:
The Elliott family are having a memorial service at 12 noon on the 5th May at St Mary's Church, High Street, Shrewton, with refreshments after at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Shrewton, followed by a private cremation. If members wish to attend they should contact Judi on 07547331208 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
The office has received the following message from Judi Elliott, Bill Elliott's daughter in law:
Bill Elliott's wife Margaret and family would like to let all the Longhorn members who knew Bill that he passed away on the 14th April 2015 after a short illness.
Bill was the manager of the Stoke Herd of Longhorns for the Late Mr Robert Wales and Natural England. Bill was also President of the Longhorn Cattle Society in 1992 and 1993 and a well respected member for many years.
The Society's Show Preparation Workshop took place on Saturday 11 April at Mike and Christine Shearstone's Tanfield Herd, Lodge Farm, Stathern Road, Eastwell, Leicestershire.
Suitable for both novice members who were looking to take their first tentative steps into the show ring and more experienced members who have showing knowledge and were wishing to brush up or their skills and learn a few ‘trade secrets', the workshop was led by Steve Gray. Steve is a member of the Society and has been preparing cattle of all breeds for the show ring for many years. He showed members how to prepare an animal for the show ring.
Members were also treated to a visit around the rest of the Tanfield herd, followed by a delicious home-made Longhorn lasagne lunch.
Click here for some photos of the day.
Many congratulations to Tim and Sophie Gurton on the safe arrival of Isla, born on 15 March. A sister for Henry and another addition to the Colne Valley show team!
Pat Stanley recently wrote a letter regarding the national bTB situation that was sent to Prime Minister David Cameron. Pat has very kindly made the letter available to all members to personalise and send off to their own MP to highlight bTB in the run up to the General Election on Thursday 7 May 2015.
Many thanks to Pat for writing such an eloquent and informative letter that can be personalised by members as they see fit, and making it available to all members.
Click here for the letter.
Famers can apply to the RPA for a grant to fund technology that improves the health and productivity of their livestock.
Grants will cover up to 40% of the total eligible costs of the proposal, applications are 'small grants' meaning applicants can only apply for from £2500 to £35,000.
Click on the link below for more information and application forms.
Many congratulations to Longhorn member Steve Gray on his marriage to Doreen Smillie in December. Doreen will be known to many members as she is the Shows Manager for the Three Counties Showground.
Red Tractor are proposing a 'cradle to grave' requirement for Farm Assured beef. Should you wish to participate in the consultation regarding this proposal the forms are available on the Red Tractor website.
Click here for the link to the Red Tractor consultation. Closing date for consultations to be received is Friday 27 March 2015
The Simmental Cattle Society's Centre West Group held their annual quiz night recently and the Longhorn Cattle Society was invited to enter a team. The 'Longhorn Loonies', consisting of John Brigg, Joshua Brigg, Clive Roads and Debbie Dann didn't disgrace, coming a very creditable 2nd to a crack team from Kenilworth Agricultural Society.
The Society's thanks go to John, Joshua and Clive for turning out on a cold February night and to the Simmental Centre West Group for putting on a very enjoyable evening.
A new event for the livestock farming calendar, National Young Show Stars, takes place on the 1st and 2nd of April in partnership with the Three Counties Agricultural Society, with the event taking place at the Malvern-based show ground.
The event organisers are calling all breed societies to think about nominating teams to attend the event. Similar to previous competitions that have been held in conjunction with NBA Beef Expo, teams of three individuals (two cattle) will attend and be judged on their teamwork, stock judging, cattle clipping and presentation, ring craft and knowledge of the livestock sector, with the ultimate winning team getting the chance to take advantage of an overseas trip.
If you are under 24 and wish to be part of a Longhorn Cattle Society team please let the Secretary know
Click here for more information.
Members will wish to join the Society in offering condolences to Roger and Janet Carter of the Leebarn herd with the news that Roger's mother passed away on 30 December aged 100 years.
The Society is saddened to report the death of Society member Fred Sutton on 1 January 2015. I'm sure members and friends will wish to join the Society in offering our condolences to Fred's family at this sad time.
Fred is pictured (second left) with Parc Grace Dieu Tinhorn winning the Society's National Show at the Three Counties Show in June 2012.