I have received a letter from the Devon Farm Business Awards, inviting nominations for next year's award. The awards started in 2014 and recognise Devon farmers who are finding different ways to survive and prosper even in the harshest economic climates.
If you know of a Devon farmer or think you are eligible and can get someone to nominate you then download the entry forms from this link. http://www.addingtonfund.org.uk/events/could-you-be-joining-the-cream-of-the-crop/
The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 28 Feb, the awards are presented on the eve of the Devon County Show on Weds 17 May
The award is supported by the Devon County Agricultural Association, the Addington Fund and Stephens Scown Solicitors.
What's your resolution for 2017? If it's learning, self improvement, business development, research or knowledge transfer then why not look at applying for a grant from one of the many Trusts and organisations that support farmers in their quest to improve their businesses and pass on the knowledge gained to others.
The Henry Plumb Foundation funds young people with interests, business ideas, study plans that will lead to a career in the agricultural or food industry.
The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust award approximately 20 individuals each year with the opportunity to research topics of interest in either farming, food, horticulture or rural industries or are in a position to influence these industries.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fund British citizens to investigate inspiring practice in other countries, and return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people across the UK.
The Princes Trust works with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business
reality through our Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring
support to funding and resources, they are with you every step of the way.
Alice Glover received this year's Frank Sutton Perpetual Trophy for the Best Young Handler as part of the Mid West Longhorn Breeders' Group lunch and awards presentation.
The trophy was presented to Alice by Duncan Handley who also judged the Groups herd competition in 2016
The Northern Longhorn Breeders' split their region into East and West this year and each area was judged separately.
The Group's AGM was held on 27th November at Seaville Farm Cumbria kindly hosted by the Hughes family (Croftlands herd). A record of 53 club members family and friends attended the day. A good day was had by all with some stock judging and lunch followed by AGM, herd competition results and presentations. Election of officers was as follows
CHAIRMAN Graham Walker
VICE Peter Close
SECRETARY Robert Mothersill
TREASURER Steph Willey
Click here for the results of the Herd Competition
Many congratulations to all those who took part!
The Society has received the sad news that Michael Thompson passed away peacefully at home on 15 November. Michael was Land Agent for the Fitzwilliam Estate and was responsible for reintroducing Longhorns to the Estate under the ‘Milton' prefix. He was the Society President in 1998 and 1999 and a presented a Trophy to the Society which is awarded at the National Show for the Best Exhibitor Bred Pair.
The Society AGM was held on Saturday 15 October 2016. The weekend was based in Wales and on Saturday we visited the Carreg herd in Llandeilo, Dyfed by kind invitation of Bernard & Margaret Llewellyn. On Sunday we visited the Ryfel herd in Swansea, by kind invitation of Andrew Williams.
Click here for the AGM report, more pictures are available in the Gallery
Huge congratulations go to Ben and Tori Stanley, winners of the British Farming Awards' Beef Innovator of the Year Award.
Now in its fourth year, the British Farming Awards, organised by Briefing Media Agriculture, reward the extraordinary breed of farmers who have made their business a success through innovation, determination, grit and foresight.
The Society had a very successful AGM weekend in Wales on 15 and 16 October, firstly at Bernard & Margaret Llewellyn's Carreg herd and then at Andrew Williams' Rhyfel herd.
As part of the AGM a number of awards were announced. Photos will follow.
Click here for the results of the Bull of the Year Award - The Maydencroft Trophy
Click here for the Cow of the Year Award - The Leebarn Trophy
Click here for the Heifer of the Year Award - The Hutton Trophy
Click here for the Paul Luckett Award for Novice exhibitors
Click here for the Young Handlers Award - Frank Sutton Trophy
According to reporter Angela Hui and chef Neil Rankin Longhorn beef from Society members the McVeigh family is perfect for a barbeque- and Neil's new restaurant 'Temper', soon to open in London.
Click here to read the article.
Society member Pat Quinn has had film produced in which she tells her story of how bovine TB (tuberculosis) has affected her life as a farmer over the last 35 years raising families of Longhorns in a valley of badgers. An honest, open minded outlook and one of hope in forming respect for the views of farmers who live amongst the situation commented upon by the nation.
Click here to view the film
Alice Lennox of the Doonies herd would like to thank all the members who took the time to answer her questionnaire for her degree dissertation. She had an excellent response which really helped her.
The Society was invited to see the Pointer herd of Longhorns belonging to David and Fiona Howden at Ludgershall near Aylesbury on Saturday 6 August.
The day started with a tour of the gardens which supply flowers and vegetables to the Howden's pub The Pointer in the lovely village of Brill. We then saw the Longhorn cattle and fabulous farm buildings before enjoying a lunch of Longhorn beef and Middle White pork at the pub.
Click here for some photos from the day
The closing dates for a number of Autumn sales are rapidly approaching!
The Society's Autumn Show & Sale at Worcester on 24 September closes on August 12. Click here for the link.
The Traditional Breeds sale at Melton on 9/10 September closes for paper entries on 1 August and for online entries on 8 August. Click here for the link
The Northern Group is having a show and sale at Carlisle on 17 September. Entries close on 8 August. Click here for the link
The Mid West Sale will take place at Sedgmoor Market on Thursday 13 October. Entries close on 27 September. Click here for the link
Cumbrian farmer Keith Dixon had a surprise for his 60th Birthday in the shape of Longhorn calf Wellhead Quant, accompanied by her mother Wellhead Loweswater Lass, bought by Keith's daughter and Society member Amanda Dixon of the Mandathorn herd from Nicky Luckett.
The Society AGM will be held on Saturday 15 October 2016. The weekend
will be based in Wales and on Saturday we will be visiting the Carreg
herd in Llandeilo, Dyfed by kind invitation of Bernard & Margaret
Llewellyn. On Sunday we will visit the Ryfel herd in Swansea, by kind
invitation of Andrew Williams.
Click here for the booking form. Accommodation should be booked directly with the establishments listed and then meals should be booked through the office.
Click here for the Council nomination form. All completed forms, along with personal statements, must be received by the office by Friday 19 August.
Click here for information regarding this years' photo competition
The Society had a great turnout of cattle for the National Show at the Royal Three Counties Show on 17 June.
Click here for the results of both the National Show classes under Richard Bartle and also the Rare and Minority breed classes on Sunday 19 June under Danny Wyllie
Click here for photos of the National Show and Burke Pair judging
Click here for photos of the Rare & Minority breeds day
8 May 2016
The Society's first Technical Day was held at David and Angela Blockley's Fieldhead Farm, Drighlington, Bradford on a gloriously sunny Sunday.
Members enjoyed a series of talks and demonstrations; feeding and nutrition from Carrs Billington, embryo transfer from Rosie Hetherington, foot trimming from Richard Bartle and disbudding from Hilary Peel.
After a busy morning everyone enjoyed lunch in the sunshine before heading home.
The Society's thanks go to all those who gave up their time to talk to Society members, and to David and Angela who let us use their buildings, cattle and equipment and fed us all so well!
Click here for some photos of the day
1 May 2016
A less than hoped for turnout but with the weather being as it had in early spring and everyone behind on work it not too surprising. With no cows turned out as yet we made the best of what we had and had to move indoors as once again it rained. The demonstrations where carried out by Jim Courts of Thirsk who demonstrated clipping and dressing of a Longhorn senior heifer in preparation for the show or sale ring, followed by members having a go themselves. Jim selected and judged four cows for a stock judging competition and all members had a go - nobody totally agreed with Jim but the closest was James Emsley. After lunch two heifers were led into a show ring as Jim explained what a judge was looking for and how animal and handler should behave. A big thank you to Jim for his knowledge and advice and everyone went home with something to think about!! Graham Walker Northern Breeders' Group Chairman.
Click here for some photos of the day
The Society has been informed of the death of Lord Barnard, owner of Raby Estate and the Raby herd of Longhorns in County Durham, on Sunday 3 April. The Society's condolences go to his family.
Emily & Lucy McVeigh of Kenton Hall Longhorn Beef are running a pop-up restaurant in the heart of London at the 2016 VAULT Festival. Suffolk Young Producers and VAULT FESTIVAL 2016 welcome you to a brand new restaurant, bringing the best of East Anglian food to subterranean London. The McVeigh's Longhorn burgers and beef will feature on the menu alongside other produce from Suffolk.
The Suffolk Punch - VAULT Festival's Pop-Up Restaurant will run from 27th January – 6th March 2016.
Find out more on the website: http://www.vaultfestival.com/eat/