In 2018 the Society celebrates the 140th Anniversary of the publication of the first Herdbook and therefore the formalisation of the breed. In order to recognise this, it is proposed that a facsimile edition of the first Herdbook be produced. It will look and feel as close as it is possible to get to how it would have been when it was first printed in 1878. It is understood that there are only five original Herdbooks in existence! The cost of the facsimile Herdbook will be dependent on the number ordered by members but it is hoped the cost can be kept below £25.
The first Herdbook is an A5 publication totalling 176 pages, including
Officers of the Society
Rules and Regulations
A History of the Breed to date - 37 pages of fascinating information about the origin of the breed starting at around 1720.
A list of 286 registered bulls, including 8 illustrative plates
A list of registered females, including 3 illustrative plates
A list of breeders (76 in total)
If you are interested in buying one (or more!) copies of what is a unique
record of the Longhorn breed please email the office. Closing date is 31 January 2018 in order to produce the Herdbook in it's anniversary year.
The Longhorn Cattle Society survey is now available for members to complete online. Please go to the Herdbook to complete your survey. If you don't have your user name and password to hand please contact the office.
At the recent Mid West Longhorn Breeders' Group Awards lunch a special award was made to Peter Guest in recognition of the many years he has spent single-handedly organising events and competitions for the Group.
Peter is pictured with his figurine and with Philip Beauvais and Fiona Cuming who arranged the award.
At the AGM on Saturday 14 October members of the Society voted to change one of the General Rules of the Society thus:
‘Disbudded cows, heifers or bulls are eligible to compete in show classes for breeding cattle. Only fully registered animals will be eligible to compete in show classes for breeding cattle. Disbudded cattle may be shown at Society sales.'
This rule change means that disbudded cattle are now allowed in the show ring and of course can be entered at Society sales.
Click here for the press release circulated this week.
Many congratulations to the Saxby family from Buxton for their first
and second prizes in the native classes with their Longhorns at English
Winter Fair, Staffordshire this weekend. They showed two 19 month old
steers, Wellhead Quince who weighed 590kg and made £2.82 per kg and
homebred Litton Quip who weighed 620kg and made £2.72 per kg. They both graded R4L with a killing out percentage of 60%
Both animals were bought by Ben Stanley for Tori and Ben's Butchery, Kings Newton, Derbyshire. The beef is now maturing, ready for Christmas!
Eileen Hallifield, Tom Mills and Charlie Smith also had Longhorns at the event
The results are below:
Purebred Longhorn class
Wellhead Quince, 24.04.16 Harry
2nd Litton Quip, 15.04.16 Harry Saxby
3rd Wheatlands steer 02.10.15 Mr T Mills
4th Wheatlands steer 09.03.16 Mr T Mills
5th Settrington Vanilla 22.04.16 Mr C Smith
6th Dunstall Q10 21.02.16 Mrs EM Hallfield
The Mid West Longhorn Breeders' Group held their awards lunch on Sunday 19 November.
Click here for the results of the herd competition. Many congratulations to all those who took part!
Special mention must go to Peter Guest who was the first recipient of 'The Ashton Award', nominated by herd competition judge Bernard Stamp. This is a new award which is a model of a Longhorn bull, commissioned and produced by David Hitchings of the Ashton herd. It will be awarded at the judge's discretion to a person within the Club rather than one of the animals. David has generously had enough models made to provide one to each regional group, to be awarded in the same manner each year.
From 15 November the Society's phone number changed from 0845 017 1027 to 0345 017 1027. This means cheaper calls from mobiles - check with your service provider for more details.
At the recent Farmers Ball Awards Longhorn member Matt Cullen won Kent Beef Farmer of the Year, beating off stiff competition from many other beef farms and breeds
Many congratulations Matt!
At the Taste of Gloucestershire Awards Longhorn member Mrs Pat Quinn was honoured with the 'Outstanding Contribution to Food and Farming' Award, for her tireless campaigning to raise awareness of the impact of TB on the farming industry.
Many congratulations to Pat!
Hexham and Northern Marts are selling the entire personal collection of Border Fine Art models belonging to the sculptor Ray Ayers on Thursday 7 December. Ray Ayres was principal sculptor for Border Fine Arts and the sale includes a Longhorn cow and calf and a Longhorn bull.
Click here for more information.
The Society AGM will be held on Saturday 14 October 2017. The weekend will be based in Derbyshire.
We will be staying at the Hilton Hotel, St Georges Park, Burton on Trent, DE13 9PD. Please book your accommodation direct with the hotel using the link below. Please return the booking form to the Secretary for meals. Thank you!
Click here for details of the Hilton Hotel, St Georges Park.
Click here to book your accommodation direct with Hilton Hotel at the Society's preferential rate. Please note all accommodation must be booked by 15 September 2017 in order to take advantage of this offer.
Click here for the booking form to be returned to the Society.
Click here for an article in Farmers Guardian about Ben and Tori Stanley's enterprises. Last year they won the 'Beef Innovator of the Year Award' category at the Farmers Guardian Awards.
Many congratulations to Longhorn members Lord Henry and Lady Marjorie Plumb from Coleshill, Warwickshire, who recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They are pictured on their wedding day in 1947.
Longhorn member Angela Blockley was interviewed about her and David's Longhorns at the Great Yorkshire Show last week by Caz Graham for BBC Radio 4's Farming Today This Week programme.
Click here for the interview, starting at around 16 minutes 30 seconds. The link will work until 13 August.
The Society's National Show was held at Lincoln Show on 21 June 2017. Exhibitors and visitors were treated to the hottest day of the year but that did not stop a superb display of cattle being shown to their absolute best.
Danny Wyllie found his Champion in Richard and Vicki Burton's three year old bull Riverlands Oink, and the Reserve Champion was Peter Close's cow Fishwick Kanara. On the second day Oink went on to be best Native in the Beef Interbreed and the team of Southfield Lace (Harry Blockley), Carreg Quartet (Bernard Llewellyn) and Riverlands Oink stood best Native team in the Interbreed Teams of Three.
Click here for the full set of results.
Click here for some photos
The Northern Longhorn Breeders' Group visited the Kirklan herd at HMP Kirkham, Preston on Sunday 4 June 2017.
The Chairman's report is below, click here for photos on Flickr.
'On 4 June 2017 the Northern Longhorn Breeders' Club had a herd visit to HMP Kirkham. 15 members plus guests had a great day in Preston ‘behind the fence' in the sun viewing some good looking Longhorns. They are a real credit to Keith and Peter who look after the herd on a day to day basis. The new stock bull Stoke Mudlark got a lot of attention and admiration from breeders.
A light lunch was supplied from the Prison kitchen and a really good day was had by all. Luckily all members made it out from behind the fence and a visit into the farm shop ended the day.
I would like to thank Keith, Peter and Judy and everyone else who helped make the visit a great day'
Graham Walker, Northern Breeders Club Chairman
The results for the Shropshire Show, Northumberland Show, Royal Bath & West Show, Suffolk Show and Rutland County Show are now on the website.
Click on 'calendar dates' and select the month required.
John Stanley was recently granted the Freedom of the City of London
This year's NBA Beef Expo was held at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Thursday 18 May. The day before the NBA has arranged a series of local farm visits and the weather had been appalling, but the day of the event was warm and dry. With 20 Breed Society stands along with companies selling machinery, livestock equipment and supplies and a full seminar programme there was plenty to interest visitors. The Society had a stand at the event and David and Angela Blockley kindly loaned two superb disbudded steers, both of which were 27 months old and weighed 588kg and 650kg respectively. They drew much admiration and attention from event visitors. The Society's thanks go to David and Angela for kindly loaning cattle, plus Council members David McVeigh and Paul Ashcroft who came along to do a 'stint' on the stand.
The Society regrets to inform members that Mrs Lesley Hutton passed away peacefully on Monday 8 May. Our condolences go to her family and many friends in the Longhorn community.
There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Lesley's life at St Matthias Church, Malvern on Friday 26th May at 2.30 p.m. No black please. Donations in lieu of flowers for St Richard's Hospice, Worcester WR5 2QT, 01905 763963. If anyone would like to attend please could they email Nicky to let her know for numbers on firstname.lastname@example.orgLesley bred Longhorns under the Winthill prefix in the 1970's. She was the Society's bull inspector from 1979 to 1990 and was President in 1990 and 1991. She was still a regular attendee at the Royal Three Counties Show where she always took a great interest in the judging and catching up with members old and new.
Last year she donated a picture to the Society which was awarded to the Heifer of the Year.
Lesley is pictured below (right) at last year's Royal Three Counties Show alongside Society President Dr Phil Cleland.
The Pointer herd of Longhorns was featured on the 6 May edition of BBC's Saturday Kitchen, being used for charcuterie.
Click here for the link on BBC IPlayer for 30 days from the date of transmission. The cattle are featured at 1hr 8 minutes into the 1hr 30 minute programme.
Pat Quinn of the Harford herd celebrated her 90th birthday with a gathering of friends and family at her home on Sunday 23 April.
The Society's congratulations go to Mrs Quinn who is pictured with John and Pat Stanley and Sabine Zentis
Thank you to the eagle eyed members who spotted that the year letter for 2017 should be R, not P as published in the latest newsletter.
In time for the upcoming Show season Society ties are back in stock. Available in navy blue or burgundy with the classic Longhorn head motif. £12 each.
The Society's National Show is at the Lincolnshire Show this year and we will be holding a lunch reception after the judging on Wednesday 21 June.
An experimental disbudded Longhorn class is being held for the first time which will be open to steers, bulls and any age females which have been disbudded. The cattle must be registered (bulls and females) or notified (steers) to the Society in accordance with current registration regulations. There is no entry fee and the winner does not qualify for any Championships. Cattle forward cannot be entered into any of the other Longhorn classes but must be entered in advance of the Show for penning purposes.
Click here for the link to the schedule and show website.
Three agricultural shows in the Midlands are joining forces to stage a new 'Triple Crown' competition for showing cattle. Hanbury Show, Burwarton Show and Moreton in Marsh Show will award the Three Shires Trophy to the exhibitor gaining the most points across the three shows.
Click here for more information
Members will be sadded to hear the news that Cathy Miller of the Ponsonby herd passed away on 21 February.
Her service of remembrance will take place in Ponsonby Church on Friday, 3rd March at 11am. Joyous attire to reflect a service of celebration.
Family flowers only please.
Charitable donations to:
Rare Breeds Survival Trust, RNLI, West Lakes Music Centre
c/o Adams, Read & Hocking
Bridge End Funeral Home
Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2RE
Cathy's Ponsonby herd is now for sale in it's entirety. See the listing in 'For Sale and Wanted'
Bernard Llewellyn's Carreg herd of Longhorn cattle will feature on the Sunday's BBC Countryfile.
The programme will be broadcast at 7pm on BBC 1 on Sunday 12 February and then will be available for 28 days on BBC I player
Click here for the link to the BBC website
Some members' cattle have started calving and many more will start in the next few weeks.
NADIS, the National Animal Disease Information Service, produce information on a comprehensive range of conditions and diseases. Very timely for this time of year are 3 articles on calving and the problems that may arise.
Click here for calving - the basics
Click here for calving - dystocia
Click here for calving - nerve damage
Click here for the AHDB Better Returns Programme 'Minimising Calving Difficulties' leaflet in the Knowledge Base
Longhorn member Susan Aglionby from Cumbria has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for her services to young people and the community.
The Society's congratulations go to Susan, who registers cattle under the Houghton prefix.