This year's AGM weekend is Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October and we will be based in Piercebridge, Co Durham with visits to the Harold and Raby herds.
The AGM is on Saturday 13 October.
Don't forget the photo competition! Click here for how to enter
The Breed record for an animal sold at auction was blown out of the water at the almost complete dispersal of the Gorse herd at Worcester today.
Lot 2 Gorse Rosa, an eight year old cow with her heifer calf at foot made a new breed record price of 12000gns, selling to Earl de la Warr from Sussex.
Click here for the Auctioneers report and confirmed prices and purchasers.
The 'Gorse' herd of pedigree Longhorns - the oldest privately owned herd in the country - will be almost completely dispersed next Saturday 18 August 2018, removed to Worcester Market for the convenience of sale. Approximately 50 head will be offered for sale.
There is a requirement by the Brigg family to reduce the herd as Joshua has had major surgery to replace damaged vertebrae in his neck which will mean a long recuperation.Click here for the catalogue, issued 18 July 2018
A number of herds have had their cattle type classified recently and a list of all the cattle that graded Very Good (VG) and Excellent (EX) is now available.
Click here for the current list
Click here for cattle classified VG & EX in 2017
Click here for more information on the Society's type classification scheme. Please contact the office if you are interested in having your herd type classified. Any of the breeders listed would be happy to talk through the process with you.
The Midland Group recently visited the Saxby family's Litton herd, Buxton, Derbyshire. Click here for the report and photos.
The Society's Summer visit was to the Woollatt family's Gupworthy herd, Chepstow.
Click here for the report and photos
The Mid West Group visit is to the Goodman family's Witley herd, near Worcester on Saturday 14 July. Report to follow.
The Society's thanks go to all the members who have given up their time to host visits so far this year, and to all those who have been to see some fabulous cattle coping well with our prolonged hot spell.
The Society had a fantastic turnout of cattle at the Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern on 15 - 17 June for the National Show.
Click here for the results of the National Show classes and the Rare & Minority Breed day classes.
Click here for some photos of Friday and Saturday on Flickr
Many congratulations to David and Angela Blockley who took the National Show Breed Championship with Southfield Qnard
and to Bertie Facon and stockman Ben Bellew for the Reserve Breed Champion Gentons Q
Ian Snape from the Astwood herd sold a number of store cattle at
Worcester on Saturday 11 June, getting top price in the market for a
heifer, against both native and continental crosses.
The cattle were fed and well presented and showed that an investment in feed and good management paid dividends when it came to sale time!
Here's a summary of the prices.
Heifers, to 197ppk, average 192ppk
1 x Mar 2016 565kg £1040 184ppk
1 x May 2017 470g £925 197ppk
2 x Feb/May 2017 410kg £810 197ppk
Steers, to 212ppk, average 200ppk
1 x Feb 2017 545kg £1055 193ppk
4 x Feb/March 2017 495kg £1050 212ppk
2 x Mar/June 2017 430kg £840 195ppk
AHDB Beef and Lamb organise practical events to help farmers with the production and marketing of their livestock. There is always something to learn from practical events such as these.An event in Burton on Trent on 18 June focuses on hitting market spec and using performance data.
An event in Warwickshire on 2 July focuses on marketing prime beef cattle including production, knowing your market, selection for slaughter and hitting market specification. There will also be a butchery demo looking at new ways of butchering beef in order to meet changing consumer demands.Click here for the full calendar, including 'live to dead' events.
There are photos of Suffolk County and Royal Bath and West Shows in the Gallery!
Beef Expo 2018 organised by the National Beef Association was held on Thursday 24 May and Friday 25 May 2018. The Expo event was at Hall's Shrewsbury Livestock Auction Centre, while the farm tours were held in the surrounding area.
The event on Friday provided the ideal forum for producers to learn all about products and technical developments in the beef industry. The overarching theme of the event was efficient and profitable beef farming
The Society had a stand at the event and two 27 month steers, weighing an
average of 720kg were provided by Mike & Yvonne Smith of the Hennisfield herd.
Three visits have been recently arranged that are open to all Society members and friends
The Midland Longhorn Breeders' Group visit is to the Litton herd, Buxton on 30 June. Click here for more information.
The Society's summer visit is to the Gupworthy herd, Chepstow on 8 July. Click here for more information
The Northern Longhorn Breeders' Group visit is to the Aberdeen herd, Aberdeen on 15 September. Click here for more information
Get these dates in your diary now!
Matt Cullen of the Kent herd won the Kent Herdsman's Club Beef Farmer of the Year Award in 2017 and hosted a visit of the Club to see his Longhorns in May 2018. Here are a few photos from the visit showing some of the herd, along with the new shed that is being erected for the Longhorns.
Click here for some photos.
The Society is sad to announce the sudden death of Mick Girling of the Judemik Herd of Longhorns who died suddenly on February 14, aged 75 years.
Michael will be dearly missed by his family and friends and our condolences go to his partner Judith Green.
The small Judemik herd is being dispersed on Monday 26 March at Darlington Farmers' Auction Mart. Click here for the list of cattle.
The Society has been informed of the death of Bill Lupton aged 80. He and his wife Helen had the Lupat herd of Longhorns in the 1980's and 1990's and were very successful in the showring during those years. Due to ill health, in 1997 the entire Lupat herd was sold to David and Angela Blockley as the Luptons did not want the herd split up on it's dispersal. The Luptons were from Ripon, North Yorkshire and donated the Econ salver for the Champion Longhorn at the Great Yorkshire show, named after the company they ran building road gritters.
Mike Tisdale adds that he was also a philanthropist, donating a piece of equipment for cancer research at Aston University, Birmingham.
A private burial will take place, and there will be a memorial service at St Johns Church, Sharow, Ripon, HG4 5BJ on 16th March at 1pm.
The consigment of store steers and heifers aged 10 - 24 months at Worcester Market on 10 February 2017 sold to 231ppk which was the best pence per kilo price of the day. The steers were dehorned and all the cattle had been fed, demonstrating the cost effectiveness of feeding Longhorn finishing stock.
Click here for the market report
The Little Greave herd was dispersed at Holmfirth Market on 13 February. Most of the registered cattle were bought by local member Tim Garside.
Click here for a basic report - further details to follow
Due to bereavement the Little Greave Herd of Longhorns is being dispersed at Holmfirth Auction Mart, Riverside, Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 2PR on Tuesday 13 February 2018.
Included in the sale will be the pedigree registered bull Blackbrook Vanguard along with registered and pure bred cows, registered and purebred served heifers and registered and purebred maiden heifers along with a number of steers.
All in calf females will be PD'd prior to sale.Click here for the Holmfirth Auction Mart website where further details will be posted