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OFFICAL BWCS 2014 CALENDARS NOW AVAILABLE!
Compiled from a selection of the wonderful photos submitted for our very first annual BWCS Photographic Competition earlier in the year, the Official BWCS Calendar for 2014 is now available to purchase from the Society! Priced at just £7 each or 3 for £20 including UK P&P (international postage will charged at the current rate), these are the ideal gifts for Christmas and the New Year. The calendars are A4-sized with one month to a page, showing an individual photograph and plenty of space to write next to each date.
To buy your calendars, contact BWCS Secretary Ruth Mawer by telephone on 01400 230142 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
NADIS PARASITE FORECAST FOR NOVEMBER
The latest NADIS Parasite Forecast and disease alert webinar is now available online
HOT CONTEST: SHOW CATTLE OF THE YEAR 2013
Bull of the Year: Nidderdale Tornado, Mr A Fisher
Cow of the Year: Smarden Tabasco, The Mannering Family
Senior Heifer of the Year: Bulby Jasmine, Delamore Farms Ltd
Junior Heifer of the Year: Dadley Ant Bear, Miss S Cook & Rhiwe Cassiopeia, Dr A Hann (tied 1st place)
HERD COMPETITION RESULTS 2013, JUDGED BY MR DAVID EXTON
Large and Overall Herd Winner - Nidderdale, Mr A Fisher
Large Herd Runner Up - Woodbastwick, Rotac Farms
Medium Herd Winner - De Beauvior, Ms A Dunn
Medium Herd Runner Up - Smarden, The Mannering Family
Small and Enterprise Herd Winner - Cadarn, Mr M Kennett
Small Herd Runner Up - Hartsdesire, Miss E Hart
NADIS PARASITE FORECAST AND DISEASE ALERT WEBINAR
Click here to go to the October webinar
The BWCS AGM took place on Saturday 5th October, this year kindly hosted by Miss Nell Matheson, Trees Farm, Somerset. Included in the day was a visit to the Dadley Herd at Trees Farm, which gave the group a chance to have a look round a large and very impressive herd of cattle before catching up over tea and cakes in the afternoon. Many thanks to all who organised and attended the 2013 AGM, your support made it a very successful weekend!
WORCESTER SALE REPORT NOW ONLINE
BULBY JASMINE ENDS HER SHOW SEASON WITH ANOTHER WIN AT THE ROYAL BERKSHIRE SHOW
Taking the Female and Breed Championships amongst a strong lineup of cattle at the Royal County of Berkshire Show was 2-year-old in-calf heifer Bulby Jasmine from Delamore Farms Ltd. Reserve Female and Reserve Breed Champion was first-calver Smarden Tabasco from New Biddenden Green Farm. Male Champion was Latchygors Tea Square, exhibited by Mr P Pennington with the Junior Championship going to maiden heifer Albany Tasmin from Mr L Cook. Judge Mr Roger Long commented on the high quality of all the exhibits presented on the day, adding what a strong and impressive show the four class winners made when they lined up for the Championship.
CASTLETON PRODUCTION SALE REPORT NOW ONLINE
Mick and Jodi Wright hosted the 6th production sale of the Castleton Herd on Saturday 7th September due to having to cut down their numbers of British White cattle. Mick Wright said: "The Castleton herd of British Whites was formed in 1973 with the first calf born in 1974. I was hoping to have celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first calf with a sale next year but unfortunately, after 28 years of hard work, commitment and loyalty (and considerable investment) our landlords presented us with a demand for a rent increase which offered no sustainable future for us as a family. We sold most of our flocks of Lleyn and Texel sheep a fortnight before the cattle sale and had to bring the date forward to 7th September. We would like to thank all those who attended for your support and hope that the cattle you bought will do well."
Leading the sale prices was fourth calver Castleton Margarita with her 3-month-old heifer calf Castleton Senorita at foot, the pair selling to Miss S Cook, Cambridgeshire for £2205 (2100gns) to strengthen the numbers and bloodlines of the Alcroft herd. Mr M Kennett also picked up a cow with heifer calf at foot, the 2006-born Castleton Flush for £1680 (1600gns), while Castleton Senoretta and her strong March-born bull calf went to Mr A Fisher for £1575 (1500gns).
BREED CHAMPION NIDDERDALE TORNADO SELLS FOR TOP BRITISH WHITE PRICE OF £2100 AT MELTON MOWBRAY
Topping the sale of British Whites at the 11th National Show & Sale of Rare and Native Breeds at Melton Mowbray on 13th & 14th September was the April 2012-born bull Nidderdale Tornado from Mr Andrew Fisher, Yorkshire. Purchased by Mr Henry Cator of Salhouse Farms, Norfolk for £2100, Tornado had been awarded the Male and Breed Championships the previous day by judge Mr Andrew Oldroyd.
The next highest priced British White lot was Nidderdale Leona, a 2008-born cow (also from Mr Fisher) with her 4 month old heifer calf at foot by Leverington Chicago. The smart pair went to Mr Adam Carter of Norfolk for £1470.
Female and Reserve Breed Champion was in-calf heifer Salhouse Hurricane from Mr Henry Cator, which sold to Mr and Mrs Kendrick of Leicestershire for £1050.
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3-year-old first calver Smarden Tabasco from New Biddenden Green Farm, Kent was awarded the Female and Overall Championships in the Any Other Native Beef section at Edenbridge on 24th & 25th August. Her 4-month-old bull calf Smarden Trident - a son of 2012 Bull of the Year Latchygors Teabone - was also Reserve Male Champion in the section. Junior heifer Smarden Sarsaparilla (also from New Biddenden Green Farm) won her class, with Wispers Prussian Blue from Miss L Andrew placing second in the senior heifers.
It was another good day for British Whites competing in the Any Other Beef Breed classes at this year's Cranleigh Show on 3rd August, with Smarden Scarlet - bred by the Mannering family - winning the senior heifer class and going on to be Reserve Champion of the section. Other successes were a first place in the junior heifer class for Smarden Sarsaparilla, a second in the senior heifer class for Bridge Homestead Tarabouka (bred by Mr & Mrs Scotcher) and a third place for Smarden Meadow Rue (exhibited by Meopham School YFC) in the cow class.
Sunday 4th August saw another good result at Wayland Show in Norfolk for Delamore Farms Ltd with senior heifer Bulby Jasmine, who took second place in a strong class of Shorthorn and South Devon competition. It is very encouraging to see British Whites now consistently succeeding in mixed breed classes at a variety of shows and thanks go to the exhibitors who are showcasing their animals at these events.
Hot, dry conditions for Royal Welsh week are almost unheard of in one year, let alone two on the trot, but that was the way it turned out for this year's lucky exhibitors who enjoyed a glorious day's judging in the sunshine on Monday. With some impressive cattle on display at one of the top agricultural events in the UK, the British Whites shone under the eye of judge Miss Eve Hart (BWCS Show Secretary) who chose senior heifer Bulby Jasmine as her Female and Breed Champion on the day. It was heifer calf Rhiwe Cassiopeia who also impressed the judge, shown at foot with her mother Pendderw Tilda (former Royal Welsh Show Champion) in the cow class and going on to win the 8-strong junior heifer section in her own right, later taking the Reserve Female and Reserve Breed Championships.
A new event on the calendar for the East of England Agricultural Society, this year's summer livestock show remained in much the same format for the cattle classes, which were on display for the 4000 school children invited to the event as part of an educational initiative for the region.
Winning her third Breed Championship this year was Smarden Tabasco from New Biddenden Green Farm with Andrew Fisher's Nidderdale Rihanna in Reserve, having taken the top spot in the senior heifer class earlier on. It proved to be a very successful day for Mr Fisher as his junior bull, Nidderdale Tornado, became Male Champion and his two junior heifers Ersa and Clio placing first and second in the junior heifer class respectively.
With the biggest turnout of British Whites at any show so far this year, breed classes at the Royal Norfolk were incredibly competitive, and the standard was also very high indeed. Taking the Breed Championship on the day was first calver Smarden Tabasco of New Biddenden Green Farm, who had a strong young bull calf at foot. Male and Reserve Breed Champion was yearling bull Nidderdale Tornado from Mr A Fisher, with senior heifer class winner Bulby Jasmine from Delamore Farms taking the Reserve Female spot.
With such a good display of cattle on view over the two-day event and as it has been at all the shows this year, there has been a great deal of interest and many kind remarks for the British White breed from both the general public and cattlemen alike. We can be encouraged by the fact that the good work of all those breeders who take the time and effort to exhibit at shows is paying off and many thanks go to those who are doing their bit to promote our wonderful breed.
Competing on two days of mixed-breed classes at this year's Cheshire Show, Mr Andrew Fisher again did well with his team of British Whites. The first day saw his bull Nidderdale Tornado making it to the Reserve Champion spot in the Any Other Dual Purpose classes, topping his effort on the second day (Rare and Native breeds, supported by the RBST) by becoming Champion of the Dual Purpose section and going on to be Reserve Interbreed Champion of the Any Other Breeds classes. The next highest-placed British White was junior heifer Nidderdale Clio, who won her class and is full sister to senior heifer class winner Nidderdale Rihanna.
Taking the top honours at this year's National Show was in-calf senior heifer Bulby Jasmine from Delamore Farms Ltd. Bred by Mrs S Bevan, Jasmine beat the young cow with calf at foot Dallyashes Lerret (Mrs A & Miss R Hamilton) to the top spot for both the Female and Breed Championships. In the junior stakes, it was madien heifer class winner Dadley Ant Bear from Miss S Cook which pipped the Hamilton's junior bull Dallyashes Hooligan to the Junior Championship.
In the Sunday Rare and Traditional Breeds classes, kindly supported by the RBST, it was Dallyashes Lerret who made it to Breed Champion with the maiden heifer class winner, December-born heifer calf Rhiwe Cassiopeia taking the Reserve Female and Breed Championships.
Dallyashes Lerret from Mrs A & Miss R Hamilton, Carmarthenshire took the Female and Breed Championships at the Aberystwyth Show this year, with Male Champion Dallyashes Hooligan - again from the Hamiltons - standing second to the cow in the overall Championship.
Last year's BWCS Heifer of the Year Smarden Tabasco was this year's Breed Champion at South of England Show, shown this time round with her first calf at foot. Reserve Champion was senior heifer class winner Bulby Jasmine, exhibited by Mr C Delamore of Delamore Farms Ltd and bred by Mrs Sue Bevan. Junior Champion was maiden heifer Dadley Ant Bear, owned and exhibited by Miss S Cook and bred by Miss E Matheson.
The following two days of judging were headed by the Interbreed Championships, where the judge commented on the British White exhibit (Smarden Tabasco of New Biddenden Green Farm, Kent) being a lovely-looking cow and he was very appreciative of the effort that had been taken to turn her out so well. The heifer sweepstake competition was split into two large classes - Native and Continental - where it was the turn of two-year-old Smarden Tayberry, also from New Biddenden Green Farm, to shine as she took second place in a class of thirteen quality exhibits.
Dr C Barran of Sussex was out flying the flag for British Whites at Surrey County Show on Monday 27th May, taking part in the Rare and Native breeds classes. Her 5 year old cow Wispers Briar took second place to the eventual overall champion in a large class of cows in calf or with calves at foot, followed by a third place with her junior heifer, October 2012 born Wispers Pretty in Pink. The class of bulls (any age) was then topped by Dr Barran's bull Wispers Briars Balsam, beating two other young bulls to the top spot.
Mr M Kennett triumphed at this year's St Clears Show with Bridge Homestead Sonnette, a young heifer he acquired on the cow from the Bridge Homestead dispersal sale in June 2012. Reserve Champion was Pendderw Tilda, a cow with calf at foot from Dr A Hann.
Unfortunately there were only two exhibitors able to make it to St Clears this time due to the current TB restrictions, but a great effort was made by the Welsh contingent in spite of a very difficult year.