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By thbc, Mar 22 2017 02:16PM

A trip has been organised by the Traditional Hereford Breeder's Club to Cheshire on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017. Members and their guests can attend as much or as little of the trip as they like, everyone is welcome! Please make sure to let us know which visits/meals you will be joining so that catering arrangements can be made.

This will be a 'pay as you go' trip; members should pre-book their own accommodation and can pay for any meals /drinks as they go along. The itinerary below shows a plan for the weekend:

Saturday 30th September 2017

Morning (arrival 10.30am) - visit to the Carden herd by kind permission of Ms D Morgan, Tilston, Cheshire SY14 7HR


Afternoon - visit to the Dornley herd by kind permission of Mr K Siddorn, Meadow Bank, Broxton, Chester, Cheshire CH3 9JS

Evening - meal at the Carden Arms, Tilston SY14 7HB

Sunday 1st October 2017

Morning - visit to 'Grocontinental' by kind permission of Mr D Grocott, The Fields Farm, Loppington, Shrewsbury SY4 5ST

A total of 8 rooms at 2 local venues have been reserved, if you would like to book one of these rooms please contact Keith Siddorn on 01829 782117 or email keith@ksiddorn.myzen.co.uk. Once these rooms are sold out, members will need to find accommodation elsewhere. Other local venues include:

The Farndon, Pulford CH3 6PU - 01829 270570

The Hough B & B, Malpas SY14 7JJ - 01948 860966

Mulsford Cottage B & B, Sarn SY14 7LP - 01948 770414

Milmoor Farm, Malpas SY14 8ED - 01948 820304

The Pheasant Inn, Chester CH3 9PF - 01829 770434

Fernlea Cottage B & B, Chester CH3 9AQ - 01829 770807

Please RSVP by 31st August to Susie Woods - susie_woods@hotmail.co.uk

By thbc, Jan 6 2017 09:48AM

The annual Summer Herd Visit and Club meeting will be held on 28th June 2017 at the beautiful Belvoir Castle Estate, home of our Club patron, Her Grace the Duchess of Rutland.

Further details will be sent to members nearer the time; if you are not a member and would like to attend, please contact Club Secretary David Fenton on 01580 762395.

By thbc, Aug 29 2016 08:50PM

By air, sea and land, plane, train, ferry and car a group of around 20 Hereford breeders made their various ways in October to visit the Hof te Boekelo herd of Original Population Herefords at Hengelo, near Enschede in Holland.

Gradually assembling on the Friday evening at the wonderfully renovated estate of our hosts Lida and Charles Stork we were welcomed at the refurbished farm which was to be our home for the weekend. What we might refer to as a house-come-farm building, very typical of the area, has been beautifully converted into a conference/event centre with a spacious main hall flanked by a professional kitchen and other essential facilities. The upper floor houses ten well-appointed en-suite bedrooms allowing all of our party to be accommodated for the duration of the visit. The restoration work has been accomplished using oak timbers from the estate itself and sawn by mobile sawmill. This gives a very organic touch to the building and evokes an historic feel which adds so much to the experience.

After being met with tea and coffee on arrival, much lively chat ensued and merged seamlessly into the barbeque which entertained us for the evening. Featuring the fabulous Traditional Hereford beef from Hof te Boekelo and the liberal hospitality dispensed by our hosts we gorged, discussed and laughed our way to bedtime.

After a more than ample breakfast, all prepared on site by Charles and Lida, we began our inspection of the herd with the older cows with their calves by the 11-year-old English-bred stock bull Albany Leonardo. The herd was established with a handful of cows picked up by Lida from various sources around Holland, all with known registered pedigrees. Three families now comprise the bulk of the herd, two of which are now extinct in the Original Population herd in the UK. Their ancestors were originally exported to Holland from the Pwll herd of Mr D.E. Roderick of Sennybridge, Breconshire and have been maintained to this day using only Original Population genetics. Also among this group were females sired by semen imported from British bulls Llandinabo Mackie and Llandinabo Muster.

Next to view were the yearling heifers, sired by Leonardo and Albany O’Gara. A couple really stood out among this excellent bunch and all of us would have happily taken them home. The herd is run on organic lines and little or no hard feed is used except in emergency but the cattle look wonderfully well on the extremely well maintained pasture. Interestingly, the land lies over a major salt deposit, which is industrially recovered from a depth of up to 500 metres by a process akin to fracking, which leaves no trace on the surface save for some little hut-like structures about the size of a chicken shed and the occasional sink hole in the road!

Now it was time for lunch and after feeding and watering us again Lida took us to the yearling steers and young bulls, all running out at grass. The weather, somewhat cool and misty in the morning, now turned warmer and gave us the chance to look in comfort at the valuable steers which are marketed directly to the public and young bulls which are extensively managed before making the choice between breeding or beef. At this point the group also took interest in another similar ongoing farm restoration project on the estate, this time a home for Lida and Charles’ daughter Amelia and her partner Henry who will have a sumptuous house when it is finished. Once again all of the mighty oak beams have been hewn from their own forests.

Now it was on to the final group, the younger cows and their calves by Lida’s most recent import from the UK, Albany Obama by Upleadon Courtier – a bull of pure Free Town breeding. Here was a magnificent herd of cows, consistent in type and true to the breed with an attractive, level bunch of calves at foot of superb colour and shape. We dwelt for a long time among the beautiful surroundings and cattle, before returning to base with a couple of hours to kill before dinner.

Gathering around the massive inglenook-style open fireplace a game of charades developed, revealing previously unimagined talents and easily keeping everyone out of mischief until it was time for Lida’s final masterpiece, an Indonesian meal prepared and served quite magnificently by two ladies who found, to their surprise, that at least one of our party could converse quite easily with them in their own Indonesian language! With yet more libation amply consumed during the evening we retired not wanting for anything. Finally on Sunday morning we began to disperse after breakfast by the many ways in which we had arrived, sad to be leaving but so grateful to Lida and Charles and all those who had helped them with the excellent visit and convivial atmosphere.

By thbc, Jun 23 2016 10:11AM

The THBC would like to thank all those at both Brynmawr Farm and Cow Hall in Shropshire who put together such a wonderful day for the Club meeting and summer herd visit on 22nd June.

The day began with a Club meeting in the straw-insulated building at Brynmawr Farm, a care farm and visitor centre who use their cattle, sheep and organic farmland to educate and provide opportunities for a wide variety of people.

Following a walk round the Brynmawr cattle and a tasty lunch, the group moved on to see another organically-managed herd at Cow Hall, where we were introduced to some Soil Association trials using diverse leys of legumes and grasses to improve silage yields and quality, as well as for use within arable rotations.

Photos by Lida Stork

By thbc, Jun 20 2016 12:29PM

Sunday 19th June 2016

Judge: Mr E Mills

Female and Breed Champion

Albany Showgirl, Mrs C Redmayne

Male and Reserve Breed Champion

Baytal Gabriel, C & M Ball

Reserve Female Champion

Carpenters Silver 3rd, Mrs H MacLeod

Reserve Male Champion

Albany Lucifer, F W Cook & Son

Senior male, born on or before 31st December 2014

1st: Baytal Gabriel, C & M Ball

2nd: Street Mark, Mr D Powell

Junior male, born on or after 1st January 2015

1st: Albnay Lucifer, F W Cook & Son

2nd: Gavelock Raedwald, Mrs C Redmayne

3rd: Herouldmede Tarquin, Woods van Beele Partnership

Senior female, born on or before 31st December 2013

1st: Albany Showgirl, Mrs C Redmayne

2nd: Boresisle Regina 41st, Mrs C Redmayne

3rd: Carpenters Curly 2nd, Mrs H MacLeod

4th: Carpenters Venus 4th, Mrs H MacLeod

Female, born in 2014

1st: Olde House Dowager 12th, Woods van Beele Partnership

2nd: Carpenters Curly 3rd, Mrs H MacLeod

Junior female, born on or after 1st January 2015

1st: Carpenters Silver 3rd, Mrs H MacLeod

2nd: Carpenters Venus 12th, Mrs H MacLeod

Best pair of cattle, owned by the exhibitor

Carpenters Silver 3rd and Carpenters Venus 12th, Mrs H MacLeod

Photos below by Lida Stork

Breed Champion Albany Showgirl from Mrs C Redmayne

Adam Henson presents the Championship prizes

By thbc, Jun 17 2016 10:59AM

Gordon Groom

Stockman available for work with experience of Original Population Herefords

Currently located in East Anglia but willing to relocate to anywhere in the UK

07468 578825

01842 550529

By thbc, May 26 2016 12:03PM

All are welcome to the annual THBC Summer Herd Visit, to be held on Wednesday 22nd June by kind permission of Trevor and Paul Wheeler, Brynmawr Farm, and Joy Greenall and Mark Measures, Cow Hall.

The format will be as follows:

10.30am Arrive at Brymawr Farm, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 8QU

11.00am Club meeting starts

12.15am Tour of Brymawr herd


2.00pm Tour of the Cow Hall herd


Finish approx. 4.00pm

Agendas and further details to be circulated shortly. For catering purposes, please let either Keith Siddorn (01829 782117) or David Fenton (01580 762395) know in plenty of time if you are hoping to attend the day.

By thbc, May 24 2016 02:12PM

Breed Champion: Albany Sable (F W Cook & Son)

Reserve Breed Champion: Albany Oblivion (F W Cook & Son)

Bull, any age

1st: Albany Oblivion (F W Cook & Son)

2nd: Langridge Saracen (Miss F V Cook)

Cow or heifer with calf at foot

1st: Boresisle Curly 39th (Mrs C Redmayne)

Cow or heifer in calf

1st: Carpenters Curly 3rd (Mrs H MacLeod)

2nd: Herouldmede Venus 2nd (Woods van Beele Partnership)

Maiden heifer

1st: Albany Sable (F W Cook & Son)

2nd: Berthllwyd Grace Evelyn (Mr T Pritchard)

3rd: Albany Oyster Girl 18th (F W Cook & Son)

4th: Carpenters Silver 3rd (Mrs H MacLeod)

5th: Herouldmede Ruby 4th (Woods van Beele Partnership)

6th: Carpenters Venus 12th (Mrs H MacLeod)

Best pair of animals, exhibitor bred: Mrs H MacLeod

Pictured top: Albany Sable

Pictured below: Albany Oblivion