The Blonde Society send our Sincere Condolences to Hilary and family on the sudden and sad loss of Ben.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th August at Egerton Church 11.30am
Everyone is very welcome
National Pedigree Herd Competition 2014
Judged by Chris Shenton/Bridge and Nick Rogers/Aaron
Winner – Kinaston, Roy Kinnish
Reserve overall herd – Allacott, David Skinner
Winner - Kinaston, Roy Kinnish
Reserve - Allacott, David Skinner
Winner – Bostock, Charlotte Boden
Reserve – Ballygowen, Davey Gibson
Winner – Budore Holly. Paul McGarry
Blackwater Ainsley – Hallfield / James Weightman
Congratulations to every breeder that took part in the final round of the national herd competition 2014 particularly to the winners of each class. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this final round run as smoothly as it did with both hospitality and transporting our judges.
Ark Dora's Hat-trick
Ark Dora of the Katem Herd completed a Hat-trick of Championship wins at Halifax last Saturday. Following Interbreed Championships at Huby & Sutton and Emley over the last two weeks this third title completed three weekends of major successes in the show ring for the 6 year old cow. Shown with 10 week old heifer calf ‘Justice’ at foot, Dora took Breed and Interbreed Titles. Justice also took her first steps in the show ring without mum, entering the Baby Beef class and wasn’t disgraced at her tender age. Kate McNeil said “We’ve just five more shows scheduled for this summer, it could be quite a run in” two of these shows will be title defences of 2013 Championship wins.
Ivaniskey Denise takes another Interbreed Champion Ship title
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This year’s Clogher Valley Show held on Wednesday 30th July marked the crowning of a true Champion with the awarding of the Beef Inter Breed Championship to the British Blonde Cow Ivaniskey Denise and her calf Jaquita, owned and bred by the McElroy family from Dromara in Co Down. Mind you, the animal in question is getting used to such accolades as she has found herself in the winning enclosure on many occasions this summer. Denise is currently in calf to the elite French bull Tino. Hopefully, next year will see the cow safely give birth to her fourth healthy calf. But after that Australia may well come calling! “We have recently received an inquiry from the leading Australian breeder Bob Andrews, who wants to buy embryos, produced from the cow,” William McElroy told Farming Life. “He has already bought embryos from her mother and has had tremendous show success with the stock produced in this way. So, flushing Denise next year and producing embryos from a couple of internationally renowned Blonde bulls that are not available in Oz is certainly an option.” Judge Hazel McNee, from Dundee, described Denise as a tremendous example of the Blonde breed and added: “She has tremendous power and strength and the fact that the winning cow has a very promising young calf at foot adds to her quality as a breeding animal.”
Ivaniskey Denise and her calf did it again when they were awarded British blonde championship at Castlewellan Agricultural show on Saturday 19th July 2014, by Samantha Brown from the Hackelton herd. The cow and calf team later went on to take the Interbreed Champion of Champions title judged by Jim Goldie from Scotland.
Doncombe Flora take National Blonde Championship in Wales
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Huby & Sutton Show
Ark Dora with her 8 week old calf Katem Justice had another very successful day at Huby & Sutton Show winning Champion any other Continental Breed, Champion Pedigree and then going on to win the Overall Interbreed Show Champion.
Blonde young show stars take second place at Hexham
The Blonde Society were delighted to sponsor three young members in the Young Show Stars competition at Beef Expo. at Hexham and even more so when they came second overall to the Charolais team.
Kelly Stott from Carlisle(Cairneden Blondes), Jimmy Fawcett from York ( Kissthorn Blondes )and Rob Coaney from Lampeter took on the challenge of six other teams who were all keen, experienced and fired up to go head to head for the ribbons in this great competition of young members including the exchange team from Canada.
Having a display stand set, the team stock judged the first evening and then the following morning clipped, washed and dressed their cattle, which were two smart young heifers from Andrew Stotts Hilltop herd from Canonbie.
In the afternoon the teams presented the pair of animals whilst the stick man was singled out to be interviewed with questions about their breed and the beef industry by Clive Davis who was both joint founder coordinator of ‘young show stars’ and commentator on the day.
All three members worked well together as a team and as much as each member has their own personal strengths, the team were consistent across the competition said Neil Lloyd who is the other founder co coordinator of young show stars.
The team look forward to travelling to Canada later in the year which is their wonderful prize and fabulous opportunity. Caroline Jackson breed secretary said that she was absolutely thrilled for the team, they worked well together and deserved the credit for their commitment to both the breed and the industry.
Letter from Blonde breeder Paul Thomas from Wokingham, Berkshire.
I just wanted to drop you a line about how well Blonde cross cattle are selling through the live "fat ring" right now which could be of interest to fellow breeders.
Beef prices are quite suppressed right now, but blondes are seeing a strong return in spite of this.
We have just started selling our spring beef at Salisbury Market as usual. Blondes are very well received at this market where their killing out percentage and quality of carcase is appreciated by both processor buyer, private butcher, and box beef suppliers.
Blondes consistently are within three animals of the top price throughout the year, and regularly top the market. There are a number of regular vendors of quality Blonde animals at Salisbury, and the auctioneer Ian Souter of Southern Counties Auctioneers openly supports the breed, promoting it whenever possible.
Four farms had Blonde cross cattle forward. This week saw Blonde sired cattle top three sections of the beef trade.
A Blonde cross topped the cow trade with a new "market top barren cow price" on a standard week. This beast beat all previous show weeks and commercial promotion weeks in Salisbury Market.
A pure blonde aged bull was well received to top the cull bull trade. They also topped the steer trade, and were second place in the heifer trade with animals under 24 months old.
Finally, a 22 month Blonde cross steer took the highest returning price on the day.
Eight animals grossed £12,893; we were delighted and would like to thank Southern Counties auctioneers for their support.
The Blonde d'Aquitaine breed has been established in the UK for over 40 years and continues to gain much respect from commercial farmers be they suckler producers or dairy men.
The breeds principal attributes are ease of calving and excellent growth rates, terminating in a carcase with a very high killing out percentage and an exceptionally high ratio of lean meat to bone.
The breed is widely distributed throughout the UK and Northern Ireland and thrives well in both the harsher climes of the north and the sunnier south.
The society was founded in 1971 to improve and promote the British Breed.
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