Cumbrian breeder William Cowx, Hudscales, Hesket New Market, Wigton
has been elected the 8th President of the British Limousin Cattle
Society (BLCS) in its 35 year history in the United Kingdom. Mr.
Cowx, who will serve a two year term of office, takes over the presidency
of the Society from Douglas Crighton.
New British Limousin Cattle Society
President William Cowx pictured on the Limousin stand at Beef 2006, Borderway
Market, Carlisle. .
Officially elected in May, the new President’s first public
task was helping to represent the Society at the NBA’s Beef
2006 event held in Borderway Market, Carlisle on Friday 2nd June.
A large crowd of pedigree breeders and commercial customers took
the opportunity to view the quality cattle exhibits on display and
to meet and welcome the new Limousin President. A well
known and highly respected breeder, Mr. Cowx’s first involvement
with Limousin cattle was in the late 1970’s prior to establishing
the Hudscales pedigree herd in 1980.
William Cowx was a Council member of the BLCS between 1993 and 1998. During
this term he also served as the Society’s Marketing Chairman for three
years. In 2004, he and his wife Judith and two sons, Andrew and Adrian, hosted
a spectacular open day during the International Limousin Congress with over 400
delegates attending from 22 countries. Within Cumbria, Mr. Cowx was a Director
of Harrison & Hetherington Ltd for ten years, three of which were served
as the Board’s Vice Chairman. In what was a Government appointment,
Mr. Cowx has also served on the Lake District National Park Authority, a position
that latterly saw him appointed as Chairman of the Park Management Committee.
Hudscales Farm, near Hesket Newmarket in the Lake District National Park, is
just over 1000 feet high. A 350 acre traditional upland farm, it is set against
the imposing backdrop of a 20,000 acre fell with its communal grazing. The "Hudscales" pedigree
herd comprises of some 60 Limousin cows with cattle numbers boosted by 50 first
and second cross Limousin x Friesian cows. All bulls are Limousins. The
sheep enterprise is based on a flock of 400 North of England Mules, crossed with
Beltex and Texel tups.
Each year the Cowx family sell the majority of their weaned
bull calves, aged up to a year old, at their annual youngstock
sale held at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart. Last month fifteen
young bulls were sold to a top of 4000gns and an average of £1700.
Commenting on his Presidency Mr. Cowx said: '”I am greatly
honoured and deeply delighted to have been elected President
of the Society which I joined some 26 years ago. The
breed’s development to its position as the UK’s number
one beef breed for over ten consecutive years has been quite
remarkable. It has built its reputation on providing its
customers with easy care cattle that deliver a superior end product
whatever the production system. I have no doubt that
these same principles will ensure the breed’s ongoing popularity”.
Mr. Cowx and his wife Judith will be attending many of the principal
summer shows where they look forward to meeting members and Limousin
Limousins at Balmoral Show 2006
And Achievement Highlights Limousin Year
Gearing up for SFP with Charolais