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Beef Shorthorn Young Members’ Club Launched

The Beef Shorthorn Society will officially launch its Young Members’ Club with an inaugural open day to be held on Saturday 6 April hosted by Lowther Estates, Penrith, Cumbria.

The event will start with a cattle clipping demonstration before preparation of show cattle, ringcraft and stockjudging workshops. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Lowther Beef Shorthorn Herd

Lowther Beef Shorthorn Herd
photo © Jennifer MacKenzie

The society’s Frank Milnes commented: “We believe that it’s very important that we engage with the future of British beef farming - not only with youngsters who are already involved with showing and breeding Beef Shorthorn cattle but also those that want to find out more about the breed.

“We are responding to a survey among our young members which was designed to determine what they would like to receive instruction on,” he said. “We’re confident that the day will be a success and that it will pave the way for several events that we are planning for our young members this year to better equip them to show and breed quality cattle.”

Frank continued: “Our current and future beef producers need suckler cows that are sustainable – those with strong maternal traits for fertility, ease of calving, docility and milkiness, as well as suiting a forage based diet together with hardiness to reduce overwintering costs. Unsurprisingly, an increasing number of suckler producers are turning to Beef Shorthorn to fulfil these demands. Beef Shorthorn is a maternal breed however the farmers of the future should also keep in mind the premium that is paid for Beef Shorthorn sired steers through the Morrisons Traditional Breeds Scheme.”

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