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Record Year for Beef Shorthorn

The Beef Shorthorn Society has reported a record interest in the breed during the last 12 months.

Beef Shorthorn Registrations were up 26% on the year while pedigree sales hit an all-time high, members heard at their annual meeting in Stirling. Chapelton Dauphin realised a record top price of 15,000gns and 71 bulls sold for £4,991, a record average and 90% clearance in Stirling in February. At the same centre in October Chapelton Honeysuckle set a new top female price of 13,000gns whilst a record average of £2,110 was set with 81 females sold.

The newly elected Beef Shorthorn Society president Mark Holmes, of Albrighton, Wolverhampton.

The newly elected Beef Shorthorn Society president Mark Holmes, of Albrighton, Wolverhampton.

Mark Holmes, of Albrighton, Wolverhampton was elected president, succeeding Charles Horrell, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, who is stepping down after completing his two year term of office. Geoff Riby, of the Stonehills herd, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, was elected vice president.

“This year has been extremely positive for the society with a continued upwards trend in commercial interest in the breed, and it’s one that I would like to see growing,” said Mr Holmes. “My aim is for a continued increase in the number of Beef Shorthorn registered cattle alongside commercial awareness of the breed’s traits as a functional suckler cow which can do well off a forage based diet, and how it can help to maximise profitability within suckler herds.

“Furthermore, the continued support of the Morrisons’ Traditional Breeds Scheme is scheduled to maintain that added value to the steers that have traditionally been a by-product, giving them a real market worth. Over 30% of the scheme’s kill is now Beef Shorthorn sired.”

Based on a 360 acre unit, Mark runs the 50 cow Holmeere pedigree herd. “The breed’s easy care nature is essential for our business since we also run a busy outside catering enterprise. The Beef Shorthorn’s maternal traits also allow us to breed our own heifer replacements and keep a healthy, closed herd.” The Holmeere herd is no stranger to show ring success, having taken home supreme interbreed and breed titles at the Great Yorkshire, breed champion at the Royal Highland and Royal Show, as well as reserve interbreed there and at the Royal Welsh.

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