The Whitebred Shorthorn Association

Anna Pattinson
High Shield Farm, Bardon Mill
Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7AJ
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Whitebred Shorthorn Features

Whitebred Shorthorn

Low Arvie Open Day
September 2018
Mike and June Taylor first became interested in Whitebred Shorthorns about 4 years ago following a visit to an Open Day held near New Luce, Stranraer. [more]

Hall Farm Open Day
August 2018
The open day was a great success. Attending were Association members, prospective breeders and buyers and interest from the local community keen to see the cattle. [more]

Whitebred Shorthorns in South West Cornwall
November 2015
A recent trip by Donald Hendry to the Penzance area in SW Cornwall provided a very interesting insight into two very different uses for the Whitebred Shorthorn. [more]

Securing Whitebred Shorthorn Genetics for the Future
September 2015
Earlier this year, Helen and Philip Marginson of the Northwood herd of Whitebred Shorthorns contacted Ruth Dalton to ask whether RBST would be interested in flushing one of their cows, Lochdochart Snowfall 15th, for embryos. [more]

Great Yorkshire Show 2015
September 2015
One of our newer breeders, Helen Marginson, supplied a young cow (first calver) and her calf on the RBST stand at the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show. [more]

Scottish Beef Association Event 2015
September 2015
This event was held at Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie, Perthshire on the 27th May 2015 and advertised as a “Beef from the Hills” event. [more]

Loch Katrine Whitebred Shorthorns
January 2014
In 2009 Forestry Commission (Scotland) formed the Katrine Fold of Highland cattle, with young heifers bought in from mostly West coast sources. There are now eighty young cows plus groups of replacements, split into four minifolds. [more]

Ben Ledi Whitebred Shorthorns
November 2013
November 2011 saw the arrival of the first Whitebred Shorthorns for the new Ben Ledi herd at Gartchonzie Farm, Callander, Perthshire. Gartchonzie Farm lies to the west of Callander, with stunning views to the north and Ben Ledi. [more]

Dumfries House Visit
October 2013
Some thirty five people attended the Whitebred Shorthorn Association visit to Dumfries House in Ayrshire on a glorious day in September 2013. [more]

Pendeen and Trenow Open Days
July 2014
The open farm days at Pendeen on 28th & 29th July 2014 attracted 66 people on day one and over 40 on day two. Visitors were shown the conservation grazing being carried out by the Pendeen herd of Whitebred Shorthorn cattle and Dartmoor ponies in Devon. [more]

Whitebred Shorthorn X Welsh Black
November 2012
Lochdochart Titan bred by John Christie, has been used on Welsh Black cows and produced some superb calves. [more]

Borderway Agri-Expo 2012
November 2012
The Association attended the sixth Borderway Agri-Expo held at Borderway Mart Carlisle on Friday 2nd November 2012. [photos]

Oban Native Breed Female Sale 2012
October 2012
Donald Hendry attended the Native Breed Female sale in Oban as a follow on to the road show. While the trade in general was very disappointing the vendors of Whitebred Shorthorn cross heifers did much better than most with strong demand for light coloured heifers. [report]

Promotion Roadshow 2012
September 2012
Donald Hendry and Adrian Wheelwright kicked off a programme of attending some of Scotlands west coast Agricultural Shows during 2012 with stands at Salen, Portree, Lochaber and Dalmally Shows. [report]

Blue Grey Group Promotion
August 2012
This year Blue Grey producers and keepers have attended agricultural shows including Angus, the Royal Highland, the Great Yorkshire, Dumfries & Lockerbie and Peebles. [more]

Highland Cattle Open Days
September 2012
Whitebred Shorthorns have featured at two Highland Cattle Open days held on Friday 9th September at Glenturret Estate and Saturday 10th September at Loch Katrine. [more

Borderway Agri-Expo 2011
November 2011
Our demonstration at Borderway Agri Expo 2011 featured a Whitebred Shorthorn Bull and a Blue Grey Cow nursing a Charolais cross calf. [more]

Whitebred Shorthorns move into Loch Katrine Woodland
June 2011
Forestry Commission Scotland is doing its bit to help save rare cattle breeds – by putting the endangered Whitebred Shorthorn cattle to good use in a conservation project. [more]

Pendeen & Trenow Whitebred Shorthorns
Five more Whitebred Shorthorns have travelled down to West Cornwall, joining the four that have already had great success conservation grazing part of the Penwith Moors near Pendeen. [more]

Whitebred Shorthorn Semen exported to the USA
November 2010
Ranchers in the US who are being forced to re-evaluate the economics of their beef production systems are looking to one of the UK’s oldest breeds, the Whitebred Shorthorn, for help. [more]

Whitebred Shorthorns to graze Penwith Moors
February 2010
Four registered Whitebred Shorthorn heifers have been bought from the Bloch herd to graze the Penwith Moors on the Cornish coast. [more]

Whitebred Shorthorns in Germany
Six Whitebred Shorthorn Heifers were exported to Germany in 2007. Adrian Wheelwright visited the herd in May 2008. [more]

Whitebred Shorthorn cross Simmental
Roddy Macleod, farm manager for The Firm of Moy Farm, Banavie, Fort-William borrowed a Whitebred Shorthorn bull to use on some Simmental X heifers. [more]

Outwintering cows on lowland cuts costs
High wintering costs are making suckler cows uneconomic for many Scottish hill farms. So an Angus farmer has taken to outwintering cows on lowland arable ground to reduce inputs and avoid hauling feed into the hills. [more]

Blue Greys at Potholm
J & C Wood, Potholm, Langholm, Dumfriesshire run a 1400 acre LFA unit ranging from 280’ to 1400’ with 1,000 acres of hill grazing. 170 Blue Grey cows are kept on the hill and rough grazing. 100 calving in the autumn with the remainder in March. [more]

TV Debut
November 2006
The BBC's Rural Affairs Correspondent Tom Heap interviewed our Chairman at the 2006 Autumn sale at Carlisle for a BBC television feature to accompany the release of the Defra "Noah's Ark" strategy. [more]

Blue Greys at Ardjachie
Ardjachie, situated near Tain on the shores of the Dornoch Firth in the North of Scotland, was purchased in 1962 and is farmed in partnership by Leslie and Matthew Taylor. [more]

Whitebred Shorthorns and Blue Greys at the Bloch
October 2005
The Whitebred Shorthorn has played an integral part of the farming system on an upland Dumfriesshire unit for more than half a century. [more]

Upland Management - The Importance Of Cattle
The Heather Trust is a charity that works throughout the UK to promote integrated moorland management. One of the most important parts of this work is to emphasise the positive link between grazing and good moorland management. [more]

Traditional Butcher Colin Moore likes Blue Grey Beef
For several years Colin Moore, a traditional butcher in Brampton Cumbria has been selling beef from Blue Grey steers sourced from Keith Laurie, Snowdon Close, Gilsland, Cumbria. [more]

Whitebred Shorthorns and Blue Greys contribute to the environment at Hotbank Farm
January 2006
The Whitebred Shorthorn and its Galloway cross daughters suit the windswept acres of Hotbank Farm, near Bardon Mill which straddles the Roman Wall. [more]

Northumberland National Park Drovers Project
August 2005
The Drovers Project is a two year project managed by Northumberland National Park Authority with partnership funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Countryside Agency, English Nature and the National Trust. [more]

The Contribution to Biodiversity Made by the Blue Grey Cow
June 2005
The Blue Grey cow is an interesting animal to study, since it is a crossbred between a bull which is classed as a minority breed (Whitebred Shorthorn) and a cow of a traditional Scottish breed (Galloway). [more]

Traditional Blue Grey Cattle are the Mainstay at Farney Shield
May 2005
Long, hard winters have led the Wallace family to continue to run their Northumberland hill farm along traditional lines as they have done since 1962. [more]

Iomroll Highlanders and Longley Whitebred Shorthorns
December 2004
After saying goodbye to my beloved Ayrshire dairy cows I made the decision which was to control my life, that was to get involved in and breed Highland cattle. [more]

Out Wintering Cattle Can Be Worth the Effort
November 2004
There is no better or more profitable way to keep suckler cows than out-wintering them, believes one hill producer who has been practising it for more than 25 years. [more]

Limestone Country Project
September 2004
The Limestone Country Project is a five year project based in the limestone areas of the Yorkshire Dales. The Project has a £1.27 million budget, of which £550K is from the European Union LIFE (Nature) fund; money specifically allocated by the EU to support the management of internationally important wildlife sites. [more]

Blue Grey Heifer Sales
October 2004
Newcastleton Auction Mart and was built in the 1880's. It holds the oldest Suckler Sale in the British Isles and is the main sale centre for Blue-Grey Heifers. [more]

Blue Grey Suckler Cows at Glensaugh Research Station
September 2004
Glensaugh Research Station, run by the Macauley Institute, lies on the Eastern Grampian Hills of Scotland. The altitude ranges from 122 to 456 metres above sea level and the area has an average rainfall of 1040 mm. [more]

Blue Grey Cattle
Cattle breeders in the mid 19th Century found that the Shorthorn, particularly the white strain, when crossed with the Galloway produced an animal of attractive blue-grey colour which quickly became popular for both breeding and feeding. [more]



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