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Great Yorkshire Show 2015

September 2015

Chairmans Comments

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. The cow is bred from Lochdochart Snowfall 14th and is by Burnedge Arnold. She had a bull calf sired by Ben Ledi Joe 2nd at foot. Their good conformation, abundant maternal traits and superb temperament drew a huge amount of interest.

Great Yorkshire Show

I am very hopeful this will lead to more enquiries for breeding stock. The RBST tent was very well located and the footfall was huge. Many thanks to Helen Marginson, ably assisted by her husband Philip, and also to Ruth Dalton for providing the opportunity to promote our breed further.

Great Yorkshire Show

Helen provided the following report.

The Great Yorkshire Show 2015 - Flying the flag for the Whitebred Association.

With much trepidation, having never considered showing cattle in my life and being a complete novice, this July I agreed to take a Whitebred Shorthorn cow and calf as part of the RBST display at The Great Yorkshire Show. This show is a huge shop window for both agriculture and the general population interested in country life. Every breed of commercial cattle seems to have a class, but as far as I'm aware it's never seen a Whitebred Shorthorn on its grounds.

Having never been in a trailer, let alone to a show, Northwood Elizabeth (06388) with her bull calf by Ben Ledi Joe 2nd (12269) was installed in the RBST tent for the next 4 days. True to breed she took the whole process of this very noisy and busy event in her stride. Accompanied by the Association chairman Donald Hendry and RBST field officer Ruth Dalton, we had a very busy 3 days of being on display to vast numbers of the general public.

The young cow and calf attracted much interest from farmers, and generated many enquiries about the feasibility of cross breeding the Whitebred Shorthorn on different breeds; many farmers seem to be looking towards low input, sustainable suckler cows, that calve easily and milk their calves well, all traits that the Whitebred Shorthorn breed display in abundance. I am so pleased to report the event has generated at least 2 new breeders for the society. Although a tiring week I felt it was well worth the effort.

Helen Marginson

Northwood Farm, Lancashire.


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