Great Yorkshire Show 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. 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.
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.
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
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.
Northwood Farm, Lancashire.