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History of the Whitebred Shorthorn


Larriston NewcastletonThe exact origin and birthplace of the Whitebred Shorthorn is not known, but it is known that it aroused interest in the Border country over 100 years ago when the breed was referred to as the Cumberland White.

One of the early pioneers and founders of the breed was Mr David Hall of Larriston, Newcastleton Roxburghshire, who, along with Mr Andrew Park of Stelshaw, Bailey, Cumberland sold Blue-grey suckled calves at Newcastleton suckler sales way back in the late 19th Century.

These two breeders had found the Bluegrey's to be fast maturing cattle valued highly be feeders of beef.

These popular Blue-grey cattle were the product of the crossing of the hardy Galloway cow with the Whitebred Shorthorn Bull many of which came from Cumberland.

Formation of the Whitebred Shorthorn Association

It became increasingly obvious that the cross between the hardy Galloway cow and the Whitebred Shorthorn bull was producing fast maturing store cattle and it became essential that these quick maturing characteristics in existing breeds of hill cattle be developed.

Roland Johnson

T. Roland Johnson
(1962 -1964)

John Kirkpatrick
John Kirkpatrick
Official Auctioneer &
(1964 -1966)
Eric Stokoe
Eric Stokoe
(1962 -1977)

In order to preserve the identity of the Whitebred Shorthorn, a meeting of interested parties together with JE Campion, GH Barnes, SAC Oliver and AD Tweddle who were all advisory representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food. was held on Monday 18th December 1961, at Greenhead Hotel in Northumberland, where it was decided to consider the formation of a breed society.

At a public meeting in Greenhead Hotel on 12th March 1962, almost 200 interested breeders voted overwhelmingly to form The Whitebred Shorthorn Association.

The first Council was elected under the Chairmanship of Roland Johnson with John Kirkpatrick (Auctioneer) as Vice Chairman.

Eric Stokoe, a cashier with Harrison & Hetherington Ltd., Auctioneers, was invited to take on the Secretarial duties of the Association.

After cattle had been inspected from 134 herds, 2310 males and 506 females were entered in the first herdbook.

First Council of Management
T. R. Johnson, Limestonebrae, Carrshield, Hexham (Chairman)
J. Kirkpatrick, 6 Whiteclosegate, Carlisle (Vice-Chairman)
J. S. Arres, Lustruther, Hawick, Roxburghshire
J. Armstrong, Carrick, Elsdon, Newcastle on Tyne
G. L. Bell, Broomholmshields, Langholm, Dumfriesshire
A. Beattie, Park House, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire
J. Calvert, Greensburn, West Hall, Brampton, Cumberland
R. Dodd, Gilbert House, Moffat, Dumfriesshire
D. Dargue, Smardale Hall, Kirkby Stephen, Cumberland
R. D. Forster, Hassendean, Hawick, Roxburghshire
J. Graham, Raeburn, Longtown, Cumberland
J. Henderson, Murtholm, Langholm, Dumfriesshire
J. Harrison, Aimshaugh, Alston, Cumberland
T. N. Hill, Clea Hall, Wigton, Cumberland
R. H. Hedley, Flatt, Newcastleton, Roxburghshire
J. Ions, Thorneyburn, Falstone, Hexham, Northumberland
E. Jeffrey, Standburn, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire
F. Lee, Ninebanks, Whitfield, Hexham, Northumberland
G. Mitchinson, Gallowberry, Kirkcambeck, Brampton, Cumberland
J. G. Nixon, Hallees, Longtown, Cumberland
J. E. Nixon, Goatstones, Simonburn, Hexham, Northumberland
W. Noble, Old Irvine, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire
J. Oliver, Cawfields, Haltwhistle, Northumberland
R. C. Robinson, Askerton Castle, Brampton, Cumberland
T. H. Smith, Cleugh Head, Brampton, Cumberland
J. Telford, Holmehead, Roadhead, Carlisle, Cumberland
W. Tully, Sewingshields, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Northumberland
R. N. Waugh, Row, Roadhead, Carlisle, Cumberland
T. M. Waugh, Eskin, Wythop, Cockermouth, Cumberland
G. D. Walton, Allensgreen, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland

Past Chairmen of the Association
T R Johnson 1962 – 1964
J Kirkpatrick 1964 – 1966
T H Smith 1966 – 1968
R C Robinson 1968 -1970
R P Johnson Fergusson 1970 – 1972
G L Bell 1972 – 1974
T N Hill 1974 – 1976
P M Gordon 1976 – 1978
H C Johnson 1978 – 1980
J Tailford 1980 - 1982
R B Hope 1982 – 1984
I C Robinson 1984 -1986
G Bell 1986 – 1988
W Wallace 1988 - 1990
K Laurie 1990 – 1992
J Whitfield 1992 – 1994
B Hough 1994 – 1996
A Roskell 1996 – 1998
G Bell 1998 – 2000
J Christie 2000 – 2004
G Bell 2004 – 2006
AA Wheelwright 2006 - 2013
T Robinson 2013 - 2014
D Hendry 2014 - 2016
T Wallace 2016 - present

Secretaries to the Association
Eric Stokoe 1962 - 1977
Rosie Mitchinson 1977 - 2013
Jane Wilson 2013 - 2016
Sarah Bell 2016 - present

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