Whitebred Shorthorn Association Show and Open Day
Askerton Castle Open Day
Tuesday 21st September 1965, the Association held its first
open day at Askerton Castle, Brampton in Cumberland by kind
permission of Mr R C Robinson a member of the Council.
Representatives from Farmers Weekly, Cumberland News, Farmers
Guardian, Border TV and the Tyne Tees Farming Outlook programme
were in attendance.
Over 100 breeders attended together with other
interested parties to Whitebred Shorthorn bulls and females
paraded followed by their Blue-grey progeny.
Mr John Kirkpatrick, the then, Chairman of the
Association is quoted as saying;
"There was a big demand for the Blue-Grey at sales in Haltwhistle and
Newcastleton and breeders had to provide what the public wanted. The Blue Grey
was the ideal suckler cow for the marginal farm and could be crossed with any
beef bull without loosing its hardiness."
Roland Johnson, first Chairman of the Association said;
"Border farmers had bred the White Shorthorns for many years without any
book data at all, but the Ministry of Agriculture was anxious that a herd book
should be compiled in case, at some future date, the general bull licence was
discontinued. If there were no general bull licence, we would be automatically
Animals from three breeders were on view. Bulls
included two from G Mitchinson & Sons, Gallowberry, Kirkcambeck
- the 6 year old stock bull Gallowberry Merical and the August
'64 born Gallowberry Monarch. Mr Robinson paraded Lordstown
Lad, a son of Holmhead Rocket and Askerton Statesman an October
'64 son of Askerton Baron. G Tailford & Sons, Rinnion Hills,
West Hall, exhibited Rinnion Hills Duke a homebred yearling
by Rinnion Hills Pioneer.
|Askerton Castle Cows & Calves
A demonstration of Whitebred Shorthorns was held at Broomholmshiels,
Langholm in Dumfriesshire on Saturday 5th October 1968 by permission
of G L Bell.
A demonstration was held at Cowbyers Farm, Blanchland in County
Durham on 19th September 1974 with cattle from Peter Gordon,
Grange of Tundergarth, Lockerbie and Robin Hope, Winterhope,
Waterbeck, Lockerbie on view.
|Cumberland Show 1975
Champion Whitebred Shorthorn Bull shown by JR & N Graham,
Information for the above has been
extracted from the Association Minute Book and scrapbooks
provided by members, special thanks to Ian Robinson Esq.,
for his contribution. Further details will be added to this
page when available.