THE Longhorn Cattle Society's spring show and sale at Worcester again underlined the popularity of the breed with a packed ringside of new, established and potential buyers all looking to get on the "scoresheet" resulting in a near total clearance and some exciting prices in all sections.
Top call of the day went to Sutton-on-the-hill farmers Michael and Yvonne Smith's Hennisfield Eileen, a two-year-old heifer who won First Female and Overall Breed Champion and finally secured for 5,700gns to SM Tedbury, of Hardham, Sussex, setting a new breed record for a senior heifer sold through the sale ring in the process.
Michael said: "We are simply over the moon with this result. We run a small farm with just 50 Longhorn cattle, so it's a great testament to our breeding programme to achieve this."
The Longhorn cattle are put to good use by Michael and Yvonne, who let them graze conservation areas. Michael explained: "Longhorn are well known as a breed for being gentle grazers so we can let them out in conservation areas knowing they won't do the damage other types might."
The couple have been breeding Longhorns for seven years and plan to continue with their programme, and hope to produce more champions in the future.
The pair started with just two animals, which they reared for personal consumption, but quickly realised that demand was high for the cattle so increased their herd accordingly.
Prior to becoming breeders, they worked as agricultural contractors in the area for more than 25 years.
The society's spring show Reserve Female and Reserve Overall Champion awards went to another two-year-old heifer, Treverton Mayflower from Rachel Heard and Graham Towers' Northampton-based herd and selling at 3,400gns to DJ Bevan, of Llanarthne, Carmarthen.
Cows and calves also enjoyed sound competition, topping at 1,850gns for the first prize winner Chalkney Pleasure, a second calver with a heifer calf at foot from Sarah Coleman, She was secured by a new breeder, Jane Grant, of Easingwold, York, who was very active at the sale, taking a total of 10 cattle. A total clearance in the bull section was one of the highlights of the sale with competition for all ages.
Leading the way was Carreg Mogley, the first bull and Male Champion by Underknoll Focus out of Carreg Hottenhot – a noted prizewinner at shows nationwide.