Bi-Weekly Update: 24th May 2019

Bi-Weekly Update: 24th May 2019


The past two weeks has seen the end of popular TV series, Game of Thrones, which has gripped the nation for over 6 years, with everyone finally discovering who the rightful ruler of Westeros was! (Don’t worry, no spoilers incoming).
Game of Thrones aside, it has been a busy few weeks here in the office with the Balmoral Show, NBA Beef Expo and the Carlisle Show and Sale all taking place – we look forward to reporting on all of these events as they happen! Take a look at what’s been happening in and around the Society over the last 14 days.

News Roundup

We’ve brought you all the live results from Carlisle Spring Show & Sale today as they’ve happened, with a full round-up available on our Show and Sales news page. We look forward to bringing you a full report early next week.

The annual Bandon Show took place in Co Cork where the Aberdeen-Angus entry was up on previous years with all 9 classes in the Aberdeen-Angus section very well supported. The supreme Aberdeen-Angus championship, under show judge Michael Horan, was awarded to Albert & Jennifer DeCogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr, Co Cork with their senior stock bull, Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535.

The May sale at Carrick-On-Shannon saw a very healthy demand for Aberdeen-Angus bulls. Almost 100 Aberdeen-Angus bulls were catalogued for sale at Carrick-On-Shannon for one of the final sales of the Spring season. The day’s sale leader, Clooncarne Rocket bred by Thomas Mulligan and Family from Currycramp, Dromod, Co Leitrim sold for €4600 to a dairy herd in Co Sligo.

The Drumcrow Aberdeen-Angus herd of Frank & Margaret McKiernan, Drumcrow, Corlismore, Co Cavan provided the overall sale topper in the Aberdeen-Angus ring at the multi-breed bull sales at Kilkenny. The top priced bull, Drumcrow Pontiac T717 was born in December 2017 and was out of Drumcrow Princess Jewel J363 who is a daughter of Coldstream Genetic Trend 80F and sold for a top price of €2750.

We’re delighted to be able to bring you some of the prize-winner photography from this year’s Balmoral Show – make sure to head over to our show and sales section of the website to have a look!

At a chilly first show of the Summer season, Temple Lolly Pop became judge of the day Jimmy McMillan’s Champion of the Aberdeen-Angus classes at the North Somerset Show.

Shadwell Evolution was the interbreed champion at the South Suffolk Show. The show was greatly supported in the Suffolk area with 5 Angus exhibitors and 15 angus on show.

The Nightingale Angus Herd is having a major reduction of all saleable stock privately on the farm as a whole or in lots – for more information check the stock for sale section of our website!

We’ve received some great entries so far for our Spring Photo Competition run on our Facebook channel! We encourage as many members to get involved, all you have to do is submit your photos in the comment section of the Facebook post or alternatively email [email protected] with your photos. We have an amazing luxury overnight stay for 2 up for offer for the best picture so please make sure to enter!

To keep up with all other news from the Society as well as all the latest updates from shows, sales and other events, just head over to the appropriate sections on our website.

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Show and Sales news:

News and Notices from the CEO

  • Visit to Ireland last week took myself and Yvonne from registrations to Weatherby’s Scientific for a review on our partnership and an update on the DNA process with them.
  • A visit the in Southern Ireland to see Eustace Burke and his mother Dierdre, we discussed a number of issues that he has good thoughts on resolving, thank you both for your hospitality and the herd tour.

  • Headed North to have a day in the Irish office with Kathryn and further look at the administration development with Yvonne and other matters with Mack Crowe to keep the South ticking along.
  • Day one at Balmoral show saw the classes judged by Rob Bishop, the trophy presentations and a good opportunity to meet the members in attendance and thank you all for your hospitality and support.
  • Day two saw the Breed Society Stock judging team’s competition and as a handicap the NIAACS let the CEO join the team, the team came in first place with the CEO coming second in the individual!! Further meetings with groups from “Beyond the Farm gate” re CAAB scheme.
  • Day three saw further meetings with the trade particularly the meat trade, Balmoral Show is a great platform to do this at as they are all represented.
  • The return trip from Belfast gave me the opportunity to call in at Helen and Willie Brown Drumdow herd. A trip around the farm and herd with Willie and a chance to meet Isobel, Willies Mother, who looks after all the records and learn a bit about her past history and contributions to the Society over many years. Thank you all for taking the time with me and for the hospitality.
  • A week on the road leads to a great deal of catch up on outstanding matters so I look forward to having three days in the office.
  • Travel to the Beef Expo to set up the stand on Wednesday and look forward to seeing you there on Thursday Thanks to Niall (Ex Glympton) and David Wellock for coming to help set up.
  • Thanks to Mary Hamnett of the Penwac Club for offering to bring the flowers and add that little bit of finesse that is sadly lacking with the CEO! Your support is always gratefully received
  • Thanks to Dallas Allen for being able to make the time to sort the inspection at the sale at Carlisle
  • PCS Board Meeting on Thursday to review progress with matters since the AGM and look at the development of the company going forward.
  • Technical Committee member present at the Carlisle Sale will be getting together to update actions in an informal way but review progression with matters raised at Council.

  • Looking forward to next week that sees Scotland’s Beef Event in Old Meldrum where the North East Scotland club have put in a great effort to organise and I look forward to meeting members old and new.
  • Unfortunately, this year’s open day has had to be postponed owing to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. We will be sorting out next year’s dates in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to keep your eyes on the web site for the club farm walks!

News and Notices from Angela Cumming in the Finance Department

    In order to try and save on postage costs we would like to send our invoices by email. If you have not already done so can you please provide us with your details.
    • Please click here to download the form, if you could please complete and return that would be great!

News and Notices from the Registrations Department

  •  Please note the year letter for 2019 is V, however all animals must be named after the family of the dam.
  • If you purchase an animal, please ensure you forward the certificate of pedigree, duly signed and dated on the back, to enable us to transfer this into your ownership.
  • If you are required to submit a repeat sample for DNA, please note the hair must be pulled, not cut, clean and dry and free of debris.

News and Notices from the YDP

    YDP Workshops have started well for 2019 with a high percentage of new attendees at Overbury Hall Herd, Pease Pottage Herd and Galacantry Herds.
  • Pleased to report more dates and venues for workshops across the UK
  • o 6th July – Melview Herd, Dymock
    o 7th July – Stoneylane Herd Bolton
    o 27th July – Branner Herd, Co Cork
    o 10th August – Tree Bridge Herd, Middlesbrough
  • If you know of any up and coming young breeders, please do encourage them to sign up for a workshop. Check out the full list of dates and venues on the society website and on YDP Facebook Events. The Team have been working hard during April and May planning and holding workshops for 2019, but also identifying host farms for 2020. As they run their workshops this year they are discovering new ideas in areas to deliver improved workshops for the future.
  • This year’s final will be held at Lough Allen, Southern Ireland, date yet to be confirmed but either last weekend in Sept or first weekend in October. We will keep you posted!
    We have an opportunity to select a team of 2 for the Interbreed Young Handlers Competition to be held at the Royal Welsh Show, which this year is also the Breeds National Show. If you know any young person between the ages of 14 – 26 on Monday 22nd July, please do let me know. The competition will be held on Wednesday 24th July. We may also be looking for a pair of cattle to use on the day which must be maiden or in calf heifers, again please let me know if you will be able to offer your cattle already competing at the RWS, for this.
    Can I take this opportunity to remind you that the Young Show Stars Competition is being held again this year 21st/22nd August and if there are any young members thinking they might like to compete, please let me know so that we can enter teams! Full details on
  • This May Stirling Sale our young members took part in an inaugural Multi Breed Competition and workshops alongside the Charolais and Limousin Societies. It was a very successful fun event and we hope to do interbreed social events at future shows and sales.

Shows, Sales and Events

Key upcoming events are shown below:
• 6th – 8th June 2019 – Royal Cornwall Show
• 18th – 19th June 2019 – Royal Cheshire Show
• 20th – 23rd June 2019 – Royal Highland Show
• 24th June – Newry Show
• 29th June – Southern Ireland YDP Workshop


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From all at the Society, have a great weekend!

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