Chirk Castle proves a fantastic location for our AGM

Chirk Castle near Wrexham proved to be a fantastic location for the White Park Cattle Society AGM and Open  Day for 2015.  We would like to thank member Guy Myddelton for making all of the arrangements with the National Trust.

 

The day started with our formal meeting in the Castle function room. After lunch the members were then treated to a private tour of the Castle led by Guy Myddelton, who grew up in the stunning building and played with his train set in the historic rooms.  After the tour of the building we viewed the beautiful gardens and went to see the White Park cattle that reside in the parkland beyond the ha-ha.   The afternoon session concluded with a visit to Guy’s family farm in deepest Cheshire countryside where 2014 and 2015 calves and heifers are living.  Guy’s wife Emma provided a fantastic afternoon tea.

 

During the evening the members returned to the Castle for a delicious evening meal of White Park beef.  The occasion was rounded off by an auction of paintings and prints donated by President Lawrence Alderson and a John Deere mower donated by Council Member Frank Sutton.  Interest in the items was fierce and as well as bids in the room we also had bids placed by telephone.  All money raised by the auction will go towards helping to preserve our historic White Park cattle breed.

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Border Fine Arts launch limited edition White Park cow and calf figurine

A limited edition figurine of a White Park cow with her calf has been released by Border Fine Arts, one of the UK’s leading producers of animal sculptures.

 

The figurine has been produced by master sculptor Ray Ayres in consultation with the White Park Cattle Society.  Each figurine, limited in number to 350, is made entirely by hand in the Border Fine Arts studio in Langholm in Cumbria and comes with its own individually numbered certificate.

 

The figurine retails at £295 and can be ordered from Gray’s Country Gifts on www.grayscountrygifts.com or tel: 01543 483344.

 

Gray’s Country Gifts is offering members of the White Park Cattle Society a discount on the figurine if ordered during January.  A special order form has been mailed to all members.  For any queries please contact Jane Hampson at the Society office on [email protected] or tel: 01926 632560

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White Park cow and calf to appear on Cogent calendar

A beautiful photograph of a White Park cow with her calf will appear on the Cogent calendar for 2015.  The photograph was taken by members Karen Ballington and Roy Critchlow and was one of 12 photos that won a competition to find the best shots of beef animals for next year’s calendar, which will be distributed free of charge to Cogent customers.

Congratulations Karen and Roy for taking such a lovely photograph.

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Cogent investment raises the digital bar for sexed semen

Semen sexing has been taken to a new level of efficiency and accuracy thanks to an investment in the very latest sperm sorting technology by the UK’s largest stud, Cogent Breeding Ltd.

The new semen sexing machines and purpose-built quality control laboratory will enable dairy and beef farmers to improve the way they manage their herds’ breeding programmes and increase production capacity, resulting in a boost for farm profits.

Innes Drummond, Cogent’s UK Operations Manager said: “Cogent sexed semen reliably produces in excess of 90% female calves, with conception rates that are approaching that of conventional semen.  We ensure that every single straw of semen sexed or conventional meets or exceeds our industry-leading quality standards. At a time when farm profits are once again coming under severe pressure anything that can improve the efficiency and viability of our customers’ businesses is good for them.”

New app for beef farmers launched by EBLEX

  • A new app has been launched by EBLEX to make it easier for beef farmers to get the latest market information at their fingertips. As well as the latest prices and trends the new mobile app gives farmers the opportunity to search for their nearest auction markets and create their own personal library of technical manuals.

    The app is available free on both Apple and Android platforms. The visit the app store or Google Play store and search for “EBLEX”.

Report on White Park AGM on 21 June 2014

Our AGM for 2014 was held on 21 June at Lennoxlove House in Haddington, East Lothian.  We would like to pass on our grateful thanks to His Grace the Duke of Hamilton for allowing us to use his home for our AGM and to Farm Manager, Keith Stuart, for his valuable help in making the arrangements.

Over 35 people attend the event.  After the formal meeting had completed lunch was taken in the dining room.  We were then treated to a guided tour of parts of Lennoxlove House which has a fascinating history.  This tour was followed by a visit to view the White Parks which reside in the parkland surrounding the house.  We firstly viewed three newly-registered bulls which are now up for sale before visiting newly-born calves with their mothers, year old heifers and White Park bull Castle Joseph and his lady friends.

During the evening the group came together once again for a fantastic evening meal at the Waterside Bistro in Haddington.

The group outside Lennoxlove House
The group outside Lennoxlove House
Touring the farm
Touring the farm
White park heifers shading under trees
White park heifers shading under trees

Report on White Park Spring Breed Sale

The White Park Breed Society spring sale of pedigree stock took place on Saturday 17 May 2014 at Worcester Livestock Market, starting at 11.00am.

Keen bidding took place for the 36 lots comprising of cows, heifers and bulls.  Top price of the day was achieved by David Graveston’s bull Pantgwyn Meredydd (bred by Jessica Bryne Daniel) which was bought by Cotswold Farm Park.

 

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