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.
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
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.
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.”
White Park Cattle sold through Carlisle market on Saturday 22 September 2014 were well presented and made some excellent prices. The cows and in-calf heifers were purchased by fellow members of the Society in order to improve existing herds.
A full report on the sale will appear shortly in Farmers Guardian.
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”.
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 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.
Flood-stricken farmers will be benefiting from the proceeds of the sale of a White Park heifer which was auctioned during the White Park Society Spring breed sale on Saturday 17 May 2014 at Worcester Market. The heifer was donated by White Park Council member, Frank Sutton.
Gracedieu Charlie was sold for 780 guineas and together with a collection at the market and a donation by the White Park Cattle Society a total of £1000 was raised for Forage Aid.
Frank Sutton of Parc Grace Dieu, Raglan, Gwent commented “I felt compelled to help the farming communities that have been so badly affected by this winter’s floods. It was gratifying to see attendees bid so keenly for a beautiful animal and help an excellent cause”.
The White Park Cattle Society Chairman said “The Society would like to thank Frank Sutton for his generosity. As well as Frank’s donated heifer there was also a range of other high-quality pedigree White Parks sold during the auction”.
Somerset farmer James Winslade, whose family farm was severely flooded at the beginning of 2014, accepted the donation on behalf of Forage Aid.