AGM & Dinner, 11th March The following were elected at the recent AGM.

President Sam Howarth (Leasbeck)

Chairman Patrick Davies (Hollinscourt)

Vice-Chairman Huw Rees (Crugside)

Sam has kindly agreed to stay on for an extra year to give Adam a break as he is to be responsible for Shows.

Alan Spicer has resigned from the Committee, and we thank him and wish him well.

The Dinner was well attended and much enjoyed.

National British Friesian Show We had been worried that Covid might affect the entries but, in the end, we had a good number forward. Congratulations to all who showed, carrying the flag for our Breed. The Grand Championship was awarded to Oakalby Brandy Britto 57 and Junior Champion was Gemini Jupiter Cher. See results.

Consistent Performer Awards CP HUK are now applying ‘CP’ to the pedigree certificates and can be viewed online, so keep an eye out for them appearing for some of your cows. These are cows that qualify for this new award which takes fertility performance into account as well as production.

Registrations We are delighted to report another healthy increase in recorded lactations and Registrations in 2021 with new prefixes qualifying, and whole-herd grade ups. There has been a steady year on year increase since the low of 2010. Male registrations were also up.

Genetics We are happy to report the birth of the first bull calf, Bradash Challenger, the first outcross bull bred by the Club’s Genetics Committee. His dam is Bradash Cora 11 Ex 92(4). She is in her 6th lactation and is still giving over 30kg a day at 5.1% bf and 3.17% pt. Challenger’s sire is Lavenham Creator who had over 12,800 daughters in over 2,500 herds in the 1970s and is remembered as one of the great bulls of the time.

Inflation The tragedy that is Ukraine and the impact on so many input costs will surely focus the minds of us all. We are fortunate in the UK to experience ideal conditions for grass production and opportunities for lowering the cost of feed, not just for Spring calving herds but for all those who have the facilities to graze their cows. Our cow is eminently suited as it has been bred from such a background. Steers can be economically reared on grass- based systems, too.

Herd Visits to Scotland – June 15th & 16th 10.30 am start on both days.
Day 1 - The Dunbar Family’s well-established Barncluth Herd. Cromlet Farm, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ML6 0PL.
All day visit followed by dinner at the Tudor Hotel in Airdrie.
Day 2 - The Brown Family, Gaindykehead Farm, Glenmavis, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ML6 0PW. (Morning only) This business buys in around 2,500 beef bred steers and heifers annually at around 500 kg liveweight and finishes them on a ration of potatoes, silage and barley in around 100 days. The farm utilises home grown grass silage and food waste in the form of rejected potatoes from supermarkets and other products such as bread waste to feed their cattle. They also use wood fines from local mills to bed cattle, which is also surplus to other industries’ needs. A fine example of sustainability in action. Dinner has been arranged at a cost of £25 per head at the Tudor Hotel in Airdrie, ML6 0BA on the evening of the 15th at 7.30pm, where o/n accommodation can also be booked. Accommodation Prices: Single Rooms Are £50.00 per night Double / Twin rooms are £70.00 per night both prices include Breakfast. All are welcome but please fill in and return the enclosed form by 1st June to David Armett (Hon Secretary). A list of suggestions for accommodation is included with this Newsletter.

The Border and Lakeland Holstein Club Bull Show and Sale British Friesians scooped the Champion and top priced bull. The overall Champion of the Show was Nerewater Ged, bred by Richard Bell. A Nerewater Jackpot son, whose first four dams all classified either EX or VG, he sold for 4,600gns. The Sales top price of 6,000gns was achieved by Whinnow President, a super stylish British Friesian bull sired by Deangate Centurion. Bred by the Blamire family, who also sold Winnoch Marshall for 5,000gns.

Irish National Pure Friesian Open Day - 21st July
Finally, after two years of postponements, the Quealys of Grenan Pure Friesians will be hosting the Open Day near Waterford, Eire. They would be delighted if anybody from the BFBC could join them on the day, or indeed for a few days. They are very close to several strong British Friesian herds, and there are great restaurants nearby, good museums and a beautiful coastline. If you can make it and want any help or advice on where to stay or in planning your trip, please call Sinead Quealy on 00 353 86 8552977. You will find more details and an RSVP form on the website: https://www.irishpurefriesian.com

National British Friesian Show Results @ Dairy Expo, 12th March

Class 18 - Calf Class (01/03/21 - 31/12/21) 

1 Gemini Jupiter Cher - Ms A Malt & T Barrell

2 Oakalby Milkman Salvine 75 - E S Burroughs & Son

3 Oakalby Jingle Debbie 63 - E S Burroughs & Son

4 Aintree Jingle Pauline 2 - Richard Pilkington

5 Lismulligan Priscilla 63 - B Lawson & Sons

Class 19 - Maiden Heifer

1 Gemini Karactacus Brandy - Ms A Malt & T Barrell

2 Gemini Karactacus Cher - Ms A Malt & T Barrell

3 Gemini Ben Rosie Red - Ms A Malt & T Barrell

4 Oakalby Moses Sweetie 30 - E S Burroughs & Son

Class 20 - In Calf Heifer

1 Lismulligan Priscilla 60 - B Lawson & Sons

2 Aintree Jingle Pauline - Richard Pilkington

Junior Championship

Champion - Gemini Jupiter Cher - Ms A Malt & T Barrell

Reserve Champion - Gemini Karactacus Brandy - Ms A Malt & T Barrell

Hon Mention - Gemini Karactacus Cher - Ms A Malt & T Barrell

Special Awards - Premier Sire of The Junior Show - Lakemead Jingle

Class 45 - 2 Year Old 

1 Irthingelt Balmoral Spirit 4 - Thomas Moscrop

2 Ringswood Mayfair Audacity - B Lawson & Sons

3 Oakalby Berkley Sweetie 27 - E S Burroughs & Son

4 Aintree Jacob Pauline - Richard Pilkington

Class 46 - 3 & 4 Year Old

1 Lismulligan Aster 2 - B Lawson & Sons

2 Oakalby Ferneley Britto 63 - E S Burroughs & Son

Class 47 - Senior Cow

1 Oakalby Brandy Britto 57 - E S Burroughs & Son

2 Adams Laura 6 - B Lawson & Sons

Class 48 - Iron Grandma

1 Limsulligan Redbreast 48 - B Lawson & Son,

Class 49 - Best Udder of Show - Oakalby Brandy Britto 57

Class 50 - Grand Champion

Champion - Oakalby Brandy Britto 57 - E S Burroughs & Son

Reserve Champion - Irthingelt Balmoral Spirit 4 - Thomas Moscrop

Honorable Mention - Lismulligan Aster 2 - B Lawson & Sons

Special Awards - Premier Breeder Award - B Lawson & Son

Premier Exhibitor Award - B Lawson & Son