Patron: HRH Prince Charles

National Herd Competition Winner’s Open Day 2016

National Herd Competition Winner’s Open Day 2016

30th September 2016

Twenty herds situated across the country, from the far west of Cornwall to the east of Sussex, and north into Northumberland, and each challenged by a different environment, entered the South Devons’ National Herd Competition in 2016, which this year was judged by James Eustice, Philip Tully and Robert Dimond.

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Celebrating 125 Years Since Its Incorporation

New President for 2016/2017 – Mr John Hadley

The year 2016 marks 125 years since the South Devon Herd Book Society was incorporated, and the breed has plenty to celebrate as it continues to expand across the country, bringing its benefits to beef farmers who previously knew little about this gentle, high performance breed.

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Autumn Show & Sale

Autumn Show & SaleSaturday 8th October 2016, Cirencester - 30 pedigree bulls, 32 pedigree heifers, & 2 calves - followed by Reduction of Lumbylaw pedigree herd comprising 39 cows & 34 calves, 6 served heifers

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Stephen Allardyce

Stephen Allardyce, together with two sons and a stockman, run a 250-head suckler herd on the Douneside Estate in Aberdeenshire, and all stock bulls are bought based on breeding figures.  Ten bulls are used, and the latest purchase is a South Devon. 

(to quote the newsletter:)

“Stephen made the decision to purchase the South Devon bull after a trial he carried out with 90 native cattle which he bought in to finish.  ‘Out of the 90 cattle I bought, I was quite surprised with the results I got back after slaughter, showing the South Devon to be the best native animal to finish.  They are also renowned for being great mothers and provide plenty of milk.’  Stephen has started to cross the bull onto his Simmental cross heifers and hopes to bring some new blood into the herd, using heifer calves as replacements.”

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