Monday November 12th
Following a busy few days a tired but happy team returned to Cornwall onboard the Forda Flyer. Nealford Grandee and Governor sold well at Brecon after both were placed in the show. Nealford Grandee won his class with Nealford Governor lying in second place. Grandee then went onto be placed Reserve Senior Champion. First through the ring Governor sold for £3,700. Grandee then sold for £4,800 a March 2011 born bull Nealford Grandee is by the stock bull Ironstone Duncan and is out of the Creedy Rebel daughter Marydowne Ulrika. This bull was sold to K Evans, Penglanowen Fach, Llangwyryfon, Aberystwyth.
Thursday November 7th
Beef South West.
After being chosen to represent the Limousin Breed we were proud to have one of our Senior Stock Bulls on the society stand and to be entered into the Young Bull of the Year competition with our Homebred bull Nealford General. We were placed Reserve Young Bull of the Year, however there is not much time to celebrate as it was back to Cornwall for a brief refuel and pit stop before loading up the Forda Flyer (the in laws lorry ) and heading off across the bridge for Brecon - lets hope that Jack is sat down when he hears the toll bridge charge!
Sunday 28th October
Wadebridge was host to the Cornwall Calf Show. Following good competition in the Limousin classes Nealford Honey was placed Champion Limousin, with Nealford Harris in Reserve position. Also taking 1st in her class was Nealford Helpful. In the interbreed competition Honey was awarded Reserve Champion calf in show.
Cornwall Calf Show 2012
Monday 22nd October
We are enjoying the dry weather
it is a very welcome change and now
everyones thoughts are turning to
the maize harvest.
The team are getting ready for the
Cornwall Calf Show at Wadebridge on
Sunday and also the Bull of the Year Nealford Honey, Genevieve and General
competition at Beef South West where
we are competing with Nealford General and exhibiting Haltcliffe Cyclone on the stand.
The Brecon show and sale cattle have also been on the halter click here for photos.
Monday 1st October
We went to the South West Limousin Club AGM and dinner where the Herd Competition Results were revealed by the Judge Mr Stephen Priestley who had returned to the Westcountry with his Wife Ruth. We are pleased to be able to report the following herd competition results:
1st Large Herd
1st Bull Born 2011 - Nealford General - Sire Proctors Cavalier
1st Heifer Born 2011 - Nealford Genevieve - Sire Proctors Cavalier
1st Heifer Born 2012 - Nealford Honey - Sire Ironstone Duncan
2nd Bull Born 2012 - Nealford Harry - Sire Queenshead Altea
2nd Stockbull Progeny - Haltcliffe Cyclone
Winner of Best Herd Overall
We followed this by a visit to Patrick Greed's Killerton Herd where we saw a lot of good cattle.
We are hoping to be able to host our own Farm Walk in September next year when we will be celebrating 25 years of Limousin Breeding.
Sunday 26th August
Thursday was an exciting day here at Wilkie Down as the whole show team trundled off to Holsworthy Show. The day started well with both General and Fabulous winning their classes and then taking the Male and Female Champion titles. Following this Fabulous became the Breed Champion. Fabulous and General then went onto take the Interbreed Pairs title and finally Fabulous became Interbreed Champion. For more details with photos read our Holsworthy Show Report.
William then proceeded to show Sonia in the Junior Handlers class and was placed 3rd (out of 12 as William pointed out!)
A very proud day for the Wilkie DownTeam.
Chris has been busy taking lots of pictures around the farm. Check out the latest in our Stockmans Gallery.
Thursday 9th August
Well a whole month of rain has passed since we last entered any news -that's because the weather has been the only news. Fairy has settled in, although she hasn't really had a chance to appreciate the scenary (or the grass!) without drizzle, rain or fog.
Okehampton Show today was AWESOME! Not only did we have success in the showing ring but the sun shone and it was just so good to be out and about after all the cancellations that have occured this summer.
Lot's to see and do with the showing starting at 10.30 and continuing until 3.15pm. This was followed by a super grand parade with some truly magnificent animals on display.
William was pleased to have taken part in his first show and is justly proud of his rosette although Jeanette faces the Daz challenge when she gets the white trousers clean!
Click here for the full run down on the Nealford Herd at Okehampton Show
Tuesday 3rd July
What a few days!
Jack and Chris went off to Carlisle on Saturday. After a looking at all the girls on offer. It was time to select a good female to compliment the herd. Chris and Jack selected and purchased a Sympa daughter Haltcliffe Fairy. Since her arrival we are really pleased that she looks just as good here on our Cornish soil. It's a long way to Carlisle but often there are many familiar faces from the South West and it is great that many of the best bloodlines are heading south to make the South West a prime location for quality Limousins.
Monday was another hectic day which started with the collection of embryos from our own Nealford Baroness, mother of Nealford Genevieve, using Proctors Cavalier and Wilodge Fastrac we are very pleased with the results of the harvest which produced 9 1st quality eggs and 4 very good grade 2 embryos, 5 of which were implanted on the day.
The day progressed with the collection of Semen from Glenrock Fortune our new stock bull. This also went well with the samples passing all tests it looks like these straws will be available in the next few weeks.
But.... ....it's still raining!
Saturday 23rd June
Well it's raining again. Since Royal Cornwall it's like a tap has been switched on somewhere and it doesn't know when to stop. The ground around here in Cornwall is wet and heavy so lots of our dairy colleagues have their stock in both day and night.
William, James' seven year old, recently announced he'd like to have a go at Young Handlers. So after much head scratching about suitable starter animal for him it seems that we are now joining the dark side, Yes -William is showing a dairy heifer! As many of you know William's other Grandparents show both Red Ruby Devons and have a Pedigree Dairy herd. When not helping out at home William can be seen offering Grandpa Dave advice about his cattle. They also like to choose the AI bull's together. One of his choices was a Dutch red bull and so the resulting red dairy calf Elmford Sonia is the lucky girl. James and Will have downloaded the Young Holstein Breeders show regulations and are looking forward to having a dairy calf to look after (especially the mixing up the milk powder) and to halter break in the next few weeks. Just remember to walk backwards James!
Meanwhile back in the world of Beef cattle we are still carrying on with the embryo programme and debating whether to take semen from Fortune as several people have shown interest in him. We are now also thinking about our own showing team for the one day local shows as following the sale of General there is going to have to be a change in line up, decisions, decisions!
Of course there is some time to do those type of jobs as fieldwork is a bit limited at the moment owing to the drought conditions.....
Sunday 11th June
We survived Royal Cornwall Show! Despite the weather's best efforts the show went on. As the rain lashed down and the wind blew the Limousins stood steadfastly being judged in front of a small but hardy crowd.
Overall we had a very successful show with our young team all being placed in the rosettes. Notably Nealford General who was Ist in the Junior bull class and Reserve Male Champion and Nealford Genevieve who was Reserve Female Champion. General and Genevieve were placed first in the pairs. Nealford Genevieve was also awarded the Exhibitor Bred prize for the Limousins with General in Reserve place. Nealford Fabulous won a very strong two year old class.
The Limousin breed was celebrating 25 years of being shown at Royal Cornwall and had a super evening celebration with prize giving and we were lucky to pick up 3 cups. All 3 generations of the family enjoyed the show, braving the conditions and luckily the happy caravaners didn't take their caravan touring through the campsite buffeted by the wind on Thursday night! It was all quite eventful with the sheep marque being destructed by the wind and evacuated on the Thursday afternoon as it set sail taking many of the poles with the flapping canvas which now hangs in shreds following Thursday nights gales.
Having returned we are in the process of some embryo work which is very interesting and we have our fingers crossed.
Next stop on the Show bus are the local one day shows from Mid July onwards meanwhile we will stay home and do some farming.
More on Royal Cornwall Show
Sunday 21st May
Home from the Show. After a busy three days we are all relaxing, and watching the grass grow!
We have had a super time at the show with success for all animals in our young show team. With 4 animals we gained 9 cards including 1st Limousin Junior bull and Reserve Interbreed Junior Bull with Nealford General, a Proctors Cavalier son. Nealford Gatsby, Genivieve and Fabulous all being placed in their classes
please go to Showtime for a full breakdown.
On Saturday the Limousin line was buzzing when we were visited by the Young Limousin Club for their show judging competition. We were proud to take out three of our cattle for judging and it was really interesting to here these stockmen and women of the future talking about them. It was also a nice opportunity to catch up with Limousin breeders from all over the country, Council members and staff from the Society. We hope they enjoyed their trip to the Westcountry and hope to see some of them at Royal Cornwall.
On Friday James gave a talk to a group of school children. They enjoyed meeting and touching the cattle and asked lots of interesting questions.
For more news and views of the show please go to Showtime.
Sunday 13th May
Well the happy truckers have returned.
The boys set off in sunshine with Fisher safely on board the Forda Flyer on Friday. After a good journey up and after being charged a mere £18 for the privilege of entering Wales the boys arrived, still in sunshine! Fisher weighed in at 1110 kgs and was tucked in for the night! On Saturday morning, sun still shining amazingly, Fisher stood first in his class and was reserve senior champion. Generally the trade was good and Fisher sold for 6,000gns to Eric Gethin, we wish him well. The travellers trucked back to Cornwall, happy and .... the sun still shining!!!
After a good sale and the first weekend of dry weather for sometime our thought now turn to this week and Devon County Show. Hopefully this weeks showing will follow the tilling of the maize and turning out of several cattle. Everyone here is getting itchy feet for silaging with several neighbours already sending the mowers in.
Monday 7th May - Later!
The boys have been out pampering Fisher for his trip to Wales.
Thought we should put up his vital statistics - click here for more details....
Monday 7th May
Well what a weekend! Whilst Jack and James were on a bit of a shopping trip up north, back at base the bulls were also flying out the gate. Net result bought 1 sold 4!
As we are delighted with Anchors daughters, many of which have become important breeding cows within the herd, the decision was made that it was time he moved on. Following the sale of Cloughead Anchor into a pedigree herd in Somerset the home team decided it was time to get a new bloodline into the herd.
James and Jack are delighted with their purchase of Glenrock Fortune a November 2010 calf. This bull was selected for it's bloodlines as well as looks, a Wilodge Vantastic Son out of Glenrock Spangle "best breeding cow in the herd" Steven Illingworth. This has strengthened further the bull bloodlines so we now have a Sympa son, an Objat son and now a Vantastic son.
Wednesday 25th April
Drought-what drought? Today Cornwall has made a bid for independent status with the Tamar rising to make some local roads canals. Unfortunately here in our watersoaked valley it doesn't look like the cattle will be sunbathing on fragrant warm grass beds any time soon.
James enjoyed participating the Devon's yearling show - just a bit of practice to keep his hand in! It was interesting to listen to Jim Barber talking and demonstrate muscle/fat scanning, definately something to consider.
Monday 16th April
Well the entries to Royal Cornwall and Devon County have been sent off over the weekend it looks like the Wilkie Down Gang are off on tour again! Much excitment at home as the children have realised that Royal Cornwall is in half term - but how excited is Daddy ?!?
James is looking forward to starting his show season by going native on Saturday at the Devon Cattle Societies yearling show and training day in Hatherleigh - better keep in the in laws (Elmford Red Ruby's) good books...
Chris is really pleased to have so many cattle people contacting him through facebook and he keeps updating us with nice cattle he has seen whilst replying.
Thursday 12th April
It's been really nice to catch up with so many breeders and friends from all breeds over the last two days. Trade has been variable throughout, but lots of interested people about, its nice to be back showing and talking cattle. Overall a good day sun is shining here in Cornwall, 4 bulls sold today and 6 healthy calves have joined the herd!
Thursday 5th April
Very cold at Hallworthy Market today. It was nice to see some good steers which were breed by Mr Davey using Nealford bulls. They have come home to graze......
Wednesday 4th April
Only 1 week left to go until the Spring Sale at Holsworthy Market preparations
are ongoing with the bulls enjoying "Walkies"!
Details of Nealford stock going to the show on our Farmers Stock Market page.
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