ALBERT DE COGAN – MOGEELY HERD
Killamuckey, Castlemartyr, Co.Cork, Eire
Judging this year’s Aberdeen-Angus Winter National Show will be a past President of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, Albert de Cogan of Co. Cork.
Along with his wife Jennifer, Albert runs the 60 cow Mogeely herd which has had great success over the years most notably with Rosemead Karona winning the All Ireland Championships a record three times in a row. The Mogeely name has also had much success in the sale ring with many bulls selling into renowned pedigree herds.
DAN BULL – LINDAN HERD
Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Lambourn, Berkshire
Dan Bull is the manager at Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Lambourn, Berkshire, which is a mixed organic farm of 1200 hectares. The farm has native breeds of cattle and sheep providing meat for their butchers shops and on line shop and conference centre.
Prior to that Dan was in Cambridgeshire for 20 years, breeding Beef Shorthorn cattle. Extensive livestock experience of breeding native and rare breeds of cattle and sheep.
Mr Bull has shown and won at most major shows in the UK with various continental and native breeds of sheep and cattle. He has judged Beef Shorthorn, Native Breeds, Limousins and other continentals as well as Limousin and Longhorn herd competitions. He has also judged many different breeds of sheep.
His Judging has taken him to many shows at differing levels, which included the Interbreed cattle classes at Rutland Show earlier this year. He has also judged at noted shows such as The Royal, Royal Norfolk, Suffolk, East of England, Perth Bull Sales, Fife, Dorset, Rutland, Aylsham, Wokingham, Turriff, and many more.
His judging skills have also taken him overseas and he has judged Beef Shorthorn and Limousin cattle in Canada, Northern Ireland, Eire and France.
JEFF DUNN – HIGHRIDGE BLUES HERD
West Nymph Farm, South Tawton, Okehampton, Devon.
Taking the role of judging the British Blue classes is Jeff Dunn of Highridge Blues. The business is very much a family concern as Jeff farms alongside hiswife, Lorraine and two daughters, Chloe and Freya.
West Nymph Farm is situated on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park near Okehampton, Devon consisting of 185 acres of grassland. The Dunn family have lived there since 2003. Originally it was a dairy farm was altered considerably to enable the family to house and farm their commercial cattle.
Jeff grew up and spent much of his formative years farming nearby with his parents and brothers on a highly successful commercial beef farm. Jeff and Lorraine were also in commercial beef until 2007. For many years they used Pedigree British Blue bulls on their large commercial herd of suckler cows, which proved invaluable. In his experience the Blue has been the best crossing bull by far to reach those all important grades.
Jeff and Lorraine first started to breed Pedigree Blues in 2006 and currently have about 40 Pedigrees cattle in total. Their aim is to try to achieve natural calving, improve mobility and growth along with maintaining the natural characteristics of the British Blue.
GORDON CLARK – BROOMBRAE HERD
Broombrae Farm, Auchermuchty, Cupar, Fife.
Gordon Clark runs the 40 cow Broombrae Pedigree Simmental herd from Auchtermuchty in Fife. He also works as an Accredited Breedplan Scanner.
Gordon is a former breeder of Herefords, but still enjoys being involved with the breed and has judged at many national and local events throughout Scotland. Judging the Scottish Club Calf show at the Agri Expo is the first time he has been invited over the border.
The Broombrae prefix of Herefords have been sold for export to Germany with heifers and to Russia with bulls which is quite an achievement as it was rare to export to Russia.
The Broombrae herd have also featured through the Perth bull sales over the years and were the last herd through the Edinburgh centre and first through the Perth market. When the Perth centre closed and moved to Stirling it was the same scenario.
When breeding his Herefords, Gordon would exhibit at many national and local shows. One of his major achievements was winning the breed Reserve Championship at the Royal Highland show along with winning the MLC & Performance Recorded Hereford Young Bull.
He commented ‘it is an honour to be invited to judge at such a prestigious event which I am looking forward to’.
CRAIG HOLLINGSWORTH – MIDHOPE HERD
Midhope Hall Farm, Midhopestones, Sheffield
Craig Hollingsworth of Sheffield is carrying out the judging task for the Simmental classes this year. Craig took a keen interest in livestock breeding from a young age when he accompanied his grand-father to many livestock centres who was a butcher.
Along with his father they farm the Midhope pedigree herd of Simmental cattle along with a commercial herd of Simmental cross breeding cattle which produces their own herd replacements.
This will be the first time Craig has judged at a major event and he is looking forward to carrying out his duties. He is presently Chairman of the North East Simmental Club.
Craig’s biggest achievement in showing was when he won the Leading Ladies championship award and the bull championship award at Carlisle this spring.