2011 has been a busy year for the NELBC with speakers, visits and shows all coming along at regular intervals.

February saw the Limousins retain the Yoredale Interbreed Quiz trophy courtesy of the Priestley and Mason families at a thoroughly enjoyable evening organised by the NELBC and hosted by quiz master Keith Wilson at The Anchor, Whixley.

We have had some excellent speakers during the year.  Paul Walker giving us an insight into his job as a Council Delegate, Ted Ogden from CCM, Skipton Auction Mart and BLCS Chairman, Jim Bloom who came to talk about his excellent trip to Mexico ILC.

Visits during the year started in November 2010 with a trip to I’Ansons Brothers Ltd at Masham where we toured around the mill, micronising plant and warehousing.

In May we went to John Penny & Sons at Rawdon who showed us around both the slaughter house and meat packing station along with his own beef and sheep enterprises, giving us all an insight into the standard they require.

June saw us make a visit to the Suddes Herd at Cornsay; on show were some very impressive cattle that originate mainly from French imports. Our thanks go to the family for their hospitality.

August 2011 saw the club go to Robert Neill’s at Jedburgh where we saw 300 head of Friesian/Limousin-cross cows using excellent Limousin bulls.  We also looked round the newly formed Uppernisbet pedigree herd; one to look out for in the future. Many thanks to Robert and family for a superb visit.

Attention to detail on all the visits had to be seen to be believed.

Club Sales

Leyburn November 2010
Champion    Millington Drambuie
Reserve         Castleden Elderberry

May 2011       Champion Bull Brontemoor Euro

Skipton’s Red Event 2011 attracted a record entry of over 150 bulls and females with large consignments from two of our largest herds in the region, Brontemoor and Oddacres. Gallaber Empire received the top call of the day at 5,000gns. Empire, a Rocky son from the farming partnership of T & JM Sedgwick. Gunnerfleet Express, by Glenrock Ventura, from a strong line-up was picked out as Overall Champion by judge Mr Paul Tippetts of Shifnal going on to secure the joint second highest price of the day at 3,000gns.


Senior Bulls £2,910
Intermediate Bulls £2,339
Junior Bulls £2,160
Cows with Bull Calves £1,742
Cows with Heifer Calves £1,614

The Northern Limousin Extravaganza was held the evening before the show and sale with a BBQ provided by the Mason family. An entry of 55 pedigree and commercial cattle born in 2010 were put before the judge, Miss Christine Williams, Shifnal, Shropshire. She put up as the pedigree and overall show champion Tomschoice Fortune, a February 2010 born bull by Haltcliffe Vermount. Reserve Show Champion was Millington Favourite, a February born heifer by Mas du Clo. Commercial Champion was from the Rice Family with C-N-Red, a March 2010 born heifer sired by Rossignol. Our thanks go again to CCM, Skipton for providing such an excellent venue for the first show of the year.

The National YLBC stock judging event was held at the Highland Show, Ingliston. Representing the NELBC were young breeders Annabel Mason and Sarah Priestley who went on to win the Senior Team title. The Bardsey Mills Trophy to the highest placed North East Young Limousin Breeder goes jointly to Annabel Mason and Sarah Priestley

The Great Yorkshire Show in July attracted over 135,000 visitors and saw an excellent show ofLimousincattle. Breed Champion was Brockhurst Bolshoi from W J & M Mash Ltd, Chesham, Bucks who came through a strong breed line-up to lift the Limousin Supreme Overall Championship. Reserve Supreme Champion and junior was Dynamite Ella from Cormack McDowell Partners, Annan. Ella teamed up with Tomschoice Falcon, a March 2010 bull by Haltcliffe Vermount to win Interbreed honours for the Blythewood Trophy in the Continental pairs and reserve for the Burke Trophy. Male and reserve junior champion was Tomschoice Fashionabull from JM & SP Cooper, a January 2010 born son of Sympa and out of Sarkley Topknot daughter Tomschoice Cosmopolitan. Reserve Male position went to French bred bull Bahut exhibited by Messrs Bloom & Phillips.

The breed went on to claim the Junior Interbreed and Reserve Senior Team competition as well as the individual junior interbreed and reserve interbreed titles.

The NELBC provided their traditional post-show BBQ on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings which again had an excellent attendance. Giving good hospitality is something we always excel at within the club and yet again it was on display at theYorkshirewith an incredibly busy stand. Our thanks to everyone working on the stand and to everyone who provided cakes and alike, it was all very much appreciated. Special thanks must go to the Mason family, Andrew particularly, for providing such a fantastic cake to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Limousins within the UK.


The 40th Anniversary Show at Carlisle was an excellent weekend.  Thanks go to all who contributed in making this so successful.

The annual bull and heifer derby took place in September at Nidderdale Show. A great line-up of young bulls and heifers were put in front of judge Mr Willie Cowx. Champion heifer was Tomschoice Fragrance, a January born daughter by Greenwell Manager and out of Tomschoice Chanel by Sarkley Topknot. The champion bull was Millington Ferrari by Objat and out of Brockhurst Option from Millington Grange Estate.

As I write we look forward to November and the North East Club hosting what will no doubt be a very busyLimousinstand at Countryside Live with some excellent cattle on show.

Our annual dinner will be at The Bridge Inn, Walshford where herd competition judge Gary Swindlehurst of Procters farms, Slaidburn will be giving out the results and prizes. Very many thanks go to Gary and Karen for judging our herd competition.

Many thanks go to all committee members and everyone who has contributed to the club over the year, especially the ladies of the club for their hard work and endeavours. Our treasurer, Phyllis Orton, as usual has been an absolute stalwart as has our secretary Annabel Mason who has worked extremely hard to ensure the smooth running of the club. We would like to thank Keith Wilson who has made yet again an admirable job of organising the herd competition.  And finally we would like to welcome Carl Suddes as the new Vice Chairman and wish him well during his term in office.

John Swales



Judge            – Gary Swindlehurst

Best Stock Bull  (Dalgety Shield)

1st        WE Swales & Sons Ltd                   Brontemoor Ace of Spades

2nd       Millington Grange Estate               MillingtonDetroit

3rd        AJ Mason                                          HomebyresDixon


Best Stock Bull and Progeny  (Callion Cow & Calf)

1st        A J Mason                                         HomebyresDixon

2nd       SM Priestly                                        Elite Ben

3rd        W Barron                                           Ampertaine Commander


Young Bull Born 2010 (Lumbylaw Clock)

1st        Millington Grange Estate               Millington Ferrari

2nd       JM & SP Cooper                              Tomschoice Fortune

3rd        W Barron                                           Barrons Fjat


Junior Heifer Born 2010

1st        P Varley                                             Queenshead Freya

2nd       K & C Stafford                                  Kaprico Fleur

3RD      JCG Bloom & Son                           Scorboro Flush


Senior Heifer Born 2010

1st        GC Rowson                                      Rombalds Fran

2nd       Millington Grange                           Millington Favourite

3rd        JM & SP Cooper                              Tomschoice Fragrance


Champion Heifer Born 2010 (Tom Armstrong Memorial Trophy)

P Varley                                             Queenshead Freya


Bull Calf Born 2011

1st        JM & SP Cooper                              Tomschoice Gallant

2nd       JCG Bloom & Son                           Scorboro Goldtop

3rd        W Barron                                           Barrons Gunshot


Heifer Calf Born 2011

1st        K & C Stafford                                  Kaprico Gerbera

2nd       SM Priestly                                        Airedale Gorgeous

3rd        AJ Mason                                          Oddacres Giselle


Champion Calf Born 2011 (Elite Beef Semen Cup)

JM & SP Cooper                              Tomschoice Gallant


Small Herd

1st        K & C Stafford                                  Kaprico Herd

2nd       W Bird                                                Birdies Herd

3rd        P Varley                                             Queenshead Herd


Medium Herd

1st        JM & SP Cooper                              Tomschoice Herd

2nd       W Barron                                           Barrons Herd

3rd        GC Rowson                                      Rombalds Herd


Large Herd

1st        AJ Mason                                          Oddacres Herd

2nd       M Woolhouse                                   Rachels Herd

3rd        JCG Bloom & Son                           Scorboro Herd


Extra Large Herd

1st        SM Priestly                                        Brontemoor Herd

2nd       WI Suddes & Sons                          Cornsay Herd

3rd        DW Jordan                                        Longhirst Herd


Best New Entrant

W Bird                                                Birdies Herd


Champion Herd  (Border Fine Arts Cow & Calf)

JM & SP Cooper                              Tomschoice Herd