Limousin stalwarts, the Blooms, take NELBC champion herd honours


Jim and Margaret Bloom, who run the Scorboro pedigree Limousin herd at Decoy Farm, Scorborough, near Driffield in East Yorkshire, have secured the prestigious champion herd title in the North East Limousin Breeders Club 2016 herd competition.

Judge Mary Reynolds & winner Jim Bloom
Judge Mary Reynolds & winner Jim Bloom


Judge this year was Mary Reynolds, who runs the Rhy herd at Bordon, Hampshire, and results were announced at the club’s annual dinner, held at the Bridge Inn, Walshford, Wetherby.

The Blooms, who had first picked up the 2016 large herd title and also had the best stock bull in Fenomen, originally produced commercial cattle, before establishing their Scorboro pedigree herd in 1985 and at the same time became members of the British Limousin Cattle Society. Mr Bloom is a former national chairman.

The 2016 reserve champion herd was the first prize medium herd, the Barrons herd run by Willie Barron at Morrow Edge, Farm, Barnhope, in County Durham. He had won the overall herd championship for the previous three years, this year also picking up first prize for the best 2016-born calf, Barrons Maisey.

The best new entrant was County Durham’s John Murray, who runs the Haneve herd in West Butsfield, Tow Law, Bishop Auckland. He was also responsible for the first prize young bull, Haneve Luigi.

The Tomschoice pedigree herd of James and Sarah Cooper, based at Hill Top Farm, Dacre, Harrogate, won the extra large herd competition. Mr Cooper is an executive member and national representative of the British Limousin Cattle Society.

Winner of the extra small herd competition was the Kaprico herd, run by Carole Stafford, in Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham. The herd is no stranger to success in the annual highlight, winning the NELBC best small herd category no less than ten times and being chosen as best overall herd in 2013.

This year’s small herd victor was James Tennant’s Lissett herd from Fraisthorpe, Bridlington in East Yorkshire.

The first prize cow and calf came from Mrs Pat Varley’s Queenshead herd in Queensbury, Bradford, with Queenshead Izzie and Millie, while the young heifer class winner was David Jordon, of the Longhirst herd in Morpeth, with Longhirst Lucinda.

Winner of the progeny and stock bull class was Mark Woolhouse, of the Rachels herd in Driffield, with Proctors General.


Full results were:

Calf born in 2016 – 1 Willie Barron, Barnhope – Barrons Maisey, 2 John and Claire Mason, Embsay, Skipton, – Oddacres Micario, 3 James Tennant, Fraisthorpe – Lissett Monique

Cow and calf – 1 Mrs Pat Varley, Queensbury  – Queenshead Izzie and Millie, 2John Swales, Thirsk – Swales Imwealthy and Lakeman, 3 Jim and Margaret Bloom, Scorborough – Scorboro Geogette and Magnum.

Young heifer – 1 David Jordon, Morpeth – Longhirst Lucinda, 2 Carole Stafford – Kaprico Larch, 3 John and Claire Mason – Oddacres Lalique

Young bull –John Murray, Tow Law – Haneve Luigi, 2 Stuart Littlewood, Newmill, Huddersfield – Hollingreave Les Mar, 3 James and Sarah Cooper, Dacre – Tomschoice Lacoste

Progeny and stock bull – 1Mark Woolhouse, Driffield – Proctors General, 2 David Jordon – Spittalton Gigolo, John and Claire Mason – Gallois.

Stockbull – 1 Jim and Margaret Bloom – Fenomen, 2 Nick Tennant – Normans Infusion, 3 Willie Barron – Homebyres Jamie.

Extra small herd – 1Carole Stafford, Kaprico, 2 Pat Varley – Queenshead herd, 3 Morgan and Johnson, Co. Durham – Almande herd

Small herd – James Tennant – Lissett herd, 2 Stuart Littlewood  – Hollingreave herd, 3 Barker Farming Partnership, Scorton, Richmond – Tancredgrange herd

Medium herd – 1 Willie Barron – Barrons herd, 2 John Swales – Swale herd, 3 Peter R Walker & Son, Driffield – Rossellie herd.

Large herd – 1 Jim and Margaret Bloom – Scorboro herd, 2 John and Claire Mason – Oddacres herd, 3 Mark Woolhouse – Rachels herd

Extra large herd – 1 James and Sarah Cooper – Tomschoice herd, 2 David Jordon – Longhirst herd, 3 Karl Suddes, Cornsay, Co. Durham – Cornsay herd. Karl is the current British Limousin Society national chairman.


Further info: Robin Moule, Moule media, on 01756 794027, or NELBC secretary Annabel Mason on 07792 198346, email