Demand for quality native cattle from German breeders seems to be soaring. We’ve already seen Galloway and Highland cattle head across the water and now the Herefords are next to begin their travels.
One of the UK’s leading Hereford herds, J R B Wilson and Sons from Cowbog, Kelso have re-established links with Europe with a 17-month old bull and two heifers travelling to near Bremen in Northern Germany to Hergen Eickhorst, a regular buyer from the Wilson’s Romany Herd prior to the EU Export ban in 1990.
Accompanying Romany 1 Classic was Romany 1 Cavalier, a son of senior stock bull Crickley 1 Figurehead, sold to Rinderproduktion Weigand, who have Germany’s largest Hereford Herd of 100 cows south of Berlin. This five figure shipment arrived safely in Germany last Saturday.Also tapping into the UK market are Danish breeders Annie and Bjarne Lawrie-Eichen of Holbaek. Picking out some of the best genetics from the Mara Herd Sale held at the home of Bob and Margaret Borwick of Preston Deanery, Northampton, during the Autumn.
Included in this shipment were the 18 month old bull, Mara Bastion, sired by Clipston Bowman (see below). Bastion had, during the previous summer, been judged the best suckling calf in the East Midlands Herds competition.
Also a 3-year old daughter of Bowman, Mara Bonny 15th, together with her bull calf, Mara Dictator, sired by An-hay Bosorne (bred by John and Melanie Williams, Helston, Cornwall) and a 10-month old maiden heifer, Mara Bonny 19th, also sired by Bosorne.