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South Devon Newsletter, August 2010, issue 47

Contents of this issue:

  1. President's Message
  2. Board of management business
  3. 2010 Beef Expo
  4. Beef Expo 2011
  5. South Devon Website
  6. Bull Trial 2010-11


Greetings to all Members, With winter all but behind us now, spring just around the corner and the next drop of South Devon calves about to arrive it is an exciting time to reflect about the breed.

It is rewarding to see so many bulls transferred this year which hopefully means members have great confidence for the future of the breed.

Beef Expo has come and gone and I think it is important for us as a breed to be seen at Expo whether it is with Led or Trial bulls. It was pleasing to see so many members at Expo viewing the sale. For the first time in a few years the cow numbers have stabilised which is great.

Thanks to those members who sent in their ADL’s on time as this helps us set our budget for the year. However, there is still a small portion of members who don’t do this which has resulted in the Board considering the reintroduction of a penalty fee in the future.

The Bull Trial is up and running again and I would like to thank those members who entered bulls and wish you every success. Merial Ancare, Allflex and FMG have all come on board as sponsors for which we are truly grateful.

Remember the newsletter needs articles from you the members about what is happening in your area whether it be big or small, so please forward any information to us.

Happy calving and lambing May the sun be on your back.

Brian Thomson President


BVD Information

Website on Internet


1. Ensure Antigen negative – blood test
2. Vaccinate twice four weeks apart before mating
3. Annual booster
4. Consult your vet


Remember that all joining sires for 2010 need to be tested prior to mating season. Enclosed with this newsletter is a pamphlet from PBB on DNA Testing. Any enquiries to Sharyn Anderson at the office.

2011 AGM

The 2011 AGM will be held in the Manawatu area the day after the Beef Expo Bull Sale. Lanise Robertson is the co-ordinator for this and more details will follow in the next newsletter.


There have been enquiries from one or two members regarding the issue of tattoos, steel tags and NAIT. The Society is happy with the status quo of identification until more information on NAIT is available. Members will be kept fully informed when more information is to hand.

Advertising on the Society Website

Following photographs of very below average South Devons being advertised for sale on Internet Solutions, the Board of Management passed a resolution that any such material on the internet must be Board approved.

It is not in the interest of the breed to advertise or display photos of South Devon cattle that are not up to breed standard.

South Devon entered five led Bulls in the 2010 Beef Expo from Ben Vista, Okaharau and
Burtergill Studs. Marion Tilson from Scotland judged the bulls and the placings were:

Supreme Champion Ben Vista Dynamic 08858 - P & L Robertson
Sponsored by NZX Agri

Reserve Champion Okaharau Harry D32 - R & C Kearney
Sponsored by Pivot Design


3rd Okaharau Harry D50 - R & C Kearney
Sponsored by Merial Ancare

All five bulls were sold to commercial buyers.

Top Price $5,200 x 2 and an average of $4,800.

Congratulations to all prize winners and thanks to our sponsors.

After discussion at their recent meeting, the Board of Management passed a resolution to have Led Bulls along with the Trial Bulls at the 2011 Beef Expo.


The South Devon website will be undergoing a few minor changes in the coming months. The breeders page is due for an update to make it more user friendly. Any studs that wish to submit extra information and photos under their stud name please email the information to Adele or Brett using
the bullet points listed below:

>> Stud Name
>> Background
>> Stud Focus
>> Number of Cows
>> Number of Sires used
>> Size and contour of farm
>> Other Stock in farming operation
>> Natural or AI mating
>> Breeding objectives for the stud
>> Whether the stud utilises EBV’s for decision making
>> Testimonials
>> Photos( Upto 3 emailed or sent on CD)

The cost for this is minimal ($80 annually) and gives would be buyers of your cattle a better picture of your stud. Email address: or

Trudy Robertson from The Ben Vista South Devon stud was awarded Champion Handler

Once again the FBNZ steer competition took place during the weekend prior to Beef Expo week. Over 80 young handlers and 60 steers competed in the two day event at Manfeild Park in Feilding.

The Future Beef entrants participated in beef industry practical and theory modules, including beef anatomy, animal identification, cattle judging, cattle handling and fencing. Eligible participants were also interviewed for the Ambassador Awards.

Allflex Senior Beef Ambassador for 2010 was awarded to Trudy Robertson. Having participated in the Future Beef Event since its inception in 2007, Trudy was both relieved and thrilled to have finally won the top award. Trudy worked hard to achieve top honours and is now looking forward to participating in the Ambassadorship activities over the next 12 months.

Trudy was also awarded Champion Handler. All the steers were judged on the hoof before being processed at Land Meats in Wanganui for the Hook judging.

The steers were split into British, European and Crossbred sections, light weight and heavy weight.



Heavy Weight Crossbred Steer (531kg & above)

3rd Phil Hoskin (South Devon/Hereford/Fres X)


Light Weight Crossbred Steer (380kg – 530kg)

1st Grant & Sue Crawshaw (Angus/South DevonX)

Heavy Weight Crossbred Steer

1st Phil & Lanise Robertson
(3/4 South Devon/ Murray Grey/FresX)

Best of Breeds

Champion Crossbred Steer

Champion G & S Crawshaw
Reserve P & L Robertson

Champion Steer (Hook)

Champion Heavy Weight Steer
Reserve P & L Robertson

Champion Light Weight Steer

Champion G & S Crawshaw

Landmeat Grand Champion Steer (Hook)

Champion G & S Crawshaw

Overall (Hoof & Hook) Competition
Points from both Hoof & Hook are added together for
the Overall results.

Overall Crossbred Steer Heavy Weight

4th Phil Hoskin


There are 17 bulls entered in this years Bull Trial on the property of Maurice Berwick, next to the Palmerston North airport. This is the same property that the Angus Bull Evaluation Unit is run on.

There are six bulls from the South Island and 11 from the North Island. All the bulls arrived on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th July. On Wednesday 28th July the bulls were weighed, drenched, vaccinated and tagged.

All weight updates will be emailed to the participants this year plus they will be posted on the website. We will hold two open days to view the bulls and they will be announced when the dates are set.

Gavin Osborne has kindly offered to co-ordinate the trial this year with the help of local breeders.

Any questions about the bulls please ask Gavin and not the owner of the property.