Starburst Herefords early spring bull turnout

Starburst Herefords, on March 25, 2012, turned their Miniature Hereford bull, “Goldrush” out to summer pasture.  Spring has been early this year in the North East of Scotland on Newton of Millfield Farm with record breaking temperatures and days on end of warm sunshine.  Lead by Andrew Bayliss, they stopped for a photo shot by the brilliantly flowering current bush on the way to pasture.

Silage Judge Andrew Bayliss – winners announced

Andrew Bayliss of Newton of Millfield Farm & Starburst Herefords & Shorthorns,  after consistent wins in the Norgrass Silage competiiton, took his turn as judge for the North-East of Scotland for the 2011.

There were 32 entries from Black Isle to Kincardineshire. Two days of extensive on farm visits, several miles, and cups of coffee later, and the winners were finally announced.

Pit Silage Winner: was Mr. Michael Martin, Garguston, Muir of Ord, Ross-shire: Runner up: Anne & William Willis, Glasgoforest, inellar, Aberdeen, Best New Entrant: Mr. David Finlay, Elsick Estate, Newtonhill, Stonehaven.

Bale Silage Winner:  W & F Webster, Loanhead, Cornhill, Banff. Runner up: G & A Whitelaw, Greenmyre, Oldmeldrum,   Best New Entrant: Mr. K. Marshall, East Bogheadly, Rickerton, Stonehaven.

Young Farmer  winner: Mr. Eric Sim, Rorandle, Monymusk, Inverurie.  Andrew commented on the excellent quality of silage in the total area and that the competition was often very close between the competitors.

January 2012 – Scottish Agricultural Students pay visit

January 24, 2012 – Nine students, accompanied by their teacher, Anne Swanson, from the Scottish Agricultural College paid a visit to Newton of Millfield Farm to learn about Low Stress Livestock Management and to see and discuss cattle genetics.

Discussion of the effects and use of selective genetics  of  Starburst – Standard Pedigree Herefords and Pedigree Shorthorns  and Starburst Pedigree Miniature Herefords where demonstrated, which sparked much interest and discussion.

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