MINIATURE HEREFORDS FROM STARBURST MAKE UK INTRODUCTION

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Miniature Herefords, bred by Andrew and Marie Bayliss of Starburst Herefords and Shorthorns, were displayed in a pen at the Turriff show, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland,  in August, 2012.   Mini Ginger and Mini Goldrush, as well as  their offspring,  Starburst Joker, who was born in Scotland in June, was introduced to the public at the Scottish National Hereford Show.  The local paper picked up the news and produced a picture of mother and son in a center fold of show highlights.  Joker made a real hit with the kids.  It is believed this is the first time Miniature Herefords have been on display, in the UK.   They are all registered with the Hereford Cattle Society and have proven to be very popular as people realize the multitude of  benefits of the smaller Hereford genetics and their ability to perform as efficient back yard beef producers on smaller holdings, while still having all the traits that made Herefords popular in the past.

STARBURST HEREFORDS MAKES SHOWRING DEBUT AT TURRIFF

ImageAugust 6, 2012 saw the Scottish National Hereford Show being held in Turriff for the first time.  Starburst Herefords (shown above) with their 2nd place entry in ” Three by the same sire ” made their show debut here with two heifers and a bull. From right to left. Carol Michie moving Starburst 1 Helena, lead by Andrew Bayliss, Starburst 1 Holly, lead by Janet Green and  Starburst 1 Honours, lead by John Green managed to secure a number of ribbons in spite of the fact that all their animals were naturally feed on the award winning organic grass produced at Newton of Millfield farm.  The fact that the animals had no grain in their diet, yet had matured well, was dully noted by many breeders.

First Miniature Hereford calf born from natural breeding arrives at Starburst Herefords, Scotland

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June 28, 2012 10:00PM – Starburst Joker, a 34 pound perfectly marked Miniature Hereford bull arrived unassisted from a heifer mother, Mini Ginger, and bull Mini Goldrush.  This naturally bred calf was a first at Starburst Herefords, in Scotland UK.  Although breeding naturally in Canada since 1994, most Miniature Herefords in the UK, regardless of breeder, has been born from embryos obtained over the years from the Starburst breeding program in Canada.  This natural service baby is from the same well established breeding program, and one of the first Miniature Herefords in the UK to be born by natural service. Joker will be an ambassador of the breed, as he will be retained on farm to help introduce visitors to Miniature Herefords. 

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