All Posts By


Shorthorn World Conference 2022

By | Association News

Dear friends,


As the world begins to open up following the COVID pandemic, we are getting very excited about welcoming overseas friends to the UK to participate in the Shorthorn World Conference 2022, it is going to be an exciting one-off celebration of the Shorthorn Breed, not only celebrating 200 years of the oldest herd book in the world, but also with a big focus on the future and how digital and scientific innovations can aid the breed’s continuous development. The organising committee is looking forward to welcoming youth representatives from each of the member countries for an organised youth programme

With the help of our kind & generous sponsors, we have put together a fantastic itinerary  the two week tour (post tour), will cover England, Wales & Scotland and includes Beef & Dairy herd visits, famous tourist attractions and The Great Yorkshire Show.

Over the next few weeks, please keep an eye out for the ONLINE CHARITY AUCTION where all proceeds raised will go towards the Youth Element of the Shorthorn World Conference,  lots include various lots of both Beef & Dairy Semen; Beef Embryos; A Commissioned Portrait; Jacket; Dairy Semen Voucher; Bulls Head Framed Photograph; 2 nights away in Hill Top Huts; One day of livestock consultancy; A night’s stay in Chilton Farm B & B; Weekend Stay for two Wee End;  An animal Portrait; 2 night away mid-week glamping experience;  Box of Scottish flowers; Silver Cow Tag pendant; Signed Exeter Chiefs Rugby Shirt. Further details & information about the auction will be sent out as they happened. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with conference news – Follow us on Facebook @ Shorthorn World Conference 2022.

THE BOOKING DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING –  The Shorthorn Society has again joined forces with Field Farm Tours to organise the extensive itinerary to book yourself on the tour follow this booking form link:

If you have any questions or need any help with your booking please feel free to contact Carolyne Cree at

Keep up to date with information on the Shorthorn World Conference 2022 on the website
Please do make contact with me if you have any questions, we have great team here to help you.

###  We hope you can join us for this once in a lifetime event  ###

Best wishes

Ros Rimmer
Breed Secretary

The Shorthorn Society & Shorthorn Sires UK Ltd

Autumn Milking Shorthorn Sale Series – Link Livestock

By | Association News

Milking Shorthorn Sales
Link Livestock Ltd is pleased to announce the Autumn Milking Shorthorn Sale Series via bidr.

This series of sales of both North and South Island cattle is in response to greatly increased interest in the breed as evidenced in last years sales results and general interest in a different breed with different positive traits.

March 8thNZ Milking Shorthorn Conference Sale comprising 14 incalf Heifers, 6 heifer calves and 1 bull calf from around the country. Although the conference has been cancelled the sale will go ahead via bidr.

March 15th: Brecon Milking Shorthorn Sale on behalf of Red Cow Farm, the McDonald family comprising 31 Incalf Heifers, 14 Heifer calves, 1 x20 Born Bull and 1 x 21 bull calf from their 530 cow herd established in 1987.

April 4th: Northbrook Milking Shorthorns on behalf of Northbrook Enterprises Ltd, the Wood family comprising 30 Incalf Heifers from their 270 cow herd established in 1973.

April 11th: Edenmore Milking Shorthorns on behalf of Norm and Del Atkins comprising 6 incalf heifers as part of their Mixed dairy breeds sale which will be a Hybrid bidr sale also on farm auction.

May 4th: Te Kiripi Milking Shorthorns on behalf of Phil Garrett comprising 15 cows, 20 incalf Heifers and 20 Heifer calves from his 1000 cow herd established in 1954.

All sale cattle have been tested BVD negative.

Make sure you are signed up on bidr and feel free to contact the sale vendors or myself Ross Riddell sales convenor: email or mobile 027 211 1112.

Photo Competition & Youth Photo Competition 2022

By | Association News

NZ Milking Shorthorn Association Photo Competition 2022

Entries close 29 April 2022
With 9 classes to enter, there is nothing to lose. Share our love of Milking Shorthorns and send your photos in ASAP to
All entries must be accompanied by the entry form which can be found through this link —> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FORM

The competition to consist of the following classes:
(A)   Mature Cow, 4 years and over
(B)   Cow, 3 years old
(C)   Heifer, 2 years old
(D)   Heifer, 1 year old
(E)   Heifer Calf
(F)   Bull, one year or under
(G)   Bull, two years and over
(H)   Herd Scene
(I)   Special Class, for photographs depicting a Milking Shorthorn activity or personality (Novelty, fun or social)

NZ Milking Shorthorn Association Youth Photo Competition 2022

Entries close 29 April 2022
With 5 classes to enter including a fun novelty class to show off your creative photography skills, make sure to enter into the Youth Photo Competition and send in your photos through to
All entries must be accompanied by the entry form which can be found through this link —> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FORM

The competition to consist of the following classes:

Class 1A Informal: 12 years old and under
• Yearling Heifer or calf
• Judged on capturing the appealing interaction between calf and youth person
• Both animal and person in the photo
• Amateur photo, no professional photos

Class 1B Informal: 13 – 25 years old
• Yearling Heifer or calf
• Judged on capturing the appealing interaction between calf and youth person
• Both animal and person in the photo
• Amateur photo, no professional photos

Class 2A Formal: 12 years old and under
• Yearling heifer or calf
• Judged on yearling heifer or calf type, background, dress and presentation of handler, presentation of animal
• Both animal and person in the photo
• Amateur photo – no professional, no digital editing
• Photo in colour

Class 2B Formal: 13 – 25 years old
• Yearling heifer or calf
• Judged on yearling heifer or calf type, background, dress and presentation of handler, presentation of animal
• Both animal and person in the photo
• Amateur photo – no professional, no digital editing
• Photo in colour

Class 3 Novelty: 25 years old and under
• Any type of group or individual animal/s
• Any age of animal/s
• Humorous, cute, interesting

NZ Milking Shorthorn Annual Conference & AGM

By | Association News

Annual Conference 2023

Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 March 2023, Devon Hotel New Plymouth

Hosted by: Taranaki Milking Shorthorn Branch

ADVANCE NOTICE – As this is a busy time for the hotel, we recommend that you make your accommodation booking early.
Event booking code NZSMA23 – BOOK HERE or phone 0800 843 338


Monday 6th March

– Board meeting & RGB meeting

Tuesday 7th March

– Bus trip departing at 8:45am
– Dinner
– Sale in the evening

Wednesday 8th March  

– Dinner
– Prizegiving in the evening

Price for Conference: $300 per person
All enquiries to Ashleigh Oakes | 027 335 3365 |

To pay via internet:
15-3947-0202039-00 (Use your name as a reference)

Download the Registration Form Here and email it to Ashley Oakes at

Or fill out the online form below

Registrations close 25th January 2023

Level 4 Update

By | Association News

Hamilton is currently in a three day Level 4 lockdown due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, and therefore the Jersey NZ office is closed and the team are all working from home for the rest of this week.  All work will continue as normal in the expectation that this will be a short lockdown.  If the lockdown period is extended, we will address activities as they arise and keep in regular touch with members via e-mail, the website and social media.
Once again as in previous lockdowns, we acknowledge the wellbeing of our team and their ability to maintain a good work/life balance.  Office hours are therefore reduced to 9am – 4pm during the period of lockdown.

How to contact us
Our preference is that wherever possible you contact us electronically using the e-mail addresses listed on the sidebar of this e-mail.  You can also phone the office on 07 856 0731 and leave a message for the appropriate team member.  These are delivered to us via e-mail as an audio file so we will receive them promptly. The team will be available for calls from 9am – 4pm on business days, and will not respond outside those hours.  Please note that as Michelle works part time her contact hour are reduced to 9.30 am – 2 pm.  Likewise, while you are asked to e-mail us at any time, e-mails will be responded to during advertised hours.

We ask that you respect our home life and privacy and do not text us or use our private Facebook messenger accounts.

For anything urgent, Pam Goodin (General Manager) 027 619 7291 and Robyn Gordon (Member Services Administrator) 020 4061 4346 may be contacted on their mobiles.

Although it has been a while since our last period working from home, we are all quite adaptable and have learnt plenty of lessons from our previous lockdowns.  We all want to get back to our usual way of life and hope that this will be a short lockdown.  Having said that, the health and wellbeing of our team is our first priority.  Out there on farm, continue to look after each other, practice kindness and patience.  It’s the busiest time of the year on farm with most of you mid-calving. You are our nation’s backbone, and we will continue to support you in your businesses through this period.

Pam Goodin | General Manager

International buyers strong at Autumn Harvest Sale

By | Association News

The Autumn Harvest sale gave many of New Zealand’s young breeders the opportunity to be involved.

New Zealand is well and truly on the world map for registered cattle and multi-breed appeal after the Autumn Harvest Sale at the Cambridge Raceway on April 22.

Of the 60 lots, the top price was $12,500, with an average across all breeds of $6013. More than 400 people attended the evening event.

Notably 10% of the sale sold to international buyers from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.

Sale organiser Dean Malcolm, of Bluechip Marketing, said the result [and the wash-up] proved they had the mix right.

“We had a huge crowd and a lot of buzz, which was extremely positive for the industry,” Dean said. “We had international enquiry before the sale, and to get six sold that way proves to me we had the product people wanted.”


Top price $12,500


He said the top price of $12,500 for the Ayrshire which sold at Lot 1, Kiteroa Cream Burdette, gave the sale a strong start. She was bought by Peter, Heather, and Jamie Baxter, from Tirau.

“With that top price and the final average made it a solid sale from start to finish for me.” Dean said. “There was still good buying for people as well.

“I think we broke down the breed barriers a lot for New Zealand in this sale. There was a lot of multi-breed bidding, a lot of young people bidding, and there was also a lot of online interest.

“We had about 150 bids that came through the two online selling platforms, in addition to our livestream video.”

The top Holstein price was paid for lot 6, Pincots Doorman Angel-Imp-ET-EXC. She sold for $11,000 to well-known Jersey breeders, Ferdon Genetics, from Otorohanga.


International buyers add hype


Frank and Diane Borba, from the United States, paid the second top price overall and the top price in the Jersey offering [$12,000] for Lot 4 – Fynreath Joel Dutchess-Imp-ET, in partnership with Bluechip Marketing. She will continue to be housed with her breeders at Fynreath Genetics.

“Frank and Diane are one of the biggest names in the world for registered cattle, and they are one of the most exciting buyers you can get,” Dean said.

The sole Milking Shorthorn to sell, Westell Supreme Abbie, sold for $4500 to Julie and Brian Pirie, from Thames.

The top Brown Swiss lot was lot 35, Topline Cadence Siena, offered by Topline Genetics. She was bought by Susie Woodward, of Woodward Farms, Otorohanga.

The top-priced embryo package, which was offered by Australian Declan Patten, included five Peak Jagger embryos from Murribrook Doorman Candace EX93. They sold for $1900 per embryo [$9500] to Bellbrook Farming’s Robbie Wakelin, in Canterbury.

The balance of the international buyers included Paul and Vicki Timbs, from NSW. They bought Ayrshire Glenalla Kingsire Delilah at Lot 3 for $6000. Delilah will continue to reside at her breeders, Glenalla and Snowfed Farms, at Ashburton, in Canterbury. The Jaspers Brush couple also bought Lot 25, an Ayrshire embryo package, which was offered by fellow Australian Munden Farms.

Lot 13, Arran Vitali Gracie, was bought for $5000 by UK Syndicate “The 3 Amigos”, which includes Alan Timbrell, Blaise Tomlinson and Lisa Window-Walker. Another UK buyer, Simon Gaskin, bought lot 53, Ferdon Chrom Brighteyes for $5250. She will be managed by Ferdon Genetics on behalf of her buyer.

A UK buyer bought Lot 30 – which included five embryos offered by a New Zealand couple who are now living in the UK – Brent and Ann Crothers, of Toi Toi Genetics. The embryo package – sired by sexed Sidekick from Knowlesmere Crush Diamond – sold to Robert Cowgill, of Lancashire.

An Australian buyer, Brett Hayter, was the last man standing on Lot 36, which was a package of five Brown Swiss embryos offered by arguably Australia’s most successful Swiss breeder, Tandara Farms. The OMalley embryos from Tandara Etvie Heidi sold for $1600 per embryo [$8000].


Finish on a high


Dean said it was pleasing to see the final live lot Tahora Pharo Lorraine, make $8500 for her sellers, Tahora Farms, from Tai Tapu, Canterbury.

“Duncan [Pipe, fellow sale organiser] and I put a fair bit of thought into the structure of the sale and what comprised the top 10 lots, what was mid-range, and what lots were going to finish,” Dean said.

“It was great to end on a great price, because that was a bit of the plan all the way through. It made sense to finish with Tahora because they have such a great name, and an extremely loyal following. So, we knew people would support that last lot, and that’s what happened.

“All our sale crew did a really nice job, and I was proud of the animals when they hit the ring. It helped that the vendors had done a nice job on-farm, and hopefully we finished it off for them.

“Everyone has been asking if we’d do one next year. But, my feeling at the moment is that this sort of sale is a biannual thing, if you want to sustain it long-term. We can’t thank everyone enough for their interest and support.”


Averages by breed:

Holstein: $6338

Jersey: $5571

Ayrshire: $6062

Brown Swiss: $4312

Milking Shorthorn: $4500

Annual Conference Sale Results 2021

By | Association News

The NZ Milking Shorthorn Association held it’s Annual Conference on the 12-14 April.

As part of the conference, Link Livestock hosted the Milking Shorthorn sale which saw some great prices across the board.


  • R2’s – $2,273.53
  • R1’s – $1,405.56
  • Males – $1,000.00

Top Seller :  Lot 10  ~  KYRH-19-190  ~  Brecon Po Mystique P. Sold for $4,550.00. Congratulations Red Cow Farms Ltd, M & J McDonald.

NZ Dairy Event 2021

By | Association News, Uncategorized

HELD: 27th – 28th January, Manfeild – Feilding


Combined Breeds Dry Stock Section

Class Place Animal Owner
Junior Heifer Calf 1st Westell Supreme Abbie Westell Properties
Junior Heifer Calf 2nd Oliver Woods O Erina Oliver Woods
Junior Heifer Calf 3rd Northbrook Highway Northbrook Enterprises Limited
Senior Heifer Calf 1st Westell Supreme Nikki Molly Fletcher
Senior Heifer Calf 3rd Northbrook White Mello Northbrook Enterprises Limited
Junior Yearling Heifer 2nd Waiwera Elliot S1S Four Ways Farm LTD
Junior Yearling Heifer 3rd Waiwera Oliver Trixie Four Ways Farm LTD
Senior Yearling Heifer 1st Westell Jedi Saddie S1S Ella Pirie

Combined Breeds Intermediate In-Milk Section

Class Place Animal Owner
2 Year Old In-Milk 3rd Northbrook CR Tinsel Northbrook Enterprises Limited
3 Year Old In-Milk 2nd Northbrook Open Northbrook Enterprises Limited

Intermediate In-Milk Combine Breeds Reserve Champion

Northbrook Open – Northbrook Enterprises Limited

Combined Breeds Senior In-Milk Section

Class Place Animal Owner
4 Year Old In-Milk 1st Bekay Plato Marley-ET Northbrook Enterprises LTD
4 Year Old In-Milk 2nd Oliver Woods Pett Oliver Woods
4 Year Old In-Milk 3rd Oliver Woods Effie Oliver Woods
5 & 6 Years Old In-Milk 1st Westell Carbo Sami S0S Westell Properties
5 & 6 Years Old In-Milk 2nd Northbrook Whirlwind Northbrook Enterprises Limited
5 & 6 Years Old In-Milk 3rd Kowhai Lucy Kowhai
7 Years Old & Over In-Milk 2nd Northbrook Way Northbrook Enterprises Limited

Combined Breeds Best Uddered Senior Cow, Combined Breeds Senior In-Milk Champion, and Combined Breeds Supreme Champion:

Westell Carbo Sami SOS – Westell Properties

Enjoying the new Milking Shorthorns

By | Uncategorized

Josh and Kareena Sneddon from Tahau Jerseys 50/50 sharemilk 295 cows in Tokoroa. Josh brought an incalf shorthorn heifer from Norm and Del Atkinson at the Edenmore annual sale in 2018 for his daughter Olivia, because she wanted “the pink cow” from the catalogue. They have gone so well that they were repeat buyers in 2020 where they obtained another 3. Currently they have 7 milking shorthorns in the herd.

Josh was so impressed with how they’ve gone he plans to mate all his Ayrshires and cross breeds to polled Milking Shorthorn bulls. His main objective for future breeding is to breed polled, moderate sized cows with good components and efficiency. “I like their hardiness and so far fertility. They also have very nice natures in both the paddock and shed. Plus they also add some colour to a brown paddock”.

While the Shorthorns might look good in the paddock, Josh’s are delivering the goods too when it comes to putting milk in the vat. “My Carbo daughter is doing 2kgs on all grass and has done over 300kgs for season to date”.

Josh and Kareena have taken up the free associate membership offer.  They both enjoyed the annual magazine. They said “it was a really good magazine, a lot better than what other breeds magazines have become. It was full of a lot of interesting information”.

A few things Josh has to say about his two years olds by RBG bulls this year, in particular when it came to milking them for the first time “the Durango heifer didn’t even flinch, she is so placid. Tanas are awesome as well. They are tall, good natured animals with good udders. I’m very, very impressed by the Durango and Tanas. I will be mating a lot to them next season”.

Looking forward, Josh and Kareena are excited to milk their own heifers they have bred themselves and seeing what they can achieve with their breeding goals. Plus they tell me the kids enjoy seeing the “short hornicorns” in the paddock.

North Island Championship – Waikato A&P Show

By | Association News

1st place HEIFER IN MILK, 2 years old

Ella Pirie, Northbrook C Margo

1st place COW IN MILK, 3 years old

Westell Properties, Westell Angelo Freya S1S

1st place COW IN MILK, 4 years old
Ella Pirie, Westell Pingerly Fleur S1S

1st place COW IN MILK, 7 years and over
Tauhei Farms Ltd, Kaiheree Ping Gwen

1st place COW IN MILK, 5 & 6 years old

Westell Properties, Westell Carbo Sami S0S


Westell Properties, Westell Carbo Sami S0S

Ella Pirie, Laurendale Jazz Oakley

Westell Properties, Westell Supreme Nikki SOS


Ella Pirie, Westell Jedi Saddie S1S