BELGIAN BLUES HOST CHILEAN AND
TO BEEF EXPO 2004
The British Blue Cattle Society
was pleased to invite to the UK and to Beef Expo 2004, two
of its overseas business
contacts. This is the first time the Belgian Blue Society
has applied for Inward Mission funding, in its drive to raise
the awareness of British Genetics overseas.
The first visitor Felipe Elizalde, a Research Scientist,
Farmer and Businessman, from the Orsorno region of Southern
Chile. Felipe Elizalde is currently undertaking a trial on
his native jersey diary cattle, using British bred Belgian
In addition, he has also agreed to act as an agent, through
his company, “Genesis Ltd” for the marketing
of British Bred Belgian Blue genetics, throughout Chile.
Felipe is no stranger to the UK, having completed his PhD.
in Dairy Cow Nutrition at Queens University, Belfast, a number
of years ago.
He was accompanied by Peter de Swaef, from Hofstade in the
Northern, Flanders region of Belgium. Peter de Swaef is a
Veterinary Surgeon and ET Specialist, who is currently marketing
British Bred Belgian Blue Genetics, in Belgium. Peter de
Swaef is particularly impressed with the size; mobility and
growth rate of British bred sires, which he feels has a major
contribution to play in Belgian agriculture.
Both visitors were very grateful to have the opportunity
to visit Beef Expo 2004, so as to enable them to further
develop their understanding of the UK Beef Industry and they
were very impressed with what they saw.
The combination of farm visits, a conference and the event
itself, with its commercial trade stands and excellent show
of pedigree Belgian Blue, Hereford Limousin and commercial
cattle made the event particularly valuable for them, as
visitors from overseas.
The opportunity to see over 45 top quality Belgian Blues,
gave them the opportunity to see first-hand, the “British
Type” of Belgian Blue, renowned for its high degree
of mobility, size and reputation for easier calving.
The Society is particularly indebted to the Export department
of MLC and the British Livestock Genetics Consortium for
facilitating this Inward Mission: Both visitors will return
home as staunch ambassadors for British Genetics and it is
hoped that this will manifest itself into future business.
|Champion Belgian Blue was
Wilodge Ulex, from Bart & Christine Williams.
British Belgian Blue Results
Class 1 – Bull born on or before 1/7/02
1st Messrs. Barber & Brindley – Threeways Superstar
2nd B K Ryder – Greystone The Boss
Class 2 – Bull born before 31/1/03
1st D A Williams – Wilodge Ulex
2nd Messrs Barber & Brindley – Astbury Unequalled
3rd E R Hemmings – Paulern Uta ET
4th J F Brass – Eden Valley Valiant ET
Class 3 – Bull born before 29/2/04
1st J E Bellas – Ballygrange Vinny
2nd E R Hemmings – Paulern Vince ET
3rd R Young – Auchentiber Va Va Voom ET
4th B K Ryder – Annanwater Vince
5th Messrs Barber & Brindley – Bringlee Volckawagon
Class 4 – Cow born on or before 4th August 2001
1st Messrs Barber & Brindley – Bringlee Sandy
2nd B K Ryder – Dorure Et De Fooz
3rd Messrs Barber & Brindley – Astbury Trudie
Class 5 – Heifer born after 4/8/01 and before
1st R Young – Ridge Dean Trixie
2nd Sally Lloyd – Black ‘n’ Blue UK.Com
3rd R M Birch – Directive Et De Fooz
Class 6 – Junior Heifer born on or after
1st B K Ryder – Annanwater Vixen
2nd J E Bellas – Clonberton Victoria
3rd B K Ryder – Annanwater Venice
4th J F Brass – Eden Valley Verena
Champion Male – D A Williams – Wilodge Ulex
Champion Female – Barber & Brindley – Bringlee
Supreme Champion – Wilodge Ulex
Reserve Champion – Bringlee Sandy