Virtual Miniature Hereford Show

This year’s Virtual Cattle Show for Miniature Herefords attracted almost double the entries we had last year and more have indicated they would like to take part next time. With four countries participating – Scotland and America in the north and Australia and New Zealand in the south – there was a good representation of Miniature Herefords from a wide variety of environments. This shows their versatility in coping with different climates, terrain, pasture and management.
The Judge this year was a Dexter breeder but also an All Breeds Judge. She took on board the requirements for judging Miniature Herefords and her in-depth comments for every entry were very much appreciated. For her part she thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are grateful for her participation.
There were some new entrants this time and one of them managed to win both its breed class and the Viewers’ Choice. This was the yearling bull, IBA Duke of Ireland exhibited by Bob and Joan Massengale of Iti Biti Acres in Colorado. The Judge’s comments for this entry were:
“Attractive masculine head. Level top-line with square tail-set. Legs at four corners, wide and clean through brisket although front feet toed out slightly. Tight sheath, scrotum showing ligament definition and tilting back slightly. Good body length and spring of rib. Nicely balanced bull.” Our congratulations to them for their first effort.
By providing the three views the Judge was able to make a comprehensive analysis and readers will be able to see these reflected in her comments. For the future we encourage all exhibitors to spend time getting these three views as it gives a better profile of their animal.
There will be some slight adjustments for next year’s rules, one of them being changing Class Twelve (poll vote) to a favourite photo rather than be chosen just from the breed classes as there was not so much interest in the poll voting this year. This photo can be one already presented in a class or something quite different. These will help attract viewers to look at the particular appeal of the exhibit. For example, this photo (opposite page) ranked second in the poll yet was unable to be placed in breed classes owing to the very young age of the calf which meant its attributes were yet to develop.
There was a good selection of entries in each of the classes so that first to fourth placings were able to be made in almost all sections. It is proposed that Certificates for placings be made and possibly prizes for winners if appropriate sponsors can be found in each country which enters.
Many competitors are getting out their cameras now so that when the next VCS approaches they will have a good number of photos to choose from. New competitors are also encouraged so those who have already taken part may like to spread the word about it. There is not room in this article to display more photos but full coverage of the VCS can be seen on both the MBHA (www.mhbaonline.org) and AMHBN (www.amhbn.com) websites.
Here I would like to express my gratitude to Julie Stott (Australia) for her website recordings of the event and thanks to all competitors who took part. I had a wonderful time sorting the photos into their respective classes and enjoying the sight of so many Miniature Herefords from different places yet all with the distinctive features that are the mark of this smallest variety of Hereford. Congratulations to place getters and all who entered – you have worked well.
Photos top to bottom: VCS Champion IBA Duke of Ireland side view, front view, rear view submitted by Iti Biti Acres in Howard, Colorado, USA. Opposite: Reserve Champion Viewer’s Choice.

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