The latest from the Midlands Group…

The Midlands group met again on the 20th April, Stuart Cadamy reports…

A warm early Summer evening, an even warmer welcome from the Brookes family combined with a great herd of Monty’s to view made for a very special farm walk.
Will Brookes opened the evening by giving a background outline. He informed us that it was really his Father who purchased the first Montbeliarde crossbreds which they liked and this eventually was the catalyst for change.
With more purchases of both pure and crossbreds, numbers have increased dramatically.
Will’s son Matthew explained the day to day running of this family farm and then the 50+ people went to inspect the milking herd, in calf heifers and younger heifers.
The evening concluded with some of the best farm house baking in the county thanks to Will’s wife, Mel, ably assisted by daughters Gemma and Holly.
The evening was closed by society chairman Pete Wood presenting Mel with a large arrangement of flowers and our sincere thanks to all the Brookes family at Nothill.

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Save the Date! – 2017 AGM

The society is pleased to announce the following date for the 2017 AGM:

5th and 6th September 2017  in Staffordshire

Following the same format as recent years, members will meet for the annual dinner and AGM including the announcement of the Society Milk Records competition for the 2016/17 recording year on the evening of the 5th September.

On the 6th September the Society will host its annual open day by kind permission of Smiths Farming Ltd – Needwood Montbeliardes. Phillip and Kath Smith will welcome visitors from all over the UK to Lower Castle Hayes Farm, Needwood, Burton on Trent, to view their herd of 300 cows.

Further details to follow

Jura Betail invite to Progeny visits

Everybody is welcome on  July 12 and 13th to  Jura for their annual Summer Montbeliarde Tour when you will be able to view offspring from sires such as


You are welcome to arrive on the Tuesday evening so you can start early on the Wednesday, and leave on the Friday so!

To organize logistic and accommodations, booking needs to be confirmed by June 20 at the latest.
For more details and to book contact

Hélène DUBARLE, Export Manager, Tel : +33 (0)7 61 93 35 35

Jura Bétail

Midlands Group meeting

The next meeting of the Midlands group will be

on the 10th May 2017 at 7pm

By kind permision of W G, G M & M BROOKES



All are welcome

Successful UK Dairy Expo – Judging Results

Many visited the Montbeliarde UK trade stand at UK Dairy Expo on Saturday 11th March, with over 60 people entering our calf judging competition on the stand.

Ferreol Roche (Coopex) agreed to master judge the pen of four maiden heifers kindly supplied by Messrs Wilson (Blackcombe Montbeliardes). The final placings were Y (388) X (390) B (422) A(426), with just four people having the correct placings, congratulations to the winners:

Martin Ellis, David Cotton, Rob Warburton and EA Kitching

calves in pen at expo

(Correct order of calves from left to right YXBA)

Thanks to members who joined us on the day, to support us welcoming and talking to visitors on the stand and once again to Michael Wilson and Laura Teesdale for bringing the calves and making the first show for the Society such a success!

Montbeliarde Consignment Sale: Date Announced 26th April 2017

HH Harrison and Hetherington


Montbeliardes – Looking to sell….   Looking to buy…

Montbeliarde UK are pleased to announce the forthcoming Consignment Sale at Borderway Mart in association with auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington.

Sale Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017

If you have stock to sell, this provides the perfect opportunity –

Entries for the sale close on Wednesday 12th April.

Anyone requiring further details please contact:

H & H Pedigree Office – 01228 406230

Auctioneer – Glyn Lucas – 07711 610255

Auctioneer – Andrew Templeton – 07778 808464


The Society hopes you will support the sale, either by consigning or attending on sale day!

Keep checking back for further updates…


Student looking for work experience

We have had a student from Sparsholt College with an interest in Montbeliardes contact us to see if any members would offer her a three week placement in late February – early March.
If you can help and could use the help please get in touch with the secretary for her contact details.

Visit Jura in France

On the March 22 2017 will be our Montbeliarde Genetic Day at the Parc Expo in Dole.

It’s an inescapable meeting for Jura-Bétail and all Montbeliarde lovers around the world and we would be pleased to welcome you and enjoy with you 3 days in the Jura area.

Without any delay:-

Have a look at the detailed programme enclosed,

Book the dates in your diary,

and let us know as soon as possible about your coming!


Happy New Year – 2017 selfie??

Montbeliarde UK would like to wish all members and friends all the best for 2017.

Planning and production of the 2017 Full Montey magazine is well underway.
If you have any suggestions of content or are interested in either member or commercial advertising please email the secretary.

And for a bit of fun we’d like to include a picture gallery of Monty Selfies – so get that phone camera and yourself out and about with your cows – and submit them by email no later than Monday 6th February for inclusion!  There will be a small prize for the best photo !


December Figures from Jura


Either young or progeny tested, Jura-Bétail bulls confirmed their positions on the podium in 2016.



JORDREN JB keeps his position as the leader of the breed with 170 points of ISU. He maintains all his qualities (milk, content, udder health, reproduction and type) and comes in our offer among the Healthy range with a perfect profile suitable for milk robots.

HARPON JB, for his 6th proofs release remains within the Top 3 bulls of the breed. Still in our Protein range he is ranked +1 020 in milk index and +1.1 in Protein.

Among the new bulls, let’s have a look at LIROUD JB who, with 150 points of ISU, fits into the most performing and outcross sires: within the Top40 bulls, LIROUD JB is the n°1 having the lowest female parentage coefficient. Along with this, he has an outstanding type (121), a very good udder (120) and a good ratio between Protein (+1.5) and Milk (+401).


Among the other new young bulls, if you are looking for:

– Milk: JOSTIK JB (Milk +1 201), HARPON JB (Milk +1 020) and LOGALY JB (Milk +987).

– Genetic variability: LIROUD JB, a son of IROUD JB and JELINEK JB, a son of HELLEAN JB.

– Outstanding Udders: JUSSIEU JB (UD 124), LANZAC JB (UD 124), ITEMPLE JB (UD 123), JAMICAL JB (UD 122), LIROUD JB (UD 120), JELINEK JB (UD 119).



Not only Jura-Bétail keeps its position of leader with JORDREN JB, but also the selection unit confirms its know-how with FLIPEX JB.

With 127 daughters, a reliability of 93%, #1 among progeny tested sires for the 3rd consecutive proofs release, FLIPEX JB has proven his abilities to bring our distributors and breeders a dairy potential much higher than average with positive contents (Milk +915, Prot +1.2, Fat +0.5) along with an extraordinary quality of udders.

FRANGY JB, after his release this summer, keeps an exceptional milk level with +1 173 combined to a very good udder quality (119) and healthy (Udder Health +0.8).

FAGUET JB comes with 148 points of ISU with a strong potential in our Protein range: Protein +2.4 and Fat +4.3. He is also very good in functional traits (Udder health +1.0 and Repro +0.8).

Even if CRUMBLE JB is not new, his consistency in his progenies’ qualities is remarkable: a good ratio between Protein (+1.4) and Milk (+231), with good functional traits (Udder Health +1.0 – Fert +0.3 – Long +0.7), easy calving (92), strong on feet and legs (122) and a very good udder (121).



14 bulls are available today in female sexed semen at 90%:



Montbeliarde Herd Dispersal

If you are looking from Montbeliarde cattle make sure you are at Melton Mowbray Market on Friday 25th November.
The complete dispersal sale of the milking herd comprising of 120 mainly Montbeliarde cows, including some high quality pedigree French Montbeliardes and 40 followers will go under the hammer on behalf of S & R Vallance.
Sale starts at 11am, catalogues will be available prior to the sale, or can be downloaded following the link below:


2014-2015 National Herds Competition Results

Many thanks to all members who joined us at Newby Bridge on 6th September for the AGM, when last years herds competition results were announced. Results attached.
On the 7th September we were welcomed by the Wilson family to the Blackcombe herd, where the sun shone and over 60 members and friends enjoyed a varied, interesting day in the sun, seeing a tremendous herd of top class Montbeliardes. a great thanks to our hosts for a great visit !


Photos to follow


Please can you make sure that you have notified the secretary on 01609 748385 or emailed by the end of today Thursday 1st September with your menu choices for next weeks AGM at Newby Bridge on Tuesday 6th September.
There is still time to book places for the annual open day on the 7th at the Wilson’s, Blackcombe herd as well.
Don’t forget the annual herds competition results will be announced at the AGM, which is automatic entry to all members – the results are now in and there are some new herds and animals in the top 10 in each category – why not come along to see if it’s you !!

Montbeliarde UK AGM – fast approaching

By now all members should have had notice of the AGM to be held on Tuesday 6th September in Cumbria at the Newby Bridge Hotel, if you plan to attend please book menu choices ASAP with Sarah Liddle the secretary on 01609 748385.
The Open Day is on 7th September from 10.45am at the Wilson family’s renowned Blackcombe herd, again please let Sarah know if you plan to attend for catering purposes- all welcome – members and non members alike! It’s a massive opportunity to see pure and crossbred cattle and meet monty enthusiasts!

New Montbeliarde ProCROSS offering from ABA Viking

A typical ProCROSS, Viking Red x Montbeliarde x Viking Holstein – providing greater benefit than other breed combinations from health traits, efficient production and genetic diversity according to ABA Viking

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ABA Viking to market ProCROSS bull line-up

ProCROSS – the only three-way dairy crossbreeding programme in the world to be underpinned by independent research – will be marketed in the UK by ABA Viking.

Greater emphasis will also be placed on genomic bulls, in line with customer expectation to be at the forefront of scientific advance.

ProCROSS is the rotational breeding of Montbeliarde over Viking Red and Holstein. Three-way crossbreeding is more successful where there is the most genetic diversity, while maximising the complementary strengths, between each of the breeds.

The ProCROSS combination outperformed others in independent trials at the University of Minnesota as a result of the higher production potential of Viking Red and Montbeliarde, compared with the other Red and Alpine dairy breeds.

Roger Trewhella of ABA Viking commented: “It will be far easier for farmers to be able to source those sires best suited to ProCROSS among the Viking Reds, Montbeliardes and Viking Holsteins.

“The research, coupled with fifteen years practical experience, which ProCROSS is based on, gives farmers confidence and removes the lottery of choosing breeds and sires at random.”

This marketing agreement follows the termination of the previous arrangement with ABS Genus, and becomes operational from 1st October 2016.

Montbeliarde UK backs the BVD free Campaign

The BVDFree England scheme was launched on the 1st July 2016. Montbeliarde UK as a Society has agreed to support the national scheme and would encourage all our members to read the attached factsheets and enrol in the scheme that is focussed on eliminating BVD. If anyone has any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Farmer step by step guide to BVDFree

BVDFree farmer flyer

BVDFree BVD Factsheet

BVDFree registration form

Open evening in Staffordshire on 16th June

There will be a open evening at 7.30pm on Thursday 16th June by kind permission of Phillip and Kath Smith, Lower Castle Hayes, Needwood, Burton On Trent, Staffs DE13 9PH.
All members and friends are welcome to attend, refreshments will be provided with donations to charity.
For more details contact Pete Wood on 07815 790522.
If you are interested in Montbeliardes and cross breeding be sure to come along!

2016 Montbeliarde UK AGM and Open Day

This years AGM and Open Day date has now been set.

The AGM will be on the evening of 6th September and on the 7th September (the following day) we will enjoy a herd visit to the fantastic Blackcombe herd of Michael Wilson and family at Monk Foss Farm, Millom, Cumbria. Michael will be well known to members and non members alike as a past Chairman of Montbeliarde Uk and his herd is renowned for both type and production – as last years inaugural Herds Competition showed.

More details will follow – including the AGM and meal venue, but put the date in the diary now !

Montbeliarde UK member judges in France

Nicholas Perrodin

Many members who attended the 2015 Montbeliarde Uk AGM and Open Day would meet one of our French members, Nicholas Perrodin, who has recently judged the Concours Général de Paris where the National Montbeliarde show was held on 28th of February in Paris during the Agriculture show.

We hope Nicholas enjoyed his day, and will be in the UK visiting us again soon.

To see more about the show and the results follow the link


UK Dairy Expo

Please consider visiting the Montbeliarde stand at the UK Dairy Expo on 12th March – Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
If your’re a local member and can spare a few hours to help ‘man’ the stand that would be greatly appreciated as well.
Our stand in number 44 – see you there!

Montbeliarde Classification Workshop and Open Day

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It was a very interesting and useful day when Meurig James and his team of classifiers joined a group of members and non members at the Cotton family’s Ridgedale Herd near Stoke on Trent on Wednesday 2nd March. Everyone enjoyed great hospitality, a farm walk and lunch. We also had the chance to discuss the direction of the breed and classification, with members keen to keep strength as a main factor in the breed going forward.

Classification Workshop

Montbeliarde UK is delighted to announce a Classification Workshop on 2nd March 2016.

If attending please use postcode ST10 4HY in your sat nav.

The day will commence at 10-10.30am with the classification workshop and then there will be chance to view the herd.

This is be open to all members and will be held by kind permission of Andrew and Teresa Cotton at High Ridges Farm, Tean, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ST10 4HZ.

Please book places if you plan to attend with the secretary, it is hoped a second workshop will be held further north later in the year.
This will be your opportunity to shape the type of animals which the classifiers score in each category and be an important part of the breeds development going forward.

Coopex Progeny Show and Trip – still time to book a place…

COOPEX Progeny Show 2016

Coopex invites you to join them for the Umotest Show 2016.

3500 persons, 200 foreign visitors from more than 25 countries of the 5 continents will travel to Besançon to see progeny of new Montbeliarde sires.

Anyone interested in attending should confirm their participation with Coopex before January the 15th.

Full details of the trip, including a booking form can be found here:

 COOPEX Show 2016- for web

The Coopex Team

Happy New Year!

Montbeliarde UK wishes friends and members all the best for 2016.

Annual memberships are now due as per letters sent out last month, please complete your standing order forms and return them to your bank.