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Show Success 2017

2017 was another exciting year for the Bagnell Herd:-

Bagnell Regent (born in 2016) won his class at the Bath & West and was sold at the Autumn Show & Sale to join Jim Dufosee's Blackhill Herd.

Bagnell Norma (heifer born 2015) was Female Champion and Reserve Breed Champion at the Bath & West.  She was also Breed Champion at Gillingham & Shaftesbury and Reserve Breed Champion at Melplash and ended the season as DCBS Reserve Female Champion.

At Dorset County, Bagnell Mermaid, with her calf at foot, was Reserve Female Champion and Reserve Breed Champion. 

And finally, at Dorset County in the Interbreed Class on the Sunday, the Bagnell Herd won the Interbreed Class for Native Beef Heifers.

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About the Farm

Hillcombe Farm consists of entirely grass leys and all the forage for the Red Devon suckler herd for both summer and winter is produced on the Farm. 

We use the manure from the sheds where the cattle are housed in the winter to fertilise the fields. In the winter the cows come in to avoid excessive poaching of the ground and are fed home grown haylage. We make our own hay and haylage and bale and collect the straw for bedding from a neighbouring farmer.

Our herd of Bagnell Red Ruby Devons has the highest health status.  With the help of the Synergy Vet Practice, we isolated and blood-tested every cow that came on to the farm and for the last ten years we are very proud to have been awarded Biobest Laboratories Elite Herd Status. Elite Herd Status means that the herd is free from four of the main cattle diseases - BVD, IBR, Johnes and Leptospirosis. We are now a closed herd, only buying in replacement bulls, which are isolated and blood-tested before joining their group of females. The young bulls we breed for sale are all inspected by Devon Cattle Breeders Society inspectors to make sure they meet and uphold the standards of the Society. They are fertility tested and before sale they will be TB tested. We also vaccinate them for BVD in case they should meet a challenge when they join their new herd.