World Shorthorn Conference 2022

Outline of Tour

The UK Shorthorn Society is proud to be hosting this historic Conference to celebrate the bi-centenary of the Coates Herd Book; the oldest Herd Book in the world. We feel it is an opportunity to look where we have come from as an industry and where we are heading in with the constant development of data technology and data capture.

Our plan is to provide an exciting, interesting, and insightful look at our heritage and bring delegates bang up to date with the progress being made in the breed’s homeland.

The 14-day conference tour will begin in London on 7th July, 2022.

Following an overnight stay in the Castle Hotel in Windsor, overlooking Windsor Castle, the tour will then take us to visit some of the top Beef & Dairy herds in the UK. This will also include technical and cultural visits to the Cogent Bull Stud and Chatsworth House, respectively, before arriving at one of the UK’s largest and most popular agricultural events, the Great Yorkshire Show, on Tuesday, 12th July, where we will formally celebrate the bi-centenary. 

The tour will then proceed to the outstanding Lumley Castle Hotel, where the Conference will take place. 

We plan is to hold the World Council meeting on the afternoon of Thursday, 14th July, along with the presentation of country reports.  This will then allow a full day conference on Friday, 15th July, with industry experts speaking throughout the day. The main theme of the conference is “Progression of Data, Genomics and The Next Generation”.

 After the conference, the tour will visit more of our renowned Beef & Dairy herds and include a trip to the world-famous Alnwick Castle and gardens, as well as the Beamish Museum, where our rich history is brought to life.

The 14-day trip will end on Wednesday, 20th July, with delegates departing from Glasgow Airport

The organising committee are considering adding a post-tour to Scotland, to visit some of the oldest beef herds in the herd book for interested delegates.


 We are keen to ensure that youth participants are involved in this conference and are inviting the overseas Shorthorn Societies in send one or two participants each. 

The committee want them to gain experience and knowledge by joining both the tour & conference.

The proposal from the committee is that:-

  • Youth participant to be between the age of 18 – 24
  • The Youth Participant to either obtain sponsorship, or the overseas Society pay. Cost involved will be flights and a reduced delegate fee of £1,000 (depending on sponsorship progress here in the UK this could be reduced, but it will be no more than £1,000 – full cost would be in the region of £1.600)
  • The youth participants will stay and work on a host farm for two weeks dates to work with hosts and participants, its proposed that they join the excursion at Great Yorkshire Show, they will then join the rest of the tour including the conference.


Due to COVID and travel restrictions the organising committee will be making a final decision in October 2021 as to whether the Conference & Tour will go ahead in 2022 or be delayed until 2023.  

Please feel free to contact Ros Rimmer – Dairy Breed Secretary on if you have any questions or if you require any further information.