World Shorthorn Conference 2022

Day 1 – Thursday 7 July 2022 – Overnight Windsor – Arrival to London, meet & greet & transfer to Windsor for welcome drinks reception & buffet style meal

Day 2 – Friday 8 July 2022 – Overnight Cardiff – Visits to: Stanford Park Beef Shorthorn, Lunch / Classification workshop |
Charles Horton’s Hannington Beef herd, early evening BBQ
Continue to Cardiff for overnight

Day 3 – Saturday 9 July 2022 – Overnight Chester – Visit to: Messrs Thomas’s Drisgol Dairy herd, Pembrokeshire, lunch included. Continue to Chester for overnight

Day 4 – Sunday 10 July 2022 – Overnight Chester – Morning: Free time in Chester to explore historic city | Afternoon visit to: Jodrell Bank Observatory to visit their new £21 million visitor centre

Day 5 – Monday 11 July 2022 – Overnight Harrogate – Visits to: Cogent Breeding Ltd, Chester | Chatsworth House, Gardens & Estate Tour Continue to Harrogate for overnight

Day 6 – Tuesday 12 July 2022 – Overnight Harrogate – Full day visit to the Great Yorkshire Show – Beef Judging day & Shorthorn Celebration Parade – Youth Program Participants join the tour at this point | Return to Harrogate for overnight

Day 7 – Wednesday 13 July 2022 – Overnight in Harrogate – OPTION: Great Yorkshire Show – Interbreed judging OR Harrogate or York – free time to explore | Celebration Dinner in Evening at Showground. Return to Harrogate for overnight

Day 8 – Thursday 14 July 2022 – Overnight Durham – Full day visit to the Great Yorkshire Show – Dairy judging. Continue to Durham for overnight

Day 9 – Friday 15 July 2022 – Overnight Durham – Full day Conference in the Lumley Castle Hotel | OPTION: Visit Durham City | Medieval Banquet Dinner in Lumley Castle Hotel. Overnight Durham

Day 10 – Saturday 16 July 2022 – Overnight – Visits to: Beamish Heritage Museum | World Council Meeting / Country Reports | Page Farms Partnership, Beef Herd – evening food & refreshments. Return to Durham for overnight.

Day 11 – Sunday 17 July 2022 – Overnight Gretna – Visits to: Alnwick Castle & Gardens | James Playfair Hannay’s Tofts Beef herd | Youth Development Day, lunch included. Continue to Gretna for overnight

Day 12 – Monday 18 July 2022 – Overnight Gretna – Visits to: James Robinson’s Strickley Dairy farm, lunch included | Barwood Beef herd (Morrisons – Paul Coates), early evening BBQ included. Return to Gretna for overnight

Day 13 – Tuesday 19 July 2022 – Overnight Gretna – Visits to: John Thomson’s Shawhill Beef herd, lunch included at Hetland Hall Hotel |
Messrs Biggar’s Chapelton Beef herd, refreshments included Return to Gretna for overnight. Final tour dinner at Gretna

Day 14 – Wednesday 20 July 2022 – Depart to Glasgow Airport or Scotland Post Tour Option


Day 14 – Wednesday 20 July 2022 – Visit to: Carey Coombs Dunsyre Beef herd | Continue to Perth for overnight

Day 15 – Thursday 21 July 2022 – Visits to: Major Gibb’s Glenisla Beef herd | Glenrinnes Beef herd | Return
to Perth for overnight

Day 16 – Friday 22 July 2022 – Visits to: Fearn Farm Beef herd | Continue to Inverness for overnight

Day 17 – Saturday 23 July 2022 – Depart to Inverness Airport

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 Main 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 morning of Saturday 16th July. 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.
There is the option of a further 3 day post-tour trip 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 on farm experience and knowledge by spending approximately two weeks on a host farm and then joining the tour & conference from Great Yorkshire Show onwards. There will be a number of activities, workshops, team building organised build life skills and confidence.

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 for cost of flights and a reduced delegate fee of at maximum £800 per delegate (this may reduce depending on sponsorship received)
  • 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, with a specific itinerary of activity for the Youth element.