I think that this is a cracking cow and would be happy to have a herd full of cows of her ilk.
She is a Blossom - in the words of Bob Borwick, "undoubtedly the most successful line in the breed today." On Bob's Mara Hereford site, he gives a history of the Blossoms.
She is by Clipston Bowman. Clipston Bowman was shown successfully as a youngster, but really the success of a bull is to be judged upon what he delivers. Clipston Bowman was judged the best stock bull in the Midlands & East Anglian Hereford Breeders Association Herd Competition in 2004. 4 of the 5 females in the winning Group of Five at Tenbury 2005 were Clipston Bowman daughters. A son, Mara Warrior, was Champion at the Spring Show & Sale 2005 and went on to gain the Championships in the South West including Devon County Show 2005.
As an individual, she has a feminine head - she is alert and bright in the eye. She has a great top-line, her underside runs parallel to the ground and she has both depth and width of body. Her temperament is lovely, she knows her own mind but is pretty easy to persuade and often she just wants a bit of a wither scratch. She is the head cow of the herd.
When she moves, she powers from behind and has perfect balance. She can turn on a sixpence around her hind leg. When I led her into the ring at Herts, she elevated and lightened in my hand.
Highhedges Blossom was her second calf, and the first one born on our farm. She calved it herself, cleaned the calf up and within no time it was up and suckling and being guided round all four quarter by mum. A couple of hours later, she marched the calf up to meet the others in the herd to show them what had arrived and that it was one of the family.
In 2011, she produced us another heifer calf, again doing it all on her own. This calf is by Lowergrove Fernando and has been registered as Highhedges Blossom 2-11, who was second at Bucks County 2012 and third at Herts County 2012 in strong heifer classes.
In 2012, she produced a bull calf, 52kg, unaided and with the minimum of fuss who is growing well. He has been named Highhedges Kindred Spirit.
She proves an excellent mother, she is very milky and has a beautifully balanced udder.
To date we have shown her once with a win. She'll probably be out again, but her most important job is to deliver us with a nice calf a year, so her appearances in public will fit around that job.