Cattle society has new chair

Yorkshire-based breeder Jim Bloom is the new chairman of the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS), following its Annual General Meeting held in Harrogate last week.

Yorkshire based breeder Jim Bloom is the new chairman of the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) following its Annual General Meeting held in Harrogate last week.

He takes over from Aled Edwards, who had served as chairman for the past four years.

From producing commercial cattle, Jim Bloom joined the BLCS in 1985, when he established the Scorboro pedigree herd at Decoy Farm, Scorborough, Driffield. Bloom is also the former chairman of Cranswick, stepping down from the role in 2004.

Since that time, he has met with considerable herd success, including having bred and exhibited a Carlisle Show & Sale Champion, a Reserve Supreme Champion at the Royal Show, and having sold bulls at Carlisle to over five figures.

Bloom said: "It is a great honour to be elected the 13th chairman of the society. In only 37 years since importation, the Limousin breed has grown to the remarkable position of being the number one breed in the country, with a 34% market share of the UK's national beef herd.

"As chairman, I aim to ensure that the society builds on this progress and continues to be focused on breed improvement and the provision of animals that meet the requirements of commercial beef producers, finishers, processors and retailers.

"With a firm eye on the market place, the society will continue to invest heavily in new initiatives and innovative technologies to achieve these aims."

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