News and Events2018-09-13T14:48:14+00:00

Dexter News & Events

Normal Dexter Cattle Society office hours will be 8.45am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday each week.

Sale Of Dexter Cattle – Devon

Coombeland Catalogue PDF

The Sheppys of Congresbury Booklet

Alex Ballard together with the Congresbury History Society has produced the booklet “The Sheppys of Congresbury” It’s mostly about Congresbury and the farm, of course, but it does include quite a bit about Dexters. Cost is £6 in the village of Congresbury, or £8 including postage and packing.
Send orders with postal address to: Alex Ballard, Cider Cottage, Honeyhall Lane, Congresbury, Bristol BS49 5JX
Cheques payable to Alex Ballard, or BACS transfers to 089300 20341752, with purchaser’s name as the reference.

Dexter Cattle Society AGM 2018 Preliminary Information

The AGM will be held at Hopes Auction Co Ltd, Syke Road, Wigton CA7 9NS on Saturday 13th October 2018.

Travel directions to Hopes Auction from M6 Motorway

Address: Hopes Auction, Syke Road, Wigton, CA7 9NS

From South of England via M6. Motorway, leave Motorway at Junction 40 sign posted Wigton B5305, travel approx 10 miles to T Junction with A 595 turn right and sharp left sign posted Wigton 2 miles B5305, and proceed keeping to the left at sharp right hand bend. Auction is approx 500 metres on left.

From North and from South by passing Carlisle leave Motorway at Junction 44 follow signs to Workington A689 proceed to end of ring road 7th roundabout, take 3rd exit on to A595 follow signs for Workington, at second roundabout keep on A595 second exit, sign posted to Cockermouth in approx 6 miles watch out for sign post to right Wigton 2 miles B5305, and proceed keeping to left at sharp right hand bend. Auction is approx 500 metres on left. From Motorway to Wigton Auction using this route is 13.5 miles.

Local Accomodation

Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

Possible accommodation in the Wigton area:

Martyn Mawson, High Side, Bassenthwaite, Keswick CA 12 4QG Tel. 017687 76328 or 07785934004. E mail –

Mrs N Savage, Swaledale Watch, Whelpo, Caldbeck, Wigton. CA7 8HQ Tel. 016974 78409

Wallace Lane Farm, Brocklebank, Wigton. Tel. 016974 78188 – Bed and Breakfast, Camping, Motor Homes.

Pubs with accommodation

Sun Inn, Red Dial, Wigton (on A595) Tel. 016973 42167
Oddfellows Arms, Caldbeck, Wigton Tel. 016974 78227


Greenhill Hotel, Red Dial, Wigton CA7 8LS (on A595) Tel. 016973 43304.
Wheyrigg Hotel near Abbeytown, Wigton Tel. 016973 61242
Golf Hotel, Criffel Street, Silloth. Tel. 016973 31438
Castle Inn Hotel (part of Best Western Group) Bassenthwaite, Keswick. Tel. 0844 387 6254 Armathwaite Hall Hotel, Bassenthwaite, Keswick Tel. 017687 76551
Premier Inn near to Junction 42 at Carleton CA4 0AD. Tel 0871627 8206 15 miles from Wigton Premier Inn near to Junction 44 at Kingstown CA3 0JR Tel 071 527 8208. 12.5 miles from Wigton

For other accommodation and things to do in the area please use link


On arrival: Tea/coffee and cakes, free of charge.

Served at 1.00pm
Price £5.00 members to pre order on the order form included with the AGM Papers.

Soup, Fresh Homemade Sandwiches and Chips

Served at 7.00pm
Price £16.50, members to pre order (as before)
Payment for Lunch and Dinner, please include with your order form.


Melon Fan, Summer Fruits and Raspberry Coulis
Homemade Vegetable Soup

Main Course

Local Roast Beef served with Seasonal Vegetables
Turkey plus all the trimmings served with Seasonal Vegetables
Fillet of Salmon, New Potatoes, served with Seasonal vegetables
Vegetarian Option, Homemade Leek and Vegetable Tart, served with Seasonal vegetables


Selection of Homemade Desserts Pavlova
Apple Crumble
Lemon Cheesecake
Followed by Tea/Coffee and Mints

Evening Entertainment

Four/Five Piece Band.
Singer:Lynn Murray


K&S DARNBROOK…Cleughside, Bailey, Newcastleton, TD9 0TR. Tel… 01697 748537
GRIFFITHS FAMILY…Sewell houses, Southwaite, Carlisle, Cumbria. CA4 0EP. Tel…01697 473241
J KEMP…Breoch Park, New Abbey, Dumfries, Scotland. DG2 . Tel…01387 850554
C&M Neilson…Windy Knowe Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. DG12 5LN. Tel…01461 204691 V&G Scho eld… Beckside Farm, Ivegill, Carlisle, Cumbria. Ca4 0PJ. Tel…01697 473426

Please watch this space as there may be more herds added to the list.


Dexter Cattle Show Dates 2018

Please see the PDF document below for a list of summer show dates with Dexter Cattle Society judges along with the current showing rules and etiquette booklet.

If you require a hard copy of either please contact the Society office tel: 02476 692300

Show Dates 2018

Showing Rules & Etiquette 2017

In Memoriam

Geoff Harrison 

It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of Geoff Harrison, after a short illness he passed away on 19th March. Geoff was a staunch supporter of Dexter’s and for many years he has helped and looked after Sheila Sykes Hillgrove herd. Showing her cattle at many of the big shows around the country and a great supporter of all our small local shows in Yorkshire and the surrounding counties.

Geoff was always very active in the North of England Dexter group and had been a past Chairman, and was currently Vice Chairman of the group. He will be sorely missed in the Dexter world. His funeral is on the 12th April at Huddersfield Crematorium at 2.45pm. Ann Gates

John Lee

It is with great sadness that Council have to inform you that John Lee has recently passed away. John has been a member, Judge and Tutor Judge for the Dexter Cattle Society for many years, a true gentleman who will be sadly missed by all and a tremendous loss to the Society. Our sincere condolences to John’s wife, Vivian and to the family. 

In Memoriam

Geoffrey Morgan Neads

The family of the late Geoffrey Morgan Neads (Geoff) of the noted Clivedon Herd and previous prefix  Margeoff  Herd wish to inform Geoff’s fellow members and friends that he passed peacefully away on Wednesday 9th August 2017 at Southmead Hospital Bristol. We will as soon as we can we will let members know of his funeral arrangements, to which all will be most welcome. Geoff’s funeral will take place on Thursday 14th September at 12 o’ clock at Weston super Mare

Crematorium  Ebdon Road,  Worle,  BS22  9NY  (junction 21  M5).

Adrian & Pauline Neads

Mrs Pat Short


Mrs Pat Short of the well-known Elmwood Pedigree Dexter Herd and current President of the Dexter Cattle Society passed away peacefully on Wednesday night after a long illness. She will be sadly missed and the Society and members wish to convey sincere condolences to Andy, Wendy, Helen and their families. The funeral will take place at at 12.15pm on Friday 1st September at The Crematorium, 104 Norse Road, Bedford  MK41 0RL Mum didn’t want flowers but our family would welcome any donations to Willen hospice, Milton Keynes who were so kind to my Mum in the last 8 days of her life.

Andrew Sheppy

It is with great sadness that the Dexter Cattle Society  announce the passing of Andrew Sheppy.

He died on Tuesday 9th May following an accident at his farm in Congresbury.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Andrew Sheppy – An Obituary 01.04.1949 – 09.05.2017

Dexter Cattle Society Events

For more information on any events please contact the Breed Secretary:

14th December 2017Dexter Cattle Society Council meetingManchester
17th January 2018Dexter Cattle Society Council meetingStoneleigh
18th April 2018Dexter Cattle Society Council meetingStoneleigh
18th July 2018Dexter Cattle Society Council meetingStoneleigh
5th September 2018Dexter Cattle Society Council meetingStoneleigh
Saturday 13th October 2018Dexter Cattle Society Annual General MeetingWigton

Register Cattle

Please remember to register or birth notify by contacting the breed secretary