16 February 2018
Catherine Broomfield, Breed Secretary of the Devon Cattle Breeders’ Society, has announced her decision to step down from the role at the end of the year. “The Devons have been a big part of my life since 2001, and it has been my privilege to be their Breed Secretary for the last 7 years. Working together with the DCBS Council and our members who volunteer their time so generously, we have been able to deliver some notable achievements on breed promotion and breed improvement. However, I've had my fair share of time in the driving seat, and it feels like the right time for me to step aside. The role of native beef breeds, like the Red Ruby Devon, is definitely in the ascendency, and my sucessor will be joining a Breed Society with still more to contribute to the future of sustainable beef production."
DCBS Chairman, Mr Richard Dart said “We shall all be sad to see Catherine go, she has made a significant contribution to the Society during her time as Breed Secretary. We wish her well with her future plans. Thanks to her dedication, the breed and the Society are in very good shape and we are looking forward to the future. The challenge for beef farmers is to provide more excellent quality beef from fewer resources. The Red Ruby Devon’s ability to produce prime beef from grass puts it front and centre of sustainable beef production. Our recruitment plans are in hand and we will be looking to appoint Catherine’s successor during the second half of the year. The position will be advertised in due course.”
The Devon Cattle Breeders Society was formed in 1884. It is the official Breed Society for Red Ruby Devon cattle one of the west country’s native beef breeds. The Society has over 700 members across the country. The breed is famed for its hardiness and ability to convert grass to beef. It is frequently grazed on marginal pasture and is recognised by Natural England for its ability to maintain environmentally valuable pastures through grazing. Red Ruby Devon beef is considered to be of the finest eating quality.