Torr Down in the News



Natalie 124 with twin bull calves by Magnifico braving the cold wintery weather



T.D. Magnifico @ 6 Years moves on to George Stephens herd to replace T.D. Halmark 16, after 8 years of outstanding service.



In what could be the inception of a new beef breed, the joining of two vastly underestimated genetics, RED WAGYU and POLL SOUTH DEVON, has resulted in the first calves now nine to ten months of age, being on display at the Trentham South Devon Stud of John & Sue Harvey ,on Sunday the 27th of January

A possible name for this new and  exciting match could be RED WAGONS ( ON THE MOVE !! )  They have already caused much interest in a South American country.
Recently scanned, one bull calf and one heifer have excelled and all scans of pure  and crossbreds will be available on the day

Helena 717

Torr Down Helena     -----       Mikado 2
Fat 9/9  EMA 84   IMF  5.7 %      -----     Fat 8/8 EMA 92   IMF  5.1 %

Both sold at 10 Months to Andy and Claire Smith's Red Composite Herd

Torr Down Marvel 3 Semen sold to the Miller family, Cathgart South Africa

Congatluations to Graham and Heather Lindsay, 'Athlone' South Devons, Dalby Qld on their Breed Supreme Exhibit Award, with Torr Down Merlin 20 at Brisbane Royal Show.
At 32 Months he weighed 1120Kgs with Fat Scores of 10/12, EMA 130, IMF 5.2%
His handler is JAMES Mc Utchen 6' 5" - (194cm)


Mells Park (UK) Marvel 3 Son @ 17months, 850Kgs





A team of three Purebred South Devon steers won the coveted Borthwick Trophy,  for the first time in its sixty year history.

Beaten on inspection by 2 points, by the Limousin  breed, the South Devons went on to gain 5 .42 points more than the Limousin , “The Carcass Breed,” on the hook. This gave the South Devon’s a grand total of 352.42 points, a winning margin of 3.42 points.

A steer called Tiny Teddy, bred by Shaun & Sheree Hamson, Kirndeen South Devons,Culcairn,N.S.W , prepared and shown by Billabong High School, Culcairn,  was also an integral part of the winning  Borthwick Trophy team. He went on to win the Heavy Domestic Export class with a score of 90.6 points. He then won the Champion School carcass award and then topped it all off,  by being judged The Grand Champion carcass of the 2013 Royal Melbourne show, beating the other 115 entries .

This is the second year in succession the Hamson’s and Billabong High school have achieved this accolade and amazingly, with  two full brothers, sired by Torr Down Hallmark 10 and out of a Lincoln cow.




Tiny Teddy


Purely by chance, a phone call from the Harvey’s to the current  owner of Torr Down Hallmark 10, on Wednesday October 2nd, two days before Hallmark’s sixth birthday, saved the bulls life.

Having worked recently in a commercial herd, which has now been dispersed, he was surplus to requirement and was awaiting transport that afternoon, to the meat market.

He is now in the safe hands of the Hamson / Harvey ownership and it is now proposed to market his semen Australia wide. 

Torr Down Hallmark 10 @ 4 years


Torr Down Hallmark 10 sires Grand Champion Carcase at The Royal Melbourne Show 2012


At fourteen months and weighing 500 kgs, he dressed out at 272 kgs, scoring 92.690 points to win this prestigious award.

He beat 225 other entries of all breeds and in doing so, he also collected The Champion Schools and the Heavy Domestic Championship awards.

Bred by Shaun and Sheree Hamson, Kirndeen, Culcairn, N.S.W and prepared and shown by Billabong High School Culcairn, the steer “ Prince Harry” was the first ever pure South Devon to achieve this coveted award.

It was also the Hamson’s first attempt at a Hoof and Hook competition.



Weekly Times -Feb 2014



Southern Farmer Dec 2013

A shower brainwave saved valuable South Devon Bull

by David Palmer

Courtest Southern Farmer


Weekly Times - Sept 2013

Courtesy Weekly Times


The Advocate 2013

Courtesy The Advocate


Midland Express 2013


Courtesy Midland Express