About the Society

Beef Shorthorn has a long and distinguished history featuring the world’s oldest herdbook established in 1822, referred to as Coates Herd Book (Beef).

Today, the Society’s main purpose is to maintain an accurate and up to date herdbook for the Beef Shorthorn population in the UK, promote the breed and manage its technical development which in turn will improve the profitability and sustainability of breeders and commercial producers’ herds alike.

The Society’s membership benefits include:

  • Registration of pedigree cattle

  • Organising, hosting and promoting pedigree sales

  • Facilitating performance recording via Breedplan

  • Offering linear classification

  • Developing breed improvement programmes

  • Promoting and marketing pedigree and commercial

  • Quarterly members updates and the annual journal

  • Regional club membership

  • Annual Development Day for new and young breeders

  • Members Road Show

  • Working with commercial partners to promote the sale of Shorthorn Beef


Your main contacts in our Warwickshire Office

T: 02477 103406
E: registrations@beefshorthorn.org


Rusmi Parekh, Office Manager — responsible for the day to day operations and assisting all staff members.


Sue Stenner, Communications Manager — Sue provides support and assistance to all staff members in the office.


Fiona Warner, Office Administrator — responsible for registrations, transfers, exports and imports.


Mandy Mooney, Office Administrator — responsible for DNA administration and queries.


Rebecca Fraser, Accounts Clerk — responsible for the day to day accounting activities, membership and embryo registrations.


Peter Phythian, Chief Executive — Peter has overall responsibility for the Warwickshire operation.


Key people

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Cathryn Williamson, President — Cathryn is the current chair of the board and has been successfully breeding and showing Beef Shorthorns for over 10 years.


Joanna Bailey, Breed Secretary
Email Joanna
T: 07399 452015


Ellie Doak, PA to Breed Secretary
Email Ellie
T: 07487 514389


Morna Bell, Financial Controller — Morna is a qualified accountant, who supports the Society in its financial performance and reporting.