Published Tuesday 9th February 2016

Jürgen was born in January 2015, and that May he fell into the River Lugg before being rescued by his owner, local farmer Tom Pearson. In December 2015, Tom needed the help of his friends Keith and Geoff to release Jürgen when he got his head stuck in a hurdle. Three weeks later, Jürgen was in trouble again: this time, an angle-grinder was needed to release Jürgen from another tight spot.

Tom began to wonder if his Limousin steer was becoming a little accident prone. ‘Being a Blackburn Rovers fan, he seemed to be having more mishaps than the Liverpool defence and with a similar expression as Jürgen Klopp reacting to his team letting in a last minute goal at Anfield.’

Pearson and his family have been big supporters of St Micahel’s Hospice since they began farming in 1987. Tom said, ‘I recently turned 70, and I have had quite a few friends who have needed St Michael’s Hospice, so I know what a superb job they do. I’m hoping Jürgen Klopp will raise a good amount and encourage other farmers to auction livestock of their own.’

Richard Hyde from Hereford Market Auctioneers said, “Tom has worked at Hereford Market for at least 20 years and is well known for breeding top quality Limousin cattle, his attention to detail and the quality of his stock are a credit to him and all his family.

‘St Michaels Hospice is the farmers’ favourite charity: when unidentified stray sheep are brought to market, invariably we are instructed to send the proceeds to the Hospice. We hope Jürgen Klopp’s sale will raise significant funds for St Michael’s and invite others to participate by donating cash, services or livestock to produce as large an amount as possible.’

Paddy Nugent, Community Fundraising Manager at St Michael’s Hospice, said, ‘Tom’s act of generosity is a perfect example of the tremendous support St Michael’s Hospice receives from the local farming community. Tom and his family have been supporting us for many years, and we would like to give a massive heartfelt thank you for everything they have done.’

To find out more or to get involved, contact Richard Hyde at Hereford Market Auctioneers Ltd on 01432 761882.