Centre West Club report 2010

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by John Rixon

The year started with our AGM at Farmers Fayre in Stoneleigh Park. After the business side had been completed teams of 4 including other Cattle Societies took part in a quiz. Peter Burgess was the Quizmaster and the winning team comprised of members of the Kenilworth Show Committee.

The Bristol Sale in April was well attended members again triumphed with David Bell’s bull Crackley White Knight selling to the Top Price of 4,200gns. Boddington Estates won all 3 Female Classes and again bidding for these was brisk. The October Sale was slower in common with others. However David Bush achieved the Top Price with his bull Chapman’s Apollo. Females met an excellent trade including the first production sale from Burytown. This should be an encouragement for other breeders to sell at the Bristol venue.

The Annual Dinner was held at the Manor House, Moreton in Marsh. Richard Price was our guest speaker and had kindly travelled down from Cumbria where he currently manages a large estate. He was formely head at Moreton Morrell Agricultural College and was always enthusiastic about their Simmental Herd.

Our farm walk was held at Glympton Estate on May 16th, a 2300, acre estate owned by HRH Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the farm has mixed enterprises but prides itself on its herd prize winning Angus Cattle. However, it also runs a commercial herd using Simmental Females producing beef for Waitrose. Ben Wilson, the Farm Manager showed us around the cattle in the picturesque setting. Andrew the head Stockman took us around the purpose built stock buildings and grain stores, all constructed to a very high standard. Everyone enjoyed refreshments afterwards.

Rob Hewlett judges the Kenilworth Show in July. David Bush achieved Reserve Champion with his heifer Chapman’s Rhubarbs Adonis. The Club donated £100 to sponsor the Young Handles Classes.

At the Royal Cornwall, Jimmy McMillan lead out both the Supreme and Female Champion Sterling Michelle’s Rhapsody plus the Reserve Male and Reserve Female. Boddingtons also took first prize in the pairs and secured the Interbreed Champion. An excellent result and credit to the whole team. Furthermore the National Show at the Great Yorkshire Jimmy achieved the Supreme and Female Champion with Sterling Dolores Petra as well as success in the Interbreed.

During October the Club held its calf show at Cirencester Market. An excellent show of Young Stock was presented to our Judge Nick Gwynne, Both he and Nadia had travelled from Pembrokeshire on a fine but cold day. Nevertheless we were all warmed up by a hot curry provided by Master Chef’s David and Nikki Field. Nick placed the Stock with an experienced eye, especially the Young Handlers and later presented some of the cups. This year e had a new cup for the best animal in the show given by Ron and Pam Hewlett. Rob was still in New Zealand but Pam was in attendance and presented the cup to James Kimber. Another new cup for the Best Female was presented by David Bush. Many thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the day including Sam Evans with her Spot the Dog and Spot the ball competitions.

Matt Harris our Herd Judge also attended the calf show and presented the results. Matt had done a thorough job as each of us were given a score card with points and comments detailing his reasons. Many thanks to Matt for giving up so much time and providing us with positive feedback.

Overall the club had another successful year as shown by the members commitment to the breed. To celebrate the year end we will atten our Christmas Dinner at the March Hare in Broughton Hackett. Next year we are looking forward to our involvement in the National Show at Malvern.

HERD COMPETITION RESULTS

SMALL HERD Tim Greenow (Fortress) Judith Cockerill (Farnborough)

MEDIUM HERD James Kimber (Beanhill) Guy Van Der Gucht (Deerhurst)

LARGE HERD Michael Mercer (Bowley) David Bell (Crackley)

BEST SUCKLING CALF 2010 Beanhill Banker BEST WEANED BULL UP TO 2 YEARS Greenow Fortress Atlas BEST GROUP OF IN CALF HEIFERS Guy Van Der Gucht BEST GROUP OF MAIDEN HEIFERS Peter Burgess SHEBDON TROPHY David Bell and Rob Evans for their Bull Lamhoj Supery

CALF SHOW COMPETITION RESULTS

OVERALL CHAMPION Beanhill Banker – James Kimber RESERVE OVERALL CHAMPION Sterling Lyrics Alabama – Boddington Estates RESERVE MALE Sterling Braveheart – Boddington Estates RESERVE FEMALE Chapman’s Bilbury – David Bush

YOUNG HANDLERS 12 AND UNDER 1. Joshua Evans 2. Jemma Neil 3. Megan Neil

AGE 13 – 17 1. Hanna Field 2. Richard Jones 3. Alex Avery

AGE 18 – 21 1. Dan Coleman 2. Emma McMillan 3. Leo Hoskins

East Anglia Club report 2010

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By Tom Hume BVetMed M.R.C.V.S

Discussions at our Club meetings have mainly revolved around how the changes at council level would affect our club and our breed.

As a club we are quite clear that we want the British Simmental Society to lead in two ways. 1) Improving the health and productivity of the cattle 2) Improving the marketing of the breed to consumers, abattoirs and those buying terminal sires.

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On a recent holiday to the south of France, I was reminded once again what a good job the Angus society have done. Reading a menu in a restaurant proclaiming “Angus steak”!

We are fortunate in our region that one of our members, Andrew Clarke, is the managing director of the largest mixed species abattoir in the country. With his encouragement, many of the local farmers are moving away from other Breeds in favour of Simmentals and this increases the demand for our members’ bulls.

The other important area is the health and productivity of the cattle. I think the various cattle health accreditation schemes are a good starting point and the society’s move to promote these is encouraging. I think further guidance for members on what is required and what is achievable would be useful. Accredited shows and sales will be necessary if we are to take positive steps to tackle diseases such as BVD and IBR. I would also like to see pre-purchase fertility testing of bulls become a routine procedure, with tough thresholds to ensure only the most fertile bulls are presented for sale and allowed to act as ambassadors of our breed in commercial herds.

I was delighted to read the letter from Neil Shand and felt it promised more focus and purpose from the society in the future.

Anyway, on to club matters; some members had great success at the shows this summer for which we congratulate them.

The Royal Norfolk Show was a highlight for us. The show put on a delicious Exhibitors meal on the Wednesday night, which was very well supported. We were pleased it attracted many Simmental Breeders from as far afield as Kent, Sussex; Hertfordshire and further! There was a very impressive display with all classes hotly contested. Congratulations to everyone! Thanks must go to all members who helped with the food and hospitality.

After several years of trying we finally managed to organise an overseas trip. Thanks to Phillida Hurn, 16 members and friends flew to Dublin and had a most enjoyable weekend visiting farms in Kilkenny, attending the Irish Beef Expo 2010, sampling the Guinness and learning how to line dance!

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The thing that impressed all of us was the quality of the cattle, and the passion of the Irish breeders. They were patriotic and determined to improve Irish cattle. They are succeeding.

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Our little group had much to think about as we made our way home. Four members had even more to think about as they waited in anticipation to see how their new acquisitions adapted to life on English soil!

As our autumn meetings begin again we look forward to the Thursford Christmas concert and a farm walk around Denis Mitchell’s farm. Congratulations to all our members who have done extremely well in the show ring, and especially Denis for his success at Stirling Bull Sales this autumn, where he won the Supreme Female Champion with a young heifer and sold very well for 5200gns and Simon Key for winning the EBLEX Prize for the most improved Simmental herd.

North West Club report 2010

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by Ron Loftus

It has been quite a busy year for the north west club, or it seems like it for me, as this year I got married, changed jobs twice, had the first calves in my own herd and had a baby son of my own!

Our new year started in February with the AGM held again at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. The Chairman John Holliday was re-elected for another year, thanks to John again. Also John Peile and myself came onto the club committee and I agreed to do the secretaries job again, just for one more year! Council member Brian Wise drove over to attend our AGM to show his support and also gave a report on council activities. We all then had a meal at the end of the meeting.

Next on the calendar was the February Perth/ Sterling bull sales, This was a good sale for the quality bulls, there was a good clearance and average price was up on the year. Spending from the north west was Jimmy and Vikki Woods, buying Banwy Wonderboy for 9500gns.

Carlisle April sale was another success for the good bulls making good money, Champion was from north west members John and Elizabeth Peile, Pasturehouse Wizard, shown by their sons Jack and Tom. Wizard later sold for joint top price of 4500gns. Judge was north west member Allan Tallentire.

This years stock judging day was held on May bank holiday weekend, by kind permission of Jimmy and Vikki Woods and family, in conjunction with the Midlands club. A real good line up of cattle were a sight to see, the master judge for the day was Chris Martindale, he placed the well run herd of pedigree cattle very well, and gave the young members clear pointers on stock judging skills.

Three of our young members were able to go and compete at the young members competition at the Highland show, and did very well for us, Dylan Raymond was their master judge, and I was master judge for the seniors.

The show season was only slightly affected by the weather this year! It was a good show season for Allan Tallentire, winning the first show of the season at Cumberland and at the last of the season at Westmorland. This years society goblets were also up for grabs at Westmorland so were won by Allan with his cow Swallowhill Liberty. Gt Eccleston and Garstang shows were won by Denizes Nelly from the Barlow family, well done to them on another successful season. Our farm walk this year was held by kind permission of Jim and Patricia Goldie from Newbiemains Farm, Annan. I couldn’t make this event as I took my wife, Leah, to hospital to be induced that day, see Leah, cows don’t always come first! I was told it was a super day all the cattle looked wonderful, and we were all looked after by a super couple.

Soon after was the Perth/ Sterling bull sales. There was a fantastic show of show of cattle at the sale, North west members Jimmy and Vikki Woods sold Popes Atom to the judge Liam Muir for 5000gns.

On the 29th October Carlisle based H&H held the annual Boarderway Agri Expo. The club organised a stand at the show to increase the profile of the breed. There was great interest in the breed and had lots of visitors to the stand. The stand had a mixture of Simmental and Simmental cross cattle, some cows with calves some heifers and some commercially intensive finished bulls and 2 pedigree bulls. Thanks to everyone involved in putting the stand together and bringing good stock.

The autumn sale at Carlisle was soon upon us, the judge for the day was long-time supporter of Carlisle sales, Hugo Arnold. The sale was another success, with good number of bulls sold for the time of year. Overall champion was Chestermann Adam from the Gwynne family, later selling for 3100gns, sharing that price was Blackpool Angus. Top north west members were once again John and Elizabeth Peile gaining the north west club prize for best north west exhibit. The Peiles also won first, second, third and fourth prize in the heifer class! Top price of the day was 4300gns from Steven Evans with Ascote Auctioneer. Second top price was 4100gns again from Steven Evans.

This will be the last club report from me as I am handing over the reigns in February! Thanks from me must go to John Holliday especially over the events in these last few months as all my efforts have been put into my new baby son William, but of course its all worth it!

North East Club report 2010

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by David Pick

Our year started in March when I was duly elected as Chairman. David Greensit was voted into my ‘old job’ as Vice Chairman. Thanks must be due to Brian Wise our previous Chairman for all his hard work on behalf of the Club.

Unfortunately at the start of the year we were informed of the death of one of our members Keith Sanderson. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

Once again our club was well represented at Carlisle show and sale with Ian and Margaret Steele scooping reserve overall and female champion with ‘Blakewell Pandora’s Virginia’ along with reserve female honours going to ‘Blakewell Judith’s Valerie’ both later selling for 2,000gns. Peter and Caroline Goldsbrough were also in the ribbons with two sons of their renowned herd sire Milnafua Keystone selling for 2000gns and 1900gns. One of our newest members Stuart Earnshaw secured the supreme champion for his Thorntree herd at Wakefield.

Thirsk sale seems to be going well and this year was no exception as vendors found trade very buoyant with the overall champion and top priced animal ‘Scarthingwell Alaska’ being knocked down to K & E Deacon of Yarm for 2950gns. Reserve champion and top priced female going to Gerald Towers with ‘Tidkin Walnut’ and her heifer calf at foot selling for 1700gns to Pedigree breeders J R Holliday Penrith. This goes to prove there is still a strong demand for Simmental cattle in our area.

The next event in our calendar was the Great Yorkshire Show incorporating the Simmental National Show. Thankfully our Yorkshire weather managed to behave itself on the Tuesday and coupled with the tremendous entry of cattle the classes were a sight to behold. The ringside was packed solid with breeders, members and public alike. Congratulations to our members Peter and Caroline Goldsbrough and Ian and Margaret Steele whose cattle were awarded 1st and 4th respectively. A big thank you to the many exhibitors who made the long journey to Harrogate.

Top spot went to Boddington estates with ‘Sterling Dolores Petra’. In reserve was ‘Annick Vesuvius’ from Les and Norma Pennington. Many thanks to all members who gave up their time to help in any way ensuring everything went smoothly. Also a big thank you to everyone who staffed and provided refreshments in the hospitality box as this was greatly appreciated. Our final thank you must go to our Club and Council member Brian Wise and his wife Anne who worked tirelessly both before and throughout the duration of the show making sure everything fell into place.

2010 saw the re-launch of the North East Club website. This includes the latest news and photographs. Why not visit the site at www.simmental.org. Many thanks must go to our resident computer guru and official club photographer Gerald Towers who has been instrumental in getting the site up and running in its present format.

In June an evening of Scanning, EBVs, Health Schemes and breed planning was kindly organised by Brian and Anne Wise at Thirsk Auction Mart. This proved to be a very informative and well attended event

This year saw our biennial herd competition take place. Our judge was Mr Giles Green. Many thanks to him for giving up two days of his time to judge the ten herds that entered. Also, a thank you to Mandy Green for her navigation skills in getting them around some very unfamiliar countryside!

Results are as follows:

Large Herds 1st Peter & Caroline Goldsbrough (Copper Mill). 2nd John, Val & Craig Hollingsworth (Midhope) 3rd David & John Greensit (Goskins).

Small Herds 1st John & Gill Smith (Moorside) 2nd Mike Brears (Beaghall) 3rd David & Jayne Pick (Scarthingwell)

Best young bull 1st Midhope Artist 2nd Beechtree Arkle 3rd Copper Mill Walnut

Best group of heifers born 2009 1st Gill & John Smith 2nd John, Val & Craig Hollingsworth 3rd Jim & Joan Brindley

Best Cow and calf 1st Scarthingwell Hannah’s Rapunzel & Scarthingwell Boromir (David & Jayne Pick). 2nd Moorside Katrina’s Tiara & bull calf (Gill & John Smith). 3rd Ainsty Starlight & Ainsty Blaze (Jim & Joan Brindley).

Judges special award Beaghall June 2nd (Mike Brears).

Overall winner - Gill & John Smith (Moorside) Reserve – Peter & Caroline Goldsbrough (Copper Mill).

Congratulations to all the prize winners and thank you to everyone who entered and helped to make this years competition a success.

Our herd visit for this year was to the Copper Mill herd owned and run by Peter and Caroline Goldsbrough. On show was their stock bull Milnafua Keystone at the ripe old age of eleven looking as good as ever along with his excellent progeny. The cattle and hospitality were outstanding and coupled with a good turnout of members it ensured for a very enjoyable afternoon.

Peter and Caroline’s hard work and commitment was rewarded at the October Stirling Bull Sales where one of their bulls ‘Copper Mill Andrew’ was awarded third in his class later selling for 4,500gns. Also in the honours were John, Val and Craig Hollingsworth with their Dirnanean Snowie sired son ‘Midhope Apache’ who won his class and was sold for 7,500gns. Well done to both herds for flying the flag for the North East Club!

This year we have had several new members join us. This is particularly pleasing as new faces and new ideas are always welcome.

Finally it just remains for me to thank Committee and club members alike for all their hard work and support throughout the year.

Cornwall Club report 2010

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by Penny Lally

Another year has whizzed past in the Cornwall Club. As usual we have had a busy programme of events, starting in JANUARY with our annual dinner which was well attended and much enjoyed by us all.

FEBRUARY saw our regular tussle with the South Devon Club with a quiz. It was our turn to host and our Quiz master Ed Buckland set some challenging questions....We won thanks to some with brains still working !!!

MARCH. We hosted an open meeting with Nick Munce from IGENITY where about 30, representing several different beef breeds, attended. We were brought up to date with the amazing possibilities of targeted selection using the genetic data provided through the work of available provided through the work of IGENITY

APRIL offered a similar meeting with Barbara Webster from BREED PLAN talking about ABRI and explaining the development of estimated breeding values and their application in the beef breeding world. Barbara helpfully demonstrated how to make greater use of the search facilities on the Society website. This additional knowledge should prove a useful aid for members in making decisions about suitable bloodlines to improve their herds.

BRISTOL SALE was succesfull for David Nicholas(Pentor) with Chyanhal Wilbur, Barry Wynter (Bolankin) with Amadeus, Kevin Thomas (Crowgey)with Atlas,(who achieved one of the top 4 prices). The Hawkeys, Gummows and David Allen all purchased females to add to their herds.

MAY and a farm walk to visit the Wellatree Herd of the Buckland family. We much enjoyed seeing the cattle , looking very well, and tried out our new Marquee with a pasty lunch, as a dummy run for the Royal Cornwall.

JUNE Glorious weather graced the ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW once again. Brian Allan (Glenturk) travelled from Scotland to judge and hopefully was impressed with our show and the standard of cattle before him. Boddington Estates took the Championship with Rhapsody, but the Gummow family , with their new bull Lakeside Warrior (affectionally known as Bob, for obvious reasons !) Was Male Champion ,delighting the first time exhibitors, and then going on the next day with Rhapsody, to take Reserve Interbreed ,behind the Limousins. Our club was well represented with cattle from the Bosahan, Bolankin,Cathedral, Chyanhal,Crowgey,Killiworgie.Pentor and Sowenna herds, all of which gained well deserved tickets. Our brand new Hospitality Marquee was ably hosted by Ed Buckland and William Bolitho making everyone welcome with drinks and eats, a great place to meet up and relax and chat to friends. A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped erect and dismantle the marquee and for our super smart kitchen , of which we are very proud .

The Cornwall club was well represented by members at the local shows during the summer flying the flag for Simmentals with good cattle as always. Stithians was a particularly good day for James Berry. For many years James has supported the local one day shows , and the judge, David Field awarded Cathedral Atlantis the Simmental Championship. Then, with the Hawkeys’ Sowenna Willow and the Gummows’Lakeside Warrior, went on to beat ALL in the Interbreed Group. Well done to everyone who makes the effort to support the local shows , you do the breed proud.

AUGUST. Some club members took off to Omagh in N.Ireland for their Elite Female sale. This was a real eye opener and we saw some terrific females on show. We enjoyed wonderful hospitality as always, even looking at Omorga cattle in the dark!! (The shapes were pretty good silhouetted against the rainy sky!!)The sale was exciting (very Irish!) and record prices were achieved. Some members went on to visit the Lakeside and Cleenagh herds the following day.

SEPTEMBER. We arranged a club meeting combined with a herd visit to Killiworgie Farm to introduce NEIL SHAND to members. this was an opportunity for everyone to meet and chat to our new Breed Secretary ,informally, whilst walking around the cattle and over a sumptuous lunch generously provided by Gill and Steve. Opinions were aired and hopefully everyone will continue to put ideas and suggestions directly to Neil, who is always pleased to talk to members

CLUB VISIT TO SCOTLAND. A smaller number than usual travelled North to Scotland for our annual getaway! We had a super time and were treated to wonderful Scottish hospitality. We saw great cattle at Broombrae,Team,Dirnanean and Dargill . We sampled the Famous Grouse Whiskey which inspired a new synchronised male dance routine at a bus stop in Perth !! Thank you so much to all our hosts ,we really enjoy our visits to Scotland. As is customary I have written another silly poem to sum up our stay.

OCTOBER. The BRITSOL SALE was, to put it mildly, a bit depressing, if you were trying to sell a bull! There was a marked absence of bidders for bulls. Females sold well, James Berrys’ Cathedral Shannon and her twin bull calves topping the market .The Burytown Herd production consignment of eleven spring 2009 heifers sired by Corskie Radium and Sterling Rochester achieved an average of £1714.50..We hope for a better sale in the spring.

NOVEMBER. Our AGM with a presentation from a representative, Tim Dart from SW Regional Development Agency re. The S.W. Healthy Herd Initiative. And the results of the Herd Competition Judged by, and prizes presented by, Lionel Pascoe

DECEMBER. Cornwall club are hosting an open meeting , inviting other breeds, and vets, to hear IAN PRITCHARD from S.A.C speak on the Herd Health Scheme, hopefully clearing up any confusion members feel.

Congratulations to Cornwall Club members, Gill and Steve Gummow, James Berry and Barry Wynter who also belong to the South West Club in doing so well in their Herd competition , the Gummows winning overall, beating strong competition from all in the South West.

Our club is a vibrant and busy one with members keen to learn and travel to see other herds to give a wider prospective on the sort of cattle we aspire to. This is paying dividends as the quality of our herds are improving year on year. Thank you to all members for your support and keep up the good work and fun we all enjoy.

Midlands Club report 2010

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by Andrew Leedham

We started our club program with a quiz against the Centre West Club in March as usual held at the Greyhound Inn Yartlet and yet again David Bell and co triumphed, thanks once again to Chris and Kath Martindale for acting as question master and scorer.

In April, Ian Pritchard gave us an interesting and informative talk on cattle health schemes. This was well attended by regular members and quite a few new faces. This is obviously a topic on everyone’s minds at the moment.

In May, Jack and Jackie Smith toured around members farms to video cattle for the video competition to be judged later in the year and we also held a Junior Stockjudging training day at Jimmy and Vikki Wood's. Members travelled far and wide but the honours went close to home in the junior class with Hannah Wood winning and Sarah Pick from the North East won the seniors. Thanks again Jimmy and Vikki for your kind hospitality, the hog roast was excellent and the cattle as usual were top class.

John Barlow, Harry and Hannah Wood made the long trip north to the Royal Highland Show in June to represent the club in the Junior Stockjudging. Well done Harry for coming 3rd in the individual against strong opposition.

On a sad note Jim Skipper passed away , I'm sure he will be missed by all.

The National Show at the Great Yorkshire in July was well attended by Midland Club members, top of the prize-winners were Les and Norma Pennington who won Male Champion with their bull Annick Vesuvius , Harry Wood won the Forsdale trophy for Junior Stockmen and his sister Hannah came 2nd in the under 18 junior handlers class.

Later in the year in October Harry added another trophy to his collection by winning the young stockman competition at Stirling. Also in July, Norman Smith and his wife Margaret travelled many miles judging the herd competition finishing up at our farm on the 25th where we held the presentation of the prizes and had a hog roast and barbeque . The weather was kind and a great day was had by all. Many thanks to everyone who helped on the day and especially to Norman and Margaret for judging the competition.

2010 HERD COMPETITION RESULTS

LARGE HERDS 1. ROB & DAN EVANS (WROXALL) 2. KEN ATKIN 3. JOE EDE (FOLE)

MEDIUM HERDS 1. JIMMY & VIKKI WOOD (POPES) 2. GILES MANDY & RICH GREEN (GREENFIELDS) 3. MICHAEL BARLOW (DENIZES)

SMALL HERDS 1. DAVID & SUE DONNELLY (ATLOW) 2. CHRIS & KATH MARTINDALE (FORSDALE) 3. BARRY & DELIA WILLIAMS (NEEDWOOD)

BEST COW FAMILY ATLOW VALENTINE (DAVID DONNELLY)

BEST YOUNG BULL BORN AFTER 01.06.09 ATLOW AWESOME (DAVID DONNELLY)

BEST GROUP OF MAIDEN HEIFERS TERRY FORD (SHEBDON)

BEST GROUP OF IN CALF HEIFERS DAVID LOFTUS (BLACKPOOL)

BEST CALF AT FOOT 1.ROB & DAN EVANS (WROXALL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT 2.JOE MEE (LANCELOT NO. 134) 3. ANTHONY HEATH (EATON NO. 0036)

OVERALL HERD JIMMY & VICKI WOOD (POPES)

RESERVE OVERALL DAVID &SUE DONNELLY (ATLOW)

JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD MRS DELIA WILLIAMS (NEEDWOOD)

Our last meeting was at the Greyhound inn in October which was the judging of the video competition. Always a good social night and enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Jack and Jackie Smith for their hard work and doing such a professional job.

2010 video competition results

FEMALE BORN BETWEEN 01/06/08 &31/12/08 1. GREENFIELDS WHISPER (G&M GREEN 2. WROXALL WHINNY CARPAT(R.EVANS) 3. GRANGEWOOD WANDA (AS &YA LEEDHAM)

FEMALE BORN BETWEEN 01/01/09 & 31/05/09 1. GREENFIELDS AMY (G&M GREEN) 2. PASTUREFIELDS PRINCESS BETTY (R BIRCH) 3. CHADSTON TOLLIES DELIGHT 6TH (B CHADWICK)

FEMALE CHAMPION GREENFIELDS WHISPER (G&M GREEN)

MALE BORN BETWEEN 01/06/08 &31/12/08 1. WROXALL WHOOPEE-DO (R EVANS)

MALE BORN BETWEEN 01/06/08 & 31/12/08 1. GRANGEWOOD ALBERT (AS&YA LEEDHAM) 2. SILVER BIRCH A MANS A MAN (R BIRCH) 3. BLACKPOOL AMOS (D LOFTUS)

MALE CHAMPION GRANGEWOOD ALBERT (AS &YA LEEDHAM)

SUPREME CHAMPION GRANGEWOOD ALBERT (AS & YA LEEDHAM)

Our last get together was the Primestock show at Stafford where the Midland club provided the stand and refreshments for members and potential customers and later on the Sunday we held the AGM.

To finish I would like to thank Mandy for all her hard work during the year as usual everything ran like a well oiled clock and wish everyone good luck for the coming show and sale season.

South East Club report 2010

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by David Sapsed

I am pleased to report another enjoyable year for the Club. Anyone connected with agriculture will know that this has been a see-saw year with prices up and down in different sectors. Never has the old saying of “up corn down corn” been more relevant with corn prices rising dramatically and beef going in the opposite direction. However there is still a god trade for quality cattle.

Our new season of events commenced as usual at the Farmers Club with a well attended AGM. I must thank Janet Jones for agreeing to take over as our Club Treasurer, a role that her late husband Mike had held for many years. I would also like to pay tribute to Neville Ealdon who recently passed away; he was our Honuary Auditor. We all send our condolences to his Family at this sad time. After the AGM Bridget Borlase gave us a most interesting and informative talk on the development of her very successful Bridget ‘B’ Meat operation.

In May members attended the first of our herd visits which was held at Lopmede Farm, owned by John and Ellen Rixon, situated near Thame. This impressive 180 Pedigree Cow Herd is run on economic and commercial lines. We were transported on a trailer round the fields and I must say that the cattle all looked very well; it was also interesting to see that John is going down the polled route. At the end of the visit Ellen laid on a superb lunch.

The show season started in May and good entries were reported at most of the shows in our region; Herts County led the way with 49. Here Vicky Woods placed the Birch family’s Treetops Tallulah Breed Champion with Clonagh World Class reserve; Tallulah went on to win the Interbreed Champion. Well done Boomer Dirnanean Sarah from Heathbrow was Champion at South of England with Boars Head Argonaut reserve. Beeches Wisp and Heathbrow Admiral were placed reserve Interbreed in the pairs and Admiral went on to win reserve Interbreed Beefbreeder. Kent show unfortunately coincided with the National and there were fewer cattle forward but Beeches Wisp deservedly won Breed Champion.

The National drew a very good representation from the South East area which resulted in class wins for Pode Hole and Swallowhill. Sacombe won Junior Male Champion with Clonagh World Class, Heathbrow won three firsts, including Best Calf in the Simmental classes with Heathbrow Balmoral, before Hayley Clarke won Junior Champion with Sterling Grace’s Wilhemina and the following day the coveted Junior Interbreed Championship. Well done everyone for making the long trip.

Giles Green had Champion at East of England and Perrywood Wispa took the Breed Championship at Edenbridge. Sway Rosetta was reserve Champion at New Forest and finally at Bucks County, with Jimmy McMillan as our Judge, Dirnanean Sarah won Breed Champion and Reserve Continental Interbreed with Perrywood Wispa Reserve. Our ladies once again looked after the Show hospitality with excellent eats and drinks.

The climax of the season was the result of our new competition, sponsored by Westpoint Veterinary Services, the SE Simmental of the year. This was won by Dirnanean Sarah, shown by Heathbrow. The competition was designed to encourage more entries at our sponsored shows and every animal attending a show had the chance to accumulate points towards the Westpoint Trophy and a cash prize.

The Herd Competition was judged by Vicky Woods this year and we very much appreciated both Jimmy and Vicky giving up their time to join us in the SE area for three days. All the competitors were pleased to see them and received their constructive comments.

The junior judging competitions this year were held at the Royal Highland which ruled out most of our team because of the distance involved. However Emma Blomfield and Luke travelled to Scotland where they

Our autumn herd visit was a joint day. In the morning we visited the Ravensdale herd where Brenda, the herd manager, made us welcome. Ravensdale is more noted amongst the Sussex breed but the foundations are being laid and, from what we saw, it will not be long before this herd will be as famous for Simmentals. In the afternoon we visited Boars Head, a herd which is now consistently producing show winners and it was not difficult to understand why due to the strength in the female families on view. Boars Head Argonaut has been shown successfully this season and was runner up in the SE Simmental of the year. He continued his good form by winning 1st prize at the Sterling Bull Sales in October and selling for a tremendous 7,200gns.

Our members once again supported the Bristol sales and trade in April was very satisfactory. In October Sway Simmentals were male Champion and Boars Head were Female Champion. Well done to the Blomfields and Rhys respectively and to all our members who attended the show and sale.

Our Calf show moved to a later date this year and we were able to obtain a licence to hold the show on a farm. Heathbrow were hosts for the day and a very good entry of 39 calves and handlers resulted. Boomer Birch kindly travelled down to judge the calves and he made Heathbrow Balmoral Champion with Swallowhill Autumn Reserve. William Abram was champion handler and Lizzie Harding took reserve. Sacombe won the Pairs Trophy. We had a new award this year – Our President, Judy Borlase, presented the Sacombe Trophy to a young member who, in her opinion, has ‘contributed the most to promote the club and breed throughout the year’. This prestigious award was deserverdly won by Emma Blomfield. The show was a great success with over 80 members, friends and visitors attending. My thanks to all the helpers who made the day run so smoothly. The weather was fantastic for the time of year which was the icing on the cake. Now that we have made a good start our idea is to rotate the show around the region thus sharing organization and sponsorship.

The final event on our calendar is always the autumn meeting followed by our dinner and prize giving. This year over 30 members joined in to hear Neil Shand, our new Chief Executive, express his thoughts and ideas for the future of the Society.

My final duty is to thank my wife Lesley for all her work in the background also Peter Grenham, our secretary, and many other club members who have supported me during my two years in office.

South West Club report 2010

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By Len Curry

January 2010 our Ladies came a very creditable second in the interbreed quiz.

At our A G M held in March, Laura Darch and Rupert Rideout were voted onto the committee replacing Andy Grossey and Dennis Miles. I would like to thank them both for all the work they have put into running the club. 30 members sat down to dinner, my guest speaker was Colin Hutchings that well known breeder of various other breeds???. He gave us some very amusing tales about members of the club my-self included. Thank you, Colin.

The Bristol Sales Centre Show and Sales organised by the South West Club together with the Centre West Club in April, with vendors from seventeen Counties proving once again the continued success of the sale. The pre-sale show judged by Mr John Moores of Northern Ireland awarded the Male Championship to Penwern Wilson exhibited by Mr R Jenkins of Newcastle Emlyn, the bull later sold for 3000gns. The Female Championship went to Boddington Estates with Sterling Julia’s Waneta, a maiden heifer selling at 2700gns.

Averages. A tremendous run of 25 Bulls sold to an average of 2461.14gns. Again a splendid show of Females with seventeen maiden heifers selling to an average of 1744.85gns. Five in calf heifers averaged 1940gns. 4 Cows and Calves averaged out at 1890gns. With a very good draft sale from the Crackley Herd. Also another sale of some excellent Cows and Calves from the Loxton Herd.

My thanks to Richard Turner (Staggs) and Clive Roads (McCartneys) our joint Auctioneers.

September 12th Mr and Mrs Gavin Doyle together with his Mother invited the club to visit their farm, what a delight to see their cows with well grown calves at foot they are a credit to you Gavin and thank you all for providing us with an excellent tea party.

The herd completion took place at the end of September, and was Judged by Mr Jimmy McMillan with the help of his wife Kathleen, their journey covered some 500 miles. Our thanks and appreciation to them both. I would like record the Judges comments :- I would like to say thank you for the opportunity of Judging these herds, they were all impressive and I look forward to seeing many of them on the show circuit in the future. I was especially impressed with the quality of the Females coming through, from in calf heifers down to heifer calves at foot. A great credit to you all as a club in the Simmental Breed.

I think it’s very important to recognise the young talent coming through in the young stock persons, They are a great credit to your club, and deserve acknowledgement and encouragement to progress in the future, not only for their own personal gain but for the future of the club.

The results are as follows:- Best large herd overall champion John Gommow Killiworgie Herd. 2nd James Berry Cathedral Herd. 3rd David Bush Champman Herd Best small herd Jack Ellicot Road Hill Herd. 2nd Barry Wynter Barness Herd. 3rd L J and A J Curry Winford Herd Best young Bull Calf James Kimber Beanhill Herd. Best young Heifer Calf Barry Wynter Barness Herd. Best Cow and Calf Somerset and Devon. Sandra Francis Best Cow and Calf remainder of club Barry Wynter Barness Herd. Best Novice David Bush Chapman Herd. Flexi Trophy Laura Darch Chard Herd.

The October Show and Sale Judged by Andrew Palk, once again took place at the Bristol Sales Centre and our thanks to Keith Sherrell for providing us with an excellent venue. A selective sale of Bulls saw atop price of 2500gns for Chapman Apollo from David Bush from Cirencester. The Male Champion Sway Angus from Steve and Lorrayne Blomfield made 2300gns. As usual a very fast trade for Females with the highest bid of 2550gns for reserve champion Cathedral Shannon with her two Bull Calves at foot. The Female Champion a maiden heifer Boars Head Miranda sold for 2350gns. A draft sale from the Deerhurst Herd realised 2300gns (Twice) for Cows and Calves. The Atlow reduction sale saw Cows with Calves at foot sale for 2500gns and 1650gns. The Burytown production sale saw Maiden Heifers selling very well to an average of 1714.50gns.

Averages across the sale as follows:- Cows and Calves 2152. 50. In calf Heifers 2170gns. Maiden Heifers 1333.50. Deerhurst Cows and Calves 2060gns. Atlow Cows and Calves 2559.38 gns. Atlow Maiden Heifers 1734.50gns. Burytown Maiden Heifers 1714.50gns.

There has been a lot of confusion about the CHeC Health Scheme. To this end the S.W.Club organised a meeting with Ian Prichard from S A C coming down from Scotland to the West Country to enlighten Members as to what is required and why. As this affected all Breeds we invited other Breeds to take part. There were seven Breeds represented in all. Ian Prichard gave us a lot of information and left us with plenty to think about. Thank you Ian.

Welsh Club report 2010

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WELSH CLUB REPORT CHAIRMANS REPORT 2010 I will start this year by talking about next year’s important dates. The Welsh Club Sale at Welshpool Market May 12th 2011 more about that later in my report.

In August, we will be hosting the First Welsh National Show. This will be held at the Pembrokeshire County Showgrounds on the 16th to 18th August 2011, to coincide with the Pembrokeshire County Show. It will be the Second largest show in Wales, and with prize money of at least £2,000, I hope as many people as possible will support this event. We had originally intended to hold The National Show at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells, however the Royal Welsh Committee were unable to guarantee us the number of stalls that we would need. Pembrokeshire County Show are very keen to host our prestigious event. They will provide us with a marquee for hospitality at the side of the show ring, as well as having an extra large show ring, a separate shed for Simmentals, and will also erect an extra marquee at no extra cost should numbers exceed capacity. The Pembrokeshire County Showgrounds and the Welsh Simmental Club were very keen to host the National Show. However, the Simmental Council felt that August was the wrong time of year for them to hold the National Show. The Welsh club felt that the facilities available to us at the Pembrokeshire County Show were too good to miss, and so we decided to go ahead and hold a Welsh National Show. We hope that this will be the first of many to come. We look forward to seeing you all in August, and feel sure you will have a great time enjoying our wonderful Welsh Hospitality.

The past year has gone so quickly! Back to the Welsh Winter Fair of 2009. Over 26,000 people, mainly Farmers came to enjoy the event. Two superb cross bred cows and calves were on the stand, kindly loaned by Gerald and Margaret Parry from Abergavenny, and Robert and Kay Vincent from Carmarthenshire. Thank you, and thank you to all the members who helped on a very cold two days.

Our Christmas dinner 2009 in the Marina Hotel, Aberystwyth, went well with Steve Williams giving an after dinner speech about farming, and his interesting work as an auctioneer. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that a good day was had by all! Our next event was the Perth Bull sales at Sterling in February. Welsh Club members the Jones Family (Banwy Herd) brought the Senior Champion titlewith Banwy Wonderboy back to Wales. Congratulations. Wonderboy later sold for 9,500 guineas to the Woods family (Popes Herd).

Our AGM was also held at the Marina Hotel in Aberystwyth in March. Officials were elected as follows: Chairman Nadia Gwynne Vice Chairman Wynford Jones Secretary Margaret Parry Treasurer Aled Davies

I would like to take this opportunity, to thank Gethin Lloyd, for all his hard work for the club, during his time as Secretary. Thank you Gethin and Family.

In May the show season started with Cothi Bridge show. Congratulations to Brian, Kitty and Family for supreme Champion with Ben-nant Vera Gethin and Enfys Lloyd took the reserve Champion with Woodhall Warren Brian and Kitty also took the Interbreed title Thank-you to Peter Burgess (Tilbrook Herd) for judging at the Show.

Also in May we held our First Club Sale, at the new market in Welshpool. Nick and I took Supreme Champion with Chestermann Wayward who later sold for 3,500 guineas. Congratulations to Dai Evans for taking the Reserve and Female Champion title with Ben nant Vanity.

Top price of the day was Reserve Male Champion Chestermann Wynchester who sold for 3,800 guineas. We had the camera crew from a Welsh Farming programme Cefn Gwlad, filming the show and sale. Thank you to Terry Ford (…Herd) for judging this event. Thanks also to all who supported this club event. It helped to raise lots of money, which we will use for prize money when we host our first Welsh National show in August 2011.

The Aberystwyth Show in June proved to be a lovely sunny day again. We all enjoyed our picnic, which has now become an annual event. Judge Rodger Birch was taken ill, so Anerin Francis kindly stepped in- thank you Anerian.

The club sends Roger and his Family our Best Wishes and are pleased to hear that you have made a full recovery. Results from the show are as follows: Supreme Champion went to Dai Evans with Corskie Vixen, well done Dai. Reserve champion going to Aled Davies with Hirwaun Alice

The Royal Welsh, which is now the largest agricultural show in Europe, with visitors from all over the world, was held in July. Thankfully, the weather was fine for most of the show. Our members were introduced to our new Secretary Neil Shand. We all wish him well in his new post.

Thank you to the judge, John Trafford. I hope you and your wife enjoyed our BBQ. The Welsh club members had success with Reserve Male Champion going to Banwy Avalanch 09 from the Jones Family. Reserve Female Champion to Pen wern Willow from Wyn Jenkins Da Iawn and Red Rosettes went to Ben nant Vera from Brian and Kitty Raymond also Ben nant Whitney

Congratulations to Dafydd Jones (Banwy Herd) for winning the Dyfed Trophy for Best Young Stockperson. Thank you to all club members who helped on the stand, and of course the BBQ. We had a bit of a smoke problem when we brought the BBQ inside the marquee because of the weather, but at least every one stayed dry on the outside! Thank you to Huw Davies and Merion Jones who cooked the food and all the other members who helped. (We are all available for Royal Wedding catering if required). Congratulations to all Welsh members who attended shows too numerous to mention. Hopefully all successes will be included in the Review.

Next came August when Nick, myself and the boys hosted a visit from the Welsh Club members. We had help from our friends Heather, Tim and their son Mathew. Heather is the Queen of Desserts and made lots of them! I know they went down well, because so many people came back for seconds.

Also in August we had our Herd competition, the Judge was Joe Ede (Fole Herd ) Thank-you for giving your time and expertise. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Wales, and will come again soon. The results are as follows …….. Thank-you to Winford and Joyce (Oakdale Herd) for hosting the presentation- the food was fantastic. Congratulations to Wyn Jenkins (Pen wern Herd) for being voted Best Herd in Wales. Da iawn Wyn. This leads me nicely on to September when Wyn had his Reduction Sale in our local market,at Newcastle Emlyn. Wow what a day! Most Welsh Club members helped to wash all the cows and bed them down the day before and were all there again on Saturday to help brush the cows up in preparation for the sale. A big thank-you from Wyn for all your help- this really shows our great club spirit! The sale ring was heaving. Lots of people had to stand outside, but the weather was lovely and sunny. The sale was fantastic with the top price of 20,500 guineas and an excellent average price. The stock were a credit to Wyn and the club would like to wish him well. Sadly, Wyn had a stroke shortly afterwards. Simmental members and friends wish him all the best and a good recovery. We hope to see him in the shows next year.

In September we visited the Midhope herd. Thank you for taking the time to show us your herd. I was sorry to miss it, as I was not very well, but Nick said you had an excellent herd. Thank you also for the great hospitality. Congratulations to John val and Craig on their success in Sterling.

In October we had a club trip to the Beef Expo in Ireland. We arrived Thursday night. On Friday we went to the Bull Testing Staton at Tully where we saw some young bulls- sadly only one Simmental. We had a very interesting talk about the Irish Star System and their Data Base where information from birth to slaughter is collated. We were then treated to some excellent hospitality - thank you.

On Saturday to the Clonagh herd of Garret and Lynsey Behan. Thank you for showing us your Herd. They are a credit to you both - as the men were all admiring Banwy T Rex, the ladies were admiring your baby son. The baby is beautiful - congratulations. We then went on to Celtic Sires and the Anatrim herd. We were all very impressed with the cattle, the farm, and the hospitality. Thank you. I am sure these Sires will be in the lime light a lot in the future! We then attended the Gala Dinner where we were treated fantastically. I was not expecting the spectacular transformation of the Market. It really had the wow factor - carpets, candelabras, fantastic food and entertainment. Sunday was the day of the show. Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! is all I can say! I would highly recommend you to visit the 2012 Expo, and see for yourselves.

We missed out on a trip to see the Raceview Herd as we ran out of time, but we did see some of them at the Expo on Sunday where Peter and Family had great success when they took Supreme Champion. Congratulations - hopefully you will invite us again (Please!).

A very big thank you to Pedar Glennon Secretary of the Irish Simmental Society for looking after us so well, and helping to organize our trip. I hope you will give the Welsh Club the chance to return the hospitality. A great time was had by all.

In November came Carlisle, and Nick and I did very well with Chestermann Adam becoming Supreme Champion.

We had to postpone our calf show this year due to a mix up about pre-movement TB testing. We are hoping to rearrange the event for later in the New Year.

We would like to thank our main sponsor for supporting the Welsh Simmental Calf Show year on year and for increasing their sponsorship during these hard times. Thank you to Nigel and Delyth Scudamore from Bailey Farm Feeds. Thanks also to all our other sponsors - we really do appreciate it.

At the Welsh Winter Fair, we were informed that no cattle could be shown on the Society stand, so we decided to join force with the NBA and have space on their stand. It was a very, very cold two days, and Neil was snowed in up in Scotland. We showed photos of Simmental cattle, and did our best to make the stall inviting, but we had less than half the visitors of previous years (I know as I only made 50 cups of tea instead of the usual 200!).It would be nice to get back to normal next year and show ‘live’ cattle again, instead of the posters, as our good quality cattle always attract visitors and interest in the breed.

Our Welsh Young Members have again had many successes. Congratulations to all.

On to other Club news-Brian And Kitty Raymond (Ben nant Herd) Celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary in November.

Angharad Davies has given Gethin and Enfys a lovely grandson

Also, Margaret, our Club Secretary, has had a grandson and her first granddaughter this year. The little boy, Oliver, has sadly been poorly, but is proving to be a little fighter, and our prayers and thoughts are with him and his family.

I would like to end my report by thanking all the members for their support, help and friendship over the past three years. This will be my last report as Chairman, as I have ‘done my stint’, and am handing over to Winford Jones. I am sure he will make a very good Chairman, as he has proved an excellent Vice-Chair. I have very much enjoyed my stint as Chairman, particularly the contact I have had with members, which has lead to lots of friendships that will continue.

I look forward to our next year of events,- hopefully it will be as successful as 2010. Wishing everyone a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year- “ Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I’r aelodau’r Clwb Simmental Cymru”.

Scottish Club report 2010

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The Scottish Club have had another busy year with a packed diary of events.The highlight was our Scottish National Simmental Show at Turriff , despite the long haul North we had our biggest Show yet, and the standard of the Simmentals being talked about all over the Showground.

On behalf of the Scottish Club may I also take this opportunity to congratulate Neil Shand on his recent appointment as General Secretary of the British Simmental Cattle Society.

Perth February Sale. The year started as usual with the Perth Bull sales in February, judged by Robert McAlister from Bute. Scottish Club members had the four highest prices. Firstly the two top-price 20000gn bulls, from Jim McLaren with Blackford Worzel, the intermediate champion, selling to Clive Houldey, and next Michael Durno with Auchorachan Wizard the Overall champion by Saltire Talent, selling to Joe Wilsons Ballinlare herd.

Michael also sold Auchorachan Winger for 10,000gn , by Clonagh Tiger Gallant to Robert MacGregor With Dorothy Moffat selling Innerwick Winchester by Oakhil Ned for the same price to W. Barclay. Bulls averaged £ 4751-83, for 135 sold, up £207 on the year. Females sold to 4000gn from Jimmy & Iain Green with Corskie Veil, with two at 3600gn- Blair Willow from Colin Fordyce and Skerrington Rebecca 40 from John & William Young.

Junior Stockjudging. In March we held our Annual Junior Stockjudging training day at Dargill courtesy of Mr Jim McLaren. Our teams were selected to represent the Club at the junior stockjudging competition, this year hosted by the Scottish Club at the Royal Highland Show due to the demise of the Royal Show.

May Sale. The Club held its Annual Show & Sale of commercial females in Stirling Market, once again the Show was kindly sponsored by Pfizer.

Heifer with calf at foot: 1st- East Skeichan, Arbroath £2300.

Bulling heifers under 15 months: 1st- Messr’s Short. Balquhadly, Brechin £840 2nd- Balquhadly, Brechin £840

Bulling heifers over 15 months: 1st-East Merkland, Strathaven £1200 2nd- Messrs Hamilton, Aikengall, Innerwick £980

Multibreed Bull Sale Simmentals secured the days joint top price of 6200gn, from Messrs Stronach with Islavale Wizard, they also secured the days next best price of 5600gh for Islavale Windsor, both sons of their stock bull, Glenturk Premier. The Judge Mr William Young, selected Woodhall Wigtown from Hector Macaskill as his overall champion. Simmentals had another good sale averaging £3234 for 30 sold.

Royal Highland Show This year Judge Mr David Lowry had the task of placing the large entry of Simmentals placing Drumsleed Paige from Gerald and Morag Smith as Overall champion with reserve going to W.J. Green with Corskie Star.

The Scottish Club hosted the interbreed stockjudging competition on the Friday with a large entry of teams from most of the breed Societies. Thank you to Judge Mr Rettie, and to Douglas Barr, Neil McGowan and Varrie Dyet for organising the competition.

On the Friday evening Dorothy once again organised the Clubs Annual Barbecue which was enjoyed by all who attended.

Our Young Members did the Club proud with Gail Clark 2nd in the over 21’s and Gillian Greenhill 3rd as well as 2nd in the pairs with Ross King.

Scottish National Simmental Show In August we held our third Scottish National Simmental Show at Turriff. On the Sunday Evening Dorothy organised a Barbecue, enjoyed by all who attended. Despite heavy rain before the Show, and with the ground conditions very muddy we were lucky to have a dry day. A large entry of over 80 cattle, travelled from all over Scotland to compete.

Thanks to our Judge Mr Norman Robson from The Kilbride herd in Northern Ireland who placed Hazelden Carina as his overall champion which went on to be interbreed champion as well, making the long drive from Ayrshire worthwhile for Neil McGeoch. Reserve was Islavale Amigo, by Glenturk Premier from Stewart Stronach.

October Bull Sale There was an excellent show of bulls forward for the October sale with Mr Liam Muir from Orkney to Judge.Overall champion was Drumlone Anchor from Kenny Veitch Northern Ireland , selling for 10,000gn.

Reserve Champion Drumacritten Arnold, also from Northern Ireland made 11,000gn to Pitgaveny farms, Elgin.

Top-price bull was Starline Apollo from Henry Widdicombe from Devon.

Scottish Club members also had a good day with the Smith family selling their intermediate champion Drumsleed Ace by Hockenhull Matthew for 8500gn to Snaigow farms. They also sold another of their bulls Drumsleed Amedeus for 7500gn.

Sir Edward Mountain also had a good sale, with Delfur Avenger selling for 8000gn to Neil McGeoch, Hazelden . Another of the Delfur bulls, Delfur Alfie by Glebefarm Reputation was placed as reserve Intermediate champion, selling to G.S. & G.I. Pettit, Tannachy.

Michael Durno sold Auchorachan Archer by Clonagh Tiger Gallant to the Sutherlands at Connachie for 7000gn.

Anne MacPherson sold to a top of 6500gn for Silverwells Alpha, and Reserve Senior Champion with Blackford Aristocrat. The Stronach family also received 6500gn for Islavale Adonis, selling to Brian Ross, Torran and 6200gn for Islavale Admiral selling to Dorothy Moffat, Innerwick. 86 0f the bulls sold top average £4358.72.

Annual General Meeting At the AGM Iain Green retired as Chairman and Tom Henderson was elected as our new Chairman. Stewart Stronach was elected as Vice-Chairman.

Thank you Iain for all you have done for the Club as Chairman, and congratulations on your election as Vice-President of the Society. Morag Smith, Neil McGowan and Neil McGeoch retired from the Committee, on behalf of the Club thank you for all your work for the Club. Dorothy Moffat, Douglas Barr & Michael Durno were elected to the Committee.

40th Anniversary Supper In the Evening the Club hosted a Buffet Supper for the Simmentals 40th Anniversary, a large turnout all enjoyed the evening with founding Member Mr George Anderson from Kair our guest speaker, who gave an interesting and entertaining speech on the Founding of the British Simmental cattle Society and the first importations from Europe. Thank you, Dorothy for the lovely cake.

Scottish Pedigree Calf Show Members of the Club keenly supported Forfar Markets first Calf Show, with over 40 entries in the Simmental classes. The Judge Mr Brian Allan from Glenturk placing Auchorachan AC-DC from Michael Durno as his Senior Champion and Braegarrie Baxter from Lindsay Currie as Junior champion.

Senior Male and Senior champion- Auchorachan AC-DC. Senior Female champion -Blackford Allegro. Junior Male and Junior champion- Braegarrie Baxter. Junior female champion- Strathisla Bubbles Geraldine.

Website We have recently launched the Scottish Club Website, with a large amount of information about the Clubs various activities, Members and reports of shows and sales. www.scottishsimmental.com

And finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank Club, Committee Members and the “Simmy Girls down at Stoneleigh for all their help and support during the last year.

Centre West Club report 2009

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Herd Competition Results 2009

Large Herd: Boddington Estates - (Sterling)

Medium Herd: David Bush - (Chapman)

Small Herd: Judith Cockerill - (Farnborough)

Best Suckled calf 2009: Beanhill Atlas

Best Bull Calf up to 2yrs old: Wroxhall Wallace

Best In Calf Heifers: Tilbrook

Best Maiden Heifers: Crackley

The Shebdon Trophy goes to Boddington’s Sterling Barbarella “the 18yr old cow that looks like 10”.

The Christmas meal again kicked off another year for the Club. Held as usual at The March Hare, Broughton Hackett the diners enjoyed the normal bumper meal, followed by a huge raffle. This event always has a very nice feel to it and is looked forward to by the members.

Our AGM was held in January in the meeting room at The Stoneleigh Park Farm Shop which is situated very close to the Simmental offices on the showground. The AGM was straight forward and so it was on to the quiz. The room was filled to capacity as teams representing South Devon Cattle, Charolais cattle, Blonde Cattle and Texel Sheep joined teams from the Club to exercise their brains, and I’m afraid I have to report it was the Charolais team that emerged victorious at the end of the evening.

May brought with it our Annual dinner held at the Kings Head in Worcester. I’ve never been anywhere that serves bigger meals than this place and it’s a real challenge to clear your plate!

Guest speaker this year was South West club member David Edwards who related tales of his time as a police officer in Bristol and Manchester to a hushed room. This was a sobering insight into inner city life and I would think a complete contrast to his present life as a farmer. Thank you David.

Results of the Calf Show

Male Champion: Tilbrook Warrior Reserve Burytown Atlas

Female Champion: Sterling Wendy Reserve : Sterling Whilamina

Young Handlers: Aged 12 & under: 1st Levi People 2nd Joshua Evans 3rd Joshua Kimber

Aged 13-17: 1st Hannah Fields 2nd Leo Hoskins 3rd Richard Andrews

Aged 18-21: 1st Emma McMillan 2nd Robert Pearce [Big Dave]

Kenilworth Show again proved fruitful for the Birch family, this time it was Stephanie who came out on top following on from her father’s success of the previous two years.

Another of our local shows, The Royal, was held at Stoneleigh for the last time, but produced best ever results for the breed with a clean sweep of the Inter-breeds including the prestigious Burke Trophy.

Congratulations to Boddington Estates for the major part they played in this fantastic achievement. By the way Jimmy McMillan said to be sure to mention him, so there you are Jim! Moreton-in- Marsh show followed the pattern of many shows this year with the Sterling team producing the Champion and Interbreed Champion with Sterling Viking 2nd.

The herd competition was held in early September. This years judge was renowned British Blue, Beef Shorthorn and Charolais breeder Danny Wyllie from Tamworth, who spent three days inspecting the clubs herds before agreeing to attend our Christmas meal in December to present the prizes. Many thanks to you Danny for judging and agreeing to return for the presentation.

Our Calf show was held at Cirencester Market at the end of September with a very good entry being put before experienced judge David Barker. David judged the cattle and the young handlers in his usual confident and decisive manner despite the ring being very full for several of the classes! Lots of people helped make this a very successful day, thanks to you all including of course Mr. Barker.

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Farm Walk at David and Nikky Fields, Burytown Simmentals

A week later and a farm walk by very kind invitation of David and Nickky Fields, Burytown Simmentals. The Clubs members were joined by members of the South West Club on a very bright morning to be shown around this young herd. Credit must be given to David and Nikky for putting together this impressive herd in such a short time and with homebred heifers now coming into the herd it is certainly interesting times. Lunch, like the cattle, was a sight to behold and many thanks must go to David, Nikky and daughter Hannah, for such a splendid morning / afternoon.

As this has been my third year as Chairman it will also be my last and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee and members for their support during my term in office. Secretary Sam Evans, who is also standing down at the AGM, deserves a special mention for helping to make my time as Chairman painless and enjoyable and I would like to thank her on behalf of the Club for all the excellent work she has done in the last four years.

East Anglia Club report 2009

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by Phillida Hurn

Following my involvement with World Congress last year, I had expected a slightly quieter, less demanding year ahead, only to find at meetings and at shows I was encouraged and supported to take up the role of being a Council member! Well here I am now, as I write this report, a Council Member for the next three years!!

At this point I would like to say I will do my very best for the Society members and the Simmental Breed. I will always be here for any members who have queries or points of view to take to Council meetings.

Well now on to our Club members and activities of this year, we have had great highs and lows. Alan Abram had a very nasty accident with a Simmental cow in May and unfortunately broke his back; the good news is that as I write this he has been home for four weeks. Then four days before the Norfolk Show, Paul Gunther phones me and say he is unable to do the food for the exhibitors, Oh dear!! Well in the next breath he tells me he is in hospital and not allowed home until he has had an operation on his heart at Papworth on Monday of the show week!! Thankfully all is well and Paul and Alan are coming to the Club Meeting and Dinner in November!!

Thanks to Hayley and Andrew Clarke we did have a very good BBQ in the evening of the first day of the Norfolk Show, it was a great success with about 30-40 exhibitors attending, thanks goes to all involved!

Some members managed to have a meal in Wroxham and then on to the Boat Trip on the broads again in July! We had a lovely evening dancing on deck to the music and drinking cool beer, as we sailed onto the broads.

I would like to mention what an asset Tom Hume; as a member, has been to our Club for the last two years, giving us all very useful advice on many veterinary topics, and on the importance or calving and conditions of animals, also over the advice on Blue tongue vac. etc. I would like to welcome him as a new Simmental member and Breeder, as he now owns his first Simmental Cow and Heifer Calf!

Well I think the cattle should be mentioned! Our members have some great Simmentals; we have three Kilbride Farm young bulls travelled to Norfolk farms from Northern Ireland this year! And I believe some very good Hockenhull cattle came home too from the dispersal sale in October! So watch out next year in the show ring!!

William Abram with his heifer Wagtail winning at the Aylsham Show

I would like to congratulate our Club members for their tremendous success at the shows this year, especially at the Royal Norfolk Show, where there were some of the best cattle in the country, and we gave them a run for their money!! Also to congratulate William Abram (age12) for all his success with his heifer at the local shows this summer and my Granddaughter Camilla Morgan- Evans (age 7) for entering her first ever young handlers’ class and winning! I have to say it was such a relief not to have restriction for blue tongue or foot and mouth or such like!!

Some of our members are off again to the Christmas Concert at Thursford in December, which I am sure they will all enjoy.

Tony and I have just come back from a lovely holiday New Zealand, Having visited their Simmental President Helen and John Ellis’s herd of Simmentals, I can recommend anyone thinking of going to the World Congress in Australia, to go onto the post tour in New Zealand, it is the most beautiful country, well worth at visit, but please take lots of warm and waterproof clothes!!

Thanks again to our Chairman Ian and the Club members for their support this year and to my long suffering husband Tony!

North West Club report 2009

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by Ron Loftus

It has been a busy year again for the North West club, our new year started in February with the AGM held again at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. The Chairman, Alan Tallentire stepped down as Chairman after 2 years in the seat, thanks again Allan. John Holliday was then elected as Chairman. Andrew Vaughan was elected to the committee and no sooner made it to the position of Vice-Chairman! John Wigham also came onto the Club committee. I agreed to do the secretaries job again! Brian Wise drove over to attend our AGM to show his support and also gave a short report on Council activities. We all then had a meal at the end of the meeting.

Soon after the AGM John Trafford stepped down off the committee, the position was filled, at the next committee meeting, by myself.

Next on the calendar were the February Perth bull sales, the last time at Perth! Splashing the cash again were Bill and Christine Heaps buying Allercott Victoria for 4500gns, who has done very well for them in the show season, getting Breed Champion at Londridge show and Interbreed Champion at Westmorland show. Our vice-Chairman also made his presence known at Perth by buying Ballinalare Farm Victorious for 5800gns.

Carlisle April sale was a success with the good bulls making good money, the sale average was up £1456 on the year! Champion bull, Hockenhull Wilfred sold to a new Northwest member, Paul Rennison for 5500gns, that’s the best price for Carlisle sale in recent times, and put the average price at £3636. Two other bulls made 4500gns they were Grangewood Valentino and Hockenhull Ventura. The female cattle were good trade averaging £1786; Top price here was judges’ favourite Midhope Temptation at 3800gns.

This year’s stock judging evening was held by kind permission of Johnny and Janet Addison and family, the Master Judge for the evening was Allan Tallentire, he placed the well run herd of pedigree cattle very well. In the open section, over 30, Rob Addison won. First prize in the under 30’s was John Wigham Jr. Unfortunately none of the young members were able to compete at the stock judging at the last Royal show.

The show season was slightly affected by the weather this year, Cumberland show was cancelled early that morning due to the river banks about to run over! Unlucky for Bill and Christine Heaps who made the 100 mile ride to find the show cancelled and had to turn round and come back home! This is where this year’s show stand was due to be held.

This year’s Society goblets were won by Allan Tallentire at Appleby Show with his bull Swingletree Willie. Gt. Eccleston, Chipping and Garstang shows were all won by Popes Princess Victoria from Jimmy and Vicki Woods, well done to them on another successful season. The Royal Lancashire Show this year, was cancelled due to lack of a site, it has since been cancelled for good, due to lack of funds, shame that 2 Royal shows ended in 2009.

Our farm walk this year was held by kind permission of Hugo Arnold and family, 23 of our members had a wonderful day having a presale preview, all the cattle looked wonderful, and we were all looked after nicely. It was no surprise to see all those good cattle making a brilliant average price; it was a great tribute to years of breeding quality cattle. Top bid from a northwest member was Margaret Addison buying Hockenhull Juliet 5th for 6000gns. Also spending again was Bill and Christine Heaps, buying an embryo calf of Hockenhull Girlie 13th by Glenturk Rolex for 5000gns, with its recip mother Hockenhull Natalie 26th.

On the 30th October, Carlisle held their now annual Borderway Agri Expo. This is mainly a commercial and fatstock show, but our absence has been noticed over the last few years. So the club organised a stand at the show to increase the profile of the breed. There was great interest in the breed and had lots of visitors to the stand. The stand had a mixture of mainly Simmental cross cattle, some cows with calves and some commercially intensive finished bulls and 2 pedigree bulls.

The autumn sales were soon upon us once more; Perth at Stirling had a good first sale, with a good average and clearance. The Carlisle sale was another success, Overall Champion was Blackpool Wyatt from David Loftus, selling for 3400gns. Top price of the day was Midhope Winston selling for 5500gns. Top price for a northwest member went to R. Carter with Gerrard Winner selling for 4500gns.

So after now 3 years of wet weather in the North West, let’s hope 2010 brings better weather! Also let’s hope the continued interest and enthusiasm for Simmental cattle gains even more momentum for this next decade!

North East Club report 2009

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by Brian Wise

Our Club year started with the AGM in March, held as usual at the Leeming Motel. There were no changes to the committee this year but Caroline Goldsbrough stepped down as Club treasurer, a post she has held for many years. On behalf of the Club, I would thank Caroline for the years of hard work she has put in as treasurer and her help in transferring the papers over to Andrew Steele who has kindly taken on the post.

The 12th of May saw the sale at Thirsk Mart, which continues to go from strength to strength. This year for the first time we had a show before the sale, with the cattle being judged in their pens. Our judge for the day was Richard Elliott, a commercial beef farmer who is a great supporter of the breed. There was a good entry of cattle from the north-east, particularly from the Tidkin herd of Gerald and Steph Towers and the Beaghall herd of Mike and June Brears. Male Champion was Moorside Voyager from John and Gill Smith and Female Champion was Swaleside Violet from Brian and Anne Wise, with the Overall Championship going to the heifer, Swaleside Violet. Top price was 2250 guineas for Moorside Voltage also from John and Gill Smith, which sold to our Judge Richard Elliott. Top female price went to Mike and June Brears for Beaghall Fiona 2nd, selling for 1650 guineas. The champion Swaleside Violet sold for 1120 guineas to Mr. W.Warren. Congratulations to all who supported and sold cattle on the day and we look forward to another sale next year, which is on May 4th.

There is a strong demand for Simmentals in the area, both for pedigree and commercial animals, and as long as we can improve on quality and quantity of animals, then the sale should continue to develop into a major event in the area.

Early July saw the last, in its present form anyway, Royal Show where the Club had young members taking part in the Junior Judging competition. The Club member with the highest individual score was Katie Lambert who wins the Henry Pickering memorial trophy. Congratulations to all who took part and we await to see where the competition is to be held in the future.

A week later saw us at the Great Yorkshire Show where the Club hosted exhibitors and members in the usual way providing all with drinks and food supplied by Club members. The show is our main event of the year where we can promote the breed and this year was no exception with some very well presented cattle. Our judge on this occasion was Alistair Houston, who had a smallish number of cattle to judge, but it was by no means an easy task with some very good cattle to place. Supreme Champion was Scotland Viper shown by Tom Hill, narrowly beating Sterling Krumpets Roxanne from Boddington Estates. Notable Club successes were Reserve Male Champion, Coppermill Vancouver from Peter and Caroline Goldsbrough, a third place in the young bull class with Moorside Warrior from John and Gill Smith and second place in the cow and calf class with Blakewell Kisses Northern Beauty from Ian and Margaret Steele who also won the Swiss cow bell for the highest placed Club member in the class. Many thanks to all the exhibitors for making the effort to attend, particularly Boddington Estates and the Borlases who travelled a considerable distance to get to the show. Thanks must also go to all the Club members who provided cakes, made sandwiches, and helped to serve them for the three days of the show.

The Club members are already looking forward to hosting the National Show here in 2010 and as it is also 40years since the introduction of Simmentals into the country, we feel honoured to be asked to help organise such a prestigious event. Don’t forget to put the date in your diary – July 13th to 15th 2010!

Late September saw some Club members travel to Beeston Auction Mart to the Hockenhull dispersal sale. They travelled down on the Monday and had a look at the cattle before all staying at the hotel before the sale the next day. This was the nearest we got to a Club trip this year. The cattle were everything people expected, and more, and were a credit to Hugo and his family and staff. A few members wanted to buy cattle and tried but most were unsuccessful and came away empty – handed, I know we certainly did. The prices reflected the many years of breeding behind them and on reflection probably were not that expensive, only time will tell.

The following weekend the Club, together with the Eastern Club, were invited to visit the Midhope Herd of John, Val and Craig Hollingsworth near Sheffield. We were shown some tremendous cattle, both pedigree and cross – bred, which were a good advert for the breed. Everyone was then treated to wonderful spread of sandwiches and cakes in the marquee, which, by then was welcome as the weather worsened. Our grateful thanks to the family for the considerable time and trouble they went to in organising the visit, and who knows we may take up the offer of a return visit in a few years time.

Our final event of the year will be our Club Dinner, held as usual at the Golden Fleece in Thirsk. This is our main social event of the year and, as I write, we are looking forward to seeing friends again for what is a fitting end to the Club year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Club and Committee members for their involvement in our different events during the past year and let’s hope that we can keep the Club spirit going in 2010.

Cornwall Club report 2009

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by Penny Lally

The Cornwall Club have had another great year, the highlight being the National Simmental Show at the Royal Cornwall Show where we proudly showed the rest of the country that even though we are out on a limb geographically we are seriously competitive and can hold our heads up high with the improving standard of our cattle.

CORNWALL CLUB ON TOUR (to Ireland ) A collection of breeders from Cornwall Went visiting over to Eire To have a bit of a break In a hotel by a lake Meeting Simmental people over thereDay one, we took a coach to ‘herd Curaheen’ The home of a fellow named ‘Wall’ His cattle . .outstanding Hospitality.. abounding We were more than impressed. one and all

On day two, in the morning, to ‘Clonagh’ Young Garrett to make sales was quite keen T-Rex his stock bull A terrific eyeful One of the best bulls we’d ever seen

Then, off to the Brickleys at ‘Celtic’ A warm welcome awaited, with lunch We saw wonderful cows And many, many ‘bow-wows’ Which we viewed with delight, this odd bunch

As we sat enjoying one last cuppa A serious incident took place Jeff got locked in the loo Causing quite a ‘to-do’ As the beads of sweat formed on his face

Amongst others, a former police chief Tried to unpick the lock if they could Bent over they huddled They fiddled and struggled Firmly locked stayed this panel of wood

Said Angela “it’s only a door We’ve another with which to replace” After a great deal of chat Trying this and then that Of a solution, there seemed little trace

To the rest, this was all most amusing The plight of poor Jeff really funny He was then told to “stand back” With a thump and a crack To a cheer, out came one ‘happy bunny’ !!

Then on Saturday morning to Strokestown For the National finals we’d go The sunshine was blazing The cattle amazing With spectacular calves at the show

The President made us most welcome We all so enjoyed a grand day. Keeping clear of all ‘bogs’ We then went to ‘the dogs’ To bet all our euros away

Thanks Eire for our wonderful visit In the future we’d like to return For your welcomes so warm And your great Irish charm We’ll be back, to look and to learn.

We have a busy programme throughout the year starting off in JANUARY with our dinner. About 60 of us enjoyed a brilliant evening, including Robert Macgregor and Gordon Clark who were doing a ‘recce’ for the Scottish clubs’ forthcoming visit.

In MARCH we invited Bridget Borlase to give us a talk on her thriving and successful business. It was a fascinating insight into the hard work and dedication that Bridget and her family do on a daily basis all the time promoting Simmental beef to the consumer.

Also in MARCH we were invited to a quiz evening by the South Devon club. This was hilarious and, luckily, one or two members had functioning brains which carried the rest of us through to a victory.

APRIL saw a dozen members taking a boat trip to St Mawes where they enjoyed a pleasant and sociable lunch in the stunning scenery.

In MAY the Spring sale at Bristol was a great success particularly for David Nicholls whose only Simmental animal; CHYANHAL WELLINGTON made 2nd highest price at £4,600. Barry Wynter also did very well winning the younger section of the junior bull classes. Quite a few members purchased new animals.

In JUNE was the Royal Cornwall which hosted the National Simmental Show. The wonderful weather made a perfect backdrop for almost 100 Simmentals. The atmosphere was tremendous , the cattle were terrific quality with Boddingtons show team going on to amazing success during the season culminating in the Team of Five and the Burke Trophy, amongst other trophies, at the Royal Show. Our members were forward in large numbers competing alongside more famous herd names with equal enthusiasm. The Hawkey family doing particularly well with their team of super cattle. The Cornwall club, after much effort and organising, having raised over £7,000 worth of sponsorship, felt very proud of the show and enjoyed hosting the Scottish Club who joined us in the celebrations at the BBQ after judging. From Northern Ireland, Joe Wilson most ably judged, all afternoon, 12 classes of Simmentals and David Hazelton judged the Best Kept Lines. Thanks to the generous sponsorship all exhibitors had FREE breakfast each day, a FREE lunch on show day and a BBQ with superb Simmental steaks very kindly donated by Hayley Clark, Williams Simmentals of Norfolk. Around the judging ring were Presidents, past Presidents and many Simmental fans from all over the country. We wish to thank sincerely everyone who helped make the show such a spectacular success, to Claire and Fiona and all our generous sponsors for their invaluable help………good luck to Yorkshire in 2010.

Club members featured highly in 3 local shows . At Constantine Show the Olds family were well in the prize money including Champion and Reserve Champion Simmental with Sterling Noontimes Wanda and Bosahan Tresor. At Stithians The Haweys’ bull Sowena Tamar took the Championship with Bosahan Tresor reserve. At Camborne the Olds family took Champion and reserve with Bosahan Tresor and Bosahan Aramis. Well done all those others who also showed their animals to keep the Simmental flag flying.

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Also in JULY the club took to the road in a bus to Somerset for a day trip. We met David Mills who took us to his friend Chris Downs’ racing stables. We were treated to a parade of up and coming youngsters in training. After a look around the immaculate yard we watched a couple of horses on the gallops, This was a most interesting visit and we were grateful to Chris for giving us some of his precious time and making us so welcome. Then we went to David and Chris Mills’ Wishful Farm where we were presented with ‘Pimms on the lawn’ (we know how to live !!) by Christina and her dad. David gave us a fascinating short talk on his involvement with Simmentals over the years and we looked at the Wishful cattle who were looking extremely well as always. When I had asked David if we could visit, he agreed and generously said “I will treat you to lunch at my local pub” Can you imagine his face when he met us in a LARGE coach (he was expecting 2 car loads !) Anyway David was true to his word and 24 of us had a lovely roast lunch at the Blackbird pub. (We are thinking there should be a plaque erected on the wall to commemorate this event !!) After lunch, and unfortunately in the rain, we went the short distance to David and Pauline Barker (Heywood) to see their cattle. We enjoyed seeing their Simmentals, a few Rubys and the occasional Charolais. David is always amazing to listen to with his terrific memory and knowledge of breeding. In spite of being soaked we had a lovely afternoon finished off wonderfully with a magnificent tea provided by Pauline.

Also in AUGUST we all descended on CROWGEY FARM, the home of Kevin and Tanya Thomas for a herd visit. We were made welcome and showed to the car park by their children then given a short introduction by Kevin to the Crowgey herd. The cattle were organised in different groups and looking pretty impressive. Kevin was a top Rugby player and is extremely competitive so is very keen to improve and win prizes. This was evident in his herd as they are really going places. We finished with a delicious tea having enjoyed a super day.

SEPTEMBER is the time when the Club goes on tour, this time to Southern Ireland. Peader Glennon (the Irish Club Secretary) suggested our itinerary and 30 of us set off from Exeter to Dublin .We went to the Curaheen, Clonagh,and Celtic herds, visited the National Stud and the Strokestown Calf show and went Greyhound racing all in 3 fun packed days. Fabulous.

SEPTEMBER also staged the long awaited Hockenhull Sale. This memorable and quite sad event marked the end of an era in the Simmental world. Cornish members were there and Kevin Thomas, The Olds and the Gummows all bought a bit of ‘ Simmental history’ to take home.

In OCTOBER, Rob Hewlett judged our Cornwall Herd Competition and I think was quite impressed with the cattle he saw. 13 herds took part. Many congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who entered. The Winners were :- Large herd and overall winner - Kevin Thomas Crowgey Small herd - Barrie Wynter Bolankin Youngstock - Piers Hawkey Sowenna Bull (2009) - John & Bridget Olds Bosahan Cow - Kevin Thomas Crowgey Commercial - Andrew Badcock Trevessa

Also in OCTOBER the Autumn Sale at Bristol (shared with Angus). This proved to be another successful sale and the hopes are that these sales will continue to improve and the quality of the cattle remain high providing a much needed venue for excellent sales in England . All we need is breeders to support and then the buyers will know where to come to get good cattle.

In NOVEMBER we have our AGM where we will work out another packed schedule for 2010 In conclusion, I think we are a happy club and we enjoy each others company, as Club Chairman, I am so proud of our members. They are so keen to improve. They attend sales all over the country and buy in good stock having done their homework beforehand with available figures etc. The HAWKEY family deserve a special mention as they won a national award from EBLEX for most improved herd which is a huge achievement. They work so hard on difficult ground and deserve recognition for their efforts. Gill and Steve Gummow (helped by John and Bridget Olds) not only are ‘court jesters’ on our trips away keeping themselves and everyone else in fits of laughter, but have recently bought a decent bull at Perth which I am sure will help them go forward even further with their herd……. however…the price of chips may well be going up in St. Columb !!!!

Midlands Club report 2009

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by Andrew Leedham

Our year began in February with a dinner and presentation of last year’s herd competition awards. It was good to catch up with everyone and look forward to the coming show season, Rob Fitton was Chairman but informed us that he had taken a position as manager of a large beef herd in the borders and so I was promoted a little sooner than I was expecting. We all wish Rob, Louise and family the best of luck in the future.

Following a successful bull sales at Perth we held a quiz at the Greyhound Inn, once again David Bell and his fellow Centre West team mates came out on top. I think some sort of handicap system might have to be considered for the future!! Thanks to Chris and Kath Martindale for supplying the questions and acting as quiz master and scorer.

Moving into May, Jack and Jackie Smith visited various farms who had entered the video competition to be judged by members later in the year.

The last Royal Show was well supported by Midland Club members, many picking up top prizes in the breed classes too many to mention them all but congratulations to Jimmy and Vicky Woods with Popes Nellys Princess and Popes Princess Victoria being part of the victorious group of five, Dan and Rob Evans Reserve in the Beef breeder class with Wroxall Wallace and Giles and Mandy Green with Greenfields Viper, Reserve Male in the breed class. Also well done to junior club members Felicity Hill and Jenny Bennet on their 3rd place in the under 21 stock judging.

Some of prize winners of 2009 herd competition

In July we held our herd competition with John Carter and his wife Maureen kindly coming over from Norfolk to judge. This year we had a new format with the judging being held over four days finishing with a results and presentation dinner at the last farm, home of David and Sue Donnelly. I think everyone agreed this was one of the most enjoyable dinners we have had for years. Many thanks to David and Sue for being such marvellous hosts, the food and drink flowed all afternoon. Congratulations also to David on your appointment to Council.

Results of Herd Competition Large Herd: Joe Ede (FOLE) Medium Herd: Andrew and Yvonne Leedham (GRANGEWOOD) Small Herd: David and Sue Donnelly (ATLOW) Best Group of Maiden Heifers: Giles Green (GREENFIELDS) Best Group of in calf Heifers: Terry Ford (SHEBDON) Best Bull born after June 1st 2008: David and Sue Donnelly (ATLOW WEETABIX) Best Calf at foot born in 2009: Chris and Kath Martindale (FORSDALE ASTER Best Cow Family: David and Sue Donnelly (VALENTINE FAMILY) Overall Herd: Andrew and Yvonne Leedham (GRANGEWOOD) Reserve Overall: Giles, Mandy and Richard Green (GREENFIELDS) Judges Special Award: Mr J Mee

In August Hugo Arnold kindly invited us to visit the Hockenhull Herd before the dispersal in September. This was well attended, a great opportunity to see this wonderful herd for the last time. The sale was a memorable occasion - a once in a lifetime spectacle, the quality of the cattle and the prices achieved will not be matched for many years. We all wish Hugo, Geraldine and James all the best for the future.

Results of the video competition CLASS 1 INTERMEDIATE PEDIGREE FEMALE 1st Chadston Tollies Delight 5th (Female and Overall Champion) - (Barry Chadwick) 2nd Chadston Monicas Dream 4th - (Barry Chadwick) 3rd Pasturefields Princess Versace - (Rodger Birch)CLASS 2 JUNIOR PEDIGREE FEMALE 1st Greenfields Wonder - (Giles Green) 2nd Wroxall Warmhearted Vastina - (Dan And Rob Evans) 3rd Forsdale Willow - (Chris and Kath Martindale)

CLASS 3 INTERMEDIATE MALE 1st Wroxall Wallace (Male Champion) - (Dan and Rob Evans) 2nd Blackpool Wyatt - (D Loftus) 3rd Pasturefields Woger - (Roger Birch)

CLASS 4 JUNIOR PEDIGREE MALE 1st Wroxall Westend - (Dan and Rob Evans) 2nd Blackpool Wilfred - (D Loftus) 3rd Grangewood William - (Andrew and Yvonne Leedham)

We were back at the Greyhound Inn in October for the judging of the video competition, glad to see more entries this year. Top honours went to Barry Chadwick with Chadston Tollies Delight 5th who has also had a very successful show season. I don’t know how you find the time Barry with all those nappies to change!! Congratulations to you and Sally on the birth of your daughter Evie.

The Perth bull sales at its new venue were again successful with averages up and most bulls finding homes. From the Midland Club, Wroxall Wallace continued his show form becoming Reserve Senior Champion, Hugo Arnold achieved the highest price (16000gns) and our bull Grangewood William was the 3rd highest price (11000gns).

November was fatstock time again with the Midland Cub members hosting a stand at the Winter Fair at Bingley Hall Stafford. We are once again grateful to Terry Ford for his hard work sourcing the cattle for the stand. As usual it was a social get together for members and friends and followed by the AGM later in the afternoon on the Sunday.

To finish a big thank you must go to Mandy for all her hard work during the year organising the events and keeping everything running smoothly.

South East Club report 2009

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by David Sapsed

It was a great honour for me to become Chairman of the South East Club, taking over from Tony Jukes, who did a sterling job steering us through a difficult time with Foot and Mouth and Blue Tongue.

Our Club year commenced in March with our AGM which took place at the Farmers Club in Whitehall. This was followed by a very interesting talk by Susan Duphie of the Biobest Health Scheme and Graeme Mason of Westpoint Veterinary Services. The evening turned out to be quite lively with 23 members attending.

The summer shows soon came upon us and our members enjoyed good County and National success. The shows in our area were reasonably well attended; special mention must go to the Grenham/Carter partnership who, with Dirnanean Shane, won championships at the South of England, Kent and Bucks shows. Herts. Show was won by Heathbrow with Dirnanean Sarah and Suffolk by her son, Heathbrow Wizard. Several members made the long trip to Cornwall to support the National Show and returned with many prizes including Tony and Ann Jukes winning Reserve Female Champion, congratulations to them both. Other show results in our area included Sterling Viking winning breed and Interbreed at Edenbridge and Oxted.

Our annual calf show was also held at Edenbridge but unfortunately this was not well attended. Heathbrow Admiral gained the top prize. The final Royal Show proved a great success for our members with show teams from Sacombe, Sway, Boars Head, Beeches, Ravensdale, Swallowhill, Pode Hole and Heathbrow. Results included Junior Champion, Junior Male and Female as well as 3 first, 4 seconds and 1 third; really well done everyone. A special mention must go to Beeches Whisp, our breed Junior Champion; it was a popular win having lost Mike Jones forty eight hours before judging.

The Interbreed Beefbreeder competition was held on the Thursday and this was won by Mr. & Mrs. Hind with Heathbrow Wizard. Thank you to everyone who attended the summer shows and also a big thank you to all the ladies who provided such sumptuous refreshments after judging at all our adopted shows; it was great to get together with friends and fellow exhibitors for a drink and a chat. What would we do without the show season!

Our young judges who have enjoyed success in the past couple of years were up against some stiff competition this year, but very well done to the two Emma’s – Ogden and Blomfield who took 3rd place in the team event and thanks to the rest of the team. We also wish you good luck for 2010.

Inspecting the cattle on the Club’s herd visit to Boddington Estates

Our herd visit this year was to the Stephen Hitchin’s Sterling herd. Arranged jointly with the Welsh Club, it was a truly magnificent day. The weather, cattle and hospitality were all outstanding, we could not have wished for better. Rob Hewlett, Jimmy McMillan and their support teams looked after us well and we saw some great cows, calves and heifers. However, the best was left until last where we saw Sterling Viking, Roxanne, Naomi, Rhapsody and Petra – it certainly was a memorable day. Many congratulations to the Boddington team on all their successes at the shows; it really has put our breed to the forefront.

The results of the Herd Competition are as follows:-Champion Herd D. & L. Sapsed (Heathbrow)

Large Herd 1st D. & L. Sapsed (Heathbrow) 2nd D. & N. Field (Burytown) 3rd A. & P. A. Hurn (Twyford)

Medium Herd: 1st M. K. D. Hind (Ravensdale) 2nd C. Patmore (Norman)

Small Herd 1st R. J. Grenham (Boars Head) 2nd A. W. & A Jukes (Swallowhill) 3rd B. Borlase (Perrywood)

Best Bull Calf 1st Heathbrow Admiral (D. & L. Sapsed) 2nd Burytown Atlas (D. & N. Field) 3rd Beeches Ace (C. H. Carter)

Best Heifer Calf 1st Norman Christina (C. Patmore) 2nd Boars Head Grace 5th (R. J. Grenham) 3rd Key Jaydin (J. & S. Key)

Best Cow and Calf 1st Heathbrow Star and Norman Andy Pandy (C. Patmore) 2nd Ravensdale Goldie and Ravensdale Goldie 7th (M. K. D. Hind) 3rd Key Alice 21st and Key Absolutely Fabulous (J. & S. Key)

Family Group 1st AWL Starlet (D. & L. Sapsed) 2nd Ravensdale Goldie (M. K. D. Hind) 3rd Boars Head Grace (R. J. Grenham)

Best Stock Bull 1st Dirnanean Shane (R. J. Grenham) 2nd Corskie Radium (D. & N. Field) 3rd Hollingwood Tom (J. & S. Key)

David Barker Award Rhys Grenham, for his commitment to promoting the Simmental breed and willingness to assist other breeders.

Merion Jones Young Stock Award 1st Key Herd (J. & S. Key) 2nd Burytown Herd (D. & N. Field) 3rd Heathbrow Herd (D. & L. Sapsed)

Shebdon Trophy for Best Group of Maiden Heifers 1st Beeches (C. H. Carter) 2nd Key (J. & S. Key) 3rd Swallowhill (A. W. & A. Jukes)

The herd competition was judged this year by Terry Ford of the Shebdon Herd. Many thanks to him for giving up 31/2 days of his time for us. The competition has been extended this year, with additional classes, which is mainly due to sponsorship from the Westpoint Veterinary Group. We are hoping to extend this further next year with extra competitions at the summer shows. It was good to welcome Terry to our dinner in November and to see new members both competing and winning some of the classes, well done everyone. Our annual dinner was quite well attended by 30 members on the 12th November at the Farmers’ Club.

On a very sad note our Club has lost four members this year – Mary Clements, Stuart Shrive, our President, John Bance and our Treasurer, Mike Jones; obituaries are published in the Review. Needless to say, they will be greatly missed by us all and our condolences go to their families.

This autumn has seen the dispersal of the noted Oakfield herd of Sylvia and Derek Wakefield. It has been a difficult time for them with family health problems but the herd was a great credit to them and the cattle sold well, a number going to established herds in our region.

The Bristol sales this year have been very encouraging as a successful southern sales centre for Simmental cattle and our Club are most enthusiastic to help and support these events by bringing forward good quality cattle to sell. The venue is situated near a good motorway network, which allows many breeders and prospective buyers from the South West and East, East Midlands, Wales and the North to travel there relatively easily.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Judy Borlase as our new President; she and her family have been great supporters of the Club and breed for many years and it is good to have Judy on board.

Finally, I would like to mention the Society AGM which was well attended by our Club. A great deal of discussion and discontent was voiced at the meeting. Let us hope for all our sakes that Council have listened to the constructive suggestions that were made. To Phillida Hurn, Iain Green and David Donnelly, we wish them good luck in their new roles and hope that they can make some significant contributions to the running of the Society Council. We are banking on you!

My thanks to Lesley, Peter Grenham (our Hon. Secretary) and other Club members for their help and support during the year, and in 2010 we are commencing new initiatives to promote our breed and our herds in the area.

South West Club report 2009

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By Len Curry

In January our ladies, organised by Marjorie Ellicot together with Kath Edwards, Sandra Francis, and Margaret Thompson won the annual quiz beating 5 other breeds. Well done Ladies we are proud of you all.

At our A.G.M our Secretary Pauline Barker announced she would be retiring as Secretary, Pauline has been doing the job for twenty-one years, she has in that time been a prop to many Club Chairmen myself included with her contributions in running the Club. Pauline, I speak on behalf of all previous Club Chairmen and Club Members in wishing you good health and good fortune in whatever you decide to do in the future.

Sally March kindly agreed to accept the Secretaries post and we all wish her well. Jack Ellicot was re-elected Vice Chairman, David Edwards was re-elected Treasurer, and myself as Chairman. Philip Webber and Andy Grossey were elected to join the committee, all other committee members re-elected en-bloc. Mr Ed Simmons, mine and others local Vet was our guest speaker, giving us much to think about at the dinner following the A G M. After dinner Clare Rowbotham who had travelled down to the West Country to be with us, presented Pauline with a bouquet of flowers. The Club presented Pauline with a cheque in appreciation for all the work Pauline has devoted to this Club.

A herd visit with Centre West Club to Burytown herd thanks to Dave & Nikky Field

The South West Club, supported by the Centre West Club, Show and Sale at Bristol Sales Centre on Saturday 9th May, saw some excellent cattle through the sale ring with average prices almost going through the roof, a packed ringside saw 17 Bulls sold for an average of 3116gns showing a massive increase of 764gns. In addition Martin Boucher, Loxton Herd from Somerset had a very good reduction sale, with a small dispersal from Mr J N Hoskins, Sabre Herd from Gloucestershire. Interest in Females proved no let up in demand with many new buyers present, the Female average not including the dispersals rose to a staggering 1615gns for the 42 sold an increase of some 336gns compare this to last year’s sale when 18 Females sold for an average of 1279.25gns. My thanks to Richard Turner (Staggs) and Clive Roads (McCartney’s) our joint Auctioneers, and to our Chairman of Shows and Sales South West, Roy Loud.

With the show season rapidly approaching breeders are busy with the preparation of their cattle for the weeks ahead. Congratulations must go to Boddington Estates for their fantastic show of cattle winning everything in front of them well done to Jimmy McMillan. Congratulations also to David Barker in winning coveted Cow Bell at the Royal Bath and West Show. I absolutely refuse to mention the weather.

October 4th, David and Nikky Fields invited the Club to visit their Burytown Herd being a young herd set up in 2007 they really did surprise us with high standards they have set themselves, well done to you both and a big thank you for the excellent lunch.

Best large herd 1st and Champion Herd Boddington Estate. 2nd Gavin and Gemma Doyle, Joint 3rd David and Nikky Fields with Roy Loud.Best small herd 1st Sandra Francis 2nd Jeff and Viv Hall Joint 3rd John and Bridget Old with James and Belinda Kimber.

Best Cow and Calf (Devon and Somerset) Len and Adrian Curry

Best Cow and Calf (outside Devon and Somerset) Jeff and Viv Hall

Best Young Stock Boddington Estate

Best Heifer Calf Gavin and Gemma Doyle

Best Bull Calf James and Belinda Kimber

Best Novice Micky and Marigold Christian

Flexi Trophy Philip Webber

October seems to becoming a very busy month for the South West Club, on Thursday the 15th we were again at the Bristol Sales Centre together with the Centre West Club for the Autumn Show and Sale once again we were not disappointed with excellent cattle on show, selling 18 Bulls out of 21 forward. Henry Widdicombe with his Bull Starline Westminster taking the Champion rosette and sash, the South East Club also presented the Champion with a sash, he later sold for 2000gns, his other Bull Starline Marquiss topping the sale at 3300gns. Breeders looking for Top Quality Females were not disappointed, with an in-calf heifer Greenfields Vesta, from Giles Green selling for 2550gns. With two other entries selling for 2300gns from D & N Fields, and J & B Kimber. Oakhill Heidi 2nd from Mrs S Wakefield, Oakhill Herd dispersal sale opened the Female Section selling for 2900gns. Our thanks to all the breeders and buyers in making the Bristol Sales so successful.

There’s still more to come, Sunday October 25th , saw some seventy enthusiasts arriving at Boddington Estate for a day of cattle judging, foot trimming and preparing cattle for showing. What an absolute fantastic day we all had. David Bell kindly agreed to be our Master Judge, I saw him later tucked away in a corner trying to decipher some of the cards in front of him. David you did a grand job. A big thank you to Richard Davies for showing us what’s involved in foot trimming making it look easier than it really is. What can I say about Jimmy McMillan, he along with other members of Boddington staff work extremely hard in bringing all the events together, which worked like clockwork, Jimmy I owe you one mate. After all the walking and head scratching we adjourned for lunch and what a feast it was with meats, salads and all the trimmings cheese and biscuits apple pie and cream all served on china plates and dishes with proper cutlery as well. For all this we have to thank Sally March, Kath Edwards and all the lovely Ladies of the Club for all their contributions. Thanks also to Rob and Pam Hewlett and Kathy McMillan from Boddington Estate for the tea coffee and biscuits on arrival and at lunch time and the cream tea as well all you Ladies did us proud. We hope the outcome of this will result in new members joining the club.

Our herd competition Judged by Peter Burgess assisted by his wife Sarah, rumour has it Sarah did most of the driving visiting some fifteen farms from Cheltenham down to the end of Cornwall.

Last but not least we come to the results of the cattle judging, David Bell our Master Judge presented prizes to the best entries, over eighteens were Dan Coalman, Des March, Steve Blomfield, Emma Blomfield, under eighteen Hannah Fields. After the presentation David went back to the cattle lines to explain his reasons for his placings, this was appreciated by the members, once again many thanks David.

In closing, thanks to Penny Lally and the Cornwall Club for inviting members to join their visit to Northern Ireland, I must say I met some fantastic people and I know I made some lasting friendships. This I think is why belonging to the Simmental Society is so special.

Welsh Club report 2009

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2009 Club Reportby Nadia Gwynne

I start my report with the Welsh Winter Fair 2008. 24,336 people came through the gates on the 1st and 2nd December to enjoy the atmosphere. The Simmental stand looked excellent and was a credit to the Welsh Club members. Fiona Sloan met and greeted visitors to the stand, which was buzzing with activity throughout the two days. On display was a pre 1996 cross bred cow with a whopping bull calf from Robert and Kay Vincent (Collins), and three cracking Simmental cross heifers, from Winford and Joyce Jones (Oakdale). Thank you to both. We had a pat on the back when we won Reserve Best Trade Stand.

Presentation

Our Christmas dinner was next, at the Marina Hotel, Aberystwyth. We had an excellent after dinner speaker who kept his routine clean as there are were plenty of children present. At the Calf Show in December (which we covered in last year’s report) and the Winter Fair, we raised £350, which was presented to the Welsh Air Ambulance during the dinner.

Herd Competition Judge, Mr. James KimberBest Bull J. Howells (Merthyr Mawr) R. Jones (Banwy) W. & J. Jones (Oakdale)Best Cow W. Jenkins (Penwern) A. Davies (Hirwaun) W. & J. Jones (Oakdale)

Progeny Group W. Jenkins (Penwern) N. & N. Gwynne (Chestermann) A. Davies (Hirwaun)

Young Stock N. & N. Gwynne (Chestermann) W. Jenkins (Penwern) W. & J. Jones (Oakdale)

Pedigree Calf C. Eynon (Dyffryn) M. & E. Evans (Dewisland) A. Davies (Hirwaun)

Crossbred Calf H. Evans (Pwlldu) W. Jenkins (Penwern) S. & S. Jones (LLwynmelyn)

Young Bull Under 18 months R. Jones (Banwy)

Best Newcomer M. & E. Evans (Dewisland)

Small Herd A. Davies (Hirwaun) J. Howells (Merthy Mawr) R. & K. Vincent (Collins)

Medium Herd R. Jones (Banwy) S. & S. Jones (Llwynmely) G. & E. Lloyd (Crugmelyn)

Large Herd N. & N. Gwynne (Chestermann) W. Jenkins (Penwern) W. & J. Jones (Oakdale)

Overall Winners N. & N. Gwynne (Chestermann)

Our AGM in March was also held at the Marina Hotel in Aberystwyth. All officials were re-elected, as follows: Chairman: Nadia Gwynne Vice Chairman: Winford Jones Secretary: Gethin Lloyd Treasurer: Aled Davies.

In April came the Ludlow Show and Sale, where we had success with Chesterman Vinney, winning Supreme Champion and later selling for 3300 guineas. None of our Welsh members exhibited at Carlisle in the spring.

In May the Show season started for some with Cothi Bridge Show. This is a local show which longstanding Club member Brian Raymond (Bennant) helps to organise. The show is very well supported by the Club. Congratulations to Aled Davies who had Supreme Champion with Hirwaun Washy and Brian and Kitty Raymond who had Reserve Champion with Ben-Nant Whitney. Thank you to the Judge, Anthony Davies (Welston). Congratulations also to all other exhibitors.

June saw the National Show in Cornwall, where three of our Welsh Club herds exhibited, and had success. Gethin and Enfys Lloyd won third with their young bull Crugmelyn Wellies and third with their heifer Raceview Willow Nicolette in very strong classes. Aled Davies achieved Fourth, and later Reserve Champion in the Interbreed with Hirwaun Washy and finally our own bull Chestermann Winston had a First Prize, and went on to win Reserve Male Champion. William also won First in the Calf Class. Congratulations to all exhibitors. Thankyou and ‘well done’ to Penny Lally (Chairman) and the Cornish Club for a fantastic show and excellent hospitality - we had a really warm welcome. The stewards looked very impressive in their bowler hats, and we really enjoyed the barbecue - thankyou! The 2010 National Show will be held at the Great Yorkshire - good luck to all involved.

The Aberystwyth show took place on a lovely sunny day. Simmental Club members were out in force and made the most of the gorgeous weather by having a lovely group picnic. Seeing so many members enjoying themselves together made me proud to be part of the Welsh Club. Congratulations to Stuart, Sian, Tom, Edwina, Claire, Nerys and Dave - The Jones (Llwynmelyn herd) who won Supreme Champion with Llwynmelyn Vanilla. Thank you, to the Judge Gethin Lloyd. ‘Well done’ to everyone who exhibited.

The Royal Welsh Show in July began well, with a lovely sunny day for the judging. Unfortunately things didn’t run as smoothly in the marquee, where the caterers failed to show due to ‘swine flu’ - but as usual everyone pulled together to produce the sandwiches and tea for after the judging. Thank you Claire from the office for your culinary efforts in the sandwich department! Welsh Club members had successes, with Red Rosettes going to B and R Jones - Dolwen Vernon; R Jones - Banwy Warrior; B and K Raymond - Ben - Nant Vera. Thank you to the Judge, Peter Grenham (Boarshead). Congratulations to all exhibitors. Well done - without your hard work there would be no show.

Results of Calf ShowBull Calf born Nov/Dec 2008 Llwynmelyn Wizard - Stuart JonesHeifer Calf born Nov/Dec 2008 Penwern Willow - R. W. Jenkins

Bull Calf born Jan/Feb 2009 Alreb Alfie - Aled Evans

Heifer Calf born Jan/Feb 2009 Dyffryn Annie - C. W. Eynon

Bull Calf born Mar/Apr 2009 Chestermann Alfie - N. & N. Gwynne

Heifer Calf born Mar/Apr 2009 Hirwaun Alice - Aled Davies

Bull Calf born May/June 2009 Oakdale Ajax - R. & J. Jones

Heifer Calf born May/June 2009 Oakdale Amber - R. & J. Jones

Young Handlers 6 – 10 years Dafydd Gynne 11 – 16 years Rhys Francis 17 – 21 years Angharad Francis 21 years and over Clare Jones

Congratulations to Carys Davies for winning the Dyfed Trophy for Best Young Stockperson. The Judge was Fiona Sloan. The award was presented at the barbecue, which looked to be under threat from the rain. Luckily the rain held off and 124 people attended this enjoyable social evening. A cup was also presented belatedly to Wyn Jenkins (Penwern), for winning the trophy for the most points scored during the 2008 Show Season. Thank you to Huw Davies and Merion Jones who cooked the food, and to all members for working hard to make the evening a success. Congratulations to all Welsh members who attended Shows too numerous to mention. Hopefully all successes will be included in the Review. Thankyou to all the Judges who came to Wales - we hope you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

The Welsh Club would like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Hitchins (Boddington Estates) for the wonderful hospitality, we would also like to thank their hard working professional team of Stockmen, this trip was run in conjunction with the South East Group, Fab Weather, Fab Stock and Fab Food.

September brought our herd visit to Scotland. We began with the Dirnanean Herd. Thank you to the McGowan family for your excellent hospitality and warm welcome and for showing us your superb herd. We then visited the Strathisla Herd of Adrian Ivory, and the Blair Herd. We saw Adrian’s fab handling system, his bulls that were heading for Sterling, and his quality cows. Thank you.

On our way back to the hotel we called in at Perth’s old favourite, ‘The Isle of Sky’ where we had a lovely carvery. Some of us decided to see a bit of the local night life before turning in, and lead by our (now ex) entertainment manager Gerald, we set out walking into town. After enquiring at a local garage, Gerald assured us that ‘town’ was 5 minutes away, but after 20 minutes walking we realised that this was 5 minutes travelling in a very fast car, and not on foot! We eventually crawled into town, and found a hospitable pub, where a good time was had by all. We treated our sore feet to a taxi back to the hotel. We have taken the precaution of sacking Gerald before our next trip away!

Day two of our trip began with a visit to the Innerwick Herd of Dorothy and Leslie Moffat. We saw superb quality cattle to be proud of, and received excellent hospitality, with home cooking second to none. Thankyou for making us feel so welcome. We also visited a quality Commercial Herd, with Dorothy’s neighbour Ross. I have to admit, I was a little frightened on the steep incline to Ross’ land, despite his excellent tractor driving! We moved on to the Woodhall Herd of Hector and Fiona Macaskill - another scarily steep climb to view the cows but well worth it. We then went back to the yard to look at the bulls, followed by some excellent hospitality. We were all impressed with the size and quality of the cattle. Thankyou very much for looking after us so well, and we would love to return the hospitality Thankyou to Gethin for organising such an enjoyable trip – we all had a great time. Looking forward to next year!

The end of September saw our herd competition. Thank you to the Judge, James Kimber (Beanhill) and to Belinda and the children for spending four days judging herds in Wales. Thank you to Delyth, Huw and family (Hirwaun) and Wyn Jenkins (Penwern) for co–hosting the presentation and doing a lovely lunch and subsequent herd visits.

The Stirling Bull Sales in October were in the new market. All went well with a fantastic line up of Welsh Members’ bulls. Congratulations to Aled Davies, for Senior Champion, then Reserve Champion Overall with Hirwaun Washy. Da Iawn Ti! He later sold for 7000 guineas. The Welsh Club wishes United Auctions every success at the new market. The Welsh Club members will be back again in February.

On October 28th we were saddened to hear of the death of one of our past members, Dafydd Tarris, (NewQuay, Ceredigion). The Club Members send their condolences to his family.

In November we held our National Welsh Club Calf Competition, again in conjunction with the British Blues. Entries were up on last year with thirty-two Simmental calves entered. Warm mulled wine, sandwiches and scones, served throughout the day made it another wonderful show. Congratulations to Aled Davies’ Hirwaun Alice – Supreme Champion, and to Aled and Rebecca Evans for Reserve Supreme Champion with Alreb Winkle. Thank you to all Club members for your efforts, in making a fantastic day. A big thank you to Jimmy McMillan, for taking time out to judge. Sorry Kathy couldn’t make it, but look forward to seeing you soon. A big thank you to all our sponsors, especially our main sponsors, Nigel and Delyth Scudamore - Bailey Farm Feeds, for their continued support of the Welsh Simmental Club. The Club would also like to congratulate their daughter, Carian Scudamore, who has had recent success winning the European Junior Show-jumping Championship.

Finally for November, we personally had success at Carlisle with Chestermann Katy, winning Female Champion and Reserve overall, and later selling for 4,000 guineas. Well done to Aneurin and Heulwen Francis for selling Pistyll William for 2,500 guineas.

Our Welsh Young Members had numerous successes. Carys and Gethin Davies and Iwan Jones coming second out of 53 teams at the Royal Highland Show Stockjudging Competition. Angharad Francis won the Duke of Edinburgh Perpetual Trophy for Stockjudging at the Royal in Stoneleigh. She judged beef cattle, sheep and pigs, combined with a two-part questionnaire. Rhys Francis attained the Highest Individual Points in the Duke of Edinburgh, judging sheep. He also went on to win the 16 and under Stockjudging Shield for the second year running. Rhys and Angharad also won Joint Individual Junior section Under 21s Stockjudging competition at the Royal, automatically becoming the top team.

I would like to end my report by thanking all the Welsh Club Members for their help, support and friendship because that is what it is all about. I would like to thank the office staff for all their help, and wish Fiona every success in her future employment. You will be missed by us all. Finally, I would like to wish our members a happy and prosperous new year- Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i’r aelodau’r Clwb Simmental Cymru.

Scottish Club report 2009

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By Richard Pettit – Secretary

It’s been another busy year for the Club with a visit to Cornwall, our Scottish National Simmental Show in July and an Open day in the South West of Scotland as well as all the Shows and Sales.

Perth February Sale

The year started in February with the last sale to be held in Perth, Judged by Mr John Moore from Northern Ireland. Bulls averaged 4,554gn’s for 129 sold up £471 on the year. Overall Champion was Shanehill Victor from Barry Chambers, Portadown, Northern Ireland selling to D.C Houldey for 11,000gns. Top price was 16,000gns for Blackford Viceroy by Kilbride Farm Strabane from Club members Billy and Anne MacPherson who have since sold a major part of their herd to Jim McLaren. On the Monday evening we held our Annual Social evening at the Lovat Hotel, the evening was well attended and a bottle of whisky was auctioned, raising £120 for Macmillan Nurses. Guest speaker was Mr David Leggat from United Auctions.

Junior Stockjudging

In March we held our Annual Stockjudging training day by kind permission of Neil McGeoch (Hazelden Herd) at Loch Lea to select our teams for the Royal Show. The Judge was Mr John Young. Gayle Houliston, Jenna Ballantyne, Claire Strathern & Robert Currie were selected to represent the Club at the last Royal Show. Once again the Club was amongst the prize-winners with Gayle 1st for reasons over 21, and Claire Strathern 2nd in the individual under 21. Well done to you all.

Also congratulations to two other Club Members, Varrie Dyet for being selected by Council to go to the Australian World Congress in 2010and to Kirsty McCaig who won a trip to Agribition in Canada in November.

Scottish Clubs May Sale

The Club held its Annual sale of commercial females at Perth Mart on 1st May, once again kindly sponsored by Pfizer.

There were three classes:-

Heifer with calf at foot 1st D. Moffat, Innerwick - £2250. 2nd Messr’s Baxter, East Skeichan - £2050.

Bulling heifers under 15 months 1st Messr’s Clark, Cast - £1100 2nd Messr’s Short, Balquhaldy - £980

Bulling heifers over 15 months 1st Messr’s Berwick, Barbarafield - £1220 2nd Messr’s Berwick, Barbarafield - £1300

Brian McIldowie (Judge), Mrs Berwick, Russell Drummond (from sponsors Pfizer), Tom Henderson (Scottish Club Vice- Chairman)

Brian McIldowie (Judge), Mr Clark, Russell Drummond (from sponsors Pfizer), Tom Henderson ( Scottish Club Vice- Chairman)

 Brian McIldowie (Judge), Dorothy Moffat, Russell Drummond (from sponsors Pfizer), Tom Henderson (Scottish Club Vice- Chairman)

Multibreed Bull Sale

At the Show, Judge Neil McGowan selected Balmaud Valuable by Innerwick Renown, from Geraldine & Wilson Strachan as his Overall Champion which sold for 5800 gn’s. Spey-Bay Winston by Ballinalare Farm Phantom, from Richard & Alastair Pettit as Reserve. Simmentals once again had a good sale with a top price of 6000gn’s for Islavale Vinny from Stuart Stronach, Berryleys. Simmentals averaged £3643, for 14 sold.

Club trip to Cornwall by Dorothy Moffat

Members of the Scottish Club travelled to sunny Cornwall at the beginning of June, where Penny Lally had kindly organised a varied and interesting programme for us. We were warmly welcomed at her farm, where not only did we enjoy seeing her cattle but were also impressed with her pet cemetery and crematorium - diversification at the very best. Holiday accommodation & artist’s studio completed her enterprise in a beautiful setting.

From then on, we were accompanied by Jim Buckland, whose local knowledge made such a difference to our enjoyment and who also impressed us with his own cattle en route. The remainder of the day was spent on the tourist trail, seeing St Michaels Mount, and visiting Lands End, Sennen, and the Minnack Theatre. We all felt we could have been abroad!

The next day saw us visiting the Eden project - we could not fail to be impressed by this famous attraction. Following lunch here, we were warmly welcomed at Trenodden Farm, Liskeard, home of Stephen and Angela Pearce, where we were shown both good cattle and exceptional hospitality, the spread laid on for us was wonderful homemade pasties and the best meringues ever to name a few.

Our final day began early at the Royal Cornwall Show which hosted the National Simmental Show a large entry of quality cattle were ably judged by Joe Wilson and ended with Boddington Estates winning the top honours. The day and indeed the whole trip was nicely ended off with a barbeque provided by the Cornwall Club Members.

Royal Highland Show

Chris Martindale had the task of placing the large entry of Simmentals at this year’s Royal Highland Show. Supreme Champion was Omorga Veron from Brian Allan, Glenturk. Reserve was Corskie Sabrina from the Greens. The Scottish Simmental Club also organised the Interbreed Stockjudging competition at the Highland Show this year, four breeds were judged, there was a large entry of teams from most of the breeds. Our Judge was Brian Allan (Glenturk), thanks also to Douglas Barr & Neil McGowan for organising the day.

After judging we served refreshments in the marquee while we waited for the results, due to computer problems this took some time!! But eventually the winning team was announced - Simmental breeders took top honours with Morag & Douglas Smith & Gillian Greenhill first, with the Young Welsh Simmental team of Owain, Gethin & Carys Davies second. On the Friday evening Dorothy Moffat organised our Annual Highland Show barbeque, which was enjoyed by all who attended. I would like to thank Kirsty & Morag Thomson and Rosalyn Carnie for serving refreshments and to all the Members who set up and helped on the stand.

Scottish National Show

The Club held its second Scottish National Simmental Show at Doune and Dunblane on 4th July, our Judge Peter Goldsbrough travelled from Yorkshire to place the cattle, selecting Corskie Valiant as his Overall Champion with Hazelden Carina as Reserve. Photos are available on Anne MacPhersons website www.anniemacphotos.co.uk Thank you Anne for taking all the photo’s, especially just a few days before your wedding to Robert!

Club Open Day - Culnoag & Newbie Mains

The Club organised an Open day on two farms in the South West of Scotland, we were delighted with the number of farmers who visited both herds. In the morning we toured Culnoag near Newton Stewart by kind permission of Jim, Rosanne & Neil Galloway a commercial herd of 170 Simmental cows.

Then after an excellent lunch of locally sourced produce, we headed to Jim & Patricia Goldie’s Pedigree herd at Newbie Mains near Annan. Thanks to both our hosts, and to the local businesses who sponsored the day.

Balmaud dispersal & Annick reduction Sales

Wilson & Geraldine Strachan dispersed their Balmaud herd at Stirling on 25th September, cows sold to 4500gn’s twice for Mausi an Austrian import & Balmaud Tracy a 3 year old cow by Corrick North West. Top price was 10,000gn for the stock bull Woodhall Volcano. Lachlan Quarm also held a major reduction of his Annick herd, top price was 4200gn for Annick Helen a 22 month old a heifer, selling to Jimmy Green, Corskie.

Club Open Day

Blessed by the only dry day, in what was otherwise a wash out August, the Scottish Club held a beef focus day in the South West of Scotland. The aim was to promote the use of Simmental Cows and Bulls in the area.

The day began at Culnoag Farm Sorbie. Here Tom and Roseanne Galloway, along with their son Neil, run a herd of 170 pure Simmental cows as a commercial operation with the majority calving in the spring. The event was opened by NFU President Jim McLaren before around 180 attendee’s took to the trailers for a tour of the Galloway’s stock. On view were extremely growthy maiden heifers followed by bulling heifers running with the Limousin bull to calf down at 3 years of age. Tom and Roseanne are dedicated producers and have sourced most of their stock bulls through Perth Bull sales. The trailers went on to see three separate batches of strong cows with calves at foot running with Perth purchases including, Blair Soloman, Innerwick Nelson, and Annanwater Rascal. These bulls, over an excellent herd of cows, are producing quality grass finished Steers and Heifers at big weights. The trailer then returned to the shed where we had a hearty feed of local produce all donated, before a raffle was held and Vice President of the Scottish Club Tom Henderson closed the morning event and invited everyone to go onto Newbie Mains.

The day then progressed onto Newbie Mains farm at Annan home to the Jim and Patricia Goldie and the ‘Newbie Mains’ Herd of Pedigree Simmentals. Jim and Patricia are building their herd, with numbers currently running at 27 breeding cows with a further 7 in-calf heifers along with younger female progeny. The day was extremely well attended with in the order of 200 Commercial and Pedigree cattle enthusiasts from all corners of the UK attending. The cows and calves running with stock bull Kilbride Farm Rainman were looking very well with plenty of potential in the pen. A strong show of in-calf heifers were also looking very promising, together with a selection of breeding bulls, some destined for the Bull Sales. The event culminated in a social evening where we all enjoyed the BBQ and very generous bar before a vote of thanks was giving to Jim and Patricia and all their helpers and indeed their sponsors for the day. The Scottish club are extremely grateful to the Galloways and Goldies for all their hard work fundraising, organising and hosting this tremendously successful day.

Best Junior Handler with Iain Green and Chris Martindale

Chris & Iain presenting Scottish Clubs Tankard for overall Champion to Brian Alan (Glenturk)

Iain presenting Chris with Scottish Clubs Quaich