Centre West Club report 2010


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.


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


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

Centre West Club report 2009


by Peter Burgess

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.

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.

Centre West Club report 2008


by Peter Burgess The year started in the usual fashion with the Christmas meal at the March Hare, Broughton Hackett. A very good meal was enjoyed by the diners, which was followed by three presentations. Firstly thanks to Rob and Louise Fitton who travelled down from Lancashire to present the prizes for the 2007 Herd competition. The results are printed in last years Review. A presentation was then made to John Fellows who was about to become an Octogenarian. John is a founder member of the club and has been treasurer for as long as I can remember! A further presentation was made to another founder member, Rob Hewlett, who has stepped down from the manager’s post at Boddington Estates and is now in “semiretirement”. Best wishes to both of these club stalwarts. A bumper raffle rounded off a very enjoyable evening.

Herd Competition Results 2008

Winner of Large Herd Boddington Estates - Sterling

Winner of Medium Herd Peter Burgess - Tilbrook

Winner of Small Herd James and Belinda Kimber - Beanhill

Best calf born 2008 James and Belinda Kimber - Beanhill Wilhelm

Best weaned bull up to 2 years old Warwickshire College - Greenfields Vern

Best group of in calf heifers Dave & Nicky Field - Burytown

Best group of maiden heifers Boddington Estates - Sterling Herd

Shebdon Trophy [Special prize] John and Ellen Rixon - Lopemede for the uniformity of the calves at foot

Due to the cancellation of our 2007 calf show the AGM was deferred to January and was held along-side a quiz. The AGM was over quickly with all of the club officers being returned. The well attended quiz, with quiz master yours truly, was won by a team from the Midland Club headed by the Martindales. Runners up were a team of Charolais breeders.

The annual dinner was held in early May at the Kings Head Worcester, where the size of the helpings has to be seen to be believed. Following the meal a presentation was made to club members Richard and Jill Wilcox to mark the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations to you both. Guest speaker this year was local farmer Alan Grosvenor who kept the diners entertained with his hilarious tales and anecdotes. He is definitely to be recommended.

Kenilworth Show went ahead in early June and was well supported by Simmentals despite some regulars being unable to attend due to BTV restrictions. Winner of the Supreme Championship, for the second year in succession, was Roger Birch, this time with Pasturefields Turbo Tommy.

A farm walk was held in conjunction with the Midland and South West Clubs at the end of August in Lower Boddington, near Daventry. Firstly we visited the 200 cow commercial suckler herd of Bill and Mary Adams at Springfield Farm. Simmental and Angus bulls are used with Simmental X heifers kept for replacements. All other progeny is finished on farm and sold to Waitrose from about 18mths old.


This herd is a tremendous advert for the Simmental suckler cow in a commercial situation. Heifers are calved at two years old and the uniformity of the calves throughout the whole herd,both Simmental and Angus X , are a real testament to the mothering abilities of the Simmental cow. Being an arable farm as well, the winter rations are based on straw which also illustrates the adaptability of the breed. Many thanks to Bill and Mary and also Ed and Jenny Dudley. Ed is head stockman and gave a marvellous commentary as we were shown around the very impressive herd.

From here we went to Tilbrook Farm, also at Lower Boddington to look around the Chairman’s herd! There is no doubt of the main attraction on this visit -—- lunch! Thanks to Sarah for all her hard work in preparing a fabulous meal for the 50 or so people attending.

The herd competition took place in early September. Judges this year were Gethin and Envys Lloyd who after spending three days travelling around our area agreed to return and present the prizes at our calf show. Gethin and Envys also brought with them a special prize which they presented to David Savins of Warwickshire College for all of the work he does in encouraging the young to be involved in the breed. Many thanks to you both for undertaking the task.

Results of the Calf Show

Champion Male David Sapsed - Heathbrow Wizard

Reserve Champion Male James Kimber - Beanhill Wilhelm

Champion Female Boddington Estates - Sterling Vivien

Reserve Champion Female Boddington Estates - Sterling Wednesday

Young Handlers: Aged 15 years and under – Harry Hitchins Jemma Neil Richard Andrews

Young Handlers: Aged 16 – 21 years – Emma McMillan Dan Colman Leo Hoskins

The aforementioned calf show was held at the end of September at Cirencester market. The show was very well supported both in numbers of cattle and people. Fittingly the Judge this year was Graham Fishlock, ex herdsman at Boddington Estates, whose idea it was to hold such a show many years ago! The show this year was thrown open to non club members, however we might revert back next year as Male Champion was won by “outsiders” David and Lesley Sapsed! Thanks to Graham and everyone who helped to make the show such a success.

I would just like to finish by thanking the committee and members alike for supporting the club during the past year with special thanks to Secretary Sam Evans for the time and effort she gives the club. Here’s hoping for a restriction free year!

Centre West Club report 2007


by Peter Burgess

It was with a mixture of surprise and shock that I found myself Chairman of the Centre West Simmental Club at the AGM held after the calf show at Cirencester market, the last weekend in September.

I would first like to thank on behalf of the members, Judith Cockerill for the work and commitment she gave to the club during the six years she held this post.

Our year started as usual with a well attended Christmas meal at the March Hare, Broughton Hackett. Good food, good company and a marathon raffle ensured the evening passed enjoyably and very quickly.

In February a skittles evening, very ably organized by David Bell, was held in conjunction with the Midland Club. The finely tuned athletes gathered at the Rose Inn, Baxterley and after a fiercely contested competition sat down together to enjoy a very welcome meal. It’s always good to share evenings with other clubs giving members a chance to catch up with fellow breeders.

March saw our Annual Dinner held at the Kings Head, Worcester, again well attended and with a bumper meal! Guest speaker was Vet Jack Waters from Solihull who entertained the diners with a mixture of amusing anecdotes and views of the veterinary profession. One of these was his concern at the lack of students willing to take on large animal medicine. Something certain to cause a shortage of farm vets in the very near future.

Yearling heifers at Springhill Estates

Beginning of May and a farm walk, by kind permission of Capt. Hannay, around Springhill Estates, Moreton-in-the-Marsh. Our thanks especially go to Ros Allen for all her efforts in making this event such a success. Around sixty people clambered aboard trailers, on a beautiful spring day, to be shown around the 180 cow suckler herd on this 2000 acre Cotswold Estate. Simmental and Angus bulls are used breeding heifer replacements, with the remainder being sold as yearling stores. The cattle enterprise is a prime example of the value of Simmentals in a commercial situation, with traits such as milkiness in the females, growth rates, temperament and the fast improving conformation of the breed being very evident. The cattle, sheep and whole Estate are a credit to Ros and her staff. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Schering Plough and in particular Dave Meakin, for their generous sponsorship of this event.

A week later the Club held a small bull sale at Cirencester market with the top price of £2800 being paid for a Sterling bull from Boddington Estates.

One of our local shows, Kenilworth, went ahead in glorious weather at the beginning of June. A good turnout of cattle with the Champion being shown by Roger and Steph Birch. Unfortunately Roger missed his moment of glory as he was in Warwick hospital having his finger stitched back together after a slight mis-hap!

I don’t need to remind everybody of the disruption caused to events later in the year, however we did manage to hold our herd competition in early September. Judge this year was Robert Fitton who travelled down from Lancashire to spend three days in our area. Due to the cancellation of our calf show Robert has kindly agreed to present the prizes at our Christmas meal. Another epic journey for you Robert! Many thanks to Robert for taking the time and making the effort to complete the task with such a positive attitude.

Due to the ongoing problems we have not yet held our AGM, but I would like to thank the committee and all the members alike for supporting the Club during the past year. Special thanks go to Secretary Sam Evans for keeping me on the straight and narrow!

Simmental cattle are still very underrated by many people but I believe with continued improvement and by focusing on the commercial market the breed has a huge future.

Herd Competition results are as follows:

Large Herd John Rixon (Lopemede)

Medium Herd Peter Burgess (Tilbrook)

Small Herd James and Belinda Kimber (Beanhill)

Best Suckled Calf 2007 Boddington Estates (Sterling) with Sterling Trumpets Velvet

Best weaned Bull up to 2 years Peter Burgess with Tilbrook Talisman

Best Group of in calf heifers John Rixon (Lopemede)

Best Group of Maiden Heifers Peter Burgess (Tilbrook)