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.

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 !!!!

Cornwall Club report 2008

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by Penny Lally

2008 was a busy year for the Simmental Society and also for our Club. We try and have something organised for most months to keep the social aspect of the Club healthy as we enjoy each others company and share a keen interest in the Simmental Breed.

Our AGM was held in November at Callestick Farm and was attended by about 25 people, excluding myself due to illness, however, Roger Pascoe took the Chair and Geoff Thomas, who judged the Herd Competition presented the prizes.

Our Annual dinner was held as usual at the Godolphin Hotel, Marazion, where about 60 of us had a really good evening especially enjoying the ‘Irish Bingo’.

In February we invited the South Devon Club to a ‘Quiz Evening’ at the County Arms, Truro, where brains were stirred into action. The South Devon Club promised us a re-match in February 2009.

In March, Fiona Sloan was asked to give a talk to our Club with some commercial farmers joining us. She braved hideous weather with severe gales and rain to venture into the depths of Cornwall. She was well received by the interested audience present on such a stormy night.

May saw the Devon County Show where Viv Hall was the only Cornish representative doing well with her 2 year old Heifers.

On May 4th we held a Herd Health Day at Bosahan Farm, where 2 vets were booked to come and talk – both dropped out at the last minute leaving Jim Buckland to step into the breach talking us through the reasons why we should take Herd Health seriously.

Herd Competition Results

Large Herd 1st Place - Steve & Gill Gummow, Killiworgie 2nd Place - Kevin Thomas, Crowgey 3rd Place - Stephan Pearce, Liskerret

Small Herd 1st Place - Penny Lally, Chyanhal 2nd Place - John & Bridget Olds, Bosahan 3rd Place - Viv & Geoff Hall, Chegwidden

Best Cow 1st Place - John & Bridget Olds, Bosahan 2nd Place - Penny Lally, Chyanhal 3rd Place - Viv & Geoff Hall, Chegwidden

Best Bull Calf 1st Place - Viv & Geoff Hall, Chegwidden 2nd Place - James Berry, Cathedral 3rd Place - Barrie Wynter, Bolankin

Best Young Stock 1st Place - Kevin Thomas, Crowgey 2nd Place - John & Bridget Olds, Bosahan 3rd Place - Viv & Geoff Hall, Chegwidden

Best X-Bred Calf 1st Place - David Allen, Penallen 2nd Place - Steve & Gill Gummow, Killiworgie 3rd Place - Anthony Hart, Treverbyn

Judges Prize – Best Stock Bull Chegwidden Newman - Viv & Geoff Hall, Chegwidden

We were taken on a tour of the Olds family cattle and farm including their own quarry and then ‘fed and watered’ admirably and went on our way having had a lovely day out.

About 25 members came to Rose Farm for an open evening to celebrate 20 years of having Simmentals and starting the Pet Crematorium. Everyone enjoyed a sociable evening walking around the cattle and the memorial gardens (which since went on to win the first prize in the ‘Pet Cemetery of the Year’ awards!).

At the end of May, I set off on the adventure of a lifetime on a 12 day trek through the Andes in Peru to Machu Picchu for the Cornish Hospice Care Charity, arriving back the night before showing at the Royal Cornwall Show (32 hours travelling from Peru straight to the Royal Cornwall Showground!)

Everything had been well organised by the committee and there was a good number of Simmies in the unusually empty cattle shed due to Bluetongue. The Olds family and Kevin Thomas’ family were showing for the first time. The Sterling herd were there in force and Jimmy Macmillan (who is now fluent in Cornish!) was really helpful to our new showing members. This is what makes showing so much fun – outside the ring everyone is helpful and friendly, but inside the ring everyone is very competitive. Our stand was looked after by Viv Hall’s nephew, William (or Prince William as Jimmy called him!) who was called upon last minute to help, we were most grateful to him for everything he did. Our Judge was Gerald Smith, who I think enjoyed his visit to Cornwall and hopefully was impressed with the cattle and the friendliness of the Show. Boddingtons swept the board, but members did well too. 2009 is the BIG ONE – THE NATIONAL SHOW. We hope more Simmental breeders will come and sample Cornish hospitality – IT WILL BE GOOD – BE THERE!!

In July we held a farm walk at new members Steven and Angela Pearces’ farm TRENODDEN near Liskeard at the top of Cornwall. We enjoyed a perfect evening. The cattle looked very well, the setting was beautiful, the company was great and the food – divine! Thanks to them.

In August after a couple of attempts before, the Club at last visited the Hawkeys’ farm on top of the hills near the windmills overlooking Bodmin. Unfortunately I missed this as I spent most of the day waiting for an AA man to fix my broken down vehicle which ‘expired’ whilst on the way to the farm walk, which resulted in an uncomfortable drive home with NO suspension at 35mph for 40 miles!! Whilst everyone else enjoyed a good day out with great hospitality from the Hawkeys’ looking at their Simmentals and commercial cattle.

Cornwall Simmental Club Tour ‘OVER THE WATER

We thought, we’ll go to Northern Ireland to see what we could see So I spoke to David Hazelton, a splendid chap is he. I told him what we wanted, he said, ‘no problem Penny’ And throughout our super visit…problems, there were not any!

Our club was joined by other, from New Forest, Midlands, Kent David Barker, Robert Hewlett, all made welcome where we went We had a lass from Farmers Weekly making notes along the way There was hilarious fun and laughter on our Yellow bus each day.

We toured the Ards Peninsular, we saw the Spelga Dam Walked the Giants Causeway and ate many scones and jam We were touched by the hospitality from the people everywhere And enjoyed the common interest in the breed that we all share.

We saw some super cattle looking well on rain soaked earth Strong and fleshy cows and bulls prepared for Perth At Omorga with John Moore,… who we almost understood! Then packed into his cosy home for tea and lovely food

At Joe Wilsons’ Ballinalare, there was so much to admire To see such super cattle, surely, none of us would tire At Ranfurly with the Hazeltons we had tea fit for a Queen Proudly, David showed his excellent stock, to experiment, he is keen

On our last day, to Kilbride, the Robsons’ family place Most impressive cows and calves put a smile on many a face We saw some famous family lines and stock bulls looking grand They certainly can breed cattle in this green and pleasant land

So, all you clubs get going, do some travelling, get up and out, You’ll find super hospitality and cows to dream about It will give you inspiration to move on and improve And the laughs and jokes and food and drink everyone will love.

Penny Lally Oct 2009

In September our annual Club trip was to Northern Ireland. David Hazelton organised everything wonderfully. We told him who we would like to visit and that we would like to do some sightseeing around the country as well. 34 of us flew to Belfast where we were met by a big yellow bus. We stayed at Dungannon for the 3 nights and set off each morning, early, after a super breakfast to do some sight seeing. There were only a few moans and groans about the early starts! Our two drivers were super, the second one fairly swift on occasions!! We had lovely weather apart from a bit of drizzle on day one and enjoyed the beautiful views observing how tidy all the gardens were as we sped along.

On day one we visited John Moore at Omorga, where we were shown his fleshy cattle. The ground was saturated with huge amounts of rain which they had during the previous months. John explained his breeding policy and his keenness to provide the commercial buyer with the animal he wants.

On day 2 we went to the Ballinalare herd of Joe Wilson who was in the midst of building his new house. He had some very smart heifers and lovely cows and calves.

On day 3 we were shown the Ranfurly Simmentals and found the Fleckvieh influence most interesting. David Hazelton is not afraid to experiment and try to improve with embryo work.

On day 4 we visited Kilbride Farms and the Robson family. Their cattle were all most impressive with good strong cows with well established cow families. Unfortunately Michael did not expect us that day – he thought we were coming a week later! Luckily someone mentioned it the night before and we were able to see all his wonderful stock including bulls Kilbride Farm Newry and Cairnview Farm Snazzy and then Michael and his family rushed off to a christening!

Over the four days we spent in Northern Ireland, without exception, we were made so welcome, we saw magnificent cattle and ate some scrumptious food. The fields everywhere, were soaked with the huge rainfall experienced over the so called summer and it was sad to see the state of their harvest with machinery stuck in mucky corn fields. Our visit was unforgettable and most enjoyable and we would like to sincerely thank all our host for a wonderful time – especially David for his organisation ….Some of us may even have been tempted to buy!

Our Cornish Herd Competition was held in September and prize giving was at our AGM on November 5th, where our President John Langdon, Carnon herd, who has served us for many years, sadly retired at the grand age of 80. A presentation of Simmental goblets was made to John by the Club. It is a great pleasure that James Lawrey, Tolver herd has accepted the post of President and we would all like to wish him well in his new position.

Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to our Judge, Robert Jordan. In the South West Herd Competition, Viv Hall (Chegwidden) won the Overall Herd, congratulations to her and Geoff.

On a sad note, one of our original members Keith Olver (Cargibbit) lost his fight with cancer this June. He was a much liked member who loved his Simmentals and showing. He bought his first heifer in 1988 and gradually built up his herd. He also bred poultry and latterly Beef Shorthorns which were particularly dear to him. Our sympathies go out to his family and his wife Jacqui. He will be remembered with a smile and we will miss him.

In conclusion, Cornwall Simmental Club board goes from strength to strength, we have some keen younger members coming on and our annual trips are proving popular, meeting and being inspired by breeders far and wide. We look forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors to the National Simmental Show at the Royal Cornwall in June. We feel confident that everyone will have an enjoyable and memorable visit to Cornwall.

Cornwall Club report 2007

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by Penny Lally 2007 has been a peculiar year both for all farmers and personally, with extreme weather conditions, Foot and Mouth and for me the loss of my husband, it is a year I shall not be sorry to see the back of.

Our AGM was held in November at the “Inn for all Seasons”. After the usual business we had the prize giving for our Herd Competition. The Judge, Mr. Hugh Lello awarded the prizes and said a few words on how much he had enjoyed the experience and visiting all the different members.

In February, Viv and Geoff Hall hosted an Open Day at Chegwidden Farm where Roger Pascoe, helped by David Nicholas, gave a demo on preparing animals for Shows. This proved interesting and helpful to the newer members who are keen to start showing. After a walk around their cattle we were treated by Viv and Geoff to a ‘feast of food’! A good day was had by all.

In March we had another skittle match against the South Devon Club. This sadly was my husband’s last outing before he died in April. He always organised the teams enthusiastically and enjoyed the evening, it will never be the same again.

In May the Devon County Show numbers were swelled by Viv Hall with a team of six with which she had great success and my bull Radium was Breed Champion.

In June, the sun shone down with all its might in the first week, which happily coincided with the Royal Cornwall Show, many who were there thought they should have been making hay, and they were right as, after the show, the rains came and the summer went!!!

Scotland Revisited

We so enjoyed visiting Scotland last year That we thought we would go, as before So we planned our annual visit ‘abroad’ ’Til F & M wrecked things once more

A few days before we were due to depart Confusion set up in our group Flights, cars and hotels were already booked That money we could not recoup

Then, three of our host, felt with regret, That a visit to them might look bad And we all understood the decision they made Though the feeling amongst us was sad

For some this was to be a much needed break So they decided to go anyway Edinburgh sounds like an interesting place To be sure we’ll have fun on our stay

So, reduced in our numbers, we set off as planned From Bristol we ‘took off’ at dawn With the usual humour though a bit bleary eyed We chatted with many a yawn

Happily, Strathisla said we could still come But our footwear we must disinfect We were not to get off the farm trailer After this we should not pose a threat

On arrival, Adrian Ivory gave us a talk On the way that their farming was run Explaining the importance of figures and facts That he was not just farming for fun!

We enjoyed a most interesting visit, all day, And were treated to barbecued steaks Also shown their great ‘handling system’ Telling just how much difference it makes

As we trailored around, some great cattle we saw Simmentals, Charolais too And we looked with such envy at acres of straw Enjoying the incredible view

Next day, we toured the Royal Yacht Britannia A nostalgic look into the past Where there was such an attention to detail and the craftsmen, then, made things to last

We learned quite a lot about Edinburgh Then moved on the next day to Falkirk Where we all had a trip on the ‘Wheel’ Quite astonished to see how it worked

Our Scottish trip ended in Stirling Great castle, most wonderful views Then off we flew home, all quite refreshed Though we visited very few ‘cooows’.

Penny Lally Sept. 2007

Record numbers of people flocked to the Show and we had a very good show of Simmentals, which was a relief as numbers had been getting low. Ivy Hair returned to the show circuit after a break and enjoyed success. He had persuaded the Hawkeys that showing was fun and this proved the case as they also had a successful show.

Jimmy Macmillan learned some Cornish and led one or two astray! but was a welcome visitor representing the Sterling herd and taking top honours judged by Ron Hodgkinson.

Gethin Lloyd and family thought that the Royal Cornwall was worth a second visit and I think they, and all the competitors enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the Show.

Our stand again, was manned by Heather who, this year, even managed to cook a few breakfasts for the competitors (sponsored by Roger Pascoe & David Nicholas – the dynamic duo!). This was a great success even though facilities for cooking were a bit basic and rather ‘Heath Robinson’. However, I think it was much appreciated by those who ate it.

Again many thanks to Charlie Harris for looking after and delivering all our bits and pieces to the stand and also a huge thank you to Anthony Hart who was such a help to me and always there to lend a hand with anything that was required. Let’s hope he will have his own cattle there showing in 2008 along with some other keen newcomers.

Herd Competition Results
Best Small herd: 1st Penny Lally 2nd John & Bridget Olds 3rd Anthony Hart

Best large herd: 1st Viv & Geoff Hall, 2nd Kevin Thomas 3rd Steve & Gill Gummow

Best Cow: 1st Penny Lally 2nd Viv Hall 3rd equal David Allen & John & Bridget Olds

Best bull calf: 1st James Berry 2nd Barry Wynter 3rd. Penny Lally

Best Young Stock: 1st James Berry 2nd Kevin Thomas 3rd Viv Hall.

Best Commercial cattle: 1st Steve & Gill Gummow 2nd David Allen 3rd Viv Hall

In September we were due to have a farm walk at the Hawkeys of St. Wenn which had already been postponed because of Foot and Mouth, both this and our Herd Competition have been affected by the restrictions so we just have to wait for ‘things’ to get back to normal.

As last year we organised a trip to Scotland. We were to visit Strathisla, Woodhall, Innerwick and Mendick herds. We were all booked up with flights etc when the 2nd restrictions took affect, most of us decided to go anyway.

In conclusion, I would like to sincerely thank all my many Simmental friends for their kindness, sympathy and support which has been a great comfort in this difficult year.

Cornwall Club report 2006

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by Penny Lally Yet another busy year for our club. On Valentines day we met up with the South Devon club for a meal and a game of skittles proving as popular as ever with a great deal of friendly rivalry.

In May, Viv Hall and I went to the Devon County show. Viv won with her young cow and calf which was handled later in the Junior Handlers Class by John May’s son Andrew. He won his class and went on to be Reserve Champion Young Handler. My bull Corskie Radium won and was Breed Champion. He then went on to win the Interbreed Pairs with the Mills’ cow Lavender, and also Supreme Beef Champion; I believe it is quite sometime since a Simmental had the honour of leading the parade (even though the red mud was ankle deep thanks to much rain and the Royal Artillery!!)

The Royal Cornwall enjoyed hot weather and huge crowds. We had a reasonable show of Simmentals but we need more to keep the classes going. Our Judge Roger Birch sampled Cornish hospitality as did the Interbreed Judge Billy MacPherson. Corskie Radium was Breed Champion and just missed doing the double by being Reserve Interbreeds Champion. Viv Hall, Kevin Hawke and James Berry are Cornwall club members who were prize winners. We were pleased to welcome a Welsh invasion in the form of Gethin and Enfys Lloyd. Their bull won his class and went on to be sold at Perth in October for £8,000!! I think they enjoyed their visit to the friendly show. Our club stand was a success once again being a place to sit and chat having a cup of tea and a piece of cake. Thanks to Heather Parr and all volunteers especially Charlie Harris who gives up his precious free time to help put the stand together. The stand is an ideal opportunity for any members to advertise their herds.

In July we hired a small bus and went on a visit to the Priorton herd of John and Katrina May. We arrived on a beautiful day to be greeted by the family in their walled garden for coffee. We were then shown the free range chicken enterprise where the birds are raised from chicks to a certain weight when they are collected by the Lloyd Maunder chicken catchers!! The fully automated system was most interesting. We then climbed on trailers to see the cattle. They all looked well in the sunshine as did the herd of Ruby Reds. This was followed by a wonderful lunch. We then got back onto our bus and went off to Dartmoor to visit John and Dianne Jordon’s farm.

This was a fascinating insight into the special lifestyle and knowledge needed to farm on Dartmoor. We saw South Devons and Galloways with the most amazing views as a backdrop, wonderful on a sunny day but harsh in the misty winter. We were shown prize Texel rams and stunning Dartmoor pony stallions followed by tea, a lovely day out, enjoyed by all.

In August we had our usual evening herd visit and BBQ. This year it was at the farm of vet Andrew Parker who is new to our club. He showed us his collection of cattle including two Gloucester cows and a Limo bull (we will have to sort that one out!!) We had a brilliant evening enjoying our walk around his farm and then were treated to a superb BBQ. Much thanks to him and his family.

In September we organised a trip to the other end of the country from us, Scotland. We visited the herds of; Blackford, Corskie, Delfur and Drumsleed, and also a visit to Glen Grant Whiskey Distillery. We had a magnificent trip, busy but enjoyable. We saw terrific cattle and amazing scenery, this is how it went;……………

Scottish trip We thought we’d go to Scotland to see how things were done

We like a trip away, a chance to have some fun This year we’d fly from Bristol, this choice we had to make For Newquay in the fog is a risk we could not take!

A dozen Welshmen joined us, keen to come along (with Cornishmen and Welshmen, we might even get a song) Our first call was to Inverness, the Blackford herd to see Such awe inspiring cattle, followed by some tea Billy and his family, masters of their trade Quiet and charming people, well ahead, it must be said

Next day was a full one, Corskie our first stop Big strong cattle everywhere, we were like kids in a sweet shop Fields of lovely females, rows of bulls for Perth We’ll follow them with interest to see how much they’re worth Ian Green arranged for us, to go, after our lunch To Glen Grant Whiskey Distillery, this motley ‘Celtic’ bunch **we toured around with interest, sampling with some glee Then met up with our next host, the Delfur herd to see So many, many Simmentals in fields of luscious green And the most amazing scenery that many of us had seen Douglas Barr, the Delfur manager, took us ‘round the huge estate His enthusiasm catching, so we did not leave till late Field after field of cattle in groups of fifty plus We could fill a lorry to take some home, the most of us The stockman, Jim, was jolly, laughed and chatted well But what he actually said, none of us could tell!! A super tea then followed, the boss, Edward was there A lovely afternoon, nearly dark when we left there We were then to drive to Aberdeen, some then lost their way We were getting tired and teasy trying to find our place to stay We all turned up, exhausted, had a meal then tried to sleep And lay there counting Simmentals instead of counting sheep

The weather had been perfect, but the rain came down next day Then, a drizzly drive to Drumsleed on our final day away The Smiths were very welcoming, and showed us ‘round with pride The enormous admiration for their beasts, we could not hide Yet more magnificent females and young bulls looking grand No wonder Scottish cattle are admired throughout the land

We sadly had to leave, to Edinburgh to drive home Our happy convoy heading south without a single moan The Welsh and Cornish clubs were treated to a feast Of endless, super Simmental, those most beautiful of beasts The Scottish hospitality and stockmanship supreme Sent us home, our eyes opened to try achieving what we’d seen **p.s. Glen Grant will be remembered for more than just one drink Some of us will know, what I mean, I think!!

In October the East Anglian club visited us. The Hurns, the Filbys, the Clements, the Smiths and Dennis Mitchell were given a tour of the delights of the far South West. They visited 5 Simmental herds, 1 Ruby Red Devon herd, and 1 Aberdeen Angus herd. They saw the stunning outdoor Minack theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno, wandered around St. Ives like tourists and learned all about the perils of tin mining by going into Geevor tin mine (slightly claustrophobic it must be said!!) We enjoyed showing off our special part of the country, being so very different to East Anglia with fields as big as some of our farms with our small enclosures.

We are always happy to show any other clubs around, it is a good way to make more friends with the same interests and to exchange ideas. But, do remember, you need a passport to fly to Cornwall (or anywhere else in Britain) as Norman and Margaret Smith will tell you, they had to spend an uncomfortable night on Friday 13th travelling to Cornwall from Stansted on a coach as they forgot their passports!!

Our club decided to have our own herd competition for the first time this year which proved most successful. It was organised by Roger Pascoe and judged by Hugh Lello. It was great to see so many members taking part especially 2 new members, Kevin Thomas and John and Bridget Olds, who won prizes.

Results; Large herd 1. Viv Hall 2. Steve & Gill Gummow 3. James Berry

Small herd 1. Penny Lally 2. John & Bridget Olds 3. Jim Buckland

Best cow 1. Penny Lally (thanks!) 2. Steve & Gill Gummow 3. John & Bridget Olds

Pair heifers 1. James Berry 2. Penny Lally, 3. Kevin Thomas

Bull calf 1. Barrie Wynter 2. Viv Hall 3. Penny Lally

Commercial 1. Adele & Mark James 2. Viv Hall 3. Kevin Thomas

I have had the honour of being voted on to Council, I would like to thank all who voted for me and will do my very best to represent members, especially those with small herds, like myself. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there are things you wish to be brought to the attention of Council. Remember, pass on the passion, and tell everyone how great Simmentals are.