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.