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.

East Anglia Club report 2009


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!