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 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 East Club report 2008

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by Tony Jukes My first year as Chairman of the South East Group was particularly eventful what with the Foot and Mouth outbreak and the atrocious wet weather at most of the Shows. Coming into this year I had hoped that our problems were behind us. Wrong again – the threat of Blue Tongue gathered intensity and we spent the first few months of the year wondering if we would get the vaccine in time for the midge season and of course the Summer Shows. Much to everybody’s relief the vaccine did arrive a week or two early but then the show season was still impaired by the zoning which changed almost weekly! Sadly because of zoning, The Royal Show was not possible for our members and as for the 2008 British summer – I do hope that none of you blinked!!

The year started as usual with our AGM in March when we were treated to a very interesting presentation from Kim Hayward, Chief Executive of the NBA. She discussed the TB threat and the “carbon footprint of the beef industry”. We certainly know how to cheer ourselves up!

Our main Show season started at Herts Show with David and Lesley Sapsed taking the top spot with Heathbrow Treasure. The South of England saw Swallowhill Tallulah as Breed Champion and Rhys Grenham’s bull Boars Head Volcano Breed Male Champion and notably Sainsburys Super Beef Bull Champion as well as Junior Interbreed Champion. Volcano repeated this success at the Kent Show taking Breed Champion and the Interbreed Super bull. At the New Forest Show, Lorraine and Steve Blomfield won Breed Champion with Sway Hazelnut and they also took the Interbreed Pairs. At Edenbridge and Oxted (this Show seems to go from strength to strength) top honours went to the Sterling Herd. I would like to mention the Calf show at Edenbridge which is a section we are keen to promote. This year our winner came from the Borlase family with their heifer calf Perrywood Wispa.

The South East Club’s group of 4 at the Kent Show

Whilst as I mentioned earlier our members were unable to exhibit their cattle at the Royal Show, our Club were still represented by our young members and congratulations go to Luke Blomfield who won for the under 21’s. Emma Ogden was overall winner for her reasons and Emma and Luke Blomfield won the under 21 team competition. Very well done to you all and thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Club.

Herd Competition 2008 Judged by Lynda Burditt

Revelex Cup - Champion Herd C.H.Carter

Best Bull or Heifer born 2008 Boars Head Grace 3rd R. Grenham Sire - Dovefields Gallant. Dam - Boars Head Grace.

Dam and One Progeny Dam - Brigstock Blende’s Clinton B.S.Shrive Calf - Brigstock Wanda - Sire. Curlieu Lenox.

David Barker Award Knowledge and enthusiasm of the breed S.Key

Large Herds 1st C.H. Carter 2nd J. Key 3rd D & L Sapsed

Medium Herds 1st B.S.Shrive 2nd M.Hind

Small Herds 1st R. Grenham 2nd A & A Jukes

Merian Jones Award- Best Young Stock D & L Sapsed

The Herd Competition this year was very kindly judged by Lynda Burditt and our thanks go to her for giving us her time and expertise. Many congratulations to Mike and Janet Jones whose Beeches Herd were Champion Herd for the second year running.

The World Congress was of course the big event of the 2008 year. There were two herd visits in the South East and both of which were a tremendous success. All credit to Judy, Paull, Bridget and William Borlase for the first visit and marvellous lunch for so many. Also congratulations to David and Lesley Sapsed for the afternoon visit and delicious cream tea. The outstanding quality and turnout of all the cattle on this day were an absolute credit to the Borlase and Sapsed families and a fantastic representation of the breed by the Sacombe and Heathbrow herds. Many thanks also to all those Club members and helpers who gave their help and support to make the day such a success.

The Young Handlers Competition that was held at the World Congress Day was quite an achievement for our representatives and it was very well done by Emma Blomfield who took first prize for individual under 21. Also team under 21 was won by Emma Blomfield and Oscar Woolgar. Congratulations to you both and to all the other young handlers who took part.

Due to the Bluetongue problem and the preparation of the World Congress, it was only possible for one Herd Visit this year. Fortunately it was one not to be missed – Hugo Arnold’s Hockenhull Herd. It was a very memorable day and we were privileged to see a truly great herd of Simmentals. We were later spoiled by Geraldine with fantastic food. As we know, Hugo is formally retiring and selling his herd in 2009. On behalf of the South East Group, I would like to thank Hugo and Geraldine for their wonderful hospitality and wish them every success with their sale and our very best wishes for the future. Hockenhull is a “household name” in the Simmental world and the breeding will carry on for many years to come. Well done Hugo!!

Earlier in the year we finally managed to get our South East Group website up and running. Use of this site to date has been a little disappointing but hopefully during the winter months our members will find the time to develop their respective sites.

We came into 2008 with some trepidation with Blue Tongue, World Congress arrangements etc., but overall I think we have got through it pretty well!! As I write this report it seems to me that aside from the global financial meltdown, we Simmental breeders might have a fair run at 2009. All the best.

South East Club report 2007

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by Tony Jukes

Our first Club meeting this year was our AGM at the Farmers Club when we were given a really interesting and informative talk by Robert Drysdale, the founder of the Westpoint Veterinary practice. They also cover Eastpoint and Northpoint practices. This South East based practice treats large animals only (so impressive that we now use them ourselves as do a number of our members).

Although our Show season was curtailed this year due to the Foot and Mouth outbreak – compliments of Pirbright! – there were nonetheless some good times. In particular, I would like to congratulate our Breed Champions who were Charles and Sally Horrell who took the Championship at both the Herts Show and then East of England. Paul Gunther who was Champion at the South of England. David and Lesley Sapsed, Champion at the Kent Show and at the last Show of this shortened season, it was Joey and Claire Peters who took the Championship at the New Forest Show.

All the Shows in our region were very well supported by members and exhibitors from other Clubs. I thank you all for coming and taking part. I should also like to thank those members who make such an effort to provide the hospitality that involves all of the exhibitors at the end of showing to get together to eat, drink and relax.

In mid June our Group were invited by Michael and Jackie Hind to visit their farm at Mayfield in East Sussex where they successfully run both a herd of pedigree Sussex cattle and a Simmental herd. We were expertly drive around the farm by tractor and trailer to view the animals (remember the rainy season?) and were shown some very good animals. Afterwards, we were treated to a delicious supper in lovely surrounding. Our thanks go to Michael and Jackie for making us so extremely welcome.

At the end of June, we had another farm visit this time to Henry Bonner who farms near to Milton Keynes. Henry runs a mixed farming enterprise which includes 200 suckler cows crossed with Simmental bulls. The progeny were impressive and the whole enterprise was extremely well managed. After a trip around the cattle it was down to the pub for a great Sunday lunch which was enjoyed by all. Our thanks to the Bonner family.

Turning to our annual Herd Competition, our gratitude goes out to Roger Birch for giving his time and expertise to judge for us this year. Thank you to all those who took part and I encourage more members (subject to DEFRA restrictions) to take part in 2008.

Top spot went to Mike and Janet Jones for winning the Champion Herd.

The full results were as follows:- Revelex Cup – Champion Herd C.H. Carter Best Bull or Heifer born 2007 D & L Sapsed Dam and One Progeny Beeches Marigold & Beeches Thrift C.H. Carter David Barker Award (Successful promotion of Polled Genetics) D & L Sapsed Large Herds 1st C.H. Carter 2nd D & L Sapsed 3rd A Hurn & Partners Medium Herds 1st B.S. Shrive 2nd J & C Peters 3rd M & L Rix Small Herd 1st R. Grenham 2nd C.Horrell Ltd 3rd A & A Jukes Merion Jones Award - Best Young Stock B.S. Shrive

Mike and Janet Jones’ C.H. Carter, Beeches Herd. Winners of the Herd Competition and Revelex Cup

The future of our breed is with our Young Handlers and in this respect it is important to recognise the contribution made by Judy and Bridget Borlase, and in particular Lorraine Blomfield. The proof of these efforts are in the results that have been achieved this year. At the Royal, Luke Blomfield was Overall Junior Champion – our congratulations go out to him. Also to Emma Blomfield and Luke who achieved second in the pairs competition. It is also excellent news that Luke Blomfield, Emma Blomfield and Emma Ogden will be representing the Society and our Group at Agribition in Canada later this year. We know that it will be an unforgettable experience for them and shall look forward to hearing about it on their return.

At our autumn meeting and dinner held at the Farmers Club, it was unanimously agreed that John Bance be appointed our Group President for his service to the group and the Breed. Further it was unanimously agreed that Mel Brewer our Past President be appointed an Honorary life member in recognition of the contribution that Mel and his wife Diane have made to the Group over the many years.

At the same meeting, it was agreed that the Group would have its own website. Work was well advanced on the project and it was expected that the site would be up and running for 2008.

On a more sombre note of late we have sadly lost two of our members – Sarah Hurley from Kent and John Brown from Suffolk. Both were stalwarts of the breed for many years and our sympathies go out to both families.

Lastly turning to the seemingly endless catalogue of problems facing the livestock industry, I would like to empathise with Sylvia and Derek Wakefield who found themselves at the epicentre of the Pirbright Foot and Mouth outbreak and to Alan Bishop who was close by – it must have been a very difficult time for them. Thankfully the Pirbright outbreak is subsiding but now we are in to Bluetongue!

As I write this report the majority of our members find themselves in the Protection Area and the remainder are in the Surveillance Area. What this means for 2008 nobody can be sure at this stage. My intention as Chairman is that whatever transpires I shall use my best endeavours to ensure that our Club continues to flourish through this period of uncertainty.

South East Club report 2006

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by Alan Bishop

After completing the business of our AGM, held at the Farmers Club in March, we welcomed Fiona Sloan, Breed Development and Promotions Manager, to talk to us about her plans for the future of the breed and update us on the Society’s plans for the coming year and the pending World Congress in 2008.

In April the club held a meeting at the South of England Showground where we were joined by members of the S.E. Aberdeen Angus and Charolais clubs and any other breeders interested in learning about the ABRI programme. Barbara Webster came down from Scotland to give an in-depth talk on the ABRI breed recording system, and demonstrated how information can be recorded and accessed around the world via the internet.

In May, we had a club visit to David and Lesley Sapsed’s Heathbrow herd, where we saw some very good cattle. It was of particular interest to see their work towards producing a naturally polled herd, many of which are progeny of Hockenhull Kramer who seems to be breeding very well.

On a beautifully sunny day, we enjoyed an excellent Sunday lunch in their garden, which is well worth a visit in its own right. Our thanks go to David and Lesley for their wonderful hospitality.

Once again, many of our members supported local and County shows, with some notable successes. Congratulations go to the Borlase family for winning the Simmental Male Champion at the Royal, and overall Breed Champion at the Great Yorkshire with their stock bull, Glenturk Nomad.

At the Royal Show Junior Stockjudging competition, Emma and Luke Blomfield were placed third, with Luke taking first place for the Junior Individual award. Congratulations to both of them.

Our herd competition was held in July, and our thanks go to John Dykes for giving up four days to judge.

Large Herd and Overall Champion 1st A. Hurn & Partners 2nd C.H. Carter 3rd D. & L. Sapsed

Medium Herd M. Hind

Small Herd 1st A. & A. Jukes 2nd R. Grenham 3rd Mrs. S. Wakefield

Dam & Progeny R. Grenham

Best calf born 2006 A. Hurn & Partners

My thanks go to all who have helped and supported the club over the year, in particular the Grenham family who once again kindly hosted a golfing day at their Boars Head course.

South East Club report 2005

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by Alan Bishop

Club members met at the Farmers Club, Whitehall, in March for our Annual General Meeting.  After the formalities, our guest speaker, Julie Robinson of Roythorne & Co (Agricultural Solicitors), gave us an in-depth talk on the Single Farm Payment scheme and all its pitfalls.  Having filled in all the forms, will we ever receive the money?

A number of club members supported the sale at Bristol, notably the Beeches herd with a consignment of 18 heifers.  Congratulations to them for taking Champion and Reserve Champion awards and achieving good prices for well-presented stock.

HERD COMPETITION WINNERS Large herd and Overall Champion: John KeyMedium herd: A E & C Bishop

Small herd: D & S Wakefield

Dam and one progeny: D & L Sapsed

Best calf born 2005: R Grenham

Meirion Jones award – Best young stock C H Carter

David Barker award – knowledge of pedigrees: B Borlase

As winners of our 2004 Herd competition, Mike and Janet Jones (Beeches) hosted a herd visit for club members in June, followed by an enjoyable spread – our thanks to them for their hospitality.

This year’s competition took place in early August, and our thanks go to Meirion Jones for giving up four days to judge.  We look forward to welcoming him to our annual dinner in November to present the prizes.

Many of our members supported local and county shows, with some notable successes.  Once again we congratulate the Clements family on their success with Darsham Kit Kat with her hat-trick of wins at the Royals.  Congratulations also to the Sapseds for Female Champion at South of England and Interbreed Champion at Bucks County with AWL Starlet 8E, and Rhys Grenham for Interbreed Champion at Kent.

At the Royal Show Stock judging competition, Jack Hawkins (11 years old) was outright winner of the junior section, and in the team section, Emma and Katie Ogden shared 2nd place.

At the Royal Show Stock judging competition, Jack Hawkins (11 years old) was outright winner of the junior section, and in the team section, Emma and Katie Ogden shared 2nd place.  Congratulations to these young enthusiasts – what an achievement for one family!  Thanks also to Anne Jukes, our team manager.

In September we were joined by the Essex Beef Group on a visit to Forsham Farm, Maidstone, to view Nick Bates’ commercial suckler herd of Simmental x Sussex cattle, which demonstrated our breed’s versatility both as a terminal sire and as a crossing sire for suckler cow production.  Anne Jukes organised Sunday lunch in the local pub for our party of 40 to round off a most enjoyable day.

My thanks go to all who have helped and supported the club over the year, especially to Peter Grenham, who has been our Secretary for some years, and his family who once again kindly hosted a golfing day at their Boars Head course.

I finish my report with the sad news of the death of Albert Clements on 1st October.  A supporter of many breeds of cattle, as well as pigs, Albert loved to share his many show memories with fellow exhibitors, and we will all miss him.  Our condolences go to Mary, Paul and all the family.