Welsh Club report 2010

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WELSH CLUB REPORT CHAIRMANS REPORT 2010 I will start this year by talking about next year’s important dates. The Welsh Club Sale at Welshpool Market May 12th 2011 more about that later in my report.

In August, we will be hosting the First Welsh National Show. This will be held at the Pembrokeshire County Showgrounds on the 16th to 18th August 2011, to coincide with the Pembrokeshire County Show. It will be the Second largest show in Wales, and with prize money of at least £2,000, I hope as many people as possible will support this event. We had originally intended to hold The National Show at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells, however the Royal Welsh Committee were unable to guarantee us the number of stalls that we would need. Pembrokeshire County Show are very keen to host our prestigious event. They will provide us with a marquee for hospitality at the side of the show ring, as well as having an extra large show ring, a separate shed for Simmentals, and will also erect an extra marquee at no extra cost should numbers exceed capacity. The Pembrokeshire County Showgrounds and the Welsh Simmental Club were very keen to host the National Show. However, the Simmental Council felt that August was the wrong time of year for them to hold the National Show. The Welsh club felt that the facilities available to us at the Pembrokeshire County Show were too good to miss, and so we decided to go ahead and hold a Welsh National Show. We hope that this will be the first of many to come. We look forward to seeing you all in August, and feel sure you will have a great time enjoying our wonderful Welsh Hospitality.

The past year has gone so quickly! Back to the Welsh Winter Fair of 2009. Over 26,000 people, mainly Farmers came to enjoy the event. Two superb cross bred cows and calves were on the stand, kindly loaned by Gerald and Margaret Parry from Abergavenny, and Robert and Kay Vincent from Carmarthenshire. Thank you, and thank you to all the members who helped on a very cold two days.

Our Christmas dinner 2009 in the Marina Hotel, Aberystwyth, went well with Steve Williams giving an after dinner speech about farming, and his interesting work as an auctioneer. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that a good day was had by all! Our next event was the Perth Bull sales at Sterling in February. Welsh Club members the Jones Family (Banwy Herd) brought the Senior Champion titlewith Banwy Wonderboy back to Wales. Congratulations. Wonderboy later sold for 9,500 guineas to the Woods family (Popes Herd).

Our AGM was also held at the Marina Hotel in Aberystwyth in March. Officials were elected as follows: Chairman Nadia Gwynne Vice Chairman Wynford Jones Secretary Margaret Parry Treasurer Aled Davies

I would like to take this opportunity, to thank Gethin Lloyd, for all his hard work for the club, during his time as Secretary. Thank you Gethin and Family.

In May the show season started with Cothi Bridge show. Congratulations to Brian, Kitty and Family for supreme Champion with Ben-nant Vera Gethin and Enfys Lloyd took the reserve Champion with Woodhall Warren Brian and Kitty also took the Interbreed title Thank-you to Peter Burgess (Tilbrook Herd) for judging at the Show.

Also in May we held our First Club Sale, at the new market in Welshpool. Nick and I took Supreme Champion with Chestermann Wayward who later sold for 3,500 guineas. Congratulations to Dai Evans for taking the Reserve and Female Champion title with Ben nant Vanity.

Top price of the day was Reserve Male Champion Chestermann Wynchester who sold for 3,800 guineas. We had the camera crew from a Welsh Farming programme Cefn Gwlad, filming the show and sale. Thank you to Terry Ford (…Herd) for judging this event. Thanks also to all who supported this club event. It helped to raise lots of money, which we will use for prize money when we host our first Welsh National show in August 2011.

The Aberystwyth Show in June proved to be a lovely sunny day again. We all enjoyed our picnic, which has now become an annual event. Judge Rodger Birch was taken ill, so Anerin Francis kindly stepped in- thank you Anerian.

The club sends Roger and his Family our Best Wishes and are pleased to hear that you have made a full recovery. Results from the show are as follows: Supreme Champion went to Dai Evans with Corskie Vixen, well done Dai. Reserve champion going to Aled Davies with Hirwaun Alice

The Royal Welsh, which is now the largest agricultural show in Europe, with visitors from all over the world, was held in July. Thankfully, the weather was fine for most of the show. Our members were introduced to our new Secretary Neil Shand. We all wish him well in his new post.

Thank you to the judge, John Trafford. I hope you and your wife enjoyed our BBQ. The Welsh club members had success with Reserve Male Champion going to Banwy Avalanch 09 from the Jones Family. Reserve Female Champion to Pen wern Willow from Wyn Jenkins Da Iawn and Red Rosettes went to Ben nant Vera from Brian and Kitty Raymond also Ben nant Whitney

Congratulations to Dafydd Jones (Banwy Herd) for winning the Dyfed Trophy for Best Young Stockperson. Thank you to all club members who helped on the stand, and of course the BBQ. We had a bit of a smoke problem when we brought the BBQ inside the marquee because of the weather, but at least every one stayed dry on the outside! Thank you to Huw Davies and Merion Jones who cooked the food and all the other members who helped. (We are all available for Royal Wedding catering if required). Congratulations to all Welsh members who attended shows too numerous to mention. Hopefully all successes will be included in the Review.

Next came August when Nick, myself and the boys hosted a visit from the Welsh Club members. We had help from our friends Heather, Tim and their son Mathew. Heather is the Queen of Desserts and made lots of them! I know they went down well, because so many people came back for seconds.

Also in August we had our Herd competition, the Judge was Joe Ede (Fole Herd ) Thank-you for giving your time and expertise. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Wales, and will come again soon. The results are as follows …….. Thank-you to Winford and Joyce (Oakdale Herd) for hosting the presentation- the food was fantastic. Congratulations to Wyn Jenkins (Pen wern Herd) for being voted Best Herd in Wales. Da iawn Wyn. This leads me nicely on to September when Wyn had his Reduction Sale in our local market,at Newcastle Emlyn. Wow what a day! Most Welsh Club members helped to wash all the cows and bed them down the day before and were all there again on Saturday to help brush the cows up in preparation for the sale. A big thank-you from Wyn for all your help- this really shows our great club spirit! The sale ring was heaving. Lots of people had to stand outside, but the weather was lovely and sunny. The sale was fantastic with the top price of 20,500 guineas and an excellent average price. The stock were a credit to Wyn and the club would like to wish him well. Sadly, Wyn had a stroke shortly afterwards. Simmental members and friends wish him all the best and a good recovery. We hope to see him in the shows next year.

In September we visited the Midhope herd. Thank you for taking the time to show us your herd. I was sorry to miss it, as I was not very well, but Nick said you had an excellent herd. Thank you also for the great hospitality. Congratulations to John val and Craig on their success in Sterling.

In October we had a club trip to the Beef Expo in Ireland. We arrived Thursday night. On Friday we went to the Bull Testing Staton at Tully where we saw some young bulls- sadly only one Simmental. We had a very interesting talk about the Irish Star System and their Data Base where information from birth to slaughter is collated. We were then treated to some excellent hospitality - thank you.

On Saturday to the Clonagh herd of Garret and Lynsey Behan. Thank you for showing us your Herd. They are a credit to you both - as the men were all admiring Banwy T Rex, the ladies were admiring your baby son. The baby is beautiful - congratulations. We then went on to Celtic Sires and the Anatrim herd. We were all very impressed with the cattle, the farm, and the hospitality. Thank you. I am sure these Sires will be in the lime light a lot in the future! We then attended the Gala Dinner where we were treated fantastically. I was not expecting the spectacular transformation of the Market. It really had the wow factor - carpets, candelabras, fantastic food and entertainment. Sunday was the day of the show. Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! is all I can say! I would highly recommend you to visit the 2012 Expo, and see for yourselves.

We missed out on a trip to see the Raceview Herd as we ran out of time, but we did see some of them at the Expo on Sunday where Peter and Family had great success when they took Supreme Champion. Congratulations - hopefully you will invite us again (Please!).

A very big thank you to Pedar Glennon Secretary of the Irish Simmental Society for looking after us so well, and helping to organize our trip. I hope you will give the Welsh Club the chance to return the hospitality. A great time was had by all.

In November came Carlisle, and Nick and I did very well with Chestermann Adam becoming Supreme Champion.

We had to postpone our calf show this year due to a mix up about pre-movement TB testing. We are hoping to rearrange the event for later in the New Year.

We would like to thank our main sponsor for supporting the Welsh Simmental Calf Show year on year and for increasing their sponsorship during these hard times. Thank you to Nigel and Delyth Scudamore from Bailey Farm Feeds. Thanks also to all our other sponsors - we really do appreciate it.

At the Welsh Winter Fair, we were informed that no cattle could be shown on the Society stand, so we decided to join force with the NBA and have space on their stand. It was a very, very cold two days, and Neil was snowed in up in Scotland. We showed photos of Simmental cattle, and did our best to make the stall inviting, but we had less than half the visitors of previous years (I know as I only made 50 cups of tea instead of the usual 200!).It would be nice to get back to normal next year and show ‘live’ cattle again, instead of the posters, as our good quality cattle always attract visitors and interest in the breed.

Our Welsh Young Members have again had many successes. Congratulations to all.

On to other Club news-Brian And Kitty Raymond (Ben nant Herd) Celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary in November.

Angharad Davies has given Gethin and Enfys a lovely grandson

Also, Margaret, our Club Secretary, has had a grandson and her first granddaughter this year. The little boy, Oliver, has sadly been poorly, but is proving to be a little fighter, and our prayers and thoughts are with him and his family.

I would like to end my report by thanking all the members for their support, help and friendship over the past three years. This will be my last report as Chairman, as I have ‘done my stint’, and am handing over to Winford Jones. I am sure he will make a very good Chairman, as he has proved an excellent Vice-Chair. I have very much enjoyed my stint as Chairman, particularly the contact I have had with members, which has lead to lots of friendships that will continue.

I look forward to our next year of events,- hopefully it will be as successful as 2010. Wishing everyone a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year- “ Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I’r aelodau’r Clwb Simmental Cymru”.

Welsh Club report 2009

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2009 Club Reportby Nadia Gwynne

I start my report with the Welsh Winter Fair 2008. 24,336 people came through the gates on the 1st and 2nd December to enjoy the atmosphere. The Simmental stand looked excellent and was a credit to the Welsh Club members. Fiona Sloan met and greeted visitors to the stand, which was buzzing with activity throughout the two days. On display was a pre 1996 cross bred cow with a whopping bull calf from Robert and Kay Vincent (Collins), and three cracking Simmental cross heifers, from Winford and Joyce Jones (Oakdale). Thank you to both. We had a pat on the back when we won Reserve Best Trade Stand.


Our Christmas dinner was next, at the Marina Hotel, Aberystwyth. We had an excellent after dinner speaker who kept his routine clean as there are were plenty of children present. At the Calf Show in December (which we covered in last year’s report) and the Winter Fair, we raised £350, which was presented to the Welsh Air Ambulance during the dinner.

Herd Competition Judge, Mr. James KimberBest Bull J. Howells (Merthyr Mawr) R. Jones (Banwy) W. & J. Jones (Oakdale)Best Cow W. Jenkins (Penwern) A. Davies (Hirwaun) W. & J. Jones (Oakdale)

Progeny Group W. Jenkins (Penwern) N. & N. Gwynne (Chestermann) A. Davies (Hirwaun)

Young Stock N. & N. Gwynne (Chestermann) W. Jenkins (Penwern) W. & J. Jones (Oakdale)

Pedigree Calf C. Eynon (Dyffryn) M. & E. Evans (Dewisland) A. Davies (Hirwaun)

Crossbred Calf H. Evans (Pwlldu) W. Jenkins (Penwern) S. & S. Jones (LLwynmelyn)

Young Bull Under 18 months R. Jones (Banwy)

Best Newcomer M. & E. Evans (Dewisland)

Small Herd A. Davies (Hirwaun) J. Howells (Merthy Mawr) R. & K. Vincent (Collins)

Medium Herd R. Jones (Banwy) S. & S. Jones (Llwynmely) G. & E. Lloyd (Crugmelyn)

Large Herd N. & N. Gwynne (Chestermann) W. Jenkins (Penwern) W. & J. Jones (Oakdale)

Overall Winners N. & N. Gwynne (Chestermann)

Our AGM in March was also held at the Marina Hotel in Aberystwyth. All officials were re-elected, as follows: Chairman: Nadia Gwynne Vice Chairman: Winford Jones Secretary: Gethin Lloyd Treasurer: Aled Davies.

In April came the Ludlow Show and Sale, where we had success with Chesterman Vinney, winning Supreme Champion and later selling for 3300 guineas. None of our Welsh members exhibited at Carlisle in the spring.

In May the Show season started for some with Cothi Bridge Show. This is a local show which longstanding Club member Brian Raymond (Bennant) helps to organise. The show is very well supported by the Club. Congratulations to Aled Davies who had Supreme Champion with Hirwaun Washy and Brian and Kitty Raymond who had Reserve Champion with Ben-Nant Whitney. Thank you to the Judge, Anthony Davies (Welston). Congratulations also to all other exhibitors.

June saw the National Show in Cornwall, where three of our Welsh Club herds exhibited, and had success. Gethin and Enfys Lloyd won third with their young bull Crugmelyn Wellies and third with their heifer Raceview Willow Nicolette in very strong classes. Aled Davies achieved Fourth, and later Reserve Champion in the Interbreed with Hirwaun Washy and finally our own bull Chestermann Winston had a First Prize, and went on to win Reserve Male Champion. William also won First in the Calf Class. Congratulations to all exhibitors. Thankyou and ‘well done’ to Penny Lally (Chairman) and the Cornish Club for a fantastic show and excellent hospitality - we had a really warm welcome. The stewards looked very impressive in their bowler hats, and we really enjoyed the barbecue - thankyou! The 2010 National Show will be held at the Great Yorkshire - good luck to all involved.

The Aberystwyth show took place on a lovely sunny day. Simmental Club members were out in force and made the most of the gorgeous weather by having a lovely group picnic. Seeing so many members enjoying themselves together made me proud to be part of the Welsh Club. Congratulations to Stuart, Sian, Tom, Edwina, Claire, Nerys and Dave - The Jones (Llwynmelyn herd) who won Supreme Champion with Llwynmelyn Vanilla. Thank you, to the Judge Gethin Lloyd. ‘Well done’ to everyone who exhibited.

The Royal Welsh Show in July began well, with a lovely sunny day for the judging. Unfortunately things didn’t run as smoothly in the marquee, where the caterers failed to show due to ‘swine flu’ - but as usual everyone pulled together to produce the sandwiches and tea for after the judging. Thank you Claire from the office for your culinary efforts in the sandwich department! Welsh Club members had successes, with Red Rosettes going to B and R Jones - Dolwen Vernon; R Jones - Banwy Warrior; B and K Raymond - Ben - Nant Vera. Thank you to the Judge, Peter Grenham (Boarshead). Congratulations to all exhibitors. Well done - without your hard work there would be no show.

Results of Calf ShowBull Calf born Nov/Dec 2008 Llwynmelyn Wizard - Stuart JonesHeifer Calf born Nov/Dec 2008 Penwern Willow - R. W. Jenkins

Bull Calf born Jan/Feb 2009 Alreb Alfie - Aled Evans

Heifer Calf born Jan/Feb 2009 Dyffryn Annie - C. W. Eynon

Bull Calf born Mar/Apr 2009 Chestermann Alfie - N. & N. Gwynne

Heifer Calf born Mar/Apr 2009 Hirwaun Alice - Aled Davies

Bull Calf born May/June 2009 Oakdale Ajax - R. & J. Jones

Heifer Calf born May/June 2009 Oakdale Amber - R. & J. Jones

Young Handlers 6 – 10 years Dafydd Gynne 11 – 16 years Rhys Francis 17 – 21 years Angharad Francis 21 years and over Clare Jones

Congratulations to Carys Davies for winning the Dyfed Trophy for Best Young Stockperson. The Judge was Fiona Sloan. The award was presented at the barbecue, which looked to be under threat from the rain. Luckily the rain held off and 124 people attended this enjoyable social evening. A cup was also presented belatedly to Wyn Jenkins (Penwern), for winning the trophy for the most points scored during the 2008 Show Season. Thank you to Huw Davies and Merion Jones who cooked the food, and to all members for working hard to make the evening a success. Congratulations to all Welsh members who attended Shows too numerous to mention. Hopefully all successes will be included in the Review. Thankyou to all the Judges who came to Wales - we hope you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

The Welsh Club would like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Hitchins (Boddington Estates) for the wonderful hospitality, we would also like to thank their hard working professional team of Stockmen, this trip was run in conjunction with the South East Group, Fab Weather, Fab Stock and Fab Food.

September brought our herd visit to Scotland. We began with the Dirnanean Herd. Thank you to the McGowan family for your excellent hospitality and warm welcome and for showing us your superb herd. We then visited the Strathisla Herd of Adrian Ivory, and the Blair Herd. We saw Adrian’s fab handling system, his bulls that were heading for Sterling, and his quality cows. Thank you.

On our way back to the hotel we called in at Perth’s old favourite, ‘The Isle of Sky’ where we had a lovely carvery. Some of us decided to see a bit of the local night life before turning in, and lead by our (now ex) entertainment manager Gerald, we set out walking into town. After enquiring at a local garage, Gerald assured us that ‘town’ was 5 minutes away, but after 20 minutes walking we realised that this was 5 minutes travelling in a very fast car, and not on foot! We eventually crawled into town, and found a hospitable pub, where a good time was had by all. We treated our sore feet to a taxi back to the hotel. We have taken the precaution of sacking Gerald before our next trip away!

Day two of our trip began with a visit to the Innerwick Herd of Dorothy and Leslie Moffat. We saw superb quality cattle to be proud of, and received excellent hospitality, with home cooking second to none. Thankyou for making us feel so welcome. We also visited a quality Commercial Herd, with Dorothy’s neighbour Ross. I have to admit, I was a little frightened on the steep incline to Ross’ land, despite his excellent tractor driving! We moved on to the Woodhall Herd of Hector and Fiona Macaskill - another scarily steep climb to view the cows but well worth it. We then went back to the yard to look at the bulls, followed by some excellent hospitality. We were all impressed with the size and quality of the cattle. Thankyou very much for looking after us so well, and we would love to return the hospitality Thankyou to Gethin for organising such an enjoyable trip – we all had a great time. Looking forward to next year!

The end of September saw our herd competition. Thank you to the Judge, James Kimber (Beanhill) and to Belinda and the children for spending four days judging herds in Wales. Thank you to Delyth, Huw and family (Hirwaun) and Wyn Jenkins (Penwern) for co–hosting the presentation and doing a lovely lunch and subsequent herd visits.

The Stirling Bull Sales in October were in the new market. All went well with a fantastic line up of Welsh Members’ bulls. Congratulations to Aled Davies, for Senior Champion, then Reserve Champion Overall with Hirwaun Washy. Da Iawn Ti! He later sold for 7000 guineas. The Welsh Club wishes United Auctions every success at the new market. The Welsh Club members will be back again in February.

On October 28th we were saddened to hear of the death of one of our past members, Dafydd Tarris, (NewQuay, Ceredigion). The Club Members send their condolences to his family.

In November we held our National Welsh Club Calf Competition, again in conjunction with the British Blues. Entries were up on last year with thirty-two Simmental calves entered. Warm mulled wine, sandwiches and scones, served throughout the day made it another wonderful show. Congratulations to Aled Davies’ Hirwaun Alice – Supreme Champion, and to Aled and Rebecca Evans for Reserve Supreme Champion with Alreb Winkle. Thank you to all Club members for your efforts, in making a fantastic day. A big thank you to Jimmy McMillan, for taking time out to judge. Sorry Kathy couldn’t make it, but look forward to seeing you soon. A big thank you to all our sponsors, especially our main sponsors, Nigel and Delyth Scudamore - Bailey Farm Feeds, for their continued support of the Welsh Simmental Club. The Club would also like to congratulate their daughter, Carian Scudamore, who has had recent success winning the European Junior Show-jumping Championship.

Finally for November, we personally had success at Carlisle with Chestermann Katy, winning Female Champion and Reserve overall, and later selling for 4,000 guineas. Well done to Aneurin and Heulwen Francis for selling Pistyll William for 2,500 guineas.

Our Welsh Young Members had numerous successes. Carys and Gethin Davies and Iwan Jones coming second out of 53 teams at the Royal Highland Show Stockjudging Competition. Angharad Francis won the Duke of Edinburgh Perpetual Trophy for Stockjudging at the Royal in Stoneleigh. She judged beef cattle, sheep and pigs, combined with a two-part questionnaire. Rhys Francis attained the Highest Individual Points in the Duke of Edinburgh, judging sheep. He also went on to win the 16 and under Stockjudging Shield for the second year running. Rhys and Angharad also won Joint Individual Junior section Under 21s Stockjudging competition at the Royal, automatically becoming the top team.

I would like to end my report by thanking all the Welsh Club Members for their help, support and friendship because that is what it is all about. I would like to thank the office staff for all their help, and wish Fiona every success in her future employment. You will be missed by us all. Finally, I would like to wish our members a happy and prosperous new year- Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i’r aelodau’r Clwb Simmental Cymru.

Welsh Club report 2008

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by Nadia Gwynne

I would like to start my report with a thank you to Aneurian Francis for the last three years as Chairman. I was proud to be elected as the Chairman for the Welsh Simmental Club and look forward to the challenge of promoting the breed.

The Perth bull sales in November were delayed by blue tongue restrictions. Despite this, Welsh Club members, the Jones family sold Banwy T Rex for 8,500 guineas. Carlisle came next with more Welsh club members’ success for the Raymond family with Supreme Champion Ben-nant Trader selling for 2,600 guineas. Congratulations to both families on their success!

The Welsh Winter Fair in December was a very successful two days. Thank you to all club members for their time and effort helping decorate and man the stand. Meirion Jones and Wyn Jenkins kindly loaned their cattle for the stand.

Our Christmas dinner was held in January at the Marine Hotel Aberystwyth. A good day was had by all, so I am told, as we were unable to attend, due to Nick not feeling very well! We look forward to attending this year, and meeting up with you in the New Year.

Our Annual General Meeting was held in March in Aberystwyth. We had another lovely Sunday lunch at the Marine Hotel. I was proud to be elected Chairman, with Winford Jones as Vice Chairman, Gethin Lloyd as Secretary and Aled Davies as Treasurer.

It was decided to have a duck race in order to raise money to sponsor the young members’ accommodation on the World Congress Tour. The Duck Race took place at a later meeting, and with baby Tomos’ help, we raised enough to pay for all the Young members’ accommodation at Preston on this exciting tour.

Welsh Club herd Competition Presentations and BBQ
Welsh Club herd Competition Presentations and BBQ

We were pleased to win Supreme Champion with Chestermann Titan at Carlisle in April. He sold for 3,600 guineas. Both Carlisle trophies are now residing in Wales. Da Iawn Cymru!

The Welsh club joined the World Congress Tour at the Royal Highland Show in June. What a wonderful display of cattle- well worth the long journey. Thank you to the Scottish club for a warm welcome and a very nice lunch. Special thanks to Fiona and Claire for help with tickets and name tags. Congratulations to all exhibitors - you should be proud!

July was a busy month for us in the Welsh Club. With the Royal Welsh Show came a week of scorching hot weather. I think that must have been our summer! At the show we had the opportunity to move our stand to a more prominent position into the Breed Society Lines. I think we all agree that this was a very successful move. Thank you to Claire and all other Club members for your help setting up on Sunday, and manning the stand for the rest of the week. The Judge, Billy Macpherson did an excellent job. Congratulations to Wyn Jenkins with Penwern Rachel taking Supreme Champion. Reserve Champion went to our own Chestermann Varney, who later went on to win the M&S Junior Elite Bull Interbreed Champion. I know the Judge, Billy, and his wife Judy had a good time and we hope to see you both again at the Royal Welsh. Congratulations to Gethin Davies for winning Young Stock Person, also to Rhys Francis for winning the ‘16 and Under’ Questionnaire. The prize was a beautiful crystal bowl, kindly donated by Schering Plough. Thank you to David Meakin from Schering Plough Resflor for sponsoring us. We are all very proud of the Royal Welsh Show. It is a family friendly show, and with attendance figures of over 200,000 it is definitely a show not to be missed.

At the Royal Show in Stoneleigh, Rhys Francis was successful again, with a first in the Under 21’s Young Person Stock Judging. His sister Angharad took second in the Juniors and Arwel Jones was first in the Over 21’s. Angharad also did very well representing Wales in the Young Farmers Stockman of the Year Nationals, achieving reserve place. Well done to you all!

Herd Competition

Best bull
A. Davies, Hirwaun herd

Best cow
W. Jenkins, Penwern herd

Young stock, Hirwaun herd

Progeny of three
B Raymond, Ben-nant herd

Pedigree calf
Hirwaun herd

Cross bred calf
R Jones, Banwy herd

Small herd
1st A Davies, Hirwaun Herd
2nd A Evans, Alreb Herd
3rd S Jones, Llwynmelyn Herd

Medium herd
1st G Lloyd, Crugmelyn Herd
2nd A Davies, Welston Herd
3rd H Evans, Pwll Du Herd

Large herd
1st B Raymond, Ben-nant Herd
2nd W Jenkins, Penwern Herd
3rd N Gwynne, Chestermann Herd

Overall herd
Ben-nant Herd

David Donnelly (Atlow Herd) kindly agreed to judge our Herd Competition in August. Well done Brian and Kitty. The results were announced at a barbeque and herd visit to Stuart and Sian Jones (Llwynmelyn Herd). Thank you to the Jones family for their hospitality, A great day was had by all. Thank you also to David and Susan, it really was lovely to see you both.

In September the Welsh Club members all pulled together to help at the Raymond family’s Ben-nant Herd reduction sale. Top prices reached 4,200 guineas for a cow and calf; in calvers to 4,000 guineas; bulling heifers to 3,400 guineas. Well done the Raymond Family.

Our club trip to Northern Ireland took place in September. Thank you again to David Hazelton (Ranfurly Herd) for organising our three day visit. The McIlwaine Family (Corrick Herd), The Forde Family (Mullyknock Herd), The Kelly Family (Ashland Herd), The Shaw Family (Glebefarm Herd), The Wilson Family (Ballinalare Farm Herd) and The Moore Family (Omorga Herd) all took time out to be our hosts.

We were all impressed with the high quality of the herds that we saw. We also enjoyed the Irish welcome that we experienced throughout the tour! Thank you all for your wonderful hospitality and friendship. Everyone had a great time-we saw some excellent cattle, well done to you all for your stockmanship. The Welsh Club looks forward to returning your hospitality in the future.

The marriage of club members, Eirian and Siwan Rees took place in October. Congratulations to you both, we all wish you well. Pob lwc i’r dyfodol!

We personally had success at Perth Bull Sales with Chestermann Varney taking Senior Champion and later selling for 8,000 guineas. Nick and I are both still on cloud nine.

Calf show results

Champion Bennant Whitney,
Reserve, Crugmelyn Wyres.

Class 1 Male born Jan/Feb
1 Crugmelyn Wellies
2 Hirwaun Washy
3 Chestermann Winston

Class 2 Female born Jan/Feb
1 Bennant Whitney
2 Raceview Willow
3 Chestermann Ringleader Non 2nd

Class 3 Male born March / April
1 Banwy Warrior
2 Collins Wisdom
3 Collins Welcome

Class 4 Female born March / April
1 Crugmelyn Wyres
2 Chestermann Ringleader Honey 4th
3 Chestermann Haleboppe Nelly

Class 5 Male born May / June
1 Crugmelyn Wallace
2 Pistyll Welshman
3 Crugmelyn Warren

Class 6 Female born May / June
1 Crugmelyn Wenda
2 Hirwaun Wonder
3 Elmacre Winnie

Welsh Club report 2007

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2007 REPORTby A Francis

Once again as Chairman of the Welsh Club, my report starts with the Welsh Winter Fair 2006. This year again, it was a huge success with a big attendance and is another Welsh Show that grows every year. The Simmental stand again looked the part having been put together by nearly all the Club members who turned up at Builth the day before and made a fantastic effort to produce a colourful and attractive stand. This year again, our exhibit on the stand was a cow and calf which was provided by one of our members, R & L Jones of Oakdale herd. She was a cross bred cow with an outstanding calf that had won the best cross bred calf at our Interclub Herd competition a couple of months earlier. 2006 was a good and successful year for Welsh members at the Show and Sales, and the 2007 sales were off to a good start.

At Perth in February, I was delighted with the success of my own two bulls, when one of them Pistyll Sion won the Intermediate Champion and the Reserve Supreme Champion and the other winning third prize and then being sold for 7,000 gns and 8,000gns; The highlight of my year.

The next get together was the AGM held at The New Inn, Llanbadarn, Fynydd. It was nice to see our President giving us a visit at our AGM. The officials were all re-elected.

During the winter, we had fewer meetings than usual, but one very interesting visit was to Bailey Farm Feeds, a local farmer that has produced some very good animal feeds and has grown to be a very successful business and by now selling to most parts of Wales, with many Welsh bulls which are sold at Perth and at others Sales, being fed on Bailey Feeds.

The summer events started well with members showing cattle at local shows, with one Welsh exhibitor showing cattle at the Royal. This year it was Aled Davies that took animals to Stoneleigh. He exhibited two home bred bulls, and we all congratulate the Davies family on gaining first prize in the Young Bull class and then going on to win the Junior Champion and the Reserve Male Champion with Hirwaun Titus, a big achievement on his first attempt at showing at the Royal.

Again this year the Young Members had a good show at the Royal with a Senior and Junior team representing Wales in the Stockjudging competition. The Junior team Angharad Francis and Rhys Francis, Pistyll herd, won third prize as a team and Angharad gained first prize for giving reasons. The following day, she also won the Holstein Linear assessment competition and was part of the South Wales Stockjudging team that came second overall in the Holstein UK competition. Like many events this year, the Royal Welsh was also caught by the weather, and the exhibitors got a good wash on Monday when showing their cattle. Nevertheless, the standard of the cattle was very high. As usual Welsh members did very well with Aled Davies winning Male and Supreme Champion with a home bred bull Hirwaun Rooney and Wyn Jenkins winning the Reserve Male Champion again with a home bred bull, Penwern Simon. Gethin Lloyd and family took the Reserve Female Champion with a home bred heifer, Crugmelyn Twilight. The Simmentals also won the Reserve Pairs in the Fitzhugh Beef Pairs Championship with Hirwaun Rooney and Penwern Rachel. Aled Davies also won the Junior Beef Interbreed Reserve Champion with Hirwaun Titus. The weather was good on Tuesday and Wednesday and everyone enjoyed the Annual Simmental barbeque on Tuesday evening, and as always the Royal Welsh was a great success this year again.

Our shows in Wales were just getting off to a good season, with most shows to be held in August, but sadly they came to a sudden stop. I congratulate all those who prepared and showed cattle this year it was a short season, but we made our mark with cattle bred in Wales. Congratulations to Anwen Jones, Cefngwlad herd who won the Young Stockpersons Competition at the Royal Welsh.

With many events cancelled, we did manage to hold our annual herd competition, the Judge this year was Mr & Mrs Gerald Smith, Drumsleed and after travels throughout Wales from North to South.

The results were as follows:- Large Herd Brian & Kitty Raymond Ben-nant Herd Medium Herd Dafydd Jones Banwy Herd Small Herd Aled Davies Hirwaun Herd Best Bull Wyn Jenkins Penwern Herd Best Cow Gwyndaf Evans Parcytrap Herd Best Pedigree calf Wynford Jones Oakdale Herd Best Cross bred calf Wyn Jenkins Penwern Herd Progeny Group Aled Davies Hirwaun Herd Young Stock Brian & Kitty Raymond Ben-nant Herd Overall Herd WinnerBrian & Kitty Raymond Ben-nant Herd

Again, I congratulate all those who took part and especially Brian and Kitty Raymond for being the Overall Herd Winners and this for the third year running. On winning this competition again, Brian, Kitty and family offered to hold an Open Day for Club Members and friends, and we were all delighted to have a chance to visit one of the best herds in Wales, it was a very successful day as around 80 people turned up to view their cattle which were very worthy of winning the Herd Competition, it was also good to meet up after missing so many shows.

During September the Club had another herd visit, this time it was a trip North to see the Blackpool herd, owned by J.D. and A. Loftus, again members enjoyed the day looking at good Simmental cattle.

Welsh club trip to Northern Ireland

Also, two weeks later, another trip was arranged, this time members flew to Ireland to visit more outstanding cattle. Our thanks go to Mr. David Hazelton who arranged the trip for Drumbulcan herd owned by K. Stubbs, the Magheracrigan herd owned by Wesley Abraham, then the Cleenagh herd owned by Adrian Richardson and finally the Omorga herd, owned by John Moore. The second day, we visited the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and then had a relaxing walk down and around the Giants Causeway followed by a herd visit to David Hazelton’s Ranfurly herd. The third day we saw Lesley Weatherup’s Lisglass herd in the morning and the Robson family’s Kilbride herd in the afternoon, we then travelled home. A very enjoyable time was had by all, and the cattle seen were of the highest quality and well worth the journey to see them. The weather was good throughout the trip and we had excellent hospitality and a warm welcome at all the farms.

At the time of writing this report we are all looking forward to the Perth Bull Sale, and hoping that the Welsh bred animals would once again have another successful sale.

As this is my third year as Chairman, it will be my last report and I would like to thank all those who have helped and supported me during my years as Chairman and I wish the Welsh Club and members a very successful future.

Unwaith eto, diolch I bawb am eich cyfraniad ach umdrech I helpur clwb ac I fagu a marchnata gwartheg Simmental o safon uchel iawn. Pob lwc i’r dyfodol.

Welsh club report 2006

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by A Francis

My report begins again this year with the Welsh Winter Fair. The 2005 Winter Fair as always drew a good crowd of spectators to the Simmental stand, where we had an outstanding group of three Simmental x calves with their Simmental cross mothers. The calves were 7 months old and weighing around 400k with no creep feed. They were very impressive and drew a lot of encouraging comments from commercial farmers and pedigree breeders of all breeds.

Then our next gathering was held at the White Hart, Llandeilo where we had a very relaxed and enjoyable evening, at the dinner we presented Angharad Jones, Dyfed herd for the second year running with the Society Shield which she won for the best young handler during the show season, a competition open to all members of the Society, well done Angharad.

The winter programme of monthly meetings was varied with speakers on different subjects, with the club A.G.M. held in March, most of the officials were re-elected, with the exception of the Secretary, Anwen Jones, who stood down so that she could concentrate on her role as the Society Young Members Secretary, and our thanks to Anwen for being a very dedicated person as Club Secretary for three years, our new Secretary is Gethin Lloyd, Crugmelyn herd. It was nice to have Fiona Sloan giving her time to visit us and provide us with an update on Society matters.

During the spring, our members sold bulls at the Society Sales, where Aled Evans sold his 1st Prize Bull, Alreb Stanley for the highest price of the day at 2600gns; also Meirion and Linda Jones received the highest price of 1700gns for their bull Dyfed Romeo at the Market Drayton sale.

This year again, the summer shows were well represented by club members, but only one Welsh member showed stock at the Royal being Meirion Jones showing his bull Sundial Lewis. As usual the Welsh club was well represented by the young members who took part in the annual stock judging competition. The junior section entered two teams and our congratulations go to Anwen Jones, Cefngwlad herd and Rhys Francis, Pistyll herd winning first prize, and Angharad Jones, Dyfed herd and Angharad Francis, Pistyll herd winning second prize in a very large and tough competition. Rhys Francis at only ten years old gained third place as an individual.

Then it was the Royal Welsh Show with the members from Wales winning first prizes in all classes except the maiden heifer class. Congratulations to them all especially to Meirion and Linda Jones for winning the Supreme Champion in the Simmental section. The young stockperson competition at the show was won this year by Owain Davies, Crugmelyn herd. The annual barbecue was the best ever, with around 100 people attending the event on the Tuesday evening in a wonderful atmosphere.

At the beginning of August, we held our annual Herd Competition, and our Judges this year were Peter Burgess and Sarah who had an enormous task of travelling through the whole of Wales to sort out the best of the Welsh Simmental Cattle. Congratulations to Brian and Kitty Raymond and all who took part in the herd competition.

The results are as follows:- Large Herd Wyn Jenkins – Penwern Herd

Medium Herd Brian and Kitty Raymond – Ben-nant Herd

Small Herd Wyn Jenkins and Gwyndaf Evans – Pen-y-parc Herd

Best Bull Aled Davies – Hirwaun Herd

Best Cow Wyn Jenkins and Gwyndaf Evans

Best Pedigree Calf Brian and Kitty Raymond

Progeny Group Richard Jones – Banwy Herd

Best Cross Bred Calf R & J Jones – Oakdale Herd

Young Stock Brian and Kitty Raymond

Newcomer Richard Jones

Overall Herd Winner Brian and Kitty Raymond

Reserve Wyn Jenkins

After the shows, our trip this year took us a long way from home to visit four herds in Scotland. Only those who were not scared of heights ventured. We flew from Bristol to Inverness and hired cars to travel around the farms. The first herd we saw was the Blackford herd of Mr. & Mrs. MacPherson and Anne, the following day on to the Corskie herd owned by J. Green and family, and it was nice to meet up again with their new stockman, John Hughes who had settled in well. Then a short break from looking at cattle to visit a distillery, where they made the Glengrant whiskey, then across the road to see the Delfur herd managed by Douglas Barr and Jim.

Welsh club trip to Scotland

The next day, we travelled south to visit the Drumsleed herd owned by Gerald Smith and family and then travelled home. The hospitality and welcome given to us at all the farms was exceptional, and the cattle we saw were of the highest quality and a credit to all those looking after them.

Our congratulations go to Gethin Lloyd and family on their success at the Perth Bull sale in October, where after having numerous prizes at local shows and a first at the Royal Welsh Show with their bull Crugmelyn Shamrock, they gained second prize and sold him for 8000gns. Well Done!

The next sale attended by our members was the Carlisle sale, where Nick and Nadia Gwynne won the Overall and Supreme Champion with their bull Chestermann Siegfried which sold for 2000gns.

Thank you all for your support during the year.

Diolch i bawb am eich cyfraniad, a llongyfarchiadau i bawb a’r eich llwyddiant ym mhob adran yn ystad y flwyddyn.

Welsh club report 2005

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by Huw Davies

My report starts with the 2004 Welsh Winter Fair, and as always the Simmental stand was looking as good as ever and provided the visiting public with plenty to think about. There were two quality cross bred bulls in one pen provided by Mr Wyn Jenkins, Penwern herd, the other pen consisted of four pedigree young bulls, one provided by Mr Gethin Lloyd, Crugmelyn herd, and one from Mr Aled Davies, Hirwaen herd and two from Meirion and Linda Jones, Dyfed herd and a lot of interest was shown by local farmers.

Winter Fair

Following soon after the Winter fair we had our Annual Club dinner which this year was held at the Penybont Inn, Llanfynydd where Angharad Jones, Dyfed herd, was presented with the Society shield sponsored by Meirion and Linda Jones for the best young handler during the show season, a competition held throughout the UK.

Angharad Jones age 15 years Champion Young Handler, Welsh Region 2005.

During the winter we met for our monthly meetings where several interesting topics were discussed, and a chance to catch up with local gossip and Society matters. In March we had our Annual General Meeting, I was elected Chairman and Nadia Gwynne elected as Vice Chairman with other officials being re-elected, Anwen Jones as Secretary and Aled Davies as Treasurer, the Society was represented by Chris Martindale from Council.

One of the most important events on our calendar for the year was the National Beef Event which this year was being held at the Royal Welsh show ground, Builth Wells on June 8th. The Beef Event had not been to Wales for several years and it was important to make it a day to remember. The Club members as always put in a tremendous effort to make it a success. We had a large stand with animals provided that were of outstanding character and quality. The stand was made up of a row of five young bulls, a pen of three cross breed heifers and a mature bull, two of the bulls were provided by Brian and Kitty Raymond, Bennant herd, and two from Gethin Lloyd, Crugmelyn herd and one from Meirion and Linda Jones, Dyfed herd. Next to them was a pen of three cross breed bulling heifers, again from Brian and Kitty Raymond and the other pen was filled by the well known show bull Sundial Lewis from Meirion and Linda Jones, it was a credit to them all for providing the Beef Event with such quality animals that drew the attention of everyone that came past. It was nice to see Mr John Dykes the Society President and other prominent members of the Society supporting the event.

Cattle at the Beef Expo stand 2005 - Builth Wells.

The Club held a competition open to everybody to guess the weight of the three heifers, which was well supported. The winning prize was a £100 Hamper kindly donated by Nat West Bank and was won by the Club Chairman. During the day the Wales Young Farmer’s Club held a stock judging competition open to all age groups; this was sponsored by the National Beef Association and it was good to see the under 18 section being won by the youngest competitor of the day, Rhys Francis, Pistyll herd, from the Welsh Simmental Club and winning on his first attempt at Stock Judging at 9 years old. Rhys received a cheque for £200 and a ticket to the Royal Smithfield Show 2006.

Next on the calendar was the Royal Show of England where again we turn to the young members of the future with the Welsh Team Arwel Jones, Mountainside herd and Angharad Francis, Pistyll herd winning the junior stock judging competition held by the Simmental Society in conjunction with the Belgian Blue and British Blonde Societies. Arwel was placed first and Angharad second for giving the best reasons, Da Iawn. I must congratulate these young members and all young competitors for doing so well and showing such interest in these competitions. Congratulations also to Miss Anwen Jones, Cefngwlad herd for being elected as Secretary of the Simmental Young Members Association; we wish them all the success for the future. Congratulations to Meirion and Linda Jones and family for winning 1st prize and Male Champion at the Royal Show with their bull Sundial Lewis, who went on to win many championships during the show season. Another 1st prize winner at the Royal Show was Wyn Jenkins and Gwyndaf Evans with their in-calf heifer Celtic Noelle; it was the first time they had exhibited at the Royal of England Show. Da Iawn Chi!

The following event was the popular Royal Welsh Show where again the Simmental classes were very well supported and we congratulate everyone who took part and especially a young member Eifion Davies, Gilweis herd, exhibiting for the first time and winning 1st prize in the junior heifer class with Gilweis Pat. Meirion and Linda won the Male Championship and Reserve Overall Championship with Sundial Lewis, and also going on to win the Fitzhugh Trophy for the interbreed pairs with the Overall Champion Darsham Kit Kat. This was an incredible achievement as it was the first time it had been won by the Simmental breed. Other Welsh members gaining 1st prize were Wyn Jenkins and Gwyndaf Evans with their cow Pasturefields Mia. On Tuesday night once again we held a barbeque on the stand where over 80 members attended and enjoyed the evening in a wonderful atmosphere. A new competition held during the show was the young stockperson competition held by the Simmental Young Members Association and sponsored by Meirion and Linda Jones; this was won by Niki Hughes, the daughter of John Hughes, a Welsh bred stockman at Boddington Estates.

After a hectic show season it was nice to relax with a club trip to visit the well known Hockenhull herd of Mr Hugo Arnold and family; we received a warm welcome and brilliant hospitality, a great day was enjoyed by everyone, and the cattle seen certainly lived up to their reputation.

During September we had our Annual herd competition. This year it was judged by Mr Bruce Mckay from Pembrokeshire, entries were good and the judge commented that he had seen good quality cattle of a high standard and the results were as follows:

Large Herd: Nick and Nadia Gywnne Medium Herd: Brian and Kitty Raymond Small Herd: John Howell Best Bull: Meirion and Linda Jones Best Cow: Nick and Nadia Gwynne Young Stock: Brian and Kitty Raymond Progeny Group: Joint 1st: John Howell and Brian and Kitty Raymond Newcomer: Wyn Jenkins and Gwyndaf Evans Best Pedigree Calf: Aled Davies Cross Bred Calf: Wyn Jenkins Overall Herd winners: Brian and Kitty Raymond Reserve: John Howell

Congratulations to Brian and Kitty Raymond and all who took part in this competition; also our congratulations to Gethin Lloyd and family for winning the Championship at Ludlow Simmental Show and Sale with their bull Crugmelyn Roger.

This year the society has seen some changes and by now we have all met Fiona Sloan and we would like to wish her well in the future with the Society. We have also had an election of Council, and finally Wales have had recognition and have their own vote and may elect a Welsh member on to Council. Our congratulations to Meirion Jones for being elected on to Council to represent us and to continue his hard work for the Society and its members.

My thanks go to everyone who participated and took part at all events and competitions and those who helped us in promoting the Simmental breed during the year.

Unwaith eto diolch I bawb am eich cyfraniad at y brid a’r gymdeithas ac I bob un sydd wedi helpu yn ystod y flwyddyn.