Centre West Club report 2010

regional

by John Rixon

The year started with our AGM at Farmers Fayre in Stoneleigh Park. After the business side had been completed teams of 4 including other Cattle Societies took part in a quiz. Peter Burgess was the Quizmaster and the winning team comprised of members of the Kenilworth Show Committee.

The Bristol Sale in April was well attended members again triumphed with David Bell’s bull Crackley White Knight selling to the Top Price of 4,200gns. Boddington Estates won all 3 Female Classes and again bidding for these was brisk. The October Sale was slower in common with others. However David Bush achieved the Top Price with his bull Chapman’s Apollo. Females met an excellent trade including the first production sale from Burytown. This should be an encouragement for other breeders to sell at the Bristol venue.

The Annual Dinner was held at the Manor House, Moreton in Marsh. Richard Price was our guest speaker and had kindly travelled down from Cumbria where he currently manages a large estate. He was formely head at Moreton Morrell Agricultural College and was always enthusiastic about their Simmental Herd.

Our farm walk was held at Glympton Estate on May 16th, a 2300, acre estate owned by HRH Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the farm has mixed enterprises but prides itself on its herd prize winning Angus Cattle. However, it also runs a commercial herd using Simmental Females producing beef for Waitrose. Ben Wilson, the Farm Manager showed us around the cattle in the picturesque setting. Andrew the head Stockman took us around the purpose built stock buildings and grain stores, all constructed to a very high standard. Everyone enjoyed refreshments afterwards.

Rob Hewlett judges the Kenilworth Show in July. David Bush achieved Reserve Champion with his heifer Chapman’s Rhubarbs Adonis. The Club donated £100 to sponsor the Young Handles Classes.

At the Royal Cornwall, Jimmy McMillan lead out both the Supreme and Female Champion Sterling Michelle’s Rhapsody plus the Reserve Male and Reserve Female. Boddingtons also took first prize in the pairs and secured the Interbreed Champion. An excellent result and credit to the whole team. Furthermore the National Show at the Great Yorkshire Jimmy achieved the Supreme and Female Champion with Sterling Dolores Petra as well as success in the Interbreed.

During October the Club held its calf show at Cirencester Market. An excellent show of Young Stock was presented to our Judge Nick Gwynne, Both he and Nadia had travelled from Pembrokeshire on a fine but cold day. Nevertheless we were all warmed up by a hot curry provided by Master Chef’s David and Nikki Field. Nick placed the Stock with an experienced eye, especially the Young Handlers and later presented some of the cups. This year e had a new cup for the best animal in the show given by Ron and Pam Hewlett. Rob was still in New Zealand but Pam was in attendance and presented the cup to James Kimber. Another new cup for the Best Female was presented by David Bush. Many thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the day including Sam Evans with her Spot the Dog and Spot the ball competitions.

Matt Harris our Herd Judge also attended the calf show and presented the results. Matt had done a thorough job as each of us were given a score card with points and comments detailing his reasons. Many thanks to Matt for giving up so much time and providing us with positive feedback.

Overall the club had another successful year as shown by the members commitment to the breed. To celebrate the year end we will atten our Christmas Dinner at the March Hare in Broughton Hackett. Next year we are looking forward to our involvement in the National Show at Malvern.

HERD COMPETITION RESULTS

SMALL HERD Tim Greenow (Fortress) Judith Cockerill (Farnborough)

MEDIUM HERD James Kimber (Beanhill) Guy Van Der Gucht (Deerhurst)

LARGE HERD Michael Mercer (Bowley) David Bell (Crackley)

BEST SUCKLING CALF 2010 Beanhill Banker BEST WEANED BULL UP TO 2 YEARS Greenow Fortress Atlas BEST GROUP OF IN CALF HEIFERS Guy Van Der Gucht BEST GROUP OF MAIDEN HEIFERS Peter Burgess SHEBDON TROPHY David Bell and Rob Evans for their Bull Lamhoj Supery

CALF SHOW COMPETITION RESULTS

OVERALL CHAMPION Beanhill Banker – James Kimber RESERVE OVERALL CHAMPION Sterling Lyrics Alabama – Boddington Estates RESERVE MALE Sterling Braveheart – Boddington Estates RESERVE FEMALE Chapman’s Bilbury – David Bush

YOUNG HANDLERS 12 AND UNDER 1. Joshua Evans 2. Jemma Neil 3. Megan Neil

AGE 13 – 17 1. Hanna Field 2. Richard Jones 3. Alex Avery

AGE 18 – 21 1. Dan Coleman 2. Emma McMillan 3. Leo Hoskins