Midlands Club report 2005

breed

By Vikki Wood

Here we are at the end of another busy MIdlands Club year and also at the end of my duties as Chairman of the MIdlands Club. The old saying “Time flies when you are having fun” is suitably appropriate!

Our first meeting in March was a quiz evening against the Centre West Club. We had a very enjoyable evening although unfortunately we were defeated by the visiting team.

In April David Meakins from Scherring Plough came to talk to us about Bovine Respiratory Disease. The evening was informative and well attended.

Our Junior Stock judges were out in force for our visit to Peter Hill’s Scotland herd in May, for a training day with David Bell acting as master judge.

Robert Fitton won the Senior class and Harry Wood the Junior class. Both juniors and seniors enjoyed the day and hopefully came away with some useful strategies to put into practice. Thank you to Peter and his team and to Mandy and Norma for providing refreshments and thank you to David Bell for giving up his time to encourage our juniors.

July saw us making the journey to Warwickshire to visit the Wroxall herd. The weather did its worst but did not manage to dampen spirits and we were transported by tractor and trailer to see the Evans family’s lovely herd. We returned to a much welcome lunch and our thanks go to Dan, Sheila, Rob, Sam and Stockman Matt Harris for their wonderful hospitality. Thank you all.

During the summer months club members were out in force yet again flying the flag for the Simmental and MIdlands Club. Large and small shows were once again well supported and it is always nice to see familiar faces as well as new ones. Well done to everybody for supporting and promoting our breed.

In August Tony and Phillida Hurn made the journey from Norfolk to judge our Herds Competition. This is a huge undertaking as we cover a very large area from Lancashire in the North to Warwickshire. Thank you very much to Tony and Phillida for giving their time to judge the competition and we look forward to seeing them at our Dinner on 4th March 2006 at Staffordshire County Showground, when they will make their presentation. Results were as table below.

Members who made the journey to Perth in October for the Bull Sales met with a selective trade. However Roger and Steffi Birch enjoyed a good show and sale, Well Done!

As I write my report Rob Fitton and Boomer Birch are preparing to leave for Canada. I hope that they have an enjoyable trip and bring back lots of information and ideas to share with us at our next meeting!

My two years in office ends at our Annual General Meeting on 20th November when Joe Ede will take over as Chairman. I would like to wish him well in his new position. Thank you also to Chris Martindale who came off Council this year. Chris works tirelessly for our breed both at Council and Club level and has been a great asset to our breed.

Thank you also to Mandy Green, Chris Martindale, Bill Turrell, Terry Ford and the rest of the Committee for all their help and support throughout the year.

Finally I would like to wish everybody a healthy, happy and successful 2006.

COMPETITION RESULTS
Large Herd 1. J Ede – Fole 2. J & V Wood – Popes 3. D & R Evans – Wroxall

Medium Herd 1. Peter Hill – Scotland 2. A & Y Leedham – Grangewood 3. T Ford – Shebdon

Small Herd 1. C & K Martindale – Forsdale 2. G Green – Greenfields 3. D & S Donnelly – Atlow

In Calf Heifers D & R Evans – Wroxall

Maiden Heifer T Ford – Shebdon

Best Bull Calf Born after 01.06.04 P Hill - Scotland

Best Calf at Foot J & V Wood – Popes

Best Cow Family J & V Wood – Popes

Judges Special Award (To be presented at Dinner on 4th March 2006)

Overall Herd J Ede – Fole

Reserve C & K Martindale – Forsdale