by Andrew Leedham
We started our club program with a quiz against the Centre West Club in March as usual held at the Greyhound Inn Yartlet and yet again David Bell and co triumphed, thanks once again to Chris and Kath Martindale for acting as question master and scorer.
In April, Ian Pritchard gave us an interesting and informative talk on cattle health schemes. This was well attended by regular members and quite a few new faces. This is obviously a topic on everyone’s minds at the moment.
In May, Jack and Jackie Smith toured around members farms to video cattle for the video competition to be judged later in the year and we also held a Junior Stockjudging training day at Jimmy and Vikki Wood's. Members travelled far and wide but the honours went close to home in the junior class with Hannah Wood winning and Sarah Pick from the North East won the seniors. Thanks again Jimmy and Vikki for your kind hospitality, the hog roast was excellent and the cattle as usual were top class.
John Barlow, Harry and Hannah Wood made the long trip north to the Royal Highland Show in June to represent the club in the Junior Stockjudging. Well done Harry for coming 3rd in the individual against strong opposition.
On a sad note Jim Skipper passed away , I'm sure he will be missed by all.
The National Show at the Great Yorkshire in July was well attended by Midland Club members, top of the prize-winners were Les and Norma Pennington who won Male Champion with their bull Annick Vesuvius , Harry Wood won the Forsdale trophy for Junior Stockmen and his sister Hannah came 2nd in the under 18 junior handlers class.
Later in the year in October Harry added another trophy to his collection by winning the young stockman competition at Stirling. Also in July, Norman Smith and his wife Margaret travelled many miles judging the herd competition finishing up at our farm on the 25th where we held the presentation of the prizes and had a hog roast and barbeque . The weather was kind and a great day was had by all. Many thanks to everyone who helped on the day and especially to Norman and Margaret for judging the competition.
2010 HERD COMPETITION RESULTS
LARGE HERDS 1. ROB & DAN EVANS (WROXALL) 2. KEN ATKIN 3. JOE EDE (FOLE)
MEDIUM HERDS 1. JIMMY & VIKKI WOOD (POPES) 2. GILES MANDY & RICH GREEN (GREENFIELDS) 3. MICHAEL BARLOW (DENIZES)
SMALL HERDS 1. DAVID & SUE DONNELLY (ATLOW) 2. CHRIS & KATH MARTINDALE (FORSDALE) 3. BARRY & DELIA WILLIAMS (NEEDWOOD)
BEST COW FAMILY ATLOW VALENTINE (DAVID DONNELLY)
BEST YOUNG BULL BORN AFTER 01.06.09 ATLOW AWESOME (DAVID DONNELLY)
BEST GROUP OF MAIDEN HEIFERS TERRY FORD (SHEBDON)
BEST GROUP OF IN CALF HEIFERS DAVID LOFTUS (BLACKPOOL)
BEST CALF AT FOOT 1.ROB & DAN EVANS (WROXALL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT 2.JOE MEE (LANCELOT NO. 134) 3. ANTHONY HEATH (EATON NO. 0036)
OVERALL HERD JIMMY & VICKI WOOD (POPES)
RESERVE OVERALL DAVID &SUE DONNELLY (ATLOW)
JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD MRS DELIA WILLIAMS (NEEDWOOD)
Our last meeting was at the Greyhound inn in October which was the judging of the video competition. Always a good social night and enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Jack and Jackie Smith for their hard work and doing such a professional job.
2010 video competition results
FEMALE BORN BETWEEN 01/06/08 &31/12/08 1. GREENFIELDS WHISPER (G&M GREEN 2. WROXALL WHINNY CARPAT(R.EVANS) 3. GRANGEWOOD WANDA (AS &YA LEEDHAM)
FEMALE BORN BETWEEN 01/01/09 & 31/05/09 1. GREENFIELDS AMY (G&M GREEN) 2. PASTUREFIELDS PRINCESS BETTY (R BIRCH) 3. CHADSTON TOLLIES DELIGHT 6TH (B CHADWICK)
FEMALE CHAMPION GREENFIELDS WHISPER (G&M GREEN)
MALE BORN BETWEEN 01/06/08 &31/12/08 1. WROXALL WHOOPEE-DO (R EVANS)
MALE BORN BETWEEN 01/06/08 & 31/12/08 1. GRANGEWOOD ALBERT (AS&YA LEEDHAM) 2. SILVER BIRCH A MANS A MAN (R BIRCH) 3. BLACKPOOL AMOS (D LOFTUS)
MALE CHAMPION GRANGEWOOD ALBERT (AS &YA LEEDHAM)
SUPREME CHAMPION GRANGEWOOD ALBERT (AS & YA LEEDHAM)
Our last get together was the Primestock show at Stafford where the Midland club provided the stand and refreshments for members and potential customers and later on the Sunday we held the AGM.
To finish I would like to thank Mandy for all her hard work during the year as usual everything ran like a well oiled clock and wish everyone good luck for the coming show and sale season.