by Rob Fitton
“Perhaps a bit more optimism than of late. Let’s hope it continues as the challenges of a New Year unfold” That’s what our good lady Secretary said at the end of the 2006 report, well challenges is not a word I would use for 2007 but a few I could would not be printed!!!
But let’s look forward and progress, things can only get better. We’ve been saying this for years, but I really believe it’s the Simmental time!!!
So our year started in February with the A.G.M. which was well attended. Bill Heaps stood down as Chairman and his wife Christine stood down as Secretary, what a wonderful job they both did and are a credit to the club (Bill said he wanted 12 months off and I have it on good authority he wants his job back) my granddad always said “1 volunteer is better than 10 pressed men”. Alan Tallentire was duly elected as Chairman for 2 years and myself and my wife Louise as I can’t type or organise would be Secretary for 12 months.
No meeting was planned so we all met at the Carlisle sale in April with reasonable prices set, Mrs A. Trafford with Rooklea Starwars getting 2400gns top price from a North West member and J D & A Loftus of Blackpool selling a cow and bull calf to 2000 gns.
Next on the calendar was the junior stock judging held at Mr. R. Carter of Gerrard House, this being a excellent evening with over 40 members attending young and old, we saw some wonderful cattle. The junior teams were picked and tickets were allocated for the Royal Show. Well done to every one who took part especially to Ron Loftus and Rob Heaps for taking home a prize!! You may or may not be aware our past Chairman has taken up a new sport of heifer wrestling with his first public appearance being at the Great Eccleston show. Luckily neither Bill nor the heifer were seriously hurt but for his first round it is 1 – 0 to the heifer.
The summer show season has been hit and miss with more miss than hit with plenty being cancelled due to the weather and recent restrictions, Great Eccleston had a good turn out despite, yet again, the weather with the Supreme Champion going to Simply Topbull for Robert Fitton, and Bill Heaps in his absence coming Reserve with Rosten Seamus. Cumberland Show was well attended and we have been told that everyone had a great day. Congratulations to Bob Carter who won Champion with Gerrard Tucker and to J B & E L Peile who won Reserve with Pasture House Malteser’s Polly.
The summer farm walk was held at Mr. & Mrs Smith, Moorside herd, North Yorkshire. It was held with the North East Club and every one who attend had a really enjoyable time.
While writing this, hopefully we have a good Perth and Carlisle sales! We have a meeting planned with Schering Plough at Penrith and the Christmas dinner at the Crooklands. We wish everyone a better 2008 than we have had in 2007.