North West Club report 2008

breed

by Ron Loftus

The Chairman, Alan Tallentire was re-elected as Chairman for his second year. John Holliday was elected as Vice-Chairman. Bill and Christine Heaps were also both elected to the committee. Then Rob Fitton handed over the reigns to me!! We all then had a meal at the end of the meeting.

Next on the calendar was the spring Perth bull sales, congratulations to Rob Fitton who’s bull, Simply Thomas, got a 1st place in the show then later sold it for 5500gns. Splashing the cash were Bill and Christine Heaps who bought a heifer from the Tillymaud dispersal sale. I then helped Rob spend his money when myself, Rob, Louise and Leah, not forgetting Thomas, had a weekend in Northern Ireland. We both came home with a heifer each!

Carlisle spring sale was a success with the good bulls making good money. Champion bull, Chestermann Titan sold for 3600gns, the price was matched by Derwentwood Tornado. Hockenhull Vienna also sold for 3200gns. Topped by a northwest member was Alan Tallentire with Swingletree Terminator, also Reserve Champion, sold for 2700gns. There was a very low entry of female cattle, top price here was Steven White’s Tirley Jemma at 1100gns.

This years stock judging evening was held by kind permission of John Wigam and family, the Master Judge for the evening was John Trafford, he placed the commercially run herd of pedigree cattle in such a way that his wife June won the open class!! First prize in the under 30’s was Leah Morgan.

We struggled to organise a farm walk this year, the weather and a couple of herds let us down, so it was decided to abandon it for this year.

The show season was badly affected by the weather this year. We had a stand at this years Cumberland show which was well supported.

This years Society goblets were won by Allan Tallentire at Dalston show. Gt Eccleston and Garstang shows were both won by Blackpool Viscount from J D & A Loftus. The Royal Lancs this year was cancelled due to the weather. Westmorland show was won by Rob Fitton’s, Simply Valuabull.

While I write this I am organising a winter meeting to host a talk from Merial on DNA profiles for beef cattle and also a talk from EBLEX.

The autumn sales are upon us once more, Perth was a good sale, with a good average for the sold lots. Rob Fitton did well once again with Simply Valuable, getting 3rd place in his class and selling for 2500gns. Splashing the cash at this sale for the North West were the Addison’s purchasing Glenturk Verity for 2200gns. Lets all hope the upcoming Carlisle sale goes well.

So after a couple of years of wet weather and endless disease regulation problems, lets hope 2009 is a drought year and too hot and dry for any bluetongue midges!!