by Ron Loftus
It has been a busy year again for the North West club, our new year started in February with the AGM held again at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. The Chairman, Alan Tallentire stepped down as Chairman after 2 years in the seat, thanks again Allan. John Holliday was then elected as Chairman. Andrew Vaughan was elected to the committee and no sooner made it to the position of Vice-Chairman! John Wigham also came onto the Club committee. I agreed to do the secretaries job again! Brian Wise drove over to attend our AGM to show his support and also gave a short report on Council activities. We all then had a meal at the end of the meeting.
Soon after the AGM John Trafford stepped down off the committee, the position was filled, at the next committee meeting, by myself.
Next on the calendar were the February Perth bull sales, the last time at Perth! Splashing the cash again were Bill and Christine Heaps buying Allercott Victoria for 4500gns, who has done very well for them in the show season, getting Breed Champion at Londridge show and Interbreed Champion at Westmorland show. Our vice-Chairman also made his presence known at Perth by buying Ballinalare Farm Victorious for 5800gns.
Carlisle April sale was a success with the good bulls making good money, the sale average was up £1456 on the year! Champion bull, Hockenhull Wilfred sold to a new Northwest member, Paul Rennison for 5500gns, that’s the best price for Carlisle sale in recent times, and put the average price at £3636. Two other bulls made 4500gns they were Grangewood Valentino and Hockenhull Ventura. The female cattle were good trade averaging £1786; Top price here was judges’ favourite Midhope Temptation at 3800gns.
This year’s stock judging evening was held by kind permission of Johnny and Janet Addison and family, the Master Judge for the evening was Allan Tallentire, he placed the well run herd of pedigree cattle very well. In the open section, over 30, Rob Addison won. First prize in the under 30’s was John Wigham Jr. Unfortunately none of the young members were able to compete at the stock judging at the last Royal show.
The show season was slightly affected by the weather this year, Cumberland show was cancelled early that morning due to the river banks about to run over! Unlucky for Bill and Christine Heaps who made the 100 mile ride to find the show cancelled and had to turn round and come back home! This is where this year’s show stand was due to be held.
This year’s Society goblets were won by Allan Tallentire at Appleby Show with his bull Swingletree Willie. Gt. Eccleston, Chipping and Garstang shows were all won by Popes Princess Victoria from Jimmy and Vicki Woods, well done to them on another successful season. The Royal Lancashire Show this year, was cancelled due to lack of a site, it has since been cancelled for good, due to lack of funds, shame that 2 Royal shows ended in 2009.
Our farm walk this year was held by kind permission of Hugo Arnold and family, 23 of our members had a wonderful day having a presale preview, all the cattle looked wonderful, and we were all looked after nicely. It was no surprise to see all those good cattle making a brilliant average price; it was a great tribute to years of breeding quality cattle. Top bid from a northwest member was Margaret Addison buying Hockenhull Juliet 5th for 6000gns. Also spending again was Bill and Christine Heaps, buying an embryo calf of Hockenhull Girlie 13th by Glenturk Rolex for 5000gns, with its recip mother Hockenhull Natalie 26th.
On the 30th October, Carlisle held their now annual Borderway Agri Expo. This is mainly a commercial and fatstock show, but our absence has been noticed over the last few years. So the club organised a stand at the show to increase the profile of the breed. There was great interest in the breed and had lots of visitors to the stand. The stand had a mixture of mainly Simmental cross cattle, some cows with calves and some commercially intensive finished bulls and 2 pedigree bulls.
The autumn sales were soon upon us once more; Perth at Stirling had a good first sale, with a good average and clearance. The Carlisle sale was another success, Overall Champion was Blackpool Wyatt from David Loftus, selling for 3400gns. Top price of the day was Midhope Winston selling for 5500gns. Top price for a northwest member went to R. Carter with Gerrard Winner selling for 4500gns.
So after now 3 years of wet weather in the North West, let’s hope 2010 brings better weather! Also let’s hope the continued interest and enthusiasm for Simmental cattle gains even more momentum for this next decade!