by Alan Bishop
After completing the business of our AGM, held at the Farmers Club in March, we welcomed Fiona Sloan, Breed Development and Promotions Manager, to talk to us about her plans for the future of the breed and update us on the Society’s plans for the coming year and the pending World Congress in 2008.
In April the club held a meeting at the South of England Showground where we were joined by members of the S.E. Aberdeen Angus and Charolais clubs and any other breeders interested in learning about the ABRI programme. Barbara Webster came down from Scotland to give an in-depth talk on the ABRI breed recording system, and demonstrated how information can be recorded and accessed around the world via the internet.
In May, we had a club visit to David and Lesley Sapsed’s Heathbrow herd, where we saw some very good cattle. It was of particular interest to see their work towards producing a naturally polled herd, many of which are progeny of Hockenhull Kramer who seems to be breeding very well.
On a beautifully sunny day, we enjoyed an excellent Sunday lunch in their garden, which is well worth a visit in its own right. Our thanks go to David and Lesley for their wonderful hospitality.
Once again, many of our members supported local and County shows, with some notable successes. Congratulations go to the Borlase family for winning the Simmental Male Champion at the Royal, and overall Breed Champion at the Great Yorkshire with their stock bull, Glenturk Nomad.
At the Royal Show Junior Stockjudging competition, Emma and Luke Blomfield were placed third, with Luke taking first place for the Junior Individual award. Congratulations to both of them.
Our herd competition was held in July, and our thanks go to John Dykes for giving up four days to judge.
Large Herd and Overall Champion 1st A. Hurn & Partners 2nd C.H. Carter 3rd D. & L. Sapsed
Medium Herd M. Hind
Small Herd 1st A. & A. Jukes 2nd R. Grenham 3rd Mrs. S. Wakefield
Dam & Progeny R. Grenham
Best calf born 2006 A. Hurn & Partners
My thanks go to all who have helped and supported the club over the year, in particular the Grenham family who once again kindly hosted a golfing day at their Boars Head course.