by Pauline Barker Our year started with a members’ skittles match, a good social occasion when Philip Webber was the clear winner.
The Annual Interbreed Quiz was again successful with our panel of ladies coming a valiant second.
The Bristol Sale was again a success. Mr. Keith Sherrill kindly donated a cup for the Champion Male, it was won by Tilbrook Rolo from P. Burgess selling for 2000gns, also selling for 2000gns was the Reserve Champion, Heywood Rooster-Booster from D. Barker. Top price was 2600gns for Alreb Stanley from Aled Evans. The South West Club gave a trophy for the Champion Female, won by Atlow Jennie from D. Donnelly selling for 1500gns. 1200gns was for the Reserve Female Champion, Grangewood Roxana from A. Leedham. The highest price female came from R & C Farmer’s, Highcroft dispersal at 5000gns – others from the same owners made 4200gns, 2 at 2500gns and 2000gns. K. Olver’s, Cargibbitt Trixie-Belle, a junior heifer realised 4000gns, a very successful sale for choice females.
Congratulations to David & Christina Mills with Wishful Lavender winning Interbreed & Championships at many of the one day Shows as seen in the show results. Well done to Jessica Curry winning Junior Handler at Gillingham & Shaftesbury and Dunster shows, also, Andrew Edmunds gaining 3rd at Gillingham & Shaftesbury. Thanks also to Jack Elliott and Laura Darch for the excellent display stand at Devon County and to Christina Mills and her helpers for the refreshments.
A very enjoyable visit to Meirion Jones and family’s, Dyfed herd in August, proved very entertaining. The cattle looked well in plenty of grass – which many of us visiting hadn’t seen for a while. We were treated to a superb carvery lunch in the local pub, (everyone would visit regularly if nearer home!) as when the sweet course arrived it nearly stumped a few with the helpings served to us!! Thanks to all the family for a super day.
The Beef Event at Hatherleigh was a success, on our stand L. Curry kindly loaned a bull and D Edwards Simmental x’s , interest was keen and the people on the stand were kept busy all day. The event attracted a great crowd and thanks to everyone who helped beforehand and on the day.
Our herd competition was judged by Mrs. Lynda Burditt.
The results are:- Overall & Large Section Boddington Estates (Sterling) Runner Up & Young Stock R & V Loud (Taurus) Small Section I & G Cubitt (Nynehead) Young Bull Calf B. Wynter (Bolankin) Flexie Trophy Mrs. M. Ellicott (Roadhill)
An open afternoon’s visit to Boddington on Sunday 5th November when 18 members and friends enjoyed seeing their cattle, followed by a welcomed tea. Thanks to Rob, Pam and helpers, and to Mrs. Burditt for giving up her time coming to the South West, she covered a great number of miles.