South West Club report 2010

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By Len Curry

January 2010 our Ladies came a very creditable second in the interbreed quiz.

At our A G M held in March, Laura Darch and Rupert Rideout were voted onto the committee replacing Andy Grossey and Dennis Miles. I would like to thank them both for all the work they have put into running the club. 30 members sat down to dinner, my guest speaker was Colin Hutchings that well known breeder of various other breeds???. He gave us some very amusing tales about members of the club my-self included. Thank you, Colin.

The Bristol Sales Centre Show and Sales organised by the South West Club together with the Centre West Club in April, with vendors from seventeen Counties proving once again the continued success of the sale. The pre-sale show judged by Mr John Moores of Northern Ireland awarded the Male Championship to Penwern Wilson exhibited by Mr R Jenkins of Newcastle Emlyn, the bull later sold for 3000gns. The Female Championship went to Boddington Estates with Sterling Julia’s Waneta, a maiden heifer selling at 2700gns.

Averages. A tremendous run of 25 Bulls sold to an average of 2461.14gns. Again a splendid show of Females with seventeen maiden heifers selling to an average of 1744.85gns. Five in calf heifers averaged 1940gns. 4 Cows and Calves averaged out at 1890gns. With a very good draft sale from the Crackley Herd. Also another sale of some excellent Cows and Calves from the Loxton Herd.

My thanks to Richard Turner (Staggs) and Clive Roads (McCartneys) our joint Auctioneers.

September 12th Mr and Mrs Gavin Doyle together with his Mother invited the club to visit their farm, what a delight to see their cows with well grown calves at foot they are a credit to you Gavin and thank you all for providing us with an excellent tea party.

The herd completion took place at the end of September, and was Judged by Mr Jimmy McMillan with the help of his wife Kathleen, their journey covered some 500 miles. Our thanks and appreciation to them both. I would like record the Judges comments :- I would like to say thank you for the opportunity of Judging these herds, they were all impressive and I look forward to seeing many of them on the show circuit in the future. I was especially impressed with the quality of the Females coming through, from in calf heifers down to heifer calves at foot. A great credit to you all as a club in the Simmental Breed.

I think it’s very important to recognise the young talent coming through in the young stock persons, They are a great credit to your club, and deserve acknowledgement and encouragement to progress in the future, not only for their own personal gain but for the future of the club.

The results are as follows:- Best large herd overall champion John Gommow Killiworgie Herd. 2nd James Berry Cathedral Herd. 3rd David Bush Champman Herd Best small herd Jack Ellicot Road Hill Herd. 2nd Barry Wynter Barness Herd. 3rd L J and A J Curry Winford Herd Best young Bull Calf James Kimber Beanhill Herd. Best young Heifer Calf Barry Wynter Barness Herd. Best Cow and Calf Somerset and Devon. Sandra Francis Best Cow and Calf remainder of club Barry Wynter Barness Herd. Best Novice David Bush Chapman Herd. Flexi Trophy Laura Darch Chard Herd.

The October Show and Sale Judged by Andrew Palk, once again took place at the Bristol Sales Centre and our thanks to Keith Sherrell for providing us with an excellent venue. A selective sale of Bulls saw atop price of 2500gns for Chapman Apollo from David Bush from Cirencester. The Male Champion Sway Angus from Steve and Lorrayne Blomfield made 2300gns. As usual a very fast trade for Females with the highest bid of 2550gns for reserve champion Cathedral Shannon with her two Bull Calves at foot. The Female Champion a maiden heifer Boars Head Miranda sold for 2350gns. A draft sale from the Deerhurst Herd realised 2300gns (Twice) for Cows and Calves. The Atlow reduction sale saw Cows with Calves at foot sale for 2500gns and 1650gns. The Burytown production sale saw Maiden Heifers selling very well to an average of 1714.50gns.

Averages across the sale as follows:- Cows and Calves 2152. 50. In calf Heifers 2170gns. Maiden Heifers 1333.50. Deerhurst Cows and Calves 2060gns. Atlow Cows and Calves 2559.38 gns. Atlow Maiden Heifers 1734.50gns. Burytown Maiden Heifers 1714.50gns.

There has been a lot of confusion about the CHeC Health Scheme. To this end the S.W.Club organised a meeting with Ian Prichard from S A C coming down from Scotland to the West Country to enlighten Members as to what is required and why. As this affected all Breeds we invited other Breeds to take part. There were seven Breeds represented in all. Ian Prichard gave us a lot of information and left us with plenty to think about. Thank you Ian.