This is my final report after a six year stint as Chairman of
the Centre West Club. Although it has been a long period, it has
been extremely enjoyable and hopefully beneficial to the Club.
We closed 2005 with an Open Veterinary talk by Steve Borsberry,
a local vet, who is nationally renowned in the cattle industry.
He spoke about a wide spectrum of cattle diseases and general health
care, which was most interesting and informative. Our talk was
held at the Warwickshire College of Agriculture and we thank them
very much indeed for their hospitality.
In December the Club held
their Christmas Dinner near Worcester at the March Hare. A very
good turnout of members made the evening most enjoyable with good
food, successful raffle and a surprise 30th birthday present from
the Club to Matt Harris, who was Vice-Chairman at that time.
started with some reasonably good sales for some of our members
at Perth in February. One of our members purchased a very good
bull at a very reasonable price!!!
Our Annual Dinner was once again
an outstanding success in every department. Held as usual at the
King Charles Restaurant in Worcester in March, many members and
friends enjoyed a stupendous meal followed by an excellent talk
from the Principal of Warwickshire College, Ioan Morgan. He explained
about the present position of the College, how it has developed
over recent years and his vision for the future.
In May a team
of Centre West members returned to Staffordshire to trounce the
Midland Club members in a quiz – when will they learn!!
saw a handful of members attend a farm walk near Weston Super Mare
by kind permission of Martin Boucher, a breeder of some excellent
Simmentals. His herd consisted of some extremely good quality females,
which had bred a number of very useful commercial bulls, for which
Martin has a regular clientele. Some bright spark in our group,
thought it would be a good idea to climb to the top of a very large
hill on the farm, to enjoy the view. How embarrassing that the
same person, who was one of the youngest, was the last to the top
and the one most out of breath!! She shall remain nameless!! The
view was breathtaking, looking towards the Somerset Levels and
we were so lucky to have such a beautiful sunny day to view it.
We were given a fantastic meal by Mrs. Boucher, such warm hospitality
and a beautiful garden to walk round before we left.
|Martin Bouchers Smart Females
Season was then upon us, Day Shows, Away for days Shows, all good
fun and all in good hot weather, although by the time the Royal
came round, it was getting too hot for the cattle, let alone us!
Unfortunately Boddington Estates were not able to show at the Royal,
but we still ended up with two First Prize winners in the Club
and good results in the Young Members Judging, well done to all.
Although the turnout at the Three Counties Show was not good, excellent
numbers and quality were on view at our two local Shows, Kenilworth
and Moreton-in-Marsh with very satisfactory Interbreed results.
It was good to see Jimmy McMillan in his first outing as stockman
for Boddington Estates at Moreton, we wish him and his wife Kathy
well in their new “in situ” and hopefully they will
get fully involved with the Club.
Our Herd Competition was expertly
judged in September by Steve Knight (ex-Wroxall), we thank him
very much for giving up his time and hope he enjoyed the experience.
The Results are as follows:-
Booth and Bell (Crackley)
Peter Burgess (Tilbrook)
Tim Greenow (Fortress)
Shebdon Award for Special Achievement
David Fisher (Cotteswold)
Best group of Maiden Heifers
Boddington Estates (Sterling)
group of in-calf Heifers
John Rixon (Lopemede)
Bull under 2 Years
C.H.Evans (Wroxall Shaggy P)
Best suckled calf
(Farnborough Trailblazer P)
The Awards were kindly presented by
Pip Knight at the ‘highlight’ of our Club Year, which
was the return of the Centre West Calf Show, held for the first
time since Foot and Mouth.
The new venue was Cirencester Cattle
Market on Sunday 1st October by kind permission of Arthur White
(Chief Auctioneer) and his staff. We cannot thank them enough for
all their help and assistance in enabling us to get the show back
on the road. Thanks must also go to Robert Hewlett, whose suggestion
it was to approach the Market and restart the show. Although the
day was very wet and windy outside, it did not worry us, as we
were undercover. We had a good turnout of stock and an excellent
attendance of members and friends, totalling over 50 people. The
facilities at the Market made it an ideal venue and the refreshments,
supplied by members, were greatly appreciated.
The results of the
show, judged by Arthur White and ably assisted by John Pullin are
Champion Young Handler
Champion Male and Overall Champion
Warwickshire College – Moretonhall
Champion Female and Reserve Overall
James and Belinda Kimber-
Boddington Estates – Sterling
Booth and Bell – Crackley Kitty (P)
Following the show, we held our A.G.M., where the election of
Officers was carried out.
The new Officers are as follows:-
Chairman – Peter
Vice-Chairman – John Rixon
Secretary – Sam
Treasurer – John Fellows
I would like to conclude my
report by thanking the Committees, which I have worked with over
the last six years. Their help and support has been invaluable
to me, especially as I did not expect to take the Chairman’s
role, being so new to the Club at the time.
A special mention goes
to Matt Harris, former Secretary and Vice- Chairman, who has moved
on to pastures new, but I know we will see him again at future
Centre West events, when he is able. He was a great support to
me and I wish him well for the future. A big thank you to Sam Evans,
who has stepped into the Secretary’s role so effortlessly
and to the Staff at the Simmental Office, who can always be relied
upon when help is needed and always done with a friendly smile.
Life will not be quite the same without Marion, make sure you come
back regularly, because we will all miss you!
Finally I would like
to wish all members a happy 2007 and continued success for the