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By Tom Hume BVetMed M.R.C.V.S
Discussions at our Club meetings have mainly revolved around
how the changes at council level would affect our club and
As a club we are quite clear that we want the British
Simmental Society to lead in two ways.
1) Improving the health and productivity of the cattle
2) Improving the marketing of the breed to consumers, abattoirs
and those buying terminal sires.
On a recent holiday to the
south of France, I was reminded once again what a good job
the Angus society have done. Reading a menu in a restaurant
proclaiming “Angus steak”!
We are fortunate in
our region that one of our members, Andrew Clarke, is the
managing director of the largest mixed species abattoir in
the country. With his encouragement, many of the local farmers
are moving away from other Breeds in favour of Simmentals
and this increases the demand for our members’ bulls.
other important area is the health and productivity of the
cattle. I think the various cattle health accreditation schemes
are a good starting point and the society’s
move to promote these is encouraging. I think further guidance
for members on what is required and what is achievable would
be useful. Accredited shows and sales will be necessary if
we are to take positive steps to tackle diseases such as
BVD and IBR.
I would also like to see pre-purchase fertility testing of
bulls become a routine procedure, with tough thresholds to
ensure only the most fertile bulls are presented for sale
and allowed to act as ambassadors of our breed in commercial
I was delighted to read the letter from Neil Shand
and felt it promised more focus and purpose from the society
in the future.
Anyway, on to club matters; some members had
great success at the shows this summer for which we congratulate
The Royal Norfolk Show was a highlight for us. The show
put on a delicious Exhibitors meal on the Wednesday night,
which was very well supported. We were pleased it attracted
many Simmental Breeders from as far afield as Kent, Sussex;
Hertfordshire and further! There was a very impressive display
with all classes hotly contested. Congratulations to everyone!
Thanks must go to all members who helped with the food and
After several years of trying we finally managed to organise
an overseas trip. Thanks to Phillida Hurn, 16 members and
friends flew to Dublin and had a most enjoyable weekend visiting
farms in Kilkenny, attending the Irish Beef Expo 2010, sampling
the Guinness and learning how to line dance!
The thing that
impressed all of us was the quality of the cattle, and the
passion of the Irish breeders. They were patriotic and determined
to improve Irish cattle. They are succeeding.
Our little group
had much to think about as we made our way home. Four members
had even more to think about as they waited in anticipation
to see how their new acquisitions adapted to life on English
As our autumn meetings begin again we look forward to
the Thursford Christmas concert and a farm walk around Denis
Mitchell’s farm. Congratulations to all our members
who have done extremely well in the show ring, and especially
Denis for his success at Stirling Bull Sales this autumn,
where he won the Supreme Female Champion with a young heifer
and sold very well for 5200gns and Simon Key for winning
the EBLEX Prize for the most improved Simmental herd.
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