By Vikki Wood
Here we are at the end of another busy MIdlands Club year and
also at the end of my duties as Chairman of the MIdlands Club. The
old saying “Time flies when you are having fun” is
Our first meeting in March was a quiz evening against the Centre
West Club. We had a very enjoyable evening although unfortunately
we were defeated by the visiting team.
In April David Meakins from Scherring Plough came to talk to us
about Bovine Respiratory Disease. The evening was informative
and well attended.
Our Junior Stock judges were out in force for our visit to Peter
Hill’s Scotland herd in May, for a training day with David
Bell acting as master judge.
Robert Fitton won the Senior class and Harry Wood the Junior class. Both
juniors and seniors enjoyed the day and hopefully came away with
some useful strategies to put into practice. Thank you to
Peter and his team and to Mandy and Norma for providing refreshments
and thank you to David Bell for giving up his time to encourage
July saw us making the journey to Warwickshire to visit the Wroxall
herd. The weather did its worst but did not manage to dampen
spirits and we were transported by tractor and trailer to see the
Evans family’s lovely herd. We returned to a much welcome
lunch and our thanks go to Dan, Sheila, Rob, Sam and Stockman Matt
Harris for their wonderful hospitality. Thank you all.
During the summer months club members were out in force yet again
flying the flag for the Simmental and MIdlands Club. Large
and small shows were once again well supported and it is always
nice to see familiar faces as well as new ones. Well done
to everybody for supporting and promoting our breed.
In August Tony and Phillida Hurn made the journey from Norfolk
to judge our Herds Competition. This is a huge undertaking
as we cover a very large area from Lancashire in the North to Warwickshire. Thank
you very much to Tony and Phillida for giving their time to judge
the competition and we look forward to seeing them at our Dinner
on 4th March 2006 at Staffordshire County Showground, when they
will make their presentation. Results were as table below.
Members who made the journey to Perth in October for the Bull
Sales met with a selective trade. However Roger and Steffi
Birch enjoyed a good show and sale, Well Done!
As I write my report Rob Fitton and Boomer Birch are preparing
to leave for Canada. I hope that they have an enjoyable trip
and bring back lots of information and ideas to share with us at
our next meeting!
My two years in office ends at our Annual General Meeting on 20th
November when Joe Ede will take over as Chairman. I would
like to wish him well in his new position. Thank you also
to Chris Martindale who came off Council this year. Chris
works tirelessly for our breed both at Council and Club level and
has been a great asset to our breed.
Thank you also to Mandy Green, Chris Martindale, Bill Turrell,
Terry Ford and the rest of the Committee for all their help and
support throughout the year.
Finally I would like to wish everybody a healthy, happy and successful
|Guess The Midland Club Legs Competition
for a bottle of wine.
Entries to be submitted to the BSCS office by Friday 3rd March 2006.
1. J Ede – Fole
2. J & V Wood – Popes
3. D & R Evans – Wroxall
1. Peter Hill – Scotland
2. A & Y Leedham – Grangewood
3. T Ford – Shebdon
1. C & K Martindale – Forsdale
2. G Green – Greenfields
3. D & S Donnelly – Atlow
In Calf Heifers
D & R Evans – Wroxall
T Ford – Shebdon
Best Bull Calf Born after 01.06.04
P Hill - Scotland
Best Calf at Foot
J & V Wood – Popes
Best Cow Family
J & V Wood – Popes
Judges Special Award
(To be presented at Dinner on 4th March 2006)
J Ede – Fole
C & K Martindale – Forsdale