Lowerdown Farm, Felton, Bristol, Somerset BS18 7UF
Tel: 01275 472268 Mob: 07809 338020
13 Alstone Road
Highbridge Somerset T9 3DT
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By Len Curry
In January our ladies, organised by Marjorie Ellicot together
with Kath Edwards, Sandra Francis, and Margaret Thompson won the
annual quiz beating 5 other breeds. Well done Ladies we are proud
of you all.
At our A.G.M our Secretary Pauline Barker announced
she would be retiring as Secretary, Pauline has been doing the
job for twenty-one years, she has in that time been a prop to many
Club Chairmen myself included with her contributions in running
the Club. Pauline, I speak on behalf of all previous Club Chairmen
and Club Members in wishing you good health and good fortune in
whatever you decide to do in the future.
Sally March kindly agreed
to accept the Secretaries post and we all wish her well. Jack Ellicot
was re-elected Vice Chairman, David Edwards was re-elected Treasurer,
and myself as Chairman. Philip Webber and Andy Grossey were elected
to join the committee, all other committee members re-elected en-bloc.
Mr Ed Simmons, mine and others local Vet was our guest speaker,
giving us much to think about at the dinner following the A G M.
After dinner Clare Rowbotham who had travelled down to the West
Country to be with us, presented Pauline with a bouquet of flowers.
The Club presented Pauline with a cheque in appreciation for all
the work Pauline has devoted to this Club.
|A herd visit with Centre West
Club to Burytown herd thanks to
Dave & Nikky Field
The South West Club,
supported by the Centre West Club, Show and Sale at Bristol Sales
Centre on Saturday 9th May, saw some excellent cattle through the
sale ring with average prices almost going through the roof, a
packed ringside saw 17 Bulls sold for an average of 3116gns showing
a massive increase of 764gns. In addition Martin Boucher, Loxton
Herd from Somerset had a very good reduction sale, with a small
dispersal from Mr J N Hoskins, Sabre Herd from Gloucestershire.
Interest in Females proved no let up in demand with many new buyers
present, the Female average not including the dispersals rose to
a staggering 1615gns for the 42 sold an increase of some 336gns
compare this to last year’s sale when 18 Females sold for
an average of 1279.25gns. My thanks to Richard Turner (Staggs)
and Clive Roads (McCartney’s) our joint Auctioneers, and
to our Chairman of Shows and Sales South West, Roy Loud.
show season rapidly approaching breeders are busy with the preparation
of their cattle for the weeks ahead. Congratulations must go to
Boddington Estates for their fantastic show of cattle winning everything
in front of them well done to Jimmy McMillan. Congratulations also
to David Barker in winning coveted Cow Bell at the Royal Bath and
West Show. I absolutely refuse to mention the weather.
4th, David and Nikky Fields invited the Club to visit their Burytown
Herd being a young herd set up in 2007 they really did surprise
us with high standards they have set themselves, well done to you
both and a big thank you for the excellent lunch.
Best large herd
1st and Champion Herd Boddington Estate.
2nd Gavin and Gemma Doyle,
Joint 3rd David and Nikky Fields with
Best small herd
1st Sandra Francis
2nd Jeff and Viv Hall
Joint 3rd John and Bridget Old with
James and Belinda Kimber.
Best Cow and Calf (Devon and
Len and Adrian Curry
Best Cow and Calf (outside Devon
Jeff and Viv Hall
Best Young Stock
Best Heifer Calf
Gavin and Gemma Doyle
Best Bull Calf
James and Belinda Kimber
Micky and Marigold Christian
to becoming a very busy month for the South West Club, on Thursday
the 15th we were again at the Bristol Sales Centre together with
the Centre West Club for the Autumn Show and Sale once again we
were not disappointed with excellent cattle on show, selling 18
Bulls out of 21 forward. Henry Widdicombe with his Bull Starline
Westminster taking the Champion rosette and sash, the South East
Club also presented the Champion with a sash, he later sold for
2000gns, his other Bull Starline Marquiss topping the sale at 3300gns.
Breeders looking for Top Quality Females were not disappointed,
with an in-calf heifer Greenfields Vesta, from Giles Green selling
for 2550gns. With two other entries selling for 2300gns from D & N
Fields, and J & B Kimber. Oakhill Heidi 2nd from Mrs S Wakefield,
Oakhill Herd dispersal sale opened the Female Section selling for
2900gns. Our thanks to all the breeders and buyers in making the
Bristol Sales so successful.
There’s still more to come,
Sunday October 25th , saw some seventy enthusiasts arriving at
Boddington Estate for a day of cattle judging, foot trimming and
preparing cattle for showing. What an absolute fantastic day we
all had. David Bell kindly agreed to be our Master Judge, I saw
him later tucked away in a corner trying to decipher some of the
cards in front of him. David you did a grand job. A big thank you
to Richard Davies for showing us what’s involved in foot
trimming making it look easier than it really is. What can I say
about Jimmy McMillan, he along with other members of Boddington
staff work extremely hard in bringing all the events together,
which worked like clockwork, Jimmy I owe you one mate. After all
the walking and head scratching we adjourned for lunch and what
a feast it was with meats, salads and all the trimmings cheese
and biscuits apple pie and cream all served on china plates and
dishes with proper cutlery as well. For all this we have to thank
Sally March, Kath Edwards and all the lovely Ladies of the Club
for all their contributions. Thanks also to Rob and Pam Hewlett
and Kathy McMillan from Boddington Estate for the tea coffee and
biscuits on arrival and at lunch time and the cream tea as well
all you Ladies did us proud. We hope the outcome of this will result
in new members joining the club.
Our herd competition Judged by
Peter Burgess assisted by his wife Sarah, rumour has it Sarah did
most of the driving visiting some fifteen farms from Cheltenham
down to the end of Cornwall.
Last but not least we come to the results of the
cattle judging, David Bell our Master Judge presented prizes to
the best entries, over eighteens were Dan Coalman, Des March, Steve
Blomfield, Emma Blomfield, under eighteen Hannah Fields. After
the presentation David went back to the cattle lines to explain
his reasons for his placings, this was appreciated by the members,
once again many thanks David.
In closing, thanks to Penny Lally
and the Cornwall Club for inviting members to join their visit
to Northern Ireland, I must say I met some fantastic people and
I know I made some lasting friendships. This I think is why belonging
to the Simmental Society is so special.