East Anglian Jersey Cattle Club
2009 Chairman’s Report:
Its now the end of July and as previous years the weather is
very unpredictable, and the harvest as yet has not really started,
barley is ripe and just needs some dry days, the experts would
say we can’t expect good weather due to climate change!
I hope you have all made good quality silage and hay, from
all accounts they both could be in short supply this winter.
Due to the demise of DFofB it has been a very worrying time
and not to receive the May cheque was devastating, and only
to receive half the amount for June wasn’t good, hopefully
we will be much better selling our milk direct to Windmill
Foods Ltd where it had already being going, and so the future
is looking brighter.
We started off the year in March having a committee meeting
at Jonathon and Ann Tomkinson for which we are very grateful,
we had Tim Wild from DFofB to give us the latest update on
the business it was expected that DFof B might be sold/leased/merge
of DFB but Mr Roger Taylor was keen to keep the CI Group going.
In April our next committee meeting and AGM . This again took
place at Jonathon and Ann’s, so a very big thank you
for hosting all our meetings.
At our AGM Mrs Sue Leverett presented
the club’ cups
Ruggles Brise Cup for the highest yielding cow in 305 days
Mr and Mrs Tomkinson Dunallan Pitiono Sheena 966 kgs fat and
Protein. Reserve Mr and Mrs Mahon Upgate Perimeters Nikki 957
kgs Fat and Protein. Eglington Cup for the highest yielding
herd in 305 days. Mr and Mrs Tomkinson 687 kgs Fat and Protein.
Reserve Mr and Mrs Mahon 670 kgs Fat and Protein. Postlethwaite
Cup for the highest total % Fat and Protein. Mr and Mrs Tomkinson
9.63% Reserve Mr and Mrs Roper 9.24%
After the AGM a short committee
meeting was held to elect the Officers of the Club. Chairman
Nick Dain, Vice Chairman Glyn Thomas, Treasurer Frank Mahon,
Secretary Su Mahon.
Congratulations to James Strachan on his success with Rapid-Bay –UK
Pandoras Jurisdiction who was the first ever non Holstein Interbreed
Champion at the All-Breeds All-Britain Calf Show held in February.
At the Suffolk Show in the Any other Dairy Breed James Strachan’s
Rapid- Bay-UK JJ Shakira was the Champion Jersey and Champion
of Any other Dairy Breed and then went on to be the Interbreed
Champion, Congratulations James. It was nice to see our new
members Paul, Jane, Oliver and Lewis Rushmer exhibiting for
the first time.
Thursday 25th June saw the club visiting the Guernsey Herd
of Jason and Katherine Salisbury’s at Whitegate Farm,
Creeting St Mary. They had recently moved into the farm and
had impressive Cheese making rooms and a new parlour, large
enough to finish milking in approx 20 minutes! We had a tour
starting in the cheese rooms and Jason explained how the cheeses
were made and finished, they have won many awards with their
Suffolk farmhouse cheeses, they even send cheeses to Guernsey!
We then went round his herd, a very nice herd and very quiet
cows. We had a small judging competition of Guernsey heifers
in milk, Nick Dain was our judge and there were two members
Paul Rushmer and Izzy Wright who were joint winners and had
some cheese as their prize. It was such a lovely day that we
were able to eat our picnics outside.
At the Royal Norfolk Show the Jersey classes were held later
than usual as the Interbreed classes were to be at 12.30pm
on the Wednesday, our judge was Charles Reader , he placed
Ben Etteridge’s homebred cow Moonshine Hallmarks Lady
Aster as Champion (she was the Jersey Champion last year) and
as Reserve Champion Cynthia Shipley ‘s Pavenham Iben
12th , Cynthia who lives in Lincolnshire hopes to be at the
Royal Norfolk next year.
Ben Etteridge is now a member of the club and its lovely to
have two new members this year. Ben had tremendous success
at the Kent County Show, taking the Interebreed Champion with
his Royal Norfolk Show Champion.
We were very pleased that our Upgate Danish Hollyhock was the
winner of the 2008 Secretary’s Trophy, Wheldon Memorial Trophy and Grosvenor Berry Trophy
a t the Society’s AGM
At the Aylsham Show in the Young Handlers Chloe Bolderston was first in her class
with Marshview Daniel Bramble, well done Chloe.
The Committee met for the last meeting of the year at Sue Leveretts Stanstead
Hall, we sorted out the details and menu for the Dinner and discussed what was
happening at the Jersey Society, after a lovely lunch, we then had a guided tour
round the house as Sue does B&B, then a look around the farm to see Sue’s
caravan site, smokery, livery etc, all very impressive, we are most grateful
to Sue for inviting us.
At the All-Breeds All-Britain Calf Show in October John Cawston came third and
fifth in the Jersey Calf – born on or after 1st March 2009, and in the
Jersey Breed Results James Strachan Rapidbay-UK Reputation Rendevous had an Honourable
Mention, and did well in other classes taking first in the Jersey Calf- born
between 1st December 2008 and 28th February 2009, also in the Jersey Calf-born
between 1st September and 30th November 20087 came first fourth and sixth. In
the Jersey Calf born between 1st May and 31st August 2008 they came second ,
in Jersey Calf-born between 1st January and 30th April 2008 came fifth. Congratulations
to them both.
The last event for the club was the Annual Dinner attended by 37 members and
friends at the Scole Inn on Friday 23rd October. Another change of Manager !
but had an excellent meal which I hope you all enjoyed. Our Tombola for YANA
(you are not alone) raised £ 76 on the night with a donation added on to
make £106 to send. Thank you all very much for supporting this and also
for bringing some lovely prizes.
I would just like to thank Nick and Glyn for the magnificent basket of fruit,
to say I was speechless was an under statement! But I and the family are enjoying
the contents very much. It seemed a shame to unpack the basket, I succumbed to