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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 as follows:
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 temptation!!


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