East Anglian Jersey Cattle Club
Su’s 2010 Diary:
It is now mid July and as I write we are still feeling the
effects of the weather so far. Can the weather get any worse
this year? The winter was colder than we have had for several
years, snow, frosts and strong winds, we were lucky that we
didn’t have the amount of snow some areas of the UK had
with roofs coming down and burst pipes etc. We now have the
other extreme, too hot, drying winds and no rain, hay and silage
crops very poor and the price of winter fodder (if you can
get any ) too high, cost of straw prohibitive and so a very
expensive winter coming up and the price of milk still far
We started the year going for our first committee meeting to
Jonathon and Ann Tomkinson. We had a productive meeting and
then enjoyed a hot meal prepared by Ann and helped by her daughter
in law Jackie so many thanks for having us.
Mrs Sue Leverett invited the club to hold their AGM at Stanstead
Hall on Monday 26th April, we had a good meeting followed by
a delicious lunch and thank Sue for her hospitality. Lewis
and Ollie Rushmer were elected onto our committee so welcome!
Sue presented the clubs cups as follows:
Ruggles Brise Cup for the highest yielding cow in 305 days
Mr and Mrs Mahon Upgate American Nocturne 1099 kgs Fat and
Protein. Reserve Mr and Mrs Mahon Upgate Hot Quarius 891 kgs
Fat and Protein. Eglington Cup for the highest yielding herd
in 305 days. Mr and Mrs Mahon 687 kgs Fat and Protein. Reserve
C R Cawston 637 kgs Fat and Protein. Postlethwaite Cup for
the highest total % Fat and Protein. Mr and Mrs Mahon 9.24%.
Reserve Mr and Mrs Roper 9.11%
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.
At the Suffolk Show in the Any other Dairy Breed Ben Etteridge
had the Champion Jersey, Moonshine Hallmarks Lady Aster who
was also the Any other Breed Reserve Champion. The best Jersey
heifer was James Strachan’s Rapid Bay –UK Jazzman.
I hope at next years Suffolk Show the Jerseys will have their
own classification, as the majority of cattle were Jerseys.
Now mid August and just had confirmation that the Jersey are
to have their own classification next year, if not enough Jerseys
are forward then they will be back in the Any Other Dairy Breed,
so ......... its up to the members!!
Monday 7th June the milk producers from the area were invited
by Kevin Harridine to look round Windmill Foods where our milk
goes. It was an early start and Paul and Jane Rushmer took
Bobby Roper, Ralph Moore and myself to the Dairy. We were joined
by James Cross from Essex and others from the Shropshire area.
Mr Harrison who owned the farm, where the dairy is situated
took us on a trailer ride round, his farm is organic and has
a herd of Friesians/Holsteins and a few Jerseys and saw some
interesting grass crops the emphasis is very much bee and insect
After the tour we then looked round the Dairy and
saw how our milk was processed, after this we had a very good
buffet lunch and before we left Mike Youngs of the Upper Norton
Dairy who has some of our milk for cream and butter, had all
types of cream etc with him and he invited us to take freebies
of, clotted, single, whipping or double cream and also butter,
all in all an interesting day.
Wednesday 9th July saw the club visiting Ralph Moore’s
Depwade herd. We had over 40 members and friends and had three
new members sign up which is marvellous! We had a very interesting
day, starting of with a small stockjudging competition of a
class of cows to judge. Dick Gibson was our judge, Roger Trewella
(Jersey Society Field Officer) placed the cows in the correct
order and Luke Harris was second.
The new parlour was impressive
and admired and to milk the cows in such a short time is a
great bonus. We then looked round the herd and were very impressed
at the very nice cows we saw. We ate our picnic lunches in
the barn, Sue Moore had cooked some nibbles and drinks which
were enjoyed by our members it was a lovely day out and thank
Ralph and Sue Moore for having us for the day.
At the Royal Norfolk Show we were delighted to see Barry, Jenny
Daw and their daughter Clare exhibiting once again after an
absence of 20 years. The Jersey classes were held later than
usual as the Interbreed classes were to be held at 12.30pm
on the Wednesday, our Judge was John Stubbs from Derbyshire,
who gave the Championship to Barry and Jenny’s cow Bluegrass
Jazzmans Flamboyant, they were also reserve with Bluegrass
Comericas Pink Heather.
The young Handlers did well with their
Jerseys, but unfortunately I can find no results although I
have asked various people to help, so apologies, I know that
young Jack Debenham did well for his very first show leading
a calf from the Rushmer family. Congratulations to Clare Daw,
Champion handler of the Any other Breed and Luke Harris reserve
Champion, Clare then went on to be the Interbreed Young Handler
which was a tremendous achievement.
At the Society’s AGM held in August, we were very pleased
that our Upgate Danish Hollyhock was again the winner of the
2009 Secretary’s Trophy, and Upgate Lemvigs Melody took
the Wheldon Memorial Trophy and the Grosvenor Berry Trophy.
At the Aylsham Show in the Young Handlers the Jersey handlers
in the Any other Dairy breed did well, the any other dairy
breed with Lucy Reeve first in the young handlers section and
Jack Debenham first with his calf, this in the junior section
so thank you all who took part and hope you all enjoyed yourselves,
see you next year!
On Monday 13th September the committee met once again at Stanstead
Hall and grateful thanks to Sue Leverret for having us, we
enjoyed her hospitality. We heard about what is happening in
the Society and discussed our Dinner and finalised the details,
once again we have a new Owner / Manager at the Scole Inn,
can’t keep up with the changes, but hope the new owners
stay a nice long time! I called in on the way home and we discussed
the menu and I managed to keep the price down.
The last event for the club was the Annual Dinner attended
by 35 members and friends at the Scole Inn on Friday 22nd October.
We had an excellent meal which I hope you all enjoyed. Our
Tombola for YANA (you are not alone) raised £ 81 on the
night. 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 arrangement of fruit, to
say I was speechless was an under statement! I and the family
are enjoying the contents very much. It seemed a shame to unpack
it as it looked so lovely, but I succumbed to temptation!!
We have just heard that we (milk producers) now have our milk
still going to Windmill Foods but to a different owner – (Freshways)
We just hope this change will benefit us all, fingers crossed!
Congtatulations to Ben Etheridge and his wife on the birth
of their son Frederick Benjamin who was born on Monday 2nd
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