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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 too low.

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 orientated.

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 August.

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