East Anglian Jersey Cattle Club
Su’s 2012 Diary:
It is now the end of May , cows only just out and silage hopefully
will be done soon. The year started well with no major cold
months, different from the last two years, then had lovely
hot sunny weather in March wham.....rain, rain and more rain,
all very disappointing.
We held our first committee meeting on 13th March
and are very grateful to Jonathon and Ann Tomkinson for hosting
us, had a good meeting and a good number of committee members,
discussed Society business. I then asked if the committee were
agreeable to the club having 2 trophies for the Champion Jersey
Handler at both the Suffolk and Royal Norfolk Shows? The Treasurer
said funds were available and after some discussion it was
agreed to have 2 Shields ( Mr Dain produced a booklet of various
designs – how lucky he had it with him)! At the top to
be engraved “Champion Jersey Handler presented by East
Anglian Jersey Cattle Club” and on each shield the name
of handler and the date. On the back of shields Norfolk on
one and Suffolk on the other. Mr Dain would ask if it would
be possible to put an engraving of a Jersey cow in the middle
of the shield. There would be an individual shield about 4-6
inches in size with the year date for the Champion Young Handler
to keep. Had a lovely lunch and a good gossip caught up on
every ones news which is always nice to hear!
Nick and Sandra Dain invited the club to hold our AGM on
Tuesday 24th April at Park Farm Cottage, Winfarthing.
This was preceded by a short committee meeting. It was disappointing
that we had so few members, (people don’t like AGM’s!)
so ....... Sandra presented the cups as follows: Ruggles
Brise Cup for the highest yielding cow in 305 days Mr and
Mrs Mahon Upgate Mannix Quince 1243 kgs fat and protein.
Reserve. Upgate Decadence Quadrille 932 kgs fat and protein. Eglington
Cup for the highest yielding herd in 305 days. Mr and
Mrs Mahon 759 kgs fat and protein. Reserve C R Cawston 643
kgs fat and protein.
Postlethwaite Cup for the highest total % Fat and Protein.
Rushmer Family 9.62%. Reserve Mr and Mrs Mahon 9.25%. After
the AGM a short committee meeting was held to elect the Officers
of the Club. Chairman Nick Dain, Vice Chairman Ollie
Rushmer, Treasurer Frank Mahon, Secretary Su
Mahon, we then had a delicious light supper and thank Nick
and Sandra for their hospitality.
It was interesting to read about Helen Reeve ( Ralph Moores’s
herds person) in the EDP of her appointment as Chairman of
the National Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC)
following in the footsteps of Jim Paice, now the Minister for
Agriculture. Since November she has attended the Oxford Farming
Conference and will represent the National Federation Young
Farmers Clubs at the NFU conference. She will also be working
closely with DEFRA on many important events including the ARAC
forum and the NFYFC Annual Convention in Torquay which was
held in April, lets hope she can make a difference to our low
At the end of May we heard from Freshways our milk buyer,
they would be dropping the price of milk back dated from 1st May.
Not a lot of happy milk producers.
It was good to see so many exhibitors at the Suffolk Show,
the Champion Jersey was Rapid Bay-UK JJ Shiloh (she was reserve
champion last year) owned by James and Emma Strachan and the
Reserve Champion was Loseley Signature Henerietta owned by
P G Rushmer and Partners, congratulations to all of them. It
was lucky the weather stayed fine for the judging in the morning
but about 2.30.pm it decided to rain and with the gale force
winds in the night, the authorities of the Suffolk Agricultural
Association on the advice of Health and Safety decided to close
the second day of the show, due the wind as the marquees were
deemed unsafe and would not be safe for the public, this decision
was taken at 8.00.am, though the Interbred classes were held.
Pair of Dairy females was won by Rushmer and Partners with
James and Emma Strachan reserve, the Interbreed Dairy Cattle
Group of Three and the Progeny Group was won by CR Cawston.
The Young Handlers classes were all cancelled, very disappointing
for the youngsters who had spent so much time training their
calves. The new trophy of course was not presented and we hope
for better weather next year. But thank you to all the exhibitors
and Young Handlers who took their animals to the show and hope
you were not too disappointed, there is always next year!
The next excitement was the Royal Norfolk Show and we were
so lucky in the weather, two days of good weather, unheard
of at a show as so many had tremendous problems with mud and
shows being cancelled.
We had a good number of exhibitors and this year the Jerseys
were judged at 8.am by Mr Stephen Bland, due to the Interbreed
classes being held once again on the Thursday (several scenarios
have been tried so.......! ) The results were Champion and
reserve Champion both from Barry and Jenny Daw’s Bluegrass
herd with Bluegrass Remakes Festive Debbie and Bluegrass Excitations
The Young Handlers classes were held on the Thursday morning
judged by Mr Stephen Bland. The first class was disappointing
as only one handler, the next class had eleven handlers and
the last one had five. Overall Jersey Champion was Millie Shipley
from Lincolnshire and I presented her with our new shield,
which I promptly took back to have it engraved and Nick will
give it her so she can keep it for a year. She was also given
a small shield with the year date on for her to keep and a
truly magnificent rosette! Anyway congratulations to all who
took part, some of the handlers had calves that decided enough
was enough and lay down to have a rest!! the handlers with
some help managed to get them up and walking again. Nick and
I will revamp the classes for next year so that they are in
line with the Holsteins.
Our herd visit to the Oakalby herd consists mainly British
Friesians, a few Holsteins, a Jersey, one or two Ayrshires,
and Brown Swiss was well attended with over 40 members and
friends attending. On arrival at Wheatacre Hall we were offered
coffee, tea or a cold drink and biscuits, and we were able
to see the converted barns into holiday lets, from the outside
they looked very luxurious. David Burroughs told us that they
are revamping their milking parlour and putting in cubicles
which are sand based. The herd numbers about 300 and are grazing
the marshes based on the New Zealand system. We then went down
to where the cattle are milked and housed. We had a small competition
of four heifers and one of four cows all halter trained and
had been to the Royal Norfolk show, our judge was Mr Alan Welham
and he did a grand job.
To see the rest of the herd we walked down to the marshes,
the cows looked extremely well and didn’t take much notice
of us, It was amazing to see the Wind Turbine at Lowestoft
and again like last year saw yachts sailing on the marshes!!
We were so lucky with the weather, had a perfect sunny day
and HOT. After viewing the herd we went back to Wheatacre Hall
to have our picnics on the lawn, again lots of drinks on offer
and lovely icecream which we all enjoyed. After lunch the results
from the two classes were as follows. The class of calves was
won by William Edwards (junior) and Mr Tom Edwards (Senior)
and the class of cows was won by Josh Etheridge ( Junior) and
Mrs Louise Edwards (Senior) the Edwards family nearly taking
all the honours!! But well done to everyone who took part.
Josh Etheridge is our new member for this year.
The weather is still incredibly.........awful, I hope everyone
has managed to get their silage in and after a great deal of
rain the skies cleared for the last week in July for haymaking,
second cut silage or haylage and of course harvesting, straw
baling and carting. What a funny old year it has been so far.
With the recent cuts announced for milk prices it is thanks
to the farmers who went to London to demonstrate and to David
Handley ( by the way he milks Jerseys) who has organised protests
outside various dairies and supermarkets the milk price cuts
have been reinstated although we all need to have at least
+ 30ppl with the price of feed and having to bring cows in,
on and off over the summer, a very expensive summer so far,
and winter feed prices look as though they will soar.
Unfortunately the Wayland show was cancelled due to heavy
rain and the pumping station deciding to spread effluent over
part of the show ground, very disappointing to all who had
hoped to be there.
The Youth weekend at the Pye’s Bayview herd, held on
4th/5th August at High Farm, Arkholme,
Nr Carnforth, Lancarshire was very well attended. Our young
members did well, the Best Team Captain was Andrea Vale, Senior
Clipping Cup Luke Harris. Stock Judging- reasons given 1st Lucy
Reeve, 2nd Jack Debenham, and 3rd Ben
Etheridge. Every young member was given a book on “What
you do before showing” by the sponsors of the weekend,
Sarah Liddle and Sarah Jarvis and I have it on good authority
the weekend was a tremendous success as usual. Thanks must
go to Nick Dain for organising it.
The Aylsham Show on Bank Holiday in August saw the AOB young
handlers Champion was James Bolderston with Jimmy’s Glams
Ivy. Well done.
The Jersey Society AGM was held at the Jersey Pavilion at
Stoneleigh on Thursday 23rd August. I was delighted
to hear from Nick he had been presented with The Weydown
Jubilee Trophy for the person who has done the most for
the Society and was not on the Board, so congratulations. He
very kindly went up to collect and give back the cups our cows
had won, The Championship Cup went to Upgate
Impuls Quaker, reserve Upgate Maximus Rosemary. Raylands
Trophy Upgate Maximus Rosemary. The Foxbury Trophy Reserve
Upgate Lemvigs Moonstone. The Wheldon Trophy Upgate
Impuls Quaker reserve Upgate Lemvigs Moonstone. The Grosvenor
Trophy Upgate Lemvigs Melody , didn’t they do well!!
On 8th September Suffolk HYB held their calf show,
the Jersey handlers were invited to take their calves to Norwich
Cattle Market and the Champion Coloured Breed handler was Jack
Debenham so congratulations and thanks to Margaret Vale for
organising the event.
Also on the same date at the Norfolk Young Farmers City Farm
at the Forum in Norwich, Jonnie Burridge did a tremendous job
by taking his Jersey cows Jelly and Jasmine to the Forum and
highlighting the low price for milk paid to farmers. He also
took the cows at the beginning of October to Waitrose at Wymondham,
again to highlight the poor prices milk producers are receiving.
The All-Breeds All-Britain Calf Show was well attended by
the Jersey exhibitors. Congratulations to James and Emma Strachan
who did extraordinarily well. Rabid Bay-UK heifers continued
to reign supreme taking their 4th Championship title
with Rabid Bay-UK Jade Rumour, who had an honourable mention
at the 2011 show.
Our Dinner last year at the Park Hotel on a Thursday was a
great success so this year our dinner was on Thursday 18th October
at the same venue. The carvery was much enjoyed and plenty
for second helpings. We had fifty members and friends attending
and I would like to thank Nick and Sandra for arranging the
seating plan..... no easy task! Also to Ann Tomkinson and Sue
Leverett for selling tickets for the tombola, ( I wasn’t
sure if I would get to the Hotel in good time to sell any!))
so was very grateful they were able to do so, and many thanks
to everyone who bought tickets and brought prizes. We made £139.50
for the Norfolk Air Ambulance and I’ve had a very nice
letter thanking us for our donation. I would like to thank
Nick and Glyn for the lovely bowl of fruit presented to me
at the dinner. It was beautifully arranged by
Glyn’s daughter Kate with so many different fruits and
was much enjoyed by the family, especially me! A real treat
Have just read in today’s EDP (2nd December)
that Helen Reeve Young Farmer was at the House of Lords helping
to launch the Henry Plumb Foundation
£2m appeal to encourage a new generation to enter the
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