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Mr Nick Dain

Vice Chairman:
Glyn Thomas

Frank Mahon

Mrs Su Mahon
Upgate Farm
Seething Norwich
Norfolk NR15 1EL
Tel: 01508 550497


East Anglian Jersey Cattle Club

Su’s 2013 Diary:

February fill dyke! ........... seems to be living up to its name. I think we all hoped once 2013 was here we might get some dry weather, not snow, ice and more rain!!

It was good to see on the Eastern TV programme “ Inside Out “ on Monday 14th January James Strachan speaking on the argument for paying to save Dairy Farmers in the East. He spoke extremely well and I sent an email congratulating him and here is his reply.

Thanks for your email and kind words, we are always cautious of these media approaches as they quite often interview you for 20 minutes and the parts they show are taken out of context, without reflecting accurately what was said.  We have had so much good feedback from this particular program that it can’t all be bad, but I still feel there was lots I had said that needed to be viewed.  This subject is so complex I suppose they have to try and paraphrase the report into pigeon holes, but let’s be honest mega farms will be equally affected by a price that is below the cost of production, in fact probably worse – a fact the former NFU representative neglected to mention all together!!

It was great to see highlights of Country file which included James and his sister talking about their farm, shows that dairying is still active in the Eastern Counties

It was lovely to see one of our young handlers in the January issue of the EDP “Norfolk” magazine in the calendar of events for June, a photo of Jack Debenham with his calf at last years Royal Norfolk Show with Millie Shipley in the background who was our Champion Jersey Handler and the first handler to be presented with the East Anglian Shield, nice to see a Jersey and not another breed!!

Our congratulations to James and Emma Strachan of the birth of Percy James on 27th February weighing 7lbs 8ozs.

Our AGM held on Tuesday 9th April at Jonathon and Ann’s Punchards Farm was as usual fairly poorly attended but it was nice to see our usual members, we welcome Helen Reeve who was voted onto our committee, nice to have a younger member of the club join us older ones!!

Sue Leverett presented the cups, they are as follows:
Ruggles Brise Cup for the highest yielding cow in 305 days Mr and Mrs Mahon Upgate Mannix Quince 1125 kgs fat and protein. Reserve. Depwade Happy Yarrow 1022 kgs fat and protein.

Eglington Cup for the highest yielding herd in 305 days. Mr and Mrs Mahon 741 kgs fat and protein. Reserve C R Cawston 604 kgs fat and protein.

Postlethwaite Cup for the highest total % Fat and Protein. Rushmer Family 9.80%. Reserve Mr and Mrs Mahon 9.34%.

After the AGM a short committee meeting was held to elect the Officers, they are as follows:

Chairman Nick Dain, Vice Chairman, Lewis Rushmer, Treasurer Frank Mahon, and Secretary Su Mahon.

Country File did a revamp of some of their highlights over the past year and it was good to see James and Strachan on the farm with their Jerseys, good PR work for the Jerseys!!

Frank and I try and watch TV’s “Look East” weather if we are in on time and on Wednesday 15th May saw the beginning of” The One Show” and farming was mentioned, we were delighted to see Helen Reeve as one of three young farmers spoken to by Matt Baker re the last year’s weather and this winter........ so Norfolk is on the map!!

Suffolk Show. Congratulations to all the exhibitors especially James and Emma Strachan who won eight classes out of ten and the Rushmer family who did well. James and Emma had the Champion and Reserve Champion with Rapid-Bay UK Reagans C Pandora and Rabid-Bay UK Comerica Belladonna. On Wednesday Radio Suffolk interviewed James about the preparation of the cows etc (hope I have this correct as I was told about it!)

On the Thursday the Young handlers were judged by Mr Tomlinson of Loughbrough and Karen Debemham- Jack’s Mum very kindly let me know the results of the classes, they are as follows: 9yrs and under 3rd Imogen Bolderston, in the 10-19yrs 1st Chloe Bolderston who went on to be Champion who received the EAJCC Shield for the highest placed Jersey Handler, congratulations Chloe.

Herd Visit

Herd Visit

On Saturday 15th June our herd visit was to John and Zoe Cawston Poringland herd of Holsteins and Jerseys, it was well attended and about 40 people enjoyed the day. We were offered coffee and biscuits and soft drinks on arrival and then had three classes of cattle to judge, one of Jerseys, one of Holsteins and a class of calves, we dodged the showers (more like April than June!) and after looking round the herd we then had our picnic lunches and were most grateful for the drinks provided. Nick then called us all to order and told us the results of the judging. The Juniors did well, first was Josh Etteridge who was first last year, second was Hannah Edwards and third was Molly Boldeston, the Seniors, first Caroline Bolderstone and second Dick Gibson and third Margaret Vale, so a good day and our grateful thanks to John and Zoe for hosting our annual day out.

I did hear that Lewis Rushmer was on the Radio programme Sunday Politics (local section) sometime in June

The Royal Norfolk show had six exhibitors with plenty of cattle forward. Congratulations to Claire Daw for her championship win with Bluerock Majors Roxy Rose, this being Claire’s own prefix and her first championship win with a home bred cow, in the Holstein young handlers she was the Champion and overall Interbreed handler, which she also achieved last year. In the Any other Dairy Breed young handlers classes in the first class 1st Charlie Bolderston, 3rd Imogen Bolderston, in the 2nd class Chloe Bolderston and 3rd Jos Etteridge. The highest placed Jersey handler was Chloe Bolderston and I presented the Norfolk shield to her, congratulations Chloe you certainly wowed the Judges at the shows as you now have two shields one from the Suffolk and now the Royal Norfolk shows. Thanks to everyone who took part and best of luck for next year. In the Friday 23rd June edition of the EDP there was a pull out of the show coverage and a lovely photo of Imogen Bolderston with her calf on the front page, such a good advert for the Jersey breed!!

At the Royal Norfolk Show Young Farmers stock judging on the Thursday, Helen Reeve came first in the Dairy judging and was presented with the Norfolk Liquid Feeds Dairy trophy, and at the Young Farmers Rally on Sunday 7th July at the Royal Norfolk showground she came first in the Dairy and Sheep judging earning points for her Harleston club.

At the Dairy event held at the NEC Andrea Vale was second winner of the Youth travel scholarship and will be visiting Zurich in Switzerland in November as her prize, I hope she will tell us of her visit sometime and lots of photos please!

The Wayland show this year was held on Sunday 4th August, had marvellous weather and no mishaps on the showground like last year. It was good to see several of our young handlers do well namely Charlie Bolderston who was first in the Dairy junior handler, and in the Intermediate class Harry Bolderston who came third. Jelly and Jasmine the Jersey cows also attended and in the EDP the next day a nice photo of the back view of a handler and his Jersey heifer...... name please?!

The Youth weekend from Friday 9th – 11th August was held by kind permission of the Wright Family Farm, Tixall, Staffordshire home to the Fourcrosses Jersey herd and as usual was very well attended. Our young members did well, East Anglian had the Best Team. Josh Etteridge was the Junior handler Champion and was also the Stockman of the year, and is to be congratulated. The weekend was a tremendous success as usual, a lot of hard work goes into the weekend and thanks must go to Nick Dain for organising it so well. This is the last year that Nick will be organising it and I hope it will carry on the same principles, Nick has always thought our future is in the hands of the Young Members and has always encouraged them and I believe he introduced the youth weekends which each year go to a different part of the country and to have it all running so well each year is a great achievement, he is to be congratulated on what has become an event to look forward to and is just what the youngsters needed Our thanks to the two Sarah’s who provide all the food at a very reasonable cost and the meals (I have it on good authority) are very good indeed and much enjoyed.

In August Zoe Ball mentioned on Radio 2 that Jelly and Jasmine the Jerseys would be making an appearance at the Aylsham Show which was held on Bank Holiday Monday, this was also broadcast on Radio North Norfolk.... fame indeed! The Bolderston family did very well with the Reserve Champion in the Any other Dairy breed with their cow Marshview Flash Creamy. In the Young handlers in the Intermediate classes Chloe was Reserve handler and also had the best calf. In the Junior class 1st Charlie Bolderston 2nd Miriam Conteh, 3rd Imogen Bolderston and 4th Musa Conteh. Congratulations to all.

On 7th September the Norfolk Young Farmers City Farm at the Forum in Norwich in conjunction with Easton and Otley, and once again Jonnie Burridge took his Jersey cows Jelly and Jasmine to the Forum.

15th September saw the Norfolk Holstein organise the Norfolk All Breeds Calf Show. Our Jersey members did well and here are the results with special thanks to Caroline Bolderston for sending me the info.

In the Handlers Championship the Honourable Mention went to Chloe Bolderston.
Junior showman 11 forward 1. Chloe Bolderston 2. Josh Etteridge 5. Lucy Reeve.
Class 2 Intermediate Showman 8 forward 2. Mollie Reeve.
Class 6 AODB 6 forward calf born after 1st March 4. Jimmy’s Jerseys
Class 8
AODB calf born 1st December -28th February 4 forward 3. D Bolderston 4. Moonshine Jerseys.
Class 10 AODB 1st September-30th November 5 forward 1. Bluemoon Jerseys. 2. P J Rushmer 4. D Bolderston. 5. P J Rushmer.
Class 12 AODB Calf born between 1st May-31st August. 1. P J Rushmer.
Class 14 calf born 2012 1st January-30 April 4. P J Rushmer. 5. Bluemoon Jerseys.
Championships AODB calf. Honourable mention Bluemoon Jerseys (thanks to Caroline Bolderston for the info)

4th-6th October was the All-Breeds All-Britain Calf Show with James Strachan judging and was well attended by the Jersey exhibitors, Norfolk exhibitors did well, Ben Etteridge having seven calves forward and Josh Etteridge came 2nd in the Junior Young Handlers and was in the Championships class.

Jersey classes at Agriscot were exceptional, thirty five animals forward and the most of the Dairy Breeds, it was good to see a picture of James Strachan in the Farmers Guardian of 22nd November judging the long line up of Jerseys.

Our Dinner last year at the Park Hotel on a Thursday was a great success so this year our dinner was on Thursday 24th October at the same venue. The carvery was much enjoyed and plenty for second helpings! We had forty two 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 Raffle, so was very grateful they were able to do so, and many thanks to everyone who bought tickets and brought prizes. We made £181 from the raffle and with donations we will be able to present a cheque for £200 for the Buxton Childrens Ward at the NNUH. As many of you know, Hannah Edwards was in hospital for five and a half weeks having gone in the day after our herd visit. Louise, Tom and William would like to thank everyone for all their good wishes for her speedy recovery, she is doing well. Frank and I were presented with the Weydown Jubilee Trophy by Nick on behalf of the Jersey Society for achieving so much with our Jersey herd, we felt it was a great honour. I would like to thank Nick and Glyn for the lovely basket of fruit presented to me at the dinner. It was beautifully arranged in a wicker tray with so many different fruits all much enjoyed by the family, especially me! A real treat to have.

Hannah presenting the cheque to the Matron of the Jenny Lind at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. From left to right Matron, Registrar to Consultant Mr Kulkarni, Tom and Louise Edwards and myself.

Hannah presenting the cheque to the Matron of the Jenny Lind at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. From left to right Matron, Registrar to Consultant Mr Kulkarni, Tom and Louise Edwards and myself. Hannah has made very good progress with her recovery.

The Matron Mrs Emma Dolman said the cheque would be put to a very good use and thanked the club for raising the money, she would be sending a letter of thanks.

On Saturday 30th November at the Norfolk Federation of YFC’s AGM Helen Reeve was the County stockman.

In November in the “Telegraph” there was a very interesting article about the Strachan family (Marybelle Dairy) and how they had scooped the prestigious award the food world’s top prize the Great Taste Awards Supreme Champion with their plain Greek style yogurt and were presented with the Golden Fork at the London awards ceremony in September. (thanks Ralph Moore for the info) Many congratulations to the Strachan family who were up against tremendous competition.

As from 1st June 2014 the CI group would be leaving Freshways and joining Arla, the price of a litre of milk will be much much better!


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