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.
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%.
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.
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
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
Class 8 AODB calf born 1st December
-28th February 4 forward 3. D Bolderston 4. Moonshine
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.
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.
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.
30th November at the Norfolk Federation of YFC’s
AGM Helen Reeve was the County stockman.
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!