Northern Club 2018 round up

The first meeting of the year was delayed due to the beast from the east, but around 50 members eventually rocked up at Lowther shorthorns on a warm sunny day in May. We were treated to a clipping demonstration by Charles which was of great interest to the many new members present.

Charles Lowther demonstrating show prep clipping

Charles Lowther demonstrating show prep clipping

After coffee and cakes, we had a walk around the herd of cows with young calves at foot – they looked well with plenty of grass in front of them. Mike introduced members to the donkeys, which were used to break the young stock for showing. All in all, it was a very enjoyable visit and thanks go to Charles and the team at Lowther.

A good turn out of club members turned up with cattle at the Yorkshire Show, as well as being on hand to help man the society stand. Thanks to all who helped and congratulations to all who won prizes at the breed’s premier show.

In August, Stuart Currie and family opened their farm to us and the Northern Beltex club in which they are involved. The aim of the day was to raise money for the Northern Air Ambulance. A stock judging competition and charity auction all helped towards a total of over £2,000. We got a wander around the cattle and saw a very good crop of spring born calves by the Poynington Himself bull. We also got the chance of watching horses swimming in a rehabilitation pool.

Early September saw just over twenty members travel up to Morebattle near Kelso to view the Tofts herd. James and Robert kindly broke off from drilling corn to show us around their wonderful farm of 4,000 acres. First, we went to some cows and calves on the hill running with the impressive Tofts Westpoint. It was good to see the cattle working well on some challenging ground.

Further up the hill, another group of cows and calves on what felt like the top of the world! From there we came downhill to see the bulling heifers, which are served at 15 months to calve down at two years. James explained that these cattle have to pay their way, this is a farm gearing up to life without subsidies.

From there we treated to a viewing of Robert’s new shed which had us all drooling and we certainly left that yard with shed envy!

On the way back to the house we saw the young bulls destined for Stirling in February; two or three members were noted taking tag numbers. After being expertly driven by Robert around the wonderful livestock and breathtaking scenery, we were treated to coffee and cakes by Debbie which was much appreciated and a lively discussion about Brexit and the future of farming followed. Many thanks to James, Debbie and Robert for an interesting and enjoyable afternoon.

Our AGM and annual dinner took place in October at the excellent Moorcock Inn at Eggleston, this is owned by the Souter family who are breeders and club members and they certainly pulled out all the stops for us – their own shorthorn beef was even on the menu. Over 80 members and guests turned up for a really good evening of fun and fellowship. The herd competition prizes were given out and the evening culminated with a disco.

Why not join us for our 2019 ventures?