2018 round up
It is with great pleasure that I write this report as Club Chairman, having overseen my first year in office. We waved good bye to Luke Anthony, as he moved north to Scotland, having served us well as Chairman over the last three years. Our club is small and covers a large geographic area, the cattle are of high quality and the members passionate about the Beef Shorthorn Breed. We are always encouraging new members into the breed and this year is no exception, we wish them every success, and all are welcome to join us on our farm walks, herd competition and AGM/herd competition presentation.
Our herd visit was this year hosted by the Leach Family at Carpenters Farm, Warmington. As much of this summer, it was a lovely warm summer’s day to look at a wonderful herd of Beef Shorthorns. First though we were shown around their Farm shop and butchery operation. It was very impressive with a great array of cheeses and meat, especially the beef. Having looked around the farm buildings, we were treated to a magnificent lunch. Having eaten our fill, we were then given the opportunity to walk it off while looking around an ever-growing Warmington herd.
It quickly became evident that Robert’s wise purchase of bulls had been paying him big benefits and developing the herds growing reputation in and out of the show ring. A number of foundation cows, including some from the Llanarth herd, had produced a lovely base to the herd with a grand show of cows by Meonhill Aslan.
Robert and his daughter Rosie were very proud of their next purchase, which was Carrarock Chalkie, senior male champion at Stirling bull sale 2014. His progeny had really raised the profile of the herd, with a strong run of show winners, but most impressive were the heifers he has left on the farm.
Chalkie himself has returned to Ireland but the Leach family have raised an impressive son, Warmington Chalkie, who is just as outstanding as his father and continuing the development of the herd. A new young bull also impressed on the day, an Elliot Matrix son Castlemount Killinchy, we will have to return to see if he clicks and continues the progression of this up and coming herd. Once again, can we thank the Leach Family for a wonderful day.
The other major event of our year is our Herd competition. In this year 2018, we were very fortunate to welcome David and Rosemary Dickie to adjudicate over our wide spread competition. They gave a great commitment and professionalism to their task, as well as being great company making the whole event an enjoyable success.
Simon Bradley Farmer
Club Chairman 2018