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OFFICERS REPORTS
PRESIDENT - KEN PROCTOR (Airfield)
An opportunity to become President of Holstein UK is something every one should grasp if given the honour. It is a unique organ-
isation of like minded people with a passion for breeding economic welfare friendly cows which has really impressed me in my
year of office. Wherever Rebecca & I have travelled we have been met by friendly faces & hospitality second to none. We all
have a common goal of keeping in business and having pleasure in doing it, so a rapport is easily established.
One of my most pleasurable duties has been attending all the HYB events. Youth is key to this society, without it all the other
society’s work is futile. We have survived 100 years and with the involvement of youth we have to carve this niche in the industry
for the next 100. To that end I would like to see an academy for young members formed, more youth on the board where a
new structure should help, and more young judges on the judging list. Shows, the shop window for our Breed, this year have
been exceptional with increased numbers everywhere. Who can forget that fantastic National combined with the Calf Show
and a superb sale, this has to be grown and to become a date in the international Holstein world.
Regional shows have blossomed with numbers up to 144 at the Royal Norfolk & I do believe that in future our society should
attend some of these major events. The only sad event was the Royal although 38 exhibits were forward it left one feeling very
sad when you thought of yesteryears, lets hope something arises from the ashes.
The Centenary open days were a great success having attended 7 out of eight I can say that I really enjoyed every one of them.
It was great to see whole families out in force with a lot of young members present.
When I became President I listed some of our strengths & weaknesses. I believe our social capital is our strongest point and
nothing throughout this year has led me to think otherwise. Improving the value of our stock is also a great asset we succeed
in. Our weakest point that I believe is our inability to unite a data base for the good of the breed. We need to lead this industry
and the first point of call for any breeding decisions be it AI companies or a member in any far corner of the UK should be
HOLSTEIN UK but the opportunity is not yet missed (something for the future). Lets make it really Holstein UK
I believe that at Holstein UK we have something very special, it has to be grown, lets grasp the opportunity to become an
industry body with the unique asset of social capital (that bit is free) and lead dairy farming into the next century.
CHAIRMAN - DAVID TOMLINSON (BILSROW)
The dairy industry has again been subjected to enormous pressure as milk prices react to ever changing international commod-
ity trading. This, combined with the ever-increasing amount of legislation, requires significant changes to the way we operate
both from a breed development and membership services perspective.
Financially, the organisation has performed exceptionally well, returning a surplus on Society trading activity due in part to the
Boards policy of continued integration both within Scotsbridge House and the wider industry as a whole. By working closer with
other breed societies and all players in the dairy industry we must continue to do everything possible to assist out members as
they strive to breed better cows best suited to the needs of their individual systems – failure to achieve total information analysis
will leave all milk producers short of the impartial information from a totally independent source. The reduction in the value of
the investment portfolio is indicative of the market – the non-reliance on investment income and the need for each department
to operate without subsidised support were fiscally prudent decisions
Animal welfare and longevity have always been keen components of pedigree breeding and one of the underlying objectives of the type
classification programme. The continued year-on-year increase in the number of animals inspected clearly shows the impor-
tance of this service and it is imperative that we get back to the routine time scale members require to enable improved herd
management and address the challenges of government policy, environmental and welfare issues. The robustness of the clas-
sification programme combined with the skill of the classifiers has ensured that the UK remains at the forefront of international
competitiveness through genetic excellence, promoted through the Holstein UK website, one of the best interactive information
sites available to us all.
2009 sees a significant milestone in the history of our society as we celebrate 100 years of Black and White breeding in the UK.
What better way to launch this momentous achievement than the combined All Breeds All Britain Calf Show, National Holstein
Show and Genetic Elite Sale together at Stoneleigh in February. The Calf Show was a tremendous success and a wider audi-
ence than usual saw the dedication and enthusiasm of our Holstein Young Breeders, thus ensuring the future of the breed look-
ANNUAL REPORT 1
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