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First Sue Cope held a chocolate bunny hunt at her place, which was supposed to be a linear training day with Davy Dunlop and Phil Arrell. I am not sure who had the most fun but everyone enjoyed it.

Then we got into the stockjudging after our last speaker John Cook from Genus ABS who enthralled all attendees with ideas, reasons and hints for improving health and fertility in dairy cows.

The first judging evening took place in the far west of our region at Maurice Jones famous Calcourt herd. A good attendance of 60 competitors viewed and placed two outstanding groups of cows with Master Judge Mark Cornthwaite from the Kirkwood herd in Lancashire presiding. Our second and final round took us to the home of the Knowlesmere herd of Andrew and Jane Whittaker and their well known and enthusiastic offspring Izzy, Steph and Michael who put on a very fine show with not only our judging groups but several more cows were prepared for Phil and Davy to run our HYB linear and stockjudging competitions. We are extremely grateful to all our hosts who go to great efforts to put on such fine evenings for us all. On 9 June we embarked on our ‘Tour of the Champions’ in Cumbria. Day one saw 52 of us depart after bacon butties and coffee provided by Genus/ABS at Brookfield Golf Club to our first visit to see the Elizabeths at Carhall Holsteins up near Penrith. Whilst we had rain for most of the way up the M6, it ceased at around Shap village and when we got out at the farm it was evident that they had not seen any rain. In fact, Ian and Joyce Mallinson where already at that time desperate for rain to get some grass growth. The star of the visit was paraded by Mark Mallinson and several of her daughters were on view along with the main herd which had just been turned out for our visit. After a very welcome lunch on farm, we headed across to Keswick and down past an already drying out Thirlmere Lake to Bowness where we boarded the Tern steamer to travel down Lake Windermere and meet up with our bus at Lakeside before departing for our overnight stay at the Grange Hotel, Grange Over Sands where we were treated like royalty and enjoyed a very fine meal with all our host farmers joining us for the evening. The next morning saw us depart for Denmire Holsteins operated by the Dennison family. Again, we enjoyed an outstanding visit with so many great cows and something for everyone with the biggest pie and pea lunch you have ever seen. You will be getting the impression by now that we did a lot of eating and drinking and not much exercise and you would be correct in that thought.

After waddling our way back to the bus we travelled back around Morecambe bay to visit the home of the Flo family at Berryholme. The views over the Lyth Valley and beyond were spectacular and the cows even more so. Francis, Anne, David and Thomas put on a great show by parading Storm Flo followed by Shottle Flo and Posh Flo, who led us up the lane to the rest of the herd that looked tremendous. Lee Linda 2 caught the eye of several visitors who remarked on her. And, yes, we were force fed even more scrumptious home-made food and tea.

After three outstanding herd visits, all we had to do was head home. But not before we called in on Len and Roger Mason’s farm shop and rare breeds farm at Tewitfields near Carnforth and then across the road for dinner and a few sherbets at the Longlands Pub.

Photographic evidence of our trip is available on the club website at www.

Frank Dixon


On the first Friday night of July, the Lancashire Holstein Club holds it annual treasure tramp. A very popular family social event, it hardly seems 11 years since the first one was held at the Drinkall family farm at Abbeystead. Each and every one of them has always had superb weather conditions and the eleventh one this year was no exception. It was held by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Ian Wright and family at Gawthorpe House Farm, Rathmel, near Settle, home of the Renbank herd of Holsteins. I know they say that lovely views don’t pay the bills but the views were absolutely breathtaking. It didn’t matter about guessing the answers to the clues as the walk was enjoyable just by itself. At the end of the walk, a good and plentiful supper of hot pot and apple pie and cream was awaiting the hungry trekkers. Many thanks to those who served the supper. At the end of the evening, Mr and Mrs Wright were given gifts as a token of appreciation by our President’s wife Mrs Jayne Bristol for allowing us to invade their premises and for all the work and help they had done. The teams that won were:

Childrens section; 1, Katies’ Gang

2, New Holland Haters 3, The Dodgy Rogersons

Adults section; 1, Hellifield Hotshots 2= Linda Maudsley 2= The No Hopers

Thank you to our President, Chairman,

Vice Chairman and their wives for all their hard work in organising the event. Janet Whitlow


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