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his issue’s Club report starts with the sad news of the death of Mr David Eardley from Almington who was a much respected member of the Shropshire Club and an enthusiastic breeder. All the Club members wish to pass on their condolences to his family. So much has happened since the last news update. This summer started with well attended stock judging events at Wyndford Holsteins and then at Knowlesmere Holsteins with our master judge being Richard Bown who presided over some outstanding classes of cows and heifers.


Our HYB section has had a fantastic summer thanks to the brilliant leadership of Charlotte Cope and her team of helpers


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who have run training sessions and given individual help to our enthusiastic young breeders. They enjoyed successes at all the National events and are looking forward to more achievements at the Calf Show qualifier and then onwards to the ABAB at Malvern. One really interesting day was spent with 35 members visiting Grosvenor Farms at Lea Manor on the morning of 26th June, followed by a visit to John Allwood at Huntington Hall Farm, Chester. These two farms are examples of well run operations and are a credit to all concerned. Brian Yates from Logan Holsteins was our master judge for our herds competition in June when he spent three full days visiting 16 members’ farms, his champion herd was Robert and Hilda Clare’s


here’s always something going on at Western and this summer was no different as our summer herd competition saw a number of members showing their finest animals to our judge, Keith Davies. Results will be announced at our prize- giving dinner on 8th October. Our Nantwich Show stand adopted a black and white theme, with black, white and Holstein pattern balloons at each table and a quiz for our younger members. All those who returned quiz papers were then entered into our balloon release at the end of the day. Our thanks go to all who helped with preparing and serving the refreshments and as always it was lovely to see members come and go, while catching up with friends.


Our HYB members have been very busy over the summer. At the weekend rally the team


performed really well and many congratulations go to Larissa Jones and Jodie Nutsford for coming in fourth and fifth in their respective stock judging, with the team coming fourth in the group results and fifth in the Field to Photo A Team. This is a superb result proving there’s plenty of talent in our young breeders and it’s great to watch them go from strength to strength.


This event was followed by a clipping and showmanship demonstration on 5th September, kindly hosted by Mark and Sue Nutsford, Riverdane. This was an excellent opportunity for members to pick up hints and tips for the Calf Show. Thanks go as always to all involved in organising and supporting Western HYB, particularly to Will and Louise Glenn for coordinating activities. Preparations are now under way for this year’s Wexham


Hawksmore herd. This is a special achievement for Rob and Hilda as they have now won champion Shropshire herd for five consecutive years and we wish them well in the next round of the National competition. Their homebred stock bull, Hawksmore Roman, also reigned supreme with the same outstanding achievement of winning the bull progeny group. Brian Yates said: “I was amazed at the standard of cattle I’ve seen, this was the toughest judging job I’ve done.” The Club would like to thank you Brian and members are looking forward to him joining them at the Club’s Dinner Dance in January as guest of honour. Check our advert in this issue for details of our winter programme.


Cup Bull Show and Sale, to be held at Beeston Castle Auction on 5th November 2015. This year there is a new award for genomically tested bulls in recognition of the increased use of genomics in breeding today. A good number of members have signed up to join the Club’s study trip to Agriscot, Edinburgh, in November, returning via Harrogate Christmas Fair. We’re really looking forward to this event as the Club hasn’t had an official Agriscot trip for a number of years.


HYB members Ben Whittaker, Mark Robinson, Fiona Birtles, Lizzie Mercer, Shelley Holt, Jodie Nutsford.


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