EGCS AGM 2010 Isle of Wight( Day 2)

The second day was given over to the herd visit at Briddlesford which has been the highest yielding herd within EGCS (English Guernsey Cattle Society) for the last few years, but by virtue of its position on the Island is relatively unknown amongst EGCS members. The herd has been milk recorded with NMR and has developed from the original 15 cows that were brought to the farm by Richard Griffin’s father. Paul Griffin who has the day to day management of the herd in his hands is the fourth generation of the Griffin family in the business and it was good to hear that his nephew, the fifth generation is now milking 3 mornings a week, but given his talent as a musician so ably demonstrated the previous evening he will have other options.

ARC-Addington Fund

The ARC-Addington Fund,one of the Farming Help charities and helps maintain the economic and social fabric of the farming community, held a Harvest Lunch at Stoneleigh on the 17th September to which Brian Adams, John Berry and myself were invited. We are involved with the selection, showing and rearing of Aber Showtime Dancer 5 aka Claudia. She has had four outings so far this year and is entered for the South West Dairy Show and the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show in October.

Scholarship Winner

David Christophers who has been such an important part of the Future Golden Breeders training since it started in 2005, and who has been competing succesfully in the Guernsey show rings with his heifer Tredinney Buzzards Bracken 4, has been awarded a 14 day trip to America and Canada in …

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Calf of the Week ( 7 )

Two fine young ladies in this picture taken at the end of the Junior handling class at the recent South West All Breeds Calf Show. The delighted first prize winner is Chloe Bottom and the calf is Trewarnevas Amirs Lillian.

ELCIUN Matt Jones Fine Art Printing

Matthew Jones from Kelsmor Dairy is able and willing to produce beautiful art work of any and all Guernsey subjects. If you would like any of your Guernsey treasured pictures printed for display or an extra special print to maybe take pride of place within a home, or you would …

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Say Cheese !

The new venue at the NEC at first sight of the regulations seemed to have banned the provision of refreshments by the trade stands and so the Guernsey stand was going to be “dry” as in the end were the Jersey and the Shorthorn stands.

Elsie Fallows our President-Elect does not often take no for an answer!

Dairy Event and Livestock Show 2010

The Dairy Event (as it is still known) despite two name changes in recent years moved to “pastures new” this year and was staged at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) at Birmingham which is within walking distance of both the Airport and the Railway station as well as being linked to the M42 and M6 motorways. The new venue has allowed a reorganisation of the various sections of the show and “feedback” from various traders was that they had had two busy days.