The year began with the AGM held in February, at Llandovery where all the officers readily agreed to accept their posts which meant the formal part of the evening was soon over. This was followed with a presentation by David Gethin on his trip to Canada’s Western Agribition in November 2009 kindly sponsored by the British Limousin Society and the Young Breeders’ Club.
The Spring Show and Sales at Carlisle and Brecon were again well supported by club members, and Brecon continues to grow in popularity with both vendors and purchasers. The Brecon centre record price was again broken in May when E.H.Pennie & Son’s Sarkley Dafydd achieved the price of 13,000gns, an All-Breeds Centre Record
In July three of the Club’s young members made the long journey to the Great Yorkshire Show to compete in the young breeders stock judging competition. Next came the Royal Welsh with the Limousins again having the highest entry with many prize winners coming from the club including the overall champion an eighteen month old heifer from Mr Paul Dawes, Dinmore Elle, who also went on to win the Fitz Hugh pairs championship together with Ironstone Enrico.
Early August saw our first “Stars of the Future” show held at Brecon County Show. This proved to be very successful with excellent support from sponsors and organisers of the show, and a high number of entries, and we hope this event will be even better in 2011. The judge for the event was Mr Rob Kirton and his overall champion was Terry and Sheila Jones’ Sherry Ebony with John and Heather Phillips’ Gronw Esquire reserve.
We also enjoyed a club visit to the Dinmore Herd of Mr Paul Dawes where both the cattle and the venue were very impressive, and we were kept well informed on the cattle bloodlines by Paul and Bart as we were transported from field to field. We would like to thank Paul and his family for allowing us to visit, and for their hospitality that afternoon.
August also saw our annual herd competition take place, the judges this year were Steven and Ruth Priestly, where several members enjoyed the opportunity to show off their cattle, and discuss their thoughts on breeding.
At the beginning of September several club members went on a visit to Limoges, where the weekend included several farm visits as well as the show and sale, which had been expertly organised by Delana Davies. The TV cameras also followed the trip, filming for the Welsh farming program “Cefn Gwlad” for S4C.
September saw our annual club sale at Whitland, conducted by JJ Morris where a top price of 3,100 guineas was achieved for a bull from the Rhonllwyd herd, and 2,600 guineas for a cow and calf from Griffiths & John.
We then welcomed Steven and Ruth Priestley back to our annual dinner at the Plough Inn at Llandeilo in November to announce the results of the herd competition and present the prizes, where members were very pleased with the way in which Steven mentioned each herd he had visited individually with positive comments, the results of which are listed below.
Our last event of the year is the Welsh Winter Fair at the Royal Welsh Showground, which was again very well attended considering the very cold and icy conditions, and where once again the Limousin-sired cattle featured very strongly.