This year the regular meeting venue became the ‘Ring 6’ Café at Borderway Mart.
Alan Myerscough chaired the January AGM , with Karen Henshall serving as Vice Chair. February’s meeting revolved around an entertaining ‘Any Questions’ panel , and in March , members young and old , and of varying abilities, enjoyed a prize-laden Ten Pin bowling match. In April we were pleased to host Mr Iain Kerr, BLCS Chief Executive, who followed a comprehensive overview of the Society by answering queries particularly fosusing on the Herd Health Scheme and Sale Entry conditions.
Four Stock Judging evenings were held throughout the early summer from which the Young Members teams were selected to compete at the Royal Highland Show. We are most grateful for the generous hospitality and the opportunity to judge cattle afforded us by Gordon and Sheila Wilson, just before they dispersed their Bankdale Herd; by the Armstrong Family, Terrace Herd ; the Stobart Family before their retirement sale of the Cracrop Herd; and by the Illingworths, Glenrock Herd. At the Higland National Young Breeders’ Stockjudging, the Junior Team of Chris Pears and Thomas Greenbank took first place, with Thomas equal second overall individual, and the Senior team of Matthew Ridley and Michael Norman were third in the Seniors. Thomas also won the Club’s own young members’ bursary.
In June, our Open Stock Judging event was hosted by the Dodd Family. Held shortly before their Redrock major reduction sale, the excellent cattle on show helped make the day a great success. Also in June, the Open Calf show held at Borderway was judged by Drew Hyslop, Grahams Herd, who selected the Nixons’ calf as Champion.
Sheila Thomlinson organised a great trip to Scotland in July. Great cattle were on show and it was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Host farms were most welcoming and many thanks go to the Callions, Lodge herd; the Emslies; the Penny Family, Shannas Herd; the Massie Family, Elrick Herd; and to the Irvines, Anside Herd.
The National Limousin Open Day was hosted on a lovely sunny day in July by the National Pedigree Herd Competition Champion Herd, that of the Ridley family, Haltcliffe. Many congratulations to them! Our members volunteered help on the day, as was the case on the busy stand at the following day’s National Limousin Show, and on the Society stand at the Borderway Beef Expo. Derek & Heather Hume, Culnagechan Herd, judged our Herd Competition, generously sponsored by Bluefin and Towergate aiua Insurance.They presented the trophies at the Awards night and annual Dinner Dance held this year in October at the Shap Wells hotel, a venue which has been booked again for 2012.
The Bull and Heifer Derbies were judged by James Hazard, Mereside Herd. Glenrock Firefly was first bull and Glenrock Elusive first heifer and Champion.
In October, a particularly interesting evening was held in the company of local farmer, Mr Michael Cowan, who had undertaken a trip-of-a-lifetime from London to Beijing on a BMW motorbike.
The Club supported Limousin stock sales at twelve auction venues throughout the region, in addition to awards for Limousin sired suckled calf sale champions.
New members are always welcome. Please ring Helen 01768 341388 (Sec) or Judy 01768 361526 (Ass Sec)
NW Herd Comp Results Judge : Derek Hume
Messrs Ridley Haltcliffe Herd
Extra Large Herd
1st Messrs Ridley Haltcliffe Herd
Joint 2nd David & Maggie Kelly Netherhall Farm
Joint 2nd E & E Norman Norman Herd
3rd Messrs Jenkinson Whinfellpark
1st Procters Farms Ltd Procters Herd
2nd Mr & Mrs SD Illingworth Glenrock Herd
3rd Mr J A Ewing Fairywater Herd
1st Mr D Cornthwaite Maybe Herd
2nd Mr & Mrs D Hill Tayonshall Herd
Joint 3rd Mr A Myerscough Tallyrock Herd
Joint 3rd Mr DJ Thomlinson Beeches Herd
1st Messrs G & P Long Millbrow Herd
2nd Mr J & E Pattinson Loughhead Herd
3rd Mr DF Walker Dentox Herd
Extra Small Herd
1st Mrs R Stevenson Howgillfoot Herd
2nd Mr Thomas Illingworth Eagleside Herd
3rd Messrs IF & AM Grisedale Angiean Herd
Best Young Bull
1st Procters Farms Ltd Procters Gunner
2nd Messrs Jenkinson Whinfellpark Gambler
3rd Mr & Mrs SD Illingworth Glenrock Fortune
Best Young Heifer
1st Messrs Ridley Haltcliffe Fern
Joint 2nd Mr & Mrs SD Illingworth Glenrock Fantastic
Joint 2nd David & Maggie Kelly Netherhall Galaxy
3rd Procters Farms Ltd Procters Ginger
Best Young Stock
1st Whinfellpark Messrs Jenkinson
Joint 2nd Procters Procters Farms Ltd
Joint 2nd Glenrock Mr & Mrs SD Illingworth
3rd Fairywater Mr J A Ewing