The spring saw a busy start to the South East region’s year, launching our new website www.southeastcattleclub.co.uk which is linked to our Facebook page ‘south east limousin cattle club’. During the summer, our members exhibited at the local county shows promoting the Limousin qualities to commercial farmers within our region which continued into the round of fatstock shows.
September saw our Herd Competition presentation and BBQ kindly hosted by Burden Bros on the Isle of Sheppey. There was a good turnout of pedigree and crossbred breeders all of whom were amazed by the sheer scale of the layout. There are 820 beef cows sired predominately by Limousin bulls running on 3,500 acres of conservation ground with the intention of increasing to 1,000 cows which will all calve outside in corals as they do at present with an additional 25 ‘mothering pens’ in case of any problems .There are 3 men who look after the herd during the year but at calving extra staff are employed. The livestock forms part of the Burden Bros enterprise with the John Deere dealership, combine spares and Burdon Bros Agri.
On behalf of all our members in the south east I would like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to Guido Delis who sadly passed away at home on 12th September 2013. He was widely known in the agricultural community predominately for his world class pigs but recently he owned a small team of Limousin crosses exhibited by Nichola Osgood. At Hailsham, the small team of one steer and two heifers achieved; 1st and male champion, 4th and 2nd with the heifers, reserve champion heifer and overall reserve and sold for 4.10kg, 2.80kg and 2.45kg.
Results 2013 SELCC Commercial Herd Competition
Judges : John & Mary Reynolds
1st Mandy Woolgar
2nd Mr & Mrs Clutterbuck
3rd John & Mu Lampshire
1st Tim Piper
2nd Stratton Farms
3rd Burdon Bros
Overall champion herd Tim Piper Reserve Mandy Woogar
1st Andrew Holt 038
2nd Tim Piper 2778
3rd clutterbuck 500165
1st Tim Piper 2700
2nd lampshire 610
3rd Woolgar 671
Results 2013 SELCC Pedigree Herd Competition
Judge; Dorinda Dixon
Small herd; 1st Stratton farms
Medium herd; 1st Gotham, 2nd Wealden 3rd Thorndean
Large herd; 1st Castlethorpe, 2nd Applesham
Best working stock bull; 1st Stratton Ronick Duty, 2nd Thorndean Rosecroft Dazzler, 3rd Applesham Gotham Governer.
Best bull calf; 1 st Strattons Indigo, 2nd Castlethorpe Ian, 3rd Gothamm Ideal.
Best yearling bull; 1st Gotham Harbinger, 2nd Strattons Hales, 3rd Wealden Hugh.
Best cow and calf; 1st Gotham Buttercup and Gotham Inspiration, 2nd Strattons Verona and Stratton Indigo, 3rd Wealden Fancy and Wealden Izzy.
Heifer 2 yrs; 1st Gotham Goddess, 2nd Strattons Ghost and 3rd Castlethorpe Gilly.
Yearling heifer; 1st Wealden Highness, 2nd Gotham Harmony, 3rd Strattons Hambo.
Overall champion; Gotham
Reserve champion; Stratton