It was at this point last year that the UK experienced the full effects of the Beast from the East, with snowy and wintery conditions causing mayhem around all parts of the UK. As we will now be moving into Spring, we will be hoping that this year we can expect to see drier and warmer weather! It’s been very busy here at the Society, with Council meetings taking place which we look forward to sharing you updates from. Take a look at what’s been happening in and around the Society over the last 14 days!
The Society hosted a prize-giving ceremony after the recent Stirling Bull Sales to celebrate the deserving trophy winners of 2018. The President’s Awards were awarded to Neil Massie and Willie Robertson - a huge congratulations to both, greatly deserved! You can see the full list of prize winners in the news section of the website.
Then PENWAC Club held their annual AGM on Sunday 3rd March at The Best Western Garstang, Country Hotel & Golf Club. The Club had an excellent meeting, with herd visits being planned in the summer, and there was also a presentation where members received their trophies from the 2018 Herd Competition.
The eagerly anticipated YDP Senior Conference 2019 took place over the course of the weekend of the 22nd of March 2019. The was held in Nantwich on the outskirts of Cheshire, where the delegates congregated at Cheerbrook Farm Shop and Café which is owned and run by Andrew Shufflebotham and his wife Sarah. An insightful and interesting experience was had by all – thank you to all involved!
The second of five Spring sales at Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim saw a clearance rate of 75% recorded in the sales ring (up from just over 50% at the same sale last year) with steady and sustained interest from buyers. The top price of the day was by Drummullian Paul 792 exhibited by Padraig McGrath, Elphin, Co. Roscommon who sold for €3000.
Angela McGregor and Ken Howie attended an event at Costco this week where they had a Society stand and were able speak to the catering trade about our breed and products, with individual members also invited by Costco. The Society was there to support Costco and AK Stoddart in providing the backup/provenance to what they are doing, and it was most enjoyable to chat with existing and potential customers.
We are in the process of pulling together a spring newsletter to be distributed to all members. This will provide detailed information from the latest Council meetings, along with some great articles and information related to YDP, health and more. Make sure to look out for this arriving in the first couple of weeks of April.
To keep up with all other news from the Society as well as all the latest updates from shows, sales and other events, just head over to the appropriate sections on our website.
News and features: http://aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/
Show and Sales news: http://aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/show-and-sales/
News and notices from the CEO
- Busy weekend for the CEO on the run up to the Council meetings and since the last Bi-Weekly update to ensure that all information available to cover all the agenda points
- Incoming President Paul Jeenes worked with Laura Stewart through the proceedings for the Committees and Council, which established a number of factors to be taken into account going forward and moves to streamline the workings to improve efficiency.
- YDP Senior conference report is now available on the website, it’s worth a read as it was really well received by the participants
- The YDP restructure is well forward in its development, with the regional and national coordinators now all in place we can press on with this year’s programme as we get our new team on this bedded in. A really good time to get your families involved - anyone from 8 to 24 years can take part so send back the registration form sent via the Annual Accounts and AGM Agenda
- A full day’s Committee went really well, with the agreement being reached on ways forward to make the Committees more functional by establishing working groups or sub committees to keep up the momentum on key areas of development. More details coming to you in the spring newsletter
- Many thanks to the team at Pedigree House, as everyone gets involved in some way, for their input into the meetings, the catering arrangements, and coping with the influx of visitors for the two day period. It is always good to get back to normality following Council
- Council meeting day went really smoothly with a number of the normal tasks being decided at Committee. With all the business being completed by 1.15pm it left some with a long wait for flights
- The outfall of the meeting is that there is a pretty long “jobs list”, of which some are more urgent than others but immediate prioritisation ensues and the tasks dealt with accordingly.
- We have a long running issue with the Bavarian authorities that has been ongoing since 2016 and taking a great deal of sorting out. The requirements may change again when we finally see the outcome of BREXIT
- A considerable project has been the upgrading of all our forms to the new Zootechnical agreements with the EU. We have now become involved in having to provide paperwork for AI stations exporting semen, as well as the embryo companies. This is new to us and extra administration again to cover something that may change when we see the result of BREXIT.
- Finally managed to find a window to get the car serviced which was considerably overdue and now drives a lot better!
- Met with a party from Bulgaria over on a mission to buy stock from the UK. Thanks to Barbara Webster and Yvonne Buchannan and the team for welcoming them to Pedigree House in my absence. I think that we now have a new overseas member, and also a new subscriber to Breedplan!
- CEO has been a bit of a pin cushion over the last week with an upgrade of all his vaccinations for the trip to Uruguay for the World Secretariat
- Preparations for President and CEO to attend many functions and present the update on the UK Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society to the World Secretariat. We are only too pleased to be joined by some of our members over there
- Visit with the open day sub-committee to our potential open day venue for 2019. More details to follow very soon but as in true fashion “save the date” for 3rd July
- The World Secretariat is the full-time occupation over the next two weeks, and I will endeavour to ensure communications are made to keep you updated during the tour with conference of things of interest via Denvir and the website.
- Really need to get on with packing for Uruguay as days have tuned into hours before I go!
Notes and actions from Laura Stewart
- I’ve been dealing with the aftermath of two days of Council meetings which is a considerable task which involves preparing the minutes and actions for the six committees and the Council meeting, inviting nominated judges for official Society sales, dealing with nominations to the judges panel, following up on correspondence to name but a few.
- I have been working on the office phone network, the lines have been relocated or installed and improved and the new phone system will be installed in due course which should be of benefit to staff and members alike.
- The post room modifications are progressing to relocate the post room from the pedigree cattle services office to allow more space for the reorganisation of the PCS office. The next stage is the joinery work which will provide adequate storage and counters required for the post room equipment.
- I have selected the ten shows for the Walkers Shortbread Show Herd of the year competition 2019 which is kindly sponsored by Walker’s Shortbread Ltd. The shows are as follows and I encourage you to enter to be in with the change of winning the prestigious perpetual trophy plus £500 prize money:
ROYAL CORNWALL (6-8 JUNE)
ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW (20-23 JUNE)
GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW (9-11 JULY)
KIRRIEMUIR SHOW (13 JULY)
SUMMER NATIONAL SHOW @ ROYAL WELSH SHOW (22-25 JULY)
BORDER UNION (26-27 JULY)
TURRIFF (4-5 AUGUST)
MORETON IN MARSH (7 SEPTEMBER)
WESTMORLAND COUNTY SHOW (12 SEPTEMBER)
WINTER NATIONAL SHOW CARLISLE (1 NOVEMBER)
News and Notices from the Pedigree Cattle Services Team
- The March Group run will be updated on the web tomorrow (Saturday). Included in this month’s run is the overseas data from US, Canada and Australia for the imported sires and embryos, therefore you may see a change in your animal’s EBVs from last month but the accuracy for the traits will be higher than previous.
- Remember your Group run results, Sire Summary, completeness of performance, GeneProbe results can all be viewed in your member’s downloads.
News and Notices from Angela Cumming in the Finance Department
- A kind reminder that membership for 2019 is due to be paid, if not already done so! Don’t forget we are making it easy to pay you can pay by either cheque, internet banking or credit card.
News and Notices from the Registrations Department
- The Registrations Department are getting busy now as Spring calving gets under way. We are in the process of identifying all the 2019 male calves that have been registered so far and once we have received the DNA samples we will get them tested for DNA and MYOSTATIN. Samples should be submitted to Identigen at the same time as you register the calf. This will ensure that the DNA reporting runs smoothly and efficiently. Please bear with us whilst we implement these changes – we are working as hard as we can to get these new tests up and running.
Shows, Sales and Events
Key upcoming events are shown below:
- World Angus Secretariat Uruguay 2019: 18th – 29th March – Punte del Este, Uruguay
We look forward to sharing with you all updates from this!
- Worcester Show and Sale: Saturday 6th April – Worcester Livestock Market
As show and sale season is well underway, why not purchase one of our Aberdeen-Angus branded polo shirts and show your love for the breed! You can purchase one for only £15.
You can purchase by phoning the office directly. Speak to Yvonne who can deal with and dispatch your orders for all our merchandise. You can pay over the phone by card or simply add it to your next invoice. Full range of merchandise available to view online at: http://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/assets/2018/Merchandise-poster-2018-web.pdf
From all at the Society, have a great weekend!