A rather belated happy new year to you all but the first newsletter of 2016 is worth the wait as you’ll see that we have a good year planned for you!
For starters, the idea of a herd competition has been voiced at the last couple of AGMs and so the committee discussed it in February but, due to the size of Scotland, we are keen to see how much genuine interest within the club there is, and also ask for your suggestions on how it could be run, before we make a final decision about whether to go ahead. Our initial thoughts were to have categories for stock bull, herd (small = 1-10, medium = 11-25 & large = 26+), yearling heifer, bull calf and heifer calf but we would really welcome your input and so please can you submit your level of interest and suggestions for how it could be run by contacting Lisa before 31st May 2016.
The Summer Show Points Competition will go ahead as normal with the qualifying shows being Ayr, Fife, Stirling, Black Isle, Dumfries, Perth, Orkney & Grantown.
You will be pleased to hear that there will again be a BBQ at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston on the evening of Saturday, 25th June 2016. Tickets will initially be available to Scottish Club members only but will be offered to wider Society members nearer to the time. To reserve your tickets, please get in touch with Lisa.
Some of you may be interested to know that Haddington Show schedule and entry forms are now available (www.haddingtonshow.co.uk). The show is on Saturday, 2nd July 2016, down at East Fortune, East Lothian, and Beef Shorthorns will be in the “Any Other Breed” class unless sufficient entries are received for Beef Shorthorns to have their own class. The show is also hosting the Scottish Limousin Grand Prix if that increases your level of interest and Anderson Waddell can be contacted on 07721386699 if you have any questions.
By kind permission of Iain Graham and Michael & Jackie Riddle, the 2016 farm visit will be to Balgay Farms at Inchture, Perth, on Saturday, 30th July 2016. This will be under the auspices of the Scottish Beef Shorthorn Club but will be open to anybody that would like to attend. Exact timings are to be confirmed but you can guarantee it will be a great day and so please register your interest by contacting Lisa.
We are excited to announce that the 2016 weekend away will be to our friends in the North (of England), Yorkshire to be exact, where we will enjoy seeing what Tracy & Mark Severn (Highlee), Rob & Penny Paisley (Westmoor), Steve & Gilly Johnson (Gilven) and Gerald Turton & Ian Park (Upsall) have behind their farm gates. Hotel costs, etc. are still to be fully investigated but please keep the weekend of 24th-25th September 2016 free in your diaries and please let Lisa know if you would be interested in joining in the fun as a large group may allow for a reduced hotel rate. This trip will be for Scottish Club members only.
Finally, with the change in format, it has been agreed that the Scottish Club will organise events for the October Bull Sales at Stirling and this year we have booked the Stirling Golf Club for a Ceilidh Supper on the evening of Sunday, 16th October 2016. Ticket numbers will be limited and so will initially only be available to Scottish Club members but this will widen to Society members nearer to the time (if not sold out by then!). To guarantee your place on the dance floor, please put your name down by contacting Lisa.
Scottish Beef Shorthorn Club Office Bearers