Riggit Galloway Cattle Society
Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
President: John Corrie
Newsletter Autumn 2014
Struggling womanfully against a disorganised secretary, members whose
communications with the outside world seem to be via carrier pigeon,
and having her own stuff to do already, Mrs Bunning has finally nailed
the latest herdbook. With an analysis of cattle in each active herd,
it's updating the first edition and also includes a reference section
to animals missed off, or just missing.
For copies, contact 01398 351165 email@example.com
As ever, the Bunnings have been out flying the flag on the West Country
show circuit, although this now seems to extend to the 3 Counties
and Newbury. Sherberton Dory wowed everyone once more, with her magnificent
bull calf Finlay
'Fin' is pre-sold to the Stonehouse herd, although he's staying in
Devon until 2015, to be shown in his own right.
Alison Bunning is also having some success with her heifer Hatherland
Dark Sky, although bringing in a 'ringer' of a highly skilled professional
handler (see pic left) probably helped clinch the AONB championship
at Frome in September
Alison and Harriet have also variously shown alongside
Belt exhibitors -and Riggit friends- Patrick and Darlene Ford, and
John Coaker. A fantastic year folks, well done.
The Society also welcomes new associate members Cliff and Gemma Bounds,
who attended the summer jamboree, as did Karin Chandler-Wilson who
has jumped straight into Riggit breeding by purchasing in calf heifer
Hatherland Cassiopia. 'Cassiopia' rewarded Karin by quickly produced
a smart red riggit heifer calf (by Red Pride).
There is another new member in Somerset, who James Taylor seems to
have shanghaied into the Society. But as someone has ticked the 'no
publicity' box on their membership form, we can't reveal who they
are. (This is something like ticking the 'no publicity' box on your
lottery win, the difference being instead of having loads of money
and no friends, in the RGCS you'll have loads of chums, but
Anyway, a hearty welcome to all our new members.
This November beef fair at Exeter proved successful again, with the
RGCS sharing stand space with the Belted Galloway Cattle Society.
The Secretary and Alison Bunning brought cattle along, and several
members came along to alternatively man the stand, tend the cattle
and test the produce in the ale tent. The Secretary admits some of
his cattle were rodeoed off the hill the afternoon before the event,
but they behaved impeccably- unlike some breeds-, and that despite
a hurricane trying to loft the whole marquee into space!
The popular fixture in July once more featured registered black, belted,
and riggit cattle, as well as commercial beasts. A number of members
were present, and a few Riggit animals went through the ring. Several
animals inc a registered heifer were sold onto a farm on the Southern
edge of Dartmoor, rebuilding a Galloway herd decimated by TB, earning
Kath Bailey and family a year's membership.
Launched at the Beef event (above) is a world first. The Secretary
has had semen collected from Clifton Red Pride, sire of Finlay. 'Pride'
is out of a registered red Galloway cow, by Clifton Dougal (black
Riggit). He's stamping a good proportion of marked calves, has a tremendous
coat and very good beefy carcase traits' Contact Anton Coaker 01364
Summer 2014 meeting
Delegates shunned their usual upland haunts to explore the flatlands
of Suffolk, with host, vice chair Jeremy Perkins. As ever, the rolling
jamboree and socials scheduled around the meeting proved a treat for
everyone. Centred in and around Bury St Edmunds, delegates enjoyed
various farm visits, including herds of Longhorns, Simmentals, Belts,
as well as Jeremy's own Reds and Riggits
For variety, Jeremy had also scheduled in a visit to the National
Stud at Newmarket, where delegates saw the workings of the most professional
and impressive thoroughbred horse breeding operation.
Once more, the social ambiance within the group
and quality of cattle-and equines- viewed were only surpassed by the
volume of provender delegates ate and drank as they careered from
visit to visit. The summer meeting was held in a pub, and put to bed
fairly quickly to get on with the proper business.
Other high points were various unscheduled stopovers nosing around
the abundant local historic architecture, and dodging the torrential
rain which the RGCS often brings along. The drought struck locals
seemed pleased enough to see us for that reason if no other!
Thanks Jeremy. Another vintage year.
The special RGCS bravery award for 2014 goes to
Daisy Keiley, after her poor finger got squished in a car door in
Suffolk. After variously being ministered to by mum Katie, Karin,
et al, and quick trip to casualty, she was soon her old self, proudly
showing off a huge dressing.
A weathered old farmer arrives at the 'Pearly Gates', where St Peter
assesses him, as to whether he should be allowed to enter. 'We haven't
got you down as a kind and generous soul
far from it in fact.
What was the most heroic and selfless thing you ever did?' he asks
the farmer. 'Werrl' said the farmer, 'I was in town once, to sell
the old sow at the market, an I appened to see some poor young maid,
walking across a park, being bothered by a group of drunken thugs.
I tried to look the other way- I was in a hurry se, cuz the betting
shop was opening- but they kept on at her. I could see she was at
the end of her tether, so I walked over, spun the biggest of um round,
pick on someone yur own size you brute, and I give
him an almighty clout right on the nose'. 'Goodness' says St Peter,
'that's exactly the kind of selfless act that qualifies. When did
this happen?' 'Bout 10 minutes ago Maister'.
Sales List and website
Just a quick request - Jeremy Perkins kindly maintains
our sales page and needs up to date information about any cattle for
sale so he can keep the sales page up to the minute. Also don't forget
to tell him when cattle are sold.
The winter meeting is set for Weds Feb 11th, anticipated at the usual
Midlands venue. Details to follow.
Festive greetings to everyone in the Riggit
Galloway Cattle Society