Riggit Galloway Cattle Society
Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
President: Neil Alsop
With the season starting at the Devon County Show, and now well underway,
Alison Bunning is out flying the flag once more. Helped by Harriet,
and Cliff and Gemma Bounds, a rising star is proving to be Hatherland
Finlay, the yearling bull out of Sherberton Dory, by Clifton Red Pride.
He's bound for the Stonehouse herd later in the year, once he's 'cleaned
up' down South.
But Mrs Bunning has competition now, with Karin Chandler-Wilson from
Dorset leading out Hatherland Cassiopeia and calf Athena at Sherborne
to a 2nd.
A full summer calendar awaits both teams, and we all wish them the
best of luck
and fun. But the hottest news is that The Frome
Agriculture and Cheese Show -a very well supported one day show in
Somerset- will be staging open Galloway classes, putting Riggits against
other types. Held on Saturday 12th September, this will be a national
first. Come along.
Only when he laughs
Unfortunate news from the Chairman. As well as losing a couple of
animals to TB this spring, David Howard has taken a fall from a ladder,
and injured his back quite badly. He assures us that he's using the
August meeting as a target to get properly mobile, but in the meantime,
we're all sending him our kindest regards and crossing our fingers
for both TB tests, and improving mobility.
One very naughty group of members penned a little rhyme for David
So, we heard you've
had a fall from a ladder
And there couldn't be anything sadder
When we got the news, we let out a sigh,
Was gravity turned up too high?
Not wanting to sound
But couldn't you have used a trampoline?
We are, of course, quite impressed
That you can combine tree surgeon and parachutist
And now, fearing you
might try to force it
You're gonna have to wear this gurt big corset
So we're sending our warmest greeting
Hoping you'll be in fettle for the August meeting
If heaven forbid you're
still a bit crook,
We'll let 'Nurse Darlene' take a look!
Ward and Chowen are once more putting on a sale of various Galloway
cattle on July 7th, at Tavistock Livestock Market, Devon. Previous
years entries have seen several Riggit and Belted animals forward
as well as the black cattle, and there is a solid following of buyers
for both commercial and pedigree animals. Entries close 1st July,
Ward and Chowen can be reached on 01822 610080
Some breeding news
As ever, the lottery of who will get the best percentage of well-marked
calves runs on. James Taylor on Exmoor looks like he's trying to tip
the odds by buying more Riggit cows!
And after a handful of nicely marked winter heifer calves, the Secretary
has to report that he's since had a poor showing on Dartmoor. Lots
of calves on the ground, with grand strapping solid blacks, black
pointed whites, correctly marked bull calves, but only three line
backed females at the time of writing.
Elsewhere, 'Red Pride' has been leaving a good percentage of marked
offspring, which at least bodes well for those planning to AI cows
to him. Talks are afoot to export straws to New Zealand.
Jeremy Perkins has reluctantly parted with his old stock bull Sherberton
Reiver, sending him on to new breeder and member Mark Jones, on the
hills above Rhayader in Mid Wales. Welcome aboard Mark, good luck
with a much loved and admired bull. Jeremy has fetched down a young
Stonehouse bull (Blackbird) from William and Emma Richardson.
The Richardsons have in turn posted pictures of several marked spring
calves, including an outstanding red heifer 'Stonehouse Dotterel'.
And Ian and Gillian Dixon in Devon have finally bred themselves a
marked heifer calf, after most other flavours, and every kind of bad
luck. To make up, it's a stunner -sired by AI to a solid black-, and
the cow (Sherberton Fiona) is looking fantastic. See below.
As well as Reiver's move to Wales, a year's membership has kindly
been arranged by Mr Tim Oliver of Northumberland, for customers who've
bought 3 of his Riggit cows. The new breeders are Jimmy and Michaela
Doherty, of Suffolk.
Some of you might recognise the name, as Jimmy has something of a
media personality, and a sound reputation for his earnest interest
in farming and food. We're delighted to welcome them aboard, and hope
the beasts thrive at such low altitudes!
A warming tale
Old Devon farmer Albert arrived in the bar of The Strangled Ferret
on Friday night, much as ever. 'Yere', said one of his cronies, 'I
thought twas your hanniversary this weekend, and yer Missus had summat
'Wull' says Albert, 'when I comed in frum milking, there she was,
on the sofa in this skimpy outfit I'da never seed before. Er 'eld
up a little coil of rope, and said I could tie 'er up and do whatever
I fancied. So
here I am'.
The winter AGM passed quietly in February, at the regular midlands
venue, and draft minutes will be circulated directly. To keep up the
usual standard, several delegates arrived with livestock boxes, doing
nefarious livestock deals and swaps in the car park. It's not known
if officialdom have been made aware of these goings on, so Mums the
word boys and girls. As ever, delegates ate their own body weight
in cake in the tea rooms either side of the meeting.
Summer Meeting and Jamboree
The summer meeting is set for Thursday August 13th, with farm visits
and activities spilling over to the Friday, kindly hosted by Mr Patrick
Ford and the ever shy and retiring Darlene, in and around Dorchester,
Their post code is DT2 0ED, phone number 01300320014, mobile 07966986747,
and delegates are advised to seek accommodation sooner than later
(Patrick and Darlene will try and help steer you if you give them
a call). Karin Chandler-Wilson has kindly put aside a field- usual
occupants seen below- (DT2 0BA, adjacent to 1 Dorchester Road, Maiden
Newton) for wealthy Cumbrian delegates arriving in their hi-tech camper
vans (and lesser mortals with their hide rug tee-pees, horse drawn
wagons and makeshift bivouacs).
Once more, the portents signal a fantastic social event, up to our
exquisitely high values of fun and conviviality. Further details will
be sent nearer the time.