It’s been another busy week in the Society with plenty on the go, so here’s your weekly news round-up to keep you informed with what’s been going on:
Shows and sales
- The 6th Aberdeen-Angus Group Auction in Germany took place on 1st May and it was a great success. The event was brilliantly attended, with 13 EU countries represented to take in a great day of strong trade which saw a top price of €5,900. Angela Mcgregor and some others attended the event, and they were treated to a look round Bernhard Delle’s office, butchery and of course, the cattle. The cows they saw were very good, of moderate size but with good depth and thickness. Bernhard explained about how the Angus Group program works and the co-operation between parties to achieve a final product correct for the market: http://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/13-eu-countries-represented-at-6th-angus-group-sale/
- The Stirling Spring Show and Sale was a great success on Monday at Stirling Agricultural Centre, with 75% clearance and a top price of 6,800gns for Linton Gilbertines Lazer: http://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/the-may-2017-stirling-bull-sale-sees-25-of-bulls-sold-for-over-5000gns/
- There was a fantastic Show of Aberdeen-Angus at the first Summer Show of the Year at the North Somerset Show. Taking Male and Breed Champion Honours was “Melview Peter Preece S210”, a March 2016 bull from Melview Farming: http://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/sale-news/report-from-the-north-somerset-show/
Youth Development Programme
- The second Youth Development Programme workshop of the year took place in Shadwell in East Anglia recently. The event was a great success, with 25 participants of varied experience getting involved in a number of tasks related to showing and judging cattle. Holly Lutkin was one of those present, and you can read her full account of the event here: http://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/youth-development-programme-comes-to-shadwell-east-anglia/
World Angus Forum
- The UK and Ireland team for the Youth Competition at this Summer’s World Angus Forum got together for a team training session at Melview Farming in Dymock, Gloucestershire in preparation for the competition. All team members are really excited for the Forum, and we’re sure they’ll do a magnificent job and show off their skills in front of the big audience when the time comes around! A big thank you is extended to Paul and Kirsty Westaway for hosting the event at Gamage Hall and to Keith Jempson for his assistance also, which was greatly appreciated by all the team.
- We heard about the great social events that’ll be ongoing throughout the duration of the World Angus Forum. You can read all about them here, make sure to get your place booked to avoid disappointment: http://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/world-angus-forum-2017-a-social-programme-packed-with-magnificent-events/
Good news from the office
- Due to the recent expansion and increase in work activities undergone at our office in Perth, particularly with the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society officially moving its registration and administration processes to Pedigree Cattle Services headqurters. Laura and Barbara have started the process to fill the position of Office Junior. The need for an office Junior is testament to the good work that’s been happening in Pedigree Cattle Services, and we’re delighted to be in the position to be able to add to our already brilliant workforce.
On a lighter note…
Thanks to recently shedding a few pounds, we couldn’t help but notice our very own Tom Arnott’s constant need to pull his trousers up to avoid them falling to his ankles at the Stirling Sale and Show on Monday. Thank goodness for the Farmer’s Friend, a piece a pink bale string making a great make-shift belt and saving Tom the embarrassment of the show being all about him!