Just got in from calving our pet Lim,started at 4pm ,decided to help at 9ish ,got it away with not too much trouble. A large bull calf, mum was too fat and I think she lost the feeling of calving and was going to give up. All of us happier now ;D
Got back late last night, as we got away very well with the livestock but had to go back for the caravan, as I was not going to try and do that today!!
Fantastic weather, massive crowds, mainly all really enjoying themselves. We had a fab show - 2nd and 3rd with the two bulls (only three in classs though!) and my baby bull was second but got better comments from Judge!! Giving away massive amounts of age. Bigger bull of ours just wasn't walking well enough, so he's getting turned out and left at home now. Nice bull but not as good as his flush sister.
She, however, did the business - we won 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 2009 heifer class, out of six present! Cool! Empress was the star, even though she was the youngest in her class, and she challenged the Devon County Breed Ch hard for Reserve Female Ch but maturity beat her, as it should, as the two older heifers were very good indeed.
However, her in qualfified her for the Continental Beef Junior Heifer Championship yesterday, as it did Eira, 1st and 2nd in each Junior class to be forward. There were about 18 heifers in the class and the judge - who hadn't looked at a Blue all week in the Interbreed class etc, tapped Empress forward for Reserve Champion, so I was dead chuffed. She showed like a dream and was one of the youngest in there but he commented on her growth for age - as did the Breed judge on Wednesday - and mobility/style. Everyone in the Blues was really pleased to see a Blue finally get an award, so Empress did good..... Enzo, our bay bull, had to compete in the Bull version and, while he didn't get pulled out, again the judge asked his age and was honestly amazed at his growth rate - he would be giving nine months away to the majority in his class.
We had some very nice comments from the Show commentator, who remarked on what a good show NewPole were having and the team won over £300, so we covered our showing costs, too - can't ask for more than that!
I had the two kids all week and they really enjoyed themselves, were very helpful and got stuck in and then were able to have some downtime round the show. Phil went home Wed evening as he had no cover back at the farm and came back yesterday morning, so didn't stay over at all. One of the best bits of the week was on Wednesday night, when back in the livestock caravan park, about fifteen of the kids, aged between two to seventeen, all got together and played rounders till dusk, just having a good, old fashioned fun time. That will be the best memory for me of B & W - really nostalgic!
To Jules, Rose and mf6470 good luck with Royal Cornwall and we'd love to hear how you all got on when you get back If anyone is showing at the South of England then good luck to you also, I'll post piccies after my visit tomorrow ;D
I got back from S of E about an hour ago. The weather could have been better but didn't spoil the fun. Spent quite a bit of time in the cattle tents chatting to friends, including Jane Howard whose Sussex bull won the Championship (no surprise there really, he's gorgeous and also for sale next spring). My friends Grandaughter was showing Holsteins and did quite well. The heavy horses were a delight and that particular class was won by a team of three Shires, they were magnificient. I took rather a lot of photo's for you all, so I'll make a new thread on the pictures section.
Lovely show - weather again very kind and I heard they had a record attendance on Friday, brilliant news for all the shows so far this year as they badly need the income in some cases.
Five classes for our breed and we had one of the largest entries. Ten in the 2009 heifer class in a very small ring and I led Empress, Phil led Ermintrude and Georgina was co-opted into leading Elma, her very first time showing an animal other than tapping on. Empress went from sublime to ridiculous in one week, judge kept looking behind as I walked her so I knew summat was up and she is doing something very weird behind, lame high up, I think, so slightly worrying but entirely understandable when we were last! Phil was sixth with Ermintrude and, as we were pulled into line, Elma was in second place! In first was George's boyfriend, Bart, showing a heifer for someone who's sent her down to do the SW circuuit.... Anyways, judge wasn't quite happy, so he walked them off again and then swapped them round, so George won he class first time up, with our 'new girl'. Tamhorn Elma and beating her partner - hilarious - Bart hasn't lived that one down all week. Judge wouldn't have known the combo form Adam but our heifer is by a very well known bull that he bred, so you can't knock him for judging to a type he likes!!
Lovely show, good company, I'm totally knackered and rather spoilt this morning (we got back at 11pm last night), as Tracy is out feeding round....