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South Devon Newsletter, December 2009, issue 45

Contents of this issue:

  1. President's Report
  2. Canterbury Royal Show Report & Results 2009
  3. NZ Young Beef Breeders youth show
  4. 2010 Herd Tour & AGM
  5. PBB & Beef Expo Updates

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As I write this I am in the middle of weaning and sowing Swedes so I shall dispense with the traditional weather report. By the time you read this newsletter hopefully you all will have successfully got past the hectic rush leading into Xmas and are sitting back and enjoying some well deserved you time. It seems hard to believe that it’s almost been a decade since the world was going to end in Y2K, just another sign that we are all getting older I guess.

On the South Devon side of things just
a few things to mention.
Herd Book
The herd book has been proofed and corrections made. There will be a double edition sent to you in early 2010. As the person responsible for checking the herd book may I take this opportunity to compliment the office staff and membership for the obvious care and accuracy of entries for this years edition. The only area of concern was the number of bulls being used that had not been transferred to the new owners. Transfer certificates can be downloaded from our website, or are available via the office.

Tour of Otago and Southland
Next years herd tour is coming together nicely thanks mainly to the efforts of Brian Thomson. Hopefully as many of you as possible can make it down to our part of the world for an enjoyable time.

Beef Review
It’s that time again. I realise that advertising is a tricky subject with members constantly being bombarded from countless publications. From a Board perspective the least number of publications with the widest coverage is our preferred option.

Beef Expo
A refined Beef Expo will take place in 2010. The sale date will be much the same as usual (mid May) with the main difference being that all bulls will be sold on the same day which should be much more user friendly for both buyers and vendors alike. The Board hopes that South Devon will again have a presence at Expo. Entry forms included in newsletter please fill out and return to office by end of January 2010.

I would like to end by wishing all members and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you all next year.

Fraser McKenzie



Report by Frazer Wilson

11-13 November Royal Show Christchurch, terrible weather Wednesday and Friday, average Thursday, typical of this year’s South Island spring – global warming? Thank you to the South Devon Society for asking me to be Associate Judge to Craig Martin, Principal of Martin Farming, Wakefield, Nelson one of NZ’s most experienced cattle judges. Craig does not muck around with his judging & we were pretty much in agreement that they’ve got to eat and they’ve got to walk etc, etc. The South Devon’s exhibited by the van Asch Family & Brian Thomson were in excellent condition and a credit to the breed. The van Asch Burtergill Stud, famous for their wins in the Meat & Wool Cup over the years, with their outstanding bull Burtergill Ted.

They had an outstanding team of cattle and ended up by winning the Silver Fern Farms prize for most points in the beef section.

This year it was their females that really stood out, their outstanding cow Burtergill Antons Belle 617 and calf coming second in the Meat & Wool Cup to an outstanding Hereford bull which, as Craig Martin said, really flowed across the ground when he walked” . The van Asch yearling bull and heifers also came second in the Interbreed Yearling Classes. The Interbreed classes are judged by all the judges and are very interesting, many judges commented on how impressed they were with the South Devons.

All in all, it was a great experience, the Christchurch Royal Show is wonderfully organized by a loyal group of mainly volunteers, it’s a pity the weather was so bad. The stewards and marshalls certainly did not measure up satirically to the top hats and suits of the Devon Show in the UK but the South Devons certainly did.

Arnold & Richard van Asch with the Burtergill Stud Royal Show team.

ChampionSupreme Champion South Devon ‘Burtergill Antons Belle 617’.



Trudy Robertson - Senior Winner
‘NZ Young Beef Breeders Herdsperson 2009

This banner was used at the recent Royal Show, hanging above the South Devon section, very aptly placed to face another breeds alleyway!


South Devon Class
Cow with her own calf at foot (3yrs& over)
1st Burtergill Antons Belle 617

Heifer 2years with or without her own calf at foot
1st Loch Lomond Floss 708

Performance Plus Class Senior Female
1st Burtergill Antons belle 617
2nd Loch Lomond Floss 708

Champion Senior Female
Sherning Salver Burtergill Antons Belle 617

Reserve Champion Senior Female
Loch Lomond Floss 708

Senior Yearling Heifer
1st Burtergill Zeds Dora 834
2nd Burtergill Harrys Margo 830
3rd Burtergill Harrys Flirt 835
4th Loch Lomond Fanny 814

Junior Yearling Heifer
Loch Lomond Coral 818

Champion Yearling Heifer Castlerock Challenge Trophy
Burtergill Zeds Dora 834

Reserve Champion Yearling Heifer
Burtergill Harry Margo 830

Performance Plus Class Yearling Heifer
1st Burtergill Zeds Dora 834
2nd Burtergill Harrys Margo 830
3rd Burtergill Harrys Flirt 835
4th Loch Lomond Fanny 814
5th Loch Lomond Coral 818

Senior Bull
1st Burtergill Anton 709

Senior Yearling Bull
1st Burtergill Henry 809

Junior Yearling bull
1st Burtergill Harry 815
2nd Loch Lomond Rick 821

Champion Senior Bull
Burtergill Anton 709

Champion Yearling Bull
Burtergill Harry 815

Reserve Champion Yearling Bull
Burtergill Henry 809

Supreme Champion Randall Perpetual Challenge Cup
Burtergill Anton Belle 617

Performance Plus Class Yearling Bull
1st Burtergill Harry 815
2nd Burtergill Henry 809
3rd Loch Lomond Rick 821

Two Yearlings any Sex bred by Exhibitor to be Judged as a Pair
1st AE& RA van Asch
2nd BJ Thomson
3rd AE & RA van Asch

Group, Bull & Two Females, any age
1st AE & RA van Asch
2nd BJ Thomson
3rd AE & RA van Asch
Two Animals by one Sire or one dam
1st AE & RA van Asch
2nd BJ Thomson

Beef interbreeds entries selected by the judges Best Junior Heifer in Show 12 entries
2nd Burtergill Zeds Dora 830

Best Junior Bull in Show 11 entries
2nd Burtergill Harry 815

Interbreed Pair’s one Male & Female any age 9 entries
1st Burtergill Antons Belle 617 Burtergill Anton 709

Meat & Wool Cup Supreme Beef Animal in Show 14 entries
2nd Burtergill Anton Belle 617

All breeds Judged by Bill Almond, Australia Senior Bull 2yrs & over
6th Burtergill Anton 709 14 entries

Yearling Bull
5th Burtergill Harry 815 39 entries

Cow with calf at foot 3yrs & over
3rd Burtergill Anton Belle 617 21 entries

Heifer with or without her calf at foot
2nd Loch Lomond Floss 708 19 entries

Yearling Heifer 34 entries
3rd Burtergill Zeds Dora 834
5th Loch Lomond Fanny 814
6th Burtergill Harrys Flirt 835

Pair of Yearling Animals by one Exhibitor 20 entries
5th AE & RA van Asch

All competitors were required to enter in the Handlers competition and the Youth Judging competition, as well as have an interview with the judge. Points were allocated in each section to determine the final placings.

The large number of competitors were divided into three age groups, Novice 8 to 13 years, Junior under 17 years and Senior 17 and under 24 years.

Trudy Robertson from the Ben Vista Stud competed with the following results-:

Beef Junior Paraders, Seniors – First place.

Trudy then competed one on one with the winner of the under 17 yrs section and won the Goodall Family Herdsperson Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Overall Champion Handler.

Swanndri Beef Junior Judging, Seniors – First place.

All competitors had to judge four South Devon Yearling Heifers and speak on the reasons for their placings. Trudy’s placings matched the judges placings 1st to 4th. Her overall points, gained her Reserve Champion in the judging section.

Overall Herdsperson, Trudy won the overall Senior section with the top combined points awarded in the three sections, Interview, Handlers and Judging.
As the Senior section winner Trudy received $1,000 towards travel to Australia to compete at the South Australian Heifer Expo to be held in Adelaide in July 2010. While in Australia she will spend time as a guest of a leading stud and be allocated an animal to prepare and compete with.

Trudy would like to acknowledge and thank the ‘Waikato Murray Grey Beef Breeders Club’, Colenso Angus Stud, Oakview Murray Grey’s and Angus, and Swanndri NZ for their generous sponsorship of prizes for this event.

Trudy also wishes to thank Brian Thomson from the Loch Lomond Stud for letting her compete with the use of his bull and show gear. Without this support, Trudy would have been unable to enter.

Acknowledgements must also go to Brian Thomson and Arnold van Asch for supporting the competition, with their South Devon Yearling heifers being used for the judging section.

Lastly, a big thank you to David Bradley for his encouragement to Trudy to enter the competition. Without this she may have gone shopping!



The 2010 South Devon Cattle Society AGM
is to be held at Pacific Park Hotel,

Dunedin during the Herd Tour, on
Monday 29th March 2010

The proposed events are:
Sunday 28th March
Board of Management Meeting
Monday 29th March
Visit to Mount Royal & Pendrew Studs and other sites, 40th AGM Dinner
Tuesday 30th March
Visit Loch Lomond stud then travel to Queenstown via Alexandra
Wednesday 31st March
Travel on the Earnslaw steam boat across to Walter Peak station continue onto the Gunn property then to Wainuka Stud then back to Dunedin

Full details will be out mid January.
Enquiries to: Brian Thomson 03 489 8151 or
Fraser McKenzie 03 225 5844


AGM’s were held at the PBBNZ offices for the following companies/organisations:

PBBNZ reported a small loss for the past financial year, however the net cash surplus from operations improved notably during the year.

Significant changes at PBBNZ are:

The joining of the NZ Red Devon Society to the PBBNZ fold early in 2010.
The purchase of the rights to HerdMASTER software. This is a fully integrated supply management and a lifetime traceability system. PBBNZ will become actively involved in the sales and support of HerdMASTER Stud and HerdMASTER Commercial. This is a direct result of AngusPure asking that they develop a supply management and lifetime traceability solution for them.

Steak of Origin
Steak of Origin will be much the same as last year.
A major change is that the tenderness testing will be done by Carne Technologies in Cambridge this time. The change has been made as the cost is significantly lower. As a result of this the initial taste testing will move to Hamilton instead of Christchurch.
More stringent regulations were planned for the semi final stage to improve uniformity in how steaks were cooked.
Prizes are to remain the same as 2009.

Beef Expo
Beef Expo for 2009 recorded a small loss. This year all animals are to be sold on the one day. A proposed draft programme is as follows below:-

Saturday 15th May
Future Beef NZ Hoof & Hook Competition
8.00am Registration
10.00am Team Building
11.00am Modules
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Modules
2.00pm Judging
3.00pm Break
3.30pm Module Test
5.00pm Finish

Sunday 16th May
10.00am Steer judging
1.00pm Handler Judging
4.00pm 2010 Champion Handler
5.00pm Beef Bash – Prize Giving, Casual Meal & Entertainment for all
Monday 17th May
7.30-9.30am Breakfast & Technical Forum (Manfeild)
10.00-12.00pm Angus Open Day
11.00-1.00pm Hereford Super Sire Open Day
12.00-2.00pm Charolais Open Day
1.00-3.00pm Simmental and Shorthorn
Open Day
2.00-4.00pm Led Cattle Judging, (Hereford, Simmental, Shorthorn, Angus, South Devon, Murray Grey) at Manfeild
7.00pm Breed Dinners

Tuesday 18th May
9.00am All Breeds Parade
Shorthorn Sale, Murray Grey Sale, Simmental Sale, Hereford Sale, South Devon Sale, Charolais Sale, Angus Sale
FBNZ Hook Judging & Overall winner announced immediately following the Angus Sale
6.00pm Steak of Origin Judging
7.00pm Steak of Origin Dinner
Announcement of the PGG-Wrightson Champion of Champions

Video selling is being considered for some animals. If this is put in place then this may free up space for entrants. It is expected that video selling of animals would cost an additional $250 each on top of the entry fee. The cost is due to the screen needed (a cost of $5,000) plus the cost of the videoing.

Beef Holding Company Ltd
This is a relatively new company has been set up specifically to own the building in which PBBNZ resides. The shareholders of the company are Angus NZ, NZ Hereford, Simmental NZ and PBBNZ.

Combined Societies Representative on the PBBNZ Board
Timothy Plummer (from the Shorthorn Society) has been the representative for the combined societies since 2001. He resigned at this meeting and has been replaced by the South Devon Society member Peter Foss. Peter had been the alternative representative (the representative who attends meetings if the Board member is unable to). Trevor Clarke (from the Murray Grey Society) has been appointed as the alternative representative for the next two years.
The combined societies are: Charolais Breeders NZ, South Devon, Shorthorn and Murray Grey.

PBBNZ Service Agreement
The Service agreement between PBBNZ and the various Breed Societies is currently under review.

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