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South Devon Newsletter, December 2012, issue 53

Contents of this issue:

  1. President's Message
  2. South Devons Carcase Win at Royal Melbourne Show
  3. Extract from a letter from an Australian Commercial Farmer
  4. South Devon Notes & Dates
  5. South Devon Trial
  6. Canterbury A&P Show 150th Show
  7. Show Results

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As I sit down to write this report and reflect on the past twelve months of the farming scene where the pricing of our commodities are having a downward spiral we have just received the results of our first draft of lambs and freezer ewes. The prices received being back $53 for lambs and $64 for ewes which makes 2013 a year of containment for sheep farmers and on the positive side the beef schedule is just above last year which gives us some hope to receive the rewards we deserve.

The spring has been kind to us farmers with good weather conditions throughout and with good survival rates being recorded in both islands.

October-November were a lot more challenging with the cool windy conditions making grass growth very slow, hopefully summer will arrive with some moisture.

The PBB service contracts for all breed societies are up for renewal and at the end of November PBB held a forum to discuss a formula for the new contracts. It was very informative with a very open discussion of all aspects of the old and new contracts.

James and I attended this forum and were also in attendance at the Future Beef NZ, NZ Beef Expo and Steak of Origin AGM’s where they outlined the 2013 draft programme content. A lot of work has been done to lift the profile of Beef Expo and make it more appealing to attend. A lot of new initiatives have been put forward but it may take two or three years to implement all of these changes which look very exciting for the future.

South Devons are competing very well at shows and carcass competitions both here and Australia which is a great achievement for the breed.

The 2013 AGM is to be held in March in the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty/King Country region and I would encourage all members to attend this and enjoy the programme and fellowship of members.

Thank you to all members who ordered 2013 calendars, the Board appreciates your efforts.

Christmas and New Year is always a time for family to reflect on the past and forward for the future.

On behalf of Ann and myself we would like to extend our very best wishes to all members and their families for a Merry Christmas and safe and Happy New Year.

Brian Thomson