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South Devon Newsletter, December 2013, issue 55

Contents of this issue:

  1. President's Message
  2. Beauty is only skin deep
  3. Royal Show Report 2013
  4. Canterbury A&P 151st Show 2013
  5. Show Results
  6. South Devon Newsletter notes & dates

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As 2013 draws to a close & we reflect on the last 12 months of what we have achieved in our farming programme; could we have done more if our meat companies were performing at a better level with regard to profitability instead of their excuses of blaming the high exchange rate of our dollar, markets are weak, world recession. We have very little say as a producer except to listen to them on their fat salaries giving us the political bullshit they serve up so I hope that members who had the opportunity to vote did so.

On a better note the Board were very active in supporting Peter Foss in his re-election to the PBB Board after the Murray Grey Society nominated Trevor Clarke to the position in the recent elections.

PBB have undergone some further restructuring with the position of Shareholder & Member Services Manager held by Clinton Poole, being disestablished. The PBB Board are currently recruiting for a new General Manager to take on the role previously held by Murray Meads & hopefully in the New Year an appointment will be made.

Tammy Hendra who looked after HerdMASTER recently resigned & her position has also been disestablished.

The power of the South Devon yearling cattle in the spring at auction has been evident with the prices being affected in both North & South Island which is very satisfying for the breed.

At the Canterbury A & P Show on the Thursday evening, 25 South Devon breeders & their friends were invited to the Elevate Bar & Function Centre to sample their entrée of South Devon meat. This was held upstairs in the Merlewood Room which Paul made available to us to enjoy the nibbles & have a chat. A very enjoyable evening was had by all. Our very sincere thanks to Paul & Tessa for their hospitality.

The 2014 AGM is to be held in March in the East Coast/Gisborne/Hawkes Bay region & I would encourage all members to attend & enjoy the programme & fellowship of members.

Calendars have been a success again so thanks to those who ordered them.

On behalf of Ann & myself we would like to extend to all members & their families a Merry Christmas & a safe & Happy New Year.

Brian Thomson