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South Devon Newsletter, December 2016, issue 61

Contents of this issue:

  1. President's Message
  2. Christchurch A&P Show 2016
  3. South Devon Breed Classes
  4. 2016 Show Results - Hawkes Bay Royal A&P Show
  5. 2017 AGM & Tour

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As Primary Producers we all appreciate when Mother Nature has a tantrum we are just passengers along for the ride. The devastation of and changes to the Southern Marlborough and Northern Canterbury landscape after this weeks’ Kaikoura earthquake is just incredible, Cape Campbell is now reportedly 2 metres further North than when last surveyed, Mount Fyffe is higher than it was, and the high tide mark along the Kaikoura Coast is 60 metres further out to sea than the week previous. My thoughts are with effected residents who are just trying to get some sense of normality back into their daily routines. I only hope the bureaucrats don’t stand in their way and some old fashioned Kiwi improvisation is allowed to come to the fore with some innovative solutions to massive challenges. Already we have seen Work Safe close a roading site after an unsuccessful competitor complained about the oppositions work practises clearing a massive slip blocking an isolated farming community’s only access route. Who are the losers in this argument?

Thanks to all the members who have promoted the South Devon Breed at the various A & P Shows and events around the country this year.

Congratulations to the Wason Family for their success at the Canterbury A &P Show winning the Wyllie Salver Trophy for Best Junior Animal in Show  with Snowview Checkmate 11.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my Board and the PBB Office for their hard work throughout the year.  In particular I would like to single out James Donaldson for his tireless dedication as the Society’s Treasurer, as I have said previously, it is largely due to James that the Society is in a sound financial position. However after 7 years he has decided to relinquish his hold on the purse strings and step down in March. This provides an exciting opportunity for somebody at the 2017 AGM.

The AGM is to be held in Dunedin during March 2017 in conjunction with a short tour which I would encourage you all to attend and enjoy a few days of Southern Hospitality.

"If you are going through hell keep going."
Winston Churchill

Kind regards,