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South Devon Newsletter, July 2014, issue 56

Contents of this issue:

  1. President's Message
  2. 2014 South Devon AGM & Tour
  3. AgInnovation 2014
  4. The weather always wins - poem
  5. Notes & Dates
  6. Show Results

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After a very wet May in the South the winter has been very kind to us farmers, since there have been very few frosts.
This years AGM & tour covered Gisborne and the Hawkes Bay area, which was again well attended by members. The cattle reflected the summer with them being in good condition. It was a privilege to us members to be given a tour of these members properties to view and understand how the South Devon cattle are integrated into their farming operations.
The President’s Trophy was awarded to Richard and Denise van Asch for their efforts with the weaner trial and showing cattle at the Royal Show in Feilding.
AgInnovation (Beef Expo) appeared to be a success with the attendance to the technical seminars up on last year. Congratulations goes to the Burtergill Stud on their success on winning Supreme South Devon with Burtergill Reg 1202 at this years event.

A big “thank you” must go to all our sponsors for their donation of product for our prize winners at AgInnovation (Beef Expo) - please support these companies.
In April, Ann & I were invited as guests to the AGM and dinner of the Galloway Cattle Society of New Zealand in Alexandra, where they had photos sent in by members to be judged on type and confirmation- which proved to be quite challenging. It was good to talk to these members from all parts of New Zealand and discuss the cattle industry.
The beef schedule is pleasant reading at the present and may it continue in this direction.
With spring just around the corner I would like to wish all members a safe and successful calving.

Kind regards
Brian Thomson
President