NORTH OF ENGLAND HEREFORD BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Sunday 19th February 2012
Robert Shaw, Chairman, welcomed all to the meeting.
Mr K Fozzard – President
Mrs B Ellis – Vice President
Mr R Shaw – Chairman
Mrs J Cooper – Secretary and Promotions
Mrs C Kemp – Treasurer
Mrs J Patrick – Minutes Secretary and Points Secretary
26 members and 3 guests
Gary Hall, Brian Marshall, Susan Lupton, Christine Burnell, Edward Warner, Jayne
Walker, Nicola Walker, Christopher Walker, David Hill, Bob Crawford, Paul Lucas,
Phil Massey, Judith Brearley, James Morrison, Jane Foster, Graham Foster,
Georgiana Foster, John Parker, Ian Shaw, Charlotte Ormondroyd, Hannah
National shows need to be discussed, do we wish Bury to continue alongside
Cheshire and Great Yorkshire shows
Apologies from Jackie re change to herd visit, the original herds were unavailable on
the dates decided.
GYS judges as per minutes were unavailable
HCS promo DVD not available but there is a photo based PowerPoint presentation
Feedback requested on special class sponsorship of vouchers
Water at GYS to be discussed in any other business
Request from Gary Hall for every show to have a middle heifer
Can Walsingham Show be added as a points show
Valuation of trophies – Jackie Cooper has contacted HCS and there is no standard
advice on valuation. A discussion ensued and Robert Shaw agreed to investigate
The two unused trophies – Westmoreland show have accepted their trophy but the
one for Bingley has not been passed on as yet. As there is some doubt on Bingley’s
future this was left at present
Website – members only section was not possible.
Minutes prop by Bernard Rimmer seconded by Jack Henry
Mr Fozzard welcomed everyone to the meeting. He thanked Jackie for organising
another good herd visit.
The GYS turn out was bigger than ever and he thanked the ladies for catering the
ever growing stockmans’ supper
Local shows were well attended an congrats to all prize winners
Great day out was had at Kris Stevenson’s for the presentation of points in October
And finally congratulations to Bernard Rimmer on being nominated as the Vice
President of the HCS
Robert Shaw apologised for attending less in the Association area due to the HCS
We had a fantastic GYS and advised everyone to get their entries in early to avoid
disappointment although the World conference may reduce 2012 exhibitors
Thanks very much to the ladies for a fantastic supper
Local shows were very well supported
The Points presentation was a very good day and thanks to the Stevensons for
showing us their Danish cattle.
Mr Shaw said he had thoroughly enjoyed his year as HCS president and hopes to be
around more in the area
All the best to Bernard, it is a great honour to the area to have two presidents in such
Secretary and promotions
Thanks to the committee and supportive members
There has been strong support for local shows but clashes on some dates does
reduce numbers and may lead to the loss of classes at some shows. Poynton have
cancelled classes and Bingley are considering whether to continue with classes.
Great Harwood was a new addition but may not be viable
We have recruited 6 new members and 3 junior members over the year
Promotional items – Jackie has brought a selection of new items with her and items
can be ordered for members from Hereford House
Journal advert space is getting limited and due to difficulties with payments meant
that Jackie asked for members to confirm inclusion prior to the advertisement
We need to make use of the £500 grant this year and suggested that we could
resurrect the trainee judge scheme
Breedplan uptake is low in comparison to other regions and as buyers are looking for
it should we encourage uptake as the scheme is free
Good feedback on the website but there was a comment on sensitive material so
Jackie is circulating these items by email. The site has attracted 1400 hits
GYS was excellent in 2011 but it may be down in 2012 due to the World Conference
Thanks very much to Catherine as outgoing Treasurer and Keith as president.
Jack Henry led a vote of thanks to Jackie from the members
Mrs Kemp circulated a report and balance sheet.
We have 69 members, 5 associate members, 1 life and founder member and 23
junior members. Junior membership is free but they must be named on the
The Great Yorkshire show continues to be a showcase for the Association and
attracts new members. The 2011 show turned a healthy profit.
Local show sponsorship has almost doubled.
Promotional item sales are down on previous years but there is stock held and
The trophies valuation has been constant for 6 years and needs reevaluation.
Again we are showing a year end deficit again, but this is to be expected with
increased local show sponsorship and a downturn in promotional sales. Late journal
fee payments also increase this deficit.
However we do have a healthy reserve of £4590.
Mrs Kemp stated her intent to stand down as treasurer and thanked all members and
committee members for their support over her years as treasurer for support, help
A discussion followed as to whether we ought to look at better interest accumulation
on some of the funds. Bernard Rimmer will look into options
There was an increase in costs for the points competition due to an increased
number of trophies being presented. This varies yearly dependant upon joint winners
and the number of show ring new comers.
Journal costs may be nil from Hereford House but it was suggested that the
Association may still be charge its members to generate funds.
Phil Massey apologised for not attending and his report was read by Jackie Cooper.
He commented on the healthy state of sales at Hereford and Carlisle with particularly
strong bull prices.
Phil congratulated Heather Whittaker on taking the NEHBA bull of the year award
with Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe and winning his class at the poll show ahead of the overall
HCS bull of the year, Normanton Eastern Promise. Congratulations also to Robert
and Ian Shaw taking grand female and reserve supreme champion with Hallwood 1
Penelope at the poll show and to Gary Hall for collecting NEHBA female of the year
with Romany 1 Dawn.
Local shows were well attended and it was great to see a healthy number of young
handlers, including show ring newcomers Nathan Greenwood and Joshua Lawn. He
asked members to encourage children and grand children to take part.
He commented on the great day at Kris Stevenson’s.
Phil mentioned that it was a shame that Mottram show entry numbers were declining
as it had previously had a strong cattle section.
He suggested that members return entry forms for the Great Yorkshire swiftly. He
thanked all those who contributed to Housewives Choice team particularly his
mother, Heather Massey, for costumes. He is looking forward to receiving
suggestions for 2012. He thanked the ladies for their commitment to the supper and
hoped there would be suggestions for activities to fill the other evenings.
He congratulated Jackie on developing an excellent website and suggested show
reports are included with photos.
He wished everyone good luck with sales and in the show ring.
Bernard Rimmer reported on Council items. He congratulated Robert Shaw on his
success as national president and for getting around the country and having a high
John McMordie is the current president with Mr Rimmer as vice president.
Council elections were held and Bernard Rimmer was re-elected alongside Carolyn
Fletcher as a new council representative for our area.
HCS has attracted 25 new members and there are currently 1134 active herds.
6600 calves were born with 12% unregistered. There were1891 transfers which was
140 up on the year and this was mostly females
Dovecote Park has been constant at around 270 throughput per year for a number of
years. A new meat company in Ireland has come into the scheme and this will
increase numbers. HCS are paid £3 per head on cattle that make the grade. HCS
will be discussing with Waitrose whether these numbers are finite or whether they
are looking for higher numbers as the animals are available. Some of the throughput
is limited by the locations of approved slaughterhouses and this is also being
The HCS Portfolio currently stands at £350000
Semen register - the £100 registration fee has been adopted and bulls are ranked in
EBV scores rather than alphabetically
The national judging competition will take place at Beef Expo again. We managed to
field 2 teams in 2011 and hope to do so in 2012. The Three Counties showground
are likely to offer free entry for team members again
The Spring Show and Sale will be held on Saturday 21st April 2012 and Bernard
Rimmer will be judging. There have been some concerns at Council regarding
Saturday scheduling and a vote took place on a mid week schedule. This vote was
defeated but Mr Rimmer asked for members views on this matter
The Autumn Show and Sale will be held on Saturday 6th October 2012 with Robert
Parker invited to judge and Billy Glaisbook as reserve
We are still being charged for the Royal Show pavilion and the HCS has negotiated
a £20000 release figure as opposed to the original figure of £38000. This has yet to
be finalised but is a one and only payment and will release us from any liability and
from the terms of the tenancy. Demolition will be the responsibility of the site owners.
HCS has sponsored 3 young members to attend the World Conference. Phil Massey
was proposed but he was over age (21 limit). There was limited interest from the
Associations. Hannah Braithwaite, Fiona Woolerton and a n other have been
sponsored. Richard Mann and John McMordie will be attending as delegates.
Richard Mann has been appointed as chair of Council in place of Robert Irvine
NBA event will take place at Malvern on 24th May 2012 and HCS are one of the main
sponsors. The pre event tours unfortunately don’t include any visits to Hereford cattle
and level of sponsorship by HCS will be reconsidered as a result of this in future
years. The event is alternate years and there is an indication to make Malvern the
permanent venue. The sponsorship is around £5000 plus supply of meat for the
Support for young members has been discussed at Council as a national grouping
wasn’t working. The Aberdeen Angus Society has a very strong scheme with
national events and competitions. They organised a long weekend in Ireland
including lots of cattle based activities as well as lots of fun. There has been a
suggestion of holding a similar event at a college in Shropshire with accommodation
and the possibility of cattle being housed. There was a discussion regarding holding
our own junior class(es) at each show due to the inconsistency in young handlers
classes organised by shows particularly on age of entrants. Hereford House is
asking Association secretaries to write with their suggestions.
Appointment of a new breed patron - Kate Middleton was approached but declined.
HCS are asking for suggestions.
This year will be the 8th national herd of the year competition with Michael Church as
HCS are organising a workshop on Tuesday 1st May with live exhibits, carcasses,
retailers, adding value to your product and EBLEX will be attending. Details will be
circulated in the newsletter.
Saturday 7th April there will be a beef day at Timmis’ on marketing and box schemes
– details to follow.
Autumn Show and Sale 2011- some of the bulls forward were carrying cataracts and
as a result closer inspections will take place.
Health status at shows and sales – High Health will be in attendance at shows and
sales to advise buyers on joining schemes. They will also attend regional meetings
on request. It is not a requirement to be part of a scheme to sell at the national
shows but it will be a requirement to vaccinate against BVD. There was some debate
regarding whether vaccination is advised under different health schemes. A sub
committee has been set up to explore this issue; Carolyn Fletcher will represent the
Association on this sub committee.
A bronze bull is going to be erected in Hereford City Centre. Clive Richards has been
heavily involved in the installation and it will be unveiled in July 2012.
A letter was sent to Yorkshire Show regarding the water situation. A response has
been received that talks about the bore hole supply in a high iron content area.
Regular tests are held throughout the year and daily during the show. There is some
dispute regarding whether the water is flushed during the show although Bill Cowling
states that it is flushed daily on all lines during the show. We have had the water
tested and there is a very high lead content – 6x the recommended level for human
consumption. The iron content is also very high. A discussion ensued as to the best
way to proceed. It was agreed that Bob Crawford (member and barrister) be
approached for advice.
Bernard Rimmer proposed and Judith Patrick seconded to reimburse Betty Ellis for
National judging competition will take place on 16th June at Three Counties
showground, Those wanting to participate should contact Jackie Cooper.
Mr Wilkinson has resigned his membership
HCS have written regarding young members requesting suggestions. A suggestion
was made to hold a young handlers competition separately.
A letter was received from GYS regarding the over reaction of security regarding
football being played in the rings and they acknowledged that there was an
overreaction. They will keep the toilets in better order. They will also be looking at
better straw provision. Jackie also raised the distribution of stalls but this will
continue due to the high number of entries.
Westmoreland show have accepted the Lancaster trophy and have signed that it will
only go to NEHBA members.
HCS letter regarding the £500 annual grant. There is a new claim form which must
be submitted 3 weeks prior to a council meeting.
HCS write annually asking for nominations for national shows in August.
Westmoreland to be nominated for 2013 if the numbers meet requirements in 2012
(20 cattle forward from a minimum of 4 exhibitors)
Charlotte Ormondroyd suggested buying further banners for display at local shows
with the grant this was passed by the meeting.
Jackie has corresponded with a number of judges for the Great Yorkshire as the
original nominations were unavailable. Jonathan Moorhouse will be judging in 2012.
Richard Mann will be asked to judge in 2013 with Robert Shaw as reserve.
Poynton show has written to advise that they have dropped classes in 2012.
Bingley show has written to advise that they will be holding Hereford classes in 2012
but will then be considering classes thereafter. The cup will be offered to Bingley, but
closely stipulated that it can only be presented to a Hereford from NEHBA members
It was decided that 3 highest placed NEHBA members in each class receive the
points for higher placings at the Great Yorkshire show.
HCS have devised an area based leaflet based on the journal entry and Jackie will
Ron Wilson has written requesting support and involvement in the national calf show
at Agri Expo on 2nd November. A discussion ensued and it was agreed that we
become involved. We need input into this and it was agreed that our council
members, chair and junior member form a sub committee to support this.
Election of officers
President – Barbara Rimmer proposed and Carol Fozzard seconded Betty Ellis as
president. As outgoing president Keith Fozzard was presented with a gift
Vice President – Barbara Rimmer proposed and Betty Ellis seconded Brian Boulton
as vice president.
Treasurer – Catherine Kemp was presented with a gift as outgoing Treasurer.
Lauren Boulton was voted in as Treasurer
Northumberland show was discussed as points show as they are looking to host
Hereford classes. It was agreed as a points show and sponsorship was agreed as
per the other shows.
Sponsorship for shows was agreed at £5 per class at a maximum of £25 per show
not to include pair’s classes.
Jack Henry will continue to appoint local show judges.
Great Yorkshire Show
Judge for 2014 – Robert Shaw reserve John McMordie
Classifications – to remain as currently
Pre show checks – Brian and Keith to go over to the showground
Evening entertainment – quiz, cheese and wine night
Sponsorship – voucher system in 2011. Tythebarn to be approached for product
preferably. Showtime to be approached
Will attempt to put more promotional materials together and outside along with the
merchandise. Jackie will draw a rota up again
Herd trip – Ireland
26th – 28th May. Flight cost of around £70 return. The coach is likely to cost £40-60
per person. Accommodation £140 per person per night. Those attending will need to
book their own flights and possibly their own accommodation; however Jackie will be
in contact directly with those who have expressed interest to pay a deposit on the
coach travel. Confirmation is required by 12th March.
Herd of the Year competition NEHBA and national
The competition needs to conclude by mid August and Len Cox will be the judge.
Categories to be as before – bull calf, heifer calf, stock bull, small herd (10 and under
breeding females) and larger herd.
Presentation Day 2012
To be held at Robert Shaw’s 14th October 2012
As previously mentioned banners and leaflets will be available. Show results and
photographs will be loaded. Jackie will be the webmaster and load up any stock for
sale by members.
Any other business
HCS are giving Associations’ their page free of charge in 2013. It was agreed that
the charge (set at £20) will continue to be paid by members to boost NEHBA
North of England Angus breeders are having a calf show at Thirsk in November and
are inviting us to add Hereford classes. There was general interest amongst the
members so it will be explored further.
George Hullock is very poorly with asbestosis.
Meeting date and venue for 2013
Moorland Lodge, Scammonden, Sunday 17th February 2013