Meanwhile, in Suffolk, Jeremy Perkins has helped new members Rebecca and Stuart Mayhew, Bungay to start a herd with Twomills and Stonehouse beasts.
Stock bulls have been moving between members again as well.
Jeremy Perkins and the Richardsons have done a swap, with Hatherland Finlay heading South, and solid red Rufus of Hindhope going back North. Meanwhile Jenny Willis near Kendal has secured Stonehouse Greenfinch from the Richardsons.
On the Welsh hills near Rhayader, Mark Jones had been using a Sherberton sire (Jeremy Perkins much loved first stock bull, ‘Reiver’) for several years on a mixed herd of hill cows. Sufficiently impressed with the results, he has now secured the striking Amal bull, Grasshopper, from James Taylor on Exmoor.
Still in Wales, Sam Williams of Gwynedd has started a new herd, securing stock from Jeremy and the Richardsons.
And in Suffolk, RGCS Vice Chair Jeremy Perkins has taken it upon himself to start a herd of Belts alongside his Riggit herd. Obviously, he’ll have to be mercilessly ribbed about this at the winter meeting, so delegates are asked to start thinking up suitable quips.
And last but not least, we have a new associate member in Ulrike Kaufhold, from Newton Stewart.
So to all our new members a warm welcome to the friendliest cattle Society in Christendom, and best of luck to those who’ve brought fresh stock in. There are worse hobbies to have!
2018 Summer Jamboree
This year The Richardson’s from Stonehouse Herd, Cumbria played host in the Dales and Lakes.
Once the official bit was done at the Crooklands Hotel we visited Stan and Margaret Richardson’s home at High Row to begin the tour of the Stonehouse Herd including Belties, Riggits, Whitebred Shorthorns, Blondes and Blue Albions!
We also paid a visit to local sculptor Andy Kay. The weather wasn’t kind but it didn’t dampen the spirits especially when we were all welcomed into the home for afternoon tea!
The next day concluded the tour of Stonehouse Herd at Stonehouse Farm itself, the home of William, Emma and Edward Richardson. In the afternoon we visited the Blue Albion herd near Windermere and met up with Ruth Dalton from the RBST who took us all back to her small holding, where she and fellow riggit breeder Jenny Willis provided us with a tasty supper.
Our third and final day saw us visit John Atkinson and Maria Zeb Benjiman of Nibthwaite, Consiton. A tour of the nature reserve John grazes followed by lunch back at the farm in the newly converted shippon where Maria has her soap business was a real treat. It didn’t end there......our last stop was down the road with Jon and Jo Watson at Yew Tree Farm where we visited some of Jon’s herd up at Tarn Hows, saw his butchery business back home and then had tea and cake in their cafe!
Yet another successful jamboree where like-minded people and good friends, get together and enjoy cattle, scenery, eating and drinking!
Special mention must go to our in house photographer Jeremy Perkins who took hundreds of photos during the event. Here’s to next year wherever it may take us.....