2005 Jersey Cattle Society Young Members
12th - 14th August 2005
Twenty one young members plus helpers and parents enjoyed
a fabulous weekend at Osberton Estates and, once again, our
gratitude goes to Mr Foljambe for allowing us to use these
ideal facilities, the Saxby family, in particular, for all
the work they put in preparing beforehand and hosting over
the weekend. Without this level of forethought then the young
members would not enjoy it to the same degree, and it was rewarded
by the fact that 2/3rd of those attending were new this year.
Feed, Breed, Classify
For the morning’s instruction in nutrition (Julie Sargent,
Northern Feed Solutions), breeding (Sara Liddle, Semex), and
classification (Andrew Spicer, HUK), the young members were
divided in to groups by age and all the instructors set their
delivery at a level where everyone learned something. One of
the best enjoyed tasks seemed to be sifting dung to check the
level of feed digestion!
Four teams of mixed ages were then given the task of picking ‘their
showteam; preparing, looking after and showing the animals
over a 24 hour period; making-up a herd prefix; producing promotional
material for the team and selling one of the animals.
Such was the intensity of activity that it took the call of ‘supper’s
spoiling’ to drag them away from their work – and
after they were all back to tidy the lines for the night!
Not worn out from the previous day, Sunday was Show Day when
everyone took part in a Handling Competition and the cattle
were judged on presentation – thanks to John Dickenson
(Thurlstone) as Master Judge who combined competition with
sympathetic instruction. It culminated in a team effort to
stand one of their entries and take her photograph (under the
guidance of Jayne Price)
Over the 24 hours a panel of judges had been assessing teamwork,
animal preparation, tidiness of the lines, originality and
effectiveness of promotion, and overall quality of work.
Everyone had a great weekend, made lots of friends and learnt
a lot – as was demonstrated by Ben Haigh at the Carlisle
Sale when his improved handling skills were a treat to watch,
but it could have been any of those you members - well done
to you all, it was a pleasure for the oldies.
Overall Individual (Model Cow Winner) – Milly
Reserve (Brikath Trophy) – Isobel Wright
Best Improved over the Weekend – Martyn
Junior – Amy Pilkington (Rise)
Intermediate – Milly Shipley
Senior – Isobel Wright
Mature – James Wallace (Grahmar)
Team Trophy – Udderley Delicious (
Leader: Isobel Wright)