06 January 2002
Island Champion Producers - 2000
The results of the Island Champion Producers for 2000 are as follows:
Senior Champion Producer is Trinity Manor Farm's "Trinity Rochette Moat*" and the Junior Champion Producer is Chris Taylor's "Camrose Lupin Roni"
Pioneer Trophy winner for 2000 is Stephen Arthur's "La Pompe Lizette Lad"
Click here for the full results.
30 December 2001
Time Capsule buried
At the conclusion of the recent AGM of the R.J.A.& H.S., a time capsule was buried beneath the front hall of the Society's new headquarters building. The ceremony was performed by the Society's oldest and long-serving member, Mr. John (Jack) Rondel. The capsule contains artefacts and items associated with the Society.....I wonder what future members will make of these when the capsule is unearthed say in 100 years time?
Picture 1 of the Time Capsule burial ceremony
Picture 2 of the Time Capsule burial ceremony
30 December 2001
John G. (Jack) Rondel awarded Life Membership of R.J.A. & H.S.
At the recent AGM of the Agricultural Department of the R.J.A. & H.S., retired cattle breeder, John Rondel of Haut de L'Orme, Trinity, was awarded Life Membership in recognition of 67 years service to the Society. Mr. Rondel who will be celebrating his 90th birthday during 2002, joined the Society in 1934. He has served on various committees and was Vice-President for three years. As a cattle farmer, Mr. Rondel was also an active member of the Societe Agricole de la Trinite until its dissolution. He joined that society shortly after the Occupation, and served as president for 19 years.
For a complete record of this award, and Mr. Rondel's farming career, please see the 2001 Jersey at Home magazine, pages 26 & 27. If you wish to subscribe to the Jersey at Home, please e-mail the R.J.A. & H.S.
30 December 2001
New President for R.J.A. & H.S.
At the AGM of the R.J.A. & H.S. held on Thursday 13th December 2001, Derrick Frigot was elected the Society's new President, taking over from Lewis Rondel who had held the post for the past three years. Derrick was the outgoing Senior Vice President, and that position is taken over by Robert Perchard. Paul Houzé was elected unapposed as the new Junior Vice President.
There was a contested election for the post of Treasurer. Stephen Le Feuvre (yes, your very own Webmaster!!) won by 81 votes to 70, defeating Deputy Philip Ozouf, who had held the position for the previous three years.
Other members of Council elected were:
Chairman of Breed Improvement Committee: Darren Quenault
Chairman of Producers Committee: Chris Taylor
Chairman of Shows Committee: John Le Feuvre
Chairman of Public Relations Committee: Henry Walker
Supernumery Members: Mrs. Anne Perchard MBE and Peter Lee
Senior Vice-President Robert Perchard, presented the retiring President, Lewis Rondel, with a painting in recognition of his service to the Society during the past three years. The painting is of Mr. Rondel watching over the Queen as she signs the Visitor's Book in the Member Room during her visit in July 2001 to open the Society's new headquarters. Click here for a picture of the presentation.
16 December 2001
West Show results
The 2001 West Show Association cattle show was held on Saturday 8th December at the R.J.A. & H.S. indoor show arena.
Grand Champion was Classic Herd Ltd's "Classic Silver Vintage Cracker" a three year old sired by Classic Rochette Invincibull. In reserve place was a stablemate of the champion, the young cow "Classic Premia Toyah Destiny", sired by Classic Rochette Destiny ET.
For full show results and pictures, click here
15 December 2001
Cattle Shows resume
Good and Bad news !!!
The Bad news is that the R.J.A. & H.S. has decided that the Island cattle show, suggested for early December, will now not go ahead. This is a huge disappointment to many exhibitors from around the Island who were looking forward to this event, and to being given the opportunity of showing off their fine stock for the first time this year.
The Good news is that the cattle section of the West Show Association will hold a full cattle show on the same day that the Island show was planned, Saturday 8th December. Entries are restricted to those people residing in the parishes of St. Brelade, St. Mary, St. Ouen and St. Peter.
Many congratulations to the organisers of the West Show for displaying to Jersey and the world that they are "back in business!!" following the restrictions imposed locally during the Foot & Mouth epidemic that has afflicted the United Kingdom (but thankfully not Jersey) for most of this year.
13 November 2001
The Bailiff of Jersey, Sir Philip Bailhache, has unveiled the bronze sculpture of a small herd of Jersey cows in West's Centre, St. Helier. This was the culmination of work by the Year of the Jersey Association, and is the highlight in the farming calendar for this year, which was designated by the States of Jersey as "2001 the Year of the Jersey".
Please click here for pictures of the event
29 September 2001
Honey Herd - Dispersal Sale
The dispersal sale of Ken Vibert's Honey Herd took place on Thursday, 27th September 2001. The sale held at Grosnez Farm, St. Ouen for Ken and his wife Beryl, was conducted by Bruton Knowles of Gloucester, England. Local arrangements were handled by Jersey Island Genetics. 11 cows each sold for over 1,000 guineas and the average for the whole sale was £882.40
A top price of 1,400 guineas was paid by John F. Le Feuvre for a first calver, Honey's Royal Bangle. John also bought five other animals for his Les Augerez herd. Second-highest price of the day was 1,300 guineas paid by Richard Leith for six-year-old Honey's Perfect Louise.
There was strong local demand for the unique genetics developed in the herd over a number of years, and it is encouraging to see that these bloodlines will be retained in the Island for other breeders to develope in the future.
A total of eight animals were purchased on behalf of U.K. breeders, and these will travel to their new owners when the authorities in the U.K. allow in-coming shipments to resume. All movement of cows in and out of the U.K. is banned at present due to the continuing restrictions imposed due to the Foot and Mouth epidemic this year. Thankfully the Island of Jersey has remained clear of the disease.
28 September 2001
Gerald Arthur Richardson
It was such a shock to hear the sad news that Gerald passed away at his home, North Lynn in St. Martin, on Monday 10th September 2001 at the age of 76. This comes just two months after the death of Dougie, Gerald's brother. Without a shadow of a doubt, Gerald was a true "master breeder" of the Jersey cow, nurturing and developing the famous Lynn bloodlines throughout his life. Producing champions was his speciality, and the Lynn show string was always immaculately prepared and turned out. Cattle shows and R.J.A. & H.S. events will never be the same without Gerald's presence.
That "trade mark" calm and gentle approach to everything, and that knowing look, spoke much louder than a thousand words uttered by some. Respected the world over for his expert knowledge of the Jersey breed, this is a void that cannot be filled. Jersey and the breed in particular, has lost a true gentleman.
We extend our sincere sympathy to his ever-supportive wife, Doreen, and sons Colin, Mervyn and Lester, and their families.
12 September 2001
Touchwood Herd - Dispersal Sale
A top price of 1,400 guineas was paid for maiden heifer, Touchwood Bragging Baby Oh Baby, when Richard Waters dispersed his top class Touchwood Herd on Friday 27th July 2001. Purchased by Derrick Frigot of JISEX International for a client in England, this impressive heifer will not be able to travel to her new owner until foot-and-mouth restrictions have been lifted in the U.K. "Baby Oh Baby" is sired by Classic Brilliant Brag VG and is out of Butterboy Felix Design VG who gave 9,767 kgs milk in her last 305 day lactation.
Ten in-milk animals went for 1,000 guineas or more each, and one of these was second-calver Camrose Silver Aurora VG who fetched 1,350 guineas, selling to La Ferme Limited. In her first lactation "Aurora" had yielded 7,429 kgs milk @ 5.31% butterfat and 3.64% protein in 305 days, making her the top two-year old in the Island this past year.
The newly formed "Natalie Syndicate", set-up to preserve and develop locally one of Jersey's most famous bloodlines, purchased eight animals of Natalie breeding. Senior herd sire, Natalies Quantas King Ex90, sold for 1,300 guineas to local breeder Derek Le Cornu.
Auctioneers - Bruton Knowles
Sale arrangements - Jersey Island Genetics Ltd.
14 August 2001
HM The Queen opens RJA & HS Headquarters - Click Here for report & photos
On Friday 13th July 2001, HM Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to Jersey, and during the afternoon she formally opened the new headquarters of the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society.
Her Majesty, who is Patron of the Society, toured the new facilities which for that day housed a Rural Exhibition, and was escorted around by Society President, Lewis J. Rondel. The Queen stopped at numerous stands and spoke to many people who were representing their organisations. Many thousands of Islanders flocked to the premises to catch a glimpse of the Queen and Prince Philip, and they were not disappointed during the 45 minutes that the Royal couple spent with the agricultural community of the Island.
14 July 2001
Douglas Anley ("Dougie") Richardson (1917-2001)
With deep sadness we announce the death of "Dougie" Richardson at the age of 83, a truly great Jersey character, devotee of the Jersey cow, and a genuine friend to many who came into contact with him. His funeral will take place on Friday 6th July 2001 at St. Ouen's Parish Church, Jersey at 11.45am.
"Dougie" was a very experienced judge of cattle, and he officiated at shows in New Zealand, England, and on numerous occasions at parish and Island cattle shows. For many years he was a classifier for the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society. A great supporter of Island cattle shows, "Dougie" achieved the ultimate accolade of winning the Island Supreme Championship with Lynns Ricarmar Dairylike in 1978, and with Lynns Gamboge Dairylike in 1981.
We extend our sincere sympathy to all his family.
03 July 2001
WJCB President honoured by HM Queen Elizabeth II
The President of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau, Mrs Anne Perchard, has been made an M.B.E. ( Member of the Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The honour is bestowed on Anne Perchard for her services to Jersey cattle. Anne was elected Chairman of the Bureau in 1989 and President in 1992 and is recognised internationally for her enthusiastic work to promote the Jersey cow. She has travelled widely on behalf of the breed, visiting 28 countries and is the author of the Origin and History of the Jersey Breed
The M.B.E. will be received from Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace sometime in the near future.
25th June 2001
The Queen to visit Jersey
HM Queen Elizabeth II will be visiting Jersey on 13th July. Whilst in the Island she will perform the opening of the £1.8 million new headquarters of the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society at Trinity. A "country exhibition" is planned for that day, and the Queen and Prince Philip will spend time touring the thirty or so stands.
Later on that day, the Society will be hosting a celebration party for its members and everyone associated with the "countryside" in Jersey, and it is hoped that over 1,000 people will attend. Live music, as well as a spit-roast provided by the Jersey Drag Hunt Club, and lots more exciting entertainment will be on offer, and members will be able to celebrate this historic day in true Jersey style.
Pictures of the activities throughout this memorable day will be posted on this site on 14th/15th July, so please revisit to check out what us Jersey people get up to!!
20th June 2001
Cancelled - WJCB 50th Anniversary Tour in Jersey (September 23rd to 29th 2001)
On 30th May 2001, the officials of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau and the RJA&HS announced the cancellation of the visit to Jersey to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau in September. This decision was taken following consultation with the President of the States of Jersey Agriculture & Fisheries Committee and our Chief Veterinary Officer. In view of the continuing outbreaks of Foot & Mouth Disease in England it is felt extremely likely that current precautionary restrictions will still be in place into September and beyond. These restrictions make it impossible to proceed with the tour as planned. The Officers of the WJCB will be in contact with member associations to make alternative arrangements for the annual Council meetings. Thus far the Island itself has not had a case of this dreadful disease and for that we must be thankful.
20th June 2001
Jersey Cow Sculpture
A public sculpture, the like of which has never been seen anywhere in the world, is on schedule for its unveiling towards the end of September 2001. The sculpture of two Jersey cows, a Jersey calf and a Jersey bull, is the work of renowned British sculptor John McKenna. It will be sited in Wests Centre, St. Helier and will be the focal point for a redesigned square in the heart of the Jersey's "capital".
20th June 2001