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2005 Island Winter Show

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10 Dec 2005


2005 Island Autumn Show

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09 Oct 2005


2005 Island Spring Show

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30 May 2005


2004 Island Winter Show

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12 Dec 2004


2004 Island Autumn Youngstock & Junior Section Show

The Junior Female Championship of the show was won by John Le Feuvre with his intermediate heifer "Primrose Avelida" who is sired by Blue Bell Brigadier. John made it a "double" when his heifer in calf "Itaskas Fillpail Annabel" took Reserve Champion.

In the Junior Section Members Show the Senior Female Champion was Charles W Perchard's "Ansom Adventurous Princess" and the Junior Championship went to Victoria Le Feuvre's "Avonteur Coiffeur Kayx".

For full show results click here

09 Oct 2004


Top bid of 3,000 guineas at the Classic Herd sale

A major reduction sale of the Classic Herd Ltd. took place on Wednesday, 4th August 2004 at Manor Farm, St. Peter. 77 lots averaged £568.50 and the top bid of the day was 3,000 guineas (£3,150) for the three year old Splendid Vintage Christmas Eve purchased by Mrs. Vera Le Cras of the Blanc Pignon Herd, St. Brelade. "Christmas Eve" is from the famous Nance female line developed by the Bree family from La Sente, Grouville, and is sired by Classic Rochette Invincibull. As a two-year old she gave 5,712 kgs milk in 305 days and is classified VG-87%. Having calved in February 2004, she is still yielding 22.2 kgs milk and is safely back in calf to calve in January 2005.

The second highest bid of the day was 2,300 guineas (£2,415) paid by the Le Cornu family of Grouville, for the two-year old Classic Excel O So Sharp. Sired by Classic Excalibur, her dam was Classic Silver Vintage Crop Ex-92% with records to 9,158 kgs milk as a four year old.

This was a terrific opportunity for local and overseas breeders to tap in to the tremendous cow families that exist in the Classic Herd, and the reduction sale was undertaken due to a realignment of the farming business at Manor Farm. The sale was conducted by auctioneers Norton & Brooksbank from Gloucester, England.

04 Aug 2004


Les Augerez cow wins the 2004 West Show

Grand Champion of the 2004 West Show was John Le Feuvre's mature cow, Harvest Blue Bell, with the reserve champion being the young cow,Classic Sonic Double Diamond, from Classic Herd Ltd.

For full show results click here

11 July 2004


Trinity Manor cow wins 2004 Island Spring Show

The Supreme Champion of the 2004 Island Spring Show was Trinity Manor Farm Ltd's mature cow Attractions Royal Beauty - Ex93. "Beauty" was bred by Tim Pallot of St. Clement, and is sired by Snowies Royal Attraction ET. The in-milk classes were held on Saturday 29th May, and persistent rain "dogged" the first day of the three-day Spring Country Fayre held at the Royal Jersey Showground, Trinity.

Reserve Supreme Champion was John Le Feuvre's Supreme Vedas Mahogany, and this freshly calved heifer in milk also took the Senior Breeders' Championship, and the award for best udder. She is sired by Blue Bell Buccaneer.

On Monday 31st May, the Heifer classes were held. Rain being forecast for the whole day, all of the classes this day were held indoors. Junior Champion was Kate Le Ruez's heifer in calf Maygan Louise, sired by Itaskas Fillpail Designer 2, and Reserve Champion was John Le Feuvre & Derrick Frigot's heifer in calf, Day Dream 283, sired by Blue Bell Brigadier.

Also on the Monday, the Junior Members' show was held. Open and Senior Female Champion of the day was Rebecca Houze's excellent young cow Gene Countess 28 (sired by La Pepiniere Bugs Bunny), and Reserve Champion was Philip Mourant's heifer in milk, Ansom Primagic Samsybil (sired by Prides Magician).

The Junior Female Championship of the Junior Members' show went to William Perchard's stylish senior yearling, Ansom Fanta Sybil (sired by Richlie Felix Fantastic), with Victoria Le Feuvre's elegant junior yearling, Avonteur Coiffeur Kayx (sired by Roseland Premier Exeter) taking Reserve Champion.

For full show results click here

29 & 31 May 2004


New WJCB web site launched - www.worldjerseycattle.com

The newly designed web site of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau was launched on Saturday 29th May during the 2004 Spring Country Fayre.

WJCB Patron, Mrs. Anne Perchard MBE, addressed a crowd of 30+ Jersey enthusiasts, and officially launched the web site by proposing a toast - using Jersey milk, of course!!

Present at the event were WJCB webmasters, Steve & Suzanne Le Feuvre, and Steve gave everyone a quick tour of the site. Suzanne had produced a leaflet promoting the web site, and visitors to the launch were encouraged to take one and to view the site at the leisure.

29 May 2004


Champion Producers for 2003

These awards are based on milk, fat and protein production while calving within 14 months. The Pioneer Trophy is awarded to owner of the sire the five highest producingdaughters satisfying the criteria. The trophies will be awarded at the Senior Cattle Show on 29 May.
  • Senior Champion Producer (BOCM Perpetual Trophy) "Camrose Lady Anthea"
    By “Camrose Silver Dreamer ET” out of “Camrose Lady Stephanie”, she was bred by Claire Taylor (Camrose Jerseys, Heatherbrae Farm, St John), and is now owned by Trinity Manor Farm Ltd, where the herd is managed by Rob Stevenson. “Anthea” is a maternal sister to the Island bull, “Camrose Noblesse Finale”, who was recently exported to England.

  • Junior Champion Producer (Riley Perpetual Trophy) “Blandish Wayward Vedas”
    By “Poppys Wayward Warlock”, she is bred and owned by Mr Paul Houzé (Lodge Farms, St Saviour)

  • Pioneer Trophy “Camrose Silver Dreamer ET”
    By “Dreamers Margarethe Royal” out of “Camrose Silver Polly”.
    A product of the Jersey Bull Proving Scheme 1995/1996, he was bred and owned by Mr Chris Taylor (Camrose Jerseys, St John). His sire was exported to Australia during the early 1980s. Camrose Jerseys was one of the herds that dispersed in 2002 as part of the Island’s diary industry re-structuring scheme.

    15 May 2004


    RJA &HS Spring Country Fayre – 29, 30 and 31 May, 2004

    Plans for this annual event at the Royal Jersey Showground have now been finalised for 2004.

    The Senior Cattle Show will be held during the Saturday morning, 29 May. This will be followed by a vin d’honneur to mark the official launch of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau website, now managed by Steve and Suzanne Le Feuvre. The Junior Section and Youngstock Classes will be held in the morning of the Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May.

    A range of events are taking place during the three days, including a Mini Early Summer Flower Show organised by the Horticultural Department and a large arts and craft fair organised by local group, Art in the Frame. The Jersey Young Farmers’ Club are organising various traditional games such as bale throwing and tractor driving, and in this special year marking the 800th anniversary of Jersey pledging its allegiance to England in 1204, the Company of the Duke’s Leopards will be re-enacting a range of medieval activities.

    Visitors will also be able to enjoy a host of other things to do, including nature walks, gardening demonstrations and plant clinics, vintage vehicles, sheep dogs herding ducks, Punch and Judy shows, a range of music, an animal farm and the usual selection of food, drink, stands and games.

    The RJA&HS Country Fayre has become a regular favourite for Islanders and tourists, with about 15,000 attending the 2003 event.

    15 May 2004


    Open Farm Days

    A week of coordinated events took place in April under the banner ‘A Taste of Jersey in Springtime’ including the Trinity Manor Farm open day on 24 April. RJA&HS Vice-President, Ian Mitchell, and his wife, Angela, Mitchell also welcomed visitors to their organic dairy farm at Francheville, Grouville during the week, providing a range of Jersey Dairy products for free.

    The Mitchells are also holding a separate open day on Thursday, 20 May, called ‘Friendly Farming at Francheville’ as the high spot for a guided walk through the parish of Grouville. This is one of a series of walks in Jersey during the summer organised by locally famed Blue Badge Guide, Sue Hardy. As ever, a variety of Jersey Dairy products will be there for tasting to help sustain those taking part.

    15 May 2004


    RJA&HS Future – update

    After the February meetings, the RJA&HS Departments are now considering a report made by Suzanne Le Feuvre, with the Agricultural Department actively reviewing their own strategic plan.

    15 May 2004


    Cull Cows and the Future for Jersey Beef

    As scheduled, the joint working party set up this by the RJA&HS and the Jersey Milk Marketing Board has produced an interim report on the ‘Future of the Over-Thirty-Months Cull Scheme and the potential to re-introduce Jersey beef to the market’.

    15 May 2004


    World Jersey Cattle Bureau Happenings in Jersey

    Steve and Suzanne Le Feuvre have been completely re-designing the Bureau website since taking over this role at the annual WJCB Council Meetings held in South Africa in September 2003. The official launch of the new site – which can be found at www.worldjerseycattle.com – will be at 2 p.m. after the Senior Cattle Show on Saturday, 29 May at the RJA&HS Country Fayre. A brief ceremony will be followed by a vin d’honneur for all Bureau members and others associated with the Jersey cow in the Island, with tours of the website available at the same time.

    A few weeks later, in early July, the WJCB President, South African breeder Johannes van Eeden, will be spending a few days in Jersey prior to attending the UK Royal Show.

    15 May 2004


    Farm Open Day at Trinity Manor Farm - thousands come to see the Jerseys

    Saturday, 24 April, 2004 saw around 2,000 people tour the farm at Trinity Manor by kind permission of Pam and Paul Bell. Organised by the RJA&HS in conjunction with Jersey Tourism and the Genuine Jersey Products Association the event was aimed to show the public every aspect of quality milk production as well as promoting various kinds of local Jersey produce, including oysters, mussels, cider, black butter, ice-cream and other dairy products. The open day also provided a chance to sample Jersey veal and (for the first time) Jersey ‘baby beef’ produced at Trinity Manor – all expertly prepared by the Jersey Potteries. The event was held as part of the Jersey Tourism’s ‘Jersey in Springtime’ promotion from 17 to 24 April which has also seen Ian and Angela Mitchell’s organic Jersey farm at Franceville, Grouville and the Jersey Dairy open for public visits.

    24 April 2004


    New products from the Jersey Dairy

    This spring has seen Kevin Keen and his team at the Jersey Dairy launch a new cheddar cheese, extra ‘Wickedly Tempting’ ice-cream flavours (including a Jersey black butter flavour), and a new range of biotic organic yoghurts made with Island Jersey milk. An exchange of facilities has been arranged with the dairy in Guernsey to share out the two Islands’ equipment in a cost effective way – as a result, the new Jersey cheese is actually made in Guernsey using Island Jersey milk.

    After a lot of ‘doom and gloom’ in the Island’s dairy industry over the last couple of years, in his first year or so as manager, Kevin Keen has succeeded in bringing much-needed optimism to the industry with his practical solutions, hard work and continual enthusiasm. He is generally to be found manning the ice-cream stands at promotional events with others of his team of workers.

    24 April 2004


    Cooperation with the Jersey Milk Marketing Board

    A working party has been set up this year comprising members from the RJA&HS and the JMMB to study how to ensure the highest value return for producers from Island Jersey beef following the expected demise of the Over-Thirty-Months Scheme during 2004 or early 2005. An interim report is planned for May 2004.

    24 April 2004


    Spring Flower Show joined by International Biennial Camellea Show

    The RJA&HS Horticultural Department’s spring flower show was held at the Royal Jersey Showground on 27 and 28 March, 2004, together with the biennial camellia show. The flower show attracted 135 exhibitors with over 500 entries, and the camellia show some 250 entries – and the event itself attracted 100s of visitors over the weekend. Additional attractions included ikebana and flower arrangement classes, various trade stands and an exhibition of local artists. Several classes took as their theme the 800th anniversary of the allegiance of the Channel Islands with the British crown in 1204 which is being celebrated throughout this year in Jersey.

    24 April 2004


    RJA &HS members discuss the future of the Society

    On 19 February, 2004, all members of both the Agricultural and Horticultural Departments were invited to two meetings during the day to discuss the future of the Society.

    Led by President, Derrick Frigot, and Society member Suzanne Le Feuvre, the meetings looked at the past, present and future of the RJA&HS as a whole. Particular support was given to the idea of developing a single membership for the RJA&HS with one subscription. Under the system suggested, the present departments would continue to exist, albeit in slightly different form, and retain their present independence. However, a single membership would, it was agreed, encourage a unity of purpose to support Jersey farming and gardening. It would also, it was hoped, allow for a wider role encompassing the whole of Jersey’s countryside, perhaps through the development of additional ‘departments’ focussing on different aspects of rural life in the Island.

    Further meetings are planned to develop the details of such a future strategy for the RJA&HS and present them to members for discussion. It is hoped that the process will be completed in time for changes to the Society to be put into action in 2005.

    Already a joint newsletter for both Departments has been inaugurated, with the first produced by RJA&HS staff member Pam Laurens in March 2004.

    24 April 2004


    Model Cow presented to Jersey’s Bailiff

    On 17 February, 2004, representatives of the Agricultural Department’s Council presented the Office of the Bailiff of Jersey with a bronze sculpture of a Jersey cow, one of a limited edition of 10 made by John McKenna. It is based on the leading young cow in the group he produced for the West’s Centre, St Helier to mark 2001, The Year of the Jersey. The donation of the model cow was timed to coincide with the completion of renovation work at the States of Jersey buildings in the Royal Square, St Helier in recognition of the long association between the Island’s public authorities and the Jersey breed.

    24 April 2004


    New roles and new staff at the RJA&HS

    January 2004 saw the RJA&HS take back the running of Jersey’s AI service and milk recording system from the States of Jersey. The States had run the milk recording of Island cattle since 1969, and the AI service from 1974. With their operation led by RJA&HS staff member Dave Hambrook, the two services will be financed through a States’ grant. Part of the Royal Jersey Showground store has been adapted to serve as an AI semen store and laboratory for processing and checking semen.

    Among the new staff employed are the senior inseminator Cris Jolley, with John Le Bas and David Cottrell working as relief inseminators and herd recorders. From February, Sue Stevenson, wife of Trinity Manor Jerseys’ manager, Rob Stevenson, joined the Office team to help with the increased workload.

    24 April 2004


    Dates for 2004

  • 29-31 May      Three-day Country Fayre at the Royal Jersey Showground including the Spring Island Cattle Show on Saturday 29 May, and the Youngstock Show and Junior Section Show on the Monday 31 May
  • 3 September    Dinner and prize presentation following the Herds Competition
  • 9 October        Autumn Island Youngstock Show at the Royal Jersey Showground
  • 11 December   Winter Island Cattle Show at the Royal Jersey Showground

    24 April 2004


    RJA&HS Agricultural Department Council for 2004

    The December 2003 annual general meeting saw Ian Mitchell and Henry Walker elected as Vice Presidents to join Derrick Frigot (President) and Steve Le Feuvre (Treasurer) as Officers. The ordinary Council members are Ricky Leith (Breed Improvement), Vicky Huelin (Shows), John Le Feuvre (Producers), Cath Vint (Public Relations), and Rob Stevenson and Mike Clear (both Supernumeraries).

    24 April 2004


    Jersey Bull Proving Scheme Year 16

    As part of the ongoing programme for young sires, the Breed Improvement Committee launched three new young bulls on 1 April, 2004 – ‘La Caroline Spellbinder’, ‘Natalies Jester’, and ‘Regal Lilys Beau’.

    24 April 2004


    Trinity Manor cow wins first Island Winter Show

    The first Island Winter Cattle Show for in-milk animals was held on Saturday 22nd November 2003, and the Supreme Champion for the day was Trinity Manor Farm Ltd's mature cow and show veteran, Trinity Rochette Imogen. She beat off strong competition from almost 60 entries in well-filled classes, to take her second Supreme Championship over the Island, the first being in October 2000. Judge Rebecca Jarvis (Yorkshire, England) had a tough job on her hands throughout the day as the quality of animals presented was very high, with some around the showring saying that it was possibly the best cattle show held in recent times.

    Reserve Supreme Champion was Junior Section Member Ruth Perchard's Ansom Olivers Enigma, a really flashy three year old with tremendous show presence. "Enigma" took the Senior Breeders Championship, with Paul Houzé's Gene Countess 22 in reserve spot.

    Trinity Manor Farm Ltd made it a unique double when later on in the day their entry, Our Rachel, was crowned the 2003 Supercow. Reserve in the Supercow Competition (for the second year running) was Charles J. Quenault's Mermaid Vintage Glory.

    For full show results click here

    23 November 2003


    Two Vice Presidents resign

    The two Vice Presidents of the Agricultural Department of the RJA & HS resigned on Monday 20th October 2003.
    Robert Perchard (Senior Vice President) and Paul Houzé (Junior Vice President) have expressed their dismay over the recent vote by members to reject Council's propoposition regarding the importation of Jersey bull semen. They felt that this was a clear indication that the members were not happy with the style of leadership they could bring to the Society, and have stepped aside to allow others to "throw their hat into the ring".

    These two resignations have left the Council severely "wounded" and in somewhat of a limbo until the AGM which will be held on Monday 15th December, when replacements will be elected for these two vacant positions. Other Council positions will also become vacant for the AGM, not merely because under the current rules regarding eligibility and length of terms certain positions will have to be vacated, but also because some will see the recent vote by members as a message that the progressive views of the current Council is not in tune with the wishes and views held by the general membership.

    02 November 2003


    Island votes "NO" to the importation of Jersey semen

    The membership of the RJA & HS have voted by almost two to one against the importation of pure Jersey semen into the Island.

    On 29th September 2003, the Council of the Agricultural Department of the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society, put a proposition to its members recommending that the importation of Jersey bull semen be allowed into the Island. Any semen imported was to be able to be totally traced back to the Island on all lines of the bull's pedigree. The Island has been a "closed herd" for around 240 years, and the Council had commissioned a report by the world renowned geneticist and animal, Dr. Maurice Bichard who looked into the long-term genetic sustainability of keeping a closed herd. Dr. Bichard recommended the best way forward, in order to gain the genetic advances that the rest of the Jersey world are achieving, would be to import Jersey semen into the Island.

    Dr. Bichard came over to the Island for two open meetings of the members of the Society, but attendance by breeders at the meetings was very disappointing. During these two meetings, there was very compelling evidence put forward by those in favour of importation, and sadly very little constructive argument put forward by those not in favour of importation of Jersey semen.

    Votes cast were as follows:
    Cattle owners          For     70     Against   160
    Non cattle owners:  For     20      Against   33
    Total                       For     90     Against   193

    Comments from Webmaster
    This is a totally short-sighted decision by the Island's cattle breeders, and is indicative of the "dependence culture" of government handouts that they have become used to over the past 30 years. Money is in much shorter supply nowadays, and the politicians have been warning the farming community for some time that financial support to the dairy industry will decrease dramatically over the next 4-5 years. With this vote, the dairy industry has effectively sent a message out to the politicians and public that they do not want to breed a more efficient cow in the future, and are quite happy with the, quite frankly, pathetic genetic increases that the closed Island population of Jerseys has been achieving compared to the rest of the Jersey world.

    02 November 2003


    Island Autumn Show (Youngstock & Junior Section) results

    In a break from the 'traditional' format of Island Autumn shows, this year it was decided to split into two the main classes. A Youngstock Show with a full Junior Section Show, was held on Saturday 11th October at the Royal Jersey Showground, Trinity. The show was held outside in beautiful sunny, Autumn conditions.

    The In-Milk classes will be held at the same venue (indoors) during a separate Winter Show on Saturday 22nd November starting at 11am. At 7pm that day, the annual Supercow Competition will be held, and this will be followed by a dinner in the Members' Room.

    In the Open Classes, the Junior Female Champion of the day was Freedom Lovely Rachel, sired by Roseland Premier Felix and owned by Jacey Copple. Reserve Junior Champion was a Ceres Standard daughter, Designs Day Dream 118 bred and owned by John James Le Feuvre. Interestingly, both of these animals are owned by Junior Section Members of the Society.

    The Junior Section Show saw one of the best shows ever, with both quality and numbers of animals forwarded. Open and Senior Female Champion was Ruth Perchard's Ansom Olivers Enigma, sired by Woodlands Oliver. Junior Female Champion of the Junior Section Show was Philip Mourant's Ansom Primagic Samsybil , sired by Prides Magician.

    For full show results click here

    01 Nov 2003


    2003 West Show results

    The 2003 West Show took place on a beautiful, sunny, day at Manor Farm, St. Peter - on Saturday 19th July.

    Grand Champion of the show was John F. Le Feuvre's Margarethe Poppy Advance, a purchase he made at the end of 2002 when the herd of Colin Renouf, and his father Willie, was dispersed. Reserve Grand Champion of the show was Mrs. S.L. Romeril's Heifer in Milk Surguy Royal Kitty.

    For full show results click here

    19 July 2003


    Roseland cow wins Island Spring Show

    The Supreme Champion of the Island Spring Show is Roseland Wizard Oxford Lass, bred and owned by Andrew Le Gallais. Andrew has been a successful exhibitor at Island shows for many years, but this is the first time that he has won the coveted Supreme Championship. Sired by Roseland Keeping Wizard, this three year old cow was superbly shown on the day by herdsman Michael Clear, and fought off strong competition from many superb dairy cows on show at this premier event which forms part of the three day RJA&HS Spring Country Fayre. Reserve Supreme Champion was the Classic Herd Ltd.'s Mature Cow Classic Premia Boni Toyah, sired by Classic Supreme Perfecta.

    The senior show was held in overcast conditions on Saturday 24th May, with rain threatening throughout the morning which thankfully did not materialise. Judge John Gribbon (Classification Executive of Holstein UK) was presented with well-filled classes throughout the day, and there was a good crowd of spectators around the ring all the time from the 3,000+ visitors to the Country Fayre. In the Island for the show was a group of Jersey cattle breeders from Denmark, and they seemed very impressed with the quality of animals parading in the ring.

    Taking the Junior Championship was the yearling heifer Trinity Sparkler Serena bred and owned by Trinity Manor Farm Ltd. Sired by Camrose Rosebay Sparkler, this fine upstanding heifer was described by the judge as "being in a class of her own; his easiest decision of the day". Her dam is the brood matron Camrose Sandy Pit with two lactations in excess of 9,000 litres to date, so the future for "Serena" is looking very bright indeed. Reserve Junior Champion of the day was John F Le Feuvre's Supreme Poppy sired by Classic Supreme Perfecta.

    On Monday 26th May, the Junior Section of the RJA&HS held their Spring Show. In brilliant sunshine, the show was a great success with 20 Junior members showing their cattle in front of a massive crowd......over the three days the Spring Country Fayre attracted some 14,000 people, with around 6,000 attending on the bank holiday Monday.

    Senior Female Champion and Open Female Champion of the show was Ansom Maestros Bangle owned and shown most confidently by Paul L. Mourant, grandson of the immediate past President of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau, Anne Perchard MBE. This stylish young cow, sired by Ansom Maestro, headed a Championship line-up of outstanding dairy cattle, selected from well filled classes by local judge Christopher H. Taylor. The Reserve Champion of the show was Splendid Vintage Christmas Eve, sired by Classic Rochette Invincibull and bred and owned by Charles J. Quenault.

    Taking the Junior Female Championship was James Perchard with his Ansom Magnetic Welcome*, a senior yearling sired by Ansom Magnet. Reserve Junior Champion of the show was the strikingly attractive junior yearling heifer Ansom Adventurous Princess which was bred, owned and shown by Charles W. Perchard. James and Charles are also grandsons of Anne Perchard, and she must have been very proud to see nine of her grandchildren showing their animals at the show with such success.

    For full show results click here

    24 May 2003


    2003 Island Cattle Show dates

  • Spring Show
              Senior Section - Saturday 24th May
              Junior Section - Monday 26th May
    These cattle shows will form part of the three-day Spring Bank Holiday Country Fayre being held at the Royal Jersey Showground, the headquarters of the RJA & HS, on 24th, 25th and 26th May.
  • Herds Competition
              1st to 5th September
  • Young Stock Show
              Possibly Saturday 6th September

    Autumn Show and/or Christmas Show - both currently under discussion

    21 March 2003


    170th Anniversary of the RJA & HS

    It has been decided to celebrate the Society's 170th anniversary at the time of the Horticultural Department's Summer Flower Show on 22nd, 23rd and 24th August. There will be an open evening for all categories of Society members on Saturday 23rd August, with light refreshments being served. This is just s day before the actual date of the inauguration of the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society.

    Plans for celebrating the Society's 175th Anniversary in 2008 are well under way, and the highlight of that year will be the hosting of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau Conference. Dates and a full timetable for the year are still to be decided, so watch this space!!

    21 March 2003


    Death Announcement
    Hedley James Maillard

    Renowned cattle exporter and auctioneer Hedley Maillard passed away on Monday 10th March 2003 at his home Blanche Pierre Farm in St. Lawrence, Jersey, at the age of 89.

    Although he was also a funeral director like his father, Mr. Maillard's main interest was in the Jersey herd, which, in his role as auctioneer, he would travel around the world promoting and selling. That work took him to many countries where farmers were keen to set up a Jersey herd, including South Africa, USA, the UK, Turkey and Australia.

    His own cattle, known as the "Day Dream" line, were prize-winners and he was regarded as extremely knowledgeable about the breed he loved so much. He judged cattle at local and international shows.

    Mr. Maillard leaves a widow, Gladys, and his daughter from a previous marriage, and to them and the rest of the family we offer our sincere condolences.

    21 March 2003


    Death Announcement
    T.F. (Francis) Le Ruez

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death on Thursday 26th September 2002 of Francis Le Ruez, of Homestead, St. Peter. Francis (88), who has not been in the best of health in recent years, was considered one of the "giants" in the devlopment of the Jersey breed around the world through his own breeding of superior animals, and their export to many countries.

    In 1999, Francis was made an honorary life member of the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society - only the sixth person in the society's history to be so honoured. During his many years of service for the Society, he served as it's Vice President for a three year term.

    As a tribute to this great master breeder of the Jersey cow, we publish an exert from Hans Nørgaard's web site summarising the article that appeared in the Jersey Evening Post of 24th December 1999.

    " Mr Le Ruez was described as 'a master breeder and great ambassador for the Jersey cow worldwide' by the Society's President, Lewis Rondel, at a gathering of some 50 members, held at Les Charrières Hotel. The meeting followed the recent announcement of Mr Le Ruez's honorary life membership to the Society's annual general meeting.
    Delivering a tribute to Mr Le Ruez at the meeting, RJA&HS Vice President Derrick Frigot said: 'Francis has always been a shy man, never someone to push himself forward. This was highlighted when he was told about this award. In typical fashion, his first remark was, "But there must be someone more deserving than me!'' '
    Mr Le Ruez, who was at the reception with his wife, Elin, his children, Henry and Elisabeth, brothers, sisters, and other relatives, replied to Mr Frigot's tribute by saying simply: 'I don't deserve anything; but I do appreciate it.'
    In his address, Mr Frigot said that as important as the breeding of cattle was in Jersey, it was evident that this could also be said of cattle breeding families, and Mr Le Ruez's own bloodlines were 'steeped in the purple of cattle breeding families'.
    Mr Le Ruez's paternal grandfather, Thomas, started the family herd, and his grandfather on his mother's side, Francis Le Brocq, pioneered the export of cattle from the Island to England, the USA and Denmark. He shipped in total more than 30,000 head of stock, and established the Jersey breed in Denmark.
    Thomas Le Ruez's sons, Henry and Ernest Le Ruez, were both expert cattle breeders, as, in the next generation, were three of Henry Le Ruez's eight children - Francis, and his two brothers John and Laurence". "

    29 September 2002


    2002 Island Herds Competition results

    The 2002 Island Herds Competition took place during the first week of September, and the judge this year was Rebecca Jarvis of Yorkshire, England. With unbroken sunshine for the whole week, ten herds took part, and the results were announced at a dinner held during the evening of Friday 6th September at The Windmill Inn, St. Peter.
    Class Results:
    Small Herds
    Winner     Ian & Angela Mitchell (Francheville Herd)
    Reserve   Tony Vautier (Perry Herd)


    Medium Herds
    Winner     The Quenault Family (Classic Herd)
    Reserve   Mrs. Vera Le Cras (Blanc Pignon Herd)


    Large Herds
    Winner     Paul & Marcel Houzé (Lodge Herd)
    Reserve   Andrew Le Gallais (Roseland Herd)


    Trophy Winners:
    The Royal Trust Perpetual Trophy (overall winner of the Herds Competition)
    Winner     The Quenault Family (Classic Herd)
    Reserve   Paul & Marcel Houzé (Lodge Herd)


    The H.G. Shepard Cup (for the herd judged best on confirmation)
    Winner     The Quenault Family (Classic Herd)
    Reserve   Andrew Le Gallais (Roseland Herd)


    The Barnowl Perpetual Trophy (for the herd with the best youngstock)
    Winner     The Quenault Family (Classic Herd)

    The Potterswalls Perpetual Crystal Bowl (for the best Mature Cow, 10 years of age and over)
    Winner     Andrew Le Gallais (Roseland Lizette Sis)

    07 September 2002


    2002 West Show results

    The rain clouds cleared, and the sun came out for the 2002 West (Cattle Section) Show that took place at Manor Farm, St. Peter on Saturday 13th July. The show, which is expected to attract in excess of 15,000 visitors over the weekend continues on Sunday 14th July.

    Grand Champion of the show was Master Chas Quenault's freshly calved, and very stylish, heifer in milk Splendid Sonic Glory following on from great successes as an in-calf heifer at the recent Island Show. Reserve Grand Champion of the show was Mrs. Sarah J. Le Feuvre's 3-year old cow Honeys Royal Bangle*.

    For full show results click here

    13 July 2002


    Houzé family triumphs at Island Spring Show

    The Supreme Champion of the Island Spring Show is Gene Countess 23, bred and owned by Paul Houzé of Lodge Farm, St. Saviour. This is the first time that this herd has produced a Supreme Champion of an Island show, and not content with this, Marcel Houzé (Paul's father) took the Reserve Supreme Championship slot with his heifer in milk Prides W L Fairy. "Countess" is sired by the very popular "Poppys Wayward Warlock", and "Fairy" is the first milking daughter of "Golden Sybils Warlord" (a son of "Warlock" and out of twice Supercow champion, "Golden Sybils Foggy").

    The Island Spring Show was held in sweltering heat on Saturday 1st June as part of the Golden Jubilee Country Fayre, a three-day event being staged at the Royal Jersey Showground (the headquarters of the R.J.A. & H.S.) to celebrate 50 years since the accession to the throne of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

    For full show results click here

    02 June 2002


    "Classic" cow fit for the Queen

    When Royal Visits to the Island take place, it is traditional for a Jersey cow to be presented to the Sovereign to join the Royal Herd of Jerseys at Windsor, England. A presentation to the Queen during the Royal Visit last July was not possible due to foot-and-mouth restrictions.

    With restrictions now over, the cow selected as a special gift to Her Majesty the Queen from the Island is Classic Silver Vintage Cracker , from the Quénault family's Classic Farm herd in St. Peter. Sired by "Classic Rochette Invincibull", in December 2001 she was Grand Champion of the West Show. Selected recently by Mark Gibbs (the manager of the Royal Farm, Windsor) and Andrew Buckland (Windsor Jerseys' herdsman), "Cracker" will leave the Island during May, and an official presentation of the cow to Her Majesty in Windsor will take place later.

    Pictures of Classic Silver Vintage Cracker

    06 May 2002


    St. Peter Parish Spring Show results

    In glorious sunshine, Mrs. Caroline Le Brocq's young cow, "Advancers Athena Louise" won the Senior Female Championship of the Parish of St. Peter at their Spring show held on Friday 3rd May.

    For full show results click here

    04 May 2002


    St. Brelade Parish Spring Show results

    The first cattle show of 2002 took place on Thursday 25th April. This was the Parish of St. Brelade Spring Show, held at Don & Rose Le Sech's La Fontaine Farm.
    Senior Female Champion was John Hackett's "Sorel DB Girl" and reserve champion was Don Le Sech's "La Fontaine Silver Annette"

    For full show results click here

    28 April 2002


    "Lynn Herd" and "Camrose Herd" to be dispersed

    Two of the most prominent herds in the Island are to be dispersed as part of the local dairy industry reconstruction scheme.

    The Richardson Brothers have sold the major portion of the adult cattle of their Lynn Herd to one U.K. buyer, but are retaining their maiden heifers. The Lynn cattle have been a dominant force in Island showrings for many decades, and they will be greatly missed at local cattle shows in the future.

    Chris & Claire Taylor are in the process of selling their Camrose Herd of 140 milkers and 80 followers. This high production herd has been the highest genetic value herd in the Island for the past year or so. Camrose cows have broken several Island production records in the recent past, and they have also been very successful in the showring particularly in the type and production classes.

    A sale is taking place on Wednesday 24 April at the Taylors' Heatherbrae Farm, St. John, of a selection of the top cows from the Camrose herd, and two young cows from the Lynn herd.

    23 April 2002


    "Scrub-a-Sculpture"
    Junior Section members clean Jersey cow sculpture


    Recently, 12 members of the Junior Section of the R.J.A. & H.S. met to wash and clean the magnificent bronze Jersey cow sculpture at Wests Centre, St. Helier. Under the supervision of Anne Perchard MBE (President of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau), and Stephen Le Feuvre (Treasurer of the R.J.A. & H.S., and Junior Section Advisor) the children did a marvelous job in sprucing up the cows ready for the impending tourism season. This wonderful tribute to the Jersey cow will have similar treatment from the Junior Section members twice each year, helping to keep them in pristine condition in the future.

    For a pictorial record of a fun-packed morning,Click here

    23 April 2002


    2002 Island Cattle Show dates

    Dates of the 2002 Island Cattle Shows have been announced by the R.J.A. & H.S., as follows:
  • Spring Show - Senior Section Saturday 01 June
  • Spring Show - Junior Section Monday 03 June
    The two cattle shows over this "Queen's Golden Jubilee" bank holiday weekend will form part of a Country Show. 'Art in the Frame' and Jersey Tourism are staging a quality Crafts Show in the Exhibition Hall over three days, and there will be many other events taking place......more info. on this site as plans develope.
  • Autumn Show - Senior Section Friday 25 October
  • Autumn Show - Junior Section Saturday 26 October
  • Herds Competition Monday 02 September to Friday 06 September
          (Judge: Rebecca Jarvis from Yorkshire, England)

    09 February 2002


    New R.J.A. & H.S. book published
    "Jersey's Rural Heritage - A farming way of life"


    200 pages of stunning pictures and text referencing Jersey's unique farming and rural background through centuries past. Written and compiled by Derrick Frigot, and edited by James Godfrey, this "coffee table book" is available from local bookshops or from the Society for £29.95 - a 10% discount is avaiable for members purchasing direct from the Society.
    For e-mail orders, please contact the R.J.A. & H.S.
  • This is a "must own" for all Jersey enthusiasts, and the quality of the presentation of the book has to be seen to be believed.

    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


    Sculpture unveiled

    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


    Death Announcement
    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.

    Averages:
  • 61 cows and heifers in milk and or in calf - £766.93
  • 9 served heifers - £485.33
  • 9 maiden heifers - £522.66

    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


    Death Announcement
    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


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