The EGCS had its Annual Field Days and AGM on September 7th/8th 2016. A very interesting tour of Thatchers Cider Plant on Wednesday morning was followed by a farm visit to Chew Moos Ice Cream and the Graylands herd by kind invitation of the Parfitt Family of Dundry near Bristol, Members were very impressed with the business that has been created by Suzanne Hobbs and the rest of the Parfitt family who are utilising their excellent Guernsey milk to produce quality multi flavoured ice creams. Members were treated to a tasting of these lovely products and we thank Colin, Caroline, Nick, Nick, Suzanne and Paul and Simon and Kate for allowing us to see their venture.
The evening meal at the Wellsway Inn, West Harptree, was enjoyed by over 40 members and we thank our outgoing President, Maurice Durbin, for his generous hospitality.
Thursday morning saw well over 60 members take a tour of the Bickfield Herd of over 600 head where many test bulls progeny were on show.
Dry cows and In calf Heifers.
Bickfield Mary 34 VG 89 by Ezekiel.
Freshly calved Bickfield Pride 68 H 84 by Home bred bull Bickfield Chillerie.
High Yielding Group.
Bickfield Venessa 37 Ex 94 by Chiller last year’s National Show Champion due to dry off next week and In calf to Grandslam.
Also taking the eye of several visitors was Bickfield Wendy 9 H 83, by Chillerie, due to dry off with her third calf.
Lunch was taken at the Wellsway, followed by the presentation of the Trophies.
Here are some of the Trophy Winners:
James Warren with May Durbin winning the Tiresford Trophy.
Sue Staples collecting the EGCS Special Award.
Gideon Lacey receives the Lovett Cameron Memorial Trophy. Here is Sam with Beechgroves Bobbi Jo EX92 winner of the cup.
Richard Griffin awarded the Alfred Chester Beatty Trophy.
Rosemary Warren collects the North American Trophy.
Andrew Payling receives the EGCS Butterfat Trophy.
Phillip Durbin Collects the EGCS Trophy for Bickfield Phyllis 18th pictured below.
Colin Gleed accepts the Chalvington cup on behalf of Anne and Nigel Kennard.
Phillip Durbin winning the Oxlynch Trophy for the oldest surviving cow Bickfield Pride 13 pictured below. 13 lactations.
Out going President Maurice Durbin presents flowers to wife May and EGCS administrator Caroline Cox as a thank you for their support during his year of office.
In coming president, Colin Gleed, is presented with Model cow by Maurice.
Full results can by found here.