The 2012 AGM of the UK Jerseys Society was held in its Pavilion at Stoneleigh Park. Members were inspired by three pre-meeting presentations from young people with an enthusiasm for the breed that generated a feeling of optimism for the future.
Mark Taylor is now Society chairman
Matt Pye from Lancashire reported on his Youth Travel Award to the USA where he was impressed by management in the large herds of California, and spell- bound by the commitment to the All-American Jersey Show in Louisville.
Lizzie Bland from Cumbria was runner-up in the Awards and travelled to Denmark where the conformation of the cows made a positive impact, adding to her existing knowledge of the productivity of Danish Jerseys.
Julie Bland, a student at Reading University, updated members on her PhD research into Jersey and Holstein milks for cheese-making.
Mr Tom Bradley, President, and his wife hosted a lunch for members
attending, and a number of industry guests, who had the benefit of hearing the
Two points of particular note to emerge from the meeting were the announcement of election of Board members and the retirement of Charles Reader as chairman.
Mark Taylor, Blodwell Jerseys, was successfully re-elected to the Board and is now Society chairman. Mark was joined in election success by John Whitby of the Raylands herd and Steven Bland, Clifton Jerseys. Both are new to the Board. Gordon Hastie, Alderston, Scotland also joins the Board as President-Elect.
In retiring from the Board, Charles Reader gave his chairman’s report and expressed his pleasure in seeing Society assets break through the £1 million barrier during his term. Charles Reader has served the Society in all the major offices, over a number of years. In recognition of this exceptional service, Charles Reader, and his wife Frances, were presented with a statue of a cow in silver.
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