NEW ZEALAND SALERS SOCIETY – SPRING NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2017
No apologies for our Spring newsletter being a little late… so has the arrival of Spring! Here’s hoping everyone has got though without floods, slips, or stock losses.
Although mild, it has been so wet, battling mud has made for a long winter.. finally, we are getting more sun than rain, and spring is definitely here. Weve’ suffered so much pugging that I’ve invented a new word,”puggered” for our pastures.. Despite the rain and mud, lambing and calving have gone extra well, so our only problem has been-keeping grass in front of the hungry hordes. We have already sold our Suffolkx Dorper/Wiltshire lambs, May born, they grew out very well and were the first “spring” lambs of the season at Tuakau sales.. We had an outbreak of rotavirus in our hand reared calves, luckily, nipped in the bud by Rotagen… a very expensive product, but it definitely turned around a group of calves, which were showing every sign of giving up on us.
Karen reports another very wet winter in the north (in fact, most areas of NZ have had “extra” rain right through winter…), nothing daunted, Karen and team are rearing 700 dairy beef calves, plus prepping a Salers team for the early season Hawkes Bay Royal Show… Michaela McCracken, who recently won the Northland Junior Handler award for last seasons showing effort, will be on the Woolley team, as will our newest Salers breeder, Andrea Scott. Andrea has just founded the Valley Genetics Salers Stud, based in Kaukapakapa, with the transfer of a Willow Creek cow.
We are in the process of finding the best solution for our cattle recording systems, as PBBNZ have been unable to reduce the monthly charges for our small group of breeders.Tricia Harvie has the unenviable task of sorting through the options, for a hopefully, straightforward and affordable system which will not create too much extra time commitment for the busy Harvie household… meantime, please mail an Active Dam Lists to me @ 49 Ponsford Road RD4 Waiuku 2684, and remember if you name your calves – N is the letter for the 2017 calves.
We have been getting a spate of emails via the International Salers Federation, due to the rapid increase in member countries – almost inevitably, tensions have arisen, with two delegates unhappy with email communications/voting; but the Constitution clearly allows for this, and really, it is the most effective and speedy way for International communications to proceed. International President, Ron Coomber, will be heading for France, and the meeting at the Sommet De L’Elevage show; hers’ hoping all can be smoothed over so that the focus can return to the promotion of Salers Cattle! While in France, Ron has PROMISED to nail down the long-awaited itinerary for the International Salers conference and tour of France… I will notify everyone by email AS SOON AS this information becomes available…
We are trying a late date for our 2018 AGM/Tour, it looks as though it will be around the weekend of 16/17 June, based around Waiuku, so that our herd can finally be viewed; with a day trip “over the river’ to the south-west big country in the planning… details will be confirmed in the Jan/Feb newsletter.