31st August 2016
By kind permission of Rob and Sue Morgan the North Midlands members and friends descended upon the home of the Morwood herd on the evening of Wednesday 31st August.
The family had prepared seven cows of varying ages and type, show clipped, washed and readied them for careful inspection by anyone willing. Firstly Master Judge Graham Bell led a very competent and engaging discussion on what dairy character entails and the attributes a judge should be looking for. Features such as bone quality, capacity, a great mammary system, cleanness through the shoulders and front end, legs and feet, longevity, teat placement, heart room and rump structure were all covered before the hopeful judges and the ones looking to brush up on there skills put pen to paper.
We had a fantastic turn out of people from across the region, new and familiar faces, friends from Yorkshire, Southampton and the across the other side of the world all stepped up to have ago. It was a great evening and proved a great success, the cows where a credit to Rob and family. The results varied as Tom Morgan won for his reasons in the under twenty one's category, he is certainly not one to shy away from having a go and this is to his credit. Adele Doecke travelled all the way from Murray Bridge, Adelaide to have a go and won the best placings score in her age group. In the senior category there was a tie on points for placings between new member John Lomax and old timer Graham Madeley whilst Wendy Young took home the prize for best reason giving. Once all was said and done with the cows Sue Morgan had tirelessly prepared us a feast to end the evening on. So with a delicious hot beef bap in one hand a glass in the other alongside great company the evening ended on a social high. Thanks go to Graham Bell for stepping up to be the master judge and thanks definitely go to our hosts the Morgan family who pulled the evening together.