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Melbourne Show Wrap Up
Posted on October 17 at 10:03PM.

Many of us are currently recovering from a very successful presentation at the 2008 Royal Melbourne Show Feature Breed - it has been a great promotional exercise for the Welsh Blacks!  Many thanks and congratulations to all those who exhibited, helped and contributed towards a most memorable and enjoyable event - you know who you are and what you have achieved.  A huge thank you goes to our sponsors - they are an essential part of the equation. Carol Mazurek, our Secretary, is an amazing lady and a great support for us all - thank you, Carol.


We must also give our heartfelt thanks to our student helpers from Rutherglen High School and Cathedral College, Wangaratta - keen, friendly and eager to learn from the day they started preparing their steers for the carcass competition to the actual hard graft at Melbourne.  With our huge numbers of beef cattle present for Feature Breed, most exhibitors were very glad of the extra hands! The students are already looking forward to their next entry to Royal Melbourne with a good dose of experience under their belt.  Let's not overlook the two teachers in charge: Sarah Rae and Candace Potter - great colonels-in-chief and brimming with enthusiasm. Their educator on all things bovine, Mark Woodstock, has been fantastic with the student organisation and we thank him deeply. Gwinganna Karen and Silver Metal Kiss-me-Kate will soon be on their way to Rutherglen to start their breeding and showing lives with the students.  We wish them good luck and will welcome seeing all their great efforts pay off.


The RASV have endorsed our achievements and feel we should be "very proud of our presentation all round".  The verdict of our British judge, Mrs Carmel Allan, was that the line-up in Melbourne of 46 entries was as good if not better than any line-up she would have expected at a British show.  Coming from a Welsh Black judge and breeder of long experience and with a vast knowledge of the Welsh Black breed standards, that is really a fantastic compliment to us all and tells us that we are getting it very right here in Australia.


We must also thank the wonderful choir members of the Australian Welsh Male Choir - the performance was a first at the Royal Melbourne and made a huge impression.  Bob & Valerie did a great job helping all round, wearing their Welsh costumes.  It was great to meet the Reverend Sion Gough-Hughes of the Melbourne Welsh Church, who gave all the cattle in the shed a blessing in Welsh and in English - diolch yn fawr iawn y chi, Parch.

Chris Shanley of Shanley Signs and his team have done a great job on the banners, pull-up banners, brochures, stickers, TV - in other words, all things promotional.  The promotion of the Welsh Black breed remains of primary importance to us here in Australia and we must keep chipping away at it!  Silver Metal Delmi was a great crowd-puller for both city folk and cattlemen in the MLA display and has certainly done his bit.

If any of you have not collected brochures at the Show, please let Colin, Winnie or Carol know and we will get some to you. Some of you will have seen the DVD we had rolling on our raffle plasma TV at Royal Melbourne - it is a pictorial record of Welsh Blacks in Australia produced professionally to coincide with the Feature Breed and the World Conference Australia 2008 in November.  Thanks again to those of you who have contributed great photos for inclusion on the DVD. The DVDs are for sale from the Society at $10 each and make great presents, too - 55 minutes of Welsh Black facts, great photos and images and good music.

We have also got bumper stickers, badges and beautiful rosettes with the Society logo and Welsh Black Feature Breed 2008 printed on the tails. Please do contact Colin, Winnie or Carol if you would like to have any of these very reasonably-priced items - great mementoes for a great year!

The plasma TV fundraiser was a great success, also very much due to the ticket-selling by our students.  Noelene King, Chairperson of the Beef Organising Committee, drew the winning ticket on the final Sunday of the Show - congratulations to our members Colin and Glenys Clark from the Yarra Valley.

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to our Feature Breed,

Winnie Jones



 All photos by Wayne Jenkins

Mrs Carmel Allen with Colin and Tania Sedgman, Granite Ridge Welsh Blacks

Junior Champion Female Sashed by Sally White, Stock and Land


 Mrs Carmel Allen, John Fox, RASV President and Silver Metal Investment P/L Silver Metal Kane, Junior Champion Bull 



Mrs Carmel Allen and Alan Furborough, with Buchanan Park Knockout

Reserve Champion Junior Bull


Supreme Exhibit Blackwater Park Jonno owned by Maldwyn Stud with
L to R Winnie Jones, ANZ Bank's Erica Low, Malcolm Douglass, Mrs Carmel Allen, Katie Rowe and Jemima Jones


 Supreme Exhibit Blackwater Park Jonno, owned by Maldwyn Stud
with major sponsors first National Rural's Garry Nash and Jason Verstak


 L to R, Mr Ian Allan, Judge Mrs Carmel Allan, Malcolm Douglass, Carol Mazurek Secretary,
Winnie Jones President and Jemima Jones


 Silver Metal Delmi (weight 1385kg ) on display in the MLA ring.





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