|Each year, Ayrshire New Zealand presents a number of Special Awards during the Awards Night at Annual Conference. Members are nominated by their Club or the Board by the presentation of a citation to the Board for their final decision. Nominations close 31 March annually or as advertised.
For the person or persons who contributed the most effort in promoting the progress within the Ayrshire breed in the last 12 months both club wise and breed wise.
Awarded 2022 – Gordon & Jonathan Glentworth
The Kiteroa Trophy is awarded to the person or persons who have contributed the most effort in promoting the progress within the Ayrshire breed, club wise and breed wise in the last twelve months.
This year the Board received two independent nominations – two different people but from the same farm. Following consideration, the Kiteroa Trophy is therefore presented jointly to Gordon and Jonathan Glentworth.
As you may be aware Gordon has been Chairman of the Semayr Board since 1991, playing a big part in setting up the sire proving scheme. This year again Gordon has pushed to update the Ayrshire sire proving scheme by including genomic selection in the tools used for young bull selection, negotiating and using his contacts for this to happen with minimal cost to the Ayrshire Association.
This technology for the Ayrshire breed will advance the progress of the Ayrshire breed by providing superior sires of the future quicker, as the other breeds do.
Gordon has also managed the Ayrshire Associations bull farm since its inception in 2001 and with time the original power, water and fencing have needed upgrading. In the last twelve months these upgrades have been organised and carried out and subsidised by Gordon’s fund raising and to some extent his own pocket, again saving the Association money.
In his own right, Jonathan comes to the fore for his commitment to helping look after the bull farm on the Association’s behalf. The time spent doing this (and mostly unrewarded or recognized) over the years is immense. Without his help, running the bull farm would have been a huge challenge. Over the years many trips have been made to the property and often daily when there were water issues. The maintenance all goes astray when a major breakout occurs and it is quite depressing to all concerned.
When it comes to shifting the bulls Jonathan has a lot to put up with. By his own admission, Gordon doesn’t move so fast these days and generally stays in the race or near the gateways but is very good at throwing out orders regarding how to shift the bulls, and even better at it when a bull or bulls get away. This is often met with considerable criticism, tempers fray and sweat is lost. Jonathan is often the only one that is chasing the bulls to move them and on occasion be becomes the one being chased. In recent years this doesn’t happen so often but one can never take their eye off them as circumstances can change extremely quickly.
Gordon and Jonathan’s 2020/21 record production is also a testament to the progress their Ayrshire herd has made by achieving a new breed record – 215 pedigree cows, 8707 litres milk, 376 kg fat, 325 kg protein, 701 kg milksolids in 295 days.
This achievement has been promoted on social media, reaching overseas, and I understand a magazine article will be coming out shortly promoting this, showing the rural community that the Ayrshire cow can do it.
The Board of Ayrshire New Zealand are delighted to present the Kiteroa Trophy to Gordon and Jonathan Glentworth.
BELL BOOTH ACHIEVERS AWARD
Awarded 2022 – Daniel & Rachel Simons
Daniel and Rachel Simons purchased their first Ayrshire calves at the 2018 Futurity Sale and took them to the Taranaki Club show early 2019. From then on they were hooked on showing, and have continued to participate in club shows and progeny competitions, as well as exhibit cattle at every opportunity.
The North Island Championships at Stratford in 2019 was their first experience of a big show and competing alongside established breeders from all over the country. It was a huge learning curve and they enjoyed every minute of it.
Since 2020, the couple has also entered the annual National On-farm Challenge and the Alltech All New Zealand Photo Competitions. The Stratford Royal Event in 2020 brought them success in the 2 year old and junior heifer calf classes, and was another opportunity to glean knowledge from experienced exhibitors.
Daniel attended Dairy Event this year to assist the Gilbert family, and really enjoyed observing the different ideas and methods the seasoned exhibitors apply in order to present their animals to their best advantage. The all-breeds young stock show at Stratford in early March was the most recent outing for the Simons.
Daniel’s enthusiasm for the Ayrshire breed, combined with his desire to learn all aspects of showing, has seen him seek advice from several established stud-masters, combined with intense research of the best cow families and sires to breed for type.
Juggling their sharemilking commitments and raising a young family, Daniel and Rachel have created a balance of work and pursuing their interest in showing. Their eldest child Violet (6) is also hooked, since showing her first school calf. This current season Violet has had seven ‘outings’ (including on-line) with considerable success. Her brother Stanley starts school this year and can’t wait to show a calf.
After ‘jumping into the deep end’ four years ago, Daniel and Rachel are still as keen as they were on day one, and eager to continue to show and promote Ayrshires as much as possible. To this end, Daniel has encouraged extended family members to invest in Ayrshires, and to show them too!
DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS AWARD – WARD
Awarded 2022 – Merv Livingstone
The Inglecorner herd was started by Merv’s Father in 1958 with Merv buying his first cow form the Ingledale annual sale – Ingledale Snow Mint as a teenager with his own money while still at school. This cow started a great family for Merv, along with others in years to come.
DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS AWARD – WARD
Awarded 2022 – Gavin Travers
The board thinks it fitting to bestow a Distinguished member [Ward ] on this fine individual .
DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS AWARD – ASSOCIATION
Awarded 2022 – Roger & Jane Hutchings
Jane has featured through social media and mainstream media for the conservation work that she has been doing
ROBERT MCINTOSH MEMORIAL TROPHY
Awarded 2022 – Joshua McIntosh