Dexter News & Events
Normal Dexter Cattle Society office hours will be 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday each week.
It is with great sadness we have to announce the passing of Philippa Laing, peacefully on Sunday 21st June after a short illness. Philippa was President four times, a long standing Judge and member of Council, she dedicated her life to the Dexter breed and her beloved Templeton Herd.Philippa bred Dexters for over fifty years and the Templeton Herd was one of the oldest Dexter herds in the UK. She was a true friend and inspiration to many in the Dexter world and encouraged and supported both those new to the breed and anyone who wanted her sensible and invaluable advice.She also had an irrepressible sense of fun and everyone just loved her company. She will be very sadly missed by her family, friends and the Dexter Breed, a true Dexter Lady. Philippa’s funeral is at the Natural Burial Ground at Templeton, on July 2nd at 11am. Due to lockdown restrictions only family can attend, we look forward to celebrating her life with all her dear friends in the near future.
2020 National Show
As you will be aware due to the current exceptional circumstances the 2020 National Show has sadly been cancelled. Arrangements had already been made for the National Show to be held at Balmoral in 2021, so it will return to the Three Counties Showground in 2022.
Due to the current exceptional circumstances regarding Covid 19 please be aware the position of the AGM is uncertain. We are looking into the situation and will be taking advice from governing bodies and we will have to follow government guidelines at the time. As you will be aware the situation regarding meetings etc changes weekly and as soon as we have something certain we will arrange accordingly.
Farm Matters Software
Do you use a Farm Software programme? Want to save time on your record keeping? The Farm Matters programme offers: Accurate record management, cross compliance and well as sending off your registrations seamlessly to the Dexter Cattle Society and BCMS in one action.
Follow this link to read more:
Dexter Cattle Shows
Please visit the Shows & Sales page for up to date information on show cancellations.
Listing Animals for Sale/Hire/AI
We are pleased to let you know that you can now list animals which you have for sale/hire/AI on the online Herd Book. To use this facility please login to ‘Manage your Herd’ and you will be able to update the status of your animals to show this. Please be aware that you will need to have signed a GDPR form or ticked the GDPR consent box online otherwise other members will not be able to view your contact details to get in touch. We hope you will find this facility useful, particularly during these challenging times.
I hope all members are keeping well in these trying times. As most of you will already be aware most shows including the Three Counties, where the National Show was to be held, are cancelled. The Society is planning to have a photographic competition with the winning entry taking pride of place on the front cover of next year’s herd book.
The categories will be:
Class 1 – CALF under 12 months
Class 2 – HEIFER aged between 12 and 18 months
Class 3 – HEIFER over 18 months
Class 4 – HEIFER in milk
Class 5 – COW in milk
Class 6 – COW dry
Class 7 – BULL born in 2019
Class 8 – BULL born before 2019
Class 9 – PAIR OF HEIFERS
Class 10 – PAIR OF COWS
Class 11 – GROUP OF THREE
Class 12 – A humorous snap!
When you are out checking your stock please take your camera (probably that’s a bit old fashioned and should be mobile phone) and get snapping.
All entries to be emailed to the Society office before the closing date of 4th September 2020. Please include your membership number/prefix with your entry and could all photographs be sent in a . jpg format. Please also state which class number the entry is for and the Herd Book/Registration number of the animal/s.
All photographs must be taken in 2020, with the winner to be announced at hopefully this year’s AGM… Stephen Adcock
Dexter Beef Scheme
We would like to remind our members about the Dexter Beef Certification Scheme.
Membership of the Scheme will give you website promotion here as well as a presence in the Herd/Year Book.
The Society has a duty of care to ensure that all our Beef Certification Scheme members are aware that they must:
- Be a fully paid up Dexter Cattle Society member
- Be a fully paid up Beef Certification Mark Scheme member
- Only use the labels in conjunction with fully registered or birth notified Dexter stock according to the regulations
- Be aware that they may be inspected at any time by the independent Dexter Beef Certification Mark Scheme Verifier
- On receipt of the Beef Scheme Membership Fee (£10 + Vat per annum) the office will issue a Certificate of Compliance. Where possible this will be emailed but copies can also be posted out if necessary.
We do have a limited stock of blank Beef Labels, which we are more than happy to supply for the cost of postage. In the future these labels will be available in an emailed PDF format, so that they can be printed by individual members.
Please remember that all animals being labelled with the Dexter Beef Certification Mark must be transferred into your membership with the Society and the office must be informed when the animal is slaughtered.
Call for Dexter Beef Marketing Content
Finally, please let the office know details of any restaurants, butchers or suppliers of Dexter beef. It would be great to do press articles promoting local successes. Also details of suppliers or manufacturers of chill box packaging etc or anything you know would useful to other members or prospective beef suppliers. Council would very much appreciate any feedback or constructive comments that you may have to further promote and drive this Dexter Beef Certification Mark Scheme forward. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Calf Registration Deadline Extended
Please note you will now have 45 days from birth to register calves before incurring additional charges rather than 30. This has been done to take the pressure off members when registering calves and also to help reduce postage costs for the Society as hopefully members will be able to register more calves together, allowing certificates to be posted together too (N.B. you will still need to notify BCMS within 27 days of birth).
Situation Regarding Covid 19
Due to the circumstances we will be lenient on late registrations during this time. Best wishes to you all, stay safe and well.
Information on TB Compensation
Note Regarding Transfer Fees
Due to some recent enquires we wanted to reiterate why the transfer fee became payable by the vendor in January 2019:
The integrity of the Dexter Herd Book is paramount and it is vital that the Society office is notified of any sales, transfers etc., and we rely on members informing us of the movements.
So that a certificate can be printed in the name of the new owner, whether they are a member or not. This is particularly important in cases of TB for instance, if the animal is not registered in the new owners name they cannot claim compensation.
So that we can contact the new owner if they are a non member, many then choose to become a member which is obviously of benefit to the Society.
In such case of an insurance claim for pedigree animals, many insurance policies require a copy of the animal’s pedigree certificate, in the name of the policy holder.
I trust that this clarifies the situation and that members will understand why this decision was made, for the benefit of all members and the integrity of the Dexter Cattle Society.
(Society Company Secretary)