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Australian Belted Galloway Association Newsletter September 2021

Information and reminders from the office

Dear Members,
I hope this finds you safe and well around the country.
I have moved to emailing your Statements and Invoices from MYOB. If you didn't receive an August statement, and you think you have accounts outstanding, please let me know. 

Animal Transfers - Please note that if you sell an animal to a non-member of ABGA, they won't receive a registration certificate. The office send out an ABGA Information Pack, including a membership form. If the new owner decides to join ABGA, then they will be sent a registration certificate once they are financial.

I'm mostly working from home as the lockdown continues. Barb is in the office Tuesday-Thursday so all post is still being received and emails and phone calls are being answered by both of us.

I hope you enjoy the new newsletter format.
Kind regards,
New Members
ABGA would like to welcome the following new members who have joined since the last newsletter.

New South Wales
Malcolm, Judith & James Crockett
Alan Nightingale 
Judy & David Jorgensen 
Michael Crookston 
Mark & Jane Walker 
Catherine Livingstone 
Howard Lancaster 

Brett & Jennifer Wilson 
Zoe Holt 
Rachel Yeo 
Richard Honey 
Douglas & Julie Parke 
Paulette Ziekemijjer 
Annette Yiu 
Joseph Galvez 
Donna Coutts 
Brett & Cathy Grundy

South Australia
Ronald Baker
David Bascombe  

United States of America
Win & Maria Elder 

Western Australia
Vambelle Family Trust
Meeting Notice : Extraordinary Meeting

There will be an Extraordinary Meeting held on the 7th of October 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom.

CLICK HERE to read the notice from Anne Wilson - President

CLICK HERE to register for the meeting
ABGA Council Members 2021-2022
NSW - Alexandrea Teuma & Chris Newsome
QLD - Fiona Manderson
Victoria - Anne Wilson & Kerry Heazlewood
South Australia - Jo Kreher
Tasmania - Glen Prien
Western Australia - Eleonora Greatley

President - Anne Wilson
Vice President - Jo Kreher
Financial Overseer - Glen Prien
ABGA DNA Testing and Parent Verification FAQs
  • Zoetis is no longer completing Microsatellite (MiP) testing but will be using Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) testing. This allows for more markers of DNA to be tested. 
  • MiP results are not compatible with SNP results, and moving forward to Parent Verification, samples will all need to be completed using SNP testing.
  • Currently all bulls born after 1/1/2011 require a DNA profile to be registered with ABGA. All currently registered bulls born after the 1/1/2011 will be required to have their DNA Profiles upgraded to a SNP Profile. Members will now need to tick the SNP column on the DNA form.
  • The Council have decided that all calves registered after 1/1/2023 must be Parent Verified. Both the sire and dam will need to have a SNP DNA profile on file. Bulls born before the 1/1/2011 will be exempt.
  • This means members will need to submit hair or TSU samples of their active females, that they wish to register calves against,  born as of 1/1/2023.
  • SNP Testing is cheaper than MiP testing - $30 per sample rather than $33.
  • It is not a current requirement, but members can start Sire and/or Parent Verifying their animals now. The PV results will be displayed on the website herd book and on the animal’s pedigree.
  • Hair & TSU  samples can be collected at any time (it is best for the animal to be over 6 months old for a hair sample) and you can store a hair sample in a paper envelope with the animal’s ident and name on the front until you’re ready to submit it to Zoetis.
  • Parent verification is another way to ensure the integrity of the Herdbook.
ABGA DNA Form - Updated August 2021
AI Sire Semen For Sale List
Council are updating the previous AI Sire list and are renaming it to be the AI Semen For Sale List.
From the 1st of October 2021, non ABGA members will be charged a $40 advertising fee. Current Full Financial Members will not be charged a fee to advertise on this list.
If you have any Semen from a bull that is already registered as an AI Sire with ABGA, that you would like to be listed, please send the following information through:
Animal Name:
Contact Information and/or Where it’s stored:
Cost per straw:
Colour of the animal:
Photo of the animal
If the bull is not registered as an AI Sire with ABGA: In addition to the information above, can you please complete the AI Sire Notification Form for submission.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a Council Member or the office.
News from across the States
South Australia - Written by Jo Kreher, Vice President and South Australian Councillor.
Over the last 12 months the majority of the SA members have been increasing their herds, which has been fantastic to see.  There has been an increased amount of interest in the people looking for Belted Galloways both stud and commercials, over the last 12 months, which has been great to see.  It has come to a point where there is not enough cows to go around :)
I would like to welcome our new members – David Bascombe and Ron Baker to the South Australian fold.  I know they are both looking forward to growing their herds like all of our new members.  A big welcome to all members across Australia and the USA. 
Scott Carter and Luke Godly run Amrabull Park Heritage Breeds and apart from heritage cattle, they also have a variety of heritage poultry.
They do an amazing job of showcasing their animals and have participated in a few events this year.  The first being the Birdwood Farm Day and then supplying a heifer for the SA Heifer Expo.
Thank you very much Scott for sending me the photos and the information.  It is greatly appreciated.
The Birdwood Farm Day is a huge event that Birdwood Primary School puts on as a fundraiser each year. It has been going since 1975, attracting around 1000 visitors.  Since then it has grown over the 46 years to now bringing in over 4000 visitors annually, only having one Farm Day cancelled and that was in 2020 due to Covid.
With Covid restrictions in place this year, the Birdwood Farm Day was held on the 16th May at the Birdwood Primary School instead of it’s usual spot at Chalks Campground in the Mount Crawford Forest. Amrabull Park was once again invited to put up a rare and heritage livestock breed display, which consisted of poultry, Belted Galloway and their Highland Cattle.  This year it was a ticketed event, however the crowds did not disappoint.  The cattle drew in the crowds, with a lot of interest being shown mainly by hobby farmers wanting to add a moderate framed beef animal to their property.  
Birdwood Farm Day is a huge family event, which makes this event perfect for kids to get to know a variety of different livestock.  All of the cattle behaved extremely well, showcasing the wonderful temperament that both the Belted Galloway and Highland Cattle are known for.
Once again another fantastic event and they look forward to (hopefully) being invited back again next year.  
In regards to the SA Junior Heifer Expo, 12 year old Annabel Sawell borrowed a young Belted Galloway heifer from Amrabull Park Highland & Belted Galloway Cattle for the expo which was held from the 12-15th July 2021 at the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds.  In 2019, Annabel attended her first SA Heifer Expo with a highland heifer which was supplied by Amrabull Park.  She had such a great time and with Amrabull Park offering her another heifer for 2021, Annabel did not hesitate to say yes. While at the show, Amrabull Park River Song (DOB 20/7/20) received a lot of attention, being one of the most popular animals at the show due to her beautiful nature and of course, her unique look. She did stand out, especially being the only Beltie there.  Since working with both Highlands and Belted Galloways, Annabel has taken an interest in heritage breeds.
There is no doubt that Annabel will continue with showing both Highlands and Belted Galloways and has become a very capable and talented handler in such a short time.
ABGA sponsored the SA Heifer Expo and Scott was able to present the Ribbon to the winner of Heifer Class 7 on behalf of the Association.
The Expo just squeezed in.   As the Interstate Exhibitors were heading home, Victoria was going into lockdown followed by South Australia early in the following week.  The organises, handlers and all involved were so relieved.  Since then, there has been the cancellation of 3 Royal Shows – Brisbane (EKKA), Melbourne and Adelaide, but the most devastating one for the showing enthusiasts would have been the EKKA as there would have been quite a large number of participants already enroute, if not already setting up for their longed for event. 
Speaking on behalf of the ABGA council, we know how much time, effort, love and finances the participants would have put into getting their cattle and show gear just right, and then for it to be snapped away.  It would have been very tough.  A number of Interstate Councilors were also affected and we in SA were looking forward to welcoming them and their cattle over here.  Hopefully, some of the smaller shows across the country won’t get cancelled and they will still be able to show off their animals.   As of the morning of the 20th August, there has been no cancellations of the smaller shows in SA, including Murray Bridge, Strathalbyn and Port Elliot.
Till another day, take care, stay safe and keep cuddling your cows – they are good therapy :)
Jo Kreher, SA Councillor
QLD - Freedom Rise Miniature Galloway Stud are still planning to have their Field Day on Sunday the 12th of September.
Contact Baden and Raymond via email if you would like to attend -
Queensland's Toowoomba Royal Show. Congratulations to first-time exhibitors, Crows Ash Belted Galloway Stud for being awarded Junior Champion Female - Jandrew Queen of Janice, and Senior & Grand Champion Female - Jandrew Pearl. Freedom Rise also won champion ribbons with their miniature Belted Galloways.
Photos below are from Toowoomba Royal & the Fraser Coast Show.
Key dates for the calendar

12th September - Freedom Rise Field Day (QLD)
7th October - Extraordinary Meeting, 7.30pm AEST via Zoom
Honorary Members
At the 2021 AGM, Ashleigh Michael (Victoria) and Glen Prien (Tasmania) were elected as Honorary Members of ABGA.
Anne Wilson provided an overview of their contributions to ABGA.
Read more about each of them them both below.
Ashleigh Michael - Ashleigh Park Belted Galloways (centre holding the rosette at the 2018 Melbourne Royal Show)
Ashleigh has been a valued member and breeder of Australian Belted Galloways Association since 10.7.1996.
He has given great service as a Councillor over a sustained long period that I believe exceeds twenty years. In this time on Council Ashleigh has been a thoughtful and constructive member that has always supported the best interest of the Australian Belted Galloways Association.
He was a member and a driving force of the 2018 WGC committee. This was a huge success in showcasing Belties, Galloways and miniatures in Australia.
He has been a mainstay in our State. He has worked hard promoting Belties at every opportunity, but in my opinion, it’s his efforts in supporting his fellow Beltie members and breeders that has been most impressive. 
He is generous with his time and his positive opinions and advice to fellow members, particularly young and new members to our breed.  I was certainly a beneficiary of this when I was starting out as a breeder.
Although he has stepped down from the council this year, I hope to see him back on council again soon.
Ashleigh has given outstanding service as a councillor and has spent a lifetime promoting Belties to the industry. And with that, I cannot think of a more worthy candidate for Honorary membership of the Australian Belted Galloways Association.

(Written by Anne Wilson).
Glen Prien - Kookaburra Belted Galloways (carrying the Australian flag at the 2018 World Galloway Congress)

Glen joined the Australian Belted Galloway Association on 4/10/2002.

It is a great honour to nominate Glen for Honorary membership of the Australian Belted Galloway Association.

Glen has been a wonderful ambassador to the Australian Belted Galloway Association. He has worked hard showcasing Belted Galloways through showing and attending Field days in Tasmania.

Glen has been a longstanding member of the council. In his time as a councillor, he has been a thoughtful and constructive member who always supported the best interests of Belted Galloways.  Glen continues to serve on the council.

Glen was on the committee of the Launceston Belted Galloway Feature Show in 2004. This show attracted many breeders from many states and was resounding success.

I my opinion, it is his efforts in supporting his fellow Belted Galloway breeders that has been most impressive.

I cannot not think of a more worthy recipient of Honorary Membership of Australian Belted Galloway Association.
(Written by Anne Wilson)

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