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Australian Belted Galloway Association Inc 
April 2022 Newsletter 
From the President
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ms Leigh Marsden to the role of ABGA Secretary. Leigh comes with experience in administration. She is a recipient of a RuralBiz Training scholarship and with this she is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture. She has experience and interests in agricultural livestock.

Each year Mother Nature brings many challenges to the breeding of Belted Galloways. If it is not drought or fire, its floods. To breeders who has been affected by any of these events, let us know so we can arrange support or assistance. Keep in contact, you don’t have to do it alone.
On the other hand, some breeders are having the best season ever for feed and cattle prices.

Last October we sadly lost a valued Council member, Glen Prien. Many of you will have remember him as our Tasmanian Representative. He brought to the council well regarded knowledge of the Belted Galloways. He helped shape a lot of decisions at the meetings. He is sadly missed.
Our valued volunteer council members have been working hard over the last couple of years to update the Constitution and Bylaws.

The Constitution was updated following the Extra Ordinary Meeting in Oct 2021. The South Australian Consumer and Business Affairs requested a minor change, which did not require another General Meeting. The Constitution is now approved by the South Australian Consumer and Business Affairs and will be posted on our website or mailed out on request.

Members are required to Parent Verify of all calves born after the 1.1.2023. After 1.1.2023, members will need to have on record a SNiP profile or supply DNA in SNiP profile of both Sire and Dam to register calves. There will be some exceptions, with the council’s approval, as many sires born before 1.1.2011 are without obtainable DNA.
We understand there are some challenges and encourage members to contact their state representative or Leigh Marsden at ABRI, who will either provide advice and/or take you’re your concerns to the next council meeting for discussion and a decision. ABGA does not aim to disadvantage members when registering their cattle, but endeavours to encourage members to provide the best possible means of proving the sire and dam of the eventual offspring’s.

Remember to also collect tails hairs from cattle you will be selling and store them in an envelope of paper bag in case a DNA SnP profile is needed.

I encourage all full members to continue registering their cows and bulls otherwise it can be a costly exercise to reregister them once they have lapsed. The sires and dams must have been registered in the year that the calf was born. All herd inventories are due and payable on the 31st March each year.

I wish everyone good health, good seasons and healthy Belties.

Anne Wilson - President

Vale – Glen Prien
Glen sadly passed away on 29th October 2019. Our sincere condolences go to Karen, their sons, and families. His is sorely missed.

Glen joined Australian Belted Galloway Association on 4/10/2002.
It was a great honour in 2021 for Glen to be accepted as an Honorary (Life) Membership of Australian Belted Galloway Association.

Glen had been a wonderful ambassador to Australian Belted Galloway Association. He had 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 passed on enormous wisdom, and the last position he held was Treasurer.

He was a thoughtful and constructive member who always supported the best interests of Belted Galloways.  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.

His efforts in supporting his fellow Belted Galloway breeders had been most impressive.

I could not think of a more worthy recipient of Honorary Membership of Australian Belted Galloway Association.

Traditional manual pedigree recording is synonymous with a degree of pedigree error. It doesn't matter what species or what breed; events happen on farm which lead to incorrect sires and dams being assigned to calves.
With SireTRACE® you have access to a DNA fingerprint that distinctly identifies animals. This information is helpful for parentage verification, data banking and animal identification of superior sires in multiple-sire breeding scenarios. The ultimate result is more precise herd management.
Save The Date ABGA - AGM 30th July 2022

The AGM will again be held via Zoom – further details will be notified closer to the date.    
Herd Inventory
 
It is important to have returned your herd inventory on time because the number of registered animals as at the 31.12.21 determines the number of councillors elected per state.
Extract from the Constitution –
 
15. ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL
(k) Any State which has up to 100 head of cattle actively
registered with the Association as at 31st December preceding the Annual General Meeting, shall elect at least one member of the Council. Each State shall be entitled to one extra council member for each complete 100 head of cattle to a maximum of 3 council members per state.
 
With the number of inventories received this year, by the 31th March 2022, each state will have just 1 x elected council member.

 
Show Calendar 2022
 
All shows dates around Australia can be found at Agricultural Shows Australia.
 https://agshowsaustralia.org.au/

 
Show results for 2022
 
Toowoomba Royal Show 2022

MINIATURE BELTED GALLOWAY
BULL 6 months and under 12 months
1st Raymond Cross – FREEDOM RISE STORM

BULL 12 months and Under 15 months
CALF CHAMPION MINIATURE BELTED GALLOWAY BULL Raymond Cross - FREEDOM RISE STORM

BULL 24 months and over
GRAND CHAMPION MINIATURE BELTED GALLOWAY Raymond Cross - FREEDOM RISE STORM

FEMALE 6 months and under 12 months
1st Raymond Cross - FREEDOM RISE SIENNA

FEMALE 12 months and under 15 months
1st Raymond Cross - FREEDOM ROSE SILHOUETTE
CALF CHAMPION FEMALE MINIATURE BELTED Raymond Cross – FREEDOM RISE SIENNA
RESERVE CALF CHAMPION FEMALE MINIATURE Raymond Cross – FREEDOM ROSE SILHOUETTE

FEMALE 24 months and over
1st Raymond Cross - FREEDOM RISE PETRA
SENIOR CHAMPION FEMALE MINIATURE BELTED Raymond Cross – FREEDOM RISE PETRA
GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE MINIATURE BELTED Raymond Cross - FREEDOM RISE PETRA
 
BELTED GALLOWAY
BULL 6 months and under 12 months
1st Darren Rackley – YELKAR ROLLESTON

BULL 12 months and Under 15 months
CALF CHAMPION BELTED GALLOWAY BULL Darren Rackley - YELKAR ROLLESTON

BULL 24 months and over
GRAND CHAMPION BELTED GALLOWAY BULL Darren Rackley - YELKAR ROLLESTON

FEMALE 6 months and under 12 months
1st Darren Rackley - YELKAR RHIANNON

FEMALE 12 months and under 15 months
CALF CHAMPION FEMALE BELTED GALLOWAY Darren Rackley – YELKAR RHIANNON

FEMALE 24 months and over
GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE BELTED GALLOWAY Darren Rackley - YELKAR RHIANNON


 
YELKCAR ROLLESTON
YELKCAR RHIANNON
EAGLERIDGE PICASSO
EAGLERIDGE QUINCY
Sydney Royal Easter Show 2022

OTHER RECOGNISED BREEDS

Female, 9 & not over 14mths
1st 7 HILLS SAPPHIRA - 7 HILLS BELTED GALLOWAYS Alexandrea & Peter Munday

Female, over 14 & not over 20mths
3rd 7 HILL RORA – 7 HILLS BELTED GALLOWAYS Alexandrea & Peter Munday

Champion Female 7 HILLS SAPPHIRE -7 HILLS BELTED GALLOWAYS Alexandrea & Peter Munday

Bull, over 20 & not over 30mths
1ST 7 HILLS QAISER – 7 HILLS BELTED GALLOWAYS Alexandrea & Peter Munday

Champion Bull
7 HILLS QAISER – 7 HILLS BELTED GALLOWAYS Alexandrea & Peter Munday

BEST EXHIBIT RAS of NSW Award of Excellence Medallion for Best Exhibit - Other Recognised Breeds.
7 HILLS QAISER – 7 HILLS BELTED GALLOWAYS Alexandrea & Peter Munday

Congratulations to 7 Hills Belted Galloways for your outstanding results!

Photos will be published in the next newsletter.
Biosecurity
 
Everyone should be aware of their farm Biosecurity to keep themselves and their animals safe. The following is a useful link with lots of good Biosecurity tools. https://www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/
 

Monday, 28 March 2022
 
Lumpy skin disease response
 
The most important biosecurity policy decision the livestock industry has faced in decades will be on the agenda when the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) Policy Council and Board meet in Canberra this week.
 
Enhancing the grass-fed cattle industry’s biosecurity to help prevent an incursion of Lumpy skin disease
(LSD), as well as response strategies for control and eradication, will be the key topics of discussion.
 
CCA President Markus Rathsmann said the AUSVET Plan, a nationally agreed approach to respond to an incident of LSD in Australia, would be integral to this response.
 
“The industry’s response to LSD will be the most crucial biosecurity policy decision our livestock industry has
faced in decades,” Mr Rathsmann said.
 
“An incursion of LSD would shut down much of our live export and boxed beef markets.
 
“We are working with our state farming organisation members, particularly in Northern Australia, to develop
strategies to prevent an incursion.
 
“Capripoxvirus or POX virus, commonly known as Lumpy skin disease, is a devastating disease that will have huge implications for animal health, welfare and production, as well as impacting the entire beef supply chain. The virus is spread by biting insects and has the ability to travel on the monsoon to Northern Australia similar to the blue tongue virus.
 
“The beef industry is the driving force behind a red meat industry producing $40 billion annually, with value added industry turnover in excess of $75 billion.
 
“The red meat livestock industries are the fabric of regional Australia which employ over 450 thousand people.
 
“The disease will have a devastating impact on the cattle industry and the businesses and communities that rely on it.
 
“The Beef industry welcomes the recent announcement by Minister Littleproud of $61 million to boost biosecurity across northern Australia as well as providing financial and technical assistance to our closest neighbour Indonesia to help stop and slow the disease from getting to Australia.”
 
Mr Rathsmann called on State Governments to step up and acknowledge the serious threat this disease poses.
 
“They too need to invest and upgrade state biosecurity services,” Mr Rathsmann said.
 
“In the past 10 years, the disease which originated in Africa, has spread through eastern Europe and very recently through much of Asia, including Indonesia.

“The Biosecurity measures that have protected our livestock industries from diseases such as foot and mouth disease are not effective in the control and spread of LSD and will not be able to protect us.
 
“Vaccination has to date proved to be the only effective method of control.
 
“There is a high risk to our cattle industry, and we need to take immediate action and prepare. You don’t
wait until it rains to fix the leak in the roof.
 
“If we don’t act now, it’s not a case of if we get the disease, but when.”

 
  

MEDIA CONTACT: 0409 805 122
 
 

 
 
WORLD GALLOWAY CONFERENCE
 
In these tough times, we all need something to look forward to and the WGC 2023 will do just that.
 

2023 WORLD GALLOWAY CONFERENCE - Switzerland

The 2023 World Galloway Conference will be hosted by the Swiss Galloway Society and held at Berne, Switzerland, from the 16th to the 22nd September 2023. Please mark this in your diaries now, and information regarding the itinerary and accommodation will be added as it is received.

Save the Date
The 2023 World Galloway Conference will take place in Bern Switzerland
from Saturday September 16th 2023 to Friday September 23rd 2023.
The venue is Hotel National in down town historic Bern a few steps from
the central railway station. Bern Welcome is our Partner for reservations, online registrations,
payments, questions and answers.
We shall start online Registration by Bern Welcome (Hotels, Conference
registration, post Conference excursions) on 1st of September 2022 (a
year before the conference starts, if this is ok for you?).
 
 Switzerland is a beautiful but rather small and expensive country, therefore:
 we have a hosting capacity of 300 persons and
 the organizing committee is trying hard to keep the expenses as low
as possible.
 We are working on the exact fees and will communicate those later.

The trip to Bern must be organized by the participants themselves. Public
transportation in Switzerland is excellent and for visitors we suggest to
buy a Swiss Pass online in advance (so when travelling by air to Zürich
International Airport the railway travel from Zürich to Bern is already
taken care of by this Swiss Pass).
Public transportation within the city of
Bern is taken care of by a congress pass issued by Bern Welcome.
Welcome desk 9/16/2023 from 15:00 to 17:00 at Hotel National, by Bern
Welcome and the organizing committee.

The individually selected hotels are mostly nearby and the central venue
of Hotel National can be reached by public transportation.
We thought that it would be a good Idea to have a short get together in
the evening every day at Hotel National in Bern to talk about the days
experiences, to look at next day’s program and have a short scientific
presentation or a talk of delegates from abroad. After this: dinner at Hotel
National or individually in one of the countless restaurants in Bern.

Preliminary Program:
Saturday Sept. 16th 2023:
Check in: Welcome desk Bern Welcome at Hotel National Bern 15:00 t0
17:00. Welcome get together and introduction of our conference staff.

Sunday Sept. 17th 2023:
Excursion by bus, visiting a Dun Galloway farm in the vicinity of Basel.
Visit Watch museums of Omega and Swatch in Biel/Bienne.

Monday Sept. 18th 2023:
Galloways in the alpine environment: Excursion by train and bus to Valais
(Goms) to see a black Galloway Farm. On the way you will visit an alpine
hydroelectric power plant at Grimsel Pass and experience one of the
world`s longest railway tunnels.

Tuesday Sept. 19th 2023:
Excursion by bus to visit two belted Galloway farms in eastern
Switzerland. On the way you will see the exciting and famous Rhine Falls
at Schaffhausen.

Wednesday Sept. 20th 2023:
Excursion by bus to wonderful Gruyère in western Switzerland. You visit
the historic town and castle of Gruyere the Cailler Chocolate factory and
the production site of the fantastic Gruyère cheese.
Evening: Quiz of Switzerland!

Thursday Sept 21st
City Sightseeing in Bern organized by Bern welcome, World Galloway
assembly at Hotel National Farewell Dinner at Hotel National.

Friday Sept. 22nd 2023
End of Conference and start of the post conference activities. We will work
on, and publish a list of options, where the participants can register
individually (visit Galloway farms in small groups, wine tasting, excursions
to places like Lucerne and the Jungfrau and many others).
Further details will be advised as they come to hand.

All the way with Galloway!

 

 
 
 
2021 Photo Competition Winner - Ashley Michael 
Note: All photos in this Newsletter were entrants in our last Photo competition. They did make judging a winner very difficult. Congratulations to our winner and great work to all our participants! 
ABGA Office Hours
Executive Officer: Wednesday - Friday 8am - 4pm

Executive Officer – Wednesday – Friday 8am-4pm
Leigh Marsden T: 02 6773 3243
E: beltedgalloway@abri.une.edu.au
Registrar: Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 4:30pm
Barb O'Shea T: 02 6773 3342 
E: 
beltedgalloway2@abri.une.edu.au


ABGA Council Members 2021-2022
NSW - Chris Newsome
QLD - Fiona Manderson
Victoria - Anne Wilson & Kerry Heazlewood
South Australia - Jo Kreher
Western Australia - Eleonora Greatley
President - Anne Wilson
Vice President - Jo Kreher
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