December 2020 Newsletter
Christmas greetings from the President
Another year nearly gone – quite a memorable one in so many ways! It has been a year that has made many people pause to think about what is really important in life. My hope is that this Christmas, you will find the peace and joy of the first Christmas at Bethlehem, along with some good food and R&R with loved ones. I wish you good health and all the best for 2021 in general and, in particular, in all things Simmental.
Save The Date
2021 Herd Tour:
1st to 3rd March 2021
2nd March 2021
Herd Tour Itinerary
- Assemble in Palmerston North – Evening of 28 February
Tour to commence at 7:30 AM on 1st March from Copthorne Hotel, 110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North. The accommodation has been pencilled in here for Sunday 28th Feb. These are Superior double rooms at $159/night, including breakfast.
The booking is under the group name: Cattle Breeders Group and the booking reference number is 9956666. Please make your own bookings. We will arrange secure parking for your cars for the duration of the tour and you will be advised of this in due course.
- Depart Palmerston North at 7:30 AM
- Visit 3 Breeders En Route
- Stay in Napier
Accommodation in Napier has been pencilled booked at Anchorage Motor Lodge. The Booking Reference number is 7321312 booked under Simmental Cattle Tour-John Hammond. These are double rooms at $199/night. Please make your own bookings. We will book a restaurant for dinner closer to the time when we have confirmed numbers.
- Depart Napier at 7:30 AM to Kerry and Linda Nankervis – View Operation and Embryo Transfers etc. with Martin Hamer
- Travel to Ohakune over the Gentle Annie
- Have lunch in Ohakune, and travel to commercial operation
- View Hammond’s Operation
Accommodation is at Peaks Motor Inn, in Ohakune. Accommodation at The Peaks Motor Inn is $139 for a studio unit sleeping 2, or $159 for a 1 bedroom unit (This has a double and a single in the bedroom and a single in the lounge) It is $25 per person for each extra person over 2 people, in the one-bedroom unit. Please make your own bookings.
AGM will be held at The Peaks Motor Inn, 128 Mangawhero Terrace Ohakune, Conference room.
- Depart Ohakune at 7:30 AM
- View Large Commercial Operation at the Foothills of Mt. Ruapehu / Mt. Tongariro
- Ride the Sky Waka on Mt. Ruapehu (Weather permitting)
- Travel Back to Palmerston North
The conclusion of the tour is estimated to be around 4 to 4-30pm. We will be travelling by mini vans and request that you keep your luggage to a minimum, please.
JOHN OR TRACEY REQUIRE CONFIRMATION OF YOUR INTENTION TO JOIN THE HERD TOUR BY 15TH JANUARY PLEASE TO ENSURE WE CAN CONFIRM THE BOOKINGS.
ALL PENCILLED BOOKINGS CAN ONLY BE HELD UNTIL 15 JANUARY SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY. ACCOMMODATION IN OHAKUNE IS BECOMING SCARCE ON OUR EVENING OF 2ND MARCH.
Willie and Ben and their families.
A full obituary will be published in the next newsletter, a lot of which John documented himself in August/September.
Everyone will be in the middle of breeding time right now, so it’s a good time to be making certain you have done a DNA sample and sent it into PBB. Remember if you have any questions or concerns, Megan is only too happy to help talk you through. Calves will NOT be registered without sire verification recorded, so get those samples done now!