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Dear Member, 

Welcome to our Spring newsletter and thank goodness the winter is over and the lovely fresh grass is here!  A huge amount has happened since the last newsletter with three Club Stock Shows and our A.G.M. 

The Adult Stock Show our primary event of the year at the prestigious Bradford Championship Show opened proceedings with Katrina Goodship making her NACC judging debut.  She found 26 adults on show with just 5 each Goldens & AOC’s which was disappointing.  Best in Show went to Jane Phillipson’s Silver sow, closely followed by Simon Neesam’s Lemon boar and Steve Davies’ Silver boar.  Best Golden was Olive Atkinson’s boar whilst Best Cinnamon went to Tartuffe Stud’s sow.  The support classes saw Best 5/8 awarded to Simon Neesam’s Lemon boar whilst Best U/5 went to Steve Davies’ Golden sow.  This was the first show where the Solid had a full standard and best went to Morgan Stud’s Silver 5/8, it was good to see competition for Penny’s team! 

Next on the agenda was our A.G.M. & Midland Area SS at Wyevern on the 28 February.  Our A.G.M. saw improvements made to the show schedules which included some extra classes being added and the abolishment of prize money and a block entry fee of £1.50, this was unanimously agreed and to take effect from our next stock show.  Amongst other things on the agenda were the Club Web-site and Club Handbook, please see later in this issue for more on these subjects. 

New NACC panel judge Penny Bell judged the Midland Area SS which saw a good entry of 58 with all colours on show, thanks largely to Di-Le-Emma Stud’s large team and they saw this support awarded by taking their first NACC Best in Show with their Silver adult boar.  Runner-up and best of a better entry of 17 Goldens was Katrina Goodship’s 5/8 boar with third going to Pete Holdaway’s Silver 5/8 boar which was one of 21 Silvers on show.  Best AOC and u/5 was Steve Davies’ Lemon sow closely followed by Di-Le-Emma’s adult Chocolate sow.  Just 3 Solid’s today all from Hero Stud with their Cream adult sow taking top spot. 

Our latest show was our Northern Area SS again hosted by Yorkshire Champ Show which saw an entry of 41 which like recent years was heavily made up of Midland and Southern exhibitors, thank you for your support.  It was to be two of these exhibitors day with judge Peter Gammie awarding Best in Show to Pete Holdaway’s stunning Silver 5/8 sow which made the marathon journey from Devon well worth while.  This was very closely followed by Cherrone Stud’s (Kate Duncan) of Buckinghamshire super Golden adult boar which also recorded a splendid result by taking Best Non Self in the Yorkshire classes, very well-done.  Third went to by far the leading agouti breeder in Northern England, this being Malcolm Atkinson who won the very competitive class of 9 Silver adults with his boar.  Just three AOC’s today with the best being Steve Davies’ Lemon 5/8 sow. Best of the team of 8 Solid’s from Penny Bell was her Silver 5/8.  Best Juvenile went to CAC Cavies (Hannah Salisbury) with her Silver adult, Hannah is doing a great job in the north with her agouti’s and has seen good show success including BIS at a recent Hyde & Glossop Show with an adult Silver, well-done Hannah keep up the good work.  

The North of England once a real strong hold for the Agouti with numerous breeders with large studs has seen a major decline in the last decade and is very low on NACC Members and agouti breeders/exhibitors.  There is no way anyone could dream of those former days but let’s hope things improve very soon. 

Thank you all that showed at our recent Shows and congratulations to all winners, you did the Club and breed proud.

 As mentioned earlier we’re due a new Club Handbook, as this is your book could I please ask for articles which would make it interesting and also for adverts available at a bargain cost of just £10 Full Page & £6 Half Page.  As we want to issue this book asap, which takes some time to compile etc, could I please ask for all material and adverts to be sent to me by 31 May 2009. 

NACC Website 

We are currently looking to the future and getting with modern times by building a brand new Club web-site. A web-domain of www.nationalagouticavyclub.com has been registered.  Pete & Beth Holdaway have worked long and hard on getting this on the road the building of it is starting soon, but as it’s your site ideas and material are required from you. It’s hoped the site will look great and encourage new members as well as existing members and breeders to our Club and this super breed of cavy.  Please read below a piece from Pete on what the site is hoped to contain etc. 

"Those of you who were at the AGM will recall that I circulated a paper with suggested topic headings for the website and asked for comments. For those who weren't there the suggested subjects are:  Home (and latest news). Contacts, Officers and Judges, History, Roll of Honour (champions and stock show winners as far back as records allow), Standard and breed descriptions, Articles and features, Show dates, Points competition, Gallery, Breeders directory.  

If any member has any comments or suggestions please let me have them as we want to make the site as good and relevant as possible. I would especially ask for any historic information or photographs anyone might have. Surely someone's got something? It doesn't have to be in electronic form - if you have hard copy articles or photos (pigs, people, shows - in fact anything vaguely Agouti) please send them to me and I'll return them directly after copying or scanning. Don't assume it'll be of no interest or that someone else will do it and don't be too modest to send pictures of your own good/winning pigs with their achievements!  

I would like to include everyone who wishes in the Breeders' Directory (for free - members only of course!). If you'd like to be included please drop me a line or e-mail to include: Name, Name you show under if different, Address, Phone, E-mail, website if you have one (it might be possible to set up an interactive link) and colours of Agouti kept.  

Thank you 

Pete Holdaway, Moorland House, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh, Devon. TQ11 0JB. E-mail: silveragoutis@aol.com"  

The 2009 Points Competition is now well underway and for the first time also has awards for the Solid & Juveniles.  The latest positions after Keighley are: 

GOLDEN: Cherrone Stud 44; Steve Davies 40; Katrina Goodship 11; Olive Atkinson 6; Madelaine Coomber 5.

SILVER: Pete Holdaway 70; Malcolm Atkinson 21; Jane Phillipson 20; Steve Davies 11; Mary Jaffa 8.

AOC: Simon Neesam 39; Dilemma Stud 34; Madelaine Coomber 16; Steve Davies 15; CAC Cavies & Tartruffe 10.

SOLID: Optimist Stud 55; Hero Cavies & Morgan Stud 9.

JUVENILE: CAC Cavies 32. 

The Golden contest sees the previous two years runaway winner Kate Duncan of Cherrone again leading the way but has some early opposition from Steve but is still hot favourite for the hatrick.  The strongly and close fought contest between Pete & Jane over the last two years sees Pete take an early commanding lead in his endeavor for the hatrick but there’s still plenty of time for him to be caught.  Despite currently being in second place, favourite again for the AOC title has to be Dilemma but they’re sure to be pushed by Simon & Madelaine.  No bets were ever going to be taken on Optimist not taking the Solid award whilst it’s great to see Hannah of CAC Cavies showing a good team but very disappointing that as yet there’s been no competition in the Juvenile classes for her. 

At the end of 2008 I undertook another Club Census; the results of this were very similar to that of the previous one of 2004.  Hence it still shows the very worrying situation of all the AOC’s and even the Golden shows just 11 Breeders though there numbers are respectable at present.  The full results of the Census were shown at our AGM but would take up to much space to print here, so it’s hoped to publish them on our web-site or you can send a sae to me for them. 

Our next Club Stock Show is an extra one for this year and at present a one off, this being an Intermediate SS at the Specialist Club Show at Fareham on 9 May, entries have now closed.  There is then a summer break for Stock Shows (though there are Points Shows throughout) with the next being the Young SS at London Champ on 12 September.  I hope you’ve bred some super babies recently for this, unlike me who hasn’t bred anything never mind a grandun!

I will finish by welcoming to the Club New Members: Kate Partington (Herts); Mikala & Leah Angell (Lincs) and welcoming back after a short absence Avril Allen & Emily Partington I wish you and all members the best of luck with your stock.    

Steve Davies (Secretary)