NEW CHAIRMAN of the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) is Wiltshire breeder, Harry Parker. Home Farm, Stourton, with Jonathan Watson, Berwick-upon-Tweed, elected as vice.

Mr Parker, his wife Jane and five daughters, have lived on the Stourhead Estate for more than 40 years. He joined the BLCS council of management as representative of the South-west region in 2012, and runs the Stourhead herd of 50 pedigree Limousin cows with his daughter, Verity.

“I am honoured and privileged to have been elected chairman of the BLCS and am very much committed to moving the society forward by making sure honesty, integrity and transparency are the driving forces behind all future council decisions.”

Jonathan Watson, who has the Tweeddale prefix at Bowsden Moor, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, is the newly-elected vice-chairman.

Glyn Vaughan, Dolcorsllwyn, Machynlleth, Powys, also joined the executive committee for the first time.

The BLCS executive now comprises chairman, Harry Parker; vice-chair Jonathan Watson; Karl Suddes, (treasurer), Brian Lear (executive member) and Glyn Vaughan (executive member).

New additions to the BLCS council of management are: Scottish representative, Andrew Gammie, of the Westpit herd, Drumforber, Laurencekirk; North-west representative, Alan Myerscough, of the Tallyrock herd, near Ulverston, Cumbria; and Bill Ferguson, South-east representative, Scarletts Farm, Headley, Berkshire. Jonathan Watson and Neil Blenkhorn were re-elected as national members, whilst Michael Cursiter and Mary Reynolds retired from council at the society’s recent agm.

Craig Ridley, of the Haltcliffe prefix, Hesket New Market, Cumbria was appointed honorary president for the customary two-year term and takes over the position from Jim Scott, who stepped down at the agm.