The Society operates through a Council which is responsible for the promotion of the Red Poll breed in general and in particular to maintain the beef and milking qualities of the breed thus adding value to the membership.
Council has defined its' role bby passing the following resolution:
"The Council of the Red Poll Cattle Society recognises that there are a variety of valid herd objectives amongst its' members and a number of strategies to meet those objectives. Council confirms it is not its' role to promote any one objective or strategy but to support all its' members with such assistance as they may require. Council further recognises that it should encourage the use of Red Poll cattle and the resulting product so as to expand the overall market."
The Council does this in the following ways:
The Secretary, Ray Bowler, is responsible for the administration of the Society as to membership, registrations, transfers, semen & stock sales and stock required. He will also co-ordinate the Regional Field Officer system. Ray is happy to answer any queries that members or potential members may have and can be contacted on 01245 600032 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Terina Booker is Treasurer and carries out the day-to-day financial work from 52 Border Cot Lane, Wickham Market, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 0EZ. Tel: 01728 746959 or email: email@example.com. All payments should be sent to Terina. Invoices carry the address and information for BACS payments if members wish to use that system.
Regional Field Officers
The Society has appointed firstname.lastname@example.org, who will then pass the details to the relevant RFO and place the details on the website if wished. A commission of 2.5% is payable by vendors to the Society for all cattle sales posted on the website or via Regional Field Officers. Purchsers can request inspection of cattle on their behalf by their Regional Field Officer, at the cost of the RFO's travelling expenses.
Registrations of calves cannot be done via the website at the moment. Contact Ray Bowler, the Secretary, on 01245 600032, or email email@example.com for information.
The chair of the Publicity & Promotion Committee, Sally Grimwood, manages the website. She can be contacted on 01728 832821 or 07780 964978 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society maintains and publishes a Herd Book annually which is sent free of charge to registering members.
A magazine, The Red Poll News, is published regularly and can be sent by email to members.
The Society runs an Annual Field Day and several workshops on various technical mattesr. Recently workshops have been held on finishing cattle, assessing bulls and cows, and fertility issues.
An Annual Dinner is held in the Autumn and various regional events are held such as farm walks, herd competitions and social events.
New Young Members
The Society is keen to attract young members and holds handling and judging competitions for student and junior members.
Our Strategy & Mission Statement
The Council measures and details its' plans in the Strategy Document.
To encourage the collection of Breed Data, the Society offers an annual subsidy of £125 to members who join the Signet Beef Recording Scheme. The subsidy is paid on production of a paid Signet invoice. For further details, please contact the Secretary.
Milk Recording Subsidy
To encourage the collection of Breed Data, the Society offers an annual subsidy of £125 to members who undertake milk recording with NMR. For further details, please contact the Secretary.