January

Annual membership subscription due – set up a Standing Order and kiss goodbye an annual job! This also really assists The Office’s efficiency.
Submission of nominees for DCBS Council – who would you like to represent your area?
Judges Ballot closes – election of Judges for next year’s Multi Day Shows, please contribute by voting.

February

Entries for Spring Show & Sale close – New incentives are being rolled out to encourage good trade (current updates released nearer the time). Entry documents are uploaded to the members’ area of website in plenty of time for vendors to familiarise themselves with various sections’ conditions and provide a wealth of information.

March

Spring Show & Sale at Sedgemoor Market – enjoy studying the catalogue and come along to see the crème de la crème of the breed!
Order this year’s Herd Book – the Breeders’ Bible and a fountain of knowledge, this is where to check your entries in the latest volume.
Familiarise yourself with Pedeweb – the most efficient way to register calves.

April

AGM, Dinner and Prize Giving – a lovely social evening where the Society’s silverware gets handed out to well deserving members and a good opportunity to meet friends old and new.
Yearling Show – held at Holsworthy Market. A great opportunity for novice handlers and youngstock to prepare for the show season. A friendly day where newer members are encouraged to “have a go” with specific Young Ruby classes. There are some helpful hints & tips in the DCBS Show Guide Etiquette – ask a seasoned showing member for guidance and they will be delighted to oblige

May

Start of the showing season – kicked off by North Somerset Show (1 day) and Devon County Show (3 days).
The Society has a stand at all of the multi day Shows where designated Devon classes are catalogued, and is the meeting point for a post judging gathering following the Devon section classes – come along and join in, or just call by the stand for tea and a chat.
Bath & West Show – multi day Show

June

Royal Cornwall Show – multi day Show
Royal 3 Counties Show – multi day Show: in 2021, incorporating the DCBS National Show

July

Submit Herd Competition entries – judged by DCBS President Elect. The moment for herds to parade their virtue on home turf, in their working clothes; and a great opportunity to invite skilled but sensitive feedback from a fresh perspective. Overall results may even earn you some silverware!

August

Judging of Herd Competition commences – President Elect and co-judge get in their car and start driving!

September

Dorset County Show – multi day Show
Royal Berkshire Show – multi day Show
Entries close for the Autumn Show & Sale – held at Sedgemoor Market
Visit to winner of Herd Competition – the overall winner of the Herd Competition proudly throws open their farm gate and welcomes all members to come along for a visit.

October

Autumn Show & Sale – all cattle lorries and trailers head to Sedgemoor once more (more detail above at ‘Spring S & S’).
Winter Fairs & Primestocks – schedules come out for the last showing sprint of the season: that of prime cattle. Most events have classes for native breeds and several have special prizes for Devons.

November

Winter Fairs begin

December

Christmas Primestock Shows – A chance to see prime cattle that will grace many a table at Christmas.
Next Year’s bull – time to start studying what bull you might be using next year. Always keep an eye on the For Sale pages of the website as well as the Semen list.