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The GCCF is adopting FIFe's (Federation Internationale Feline) EMS (Easy Mind System) and plans to cease using the GCCF breed numbering system sometime in the latter part of 2015. Differences between GCCF and FIFe have required changes to FIFe EMS resulting in GEMS (GCCF EMS). The two systems are very similar and it is likely that eventually GEMS will be one of several compatible "flavours" of EMS.
The following general principles are used throughout GEMS:
- 03 ("Bicolour") is the default code for breeds with white spotting, that is, where there is a colour "& White" (including Tortie and white) except for Norwegian Forest Cats where the default amount of white is 09.
- 09 ("with White") usage in GEMS is "any other amount of white" (i.e. not 01 to 05).
- All tabby cats that are also pointed or "high white" (01 or 02) use tabby code 21.
- Eye colour must be included in a cat's GEMS code for:
- All white and "high white" cats, except for pointed high white
cats where Siamese eye colour (67) is
- Any cats where eye colour determines show class (e.g. Chinchilla vs Cameo)
Most GCCF breed numbers have now been translated to GEMS (GCCF EMS) codes. However work is continuing on various aspects of GEMS so the documentation published by the GCCF is periodically updated. The following links may prove helpful:
EMS (FIFe's web site).
The 2014 Summer Edition of News & Views is available now. Please pick up a copy FREE from a GCCF licensed show or POST FREE from the office, just telephone, email or post your request to us.
Update on the Cat Welfare Bill
I promised to keep you informed of any further developments. During the past week I have discussed the Bill and its contents with Steve Dean, Chair of the Canine & Feline Sector Group and have agreed that this topic will be a key agenda item for the next meeting in October. We decided that our aim would be for the CFSG to provide the vehicle for discussion and comment which should impact on the shape and content of the Bill should it proceed further.
I have also contacted Cats Protection and had a telephone conversation with CP’s Chief Executive, Peter Hepburn. Our discussion was very cordial and positive, as we have a common interest in the welfare of cats, and he believes the Bill is about establishing a principle and is intended to target irresponsible breeders and “kitten farmers”. Peter is keen that GCCF works closely with CP and other interested charities to develop any potential regulation that will ensure improved welfare for cats without adversely affecting the ability of responsible cat breeders to enjoy their hobby to the full.
We have agreed to consult further in the coming weeks and months and to use the CFSG to facilitate productive discussion and co-operative working.
There is no certainty that the Bill will become law, however, if it does progress to Second Reading and beyond, GCCF is now in a position to contribute directly to influencing and amending its content and provisions.
A private members Bill on the Welfare of Cats was presented to the House of Lords on 24th July for its first reading, the GCCF was not consulted about this beforehand, but we are now aware of the bill and are reviewing its content and monitoring progress and, in particular, whether it is granted a second reading. We are discussing the matter within the Board and will be seeking to feed in views and comments as and when appropriate.
I am a member of the Canine & Feline Sector Group which was established to advise the Animal Welfare Board and DEFRA on issues concerning dogs and cats. I have asked the chair of the group to place this matter on the agenda for discussion at the next meeting.
As a private members bill at first reading there is a considerable way to go before this could become law, if it ever does so, GCCF will have time to formulate its response to the proposals in the bill and to make its views known.
I will keep you informed of developments.
The June meeting of Council agreed to set up a group to review the structure of shows and for the group to bring forward proposals to the February 2015 meeting of Council.
At the board meeting held yesterday I was appointed chairman of the review group and it was agreed that the group would have six other members. Two will be directors with the other four drawn from a cross section of interests within the fancy. Ideally two of the group will be show managers, two judges and two exhibitors with at least one member having experience of showing at shows organised by other registering bodies.
The final composition of the group will be decided at the next meeting of the board on 9th September. In the meantime if you are interested in joining the group you are invited to contact me giving an indication of the experience that you would bring to the review and outlining any ideas you have for change. The chairman has given me the list of those who spoke to him after the council meeting offering their services but it would help if those people could contact me with an outline of their experience in terms of judging, managing shows, exhibiting with GCCF and other bodies and also the breeds that they represent through breeding and showing.
If you have ideas for how the GCCF show structure should change but do not wish to be considered for membership of the group you are more than welcome to send me those ideas. All will be considered – now is the time to think outside the box to change the show scene for the better.
If you are selected for membership of the group you will be expected to attend at least two meetings in London, for which expenses will be paid, the rest of the work will be done as far as is possible by email. Dates for meetings will be for negotiation by the group when appointed bearing in mind the limited time scale set by Council. I am aiming to have an initial report for Council in October with final recommendations going to the board in time for the February Council agenda.
Expressions of interest or simply ideas for change should be sent to me at email@example.com
30 July 2014
DEFRA is concerned about the rise in false documentation for animals being moved from country to country. The documentation itself may be amended slightly in the future to try to prevent fraud and animal tracking. DEFRA are looking at this with the border authorities. The legitimate moving of animals should be unaffected. When we have more information we will post further notices.
16 May 2014
The GCCF Gala Dinner will this year see the inaugural GCCF awards ceremony taking place onSaturday 17th May at the Cambridge Belfry. The awards are designed to honour outstanding individuals and clubs for all the work that they put in to our hobby. The ceremony has been kindly sponsored by R & L Pet Products.
To say the response has been good would be an understatement with over 180 email and postal nominations coming in. It has been wonderful to see the large number of nominations for so many different clubs, shows and people. To give you an idea in the Most Popular Show category there were 33 Shows nominated from small breed shows right up to major All-Breed Championship Shows, Most Popular Judge had 28 different judges nominated and again from judges in a single section right up to individuals who judge in many sections. The Club Rescue Awards just shows the amount of hard work that they put in and there were 18 separate Rescues nominated.
There is however a change to the Outstanding Contribution Award in light of the very sad news that our President Christina Dugdale had passed away, this award with now be called The Christina Dugdale Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cat Fancy in light of the huge role that Christina played in the GCCF over many years, I am sure you will all agree that this is a fitting way to celebrate a wonderful lady who herself was in the Top 3 for this category, in light of this the category will now have just the other 2 Nominations for this year.
Now comes the all-important voting stage where the Top in each category can be voted on, originally we had thought it would be between the Top 3 in each Category however there are some that have ended up with a Top 5 due to the nominations. Voting will open on 19th March until 2nd April and you can vote for your Top in each category by either posting to the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the Top in each category:
Most Popular Show
Herts and Wessex
Jersey Cat Club
Maidstone and Medway
Yorkshire County Cat Club
Most Popular Show Management Team
John and Elaine Robinson and Lisa Talboys
Most Popular Judge
Most Popular Steward
Most Popular Club
British Shorthair Cat Club
Jersey Cat Club
The Maine Coon Cat Club
Best Club Rescue
Bengal Rescue/Kate Ekanger
The Birman Rescue
The Christina Dugdale Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cat Fancy
We really hope you can join us for a fun filled night to celebrate the very best of the GCCF
Withdrawal of Asian Variant Proposal
Following discussions at the meeting of the Board of Directors on 18 February 2014 the above item has been withdrawn from the agenda of the meeting of Council on 26 February 2014.
20 February 2014
Breeder Scheme Members – March 1/4.
Annual Subscriptions Now Due for Renewal.
Annual Subscription - £20.00
Payable each year, for your main breed.
Includes link to your website and one kitten list entry.
Additional Breed Listings - £5.00
Includes link to your website and one kitten list entry.
The GCCF Strategic Plan & Business Plan 2014 is here for information and comment. The Plan will be presented to the February Council meeting for ratification.
The new telephone system equipment has been fitted at the office.
This has call routing included to reduce lost time for the customers trying to get the person they wish to speak to.
After a general greeting that notes that "calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes" you will have the following options:
Press 1 for a Registrar
Press 2 for the Shows Team
And up until 2pm
Press 3 for the cash office
Or hold the line to speak to any member of staff
If you press 1 there is a further choice of which registrar to speak to as follows:
Press 1 for any Registrar
Press 2 for the Shorthair Registrar
Press 3 for the Longhair Registrar
And after 2pm
Press 4 for the Siamese and Burmese Registrar
The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy is very pleased to offer for sale the latest edition of “The Domestic Cat”. .Anne Gregory, Steve Crow and Hilary Dean researched and collaborated to contribute a chapter on Cat Shows. A brief guide to the book can be found here.
Change to date for use of EMS in show paperwork
At the Board of Directors Meeting on 08 October 2013 discussions revealed that the direct translation of the GCCF breed numbers to EMS had resulted in some inconsistencies that needed to be resolved.
With that in mind and comments received from Show Managers it was agreed to postpone the previously indicated date to change shows over to EMS. This will therefore not take place on 01 January 2014. The Board will review the situation and issue a new date for changeover in due course. Some background to this will be available at the Council Meeting on 23 October.
Any comments or advice the Show Mangers would like to offer on the subject should be emailed to the office by reply to this email and this will be forwarded to the Board as background for the future decision on a new date.
Note: Apologies for the recent email to show managers and secretaries with this information that showed 01 January 2013 which should have been 01 January 2014.
The GCCF has launched a new range of colourful certified pedigrees available in A4 and A3 formats in paper or laminated form. These can be ordered online for breeders who are already signed up to the online services or by post or telephone from the office. Click here for details.