The GCCF in its campaign to be Giving Cats Care Forever is pleased to support the European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November 2013. The need for responsible use of antibiotics is something all breeders and owners should be aware of. A press release can be found here and for more information please visit http://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/
The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy is very pleased to offer for sale the latest edition of “The Domestic Cat” at the GCCF Supreme Show on 23 November, 5 days in advance of the book’s main launch.Anne Gregory, Steve Crow and Hilary Dean researched and collaborated to contribute a chapter on Cat Shows. As a result the GCCF has been given the wonderful opportunity to give an early viewing to the cat fancy and will be selling copies of the book at the discount price of £19.99 on the day of the show, saving £8.00 on the recommended selling price. Come along and buy your copy from the GCCF stand near the centre of the hall. 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.
Notice to Council Delegates: Papers for the 23 October 2013 Council Meeting were issued by post by the GCCF on Friday 20 September 2013. If you do not receive a copy by 5pm Thursday 26 September please contact the office, ideally by email, requesting a reissued set of documents. If you receive papers in error please contact the office, ideally by email, advising of the error and the correct addressees details if possible.
It has come to the GCCF’s attention that it has inadvertently issued some compliments slips advertising the Supreme Show as the largest in Europe. This is incorrect and the GCCF apologises for the error and any confusion caused. The slip has been corrected to reflect it being the largest GCCF show in the UK.
As the IT group have been working on translating our present breed numbers into the EMS System, the following changes have been made and the Code sheet updated:
- Turkish Vankedisi will have the code TUV w to bring it into line with the rules for identifying breeds.
- “d” the code for “red” will also be used for “auburn” in Turkish Vans
- O3 is the code for breeds where there is a colour “and white” and will also be used for Tortie and white.
- 09 is only used for minimal white such as a white locked or a white paw
- All tabby pointed cats will use the code 21 as will those breeds using 01 or 02 for the amount of white
- Cats using the codes 01 and 02 will also need to indicate eye colour using 61, 62 or 63.
- The codes for the GCCF Household Pet Section have been added
The updated EMS Code Sheet is available on the GCCF website.
It has been brought to the attention of the GCCF that some regular breeders are extremely concerned that they are ending up with large quantities of 4 week Free insurance booklets. The GCCF appreciates this is frustrating for some Breeders and not environmentally friendly. The GCCF are working with Agria to develop alternative means for sign up of the 4 week free insurance but this will take some weeks to put into place. In the meantime we would ask you to put any excess booklets into your paper recycling. We would also like to note that there is no direct cost to the GCCF for the booklets production or posting. The practicalities of the working relationship with Agria are still at an early stage and therefore your cooperation while the insurance services are refined is most appreciated.
Judges can directly authorise any person to use their particular Judge Report wherever they choose. What cannot be permitted is the taking of material from the GCCF website and used elsewhere by a 3rd party.
This is because the report is copyright to the judge who wrote it. The GCCF website is copyright to the GCCF. Judges through acceptance of an engagement accept the GCCF may make use of the reports as they see fit within the remit of the GCCF sphere of operations.
These are the general rules around their use stemming from common law and the GCCF rules and guidelines in various forms.
If there is a particular situation you are concerned about please email the office.
The GCCF Annual Report 2012 is available here. The report is also available in hardcopy from the GCCF Office or the GCCF stall at shows.
You can now apply to Register your litter/cat online! As of today, youll notice a new option to the right hand side of your screen in the On Line Section.
We hope this will make it easier & quicker for everyone and look forward to your feedback! Remember that the office staff are dealing with a new system too, so please be patient with them as we all get used to this.
IT Project Manager
It has been asked by a few clubs, if they need to have their rule approved by the GCCF before going to their members. This is not the case. In order to clarify the situation we would note the following: The Board will be reviewing the rules of clubs to ensure they don’t spot anything that might give a club a problem. Having said that the Board has a significant workload this year and I cannot confirm when this might be. A Club’s rules are their responsibility. This is not an approval process before Club acceptance. The Board is not able to meet such deadlines anyway. After review at some point, there will be a letter or email saying either “we reviewed your rules and would comment as follows:” or “We have reviewed your rules and have no comments to make.” The Clubs should therefore proceed as normal just now and present any changes to your members and send them along to us after that and we will review them in due course.
Please find the mid-year review of the 2013 Business Plan here
The GCCF Strategic & Business Plan 2013 may be viewed here, this plan is for information and will be presented for endorsement at the Council meeting on 21st February.
Unfortunately we are receiving a significant number of envelopes with incorrect postage. In such cases we pay a premium to the Royal Mail to still receive them and charge this back to the sender. It does also mean the Royal Mail delay delivery until payment is made. Whilst we send payment by return to the Royal Mail it can delay the packages for up to a week. We therefore ask customers to ensure they have used the correct postage for their benefit in ensuring a swift processing of their application.
Judges should not accept invitations to judge the same Breed, Grand, Imperial, Olympian Intermediate or Assessment classes too frequently, or in similar catchment areas, as that can impact on show entries and is unfair to show managers and exhibitors.This is particularly important in more remote regions such as Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Isles and South West England.
Household Pet Judges
A large number of Household Pet/Pedigree Pet exhibitors have formed a group on Facebook - Non- Pedigree & Pedigree Pet Cat Group. The main concern is the non publishing of reports by judges in that section. Their aim is to address that problem by initiating a list of these judges and circulating it to Show Managers. They realise that judges in this section do not normally receive expenses etc, but feel that it is an honour to be invited to judge and therefore if this is an issue with judges, those judges should decline the invitation.
Judges listed will only be those judges who are regularly invited to judge within this section.
Any issues or questions please email the admins.
Please note that from the 28th October 2012 teenaged candidates at the Advanced Level of the GCCF YES! Programme can become Junior Members of the Guild of GCCF Judges & Stewards. They will not have a vote at meetings but can join the GCCF Stewarding Scheme and can steward for judges at shows. Young people under the age of 16 who are not at the Advanced Level of the YES! programme ARE NOT ABLE TO STEWARD (but can second steward) AS THEY WILL NOT BE INSURED. All qualified YES! candidates will be wearing the appropriate badge to identify them.
All information regarding the New Stewarding Programme is posted on the Judges’ Guild website at http://gccfjudgesguild.org.uk/. There is also full information posted on the GCCF website at www.gccfcats.org/judging.html and this information can be printed off for all BAC representatives.
PLEASE NOTE THAT UNDER THE NEW GCCF STEWARDING SCHEME AGREED IN COUNCIL, RULES 5 AND 17 IN THE GCCF RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE GCCF JUDGE APPOINTMENT SCHEME 2009 NO LONGER APPLY. The only exception is for candidates who had progressed to the final stages of the original stewarding scheme and they were able to continue through the process to gain their GCCF Stewarding Badge as no candidate should be disadvantaged.
The BAC Rules of Procedure for the Selection of Judges 2009 now goes from Rule 16 a – dviii and then to Rules 18 and 19 which refer to the application and working through the stewarding section of the judge appointment scheme where first time applicants prepare to become a Probationer Judge of the appropriate breed.
Please note that the GCCF Guidance Notes for Stewards and the Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for GCCF Judges have been updated and are available for download from the Guild and GCCF websites.
If there are any aspects of the GCCF Stewarding or Judge Appointment Schemes that you do not understand or that you would like clarified, please contact the Secretary of the Guild for assistance via firstname.lastname@example.org – The Guild is there to guide and support all judges and stewards and is more than willing to help any BAC too as they support candidates through the scheme.
The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and Agria Pet Insurance have teamed up to provide a simple, free kitten insurance programme for cat breeders to use when they sell their kittens and a pick and mix, lifetime cat insurance product that includes optional cover for breeding risks.
A new GCCF information leaflet has been published to help cat owners make informed decisions when choosing a cat insurance policy. The guide includes an overview of the main types of cover along with some things to consider when looking at alternative policies.
Bristol University Cat Study
Bristol University would appreciate a small amount of time as help from cat owners in the Cat Fancy. For details see here
A Kitten Guide has been produced and will be sent out to breeders by
the GCCF Office with all kitten registrations with immediate effect.
These are to be passed on to new owners as extra support and advice.
This is a trial which will be assessed by the Board and feedback from breeders and new kitten owners is welcomed.
The Board of Directors recently agreed to undertake a pilot scheme for a revised form of vetting-in procedure. We should stress that this is a proposal to hold a pilot and evaluate the outcome, and not a decision to change the way vetting-in is conducted at all shows nor a proposal to discontinue vetting-in. It should also be noted that the GCCF is firmly committed to the health and welfare of cats as part of its primary aims, but the GCCF must also review its current practices and look at alternative ways to do things so that is does not standstill as an organisation. A summary of the pilot scheme is available here.
Update Phase 1 - Reducing the risk of transfer of infective agents
Updated November 2012
AGREED BY COUNCIL 22ND FEBRUARY 2012
At the Council Meeting on Wednesday 22nd February 2012 the Preliminary Recognition of Shorthaired Somalis was agreed by a large majority.
The list of judges is the current list of full judges for the breed.
For the moment, exhibitors are asked to use the 63v breed number as found on their registration/transfer form when exhibiting Shorthaired Somalis until such time as the GCCF Office can implement 63L and 63S on computer.
Shorthaired Somalis can be exhibited in Assessment Classes in the Semi-Longhaired Section for AC Shorthaired Somali as soon as practical for show managers and will be making their debut at the Somali Cat Club and Semi-Longhair Cat Association’s Joint Show on Saturday 17th March 2012.
Full information on the Somali BAC, its Officers, Judges and Breeding Policy can be found at www.somalibac.co.uk
A new initiative for the GCCF - please pass on this information to your friends without computer/internet access
Coming very shortly to a show near you.....
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Please note badges must be requested from the office giving clear details of the correct name (including spelling) to be shown on the badge.
Please also note that correction of errors made in this request may result in a charge being made for a replacement badge.
Registration Query Process Revision
Queries on registrations requiring a judgement by the Executive Committee will in future be circulated to the Committee shortly after the query is raised. For example; the registering of a cat over two years old. The Executive Committee will then consider the matter outside the formal meeting process and record the judgement in the next meeting minutes. The change in this process has been proposed to speed up resolving queries that arise. Please note that the Executive Committee reserves the right to defer the matter to the next meeting without further explanation if it feels debate in the meeting forum is required. Please also note that when a registration query is requested to be taken to the Executive Committee for a judgement by the applicant, a charge will be made in advance (see GCCF price list) to cover the costs of submitting this.
New printing/copying facilities at the GCCF office
The GCCF are pleased to announce that they have engaged SDS of Edington, Somerset as their supplier and maintainer of enhanced printing/copying/scanning facilities at the Bridgwater office. This will enable the GCCF to improve the quality and expand its range of printed materials. The scanning features will help the move to a more paperless operation in the office. This will all be done at lower cost than the previous contract. The cost to the GCCF has been further reduced by the very generous donation of £5000 towards the cost from a member of the Cat Fancy who wishes to remain anonymous. The Executive Committee wishes to publicly thank the person for their support of the GCCF as it moves forward with improving its services and hopes this will encourage others in the Cat Fancy to contribute in such a selfless way. Two of the previous GCCF Ricoh black and white photocopiers (AFICIO 1027 & 1018D) are available to any member of the cat fancy under certain terms. If you are interested please contact the office for details.