Ansom Designette - a six-year old cow bred by Mrs. Anne Perchard of La Ferme, St. Martin was presented to Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II on June 27th 1978.
The setting for the presentation was a Country Show at Le Petit Catelet Farm, St. John - home of Vice-President Mr. Phil Romeril and his wife, Daphne.
In front of over five thousand local people, gathered for the occasion, Her Majesty, was presented with the cow on behalf of the RJAHS by the President, Mr. Bill Perchard.
This was the second time the Society had presented Her Majesty with a specimen of the Jersey breed - the first time she came to Jersey - in 1957, she was given the cow Beauchamp Oxford Lady.
The selection of Ansom Designette to present to Her Majesty began several months before the grand occasion; when the Society's Council called for breeders to nominate animals that might be appropriate for such an important position. Three eminent cattlemen had the important task of inspecting over 1,000 animals before recommending Ansom Designette to the Council for selection.
But why Ansom Designette? Firstly the Society was looking for a mature cow that had proved herself in production and be of correct conformation and have a proven pedigree.
Ansom Designette scored on all points. Classified "Excellent" 90%, she was the Champion cow at the 1978 St. Martin and Trinity show, and went on to place third in the very strong Young Cow class at the Island Spring show. She was a moderate producer during her first three lactations, but was milking extremely well with her fourth, and she has finished with nearly 1,000 gallons of milk at Windsor. She also had an exceptional calving index. (The Jersey at Home ´79).
"It's good to be back home - for now. Anne Perchard returns Ansom Designette to the pastures after her tiring day.
"Goodbye Johnnie" - Ansom Designette says a fond farewell to young John Perchard
Painting of Ansom Designette by Doreen A. de Gruchy (1981)
Figurine of Ansom Designette created by the Polish-born Andre d'Aquino (1979)