UK-bred cows and heifers swept the board in the 2004 All-Britain
Holstein Awards that formed the finale of this year's National
Holstein Show, claiming all seven of the UK dairy breeding world's
annual Oscars in a great show of strength.
Sponsored jointly by Igenity and Eprinex, the awards pitted
entrants in all the leading 2004 shows against one another on
the basis of their show ring performance over the year and submitted
From over 100 entries, 42 animals (six in each of seven classes)
from more than 25 herds were put forward by Holstein UK's nominating
committee for separate confidential judging by every one of the
50 judges on the national Holstein judging panel; allowing animals
turned out for different shows at different times of the year
to be compared as fairly as possible in a highly effective show
"Competition for the coveted titles was fierce again this
year," explained All-Britains organiser, John Gribbon. "The
sheer calibre of entries, indeed, meant that the winners from
many shows didn't even make the final nominations.
"This year's winners were more unanimous than last year," he
added. "But many of the placings were very close. And one
position was only decided by the last judge's vote."
The Maiden Heifer class was a clash of last year's two major
show champions - the junior champion from the 2004 Holstein Show
against the All Britain Calf Show champion.
Calf Show champion, Riverdane RJ Rose - by Ridge-Star Journalist
out of Hyclass Jolt Rose - prevailed to carry off the crown for
16 year-old Andrew Kennedy of the Mainview herd from Ballymena,
Making his debut in the competition and quite a mark on the
show circuit, Andrew astutely bought Rose from breeder, Mark
Nutsford as a calf, having worked for him at shows.
This year's Junior Heifer in Milk award went to another Journalist
daughter, Weeton Journalist Helen VG 88, bred and exhibited by
R.J. & D. Loftus of Weeton near Preston.
With class wins at both the Holstein Show and the Royal, Helen
- out of Weeton Integrity Helen - gave an impressive 10,121 kg
of milk at 4.44% fat, 3.09% protein in her first 305-day lactation.
Primo Jed Celeste VG89 ran out a comfortable winner in the Senior
Heifer in Milk competition for the Smiddiehill Holstein team
from Albrighton, Shropshire led by manager, David Bostock.
Although only starting her show season with fourth place at
the 2004 Holstein Show, Celeste proved unbeatable for the rest
of the year, taking the heifer championships at both the Royal
and Royal Welsh. By Juniper Rotate Jed out of Primo Shen Val
Celeste, she recorded a 305-day yield of 10,935 kg milk at 3.97%
fat 3.23% protein in her heifer lactation.
Having been crowned All Britain Senior Heifer in 2003, Shaneal
Gelpro Melody EX90 made it two years in a row for the partnership
of T.H Cope & Sons and R. Lancaster & Sons by taking
the 2004 Junior Second Calver Award.
With a class win at the Royal and the AgriScot 2004 Supreme
Championship under her belt, Melody beat Dairy Event supreme
champion Joylan Durham Glora into reserve place. A Gelpro daughter
out of Shanael Rudolph Melody, she produced an exceptional 14,059
kg of milk at 4.32% fat, 3.56% protein in her second 305-day
Going one better than Melody, 2004 Holstein Show winner Copywood
Integrity Sara EX90 crowned another excellent year with her third
All Britain Award on the trot.
Jointly owned by the Nutsfords and her breeder, Belinda Fox,
six year-old Sara by Robthom Integrity out of Tocunn Lindy Sara
- still going strong at 16 years of age - took the Senior Second
Calver crown. She produced 16,904 kg milk at 4.04% fat in her
most recent lactation.
Runner-up in the Intermediate Cow class last year, Holmland
Storm Flo EX93(2) triumphed this time around, winning the Third
Calver Award for H. Wright & Son of Berryholme, Helsington
near Kendal in Cumbria.
After a class win at the Royal Show as well as victory in the
prestigious Burke Trophy pair competition, Flo scored her first
All-Britain in emphatic style. By Maughlin Storm out of Holmland
Prelude Flo, she also clocked up a 305 day lactation of 16,532
kg at 4.47% fat, 3.11% protein.
Another Storm daughter, Dalesend Storm Maud EX95(3) took the
Mature Cow award for A.H.Wilson of Tregibby Farm, Cardigan, scoring
her second All-Britain title in a class of the highest calibre.
Unbeaten in the show ring in 2004, Royal Show supreme champion,
seven year-old Maud - out of Fradon Tab Maude - also proved the
value of maturity by turning-in the most impressive 2004 production
record of all this year's winners. In her fourth lactation she
produced a total of 18,322 kg milk at 5.14% fat, 3.39% protein.
"The tremendous quality of dairy animals again competing
for the All-Britains can do nothing but enhance the reputation
of UK-bred Holsteins as we look forward to the year in which
we may well see the resumption of live exports.
"Nor can anyone be in any doubt over the commercial milk
production value of the stock we are breeding. Together, indeed,
the six in-milk winners produced nearly 87,000 kg of milk and
over 3800 kg of butterfat in their most recent lactations. That's
a very handsome 305-day cow and heifer average of 14,479 kg at
"For us it's also a matter of great pride that no less
than three of this year's All Britain winners have been acquired
at the annual Holstein UK Elite Sale," John Gribbon concluded. "This
event is certainly establishing itself as a place to find the
champions of the future. And its reputation can only be enhanced
by the awesome array of entries we have for sale on June 8th