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2005 Northern Expo Holstein Show Report
03/11/05

2005 Champion - Ewefields Lucy 7 EX92 (2)
Ewefields Lucy 7 EX92 (2)

On the evening of Friday 28th October Harrison & Hetherington's Borderway Mart was the venue for the 23rd Northern Expo Holstein Show.  The show boasting an entry of over 100 top class animals welcomed Mr Brian Garrison of Ohio as the judge.

Throughout the evening the electric atmosphere was enjoyed by exhibitors, visitors and sponsors.  This annual show which is seeing it's popularity increase year by year and is said to be one of the main event's in the dairy calendar certainly lived up to it's reputation on this mild October evening.  With entries received from as far afield as Staffordshire, Wrexham, Cheshire and Lanarkshire as well as a huge and loyal contingency from Cumbria and Lancashire.  Over thirty-four exhibitors had entered the evening show with a third of them exhibiting for their first time ever.  The show, which is undoubtedly going from strength to strength enjoyed it's usual high standard of cattle forward with particular attention being paid to the calf section of the show where nearly forty calves were entered into three classes.  The calves were competing for the new calf championship, which the committee have introduced to the show this year with The Michael Armstrong Trophy kindly donated and presented by the Armstrong Family of Wolfa in memory of Michael going to the champion calf.

The show kicked off with the calf classes receiving a very positive response from the increasing crowd.  Commencing the calf classes was the class for calves born on or after 1st December 2004 and the handlers being aged under 16 years.  This class was well attended with ten entries forward.  The winning calf came from first time exhibitor's Andrew & Jane Whittaker's “Knowlesmere” herd from Cheshire with Knowlesmere Gibson Papoose a Silky Gibson daughter born on 2nd December 2004 and ably handled by son Michael Whittaker aged thirteen years.  Taking second place in this opening class was Messrs Armstrong of Wolfa's Designer Jorden Lozan PI by Roylane Jordan and led by Richard Armstrong aged fourteen years.  Third place went to Paul Findley from Wrexham's Holmland Astro Dallas PI by Oseeana Astronomical PI ET and was led by Isobelle Meakin aged 15 years.

The second class of the night saw a ring of sixteen calves forward.  The first prize in this strong class was presented to J & V Barlow's “Painley” herd with Painley Dunrod Iron Brandysnap PI ET, a Boss Iron daughter.  The second prize in this class went to Carhall Jordan Gail 3 PI ET  a Roylane Jordan daughter from Ian & Joyce Mallinson's “Carhall” herd from Armathwaite near Carlisle.  In third place respectfully was another smart heifer from the Barlow's “Painley” herd namely Painley Leduc Tammy 28 PI by Lystel Leduc.  From this extremely strong class of calves born Between August and November 2004 it is worth noting that the top three placed calves will all come under the hammer at this years Borderway Black & White Sale on Saturday 3rd December.

The final class in the calf section was for maiden heifers and saw another well attended class with eight entries forward.  The noted Whittaker's “Knowlesmere” herd took home another 1st prize with Knowlesmere Gibson Nell PI another Silky Gibson daughter.  This calf went on to receive the Michael Armstrong Perpetual championship trophy in the calf section with stable mate Knowlesmere Gibson Papoose being crowned Reserve Champion Calf and lifting the Semen World/World Wide Sires Perpetual Trophy.

As the judging swiftly progressed into the junior section the buzz and excitement could be felt all round the hall with a packed ringside of spectators controlled by the professionalism of the judges final decisions.  The championship in the junior section of the show along with the title of Exhibitor bred Junior Champion went to Warnelview Integrity Wonder.  This was a stylish heifer shown and bred by JH & A Wilson & Sons of Wood Farm, Thursby whose noted “Warnelview” herd was recently crowned Premier Holstein Herd 2005.  By Robthom Integrity and out of an EX91 Boulet Charles backed by an EX93 Browndale Stardust this awesome June calved heifer who has so far given 4543kgs in 125 days at 3.27%BF and 3.17%P simply shone in the ring.

A highlight to the show was seeing so many new exhibitors entering top class animals with the award for the new exhibitor gaining the most points in the show deservedly going to Andrew & Jane Whittaker's “Knowlesmere” herd.

The Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder awards sponsored by Holstein UK went to J & V Barlow's “Painley” herd who exhibiting at the show for the second consecutive year gained points through a fantastic string of five homebred cattle brought all the way from Minshull Hall, Church Minshull, Cheshire.

The Grand Finale saw a breathtaking line up of cattle of the highest calibre all with their strong and correct attributes to the Holstein breed.  With the crowd silcenced Mr Brian Garrison talked briefly and to the point about the great cows he had lined up before him.  He went on to announce his Grand Champion as Ewefields Lucy 7 EX92 (2).  This senior cow in milk bred by Winston Warhurst and shown by John Harrison of F Harrison & Sons from Crossrigg, Cliburn, Penrith certainly had the x-factor and would be a worthy champion at any top dairy show. Lucy is a true dairy cow classified EX on all traits and is most certainly fulfilling the Harrisons dream's along with their sideboard with trophies from local shows this season and this being her sixth championship accolade having won Champion Holstein and Champion of Champion's Penrith Show; Champion Holstein and Interbreed champion Cockermouth Show; Champion Holstein and Interbreed Champion Appleby Show; Interbreed Champion Skelton Show and Best Dam & Daughter, 1st Senior Cow and Overall Dairy Champion Westmorland Show 2005.  Having calved at the end of May.

Lucy is still giving 50kgs of milk daily and it has been said by many that if she was classified again we could possibly see her top 94 points.  Lucy who is by Weeton Jaguar Jed has three Excellent sisters and her Grand Dam won the Dry Cow Championship at the Royal Show in the late 1980's.  Lucy was also awarded the prize for the Best Udder in the show and earlier in the night won the Production and Inspection class.

The Harrison's will be venturing to Agriscot with Lucy to try and continue their fairytale journey of 2005 where we wish them the very best of luck.

The champion breeders pair trophy was awarded to RJ & D Loftus Farms who also took the overall Reserve championship award with their homebred junior cow in milk Weeton Journalist Helen PI VG88.  Local breeders and loyal supporters to the Expo Show Stephen and Ann Morley of Petteril Bank, Southwaite are always's well up in the prizes and picked up the title of Honourable mention for Llydan Storm Farrah PI EX94 (2).

Enourmous credit goes to all exhibitors from near and far for submitting entries that can only increase the popularity of the Northern Expo Holstein Show as “One of the Best Dairy Shows in the UK”.

Thanks go to the judge, Exhibitors and spectators and of course the many, many sponsors especially the main joint sponsors Farmers Guardian, Holstein UK, Pye Bibby Agriculture and Semen World Ltd for making the 23rd Northern Expo Holstein Show a truly memorable event. 

Judge - Brian Garrison
 Brian Garrison

Judge's Comment

“I was very pleased with the quality of cattle throughout the show, especially in the milking cow classes.

The Winners were especially good, and also many of the classes had good cows throughout the entire class.

I was very pleased with the Champion Calf, Junior Champion and overall Champion Cow and felt they were all solid winners as well as logical selections.

Each of them represented the breed, the breeders and the show very well."


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