The Northern Expo Holstein Show in it’s 24th year is largely
seen as one of the main events in the dairy calendar and is once
again scheduled to take place in Carlisle’s Borderway Mart
at the end of October in what is now established as a national
autumn show fixture.
With twenty-five classes and special awards and a Grand
Champion prize of £500 up for grabs the progressive show committee
anticipates an entry of again over 100 entries at this, the second largest
Holstein Show in the UK.
The show is an evening event (with free entry
to the show) in order to allow farmers and businesses to finish
chores before attending along with having the added appeal to the
young Holstein enthusiasts it is staged in the school half term.
The evening kicks off
at 6pm, with class one for calves to be born on or after 1st December
2005 – to be led by a handler aged under 16 years, class two for
calves born between 1st August 2005 and 30th November 2005 and class
three for Maiden heifers born between 1st April 2005 and 30th November
The Calf Championship will be judged after these three classes.
It is surely worth a mention that on introducing an award for the champion
calf in 2005, forty entries were received for this section of the show
alone. Following on from the champion calf presentation will be class
three, for heifers in calf, class four, will be for cows in calf followed
by class six being the Best animal on Production and Inspection.
seven will be the in milk heifer class (split between junior’s
and senior’s) then comes the Genetic Merit award, Junior Championship
and Exhibitor Bred Junior Championship. Class eight sees the commencement
of the cow in milk classes starting with Junior cow in milk (having calved
twice), class nine, Intermediate cow in milk (having calved three times)
followed by class ten, Senior cow in milk (having calved more than four
times). Following these classes will be the Breeders Pair, Best Udder
in show, Best Exhibitor Bred Animal and Best New Exhibitor (not to have
shown at Northern Expo In the last five years).
Just before the grand
finalethe presentations and prizes will be awarded to the Premier Breeder
(Breeder with most points in the show) and Premier Exhibitor (Exhibitor
with most points in the show). Following these sought after awards will
be the moment everyone is waiting for as all the 1st and 2nd prize class
winners grace the ring once again to the buzz of excitement as the judge
taps his GRAND CHAMPION, Reserve Grand Champion and Honourable Mention
of the 2006 Northern Expo Holstein Show.
Awards are then presented to
the handlers of the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. Of particular
interest surely to exhibitors is that this one day show awards prizes
to tenth place with animals awarded the prestigious titles receiving £500 for
the Grand Champion, £250 Reserve Champion £150 Honourable
Mention and £150 to the Junior Champion. The Grand
Champion will also receive free stall entry into Agriscot.
This year’s event at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway
Mart, Carlisle, on Friday October 27th - the 24th show – is once
again sure to attract an impressive line-up of cattle from an estimated
thirty plus exhibitors. Indeed the quality of cattle and popularity of
the event have been such that The Farmers Guardian, Holstein
UK, Carrs Agriculture and Semen World Ltd are
once again proud to be on board as the major show sponsors.
To judge this eagerly awaited fixture is Paul Miller a member of the
family run farm “Shanael” Holsteins. At Shanael the Miller’s
currently milk 150 cows and are expanding to 200 plus. They have invested
in a new dairy facility and are confident that they have a bright future
in dairy farming. The Shanael herd’s current milk average is 10,000
litres at 3.90% fat and 3.20% protein.
Paul is very enthusiastic in the breeding of Holstein Cows and is
strongly involved in the show ring with his best result being Champion
Cow at the National Holstein Show with Shanael Leader Marie. Pauls most recent
achievement in the show ring was Junior Champion at this years National
with Shanael Gibson Amanda.
Paul has been involved with Holstein cows all his life and now
finds it a privilege to be asked to Judge shows such as the Calf
Show Qualifiers, the Western Calf Show, South Wales and Lancashire to
name a few.
This year Paul has been asked to Judge three Qualifiers, Devon, East
Midlands and Midlands and will also be judging the Southern Ireland showmanship
final and said “I am looking forward to Judging the Northern Expo
as I know that it is a fantastic show with High quality animals”.
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