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    Double Top for Carhall at National Holstein Show

Cumbria-based Carhall Holsteins achieved a rare distinction this week by taking the National Holstein Show Supreme Championship as well as the Calf Championship with a homebred mother and daughter combination under the watchful eye of Master Judge David Jones.

Carhall Lyster Elizabeth and Glyn Lucas (centre) receives the Supreme Championship Award from John Cochrane of sponsors World Wide Sires UK.

Joanna Fyans

Ian Mallinson, who farms with son, Mark, at Armathwaite, swept the UK’s most prestigious Holstein event at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire, with Carhall Lyster Elizabeth VG88 taking an unprecedented Junior Championship in Milk, Best Udder in Show, Best Exhibitor-bred animal as well as the Supreme Champion title. Her January 2006 daughter, Carhall Jordan Elizabeth, featured in the Junior Classes the previous day and also swept the Calf Championship award.

The winning combination for the Mallinson’s ensures a triple-championship lineage with foundation cow, Wiltor Cousteau Elizabeth EX91, haven previously taken the Championship title at Northern Dairy Expo at Carlisle. “It’s everyone’s dream to win either the National Holstein Show or the Royal,” said Ian, “However, to own and to have actually bred the animal that wins the National Holstein Championship is just an amazing thrill.

“We’re delighted to have achieved this success with Lyster Elizabeth and to have taken the Calf Championship with her Jordan daughter was an additional bonus. I’d also like to thank Glyn Lucas for showing the animal and getting her to come out looking so good and to have led her to the title,” he said.

The newly crowned three-year-old champion produced 9,679kgs of milk in 305-days @ 4.18% fat and 3.03% protein during her first lactation and freshened for her second lactation only six weeks ago. Elizabeth timed her moment of glory to perfection according to winning handler Glyn Lucas.

“The show has been an amazing event for the Mallinson family and I’m thrilled for Ian and Mark to have achieved this incredible success with a home-bred animal. This is a very special cow and I’m privileged to have had the opportunity to prepare and lead Elizabeth to a National Holstein Show Championship,” he stated.

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