On the evening of Friday 26th October 2007 Harrison & Hetherington’s
Borderway Mart was the venue for the 25th “Silver Edition” Northern
Expo Holstein Show.
Riverdane Outside Hazel VG88
Well what can we say! With an undoubtedly turbulent few months
for the farming industry and a difficult decision as to whether
the quarter century Northern Expo show would take place, more than
25 exhibitors (5 showing here for the first time) entered over
60 cattle for this years “Silver Edition” show from
as far a field as Cheshire and North Yorkshire and Peeblesshire
to compete in one of the most important national autumn show fixtures.
It was great to see such a packed ringside with spectators having
travelled from all over the UK, Northern Scotland and the Isle
of Man to see what was on show for the 25th Northern Expo.
With entries down on the year due to many past supporters being
tied up by restrictions the quality of cattle on show was still
exceptional and a huge credit to the hard work put in by each and
This annual dairy show has without a doubt maintained its reputation
as being one of the top Holstein shows in the UK. The judge for
this years show was Mr Hank Van Exel who made the journey all the
way from California. Having already completed many major judging
tasks including the World Dairy Expo, he was extremely complementary
of the animals displayed to him at Northern Expo.
To begin the evening was the youngstock section receiving good
encouragement from the increasing crowd. The Michael Armstrong
perpetual trophy for the champion calf was presented by Sue Armstrong
and awarded to Crossrigg Lustre Lucy a July 2006 born calf from
F Harrison & Sons of Crossrigg Farm, Cliburn, Penrith. Lucy
is by Wedgwood Laramie and out of the 2005 Northern Expo Grand
Champion Ewefields Lucy 7 EX95 (4) who has given 12451kgs @ 4.04%BF
in her 7th lactation proving that show quality is repeating itself
in the Lucy family.
The reserve ticket and Semen World Ltd trophy was won by Holmland
Igniter Fuchsia, a May 2006 born Summershade Igniter daughter out
of a VG86 Silky Gibson shown and bred by SL & PS Bell of Forest
Hill, Bowscar, Penrith.
Taking the Genetic Merit award for the animal in the junior section
of the show with the highest PIN value for the second concessive
year was Messrs Dennison of Scales Park Farm, Aldingham, Ulverston
with their home bred heifer Denmire Shottle Marie 57 ET. This May
2006 born calf has a PIN value of +£44 and is out of the
5th lactation 15470kgs @ 4.76%BF& 3.24%P Denmire Storm Marie
12 EX94 (3) LP80 SP.
The Junior championship was awarded to the Laird family from Blyth
Farm all the way from Peeblesshire with their first prize senior
heifer in milk Mayne Magik Beam VG87 who calved in December 2006.
This is the first time this heifer has entered the show ring having
been purchased for 3,000gns at Dean and Andrew Anderson’s “Mayne” dispersal
in May this year. She is by Trelissick Magik and is out of a 12994kgs
The Reserve Junior Championship, Exhibitor Bred Junior Championship
and reserve overall exhibitor bred championship were awarded to
the second prize senior heifer in milk Ryisle Holly M 101 VG86.
This December 2004 born heifer calved a heifer calf in mid September
and is currently giving 35kgs daily. She is by Pursuit September
Storm and out of the 4 10370kgs @ 3.64%BF & 3.05%P Ryisle Lex
Margaret 72 GP83. She was shown and bred by P & JA Isles of
Sunny Bank Farm, Greenhalgh, Kirkham, Preston. Earlier in the year
Holly took the In calf Championship at Great Eccleston Show.
The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the quality line
up of cattle in one of the very best championship showdown’s
the Northern Expo has surely seen. The judge tapped out three cows
which were in with a shout of the top honours and after a few breathtaking
moments the one to come out on top was an extremely stylish second
calver in awesome condition from Mark and Sue Nutsford’s
highly regarded Riverdane herd, Riverdane Outside Hazel VG88 who
in her first lactation gave 10296kgs @ 4.30%BF & 3.20%P. Hazel
who is a daughter of Comestar Outside and out of the twice 14000kgs
Clayden Storm Hazel EX94 (2) calved a bull calf by STBVQ Rubens
in mid August and is currently giving 50kgs daily. She also won
the Tony Hackett model cow for the Best Exhibitor Bred Animal.
The Grand Champion also took the Trophy Charles Lawson Perpetual
Trophy for the best Breeders Pair with her stable mate Riverdane
Terrason Melissa PI ET VG86, another young cow who calved her second
at the end of August.
In reserve place was the 2nd placed young cow from what could
easily be Northern Expo’s strongest ever Junior Cow in milk
class from Brian, Valerie and Craig Davidson’s noted Errolston
herd. This VG88 SP homebred cow Errolston Gibson Wendy 2 gave 8820kgs
@ 4.88%BF & 3.31%P in her first lactation is by Silky Gibson
and out of the 5 10543kgs @ 4.47%BF & 3.33%P Lliwe Rudolph
Wendy 6 EX90 SP. She calved down in early May with a Comestar Lheros
The Honourable Mention ticket went to P & G Rawcliffe and
A Patterson’s Highland Show Champion Herdstown Rachel 388
EX94 (3). Rachel 388 calved a year ago and is still milking 52kgs
daily by Parker Aero Wadeand out of Herdstown Rachel 341 EX91 (3)
calved down a year ago with her 5th and is still giving 52kgs daily.
This awesome cow has given over 10000kgs in each of her lactation
so far. She also took first prize in the senior cow class and picked
up the Hilltop Trophy for coming first in the Production and Inspection
class and the John Dentice Trophy for the Best Udder in the show.
Winning the Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor prestigious
awards for the second year in concession were Paul and Ann Harrison
and family of Breckney Hill Farm, Heddon On The Wall, Newcastle
with their strong team from their Chishillwaysherd. One of their
entrants Chishillways Gibson Jubilant 126 VG87is no stranger to
this show ring having won the Junior cow in milk class and Honourable
Mention to name but a few at the 2006 show and this year with two
weeks to go before calving took first place in the dry cow class.
The winner of the £100 in the Farmers Mart sponsored stock
judging competition was James Pratt of Studdah Farm in Leyburn,
Enormous thanks 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 sponsors Carrs Billington
Agriculture, Farmers Guardian, Holstein UK and World Wide Sire
UK for making the 25th Northern Expo Holstein Show “Silver
Edition” a truly memorable event.
24th Northern Expo Holstein Show 2006
Northern Expo Holstein Show Report
Tops Value-For-Money Holstein Rankings