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UK Dairy Day Sees First Class Show of Cows

The inaugural UK Dairy Day held at Telford on Wednesday 17th September saw strong competition in all breeds, with excellent quality cows in every class.

In the Holstein lines both exhibitors and ringsiders felt it was the best show of Holsteins seen for many years at National level, with just shy of 100 cattle, all in milk, forward for Danish judge Niels Erik Haahr to cast his expert eye over.

Bilsrow Gibson Ada

Bilsrow Gibson Ada

Clinching the championship honours was Bilsrow Gibson Ada from David, Sheila and James Tomlinson. She stood top of the line in an outstanding class of 13 mature cows, a class which emphasised the longevity in the breed.

Fresh in May with her fifth calf and her first heifer, she produced 13,612kg at 5.13%bf and 3.19%p in her last lactation and is currently giving 62kg a day.

Classified Ex96, this Silky Gibson daughter is out of the VG89 scored Bilsrow Design Ada. She was champion this summer at Garstang Show.

Judge Niels Erik Haahr from Tirsvad-Anderstrup Holsteins described her as: “An outstanding cow, particularly for having five calves. She is so well balanced with dairy quality from nose to tail and a very special mammary system and feet and legs for a mature cow. This cow would stand top at any show in Europe.”

Taking reserve spot was Meiklefirth Plaid Lutske, the first prize five year old from David and Sandra Yates. Sired by Windy-Knoll-View Plaid, she is out of the Ex93 classified Meiklefirth Jordan Lutske.

Having calved with her second in January, she is giving 42kg a day with a first lactation of 11,044kg at 4.02%bf and 3.02%p. She has had a successful summer taking the interbreed championship at the Great Yorkshire Show and reserve at Dumfries Show, while as a heifer she was interbreed champion at Ayr Show and was All Britain senior two year old.

“The black cow in reserve was extremely stylish, she has a great top with strength in her front end with a super mammary system,” explained Niels.

Brian Weatherup stood honourable mention with his senior three year old Parkend Sanchez Tamara. This VG89 classified second calver is giving 58kg a day having calved in May. Earlier this summer she was grand champion at the Royal Highland Show, while as a heifer she was reserve junior champion at the Royal Highland Show, Superheifer at Agriscot and All Britain Senior two year old. Her dam is the Ex91 scored Parkend Shottle Tamara.

“It was an extremely balanced three year old that was in honourable mention. She showed great quality through her mammary system with plenty of veination,” he added.

“The top three cows show the quality and standard of the cows in the UK and I would like to congratulate all of the breeders and exhibitors, they should be very proud.”

Towards the end of the afternoon ringsiders were blown away by a ring full to capacity of teams of four cows from each of the nine clubs. Niels helped build the anticipation by eliminating teams from the ring, leaving just his chosen three teams for a final inspection.

Taking top honours in this class were the Scotland South team of Meiklefirth Plaid Lutske from David Yates, Parkend Sanchez Tamara from Brian Weatherup, Dilandy Debonair Tabitha Red from Sheila Yates and Caroline Lawrie and Hugh Neilson's Netherlea Jayz May.

Dairy Shorthorns
Dairy Shorthorn classes also saw strong competition with an excellent line-up of cattle in front of judge John Gribbon. Taking the championship ribbons in a high quality line-up was the junior cow Irthingvale Watzon Tulip from Graham and Barbara Bell. Sired by Drisgol Watzon she is out of Irthingvale Rebel Tulip, an Irthingvale Lillian’s Rebel daughter.

Fresh at the end of July in her third lactation she was shown giving 45kg a day and stood champion at Oswestry Show earlier in the year.

John Gribbon commented: “My champion was a handy winner, I admired her dairy qualities throughout and particularly her well attached udder.”

Standing reserve to her was Rob Kite’s heifer Cotonhall Lady Barrington 2. She calved in April at 22 months old and is currently giving 31kg. This Sir Ridgedal Rustler Red daughter is out of the Innisfail Prince of Diamonds sired dam Rodway Lady Barrington 29. She has been undefeated in her class both as a calf and now in milk having been reserve champion at Newport and reserve interbreed heifer at Nantwich Shows.

“I am looking forward to seeing this heifer as she gets older. She is a very well balanced heifer and won the strongest class,” explained Mr Gribbon.

The Collins family stood honourable mention with their second place junior cow Churchroyd Gentle 87. In her second lactation this Churchroyd King Kong daughter is out of Churchroyd Gentle 75, a Raypel Lindio Red daughter. Three weeks fresh she is giving 42kg and was champion heifer at the South West Dairy Show 2013.

Judge Duncan Hunter awarded the Ayrshire championship to Evie Tomlinson’s heifer in milk Allstar Real Joybell. This VG89 scored heifer is by Palmyra Tri-Star Reality and out of the VG85 scored Sandyford Joybell 7, a Sandyford Sweet Chariot daugher who is backed by three generations of Excellent.

“I don’t often make a heifer overall champion,” commented Mr Hunter. “However, she is exceptional for the breed and having calved 11 months ago she is full of milk. I admired the strength through her chest, she has a great rump and is very correct on the move, there were no holes in this heifer that I could see.”

Calved 11 months at two years old she is still giving 38kg a day having already given 10,000kg. She stood heifer champion and reserve Ayrshire champion at UK Dairy Expo in March.

Standing reserve to her was Loukat Lucky, Richard Bown’s fourth calved, Ex93 classified Ardrossan EV Kate’s Trident daughter. Having calved in March she has given 52 tonnes of milk in her lifetime so far and was interbreed champion at the Livestock Event 2013 as well as champion at Agri-Scot 2012 and 2013.

“The reserve has a lot of qualities, she is long and clean with great veins right through her udder,” added Mr Hunter.

Lisa Window stood honourable mention with Hunnington Joybell 83, a VG87 scored Hunnington Mandella daughter three weeks fresh in her third lactation. She was first at the Livestock Event 2013 as well as first and reserve champion at South West Dairy Show 2013. She is from the same family as the champion.

In the Jersey championship it was Jimmy, Hefyn and Ifan Wilson’s Bluegrass Heritages Lovely Lady that took the honours. This sixth calved Bluegrass Heathers Heritage daughter is out of Bluegrass Jazzmans Lady Valentine. She stood first at the Royal Welsh and Pembrokeshire Shows this year and in 2012 was interbreed champion at the Dairy Event and breed champion at AgriScot, South West and Welsh Dairy Shows.

The Wilson family also took reserve with Bluegrass Excitation Prissy Polly, an Ex93 scored third calver. Calved in April she is giving 30 litres a day and was champion at the Royal Welsh Show and interbreed champion at Pembrokeshire Show as well as winning her All Britain section the past two years.

She was followed in honourable mention by Tom Smith’s Woodbine Oat Sweetbread 3, a VG87 scored Excitation daughter in her fourth lactation. Calved in April she is giving 30kg a day and this is her first outing.

Brown Swiss
Taking top honours in the Brown Swiss section was Robert and Sheila McColm’s third calver Soulseat Jublend Beatrice under judge Duncan Hunter. This Ex93 scored Jublend daughter is currently giving 36kg at 5.7%bf and 3.7%p having calved in June.

She was breed champion at the Livestock Event 2013 and 2014, as well as interbreed exhibitor bred champion and reserve overall interbreed and breed champion at Dairy Expo last year. Most recently she was interbreed champion at Stranraer Show.

Commenting on the champion Mr Hunter said: “She is an exceptional cow with quality throughout, she is a cow that will be admired by both commercial and pedigree farmers. She has strength through her front end with an open rib and tremendous udder being high and wide of the rear udder as well as having amazing bone quality.”

Taking reserve spot was Jonny Lochhead’s ninth calved Kedar Seattle Glenda. Classified Ex96 she calved in June and is giving 30kg a day having produced 70 tonnes in her lifetime. She was breed champion at the Dairy Event as a fourth calver and has an Ex92 classified fifth calved daughter who has a daughter selling at this year’s Black and White Sale.

“The ninth calved cow in reserve had a beautiful textured skin, she is clean and dairy with amazing hold on her udder and for her age she has outstanding legs and feet.”

Honourable mention went to Robert and Sheila McColm’s eighth calved Highlight Pro-View Roseanna. This Ex95 scored R Hart Protein Preview daughter has produced 55 tonnes in seven lactations. Fresh in July she is giving 42kg a day.

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