The Holstein Illens Atwood Australia stood supreme senior at UK Dairy Dairy after battling it out against some of the best dairy cattle in the country.
The much anticipated senior inter-breed champion at UK Dairy Day was tapped out by South African judge Edmund Els as the impressive Holstein, Illens Atwood Australia from the Laird family’s Blythbridge Holsteins, Peeblesshire led by Colin Laird.
Imported from Switzerland two years ago in a private sale to join the herd’s 500 milkers, it is out of Illens Lheros Nancy and by Maple-Downs-IGW Atwood. It calved with its fourth in April and is now giving 60kg/day at 3.2 per cent protein and 4.1 per cent butterfat.
Among this cows’ list of accolades is reserve champion at the Royal Highland Show 2015, second place at Swiss Expo in 2015 and 2012, champion and best udder at Junior Bulle, champion at Sarirne 2014 and inter-breed champion at last year’s UK Dairy Expo.
Mr Els said he chose the Holstein as senior inter-breed champion for its udder depth and rump. With a herd of 650 Ayrshires himself, he said the standard of cattle on show at Telford were as high as anywhere else in the world.
Reserve supreme champion and Ayrshirer champion, Swaites Bright Spark 5, an Ayrshire second-calver from J. Adamson and son.
Reserve in the senior supreme championship was Swaites Bright Spark 5, an Ayrshire second-calver from J. Adamson and son, Lanark, calved in July.
A Brieryside Red Centurian daughter, it is out of Swaites Brightspark 4. It was prepared and shown by Ayrshire Young Breeders, with James Lawrie on the halter. Mr Els said the young cow shone due its dairy strength and teat placement.
Inter-breed heifer champion went to the December-2014 born Holstein Littlebridge Goldchip Honey from the Miles family, Northallerton.
Reserve was the home-bred red and white Holstein from Brian Yates and son, Castle Douglas, which calved in April. Out of Coton-end Secure Kiwi Red and by Gen-I-Beq Atomium Red, it also won its class at the Royal Highlands, Royal Welsh and Dumfries shows this summer.
Icow Huddlesford Rosann 899, jointly owned by Andrew Copes, Litchfield and Isaac Lancaster, Skipton stood reserve senior Holstein. Keen purchasers of German stock, this third-calver was imported as a calf. Having calved in April, it is now yielding 55kg daily.
Ayrshire reserve was Swaites Dainty 11, a third-calver from the same home as the champion and also shown by Ayrshire Young Breeders, this time with Jamie Keenan on the front-end. By Nexus Dreamer and out of Swaites Dainty 6, this 90 point animal calved in January.
Jersey champion, Bluegrass Vindications Harp, jointly owned by the Fleming family, John Henning and Keith Agnew.
Jersey champion, Bluegrass Vindications Harp, jointly owned by the Fleming family, John Henning and Keith Agnew took honourable mention in the inter-breed senior championship, led by Lindsey Fleming.
It was purchased at the 2015 UK Dairy Day’s Red Ribbon sale from John Doherty and Stephanie Whittaker for £11,000.
Calving with its third in February, it is giving 40kg/day and is housed at Brian Yates’ Castle Douglas home. It was breed champion at UK Dairy Expo 2016 and the Royal Highland Show both this year and last.
The Wilson family of the Cardigan-based Tregibby herd took reserve with 2012-born Tregibby Tequila Panama. Five weeks fresh after calving with its fourth, it was its first show of the year. By Tower Vue Prime Tequila and out of Tregibby Comerica Panama, it was breed champion at the 2016 Welsh Dairy Show and reserve breed champion at Agriscot 2016. The family have now taken the reserve spot in the Jersey championship for three consecutive years at Telford and now next in their calendar is the South West and Welsh dairy shows.
In the Dairy Shorthorn championship, the champion was tapped out as Shaunlea Geri 6 from Shaun Dixon and Grace Holiday, Bishop Auckland. By Hylite Barbwire-Red and out of Shaunlea Geri, it recently scored VG88. This July-2014 born female was heifer champion at UK Dairy Expo this year and was unbeaten in calf shows when younger. Now three weeks fresh, it is giving 50kg/day. Its dam was a 93-point animal and gave 11,000kg in its fifth lactation.
Reserve went to Cotonhall Pingerley Clarrisa from Rob Kite, Milwich. Just ten days fresh, this October-2014 born second-calver is giving 34kg/day. Its dam Cotonhall Clarissa was one of Mr Kite’s first show cows who has now been showing the breed for a decade.
Brown Swiss champion was third-calver Old Mill Wonderment Sunset from Johnny Lochhead, Dumfriesshire.
The Brown Swiss champion was third-calver Old Mill Wonderment Sunset from Johnny Lochhead, Dumfriesshire. Purchased in the Swiss national sale as a three week old calf, it has twice been the reserve national champion and Mr Lochhead took also took last year’s championship with her maternal sister. The honourable mention at the show was from the same exhibitor, bred by the same sire.
Elite Blooming Mair from Carmarthen-based Mark and Sian Williams stood reserve. Home-bred, it is by Scherma Glenn Blooming and out of Quarry Broker Mair which made up half of the inter-breed pair at Telford two years ago. It calved with its second in June and is now giving 65kg/day. The young cow took reserve champion at this year’s Royal Cheshire, champion at Pembrokeshire and reserve champion of champions at Llandyfaelog.
Guernsey championship was last year’s breed reserve Blacknor Cracker Iceberg Diana from Emma Greenslade, Cullompton which was given as a gift by breeder Ian Crouche. Five weeks fresh after twins, it is in its fourth lactation producing 40kg/day. Next stops for the animal are the Welsh and South West dairy shows.
Reserve was Blacknor Cracker Weston Duchess from 15-year-old Abi Marshall, Pollard on her UK Dairy Day debut. Calved with her third in July, it is giving 35.5kg/day. Also bred by Mr Crouche, it was breed champion at the Royal Cornwall in 2015 and reserve breed champion at Devon County, Frome and Oakhampton last year.
Red and white champion was Wiltor Chipper Rosie Polled Red, from Dave and Claire Jones, Magor. An embryo calf bred by the Wiltor herd, it is by Sandy-Valley Chipper-P and out of Hollysprings Mighty Lawnrae Polled Red. It has been twice shown before, being red and white champion at UK Dairy Expo 2017 and second in her class at this year’s Royal Welsh.
Reserve was Knowlesmere Destry Dream Red from Andrew and Jane Whittaker, Shrewsbury and Brent Crothers.
Inter-breed senior (E. Els, South Africa) Sup., Blythbridge Holsteins, Illens Atwood Australia (Holstein); res., J. Adamson and son, Swaites Bright Spark 5 (Ayrshire).
Inter-breed junior (E. Els) Sup., J.L. Miles, Littlebridge Goldchip Honey (Holstein); res., B. Yates and son, Eastford Atomium Kiwi Red (red and white).
Inter-breed pairs (B.Miller, Somerset) Sup., Blythbridge Holsteins, Illens Atwood Australia; Icow and Huddlesford Holsteins, Icow Huddlesford Rosann 899 (Holstein); res., J. Adamson and son, Swaites Bright Spark 5; res, J. Adamson and son, Swaites Dainty 11 (Ayrshire).
Senior Holstein (B. Miller) Sup., Blythbridge Holsteins, Illens Atwood Australia; res., Icow and Huddlesford Holsteins, Icow Huddlesford Rosann 899.
Junior Holstein (B. Miller) Sup., J.L. Miles, Littlebridge Goldchip Honey; res., W.J. Nadin, Sterndale As Rae.
Senior red and white (B. Miller) Sup., D.W. and C.E. Jones, Wiltor Chipper Rosie Polled Red; res., A. and J. Whittaker and B. Crothers, Knowlesmere Destry Dream Red.
Senior Dairy Shorthorn (I. Collins, Dewsbury) Sup., S.E. Dixon and G. Holiday, Shaunlea Geri 6; res., Rob Kite, Cotonhall Pingerley Clarissa.
Junior Ayrshire (E. Els) Sup., E.T. Tomlinson and son, Sandyford Marlow Clover 6; res., E.T. Tomlinson and son, Sandyford Primed Clover.
Senior Ayrshire (E. Els) Sup., J. Adamson and son, Swaites Bright Spark 5; res, J. Adamson and son, Swaites Dainty 11.
Senior Jersey (J. Waring, Beverley) Sup., Fleming Family, C.J Henning and K.Agnew, Bluegrass Vindications Harp; res., A.H. Wilson, Tregibby Tequila Panama.
Senior Guernsey (D. Mann, St. Ives) Sup., M. and C. Greenslade, Blacknor Cracker Iceberg Diana; res., A. Marshall, Blacknor Cracker Weston Duchess.