Dominating the top titles at this year’s Dairy Show was the Wilson family, Tregibby, Cardigan, taking supreme and reserve honours in both the overall and heifer championships.
The individual inter-breed title went to the Jersey champion, Tregibby Panama Tequila. Shown four weeks fresh, the home-bred fourth calver by Tower Vue Tequila was the Royal Welsh inter-breed dairy reserve last year.
Inter-breed heifer champion and reserve to the Jersey in the individual section was the Dairy Shorthorn champion, Cotonhall Absolute Joy, which was purchased by the Wilson’s and John Mclean, Northern Ireland, from Staffordshire breeder Rob Kite at this year’s Dairy Day.
Taking the breed championship there this year, it calved with its first in July and was shown giving 36 litres daily.
The reserve title in the heifer judging went to another from the Wilsons - this time Starlet Solomon Maria. The February-2016 born Walnutlawn Solomon daughter was bred by Kevin Rickard, Newport.
Standing reserve in the Jersey section, which was also the breed’s national show, was another from the Wilson family, Bluegrass Fireworks Crimson Blusher.
It was purchased privately as a milking heifer from the Bluegrass herd and stood reserve Jersey at Dairy Expo and Dairy Day earlier this year.
Dairy Shorthorn reserve went to the Osbourne family, Bude, with the second calver Marleycote Olive. Purchased privately from the Baynes family’s Marleycote herd, Hexham, it was shown on its first outing for its new owners giving 40 litres.
Receiving the judging panel’s honourable mention in the inter-breed championship was the Holstein champion, Moorshard Pepper Marie, from Brian Miller, Bridgwater.
Home-bred and by Delarbergh Pepper, the second calver was breed champion at this year’s Royal Cornwall and is forecast to give 12,000kg this lactation.
Erie Goldsun Supreme Maude stood reserve in the Holstein section, a home-bred third calver from Iwan Morgan, Carmarthen. It stood champion at the Celtic Dairy Showcase earlier this year.
In the National Guernsey Show which also took place at the event, top honours went to Tredinney Conqueror Excellance 11 from husband and wife team James and Shelley Warren, Penzance.
By Les Jaonnets Caras Conqueror, it was shown having calved with its fourth in September giving 42litres on its first outing this year.
Standing reserve in the Guernsey show was Highway Legacy Brownie from Matthew Blanch, Billinghurst. A third calver, it was also on its first outing and was shown giving 40litres.
Brown Swiss champion went to another from Brian Miller, Kedar Wonderment Jana, which was bought from the Black and White sale at Carlisle in 2016. It stood reserve breed champion at last year’s National Brown Swiss show and Dairy Day.
Moorcourt Manchester Agatha from the Thomas family, Carmarthenshire, was reserve having being bought by the family from Sedgemoor as a calf. The third calver was breed champion at this year’s Llandyfaelog show as well as taking titles at the Celtic Showcase this year.
In the Ayrshire section, top title went to Coombe Hot Peaches, a home-bred second calver in June from Brian and Sharon Coombe, St. Buryan.
Unbeaten on its local show circuit this year, it took reserve inter-breed at Camelford and championships at Launceston and Stithians shows this summer.
The reserve Ayrshire title went to Mark Evans, Honiton, Devon, with his home-bred sixth calver East Church Ristourns Nowaday. Having calved in July, it was shown giving 40litres and was supreme champion at Okehampton show this year.
Inter-breed (Panel) Sup., A.H. Wilson and Son, Tregibby Panama Tequila (Jersey); res., A.H. Wilson and Son and J. Mclean, Cotonhall Absolute Joy (Dairy Shorthorn).
Inter-breed heifer (B. Tomlinson, Nanpantan) Sup., A.H. Wilson and Son and J. Mclean, Cotonhall Absolute Joy (Dairy Shorthorn); res., A.H. Wilson and Son, Starlet Solomon Maria (Holstein).
Ayrshire (J. Lawrie, Kinross) Sup., B. and S. Coombe, Coombe Hot Peaches; res., M. D. Evans, East Church Ristourns Nowaday.
Brown Swiss (D. Norman, Sherborne) Sup., B. Miller, Kedar Wonderment Jana; res., R. and B. Thomas, Moorcourt Manchester Agatha.
Dairy Shorthorn (S. Thomas, Llanfyrnach) Sup., A.H. Wilson and Son and J. Mclean, Cotonhall Absolute Joy; res., N.R. Osbourne, Marleycote Olive.
Guernsey (D. Mann, St. Ives) Sup., R.J., J.R. and S.M. Warren, Tredinney Conqueror Excellance 11; res., M. Blanch, Highway Legacy Brownie.
Holstein (M. George, Haverfordwest) Sup., R.K. and S.G. Miller and Sons, Moorshard Pepper Marie; res., I. R. Morgan, Erie Goldsun Supreme Maude.
Jersey (A. M. Core, Kentucky) Sup., A.H. Wilson and Son, Tregibby Panama Tequila; res., A.H. Wilson and Son, Bluegrass Fireworks Crimson Blusher.