TAKING the inter-breed honours, watched over by a ring-side packed with spectators was Holstein champion, Davlea Bradnick Alicia.
The second-calved cow, which was also named inter-breed champion at the Royal Welsh Show in July was bred and exhibited by Bryn, Ian and Max Davies, Ilminster.
By Regancrest-GV S Bradnick, out of Moorshard Windbrook Alicia, the cow calved in February and is currently giving 43kg daily.
The inter-breed judge, Angelo Pozzatti commented on his champion: “She is a beautiful cow, there were many cows that look great from the side, but from the rear she was much wider through the rump than the others and she was the best-uddered cow in the line-up.”
In reserve was the Red and White Holstein champion, Wiltor Chipper Rosie Polled Red. The five year old cow, having calved in December with its third, was shown carrying twins, due in November.
Residing in David, Claire and Matt Jones’ Wiltor herd, Monmouthshire, the cow by Sandy-Valley Chipper-P, out of Hollysprings Mighty Lawnrae Polled Red is currently giving 40kg daily and classified EX93. It was crowned Red and White champion at Dairy Day in 2017 and for the last two years has taken the Red and White championship at Dairy Expo in Carlisle.
Honourable mention was awarded to the champion Brown Swiss, Kedar Alaska. The second-calved cow is part of the Lochhead family’s, 140-strong Kedar herd in Dumfries.
By Scherma Glenn Blooming out of GS Alliance Tau Arkansas, the six-week fresh cow is currently giving 45kg daily. This was its first time out this year but in 2017 it was honourable mention Brown Swiss champion at Dairy Expo, and was junior champion at Dairy Expo and reserve champion Brown Swiss at the All Breeds All Britain calf show in 2015.
UK Dairy Day is the home of the Ayrshire, Holstein and Brown Swiss national show and the Lochhead family had a clean sweep for the Brown Swiss breed, also taking the reserve and honourable mention titles.
Reserve went to their heifer, Kedar Blooming Rosa, which also took the inter-breed reserve champion heifer honours. It was the first show for this June-calved heifer, which is currently giving 27kg daily, also by Scherma Glenn Blooming, but this time out of home-bred cow, Kedar Rhapsody.
In the national Holstein show, the judge Mick Gould, Staffordshire tapped out Riverdane Ashlyn Gold as his reserve champion. Exhibited by Wayne Stead and Charlotte Wilson of Evening Holsteins, Thursby, Carlisle, the cow was bought privately from Mark and Sue Nutsford’s, Riverdane herd in Middlewich as a heifer. The second-calver by Mr Chassity Gold Chip is part of the 400-strong herd and is currently giving 45kg daily, having calved in November.
Taking the Ayrshire breed championship was Halmyre Urr Mayflower 240 from Katie Davidson, Castle Douglas. The 10-year-old cow calved in April with its seventh calf and is currently giving 36kg daily at 4.06 fat and 2.74 protein.
Reserve was third-calved cow, Willowfields Winnie 2, owned in joint partnership by Howard and Linda Batty, Shrewsbury and D.M. Lindsay, Lanark. It also took the inter-breed championship at the Great Yorkshire Show and Ayrshire champion at the Royal Highland Show.
The reserve champion Red and White Holstein title went to Coton-End Always Flower Red 2 from Andrew Swale, Blackburn. By Synergy Always-Red out of Coton-End Advantage Flower Red.
The Kimcote herd of A.D. and R.M. Thomas, Lutterworth took the Guernsey champion and reserve titles. Kimcote Legend Fragrant 4 was tapped out as champion, the home-bred cow by Coulee Crest Grumpy Legend, calved in July with its second calf and is currently giving 43kg daily.
In reserve was Kimcote Legend Angel 3, also home-bred and by the same sire. The cow calved in February with its second calf and is currently giving 22kg daily.
The Jersey championship went to Windyridge Tequila Diamond from Philip Manning and Emma Murray, Shrewsbury. The home-bred third-calver was also reserve inter-breed champion at the Royal Welsh Show earlier in the season. By Tower Vue Prime Tequila, out of Shellen Connection Diamond, it is currently giving 35kg daily.
In reserve was Bluegrass Crimson Blusher, from Hefyn Wilson’s, Tregibby herd, Cardigan. The second-calved cow is giving 30kg daily and was bought privately from Bluegrass. By Bluegrass Festival of Fireworks, out of Bluegrass Jetson Blusher, it was also reserve Jersey at Dairy Expo earlier in the year.
In the Dairy Shorthorn ring, Cotonhall Absolute Joy took the championship, and is part of Rob Kite’s 200-strong herd in Stafford. This was the first time out for the July-calved heifer by Apples Absolute-Red which is currently giving 38kg daily.
Reserve champion Dairy Shorthorn was Westonia Gay Lass 5 jointly owned by Rodger Stockton and the Morgan family, Whitchurch. The cow calved with her fifth calf in April and is currently giving 30kg. It was champion Dairy Shorthorn at Dairy Day in 2016.
Inter-breed (Judge, A. Pozzatti, Italy) Sup., B.L. Davies and Son, Davlea Bradnick Alicia (Holstein); res., D.W. and C.E. Jones, Wiltor Chipper Rosie Polled Red (Red and White Holstein).
Heifer Inter-breed (A. Pozzatti) Sup., E.T. Tomlinson, E. Tomlinson and I. Wilson, Allstar Provider Honesty (Ayrshire); res., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Blooming Rosa (Brown Swiss).
Ayrshire (L. Window-Walker, Bromsgrove) Sup., K. Davidson, Halmyre Urr Mayflower 240; res., D.M. Lindsay and H. and L. Batty, Willowfields Winnie 2.
Brown Swiss (A. Pozzatti) Sup., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Alaska; res., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Blooming Rosa.
Dairy Shorthorn (J. Lambe, Co Monaghan) Sup., R. Kite, Cottonhall Absolute Joy; res., R. Stockton and R. Morgan, Westonia Gay Lass 5.
Guernsey (J. Warren, Penzance) Sup., A.D. and R.M. Thomas, Kimcote Legend Fragrant 4; res., A.D. and R.M. Thomas, Kimcote Legend Angel 3.
Holstein (M. Gould, Shropshire) Sup., B.L. Davies and Son, Davlea Bradnick Alicia; res., Evening Holsteins, Riverdane Ashlyn Gold.
Jersey (A. Stable, Cumbria) Sup., P. Manning and E.J. Murray, Windyridge Tequila Diamond; res., A.H. Wilson, Bluegrass Crimson Blusher.
Red and White Holstein (M. Gould) Sup., D.W. and C.E. Jones, Wiltor Chipper Rosie Polled Red; res., A. Swale, Coton-End Always Flower Red 2.