AGRISCOT once again proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Laird family of Blyth Farm near Peebles.
Their Supercow win was their fifth overall championship at the Ingliston event going back to 1995 and followed on from their triumph last year with Blythbridge Blackjack Jackie.
This year their champion was the third calver Holstein, Illens Atwood Australia EX 93 by Maple-Downs IGW Atwood. The Blyth Bridge Holsteins business is run by Alister and Kathleen Laird with son, Colin and his wife Izzy.
Illens Atwood Australia was bought in Switzerland by Colin who had spotted her on a visit to the country’s Swiss Expo event. Since then it has collected championships at Dairy Expo at Carlisle and stood second to the champion at the European Dairy Show in France.
Since calving last October it has yielded 18,000kg and is still giving 41kg per day. Due to calve again in April, it has also been used as a donor for an ET programme.
Inter-breed judge, Mark Logan from Clandeboye near Belfast said; “This Supercow is just outstanding with a perfect balance of dairyness and strength. Altogether it has been a great show and it says a lot for exhibitors that they have put in so much effort after such a hard time for the industry.”
With total dairy entries at 75 numbers were down on previous years with organisers agreeing that the prolonged downturn in the sector had been a factor. Also a number of entries had not been able to travel north of the border because of TB movement restrictions.
The reserve Supercow however had made the long journey from South Wales. This was the Jersey champion, the home-bred second calver, Tregibby Panama Tequila VG88 from Hefyn Wilson and son, Ifan, Cardigan. It was champion and reserve inter-breed at the Royal Welsh as a heifer and collected an honourable mention this year at the Welsh Dairy Show. A Tower View Prime Tequila daughter, it calved last month and is giving 35kg daily.
The Wilsons, who milk 70 Holsteins and 15 Jerseys, also had a victory to celebrate in the Superheifer contest with their Holstein first calver, Tregibby Windbrook Pledge by Gilette Windbrook. Inter-breed heifer champion at the Welsh Dairy Show, it calved in mid-September and is currently giving 58kg per day.
Mr Logan said; “This is an outstanding Holstein and is exactly what the industry is looking for today.”
For his reserve Superheifer he gave the tap to the Red and White leader, Andrew and Debbie Mackellar’s Drointon JJF Promis Red VG 88. This was the first show outing for this Skye Jumping Jack Flash Red daughter which calved in June. The Mackellars milk 90 Red and Whites at Drointon in Staffordshire.
The Red and White cow championship was collected by Michael and Peter Howie, Morpeth with last year’s Agriscot reserve, the fourth calver, Morwick Classic Princess Red EX91.
Arthur and Susan Lawrie and sons, James and David, from Cuthill Towers, Milnathort won the Ayrshire cow section with their fourth
calver and Livestock Event reserve inter-breed winner, Cuthill Towers Crown Ray EX91.
Judge – Mark Logan, Northern Ireland.
SuperCow – supreme, Blyth Bridge Holsteins, Illens Atwood Australia; reserve, A.H. Wilson and Sons, Tregibby Panama Tequila.
SuperHeifer – sup., A.H. Wilson and Sons, Tregibby Windbrook Pledge; res., A. and D. MacKellar, Drointon JJF Promis Red.
Red and White – heifer, sup., A. and D. Mackellar, Drointon JJF Promis Red; res., A. and D. Mackellar, Skye Barbie Rox Red; cow, sup., D.A. Howie and Sons, Morwick Classic Princess Red; res., M. Bryson, Whiteflat HS Anita Red.
Jersey – heifer, sup., J. and I. Wilson, Enchanted Wizard Jess; res., A.H. Wilson and Sons, Bluegrass Coltons Lady Sunshine; cow, sup., A.H. Wilson and Sons, Tregibby Panama Tequila; res., A.H. Wilson and Sons, Tregibby Tequila Panama.
Holstein - heifer, sup., A.H. Wilson and Sons, Tregibby Windbrook Pledge; res., Y.K. Bradbury, Peak Dorcy Fran VG 86; cow, sup., Blyth Bridge Holsteins, Illens Atwood Australia; res., Y.K. Bradbury , Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody.
Ayrshire - heifer, sup., W. and A. Watson, Lochinvar Dewberry., res., J. Adamson and Son, Swaites Bright Spark 5; cow, sup., A. and S. Lawrie, Cuthill Towers Crown Ray; res., M. Bryson, Changue Martha 49.