TAKING the Supreme dairy championship was Ayrshire champion, Willowfields Winnie 2, jointly owned by Howard and Linda Batty and the Firm of D.M. Lindsay, Lanark.
Fresh from taking the breed championship at the Royal Highland two weeks previously. The six-month-calved, third-calver, currently giving 54kg daily will compete at Dairy Day in Telford in September.
The judge, Gilmour Lawrie, Prestwick said: “The champion’s overall body capacity and strength through the front end was exceptional, she walked on the best set of feet and legs in the class and she had an immensely well attached udder with great width through the rear.”
In reserve, was the Holstein champion, Saxelby Brady Amber a third-calved cow owned by Robert and Elaine Butterfield, Bentham who have now won the Holstein championship for three years running. Bought from the Saxelby dispersal sale in March, this was the first time out for the December-calved cow by Butz Butler Atwood Brady. Currently giving 50kg daily, it also won best udder in its class
The reserve champion Ayrshire was Harperfield Sandy Rose, bred and owned by the Firm of Lindsay which also owns a share in the inter-breed champion. Calved in May, the second calver is currently giving 45kg daily. Having already competed in a number of Scottish shows earlier this year, it was third in its class at the Royal Highland and was Ayrshire champion and inter-breed champion at Newmills show, Rose will go on to compete at Dairy Day and the Dumfries and East Kilbride shows.
Reserve champion Holstein was exhibitor bred heifer in milk, Milliedale Commander Rhapsody from 10-year-old Millie Wardle, Buxton. The January-calved heifer, which also took the title of inter-breed champion heifer is currently giving 40kg daily won its class at Western Holstein Club Show in April. Its dam, recently classified EX95, sold for 10,500gns and its Doorman maternal half-sister sold for 10,000gns. It will be shown next at Dairy Day in September.
The Jersey championship was awarded to Coldeaton Guapo Josephine bred and exhibited by John Stubbs and daughter and son-in-law Jo and Alex Burrows. The second-calved cow, in-calf to Fourcrosses Stag took the championship this year after being placed third in its class last year. It is descended from a line of successful show winners, its great granddam won the Royal show in 2000 and its dam was champion at Ashbourne show three years in a row. Josephine will go on to show at Ashbourne, the family’s local show as well as the Jersey national show at the Bath and West dairy show later in the year.
Reserve champion Jersey was Saxown Tyler Heidi 17, a fourth-calved cow from the Saxby family, Bawtry near Doncaster. The April-calved cow, currently giving 36kg daily has been placed reserve champion Jersey for the last two years and is part of 25 Jerseys owned by the Saxby family, Richard, Carol, Tom, Hannah and Ellie. As well as Jersey champion, the family also took reserve junior champion with their yearling heifer, Saxown Bruce Judy 20.
The Collins family, Dewsbury took both champion and reserve titles in the Dairy Shorthorn ring with Churchroyd Peggy 19 and Churchroyd Heather 91 respectively. Breed champion, Peggy, a fourth-calved homebred cow has also previously won the Dairy Shorthorn National show at the Royal Cheshire three times as well as now being crowned Dairy Shorthorn champion at the Great Yorkshire Show three times. Peggy calved in March and peaked at a yield of 56kg daily, currently giving 45kg.
Churchroyd Heather 91, also a homebred cow, as well as taking reserve champion was also part of the winning Dairy Shorthorn pairs competition with Churchroyd Gentle 105. This was the second-calver’s first time out this year having calved in May with twins, and now giving 42kg daily. It will go on to compete at the South West Dairy Event later in the season.
Inter-breed (Judge G. Lawrie, Prestwick) Supreme, Firm of Lindsay and H. and L. Batty, Willowfields Winnie 2 (Ayrshire); res., R and E Butterfield, Saxelby Brady Amber (Holstein).
Holstein (B. Miller, Bridgewater) Sup., R and E Butterfield, Saxelby Brady Amber; res., M. Wardle, Milliedale Commander Rhapsody.
Dairy shorthorn (T. Hayes, Victoria, Australia) Sup., I.R.G. Collins and Partners, Churchroyd Peggy 19; res., I.R.G. Collins and Partners, Churchroyd Heather.
Ayrshire (R.T. Adams, Ashbourne) Sup., Firm of Lindsay and H. and L. Batty, Willowfields Winnie 2; res., Firm of Lindsay, Harperfield Sandy Rose.
Jersey (M. Davis, Tiverton) Sup., Coldeaton Jerseys, Coldeaton Guapo Josephine; res., Saxby Family, Saxown Tyler Heidi 17.