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Blythbridge Blackjack Jackie dominates Northern Dairy Expo 2015

Now in it’s 33rd year, the annual Northern Dairy Expo saw Holsteins from across the north of England and Scotland descend on Carlisle to battle it out in the autumn show.



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Crowds gathered at Borderway Mart for the Northern Dairy Expo where the Laird's won supreme champion
Crowds gathered at Borderway Mart for the Northern Dairy Expo where the Laird's won supreme champion

Securing supreme champion was Alister and Colin Laird, West Linton with their home-bred fourth calver, Blythridge Blackjack Jackie.

Champion

Part of the Laird’s 540-head milking herd, it was first at this year’s Royal Highland and UK Dairy Day.


Calving in May, the Regancrest Mr Blackjack Et daughter is yielding 52kg per day and has already given 11,800kg in this lactation.

 

With a EX94 classification, it is out of the VG85 Blythbridge Champion Jackie and will potentially head to AgriScot in November.

 

Judge Ben Yates, who is herd manager at Wyndford Holsteins, Shropshire said: “My champion had slightly more maturity and had more depth of heart than my reserve. All three cows in the championship line-up could compete at the highest level.”

Reserve

Reserve

In reserve was father and daughter team, David and Suzy Lawson, Arthington, Otley with their second calver, Newbirks Lauthority Caye.

 

Home-bred and sired by Comestar Lauthority, the VG88 August calver was making its show debut.

 

Giving 52kg per day and out of Newbirks Shottle Caye 3, it makes up the 200-head herd at home and also might be making an appearance at AgriScot.

Best udder went to another Comestar Lauthority daughter, this time the heifer, Witherslack Lauthority Annie from the Inman Family, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria.

Heifer in milk

Heifer in milk

Dominating the heifer-in-milk line-up was Feizor Shadow T Wendy from David and Will Booth, Austwick, Lancaster.

 

Also stepping into the ring for the first time, the home-bred August calver descends from four generations of Excellent dams and is giving 36kg daily.

 

It is a B-Crest Shadow daughter out of Feizor Talent I Wendy from the 120-head Feizor herd.

 

Gretna’s Brian and Valerie Davidson secured the reserve heifer rosette with Errolston Yadda Ricki. Hailing from 11 generations of VG or Excellent cows, it is sired by Co-op Bosside Massey and out of Errolston Goldwyn Ricki EX93.

 

Milking 200 Holsteins at home, the Davidson family brought four cows to the show, all out of the Ricki family.

 

Calf champion

Calf champion

In the calf section it was 17-year old Sam Blease, Dock Acres, Carnforth who clinched the top spot with the August-2014 born Starlet Snowy Sheen.

 

Purchased at last year’s Black and White Sale, Carlisle from Kevin Rickard’s Starlet herd in Newport, it was second at this year’s Westmorland and Cartmel Show’s.

 

The Velthius Let It Snow daughter is out of the VG87 Shottle Windbrook Sheen.

 

David Booth once again featured in the championship line-up, this time with son Will on the halter of the reserve champion calf, Feizor Berryholme C Lasenza.

 

The Larcrest Contrast daughter was purchased as an embryo and its dam, Belfast Goldwyn Lasenza, was the 2013 All-American and All-Canadian champion junior two-year-old.

Icing on the cake

Icing on the cake

It was icing on the cake for Sam Blease, who was also crowned champion handler in the showmanship competition.

 

Mr Blease, who is studying agriculture at Newton Rigg College, was on the halter of the home-bred eight-month-old Bleaston Doorman Pauline.

 

He works part time for David Wright, Berryholme Holsteins, Kendal, Stephen Birkett, Halkirk and at home on his family’s heifer rearing unit.

 

Fourteen-year-old Robert Morley, Southwaite, Carlisle was right behind in reserve, showing his 11-month-old calf, Petteril Dempsey Rexanne 2.

 

He was junior champion at the All Breeds All Britain calf show last year.

 

Keen on farming, Mr Morley lives at home with his parents Stephen and Ann, who milk 160 Holsteins.

Results

Overall (Judge, B. Yates, Shropshire) Supreme, Blythbridge Holsteins, Blythbridge Blackjack Jackie; reserve, A. Lawson and Son, Newbirks Lauthority Caye.

 

Heifer (B. Yates) Sup., W.A. and A. Booth, Feizor Shadow T Wendy; res., B. and V. Davidson, Errolston Yadda Ricki.

 

Calf (B. Yates) Sup., S. Blease, Starlet Snowy Sheen; res., W.A. and B. Booth, Feizor Berryholme C Lasenza.

 

Showmanship (B. Yates) Sup,. S. Blease; res., R. Morley.

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