Holsteins led the charge at this year’s AgriScot event in Edinburgh, with the breed tapped out in both the SuperCow and SuperHeifer championships by Selwyn Donald, who had flown in from Featherstone, New Zealand, to judge.
He found his SuperCow champion in the second calver, Whinchat Snowy Tippy 2, making it a day to remember for James and Louise Wilson and family from Evening Holsteins, Cumbria, as they took the accolade for the first time.
By Lookout Pesce Snowy, the VG89 classified cow was bought privately from Andrew Birkle of the Whinchat herd, Loughborough, and was shown five months fresh giving 45kg daily.
Judge Mr Donald, who runs a 350-head herd an hour from Wellington, said his champion was a ‘sexy young cow’, which you could hope to breed from and was a stand-out winner in his eyes.
Residing with the familiy’s 380-head Holstein herd, it had previously won its class at UK Dairy Day this year.
Taking the reserve SuperCow title to mark history in what was thought to be a breed first was the Brown Swiss, Kedar Rosa, from the 140-head herd of Jonathan Lochhead’s, Dumfries.
Home-bred by Scherma Glenn Blooming and out of the Brown Swiss national show winner, the EX93-classified Kedar Rhapsody, Rosa had calved with its second in June and is currently giving 32kg daily.
Classifed VG89 as a heifer, it was reserve Brown Swiss champion at UK Dairy Day this year, and reserve inter-breed heifer at the same event in 2018.
In the SuperHeifer championship, the Holstein heifer champion, Logan Estate Jazz, took the title to add to a successful season for Brian and Michael Yates, Castle Douglas.
Remarked by Mr Donald as having a ‘tremendous udder and mammary system,’ the home-bred heifer is no stranger to the show ring, with titles this year including junior inter-breed champion at the Royal Highland show and heifer champion at Dumfries show.
Classified VG88 as a two-year-old, the January-2017 born heifer is by EDG Esther Estate 8132, and was shown due in February with its second, and giving 37kg daily.
Taking the reserve SuperHeifer title was the Ayrshire, Allstar Triclo Joybell, owned and bred by E.T. Tomlinson and Son and Evie Tomlinson, Loughborough.
Adding to an already successful year for the September-2016 born heifer, titles claimed by Joybell this year include breed and inter-breed heifer champion at the Royal Welsh show as well as breed champion in the National Ayrshire show at UK Dairy Day, where it was also reserve supreme champion, and later the inter-breed championship at the Dairy Show, Shepton Mallett.
By home-bred bull, Sandyford Triclo, and out of VG85-classified Allstar Magic, Joybell calved in February and was shown giving 35kg daily.
From the same home, but owned in a half share between Evie Tomlinson and Ifan Wilson, Cardigan, was the Ayrshire champion, Allstar Provider Honesty.
Home-bred by Richaven Provider, the second calver is out of EX94 classified Sandyford Honest Blizzard.
The Red and White championship was another title claimed by the Yates’, going to third calver, Logan Integral Jodie Red 3.
Shown 50-days fresh, it was the Red and White and inter-breed heifer champion at the Royal Highland Show as a heifer and champion at the South West Scotland Dairy show this year.
In the Jersey judging, it was Windyridge Tequila Diamond from Philip Manning and Emma Murray, Shropshire, which took the top spot.
The home-bred fifth calver by Tower Vue Prime Tequila was the Jersey and reserve inter-breed champion at the Royal Welsh and Jersey champion at Dairy Day in 2018.
SuperCow (Judge, S. Donald, Featherston, New Zealand) Supreme, Evening Hill Farm, Whinchat Snowy Tippy 2 (Holstein); reserve, J, Lochhead, Kedar Rosa (Brown Swiss).
SuperHeifer (S. Donald) Sup., B.G. Yates and Son, Logan Estate Jazz (Holstein); res., E. and E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Allstar Triclo Joybell (Ayrshire).
Red and White (S. Donald) Sup., B.G. Yates and Son, Logan Integral Jodie Red 3; res., J. and G. Lawrie, Redsky Ladd Delight Red; sup heifer, S. Yates, Rockset Integral Rae Red; res. heifer, B. Weatherup and Partners, Pinupgirl Awesome Sangria Red.
Jersey (S. Donald) Sup., P. Manning and E. Murray, Windyridge Tequila Diamond; res., H. Buchanan and Son, Tintoview Tequila Blondie.
sup. heifer, P. Manning, Glanmor Impression Volvic; res. heifer, I.W. Heuchan, Bayview Tequilla Prance 20.
Holstein (S. Donald) Sup., Evening Hill Farm, Whinchat Snowy Tippy 2; res., D. and C. Jones, Aliann Mincio Kitty; sup. heifer, B.G. Yates and Son, Logan Estate Jazz; res. heifer, Whinhill Icow and Huddlesford, Beechview Solomon Lavish.
Ayrshire (S. Donald) Sup., E. and E.T. Tomlinson Son and I. Wilson, Allstar Provider Honesty; res., A. and S. Lawrie, Cuthill Towers Harrys Miss Blondie; sup. heifer, E. and E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Allstar Triclo Joybell; res. heifer, L. Window-Walker, Hunnington Reality Bella.
Any other breed (S. Donald) Sup., J. Lochhead, Kedar Rosa (Brown Swiss); res., R. and S. McColm, Soulseat Jublend Beatrice (Brown Swiss); sup. heifer, Toi Toi Genetics, Kedar Aurora (Brown Swiss); res. heifer, B. Lawson and Sons, Lismulligan Gay 76 (British Friesian).