THE culmination of a great day at the Dairy Show, Shepton Mallet, for Elwyn, Cheryl and daughter, Anwen Thomas, Kidwelly, was claiming the supreme inter-breed title with their Holstein champion Normead Baxter Kansas.
The second-calver by Emerald-ACR-SA T-Baxter was bought privately as an in-milk heifer from the C.B. Cooper Partnership and has had a successful show season so far this year. Having calved in January, it is still giving 40kg dairy and is in-calf again for February.
The Thomas’ also took the reserve Holstein championship with the home-bred fourth-calver Gatrog Bolton Jingles, which was joined by its herd-mate, the second calver Gatrog Nickalodean Pansy, to take the inter-breed pairs title for the family.
Reserve inter-breed champion went to the supreme from the National Jersey Show, Riverside Tequila Hazelnut, a home-bred third-calver by Towervue Prime Tequila from the Llewellin family, Haverfordwest, and shown by Jeff Daw. It was inter-breed champion at Pembrokeshire County on its only other outing.
Standing reserve Jersey champion was Bluegrass Coltons Lady Sunshine, a second-calver from A.H. Wilson and Son, Cardigan, which had been bought as a calf from breeders Barry and Jenny Daw.
Brown Swiss champion Moorcourt Manchester Agatha was awarded honourable mention.
The second-calver, exhibited by Richard, Bethan, Iwan and Nia Thomas, Kidwelly, was heifer champion at the Welsh Dairy Show last year and any other breed champion of champions at Llandyfaelog this year.
Kedar Wonderment, a heifer in-milk from Brian Miller, Bridgwater, took the reserve breed championship having been heifer champion at the Royal Welsh Show and champion at Royal Cornwall earlier in the season.
On their first time competing at the show, Edward, Sarah, Robert and Anna Crank, Chester, took the Dairy Shorthorn championship with Earlsgift Butterbur 6, a home-bred third-calver by Drisgol Madonnas Prince.
Having calved at the end of August, it is giving 34kg daily.
Brinsbury Millicent 9, exhibited by Chichester College and shown by Amy Aylin, took the reserve title. The fourth-calver was breed champion at South of England earlier this year.
The national Guernsey show also took place at the event, with supreme going to Blacknor Cracker Iceberg Diana from Emma Greenslade, Cullompton.
It is by Greensfield Stinky Iceberg, which was also breed champion at UK Dairy Day.
The fourth-calver was given to Ms Greenslade as a heifer in-milk by breeder Ian Crouch who also bred the reserve champion, Blacknor Cracker Weston Duchess, a third-calver exhibited by Les Rockett and Abi Marshall, Okehampton.
In the Ayrshire section, top spot went to home-bred Butterbesley Ultra Violet Violet from J. Cornish and Sons, Wellington, who were competing at the event for the first time.
A winner at UK Dairy Day, it is projected to give 7,000kg in its first lactation with more than 4 per cent butterfat and is due again in mid-February. It was also reserve inter-breed heifer champion.
Reserve Ayrshire was Berriow Modem Rosehip, the senior cow winner from Arthur and Debbie Walters, Launceston, shown by daughter Becky. Having calved in May, it is giving 28kg daily and was champion at last year’s Royal Cornwall Show.
The inter-breed heifer supreme went to Jersey Whitenhill Iced Tea Deliria. It is home-bred by Bruce and Jenny Ravenhill-White, who are milking 190 Jerseys near Umberleigh in Devon, and shown by their daughter Jess.
Having calved at the end of June and giving 21kg daily, it is by Bluegrass Polly Long Island Iced Tea and was making its showring debut.
Inter-breed (all breed judges) Supreme, E. and C. Thomas, Normead Baxter Kansas (Holstein); reserve, Llewellin family, Riverside Tequila Hazelnut (Jersey).
Inter-breed heifer (R. Hunter, Lanarkshire) Sup., B. and J. Ravenhill-White, Whitenhill Iced Teas Deliria (Jersey); res., J. Cornish and Sons, Butterbesley Ultra Violet Violet.
Ayrshire (J. Hunter, Co Antrim) Sup., J. Cornish and Sons, Butterbesley Ultra Violet Violet; res., A.R. and D.L. Walters, West Berriow Modem Rosehip.
Brown Swiss (J. Westaway, Dorset) Sup., R. and B. Thomas, Moorcourt Manchester Agatha; res., B. Miller, Kedar Wonderment.
Dairy Shorthorn (D. Winnington, Staffordshire) Sup., Messrs Crank, Earlsgift Butterbur 6; res., Chichester College, Brinsbury Gentle 3.
Guernsey (C. Evans, Carmarthen) Sup., M. and C. Greenslade and family, Blacknor Cracker Iceberg Diana; res., L. Rockett and A. Marshall, Blacknor Cracker Weston Duchess.
Holstein (D. Hodgson, Cumbria) Sup., E. and C. Thomas, Normead Baxter Kansas; res., E. and C. Thomas, Gatrog Montague Culture.
Jersey (R. Jarrell, Ontario) Sup., Llewellin family, Riverside Tequila Hazelnut; res., A.H. Wilson and Sons, Bluegrass Coltons Lady Sunshine.