BLYTHEBRIDGE Jessy D2Cou claimed the inter-breed dairy title after standing in the reserve spot at last year’s show.
Imported from France as a two-year-old by the Laird family, it now resides within the Peeblesshire-based Blythebridge herd and is giving 50kg a day after calving in November with its third calf. By Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood and out of an End Road Beacon cow, it is classified EX92.
In reserve was the Jersey champion, Clifton Vanahlem Clover, from Robbie Scott, Ayrshire. The Vanahklem daughter was bought from Stephen Bland’s reduction sale at Carlisle in 2017, it calved in November with its third calf and is in-calf with its fourth by River Valley Chrome and is due to calve in December on its fifth birthday.
Currently giving 41kg a day, it is classified EX92 and was champion Jersey at UK Dairy Expo at Carlisle in March and champion at Ayr show earlier in the season.
The reserve Holstein was a third-calved cow, Witherslack Micro Joanne 2, from Jim and Isabel Wilson, Fife. The cow by Bertaiola Mincio was bought from Witherslack Holsteins in 2018, it calved in April and is giving 56kg a day at 5.5 per cent fat and 3.42 per cent protein. The cow is part of the Wilson’s 380-strong herd of Holsteins, it was the champion of champions at West Fife Show this year and it will head to Kinross Show next.
The reserve Jersey also came from J. and I. Wilson, this was Monument David Jess. The second-calved cow by Sunset Canyon David was junior champion at the Royal Highland Show last year. It calved in April and is giving 40kg daily.
This was the first year an, any other breed class was included in the dairy section, the championship was claimed by a Brown Swiss from Robert McColm, Stranraer. Soulseat Lasson Kizzy is part of Mr McColm’s 130 Brown Swiss cattle in the Soulseat herd. It calved in March with its third calf and is giving 32kg a day at 4.3 per cent fat and 3.77 per cent protein.
The reserve any other breed champion was Lismulligan Priscilla 53, a Friesian from A. Lawson. The homebred cow by Winnoch Umpire calved in March with its third calf and is giving 34kg a day. It was the any other dairy breed champion at Fife show and is part of Mr Lawson’s herd of 175 Friesians and Dairy Shorthorns.
Taking the Ayrshire championship was a homebred cow from A. and S. Lawrie, Kinross. This was Cuthill Towers Highland Dream, a second calver which calved in March and is giving 50 kg a day. It was placed fourth in its class at the Royal highland last year and will head to Dairy Day in September.
The reserve Ayrshire was Changue Martha 49 from Mungo Bryson, Mauchline, bought privately from Changue four years ago. The EX95-classified cow calved with its seventh in March and is giving 45kg daily.
Mr Lawson also claimed the trophy in the Dairy Shorthorn ring with Winbrook Cactus 30. The VG88-classified, third-calved cow by Winbrook Pedro calved in May and is giving 42kg a day. It was second in its class last year as a junior cow.
The reserve Dairy Shorthorn honours fell to Irthingelt Talula 2 from T.W. and A.M. Moscrop, Carlisle. The VG89-classified, homebred cow by Skyhigh Hartland calved with its fifth calf in January, it is giving 35kg a day and is predicted to give 10,500kg this lactation.
The Red and White Holstein champion was Redsky Land Delight from J. and G. Lawrie, the EX93-classified cow by Tiger Lily Ladd P-Red, was bought from the Black and White sale in Carlisle five years ago. It calved for the fourth time in February and is giving 55kg a day.
Inter-breed (P. Harrison, Heddon-on-the-Wall) Supreme, Blythebridge Holsteins, Blythebridge Jessy D2Cou (Holstein); reserve, R. Scott, Clifton Vanahlem Clover (Jersey).
Red and White Holstein (M. Broadley, Buxton) Sup., J. and G. Lawrie, Redsky Land Delight; res., Eastford Holsteins, Eastford Atomium Kiwi Red.
Ayrshire (M. Broadley) Sup., a. and S. Lawrie, Cuthill Towers Highland Dream; res., M. Bryson, Changue Martha 49.
Holstein (M. Logan, Bangor) Sup., Blythebridge Holsteins, Blythebridge Jessy D2Cou; res., J. and I. Wilson, Witherslack Micro Joanne 2.
Jersey (J. Waring, Beverley) Sup., R. Scott, Clifton Vanahlem Clover; res., J. and I. Wilson, Monument David Jess.
Dairy Shorthorn (R. Boote, Frodsham) Sup., A. Lawson, Winbrook Cactus 30; res., T.W. and A.M. Moscrop, Irthingelt Talula 2.
Any other dairy breed (M. Cochrane, Newmilns) Sup., R. McColm, Soulseat Larsson Kizzy (Brown Swiss); res., A. Lawson, Lismulligan Priscilla 53 (Friesian).