UK Dairy Expo is a positive event for the dairy industry with more than 6,000 visitors, 122 trade stands and 350 cattle forward at Borderway Mart.
EMERGING victorious in the inter-breed championship at UK Dairy Expo 2016 was the Laird family’s Holstein champion Illens Atwood Australia.
Continuing a successful run for the Lairds who run 500-cows at Blythbridge, Peeblesshire, their winner stood top of a very strong five-year-old class before taking the senior championship.
Purchased privately at Swiss Expo 2015 she calved her third in October and classified EX93, she is giving 63kg a day having produced 12,536kg at 4.76 per cent butter fat and 3.53 per cent protein in her second lactation. Sired by Maple-Downs-I GW Atwood she is out of Illens Lheros Nancy VG89.
She stood reserve champion at the Royal Highland Show 2015, having previously stood second at Swiss Expo in 2015 and 2012, champion and best udder at Junior Bulle and champion at Sarirne 2014.
Describing his champion, judge Michael Heath said: “The Holstein champion offered the total package, I’m greedy and want everything in a cow and she had it. She was very correct with length throughout and great mobility, she had no major holes.”
Standing reserve Holstein champion was the second place five-year-old and reserve senior champion Milliedale Dusk Rhapsody from Millie Wardle. She calved her third last July and was shown giving 40kg daily, sired by Scientific SS Dusk she is out of the successful show cow Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody.
Steve and Rob Bailey secured the Ayrshire championship with their second calved three-year-old Beeline Swiss Florence. Fresh at the end of January she is giving 40kg and produced 5,772kg at 4.4 per cent butter fat and 3.69 per cent protein as a heifer.
Sired by the Savard Red son Brieryside Lucky Swiss, her dam is Beeline Star Florence, a family purchased from the Garrett Hall herd. She is one of 270 Ayrshires milked at the Audlem based herd in Cheshire.
Following her in to reserve was the second prize three-year-old Muir Oblique Ursula from Willie Watson, Mauchline, Ayrshire. On her debut outing she was shown a month fresh and giving 44kg. She is a Jelyca Oblique daughter out of a home-bred dam by Harsefoot Blaze.
The long journey north from Suffolk was worthwhile for the Burroughs family who claimed both champion and reserve titles in the British Friesian championship. Their victor was Oakalby Vienna Sheila 41. She calved her fourth in October and is giving 38kg having yielded 10,870kg at 3.96 per cent butter fat and 3.29 per cent protein in her third lactation.
Oakalby Quadrant Sheila 50 stood reserve champion having won the two and three year old in milk class. She’d calved in January and was shown giving 22kg.
It was a clean sweep in the Brown Swiss championship for Dumfries-based Jonny Lochhead who claimed champion and reserve honours in both the overall and junior championships. His overall winner was Old Mill Wonderment Sunset, shown 300-days in-milk in her second lactation and still producing 34kg a day with a projected yield of 9,500kg.
Purchased as a two month old calf in Switzerland for the equivalent of £6,000, she stood reserve champion at the National Brown Swiss Show at the Livestock Event and reserve inter-breed champion at Dumfries Show 2015. Sired by Top Acres C Wonderment she is out of Old Mill E Snickerdoodle.
Standing reserve champion was a two-year-old milking heifer Kedar Rhapsody, a daughter of Vetch’s Nesta Calvin. Calved in December and giving 28kg she is out of the two times UK Dairy Expo champion Kedar TD Reia.
The Collins family dominated the Dairy Shorthorn championship with Churchroyd Bronte Wildeyes 39 taking top honours. Yielding 40kg daily she calved her second in December having given 5294kg at 4.45 per cent butter fat and 3.5 per cent protein in her first lactation. By Churchroyd Pluto, a home-bred bull out of the Peggy family, her dam is a Drisgol Watzon daughter.
Standing reserve champion was the heifer in milk Churchroyd Bronte Wildeyes 46, a daughter of the Panorama Aramis son Churchroyd Goldwyn.
Lindsay Fleming led Bluegrass Vindications Harp to secure the championship honours for the Northern Irish syndicate, the Fleming Family, John Henning and Keith Agnew. Calved in December and giving 30kg a day, she has been looked after by the Yates family at East Logan since being purchased at the Red Ribbon Sale for a breed record of £11,000 from James Doherty and Stephanie Whittaker.
Unbeaten in the show ring she secured the same title as a milking heifer at UK Dairy Expo 2015.
Reserve to her was the two-year-old Fourcrosses Anthony Carroza from Izzy Wright and Colin Laird. Calved in November she is giving 24kg, this was the first show outing for this heifer who is one of four Jerseys which moved north with Izzy to Blythbridge. She is a daughter of the Allstar son Fourcrosses Allstar Anthony and out of a home bred cow from Izzy’s parent’s 200 Jersey herd in Staffordshire.
Parkend Director Starlet Red emerged victorious in the Red and White section for Brian Weatherup, Fife. Calved with her second in December and giving 50kg daily she is no stranger to success having won intermediate and red and white champion at UK Dairy Day 2014, red and white heifer champion at AgriScot 2014 and junior red and white champion at UK Dairy Expo 2014.
Taking reserve spot was the second prize three-year-old Sterndale Alchemy Noel Red from Bill Nadin and Yasmin Bradbury. This January calver is giving 50kg daily, sired by Hunsberger Alchemy she is out of Sterndale Advent Noel Red.
In the junior championships Knowlesmere Windbrook Chancel from the Whittaker family took top honours in the Holstein section. This senior yearling is in-calf to Armani.
Leading the Ayrshires was Sandyford Primed Clover from the Tomlinson family. This De La Plaine Prime yearling is out of the prolific show winner Sandyford Clover 10.
Jonny Lochhead’s Kedar Wonderment Jana secured the Brown Swiss junior championship on her debut outing. Sired by Top Acres C Wonderment she stems from one of the best families in Switzerland with her dam being full sister to the popular bull GS Alliance Glenn Joker.
The Collins family took the Dairy Shorthorn junior championship with Churchroyd Fay 11, a Nejay Prine 4 daughter. This in-calf heifer is due in April to Churchroyd Wildcard.
In the junior Jersey championship Sammie Wilson led her own Haughton Tequila Viva La Vida to secure the top title on her first outing. Sired by Tower Vue Prime Tequila she is an ET daughter of Arethusa Socrates Velvet.
A long journey from Devon was worthwhile for Panda Holsteins who claimed the Red and White junior championship with Panda Heart of Gold Red on her first show outing. This August 2015-born heifer is the only red and white daughter of Mr Atwood Brokaw in the world and is out of the successfully shown Panda Lexnder Fools Gold Red VG88.
The showmanship section was judged by Lanarkshire-based David Gray and after putting the youngsters through their paces he tapped out mature class winner James Doherty as champion.
James stood second and honourable mention at the 2015 All Breeds All Britain Calf Show on his first time competing at the event.
Champion of champions (Judges, M. Heath, Maryland, and J. Stephen, Ontario) Supreme, Blythbridge Holsteins, Illens Atwood Australia
Ayrshire (J. Stephen) Sup., S.N. Bailey and Partners, Beeline Swiss Florence; reserve, W. and A. Watson, Muir Oblique Ursula.
Brown Swiss (M. Heath) Sup., T Lochhead and Sons, Old Mill Wonderment Sunset; res., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Rhapsody.
British Friesian (M. Heath) Sup., E.S. Burroughs and Son, Oakalby Vienna Sheila 41; res., E.S. Burroughs and Son, Oakalby Quadrant Sheila 50.
Dairy Shorthorn (M. Heath) Sup., I.R.G. Collins and Partners, Churchroyd Bronte Wildeyes 39; res., I.R.G. Collins and Parnets, Churchroyd Bronte Wildeyes 46.
Holstein (M. Heath) Sup., Blythbridge Holsteins, Illens Atwod Australia; res., M. Wardle, Milliedale Dusk Rhapsody.
Jersey (J. Stephen) Sup., Fleming Family, J. Henning, K. Agnew, Bluegrass Vindications Harp; res., I Wright, Fourcrosses Anthony Carroza.
Red and White (J. Stephen) Sup., B. Weatherup and Partners, Parkend Director Starlet Red; res., W.J. Nadin and Co, Sterndale Alchemy Noel Red.
Ayrshire (J. Stephen) Sup., E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Sandyford Primed Clover; res., A. Rimmer, Sandyford LR Bunty.
Brown Swiss (M. Heath) Sup., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Wonderment Jana; res., Kedar Blooming Snow Drop, T. Lochhead and Sons.
Dairy Shorthorn (M. Heath) Sup., I.R.G. Collins and Partners, Churchroyd Fay 11; res., G.G. Baynes and Son, Marleycote Chatter 20.
Holstein (M. Heath) Sup., A. and J. Whittaker, Knowlesmere Windbrook Chancel; res., S. Wake and M. Gutierrez, Blydale El Niro Missy.
Jersey (J. Stephen) Sup., S. Wilson, Haughton Tequila Viva La Vida; res., B. Yates, Logan Tequila Glamour.
Red and White (J. Stephen) Sup., Panda Holsteins, Panda Heart of Gold Red; Eastford Holsteins, Eastford Atomium Kiwi Red.
Overall (D. Gray, Lanarkshire) Sup., J Doherty; res., N Sloan.