YOU could have heard a pin drop in the exhibition hall for the inter-breed championship at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo, Carlisle as the panel of breed judges selected their inter-breed champion. The honour this year fell to the Holstein champion, Sahara Sanchez Ambrosia 3 from Mark and Sue Nutsford’s Riverdane herd, Cheshire.
The EX94-classified cow by Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez calved with its fourth calf in May 2018 and is currently giving 51kg daily. Owned in partnership with Mick Hollins, Staffordshire, it was bought from Andrew Bunting, Annan, as a second calver. Last year it took the title of SuperCow at AgriScot.
Commenting on the champion, Holstein, Dairy Shorthorn and Brown Swiss judge, Carl Saucier, Quebec said: “For me she was an easy grand, she possessed so much strength, power and overall length. But it was her mammary system which was outstanding, she has excellent height and width and strength of suspensory ligament.”
Taking the reserve interbreed title was the Ayrshire champion, this was Sandyford Prime Heather Honey, a second calved cow by Canadian bull, De La Paine Prime.
Breeders E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Loughborough, sold a half in the Perfection Collection sale in 2018 to Beth Granville, Bridgend. Classified VG89 as a three-year-old, it calved in December, and is currently giving 45kg daily. Its dam, Sandyford Burdette Heather Honey was classified EX93 and won its class at UK Dairy Expo in 2017.
Evening Stanleycup Jennifer was second place in the mature cow class to the overall champion and also followed her as reserve Holstein champion. Bred and owned by Evening Holsteins, Carlisle, the EX95-classified, fourth calved cow by Gillette Stanleycup is out of home bred, Evening Kingly Jennifer. It calved in November and is currently giving 55kg a day. This cow is no stranger to success having won its class at UK Dairy Expo 2018 and previously representing the UK at the European championship show in Colmar, France in 2016.
In reserve for the Ayrshires was Sandyford Lucky Florrie, another owned by Messrs Tomlinson, this was a three-week-fresh, EX90-classified third calver by Sandyford Lucky Charm. Its dam, Sandyford Reality Florrie is also classified EX90. It was interbreed exhibitor bred champion at Cheshire show in 2018.
In a UK Dairy Expo first, Kedar Rhapsody from T. Lochhead and Sons, Dumfries, took the Brown Swiss championship for the third consecutive year. Having calved in February with its fourth, the EX93-classified cow is currently giving 48kg daily. Rhapsody is by Vetschs Nesta Calvin and out of Kedar TD Reia, which also was Brown Swiss champion at the show twice.
Also finishing in the same position as last year, taking the Brown Swiss reserve spot was Kedar Vigor Heike, also from the 110-strong Kedar herd of Messrs Lochhead. Shown six weeks fresh with its seventh calf, it is giving 45kg a day.
The Jersey championship went to the winner of the senior cow class, Clifton Vanahlem Clover, from R. And M. Scott, Ayrshire. By Pannoo Abe Vanahlem it was bred by Steven Bland, Penrith and bought at Carlisle in 2017 by Messrs Scott. It calved with its fourth calf in November 2018, currently yielding 44kg a day.
Taking the reserve spot on its first time in the show ring was Clydevalley Excitation Magic owned by Alison Hunter and Kevin Lawrie, Maybole, Ayrshire. Having calved with its second on Christmas Eve, it is currently giving 36kg daily. By Bridon Excitation, it is out of Clydevalley Governor Magic and was classified VG86 as a heifer.
The Red and White champion was home bred, Richaven Absolute Stocking Red, a VG88-classified, second calved cow from R.A. Bown, Worcester. By Apples Absolute Red, it is eight weeks fresh and is currently giving 49kg daily, this was its first time in the show ring.
The reserve Red and White champion was Eastford Atomium Kiwi Red by Gen I Beq Atomium Red and out of Coton End Secure Kiwi Red. Bred and owned by Eastford Holsteins, it was named Super Heifer at Agriscot in 2017. Having calved in November, it is currently giving 52kg a day and was classified VG88 as a heifer.
Quadrant Cathy 50 took the championship for the Friesians for the second year, the third calved cow is owned by brother and sister team, David Burroughs and Margaret Vale, Suffolk. The home bred cow is by Deangate Quadrantm and out of Oakalby Windermere Cathy 42. It calved in September, currently giving 32kg daily and is due to calve again in September this year.
The reserve champion was Adams Laura 6, from B. Lawson and Sons, Fife. This was the first show for the January-calved heifer by Raby Jazzman, a stock bull bought at the Raby dispersal sale. Currently giving 32kg daily, its dam, Adams Laura 3 was classified EX91.
Taking the Dairy Shorthorn title was Irthingelt VI 5, a January calved heifer from T. Moscrop, Carlisle. By Blissful Teds Spurgeon it is giving 26kg daily. The heifer was shown at the Royal Highland Show as an in-calf heifer in 2018 and was reserve junior champion.
The reserve champion in the Shorthorn ring was a third-calved cow from P.E. Bailey and Sons, Oswestry. This was the first time out for VG87-classified, Tanat Rosemary 2 which is by April-Day Wisconsin Red. It calved in January and is currently giving 42kg a day.
The John Dennison Lifetime Achievement Award is presented in memory of Cumbrian dairy farmer, John Dennison. It recognises the achievements and contribution to the industry of dairy breeders and exhibitors.
This year the winner was Bill Nadin, Buxton, Derbyshire. Mr Nadin already has a number of accolades to his name including his Sterndale herd taking the title of Premier Herd in 2013.
Inter-breed (Judge, Panel) Supreme, Riverdane and Barmick, Sahara Sanchez Ambrosia 3 (Holstein); reserve, E.T. Tomlinson and Son and B. Granville, Sandyford Prime Heather Honey.
Ayrshire (M. Sloan, Wisconsin) Sup., E.T. Tomlinson and Son and Beth Granville, Sandyford Prime Heather Honey; res., E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Sandyford Lucky Florrie.
Jersey (M. Sloan, Wisconsin) Sup., R. and M. Scott, Clifton Vanahlem Clover; res., A. Hunter and K. Lawrie, Clydevalley Excitation Magic.
Red and White (M. Sloan, Wisconsin) Sup., R.A. Bown, Richaven Absolute Stocking Red; res., Eastford Holsteins, Eastford Atomium Kiwi Red.
British Friesian (M. Logan, Northern Ireland) Sup., E.S. Burroughs and Son, Oakalby Quadrant Cathy 50; res., B. Lawson and Sons, Adams Laura 6.
Dairy Shorthorn (C. Saucier, Quebec) Sup., T. Moscrop, Irthingelt VI 5; res., P.E. Bailey and Sons, Tanat Rosemary 2.
Brown Swiss (C. Saucier, Quebec) Sup., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Rhapsody; res., T. Lochhead and Son, Kedar Vigor Heike.
Holstein (C. Saucier, Quebec) Sup., Riverdane and Barmick, Sahara Sanchez Ambrosia 3; res., Evening Holsteins, Evening Stanleycup Jennifer.