IT was a triumph for the husband and wife team of Izzy and Colin Laird in the dairy inter-breed with the supreme award and the Queen’s Cup going to the Jersey champion, Fourcrosses Anthony Carozza and reserve to the Holstein champion, Blythbridge Jessy D2Cou.
The Jersey third calver, bred by Mrs Laird’s parents, Helen and Andrew Wright, was breed champion at UK Dairy Expo in March and reserve breed champion at the show last year. Having calved in December it is giving 28kg and is one of eight Jerseys Mrs Laird runs alongside her husband’s family’s 500 Holsteins at Blyth Bridge, Peeblesshire.
Judge, Willie Whiteford, Carlisle, said his champion was ‘an idyllic example of the Jersey breed.’
Their reserve supreme and Holstein champion, Blythbridge Jessy D2Cou, a Maple-Downs-IGW Atwood daughter, was also a winner at the show last year after being imported from France as a heifer. Having calved its second in January it is giving 52kg and is projected to produce 14,200kg in this lactation.
Reserve Jersey was the third calver, Enchanted Wizard Jess, from J. and I. Wilson, Cupar, Fife, which was junior champion at the show as a heifer and a winner at AgriScot.
Taking the reserve Holstein title was Riverdane Ashlyn’s Gold, a second calver from James Wilson, Evening Holsteins, Carlisle, which had been junior champion at the show last year.
The junior dairy inter-breed supreme went to the Red and White breed champion, Logan Integral Jodie Red 3, a home-bred first calver, by Blondin Integral from Brian Yates, Castle Douglas. Classified VG87 is its giving 42kg daily having calved in January.
Standing second in the class to the champion was Troutbeck Leonard Antie home-bred by twins, Philip and James Mattinson, Wigton, which went on to take the reserve breed title.
Moher Nealty daughter, owned by William Lindsay, Lanark, in partnership with its breeder, Howard Batty. Four weeks calved and giving 52kg daily, it was champion at Dumfries, Strathaven and East Kilbride shows last season.
Changue Martha, a 10-year-old sixth calver took the reserve Ayrshire rosette for Mungo Bryson, Mauchline, Ayrshire, after being breed champion last year.
In the Dairy Shorthorn ring the championship went to Thomas Moscrop and his son, Stephen, who were competing at the show for the second time, with their home-bred fourth calver, Irthingelt Tavla 2 by Skyhigh Hartland. Classified VG87, it calved in January and is giving 35kg daily and is one of 60 Dairy Shorthorns the family runs alongside 250 British Friesians near Carlisle.
Martin Jackson, Thirsk, claimed the reserve championship with Bilbro Heather 2, a second calver by Bilbro Barney.
Inter-breed (W. Whiteford, Carlisle) Sup., I. Laird, Fourcrosses Anthony Carozza (Jersey); res., Blythbridge Holsteins, Blythbridge Jessy D2Cou (Holstein); junior sup., B. Yates, Logan Integral Jodie Red (Red and White); res., Evening Holsteins, Pettenil Mincio Priscilla (Holstein).
Red and White (R. Barr, Campbeltown) Sup., B. Yates, Logan Integral Jodie Red; res., P. and J. Mattinson, Troutbeck Leonard Antie.
Ayrshire (R. Barr) Sup., D. Lindsay, Willowfields Winnie 2; res., M. Bryson, Changue Martha 49.
Holstein (R. Barrett, Ballinhassig) Sup., Blythbridge Holsteins, Blythbridge Jessy D2Cou; res., Evening Holsteins, Riverdane Ashlyn’s Gold.
Jersey (S. Pye, Carnforth) Sup., I. Laird, Four cross Anthony Carozza; res., J. and I. Wilson, Enchanted Wizard Jess.
Dairy Shorthorn (G. Bell, Minshull Vernon) T.W. and A.M. Moscrop, Irthingelt Tavla 2; res., M. Jackson, Bilbro Heather 2.