The Holstein champion, Newbirks Jazz 1584 took her second inter-breed win of the season at this year’s UK Dairy Day, which also hosted the national shows for the Holstein, Ayrshire and Brown Swiss breeds. Hannah Noble reports from the ringside.
Fresh from being crowned supreme champion at the Royal Welsh Show in July, the fourth-calved cow by Comestar Lavanguard, owned by Robert and Elaine Butterfield, Bentham, was bought privately from the Lawson family’s Newbirks herd, Otley in 2015.
Having calved in March, she peaked at a yield of 71kg a day, but was shown giving 57kg at 4.73 per cent fat and 3.54 per cent protein. As part of the Butterfield’s 140-strong herd of Holstein cows, Jazz won her class at the Royal Highland Show earlier in the year and will head back up to Scotland to compete at Agriscot next.
The inter-breed judge Patrick Ruttimann, Switzerland, commented his champion was ‘the most complete’ dairy cow in the inter-breed line-up. He said: “There was a lot of great individual cows, but my champion was strong through the front end, she had great balance, excellent rump structure and a great udder.”
Allstar Triclo Joybell, the Ayrshire champion and reserve inter-breed heifer champion took the reserve spot. Owned by Evie Tomlinson, Loughborough, it is believed this was the first time a two-year-old heifer has won the Ayrshire national show.
The heifer by home-bred bull, Sandyford Triclo and out of Allstar Magic Joybell, calved in March and was shown giving 38kg a day. This was quite a year for Joybell which was also named breed champion and inter-breed heifer champion at the Royal Welsh Show. It will head to the Dairy Show and Agriscot next.
The winner of the Brown Swiss national show, Kedar Rhapsody stood honourable mention after making the journey from Dumfries where it resides in the Lochhead family’s herd of 140 Brown Swiss cows.
Backed by six generations of home-bred cows, Rhapsody calved in January with its fourth calf and is currently giving 45kg a day. The EX93-classified cow by Vetsch’s Nesta Calvin is out of Kedar TD Reia which also won the national breed show and was breed champion at Dairy Expo twice.
The inter-breed heifer title went to the Holstein heifer champion, Riverdane Absolute Springsteen from Riverdane Holsteins, Middlewich. By Absolute Apples Red, the heifer calved in April and is giving 45kg a day. It was also Holstein champion at the Royal Cheshire show which was its first time gracing the show ring.
The reserve Holstein champion was Evening Stanleycup Jennifer, one of four cows exhibited by Evening Farms, Carlisle which made it into the judge’s choice of five cows in the final Holstein line up.
The home-bred fourth-calved cow by Gilette Stanleycup calved in November 2018 and is giving 55kg a day. Classified EX95 she had previously taken the reserve Holstein title at Dairy Expo in Carlisle back in March and represented the UK in the European championships in Colmar, France in 2016.
Taking the reserve title for the Ayrshire breed was another from the Tomlinson family, this time Sandyford Provider Fragrance, a second-calved cow by Richaven Provider. Having calved in February, the home-bred cow out of Hunnington Fragrance 56 achieved a yield of 9,997kg in its first lactation at 3.83 per cent fat and 3.81 per cent protein.
The reserve title in the Brown Swiss ring was taken by Kedar Rosa, the daughter of the breed champion, Kedar Rhapsody.
Classified VG89 as a heifer, it calved with its second calf in June and its production peaked at 38kg at 4.2 per cent fat and 3.2 per cent protein. It was heifer champion and reserve inter-bred heifer at Dairy Day last year and will head to Dairy Expo next year.
Heading up the Jersey breed was Bluegrass Sams Dreaming from A.H. Wilson and Son, Cardigan. The fifth-calved cow was bought privately from Barry and Jenny Daw’s Hertfordshire-based Bluegrass herd as a calf and is one of 12 Jerseys to join the Tregibby herd of 80 Holstein cows.
By Bluegrass Lord Swinging Sam and out of Bluegrass Bobs Dream, it calved in July and was shown giving 36kg a day. It was second in its class at this year’s Royal Welsh Show and will go on to compete at the Dairy Show.
The Wilson family also took reserve with another from Bluegrass, this time a third calver by Tower Vue Prime Tequila and out of the renowned Blondette family, Bluegrass Tequilas Blondette. Having calved in January it is giving 32kg a day and was breed champion at the Royal Welsh Show this year.
The champion in the Guernsey section was Latifa Princess Leia from C. and M. Moody, Hampshire. The EX94 classified cow calved in May with its fourth and is giving 46kg a day. The cow by Tredinney Yogis Andante is one of 12 cows in the current herd which was reformed in 2000 after being sold off in the 1990s. It was breed champion at Bath and West Show and inter-breed champion at Kent Show this year.
Lower Keigwin Crunch Starsky a heifer from A.D. and R.M. Thomas, Lutterworth, took the reserve Guernsey honours. The heifer by Jens Gold Aaron Crunch was bought from the Lower Keigwin dispersal sale at Exeter in the spring as an in-calf heifer. It is currently giving 30kg a day at 5.0 per cent fat and 3.21 per cent protein. The Thomas family also scooped honourable mention with Kimcote Legend Angel 3.
The red and white champion was a home-bred second calved cow from Panda Holsteins, Chumleigh. Panda Heart of Gold Red calved at the end of May and was shown giving 57kg a day. The VG88-classified cow was champion red and white and overall reserve champion calf at the All Britain All Breeds calf show in 2016.
Taking the honours in the Dairy Shorthorn ring was the winning junior cow in milk, Twells Susie 69 from Pearn Wyatt and Son, Norfolk, on their debut at UK Dairy Day. The home-bred second calved cow by Strickley Maximus calved in March and has given 7,500kg in 182 days. It is part of the Wyatt’s 240-strong herd of dairy cows and was breed champion at Norfolk show.
In reserve was Cotonhall Butternut Sapphire from R.D. Kite and Son, Stafford. The second calver was second in its class to the champion and calved in July and is giving 38kg a day. By Blackwood Park Butternut and out of EX91 classified, Cotonhall Sapphire 6, which is still milking in the herd in its sixth lactation. Classified VG88 as a heifer it is awaiting a score as a second calved cow.
Inter-breed (P. Ruttimann, Switzerland) Supreme, R. and E. Butterfield, Newbirks Jazz 1584 (Holstein); reserve, E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Allstar Triclo Joybell (Ayrshire).
Inter-breed heifer (P. Ruttimann) Sup., Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Absolute Springsteen (Holstein); res., E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Allstar Triclo Joybell (Ayrshire).
Holstein (P. Ruttimann) Sup. R. and E. Butterfield, Newbirks Jazz 1584; res., Evening Hill Farm, Evening Stanleycup Jennifer; sup. heifer, Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Absolute Springsteen; res heifer, A. Lawson and Son, Newbirks Jazz 1800.
Jersey (M. Pye, Lancashire) Sup. A.H. Wilson and Son, Bluegrass Sams Dreaming; res. A.H. Wilson and Son, Bluegrass Tequilas Blondette; sup. heifer, The Davis Family, Rivermead Impression Alexis.
Ayrshire (G. Lawrie, Ayrshire) Sup. and heifer; E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Sandyford Triclo Joybell; res., E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Sandyford Provider Fragrance; res. heifer, M. Windel, Wroughton Honeycombe.
Brown Swiss (R. Radel, Australia) Sup., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Rhapsody; res., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Rosa; sup heifer, ToiToi Genetics, Kedar Aurora; res. heifer, T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Norwin Snuggles.
Guernsey (C. Gleed, High Wycombe) Sup., C. and M. Moody, Latifa Princess Leia; res. and sup. heifer, A.D. and R.M. Thomas, Lower Keigwin Crunch Starsky.
Red and White Holstein (P. Ruttimann) Sup., Panda Holsteins, Panda Heart of Gold Red.
Dairy Shorthorn (S. Thomas, Pembrokeshire) Sup., P. Wyatt and Son, Twells Susie 69; res., R.D. Kite and Son, Cotonhall Butternut Sapphire; sup. heifer, R.D. Kite and Son, Cotonhall Isor Samanta.