Just short of 50 entries were forward at this year’s Western Holstein Club’s spring show, which is one of the last fixtures for the breed before the team to represent the UK in the European championships at Colmar, France is chosen. Katie Jones reports.
This year’s Western Holstein Club’s spring fixture, held at Southview Equestrian Centre, near Nantwich, attracted entries from far afield with some of the top honours going to cattle from Lancashire, Yorkshire and Devon.
The overall championship went to Lancashire with Robert and Elaine Butterfield’s senior winner, Newbirks Jazz 1584. The Butterfields bought this cow last May after seeing her at Otley Show. She went on to win her heifer in-milk class at the Great Yorkshire show, and took a second prize at this year’s UK Dairy Expo. She calved her second in December after giving 9,500kg in her first lactation at 4.7 butterfat and 3.2 protein. She is currently giving 39litres a day.
Part of the Butterfields 150-cow herd at Bentham, near Lancaster she is now destined for the European show at Colmar.
The judge, Garry Hurley of Clonpaddin Holsteins in Co Wicklow, Ireland praised this ‘balanced cow’. “She has a really great topline, and pin setting, super legs and feed, with a really good udder and veination.”
Taking reserve was Willsbro Atwood Amber, from Riverdane Holsteins of Middlewich, Cheshire, and Willbro Holsteins of Wadebridge, Cornwall. Led out by Mark Nutsford, this in-milk heifer won the heifer title before taking the reserve overall. Being shown for the first time this heifer calved in October and is projected to give around 11,000kg. Mr Nutsford sold her grand-dam to the Willsbro family and then bought a half share in Amber.
Riverdane Holsteins dominated the senior red and white championship taking overall and reserve. His winner was Riverdane Adventure Jodie Red, this time led out by herdsman Martin Beeston, and shown a month calved with her second and giving 46.8kg at 4.2 per cent butterfat and 3.2 per cent protein. She was champion red and white at last summer’s Cheshire show.
Reserve was Riverdane Barbwire Advantageous Red, shown by daughter Jodie, and also a proven show winner, having taken the junior title at the same fixture last spring. She calved her first in February and is giving 39kg.
The runner-up in the senior cow judging went to Icow Huddlesford Rosann 899 from Isaac Lancaster of Icow Holsteins, Yorkshire, and the Cope family of Huddlesford Holsteins, Staffordshire. This second calver was bought from Germany at the end of last year. Descended from 12 generations of excellent (EX) dams she calved in December and is giving 44litres. She’ll hopefully be shown at this year’s Royal Highland show.
Taking reserve in the heifer judging was Joseph Heler Farms, Nantwich with their home-bred in-milk heifer, Helton Goldsun Lexus, a Toc-Farm Goldsun daughter.
Perhaps the furthest travelled was Molly Westwood who runs Panda Holsteins at Chumleigh, Devon. Her trip north was rewarded with the junior championship title, with Panda Heart of Gold. Miss Westwood and her father Andrew currently have 11 show animals, including four cows. They also have a number of recipients and are aim to be able to show the ET progeny from this business. Their August-born heifer also took the red and white championship. The calf will next be on show closer to home at the Royal Bath and West.
Another sired by the same bull, Mr Atwood Brokaw, took the runners-up spot. This was Knowlesmere Brokaw Chancel from the Whittaker families 280 strong herd at Shrewsbury. This was just the second outing for this June-born calf who picked up a second prize at the UK Dairy Expo and whose sister was All Britain junior two-year-old.
Overall (G. Hurley, Co Wicklow) Supreme, R. and E. Butterfield, Newbirks Jazz 1584; reserve, Riverdane Holsteins, Willsbro Atwood Amber.
Senior (G. Hurley) Sup., R. and E. Butterfeild, Newbirks Jazz 1584; res., Icow and Huddlesford Holsteins, Icow Huddlesford Rosann 899.
Senior red and white (G.Hurley) Sup., Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Adventure Jodie Red; res. , Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Barbwire Advantageous Red.
Heifer (G. Hurley) Sup., Riverdane Holsteins, Willsbro Atwood Amber; res., Joseph Heler Farms, Helton Goldsun Lexus.
Junior (G. Hurley) Sup., Panda Holsteins, Panda Heart of Gold Red; res., A. and J. Whittaker, Knowlesmere Brokaw Chancel.
Junior red and white (G. Hurley) Sup., Panda Holsteins, Panda Heart of Gold Red; res., T.H. Roberts and Son, Nobold Absolutely Hellish Red.