The journey down from Northern England certainly paid off for Robert and Elaine Butterfield, who were exhibiting at the Royal Welsh for the first time, when their Holstein champion, Newbirks Jazz 1584, clinched the supreme dairy cow title.
The Butterfields, from Bentham, bought the fourth calver privately from the Lawson family, Oltley, in May 2015 and it has done well for them on the show circuit, taking the inter-breed title at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Highland show two years ago.
Judge Richard Saxby, who farms 290 pedigree Jerseys with his family in Scaftworth, Doncaster, said his champion had a ‘strong body capacity, a tremendous spine and volume of udder’, noting it as being a credit to its owners.
Residing within the couple’s 140-head pedigree Holstein herd, the September-2012 born cow is by Comestar Lavenguard and was shown giving 65kg, having last calved in March. It will be shown at UK Dairy Day next.
In what is thought to be a first for the breed, the Brown Swiss champion, Kedar Big Start Sinitta, was tapped out as reserve inter-breed champion in the senior section.
The March-2015 born cow is from Torrence Summerfield, who had made the journey from Staffordshire to exhibit at the Royal Welsh for the first time.
Sinitta was bought privately from Jonny Lochhead, Dumfries, in October last year and now resides with the families 250-head herd of mainly pedigree Holsteins.
A Big Star daughter, it calved with its second calf, a heifer, in March this year and will be shown at UK Dairy Day next.
Reigning supreme in the inter-breed heifer championship was the Ayrshire reserve champion, Allstar Triclo Joybell, a first calver from Evie Tomlinson, Loughborough.
Having calved in March this year, it was shown giving 38kg and marked a first-time win in the heifer top-line up for the family on what was the first show ring outing for September-2016 born Joybell this season.
Heading to UK Dairy Day next, it resides alongside the familiy’s 500-head Sandyford herd and impressed judge, Mr Saxby, who said the heifer had breed character, strong strength of spine and balanced, well-attached udder.
Reserve inter-breed heifer was Wynford Mccutch Rebecca, from W.J.P Wilson of the Tregibby herd, Cerdigion.
Bred by Wynford Farms, Newport, the January-2017 born heifer is by De-Su BKM Mcutchen and out of Wynford Artes Rebecca.
The Ayrshire section also brought success for the Loughborough based Tomlinson family, with their home-bred second calver, Sandyford Provider Fragrance.
By Richoven Provider, the August-2015 born cow is classified EX95 and stood heifer champion at Dairy Expo last year.
Topping the Jersey line-up was another from regular winners, the Wilson family, with their third calver, Bluegrass Tequilas Blondette, last year’s reserve breed champion.
By Tower Vue Prime Tequila, it was bought privately from the breeders Barry and Jenny Daw, Hertfordshire, three years ago as a fresh heifer and was shown giving 40kg having last calved in January.
Champion Dairy Shorthorn went Drisgol Church Daisy 5, a sixth calver from Seimon and Eleanor Thomas, Llanfyrnach.
Having stood breed champion at the Welsh Dairy show in 2018, the home-bred cow is by Panorama Landmine, and was shown giving 35 litres having last calved in October 2018.
Inter-breed (Judge, R.J. Saxby, Doncaster) Supreme, R. and E. Butterfield, Newbirks Jazz 1584; reserve, T. Summerfield, Kedar Big Start Sinitta
Inter-breed heifer (R.J. Saxby) Sup., E.B. Tomlinson, Allstar Triclo Joybell; res., A.H. Wilson, Wynford Mccutch Rebecca
Holstein (J. Garnett, Cumbria) Sup., R. and E. Butterfield, Newbirks Jazz 1584; res., B. Davies, Davlea Bradnick Alica
Ayrshire (G. Lawrie, Ayrshire) Sup., E.B. Tomlinson, Sandyford Provider Fragrance; res., E.B. Thomlinson, Allstar Triclo Joybell
Jersey (A. Stable, Cumbria) Sup., W.J.P. Wilson, Bluegrass Tequilas Blondette; res., J. D. Evans, Saxtown Colton Heidi 19
Dairy Shorthorn (W. Slade, Devon) S.V. B. and E. A. Thomas, Drisgol Church Daisy 5; R. S. T. and S.A. Morgan, Elkington Amber Princess 10
Brown Swiss (D. Jack Taylor, Shewsbury) Sup., T. Summerfield, Kedar Big Start Sinitta; res., Toi Toi Genetics, Kedar Aurora PI