It was a double win for the Holsteins in the dairy inter-breed rings, with the breed taking top honours in the overall heifer and cow championships.
The three-year-old cow, Davlea Bradnick Alica, from Bryn Davies, Ilminster, Somerset, took the supreme title in the latter.
The exhibitor bred animal is by Regancrest Bradnick and out of Moorshard Windbrook Alica which took reserve in the Holstein breed championships at last year’s Royal Welsh.
Giving 48kg having calved in February with its second, this was its first inter-breed win at the show. It resides with Mr Davies’ 150-head pedigree Holstein herd and will be heading to UK Dairy Day next.
In reserve was the Jersey, Windyridge Tequilas Diamond, from Philip Manning and Emma Murray, Shrewsbury. Giving 40l, this Tower Vue Prime Tequila daughter is out of Shellen Connection Diamond and calved in February with its third. It took the reserve title on its first outing this season.
Judge Mr Flemming, County Down, said it was one of the closet calls he has ever judged in an inter-breed championship, but added the Holstein had the edge with its ‘correctness, strength and style which was a fantastic example of the breed.’
Taking the inter-breed heifer supreme title was Wyndford Doorman Atlee 2, the Holstein heifer from David Jones of Wiltor Holsteins, Monmouthshire. Last calved in January, it was shown giving 36l and was purchased for 3,300gns from the Wyndford sale, Shropshire, last year.
By Val-Bisson Doorman and out of Wyndford Snow Atlee, it was classified at VG89 as a two-year-old and will be heading to the European championship in Belgium next year.
Runner-up went to Narbeth based James Evans’ Saxown Colton Heidi 19, a Jersey heifer which is jointly owned with Frank Boskett, Yorkshire. It was purchased by the pair from the Saxby family, Yorkshire two years ago for 2,000gns and was shown giving 29l.
In the Aryshire section, top honours went to the Tomlinson family, Leicestershire, with Sandyford Lucky Florrie. Giving 42l, the November-2014 born cow took supreme exhibitor bred and reserve breed championship titles at the recent Cheshire show.
Avondale Furbelow 14 from R. Crank and Son, Chester, was champion in the Dairy Shornhorn rings. The Strickley True Perfection daughter is a sixth-calved home-bred animal out of Avondale Furbelow 13. It took this breed championship on its first outing, giving 43l, making it a first-time win in a breed championship at the Royal Welsh for the family before heading to Oswestry and UK Dairy Day next.
In their final outing showing in the Brown Swiss section following a herd dispersal two weeks ago, Mark and Sian Williams, Carmarthen, took the championship with the cow Elite Vivid Lovely.
Giving 48l, the three-year-old calved in February with its second and will remain in part-ownership by the pair when it goes to its new home after the show.
Inter-breed cow (A. Flemming, County Down) Sup., B. Davies, Davlea Bradnick Alica (Holstein) res., P. Manning, Windyridge Tequilas Diamond (Jersey).
Inter-breed heifer (A. Flemming) Sup., D.W. and C.E. Jones Wiltor Holsteins, Wyndford Doorman Atlee 2 (Holstein) res., J.D. Evans, Saxown Colton Heidi 19 (Jersey).
Holstein (D. Booth, Lancaster) Sup., B. Davies, Davlea Bradnick Alicia ; res., G. and I. Jones, Clonpaddin Brokaw Fame.
Ayrshire (M. Broadley, Derbyshire) Sup., E.T. Tomlinson and Son, Sandyford Lucky Florrie; res., P. and S. Williams, Willhome Ristourn Mary Z
Jersey (S. Bland, Cumbria) Sup., P. Manning, Windyridge Tequilas Diamond; res., W.J.P. Wilson, Bluegrass Tequilas Blondette
Dairy Shorthorn (R.G. Kite, Stafford) Sup., R. Crank and Son, Avondale Furbelow 14; res., R. Batchelor, Churchroyd Gentle 110.
Brown Swiss (O. Smith, Cheshire) Sup., M. and S. Williams, Elite Vivid Lovely; res., M. and S. Williams, Elite Manchester Lovely.