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UK Holsteins compete in All-European championships

A TEAM of four UK cows made the journey to Libramont-Chevigny, Belgium last week along with over 150 UK supporters to compete against 250 other cows from 19 countries for the European Holstein Championships. They were judged by the UK’s very own Mark Nutsford of Riverdane Holsteins, Cheshire.

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Judge, Mark Nutsford, Cheshire, in action
Judge, Mark Nutsford, Cheshire, in action
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Taking the supreme honours was Du Rahun Chelios Heline, from Switzerland, owned by Junker, Staub and Al.Be.Ro. By Domicole Chelios, it won the aged cow class and the senior championship before being tapped out as supreme champion.

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In reserve was Sunibelle Dempsey Espirit also representing Switzerland, it is owned by Shropshire Holstein Club member Gary Jones in partnership with five other shareholders from across the world. By Dempsey, it took first place in the five-year-old class before being named senior reserve champion and finally reserve supreme champion.

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The UK cows also fared well, Riverdane Ashlyns Gold (above) from J. and L. Wilson, Evening Holsteins, Cumbria took home first place in the four-year-old class. The cow by Mr Chassity Gold Chip is in its third lactation is classified EX93.

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Knowlesmere Solomon Diamond from Andrew and Jane Whittaker, Knowlesmere Holsteins, Shropshire. The VG89-classified cow by Walnutlawn Solomon was placed fifth in the junior three-year-old class.

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Feizor Elude A Rapture from W.A. and A. Booth, Feizor Holsteins and A. Lawson and Son, Newbirks Holsteins, Yorkshire is by Silverridge V Elude and was placed seventh in the intermediate three-year-old class.

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As well as the cows, two young breeders, Jonny Woodhouse, Lancashire HYB and Robert Morley, Border and Lakeland HYB, were selected to represent the UK in the clipping and showmanship competition. They were judged by Michael Halliwell from the UK and Cord Hormann, Germany.

 

This resulted in Jonny Woodhouse taking first place in the senior clipping competition and placing fourth in the senior showmanship class, and Robert Morley came a very respectable, second place in the junior showmanship competition.

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