A record entry of 370 dairy cattle took to the showring at Borderway Mart for the UK Dairy Expo. Katie Jones reports.
IN a repeat of last year’s result Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody, owned by Yasmin Bradbury, took the supreme championship title at the 2018 UK Dairy Expo, media partnered by Farmers Guardian.
Rhapsody, a seventh calver shown giving 55 litres after calving in October, also won the same title back in 2014.
Classifield EX97 6E, Rhapsody has a string of show wins to its name, including the Supercow title at AgriScot in 2014. Descended from 13 generations of EX cows it is part of the 100-strong Peak and Sterndale herds run by Mrs Bradbury and Bill Nadin at Buxton, Derbyshire.
It was another Rhapsody, albeit from another breed, which took the overall reserve title. Kedar Rhapsody, a Brown Swiss third calver, was tapped forward by the panel of breed judges, with judge Alan Timbrell commenting the panel all agreed they had not seen a Brown Swiss like it before.
Rhapsody, from T. Lochhead and Sons, Mouswald, Dumfries, is classified VG89 and shown three weeks fresh and giving 43 litres. It was part of the Kedar’s nine-strong team at the expo, with 150 cows milked back at home.
It was the Brown Swiss champion at last year’s Expo fixture.
It was first time out for Oakalby Quadrant Cathy 50, which took the championship title in the British Friesian’s National Show for owners E.S. Burroughs, Beccles, Suffolk.
A second calver, it calved in September and is currently giving 37 litres. Cathy is part of the Burroughs’ 360-cow herd.
The Jersey winner, Fourcrosses Anthony Carroza, was runner-up last year for Blyth Farms, West Linton, Peebleshire.
It calved its third at Christmas and is giving 42 litres, following a second lactation of 8,500 litres.
She was also reserve in its breed at last year’s expo and the Royal Highland Show.
Third calver Marleycote Patricia 20 took the Dairy Shorthorn title for G.G. Baynes and Son, Hexham, Northumberland. Classfied VG 86, it was shown six weeks fresh and giving 49 litres.
Part of the 50-strong Marleycote Dairy Shorthorn herd, run along with 50 Ayrshires, the Dairy Shorthorn will next head to the Great Yorkshire Show.
In a repeat of last year, the winner of the Ayrshire section was Changue Martha 49, a sixth calver, from Mungo Bryson, who keeps three Ayrshires alongside a Holstein herd at Catrine, Ayrshire.
Shown giving 43 litres after calving back in November, the Ayrshire gave 11,000 litres in its fifth lactation.
Following last year’s expo win it also went on to take the breed title at the Royal Highland Show.
And in another repeat of the 2017 results, the red and white winner was Wiltor Chipper Rosie Red, from D.W. and C.E. Jones, Magor, Monmouthshire.
A homozygous polled cow, this third calver was shown giving 48kg after calving in December.
This will be its only show of the year, as the red and white has been AI’d to sexed semen with the hope of getting it ready for the European Holstein championship in 2019.
Overall supreme (Judges, panel of breed judges) Supreme, Y. Bradbury, Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody (Holstein); reserve, T. Lochhead, Kedar Rhapsody (Brown Swiss).
Ayrshire (S. Donald, New Zealand) Sup., M. Bryson, Changue Martha 49; res., L. Davidson and Sons, Halmyre Urr Louise 283; junior sup., E.T. and M. Tomlinson, Stardust Supreme Queenie; res., A.W. Montgomerie, Longwood Dreamer Marie 3.
Brown Swiss (S. Donald) Sup., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Rhapody; res., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Vigor Heike; jun. sup., Toi Toi Genetics, Kedar Aurora; res., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Virestar Jodie.
British Friesian (A. Timbrell, Gloucestershire) Sup., E.S Burroughs and Son, Oakalby Quadrant Cathy 50; res., I. and G.M. Blamire, Lismulligan Priscilla 48; jun. sup., T. Barrell and A. Malt, Gemini Ignitor Primrose 3; res., R.S. and W.A. Howarth, Lismulligan Priscilla.
Red and white (D. Malcolm, Australia) Sup., D.W. and C.E. Jones, Wiltor Chipper Rosie Red; res., R. and M. Scott, Nethervalley Savard Emma Red; jun. sup., Panda Holsteins and J.R. Morse, Auchensala Avalanche Liqueur Red; res., B. Yates, Eastford Awesome Tickle.
Jersey (D. Malcolm) Sup., Blyth Farms, Fourcrosses Anthony Carroza; res., A.H. Wilson and Son, Bluegrass Tequilas Blondette; jun. sup., S. Wilson, Haughton Premier Vested Interest; res., Absolute Genetics, Brightfuture Rumour Has It.
Dairy Shorthorn (D. Malcolm) Sup., G.G. Baynes and Son, Marleycote Patricia 20; res., S. Dixon and G. Holliday, Shaunlea Geri 6; jun. sup., J.M. Fisher and Daughters, Mossrigg Marcia 2; res., S. Dixon and G. Holliday, Shaunlea Geri 10.
Holstein (S. Donald) Sup., Y. Bradbury, Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody; res., A. and J. Whittaker, Knowlesmere Jordan Diamond; jun. sup., Firstlook, TLC and Woodhey Holsteins, Blydale Lynn Fitz All; res., Maverick Holsteins, Sahara Drummer Sara.
Winner of the 2018 John Dennison lifetime achievement award was Jimmy Wilson from the Tregibby herd in Cardigan.
A past president of the Holstein Association, Mr Wilson received this award for his lifetime’s commitment to the dairy industry and his breeding success.
Now in its sixth year, the award is presented in memory of breeder of Denmire Holsteins, John Dennison, of Scales Park Farm, Ulverston.
It is personally awarded by the Dennison family, to an individual who has made a major contribution to the dairy industry and who is judged to be an exemplary role model.