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Riverdane take a trio of championships at Western Holstein Club's Spring Show

Entries remained firm on the previous year, with exhibitors travelling from as far as Cumbria to compete at the Western Holstein Club Show. Louise Hartley reports from the Southview Equestrian Centre, Nantwich.


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Riverdane Talented Rose from Riverdane Holsteins
Riverdane Talented Rose from Riverdane Holsteins

Riverdane Holsteins dominated the Western Holstein club’s Spring Show, taking the treble, with champion calf, heifer and overall honours, all of which were home-bred.

 

Leading the show was the mature champion, Riverdane Talented Rose, led by Mark Nutsford, Middlewich.


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Judge Elwyn Thomas, Pontantwn

 

Scored EX92, it is herd mate to 65 other milking cows currently at Riverdane and was shown two months-calved in its fifth lactation and giving 60kg daily.

 

By Ladino Park Talent and out of the EX90 Riverdane Mtoto Rose, its grand dam was a nominated All-Britain cow, and its grand dam was an All-Britain award winner.

 

Welsh judge, Elwyn Thomas of Gatrog Holsteins, Pontantwn said his supreme champion, who also took best udder of the show, tracked and handled its legs exceptionally well for a fifth calver.

 

“This is the type of cow we all wish to breed and breed from. She is a functional everyday cubicle cow with superb quality throughout.

 

“I gave her the advantage over the reserve champion as she carried her udder higher above the hock and had a better side-view teat placement.”

Reserve champion

Reserve champion

Reserve champion Woodhey Bolton Jennifer from Paul and Ruth Robinson, Nantwich.

Praised for its ‘sheer scale and power’ the reserve champion was third calver Woodhey Bolton Jennifer from Paul and Ruth Robinson, Nantwich.

 

Shown by son Mark Robinson, the EX93 mature cow stood second to the champion in its class and was honourable mention at the Show last year.

 

It is a Sandy Valley Bolton daughter out of Woodhey Shottle Jennifer EX90. From the 550-head herd of pedigree Holsteins at home, it was shown giving 55kg daily after calving in October.

Heifer champion

Heifer champion

Heifer champion Riverdane Golden Sheri from Riverdane Holsteins.

Mr Nutsford, who had a show-string of six cows and calves, also reigned supreme in the heifer line-up with Riverdane Golden Sheri.

 

Shown by 19-year-old herdsman, Martin Beeston, it is Toc Farm Goldsun daughter out of the EX93 Upsall Sam Sheri.

 

Eight-months calved, it goes back to the All-Canadian and All-American champion, Quality Astro Sheri.

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Reserve heifer

Taking reserve heifer honours and second in its class behind the champion was Richard and Ruth Pilkington, Hope with Aintree Alexander Prescilla.

 

Shown by Jane Arrell, the home-bred heifer calved in January at two years old and is giving 30kg per day.

 

Out of the EX91 Aintree Igniter Prescilla, it is by Golden-Oaks ST Alexander.

Calf champion

Calf champion

Calf champion Riverdane Barbwire Advagtageous Red from Riverdane Holsteins.

Completing the Nutsford family’s success at the show, it was a Riverdane calf which caught the judges eye for champion.

 

This time with daughter Jodie on the halter, the Red and White and intermediate calf, Riverdane Barbwire Advagtageous Red was tapped out by Mr Thomas.

 

Born in January-2014, it was junior Red and White champion at this year’s UK Dairy Expo and is a Hylite Barbwire Red daughter and out of the VG86 Riverdane Gold Adventageous.

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Reserve calf

Andrew and Jane Whittaker, Shrewsbury stood reserve with the home-bred May-2014 born Knowlesmere Windbrook Chancel shown by daughter, Izzy.

 

By Gillette Windbrook and out of the 2013 All-BritaIn junior heifer-in-milk winner, Knowlesmere Sanchez Chancel VG89, it was second in its class at the UK Dairy Expo this year.

Results

Overall (E. Thomas, Pontantwn) Supreme, Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Talented Rose; reserve, P. and R. Robinson, Woodhey Bolton Jennifer.

 

Senior (E. Thomas, Pontantwn) Supreme, Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Talented Rose; reserve, P. and R. Robinson, Woodhey Bolton Jennifer.

 

Senior Red and White (E. Thomas, Pontantwn) Sup., A. and D. Mackellar, Drointon Savard Marqi Red; res., P. and R. Robinson, Woodhey Destry Jazz Red.

 

Heifer (E. Thomas, Pontantwn) Sup., Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Golden Sheri; res., Aintree Holsteins, Aintree Alexander Prescilla.

 

Junior (E. Thomas, Pontantwn) Sup., Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Barbwire Advantageous Red; res., A. and J. Whittaker, Knowlesmere Windbrook Chancel.

 

Junior Red and White (E. Thomas, Pontantwn) Sup., Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Barbwire Advantageous Red; res., A. and D. Mackellar, Drointon JJF Promis Red.

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