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Royal Welsh Show: Clean sweep for the Morgan family in the dairy rings

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Supreme dairy champion from the Morgan family, Carmarthen
Supreme dairy champion from the Morgan family, Carmarthen

Holstein

It was a double win for Edward, Eiddwen, Iwan and Menna Morgan, Carmarthen who took both the supreme champion and reserve during Wednesday’s dairy judging at the Royal Welsh Show.

Along with Knowlesmere Aftershock, a five and half year old home-bred cow from Andrew and Jane Whittaker, Shrewsbury it also came reserve in the inter-breed pairs at Builth and involved in the winning group of five.

 

The Holstein champion, Nobold Windbrook Joan classified VG89 as a heifer, the highest possible points it could be awarded.

 

In milk, the four year old animal had her second animal mid-April and is currently giving 58kg/day.

 

Bred by Nobold Holsteins and out of Nobold Alexander Joan, Mr Morgan said he swapped some embryos for it as a calf after taking a liking to its great-grandmother while in Canada.

 

It was champion heifer at the Royal Welsh last year as well as the Welsh Dairy Show. Next stop for the black and white is Telford for the UK Dairy Day.

Judge, John Gribbon, Lancashire said he favoured the Holstein for her ’fantastic udder’, adding it handled its legs and feet very well.

Royal Welsh highlights 2016

Jersey

Reserve in the inter-breed and champion Jersey was again from the Morgan Family. It is a home-bred EX95 cow-in-milk, Erie Baywatch Grove, which is from two home-bred parents and naturally served.

 

At one month fresh, it is giving 30kg/day at 6.5 per cent butterfat and 4.45 per cent protein.

 

It was champion Jersey at last year’s UK Dairy Day and will be going back to Telford to compete this year.

Dairy Shorthorn

At its one and only show of the year, Gelli Retinue Jill from Ian and Eiddwen Harries, Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire took champion in the Dairy Shorthorns.

 

It calved in April with its third calf and took honorable mention in 2014’s Royal Welsh Show as a heifer in milk and champion Dairy Shorthorn heifer at the Welsh Dairy Show in the same year.

 

The Harries family keep 35 Dairy Shorthorn cows at home alongside their 95 Holsteins.

Ayrshire

In the Ayrshires, Willhome Gold Moppit 2 from Phillip and Stuart Williams, Haverfordwest took the championship. July-2010 born, it is a home-bred Cuthill Towers Autumn Gold daughter and out of Pylon Moppit 2, which they bought at the Pylon dispersal herd in 2008.

 

It made up the winning inter-breed pair along with its herd-mate Willhome Modem Caroline, a October-2010 born home-bred third-calver. Modem Caroline also won its class at the recent National Ayrshire Show.

 

It is giving 42kg/day at 4.28 per cent fat and 3.24 per cent protein, being three months calved.

 

Last year, it won second senior cow at the National Ayrshire Show, held during the Livestock Event and champion Ayrshire at Pembrokeshire County, where they will return to next month.

Brown Swiss

All four entries in the Brown Swiss classes were from Stephen Jones, Raglan who keeps 40 Brown Swiss cows and 250 Holsteins in partnership with his brother Rob.

 

His champion was fourth-calver Hollysprings Sunny Silver, out of home-bred cow Hollysprings Prelude Silver and by Sun Made Vigor.

 

Last calved in December, it is giving 35kg/day at 5 per cent fat and 3 per cent protein.

 

At this year's Livestock Event, Sunny Silver took reserve in the senior cow class and will now go to UK Dairy Day, the South West Dairy Shoew and some locals.

 

 

Results

Inter-breed (J. Gribbon, Carnforth) Sup., Iwan Rhys Morgan, Nobold Windbrook Joan (Holstein); res., E. M. and E. and I. Morgan, Erie Baywatch Grove (Jerseys).

Heifer (J. Gribbon) Sup., K. and S. Rickard, Hillbarn Sublimity Fillpail 34 (Holstein); res., W.J.P. Wilson, Tregibby Panama Tequila (Jersey).
Pairs (W.R. C. Christophers, Truro) Sup., P. and S. Williams, Willhome Gold Moppit 2; P. and S. Williams, Willhome Modem Caroline (Ayrshire); res., Iwan Rhys Morgan, Nobold Windbrook Joan; Andrew and Jane Whittaker, Knowlesmere Aftershock (Holstein).

Group (W.R. C. Christophers) Sup., Iwan Rhys Morgan, Nobold Windbrook Joan; E.R. and M.E. Jones and Sons, Feithy Dude Ruth; S.P. and S.R. Davies, Castellhyfryd Bolton Rosie; Andrew and Jane Whittaker, Knowlesmere Aftershock Nell; A.H. Wilson and Son, Willsbro Goldwyn Kitty 5 (Holstein); res., P. and S. Williams, Willhome Gold Moppit 2; P. and S. Williams, Willhome Modem Caroline; G.R. and S. Thomas and Son, Gwynnog Maker Punch; G.R. and S. Thomas and Son, Gwynnog Rudi Linnet; E.T. Thomlinson and Son, Sandyford Burdette Penelope (Ayrshire).

Holstein (P. Waring, Beverley) Sup., Iwan Rhys Morgan, Nobold Windbrook Joan; res., Andrew and Jane Whittaker, Knowlesmere Jordan Diamon.

Ayrshire (P.W. Berresford, Buxton) Sup., P. and S. Williams, Willhome Gold Moppit 2; res., G.R. and S. Thomas and Son, Gwynnog Rudi Linnet.

Jersey (J. Strachan, Saxmundham) Sup., E. M. and E. and I. Morgan, Erie Baywatch Grove; res., W.J.P. Wilson, Bluegrass Tequilas Hula-Hoop.

Dairy Shorthorn (R. Stockon, Southampton) Sup., I. and E. Harries, Gelli Retinue; res., R.S.T. and S.A. Morgan, Dee Lady Hermione.

Brown Swiss (R. Johnson, Frodsham) Sup., S. Jones, Hollysprings Sunny Silver; res., S. Jones, Hollysprings Huray Silver.

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