Some of the UK’s best dairy cattle have battled it out for the top spot here at the Royal Welsh Show - but there can only be one supreme champion...
Inter-breed judge Ken Proctor, Norfolk said it had never been more important to have economic dairy cows on farm, and with that in mind he tapped out the Holstein champion as his supreme winner.
From Sahara Holsteins’ David and Claire Jones, Monmouthshire it was Sahara Atwood Ambrosia 5 which took the top spot and the second inter-breed title for the family at the Royal Welsh.
On it’s second outing, after being crowned champion of the Celtic Dairy Showcase in March, it calved in December and is due with it’s third at Christmas. After calving, Mr Jones hopes to take the VG89 (max score) cow, which is giving 35kg daily to the European Holstein Championships in France next year.
This is the fourth time the family have secured the top spot in the Holstein section.
In what is the best achievement for the Brown Swiss breed so far at the Royal Welsh, Mark and Sian Williams, Carmarthen took the reserve position with second home-bred second lactation, Elite WR Lovely V8 88.
Three months calved, it is giving 70kg daily and has yielded 5,800kg in 95 days.
Last year’s show season it secured three inter-breed championships from four shows, the fourth being the Royal Welsh where it was reserve and heifer champion.
By Webster Ridge and out of the EX91 2013 All Britain winner Quarry Luke Lovely, it will be competing at Pembrokeshire Show next month.
It was with tears of joy that Lizzie Bland, Cumbria collected the inter-breed champion heifer rosette for the December calved Jersey Clifton Tequila Bracken.
Bred by the Bland family and jointly owned with Helen and Dafydd Cox, Carmarthen, it was reserve junior inter-breed at the Royal Highland Show and reserve champion at the UK Dairy Expo.
Reserve inter-breed heifer champion went to Iwan Morgan, Carmarthen with the Holstein Nobold Windbrook Joan. It was bought privately as a calf from Mike Roberts, Shropshire.
Holstein judge Brian Weatherup Senior tapped out another from Mr Morgan as his reserve, this time Erie Maplerose PS Lustre.
The fourth lactation Picston Shottle daughter, which is home-bred and out of the EX94 Honey Pot Gold Lustre, calved in May and is yielding 62kg daily.
Scored EX93 (max score), it was reserve heifer champion at the Royal Welsh and Welsh Dairy Show in 2013 and was inter-breed champion at Pembrokeshire Show.
It’s great grand-dam, Idee Lustre was an EX95 Royal Winter Fair champion.
Reserve heifer champion was was another Atwood daughter, this time Castellhyfryd Atwood Rosina from S.P. and S.R. Davies, Carmarthenshire.
The Morgan’s winning streak continued when they secured the supreme title in the Jersey ring.
Led by Luke Harris and home-bred, Erie Reagan Plait is in it’s second lactation after calving in September and is due again in the same month this year.
Still giving 30kg daily, the Rapid Bay Reagan daughter, out of Bluegrass Signature Diamond Plait will be dried off when it returns home from the show.
It was champion at the Welsh Jersey Festival and Cothibridge Show and is an Excellent second calver.
Jersey judge Frank Poskitt, Norfolk selected Bluegrass Excitation Prissy Polly EX93 (max score) from the Wilson family’s Tregibby herd, Cardigan as his reserve.
Bought from Barry and Jenny Daw, Hertford three years ago as a heifer, it was reserve Jersey champion at the recent Livestock Event.
Shown by Arwyn, who is the third generation of the Wilson family to take to the Royal Welsh show-ring, it calved with it’s fourth calf in April and is giving 38kg per day.
Out of Bluegrass Commanders Pretty Polly and by Bridon Excitation it will be competing at UK Dairy Day in September.
Tregibby’s 14-strong show team of Jerseys and Holsteins also featured the reserve champion heifer, Tregibby Panama Tequila. It stood behind Clifton Tequila Bracken from Lizzie Bland, Cumbria.
Jonny Lochhead, Dumfries took control of the Brown Swiss ring, which saw Mark and Sian Williams also take reserve position with last year’s Royal Welsh champion, Quarry Zeus Orange.
Shown five months calved in its sixth lactation, the home-bred EX95 Red Brae Prelude Zeus daughter is out of Quarry Collect Orange.
Making up the family’s 200-head herd of 30 Brown Swiss and 170 Holstein cows, it won the breed’s production inspection at the recent Livestock Event.
Also in the couple’s five-strong show team was the reserve heifer champion, Elite Jongleur Liz, which stood behind Quarry Jonguleur Bali from Alun and Carloline Davies, Whitland.
Northern Ireland’s John Suffern took centre stage in the Ayrshire section. His pick for champion was Hunnington Fragy 16 from Chris and Lisa Window, West Midlands.
Seven weeks fresh with her second calf and giving 40kg daily, it was reserve and heifer champion at the Royal Welsh in 2014.
The VG89 Hunnington Mandella daughter was also champion at the Livestock Event, South West Dairy Show and Newport Show in the same year.
It stood above the heifer Sandyford Ristourn Russet from Blaise Tomlinson, Leicestershire.
The two cows know each other well after standing in reverse positions at this year’s Livestock Event.
Mr Tomlinson’s home-bred heifer, which calved in October and is giving 32kg daily is currently scored VG85 and is due to be re-scored soon.
Standing behind it in the heifer championship was the Window family’s Hunnington Sailor Girl 141.
After standing reserve champion here last year, it was a joyous victory for Rob and Sue Morgan, Shropshire who clinched top spot in the Dairy Shorthorn championship.
Judge Henry Rawlins, Wiltshire gave his honours to the fifth calver, Dee Lady Hermione EX90.
Shown by daughter Katie on it’s first outing of the season, the Classic daughter calved six weeks ago and is giving 42kg daily.
Bought as a freshly calved heifer at Beeston auction from Dave Jones it was champion at West Midlands Show last year.
It makes up a herd of 420 cows at home.
Close behind was Seimon and Eleanor Thomas, Pembrokeshire with the show’s heifer champion, Drisgol Bridesmaid 57.
Making it’s show debut after calving in February and yielding 26kg daily, the home-bred Panorama Lanmine daughter is out of Drisgol Bridesmaid 49.
It joins a herd of 650 mainly Dairy Shorthorn cows back home.
Reserve heifer champion was Earlsgift Butterbur 6 from Edward Crank, Cheshire.
Inter-breed (K.W. Proctor, Norfolk) Supreme, Sahara Holsteins, Sahara Atwood Ambrosia 5 (Holstein); res., M. and S. Williams, Elite WR Lovely V8 88 (Brown Swiss).
Inter-breed heifer (K.W. Proctor) Sup.,Glanmor Jerseys, Clifton Tequila Bracken (Jersey); I.R. Morgan, Nobold Windbrook Joan (Holstein).
Inter-breed pairs (A. Jones, Gwynedd) Sup., E.M., E. and I. Morgan, Erie Reagan Plait, and Erie Greatness BC Elsie (Jersey); res., M. and S. Williams, Elite WR Lovely V8 88 and Williams, Quarry Zeus Orange (Brown Swiss).
Holstein (B. Weatherup, Fife) Sup., Sahara Holsteins, Sahara Atwood Ambrosia 5; res., I.R. Morgan, Erie Maplerose PS Lustre.
Ayrshire (J. Suffern, Co. Antrim) Sup., C. and L. Window, Hunnington Fragy 16; res., E.T. Tomlinson, Sandyford Ristourn Russet.
Jersey (F. Poskitt, Tadcaster) Sup., E.M., E. and I. Morgan, Erie Reagan Plait; res., W.J.P. Wilson, Bluegrass Excitation Prissy Polly.
Dairy Shorthorn (W. H. Rawlins) Sup., R.S.T. and S.A. Morgan, Dee Lady Hermione; res., S.V.B. and E.A. Thomas, Drisgol Bridesmaid 57.
Brown Swiss (J. Lochhead, Dumfries) Sup., M. and S. Williams, Elite WR Lovely V8 88; res., M. and S. Williams, Quarry Zeus Orange.