After claiming their first breed championship at the Great Yorkshire, the Saxby family, Doncaster went on to take the supreme crown with Saxown Precision Cash 89.
The EX92-classified cow by Shellen Precision calved in November with its third calf and is giving 24kg a day at 5.6 per cent fat and 3.9 per cent protein. It is back in calf to River Valley Victorious, due to calve in October and was honourable mention at the show last year. The Saxby family also took the junior championship and overall honourable mention title with their heifer, saxown Bruce Judy 20.
The judge Duncan Hunter, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, said: “This was an easy champion, she was so well balanced and had so much scope, she was open and deep through the rib and walked on an excellent set of legs and feet.”
The reserve title went to the Dairy Shorthorn champion, from I.R.G. Collins and Partners, Dewsbury, with their third-calved cow Churchroyd Gentle 105. The homebred cow by Churchroyd King Willie is part of the Collins’ 140-strong herd of Dairy Shorthorns and Holsteins and was shown six weeks fresh, giving 46kg a day at 5 per cent fat and 3.5 per cent protein.
Taking the Ayrshire championship for the second time was Marleycote Sea Lily 23 which also took the honours in 2017 as a heifer. Bred and owned by G.G. Baynes and Son, Hexham, the third calved cow by De La Plaine Prime, was shown 8 weeks fresh, giving 54kg a day at over five per cent fat and 3.89 per cent protein. Its dam, Marleycote Sea Lily 14 also took the honours at the same show about 10 years previously.
It was the winning junior cow from D., M. and J. Booth, Barnoldswick, which took the Holstein breed championship. Shawdale Atwood Pamela 119 is by Maple-Downs IGW Atwood calved with its second calf in November, it is giving 45kg a day and is back in calf to Stantons Expander. Last year was reserve junior champion as a heifer at the Great Yorkshire Show and honourable mention overall, it was also part of the champion entry in the Blythewood dairy pairs competition.
The reserve Holstein was Glasson Bombero F Gail, from Enchanted Holsteins, Elwick and R. and E. Butterfield, Lancaster. Bred by Simon Haffey, Northern Ireland, it was bought as a calf from the Black and White sale at Carlisle in 2015. By Richmond FD El Bombero, it calved with its third in June and is giving 65kg a day.
Taking the reserve title for the Ayrshires was Sanderson El Esther 12 from David and Christine Sanderson, Wigton. The homebred cow is by home bred bull, Sanderson Emerald Isle and calved with its fifth calf in March. Currently giving 43kg a day it was third in its class at the Royal Highland and reserve any other breed champion at Northumberland Show.
The reserve Jersey was from J.R. and S.E. Dickinson, Doncaster, with their junior cow Thurlstone Topeka Orange which had never previously been shown. By Heartland Merchant Topeka, it calved in February with its second calf and is giving 26kg at 5.2 per cent fat and 3.8 per cent protein and is back in calf to Wilsonview IF Matt.
In reserve for the Dairy Shorthorns was Oxton Winfall Foggathorpe 852 from Oxton Farms, Tadcaster. It was the first time out for the homebred cow by Oxton Winfall which calved with its second calf in May and is currently giving 28kg a day.
The junior inter-breed champion was the Holstein, Littlebridge Goldwyn Sonya from J.L. Miles and Sons, Northallerton. The heifer by Braedale Goldwyn calved in November and is back in calf. It is currently giving 40kg a day and took the title after winning its class for the last three years at the Great Yorkshire.
Inter-breed (D. Hunter, Hertfordshire) Sup., Saxby family, Saxown Precision Cash 89 (Jersey); res., I.R.G. Collins and Partners, Churchroyd Gentle 105 (Dairy Shorthorn).
Junior inter-breed (D. Hunter) Sup., J.L. Miles and Sons, Littlebridge Goldwyn Sonya (Holstein); res., A.E. Wilkes, Kidstones Lady Laura 20 (Dairy Shorthorn).
Holstein (A. Dennison, Ulverston) Sup., D., M. and J. Booth, Shawdale Atwood Pamela 119; res., Enchanted Holsteins and R. and E. Butterfield, Glasson Bonbero F Gail.
Ayrshire (P. Berresford, Buxton) Sup., G.G. Baynes and Son, Marleycote Sea Lily 23; res., D. and C. Sanderson, Sanderson El Esther 12.
Dairy Shorthorn (D. Winnington, Stafford) Sup., I.R.G. Collins and Partners, Churchroyd Gentle 105; res., Oxton Farms, Oxton Winfall Foggathorpe 852.
Jersey (S. Pye, Carnforth) Sup., Saxby family, Saxown Precision Cash 89; res., J.R. and S.E. Dickinson, Thurlstone Topeka Orange.