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Stage set for another successful UK Dairy Expo in 2016

Some 7,000 people and 400 head of cattle will soon be descending on Carlisle’s Borderway Mart for 2016’s UK Dairy Expo.

Louise   Hartley

Louise   Hartley

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Award-winning Wormanbys ready for UK Dairy Expo 2016 Award-winning Wormanbys ready for UK Dairy Expo 2016

Taking place on Saturday, March 12, the free event will see a host of industry trade stands and demonstrations as well as one of the best shows of dairy cattle.

With £15,000 up for grabs in prize money and three world-renowned judges taking centre stage, the focus will be on the battle for the supreme champion title.


Members of the Holstein Society will also be on the scout for contenders for June’s All-European Champions in Colmar, France.


A first for UK Dairy Expo will be a live demonstration. Shepherd Agri will be showcasing a range of mini dairy equipment for people wanting to try their hand at making dairy products on-farm, including a cheese and yoghurt making demo from international dairyman Giacomo Zambelli from the Italian dairy engineering company, Duecinox.

TotalDairy Expo conference

After its inaugural success, the event will again see the TotalDairy Expo conference take place the day before (Friday, March 11) at the Shepherd’s Conference Centre adjacent to the auction.


Speakers include:
- James Breen, University of Nottingham, discussing selective dry cow therapy and practical tips on how to do it

- John Cook, Valley Agriculture Software, on using data and computer software to improve weaknesses in fertility management

- Will Tulley, Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy, speaking about manipulating cow diets to maximise milk fat and protein

- Nick Bell, Royal Veterinary College, who will be chairing a ‘Question Time’-style foot trimming panel

- Iwan Thomas, Holstein UK, on the importance of breeding the functional cow you need, rather than the fashionable cow you think you want.


Event timetable:

Friday March 11

  • 2.30pm: Showmanship competition
  • 3.50pm: Showmanship championship
  • 4pm: Heifer show – coloured breed classes and coloured junior championship
  • 6.30pm: Heifer show – Holstein classes
  • 8.30pm: Holstein junior championship


Saturday March 12

  • 8am: UK Dairy Expo opens. Demonstrations throughout the day
  • 9am: Milking classes - coloured breeds
  • 12pm: Break for lunch
  • 12.30pm: Milking classes – Holsteins
  • 3.45pm: Parade of junior champions
  • 4pm: Supreme championship presentations
Meet the judges
Michael Heath, Spring Valley Jersey Farm, Maryland, USA
Holstein, Brown Swiss, British Friesian and Dairy Shorthorn judge Michael Heath owns 60 head of Holsteins and 60 head of Jerseys.

He spent 14 years as a professional cattle fitter and has owned, bred and marketed many elite Holsteins, Jerseys and Red and White Holsteins, including the Atlee family, Starmark Ad Hotstuff-Red and Ms Apples Ainsley.

Judging for more than 25 years, he has commanded shows across the world, including the World Dairy Expo, Madison and the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto.
Jeff Stephen, Troy, Ontario, Canada
Taking centre stage in the Ayrshire, Jersey and Red and White rings, Jeff Stephen has 120 head of Ayrshire, Jersey and Holsteins under the Yellow Briar prefix.

The Yellow Briar prefix has had more than 20 All-American and 30 All-Canadian Ayrshire titles.

His interest in the Jersey and Holstein breeds, and his love of buying, developing and selling cattle has given him a chance to own many household names, such as the two times Royal Champion, Vanderburg Amedeo Gorgeous EX97, and this year’s Holstein Champion at the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, with Charwell Attic Marcy.
David Gray

David Gray, Drumtall Farm, Glasgow
Judging the International Dairy Youth Championships is the UK’s David Gray.

He runs and owns Hoof and Hyde, a farm service business providing farmers with hoof trimming and freeze branding and has also prepared many champions across the world.

He owned the 2013 All-Britain heifer Drointon Tabwyn Holly, and has judged at many major shows in the UK and Ireland.

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