THE All Breeds All Britain (ABAB) calf show held for the first time at the East of England showground, Peterborough, saw a one, two, three in the Ayrshire calf championship for the Tomlinson family, Leicestershire.
Leading the way was Sandyford Triclo Fable, a home bred, September 2017-born calf by Sandyford Triclo, which won its class at the Royal Welsh Show earlier in the summer. The family milk 250 pedigree Ayrshire cows in Leicestershire and share ownership of the champion calf with Alan Timbrell, Gloucestershire and Toi Toi Genetics, Shropshire.
In reserve was Millford Maple Lark, an August 2017-born heifer, bred by, and jointly owned with Mr Timbrell. Taking honourable mention was Sandyford Supreme Clover, a December 2017-born calf by Sandyford Supreme.
Taking the Holstein championship was Evening Beemer Sunrise, an August 2017-born calf from, Border and Lakeland Holstein club members, Evening Holsteins, Thursby, Carlisle.
The Holstein judge, Hefyn Wilson commented on his champion: “I just fell in love with this heifer as soon as she walked in the ring, she is world class, full of style and everything we are looking for in a dairy heifer.”
By Pol Butte MC Beemer and out of home bred, Evening Doorman Sunrise, was champion calf at Dalston show, and champion calf at the Border and Lakeland calf qualifier earlier in the month.
Heading up the Brown Swiss championship was Kedar Rhapsolutely an eight-month-old heifer by Zumbuhils Blooming Big Star. Exhibited by Dumfires-based, T. Lochhead and Sons, this was the heifer’s first time in the show ring.
The British Friesian champion was Oakalby Fernely Kitty 68 from E.S. Burroughs and Son, Alderby, Suffolk. This was the first time out for the September 2017-born heifer by Leesthorpe Ferneley is part of the 400-strong milking herd of pedigree British Friesians.
Cotonhall Three Creeks Nellie took the Dairy Shorthorn championship, bred and exhibited by Rob Kite and family, Stafford. Placed second in its class at the ABAB last year, the January 2017-born heifer is due to calve in January to Cotonhall Joyland.
In the Guernsey ring, the championship went to Trewey Legend Rosie exhibited by Richard Norman, Yeovil and bred by David Mann, Cornwall. The yearling heifer by Trewey Junos Legend was named inter-breed champion at the Cornish calf qualifier and was champion any other breed animal at the Bath and West Dairy Show.
The Jersey championship was awarded to Rivermead Impression Alexsis from the Davis family, Devon. The April 2017-born heifer by Rock Ella Impression was crowned inter-breed champion calf at the Bath and West Dairy Show, Shepton Mallet.
Nearly 100 Holstein young breeders (HYB) battled it out in the showmanship competition, but it was 25-year-old Larissa Jones, a member of the Western HYB team who took the top honours.
Larissa has been an active member of Western HYB for 19 years, and has taken part in the ABAB showmanship competition since the age of 11, previously winning her class at UK Dairy Expo, the National Holstein Show and the National HYB rally, but never before achieved the All Britain champion title. The judge, Anna Stable, a previous winner of this accolade said: “If I had a calf that needed showing I would be asking Larissa to lead it for me. She has been foot-perfect all day.”
The reserve title was awarded to 17-year-old Border and Lakeland HYB member, Robert Morley.
The coloured breeds showmanship classes also provided a great level of competition, taking the champion and reserve spots for the Ayrshires was brother and sister, 13-year-old Holly and 21-year-old Jamie Keenan who had travelled from County Monaghan, Ireland to take part in the competition.
In the Friesian ring, 10-year-old David Oultram from Flintshire was the youngest competitor to be awarded the top honours in the showmanship competition.
The Jersey champion showman award was given to 17-year-old Emily Davis from Devon, who’s family then went on to take the Jersey calf championship.
In the Shorthorn ring, the winner of the mature handling class, 24-year-old Edward Whittaker, Knutsford, Cheshire was awarded champion showman for the second time.
The Guernsey champion showman prize was awarded to Charlotte Limond, a 16-year-old young handler from Bath.
Taking the Brown Swiss championship was 14-year-old, Elan Thomas from Carmarthen.
The Louise Hartley Award, in memory of the Lancashire HYB member and former Farmers Guardian livestock reporter who passed away two-years-ago was awarded to 21-year-old, Devon HYB member Jess Tapp. In Jess’s nomination, the Devon HYB co-ordinator, Nicky Lockyer said: “Everyone needs a Jess Tapp in their club.” The award recognises the commitment and dedication of a HYB member aged between 18- and 22-years-old.
Holstein (Judge, H. Wilson, Carmarthenshire) Supreme, Evening Holsteins, Evening Beemer Sunrise (Border and Lakeland); res., H., M. and D. Hodgson, Wormanby Expander Lucy (Border and Lakeland).
Ayrshire (I. Collins, Yorkshire) Sup., E. Tomlinson and Son, A. Timbrell and Toi Toi Genetics, Sandyford Triclo Fable; res., E. Tomlinson and Son and A. Timbrell, Millford Maple Lark.
British Friesian (M. Cochrane, Ayrshire) Sup., E.S. Burroughs and Son, Oakalby Fernely Kitty 68; res., E.S. Burroughs and Son, Oakalby Maverick Buttercup 209.
Brown Swiss (D. Kung, Switzerland) Sup., T. Lochhead and Sons, Kedar Rhapsolutely; res., Georgina Sweet, Kedar Norwin Smartie Pants.
Dairy Shorthorn (M. Hayward, Newark) Sup., R. Kite, Cotonhall Three Creeks Nellie; res., I.R.G. Collins and Partners, Churchroyd Goldendrop 40.
Guernsey (C. Evans, Carmarthenshire) Sup., R. Norman, Trewey Legend Rosie; res., R. Norman, Je-Taime Double L Bijou 2.
Jersey (S. Pye, Lancashire) Sup., The Davis Family, Rivermead Impression Alexis; res., Futuredreams Partnership, Futuredreams Excitations September.
Holstein (A. Stable, Ulverston) Sup., Larissa Jones, Western; res., Robert Morley, Border and Lakeland.
Ayrshire (B. Yates, Somerset) Sup., Holly Keenan, Co. Monaghan; res., Jamie Keenan, Co. Monaghan.
British Friesian (B. Yates) Sup., David Oultram, Flintshire; res., Sally Howarth, Yorkshire.
Brown Swiss (B. Yates) Sup., Elan Thomas, Carmarthen; res., Hattie Tucker, Devon.
Dairy Shorthorn (B. Yates) Sup., Edward Whittaker, Cheshire; res., David Madeley, Shropshire.
Guernsey (B. Yates) Sup., Charlotte Limond, Bath; res., Shannon Dawes, Oxfordshire.
Jersey (B. Yates) Sup., Emily Davis, Devon; res., Zoe Clear, Hampshire.
Overall champion team: Sup., Lancashire; res., Border and Lakeland.
Best calf team: Sup., Lancashire.
Best showmanship team: Sup., Lancashire.
Best tidy lines: Sup., South East; res., Staffordshire.
Best presented stand: Sup., Staffordshire; res., South East.