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UK Dairy Day 2016: Knowlesmere Goldwyn Abrakaboom takes supreme Holstein

The third UK Dairy Day saw the Knowlesmere herd take three Holstein championships.

Laura   Bowyer

Laura   Bowyer
Holstein champion Knowlesmere Goldwyn Abrakaboom from the Whittaker family, Shropshire.
Holstein champion Knowlesmere Goldwyn Abrakaboom from the Whittaker family, Shropshire.


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Described as one of the best displays of Holsteins he had ever seen, Italian judge Giuseppe Quaini tapped out Knowlesmere Goldwyn Abrakaboom, from the Whittaker family as his overall champion Holstein, led by Gary Jones.


Bought as an embryo from Canada from the McMillan family's Kingsway herd, it is five weeks fresh with its second calf, now giving 45kg/day. Sired by Braedale Goldwyn, its dam is Kingsway Dundee Abra Cobra. It was also involved in the winning group of four.


Mr Quaini said it was a very tight championship, but his championship had definition in its chest and was cleaner to the hock.


Reserve was senior cow champion Newbirks Jazz 1584 from Roger and Elaine Butterfield, Lancaster. Now a second calver, it was bought in a private sale at Otley show last year as a heifer in-milk from the Lawson family, Otley where it took the supreme title. It was champion Holstein at this year's Great Yorkshire and second in its class at the UK Dairy Expo. It was second in its class at the European championships this June, and also won the Western Holstein Show in the spring.

Junior Holstein

Junior Holstein champion was tapped out as Panda Rhubarb Gem Red, from the Westwood family, which is part-owned with Lynchmeadelite Holsteins, Weston-Super-Mare.


All Britain All Breeds red and white champion last year, her sibling has also qualified for this year's competition, to be held again in Malvern. It was also junior champion at Exeter all breeds show last year.


It calved in July and is giving 34kg/day and will now return home to be flushed.


Reserve was Newbirk Mars Jazz 1662 from the Lawson family, Otley. Sired by Ballycairn Mascol Mars, it is out of Newbirks Jazz 1566.

Red and white

Champion in the Red and White championship for the second consecutive year was Knowlesmere Adventure Dream, from the Whittaker family, Shrewsbury. It also took the championship at last year's UK Dairy Expo and was third in its class at the European Holstein Championship at Colmar this year.


Shown for the first in its current lactation in the UK, it calved with its third in May. Sired by Riverdane Adventure and out of K.Rampage Dream, the home-bred animal is now giving 40kg/day.


Riverdene Adventure Jodie from Mark, Susan and Jodie Nutsford, Middlewich took reserve.


The three year old had its second calf in March and is currently giving 35kg milk. It also took champion red and white at Western Spring Holstein Show, and will not be shown again this year.

Dairy Shorthorn

Westonia Gay Lass 5, from Roger Stockton and Rob Morgan, Whitchurch was tapped out as champion by judge Michael Broadley during her first time out as a fourth-calver.


Eight weeks fresh, it is giving 35kg/day at 4.3 per cent protein and 3.3 per cent butterfat.


A previous Dairy Show winner, she was bred by Mr Stockton, who milks 400 cows at his Shropshire home. It took reserve champion Shorthorn at the Royal Cheshire as a second calver. She is out of Westonia Gay Lass 4 and by Nejay Ernie.


Mr Broadley described her as an easy winner, looking youthful for her age, with beautiful balance and style on parade.


Reserve was Hutchinwood Lido Sweetrose 23, a November 2012-born second calver, from George and Pauline Fleetwood, Huddersford and shown by daughter Jill.


The home-bred cow, out of Hutchinwood Kian Sweetrose 15, came third at this year’s Great Yorkshire as a dry cow.

Brown Swiss

Kedar Calvin Sanchia Maria from Jonny Lochhead, Dumfries, led by Jessica Miller stole the limelight in the Brown Swiss judging, and was named champion. Having calved down in April for the second time, she is giving 30kg/day at 4 per cent fat and 3.7 per cent protein.


This was her second time out this season, after coming second in her class at the Livestock Event to her sister. Coming from renowned blood, the home-bred animal's grand-dam was eight times Brown Swiss world champion.


It is out of Quarry Luke Lovely and seven out of the 14 Brown Swiss exhibits at the Dairy Day are from Quarry breeding.


Judge Robert Hunter, Lanarkshire said the Brown Swiss had good breed character, legs and feet and added 'she would make you smile to milk her in the morning.'


Reserve was the home-bred Elite WR Lovely from Mark and Sian Williams, Carmarthenshire who keep 40 of the breed, alongside their 210 Holsteins.


Giving 70kg day, with a lifetime yield of 44,000kg, it had its third calf in May.


Due to TB restrictions, this is their first time out this year, but the young cow was reserve inter-breed at Royal Welsh 2015, also making up one half of the reserve inter-breed pair with another herdmate. It also took breed champion at the Welsh Dairy Show and Pembrokeshire County Show last year.



Loukat Lucky took the Ayrshire championship, a nine and a half year old from Richard Bown, Worcester.


Bred by Alex Craig, Holmes Chapel, it calved in January with its fifth and is giving 40kg/day.


Having not been beaten in her class since it was a heifer, she has twice won the breed championship at Agriscot, took the championship at the Livestock Event and the breed's centenary show three years ago.


Judge Mr Broadley, complemented the cow on its tremendous balance and veination.


Reserve was Dudley Wood Judith 11 from Linda Batty, Derbyshire. It last calved in August and is giving 33kg milk.


Bought as a calf form the Dudley Wood herd, it won as an in-calf heifer at Nantwhich and has taken red rosettes at Staffordshire.
Linda Batty's Willowfield herd rear heifers, and sell them in-calf and have a few youngsters ready for next year.



Taking top spot in the Jersey section was second-calver Honeyfields Tequila Lets Dance from James and Nicky Hudson and Beth Ford, Nantwich which was born eight weeks premature.

Last calved in May, it is giving 28kg/day and this year was supreme champion at Nantwich and Anglesey and breed champion at Cheshire.

Home-bred, it is by Tequila and out of Rapid Bay UK Reputation Lets Dance.

Bluegrass Tequilla Hula Hoop from Hefyn Wilson, Cardigan came reserve champion, bred by the Bluegrass herd.

Calved with its second this February, it is giving 30kg milk, at 3.8 per cent protein and 5.7 per cent butterfat.

It was reserve breed champion at this year's Royal Welsh.


Holstein (Judge, Giuseppe Quaini, Italy) Supreme, A. and J. Whittaker and G. and I. Jones, Knowlesmere Goldwyn Abrakaboom; reserve, R. and E. Butterfield, Newbirks Jazz 1584.
Junior Holstein (Mr Quaini) Sup., Panda Holsteins, Panda Rhubarb Gem; res., A. Lawson and son, Newbirks Mars Jazz 1662.
Senior Holstein (Mr Quaini) Sup., R. and E. Butterfield, Newbirks Jazz 1584; res., J. Brewster, Boclair Goldwyn Elegance.
Team of four Holsteins (Mr Quaini) Sup., Shropshire Club, A. and J. Whittaker, Knowlesmere Adeventure Dream, Knowlesmere Goldwyn Abrakaboom, Knowlesmere Aftershock Nell, Knowlesmere Jordan Diamond; res., Western Club, Woodhey Dairys, Woodhey Arianna; R.A. Bown, Richaven Goldsun Squaw; Riverdane and Wetherton Holsteins, Riverdane Sid Jolie; Riverdane and Barmick Holsteins, Sahara Sanchez Ambrosia.
Red and White (Mr Quaini) Sup., A. and J. Whittaker, Knowlesmere Adventure Dream; res., Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Adventure Jodie.
Dairy Shorthorn (Michael Broadley, Buxton) Sup., R. Morgan and R. Stockton, Westonia Gay Lass 5; res., G. and P.S. Fleetwood, Hutchinwood Lido Sweetrose 23.
Ayrshire (Mr Broadley) Sup., R.A. Bown, Loukat Lucky; res., L.H. Batty, Dudley Wood Judith 111.
Brown Swiss (Robert Hunter, Lanarkshire) Sup., T. Lochhead and sons, Kedar Calvin Sanchia Maria; res., M. and S. Williams, Elite WR Lovely.
Jersey (Robert Hunter) Sup., J. and N. Hudson and B. Ford, Honeyfields Tequila Lets Dance; res., A.H. Wilson and son, Bluegrass Tequilas Hula-hoop.

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