Although held in true dairy country at Shepton Mallet, the Dairy Show was dominated by West Walean exhibitors. Laura Bowyer reports from the Royal Bath and West Showground.
Holstein Moorshard Dude Paradise from West Waleans Richard and Bethan Thomas, Kidwelly took the top spot, and went home with the inter-breed championship title at the Dairy Show after obtaining a score of 48/50 from the judging panel.
Bought at 15 months from the 2014 society sale held at Sedgemoor from Randolph and Brian Miller, Bridgwater for 2,400gns, it now is part of the 50 cow strong Churchvale herd.
This junior cow took intermediate champion at this year’s Pembrokeshire County Show and honorable mention in the Holstein championships. It also took reserve champion of champions at Llandyfaelog.
Knocked off the top spot, having taken the the inter-breed championship for the past two years, reserve champion was Anthea, Jeff and Imogen Daw, Newcastle Emlyn with Jubilee Excitation Ceres 2 with three points below the Holstein. It has now won the breed championship for three years in a row, a feat never before achieved at this show.
Out of Jubilee Signatures Ceres and by Bridon Excitation, the fourth-calver is home-bred. It calved in June with its fourth calve and is calving 32kg/day at 4.16 per cent butterfat and 3.42 per cent protein.
Elwyn, Cheryl and Anwen Thomas, Kidwelly had reserve Holstein champion with their home-bred third-calver Gatrog Bolton M Jingles, a Sandy-Valley Bolton daughter.
Calved down in June, it is giving 47kg/day, at 4.39 per cent buterfat and 3.11 per cent protein and also took the breed's exhibitor bred championship on the day, and was one half of the champion Holstein pair.
Reserve Jersey went to JAmes Evans, Narbeth with Jubilee Excitation Ceres, a paternal sister to the reserve interbreed champion, bred by the Daw family.
This January-2010 born Bridon Excitation daughter is classified EX95.
It was the turn of the Future Dreams Partnership, Narbeth to take the heifer in-milk championship at the Dairy Show, Shepton Mallet with Jersey Futuredreams Tequila Veronica 2.
Led by James Evans, the VG88 classified female calved in March, and is now giving 32kg/day at 6 per cent fat and 3.7 per cent protein.
It was reserve All Britain champion in 2014, and reserve All Britain maiden heifer last year. This year, it tool the heifer championship and reserve supreme at Pembrokeshire County Show. It ws also second in itself at the Royal Welsh.
Just missing out in the height and width of rear udder, according to judge Paul Westaway, Gloucestershire was Holstein Morrshard Val Vis Doorman Shower from Randolph and Brian Miller, Bridgewater, led by Martin Smith.
Making its debut to the show ring, the home-bred animal calved in March, and now gives 30kg/day with a fat of 4.3 per cent and 3.4 per cent protein.
Its dam was reserve Holstein at last year’s Royal Cornwall Show, and inter-breed home-bred in the dairy section as a senior cow.
The show was the platform for the English Guernsey Cattle Society National Show, and Dennis, Rosemary, James and Shelley Warren, Penzance swept the board.
Judge Meurig James, head classifier at Hosltein UK, tapped out his champion as the Warren family's Tredinney Conqueror Excellance 11, which calved in April with its second and is now giving 25kg/day at 4.8 per cent fat and 3.7 per cent protein.
Adding to its successes in its first year out, it also took supreme at Stithians and Camborne shows.
Reserve, again from the Tredinney herd, was Tredinney Aarons Flo 6, by Sniders Option Aaron and out of Tredinney Pedros Flo, and won its class three years ago as a heifer, while its dam also won its class at the show a number of years ago.
Although calved 12 months ago with its third, it is still giving 25kg/day at 5.5 per cent fat and 4 per cent protein.
Mark and Sian Williams, Carmarthen came away with the Brown Swiss champion title with their third-calver Elite WR Lovely.
By Webster Ridge TD, it is out of Quarry Luke Lovely, the same dam to be responsible for last month's Dairy Day's reserve breed champion. The dam herself took the breed champion at Shepton Mallet five years ago as a third calver. Calved in July, it is giving an impressive 65kg/day and will now go on to the Welsh Dairy Event, Carmarthen.
Reserve went to John West, Preston with Pastureland Britannia, an April 2014 born heifer. By Jolahofs Glen Glenncore, it is out of Fecker Wonderment Italia, which was bought in Switzerland in an auction for 3,300 Swiss Francs as a heifer as a daughter and now belongs to Mr West's daughter.
Calved in August with its first, it is giving 30kg/day at 3.4 per cent protein and 4.1 per cent fat.
Chichester College stole the limelight in the Dairy Shorthorn ring with Brinsbury Gentle 3, led by herds-woman Amy Aylwin.
At its first show, this fourth calver is giving 35kg/day at 3.82 per cent fat and 3.26 per cent protein, having calved in September. Out of Brinsbury Gentle 2, it by April Day Winsconsin Red.
Next stop for the college is the All Britain All Breeds calf show at Malvern.
Reserve went to I.R.G. Collins and Partners, Dewsbury with their fouth-calver Churchroyd Lady Walton 15, which came third in its class at the Royal Cheshire this year, and took the breed championships at both Bakewell and Leyburn Show last year.
Out of Churchroyd Lady Walton 6, it is by Churchroyd Duke and calved with its third in June, now giving 35kg/day.
The Ayrhshire champion was named as Gadles Napier Sade from Pam and Dawn Coryn and John Pollard, Padstow, which has blood going back to the Saphire family of Ayrhshires.
Bought from Exeter market two years ago as a seven month calf for £500, it had its first calf in May and has now given 4,000kg in 115 days, at 4.2 per cent fat and 3.4 per cent protein.
This year it has been shown at the Royal Cornwall, Liskeard and Stithians shows and has come in the top two in her class at all three.
The same exhibitor took champion calf with the Guernsey Lucky Cow Princess Annabelle, the mother of which was won in a raffle in aid of the Addington Fund.
Interbreed (Judge, panel) Supreme, R. and B. Thomas, Moorshard Dude Paradise (Holstein); res., J.R. and C.A. Daw, Jubilee Excitation (Jersey).
Interbreed heifer (P. Westaway, Dymock) Sup., Future Dreams Partnership, Futuredreams Tequila Veronica 2 (Jersey); res., R.K. and S.G. Miller and sons, Morrshard Val Vis Doorman Shower (Holstein).
Ayshire (L. Batty, Derby) Sup., Pollard and Coryn, Gadles Napier Sade.
Brown Swiss (L. Bustard, Plymouth) Sup., M. and S. Williams, Elite WR Lovely; res., John West, Pasturelands Brittania.
Dairy Shorthorn (A. Whittle, Taunton) Sup., Chichester College, Brinsbury Gentle 3; res., I.G.R. Collins and Partners, Churchroyd Peggy 19.
Guernsey (M. James, Whitland) Sup., D.W., R.J., J.R. and S.M. Warren, Tredinney Conqueror Excellance 11; res., D.W., R.J., J.R. and S.M. Warren, Tredinney Aarons Flo 6.
Holstein (E. Griffiths, Sheffield) Sup., R. and B. Thomas, Moorshard Dude Paradise; res., E.C. Thomas, Gatrog Bolton M Jingles.
Jersey (A. Fleming, Downpatrick) Sup., J.R. and C.A. Daw, Jubilee Excitation Ceres 2; res., James Evans, Jubilee Excitation Ceres.