Talented youngsters stepped out into the ring and battled fierce competition at the recent annual All Breeds All Britain Calf Show. Farmers Guardian takes a look at the highlights from the weekend.
The highly popular All Breeds All Britain Calf Show was recently held and welcomed the future generation of dairy farmers from across the UK to learn, network and compete.
Taking place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, the event attracted 23 regional Holstein Young Breeder (HYB) clubs bringing with them nearly 140 Holstein calves.
In total, 360 calves were shown at the event with the inclusion of Guernseys, Jerseys, British Friesians, Dairy Shorthorns, Brown Swiss and Ayrshires.
It was a memorable weekend for Michael Yates, from the Scotland South team, who won the champion showman title resulting in a new record, being the only person to have won this prestigious title three times.
Reserve champion showman was Stephanie Whittaker, from Shropshire. It is both Michael and Stephanie’s final year of competing at HYB events.
Having won the intermediate showmanship class, Rosie Dennison, from Lancashire, received the well-deserved title of Honourable Mention Showman.
The classes, judged by leading cattle photographer Jane Steel, were described as some of the highest standard she had seen at this level.
In the calf classes and for the second consecutive year, Bob Lawrence, from the Lancashire club, achieved champion with newly purchased Ingleview Bradnick Honey, while the reserve champion calf was Panda Heart of Gold representing the Devon club which also won red and white champion calf.
The classes were judged by Brian Miller, of the Moorshard herd, Somerset, who sits on the European Judge’s Panel and in previous years has judged 12 of the All Britain Calf Show qualifiers along with the UK National Dairy Event, Welsh Dairy Show and numerous other shows throughout the UK and Ireland.
Teams were also required to construct stands based on the theme of ‘fairytales’ and Lancashire were announced the winners of the weekend.
The award for tidy lines went to the Border and Lakeland club, with Staffordshire taking second place.
Overall, Lancashire’s Showmanship team won first place for their impressive performance throughout the day, while Scotland South were a very close runner up. In the calf team, first place was awarded to Western for their impressive display of calves, with the Shropshire team being placed as runner up.
Lancashire was awarded the best overall team throughout the weekend for its efforts both in and out of the showring, while Scotland South was awarded second place.
Competitors and attendees also showcased their generosity by fundraising via collection buckets for the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund, Farmers Guardian’s livestock reporter and Holstein Young Breeder member who passed away earlier this year.
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