With entries up on last year and a certain Welsh Holstein cow named Maude missing from the schedule at this year’s South West Dairy Show, the judging was left more open than many expected.
This year it was the turn of the Brown family from Hanley Castle with their senior Holstein cow Ketby Bud, sired by Juniper Rotate Jed.
The seven-year-old cow was described by Holstein judge Edward Morgan as having great style and balance and a pleasure to judge.
Shown on the day by Richard and Dawn Brown on behalf of the family’s 420-cow pedigree and commercial herd, Bud is giving 42 litres a day and will next be appearing at the National Holstein Show.
Standing a close reserve in the interbreed line up was father and daughter partnership Chris and Lisa Window from Hunnington with their homebred Ayrshire champion.
Hunnington Joy Bell is a four-year-old junior cow with great promise for the future.
Having already stood first in her class line-up at the Dairy Event, this is her first championship this year.
Freshly calved, she is giving 39kg and has four generations of excellent behind her.
It was a repeat performance in the interbreed heifer line-up with the Brown and Window exhibits standing side by side.
This time the homebred Richaven Mattador Squaw stood at the top for Richard Brown, followed closely by Lisa Window and her three-year-old heifer in milk, Hunnington Fragy 41.
With Brown Swiss classes scheduled for the first time at the show, it was a double win for Michael Hussey and his team, with Cancourt Simone standing at the top of the breed’s line-up and Cancourt Lout reserve.
Dorset-based John Sansom and Ian Crouch’s Guernsey team carried on their winning streak from the Dairy Event, taking the Guernsey title with the five-year-old second calver Blacknor Snowdrop 19.
James Warren stood reserve with Laity Farm Primrose 96.