Bigger and better were the buzzwords at the third UK Dairy Day in Telford last week (14 September), where a Canadian cow family sealed the Holstein Grand Championship for the Knowlesmere herd.
Trade stands, footfall and exhibited cattle reached new highs, with 171 cattle making for a strong competition, hugely impressing Italian judge Guiseppe Quaini, who noted the strength and depth in quality of cattle of all classes compared.
The Holstein championship went to Knowlesmere Goldwyn Abrakaboom from the Whittaker’s herd of 180 pedigree Holsteins at Redcastle, Shrewsbury, exhibited by Gary and Izzy Jones.
The red ticket winner is five weeks fresh giving 45kg with her second calf and was purchased as an embryo from the Canadian Kingsway herd. Her sire is the Shoremar James son Braedale Goldwyn and she is out of Kingsway Dundee Abra Codabra.
Justifying his “very difficult decision”, Mr Quaini described the champion as having more definition in the chest and being cleaner through the hocks.
This put her ahead of second calver Newbirks Jazz 1584 from Robert and Elaine Butterfield, Bentham, Lancaster.
She was breed champion at the Great Yorkshire Show and is giving 40 litres a day but narrowly missed out this time.
Bought privately from Otley Show from the Lawsons, Arthington, Otley, she is by Comestar Lavanguard and out of Newbirks Jazz 1497.
Senior cow Westonia Gay Lass 5 claimed the red ticket for Rob Morgan and Roger Stockton, Whitchurch, Shropshire, adding to her summer successes at the South West show and Cheshire, where she won reserve titles.
This fourth calver is giving 35 litres a day and is out of Westonia Gay Lass 4 and by Nejay Ernie.
Next best was Hutchinwood Lido Sweetrose 23 from George, Pauline and Jill Fleetwood, Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire. This second calver a Nixs LCD Lido daughter out of Hutchinwood Kian Sweetrose and is giving 44kg at 4.24% butterfat.
Brown Swiss champion was awarded to the “well balanced” and mobile Kedar Calvin Sanchia Maria of T Lochhead and Sons, Mouswald, Dumfrieshire, shown by Jessica Miller.
She came second to her sister at the Livestock Event and her half-sister is selling at the German Masters sale this October.
The champion is giving 30 litres a day after calving with her second in April and is out of Old Mill Starbuck Spot by Vetch’s Nesta Calvin.
Next choice for judge Robert Hunter, Lanarkshire, was for Elite WR Lovely from M and S Williams, from Llangain, Carmarthenshire, on its first showing this year.
The second lactation junior cow is by Webster Ridge, out of Quarry Luke Lovely and calved in May.
A five-year unbeaten run was maintained by the “tremendous” senior cow Loukat Lucy which shone in the Ayrshire ring, impressing Derbyshire judge Michael Broadley.
A daughter of Ardrossan EV Kates Trident and out of City View Pansey, she calved in January with her fifth calf and is giving 40 litres for the Richaven herd of Richard Bown and sister Claire Swale, Worcester.
She was successful at the Livestock Event three years ago, Agriscot twice and the centenary Ayrshire show. She was bought as a two-year old from Alex Craig, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire.
In reserve was the fresh heifer Dudley Wood Judith 111 from Derbyshire-based heifer rearers the Battys of the Willowfield herd, Hatton.
She was bought as a calf from the Dudley Wood herd and is out of Dudley Wood Judith 84 and by Acton Farm Scotsman. She is giving 33kg, having last calved on 18 August, and claimed wins at Nantwich and Stafford.
Two junior cows proved the best in the Jersey ring with judge Robert Hunter, from Lanarkshire, tapping out Honeyfields Tequila Lets Dance VG89, a homebred Interbreed winner at Anglesey and Nantwich show earlier this year.
She was shown by Beth Ford and is owned by J and N Ford, Brindley, Cheshire. This was the best of two Tower Vue Prime Tequila daughters on the day.
She is out of Reputation Lets Dance, the first Jersey the farm bought seven years ago. She last calved in May and claimed the reserve ticket at Newport, Shropshire, and is kept at home with 250 Holsteins and eight other Jerseys.
The reserve ticket went to Bluegrass Tequilas Hula-hoop from Hefin Wilson, Cardigan, Dyfed, out of Bluegrass Hallmarks Halle.
She calved in February with her second calf, is giving at 30 litres and was bought privately from the Bluegrass herd.
Red and White
The champion ticket went to Knowlesmere Adventure Dream Red EX 93 – winner of its four year-old in milk class from the Knowlesmere herd of Andrew and Jane Whittaker, Redcastle, Shrewsbury.
She was a two-time national champion in 2015 winning the Dairy Expo and UK Dairy Day events.
She is out Rampage Dream and by Riverdane Adventure Red and a paternal granddaughter of KWH Kite Advent Red EX94.
In reserve was the three year-old Riverdane Adventure Jodie VG86, a champion at this year’s Western Show from the Nutsford’s Riverdane herd, Byley, Cheshire. She is by Riverdane Adventure Red and out of Conncorr Talent Jodie Red.