Heat causes an upset
By Rebecca Austin
EXTREME heat and humidity upset the outcome of the dairy interbreed championship at the East of England Show last week.
A long wait for the Dexter classes, which preceded the championship, forced stockmen to take the unprecedented move of milking out their potential champions before the judging – except Strutt & Parker Farmss cow Belsea Reed Liquor which went on to take the top ticket.
Stockmen in the dairy lines had tipped Mr & Mrs M A & C Shipleys Jersey, Pavenham Iven, to take the ultimate title. But the long wait, high humidity and disrupted milking pattern saw Iven tethered in the lines during the judging. Fortunately, Mrs Shipley brought out her reserve breed champion, Pavenahm Natascha, which was placed reserve.
Bob Lunnesss renowned cow, Brinkton Melody 3rd from East Cowick, Humberside, again secured top beef honours. Her nomadic life-style will grind to a halt after next weeks Royal Welsh Show, leaving the path clear for a future star to step into the limelight next summer.
A six-and-a-half hour journey from Weardale, Co Durham, was rewarded when Elaine Woodmass and her daughter Helen were awarded the supreme and reserve goat championship for their British goats.
Stockman Charlie Ruddock kept Mrs C E Parkers Large Black sow cool throughout the show by dabbing her forehead and the area around her heart with vinegar. "There are 101 things vinegar is good for," said Mr Ruddock who works at Grange Farm, Duxford, Cambs. "Whenever my mother had a headache she used to press a hanky soaked in vinegar on her brow and it did the trick."
The advice certainly helped secure Bassingbourn Sunshines victory. The sow not only was champion coloured breed pig, she went on to pick up the supreme reserve pig championship.
Charles Ruddock with Mrs CEParkers 18-month-old Large Black sow Bassingbourn Sunshine, coloured champion and reserve supreme pig.
Elaine Woodmass (right) with her champion dairy goat – the British Aphrodite Adele and her daughter Helen with their reserve champion.