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Interbreed R M Birch’s Simmental cow Miss MRL; res, R Platts’ British Limousin bull Homebyres Oklahoma.
|Interbreed Seaton Farms’ Holstein Hobson Spirit Mona; res, Arley Farming Company’s Jersey Botendon Hannibal’s Foxtrot.|
Interbreed Pairs Holsteins; res, Jerseys
Interbreed Team of Five Jersey; res, Holsteins.
Holstein Seaton Farms’ junior cow Hobson Spirit Mona; res, Smiddlehill Holsteins’ intermediate cow in milk Almondene Rudolf Angel.
Ayrshire H and H Jones’ cow Hayford Phyllis; res, H and H Jones’ heifer Hayford Karelia.
Jersey Arley Farming Company’s Botendon Hannibal’s Foxtrot; res, R J Taylor’s cow Tixall Blazes Marissa.
Interbreed R S and J A Gregory’s Charollais shearling ewe; res, H J and J R Draper’s Texel shearling ewe.
THE WEST Mid Show’s efforts to overcome its financial difficulties by moving to a weekend slot were dealt a blow by heavy first day rain.
Staging all interbreed competitions at the Shrewsbury event on a Sunday failed to increase ringside crowds, but organisers said provisional attendance figures looked promising.
John Cousar from Ayrshire, who judged Holstein classes in the rain, enjoyed better weather when giving Hobson Spirit Mona, his breed champion, the interbreed dairy award.
He described Seaton Farms’ well grown home-bred junior cow as a terrific, near faultless example of a modern dairy animal.
After taking the top dairy accolade for the first time at what is his Shropshire-based family partnership’s local major show, the judge’s comments were the icing on the cake for Ed Seaton.
“She gave 10,000 litres in her heifer lactation and we think she has everything anyone could want in a dairy cow,” said Mr Seaton.
A postal delay meant that Botendon Hannibal’s Foxtrot, the Jersey cow that took the reserve interbreed dairy championship for the Arley Farming Company, did not appear in the show catalogue.
But that did not worry Angus Snodgrass who showed her as it was the cow’s biggest success to date.
Supreme interbreed beef judge Bennett Jenkins’s impassive expression kept everyone guessing until he slapped the rump of Miss MRL, the Canadian bred Simmental dry cow exhibited by Roger Birch on behalf of himself and her two other owners.
“She’s won the interbreed championship at the show for the last two years, but this judge gave nothing away and I can honestly say I was gobsmacked,” Mr Birch admitted.
Meanwhile, ringsiders also found it difficult to read the mind of John Geldard from Kendal in Cumbria when he chose the interbreed sheep champion.
Top spot went to an outstanding shearling ewe from the 60-ewe flock run by Robert and Jeanette Gregory just a short distance from the showground.