A trip to yesterday’s National Holstein Show, was I have to admit one of the few things in life I felt I could really do without.
As a sheep farmer with a leaning to beef too, spending the day surrounded by hoards of black and whites never has been my idea of a fun day out. However, the dairy industry really must be congratulated on putting on tremendous show.
Assembling more than 350 cattle of one breed in one place is quite a task and one which the show organisers appeared to take in their stride.
Everything ran to time and never was a cow or handler out of place. A lesson many summer shows would do well to learn.
As reported yesterday, top spot on the day went to Carhull Lyster Elizabeth with Ridgefield Progress Rose reserve.
But the heartiest congratulations of the day must go to the Smiddiehill Holsteins team who brought out an exceptional line up of cattle and dominated the day’s proceedings. They clinched reserve supreme with Progress Rose, as well as bringing out the reserve champion heifer in milk, Smiddiehill Sandy Valley Erle and her mother Field of Dreams Formation Erle to stand reserve champion senior cow.
Leading the way in the intermediate cow class was Whinchat Fred Kelly from Andrew Birkle and Riverdane Holsteins.
While the senior cow title went to Weeton Shark Celicia from the Harries family.
More pics from the show……..