Royal Welsh Show: Sahara Holsteins win dairy interbreed

Winning the Royal Welsh interbreed title for a second time was Sahara Holsteins this time with their homebred February 2011-born cow Sahara Atwood Ambrosia 5th, classified VG89.

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She won the breed championship on the Tuesday, making it the Monmouthshire-based herd’s Jones family’s fourth at the show.

Sired by Atwood she is out of Smiddiehill Toystory Ambrosia and is currently giving 35litres a day. She is back in calf to Bradnick (sexed), due in December.

This is only her second outing, after winning breed champion at the Celtic Dairy show in March.  They are now hoping to take her to the European Dairy Show next year.

In reserve judge Ken Proctor, Thetford, Norfolk, tapped out the Brown Swiss champion Elite WR Lovely V8 888, classified VG89, from Mark and Sian Williams, from Llangain, Carmarthenshire.

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This year marked the Williams’ third breed title in the three years since Brown Swiss cattle have been shown at the Royal Welsh.

Lovely won reserve heifer champion in 2013 as an in-calf heifer and won the heifer and overall reserve breed championship last year.

Born in March 2011 this homebred cow is sired by Webster Ridge Td and is out of Quarry Luke Lovely. She is currently giving 65 litres/day, having calved 60 days ago.

She next heads to Pembrokeshire County Show in August.

Mr Proctor, from Thetford, Norfolk, said the Holstein was a “fantastic example of a modern dairy cow”.