The Royal Welsh Show 2011: Dairy interbreed championships

 

1972011 RWS Holstein web.JPGVisitors to the Royal Welsh were rewarded with an all Welsh affair in the dairy interbreed championship thought to be the first time in recent years.

 

All the breed champions were either from Carmarthenshire or Ceredigion, with the eventual win being awarded to S P and S R Davies, Brynhyfryd, Whitland for their Holstein cow, owned jointly with Kevin and Cathy Thomas.

 

Judge Mike Miller, was torn between the Jersey and Holstein, but eventually chose the black and white. “It was very close indeed, but I feel the black and white was a little bit stronger in the central ligament today. That’s the only thing I’d put between them,” he said.

 

Homebred, Castellhyfryd Spirte Rosina is by Cederwall Spirte and out of Castellhyfryd Sepstorm Rosina. She calved twin heifers in May and is currently giving 64 litres a day at 4.3% fat and 3.15% protein.

 

This was her first outing this year and was Simon and Sian Davies’ first big win at the Royal Welsh in 20 years of showing. She will now be heading to the Pembrokeshire Show, Welsh Dairy Event and Dairy Event and Livestock Show.

 

The Jersey was placed in reserve, with Mr Miller describing her as having “tremendous legs and feet.”

 

1972011 RWS Jersey web.JPGBluegrass Heritages Lovely Lady was put forward by Mr W J P Wilson, Tregibby Farm, Cardigan, and handled by Arwyn Wilson. Bred by Mr and Mrs B Daw, Lady is a Bluegrass Heathers Heritage daughter, out of Bluegrass Jazzman Lady Valentine. This one calved 10 weeks ago and is yielding 44 litres a day.

 

In the dairy interbreed pairs, the places were reversed, with the Jerseys securing the top spot and Holsteins in reserve.

 

Joining the Jersey interbreed reserve was Bluegrass Charlies Happiest, also from W J P Wilson. The Holstein pair was made up of the interbreed champion and Ridgefield Goldwyn Cinderella from A H Wilson and Son, Tregibby farm, Cardigan.

 

However, the Holsteins triumphed in the interbreed heifer championship, with a red Holstein from Sahara Holsteins.

 

Moorshead Talented Shower Red is by Ladino Park Talent and out of Moorshard Spottie Shower. She was purchased as a calf at Sedgemoor from the Moorshard herd, Somerset and was shown in the ring by Mike Halliwell. Red calved two months ago and is currently giving 35 litres a day.

 

Taking reserve was the Ayrshire, Haresfoot Napier Punch, a Ardmore Crown Napier daughter, out of Middle Punchs Emerald Blend. This one was exhibited by G R and S Thomas and Son, Tyregwlys Farm, Llanelli.