Two of the championships at Scotland’s South West Dairy Show held at Castle Douglas have gone to Wigtownshire breeders.
More than 60 of the top dairy animals in the region took part in the competition held at Wallets Marts with the championship in the Ayrshire classes going to Messrs M W and A Stevenson of Kirminnoch, Stranraer, with their second calver Stevenson’s Buttercup 50 which was born in June, 2003 and was sired by McCornick’s Nelson.
Buttercup produced 8700 litres at 4% butterfat as a heifer with 3.3% protein. The Stevensons who currently run a herd of 160 cows also won the exhibitor bred championship and the award for the best udder.The reserve championship went to A and A Kirkpatrick of Barr Farm, Sanquhar.
The champion Jersey was brought out by Hew Howie of Wellhouse, Kirkcolm, Stranraer who was exhibiting at the dairy show for the first time.
His champion was Rebrocq Jetson Lindsay which was sired by Rapid Bay Jetson. Mr Howie runs 20 Jersey cows along with 120 Holsteins.
In the strong Holstein classes the championship went to the second calving junior cow winner Meiklefirth Empire Babs, born in January 2004. Babs, sired by New World Empire ET was champion at the dairy show as a heifer when the event was last held.
Shown by David Yates of Meikle Firthhead, Haugh of Urr, Babs was also the exhibitor bred champion and winner of the Davidson Cup for the best udder.