This year’s UK Dairy Day, Telford, saw the cream of British Holsteins fight it out for the top spots, judge Nico Bons from Bons Holsteins in the Netherlands informing ringside spectators and breeders that he was extremely impressed by the quality of cows at the show.
“In three years I’ve judged 35 shows and this has easily been the best. It wasn’t just the champion and reserve cows that were outstanding, all of the classes from top to bottom were exceptional.”
Claiming the 2015 grand championship title was the senior champion Berryholme Infloence Linda 3 from Kendal-based father and son Francis and David Wright. This is their third National Holstein Show championship having previously won with Holmland Storm Flo and Berryholme Shottle Flo and it is also the second UK Dairy Day championship for the Lancashire Club.
This year’s winner is a fifth calver daughter of Berryholme Infloence, an Integrity son out of Holmland Storm Flo. Freshly calved in March, giving 52kg a day and classified EX95, she gave 13,552kg at 3.95%bf and 2.993%p in her fourth lactation. Previously in the summer she stood reserve champion at Great Yorkshire Show in July.
Nico added: “My grand champion is an amazing cow for a fifth calver and high lifetime production. She has a great, well attached udder, she is so correct it is almost impossible to find a fault. She had the advantage for having a higher attached rear udder, more veination through her fore udder and moved better on her feet and legs.”
Taking reserve spot was Richard, Dawn, Dan and Hannah Bown’s 2015 UK Dairy Expo champion Richaven Goldwyn Squaw 6. This second calved senior three year old is giving 44kg a day having calved in December. Her 305-day heifer lactation was 10,648kg at 4.01%bf and 3.4%p. She stood second at UK Dairy Day and third at UK Dairy Expo 2014. Sired by Goldwyn she is out of Richaven Shottle Squaw VG88 who stood Supercow at Agriscot in 2012.
“The reserve champion was one of the best framed cows with really open rib. This show lady had ring presence and a really wide rear udder.”
Standing honourable mention in the grand championship was Showgirl Holsteins’ junior champion Showgirl S C Sara. Consigned by sisters Emma and Lucy Jones, this second calved senior two year old was shown only three weeks fresh having calved at 24 months. As a heifer she gave 8668kg at 3.58%bf and 3.17%p in 305-days.
This was her first outing in milk having stood first at the All Britain All Breeds Calf Show 2013 and first as an in-calf heifer at the Royal Welsh 2014. Her dam, Sahara Goldwyn Sara 2 EX93, stood first at UK Dairy Day 2014, reserve at Agriscot 2014 and was All Britain Intermediate cow 2014.
In the senior championship it was Bill Nadin’s second prize senior three year old that stood honourable mention. Sterndale Atwood Noel is a VG89 three year old, calved in February and was shown giving 40kg a day. She has been served to Silver and stood second and honourable mention at the Great Yorkshire Show 2015 and as a heifer she was All Britain senior two year old, first and reserve intermediate champion at UK Dairy Expo 2014 and intermediate champion Western Spring Show 2014. At the Red Ribbon Sale which followed the show she sold for the top price of 20,000gns to Elite Street Holsteins.
Standing reserve junior champion to Showgirl S C Sara was Warnelview Winners Silverwings, the first prize junior three year old from Wayne Stead and Sarah Sutton. Classified VG89, this second calver is giving 44kg a day having calved in March. She was purchased six weeks ago from breeders Kevin and Christine Wilson and has since stood supreme champion at Penrith Show.
Richaven Shadow Tandy from the Bown family stood honourable mention in the junior championship. This was the first show outing for this four week fresh heifer who is already giving 34kg a day. Her dam is Fordmill Squawbuck Tandy EX95.
Taking the red and white championship was Knowlesmere Adventure Dream Red from Andrew and Jane Whittaker. This Riverdane Adventure Red sired junior three year old calved her second in February and is giving 45kg a day. Scored VG87, she is on her second outing this lactation having stood grand champion Red and White at UK Dairy Expo in March.
Reserve champion Red and White was the Bown family’s Richaven Wisconsin Papoose Red VG88, a second calved senior three year old. She is the 11th generation of VG or EX cows with her dam being the VG87 Richaven Squawbuck Papoose 2. Calved in July she is giving 42kg a day.
Panda Holsteins stood honourable mention here with Panda Lexander Fools Gold Red VG88, an Alexander daughter three months in to her second lactation. She stood champion at Mid Devon Show and is giving 43kg a day.
Taking the Club team of four award was the West Midland’s Club with cows from Richaven and Showgirl. The team consisted of Showgirl S C Sara, Richaven Sid Squaw 3, Richaven Goldwyn Squaw 6 and Holmland Goldwyn Adeen.
The Richaven herd also received the Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder banners for most points gained in the show for Richard, Dawn, Dan and Hannah Bown. Winning the prize for the best presented stand was the North Wales Club.
“UK Dairy Day has a fantastic atmosphere, it is a well organised show and I was extremely impressed with how smoothly the classes ran, as I never waited for a cow to enter the ring. Many show organisers and breeders could learn from this show. I was thoroughly impressed and honoured to be a part of it,” added Nico.