Borderway UK Dairy Expo cemented its position as the key spring showcase for the industry, attracting 350 livestock entries and around 7,000 visitors to this year’s event on March 7 and 8.
Held at Borderway Exhibition Centre, in Carlisle, this Harrison & Hetherington event, which is now in its third year, brought together the cream of show cows from breeders across the UK and a team of internationally-renowned judges.
Industry developments were shared across the 130 trade stands and the Expo’s first forum, focused on maximising profits via larger herds, was a major success with farmers keen to find out more.
From the Sterndale Herd from breeders Yasmin Bradbury and Bill Nadin of Derbyshire, Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody, a fourth calver, giving 45kgs daily was crowned senior champion before taking the 2014 Borderway UK Dairy Expo Champion of Champions.
She was chosen from 350 entries in the final line up of the champions from the seven breeds competing.
Holstein judge Mark Rueth from Wisconsin, America, said: “This really is an exceptional Holstein show. It is 15 years since I have judged in the UK and the quality I am seeing is exceptional. These UK dairy farmers are breeding excellent modern milking cows which move extremely well and have great feet and legs.”
Commenting after the show, Borderway UK Dairy Expo organiser and Harrison and Hetherington’s operations director, David Pritchard said: “Once again Borderway UK Dairy Expo has topped our expectations, both in the terms of the quality of the animals on show and the number of visitors who attended.
“Our location in Carlisle and the excellent facilities at Borderway Exhibition Centre puts us in the perfect position to attract the very best competitors from the UK’s main dairy producing areas.
“As a result the calibre of entries in all classes was second to none and I would like to congratulate all of the winners, and to thank everyone who took part in the competitions.
“Dairy Expo may only be in its third year, but it has really established itself as the industry’s major spring showcase for cattle, new developments, knowledge-sharing and networking.”
The heifer junior champions were:
Ayrshire Junior Champion – Sandyford Perfek Bunty from Messrs Tomlinson & Sons, Loughborough.
Brown Swiss Junior Champion – Kedar SGB Cinderella from T Lochhead & Sons, Dumfries.
Shorthorn Junior Champion – Shaunlea Geri 2nd from Shaun Dixon, Co Durham.
Holstein Junior Champion – Holmland Gold Chip Alanya from A Jackson, P Halhead both from Lancs & M/s Harrison, Cumbria.
Jersey Junior Champion – TLC Vintage Tequila from Tom Lomas, Derbyshire.
Red & White Junior Champion – Parkend Director Starlet Red from Brian Weathrup & Ptrs, Fife.
The breed champions were:
Ayrshire Breed Champion – Sandyford Diamond 45 from Messrs Tomlinson & Son, Loughborough
British Friesian Breed Champion – Lismulligan Priscilla 41 from B Lawson & Sons Fife
Brown Swiss Breed Champion – Kedar TD Reia from T Lochhead & Son, Dumfries
Shorthorn Breed Champion – Marleycote Princess Jill 31 from McLean Family, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
Holstein Breed Champion – Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody from Yasmin Bradbury, Derbyshire
Jersey Breed Champion – Erie Baywatch Grove from EM & E & Iwan Morgan, Carmarthen
Red & White Breed Champion – Sterndale Talent Jodie Red from WJ Nadin & Co, Derbyshire