Two Northumberland-bred cows have this week been announced as nominations for the prestigious All-World Red Cow competition run by Australia-based international all-breeds publication CrazyCow.
Marleycote Princess Jill 24 and Marleycote Songstress 13, bred and owned by the Baynes family at Marleycote Walls Farm, Slaley, near Hexham, are nominated for two global titles, as some of the world’s top show animals go head to head from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the US.
Each country has a single, collective vote in each of the four class of the competition and the winner receives a free advert in CrazyCow, as well as a crystal trophy from the sponsors, international cattle breeding company, Semex.
The independent panel of judges are not allowed to vote for an animal from their own country.
Marleycote Princess Jill 24 is one of the entries in the Aged Cow Class and is sired by Carrousell Regiment Red. She was a class winner in the UK Shorthorn Society photo completion 2013.
Marleycote Songstress 13, sired by homebred bull Marleycote Rampage Red, is nominated in the Four Year Old Class. She was a class winner as well as overall champion in the UK Shorthorn Society photo 2013 competition. From the five countries involved, Marleycote is the only herd to have two cows nominated in the completion.
The Baynes family operate a mixed herd of 100 Dairy Shorthorns and 50 Ayrshires. David and sons, Richard and Paul, run the 300-acre farm as well as operating their own milk processing business under the Northumbrian Pedigree Milk banner.
Richard runs the dairy herd side of the business and is delighted with the nominations.
He said: “I’m thrilled our breeding programme has been recognised in such a prestigious global competition. Both homebred animals are tremendous examples of a modern Red cow.
“We realise competition is intense due to the quality of animals involved, and at this stage, to have two homebred animals nominated in the competition, reflects highly on our breeding programme.”
The Baynes family are not strangers to the All-World Red Cow competition having bred Marleycote Peggy 10, a cow that won the Mature Cow Class in 2012.
Marleycote is seeking to continue its success in 2014 by taking a 15-strong show team to next month’s UK Dairy Expo. The results of the All-World Red Cow competition will be announced in March.