Marleycote herd among the trophies at Great Yorkshire Show

Richard Baynes found himself in the championship ring yet again when his Ayrshire Marleycote Brown Nell 20 was judged the junior champion at Harrogate

Marleycote Brown Nell 20 VG86
Marleycote Brown Nell 20 VG86

An Ayrshire from the Marleycote herd near Hexham was a Great Yorkshire Show award winner.

Marleycote Brown Nell 20 VG86 was junior champion, as well as reserve exhibitor bred champion.

Owner Richard Baynes said: “We also won exhibitor bred champion with Marleycote Fawn 5, who won reserve champion overall, and the exhibitor bred group of three as well.

“In the Shorthorn ring the highlights were Marleycote Songstress 17 vg86 getting reserve junior champion and Marleycote Olive winning the junior cow in milk class.

“We took five Ayrshires and six Dairy Shorthorns, all homebred, and the 11 animals came home with 23 rosettes so it was another successful trip out.”

Last month Richard took home a clutch of trophies from the Cumberland Show with first prize heifer in milk with Marleycote Julie 3 and first prize junior cow in milk with Parkhead Diamond Adriane

Marleycote Annette EX94 took breed champion for the second year running. She had been champion in the any other breed title at Northumberland County Show in May.

Annette took first in the senior cow in milk while the titles for the pairs class and the group of three also made the journey to Slaley, near Hexham, where the Baynes run a mixed dairy herd of Ayrshires and Shorthorns.

Meanwhile, at the Dairy Expo in Carlisle in March, in the Dairy Shorthorn section, the premier breeder award was won for the second year, and premier exhibitor award for the third consecutive year by Richard, aided by Shaun Dixon.

They also took Reserve Champion Dairy Shorthorn with Marleycote Songstress 17 VG86. The champion Shorthorn was a cow bred by Richard then sold to the Mclean family from Northern Ireland – Marleycote Princess Jill 31 VG89. Marleycote Princess Jill is unbeaten in her breed so far, having been breed and reserve interbreed at this year’s Ulster Winter Fair.

The winning team also took second in the maiden heifer class, third and fourth in the junior cow in milk class and second in the senior cow in milk class.

Richard manages the dairy herd at Marley Cote Walls, Slaley, which is milked robotically, with 80 Shorthorns and up to 60 Ayrshires producing about 20,000 litres of milk.

In the adjacent parlour, his brother Paul and their father David produce thouands of litres of the popular Northumbrian Pedigree Milk which is sold across the region via local shops and First Milk Co-operative.

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