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3rd October 2018 | Judge: Seimon Thomas

Champion: Cotonhall Absolute Joy

Absolute Joy for John McLean

Cotonhall Absolute Joy Reigns Supreme at The Dairy Show as she almost makes a clean sweep under the scrutiny of all the breed judges. Seimon Thomas, Drisgol herd, Pembrokeshire taps out the youngster bred by Rob Kite and now owned by John McLean for her second consecutive breed title after her victory at UK Dairy Day merely a matter of weeks ago.  “This super stylish heifer oozes dairy character and has exceptional balance from nose to tail she was hands down an easy winner today”.

John McLean's latest purchase Cotonhall Absolute Joy had a fantastic show after winning the heifer in milk class and the Breed Championship she then stood before the Interbreed Judge Blaise Tomlinson, Sandyford Ayrshire's who tapped her out as Supreme Heifer.  Commenting on his choice he said “she is a world class animal that could compete anywhere, she has the best set of legs and feet and a great udder, she will only improve with age.”  Then to top the day off in a nail biting finale Cotonhall Absolute Joy split the panel of Interbreed judges as she tied with the Holstein for the Reserve Grand Title, Blaise was brought forward to make the final decision and he tapped out Cotonhall Absolute Joy.  Phenomenal! 

John McLean, Bushmills, Co Antrim saw this two year old at UK Dairy Day and states that “I knew that I had to have her, she is the perfect example of what I look for in a cow.  Fantastic legs and feet, great dairy strength and an unbelievable udder.  She has so much potential and will only get better with age”.  She is currently housed at A H Wilson and Son, Tregibby who brought her out on top form today.  The Joys' originate from the Rantonall herd and they sure have been a family of note for breeder Rob Kite.  Cotonhall Joy 3rd EX92 the grand dam of this heifer in milk has also been a successful show winner whilst her great grand dam Rantonall Joy 67th VG88 went on to have ten lactations.   Cotonhall Absolute Joy calved a heifer by Cotonhall Joyland in July aged just two years and one month, she is currently giving 38kgs daily at 4.77%F and 3.09%P. She has recently been served to Panorama Anticipation.

Reserve Champion: Marleycote Olive 20

Reserve Champion: Marleycote Olive 20

Reserve Champion went to Marleycote Olive 20th an animal recently purchased by the Osbourne family.   Sired by Llandovery Prides Prophet this junior cow according to Seimon Thomas is “yet another prime example of a cracking young dairy cow, she is well balanced with lovely udder confirmation.”  Bred by Richard Baynes she classified VG84 as a heifer and this is her first major win after travelling an incredible eight and half hours to the show on her way to her new home.  In her first lactation she produced 7845kgs 5.21%F and 3.57%P in 305 days, she is currently producing 38kgs daily.   “She displayed excellent capacity in the udder, with great width and excellent teat placement”.  With four generations of VG and EX cows behind her Marleycote Olive 20th certainly has a good future ahead.

Rounding out the Championship was Marleycote Chatter 20th who won the Intermediate cow class.   

Now owned by the Osbourne family, Marleycote Chatter 20th VG87 calved her third in June and is sired by Llandovery Jinny's Empire.  “In a tough class I led with this cow that was very correct through the rump and had great scope and great balance, her overall dairyness over the rest of the class is what placed her first.”  Projected to give over 10,000kgs this time while still churning out 43kgs daily.  Her dam Marleycote Chatter 16th EX91 is still milking in her seventh lactation having giving over 65tons to date. 

 Other class winners included new comer Jake White with Ablington Solo 34th who stood top of the in calf heifer class.  Sired by Churchroyd Wild Card EX94“she was a tall well developed heifer with great depth of rib and dairyness”.  Churchroyd Mischief 5th EX90 from the Collins family won the blue ribbon in the senior cow in milk class.  This fourth calver is sired by Churchroyd Duke ET “is a fine example of the breed and her overall bloom in the udder edged her into first.”  In the final class of the day the Osbourne family took the top spot with their recently acquired Marleycote pair.  Seimon comments that “there were two exceptional pairs in this class which were hard to split but I had to lead off with the two that had that overall dairyness and cleanliness throughout”.

Many thanks to all the exhibitors who brought forward an exceptional display of Dairy Shorthorns especially those who made such mammoth journeys to attend.  The quality was second to none and the breed certainly shone at this years dairy show. 

Congratulations to all involved.


  1. Ablington Solo 34 s. Churchroyd Wild Card J White
  2. Brinsbury Gentle 7 s. Winhall WilliamChichester College
  3. Cargenwen Lady Laura  7 s. Brooksteads BomberJ Rowe

Heifer In Milk

  1. Cotonhall Absolute Joy s. Apples Absolute RedJ McLean & A H Wilson
  2. Churchroyd Lilian 25 s. Treeton PingerleyIRG Collins & Partners
  3. Brinsbury Dairymaid 18 s. Nejay ErnieChichester College
  4. Brinsbury Flora Foggathorpe 3 s. Nejay ErnieChichester College

Junior Cow

  1. Marleycote Olive 20 s. Llandovery Prides ProphetN R Osbourne
  2. Churchroyd Gentle 105 s. Churchroyd King WillieIRG Collins & Partners

Intermediate Cow

  1. Marleycote Chatter 20 s. Llandovery Jinny's EmpireN R Osbourne<
  2. Churchroyd Bronte Wildeyes 46 s. Churchroyd Goldwin ETIRG Collins & Partners
  3. Churchroyd Fay 11 s. Nejay Prince 4IRG Collins & Partners
  4. Marleycote Jen 27 s. Llandovery Jinny's Empire N R Osbourne

Senior Cow

  1. Churchroyd Mischief 5 s. Churchroyd DukeIRG Collins & Partners
  2. Brinsbury Millicient 9 s. April Day Wisconsin Red Chichester College


  1. N R Osbourne
  2. IRG Collins & Partners
  3. IRG Collins & Partners

CHAMPION: Cotonhall Absolute Joy - J McLean & A H Wilson

RESERVE CHAMPION: Marleycote Olive 20 - N R Osbourne  
HONOURABLE MENTION: Marleycote Chatter 20 - N R Osbourne

INTERBREED HEIFER: Cotonhall Absolute Joy - J McLean & A H Wilson

RESERVE INTERBREED SUPREME: Cotonhall Absolute Joy - J McLean & A H Wilson