9th / 11th July 2013 | Judge: Edward Crank
Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Great Yorkshire Show for inviting me to judge the Dairy Shorthorn classes. This event being one of the most prestige’s County Shows of the Summer that always attracts quality and numbers making it a privilege to judge.
Shorthorn Champion – Marleycote Barrington Iris 15th
Maiden heifer class: My first placed heifer went to Mossrigg Princess Foggathorpe 9th, she had great bone quality and structure especially through the rump and showing great promise in her mammary. My second placed heifer went to Shaunlea Geri 2nd, she was a well grown heifer with stature, stretch and deep body. My third placed heifer went to Churchroyd Bronte Wild Eyes 41st, not quite as upstanding as my first two heifers on the day, but she has great qualities and very much one for the future.
Heifer in calf: My first placed heifer went to Breckney Goldie 3rd, she was a comfortable winner on the day. She had great width style and quality, pretty much right the way through. A tremendous prospect placing her over my second placed heifer Marleycote Sondstress 17th. This fine upstanding stretchy deep bodied heifer, showing great dairy qualities. This places her over my third placed heifer Kidstones Lady Laura 13th this lovely sweet roan heifer with great promise for the future.
Cow in Calf: My first placed cow was Churchroyd Heather 29th. This 6th calver with tremendous body power and strength places her over my second placed cow Winbrook Peeress Rose a 7th calver. A cow I greatly admire particularly whilst in milk but as a dry cow just out powered on the day. My third placed cow went to Churchroyd Gwen 8th a fourth caver and a great cow herself but just ran into two tremendous senior cows on the day.
Heifer in Milk: My first placed heifer went to Hutchinwood Amazon Sweet Rose 21st, sweet being the operative word this heifer just oozed milk and quality with a great udder, bone quality, width, depth and style and this placed her over my second placed heifer Winbrook Foggathorpe Lass 5th. Again a heifer with real qualities but very fresh on the day probably this show came a month to soon for this great young heifer from Winbrook she is an exciting prospect for the future. My third placed heifer went to Marleycote Patricia 12th, another quality heifer with many of the attributes of the first two heifers but unfortunately just didn’t have balance in the rear udder on the day.
Junior cow in Milk: My first placed cow went to Churchroyd Mischief 4th. This second calver had well attached capacious udder full of milk with good teat placement. This placed her over my second placed cow Marleycote Songstress 13th, this tall, stretchy, milky, young cow with a clean shoulder and bone quality. In third place was Marleycote Peggy 23rd. She is very similar to the cow in second but lacked a little balance in her rear udder on the day.
Reserve Champion – Churchroyd Heather 43rd
Senior cow in milk: My first placed cow went to Marleycote Barrington Iris 15th, this 4th calver had style, balance capacity in both body and udder she has great teat placement with width throughout. She has good legs and feet, she travels well over the ground with a good hard top line. This placed her over my second placed cow Churchroyd Heather 43rd who had many of the attributes of my first placed cow, but on the day not quite the fullness of udder or the stretch from head to tail but a very good cow never the less. My third placed cow was Kidstones Lady Laura 8th again a cow of similar type and quality to the second placed cow, but just losing out slightly in body capacity on the day. Three great cows at the top of the class.
Marleycote Barrington Iris 15th was to end the day being my Supreme Champion. Congratulations to the Fisher family (MR JM FISHER). Churchroyd Heather 43rd was to end the day being my Reserve champion and exhibitor breed Champion. Congratulations to the Collins family (COLLINS & PARTNERS IRG). Hutchingwood Amazon Sweetrose 21st was to end the day being my Heifer Champion and honourable mention. Congratulations to the Fleetwood family (FLEETWOOD Messrs G & PS).
A big Congratulation to all the entrants for the quality of cattle placed before me, they are credit to you all and to the breed.
Heifer Champion – Hutchingwood Amazon Sweetrose 21st