Marsbar Marker Betty VG89
A long and challenging nights judging came to a spectacular finale with
the prestigious Grand Champion title being awarded to Marsbar
Marker Betty VG89 shown by joint owners Almond Holsteins of Park, Brydekirk,
Annan, Dumfriesshire (Paul and Gillian Rawcliffe) and Riverdane Holsteins,
Ravenscroft Hall Farm, Byley, Middlewich, Cheshire (Mark & Sue Nutsford)
and was bred by Marshall Farms. This young cow by Southland Marker having
calved at the end of June and still giving 60 litres per day was in mint
condition following her recent successes in the show ring at the Dairy
Event where she picked up the 1st prize award for Junior Cow in milk
and Best Udder. Previously In 2002 she won the Interbreed Champion Heifer
and Best Udder at the Dairy Event and bred a champion heifer calf owned
by Almond Holsteins.
The reserve ticket along with the prize for the Best Udder in the show was picked up by local breeders F Harrison and Sons of Crossrigg, Cliburn, Penrith for Wetherton Rudolph Juliane PI. This very well turned out VG89 cow by Startmore Rudolph is also no stranger to the show ring and has collected many prizes around the county throughout this show season. Closely behind these two great mature cows and picking up the honourable mention award was the champion in milk heifer from the junior section of the show Knowlesmere MS Papoose PI VG88 (by Maughlin Storm) shown by enthusiastic local breeders Stephen and Ann Morley of Petteril Bank, Southwaite, Carlisle.
The Champion exhibitor bred award went to Newsmith Starboy Pearloma (by Roseland View Black Starboy) from Tom Smith of Bottoms Farm, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire who had never attended the Northern Expo show let alone exhibited here and had there been a prize for the furthest travelled animal this would of surely picked it up. The best new exhibitor award went to G & AE Smith & Sons of the “Alandrew” herd from Mount Pleasant Farm, Claughton – On – Brock, Garstang, Preston. John and Helen Jamieson and family of the “Firth” herd, Upper Locharwoods, Ruthwell, Dumfries took the breeders pair award and were placed highly in many of the earlier classes of the evening with their nine entrants to collect the Premier Breeder Award. Finishing what had been a most satisfying night in the show ring Paul and Gillian Rawcliffe of “Almond” Holsteins also went on to collect the Premier Exhibitor Award for the second consecutive year for the points picked up on the successes of their eight show entrants.
A huge thank you must go out on behalf of the Northern Expo Show Committee to the exhibitors who turned out with an excellent show of cattle for the enthusiastic crowd to admire “great satisfaction can be taken from the large, superb entry of cattle together with one of, if not the largest crowd of spectators seen at the Northern Expo Show” (Mark Towers – Chairman). Also thanks go to the many sponsors, especially the main joint show sponsors Holstein UK, Pye Farm Feeds and Foundation Sires UK for making the 21st Northern Expo Show a truly memorable event.