FLO KEEPS EXPO TITLE IN THE FAMILY
On the evening of Friday 23rd October 2009 Borderway Mart, Carlisle
was the venue for the popular Northern Expo Dairy Show. A huge
crowd turned out to witness an outstanding line up of 90 Entries
from over 30 Exhibitors from all over Cumbria, Scotland, Yorkshire,
Lancashire and as far a field as Shropshire. This year the show
was judged by Spanish breeder Jaume Serrabassa who owns and runs
the Comas Novas Holstein herd in the Cataluna region in Spain.
|The judge Jaume Serrabassa in action
The show began with the youngest calves led by the young enthusiasts
(under 16year olds) of the Holstein breed. Picking up the red rosette
in this class was David and Sheila Tomlinson and Family of Preston
with their December born calf Bilsrow Olympus Lotto by their home
bred bull Bilsrow Olympus and out of an 87 point Gibson. This calf
was expertly led into 1st position by Hannah Booth aged 13 of the
noted Feizor herd.
|Calf Champion - Sue Armstrong with Gillian
Rawcliffe - Exhibitor
The winner of the second calf class came from Almond & Almondene
Holsteins from Brydekirk, Annan. This stylish yearling by Karona
Bonanza and out of an 88 point Stormatic dam went on to take the
Michael Armstrong Perpetual Trophy for the Champion calf, presented
by Sue Armstrong. The Reserve Award and the World Wide Sires Trophy
went to the second placed calf from class two, Feizor Shottle J
Clara by Picston Shottle and out of an 85 point James was shown
and bred by WA & A Booth of Old Hall, Feizor.
| Junior Champion - Holmland Golden Oralie
One of the strongest classes of the evening as ever was the Heifer
in milk class which saw the overall Junior Champion and Exhibitor
Bred Junior Champion immersing from the senior section of this
class namely Holmland Golden Oralie who caught the judges eye,
shown and bred by Stephen and Patricia Bell of Forest Hill, Penrith.
This homebred December 2006 born Braedale Goldwyn daughter is out
of an EX91 Charles. She calved a heifer calf by Durham Ross back
in February and has so far given nearly 9,000kgs in 256days at
4.38%BF and 3.26%P. She is currently giving 33kgs daily and is
due to calve again in March to La Presentation Denzel. With a Pin
value of + £43 this heifer also picked up the Genetic Merit
award for having the highest Pin value in the junior section of
| Junior Presentation
The Junior cow in milk class for second calvers was much anticipated
and saw the largest class entry of the night and for many years
with twenty entries forward the committee took the decision to
split the class into a junior and senior section.
This is where the ‘Fairytale’ begins as the winner
of the junior section of second calvers came from Francis, Ann
and David Wright’s “Berryholme” herd went on
to claim the Carrs Billington Agriculture Grand Champion Award.
|Grand Champion - Berryholme Shottle Flo
This awesome 86 point cow Berryholme Shottle Flo by is none other
than an extremely classy daughter out of the great THREE TIMES
EXPO CHAMPION (2002 / 2004 / 2006)
Holmland Storm Flo EX94 (4) who is now in her 11th year and is
said to be looking in great form herself. The Wrights have an incredible
cow family developed at Berryholme, Kendal originating from Tony
Bell’s Holmland herd and showing what an amazing cow family
this really is. So carrying on the Flo family tradition Berryholme
Shottle Flo was a most worthy winner in her own right and was presented
to the highest imaginable standard, a true credit to the Wright
family. In her first lactation she gave nearly 10,000kgs @ 4.20%BF
and 3.10%P and produced a heifer calf by Talent, and calved her
second, a bull calf by Howie in mid August and is currently giving
50kgs daily. Of further interest she has two Full ET Brothers on
test, one at ABS and one at Semex.
Flo also picked up the Best Udder In Show award and overall Exhibitor
Bred Championship, all on her first time in the show ring and she
will be hoping to continue her succession when she travels up to
Agriscot in a few weeks time.
|Reserve Grand Champion - Stannock Talent Kiwi
The Farmers Guardian sponsored Reserve Award went to Brian, Val
and Craig Davidson of Errolston and Messrs Armstrong of Wolfa for
their 88 point daughter Stannock Talent Kiwi VG88. This was another
second lactation young cow who stood first in the senior section
of exceptional second calvers. She has a maiden heifer by Braedale
Goldwyn from her first lactation, which she gave 11749kgs at 3.84%BF
in 305days. She calved her second, a bull by Jasper at the end
of June and is currently giving 56kgs daily. Kiwi is no stranger
to the show ring, she was All Britain Senior Heifer in 2009 and
had an amazing 2008 show season in 2008 taking the champion heifer
titles at the Royal Highland, Agriscot, Ayr, Dumfries and the Cumberland
|Honourable Mention - Saxelby Goldwyn Rose
The Keenan UK sponsored Honourable Mention title was awarded to
Robert and Elaine Butterfield for Saxelby Goldwyn Rose a 90 point
young cow who stood second to the champion in her earlier class.
In her 1st lactation Rose gave over 8,307kgs @ 4.20%BF & 3.47%P
and calved her second, a bull calf by Damion in early July and
is currently giving 38kgs daily having gone EX, with her second
calf. She has been a prominent winner on the show circuit all summer
winning the Reserve champion award at The Great Yorkshire Show
and taking the Supreme title at Penrith Show, Westmoreland County
Show and Garstang Show. Rose was purchased last year by the Butterfield
family, from Andrew and Janet Stafford.
The Overall Reserve Exhibitor Bred award went to a Wormanby Leduc
Anita 30 from local breeders Harry, Margaret and David Hodgson
of the Wormanby Herd, Burgh By Sands, Carlisle. This 91point, Ex93
Mammary senior cow had seen of strong competition to win the senior
cow in milk class earlier in the evening. The evening also saw
an award from Holstein UK, The Master Breeders Award which is based
on classification and production of a herd and was presented to
Harry, Margaret and David Hodgson of the Wormanby herd. The Wormanby
herd has 120 cows milking with a herd average of 10,000kgs and
has over 35 cows classified Excellent.
|Prize winners line up
Holstein UK sponsored the Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor
awards at the show which were both awarded to Mark and Diane Wilson
and their young family for their Hailstone herd from Little Ormside,
Appleby. With nine homebred entries forward they picked up many
prize tickets throughout the evening and Son Jack was the youngest
handler at five years old in the young calf/handler class with
his calf Hailstone TKO Peggy. The Wilson’s farm 130 cows
and have a rolling herd average of 9,000kgs. They have gathered
an impressive list of titles in the Holstein sections this show
season including Champion & Reserve Champion - Northumberland
County Show, Reserve Champion - Penrith Show, Champion & Reserve
Champion – Cockermouth Show, Champion & Reserve Champion – Appleby
Show and Champion calf at the Border & Lakeland Calf Show.
They also won the Junior and senior heifer in milk classes in the
Border and Lakeland summer herd’s competition.
With new exhibitors showing every year there is always an award
for the exhibitor with the most points in the show, this year it
was won by Colin Dent of the Bridge End herd at Kirkby Thore, Penrith
who received the Malgar Trophy. The Breeders pair award went to
Messrs Oliver of the Ansa herd with The Graham family and their
Heathersgill herd taking the reserve spot.
A raffle was also held at the show in aid of the Great North Air
Ambulance which raised £420, many thanks to everyone for
contributing to this worthy cause.
Once again spectators travelled from far and wide to witness the
quality show that THE EXPO produces and were very appreciative
of the cattle on show in a ring finished off with green sawdust!
Thanks must go to the exhibitors and also to the sponsors whose
support makes the show a continued success. The judge Jaume Serrabassa
was extremely complimentary about the show “I really enjoyed
my visit to England and was very impressed with the outstanding
quality of the show. I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful
welcome and hope I can return in the future to judge once again”.
The show Chairman Tony Burton commented that “This has to
be one of the best Expo Shows in recent times and the quality of
cattle throughout was truly fantastic and a credit to all breeders
and once again thanks to all sponsors especially the main sponsors
for their continued support”
A raffle was held at the 2009 Northern
Expo Holstein Show in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance
Service. Tickets were only available on the show night
and we raised £452.
From left to right are Jan Hawkins (GNAAS);
Jenni Wharton, Northern Expo Show Honorary Secretary; the
cow is "Holmland Golden Oralie" which
won the Junior championship at the Northern Expo Show with
owner/breeder Stephen Bell and finally Tony Burthon (Northern
Expo Show Chairman).
The picture was taken at Forest Hill by kind
permission of Stephen Bell and the photographer was Richard
Hodgson (07799 268775).