MELODY WAS ON SONG AT THE 30th NORTHERN DAIRY EXPO
On Friday 26th October the 30th Northern Dairy Expo took place within
Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart. A tremendous
show of 60 Holstein cattle ranging from 1 month to 8 years old was
exhibited, with Mick Gould of Woodmarsh Holsteins having the difficult
task of judging.
|Grand Champion Feizor Shottle
L Melody with left to right - Mick Gould (Judge) William Booth,
Andrew Holliday of World Wide Sires (Sponsor) David Booth and
The evening started with the Junior calf class
shown by young members under 16 years. It was Holmland Lavan G
Polly from Matthew Harper & Ruth
Watson that stood at the top of a 10 calves, this February born Comestar
Lavanguard, shown on the night by Thomas Horsley, is out of ALH Polly
EX92. The second junior class saw M/s Lawrence’s Lynholme Gold
Wishes take first prize. A very stylish December born calf she was
imported as an embryo and is by Braedale Goldwyn and out of the show
cow Raeland Leduc Wilhelmina EX92.
The Intermediate calf class, for
those born between 1st August & 30th November, was won by a stylish
Destry sired calf from D & H Horsley. Woodcatt Destry Rachel
was born in October and is out of Willsbro Shottle Rachel 2. The
Senior calf class was won by Drointon Savard Marq I Red from A & D
Mackellar, born in May this red calf is backed by 10 generations
VG and EX of the Marq I family.
The calf championship saw the 1st and 2nd prize winners from the
four calf classes forward with Mick tapping out Lynholme Gold Wishes
from M/s Lawrence as Champion winning the Michael Armstrong Perpetual
trophy with Drointon Savard Marq I Red as Reserve. Wishes was commended
for her cleanness of bone and dairy quality.
We moved on to the In-calf heifer class where
the reign of the Melodys began, Feizor Fever S Melody took the
red rosette shown by WA & A
Booth and out of Feizor Shottle L Melody EX92.
The milking classes commenced with the Junior
2 year olds where a Mario Xacobeo daughter, Aliann MX Elegance
stood at the top of the line ahead of Tameside Ricki 9 which won
best udder in the class. Elegance was exhibited by JD & JA
Holgate and calved a heifer at the end of July, she classified
VG87 2yr and stems from the great Krull Broker Elegance EX96.
The senior 2 year olds saw local breeders
Mark & Diane Wilson’s Hailstone Lightning Daisy VG88 win
and take best udder in the class. Daisy is sired by Sir Linerway
Lightning and out of Hailstone Riley Daisy EX95.
As the top 2 from
the In-calf heifer class and the two 2 year old classes entered the
ring for the junior contest Mick gave the Championship and exhibitor
bred championship to the junior 2 year old Aliann MX Elegance from
the Holgate family. Standing reserve was the first prize senior heifer
from Mark and Diane Wilson.
The premier junior Exhibitor and Breeder awards
were presented to A & D Mackellar’s, Drointon herd for gaining most points
through the junior show classes. This year’s Genetic Merit
award went to Holmland Man O Polly from A & A Bunting, sired
by Man O Man she is out of ALH Polly EX92 and maternal sister to
the shows junior heifer calf.
A class of 10 3 year olds saw the judge take his time with David
Yates eventually getting the nod into 1st place and presented with
the rosette for best udder in the class. Meiklefirth Plaid Lutske
VG88 is by Windy-Knoll-View Plaid and out of an EX93 Roylane Jordan.
Another well supported class was the 4 year olds where Kellywell
Marshall Brooke, this time from Brian Yates, was pulled to the top
of the class. Purchased from the Kellywell herd of David Robinson
as a maiden heifer Brooke produced over 12,500 kilos in her heifer
lactation and calved twin heifers at the end of 2011.
Though not the biggest class of the evening
the 5 year olds were a fantastic display of the Holstein breed
with Feizor Shottle L Melody, Sterndale Goldwyn Ghost and Logan
Mr Sam Gail going head to head. WA & A Booth’s Feizor
Shottle L Melody EX92 took the red rosette like her Fever daughter
earlier in the day. Melody is the 5th generation Excellent and
calved for the third time in May, she recorded 11,167 litres as
a heifer and 13,871 litres as a second calver.
The final class of the night saw the turn of
Brian & Valarie
Davidson to stand at the head of the line with their 7 year old Errolston
Militant Tina which is sired by a home bred bull Errolston Militant
and out of an Annan Approval sired dam.
As the special awards commenced the breeders
pairs was won by the Errolston herd of B & V Davidson ahead of WJ Nadin & Co’s
Sterndale herd. WJ Nadin & Co also won Best New Exhibitor at
the show. The overall Premier Breeder & Exhibitor at the show
went to the Bridge End Herd of Colin, Yvonne and Mark Dent, Kirkby
Thore with their team of 5 cows and calves from the Raven & Rapture
As the class winners entered the ring for the
final time the audience hushed to listen to Mick Gould as he commended
all the exhibitors for a tremendous turn out of cattle. As he walked
around the cattle it was the 1st prize 5 year old Feizor Shottle
L Melody from WA & A
Booth he quickly tapped out as his Grand Champion, Exhibitor Bred
Grand Champion and Best Udder in Show. Reserve Grand Champion, Reserve
Exhibitor Bred Grand Champion and Reserve Best Udder in Show went
to the winning Mature Cow Errolston Militant Tina from B & V
Davidson. Honourable Mention was presented to last year’s Northern
Dairy Expo Grand Champion and this year’s 2nd prize 5 year
old from Brian Yates, Logan Mr Sam Gail.