There were 20 Cattle forward from 6 Exhibitors for Richard Norman to judge. The classes were well spread out in numbers and it was nice to see so many cattle out for the first major show of the year.
Richard found his Champion in Fairfield Bonnie, by Aaron, a five year old Cow in Milk owned and bred by Louise and Chris Carpenter.
In Reserve was the very Smart In Calf Heifer, Greensfield Lady Star from the Greenslade family and Hon Mention was the second placed cow in milk, Greensfield SS Sudley. also from the Greenslades.
Before the Championship, Exhibitors and spectators observed a moments silence for the passing of Dennis Warren of the Tredinney Herd. Our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time..
Here are Judge Richard Normans comments on the day’s classes.
In the first class, I placed this very smart young calf first because of her dairyness and correctness for her age. She was very closely followed by another very dairy calf who was extremely well balanced and this gave her the advantage over the third calf who also showed great promise.
Heifer born on or after 1st April 2016.
- B&S Adams. Briddlesford Levi Violet 2
- Greenslade. Greensfield Baileys Seagull.
- Marks & Hooper. Autumn Gold Bramley Apple Crunch.
The second class for older Maiden heifers was topped by another extremely Dairy Heifer who paraded well and showed great style. The second placed calf was again tall and dairy and this dairyness gave her the advantage over the third and fourth placed calves.
Maiden Heifer born on or between 1st Oct 2015 and 31st March 2016.
- Greenslade. Greensfield Lady of the Manor by Lon.
- S. Phillips. Burleaze Vampire Poppy.
- B&S Adams. Wiltown Nancy by Hinton Assassin.
- Rockett & Marshall. Autumn Gold Rio by Legend.
There were five very smart in calf heifers in the next class and I had no hesitation in placing this well balanced, angular heifer in first place. In second place was a very tall heifer who should mature into a fine animal when she calves. Her stretch and dairyness gave her the nod over the 3 good heifers who stood below her.
Heifer in Calf.
- Greenslade. Greensfield Lady Star by G. Tiller Star.
- Marks & Hooper. Brymor Meadowsweet 90 by Phonze.
- Marks & Hooper. Brymor Quizical 63 by Nico.
- B&S Adams. Hinton Rebecca by Hinton Assassin.
- C&L Carpenter. Fairfield Legend Goldie.
There was only one Cow in Calf forward and she was a great example of the Guernsey Breed.
Cow in Calf.
- Greenslade. Greensfield Lady Jay by Mr Luck.
The three Milk heifers gave me much thought. I eventually decided on the heifer that had a lovely full udder of milk with tortuous milk veins. The heifer that stood in second place also impressed me with her style and balance and this gave her the advantage over the very correct heifer in third.
Heifer in Milk.
- C&L Carpenter. Fairfield Legend Roseila.
- Greenslade. Greensfield Amir Sudley
- B&S Adams. Wiltown Patience by Alstar VIP.
On to the Cow in Milk class. This was another head scratcher! I placed this tall angular cow in first because of her fullness of udder, not to take away from the cow in second place though, as she was well balanced and stylish. The third placed cow was again very dairy which gave her the advantage over the very powerful cow in fourth position.
Cow in Milk.
- C&L Carpenter. Fairfield Bonnie by Aaron.
- Greenslade. Greensfield SS Sudley by K. Stinky Salmon.
- Rocket & Marshall. Bourton SS Robina by S. Norman.
- S. Phillips. Trewey Andante Jackie.
Group of Three.
- Marks & Hooper.
- Marks & Hooper.
- S. Phillips.
In the Championship, I awarded the cow in milk the Championship prize, followed by the In calf heifer who impressed me so much. Hon Mention went to the Second placed Cow in milk.
I would like to congratulate all the exhibitors and their helpers, for turning out their cattle in such fine form.