Last weekend saw a welcome return of the Devon County show after a one year hiatus due to Covid-19. Colin Gleed kindly judged the Guernsey and Inter breed classes and gave this report of the day.
‘There were only 6 Guernseys forward, but they were of a very high standard. Michael Dawes had an entry in each class, and all of his animals were of a very similar type. They were all youthful, well balanced, and showing great dairyness. They also had superb legs and feet and correct, tidy udders. They were in fact, a great credit to him, and a fine example of the modern Guernsey breed.
However, he was beaten to the Championship on the day, by a fantastic dairy cow, shown by Abi Marshall. This 7th calver displayed great power, with tremendous width and body depth, combined with excellent legs and feet, and an udder still with the quality of a much younger cow.
I had no hesitation in making Blacknor Cracker Weston Duchess my Champion, with Michael Dawes 2nd calver, Edgehill Latimer Graceful, my Reserve.
Later in the day, I had the honour of judging the Inter- Breed classes which culminated in the Supreme Championship, where I made Duchess a very worthy Reserve Champion from a very strong class.’
Congratulations go to Michael and Abi and many thanks to Colin for judging. We hope to see shows returning to the calendar soon and seeing more members out and about displaying their Guernseys.