Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

UK-Bred Cows Take the Holstein Honours

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

UK-Bred Cows Take the Holstein Honours

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Byline: By Anna Lognonne

Uk-bred cows and heifers swept the board in the 2004 All-Britain Holstein Awards that formed the finale of this year's National Holstein Show, claiming all seven of the UK dairy breeding world's annual awards in a great show of strength.

Sponsored jointly by Igenity and Eprinex, the awards pitted entrants in all the leading 2004 shows against one another on the basis of their show ring performance over the year and submitted pictures.

From over 100 entries, 42 animals (six in each of seven classes) from more than 25 herds were put forward by Holstein UK's nominating committee for separate confidential judging by every one of the 50 judges on the national Holstein judging panel; allowing animals turned out for different shows at different times of the year to be compared as fairly as possible in a highly effective show of shows.

Competition for the coveted titles was fierce again this year, explained All-Britain's organiser, John Gribbon.

The Maiden Heifer class was a clash of last year's two major show champions ( the junior champion from the 2004 Holstein Show against the All Britain Calf Show champion. Calf Show champion, Riverdane RJ Rose ( by Ridge-Star Journalist out of Hyclass Jolt Rose ( prevailed to carry off the crown for 16-year-old Andrew Kennedy of the Mainview herd from Ballymena, County Antrim.

This year's Junior Heifer in Milk award went to another Journalist daughter, Weeton Journalist Helen VG 88, bred and exhibited by R.J. & D. Loftus of Weeton, near Preston.

With class wins at both the Holstein Show and the Royal, Helen ( out of Weeton Integrity Helen ( gave an impressive 10,121 kg of milk at 4.44 0.000000at, 3.090rotein in her first 305-day lactation.

Primo Jed Celeste VG89 ran out a comfortable winner in the Senior Heifer in Milk competition for the Smiddiehill Holstein team from Albrighton, Shropshire, led by manager, David Bostock. …

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