Dairy honours for 'youthful' Holstein Almond Silky Avis
IN the dairy judging a Holstein fourth calver, Almond Silky Avis, took the inter-breed championship honours for joint owners Almond Holsteins and Longfordhall Holsteins.
Avis, an eight-year-old, which calved her fourth around two weeks ago was praised by the dairy judge, John Loftus of Weeton Holsteins, Lancashire, for her youthful appearance.
The champion was shown by Paul Rawcliffe of Almond Holsteins based at Bryde Kirk, Annan. Mr Rawcliffe sold a half share of Avis to Liz Wolfenden’s Longfordhall herd in 2004 for 40,000gns.
Avis has been reserve breed champion at the Highland twice before and was also champion heifer at the National Holstein show in 2002.
Almond Holsteins also had a half share in the Holstein reserve and honourable mention winners. Reserve was second calver Weeton Brandy Reba. The Rawcliffes bought a half share in her at John Loftus’s most recent sale for 8,200gns. Third prize in the championship line-up was awarded to Almond Derry Angel, which the Rawcliffes own jointly with ADI Corp Global.
The overall inter-breed reserve rosette went to the Ayrshire breed with home-bred second calver, Halmyre Urr Louise from Keith Davidson and family of Haugh of Urr, Castle Douglas.
Shown by Mr Davidson’s daughter – Katie – the Badenheath Sir Lawrence daughter had won the dairy championship at Ayr Show. This rosette winner, part of the Davidson’s 200-head herd, is giving around 42kg daily and gave 7,500kg in 305 days of her last lactation.
Jersey champion was second calver, Goodtime Paragon Folly, from James and Isobel Wilson of Cupar, Fife. The Wilsons also took the reserve in the Jersey section, with Wellhead Boo – an EX93 fourth calver.
A small entry of Dairy Shorthorns was led by Newpark Snowdrop 16, shown by Dennis Craig and owned by John Teasdale of Kirkbean, Dumfriesshire.