IT was a first Royal Highland Show dairy inter-breed championship for Keith, Jane and Katie Davison, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire when they took the title with their Ayrshire champion, Halmure Urr Floralin.
The home-bred third calver, by Honie’s Inimitable, was having her first outing this season after having been champion at Ayr and reserve breed champion at last year’s Royal Highland. She calved in March and is currently giving 45kg, after giving 8.400litres in her last lactation.
Of his champion, Richard Baynes, Hexham, said: “She is my type of cow. She has style and ring presence, great dairyness and depth of rib and a welded on udder. I couldn’t really go past her.”
In reserve was the Red and White champion, Cuthill Towers White Petal from Arthur and Susan Lawrie, Kinross. Born August 2009, by Poos Stadel Classic, she calved in January and is currently giving 30kg.
The junior championship went to the Holstein, Meikelfirth Plaid Lutske, by Windy View Knould Plaid, which was the only entry at the show from David Yates, Castle Douglas. Already a winner at the West of Scotland Dairy Show and reserve Holstein at Ayr this season, she calved in November and is currently giving 40kg.
The Holstein championship went to Weeton Shark Trolley, from Blythebridge Holsteins, West Linton, Peebleshire. The fourth calver, by La-Poe Shark, was bought from breeders, R. and D. Loftus, privately two years ago. Having calved three weeks ago she is currently giving 55litres at 4.8 per cent butter fat and 3.5per cent protein and gave 12,500 litres in her last 305 day lactation.
Robert Hunter, Shotts, Lanarkshire, took the Jersey championship with Clydevalley Governor Flora, by Griffens Governor. Currently giving 36kg at 5.83 per cent butter fat, this second calver won the Super Heifer at AgriScot last year and was inter-breed heifer champion at the Royal Highland last year.
Taking the dairy shorthorn championship for the second year running was Bishopsbrae Royal Kathleen by Hooton Fair Appeal. Owned and bred by Stephen Girvan, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, she is currently based with John Teesdale, Dumfries. Having been calved six weeks she is giving 36kg daily.
The progeny group went to a team of Ayrshires by Calderglen Lancelot from Robin Barr, Argyll and the team of three to the Jerseys from the Hunter family.