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29th October 2003

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2003 Report

On the evening of Wednesday 29th October 2003, Borderway Mart, Carlisle was the venue for the 21st Northern Expo Holstein Show. An entry in excess of eighty cattle was presented to the show’s international judge Mr Brian Coghlin, President and General Manager of Foundation Sires, Canada.

A massive crowd of spectators from all the over the UK, Scotland and Ireland turned out on this cold October evening to witness an exceptional line up of cattle from over thirty different exhibitors who travelled from as far a field as Kilmarnock, Preston and Yorkshire in what is said to be “One of the main events in the 2003 Dairy calendar”.

Marsbar Marker Betty VG89
Champion - Marsbar Marker Betty VG89

A long and challenging nights judging came to a spectacular finale with the prestigious Grand Champion title being awarded to Marsbar Marker Betty VG89 shown by joint owners Almond Holsteins of Park, Brydekirk, Annan, Dumfriesshire (Paul and Gillian Rawcliffe) and Riverdane Holsteins, Ravenscroft Hall Farm, Byley, Middlewich, Cheshire (Mark & Sue Nutsford) and was bred by Marshall Farms. This young cow by Southland Marker having calved at the end of June and still giving 60 litres per day was in mint condition following her recent successes in the show ring at the Dairy Event where she picked up the 1st prize award for Junior Cow in milk and Best Udder. Previously In 2002 she won the Interbreed Champion Heifer and Best Udder at the Dairy Event and bred a champion heifer calf owned by Almond Holsteins.

The reserve ticket along with the prize for the Best Udder in the show was picked up by local breeders F Harrison and Sons of Crossrigg, Cliburn, Penrith for Wetherton Rudolph Juliane PI. This very well turned out VG89 cow by Startmore Rudolph is also no stranger to the show ring and has collected many prizes around the county throughout this show season. Closely behind these two great mature cows and picking up the honourable mention award was the champion in milk heifer from the junior section of the show Knowlesmere MS Papoose PI VG88 (by Maughlin Storm) shown by enthusiastic local breeders Stephen and Ann Morley of Petteril Bank, Southwaite, Carlisle.

The Champion exhibitor bred award went to Newsmith Starboy Pearloma (by Roseland View Black Starboy) from Tom Smith of Bottoms Farm, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire who had never attended the Northern Expo show let alone exhibited here and had there been a prize for the furthest travelled animal this would of surely picked it up. The best new exhibitor award went to G & AE Smith & Sons of the “Alandrew” herd from Mount Pleasant Farm, Claughton – On – Brock, Garstang, Preston. John and Helen Jamieson and family of the “Firth” herd, Upper Locharwoods, Ruthwell, Dumfries took the breeders pair award and were placed highly in many of the earlier classes of the evening with their nine entrants to collect the Premier Breeder Award. Finishing what had been a most satisfying night in the show ring Paul and Gillian Rawcliffe of “Almond” Holsteins also went on to collect the Premier Exhibitor Award for the second consecutive year for the points picked up on the successes of their eight show entrants.

A huge thank you must go out on behalf of the Northern Expo Show Committee to the exhibitors who turned out with an excellent show of cattle for the enthusiastic crowd to admire “great satisfaction can be taken from the large, superb entry of cattle together with one of, if not the largest crowd of spectators seen at the Northern Expo Show” (Mark Towers – Chairman). Also thanks go to the many sponsors, especially the main joint show sponsors Holstein UK, Pye Farm Feeds and Foundation Sires UK for making the 21st Northern Expo Show a truly memorable event.

Honorary Secretary: Anna Stable
Bolton Manor Farm, Little Urswick, Ulverston
Cumbria LA12 0PX
Tel: 07793 411368