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41 members and friends left a sunny Devon and headed towards South Wales. Our first stop was with John and Rhys Lougher, Tanglwyst. We were given an interesting tour of their many varied enterprises. The herd was very high yielding, profitable and a credit to John and Rhys. We then travelled on to the Lan herd of Robert and Miranda Bowen. Here we entered a competition to select their best six cows. This was judged by Neville Roberts. Brian Spiller was the winner of this and he went home with one of Miranda’s amazing paintings.


The second day some of the ladies went their own way and visited the National Botanical gardens and Aberglasny. The rest of the group visited Michael and Rowland George’s herd at Brynhyfryd. Here we saw two 650 cow dairy units, excellent cows, excellent management and bags of enthusiasm and drive from the whole George family. It was then on to Mr and Mrs Hefyn Wilson’s


Tregibby herd. The star of the herd was Dalesend Storm Maude aged 17. There were many other outstanding cows destined for the summer shows.


The final herd visited that day was at Mr and Mrs Simon Davies Castellhyfryd herd. A very impressive farm and herd of cows. The Rosina family was outstanding and Spirte Rosina was giving 80kgs a day and was everyone’s dream of a cow. Two youngsters here showed their skills helping their dad with the cows. Mid morning Wednesday we travelled to the Fenni herd of Mr and Mrs Lindley Griffiths. A very tidy uniform herd of cows. Their cows had plenty of width and strength and excellent udders.


Our final visit was to Eifion Jones and his family, Feithy. This was a tremendous herd with 65 classified Excellent. It was easy to see why the Lilac family had won the South Wales Holstein family competition. The youngest guide, Harry Wyn Jones, aged three, did a wonderful tour of the parlour – he is going to make an awesome dairy farmer one day! In total we saw nearly 4,500 cows over a four day period, and were impressed by everyone’s positive view of the dairy industry. Thanks must go to everyone for the lunches and teas that were provided and to Eireen Perkins for organising the herds for us to visit. (Full report online) Richard Lawrence


BORDER & LAKELAND One of the highlight’s of the Border and Lakeland Club calendar is the annual stock judging event and this year proved once again exceptional with three fantastic host farms providing some outstanding cattle for members to judge. There was a superb turnout of Club members and HYB and each year this event seems to get bigger and better – even the weather was perfect!


Next on our agenda was the Club trip to Sterndale and Peak Holsteins’ open day in Derbyshire – with 24 members on a bus and more travelling independently – the Club was out in force. The cattle on show and for sale made for a very memorable and extremely enjoyable day for all. Summer is a busy time for all and with the summer herd competition looming and the round of local and national shows we look forward to seeing some great cattle on show from our area and hopefully some prize tickets for the Border and Lakeland Club members. The HYB members hold their AGM on 29 July and an evening visit to Newton Rigg College on Tuesday 5 August to see the new dairy will finish off a busy round of summer events for the Club. Anyone interested in any information about joining the Club or the Holstein Young Breeders please let me know.


I look forward to seeing you all over the summer and good luck to everyone taking part in any competitions!


Joanne Fisher We are pleased to announce the results from this year’s stockjudgings:


Stockjudgings Monday 9 June D R and H M Horsley, Woodhouse Farm, Catterlen, Penrith Kindly sponsored by Genus Breeding. Master Judge Mr Robert Butterfield


1, Caroline Raine Thursday 12 June


N and S J Sanderson, Burtholme Farm, Lanercost, Brampton Kindly sponsored by Cogent. Master Judge Mr. Glyn Lucas 1, Lee Graham Monday 16 June Metcalfe family, Crossfell House Farm, Kirkby Thore, Penrith Kindly sponsored by Semex. Master Judge Mr John Garnett 1, Val Gillespie Overall winner from the three nights 1, Lee Graham HYB winners


Overall Scholarship winner – Richard Armstrong Juniors


1, Abigail Fisher Intermediates 1, Will Horsley Seniors


1, Richard Armstrong


ABOVE Cows coming out for the final placing on the first night at Horsleys, Woodhouse Farm, Catterlen, Penrith.


RIGHT Caroline Raine receiving her 1st place prize on the opening night from sponsor Ian Caddy from Genus.


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