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SOUTH & WILTSHIRE Stockjudging Report


The annual stockjudging was held on Saturday 10 May at West End


Town Farm, Marshfield, Chippenham, by kind invitation of the Miflin family. We were quite lucky with the weather although there were a few showers with sun and wind interspersed. There was a good turnout of 50 Club members young and not so young which was a good number considering there were several other events on that weekend which some young members were attending. Jeff Daw, chairman, introduced the master judge, Steve Hart who brought along daughter Kathryn for her expertise! Two classes were brought out for judging, cows in-milk and heifers in-milk, luckily in a covered building, which certainly gave everyone a difficult task of putting them in the correct order as several were so evenly matched. Jeff thanked Steve and Kathryn for giving their time and experience and also the Miflin family for inviting the Club and putting on an excellent show of animals. Tokens of appreciation were presented to all concerned.


Pauline Hann and Elizabeth Walker were also thanked for being the scorers.


The morning concluded with a buffet lunch prepared by HYB and helpers and a raffle in aid of HYB.


Liz Walker


Results Senior


College Cup


Alex Breach Intermediate Junior John


Pickford Cup Harry Daw


Charles Hatt Cup


Toby Wood- ward-May


Mature Ladies


Downland Trophy


Hilary Miles


Mature Men


Breeders Cup Nick Clarke NORTHERN IRELAND


Members of the Northern Ireland HYB Club travelled from throughout the province to compete at Holstein NI’s annual stockjudging competition sponsored by Ecosyl. This year’s event was hosted by the 300-cow Bellemont herd owned by Norman and Nancy McCollum, Coleraine, County Londonderry. Master judge was Tom Kelly, owner of the well-known Monamore herd based at Drogheda, County Louth. He thanked Holstein NI for its hospitality, and said that the four classes which included junior and senior heifers, and junior and senior cows, presented a challenge for the young and experienced judges taking part in the competition.


“It is encouraging to see such a good turnout of Holstein Young Breeders Club members. They took the competition very seriously, and their structured reasoning skills were excellent.”


The event is organised to give HYB members an opportunity to qualify for a place on the team representing Northern Ireland at Holstein UK’s National Competitions Day.


WESTERN The Western Holstein Club has had a busy last couple of months holding a number of events allowing us to encourage our HYB members. We firstly commenced with a Linear and Stockjudging training day which offer the opportunity for all young members to have a go at stockjuding and linear as well as getting a bit of practice on reason giving. Thank you to our coaches for the day, Andy Jones and Dave Bourne. Following this we sent a fantastic team (Larissa Jones, Mark Robinson, Emily Costello, Steph Beresford, Lizzie Mercer, Jodie Nutsford, Harriot Edge and Bob Crank) to Aintree for the HYB Competitions Day and they certainly did us proud coming fourth overall. Well done all of you!


Whilst we were all in the mood for some stockjuding we completed our three evening stockjudgings kindly hosted by the Rees family (Dalebank), the Platt family (Lachstone) and the Ollier family (Hollymere). Thank you to everyone who helped before the events and on the evenings, the cows looked tremendous and led to be three very successful evenings with the overall results as follows:


Junior Intermediate Senior Abi Studley Rob Featherstone Ladies Open Men Open


Paul Gerrard Rachel Goodwin


David Dunlop


Our Cheshire Show tents proved to be a hype of activity and with the forthcoming Nantwich Show please come and see us. There will be lots of events coming up in the next few months so make sure that you keep yourself in the loop and join our Facebook group ‘Western Holstein Club’.


Louise Glenn


HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy said: “A special word of thanks to the Killane, Matfield and Lisnamuck herds, who hosted stockjudging and linear practices ahead of today’s competition. Each competitor’s highest score from the practice sessions is added to today’s score, and the top-placed individuals in each age category will go forward to the national finals.” “Thanks also to our coaches and mentors Ashley Fleming, Mark Logan and Denis Torrens, for their dedication and assistance during the practice nights.”


Andrew Kennedy announced the winners in each hotly contested category:


HYB Junior class 1, Ellie McLean


HYB Intermediate class 1, Mark Henry


HYB Senior class 1, Scott McLean


Open class 1, Ian Watson


The 2014 National Competitions Day was held on Saturday, 31 May at Richard and Ruth Pilkington’s Aintree herd, based at Wrexham, North Wales. The HYB stockjudging team representing Northern Ireland included: Ellie McLean, Mark Henry and senior Andrew Patton.


The linear judging team qualifiers were: Harry Orr and Ellie McLean; Mark Henry and William McCormick; William Bolton and Andrew Patton. Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace thanked the McCollum family for their hospitality, and Tom Kelly for giving up his time to act as master judge. “We’ve had a very enjoyable day, and thanks again to our sponsor Derek Nelson, representing Ecosyl forage inoculants from Volac, and to everyone who contributed to the successful running of this year’s competition.”


THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2014 103


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