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83 prepared the animal.


I really enjoy the preparation and build up and I get enjoyment out of seeing cows enter the ring in the best possible form. It is more rewarding for me to prepare a champion than just lead her.


What do you aspire to


win in the show ring? Madison is the show to win as it’s where the whole dairy world comes together. The top cows from Canada and America compete there, so it’s great just to get a ribbon.


Who do you think is the best showman in the world?


There are many good showmen but for me Donald De Bois was the best I’ve known. He was a good friend, but he was so quiet and skilled on the halter – he was particularly good at hiding animals’ faults.


What qualities are you looking for in the handlers?


The importance of


showmanship is in the word – handlers should have control over the whole situation. The handler should have an even balance of attention between the heifer and the judge. The harmony between heifer and handler should be obvious and this comes from having control over the heifer.


Are there any areas you will be particularly hard on?


I hate lack of attention. I like a natural, smooth handler and don’t like someone that shows themselves more than the calf. When the standard is so strong it comes down to the smallest mistakes.


Holstein calf judge David Hodgson


What have been your


judging highlights? My judging highlight to date is when I judged Charleville Show in the Republic of Ireland, which saw 20 milkers in each class. During the past four years I have enjoyed judging calf show qualifiers at Scotland South, Border and Lakeland, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Northumberland and I had the pleasure of judging


calves at The Great Yorkshire Show. I’ve judged one herd competition each year for the past eight years and in 2012 I had the privilege of judging the Western region Premier Herds. I have also judged the HYB Competitions Day stock judging on three occasions.


What are the main achievements of the


Wormanby herd? The main achievements are winning Premier Herds competition and being runner-up in the Gold Cup. Having three All Britain nominations in 2014 with homebred cows was also an achievement I am proud of.


What have been your highlights in the show ring?


Standing at the top of the line at UK Dairy Expo and UK Dairy Day with Wormanby Atwood Linda and Wormanby Aftershock Gloriette have been our biggest success stories in the show ring. Having the opportunity to compete on a National stage and then realise that your cattle are good enough to compete in strong company gives you the confidence to keep going.


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