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Staffordshire County Show 2019
Hat Trick For Harper’sAnother year at Staffordshire County Show ground and another outstanding display for the Dairy Shorthorn breed. This years judge was Thomas Moscrop, Irthingelt herd, Carlisle and he had no doubt in tapping out his Champion Burbrook Jinny’s Meg from Richard Harper. “This cow is an excellent example of the modern Shorthorn, a great working cow and one I would like to take home. She definitely has a bright future ahead.”
This Llandovery Jinny’s Empire daughter won the junior cow in milk class having calved into her Second lactation with twin heifers only a fortnight ago. “She paraded with such style on a great set of legs with beautiful bone quality.” Currently giving 45kgs daily the “bloom, height and width of udder meant this cow had to be Champion today, there was no getting past her.” Her dam, Irthingvale Watzon Meg 2nd, was also no stranger to the show ring having won the local Championship honours at Nantwich in 2016. Irthingvale Watzon Meg 2nd was bred by Graham and Barbara Bell which was very fitting as Graham had the opportunity to lead her daughter to victory here on behalf of the Harper family. Previous accolades include Reserve Interbreed Heifer at Oswestry show last year. Unbelievably this junior cow has had three calves under 2years and 11months of age and not only claimed her first major victory in the Shorthorn ring but impressed the Interbreed Judge Nick Dain to claim Exhibitor Bred and the Supreme title the following day. This cow is one that is certainly improving as she matures and looks set for a promising future in and out of the show ring.
The Harper family completed their Interbreed hat trick as their heifer in milk, Drisgol Belladonna 349th was tapped out by Nick Dain after standing top of the class the day before. Judge Thomas Moscrop placed her top in an “extremely difficult class” of four heifers in milk. Leading off with Belladonna for “her overall balance, great legs and feet, a lovely top line coupled with superb veination in the fore udder.” Bought as an in-calf heifer from the Society Sale at Beeston in October 2018, she calved in March at 2years old. From the Drisgol herd of Seimon Thomas she is by a homebred bull Drisgol Mabel’s Master who was a Marleycote Thunder son.
The maiden heifer classes were split into two because of the number of calves entered. Winner of the older split was Kayl St Baroness from J R Brooks and family. Born in June this is the first outing for the calf sired by Lynmark St Clare and the first win of perhaps many as she is “well grown for her age with exceptional sweep of rib”. The younger class was awarded to Foldspride Butternut Tulip from Martin Tidmarsh, a sweet calf that is “so well balanced, eye-catching and parades with such grace and style”. Sired by Blackwood Park Butternut this is the first outing for the November born calf that went home with the overall Junior Championship.
Further results saw the Harper family win the pairs class with mother and daughter, Burbrook Jinny’s Meg and Burbrook Ronson Meg. Whilst the Brooks family won first prize in the group of three with a “trio of well-balanced calves with great stretch and promise”. Day two also saw the team of four stand Reserve, the group consisted of Burbrook Jinny’s Meg and Drisgol Belladonna 349th from Richard Harper, Drisgol Daisy 180 from Dave Madeley and Appleberry Hoffman Meg from Rachel Brindley.
Despite dwindling numbers across the livestock sector due to the ever-increasing TB problems the Shorthorn breeders shone brightly and were a credit to the society for their efforts. The Interbreed success of day two made sure that the Dairy Shorthorns remain in the limelight and are a breed not to be underestimated. Well done to all the exhibitors for a thoroughly enjoyable show.
Maiden Heifer Class born 1st January 2018 – 31st June 2018
- Kayl St Baroness – s. Lynmark St Clare – JR Brooks
- Cotonhall Joyland Hayley – s. Cotonhall Joyland – JR Brooks
- Cotonhall Jackpot Starlet – M Tidmarsh
- Burbrook Ronson Meg – s. Rodway Ronson – R Harper
- Kayl Park Chloe – s. Kayl National Park – JR Brooks
Maiden Heifer Class born after 1st July 2018
- Foldspride Butternut Tulip – s. Blackwood Park Butternut – M Tidmarsh
- Appleberry Butternut Rosebud – s. Blackwood Park Butternut – R Brindley
- Foldspride Lady Rose – s. Churchroyd King Willie – M Tidmarsh
- Kayl Pride Spottie – s. Llandovery Prides Prophet – JR Brooks
Heifer In Milk
- Drisgol Belladonna 349 – s. Drisgol Mabels Master – R Harper
- Drisgol Daisy 180 – s. Llandovery Prides Prophet – D Madeley
- Appleberry Hoffman Meg – s. Lemongrove Hoffman – R Brindley
- Irthingvale NE Wildmaid – s. Nejay Ernie – M Tidmarsh
- Burbrook Jinny’s Meg – s. Llandovery Jinnys Empire – R Harper
Group of Three
- JR Brooks
- R Harper
- M Tidmarsh
- R Harper
CHAMPION: Burbrook Jinny’s Meg – R Harper
RESERVE: Drisgol Belladonna 349 – R Harper
JUNIOR CHAMPION: Foldspride Butternut Tulip – M Tidmarsh