Judges Report: SHORTHORN NATIONAL CHESHIRE THE BROWN GIRLS IN THE RING
On a fine day in Cheshire I was honoured with the task of judging the Shorthorn National show and with the largest entry in the dairy classes and what was to be a fantastic standard the day was set for some difficult decisions. Starting with the junior calves we had some superb calves and also the best dressed showman at the show. The winner Morwood Prince Claribel was a beautiful dairy calf with a great blend of dairy and strength a major part in my decisions today. Frailty in young animals leads us to animals that don’t stay the course when they get older. The winner had an advantage over her rivals for that extra length of body and front end.
Overall Supreme Champion: Earlsgift Cactus from Messrs E & M Crank
Intermediate calves were led by Kayl Proud Countess a beautiful turned out heifer with a strong top and a little extra length and depth of body which led her to the top of an excellent class. Runner up would have her day but just had to give way to an excellent winner.
Senior calves the biggest class of the day was full of great calves and it was the red and white calf Cotonhall Lady Barrington 2nd with the advantage in locomotion and superb promise in the udder which gave her a handy win. The calf in second place was also a beautiful dairy heifer and although she made her way up the class from her initial placing just had to give way to the udder quality of the winner.
In-Calf heifers gave me the easiest win of the day up to now and Earlsgift Filpail Fae 9th shows an excellent side profile with great body depth and locomotion. Some good heifers in this class but as usual carried just enough condition in some cases.
Cow in calf gave me the most difficult decision of the day with two great cows in contention. In Kayla Sand Poppy we have a cow having many calves and one of my favourite shorthorn cows and in Churchroyd Heather 29th we have a powerhouse of a cow and a great advert for the breed. Finally my decision to go for Heather was made on her balance of udder but it was a tough decision on the second placed cow. Unfortunately for Poppy I have always judged cows on the day but still a great cow.
Reserve Breed Champion: Westonia Gay lass 5th from Mr Rob Morgan
Heifers in milk gave me an easy winner in Cotonhall Cherry 4th a lovely brown heifer full of character, with excellent open rib and great bone quality. The two runners up were both more fresh with great legs and feet but lacked that style of the winner.
Junior cows were an excellent class with two animals fighting out the winners laurel and good cow’s right down the line. Leading the way was Westonia Gay Lass 5th a cow with great style and ring presence and walking on an excellent set of legs and feet and it was this which gave her the advantage over the second placed cow. This was Churchroyd Mischief 4th a cow with the best udder in class and full of milk but just not as good as the winner in the locomotion.
Senior cows in milk saw another great true type cow leading the way in Earlgift Cactus. With great style, balance and superb udder for a senior cow she found her way to the top easily. Cows in the lower places were a great credit to the breed and easy to see why the legs and especially feet are sort after by many.
Championship time and what a ring full of great examples of the Shorthorn breed on display which caught the attention of many spectators from other breeds.
Calf Champion: Cotonhall Lady Barrington 2nd from Mr R G Kite
Junior Calf: Morwood Prince Claribel from Mr Rob Morgan
Calf champion would go to the heifer Cotonhall Lady Barrington 2nd for her overall balance and above all the promise of a great udder. The heifer champion went to Cotonhall Cherry 4th the in milk heifer with her great open rib and clean bone. Finally the tough decision on the grand champion and it came down to two cows the senior and junior class winners, both with great points the senior cow gained the win for her slightly better rear teat placement and carrying more milk in her rear udder. The heifer in milk took hon-mention in a great show.
Reflections on my day in the hotseat. Your young handlers are a credit to the show world and your breed. There dress and conduct in the ring is second to none. In Wendy Collins you have a star and her undying love of the shows and your breed is infectious. The owners and herdsmen are also a credit to you breed, good sports and always courteous to myself whatever there placing. Fantastic photo of the champion. On a lighter note my friend Frank of many years still attracts the good looking ladies and does a great job.
Finally thanks for the invitation it was a fantastic day but there was no denying the THREE BROWN GIRLS IN THE RING.