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Dairy at Wensleydale Show Online

The Wensleydale area has long been renowned for its dairy farming as epitomised by the well-known cheese produced further up the dale at Hawes. That cheese and much more of the milk which is used for both it and various other uses is produced by a variety of breeds of dairy cattle in herds varying in number in this area from thirty to thirteen hundred cows.

Our classes for this virtual show have been reduced and amalgamated to just six in the dairy section to give the general public an overview of the different breeds and their various ages and capabilities along with some of the people involved with them, in particular the first two classes which entail both young animals and young people – the future not only of the various breeds but agriculture and the local rural economy.

CHAMPION OF SECTION is awarded to D4-3 – Junior Cow in Milk

Congratulations to J Pratt & Son with Studdah Fitz Rita

“My Dairy champion is the winning Junior cow in milk, from one of the strongest classes of the day, this Holstein is a cow I admired for her balance throughout, strength of topline and quality of udder. It was an honour and privilege to be asked to judge this section of The Online Wensleydale Show. The number and quality of the entries are exceptional and hopefully we will see these animals parading on the green grass next year.” (Judge Jane Steel)

D1

Young handler


D1 is for a young handler, where the judge is looking at the handler rather than the animal. This class is extremely popular across all breeds with young handlers competing throughout the year culminating in national finals and even international competitions. In contrast to normal showmanship judging where the handlers are scrutinised over their techniques in the ring, for the virtual show the judge will be looking at how the competitor has prepared the animal, the control they have in leading the animal, their ability to stop and ‘stand-up’ the animal to show it off to its best advantage and their overall stockmanship skills on display.

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RESULTS: 1st: Jake Waring D1-1 (age 8), 2nd: Charlotte Moore D1-2
The two Young Handlers in this class did an exceptional job of showing their calves. They paraded them with confidence and control at all times. However I felt the handler in first place edged ahead for his presentation of the calf, of himself and his attention to the calf at all times.

D1-1 (age 8) Jake Waring

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D1-2 Charlotte Moore

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D2

Maiden heifer


D2 is for a maiden heifer born on or after April 2019, where the judge will be looking for the animal which most correctly matches its own breeds character, which is well grown for it’s age, walks correctly on good feet and legs and which should develop into a desirable member of the herd after calving in and beginning to produce milk.

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RESULTS: 1st: Metcalfe Farms -Washfold Carlina 29 D2-8, 2nd: Charlotte Moore - Danevalley Destry Jodie D2-10, 3rd: David Renfree - Hayvalley Yegabomb Orangutan D2-2
In this super class of dairy calves, the calf in first place came to the top for her dairyness, style and overall balance. I admired the calf in second place, particularly for her balance and dairy strength edging ahead of the 3rd prize calf that exhibited great length, dairyness and depth.

D2-8 Metcalfe Farms -Washfold Carlina 29

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D2-10 Charlotte Moore - Danevalley Destry Jodie

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D2-2 David Renfree - Hayvalley Yegabomb Orangutan

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D2-1 Sue Scrivin - Southbelle Moutard Mitzy

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D2-3 David Renfree - Sunnydawn Oliver Crabapple

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D2-4 David Renfree - Hayvalley Crazy G Milki

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D2-5 Gill Barker - Firlands Tequila Lassie 4

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D2-6 Eleanor Corner -Beckside Jerseys Engineer Kate

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D2-7 Eleanor Corner -Beckside Jerseys Engineer Kate

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D2-9 Laura Crosby - Lacro Video Girl

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D3

Heifer in milk


D3, we have the heifers in milk. These are animals that are in their first lactation after giving birth to their first calf at somewhere between two and three years of age, being some variation among breeds though it is now commonly accepted that it is preferable for both the animal and the business for this to be sooner rather than later. By far the largest proportion of dairy cows will be the black and white cattle of the predominately Holstein bloodlines with the smaller, thicker set Friesian type also seen, though not as often in the showring. Other breeds that are usually seen here at Leyburn are the Dairy Shorthorn with its coat anywhere from dark red to almost white, and a lot roan in between. The Jersey breed are the smaller usually brown cattle with their ‘doe’ eyes and black noses which usually captivate the hearts of the general public and are noted for their very rich creamy milk. We have in recent years also had representatives from the Ayrshire, Guernsey breeds and even a Swedish Red cross bred, all competing within the normal any other dairy breed classes.

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RESULTS: 1st: Metcalfe Farms - Washfold Blanch 44 D3-3, 2nd: David Renfree -Honeyfields Victorious Laramie D3-2, 3rd: David Renfree - Hayvalley Aladdin Rae 2 Red D3-1
With five heifers in milk to choose from in this class, the first placed animal came to the top for overall balance, dairyness ,depth and udder in bloom. The heifer in 2nd place showed great length, strength particularly through her top and a very balanced udder. I admired the 3rd place animal for her picture perfect udder.

D3-3 Metcalfe Farms - Washfold Blanch 44

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D3-2 David Renfree -Honeyfields Victorious Laramie

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D3-1 David Renfree - Hayvalley Aladdin Rae 2 Red

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D3-4 Eleanor Corner - BecksideJerseys Link Pumkin Ecco

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D3-5 Eleanor Corner - BecksideJerseys Barnabas Kate

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D4

Best Junior cow in milk


D4 is for animals milking in their second or third lactations where they are beginning to show more maturity with great body depth, moving on sound feet and legs and carrying their milk high and wide in a well attached udder which runs snuggly into the body and four well placed teats.

Judge's Feedback

RESULTS: 1st: J Pratt & Son - Studdah Fitz Rita D4-3, 2nd: Metcalfe Farms - Washfold Amber 64 D4-7, 3rd: Mrs J M Waring - Cherryview Joel Lacey D4-5
The largest and possibly most challenging class to place. It was a very close decision between 1st and 2nd place with two very balanced animals with great udders however I gave the advantage to the 1st place animal for her strength through the front end and topline. The 3rd place showed great strength with great width and attachment of her udder.

D4-3 J Pratt & Son - Studdah Fitz Rita

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D4-7 Metcalfe Farms - Washfold Amber 64

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D4-5 Mrs J M Waring - Cherryview Joel Lacey

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D4-1 David Renfree - Torvalley Joel Jazz

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D4-2 David Renfree - Futuredreams Exciting Daffodil

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D4-4 Sue Scrivin - Southbelle Kamik Ina

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D4-6 Tim LeGresley - Oakwood Roy Boy Beatrix

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D4-8 Eleanor Corner - BecksideJerseys Link Mimosa

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D4-9 Isla Arrell - Saxown Joel Judy 21

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D4-10 Isla Arrell - Sahara Supershot Sky

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D4-11 B & L Whitfield - Alderbarrow Trump Brenda

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D4-12 Pam Crosby - Knayton Precision Rose Marie

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D5

Best Senior cow in milk


D5- The final class is for the mature dairy cows who have had four or more calves, judged in a similar manner to the other milking classes, their udders should be well attached as many of these cows could be producing around 50 litres of milk per day at the peak of their lactations. Showing all the requirements needed to create longevity within the herd and the breed it is the mature cows which contributes the most to profitability after all its rearing costs have been met in earlier years of milk production.

Judge's Feedback

RESULTS: 1st: Metcalfe Farms - Washfold Linda 165 D5-2, 2nd: Charlotte Moore - Danevalley Skyfire Rose D5-7, 3rd: David Renfree - Ansom On Time Melba D5-1
A great class of youthful senior cows. I admired the 1st placed cow for her balance ,correct udder and great feet and legs. The 2nd placed cow showed great strength and snugness in the udder and I admired the cow in 3rd for her height and width of rear udder.

D5-2 Metcalfe Farms - Washfold Linda 165

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D5-7 Charlotte Moore - Danevalley Skyfire Rose

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D5-1 David Renfree - Ansom On Time Melba

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D5-3 Eleanor Corner - Harlsey Zuma Jennifer 2

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D5-4 A Wray - Grinton Pam

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D5-5 Laura Crosby - Knayton Ex Pride

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D5-6 Pam Crosby - Knayton Sultans Rosanta

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D6

Best animal from local area


Best Animal from local area not entered in other sections.

Judge's Feedback

RESULTS: 1st: Metcalfe Farms - Washfold Meg 53 D6-3, 2nd: J Pratt & Son - Studdah Explode Dream 3 D6-2, 3rd: Tim Gibson - Gibson Willem Rose D6-1
Another really close placing between the 1st and 2nd place cows in this class. However I preferred the rear udder height and attachment, and quality through the leg of the 1st place over the stylish cow in 2nd. The 3rd place animal shows great potential to come.

D6-3 Metcalfe Farms - Washfold Meg 53

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D6-2 J Pratt & Son - Studdah Explode Dream 3

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D6-1 Tim Gibson - Gibson Willem Rose

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Jane Steel

Jane has been immersed in the dairy industry from an early age, being brought up on a dairy farm to her job as a Livestock Photographer. She is actively involved with the family farm near Loch Lomond, Scotland where she has her own herd of cattle there under the ‘Lomond’ prefix enjoying numerous show and sale ring success. Jane is involved with all the dairy breeds in her job as a Livestock Photographer. She has been photographing for 23 years and has travelled the world with her job. Judging Career:

Nationally: Numerous local and regional shows, 2016: Young Breeders Competitions and All Britain Calf Show (Showmanship).

Internationally: Germany, IDW Australia, All Ireland Calf Show (Calves & Showmanship) 2006, 2016, 2019 Republic of Ireland