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Livestock 2012: The leading ladies

THIS YEAR'S Livestock 2012 experienced some lovely, sunny weather, which meant many farmers took a rare opportunity to carry out overdue harvest work, with the result that visitors were decidedly scarce, especially on day two.

It was the best from the Ayrshire section which went on to take the inter-breed cow title, decided on a points basis by all the breed judges. Scoring an impressive 58 out of a possible 60, was the seventh calver, Sandyford Clover 10, from Loughborough-based Blaise Tomlinson.

This Ex97 10-year-old, by KC Roses Chatter T Red, was winning her fourth breed championship here, but her first inter-breed accolade. She calved in April and is now producing 45kg a day.

Reserve cow was the Jersey winner, Sam and Sally Murray's Trecanda Vindication Lily, last year's Agriscot champion from Shipley Bank Farm, Wolverhampton.

Best of the heifers was another Jersey, the first calver, Bluegrass Excitations Prissy Polly, a Bridon Excitation daughter from Barry and Jenny Daw and their daughter, Claire, who made a fine job of showing the heifer in the championship.

Flying the flag for Scotland were the Lairds – Alister, son Colin and daughter Ann – who led the way in the Holstein section with Blythbridge Elegant Christabel (pictured), one of 500 cows in the family's herd at Blyth Bridge, West Linton.

In the inter-breed team contest, that cow grouped up with Brian Yates' reserve senior cow, Logan Modest Lulu, the Davies family's Castellhyfred Spirte Rosina, and Robert and Elaine Butterfield's Ards Duplex O Ruth, to secure the overall award, amassing a best possible score of 50.

Other Scots making a worthwhile journey south included Adam Lawson, who secured the reserve breed championship in the Friesian section with the home-bred third calver, Lismulligan Priscilla 41, one of 120 milkers in the family's herd at North Cassingray, Largoward, Fife.

Meanwhile, Robert ad Sheila McColm, High Boreland, Stranraer, lifted the reserve junior award in the Brown Swiss classes, with the maiden heifer, Soulseat Pitagora Molly, by Superbrown Pitagora.

For full results and pictures see this week's The Scottish Farmer, out September 8.

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