HISTORY was made at AgriScot, on Wednesday, when the same exhibitor produced the top two winners – the prestigious Supercow and Superheifer, and with the same breed.

It was a dream come true for Cheshire breeder, Mark Nutsford and his Riverdane herd, as not only was he producing his first supreme heifer here with the Holstein, Riverdane Brady Sharon VG87-2yr, and his third overall cow champion, in Sahara Sanchez Ambrosia 3, but he was also winning at one of his favourite events.

"I just love this show. It's one of the top three dairy events in the UK and it's farmer friendly," said Mr Nutsford, who was returning following a four-year absence. "There is so much enthusiasm around this show – you just have to look around you, it's absolutely buzzing."

AgriScot's new chairman, Robert Neill, was equally enthusiastic albeit, a tad overwhelmed. "This is my first year as chairman and I have to confess I didn't realise how big an event it is. There is so much going on but we have a fantastic team here working behind the scenes.

"I have been completely overwhelmed by the support there is for this event and the people who have attended. It certainly feels busier than last year and the car park is fuller than ever," added Mr Neill, pointing out that last year's attendance was reckoned to be around the 11,500 mark.

As Scotland's No 1 business event, he highlighted the amount of trade being done too. "Ever metre possible is taken up by trade stand holders and they all seem busy, and are reporting a lot of business. I'm also gobsmacked at the amount of people who attended the numerous seminars and the young people asking questions which is great to see because we need them to drive our industry forward.

"We need ambassadors in various farming sectors to tell their story and promote our industry to the wider public," added Mr Neill, pointing to the growing enthusiasm for the four top AgriScot farm competitions – beef, sheep, arable and dairy farms of the year – with qualifiers now all having to be nominated.

While all areas of the show reported a busy day, the highlight for many was the dairy cattle show and the crowning of the SuperCow, won this year by the senior Holstein, Sahara Sanchez Ambrosia 3, a Ex94-2-7yr classified cow shown by Mr Nutsford, who had bought a half share of this big, white cow two years ago from Mick Collins, who in turn had purchased Ambrosia at the Andrew Bunting's herd dispersal, from Annan.

Judge, Kevin Wilson, who owns the Warnelview herd, in Cumbria, was equalled impressed by the show and by his winners. "I had five tremendous cows to chose from and the Holstein just excels through her height and width of udder and great fore rib. She has a fantastic back door and spring of rib," he said after presenting the reserve SuperCow honours to the champion Jersey, Bluegrass Vindication Harp, owned by a consortium of Irish producers.

Mr Wilson added: "It is a mind-blowing show with the stand out thing for me being the quality of the udders in all the breeds. I have won this show in the past, but it is a far better quality event now."

His SuperCow is a white, fourth calver by Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez, and bred from a VG89 second calver. She was winning her first inter-breed title, having previously won several red tickets at various events south of the Border and a breed championship at Nantwich. A former All Britain cow and milky with it, she calved nine months previously and is still producing 55 litres per day.

Reserve cow was the well-known show Jersey, Bluegrass Vindication Harp, an Ex94 classified cow that boasts three championship titles at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo; two at the Highland and one at UK Dairy Day.

Owned by the Fleming family, John Henning and Keith Agnew, all from Northern Ireland, this fourth calver is attended to on a daily basis by Brian and Michael Yates, East Logan, Castle Douglas. She calved in April and is currently giving 38 litres, having produced 10,700 litres in her third.

Outwith the top two awards, Scotland's top dairy breeders were again to the fore for the remaining titles.

Reserve Holstein was the senior cow champion, Kepculloch Atwood Snowboots Ex92-4yr, a third calver owned by Dumfries-shire breeders, Ali Cook, Auchensala, and John Forrest, Hurkledale. This big girl was bred by Robert Steel, at Kepculloch, Balfron, and bought at a club sale at Carlisle, two years ago. Placed at the Borderway Dairy Expo in March, she calved her third 60 days previous, and is now giving 48 litres per day.

The Brysons, from Whiteflat, Catrine, enjoyed their best ever year with their two entries both winning championship trophies. Earlier, they picked up the red and white heifer honours and their Ayrshire, Bruchag Burdette Miss Ella VG88-3yr, a third calver, scooped the breed title amongst the cows.

Reserve champion at Bute Show as a heifer, the Palmyra Tri-Star Burdette daughter was bred by James McAlister, and bought at his Bruchag herd dispersal. She has since been placed here last year, while taking the reserve championship at the West of Scotland Dairy Show, last month. She is giving 50 litres having calved down in August.

Lanarkshire breeder, John Adamson's top Ayrshire show cow, Swaites Bright Spark 5 Ex, from Swaites, Pettinain, was again in the tickets and back to reclaim her blue and white sash from last year's AgriScot. A daughter of Brieryside Centurian Red and bred from a home-bred Ex92-2-7yr cow, she was breed and reserve inter-breed champion at UK Dairy Day and reserve champion at Ayr, last year. A former heifer champion here, this Bright Spark was paraded 104 days calved having given 3925 litres at 3.92% BF and 2.99% P.

There were plenty to celebrate for Robbie Scott's Nethervalley herd, from Shacklehill, Tarbolton, when he lifted the reserve honours amongst the red and whites with Nethervalley Savard Emma, to follow on from his championship and two reserve wins amongst the heifers.

Notably, this Ex91 third calver stood reserve at the UK Dairy Expo and is a half sister to his reserve red and white heifer and is sired by Apples Absolute Red. She was paraded six weeks calved and giving 55 litres per day.

Standing in front of this big cow was Holstein classifier, Andrew Swale's red and white champion, Valleyhill Haynes Patsy, an Ex93-2-5yr daughter of Gold-N-Oaks, owned in partnership with her breeder, Maurice Hill. Mr Swale, who owns just 25 cows in his Phoenix herd, at Tottleworth, Lancs, triumphed with a fourth calver on her show debut that calved six weeks previously and is giving 46 litres per day.

The any other breed champion, saw another win for Jonny Lochhead's Kedar Brown Swiss herd from Mouswald, Dumfries, which earlier produced the same title amongst the heifers. His show stopper this time was Kedar Calvin Sanchia Maria Ex93-4yr, a fourth calver by Vetsch's Nesta Calvin bred from the Ex94 Oldmill Starbucks Spottie. Three weeks fresh and giving 42 litres, she is a former champion at UK Dairy Day.

Runner up Jersey was Phil Manning and Emma Murray's Windyridge Tequila Diamond Ex93-4yr, a Tower Vue Prime Tequila-sired junior cow from Minsterley, Shrewsbury. Champion at the Royal Welsh and the National Jersey Show, she was paraded 260 days calved and having produced 7059 litres at a massive 7.40% BF and 5.13% P.


Red and white – 1 and champion, AE and A Swale's Valleyhill Yaynes Patsy Ex93-2-5yr, by Haynes-Red; 2 and reserve, R and M Scott's Nethervalley Savard Emma Ex91, by Apples Absolute Red; 3, AC Weatherup's Moozik Armani Starlite Red VG86-2yr, by Mr Apples Armani Red.

Jersey – Junior cow – 1, and reserve champion, P Manning's Windyridge Tequila Diamond Ex93-4yr, by Tower Vue Prime Tequila; 2, RJ Saxby's Saxown Precision Cash 89 VG88-3yr, by Shellen Precision; 3, N Llewellin's Riverside Tequila Hazelnut 3 VG88-2yr, by Tower Vue Prime Tequila. Senior cow – 1, champion cow and reserve Supercow, A Fleming's Bluegrass Vindications Harp Ex94-2-5yr, by Vindication CJCC; 2, N Llewellin's Riverside Tequila Hazelnut Ex93-4yr, by Tower Vue Prime Tequila; 3, RJ Saxby's Saxown Tyler Heidi 17 Ex92-2-5yr, by Lencrest Tyler CJCC.

Holstein – Junior cow – 1, M Robinson's Woodhey Hello Kitty Ex, by Comestar Lineman; 2, R and E Butterfield and Enchanted Holsteins' Glasson Bombero F Gail VG89-3yr, by Richmond-FD El Bombero; 3, B Weatherup's Parkend Atwood Starlet VG87-2yr, by Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood. Intermediate cow – 1 and reserve, A Cook's Kepculloch Atwood Snowboots Ex92-4yr, by Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood; 2, M Williamson's Ingleden Camelot Monica Ex, by Larcrest Camelot; 3, Riverdane Holstein's Carhall Brady Elizabeth 4 VG89-3yr, by Butz-Butler Atwood Brady. Senior cow – 1 and champion and Supercow, Riverdane Holsteins' Sahara Sanchez Ambrosia 3, by Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez; 2, DW and CE Jones' Penrikka Dempsey Inka 2 Ex94-2-6yr, by Lirr Drew Dempsey; 3, RA Bown's Richaven Sanchez Squaw 2 Ex94-2-7yr, by Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez.

Ayrshire – Junior cow – 1, J Adamson's Swaites Bunce 14 GP83, by Rosehill Real McCoy; 2, A and S Lawrie's Cuthill Towers El Paso Rae VG85-2yr, by Cuthil Towers Elpaso; 3, GG Baynes and Son's Marleycote Queen VG87-3yr, by Palmyra Tri-Star Burdette. Senior cow – 1 and champion, C Bryson's Bruchag Burdette Miss Ella VG88-3yr, by Palmyra Tri-Star Burdette; 2 and reserve, J Adamson and Son's Swaites Bright Spark 5 Ex, by Brieryside Red Centurian; 3, Firm of DM Lindsay's Barr Sandy Rose Ex95-3-8yr, by Barr Aviator.