The Yates family from Castle Douglas, had a field day amongst the heifers at AgriScot, winning not only the Holstein title and the coveted SuperHeifer honours with Logan Estate Jazz, but also being part owners of the red and white supreme.

This was in fact the first time Brian and Sheila Yates, son Michael and his wife Emma, had won the big one amongst the juniors with a home-bred black and white heifer, having previously lifted the same title two years ago with the shared red and white, Eastford Atomium Kiwi Red.

Their show stopper from the 270-cow herd from East Logan, is no stranger to the limelight, though, with Logan Estate Jazz, a VG88-2yr classified daughter of EDG Esther Estate having stood inter-breed champion at the Highland and supreme heifer at both Dumfries and the UK Dairy Day.

Bred from a home-bred Ex90 Atwood cow, she was also champion heifer in the South-west and the Scottish Herds competition. Milky with it, she calved in March, is giving 37kg per day and is due again in February.

The first championship of the day was presented to Rockset Integral Rae Red VG87-2yr, a Blondin Integral daughter owned by Eastford Holsteins – a partnership between Sheila Yates, East Logan and Caroline Lawrie from Sandyford, Monkton. Their March, 2017-born show stopper which was bought at David and Claire Jones' Wiltor herd sale earlier in the year was originally purchased as a yearling at Robert Hugo's dispersal. Champion at the National Show at UK Dairy Day, in September, she is giving 30kg having calved in April. She also has a heifer calf up for grabs at the Black and White Sale at Carlisle, next month.

Taking the blue and white sash amongst the red and whites was Gillian Weatherup's Pinupgirl Awesome Sangria Red ET VG87, from Parkend, Crossgates, Fife. First and junior champion at the Highland and second at the UK Dairy Day, this Luck-E Absolute Awesome-Red daughter is bred from the former Highland Show champion, Parkend Directors Starlet Ex92. She is giving 36kg per day having calved in February.

The Tomlinsons from Leicester – Blaise and Deborah and daughters, Evie (19) and Millie (15) – were also well rewarded for their return to AgriScot after a six-year absence. The last time they showed, they won the SuperCow award with the home-bred Ayrshire cow, Sandyford Clover 10.

Their prize-winning Ayrshire this time was Allstar Triclo Joybell VG89-3yr, which boasts a new prefix in that she is one of several owned by young Evie. Ayrshire champion and reserve overall heifer, this big girl is another with a noted show career behind her having lifted the inter-breed heifer title at the Royal Welsh and the South-West Dairy Show, and the reserve inter-breed honours at UK Dairy Day.

A daughter of Sandyford Triclo, this 87.5% Ayrshire is bred from a home-bred VG85-classified cow and was paraded giving 35kg per day having calved in February.

Following her all the way to take the reserve amongst the Ayrshires was Lisa Window and Chris Walker's Hunnington Reality Bella, a previously unshown entry by the Scottish sire, West Mossgiel Modern Reality, from Horsepool, Hunnington, West Midlands. She was paraded a month calved and giving 30 litres per day.

Producers from south of the Border also took the tri-colour in the Jersey and any other breed sections. Lead Jersey was Philip Manning and Emma Murray's Glanmor Impression Volvic, a VG87-2yr classified daughter of Rock Ella Impression from Minsterley, Shrewsbury, that was bought at the Glanmor dispersal in September. Champion heifer at the Royal Welsh, she was paraded having given 4143kg at 4.97% BF and 3.36% P in her first 174 days.

Just pipped at the post, Ian and Neil Heuchan's Bayview Tequila Prance 20, a Tower View Ahlem Geonominator daughter bought at Carlisle as a bulling heifer, picked up the blue and white sash for the Castle Douglas-based herd from Gerranton. First at the South-west Dairy Show, she is giving 21kg per day having calved in July.

Two breeds shared the spoils amongst the other breeds, with a Scottish-bred Brown Swiss, from Brent and Anne Crothers, Shropshire, crowned supreme over a British Friesian from first time AgriScot exhibitors, Adam and Basil Lawson, North Cassingray, Fife.

The former, from Mr Crothers, a milk machine salesman who owns Toi Toi Genetics, was Kedar Aurora, a rising three-year-old heifer bought at the Black and White sale at Carlisle, in 2017, from her breeder, Jonathan Lochhead, Dumfries. She is by Jolahofs Nesta Jenor and already has several big wins under her belt to include champion at the Royal Welsh and UK Dairy Day. Having calved in May, she has produced 6282kg in 182 days.

Standing next in line to this big brown heifer was the Lawsons' Lismulligan Gay 76, a VG85-2yr, by Catlane Chad, from the 150-cow Friesian herd that runs alongside a further 30 Dairy Shorthorns. Exhibitor bred champion, she calved in October and has giving 26kg per day.

Reserve in the biggest section, the Holstein, was Richard Bown's Richaven MVP Gloria VG88-4yr, a Seagull-Bay MVP daughter on her first outing from the Worcester-based herd. She is bred from Reydon Shottle Gloria 51, a cow bought at the Reydon dispersal 3½ years ago and was paraded having produced 6219kg at 4.01% BF and 3.21% P in 164 days.



Red and white – 1 and heifer champion, S Yates' Rockset Integral Rae Red VG87-2yr, by Blondin Integral; 2 and reserve, B Weatherup and Partners' Pinupgirl Awesome Sangria Red ET VG85-1yr, by Luck-E Absolute Awesome-Red; 3, A and S Lawrie's Cuthill Towers Addiction Peony VG86-2yr by Mr Ansly Addiction-P Red.

Jersey – 1 and heifer champion, P Manning and E Murray's Glanmor Impression Volvic VG87-2yr, by Rock Ella Impression CJCC; 2 and reserve, IW Heuchan's Bayview Tequilla Prance 20, by Tower View Prime Tequilla; 3, The Hunter Family's Clydevalley Genominator Flora, by Ahlem Genominator.

Holstein – Junior – 1, Whinhill, Icow and Huddlesford's Beechview Solomon Lavish ET, by Walnutlawn Solomon; 2, WA and A Booth's Feizor Unix W Lasenza 5 ET, by Croteau Lesperron Unix; 3, B Weatherup and Partners' Pinupgirl Awesome Stockings, by Luck-E Absolute Awesome-Red. Senior – 1 and champion and SuperHeifer, BG Yates and Son's Logan Estate Jazz VG88-2yr, by EDG Esther Estate 8132; 2 and reserve heifer, RA Bown's Richaven MVP Gloria VG88-4yr, by Seagull-Bay MVP; 3, R and E Butterfield's Ingleview Roxie Solomon VG87-2yr, by Walnutlawn Solomon.

Ayrshire – 1 and reserve SuperHeifer, E and ET Tomlinson and Son's Allstar Triclo Joybell VG89-3yr, by Sandyford Triclo; 2, L Window and C Walker's Hunnington Reality Bella, by West Mossgiel Modern Reality; 3, J Adamson and Son's Swaites Mavis, by Swaites Dallas.

Any other breed – 1 and champion, Toi Toi Genetics' Kedar Aurora VG88-2yr, by Jolahofs Nesta Jenor; 2 and reserve, B Lawson and Sons' Lismulligan Gay 76, by Catlane Chad; 3, R and S McColm's Soulseat Jongleur Roseanna VG87-3yr, by Jolanhofs Polo Jongleur.