ONE OF the highlights of the Holstein Young Breeders calendar, the annual All Breeds All Britain Calf Show, will again be held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough – and one of the main judges will be a Scot. Being held from 16th-18th October 16 to 18, 2020, in addition to Holstein classes, the show will feature six other dairy breeds – British Friesian, Jersey, Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire and Dairy Shorthorn.

HYB competitions extend beyond the showring and with support from principal HYB sponsor, Semex, other awards are presented at this event and throughout the year.

The Littlestar Award will be presented to a HYB member aged 17 years or under, who has made an outstanding contribution to the Holstein breed and their club, while other accolades include stand competitions, the Louise Hartley Award and the Dick Stapleton Award for a young breeder, of any age and from any breed, recognised for always going above and beyond when contributing to their club and breed.

Brian Weatherup jnr, from Fife, will be the master judge for the National Holstein showmanship competition.

He competed as a HYB member for 15 years and has since gone on to judge at shows across the UK and Ireland, including at the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire and Irish National calf shows. Brian is a third generation dairy farmer and helps to run the 220-head Parkend Holstein herd in Cowdenbeath, Fife.

Showing highlights for the family include four Royal Highland championships, champion heifer at the National Holstein Show and winning the red and white championship at UK Dairy Day.

The calf show judge will be Ben Yates, a farm manager for the Y-Farm Partnership, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, which is a modern dairy unit milking 1200 Holsteins. With his wife and two boys, he also has a small herd of his own animals under the Wowcow prefix.

While managing the Wyndford herd in Shropshire, he enjoyed success showing animals he’d bred across the UK and in Europe. The highlight being a second place intermediate heifer with Wyndford Atwood Grey at the European Show, Colmar, in 2016. Later, was thrilled to see her become the Italian National Grand Champion at Cremona, in October, this year.

He has judged at many shows across the UK and in Europe, including the coloured breed handling classes at the ABAB Calf Show, UK Dairy Expo, Emerald Expo, Celtic Show Case, the All Ireland Calf Show and the Winter Show, Drenthe, Holland.