A UK-owned Dairy Shorthorn cow has this week been announced as the joint winner of the prestigious World Red Aged Cow competition run by Australia-based international all-breeds publication CrazyCow. Owned by Ian and Eiddwen Harries, Carmarthen, Wales, Marleycote Peggy 10th was one of five global-nominations shortlisted for the aged cow class.
Other class winners, from nominations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA, include UK Dairy Shorthorn three year old entry Churchroyd Bronte Wildeyes 31, bred and owned by I R G Collins and Partners, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
The global competition is judged by photographic entry and is jointly sponsored by Canadian cattle-breeding company, Semex Alliance and the Australian publication. The independent panel of judges could not separate Marleycote Peggy 10 Ex93 from the Australia’s aged cow entry, Panorama Angeline 9 Ex93. Both animals received two first and two second places according to CrazyCow editor Diana Malcolm. “Both cows also carry flawless show records in their countries. Peggy is a tremendous example for the modern Dairy Shorthorn breed and thoroughly deserves the accolade,” she said.
Described by Peggy’s owner Ian Harries as “the best cow of the breed I’ve ever seen.” The iconic Dairy Shorthorn has enjoyed amazing UK success and has never been beaten in her class. “Peggy was unbeaten as a show calf and heifer and after we bought her as a heifer she continued her impressive record. I’m thrilled that she’s been awarded joint winner of the World Red Aged Cow competition.”
The Harries family operate a mixed herd milking 120 Holsteins and 30 Shorthorns near Carmarthen. Peggy is the herd’s undoubted star and has yielded in excess of 9,000kgs in each of her four lactations and is again on course with her fifth having produced 7,690kgs at 4.85% fat and 3.85% protein in 217 days.
Peggy is sired by Morwick Sand Ranger, who has bred numerous show winning animals including the famous Morwick Sand Queen EX96.