Maggie Howie has just completed her judging stint in the Ayrshire classes and out of a wonderful line up of first prize winners has tapped out John Hunter’s Ardmore Orphan 95 to take the top honours. Born November 2007, this third calver is by Morwick Sand Ranger Red and is currently giving 35 litres with a projected lactation of 9000 litres. No stranger to winning ways this one was breed champion at the Winter Fair and has taken reserve honours at Balmoral last year and in 2011.
Maggie described her champion as “a beautiful, modern, dairy cow, correct in every way with a great future ahead of her.” She then found her reserve in the form of John Sufferin’s Ravenhill Fergie 20, a VG86 Twellow Admiral Glen daughter.
In the Holstein classes the winner was SaharaGoldwyn Ambrosia, a second calver from Neal Pepper of Quilly Farms. Bought as a maiden heifer for 5100gns Ambrosia has previously been junior champion at the All Ireland national Holstein show and gave 12,600kg as a heifer.
She is six weeks calved and currently giving 50kg a day at 5.01% butterfat and 3% protein. Reserve to her was the leader from the third calver class Sam McCormick’s Hilltara Zenith Echo, an Ex93 classified Ocean-View Zenith daughter which is 13 months calved.Read more