Royal Norfolk Show: Lifetime’s ambition realised for dairy champion
- Credit: Ian Burt
A Norfolk farmer said he had realised a 'lifetime's ambition' after seeing one of his cattle win the Royal Norfolk Show's top dairy title.
The supreme dairy champion was Easthaugh Audrey 70, from the Easthaugh Herd, near Reepham, bred by Eddie Brigham.
Mr Brigham said his prize-winning five-year-old Holstein cow is currently producing 60 litres of milk of day,
'We have bred seven generations from this particular family, and they have been an exceptional family for me' he said. 'Her great grandmother did 100 tonnes of milk and she was excellent.
'We have had 'Audreys' here before and they have won, but never anything like this. I have never won the interbreed title before. It is my lifetime's ambition to breed a cow good enough to win here. It took me 53 years.
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'She has got an absolutely fantastic udder. I will never have another one like her. But she has got a daughter now, and we are looking forward to seeing what she will do.'
Mr Brigham said Audrey's mother was sired by a bull named Picston Shottle – regarded as one of the great bulls of the breed.
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'To be honest, she was a mate made out of frustration. We couldn't get her mother in calf to the bull we wanted, so I said to my herdsman to send her around the corner to another bull. This is what we got.'