Suffolk Show 2017 Day 2: Holstein Audrey reigns supreme for second year in a row at dairy interbreeds contest
- Credit: Nick Butcher
There was no stopping 'outstanding' Holstein Audrey in the Suffolk Show interbreed dairy competition as she cruised to victory for the second year in a row on Day 2 of the event.
Joint owner Peter Prior, who farms near Writtle, owns Holstein breed winner Easthaugh Audrey 70 with Eddie Brigham of Norfolk.
Last year, she romped home with the interbreed titles in every show in which she competed - the Suffolk, the South of England, the Royal Norfolk and the Kent, said Peter.
This year, that run continues after she clinched the title again at the Suffolk. Peter, who keeps a small herd of 35 cattle and has four daughters, all keen on livestock rearing, said he was 'very pleased'.
'It keeps up her unbeaten run,' he said. 'She had four shows last year and won all of them.'
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He added: 'She was on form last year and she's on form this year and we are just hoping she'll keep going well.'
Peter's family keeps the herd as an interest as the family has always reared cattle and enjoys showing.
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He believes Easthaugh Audrey, who was bred by Eddie Brigham and produces more than 70 litres of milk per day, is probably the highest-yielding cow he has had.
The prize-winner has one female calf, but when her show days are over, she is destined to go on to embryo transfer work.
Although her winning streak had been good, it would come to an end, said Peter.
Meanwhile, dairy farmer Christine Smith, of St Osyth, near Clacton, was celebrating after her Jersey, Kinder Amity Primrose, took the reserve title.
Dairy interbreed judge Aubrey Greenhalgh said of the winner: 'She's quite outstanding, very long and with dairy character.
Her udder was 'absolutely fantastic', and particularly the way it blended into the body, he added.
'It was a clear winner. The height and width of the rear udder is absolutely outstanding,' he said.
The Jersey was 'a very balanced cow', he said.
'It was the height of the rear udder that carried it over the third-placed one,' he said.
All of the competing animals were 'very good representative of the breeds', he said. 'It's probably as good a batch of interbreed animals as I have seen for a while.'