Seven herds have been identified as the best within their region and are now recognised as finalists in Holstein UK’s 2021 Premier Herd Competition. Regional competitors were nominated by Holstein Breeders Clubs and, following judging, the regional winners are confirmed as follows:
- Eastern – R V Winter & Sons, Corringham herd
- Northern – J Burrow & Son, Stardale herd
- Northern Ireland – J & N McCann, Simlahill herd
- Scottish –Brian Weatherup & Partners, Parkend & Lesmay herd
- Southern – I M Davies, Davlea herd
- Welsh – W P & E G Williams, Waliswood herd
- Western – F G Windsor & Sons, Hendomen herd
The first stage of the competition is for each Club to invite a judge to decide on their winning herd, which is then put forward to Holstein UK to take part in the regional rounds. Nominations are entirely at the discretion of the Club on the basis of qualification standards and the rules provided by Holstein UK to Club Secretaries.
All qualifying regional winners are leading premier herds, consisting of animals which are 90% UK bred (01, 12, 20 breed code). The national winner will claim the prestigious title at this year’s UK Dairy Day taking place on Wednesday 15th September at the International Centre, Telford.
In order for the national winner to be chosen, 2019 winner David Wright of the Berryholme Herd will now visit the seven regional winners.
Holstein UK is a member-owned organisation aimed at assisting members in breeding profitable, robust and productive dairy cattle. Holstein UK is dedicated to innovation and quality and is driven to continuously improve the services offered. The charity is also the parent of two subsidiary companies, the Cattle Information Service (CIS) and the National Bovine Data Centre (NBDC) and is organiser of UK Dairy Day, an annual trade event for the dairy industry.
The CIS is the UK’s leading milk recording and health testing organisation operating a state-of-the-art laboratory.
The National Bovine Data Centre (NBDC) exists to develop industry-leading analysis of data for the improvement of dairy production in the UK. UK Dairy Day is held annually in September, taking place at the International Centre, Telford on Wednesday 15 September 2021.
Provided by Holstein UK