The Celtic Dairy Showcase (a collaboration of young Holstein enthusiasts) heralds the start of the show season in the south of the UK with the return of the most supported Holstein-only event to be held in Wales in recent history.
Following the huge success of the inaugural Celtic Dairy Showcase, the show returns this year and is anticipating even stronger support. An evening event, the show will be held at the Carmarthen Showground, Carmarthenshire on the 15th March 2013.
Esteemed cow man and noted breeder of the Huddlesford herd Andy Cope from Staffordshire has been selected to judge the show and will be casting his expert eye over all classes. Open to entries from all over the UK, cattle are already promised from South Wales and South West UK as well as keen interest from further afield. The Celtic Dairy Showcase provides an unmissable platform for breeders to compete with the ‘best in the West’.
The program for what promises to be a sell-out extravaganza starts at 5:30pm with youngstock and handler classes, followed by six milking classes building to the Grand Championship award. To recognize the outstanding quality of competition expected, a prize fund of nearly £3,000 is on offer. Event organiser, Owain Harries says:
“Following the success of our first show in 2012, we aim to further our commitment to promote the strength of the Holstein breed and provide southern breeders with the opportunity to exhibit animals at a spring event.”
“Through handler and youngstock classes, we want to encourage our talented youngsters to get involved, so that they can further their skills and receive the recognition they deserve.”
A new addition to the 2013 schedule is the introduction of what is expected to be the first milking yearling class held in the UK. Understanding the importance of profitable dairy farming, it is widely recognized that one method of increasing profitability on farm is to calve heifers younger, and the Holstein breed certainly has the ability to calve at this young age and contribute towards the milk cheque. By introducing this class we hope to showcase the quality of these animals that perhaps would not have been exhibited against older heifers.
The showground has very easy access and exit, with a direct route along the main A40 dual carriageway. It is just 1 hour from the Severn Bridge and less from Cardiff Wales Airport.
Entries open 1st February and close 1st March 2012. To find out more about the Celtic Dairy Showcase, or to receive a schedule contact Event Organiser Owain Harries on 07875 506489 or email [email protected]
Source: Holstein UK