AgriScot 2023 Dairy Classes 

The dairy judge, Mark Nutsford of the Riverdane herd from Cheshire, was most impressed by the the quality of the cattle forward at Agriscot 2023, which despite fewer Holstein entries saw coloured breeds up on the year.

“It was always one of my ambitions to judge this show. It’s one of the great dairy shows with an unbelievable atmosphere and quality of cattle. I have judged all over the world and the quality here is as good as it gets.”

Commenting on his choice of breed champions he said: “To see the quality, balance and mammary systems of these milky cows, is a dream. They’re the type of cows that blow your mind.”

His choice of Supercow and reserve – the lead Holstein and Jersey respectively – overwhelmed him.

“The Supercow is a one in a generation cow and she’s certainly one of the best cows I have ever put up as champion,” said Mr Nutsford who has judged in New Zealand, South Africa, America, Italy, Spain and Norway.

Taking that big award and also scoring a hat-trick of Supercow championships with three different cows over the past three AgriScot’s was the Wilson family – James and Louise and family of Charlotte, Emma and Josh’s – third calver, Evening Sidekick Jennifer Ex93-4yr.

New and former exhibitors produced the top two winners amongst the heifers, with Mark Davies landing the supreme with his Jersey, Rivermead Victorious Sangria and the reserved presented to Nairn-based Steven Innes of Newmeadow Holsteins.

Mr Nutsford, described his heifer champion as an easy winner.

“Finding the Superheifer was easier than finding the reserve,” he said. “For me, the Jersey owned the ring as soon as she walked in. I really like her overall balance, height and width of rear udder,” said Mr Nutsford, who gave the winning rosette to Rivermead Victorious Sangria.

Taking centre stage was a home-bred August 2021-born Jersey from first time exhibitor, Mr Davis’ 230-cow herd, all the way from Tiverton, Devon. He was delighted with his win.

“I started commentating here at least five years ago, but this time we decided to come with cattle and I’m so glad we did when it is such a well organised event. Everyone is so friendly and the quality of the cattle is fantastic. AgriScot is a great show to be part of – it’s one of the best events in the country.”

A full run down of the results can be found here.