Emily Davis, of the Westleigh farm near Wellington has come away with the top prize at the Dairy Show championships for her home-bred Jersey cow.
The Davis family farm is home to 230 dairy cows and are no stranger to awards - with Gordon Davis having previously been named 'Devon’s Farmer of the Year' in 2016.
The Greenslade family, who have a farm near Uffculme, also came away with a prize in the Guernsey National Show. Emma Greenslade who exhibited the prized cow, Dandy Dan Butterfly. She said: “We work quite hard with our breeding, and we bred both her and the sire behind her – Greensfield Dandy Dan. His dam won at UK Dairy Day and here, and now we’ve done the double again.”
UK Dairy Day and the Dairy Show were Butterfly’s first two shows, and she claimed the breed championship at both. “She’d never been shown before – I dragged her out of the shed a week before Dairy Day. She’s just so quiet,” said Emma.
The family milk 100 cows in Devon, and this second-calver; who calved in August, is giving 25 litres/day. “She’s small but mighty, and very correct,” said Emma. “You can’t fault her, and she’s very clean through the rump.”
Emma – who has her own catering business but hopes to return to the family farm full-time in the future – grew up with many of the other championship winners at the Dairy Show. “Many of us were in the same Young Farmers’ Club, so it’s great to all win here today.”