Stormy night brings bumper show
A STORMY evening out to the Holsworthy Dairy Show and Sale was one of the most rewarding in the dairy farming career of Anne and Phillip Jose.
They won seven of the 12 available prizes for their pedigree milkers in this nineteenth event run by Kivells.
Their Hollafrench cows, H-I-O Doreen 67, and Dolman Annie 28, were judged champion and reserve while the former also took the prize for the best udder, and they also had the best heifer, best home bred exhibits and the highest points in the show.
"It was a once in a lifetime achievement," said Anne.
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They beat some of the finest dairy cattle in the South West brought to Holsworthy from places as far apart as Bodmin and Shaftesbury.
Hundreds of people thronged the ring, the trade stands and the cubicles for what has become a popular social event as well as an exhibition of top class cattle.
Auctioneer Mark Bromell had to use his best vocal projection to penetrate the sound of hail storms beating on the sale-ring roof as the winners were announced to the crowd.
Afterwards he said: "What a remarkable night. One of the biggest crowds we've ever seen for the Holsworthy market dairy event.
"We were delighted to see regular market supporters Phillip and Anne take supreme champion and reserve and successfully sell their best two cows for £2,700 and £2,650."
And Mrs Jose was beaming with delight: "It's the first time we've had champion and reserve at the same time."
The cattle showed patience among so many people, a trademark of the herd.
"We're well known for quiet cows," Anne said.
Husband Phillip was back at their farm at North Tamerton milking the rest of the 160-strong herd as Anne accepted the prizes in the sale ring.
"The show cows were washed and prepared yesterday. It's a team effort although my husband does all the breeding," she said. "We like to support this event and although it is hard work, it's a bit of fun."
CLASS 1 – Best Cow in Milk (sponsored by Milk Link Limited, Will Urquhart and National Milk Records): 1 Messrs WS Jose and Son, Holsworthy ; 2 Messrs RJ and HD Hugo, Bodmin; 3 John Westaway, Shaftebury; 4 Messrs Hussell, Beaworthy. Highest PLI: Messrs JM and MA Britton, Tetcott. CLASS 2 – Best Heifer in Milk (sponsored by Dairy Crest, World Wide Sires and National Milk Records): 1 Messrs WS Jose & Son, Holsworthy; 2 Messrs Hussell, Beaworthy; 3 Messrs WS Jose and Son, Holsworthy; 4 Messrs L and A Gould and Son, Holsworthy. Highest PLI: Treginegar Dairy Farm, Padstow. OVERALL CHAMPION (sponsored by Davisons Chartered Accountant and Genus): Messrs WS Jose and Son, Holsworthy. RESERVE CHAMPION (sponsored by Cornwall Farmers and Genus): Messrs WS Jose and Son, Holsworthy. Robin Brimacombe Prize for Best Homebred Cow (sponsored by NatWest): Messrs WS Jose and Son, Holsworthy. Robin Brimacombe Prize for Best Homebred Heifer (sponsored by NatWest): Messrs WS Jose and Son, Holsworthy. HIGHEST POINTS IN SHOW (sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, Semex, Lloyds TSB, Dairy Daughters, Penbode Vets, Barclays and Thomas Westcott): 1 Messrs WS Jose and Son, Holsworthy; 2 Messrs Hussell, Beaworthy; 3 Treginegar Dairy Farm, Padstow; 4 John Westaway, Shaftebury; 5 Messrs RJ and HD Hugo, Bodmin; Messrs JM and MA Britton, Tetcott. HIGHEST 305 DAY YIELD IN CLASS ONE OR THREE (sponsored by Harpers Home Mix Ltd and Cogent: John Westaway, Shaftebury. BEST UDDER IN SHOW (sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers and Semex): Messrs WS Jose and Son, Holsworthy. PURCHASER OF HIGHEST PRICED ANIMAL (sponsored by NWF Agriculture ): Purchased by John and Andrew Sillifant, Pancrasweek. UDDER JUDGING COMPETITION (sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers and Semex): Mr Paul Broad, Truro.