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Suffolk Show Day 1: East Anglian dairy farmers’ delight at top breed accolades

PUBLISHED: 16:27 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:48 30 May 2018

John Smith with his champion Ayrshire, Peggy    Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

John Smith with his champion Ayrshire, Peggy Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Delighted East Anglian dairy farmers took top honours in cattle contests at this year’s Suffolk Show.

John Smith with his champion Ayrshire, Peggy    Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNJohn Smith with his champion Ayrshire, Peggy Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

John Smith, of St Osyth, near Clacton, scooped the supreme crown in the any other dairy breed category with his Ayrshire, Wigboro Wick Evolution Peggy, while Jason Salisbury, of Suffok Farmhouse Cheeses, at Creeting St Mary, near Stowmarket, took the reserve title with Guernsey cow Sharnford Morey Mint.

“I have had Ayshires now for six years and it’s my first home-bred champion so that’s good. I’m up to 30 Ayrshires at home now. She’s a second calver, only three weeks calved and she looks better than I thought she would look,” said John. Her next date will be at the Royal Norfolk Show, where he was hoping she would perform well there.

Jason said it was the first time he had won the supreme reserve any other dairy breed. “I’m extremely proud of our accomplishment,” he said.

Both will be opening up their farms for Open Farm Sunday on June 10. For John, it’s his first foray. “I feel like we need to educate the public with the negativity we have been having recently.”

Jason Salisbury with reserve Any Other Dairy Breed supreme champion Sharnford Morey Mint Picture: SARAH CHAMBERSJason Salisbury with reserve Any Other Dairy Breed supreme champion Sharnford Morey Mint Picture: SARAH CHAMBERS

He had been subject to trolling from animal rights activists after putting up images of his dairy cattle on social media and wanted to get across the other side, he explained. “It’s my living. I think they represent us in the wrong way so I think it’s good to have the public on the farm.”

Dairy cattle judge Andrew Birkle said the Ayrshire was a “real good cow” with a “well-attached udder”, and the runner-up was a “real good Guernsey”.

Ben Etteridge, chairman of the East Anglian Jersey Cattle Club, who lives at Burgh St Peter in Norfolk but keeps his Jerseys at Sotherton, near Halesworth, scooped the Jersey supreme title with Moonshine Glam Com Dance, a home-bred two-year-old. Ben began keeping Jerseys in 2000, having shown them from the age of five. The herd began after he acquired a calf and went from there, and, as he doesn’t have a farm of his own, are based in Suffolk and in Northamptonshire. Judge Andrew Birkle said the in-milk heifer was a “well balanced heifer, a lovely heifer, with a beautiful udder”.

Peter Prior of Essex and Eddie Brigham of Norfolk were celebrating after Easthaugh Audrey 70 took the Holstein crown.

Ben Etteridge of Burgh St Peter with supreme Jersey Moonshire Glam Com Dance Picture: SARAH CHAMBERSBen Etteridge of Burgh St Peter with supreme Jersey Moonshire Glam Com Dance Picture: SARAH CHAMBERS

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