On Saturday March. 11th, Holstein UK announced the winners of the 2022 All Britain Awards which saw an outstanding entry of 166 cattle following a comeback of many shows after the pandemic.
The annual dinner following UK Dairy Expo was held once again to celebrate the awards and announce the highly anticipated finalists. Fifteen classes were judged based on the quality of animals exhibited across show rings throughout recognised shows in the UK in 2022. The awards bring together animals that have been shown throughout the UK, providing the opportunity to compete head-to-head.
The top six animals from each class were shortlisted in the first round of judging before being submitted to the National Judging Panel. This year’s preliminary judges were Iwan Morgan (Erie), John Garnett (Milnthorpe) and Stephen Garth (Bowlandview).
Commenting on the preliminary judging, Iwan Morgan said, “It was a privilege to judge this year’s All Britain Awards. To see all of the best cows from across the UK together just highlights the quality of the cows we have.”
John Garnett added “to oversee the All Britain nominations was a real pleasure. The final six in all categories shows the quality of cattle and excellence of husbandry we have across the UK. The record entries this year was nicely split between all countries and of course it’s nice to see all the shows back up and running again after the pandemic.”
Stephen Garth added “we saw tremendous quality throughout. The type of cattle winning are the type we need for the British dairy industry. They are balanced dairy cows with great udders and functional type. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners.”
Final placements were determined by the Holstein UK National Judging Panel, who allocated their placings individually, with the Champion, Reserve and Honourable Mention titles awarded to the animals with the most votes.
Michael Smale, Holstein UK Chairman, commented; “My congratulations go out to all the winners of the All Britain Awards for 2022. Our breeders continue to show exceptional passion and dedication for raising and displaying such a superb display of cattle, as they have in previous years. Being able to see animals excel in productivity and performance continues to strengthen the breed in a positive way.”
Full results are available on the Holstein UK website here: www.holstein-uk.org/awards