The countdown begins for the Holstein Young Breeders (HYB) All Breeds All Britain Calf Show at The Three Counties Showground, taking place between 13th and 15th October – and the judges are announced! The show is a real highlight in the HYB events calendar, where young members demonstrate their showmanship skills and showcase their best calves in a bid to claim the top awards.
On Saturday 14th October, Steve Mc Loughlin, who sits on the European Showmanship Judges Panel, will preside over the National Showmanship Competition. For 2017, HYB is delighted to welcome Patrick Rüttimann to judge the National Holstein Calf Show, which will take place on Sunday 15th October.
Throughout the event, there will be competitions, presentations and a little competitive spirit! To add some fun, Clubs are required to construct stands based on a chosen theme (last year this was ‘Fairytales’), whilst also making sure their cattle lines and calves stay looking immaculate. There are a number of stand competitions which run throughout the weekend before winners are announced during Sunday’s prize giving, which provides plenty of incentive for teams to keep up the hard work! Recognition is also given to a member who stands out as being particularly helpful, by presenting them with the sought after Dick Stapleton Award, whilst both HYB and open stock judging competitions run late on Saturday afternoon.
Are you the next Littlestar?
The Littlestar Award recognises HYB members who have made an outstanding contribution to the breed, HYB and, in particular, their own Club. It celebrates a young individual who demonstrates commitment, passion and enthusiasm; someone who is praised as a rising star for the future of the industry. Entrants for this award must be aged 17 years or under and should be someone who attends nearly all Club events, but not necessarily someone who always wins. Entrants must submit their CV and a personal statement, alongside a nomination form completed by their regional Club Coordinator, before the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show.
Miriam Bagley, Events & National HYB Coordinator for Holstein UK, comments, “The annual All Breeds All Britain Calf Show brings together young dairy farmers from across the UK to compete, learn and network. Last year we attracted over 20 regional HYB Clubs and in total, approximately 360 calves entered the show ring at the event. This included Holstein, Guernsey, Jersey, British Friesian, Dairy Shorthorn, Brown Swiss and Ayrshire calves. It’s a highpoint in our calendar and we’re already excited to witness this year’s standard of competition, which will undoubtedly be as high as ever. If you’re interested in being involved, please get in touch with your regional Club Coordinator for information on attending your Club qualifier – all contact details can be found at http://holstein-uk.org/hyb/contacts.”
Meet the Judges
Since 2010, Patrick has managed the family business in Switzerland, Ruegruet Holsteins, alongside his brother. The main focus of the farm is in the breeding and marketing of Holstein genetics. In 2013, the farm was awarded Master Breeder by the Swiss Holstein Association. Patrick and the business have had around 30 years’ involvement with the Swiss Holstein Association and youth organisation.
Patrick has previously judged competitions all over Europe, as well as competing himself in the show ring at prestigious events. Most recently he achieved 1st place and finalist champion line-up at both National Bulle Expo and Swiss Expo 2016, whilst securing 2nd place and finalist champion line-up at Swiss Expo 2017.
Steve Mc Loughlin
Steve, of Cilldara Holsteins, works full time as a fitter, preparing animals for shows and sales throughout Europe. During his career, he has judged in the UK, Republic of Ireland and across Europe, whilst also sitting on the European Showmanship Judges Panel. Steve has also had many show successes himself, with champions in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Holland and Switzerland. Alongside his career and show achievements, Steve has been heavily involved with youth organisations for many years. He was Coordinator of his Club for ten years, whilst also sitting as National YMA Chairman for four.