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Sunshine smiled on successful Surrey Show

by Rod Kebble

The CRT stand early in the morning.

The CRT stand early in the morning. Things became much busier as the day progressed.

The sun shone (though the wind blew) on the Surrey County Show on bank holiday Monday and the crowds came out in good numbers.

Farmer Mike Clear in the show ring with one of his cows.

Shall we dance? Farmer Mike Clear tries to remember how to dance backwards as his partner takes the lead.

Pierrepont Farm had a very successful time in the show ring, as the table below demonstrates. (Cows with names beginning ‘Pierrepont’ or ‘Discovery’ are all part of the Pierrepont herd.)

Class Position Competitor
Calf Class 1st Pierrepont Iatola’s Calypso
2nd Pierrepont Iatola’s Kiora
3rd Discovery Moment’s Heidi
Heifer in Milk 2nd Discovery Fantom’s Jenny
3rd Pierrepont Sultan’s Sherbet
4th Discovery Fantom’s Cara
Cow in Second Lactation 1st Discovery Excitation’s Syria
4th Discovery Legacy’s Chelsea
Senior Cow 1st Pierrepont Perfecter’s Money Penny
2nd Discovery Iatola’s Hannah
Jersey Championship Champion Pierrepont Perfecter’s Money Penny
Hon. Mention Discovery Excitation’s Syria
Dairy Championship Reserve Champion Pierrepont Perfecter’s Money Penny
Jersey Progeny Pair 2nd Discovery Fantom’s Jenny & Discovery Fantom’s Cara
3rd Discovery Iatola’s Calypso & Pierrepont Iatola’s Kiora
Group of Three 1st Pierrepont Perfecter’s Money Penny, Discovery Iatola’s Hannah & Discovery Excitation’s Syria
3rd Discovery Iatola’s Calypso, Discovery Moment’s Heidi & Pierrepont Iatola’s Kiora
Dairy Interbreed Group of Three Championship Champion Pierrepont Perfecter’s Money Penny, Dscovery Iatola’s Hannah & Discovery Excitation’s Syria
Intermediate Dairy Young Handlers 1st Zoë Clear & Discovery Iatola’s Calypso
3rd Jenny Cooper & Discovery Moment’s Heidi
Young Handlers Championship Reserve Champion Zoë Clear & Discovery Iatola’s Calypso

Away from the cattle lines, the CRT’s exhibition trailer had a pitch in the commercial section, sandwiched between the freemasons on one side and a religious group on the other, with UKIP next to them – so we were a mixed bunch.

We also had our secret ingredient to attract visitors, namely Amaryllis the pedigree Jersey calf. Only two months old, she was perfectly behaved all day, if somewhat shy.

Amaryllis the calf and fans.

Amaryllis and fans. Now we need to teach her to sign autographs…

She did, however, manage to persuade many people to part with a quid to enter our Name-a-calf Draw, to find a name for a calf born early on the day of the show. The winning name picked out is Jessica, and the person who suggested the name wins a year’s adoption of the newborn calf.

Judgement Day: Zoë and Bev Clear with two of their cows as they are inspected by the judges.

Judgment day: Zoë (left) and Bev Clear with two of their cows.

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Four prizewinners in the Intermediate Dairy Young Handlers class: the calves Discovery Iatola's Calypso and Discovery Moment's Heidi with their handlers, Zoë Clear and Jenny Cooper.

Four prizewinners in the Intermediate Dairy Young Handlers class: (left to right) Discovery Iatola’s Calypso, Zoë Clear, Discovery Moment’s Heidi and Jenny Cooper.

This coming weekend, 1st and 2nd June, we will be at the Floral Fringe Fair at Knepp Castle in West Sussex, where a wildland scheme has been in operation for the past 12 years, aimed at improving wildlife and farming less intensively — so the CRT should be at home there. This time we will be in a tent and the weather forecast is dry with sunny periods. Come along and visit us!

At the end of the day, the calf hutch is loaded onto the trailer.

The calf hutch loads itself onto the trailer at the end of the day (with a little help from Mike Clear inside).