Judge for – HOLSTEIN -BROWN SWISS – DAIRY SHORTHORN – BRITISH FRIESIAN
Michael Heath, Maryland, America.
David Gray has travelled the length and breadth of the cattle-breeding world, but his roots are firmly established in Scotland. The family business is based at Drumtall Farm, East Kilbride, near Glasgow. His parents, James and Moira, dispersed their 50-cow herd in 2010 at Borderway and the decision allowed David to revamp the traditional farm buildings. David is married to Julie, and the pair has two young children, Callum and Erica. Mr Gray runs and owns Hoof and Hyde Ltd. a farm service business providing farmers with an excellent hoof trimming and freeze branding service.
David was involved in Young Farmers and Holstein Young Breeders competitions at an early age and won the Scottish as well as, the All-Britain clipping competition in 1994. This entailed winning a scholarship for a two-week work placement at Hays Farms in Canada, but he stayed there for five months.
During this time he met John Buckley of Salem Holsteins, Lindsay, Ontario, and worked for free — solely so he could have the privilege and opportunity to learn from a master-craftsman. One of the animals John owned was Bermaska Starbuck Chancel VG89, the All Canadian and All American two-year old, and this helped fire his enthusiasm to learn and develop his skills.
David’s reputation to breed, rear and develop top quality show animals is well known having fitted many Champions across the world. He owned the 2013 All-Britain heifer Drointon Tabwyn Holly.
David has judged at many major shows in the UK and Ireland. He officiated at the 2009 Dairy Event and more recently judged the 2015 Irish National Calf show.