Selwyn Donald and his partner Lorraine farm on the outskirts of the Featherston Township nestled under the Tararua Ranges and is approximately an hour’s drive from New Zealand’s capital city Wellington.
Selwyn milks 400 cows registered under the Arran prefix and is one of New Zealand’s oldest Ayrshire Studs and Selwyn is the 4th generation to farm the Arran property. He has added to the farming operation over the last 20 years which now includes Holstein Friesians, Jerseys, 2 Milking Shorthorns and 1 Brown Swiss. The farm has a 40 bale Rotary Milking Parlour and is irrigated by a central pivot irrigation system & single laterals as the cows graze all year round and calve down once a year. Selwyn employs one full time and one part time staff member to help him on the farm.
The Arran prefix has exhibited at many shows throughout New Zealand and has gained many ribbons with all the herds individual breeds. A major highlight for Selwyn was when he won Supreme Champion at the 2016 NZ Dairy Event in both the Ayrshire and Combined Breeds Section. He is also the only exhibitor in the 9 years that NZ Dairy Event has been running to have won the Intermediate Championship in the Holstein, Ayrshire, Jersey and Combined Breeds (once with a Milking Shorthorn and once with a Brown Swiss) sections.
Selwyn is very proud of the way his animals perform, not only in the show ring but also in National & International Photo Competitions. A huge highlight was in 2015 winning the 2 Year Class of the World Red Cow Photo Competition with ARRAN Pring Beaujolias. With only two Milking Shorthorns milked at Arran, this is an amazing accomplishment.
He is also very involved with his Family’s Semen Company and is responsible for the Holstein and Ayrshire Sire Selection. The company markets TAG in New Zealand, also Semenzoo, Cogent, Alta Genetics, Intermizoo, Jet Stream, OHG and Genetics Australia. Selwyn is also an accomplished Auctioneer, as well as a Livestock Agent for Brian Robinson Livestock specialising in Dairy Stud Sales.
His judging duties have taken him around the world, from USA, UK, Europe, Australia and back to his home country of New Zealand. Selwyn will be judging the Youth Show at the NZ Dairy Event 10 Year Celebration Show in January 2018 before heading to the UK to officiate at the 2018 Borderway UK Dairy Event.
Dean Malcolm is the co-owner/operator of Bluechip Genetics, industry publication CrazyCow In Print and Dean Malcolm Photography – together with his wife, Dianna.
The couple dispersed their show-winning herd in October 2016 for an Australasian record gross and average for a one-day dispersal – selling 180-head for a gross of over AUD$1.1million and an average which was close to AUD$6400, in what was acknowledged as one of the toughest times to sell in Australian history.
The Bluechip prefix has been on several record-breaking prices for animals sold at auction, peaking at AUD$101,000. Before the dispersal sale of the herd, Bluechip had won Premier Breeder and/or Premier Holstein Exhibitor banners six of its final seven years at Australasia’s biggest show – International Dairy Week. It has also won 32 Champions within three years at the second biggest Holstein Show in Australasia – the Victorian Winter Fair.
In the 2016 All-Australian photographic awards (Bluechip’s final outing before its dispersal) Dean and Dianna had 19 finalists, winning six of the seven classes they had finalists in – including 12 top-three finishes.
At their peak, the couple had roughly 50 partners in cattle at Bluechip from Australasia, North America and Spain. Dean has always been passionate about finding and developing cows – and he is responsible for breeding and/or developing the most 94-point cows in Australia.
Dean and Dianna still have some headlining heifers and some in-milk partnership animals at their Bluechip base, located two hours north of Melbourne. But, in the main, they have turned their attention back to CrazyCow In Print, cattle photography and cattle merchandising. Both have also helped mentor a number of the industry’s youth.
Alan, along with his wife Sue and mother Mary, own the Millford Ayrshire and Fordmill Holstein herds which are based in Gloucestershire. Over the past few years, Alan and Sue, have also ventured into their own herd of Polled Herefords carrying the Thames prefix.
Alan worked for Alta Genetics as their National Key Account Manager in the UK and has now worked for them for 15 years which has enabled him to travel to many different countries over this time and met many very interesting dairy farmers and seen many great cows. At present, Alan is Ayrshire Cattle Society’s Breed Heritage Chairman and also West Midland Holstein Club President.
He carries over 30 years of judging experience which has taken him to all parts of the British Isles and Europe, judging Holsteins, Ayrshire’s and many Interbreed classes. His judging skills have taken him to many major events which have included – UK National Ayrshire Show 2012; All Breeds Calf Show 2010 (Ayrshires); Royal Highland Show 2014; Welsh Dairy Show 2014; AgriScot All Breeds 2015, The NISA/McLarnon’s feeds Dairy Cow Championship 2016, also Jersey National Calf Show 2016. His overseas judging ventures have included Finland – Ayrshire National Show 2011along with the All Breeds National Dairy Handlers Competition; New Zealand – NZ Dairy Event 2016 Ayrshire and Dairy Interbreed classes.
Alan acknowledges that it is a great honour to be asked to judge the British Friesian National Show at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2018 and is very much looking forward to be part of this major event.
Ann Laird has judged numerous calf shows and All Britain qualifiers in recent years and is one of the UK’s rising stars in the judging ring. Her home is Blythbridge Holsteins were Ann has played an integral role in the development of the herd both on the farm and in the show ring.
Ann has won Showmanship classes at the Scottish Calf Show and National Calf Show and was Champion Showperson at the National Coloured Breeds Show in 2003. One of Ann’s proudest achievements was winning the Champion Showmanship title at the International Dairy Show in Australia in 2009. As part of the Scottish team, Ann has been included in the winning Showmanship and Overall Team Trophies on several occasions at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show.
Ann, who was Dux at Edinburgh Scottish Agriculture College having attained a BSc Honours Degree in Animal Science had major success when she purchased her only Ayrshire cow, Barr Ranger Lottie EX95 at the Barr Dispersal Sale. Lottie went on to win Grand Champion Ayrshire at Agriscot and then was awarded the prestigious Supercow title in 2009. The following year, Ann also won the YFC ‘Stockman of the Year’ tile at the Royal Highland Show, being the first female to do so in its 40 year history.
Ann currently is the Solutions Coordinator for Semex UK and still spends time at Blythhbridge when required. Ann is proud to add UK Dairy Expo to her list of judging assignments and is looking forward to working with the very best young handlers in the UK in March.