Carl Saucier is from Champlain, Québec he graduated from the Sainte-Croix de Lotbinière Agricultural School in 1976. From 1978 to 1979, Carl worked as a herdsman for Ferme Deslacs in Victoriaville where he literally fell in love with the high-quality Holstein cow. Wishing to learn English, to deepen his knowledge in breeding and show animal preparation, he worked from 1979 to 1981 for Romandale Farm in Ontario and afterwards for Hanoverhill Holstein in 1982. Those experiences allowed him to learn with the top breeders in the breed such as Antonio Tourigny, Dave Houck, Peter Heffering but one of the lifetime elite was having the opportunity to learn from one the best herdsman in the world, Ken Trevena. Coming back home Carl also worked as a professional fitter several years for successful breeders in Quebec.
Carl has worked 27 years as progeny analyst for CIAQ and most recently starting a new part of his career with Semex since 2 years as Genetic Development Representative including the progeny analysis and picture duties.
Carl is an official judge for Holstein Canada since 1996 and he has judged several shows in Québec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, United States, Belgium, France, Portugal, Costa Rica, Australia, Japan and was associate judge of the National Holstein Show 2016 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada.
Carl and his wife Leonie Ghielen have 2 daughters and are very proud grand-parents of 4 grandchildren.
Molly Sloan lives in Columbus, with her husband, Matt and their son, Dane. She grew up on her family’s registered Holstein herd in Marengo, IL. Molly graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Dairy Science & Ag Journalism.
For the past 13 years she has worked for Alta Genetics, currently working for their holding company, URUS as Director of People Development. During her career, she has also travelled to 14 countries to speak about and implement dairy genetic programs.
Molly has judged major shows in 15 states throughout the US and has been a lead judge twice at World Dairy Expo, where she judged the 2016 International Ayrshire Show and the 2014 International Junior Holstein Show.
She has also judged Internationally at major shows in Australia, Brazil, France, Peru, and Canada, including the 2015 National Canadian 4-H Classic at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
She has also been on numerous All-American and All-Canadian judges’ panels for 6 major breeds.
Ben currently manages the Y-Farm Partnership Farm, near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, which is a modern unit milking 1,300 Holstein cattle on a 64-point rotary parlour. With his wife and two boys Ben also has a few of his own animals under the recently established Wowcow prefix.
Ben’s time working at Smiddiehill Holsteins as a youngster is where he developed a passion for pedigree Holsteins and showing. This passion led to travelling around the world working with cattle in countries such as Japan, the USA and Australia.
During his time managing The Wyndford Herd, Ben enjoyed success showing animals he’d bred across the UK and in Europe, the highlight being winning second place Intermediate Heifer at The European Show, Colmar in 2016.
Ben has enjoyed judging many shows with highlights including the Coloured Breed Handling classes at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show, Emerald Expo, Celtic Show Case, The All Ireland Calf Show & the Winter Show, Drenthe, Holland.
Although Mark’s family were not dairy farmers he pretty much grew up with the Loughside herd of British Friesians, based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, spending most of his school holidays and weekends on his friend’s dairy farm. It was there that his love of dairy cows and showing began.
After A level he attended Greenmount Agricultural College where he achieved an OND in Agriculture with Distinction. His sandwich year was spent with the Carnageragh British Friesian Herd and then Mark worked with the Caddy Herd which was mainly British Friesian but with some Holstein influence was beginning to appear.
From 1983 until 1990 he was share milking running his own small Ransevyn Herd alongside the Loughside Herd however the quota system led to the end of this enterprise and his herd was dispersed.
In 1991 Mark began working at Clandeboye Estate, Co Down, Northern Ireland initially as herdsman/manager and then taking on his present role of Farm Manager within a year of coming to Clandeboye.
The Clandeboye dairy herd consists of 70 Holstein and 30 Jersey cows plus followers. Highlights at Clandeboye have been transforming a very ordinary herd into the winning Holstein UK Premier Pedigree Herd in 2007 and achieving a Master Breeder Award in the same year.
Successes at Shows have included – Supreme Champion at the 2007, 2008 and 2012 Irish National Holstein Show; Royal Ulster Interbreed Champion in 2008 with Clandeboye Champion Willow; Champion Jersey at the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015,2016 and 2017 Royal Ulster Winter Fairs with Clandeboye CR Evita also taking the Interbreed title in 2012.
Several All-Britain nominations winning Holstein All Britain third calf cow in 2008 and Jersey All Britain Junior Cow in 2012 and 2017.
Over the last number of years Mark has had judging assignments across the UK and Ireland for Holstein, Jerseys and Interbreed Classes including All Breeds at Agriscot 2016 and Emerald Expo 2017, The All Breeds all Britain Calf Show, The Dairy Event, The South West Dairy Show, Tullamore, The Welsh Dairy Show, Virginia, The Royal Welsh, The Royal Highland, The Great Yorkshire, The Royal Cornwall, UK Dairy Day and The Autumn Show on Jersey Island.
Clandeboye is a 2000 acre privately owned country Estate situated 10 miles north east of Belfast owned by the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava. Mark has been Farm Manager for the last 27 years. In that time many changes have taken place with diversification into yoghurt making starting in 2007. They now process about 95% of the herds’ milk production and retail it under the Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt brand.