Cattle Show Judges


Thank you to the esteemed panel of highly respected judges at UK Dairy Day 2017.

The National Holstein Show Judge - Brian Miller

Brian farms 450 acres in Somerset and has a dairy herd comprising of 230 Holstein and 10 Brown Swiss cattle. After completing an Agricultural Economics degree at the University of Reading Brian decided to join the family business with his father and Grandmother. Their herd has been six times finalists in the Holstein UK herd competition and the family regularly show at national and regional level.  Recent herd highlights include Moorshard Lennon Rosa 93 winning Dairy Show Championship, becoming reserve All Britain 2nd Calver in 2013 and most recently seeing Richard Thomas’ family winning The Dairy Show and Welsh Dairy Shows with Moorshard Dude Parade which he purchased at the Genetic Elite sale in 2014.  Brian has been involved in many prestigious Holstein competitions and his judging repertoire spans county, regional and international shows. Brian has judged at the National Dairy Event and in 2016 was Holstein judge at the All Breed All Britain Calf Show.


The National Ayrshire Show Judge  - Edmund Els

Edmund Els from South Africa is a world renowned and respected Ayrshire breeder, and we look forward to welcoming him to the UK to officiate The National Ayrshire Show. Edmund is from the Western Cape of South Africa and is the owner of The Ridge Ayrshire herd of 200 pedigree Ayrshires.He is a passionate breeder who has bred and owned several champions through the years, and most currently at the National Show in Bredasdorp he received awards for the National Senior and Reserve senior cow, Reserve Junior animal, Champion heifer and Reserve National Grand Champion.  Edmund was Breed director for the South African Ayrshire Society from 2005 – 2012 and has also served on the Ayrshire board for many years. He is also one of the South African representatives at the World Ayrshire Federation and was part of the committee for hosting the South Africa Ayrshire World Conference in 2012.


Brown Swiss Judge  - Glyn Lucas

Since 2004 Glyn Lucas has been managing the dairy sales at Harrison & Hetherington Ltd. and is now the Senior Pedigree Auctioneer. Glyn was raised at Lukevale Holsteins, a registered Holstein farm in Co Antrim, N. Ireland. He was a self-employed, professional dairy cattle fitter for 8 years before joining the livestock sales industry. This work took him across North America and to many foreign countries where he prepared, showed and owned numerous All-Canadians, All-Americans and Grand Champions. Glyn’s judging career has included assignments to numerous shows in the UK, Ireland and Belgium. He has been on the UK National Judging Panel for the past seven years and was a member of the Canadian National Judging conference in 2008.  


Dairy Shorthorn Judge  - Ian Collins

Ian Collins runs The Churchroyd herd of 130 milking animals of Dairy Shorthorn and Holsteins cows in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. Churchroyd’s showing highlights in 2016 were winning Supreme Champion at both Cheshire Show and The Great Yorkshire Show. He has previously judged many shows in the UK, as well as Balmoral Show, Northern Ireland and The Royal Show in South Africa. In his younger days, he won the National Young Farmers Stock judging. 


Guernsey Judge  - David Mann

Cornish farmer, David Mann, has lived on the family farm his whole life and now manages the business in partnership with his parents. The family farm a coastal plateau of land rising from 100ft to 730ft above sea level. This includes rough moorland and grazing fields for the 170 pedigree Guernsey cows plus 130 followers. The herd are in the fields for most the year due to the milder climate, grazing grass during the summer and Kale through the winter – and are cubicle housed for only 3-4 months of the year. The herd average is 6300 litres at 4.98% butterfat and 3.6% protein and in the herd there are currently 38 EX and 56 VG

Jersey Judge  - James Waring

Previous judging highlights for James include judging the jerseys at the Royal Welsh (2013), Balmoral (2013), Livestock Event (2014) and All Britain Calf Show (2010). He farms in partnership with his parents in East Yorkshire where they keep the Winton herd of Holsteins and Cherryview herd of Jerseys. The farm is 200 acres with a further 100 acres rented.


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