Since 2010, Patrick has managed the family business in Switzerland, Ruegruet Holsteins, with his brother. The main focus of the farm is on the breeding and marketing of Holstein genetics. In 2013, the farm was selected as a Master Breeder, a special recognition of the Swiss Holstein Association. Patrick and the business have had around 30 years’ involvement with the Swiss Holstein Association and youth organisation and Patrick has worked for over 10 years as a classifier at Holstein Switzerland. Patrick has judged competitions all over Europe, as well as competing himself in the show ring at prestigious events. His judging repertoire includes DHV Junior Show Germany, Schau der Besten Verden Masterrind Germany, Open Junior Show Cremona Italy, YMA National Calf Show Ireland, Muurikki Show Finland, Holstein Junior Show Austria, All Britain All Breeds Calf Show, Expo Holstein Gruyère Bulle Switzerland, Expo Holstein Sarine Bulle Switzerland and Expo Holstein Glâne-Veveyse Bulle Switzerland.
Gilmour Lawrie is married to Caroline and farms in partnership with his brother Jim, milking 600 cows under the Brieryside prefix in South Ayrshire on two modern dairy units. Gilmour and Jim manage one unit at Monkton, near Prestwick and Gilmour’s son Kevin manages the newest unit near Maybole. 1500 acres are farmed altogether with around 400 acres of cereals. Brieryside Ayrshires are one of the longest established Ayrshire herds in the world with the first records of registered stock in 1876, making the Brieryside prefix world renowned! So much success has come from generations of solid cow families and from generations of great stock men and women in the Lawrie family. Show success over the years has been prolific through each generation of the Lawrie family. Gilmour’s proudest and most memorable successes were winning the Interbreed Dairy Champion at the Royal Highland Show on two occasions, and then at Agriscot in 2012 when he won both the Super cow and Super heifer titles. Gilmour has judged Ayrshires all over the United Kingdom over the years at both county and national level along with many Interbreed championships and competitions. The Great Yorkshire, Royal Welsh, Royal Balmoral and the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show are just a few to mention. Gilmour held the prestigious position as President of the Ayrshire Cattle Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2016 after spending several years on the Council of the organisation. Currently Gilmour is the Business Co-Ordinator for the Society.
Robbie Radel from Queensland Australia will travel to the UK to judge the Brown Swiss classes. Robbie is a fourth-generation dairy farmer and stud breeder, their stud being the oldest Illawarra stud in Queensland. He produces their own label milk which they deliver to a 300km radius of the farm. Robbie was privileged to attend The Mondial Brune 2016 (World Brown Swiss Congress) as a Keynote Speaker as well as judge at Sydney Royal, Adelaide Royal and Toowoomba Royal shows. A highlight of his showing career is to have bred and exhibited the only Brown Swiss animal to ever win Interbreed Champion at the Royal Show Australia.
Seimon milks 700 dairy shorthorns in West Wales on the family farm with his wife Eleanor and two children, Sion and Hanna. He is very proud to have judged at all four Royal Shows as well as the Interbreed at the Great Yorkshire Show. Seimon is currently president of the Dairy Shorthorn Society and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for 2019.
Colin is a former President of the English Guernsey Cattle Society and has been on their judging panel since 1993, in which time he has judged over 60 shows. Previously herdsman at the noted Painswick and Sunninghill Park herds, Colin now works in processing and distribution of milk for the Beechgroves herd at Bolter End Farm, High Wycombe.
Matthew farms in partnership with his parents and sister in the Lune Valley in Lancashire. They currently milk 300 pedigree Jerseys under the Bayview prefix, along with 250 young stock. With Bayview Jerseys, Matthew is a regular competitor at Westmorland County Show. In his judging career, Mathew has enjoyed judging several herd competitions across the UK, along with a variety of agricultural shows including The Royal Norfolk Show, Royal Bath & West Show and many regional shows.
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