The East of England Showground will see the return of this year’s All Breeds All Britain (ABAB) Calf Show. Organised by Holstein Young Breeders (HYB), the Calf Show will feature seven British dairy breeds taking centre stage for what is one of the highlights of the dairy calendar.
Held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019, the event draws young breeders from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland representing Holstein, British Friesian, Jersey, Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire and Dairy Shorthorn breeds.
Young breeders will compete to claim top awards and recognition, while demonstrating their showmanship skills among rivalling peers. The Saturday sees the showmanship classes followed on Sunday with 36 individual calf classes followed by the championships.
Adding a little competitive fun, the Holstein Young Breeders teams will also be required to construct stands based on the event theme, while also making sure their cattle lines and calves look immaculate.
Isobel Jones, who works for Holstein International, will judge the showmanship classes. On the Sunday Javier Alverez Lastra, who has been on the Spanish National judges list since 2006 and has been part of the official panel of European Judges EHRC since 2013, will cast his professional eye as judge of the calf show.
A number of other awards are also presented at the event including two special awards; the Dick Stapleton Award will be presented to a young person who has been particularly helpful throughout the weekend, and The Louise Hartley Award in memory of Lancashire HYB member, Louise Hartley, an agricultural journalist who sadly lost her battle to cancer in 2016, will also be presented.