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Friday 1 July 2011

Major cattle showcase staged at Nantwich and South Cheshire Show


Breeders and cattle enthusiasts from all over the country will descend on Nantwich for one of the key events in the agricultural calendar this summer.

The annual National Brown Swiss Cattle Society Showcase comes to the Nantwich and South Cheshire Show on Wednesday, July 27 where competitors will battle it out for the coveted Cimarron Perpetual Bell awarded to the breed champion.

This year the society has further extended its overseas contacts both with regards to breed development and knowledge. The judge, Dr Anton Smit, a vet and breeder from South Africa, is looking forward to seeing the high quality of cattle on offer in the United Kingdom.

He said: “It is an honour to be invited to judge the breed in a country where the Brown Swiss are now becoming established as a mainstream breed.

“In South Africa the breed has proved very popular over recent years, as they have shown to be extremely adaptable milking cattle capable of sustaining milk production in challenging environments without a large management input.”

The Nantwich and South Cheshire Show, also the home of the International Cheese Awards, gives the perfect backdrop for the Brown Swiss Showcase.

Adrian Lawrence, show secretary, said: “The breed is renowned for quality milk production with its high protein levels, in particular, the kappa casein proteins. Brown Swiss milk is much sought after by many of the country’s leading cheese makers.

“Anyone wishing to find out more about the breed will be more than welcome to meet with the members and breeders at the show. The Brown Swiss Cattle Society will have a stand at the event.”

Meanwhile, a record number of different breeds have been recorded for the show’s sheep section, with first-time appearances from the Kerry Hill, Soay and Manx Loughtan breeds.

Advance tickets are £13 (adults), £9 (senior citizens) £4 (juniors), £35 (family). Call 01270 537359 to order, entrance will be dearer on the day.

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