A dairy farmer from Truro will be one of the judges at this year's UK Dairy Day show.

Colin Christophers will judge the National Ayrshire Show. The Ayrshire Cattle Society chose Colin, who runs the Rosehill Ayrshire herd with his wife Jenny, son David and help from daughter Debbie and granddaughter Megan.

The 300-acre Cornwall Council farm has a herd of 300 with 170 milking cows and followers. Recent investment on the farm has seen a new slurry system installed, collecting and converting methane from the herd to power tractors, vehicles, and generators.

South West Farmer: Colin Christophers - Ayrshire National Show Judge 2023Colin Christophers - Ayrshire National Show Judge 2023 (Image: UK Dairy Day)

The Rosehill Ayrshire Herd has shown all over the south west and its greatest accolade is winning the Royal Show with Rosehill Black Velour.

In addition to showing, Colin has had the honour of judging all over the UK, including at Balmoral and Antrim in Northern Ireland, the Highland Show and AgriScot in Scotland, the Welsh Dairy Show, Royal Welsh and the Royal and Royal Welsh Shows.

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Brian Weatherup from Fife will judge the Brown Swiss Show. Chosen by the Brown Swiss Cattle Society, Brian has the Parkend herd and runs the family farm with his parents and wife Gillian.

They milk 220 pedigree cattle with a focus on proven genetics, aiming for exceptional udders and feet and legs, always pushing for high-yielding, long-lasting cows. 

South West Farmer: Brian Weatherup - Brown Swiss National Show Judge 2023Brian Weatherup - Brown Swiss National Show Judge 2023 (Image: UK Dairy Day)

The herd won back-to-back Scottish herds competitions in 2020/2021. Showing highlights for the family include four Royal Highland championships, champion heifer at the National Holstein Show and winning the red and white championship at UK Dairy Day.

Brian has judged at shows across the UK and Ireland, including at the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire and Irish National calf shows.

The National Holstein Show judge was announced in December as South Wales dairy farmer Iwan Morgan who, with his father Edward, runs the Erie herd of 150 Holsteins and 30 Jerseys.

Returning as UK Dairy Day 2023 cattle infrastructure sponsor is NWF Agriculture who continues to support the free entry for cattle exhibitors. The cattle schedule will be released at the beginning of July with the stall booking deadline being Friday, August 4.