A NORTH Yorkshire breeder is to judge the 2020 National Holstein Show at UK Dairy Day.

David Booth of Feizor Holsteins will judge some of the UK's best Holstein cattle at the event at The International Centre, Telford, Shropshire, on Wednesday, September 16, next year.

This year's event attracted more than 9,000 visitors and more than 170 cows in milk from six different breeds.

Mr Booth, who is married to Pam, and has two children, William and Anna, farms 700 acres in Austwick, alongside his parents David and Elizabeth, brother Robin and son William.

The farm is home to 1,000 breeding sheep and 120 Holsteins that are milked twice daily through a 14/14 herringbone parlour. The herd averages a yield of 12,300kg at 3.92 per cent butterfat and 3.01 per cent protein, and cell count of 59.

Prominent cow families within the herd include Dandy, Delia, Flo, Lasenza, Melody and Sabrina. Around 80 replacement calves are reared each year with any surplus being sold as fresh heifers and a number of calves being consigned to the Black and White Sale.

The highly acclaimed herd was awarded Master Breeder status in 2017 and won the prestigious Premier Herd Award in 2012. Mr Booth was chairman of the Lancashire Holstein Club Chairman, and followed this with a year as club president.

A fourth-generation farmer, he has judged at a large number of shows throughout the UK including the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show in 2014, Balmoral Show in 2017 and the Royal Welsh Show in 2018.

Notable achievements with the herd have included Feizor Elude A Rapture representing Great Britain at the All European Championships in Libramont and champions at the National Holstein Show in 2003 with milking heifer Shanael Gelpro Melody, the Royal Show in 2005 with Cleevale Storm Meggie, the Northern Expo in 2012 with Feizor Shottle L Melody, and the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show in 2011 with Feizor Jordan S Flo 2.