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Shropshire-bred Holstein wins prestigious award

December 23, 2019 by  
Filed under Livestock

A Shropshire-bred Holstein cow has won a major award at one of Italy’s most prestigious events – being named Grand Champion at the 68th National Italian Show, Cremona.

Now owned by Errera Holsteins, Wyndford Atwood Grey 90 was originally bred by Wilfred Maddocks Ltd of Chadwell Grange, Newport, before the pedigree Wyndford Holsteins herd was dispersed in 2017.

She was purchased by Errera after being chosen as a two-year-old by Holstein UK to represent the UK at the  2016 European Holstein Show in Colmar, France. She was named Grand Champion at Cremona in October 2019.

“This is obviously a major prize in Europe by a Shropshire-bred animal,” said David Maddocks. Although the Wyndford Herd was dispersed in 2017, many of the animals have gone on to win at major shows in the UK and Ireland, he added.

David’s son Richard is now in charge of the business. Today it focuses on potatoes and arable crops, with some land let out for salad production run by eldest son Philip. PDM grows and packs spinach and lettuce for some of the UK’s biggest retailers.

Since the dispersal sale, Philip has developed a pedigree Wagyu herd via embryos from around the world. The Wagyu are housed in the old dairy buildings.

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