Mum and daughter shrug off TB crisis to take crown
FOR mother and daughter Kim and Laura Sales this year's Frome Cheese Show proved to be a brilliant one.
Both women from Midsomer Norton show dairy cattle from Bickfield Farm owned by the Durbin family. But for the past four years the farm has not been able to compete because of tuberculosis.
However on Saturday, Guernsey cow Bickfied Vanessa 37 was selected as the supreme dairy champion.
Mrs Sales said: "I have been showing cows for over 30 years for the Durbins so the last four years for me and particularly my daughter have been difficult but we have had the most brilliant show possible this year."
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Twenty-year-old Clare Miles of Witham Hall Farm is a fourth-generation farmer and home-breeds her champions. Once again she won an array of cups and rosettes for pedigree Holstein Witham Hall Artes Kitkat.
Competitors normally arrive the day before at the makeshift sheds on the Bunns Lane site where they stay overnight to ensure their animals are in the best possible condition for the judges the following day.
The Knight family from Bristol have 100 cows and on Saturday British Blonde Celine was chosen as inter-breed champion. She brought along her twin calves Helen and Heledd.
The farmers arrived on Friday afternoon, when Sue Knight hosed down Celine in the pouring rain, sleeping in the tents overnight and sprucing her up so Celine looked in tip-top condition for the show.