All-Britain judging task for NI breeder
Highly acclaimed pedigree dairy enthusiast, Ashley Fleming from Seaforde, County Down, has been selected to judge the Holstein calf section at next week’s All-Britain Calf Show.
The two-day event takes place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10.
Ashley Fleming developed his life-long passion for pedigree dairy cattle at an early age. He was the youngest person in the United Kingdom to be elevated to the judging panel of both the Jersey and Holstein societies.
Over the years he has judged at numerous local and national shows, and is recognised throughout Europe and further afield as one of the UK’s leading Holstein and Jersey judges. Major judging assignments in the black and white world have included the Gold Cup, the interbreed dairy championship at Agri-Scot, the Space Show in France, the Euro Genetic Show in France, Millstreet Dairy Show in Cork, and the Baileys All-Ireland Dairy Cow Championship.
Ashley Fleming is a past chairman of the Jersey Cattle Society. His reputation as a top Jersey breeder and stockman has taken him throughout the world. In 2009 he judged the breed entry at International Dairy Week, held at Tatura Park in Victoria, Australia. Billed as the largest dairy cattle show in the southern hemisphere, the event ranks close behind World Dairy Expo and the Toronto Winter Fair.
The Fleming Family’s noted Potterswalls Jersey herd, which was established in 1970, comprises of 80 VG and EX cows. It has scooped many championship awards at local shows, and has won the Jersey Society’s national UK herds competition on three occasions.
Ashley Fleming has been involved in the cattle breeding world all his working life. In 2007 he was appointed Business Development Manager of Cogent.
He is married to Lynda, and the couple have three children, all of whom are enthusiastic about pedigree cattle.
Over the years Ashley Fleming has been instrumental in the development of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club. HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson said:”As a club we are deeply indebted to Ashley. He has given up his time on numerous occasions to coach our young judges. Ashley has a vast knowledge of the Holstein breed, and has played a vital role in helping our young members to develop their stock judging and reason giving skills.”
“The All-Britain Calf Show is a major event in the calendar for Holstein Young Breeders’ throughout the UK. We didn’t hesitate to nominate Ashley Fleming for the task. “
Ashley Fleming said he was looking forward to next week’s judging task. “I would like to thank the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club for putting my name forward. I am honoured to have been invited to judge this prestigious event. “