Mark Knutsford of the United Kingdom and Thomas Ender of Switzerland will be in the ring as judges at His Highness’s show on November 4-5. This year it will be held for the first time at the Leeuwarden WTC Expo.
Both judges are not entirely unfamiliar with this offering for HollandHolsteinHerds (HHH). This spring, the duo judged the judging video for the Young Breeders Challenge, in which each jury member was responsible for three divisions.
Mark Knutsford is from Cheshire and owns with his wife Susan Riverden Holstein, who milks 230 cows. They have shown their cows at many shows in the UK and won many titles. This year he will judge cut, finesse and composition at Friday’s Young Breeders Show. He will order Holstein cows on Saturday.
Thomas Ender and his brother own Helender Holsten in Switzerland. A large portion of the 35 red and black Hellender cows go to shows regularly. In addition to the in-house company, Thomas is a part-time Senior Inspector at Swiss Stud Book.
He has refereed in several European countries and will now be active in the ring for the first time in the Netherlands. On their farm they strive to have balanced, typical and toned cows with the best udder. He’s also looking for this in the red and white cows he’s going to judge on the HHH show. On Friday, the Red and White Jury of Young Breeders is judged.
Albertine Racer Palthe is responsible for judging toilet use and presentation in the junior classes. She runs the Het Teussink dairy farm in De Lutte with her husband, Gert-Jan, and their two children. The animals were flown to several European breeding companies and presented at fairs and auctions. She also co-founded HHH-Young Breeders. She has judged on a number of regional show competitions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Slovenia.
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