Making History in Toronto

Holstein breeder Claire Swale from Lancashire, will make history this month when she becomes the first person from the UK to judge at the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair (RWAF) in Toronto.

Claire will officiate in the showmanship classes of the 39th TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic, which has drawn more than 400 entries from throughout Canada.

Involved in the pedigree business since an early age, Claire registers and owns 40 Holsteins under her own Heavenly prefix, and runs a successful export business, specialising in buying and selling cattle and embryos for clients around the world.

Claire has judged showmanship and conformation classes throughout the UK, in addition to Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Switzerland.  

Passionate about the youth of the industry, Claire said she was excited, honoured and looking forward to the opportunity of working with Canada’s 4-H members – who will have all qualified at regional and county level to compete at the RWAF final.  

“It really is a tremendous honour to be invited back after acting as associate judge in 2017,” Claire said. “The level of competition in Toronto is world class, which reflects the ongoing success of Canada’s 4-H programme.”

Claire will be joined in Semex’s Ring of Excellence on Monday, November 5 by her associate judge, Steve Fraser, of Fraeland Farms.