May 2014: Glaslough Holstein duo wins Balmoral accolades
Following their success at the Irish National Holstein Show in March, County Monaghan brothers David and Kenny Boyd returned to Northern Ireland to scoop the supreme and reserve championship awards at the 146th Balmoral Show
Claiming the supreme overall award was the fourth calver Glaslough Miss Petra EX91, a Mr Minister daughter bred from Glaslough Lyster Petal EX94. She was described by Welsh judge Michael George, from the 1200-cow Brynhyfryd herd, as a phenomenal cow. “This is a very special cow. She is average sized, with so much length and quality, and her udder is welded on.”
Glaslough Miss Petra is one of 50-cows in the herd, and was reserve champion at last month’s Emerald Expo in Kilkenny. Calved in January and giving 55 litres, she is projected to do 11,500kgs.
Runner-up was the production class winner Glaslough Goldwyn Bret EX93. “This fifth calver has produced 55,000kgs and follows very close behind the day’s champion. She is a similar type of cow, well balanced and full of quality with a great udder,” added the judge, who was impressed with the show, now in its second year at Balmoral Park.
“It has been an impressive show of Holsteins, and I’m privileged to have had the honour of judging. The prize winners in each class demonstrate strength, balance and dairyness. “
Glaslough Miss Petra also secured the reserve dairy interbreed title; and was joined by herd made Glaslough Goldwyn Bret, to scoop the dairy interbreed pairs award.
Martin Millar, and father Cyril, from Coleraine, lifted the honourable mention award with Willsbro Atlas Maeve EX91. This third calver is by MD Delight Durham Atlas ET, and out of Portvale Gibson Maeve. She was purchased at the Willsbro sale for 5,000gns in 2010.
The December 2011 born Wiltor Atwood Sharon from Conor McAulfield’s 160-cow Lissue herd at Lisburn, won the junior championship award. Calved in mid-February, she is projected to do over 12,000kgs in her heifer lactation. Sired by Maple Downs Atwood, she was purchased for 8,000gns at Holstein UK’s Genetic Elite Sale in 2012, and has brothers in AI.
Michael George added: ”This is just what I’m looking for in a milk heifer. She is youthful and has a snug udder with great veination, and certainly boasts tremendous potential for the future.”
Runner-up in the junior championship was the home-bred Printshop Ross Gillian 29 VG87, a November 2011 born Plain O Durham Ross daughter exhibited by breed club chairman Gaston Wallace, and son John, Nutt’s Corner.
“This is another lovely heifer, boasting a snug udder, length, and a hard top.” She calved in December and is producing 44kgs daily.
Results from the judging ring…
Heifer, under eighteen-months-old – 1, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Damion Breeze by ERB Acres Damion; 2, Wilson Patton, Ards Alexander Tiffany by Golden Oaks Alexander; 3, Iain McLean and Family, Priestland Shot J Rose ET by Picston Shottle.
Heifer, between eighteen-months and three-years-old -1 , Iain McLean and Family, Priestland 5446 Braxton Lucia by Regancrest S Braxton.
Cow, in-calf not less than five-months – 1, Gaston Wallace, Maineview Talent Peggy by Ladino Park Talent.
Heifer in-milk, born after 01/11/11 – 1, Conor McAufield, Wiltor Atwood Sharon by Maple Downs Atwood; 2, Gaston Wallace, Printshop Ross Gillian 29 by Plain-O Durham Ross; 3, Sam McCormick, Hilltara Windbrook Maude 3 by Gillette Windbrook.
Heifer in-milk, born before 31/0/11, having had not more than one calving – 1, Philip and Simon Haffey, Berryholme G Jordan Flo by Gillette Jordan; 2, Sam McCormick, Hilltara Fever Maude 5 by Crackholm Fever; 3, George and Jason Booth, Clongowes Atwood Thelma by Maple Downs I GW Atwood.
Cow in-milk, having had two calvings – 1, Philip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Shottle JG Gail by Picston Shottle; 2, Cyril and Martin Millar, Picston Spitfire Baby 5 by Riverdane Spitfire; 3, Sam McCormick, Hilltara Monsoon Lulu by Hilltara Monsoon.
Cow in-milk, having had three calvings – 1, Cyril and Martin Millar, Willsbro Atlas Maeve by MD Delight Durham Atlas; 2, Sam McCormick, Hilltara Damion Maude 5 by ERB Acres Damion; 3, Wilson Patton, Lomond Damion Ashlyn.
Cow in-milk, having had four or more calvings – 1, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Petra by Mr Minister; 2, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Goldwyn Bret by Braedale Goldwyn; 3, Sam McCormick, Hilltara Charles Della by Hilltara Charles.
Cow, with a certified production not less than 50 tonnes – 1, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Goldwyn Bret by Braedale Goldwyn; 2, Sam McCormick, Hilltara Goldwyn Tippy by Braedale Goldwyn.
Pair, property of exhibitor -1, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Petra and Glaslough Goldwyn Bret; 2, Sam McCormick, Hilltara Charles Della EX93 and Hilltara Damion Maude 5 VG89; 3, Cyril and Martin Millar, Willsbro Atlas Maeve and Picston Spitfire Baby 5.
David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough, receive the trophy for the supreme champion at Balmoral Show from Holstein UK president Jimmy Wilson. Glaslough Miss Petra VG89 was shown by Gary Jones.
Pictured at the presentation to the supreme champion Holstein at Balmoral Show are Sam Rooney, John Thompson and Sons, sponsor; judge Michael George, Wales; David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough; and handler Gary Jones.
Brendan Greenan exhibited the reserve champion Glaslough Goldwyn Bret EX.
Honourable mention award winner was Willsbro Atlas Maeve owned by Martin, Cathy, Charlie and Bella Millar, Coleraine.
A line-up of second calvers at Balmoral Show.
Glaslough won the award for the best pair of Holsteins and the interbreed dairy pairs prize.
John and Fiona Patterson, and son James, Crumlin, keep an eye on the Holstein judging at Balmoral Show.
Ashley, Sophia and Ellie Bingham, from Sevenmile Straight, Antrim, pictured at Balmoral Show.
Denis O'Neill on parade a Balmoral Show with the third calver Hilltara Damion Maude 5.
Charlie Millar from the Millars Holstein Herd, Coleriane
Balmoral Holstein steward Wilbert Rankin, Templepatrick.
Jane Steel keeps an eye on the judging at Balmoral.
Spectators around the showring at Balmoral Show.
Holstein enthusiasts Charlie and Bella Millar, with mum Cathy, from Coleraine.
Commentator Michael Taaffe keeps spectators informed at Balmoral.
Holstein breeder Philip Haffey, Portadown, at Balmoral Show.
Spectators around the showring at Balmoral Show.
Holstein enthusiats around the showring at Balmoral.
Sam Rooney, Thompsons, presents the runner-up dairy presentation award to Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace.
Exhibitors Iain McLean, Bushmills, and Jason Booth, Stewartstown.
Holstein UK president Jimmy Wilson, and classifier Meurig James, keep an eye on the judging at Balmoral Show.
Balmoral Holstein exhibitor Sam McCormick, and daughter Kate, from Bangor.
Balmoral Show Holstein judge Michael George, Wales