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CAUSEWAY CLASSIC 2009:

Reports by Richard Halleron and Julie Hazelton

Glaslough Charles Fancy catches the judges eye at Causeway Classic

Ivan and Louise Robinson, from Ballygowan in County Down, were the toast of Balmoral following their supreme championship victory at the Causeway Classic – an event organised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Black and White cattle breeding in the UK and Ireland.

The overall winner was Glaslough Charles Fancy, a fourth calver sired by Boulet Charles. She was bred originally by County Monaghan herd owners David and Kenny Boyd, and purchased by the Robinsons at Rory McCullough’s dispersal sale for a top price of €17,000. She was also awarded Best Udder in Show.

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The supreme overall champion at the Causeway Classic was Glaslough Charles Fancy, owned by Ivan and Louise Robinson, Ballygowan. Pictured at the presentation, are from left: David Tomlinson, judge, Keith Agnew, United Feeds, sponsor; Louise Robinson; David Gray, handler; Ivan Robinson; John Thornton, Alltech, sponsor: and Phillip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI.

Fancy’s victory did not come as a complete surprise as she had a tremendous year on the 2009 show circuit, winning the Irish Holstein Friesian Association Spring Fair, held in Co Kilkenny. This was followed by her second successive victory in the highly prestigious NISA/McLarnon’s Feeds Dairy Cow of the Year Championship. Glaslough Charles Fancy is a previous winner of the Royal Ulster Winter Fair, taking home this supreme accolade in 2007. The same year also saw her receive the reserve All-Britain award (third calver).

Father and daughter Ivan and Louise were presented with the Causeway Classic Trophy, a specifically designed piece of Tyrone Crystal. 

The Reserve Supreme Champion and exhibitor bred champion was the renowned cow Clandeboye Champion Willow EX93, owned by Clandeboye Estates, Bangor, and exhibited by herd manager, Mark Logan. Her show career includes champion at the Irish National Holstein Show in 2007 and 2008; breed and interbreed champion at Balmoral Show in 2008; and All-Britain third calver in 2008.

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The reserve supreme champion, and exhibitor-bred champion at the Causeway Classic, Balmoral, was Clandeboye Champion Willow, owned by Clandeboye Estates, Bangor. Pictured from left: David Tomlinson, judge; Keith Agnew, United Feeds, sponsor; Mark Logan, farm manager, Clandeboye; Carl Smith, handler; John Thornton, Alltech, sponsor; and Phillip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI.

The Honourable Mention in the championship line-up was awarded to Sam McCormick, and son, John, also from Bangor, with their excellent young cow Hilltara Jordan Maude. 

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The honourable mention in the championship line-up at the Causeway Classic was Hilltara Jordan Maude, owned by Sam and John McCormick, Bangor. Sponsors Keith Agnew, United Feeds, and John Thornton, Alltech, congratulated John McCormick. Included are judge, David Tomlinson; and Phillip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI.

The father and son team had a memorable day at the Causeway Classic, also scooping the reserve and honourable mention awards in the junior championship line-up; and the intermediate championship award, all with home-bred animals from the Hilltara herd.  The McCormick’s also took home the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards.

The junior championship went to southern Irish exhibitors, M and P Jones, who had made the journey from Gorey and County Wexford. Their winning entry was the much admired home-bred heifer, Hallow Lheros Indianink by Comestar Lheros.

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Gary Jones, Gorey, County Wexford, exhibited Hallow Lheros Indianink, the junior champion at the Causeway Classic. Pictured at the presentation are, representatives from Alltech and United Feeds with John Patterson, chairman, Holstein NI.

The reserve intermediate championship went to the father and son team of Phillip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, with the Braedale Goldwyn daughter, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2. She also lifted the award for the highest PLI in the show.

Honourable mention in the intermediate championship line-up went to Trevor Keatley from Castlederg, for his second prize winning Pursuit September Storm daughter, Aghyaran September Rae Red.

Judge David Tomlinson described the 15 cows that had made it through to the Supreme Championship class at the Causeway Classic as the best line up of Holstein animals he had seen this year.

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Phillip Haffey, left, chairman; and John Patterson, right, vice-chairman, Holstein NI, present gifts to Causeway Classic judges, Iwan Morgan and David Tomlinson.

“They all have tremendous balance, strength and dairy character,” he told the hundreds of spectators gathered around the show ring awaiting the final outcome of what had been an excellent two days of competition.
“Excellent feet and legs, good udders and tremendous udder attachments were other attributes of all the cattle taking part. But I have to go on what I think is the best cow on the day and Glaslough Charles Fancy just had that little edge on the others presented to me.”

He added: “I was very taken with a number of the younger cows taking part in the competition. I am sure that many of them will go on to become champion animals in their own right during the years ahead.”

Holstein NI has confirmed that the Causeway Classic was the largest pedigree dairy event ever held in Northern Ireland, boasting a prize fund in excess of 5,000.

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John Patterson, left, vice-chairman, Holstein NI, makes a presentation to Gaston Wallace, for his  contribution to the organisation and successful running of the Causeway Classic.

“The level of interest shown by breeders, North and South, was tremendous,” confirmed Holstein NI Chairman Philip Haffey.

“We received well over 350 entries with sixty plus breeders represented. This included Ayrshire and Jersey herdowners taking part in the calf competitions and young handlers’ classes. 

“But the Holstein Championship, which was the centrepiece of the two day event, attracted a record breaking entry in its own right with 110 calves and 120 cows taking part.”

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The reserve junior champion at the Causeway Classic was Hilltara Shottle Maude 2 owned by Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, and exhibited by Mike Halliwell. Adding their congratulations are John Patterson, vice-chairman, Holstein NI; and Sam Watson, United Feeds, sponsor.

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The honourable mention in the junior championship at the Causeway Classic was Hilltara Roy Tippy owned by Sam and John McCormick, Bangor. Pictured, from left: Derek Nelson, Alltech; John Patterson, vice-chairman, Holstein NI: John McCormick, owner; and Sam Watson, United Feeds.

 

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Causeway Classic surpasses all expectations

The Causeway Classic lived up to all its pre-billing with well over 800 people taking in the sights and sounds of the two-day event, held at the RUAS in Belfast.

The climax of the first evening was the Elite Heifer Sale which saw a first choice heifer calf from Bushmills’ breeder Iain McLean selling for 20,000 guineas - a record price for an unborn animal sold in the UK. The calf was bought by David McAfee from Ballymoney in County Antrim, owner of Glamour Holsteins.

The calf which is sired by Braedale Goldwyn, is bred from the world famous cow Oceania Ambrosia. David will be given the choice of three heifers, which will calve down in about three weeks’ time. The overall sale average was 4,500 guineas for 24 lots sold.

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Discussing the UK record price of 20,000gns. for an unborn heifer calf are vendors, Iain and John Burns McLean, Priestland Herd, Bushmills, with Willie Wilson, auctioneer, R A Noble and Co, Clogher; and Phillip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI. The record was set during the sale of elite Holstein genetics held at the Causeway Classic.

Meanwhile in the show rings, the judges were having a difficult time sorting out the winners in the various calf and showmanship classes, such was the consistency and quality of the calves and their handlers presenting before them.

“There was a tremendous entry of  Holstein stock entered for the various classes,” confirmed judge Iwan Morgan from Carmarthenshire in Wales.

“Dairy farmers in Northern Ireland are extremely lucky given the excellent bloodlines they can choose from at the present time.

The Causeway Classic was jointly sponsored by Alltech, United Feeds and Holstein UK.

“There was a tremendous entry of cattle in all the competition classes,” confirmed United Feeds’ director Dr Keith Agnew.

“We are delighted to have been associated with such a tremendous event. Holstein NI must be congratulated for the success of the Causeway Classic. It has taken a lot of hard work and effort to ensure that everything went according to plan over the two days.”

Alltech managing director John Thornton was equally enthusiastic in his praise for the Holstein NI management team.

“They have put on a tremendous event,” he added.

“The many hundreds of visitors coming to the RUAS had a unique opportunity to view some of the world’s best Holstein bloodlines. It is important that the Causeway Classic is now built on for the future.”

Holstein NI chairman Philip Haffey confirmed that the Causeway Classic had met every objective set for it by the club’s organising committee.

“We have been working on this project for over a year,” he further explained.

“A tremendous amount of work has been put in by a large number of people n making the Causeway Classic a reality. I would like to particularly thank our sponsors United feeds and Alltech for their tremendous support and commitment. It really was a collaborative effort.”

Holstein UK president Ken Proctor was in attendance for the two days of the Causeway Classic.

“The quality of the cattle taking part in the competition classes was excellent,” he commented.

“I was taken by the range of functional cattle of excellent type coming into the show ring. The future of Holstein breeding in Northern Ireland is in very safe hands!”    

 

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Wexford breeders scoop Holstein calf championship

County Wexford based Holstein breeders, Mervyn and Phillip Jones, had successful trip to the Causeway Classic, held at the RUAS Showgrounds. They were among five exhibitors from southern Ireland who made the journey to Belfast for the event.

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The champion Holstein calf at the Causeway Classic was Hallow Sept Storm Indianink shown by Gary Jones, Gorey, Co Wexford. Adding their congratulations are Derek Nelson, Alltech; and Richard Moore, John Thompson and Sons.

The father and son team from Gorey scooped the supreme championship and honourable mention titles in the Holstein calf show classes, kindly sponsored by John Thompson and Sons Ltd.

Their show stopper, and recipient of a specially commissioned commemorative Tyrone Crystal plate, was the home-bred Hallow Sept Storm Indianink. This October 2008 born heifer was sired by Pursuit September Storm, and is bred from an EX92 classified dam carrying the Lisduff prefix.

Welsh judge, Iwan Morgan, awarded the reserve championship to the second prize winning Hilltara Atlas Betsy, a November 2008 born heifer exhibited by Sam and John McCormick, Bangor. Sired by MD Delight Durham Atlas, she was bred from the EX classified Hilltara Outside Betsy – one of 250 cows at Hilltara– winner of the Premier Herd award in 2008 and 2009.

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Holstein NI chairman, Phillip Haffey, left, with sponsors, Gordon Donaldson and James Black, John Thompson and Sons, admiring the Tyrone Crystal plate for the champion Holstein calf at the Causeway Classic.

The honourable mention went to Hallow Lheros Monique, a September 2008 born Comestar Lheros daughter, also forward from Mervyn and Philip Jones.

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Gary Jones, Gorey, Co Wexford, with Hallow Lheros Monique, winner of the honourable mention in the Holstein calf section at the Causeway Classic, Balmoral. Presenting the award are John Patterson, vice-chairman, Holstein NI; and James Black, John Thompson and Sons Ltd.

Speaking after his judging stint, Iwan Morgan said:”It has been an honour and a pleasure for me to judge such as fantastic show. The number of entries, and the standard of cattle in each class have been exceptional. The champion is a very classy calf. She oozes style and poise, and is very correct and full of dairy character. “

Iwan Morgan also judged the Holstein showmanship classes which were sponsored by Ulster Bank.

The champion handler at the 2009 event was Louise Graham from the Moyrah herd based at Dromore, County Down. Reserve position went to John McCormick of the Hilltara herd in Bangor; while the honourable mention went to fitter, Andrew Kennedy from Ballymena.

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The champion handler in the Holstein section at the Causeway Classic was Louise Graham from Dromore. Making the presentation, are, from left: Hilary Wilson, HYB co-ordinator; Ewan Morgan, judge; and David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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John McCormick, Bangor, was the reserve champion handler in the Holstein section at the Causeway Classic. Adding their congratulations are, from left: Phillip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI; Ewan Morgan, judge; and David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, received an honourable mention in the Holstein handling competition at the Causeway Classic. Adding their congratulations are, David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor; Ewan Morgan, judge; and Phillip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI.

Results from the Holstein calf and showmanship classes include:

Calf, born on or after 1/2/09 – 1, Phillip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, Glasson Gold Ghost ET PI by Braedale Goldwyn; 2, Noel Willis, Portadown, Conncorr Talent Jodie Red by Ladino Park Talent; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Bolton Tippy 2 by Sandyvalley Bolton; 4, Louise Graham, Dromore, Moyrah Empire Gondula by 528 New World Empire.

Calf, born between 1/12/08 and 1/1/09 – 1, Noel Willis, Conncorr Shottle Roxy by Picston Shottle; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Roumare Patrice by Roumare; 3, Gaston and John Wallace, Nutt’s Corner, Printshop Empire Kassie 31 by New World Empire; 4, Phillip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Laramie Erle ET by Wedgewood Laramie.

Calf, born between 1/10/08 and 30/11/08 – 1, M and P Jones, Gorey, County Wexford, Hallow Sept Storm Indianink by Pursuit September Storm; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Atlas Betsy by MD Delight Durham Atlas; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Atlas Maude by MD Delight Durham Atlas; 4, Richard Whelan, Clonard, County Meath, Lumville Damion Chrissie by Erbacres Damion.

Calf, born between 1/8/08 and 30/9/08 – 1, M and P Jones, Hallow Lheros Monique by Comestar Lheros; 2, Noel Willis, Conncorr Dundee Merry 2 by Regancrest Dundee; 3, Wallace Gregg, Cloughmills, Frocess Rampage Maggie Red by Rosdedale 1 Rampage Red; 4, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Roy Tippy by Roylane Jordan.

Calf, born between 1/6/08 and 31/7/08 – 1, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Jasper Della by Wilcoxview Jasper; 2, Paul Dunn, Bangor, Dunbanard Dundee Wila by Regancrest Dundee; 3, Tommy Henry, Stranocum, Mostragee Ellie Red ET by Kian; 4, John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Duplex Papoose by Mesland Duplex.

Calf, born between 1/4/08 and 31/5/08 – 1, Seamus Shannon, Belturbet, County Cavan, Clonocey Lheros Jazz by Comestar Lheros; 2, Wallace Gregg, Frocess SK Queen by Smiddiehill Knightrider; 3, John Patteron and Sons, Ballyginniff Champion Willow by Calbrett IHH Champion; 4, Phillip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Shottle Kitty ET PI by Picston Shottle.

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An impressive line-up of Holstein calves at the Causeway Classic.

Handlers

Beginners class, under seven-years-old – 1, Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; 2, Zoe Warden, Bangor; 3, Amy Gregg, Cloughmills.

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First prize in the class for young handlers under seven-years-old went to Desmond McCorry from Aghalee. Adding their congratulations are Beattie Lilburn, steward; and David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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Amy Gregg, Cloughmills, won third prize in the young handlers’ class for beginners at the Causeway Classic.

Junior handler, under 12-years-old – 1, James Anthony McCorry, Aghalee; 2, Jonathan McCamley, Carrickfergus; 3, Matthew McLean, Bushmills.

Intermediate handler, aged between 13 to 15-years-old – 1, Hannah Lilburn, Domore; 2, Paul Shannon, Belturbet, County Cavan; 3, Jill Porter, Drumbo.

Senior handler, aged between 16 to 20-years-old – 1, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena; 2, Alan Porter, Drumbo; 3, Andrew Patton, Newtownards.

Mature handler, aged between 21 to 26-years-old -1, Louise Graham, Dromore; 2, John McCormick, Bangor; 3, Jonathan Lyons, Coleraine.

 

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