HERDS COMPETITION RESULTS 2010:
Hilltara hat-trick - McCormick family scoops Holstein NI’s premier herd title for third successive year
The McCormick family’s noted Hilltara herd has scored a hat-trick in Holstein NI’s Herds Inspection Competition, and remains firmly fixed at the top of the premiership league table for the third year in succession.
The results of the Ulster Bank-sponsored competition were announced at a presentation BBQ, held in Dungannon.
Judge, Mick Gould, who runs the 300-cow Woodmarsh Herd at Grange Farm in Shrewsbury, spent five days judging the entries in the senior and premier sections of the competition. He said:”I am very impressed with the overall standard of the herds presented. Although I had a difficult task, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Northern Ireland, and it has been a privilege to judge the 2010 Herds Inspection Competition.
“I have visited some super herds where I saw a lot of fantastic individual cows and heifers. I would also like to thank everyone for their warm welcome and hospitality.”
Mr Gould described the winning herd as outstanding. “This herd is in a league of its own, and should feature strongly in Holstein UK’s national competition. “
The 250-cow Hilltara herd was founded in 1985, and is managed on a daily basis by Sam and Trish McCormick, and son, John.
The McCormick family received an array of prizes from Ulster Bank’s senior agricultural manager, Cormac McKervey. These included best junior cow, best senior cow, best exhibitor-bred heifer, best exhibitor-bred cow, and best large herd in the premier section.
Hilltara Damion Maude 5 was crowned best overall exhibitor-bred heifer, while Hilltara Jordan Tury scooped the awards for the best overall senior cow and best overall exhibitor-bred cow. The prize for the best cow family group went to the Echo family at Hilltara.
The award for the best overall heifer went to Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2, owned by Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown. “This is the type of heifer that every breeder dreams of having, “ said Mick Gould.
Club chairman, John Patterson, and sons, James and Andrew, from Crumlin, won the award for the best overall junior cow. Their winning entry was the home-bred third calver, Ballyginniff Jasper Whiterose – interbreed champion at Balmoral, Ballymena and Armagh shows. “This is a super young cow, and was well presented by the Patterson boys,” added Mr Gould.
Iain McLean, Bushmills, claimed the award for the best bull progeny group.
The junior section of the Herds Inspection Competition was judged by Robert Wallace from Templepatrick. “I would like to thank Holstein NI for inviting me to judge this year’s competition. The competition was hotly contested and I enjoyed travelling throughout the Province to inspect the entrants’ herds. Thanks for everyone for the warm welcome and the opportunity to visit some great herds.”
Holstein NI chairman, John Patterson, thanked both judges for taking the time to officiate, and presented them with gifts as a token of the club’s appreciation. He also thanked Ulster Bank for its continued sponsorship of the Herds Inspection Competition.
John Martin, secretary of Holstein NI added:”The Herds Inspection Competition is an important event in the club’s annual calendar. This year’s competition was bigger and better than ever as it attracted an increased number of entries.”
Results of the 2010 Herds Inspection Competition include:
Best overall herd – 1, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor.
Best overall heifer – 1, Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2; 2, Iain McLean, Bushmills, Grantchester Goldwyn Nellie; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Damion Maude 5; 4, Wallace Gregg, Cloughmills, Weeton Bambam L Dolly; 5, Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, Ards Bolton Lou Ella; 6, Ian Watson, Macosquin, Majestic Shottle Leona.
Best overall exhibitor –bred heifer – 1, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Damion Maude 5; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Bolton Lou Ella; 3, Ian Watson, Majestic Shottle Leona.
Best overall junior cow – 1, John Patterson and Sons, Crumlin, Ballyginniff Jasper Whiterose; 2, Iain McLean, Priestland 4510 Axiom Dina; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Champion Echo; 4, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Talent J Ruth; 6, Wallace Gregg, Frocess Goldwyn Primrose; 6, Robert Shanks, Dunadry, Dunadry Talent Carmel 34.
Best overall senior cow – 1, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Jordan Tury; 2, Wallace Gregg, Frocess Leader Agnes; 3, Andrew Magowan, Rathfriland, Bannwater Igniter Sheba; 4, Stephen Haffey, Lurgan, Ridgefield Amy; 5, Jim and Charlotte Stevenson, Kilkeel, Newry Storm M Margaret; 6, Ian Watson, Majestic Igniter Tonya.
Best overall exhibitor-bred cow – 1, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Jordan Tury; 2, John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Jasper Whiterose; 3, Wallace Gregg, Frocess Leader Agnes.
Best bull progeny group – 1, Iain McClean, Weeton Jackson; 2, Austin and David Perry, Ahoghill, Cargin Del Close; 3, Beattie Lilburn, Dromore, Weeton Jericho; 4, Jim and Charlotte Stevenson, Edenordinary Starboy; 5, Gaston and John Wallace, Nutt’s Corner, Printshop Inquire; 6, James Lowe, Carryduff, Sandyvalley Bolton.
Best cow family group – 1, Sam and John McCormick, Echo Family; 2, Austin and David Perry, Roberta family; 3, Andrew Magowan, Sheba family; 4, Stephen Haffey, Ethel family; 5, Ian Watson, Janina family; 6, Sam and John McCormick, Maude family.
Best heifer – Philip and Simon Haffey, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2.
Best exhibitor-bred heifer – Stephen Haffey, Kilvergan Shottle Ethel.
Best junior cow, and best exhibitor-bred cow – John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Jasper Whiterose.
Best senior cow – Stephen Haffey, Ridgefield Amy.
Best small herd – 1, Philip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Herd, Portadown; 2, Kenneth Totten, Glenbank Herd, Glenavy; 3, Trevor Keatley, Aghyaran Herd, Castlederg; 4, Ivor Bloomfield, Moneyquin Herd, Armagh; 5, Moore McCurdy, Springsfarm Herd, Ballymoney; 6, John Berry, Skybrook Herd, Armagh.
Best medium herd – 1, Lewis McMurray, Matfield Herd, Banbridge; 2, John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Herd, Crumlin; 3, Connor Casey, Carnhill Herd, Cloughmills; 4, Jay Warden and Partners, Ballygrainey Herd, Bangor; 5, Adrian McAufield, Lissue Herd, Lisburn; 6, S Robinson, Cluntagh Herd.
Best large herd – 1, Stephen Haffey, Kilvergan Herd, Lurgan; 2, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Herd, Armagh; 3, James Lowe, Lowesdale Herd, Carryduff; 4, Kyle Henry, Crankey Herd, Newry; 5, Paddy Donnelly, Donmac Herd, Ardboe; 6, Thomas Martin, Ashmar Herd, Newtownards.
Best heifer – Iain McLean, Grantchester Goldwyn Nellie.
Best exhibitor-bred heifer – Iain McLean, Priestland Lancelot Lydia.
Best junior cow, and best exhibitor-bred cow – Iain McLean, Priestland 4510 Axiom Dina.
Best senior cow – Andrew Magowan, Bannwater Igniter Sheba.
Best small herd – 1, William Kerr, Fordwich Herd, Cloughmills; 2, Andrew Magowan, Bannwater Herd, Rathfriland; 3, Mark Truesday, Castletru Herd, Newcastle.
Best medium herd – 1, Iain McLean, Priestland Herd, Bushmills; 2, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Herd, Nutt’s Corner; 3, Mervyn Nelson, Tullylea Herd, Maguiresbridge.
Best large herd – 1, Dessie and Gary Reid, Drumbo Herd, Drumbo, Lisburn; 2, David and Alan Wallace, Abercorn Herd, Antrim; 3, Henry Thompson, Caddyview Herd, Randalstown.
Best heifer, and best exhibitor-bred heifer – Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Damion Maude 5.
Best junior cow – Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Champion Echo.
Best senior cow, and best exhibitor-bred cow – Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Jordan Tury.
Best small herd – 1, Ian Watson, Majestic Herd, Macosquin; 2, Jim and Charlotte Stevenson, Newry Herd, Kilkeel; 3, Jim Morrison and Sons, Inch Herd, Downpatrick.
Best medium herd – 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Herd, Bangor; 2, Wallace Gregg, Frocess Herd, Cloughmills; 3, Robert Shanks, Dunadry Herd, Dunadry, Co Antrim.
Best large herd – 1, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Herd, Newtownards; 3, Beattie Lilburn, Hycrest Herd, Dromore.