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HERDS INSPECTION COMPETITION:

May 2016: Holstein herds inspection competition launched

Holstein Northern Ireland has launched its annual Herds Inspection Competition generously sponsored by Ulster Bank.

Club secretary John Martin said: ”Everyone who took part in last year’s competition will automatically be re-entered unless they advise me otherwise.”

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Launching Holstein NI's 2016 Herds Inspection Competition are, from left: club chairman John Berry; club secretary John Martin; and sponsor Conor McNeill, Ulster Bank.  Photograph: Columba O'Hare

“Club members who want to amend their entry or withdraw from the competition should notify me prior to the closing date on Wednesday 25th May. We also look forward to welcoming entries from new members and those who haven’t participated in the competition for several years.

“A few changes have been implemented this year, and I would urge members to consult the entry form and schedule for a copy of the competition’s updated rules. “

Holstein NI chairman John Berry added:”This competition is growing from strength-to-strength and we are indebted to Ulster Bank for its continued commitment.”

Ulster Bank awards will be presented to the best small, medium and large herds in the premier, senior and junior herd categories. There are also prizes for the best individual animals, bull progeny groups, and the best cow family groups.

Due to the level of entries in the last number of years a second judge was introduced in 2009 to inspect herds in the junior section of the competition. More recently the club’s committee has opted to recruit a third judge for the senior section to ensure the prompt and efficient judging of the competition.

The junior herds will be judged during the week commencing Monday 30th May by Philip Haffey from the Glasson Herd based at Portadown.

Entries in the senior section of the competition will come under the expert eye of Jim Morrison, Inch Genetics, Downpatrick, with judging scheduled to commence on Tuesday 7th June.

The premier section of the 2016 herds inspection competition will be judged by Mark Logan from the noted Clandeboye Herd, Bangor. Judging of the premier section will commence on Monday 20th June.

John Martin concluded:”The winner of the award for the best overall herd will go forward to represent Northern Ireland in Holstein UK’s National Premier Pedigree Herd Competition. “

The entry fee is 20 per herd, and bull progeny and cow family groups can be entered at an additional cost of 10 each. All herds must be officially milk recorded.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the club’s website: www.holstein-ni.co.uk. Alternatively, text or telephone club secretary John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128. The closing date for entries is Wednesday  25th May 2016.

July 2014: Simlahill crowned ‘cream of the crop’

Holstein NI Herds Inspection Competition winners announced

The 180- cow Simlahill herd owned by Nicholas McCann, and father Jim, from Bangor, was crowned ‘cream of crop’ in Holstein NI’s annual herds inspection competition sponsored by Ulster Bank.

This is the second time in three years that the County Down-based herd has risen to the top of the Holstein premiership in Northern Ireland.

Founded in 1990 the Simlahill prefix has been developed with strong emphasis on type and longevity, and prolific cow families include Danoise, Georgina, Oralie and Willow. AI is used exclusively across the herd, with sires such as Windbrook, Doorman, Dempsey and Picston Shottle featuring in the breeding policy.

Milked twice daily, the herd boosts a 305-day average of 10,600kgs per cow at 3.92% butterfat and 3.24% protein. The Simlahill herd is one of the top classified herds in the British Isles, and recently received a Master Breeder accolade from Holstein UK. Current classifications include 68 EX and 80 VG animals, with the reminder of the herd ranked as Good Plus.

Speaking at the presentation of awards, Welsh judge Michael George described the Simlahill herd as incredible. ”This herd oozes quality and consistency throughout. The cows are all of a similar type, with large frames, dairy character and super udders.”

Mr George who runs the noted 1,200-cow Brynhyfryd herd in Harverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, was on his second visit to Northern Ireland in six weeks. “I judged Balmoral Show in May, and it is an honour to be back judging the herds inspection competition.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself and the hospitality has been excellent. Every herd I visited had a lot to offer, and I’ve seen some great individual cows and heifers. The competition was very close in all of the categories.”

The Ulster Bank-sponsored herds inspection competition continues to attract an unprecedented number of entrants annually. This year separate judges were appointed for each category of the competition – junior, senior and premier herds.

The junior section was judged by Jim Morrison from the Inch herd in Downpatrick. He was well qualified for the role, as the Inch prefix won the premier section six times during the 1990s and early 2000s. The Inch prefix is the only herd to have won the UK award twice in succession (2002 and 2003).

“During my four-day judging stint I saw over 4,000 cows, and visited some excellent family farms. I was very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the younger breeders, and this bodes well for the future of the Holstein breed in Northern Ireland.”

Jim Morrison continued: ”I was looking for a balanced herd, and dairy cows with sound locomotion, good udders and the ability to produce milk.”

Officiating in the senior section was Brian Mawhinney from the noted Laurelhill herd at Doagh, Ballyclare. He thanked the entrants for their hospitality, and praised the quality of the herds he had visited during his whistle-stop tour of the province.

“I was particularly impressed with the Dillon herd, winner of the large herd category. This is a massive herd, consistent throughout, and a credit to brothers Noel and Trevor Muldrew. “

Ulster Bank’s Cormac McKervey said he was delighted to be associated with the competition. He congratulated the winners and said:” Dairy farmers are a credit to the industry, and are the powerhouse of the economy in Northern Ireland.”

Concluding club chairman Gaston Wallace thanked the judges and presented them with a token of the club’s appreciation. He also thanked Ulster Bank for its continued financial support; and the Perry family – Austin, David and Beatrice, who hosted the farm walk and awards presentation evening at their Killane herd, Ahoghill.

Around 200 people attended the event, and the refreshments were generously sponsored by Devenish Nutrition.

Best overall herd: Simlahill, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Bangor.

JUNIOR SECTION:

Best small herd – 1, Ivor Bloomfield, Moneyquin, Armagh; 2, Richard Charles, Beltonanean, Cookstown; 3, John Berry, Skybrook, Armagh; 4, Seamus Gunn, Ernevale, Derrylin; 5, Ivan Williamson, Lisrawglen, Banbridge; 6, Roy McLean, Sitalane, Straid.

Best medium herd – 1, Mervyn McGimpsey, Towerview, Newtownards; 2, David McNaugher, Mullagher, Aghadowey; 3, T and P Dunn, Dunbanard, Bangor; 4, Conor Casey, Carnhill, Cloughmills; 5,  FJ and JT Henning, Cornagrally; 6, G and M O’Hagan, Bavan, Mayobridge.

Best large herd – 1, Martin Millar, Millars, Coleraine; 2, Bolton Bros, Carrickfarm, Maghera; 3, W Gordon, Annalong , Annalong; 4, Steven Robinson, Cluntagh, Crossgar; 5, James Lowe, Lowesdale, Carryduff; 6, Will Corrie, Drumhill, Newtownards.

Best heifer – 1, Martin Millar, Millars Alexander Maeve 2; S and J Lyons, Skerryview Rev Lamona; 3, Bolton Bros, Carrickfarm Glen Belle; 4, Seamus Gunn, Ernevale Shottle Mydeal; 5, Conor Casey, Carnhill Lavanguard Erma; 6, John Berry, Skybrook Fever Roxie.

Best exhibitor-bred heifer – 1, Martin Millar, Millars Alexander Maeve 2; S and J Lyons, Skerryview Rev Lamona; 3, Bolton Bros, Carrickfarm Glen Belle; 4, Seamus Gunn, Ernevale Shottle Mydeal; 5, Conor Casey, Carnhill Lavanguard Erma; 6, John Berry, Skybrook Fever Roxie.

Best junior cow – 1, Bolton Bros, Carrickfarm Lewis Amey; 2, Martin Millar, Willsbro Allen Maeve; 3, T and P Dunn, Dunbanard D Damion Julie 2; 4, W Gordon, Veneriete Goldwyn Ida 27; 5, Will Corrie, Drumhill Miles Rachel; 6, John Berry, Skybrook Bolivia Royalty.

Best senior cow – 1, Richard Charles, Beltonanean Duplex Rosanne; 2, Conor Casey, Carnhill Shottle J Erma; 4, Mervyn McGimpsey, Towerview Lucente Flower 27; 4, T and P Dunn, Dunbanard Sam Phyliss 3; 5, T and J Martin, Ashmar Convincer Sahat; 6, W Gordon, Laurelhill Roxcell Fay.

Best exhibitor-bred cow – 1, Richard Charles, Beltonanean Duplex Rosanne; 2, Conor Casey, Carnhill Shottle J Erma; 3, Bolton Bros, Carrickfarm Lewis Amey.

Best cow family – 1, Richard Charles, Roxanne; 2, Conor Casey, Erma; 3, S and J Lyons, Solace; 4, Bolton Bros, Amey; 5, Trevor Keatley, Rae; 6, Millars, Maeve.

Best bull progeny group – 1, Bolton Bros, Regancrest Mr Drham Sam; 2, G and M O’Hagan, Bavan Klumper; 3, Denis Foreman, Joylan Gladiator 3; 4, Millars, Derrydorragh Injury Time; 5, Roy McLean, Dalbytop Phil; 6, FJ and JT Henning, Ballycrochan Lighting.

SENIOR SECTION:

Best small herd – 1, Kenneth Totten, Glenbank, Glenavy; 2, William Hunter, Lisnacloon, Castlederg; 3, Andrew Magowan, Bannwater, Rathfriland; 4, Sam Wallace, Craigdoo, Broughshane.

Best medium herd – 1, Denis and Mark Belock, Ivy, Crumlin; 2, Dermot Johnston, Deona, Magherafelt; 3, John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff, Crumlin; 4, Harper Doupe, Tannaghlane, Caledon.

Best large herd – 1, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon, Armagh; 2, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop, Nutt’s Corner; 3, W Morrow, Harmonyhill, Newtownards.

Best heifer – 1, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Ross Gillian; 2, John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Windbrook Cindy 2; 3, WT Morrow, Harmonyhill Stanleycup Lavender; 4, William Hunter, Lisnacloon Sid Iris; 5, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Money Rose; 6, Andrew Mawgowan, Bannwater Saratoga Sheba.

Best exhibitor-bred heifer – 1, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Ross Gillian; 2, John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Windbrook Cindy 2; 3, W Morrow, Harmonyhill Stanleycup Lavender; 4, William Hunter, Lisnacloon Sid Iris; 5, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Money Rose; 6, Andrew Mawgowan, Bannwater Saratoga Sheba.

Best junior cow- 1, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Ferrari Belle; 2, John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Goldwyn Cindy 2; 3, Kenneth Totten, Glenbank Shottle Diane; 4, Andrew Magowan, Bannwater Fuery Country; 5, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Shottle Margot; 6, William Hunter, Lisnacloon Talent Iris.

Best senior cow – 1, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Leader Dreamgirl; 2, Denis and Mark Belock, Ivy Kian Ruby; 3, Dermot Johnston, Deona Jurmel Roxy; 4, Andrew Magowan, Bannwater Allen Sheba; 5, William Hunter, Lisnacloon Leros Iris; 6, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Cindy.

Best exhibitor-bred cow – 1, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Leader Dreamgirl; 2, Denis and Mark Blelack, Ivy Kian Ruby; 3, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Ferrari Belle.

Best cow family – 1, William Hunter, Amy; 2, Andrew Magowan, Sheba; 3, Kenneth Totten, Joanna; 4, Gaston and John Wallace, Cindy; 5, W Morrow, Mary.

Best bull progeny group – 1, Kenneth Totten, Picston Shottle; 2, Dermot Johnston, Picston Shottle; 3, John Patterson and Sons, Braedale Goldwyn; 4, Gaston and John Wallace, Dunbanard Goldenballs; 5, William Hunter, Comestar Lheros; 6, W Morrow, Weeton Octane.

PREMIER SECTION:

Best small herd – 1, David and Austin Perry, Killane, Ahoghill; 2, Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic, Coleraine; 3, Iain and Joyce McLean, Priestland, Bushmills; 4, Alan Patterson, Herdstown, Donaghadee; 5, WR Graham, Moorcastle, Kells.

Best medium herd – 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill, Bangor; 2, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield, Banbridge; 3, Wallace Gregg, Frocess, Cloughmills; 4, Jay Warden, Ballygrainey, Bangor; 5, A and S Brown, Moneyhaw, Moneymore.

Best large herd – 1, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards, Newtownards; 2, Desi and Gary Reid, Drumbo, Lisburn; 3, David and Alan Wallace, Abercorn, Antrim; 4, Norman McCollum, Bellemont, Coleraine; 5, S Haffey and Sons, Kilvergan, Lurgan.

Best heifer – 1, H Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Lou Ella; 2, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Fever Dora; 3, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Charmer; 4, Alan Patterson, Herdstown Struik Zwartina; 5, David and Alan Wallace, Abercorn Loader Elegance; 6, Iain and Joyce McLean, Priestland Shottle J Rose.

Best exhibitor-bred heifer – 1, H Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Lou Ella; 2, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Fever Dora; 3, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Charmer; 4, Alan Patterson, Herdstown Struik Zwartina; 5, David and Alan Wallace, Abercorn Loader Elegance; 6, Iain and Joyce McLean, Priestland Shottle J Rose.

Best junior cow – 1, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Willsbro Sanchez Hazel; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Ellrod R Ruth; 3, Norman McCollum, Bellemont Matson Kath; 4, Alan Patterson, Herdstown Bolton Zwartina; 5, Iain and Joyce McLean, Priestland 4925 Shot Bedazzle; 6, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Shottle Hispira.

Best senior cow – 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Outside Dallas; 2, S Haffey and Sons, Kilvergan Shottle Bessie; 3, Norman McCollum, Bellemont Baxter Phyl; 4, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Jasper 19th; 5, Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic Shottle Licorice; 6, Jay Warden, Ards Jango Ruth.

Best exhibitor-bred cow- 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Outside Dallas; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Ellrod R Ruth; 3, Norman McCollum, Bellemont Matson Kath.

Best cow family – 1, Harry Patton and Sons, Rosita; 2, Alan Patterson, Zwartina; 3, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Melanie; 4, David and Austin Perry, Roberta; 5, Ian and Kenny Watson Roxette; 6, David and Alan Wallace, Shirley.

Best bull progeny group – 1, S Haffey and Sons, Picston Shottle; 2, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Picston Shottle; 3, Norman McCollum, Regancrest Altaiota; 4, Alan Patterson, Sandy Valley Bolton; 5, Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic Amazon; 6, A and S Brown, Pinetree Sid.

Pictures: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography

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Ulster Bank's Cormac McKervey presents the award for best exhibitor-bred cow in the premier section to Nicholas McCann, Bangor.

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Jim and Nicholas McCann, Bangor, were the overall winners of Holstein NI's herds inspection competition. They were congratulated by judge Michael George, Wales; and sponsor Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank.

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an McMurray, centre, Banbridge, receives the award for the best junior cow in the premier section from Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor; and judge Michael George, Wales.

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David Haffey, Lurgan, receives the award for the best bull progeny group in the premier section from Welsh judge Michael George, and sponsor Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank.

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The Patton family from Newtownards, Wilson, Andrew, Daniel, Wallace and Matthew, collected an array of awards in the premier section of Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition. They are pictured with Welsh judge Michael George, and Ulster Bank's Cormac McKervey.

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Martin Millar, Coleraine, won the awards for the best large herd, best heifer, and best exhibitor-bred heifer in the junior section. He was congratulated by sponsor Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank.

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Judge Jim Morrison, Downpatrick, and Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, present the awards for the best junior cow and best bull progeny group in the junior section to William Bolton, Maghera.

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Senior section prize winners Gaston Wallace, Nutt's Corner, and Trevor Muldrew, Armagh, were congratulated by judge Brian Mawhinney, Doagh; and sponsor Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank.

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The Charles family, Richard, Gail, William and Samuel from Cookstown, won several awards in the junior section. Included are Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor; and judge Jim Morrison, Downpatrick.

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Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor, and Welsh judge Michael George, present the award for the best small herd in the premier section to David and Beatrice Perry, Ahoghill.

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Kenneth Totten, Glenavy, winner of the senior section's cow family award, and Nicola Henderson, representing William Hunter, Castlederg, winner of the best bull progeny group. The prizes were handed over by Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, and judge Brian Mawhinney, Doagh

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Senior section prize winners, Kenneth Totten, best small herd, Trevor Muldrew, best large herd; and Mark Blelock, best medium herd, with judge Brian Mawhinney, Doagh; and sponsor Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank.

July 2013: Matfield wins Holstein NI’s premiership award

The McMurray family’s 180-cow Matfield herd has been crowned winner of Holstein NI’s annual Ulster Bank-sponsored herds inspection competition.

The prizes were presented by Ulster Bank’s Cormac McKervey and Philip Hill at an awards ceremony and BBQ, held in Dungannon Rugby Club.

The Banbridge-based herd was founded by Lewis McMurray in 1964, and now almost 50 years later is managed on a daily basis by sons Alan and Ian. Cows are currently producing an average 305-day yield of 10,300 kilos at 4.34% butterfat and 3.12% protein on a twice daily milking system.

Strong emphasis is placed on type and longevity, and proven sires featured in the breeding programme include Atwood, Sid, Fever, Sanchez, Darcy and Brendil. There are many top cow family’s at Matfield including Jasper, Ruella, Hazel and Melaine, with the herd currently boasting 39 EX and 75 VG cows, 26 of which are classified VG 2yr.

As well as claiming the top award in the premiership section of the hotly contested competition, the Matfield herd also secured several individual awards.  Willsboro Hazel Sanchez was named best overall heifer, while the home-bred Matfield Sanchez Melaine scooped the award for the best overall exhibitor-bred heifer.

Willsbro Hazel Sanchez was purchased at the Willsbro sale in 2010.  She was reserve champion heifer at the RUAS Winter Fair in December, and is projected to do over 12,600kgs in her first lactation. In-Calf to Atwood, she is due again in October.

The home-bred Matfield Sanchez Melaine is calved three months and giving 35kgs daily. Her dam, Smiddiehill Goldwyn Melaine, was runner-up for the best overall senior cow award. Purchased at the Smiddiehill dispersal, Melaine has had a tremendous impact on the County Down herd, with the Melaine family also winning the accolade for the best overall cow family.

Last year’s winner, the Simlahill herd of Nicholas and Jim McCann, based at Bangor, County Down, was runner-up in the 2013 competition.  The McCann’s lifted the prize for the best medium herd in the premier section, followed by the best overall senior cow and best overall exhibitor-bred cow awards with Simlahill Outside Dallas. Their Picston Shottle bull progeny group also impressed English judge John Lawson.

Mr Lawson who runs the noted Sweetings Herd in Lancashire said:”The Matfield herd simply took my breath away, but the Simlahill herd was a very close runner-up and a herd which also deserves a special mention in the competition.”

“The best overall heifer Willsbro Hazel Sanchez, although late in lactation, has power and strength and real dairyness. Another individual animal worthy of a mention was the best overall senior cow Simlahill Outside Dallas. Not the tallest by a long way, but probably the cow every milk producer is looking to breed. She has quality throughout with an udder just full of milk, and she carries it high and wide with a beautiful crease in the udder. She is the cow I would love to take home and put in my herd.”

The award for the best overall junior cow went to Sahara Goldwyn Ambrosia 4 from the Pepper family’s 350-cow herd at Quilly Farms, Dromore, County Down. This second calver was Holstein and interbreed champion at Balmoral Show in May. “This young cow oozes class and is a strong prospect for the future. She has a real hard top, shows oceans of style, and is carrying her milk high and wide.”

“Thanks to Holstein NI for the invitation to judge. I covered hundreds of miles in five days, and saw all sorts of systems from 30 cows to 600 cows. I was most impressed with the cow condition on some of the larger herds, whose feeding and management was equal to the top herds in the US, which I was fortunate enough to visit last October.

“Being a guy who milks my own cows twice daily, seven days a week, I was looking for cows that would fit today’s modern systems, particularly cows with width, mobility and udder capacity.”

Mr Lawson continued:”My commiserations to the breeders at the lower end, as it is no reflection of their management and breeding. Thanks also to my excellent stewards, and a special mention to the ladies for provision of superb hospitality throughout the duration of my visit.

“May I wish the Holstein breeders in Northern Ireland all the best for the future, and it is particularly pleasing to see the younger breeders which will guarantee that future.”

The junior section of the competition was judged by retired breeder Mervyn Johnston (Mullakippin), Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh. “Thanks to Holstein NI for its kind invitation. It was a wonderful experience and enjoyed every minute of it. I saw over 3,500 cows in a week, and visited some fantastic herds.”

The best heifer and best exhibitor-bred heifer in the junior section was Millars Sam Olla, owned by Martin Millar, Coleraine.

The best senior cow and best exhibitor-bred cow was Dillon Leader Dreamgirl, owned by brothers Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Armagh.

Award for the best bull progeny group went to a Comstar L’heros group in William Hunter’s Lisnacloon herd, Castlederg; while Seamus Gunn, Derrylin, won the award for the best cow family group with the Rosina family.

Holstein NI chairman Sam McCormick congratulated the winners, and thanked the judges for giving up their time to visit the herds in the competition. “Thanks also to the Meat Joint in Antrim, who supplied and part-sponsored the meat for the BBQ; and to Dungannon Rugby Club for the use of its facilities.

“A special word of thanks to our sponsors, Ulster Bank, for its continued support of our annual herds inspection competition.

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Junior herd judge Mervyn Johnston, Lisbellaw, receives a token of appreciation from Cormac McKevery, Ulster Bank, sponsor of the competition; and Sam McCormick, chairman, Holstein NI.

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Senior section winners, Brian Graham, Ballymena, best small herd; Jay Warden, Bangor, best medium herd; and Nathaniel McCollum, Coleraine, best large herd, receive their awards from Philip Hill, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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Sponsor Philip Hill, Ulster Bank; and judge Mervyn Johnston, Lisbellaw, congratulate junior section prize winners, Trevor Muldrew, Armagh, best large herd; Nicola Hunter, Castlederg, best small herd; and Mark Blelock, Aldergrove, best medium herd.

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Ulster Bank's Philip Hill and Cormac McKervey congratulate prize winners in the premier herd section, from left: Nicholas McCann, Bangor, best medium herd; Alan McMurray, Banbridge, best large herd; and David Perry, Ahoghill, best small herd.

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Philip Hill, left, Ulster Bank, sponsor, is pictured with bull progeny group award winners, Nicola Hunter, Castlederg, third; Nicholas McCann, Bangor, first; and Wilson Patton, Newtownards, second.

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Cormac McKervey, second left, Ulster Bank, sponsor, congratulates cow family group award winners, David Perry, Ahoghill, third; Alan McMurray, Banbridge, first; and Wilson Patton, Newtownards, second.

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Seamus Gunn, Derrylin, won the award for the best cow family group in the junior section of Holstein NI's herds inspection competition. He received his award from Ulster Bank's Cormac McKervey.

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Premier section winners, Rachel McMurray, Banbridge, best heifer and best exhibitor-bred heifer awards; Timothy Haffey, Lurgan, best junior cow; and Nicholas McCann, Bangor, best senior cow and best exhibitor-bred cow awards. Presenting the prizes is Philip Hill, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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Junior section award winners, Neal Pepper, Quilly Farms, Dromore, best junior cow; with brothers Andrew and Matthew Muldrew, Armagh, best senior cow and best exhibitor-bred cow awards. Included is Ulster Bank's Philip Hill.

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Cormac McKervey, second left, Ulster Bank, congratulates prize winners, from left: Nicholas McCann, Bangor, best overall senior cow; Neal Pepper, Dromore, best overall junior cow; and Samuel McMurray, Banbridge, best overall heifer and best overall exhibitor-bred heifer.

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The McMurray family from the Matfield Herd, Banbridge, Alan, Samuel, Rachel and Lauren, won Holstein NI's 2013 Herds Inspection Competition. They were congratulated by Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

Results round-up…

Best overall Herd: Matfield Herd, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Banbridge. Runner-up: Simlahill Herd, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Bangor.

Best overall heifer: 1, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Willsbro Hazel Sanchez; 2, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Sanchez Melanie; 3, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Destry Melanie; 4, Norman McCollumn, Bellemont Amazing Anita; 5, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Kestrel Gillian 27; 6, Kenneth Totten Glenbank Shottle Suzie G.

Best overall exhibitor-bred heifer: 1, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Sanchez Melanie; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Destry Minnie; 3, Bellemont Amazing Anita.

Best overall junior cow: 1, Quilly Farms, Sahara Goldwyn Ambrosia 4; 2, TS Haffey and Sons, Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2; 3, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Jasper 19; 4, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Jasper Wanda; 5, Austin and David Perry, Killane Amazon Flora 15; 6, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Zenith SJ Ruth.

Best overall senior cow: 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Outside Dallas; 2, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Smiddiehill Goldwyn Melanie; 3, Norman McCollum, Bellemont Baxter Artic; 4, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Leader Dreamgirl; 5, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Zenith Rosita.

Best overall exhibitor-bred cow: 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Outside Dallas; 2, TS Haffey and Sons, Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2; 3, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Jasper 19.

Best bull progeny group: 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Picston Shottle; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Sandy Valley Bolton; 3, William Hunter, Comestar Lheros; 4, Desi and Gary Reid, Emerald Acres SA Baxter; 5, Norman McCollum, Emerald Acres SA Baxter; 6, William Robert Graham, Picston Shottle.

Best cow family group: 1, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Melanie; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Rosita; 3, Austin and David Perry, Roberta; 4, Seamus Gunn, Rosina; 5, Ian and Kenny Watson, Roxie; 6, Dermot Johnston, Roxie.

JUNIOR SECTION:

Small Herd – 1, William Hunter, Lisnacloon Herd, Castlederg; 2, Seamus Gunn, Ernevale Herd, Derrylin; 3, Trevor Keatley, Aghyaran Herd, Castlederg; 4, John Berry, Skybrook Herd, Armagh; 5, Ivor Broomfield, Moneyquin Herd, Armagh; 6, Richard Woolsley, Ballydrum Herd, Toome.

Medium Herd – 1, Denis and Mark Blelock, Ivy Herd, Crumlin; 2, Conor Casey, Carnhill Herd, Cloughmills; 3, Mervyn McGimpsey, Towerview Herd, Newtownards; 4, Trevor Henning, Cornagrally Herd, Loughgilly 5, Gavin O’Hagan, Bavan Herd, Mayobridge; 6, David Simpson, Hillhall Herd, Lisburn.

Large Herd – 1, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Herd, Armagh; 2, Will Corrie, Drumhill Herd, Newtownards; 3, Martin Millar, Millars Herd, Coleraine; 4, Kyle Henry, Crankey Herd, Jerretspass; 5, Bolton Bros, Carrickfarm Herd, Maghera; 6, Thomas and Jane Martin, Ashmar Herd, Newtownards.

Best heifer:  1, Martin Millar, Millars Sam Olla; 2, Conor Casey, Carnhill Hayden Ruby; 3, Seamus Gunn, , Ernevale Jasper Rosina; 4, Stephen Robinson, Croagh Petrile; 5, Jonny Lyons, Ards Jeeves Sara; 6, Thomas and Jane Martin, Ashmar Damion Vision.

Best exhibitor-bred heifer: Martin, Millar, Millars Sam Olla.

Best junior cow: 1, Quilly Farms, Sahara Goldwyn Ambrosia 4; 2, Bolton Bros, Carrickfarm Anita; 3, Mervyn McGimpsey, Smiddiehill SS Sara; 4, Richard Woolsey, Ballydrum Laudin Trish.

Best senior cow: 1, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Leader Dreamgirl; 2, Trevor Keatley, Aghyaran SS Rae; 3, Gavin and Mairead O’Hagan, Bavan Clumper Babs; 4, Trevor Henning, Cornagrally Leduc Joyce; 5, Martin Millar, Millars Laudan Fay; 6, William Hunter, Lisnacloon Lheros Iris.

Best exhibitor-bred cow: Trevor and Noel Muldrew, Dillon Leader Dreamgirl.

Best bull progeny group – 1, William Hunter, Comestar Lheros; 2, Conor Casey, Wadel Hayden; 3, Seamus Gunn, Picston Shottle; 4, Martin Millar, Ladino Park Talent; 5, Trevor Henning, Ballycrochan Lighter; 6, Martin Millar, Sicy Knowledge.

Best cow family group – 1, Seamus Gunn, Rosina; 2, Bolton Bros, Anita; 3, Denis Foreman, Belfast, Averil; 4, Bolton Bros, Maisie; 5, Jonny Lyons, Coleraine, Avice.

SENIOR SECTION:

Small Herd – 1, William Robert Graham and Son, Moorcastle Herd, Ballymena; 2, Kenneth Totten, Glenbank Herd, Glenavy; 3, Sam Wallace, Craigdoo Herd, Ballymena.

Medium Herd – 1, Jay Warden, Ballygrainey Herd, Bangor; 2, Dermot Johnstown, Deona Herd, Magherafelt; 3, Harper Doupe, Tannaghlane Herd, Caledon.

Large Herd – 1, Norman McCollam, Bellemont Herd, Coleraine; 2, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Herd, Nutt’s Corner; 3, Morrow Bros, Harmonyhill Herd, Newtownards.

Best heifer: 1, Norman McCollum, Bellemont Amazing Anita; 2, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Kestrel Gillian 27; 3, Kenneth Totten, Glenbank Shottle Suzie G; 4, Jay Warden , Ballygrainey Sinbad Snowdrift; 5, WT Morrow and Sons, Harmonyhill Shottle Mary.

Best exhibitor-bred heifer: Norman McCollum, Bellemont Amazing Anita.

Best junior cow: 1, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Ferrari Belle 30; 2, William Robert Graham, Moorcastle Devoted Freda; 3, Jay Warden, Ballygrainey Jango Ruth.

Best senior cow: 1, Norman McCollum, Bellemont Baxter Artic; 2, William Robert Graham, Derrydorragh DC Roxette; 3, William Kerr, Fordwich Blackstar Agnes; 4, William Robert Graham, Moorecastle Rubens Spearmint; 5, WT Morrow and Sons, Harmonyhill Inquirer Salley; 6, Jay Warden, Ballygrainey Marie 127.

Best exhibitor-bred cow: Norman McCollum, Bellemont Baxter Artic.

PREMIER SECTION:

Small Herd – 1, Austin and David Perry, Killane Herd, Ahoghill; 2,  Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic Herd, Coleraine; 3, Alan Patterson, Herdstown Herd, Donaghadee.

Medium Herd – 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Herd, Bangor; 2, Iain McLean, Priestland Herd, Bushmills; 3, Geoffrey Patton, Carrowcroft Herd, Carrowdore.

Large Herd – 1, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Herd, Banbridge; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Herd, Newtownards; 3, Desi and Gary Reid, Drumbo Herd, Lisburn.

Best heifer: 1, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Willsbro Sanchez Hazel; 2, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Sanchez Melanie; 3, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Destry Minnie; 4, Mark Truesdale, Leagh Gold Pledge; 5, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Shottle Trix; 6, Iain McLean, Priestland Amazing Zoe.

Best exhibitor-bred heifer: Lewis McMurray, Matfield Sanchez Melanie.

Best junior cow: 1, TS Haffey and Sons, Kilvergan Duplex Ethel; 2, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Jasper 19; 3, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Jasper Wanda; 4, Austin and David Perry, Killane Amazon Flora 15; 5, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Zenith SJ Ruth; 6, Alan Patterson, Herdstown Bolton Zwartina.

Best senior cow: 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Outside Pallas; 2, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Smiddiehill Goldwyn Melanie; 3, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Zenith Rosina; 4, Austin and David Perry, Killane Amazon Tina 5; 5, Alan Patterson, Herdstown Sam Manor Duchess; 6, Iain McLean, Priestland 4963 Affirmed Rachel.

Best exhibitor-bred cow: Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Outside Dallas.

June 2013: Entry forms available for Holstein herds competition sponsored by Ulster Bank

Entry forms are now available for Holstein Northern Ireland’s annual Herds Inspection Competition which is generously sponsored by Ulster Bank.

Club secretary John Martin, said:”The competition schedule and entry forms are available to download from the club’s website, and the closing date for entries is strictly Wednesday, June 12.

”Everyone who took part in last year’s competition will automatically be re-entered unless they advise me otherwise. Breeders who want to amend their entry or withdraw from the competition should notify me on or before the closing date. We also look forward to welcoming entries from new members and those who haven’t participated in the competition for several years.”

Holstein NI chairman Sam McCormick added:”This competition is growing from strength-to-strength and we are indebted to Ulster Bank for its continued commitment.”

Ulster Bank awards will be presented to the best small, medium and large herds in the premier, senior and junior herd categories. There are also prizes for the best individual heifer, junior cow and senior cow, as well as awards for the best exhibitor-bred cow and heifer.

There are also categories for the best bull progeny group and the best cow family group.

Due to the level of entries in the last number of years a second judge was introduced in 2009 to inspect herds in the junior section of the competition. The junior herds will be judged by retired breeder Mervyn Johnston, formerly of the Mullakippin Herd, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh.

The senior and premier sections of the 2013 herds inspection competition will be judged by John Lawson from the Sweetings Herd in Lancashire.

John Martin concluded:”As in previous years, cows, heifers, progeny and cow family groups from the junior section are eligible to compete for the overall awards. The winners in the junior section will be selected by Mervyn Johnston, and the top-placed herd, cows and heifers in this section will be re-visited by John Lawson to be judged alongside the senior and premier herd entrants.”

The entry fee is 20 per herd, and bull progeny and cow family groups can be entered at an additional cost of 10 each. All herds must be officially milk recorded.

The presentation of awards will take place on Wednesday, July 3, at a BBQ in Dungannon Rugby Club.

To download an entry form click here, or contact club secretary, John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128.

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Outling plans for Holstein NI's 2013 Herds Inspection Competiton are sponsors Ann Calwell and Conor McNeill, with club vice-chairman Gaston Wallace.

 

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