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HERDS COMPETITION 2009

Hilltara retains the premier herd title

The Hilltara Herd, property of Sam, Trish and John McCormick, Bangor, has scooped Holstein NI’s 2009 premier herd award for the second year in succession. The results of the Ulster Bank-sponsored competition were announced at Holstein UK’s Centenary farm walk, which was hosted by the McCormick family.

Judge, Bev Baker from Monmouthshire in Wales said the Hilltara Herd was of outstanding quality in terms of genetics and presentation. Mr Baker, who runs the 300-cow BB herd, spent five days travelling throughout Northern Ireland to place the entries in the 2009 competition.

“Thanks to Holstein NI for inviting me to judge this year’s competition. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself, and the hospitality was wonderful. The herds in all sections of the competition were of a very high standard, and it was a difficult task. Despite the low milk price in Northern Ireland, the farmers I visited were full of enthusiasm about their herds and Holstein breeding. I would like to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to see some excellent Holstein cows.”

Ken Proctor, president of Holstein UK, and owner of the Airfield Herd based at Norfolk, said he was full of admiration of Holstein breeders in the Province. “The breeders in Northern Ireland are so full of energy and enthusiasm about their herds. Despite the poor milk price, everyone is pulling together and investing in the future.”

Mr Proctor added: “Holstein UK is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and I am delighted to see such a large turnout at this farm walk. The Hilltara Herd is one of the best Holstein herds I have ever visited. It is run on a commercial basis, and has invested heavily in the future with the development of a tremendous new dairy unit. “

The junior section of the herds inspection competition was judged by Fred Duncan from Crumlin. “The standard of entries were high and I saw some very good herds of cows. It was a difficult job, but I enjoyed touring the countryside for four days to complete my task.”

Philip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI, thanked Bev Baker for giving up his time to judge the 2009 Herds Inspection Competition. “Thanks also to Fred Duncan from Crumlin, who judged the junior section of the competition, and to Ulster Bank for its continued and generous sponsorship – without whom there would be no competition.”

Mr Haffey continued: ”Thanks also to the team from Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church who have provided a sumptuous barbecue lunch. They have been extremely busy, and the proceeds of today’s event will be going to a good cause – the Malawi Appeal.

“Last, but not least, thanks to our hosts, Sam, Trish and John McCormick. The results of the herds inspection competition are testimony that there was no better herd to host this event, other than the premier herd of 2008 and 2009. Having been here today, many of us will go home envious of the Hilltara Herd. The McCormick family are dedicated Holstein breeders, and they have invested heavily in the future of the herd. I am sure you will all agree that it has been a joy to visit the award-winning Hilltara Herd.”

There was a stockjudging competition, sponsored by Worldwide Sires UK, to pick the top six cows in the Hilltara Herd. Master judge was Geoffrey Patton, Carrowdore. The winners of the competition were: 1, David Boyd, Glaslough, winner of five straws of Mr Sam semen; 2, Ian Watson, Macosquin, winner of five straws of Zenith semen; 3, and Andrew Patton, Newtownards, winner of five straws of Decker semen.

Results of herd’s inspection competition....

Best overall herd – Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor.

Best overall heifer – 1, Messrs Patton, Truesdale and Dunn,  County Down, Rosedale Sara Rampage Red; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, Ards Talent J Ruth; 3, Ian and Kenny Watson, Macosquin, Majestic Goldwyn Amanda.

Best overall exhibitor-bred heifer – 1, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Talent J Ruth; 2, Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic Goldwyn Amanda; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Zenith Echo.

Best overall cow – 1,Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Jordan Tury; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Titanic Primrose; 3, John Patterson, Crumlin, Ballyginniff Jasper Whiterose.

Best overall exhibitor-bred cow – 1, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Jordan Tury; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Titanic Primrose; 3, John Patterson, Ballyginniff Jasper Whiterose.

Best bull progeny group – 1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Bangor, Comestar Outside; 2, Sam and John McCormic, Roylane Jordan; 3, Mervyn Nelson, Maguiresbridge, La Poe Shark.

Best cow family – 1, Harry Patton and Sons, Ruth Family; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Tippy Family; 3, Ian and Kenny Watson, Amanda Family.

Junior Section:

Best Heifer, and best exhibitor-bred heifer

John Patterson, Ballyginniff S Storm Beth.

Best Cow, and best exhibitor-bred cow

John Patterson, Ballyginniff Jasper Whiterose.

Best small herd

1, Andrew Magowan, Bannwater Herd, Rathfriland; 2, Hall Taylor, Killrollick Herd, Portglenone; 3, Moore McCurdy, Springsfarm Herd, Ballymoney.

Best medium herd

1, Iain McLean, Priestland Herd, Bushmills; 2, Philip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Herd, Portadown; 3, John Patterson, Ballyginniff Herd.

Best large herd

1, Dessie and Gary Reid, Drumbo Herd, Drumbo, Lisburn; 2, Stephen Taylor, Letterloan Herd, Macosquin; 3, Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Herd, Armagh.

Senior Section:

Best heifer, and best exhibitor-bred heifer

Willard Watson, Macosquin, Derrydorragh Outside Kimo.

Best cow, and best exhibitor-bred cow

Mervyn Nelson, Tullylea Shark Willow.

Best small herd

1, Alan Patterson, Herdstown Herd, Donaghadee; 2, Sam Wallace, Craigdoo Herd, Broughshane; 3, William Kerr, Fordwich Herd, Cloughmills.

Best medium herd

1, Willard Watson,  Derrydorragh herd; 2, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Herd, Nutt’s Corner, Crumlin; 3, Mervyn Nelson, Tullylea Herd, Maguiresbridge.

Best large herd

1, Alex and Stephen Brown, Moneyhaw Herd, Moneymore; 2, W T Morrow, Harmonyhill Herd, Newtownards; 3, Henry Thompson, Caddyview Herd, Randalstown.

Premier Section:

Best heifer

Messrs Patton, Truesdale and Dunn – Rosedale Sara Rampage Red.

Best exhibitor-bred heifer

Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Talent J Ruth.

Best cow and best exhibitor-bred cow

Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Jordan Tury.

Best small herd

1, Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic Herd, Macosquin; 2, Austin and David Perry, Killane Herd, Ahoghill; 3, Geoffrey Patton, Carrowcroft Herd, Carrowdore.

Best medium herd

1, Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Herd, Bangor; 2, Beattie and Margaret Lilburn, Hycrest Herd, Dromore, County Down; 3, Wallace Gregg, Frocess Herd, Glarryford.

Best large herd

1, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Herd; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Herd; 3, Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Herd, Donaghmore, Dungannon.

 

During Holstein NI's annual farm walk, Paul Dunn, left, World Wide Sires, and John Martin, right, secretary, Holstein NI, organised a competition to pick the Hilltara Herd's six best cows. Included is Geoffrey Patton, Carrowcroft Herd, Carrowdore, who acted as master judge.

John and Fiona Patterson, Ballyginniff Herd, Crumlin, won awards for the best heifer, best exhibitor-bred heifer, best cow and best exhibitor-bred cow in the junior section of Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition. Adding their congratulations are, Philip Haffey, chairman; David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor; and Fred Duncan, Crumlin, judge.

David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor, congratulates Willard Watson, Derrydorragh Herd, Macosquin, winner of the best heifer and best exhibitor-bred heifer in the senior section; and Mervyn Nelson, Maguiresbridge, winner of the best cow and best exhibitor-bred cow in the senior section, of Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition.

Wilson and Wallace Patton, Ards Herd, Newtownards, winners of the best heifer and best exhibitor-bred heifer award; and Sam McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor, winner of the best cow and best exhibitor-bred cow award, in the premier section of Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition. Included is David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

Pictured at the presentation of awards for the best overall exhibitor-bred heifer in Holstein NI's herds inspection competition, are, Wallace and Wilson Patton, Newtownards, first; Sam McCormick, Bangor, second; and Ian Watson, Macosquin, third. Adding his congratulations is David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

Nicholas McCann, centre, Simlahill Herd, Bangor, receives the award for the best bull progeny group in Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition from David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor; and Bev Baker, Monmouthshire, judge.

Philip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI, and David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor, congratulate Wilson Patton, Newtownards, on winning the award for the best cow family in the annual herds inspection competition.

Prize winners in the junior section of Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition included, from left: John Patterson, Ballyginniff Herd, Crumlin; Philip Haffey, Glasson Herd, Portadown; Hall Taylor, Killrollick Herd, Portglenone; Andrew Magowan, Bannwater Herd, Rathfriland; and Gary Reid, Drumbo Herd, Drumbo, Lisburn. Included are David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor; and Fred Duncan, Crumlin, who judged the junior section.

David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor, congratulates the first prize winners in the senior section of Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition. Pictured, from left: Alan Patterson, Donaghadee, best small herd; Stephen Brown, Moneymore, best large herd; and Williard Watson, Macosquin, best medium herd.

Pictured at the presentation to the winners in the premier section of Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition included, from left: Sam McCormick, Bangor, best large herd; Philip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI; David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor; Ian Watson, Macosquin, best small herd; and Nicholas McCann, Bangor, best medium herd.

Sam and Trish McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor, celebrate after winning the award for the best overall herd in Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition.

The Hilltara Herd, Bangor, won the best overall herd award for the second year in succession in Holstein NI's annual herds inspection competition. Pictured at the presentation are, David George, Ulster Bank, sponsor; Sam and Trish McCormick, winners; Philip Haffey, chairman, Holstein NI, and his wife, Shirley; and Bev Baker, judge.

 

Pictures: Kevin McAuley Photography

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