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August 2016: Ballymena venue for multi-breed dairy calf show on 10th September

The 14th annual multi-breed dairy calf show will take place at Ballymena Livestock Mart on Saturday 10th September.

Calf Show 3

Discussing sponsorship of the Holstein section at the 14th annual multi-breed dairy calf show are, from left: Carolyn McKendry, Thompsons; Leiza Montgomery, assistant HYB co-ordinator; showmanship competitor Lauren Henry; and Dennis Torrens, DT Services.

Judging commences at 10.00am. The Holstein section will be judged by Max Davies from the Davlea Herd based in Somerset; while the Ayrshire and Jersey classes will come scrutiny from David Christophers from the Rosehill Herd in Cornwall.

A spokesman for the organising committee said: ”This show attracts exhibitors from all over the country, and is the highlight of the year for many budding showmen and women. The schedule features showmanship classes for novice and experienced handlers, as well as a large number of classes for heifer calves from each breed.”

The Ayrshire showmanship classes are sponsored by Pat O’Boyle from OB Construction, and the Holstein showmanship classes are supported by Dennis Torrens from DT Services. John Thompson and Sons Ltd is continuing its sponsorship of the Ayrshire and Holstein calf classes.

Alan Armstrong from Western Farm Enterprises based in Lisnaskea has confirmed continued sponsorship of the Holstein exhibitor-bred championship.

The entry fee for calf classes and showmanship classes is 10 per entry.

Holstein entry forms and schedules are available from HYB secretary Andrew Patton on mobile 07789 285272.

For a copy of the Ayrshire schedule and entry form contact club secretary Jayne McConnell on mobile 07734 231802.

Contact Ashley Fleming on mobile 07775 561823 for information relating to the Jersey section.

Completed entry forms must be accompanied by the relevant fees and returned on or before Monday 22nd August

Download entry forms below

August 2016: HYB judging award for Brian

Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member Brian Weatherup savoured success at Holstein UK’s National Competitions Day held at Newtonrigg College in Penrith.

The young Holstein enthusiast from Carrickfergus was placed first in the junior section of the stockjudging competition, and also won the award for the best set of reasons in his section.

When joined by team member Tom McKnight, Drumbo, the pair were placed third in the junior linear competition.

Andrew Patton from Newtownards took third prize in the senior stockjudging class; while the Northern Ireland team was placed third overall at the national stockjudging competition.

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy congratulated Brian and the Northern Ireland team members on their achievements.

He also expressed his thanks to Dairy Herd Management for its sponsorship of the Northern Ireland team.

HYB Competitions Day

NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club member Brian Weatherup, Carrickfergus, was congratulated by Holstein UK president David Tomlinson, and Michael Dennison, Semex.

HYB Upcoming Events:

Saturday 27th February - NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club stockjudging practice, at Clandeboye Estate, Bangor - 11am.

Thursday 24th March - NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club AGM, Ballinderry Inn, Moira - 8pm.

Tuesday 5th April - NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club linear judging practice, at Thomas and Richard Lilburn's Brookvale Herd, 80 Redhill Road, Dromore, BT25 1RL - 8pm.

Friday 22nd April - NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club stockjudging practice, at Philip and Simon Haffey's Glasson Herd, 101 Drumnagoon Road, Portadown, Co Armagh - 8pm.

Saturday 30th April - Holstein NI open day and stockjudging competition, at Ivor and Cecilia Broomfield's Moneyquin Herd, 35 Crosskeys Road, Armagh, Co Armagh, BT60 3JL.

Wednesday 6th July - IHFA Open Day and stockjudging competition, at Tommy Screen's farm, Galway.

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th July - IHFA Young Members' Association Calf Show, The Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny.

Saturday 30th July - Holstein Young Breeders' Club National Competitions Day, Newtonrigg College, Penrith.

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August - Holstein Young Breeders' Club National Weekend Rally, hosted by West Midlands Club.

Saturday 10th September - 14th annual Multi-Breed Dairy Calf Show, Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira - 10am.

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October - All Breeds All Britain Calf Show, Bingley Hall, Staffordshire.

December 2015: Andrew in running for President's Medal Award

NI Holstein Young Breeders' club secretary Andrew Patton from Newtownards is one of three finalists in the running for Holstein UK's prestigious President's Medal Award.

Twenty-four-old Andrew has been working at the family's noted Ards Herd for three years, having completed an honours degree in agriculture at Queens University in Belfast.

patton Andrew

Nominees had to submit a written essay 'My Agenda for Dairy Farming'. Six HYB members were shortlisted for interview by Holstein UK presid...ent Randolph Miller; Semex marketing manager Peter Arthur; and HYB's non-executive director Edward Griffiths.

Randolph Millar said:"Judging the President's Medal was an enjoyable job, particularly as myself, Peter and Edward were unanimous in our decision for the final three.

"We were looking for a well-grounded individual with a good understanding of the industry and the Holstein breed, who is involved in farming, and has made a big contribution to their loal Holstein Young Breeders' Club."

Also making the cut were Scotland's Michael Yates; and Nicola Lockyer from Devon.

The winner will be announced at the Semex Conference in Glasgow on 11th January 2016.

March 2015: Cogent Futures opportunity for two NI HYB members

Two young cattle breeding enthusiasts from Northern Ireland have been named as finalists in the 2015 Cogent Futures Programme.

The Futures Programme offers participants an insight into the life of a Sire Analyst.

As part of the competition, finalists Andrew Patterson from Crumlin, and Scott McLean from Coleraine, will visit a range of dairy herds across the UK and match suitable sires to potential bull mothers.

They will be joined by UK finalists Tom Hull, Lancashire, and Carys Jones from Monmouthshire.

Their suggested matings will be presented to Cogent’s Genetics Committee, with the highest scoring candidate receiving an elite embryo package and the chance for their resulting bull to enter the Cogent stud under their own prefix.

In addition, the overall winner and runner-up will be taken on an all-inclusive trip to Holland to attend the Tulip Sale and HHH show to gain an insight into the latest breeding strategies.

Cogent’s Catherine Jackson said: “We were exceptionally pleased with this year’s standard of entries, making the choice for the final four a very tough decision. I am delighted to welcome Tom, Andrew, Carys and Scott to Cogent Futures 2015 and look forward to working with them.”

November 2014: Sophia to star in CBeebies series

Six-year-old Sophia Bingham from County Antrim is set to feature in a brand new BBC series entitled My Pet and Me.

The 25-episode programme which will be broadcast on the CBeebies channel starts on Monday 24th November at 4.15pm.

Sophia and her pet Holstein calf affectionately known as Ruby, will be featured in the programme’s fifth episode which will be shown on Friday, 28th November.

CBeebies Sophia

Filming took place during the summer at the family’s 500-cow Tailormaid Holstein herd based at Sevenmile Straight near Nutt’s Corner. During the programme Sophia will be washing, grooming and halter training her pet calf in preparation for the 12th annual multi-breed calf show which was staged at Moira in August.

Making her showring debut Sophia was a prize winner in the hotly contested novice class which attracted young Holstein enthusiasts from throughout Northern Ireland.

The programme is aimed at highlighting the responsibility of caring for a pet and the joy that it can bring.

Presenters Ferne and Rory visit a variety of pets during the series, and learn fun facts about the animals and their owners’ daily routines.

November 2014: All-Britain success for HYB team

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club had a successful trip to the recent All-Britain Calf Show, held at the Three Counties Showgrounds in Malvern.

For the first time in ten years the HYB competitors travelled to the two-day event with their own team of calves.  The six calves qualified at the NI multi-breed calf show held at Moira in August.

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy said:” I am very proud of the team. They went to a lot of effort to take the calves on the return trip to Worcestershire. Fortunately their enthusiasm and dedication paid dividends, with Northern Ireland placed second overall in the team competition.”

The event attracted more than 400 calves from five dairy breeds. The Holstein classes were judged by North Yorkshire man David Booth from the Feizor herd.

NI team at All-Britain

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy pictured with members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club who competed at the recent All-Britain Calf Show held at Malvern. From second left: Carolyn Wilson, Lauren Henry, Heather Martin, Andrew Patton, John McLean, Desmond McCorry and Mark Henry.

Competition was hotly contested in the calf classes, with the NI-bred calves all featuring within the top seven of their respective classes. 

The Patton family’s February 2014 born Seagull Bay Diamond daughter, Ards Diamond Barbie was placed fourth; while the McLean family’s Crackholm Fever daughter, Priestland Fever Dellia, stood seventh in a strong line-up of calves.

Yearling heifer Ards Atwood Ashlyn – champion at the NI calf show – secured a second prize, and was one of six calves featured in the championship line-up. Bred by Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, she is by Maple Downs Atwood, and is bred from Lomond Damion Ashlyn EX92.

The Henry family’s yearling entry Mostragee Silver Invite, by Sandy Valley Alta Silver, was placed seventh in her class.

Priestland Fever Farrah owned by David Buchanan, Newry, was placed fourth in the August/September born class; while Vetech Braxton Elegant, a calf borrowed from Scottish breeder R Veitch, collected a third prize rosette.

The local HYB members also secured prizes in the strongly-supported showmanship classes. Mark Henry from Stranocum was placed second in the senior class, with sister Lauren taking thirteenth prize in the intermediate section.

Junior competitor Desmond McCorry from Aghalee, won fifth prize; while mature handler Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey, took thirteenth in a highly competitive showmanship class.

Andrew Kennedy added:”The Northern Ireland HYB has an excellent reputation at national competition level. Everyone worked as a team and it was an enjoyable and successful event.”

The NI HYB is extremely grateful to its sponsors for their financial assistance, and without whom this trip would not have been possible. They are: National Milk Records, Teemore Engineering, Steele Farm Supplies, Robert Wright Agriculture, Corby Rock Mill, Wilson McCurdy Transport, WP McCullough, Holstein UK, Bioret Agri and Norbrook Laboratories.

Northern Ireland is hosting the national HYB Weekend Rally in 2017. The club has organised a host of fund raising activities ahead of the event, which includes an embryo auction scheduled to take place at next week’s Holstein NI dinner in Templepatrick. Further details from Leiza Montgomery on mobile 07701 035410.

September 2014: Ards herd secures top honours at calf show

A fantastic event with keen and enthusiastic kids was how Scottish judge Colin Laird described the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club Calf Show, held at Moira.

“This is my first time judging in Northern Ireland,”said Colin from the noted 600-cow Blythbridge Herd based at West Linton in Peeblesshire. “The classes have been well supported and the standard has been excellent throughout the day.”

He awarded the supreme overall championship to the October 2013 born Ards Atwood Ashlyn bred and exhibited by the Patton family from Newtownards, County Down. Sired by the high type Maple Downs IGW Atwood, she is bred from Lomond Damion Ashlyn EX92 –purchased at the Carlisle Black and White Sale in 2009, this cow gave almost 11,000kgs at 3.9% butterfat and 3.57% protein in her second lactation.

“The champion is well balanced, very dairy and has great legs and feet,” said the judge, who found his reserve champion in the same class.

The October 2013 born Mostragee Silver Invite was bred by the Henry Family, Tommy, Heather, Mark, Lauren and Ellie from Stranocum, County Antrim. She was sired by Sandy Valley Alta Silver, and is out of the home-bred Mostragee Gonzales Invite EX91 – one of 180 cows in the herd. This calf is no stranger to the show ring, having won her class at Ballymena, Ballymoney and Antrim.

Colin Laird added:”The reserve champion is a powerful heifer with great depth and spring of rib.”

Claiming the day’s honourable mention award was Priestland 5564 Fever Farrah. Sired by Crackholm Fever, she was bred by Iain and Joyce McLean and family from Bushmills, and purchased privately by David Buchanan for his Happy Holsteins Herd at Newry, County Down.

“This is another big heifer with great dairy character, and a very stylish head and neck. The top calves in each class could compete successfully anywhere in the UK,” said Colin.

Top honours in the showmanship section went to the junior class winner Desmond McCorry from Aghalee, County Antrim. Colin Laird added:”I couldn’t find fault with his handling skills. Desmond knew exactly what he was doing and flowed well with his calf.”

Runner-up was north Antrim HYB member Mark Henry, winner of the senior showmanship class.”He is another skilled and experienced handler.”

The HYB members who qualified to represent Northern Ireland at the forthcoming All-Britain Calf Show include: Desmond McCorry, Mark Henry, Lauren Henry, Stranocum, and Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey.

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy commented:”The calf show continues to grow from strength-to-strength. We attracted more than 130 entries, and I am delighted to see such a large turnout of members, many of whom are first-time exhibitors.”

The Northern Ireland HYB is indebted to its sponsors for their continued support: Genus ABS, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, Western Farm Enterprises and Farm Wardrobe. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the day.

Class results include:

Showmanship

Novice handler, under eight-years-old – 1, John Hamilton, Bangor; 2, James Patton, Carrowdore; 3, Oliver Patton, Carrowdore.

Junior handler, aged 8 to 12-years-old – 1, Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; 2, Brian Weatherup, Carrickfergus; 3, Rachel Corley, Monaghan.

Intermediate handler, aged 13 to 15-years-old – 1, Lauren Henry, Stranocum; 2, Matthew McLean, Bushmills; 3, Ellie McLean, Bushmills.

Senior handler, aged 16 to 20-years-old  - 1, Mark Henry, Stranocum; 2, Heather Martin, Newtownards; 3, David McAllister, Bushmills.

Mature handler, aged 21 to 26-years-old – 1, Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey; 2, Kate McCormick, Bangor; 3, William Bolton, Maghera.

Calf Classes

Heifer, born on or after 01/02/14 – 1,  and exhibitor-bred award, Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, Ards Diamond Barbie by Seagull Bay Diamond; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara McCutcheon Apple 2 by De-Su BKM McCutcheon; 3, Henry Family, Stranocum, Mostragee Frankie Ellie by Mostragee Frankie ET.

Heifer, born between 01/12/13 and 31/01/14 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, McLean Family, Bushmills, Priestland 5615 Fever Dellia by Crackholm Fever; 2, McLean Family, Priestland 5612 Atwood Sizzle by Maple Downs IGM Atwood; 3, Henry Family, Mostragee Oak Ambrosia by Pinetree Alta Oak.

Heifer, born between 01/10/13 and 30/11/ - 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Ashlyn by Maple Downs IGW Atwood; 2, Henry Family, Mostragee Silver Invite by Sandy Valley Alta Silver; 3, Conor Mc/Aufield, Lisburn, Clonpaddin Goldchip Fame by Mr Chassity Goldchip.

Heifer, born between 01/08/13 and 30/09/13 – 1, David Buchanan, Newry, Priestland 5564 Fever Farrah by Crackholm Fever; 2, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Dempsey Meggie by Lirr-Drew Dempsey; 3, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde, Kepculloch Alexander Darlene by Golden Oaks ST Alexander.

Heifer, born between 01/06/13 and 31/07/13 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award,  Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Dempsey Maude by Lirr-Drew Dempsey; 2, McLean Family, Priestland 5555 Fever Melissa by Crackholm Fever; 3 , S and J Lyons, Skerryview Dusk Sara by Scientific SS Dusk.

Heifer, born between 01/04/13 and 31/05/13 – 1, A and J McAuley, Bushmills, Peak Ace Sexy by Sterndale Ace.

Pictures: Jane Steel

Holstein 1

The novice showmanship class was won by John Hamilton from Bangor. He was congratulated by Scottish judge Colin Laird.

Holstein 2

Izzy Wright congratulates junior showmanship class winner and champion handler Desmond McCorry, Aghalee.

Holstein 3

Lauren Henry, Stranocum, was the winner of the intermediate showmanship class. She received her award from Scottish judge Colin Laird

Holstein 4

Reserve champion handler was Mark Henry, Stranocum, winner of the senior showmanship class. He received his award from sponsor Alison Millar-Beattie, Farm Wardrobe.

Holstein 5

Judge Colin Laird congratulates Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey, winner of the mature showmanship class.

Holstein 6

Sponsor Denise Rafferty, Thompsons, presents first prize to the February 2014 born Ards Diamond Barbie shown by Andrew Patton, Newtownards.

Holstein 7

Ellie McLean, Bushmills, exhibited the first prize winning Priestland 5615 Fever Dellia. Adding her congratulations is Denise Rafferty, Thompsons, sponsor.

Holstein 9

Supreme champion and exhibitor-bred champion was Ards Atwood Ashlyn shown by Andrew Patton, Newtownards. Pictured at the presentation are HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy; judge Colin Laird, Scotland, and sponsor Denise Rafferty, Thompsons.

Holstein 10

Reserve champion Holstein was Mostragee Silver Invite owned by Tommy, Mark and Lauren Henry, Stranocum. Included are HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy; Scottish judge Colin Laird; sponsors Alison Millar-Beattie, Farm Wardrobe, and Denise Rafferty, Thompsons

Holstein 11

Honourable mention Holstein was Priestland 5564 Fever Farrah owned by David Buchanan, Newry, and shown by Matthew McLean. Adding their congratulations are judge Colin Laird, Scotland; HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy; and sponsor Denise Rafferty, Thompsons.

Holstein 12

Denise Rafferty, Thompsons, congratulates John McCormick, Bangor, on winning first prize with Hilltara Dempsey Maude 3.

Holstein 13

Isaac Dunn exhibited the first prize winning Peak Ace Sexy owned by Messrs A and J McAuley. Included is Denise Rafferty, Thompsons, sponsor.

Holstein 14

David Hamilton, Bangor, was one of the youngest Holstein exhibitors.

Holstein 15

Novice showmanship competitor Ava Montgomery from Saintfield.

Holstein 16

James Patton, Carrowdore, was placed second in the novice showmanship class.

Holstein 17

First-time exhibitor Sophia Bingham, Nutt's Corner.

Holstein 18

Ben Reid, Drumbo, competed in the novice showmanship class.

Holstein 19

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy is pictured with judge Colin Laird, and Izzy Wright.

Holstein 20

Fifth placed novice  showmanship competitor Ava Stubbs.

Holstein 21

Zara Reid, Drumbo, keeps her eyes on the judge during the novice showmanship class.

Holstein 22

Tom McKnight, Drumbo, was placed fourth in the junior showmanship class. 

Holstein 23

Mature showmanship competitor Kate McCormick, Bangor.

Holstein 24

Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey, was the winner of the mature showmanship class.

August 2014: NI claims fourth consecutive HYB Field to Foto award

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club were triumphant at the national Weekend Rally, winning the hotly contested Field to Foto competition for the fourth consecutive year.

Fifteen members travelled to the event held at Bicton College in Devon. They were accompanied by NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy.

Northern Ireland team

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders' Club, pictured with HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy, at the annual Weekend Rally held in Devon. 

On arrival at the venue the NI members participated in team games. The next morning everyone visited the Suttonlucy pedigree Holstein herd, property of Messrs Cooke. Following a tour of the herd’s facilities, delegates had an opportunity to attend workshops on various husbandry topics such as foot trimming, nutrition, calf rearing and breeding.

NI’s junior stockjudging team included north Antrim members David McAlister and John McLean, while the senior team was represented by Andrew Patton and Lindsay Fleming from County Down.

Andrew Patton won third prize in the senior section, while David McAlister was placed sixth in the junior section.  The NI team scooped third place overall.

Saturday afternoon was spent visiting the Oakroyal Holstein herd, where members took part in a “pick the top six” competition, as well as a variety of team games which included archery and a raft race.

The annual fancy dress party took place on Saturday night, and was themed “anything but clothes”. The Northern Ireland HYB members were dressed as cavemen and women.

The highlight of the Weekend Rally was the Field to Foto competition on Sunday morning. The NI A team, which included Mark Henry, Lindsay Fleming, Leiza Montgomery, Heather Martin and Lyndon Fleming, claimed the top prize.

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy was delighted. “It has been a very successful and enjoyable weekend. This is the fourth year in succession that the A team from Northern Ireland has won the Field to Foto competition.  Their success is testimony to the calibre and skill of our young members. “

Individually, Mark Henry (A team) and John McLean (B team) were placed first for clipping in their respective categories; while Leiza Montgomery from the A team won third place in the showmanship class.

July 2014: Entry date looming for multi-breed calf show

The 12th annual multi-breed calf show takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Saturday 23rd August.

“The calf show is the highlight of the year for many young dairy breed enthusiasts, and attracts showmen and women from all over the country”, said a spokesperson for the organising committee.

Prize schedules are now available, and include showmanship classes for novice and experienced handlers, as well as a large selection of classes for heifer calves from the three dairy breeds.

The Holstein classes will be judged by Colin Laird from the Blythbridge Herd based at West Linton in Peeblesshire, Scotland.

Genus ABS is sponsoring the showmanship section, while John Thompson and Sons is providing the prize fund for the calf classes. Alan Armstrong of Western Farm Enterprises is sponsoring the exhibitor-bred awards.

The closing date for entries is Friday 1st August.

Entry forms and schedules can be downloaded from the club’s website: www.holstein-ni.co.uk. Alternatively contact HYB secretary Kate McCormick on mobile: 07510 361152.

Click here to download schedule, entry form and showmanship entry form.

Calf Show

HYB treasurer Heather Martin, and public relations officer Andrew Patton, are all set for the forthcoming multi-breed calf show at Moira. They are pictured with sponsors Brian McCarron, Genus ABS; and Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises. 

July 2014: Holstein Calf show

Scottish breeder Colin Laird will judge the Holstein entry at this year’s 12th annual multi-breed dairy calf show.

The one-day event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Saturday 23rd August, commencing at 10am sharp.

Entries close on Friday 1st August. Completed entry forms must be accompanied by the relevant entry fees and returned to HYB secretary Kate McCormick.

Further details contact Kate McCormick on mobile: 07510 361152.

Click here to download schedule, entry form and showmanship entry form.

July 2014: HYB teams triumphant at IHFA open day

Two teams from the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club had a successful trip to last week’s IHFA National open day in County Leitrim.

The junior team which included north Antrim members John McLean, David McAlister and Matthew McLean, won the under 18yrs category of the interclub stockjudging competition.

The 18-26yrs section was won by the HYB’s senior team, comprising of William Bolton, Robert Stewart and Tasha Kirby.

Team member William Bolton from Maghera was the highest placed individual winner in the 18-26yrs section, and was the recipient of the prestigious Milk Board Perpetual Trophy.

Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace said: ”Its been a very enjoyable and successful day at the Taylor family’s Cloonboygher herd in Newtowngore. Congratulations to the hosts and the IHFA for putting on such a tremendous event.

“It has been another successful trip for our young members, with both teams triumphant in their respective categories.”

HYB Winners 1

NI HYB team members Robert Stewart, Tasha Kirby and William Bolton, won the 18-26yrs interclub stockjudging competition at the IHFA open day. They were congrratulated by Holstein NI secretary John Martin.

HYB Winners 2

County Antrim HYB members John McLean, David McAlister and Matthew McLean were the winners of the under 18yrs interclub stockjudging competition, held at the IHFA Open Day.

HYB Winners 3

HYB member William Bolton, Maghera, was the highest placed individual in the 18-26yrs interclub stockjudging competition. He received the Milk Board Perpetual Trophy from Padraig Young, Lakeland Dairies, sponsor.

July 2014: HYB clipping and showing demonstration on 16th July

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is hosting a clipping and showing demonstration on Wednesdsay 16th July.

Commencing at 7pm, the event will take place at the Henry family’s Mostragee herd based at 17 Ballykenver Road, Stranocum, Co Antrim, BT53 8PZ.

Throughout the evening members will have an opportunity to learn about the finer points of preparing an animal for the showring. Mentors will be demonstrating how to wash, clip and handle dairy cattle. Showmanship technique will also come under the spotlight.

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy said: “Everyone is welcome. The event has been organised to give members a chance to perfect their skills ahead of the HYB’s annual calf show at Moira on 23rd August.

“It promises to be an educational and informative evening, and I would urge novice and experienced showmen and women to come along and join in.”

HYB Clipping Demo

All set for next week's (16th July) clipping and showing demonstration are Holstein Young Breeders' Club members William McCormick, Ballycastle; David McAlister, Bushmills; and Mark Henry, Stranocum.

For further information contact Andrew Kennedy on mobile: 07762 168039.

July 2014: Embryo auction to raise funds for HYB

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is staging an embryo auction featuring a selection of internationally acclaimed genetics.

The auction, which takes place on Friday 4th July, is the first in series of fund raising activities planned by the HYB

Club PRO Andrew Patton said:” Northern Ireland has been selected to host the national Holstein Young Breeders’ Weekend Rally in 2017. We need to raise money for the three-day event, and are planning numerous fund raising activities over the next few years.”

“We have been overwhelmed by the support received from breeders throughout Northern Ireland, and on behalf of the HYB I would like to thank the following herds who have donated embryos for auction – ALH Genetics, Ards, Clandeboye, Dunbanard, Glasson, Hilltara, Lissue, Majestic, Potterswalls and Priestland.

Andrew added:”We are still receiving donations and a further embryo auction will be held later in the year, possibly at Holstein NI’s annual dinner in November.”

The embryos on offer represent leading cow families such as Tri-Day Adeen, Markwell Raven, Clandeboye Willow, Red-Vision Dory, Laurelhill Fay, Weeton Balise, Oceanview Zandra and Apina Massie.

Sires featured in the embryo list include Armani RC, Coyne-Farms Jayce, Crackholm Fever, Crackholm Secure Red, Richmond FD EL Bombero, Golden-Oaks Alexander, Schreur Joshi Red, Lady’s Manor Olympia RC, and Meridian.

The auction will take place during Holstein NI’s farm walk at the Ahoghill-based Killane Herd on Friday 4th July, commencing 7.30pm

For further information contact Andrew Patton on mobile: 07789 285272, or Leiza Montgomery on mobile: 07701 035410

HYB Visstein Snowman Massia RC VG87

The Ards Holstein herd has donated a Ladys Manor Olympian embryo from Visstein Snowman Massia RC VG87 2yr.

HYB Druham Adina

Durham Adina - an Armani RC embryo from her, donated by ALH Genetics, sells at the HYB auction.

June 2014: HYB success at national competitions day

Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club had a successful trip to the recent National Competitions Day, hosted by the Aintree Herd near Wrexham.

HYB Comp Day

Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club collected an array of awards at National Competitons Day in Wrexham. Included from left: Andrew Patton, Newtownards; William McCormick, Ballycastle; Harry Orr, Glarryford; William Bolton, Maghera; and David McAllister, Bushmills.

Stockjudging team members included Harry Orr (junior), David McAllister (intermediate) and Andrew Patton (senior).

The linear judging teams were made up of Harry Orr (junior), David McAllister and William McCormick (intermediate), and William Bolton and Andrew Patton (senior).

David McAllister from Bushmills was placed third in the individual intermediate stockjudging class.

In the linear section Harry Orr was placed fourth in the junior section; while Maghera’s William Bolton was the winner of the senior linear judging competition

William Bolton was joined by team mate Andrew Patton, Newtownards, with the pair taking second place in the linear section

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy congratulated the winners.

June 2014: European selection for John

NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member John McLean from the Priestland Herd, Bushmills, has been selected to represent the UK at the European Young Breeders’ School.

John is one of seven young breeders named by Holstein UK to attend the event in Battice, Belgium, from September 3 to 7.

John McLean Bushmills

HYB member John McLean, Bushmills, has been selected to represent the UK at the European Young Breeders' School in Belgium.

The young breeders will learn the steps of animal preparation for showing including washing, clipping, showmanship and theoretical courses such as marketing and professional pictures before putting what they have learnt into practice and competing against one another.

The winner of the competition will get the opportunity to improve their Holstein knowledge by winning a three-week trip to Canada, organised by the European Breeders School partner, Holstein Quebec, with a special prize given to the best breeder younger than 16-years old. 

With an impressive track-record on the international field, the UK has experienced many European wins and has always had an enthusiastic group of Holstein Young Breeders attend the European Young Breeders School. 

Featuring competitors from all over the world, the European Young Breeders School was first created in 1999 and the number of participants reached a record of 150 young breeders in 2007. The school prides itself on being the best springboard to reach the top in the world of breeding as well as being a great meeting place for all future breeders.

Holstein UK’s Non-Executive Director for HYB, Edward Griffiths, says: “This team has the right mix of enthusiasm, skill and passion to do very well at the European Young Breeders School. Each individual was selected on their willingness to learn and potential to excel, I wish them all the best of luck.” 

May 2014: HYB holds annual meeting at Moira

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club held its AGM recently at Moira.

Newly elected HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy outlined the club’s activities during the past twelve months.

The election of office bearers was conducted by Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace.

The following members were elected for the forthcoming year: Secretary, Kate McCormick, Bangor; Treasurer, Heather Martin, Newtownards; PRO, Andrew Patton, Newtownards.

Fundraising officers are Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield; and William Bolton, Maghera.

Additional committee members include: Lindsey Fleming, Seaforde; Mark Henry, Stranocum; David McAllister, Aghadowey; and John and Matthew McLean, Bushmills.

Gaston Wallace congratulated the HYB on yet another successful year, and wished the club and its new co-ordinator success for the forthcoming twelve months.

Anyone interested in joining the HYB should contact co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy on mobile: 07762 168039.

 

April 2014: HYB kicks off 2014 with judging practices at Ahoghill and Banbridge

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has recently completed two judging practises, aimed at selecting members to represent the club at forthcoming national competitions.

The first practice took place at the Perry family’s Killane Herd on the outskirts of Ahoghill, County Antrim. The evening marked the HYB’s first event of the year and saw a good turnout of members ready to kickstart the club’s 2014 calendar of events.        

Austin and David Perry provided a class of milking heifers and a class of older cows for the members to view, and it wasn’t long before everyone put their judging skills to the test.

Results for the night were:

Juniors: 1st – Harry Orr, Cloughmills, 2nd – Samuel McMurray, Banbridge

Intermediate: 1st – David McAllister, Bushmills, 2nd – Mark Henry, Stranocum, 3rd – John McLean, Bushmills.

Senior: 1st (tie) – Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena & Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield, 2nd – Andrew Patton, Newtownards

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The evening ended with HYB members being invited into the farmhouse for refreshments, while co-ordinator Jonny Lyons proposed the vote of thanks.

Thanks were also conveyed to Mark Logan, Clandeboye, who acted as Master Judge for the evening and shared his expertise with members.

The second practice session took place at the McMurray family’s Matfield Herd near Banbridge. Again two classes were provided on the night, heifers and older cows.

This proved a very difficult task for members, and was mainly due to the exceptional quality of cattle on show.

Results for the second night include:

Junior: 1st – Ellie McLean, Bushmills, 2nd- Brian Weatherup, Ballyclare, 3rd- Samuel McMurray, Banbridge.

Intermediate: 1st- Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde, 2nd David McAllister, Bushmills, 3rd- Mark Henry, Stranocum.

Senior: 1st- Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, 2nd- Andrew Patton, Newtownards, 3rd- James Stewart, Banbridge.

The evening again ended with Jonny Lyons giving the vote of thanks to the family for giving up their time and providing such quality cattle for members to judge. Jonny also thanked Mark Logan, Clandeboye, and Ashley Fleming, Seaforde, who were the master judges for the evening.

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club would again like to express its thanks to the Perry and McMurray families, for hosting the events and providing such good quality cattle for the competition. The club also acknowledges its appreciation for the delicious refreshments and supper provided on both farms.

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons would like to remind all members that anyone interested in qualifying for the national judging finals, must attend Holstein NI’s annual judging day at the McCollum family’s Bellmont Herd on Saturday 10th May. “Attendance is vital, as each competitor’s score on the day will be added to their highest individual score from the practices.”

More information about the club judging day will be released soon. For any more information please do not hesitate to contact Jonny Lyons on 07709430517.

 

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