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HOLSTEIN YOUNG BREEDERS:

November 2013: HYB member takes Cogent’s top national award

Northern Ireland has scored a national victory as young dairy farmer and Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Andrew Patton from County Down, has taken Cogent’s acclaimed Futures Award for 2013.

At the final judged at Cogent’s headquarters in Cheshire, Andrew (22) pipped three other finalists at the post. Praised for the depth of his understanding of Holstein matings and global indexes, he was announced the winner by the cattle breeding company from a strongly fought field.

Already featured as a finalist earlier this year, Andrew now adds a study-tour to his tally of spoils. He will travel to the Netherlands with Cogent’s sire analyst, Owain Harries, where he will have the chance to view high-ranking genomic animals and proven cow families, and can expect to meet some of Europe’s top Holstein breeders.

Andrew recently graduated with a degree in agricultural technology from Greenmount College and Queens University but now farms full-time with his family’s Ards herd in Newtownards, where he works with his parents and uncle, and is keenly involved with breeding decisions. An innovative breeding policy sees the almost exclusive use of young genomic sires, rather than those which are daughter-proven, as the herd strives to keep ahead of the field.

The 280-head herd is already renowned throughout the Province and beyond, regularly selling at the Northern Ireland Holstein Club’s monthly Moira sales. But it also has a track-record of producing bulls for AI, most recently sending sons of Mogul and Mascalese to studs in Germany.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been picked as the final winner as Holstein breeding is my passion,” says Andrew. “I’m sure the award and the tour to Holland will broaden my horizons and my aspirations, and help develop my understanding of what other breeders want.”

Runner-up in the Futures Award was 22-year-old Matthew Williamson, who farms with his family’s Ingleden herd in Cumbria.

The Cogent Futures programme has earned a reputation over its four years of existence as the place to go for budding geneticists, sire analysts and devotees of cattle breeding and offers a year-long programme of genetic opportunities to all of its finalists. The 2014 award opens to applicants aged 16-26 from 10 December 2013 when application forms can be downloaded from the Cogent website (www.cogentuk.com) or social media pages. Applications close on 10 January 2014.

October 2013: Andrew’s home from home at Butlerview Farm in America

Report by NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member and Harper Adams University student Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, who is currently on work placement at Butlerview Farm in America.

As part of my course at Harper Adams University I am required to complete a 52- week work placement. There was only one place I had in mind straight from the beginning, Butlerview Farm in the United States of America.

Butlerview Farm is one of the leading show herds in America, and home to some of the world’s highest ranking genomic females.

After many emails between myself and the farm they agreed to accommodate me for 52 weeks. I couldn’t believe it!

 Butlerview Farm is located 45 minutes South of Chicago, in a small town called Chebanse, Illinois. They milk between 15-20 cows, both genomic and show cows.

All cows are housed in loose box stalls in the show barn. The farm owns approximately 80 acres and rents a further 40 acres. Additional crops include 80 acres of beans, 40 acres of maize and 5 acres of alfalfa grass.

The beans and 75% of the maize are combined and sold, while the remaining maize is harvested as silage and stored in an Ag-bag to be used during the winter to provide additional energy in the cold months.

The cows are fed a pure hay diet during show season, and receive corn and a high protein pellet three-times every day to maintain milk yield.

On September 3, I arrived at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and made the 45-minute journey south to Butlerview Farm. On arrival at the farm, I knew immediately that I was going to enjoy it.

Everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming,  and the five-star cow accommodation is unreal! After getting over the jet lag it was time to get down to work on my first day, using the bobcat etc and helping out with the on-farm IVF programme.

Butlerview Farm is a satellite station for Trans Ova, meaning people can bring animals to the farm for IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation). Every 2 weeks Butlerview will carry out IVF on between 20-30 animals of their own.

On a daily basis I start work at 3.30am, milking the cows in the show barn. this It’s an early start, but when Cookview Goldwyn Monique is the first cow to be milked it makes it a lot easier to get out of bed.

After milking we will pick the manure out of the beds and scrape out the box stalls, re-bedding them with straw and shavings everyday. Afternoon chores start at 3.00pm so we are normally finished by 5.00pm.

During the day there are a range of jobs that I could be doing from washing cows (daily routine) to dehorning calves and feeding the heifer barns. Being such a high-profile farm there are always visitors, so cleaning is always something that has to be done.

So far the highlight of my stay has to be going to the World Dairy Expo in Madison, and being part of the team that exhibited the Reserve Champion Holstein, Cookview Goldwyn Monique.

During my week at Madison I met many interesting people from all over the world, and I learnt a few very helpful tips about clipping and show preparation along the way.

I am part of the team going to represent Butlerview Farm at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada, where hopefully we can go one step further than Madison, and secure the Grand Champion title with Monique - that would be the cherry on top for my work placement.

Our Journey will take approximately 15hrs and we will be travelling with the cows stopping along the way for border crossing into Canada and also to milk, feed and water the cows. This will be an experience in itself I hope.

The landscape here is much different to Northern Ireland, fields are completely flat, as far as the eye can see, and most fields are between 50-100 acres. The climate is much colder and it is true what they say ‘Chicago really is the Windy City’. Illinois has more extreme weather than at home. When I first arrived it was between 30-35 degrees Celsius, and currently it is between zero and five degrees celsius with wind most days.

Living and working at Butlerview Farm is like a ‘home from home’, and I have the pleasure of living with the farm managers, Joe and Amber Price, and their young family, where I really am treated like part of the family. I am included in everything they do, from going out for evening meals to going to the kids baseball games.

The living arrangements and using the same machines as we have on the farm at home, John Deere tractor, tub feeder and Bobcat skid loaders all helped to make the transition of living over here a lot easier.

 Although I am really enjoying it over here I am looking forward to coming home for three weeks around Christmas for the Winter Fair at Balmoral, my 21st birthday, and of course, Christmas with my family and friends.

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The heifer barn and calf hutches at Butlerview Farm in the USA.

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Harper Adams University student Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, pictured with Cookview Goldwyn Monique.

October 2013: Success for HYB at All-Britain Calf Show

Thirteen members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club travelled to Stoneleigh Park last weekend to compete at the All Britain All Breeds Calf Show.

The two-day event is the largest livestock show in the UK attracting more than 300 animals.

Day one was showmanship day and four local members who qualified at the Northern Ireland Multi-breed Calf Show were put their paces in the showring.

First into the ring was Desmond McCorry from Aghalee, who matched his performance in last year’s junior showmanship class by coming fourth. Matthew McLean from Bushmills came eleventh in a large Intermediate class with 21 competitors.

Mark Henry from the Mostragee Herd in Stranocum impressed judge Rickey Barrett and was placed first in the Senior  showmanship class; while Leiza Montgomery from Saintfield came seventh in the mature showmanship section, which proved to be the toughest class of the day.

Calf Show presentation

Mark Henry from Stranocum won the senior showmanship class at the All-Britain Calf Show, held at Stoneleigh. He was congratulated by Holstein UK president Jimmy Wilson, judge Rickey Barrett, and a representative from the sponsors Genus ABS.

Day two and it was the calves that were centre stage in the showring. Team Northern Ireland was ready for the challenge.  Holstein UK classifier Phil Arrell who lives in England but has his roots firmly in Northern Ireland sourced the calves from English club members as he had in previous years. Northern Ireland’s borrowed calves were turned out very well and were all placed well with three of the six coming in the top 10.

NI HYB members Hannah Lilburn, Moira, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde, and John McLean, Bushmills put their skills to use by helping the teams of Willholme Ayrshires, Fourcrosses Jerseys and Bluegrass Jerseys respectively. These teams had calves that did well in the championships, and John McLean was reserve champion Jersey showman.

The club would like to thank Phil Arrell, the Cope family from the Shropshire Club, and Stubbs Partners from the Staffordshire Club, Izzy Whittaker and Mark Robinson from the Western Club and David Booth from Lancashire.

HYB co-rdinator Jonny Lyons said:”Many thanks to National Milk Records for their continued sponsorship towards travel to the event. The club had a great weekend away, and as always worked well as a team.”

Anyone interested in joining the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club should contact club co-ordinator Jonny Lyons on mobile: 07709 430517.

Action packed day for HYB members at summer fun day

There was a large turnout of members at the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club’s recent clipping and showing demonstration, hosted by the Henry Family at Stranocum in north Antrim.

The event which included a summer fun day, also attracted a number of new faces, and had a practical approach with young dairy cattle enthusiasts perfecting their clipping and handling skills. They also had an opportunity to put their judging skills to the test.

Mentor Louise Graham from Moira took charge of the handling workshop, with Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, and Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, demonstrating the clipping. Richard Graham, Moira, was the master judge for the stockjudging competition.

The handling demonstration proved very useful to members, especially as the annual Multi Breed calf show takes place next week. This was the ideal opportunity for members to pick up some tips which may come in useful for the handling classes. Louise led a very practical demonstration, giving all members an opportunity to practice their handling ability.

The clipping workshop was similar with Andrew Kennedy and Andrew Patterson doing a demonstration, and afterwards allowing the young members to have a go themselves. This proved to be a very useful exercise, as many of the members had no clipping experience.

Finally, the stockjudging competition attracted a lot of attention, but with the high quality of cattle on show it proved to be a difficult task. However, the winners on the day were Ben Shanks, Dunadry, and James Weatherup, Carrickfergus.

Organisers were pleased to welcome BBC Radio Ulster’s Anne Marie McAleese, who recorded a few interviews throughout the day, which were later broadcast on her radio show ‘Your Place and Mine’.

Thanks go to Richard and Louise Graham, Andrew Kennedy and Andrew Patterson for their help and assistance with the workshops throughout the day.

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons thanked the Henry family for hosting this very successful day. A lot of hard work had gone into this event, halter training calves for the handling and clipping which had been done in preparation for the day. The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club would like to express its sincere thanks to the whole Henry family.

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BBC Radio Ulster's Anne Marie McAleese with HYB mentor Louise Graham from Moira. The interviews were broadcast on 'Your Place and Mine'.

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The Henry family from Stranocum who hosted the HYB's recent clipping and showing demonstration and summer fun day.

September 2013: Hilltara victory in Holstein showring

The Bangor-based Hilltara Herd was victorious for the third year in succession, taking the supreme overall and exhibitor-bred championship awards in the Holstein section at the 11th annual multi breed calf show.

The 300-cow herd, owned by Holstein NI chairman Sam McCormick, and son John, also lifted the honourable mention award at the one-day event near Moira.

Top honours went to the July 2012 born Hilltara Windbrook Tury 2, a Gillette Windbrook daughter, bred from the EX94 Hilltara Jordan Tury – reserve breed champion at Balmoral Show three years ago.

“This heifer has all the qualities I love to see in a show calf. She is feminine, oozes breed character, has width behind, and tracks well on a great set of feet and legs,” said judge Steve Miller from the noted 300-cow Shanael Herd based in Worcestershire.

The day’s reserve championship went to Drumnaheigh Amber Denise, a seven-month-old heifer calf from the father and son team of Trevor and William McCormick, who run a 220-cow herd near Ballycastle in north Antrim.  Sired by stock bull Priestland Amber, her dam is Slackwater Mahogany Denise.

“The reserve champion is a well-balanced and beautiful young calf. She full of dairy character and is a great prospect for the future. “

Taking the honourable mention plaudits was the August 2012 born Hilltara Windbrook Charlotte 2. Also by Gillette Windbrook, she is bred from Hilltara Freelance Charlotte 2 – from the same family as Gibson and Cousteau.

“The championship line-up features three great calves, all of which I would like to take home,” added the judge.

The Holstein showmanship section was also hotly contested with the championship ribbons going to Colin Todd from Monaghan, who was the winner of the senior class. Taking the reserve championship was Eleanor O’Neill from Saintfield, who took top honours in the mature showmanship class. The honourable mention award went to Desmond McCorry from Aghalee, winner of the junior class.

The Holstein calf classes were sponsored by John Thompson and Sons Ltd, while the exhibitor-bred championship prizes were sponsored by Alan Armstrong from Western Farm Enterprises. The NIorthen Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is also indebted to Genus ABS for its continued sponsorship of the showmanship section.

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons said:"A special word of thanks to our judge, and to Michael Taaffe for allowing us to use the facilities at the Pedigree Sales Arena. Thanks also to Alison Beattie from Farm Wardrobe who supplied embroidered coats for the winners of the showmanship and calf championships.

Results from the judging ring include:

Specials

Hamish Logan Trophy presented by Macminn for the champion handler: Colin Todd.

 Ulster Bank Cup for the reserve champion handler: Eleanor O’Neill.

Crystal Rosebowl for the champion calf: Sam and John McCormick.

McCann Shield for the reserve champion calf: William McCormick.

Honourable Mention calf: Sam and John McCormick.

Showmanship

Novice handler, under eight-years-old on 01/01/13 – 1, Hannah Williamson, Monaghan; 2, John Hamilton, Newtownards; 3, James Patton, Carrowdore.

Junior handler, under twelve-years-old on 01/01/13 – 1, Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; 2, Rachel Corley, Smithborough; 3, Rebekah Williamson, Monaghan.

 Intermediate handler, aged between 13 and 15-years-old – 1, Matthew McLean, Bushmills; 2, Abigail McLean, Straid; 3, Lauren Henry, Stranocum.

Senior handler, aged between 16 and 20-years-old – 1, Colin Todd, Monaghan; 2, Mark Henry, Stranocum; 3, Heather Martin, Newtownards.

Mature handler, aged between 21 to 26-years-old – 1, Eleanor O’Neill, Saintfield; 2, Rachael Wilson, Newtownabbey; 3, Andrew Patton, Newtownards.

Calf Classes

Calf, born on or after 01/02/13 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, William McCormick, Ballycastle, Drumnaheigh Amber Denise by Priestland Amber; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Windhammer Wendy by Gilette Windhammer; 3, Henry Family, Stranocum, Mostragee Dude Ellie by Gibbs-I Claynook Dude.

Calf, born between 01/12/11 and 31/01/13 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, Ards Alexander Tiffany by Golden Oaks St Alexander; 2, McLean Family, Bushmills, Priestland Shottle J Rose by Picston Shottle; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Fever Reann 2 by Crackholm Fever.

Calf, born between 01/10/12 and 30/11/12 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Dempsey Charlotte by Lirr Drew Dempsey; 2, McLean Family, Priestland Braxton Lucia by Regancrest S Braxton; 3, Henry Family, Mostragee Extreme Ellie by Mr Andis Alta Extreme.

Calf, born between 01/08/12 and 30/09/12 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Windbrook Charlotte 2 by Gillette Windbrook; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Epic Bliss by Genervations Epic ET; 3, Thomas Lilburn, Moira, Brookvale Berryhill Orca by Berryhill.

Calf, born between 01/06/12 and 31/07/12 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Windbrook Tury 2 by Gillette Windbrook; 2, Henry Family, Mostragee Windbrook Ella ET by Gillette Windbrook; 3, Seamus Gunn, Derrylin, Ernevale Lavanguard Rosina by Comestar Lavanguard.

Calf, born between 01/04/12 and 31/05/12 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Windbrook Ambrosia by Gillette Windbrook; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Fever Reann by Crackholm Fever; 3, Weatherup Family, Carrickfergus, Quarterland Bruce Rosemary by Moorcastle Bruce.

Pictures Jane Steel

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Hannah Williamson, Monaghan, won the novice Holstein Showmanship award. She was congratulated by judge Steve Miller.

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Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, won the junior showmanship class and the honourable mention award. He is pictured with Caroline Fullerton, Genus ABS, sponsor, and judge Steve Miller.

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Winner of the intermediate showmanship class was Matthew McLean, Bushmills. Adding their congratulations are sponsor Caroline Fullerton, Genus ABS, and judge Steve Miller.

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Senior showmanship class winner Colin Todd, Monaghan, also scooped the championship award.He was congratulated by Caroline Fullerton, Genus ABS, sponsor; and judge Steve Miller.

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Elearnor O'Neill, Saintfield, won the mature showmanship class and the reserve championship award. She received her prize from Caroline Fullerton, Genus ABS, and Steve Millar, judge.

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Reserve champion and reserve exhibitor-bred champion was Drumnaheigh Amber Denise shown by William McCormick, Ballycastle. Adding their congratulations are Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, sponsor, and judge Steve Miller.

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Andrew Patton, Newtownards, exhibited the first prize winning Ards Alexander Tiffany. Included is judge Steve Miller.

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John and Kathryn McCormick receive the supreme championship and exhibitor-bred championship award for Hilltara Windbrook Tury 2, from judge Steve Miller, and Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, sponsor.

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Matthew Patton, Newtownards, exhibited the first prize winning Ards Windbrook Ambrosia. Included is Steve Miller, judge.

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Honourable mention calf was Hilltara Windbrook Charlotte 2 shown by Kate McCormick, Bangor. Included is judge Steve Millar.

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Sam McCormick's Hilltara Dempsey Charlotte, shown by Eleanor O'Neill, was a class winner at the 11th annual multi-breed calf show, held at Moira. Included are Steve Millar, judge; and HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons.

September 2013: HYB members continue winning streak at national Weekend Rally

Twenty-four members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club travelled to the annual Weekend Rally, held recently at Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire.

Hosted by the Yorkshire HYB Club, the event attracted members from 16 clubs throughout the UK, as well as a team from Ireland.

The action-packed weekend kicked off with members competing in a treasure hunt around the college campus. Everyone enjoyed this activity which included tasks such as dunking for apples and naming famous cows. Following the treasure hunt members dressed up in their cowboy attire for the Wild Wild West themed evening.

The annual stockjudging competiton took place at the Waring family’s Winton herd based in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Four members took part in the judging, two juniors and two seniors.

Northern Ireland’s junior members were brothers John and Matthew McLean from Bushmills. The senior members were Andrew Patton, Newtownards and William Bolton, Maghera.

Members had to judge two classes, heifers and cows, and then give reasons on one class which proved a difficult job due to the high standard of cattle on show.

Andrew Patton was also one of three competitors asked to give his reasons in front of the spectators, as he had finished in the top three for reason giving.

On Saturday afternoon members returned to the college campus to compete in team games. Activities included building a tent blind folded, and building a sling shot to fire an egg the furthest distance. This competition brought out the competitive streak in some individuals!

Once the games were over members got suited and booted and headed off to the masquerade ball. NI club member Gavin O’Hagan, Mayobridge, was in charge of making masks for everyone to wear and did a super job – making masks of NI HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons. The masks were so good it was hard to tell who the real Jonny was! The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The annual‘Field to Foto’ competiton took place on Sunday morning, during which up to two teams of five from each club participate in clipping, washing, showing and photographing a calf.

This is always one of the most highly anticipated events at the Weekend Rally, and as the NI  Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has retained first place in both sections for the last two years, the pressure was on to keep the titles for the third year!

This year NI’s A team included Andrew Patterson, Crumlin; Hannah Lilburn, Moira; Kate McCormick, Bangor; Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde; and Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield.

NI’s B team consisted of Mark Henry, Stranocum; William McCormick, Mosside; Matthew McLean, Bushmills; David McAllister, Dervock; and Heather Martin, Newtownards.

Once the ‘Field to Foto’ competition was over, members gathered in anticipation for the results of the various activities during the Weekend Rally.

Once again members of Northern Ireland HYB did not disappoint!

The Northern Ireland club won the treasure hunt and team games - a good start to the results section.

Next to be announced was the judging competition. John McLean was placed second in the junior section. However, the team consisting of John McLean, Matthew McLean, Andrew Patton and William Bolton gained first place overall.

The ‘Field to Foto’ results are given out in stages before the overall placings are revealed.            In the A team, Andrew Patterson was placed third in the clipping competition, while Leiza Montgomery gained second place in the handling competition.

In the B team, Mark Henry won the clipping competition, with Matthew McLean and David McAllister winning the washing competition. Heather Martin was placed third in the handling competition.

Then the moment everyone was waiting for, the Northern Ireland HYB were crowned the winners of the A and B team ‘Field to Foto’ competition for the third year in succession!

Club co-ordinator Jonny Lyons said: “A large group of members travelled to the Weekend Rally, and everyone represented Northern Ireland to a very high standard. We virtually’cleaned-up’ at the event, which is testimony to the talent within our club, along with everyone’s determination and ability to work as a team”.

HYB A team

The NI HYB's winning A team, from left: Lindsey Fleming, Seaforde; Andrew Patterson, Crumlin; Kate McCormick, Bangor; Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield; and Hannah Lilburn, Moira, were congratulated by Holstein UK president Tom Cope; and Stephanie Whittaker, Genus ABS.

HYB B team

Holstein UK president Tom Cope, and Stephanie Whittaker from Genus ABS, congratulate the NI HYB B team, Mark Henry, Stranocum; Heather Martin, Newtownards; Matthew McLean, Bushmills; David McAllister, Dervock; and William McCormick, Mosside, on their success at the Weekend Rally.

August 2013:  NI HYB members savour success at All-Ireland calf show

NINE members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club recently attended the Irish Holstein Friesian Association’s All-Ireland Calf Show, held at Kilkenny.

This was the second consecutive year that members from the Northern Ireland HYB have competed at the two-day event, which included clipping and showmanship classes as well a calf show.

For the first time the local team took part on both days, as this year they were provided with a team of calves to look after and show. The club would like to express its thanks to Brendan Greenan from the Breffni/Oriel YMA club who organised the loan of the calves.

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons added: “Due to export movement restrictions we couldn’t take our own animals. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the farmers who agreed to lend us their calves for the duration of the event.”

Team members Mark Henry, Stranocum, and David McAlister, Bushmills, were chosen to compete in the clipping competition. The teams were given 70 minutes to clip and prepare the calf for show, and then parade it in front of the judge and the audience for the winner to be decided. Great success was realised when Mark and David were awarded first place in the clipping competition, a great achievement!

Northern Ireland team members didn’t disappoint in the showmanship competition. Two members from each club were permitted to participate in each age category, which meant classes were in excess of 20 competitors.

From NI HYB the two junior members were Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, and Ellie McClean, Bushmills. Intermediate members were James Anthony McCorry, Aghalee, and Lauren Henry, Stranocum; while the senior members were Heather Martin, Newtownards, and Hannah Lilburn, Moira.

In the junior class, Desmond McCorry was placed third and Ellie McClean was placed seventh. In the intermediate class Lauren Henry was placed fourth and James Anthony McCorry was placed eleventh. In the senior class Heather Martin was placed second and Hannah Lilburn was placed third.

 “All members were placed very highly in their classes and definitely deserve credit for their achievements. What a successful trip!” exclaimed HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons.

The calf show classes took place on the second day and the NI HYB members were placed highly in their various classes.

Jonny Lyons added: “ We had a very enjoyable and successful two-day trip to the IHFA’s All-Ireland Calf Show. I would like to extend my thanks to Chestnut Animal Feeds for providing sponsorship for the trip, and also to Mark Henry and David McAlister for clipping the calves which were provided. I would also like to thank our enthusiastic members for taking part in the event, as without them the club would not be so successful”.

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club would also like to thank the Breffni/Oriel, Kildare, Cork and Kilkenny IHFA YMA clubs for providing help and equipment throughout the duration of the event, it was much appreciated.”

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Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club team who competed at the IHFA's All-Ireland Calf Show in Kilkenny.

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James Chestnutt, Chestnutt Animal Feeds, Stranocum, presents a sponsorship cheque to HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons, and club member Mark Henry.

Moira venue for multi-breed dairy calf show on September 7

The Ayrshire, Holstein and Jersey club’s have announced details of this year’s 11th annual multi-breed calf show which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Saturday, September 7.

“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 spokesman of 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 breeds.

The Holstein classes will be judged by Steve Millar from the Shanael Herd based in Worcestershire. Genus ABS is sponsoring the Holstein showmanship section, while John Thompson and Sons is providing the prize fund for the Holstein calf classes. Alan Armstrong of Western Farm Enterprises is sponsoring the exhibitor-bred awards.

United Feeds is backing the Jersey calf and showmanship classes. OB Construction is sponsoring the Ayrshire showmanship classes, while the calf classes are supported by John Thompson and Sons.

Judging of the Ayrshire section is in the capable hands of James Lawrie from the Cuthill Towers Herd based in Milnathort, Kinross-shire. The Jersey judge has still to be confirmed.

The closing date for entries is Monday, August 19. Entry forms and schedules for the Holstein section can be downloaded below. Alternatively contact HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons on mobile: 07709 430517.

Jersey prize schedules and entry forms are available from Ashley Fleming on mobile: 07775 561823.

To obtain a copy of the Ayrshire schedule and entry form contact Jayne McConnell on mobile: 07734 231802.

July 2013: Fun for all the family on August 10

A warm invitation is extended to all young Holstein, Ayrshire and Jersey enthusiasts to attend a clipping and showing demonstration in North Antrim.

Taking place on Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 3pm, the event, which includes a family fun day, will be hosted by Tommy Henry and family, on-farm at 17 Ballykenver Road, Stranocum, County Antrim, BT53 8PZ.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator Jonny Lyons said:”This is a joint multi-breed event, and will give young members an opportunity to learn the finer points of animal preparation and showmanship ahead of the annual calf show at Moira on September 7. Thanks to our mentor and instructor Louise Graham from Moira, who will share her expertise with the young dairy enthusiasts.

Further details from HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons on mobile: 07709430517.

Multi-breed event

Eager showmen David McAlllister, John McLean and Matthew McLean, are looking forward to the multi-breed dairy calf clipping and showing demonstration at Stranocum on Saturday, August 10. They are getting a few tips ahead of the event from HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons.

July 2013: HYB members savour success at national level

THE Holstein Young Breeders’ Club’s National Competitions Day took place recently at the Leicestershire-based Saxelby Herd, owned by Andrew, Rose and Janet Stafford.

The herd was first established in the late 1940s with purely commercial cattle, and commenced a grading-up programme in 1982. Its current 305 day herd average is 11,361kg 3.69% butterfat and 3.14% protein on twice daily milking.

Teams from Northern Ireland consisted of members who had qualified from the judging heats earlier in the year. There were two different sections which members could qualify for, stock judging and linear judging.

The stock judging team consisted of Matthew McLean, Bushmills, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde, and Andrew Patton, Newtownards; while the linear team was made up of Matthew McLean, Bushmills, Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde, Mark Henry, Stranocum, William Bolton, Maghera and James Patterson, Crumlin.

Members not only enjoyed the great weather but had great success at the judging. Matthew McLean realised first place in the junior stock judging section, with the team getting placed 7th overall.

In the linear section, Mark Henry was placed third in the individual intermediate section, and along with team mate Lindsay Fleming won first prize in the intermediate section.

NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator Jonny Lyons, who travelled with members to the event said: “It was a very successful day for members of NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club, and was definitely worth the journey across the water. I would also like to thank Dairy Herd Management who generously sponsored the team’s trip to the National finals.”

Members are reminded to keep an eye on the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club’s facebook page, along with the farming press for upcoming events throughout the summer. Anyone interested joining the HYB should contact club co-ordinator Jonny Lyons on mobile: 07709 430517.

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NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club members Matthew McLean, Bushmills; Mark Henry, Stranocum; and Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde, savoured success at Holstein UK's National Competitions Day, held at the Saxelby Herd in Leicestershire

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Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club who competed at Holstein UK's National Competitions Day, hosted by the Saxelby Herd in Leicestershire. From left: Matthew McLean, Bushmills; James Patterson, Crumlin; Mark Henry, Stranocum; Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; William Bolton, Maghera; Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde; and Andrew Patton, Newtownards.

July 2013: Invitation to multi-breed dairy event on August 10

All roads will lead to Stranocum on Saturday, August 10, for a multi-breed dairy calf clipping and showmanship demonstration and family fun day.

The event will be hosted by the Tommy Henry and family, and runs from 10am to 3pm.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator Jonny Lyons said:”This is a joint event for members of the Holstein, Ayrshire and Jersey clubs, and will give young members an opportunity to learn the finer points of showmanship ahead of the annual multi-breed calf show at Moira on September 7.

“Mentor and instructor for the event is former Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member and accomplished judge Louise Graham from Moira. Everyone is welcome, and it promises to be an education and fun filled afternoon .”

Further details from HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons on mobile: 07709430517

May 2013: HYB prize draw winners announced

The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is set to benefit from the proceeds of a prize draw organised by the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club.

The winning tickets were drawn at Balmoral Show by breed judge Elwyn Thomas from Carmathenshire.

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Balmoral judge Elwyn Thomas draws the winning tickets in the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club's charity prize draw. Lending a hand is HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons.

Prize winners include:

Cow painting donated by Andreena McCormick – Ryan Phillips, Ederney.

Clipping jacket donated by Agri-Promotions – Philip Arrell, Shropshire.

Two AI guns donated by AI Services (NI) Ltd – Seams Gunn, Derrylin.

Coat donated by Semex – John Gribbon, Lancashire.

Body warmer donated by Alta Genetics  - Robert Forest, Cork.

Hamper donated by United Dairy Farmers Ltd – Thomas Phillips, Ederney.

Voucher for 55 Degrees North donated by Ballyrashane Creamery – Joan Dunlop, Ballymoney.

Five straws of Toc Farm Goldsun donated by Western Farm Enterprises – Timothy Haffey, Lurgan.

Five straws of Laurelhill Regent donated by Cogent – Ben Mallon, Toomebridge.

Voucher donated by the Plough Inn, Hillsborough – Pauline McCorry, Aghalee.

Hamper donated by Fivemiletown Creamery – Sandra Taylor, Ballymoney.

Five straws Golden Oaks ST Alexander donated by World Wide Sires – James Stewart, Banbridge.

Five straws Ballycairn Oman Pello donated by Genus ABS- Robert Smith, Londonderry.

Voucher donated by George Shanks – Wilson Patton, Newtownards.

Enovex Pour-on donated by Jubilee Veterinary Centre – Malcolm McCracken, Newtownards.

Wormer donated by veterinary surgeon WP McCullough – Dylan Thompson, Kesh.

Scraf donated by Old Manor Mill – Aaron Cleland, Newtownards.

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons said:”A special thank you to everyone who supported our charity raffle, and congratulations to those who featured in the prize list.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses who donated items for the draw.

May 2013: Ards herd challenges skills of Holstein judging competitors

A very good event with top quality cattle and lots of enthusiastic young members was how master judge Garry Hurley from County Wicklow described Holstein NI’s annual stockjudging competition.

Sponsored by Ecosyl forage inoculants from Volac, the event was hosted by the noted Ards Herd, owned by Harry Patton, and sons Wallace and Wilson, from Newtownards, County Down.  Founded 1958, the 280-cow herd boasts an average yield of over 9,000kgs at 3.85% butterfat and 3.20% protein on twice-a-day-milking.

Mr Hurley, who runs the 100-cow Clonpaddin Herd near Arklow, praised the quality of the cattle presented for judging. “The senior cows were outstanding, and the four classes which included junior cows, senior heifers and junior heifers, were all fairly awkward. They certainly presented a challenge for the young and experienced judges competing in the competition.

“It was encouraging to see such a good turnout of Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members. They took the competition very seriously, and their structured reasoning skills were excellent.”

The annual event is organised to select an HYB team to represent Northern Ireland at Holstein UK’s National Competitions Day.

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons said:” A special word of thanks to the Glenbank, Relough and Lissue Herds who hosted stockjudging and linear practices ahead of today’s competition. Each competitor’s highest score from the practice sessions is added to today’s score, and the top placed individuals in each category are selected to compete at the national finals in England.

“Thanks also to our coaches and mentors Ashley Fleming and Mark Logan for their dedication and assistance during the three practice sessions; and to Nicholas McCann who acted as master judge for the linear competition.”

Holstein NI secretary John Martin announced the day’s winners in each hotly contested category:

HYB Junior -Stockjudging: 1, Harry Orr, Cloughmills; 2, Matthew Patton, Newtownards; 3, Samuel McMurray, Banbridge; Linear: 1, Matthew McLean, Bushmills; 2, Rachel McMurray, Banbridge; 3, Desmond McCorry, Aghalee.

HYB Intermediate - Stockjudging: 1, Lindsey Fleming, Seaforde; 2, Mark Henry, Stranocum; 3, David McAllister, Dervock; Linear: 1, Andrew McLean, Donaghmore; 2, Mark Henry; 3,Matthew  Muldrew, Armagh.

HYB Senior – Stockjudging: 1, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena; 2, Andrew Patton, Newtownards; 3, James Patterson, Crumlin; Linear: 1, Andrew Kennedy; 2, equal Caroline Currie, Lanark, and James Patterson; 3, William Bolton, Maghera.

Open category – Stockjudging: 1, Robert Wallace, Templepatrick; 2, John McCormick, Bangor; 3, Trevor Muldrew, Armagh.

The HYB stockjudging team representing Northern Ireland at Holstein UK’s national Competitions Day at the Saxelby Herd on July 6, includes Andrew Kennedy, Lindsey Fleming and Brian Weatherup. The linear judging team comprises of James Patterson, Andrew Kennedy, Matthew McLean, Desmond McCorry, Mark Henry and Lindsey Fleming.

 Holstein NI chairman Sam McCormick thanked the Patton family for their hospitality, and Newtownards YFC who provided the BBQ lunch. “We’ve had a very enjoyable day, and an opportunity to see some excellent cows and heifers. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the successful running of this year’s event, and congratulations and good luck to the young members who are destined for the national finals.

“Thanks also to our sponsor, Derek Nelson, representing Ecosyl forage inoculants from Volac, for his generous and continued sponsorship of our annual stockjudging event.”

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Andrew Patton addresses visitors during their visit to the Ards Herd.

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Derek Nelson, NI area manager, Ecosyl, sponsor, congratulates HYB members who qualified for the national stockjudging finals. From left: Lindsey Fleming, Seaforde; Brian Weatherup, Ballyclare; and Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena.

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HYB linear judges who will represent Northern Ireland at the national finals, from left: Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; James Patterson, Crumlin, Matthew McLean, Bushmills; Lindsey Fleming, Seaforde; Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena; and Mark Henry, Stranocum. Adding his congratulations is Derek Nelson, NI area manager, Ecosyl, sponsor.

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Robert Wallace, Templepatrick, won the open stockjudging class for the second year in succession. He was congratulated by sponsor Derek Nelson, Ecosyl forage inoculants from Volac.

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Host Wallace Patton, Ards Herd, with Robert Wallace, Templepatrick, and Gaston Wallace, Nutt's Corner.

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Enjoying Holstein NI's annual stockjudging event are Jacqueline Weatherup, Ballyclare; Ellie McLean, Bushmills; and Julie Weatherup, Ballyclare

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HYB bmembers take part at the annual stockjudging competition hosted by the Ards Herd.

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Timothy and Emma Haffey, Lurgan, compete at the annual stockjudging event.

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Gary Reid, Drumbo, during Holstein NI's stockjudging competition.

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John Patterson, Crumlin, and Holstein NI vice-chairman Gaston Wallace, Nutt's Corner, complete their judging cards at the club's annual competition.

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Holstein enthusiasts from throughout the province took part in the annual stockjudging competition, hosted by the Ards Herd.

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Master judge Garry Hurley from Arklow, County Wicklow

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Holstein NI's stockjudging host Wilson Patton, Newtownards.

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Taking part at Holstein NI's annual stockjudging competition.

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Pictured at Holstein NI's annual stockjudging competition are, from left: Derek Nelson, Ecosyl, sponsor; Sam McCormick, club chairman; and Garry Hurley, Arklow, master judge

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Ashley Fleming, Seaforde, and Iain McLean, Bushmills, complete their judging cards at Holstein NI's annual stockjudging competition.

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Competitors test their judging skills during a visit to the Ards Herd.

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Daniel Patton completes his judging card

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Kathryn McCormick, Bangor, takes part in the stockjudging competition

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Leiza Montgomery, and daughter Ava, pictured at the annual stockjudging event.

April 2013: A great night for HYB at Lissue Holsteins

Lissue herd hosts HYB linear and clipping event

More than 80 members and friends of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club attended its recent linear judging practice and clipping demonstration, hosted by the McAufield family’s Lissue herd near Lisburn.

It was a great night, with high quality animals and leading genetics on display, such as Redrose and Regenia, and the much-admired Gravelhill Alexander Hope which recently classified VG89 2yr.

Before starting master judges, Mark Logan and Ashley Fleming, gave a very informative presentation on the linear scoring system using a cow as an example. This proved necessary as the class of four top quality heifers, which included the Hope heifer, created a challenge even for the most seasoned judges present.

Results from the event include:

Junior – 1, Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; 2, James McEvoy, Gilford; 3, Brian Weatherup, Ballyclare

Intermediate – 1, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde; 2, Matthew McLean, Bushmills; 3, Mark Henry, Stranocum.

Senior – 1, James Patterson, Crumlin; 2, Gavin O’Haga, Newry; 3, William Bolton, Maghera.
 

After the judging, Andrew Kennedy demonstrated the important aspects of clipping a show calf.  He focused on the top line and belly hair, and encouraged all members to select a calf and get involved in exhibiting at their local show.

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons said:  “On behalf of the HYB I would like to sincerely thank Adrian and Conor McAufield for allowing us to use their farm, and for the excellent hospitality we received. The spread was something else!

“Thanks also to our master judges Mark and Ashley, and to Andrew Kennedy for conducting the clipping demonstration.”

Anyone interested in joining the HYB should contact Jonny Lyons for further information, mobile: 07709 430517.

Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ club are reminded that Holstein NI’s annual stockjudging event, sponsored by Ecosyl, takes place this Saturday (May 3) at the Patton family’s noted Ards Herd, 148 Movilla Road, Newtownards, County Down, commencing at 11am.

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Master judge and mentor Mark Logan outlines the finer points of linear judging to members of the HYB.

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A large crowd attended the HYB's linear judging and clipping demonstration, hosted by the McAufield family's Lissue herd.

March 2013: Glenbank herd hosts HYB judging practice

More than 70 Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members braved the cold weather and attended the recent judging practice hosted by the Totten family,  Glenbank Holsteins, Glenavy, County Antrim.

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons welcomed everyone and said “It is great to see such a large turnout of members, especially 30 potential new members taking an interest in the organisation. I would really encourage everyone to take part in the club’s judging practices and other social events.”

The Totten family very kindly prepared a class of in-milk heifers and a class of older cows for the members to judge. Everyone tested their judging skills, but it wasn’t an easy competition due to the very high standard of cattle.

Master judges for the evening were Ashley Fleming from Seaforde, and Mark Logan from the Clandeboye Estate in Bangor.

Ashley Fleming also gave new members a run down on how to judge a class of cows, and pointed out the attributes to look for when judging dairy cattle.

The results for the evening were as follows:

Junior Section – 1, Brian Weatherup, Ballyclare; 2,Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; 3, Tom McKnight, Lisburn.

Intermediate Section – 1, Mark Henry, Stranocum, and Lindsey Fleming, Seaforde; 2, Lyndon Fleming, Seaforde.

Senior Section – 1, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena; 2, Andrew Patton, Newtownards; 3, Scott McLean, Portrush.

The evening ended with Jonny Lyons thanking everyone for taking part, and congratulating those who were placed in the various sections.

A vote of thanks was extended to the evening’s hosts. “On behalf of the NI HYB I would like to express a sincere thank you to Kenneth and the rest of the Totten family for going to so much effort in preparing the cows and providing a delicious supper.”

“Thanks also to Ashley Fleming and Mark Logan for acting as master judges, and for the expert advice and tuition they gave to the young members.”

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club’s next stockjudging practice will take place on Tuesday, April 9 at the McLean family’s Relough Holstein Herd, 10 Tullyarran Road, Donaghmore, Dungannon, County Tyrone, BT70 3HQ, commencing at 8pm.

For more information about forthcoming NI HYB Events contact club co-ordinator Jonny Lyons on mobile: 07709430517.

HYB members are also reminded that they must attend at least one judging practise, along with the club judging day, to qualify for the national HYB Competitions Day in July.

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David, Lily and Kenneth Totten, Glenbank Herd, Glenavy.

February 2013: HYB unveils new clothing range

By Andrew Patton, HYB

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has unveiled a new range of clothing and merchandise for 2013.

Designed exclusively for the NI HYB, the new range includes polo shirts, clipping jackets, coats and hoodies, and is available from Farm Wardrobe - a company headed up by former club member Alison Beattie (nee Millar).

The co-ordinated clothing, which features the HYB logo and the Dairymaster logo, can be purchased directly from the HYB’s dedicated web page on the Farm Wardrobe website.

All items are reasonably priced, and are a must-have for all club members! Log on to www.farm-wardrobe.com, and follow the breed societies link.

The new polo shirts, which were unveiled earlier this week, have been kindly sponsored by Dairymaster agents, Cookstown Dairy Services, a company with offices at Ardee, County Louth, and Ballymoney, County Antrim.

HYB co-ordinator, Jonny Lyons said: “On behalf of the club I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Cookstown Dairy Services for its generous sponsorship.”

The company was founded more than 25 years ago, and is one of the leading milking equipment suppliers in the North East of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Cookstown Dairy Services boasts a dedicated team, providing its customers with advice on sales, planning, and installation of state-of-the-art milking equipment. The company also operates a 365-day after-sales service.

The HYB has also announced details of its forthcoming stockjudging practice sessions:

 Thursday, 21st March - Kenny Totten’s Glenbank Herd, 51 Tullynewbank Road, Glenavy, Co Antrim.

Tuesday, 9th April – Messrs McLean’s Relough Herd, 10 Tullyarran Road, Donaghmore, Dungannon. County Tyrone.

Both events commence at 8pm, and warm welcome is extended to all members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club.

“Membership of the HYB is open to Holstein enthusiasts aged between 4 and 26-years-old. We are keen to attract new members, and anyone interested in joining the HYB is welcome to come along and take part.” added Jonny Lyons.

For further information contact HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons on mobile: 07709430517.

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The NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club has unveiled its new 2013 polo shirt. Included are club members with HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons; Alison Beattie, and daughter Alexandra, Farm Wardrobe; and Nigel Wright, service technician, Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsor.

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HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons, left, takes delivery of the club's new polo shirt from Alison Beattie, Farm Wardrobe; and Nigel Wright, service technician, Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsor.

January 2013: Northern Ireland HYB finalist for President’s Medal

Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member William Bolton has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for Holstein UK’s prestigious President’s Medal.

The winner will be announced at the British Cattle Breeders’ Conference which takes place at Telford in Shropshire on January 21 to 23.

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HYB Presidents Medal nominee William Bolton receives his trophy from Maeve Wilson, and club chairman Jay Warden.

William Bolton is one of three HYB members who were selected following an interview held at Holstein UK’s Scotsbridge House. The other finalists are Anna Dickinson from Yorkshire, and Molly Westwood from Devon.

A total of six HYB members from throughout the UK were nominated. The interview panel included Holstein UK president Tom Cope; Edward Griffiths, non-executive director of HYB; and Matt Nightingale from Genus ABS.

“The President’s Medal is the highest of accolades for any HYB member,” commented Holstein UK president, Tom Cope, following the interviews. “This competition never seems to disappoint, it proves the strength of talent within Holstein Young Breeders”.

Northern Ireland HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons added: “We are extremely proud of William’s achievement and wish him all the best for the final later this month. 

“He was selected to represent the club because of his super knowledge of the Holstein breed and agriculture in general, and has a strong opinion on how the breed should be developed. It is a great achievement to be selected as a finalist along with other such talented nominees.”

December 2012: Northern Ireland HYB member a great asset to team GB

More than 48 young breeders from across Europe competed in the first Junior Open Show which took place recently at the Italian National Holstein Show in Cremona.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members Andy Smith, Anna Dickinson, Lindsay Fleming and Daniel Bown, represented Holstein UK and came away with both the Junior and Senior Championship awards.

Cremona Team

Competitors were judged on four disciplines over the two-day competition, including a farm management quiz, stockjudging, clipping and showmanship. Results from each section were then added together to produce the overall winners.

Judging the competition was well-known Swiss dairy farmer Patrick Ruttiman who said it was a pleasure to see so many young breeders compete at such a high standard. “The UK team really stood out in all their classes. I was impressed with how well they showed off their calves through every section of the competition, never taking their eye off the prize.”

Shropshire HYB member Andy Smith won the ‘Senior Champion Breeder’ award and the ‘Overall Breeder’ title while Lindsay Fleming from the Northern Ireland HYB took the Junior Championship and was placed third overall across both age groups.

Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator Jonny Lyons passed on his congratulations to Lindsay.  “It has been a great year for Lindsay, winning top B Team Clipper at the HYB Rally in April, the Littlestar Award in October, and now Junior Champion at a major international event such as Cremona.  Lindsay is a great asset to the club and one to watch as he develops his skills as a young dairy enthusiast. Well done! “

Lindsay currently helps with the running of the Fleming family’s highly acclaimed herds of Jerseys, Holsteins and Dairy Shorthorns.  Also, as a keen cattle fitter, he can often be found helping cattle photographer Jane Steele as they travel round farms on both sides of the Irish Sea.

The Seaforde-based young breeder is a good stockman and shows a love of all good dairy cattle.  Coming from a predominantly Jersey back ground, Lindsay took the decision himself with the help of his father to invest in the Holstein breed.  As he is such a fine young farmer, the Northern Ireland HYB sees it as a tribute to the Holstein breed that he has chosen to develop his own black and white herd.  Now numbering five on the home farm, he has already carried out some ET work, as well as qualify for the prestigious McLarnon Dairy Cow Championship 2012 at Antrim Show.

Lindsay is a great young Holstein enthusiast who pours so much natural ability into all that he does whether it’s photographing with Jane Steele, showing at the many local shows, competing in HYB events or at home on the farm.

October 2012: HYB team realises success at All-Britain Calf Show

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club had a successful trip to last weekend’s All-Britain Multi-Breed Calf Show, held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

The local members who competed in the showmanship classes had qualified at the Northern Ireland calf show held in Moira at the end of August.

This year the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club was represented by brothers Desmond and James Anthony McCorry from Aghalee, Andrew Patterson from Crumlin and Leiza Montgomery from Saintfield.

Due to animal movement restrictions the local members had to borrow calves from English breeders.  This year the calves were on loan from the Staffordshire, Western and Shropshire clubs. HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons expressed his thanks to these clubs for their co-operation, and also thanked Phillip Arrell for sourcing the calves.

During the weekend event Andrew Patterson took charge of clipping the calves and setting their top lines, with help from Mark Henry, Stranocum, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde and Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena.

The showmanship classes were held on Saturday and team Northern Ireland did not disappoint. In the junior class Desmond McCorry was placed 4th in a 22 strong class which was a great achievement.                  

Leiza Montgomery won first prize in the mature showmanship class and later went on to be awarded reserve champion handler of the show.

Leiza was crowned champion handler at the Northern Ireland calf show, and it was great to see that her success was not limited to our own calf show but the national also.

Judging of the calf classes took place on Sunday, and the entries shown by the Northern Ireland team made their mark in the prize list. In the youngest class Whitegreave Springlebee Seaver Rose was placed third, while the remainder of the calves were all placed highly in their respective classes.

The Top Team Award takes into account the results from the showmanship and calf classes. The Northern Ireland team was placed fifth overall which proved the weekend was a success.

The success did not stop there, as one more award was announced: The Littlestar Award, presented by Dave and Bev Bostock, was introduced as an opportunity for the efforts of enthusiastic Holstein Young Breeders to be rewarded.

Every year, each club has the chance to nominate a member, who they feel, has contributed much in the way of participation, enthusiasm and assistance to their club mates.

This year the award was presented to Lindsay Fleming from Seaforde, which is a great achievement.  Lindsay’s success means Northern Ireland has brought home the coveted Littlestar Award three out of the last four years.

Allison Wilson from Newtownabbey won the award last year, while Andrew Patton from Crumlin was the recipient in 2009.  This is a great accomplishment for the Northern Ireland HYB.

Club co-ordinator Jonny Lyons said: ”Congratulations to Lindsay on winning this prestigious award. I would also like to congratulate the team on their achievements at the All-Britain Calf Show.

“The team’s spirits were high throughout the weekend, and their hard work paid off!  Thanks also to NMR for their generous sponsorship; and to the English clubs for providing the calves. A great weekend was had by all.”

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Leiza Montgomery won the mature showmanship class and was the reserve champion handler at the National All-Britain Calf Show. Adding their congratulations are representatives from Genus ABS, sponsors; judge Steve Millar, and Holstein UK president Tom Cope.

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Lindsey Fleming, Seaforde, receives the coveted Little Star Award from Holstein UK President Tom Cope.

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Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' team pictured at the All-Britain Calf Show, from left: Andrew Kennedy, Lindsay Fleming, Andrew Patterson, Jonny Lyons, David McAlister, Mark Henry, Desmond McCorry and Leiza Montgomery. Missing from the photograph is James Anthony McCorry.

Judge praises youngsters at 10th annual multi-breed calf show held at Moira

Hilltara claims Holstein championship honours

A tremendous show with some exceptional calves and an enthusiastic team of youngsters was how judge Richard Bown, described the Holstein entry at the 10th annual multi-breed dairy calf show, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

Mr Bown who runs the noted Richaven herd based in Worcestershire, thanked the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club for its invitation. “It has been a pleasure to judge this year’s show. These young showmen and women are the future of our breed, and the standard of showmanship has been tremendous throughout all of the classes. “

He added:”Competition at the top end of each calf class was exceptionally strong. There is a pattern to the type of calves I’ve picked today. I was looking for length, balance and femininity, as well as a calf that has the potential to mature into a long-lasting cow.”

Before making his final championship placings Mr Bown pulled out a line-up of five heifer calves. “These animals typify the values I am looking for, style, power, width through the front end, and good legs and feet.”

Claiming the supreme overall championship and exhibitor-bred honours for the second year in succession was the Hilltara herd, owned by the father and son team of Sam and John McCormick from Bangor, County Down. Their show stopper was the April 2011 born Hilltara Alexander Sara, a Goldenoaks ST Alexander daughter bred from the noted Ridgefield Sara Rampage Red VG89.

“This calf oozes dairyness and style for a mature calf. She has length, cleanness of bone and is feminine from head to toe. I love the way she moves, and for me this heifer is an outright and easy winner,” added the judge.

Securing the reserve championship ribbons, and the reserve exhibitor-bred award, was the eleven-month-old Ards Doberman Trish, shown by the Patton family from Newtownards, County Down. She is by the Picston Shottle son Coppertop Doberman, and is out of the home-bred Ards Baxter Trish VG85.

The day’s honourable mention award went to the December 2011 born Gravelhill Roseanne 10. This home-bred heifer was sired by the Picston Shottle son Gravelhill Lynx, and is bred from the VG86 Gravelhill Design Roseanne.

Richard Bown added:”The top three are exceptional calves and are very worthy winners on the day. “

Top honours in the showmanship section went to Leiza Montgomery from Saintfield, while Andrew Patterson from Crumlin, claimed the Ulster Bank Cup for the reserve champion handler.  Desmond McCorry from Aghalee scooped the honourable mention award.

“The top three handlers are a credit to the HYB and I hope they continue to do well in the future. All three of them stood out in their respective classes and grew in confidence as the day went on. “

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons congratulated the winners and thanked everyone who had contributed to the successful running of the one-day event. Thanks to our judge Richard Bown for giving up his time to officiate at this year’s show; and to our commentator Michael Taaffe for the use of the premises. Thanks also to our sponsors, Genus ABS, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, and Western Farm Enterprises, without whom this event would not have been possible.”

Results from the judging ring include:

Specials

Hamish Logan Trophy presented by Macminn for the champion handler: Leiza Montgomery.

 Ulster Bank Cup for the reserve champion handler: Andrew Patterson.

Crystal Rosebowl for the champion calf: Sam and John McCormick.

McCann Shield for the reserve champion calf: Patton Family.

Honourable Mention calf: David Wilson.

Showmanship

Novice handler, under eight-year-old on 1/1/12 – 1, Charlotte McLean, Straid; 2, Callum Reid, Drumbo; 3, Ben Reid, Drumbo; 4, John Hamilton, Bangor; 5, Max Watson, Macosquin.

Junior handler, under twelve-year-old on 1/1/12 – 1, Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; 2, Ellie Henry, Stranocum; 3, Ellie McLean, Bushmills; 4, Brian Weatherup, Ballyclare; 5, Jonathan Agnew, Markethill.

Intermediate handler, aged between 12 and 15-years-old – 1, James Anthony McCorry, Aghalee; 2, Andrea Rafferty, Monaghan; 3, Lauren Henry, Stranocum; 4, David McAlister; 5, James Weatherup, Ballyclare.

Senior handler, aged between 16 and 20-years-old  - 1, Andrew Patterson, Crumlin; 2, Allison Wilson, Newtownabbey; 3, Heather Martin, Newtownards; 4, Andrew Patton, Newtownards; 5, Rachael Wilson, Newtownabbey.

Mature handler, aged between 21 and 26-years-old – 1, Leiza Montgomery; 2, James Patterson, Crumlin; 3, Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey; 4, John Wallace, Nutt’s Corner; 5, Kathryn McCormick, Bangor.

Calf Classes

Calf, born on or after 01/02/12 – 1, Patton Family, Newtownards, Clonpaddin Windbrook Fame by Gilette Windbrook; 2, William Weatherup, Ballyclare, Lismay Sid Nanette by Pine Tree Sid; 3, and exhibitor-bred award John Patton and Sons, Crumlin, Ballyginniff Extreme Cindy 2 by Ms Andis Alta Extreme.

 Calf, born between 01/12/11 and 31/01/12 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award  David Wilson, Newtownabbey, Gravelhill Roseanne 10 by Gravelhill Lynx; 2, David Wilson, Gravelhill Lynx Anne by Gravelhill Lynx; 3, McLean Family, Bushmills, Priestland 5275 Fever Dellia by Crackholm Fever.

Calf, born between 01/10/11 and 30/11/11 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Palermo Breeze by Glen Ann Palermo; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Fever Maude 5 by Crackholm Fever; 3, David Wilson, Gravelhill Lynx Flo by Gravelhill Lynx.

Calf, born between 01/08/11 and 30/09/11 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Patton Family, Ards Doberman Trish by Coppertop Doberman; 2, McLean Family, Priestland 5238 Fever Dellia by Crackholm Fever; 3, S and J Lyons, Coleraine, Skerryview Stewarty Avice by Skerryview Stewarty.

Calf, born between 01/06/11 and 31/07/11 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, McLean Family, Priestland 5227 Baxter Karen by Emerald ACR S A T Baxter; 2, S and J Lyons, Skerryview Rev Maple by Relough Revolution; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Fever Ianina by Crackholm Fever.

Calf, born between 01/04/11 and 31/05/11 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Alexander Sara by Goldenoaks ST Alexander.

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HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons congratulates Charlotte McLean, Straid, on winning the novice showmanship class.

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Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, was the winner of the junior showmanship class. He received his reward from judge Richard Bown.

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Judge Richard Bown, Worcestershire, congratulates James Anthony McCorry, Aghalee, on winning the intermediate showmanship class at the 10th annual multi-breed calf show.

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Caroline Fullerton, and daughter Ellen, from Genus ABS, present the trophy for the champion Holstein handler at the 10th annual multi-breed calf show, Moira, to Leiza Montgomery

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Champion handlers at the 10th annual multi-breed calf show, from left: Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, honourable mention; Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield, champion; and Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, reserve champion; with judge Richard Bown.

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Holstein NI chairman Jay Warden, congratulates Andrew Patton, Newtownards, on winning class 6 at the 10th annual multi-breed calf show, Moira, with Clonpaddin Windbrook Fame.

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Rachael Wilson, Newtownabbey, exhibited the first prize winning Gravelhill Roseanne 10, winner of class 7. Included is HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons.

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The exhibitor-bred prize winning in class 6 was Ballyginniff Extreme Cindy 2 shown by James Patterson, Crumlin. Included is Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, sponsor.

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Richard Bown, judge, presents first prize in class 8 to Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, who exhibited Ballyginniff Palermo Breeze. Included is Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, who sponsorsed the exhibitor-bred award.

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Matthew Patton, Newtownards, exhibited Ards Doberman Trish, winner of class 9 at the 10th annual multi-breed calf show, Moira. Adding his congratulations is HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons.

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John McLean, Bushmills, exhibited the first prize winner in class 10, Priestland 5227 Baxter Karen. Adding his congratulations is Jay Warden, chairman, Holstein NI.

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Supreme overall champion and exhibitor-bred champion at the 10th annual multi-breed calf show, held at Moira, was the winner of class 11, Hilltara Alexander Sara, shown by John and Kathryn McCormick, Bangor. Adding their congratulations are judge, Richard Bown; and Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises.

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Reserve champion calf and reserve exhibitor-bred champion was Ards Doberman Trish exhibited by the Patton family, Wilson, Matthew and Andrew, Newtownards. The award was presented by judge Richard Bown.

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Sisters Carolyn, Rachael and Allison Wilson, Newtownabbey, with their honourable mention award winner, Gravelhill Roseanne 10, at the 10th annual multi-breed calf show, held at Moira. Included is judge Richard Bown.

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Holstein judge Richard Bown, Worcestershire, receives a token of appreciation from HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons

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Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, presents the trophy for the exhibitor-bred champion at the 10th annual multi-breed calf show, at Moira, to newlyweds John and Kathryn McCormick, Bangor.

August 2012: Young Breeders compete in Irish National Calf Show

By Andrew Patton, Club PRO

Eight young breeders took part in the Irish National calf show handling classes for the very first time. The event took place in Kilkenny and proved to be a very popular event.

Competing in the junior class was Ellie Mclean, Bushmills, and Desmond McCorry, Portadown. Lauren Henry, Stranocum, and James-Anthony McCorry, Portadown, took part in the intermediate class with Mark Henry, Stranocum, and Heather Martin, Newtownards, taking part in the senior handling class. Andrew Patton, Newtownards, and William Bolton, Maghera, competed in the mature handling class at the event.

The handling classes were of very high standard and seen in excess of twenty handlers in any one class. However, once again the Northern Ireland team did not disappoint.

Mark Henry was placed 7th in the senior class and Andrew Patton was placed 6th in the mature class.

The highlight of the day was Lauren Henry getting placed 2nd in the intermediate class, going on to become reserve champion handler, a fantastic achievement.

Thanks go to Cork, Breffni/Oriel and Carlow/Kilkenny for providing us with calves to use in the handling classes on the day.

Co-ordinator Jonny Lyons said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the IHFA for inviting us to participate in this fantastic show, it was great to be part of it. Thanks also to the clubs that lent us calves on the day. Members who went thoroughly enjoyed the day and hopefully this will become an annual trip”.

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Members of the NI HYB team who took part at the IHFA's Irish National Calf Show, held at Kilkenny.

August 2012: Holstein Young Breeders out in force at National Stock Judging day

Seven members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders club, along with coordinator Jonny Lyons,  travelled to Bentham for the annual national stock judging day organised by Holstein UK. The judging day incorporates both linear and stock judging classes.

In the linear judging section, Matthew Muldrew and Matthew Mclean represented the junior section, Mark Henry and Lindsay Fleming took part in the intermediate section and Andrew Kennedy and Scott McLean competed in the senior section.

In the stock judging only one member in each age group could qualify for the national competition. Representing the junior section was Matthew Muldrew, Lindsay Fleming took part in the intermediate section and Andrew Patton competed in the senior section.

This year, the Ingleview herd was the venue for the competition. Ingleview Holsteins is a family run pedigree Holstein herd, owned by Robert and Elaine Butterfield, based near Bentham on the Yorkshire and Lancashire Border. Members were made welcome and the judging got underway with some great cows on show.

In the results section, Northern Ireland club members did not disappoint. Matthew Muldrew won the junior section of the stock judging, also obtaining the award for the best set of reasons in this section. Andrew Patton was placed 4th in the senior section and Lindsay Fleming gained 7th place in the intermediate section overall. The stock judging team was then awarded the trophy for the highest scoring team on the day.

The success was not only limited to the stock judging but was seen in the linear results too. Matthew Muldrew was placed 3rd in his section and along with Matthew Mclean obtained the second placed junior team. In the intermediate section Lindsay Fleming was placed 4th and along with Mark Henry obtained 4th place team. Andrew Kennedy gained 4th place in the senior linear and along with Scott Mclean achieved 4th placed team.

Coordinator Jonny Lyons was thrilled by the results and members would like to thank Jonny for the weekend, for organising transport and accommodation and also for organising the judging practice before the competition.

Thanks also go to Gary Watson and Dairy Herd Management for their generous sponsorship for the judging team and also to Trevor Muldrew for taking the task of bus driver for the weekend.

Summer activities are currently being planned so members are reminded to keep an eye out on Facebook and in the farming press so as not to miss out on these.

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Members of the NI HYB team pictured at the National Stockjudging event in England.

July 2012: Moira venue for 10th multi-breed dairy calf show on August 25

All roads will lead to the Pedigree Sales Arena near Moira on Saturday, August 25, for the 10th annual Multi - Breed calf show.

The one-day event commences at 10am, and is a joint venture between the Ulster Ayrshire Cattle Club, the Ulster Jersey Cattle Club, and the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club.

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Outlining plans for the 10th annual multi-breed dairy calf show are organisers, Mark Logan, Ulster Jersey Cattle Club; Jonny Lyons, NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club co-ordinator; and Peter Drummond, Ulster Ayrshire Cattle Club. The event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Saturday, August 25th.

“The calf show is the highlight of the year for many young dairy breed enthusiasts, attracting young showmen and women from all over the country,” said a spokesperson for the organising committee. “We are indebted to our sponsors for their continued support.”

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 breeds.

The Holstein classes will be judged by Richard Bown from the noted Richaven Herd in Worcester. Genus ABS is sponsoring the Holstein showmanship section, while John Thompson and Sons is providing the prize fund for the Holstein calf classes. Alan Armstrong of Western Farm Enterprises is sponsoring the exhibitor-bred class and the championship awards.

Ulster Bank is providing financial assistance to the Jersey and Ayrshire showmanship classes, while United Feeds is backing the Jersey calf classes, and Genus ABS is sponsoring the Ayrshire calf classes.

Judging of the Jersey section is in the capable hands of Izzy Whittaker from Shropshire; while the Ayrshire section will be judged by Geraint Thomas from Carmarthenshire.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 10th August 2012. Entry forms and schedules for the Holstein section can be downloaded from the club’s website: www.holstein-ni.co.uk. Alternatively contact HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons on mobile: 07709 430517.

Jersey prize schedules and entry forms are available from Mark Logan on mobile: 07889 532280. To obtain a copy of the Ayrshire schedule and entry form contact Jayne McConnell on mobile: 07734 231802.

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HYB Calf Show Schedule 2012

HYB Showmanship Entry Form 2012

HYB Calf Entry Form 2012

June 2012: Success for Holstein Young Breeders’ at IHFA open day in Kilkenny

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club certainly made their presence felt at the recent IHFA open day, held at Kilkenny.

The club’s two teams both scooped first prize in their respective classes at the interclub stockjudging competition, and all members of the winning teams were presented with Cork Crystal vases.

The winning teams included:

Under 18 – Matthew Muldrew, Armagh, Matthew McLean, Bushmills, and James Weatherup, Ballyclare.

18 to 30-year-old – Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, Andrew Patton, Newtownards and William Bolton, Kilrea.

HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons congratulated the winners and thanked Chestnutt Animal Feeds based at Stranocum who sponsored the transport to the event. “We had a super day, and it was definitely well worth the long journey. Thanks also to our driver Tommy Henry.

“The cattle were of a very high standard, and there were numerous trade stands and workshops throughout the day. “

The senior team from Holstein NI comprised of Robert Wallace, Templepatrick, Wilbert Rankin, Nutt’s Corner, and Tommy Henry, Stranocum. They were placed ninth in the hotly contested competition.

Fifteen Holstein NI and HYB club representatives attended the one-day event which was hosted by the70-cow Swiftsheath herd owned by Tom and Maura Murphy.  The event attracted over 2,500 people, and the official opening was conducted by Irish Farmers’ Association president John Bryan.

The one-day event concluded with the Swiftheath Celebration Sale, which saw 25 deep pedigreed heifers sell to average 2,250 Euro pear head.

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Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club (18 to 30-year-old) judging team William Bolton, Andrew Kennedy and Andrew Patton, won first prize at the IHFA's open day held at Kilkenny. They were congratulated by a representative from Gain Feeds.

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Charles Gallagher, left, chief executive, Irish Holstein Friesian Association, congratulates representatives from Holstein NI and the Holstein Young Breeders' Club, who took part at the recent open day in Kilkenny.

May 2012: New committee elected at HYB AGM

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

The AGM was chaired by Holstein NI chairman, Jay Warden from Bangor.

Opening the meeting, newly elected HYB co-ordinator Jonny Lyons, welcomed members and gave a brief overview of the club’s activities during the past year. He also congratulated members on their recent success at last month’s national HYB Weekend Rally.

Jay Warden also congratulated the HYB members on their recent success, before declaring all positions vacant.

 The newly elected committee members include:

  • Co-ordinator – Jonny Lyons
  • Secretary – Cheryl Lyons
  • PRO - Andrew Patton
  • Two senior committee members – Rachael Wilson and Andrew Kennedy
  • Two junior committee members – Matthew McLean and Mark Henry
  • New member on the committee – William Bolton

Jay Warden wished all new office bearers and committee members success for the year ahead.

In closing Jonny Lyons thanked the HYB members for their continued support and participation in all activities. He also thanked Hilary Wilson, Newtownabbey, for all the hard work during her term as HYB co-ordinator, and presented her with a token of the club’s appreciation.

Facebook is a great way for members to keep in touch. Any young breeder that has a Facebook account should join the Northern Ireland HYB to keep up to date with all forthcoming events.

To find out more about the NI Holstein Young Breeder’ Club, or to become a member, contact Jonny Lyons on mobile: 07709 430517.

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NI HYB members present a token to appreciation to outgoing co-ordiantor Hilary Wilson.

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Newly elected committee members pictured at the AGM.

MAY 2012: Good turnout at HYB linear practice

A large number of Holstein Young Breeders’ Club attended the recent linear judging practice, hosted by Brian and Ann Mawhinney, at their Laurelhill herd based at Doagh, County Antrim.

“It was an action-packed day with linear judging, followed by a clipping and showing demonstration, explained HYB co-ordinator Jonathan Lyons. “We covered a lot of ground, and I was delighted to see a good turnout of club members. The event also attracted a significant number of new members.”

The results of the linear competition include:

 Junior – 1, Harry Orr, Cloughmills; 2, Matthew McLean, Bushmills; 3, Matthew Muldrew, Armagh.

Intermediate – 1, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde; 2, Mark Henry, Stranocum; 3, Andrew McLean, Donaghmore.

Senior – 1, Alistair Lyons, Coleraine; 2, James Stewart, Banbridge; 3, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena.

“The linear competition was very testing. Congratulations to the top placed competitors in each class, and thanks to our master judge and mentor Richard Graham from Moira,” added Jonathan Lyons.

“Linear judging requires practice, and HYB members who were disappointed with their scores should not be too disheartened. Thanks also to club members Andrew Kennedy and Mark Henry who conducted the clipping and showing demonstration.”

Concluding Jonathan Lyons added: “On behalf of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Brian and Ann Mawhinney for their excellent hospitality. The event marked exactly a year to the day of the Laurelhill sale, planned for 20th April 2013 the sale will include the dispersal of the entire milking portion of the herd.”

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members and breed enthusiasts will have a chance to test their stockjudging skills at Holstein NI’s annual judging day.

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HYB co-ordinator Jonathan Lyons, presents a token of appreciation to host farmer Brian Mawhinney, Laurelhill herd, Doagh.

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Andrew Kennedy conducts a clipping demonstration for members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club.

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Members of the Holstein Young Breeders' Club during the clipping and showing demonstration, hosted by the Laurelhilll herd near Doagh.

April 2012: Success for Holstein Young Breeders at Weekend Rally

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club made their presence felt at the annual HYB Weekend Rally, held at Plumpton College in East Sussex.

 The national event attracts young members from throughout the UK and Ireland. Accompanied by newly elected co-ordinator Jonathan Lyons, the local HYB teams dominated the hotly contested Field to Foto competition.

Northern Ireland’s A team topped the Field to Foto leader boards with a score of 425, well ahead of Scotland South and Shropshire which tied for joint second place on 416 points. The A team was made up of Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, James Stewart, Banbridge, and sisters Rachael and Allison Wilson from Newtownabbey.

Team member Andrew Patterson came second in the clipping section, with the judge commending him on an exceptionally thorough job; while Andrew Kennedy took third prize in the handling section, and was praised by the judge for his skills at moving and setting up the animal efficiently.

The NI club’s B team, which included Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde, Heather Martin, Newtownards, John McLean, Bushmills, Colin McVicker, Dervock, and Mark Henry, Stranocum, also led their Field to Foto section with a score of 420, which was 12 points ahead of the Western Club, and 15 points ahead of the East Midlands Club.

Team member Lindsay Fleming scooped first prize for his clipping skills; while Mark Henry came second in the handling competition.

The Weekend Rally included visits to Tim Gue’s noted Huddlestone herd, and John Downing’s Wintersell herd, as well as Farmyard Olympics and a ‘Heros and Villans’ Fancy Dress party.

The Wintersell herd was the venue for the national stockjudging competition, and despite difficult classes with very stylish cows, the Northern Ireland team didn’t disappoint, winning a creditable sixth place out of the 21 teams forward.

Junior team members were Matthew McLean, Bushmills, and Daniel Patton, Newtowards; while the senior team comprised of Andrew Patton, Newtownards, and William Bolton, Maghera.

Rounding off an enjoyable weekend the 22 team members from Northern Ireland also claimed second prize in the Farmyard Olympics event, which involved a three-legged race and other games.

HYB co-ordinator Jonathan Lyons said:”The annual Weekend Rally was a resounding success. I am over the moon and extremely proud of the Northern Ireland team members and their supporters. Team NI enjoy the social aspects of the event, but when it comes down to the serious business of stockjudging, clipping and cattle handling, their talents really come to the fore.

“Northern Ireland’s A and B teams dominated the Field to Foto competition at last year’s event, and I am delighted that they retained their titles at this year’s Weekend Rally. Congratulations to everyone!”

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The HYB's B team, Colin McVicker, Dervock; Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde;John McLean, Bushmills; Mark Henry, Stranocum, and Heather Martin, Newtownards, won first place in the 'Field to Foto' competition at the HYB Weekend Rally.

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Field to Foto competition A team winners, James Stewart, Banbridge; Andrew Patterson, Crumlin; Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena; and sisters Rachael and Allison Wilson, Newtownabbey, were congratulated by Jimmy Hull, president, Holstein UK; Josie Davies, and David Dunlop, Genus ABS, sponsor.

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The NI HYB judging team, Andrew Patton, Newtownards; William Bolton, Maghera; Matthew McLean, Bushmills; and Daniel Patton, Newtownards, were placed sixth at the Holstein Young Breeders' Weekend Rally in England.

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David Dunlop, Genus ABS, sponsor, congratulates James Stewart, Banbridge; and Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, who were placed second in the national clipping finals at the HYB Weekend Rally.

April 2012: Majestic herd hosts young Holstein judges

Stockjudging has never been more popular with the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club, as 26 members attended its recent practice hosted by the Majestic Herd of Ian and Kenny Watson near Coleraine.

Ian and Kenny Watson had the stock prepared for the young breeders, and the animals quietly strutted their stuff as the various classes were placed.  All of the enthusiastic judges were in attendance, along with a number of potential new members, all of whom were interested in finding out a little about HYB before taking the plunge to join. 

Master judge for the evening event, Ashley Fleming from Seaforde, had assisted Kenny Watson in selecting the stock to ensure that members had to test their new-found skills to get the classes in the right order.  With so many members competing, Holstein UK board representative and host, Ian Watson, assisted Ashley in assessing the verbal reason giving.

Before the results were announced, Ashley Fleming commented that all of the young judges had improved immensely, generally getting the top and bottom animals in each class in the correct places. It was the animals in between that caused the problems!

The scores were collated by Jonathan Lyons and included:

Junior

  • Matthew Muldrew
  • Matthew McLean
  • Ellie McLea and William McCormick
  • Intermediate
  • Lyndsay Fleming
  • Mark Henry
  • Allison Wilson and James Anthony McCorry
  • Senior
  • Andrew Patton
  • Jonathan Lyons
  • William Bolton

Outgoing HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson, thanked the Watson Family for hosting the event.

 After the results were announced Ellie McLean presented a token of appreciation to Ian Watson. 

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Members of the HI Holstein Young Breeders' Club during the recent judging practice, hosted by the Majestic Herd, Coleraine.

April 2012: Linear judging, clipping and showing on agenda of Holstein Young Breeders

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has announced that it is holding a linear judging practice, coupled with a clipping and showing demonstration, on Saturday, April 21.

The venue is Brian Mawhinney’s Laurelhill Herd, 21 Strand Road, Doagh, Ballyclare, County Antrim, BT39 0RF, commencing at 10.30am.

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Newly elected HYB co-ordinator Jonathan Lyons said: ”Everyone is welcome. This promises to be an educational and fun-filled evening for Holstein enthusiasts of all ages. I am keen to encourage new and existing members to come along and join in. The event will give our young breeders an insight into what to look for when judging Holstein cows, as well as an opportunity brush-up on their clipping and showing skills”.

He added: “The summer show season is just around the corner, and the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is trying to encourage its members to support their local shows. There are numerous shows around the country, most of which have classes for Holstein cattle and young dairy handlers. These shows act as a shop window for the breed, and will help the young members to gain valuable experience in the showring.”

The linear judging coach is Richard Graham from Moira, while the showing and clipping demonstration will be delivered by club member and experienced fitter Andrew Kennedy from Ballymena.

Teams from Northern Ireland will go forward to Holstein UK’s National Competitions Day which takes place on Saturday, June 30. The one-day event will be hosted by Robert and Elaine Butterfield’s Ingleview Herd based in High Benthem , Lancaster.

Meanwhile the 10th annual Multi-Breed Calf Show, which includes classes for Ayrshire, Holstein and Jersey calves, is scheduled to take place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Saturday, August 25. The Holstein section will be judged by Richard Bown from the Richaven herd based in Worcester.

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is open to members aged between 12 and 24. Anyone interested in joining should contact HYB co-ordinator Jonathan Lyons on mobile: 07709 430517.

March 2012: HYB members out in force at Ards judging event

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members were out in force at the first judging practice, hosted by the Ards herd of Wilson and Wallace Patton, Newtownards, County Down.

 This was an excellent location for such an event, and the HYB members ‘christened’ a new heifer house, which suited the occasion extremely well being so well lit up and extremely roomy.

 HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson welcomed a large turnout and a few new faces!

 HYB mentors and master judges Ashley Fleming and Beattie Lilburn, went through the finer points of judging and reason giving before they let the members loose on the stock. 

 The Patton family presented a pen of heifers and a pen of second calvers - both classes put the young judges to the test.  After most members gave their reasons to Ashley or Beattie, Holstein NI secretary John Martin, totted up the scores.

Results were as follows:

Juniors

  • Matthew McLean
  • Rachel McCracken
  • Desmond McCorry

Intermediate

  • Lyndsey Fleming
  • Mark Henry
  • Allison Wilson

Senior

  • Andrew Patton
  • James Stewart
  • Scott McLean

Thanks must go to the Patton family for hosting this event, and to Ashley and Beattie for giving up their time to coach the young judges. Thanks also to John Martin for tallying the results.

 Finally a big thank you to Karen and Hilary Patton, with help from Jane, for giving the HYB members a lovely supper. It certainly warmed everyone up and was definitely very much appreciated.

The HYB members presented the Patton family with a token of appreciation.

The next HYB practice will take place at Ian and Kenny Watson’s, Majestic Holstein herd on Thursday  15th March, commencing at at 7.30pm.  Members are reminded that they must attend one practice if they want to be considered for the Northern Ireland Judging team, at Holstein UK’s National Competitions Day in July.

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Master Judge Beattie Lilburn, during the HYB judging practice hosted by the Patton family's Ards herd.

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Matthew McLean, Bushmills, and Mark Henry, Stranocum, pictured at the Holstein Young Breeders' Club stockjudging practice, held at Newtownards.

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Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders' Club, pictured at its first judging practice in Newtownards.

HYB weekend rally on April 13 to 15

The annual Holstein Young Breeders’ Weekend Rally will be hosted by the South Eastern Club at Plumpton College in East Sussex, and will take place from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15.

This is an important and fun filled event in the HYB calendar.  The programme includes visits to the Huddlestone and Wintersell herds; Farmyard Olympics, and a ‘Heros and Villans’ themed fancy dress party. On a more serious note HYB clubs from throughout the UK will be competing in the hotly contested ‘Field to Foto’ competition.

“The Northern Ireland teams dominated the score board, winning both categories outright, at last year’s Field to Foto event. Lets hope for a repeat performance in 2012!” stated HYB co-ordinator Mrs Hilary Wilson.

HYB members interested in taking part in the 2012 Weekend Rally should contact Hilary Wilson on or before, Friday, March 9 – mobile: 07799 866852.

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Looking back: Bernard Liddle, left, past president, Holstein UK, and David Dunlop, right, Genus ABS, congratulate the NI HYB's A team, Kate McCormick, Rachael Wilson, Andrew Kennedy, Alan Porter and James Stewart, on winning the 'Field to Foto' competition at the 2011 HYB Weekend Rally.

February 2012: HYB dairy stockjudging events planned

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International judge Ashley Fleming, Seaforde, explains the finer points of stockjudging to young Holstein breeders, from left: Aaron Haffey, Lurgan; John Wallace, Nutt's Corner, and Andrew Patton, Newtownards. The Patton family is hosting the first of two HYB stockjudging practices on Thursday, March 1. Everyone is welcome.

An open invitation is extended to all budding dairy judges to attend two stockjudging events organised by the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club.

The first judging practice takes place on Thursday, March 1, at the Ards Holstein Herd, property of the Patton family, 148 Movilla Road, Newtownards, County Down. 

The second event on Thursday, March 15, will be hosted by the father and son team of Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic Herd, 39 Killeague Road, Macosquin, Coleraine, County Londonderry. Both events will commence at 7.30pm sharp!

HYB co-ordinator Mrs Hilary Wilson said:”After a quiet start to 2012, the forthcoming judging events mark the beginning of another busy year for members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club. We are indebted to the Patton and Watson families for putting their herds and facilities are our disposal.

“We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to our dedicated mentors and master judges Ashley Fleming, Seaforde, and Beattie Lilburn, Dromore. Our judging practice events give members an opportunity to brush up on their skills, while new members can get to grips with the finer points of dairy judging.  Ashley and Beattie will also explain how to construct and deliver concise verbal reasons to back-up class placings.”

A linear judging practice will take place during the month of April. The date and venue have yet to be confirmed.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members must attend at least one of the practice session, as well as the club’s annual judging day, if they want to be considered for a place on the team at Holstein UK’s National Competitions Day in July.

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is open to all dairy cattle enthusiasts under the age of 26. The HYB organises a series of educational and social activities for its members including stockjudging competitions and clipping and showing demonstrations. The organisation gives members a chance to meet and mingle with like-minded Holstein enthusiasts, and provides national, European and world-wide travel opportunities. For further information contact NI HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852.

October 2011: Allison secures Holstein UK’s Littlestar Award

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Allison Wilson from the Gravelhill herd in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, is this year’s proud winner of Holstein UK’s prestigious Littlestar Award.

The presentation was made at the All-Britain Multi-Breed Calf Show, held recently at the National Agricultural Centre in Stoneleigh, where Allison was congratulated by Jimmy Hull, newly elected president of Holstein UK, and Carl Smith, non-executive director of HYB.

The Littlestar Award is sponsored by David and Beverley Bostock of Littlestar Holsteins, and is presented to the Holstein young breeder, aged 17 and under, who shows the most commitment and enthusiasm towards their club.

This national award is a great personal achievement for Allison, and is testimony to the success of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club and the commitment of its members.

The Ballyclare Secondary School A-level student was nominated for the award by the committee of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club. On completion of her studies, she plans to follow a career within the agriculture sector.

Allison Wilson has a keen interest in the Holstein breed and is involved in the day-to-day running of the family’s Gravelhill Holstein herd. She is public relations officer for the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club, and holds the position of catering officer within Lylehill Young Farmers’ Club.

Allison is a great ambassador for the Holstein Young Breeders’ in Northern Ireland, and is very enthusiastic about its events which include stockjudging competitions, clipping and showing demonstrations and various other social activities.

Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members who have previously won the coveted Littlestar Award include, Andrew Patterson from Crumlin in 2009, and Louise Lilburn from Moira in 2000.

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Holstein Young Breeder Allison Wilson, Gravelhill Herd, Newtownabbey, receives the Littlestar Award from, David Dunlop, Genus ABS; Jimmy Hull, president, Holstein UK; and Carl Smith, non executive director HYB.

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October 2011: Success for HYB team at All-Britain Calf Show

Ten members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club have recently returned from the All-Britain Multi Breed Calf Show, held at at Stoneleigh. 

They were accompanied by Northern Ireland HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson, who was ably assisted by Mrs Pauline McCorry.

 Due to the restrictions surrounding cattle movements the NI team couldn’t take their own calves to the two-day event. They had to borrow calves and thanks must go to both David Dunlop and Philip Arrell for using their ‘scouting talents’ to select the calves. The club is indebted to the owners of the calves.

The handling section was judged by Stuart Caldwell while the Holstein calves were placed by Mark Nutsford.

The showmanship classes were judged on Saturday morning, and after a very early start washing calves and making fresh calf beds, Andrew Kennedy and Andrew Patterson used their clipping and fitting skills to prepare the calves for the show ring.  Andrew Kennedy was placed a very respectable sixth in the mature section out of a class of 23 competitors.

Abigail McLean, James Anthony McCorry and Heather Martin also had been selected to compete in their handling section. HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson said: “We had a great weekend and our young team members continued to fly the flag for the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club. Everyone did exceptionally well, bearing in mind they had borrowed calves and didn’t have a lot of time to work with them in preparation for the competition.”

The calf classes were judged on Sunday morning. The calves were shown by Desmond McCorry, Rachael Wilson, James Anthony McCorry, Mark Henry, Andrew Kennedy and Andrew Patton.  The members exhibited the calves in a very professional manner.

The highlight of the trip came in the October/November class when the calf borrowed from Wilfred Maddock Limited, an October calf, Wynford Knowledge Torch 55, won its class and went on to win the Honourable Mention.

Herdsman Ben Yates was delighted at his calf doing so well for the Northern Ireland members. 

Hilary Wilson added: “Thanks must go to the whole team for giving up their time to compete at this event. Special thanks to Lyndsay Fleming, Andrew Patterson and Allison Wilson, who did not get a chance to show, but helped to wash, clip, feed and look after the calves.”

Congratulations must also go to Andrew Patterson who was selected to represent the UK at the European Young Breeders’ School in Belgium, where he was placed a very credible second overall.  The five-day event was attended by over 150 HYB members from throughout Europe and further afield, all of whom are at the top when it comes to fitting and showing dairy stock.

Calf Show 1

Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' team with Ben and Lizzie Yates and children Oscar and baby Seth. At the halter with the honourable metion winner is James Anthony McCorry from Aghalee.

Calf Show 2

HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson with club members, Carolyn, Rachael and Allison Wilson and Andrew Kennedy, pictured with Brian McCarron of Genus ABS who presented a new banner to the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club.

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September 2011: Andrew selected as UK delegate for European Young Breeders School

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Andrew Patterson from Crumlin, has been chosen to represent the UK at the European Young Breeders School in Belgium.

Andrew Patterson

The eighteen-year-old is one of seven young Holstein enthusiasts from throughout the UK who have been selected to attend the five-day event.

“The team members were selected on merit, with strong emphasis placed on their continuous performance and enthusiasm within the Holstein Young Breeders organisation, “ explained Holstein UK’s Annabelle Doig.

The European Young Breeders’ School (EYBS) takes place in Battice in Belgium from August 31 to September 4. The event has been operating since 1999 and attracts more than 150 international and European delegates.

Participants will undergo a three-day training course which will focus on animal preparation for the showring, including washing, bedding, feeding, clipping and judging, as well as theoretical courses on marketing and professional photography. During the final two days the various teams will put their skills into practice and compete against each other.

Andrew Patterson was honoured to be the only representative from Northern Ireland on the UK team. He joined the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club over ten years ago, and was joint recipient of Holstein UK’s prestigious Littlestar Award in 2009.

The Patterson family run the 120-cow Ballyginniff herd based on the shores of Lough Neagh. Andrew, and brother James, are both actively involved with the day-to-day running of the farm, including the management and breeding decisions. The Ballyginniff herd has featured strongly in the prize list at many of the province’s main agricultural events in the last few years. John Patterson attributes the herd’s long list of showring successes to the dedication, skill and enthusiasm of the boys.

Andrew Patterson is a committee member of the NIHYB, a member of Lylehill YFC, and has recently completed his A Levels and is looking forward to studying at Harper Adams Agricultural College in Shropshire.

Over the years he has gained invaluable experience in showing, fitting and judging Holstein cattle. Andrew is a regular competitor at local and national stockjudging competitions, and has represented Northern Ireland on several occasions at the national stockjudging and linear finals. He is a keen showman, having won the intermediate showmanship class at the NI Calf Show in 2007, and the overall championship in 2010. In 2009 Andrew gained full marks for his clipping skills in the ‘field to foto’ competition at the HYB national weekend rally.

 Membership of the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has provided young people like Andrew Patterson with an opportunity to travel and meet Holstein enthusiasts from throughout Ireland, the UK and further afield. Following his trip to Belgium, Andrew is accompanying fellow HYB member, Andrew Kennedy from Ballymena, to Poland, where they will be clipping and fitting cattle ahead of the Polish National Show. He also plans to travel to Canada later this year.

Membership of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is open to all budding showmen and women between the ages of 12 and 24. Anyone interested in joining the HYB, or finding out more about its wide range of activities should contact HYB co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852.

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August 2011: Hilltara hat-trick

Kennedy wins Holstein showmanship honours

The McCormick family’s noted Hilltara herd scored a hat-trick at the 9th annual multi-breed calf show, walking off with the supreme, reserve and honourable mention awards in the championship line-up.

The Bangor-based McCormick team dominated four out of the six calf classes, while Kate McCormick won the senior showmanship class.

Judge, Brian Miller who runs the 185-cow Moorshard herd based at Brigwater in Somerset, presented the supreme and exhibitor-bred championship awards to Hilltara Jeeves Echo. This eleven-month-old entry was sired by Ked Outside Jeeves, and is bred from Hilltara Gibson Echo.

“This is a really stunning calf,” explained the judge. “She is very well put together, and there is nothing that I would like to change about her.”

Scooping the reserve championship ribbons and the reserve exhibitor-bred award was the December 2010 born Hilltara Monsoon Lulu. She was sired by Hilltara Monsoon, and is bred from Dalevalley Astronomical Lulu.

“This is another tremendous calf. She is well developed with deep open rib and hard through the top. “

The honourable mention went to the October 2010 born Hilltara Dundee Devine. Sired by Regancrest Dundee, her dam is Wendon Triumph Divine.

“It has been a really impressive show with some exceptionally strong classes, both in numbers and quality. This is my first visit to Northern Ireland and I have really enjoyed it. “

HYB co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson, thanked Brian Miller for giving up his time to officiate as the Holstein judge at this year’s show. “Thanks also to our sponsors, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, who sponsored the calf classes; and Alan Armstrong of Western Farm Enterprises, who sponsored the exhibitor-bred class and championship awards. “

The showmanship section, sponsored by Genus ABS, was also judged by Mr Miller. Competition was extremely tough with individual classes attracting upwards of 20 entries. The overall winner and recipient of the Hamish Logan Trophy was Andrew Kennedy from Ballymena.

The Ulster Bank Cup for the reserve champion young handler was won by James Anthony McCorry from Aghalee.

The first prize winners from the junior, intermediate, senior and mature showmanship classes will go forward to represent Northern Ireland at the National Calf Show, which takes place at the NAC, Stoneleigh Park from October 7 to 9. The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club team will include Abigail McLean, Straid; James Anthony McCorry, Aghalee; Kate McCormick, Bangor; and Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena.

Results from the judging rings include….

Specials

Hamish Logan Trophy presented by Macmin for the Champion Handler: Andrew Kennedy.

Ulster Bank Cup for the Reserve Champion Handler: James Anthony McCorry.

Crystal Rose Bowl for the Supreme Champion Calf: Sam and John McCormick.

McCann Shield for the Reserve Champion Calf: Sam and John McCormick.

Hon Mention: Sam and John McCormick.

Showmanship Classes

Novice handler – under eight-years-old – 1, Samuel McLean, Straid; 2, Sarah McLean, Straid; 3, Lauren McMurray, Banbridge; 4, Lauren Smiley, Lisburn; 5, Alex Bothwell, Coleraine.

Junior handler – under twelve-years-old – 1, Abigail McLean, Straid; 2, Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; 3, Lauren Henry, Stranocum; 4, Rachel McMurray, Banbridge; 5, Charlotte Smiley, Lisburn.

Intermediate handler – aged between 13 and 15 years-old – 1, James Anthony McCorry, Aghalee; 2, Mark Henry, Stranocum; 3, Nathaniel McCollum, Coleraine; 4, Matthew Muldrew, Armagh.

Senior handler – aged between 16 and 20-years-old – 1, Kate McCormick, Bangor; 2, Heather Martin, Newtownards; 3, Rachael Wilson, Newtownabbey; 4, Hannah Lilburn, Moira; 5, Clare Magowan, Rathfriland.

Mature handler – aged between 21 and 26-years-old – 1, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena; 2, John McCormick, Bangor; 3, Kathryn Taylor, Portrush; 4, William Bolton; 5, Jonathan Lyons, Coleraine.

Calf Classes

Heifer, born on or after 01/02/11 – 1, Messrs Haffey, Pepper and Weir, Glasson Atlas Go Sara ET by MD Delight Durham Atlas; 2, and exhibitor-bred award, Cyril and Martin Millar, Coleraine, Millars Saratoga Sheila by Smiddiehill Saratoga; 3, S and J Lyons, Coleraine, Ards Jeeves Sara by Ked Outside Jeeves.

Heifer, born between 01/12/10 and 31/01/11 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Monsoon Lulu by Hilltara Monsoon; 2, David Wilson, Newtownabbey, Gravelhill Alexander Hope ET by Golden Oaks ST Alexander ET; 3, Messrs McCoy and Wallace, Antrim, Ballycrochan Classic Sara Red by Poos Stadel Classic.

Heifer, born between 01/10/10 and 30/11/10 – 1,  and exhibitor-bred award; Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Dundee Devine by Regancrest Dundee; 2, Rachel and Heather Martin, Newtownards, Ashmar Oman Oman Frisby ET by Long Langs Oman Oman; 3, Cyril and Martin Millar, Majestic Gerard Tonya by Schillview Oman Gerard.

 Heifer, born between 01/08/10 and 30/09/10 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Jeeves Echo by Ked Outside Jeeves; 3, Patton Family, Newtownards, Ards Alexander Sasha ET by Golden Oaks ST Alexander ET.

Heifer, born between 01/06/10 and 31/07/10 – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Knowledge Charlotte by Sicy Knowledge; 2,  Lewis McMurray, Banbridge, Matfield Allen Melanie ET by Canyon Breeze Allen; 3, Norman McCollum, Coleraine, Bellmont Shottle Ramore ET by Picston Shottle.

 Heifer, born between 01/04/10 and 31/05/10 – 1, Lewis McMurray, Willsbro Hazel Sanchez ET by Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez.

Pictures: Sheila Metcalfe

Holstein Calf 1

Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, and Jeremy Dillon, Thompsons, congratulate John McCormick, Bangor, on winning the supreme and exhibitor-bred championships at the 9th annual calf show, Moira.

Holstein Calf 2

Clean-sweep for Hilltara herd in the championship line-up. Handlers, Kate McCormick, Kathryn Taylor and John McCormick, were congratulated by judge, Brian Miller, and sponsors, Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, and Jeremy Dillon, Thompsons.

Holstein Calf 3

Sponsors, Jeremy Dillon, Thompsons, Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, and judge, Brian Miller, are pictured with John McCormick, winner of the June/July 2010 class with Hilltara Knowledge Charlotte.

Holstein Calf 4

The February 2011 class winner was Glasson Atlas Go Sara ET owned by Messrs Haffey, Pepper and Weir. Simon Haffey and daughters Isla and Lily, Portadown, were congratulated by Brian Miller, judge. At the halter is Andrew Kennedy.

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Samuel McLean, Straid, Ballyclare, winner of the novice showmanship class. Included is judge, Brian Miller, Moorshard herd, Somerset.

Holstein Calf 6

Judge, Brian Miller, congratulates Abigail McLean, Straid, Ballyclare, winner of the Holstein junior showmanship class at the 9th annual multi-breed calf show, Moira.

Holstein Calf 7

James Anthony McCorry, Aghalee, was the winner of the intermediate showmanship class and the reserve champion handler. Adding their congratulations are Brian Miller, judge; and Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, sponsor.

Holstein Calf 8

Sponsor, Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, congratulates Kate McCormick, Bangor, on winning the Holstein senior showmanship class at the 9th annual multi-breed calf show, Moira.

Holstein Calf 9

Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, was the winner of the Holstein mature showmanship class and the overall champion handler. Included are judge, Brian Miller; and sponsor; Jim Gilmore who presented the Hamish Logan Trophy; and sponsor, Gareth Bell, Genus ABS.

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Oliver Patton, Carrowdore, was one of the youngest competitors in the Holstein novice showmanship class. Picture: Sheila Metcalfe.

Holstein Calf 11

Cara McLean, Straid, competes in the novice showmanship class.

Holstein Calf 12

Second placed novice showmanship class winner Sarah McLean, Straid, Ballyclare.

Holstein Calf 13

Jonathan Lyons, Coleraine, competes in the mature showmanship class.

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HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson.

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July 2011: Success for local HYB members at national finals

Eight members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club have recently returned from the National Competitions Day in South Wales.

The local team, sponsored by Dairy Herd Management, and accompanied by HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, travelled to Carmarthen to compete at the event.

 The Gatrog herd, owned by Elwyn, Anwen and Cheryl Thomas, played host to HYB teams from throughout the UK.

Competition was tough for both the linear and stockjudging teams, but the Northern Ireland representatives proved their worth, claiming several of the top accolades.

Matthew Muldrew from Armagh took first prize in the junior linear competition; and when joined by team mate, John McLean, Bushmills, the duo were adjudged second overall in the junior section.

In the intermediate section, Hannah Lilburn from Moira, was the fourth placed individual.

HYB Co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, said:”It certainly was a great day out for Holstein enthusiasts. We were presented with big dairy cows, coupled with great weather and excellent hospitality.  Congratulations to everyone who took part, and thanks to our sponsors, Dairy Herd Management, for supporting the Northern Ireland HYB team.”

The next event in the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club calendar is the 9 multi-breed calf show, which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Saturday, August 20. Judging commences at10am sharp, and is in the capable hands of Brian Miller from the Moorshard Herd in Brigwater, Somerset. The prize schedule and entry forms can be downloaded at www.holstein-ni.co.uk

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HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson, receives a sponsorship cheque from Brian Hunter of Dairy Herd Management.

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Matthew Muldrew, Armagh, receives the junior linear trophy from Bernard Liddle, president Holstein UK.

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HYB team members John McLean, Bushmills, and Matthew Muldrew, Armagh, were second in the junior linear competition. They were congratulated by Holstein UK president, Bernard Liddle.

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Hannah Lilburn receives fourth prize in the intermediate linearsection from Holstein UK president, Bernard Liddle.

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Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeder Club, Jonathan Lyons, Josh McDowell, Alan Porter, Daniel Patton, John McLean, Matthew Muldrew, Hannah Lilburn and Scott McLean pictured during the National Competitions Day in Carmarthen.

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July 2011: Multi-breed Calf Show on August 20

Schedules and entry forms are now available for the 9th annual multi-breed calf show which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Saturday, August 20.

The one-day event beings at 10am sharp, and will feature classes for Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein calves, as well as showmanship classes for novice and experienced handlers.

The Holstein section will be judged by Mr Brian Miller of the Moorshard herd in Brigwater, Somerset.

Download a copy of the Holstein schedule here, and click below for showmanship and calf class entry forms.

For further details contact:

HYB Co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852.

Ulster Jersey Cattle Club secretary, Mark Logan on mobile: 07889 532280.

Ulster Ayrshire Cattle Club secretary, Caroline Fullerton on mobile: 07768 058449.

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Brian McCarron, Genus ABS, congratulates members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders' Club who won the Field to Foto competition at the recent national weekend rally in Dumfries. To mark their success the team received specially embroidered jackets sponsored by Genus ABS. Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

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June 2011: Paintballing and cattle clipping on agenda for HYB members

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has a busy schedule ahead, with two events organised for next week.

On Thursday, June 30 at 7.00pm, the HYB members are looking forward to a night of fun and frolics at Escarmouche – a state-of-the-art paintball and laser park based at Shanes Castle Estate, Randalstown in Count yAntrim.

“This promises to be a good night, with both urban and forest-based game scenarios,” explained HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson. “Members will be provided with semi-automatic paintballing guns and camouflage uniforms. The energy driven game scenarios will be an exceptional experience for everyone taking part.”

Anyone interested in attending should contact Mrs Hilary Wilson on or before Tuesday, June 28. All members are allowed to bring a friend, and the cost is 25 per person, payable on the night.

 Members aged 18-years and under must provide a consent form which has been signed by a parent or guardian. Click here to download consent form.

Following the success of last year’s clipping and showing demonstration, the HYB has organised a similar event which takes place on Friday, July 1, at 11.00am. The venue is the Pedigree Sales Arena at Moira.

The clipping and showing demonstration will be given by experienced fitter and club member, Andrew Kennedy. HYB members will have an opportunity to ask questions, and put their clipping and showing skills to the test. “We are urging all participants to bring their own calf and clippers to make full use of the practice session. Those attending should bring a packed lunch.”

For further information about both events contact Mrs Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852.

The Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, is the venue for the multi-breed calf show (Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein) on Saturday, August 20. Entries close on Friday, August 5. Watch press for further details.

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HYB members Andrew Kennedy, Alan Porter, James Stewart, Carolyn Wilson and Rachael Wilson, are all set for next week's (June 30) paintballing night at Escarmouche near Randalstown.

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Fitter Andrew Kennedy, explains the finer points of clipping a calf to HYB members, Carolyn Wilson, Allison Wilson, Alan Porter, James Stewart, and Rachael Wilson. They will be practising on the real thing at the club's clipping and showing demonstration in Moira on July 1.

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May 2011: HYB members unveil new polo shirts

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has unveiled new polo shirts, generously sponsored by Donaghadee-based agricultural merchant, Francis and Dunn Ltd, in conjunction with Alfco Engineering and Easyfix Rubber Products.

HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, who secured sponsorship for the new attire said: “Our young members are certainly dressed to impress these days. Their co-ordinating wardrobe includes, hoodies, rugby shirts and clipping jackets.”

The new polo shirts which are embroidered with the sponsors’ logos, and the HYB logo, are suitable for general showing.

Francis Dunn Ltd is based at Donaghadee in County Down, and is one of the Province’s main agents for De Laval milking equipment. The company also supplies a large range of agricultural feeding equipment, Stanley cookers, Alfco automatic scrapers, Nugent plant and cattle trailers, and Easyfix rubber products.

Easyfix was founded in 1996 by Michael Earls who developed products for the agriculture industry to improve the welfare and comfort of livestock. Based in the west of Ireland, Easyfix markets its innovative products in 32 countries world-wide, and supplies the agriculture, equine, construction, recreation and industrial markets.

Alfco Engineering Ltd is also based in Ireland. The company provides farmers with a range of products which includes scrapers, augers and meal bins. It has also developed a stand-alone cow drafting system, which allows dairy farmers to separate cows quickly and efficiently, without even leaving the pit! It is a simple one-man system that can be used either with a vacuum or pneumatic operation.

Hilary Wilson added: “The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is delighted to be associated with these companies, and we are very much indebted to them for their generous sponsorship.”

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HYB members Jonathan Lyons and Allison Wilson take delivery of the club's new polo shirts from Nigel Barker, of Francis Dunn Ltd, Donaghadee, sponsor. Looking on is Holstein NI chairman, Alan Cleland.

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Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club pictured with Nigel Barker of Francis Dunn Ltd, Donaghadee, who sponsored new polo shirts

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May 2011: New jackets are a ‘dream design’ for HYB members

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club have received new clipping jackets, generously sponsored by Dream Designs based at Devlin in County Westmeath.

The new light green waterproof jackets, which are embroidered with the Dream Designs and NI HYB logos, were unveiled ahead of last month’s HYB Weekend Rally held in Scotland.

HYB co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson said:”We are indebted to Alison Beattie of Dream Designs for providing new clipping jackets for our members. The jackets are brightly coloured and very versatile. Our HYB members certainly stood out from the rest at the national Weekend Rally. “

Established in 2009, Dream Designs is a specialist agricultural marketing company owned by former NI HYB member, Alison Beattie. Originally from Randalstown in County Antrim, Alison Beattie (nee Millar) has been involved with Holstein NI since 1997. She represented the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club at national level, and was the recipient of Holstein UK’s coveted President’s Medal in 2006.

 Over the years Alison gained valuable dairying experience working in local, national and international Holstein herds. Having graduated from Harper Adams, Alison orked for a leading auctioneering firm and a global dairy AI company, before starting her own business.

Alison Beattie prides herself in producing top-quality marketing material for the agricultural sector, including logo development, flyers, advertisements, personalised stationary, banners and clothing.

“I am proud to be associated with the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club. I gained a lot of experience and made many friends through the HYB organisation.  I am delighted to have had the opportunity to sponsor new clipping jackets for the NI HYB, especially following the club’s recent clean-sweep in the ‘Field to Foto’ competition at the Weekend Rally.”

For further information contact Alison Beattie, Dream Designs on tel: 00353 87 1771 480 or log on to  www.dream-designs.org

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Alison Beattie, Dream Designs, sponsor, and Alan Cleland, chairman, Holstein NI, with members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club who received new clipping jackets.

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Proudly displaying the new HYB jackets are, Alan Cleland, chairman, Holstein NI; HYB members Andrew Patton Newtownards, and Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey; with sponsor, Alison Beattie, Dream Designs.

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April 2011: HYB members make their mark at national weekend rally

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club certainly made its mark at the National HYB Weekend Rally, held in Dumfries.

Accompanied by co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson, the Northern Ireland HYB teams dominated the hotly contested Field to Foto competition; and also claimed top place in the stockjudging competition with 3775 points – well ahead of the Western Club who scored 3743 points and Scotland South on 3722 points.

The winning teams for the Field to Foto competition included: A team – Andrew Kennedy, Kate McCormick, Rachael Wilson, James Stewart and Alan Porter. The B team comprised of Lyndsey Fleming, Hannah Lilburn, Craig Henry, Heather Martin and Mark Henry. The club’s third team was made up of Gavin O’Hagan, Jonathan Lyons, Allison Wilson, Josh McDowell and Andrew Patton.

Local HYB member James Stewart took first prize in the open judging competition, while fellow club member, Jonathan Lyons was the winner of the hand milking competition.

Mark Henry and Lyndsey Fleming were second and third respectively in the junior section of the national stockjudging competition. Andrew Patton was placed seventh in the senior section, and second overall for his reason giving skills. In the clipping competition Andrew Kennedy was third overall.

“It was certainly a weekend rally to remember, “ said Hilary Wilson, who made the trip with 20 HYB members. “Congratulations to our young members. They are a credit to Northern Ireland, and worked very hard in the competitions and events they were involved in.  We are lucky to have such a dedicated team of Holstein Young Breeders.”

The annual Weekend Rally was hosted by Scotland South, and held at Barony College in Dumfries.

The weather was glorious and very appropriate for a weekend packed full of outdoor activities.

Mini Highland Games and the HYB’s own version of the TV series ‘Take Me Out’ was part of the programme for the first day. Andrew Patton from Newtownards was one of the lucky guys who got to choose a girl, but everyone suspected it was a fix when he picked County Down girl, Leza Montgomery.

The next day everyone travelled to the Davidson family’s 200-cow Errolston herd to compete in the National Stockjudging competition. Everyone was very impressed with the superb cows and heifers put forward for the event.

Next stop was the Jamieson family’s noted Annan herd which is home to 300 cows producing an average of 11,400 kilos per head on thrice daily milking.

Back at Barony College and it was a night of fun and frolics with a ‘Touch of Tartan’ and Ceilidh. Kilts were the flavour of the night with most of the young men, so on this particular occasion the girls had to come second best for style!

“On behalf of the Northern Ireland HYB I would like to thank Alison Beattie of Dream Designs who provided embroidered jackets for our members. They were brightly coloured and everyone was dressed to impress,” concluded Mrs Wilson.

Anyone interested in joining the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club should contact Mrs Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852. The next event in the club’s calendar is Holstein NI’s Open Day and Stockjudging finals which take place on Wednesday, April 27. The venue is Dessie and Gary Reid’s Drumbo herd based at Back Road, Drumbo, near Lisburn.

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Bernard Liddle, left, president, Holstein UK, and David Dunlop, right, Genus ABS, congratulate the NI HYB's A team, Kate McCormick, Rachael Wilson, Andrew Kennedy, Alan Porter and James Stewart.

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Matt House and Josie Davies present the trophy to the NI HYB's winning B team, Lyndsey Fleming, Hannah Lilburn, Mark Henry, Craig Henry and Heather Martin.

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March 2011 - Kilvergan venue for HYB judges on March 31

THE NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is holdings its second stockjudging practice on Thursday, March 31, at the Haffey family’s Kilvergan Herd, 83 Kilvergan Road, Lurgan, Co Armagh.

The event will commence at 7.30pm, and will include a demonstration of linear judging given by Richard Graham. Members will then be able to practice linear assessment, before judging two classes – cows and heifers. The young judges will also be required to give verbal reasons for their placings in one of the classes.

Holstein NI’s Club Judging Day takes place on Wednesday, April 28, at Dessie and Gary Reid’s Drumbo Herd.

HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson said: “Young members are reminded that they need to attend one practice, and the club’s main judging day, if they want to be compete for a place on the team at the HYB National Competitions Day in July.

“Anyone who missed the first practice held at the Fordwich Herd can still take part, but they must attend next week’s practice and the final on April 28.”

Mrs Wilson concluded:”The club is indebted to mentors, Beattie Lilburn and Ashley Fleming, who give up their valuable time to coach and offer advice to the HYB.”

Everyone is invited to come along, especially prospective HYB members and their parents.  For further information, or directions to the farm, please contact HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852.

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The NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club is staging its second stockjudging practice at the Haffey family's Kilvergan herd on Thursday, March 31 at 7.30pm. HYB members, Andrew Patton, Allison Wilson and David Cochrane, met up with David and Timothy Haffey to outline plans for the event.

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February 2011- Fordwich venue for HYB judging practice on February 17

The first activity on the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club’s 2011 calendar of events is a stockjudging practice which takes place on Thursday, February 17, at the Fordwich Herd of William and Margaret Kerr, 10 Drumadoon Road, Cloughmills, County Antrim.

The evening event will commence at 7.30pm sharp with a refresher course on stockjudging – given by the club’s dedicated mentors, Ashley Fleming and Beattie Lilburn. 

HYB members will then have a chance to put their new-found skills into practise, judging two rings, followed by reason giving for one of the classes.

HYB co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson, said:”This is our first event of the New Year. It will give new and existing members an opportunity to develop and improve their skills in both stockjudging and reason giving.”

The event is open to all young Holstein enthusiasts under 26 years-old on January 1 – membership forms will be available on the night. Everyone is welcome.

Mrs Wilson added:” This is the first of two practice sessions, the second of which will be held in March at the Kilvergan Herd by kind permission of Timothy Haffey, Lurgan.

Holstein NI’s annual club judging day, which is open to black and white enthusiasts of all ages, will take place at the end of April. The venue is the Drumbo Herd owned by Dessie and Gary Reid, Drumbo, Lisburn.

Individual judging scores will be collated at the practice sessions and during the club judging day, with the top placed HYB competitors going forward to represent Northern Ireland at the national HYB Judging Finals.

Concluding Hilary Wilson added: “We are indebted to William and Margaret Kerr for their kind invitation to Fordwich Holsteins; and also to our judges, Ashley Fleming and Beattie Lilburn for giving up their time to coach and support our young members.”

For further information and directions to the farm contact HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, on mobile: 07799 866852.

  • The HYB Weekend Rally takes place on April 8 to 10, at Drumfries College. Anyone interested in participating should contact Hilary Wilson on or before the end of February 2011. Transportation and teams need to be organised in advance of the event. Please check the club’s facebook page, Northern Ireland HYB, or the Holstein NI website www.holstein-ni.co.uk, for up-to-date information on forthcoming events.

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International judge, Ashley Fleming, Seaforde,will be one of the mentors at next week's HYB stockjudging practice (Feb 17) at Cloughmills. He met up with HYB members, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, and Andrew Patton, Newtownards, to finalise plans for the event.

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December 2010 - Full house as Greenmount hosts HYB clipping and showing demonstration

There was a ‘full house’ at last week’s Clipping and Showing demonstration, organised by the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club, and hosted by Greenmount College, Antrim, writes HYB public relations officer, Allison Wilson.

HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, welcomed everyone, and highlighted one of the national HYB competitions where part of the judging involves clipping an animal prior to showing it.  Club member, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, won this competition earlier in the year. 

Everyone watched carefully as Andrew Kennedy shared his expertise and demonstrated his prize winning skills. He advised those present that it is important to wash the animal a number of times beforehand.  He then showed off his clipping skills, turning a plain calf into a show winner!

With the help of experienced fitter, Denis O’Neil, and a second calf, everyone had the opportunity to practice clipping, as well as the chance to get one-to-one tuition - even though it was for a short period of time.

Following the clipping demonstration, experienced HYB members, Hannah Lilburn, Rachael Wilson, Andrew Kennedy and Mark Henry, demonstrated their showmanship techniques.

Denis O’Neil explained what was expected from handlers, and also what the judges would be looking for in the show ring. He asked the handlers to demonstrate different tasks that may be expected of them when showing calves.  Following the demonstration everyone had the opportunity to practice their new-found skills.  Denis concluded by offering further guidance, and the Greenmount students proved very eager to learn.

Thanks must go to Greenmount staff, Rachel Elder and Andy Megarrell, for organising and preparing the calves for the event.  The calves were all halter trained and well handled prior to the event. 

Greenmount College provided the refreshments, and as it was a cold night, everyone welcomed a hot cup of tea.

HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, said: “The event provided HYB members and Greenmount students with a brilliant opportunity to develop their clipping and showmanship skills. A lot of hard work went on behind the scenes in preparation for the event. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the evening.

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A Greenmount student is eager to get to grips with the cattle  clippers.

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Greenmount students and HYB members watch carefully as Andrew Kennedy  demonstrates his clipping skills.

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Attention to detail during the HYB clipping and showing  demonstration, held at Greenmount.

November 2010 - HYB to join the CREAM of Greenmount on November 25

Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members are teaming up with Greenmount CREAM students to stage a clipping and showing demonstration at Greenmount College on Thursday, November 25, commencing at 8pm sharp.

HYB member. Andrew Kennedy, who won the national clipping competition at the recent HYB Weekend Rally, will demonstrate clipping techniques and give everyone some useful tips.

He will be ably assisted by expert fitter and showman, Denis O’Neill, who will also demonstrate the correct way to exhibit a Holstein animal, whether it be a calf or cow. With the Winter Fair just around the corner this is billed as an event not to be missed.

HYB co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson said:”Both Andrew and Denis have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and this event is an ideal opportunity for new and existing members to learn how to prepare, halter train and handle a calf in the show ring.

“HYB members will be given the opportunity to ask questions, and put their clipping skills and handling skills to the test. This event is open to everyone, both young and old, and we extend a warm welcome to non HYB members. “

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is indebted to Greenmount College for the use of its premises. A special word of thanks must go to lecturer, Rachel Elder, and livestock instructor, Andy Megarrell, for all their hard work and dedication in preparation for the event.

Everyone attending the clipping and showing demonstration is advised to enter the Greenmount campus via the main entrance. The car park and venue will be signposted from there.

 For further information contact HYB Co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, on mobile: 07799 866852.

Keep up to date with all the latest HYB news and activities on Facebook. The newly launched Facebook page contains all the latest information and photographs from the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club.

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The NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club is staging a  showing and  clipping demonstration at Greenmount College on Thursday, November 25. HYB  secretary, Carolyn Wilson, and PRO, Allison Wilson, met up with HND  student, Josh McDowell, to plan the event.

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HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, centre, discusses plans for the  club's clipping and showing demonstration with, Andy Megarrell, livestock  instructor, and Rachel Elder, lecturer, Greenmount College.

October 2010 - Holstein Young Breeders savour success at national event

Eight members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club took part at the recent All-Britian Calf Show, held at Stoneleigh.

Unfortunately due to animal movement restrictions, the young competitors couldn’t take their own calves to the two-day event. Pedigree Holstein calves were borrowed from the Knowlesmere, Chorlton, Rossett and Woodhey herds.

The calves had to be washed daily, and club member, Andrew Kennedy, used his expertise to ensure they were clipped and turned out to perfection.

HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, travelled with the team.  “The local team members were disadvantaged because they couldn’t bring their own calves, but we had a good weekend and our team gained fourth place overall in the handling competition. There were 23 clubs participating and this was a great achievement!”

The NI team included Andrew Kennedy, Andrew Patterson, Rachael Wilson, Allison Wilson, Lindsey Fleming, Mark Henry, James Anthony McCorry and Desmond McCorry.

The showmanship classes were judged by James Tomlinson from Lancashire. Desmond McCorry from Aghalee was the youngest competitor in the junior showmanship class.  He was placed thirteenth in a strong class which attracted 23 entrants.

Mark Henry from Stranocum took fifth place in the intermediate showmanship class, while Andrew Patterson from Crumlin won fourth prize in the senior showmanship section. Sixth place in the mature showmanship class went to Andrew Kennedy from Ballymena.

County Down breeder, Ashley Fleming judged the Holstein calf classes at the event.  Northern Ireland had borrowed a full team of six calves and their owners were exceptionally pleased with the results.
 
Hilary Wilson concluded: “Congratulations to all of the HYB members on their achievements. This is a national event and the team worked very hard to fly the flag for Northern Ireland.

“A big thank you to Philip and Jane Arrell who organised the loan of the calves for the NI team.”
 

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Team members from the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders' Club, pictured during the All-Britian Calf Show, Stoneleigh.

September 2010 - Success for HYB members at UK Weekend Rally

Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members recently attended the annual HYB Weekend Rally, hosted by the Western Club at Reaseheath College in Nantwich.

The 19-strong group was led by club co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson. After registration on arrival, it was off to visit the impressive 700-cow Astlowhall herd at Aston Low Hall Farm. The Thomasson family have recently installed a new 60 point rotary parlour, and have built new cow and youngstock housing.

Members took part in the open stockjudging competition, and local club member, Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, won the junior section.

The evening entertainment included a 90’s foam party and rave disco. It was enjoyed by all, and even the classifiers got involved when the foam started.

There was an early start the next morning as everyone departed for the Hughes family’s impressive Clayden Herd – hosts of the national reasoned stockjudging competition.  This competition attracts the best young stockmen and women in the UK. As always, Northern Ireland showed off their skills when Andrew Patton, Newtownards, claimed first prize in the senior section.

Participants then made their way to the Bidlea Herd for the ‘It’s a knockout competition and raft race’. The HYB members also had an opportunity to see seven 100 tonne cows in the herd, and view two separate groups of daughters from Copywood Sarson Red ET and Knowlesmere Papoose Integrity. Everyone agreed that this farm was definitely in a league of its own, with superb grounds and a large lake in the garden.

The competitions proved to be exceptionally entertaining, and one of the Holstein UK classifiers ended up needing a change of clothes! 

Northern Ireland put two teams forward, with the ‘B Team’ comprising of Mark Henry, Aidan Garvey, Ryan McCoy, James Patterson and Hannah Lilburn securing joint first place with four other clubs.  Unfortunately when the overall winner was decided with a ‘tug o war’, Scotland south proved they had all the power. 

Northern Ireland’s ‘A Team’ included Alan Porter, Andrew Kennedy, Josh McDowell, Kate McCormick and Andrew Patterson, and they also did well, but were against a strong team in the obstacle race. 

HYB members not taking part in the other competitions, had an opportunity to guess the value of the best cow or heifer from the groups on display.  Andrew Patton proved he knows the value of livestock and won ten straws of semen in the competition.

Later that evening everyone enjoyed a Roman fancy dress feast and BBQ.  With white sheets being designed to order, imaginations went wild!

The next morning everyone travelled to the Wright and Manley Auction Centre, to compete in the ‘Field to Foto’ competition. This competition combines all aspects of showing, and requires exceptional team work from start to finish.

It was a very close contest with only seven marks separating first and second places. The winners were Scotland south, with Northern Ireland’s ‘A Team’, Andrew Kennedy, Allison Wilson, Alan Porter, Rachael Wilson and Andrew Patterson, taking reserve place. They led throughout the competition, but on the final photo, the calf proved to be anything but photogenic.

Andrew Kennedy also won the clipping competition in a very strong class.

The ‘B team’ also proved to be highly competitive and came second in their group. Team members were James Patterson, Heather Martin, Andrew Patton, Matthew McLean and Hannah Lilburn.

NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson said: “It was a great weekend. I am extremely proud of all the young breeders who excelled in the competitions they were involved in.  Northern Ireland is considered to be one of the best clubs in the UK, and this year’s results confirm it!”

The 2011 HYB Weekend Rally will be hosted by Scotland south, and will be based at Drumfries College. The event takes place from Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10, 2011.

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Andrew Patton, Newtownards, won first prize in the senior section at the national reasoned stockjudging finals. Adding his congratulations is Holstein UK president, Philip Davies.

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Northern Ireland's 'B Team' were second in the Field to Foto competition, from left: Andrew Patton, Hannah Lilburn, Heather Martin, James Patterson and Matthew McLean. Included is Holstein UK president, Philip Davies.

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The NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club 'A Team',  Alan Porter, Allison Wilson, Andrew Patterson, Rachael Wilson and Andrew Kennedy, were second in their group's 'Field to Foto' competition at the HYB Weekend Rally. They were congratulated by Holstein UK president, Philip Davies.

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September 2010 - Holstein reigns supreme in multi-breed calf line-up at Moria

The 8th multi-breed calf show, hosted by the Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein clubs, attracted in excess of 200 entries, and was described by organisers as a huge success.

New to this year’s judging schedule was an interbreed champion of champions award, which saw the champion and reserve winners in each section competing for the prestigious title.

Scooping the interbreed honours at the 2010 event, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, was the Holstein champion exhibited by Alan Porter from Drumbo, Lisburn.  Born in July 2009, the home-bred Drumport Shooter Promise was sired by the herd’s stock bull, Boghill Shooter PI – a Picston Shottle son purchased from Morrell McCollum’s herd at Coleraine. Alan Porter, who established his Drumport prefix in 2003, was delighted to secure the top accolade.

Claiming the reserve interbreed title was the Ayrshire leader, Mainevalley Autumn Rose, owned by Karen Carson, Ballymena. This January 2009 born heifer was sired by Cogent Revenue Red, and is out of the home-bred Mainevalley Ice Lady.

The May 2009 born Gravelhill Auntie Nell secured the reserve Holstein championship award for David Wilson, Newtownabbey. Sired by the home-bred ERB Acres Damion son, Gravelhill Correspondant, she is bred from Gravelhill Igniter Nell.

Taking the honourable mention in the Holstein section was the baby calf, Moyrah Lou Sarenity, owned by the husband and wife team of Richard and Louise Graham, Dromore, County Down. This six-month-old heifer was sired by Jenny Lou Marshall, and is bred from Copywood Stormatic Sarenity.

The Holstein calf and showmanship classes were judged by Jane Arrell of Thistlerose Holsteins and Jerseys, Shropshire. “Thanks to Holstein NI for inviting me to judge.  The six calf classes were headed up by quality calves which could compete anywhere in the UK. The winners in each class were the calves I would like to take home.”

Mrs Arrell added:”The champion calf is classy and everything a winner should be. She is long and clean, and fills the show ring with her presence. I also admire the reserve champion for her style and class, and both heifers are full of promise for the future.”

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Andrew Patterson from Crumlin, was triumphant in the Holstein showmanship section. Runner-up was Mark Henry from Stranocum, with the honourable mention going to the winner of the novice showmanship class, Desmond McCorry from Aghalee.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson, thanked everyone for supporting the multi-breed calf show.”A special word of thanks to our sponsors, Ulster Bank who sponsored the showmanship classes, and John Thompson and Sons Ltd, sponsors of the calf classes.

“Thanks also to Greenmount College for the loan of the floral decorations; Sloans for providing the sawdust; and to all the judges and stewards for their help and assistance. Finally, a sincere thank you to Willie Wilson for the use of the Pedigree Sales Arena facilities.”

Results from the Holstein section include.....

Holstein showmanship, novice handler, eight-years-old and under – 1, Desmond McCorry, Aghalee; 2, Lauren McMurray, Banbridge; 3, Brian Weatherup, Ballyclare.

Holstein showmanship, junior handler, aged between 9 and 12 years-old – 1, Matthew McLean, Bushmills; 2, Lauren Henry, Stranocum; 3, Rachel McMurray, Banbridge.

Holstein showmanship, intermediate handler, aged between 13 and 15 years-old – 1, Mark Henry, Stranocum; 2, James Anthony McCorry, Aghalee; 3, Heather Martin, Newtownards.

Holstein showmanship, senior handler, aged between 16 and 20 years-old – 1, Andrew Patterson, Crumlin; 2, Alan Porter, Drumbo; 3, Allison Wilson, Newtownabbey.

Holstein showmanship, mature handler, aged between 21 and 26 years-old – 1, Paul Dunn, Bangor; 2, Jonathan Lyons, Coleraine.

Holstein calf, born on or after 1/2/10 – 1, Richard and Louise Graham, Dromore, County Down, Moyrah Lou Sarenity by Jenny Lou Marshall; 2, Noel McCorry, Aghalee, Derrymore Wisconsin Aniek Red by April Day Wisconsin Red; 3, Sam and John McMcCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Shottle Maude 6 by Picston Shottle.

Holstein calf, born between 1/12/09 and 1/1/10 – 1, G and J Booth, Beechview Advert Lalita Red ET by KHW Kite Advent Red ET; 2, Iain and Joyce McLean, Bushmills, Priestland 4951 Shot Bedazzie ET by Picston Shottle; 3, G and J Booth, Beechview Advent Lolipop Red ET by KHW Kite Advent Red ET.

Holstein calf, born between 1/09/10 and 30/11/09 – 1, Messrs Dunn and McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Dundee Apple by Regancrest Dundee; 2, John Patterson and Sons, Crumlin, Ballyginniff Laurin Jasmin by Den K LL Marshall Laurin; 3, David Wilson, Newtownabbey, Gravelhill Glen Lyn by Glen Valley BW Captain.

Holstein calf, born between 1/08/09 and 30/09/09 – 1, Messrs Truesdale, Patton, Dunn and Warden, Bangor, Lumville Damion Addi by Erbacres Damion; 2, Iain and Joyce McLean, Priestland 4924 Goldwyn Ambrosia ET by Braedale Goldwyn; 3, Iain and Joyce McLean, Lillyhall LPT Dream Red by Ladino Park Talent.

Holstein calf, born between 1/06/09 and 31/07/09 – 1, Alan Porter, Drumbo, Drumport Shooter Primrose by Boghill Shooter PI; 2, Alan Porter, Drumport Shooter Lulu 2 by Boghill Shooter PI; 3, Conor McAufield, Lisburn, Castletru Socrates Candy by Velvet View KJ Socrates.

Holstein calf, born between 1/4/09 and 1/5/09 – 1, David Wilson, Gravelhill Auntie Nell by Gravelhill Correspondant; 2, Messrs Crea and Robinson, Crossgar, Soothill Pronto Babygrand by Windy Knoll View Pronto; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Champion  Maude 5 by Calbrett Champion.

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Holstein judge, Jane Arrell, Shropshire, congratulates Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, winner of the novice showmanship class and honourable mention. Included is Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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Junior showmanship winner, Matthew McLean, Bushmills, pictured with Holstein judge, Jane Arrell, Shropshire, and sponsor, Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank.

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Mark Henry, Stranocum, was the reserve champion in the Holstein showmanship competition. Included are Jane Arrell, Shropshire, judge; and Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, was the champion Holstein handler at the 8th multi-breed calf show, Moira. Presenting the trophy are Jane Arrell, judge; and Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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Holstein Young Breeders' Club member, Paul Dunn, Bangor, was the winner of the mature showmanship class. Included are Jane Arrell, judge; and Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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Paul Dunn, Bangor, exhibited the first prize winning Lumville Damion Addi, owned by Messrs Truesdale, Patton, Dunn and Warden. Included are judge, Jane Arrell; and Jeremy Dillon, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, sponsor.

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Jane Arrell, judge; and Jeremy Dillon, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, sponsor, congratulate Louise Graham, Dromore, on winning the baby Holstein calf class with Moyrah Lou Sarenity.

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Rachael Wilson, Newtownabbey, exhibited the reserve Holstein champion, Gravelhill Auntie Nell, at the 8th multi-breed calf show, Moira. Adding their congratulations are Jane Arrell, judge; and Jeremy Dillon, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, sponsor.

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Alan Porter, Drumbo, exhibited Drumport Shooter Promise, the Holstein champion at the multi-breed calf show, Moira. Presenting the award are Jane Arrell, Shropshire, judge; and Jeremy Dillon, John Thompson and Sons Ltd.

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Andrew Patterson exhibited the first prize winning Beechview Advent Lalita Red ET, owned by Messrs G and J Booth. Included is judge, Jane Arrell.

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Dundee Apple, owned by Messrs Dunn and McCormick, Bangor. Adding her congratulations is judge, Jane Arrell.

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James and Amy Gregg, Glarryford, took part in the novice showmanship class at the 8th multi-breed calf show, held at Moira.

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Alan Porter, Drumbo, was second in the senior Holstein showmanship class.

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The judging of a Holstein calf class underway at the 8th multi-breed calf show, held at Moira.

Mainevalley herd wins top Ayrshire honours

An outstanding winner, full of style and dairy character, was how Scottish judge Katie Davidson, described the Ayrshire champion at the 8th multi-breed dairy calf show, held at Moira.

Securing the championship honours was Mainevalley Autumn Rose from Karen Carson’s herd at Ballymena. Born in January 2009, she was sired by Cogent Revenue Red, and is out of the home-bred Mainevalley Ice Lady.
“She is angular, and has power and dairyness combined,” explained Ms Davidson, whose family owns the 200-cow Halmyre herd based at Castle Douglas.

The reserve champion also came from Karen Carson’s Mainevalley herd. “She is clean and long, and really complements the champion, “said Katie Davidson, as she awarded the spoils to Mainevalley Becks. This Edenvale Hero daughter was born in May 2009, and is bred from Mainevalley Rebecca.

Ms Davidson also praised the young Ayrshire exhibitors on their professionalism and enthusiasm. Top honours in the showmanship section went to Sarah Jones who won the intermediate class. “She was an easy winner,” explained the judge. “Very attentive, and got the balance right when it came to attending to her calf and keeping an eye on me. She was also able to position her calf quickly and effectively.”

Runner-up in the showmanship section was mature class winner, Robert McConnell from Templepatrick. “He did a very nice job in the show ring, but wasn’t as relaxed as the champion handler.”

Ulster Ayrshire Cattle Club secretary, Caroline Fullerton, thanked Katie Davidson for giving up her time to travel to Northern Ireland to judge at the event. “Thanks also to Ulster Bank for sponsoring the showmanship classes, and Genus ABS who sponsored the calf section.”

Results from the judging ring include...

Ayrshire showmanship, novice handler, seven-years-old and under – 1, Andrew Gordon, Ballyclare; 2, Ellen Henderson, Tobermore; 3, Cameron Carson, Ballymena.

Ayrshire showmanship, intermediate handler, aged 8 to 15 years-old – 1, Sarah Jones, Ballymena; 2, Stephanie Farren; 3, Rebekah Jones, Ballymena.

Ayrshire showmanship, mature handler, aged 16 to 26 years-old – 1, Robert McConnell, Templepatrick; 2, Peter Knowles, Ballymena; 3, Caroline McConnell, Templepatrick.

Ayrshire calf, born on or after 01/01/10 – 1, William Henderson, Tobermore, Ballynahone Julia 7 by Ardmore Majestic; 2, Raymond Stewart, Ballyclare, Fortfield Laura 33 by Brieyside New Proof; 3, Thomas Gordon, Ballyclare, Grove Magnolia 21 by Auchensale Star Performer.

Ayrshire calf, born between 01/09/09 and 01/01/10 – 1, Hannah Lilburn, Dromore, County Down, Brookvale Fancy Florrie by McCormick Nelson; 2, Sam Wadsworth, Lisburn, Craigtown Irene 135 by Ravenhill Snowfire; 3, R and C McConnell, Templepatrick, Beechmount Whitesocks 2 by Cuthill Towers Full Monty.

Ayrshire calf, born between 01/05/09 and 01/09/09 – 1, Karen Carson, Ballymena, Mainevalley Becks by Edenvale Hero; 2, John and Michael Hunter, Crumlin; 3, R and C McConnell, Barr Pretty Woman 2 by Heydale Brooklyn.

Ayrshire calf, born between Karen Carson, Mainevalley Autumn Rose by Cogent Revenue Red; 2, Karen Carson, Mainevalley Red Rose by Edenvale Frontpiece; 3, R and C McConnell, Beechmount Russet by Ravenhill Sure Enough.

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Sarah Jones was the champion Ayrshire handler at the multi-breed calf show, Moira. Presenting the award are Katie Davidson, Castle Douglas, judge; and Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor.

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Top placed competitors in the Ayrshire showmanship classes at the multi-breed calf show, Moira, were Robert McConnell, Templepatrick, runner-up; and Sarah Jones, Ballymena, winner. Included are Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor; and Katie Davidson, Castle Douglas, judge.

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Hannah Lilburn, Dromore, with her first prize winning Ayrshire calf, Brookvale Fancy Florrie, at the 8th multi-breed calf show, Moira. Included is judge, Katie Davidson, Castle Douglas.

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The champion and reserve Ayrshires at the 8th multi-breed calf show, Moira, were owned by Karen Carson, Ballymena, and shown by Sarah and Rebekah Jones. Adding her congratulations is judge, Katie Davidson, Castle Douglas.

Clean sweep for Fleming family in Jersey section

The Fleming Family’s Potterswalls herd had a clean sweep in the Jersey championship line-up, winning the supreme, reserve and honourable mention ribbons, at the 8th annual multi-breed calf show, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

Judge for the event was former Northern Ireland man, and Holstein UK classifier, Philip Arrell from Shropshire. “The show has attracted quality cattle, all of which were well presented, and a credit to their owners.”

Philip Arrell awarded the supreme overall championship to the April 2009 born Bridon Remake Comerica daughter, Potterwalls Comerica Lady. “This is a tremendous, well-grown heifer with great legs and feet. She oozes dairy strength and is a real prospect for the future.”

Claiming the reserve award was Potterswalls Sultan Lady, a September 2009 born SHF Centurion Sultan daughter, bred from Potterwalls Just Wait Lady. Philip Arrell added:”This is beautiful dairy heifer.”

The honourable mention went to the Fleming Family’s baby calf, Potterswalls Action Glamour. This five-month-old calf was sired by Forestglen Avery Action, and is bred from Potterswalls Jazzman Glamour. “This baby calf is very correct and has a good future ahead of her.”

In the showmanship section, the Cowdry Cup, awarded to the supreme champion handler, was presented to Lindsay Fleming. He won the senior showmanship class, and was followed in second place by younger brother, Lyndon, who claimed the reserve overall award.

Little sister, Ailsa, won the novice class, and lifted the Wallace Cup, presented to the best handler under seven years of age.

The mature showmanship class was led by Graeme Hawkes from Omagh.

“The showmanship classes were hotly contested, and all handlers were well presented and courteous. The champion handler was relaxed throughout. He had tremendous control of his calf, and was able to set it up quickly,” added Philip.

Mark Logan, secretary of the Ulster Jersey Cattle Club thanked Philip Arrell for taking time out of his busy schedule to judge at the event. “Thanks also to Ulster Bank, sponsors of the showmanship section; and United Feeds, who sponsored the calf show.”

Mr Logan added:”A sincere thank you to Willie Wilson for the use of his facilities, and to Jane Steel for taking the photographs.”

Results from the Jersey showring include...

The Wallace Cup, for the winner of the novice showmanship class: Ailsa Fleming.

The Cowdry Cup, for the champion handler in the Jersey section: Lindsay Fleming. Reserve: Lyndon Fleming.

Jersey showmanship, novice handler, seven-years-old and under – 1, Ailsa Fleming, Seaforde.

Jersey showmanship, senior handler, aged 13 to 17 years-old – 1, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde; 2, Lyndon Fleming, Seaforde; 3, Lyndsey Hawkes, Omagh.

Jersey showmanship, mature handler, aged 18 to 26 years-old – 1, Graeme Hawkes, Omagh.

Jersey calf, born on or after 01/01/10 – 1, Fleming Family, Seaforde, Potterswalls Action Glamour by Forestglen Avery Action; 2, Fleming Family, Potterswalls Minister Poppy by Select Scott Minister.

Jersey calf, born between 01/09/09 and 01/01/10 – 1, Fleming Family, Potterswalls Iatola Lady 2 by SC Goldust Paramount Iatola; 2, Fleming Family, Potterswalls Action Magic by Forestglen Avery Action; 3, Potterswalls Prides Starlight by Potterswalls Belles Pride.

Jersey calf, born between 01/05/09 and 01/09/09 – 1, Fleming Family, Potterswalls Sultan Lady by SHF Centurion Sultan; 2, Kenneth Hawkes, Omagh, Ranelly McGwire Sybil by Grammer Hallmark McGwire; 3, Kenneth Hawkes, Ranelly McGwire Yolande by Grammer Hallmark McGwire.

Jersey calf, born between 01/01/09 and 01/05/09 – 1, Fleming Family, Potterswalls Comerica Lady by Bridon Remake Comerica; 2, Fleming Family, Potterswalls Comerica Glamour by Bridon Remake Comerica; 3, Kenneth Hawkes, Ranelly McGwire Lilly by Grammer Hallmark McGwire.

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Judge, Philip Arrell, and Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, sponsor, present the Cowdry Cup, for the champion Jersey handler, to Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde.

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The Fleming Family, Lindsay, Lyndon and Ailsa from Seaforde, made a clean sweep in the Jersey section at the 8th multi-breed calf show, held at Moira.

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Ailsa Fleming, Seaforde, was the youngest Jersey competitor at the multi-breed calf show, held at Moira.

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The champion Jersey at the 8th multi-breed calf show, held at Moira, was Potterswalls Comerica Lady, shown by Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde. Presenting the Barnowl Trophy are Alan Massey, United Feeds, sponsor; and Philip Arrell, judge.

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Prize winning Jersey young handlers, from right, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde, champion; Lyndon Fleming, Seaforde, reserve champion; and Graeme Hawkes, Omagh, honourable mention.

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August 2010 - HYB raises 2,000 for charity

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has presented a cheque for 2,000 to Cancer Research UK.

The money was raised at a charity auction and ballot which took place at the club’s BBQ in June. The cheque was handed over at last week’s Causeway Classic Sale, held at Balmoral.

HYB co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson, and members of the organising committee have expressed their sincere thanks to everyone who donated items for the auction and ballot, and those provided food for the BBQ, including Pritchard Foods, Cotton Cookies and Country Fayre. Thanks also to Harold Walker and the staff at Dungannon Rugby Club for their help.

Ballot Prizes were donated by Greenmount Agricutural Stores; McCaughern Animal Health; McLarnons Feeds; Francis Dunn; Farmrite and Jubilee Veterinary Clinic.

Items for the auction included a leather halter donated by Christies Direct, Ballymoney; a 250 voucher from United Feeds; Wabash Way Evolve semen from Semex; 10 straws of Brant View Hefty from AI Services (NI) Ltd; 10 straws of Jeffery Way Tartine from Alta Genetics; 50 Genus ABS voucher; 10 straws of Decker from World Wide Sires; and cattle boosters from Crystalyx; half-a-day calf training provided by Rachael and Allison Wilson, Newtownabbey. Thanks also to Stephen Crawford who made a 100 cash donation to the charity.

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Kevin Harper, Cancer Research UK, received a cheque for 2,000 from the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club. Pictured presenting the cheque are, from left: Hilary Wilson, HYB co-ordinator; and committee members, Andrew Kennedy, Paul Dunn, Carolyn Wilson, and Andrew Patterson.

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August 2010 - Entry date looming for multi-breed calf show

Young Ayrshire, Holstein and Jersey enthusiasts are reminded that Friday, August 13 marks the closing date for entries for the 8th annual multi-breed calf show.

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Entries for the forthcoming multi-breed calf show at Moira will close on Friday, August 13. Organisers from the Ayrshire, Holstein and Jersey Clubs, Peter Drummon, Hilary Wilson, Paul Dunn and Mark Logan, are pictured with sponsors, Brian McCarron, Genus ABS; Gordon Donaldson, John Thompson and Sons Ltd; David George, Ulster Bank; and Keith Agnew, United Feeds. Picture: Columba O'Hare/Fotacol.

The one-day event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Thursday, August 26 commencing at 10am.

Schedules for the event include showmanship classes for novice and experienced handlers, as well as a selection of calf classes. Organisers from Holstein NI, the Ulster Ayrshire Cattle Club, and the Ulster Jersey Cattle Club, are indebted to sponsors for their continued support. Sponsors include, United Feeds, Ulster Bank, John Thompson and Sons Ltd and Genus ABS.

English judge, Mrs Jane Arrell will place the Holstein entries; while her husband, Philip – formerly from Randalstown, County Antrim, will officiate in the Jersey show ring. The Ayrshire judge has still to be confirmed.

Further details from Ulster Ayrshire Cattle Club secretary, Mrs Caroline Fullerton on 07768 058449; Ulster Jersey Cattle Club secretary, Mark Logan on mobile: 07889 532280; or Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852.

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July 2010 - Holstein Young  Breeders’ AGM

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club held its annual general meeting this week at Greenmount College, Antrim.

The AGM was chaired by Holstein NI vice-chairman, Alan Cleland from Downpatrick. Mr Cleland said:”I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club AGM. The youth involvement of any club is important, and the HYB offers young members a tremendous opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

“It is heartening to see the achievements of individual young breeders and the HYB teams at national competitions. Their success is testament to the work put in by co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, and senior club mentors. The continuing success of the HYB bodes well for the future of Holstein NI.”

Mr Cleland declared all positions vacant before conducting the election of office bearers. Newly elected office bearers include: secretary, Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey; treasurer, Jonathan Lyons, Coleraine; and PRO, Allison Wilson, Newtownabbey. The new committee for 2010/11 includes Mark Henry, Stranocum, Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, Josh McDowell, Ballyward, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, and Andrew Patton, Newtownards.
“I would like to conclude by thanking everyone for accepting their new roles within the HYB committee, and wish the club every success for the incoming year,” said Alan Cleland.

Holstein NI chairman, John Patterson, added:”I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new office bearers and committee members on their election, and I wish the HYB club every success for the future. Congratulations to all club members on their achievements during the past year, and especially to new member, Mark Henry, who was a first prize winner at the national stockjudging competition. “

Hilary Wilson concluded by telling everyone about the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club Weekend Rally which takes place from Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 5. The event will be hosted by the Western Club in England, and includes a stockjudging competition at the Clayden herd, and visits to the Astlowhall and Bidlea herds. The Field to Foto competition will take place at Beeston Market, and HYB members will also enjoy a 90’s Old Skool rave and foam party, and a roman fancy dress feast. Anyone interested in participating in the HYB Weekend Rally should contact Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852.

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Alan Cleland, vice chairman, Holstein NI, and HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson, with newly elected office bearers and committee members at the Holstein Young Breeders Club AGM.

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John Patterson, chairman, Holstein NI, pictured with newly elected office bearers of the Holstein Young Breeders' Club at its AGM, Allison Wilson, PRO; Carolyn Wilson, secretary; and Jonathan Lyons, treasurer.

Members are also reminded about the Multi-Breed Calf Show which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Thursday, August 26. Entry forms for the calf show and showmanship classes should be returned on or before, Friday, August 13. Show schedules and entry forms are available to download from the Holstein NI website: www.holstein-ni.co.uk.

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July 2010 - Moira venue for multi-breed calf event on August 26

This year’s multi-breed Calf Show, which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Thursday, August 26,  is set to be bigger and better than ever as organisers have announced details of a new Champion of Champions award.

The champion from each breed represented, Holstein, Jersey and Ayrshire, will be eligible to compete for the prestigious title.

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Young Jersey, Ayrshire and Holstein enthusiasts, Alisa Fleming, Seaforde; Cameron Carson, Ballymena; and Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, are all set for the Multi-Breed Calf Show which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Thursday, August 26.
 
Now in its 8th  year, the interbreed calf show is the annual highlight for many young dairy breed enthusiasts, and is supported by breeders from throughout the Province.

The prize schedule includes showmanship classes for novice and experienced members, as well as classes for calves. The one-day event gets underway at 10am.
 
Mrs Jane Arrell will place the Holstein entries; while her husband, Philip, will officiate in the Jersey show ring.  The Ayrshire judge has still to be confirmed.

 Organisers are indebted to Willie Wilson of R A Noble and Co for the use of the Pedigree Sales Arena. Thanks also to the sponsors for their generous support. They include:  Ulster Bank , sponsors of the Holstein handling classes; John Thompson & Sons Ltd, sponsors of the Holstein calf classes; United Feeds, sponsors of the Jersey calf classes; and Genus ABS, sponsors of the Ayrshire calf classes.

Schedules and entry forms for the Holstein section can be downloaded from Holstein NI’s website: www.holstein-ni.co.uk. Further details are also available from Ulster Ayrshire Cattle Club secretary, Caroline Fullerton on mobile 07768 058449; Ulster Jersey Cattle Club secretary, Mark Logan on mobile: 07889 532280; or HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852. The closing date for entries is Saturday, August 14.

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July 2010 - HYB members savour success at National Competitions Day
 
It has been another successful year for the Province’s Holstein Young Breeders as the team from Northern Ireland gained fourth place and second overall in the stockjudging and linear sections respectively, at the annual National Competitions Day, held at the Miller family’s 250-cow Shanael Herd in Worcestershire.
 
The team included Mark Henry, Stranocum; Lyndon Fleming, Seaforde; Lyndsey Fleming, Seaforde; Andrew Patterson, Crumlin; Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey; Johnny Lyons, Coleraine and Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena. They were accompanied by HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson.

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Members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club, from left: Lyndsey Fleming, Andrew Kennedy, Mark Henry, Andrew Patterson and Lyndon Fleming, who were successful at Holstein UK's National Stockjudging and Linear Finals.

After a series of closely marked rings and strong reason-giving the NIHYB stockjudging team gained fourth place overall, a fantastic result as the competition had attracted teams from 20 regional HYB clubs. Competitors had to linear score four cows, as well as judge three rings of cattle.
 
Individual stockjudging results were excellent with new member, Mark Henry, shining out and gaining joint first place in the junior judging section. Lyndsey Fleming set the pace in the intermediate section in seventh place, while Andrew Kennedy displayed his usual high standard winning third place in the senior judging class.

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Brian Hunter, United Dairy Farmers Ltd, congratulates HYB member, Mark Henry, Stranocum, on winning first prize in the junior section at Holstein UK's National Competitions Day, held in England.

In the junior section of the linear competition Lyndon Fleming was placed seventh, with team mate, Mark Henry placed thirteenth. Their combined error scores put them in fifth place overall.

 In the intermediate section Andrew Patterson maintained his high standard and was placed second, while Lyndsey Fleming was placed fifth.  Their combined error scores gained them second place in the intermediate linear competition. 

The senior team included Johnny Lyons and Carolyn Wilson and they were placed twelfth.
 
The Linear Awards will be presented at the HYB Weekend Rally, hosted by Western HYB from September 3 to 5 respectively.
 
HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson said: “These young people should be proud of what they have achieved, and the honour they have brought to the club.  I am delighted to see a team from Northern Ireland doing well at the National Finals.
“Thanks go to the mentors who have put a lot of hard work into training the team for this event, and also to the herd owners who hosted practice sessions. We are also indebted to our sponsor, Brian Hunter of United Dairy Farmers Ltd.”
HYB members are reminded that the closing date for entries for the Calf Show is Friday, August 13. Entry forms and schedules can be downloaded from the Holstein NI website, http://www.holstein-ni.co.uk/index.html.

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July 2010 - N.I. HOLSTEIN YOUNG BREEDERS CALF SHOW

  • DATE:Thursday, 26 August
  • VENUE:Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira
  • JUDGE:Mrs Jayne Arrell
  • TIME:Classes commence 10.00 am SHARP!!!!!

SHOWMANSHIP SECTION -  NB All ages are taken on first of January

CLASSES 1&2:Novice & Junior Showmanship (under 12 years of age)
CLASS 3:Intermediate Showmanship (aged between 13 & 15 years of age)
CLASS 4:Senior Showmanship (aged between 16 & 20 years of age)
CLASS 5:Mature Showmanship (aged between 21 & 26 years of age)

Showmanship championship –
Champion will receive the Hamish Logan Trophy
Reserve will received the Ulster Bank Cup
The showmanship classes are kindly sponsored by Ulster Bank Ltd

CALF CLASSES SECTION

CLASS 6:Holstein calf born on or after 1st Feb 2010
CLASS 7:Holstein calf born between 1st Dec 2009 and 31st  Jan 2010
CLASS 8:Holstein calf born between 1st Oct 2009 and 30th  Nov 2009
CLASS 9:Holstein calf born between 1st Aug 2009 and 30th Sept 2009
CLASS 10:Holstein Heifer born between 1st June 2009 and 31st July 2009
CLASS 11:Holstein Heifer born between 1st Apr 2009 and 31 May 2009

Holstein Calf Championship –
Champion will receive the Genus Crystal Award
Reserve will received the McCann Shield
The calf classes are kindly sponsored by John Thompson & Sons with the Exhibitor The Florrie Wilson Cup is presented for the Exhibitor bred champion

ENTRY FEES:-SHOWMANSHIP 3.00CALF CLASSES 4.00

The calf show will be run under Holstein UK Showing rules.
All Competitors will be required to wear the society showing uniform.
Individual members of HYB can only represent one club throughout the year.
Premises can be opened the previous evening by arrangement, contact Hilary.

OFFICIAL MOVEMENT DOCUMENTATION MUST ACCOMPANY ALL ANIMALS

ENTRIES CLOSE ON SATURDAY, 14th AUGUST

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July 2010 - Invitation to YMA national finals in  Kilkenny

The Irish Holstein Friesian Association is hosting its YMA national finals at Cillin Hill in Kilkenny on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 27 and 28, 2010.

The YMA has invited entries from the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club. Teams consist of four people, and the age groups include:

  • Junior – aged 12 or under.
  • Intermediate – aged 13 to 16.
  • Senior – aged 17 to 20
  • Mature – aged 21 to 26.
  • All ages are taken on 1st January 2010.

Entries are also invited from participants interested in competing in the clipping competition which takes place on the Tuesday afternoon, commencing at 2pm.  The handler classes will start at 3.30pm. Judge for the event is Colin Laird from Peebleshire in Scotland.

A dinner will be held at the Kilkenny-based venue, and everyone is invited to attend a disco at the Springhill Court Hotel.

The calf classes kick off at 10am on Wednesday, July 28, and judging is in the capable hands of Iwan Morgan from Carmarthen in Wales. Results from the clipping competition, and club leader board presentations, will take place after the calf judging.

Entry is free and the event is sponsored by Eurogene and Volac.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members interested in taking part should contact club co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, on mobile: 07799 866852, on or before Saturday, July 17.

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July 2010 - Local HYB member represents UK at Holland Masters Sale

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Andrew Patterson, from Crumlin, County Antrim, has recently returned from a trip to the Holland Masters Sale, which took part at the NRM Show in Utrecht.

Seventeen-year-old Andrew was one of four Holstein Young Breeders selected by Diamond Genetics to have a working role at the prestigious event.  

Diamond Genetics received applications from over 20 HYB members throughout the British Isles. Applicants had to submit information on their experiences and give reasons why they would like to be involved at the event.

Claire Swale of Diamond Genetics commented:”Having been part of the HYB network in the past, it’s great to see the enthusiasm and knowledge that these young members possess. Working abroad at events like this is a great opportunity, not only to broaden their horizons, but also to meet valuable contacts which may benefit them in the future.

“We were delighted with the standard of applicants, and each one of the winners will be an asset to the dairy industry and Holstein breeding in the future.”

The successful applicants also included Charlotte Berry, a recently qualified vet from the Boggart Herd in Preston, Lancashire; Tom Lomas from Derbyshire; and Natasha Kirby from Absolute Holsteins in Lancashire.  The UK team worked under the direction of professional UK fitter, Cameron Baty.

Andrew Patterson is actively involved in the day-to-day management of the family’s 120-cow Ballyginniff Herd.  He is a keen member of the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club, and was recipient of the 2009 Little Star Award, which is presented by Holstein UK to the young member who shows the most commitment and enthusiasm towards their club.

The Holland Masters Sale is one of Europe’s leading auctions of Holstein cattle. This year’s event was a huge success attracting buyers from ten world-wide countries. Prices reached a ceiling of 53,535 Euro, and the 34 lots on offer sold to average 10,504 Euro per head.

The sale topper was a first choice bull from five pregnancies by Superstition from Wabash-Way Emilyann VG88 – USA2yr. This lot attracted huge interest, with the highest bid coming from the Canadian AI station, Genervations.

The top priced female at 42,000 Euro was the Mac daughter, Ven Dairy Breesh (Mac x Shottle x Regancrest – PR Barbie EX92), which sold to Rocca Farms from Belgium.

“I would like to thank Diamond Genetics for giving me the opportunity to visit the NRM Show and take part in the Holland Masters Sale. It was a fantastic experience, and I had the privilege of leading the top priced female at the sale,” said Andrew Patterson.

Holstein breeders from Northern Ireland were among the visitors who attended the event.

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Members of the 2010 Holland Masters Sale team, which included NI HolsteinYoung Breeder, Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, pictured holding the top priced 42,000 Euro Ven Dairy Breesh. Picture: Els Korsten

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Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, was one of four young Holstein breeders from the UK who had the opportuinty to attend the prestigious Holland Masters Sale.

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July 2010 - HYB Weekend Rally date

The Holstein Young Breeders’ Club Weekend Rally will be hosted by the Western Club in England, and takes place from Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 5, 2010.

The Field to Foto competition will be held at Beeston Market, with stockjudging at Clayden Holsteins. The event also includes visits to the Astlowhall and Bidlea Holstein herds, with a 90’s Old Skool and Fancy Dress Night. Details from NI HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson on 07799 866852.

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June 2010 - United sponsorship for HYB judges

United Dairy Farmers has weighed in to sponsor the Province’s Holstein Young Breeders’ Club ahead of next month’s national stock judging finals in England.

The team of seven will fly from Belfast to Birmingham before travelling to the event which takes place at the Miller family’s 250-cow Shanael Herd in Worcestershire.

Last year the Northern Ireland HYB team was highly successful with John McCormick, Bangor, managing the lowest error score of the competition; while his team mates were high up in the top twenty placings in each section.

Club Co-ordinator Hilary Wilson thanked United Dairy Farmers for its generous support. The sponsorship money will be used towards the cost of flights for team members.

United Dairy Farmers’ producer services manager, Brian Hunter, extended warm wishes to the team as they prepare for the national event.

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Holstein Young Breeders' Club co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, discusses travels arrangements to Holstein UK's national judging finals in England with Brian Hunter, United Dairy Farmers, sponsor.

HYB members have been busy over the past few months attending stock judging and linear judging practices in a bid to qualify for this year’s competition. Team members representing the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club include: 

Stock judging – Junior, Mark Henry, Stranocum; Intermediate, Lyndsay Fleming, Seaforde; senior, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena.

Linear judging – Junior, Mark Henry and Lyndon Fleming, Seaforde; Intermediate, Lyndsey Fleming and Andrew Patterson, Crumlin; Senior – Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey, and Jonathan Lyons, Coleraine.

Holstein UK’s national judging event takes place on Saturday, July 10.

John Patterson, Holstein NI chairman said:”I would like to take this opportunity to wish the HYB members every success for the national stock judging and linear judging finals in July.”

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June 2010 - Photos from HYB BBQ

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Sisters Carolyn and Allison Rachel enjoying the Holstein Young Breeders' Club BBQ, Dungannon.

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Enjoying the Holstein Young Breeders' Club BBQ, are, James, Andrew and Judith Patterson, and Amy Wright, from Crumlin.

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The Fleming Family from Seaforde, Ashley, Lynda, Lyndsey, Lyndon and Ailsa, pictured at the Holstein Young Breeders' Club BBQ, Dungannon.

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HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, and husband, David, from Newtownabbey, pictured at the Holstein Young Breeders' Club BBQ, Dungannon.

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Holstein Young Breeders' Club treasurer, Paul Dunn, pictured at the club's BBQ, held at Dungannon.

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John McCormick, Kathryn Taylor and Peter Drummond, pictured at the Holstein Young Breeders' Club BBQ, Dungannon.

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Richard McClure, William Bolton and Jonny Lyons,  at the Holstein Young Breeders' Club BBQ, Dungannon.

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Dungannon Rugby Club's Steven Martin, Harold Walker and Brian Magowan, hard at work during the Holstein Young Breeders' Club BBQ.

 

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June 2010 - Clipping, showing and linear assessment on agenda at HYB

Members of the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club met this week for a three-in-one training night, kindly hosted by Noel and Helen Willis, owners of the noted Conncorr herd based at Portadown, County Armagh.

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HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, makes a presentation to the Willis Family - Noel, Helen, Matthew, Joel and Daniel, who hosted the HYB's clipping and showing demonstration.

The event attracted a good turnout of HYB members and the agenda included clipping, showing, and linear assessment.

The night started off with a short course on linear assessment conducted by Richard Graham.  Members were shown how to judge the individual traits of each heifer. Later everyone put their knowledge to the test in a competition to select the Northern Ireland representatives for Holstein UK’s Competitions Day. Richard Graham kindly acted as master judge.

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James Anthony McCorry, Aghalee, gets some useful tips on clippling from fitter and Holstein NI committee member, Denis O'Neill.

 The first and second placed competitors from each age group will travel to the final which takes place at the Miller family’s 250-cow Shanael herd in Evesham, Worcestesrshire, on Saturday, July 10.

Junior section: 1, Mark Henry, Stranocum; 2, Lyndon Fleming, Seaforde; 3, Jonathan McCamley, Carrickfergus.

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Mark Henry, Stranocum, gets a little help from Leiza Montgomery, during HYB showing, clipping and linear demonstration, held at Portadown.

 Intermediate section: 1, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde; 2,  Andrew Patterson, Crumlin; 3, Heather Martin, Newtownards.

 Senior Section:  1, Carolyn Wilson, Newtownabbey; 2, Paul Dunn, Bangor; 3, Louise Graham, Moira.

The clipping demonstration was given by experts, Andrew Kennedy and Denis O’Neill. HYB members were given the opportunity to ask questions, and many put their clipping skills to the test.

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Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, delivers some useful tips at the HYB's clipping and showing demonstration.

 After a buffet style BBQ hosted by the Willis family, Denis O’Neill gave a demonstration on cattle handling etiquette.  Even the more experienced showmen and women were able to pick up a few tips as Denis worked through each aspect of handling and showing cattle. He even outlined the differences between showing in a handling class and in a cow class.

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Pictured at the HYB clipping, showing and linear demonstration, held at Portadown, are, Richard and Louise Graham, Moira, with Phillip Haffey, centre, Portadown.

 The evening was a great success thanks to the warm welcome and generosity extended by the Willis Family.  A vote of thanks was proposed by HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson.

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June 2010 - HYB invitation to reunion BBQ and Disco on June 4th

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club are looking forward to next week’s Charity BBQ and Disco. The event takes place in Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday, June 4th commencing at 8pm.

Tickets are priced at 15 per person and include a sirloin steak accompanied by a selection of salads and a dessert.  The children’s option is priced at 10 and includes sausages and beef burgers, salad and dessert.

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Ready Steady Cook: Holstein Young Breeders' Club committee members, Carolyn Wilson, Allison Wilson, Andrew Kennedy, Andrew Patterson, Jonathan Lyons, John McCormick and Paul Dunn, are all set for the HYB's charity BBQ and Disco which takes place in Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday night, June 4.

HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson said:”The HYB committee members have put a lot of time and effort into organising this BBQ. It is hoped that former Young Members’ Association members and past Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members will come along and support the event.

Proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research.

Tickets are available from HYB co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852, or HYB secretary, Carolyn Wilson on mobile: 07989 141668.

* HYB members are also reminded that the club's clipping and showing demonstration and linear judging practice takes place on Tuesday, June 1. The event will be hosted by Noel and Helen Willis, owners of the Conncorr Herd, 39 Clonmacash Road, Portadown, BT62 1LT, starting at 6.30pm sharp.

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June 2010 - A busy week ahead for Holstein  Young Breeders’ Club members

Following the success of last year’s clipping and showing demonstration, the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has organised a similar event which takes place on Tuesday, June 1, at Noel and Helen Willis’ Conncorr Herd, 39 Clonmacash Road, Portadown, County Armagh, BT62 1LT.   

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Pictured halter training Conncorr Talent Jodie Red are brothers Matthew (8), and Joel (6) Willis, from Portadown. The Willis family are hosting the Holstein Young Breeders' Club clipping and showing demonstration and linear judging practice on Tuesday, June 1.

This action-packed night will start at 6.30pm sharp with a refresher course on Linear Judging.  Richard Graham has kindly agreed to act as coach for this part of the evening.  HYB members will then have a chance to qualify for the Linear section of Holstein UK’s competitions day in England on July 10.

Noel and Helen Willis have kindly offered to provide several heifers for budding  HYB fitters to practice their new-found knowledge and skills. HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, reminded members to bring their own equipment to the event.  Once again clipping gurus Denis O’Neill and Andrew Kennedy will be on hand to share trade secrets.

Next week will be a very busy week in the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club  calendar, as members are holding their first BBQ in Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday, June 4.

Organisers are hoping that former Young Members Association members and past Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members will come along and support the evening.  There will be a ballot in aid of Cancer Research.

For further details on forthcoming HYB events contact Mrs Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852.

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June 2010 - HYB unveil new rugby jerseys

THE Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has unveiled its new rugby jersey for 2009/10.

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Dairymaster agent, Sean Reid, Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd, sponsor, pictured with members of Holstein NI's HYB, as they unveil their new rugby jerseys. Picture: Rachel Martin.

HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, said: “We are indebted to Dairymaster agent, Sean Reid of Cookstown Dairy Services, for his generous sponsorship.”

The new navy and sky blue rugby jerseys which feature the NI HYB logo and the Dairymaster logo, are available at a subsidised cost of 15 each, and are available in a range of sizes. For further information contact Hilary Wilson on mobile: 07799 866852.

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December 2009 - Andrew secures Littlestar award

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Andrew Patterson from Crumlin, has been named as joint winner of Holstein UK’s prestigious Littlestar Award.

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Andrew Patterson, second left, Ballyginniff Herd, Crumlin, was the joint winner of Holstein UK's 2009 Littlestar Award. Adding their congratulations are Greg Ward, chief executive, Holstein UK; Tom Philllips, chairman, Holstein UK; and Hilary Wilson, NI Holstein Young Breeders' Club co-ordinator.

The award is kindly sponsored by David and Beverley Bostock of Littlestar Holsteins, and is presented to the Holstein Young Breeder, aged 17 and under, who shows the most commitment and enthusiasm towards their club.

The seventeen-year-old from County Antrim received his award at the RUAS Winter Fair, from Greg Ward, chief executive, and Tom Phillips, chairman, of Holstein UK.  Andrew shares the Littlestar Trophy for one year with joint recipient, Larissa Jones from the Western Club in England.

NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson said:”I am extremely proud of Andrew’s success. He has been actively involved in the HYB for nine years, and is a regular competitor at local and national stockjudging competitions.  Andrew is a dedicated member of our club, and I had no hesitation in nominating him for this award.”

Andrew Patterson’s family run the noted Ballyginniff Holstein herd, and he is actively involved with the day-to-day running of the farm, which includes management and breeding decisions.  He is a committee member of Lylehill Young Farmers’ Club, and is Captain of Antrim Grammar School’s 1st XV rugby team

Andrew has represented the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club on five occasions at national stockjudging competitions. His best result was achieved in 2006 when he won the junior linear competition, and was placed second in the junior stockjudging competition.

He is a keen showman, and won the intermediate young handler competition at the NI HYB calf show in 2007. Andrew is also a keen fitter, and is involved in the selection, preparation and showing of cattle at Provincial shows throughout NI. In 2009 Andrew gained full marks for his clipping skills in the ‘field to photo’ competition at the HYB weekend rally.

 In 2009 the Patterson family achieved considerable success with the home-bred Ballyginniff Jasper White Rose – Semex Dairy Cow of the Year; and winner of numerous breed championships, as well as interbreed champion of champion at Omagh Show.

Fellow HYB member, John McCormick, from the Hilltara herd in Bangor, was one of seven members shortlisted for interview for Holstein UK’s coveted President’s Medal. This award is open to HYB members aged between 18 and 26-years-old.

Louise Lilburn, Dromore, was winner of the Littlestar Award in 2000. The President’s Medal was presented to Alison Millar, Randalstown, in 2003; and Louise Lilburn in 2006.

“There are 26 Holstein Young Breeders’ Clubs with over 2,000 members in the UK. I am delighted to see that young members from Northern Ireland are continuing to excel at national level. Congratulations to both Andrew and John on their recent achievements,” concluded Hilary Wilson.

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May 2013: HYB prize draw winners announced

The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is set to benefit from the proceeds of a prize draw organised by the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club.

The winning tickets were drawn at Balmoral Show by breed judge Elwyn Thomas from Carmathenshire. Click here for further details >>>

May 2013: Ards herd challenges skills of Holstein judging competitors

A very good event with top quality cattle and lots of enthusiastic young members was how master judge Garry Hurley from County Wicklow described Holstein NI’s annual stockjudging competition. Click here for further details >>>

April 2013: A great night for HYB at Lissue Holsteins

Lissue herd hosts HYB linear and clipping event

More than 80 members and friends of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club attended its recent linear judging practice and clipping demonstration, hosted by the McAufield family’s Lissue herd near Lisburn. Click here for further details >>>

March 2013: Glenbank herd hosts HYB judging practice

More than 70 Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members braved the cold weather and attended the recent judging practice hosted by the Totten family,  Glenbank Holsteins, Glenavy, County Antrim. Click here for further details >>>

February 2013: HYB unveils new clothing range

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has unveiled a new range of clothing and merchandise for 2013. Click here for further details >>>

January 2013: Northern Ireland HYB finalist for President’s Medal

Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member William Bolton has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for Holstein UK’s prestigious President’s Medal. Click here for further details >>>

December 2012: Northern Ireland HYB member a great asset to team GB

More than 48 young breeders from across Europe competed in the first Junior Open Show which took place recently at the Italian National Holstein Show in Cremona.Click here for further details >>>

October 2012: HYB team realises success at All-Britain Calf Show

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club had a successful trip to last weekend’s All-Britain Multi-Breed Calf Show, held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. Click here for further details >>>

Judge praises youngsters at 10th annual multi-breed calf show held at Moira

Hilltara claims Holstein championship honours

A tremendous show with some exceptional calves and an enthusiastic team of youngsters was how judge Richard Bown, described the Holstein entry at the 10th annual multi-breed dairy calf show, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira. Click here for further details >>>

August 2012: Young Breeders compete in Irish National Calf Show

Eight young breeders took part in the Irish National calf show handling classes for the very first time. The event took place in Kilkenny and proved to be a very popular event. Click here for further details >>>

August 2012: Holstein Young Breeders out in force at National Stock Judging day

Seven members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders club, along with coordinator Jonny Lyons,  travelled to Bentham for the annual national stock judging day organised by Holstein UK. Click here for further details >>>

July 2012: Moira venue for 10th multi-breed dairy calf show on August 25

All roads will lead to the Pedigree Sales Arena near Moira on Saturday, August 25, for the 10th annual Multi - Breed calf show. Click here for further details >>>

June 2012: Success for Holstein Young Breeders’ at IHFA open day in Kilkenny

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club certainly made their presence felt at the recent IHFA open day, held at Kilkenny. Click here for further details >>>

May 2012: New committee elected at HYB AGM

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club held its AGM recently at Moira. Click here for further details >>>

MAY 2012: Good turnout at HYB linear practice

A large number of Holstein Young Breeders’ Club attended the recent linear judging practice, hosted by Brian and Ann Mawhinney, at their Laurelhill herd based at Doagh, County Antrim. Click here for further details >>>

April 2012: Success for Holstein Young Breeders at Weekend Rally

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club made their presence felt at the annual HYB Weekend Rally, held at Plumpton College in East Sussex. Click here for further details >>>

April 2012: Majestic herd hosts young Holstein judges

Stockjudging has never been more popular with the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club, as 26 members attended its recent practice hosted by the Majestic Herd of Ian and Kenny Watson near Coleraine. Click here for further details >>>

April 2012: Linear judging, clipping and showing on agenda of Holstein Young Breeders

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has announced that it is holding a linear judging practice, coupled with a clipping and showing demonstration, on Saturday, April 21. Click here for further details >>>

March 2012: HYB members out in force at Ards judging event

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members were out in force at the first judging practice, hosted by the Ards herd of Wilson and Wallace Patton, Newtownards, County Down. Click here for further details >>>

HYB weekend rally on April 13 to 15

The annual Holstein Young Breeders’ Weekend Rally will be hosted by the South Eastern Club at Plumpton College in East Sussex, and will take place from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15. Click here for further details >>>

February 2012: HYB dairy stockjudging events planned

An open invitation is extended to all budding dairy judges to attend two stockjudging events organised by the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club. Click here for further details >>>

October 2011: Allison secures Holstein UK’s Littlestar Award

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Allison Wilson from the Gravelhill herd in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, is this year’s proud winner of Holstein UK’s prestigious Littlestar Award. Click here for further details >>>

October 2011: Success for HYB team at All-Britain Calf Show

Ten members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club have recently returned from the All-Britain Multi Breed Calf Show, held at at Stoneleigh.   They were accompanied by Northern Ireland HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson, who was ably assisted by Mrs Pauline McCorry. Click here for further details >>>

September 2011: Andrew selected as UK delegate for European Young Breeders School

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Andrew Patterson from Crumlin, has been chosen to represent the UK at the European Young Breeders School in Belgium. Click here for further details >>>

August 2011: Hilltara hat-trick

Kennedy wins Holstein showmanship honours

The McCormick family’s noted Hilltara herd scored a hat-trick at the 9th annual multi-breed calf show, walking off with the supreme, reserve and honourable mention awards in the championship line-up. Click here for further details >>>

July 2011: Success for local HYB members at national finals

Eight members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club have recently returned from the National Competitions Day in South Wales. Click here for further details >>>

July 2011: Multi-breed Calf Show on August 20

Schedules and entry forms are now available for the 9th annual multi-breed calf show which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Saturday, August 20. Click here for further details >>>

June 2011: Paintballing and cattle clipping on agenda for HYB members

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has a busy schedule ahead, with two events organised for next week. Click here for further details >>>

May 2011: HYB members unveil new polo shirts

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has unveiled new polo shirts, generously sponsored by Donaghadee-based agricultural merchant, Francis and Dunn Ltd, in conjunction with Alfco Engineering and Easyfix Rubber Products.

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May 2011: New jackets are a ‘dream design’ for HYB members

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club have received new clipping jackets, generously sponsored by Dream Designs based at Devlin in County Westmeath.

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April 2011: HYB members make their mark at national weekend rally

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club certainly made its mark at the National HYB Weekend Rally, held in Dumfries.

Accompanied by co-ordinator, Mrs Hilary Wilson, the Northern Ireland HYB teams dominated the hotly contested Field to Foto competition; and also claimed top place in the stockjudging competition with 3775 points – well ahead of the Western Club who scored 3743 points and Scotland South on 3722 points.

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March 2011 - Kilvergan venue for HYB judges on March 31

THE NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is holdings its second stockjudging practice on Thursday, March 31, at the Haffey family’s Kilvergan Herd, 83 Kilvergan Road, Lurgan, Co Armagh.

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February 2011- Fordwich venue for HYB judging practice on February 17

The first activity on the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club’s 2011 calendar of events is a stockjudging practice which takes place on Thursday, February 17, at the Fordwich Herd of William and Margaret Kerr, 10 Drumadoon Road, Cloughmills, County Antrim.

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December 2010 - Full house as Greenmount hosts HYB clipping and showing demonstration

There was a ‘full house’ at last week’s Clipping and Showing demonstration, organised by the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club, and hosted by Greenmount College, Antrim, writes HYB public relations officer, Allison Wilson.

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November 2010 - HYB to join the CREAM of Greenmount on November 25

Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members are teaming up with Greenmount CREAM students to stage a clipping and showing demonstration at Greenmount College on Thursday, November 25, commencing at 8pm sharp.

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October 2010 - Holstein Young Breeders savour success at national event

Eight members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club took part at the recent All-Britian Calf Show, held at Stoneleigh.

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September 2010 - Success for HYB members at UK Weekend Rally

Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members recently attended the annual HYB Weekend Rally, hosted by the Western Club at Reaseheath College in Nantwich.

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September 2010 - Holstein reigns supreme in multi-breed calf line-up at Moria

The 8th multi-breed calf show, hosted by the Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein clubs, attracted in excess of 200 entries, and was described by organisers as a huge success.New to this year’s judging schedule was an interbreed champion of champions award, which saw the champion and reserve winners in each section competing for the prestigious title.

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August 2010 - HYB raises 2,000 for charity

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has presented a cheque for 2,000 to Cancer Research UK.

The money was raised at a charity auction and ballot which took place at the club’s BBQ in June. The cheque was handed over at last week’s Causeway Classic Sale, held at Balmoral.

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August 2010 - Entry date looming for multi-breed calf show

Young Ayrshire, Holstein and Jersey enthusiasts are reminded that Friday, August 13 marks the closing date for entries for the 8th annual multi-breed calf show.

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July 2010 - Holstein Young  Breeders’ AGM

The NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club held its annual general meeting this week at Greenmount College, Antrim.

The AGM was chaired by Holstein NI vice-chairman, Alan Cleland from Downpatrick. Mr Cleland said:”I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club AGM. The youth involvement of any club is important, and the HYB offers young members a tremendous opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

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July 2010 - Moira venue for multi-breed calf event on August 26

This year’s multi-breed Calf Show, which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Thursday, August 26,  is set to be bigger and better than ever as organisers have announced details of a new Champion of Champions award.

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July 2010 - HYB members savour success at National Competitions Day
 
It has been another successful year for the Province’s Holstein Young Breeders as the team from Northern Ireland gained fourth place and second overall in the stockjudging and linear sections respectively, at the annual National Competitions Day, held at the Miller family’s 250-cow Shanael Herd in Worcestershire.

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July 2010 - Invitation to YMA national finals in  Kilkenny

The Irish Holstein Friesian Association is hosting its YMA national finals at Cillin Hill in Kilkenny on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 27 and 28, 2010.

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July 2010 - Local HYB member represents UK at Holland Masters Sale

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Andrew Patterson, from Crumlin, County Antrim, has recently returned from a trip to the Holland Masters Sale, which took part at the NRM Show in Utrecht.

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July 2010 - HYB Weekend Rally date

The Holstein Young Breeders’ Club Weekend Rally will be hosted by the Western Club in England, and takes place from Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 5, 2010.

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June 2010 - United sponsorship for HYB judges

United Dairy Farmers has weighed in to sponsor the Province’s Holstein Young Breeders’ Club ahead of next month’s national stock judging finals in England.

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June 2010 - Clipping, showing and linear assessment on agenda at HYB

Members of the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club met this week for a three-in-one training night, kindly hosted by Noel and Helen Willis, owners of the noted Conncorr herd based at Portadown, County Armagh.

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June 2010 - HYB invitation to reunion BBQ and Disco on June 4th

Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club are looking forward to next week’s Charity BBQ and Disco. The event takes place in Dungannon Rugby Club on Friday, June 4th commencing at 8pm.

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June 2010 - A busy week ahead for Holstein  Young Breeders’ Club members

Following the success of last year’s clipping and showing demonstration, the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has organised a similar event which takes place on Tuesday, June 1, at Noel and Helen Willis’ Conncorr Herd, 39 Clonmacash Road, Portadown, County Armagh, BT62 1LT.   

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December 2009 - Andrew secures Littlestar award

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member, Andrew Patterson from Crumlin, has been named as joint winner of Holstein UK’s prestigious Littlestar Award.

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