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March 2012: Clandeboye and Relough herds reign supreme

A dream champion which would compete anywhere in the world was how Welsh judge Andrew Jones described the winner of the 2012 Irish National Holstein Show.

Mr Jones who runs the 100-cow Rossett herd based at Wrexham, awarded the supreme overall championship ribbons, sponsored by Cookstown Dairy Services, to Clandeboye Champion Francesca VG89, a senior second calver brought out by Mark Logan, herd manager at Clandeboye Estate in Bangor, County Down.

“This is an exceptional cow which would be capable of winning her class at any show around the world. She is a modern, well-balanced Holstein with a super mammary system, and moves well on a great set of feet and legs,” said the judge, who was undertaking his first judging appointment in Northern Ireland.

Clandeboye Champion Francesca VG89 also scooped the exhibitor-bred championship ribbons, sponsored by Holstein UK. This was her third show, having previously won the intermediate championship, honourable mention and exhibitor-bred awards at the Irish National Holstein Show and Balmoral Show in 2011.

Bred in Lady Dufferin’s 70-cow Clandeboye herd, this much-admired cow calved in December and is yielding 55 kilos daily. During her heifer lactation she produced 11,800 kilos in 305 days, and has a calving index of 380 days.  She is by Calbrett IHH Champion, while her dam Clandeboye Francesca EX94 has produced her eighth calf and has given over 100 tonnes of milk.

Claiming the reserve overall championship and reserve exhibitor-bred award, was the third calver Relough Deuce Danna 2 EX93, exhibited by the Ronald McLean, and sons Malcolm and Barry, from Donaghmore, County Tyrone.

 Sired by Scientific SS Deuce, she hails from the renowned Danna family, and is one of 280 cows in the noted Relough herd. Calved in November she is giving 47 kilos daily.

Andrew Jones added: ”This is another really good cow with length, dairy strength, and tremendous width.”

The honourable mention award went to the junior heifer in-milk class winner Kilvergan Duplex Ethel VG86 (2yr), owned by Stephen Haffey, and sons Timothy, David and Aaron, who milk 180 cows at Lurgan in County Armagh. Making her showring debut she also scooped the intermediate championship ribbons, sponsored by Genus ABS. Calved in December at two-years-old, this heifer is currently producing 34 kilos per day.

Sired by Mesland Duplex PI ET, her dam is the noted Bricknell Rubens Ethel 3 EX93, who has produced 70,000 kilos in four lactations at 4.75%BF and 3.43%P, and was honourable mention winner at the RUAS Winter Fair in 2008.

 “This heifer has a great future ahead of her,” added the Andrew Jones. “She is a nice youthful heifer, well- balanced and full of dairyness.”

The father and son team of Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, County Armagh, claimed the reserve intermediate championship, sponsored by Genus ABS. Glasson KJ Jasper Sara VG87 was described the judge as an extremely tall dairy heifer, with a long body and super feet and legs. This senior heifer is a daughter of Wilcoxview Jasper PI ET, and is bred from the noted Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 ET – reserve champion at last year’s Irish National Holstein Show, and supreme champion at Balmoral in 2011.

Honourable mention in the intermediate championship line-up was the Picston Shottle daughter, Hilltara Shottle Reann 3 VG85, a junior in-milk heifer from Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara herd based at Bangor, County Down.

The junior championship was sponsored by McLarnon Feeds, with the plaudits going to Jason Booth, Stewartstown, County Tyrone, for the home-bred Beechview Advent Lalita Red ET. Sired by KHW Kite Advent Red PI ET, she is bred from Ourway SS Larissa Red ET. “This in-calf heifer is another splendid example of the breed. She is angular, stylish and well- balanced, “said Mr Jones.

Standing in reserve position was Sahara Jasper Regenia owned by Conor McAufield from Lisburn, County Antrim. Sired by Wilcoxview Jasper, her dam is Keofon Shot Reggnia 7.

Honourable mention in the junior line-up went to Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Monsoon Lulu. Sired by the Innwood Terrason son, Hilltara Monsoon, her dam is the VG88 Dale Valley Astronomical A Lulu.

The Hilltara herd also claimed the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards which were sponsored by John Thompson and Sons Ltd.

Concluding Andrew Jones said:” “I would like to thank Holstein Northern Ireland for inviting me to judge. It has been a privilege and the hospitality has been excellent. This has been a great show, and I’ve been very impressed with the standard of cattle forward and the level of enthusiasm shown by many of the younger exhibitors. The future of the dairy industry and the Holstein breed lies in the hands of our youth, and I am delighted to see that the Northern Ireland club has a large number of young exhibitors and members. “

Holstein NI chairman Alan Cleland thanked Andrew Jones for officiating as judge and presented him with a token of the club’s appreciation. “I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners and thank all of the exhibitors who participated in this year’s show. A special word of thanks to our valued sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible. Thanks also to the organising committee, and everyone who contributed to the success of the event.”

The 2012 Irish National Holstein Show, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, attracted almost 200 spectators, and an entry of over 70 pedigree Holsteins from more than 20 exhibitors.

The event boasted a total prize fund of over 5,000 and sponsors included: Cookstown Dairy Services, McLarnon Feeds, Genus ABS, Holstein UK, Volac, Western Farm Enterprises, Tulivin Laboratories, Masons Animal Feeds, Global Genetics/Alta, Moore Animal Feeds, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Trioliet, Animax, Clandeboye Estate, World Wide Sires, John Thompson and Sons Ltd and GCE Recycling.

Pictures Jane Steel

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The supreme was Clandeboye Champion Francesca VG89 exhibited by Mark Logan of Clandeboye Estates, Bangor, and Richard Jones. Adding their congratulations, from left: Sean Reid and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Serivces, sponsor; Andrew Jones, Wrexham, judge; and Simon Gee, Holstein UK, sponsor of the exhibitor-bred championship award.

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The McLean family's Relough Deuce Danna 2 EX93 was reserve supreme champion at the 2012 Irish National Holstein Show. Pictured at the presentation, from left: Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services; Simon Gee, Holstein UK; Sean Reid, Cookstown Dairy Services; with Malcolm, Andrew and Jordan McLean, Donaghmore; and judge Andrew Jones, Wrexham.

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Honourable Mention in the championship line-up was Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG86 (2yr), pictured with Timothy and David Haffey, Lurgan. Included are judge Andrew Jones; and sponsors Sean Reid and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services.

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The Bangor-based Hilltara Herd won the premier breeder and premier exhibitors awards. Sponsor Lee Murray of John Thompson and Sons Ltd, and judge Andrew Jones, Wrexham, congratulate the team which included: John and Kate McCormick, Kathryn Taylor, Denis and Eleanor O'Neill and Brendan Greenan.

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Holstein NI chairman Alan Cleland, makes a presentation to judge Andrew Jones, who was accompanied by his wife Jenny, and their daughter Larissa.

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Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, exhibited Ballyginniff Fever Shower, winner of class 1 at the Irish National Holstein Show. Icluded is Alistair Samson, Volac, sponsor.

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Hilltara Monsoon Lulu exhibited by John McCormick, Bangor, was the winner of class 2 at the Irish National Holstein Show. Adding his congratulations is Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, sponsor.

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Sponsor John Gribbin, right, Tulivin Laboratories, congratulates Jason Booth, Stewartstown, on winning Class 3 with Beechview Advent Lalita Red ET.

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The junior champion at the 2012 Irish National Holstein Show was Beechview Advent Lalita Red ET owned by Jason Booth, Stewartstown. Making the presentation are David Mawhinney and Seamus McGuckin, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor.

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Sponsor Michael Copeland, McLarnon Feeds, congratulates Conor McAufield, Lisburn, on winning the reserve junior championship with Sahara Jasper Regenia. At the halter is Sam Wadsworth. Holstein

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John McCormick, Bangor, exhibited Hilltara Monsoon Lulu, winner of the honourable mention in the junior championship. Included is Harold Stevenson, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor.

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Sponsors Colin Purdy and Mark Johnston, Masons Animal Feeds, congratulate Matthew McLean, Bushmills, on winning the dry cow class with Priestland 4512 Axiom Delight.

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The junior heifer in-milk class winner was Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG86 (2yr) owned by the Haffey family, Lurgan. Timothy and David Haffey received their award from sponsor Jonathan Devine, Global Genetics/Alta.

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Sponsor Philip Moore, Moores Animal Feeds, congratulates the Haffey Family from Portadown, Simon, Isla, Lily and Jude, on winning the senior heifer in-milk award with Glasson KJ Jasper Sara VG87. At the halter is Andrew Kennedy.

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The intermediate champion at the 2012 Irish National Holstein Show was Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG86 (2yr) owned by the Haffey family, Lurgan. Sponsor Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, congratulated Timothy and David Haffey.

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The reserve intermediate champion was Glasson KJ Jasper Sara VG87 owned by Philip Haffey, Portadown. Included is Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, sponsor.

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Sponsor Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, presents the honourable mention award in the intermediate championship line-up to Hilltara Shottle Reann 3 VG85 shown by John McCormick, Bangor.

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The junior second calver class was won by Inch Damion Vivian 2 owned by TJ Morrison and Sons, Downpatrick, and shown by Andrew Kennedy. Included is Gareth Anderson, FarmGate Nutrition, sponsor.

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The senior second calver class was won by Clandeboye Champion Fancesca owned by Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, and shown by Richard Jones. Herd manager Mark Logan was congratulated by sponsor Stephen Crawford of SC Feeds.

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Relough Deuce Danna 2 EX93 was the winner of the third calver class at the Irish National Holstein Show. Malcolm McLean was congratulated by Padraig O'Kane, Trioliet, sponsor.

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The class for cows having had four of more calves was won by Kilvergan SR Jewel Milky Red EX94 owned by the Haffey family, Lurgan. Sponsor Sam Thomson, Animax, is pictured with Timothy, David and Aaron Haffey.

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The production class was won by the McCormick's Hilltara Champion Maude EX94 (2) shown by Denis O'Neill. Included is sponsor Mark Logan of Clandeboye Yoghurt.

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The novice class was won by Jim Stevenson, Kilkeel, with Newry Doleman Barbie VG89. Adding their congratulations are sponsors William Bolton and Paul Dunn of World Wide Sires.

Irish National Holstein Show results….

Supreme champion, sponsored by Cookstown Dairy Services: Clandeboye Estate’s Clandeboye Champion Francesca. Reserve: Ronald McLean and Sons with Relough Deuce Danna 2 EX93. Honourable Mention: Stephen Haffey and Sons with Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG86 (2yr).

Exhibitor-bred champion, sponsored by Holstein UK: Clandeboye Estate’s Clandeboye Champion Francesca. Reserve: Ronald McLean and Sons with Relough Deuce Danna 2 EX93.

Junior Champion, sponsored by McLarnon Feeds: G and J Booth’s Beechview Advent Lalita Red ET. Reserve: Conor McAufield’s Sahara Jasper Regenia. Honourable Mention: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Monsoon Lulu.

Intermediate Champion, sponsored by Genus ABS: Stephen Haffey and Son’s Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG 86 (2yr). Reserve: Philip and Simon Haffey’s Glasson KJ Jasper Sara VG87. Honourable Mention: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Shottle Reanna 3 VG85.

Permier Breeder Award, sponsored by John Thompson and Sons: 1, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Herd; 2, Jim and Charlotte Stevenson’s Newry Herd; 3, Iain and McLean and Family’s Priestland Herd.

 Premier Exhibitor Award, sponsored by John Thompson and Sons: 1, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Herd; 2, Iain McLean and Family’s Priestland Herd; 3, Jim and Charlotte Stevenson’s Newry Herd.

Class 1- Heifer, born on or after 09/03/11, sponsored by Volac – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, John Patterson’s Ballyginniff Fever Shower by Crackholm Fever.

Class 2 – Heifer, born between 09/09/10 and 08/03/11, sponsored by Western Farm Enterprises – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Monsoon Lulu by Hilltara Monsoon; 2, Iain McLean and Family’s Priestland  5126 Shottle Sizzle ET by Picston Shottle; 3, Norman McCollum’s Bellmont Niagra Iowa by Ri-val-re 2338 Niagra ET; 4, Tommy Henry’s Mostragee Archie Tessa by Mostragee Archie Red.

Class 3 – Heifer, not calved, born between 09/09/09 and 08/09/10, sponsor by Tulivin Laboratories – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, G and J Booth’s Beechview Advent Lalita Red ET by KHW Kite Advent Red ET; 3, Conor McAufield’s Sahara Jasper Regenia by Wilcoxview Jasper; 3, Iain McLean and Family’s Priestland 4934 Goldwyn Ambrosia by Braedale Goldwyn; 4, Norman McCollum’s Bellemont Shottle Ramore ET by Picston Shottle; 5, Gaston and John Wallace’s Printshop Taslin Rhapsody 42 by Oseeana Taslin; 6, Robert Magowan’s Bannwater Rud Sheba 59 by Startmore Rudolph.

Class 4 – Dry Cow, sponsored by Masons Animal Feeds – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Iain McLean and Family’s Priestland 4512 Axiom Delight by Canyon Breeze Axiom; 2, Norman McCollum’s Bellemont Baxter Phyl by Emerald Acres SA T Baxter; 3, Gaston and John Wallace’s Maineview Talent Peggy VG86.

Class 5 – Junior heifer in-milk, sponsored by Global Genetics – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder awards,  Stephen Haffey and Sons’ Kilvergan  Duplex Ethel 2 VG86 (2yr) by Mesland Duplex; 2, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Shottle Reann 3 VG85 by Picston Shottle; 3, John Patterson’s Styche Shottle Patricia by Picston Shottle; 4, G and J Booth’s Clandeboye Shottle Willow by Picston Shottle; 5, Norman McCollum’s  Bellemont Million Valley by England Ammon Million; 6, Colin Irwin’s Cormeen Mr Burns 2238 by Dudoc Mr Burns.

Class 6 – Senior heifer in-milk, sponsored by Moore’s Animal Feeds – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder awards, Philip and Simon Haffey’s Glasson KJ Jasper Sara VG87 by Wilcoxview Jasper; 2, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Jasper Maude VG88 by Wilcoxview Jasper; 3, Iain McLean and Family’s Priestland 4876 Goldwyn Karen by Braedale Goldwyn; 4, Jim and Charlotte Stevenson’s Newry Goldrun Darkey VG86 by Newry Goldrun ET; 5, Martin Millar’s Clandeboye Duplex P Willow ET VG88 by Mesland Duplex ET; 6, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Bolivia Dawn VG87 by Magor Bolivia Allen.

 Class 7 – Cow in-milk, having had two calvings (Junior), sponsored by FarmGate Nutrition- 1, and exhibitor-bred award, TJ Morrison and Sons  Inch Damion Vivian 2 by ERB Acres Damion; 2, and best udder award, Jim and Charlotte Stevenson’s Newry Doleman Barbie VG89 by Regancrest Doleman; 3, John Patterson’s Ballyginniff Goldwyn Cindy 2 by Braedale Goldwyn.

 Class 8 – Cow in-milk, having had two calvings (Senior), sponsored by SC Feeds – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder awards, Clandeboye Estate’s Clandeboye Champion Francesca by Calbrett IHH Champion; 2, Lewis McMurray’s Riverdane Bolton Dellia ET VG89 by Sandy Valley Bolton; 3, Iain McLean and Family’s Grantchester Goldwyn  Nellie VG88 by Braedale Goldwyn.

Class 9 – 1, Cow in-milk, having had three calvings, sponsored by Trioliet – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Ronald McLean and Sons Relough Deuce Danna 2 EX93 by Scientific SS Deuce; 2, and best udder award, Gavin O’Hagan’s Bavan Klumper Babs by Klumper 250; 3, Lewis McMurray’s  Matfield Shottle Gladys EX92 by Picston Shottle; 4, TJ Morrison and Sons Inch Goldwyn Breeze by Braedale Goldwyn; 5, Lewis McMurray’s Smiddlehill Goldwyn Melane EX93 by Braedale Goldwyn; 6, Andrew Kennedy’s Lecale Kendall Nina EX92 by Alfrag Juror Kendall.

Class 10 – Cow in-milk, having had four or more calvings, sponsored by Animax – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder awards, Stephen Haffey and Sons’ Kilvergan  SR Jewel Milky Red EX94 by Shoremar Renown Jewel; 2, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Champion Maude EX92(2) by Calbrett IHH Champion.

 Class 11 – Cow, in-milk or in-calf, having produced a minimum of 50,000kgs, sponsored by Clandeboye Yoghurt – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Champion Maude EX92(2) by Calbrett IHH Champion.

Class 12 – Novice class, sponsored by World Wide Sires – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder awards, Jim and Charlotte Stevenson’s Newry  Doleman Barbie VG89 by Regancrest Doleman ET; 2, Martin Milla’s Clandeboye Duplex P Willow ET by Mesland Duplex ET; 3, Jim and Charlotte Stevenson’s  Newry Goldrun Darkey VG86 by Newry Goldrun

February 2012: Countdown is on for Irish National Holstein Show

Moira venue for evening event on Friday, March 9

The countdown is on for next week’s 2012 Irish National Holstein Show.

The evening-event, organised by Holstein Northern Ireland, takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday, March 9. Judging commences at 6.30pm, and is in the capable hands of Andrew Jones who runs the noted Rossett herd based at Burton Rossett, Wrexham.

Holstein NI secretary, John Martin, said: “The catalogue for next week’s Irish National Holstein Show represents the cream of the Province’s black and white cattle, and boasts some of the top genetics available throughout the world.  There are over 80 entries from more than 20 exhibitors, and the event looks set to be one of the main highlights of the club’s annual calendar.”

 “Entries are certainly on a par with other national shows, and competition will be fierce amongst the exhibitors for the top places in each class.”

Herds participating in the Irish National Holstein Show include: Ardmore, Ballyginniff, Bannwater, Bavan, Beechview, Bellemont, Clandeboye, Cluntagh, Cormeen, Glasson, Gravelhill, Hilltara, Inch, Kilvergan, Lissue, Matfield, Millars, Mostragee, Newry, Priestland, Printshop,  Relough and Skybrook

Alan Cleland, chairman of Holstein NI added:”We are indebted to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.  We have attracted support from a number of new and existing sponsors, and I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank them for their generous contributions.

“This event is a shop window and a chance for our members to showcase the very best of Holsteins in the Province. I would like to thank the exhibitors for their enthusiasm and support.”

“I would also like to extend an open invitation to all Holstein enthusiasts to come along and watch the judging, and meet and mingle with breeders, exhibitors and sponsors. It promises to be an enjoyable evening.”

The 2012 Irish National Holstein Show boasts a total prize fund of over 5,000.

The championship line-up, which includes the overall champion, reserve and honourable mention award winners, is sponsored by Dairy Master agent, Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd. The supreme champion will receive a 300 cash award and a commemorative sash.

With bases at Ardee in County Louth and Ballymoney in north Antrim, Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd was founded by Sean Reid in the mid 1980s, and is recognised as one of the leading milking equipment suppliers.

Dairy Master is known throughout the world, and its success hinges on the company’s unfaltering commitment to ongoing research and development in the milking equipment sector; pioneering advances in areas such as milking parlours, automatic scrapers, automated cow feeding systems and farm management computer packages.

Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd prides itself in offering sales and service to dairy farmers throughout Northern Ireland, and the north east of the country. The company’s dedicated team boasts an in-depth knowledge of the industry, and provides expertise on sales, planning, drawings, installation, and an unrivalled after care services 365 days per annum.

World cattle breeding giant, Genus ABS, has weighed in to sponsor the intermediate championship.

Genus ABS is part of the world wide company, ABS Global, a world leader in bovine genetics which offers a comprehensive package of product and technical services including semen from world-class beef and dairy sires; Genomate, a mating service which can go back for seven generations to avoid in breeding and RMS (Reproductive Management Service) which has enabled dairy farmers to increase fertility rate and thus profit margins.

Genus ABS also sells a selection of products which have contributed to animal welfare and on- farm efficiency. These include a large range of Valiant Teat dips, Powerstart silage and Acti-maize inoculants and Bootmaker footbath products.

The junior championship line-up is sponsored by McLarnon Feeds based at Toomebridge in County Antrim – recognised as a leading manufacturer of high quality ruminant and poultry feed.

McLarnon Feeds was founded nearly a century ago, and over the years has invested heavily to ensure that its mill is one of the largest and most efficient in Europe. The company is dedicated to satisfying food-safety, quality and value demands of both large multiples and individual farmers.

McLarnon Feeds prides itself in incorporating superior on-farm technical advice, a controlled and strategic use of locally proven innovative feed technologies, coupled with high quality feed ingredients, resulting in improved feed efficiency and animal performance.

The exhibitor-bred championship will also be hotly contested throughout the evening, and this is generously sponsored by Holstein UK.  The best exhibitor-bred animal in each class will receive 25, while the overall winner will win 150, with 100 for the runner-up.

Class sponsor of the event include: Volac, Western Farm Enterprises, Tulivin Laboratories, Mason’s Animal Feeds, Global Genetics, Moore’s Animal Feeds, FarmGate Nutrition, Trioliet, SC Feeds, Animax, Clandeboye Yoghurt and World Wide Sires.

Representatives from the various sponsors will be present on the evening to offer advice and assistance on a wide range of topics such as calf rearing, nutrition and breeding.

John Thompson and Sons Ltd are sponsoring the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards.

Entry to the Irish National Holstein Show is free, and Holstein Northern Ireland extends a warm welcome to all black and white enthusiasts to come along and view the cream of the Province’s Holsteins on parade.  Judging commences at 6.30pm, and commentator, Michael Taaffe will keep visitors informed as the judging progresses throughout the evening.

The Pedigree Sales Arena is situated off Junction 9 on the M1 Motorway. Follow the Lisburn Road exit off the roundabout and turn right into Meadow Road. The Pedigree Sales Arena is on the right. The entrance is directly beside the tile showroom.

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The junior championship at the Irish National Holstein Show is sponsored by McLarnon Feeds. David Mawhinney, centre, McLarnon Feeds, is pictured with Holstein NI chairman Alan Cleland, and committee member Malcolm McLean.

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All set for the Irish National Holstein Show are, from left: Gaston Wallace, barn steward; Alan Cleland, chairman, Holstein NI; and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsor of the supreme championship award.

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Holstein UK is sponsoring the exhibitor-bred championship at the Irish National Holstein Show. Ian Watson, left, Holstein UK Board Member, is pictured with Holstein NI committee member David Perry, and secretary John Martin.

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Genus ABS is sponsoring the intermediate championship at the Irish National Holstein Show. Conor Loughran finalises plans for the event with Jay Warden, vice-chairman, Holstein NI.

Pictures: Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

February 20 closing date for Irish National Holstein Show entries

Plans are well underway for the 2012 Irish National Holstein Show which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Friday, March 9.

With less than three weeks to go before the evening event, organisers are urging exhibitors to remember that the closing date for entries is Monday, February 20.

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Irish National Holstein Show organisers John Martin and Julie Wallace remind exhibitors that the deadline for completed entry forms is Monday, February 20.

“Entries have been flooding in, and with the deadline for entries just around the corner, I want to remind breeders that completed entry forms must returned to me next week,” said Holstein NI secretary, John Martin. This is a major event in the club’s calendar, and it has attracted a bumper prize fund of over 5,000.”

The schedule includes 12 classes for maiden heifers, in-calf heifers, dry cows, in-milk heifers and in-milk cows. There is also a production class for cows which have produced a minimum lifetime yield of 50,000kgs; and a novice class confined to exhibitors who have not shown at any major show (Balmoral Show, Winter Fair, Causeway Classic Centenary Show) in the last three years.

The evening event commences at 6.30pm, and English breeder Andrew Jones who runs the Rossett Holstein herd in Wrexham, will be officiating in the judging ring.

Holstein NI chairman, Alan Cleland added:”We have been overwhelmed by the financial support received from sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all black and white enthusiasts to come along and see the cream of the Province’s Holsteins on show.

Class sponsors include: Volac, Western Farm Enterprises, Tulivin, Masons Feeds, Global Genetics, Moores Animal Feeds, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Trioliet, Clandeboye Yoghurt, Animax and World Wide Sires. The premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards are sponsored by John Thompson and Sons Ltd.

The junior championship is sponsored by McLarnon Feeds, while the intermediate championship is supported by Genus ABS. The best exhibitor-bred animal in each class (1 – 12) will receive a 25 cash award, and the exhibitor-bred champion will win 150, with 100 for the reserve. The exhibitor-bred championship is sponsored by Holstein UK.

The supreme championship line-up boasts a total prize fund of 600, and is generously sponsored by Dairymaster agents, Cookstown Dairy Services who are based in counties Louth and Antrim.

Entry forms and show schedules can be downloaded from the club’s website: www.holstein-ni.co.uk. Alternatively, contact club secretary, John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128, or Julie Wallace on mobile: 07845 919597. The entry fee is 15 per animal.

January 2012: Moira venue for Irish National Holstein Show on March 9

Evening event attracts prize fund in excess of 5,000

Holstein NI has announced details of its forthcoming Irish National Holstein Show. The event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday, March 9.

The show commences at 6.30pm and judging is in the capable hands of Mr Andrew Jones, who runs the noted Rossett Herd at Rackery Farm, Burton, Wrexham.

The schedule includes 12 classes for maiden heifers, in-calf heifers, dry cows, in-milk heifers and in-milk cows. There is also a production class for cows which have produced a minimum lifetime yield of 50,000kgs.

Also included in the show schedule is a novice class, which is confined to exhibitors who have not shown at any major event such as Balmoral Show or the Winter Fair in the last three years.

The prize fund consists of over 5,000. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response received from our sponsors,” explained Holstein NI chairman Alan Cleland.

The junior championship is sponsored by McLarnon Feeds, while the intermediate championship is supported by Genus ABS. The best exhibitor-bred animal in each class (1 to 12) will receive a 25 cash award, and the exhibitor-bred champion will win 150, with 100 for the reserve. The exhibitor-bred championship is sponsored by Holstein UK.

The supreme championship line-up boasts a total prize fund of 600, and is generously sponsored by Dairymaster agents, Cookstown Dairy Services based who are based in County Meath.

Alan Cleland added:”This is a major event in the club’s calendar for 2012. Last year’s event was a resounding success, attracting almost 100 entries and more than 200 spectators. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage new and experienced exhibitors to support the Irish National Holstein Show, and thank our sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible.”

The entry fee is 15 per animal, and completed entry forms must be returned on or before Monday, February 20. Late entries will not be accepted.

Entry forms and schedules can be downloaded from the club’s website: www.holstein-ni.co.uk. Alternatively, contact club secretary John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128; or Julie Wallace on mobile: 07845 919597.

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Holstein NI is pleased to announce that the 2012 Irish National Holstein Show will take place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Friday, March 9. Highlighting the forthcoming event are club secretary, John Martin, and chairman, Alan Cleland. Picture: Columba O'Hare/Fotacol

 

 

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