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Hilltara Herd reigns supreme at Irish National Holstein Show

A third calver from Sam and John McCormick’s noted 250-cow Hilltara herd based at Bangor, County Down, was the supreme overall champion and exhibitor-bred champion, at the 2013 Irish National Holstein Show, held at Moira.

The Ocean View Zenith daughter, Hilltara Zenith Echo EX93, was described by judge Edward Griffiths as an outstanding cow.

“She is one of the best cows I have ever had the pleasure of judging – a strong, well balanced cow with a fabulous udder. Exactly the type of cow that we all aspire to breed and milk,” said Mr Griffiths who runs the 150-cow Coachgate Herd at Penistone near Sheffield.

The popular choice for champion was bred from Hilltara Champion Echo EX92, herself a former Irish National Holstein Show winner.

Hilltara Zenith Echo’s accolades include Holstein champion and reserve interbreed champion at the RUAS Winter Fair in December 2012; and runner-up in the 2012 McLarnon Feeds NISA Dairy Cow of the Year Championship. She is also a high yielding cow with exceptional components, having produced over 11,600kgs at 4.49% butterfat and 3.43% protein in her second 305-day lactation.

Scooping the reserve supreme and reserve exhibitor-bred championship awards was Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG89 , bred by Stephen Haffey, and sons Timothy, David and Aaron,  who run 250 cows at Lurgan, County Armagh.

She made her showring debut at last year’s Irish National Holstein Show, claiming the intermediate championship, and overall honourable mention awards.

Sired by Mesland Duplex, her dam is the noted Bricknell Rubens Ethel 3 EX93 – winner of the honourable mention award at the 2008 RUAS Winter Fair at Balmoral. Calved in December she is currently producing 40 kilos per day.

Edward Griffiths added:”The reserve champion is a super second calver with a great future ahead of her. She is stylish, full of bloom, and has a super udder. This is my kind of junior cow!”

The intermediate champion Gravelhill Alexander Hope VG88, owned by Conor McAufield, Lisburn, County Antrim, secured the honourable mention ribbons in the overall championship line-up. Sired by Golden Oaks ST Alexander, she is bred from seven straight generations of EX dams, and was purchased privately from David and Hilary Wilson, Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

Calved in December and yielding 38 kilos daily, she classified VG88 at three weeks fresh. Conor McAufield, who runs the 160-cow Lissue herd, confirmed that this much admired heifer was destined for an ET programme following Balmoral Show in May.

“It was a close call between the reserve champion and honourable mention winners,” admitted Edward Griffiths. “This heifer caught my eye, and was an easy winner for the junior championship. She is certainly one to watch out for in the future.”

The Sicy Knowledge daughter, Hilltara Knowledge Maud, secured the reserve intermediate championship for Sam and John McCormick.

Honourable mention in the intermediate championship line-up was Hilltara Jeeves Echo VG86, also exhibited by the McCormick duo. Sired by Ked Outside Jeeves, she is bred from Hilltara Gibson Echo EX94.

Leading the junior championship parade was the Maple Downs Atwood daughter, Ards Atwood Lou Ella, an August 2011 born heifer from the herd of Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, County Down. She is bred from the EX92 classified Ards Bolton Lou Ella.

Runner-up was Printshop Ross Gillian 29, a November 2011 born Plain O Durham Ross daughter,  bred by the father and son team of Gaston and John Wallace, Nutt’s Corner, County Antrim.  Her dam is the VG88 Printshop Outside Gillian 21.

Claiming the honourable mention award  in the junior section of the show was Priestland 5317 Royal Martha, an April 2012 born heifer from the herd of Iain and Joyce McLean and family, Bushmills, County Antrim. Sired by the home-bred Priestland Royal, by Windy Knoll View Pronto ET, she is out of Priestland 4847 Shottle Martha.

Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara herd, founded in 1985, also claimed the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards.

Holstein NI chairman Jay Warden thanked Edward Griffiths for officiating as judge and presented him with a token of the club’s appreciation. “Congratulations to all of the winners, and a big thank you to 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; and to everyone who contributed to the success of the event.”

Sponsors of the 2013 Irish National Holstein Show included: Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd, Holstein UK, Genus ABS, McLarnon Feeds, AB Vista, World Wide Sires, Western Farm Enterprises, Bank of Ireland, Global Genetics, Moores Animal Feeds, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Trioliet, Fane Valley Dairies, Animax and Thompsons.

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Supreme champion Hilltara Zenith Echo EX93 owned by Sam and John McCormick.

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Reserve champion Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG89 from Stephen Haffey and Sons.

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Intermediate champion and overall honourable mention was Gravelhill Alexander Hope VG88 owned by Conor McAufield.

Irish National Holstein Show results round-up…

Supreme Champion, sponsored by Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Zenith Echo EX93. Reserve: Stephen Haffey and Sons Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG89. Honourable Mention: Conor McAufield’s Gravelhill Alexander Hope VG88.

Intermediate Champion, sponsored by Genus ABS: Conor McAufield’s Gravelhill Alexander Hope VG88. Reserve: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Knowledge Maud. Honourable Mention: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Jeeves Echo VG86.

Junior Champion, sponsored by McLarnon Feeds: Harry Patton and Sons Ards Atwood Lou Ella. Reserve: Gaston and John Wallace’s Printshop Ross Gillian 29. Honourable Mention: McLean Family’s Priestland 5317 Royal Martha.

Premier Breeder Award, sponsored by Thompsons – 1, Sam  and John McCormick’s Hilltara Herd; 2, TS Haffey and Sons Kilvergan Herd; 3, McLean Family’s Priestland Herd.

Premier Exhibitor Award, sponsored by Thompsons – 1, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Herd; 2, McLean Family’s Priestland Herd; 3, Conor McAufield’s Lissue Herd.

Class 1 - Heifer, born on or after 15/03/12, sponsored by World Wide Sires – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, McLean Family’s Priestland 5317 Royal Martha by Priestland Royal.

Class 2 – Heifer, born between 15/09/11 and 14/03/12, sponsored by Western Farm Enterprises – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Gaston and John Wallace’s Printshop Ross Gillian 29 by Plain O Durham Ross; 2, Harry Patton and Sons Clonpaddin Windbrook Fame by Gillette Windbrook; 3, Alan Paul’s Slatabogie Secure August Red by Crackholm Secure Red ET; 4, Conor McAufield’s Lissue Seaver Faith 3 by R E W Seaver; 5, McLean Family’s Priestland 5275 Fever Dellia by Crackholm Fever.

Class 3 – Heifer, born between 15/09/10 and 14/09/11, sponsored by AB Vista – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Harry Patton and Sons Ards Atwood Lou Ella by Maple Downs Atwood; 2, Conor McAufield’s Riverdane Ashlyns Fever by Crackholm Fever; 3, McLean Family’s Priestland 5159 Damion Chanel by ERB Acres Damion; 4, John Berry and Ivor Broomfield’s Hilltara Goldwyn Maude 2 by Braedale Goldwyn.

Class 4 – Dry Cow, sponsored by Bank of Ireland – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Champion Maude EX95 (3) by Calbrett IHH Champion; 2, Gaston and John Wallace’s Maineview Talent Peggy VG89 by Ladino Park Talent; 3, McLean Family’s Cradenhill Rainy Red EX90 by Rosedale L Rampage Red.

Class 5 – Junior heifer in-milk, sponsored by Global Genetics – 1, and best udder award, Conor McAufield’s Gravelhill Alexander Hope VG88 by Golden Oaks ST Alexander; 2, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Monsoon Lulu VG87 by Hilltara Monsoon; 3, TS Haffey and Sons Kilvergan Amazing Ethel VG86 (2yr) by Mr Atlees Alta Amazing; 4, Harry Patton and Sons Ards Bronco Ruth by End Road Oman Bronco; 5, McLean Family’s Priestland 5125 Sanchez Paradise by Gen Mark Stmatic Sanchez; 6, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Dundee Divine VG87 by Regancrest Dundee.

Class 6 – Senior heifer in-milk, sponsored by Moores Animal Feeds – 1, best udder award and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Knowledge Maud by Sicy Knowledge; 2, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Jeeves Echo VG86 by Ked Outside Jeeves.

Class 7 – Cow in-milk, having had two calvings, sponsored by FarmGate Nutrition – 1, best udder award and exhibitor-bred award, T S Haffey and Sons Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG89 by Mesland Duplex; 2, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Bolivia Dawn VG89 by Major Bolivia Allen; 3, Conor McAufield’s Sahara Dundee Azeri VG89 by Regancrest Dundee; 4, Messrs Patterson, Morrow and Williams Styche Shottle Patricia VG89 by Picston Shottle; 5, Gaston and John Wallace’s Printshop Ferrari Belle 30 VG89 by Holmland Ferrari Red; 6,  Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Shottle Reanne 3 VG87 by Picston Shottle.

Class 8 – Cow in-milk, having had three calvings, sponsored by SC Feeds – 1, best udder award and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Zenith Echo EX93 by Ocean View Zenith; 2, Ivor Broomfield’s Highoaks Spirte Caroline 14 EX90 by Cedarwal Spirte; 3, T S Haffey and Sons Kilvergan Goldwyn Daphne VG87 by Braedale Goldwyn; 4, McLean Family’s Priestland 4665 Lancelot Lydia EX92 by Priestland 1335 Betty Lancelot; 5, McLean Family’s Grantchester September Farrah 12 by Pursuit September Storm.

Class 9 –  Cow in-milk, having had four or more calvings, sponsored by Trioliet – 1, best udder award and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Goldwyn Tippy EX93 by Braedale Goldwyn; 2, Jay Warden’s Ballygrainey Marrie 127 by Ballygrainey Lucky Racer.

Class 10 – Cow, in-milk or in-calf, having produced a minimum of 50,000kgs, sponsored by Fane Valley Dairies – 1, best udder award and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Champion Maude EX95(3) by Calbrett IHH Champoin; 2, Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Goldwyn Tippy EX93 by Braedale Goldwyn; 3, Jay Warden’s Ballygrainey Marrie 127 by Ballygrainey Lucky Racer.

Class 11 – Novice class, sponsored by Animax – 1, and best udder award, Ivor Broomfield’s Highoaks Spirte Caroline 14 by Cedarwal Spirte; 2, and exhibitor-bred award, Alan Paul’s Slatabogie Secure August Red by Crackholm Secured Red ET; 3, John Berry and Ivor Broomfield’s Hilltara Goldwyn Maude 2 by Braedale Goldwyn.

Pictures: Jane Steel

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Supreme champion was Sam McCormick's Hilltara Zenith Echo EX93, shown by Denis O'Neill. Adding their congratulations are Gavin Connaughty and Sean Reid, Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsor; and Edward Griffiths, Sheffield, judge.

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Reserve champion was Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG89 exhibited by brothers Timothy, David and Aaron Haffey, Lurgan. Included are Gavin Connaughty and Sean Reid, Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsor; and Edward Griffiths, judge.

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Sam Wadsworth exhibited the honourable mention award winner Gravelhill Alexander Hope, owned by Conor McAufield, Lisburn. Included are Gavin Connaughty and Sean Reid, Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsor; and Edward Griffiths, judge.

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Sam McCormick, Bangor, receives the exhibitor-bred championship from Ian Watson, Holstein UK, sponsor. Also included are judge Edward Griffiths, Sheffield, and handler Denis O'Neill.

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Haffey brothers Timothy, David and Aaron, from Lurgan, receive the reserve exhibitor-bred championship from Ian Watson, Holstein UK, sponsor; and Edward Griffiths, judge.

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Sam and John McCormick's Hilltara Herd scooped the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards at the Irish National Holstein Show, Moira. Sponsor Raymond Bready, Thompsons, congratulates Sam McCormick and his team. Picture: Jane Steel

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Holstein NI chairman Jay Warden, makes a presentation to judge Edward Griffiths, Coachgate Herd, Sheffield.

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Junior champion was Ards Atwood Lou Ella shown by Andrew Patton, Newtownards. Adding their congratulations are Philip Whyte, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor; and Edward Griffiths, judge.

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Andrew Patterson exhibited the reserve junior champion, Printshop Ross Gillian 29, owned by Gaston and John Wallace, Nutt's Corner. Included are Michael Stewart, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor; and Edward Griffiths, judge.

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Honourable mention in the junior championship line-up was John McLean's Priestland 5317 Royal Martha. Adding their congratulations are Harold Stevenson, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor; and Edward Griffiths, judge.

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Intermediate champion was Conor McAufield's Gravelhill Alexander Hope VG88 shown by Sam Wadsworth. Adding their congratulations are Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, sponsor; and Edward Griffiths, judge.

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Denis O'Neill exhibited the reserve intermediate champion, Hilltara Knowledge Maud, owned by Sam and John McCormick, Bangor. Making the presentation is judge Edward Griffiths.

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Honourable mention in the intermediate championship line-up was Hilltara Jeeves Echo VG86 shown by John McCormick, Bangor. Included are Billy Rodgers, Genus ABS, sponsor; and Edward Griffiths, judge.

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Winner of the class for heifers under twelve-months-old was Priestland 5317 Royal Martha, owned by the McLean family, Bushmills. John McLean receives the rosette from Richard Charles, World Wide Sires, sponsor.

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Cameron Magowan, Western Farm Enterprises, congratulates Andrew Patterson, who exhibited Printshop Ross Gillian 29, on behalf of Gaston and John Wallace, Nutt's Corner.

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The in-calf heifer class was won by Ards Atwood Lou Ella, bred by the Patton family, Newtownards. Handler Andrew Patton was congratulated by Dr Derek McIlmoyle, AB Vista, sponsor.

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William Thompson, Bank of Ireland, sponsor, congratulates John McCormick, Bangor, on winning the dry cow class with Hilltara Champion Maud EX95. Included is judge Edward Griffiths.

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Sponsor Jonathan Devine, Global Genetics, makes a presentation to Sam Wadsworth who exhibited the junior heifer in-milk class winner, Gravelhill Alexander Hope VG88, owned by Conor McAufield, Lisburn.

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The senior heifer in-milk class winner was Sam and John McCormick's Hilltara Knowledge Maud, shown by Denis O'Neill. Adding his congratulations is George Gregg, Moores Animal Feeds, sponsor.

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The second calver class was won by the Haffey family's Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 VG89. Timothy Haffey recieved the award from Lyle Hamilton, FarmGate Nutrition, sponsor; and judge Edward Griffiths.

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John McCormick's Hilltara Zenith Echo EX93 was the winner of the third calver class. Pictured at the presentation are Stephen Crawford, SC Feeds, sponsor; and judge Edward Griffiths.

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Denis O'Neill exhibited Hilltara Goldwyn Tippy EX93, winner of the fourth calver class at the Irish National Holstein Show. Included is Padraig O'Kane, Trioliet, sponsor.

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Richard Henning, Fane Valley Dairies, sponsor, congratulates John McCormick, Bangor, on winning the production class with Hilltara Champion Maude EX95. Pic

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Highoaks Spirte Caroline 14, shown by Andrew Kennedy, was the winner of the novice class at the Irish National Holstein Show. Owner Ivor Broomfield, Armagh, received the award from Sam Thompson, Animax, sponsor.

March 2013: Countdown is on for Irish National Holstein Show

Moira venue for evening event on Friday, March 15

The countdown is on ahead of next week’s Irish National Holstein Show.

The evening-event, organised by Holstein NI, takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday, March 15. Judging commences at 6.30pm, and is in the capable hands of Mr Edward Griffiths from the Coachgate Herd based at Gunthwaite Hall Farm, Penistone, Sheffield.

Holstein NI secretary, John Martin, said: “The catalogue for the 2013 Irish National Holstein Show has attracted over 60 entries, representing the cream of the Province’s black and white cattle, and boasting some of the top genetics available throughout the world. 

Jay Warden, chairman of Holstein NI added:”We are indebted to our sponsors for their generous financial support. Several of the sponsors are new to Holstein NI, and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome them and personally thank them for their contribution.

“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 2013 Irish National Holstein Show boasts a total prize fund of almost 5,000.

The championship line-up, which includes the overall champion, reserve and honourable mention award winners, is sponsored by Dairymaster 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 County Antrim, Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd was founded by Sean Reid in the mid 1980s, and is recognised as one of the country’s leading milking equipment suppliers.

The Dairymaster brand 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; and 2012 winner of the Farming Life/Danske Bank Supplier of the Year Award.

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 sponsors include: Holstein NI; Western Farm Enterprises, AB Vista; Bank of Ireland; Global Genetics; Moore Animal Feeds; FarmGate Nutrition; Stephen Crawford Feeds; Trioliet; Fane Valley; Animax 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 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 NI 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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Holstein UK is sponsoring the exhibitor-bred championship at the Irish National Holstein Show. Outlining plans for the competition are John Martin, and club vice-chairman Sam McCormick.

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Sponsor Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, and Holstein NI chairman Jay Warden, have the silverare ready for the winner of the intermediate championship.

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McLarnon Feeds is sponsoring the junior championship. Sponsor Harold Stevenson, centre, is pictured with Sam McCormick, vice-chairman, and Jay Warden, chairman, Holstein NI.

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Sponsor Sean Reid, Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd, and Gaston Wallace, barn manager, have the model cow ready for the winner of the supreme championship award at the 2013 Irish National Holstein Show.

February 27 closing date for Irish National Holstein Show entries

Plans are well underway for the 2013 Irish National Holstein Show which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Friday, March 15.

With less than three weeks to go before the evening event, organisers are reminding exhibitors that the closing date for entries is Wednesday, February 27.

“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 or Winter Fair) in the last three years.

The evening event commences at 6.30pm, and English breeder Edward Griffiths from the Coachgate Herd, Gunthwaite Hall Farm, Penistone, Sheffield, will be officiating in the judging ring.

Holstein NI chairman, Jay Warden 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: Holstein NI, Western Farm Enterprises, AB Vista, Global Genetics, Moores Animal Feeds, Bank of Ireland, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Trioliet, 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.

Moira venue for Irish National Holstein Show on March 15

Holstein Northern Ireland has announced details of the 2013 Irish National Holstein Show. The event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday, March 15.

The show commences at 6.30pm and judging is in the capable hands of Edward Griffiths who runs the noted Coachgate herd based at Gunthwaite Hall Farm, Penistone, Sheffield.

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Looking back to 2012 and the supreme champion at the Irish National Holstein Show 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. Picture: Jane Steel.

The schedule includes 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.

 “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response received from our sponsors, and I am delighted to reveal that the event has attracted a generous prize fund,” explained club chairman Jay Warden.

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.  Holstein UK is sponsoring the exhibitor-bred awards.

The supreme championship is generously sponsored by Dairymaster agents, Cookstown Dairy Services based who are based in Ardee, County Louth.

Jay Warden added:”This is a major event in the club’s 2013 calendar. Last year’s show 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 Wednesday,  February 27. Late entries will not be accepted.

Entry forms and schedules can be downloaded from the Irish National Holstein Show page on 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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