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March 2014: Glaslough hat-trick

The 2014 Irish National Holstein Show at Moira proved to be a red letter event for the County Monaghan-based Glaslough Herd owned by brothers David and Kenny Boyd.

The 50-cow herd scored a hat-trick, claiming the junior championship which was followed later in the evening by the supreme and reserve accolades in the overall championship line-up.

Toast of the show, and a popular choice for the Cookstown Dairy Services supreme award, was the home-bred Glaslough Miss Petra EX91. This five-year-old cow is two months into her fourth lactation and is currently producing 55 kilos of milk daily. Sired by Mr Minister, her dam is the home-bred Glaslough Lyster Petal.

Miss Petra is no stranger to show ring success, having won the breed championship at Tydavnet and Virginia shows last year. She was also crowned best overall heifer in Holstein NI’s annual herds inspection competition in 2011.

“The champion is an outstanding cow with a tremendous udder, “ said English judge Peter Prior from the noted Designer Herd.. “She is a big powerful animal, and one of the best cows I have ever had the pleasure of judging. She could compete successfully anywhere in Europe.”

Glaslough Miss Petra also clinched the best udder award.

Standing in reserve position was herd mate Glaslough Goldwyn Bret EX93. This fifth calver was the winner of the production class, having to date produced over 52,000kgs of milk. Born in April 2007, she is by Braedale Goldwyn and is out of the home-bred Glaslough MT Brenda.

Calved two months and yielding 50kgs daily, she was described by the judge as another outstanding cow. “The reserve champion is a great match for the champion.”

The eye-catching duo rounded off the evening by securing the champion and reserve exhibitor-bred awards, generously sponsored by Town of Monaghan Co-op.

Also on the winner’s podium was the honourable mention award winner Clongowes Atwood Thelma, brought out by the father and son team of George and Jason Booth, who run a 170-cow herd at Stewartstown, County Tyrone. Earlier in the evening this senior heifer secured the intermediate championship, sponsored by Genus ABS. 

Born in March 2011 this Maple Downs IGW Atwood daughter was purchased at the Clongowes dispersal sale last year, and is projected to do 9,500kgs at 4.9% butterfat and 3.35% protein in her heifer lactation.

Peter Prior described the intermediate champion as a super heifer. “She is a worthy winner, and compliments the supreme and reserve champions very well. This heifer will mature into a great cow, and is a certain prospect for the future.”

Runner-up for the intermediate championship was the three-year-old heifer Wyndford BD Regiment Appletime Red from Aubrey Patterson’s 150-cow Ballycrochan herd at Bangor, County Down. Calved ten months and producing 30kgs daily, she is projected to do almost 10,000kgs at 3.50% butterfat and 3.11% protein.

Holstein NI chairman Sam McCormick, and son John, from Bangor, County Down, secured the intermediate honourable mention with Hilltara Fever Maude 5. Born in October 2011, she is by Crackholm Fever, and is out of the home-bred Hilltara Damion Maude 5 – Holstein champion and interbreed dairy champion at Balmoral Show in 2012.

The Hilltara herd also won the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards sponsored by Thompsons.

David and Kenny Boyd’s first victory of the night came when the ten-month-old Glaslough Damien Breeze secured the junior championship, sponsored by McLarnon Feeds. This ERB Acres Damion daughter is bred from Glaslough Sanchez Brie – winner of the junior second calver class at the 2013 RUAS Winter Fair.

“I really liked the junior champion,” added the judge. “She is a big stretchy calf with a tremendous future ahead of her.”

Claiming the reserve junior championship was the November 2012 born Priestland 5417 Braxton Lucia bred and exhibited by the McLean family, Iain, Joyce, John, Matthew and Ellie, from Bushmills, County Antrim. Sired by Regancrest S Braxton, she is out of the home-bred Priestland 4518 Axiom Lucia.

Peter Prior added:”This is a well grown heifer for her age. She has a deep body and treks well on great legs and feet.”

The honourable mention ribbons in the junior championship line-up went to Ballyginniff Lauthority Willow bred by John Patterson, and sons James and Andrew, who run a 120-cow herd at Crumlin, County Antrim.  This in-calf heifer is by Comestar Lauthority, and is bred from Clandeboye Storm Willow.

Peter Prior thanked Holstein NI for inviting him to judge. “Its been an outstanding show with some exceptional cattle, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality.” He was presented with a token of the club’s appreciation.

Club chairman Sam McCormick thanked the spectators, exhibitors and trade stands for supporting the show. He also thanked the sponsors without whom the event would not have been possible. “We’ve had another great Holstein Show with more than 300 people in attendance, and a great entry of animals. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the event.”
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Supreme champion and exhibitor-bred champion was Glaslough Miss Petra EX91  owned by David Boyd, and shown by Stephen McLoughlin. Included are judge Peter Prior, and sponsors Sean Reid and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown  Dairy Services.

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Reserve supreme champion was Glaslough Goldwyn Bret EX93 bred by David Boyd,  and shown by Brendan Greenan. Adding their congratulations are judge  Peter Prior; and sponsors Gavin Connaughty and Sean Reid, Cookstown  Dairy Services.

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Overall honourable mention award winner was the intermediate champion Clongowes Atwood Thelma owned by Jason Booth, and exhibited by Andrew Patterson.  Included are Billy Rodgers, Genus ABS, sponsor; and judge Peter Prior.

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Stephen Crawford, SC Feeds, sponsor, congratulates John McCormick, Bangor, on  winnng the third calver class with Hilltara Bolivia Dawn.

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Denis O'Neill exhibited the reserve intermediate champion Wyndford BD  Regiment Appletime Red owned by Aubrey Patterson, Bangor. Making the  presentation are judge Peter Prior, and sponsor Billy Rodgers, Genus  ABS.

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Honourable mention in the intermediate championship line-up was John McCormick's  Hilltara Fever Maude 5. Included are judge Peter Prior, and sponsor  Billy Rodgers, Genus ABS.

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Andrea Rafferty exhibited the junior champion Glaslough Damien Breeze. Making  the presentation are Mark Simpson, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor; and judge  Peter Prior.

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Reserve junior champion was Priestland Braxton Lucia shown by John McLean,  Bushmills. Included are Dr Ronald Annett, McLarons Feeds, and judge  Peter Prior.

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Peter Prior, and sponsor Harold Stevenson, McLarnon Feeds, present the  honourable mention junor champion award to Ballyginniff Lauthority  Willow exhibited by Andrew Patterson, Crumlin.

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Ashley Fleming, Cogent Breeding, congratulates Andrea Rafferty on winning the  class for heifers under one-year-old with Glaslough Damien Breeze.

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Winner of class 2 was Priestland Braxton Lucia shown by John McLean,  Bushmills. Included is sponsor Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises. Picture: Jane Steel.

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Winner of the in-calf heifer class was Ballyginniff Lauthority Willow  exhibited by Andrew Patterson, Crumlin. Adding his congratulations is  judge Peter Prior, Essex. Picture: Jane Steel.

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Winner of the dry cow class was Clandeboye Champion Francesca shown by Lindsey Fleming. Sponsor William Thompson, Bank of Ireland, congratulates Mark  Logan of Clandeboye Estate, Bangor. Picture: Jane Steel.

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Winner of the strong junior heifer in-milk class was John McCormick's Hilltara Fever Maude 5. Included is judge Peter Prior, Essex. Picture: Jane  Steel.

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Philip Moore of Moore Animal Feeds presents the award for the best senior  heifer in-milk to Jason Booth, owner of Clongowes Atwood Thelma. At the  halter is Andrew Patterson. Picture: Jane Steel.

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Winner of the hotly contested second calver class was Clandeboye Bolton Rosina ET owned by Martin Millar, Coleraine. He was congratulated by judge  Peter Prior. Picture: Jane Steel

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Winner of the fourth calver class Glaslough Miss Petra shown by Stephen  McLoughlin. Owner David Boyd, Glaslough, was congratulated by sponsor  Padriag O'Kane, Trioliet; and judge Peter Prior. Picture: Jane Steel.

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Winner of the production class was Glaslough Goldwyn Bret EX93 exhibited by  Brendan Greenan. Owner David Boyd was congratulated by Holstein UK's  Izzy Whittaker. Picture: Jane Steel.

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Tom McKnight, Drumbo, keeps a close eye on the judge. Picture Jane Steel

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Junior heifer in-milk class in the ring at the Irish National Holstein Show.

March 2014: Irish National Holstein Show results round-up

Supreme Championship, sponsored by Cookstown Dairy Services – champion: David and Kenny Boyd’s Glaslough Miss Petra EX91; Reserve: David and Kenny Boyd’s Glaslough Goldwyn Bret EX93; Hon  Mention: George and Jason Booth’s Clongowes Atwood Thelma.

Intermediate championship, sponsored by Genus ABS – champion: George and Jason Booth’s Clongowes Atwood Thelma; Reserve: Aubrey Patterson’s Wyndford BD Regiment Appletime Red; Hon Mention: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Fever Maude 5.

Junior championship, sponsored by McLarnon Feeds – champion: David and Kenny Boyd’s Glaslough Damien Breeze; Reserve: McLean Family’s Priestland 5417 Braxton Lucia, Hon Mention: John Patterson’s Ballyginniff Lauthority Willow.

Exhibitor-bred Award, sponsored by Town of Monaghan Co-op: David and Kenny Boyd. Reserve: David and Kenny Boyd.

Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor Award, sponsored by Thompsons: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Herd.

Class 1- Heifer, born on or after 14/03/13, sponsored by Cogent Breeding – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Damien Breeze by ERB Acres Damion; 2, Conor McAufield, Lissue Explode Ashlyn; 3, McLean Family, Priestland 5485 Goldsun Pamela by Toc Farm Goldsun; 4, Tommy and Mark Henry, Mostragee Goldsun Fern by Toc Farm Goldsun.

Class 2 – Heifer, born between 14/09/12 and 14/03/13, sponsored by Western Farm Enterprises – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, McLean Family, Priestland 5417 Braxton Lucia by Regancrest S Braxton; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Alexander Tiffany by Golden Oaks ST Alexander; 3, George and Jason Booth, Beechview Altachairman Makke by Ralma Altachairman; 4, Steven Robinson, Ernevale Destry Lulu Red by Scientific Destry,

Class 3- Heifer not calved, born between 14/09/11 and 14/09/12, sponsored by AB Vista – 1, John Patterson, Ballyginniff Lauthority Willow by Comestar Lauthority; 2, Conor McAufield, Lissue Seaver Faith 3 by REW Seaver.

Class 4 – Dry cow, sponsored by Bank of Ireland – 1, Clandeboye Estate, Clandeboye Champion Francesca by Calbrett IHH Champion; 2, McLean Family, Priestland 4876 Goldwyn Karen by Braedale Goldwyn.

Class 5 – Junior heifer in-milk, sponsored by Global Genetics – 1, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Fever Maude 5 by Crackholm Fever; 2, and best udder award, John Patterson, Ballyginniff Windbrook Beth by Gillette Windbrook; 3, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Ross Gillian 29 by Plain O Durham Ross; 4, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Windbrook Maude 3 by Gillette Windbrook; 5, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Windbrook Maude by Gillette Windbrook; 6, Clandeboye Estate, Clandeboye  Fleetwood Willow by Killane Fleetwood.

Class 6 – 1, Senior heifer in-milk, sponsored by Moore Animal Feeds – 1, and best udder award, George and Jason Booth, Clongowes Atwood Thelma by Maple Down GW Atwood; 2, Aubrey Patterson, Wyndford BD Regiment Appletime Red by Carrousel Regiment Red; 3, and exhibitor-bred award, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Lou Ella by Maple Down GW Atwood; 4, Haffey, Pepper and Weir, Berryholme G Jordan Flo by Gillette Jordan; 5, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Amazing Jen by Mr Atlees Amazing; 6, McLean Family, Priestland 5235 PS James Rose by Picston Shottle.

Class 7 – Cow in-milk, having had two calvings, sponsored by FarmGate Nutrition – 1, Martin Millar, Clandeboye Bolton Rosina ET  by Sandy Valley Bolton; 2, and best udder award, Lewis McMurray and Sons, Willsbro Hazel Sanchez by Gen Mark Stmatic Sanchez; 3, and exhibitor-bred award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Monsoon Lulu by Hilltara Monsoon; 4, Philip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Shottle JG Gail by Picston Shottle; 5, George and Jason Booth, Beechview Advent Lalita Red by KHW Kite Advent Red; 6, Sean Faulkner, Foyleside Penny Rhyme 11 by Markwell Durham Rhyme.

Class 8 – Cow in-milk, having had three calvings, sponsored by SC Feeds – 1, exhibitor-bred award and best udder award, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Boliva Dawn by Magor Bolivia Allen; 2, George and Jason Booth, Clandeboye Shottle Willow by Picston Shottle; 3, John Patterson, Ballyginniff Goldwyn Cindy 2 by Braedale Goldwyn; 4,  Stephen Haffey and Sons, Kilvergan Duplex Ethel 2 by Mesland Duplex; 5, Norman McCollum, Bellemont Baxter Phyl by Emerald ACR SA T Baxter; 6, Gareth Smyth, Derrydeorragh Shottle Kimo by Picston Shottle.

Class 9 – Cow in-milk, having had four or more calvings, sponsored by Trioliet - 1, best udder award and exhibitor-bred awards, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Petra by Mr Minister; 2, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Goldwyn Bret by Braedale Goldwyn; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Charles Della by Hilltara Charles; 4, Stephen Haffey and Sons, Kilvergan Shottle Bessie by Picston Shottle; 5, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Goldwyn Tippy by Braedale Goldwyn; 6, G and M O’Hagan, Bavan Klumper Soni by Bavan Klumper.

Class 10 – Cow in-milk or in-calf, having produced a minimum of 50,000kgs, sponsored by Holstein UK – 1, best udder award and exhibitor-bred award, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Goldwyn Bret by Braedale Goldwyn; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Goldwyn Tippy by Braedale Goldwyn; 3, G and M O’Hagan, Bavan Klumper Soni by Bavan Klumper.

March 2014: Bumper entry for Irish National Holstein Show

Moira venue for evening event on Friday, 14th March

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

The evening event, organised by Holstein NI, takes place on Friday, 14th March, at the Pedigree Sales Arena. Judging commences at 6.30pm, and is in the capable hands of Pete Prior from the Designer Herd based at Nortons Farm, Radley Green, Nr Ingatestone, Essex.

Holstein NI secretary John Martin has reported a bumper cattle entry for this year’s show. “Entries have been flooding in, and I am delighted to report a record entry of almost 100 cattle from 23 exhibitors.

“The show is growing from strength-to-strength, and this year we are looking forward to welcoming a number of exhibitors from the republic of Ireland.”

Club chairman Sam McCormick added:” The catalogue boasts some of the top genetics available throughout the world.  This event is a chance for our members to showcase the very best Holsteins in the country, and I’d like to thank the exhibitors for their enthusiasm and support.

“A special word of thanks to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. Once again we are delighted to confirm financial backing from a number of long-standing sponsors, and I would also like to welcome a number of new sponsors.”

Sam McCormick extended an open invitation to all Holstein enthusiasts to come along and watch the judging, meet and mingle with breeders, trade exhibitors and sponsors. “It promises to be an excellent show. For the first time ever we are opening our doors to a number of trade stands, several of which will bring an international element to our event. “

Trade stands include Trioliet, Cookstown Dairy Services, Henry Porter Tractors, Wilson Agriculture, Ballylurgan Hardware, Quicktag, Ivan Porter, MC Services, Dovea Genetics, Holstein UK, Animax, Holstein International, Fane Valley, Joseph Morton, and Hays Genetics International.

The 2014 Irish National Holstein Show boasts a prize fund in excess of 5,000. The schedule includes 10 classes, plus junior, intermediate, exhibitor-bred and supreme overall championship awards. Points will be collated throughout the evening to determine the premier breeder and premier exhibitor at the event.

Sponsors include: Cookstown Dairy Services, Town of Monaghan Co-op, Genus ABS, McLarnon Feeds, Holstein UK, Cogent Breeding, AB Vista, Western Farm Enterprises, Bank of Ireland, Global Genetics, Moore Animal Feeds, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Trioliet, Thompsons and Doherty Wood Shavings.

Entry to the Irish National Holstein Show is free, and catering facilities will be available on-site.  Judging gets underway at 6.30pm, and commentator Michael Taaffe will keep visitors informed as the show progresses throughout the evening.

Spectators are invited to actively participate in the show by putting their judging skills to the test during one of the classes. Entry to the competition is free, and the three top placed competitors will receive a cash prize of 50 each.

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 NI committee member Denis O'Neill receives a sponsorship cheque from Town of Monaghan Co-op's Thomas McVey and Ivan Dunn.

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Looking forward to the Irish National Holstein Show on March 14 are club chairman Sam McCormick, left; and secretary John Martin, right, with Nigel Wright of Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsor of the supreme championship awards.

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McLarnon Feeds is continuing its sponsorship of the junior championship. Harold Stevenson and Dr Ronald Annett are pictured with club chairman Sam McCormick.

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Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, discusses sponsorship of the intermediate championship with Holstein NI's vice chairman Gaston Wallace.

February 21 closing date for Irish National Holstein Show entries

Plans are well underway for the 2014 Irish National Holstein Show which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Friday, March 14.

With less than four weeks to go before the evening event, organisers are reminding exhibitors that the closing date for entries is Friday, February 21.

“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 in excess of 5,000.”

The schedule includes 10 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. 

The evening event commences at 6.30pm, and English breeder Pete Prior from the Designer Herd based at Nortons Farm, Radley Green, Nr Ingatestone, Essex, will be officiating in the judging ring.

Holstein NI chairman Sam McCormick 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.”

Sponsors include: Cogent, Western Farm Enterprises, AB Vista, Global Genetics, Moores Animal Feeds, Bank of Ireland, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Trioliet, Holstein UK and Doherty Woodshavings. 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 – 10) 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 Town of Monaghan Co-op

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.

Sam McCormick added: “This year’s show will be bigger and better than ever as the organising committee has approved the erection of a marquee which will accommodate catering facilities, and a number of trade stands representing various elements of the dairy industry.”

“We are also introducing a stockjudging  competition, which will give spectators an opportunity to actively participate in the show and test their judging skills. Entry to the competition is free, and the three top placed judges will receive a prize of 50 each.”

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.

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Organisers and sponsors of the 2014 Irish National Holstein Show. Sponsors include Holstein UK, Cookstown Dairy Services, SC Feeds, FarmGate Nutritiion, Cogent, AB Vista, McLarnon Feeds, Genus ABS, Western Farm Enterprises, Bank of Ireland, Global Genetics, Moore Animal Feeds, Trioliet, Town of Monaghan Co-op, and John Thompson and Sons.

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Holstein NI officials Sam McCormick, John Martin and Julie Wallace remind exhibitors that entries for the Irish National Holstein Show close on Friday 21st February.

January 2014: Moira venue for Irish National Holstein Show on March 14

Holstein NI has announced details of the 2014 Irish National Holstein Show. The event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday, March 14

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Holstein NI secretary John Martin, and club chairman Sam McCormick, highlight that the Irish National Holstein Show takes place on Friday evening, March 14. The venue is the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira. Picture: Columba O'Hare/Fotacol.

The show commences at 6.30pm and judging is in the capable hands Pete Prior, who runs the noted Designer Herd based at Nortons Farm, Radley Green, Nr Ingatestone, Essex.

The schedule includes 10 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.

The prize fund consists of over 5,000. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response received from our sponsors, and we are delighted to welcome several new sponsors onboard,” explained Holstein NI chairman Sam McCormick.

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 10) 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 Town of Monaghan Co-op.

The supreme championship line-up boasts a total prize fund of 600, and is generously sponsored by Dairymaster agents, Cookstown Dairy Services who have bases in Ardee, County Louth, and Ballymoney, County Antrim.

The entry fee is 15 per animal, and completed entry forms must be returned on or before Friday, 21st February 2014

Sam McCormick continued: “This is a major event in the club’s calendar for 2014. 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.”

“This year’s show will be bigger and better than ever as the organising committee has approved the erection of a marquee which will accommodate catering facilities, and a number of trade stands representing various elements of the dairy industry.”

“We are also introducing a stockjudging  competition, which will give spectators an opportunity to actively participate in the show and test their judging skills. Entry to the competition is free, and the three top placed judges will receive a prize of 50 each.”

Alternatively, contact club secretary John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128; or Julie Wallace on mobile: 07845 919597.

 

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