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March 2016: Glaslough hat-trick : Boyd family secures third successive supreme championship title at Holstein Show

A fantastic show from start to finish was how Welsh judge Iwan Morgan described the 2016 Irish National Holstein Show.

Mr Morgan, who runs the 150-cow Erie pedigree Holstein herd alongside 50 Jerseys said:” It is a privilege to be back in Northern Ireland among breeders who are passionate about showing. The exhibitors are very enthusiastic about the breed, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to judge the cream of the province’s Holstein cattle. The quality has been exceptional in all of the classes.”

Claiming the supreme overall championship was the much-admired Glaslough Miss Persia, bred by brothers David and Kenny Boyd from Glaslough in County Monaghan. This is the third year in succession that the 60-cow herd scooped the supreme and exhibitor-bred awards at the Moira event.

Glaslough Miss Persia was sired by Mr Minister, and is a full sister to the highly acclaimed Glaslough Miss Petra – winner of numerous championship awards, including the 2014 and 2015 Irish National Holstein Show.

Miss Persia calved her second in November, and is yielding 44 litres daily. She was intermediate champion at last year’s show, junior champion at Balmoral, and All-Ireland heifer in-milk at Tullamore.

“This is an outstanding champion,” stated Iwan Morgan. “She is a beautifully balanced cow with power, strength and an incredible udder – one of the best udders in Europe. “

Making her showring debut to take the reserve supreme title, and the reserve exhibitor-bred award, was Hilltara Windbrook Ianina 2 from Sam and John McCormick’s 300-cow herd at Bangor, County Down. She stood second behind the champion in the second calver class. Sired by Gillette Windbrook, this one calved six weeks ago and is producing 45 litres per day.

Iwan Morgan added:”This is another young cow with an exciting future ahead of her. She oozes style and dairy character, and has an incredible rear udder. This heifer will be full of surprises as the show season progresses.”

Securing the honourable mention award was the senior cow Edenordinary Jasper Kylie EX95, consigned by first-time exhibitor George Mitchell who runs a herd of 180 cows near Banbridge, County Down. Sired by Wilcoxview Jasper, she calved her fifth three months ago and is yielding 56 litres daily.

Iwan Morgan commented: ”This is a true type model cow. She has power, tremendous capacity, and a high and wide rear udder. This aged cow is a credit to the Holstein breed.”

Leading the way in the intermediate championship was the senior heifer Priestland 5450 Braxton Frosty from the McLean family’s 200-cow herd at Bushmills, County Antrim. She calved in October and is doing 50 litres.  “This is a stylish heifer, and she has a high and wide rear udder with exceptional ligament. One for the future,” said the judge.

Runner-up was the second placed senior heifer Sprucegrove Lavanguard Peggy bred by Aidan Foody who made the trip from County Mayo. Iwan Morgan commented: ”You’ve got to admire her frame, and her ability to milk.”

Taking the intermediate honourable mention award was the McCormick family’s junior in-milk heifer Hilltara Aftershock Dawn. Calved in November and producing 33 litres, she comes from a line of EX classified show cows.

Conor McAufield’s 150-cow Lissue herd claimed the top awards in the junior championship line-up.

Impressing the judge to secure the junior championship was the in-calf heifer Clonpaddin G Chip Fame, a Mr Chassity Gold Chip daughter purchased privately from Garry Hurley’s herd in County Wicklow.  She was first in her class at Emerald Expo 2014, and has bred already bred three ET Doorman heifers. In-calf to Doorman, she is due at the end of April.

Taking the reserve junior award was the ten-month-old heifer Lissue Doorman Faith. Her dam is a former number one GTPI Seaver daughter, while her half-sister was ranked number ten GTPI heifer in Europe in March 2015.

“I’m very impressed with the junior line-up. It was difficult to split the top two heifers. They have width in the chest, they are clean and dairy, and have so much style and femininity. The champion has a massive barrel and exceptional bone; while the reserve is a tremendous calf, well balanced with a long neck and super spring of rib.”

The honourable mention award went to Sterndale Explode Ghost, an in-calf heifer from David Buchanan’s Happy Holsteins Herd at Newry. She was bought at the Sterndale sale last year, and is due in April to Doorman. “This heifer is similar to the junior champion. She is powerful and has great capacity throughout, “ added the judge.

Senior heifer Ernevale Destry Lulu Red caught the judge’s eye to take the red and white championship award. Owned by Steven Robinson, Crossgar, she was purchased at Seamus Gunn’s Ernevale Youngstock sale in 2013, and was junior champion last year.

The reserve championship went to Derrymore Snowman Jolly Red, a junior in-milk heifer bred by the McCorry family from Aghalee.

First-time exhibitor Lauren Kelly scooped the red and white honourable mention award with the thirteen-month-old heifer Broadfold Alchemy Ripple Red. 

The junior showmanship award was won by HYB member Desmond McCorry; while the senior showmanship prize went to Andrea Raffery from the Breffni Oriel Club.

The Hilltara prefix won the premier breeder prize; with the premier exhibitor award going to the Priestland herd.

Holstein NI is indebted to its sponsors for their continued support: McLarnon Feeds, Cookstown Dairy Services, Gortavoy Feeds, Lacpatrick, Irwins Feed, Cogent, Western Farm Enterprises, AB Vista, Dynamis Homepathic Medicine, World Wide Sires, FarmGate Nutrition, Bank of Ireland, Genus ABS, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Trioliet, Thompsons, Holstein UK, Doherty Woodshavings and Ecolab/Irwin Farm Supplies.

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Ian Cummins, Irwins Feed, congratulates Desmond McCorry, winner of the junior showmanship class at the Irish National Holstein Show.

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Senior showmanship winner Andrea Rafferty was congratulated by sponsor Ian Cummins, Irwins Feed.

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Angus Mawhinney, Cogent, congratulates Tom McKnight who exhibited the first prize calf Lissue Doorman Faith.

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John McLean, Bushmills, with his first placed heifer Priestland Windbrook Helga. Making the presentation is Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises.

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Conor McAufield, Lisburn, won the in-calf heifer class with Clonpaddin G Chip Fame shown by Steven McLaughlin. Included is Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith.

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Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith presents a token of appreciation to Irish National Holstein Show judge Iwan Morgan.

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The Lissue herd scooped the junior championship and reserve awards at the Irish National Holstein Show.  Owner Conor McAufield, Lisburn, and handlers Tom McKnight and Steve McLaughlin were congratulated by sponsors David Mawhinney and Michael Copeland, McLarnon Feeds; and judge Iwan Morgan.

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Junior champion was Conor McAufield's Clonpaddin G Chip Fame exhibited by Steve McLaughlin. Adding their congratulations are David Mawhinney, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor; and Welsh judge Iwan Morgan.

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Reserve junior champion was Lissue Doorman Faith owned by Conor McAufield, and shown by Tom McKnight. Allister McKnight received the award from sponsors Michael Copeland and David Mawhinney, McLarnon Feeds; and judge Iwan Morgan.

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Joyce McLean exhibited the honourable mention junior champion on behalf of David Buchanan, Newry. Included are David Mawhinney, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor; and Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith.

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Junior heifer in-milk winner was Hilltara Aftershock Dawn bred by John McCormick, Bangor, and shown by Sam Clarke. Adding his congratulations is Dennis Torrens, World Wide Sires.

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Iain McLean, Bushmills, exhibited the first prize winning senior heifer in-milk Priestland Braxton Frosty. Included are sponsors Simon Tolerton and William Thompson, Bank of Ireland.

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Intermediate champion was Ian McLean's Priestland Braxton Frosty. Adding their congratulations are judge Iwan Morgan, and sponsor Ian Watson, Genus ABS.

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Reserve intermediate champion was Sprucegrove Lavanguard Peggy bred by Aidan Foody, Co Mayo, and shown by Rory Timlin. Adding their congratulations are Ian Watson, Genus ABS; and Welsh judge Iwan Morgan.

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Honourable mention in the intermediate championship line-up went to the McCormick family's Hilltara Aftershown Dawn exhibited by Lindsey Fleming. Making the presentation are Ian Watson, Genus ABS; and judge Iwan Morgan.

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Stephen Crawford, SC Feeds, congratulates Iain McLean, who won the third calver class with Priestland PS James Rose ET.

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The second calver class was won by Glaslough Miss Persia bred by David Boyd, and shown by Denis O'Neill. Making the presentation is David Kwasniewski, FarmGate Nutrition.

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Alan Wallace, representing Trioliet, congratulates the Mitchell family, Banbridge, George, Nicola, Alexander and Steven, winners of the four calver class. Edenordinary Jasper Kylie was exhibited in the showring by Andrew Kennedy.

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David Simpson, Ecolab/Irwin Farm Supplies, congratulates David Boyd, winner of the production class. Glaslough Goldwyn Bret was exhibited by Brendan Greenan.

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Red and white champoin was Ernevale Destry Lulu Red owned by Steven Robinson, Crossgar, and shown by Denis O'Neill. Included are Steven McKenna, Gortavoy Feeds; and judge Iwan Morgan.

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James Anthony McCorry exhibited Derrymore Snowman Jolly, the reserve red and white champion at the Irish National Holstein Show. Included are Steven McKenna, Gortavoy Feeds; and judge Iwan Morgan.

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Lauren Kelly exhibited the honourable mention red and white champion Broadfold Alchemy Ripple Red. Adding their congratulations are Stephen Taylor Gortavoy Feeds; and judge Iwan Morgan.

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Supreme overall champion and exhibitor-bred champion was Glaslough Miss Persia owned by David, Kenny and Trevor Boyd, and shown by Denis O'Neill. They were congratulated by sponsor Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services; and Welsh judge Iwan Morgan.

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The McCormick family, Sam, John and Kathryn, Bangor, with their reserve supreme champion Hilltara Windbrook Ianina 2. Included are sponsor Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services; and Welsh judge Iwan Morgan.

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The Mitchell family, Hans, George, Nicola, Alexander and Steven, Banbridge, with their honourable mention award winner Edenordinary Jasper Kylie. Included are handler Andrew Kennedy; sponsor Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services; and judge Iwan Morgan.

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Denise Raffery, Thompsons, presents the premier breeder award to the Hilltara team, Sam, John and Kathryn McCormick. Also included is judge Iwan Morgan.

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The McLean family's Priestland herd won the premier exhibitor award at the Irish National Holstein Show. They were congratulated by Denise Rafferty, Thompsons; and judge Iwan Morgan.

February 2016: Holstein Show boasts prize fund in excess of £4,000

Entries close on Friday 12th February

Plans are well underway for the 2016 Irish National Holstein Show at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday, March 4.

The show commences at 6.30pm and judging is in the capable hands of Welshman Iwan Morgan from the noted Erie Herd based at Nantybwla in Carmarthenshire.

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 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 Lacpatrick.

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.
New to this year’s show is a red and white championship sponsored by Gortavoy Feeds. The highest placed red and white animal in each class (1-10) will receive £25 prize money. In addition the champion will secure a £100 cash award, with £75 for the reserve champion and £50 for the honourable mention award winner.

Younger members will also have an opportunity to showcase their showmanship skills.  There are two showmanship classes, under 14, and 15 years and over, sponsored by Irwin Feeds.  Competitor ages will be taken at 1st January 2016, and entry is free.

The total prize fund consists of over £4,000. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response received from our sponsors,”explained Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith. “We are also delighted to welcome a number of new sponsors this year.”

Class sponsors of the Irish National Holstein Show include: Cogent, Western Farm Enterprises, AB Vista, World Wide Sires, Bank of Ireland, Dynamis Homeopathic Medicine, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Trioliet, Irwin Farm Supplies/Ecolab.

Thompsons has confirmed its ongoing support of the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards.

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.

The entry fee is £15 per animal, and completed entry forms must be returned on or before Friday, 12th February 2016.

Stuart Smith continued: “This is a major event in the club’s calendar for 2016. Last year’s show was a resounding success, attracting more than 80 entries and almost 300 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.”

Pictures: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

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Organisers and sponsors of the 2016 Irish National Holstein Show.

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Announcing details of the Irish National Holstein Show's new red and white championship are John Berry, vice chairman, Holstein NI; Steven McKenna, Gortavoy Feeds, sponsor; and chief steward Robert Wallace.

March 2015: Glaslough Miss Petra retains Holstein Show supreme title

A dream cow with a tremendous udder was how English judge Mick Gould described Glaslough Miss Petra EX93 2E, winner of the Irish National Holstein Show’s supreme and exhibitor-bred championships for the second successive year.

“Everyone aspires to breed a Holstein cow like this,” said Mick Gould who runs the noted 320-cow Woodmarsh herd based in Shrewsbury. “She oozes style, power and strength, and is an outright winner.”

Bred by brothers David and Kenny Boyd, County Monaghan, she was sired by Mr Minister, and is out of the home-bred Glaslough Lyster Petal ET EX93 6E. This six-year-old cow calved her fifth in January and is currently yielding 60 litres per day, having already produced in excess of 50,000kgs.
Miss Petra has notched up a long list of accolades for the 50-cow Glaslough prefix which dates back to 1977. Last year’s show successes include champion at the Irish National Holstein Show, Balmoral Show, and Millstreet, RDS champion of champions, IHFA All-Ireland Mature Cow, and runner-up for the Baileys title.

Claiming the reserve overall and reserve exhibitor-bred championships at the Moira event was Ards Atwood Lou Ella VG89, a second calver from the Patton family’s 300-cow herd at Newtownards. 

Nominated All-Britain junior second calver, she was sired by Maple Downs IGW Atwood, and is bred from Ards Bolton Lou Ella ET. She calved in October and is producing 40 litres daily, and is due again in September to Seagull Bay Silver.

“This is a tremendous young cow, and winner of the strongest class of the evening,” added Mick Gould. “She is long, and has super height and width of rear udder”.

Taking the honourable mention award was Hilltara Monsoon Lulu EX92, a third calver from Sam and John McCormick’s 300-cow herd at Bangor. Calved in December and doing 50 litres, she is by the home-bred Innwood Terrason son Hilltara Monsoon, and is out of Dalevalley Astronomical A Lulu.

Mick Gould said:”This is a real sweet cow, with a beautiful frame and lovely open rib. She has great rump structure, and a fantastic rear and fore udder. “

The junior championship went to the October 2012 born in-calf heifer Ernevale Destry Lulu Red from Steven Robinson’s herd in Crossgar. Sired by Scientific Destry, she was bred from Ernevale S Storm Lulu, and was purchased at Seamus Gunn’s youngstock sale at Moira in 2013.

Runner-up in the junior championship line-up was the Patton family’s Ards Atwood Ashlyn, an October 2013 born Atwood daughter, bred from Lomond Damion Ashlyn ET EX93. Earlier this month she was named by Holstein UK as reserve All-Britain junior calf.

Honourable mention in the junior section was the seven-month-old Glenwood Destry Regina bred by Sam Wadsworth, Lisburn, and Karen Hunter from Lanarkshire.

The intermediate championship was led by David and Kenny Boyd’s Glaslough Miss Persia VG87. Winner of the senior heifer class, she is a full sister to the highly acclaimed Glaslough Miss Petra. 

Taking the reserve championship was Wiltor Atwood Sharon, the second placed senior heifer from Conor McAufield’s Lissue herd based at Lisburn. She won the All-Britain reserve intermediate heifer in-milk award.

Claiming the honourable mention ribbons was Mostragee Extreme Ellie, a Mr Andis Altaextreme daughter bred by Tommy Henry, and son Mark, Stranocum.

Mick Gould thanked Holstein NI for its hospitality. “It has been a pleasure to judge this year’s show. Congratulations to the organisers and exhibitors. The animals have been well turned out and are a real credit to everyone involved.

“I was particularly impressed with the second calver class which featured nine super young cows. “

The showmanship classes were judged by Mark Logan, herd manager at Clandeboye Estate in Bangor. Winner of the junior class was Ellie McLean from Bushmills; while the senior class was led by Lauren Henry from Stranocum.

Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace was delighted with the success of the event. “It was a great show with some strong classes and tremendous cattle.  I’d thank to than everyone who contributed to the success of the evening, especially the sponsors and exhibitors. The car park was overflowing, and we were pleased to see more than 250 spectators around the show ring.”

Sponsors of the Irish National Holstein Show include: Irwins Feed, Cogent, Western Farm Enterprises, AB Vista, Agri-Lloyd, Global Genetics, Bank of Ireland, Genus ABS, McLarnon Feeds, SC Feeds, FarmGate Nutrition, Trioliet, Irwin Farm Supplies/Ecolab,  Cookstown Dairy Services, Town of Monaghan Co-op, Thompsons, Holstein UK, Doherty Woodshavings and Jane Steel Photography.

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Supreme champion at the Irish National Holstein Show was Glaslough Miss Petra shown by Denis O'Neill, and bred by Kenny and David Boyd, County Monaghan. Adding their congratulations are Sean Reid, and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsor; and judge Mick Gould. Picture: Jane Steel.

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Reserve exhibitor-bred champion was Wilson and Andrew Patton's Ards Atwood Lou Ella.They received the award from John Nelson, Town of Monaghan Co-op, and judge Mick Gould.

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Honourable mention award winner was the McCormick family's Hilltara Monsoon Lulu. John, Kate and Kathryn McCormick received the award from judge Mick Gould, and sponsors Sean Reid and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services.

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Intermediate champion was David Boyd's Glaslough Miss Persia shown by Denis O'Neill. Included are Billy Rodgers, Genus ABS, sponsor; and judge Mick Gould.

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Steven Robinson receives the trophy for the junior champion from Harold Stevenson, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor, and judge Mick Gould. Ernevale Destry Lulu was shown by Stacey O'Sullivan.

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Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace, and vice-chairman, Stuart Smith, present a token of the club's appreciation to Holstein Show judges Mark Logan, Bangor; and Mick Gould, Shrewsbury.

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The Hilltara Herd won the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards at the 2015 Irish National Holstein Show. The McCormick family and their team of helpers were congratulated by judge Mick Gould, and Raymond Bready from Thompsons, sponsor

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The senior showmanship class was won by Lauren Henry, Stranocum, who received her award from Andrew West, Irwins Feeds, sponsor.

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Ellie McLean, Bushmills, was the winner of the junior showmanship class. She was congratulated by sponsor Andrew West, Irwins Feed.

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First prize heifer was Glenwood Destry Regina bred by Sam Wadsworth and Karen Hunter, and shown by Lauren Henry. Included is sponsor Ashley Fleming, Cogent.

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Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, congratulates Andrew Patton, Newtownards, who won first prize with Ards Atwood Ashlyn.

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Dr Derek McIlmoyle, AB Vista, presents first prize in the in-calf heifer class to Stacey O'Sullivan, who exhibited Ernevale Destry Lulu Red on behalf of Steven Robinson.

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Winner of the dry cow class was Hyclass Roy Anna shown by Matthew McLean, Bushmills. The award was handed over by David Hawkes, Agri-Lloyd.

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Reserve junior champion was Ards Atwood  Ashlyn shown by Andrew Patton, Newtownards. Adding their congratulations are sponsor Michael Stewart, McLarnon Feeds; and judge Mick Gould.

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Wiltor Atwood Sharon owned by Conor McAufield, and shown by Steven McLaughlin, won the reserve intermediate championship. Pictured at the presentation are judge Mick Gould, and sponsor Gareth Bell, Genus ABS

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Mark Henry's Mostragee Extreme Ellie was honourable mention in the intermediate championship. Presenting the award are Gareth Bell, Genus ABS, sponsor; and Mick Gould, judge.

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Winner of the senior heifer in-milk class was Glaslough Miss Persia VG87 bred by David Boyd, and shown by Denis O'Neill. Adding their congratulations are William Thompson and Simon Tollerton, Bank of Ireland, sponsor.

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David Kwasniewski and Lyle Hamilton, FarmGate Nutrition, congratulate Wilson and Andrew Patton, Newtownards, on winning a strong second calver class with Ards Atwood Lou Ella.

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The third calver class was won by John McCormick's Hilltara Monsoon Lulu. He was congratulated by judge Mick Gould, and sponsor Stephen Crawford, SC Feeds.

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Glaslough Miss Petra EX92 won the exhibitor-bred championship. Owners Kenny and David Boyd, and handler Denis O'Neill, were congratulated by John Nelson, Town of Monaghan Co-op, sponsor.

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Reserve supreme champion was Ards Atwood Sharon bred by Wilson and Andrew Patton, Newtownards. Included are Sean Reid and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsor; and judge Mick Gould.

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David Simpson, Irwin Farm Supplies/Ecolab, presents the production class award to David Boyd's Glaslough Miss Petra EX93. Included is judge Mick Gould.

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Denis O'Neill exhibited the senior cow class winner Glaslough Miss Petra EX93 owned by David Boyd, County Monaghan. Included is Padraig O'Kane, Trioliet.

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Mark Henry's Mostragee Extreme Ellie won the junior heifer in-milk class. He was congratulated by judge Mick Gould.

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Philip Whyte, McLarnon Feeds, sponsor, presents honourable mention in the junior championship line-up to Glenwood Destry Regina shown by Lauren Henry. Included is judge Mick Gould.

March 2015: Countdown is on ahead of Irish National Holstein Show

The countdown is on ahead of the 2015 Irish National Holstein Show.

Organisers have confirmed that 75 entries from more than 20 exhibitors will be competing for the prize fund which boasts more than £4,500.

The evening event takes place on Friday 13th March at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira. Judging kicks off at 6.30pm when young Holstein enthusiasts will be put through their paces by showmanship judge Mark Logan from the Bangor-based Clandeboye Estate.

Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace said: “The catalogue boasts some of the top genetics available throughout the UK and further afield.”  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. Once again, we are delighted to welcome exhibitors from the republic of Ireland.

The livestock classes will get underway at 7.00pm, with judging in the capable hands of Mick Gould from the noted Woodmarsh herd, Grange Farm, Shrewsbury.

Mick Gould is no stranger to breeders in Northern Ireland, and we are delighted that he has agreed to give up his time to judge the Irish National Holstein Show,” added Gaston Wallace.

“The show would not be possible without the financial backing of our sponsors.  I am delighted at the support we have received from long-standing sponsors, and pleased to welcome a number of new sponsors. “

Sponsors of the event include: Cookstown Dairy Services, McLarnon Feeds, Genus ABS, Town of Monaghan Co-op, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, Holstein UK, Cogent Breeding, AB Vista, Western Farm Enterprises, Bank of Ireland, Global Genetics, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Agri-Lloyd, Trioliet, Irwin Farm Supplies/Ecolab and Doherty Wood Shavings.

Catering facilities are available within the marquee, and a number of commercial trade stands will also be in attendance. They include: Martin Farm Supplies, Trioliet, Holstein UK, Cookstown Dairy Services, Doherty Woodshavings, Lely Center Eglish, Irwin Farm Supplies/Ecolab, Agri-Lloyd, Agri-King, Dairy Direct and Calf Stick.

Holstein Northern Ireland has extended an open invitation to all breed enthusiasts to come along and watch the judging, meet and mingle with breeders, trade exhibitors and sponsors.

Entry to the Irish National Holstein Show is free. 

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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Steward Wilbert Rankin, left, and John Martin, right, are pictured with William Thompson, Bank of Ireland, sponsor of the senior heifer in-milk class

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Mary Jane Robinson, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, presents a sponsorship cheque for the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards to Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace.

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All set for the Irish National Holstein Show are, from left: Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace, Ashley Fleming, Cogent UK, sponsor of the maiden heifer class; event organisers Julie Wallace and John Martin.

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Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, is one of the sponsors in the junior section at the Irish National Holstein Show. He is pictured with steward Wilbert Rankin.

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Sponsors of the senior classes at the Irish National Holstein Show include, John Martin, Holstein UK; David Hawkes, Agri-Lloyd; David Kwasniewski, FarmGate Nutriton; and Padraig O'Kane, Trioliet.

March 2015: Sponsorship support for Holstein Show

Sponsors have been weighing in to support the forthcoming Irish National Holstein Show.

The evening event, organised by Holstein NI, takes place on Friday, 13th March, at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace said:€ Plans are well underway for our annual Holstein Show. I am pleased to announce that we have received more than 70 entries from herds across the country, including a number from exhibitors in the republic of Ireland.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their generous financial support. Without them this event would not be possible. The club is grateful to its long-standing sponsors, and this year I am delighted to welcome a number of new sponsors.

The 2015 Irish National Holstein Show boasts a prize fund in excess of £4,500.

The supreme championship is sponsored by Dairy Master agent Cookstown Dairy Services. The company has bases at Ardee, County Louth, and Ballymoney, County Antrim.

Town of Monaghan Co-op is sponsoring the exhibitor-bred championship. In addition the exhibitor-bred animal in each class (1 to 10) will receive a £25 cash award.

The junior championship is sponsored by McLarnon Feeds, and this year they have presented a new perpetual trophy for the winner of the junior section.

AI giant Genus ABS is sponsoring the intermediate championship; while Thompsons will present the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards at the end of the show.

Sponsors of the event include: Holstein UK, Cogent Breeding, AB Vista, Western Farm Enterprises, Bank of Ireland, Global Genetics, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Agri-Lloyd, Trioliet, Irwin Farm Supplies/Ecolab and Doherty Wood Shavings.

Gaston Wallace 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 have introduced two showmanship classes which are sponsored by Irwins Feed.

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.

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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David Mawhinney, McLarnon Feeds presents a new trophy for the junior champion at the Irish National Holstein Show to club chairman Gaston Wallace.

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Genus ABS is sponsoring the intermediate championship at the Irish National Holstein Show. Gareth Bell, centre, is pictured with Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace, and event steward Wilbert Rankin.

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All set for the Irish National Holstein Show at Moira on Friday 13th March are Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace, left,  secretary John Martin, right, and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services, sponsors of the supreme championship

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John Nelson and Ivan Dunn, Town of Monaghan Co-op, present a sponsorship cheque for the exhibitor-bred championship at the Irish National Holstein Show to Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace.

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Discussing plans for the showmanship classes at the Irish National Holstein Show are steward Robert Wallace, sponsor Ian Cummins, Irwins Feeds, and Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace.

February 20 closing date for Irish National Holstein Show entries

Plans are well underway for the 2015 Irish National Holstein Show which takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira on Friday, March 13.

With less than four weeks to go before the evening event, organisers are reminding exhibitors that the closing date for entries is Friday, February 20.

With the entry deadline 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 Mick Gould from the Woodmarsh herd based in Shrewsbury will be officiating in the judging ring.

Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace 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 Ireland’s Holsteins on show.”

Sponsors include:  Irwins Feed, Cogent, Western Farm Enterprises, AB Vista, Lely Center Eglish, Global Genetics, Agri-Lloyd, Bank of Ireland, FarmGate Nutrition, SC Feeds, Trioliet and Holstein UK. 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.

Gaston Wallace added: “This year’s show will be bigger and better than ever as we have introduced two showmanship classes for handlers under 14 years-old, and handlers aged 15-years and over. Catering facilities, and a number of trade stands representing various elements of the dairy industry will be located in a marquee situated alongside the Pedigree Sales Arena building.”

Entry forms and show schedules can be downloaded from the club’s website. 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 2015: Showmanship classes added to Holstein Show schedule

Holstein Northern Ireland has introduced two showmanship classes to the schedule for the forthcoming Irish National Holstein Show.

The evening event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday 13th March, with judging commencing at 6.30pm.

Sponsored by Irwins Feed based at Stilloga Mills, Eglish, near Dungannon, the competition offers free entry to members of the NI Holstein Young Breeders’ Club.

Handlers aged 14-years-old and under are eligible to compete in Class A; while Class B is open to competitors aged 15-years-old and over.

The closing date for entries is Friday 20th February 2015.

“We are delighted to announce details of two showmanship classes, said Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace. “We are very proud of our Holstein Young Breeders’ Club, and we want to encourage them to participate in our annual show.  Young breeders taking part in the showmanship classes should also note that their calves will be eligible to compete in the youngstock classes at the show.”

Showmanship

Holstein showmanship competitor Ava Montgomery from Saintfield. Two showmanship classes have been added to the schedule for the Irish National Holstein Show.

Entry forms and schedules can be downloaded here. Alternatively contact Julie Wallace on 07845 919597, or John Martin on 07711 041128.

Moira venue for Irish National Holstein Show on March 13

Holstein Northern Ireland has announced details of the 2015 Irish National Holstein Show. The event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday, March 13

The show commences at 6.30pm and judging is in the capable hands of Mick Gould from the noted Woodmarsh Herd based at Grange Farm, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

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,”explained Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace.

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, 20th February 2015.

Gaston Wallace continued: “This is a major event in the club’s calendar for 2015. Last year’s show was a resounding success, attracting upwards of 100 entries and almost 300 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.”

“Last year we introduced a marquee to accommodate trade stands and catering facilities. It was a great success, and we are planning to do the same this year.”

Entry forms and schedules can be downloaded. Alternatively, contact club secretary John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128; or Julie Wallace on mobile: 07845 919597.

 

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