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.”
Entry forms and show schedules can be downloaded from 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.