Holstein double at Armagh Show

The Armagh Show qualifiers for the McLarnon/NISA dairy cow championship were Clandeboye Shottle Willow, shown by Jason Booth, Stewartstown; and Ernevale Rampage Holiday, bred by Seamus Gunn, Derrylin. Included is Michael Copeland, centre, McLarnon Feeds.  Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.
The Armagh Show qualifiers for the McLarnon/NISA dairy cow championship were Clandeboye Shottle Willow, shown by Jason Booth, Stewartstown; and Ernevale Rampage Holiday, bred by Seamus Gunn, Derrylin. Included is Michael Copeland, centre, McLarnon Feeds. Picture: Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia.

The picturesque setting of Gosford Forest Park was the venue for this year’s Armagh Show.

With perfect surroundings and ideal conditions overhead and underfoot, this year’s show attracted large crowds, as well as an impressive line-up of quality cattle in the dairy ring.

The task of judging the Interbreed Championship and selecting the Armagh qualifiers for the 2015 McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship fell to Mr Roy Cromie, owner of the well-known Dalevalley Holstein Herd from Co. Donegal.

Mr Cromie is himself no stranger to breeding top class dairy cattle, having bred some of the top Holstein cows in Ireland. Last year’s Dalevalley Sale, which is now an annual event at Ballybay Market in Co. Monaghan, realised a top price of 10,600 euros with an average of 3,800 euros.

After some deliberation, Mr Cromie chose Clandeboye Shottle Willow EX93 from the Beechview Holstein Herd of George and Jason Booth, Stewartstown, as the first qualifier for the 2015 McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship.

Willow is no stranger to the Dairy Cow Championship, having been Reserve Champion at the Antrim Show final for the past two years. This fourth calver is currently averaging 45 litres/day and is due to calve down again in February 2016.

Making only her second appearance in a show ring, Ernevale Rampage Holiday EX91, from the Ernevale Holstein Herd of Seamus Gunn, Derrylin, was the second Armagh Show qualifier. This fourth calver has averaged over 9,500kg in each of her last three lactations, at 3.95% BF and 3.25% Protein.

McLarnon Feeds would like to congratulate both of these winning cows and wish every success at the final of the 2015 McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship on 25th July at Antrim Show.