Holstein Show change of date

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Holstein NI has announced that the 2016 Irish National Holstein Show will take place at Moira on Friday 4th March.

Club chairman Stuart Smith explained: “It’s a week earlier than usual, but the committee was forced to change the date to avoid clashing with the UK Dairy Expo event in Carlisle.

“Traditionally our show runs on the second Friday in March, so we hope the move doesn’t pose any problems for our sponsors and exhibitors.”

Judging commences at 6.30pm, with Welshman Iwan Morgan from the Erie Herd officiating as judge.

The show boasts a prize fund in excess of £5,000, and the schedule features 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.

Stuart Smith added: “As well as the supreme championship awards, we have junior, intermediate and exhibitor-bred championship prizes.

“New to this year’s show is a red and white championship, with the highest placed red and white animal in each class eligible to compete for the title.”

The entry fee is £15 per animal, and completed entry forms must be returned on or before Friday, 12th February 2015.

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

Entry forms and schedules will be available to download 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.