Judging of Holstein herds inspection competition is nearing completion

Judging of Holstein NI's annual herds inspection is well underway. Sponsors Peter O'Hara and Margaret Courtney from Ulster Bank, are pictured with chairman Stuart Smith, and vice-chairman John Berry. Prizes will be presented at a BBQ in Dungannon Rugby Club on Thursday evening 25th June.  Picture: Julie Hazelton
Judging of Holstein NI's annual herds inspection is well underway. Sponsors Peter O'Hara and Margaret Courtney from Ulster Bank, are pictured with chairman Stuart Smith, and vice-chairman John Berry. Prizes will be presented at a BBQ in Dungannon Rugby Club on Thursday evening 25th June. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Judging of Holstein NI’s annual herds inspection competition, sponsored by Ulster Bank, is well underway.

Club secretary John Martin has reported an increased level of entries with almost 70 herds taking part in the competition.

“The herds inspection competition is growing in popularity, and I am delighted at the number of new entrants taking part in this year’s competition,” he said

Co Fermanagh breeder William Crawford from the Ardmore herd in Brookeborough, has completed his whistle-stop tour of Northern Ireland, visiting junior entrants in the competition.

The senior herds have come under scrutiny from retired breeder Robert Wallace, Templepatrick, County Antrim.

Judging will be completed next week when Scottish herd owner Brian Weatherup Snr from Fife, will visit entrants in the premier section.

Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith said: “We are indebted to Ulster Bank for its continued sponsorship of this hotly contested competition. This year we have attracted a significant number of new entrants, and I am sure the judges will inspect many excellent herds with outstanding individual animals.

“The competition continues to attract an unprecedented number of entrants, and that’s why we’ve opted to select a separate judge for each category – junior, senior and premier. The task is so big that it would be impossible for one man to do it alone.

“Finally, thanks to our judges William Crawford, Robert Wallace and Brian Weatherup Snr who have kindly agreed to give up their time to judge the 2015 competition.”

The presentation of awards will take place at a barbecue in Dungannon Rugby Club on Thursday 25th June at 8pm. Anyone interested in attending the event should book in advance with club secretary John Martin on mobile 07711 041128.