McAufield makes his mark at Diageo showcase event

Clonpaddin MPW Jill.
Clonpaddin MPW Jill.

Lisburn Holstein breeder Conor McAufield achieved a more than commendable 4th place at this week’s Diageo: Bailey’s All-Ireland Dairy Cow Championship, the centre piece of Virginia Show 2015.

The accolade was awarded to his eye catching 2nd calver, Clonpaddin MPW Jill.

She was bred by Co Wicklow breeder John Hurley. The cow was sired by Maple-Downs –I G Dagwood: the dam was Clonpaddin FZG Jill 2. This very positive showing at Virginia follows McAufield’s Balmoral Holstein Championship in May of this year with the same cow.

“She calved for the second time last November,” he said.

“The cow is now back in calf to the bull Doorman and is due to calve again in February 2016. All being well we will take her out for next year’s Balmoral Show. Our plan is to have another tilt at the Bailey’s in twelve months’ time.”

John Barrett, from Togher in Co Cork, won the Virginia show piece with his third calver Laurelmore Duplex Impala EX 96.

“She is home bred and is projected to give 14,500L at 3.44% protein in her current lactation,” he said.

“The cow is currently in calf to Golden Field Raphael.”

The Barrett family had previously won the Baileys’ title twenty two years ago. Judge Edward Griffiths, from South Yorkshire, described his champion as a truly elite cow.

“She would probably win any dairy championship in Europe at the present time,” he said.

“The cow has tremendous dairy strength and an excellent mammary system. She reflects all the positive attributes of the Holstein breed. I was very impressed with the overall quality of the cows and heifers that took part in all of the competition classes.”

The Champion Reserve, Baldonnel Goldwyn Sublime VG89, was exhibited by Cyril Dowling from Baldonnel in Co Dublin. The animal was imported as an embryo from Canada.

“She calved for the second time last December and is on track to produce 3,000 gallons of milk during her current lactation,” said Dowling.

“The cow is currently in calf to Pine-Tree Sid and is due to calve again next February. She is closely related to the only red and white cow in the world to achieve an EX 97 classification. Sublime had previously won the Baileys’ Heifer Championship at Virginia Show in 2013.

The Honourable Mention went to Liam and Sandra Murphy, from Bagenalstown in Co Carlow with Evergreen Duplex Ebony EX 92.