Society chief attends Holstein NI’s dinner

Holstein UK’s chief executive Richard Jones was guest of honour at Holstein NI’s 17th annual dinner, held in Coleraine.

Mr Jones, who was appointed breed society CEO earlier this year, was accompanied by his wife Sahar. “It is a pleasure to be back in Northern Ireland,” he said. “I was just four weeks into the job when I attended the Royal Ulster Show at Balmoral.”

Guests and sponsors of Holstein NI pictured at its annual dinner, include back row, from left: John McIlrath, HA McIlrath and Sons Kilrea; John Henning, Danske Bank; Ian Waton, Genus ABS; and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services. Front row, from left: Club chairman Stuart Smith; Sahar and Richard Jones, chief executive Holstein UK; and Dennis Torren, DT Services.Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Guests and sponsors of Holstein NI pictured at its annual dinner, include back row, from left: John McIlrath, HA McIlrath and Sons Kilrea; John Henning, Danske Bank; Ian Waton, Genus ABS; and Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services. Front row, from left: Club chairman Stuart Smith; Sahar and Richard Jones, chief executive Holstein UK; and Dennis Torren, DT Services.Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Addressing more than one hundred members at the annual dinner Mr Jones added: “It’s a pleasure to be among the cream of Northern Ireland’s Holstein breeders, many of whom are stalwarts of the breed.”

He said that the society was focusing on the downturn in the dairy industry, and working hard to provide tools and services in response to the needs of the membership.

“We are actively working with government, lobbying politicians, and seeking export markets for livestock and embryos. It is vitally important we all work together to ensure sustainability within the industry.

“I have no doubt that the milk industry will recover, but I the meantime I would like to assure breeders that the society will be with them every step of the way.”

Holstein UK chief executive Richard Jones, and Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith, congratulate Lauren Henry, champion handler at the HYB calf Show; and Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, reserve champion handler.Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Holstein UK chief executive Richard Jones, and Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith, congratulate Lauren Henry, champion handler at the HYB calf Show; and Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, reserve champion handler.Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith said he was delighted to see such as good turnout of club members and their friends. He gave a resume of the club’s highlights throughout year, focusing on the continued success of the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club at national level, especially Competitions Day and the All Britain Calf Show.

Proceeds from the charity raffle were donated to Kenny Watson’s Cash for Kids Funsie in a Onesie fund raising campaign.

The evening’s entertainment was provided by Fiddler Adam, and the awards were presented by Mrs Sahar Jones.

Award winners include:

John McLean, Bushmills, received the Future Genetics Cup, awarded to the HYB member who made an outstanding contributiion throughout the year. He was congratulated by HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy; and Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith. Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

John McLean, Bushmills, received the Future Genetics Cup, awarded to the HYB member who made an outstanding contributiion throughout the year. He was congratulated by HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy; and Holstein NI chairman Stuart Smith. Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Herds Inspection Competition:

Holstein NI Willie Wilson Award, for the best junior herd: David Simpson, Damm Herd, Lisburn.

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the large herd premier section: Norman McCollum, Bellemont Herd, Coleraine.

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the medium herd premier section: Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Herd, Bangor.

Over 18 national linear judge William Bolton, Maghera, was congratulated by Holstein NI's Julie Wallace, and chairman Stuart Smith. Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Over 18 national linear judge William Bolton, Maghera, was congratulated by Holstein NI's Julie Wallace, and chairman Stuart Smith. Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the small herd premier section: Kenneth Totten, Glenbank Herd, Glenavy.

Aubrey Patterson Cup, awarded to the winner of the large herd senior section: Stephen Haffey and Sons, Kilvergan Herd, Lurgan.

Bobby Gibney Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the winner of the medium herd senior section: Cyril and Martin Millar, Millars Herd, Coleraine.

Holstein NI Cup, awarded to the winner of the small herd senior section: William Robert Graham and Sons, Moorcastle Herd, Kells.

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the best new entrant in the junior section: David Simpson.

John Thompson and Sons Cup, awarded to the winner of the small herd junior section: Willard and Adam Watson, Derrydorragh Herd, Coleraine.

Holstein UK's chief executive Richard Jones, and his wife Sahar, present silverware to Conor McAulfield, Lissue Herd, Lisburn, owner of the Balmoral champion. Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

Holstein UK's chief executive Richard Jones, and his wife Sahar, present silverware to Conor McAulfield, Lissue Herd, Lisburn, owner of the Balmoral champion. Picture Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

John Thompson and Sons Cup, awarded to the winner of the large herd junior section: Stephen Robinson, Cluntagh Herd, Crossgar.

Ulster Bank Shield, for the best senior cow: Jim and Nicholas McCann.

Ulster Bank Award, for the best junior cow: Stephen Haffey and Sons.

Ulster Bank Shield, for the best heifer: Philip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Herd Portadown.

W A Armstrong Cup, for the best exhibitor-bred heifer: Philip and Simon Haffey.

Ballybeeny Crystal, awarded to the overall winner of the annual herds’ inspection competition: Jim and Nicholas McCaan.

Hydro Fertilisers Cup, for the best exhibitor-bred cow: Jim and Nicholas McCann.

Cow Family Trophy and Crystal, awarded to the best cow family: Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Herd, Banbridge.

CBS (Silver Cow) Trophy, awarded to the winner of the bull progeny group: Iain and Joyce McLean and Family, Priestland Herd, Bushmills.

RUAS May Show at Balmoral:

The Holstein Friesian Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the supreme champion: Conor McAufield, Lissue Herd, Lisburn.

The Cooper Memorial Trophy, awarded to the junior female champion: David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Herd, Monaghan.

The Craigbet-Rosan Trophy, awarded to the winner of the production class: David and Kenny Boyd.

The Wilson Cup, awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points at Balmoral Show: Conor McAufield.

The Bibby Salver, awarded on a points system taking in the RUAS May show and selected Provincial shows: Iain and Joyce McLean.

The Barbican Crystal Award, for the best pair of females bred by exhibitor: Iain and Joyce McLean

RUAS Winter Fair at Balmoral:

The Channon Heenan Memorial Trophy, awarded to the breeder gaining the most points at the 2014 RUAS Winter Fair: Iain and Joyce McLean.

Joe Caddoo Memorial Award, for the exhibitor-bred champion at the 2014 RUAS Winter Fair: Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Herd, Newtownards.

Irish National Holstein Show:

Model Cow, awarded to the supreme champion at the Irish National Holstein Show: David and Kenny Boyd.

McLarnon Feeds Trophy, for the junior champion at the Irish National Holstein Show: Stephen Robinson.

AI Services Perpetual Award, for the intermediate champion at the Irish National Holstein Show: David and Kenny Boyd.

2014/15 Club Shows and Sales:

John Thompson and Sons Ltd Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the champion at the December bull show and sale at Kilrea: Philip and Simon Haffey.

The Magheralave Cup, for the female champion at the December show and sale at Moira: Jim and Charlotte Stevenson, Newry Herd, Kilkeel.

The Clogher Perpetual Cup, for the female champion at the March show and sale at Moira: Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor.

The McCall Salver, awarded on a points system at the club’s heifer shows and sales: Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Herd, Donaghmore.

The Ravenhill Milk Quality Trophy, for the bull gaining the most points on PTA for fat and protein kilos at the November bull show and sale at Moira: Ronald McLean and Sons.

The Milk Quality Trophy, for the bull gaining the most points on PTA for fat and protein kilos at the February bull show and sale at Moira: Ronald McLean and Sons.

The Norbrook Laboratories Perpetual Challenge Cup, for the champion bull at the February show and sale at Kilrea: Philip and Simon Haffey.

Club Judging Competition:

The Kerr Cup, awarded to the best young judge at the club’s annual stockjudging competition: David McAllister, Ballycastle.

The Smyth Shield, awarded to the overall winner of the club’s annual stockjudging competition: John Patterson, Crumlin.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club Awards:

The Ashgrove Cup, for the highest placed competitor at the national judging competition: Matthew McLean, Bushmills.

Future Genetics Trophy, awarded to the young breeder who contributed most to the success of the organisation during the past year: John McLean, Bushmills.

The Automart YMA Trophy, awarded to the presidents medal nominee: Andrew Patton, Newtownards.

The ND Berry Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor (over 18) at the National Linear Assessment competition: William Bolton, Maghera.

Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor (under 18) at the National Linear Assessment competition: Brian Weatherup, Carrickfergus.

Smiddiehill Trophy, presented to the Littlestar Award nominee: Lauren Henry, Stranocum.

Hamish Logan Trophy, awarded to the champion handler at the HYB Calf Show: Lauren Henry.

Ulster Bank Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the reserve champion handler at the HYB Calf Show: Desmond McCorry, Aghalee.

HYB Rosebowl, awarded to the supreme champion calf: Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Herd, Nutt’s Corner.

Florrie Wilson Cup, awarded to the exhibitor-bred calf champion: Gaston and John Wallace.

McCann Shield, awarded to the reserve champion calf: William and James Crawford, Ardmore Herd, Maguiresbridge.