The most eagerly awaited contest of the summer show season is almost here.
This year’s final of the McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship will take place once again at Antrim Show next Saturday 25th July, within the picturesque surroundings of Shane’s Castle.
Previous finals have seen some fierce competition, and 2015 looks set to be one of the most hotly contested championships ever, as top cows from around the province line up to compete for the prestigious title of Dairy Cow of the Year.
Two cows from each local show have qualified for the final. This year’s entry reveals many top performing, show-winning cows from renowned cow families and leading sires.
This year’s judge, Mr Duncan Hunter, will need to draw on all his experience as he selects his winner from a strong line-up. Mr Hunter, a lifelong Ayrshire breeder under the renowned Haresfoot prefix, is highly regarded as one of the top dairy judges internationally.
In addition to judging most of the major shows in the UK, his previous judging engagements have include several visits to Australia and Finland.
Again this year there is a generous sponsorship fund donated by McLarnon Feeds. McLarnon’s feed mill is one of the most modern and efficient in Europe. The company prides itself in providing specialist dairy feeds using high quality feed ingredients and innovative feed technologies, together with superior on-farm technical advice to maximise performance and profitability of individual dairy farms.
The prize money is awarded to the top six placed cows, the highest placed exhibitor-bred animal, and the best udder. Each cow exhibited at the final will also receive an attendance prize comprising 10 bags of McLarnon Feed. The Dairy Cow Champion will also be presented with a Perpetual Shield.
McLarnon Feeds would like to wish all exhibitors every success for the final. Hopefully this year’s championship will result in an enjoyable and rewarding day for all involved.
Judging of the McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship class will commence at 2pm.
The 2015 qualifiers are as follows:
Marleycote Sea Lily 14 EX93, I McLean and S Cromie.
Priestland 5235 PS James Rose VG88, McLean Family, Bushmills
Glasson Shottle JG Gail EX93, P and S Haffey, Lurgan
Inch Shottle Daphne 10 EX90, Jim Morrison, Downpatrick
Priestland 4951 Shot Bedazzle EX93, McLean Family, Bushmills
Marleycote Princess Jill 31st EX93, John McLean, Bushmills
Clandeboye Shottle Willow EX93, G and J Booth, Stewartstown
Ernevale Rampage Holiday EX91, Seamus Gunn, Derrylin
Croagh Petrelleet ET EX90, Stephen Robinson, Crossgar
Clandeboye Jazzy Bambi VG88, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor
Inch Sam Roxy VG88, Jim Morrison, Downpatrick
Inch Tennyson Joyce EX91, Edgar Bassett, Downpatrick
Bluegrass Bobs Jane Russell VG88, Matthew McLean, Bushmills
Carndreen Baltimor Sarah VG88, Robert Hunter, Castlederg
The two qualifiers can be viewed in Farming Life on Saturday 25th July.
The two qualifiers can be viewed in Farming Life on Saturday, 25th July.