VIDEO: Winter Fair goes from strength to strength

While all the plaudits at the 2014 Royal Ulster Winter Fair, quite rightly, went to the Holstein 4th calver Desmond Dundee Embrace – this year’s Inter Breed Champion.

However, the largest cheer of the day went up when the ten year old Shorthorn 7th calver Monasterosis Jennie Deans 8th was selected as the Inter Breed Reserve award winner.

The Supreme Interbreed Champion at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair selected by judge Brian Carscadden was a Holstein cow exhibited by Hallow Holsteins from Killowen, Wexford. Philip and Richard Jones and Roy Cromie are congratulated on their success by Richard Caldwell, Head of Finance Centres, Danske Bank and John Henning, Head of Agricultural Relations, Danske Bank, accompanied by Billy Robson, President of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society.

The Supreme Interbreed Champion at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair selected by judge Brian Carscadden was a Holstein cow exhibited by Hallow Holsteins from Killowen, Wexford. Philip and Richard Jones and Roy Cromie are congratulated on their success by Richard Caldwell, Head of Finance Centres, Danske Bank and John Henning, Head of Agricultural Relations, Danske Bank, accompanied by Billy Robson, President of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society.

Judge Brian Carscadden made specific mention of the latter cow in his summing up of the day’s events, referring to her as an outstanding example of the Shorthorn breed.

“The quality of the cows entered for this year’s Winter Fair was exceptional with many of a standard that would be hard matched at most international dairy events,” he added.

“My Inter Breed Champion is an elite cow, combining a tremendous mammary system with the frame expected of a top quality dairy cow. The Reserve combines tremendous durability with a mammary system that would be expected of a cow half her age.”

The Honourable Mention at this year’s event was the Holstein Senior Heifer Hallow Bordermist Sid Fran, exhibited by Cavan breeders John and Jack Cooney.

Embrace is owned jointly by Wexford breeder Philip Jones and Roy Cromie from Co Donegal. She was exhibited under their Hallow Holsteins herd prefix.

“She calved for the fourth time back in May of this year. Embrace is a former Honourable Mention award winner at the Emerald Expo,” Philip explained.

“We will flush her over the coming weeks to produce embryos and then put her back in calf.”

Jennie Deans was exhibited by Michael and Ann Maree Manley, from Co Offaly. She won the supreme Shorthorn Championship at the 2014 Emerald Expo. The Ayrshire Champion at this year’s Winter Fair, Marleycote Sea Lilly 14, was exhibited by McLean and Cromie. An excellent turnout of Jerseys gave rise to stiff competition for the breed title, which was won by the Fleming family with their senior cow Potterswalls Action Daisybelle.

Despite the inclement weather and the challenging outlook for milk prices, there was a tremendous turnout of dairy farmers at this year’s Winter Fair. RUAS chief executive characterised it as one of the best yet, while also signalling that next year’s event may well be held at the Maze.

“The decision has been taken to move the King’s Hall Pavilions to Balmoral Park during August 2015,” he added.

“This is dependent on us securing full planning permission and reaching agreement with the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation. Once we move the Winter Fair to the new venue, it will be feasible to significantly increase its scope. Parking and dealing with commuter traffic, which are major challenges for us at Balmoral, will become less of an issue for both exhibitors and visitors once we move the Winter Fair out of Belfast.”

Despite the envisaged move to the Maze, Colin McDonald is still ruling out the possibility of adding a second day on to the Winter Fair.

“This is not an option at the present time,” he stressed.

“However, the Winter Fair will remain a landmark event for the dairy industry. Market prices within the dairy sector will come under pressure during the first half of 2015. However, I have always been impressed by the resilience of local milk producers. Many made it clear to me this year’s event that they view the long term prospects for milk as being extremely positive and are prepared to invest accordingly.

Commenting on the much discussed development of the Balmoral complex in Belfast Colin McDonald said that house building should commence on the site next spring.

“But this is dependent on full planning permission being granted in the meantime,” he concluded.

WINTER FAIR 2014

Results

Senior Inter Breed Champion: Jones & Cromie (Hallow Holsteins)

Senior Inter Breed Reserve: A & M Manley

Honourable Mention: J & J Cooney

Inter Breed Heifer Champion: J & J Cooney

Inter Breed Heifer Champion Reserve: Henry family

Inter Breed Junior Champion: G & J Booth

Inter Breed Junior Champion Reserve: D & E O’Neill

HOLSTEIN CLASSES

Champion: Jones & Cromie

Reserve: J & J Cooney

Exhibitor Bred Champion: H Patton & Sons

HEIFER, born after 1st June 2013: 1st: D & E O’Neill; 2nd: Clonpaddin Holsteins

HEIFER, born on or after 1st June 2012 and on or before 31st May 2013 : 1st: G & J Booth; 2nd: H Patton & Sons

COW, in calf, but not in milk but having had at least one calf: 1st: Hallow Holsteins; 2nd: A Magowan

HEIFER, in milk, must have calved by three years of age: 1st: M & C Millar; 2nd: S & J McCormick

HEIFER, in milk, must have calved by three years of age (b): 1st: Henry family: 2nd: D & K Boyd

HEIFER, in milk, must have calved by three years of age (c): 1st: J & J Cooney; 2nd: J Patterson & Sons

COW, in milk, having had two calvings at date of Show: 1st: H Patton & Sons; 2nd: D & K Boyd

COW, in milk, having had two calvings at date of Show (b): 1st: Clonpaddin Holsteins; 2nd: Dowling family

COW, in milk, having had three calvings at date of Show: 1st: V Jackson: 2nd: Hallow Holsteins

COW, in milk, having had four calvings at date of Show (b): 1st: Hallow Holsteins: 2nd: Hallow Holsteins

Heifer Champion: J & J Cooney

Heifer Champion Reserve: Henry family

Junior Champion: G & J Booth

Junior Champion Reserve: D & E O’Neill

Premier Exhibitor: McLean famly

AYRSHIRE CLASSES

Champion: McLean & Cromie

Reserve: J Hunter

MAIDEN HEIFER, born on or after 1st June 2013: 1st: C Keenan; 2nd: McLean & Cromie

COW, in calf, not in milk, but having had at least one calf: 1st: McLean & Cromie; 2nd; R Hunter

HEIFER, in milk, must have calved by three years of age: 1st: C Keenan; 2nd: J Hunter

COW, in milk, in second lactation: 1st: J Hunter; 2nd: A Irwin

Best Exhibitor Bred Ayrshire: C Keenan

Heifer Championship: 1st: C Keenan; 2nd: J Hunter

Junior Championship: 1st: C Keenan; 2nd: McLean & Cromie

Premier Exhibitor – J Hunter

Novice Exhibitor – C Keenan

JERSEY CLASSES

Champion: Fleming family

Reserve: Fleming family

Maiden Heifer: 1st: Fleming family; 2nd: P Gaynor

Heifer in calf: 1st: Fleming family; 2nd: Fleming family

Heifer in milk: 1st:Fleming family; 2nd: Fleming family

Junior Cow: 1st: Fleming family; 2nd: Fleming family

Best Exhibitor Bred Jersey – Fleming family

Heifer Champion - Fleming family

Heifer Champion Reserve - Fleming family

Junior Champion – Fleming family

Junior Champion Reserve- Fleming family

Premier Exhibitor Award – Fleming family

SHORTHORN CLASSES

Champion: M Manley

Reserve: McLean family

Maiden heifer: 1st: G & J Booth; 2nd: N & R Booth

Heifer in milk: 1st: N & R Booth; 2nd: N & R Booth

Junior Cow: 1st: N & R Booth; 2nd: N& R Booth

Senior Cow in milk: 1st: A Irwin; 2nd: McLean family

Heifer championship: 1st: N & R Booth; 2nd: N & R Booth

Junior Championship: G & J Booth

Junior Championship Reserve: N & R Booth

Premier Exhibitor – N & R Booth

Novice Exhibitor – M Manley

Novice and junior showmanship (handlers under 13 years of age on 1st January 2014): 1st: R Corley; 2nd: R Williamson

Intermediate showmanship (handlers aged between 13-15 years on 1st January 2014): 1st: S Doupe; 2nd: L Henry

Senior showmanship (handlers aged between 16-20 years on 1st January 2014): 1st: A Rafferty; 2nd: S O’Sullivan

Mature showmanship (handlers aged between 21-26 years on 1st January 2014): 1st: M Manley; 2nd: A Patton