Antrim qualifiers complete line-up for McLarnon final

Robert Dick (NISA) and Harold Stevenson (McLarnon Feeds) congratulate Denis O'Neill, who exhibited the first qualifier for the 2016 McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship at Antrim Show, Wyndford Sid August 26 VG88, owned by George & Jason Booth, Stewartstown.
Robert Dick (NISA) and Harold Stevenson (McLarnon Feeds) congratulate Denis O'Neill, who exhibited the first qualifier for the 2016 McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship at Antrim Show, Wyndford Sid August 26 VG88, owned by George & Jason Booth, Stewartstown.

It was another successful day for the organisers of Antrim Show last Saturday as a sell out crowd attended a fun-filled family day in the scenic surroundings of Shane’s Castle. 

In the dairy cow ring, the judge was Mr Robert Hunter from Lanarkshire in Scotland, owner of the Letterkenny Holstein and Clydevalley Jersey herds.

Michael Hunter, Crumlin, with Ardmore Miranda 2 EX91, the second Antrim Show qualifier for the 2016 McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship. Also pictured are Robert Dick (NISA) and Harold Stevenson (McLarnon Feeds).

Michael Hunter, Crumlin, with Ardmore Miranda 2 EX91, the second Antrim Show qualifier for the 2016 McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship. Also pictured are Robert Dick (NISA) and Harold Stevenson (McLarnon Feeds).

He had a difficult job picking out the two qualifiers for the McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship from an excellent class of dairy cows.

As his first qualifier, Mr Hunter chose the second calver, Wyndford Sid August 26 VG88 (second calver), from George and Jason Booth, Stewartstown. She last calved in March and is currently yielding 40 litres per day. As a heifer, she finished fourth in her class at the 2015 Royal Welsh Show.

The judge was impressed by her “tremendous top line, strong centre ligament and good locomotion”.

For his second qualifier, Mr Hunter chose Ardmore Miranda 2 EX91 from the Ayrshire herd of John and Michael Hunter, Crumlin. Now a third calver, Miranda achieved 9,000 litres at 4.5% BF and 3.4% Protein in her last lactation. She was reserve champion at the 2014 RUAS Winter Fair and reserve champion at Ballymena Show this year.

The judge said she was “a very stylish dairy cow with open ribs and good dairy character”.

McLarnon Feeds would like to congratulate these winning cows and wish them all the best for the final of the McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship today (Wednesday 27th July) at Clogher Valley Show.