A tremendous show was how Lancashire judge John Lawson described the Holstein entry at Balmoral’s 147th annual event.
“The animals were well turned out, and the top placed entries in each class could compete anywhere in the UK. They were stacked with milk, and had everything I was looking for. I had an impressive championship line-up, and it was a difficult task selecting the overall winners,” said Mr Lawson who runs the 280-cow Sweetings Herd.
He awarded the supreme championship to Clonpaddin MPW Jill VG89 (3yr), a second calver from Conor McAufield’s 100-cow Lissue Herd based at Lisburn – just a few miles from the Balmoral Park site.
Bred by John and Garry Hurley, Arklow, County Wicklow, she was bought privately in August 2014, and has a string of show successes to her credit, including Baileys Heifer Champion and All-Ireland Senior Heifer Champion at Tullamore. She was also a class winner at last year’s Emerald Expo, and the RUAS Winter Fair.
Sired by Maple Downs IGW Atwood, this one is bred from the Gillette Final Cut daughter Clonpaddin FZG Jill 2. Calved in January and doing 42 litres daily, she has been AI’d to Doorman.
The judge commented: “I was totally overawed by this lovely young cow. She has length, dairy strength, and great bone quality. I like her height and width of rear udder and the way she carries her milk.”
Claiming the day’s reserve championship and exhibitor-bred award was another Atwood daughter, Ards Atwood Lou Ella VG89, exhibited by Harry Patton, and sons Wallace and Wilson, who run 300 cows and Newtownards.
Nominated All-Britain junior second calver, she is producing 40 litres daily, and is due in September to Seagull Bay Silver.
“The reserve champion is a real powerhouse cow, but on the day was just lacking the dairy quality of the champion. They are both super young cows, and came from a strong second calver class which boasted nine entries.”
The honourable mention and reserve exhibitor-bred titles went to Glasson Shottle JG Gail VG89, a third calver from the 160-cow herd owned by Philip Haffey, and son Simon, at Portadown. Sired by the noted Picston Shottle, she has a GTPI 2189, and is out of the home-bred Glasson J Goldwyn Gail – who goes back to the show cow Universe Tab Gail.
Due to be classified in June, she calved in March and is producing 48 litres per day with exceptional components over 4.50% butterfat and 3.50% protein.
“This is a real farmers cow, and one that I’d love to take home,” added the judge.
David and Kenny Boyd from County Monaghan secured the junior championship with the home-bred Glaslough Miss Persia VG87. Sired by Mr Minister, this one is a full sister to the 50-cow herd’s multi-award winning Glaslough Miss Petra EX93 2E. She was intermediate champion at the Irish National Holstein Show in March.
Runner-up in the junior championship line-up was Wiltor Atwood Sharon VG88 (2yr), exhibited by Conor McAufield. She was purchased at the Elite Genetic Sale in Bristol in 2012, and was reserve intermediate champion at this year’s Irish National Holstein Show.
Currently yielding 47 litres per day, she is due in October to Seagull Bay Silver, and has a bull contract with Cogent. Her first 305-day lactation resulted in 12,205kgs at 3.99% butterfat and 3.20% protein.
Round-up of results from the judging ring include:
Heifer, under 18-months-old -1, McLean Family, Bushmills, Priestland Atwood Sizzle by Maple Downs IGW Atwood; 2, Jason Pollock, Portadown, Garrick Sanchez Echo by Gen Mark Stmatic Sanchez; 3, George and David Simpson, Lisburn, Damm Terry Nadine by Matfield Terry.
Heifer in-calf, born between 18-months-old and three-years-of-age – 1, Harry Patton and Sons, Newtownards, Ards Atwood Ashlyn by Maple Downs IGW Atwood; 2, Lindsay Fleming, Seaforde, Kepcullouch Alexander Darlene by Golden Oaks ST Alexander.
Cow, in-calf not less than five-months – 1, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Clandeboye Champion Francesca by Calbrett IHH Champion; 2, Gaston and John Wallace, Antrim, Printshop Ferrari Belle 30 by Holmland Ferrari Red.
Heifer in-milk, born on or after 01/11/12 – 1, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Alexander Tiffany by Golden Oaks ST Alexander; 2, Patrick Gaynor, Mullagh, Co Cavan, Mullaghlands Dusk August by Scientific SS Dusk ET; 3, George and Jason Booth, Stewartstown, Beechview Alta Chairman Shauna by Ralma Altachairman.
Heifer in-milk, born on or before 31/10/12, having had not more than one calving – 1, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough, Co Monaghan, Glaslough Miss Persia VG by Mr Minister; 2, Conor McAufield, Lisburn, Wiltor Atwood Sharon by Maple Downs IGW Atwood; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, Hilltara Lauthority Echo 2 VG by Comestar Lauthority.
Cow in-milk, having had two calvings – 1, Conor McAufield, Clonpaddin MPW Jill by Maple Downs IGW Atood; 2, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Lou Ella by Maple Downs IGW Atwood; 3, Conor McAufield, Gravelhill Alexander Hope by Golden Oaks ST Alexander.
Cow in-milk, having had three calvings -1, Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, Glasson Shottle JG Gail by Picston Shottle; 2, McLean Family, Priestland Shot Bedazzle by Picston Shottle; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Monsoon Lulu by Hilltara Monsoon.
Cow in-milk, having had four or more calvings – 1, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Petra EX93 by Mr Minister; 2, George and Jason Booth, Clandeboye Shottle Willow by Picston Shottle; 3, Clandeboye Estate, Clandeboye Ricky NM Marie by Clandeboye Ricky.
Cow, which by 18/03/15 has given a certified production of not less than 50 tonnes – 1, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Petra; 2, Clandeboye Estate, Clandeboye Champion Francesca; 3, Clandeboye Estate, Clandeboye Ricky NM Marie.
Pair, property of exhibitor -1, Conor McAufield; 2, Philip and Simon Haffey; 3, McLean Family.