A dream cow with a tremendous udder was how English judge Mick Gould described Glaslough Miss Petra EX93 2E, winner of the Irish National Holstein Show’s supreme and exhibitor-bred championships for the second successive year.
“Everyone aspires to breed a Holstein cow like this,” said Mick Gould who runs the noted 320-cow Woodmarsh herd based in Shrewsbury. “She oozes style, power and strength, and is an outright winner.”
Bred by brothers David and Kenny Boyd, County Monaghan, she was sired by Mr Minister, and is out of the home-bred Glaslough Lyster Petal ET EX93 6E. This six-year-old cow calved her fifth in January and is currently yielding 60 litres per day, having already produced in excess of 50,000kgs.
Miss Petra has notched up a long list of accolades for the 50-cow Glaslough prefix which dates back to 1977. Last year’s show successes include champion at the Irish National Holstein Show, Balmoral Show, and Millstreet, RDS champion of champions, IHFA All-Ireland Mature Cow, and runner-up for the Baileys title.
Claiming the reserve overall and reserve exhibitor-bred championships at the Moira event was Ards Atwood Lou Ella VG89, a second calver from the Patton family’s 300-cow herd at Newtownards.
Nominated All-Britain junior second calver, she was sired by Maple Downs IGW Atwood, and is bred from Ards Bolton Lou Ella ET. She calved in October and is producing 40 litres daily, and is due again in September to Seagull Bay Silver.
“This is a tremendous young cow, and winner of the strongest class of the evening,” added Mick Gould. “She is long, and has super height and width of rear udder”.
Taking the honourable mention award was Hilltara Monsoon Lulu EX92, a third calver from Sam and John McCormick’s 300-cow herd at Bangor. Calved in December and doing 50 litres, she is by the home-bred Innwood Terrason son Hilltara Monsoon, and is out of Dalevalley Astronomical A Lulu.
Mick Gould said: “This is a real sweet cow, with a beautiful frame and lovely open rib. She has great rump structure, and a fantastic rear and fore udder.”
The junior championship went to the October 2012 born in-calf heifer Ernevale Destry Lulu Red from Steven Robinson’s herd in Crossgar. Sired by Scientific Destry, she was bred from Ernevale S Storm Lulu, and was purchased at Seamus Gunn’s youngstock sale at Moira in 2013.
Runner-up in the junior championship line-up was the Patton family’s Ards Atwood Ashlyn, an October 2013 born Atwood daughter, bred from Lomond Damion Ashlyn ET EX93. Earlier this month she was named by Holstein UK as reserve All-Britain junior calf.
Honourable mention in the junior section was the seven-month-old Glenwood Destry Regina bred by Sam Wadsworth, Lisburn, and Karen Hunter from Lanarkshire.
The intermediate championship was led by David and Kenny Boyd’s Glaslough Miss Persia VG87. Winner of the senior heifer class, she is a full sister to the highly acclaimed Glaslough Miss Petra.
Taking the reserve championship was Wiltor Atwood Sharon, the second placed senior heifer from Conor McAufield’s Lissue herd based at Lisburn. She won the All-Britain reserve intermediate heifer in-milk award.
Claiming the honourable mention ribbons was Mostragee Extreme Ellie, a Mr Andis Altaextreme daughter bred by Tommy Henry, and son Mark, Stranocum.
Mick Gould thanked Holstein NI for its hospitality. “It has been a pleasure to judge this year’s show. Congratulations to the organisers and exhibitors. The animals have been well turned out and are a real credit to everyone involved.
“I was particularly impressed with the second calver class which featured nine super young cows. “
The showmanship classes were judged by Mark Logan, herd manager at Clandeboye Estate in Bangor. Winner of the junior class was Ellie McLean from Bushmills; while the senior class was led by Lauren Henry from Stranocum.
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