Despite the showery conditions at Lurgan Park, Mr Kenneth Boyd from Glaslough, County Monaghan, enjoyed selecting the Lurgan Show qualifiers for the McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship.
Kenneth and his brother David run the famous Glaslough Holstein Herd, which is itself well known for its show success.
Among their many championship-winning cows over the years, Glaslough Miss Petra EX93 stands out, having notched up victories at Balmoral Show, Millstreet, Royal Dublin, and the Irish National Holstein Show. Her full sister, classified VG88, is reigning champion heifer at both the Northern Ireland and the Irish National Holstein Shows.
Kenneth’s first qualifier, and the Lurgan Show Dairy Champion, was Glasson Shottle JG Gail EX93 (GPTI 2250), owned by P & S Haffey, Lurgan. Gail is from a line of six consecutive VG or EX cows, and is projected to yield 11,500 kg in her current lactation at 4.54% BF and 3.5% Protein. Her previous show successes include Best Second Calver at the 2014 Balmoral Show, a feat which she followed up in 2015 by winning the Third Calver Class and achieving an Honourable Mention.
The second qualifier and Lurgan Show Reserve Dairy Champion was Inch Shottle Daphne 10 EX90, owned by Jim Morrison from Downpatrick. This cow is a daughter of Inch Storm Daphne, who was the inaugural McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Champion. She is projected to yield 10,000 litres at 5.0% BF and 3.4% Protein.
McLarnon’s wish both qualifiers every success at the McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Championship final at Antrim Show on Saturday 25th July.