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.
Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace was delighted with the success of the event. “It was a great show with some strong classes and tremendous cattle. I’d thank to than everyone who contributed to the success of the evening, especially the sponsors and exhibitors. The car park was overflowing, and we were pleased to see more than 250 spectators around the show ring.”
Sponsors of the Irish National Holstein Show include: Irwins Feed, Cogent, Western Farm Enterprises, AB Vista, Agri-Lloyd, Global Genetics, Bank of Ireland, Genus ABS, McLarnon Feeds, SC Feeds, FarmGate Nutrition, Trioliet, Irwin Farm Supplies/Ecolab, Cookstown Dairy Services, Town of Monaghan Co-op, Thompsons, Holstein UK, Doherty Woodshavings and Jane Steel Photography.
Supreme Champion: David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Petra EX93. Reserve: Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Lou Ella. Hon Mention: Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Monsoon Lulu.
Exhibitor-bred Champion: David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Petra EX93. Reserve: Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Lou Ella.
Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor Awards: Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Herd.
Intermediate Champion: David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Persia VG87. Reserve: Conor McAufield, Wiltor Atwood Sharon. Hon Mention: Tommy Henry and Son, Mostragee Extreme Ellie.
Junior Champion: Steven Robinson, Ernevale Destry Lulu Red. Reserve: Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Ashlyn. Hon Mention: Sam Wadsworth and Karen Hunter, Glenwood Destry Regina.
Handler, aged 14-years-old and under – 1, Ellie McLean; 2, Brian Weatherup; 3, Tom McKnight; 4, Samuel Hanna.
Handler, aged 15-years-old and over – 1, Lauren Henry; 2, Andrea Rafferty; 3, James Weatherup; 4, Heather Martin.
Heifer, born on or after 13/03/14 – 1, and exhibitor-bred, Sam Wadworth and Karen Hunter, Glenwood Destry Regina by Scientific Destry ET: 2, David Simpson, Damm Terry Nadine 2 by Matfield Terry ET; 3, Conor McAufield, Lissue Million Fanfair by England Ammon Million.
Heifer, born between 13/09/13 and 12/03/14 – 1, and exhibitor-bred, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Ashlyn by Maple Downs IGW Atwood; 2, Conor McAufield, Clonpaddin G Chip Fame by Mr Chassity Gold Chip ET; 3, James Weatherup, Quarterland Goldsun Betsy ET by Toc Farm Goldsun ET.
Heifer, not calved, born between 13/09/12 and 13/09/13 – 1, Steven Robinson, Ernevale Destry Lulu Red by Scientific Destry; 2, and exhibitor-bred, McLean Family, Priestland Shot J Rose ET by Picston Shottle; 3, George and Jason Booth, Beechview Fever Carmen 2 by Crackholm Fever.
Dry cow – 1, and exhibitor-bred, McLean Family, Hyclass Roy Anna by Roylane Jordan ET; 2, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Ferrair Belle by Holmland Ferrari PI Red ET.
Junior heifer in-milk – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder, Tommy Henry and Sons, Mostragee Extreme Ellie by Mr Andis Altaextreme; 2 , Steven Robinson, Cluntagh Atwood Minnie by Maple Downs IGW Atwood; 3, McLean Family, Priestland Windbrook Laurel ET by Gillette Windbrook ET.
Senior heifer in-milk – 1, and exhibitor-bred, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Persia by Mr Minister; 2, and best udder, Conor McAufield, Wiltor Atwood Sharon by Maple Downs Atwood; 3, George and Jason Booth, Laurelmore Ares PIA by Whittier Farms Shot Ares.
Cow in-milk, having had two calvings – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder, Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Lou Ella by Maples Downs IGW Atwood; 2, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Ross Gillian by Plain O Durham Ross; 3, Conor McAufield, Clonpaddin MPW Jill by Maple Downs IGW Atwood.
Cow in-milk, having had three calvings – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder, Sam and John McCormick, HIlltara Monsoon Lulu by Hilltara Monsoon; 2, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Sanchez Brie by Gen Mark Stmatic Sanchez; 3, George and Jason Booth, Beechview Advent Lalita Red ET by KHW Kite Advent Red.
Cow in-milk, having had four or more calvings – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder, David Boyd, Glaslough Miss Petra EX93 by Mr Minister; 2, George and Jason Booth, Clandeboye Shottle Willow ET by Picston Shottle; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Charles Della EX94 by Hilltara Charles.
Cow, having produced a minimum yield of 50,000kgs – 1, exhibitor-bred and best udder, David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Miss Petra EX93 by Mr Minister; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Charles Della EX94 by Hilltara Charles ; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Bolivia Dawn EX93 by Magor Bolivia Allen.