Top judge is appointed to select champion

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Following the recent launch of the 2015 McLarnon Feeds /NISA Dairy Cow Championship, McLarnon Feeds are pleased to announce Mr Duncan Hunter as judge for this year’s final.

A well-known and widely respected figure within pedigree circles, Duncan will have the difficult task of selecting the Overall Champion from a top class line-up of qualifiers.

This year’s final will take place at Antrim Show on Saturday 25th July, in the historic setting of Shane’s Castle.

Once again it promises to be a very competitive class with 18 of Ulster’s top dairy cows having qualified as Champions from nine provincial shows.

Judge, Duncan Hunter, is from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, just outside the M25 corridor. He is married to Sarah and they have four children.  A life-long breeder of Ayrshire Cattle under the Haresfoot prefix, Duncan has enjoyed phenomenal show success himself with world-renowned cow families including Bella, Ella and Pamela. He is also involved in breeding through his syndicate partnership with the Smartmove prefix.

Over the years he has judged most of the major shows throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the National All Breeds Calf Show, Royal Highland, South West Dairy Show, Great Yorkshire, the new UK Dairy Day event, and our own Balmoral Show. He has also judged in Finland at their National Show and at the Finnish Showmanship Championships. In January this year, Duncan had the honour of being asked to judge the International Dairy Week in Australia.

Since 2011, Duncan has worked for the UK Ayrshire Cattle Society on a part time basis as their Assistant Breed Secretary. In May 2014 he was appointed full-time Breed Manager for Ayrshires UK. This important role carries with it the responsibility for developing the breed in the UK, promotion and publicity, representing the breed at industry level, and much more. Duncan also sits on the board for CDI (Centre of Dairy information), is manager of the Breed Heritage Committee and represents the UK at the World Ayrshire Federation.

He is very much looking forward to the challenge of selecting the 2015 McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Champion. He knows from previous experience that the quality of Northern Ireland dairy cattle will make this task all the more difficult.

McLarnon Feeds look forward to the final on 25th July at Antrim Show and would like to encourage breeders to bring their cows out to the provincial shows in order to qualify for the final and potentially become The McLarnon Feeds/NISA Dairy Cow Champion 2015.