While all the plaudits at the 2014 Royal Ulster Winter Fair, quite rightly, went to the Holstein 4th calver Desmond Dundee Embrace – this year’s Inter Breed Champion.
However, the largest cheer of the day went up when the ten year old Shorthorn 7th calver Monasterosis Jennie Deans 8th was selected as the Inter Breed Reserve award winner.
Judge Brian Carscadden made specific mention of the latter cow in his summing up of the day’s events, referring to her as an outstanding example of the Shorthorn breed.
“The quality of the cows entered for this year’s Winter Fair was exceptional with many of a standard that would be hard matched at most international dairy events,” he added.
“My Inter Breed Champion is an elite cow, combining a tremendous mammary system with the frame expected of a top quality dairy cow. The Reserve combines tremendous durability with a mammary system that would be expected of a cow half her age.”
The Honourable Mention at this year’s event was the Holstein Senior Heifer Hallow Bordermist Sid Fran, exhibited by Cavan breeders John and Jack Cooney.
Embrace is owned jointly by Wexford breeder Philip Jones and Roy Cromie from Co Donegal. She was exhibited under their Hallow Holsteins herd prefix.
“She calved for the fourth time back in May of this year. Embrace is a former Honourable Mention award winner at the Emerald Expo,” Philip explained.
“We will flush her over the coming weeks to produce embryos and then put her back in calf.”
Jennie Deans was exhibited by Michael and Ann Maree Manley, from Co Offaly. She won the supreme Shorthorn Championship at the 2014 Emerald Expo. The Ayrshire Champion at this year’s Winter Fair, Marleycote Sea Lilly 14, was exhibited by McLean and Cromie. An excellent turnout of Jerseys gave rise to stiff competition for the breed title, which was won by the Fleming family with their senior cow Potterswalls Action Daisybelle.
Despite the inclement weather and the challenging outlook for milk prices, there was a tremendous turnout of dairy farmers at this year’s Winter Fair. RUAS chief executive characterised it as one of the best yet, while also signalling that next year’s event may well be held at the Maze.
“The decision has been taken to move the King’s Hall Pavilions to Balmoral Park during August 2015,” he added.
“This is dependent on us securing full planning permission and reaching agreement with the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation. Once we move the Winter Fair to the new venue, it will be feasible to significantly increase its scope. Parking and dealing with commuter traffic, which are major challenges for us at Balmoral, will become less of an issue for both exhibitors and visitors once we move the Winter Fair out of Belfast.”
Despite the envisaged move to the Maze, Colin McDonald is still ruling out the possibility of adding a second day on to the Winter Fair.
“This is not an option at the present time,” he stressed.
“However, the Winter Fair will remain a landmark event for the dairy industry. Market prices within the dairy sector will come under pressure during the first half of 2015. However, I have always been impressed by the resilience of local milk producers. Many made it clear to me this year’s event that they view the long term prospects for milk as being extremely positive and are prepared to invest accordingly.
Commenting on the much discussed development of the Balmoral complex in Belfast Colin McDonald said that house building should commence on the site next spring.
“But this is dependent on full planning permission being granted in the meantime,” he concluded.
WINTER FAIR 2014
Senior Inter Breed Champion: Jones & Cromie (Hallow Holsteins)
Senior Inter Breed Reserve: A & M Manley
Honourable Mention: J & J Cooney
Inter Breed Heifer Champion: J & J Cooney
Inter Breed Heifer Champion Reserve: Henry family
Inter Breed Junior Champion: G & J Booth
Inter Breed Junior Champion Reserve: D & E O’Neill
Champion: Jones & Cromie
Reserve: J & J Cooney
Exhibitor Bred Champion: H Patton & Sons
HEIFER, born after 1st June 2013: 1st: D & E O’Neill; 2nd: Clonpaddin Holsteins
HEIFER, born on or after 1st June 2012 and on or before 31st May 2013 : 1st: G & J Booth; 2nd: H Patton & Sons
COW, in calf, but not in milk but having had at least one calf: 1st: Hallow Holsteins; 2nd: A Magowan
HEIFER, in milk, must have calved by three years of age: 1st: M & C Millar; 2nd: S & J McCormick
HEIFER, in milk, must have calved by three years of age (b): 1st: Henry family: 2nd: D & K Boyd
HEIFER, in milk, must have calved by three years of age (c): 1st: J & J Cooney; 2nd: J Patterson & Sons
COW, in milk, having had two calvings at date of Show: 1st: H Patton & Sons; 2nd: D & K Boyd
COW, in milk, having had two calvings at date of Show (b): 1st: Clonpaddin Holsteins; 2nd: Dowling family
COW, in milk, having had three calvings at date of Show: 1st: V Jackson: 2nd: Hallow Holsteins
COW, in milk, having had four calvings at date of Show (b): 1st: Hallow Holsteins: 2nd: Hallow Holsteins
Heifer Champion: J & J Cooney
Heifer Champion Reserve: Henry family
Junior Champion: G & J Booth
Junior Champion Reserve: D & E O’Neill
Premier Exhibitor: McLean famly
Champion: McLean & Cromie
Reserve: J Hunter
MAIDEN HEIFER, born on or after 1st June 2013: 1st: C Keenan; 2nd: McLean & Cromie
COW, in calf, not in milk, but having had at least one calf: 1st: McLean & Cromie; 2nd; R Hunter
HEIFER, in milk, must have calved by three years of age: 1st: C Keenan; 2nd: J Hunter
COW, in milk, in second lactation: 1st: J Hunter; 2nd: A Irwin
Best Exhibitor Bred Ayrshire: C Keenan
Heifer Championship: 1st: C Keenan; 2nd: J Hunter
Junior Championship: 1st: C Keenan; 2nd: McLean & Cromie
Premier Exhibitor – J Hunter
Novice Exhibitor – C Keenan
Champion: Fleming family
Reserve: Fleming family
Maiden Heifer: 1st: Fleming family; 2nd: P Gaynor
Heifer in calf: 1st: Fleming family; 2nd: Fleming family
Heifer in milk: 1st:Fleming family; 2nd: Fleming family
Junior Cow: 1st: Fleming family; 2nd: Fleming family
Best Exhibitor Bred Jersey – Fleming family
Heifer Champion - Fleming family
Heifer Champion Reserve - Fleming family
Junior Champion – Fleming family
Junior Champion Reserve- Fleming family
Premier Exhibitor Award – Fleming family
Champion: M Manley
Reserve: McLean family
Maiden heifer: 1st: G & J Booth; 2nd: N & R Booth
Heifer in milk: 1st: N & R Booth; 2nd: N & R Booth
Junior Cow: 1st: N & R Booth; 2nd: N& R Booth
Senior Cow in milk: 1st: A Irwin; 2nd: McLean family
Heifer championship: 1st: N & R Booth; 2nd: N & R Booth
Junior Championship: G & J Booth
Junior Championship Reserve: N & R Booth
Premier Exhibitor – N & R Booth
Novice Exhibitor – M Manley
Novice and junior showmanship (handlers under 13 years of age on 1st January 2014): 1st: R Corley; 2nd: R Williamson
Intermediate showmanship (handlers aged between 13-15 years on 1st January 2014): 1st: S Doupe; 2nd: L Henry
Senior showmanship (handlers aged between 16-20 years on 1st January 2014): 1st: A Rafferty; 2nd: S O’Sullivan
Mature showmanship (handlers aged between 21-26 years on 1st January 2014): 1st: M Manley; 2nd: A Patton