October 2015: Awards for Brian and Desmond at All Britain Calf Show in Malvern
Members of the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club made their mark at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show, held at the Three Counties Showgrounds in Malvern.
The showmanship classes were judged by Erica Rijneveld from the Netherlands, who has a wealth of experience when it comes to clipping and showing Holsteins. She is recognised as one of Europe’s leading cattle fitters, and has held clipping schools in Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands.
Impressing Ms Rijneveld to take first place in the junior showmanship class was Brian Weatherup from Carrickfergus, County Antrim. The junior showmanship class comprised of 18 competitors from throughout the UK. Brian also made his mark at Holstein UK’s National Competitions Day in Derbyshire a few months ago, taking third place in the individual junior stockjudging class.
The hotly contested intermediate showmanship class, which comprised of 23 entrants, was led by Desmond McCorry from Aghalee, County Armagh.
Brian and Desmond won their respective classes at the 13thmulti-breed dairy calf show at Moira in early September; where Desmond was awarded the reserve championship in the showmanship section.
Also qualifying at Moira to compete at the All Britain Calf Show was senior competitor and champion handler Lauren Henry from Stranocum, County Antrim. She won a very respectable sixth place at Malvern in a class which featured 21 competitors.
Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield, County Down, was placed 14th in the 25-strong mature showmanship class.
The two-day event attracts hundreds of entries from five dairy breeds. The Northern Ireland club made the trip to Malvern with its own team of calves, thanks to generous sponsorship from a number of local agri businesses.
HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy said:”We are indebted to our sponsors for their financial assistance. It cost a lot of money to take the HYB qualifiers and the calves to the All Britain Calf Show. This trip would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors who made a significant financial contribution towards our expenses.”
Sponsors include: Sloan Transport, Creagh Concrete, Cowcare Systems, Kilco Chemicals, National Milk Records, Hyde Farm Feeds, Thompsons, Fivemiletown Creamery and Tom Kilpatrick ET.
The calf classes were judged by David Hodgson from the Wormanby herd in Carlisle – winner of Holstein UK’s 2015 premier herds competition.
Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Doorman Apple was placed third, out of a line-up of 22 entries, in the class for calves born on or after February 2015.
William and James Crawford’s Ardmore Doorman Freda was placed thirteenth, out of 22 entries in the class for calves born in Dec ‘14/Jan ’15.
Iain and Joyce McLean and family, Bushmills, exhibited two calves at the event. Priestland LG Chanel was placed eighteenth in a very strong class of calves born in Oct/Nov ’14; while Priestland Fever Heather collected twelfth prize the April/May ’14 class.
Printshop Alexander Belle 64 from Gaston and John Wallace’s herd near Nutt’s Corner, stood thirteenth in the Aug/Sept ’14 class.
Andrew Kennedy concluded: ”Competition was fierce in the calf classes. Every class had twenty or more entries forward.
“We are immensely proud of the Northern Ireland HYB, whose members continue to excel at national level. Everyone worked as a team, and it was an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”