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Holstein NI hosts 11th annual dinner

Newly elected president of Holstein UK, Phillip Davies, and his wife, Sue, were guests at the 11th annual dinner and presentation of awards, hosted by Holstein NI, at Templepatrick.

Mr Davies, who runs the noted Gornal herd based at Llanymynech, Powys, in Wales, said it was a great honour to be elected president. He told members that the society was in a strong position. “Classifications and registrations are on a high note throughout the UK; and the society is financially sound.”

“I am delighted to be in Northern Ireland, which is home to some great cows. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the Causeway Classic back in August, but news of the event got back to the UK. Congratulations to everyone involved in making the 100th Anniversary event a great success.”

Mr Davies concluded: “May I take this opportunity to wish Holstein NI all the best for the future. I hope I will be making many visits to the Province during my term as president.”

Members who attended the dinner were entertained by poet, Brian Rankin from Limavady, who recited a selection of poems with a ‘farming’ theme.

Mr Rankin has published two poetry books, Walking Through the Heather, and Big Mary, both of which have been sold to raise funds for Africare – a small NI charity with many life-changing projects in Uganda.

Holstein NI chairman, Phillip Haffey, thanked everyone for attending the event, and thanked the Dunadry Hotel for providing a delicious meal.

A special presentation was made to club secretary, John Martin. Phillip Haffey said:”Holstein NI has its very own ‘John’ll fix it’. John Martin carries out endless work, much of it beyond the call of duty, and we are blessed as a club to have him.”
John Martin thanked the club members for their generosity. “I have been secretary for ten or eleven years, and I have really enjoyed the role.  Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with a super bunch of people.”

Awards at the 11th annual dinner were presented by Mrs Sue Davies:

Herds Inspection Competition:

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the large herd section: Sam McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor.

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the medium herd section: Jim and Nicholas McCann, Simlahill Herd, Bangor.

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the small herd section: Ian Watson, Majestic Herd, Macosquin, Coleraine.

Ulster  Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the best new entrant: Iain McLean, Priestland Herd, Bushmills.

Ulster Bank Shield, for the best cow: Sam McCormick.

Ulster Bank Sheild, for the best heifer: Messrs Patton, Dunn and Truesdale, Co Down.

W A Armstrong Cup, for the best exhibitor-bred heifer: Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Herd, Newtownards.

Hydro Fertilisers Cup, for the best exhibitor-bred cow: Sam McCormick.

Trophy, awarded to the best cow family: Harry Patton and Sons.

CBS (Silver Cow) Trophy, awarded to the winner of the bull progeny group: Jim and Nicholas McCann.

Individual Animal Production Competition:

United Dairy Farmers Cup, awarded to the owner of the best 2x combined fat and protein kilo cow: Kenneth Rutledge, Guiltaugh Herd, Maguiresbridge.

United Dairy Farmers Cup, awarded to the owner of the best 2x combined fat and protein kilo heifer: John, Harriett and Thomas Johnston, Bankville Herd, Cookstown.

Future Genetics Cup, awarded to the owner of the best 3x combined fat and protein kilo cow: David Throne, Willofarm Herd, Strabane.

Select Sires Cup, awarded to the owner of the best 3x combined fat and protein kilo heifer: David Throne.

RUAS May Show at Balmoral:

The Holstein Friesian Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the supreme champion: Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Herd, Donaghmore.

The Cooper Memorial Trophy, awarded to the junior female champion: Messrs Patton, Dunn and Truesdale.

The Craigbet-Rosan Trophy, awarded to the winner of the production class: Sam McCormick.

The Barbican Crystal Award, awarded to the best group of three females bred by exhibitor: Sam McCormick.

The Wilson Cup, awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points at Balmoral Show: Sam McCormick.

The Bibby Salver, awarded on a points system taking in the RUAS May show and selected Provincial shows: Sam McCormick.

RUAS Winter Fair at Balmoral:

The Channon Heenan Memorial Trophy, awarded to the breeder gaining the most points at the 2008 RUAS Winter Fair: Sam McCormick.

2008/09 Club Shows and Sales:

Model Cow, awarded to the champion at the 2009 Causeway Classic: Ivan and Louise Robinson, Ravara Herd, Ballygowan.

AI Services Champion Perpetual Award, awarded to the intermediate champion at the 2009 Causeway Classic: Sam McCormick.

John Thompson and Sons Ltd Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the champion at the November bull show and sale at Kilrea: Ronald McLean and Sons.

The Ulster Bank Cup, for the champion female at the November show and sale at Moira: Phillip and Simon Haffey, Glasson Herd, Portadown.

The Magheralave Cup, for the female champion at the December show and sale at Moira: Geoffrey Patton, Carrowcroft Herd, Carrowdore.

The Bobby Gibney Perpetual Challenge Cup, for the exhibitor of the highest priced animal at the Causeway Classic show and sale: Iain McClean.

Aubrey Patterson Cup, for the exhibitor of the second highest priced animal at the Causeway Classic show and sale: Harry Patton and Sons.

The Clogher Perpetual Cup, for the female champion at the March show and sale at Moira: Richard Shanks, Bloomhill Herd, Tandragee.

The McCall Salver, awarded on a points system over the club’s female shows  and sale: Ronald McLean and Sons.

The Ravenhill Milk Quality Trophy, for the bull gaining the most points on PTA for fat and protein kilos at the November bull show and sale at Moira: Phillip and Simon Haffey.

The Milk Quality Trophy, for the bull gaining the most points on PTA for fat and protein kilos at the February bull show and sale at Moira: Ronald McLean and Sons.

The Norbrook Laboratories Perpetual Challenge Cup, for the champion bull at the February bull show and sale at Kilrea: J and W McCaughern,  Gortdonel Herd,  Kilrea.

Club Judging Competition:

The Kerr Cup, awarded to the best young judge at the club’s annual stockjudging competition: John McCormick.
The Smyth Shield, awarded to the overall winner of the club’s annual stockjudging competition: Mark Logan, Clandeboye Estates, Bangor.

Holstein Young Breeders’ Club Awards:

The Ashgrove Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor at the National competition: John McCormick.

The Smiddiehill Trophy, awarded to the young breeder who contributed most to the success of the organisation during the past year: John McCormick. Reserve receives the Automart YMA Cup: Rachel Martin, Newtownards.

The ND Berry Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor (over 18) at the National Linear Assessment competition: John McCormick.

Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor (under 18) at the National Linear Assessment competition: Heather Martin, Newtownards.

Holstein Young Breeders' Club co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson, centre, presents awards to Heather Martin, Newtownards; and John McCormick, Bangor, at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner, Templepatrick.

Award winners in the Ulster Bank-sponsored herds inspection competition, from left: Ian Watson, Macosquin; Kate McCormick, Bangor; Iain McLean, Bushmills; and Nicholas McCann, Bangor, pictured at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner, held at Templepatrick.

Nicholas McCann, Kate McCormick, and Paul Dunn, all from Bangor, proudly display the awards they collected at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner, Templepatrick.

John McCormick, Bangor, with the Channon Hennan Memorial Trophy awarded to the breeder gaining the most points at the RUAS Winter Fair. He received the award at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner.

Pictured at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner are, Louise Robinson, Ballygowan, with the award for the supreme champion; and John McCormick, Bangor, with the award for the intermediate champion at the Causeway Classic. Adding her congratulations is Mrs Sue Davies, wife of the Holstein UK president.

Mrs Sue Davies, Wales, presents the United Dairy Farmers Cup for the individual animal production competition to Kenneth Rutledge, and son, Chesney, from Maguiresbridge, at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner.

Mrs Sue Davies, Wales, presents awards to Balmoral Show winners, from left: Paul Dunn, Bangor; John McCormick, Bangor; Andrew McLean, Donaghmore; Kate McCormick, Bangor; and Malcolm McLean, Donaghmore, at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner, held at Templepatrick.

Pictured at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner, Templepatrick, are members who won trophies at the club's 2008/09 shows and sales. Back row, from left: Iain McLean, with sons, Matthew and John, Bushmills; John Martin, secretary, Holstein NI; and Malcolm McLean, Donaghmore. Front row, from left: Phillip Haffey, Portadown; Mrs Sue Davies, wife of the Holstein UK president; Mrs Shirley Haffey, Portadown; and Geoffrey Patton, Carrowdore.

Mrs Sue Davies, Wales, presents the Smyth Shield to Mark Logan, Bangor; and the Kerr Cup, to John McCormick, Bangor, at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner, Templepatrick.

John and Kate McCormick, of the Hilltara Holstein Herd, Bangor, proudly display the vast array of silverware and crystal they collected at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner, Templepatrick.

Mrs Sue Davies, Wales, congratulates John and Kate McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor, who picked up a vast array of silverware and crystal at Holstein NI's 11th annual dinner, Templepatrick.

Victoria Martin, Kesh, and Kate McCormick, Bangor, display some of the silverware which was presented to members of Holstein NI during its 11th annual dinner, held at Templepatrick.

 

Pictures: Kevin McAuley Photography

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