November 2011: Holstein breeders collect silverware
Society president attends 13th annual dinner in Castlereagh
Newly elected Holstein UK president Jimmy Hull, and his wife Nancy, made a short visit to Northern Ireland last weekend to attend Holstein NI’s 13th annual dinner, held in Castlereagh.
Mr and Mrs Hull from Gibstick Hall Farm in Garstang, Lancashire, founded their noted Fortland herd over 50 years ago. Mr Hull was elected president Holstein UK’s AGM in September.
“It’s a great honour to be president of Holstein UK, an organisation which has a solid membership of over 5,500 members. I am a figurehead for the society and my role is similar to that of the Queen – I listen, observe, visit events, smile and present prizes.
“It is a great pleasure to be in Northern Ireland, and an ideal opportunity to meet new breeders and catch up with some of the friends I have in this part of the country. “
Mr Hull added:”The success of Holstein UK reflects the services on offer to pedigree breeders. Classification goes from strength-to-strength, and there are several new concepts being devised which members will be able to avail of shortly.”
Concluding Mr Hull thanked Holstein NI for its kind invitation, and wished the club success for the future.
Holstein NI chairman Alan Cleland praised members of the Holstein Young Breeders Club on their recent achievements both at national and international level. “The youth are the future of any club, and our HYB has had unprecedented success in recent years. It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge our HYB co-ordinator Hilary Wilson, who works tirelessly for the organisation and its members.
“Congratulations to Allison Wilson on winning the Littlestar Award, and to new member Matthew Muldrew, on a very credible first attempt at the national linear judging finals. A tremendous achievement for both young breeders!”
Mr Cleland gave a resume of the club’s activities throughout the year, highlighting events such as the Winter Fair, the Irish National Holstein Show, Balmoral Show, the Herds Inspection Competition and prize day, and the Causeway Classic Sale III.
“We’ve had a very successful year, and thanks to all the exhibitors, organisers, hosts and sponsors for their valuable contributions. Congratulations to John Patterson and family who took top honours at the IHFA’s Emerald Expo Show in Kilkenny. The McLarnon’s Dairy Cow of the Year final was phenomenal, featuring a number of really good cows which rubber-stamped the depth of quality of the Holsteins in Northern Ireland.”
Awards at the 13th annual dinner were presented by Mrs Nancy Hull:
Herds Inspection Competition:
Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the large herd section: Desi and Gary Reid, Drumbo Herd, Lisburn.
Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the medium herd section: Iain and Joyce McLean, Priestland Herd, Bushmills.
Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the small herd section: Austin and David Perry, Killane Herd, Ahoghill.
Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the best junior herd: John Patterson, Ballyginniff Herd, Crumlin.
Ulster Bank Shield, for the best senior cow: Wallace Gregg, Cloughmills.
Ulster Bank Award, for the best junior cow: Philip and Simon Haffey, Portadown.
Ulster Bank Shield, for the best heifer: David Boyd, Glaslough.
W A Armstrong Cup, for the best exhibitor-bred heifer: David Boyd.
Hydro Fertilisers Cup, for the best exhibitor-bred cow: Wallace Gregg.
Trophy, awarded to the best cow family: Philip and Simon Haffey.
CBS (Silver Cow) Trophy, awarded to the winner of the bull progeny group: Stephen Haffey and Sons, Lurgan.
RUAS May Show at Balmoral:
The Holstein Friesian Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the supreme champion: Philip and Simon Haffey.
The Cooper Memorial Trophy, awarded to the junior female champion: Clandeboye Estate, Bangor.
The Craigbet-Rosan Trophy, awarded to the winner of the production class: Gaston and John Wallace, Nutt’s Corner.
The Wilson Cup, awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points at Balmoral Show: Gaston and John Wallace.
The Bibby Salver, awarded on a points system taking in the RUAS May show and selected Provincial shows: John Patterson.
RUAS Winter Fair at Balmoral:
The Channon Heenan Memorial Trophy, awarded to the breeder gaining the most points at the 2010 RUAS Winter Fair: Sam and John McCormick.
2010/11 Club Shows and Sales:
John Thompson and Sons Ltd Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the champion at the November bull show and sale at Kilrea: Lewis McMurray, Matfield Herd, Banbridge.
The Ulster Bank Cup, for the champion female at the November show and sale at Moira: William and James Crawford, Ardmore Herd, Brookeborough.
The Magheralave Cup, for the female champion at the December show and sale at Moira: William and James Crawford.
The Bobby Gibney Perpetual Challenge Cup, for the exhibitor of the highest priced animal at the Causeway Classic Sale III: Philip and Simon Haffey.
Aubrey Patterson Cup, for the exhibitor of the second highest priced animal at the Causeway Classic Sale III: Sam and John McCormick.
The Clogher Perpetual Cup, for the female champion at the March show and sale at Moira: Ronald McLean and Sons, Relough Herd, Donaghmore.
The McCall Salver, awarded on a points system over the club’s programme of heifer shows and sales: William and James Crawford.
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: Willard Watson, Derrydorragh Herd, Macosquin.
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: Ian and Kenny Watson, Majestic Herd, Macosquin.
The Norbrook Laboratories Perpetual Challenge Cup, for the champion bull at the February bull show and sale at Kilrea: T J Morrison and Sons, Inch Herd, Downpatrick.
Club Judging Competition:
The Kerr Cup, awarded to the best young judge at the club’s annual stockjudging competition: Jonathan Lyons, Coleraine.
The Smyth Shield, awarded to the overall winner of the club’s annual stockjudging competition: Wilson Patton, Newtownards.
Holstein Young Breeders’ Club Awards:
The Ashgrove Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor at the National competition: Josh McDowell.
The Smiddiehill Trophy, awarded to the young breeder who contributed most to the success of the organisation during the past year: joint winners Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, and Allison Wilson, Newtownabbey.
The Automart YMA Trophy, reserve award for the young breeder who contributed most to the success of the organisation during the past year: Mark Henry, Stranocum.
The ND Berry Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor (over 18) at the National Linear Assessment competition: Alan Porter, Drumbo.
Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor (under 18) at the National Linear Assessment competition: Matthew Muldrew, Armagh.
National Littlestar Award, presented annually to the HYB member (aged 17 and under) who shows the most commitment and enthusiasm towards their club: Allison Wilson, Gravelhill Herd, Newtownabbey.