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September 2015: Printshop calf is ‘Belle’ of the Holstein showring

A very correct heifer with balance and dairy strength was how County Wexford judge Gary Jones described the Holstein champion at the 13th annual multi-breed dairy calf show, held at Moira.

Overall winner was the yearling heifer Printshop Alexander Belle 64, exhibited by Gaston and John Wallace, and herdsman Paul Thompson. Sired by Golden Oaks ST Alexander, she is backed by eleven generations of VG and EX dams, and is out of Printshop Saratoga Belle VG87 – one of 270-cows in the Nutt’s Corner-based herd.

“She isn’t the biggest heifer, but when I break her down part by part she is the most complete heifer in the championship line-up, “said the judge. “She is right at twelve o’clock!”

The Printshop team was congratulated by sponsors Denise Rafferty from Thompsons, and Alan Armstrong from Western Farm Enterprises who sponsored the exhibitor-bred championship award.

Claiming the reserve overall and reserve exhibitor-bred award was the eight-month-old Ardmore Doorman Freda, bred by William Crawford, Brookeborough, who was ably assisted by his grandson Thomas Barnett.

Thomas was making his debut in the Holstein showring, and also collected a very commendable second prize in the junior showmanship class.

Ardmore Doorman Freda was sired by Val Bisson Doorman, and is out of the home-bred Ardmore Windbrook Freda VG86 (2yr) who is projected to do 8,600 kilos in her first lactation.

Gary Jones added: “The reserve champion is a well-grown heifer, similar in type to the champion. She has balance, a good rump, nice open dairy rib structure, and sound legs and feet.”

The day’s honourable mention award went to Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Doorman Apple. This six-month-old class winner was also sired by Val Bisson Doorman, and is bred from Hilltara Dundee Apple  VG87 (3yr) – one of 300 cows in the Bangor-based herd. Her maternal granddam KHW Goldwyn Aiko ET was Holstein International’s 2015 Red Carrier Cow of the Year.

“I’m following a similar pattern. The honourable mention winner is another well-grown heifer calf, displaying dairy strength, beautiful open rib, balance and a hard top.”
The showmanship section was sponsored by Denis Torren from DT Services.

Overall winner was Lauren Henry from Stranocum, who was placed first in the senior showmanship class. Runner-up was Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, winner of the intermediate class. Mature class leader Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield, took the honourable mention title.

Gary Jones concluded: “The showmanship competition was of a very high standard, and the top placed competitors were very close and made no mistakes. The champion and reserve handlers were calm, alert and competent throughout. They were always in control of their calves, and set them up quickly and efficiently. I have no doubt they will do well at nation level.”

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy thanked everyone who contributed the success of the event. “Thank you to our sponsors, stewards, and to Michael Taaffe for his excellent commentary, and the use of the Moira facilities.”

Class results include:

Showmanship

Class 1 -Novice handler, under 8 years old – 1, Erin Stinson; 2, Isabella Gregg; 3, Ava Montgomery.

Class 2, Junior handler, aged 8 to 12 years old – 1, Brian Weatherup; 2, Thomas Barnett; 3, Amy Gregg.

Class 3, Intermediate handler, aged 13 to 15 years old – 1, Desmond McCorry; 2, Jack Nevin; 3, Rebekah Williamson.

Class 4, Senior handler, aged 16 to 20 years old – 1, Lauren Henry; 2, Heather Martin; 3, Sarah Doupe.

Class 5, Mature handler, aged 21 to 26 years old – 1, Leiza Montgomery; 2, Kate Richardson; 3, Clare Milligan.

Calf Classes

Class 6, Heifer, born on or after 01/02/14 – 1, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Doorman Apple by Val Bisson Doorman; 2, John Hamilton and Sons, Ards Balisto Sara by De Su Balisto; 3, McLean Family, Priestland 5800 Dreams Sizzle by Heavenly Golden Dreams.

Class 7, Heifer, born between 01/12/13 and 31/01/14 – 1, William Crawford and Thomas Barnett, Ardmore Doorman Freda by Val Bisson Doorman; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Atwood Devine by Maple Downs IGW Atwood; 3, Gregg Family, Frocess Uno Mag by Amighetti Numero Uno.

Class 8, Heifer, born between 01/10/13 and 30/11/13 – 1, McLean Family, Priestland 5724 LG Chanel by Genervations Liquid Gold; 2, McLean Family, Priestland  5720 Windbrook Helga by Gillette Windbrook; 3, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Liquid Gold Charlotte by Genervations Liquid Gold.

Class 9, Heifer, born between 01/08/13 and 30/09/13 – 1, Gaston and John Wallace, Printshop Alexander Belle 64 by Golden Oaks ST Alexander; 2, Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Atwood Maude 5 by Maple Downs IGW Atwood; 3, Noel and Pauline McCorry and Sons, Derrymore Windbrook Jodie by Gillette Windbrook.

Class 10, Heifer, born between 01/06/13 and 31/07/13 – 1, McLean Family, Priestland Uno Annice by Amighetti Numero Uno.

Class 11, Heifer, born between 01/04/13 and 31/05/13 – 1, McLean Family, Priestland 5656 Fever Heather by Crackholm Fever; 2, Sarah Doupe, Clandeboye Franc Helen by Clandeboye Saver Franc; 3, Noel and Pauline McCorry and Sons, Derrymore Artic Scarlet by Greenlea Artic.

September 2015: Warm welcome to multi-breed dairy calf show at Moira on 12th September

The catalogue for the 13th annual multi-breed dairy calf show has attracted an entry of over 90 Ayrshire and Holstein calves and young handlers.

The one-day event on Saturday 12th September, takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, commencing at 10.30am, and is one of the highlights in the calendar for young dairy cattle enthusiasts.

The catalogue features showmanship classes for novice and experienced handlers, as well as a large number of classes for heifer calves from the two dairy breeds.

Judging of the Ayrshire classes is the responsibility of English breeder Michael Broadley from Brundcliffe Farm, Hartington, Derbyshire; while Gary Jones from the Jones Herd in Gorey, County Wexford, will be officiating in the Holstein section. 

A spokesperson for the organising committee said: ”We are indebted to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. “

John Thompsons and Sons Ltd is sponsoring the Ayrshire and Holstein calf classes. New sponsor DT Services is supporting the Holstein showmanship section, while the Ayrshire showmanship classes are sponsored by OB Construction.

Western Farm Enterprises is continuing with its sponsorship of the Holstein exhibitor-bred championship.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone to attend the event.

Holstein Class 1

Erin Stinson was the winner of the novice showmanship class. She received her award from Denis Torren, DT Services.

Holstein Class 1a

Isabella Gregg was placed second in the novice showmanship class.

Holstein Class 1b

Third prize novice showmanship competitor Ava Montgomery.

Holstein Class 1c

James Gregg was fourth in the novice showmanship class.

Holstein Class 1d

Oliver Patton, Carrowdore, was placed fifth in a strong novice showmanship class.

Holstein Class 2

Junior showmanship winner Brian Weatherup, Carrickfergus, was congratulated by Denis Torren, DT Services.

Holstein Class 3

Intermediate showmanship winner Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, was congratulated by Denis Torren, DT Services, sponsor; and judge Gary Jones, Gorey, Co Wexford.

Holstein Class 4

Lauren Henry, Stranocum, was the winner of the senior showmanship class. Included is Denis Torrens, DT Services, sponsor.

Holstein Class 5

Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield, was the winner of the mature showmanship class. She received her award from sponsor Denis Torren, DT Services.

Holstein Class 6

Kate Richardson exhibited  the first prize winning Hilltara Doorman Apple in class 6. Included is Denise Rafferty, Thompsons, sponsor.

Holstein Class 7

Thomas Barnett exhibited Ardmore Doorman Freda the winner of class 7. Included is Denise Rafferty, Thompsons.

Holstein Class 8

Priestland 5724 LG Chanel shown by Ellie McLean, Bushmills, was the winner of class 8. Making the presentation is Denise Rafferty, Thompsons.

Holstein Class 9

Denise Rafferty, Thompsons, congratulates Mark Henry on winning first prize in class 9 with Printshop Alexander Belle 64 owned by Gaston and John Wallace.

Holstein Class 10

Matthew McLean exhibited the first prize winning Priestland Uno Annice in class 10. Included is Denise Rafferty, Thompsons.

Holstein Class 11

John McLean, Bushmills, exhibited Priestland 5656 Fever Heather winner of class 11. Making the presentation is Denise Rafferty, Thompsons.

Showmanship Champion

Holstein showmanship winner Lauren Henry, Stranocum, receives her award from sponsor Denis Torrens, DT Services; and judge Gary Jones, Wexford.

Showmanship Winners

Holstein showmanship winners back row, from left: Lauren Henry, champion; Desmond McCorry, reserve champion; and Leiza Montgomery, honourable mention, were congratulated by HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy; judge Gary Jones, Gorey, Co Wexford; and sponsor Denis Torren, DT Services.

Holstein Res Ex-Bred Champion

Reserve exhibitor-bred champion was Ardmore Doorman Freda exhibited by William Crawford, and grandson Thomas Barnett. Adding his congratulations is Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises.

Holstein Ex-Bred Champion

Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises, presents the trophy for the exhibitor-bred champion to Paul Thompson, herdsman, and handler Mark Henry, who exhibited Printshop Alexander Belle 64 on behalf of Gaston and John Wallace, Nutt's Corner.

Holstein Supreme Champion

Holstein champion was Printshop Alexander Belle 64 shown by Paul Thompson and Mark Henry, on behalf of Gaston and John Wallace, Nutt's Corner. Included are sponsors Denise Rafferty, Thompsons; and Alison and Alexandra Beattie, Farm Wardrobe.

Holstein Reserve Champion

Reserve champion was Ardmore Doorman Freda exhibited by William Crawford, and grandson Thomas Barnett. Also pictured, from left: Alison Beattie, Farm Wardrobe; Denise Rafferty, Thompsons, sponsor; and judge Gary Jones, Gorey, Co Wexford.

Holstein Hon Mention

Honourable mention went to Hilltara Apple Doorman shown by the McCormick family, John, Kate, Kathryn and Sam from Bangor. Making the presentation are judge Gary Jones, Wexford; and spnosor Denise Rafferty, Thompsons.

Holstein extra 1

Wallace Gregg, and son Simon, from Glarryford.

Holstein extra 2

John and Kathryn McCormick, and son Sam, from the Hilltara Herd, Ban

Holstein extra 3

From left; Wilbert Rankin, Gary Jones, Michael Taaffe and Robert Wallace receive tokens of appreciation from HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy.

Holstein extra 4

Ian and Carolyn McKnight, Drumbo, keep an eye on the showring at the HYB's annual calf show.

Holstein extra 5

A young competitor pictured at the 13th annual mutli-breed dairy calf show, held at Moira.

Holstein extra 6

Young showmen in the making.

HYB Sponsors

HYB co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy, second right, discusses sponsorship of the Holstein section at the 13th annual multi-breed dairy calf show with, from left: Denis Torrens, DT Services; Denise Rafferty, Thompsons; and Alan Armstrong, Western Farm Enterprises.

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