May 2016: Holstein NI’s open day raises more than £10,000 for charity
Holstein NI’s inaugural open day has been hailed as a huge success, attracting hundreds of visitors and raising in excess of £10,000 for charity.
More than 400 visitors travelled from as far afield as Galway to attend the one-day showcase hosted by the 90-cow Moneyquin Herd owned by Ivor and Cecilia Broomfield from Armagh.
Sponsored by Ecosyl from Volac, the open day boasted something for everyone, with agricultural trade stands, children’s entertainment, a cake stall, and various competitions. One of the highlights was the charity auction, which included embryos and three pedigree Holstein calves, and a host of other items which were generously donated by local farmers and businesses.
Throughout the day visitors had an opportunity to meet and mingle with the various trade representatives, and view the prize winning Moneyquin Herd – winner of Ulster Bank and Holstein NI junior small herd award in 2014.
Club chairman John Berry said:”We rebranded our annual stockjudging competition, making it bigger and better than ever before. Congratulations to Ivor and Cecilia on a phenomenal day. “
Ivor Broomfield said:”We have been overwhelmed by the success of the open day, and are delighted that more than £10,000 has been raised for the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University in Belfast (CCRCB).
“This is a charity very close to our hearts, and all of the money raised will help fund cancer research, and specifically research into the BRCA gene mutation which raises the risk of breast cancer. The success of the event is a fantastic tribute to Cecilia’s sister, Carol Hanthorn, who lost a brave battle with the disease almost two years ago.”
He added:”A big thank you to everyone for their generosity and support. We have thoroughly enjoyed the day, and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to its success. Right from the outset friends, neighbours and local businesses were pledging their support and donating items for the auction.”
Dr Kienan Savage from CCRCB said:”It has been an interesting event, and I’d like to thank everyone involved. CCRCB is a world-leading facility, and one hundred percent of the money raised will fund cancer research in Northern Ireland.
“Our research has enabled us to understand how cancer genes are passed on in families. We are about to embark on the world’s first trial, which is aimed at using drugs and medication in the prevention of cancer.”
The charity auction was conducted by auctioneer Michael Taaffe. Topping the auction at £1,200 was the February born Moneyquin Aikman Carol Red PLI £241, bred from four generations of EX and VG dams from the home-bred high production and component Carol family. She joins the Drumbo herd owned by Desi and Gary Reid.
The seven-month-old heifer calf Millford Celeb Carole Red PLI £142, donated by neighbouring pedigree breeder Robert Keys, attracted a bid of £1,150. She is a polled daughter of Cogent Celeb P Red, and is bred from the VG85 classified Millford Saturn Carole Red. This one joins the Drumconwell Herd owned by Lee McKinstry, Armagh.
Holstein NI chairman John Berry, and father Joe, paid out £1,100 to secure the six-month-old heifer calf Redhouse 1738 Supersire Dot PLI £279, donated by Alan, Sylvia and David Irwin, Benburb. Sired by the influential Seagull Bay Supersire ET, she is bred from Redhouse 1448 Army Dot VG85-2yr.
Two embryos, Braedale Goldwyn x Misty Springs Shottle Smoothie, donated by John Berry sold for £800 to Derek Nelson’s Tullylea Herd based at Maguiresbridge.
Jonathan Kelso, Moree Herd, Rock, donated an embryo Amax/Integral x Leagh Label Crimson P x VG86 2yr Snowman from the Cosmopolitan family. It sold to Noel McCarragher for £280.
Noel McCarragher donated 60 straws of semen, which sold in three lots at £340, £300 and £220.
Master judge for the stockjudging competition was Edward Griffiths from the Coachgate Herd based in Sheffield.
Results of the stockjudging competition include:
Open class – 1, Robert Wallace; 2, Clare Hunter; 3, Gary Watson, James Walker and Wilbert Rankin.
Junior – 1, Ryan McKnight and Brian Weatherup; 2, Jonathan Coulter; 3, Harry Orr.
Intermediate – 1, Matthew Muldrew; 2, Robert Stewart; 3, David McAllister.
Senior – 1, Andrew Patton; 2, Mark Henry; 3, James Patterson.
Holstein Young Breeders’ Club co-ordinator Andrew Kennedy confirmed that the HYB stockjuding team representing Northern Ireland at National Competitions Day will be Brian Weatherup, David McAllister and Mark Henry.
The linear judging team will include: junior, Tom McKnight and Harry Orr; intermediate, David McAllister and William McCormick; senior, Andrew Patton and Paul Thompson.
Holstein UK’s National Competitions Day takes place at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, on Sunday 31st July.