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November 2014: Holstein breeders collect silverware

The Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick was the venue for Holstein NI’s 16th annual dinner and presentation of awards.

Club chairman Gaston Wallace welcomed everyone and said he was delighted to see such a good turnout of guests, club members and their friends.

He congratulated David and Kenny Boyd from Glaslough, County Monaghan, who had a trememdous show season with their two home-bred cows Glaslough Miss Petra EX91 and Glaslough Goldwyn Bret EX93.

The much-admired Glaslough Miss Petra was supreme and exhibitor-bred champion at the Irish National Holstein at Moira in March, and was crowned Holstein and reserve interbreed champion at Balmoral Show in May.

This tremendous fourth calver was runner-up at Emerald Expo, Tullamore Show, and the final of the Bailey’s Dairy Cow of the Year competition at Virginia Show. She rounded a successful show season by winning the supreme championship at the 32nd National Dairy Show held at Millstreet in County Cork.

Gaston Wallace also congratulated Holstein Young Breeders‚Ä™ Club member Mark Henry, Stranocum, County Antrim, who has recently returned from the Cremona National Holstein Show in Italy. He won the showmanship and show preparation awards in the senior section of the competition

During the evening the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club held its Embryo Sale Part II, which netted a further £1,875 for the 2017 national weekend rally fund. The auction was conducted by club member Wallace Gregg, and the HYB is indebted to the following breeders who donated embryos for their fund raising campaign: David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough; William Robert and Bryan Graham, Kells; the Henry family, Stranocum;¬  Sam and John McCormick, Bangor; and Mark and Sue Nutsford, Cheshire.

Leading the auction at £500 was an embryo from Antrim Show‚Ä™s interbreed in-milk heifer champion Glamour Iota Ambrosia VG87 2yr X Pine Tree Altaoak. Highest bidder was James Walker from the Randalstown-based Caddy Herd.

Entertainment was by Fiddler Adam, and the awards were presented by the vice chairman’s wife Mrs Monica Smith.

Award winners include:

Herds Inspection Competition:

Holstein NI Willie Wilson Award, for the best junior herd in annual herds’ inspection competition: Mervyn McGimpsey, Towerview Herd, Newtownards.

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the large herd premier section: Harry Patton and Sons, Ards Herd, Newtownards.

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

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the winner of the small herd premier section: Austin and David Perry, Killane Herd, Ahoghill.

Aubrey Patterson Cup, awarded to the winner of the large herd senior section: Noel and Trevor Muldrew, Dillon Herd, Armagh.

Bobby Gibney Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the winner of the medium herd senior section: Mark Blelock, Ivy Herd, Crumlin.

Holstein NI Cup, awarded to the winner of the small herd senior section: Kenneth Totten, Glenbank Herd, Glenavy.

Ulster Bank Perpetual Cup, awarded to the best new entrant in the junior section: Wesley Gordon, Annalong Herd, Annalong.

John Thompson and Sons Cup, awarded to the winner of the small herd junior section: Ivor Broomfield, Moneyquin Herd, Armagh.

Holstein NI Cup, awarded to the winner of the medium herd junior section: Mervyn McGimpsey.

John Thompson and Sons Cup, awarded to the winner of the large herd junior section: Cyril and Martin Millar, Millars Herd, Coleraine.

Ulster Bank Shield, for the best senior cow: ¬ Jim and Nicholas McCann.

Ulster Bank Award, for the best junior cow: Lewis McMurray and Sons, Matfield Herd, Banbridge.

Ulster Bank Shield, for the best heifer: Harry Patton and Sons.

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

Ballybeeny Crystal, awarded to the overall winner of the annual herds’ inspection competition: Jim and Nicholas McCann.

Hydro Fertilisers Cup, for the best exhibitor-bred cow: Jim and Nicholas McCann.

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

CBS (Silver Cow) Trophy, awarded to the winner of the bull progeny group: TS Haffey and Sons, Kilvergan Herd, Lurgan.

RUAS May Show at Balmoral:

The Holstein Friesian Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the supreme champion: David and Kenny Boyd, Glaslough Herd, County Monaghan.

The Cooper Memorial Trophy, awarded to the junior female champion: Conor McAufield, Lissue Herd, Lisburn.

The Craigbet-Rosan Trophy, awarded to the winner of the production class: David and Kenny Boyd.

The Wilson Cup, awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points at Balmoral Show: David and Kenny Boyd.

The Bibby Salver, awarded on a points system taking in the RUAS May show and selected Provincial shows: Iain and Joyce McLean, Priestland Herd, Bushmills.

The Barbican Crystal Award, for the best pair of females bred by exhibitor: David and Kenny Boyd.

RUAS Winter Fair at Balmoral:

The Channon Heenan Memorial Trophy, awarded to the breeder gaining the most points at the 2013 RUAS Winter Fair: Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor.

The Bobetty Trophy, for the champion at the 2013 RUAS Winter Fair: John Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Herd, Crumlin.

Joe Caddoo Memorial Award, for the exhibitor-bred champion at the 2013 RUAS Winter Fair: John Patterson and Sons.

Irish National Holstein Show:

Model Cow, awarded to the supreme champion at the Irish National Holstein Show: David and Kenny Boyd.

AI Services Perpetual Award, for the intermediate champion at the Irish National Holstein Show: ¬ George and Jason Booth, Beechview Herd, Stewartstown.

2013/14 Club Shows and Sales:

John Thompson and Sons Ltd Perpetual Challenge Cup, awarded to the champion at the December bull show and sale at Kilrea: Robbie and Stuart Smith, Prehen Herd, Londonderry.

Ulster Bank Cup, for the champion female at the November show and sale at Moira: Sam and John McCormick.

The Magheralave Cup, for the female champion at the December show and sale at Moira: 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 at the club‪s heifer shows and sales: Sam and John McCormick.

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: Harry Patton and Sons.

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: Austin and David Perry.

Club Judging Competition:

The Kerr Cup, awarded to the best young judge at the club’s annual stockjudging competition:¬  Mark Henry, Stranocum.

The Smyth Shield, awarded to the overall winner of the club’s annual stockjudging competition: Ian Watson, Macosquin.

Holstein Young Breeders‚Ä™ Club Awards:

The Ashgrove Cup, for the highest placed competitor at the national judging competition: David McAlllister, Bushmills.

Future Genetics Trophy, awarded to the young breeder who contributed most to the success of the organisation during the past year: Andrew Patton, Newtownards.

The Automart YMA Trophy, awarded to the presidents medal nominee: Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield.

The ND Berry Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor (over 18) at the National Linear Assessment competition:¬  William Bolton, Maghera.

Cup, awarded to the highest placed competitor (under 18) at the National Linear Assessment competition:  Harry Orr, Ballymena.

Smiddiehill Trophy, presented to the Littlestar Award nominee: John McLean, Bushmills.

Hamish Logan Trophy, awarded to the champion handler at the HYB Calf Show: Desmond McCorry, Aghalee.

Ulster Bank Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the reserve champion handler at the HYB Calf Show: Mark Henry.

HYB Rosebowl, awarded to the supreme champion calf: Andrew Patton.

Florrie Wilson Cup, awarded to the exhibitor-bred calf champion: Andrew Patton.

McCann Shield, awarded to the reserve champion calf: Tommy Henry and Family, Mostragee Herd, Stranocum.

October 2014: Fiddler Adam to take centre stage at Holstein NI dinner Templepatrick venue on Friday 7th November

Musician Fiddler Adam will take centre stage at Holstein NI’s annual dinner in Templepatrick on Friday 7th November.

Club chairman Gaston Wallace said:”Last year’s dinner was a huge success, attracting more than 130 members and friends from throughout the Province.

“We are returning the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick for the second year in succession, and the organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure this year’s event is bigger and better than ever. The evening will start off with a four-course dinner, followed by the club’s annual presentation of awards. The highlight of the night will be a live performance from the renowned Fiddler Adam.”

During the evening the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club will auction five embryos as part of its fund raising campaign ahead of hosting the 2017 national Weekend Rally. The embryos have been donated by leading Holstein herds and include:

Sam and John McCormick, Bangor, have donated a Hilltara Drake Maude EX91 2E embryo from a mixed flush using Braedale Goldwyn, Crackholm Fever and Genervations Liquid- Gold. This excellent Drake cow is a direct descendent of the legendary brood cow, and undisputed queen of the showring, Medway Supreme Maude EX97.

The Henry family from Stranocum, have donated an embryo from the 2014 Antrim Show interbreed dairy heifer champion Glamour Iota Ambrosia and Pine Tree Altaoak. Iota Ambrosia is a daughter of Glamour Goldwyn Ambrosia ET VG86 2yr – purchased as a first-choice unborn heifer calf at the Causeway Classic in 2009 for a record 20,000gns.

William Robert and Brian Graham, Kells, have donated an embryo from the 50 tonne cow Garsby Jordan Lupin EX90 2E and Mr Atwood Brokaw. This mature cow boasts great components, averaging over 4.3% butterfat and 3.4% protein throughout her lactations. She has already bred two VG 2yr daughters, one of which is now scored EX90.

County Monaghan-based breeders David and Kenny Boyd have donated an embryo from Dalevalley GWY Ivory VG87 and Oosterzicht Centurion. This donor cow won the second calver class at the 2012 RUAS Winter Fair, and stood second to the champion in the third calver class at the 2013 event. In three lactations she has averaged 4.5% butterfat and 3.6% protein with over 29,000kgs of milk.

Noted English breeder Mark Nutsford has donated an embryo from the award winning Riverdane Gold Mattia EX91 and Val-Bisson Doorman. Gold Mattia was the winner of the junior 2yr old heifer class at the Carlisle UK Dairy Expo in 2012, and returned the following year to take a red rosette in the junior 3yr old class.

For further information on the embryos for sale contact HYB member Leiza Montgomery on mobile: 07701 035410.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £27.50 per person, and are available from club secretary John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128.

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Jill and Nicholas McCann's Simlahill herd, Bangor, was the winner of Holstein NI's herds inspection competition. 

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HYB calf show prize winners, Andrew Patton, Newtownards, champion and exhibitor-bred calf; Desmond McCorry, Aghalee, champion handler; and Mark Henry, Stranocum, reserve champion calf and reserve champion handler.

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David Boyd, Glaslough, County Monaghan, collected an array of silverware and trophies at Holstein NI's annual dinner. Included are Steve McLoughlin, Ann Marie Manley, Eleanor and Denis O'Neill.

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John and Fiona Patterson, Crumlin, exhibited the supreme champion at the 2013 RUAS Winter Fair. They received their awards from event sponsor John Henning, head of agricultural relations, Danske Bank

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Mervyn McGimpsey, Newtownards, receives the Willie Wilson Award from chairman Gaston Wallace, at Holstein NI's annual dinner, Templepatrick.

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Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services, presents the model cow for the supreme champion at the Irish National Holstein Show, to David Boyd, Glaslough.

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John Henning, head of agricultural relations, Danske Bank, presents an array of trophies to Patricia and Sam McCormick, Hilltara Herd, Bangor.

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HYB presidents medal nominee Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield, receives the Automart YMA Trophy from the vice chairman's wife Monica Smith.

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 David Perry, Ahoghill, and Stuart Smith, Londonderry, with their awards from the club's Kilrea bull sales.

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Vice chairman's wife Monica Smith presents the ND Berry Cup to William Bolton, Maghera, who was the highest placed competitor over 18 at the HYB national linear competition.

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Kenneth Totten's Glenbank herd was the best small herd in the senior section of the herds inspection competition. He received his award from chairman Gaston Wallace, at Holstein NI's annual dinner, Templepatrick.

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Monica Smith presents the Smyth Shield to Ian Watson, Coleraine, and the Kerr Cup to Mark Henry. They were the top placed senior and junior competitors at Holstein NI's annual stockjudging event.

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HYB member Andrew Patton, Newtownards, receives the Future Genetics Cup from Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace.

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Holstein NI vice-chairman Stuart Smith congratulates winners in the senior section of the club's herds inspection competition. From second left: Cyril and Ann Millar, Coleraine; Mervyn McGimpsey, Newtownards; and Ivor Broomfield, Armagh.

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Holstein Young Breeders' Club members pictured at Holstein NI's annual dinner and presentation of awards, held at Templepatrick

Dinner

Holstein NI's annual dinner and presentation of awards takes place on Friday 7th November. Finalising the four-course menu are club chairman Gaston Wallace, with Paula Collins, manager, and events co-ordinators Stacey Ginn and Jonathan Campbell, Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick.

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