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June 2014: Judging of Holstein herds competition now underway

Judging of Holstein NI’s annual herds inspection competition, sponsored by Ulster Bank, is now underway.

Club secretary John Martin has reported an increased level of entries. “The herds inspection competition is growing in popularity, and I am delighted at the number of new entrants taking part in this year’s competition.”

County Down breeder Jim Morrison from the Inch Herd, Downpatrick, started his whistle-stop tour of Northern Ireland this week, visiting junior entrants in the competition.

The senior herds will come under scrutiny from Brian Mawhinney from the Laurelhill Herd based Doagh, County Antrim; while the premier section will be judged by Welsh breeder Michael George from the highly acclaimed 1,200 cow Brynhyfryd Herd.

Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace said:”We are indebted to Ulster Bank for its continued sponsorship of this hotly contested competition. This year we have attracted a number of new entrants, and I am sure the judges will visit many excellent herds with outstanding individual animals.

“The competition continues to attract an unprecedented number of entrants, and this year we opted to nominate a separate judge for each of the three categories.

“Finally, thanks to our judges Jim Morrison, Brian Mawhinney and Micheal George who have kindly agreed to give up their time to judge the 2014 competition.”

The presentation of awards will be hosted by the Perry family’s Killane Herd at Ahoghill on Friday 4th July at 7.30pm. Visitors will have an opportunity to view the noted 70-cow herd, crowned best premier small herd in last year’s competition.

Owned by brothers Austin and David Perry, the Killane Herd received Master Breeder Status in 2008, and currently comprises of 24 EX, 34 VG and 12 GP cows, with an average of 87.4 points. The herd’s rolling 305-day average is 9,286kgs at 4.15% butterfat and 3.19% protein.

The Killane prefix is synonymous with deep pedigreed cow families that breed consistently well generation after generation. Its yields are achieved on a simple commercial system, with cows grazed continuously throughout the summer months, receiving concentrates twice daily in the parlour.

John Martin added:”We are extending an open invitation to all breed enthusiasts to come along and enjoy the evening. The farm walk will give milk producers a chance to view the award-winning Killane Herd, which due to retirement, is scheduled to be dispersed next year (Saturday 2nd May 2015.)

“Pedigree and commercial farmers, club members and non-members are all welcome. Devenish Nutrition and Holstein NI are providing free food and refreshments for everyone in attendance. Visitors will also have an opportunity to enter a free prize draw, sponsored by Devenish Nutrition, to win one of two trips to the inaugural UK Dairy Day in September.

The farm is situated at 81 Glenhugh Road, Ahoghill, County Antrim, BT42 1JD. Further details from Holstein NI secretary John Martin on mobile 07711 041128.

Entries invited for Ulster Bank Holstein Herds Inspection competition

Holstein Northern Ireland has announced details of its annual Herds Inspection Competition which is generously sponsored by Ulster Bank.

Breeders interested in taking part in the competition are urged to contact club secretary John Martin on or before Wednesday 11th June.

”Everyone who took part in last year’s competition will automatically be re-entered unless they advise me otherwise,” explained John.

“Club members who want to amend their entry or withdraw from the competition should notify me prior to the closing date. We also look forward to welcoming entries from new members and those who haven’t participated in the competition for several years.”

Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace added:”This competition is growing from strength-to-strength and we are indebted to Ulster Bank for its continued commitment.”

Ulster Bank awards will be presented to the best small, medium and large herds in the premier, senior and junior herd categories. There are also prizes for the best individual animals, bull progeny groups, and the best cow family groups.
Due to the level of entries in the last number of years a second judge was introduced in 2009 to inspect herds in the junior section of the competition. This year the club’s committee has opted to recruit a third judge to ensure the prompt and efficient judging of the competition.

The junior herds will be judged by Jim Morrison from the Inch Herd based at Downpatrick; while entries in the senior section of the competition will come under the expert eye of Brian Mawhinney from the Laurelhill Herd, Doagh, Ballyclare.

The premier section of the 2014 herds inspection competition will be judged by Welsh breeder Michael George from the noted 1200-cow Brynhyfryd herd.

Premier judge

Balmoral Show Holstein judge Michael George from Wales, will be returning to Northern Ireland to judge the premier section of Holstein NI's annual Herds Inspection Competition. He is pictured with club chairman Gaston Wallace.

The entry fee is 20 per herd, and bull progeny and cow family groups can be entered at an additional cost of 10 each. All herds must be officially milk recorded.

The presentation of awards will take place on Friday 4th July at a farm walk which will be hosted by the Killane herd owned by brothers Austin and David Perry, Ahoghill, County Antrim.

To enter Holstein NI’s 2014 Herds Inspection competition text or telephone club secretary, John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128.

Holstein farm walk 1

The Perry family, Austin, David and Beatrice from Ahoghill are hosting Holstein NI's farm walk and presentation of herds inspection competition awards at their Killane Herd on Friday evening 4th July. They are pictured with club chairman Gaston Wallace, and Stephen Agnew from Devenish Nutrition.

Holstein farm walk 2

Hosts David and Austin Perry, Ahoghill, finalise plans for Holstein NI's farm walk on 4th July, with Ulster Bank's Terry Robb, sponsor of the herd's inspection competition, and club secretary John Martin.

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