April 2013: Ards Herd to host Holstein NI stockjudging event on May 4
A warm welcome is extended to all black and white cattle enthusiasts to attend Holstein NI’s annual stockjudging competition on Saturday, May 4.
The event, generously sponsored by Ecosyl Forage Inoculants from Volac, takes place at the Patton family’s Ards Herd, 148 Movilla Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 8RL, commencing at 11am.
The Ards Herd, owned by Harry Patton, and sons Wallace and Wilson, was founded in 1958. It comprises of 280 pedigree Holstein cows, producing an average yield of over 9,000kgs at 3.85% butterfat and 3.20% protein on twice-a-day-milking.
Over the years strong emphasis has been placed on breeding easily managed, functional and efficient cows with breed type and sounds legs and feet.
The Ruth family is one of the most highly regarded and consistent breeding lines at Ards. The foundation for the family originated from an embryo imported from the UK in 1984.
In recent years up to thirty new families have been introduced to the herd, mainly through purchased embryos . These include Markwell Raven, Regancrest Bliss and Dellia.
The herd is synonymous with quality cattle, and numerous young bulls have been sold to local herds and AI companies throughout the UK and Europe. One of the herd’s most successful bulls was Ards Reunion, who hailed from the Ruth family, and was widely used with well over 1,000 milking daughters in his proof.
Bulls selected for inclusion in the herd’s breeding programme must have a minimum PLI of £200. The majority of AI sires used within the herd are gnomically tested, while proven bulls such as Shotglass, Diamond and Graffiti, have also been used.
Holstein NI chairman Sam McCormick said:”Everyone is welcome to attend our annual stockjudging competition. It’s a great social event, and as well as testing their judging skills, breed enthusiasts will have an opportunity to view the Patton family’s award-winning Ards Herd.”
Club secretary John Martin added:”Holstein Young Breeders’ Club members will be out in force competing for a place to represent Northern Ireland at the national finals. We also have an open class, with a club award for the best competitor on the day.”
Master judge for the event is Garry Hurley from the Clonpaddin Herd based at Arklow in County Wicklow.
For further details contact John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128.