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August 2014: Killane herd impresses at Holstein farm walk

Upwards of 200 club members and visitors attended Holstein NI’s recent farm walk, hosted by the Perry family’s noted Killane Herd on the outskirts of Ahoghill, County Antrim.

Owned by brothers Austin and David Perry, the 70-cow herd won the 2013 and 2014 awards for the best small herd in the premier section of Holstein NI’s herds inspection competition sponsored by Ulster Bank.

It received Master Breeder Status from Holstein UK 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.

Cow families at Killane include: Pretty Pat, Dellia, Tina (Jeffrey-Way), Finesse, Tui-Onyx, Saber Pansy, and not forgetting the legendary Roberta family, backed by 14 generations of VG and EX dams, and ten generations of star brood cows.

Killane Outside Roberta 4th EX95 SP LP90 3* is currently in her ninth lactation, having given a lifetime yield in excess of 95,000kgs. She has bred two EX and 4 VG daughters; while her dam, Jolt Roberta has recently left the herd with a lifetime production of 117,769kgs in ten lactations.

During the evening visitors participated in a stockjudging competition to select the six best cows in the herd. Master judge Michael George from Wales selected the following cows, 891, 34, 731, 630, 866 and 860. The winner of five straws of Gold Day semen sponsored by AI Services (NI) Ltd was Robert Stewart from Portaferry.

The BBQ supper was prepared by Simply Irresistible catering and generously sponsored by Devenish Nutrition and Holstein NI.

At the end of the evening the NI Holstein Young Breeders Club staged an embryo auction which raised over 3,000. The auction was the first of many fund-raising activities planned by the HYB to raise money ahead of the national weekend rally which takes place in Northern Ireland in 2017.

Auctioneer Wallace Gregg attracted a bid of 500 from the club’s vice-chairman Stuart Smith, Londonderry, for a Laurelhill Levi E Fay x Bombero embryo. Next best at 450 was a Visstein FG Massia x Olympian embryo which sold to Conor Casey, Cloughmills. Heather Martin, Newtownards, paid 425 for a Clandeboye Champion Willow x Fever/Glauco embryo. Three straws of sexed Wyman semen sold to Brian Graham from Kells for 100.

The Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club would like to thank everyone who supported the auction, especially the breeders who donated the embryos for sale.

Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace thanked the Perry family “ Austin, David and Beatrice for their hospitality. He praised the quality of the award-winning herd, which due to retirement, will come under the hammer of auctioneer Michael Taaffe next year (Saturday 2nd May 2015).

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Taylor Kyle from Ahoghill competes in the judging competition at the Killane herd's farm walk. 

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Trevor Muldrew, and son Andrew, from Armagh. 

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Three generations of the McCaughey family from Broughshane, Ian, Thoburn and William.

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Pictured at Holstein NI's farm walk, hosted by the Perry family's Killane herd at Ahoghill.

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Devenish Nutrition's Stephen Agnew chats to Holstein enthusiast Robert Gray, Donaghadee, during the farm walk at Ahoghill.

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Host farmer Austin Perry chats to Sam Coleman from Glarryford. 

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Enjoying the craic at Holstein NI's farm walk are Wallace Gregg, Cloughmills; Harry Johnston, Ahoghill, and Mark Allen, Ballymena.

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Ballymena dairy farmer Fred Allen is pictured with David Perry, Ahoghill, host of Holstein NI's farm walk.

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The Williamson family from Scarva, Elaine, Ivan, Lewis and Lauren, enjoyed Holstein NI's farm walk at the Killane herd, Ahoghill.

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Holstein NI vice-chairman Stuart Smith, and wife Monica, pictured at the Killane herd's farm walk. 

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Trevor McKay and Nathan McKendry, Cullybackey, were among the visitors at Holstein NI's farm walk. 

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Brian Graham, Kells; Dessie Maybin and Robert Millar, Broughshane.

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Holstein NI members Henry Thompson, Randalstown; and Ian Maybin, Broughshane

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Gareth and Judith Smyth, Dunloy, pictured at the Holstein NI's farm walk. P

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David and Stuart Thompson, Strabane, with Robbie Smith, centre, Londonderry.

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Sam Watson, Ahoghill, with Norman and David McNaugher, Aghadowey

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Mark and Denis Blelock, Crumlin; and David Wallace, Antrim, inspect the award-winning Killane Holstein herd.

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Holstein NI chairman Gaston Wallace pictured with visitors to the club's farm walk at Ahoghill. 

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Brothers Callum and Ben Reid from Drumbo enjoyed Holstein NI's farm walk at Ahoghill.

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Host farmer Austin Perry, centre, welcomes Wilbert Rankin, Templepatrick, and Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, to the farm walk at the Killane herd, Ahoghill. 

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David Haffey, Lurgan, and Valerie Armstrong, Monaghan, pictured at Holstein NI's farm walk, Ahoghill.

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Helen Rankin and Joan Wallace, Templepatrick, at Holstein NI's farm walk. 

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