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Superb line-up at McLarnon/NISA Dairy Cow Championship

The Final of the McLarnon Feeds / NISA Dairy cow Championship 2010 was once again held at Antrim Show.  The man chosen to decide who should win this event was judge, Blaise Tomlinson, Sandyford Ayrshires, Leicestershire.

Mr Tomlinson described the line-up as being ‘an extremely difficult class of cows to judge’.  It proved to be one of the closest fought events in recent years, with the largest turnout of dairy cows the championship has seen in the nine years McLarnon Feeds has been sponsoring it.  In total, 14 cows turned up to do battle for the prestigious title of “Dairy Cow of the Year 2010”.

The championship was awarded to John Patterson and Sons from Crumlin, with their third Lactation cow, Bilsrow Breezy Shower EX92.  The judge described this cow as having ‘tremendous legs and feet, and had a great udder’.  “She has superb power and strength in her shoulder which was carried throughout her body.” 

The success continued for the Patterson family as they also picked up the reserve champion accolade with the home-bred third calver, Ballyginniff Jasper White Rose EX92.  This animal also picked up the exhibitor-bred championship.  The judge commented: “There was very little to separate the champion and reserve champion”. 

Stephen Haffey and sons, Timonthy, David and Aaron from Lurgan won the second reserve championship prize.  Their four lactation cow, Ridgefield Amy EX94(2) also picked up the award for best udder, with the judge saying: “Her udder is superb, with wonderful height and depth of rear udder”. 

The Haffey family also picked up fourth prize with their third lactation cow, Kilvergan S R Jewel Milky Red EX92.  The judge described this cow as having, ‘great power and depth of rib’.

Fifth prize went to Iain and Joyce McLean from Bushmills, with their homebred second lactation cow, Priestland Axiom Dina VG89.  It was pleasing to see the Priestland herd achieving some success on their first year showing in this championship.

Finally, sixth place was awarded to Trevor Keatley who made the long journey from Castlederg, County Tyrone, with his second Lactation cow, Aghyaran September Rae Red VG89.  This cow has had show success since she was a calf, and as she is a young cow, will surely have more show success in the future. 

On reflection, this year’s championship definitely proved to be a huge success with spectators afforded the privilege of viewing one of the best line ups of dairy animals ever seen on these shores.

Harold Stevenson, McLarnon Feeds, thanked all the exhibitors for their time, effort and commitment shown throughout this year’s Dairy Cow Championship.

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Willis Mackey and Alan Johnston present The McLarnon Feeds Cow of the Year Perpetual Shield to John Patterson, Crumlin, for his cow Bilsrow Breezy Shower.  Also included are Randal Hayes, NISA; handler, James Patterson; Harold Stevenson, McLarnon Feeds; and Judith Patterson.

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John Patterson also won the reserve championship and exhibitor bred championship with the home-bred cow Ballyginiff Jasper White Rose.  Included is Andrew Patterson, handler; Blaise Tomlinson, judge; Brian King, NISA; Fiona Patterson; and David Mawhinney, McLarnon Feeds.

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Seamus McGuckin, McLarnon Feeds; and Fred Duncan, Antrim Show; congratulate Timothy, David and Aaron  Haffey, Lurgan, on winning the second reserve championship with Ridgefield Amy.  Also included is Willie Wilson, commentator.

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Blaise Tomlinson, judge; and Harold Stevenson, McLarnon Feeds, present the best udder award to Ridgefield Amy owned by T S Haffey and Sons, Lurgan.

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Aaron and Timothy Haffey, Lurgan, exhibited the fourth prize cow, Kilvergan S R Jewel Milky Red.  Congratulating them is Michael Copeland and Wayne Cunningham, McLarnon Feeds.

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Iain, Joyce and Jonathan McLean, Bushmills,  pictured with their home-bred fifth prize cow, Priestland Axiom Dina.  They are congratulated by Robert Wallace, Antrim Show; David Dunlop and Sam Ritchie, McLarnon Feeds.

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Sixth prize was won by Aghyaran Rae Red, owned and exhibited by Trevor Keatley, Castlederg.  Michael Copeland, Seamus McGuckin and David Mawhinney of McLarnon Feeds congratulate the Keatley family, Trevor, Vicky, Anna and Beth.

 

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