February 2011: HYB members crowned European clipping champions in Paris
Holstein Young Breeders Club members, Anna Dickinson and Andrew Kennedy, were crowned European Clipping Champions last weekend at the SIMA Show in Paris.
Competing against 13 other teams, the pair impressed the judge, Erica Rijneveld from The Netherlands, with their logical approach and the quality of work. They had 75 minutes to clip a calf selected by ballot and get it in a condition fit for the show ring.
Anna, whose family farm near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, and Ulsterman Andrew Kennedy, who is based at the family farm near Ballymena in County Antrim, were selected to represent the Holstein Young Breeders (HYB) following their performance in the national clipping competition held last September.
The competition, which is held every two years, is only open to competitors under the age of 23 years, but Anna and Andrew displayed a maturity beyond their years and worked in perfect unison despite never having clipped in tandem before.
Commenting on the pair’s success, National HYB Co-ordinator Lynette Smale said: “This is a fantastic result for Anna and Andrew, and for British cattle breeding as a whole. The two of them are a credit to the Holstein Young Breeders’ Club movement, and show that the training and encouragement they’ve received through their membership can lead on to greater things.”
These words were echoed by Holstein NI chairman, John Patterson, and the Province’s HYB co-ordinator, Hilary Wilson. “It’s a great achievement for Andrew, and for Northern Ireland. We were delighted when we heard the news.”