The father and son team of Phillip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, claimed the overall championship ribbons in the Holstein section at this year’s Balmoral Show.
Andrew Kennedy exhibited Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 EX90, the Holstein champion and reserve interbreed dairy champion, owned by Phillip and Simon Haffey, Portadown.
The County Armagh duo, ably assisted by fitter, Andrew Kennedy, scooped the supreme championship award with their much-admired second calver, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 EX90. She later caught the eye of Welsh judge, Ewan Morgan, to take the reserve championship title in the dairy interbreed line-up.
Scottish judge, Hugh Neilson, who runs the noted 300-cow Overside herd based in Lanarkshire, described the Holstein champion as a well balanced dairy cow. “Numbers were disappointing, but there were some superb animals featured in the championship line-up. The overall winner oozes dairy character and has a super udder. She was really on form on the day!”
Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 EX90 is one of 120 cows in the Glasson herd. She was purchased privately by Phillip and Simon Haffey as a six-week-old heifer calf, and has never been beaten in her class. Sired by Braedale Goldwyn, and bred from EX92 Copywood KJ Sara 2, she was crowned reserve overall champion at Holstein NI’s Irish National Holstein Show, held at Moira a couple of months ago.
Her show record includes reserve intermediate heifer champion at the Centenary Causeway Classic in 2009; junior champion at the RUAS Winter Fair in 2009, and reserve interbreed champion at the RUAS Winter Fair in 2010; Reserve All-Britain junior heifer in-milk in 2009; and best overall heifer in Holstein NI’s 2010 Herds Inspection Competition.
A delighted Simon Haffey said: “Sara calved at the end of October and is currently doing 57 litres per day. We have contract interest from several leading AI companies, and she has been flushed extensively to bulls such as Shottle, Jasper, Man O Man and Windbrook. “
The reserve Holstein champion was Wiltor Goldwyn Lausine EX92, owned by John Patterson and Sons, Crumlin. At the halter is Andrew Patterson.
Claiming the reserve overall championship ribbons, and the best udder award, was the popular Wiltor Goldwyn Lausine EX92, owned by John Patterson and sons, James and Andrew, from Crumlin, County Antrim.
“The two top-placed cows were very close, both displaying real dairy character and great udders. The reserve champion is super uddered cow, but unfortunately just lacked a bit of bloom on the day,” explained the judge.
Also sired by Braedale Goldwyn, she is bred from Ridgefield Cousteau Lausine, and calved her third - a bull calf by Duplex - in mid January.
Wiltor Goldwyn Lausine EX92 is a recent addition to the 120-cow Ballyginniff herd, having been purchased at the Stars of Sahara sale in September last year. She comes from the famous Canadian-bred Comestar Laurie Shiek family, and has chalked up several notable championship awards for the Patterson family, including the Irish National Holstein Show, followed by Emerald Expo in Kilkenny a few weeks ago.
The honourable mention, and exhibitor-bred championship awards, at this year’s Balmoral Show went to the junior champion, Clandeboye Champion Francesca VG86, owned by Lady Dufferin of Clandeboye Estates, Bangor, County Down. “This is a tremendous heifer, well balanced and displaying good size and strength for her age. She has a great udder and is a strong prospect for the future,” concluded Hugh Neilson.
Calved in mid November this heifer is projected to produce 11,500 kilos in her first lactation. This was Clandeboye Champion Francesca’s second outing on the local show circuit, and her increasing list of accolades includes honourable mention, exhibitor-bred champion and intermediate champion at the 2011 Irish National Holstein Show.
The Holstein championship line-up at Balmoral Show
Scooping the reserve junior championship award was the fresh calved, Tirsvad Jasper Amber, owned in partnership by Phillip and Simon Haffey with Edgar and Jason Pollock, also from Portadown. She is by Wilcoxview Jasper, and is bred from the world-famous EK Oseeana Ambrosia EX92.
Honourable mention in the junior championship line-up was Iain and Joyce McLean’s Priestland 4876 GoldwynKaren; while the reserve exhibitor-bred championship went to Frocess Leader Agnes EX95, a senior cow brought out by Wallace Gregg from Cloughmills, County Antrim.
Results from the Holstein section
Heifer, under 18-months-old – 1, Conor McAufield, Lisburn, Sahara Jasper Regenia by Wilcoxview Jasper; 2, Conor McAufield, Derrydorragh Jee Joy by Ked Outside Jeeves; 3, Fleming Fleming, Seaforde and John Henning, Maghaberry, Tynevalley Talent Jodie ET by Ladino Park Talent ET.
Heifer in-calf, over 18-months-old and under three-years-old on date of show – 1, Iain and Joyce McLean, Bushmills, Priestland 4876 Goldwyn Karen by Braedale Goldwyn; 2, Quilly Farms, Dromore, Co Down, Sahara Goldwyn Ambrosia 4 ET by Braedale Goldwyn.
Cow, in-calf not less than five months – 1, Wallace Gregg, Cloughmills, Frocess Goldwyn Primrose VG89 by Braedale Goldwyn; 2, Gaston and John Wallace, Nutt’s Corner, Crumlin, Printshop Eddie Nifty 17 EX92 by Weaverline Bench Eddie.
Heifer in-milk, born on or after 1/11/08 – 1, Messrs Haffey and Pollock, Portadown, Tirsvad Jasper Amber by Wilcoxview Jasper.
Heifer in-milk, born on or before 31/10/08, having had not more than one calving – 1, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Clandeboye Champion Francesca by Calbrett IHH Champion.
Cow in-milk, having had two calvings – 1, Phillip and Simon Haffey, Portadown, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2 by Braedale Goldwyn; 2, John and Gaston Wallace, Printshop Champion Kassie 21 VG88 by Printshop Dombinator Kassie 3 EX90; 3,Iain McLean, Priestland 4649 Bolton Crystal by Sandy Valley Bolton.
Cow in-milk, having had three calvings – 1, John Patterson and Sons, Crumlin, Wiltor Goldwyn Lausine EX92 by Braedale Goldwyn; 2, Clandeboye Estate, Clarkestown Duplex Dellia by Mesland Duplex.
Cow in-milk, having had four or more calvings – 1, Wallace Gregg, Frocess Leader Agnes EX95 by Comestar Leader.
Cow, which by 18th March 2011 has given a certified production of not less than 50 tonnes as per part or completed lactation – 1, John and Gaston Wallace, Printshop Eddie Nifty 17 EX92 by Weaverline Bench Eddie.
Holstein NI is hosting the Causeway Classic Sale III, sponsored by Genus ABS and United Feeds, at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Watch press for further details for log on to the club’s website: www.holstein-ni.co.uk
Open Day Confirms Strength of Worldwide Mating Service
No.2 Goldwyn Son Hydaways Goldmine Now Available Sexed
Holstein Bulls to 3,250gns and Heifers to 2,750gns at Moira