The evening-event, organised by Holstein Northern Ireland, takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday, March 9. Judging commences at 6.30pm, and is in the capable hands of Andrew Jones who runs the noted Rossett herd based at Burton Rossett, Wrexham.
Looking forward to the Irish National Holstein Show are gold sponsors of the event, front row, from left: Gavin Connaughty, Cookstown Dairy Services; Conor Loughran, Genus ABS; Ian Watson, Holstein UK; and David Mawhinney, McLarnon Feeds. Looking on are Holstein NI committee members and office bearers, from left: Malcolm Mclean, Jay Warden, vice-chairman; John Martin, secretary; Alan Cleland, chairman; David Perry and Gaston Wallace.
Holstein NI secretary, John Martin, said: “The catalogue for the 2012 Irish National Holstein Show represents the cream of the Province’s black and white cattle, and boasts some of the top genetics available throughout the world. There are over 80 entries from more than 20 exhibitors, and the event looks set to be one of the main highlights of the club’s annual calendar.”
“Entries are certainly on a par with other national shows, and competition will be fierce amongst the exhibitors for the top places in each class.”
Herds participating in the Irish National Holstein Show include: Ardmore, Ballyginniff, Bannwater, Bavan, Beechview, Bellemont, Clandeboye, Cluntagh, Cormeen, Glasson, Gravelhill, Hilltara, Inch, Kilvergan, Lissue, Matfield, Millars, Mostragee, Newry, Priestland, Printshop, Relough and Skybrook
Alan Cleland, chairman of Holstein NI added:”We are indebted to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. We have attracted support from a number of new and existing sponsors, and I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank them for their generous contributions.
“This event is a shop window and a chance for our members to showcase the very best of Holsteins in the Province. I would like to thank the exhibitors for their enthusiasm and support.”
“I would also like to extend an open invitation to all Holstein enthusiasts to come along and watch the judging, and meet and mingle with breeders, exhibitors and sponsors. It promises to be an enjoyable evening.”
The 2012 Irish National Holstein Show boasts a total prize fund of over £5,000.
The championship line-up, which includes the overall champion, reserve and honourable mention award winners, is sponsored by Dairy Master agent, Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd. The supreme champion will receive a £300 cash award and a commemorative sash.
With bases at Ardee in County Louth and Ballymoney in north Antrim, Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd was founded by Sean Reid in the mid 1980s, and is recognised as one of the leading milking equipment suppliers.
Dairy Master is known throughout the world, and its success hinges on the company’s unfaltering commitment to ongoing research and development in the milking equipment sector; pioneering advances in areas such as milking parlours, automatic scrapers, automated cow feeding systems and farm management computer packages.
Cookstown Dairy Services Ltd prides itself in offering sales and service to dairy farmers throughout Northern Ireland, and the north east of the country. The company’s dedicated team boasts an in-depth knowledge of the industry, and provides expertise on sales, planning, drawings, installation, and an unrivalled after care services 365 days per annum.
World cattle breeding giant, Genus ABS, has weighed in to sponsor the intermediate championship.
Genus ABS is part of the world wide company, ABS Global, a world leader in bovine genetics which offers a comprehensive package of product and technical services including semen from world-class beef and dairy sires; Genomate, a mating service which can go back for seven generations to avoid in breeding and RMS (Reproductive Management Service) which has enabled dairy farmers to increase fertility rate and thus profit margins.
Genus ABS also sells a selection of products which have contributed to animal welfare and on- farm efficiency. These include a large range of Valiant Teat dips, Powerstart silage and Acti-maize inoculants and Bootmaker footbath products.
The junior championship line-up is sponsored by McLarnon Feeds based at Toomebridge in County Antrim – recognised as a leading manufacturer of high quality ruminant and poultry feed.
McLarnon Feeds was founded nearly a century ago, and over the years has invested heavily to ensure that its mill is one of the largest and most efficient in Europe. The company is dedicated to satisfying food-safety, quality and value demands of both large multiples and individual farmers.
McLarnon Feeds prides itself in incorporating superior on-farm technical advice, a controlled and strategic use of locally proven innovative feed technologies, coupled with high quality feed ingredients, resulting in improved feed efficiency and animal performance.
The exhibitor-bred championship will also be hotly contested throughout the evening, and this is generously sponsored by Holstein UK. The best exhibitor-bred animal in each class will receive £25, while the overall winner will win £150, with £100 for the runner-up.
Class sponsor of the event include: Volac, Western Farm Enterprises, Tulivin Laboratories, Mason’s Animal Feeds, Global Genetics, Moore’s Animal Feeds, FarmGate Nutrition, Trioliet, SC Feeds, Animax, Clandeboye Yoghurt and World Wide Sires.
Representatives from the various sponsors will be present on the evening to offer advice and assistance on a wide range of topics such as calf rearing, nutrition and breeding.
John Thompson and Sons Ltd are sponsoring the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards.
Entry to the Irish National Holstein Show is free, and Holstein Northern Ireland extends a warm welcome to all black and white enthusiasts to come along and view the cream of the Province’s Holsteins on parade. Judging commences at 6.30pm, and commentator, Michael Taaffe will keep visitors informed as the judging progresses throughout the evening.
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