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Laurelmore Duplex Impala EX93 Champion of Emerald Expo 2014

The Hub at Cillin Hill Kilkenny was the venue once again for the Emerald Expo on Saturday 26th April 2014.

Spectators were treated to quality Holstein Friesian and excellent judging by Nico Bons from Holland. The judges reasons were such that everyone was in full agreement with every class. The music, the lighting and the large crowd of spectators added to the electric atmosphere. Probably the best Emerald Expo show to date!

Laurelmore Duplex Impala EX93

Alltech Supreme Champion Emerald Expo 2014 Laurelmore Duplex Impala bred and exhibited by John & Rickey Barrett & Sons, with John Barrett, Fergal McAdam, Sales Manager, Alltech, the major sponsor, and Charles Gallagher, CEO, IHFA and with (left) Judge Nico Bons, Netherlands

This All Breeds show was well represented in all the classes with Holstein, Irish Pure Friesian, Shorthorn and Jersey competing. With a record prize fund of €25K, we must be very thankful to all our sponsors in particular our major sponsor Alltech

The show was officially opened by Eddie Downey, recently elected President of IFA to whom we are very thankful. Kevin in his comments referred to the strong demand for dairy products but as dairy farmers all need to be mindful of volatility in the market place.

The judge officiating at the show was the well-known and respected International judge Nico Bons* from “Bons Holsteins” Holland. He is a member of the European judge’s panel.

The Laurelmore herd of John & Johnny Barrett from Co Cork were very successful. The Supreme Champion and Exhibitor Bred Champion was won by their senior cow “Laurelmore Duplex Impala”. She also win Best Udder of the show. This tremendous cow produced 14,019 Kgs of milk at 3.65% Butter Fat and 3.39% Protein in her last 305 day lactation.

Dutch Judge Nico Bons Impressed with Quality of Stock
The judge was really impressed by the quality of his final line up and commented “That these cows were capable of winning at the European Show”. He said that Ireland should think of exhibiting at the next European Show in France in 2016.

There were five cows, all exhibitor bred in contention at the final. They were the Junior Heifer “Hallow Atwood Twizzle” owned By Philip Jones, The Senior heifer “Clonpaddin MPW Jill” owned by Garry Hurley, The Junior Cow “Glasslough Miss Petra” owned By David & Kenny Boyd, The senior Cow “Laurelmore Duplex Impala owned by John & Johnny Barrett Co Cork and The Production Class winner “Hallow Lheros Indianink” owned by Philip Jones, Gorey, Co Wicklow.

In tapping out his supreme champion to tremendous applause the judge commented on the overall dairy frame, excellent locomotion and quality udder all in one package. “These are the best cows as a group that I have ever judged in my career, their quality is awesome”

The Reserve Champion was won by “Glasslough Miss Petra” owned By David and Kenny Boyd, Co Monaghan. This cow was crowned champion at the recent Irish National Holstein show at Moira in Northern Ireland. Honourable mention was won by the Jones family, Co Wexford with their Cow “Hallow Lheros Indianink” The Junior Champion was won by “Tubbertoby Atwood Fran” owned by Paul Flanagan and the Intermediate Champion was won by Hallow Atwood Twizzle” owned by Philip Jones.

There was a very good turnout in the Pure Friesian section. Pat Cleary took the Championship with “Blackisle Maple 57”. She was the champion at the National Livestock Show in Tullamore last August. A great cow of the Friesian type with a really snug udder.

The Reserve went to Phil, Matt and Bill O’Keeffe with “Churchclara Blackie Circus”. They also took Honourable Mention with “Churchclara Cool Cilla” The Highest EBI award was won by the pure Friesian cow “Mountain Piet Rosie” owned by Michael Spillane. Co Tip. Her EBI is €158.

Strong Competition in YMA Section
There was very strong competition in the two young stockmanship and handling classes with 20 young boys and girls competing. It is a great credit to the youngsters to see them all turned out so professionally. The YMA has a great future ahead with the calibre of its young members.

The overall Champion handler was Edwin Gaynor, Mullaghlands, Co. Cavan with the Reserve going to Kevin Smith, Doneraile and Honourable mention to Stacey O’ Sullivan, Bandon, Co. Cork.

The Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder Award was won by the Jones family, Gorey, Co Wexford. The Jersey Champion was “Clandeboy Pride” owned by Philip Jones and the Shorthorn Champion was “Monasterorris Jennie Deans owned By Michael Manley from Edenderry, Co. Offaly.

The major sponsor for this event was IHFA , Alltech Ireland, Dept. of Agriculture Food and the Marine and FBD Insurance. Key sponsors included FBD, Zoetis (Pfizer animal health), Glanbia-Gain Feeds, Norbrook Laboratories,Volac, Novartis, KW Forage, Elanco, ABS.

Associate sponsors were Agri Aware, Macra na Feirme, IFA, ASA, ICMSA, Teagasc, AIB, Kilkenny Mart, Irish Pure Friesian club, Shorthorn society, Jersey society, Animax, Dovea Genetics, Eurogene, Semen World, Bova AI, Progressive Genetics/Semex, Volac, Lakeland Dairies and Bovi Genetics.

The organising committee thank all the sponsors for their continued support and Dr. Padraig French who organized the Teagasc stand and his colleague Abigail Ryan.


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