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John Gribbon reports on southern success at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair
ith the usual LEFT Richard Whelan’s second calver Lumville Danoise
2, sired by Silky Cousteau, took the Ulster Winter Fair
atmosphere in the
Championship south of the border.
Kings Hall, the Royal
Ulster Winter Fair
the frame and power that gave her the advantage.
once again provided
Reserve position went to John McCormick and
us with a great show
Maude, a heifer which will surely have her day in the
of top class Holsteins.
future. Once again the strength of the female family
The judge was Jeff
won the day with probably the two most famous
Stevens, from On-
names from the south and north, Vixan and Maude,
tario in Canada, who
taking the top places.
made his decisions
Following a lunch break, the crowd, who had
and gave good rea-
travelled from all over the UK, Ireland and Europe
sons, placing classes
witnessed a great class of cows. Our judge again
precisely and quickly.
sent the red rosette over the border, this time with
The fi rst class of Holsteins was for Junior Maiden Heifers and our
Richard Whelan’s Lumville Danoise 2. Showing a
judge gave the fi rst red rosette to the Haffey brothers, Philip and
great rear udder full of veination and being longer in
Simon, with Smiddiehill P S Marie, explaining she had more front-end
the body, she edged out another top class cow from
style and side profi le than the heifer in second place. This was Mrs
Hilltara in Champion Echo. Her rear rib and more
Louise Graham’s Moyrah Dolman Rosamund, which just had too much
correct udder gave her the advantage over her stable
fore rib and was more dairy than third placed Ashmar Shottle Kimi
mate Hilltara Merchant Della. Judge Stevens praised
from Rachel and Heather Martin.
the cows right down the line in an excellent class.
Next class was for Senior Maiden Heifers and leading the way again
Third calvers saw the Robinson family leading the
were the Haffey Brothers with Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2. This heifer
class with last year’s winner, Glaslough Charles Fancy,
was preferred by judge Stevens for her side profi le and cleanness of
preferred for her fore udder, teat position and udder
shoulder over second placed Ballyginniff Merchant Cindy 3 from the
quality. Second place went to Frocess Leader Agnes
Patterson family, who had more open rib and better locomotion than
from Wallace Gregg, showing more dairyness, depth
the third prized heifer. This heifer, Bannwater Free Laucot Nancy 74
of rib and strength of ligament from yet another
from the Magowan family, was praised for her correct rump and depth
from Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara Gibson
of rear rib.
Edwina 2.
First of the milk cow classes was for Junior Heifers and leading the
Fourth calvers saw another winner of many top
way with Smiddiehill Goldwyn Erle was Aubrey Patterson, many
rosettes, Hilltara Mtoto Dawn, leading the way and
times a winner of red rosettes at this show. The fi rst prize winner was
praised for her clean bone, locomotion and dairy
preferred for her width of rear udder and fore udder attachment over
the second placed heifer, Gravelhill Champion Nell, from David Wilson,
Senior cows saw yet another bred from the legend
who just edged out the Patterson’s Ballyginniff Axiom Tagasling for
that is Maude, this time by Gibson, win the day for
her depth of fore rib, strength of ligament and rear udder height.
her open and deep rib along with a top class udder.
The Intermediate Heifer class was full of top class entrants and
Second place went to two other great supporters of
became a contest between north and south. Kilwarden Goldwyn
this show, Gaston and John Wallace, with Printshop
Vixan from Brochan Cocoman’s herd was just preferred to Hilltara
Eddie Nifty.
September R Maude, from Sam and John McCormick, for her perfect
The Championship ring was full of high class
frame, overall length and winning Best Udder in the class. Our judge
animals and, with the crowd full of anticipation,
praised his second placed heifer, who again had a superb high udder
judge Stevens had to make his fi nal decisions.
and better rear legs than David Wilson’s third placed Hyland Duplex
Supporters from the south gave the biggest cheer
Hope, praised for her udder shape.
when he tapped Richard Whelan forward with
Last of the in milk heifer classes, for Seniors, again went south with
Lumville Danoise 2 as the day’s Champion. Still
Brochan Cocoman’s Kilwarden Allen C Obelle winning the day from
cheering, their day got even better when Brochan
David McClurg’s Leithhill Saucy Scarlett. In a close placing, judge
Cocoman with the Heifer Champion Kilwarden
Stevens preferred the more correct rump structure of his winning
Goldwyn Vixan got the nod as Reserve. Not to be
heifer although he praised the rear udder of the runner up. Third
outdone, the Robinsons gained the Honourable
place went to Seamus Gunn, a regular winner of rosettes, with
Mention spot with last year’s winner, Glaslough
Ernevale Shottle Rosina.
Charles Fancy.
Heifer Championship time saw a packed ringside watch as Jeff
Top class cows, a top class atmosphere and an
Stevens praised all his winners, but he had no hesitation in tapping
effi ciently organised show make the Royal Ulster
Brochan and Vixan forward for the laurels, again explaining it was
Winter Fair a great day out.
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