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HILLTARA HAT-TRICK


The McCormick family’s Hilltara herd has scored a hat-trick in HOLSTEIN NI’s Herds Inspection Competition. The results of the Ulster Bank-sponsored competition were announced at a presentation barbecue, held in Dungannon.


BORDER & LAKELAND STOCKJUDGING 2010 Open


1, Len Wilson (Stowbeck); 2, John Bushby (Hilltop) 3, John Hodgson (Holmeden)


Yanwath Woodhouse - Sponsored by Genus ABS 1, Neil Brough (Carrock); 2, Wiilie Taylor (Harras) 3, John Bushby (Hilltop)


Gerrard House - Sponsored by World Wide Sires 1, Lee Graham (Hethersgill); 2, Richard Graham (Hethersgill) 3, Len Wilson (Stowbeck)


Scales Park Farm - Sponsored by Semex 1, John Waller (Killington); 2, Richard Armstrong (Wolfa) 3, Mark Cornthwaite (Kirkwood, Lancashire)


Our thanks to Semex UK, Genus and World Wide Sires for their generosity in sponsoring these events; without them we couldn’t hold the competition in its current form. The open stock judging raises funds which will be used as a travel scholarship to send the HYB member with the highest score over all three evenings to the Winter Fair in Toronto or Madison, whichever they prefer. This year we have had additional funding in the form of £200 sponsorship from Clydesdale bank. The winner this year is Neil Brough (Carrock), congratulations to him.


HYB results Seniors


1, Neil Brough (Carrock); 2, Craig Brough (Carrock); 3, Andrew Holliday (Edenholme)


Intermediate


1, Richard Armstrong (Wolfa); 2, Christine Connell (Allerby) 3, James Pattinson (Ellengrove)


Juniors


1, Georgina Fisher (Mossrigg); 2, William Horsley (Woodcatt) 3, Jimmy Harrison (Lowhouse)


Marion Holliday


On 24 June, over 60 Lancashire club members visited the Bridge End and Holmland herds in Cumbria, more members than we have had on a club visit for many a year. We were well rewarded with two well managed farms with quality herds. We had a fantastic day and saw some truly great cows.


Janet Whitlow A full report on the trip can be found online ....


Judge Mick Gould, who runs the 300-cow Woodmarsh herd at Grange Farm in Shrewsbury, said,”I am very impressed with the overall standard of the herds presented. Although I had a diffi cult task, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Northern Ireland and it has been a privilege to judge the 2010 Herds Inspection Competition.”


“I have visited some super herds where I saw a lot of fantastic individual cows and heifers. I would also like to thank everyone for their warm welcome and hospitality.” Mr Gould described the winning herd as outstanding. “This herd is in a league of its own, and should feature strongly in Holstein UK’s national competition.“


The McCormick family received an array of prizes from Ulster Bank’s senior agricultural manager, Cormac McKervey. These included best junior cow, best senior cow, best exhibitor-bred heifer, best exhibitor-bred cow and best large herd in the premier section.


Club chairman John Patterson, and sons, James and Andrew, from Crumlin, won the award for the best overall junior cow. Their winning entry was the homebred third calver, Ballyginniff Jasper Whiterose – interbreed champion at Balmoral, Ballymena and Armagh shows. “This is a super young cow, and was well presented by the Patterson boys,” added Mr Gould.


50 HOLSTEIN SOUTH WEST members and friends were joined by Devon breeders in June at a visit to the Walkabout herd of Messrs E Gay near Axminster. Father and Son Eddie and Richard were excellent hosts, with the cows in a paddock close at hand and a herd brochure available for all who made the most of the opportunity to admire the impressive herd which was fi rst registered as pedigree in 1989. Lunch was provided in the form of an excellent hog roast kindly sponsored by Three Counties Feeds whose nutritionist David Studley had advised the Gay family for the past 20 years.


Junior Judging


Winners were as follows: Judging - Junior: Jay Travers; Intermediate: Reece Travers; Senior & Overall: Laura Sales.


Linear – Junior & Overall: Abigail Sercombe; Senior: Max Davies.


Herds Competition


Judge – John Downing, Wintersell. Main winners were - Overall & Large Herd: D V T King & Sons, Vortex; Small Herd: G B W Cuff, Dowervale; Individual Cow: D V T King & Sons’ Vortex Lily Joy; Best Heifer: A G Hinks & Sons’ Kingtonmagna Affi rmed Honey.


Bath & West Show


Club members enjoyed considerable success at the Bath & West, where our team won the Interbreed group title.


54 THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2010


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