Top cows ready to go toe-to-toe for supreme ac­co­lade

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES - MAR­TIN RYAN

THE cream of Ir­ish herds will go head to head at the 2018 Na­tional Dairy Show in the Green Glens Arena, Mill­street.

The largest in­door dairy event of the year is ex­pected to at­tract 4,000 com­peti­tors and vis­i­tors to the Cork venue on Oc­to­ber 20. “There will be over 140 stands in the ex­hi­bi­tion area which has been in­creas­ing ev­ery year, and demon­stra­tions on health and safety, hoof care as well as the in­no­va­tions awards which are al­ways a big at­trac­tion,” said show di­rec­tor John Kirby.

The line out of dairy cows for the cov­eted over­all award for 2018 has be­come a ‘cham­pi­ons of cham­pi­ons’ bat­tle fea­tur­ing the top Hol­stein-Friesian cows from the show rings through­out the year.

De­fend­ing her ti­tle is seven-year-old pedi­gree Hol­stein-Friesian cow, Clon­paddin Fame ET, ex­hib­ited by Cyril and John Dowl­ing from Bal­don­nel, Co Dublin.

The cham­pion, who has yielded in ex­cess of 12 gal­lons of milk per day, de­feated very strong com­pe­ti­tion in 2017 and faces stiff com­pe­ti­tion this year.

Trav­el­ling south, from her base in Co Mon­aghan, is the 2018 Supreme Na­tional Bai­leys Show Cham­pion, Drum­lina At­wood Megan. She is jointly owned by a syn­di­cate of five; David Boyd, Sandy Moore, De­nis O’Neill, Bren­dan Greenan and Rory Tim­lin.

The Cham­pion of Bal­moral Show and Re­serve Cham­pion Tul­lam­ore Na­tional Live­stock Show, she was a very im­pres­sive win­ner at Vir­ginia.

Also in con­tention will be Lau­relelm Fever Bril­liant, the reign­ing Na­tional Live­stock Show (Tul­lam­ore) over­all dairy cham­pion 2018. From the well known Lau­relelm herd of Rickey and John Bar­rett, Le­henagh­more, Togher, Co Cork, she also re­ceived the award for the Best Ud­der at Tul­lam­ore.

Also in the run­ning is the Kil­war­den herd of Brochan and J Co­co­man from Kill, Co Kil­dare, while an­other con­tender whose en­try is cer­tain to catch the eye of the judge will be that of well­known West of Ire­land dairy breed­ers Séa­mus and Ai­den Foody, Cross­molina, Co Mayo. How­ever, the com­pe­ti­tion at dairy shows has now be­come so keen that a sur­prise re­sult can never be ruled out.

The judge for this year’s con­tenders is Ed­ward Grif­fiths, who runs a Coach­gate herd based at Gun­th­waite Hall Farm, South York­shire.

He is al­ready an ex­pe­ri­enced judge at ma­jor shows in­clud­ing na­tional Hol­stein Shows in Great Bri­tain, North­ern Ire­land, Swe­den and Slove­nia.

He judged the Bai­leys Cow Cham­pi­onship at Vir­ginia a cou­ple of years ago.

Ed­ward farms with his wife Jenny and three daugh­ters, milk­ing around 150 pedi­gree Hol­steins plus a small num­ber of Jer­seys and Ayr­shires which all share the Coach­gate pre­fix.

Rickey Bar­rett from Togher, Co Cork with Lau­relelm Fever Bril­liant, the best three-year-old heifer at the Na­tional Dairy Show 2017, with show judge Brian Carscad­den from Canada and for­mer IFA Dairy Chair­man Sean O’Leary

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