Cream of the Holstein Friesian class
The cream of the country's Holstein-Friesian breeders from twelve counties shared in the honours when the association presented the All Ireland Awards 2015 at a glittering function at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise last week.
Gordon Kingston's Dellview Snow Angel was judged All Ireland Junior Heifer for the Dellview herd at Kilmoylerane, Ballinscarthy, Co Cork.
Beechrow Twains Atwood from the Beechrow herd of Michael Booth, Ballyduff, Stradbally, Portlaoise, took the Intermediate Heifer award, while the accolade for the All Ireland Senior Heifer went to Mike Magan's Bunacloy VB Doorman Alioli ET from his Bunacloy herd at Killashee, Longford.
The finalists were chosen from 108 entries and the awards decided by an adjudication panel of 17 who assessed at least six cows in each class.
IHFA Chairman, Richard Whelan commended the participants on the standard in the contest, and the awards were presented by, IHFA President Peter Ging.
The All Ireland Mature cow is Evergreen Duplex Ebony from the herd of Liam and Sandra Murphy, Fenagh, Bagnalstown, and in the pure Friesian, Dunum Olivia ET from the herd of Martin Crowe, Carrigmore House, Doon, Co Limerick - whose herd was featured in these pages recently - received the award for the Mature Friesian Cow. Michael Spillane, Tullamaine, Fethard, Co Tipperary the honour for the top Friesian heifer in milk.
The accolade for Senior Stockjudging went to Aisling Murphy, Ballagh, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny, with Noirin Kenelly, Ballinprior, Ardfert, Co Kerrytaking the award for 18-26 years, while the Under 18 Years winner was Kane Boal, Togherbeg, Tuam, Co Galway.
The Cork Club was judged the YMA Club of the Year, reflecting their participation and achievement in YMA events and activities throughout the year, which was a memorable one for the club. The trophy was presented to Ger Kirby by IHFA President, Peter Ging.