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Saturday 10 December 2016

Foundations laid for National Dairy Show champion more than 40 years ago

Martin Ryan

Published 29/10/2016 | 16:00

Rickey and Susan Barrett with family members Rickey (jnr), Julia and Sean and their Overall Jersey and Supreme Holstein Champions at the National Dairy Show
Rickey and Susan Barrett with family members Rickey (jnr), Julia and Sean and their Overall Jersey and Supreme Holstein Champions at the National Dairy Show

A pedigree, which laid the foundation for the herd more than four decades ago, has blossomed for the Laurelelm Holstein herd after it landed the coveted Supreme Champion at the 34th National Dairy Show at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet on Saturday.

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It was a case of jubilation mingled with nostalgia for Rickey Barrett, whose thoughts went back to the purchase by his late grandfather, Eddie Barrett, of the first pedigree animal to establish the herd in the early 1970s, as he lifted the Supreme Championship Award at the prestigious show.

The Championship was the cream on a basket of awards collected by Rickey and John Barrett, including Premier Breeder 2016, Exhibitor Bred Championship, Best Udder, and doubling up with a rare achievement of also showing the overall Jersey Champion and Exhibitor Bred Jersey Champion on the same day.

From a Holstein entry "as good as in any part of the world" the Supreme Championship was awarded to the six-year-old, Laurelelm Shottel Daffodil 2, winner of the Mature Cow Class at the earlier rounds of adjudication.

Show judge, Meurig James presenting the Junior Holstein Championship to Stacey and Sinead O'Sullivan, Bandon for Knockbrown Stonewall Lady
Show judge, Meurig James presenting the Junior Holstein Championship to Stacey and Sinead O'Sullivan, Bandon for Knockbrown Stonewall Lady

A relative newcomer to the show ring from the well known pedigree herd established over the decades at The Laurels, Lenaghmore, Togher, Cork, Shottel Daffodil 2 has rarely been seen on the show circuit to date and her prior successes are limited to class awards at Bandon and Cork agricultural shows as a four-year-old.

"Her pedigree goes back to Ita Murra Daffodil - the origin of the herd, the first pedigree purchased by my grandfather in the early 1970s," said Rickey.

Show judge, Meurig James, the Welsh Holstein breeder with a wealth of experience in judging rings and Head Classifier for Holstein UK, who tapped the Togher bred Holstein forward for the award, was lavish in his praise for the quality of animal competing for the honours at the show.

"I have seen some of the best cows I have seen in a long, long time here today. The cows in the south of Ireland are as good as in any part of the world for balance, strength and style, and the cows in the ring at the moment have all of those virtues. They are tremendous," he said, casting his eye over the line-out for the championship.

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The overall reserve championship was awarded to Drumlina Atwood Megan, winner of the Four-Year-Old Cow Class, exhibited by a group of breeders from Glaslough, Co Monaghan. The official opening was performed by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, who commended the organisers on the event and the standard of animals on show.

Intermediate Holstein Champion, Clonpaddin Lavanguard Flavour, described by the judge as "a heifer of many virtues", exhibited by J and G Hurley, made the five-hour journey from Arklow, Co Wicklow while the reserve went to Tadgh and D Bourke's Ballinafinn Atwood Anna from the herd at Kilfinny, Adare.

Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed with Garry Hurley, Arklow and the Intermediate Holstein Champion
Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed with Garry Hurley, Arklow and the Intermediate Holstein Champion

Junior Holstein Champion Heifer, Knockbrown Stonewall Lady, exhibited by the O'Sullivan Family, Knockbrown, Bandon, was described as "a heifer with a great future" and Reserve was Clonpaddin Mpw Fame 2 from the herd of J and G Hurley, Arklow.

Confined Holstein Champion was the exhibitor bred, Foherish Shottle Rhonda, from the herd of Jerome O'Leary, Gurrane, Clondrohid, Co Cork.

Confined Cow in Milk, Foherish Shottle Rhonda, exhibited by Jerome O'Leary, Clondriohid, Co Cork with Edwin Gaynor, handler, Martin O'Donnell, and Sean O'Leary, IFA Dairy Chairman
Confined Cow in Milk, Foherish Shottle Rhonda, exhibited by Jerome O'Leary, Clondriohid, Co Cork with Edwin Gaynor, handler, Martin O'Donnell, and Sean O'Leary, IFA Dairy Chairman

Overall Jersey Champion was Rickey and John Barrett's Laurelelm Glamour and North Tipperary breeder, E and H McLoughney from Ardcroney, Nenagh, added the reserve for Ribblesdale Excitation Willow to double honours in the Junior Jersey Championship with champion, Ballythomas All-Star Prince, and the reserve for Ballythomas Excitation Film Star. Michael and Margaret Laffan, Kilfinny, Adare showed Everground Star Texel 36 to win the National Dairy Show 2016 Highest EBI Holstein award.

Noel leads way at Roscrea

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An entry of  more than 200 animals are lining out for the two-day Premier Show and Sale of Limousin, the opening sale of the autumn for continental breeds, which takes place at Roscrea Mart over the weekend.

The entry is made up of 167 pedigree bulls and 42 pedigree heifers from the top herds in the country to compete for the show awards and spending power of breeders.

Judging of the bulls gets underway on Sunday at 5.30pm. The judging of the heifers takes place prior to the start of the sale at 11.30am on Monday, with bulls to lead the way.

The largest entry comes from the Woodroad Herd of Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co Limerick, who sold the Reserve Male Junior Champion of the Show for €6,400, and is offering two bulls and eight heifers.

Thomas Bailey, Coolcommon, Batterstown, Co Meath, who showed the Male Senior Champion in 2015 - sold for €8,800 - is showing five bulls, while Dan Tynan, of Ardlea Herd, near Mountrath, has up to six bulls.

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