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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Show's first double multi-breed winner

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

It was a case of double delight for well-known Cork breeders John and Ricky Barrett and Sons, who scooped top honours at the National Dairy Show over the weekend.

The Togher family's cow, Laurelmore Ruben Sassy, defended the Supreme Champion title she won at the event last year.

And to round off a very successful day for the Barretts, Laurelelm Glamour took the Overall Jersey honours. This was the first time that the multi-breed double had been achieved at the National Dairy Show.

A fine crowd packed the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Co Cork, for the show and sale.

Reserve Champion in the Holstein section went to Smearlaview A Storm Vixan ET, bred and exhibited by Tim and John Kirby, Duagh, Listowel, Co Kerry. She was also winner of class for Mature Cow in Milk Born Before December 31, 2005.

The Kerry breeders also showed the Dry Cow Champion, Smearlaview Forbid Vixan, with the Barretts this time relegated to reserve with their entry Laurelmore Leduc Roxy 3.

Junior Holstein Champion honours went north to Limerick. The title was won by Ballinafinn Aspen Daphne, bred and exhibited by Donal and Tadhg Bourke of Ballinafinn, Adare.

Junior Holstein in Milk Champion was Hallow Advent Twizzle 3 ET, bred and exhibited by Mervyn and Philip Jones from Gorey, Co Wexford.

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The reserve title went to Paul Flanagan's Tubbertoby Talent Madison.

Confined Champion went to Anthony Kealy from Grangecon, Co Wicklow, for his cow, Bawnaughra Boheme ET.

When it came time to judge the Jersey breeds, the final line-up included familiar names: Pat Ahern, from Rylane, Co Cork; Boyds, from Monaghan; Tim O'Connell, from Limerick; and John and Ricky Barrett and Sons.

The Overall Jersey Champion went to the homebred heifer Laurelelm Glamour, of the Barrett family.

The Reserve and honourable mention both went to Pat Ahern, with Potterswalls Justice Halogen and Moorshill Sveann respectively.

Champion Hander was Caitriona Neville, from Limerick, while the prize for Reserve Champion Handler went to Stacey O'Sullivan, from Bandon, Co Cork.

The stock was judged by the well-known American Charlie Will. The Stars of 2010 sale, which followed, was conducted by Michael Taaffe of Taaffe Auctions.

The top price was €5,500 for a first-choice Goldwyn from five heifer calves born last month. They were sold by Tim Fitzmaurice of the Leagh Herd in Ballyduff, Co Kerry.

Another calf from the same 'Pala' family was offered by Michael Booth of Co Laois. This calf was a Bogart and sold for €5,100.

Pallaskenry College achieved the same money for an in-calf Pronto heifer out of the 'Chief Adeen' family.

A total of 15 lots were sold at an average of €3,680.

Irish Independent