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Top cow makes it three on the trot

Former Intermediate champion steps up to win the supreme award at the National Dairy Show in Millstreet

Martin Ryan

Published 21/10/2015 | 02:30

The 2015 National Dairy Show Supreme Champion 'Baldonnell Goldie Larissa' was exhibited by Cyril Dowling and Tadhg Bourke, Kilfinny, Adare, Co Limerick.
The 2015 National Dairy Show Supreme Champion 'Baldonnell Goldie Larissa' was exhibited by Cyril Dowling and Tadhg Bourke, Kilfinny, Adare, Co Limerick.
Kevin Dillon, President Cork Cork Holstein Friesian Club, presenting a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to Harold Sweetnam, Canada, formerly of Bandon, Co Cork, vice-president Manitoba Holstein Branch, Canada.
Rickey Barrett, Lenaghmore, Togher,Co Cork receiving the Overall Jersey Championship award for 'Laurelelm Comereica Glamour' from Kevin Brady, Chairman, Jersey Cattle Society.

Five-year-old Holstein-Friesian, 'Baldonnell Goldie Larissa' who has won a trail of show awards over the past two years, was crowned Overall Champion of Show at the 33rd National Dairy Show at Millstreet on Saturday.

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Exhibited by Cyril Dowling and Tadhg Bourke, Kilfinny, Adare, Co Limerick, the outstanding dairy cow beat off very stiff competition from the cream of dairy herds in the country, to complete a three-in-a-row success at Millstreet with the former Intermediate Champion of Show returning to scoop the coveted overall award.

Bred out of 'Baldonnell DD Larissa" by 'Braedale Goldwyn' she yielded 11,867kgs of milk at 3.10pc and 3.39pc respectively for butterfat and protein in her second lactation and was adorned with major award rosettes at a string of shows over the past two years including the National Livestock Show at Tullamore and Charleville Show earlier this year.

She qualified for the line out for the overall Championship, winning the five-year-old cow class in which the entry was described by judge Harold Sweetnam as "one of the finest I have ever seen".

Rickey and John Barrett, Ballinhassig and Togher, Co Cork had an outstanding day winning awards for Overall Jersey Champion of Show.

They also took the Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder titles, as well as scooping the award for the best group of three animals.

The 10-year-old 'Laurelelm Ruben Sassy' from their Ballinhassig farm produced her eight calf last August and became a third time winner at the show taking the honours in the Mature Cow Class having produced 13,000 kgs at 4.88pc BF and 3.56pc PR in her seventh lactation.

Lifetime Achievement

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Junior Holstein Champion title went to 'Evergreen Seven Lauren' exhibited by Liam and Sandra Murphy, Fenagh, Bagenasltown, Co Carlow and the Intermediate Holstein Championship was 'Kilwarden Windbrook J Wixan' exhibited by B and J Cocoman, Kilwarden, Kill, Co Kildare.

Harold Sweetnam, who showed the first winner at the first National Dairy Show over three decades ago was the honoured judge and presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the breed in Ireland and Canada.

He keeps a herd of 226 Holsteins and Jersey cows on his 600 acre farm at Manitoba, having emigrated with his wife Miriam and family from Bandon, Co Cork in 2000.

The National Recognition 2015 award was presented to Mervyn Eager, a well-known Holstein-Friesian Breeder from Newcastle, Co Dublin.

National dairy show results

2015 Irish Examiner Supreme Champion: Cyril Dowling and Tadhg Bourke, Kilfinny, Adare, Co Limerick.'Baldonnel Goldie Larissa'.

Championship Handler sponsored by Munster Cattle Breeding Group - Katie Gahan, Ferns, Enniscorthy.

Junior Holstein Champion sponsored by Munster AI - Liam and Sandra Murphy, Fenagh, Bagenasltown, Co Carlow.

Intermediate Holstein Championship sponsored by ORNUA - B and J Cocoman, Kilwarden, Kill, Co Kildare 'Kilwarden Windbrook J Vixan' .

National Dairy Show Lifetime achievement Award - Mervyn Eager, Lucan, Dublin.

Confined Championship sponsored by MSD Animal Health - D and T Neville, Croagh, Co Limerick 'Clonpaddin RCU Jill 2'

Overall Jersey Champion sponsored by Viking Genetics - Rickey and John Barrett, Togher, Cork 'Laurelelm Comereica Glamour'.

Production class - Judged on conformation and confined to cows having produced over 3,000kgs lifetime combined fat and protein sponsored by Zoetis - Rickey and John Barrett, Ballinhassig, Co Cork 'Laurelelm Ruben Sassy'

Group of three females owned by exhibitor sponsored by Dairygold - Rickey and John Barrett, Ballinhassig, Co Cork.

Premier Exhibitor sponsored by Norbrook - Rickey and John Barrett, Togher, Cork.

Premier Breeder sponsored - Kellehers Agri Services - John and Rickey Barrett, Ballinhassig, Co Cork.

Highest EBI (Holstein) sponsored by IHFA - Tom Lynch, Ballyellan, Ballingarry, Co Limerick 'Ballyellan Centurion Alice'

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