The breeders of Ireland's dairy 'super-cows' have been awarded gold and diamond certificates of recognition by the Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA).
Farmers from seven counties were presented with the certificates at the IHFA All Ireland Annual Awards in Portlaoise by Kathleen O'Connor from FBD Insurance, the awards' sponsor.
The special merit status recognising longevity, lifetime productivity and functionality is awarded for cows registered in the IHFA Herdbook who have achieved at least 3,000kg protein lifetime yield.
The gold award is for cows who have achieved 3,000kg Protein yield recorded on the database, while cows scored Excellent (EX) on IHFA Conformation receive a Diamond award.
Diamond awards were presented to Leo Collins, of Ardcath, Garristown, Co Dublin for his EX cows - Oldrose Ruud Molly EX91 2E and Oldrose Bond Bridie 2 EX92 4E.
Between them they have yielded close to 190,000kg milk in eight lactations each.
Ruud Molly recorded the highest per cent total solids at 5.47pc fat and 3.49pc protein yielding 4,929kg fat and 3,082kg protein. Bond Bridie yielded 4,722kg fat and 3,274kg protein.
The Co Kilkenny herd of James Mulhall, of Danville, received certificates for Danville Affirmed Chrissie EX93 4E and Danville LGY Melba VG88, which between them have yielded almost 200,000kg of milk in seven and 12 lactations.
Melba, for which a gold award was presented, produced solids of 3,177kg protein and 3,679kg fat over 12 lactations, while Diamond Award recipient Chrissie, yielded 3,027kg protein and 3,758kg fat over seven lactations.
The other certificate recipients were:
Shamar Lymeshot Wilma EX94 6E
Breeder: Andrew and Anne Butler, Streete, Co Westmeath; 96,320kg milk, 3,287kg fat, 3,082kg protein; nine lactations.
Ballydehob Oman Patsy 2 EX92 4E
Breeder: Robert and Shirley Shannon, Ballinascarthy, Co Cork;
91,526kg milk, 4,095kg fat (4.47pc), 3,197kg protein (3.49pc; nine lactations.
Windfield Merci Katie 4TH EX92 5E
Breeder : Tommy Screene, Windfield, Menlough, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway; 88,308kg milk, 3,68kg fat (4.17pc), 3,131kg protein (3.55pc); 10 lactations.
Ballyclider Rhoda 32 EX90 4E
Breeder: Peter Ging, Ballyclider, Portlaoise, Co Laois; 101,728kg milk, 3,654kg fat, 3,141kg protein; nine lactations.
Dondale WCV Embiem VG88
Breeder: Joseph and Kevin Doran, Donadea, Naas, Co. Kildare; 94,613kg milk, 3,466kg fat, 3,073kg Protein; 11 lactations.
Dairy farmers from seven counties were presented with IHFA gold and diamond certificates for their cows' exceptional productivity and longevity, reports Martin Ryan
Owen Laffan, of Adare, Co Limerick, was presented with the Hall of Fame Award by the IHFA's Patrick Gaynor and Charles Gallagher. He was nominated by the Limerick Clare Holstein Friesian Breeders Club.
He served as a dedicated club officer including a term as Club representative on the National Young Members Association (YMA) committee during which he had a near-100pc attendance track record.
His award citation read: "Owen's unwavering intent to ensure the best for young members has not gone unnoticed by us as a club and we are deeply grateful. In particular we commend his endless enthusiasm and his solution-driven approach.
"Although no longer of YMA age, Owen devotes endless time and effort into the club and is always at hand for whatever task requires attention. We feel he is deserving of the Hall of Fame award as he is truly a selfless patron of the Young Members Association."