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Monday 17 December 2018

Dublin cow beats off country rivals to take Overall Champion crown at dairy show

Clonpaddin Fame, a 12 gallons a day cow from the Kinsgwood Herd in Dublin, recently won the overall champion award at the National Dairy Show

(left to right): John Kirby, National Dairy Show director; Brian Carscadden, show judge, with John Dowling, Baldonnell, Co Dublin and the Supreme Overall Champion - Clonpaddin G Fame ET - pictured with Tadgh Bourke, Laura Fitzgerald and Mervyn Eager.
(left to right): John Kirby, National Dairy Show director; Brian Carscadden, show judge, with John Dowling, Baldonnell, Co Dublin and the Supreme Overall Champion - Clonpaddin G Fame ET - pictured with Tadgh Bourke, Laura Fitzgerald and Mervyn Eager.

Martin Ryan

A six-year-old pedigree Holstein-Friesian cow yielding in excess of 12 gallons per day has been crowned the National Dairy Show 2017 Supreme Overall Champion of Show.

Clonpaddin Fame ET, exhibited by Cyril and John Dowling, took the award from an entry of "exceptional cows" at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co Cork last Saturday.

The champion cow, from the herd at Kingswood Farm, Baldonnel, Co Dublin, also won the awards for Best Udder and Mature Cow in Milk.

It was the second Supreme Champion award at the National Dairy Show for the herd in three years and the fourth success since 1998, each of the awards being won by different animals.

Clonpaddin Fame is by the sire, Gen Mark Stmatic Sanchez and out of the dam, Cradenhill Linjet Fame. Her origin goes back to a great cow, of Moreta Inspiration genes, imported from Canada into the Kingston family's Cradenhill herd at Nahoval, Co Cork.

"Her grand-dam was a great show cow," said John Dowling, jubilant at regaining the award won by the herd with a different cow in 2015.

Thomas G Storan, MorenaneUpper,Croom, Co Limerick, exhibitor, with Liskinett Windbrook Jalila, Confined Champion, and Sinead Foley, Kathleen Storan, Damien Storan, Luke Storan and Mary O'Gorman,
Thomas G Storan, MorenaneUpper,Croom, Co Limerick, exhibitor, with Liskinett Windbrook Jalila, Confined Champion, and Sinead Foley, Kathleen Storan, Damien Storan, Luke Storan and Mary O'Gorman,

"We were not here in 2016, because the show coincided with my son's wedding," he explained.

Fame, was bought as a calf by Garry Hurley, of the Clonpaddin Holstein herd at Arklow and purchased as a three-year-old heifer by John and Cyril Dowling at the IHFA Open Day on the Hurley farm.

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John Dowling said that well known Holstein breeders and exhibitors, Mervyn Eager, Newcastle, Co Dublin and Tadgh Bourke, Kilfinny, Adare, Co Limerick, both have had a role to play in Fame to date and the latter retains a share interest in the cow.

'Tremendous show'

Eimear Lehane, Burrane, Timoleague, Bandon, Co. Cork receiving the trophy for the highest Jersey EBI, Massrock JE2019 Lilley from David Sheehy, with Conbor and Kate Lehane
Eimear Lehane, Burrane, Timoleague, Bandon, Co. Cork receiving the trophy for the highest Jersey EBI, Massrock JE2019 Lilley from David Sheehy, with Conbor and Kate Lehane

The next show outing for the champion "may be Balmoral, but we won't over-work her," said John of the future plans.

Canadian Brian Cascadden, a renowned international expert on the Holstein breed, judged the show and he described it as "a great pleasure" to judge such "an outstanding" selection of dairy animals.

"It is a tremendous show of dairy cows and I am very impressed by the four cows that have reached the final of this championship," he said.

"One cow has stood out. Not all big cows are good cows. But here we have not only a big cow, but also a very good cow," he said of Clonpaddin Fame ET after he tapped her forward for the Supreme Award.

November-2016 born, Cornboro Beemer Dooly, exhibited by Brian Corley, Cornafaghey, Smithboro, Co Cavan was judged Junior Holstein Champion.

Winner of the class for heifers born November 2016 to January 2017, which had an entry of 29 heifers, she is daughter of Cornboro Kj Dolly, which has yielded 12,899kg of milk.

Rachel Corley, Cornafaghey, Smithboro, Co. Cavan with Beemer Dooly the Junior Holstein Champion.
Rachel Corley, Cornafaghey, Smithboro, Co. Cavan with Beemer Dooly the Junior Holstein Champion.

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