Limerick show winners are a class apart
New ground is being broken in dairy stock judging
The advent an of 'Index Type' Class could help break new ground in the judging of dairy stock in the show ring.
Munster AI vet and pedigree Limousin breeder, Doreen Corridon of the Roundhill Herd at Fedamore, Co Limerick, tested the new judging formula at the recent Limerick Agricultural Show.
While most classes are judged on type, and there are also classes judged on EBI Index, it is understood that using a combination of the two criteria has never before been tried at a major agricultural show in this country.
"We were trying to bring something different to the judging in the dairy classes at the show and rather than the result being based only on type, we added in EBI with the result based 50pc on each and opened the class to both pedigree and non pedigree" she explained.
The first winner of the new Class, open to pedigree and non pedigree Holstein Friesian milking cows and heifers, was three-year-old Everground Sara, bred and exhibited by Margaret Laffan, Kilfinny, Adare.
Judging the class, Stephen Nagle commended the society on the innovation and remarked that "there was over EBI €200" between the entries.
Everground Sara, making her debut in the judging ring for the first time, took the award against a very competitive entry, which included overall Dairy Champion of the Show, - Baldonnell Samuelo Anna, - when the points for type and EBI were combined.
With an EBI of €202, she has yielded 10,780kgs (2,303 gallons) at 4.06pc Bf and 3.42pc Pr, against an average in the 35 cow herd of EBI €110 with an average yield of 9,690 kg at 3.72pc Bf. and 3.32pc Pr.