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
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.
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.