Wexford breeders take the cream in Lisburn
There was a sense of déjà vu for Holstein-Friesian breeders Philip and Linda Jones, Killowen, Gorey, Co Wexford when their eight year-old Desmond Dundee Embrace Holstein cow was judged overall interbreed champion at the RUAS Winter Fair near Lisburn.
Desmond Dundee Embrace impressed Wisconsin judge Paul Trapp enough for him to place the cow as Holstein champion and overall show champion to crown a remarkable year for the 60-cow herd, which had already won the Bailey's Irish Cream Dairy Championship with Hallow Advent Twizzle 3 last autumn.
Philip was naturally overjoyed to have repeated his success of having won the overall interbreed championship at the same event back in 2014 with the very same cow.
He bought Desmond Dundee Embrace as a one month-old calf back in 2008 for €10,300, and now as a cow, she is still impressing judges at eight years of age.
Philip said: "She is yielding about 40 litres a day currently and still looks well at this mature age".
Judge Paul Trapp from Wisconsin said he was very impressed by the cow and the event itself. Paul has visited Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland many times but this was his first time judging at the RUAS Winter Fair.
He said: "This cow has proven herself time and time again. She is a great example of a mature cow and has shown superb longevity.
"There were three cows that stood out for me in the final line-up and this cow was definitely the best cow on show at this event."
The reserve interbreed champion at the show was eight year-old Holstein cow Evergreen Duplex Ebony, the 2016 Bailey's Reserve Champion, from the herd of Liam and Sandra Murphy, Evergreen Lodge, Fenagh, Co Carlow.
The daughter of Mesland duplex, Evergreen Duplex Ebony, has produced over 10,080kg of milk and 681kg of fat and protein.
At last year's Winter Fair, Liam and Sandra won the overall interbreed championship with the same cow and Philip and Linda Jones's Hallow Holsteins took the overall reserve with a different animal to this year's winner.
Honourable Mention this year went to John Hunter from Crumlin in County Antrim with his six year-old Ayrshire champion Sandyford Honest Blizzard.
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