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Balmoral Show 2015: Fleming Family reign supreme in dairy section

All the championship results from the Dairy rings at Balmoral Show.

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Inter-breed judge Owain Harries, Llanelli said Northern Ireland always promised a great quality of cows, and Balmoral 2015 was no exception.

 

Tapping out the Jersey, Potterswalls Glams Elisha as his supreme champion, he said it was an easy decision to make.

 

"I was looking for an individual which was the best within their breed. The Jersey was on form and could be admired from all angles," said Mr Harries.

 

Bred and exhibited by the Fleming family, Co. Down, this is the second year in a row the EX90 third calver has dominated the show to lift the inter-breed title, and the seventh time the family have secured the Jersey championship.

 

Calving at the beginning of May, and giving 35kg daily, it beat all other dairy breed to become Northern Ireland's Cow of the Year last year, was the All Britain Junior Cow for the breed and was inter-breed heifer champion at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair.

 

Out of Potterswalls Glams Comercia, a home-bred bull who's semen is also sold through Genus, it is out of the EX94 Grayridge Renaissance Elisa, which was purchased privately from David Gray, Lanarkshire.

 

The Fleming Familly, have been showing at Balmoral for the past 40 years and milk 100 cows, including 85 Jerseys.

 

Reserve

Reserve

Mr Harries gave his reserve honours to the Dairy Shorthorn, Marleycote Princess Jill 31 from John McLean, Co. Antrm.

 

Shown by sister, Ellie, the Marleycote Rampage daughter, out of Marleycote Princess Jill 26 was bought from Richard Baynes, Northumberland. 

 

No stranger to the red rosettes, the EX93 third calver was securing a hat trick, taking the breed championship for the third year in a row. It has also been Dairy Shorthorn champion at the UK Dairy Expo, Carlisle for the last year years and champion at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair. 

 

Calving in November and giving 11,000kg in it's second lactation, it joins a 200-head milking herd of Holsteins, Dairy Shorthorns, Ayrshires and Jerseys at home.

Ayrshire

Ayrshire

The McLean family had further success in the Ayrshire ring, securing the championship with another Marleycote-bred cow, the EX93 third calver, Marleycote Sea Lily 14.

Holstein

Holstein

 

The Holstein classes saw Conor McAufield, Co. Antrim secure his first Balmoral championship with the VG89 second calver, Clonpaddin MPW Jill, bought as a heifer from Gary Hurley.

 

Dairy results

Inter-breed (Judge, O. Harries, Llanelli) Supreme, Fleming Family, Potterswalls Glams Elisha (Jersey); reserve, McLean Family, Marleycote Princess Jill 31 (Dairy Shorthorn).

 

Dairy Shorthorn (E. Crank, Chester) Sup., McLean Family, Marleycote Princess Jill 31; res., N. and R. Booth, Kilsally, Jill 4.

 

Jersey (F. Poskitt, Tadcaster) Sup., Fleming Family, Potterswalls Glams Elisha; res., Clandeboye Estates, Clandeboye Jazzy Bambi.

 

Ayrshire (G. Thomas, Dyfed) Sup., McLean Family, Marleycote Sea Lily 14; res., C. Keenan, Cuthill Towers Pam 30.

 

Holstein (J. Lawson, Lancashire) Sup., C. McAufield, Clonpaddin MPW Jill; res., H. Patton and Sons, Ards Atwood Lou Ella.

 

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