Travelling all the way from New Zealand to take up his role as master judge, Selwyn Donald, Featherston had his work cut out at this year’s Royal Ulster Winter Fair. Louise Hartley reports from Balmoral Park.
Two phenomenal mature cows stole the show at this year’s Royal Ulster Winter Fair.
Standing first and second in their class, which included a last minute switch at the top by the judge, the pair of Holsteins then dominated the breed and overall inter-breed titles.
Clinching supreme was the EX95 fourth calver, Evergreen Duplex Ebony from Liam and Sandra Murphy, Co. Carlow. Calving at the beginning of July and gave 11,214kg in it’s last lactation, it is a home-bred Duplex daughter, out of Swiftsheath Roumar Lauren.
Shown my Steve McLoughlin, it was champion at Tullamore and Iverk Show and honourable mention at the Baileys Show this year.
Standing side-by-side the champion throughout was the reserve supreme, Hallow Advent Twizzle 3 EX95 from Hallow Holsteins, Wexford. Calving with it’s fifth in September and giving 13,500kg in it’s last lactation, it stood second at last year’s show.
Sired by KHW Kite Advent Red and out of Lucky-E JK Linjet Twizzle, one of it’s Atwood daughters sold to Italy for €50,000 and is classified Excellent as a second calver, and another daughter by the same sired sold for €10,000 to Co. Antrim’s Conor McAufield.
Inter-breed heifer champion was secured by the Holstein Ardnaselem Fever Sarah from Patrick Colton, Co. Monaghan, bought from Tom Kelly, Co. Louth for 3,500gns. Reserve was another Holstein, this time Tubbertoby Windbrook Florence from Paul Flanagan, County Louth.
Brothers Stephen and Andy Booth, Co. Tyrone dominated both champion and reserve for the Dairy Shorthorns, making it their fourth breed title at Royal Ulster.
At the top was their previously unshown Stardale Judge Red-sired heifer, Kilsally Gill 17, which calved in October.
Reserve was the second lactation Poos Stadel Classic daughter, Kilsally Seraphina 9, which was heifer champion at Royal Ulster and second at Balmoral Show last year.
Clandeboye Estates, Co. Down also did the double in the Jersey ring, leading with the two weeks fresh Clandeboye Jazz Evita. By Rapid Bay Jazzman and out of Raughton Lester Evita, the EX94 sixth calver was reserve supreme in 2011 and reserve Jersey champion here in 2013.
Another Evita stood reserve, this time the heifer Clandeboye Allstar I Evita. Previously unshown, it is a Sunset Canyon Anthems Allstar daughter, out of Clandeboye Iatola Evita.
The Ayrshire champion was the EX93 fourth calver Cuthill Towers Pam from Christian Keenan, Monaghan. Bought privately from Arthur Lawrie, Kinross and calving in May, the Cuthill Towers White Knight daughter has been reserve breed champion at Balmoral for the last two years.
In reserve was Blaise Tomlinson, who had brought his third calver, Sandyford Mayflower 14 over from Leicestershire. It was the breed’s junior heifer champion at the Livestock Event in 2013 and honourable mention in 2014.