With champions which could easily compete on the world stage, according to acclaimed Canadian judge Brian Carscadden, it was the Holstein Desmond Dundee Embrace which reigned supreme at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair, Belfast.
Exhibited by Philip Jones of Hallow Holsteins, Wexford, it is owned in partnership with Roy Cromie and was bought as a month-old calf from Martin O’Sullivan for €10,200 (£8,300) at the world Holstein Friesian conference in 2008. A week earlier the calf’s dam, Budjon-JK Durham Embrace was a champions at the World Dairy Expo, Wisconsin.
Part of Mr Philip and his wife Linda’s 60 cow herd, it is the second cow to take the inter-breed title at the Winter Fair for the Jones family, winning in 2011, with reserve inter-breed in 2013 another achievement.
Shown in its fourth lactation after calving in May, it is a Regancrest Dundee daughter and was honourable mention at the 2012 Emerald Expo.
Described by Mr Carscadden as a credit to the Dairy Shorthorn breed, it was the 10-year-old seventh calver, Monasteroris Jennie Deans 8 who was tapped out as reserve overall.
Bred my Michael Manley, Offaly and shown by daughter Ann-Maree the EX93 Bilbro Stephen daughter was Emerald Expo champion in 2012 and 2014, and was making its third show outing.
Out of Ballingarrane Jennie Deans, it makes up a 50-head milking herd of mostly Dairy Shorthorns and gave over 7,700kg in its last lactation.
Reserve Holstein honours went to the champion heifer, Hallow Bordermist Sid Fran, a Pine Tree Sid daughter, which was ‘loved’ by the judge.
From father and son, John and Jack Cooney, Co. Caven, and shown by Denis O’Neill, it was purchased from Hallow Holsteins in 2012 at the Dale Valley sale for 3,900gns.
After calving in February and giving 32kg daily at 3.31 protein and 3.54 butterfat, it was champion Holstein heifer at the National Livestock Show, Tullamore in August and intermediate heifer champion at the National Dairy Show, Millstreet in October.
The senior heifer out of Bordermist Sanchez is herdmate to 60 milking Holsteins on farm and is projected to give 9,300kg in its second lactation.
The McLean family, who milk 180 cows at home, also took the champion Ayrshire title with their third calver, Marleycote Sea Lily 14.
Also purchased privately from Mr Baynes, this time in partnership with Sydney Cromie, Co. Antrim, it was reserve breed champion here in 2013 and has won numerous local shows throughout the year.
Classified VG89 as a second calver, it is currently giving 50kg per day at 5.15 butterfat and 3.15 protein and is a Des Prairies Potter daughter out of Marleycote Sea Lily 2.
In reserve was John Hunter, Crumlin with Ardmore Miranda 2, a home-bred second lactation cow, whose dam, Cuthill Towers Miranda 3 was bought from A. and S. Lawrie, Kinross as a calf.
Dominating the Jersey breed, securing the champion, reserve and honourable mention titles was the Fleming family, Co. Down.
Leading the ring was the six week fresh third calver Potterswalls Action Daisybelle. Led by son, Lindsay, it was making its first show outing since being made breed champion here last year .
Yielding 40kg per day, it is an Excellent second calver and is due to be scored in June. By Forest Glen Avery Action, it is off Potterswalls Jamaica Daisybelle.
The Fleming’s breed champion heifer, Potterswalls Habit Belle took the reserve breed title on its debut outing. Two months calved and scored VG85 as a two year old, it’s grand dam is a previous breed champion here at the Winter Fair.
It was shown by Pamela Allen and is a Unique VS Habit daughter, out of Potterswalls Flagship Belle.
Reserve heifer inter-breed went to the reserve Holstein and intermediate heifer in milk, Glamour Iota Ambrosia from Tommy Henry, Co. Antrim.
Led by son, Mark the Regancrest Alta Iota daughter, out of Glamour Goldwyn Ambrosia was bought privately at three weeks old from David McAfee for £3,000.
Calving in June and giving 52kg daily it was inter-breed heifer champion at Antrim Show this year.
Taking the Ayrshire heifer championship was Christian Keenan, Co. Monaghan with Cuthill Towers Rambo Rusty. Reserve was Admore Dorothy 79 from John Hunter, Crumlin.
Leading the Shorthorns was N. and R. Booth, Co. Tyrone Kilsally Seraphina 9, with the same breeder in reserve with Kilsally Ideal Ruth 6.
Tapped out as junior heifer champion was the Holstein Beechview Altachairman Makke from George and Jason Booth, Dungannon. Due in January to sexed Army it is a Ralma Altachairman daughter out of Mossrigg Atlas Makke and was bought at the Mossrigg dispersal three years ago for 2,000gns.
Close behind taking the reserve position was the reserve Holstein champion, Dalevalley Goldwyn Embrace 2 from Denis and Eleanor O’Neill, Glaslough. It was purchased off Roy Cromie at the Promise of Protein sale in June for 5,600gns.
Taking reserve in the Dairy Shorthorn line up was Iain and John McLean, Co. Antrim with the third calver Marleycote Princess Jill 31.
Giving 50kg daily and shown three weeks fresh, it was breed champion and reserve inter-breed here last year.
Bought privately from Richard Baynes, Northumerland in 2013 it was breed champion at both the UK Dairy Expo and Balmoral Show for the last two years running.