THERE was a good turnout at the recent stockjudging competition organised by the Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club.
The event was hosted by Paul Dunn and family, who run the noted Dunbanard Herd at Bangor, in County Down.
Mentors and master judges for the evening were Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena, and Geoffrey Patton, Carrowdore.
Junior section – 1, James Gregg; 2, Max Watson; 3, James Patton.
Intermediate section – 1, Callum Reid; 2, Tom McKnight; 3, Ryan McKnight.
Senior section – 1, Robert Stewart; 2, Matthew McLean; 3, Chris Heenan.
HYB co-ordinator Andrew Patton thanked the hosts, and said he was delighted to see such an excellent turnout of members. “Last year’s judging nights were cancelled due to the pandemic, and it is great to eventually have an opportunity to get together to judge good cows.”
The HYB has also announced that its annual calf show will take place in Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Friday, August 20, with judging commencing at 10am sharp.
The schedule includes five showmanship classes, and eight classes for pedigree Holstein calves. Judge for the event is English breeder David Gray from the Grayridge prefix.
Entry forms and schedules can be down-loaded from the Holstein Northern Ireland Facebook page. Alternatively contact HYB secretary Heather Martin on 07845 055576. Entries close on Saturday, July 31. Late entries will not be accepted.