THE Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders’ Club has outlined the dates for its forthcoming stockjudging and linear competitions.
Heather Martin, secretary, NIHYB, said: “We have organised three venues for this year’s competition. Members are reminded that they must attend at least two of the practices in order to qualify for the UK competition which takes place at the HYB Weekend Rally/Competitions Day in south Wales from August 9-11.
“Our events kick off next week. The first stockjudging practice takes place at the Graham family’s Moorcastle Herd in Ballymena. This is an excellent opportunity for HYB members to test their judging skills and view the noted Moorcastle Herd.
“A warm welcome is extended to all new and existing HYB members, and we look forward to a good turnout.”
The Holstein Young Breeders’ Club is open to enthusiastic individuals aged between four and 26-years-old, with an interest in learning more about the Holstein breed.
Dates for the diary include:
Tuesday, April 2 – Stockjudging competition at the Graham Family’s Moorcastle Herd, 1 Craigstown Road, Moorfields, Ballymena, County Antrim, BT42 3DF – 7.45pm.
Wednesday, April 24 – Stockjudging competition at Stewart Family’s Ballinaskeagh Herd, 33 Cavehill Road, Banbridge, County Down, BT32 5DS – 7.45pm.
Thursday, June 13 – Stockjudging and linear competition at the Bolton Family’s Carrickfarm Herd, 7 Ballinacross Road, Knockloughrim, Magherafelt, County Londonderry, BT45 8QQ – 7.45pm.
Saturday September 7 – NI Multi-breed Dairy Calf Show, Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
October 18-20 – All Breeds All Britain Calf Show, East of England Arena, Peterborough.
A clipping, calf handling, and field to foto workshop will also take place later in the year. The date and venue will be confirmed in due course.
Holstein UK has recently changed its membership form. All members are advised to update their membership by logging on to www.holstein-uk.org/hyb/hyb-membership-form.