by Andrew Patton
A RECORD-breaking 110 Hol-stein calves were entered and took to the show ring at Dungannon Farmers Mart on Friday, August 20.
After a long 18 months with no shows to attend or prepare for due to the ongoing pandemic, it was a welcome return to show season with the 18th Multi Breed Dairy Calf Show.
The show, which is solely organised and run by the Holstein Young Breeders’ (HYB) club, is being hailed a great success and is growing year on year.
“I was amazed by the number of entries, with depth and quality of calves in each and every class,” said renowned judge for the day David Gray of Strathaven, Scotland.
“It was a great honour to be asked to judge the NI HYB calf show, and after 18 months of no shows, this did not disappoint”.
On the day, young breeders’ mem-bers are put through their paces in the showmanship classes, which are sponsored by World Wide Sires UK, as well as taking to the ring once more in the afternoon for the calf conformation classes, sponsored by Thompsons Feeds.
Exhibitor Bred awards are also up for grabs in each class, sponsored by Western Farm Enterprises.
A grand total of 43 young members sweated it out in the showmanship section in their various age categories with eventual Showmanship Champ-ion being awarded to Lauren Henry, Stranocum, who retained her title once more.
Reserve Champion handler was Jessica Hall, Nutts Corner, with Honourable Mention going to Ava Montgomery, Saintfield.
Speaking during the Showmanship Championship, judge Mr Gray said: “I have chosen my top five handlers that would qualify for the All Breeds All Britain showmanship and I believe that they will all hold a strong chance of commanding at the top end of their classes.”
The All Breeds All Britain Calf Show is a national event which takes place each autumn at Peterborough showground and sees the top regional showmanship and calf class winners compete it out for the national title. This year the event will take place from Friday-Sunday, October 15-17, and along with the top three handlers, John Hamilton, Bangor, and Harry Orr, Ballymena, will represent Northern Ireland in the hope to claim the top spots.
Mr Gray finished by wishing the five qualifying young members all the best for the hotly contested national competition.
During lunch break and before the calf conformation classes, Co-
ordinator Andrew Patton, Newtown-ards, made a presentation on behalf of the NI HYB club to Wilbert Rankin, Templepatrick.
Breed stalwart Wilbert has been a long-standing steward at the annual event and this presentation was a token of the club’s appreciation to mark his retirement.
Tribute was also paid to the late Robert Wallace, Templepatrick, who alongside Wilbert were vital parts of the show, and who helped mould it into the success it has become. Thanks were also given to the new stewards, Leiza Montgomery, Saintfield, and Jay Warden, Bangor.
The calf classes did not present an easy task for master judge Mr Gray.
Calves are judged in age sorted classes and the top two placed calves in each class are invited back to compete for the overall Champion award. With a bumper number of calves in each class, “the quality of calves throughout – especially in the red and white class – is as just about as good as I have seen in a long time,” said Mr Gray.
“The calves at the top of each class could compete amongst the very best, anywhere.”
Indeed, it was the ladies in red which commanded the judge’s attent-ion from the get go, with four of the eventual five top calves being red and white.
Speaking of his final line up, Mr Gray said: “I find myself tapping out five calves for my championship that exhibited style, balance, depth, good rumps and great feet and legs – these five calves have it all.”
He then went on to tap out his top three with Champion being awarded to Chrissy Gordon and Ruth Pearson, Garvagh, with Slatabogie Untouchable Rosie Red, the January 21 born calf, which was purchased at the recent Summer Sizzler Sale and bred by Alan and Leanne Paul, Maghera.
“My Champion calf today carries all the attributes I am looking for in a young Holstein animal. She just oozes style and I find she gets herself to the top quite handily today,” Mr Gray said.
Following the Champion, in Re-serve and Honourable Mention posit-
ions were two more calves, again bred (and owned) by Alan and Leanne Paul, Maghera, with Re-serve Champion & Exhibitor Bred
Champion being awarded to Slata-bogie Avatar Mahogany Red.
Honourable mention ribbons went to Slatabogie Unstopabull Chipper Red.
Prize winners from each calf class also find themselves in a qualifying position for the national All Breeds All Britain calf show. However, this year, due to new Brexit restrictions, this is unfortunately impossible.
“It is always very encouraging to see such a large number of young members coming out with such enthusiasm and ability for showing calves as it is indeed them who will lead the industry in years to come. I would like to thank the NI HYB club for inviting me to judge your show today – it has been an absolute honour,” were the closing words from Mr Gray.
Thanks must go to sponsors for the day, without whom the event would simply not be possible – World Wide Sires UK (showmanship), Thompsons Feeds (calf conformation), and Wes-tern Farm Enterprises (exhibitor bred).
Thanks also go to stewards and to commentator for the day Michael Taaffe, Milltown. The club would also like to thank the Ayrshire and the Jersey Society along with Dungannon Farmers Mart, without whom the NI Multi-breed Calf Show would not be where it is today.
Full results from the Holstein section:
Novice Holstein Showmanship Under 7 years on 1 January 2021 – 1st Tom McCormick, Bangor, 2nd Acacia McCann, Bangor, 3rd Sienna McCann, Bangor.
Junior Holstein Showmanship Under
12 years on 1 January 2021 – 1st Ava Montgomery, Saintfield, 2nd Jack Orr, Ballymena, 3rd Oliver Patton, Carrowdore.
Intermediate Holstein Showmanship Aged between 13-15 years – 1st John Hamilton, Bangor, 2nd James Patton, Carrowdore, 3rd Anna Keatley, Cas-tlederg.
Senior Holstein Showmanship Aged between 16-20 years – 1st Harry Orr, Ballymena, 2nd Tom McKnight, Lisburn.
Mature Holstein Showmanship Aged between 21-26 years – 1st Lauren Henry, Stranocum, 2nd Jessica Hall, Nutts Corner.
CHAMPION HANDLER – Lauren Hen-ry, Stranocum;
RESERVE – Jessica Hall, Nutts Corn-er;
HONOURABLE MENTION – Ava Mont-
Holstein Born on or after 1 April 2021 – 1st and exhibitor bred, Hilltara Diamondback Maude 18, by Mr D Apple Diamondback owned and bred
by McCormick Family, Bangor, 2nd Damm Unix Lavish, by Croteau Lesperron Unix owned and bred by G & D Simpson, Lisburn, 3rd Mostragee Unstoppabull Ellie Red by Riverdown Unstopabull owned and bred by Henry Family, Ballymoney.
Holstein Born between 1 February 2021 and 31 March 2021 – 1st and exhibitor bred, Hilltara King Doc Supra, by Woodcrest King Doc owned and bred by McCormick Family, Bangor, 2nd Hilltara Kimball Maude 5 by Seagull Bay Slvr Kimball owned and bred by McCormick Family, Bangor, 3rd Damm Army Adler Red by Siemers Apples Army owned and bred by G&D Simpson, Lisburn
Holstein Born between 1 December 2020 – 31 January 2021 – 1st Slatabogie Untouchable Rosie Red by Riverdown Unstopabull owned by C Gordon and Ruth Pearson, Garvagh, 2nd Monamore Miss Ellys Doorman by Val Bisson Doorman owned by W & A Patton, Newtownards, 3rd and exhibitor bred, SBG Solution Carlin by Fustead SSI Solution owned and Partnership bred by Slatabogie Hol-steins, Maghera
Holstein Born between 1 November 2020 – 30 November 2020 – 1st and exhibitor bred, Slatabogie Avatar Mahogany Red by Hoven Holsteins Avatar bred and owned by Slatabogie Holsteins, Maghera, 2nd Drumport Sidekick Abigail by Walnutlawn Side-kick owned and bred by Alan Porter, Drumbo, 3rd Annaghmore Master StL Maggie by Gold Oaks Master owned and bred by C & J Richardson, Annaghmore.
Holstein Born between 1 October 2020 & 31 October 2020 – 1st and exhibitor bred, Aghyaran Un-stopabull Andrea Red by Riverdown Unstopabull owned and bred by Trevor Keatley, Castlederg, 2nd Mostragee Pepper Kylie by Delaberge Pepper owned and bred by Henry Family, Stranocum, 3rd Hilltara Dia-mondback Maude 9 by Mr D Apple Diamondback owned by G & D Simpson, Lisburn.
Holstein Born between 1 August 2020 and 30 September 2020 – 1st and exhibitor bred, Slatabogie Unstopabull Chipper Red by Riverdown Unstopabull bred and owned by Slatabogie Holsteins, Maghera, 2nd Slatabogie Izandie Explosion Red by Cycle McGucci Jordy owned and bred by Slatabogie Holsteins, Maghera, 3rd Annaghmore Artist Twizzle by Stone Front Artist owned and bred by C & J Richardson, Annaghmore.
Holstein Born between 1 June 2020 and 31 July 2020 – 1st and exhibitor bred, Hilltara Diamondback Sara 3 by Mr D Apple Diamondback owned and bred by McCormick Family, Bangor, 2nd Ards Tattoo D Lou Ella by Duckett Crush Tattoo owned and bred by W & A Patton, Newtownards, 3rd Jones La Brasserie Apple Pie by Mr Blondin Warrior Red owed by Leyburn Family, Derrynoose.
Holstein Born between 1 April 2020 and 31 May 2020 – 1st Hydaways Jordy Raquel Red by Cycle McGucci Jordy Red owned by Stephen Watterson, Ballyronan, 2nd and exhibitor bred,
Printshop Priceless Gillian by En-denordinary MCC Priceless bred and owned by G & J Wallace, Nutts Corner, 3rd Ingleden Doc Locket by Woodcrest Kingdoc owned by J Wallace & Jessica Hall, Nutts Corner
Red & White Heifer born on or after 1st April 2020 – 1st Slatabogie Untouchable Rosie Red by Riverdown Unstopabull owned by C Gordon and Ruth Pearson, Garvagh, 2nd and exhibitor bred, Slatabogie Avat-
ar Mahogany Red by Hoven Holsteins Avatar owned and bred by Slatabogie Holsteins, Maghera, 3rd Slatabogie Unstopabull Chipper Red by Riverdown Unstopabull owned and bred by Slatabogie Holsteins, Maghera
EXHIBITOR BRED CHAMPION – Slat-
abogie Avatar Mahogany Red by Hoven Holsteins Avatar owned and
bred by Slatabogie Holsteins, Magh-era;
RESERVE – Slatabogie Unstopabull Chipper Red by Riverdown Un-stopabull owned and bred by Slatabogie Holsteins, Maghera
CHAMPION CALF – Slatabogie Un-touchable Rosie Red by Riverdown Unstopabull owned by C Gordon and Ruth Pearson, Garvagh;
RESERVE – Slatabogie Avatar Ma-hogany Red by Hoven Holsteins Avatar owned and bred by Slatabogie Holsteins, Maghera;
HONOURABLE MENTION – Slata-bogie Unstopabull Chipper Red by Riverdown Unstopabull owned and bred by Slatabogie Holsteins, Maghera.