Winter Fair 2013

RUAS,Winter Fair 2013,Balmoral N IRL
The supreme championship eludes strong competition from Southern Breeders!

The 28th Royal Ulster Winter Fair in association with Danske Bank took place on December 12th at the King’s Hall Pavilions.
The  new expanded  Pavilions enabled the show to expand and grow in size.There was a very large crowd in attendance with many  visitors from Southern Ireland supporting a strong contingent of cows  and  exhibitors from the Republic. The atmosphere was electric and there was hardly room to move about the stands that were all very busy with enquiries.
The judge for the show was Cord Hormann from Germany. Along with his parents, Cord owns and operates Wilcor Holsteins.   They currently milk about 50 Holstein cows with a production of 10.600 kg, milk of 3,8 % butterfat and 3,4 % protein

With Wilcor Holsteins, Cord attends shows on a regular basis.  His biggest success so far was to exhibit the Junior Champion R&W at the Swiss Expo in Lausanne in 2009. 
Cord has also bred and still owns the Junior Champion Heifer in Milk at the German National Show in 2011.
  Since 2008 he has served as an official judge for the German Holstein Association and has judged numerous shows in Germany, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Russia.
Southern breeders swept the boards with seven first placings, three second placings,Junior Champion,Heifer Champion and Reserve and overall Reserve Supreme Champion of the  Holstein Classes.
Garry Hurley, Clonpaddin, Co Wicklow was first to succeed with Junior Champion going to “ Clonpaddin Windbrook Fame”.( She was also Junior Champion at the National Dairy show Millstreet 2013) and Reserve going to her full sister purchased as a calf by Wilson Patton Ards herd at Clonpaddin HF Open Day sale 2011. The judge in his comments said it was a very close placing and a difficult choice to separate these  animals. Garry also took 1st place in the yearling class with “Clonpaddin AFT Mona” which went on to win Honourable mention.
Junior heifer in milk and Champion heifer went to “Hallow Atwood Twizzle” owned by Philip Jones, Co Wicklow. Intermediate Heifer in Milk and Reserve Champion again went to the Clonpaddin stable, another Atwood daughter just 3 weeks calved “Clonpaddin MPW Jill”. Senior heifer in Milk went to Baldonnell Goldie Larissa jointly owned by Cyril & John Dowling and Tadgh Bourke.
Junior cow in milk went to David &Kenneth Boyd with “Glasslough Sanchez Brie”
The Partnership of Jones, Boyd,O’Neill &Mc Ginley took the Senior cow class with “Bordermist Sanchez Fran” with Victor Jackson coming in a close second placing with “Crossnacole Dundee Precious”.
“Ballyginniff Goldwyn Cindy”cow in milk having had three calves went to J A Patterson&sons with with second placing going to Boyd and Cromie with “Dalevalley GWY Ivory” and third placing going to “Hallow Advent Twizzle 3”. Her Atwood daughter had win the Heifer Championship earlier in the day.
Last years’ Champion “Hilltara Zenith Echo EX 94” owned by S&J Mc Cormick was first in the  mature cow class with Hallow Holsteins, Co Wicklow coming second with “Hallow Lheros Indianink.”
The Judge Cord Hormann thanked all his stewards for their help and exhibitors for bringing out their cattle so well and making it a wonderful show to judge. In lining out his top five for overall Championship he commented on the quality of the cows especially their functionality in terms of Locomotion and udders. “These cows could compete on any world stage”  he commented.
The final line up were the champion heifer “Hallow Atwood Twizzle”, the Senior cow class winner “Bordermist Sanchez Fran” and second placing  “Crossnacole Dundee Precious”.  cow in milk having had three calves “Ballyginniff Goldwyn Cindy”and the mature cow “Hilltara Zenith Echo”.
To thunderous applause he tapped out “Ballyginniff Goldwyn Cindy”as Champion and“Bordermist Sanchez Fran” as Reserve.
This completed a very successful show.