The annual Irish Pure Friesian Awards took place recently with the top non-Holstein herds in the country all vying for the biggest dairy prizes of the year. Eight main awards were presented on the night in addition to several more production awards in the junior categories.
Two county Tipperary herds shared the limelight in the senior section with the Mountain and Kilsunny herds taking home three prizes each.
Michael Spillane, Fethard, Co. Tipperary claimed one of the biggest awards of the night, winning the best senior cow title with Mountain Bas Averil EX91 2E. This eight year-old mature cow is currently milking on her 6th lactation and had completed a 305 day milk yield of 11962 kgs with over 800 kgs combined solids. The Mountain herd also collected prizes for Mountain Frosty Petula EX92 2E and the best pair prize for the mother and daughter Mountain Glenalbyn Averil EX92 4E and Mountain Rancher Averil VG87 – both of whom have completed yields in excess of 10,000 kgs of milk.
Trevor Dudley, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary claimed a further three awards in the senior section. The first of these was presented to Kilsunny Ruby 97 VG87 who took the best heifer in milk prize on the back of her 1st lactation yield of 8600 kgs of milk. Kilsunny Ruby 89 VG85 scooped the best junior cow title after a 2nd lactation comprising of 10768 kgs of milk at 3.71% protein whilst her herd mate, Kilsunny Ruby 14 EX90 3E triumphed in the lifetime achievement category. This aged 16 year-old cow has produced over 100 tonnes of milk in her lifetime and had also taken the lifetime achievement accolade at the Tipperary/Waterford Holstein Club awards night last month.
Bryan Daniels, Kilmaganny, Co. Kilkenny took home the final two awards in the senior section winning the highest EBI prize with Raheenarran Hylke Breda VG87 and the protein prize with Raheenarran MKY Darine. Hylke Breda boasts an EBI of €279 and has completed 13 lactations to an average of 3.75% protein whilst MKY Dairine won her award on the basis of a 1300 gallon milk yield at 4.20% protein.
Pat O’ Connor, Banogue, Croom, Co. Limerick completed a double win in a very competitive junior section. Foxfarm Karen 830 came out on top in the senior cow category on the back of her 5th lactation yield of 1900 gallons at 3.84% protein, whilst Coolmohan Lily 4 EX90 3E won the lifetime protein prize after producing just under 3200 kgs of protein over 9 lactations.
Patrick Quealy, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford won the best heifer in milk prize for Grenan SVD Andrea who produced 8510 kgs of milk with combined solids of over 600 kgs.
Gearoid Maher, Cappamore, Co. Limerick took the last award of the night, winning the best protein cow with Dunum Sneachta 970 who had completed a very impressive 4.23% protein in her last lactation.
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