Dudley Reports: Tipperary/Waterford Holstein Friesian club awards
The annual Tipperary/Waterford Holstein Friesian club award winners have been announced in the last few days. One of 16 regional clubs under the parent body of the Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA), the Tipperary/Waterford club presents prizes across a range of sections and categories each year. Under the chairpersonship of Philip Cusack, the organisation has grown in strength from year to year and almost 30 dairy herds in the area took part in this year’s competition.
The overall winner in the senior section (open to participating herds who have won the junior and intermediate sections in previous years) was won by Noel Hennessy, Bishopstown, Lismore, Co. Waterford. The Valleys Holstein herd is no stranger to success with a win at the renowned National IHFA herds competition to its credit back in 2013. In recent years, the herd has introduced some bloodlines from some of the top international cow families from the USA and Canada. Notable cow families at The Valleys include the Robin, Constance, Gail, Frost, Paradise, Elegance and Marieka cow lines with the aforementioned Frost cow family being named the best cow family in this year’s club competition.
Michael Spillane, Tullamaine, Fethard, Co. Tipperary took 2nd prize in the senior section with his pedigree herd of British Friesians registered under the Mountain prefix. This herd has been enjoying a good run of form of late having previously clinched the runner-up spot in the National herds competition across the entire country just a few months ago. Mountain Marker Gloria EX90 added another accolade to the Spillane family’s success, winning the best protein cow award as a result of her last completed a milk yield of 10,816 kgs at 4.10% protein.
Eamonn McLoughney, Ardcroney, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary won 3rd prize in the senior category for his Ballythomas Holstein herd. A former multiple winner at National IHFA herds competition level, the Ballythomas herd scooped another two individual awards on the night. The first of which was presented to Ballythomas Supra Margaret for the best heifer prize, this one yielded 789 kgs of combined solids in her 1st lactation. Meanwhile her herdmate, Switsheath Susie Mist 924 EX95 4E – one of the highest classified cows in the country at present, took home the best cow award on the back of producing combined solids of 1114 kgs in her latest lactation.
Trevor Dudley, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary took the last of the remaining individual top prizes, winning the best protein herd for his Kilsunny British Friesian herd that collectively averaged 3.71% protein per cow last year. The Kilsunny herd also won the prestigious lifetime achievement prize for the aged 16 year old cow, Kilsunny Ruby 14 EX90 3E who has yielded over 102 tonnes of milk in her lifetime to date.
Intermediate & Junior section
John Phelan of the Dournane pedigree herd took the overall 1st prize in the intermediate section with P&P Power and Sean McCutcheon taking the 2nd and 3rd placings respectively.
Meanwhile in the junior section it was Tom Julian, Cashel, Co. Tipperary who took the top prize with Mick Baldwin and John Fitzgerald rounding out proceedings with a 2nd and 3rd place finish respectively.
Finally, it is worth noting that there is a Holstein Friesian breeders club in every county in Ireland, if you are not currently involved with your local club – make it a new year’s resolution to become a member in 2017. Each of the clubs run yearly activities, competitions and events and it’s a brilliant way to meet like-minded breeders and enjoy a mutual appreciation for the Holstein breed.
Article by Edward Dudley