Friesian farm wins award


The Ballydehob dairy farm has recently won the RDS Champion of Champions herd award for 2017.

Friesian farm wins award

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The Ballydehob dairy farm has recently won the RDS Champion of Champions herd award for 2017.

The dairy farm is run by Robert Shannon, but was started by hs father William over 50 years ago.

The farm was ahead of its time when set up as they had begun working using the pedigree holstein friesian breed, becoming one of the first dairy farms in Ireland to do so.

They now farm and milk 80 cattle belonging to the breed and they were one of the first to begin using the breed for milk. This was because other farmers were stukk using shorthorn animals on their farms.

William Shannon started off with 25 animals, but that number has slowly risen through the years, with top quality milk being produced on a daily basis.
They farm currently produces approximately 1800 gallons of milk with almost 5% fat and over 3.5% protein.

The farm was taken over by son Robert approximately 25 years ago, and they haven't looked back.

The farm is in the top 20 EBI Holstein Friesian herds in the country and has a conformation score of VG 85.

The herd has now being named the IHFA/RDS Champion of Champions herd for the year 2017.

This was awarded to honour the two generations who have worked extremely hard carefully breeding their stock, and achieved great things in the meantime.

The award was presented to the farm by the Royak Dublin Society.

The RDS award evaluation mentioned the Ballydehob Holstein Friesians herd and how they showed a good herd balance, conformation and gene merit.

The successful herd is managed by Robert and his wife, Shirley, with the helping hands of their three daughters, Diane, Claire and Sarah and son, Stephen.

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