Big attendance defied storms Ophelia and Brian to visit last Saturday’s National Dairy Show at Millstreet, Co Cork
The family famous in dairy breeding for being only eight miles from Dublin’s O’Connell Street won their fourth Irish Examiner National Dairy Show championship last Saturday.
The father and son team of Cyril and John Dowling of Baldonnel, Co Dublin, took the prize, but their winner, Clonpaddin G Fame ET, could be said to be the product of four of Ireland’s top cow breeding farms.
Cow watchers will know from her Fame family name and the dam’s name, Cradenhill Linjet Fame, that she is a grand-daughter of Moralta Inspiration Fame, the super-cow which won this championship three times in the 1990s for the Cradenhill herd of George and Peter Kingston, Nohoval, Co Cork.
Clonpaddin G Fame ET was born in the Clonpaddin herd of Gary and John Hurley, Arklow, and purchased there as a calf by Mervyn Eager of Newcastle, Co Dublin. Mr Eager sold her on as a three-year-old to the Dowlings.
The six-year-old is a 12-gallon cow, with an official 305-day production record of 12976kg at 4.26% fat and 3.16% protein. The Dowlings were previously Irish Examiner championship winners in 1998, 2008, and 2015.
Many in the Show’s big attendance (despite the extra workload as farmers tried to recover from the devastation by storms Ophelia and Brian) had the chance to meet Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, and the special guest who opened the show, retired Leinster and Ireland rugby player Mike Ross, whose family from Ballyhooly, Co Cork, are well known in pedigree breeding.
Meanwhile in the show ring, there was a feel of a Munster-Leinster rugby derby match, with Leinster dominating the final line-up before Canadian show judge Brian Carscadden picked the Irish Examiner National Dairy Show champion.
He went for the Co Dublin cow from the Baldonnel Holsteins, and it was Connacht that claimed the reserve championship, with GS Alliance Atwood Okisha owned by Aidan Foody and Rory Timlin, Co Mayo, with Leinster also taking the overall third place of Honourable Mention, with Kilwarden Windbrook Vix ET, owned by Brochan Cocoman, Co Kildare.
Munster was out of the top three; however, the cow family ties back to the Kingstons’ Moralta, a Canadian import with a an Ex 97 rating yet unmatched in the Republic of Ireland, was a strong Cork connection.
And Limerick played a part also, represented by cow “fitter” Tadhg Burke, who had the champ looking impressive last Saturday.
Earlier, Munster exhibitors had done well, with Rickey and John Barrett winning the Premier Breeder Award for their wins, among them the Intermediate Holstein Championship and Overall Jersey and Exhibitor Bred Championships.
The Confined Champion was exhibited by Thomas Storan, Co Limerick.
Irish Examiner National Dairy Show 2017 Supreme Champion, sponsored by Irish Examiner:
Clonpaddin G Fame ET, exhibited by Cyril and John Dowling, Baldonnel, Co Dublin.
Reserve Supreme Champion:
GS Alliance Atwood Okisha, Aidan Foody & Rory Timlin, Crossmolina, Co Mayo.
Overall Honourable Mention:
Kilwarden Windbrook Vix ET, Brochan Cocoman, Kill, Co Kildare.
Exhibitor Bred Champion sponsored by Colin Johnson:
Kilwarden Windbrook Vix ET, Reserve; Clonpaddin Windbrook Fame 2 ET, exhibited by G & J Hurley, Arklow, Co Wicklow.
Best Udder of Show sponsored by MSD Animal Health:
Clonpaddin G Fame ET.
Premier Breeder sponsored by Norbrook Laboratories:
Rickey Barrett, Ballinhassig, Co Cork.
Premier Exhibitor sponsored by Kelliher Agri Tralee & Collins Agri:
Philip & Linda Jones, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Highest Holstein EBI of show, sponsored by McDonnell Bros:
Hanrahan Alex Delllia, M & E Hanrahan, Mitchelstown, Co Cork.
Jersey highest EBI of show, sponsored by Boveq:
Massrock JE2019 Lilley, Lehane family, Timoleague, Co Cork.
YMA Showmanship League Final (Junior under-12) sponsored by FBD:
1, Hollie Keenan, Threemilehouse, Co Monaghan. 2, Hannah Williamson, Monaghan, Co Monaghan. 3, Claire Smith, Doneraile, Co Cork. 4, Laura Frawley, Bruree, Co Limerick. 5, Brian Hurley, Arklow, Co Wicklow. 6, Manus Murphy, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow.
YMA Showmanship League Final (Intermediate, 13–16 years) sponsored by FBD:
1, Jack O’Neill, Charleville, Co Cork. 2, Rachel Corley, Smithboro, Co Cavan. 3, Mark Hurley, Arklow, Co Wicklow. 4, Rebekah Williamson, Monaghan. 5, Padraic Coleman, Borris, Co Carlow. 6, Sinead O’Sullivan, Bandon, Co Cork.
YMA Showmanship League Final (Senior, 17-26 years) sponsored by FBD:
1, Colin Todd, Monaghan. 2, Doireann Mulhall, Kilkenny. 3, Gerard Kirby, Ballinascarthy, Co Cork. 4, Rachel McNamara, Newtownshandrum, Co Cork. 5, Jamie Keenan, Co Monaghan. 6, Claire Kirby, Ballinascarthy, Co Cork.
Novice Handler aged under 12 sponsored by Dairygold:
1, Hannah Greenan, Monaghan. 2, Manus Murphy, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. 3, Brian Hurley, Arklow, Co Wicklow. 4, Connor Coleman, Borris, Co Carlow. 5, Amy Roche, Hacketstown, Co Carlow. 6, Cormac Walsh, Killarney, Co Kerry.
Handler 12–18 years sponsored by McDonnell Bros:
1, Nikki McLoughlin, Rathangan, Co Kildare. 2, Kevin Smith, Doneraile, Co Cork. 3, Rebekah Williamson, Monaghan. 4, Cathal Mulhall, Kilkenny. 5, Jane Hannan, Crecora, Co Limerick. Sarah Williamson, Monaghan.
Handler Championship sponsored by Osmonds:
Nikki McLoughlin, Rathangan, Co Kildare. Reserve, Kevin Smith, Doneraile, Co Cork. Hon Mention, Hannah Greenan, Monaghan.
Jersey Heifer born 2017 sponsored by Kerry Agribusiness:
Sprucegrove Yega Sangri (Best Exhibitor Bred), Aidan Foody. 2,Tonemace Valentino Urchin, Thomas Cahill, Corrandulla, Co Galway. 3, Shanawayhill Joyful Lady, T & M MCCarthy, Balineen, CO Cork. Highest EBI, Mooreshill Queen Georgia, Patrick Ahern, Rylane, Co Cork.
2017 Heifer, under-12 handler sponsored by Carbery Group:
1, Goldenfield Add Walburga (Best Exhibitor Bred), J & P Murphy, 2. Drumshanny Sensation Queen Red, Trevor Williamson, Monaghan. 3, Laurelelm Atara Cop, R & J Barrett. Cork. Highest EBI, Fortgrantie Fandew Indianink, John Roche, Carlow.
2016-2017 born heifer sponsored by Barrett Agri / Southern Farm Fuels:
1, Cornboro Beemer Dooly (Best Exhibitor Bred), exhibited by Brian Corley, Smithboro, Co Cavan. 2, Greenlea Mandella Oran, Padraic Greenan, Monaghan. 3, Greenlea Armani Pledge ET, Padraic Greenan. Highest EBI, Hanrahan Alex Dellia, E & M Hanrahan.
Heifer born July-November 2016, sponsored by Eurogene Ai:
1, Yardgrove Atwood Jeanette, Bryan O’Connor, Kanturk, Co Cork. 2, Seanacourt S1488 Abrakazoos ET (Best Exhibitor bred), Denis Donohoe, Athy, Co Laois. 3, Sprucegrove At Lav Peggy, Keypoint & Cunningham, Tuam, Co Galway. Highest EBI, Fortgranite St Louis Gloria 18, A Kealy & J Roche, Co Wicklow.
2016 heifer born before July sponsored by De Laval:
1, Sprucegrove At Door Sunlight, Keypoint & Cunningham. 2, Clonpaddin Snowy Fame 2 (Best Exhibitor Bred), G & J Hurley. 3, Chapelhill Doorman Roxy, T & D Bourke, Adare, Co Limerick. Highest EBI, Evergreen Susie Mist 17, L & S Murphy, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow.
Heifer born second half 2015 sponsored by Dovea Genetics:
1, Grangecon Chelios Arena 8 (Best Exhibitor Bred), Anthony Kealy. 2, Mounteen Palermo Linda (Highest EBI), John G Kirby, Ballinascarthy, Co Cork. 3, Cappavilla Cecelia 12, Mary Leahy, Listowel.
Junior Holstein Champion sponsored by Munster AI:
Cornboro Beemer Dooly, Brian Corley. Reserve Sprucegrove At Door Sunlight, Keypoint & Cunningham.Hon Mention, Greenlea Mandella Oran, Padraic Greenan.
Jersey heifer born before 2017 not in milk sponsored by FBD Insurance:
1, Mullaghlands Pride Starlight (Best Exhibitor Bred), Pat Gaynor, Mullagh, Co Cavan. 2. Massrock JE2019 Lilley (Highest EBI), Lehane Family. 3, Ballyelan Tequila Louise, T & C Lynch, Ballingarry, Co Limerick.
Junior Jersey Champion sponsored by Zoetis:
Mullaghlands Pride Starlight, Pat Gaynor. Reserve, Massrock JE2019 Lilley, Lehane Family. Hon Mention, Sprucegrove Yega Sangri, Aidan Foody.
Confined heifer in milk sponsored by Merial:
1, Balinvrensig Million Fame (Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder), Michael McGrath, Cloyne, Co Cork. 2, Barna Stonewall Ingrid (Highest EBI), M & E McNamara, Newtownshandrum, Co Cork. 3, Mullaghlands Atwood Mia, Edwin Gaynor, Mullagh, Co Cavan.
2-year-old heifer in milk sponsored by MSD Animal Health:
1, Sprucegrove Chelios M Illinda (Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder), A & S Foody. 2, Hallow Atwood Twizzle 1181, P & L Jones. 3, Tubbertoby Brokaw Anna, Paul Flanagan, Drogheda, Co Louth. Highest EBI, Lisduff Sasha 188, J Leahy & J O’Sullivan, Listowel, Co Kerry.
Junior 3-year-old heifer/cow in milk sponsored by Herdwatch:
1, Laurelelm Fever Brilliant (Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder), exhibited by R & J Barrett. 2, Clonpaddin McChrisi, exhibited by G & J Hurley. 3, Rosstemple Armani Rosary Red, O’Sullivan Family, Bandon, Co Cork. Highest EBI, Ballyelan Uno Embrace, T & C Lynch.
Intermediate Holstein Champion, sponsored by Ornua:
Laurelelm Fever Brilliant, R & J Barrett, Reserve, Clonpaddin McChrisi, G & J Hurley. Hon Mention, Sprucegrove Chelios M Illinda, A & S Foody.
Jersey heifer in milk sponsored by Norbrook Laboratories:
1, Mooreshill Starbuck Mamie (Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder), Patrick Ahern. 2, Mooreshill Pwi Nikki, Patrick Ahern. 3, Mooreshill E Nicola (Highest EBI), L & S Murphy.
Confined cow in milk sponsored by Southern Milling:
1, Liskinett Windbrook Jalila 5 ET (Best Exhibitor Bred), Thomas Storan, Kilmallock, Co Limerick. 2, Mountcarmel Atwood Laurie (Best Udder), Thomas Storan. 3, Robinview Lxc Lina 190, Michael McGrath. Highest EBI, Glengarry Fever Lobellia, Robert Noonan, Ballingarry, Co Limerick.
Confined Champion sponsored by Farm Store:
Liskinett Windbrook Jalila 5 ET, Thomas Storan. Reserve, Mountcarmel Atwood Laurie, Thomas Storan. Hon Mention, Balinvrensig Million Fame, Michael McGrath.
Jersey cow in milk sponsored by IFA:
1, Laurelelm Comerica Glamour (Best Exhibitor Bredand Best Udder), R & J Barrett. 2, Sprucegrove Redpath Sangria, Aidan Foody.
Overall & Exhibitor Bred Jersey Champion Champion sponsored by Irish Jersey Society:
Laurelelm Comerica Glamour, R & J Barret. Reserve, Sprucegrove Redpath Sangria, Aidan Foody. Hon Mention, Mooreshill Starbuck Mamie, Patrick Ahern.
Senior 3 year old cow in milk sponsored by Allied Irish Bank:
1, Clonpaddin Windbrook Fame 2 ET (Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder), G & J Hurley. 2, Greenlea Shottle Pledge (Highest EBI), Padraic Greenan. 3, Muckross Mccutchen Ambrosia, Jerome O’Leary, Clondrohid, Co Cork.
4-year-old cow sponsored by Bank Of Ireland:
1, Kilwarden Gold Bonnie ET (Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder), Brochan Cocoman. 2, Hallow Attic Christina, P & L Jones. 3, Kilwarden Fever B Shower 2, Brochan Cocoman. Highest EBI, Dalevalley Gwy Embrace 2 ET, D & E O’Neill & Boyd.
5 yr old cow in milk sponsored by Devenish Nutrition:
1, GS Alliance Attwood Okisha, A & S Foody & R Timlin. 2, Thevalley Amazing Frost (Best Exhibitor Bred), P & L Jones. 3, Greenlea Lauthority Pledge (Best Udder), Padraic Greenan. Highest EBI, Laurelmore Stonewall Ravena, J Barrett & Sons.
Mature cow in milk born before 2013 sponsored by IHFA:
1, Clonpaddin G Fame ET (Best Udder), C & J Dowling, 2, Kilwarden Windbrook Vix ET (Best Exhibitor Bred), Brochan Cocoman, 3, Laurelmore Duplex Impala, J Barrett & Sons. Highest EBI Laurelelm Ross Shamrock 2, R & J Barrett.
Production Class sponsored by Dairygold:
1, Laurelmore Duplex Impala, J Barrett & Sons. 2, Crossnacole Attwood Precious, Victor Jackson, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow. 3, Bordermist Sanchez Fran ET, P & L Jones.
Group of 3 females owned by exhibitor sponsored by Zoetis:
1, Kilwarden, 2, Hallowl. 3, Laurelelm.
Best trade stand: Rumleys Open Farm.
Recognition award: Tommy Finlay, Head of the Dairy Section, Tullamore Show
Gold Engineering Award and overall winner: Dairy Geyser.
Silver engineering award: Tyre to Tyre.
Gold Technology award: Virtual Vets.
Silver Technology: Moocall Heat.
Gold Science: Intracare.
Silver Science: AB Vista.