View House Domb Helene from the herd of Ted Boyce at Ballytigue, Bruree, Co Limerick produced 12,944kgs of milk, equivalent to 2,766 gallons, at 3.68% butterfat and 3.26% protein, to win the highest honour in the Bank of Ireland Herd of 2002 awards.
The winners were announced at the annual dinner of the Limerick and Clare Holstein-Friesian Breeders at Adare, Co Limerick.
The herd of well known breeders, Pat and Breda Frawley, Raheen House, Croagh, swept the boards again, winning cow family, heifer in milk and overall herd awards.
Their Best Heifer in Milk award went to Croagh Storm Fran, and the Frans won the family award.
The Frawleys’ herd of 90 to 100 cows has an average milk yield of 2,100 gallons.
Pat Frawley confirmed that he had paid up to $25,000 for some of the heifers imported into his herd.
However, they had been repaid with their contribution to his outstanding herd, judged the best in the region many times.
Development Class: 1. Tom and Jim O’Sullivan, Ardpatrick, Kilmallock. 2. J. J. Murphy, Croagh, Rathkeale. 3. Peter Keane, Gardenhill, Castleconnell.
Herds of 0-60 cows: 1. Martin O’Sullivan, Gortboy, Newcastle West 2. Ted and Joe Boyce, Ballytigue, Bruree. 3. Jack Horgan, Ballynaught, Bruree.
Herds of 60-80 cows: 1. Tom Storan, Morenane, Croom. 2. Sean Dillon, Croagh, Rathkeale. 3. Pat Dillon, Castletown, Kilmallock.
Herds over 80 cows: 1. Pat Frawley, Croagh, Rathkeale. 2. Donal Bourke, Kilfinny, Adare. 3. John Frawley, Coolrea, Bruree.