After her second as a two-year-old in last October’s National Dairy Show, it wasn’t a big surprise to see Pavime Dora Red win the Dubliner Cheese All-Ireland heifer in milk prize for the Beechinor family, Clonakilty. She is related to top show cows in Holland, Canada and the US — though US breeders tried to eliminate the red gene from Holsteins for many decades.
With US farmers rushing to import the best Canadian breeding, which included a significant proportion of red and whites, the US Holstein-Friesian Association was forced in 1970 to accept the red and white trait.
As a result, red and whites are more prevalent in Europe than in the US. But it was black and whites that took the Clonakilty championship, in the form of Laurelelm Duplex Impeila shown by Ricky Barrett, Ballinhassig, and reserve champ Lisnacunna Lheros Passion, shown by Patrick Coffey, Enniskeane.
Shorthorn: Jimmy and Linda O’Donovan, Schull. Reserve: Gordon Deane, Dunmanway.
Jersey: Robert Shannon, Ballinascarthy. Reserve: Patrick Ahern, Rylane.
Young people’s handling under 13: Hannah Buckley, Banteer. Under 17: Claire Kirby, Ballinascarthy.
YMA showmanship league: Paul Murphy, Banteer and Maria Burke, Bandon.
Friesian junior: Paul Murphy, Banteer. Reserve: Gordon Kingston, Ballinascarthy.
West Cork Friesian: Robert and Sylvia Helen, Clonakilty.
Reserve: Patrick Coffey, Enniskeane, Co Cork.
Dubliner Cheese All-Ireland: Beechinor family, Clonakilty. Reserve: Patrick Coffey.
Show champion: Ricky Barrett, Ballinhassig. Reserve: Patrick Coffey, Enniskeane.
Young people’s handling under 13: Rachel Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare. Under 17: James O’Leary, Ballincollig.
Pedigree inter beef calf: Eric Jennings, Clonakilty.
Angus: Albert De Cogan, Castlemartyr. Reserve: Eustace Burke, Carrigaline.
Belgian Blue: Tim O’Donovan, Dunmanway. Reserve: Eric Jennings, Clonakilty.
Charolais: Patrick Brett, Thurles. Reserve: Patrick Brett.
Hereford: Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway. Reserve: Adrian Bateman, Riverstick.
Limousin: Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare. Reserve: Donal Moloney.
Simmental: Tony O’Leary, Ballincollig. Reserve: Tony O’Leary.
Commercial non-pedigree: John Cahalane, Castlehaven. Reserve: Tim O’Donovan, Dunmanway.
Pedigree beef calf: Tim O’Donovan, Dunmanway. Reserve: Keith Vickery, Rosscarbery.
Pedigree female beef animal: Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare. Reserve: Michael O’Keeffe & Sons, Newmarket.
Pedigree male beef animal: Michael O’Keeffe & Sons. Reserve: John Cahalane, Castlehaven.
Champion sheep: Alan Jennings, Leap. Reserve: Alan Jennings,.
Poultry, Best Crossbred: The Hurley Family, Drinagh.
West Cork Breeders progeny championship 2012: Charles Dullea, Bandon.
Brood mare: Nick Murphy, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Reserve: Kieran Fahey, Enniskeane.
Foal: Kieran Fahey, Enniskeane. Reserve: Nick Murphy.
3-year-old: Kieran O’Gorman, Clonakilty. Reserve: Seamus Lehane, Clonakilty.
2-year-old: Seamus Lehane. Reserve: Séan F and Christine O’Connor, Newmarket.
Yearling: Seamus Lehane. Reserve: Séan F and Christine O’Connor, Newmarket.
Young horse of the show: Seamus Lehane. Reserve: Kieran O’Gorman, Clonakilty.
Hunter champion: Glenn Knipe, Charleville. Reserve: Val Hyde, Ballymacoda.
Led champion: Orla Whelton, Butlerstown. Reserve: Josephine O’Driscoll, Enniskeane.
Ridden pony: Deirdre Burchill, Skibbereen. Reserve: Theresa Marnane, Bansha, Co Tipperary.
Mini-supreme pony: Ciara Egan, Clogheen, Co Tipperary. Reserve: Finbarr McCarthy, Union Hall.
Supreme pony: Deirdre Burchill. Reserve: Orla Whelton.
Working hunter: Mary McCarthy, Glandore. Reserve: Cal Healy, Aghabullogue.
Open driving: Donie O’Rourke, Dunmanway.
Best dog: Deirdre Crowley. Reserve: Caroline O’Sullivan, Clonakilty.
Best dressed lady: Gillian Kelleher, Millstreet.