And a Co Limerick herd which has been winning the top prizes since the 1990s was the star performer of the 49 herds represented, from Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Louth, Meath, Tipperary, Wexford, and Wicklow.
Mr Dubois said the show had the finest Best Three Females Owned by Exhibitor section he had seen — and that was just one of the rosettes claimed by Patrick and Derrick Frawley’s Croagh herd, from Rathkeale, Co Limerick.
They also showed the Alltech senior cow champion, Ridgefield Dunee Portea, which also took the best udder of the show award. Croagh Susie Mist 46, also owned by the Frawleys, won the four-year-old cow in milk section and was the IHFA best exhibitor bred champion.
Yet another Frawley cow, Croagh Integrity Lady, won the Dairymaster production class.
Holstein, Friesian, Jersey and Shorthorn cattle featured in the show, chasing a prize fund of €25,000.
The show winners were as follows.
Alltech Senior Cow Champion: Ridgefield Dundee Portea, owned and exhibited by P & D Frawley, Rathkeale, Co Limerick. Reserve: Croagh Susie Mist 46, owned and exhibited by P & D Frawley. Honourable Mention: Baldonnel Goldwyn Sharon, owned and exhibited by Cyril Dowling, Baldonnel, Co Dublin.
IHFA exhibitor bred champion: P & D Frawley, Croagh Fran 46.
Animax premier breeder: P & D Frawley, Rathkeale, Co Limerick.
Semen World premier exhibitor: P & D Frawley.
FBD best three females owned by exhibitor: P & D Frawley.
Ecolab best udder of the show: P & D Frawley’s Ridgefield Dundee Portea.
Rispoval IBR Junior Champion: Michael Booth, Beechrow Atwood Twain. Reserve: Michael Booth, Beechrow Allstar. Honourable Mention: M & P Jones, Hallow Boss Twain.
ABS intermediate heifer in-milk champion: The Hurley Family, Clonpaddin GKS Fame. Reserve: Dermot McCarthy, Ballincurra Stormatic Lette. Honourable Mention: Paul Flanagan, Tubbertoby Alexander Ashley.
Dovea Genetics Irish Pure Friesian Senior cow in milk: Bill O’Keeffe, Blackisle Laura.
IFA Irish Pure Friesian Championship: Bill O’Keeffe, Blackisle Laura. Reserve: Michael Spillane, Mountain Glenalbyn Rosie. Honourable Mention: Exhibitor: Bill O’Keeffe, Churchclara Blackie Circus.
Irish Shorthorn Champion: Michael Manley, Monasterosis Jennie Deans. Reserve: Glenn Carter, Rodway Jenna. Honourable Mention: Michael Manley, Monasteroris Waterloo Rose.
Progressive Genetics/Semex Jersey Champion: Michael Booth, Rapid Bay-UK Jades Rumour. Reserve: Michael Booth, Potterswalls Jamaican Pansy. Honourable Mention: Cal Hennessy, Potterswalls June Fanfare.
Volac International showmanship challenge: 1, Paul Murphy, Banteer, Co Cork. 2, Andrea Uhrig, Germany.
3, Padraic Murphy, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny.
Greenvale Animal Feeds Heifer born 2012: M & P Jones, Hallow Boss Twain.
ICMSA Heifer born second half of 2011: Michael Booth, Beechrow Atwood Twain.
Eurogene Heifer born first half of 2011: Pat Smith, Cahirmee Goldwynn Spicy Lakelands.
Heifer born second half of 2010: Michael Booth, Beechrow Debonair Pledge.
T-Mac Agro Heifer born first half of 2010: Richard Whelan, Ballinvrensig Debonair Fame.
Progressive Genetics Junior Shorthorn Heifer: Michael Manley, Monasteroris Waterloo Rose.
Moyvalley Meats Junior Jersey Heifer: Michael Booth, Beechrow Allstar.
Volac calf Handler aged 16 years or under: Paul Murphy.
Volac calf handler aged 17-26: Padraic Murphy.
Bova AI Irish Pure Friesian in Milk Heifer: Bill O’Keeffe, Churchclara Blackie.
Kilrisk Shorthorn Herd Shorthorn heifer in milk: Kenneth Smith, Kilrisk Fanny.
McAuley Feeds Jersey heifer in milk: Michael Booth, Rapid Bay-UK Jades Rumour.
AIB two year old heifer in milk born after August, 2009: The Hurley Family, Clonpaddin GKS Fame.
Greenvale Junior three-year-old heifer in milk born 2009: Dermot McCarthy, Ballincurra Stormatic Lette.
Irish Shorthorn Society Shorthorn cow in milk: Michael Manley, Monasterosis Jennie Deans.
3-year-old cow in milk born 2008: C. Dowling/M. Eager, Baldonnel Goldwyn Sharon.
KW Forage four-year-old cow in milk 2007/2008: P & D Frawley, Croagh Susie Mist 46 Jersey Cow in Milk: Michael Booth, Potterswalls Jamaican Pansy.
Dry Cow calved twice or more: The Hurley Family, Clonpaddin GWY Fanta.
Glanbia All Ireland senior cow in milk: Michael Booth, Galwaybay Dundee Lavish.
Dairymaster production class: P & D Frawley, Croagh Integrity Lady.