It’s quite a challenge wrestling a heifer around the show ring while trying to show off its best points but there’s none better at it than Paul Murphy of Banteer, Co Cork.
Although still performing in under-16 events this year, Paul is a veteran of the show ring, having excelled at the World Conference Dairy Show in Millstreet in 2008.
Showing he was at home on the big stage, he was the big event’s top under-14 cattle handler, and won the overall handler championship.
Success has continued, for example in 2011 at Millstreet, winning the Tullamore Show young showmanship challenge and the YMA Showmanship Junior League and another National Dairy Show champion handler title.
The Emerald Expo 2012 Volac international showmanship challenge this year was another big win, followed by the YMA Handler Championship.
The YMA winners were as follows.
Champion Handler: Paul Murphy, Cork club
Reserve Champion Handler: Lauren Henry, Northern Ireland
Honourable Mention: Donal Bourke, Limerick/Clare
Senior Calf: Beechrow Atwood Twain, owner Michael Booth, handler Michael Booth.
Reserve champion: Skeafbridge Goldwyn My Fair Lady, owners Dermot and Jerry O’Driscoll, handler Jerry O’Driscoll. Honourable mention: Hallow Alexander Fran, owner M&P Jones.
Clipping competition: Galway (Rory Timlin and James Gildea).
Class A Novice Handler: Carlow/Kilkenny (Hannah Murphy).
Class B Novice Handler: Breffni/Oriel (Stuart Heatrick).
Junior Handler (aged 12 or under): Kildare (Nicole McLoughlin).
Intermediate Handler: Cork (Paul Murphy).
Senior Handler: Limerick/Clare (Donal Bourke).
Mature Handler: Limerick/Clare (Dermot McCarthy).
Dairy Shorthorn heifer calf: Monasteroris Daisy 4th, owner Michael Manley, handler Kathy Manley.
2011 dairy Shorthorn heifer: Monasteroris Waterloo Rose 5th, owner Michael Manley, handler Kathy Manley.
Jersey born 2011, 2012: UK33002700977, owner Mervyn Jones.
Junior Calf: Clonpaddin Goa Ashlyn, owner Hurley Family.
Intermediate Calf: Cahirmee Braxton Joyce ET, owner Pat Smith.
Summer Yearling: Clongowes Lavanguard Tilly, owner Clongowes Wood College, handler Ann Maree Manley.
Spring Yearling: Dock Lavenguard Clare, owner Brian Hayes, handler Sinead Minehane.
Mature Calf: Skeafbridge Goldwyn My Fair Lady, owner Dermot and Jerry O’Driscoll, handler Jerry O’Driscoll.