And breeder Cyril Dowling knew her cow family was a winner when he spotted them in Canada.
The five-year-old is now the Irish show ring star, having combined a recent national calf champion win for her first daughter with her own Irish Examiner National Dairy Show 2015 Supreme Championship last Saturday at Millstreet. Her owners will make the most of her success by selling embryos. She was described as a tremendous animal by Harold Sweetnam, who returned to his native county from his farm in Canada to be the show judge last Saturday.
The Bourkes of Adare, Co Limerick, previously had reserve overall and junior champs at Millstreet — so the win was a major breakthrough for Tadgh, aged 31, who combines farming and dairy breeding and showing the animals with his work as a veterinary surgeon.
The Bourkes milk 120 cows averaging 9,000 litres at 3.4% protein. For 10 years, Tadgh has helped the Dowlings of Baldonnel, Co Dublin, prepare and show their prize animals.
The Dowlings had the champion at Millstreet in 1998, and their consistent success has continued with wins such as the Baileys champion title in 2005 and 2008
With an eye to the show ring, John Dowling says they breed for type only among their 80 cows on their 120 acres situated within two minutes of Newlands Cross and Citywest on the edge of Dublin. Another brother, Colin, farms 300 acres of tillage near Naas.
Another Co Dublin dairy farmer was a winner on Saturday, with Mervyn Eager, Lucan, accepting the National Dairy Show’s annual lifetime achievement award.
He served as Irish Holstein Friesian Breeders Association President in 2008, when IHFA successfully hosted the World Holstein Friesian Conference at Killarney and Millstreet.
Baldonnel Goldie Larissa, exhibited by Cyril Dowling, Baldonnel, Co Dublin, and Tadhg Bourke, Adare, Co Limerick. Reserve: Kingsleigh S901 Karry 604, Shay & Margaret Nyhan, Clonakilty, Co Cork. Honourable Mention: Laurelelm Ruben Sassy, Ricky & John Barrett, Ballinhassig, Co Cork.
Baldonnel Goldie Larissa. Reserve: Kingsleigh S901 Karry.
: JJ O’Connor, Cork Club.
Rachel Corley, Breffni Oriel Club.
Andrea Rafferty, Breffni Oriel Club.
1st. Katie Gahan. 2nd Megan Boal. 3rd Doireann Mulhall. 4th Rachel McNamara.
1st Manus Murphy. 2nd Clara Roche. 3rd Conor McNamara. 4th Claire Smith. 5th Clodagh O’Sullivan.
Katie Gahan of the Slaney Club. Reserve: Megan Boal of the Galway Club.
1st. Moorshill Redpath Nikk, Pat Ahern, Rylane. 2nd Ribblesdale Vanahlem Ermintrude, Eamon McLoughney, Co. Tipperary. 3rd Moorshill Senior S, Pat Ahern. 4th Massrock S1542 Daisy, Ger Lehane, Timoleague, Co. Cork.
1st Dellview Snow Angel, Gordon Kingston, Co. Cork. 2nd Ballyelan Uno Embrace, Tom Lynch, Co. Limerick. 3rd Portvale Atwood Vicky, Clayton Coulter, Co. Monaghan. 4th Ballyboy Armani Carmen 995, Jim & Una Sinnott, Co. Wexford. Best Exhibitor Bred: Dellview Snow Angel. Highest EBI: Greenlea Mg Rhapsody.
1st. Hallow Lavanguard Chrisi, Philip & Linda Jones, Co. Wexford. 2nd: Coolnamara Fever Z, Liam & Sandra Murphy, Co. Carlow. 3rd.: Clonpaddin Lavanguard Flavour, Garry & John Hurley, Co. Wicklow. 4th: Sprucegrove Heztry Peggy, Keypoint Holsteins, Co. Galway/Aidan Foody.
1st: Bunacloy V-B Doorman Alioli ET, Mike Magan. 2nd: Greenlea Shottle Pledge, Padraic Greenan, Co. Monaghan. 3rd: Coolrue Damion Joni, Sean Kelly, Co. Tipperary. 4th: Mounteen Stonewall Nula, John G. Kirby, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
1st: Evergreen Seven Lauren, Liam & Sandra Murphy. 2nd: Denmire Doorman Marie Anne 8, Hugh Dwyer, Killorglin, Co. Kerry. Best Exhibitor Bred: Evergreen Seven Lauren. Highest EBI: Denmire Doorman Marie Anne 8.
Evergreen Seven Lauren, Liam & Sandra Murphy. Reserve Champion: Dellview Snow Angel, Gordon Kingston. Honourable Mention: Hallow Lavanguard Chrisi, Philip & Linda Jones, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
1st: Sprucegrove Redpath Sangria, Aidan Foody, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo. 2nd: Ribbledale Kyros Roxy 2, Shanawayhill Farms, Ballineen, Co. Cork. 3rd: Bluestone Ex Bailey’s Louise, Tom Lynch, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick.
1st Mirah Laven Maggie, Michael Freeney, Co. Galway. 2nd Evergrange Jill ET, Eamon McLoughney. 3rd: Aughrim Missy ET, David Noonan, Blarney, Co. Cork.
1st Kilwarden Windbrook J Vixan, B. & J. Cocoman, , Kilwarden, Kill, Co. Kildare. 2nd: Crossnacole Seaver Janik, Victor Jackson, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. 3rd: Skeafbridge Shottle Myfairlady, D. & J. O’Driscoll, Timoleague, Co. Cork. 4th: Laurelmore Deg Meg, John & Ricky Barrett, Togher, Cork. 5th: Sprucegrove Lavanguard Peggy, A. & S. Foody.
1st: Clonpaddin RCU Jill 2, Gary and John Hurley, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. 2nd: Ardnasalem Fever Sarah, Patrick Colton, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan. 3rd: Baldonnel Flashmatic Renita, Cyril & John Dowling, Co. Dublin. 4th: Ballyboy Windbrook Carmen, Jim & Una Sinnott, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. . Exhibitor bred: Clonpaddin RCU Jill 2. Highest EBI: Skeafbridge Aftshoc Myfairlady. Best Udder: Clonpaddin RCU Jill 2.
Kilwarden Windbrook J. Vixan, B. & J. Cocoman. Reserve Champion: Clonpaddin RCU Jill 2, Gary & John Hurley. Honourable Champion: Ardnasalem Fever Sarah, Patrick Colton, Emyvale, Co Monaghan.
1st: Suirvalley OT Starlight, Patrick Gaynor, Mullagh, Co. Cavan. 2nd: Kilgarriffe Monica, Eamon McLoughney, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. 3rd: Slevoy Biscuit, Denis Roche, Co. Wexford. 4th: Bluestone Daisy, Tom Lynch, Ball Co. Limerick. 5th: Massrock PWI Bessie, Ger Lehane, Timoleague, Co. Cork
1st: Hallow Attwood Twizzle ET, D. & T. Neville, Croagh, Co. Limerick. 2nd: Shanakiel WSO Ridical, Alan Kelleher, Macroom, Co. Cork. 3rd: Foherish Shottle Rhonda, Jerome O’Leary, Clondrohid, Co. Cork. 4th: Swiftsheath Windbrook Twizzle ET, Patrick Gaynor, Mullagh, Co. Cavan. 5th: Coolroehouse Damion Cristina, P. Whitley & G. Beechinor, Co. Cork. 6th: Knockbrown Windbrook Mia ET, Patrick Gaynor, Mullagh, Co. Cavan.
Clonpaddin RCU Jill 2, D. & T. Neville. Reserve Confined Champion: Mirah Laven Maggie, Michael Freeney.
1st Laurelelm Comereica Glamour, Ricky & John Barrett. 2nd: Bluestone JJ Louise, Eamon McLoughney. 3rd: Laurelelm Vindication Poppy, Ricky & John Barrett. 4th: Moorshill On Time Eve, Patrick Ahern, Rylane, Co. Cork.
Laurelelm Comereica Glamour, Rickey & John Barrett. Reserve: Suirvalley OT Starlight, Patrick Gaynor. Hon. Mention: Kilgarriffe Monica, Eamon McLoughney.
1st Kingsleigh S901 Karry 604, Shay & Margaret Nyhan, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. 2nd: Tubbertoby Atwood Fran, P. & M. Flanaghan, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. 3rd: Ardnasalem Jenny ET, Patrick Colton. 4th: Evergrange Jill ET, Eamon McLoughney. 5th: Firmount Tulip 7, M. McCarthy, Shanawayhill, Co. Cork.
1st: Lisnacunna Dee Beauty Red, Patrick Coffey, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. 2nd: Kilwarden Evolve Barbie ET, Brian & S. Hayes, Kinsale, Co. Cork. 3rd: Kilwarden Sid G. Vixan, B. & J. Cocoman. 4th: Baldonnel Gold Floss ET, Cyril & John Dowling, Co. Dublin. 5th: Laurelelm Fever Perfection, Rickey & John Barrett. 6th: Delasheen Aftershock Chrisi, P. & M. Flanagan.
1st: Baldonnel Goldie Larissa, Cyril Dowling and Tadhg Bourke. 2nd Kilwarden Shottle L. Carmen, Brochan Cocoman. 3rd: Glaslough Baxter Elly, Patrick Colton. 4th: Barna Ross Linda, M. & E. McNamara, Newtownshandrum, Co. Limerick. 5th: Coolroehouse Damion Cristina, P. Whitley and G. Beechinor, Co. Cork.
1st: Laurelelm Ruben Sassy, Rickey & John Barrett. 2nd: Laurelmore Duplex Impala, John & Rickey Barrett. 3rd: Evergreen Duplex Ebony, Liam & Sandra Murphy, Bagenalstown, Co. Carolow. 4th: Hallow Advent Twizzle 3 ET, Philip & Linda Jones, Gorey, Co. Wexford. 5th: Elitestreet Stormatic Tory ET, Hugh Dwyer, Killorglin, Co. Kerry. 6th: Glaslough Goldwyn Bret, David & Kenneth Boyd.
1st: Laurelelm Ruben Sassy, Rickey & John Barrett. 2nd: Hallow Advent Twizzle 3 ET, Philip & Linda Jones. 3rd: Glaslough Goldwyn Bret, David & Kenneth Boyd, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan.
1. Rickey & John Barrett. 2. Brochan & Joseph Cocoman. 3. Patrick Colton. 4. Dermot & Jerry O’Driscoll.
Ricky & John Barrett..
John & Ricky Barrett.
Ballyellan Centrurion Alice, Tom Lynch, Ballyellan, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick.