Donal is looking forward to bringing the impressive Dairy Show cup and the Liam MacCarthy Cup together, as the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship trophy continues on its travels through Limerick, writes
“It’s nearly up there with Limerick winning the All- Ireland,” said Donal Neville, after his Milliedale Dusk Rhapsody EX 95 won the Irish Examiner National Dairy Show supreme championship last Saturday.
It’s no faint praise, from a man who has represented Limerick in over-40 Masters hurling.
And it was another great National Dairy Show advertisment for Irish family dairy farming, with Donal and his wife Kathleen running the Emerald Holsteins herd (Michael Lane completes the full-time staff) at Croagh, Co Limerick, between Adare and Rathkeale.
At the halter, as seven glistening Holstein Friesians paraded in show judge’s Edward Griffiths line-up for the final, was Thomas Neville, winner of numerous handling championships across Ireland and Europe over the past 10 years. He works with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (he is a hurler too, with Douglas in Cork).
Helping out were Caitriona and Ann Neville, both former Irish handler champions.
Caitriona is a nurse and Ann works with Kerry Group in Charleville.
Donal says the family help makes it possible to them to take part in shows, which paid off this year with Milliedale Dusk Rhapsody’s championship win at Charleville and the reserve championship in Diageo’s Baileys Cow.
Already bringing home many handler rosettes from Millstreet year after year, the Nevilles made a breakthrough with their bloodlines in 2015, winning the confined championship.
And the supreme championship last Saturday in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, at Ireland’s premier indoor agricultural event, puts them at the top of the tree in the fiercely competitive Irish dairy breeding scene.
“It’s the one to win,” said Thomas Neville.
Meanwhile, Donal is looking forward to bringing the impressive Dairy Show cup and the Liam MacCarthy Cup together, as the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship trophy continues on its travels through Limerick.
Having purchased Milliedale Dusk Rhapsody 12 months ago as a new bloodline in his herd, he was thrilled with her added success in the show ring Saturday, where she also won the mature cow class. She is one of 120 pedigree Holstein Friesians on their farm.
As well as showing the overall runner-up, Rickey Barrett’s Laurelelm Herd was the Show’s Premier Breeder, Premier Exhibitor, and Best Udder winner.
A big attendance estimated at over 4,500 at the National Dairy Show, which was officially opened by Sean Kelly, MEP, indicated that pedigree dairy breeding is here to stay, even at a time of great change in the dairy industry.
Lower yielding crossbred cattle have made inroads into the dairy industry, but breeders at Millstreet on Saturday were confident that pressures on the industry to become more efficient, to reduce emissions, will favour pedigree cows. “These are much more profitable than crossbreds, and better for the environment,” said Donal Nevile. “I don’t know why they are not encouraged more.”
In his show opening speech, Sean Kelly MEP assured the large attendance that there will be a Brexit deal.
“I am confident that a withdrawal agreement will be reached in December. I believe there is a will for a deal to be done, and when that is present in Brussels, even though we usually go until the 11th hour, an agreement will ultimately be reached.”
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed also attended the Show, organised by members of the Cork Holstein Friesian Association, in conjunction with the Irish Holstein Friesian Association.
Trade exhibitors had a record number of display stands at Saturday’s event.
Irish Examiner National Dairy Show 2018 Supreme Champion:
Champion Milliedale Dusk Rhapsody, shown by D & K Neville.
Laurelelm Fever Brilliant (R & J Barrett).
Drumlina Atwood Megan (Boyd, Greenan, O’Neill, Timlin and Moore).
Exhibitor Bred Champion sponsored by Colin Johnson:
Laurelelm Fever Brilliant (R & J Barrett).
Exhibitor Bred Reserve Champion:
Kilwarden Gold Bonnie ET, B & J Cocoman.
Showmanship League 12 yrs and under, sponsored by FBD Insurance:
1. Manus Murphy. 2. Hannah Williamson. 3. Michael Blake.
Showmanship League, aged 13-16, sponsored by FBD Insurance:
1. Rachel Corley. 2. Jack O’Neill. 3. Nikki McLoughlin.
Showmanship League, aged 17-26, sponsored by FBD Insurance:
1. Doireann Mulhall. 2. Georgia Kerr. 3. Claire Kirby.
Novice Handler under 12, sponsored by Osmonds:
1. Kate Lehane. 2. Hannah Greenan. 3. Conor Frawley.
Handler aged 12-18, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim:
1. Sarah Williamson. 2. Conor Lynch. 3. Aisling Harty.
Handler Championship sponsored by Volac:
Jersey heifer born after 2017, sponsored by Peatbedding:
1. Gabriel Rose 2090, Robert Shannon. 2. Laurelelm Beautiful Poppy, R & J Barrett. 3. Euro Joel Prance, Daniel Curtin. Best Exhibitor Bred and Highest EBI: Gabriel Rose 2090.
Heifer born January 2018 led by handler aged 12 or under, sponsored by Herdwatch:
1. Knockbrown Hagley Eileen, O’Sullivan family. 2. Greenlea Unix Aiko, Padraic Greenan. 3. Cornboro Incredibul Carla, Brian Corley. Best Exhibitor Bred. Knockbrown Hagley Eileen. Highest EBI: Lisnalty Clare 333, Paul Hannan.
Heifer born 1/12/17 to 31/1/18, sponsored by Roche’s Feeds:
1. Panda Eleanor Storm, Brian Corley. 2. Sprucegrove Dougal Colleen, A & S Foody. 3. Mounteen Diamondback Zoe, John Gerard Kirby. Highest EBI: Euro Laurie, Daniel Curtin.
Heifer born 1/10/17 to 31/11/17, sponsored by Lely:
1. Mounteen Beemem Fame 2, John Gerard Kirby. 2. Ballylongane Farci 6, Maurice Harty. 3. Maunsell District Augustin, Daniel Curtin. Best Exhibitor Bred : Mounteen Beemem Fame 2. Highest EBI: Maunsell District Augustin.
Heifer born 1/7/17 to 30/9/17, sponsored by Kerry Agribusiness:
1. Lynbrook Atwood Erin ET, Timlin, O’Neill and Morley. 2. Cahirmee Sid Presence ET, Patrick Smith. 3. Ballintotas Macarena Misty, John Shanahan. Best Exhibitor Bred, Cahirmee Sid Presence ET. Highest EBI: Ballintotas Massey Ellen, John Shanahan.
Heifer born 1/1/17 to 30/6/17, sponsored by FBD Insurance:
1. Evergreen Bee Lydia ET, Liam & Sandra Murphy. 2. Leagh Solomon Maui, Boyd, Greenan, O’Neill, Timlin, Moore. 3. Ardarostig Beemer Sunray, E & S Murphy. Best Exhibitor Bred. Evergreen Bee Lydia ET. Highest EBI: Coolquill Hagley 1417, T & M Blake.
Heifer born between 1/7/16 to 31/12/16, sponsored by Dovea Genetics:
1. Yardgrove Atwood Jeanette, Bryan O’Connor. 2. Dellview Precious Karry, Gordon Kingston. Best Exhibitor Bred and Highest EBI, Dellview Precious Karry.
Junior Holstein Champion, sponsored by Tom Harte Farm Services Ltd:
Evergreen Bee Lydia ET, Liam & Sandra Murphy.
Knockbrown Hagley Eileen, O’Sullivan family.
Panda Eleanor Storm, Brian Corley.
Jersey heifer born before 31/12/17, not in milk, sponsored by Barrett Agri:
1. Lisnacunna Tequila Veronica’s, T & C Lynch. 2. Clonocey Shine Marble 2, Seamus Shannon. 3. Massrock JE2019 Lilly, Lehane family. Best Exhibitor Bred, Clonocey Shine Marble 2. Highest EBI, Massrock JE2019 Lilly.
Junior Jersey Champion sponsored by Jersey Cattle Society:
Lisnacunna Tequila Veronica’s, T & C Lynch.
Clonocey Shine Marble 2, Seamus Shannon.
Confined Heifer in Milk, sponsored by IFA:
1. Cappavilla Cecelia 12, J & M Leahy. 2. Crossnacole Dempsey Janik, Lehane family. 3. Fotaview Atwood Chrissy, J Watson & S Meade. Highest EBI, Cappavilla Cecelia 12. Best Udder, Crossnacole Dempsey Janik.
2-yr-old heifer in milk born on or after 1/3/16, sponsored by Southern Milling:
1. Lisnalty Megasire Rituel, Paul Hannan. 2. Blarney Mogul Pledge ET, N & M Murphy. 3. Dock Solomon Clare, B & S Hayes. Best Exhibitor Bred, Lisnalty Megasire Rituel. Highest EBI, Blarney Mogul Pledge ET. Best Udder: Lisnalty Megasire Rituel.
Junior 3-yr-old heifer/cow in milk, sponsored by Munster Cattle Breeding Group:
1. Sprucegrove Apples Peggy, A & S Foody. 2. Laurelelm Fever Daffodil 6, R & J Barrett. 3. Lissispin Sandra 95, J & M Leahy. Best Exhibitor Bred, Sprucegrove Apples Peggy. Highest EBI and Best Udder, Laurelelm Fever Daffodil 6.
Intermediate Holstein Champion, sponsored by Ornua:
Lisnalty Megasire Rituel, Paul Hannan.
Sprucegrove Apples Peggy, A & S Foody.
Laurelelm Fever Daffodil 6, R & J Barrett.
Jersey Heifer in Milk, sponsored by Devenish:
1. Mullaghlands Pride Starlight, Edwin Gaynor. 2. Ballyealan Tequila Louise, T & C Lynch. 3. Sprucegrove Val Sparkle, A & S Foody. Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder, Mullaghlands Pride Starlight. Highest EBI: Clonocey Shine Marble, Seamus Shannon.
Confined Cow in Milk sponsored by Eurogene AI Services:
1. Eedy Alexander Acclaim ET, R & S Helen. 2. Ardskeagh SNI Sal, John McNamara. 3. Eedy Destry Acclaim, R & S Helen. Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder, Eedy Alexander Acclaim ET. Highest EBI: Dock Goldwyn Marie 2, Sean Meade.
Confined Champion sponsored by AIB:
Eedy Alexander Acclaim ET, R & S Helen.
Ardskeagh SNI Sal, John McNamara.
Jersey Cow in Milk sponsored by Bank of Ireland:
1. Laurelelm Glamour, R & J Barrett. 2. Sprucegrove Redpath Sangria, A & S Foody. 3. Laurelelm Comerica Glamour 2, R & J Barrett. Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder, Laurelelm Glamour. Highest EBI: Suir Valley Ot Starlight, Edwin Gaynor.
Overall Jersey Champion, sponsored by McDonnell Bros:
Laurelelm Glamour, R & J Barrett.
Mullaghlands Pride Starlight, Edwin Gaynor.
Ballyealan Tequila Louise, T & C Lynch.
Jersey Exhibitor Bred Champion, sponsored by McDonnell Bros:
Laurelelm Glamour, R & J Barrett.
Senior 3-yr-old cow in milk, sponsored by National Dairy Show:
1. Mirah Axn Elle, Michael Freeney. 2. Laurelmore Atty Ann, J & R Barrett. 3. Coolehill Frost 2, R & S Forde. Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder, Mirah Axn Elle. Highest EBI: Coolehill Frost 2.
4-yr-old cow in milk, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim:
1. Laurelelm Fever Brilliant, R & J Barrett. 2. Laurelmore Fra Hattie, J & R Barrett. 3. Kilwarden Lavanguard F Dixie, B & J Cocoman. Best Exhibitor Bred and Best Udder, Laurelelm Fever Brilliant. Highest EBI, Dock Capital Champ ET, J & R Barrett.
5-yr-old cow in milk, sponsored by Zoetis:
1. Kilwarden Gold Bonnie ET, B & J Cocoman. 2. Laurelelm Jerrick Daffodil, R & J Barrett. 3. Robinview Ares Roxy, N Murphy & M McGrath. Best Exhibitor Bred Animal, Kilwarden Gold Bonnie ET. Highest EBI: Mountcarmel Atwood Laurie, T Storan & Sons. Best Udder: Laurelelm Jerrick Daffodil.
Mature cow in milk born before 2014, sponsored by IHFA:
1. Milliedale Dusk Rhapsody, D & K Neville. 2. Drumlina Atwood Megan, Boyd, Greenan, O’Neill, Timlin & Moore. 3. Ardnasalem Jenny ET, P & K Colton. Best Exhibitor Bred, Ardnasalem Jenny ET. Highest EBI, Evergreen Gala 6, L & S Murphy. Best Udder: Drumlina Atwood Megan.
Production Class judged on conformation, sponsored by Peat Bedding:
1. Drumlina Atwood Megan, Boyd, Greenan, O’Neill, Timlin & Moore. 2. Ardnasalem Jenny ET, P & K Colton. 3. Ballyealan Shotle Dellia ET, N & M Murphy. Best Exhibitor Bred, Ardnasalem Jenny ET, Highest EBI: Laurelmore Matson Allie, B & S Hayes. Best Udder: Drumlina Atwood Megan.
Exhibitor’s group of 3, sponsored by Dairygold:
1. Laurelelm. 2. Kilwarden. 3. Laurelmore.
National Dairy Show 2018 Best Udder sponsored by Bank of Ireland:
Laurelelm Fever Brilliant, R & J Barrett.
National Dairy Show 2018 Premier Breeder sponsored by Norbrook:
Rickey Barrett, Laurelelm Herd.
National Dairy Show 2018 Premier Exhibitor, sponsored by The Farm Store:
Rickey Barrett, Laurelelm Herd,
National Dairy Show 2018 Highest EBI Holstein, sponsored by Kellihers Feeds and Agri Supplies Ltd and Bonanza Calf Nutrition & Shine:
Coolquill Hagley, T & M Blake.
National Dairy Show 2018 Highest EBI Jersey sponsored by Jersey Cattle Society:
Gabriel Rose, Robert Shannon.