The Emerald Expo 2013 saw a record entry of
The Emerald Expo 2013 saw a record entry of cows and young stock despite the difficult weather conditions this spring. The Holstein, Irish Pure Friesian, Shorthorn and Jersey breeds were all well represented and competing for a record prize fund of €25K. IHFA are very thankful to all the sponsors in particular the major sponsor Alltech.
The show in its third year was held at the Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on Saturday 26th April. It was officially opened by John Bryan, President of IFA and the quality of the stock was the best ever seen in the view of many of the spectators.
The judge officiating at the show was Paul Trapp from the USA. He has judged shows in the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan and UK. He is also on the World Dairy Expo show committee and a 4-H judge (young members Handling)
The Frawley family from Croagh, Rathkeale, Co Limerick continued with their success of 2012 and took the Supreme Championship and Reserve, having previously won this accolade at Emerald Expo 2012. Two in a row!
The Supreme Champion and Exhibitor Bred Champion was” Croagh Sussie Mist 46 Ex 90” and the Reserve went to” Ridgefield Dundee Portea Ex 9”3.
The result was a reversal of 2012 when the Portea cow took the Championship and Sussie Mist 46 took the Reserve.
Honourable mention was won by the Jones family, Co. Wexford with “Desmond Dundee Embrace” She also won overall best udder. The judge in his comments on the Champion regarded her as having “the best feet and legs he had ever judged.”
The Junior Champion was won by the Hurley family from Co. Wicklow with “Clonpaddin Windbrook Fame”. Reserve went to Pat Coffey, Co Cork with “Lisnacunna Dee Beauty”.
The Intermediate Champion was won by Jim & Una Sinnott, Co Wexford with “Ballyboy CarmenVG86”. Reserve went to the Jones family with “Hallow Mojo Daisy” with honourable mention win by Cyril Dowling, Baldonnel, Co. Dublin with “Baldonnel Goldwyn Sublime”
There was a very good turnout in the Pure Friesian section. Martin Crowe took the Championship with “Dunum Sneacta 86 Ex91” .Reserve went to Phil, Matt and Bill O Keeffe with “Blackisle Laura 68 Ex 91”.They also took Honourable Mention with “Churchclara Blackie Circus”
The Highest EBI award was won by the pure Friesian cow” Gortfadda Molly 87” owned by Francis Fitzgerald, Co. Limerick.
High Standard for YMA
There was very strong competition in the two young stockmanship and handling classes with 25 competitors. The overall Champion handler was won by Stacey O’Sullivan ‚Knockbrown, Bandon, Co. Cork with the Reserve going to Paul Murphy, Banteer, Co. Cork. Honourable mention went to Lauren O’ Toole, Bagenalstown ‚Co. Carlow. The major sponsor for this event was IHFA, Alltech Ireland, Dept. of Agriculture Food and the Marine and FBD Insurance. Key sponsors included Zoetis (Pfizer animal health) ‚Glanbia-Gain Feeds, Norbrook Laboratories, Volac, Novartis, Dairymaster, KW Forage, and ABS Ireland.
Associate sponsors were Agri Aware, Macra na Feirme, IFA, ASA, ICMSA, Teagasc ‚AIB, Kilkenny Mart, Irish Pure Friesian club, Shorthorn society, Jersey society, Animax, Dovea Genetics, Eurogene, Semen World, Bova AI, Progressive Genetics/Semex , Volac, Lakeland Dairies and Bovi Genetics.
There were two information Forums on the topics “Renewable Energy” and “Dairy Expansion”. Ger Bergin, Vice President IFA, Briain Smyth, Biotricity were the speakers and Matt Merrick chaired the forum on Renewable Energy. Dr. Padraig French and Tom O’Dwyer –Teagasc and Pat O Meara‚ AIB Bank spoke at the forum on Dairy expansion.
Full details on all class winners, their sponsors and a selection of photos are available on the IHFA website (www.IHFA.ie ) on the Emerald Expo page.