In the Holstein ring David and Kenny Boyd, from Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, made it a double, scooping the champion and reserve prizes.
Champion was their homebred fourth calver Glaslough Miss Petra, sired by Mr Minister and out of Glaslough Lyster Petal. She last calved in January and gave 11,500kg in her last lactation. She won champion at the National Holstein Show and reserve at the Emerald Expo.
In reserve was their fifth calver Glaslough Goldwyn Bret. Sired by Braedale Goldwyn she is out of MT Brenda. She is currently giving 50kg a day, having last calved in March and was shown by Brendan Greehan.
Judge Michael George from the noted Brynhyfryd herd in Haverfordwest said both beasts “oozed quality, strength and balance” and said they were just what he’d been looking for all day.
Commenting on his champion he added:
“She [the champion] has so much strength. She’s had four calves but her udder is welded on.”
Scooping the breed championship under Welsh judge Seimon Thomas was the McLean family, Bushmills, with their second calver Marelycote Princess Jill 31st. Sired by Marleycote Rampage and out of Marleycote Princess Kill 26th she was bred by Richard Baynes and was purchased privately by the McLean’s as an in-milk heifer.
She won the breed championship at the Dairy Expo, Carlisle, earlier this year as well as the breed championship and reserve interbreed titles at the Winter Fair in December.
In reserve was the fifth calver Lincool Heather 10th Ex94 from Sunrise Shorthorns, Downpatrick, Co. Down. Sired by Irthingvale Lillians Rebel she is out of Lincool Heather 8th and was bred by Jay Lindsay, Co Antrim.
Winning the breed championship under Scottish judge Robert Cunningham was Cromie and McLean’s third calver Atley Hill Yellow Pamela from Bushmills, Co. Antrim. Sired by Yellow Briar Journalist she is out of Haresfoot Pamela 5 and was bought privately as an in-calf heifer from breeder David Alderson, Northallerton. She gave 8,000kg in her last lactation and is currently giving 40kg a day, having last calved in February.
In reserve was the homebred third calver Cuthill Towers Pam 30 from Christian Keenan, Threemilehouse, Co. Monaghan. Sired by Cuthill Towers White Knight she is out of Cuthill Towers Pam 29. Last calved in February she is currently giving 40kg a day.
The Flemming Family, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, won both the breed champion and reserve prizes in the Jersey ring.
In first position was their homebred second calver Potterswalls Glams Elisha. Sired by Potterswalls Glams Comerica she is out of Grayridge Renaissance Elisa. She last calved in February and is currently giving 30kg daily. She won the reserve breed title at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair two years ago.
In reserve was the third calver Potterswalls Ministers Daisybelle 2. Sired by Select Scott Minister and out of Potterswalls Jamaica Daisybelle she is two months calved and is currently giving 36kg a day at 5% fat and 3.9% protein.
Judge John Dickinson, Nottinghamshire, who runs a herd of 250 pedigree Jerseys said his champion was “world class”.
He added: “She is a real quality cow with a fabulous frame. You wouldn’t know where to improve it.”
He said her best attribute was her udder, which on the day was better quality than the cow in reserve.