National Hall of Fame 2013

John Codd from Rath­drum, Co. Wick­low receives the Irish Hol­stein Friesian Asso­ci­a­tion award from Niamh Lynch who is the Fresh Foods Cat­e­gory Direc­tor for Tesco Ire­land at the annual National Hall Of Fame Awards in the Sher­a­ton, Athlone on Sun­day 5th May. Photo Mol­loy Photography.

 

John in his 84th year is still actively dairy farm­ing with his son Richard. He is a keen show­man, still show­ing and a great judge of stock.

While vis­it­ing with John and his wife May one was awestruck with the array of tro­phies on the side board with cups and tro­phies dat­ing back to the early days of Ash­ford Show, Tina­hely show, RDS, Slaney club  and many more.
Wick­low hills, near Rath­drum. Cows were milked on the farm since the early 1920’s.

He intro­duced the first Friesians in 1950. They reg­is­tered the Pre­fix “Cun­ni­amstown” with the British Friesian Cat­tle soci­ety, BFCS, the fore­run­ner of HUK today. They pur­chased “Der­ry­bawn Vista 6” from Sweet­mans of Der­ry­bawn. They pur­chased “Mayflower 55” from Booths in Bal­ly­more Eustace and later on pur­chased the “Isette” fam­ily from Der­ry­bawn and “Erin” from Karl Jones Henry, Ard­tar­mon herd in Sligo. They pur­chased the “Alma” at a dis­per­sal sale of the Tara heard near Brit­tas. The Der­ry­bawn herd was orig­i­nally imported from Eng­land.
In 1961 they sold all the non pedi­gree cows and con­cen­trated their efforts on breed­ing what became one of the fore­most herds in Ire­land. They were noted for their breed­ing stock and pur­chases from the herd  became the foun­da­tion stock of other great herds.

John con­tin­ues to farm with his son Richard. They milk 70 cows and rear all the fol­low­ers. The herd aver­age is 9570 Kgs Milk at 3.24 Fat % and 3.32 % Pro­tein.  Over half the herd is clas­si­fied VG/EX.
The herd is noted for excel­lent breed­ing stock and those early fam­i­lies are still in big demand at farm sales which are held annu­ally which must be close on 50 draft sales at this time. Heifers from these strong cow fam­i­lies always com­manded top prices under the ham­mer of John­ston auc­tion­eers.
Look­ing at a pro­file of the herd you can fol­low the proges­sion from Friesian breed­ing to Hol­stein in the early sev­en­ties. Cun­ni­amstown Queen 4 by Drake with 17 gen­er­a­tions of breed­ing, Cun­ni­amstown Shot­tle Ebony  by Shot­tle with 15 gen­er­a­tions, Cun­ni­amstown Isette 670  by Comes­tar Lavin­gard with 10 gen­er­a­tions are just a few exam­ples of the depth of pedi­gree in the herd.
John is a strong sup­porter of the Slaney club and was involved in the estab­lish­ment of the club in 1976. He had cham­pion at the club sale in 1977 which sold to Sean Kehoe’s “Carrigmoss”herd, Co Wex­ford, for a record price of £2,000gns for its time. The herd has fea­tured strongly down the years in com­pe­ti­tions organ­ised by the Slaney Club.
Cun­ni­amstown Mayflower 3rd  was the first cow to go Excel­lent in the herd. Mayflower 55 went on to be cham­pion in Tina­hely in the early six­ties. He won the Syn­ott cup in Ash­ford in 1961,1963,1964,1967.
John showed at the RDS as is seen here in a photo with the Bal­lyfree herd of OD Phillips.
In order to improve the herd John imported a herd sire from Robert Gar­land in Eng­land in 1954 Rad­dle­hurst Duke sired by Ter­ling Migrant and his dam by Rad­dle­hurst Dorothy 2 RMX VG. Ter­ling Migrant was sired by Ter­ling Con­sent RM.
He also pur­chased Rad­dle­hurst Chief­tain in 1967. Rad­dle­hurst Chief­tan was sired by Ter­ling Bul­let and his dam by Sal­wick Car­men 20.
He then imported Farel­ton Way­ward in the early eight­ies from Messrs G Robin­son in Scot­land. This bull was sired by the Hol­stein Bull A Hill­top­per War­den, his dam was Far­leton Unice RMX.
John con­tin­ued to use the best of AI sires avail­able in con­junc­tion with these herd sires and imported semen from Cross­well Car­dan 2nd RM and Ull­swa­ter Royal Sov­er­eign from the UK along with the pur­chase of Embryos to fur­ther improve the herd. John, his brother Billy, George Web­ster and Vic­tor Webb formed a syn­di­cate and pur­chased a choice heifer born by Embryo trans­fer in the Craden­hill herd  of George and Peter Kingston, Cork.This heifer was from the Ebony fam­ily in USA.
Suc­cess con­tin­ued in the show ring and in 2011 he took the dou­ble at Tina­hely show with Cun­ni­amstown Silky Ebony ET(89 points sec­ond calver ) awarded Cham­pion and Knock­lusk Gold­wyn Celia 10 EX Reserve Champion.

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