Ploughing 2013 Report
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IHFA sponsor Pedigree Registered Heifer Calf in Free Draw at the Ploughing Championships.
“Richvale Atlantic Red 1 Mona” awaits a new home as the 1st prize in the IHFA’s free draw at the 2013 Ploughing Championships last week. Visitors to the IHFA pavilion over the course of the 3 days at the Ploughing were invited to enter a free draw with 4 generous prizes up for grabs. Sponsored by IHFA, “Richvale Red 1 Mona” was bred by Richard Claxton, Colt, Ballyroan, Co Laois. Mona is from a home-bred family having great longevity and high milk solids in the “Richvale” herd. Her dam and grand dam averaged 3.7 % Protein, with yields over 8,000 kgs and average longevity of 9 lactations. Her Dam was classified VG89 and Grand-Dam VG 87. Mona is sired by the AI sire “Mapleridge Atlantic Red ET EX90”.
The free draw posed 3 questions relating to one of the 7 cows on display within the pavilion, “Ballyclider Una 132”.
The cows on display were an example of the genetic diversity and efficient production of the HF breed. They were kindly loaned by local breeders; Peter Ging, “Ballyclider”, Portlaoise, Ollie Neville, “Lynally”, Tullamore, Michael Spillane, “Mountain”, Fethard, Tim Garry, “Cloneyquin”, Portarlington, and Kevin Flynn,” Reary”, Clonaslee.
Average of the Cows on Display
Protein % 3.56 %
EBI € 138
Fertility Index € 65
Calving Interval -7.8 days
Classification VG 89
Results of the IHFA Free Draw
1st Prize: Pedigree Registered Heifer courtesy of IHFA ; Fiona Storan, Hillcrest, Lower Morenane, Croom, Co Limerick.
2nd Prize: € 1,000 voucher from Volac towards the cost of a new Volac Computerised calf feeder; Victoria Deane, Ballybeg, Buttevant, Co Cork.
3rd Prize: Voucher from Weatherbys for Genomic Tests, Ger Murphy, Ballydunne, Rathmoyle, Co Kilkenny.
4th Prize: Voucher from Irish Equine Centre (I.E.C.), Peter Redmond, Drummond, Rosenallis, Co. Laois.
In addition to the cows and the free draw, the IHFA pavilion was a hub of activity with YMA and the local Laois Offaly Friesian Breeders Club displaying their activities. YMA is the youth arm of the Association, with new members having an interest in Stockmanship welcome to join.
The Laois Offaly Friesian Breeders Club was established in 1987. Local club members were on hand over the 3 days with an impressive display of photographs showcasing the various competitions and social element of the club.