Champion of Champion 2012
The hallowed halls of the RDS was again the venue for the 2012 Champion of Champions Awards
Dr. Austin Mescall, retired Chief Livestock Inspector with the Department of Agriculture and former President of the RDS presiding welcomed everyone to the event. He recalled the aims of the founding fathers of the Royal Dublin Society established in 1731 on the grounds of Leinster House (as it was back then).
Livestock improvement was a priority at the time and the RDS have retained that interest through the Champion of Champion Awards.
He wished to acknowledge excellence in breeding which in turn is transferred to commercial success.
Dr Andrew Cromie ICBF gave a talk on breeding and the possible impact of Genomics on cattle breeding in the future.
Tom Cannon, chairman of the Agriculture committee in his comments said “that the Champion of Champion awards was an initial pilot project established with IHFA in 2006 but has now grown to include all the beef and sheep breeds. It also has a Genetic Merit Award.”
The Irish Holstein Friesian (IHFA) award went to the Frawley family of Croagh Herd Co. Limerick with their cow Ridgefield Dundee Portea Ex93. This cow dominated all the major shows in 2012.
She has many championships to her name, Supreme Champion at the Emerald Expo 2012, Champion Baileys 2012 and National Dairy Show Millstreet Supreme Champion 2012.
The Genetic Index Award went to “Springhaven Biddy 162” with an EBI of 162. owned by Robert Troy, Newtownshandrum, Charleville. Co. Cork. Tom Cannon commented that it was nice to see this herd, established in the nineteen fifties being represented by a third generation of the family. He recalled a heifer “Sprinhaven Ria” winning first in her class at the RDS many moons ago.