Champion of Champions 2013
Pat Frawley receiving Champion of Champion Award for Ridgefield Dundee Portea from Minister Simon Coveney TD and President of the RDS Agriculture Committee, Matt Dempsey.
Minister Simon Coveney, Patrick Frawley and Matt Dempsey, President RDSRDS Champion of Champions Award for Top IHFA Cows.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, T.D. was guest speaker at the recent presentation of the annual RDS Champion Of Champions Awards for 2013.
The awards are presented to the breeders of top quality pedigree cattle who exemplified the best of breeding during the past year. From the era of the renowned “Spring Show” the RDS holds a strong association with top quality cattle, serving as a unique venue and forum where pioneering breeders could showcase breed improvement.
The function was presided-over by Chairman of the RDS Agriculture Committee Tom Cannon and President Matt Dempsey.
“Ridgefield Dundee Portea EX95” owned by Patrick & Derrick Frawley, Croagh, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick was the recipient of the IHFA Champion of Champions award.
This achievement marks Back-to-Back National Titles for the Frawley family’s “Croagh” stable.
Patrick & Derrick are a father & son team whose “Croagh” herd is recognised Nationally and Internationally for breeding excellence. The herd has been built on solid cow families with a breeding emphasis on using the best genetics, efficient production and exceptional conformation. Today, almost all milking heifers and cows are classified in the top two grades for conformation, VG (Very Good) or EX (Excellent), a prestigious achievement. The Frawley family are tremendous supporters of shows in Ireland, over a number of years, frequently showcasing the herd at the top Dairy shows in the Country. Numerous National Championships have been won along the way. Indeed, there is an association with the memorable era of the RDS Spring Show.
Ridgefield Dundee Portea
Ridgefield Dundee Portea, from a distinguished Canadian family was purchased as a yearling heifer in the UK. Her quality and potential for the future was recognised by Pat & Derrick. She has developed in the Croagh herd into an EX95 point mature cow, which is the maximum possible classification for 4th calved cows. This follows on from her previous classification of EX93, which is the highest possible score for a 3rd calved cow.
Dundee Portea achieved considerable success in 2013 including;
• Supreme Champion at the National Dairy Show, Millstreet,
• Senior Champion & Best Udder at the Tullamore National Livestock Show,
• Reserve Champion at Bailey’s Champion Cow
• Reserve Champion at Emerald Expo
• Reserve Champion Charleville Agricultural Show
This follows on from many accolades in 2012 including;
• Supreme Champion & Best Udder Emerald Expo,
• Champion & Best Udder National Dairy Show, Millstreet
• Baileys Champion Cow
Dundee Portea was also All Ireland Junior Cow and Supreme Champion, Charleville Show 2011, Reserve All Ireland Junior Cow of Charleville Show 2010 and All Ireland Junior Cow. Champion Heifer in milk at the National Dairy Show, Millstreet and also Charleville Show in 2009.
This marks the second consecutive RDS Champion of Champion award for Ridgefield Dundee Portea, following on from her title success in 2012.
Liam Leahy receiving Genetic Merit Award 2013 from Minister Simon Coveney TD and President of the RDS Agriculture Committee, Matt Dempsey.
Bridestream Lily 18 VG88 – RDS Genetic Merit Award 2013
Bridestream Lily 18 VG, bred by Liam Leahy, Bridelands, Crookstown, Co Cork was the recipient of the Genetic Merit Award at the RDS Champion of Champions for 2013.
Lily 18 is a sixth generation Hugo daughter from Liam’s home bred “Lily” family. She is classified VG 88 with EX91 for Legs & Feet. Her dam is an EX90 Galtee Merci.
She has been Genomically tested with an EBI of € 339. In 2013 Lily 18 completed her 5th lactation. Her average calving interval is currently 373 days.
She produced 7,100 kgs in her 4th lactation, 616 kgs Milk Solids at 4.79 % Fat, 3.86 % Protein in just 271 days, then calved her 5th, gaining time on calving interval.
Including Lily 18, the average Protein % produced over four generations on the maternal side is 3.61%.
There is excellent longevity in this “Lily” family. Her dam remains in the herd having completed 8 lactations, grand-Dam lasted for 12 lactations and Great Grand-Dam 13 lactations.
There are 47 family members registered in the herdbook. The 10th generation family member was born in February this year.
Liam was accompanied by his family on the day and was delighted to accept the award.
Minister Simon Coveney congratulates Liam Leahy on the receipt of the Genetic Merit Award at the recent RDS Champion of Champions with Matt Dempsey, President RDS.