Champion of Champions 2017
The RDS Champion of Champions Awards are prestigious commendations presented annually by the Royal Dublin Society. These awards link the current generation of cattle breeding with the RDS Spring Show of bygone era, which was the main agricultural focal point for all farmers and was the shop window for breed development and breeders.
IHFA nominated Robert Shannon for the RDS Champion of Champion awards 2017. The Ballydehob herd of Robert and Shirley Shannon & family demonstrates the balance of herd conformation and genetic merit that make him a top candidate. All cows in the herd are genomically tested, linear scored and classified.
The herd ranks in the Top 20 on EBI nationally, according to ICBF. His herd average conformation score is VG85.
Last year the herd produced 8,214kgs milk, 4.70% fat, 3.67% protein 687kgs fat & protein combined. Calving interval is 372 days and SCC was 74. 68% of the herd is classified to VG and EX standard on conformation.
Prominent cow families in the herd include Patsy, Connie, Angel, Trixie and Mary. Ballydehob OJ Trixie EX92 2E now in her 7th lactation with a lifetime milk solids yield to date of 5,388kgs fat and protein, 3.58% protein and EBI of €238.
Ballydehob OMan Patsy 2 EX92 2E in her 7th lactation, having produced 60,700kgs milk to date and EBI of €226.
Ballydehob OMan Mary EX92 2E now in her 5th lactation with a projected lactation yield of 10,499kgs milk, 564kgs fat, 353kgs protein, 5.37% fat, 3.37% protein and EBI €214.
The Ballydehob herd quality and desirable genetics has been recognised by AI companies over the years with many Bulls selected to enter AI; Ballydehob Mag. Extasy (BHX), Ballydehob Justice (BYJ), Ballydehob Tucano 871 (BZM), Ballydehob Glen 681 (GZL), Ballydehob Pat 1356 (HZB), Ballydehob Albyn 687 (NYB), Ballydehob Tucano 975 (TUJ), Ballydehob Dan (YBD), Ballydehob Roy 765 (YOA).