Emerald Expo 2019 – Report and Results

Baldonnel F M Sunshine electrifies at Emerald Expo

The FBD Insurance Senior Cow Supreme Championship – l-r Peter Kennelly (IHFA President), Charles Gallagher (IHFA CE), Jamie Foody with Hon Mention Grand Trix Harmonica, Rory Timlin on halter, Seamus Foody (exhibitor), Reserve Champion Crossnacole Atwood Precious, Richard Jones on halter, Victor Jackson (exhibitor), Supreme Champion Baldonnell FM Sunshine with exhibitors John and Cyril Dowling, Helen Herd (Show Judge) presenting the Seamus Kelly Perpetual Trophy and Donal Riordan (FBD, sponsor)Pictured at Emerald Expo 2019, Virginia Show Centre, Co. Cavan. Photo Maria Kelly

Cyril & John Dowling’s Baldonnel F M Sunshine won FBD Supreme Champion Emerald Expo 2019 and she was also crowned the Glanbia Exhibitor Bred Champion and 1st 4 year old. Reserve Champion was won by Victor Jackson’s Crossnacole Atwood Precious, winner of the Mature Cow class. Des Grands Trix Harmonica was crowned Honourable Mention for joint-owners Aidan & Seamus Foody and Rory Timlin, this fifth lactation mature cow was the winner of the Production class.

The Emerald Expo Best Udder award was won by Sean Faulkner’s 2nd calver Ballyelly Mogul Carmen. Philip and Linda Jones, Hallow Herd had the prestige of winning both Expo Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor for the second year in a row.

The Emerald Expo Express Sale of Youngstock was a new iniatitive, introduced as a new concept to the show. Twelve lots of youngstock backed by generations of quality breeding were catalogued for sale consigned by show exhibitors. The auction lots averaged €1,550 with a top price of €2,400 and there was a 60% clearance. Denis A. Barrett Auctions conducted the sale.

Donal Riordan, FBD Insurance Head of Sales, main sponsors, hailed the breeders for their craft and complimented the display of tremendous stock on display.

Mairead McGuinness, M.E.P. performed the official opening and she saluted the breeders, families involved, IHFA and organisers for providing a quality spectacle of tremendous breeding. In particular she was fulsome in her praise of the talents on display by the Young Members.

Other dignitaries in attendance included IHFA President Peter Kennelly, Patrick Gaynor Virginia Show President and IHFA President-elect and his wife Mary, Virginia Show secretary, John Murphy, IHFA Breeder and Glanbia farmer Board Member, Councillor Paddy Smith, Chairman of Cavan County Council and John Martin Holstein Northern Ireland.

Show Director Richard Whelan welcomed all in attendance to the 9th Emerald Expo. He welcomed the various dignitaries and wished all exhibitors the very best of luck on the day. Main sponsors were FBD Insurance, Glanbia and the Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine. Associate sponsors include Alltech/Keenan, Volac, Progressive Genetics, IFA, Drummonds and Specialist Nutrition.

Richard re-iterated the total prize fund on offer, the quality of animals on display and emphasised the show’s many broad and diverse elements on offer to suit all dairy farmers. He gave special mention to the dedicated work of Patrick and Mary Gaynor. The impressive and spacious Virginia Show Centre was the venue, a popular destination by all who appreciate the hospitable, welcoming atmosphere and the strong community spirit that is so evident.

Helen Herd from the Hebden Herd, Lancashire, UK, was the Judge. It was her first time to judge in the Republic of Ireland. Together with her husband Gavin and their two children they milk 50 Holsteins with 75% of the herd classified in the top two categories of conformation assessment. Both Helen and her father are members of the Holstein UK National Judges Panel, a unique family achievement. Helen is a qualified Chartered Accountant, owning her own practice which currently employs twenty staff. Her previous Judging credentials include judging Balmoral Show last year.

It was the 1st Emerald Expo Championship success for father and son team Cyril and John Dowling. However, Baldonnel FM Sunshine is a prolific performer having won Supreme and Interbreed Champion at the 2018 Winter Fair and previously she was crowned Baileys Champion Heifer in-milk. She is a big production cow, projected to produce over 10,000kgs milk this lactation with 794kgs milk solids. She is classified EX90 on IHFA conformation and completes seven generations of EX (Excellent). Calved since October she is sired by Baldonnel Flashmatic, a Comestar Stormatic son bred from an EX90 5E dam.

Reserve Champion Crossnacole Atwood Precious, owned and exhibited by Victor Jackson, made quite the impression as a mature seven-year-old, one of the oldest cows at the show, exhibiting quality in abundance. She has produced 4,232kgs milk solids to date. She is classified EX94 3E with a score of EX96 for rump and EX95 on feet & legs. Victor commented to the Judge afterwards that “She is the best cow that I have ever bred”.

Honourable Mention Des Grands Trix Harmonica was imported from the continent by Co. Mayo breeders Aidan & Seamus Foody and Rory Timlin. She won the Production Class. In addition to efficient production she also demonstrates strong fertility, having had five calves in five years with a lifetime calving interval average of 306 days. Sired by Mars Yorick, her sire stack includes Champion x Skychief x Lindy x Starbuck.

The Championship line-up had quality throughout and included;
•Barbie ET exhibited by John Moore, a grand-daughter of Regancrest PR Barbie ET EX92. She is classified EX92 and is in her fourth lactation.

•Clonpaddin Solomon Flavor, a Junior Heifer exhibited by Gary & John Hurley. Backed by six generations of VG/EX dams, she is classified VG86 with a VG87 mammary.

•Hallow Atwood Twizzle who is VG88 2nd lactation with a projected yield of 7,500kgs milk, 593kgs milk solids. Hallow Seaver Nicol also exhibited by Philip & Linda Jones, classified VG88 in her 2nd lactation, backed by an EX93 3E dam and EX92 2E grand-dam.

Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo 2 ET exhibited by the syndicate Paul & Marguerite Flanagan, Alan Dorian and Leo Collins Jnr won the Glanbia Intermediate Championship, 1st Junior Heifer and Best Udder and she went on to also win the EBI Championship. The Termonfeckin based Flanagan family had a 1- 2 of success in this class with their Tubbertoby Doorman Joy next in line, Reserve Intermediate Champion and she also was awarded Best Exhibitor Bred Junior Heifer

Sprucegrove Diamond Peggy won the Senior Heifer class and best udder for exhibitors Aidan & Seamus Foody. A Confined Heifer class was another new iniatitive this year with Noel & Joan Rothwell’s Boleybawn Edelweiss Genivive crowned the winner, Best Udder, Exhibitor Bred and Highest EBI.

There were seventeen YMA entered for the Showmanship League classes. The talents and stockmanship skills on display bodes well for a strong future of Young Breeders. It was a particularly memorable day for the Williamson family, Drumshanny, Co. Monaghan with all three girls performing exceptionally well. Rebekah was crowned Champion Handler, her first Championship success. Hannah won Reserve Champion and was 1st in her class with sister Sarah placing 3rd in the same class and she was singled out for praise by the Judge.

Ingleden Goldwyn Charlie won the Volac Junior Championship, exhibited by Victor Jackson. Lynbrook Atwood Erin ET was Reserve Champion, exhibited by the syndicate of Timlin/O’Neill/Morley. Roy and Heather Cromie won Honourable Mention with Dalevalley GWY Aiko ET.

The FBD Insurance Senior Cow Supreme Championship
Sponsored by FBD Insurance
Seamus Kelly Perpetual Trophy
Champion: Baldonnel FM Sunshine, John & Cyril Dowling
Reserve Champion: Crossnacole Atwood Precious, Victor Jackson
Honourable Mention: Des Grand Trix Harmonica, Aidan & Seamus Foody

Class H1 – Sponsored by Volac
YMA Showmanship League
H1: Handler Aged 12 And Under On 1st Jan 2019
1. Will Jones
2. Hannah Greenan
3. Manus Murphy
4. Kate Jones
5. Zoe Greenan
6. Niamh Murphy
7. Darragh Corrigan

Class H2 – Sponsored by Volac
YMA Showmanship League
H1: Handler Aged 12 And Under On 1st Jan 2019
1. Hannah Williamson
2. Brian Hurley
3. Sarah Williamson
4. Hollie Keenan

Class H3 – Sponsored by Volac
YMA Showmanship League
H3: Handler Aged Between 17 & 26 On 1st Jan 2019
1. Rebekah Williamson
2. Kevin Smith
3. Georgia Kerr
4. Hannah Healy
5. Lauren O’Toole

Emerald Expo 2019 Handler Championship Hon. Mention Will Jones, Reserve Champion Hannah Williamson, Champion Handler Rebekah Williamson with Louella Lang, Volac, sponsor, judge Helen Herd, Mairead McGuinness Vice President of the European Parlaiment and Charles Gallagher IHFA. Pictured at Emerald Expo 2019, Virginia Show Centre, Co. Cavan. Photo Maria Kelly

Handler Championship – Sponsored by Volac
Champion: Rebekah Williamson
Reserve Champion: Sarah Williamson
Honourable Mention: Will Jones

Class 1 – Sponsored By Progressive Genetics
Holstein Friesian Heifer Born After 1st January 2019
1. Drumshanny Credibull Sweet Red, Trevor Williamson
2. Cahirmee Dempsey Precious ET, Pat Smith
3. Evergreen Dawn 5, Liam & Sandra Murphy
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Drumshanny Credibull Sweet Red, Trevor Williamson
Highest EBI: Greenlea Casper Lucy, Padraic Greenan

Class 2 – Sponsored by IHFA
Holstein Friesian Heifer Born Between 1st Nov & 31st Dec ‘18
1. Cahirmee Control Missy, Patrick Smith
2. Evergreen Susie Mist 26 Rc, Liam & Sandra Murphy
3. Cahirmee Applicable Presence, Patrick Smith
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal:
Cahirmee Control Missy, Patrick Smith
Highest EBI:
Greenlea Jedi Rhapsody, Padraic Greenan

Class 3 – Sponsored by World Wide Sires
Holstein Friesian Heifer Born Between 1st August & 31st October 2018
1. Dalevalley GWY Aiko, Roy Cromie
2. Hallow Sol Twizzle, Philip Jones
3. Sprucegrove O Kelly Red ET, Aidan & Seamus Foody & Rory Timlin
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Dalevalley GWY Aiko, Roy Cromie
Highest EBI: Clonpaddin Doorman Flavour, Gary & John Hurley

Class 4 – Sponsored by Cavan County Council
Holstein Friesian Heifer Born Between 1st April & 31st July 2018
1. Dalevalley Lucky Jodie Red P, Trevor Williamson
Highest EBI: Dalevalley Lucky Jodie Red P, Trevor Williamson

Class 5 – Sponsored by Breffni Oriel Friesian Breeders
Holstein Friesian Heifer Born Between 1st January & 31st March 2018
1. Drumshanny Beaut Collett, Trevor Williamson
2. Greenlea Applicable Rhapsody, Padraic Greenan
3. Sprucegrove Dougal Colleen, Aidan & Seamus Foody
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Drumshanny Beaut Collett, Trevor Williamson
Highest EBI: Greenlea Applicable Rhapsody, Padraic Greenan

Class 6 – Sponsored by Specialist Nutrition
Holstein Friesian Heifer Born Between 1st Jan ‘17 & 31st Dec ‘17 (Incalf)
1. Ingleden Goldwyn Charlie, Victor Jackson
2. Lynbrook Atwood Erin ET, R Timlin, C Morely & D O’Neill
3. Mirah Doorman Martina, Michael Freeney
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Mirah Doorman Martina, Michael Freeney
Highest EBI: Mirah Doorman Martina, Michael Freeney

Emerald Expo Volac Junior Championship – Hon. Mention Dalevalley GWY Aiko ET exhibited by Roy Cromie (Holly Keenan, halter), Reserve Champion Lynbrook Atwood Erin ET exhibited by Rory Timlin, Conor Morley & Denis O’Neill (Rory Timlin on halter with Denis O’Neill), Junior Champion Ingleden Goldwyn Charlie exhibited by Victor Jackson (Megan Boal on halter) with judge Helen Herd and Tomas O’Reilly and Louella Lang, Volac, sponsor. Pictured at Emerald Expo 2019, Virginia Show Centre, Co. Cavan. Photo Maria Kelly

Emerald Expo Volac Junior Championship & Reserve
Sponsored By Volac
Champion: Ingleden Goldwyn Charlie, Victor Jackson
Reserve Champion: Lynbrook Atwood Erin ET, R Timlin, C Morely & D O’Neill
Honourable Mention: Dalevalley GWY Aiko, Roy Cromie

Class 7
Coloured Breed Maiden Heifer
1. Threemile Pam Rocks, Christian Keenan
2. Mullaghlands Success Swiss, Edwin & Pat Gaynor

Class 8 – Sponsored by Cookstown Dairy Services
Coloured Breed In Calf Heifer
1. Threemile Mandella Pam, Christian Keenan

Coloured Breed Junior Championship
Sponsored by Specialist Nutrition
Champion: Threemile Mandella Pam, Christian Keenan
Reserve Champion: Threemile Pam Rocks, Christian Keenan
Honourable Mention: Mullaghlands Success Swiss, Edwin & Pat Gaynor

Class 9 – Sponsored by Progressive Genetics
Coloured Breed Heifer In Milk
1. Mullaghlands Pride Starlight, Edwin and Pat Gaynor
2. Threemile Lady Whiteford 2, Christian Keenan

Class 10 – Sponsored by Drummonds
Coloured Breed Cow In Milk
1. Rapidbay-UK Rummens Res Shiloh, Michael Freeney
2. Bruhlof FB Karona, John Moore
3. Ribblesdale Vanh Fritillary, Thomas Cahill

Coloured Breed Championship, Reserve & Best Udder
Sponsored by Specialist Nutrition
Champion: Mullaghlands Pride Starlight, Edwin and Pat Gaynor
Reserve Champion: Rapidbay-UK Rummens Red Shiloh, Michael Freeney
Honourable Mention: Bruhlof FB Karona, John Moore

Class 11
Confined Heifer In Milk
1. Boleybawn Edelweiss Genivie, Noel Rothwell
2. Lake Mogul Joan, E & P Gaynor
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Boleybawn Edelweiss Genivie, Noel Rothwell
Highest EBI: Boleybawn Edelweiss Genivie, Noel Rothwell
Best Udder: Boleybawn Edelweiss Genivie, Noel Rothwell

Class 12 – Sponsored by Agri Net
Holstein Friesian Heifer In Milk
1. Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo, Paul Flanagan, Leo Collins Jnr & Alan Dorian
2. Tubbertoby Doorman Joy, Paul Flanagan
3. Leagh Solomon Maui, David Boyd & Trevor Keith
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Tubbertoby Doorman Joy, Paul Flanagan
Highest EBI: Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo, Paul Flanagan, Leo Collins Jnr & Alan Dorian
Best Udder: Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo, Paul Flanagan, Leo Collins Jnr & Alan Dorian

Class 13 – Sponsored by Alltech
Holstein Friesian Heifer In Milk
1. Sprucegrove Diamond Peggy, Aidan & Seamus Foody
2. Hallow Atwood Carmen, Philip Jones
3. Tubbertoby High Vixen, Paul Flanagan
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Sprucegrove Diamond Peggy, Aidan & Seamus Foody
Highest EBI: Sprucegrove Sea L Illinda, Aidan & Seamus Foody
Best Udder: Sprucegrove Diamond Peggy, Aidan & Seamus Foody

Emerald Expo Intermediate Championship John Murphy (Glandbia, sponsor), Finran Deere (DAFM), Hon. Mention Sprucegrove Diamond Peggy exhibited by Aidan & Seamus Foody (handler Denis O’Neill), Reserve Champion Tubbertoby Doorman Joy exhibited by Paul Flanagan (Handler Matthew Flanagan) Champion Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo 2 ET exhibited by Paul Flanagan, Alan Dorian and Leo Collins (handler Gary Jones) with Alan Dorian, Marguerite Flanagan and judge Helen Herd. Pictured at Emerald Expo 2019, Virginia Show Centre, Co. Cavan. Photo Maria Kelly

Emerald Expo Intermediate Championship
Sponsored By Glanbia
Champion: Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo, Paul Flaagan, Leo Collins & Alan Dorian
Reserve Champion: Tubbertoby Doorman Joy, Paul Flanagan
Honourable Mention: Sprucegrove Diamond Peggy, Aidan & Seamus Foody

Class 14 – Sponsored by IFA
Senior 3 Year Old Holstein Friesian Cow In Milk Born Between 1st Jul ‘15 – 30th Mar ‘16
(2nd Lact)
1. Hallow Seaver Nicol, Philip Jones
2. Clonpaddin Solomon Flavor, Garry & John Hurley
3. Ballyelly Mogul Carmen, Sean Faulkner
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Hallow Seaver Nicol, Philip Jones
Highest EBI:
Monamore Moguls Miss Elly, Tom & Jmes Kelly
Best Udder:
Ballyelly Mogul Carmen, Sean Faulkner

Class 15 – Sponsored by FBD Insurance
4 Year Old Holstein Friesian Cow In Milk Born Between 1st Jul ‘14 & 30th Jun ‘15
1. Baldonnell FM Sunshine, Cyril & John Dowling
2. Hallow Attwood Twizzle 3, Philip Jones
3. Redhouse 1633 Goodwhone Isa, Padraic Greenan
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Baldonnell FM Sunshine, Cyril & John Dowling
Highest EBI:
Redhouse 1633 Goodwhone Isa, Padraic Greenan
Best Udder:
Baldonnell FM Sunshine, Cyril & John Dowling

Class 16 – Sponsored by IHFA
Mature Holstein Friesian Cow In Milk Born Before 30th Jun’13
1. Crossnacole Attwood Precious, Victor Jackson
2. Des Grand Trix Harmonica, Aidan & Seamus Foody
3. Hallow Attic Christina, Philip Jones
Best Exhibitor Bred Animal: Crossnacole Attwood Precious, Victor Jackson
Highest EBI: Barbie ET, John Moore
Best Udder: Crossnacole Attwood Precious, Victor Jackson

Class 17 – Sponsored by IHFA
IHFA Production Class: Judged On Conformation Confined To Cows Having Produced Over 50,000kgs Of Milk Or 3,000kgs Lifetime Combined Fat & Protein
1. Des Grand Trix Harmonica, Aidan & Seamus Foody
2. Barbie ET, John Moore
Highest EBI: Barbie ET, John Moore
Best Udder: Des Grand Trix Harmonica, Aidan & Seamus Foody

Class 18 – EBI Championship – Sponsored by Progressive Genetics
Highest Holstein Friesian EBI Animal, Judged On Conformation Highest EBI Animal Per Class
1. Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo, Paul Flaagan, Leo Collins & Alan Dorian
2. Redhouse 1633 Goodwhone Isa, Padraic Greenan
3. Monamore Moguls Miss Elly, Tom & James Kelly

Class 19 – Sponsored by FBD Insurance
Best Group Of Three Females Owned By The Exhibitors
1. Hallow Holsteins – Philip Jones
2. Tubbertoby Herd – Paul Flanagan
3. Monamore Herd – Tom & James Kelly

The IHFA Best Udder Of Show
Sponsored by IHFA
Ballyelly Mogul Carmen, Sean Faulkner

The Glanbia Exhibitor Bred Champion
Sponsored by Glanbia
Baldonnel FM Sunshine, John & Cyril Dowling

Emerald Expo Premier Breeder
Sponsored by Keenan
Hallow Holsteins – Philip Jones

Emerald Expo Premier Exhibitor
Sponsored by Keenan
Hallow Holsteins – Philip Jones

The FBD Insurance Senior Cow Supreme Championship
Sponsored by FBD Insurance
Seamus Kelly Perpetual Trophy
Champion: Baldonnel FM Sunshine, John & Cyril Dowling
Reserve Champion: Crossnacole Atwood Precious, Victor Jackson
Honourable Mention: Des Grand Trix Harmonica, Aidan & Seamus Foody

On the occasion of Emerald Expo 2019, the inaugural Expo Express Sale took place. Expo Express is a sale of young stock from deep pedigreed cow families. The sale achieved an average of €1,550 with a top price of €2,400 and a 60% clearance. Stock went to breeders either side of the border.

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