THE biggest pedigree dairy event ever to be held in Northern Ireland saw Glaslough Charles Fancy, a fourth calver, take the overall championship.
The Causeway Classic, held last Thursday at the Balmoral Showground, Belfast, to celebrate 100 years of black and white breeding in the UK and Ireland, attracted a record number of entries.
The winner was shown by Ivan and Louise Robinson of Ballygowan, County Down, who bought her from breeders David and Kenny Boyd of County Monaghan at Rory McCullough's dispersal sale in 2006 for a top price of £17,000.
Sired by Boulet Charles, the Glaslough Charles Fancy won this year's Irish Holstein Friesian Association Spring Fair and the 2007 Royal Ulster Winter Fair.
Reserve champion and best exhibitor-bred animal was Clandeboye Champion Willow from Clandeboye Estates, Bangor, shown by herd manager Mark Logan.
Classified EX93, Willow's career includes winning the 2007 and 2008 Irish National Holstein Show and inter-breed championship at the 2008 Balmoral Show.
Sam McCormick and son John, also from Bangor, had a tremendous show, taking honourable mention in the championship with Hilltara Jordan Maude and also reserve and honourable mention awards in the junior championship and the intermediate championship award, all with home-bred animals.
Junior champion was Hallow Lheros Indianink from M. and P. Jones, who journeyed from south of the border to exhibit.
Championship Supreme, I. and L. Robinson, Glaslough Charles Fancy; reserve, Clandeboye Estates, Clandeboye Champion Willow; honourable mention, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Jordan Maude.
Junior champion Sup., M. and P. Jones, Hallow Lheros Indianink; res., S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Shottle Maude 2; hon. men., S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Roy Tippy.
Intermediate champion Sup., S. and J., McCormick, Hilltara Zenith Echo; res., P. and S., Haffey, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2; hon. men., T. Keatley, Aghyaran September Rae Red.
Over 50,000kg cow 1, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Mtoto Dawn; 2, Clandeboye Estates, Clandeboye SG Amanda; 3, S. Gunn, Ernevale MJ Rosina.
Senior cow 1, I. and L. Robinson, Glaslough Charles Fancy; 2, Clandeboye Estates, Clandeboye Champion Willow; 3, Messrs Boyd, OÕNeill and Montgomery, Ternbridge Ruth 38.
Intermediate cow 1, I. and L. Robinson, Aldingham Stormatic Ghost; 2, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Jordan Tury; 3, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Champion Maude.
Junior cow 1, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Jordan Maude; 2, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Allen Edwina; 3, M. and P. Jones and R. Cromie, Hilltara eSeptember R Maude.
Senior heifer in milk 1, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Zenith Echo; 2, T. Keatley, September Rae Red; 3, Messrs Patton, Dunn and Truesdale, Ridgefield Sara Rampage Red.
Junior heifer in milk 1, P. and S. Haffey, Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2; 2, G. and J. Wallace, Printshop Champion Kassie 21; 3, H. Patton and Sons, Ards Toystory Ruth.
Dry cow, three lactations or more 1, I. and K. Watson, Majestic Igniter Tonya; 2, Clandeboye Estates, Clandeboye Kendal Rosina; 3, I. and L. Robinson, Primo Jed Jenny.
Dry cow, no more than two lactations 1, R. Whelan, Lumville Danoise 2; 2, D. Boyd, Glaslough Gibson Fran; 3, G. and J. Wallace, Printshop BT Dissi 8.
Senior heifer 1, M. and P. Jones, Hallow Lheros Indianink; 2, N. Willis, Conncorr Advent Rae Red; 3, J. Patterson and Sons, Ballyginniff Dundee Spotty.
Intermediate heifer 1, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Shottle Maude 2; 2, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Roy Tippy by Roylane Jordan; 3, Paul Dunn, Dunbanard Dundee Wila.
Junior heifer 1, L. and R. Graham, Moyrah Damion Elsie; 2, S. and J. McCormick, Hilltara Atlas Betsy; 3, T. Haffey, Kilvergan Dundee Merry 2.
Heifer born this year 1, N. Willis, Conncorr Shottle Roxy; 2, P. and S. Haffey, Glasson Gold Ghost; 3, L. and R. Graham, Moyrah Empire Gondula.