The RDS “Champion of Champions” awards are a set of prestigious awards presented annually by The Royal Dublin Society.These awards show the continued support which the RDS have shown to the cattle breeding industry throughout the years.
Each year there is an award presented to breeder’s from eight different cattle societies. The cattle are selected for these award’s based on their success at the premier livestock shows throughout the previous year. In addition to these awards, an award is also made to the highest Economic Breeding Index (EBI) dairy cow and also to the highest Replacement Index (Eurostar) beef cow.
Sean Harpur, Bannow, Co. Wexford will be receiving this years Replacement index award (Eurostar) award. Sean’s cow ‘Scaughmolin D90494’ has a Euro value of €140 making her the highest replacement index HerdPlus Blonde d’Aquitaine cow in the country. This means that she has a Eurostar rating of 5 stars within the Blonde d’Aquitaine breed and 5 stars across all beef breeds. She has an average calving interval of 378 days and is currently in her 5th lactation. She is sired by Blackwater Solvit.
Robert Troy Jnr., Newtownshandrum, Co. Cork will be receiving this years Economic Breeding Index (EBI) award. Robert’s cow ‘Springhaven Biddy 162 EX92’ has an EBI of €342. She is sired by Bagworth Zander Keet (BWZ). As can be seen from Table 1 below ‘Biddy’ has 11 lactations with an average calving interval of 376 days. She has a lifetime production of 56,908 Milk kg, 2,401 Fat kg, 4.23% Fat, 1981 Protein kg, 3.49% Protein. Biddy has bred AI sire FR2351 (IG) SPRINGHAVEN OTTO . ‘Otto’ has an EBI figure of €311 and was on the Gene Ireland panel in 2016. The 2017 Gene Ireland Dairy straws are now available. Click here for more information.
Springhaven Biddy 162 EX92 has come to the top on the latest ‘Top 2000’ list. To see if any of your cows have made the list – CLICK HERE
Table 1: Springhaven Biddy’s Lifetime Production – Click Image to view
According to the RDS “The Awards, which encourage innovation and improvement in the Irish cattle breeding sector, are presented annually and have grown into one of the most prestigious awards in the cattle breeding calendar”.