The Punchestown Event Centre in Co Kildare is set to be the venue for the 2015 Emerald Expo, which will take place on Saturday, 11th April.
Emerald Expo is a leading all-Ireland dairy event organised in association with the Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA), long standing major sponsor Alltech Ireland and new major sponsor FBD, where spectators are treated to quality judging of top quality dairy stock.
Speaking at the launch of Emerald Expo 2015, show director and IHFA chairman Richard Whelan stated that there is something quite special about this years’ event.
“The move to the Punchestown Event Centre allows us to increase the scope for patrons and the opportunities for our sponsors with top class facilities for exhibitors and visitors. We are deeply indebted to all our sponsors who have supported us over the past five years.”
Recognised as a top dairy show in Europe, CEO of the IHFA, Charles Gallagher, pointed to the fact that it is the first national dairy event in the new post quota era. He stated: “The event will form a major part of the IHFA’s 50th anniversary celebrations and special commemorative IHFA medallions for all class winners at Emerald Expo will be presented on the day.”
Now in its fifth year, this all-breeds dairy show of Holsteins, Irish Pure Friesians, Shorthorns and Jerseys attracts visitors from both north and south and will be a one stop venue for dairy farmers. John Martin from Holsteins NI was keen to stress the success Northern Ireland breeders have had at the show in the past. Cathal McCormack, Alltech outlined the importance genetics plays in commercial dairy herds and its vital role in meeting management and nutrition targets into the future.
Farm safety is never far off the recent agenda within the Irish agri-sector and FBD’s Christy Doherty stated: “This issue is paramount to all in agriculture. We are delighted to come on board as a key sponsor.”
The major sponsors of the event are Alltech and FBD. Other sponsors include Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, MSD, Glanbia, Volac, Dairymaster, WorldWide Sires, Animax, Progressive Genetics, Dovea Genetics, KW Forage Systems, Elanco and ABS.