Final call for NI breeders to compete for dairy livestock prize fund

Pictured are from left: Patrick Gaynor, Vice President Virginia Show;'Martin Tynan, General Manager Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Virginia; John'Martin Secretary & Treasurer, Holstein NI; Tom Hayes T.D., Irish'Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine'and Robert Murphy Manufacturing Manager Diageo Baileys Global Supply.
Pictured are from left: Patrick Gaynor, Vice President Virginia Show;'Martin Tynan, General Manager Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Virginia; John'Martin Secretary & Treasurer, Holstein NI; Tom Hayes T.D., Irish'Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine'and Robert Murphy Manufacturing Manager Diageo Baileys Global Supply.

The organisers of the 2015 Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition have issued a final call for entries from dairy breeders across Northern Ireland.

This prestigious livestock competition is sponsored by Diageo in conjunction with its cream supplier Glanbia Ingredients Ireland and carries a top prize of 2,500 Euros. It takes place at the Virginia Show Co. Cavan on Wednesday, 19th August.

In addition to the top prize, which was won by NI farmer, Neal Pepper from Dromore, as recently as 2013, €1,000 will be awarded to the breeder of the Reserve Champion and €500 for Honourable Mention.

There is also a Best Heifer in Milk prize fund of €1,700. 1st place attracts a prize of €500, 2nd place will be awarded €300, and €200 will go to 3rd place; whilst €100 will be awarded to entrants from 4th to 10th place inclusively. Trophies will also be presented for Highest Protein Content, Best EBI and Best Exhibitor-Bred Cow and there is a Dry Cow fund of €500. The special awards for Best Protein and EBI emphasise important factors in milk production.

Entry forms are available by calling Brendan Smyth ++ 353 (0)87 2560952/email bsmyth@glanbia.ie or visit the Virginia Show website www.virginiashow.com; Follow the conversation on Twitter @BaileysCow #DiageoBaileysCow2015. Find them on Facebook at Baileys-Champion-Dairy-Cow