A strong response from Holstein Friesian breeders has been recorded for this year’s Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow competition with cows as far apart as Co. Cork and Co. Antrim destined for the Virginia Show in Co. Cavan on 19th August.
Entries are up on the previous two years, according to competition director, Brendan Smyth, who said there was a good representation from counties across Ireland, including Co. Cork, home to last year’s winner, Sean Murphy as well as a welcome first-time entrant from Co. Antrim.
Mairead McGuinness MEP will be presenting the 2,500 Euro cheque to this year’s first place breeder alongside the sponsors Diageo, the makers of Baileys Cream and its cream supplier Glanbia Ingredients Ireland.
Speaking ahead of the event, Martin Tynan of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland said he was delighted with the support shown which is underpinned by the stature of the competition in dairy breeding circles. UK’s Edward Griffiths who is from South Yorkshire will be making his first judging appearance at an Irish show and will have the tough task of selecting the winners.