From left: Kathleen Watson, President IHFA; Robert Murphy head of Baileys Operations Diageo; Martin Tynan General Manager, Glanbia Ireland; Mary Gaynor Virginia Show Secretary and Brendan Smyth
Entry is now open for local dairy breeders to represent Co. Tipperary and compete in the most prestigious, annual dairy livestock contest in Ireland. Fondly known as the ‘All Ireland for dairy cows’, the Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow competition is sponsored by Diageo and its cream supplier Glanbia Ireland and takes place on 23rd August at the Virginia Show Co. Cavan. It carries a prize fund of over 10,000 Euros. Cash prizes are available across all categories including a new Junior Cow category for cows in their second calf.
The top place of Overall Champion attracts a €2,500 prize; followed by €1,000 and €500 for Reserve Champion and Honourable Mention respectively. Cash prizes will also be awarded for Highest Protein Content, Best EBI and Best Exhibitor-Bred Cow and Best Junior Cow. The popular Best-Heifer-in-Milk category carries a fund of €1,700 with 1st place worth €500.
Diageo Ireland’s Head of Corporate & Trade Communications, Hazel Chu said that the event "would once again shine a spotlight on the quality of dairy breeding excellence across the island.”
The prizes for EBI and Best Protein emphasise the most profitable factors for both breeding dairy herd replacements and milk production. Martin Tynan General Manager of Glanbia Ireland Virginia explained. “The Diageo Baileys Champion Cow rewards breeders that combine good conformation in their animals with milk production capability. To be eligible for entry, the cow must first have produced 500kgs of butterfat and protein in a 305-day lactation. Having a cow placed at ‘the Baileys’ is therefore a great endorsement of any herd.”
Entry forms are available by calling Brendan Smyth ++ 353 (0)87 2560952, or by visiting the Virginia Show websitehttp://www.virginiashow.com/championcow/ Follow the conversation on Twitter @BaileysCow #DiageoBaileysCow. Find us on Facebook at Baileys-Champion-Dairy-Cow