Baileys Champion Cow 2017 – Entries

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Kathleen Watson, IHFA President; Robert Murphy, Diageo; Martin Tynan, Glabia, Virginia; Mary Gaynor, Virginia Show Secretary and Brendan Smyth, Competition Director

Diageo & Glanbia Ireland launch All-Island Champion Dairy Cow Contest with €10K cash prize fund

Details of the most prestigious, annual dairy livestock contest in Ireland have been announced by Diageo and its cream supplier Glanbia Ireland. The Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow competition will take place on 23rd August at the Virginia Show Co. Cavan and 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 lactation. It is now open for entries from eligible breeders across the island of Ireland.

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.

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Back row – Brendan Smyth, Competition Director; Charles Gallagher, IHFA CE; Martin Tynan, Glanbia Ingredients; Robert Murphy, Diageo; John Martin, Holstein Northern Ireland, Richards Whelan, IHFA Front row – Pat Gaynor, Virginia Show President, Kathleen Watson, IHFA President; Mary Gaynor, Virginia Show Secretary and Peter Ging IHFA Chairperson

Diageo Ireland’s Head of Corporate & Trade Communications, Hazel Chu said that the event “would once again shine a spotlight on the quality of Ireland’s dairy breeding excellence.”

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 for any herd.”

Last year’s winner was Hallow Advent Twizzle owned by Philip Jones from Co. Wexford.

Entry criteria are available HERE and forms for this competition are available HERE or by calling Brendan Smyth ++ 353 (0)87 2560952. Follow the conversation on Twitter @BaileysCow #DiageoBaileysCow. Find us on Facebook at Baileys-Champion-Dairy-Cow

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