Baileys Champion Dairy Cow 2013

30th Anniversary Prize Fund of €10,000 announced
for the Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow Competition in association with Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd

TOUGH TASK AHEAD FOR JUDGE OF ‘THE BAILEYS’
CANADIAN-BORN HOLSTEIN UK JUDGE FOR 30th ANNIVERSARY DIAGEO BAILEYS CHAMPION COW COMPETITION
[2nd August 2013] The judge of the 30th Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition which takes place on 21st August at the Virginia Show, Co. Cavan is Canada-born Lynden Bustard. Lynden lives in Plymoth, Devon and works for Holstein UK. He comes from a long tradition of dairy farming. The family farmed Holsteins and Jerseys, with numerous All-Canadians and All- Americans in the herd.
He has showed extensively at livestock competitions including United States, U.K, Ireland, Europe, South America and Scandinavia. He is now a respected judge on the Shows circuit of Holsteins, Jerseys and Ayrshires in Canada, U.K and Ireland.
Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Mr Tom Hayes is expected to present the top prize of 2,500 Euros and the Virginia Milk Products Trophy alongside sponsors Diageo and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland. “It will be a tough but exciting task to select the winner of what has become the most prestigious dairy breeder’s prize in Ireland” said Lynden.
In a final call for entries ahead of the closing date on 12th August, Competition Director Brendan Smyth, said he was looking forward to welcoming Lynden and breeders from all over Ireland to Virginia, “We have third generation breeders entering the competition now. It is great to see these experienced breeders passing on the tradition. We are also look forward to welcoming new faces to what promises to be a special Anniversary event in Ireland’s Shows calendar.”
 

At the 30th Anniversary Launch of the Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition are from left to right: Sean Farrelly, (President) Virginia Show; Martin Tynan (General Manager) Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd Virginia; Minister of State for Agriculture Tom Hayes T.D., Adam Mair (Director) Diageo Baileys and Charles Gallagher (CEO) IHFA.

[Dublin, 26th June 2013]: Minister Tom Hayes T.D., was in the Baileys factory in Dublin recently to launch the 30th Anniversary Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition, which is sponsored by Diageo in association with its cream supplier, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd. The competition is expected to attract top Holstein Friesian breeders from across the island of Ireland who will be vying for a top prize of €2,500 and a reserve prize of €1000 when it takes place at the Virginia Show Co. Cavan on 21 August.
 
Speaking at the 30th Anniversary launch, which was attended by over 50 members of the media, agri-business industry and farming sector, Minister Hayes congratulated the two companies on their long-standing partnership and commitment to the competition which is considered the most prestigious dairy livestock event in Ireland.
 
Also speaking at the event, David Smith, Diageo Country Director said: “The Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition is an excellent example of supply chain partnership with our cream supplier Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd, and through them in turn with the thousands of dairy breeders and primary milk producers involved in providing year-round cream for Baileys. Internationally, through the Baileys brand, Ireland’s reputation for high quality food & drink produce is promoted all over the world.”
 
Martin Tynan, General Manager of the Glanbia Ingredients Ireland’s cream processing plant in Virginia Co. Cavan which supplies the fresh cream to Baileys added, “This competition consistently attracts the finest Holstein Friesian cows and we expect breeders to come out in force for this summer’s Anniversary event.”
 
Entries are open now for the top title of ‘Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow’; along with the cheque for €2,500 and winner will take home the Virginia Milk Products trophy. €1000 will be awarded to the breeder of the ‘Reserve Champion’. Best Heifer in Milk prize fund €1,700. 1st place attracts a prize of €500, 2nd place will be awarded €300, and €200 will go to 3rd place. In addition, €100 will be awarded to entrants from 4th to 10th place inclusively. Trophies will be presented for Highest Protein Content, Best EBI and Best Exhibitor-Bred Cow. The special awards for Best Protein and EBI emphasis important factors in milk production. Contact Brendan Smyth, Competition Director on ++ 353 (0)87 2560952 or by emailing bsmyth@glanbia.ie.

Pictured at the 30th Anniversary Launch of the Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition from left to right are Martin Tynan (General Manager) Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd Virginia, Minister of State for Agriculture Tom Hayes T.D., David Smith (Country Director) Diageo Ireland and John O’Flynn (President) IHFA.

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