Emerald Expo 2018 – Launch
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The launch of Emerald Expo 2018 was recently held at the RDS. The show committee are celebrating the eighth year of the show this year and looking forward to another year in the excellent facilities at Virginia Show Centre in Cavan. Among the dignitaries in attendance were representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, FBD Insurance, Holstein Northern Ireland and Specialist Nutrition.
Emerald Expo is set to take place in the Virginia Show Centre, Co. Cavan on Saturday 28th of April. This landmark show, now in its eighth year, kick starts the showing season in the agricultural calendar. As the first dairy cattle show of the year, Emerald Expo offers 19 classes catering for all dairy breeds and six championships. The Supreme Championship is this year sponsored by FBD Insurance.
Ben Yates will judge this year’s show. He manages the Y-Farm partnership in Somerset and has recently established his own Wowcow pedigree Holstein herd. Ben has had success showing at the European Show in Colmar, 2016 and has judged at the Celtic Show Case, the YMA National Calf Show and the Winter Show, Drenthe, Holland.
Among the classes being judged are handling classes for Young Members’ Association (YMA). These are the keen next generation of breeders. Expo offers these young people the first opportunity to begin amassing points towards the Showmanship League 2018. The Showmanship League continues throughout the summer in the many local shows nationwide where the competition is hosted. This culminates in the Showmanship League Finals at the National Dairy Show, Milstreet in October.
Agricultural shows play a very important role in rural Ireland as an educational tool and a fun day out for farming families. This social capital is a key ingredient and serves as a link between town and country. It is an opportunity for farmers to meet up and discuss the issues of the day, taking time out from a busy schedule, while enjoying the spectacle of the show. That will surely be a welcome reprieve for farmers this spring.
Emerald Expo continues in the vein of the RDS Spring Fair of old, in that it serves as both a shop window of the breed and a preview of the quality stock to be seen in show rings throughout the country in the year ahead. Chaired by Richard Whelan, the Show Committee is made up of local breeders and supported by the Irish Holstein Friesian Association.
All are welcome to Emerald Expo in Saturday 28th of April. The show will commence at 9.30am and admission is free. The show catalogue will be uploaded to this site soon. More info is available by calling 023-8833443.