Co. Tipperary Farmers Prepare To Do Battle In The 2016 Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow Competition

Sponsors of one of the most prestigious dairy livestock contests on the island of Ireland have announced a re-vamped prize fund of over 10,000 Euros with cash prizes across all categories. This year’s Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow competition was officially launched at the Baileys Irish Cream factory in Dublin recently by Diageo, the makers of Baileys, and its cream supplier Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) with the support of the IHFA. it will see the very best dairy cows in the land battle it out for a top prize of €2,500; followed by €1,000 and €500 for Reserve Champion and Honourable Mention respectively. In a break with tradition, cash prizes will also be awarded for Highest Protein Content, Best EBI and Best Exhibitor-Bred Cow. The popular Best-Heifer-in-Milk category carries a fund of €1,700 with 1st place worth €500. The owner of the Best Dry Cow will also win €250.

Co. Tipperary Farmers Prepare To Do Battle In The 2016 Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow Competition

Launching the Baileys Champion Dairy Cow Competition which is regarded to be one of the most prestigious of its kind on the island of Ireland are from left L-R Charlie Gallagher CEO of the IHFA; Robert Murphy Manufacturing Manager, Diageo Baileys Global Supply; Martin Tynan General Manager GIanbia Ingredients Ireland Virginia & Sean Farrelly President of the Virginia Show committee

Diageo’s Head of Corporate & Trade Communications in Ireland, Hazel Chu said that Diageo was delighted to recognise excellence in dairy breeding in partnership with GIanbia Ingredients. “Both companies are major contributors to the agri-food sector on this island and our successful collaboration as competition sponsors reflects our long-standing supply chain partnership.”

 

“The new cash prizes for EBI and Best Protein emphasises the most profitable factors for both breeding dairy herd replacements and milk production, explained Competition Director, Brendan Smyth. “The Diageo Baileys Champion Cow is not a pedigree cow contest based on looks alone. It rewards breeders who can 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. Winning or even doing well in ‘the Baileys’ therefore brings great prestige.” The takes place at the 75th Virginia Show in Co. Cavan on Wednesday, 24th August.

 

Entry forms for this competition are available by calling Brendan Smyth ++ 353 (0)87 2560952, or visit the Virginia Show websitehttp://www.virginiashow.com/championcow/ Follow the conversation on Twitter @BaileysCow  #DiageoBaileysCow. Find us on Facebook at Baileys-Champion-Dairy-Cow

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