Search is on for Ireland’s finest cow

The 2011 Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow Competition has launched with an increased prize fund of €9,000.

The 2011 Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow Competition has launched with an increased prize fund of €9,000.

Pedigree Holstein Friesian breeders across the island of Ireland are being invited to compete for the top title of ‘Baileys Champion Cow’ which attracts a prize of €2,000 along with the Virginia Milk Products trophy.

€650 will be awarded to the breeder of the ‘Reserve Champion’. In an enhanced Best Heifer in Milk prize fund of €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 also be presented for Highest Protein Content, Best EBI and Best Exhibitor-Bred Cow. The Virginia Show, in Co Cavan which celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year will once again play host to this prestigious event on Saturday, July 30.

To enter cows must first have produced 500kgs of butterfat and protein in a 305 day lactation (except for the heifer in milk awards).

A 10% extra weighting is being given to the protein portion of the entry standard. Entrants are required to complete an entry form which this year should include a recent full body picture of their cow in electronic format.

For further enquiries and to obtain an entry form contact Brendan Smyth, Competition Director on +353 (0)87 2560952 or bsmyth@glanbia.ie

Speaking at a launch reception held at the global supply site for Baileys in Dublin, Alan Quane of R&A Bailey & Co, said, “The Baileys Irish Champion Cow Competition is a great way to showcase Ireland’s dairy breeding excellence.

“By highlighting the source of Baileys primary ingredient, fresh Irish dairy cream, the competition helps to underpin Baileys strong connection with its Irish heritage and agricultural roots.”