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August 2015: Baileys success for Lissue Herd

Holstein NI member Conor McAufield from Lisburn achieved a commendable fourth place at the final of the Diageo Bailey’s All-Ireland Dairy Cow Championship, held at Virginia Show.

The accolade was awarded to his much-admired second calver Clonpaddin MPW Jill – supreme champion at Balmoral Show in May.

Bred by County Wicklow breeders John and Garry Hurley, she was sired by Maple-Downs IGW Atwood, and is bred from Clonpaddin FZG Jill 2.

John Barrett, from Togher in Co Cork, won the Virginia show piece with his third calver Laurelmore Duplex Impala EX 96.
She is home-bred and is projected to give 14,500L at 3.44% protein in her current lactation. The cow is currently in-calf to Golden Field Raphael.

The Barrett family had previously won the Baileys’ title twenty two years ago. Judge Edward Griffiths, from South Yorkshire, described his champion as a truly elite cow.

“She would probably win any dairy championship in Europe at the present time,” he said.

“The cow has tremendous dairy strength and an excellent mammary system. She reflects all the positive attributes of the Holstein breed. I was very impressed with the overall quality of the cows and heifers that took part in all of the competition classes.”

The reserve champion was Baldonnel Goldwyn Sublime VG89 exhibited by Cyril Dowling from County Dublin. This animal was imported as an embryo from Canada.

The Honourable Mention went to Liam and Sandra Murphy, from Bagenalstown in County Carlow with Evergreen Duplex Ebony EX 92.

August 2015: Edward Griffiths to judge Baileys final at Virginia on August 19

South Yorkshire Holstein breeder Edward Griffiths will judge the 2015 Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow competition at Virginia Show on Wednesday 19th August.

Sponsor Diageo, who make Baileys Irish Cream, has been running the competition in conjunction with its cream supplier Glanbia Ingredients Ireland for the past 32 years.

The event has become fondly known as the 'All-Ireland for Dairy Cows' because it consistently attracts the top Holstein Friesian breeders from across the country.

"To win at this standard the cow will have to have something special," said Edward, who will be judging in the Republic of Ireland for the first time. Edward added he would be looking for a well-balanced cow with strength in the front end as well as width and depth, and a fabulous udder.

He is already an experienced judge at major shows including The National Holstein Shows in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Sweden and Slovenia, as well as Agriscot, Dairy Event, Royal Highland, Royal Welsh, Northern Expo, Welsh Dairy Show, Royal Bath and West and twice at the McLarnon™s NISA championship. He considers it a great honour to be asked to judge 'the Baileys'.

Edward farms with his wife Jenny, and their three daughters, milking around 180 pedigree Holsteins, plus a small number of Jerseys and Ayrshires which all share the Coachgate prefix.

 He recently won the champion herd in the Yorkshire Herd Competition, and is also a member of the Holstein UK Board with responsibility for the Young Members Association.

July 2015: 2015 Baileys Dairy Cow Championship launched

Entry forms and schedules are available for the 2015 Diageo Baileys Dairy Cow Competition which takes place at Virginia Show, County Cavan, on Wednesday 19th August.

The prestigious competition is sponsored by Diageo in conjunction with its cream supplier Glanbia Ingredients Ireland and carries a top prize of 2,500 Euros.

It was officially launched by the Irish Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and The Marine, Tom Hayes T.D., at the Baileys Irish Cream factory in Dublin.

Minister Hayes congratulated the two companies on their long-standing relationship with the event and their commitment to working together. "I am aware that Diageo and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland are making great progress in the area of sustainability, helping to boost the credentials of the Baileys brand by reducing the carbon footprint and at the same time improving productivity. This is in line with our strategy to produce quality, safe, nutritious foods and products in an environmentally sustainable manner while at the same time delivering economic growth in rural areas."

Diageo Ireland Head of Corporate and Trade Communications Hazel Chu said that Diageo were delighted to be able to recognise excellence in Irish dairy breeding, "At the heart of this long-standing competition is the success of our supply-chain partnership with Glanbia and the dairy farms that supply the cream for Baileys."

In addition to the top prize, €1,000 will be awarded to the breeder of the Reserve Champion and €500 for Honourable Mention.

There is also a 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; whilst €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 and there is a Dry Cow fund of €500. The special awards for Best Protein and EBI emphasise important factors in milk production. The competition's Director Brendan Smyth said he is looking forward to the finest display of Holstein Friesian cows.

Entry forms for this competition are available from competition director Brendan Smyth  tel: 00353 87 2560952 or email bsmyth@glanbia.ie.

Alternatively, visit the Virginia Show websitewww.virginiashow.com/championcow/

Clonpaddin MPW Jill

Clonpaddin MPW Jill

ConorMcCaufield Antrim Entrant2015

Conor McCaufield Antrim Entrant 2015




Baileys launch 1

Launching the 2015 Baileys Dairy Cow Championship are, Patrick Gaynor, vice president, Virginia Show; Martin Tynan, general manager, Glanbia; John Martin, secretary/treasurer, Holstein NI; Minister of State Tom Hayes TD; and Robert Murphy, Diageo Baileys Global Supply.

Baileys launch 2

Robert Muphy, Diageo Global Baileys Global Supply, and Martin Tynan, Glanbia, are pictured at the launch of the 2015 Baileys Dairy Cow Championship. Looking on are, Sean Farrelly, president, Virginia Show; John Berry, vice chairman, Holstein NI; and competition director Brendan Smyth.

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