July 2010 - Baileys® judge has eye on dairy strength & capacity
[19 July 2010] They say 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' and in the case of the Baileys® Irish Champion Cow Competition it will be the eye of international judge Michael Gould that selects the winner of this prestigious competition when it takes place at the Virginia Show on 31 July.
Over 20 top Holstein Friesians from all over Ireland are expected to be shortlisted to compete for the title of the 27th Baileys® Irish Champion which attracts an €8,000 prize fund. Superior milk production is a must for short-listing but final judgment on the day will be on the overall beauty of the cows presented to the judge in the parade ring.
Michael Gould owns the well known Woodmarsh Holsteins of Shrewsbury, in the English county of Shropshire. He milks 300 pedigree Holsteins with a herd average of 12,500 kgs (2,670 gallons). His previous judging experience includes the U.K. National Holstein Show, the Royal Highland Show, the Holland HHH Show, the Australian National Holstein Show, Balmoral Winter Fair and the National Herds Competitions. Commenting on the task ahead, Michael said: "I will be looking for a cow with dairy strength and capacity that has great mobility as well as a top class udder."
The winner he selects will join a list of supreme examples of the Holstein Friesian breed in Ireland ranging from the first-ever winner 'Barbican Royal Rosebud' entered by the Crawford Brothers of Co Fermanagh in 1983 to Cyril Dowling's Baldonnel herd in Co. Dublin that has won the competition a record six times. Holstein Friesian aficionados can now view an online album of all the previous Baileys® Irish Champions by logging onto Facebook | Virginia Show.
In addition to Champion and Reserve Champion, other awards will be presented on the day for Highest Protein Content, Best EBI, Best Exhibitor-Bred Cow and Best Heifer in Milk. To register contact Brendan Smyth on ++353(0)87 2560952.