Wexford champion farmer to do battle in 'All-Ireland' for dairy cows
COUNTY Wexford is preparing to do battle in the Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow Competition, fondly known as the 'All-Ireland for Dairy Cows', which takes place at the Virginia Show, in County Cavan, on August 19.
Local entrant and former winner of the top prize, Jim Sinnott described the competition as 'a spectacular event because unlike other shows, it had the top cows in Ireland competing in the one ring at the one time'.
Jim farms just outside Enniscorthy and as well as winning the Champion Cow title himself, his daughter Louise won first place in the Heifer-in-Milk category in 2008.
Competition Director Brendan Smyth explained that it takes many months of hard work and preparation to produce a top show cow capable of representing its county at the final and that he expected a good turn-out from Co. Wexford for the competition.
In addition to the top prize of €2,500, €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.
There will also be prizes 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.