‘Farmer resilience’ highlighted at National Dairy Show

The 2017 National Dairy Show, held last Saturday (October 21), “truly highlighted the resilience of the Irish farming fraternity” following the severe impact of recent storms, according to the show’s organisers.

In spite of many farmers managing their farms with no electricity or water supplies, farmers turned out in force for the day.

Show director John Kirby commented on this, stating: “It was extremely gratifying to see so many cattle exhibitors, trade stands, exhibitors and of course the general public turn out in such large numbers to brave the elements on the day and attend the annual show.”

The event is organised every year by a voluntary committee through the Cork Holstein Friesian Club.

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Shane Naughton and Sarah Campbell, MSD; John Kirby, show director; Mike Ross, former Irish rugby international; Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed; and Willian Minchin, MSD

There was a €30,000 prize fund on the day, thanks to the “substantial contribution” of sponsors and trade exhibitors according to the organisers.

With many fine animals on display on the day, Clonpaddin G Fame ET – exhibited by Cyril and John Dowling – was announced as the winner of the 2017 Irish Examiner National Dairy Show Supreme Champion.

Judging the competition was Brian Carscadden, who travelled over from Canada for the event. He gave “comprehensive knowledge and detailed feedback to competitors, which was very much appreciated by all”, the organisers added.

The National Recognition Award went to Tommy Finlay of Tullamore Show, who – with his extended family – had travelled to Millstreet to support the show.

Meanwhile, the winner of the National Dairy Show Innovation Award was also announced as Dairy Geyser.

Newcomer to the show in 2017, Rumley’s Open Farm, was also recognised with the award of Best Trade Stand – with its display of “less familiar species” in Millstreet.

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Michael O Gorman and Maria Burke, National Dairy Council; Tom Duggan, Zoelis; Mairead Piggot, Millstreet Vets; Minister Michael Creed; and Charles Chavasse, Zoetis

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, and recently-retired Irish rugby international Mike Ross both attended the show, with Ross opening the event. The show committee thanked both of them for coming along.

For updates on next year’s show, anyone interested can keep an eye on the show’s website.