Cork breeder scoops the Bailey's cream in Cavan
John Barrett, the Cork based breeder of this year's Champion Dairy Cow Laurelmore Duplex Impala was clearly delighted when his multiple prize winning Holstein Friesian was led forward as the Diageo Baileys Dairy Cow of the Year at the Virginia show in Cavan last week.
Laurelmore Duplex, who has Canadian lines in her breeding, won the Dairy Expo championship at Punchestown earlier this year and winning the overall Diageo Bailey's champion cow competition was literally the cream rising to the top for a champion cow who recorded an impressive 96pc on confirmation at Virginia.
" We were obviously delighted to win the Baileys championship with Laurelmore Impala. She is a tremendous cow to work with," John told the Farming Independent.
"The eight-year-old is a tremendous hard working cow at home having produced a lifetime total of 5444kg of milk solids to date.
"She is the third generation of EX cows bred on the farm from an international sire family, and thankfully we have a number of family members in both the Laurelmore and Laurelem herds," said John.
The Barrett's show their progeny across the country.
John's sons, Johnny and Ricky, manage the two adjacent family farms in Togher which hold 130 and 140 Holstein Friesians respectively.
The canny breeder, who has spent his life building up his pedigree operation in Togher, told his post- victory audience in Virginia that he was delighted with the Bailey Cow victory but left it to this year's judge, Edward Griffiths, to extol the virtues of Laurelmore Duplex Impala.