Cork breeder scoops the Bailey's cream in Cavan
Published 26/08/2015 | 02:30
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.
"She's everything a dairy farmer wants in a cow and any dairy farmer would aspire to breed and own cows of the calibre on show in Virginia," said Mr Griffiths.
He also praised the "sheer perfection in body strength" of the winner and of her competitors at Virginia which he described as one of the most prestigious shows of its kind in Europe.Virginia show director, Brendan Smyth, said this year's Baileys Cow show had been one of the best in since the competition began back in 1984.
Baldonnel Goldwyn Sublime owned by Cyril Dowling of Baldonnel, Co Dublin won the reserve champion pennant, while honourable mention went to Liam and Sandra Murphy for their cow Evergreen Duplex Ebony.