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Thursday 8 December 2016

Sun takes a bow at agricultural show

Ken Whelan

Published 20/08/2015 | 02:30

Zoe Greenan (4) and her calf Greenlay Leonei at the 74th Virginia Agricultural Show in Cavan Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Zoe Greenan (4) and her calf Greenlay Leonei at the 74th Virginia Agricultural Show in Cavan Photo: Lorraine Teevan

The sun finally made an appearance only minutes after the judges selected this year's Diageo Bailey Cow of the Year in front of an estimated 15,000 people at the Virginia event centre in Cavan yesterday.

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And it was very much appreciated by the "bovine royalty" and the humans as well.

The best-bred milkers in Ireland had to be cooled down with cold blow-dryers by their ever-caring minders at the event centre the previous evening because of the sweltering weather. They then had to endure persistent drizzle as they prepared for their date with destiny on show day.

If these cows could talk, the verbals would be sniffy at best but more likely hysterical given the amount of grooming, manicuring and downright pampering they expect as a constitutional right.

"You'd get blue mould from that drizzle this morning," said Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness before she presented this year's Diageo Bailey's Champion Cow award to John Barrett from Togher in Co Cork, the owner of Laurelmore Duplex, in the belated afternoon sunshine.

The burning topic throughout the day was the milk price and the pressing need for the Government or EU Commission to buoy it up.

IFA deputy leader Tim O'Leary promised a 'sustained' campaign.

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