€9,000 prize up for grabs for Champion Dairy Cow
The biggest ever prize fund is on offer for the popular Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow Competition this year.
Long-standing sponsors Baileys Irish Cream and Glanbia Ingredients have renewed their commitment to the competition, with €9,000 on offer this year.
The winning cow will join the upper echelons of the Holstein Friesian breed in Ireland, alongside well-known winners such as Dublin breeder Cyril Dowling's Baldonnel Herd and the Vixan cow family, owned by Kerrymen Tim and John Kirby.
The winning breeder will receive a cheque for €2,000 and the coveted Virginia Milk Products Cup, while the breeder of the reserve champion will receive €650.
The rest of the prize fund will be distributed across numerous other dairy classes, including awards for Highest Protein Content, Best EBI, Best Exhibitor-bred Cow and Best Heifer in Milk.
The competition starts at 3.30pm in the main parade ring, where this year's international judge, Welshman Iwan Morgan, will be on the lookout for a "balanced dairy cow with that extra bit of breeding excellence".
Along with his father, Mr Morgan milks 120 Holsteins and 50 Jerseys at his 250ac farm in south Wales. Mr Morgan is a member of Holstein UK and has been judging and showing cattle for many years.