Farm Ireland

Saturday 18 November 2017

Clonpaddin's 'Leap' onto the big screen!

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Eagle-eyed farmers attending the Irish Holstein Friesian Association open day in Co Wicklow today could spot a film star or two among the cows in the Hurley family's dairy herd.

Pedigree cows in the Clonpaddin Herd have an off-farm career starring in Hollywood romantic comedy 'Leap Year' and television adverts for Kerrymaid and Budweiser.

The Kerrymaid advert featured the Clonpaddin cows having their hooves polished by dedicated farm workers, grazing on pasture while listening to classical music, being sheltered from the rain by umbrellas and being hand-milked beside a warm stove.

Animal wrangler and former guitarist with the Boomtown Rats Gerry Cott spent a week training the cows to walk under umbrellas for the popular ad.

The Clonpaddin Herd was first established in 1954 when John Hurley registered the "Clonpaddin" prefix.

John now works the 100-cow herd with his sons Garry and Patrick who are members of the Redcross farm discussion group.

Cows in the Clonpaddin Herd have won numerous awards including Junior and Senior Heifer in Milk at the National Dairy show in 2005.

At the recent Emerald Expo in Kilkenny, Clonpaddin GWY Fanta ET was the winner of the KW Forage 4-year-old Cow in Milk, Best Exhibitor-Bred Animal and Reserve Champion of the Show.

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