Ireland's finest dairy cow is crowned at Virgina Show
The annual search for Ireland's finest Holstein Friesian dairy cow has come to an end.
Hilltara Lanthority Echo 2 has been crowned the Diageo Baileys Irish Champion at the Virginia Show and is owned by Sam McCormick from Bangor, Co Down. Sam also won the Best Exhibitor Bred award.
The competition took place at the 76th annual Agricultural Show in Virginia Co. Cavan.
The competition rewards strength and form in body conformation as well as proven excellence in quality milk production.
Commenting on this year’s winning cow the judge, Paul Miller, from Evesham, said, "Hilltara Lanthority Echo 2 was an outstanding winner, she caught my eye straight away.
"She is all that we look for in the dairy breed, a tremendous cow. It was one of the strongest competitions I’ve ever judged. I really felt the enthusiasm from the crowd and the breeders."
Dalevalley GWY Embrace owned by Denis O’Neill was declared Reserve Champion.
Honorable Mention went to Brochan Cocoman from Co. Kildare for their cow Kilwareen Fever B Shower 2.