Congratulations to the Hannan family with their Irish Examiner Supreme Champion Lisnalty Megasire Rituel
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The 2019 National Dairy Show offers something for everyone
Large crowds gathered last Saturday at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet to catch up with friends old and new at the last dairy event of the year and all were eager to find out what was new at the National Dairy Show, now in its 37th year.
And the crowd, numbering over 4,000 in attendance, certainly weren’t disappointed with not only a high standard of dairy cattle on display in the Show Ring but also new, extended Trade Stand areas in the arena together with a variety of demonstrations from Tractor and Loader, Bale Slicing, Hoof Pairing and Farm Safety all featuring outside.
The Show aims to have something for everyone and this year with a record number of trade exhibits on site there certainly was a wide variety of products on offer from the latest in milking technology, animal nutrition, veterinary products and AI companies to artisan gifts, local gifts and even delicious home-made ice-cream!
Show Director, John Kirby said “it’s certainly a challenge every year to think of new ideas to enhance the Show and this year we were delighted to introduce informative, bite-size seminars from leading companies in the agricultural industry to give some insight to help farmers in their day to day business. We hope the wide and varied programme of events at the Show offered something for everyone”.
Cattle handling competitions showcasing young handlers from throughout Ireland always add an air of excitement to the day as the audience in Millstreet has the opportunity to see the cream of Holstein Friesian and Jersey cattle. This year the Show were delighted to welcome Swiss judge, Erhard Junker to the event and with many first-rate animals on display at the Show it culminated with the announcement that following on from last year it was a win once again for Limerick with the Irish Examiner National Dairy Show Supreme Champion awarded to Lisnalty Megasire Rituel exhibited by Paul Hannan and also from Limerick the Reserve Show Champion, Woodmarsh Cancun Lyme 2 exhibited by ML & E McNamara with Honorable Mention to Des Grands Trix Harmonica exhibited by A&S Foody & R Timlin. The Jersey Champion SuirValley Ot Starlight was exhibited by Patrick Gaynor from Co. Monaghan. Congratulations to them and to everyone involved including all the support personnel at the Show on the day.
Other winners at the Show included entrants to National Dairy Show Innovation Award with the team at Anuland scooping Gold in the Technology Category along with the Best Start-Up Award and the Overall National Dairy Innovation Award for their Artificial Intelligence Grass Management Sensor. Other awards announced included the National Recognition Award which went to John Cunnane of the renowned Lynbrook Herd, who was on hand to receive his accolade on the day and Best Day Strand winners were Intracare / Agrihealth who provided in-depth knowledge on their products which they discussed with visitors to their stand throughout the day at the Show.
John Kirby and the National Dairy Show extended their thanks to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D, and to Councillor Christopher O’Sullivan, Mayor of County Cork who both took time out of busy schedules to come along and experience the Show first-hand, John also stated, “the event is organised every year by a hard-working, voluntary committee under the auspices of the Cork Holstein Friesian Club and with the significant costs involved it would not be possible to stage without the immense contribution from the Show sponsors and trade stand exhibitors who continue to support the Show and whose contribution facilitates the Show committee offering a varied programme and also allows the event to maintain its €30,000 prize fund”.
In thanking the sponsors, trade and cattle exhibitors and the participants of the diverse demonstrations Show Director John Kirby expressed his delight at the success of the event and thanked the public for turning up in large numbers and contributing to a fantastic day.
Please check www.nationaldairyshow.com for further information and follow the Show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where you can find out more about plans for the 2020 Show on Saturday 17th October.