National Dairy Show Judge Announced for 2023

The AXA National Dairy Show Committee are delighted to announce Niels Erik Haahr as the judge for this years National Dairy Show. The 41st edition of the show takes place in its usual venue of the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork on the earlier date of the 13th and 14th of October for 2023.

This year’s esteemed judge, Niels Erik Haahr, is one of the top Holstein breeders in Denmark, and works with cattle in Germany and Scandinavia, investing in high-quality genetics from across the world.  Haahr and his wife Anja, along with their four children run the Anderstrup Herd which will be a familiar prefix to many farmers – Anderstrup Holsteins is the source of numerous top AI bulls used all over Europe. For example, the VikingGenetics sires Mandel (MOM-Didrik; Tirsvad Luke Classic family) and Miracle (Massey-Roumare; Tir-An Calano Kristine family),who combined have produced over 40,000 daughters, or Anderstrup Clash-P, a Powerball also from the Classic family who is currently the highest scoring bull on the Italian progeny proven list. Prominent Red Holstein bulls have also come from Anderstrup, of note are numerous sons of SPH Croteau Brekem Saigon-Red, such as Sting, Gonzales and Marsden-P in Germany and Sky-Red in Scandinavia. The herd numbers 540 cows with an average production of 17,052 kg milk at 3.82% Fat and 3.5% Protein, last year they were the number 1 production herd in Europe, a significant achievement!


Haahr is no stranger to the show ring as both an exhibitor and judge, his judging accolades include the European Red Holstein Show in Germany and judging National shows all across Spain, Holland, Belgium, England, Portugal, Denmark and many more. Haahr is clear in what he will be looking for at this years show “I follow a two-type model when it comes to assessing cows. I’m searching for a well-balanced animal with super feet and legs as well as an outstanding udder. The mammary system is very important for me, and key for any dairy producer looking to get a good result from their herd.”


The National Dairy Show will run over Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of October with dairy classes and the large trade show taking place over both days, which proved a hugely successful move last year! Punters and exhibitors alike commented on the huge crowd attending both days and the electric atmosphere throughout the venue. The event has become the meeting place of the dairy industry and will again include the biggest specialised dairy trade exhibition in Ireland. There will be major exhibitors in the area of AI, animal health, breeding & dairy agritech, milking equipment, robotics , livestock machinery, finance, dairy services, nutrition, soil & land management, dairy inputs and many other areas in attendance. There is still time to get those entries in for both livestock exhibitors (deadline 19th September) and trade stands (29th September) – see for more


The National Dairy Show Committee look forward to welcoming you to Milstreet once again this October.