The history of the National Dairy Show has in its longevity, growth and popularity extended far beyond the wildest dreams of not only its founder members but also each Committee that has officiated at this ever popular event.
From its inception in 1982 to the present show, each year has been domiciled in the Green Glens which has led to a long and successful relationship with the Duggan family for which we continue to be very grateful.
It is no secret that all farm enterprises have been under pressure, particularly over the past 12 months and dairying has been no exception. The commitment of both breeders of Black & White and Jersey Cattle to the quality and quantity of animals exhibited at this year’s show has to be applauded. It has been a treat to see these first rate animals being paraded in their finery in the Ring and to see the attention to detail of the cattle fitters in working up and down the cattle lines – all to a world class standard.
We have a lot of people thank and without which the Show would not be possible:
Our Judge on the day, Mr. Meurig James from Wales. Meurig has made numerous trips to these shores as a classifier of dairy cattle over many years and is always a popular face in the Ring and last Saturday was no exception.
The Ring Stewards, Averil Helen and Paraic Murphy did a wonderful job on the day and won much praise.
Thank You to Mark Logan from Clandyboye Estates in Northern Ireland for judging the Showmanship League on Friday evening and for also giving a helping hand to proceedings on Saturday.
The National Dairy Show is deeply indebted to the sponsorship pledged by a long and varied list of sponsors. Sponsors are the lifeblood of every show and the National Dairy Show is no exception and we wish our sponsors a successful day in Millstreet.
Thank you to the dedicated and hard-working Show Committee who have given of their time unselfishly and voluntarily to the cause, a commitment I would like to thank them sincerely for.
Many thanks to our MCs for the day, Colin Johnson and Kevin Dillon, who once again demonstrate their wealth of experience and ability to deal seamlessly with any minor hiccups that crop up from time to time in an exemplary and professional manner.
A sincere thank you to the Food Village contributors, at what is our inaugural Food Village at the Show. I hope you have enjoyed your experience in Millstreet – I know for some of you it is a first visit to the National Dairy Show and Thank You to Gloria the Food Village Co-ordinator who has worked tirelessly to get the Village up and running in its first year.
Thank you to the AI Companies for supporting the other new event at the Show this year – the Irish Bull Mother and Progeny Display. Feedback has been very positive and we hope to build on this new venture going forward.
Many thanks to our Guest Speaker, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Michael Creed TD. Michael is a native of this part of the country and hails from a stone’s throw away. He has served the people of North Cork as a TD over many years and we congratulate Michael on his appointment as Minister and wish him every success in what we all agree is a challenging portfolio.
We have a legion of helpers without whom the Show would not take place – too many to name but we certainly appreciate the invaluable experience and expertise that you bring year on year.
Our gratitude to the Cork Club and its members under the stewardship of Joe Collins, cannot be underestimated and we are grateful for the tremendous support that we are offered.
Finally thank you also to you, the public attending the Show – we are indebted for your continued support and I hope you enjoyed all aspects of the Show and found it informative.
Many Thanks to everyone who contributed to and supported the 34th National Dairy Show in Millstreet and congratulations to all the winners on the day.
See you next year!!