Drumlina Attwood Megan has won the prestigious Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow competition title.
The cow is owned by Boyd/Greenan/O'Neill/Timlim/Moore, Mulladuff, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan. The Maple-Downs-I-G-W Attwood daughter produced 10,261 kgs milk; 774kg fat and protein, with 3.32% protein in her last lactation; her dam is Drumlina Smatic Megan.
The search for Ireland’s top Holstein Friesian dairy cow ended at Virginia Agricultural Show today (Wednesday, August 22nd). The 35th competition carried a prize fund in excess of €10,000.
Mairead McGuinness MEP and first Vice-President of the European presented the Diageo Baileys Champion Winner.
“Quality; consistency; and sustainability are the hallmarks of the Diageo Baileys Champion dairy cow competition.” the MEP said.
“The competition, a magnet for all who are interested in dairy farming, highlights how exclusive and luxury products have their origins on farms where cows are cared for so that they can produce the quality of cream required,” the MEP said.
“It’s an excellent example of consistently high quality from sustainable dairy farms. And I congratulate the winner and all those taking part,” she said.
Speaking ahead of the competition, judge David Hodgson explained that he was searching for “a cow that emulates the true type model, not necessarily big, but balanced with that extra bit of style.”
Cash prizes were available across several categories including Junior Cows in their second lactation, with the top place of Overall Champion attracting a €2,500 prize; followed by €1,000 and €500 for Reserve Champion and Honourable Mention, respectively.
Cash prizes were also awarded for Highest Protein Content, Best EBI and Best Exhibitor-Bred Cow and Best Junior Cow. The popular Best-Heifer-in-Milk category had a fund of €1,700.
We wish this year’s winner a hearty congratulations from all here at That’s Farming. You can watch the coverage from the show on our Facebook page.