Over 4,000 people gathered last Saturday at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet for the 37th National Dairy Show.
Cattle handling competitions, showcasing young handlers from throughout Ireland, added an air of excitement to the day, according to organisers.
Swiss native, Erhard Junker, officiated as judge at the event. The Irish Examiner National Dairy Show Supreme Champion was awarded to Lisnalty Megasire Rituel, exhibited by Paul Hannan.
The Reserve Show Champion came in the form of Woodmarsh Cancun Lyme 2, exhibited by ML & E McNamara. Honorable Mention went 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.
Other award winners
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.
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 attended to experience the show first-hand.
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."
“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”.
He also thanked the public for turning up in large numbers and contributing to the day.
Images provided by Maria Kelly Photography