With over 100 trade stands, innovation awards, live demonstrations and cattle handlers competition, Ireland’s premier National Dairy Show offers numerous attractions this weekend for all the family.
From cattle breeding companies, farming societies and organisations, to feed businesses and milking machine creators, the National Dairy Show, Ireland’s largest trade door stand is a one stop shop for the farming enthusiasts.
For the Livestock Enthusiasts:
- Young handlers aged from 8-18 are set to display their talent as they battle it out through participation in various scheduled young handlers classes as part of the NDS. The event will host the Young Members’ Association (YMA) showmanship league finals, which will take place on the Friday evening prior to the show. On Saturday morning, proceedings are set to get underway with two handling classes, with the crowning of the Champion Handler eagerly awaited. Judging duties are set to be left in the careful hands of Jane Arrell, who will bring her twenty years of experience to the ringside of Millstreet this weekend. A herd of Holstein Friesian and Jersey cattle are farmed alongside her husband under the ‘Thistlerose’ prefix. This visit will see Jane return to Ireland following the successful completion of numerous other regional and national herd competitions, with the Royal Highland Show exhibitions adding yet another string to bow.
- Competing for national honours counts a total of 150 Holstein Friesian and Jersey cattle. Among the leading contenders will be numerous herd members who have scooped prestigious trophies throughout Ireland. Holstein UK’s head classifier is set to return to Ireland for the judging of class. Having judged major shows throughout Ireland and UK, Meurig has tapped forward champions at the RDS Spring Show and The Baileys at Virginia.
- Dr Charles Chavasse of Zoetis, one of Ireland’s leading animal health companies will conduct a live demonstration on animal health.
- The Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented to a person or persons who have made a major contribution to the pedigree industry.
- The return of Miniature Farm Display is expected to take the attention of the younger attendees.
Making its debut: Irish Bull Mother and Progeny display:
This year will see the addition of a new feature of an Irish Bull Mother and Progeny display, sponsored by Nitrofert, with the aim to provide event attendees with the opportunity to investigate the origination of a particular bull and the breeding itself, through the provision of visual and technical of information from leading industry experts.
The AI industry is deemed to take centre stage at year’s event, with all companies invited to participate as part of the initiative, to assist with the selection of top AI sires in order to maintain and develop the quality of Irish herds. Progeny will be on display on the day from numerous top bulls from the AI stations, which is expected to be hugely beneficial for farmers.
The Food Village:
For the first time in history, the event will offer a new Food Village, where artisan and traditional foods from the region will be on display with the opportunity to sample and purchase on the day. Ideal for the food lovers, the NDS food village boasts to comprise of Irish and international produce alike, ranging from locally produced pork and beef products to smoked salmon, seaweed based products from the more health conscious, ice-cream, caramelised spiced nuts and whiskey, a real treat for all the family.
Bouncing castles, face-painting, sweets, crafts and arts are among the offerings of Millstreet-based National Dairy Show as part of the Miniature Farm Display.