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UK show judge to pick Champion Dairy Cow

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Well-known Yorkshire breeder Peter Waring will be travelling to the Virginia Showgrounds where he’ll be judging the cream of the country’s cows to choose the 2019 Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow.

Peter, a former President of Holstein UK, is well-known within the agricultural show circuit. The Yorkshire breeder runs the Winton Holstein Herd at the 350-acre Cherry Burton farm in East Yorkshire. The 160 cow-herd is renowned for some of the best cow families in the UK.

Speaking ahead of this year’s event which is co-sponsored by Glanbia Ireland and the makers of Baileys, Diageo, Peter said he was “looking forward to seeing some of the best cows in Ireland assemble in Co Cavan on 21st August for the Virginia Show.”

Peter has had the privilege to judge at all the UK major shows over the past 30 years as well as at herd competitions in Ireland.

Holstein Friesian breeders who enter can compete on the day for a variety of awards across several categories including Junior Cows in their second lactation.

The top place of Overall Champion attracts a €2,500 prize; followed by €1,000 and €500 for Reserve Champion and Honourable Mention respectively. The Best Junior Cow category has prizes worth €750 in total.

The popular Best-Heifer-in-Milk category carries a fund of €1,700 with 1st place worth €500. Cash prizes will also be awarded for Highest Protein Content, Best EBI and Best Exhibitor-Bred Cow.

The awards for Best EBI and Best Protein emphasise the most profitable factors for both breeding dairy herd replacements and milk production.

Entry forms are available by calling Brendan Smyth ++ 353 (0)87 2560952, or by visiting the Virginia Show website www.virginiashow.com/championcow/

The closing date for entries is Friday, August 9th, 2019.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @BaileysCow #DiageoBaileysCow. Find us on Facebook at Baileys-Champion-Dairy-Cow.

First Published 6 August 2019

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