County Longford dairy farmer Mike Magan from Killashee has won the Best Protein Award in the 2016 Diageo Baileys Champion Cow competition which took place at the Virginia Agricultural Show.
The competition which dates back to 1983 rewards strength and form in body conformation as well as proven excellence in quality milk production and is sponsored by Diageo in partnership with its cream supplier Glanbia Ingredients Ireland.
According to this year’s judge Kevin Wilson, “They were tremendous cows, the standard was very high. They would grace any show in the world.”
Widely acknowledged as Ireland’s top dairy livestock event, attracting the super-elite of the Holstein Friesian breed, the top awards in the €10,000 prize fund were presented by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, alongside Breffni O'Reilly, Quality Director for Diageo Ireland and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd Chairman Henry Corbally.
Hazel Chu Diageo Ireland's Head of Corporate & Trade Relations said that Diageo’s production bases for Baileys in Dublin and Mallusk "relied on a top quality cream supply and that the competition was an opportunity to reinforce the provenance of Baileys and the quality of its primary raw ingredient.”
Chairman of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Henry Corbally praised all the entrants for the calibre of pedigree cows on display and he congratulated the Virginia Show on its 75th anniversary.