Sweet taste of success for Limerick owners of Baileys Irish Champion cow

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

THE FRAWLEYS from Croagh were toasting their success after winning the 2012 Baileys Irish Champion cow competition

THE FRAWLEYS from Croagh were toasting their success after winning the 2012 Baileys Irish Champion cow competition

Father and son, Pat and Derek, won the title at the Virginia Agricultural Show in County Cavan on Wednesday. Their six year old cow, Ridgefield Dundee Portea, competed against bovine beauties from all over Ireland to win the competition, which dates back to 1983.

Widely acknowledged as Ireland’s most prestigious dairy livestock event - it is the first time that the Frawleys won the title and brought home a cheque for €2,000 and the Virginia Milk Products Trophy to Limerick.

The competition rewards good body conformation with proven excellence in milk production.

Glanbia chairman, Liam Herlihy, said: “These top Irish cows are producing milk for Baileys which ends up all over the world so this competition is an excellent showcase for our dairy produce.”

Minister of State for Agriculture, Shane McEntee, added: “It is vital that we have strong export brands like Baileys and companies such as Diageo and Glanbia to lead the way in new international markets for Irish agri food & drink”.