The launch of the 35th National Dairy Show to be held in Millstreet, Co Cork, officially took place on September 5th last in Fota Island Resort where it was announced that Ballyhooly rugby legend Mike Ross is to officially open this year’s show.
Recently retired from international rugby, Mike is a graduate of dairy farming, having grown up on the home farm near Ballyhooly. He has generously agreed to sign one of the new Irish jerseys which officially go on sale at the end of this year and this, together with a signed ruby ball and a hamper of goods, will be up for grabs as door prizes on the day of the show.
The show committee were delighted to welcome Professor Thia Hennessy to the launch where she outlined the challenges and opportunities that face the farming industry; including Brexit, price volatility and the negative image of animal based products.
As Head of the Department of Food Business and Development and Chair of Agri-Food Economics at Cork University Business School, Thia is more than qualified to broaden our understanding of these topics.
This year’s show is designed to attract an audience throughout our farming community and welcomes attendance from all; both urban and rural, town and country and to deliver a great family day out with something for everyone.
As in previous years, the majority of the events at the show will be under cover in a venue that offers restaurant facilities and free car parking in addition to live demonstrations of cattle and machinery and with a particular emphasis this year on Farm Safety and Rural Crime Prevention.
New features at this year’s Dairy Show sure to garner keen interest from farmers is when leading tractor sales teams take part in tractor and loader bale handling demonstrations at intervals throughout the day and with up to six different makes of tractors taking part it is not to be missed.
Also, new to the show is an insight into modern cattle restraining crates and a live hoof paring demo too.
The committee of the 2017 National Dairy Show would like to thank and acknowledge the immense contribution of our sponsors, as running an event such as this requires a large financial outlay which would not be possible without their commitment.