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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Two-day 41st National Dairy Show in October

Next month, the AXA National Dairy Show is set to return for its 41st outing in the surroundings of the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork, which has been home to the event since its inception in 1982.

According to organisers, the 2023 event “promises to build on the past forty-one years of growth” it has enjoyed thanks to the hardworking Cork Holstein Friesian Club committee.

This year’s show will run over Friday, October, 13th and Saturday, October 14th, with the large trade show and dairy cattle classes taking place over both days.

Organisers say this was “a highly successful initiative from last year with both visitors and exhibitors alike commenting on the huge crowd attending both days and the electric atmosphere throughout the venue”.

The annual event has become the meeting place of the dairy industry and will once again include the largest specialised dairy trade exhibition in Ireland with major exhibitors in the area of AI, animal health, breeding & dairy agritech, milking equipment, robotics, livestock machinery, finance, dairy services, nutrition, soil and land management, dairy inputs and with many more areas in attendance.

The show takes pride in promoting all the latest in dairy technology and research, including the National Dairy Innovation Awards and of course, the best dairy cattle battling for the most prestigious dairy showing competition in Ireland.


Denis Kiely, show director anticipates another great event, “If you want to keep up with the latest in the dairy world, this is the place to be.”

AXA Insurance continues its strong relationship with the National Dairy Show as title sponsor for a second year.

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Speaking at the launch, which took place earlier this week, Tom McCarthy, Agri-Regional Development Manager for AXA Insurance Munster said:

“We are delighted to be the title sponsors of the AXA National Dairy Show.”

“Last year’s show was second to none in terms of dairy stock quality as well as diversity and innovation across the trade show – it is, without a doubt, the major dairy event of the year.”

The Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA) are managing all aspects of the trade show this year and Chief Executive, Laurence Feeney, has been “blown away” by the demand for trade stand space.

“We always knew the popularity of the National Dairy Show was exceptional but after last year’s success the demand has been unprecedented.”

“It is the event every industry member wants to attend. They know it is the most important show to meet with customers and do business for the year,” he concluded.

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