A delegation of six IHFA (Irish Holstein Friesian Association) young members from Ireland will travel, along with others from around the globe, across the waters to the annual European Young Breeders’ School later this month.
On Tuesday, August 29th, 2023, members of Slaney Club, Kerry Club, Limerick/Clare Club, Cork Club, Breffni/Oriel Club and Limerick/Clare Club will venture to Battice, Belgium, to partake in “a week full of learning”.
According to the IHFA, Team Ireland comprises:
- Will Jones – Slaney Club;
- Jennifer Harty – Kerry Club;
- Bill Hannan – Limerick/Clare Club;
- Kate Lehane – Cork Club;
- Luke Porter – Breffni/Oriel Club;
- Aimee O’Donovan – Limerick/Clare Club.
EBYS in Belgium will take place from Wednesday, August 30th, 2023, to Sunday, September 3rd, 2023.
During the week, participants are set to learn about every aspect of show preparation from washing, bedding, clipping, and feeding to putting their hard work to the test in their individual competition categories at the end of the week.
More than 160 young Holstein enthusiasts from all over the world are set to attend the school, which, according to organisers, is a “real record of participant”.
The 21st Young Breeders’ School, which claims to offer “the best training in the world with famous teachers”, is an organisation of Awe Groupe and is supported by Foire Agricole Battice, Holstein Québec, Wallonie, GGI-Spermex, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Joskin, Crelan, Scar, Holstein International and Arla.
€13,000 Bailey’s Cow Competition
Meanwhile, Diageo Ireland and its cream supplier Tirlán, formerly Glanbia Ireland, are inviting Holstein Friesian breeders across the island of Ireland to prepare for the return of the Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow at this year’s Virginia Show on August 23rd, 2023.
It includes an enhanced prize pot of €13,000 to mark the 40th year of the contest, up from €10,000 in the previous year.
The winner of the top title, overall champion, will this year receive a €3,000 prize, followed by €1,500 and €800 for reserve champion and honourable mention, respectively.
Other awards will be presented on the day across several categories, including junior cows in their second lactation.
The best junior cow category has prizes worth €1,550 in total, while the popular best-heifer-in-milk category carries a fund of €1,550 with 1st place worth €750.
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