THE 36th National Dairy Show, which takes place on Saturday, October 20th, in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, was launched recently by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD.
The show was first held back in 1982 and, since then, has steadily grown into Ireland’s premier indoor agricultural event. The word indoor was of huge significance to the show last year when Storm Ophelia failed to upstage the holding of the annual event, and recent events at the National Ploughing Championships, when Storm Ali caused a major disruption, certainly brought home to the National Dairy Show the true value and comfort of the Green Glens complex where the Show has been domiciled since its inception.
Promoted as a fun, family day out the show programme offers something for everyone and is a platform for national and international recognition, along with hosting a wide range of attractions, including over 130 trade exhibits which market agricultural-based products and equipment, as well as offering advice and insight benefiting the entire audience.
It provides an opportunity to meet with suppliers and discuss the wide range of products from the latest in milking technology to animal nutrition, veterinary products, detergents, animal dosing, AI companies and leading financial institutions to name but a few.
Live demonstrations will promote the latest in hoof care restraining equipment as well as up-to-date hoof-paring technology.
Tractor and loader demos will also feature at the show with up to eight manufacturers participating alongside a wide range of machinery on display. Farm safety will also feature, particularly in relation to prevention of farm accidents, and Gardai will also be on hand to discuss rural crime prevention.
Cattle handling competitions allow young handlers from the four corners of Ireland compete are as popular as ever and the day gives the audience in Millstreet an opportunity to see the cream of Holstein Friesian and Jersey cattle.