Champion cow comes home to Monaghan

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

One of the most prestigious awards in the Irish dairy industry has come to Co Monaghan.
A group of farmers, including LacPatrick suppliers, took home the 2018 Diageo Bailey’s Champion Cow at the Virginia Show in August for their cow Drumlin Atwood Megan.
The five-year old cow held off competition from 24 others to take home the prestigious award and the €2,500 prize.
The cow is owned by David Boyd, Brendan Greenan, Sandy Moore, Denis O’Neill and Rory Timlin.
David Hodgson, a dairy farmer from Carlisle, judged the prestigious event and singled out Atwood Megan as being a cut above the rest.
‘A modern cow’
“She emulates the true type model; not necessarily big but balanced with that extra bit of style This is a cow that was really on form on the day. She’s a modern sort of dairy cow that epitomises everything you look for in a cow.”
This five-year-old cow is no stranger to success, having claimed overall Friesian champion at Balmoral Show in May. Sired by Maple Downs Atwood, this EX92-classified third-calver produced 12,174kg in her last 305-day lactation. She last calved in January and is giving 45 litres per day.
Atwood Megan and her five owners now travel to the Millstreet Show in October to try and claim the top prize there.
Another LacPatrick supplier also had success at Virginia.
Patrick Colton finished third in the junior cow section for his cow Leagh McCutchen Polly.