2019 Diageo Baileys® Champion Cow is Baldonnel Flashmatic Draw
Baldonnel Flashmatic Draw was recently crowned the 2019 Diageo Baileys® Irish Dairy Champion Cow at the Virginia Show in Co. Cavan. Bred by Dublin father and son Cyril and John Dowling, it was their seventh Baileys Champion Cow win.
Sponsored by Diageo Ireland in partnership with its cream supplier Glanbia Ireland for the past 36 years, the title was contested by over 25 dairy breeders from all four provinces in Ireland.
Regarded as the most prestigious competition of its kind on the island of Ireland, the event rewards strength and good body conformation as well as proven excellence in quality milk production.
Robert Murphy, Head of Baileys Global Operations at Diageo Baileys Global Supply, said, “Baileys sales continues to go from strength to strength globally. I’m particularly proud to say that our home market, Ireland, is leading the way. The finest raw ingredients including the best dairy cream in the world underpins Baileys great taste and the Diageo Baileys Champion Cow helps shine a spotlight on the quality of our indigenous cream supply chain”.
Martin Keane, Glanbia Group Chairman, said, “Each year the contest, with a prize fund of €10,000, attracts elite pedigree cows from throughout the country. Breeding the champion dairy cow is a dream for every top-class Holstein Friesian breeder. Once again it was a tough task for the judge to select the worthy winner. It was evident that the exhibitors have all worked hard over many years, and sometimes generations, to breed the calibre of cows that were on display at Virginia Show”.