Baileys® Crowns Finest Cow in Ireland...Smearlaview Forbidden Vixan is Baileys® Irish Champion for 2009

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Baileys® search for the finest cow in Ireland reached its finale recently with Smearlaview Forbidden Vixan, owned by Irish dairy farmer John Kirby, crowned the fairest cow in the land. 27 bovine beauties competed for the prestigious title of the 2009 Baileys® Irish Champion at the Virginia Agricultural Show in Co in what was one of the largest and strongest participations in the 26 year history of the event.

The most beautiful cow in Ireland

The winner is a real powerhouse cow. She's great. One of the best black and whites I've seen.

Baileys® search for the finest cow in Ireland reached its finale recently with Smearlaview Forbidden Vixan, owned by Irish dairy farmer John Kirby from Co. Kerry crowned the fairest cow in the land. 27 bovine beauties competed for the prestigious title of the 2009 Baileys® Irish Champion at the Virginia Agricultural Show in Co in what was one of the largest and strongest participations in the 26 year history of the event. Kilwarden Gibson Vixan, who is a distant family relative of winner and owned by Brochan Cocoman from Kill, in Co. Kildare was declared Reserve Champion. Other prizes were awarded in specialist categories for cows that travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to compete.

International dairy cow expert and judge, John Gribbon, from Lancashire in England, said it was an honour to be asked to judge the best cow in Ireland and that the winners could successfully compete anywhere in the world. "The winner is a real powerhouse cow. She's great. One of the best black and whites I've seen."

To earn their place in the final, all entrants had to first demonstrate their quality credentials and good breeding as well as their ability to produce superior quantities of milk. On the day, marks were awarded for looks alone with the judge singling out the winner for her shapely legs, fine udders and elegant bone structure.

The Irish Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith presented the prizes alongside Peter O'Connor, Global PR Director, R&A Bailey & Co and Glanbia chairman Liam Herlihy. "This competition, like Baileys®, goes from strength to strength. With 27 cows competing for the title, we've had the biggest and the strongest participation for many years," said Peter O'Connor, Global PR Director, R&A Bailey & Co.

Glanbia Chairman Liam Herlihy added, "It is appropriate Glanbia should join forces with Baileys® to support such a prestigious dairy event which goes back 26 years. We look forward to many more years of partnership with the Irish Holstein Friesian Association."

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