Ben Yates will judge this year’s show. He manages the Y-Farm partnership in Somerset and has recently established his own Wowcow pedigree Holstein herd. Ben has had success showing at the European Show in Colmar, 2016 and has judged at the Celtic Show Case, the YMA National Calf Show and the Winter Show, Drenthe, Holland.
Among the classes being judged are handling classes for Young Members’ Association (YMA). These are the keen next generation of breeders. Expo offers these young people the first opportunity to begin amassing points towards the Showmanship League 2018. The Showmanship League continues throughout the summer in the many local shows nationwide where the competition is hosted. This culminates in the Showmanship League Finals at the National Dairy Show, Milstreet in October.
Agricultural shows play a very important role in rural Ireland as an educational tool and a fun day out for farming families. This social capital is a key ingredient and serves as a link between town and country. It is an opportunity for farmers to meet up and discuss the issues of the day, taking time out from a busy schedule, while enjoying the spectacle of the show. That will surely be a welcome reprieve for farmers this spring.