Crowds attend 73rd Virginia Agricultural Show

Wednesday 20 August 2014 23.48
The Prize was won by a nine-year-old Holstein Friesian Cow name Lulu
The Prize was won by a nine-year-old Holstein Friesian Cow name Lulu

Nearly 15,000 people attended the 73rd Virginia Agricultural Show in Co Cavan today - one of the biggest shows in the country.

€10,000 was given away in prize money for dairy cows.

The centre piece was a competition for the Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow for 2014.

The Prize was won by a nine-year-old Holstein Friesian Cow name Lulu -  a second time winner - who produces over 60 litres of milk a day. 

Concerns over GLAS scheme

Meanwhile, over 1,000 people are attending a meeting in Co Mayo tonight to highlight their concerns about draft proposals sent by the Department of Agriculture to Brussels regarding the implementation of the GLAS scheme. 

The GLAS scheme is the new EU payment scheme for farmers which will come into effect next year. 

Hill farmers in Connaught are particularly aggrieved by the collective agreement aspect of the scheme, which will require agreement among 50% of farmers in one commonage area before they make an application for payment.

Among those attending the meeting in Westport were three MEP's Marion Harkin, Luke Ming Flanagan and Matt Carthy.

Fine Gael TD for Galway West Sean Kyne has said the basis for collective agreement under the draft proposals to Brussels is to ensure a higher standard of compliance from hill farmers than previous payments under pillar one.

He pointed out the concerns of hill farmers in the west of Ireland regarding collective agreement.

But he said it was his understanding that the IFA at national level agreed with collective agreement.

The chairman at the meeting Cllr Micheal Holmes said the situation was a national disgrace.