Ricky Barrett’s Jersey cow Laurelelm Poppy was the champion all round, first in the Jersey section, then the interbreed dairy champ and supreme dairy champion.
A second calver, Laurelelm Poppy is black in colour due to being three parts Jersey and one part Holstein Friesian.
Not only was it a big win for a black Jersey, it was the first time most people at the show could remember an interbreed and supreme champion on the double.
“We were delighted with the win,” said a happy Ricky Barrett. “We don’t keep too many Jerseys, and that makes it all the more special.”
There was something for everyone over the two days of the show, including the third round of the outdoor national tug of war championships on Sunday.
The rain resulted in difficult conditions, but didn’t stop the G&B club from Leitrim continuing their clean sweep of outdoor senior titles so far this season.
Ballinastoe, Co Wicklow, won the 600kg mens novice competition.
In the men’s five-a-side 425kg competition. St. Pats, Co Louth came out on top.
The ladies 405kg and 435kg leagues were won by Kiltevna, Co Galway.
The show organisers were thrilled with their record attendance on Saturday and made light of the downpours on Sunday, when people came from an estimated 19 counties to participate in and experience events such as the tug of war.
“While the wet weather on Sunday wasn’t ideal, the crowds still turned out and spirits certainly weren’t dampened by the persistent drizzle,” said Munster Agricultural Society Chairman Gerard Murphy, who paid tribute to the working committees of the Society and over 250 volunteers and employees.
Even with the rain, a warm welcome could be found in the company of Newcestown Comhaltas as they blasted out a lively mix of jigs, reels and hornpipes in the main beer tent, while on the main stage, Crystal Swing were on song, insisting that we forget about the rain, raise our hands and enjoy the music.
But it was hard to forget the rain when it was running up your sleeve.
Seandun Macra hosted the Creative Challenge National Final, won by Mountmellick Macra from Co Laois, with Knockraha second and Terelton third.
For me, no agricultural show would be complete without a farm machinery section.
I met Dan Buckley of Paudy Buckley & Co Ltd, Vicarstown. “Yes, we’ve had plenty of interest and callers to our stand yesterday and again today,” said Dan. “The bit of rain doesn’t stop farmers from doing business.”
I asked Dan about the year so far, with many farmers under financial pressure, has it impacted on machinery sales?
“No it hasn’t, we’ve had a good run this year, particularly on 120hp-135hp tractors. And with cow numbers on the up, industrial loaders, which can be used for many jobs around the yard, are very popular these days.”
The winning livestock exhibitors at the 2016 Cork Summer Show included the following.
Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare (Kit Kate). Reserve: Donal Moloney.
John McInerney, Newmarket, Co Clare (Drummin J-Lo). Reserve: Albert de Cogan (Mogeely Mylo).
Ricky Barrett, Ballinhassig (Laurelelm Poppy). Reserve: Noel and Michelle Murphy, Blarney (Ballyelan Shuttle Delilah).
Noel & Michelle Murphy (Ballyelan Shuttle Delilah). Reserve: Michael McGrath, Cloyne (Robinsview Barb).
Willie Dunne, errill, Co Laois. Reserve: John Cahalane, Castlehaven.
William R Gubbins, Kilfinane, Co Limerick.
Philip Salter, Castlehaven.
Declan Bell, Declan Bell, Clarecastle, Co Clare.
John McInerney, Newmarket, Co Clare. Reserve: Donal Moloney
Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr.
Anthony McCarthy, Banteer. Reserve: Henry Dudley, Thurles.
Martin Ryan, Thurles. Reserve: Jerry O’Keefe.
James Brown, Glanworth. Reserve: Adrian Bateman.