An esimated 25,000 people flocked to the 185th Iverk Show last Saturday to check out the South East region’s best livestock, bloodstock and food produce and browse around a vast array of other rural life attractions.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, Environment Minister Phil Hogan and Kilkenny Hurling Manager Brian Cody were among the high profile visitors to the Show at Piltown just a few miles from Carrick-on-Suir.
Show President Joe Malone reported that visitor numbers were on a par with last year despite competition from four other agricultural shows on the same day.
Brian Cody officially opened the Show and presented the winning rosettes in the Maid of Glanbia Dairy Heifer Class.
Glanbia Chairman Liam Herlihy spoke about the dairy food company’s half yearly performance and promised that that Glanbia will be giving serious consideration to how to develop the company to cater for the expected increase in milk supplies from 2015 onwards following the end of quotas.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney spoke about the proposed new Single Farm Payment system currently being discussed in Brussels.
Mr Malone said it was great to see agriculture now being promoted as one of the country’s best prospects into the future.
He reported that the quality of the cattle and sheep competing in the show classes was outstanding and there was plenty of controversy in this section.
He said there was an increase of more than 30 per cent in trade stands, particularly in the farm machinery section, and the feedback from traders was excellent with many already booking for next year.
“We had excellent horse and pony shows with competitions in four show jumping arenas taking place all day.
“There was also an increase in entries in the vintage agricultural machinery display. They certainly had some rare old machines ticking over during the day.
“The dog show and poultry sections were the biggest crowd attractions with the poultry section showing a huge increase in numbers and also proved to be extremely popular with children,” Mr Malone continued.
Other highlights were the gardening/family area at the Show Plaza where there was musical entertainment from five different bands including the Blanchardstown Brass Band and the famous Iverk Great Cherry Cake, which attracted 74 entries.
All Iverk Show results are available on: www.iverkshow.com.