Spring Farm Machinery Show

The SFM Show returns on

Wednesday, 10 January, 2024,

from 12 noon-10.00pm & Thursday 11 January, 2024, from 12 noon-10.00pm

at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Cork.

Experience the best in the machinery and agricultural sector at Ireland’s leading machinery trade show.


Join us for an exciting showcase of cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions.

Discover the latest trends, network with industry experts, and explore opportunities for growth.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional event!

For more information visit: https://www.ajspromotions.com/millstreetsfmshow

Dairy Competitors Looking forward to their day in the Ring

Conor Aherne with Heifer in Milk Winner Moorshill

Dairy Competitors Looking forward to their day in the Ring

It’s the biggest event of the year for pedigree dairy breeders to showcase their cows and heifers – the National Dairy Show (NDS) in Milstreet’s Green Glen Arena, taking place on the 13th and 14th of October this year. Exhibitors come from nearly every county in the country and already this year the committee have received entries from Monaghan, Limerick, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Wexford to name but a few. Two exhibitors who won’t have quite as big a distance to travel are Pat Ahern, Moorshill Herd, Rylane, Co. Cork and Jason Helen, who farms with his parents Robert and Sylvia, and partner Laura Cornthwaite under the Eedy prefix, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

Pat has shown many pedigree Jerseys at Milstreet over the years, winning the Heifer in Milk class last year with Moorshill Veronca Chrome. Moorshill Buttercup took home the Overall Jersey Champion Rosette in 2014. Pat talks about his experiences at the NDS very fondly “I’ve always enjoyed showing at Milstreet – there is a fantastic buzz around the show and the quality of cows is really excellent. Now my children have an interest in showing also it makes it all the more enjoyable. I’ve been exhibiting animals at Milstreet for over 20 years and I hope to still be showing there for many years to come.” Milstreet sees some of the biggest coloured breed classes around the country, and last years Championship was hotly contested by some superb cows and heifers in milk before Ballyealan Tequila Louise exhibited by Tom Lynch was tapped out as champion.

Cows and heifers from the Eedy herd can always be found in the NDS line ups taking home top prizes.  Eedy Alexander Acclaim ET won the coveted Confined Champion Award at the NDS in 2018. The Helen family also won the Premier Breeder award at last years show – which was due to a combination of Eedy winners shown by the Helens and cows and heifers they had bred and sold to new owners topping their classes. It was by far the highlight of the show for Jason “It was really special to win Premier Breeder last year, it’s a great reward to see heifers you have bred doing well for their new owners and competing at shows around the country”. After another busy summer of shows for the Helen family they are looking forward to finishing out the show season for 2023 at Milstreet, and hopefully out of the four entries they have this year a few will come home with rosettes!

The NDS are incredibly grateful to have the support of AXA Insurance as the main sponsors again this year. As part of their sponsorship package, each exhibitor will receive an AXA Farm Insurance Voucher to the value of €100. Moreover the NDS recognises the work it takes to turn out cows and heifers for a show day, especially when they are in milk and so all winners in the milking classes will receive a minimum of €200 in prize money – this is one of the best prize-fund pots in the country!

Come along to see these impressive animals and their breeders for yourself on the 13th and 14th of October at the Green Glens Arena Milstreet, Co. Cork.

For all exhibitors don’t forget to get your entries into Georgia Greenan at ggreenan @ihfa.ie before the closing date on TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER

Jason Helen with Eedy Crushabull Acclaim

Pat Ahern with Moorshill Buttercup

The Helen family collecting the Premier Breeder award for 2022

National Dairy Show Judge Announcement

Judge Announced for 2023 National Dairy Show

For Immediate Release

13th- 14th October, Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co.Cork

Irelands Number One Dairy Event!

The AXA National Dairy Show Committee are delighted to announce Niels Erik Haahr as the judge for this years National Dairy Show. The 41st edition of the show takes place in its usual venue of the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork on the earlier date of the 13th and 14th of October for 2023.

This year’s esteemed judge, Niels Erik Haahr, is one of the top Holstein breeders in Denmark, and works with cattle in Germany and Scandinavia, investing in high-quality genetics from across the world.  Haahr and his wife Anja, along with their four children run the Anderstrup Herd which will be a familiar prefix to many farmers – Anderstrup Holsteins is the source of numerous top AI bulls used all over Europe. For example, the VikingGenetics sires Mandel (MOM-Didrik; Tirsvad Luke Classic family) and Miracle (Massey-Roumare; Tir-An Calano Kristine family),who combined have produced over 40,000 daughters, or Anderstrup Clash-P, a Powerball also from the Classic family who is currently the highest scoring bull on the Italian progeny proven list. Prominent Red Holstein bulls have also come from Anderstrup, of note are numerous sons of SPH Croteau Brekem Saigon-Red, such as Sting, Gonzales and Marsden-P in Germany and Sky-Red in Scandinavia. The herd numbers 540 cows with an average production of 17,052 kg milk at 3.82% Fat and 3.5% Protein, last year they were the number 1 production herd in Europe, a significant achievement!


Haahr is no stranger to the show ring as both an exhibitor and judge, his judging accolades include the European Red Holstein Show in Germany and judging National shows all across Spain, Holland, Belgium, England, Portugal, Denmark and many more. Haahr is clear in what he will be looking for at this years show “I follow a two-type model when it comes to assessing cows. I’m searching for a well-balanced animal with super feet and legs as well as an outstanding udder. The mammary system is very important for me, and key for any dairy producer looking to get a good result from their herd.”


The National Dairy Show will run over Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of October with dairy classes and the large trade show taking place over both days, which proved a hugely successful move last year! Punters and exhibitors alike commented on the huge crowd attending both days and the electric atmosphere throughout the venue. The event has become the meeting place of the dairy industry and will again include the biggest specialised dairy trade exhibition in Ireland. There will be major exhibitors in the area of AI, animal health, breeding & dairy agritech, milking equipment, robotics , livestock machinery, finance, dairy services, nutrition, soil & land management, dairy inputs and many other areas in attendance. There is still time to get those entries in for both livestock exhibitors (deadline 19th September) and trade stands (29th September) – see https://nationaldairyshow.com/ for more

The National Dairy Show Committee look forward to welcoming you to Milstreet once again this October.



2023 National Dairy Show at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork

13th- 14th October, Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork

Irelands Number One Dairy Event

The AXA National Dairy Show Launch took place at the IHFA office, in Clonakilty Co. Cork this week.

The AXA National Dairy Show is back for its 41st outing in the wonderful surroundings of the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork which has been home to the event since its inception in 1982 and with the 2023 Show promising to build on the past forty one years of growth it has enjoyed thanks to the hardworking Cork Holstein Friesian Club committee.

This year’s Show will run over Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of October with the large trade show and dairy cattle classes taking place over both days, a highly successful initiative from last year with both visitors and exhibitors alike commenting on the huge crowd attending both days and the electric atmosphere throughout the venue.


The annual event has become the meeting place of the dairy industry and will once again include the largest specialised dairy trade exhibition in Ireland with major exhibitors in the area of AI, animal health, breeding & dairy agritech, milking equipment, robotics, livestock machinery, finance, dairy services, nutrition, soil and land management, dairy inputs and with many more areas in attendance.

The Show takes pride in promoting all the latest in dairy technology and research, including the National Dairy Innovation Awards and of course the best dairy cattle battling for the most prestigious dairy showing competition in Ireland.  Denis Kiely, Show Director anticipates another great event, “If you want to keep up with the latest in the dairy world this is the place to be.”

AXA Insurance continue their strong relationship with the National Dairy Show as title sponsors for a second year, speaking at the launch, Tom McCarthy, Agri-Regional Development Manager for AXA Insurance Munster said “We are delighted to be the title sponsors of the AXA National Dairy Show. Last year’s show was second to none in terms of dairy stock quality as well as diversity and innovation across the trade show – it is without a doubt the major dairy event of the year.”

The Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA) are managing all aspects of the trade show this year and Chief Executive Laurence Feeney has been blown away by the demand for trade stand space. “We always knew the popularity of the National Dairy Show was exceptional but after last year’s success the demand has been unprecedented – it is the event every industry member wants to attend. They know it is the most important show to meet with customers and do business for the year.”



The National Dairy Show is the largest and longest running indoor dairy show in Ireland, catering for all farming needs.  The National Dairy Show is now in its 41st year. The National Dairy Show is a (A Cork Holstein Friesian Club Promotion) and is run by members of the Cork Holstein Friesian Association in conjunction with the Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA).  The Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA) is a member owned organisation directed by an IHFA board which is directly elected from its 3,700 members in 15 club areas. 


The Mountain 

The Mountain 
The mountain braces the horizon with a stoic impression that stirs my imagination and senses. How could I be so far away yet have such a felt sense of presence and belonging?  The undulation of its form has been a constant due north of my internal compass, firmly imprinted on my mind and the bedrock of many stories that moulded my paternal lineage.
Its craggy terrains and sweeping valleys play host to formidable sheep confronting my presence should I interrupt their ramblings.  Golden amber hues married with bursts of vibrant heather brace the cold ground whilst streams of mountain water forge their impression on the course landscape a bold yet subtle nod to life.
An isolated farm stimulating the query of man’s ability to live in a seemingly harsh environment, and how many ancestors had walked this stoney ground before? My quiet contemplation is enveloped with bellowing mountain air sweeping and coursing my body and mind, taking with it the need for thought.  Looking out over Mushera’s vast expanse I listen for the sounds of my people and their distant musings, when a quiet voice stirs inside me and whispers, ‘I am home’.
My father and his family are natives of Aubane and I was inspired by my connection to the land and my summers there as a child.

Fineoaks Alpacas


Fineoaks Alpacas offers a variety of experiences involving our beautiful, friendly and charismatic alpacas, including, but not limited to:

Well Being Visits:
For those of us experiencing stress or anxiety in our daily lives, or just looking for some peace and tranquility, why not come out into the countryside and escape into nature with a well-being visit to our farm? Get away from every day life and spend some time surrounded by beautiful scenery and an array of inquisitive, calming animals.

School Visits:
We welcome school groups to come and visit and learn about our alpacas. You will have the opportunity to get up close to them and to feed them with their favourite, specialist alpaca feed. The visit includes an information session, an opportunity to meet and feed the alpacas and then, the ever-popular quiz. School children will go home with a small memento from the day and some alpaca related information.

Alpaca your Picnic:
The chance to sit back, relax, bring your own picnic and enjoy being out in the field with some lovely friendly alpacas for company.
** Picnics are only available during the summer months, running from early May.

Alpacas at Events:
Whether you are hosting a Communion party, a Birthday party, an Engagement, a Wedding, or anything else you can think of, alpacas are the ideal, original guests to have along. Each event is catered for slightly differently, depending upon the event.

Photo shoots:
If you are thinking about creating some lasting memories, or planning a family photoshoot, why not have some alpacas along, or come to us for that? We want to be able to share the special, unique and wonderful experience we have with our alpacas on a day-to-day basis and help others create unique and lasting memories too.
For more information and pricing on any of the above experiences, please get in touch.
Please note that all experiences are priced differently and must be booked and paid for in advance.

Kathleen (Kath) White
Phone: 087 3562598
E-mail: <email>
Facebook: Fineoaksalpacas
Instagram: Fineoaks_alpacas

Boherbue Girl Guides will hold a Fundraising Walk

Boherbue Girl Guides will hold a fundraising walk around the ring in Boherbue on Sunday March 12th.

Registration will take place at 11.45am (after 11 o’clock mass) and the walk will commence at 12.30.

Cost is €5 per person and €10 per family.

All are welcome and all support is greatly appreciated.

National Fossil Art Contest – “Irish Fossils ALIVE”.

My name is Will Richardson and I am part of Ireland’s Fossil Heritage team, based at University College Cork.

I am messaging this community page as we have officially launched this year’s National Fossil Art Contest and I’m excited to share info about it with you. Last year’s contest was hugely popular and we hope to have lots of exciting entries again this year. The theme of the contest is “Irish Fossils ALIVE”.

We are inviting young artists to create a unique art piece inspired by the rich fossil heritage on the island of Ireland and have prepared a list of some of the most famous Irish fossils on our website for inspiration. Entrants do not need any prior knowledge of fossils to enter, they can simply review our website for inspiration and let their imaginations run wild!

Prizes will be awarded in four age categories:

under 8 years,
9 –12 years,
13 – 15 years,
and 16 – 18 years.
The overall winner of the contest will win a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a day out fossil hunting with palaeontologists from UCC with lots of other fossil-themed prizes to be won.
The closing date for submissions is 5 pm on Friday 31st of March 2023 and the top selected entries will be invited to display their art pieces at a public exhibition at the Glucksman art gallery in Cork in June 2023. Further details on how to enter can be found on our Fossil Art page of the website.

I am happy to answer any questions you might have, follow us on our page at: https://www.facebook.com/IrelandFossilHeritage

Research Assistant, University College Cork (School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Ireland’s Fossil Heritage: https://www.ucc.ie/en/fossil-heritage/
Irish Fossils Gallery: https://www.ucc.ie/en/fossil-heritage/irishfossils/
Fossil Art Page: https://www.ucc.ie/en/fossil-heritage/fossilart/