Our best selling animal is the fully functioning milking cow ; models of which can now be found all over the UK, Europe & North America. The popularity of these interactive bovines can be gauged by the queues which form whenever milking time draws near. Curiosity ensures a steady supply of volunteers to milk these cattle; including a growing number of well known public figures.
Obviously recognising the added credibility that being spotted milking these cows has to their reputations, we have found a steady stream of celebrities standing patiently in line, with paparazzi in tow..
Northern Ireland First Minister, Dr Ian Paisley is on our growing list of Celebrity milkers , after he effortlessly took to the task of milking Daisy the Dale Farm Milker at Balmoral Show in 2007.
The Irish Dairyman`s top publication; United News; reported : " Daisy the Dale Farm Cow proved a major hit, particularly with the younger visitors to the Stand."
Click the images opposite to get a better view of Dr Ian Paisley milking Daisy.
Reflecting its position as Northern Ireland`s leading manufacturer of quality dairy products , Dale Farm was ensuring - with the help of Daisy - that visitors to the Show knew exactly where milk comes from.
And to round off a successful Show, the United/Dale Farm stand received the award for the Best Trade Stand in the Show."
MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE
Also proving her dairy skills was newly appointed Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle Gildernew.She tried her hand at milking Daisy the Dale Farm Cow on the first day of the Balmoral Show, and turned out to be a natural.
JOHN SWINNEY MSP
SCOTTISH MINISTER for Finance and Sustainable Growth
Across in Scotland, Mr Swinney accompanied by his wife and children at Perth Agricultural Show demonstrated why he`s regarded as nimble with his fingers - not only with Scotland`s purse strings, but also with a deft milking technique.
NELL McANDREW - MODEL
The guys on the Robert Wiseman Stand @ The Royal Highland Show in 2006, had their day brightened up no end, when top Model and "I`m a celebrity" contestant, Nell McAndrew popped in to say hello.
Nell proceeded to demonstrate her milking technique on Mabel the Wiseman Cow.
Despite our best efforts, high excitement amongst the amateur photographers in attendance only succeeded in producing shakey, out of focus unprintable images of the cow and model ...!
JACK McCONNELL - (former) FIRST MINISTER OF SCOTLAND
While holding the top post in Scottish politics, Jack McConnell accepted an invitation to assist at a book launch of "Katie`s Koo" . His co-star at the event was another of our milkers, who was only too happy to share centre stage.