IHFA National Herds Competition 2018

38 herds from across the country participated in the IHFA National Herds Competition 2018.

Judge this year was Mr. Mark Logan, Clandeboye estate, Northern Ireland who carried out his judging task with admirable expertise, courtesy and diligence.

Herds were visited within one week, beginning at the end of May which fortunately co-incided with an upturn in weather conditions and grass growth.

Herds were entered by their clubs on the basis of performance at club level the previous year.

Visiting each herd was a big undertaking for the judge, travelling the length and breadth of the country from Malin Head to Ballyheigue and from Clonakilty to Hook Head right up to Clogherhead in Louth.

Spring

Kevin Graham, Greenvale, official sponsors of the IHFA National Herds Competition with winners of the Spring Section – Noel Kehoe, Cathu Herd, Co. Wexford (3rd), Henry O’Keeffe, Radney Herd, Co. Cork (2nd) and Margaret and Michael Laffan, Everground Herd, Co. Limerick (1st) with Peter Kennelly, IHFA President

Under-80

Kevin Graham, Greenvale, official sponsors of the IHFA National Herds Competition with winners of the Under 80 Section – John Horgan, Coshma Herd, Co. Limerick (3rd), Dermot Jackson, Borkilbeg Herd, Co. Kildare (2nd) and Mervyn Jones representing Philip & Linda Jones, Hallow Holsteins, Co. Wexford (1st) with Peter Kennelly, IHFA President

Over-80-3

Kevin Graham, Greenvale, official sponsors of the IHFA National Herds Competition with winners of the Over 80 Section – Aidan Frawley, Ballytigue Herd, Co. Limerick (3rd), Joseph Cocoman, Kilwarden Herd, Co. Kildare (2nd) and Rickey Barrett, Laurelelm Herd, Co. Cork (1st) with Peter Kennelly, IHFA President

Production and Conformation (Inspection) criteria of each participating herd is used in computing results.

There are three sections namely under 80 cows, 80 cows and over & Spring calving (95% calving in Spring months).

All-EBIs

Kevin Graham, Greenvale, official sponsors of the IHFA National Herds Competition with all four EBI Award winners Noel O’Donovan, Ringleader Herd, Kevin Flynn, Reary Herd, Co. Laois, Co. Cork, Henry O’Keeffe, Radney Herd, Co. Cork and Michael Kiernan, Knockcais Herd, Co. Meath with IHFA President Peter Kennelly

Additionally there is a seperate prize for the highest EBI herd within each category.

Judges-Recognition

Kevin Graham, Greenvale, official sponsors of the IHFA National Herds Competition with the Judge’s Recognition Award winner Michael Maunsell, Maunsell Herd, Co. Kerry with Mark Logan, judge and Peter Kennelly, IHFA President

Judges-Choice

Kevin Graham, Greenvale, official sponsors of the IHFA National Herds Competition with the Judge’s Choice Award winners Tony Daly, Curtles Herd, Co. Meath (3rd), Mervyn Jones representing Philip & Linda Jones, Hallow Holsteins, Co. Wexford (2nd) and Joseph Cocoman, Kilwarden Herd, Co. Kildare (1st) with Peter Kennelly, IHFA President

The Judges Choice award is a dedicated category to be awarded by the Judge to the herds that made a specific impression in terms of Conformation.

The Judges Recognition award is a further prize presented to at the discretion of the Judge.

Our thanks to Mark Logan for carrying out the task and giving of his time to visit and chat with breeders.Judge

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