Club Officers:

Andrea Murphy,
Ballagh, Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny

Eamonn Coleman
Tinnecarrig, Borris, Co. Carlow Tel.: 086 2463217

Sandra Murphy
Evergreen Lodge, Fenagh, Co.Carlow

Treasurer: Jim Mulhall, Danville, Kilkenny. 086-2624834

Yma coordinator: Liam Murphy, Evergreen Lodge, Fenagh, Co.Carlow Tel: 087 2906563 Email:
YMA Assistant Coordinator: Doireann Mulhall.

Carlow/Kilkenny Club Newsletter 2017

Dear Members,

It’s that time of the year again when the clubs busy summer schedule starts to kick-off so here’s a quick update of what’s happening in the coming months. We are always looking for new members so if you could actively encourage a neighbour or a friend to attend any of our events this summer it would be greatly appreciated. The annual awards night is an enjoyable night in the club’s social calendar and it is important that club members support this to ensure the future growth of the club. The club calf show is one of the highlights of the year with lots of young eager participants taking part. This is followed by the National Calf show finals, which fortunately for the club is held in Cilín Hill and as always any help is most welcome over the two days. I have included dates of shows which our members actively participate in if you would like to support them. Club membership is now due and must be paid at one of our field evenings or it can be collected at the herds competition visit- Family membership €30, Herds Competition Entry €20.

Looking forward to meeting you all over the summer.

Yours sincerely,

Andrea Murphy (secretary)

Calendar of Events

Fri 26th May – Club Stockjudging on the farm of John Flood, Russelstown, The Rower, Co. Kilkenny (Russelstown Herd)
5th June – National Herds Competition
Fri 9th June – Club Stockjudging on the farm of Seamas Knox, Ballygown, Piltown, Co.Kilkenny (Ballygown Herd)
June 12th -16th – Club Herds Competition
Fri 23rd June – Club Field Evening & ‘Awards/BBQ Night ‘on the farm of Pat Cleary, Carrickshock, Hugginstown, Co. Kilkenny (Carrickshock Herd)
Fri 30thth June – Club Stockjudging on the farm of The Murphy Family, Ballagh, Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny (Goldenfield Herd)
Sun 2nd July – Clonmel Show
Tues 4th July – Moorepark Dairy Open Day, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Thurs 6th July – IHFA Open Day on farm of Victor Jackson , ‘Crosnacole Herd’ , Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow
Sat 8th July – Club YMA Competition @12pm, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny
Wed 19th July – Irish Pure Friesian Open Day on the farm of Michael Spillane, ‘Mountain Herd’ Fethard, Co. Tipperary
Sun 23rd July – Rathdowney Show
Tues 25th July – Grasslands Association Summer Tour –Carlow & Kilkenny
25th & 26th July – National YMA Calf show finals, The Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny
Mon 1st August – Tinahely Show
Sun 13th August – National Livestock Show, Tullamore
Sun 20th August – Tullow Show
Wed 23rd August – Baileys Cow Competition, Virginia Show
Sat 26th August – Iverk Show
Tues 19th – Thurs 21st Sept – National Ploughing Championships, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Sat 21st October – National Dairy Show, Green Glens, Millstreet

Club Herds Competition

The clubs herd’s competition will be judged June 12th-16th. The judge has a tight schedule over the course of the week so I have included an entry form to help speed up the process. If you could complete this and include 50euro (20 euro entry fee & 30 euro club membership) that would be great! We will collect this on the day of the visit. The tag number must be the same as the milk recording sheet records. If you have any queries please contact Eamon (086)2463217The classes are as follows:

• Senior
• Intermediate
• Junior
• Novice

1. Junior Fat & Protein Cow (Inspection and production, must be in 2nd Lactation)
2. Senior Fat & Protein Cow (Inspection and production, must be in 3rd Lactation or more)
3. Progeny Group (3 females by the same sire)
4. Family Group
5. EBI (based on EBI only)
6. Best Pair of Cows (Inspection only)
7. Best Pair of Heifers (Inspection only)
8. Judges Choice Award
9. Quality Milk Award

Showmanship League

The YMA showmanship league qualifying shows are Emerald Expo, Clonmel, Rathdowney, Carlow/Kilkenny YMA, Tullamore, Tinahely, Tullow and Iverk show. Points are allocated as follows 1st=12, 2nd=10, 3rd=8, 4th=6, 5th=4, 6th=2, 5 points will be allocated for participation. The classes are U-16 and U-26.

Club YMA Competition

The YMA competition will take place in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny @12pm on Sat 8th July. Everyone is welcome to attend so come along and support our young members who put a lot of work into preparing for the show!!! The handler classes remain the same as last year so I have just included the calf classes as they have changed.

Calf Classes

1. Junior calf(Unclipped) born on or after 1st March 2017 (must be led by handler 10 yrs and under as ofJan. 17’)
2. Junior calf born on or after January 1st2017 – 28th February 2017(handler 12 yrs or under as ofJan. 17’)
3. Intermediate calf born on or after 1st Nov-31st Dec 2016(handler 16 yrs & under)
4. Senior calf born between 1st Aug-October 31st 2016
5. Spring Yearling born between 1st March- July 31st 2016
6. Mature calf born between 1st January & February 2016.


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