Cork

Cork Committee 2019

ChairmanUrsula Forrest087 2044316forrest.ursula@gmail.com
SecretaryMichael O’ Sullivan087 2067532sullivanstoneblack@gmail.com
TreasurerDonal Sweeney086 3856137sweeneydonal@gmail.com
PROAlan Buttimer 086 4012687pro.chfc@gmail.com
alanbuttimer@hotmail.com

Club Notes – Spring 2019

AGM
The club held its AGM on the 10th December, in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. On the night, there was a review of the clubs activities during the year, as well as the election of regional representatives.
Also on the night, was a presentation of stock judging cups. These were presented to individuals based on results from the three field evenings held during the year.
The winners were as follows;
Under 18 – Gaby Nagle
18-26 – Brian O’Reilly
Senior – Jerry Murphy

Also, our club person of the year was awarded to Joe Collins. A worthy winner, Joe is always on hand to help the club in any way he can. While also promoting the Holstein Friesian breed. Guest speaker on the night was current chairman (and presidential hopeful) of Macra Na Feirme, Thomas Duffy. Thomas, who holds a masters of science in environmental management, gave an excellent presentation on dairy breeding for sustainability in relation to climate change. Thomas outlined strategies at farm level to increase profitability while also reducing carbon footprint. We would like to thank Thomas for attending our AGM.

AI Night
On the 15th of January, the club held its annual AI Night in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Guest speaker on the night was Dr. Stephen Butler of Teagasc, Moorepark. Stephen gave a very informative presentation on the latest trials and results of the use of sexed semen at farm level. Following this, the five AI companies that were present on the night, gave an overview of the bulls each have available for the upcoming AI breeding season. The five AI companies that were present on the night included, Bova AI, Dovea AI, Munster AI Group, World Wide Sires Ireland, and Eurogene AI. Farm computer software company, AgriNet were also present. A free raffle of AI straws, sponsored by the AI companies, was held to round off a very successful and informative event. We would like to thank each company for attending and for the generous raffle prizes. Also, thank you to Dr. Stephen Butler of Moorepark for attending on the night.

IHFA All Ireland Awards
The Cork club were well represented at the 2018 IHFA All Ireland Awards. Congratulations to Stephen Shannon from Ballinascarthy who won the photography competition. Other winners from the Cork club included; David O’Sullivan, Res. Champion for Heifer born after 1st Jan. 2018. Noel Murphy, Hon. Mention for Heifer in milk born in 2016. Rickey and John Barrett, champion for both 3 and 4 year old cow in milk. John Barrett Jnr., Hon. mention for 4 year old cow in milk. Noel Murphy and Michael McGrath, Hon. mention for 5 year old cow in milk. Well done to all on their great achievements.

Upcoming Events
The club will hold its annual show and sale of Pedigree Holstein Friesian Bulls at Bandon Mart on Wednesday 3rd April. Show will be held at 10.30am with the sale commencing at 12.00 noon. The thorough entry criteria, ensures that this sale remains a premier place to purchase a top quality breeding bull for the upcoming breeding season. Standards include, Dams classified Good Plus 82 or better, with yields of 550kg fat and protein, while having a minimum of 3.5% protein in one complete lactation.

Other upcoming events include, a number of field evenings to be held over the summer, the clubs Herds Competition, end of summer BBQ, and much, much, more. Dates and venues to be confirmed.

The club is excited and delighted with the news that this years IHFA National Holstein Friesian Open Day will be coming to Cork. The event will be hosted at the Radney Holstein herd of Henry and Liam O’Keeffe, on Thursday 27th June. We very much look forward to this, ‘not to be missed’ event, and wish the O’Keeffe family every success. To keep up to date on all the clubs activities, check out our Facebook page, Cork Holstein. We look forward to seeing you at our events though out the year. Looking forward to 2019.

Alan Buttimer

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