Cork

Cork Committee 2018

Chairman Ursula Forrest087 2044316
SecretaryMichael O’ Sullivan087 2067532
Cloughduv East, Crookstown, Co. Cork
PROAlan Buttimer 086 4012687
pro.chfc@gmail.com

Club Notes – Spring 2018

AGM
The club held its AGM in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig last December. On the night the club officers gave reports on the clubs activities during the year. Seamus Crowley was also elected as our new club president. Seamus is heavily involved in the club and always willing to give a hand, when there’s help required. The club also thanked out going president, Carl Smith for his time in the role for the past two years. Also on the night, the winners of the stock judging cups for 2017 were presented. The winners are as follows;
· Under 18, Emer Lehane
· 18-26, Leslie Draper
· Over 26, Margaret Murphy

The club was delighted to announce, John Kirby for the ‘club person of the year’ award. A very worthy recipient of the award, it was noted on the night the efforts John has made in supporting both the Cork club and its activities, and also in the promotion of the Holstein Friesian breed.

Guest speaker on the night was Prof. Finbarr Mulligan of UCD and the Lyons Research Farm. Prof. Mulligan gave a very interesting presentation on current trials and research undertaken in relation to feeding grass to high yielding herds. It was a very thought provoking, open and honest presentation and a question and answer session followed. We would like to thank Prof. Mulligan for attending our AGM.

Club Officers
At our first committee meeting of the year, the club elected its officers for the coming year. The officers are as follows;
· Chairperson, Ursula Forrest
· Vice Chairperson, Richard Forde
· Secretary, Michael O’Sullivan
· Treasurer, Donal Sweeney
· Pro, Alan Buttimer

The club would like to thank out going secretary, Richard Forde and out going pro, Ivor Bryan for their time and effort in their roles over the past three years.

AI Night
On Tuesday the 16th of January the club held its very successful annual AI night in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. The night was very well attended, with guest speaker on the night being Dr. Margaret Kelleher of ICBF. Dr. Kelleher gave an excellent presentation covering;
· Benefits of EBI at farm level
· Managing risk in your breeding program
· EBI developments for 2018
· The new COW (cows own worth) index

This was followed by a question and answer session. Following Dr. Kelleher’s presentation, the four AI companies in attendance outlined their spring 2018 bull offerings. The four AI companies in attendance on the night were, Dovea Genetics, Eurogene AI, Munster AI and World Wide Sires Ireland. The club would like to thank Dr. Margaret Kelleher and all AI company speakers for their time and for the generous donations of AI straws for the free raffle that was held on the night.

Club Program
We look forward to our annual bull show and sale in Bandon mart on Wednesday the 4th of April. With a high entry criteria in place, it ensures that this sale remains a premier place to purchase a pedigree holstein friesian breeding bull. 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. 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 throughout the year. Looking forward to 2018.

Alan Buttimer

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