Cork Committee 2017

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

Club Notes – Winter 2017

Bull Show & Sale
The Club Bull Show and Sale was held in Bandon mart on the 5/4/17, The Bulls were Judged by Jane O’Mahony. The Champion bull was ‘Mountfarna Torondo’ who sold for €3000, Daniel O’Leary exhibited the Reserve Champion with ‘Glenny Derry 1517’ who sold for €2550. In the sale that followed the judging another of John O’Callaghan’s bulls topped the trade ‘Mountfarna Allrounder’ selling for £4300, the rest of the sale followed the spring sale trends with a sale average of €2256 for a 47% clearance. Good luck to all purchasers and we hope to see you at next years sale.

Field Evenings
Our 1st field evening was held at the Radney herd of Henry O’Keeffe & Family, Freemount on the 27th of June, The evening was extremely well attended with people travelling from all over the country to see a herd of cows which has a current herd average of 8,124kgs 3.94%bf 3.78% with an EBI 109. The herd has provided numerous bulls into AI including the proven bull YRY. The crowd were impressed by a herd of cows who have won several prizes in the CHFC Herds Competition over the years.

Our next field evening was held in conjunction with the Cork YMA @ the Seaview herd of Claire & Denny White, Clonakilty on the 14th of July. We saw a herd of powerful productive cows, who down through the years have won several awards both in our herds competition and at the shows. The YMA also put on a great handling demo with their calf show imminent.

Our final field evening was held at the Knockvale herd of Tom & Alan Buttimer, Lyre on the 21st of July. The Knockvale herd is currently averaging 9,217kg 3.71% Fat 3.29% Protein 645 kgs milk solids in 305 days. The herd is providing a living for 2 households off a milking platform of 46acres producing over 1milion litres in 2016. Guest Speaker Michael Davey of Specialist Nutrition discussed how their achieving such an impressive performance.

Many thanks to our field evening hosts for opening up their farms, we find them a lovely social events and a major part of the clubs annual calender.

IHFA Open Day
Congratulations to all our successful club members at the IHFA open day hosted by the Crossnacole herd of Victor Jackson:
Milstreet Herd of Tim & Denis Kiely 2nd in the Spring Section of the National Herds Competition Stockjudging
U 18 1. Brian Osborne, Seona Osborne, Conor Lehane.
Senior: 2. Gordon Kingston, Ger Lehane, James Crowley.
Macra na Feirme
Senior: 1st Edel O’Connell and 2nd Pa Deasy
U23: 1st Clive Osborne and 2nd Christy McCarthy

Congratulations to the Cork YMA on another successful year both with individual members and collectively doing extremely well at the National YMA show, Winners of the following:
• Best stand trophy
• Clipping trophy
• Handling trophy
• Ag Analysis trophy

In the handling Championship The Champion is Paul Murphy with the Reserve going to Diarmuid Murphy.
Novice C Section 1st Andrew Barrett, 2nd Sinead O’Sullivan.
Intermediate Handler 3rd Kevin Smith.
Senior handler 1st Paul Murphy.
Mature Handler 1st Diarmuid Murphy, 2nd Ger Kirby 3rd Stacey O’Sullivan.

In the calf classes the following were prize winners:
Junior Calf 3rd Ardarostig beemer Sunray (Sean Murphy) . Senior Calf 3rd Yardgrove Atwood Jeanette (Bryan O’Connor).

Its great to see such a vibrant club running numerous events, and supporting each other and making friends for life.

Herds Competition
This years CHFC herds competition was once again kindly sponsored by Dairygold coop, the format was changed to try and have herds competiting against similiar herds. We introduced 2 spring sections and 3 autumn/spring sections. The changes also included bringing in a few new prizes in the sections namely: 3 cows, 5 lactations +, Lowest Scc herd, Top lifetime production cow (Kgs milk solids).

The competition was well supported, we’d like to congratulate all competitors, by all accounts from the judges reports the standards were extremely high. Many thanks to all the Judges who gave of their time and expertise to help us run a successful competition. The judges were Brochan Cocoman, Tommy Screene, Robert Shannon, Michael O’Sullivan, and Joe Collins.

National Hall of Fame Award
Tim Kiely, Milstreet Herd received this year’s IHFA National Hall of Fame Award

RDS Champion of Champion Award
The Ballydehob Herd of Robert Shannon received this year’s RDS Champion of Champion awards.

Many thanks to all the people who have supported the club throughout the year, every club is only as strong as it members.
Ivor Bryan

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Kildare Club Spring Meeting

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm