Club Committee 2017
|Joint Presidents||Brother William & Jackie Freeney|
|Chairperson||Michael Freeney||087 9684472|
|Secretary||Teresa Roche||083 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Treasurer||Brendan Gildea||087 9650520|
|P.R.O||Tommy Cahill||086 8098623|
Club Notes – Winter 2017
Calf Handling Demo
Our first activity for 2017 was a calf handling demo for our younger members on the 5th of June. The demo was given by Emer Kelly and was held on the farm of Tommy Screene. Emer gave great tips on walking, handling and washing calves. Thank you very much Emer for making the trip down for us, and Tommy Screene for hosting. Many thanks also to Orla Screene and her helpers for tea and refreshments afterwards.
The next event on the club calendar was our herd’s competition. This year the judges were Mervyn Kearney and Graeme Taylor. Thank you both very much for travelling lads and giving up your time to judge our competition.
Club Show, Corrandulla
On June 25th, we had our show in Corrandulla which is also the club qualifier for the YMA finals. The day remained dry for us and everything went off very well. There was a strong entry of 45 dairy animals on show. These animals were turned out to a very high standard, and a credit to the Galway club.
Our judge for the day was Kenneth Boyd of the famous Glaslough herd in Co. Monaghan. Thanks to Kenneth for making the trip and doing a great job. Thanks also to James Trayers of the Renville herd for doing a great job as ring steward.
Thanks very much to Jenny, Helen and Mary in the tent for keeping the refreshments served up.
Results on the day were:
Class A – Novice Handlers under 10 (IFA)
1. Stephen Cahill 2. James Cahill 3. Maura Cahill
Class B – Intermed Handlers 10-16 yrs (Devenish Nut)
1. Megan Boal 2. Brendan Gildea 3. Michael Gildea
Class C – Senior Handlers over 16 (Greenans Feeds)
1. Kane Boal 2. Pierre Beaufils 3. Donal Coppinger
Champion Handler was Kane Boal
Reserve Champion was Megan Boal
Class One – March calf (Munster AI)
1. T. Cahill with Tonemace Zoro Gail
2. T. Screene with Windfield Haze 5
3. T. Cahill with Tonemace Commander Jenny
Class Two – Junior Calf (Forde Tractors)1. T. Screene with Windfield Natalie 22
2. J. Hansberry with Windmore Halogen Katie
3. B. Gildea with Riverview Awesome Impala
Class Three – Intermed Calf (Temple Touhy Machinery)
1. J. Coppinger with Cormacoo Soloman Model Lady
2. J. Hansberry with Annaghmore Devious Tilly
Class Four – Senior Calf (Paul & Vincent)
1. Keypoint Holsteins with Sprucegrove At Lav Peggy
2. M. Freeney with Mirah Paradise
3. B. Gildea with Riverview K. Roxy
Class Five – Summer Yearling (Shane Rabbitte)
1. Keypoint Holsteins with Sprucegrove At Door Sunlight
2. B. Gildea with Riverview Korea
3. B. Gildea with Riverview White Rose
Class Six – Mature Calf (Halcon Steel)
1. M. Freeney with Mirah Goldie Pamela
2. M. Freeney with Mirah Lou Sofia
Class Seven – Heifer in Milk (Alltech)
1. B. Gildea with Riverview Admiral Fever
2. T. Cahill with Tonemace Atwood Catriona
3. T. Screene with Windfield Natalie 19
Class Ten – Jersey Heifer in Milk (Bank of Ireland)
1. T. Cahill with Ribblesdale Vanh Fritallary
2. T. Cahill with Ribblesdale Vanhelm Urchin
3. T. Cahill with Ribblesdale Look Gloria
Junior Champion went to Keypoint Holsteins with Sprucegrove At Door Sunlight.
Reserve Junior Champion went to John Coppinger with Cormacoo Soloman Model Lady.
Senior Champion went to Michael Freeney with Mirah Laven Maggie. Michael was presented with the inaugural presentation of the Sean Codyre Perpetual Trophy. This was kindly sponsored by the Codyre family of the Mincloon herd in memory of Sean who passed away suddenly in 2016. The inscription on the trophy reads: “In memory of a dedicated lifetime member of Galway Holstein Friesian Club” and truer words couldn’t be spoken. Sean was a great supporter of the Galway club and the Holstein Friesian breed spanning many decades. Many thanks to the Codyre family. RIP Sean.
Reserve Senior Champion went to Tommy Screene with Windfield Louson Katie 3.
Class Eight – Junior Cow in Milk (St Jarlaths Credit Un)
1. M. Freeney with Mirah Laven Maggie
2. B. Gildea with Riverview Gold Jewell
3. T. Screene with Windfield Snowdrop 3
Class Nine – Senior Cow in Milk (Arrabawn Co-Op)
1. T. Screene with Windfield Louson Katie 3
2. B. Gildea with Boleybawn Electron Ruby
3. M. Freeney with Mirah Pal Elle
Sponsored by Arrabawn Co Op
Our next event brought us to the shores of Lough Corrib and to the Cahergal herd owned by Declan and Kathy Murphy. Tidy roadways, neat paddocks and great cows were the order of the day.
Our master judge for the day was Michael McNamara. Michael travelled up from Limerick for the day, Thank you Michael and family for making the trip and for judging. All 18 cows were a picture and it was hard to put a pin down between the various cows in their classes. The class of senior cows stood out for me and it has to be said that they were as good as any to be found in the country. Michael gave us a breakdown of the reasons and we went back to the yard for tea and refreshments. Thank you very much Kathy and her helpers for the tea, sandwiches, cakes and treats for the kids that were laid on. Results here were:
U12: 1. Andy Gildea 2. James Cahill 3. Cathal Murphy
U18: 1. Kane Boal 2. Megan Boal 3. Brendan Gildea (Jnr)
U26: 1. Donal Coppinger 2. James Gildea 3. Pierre Beaufils
Senior: 1. John Coppiner 2. Padraig Carr 3. Bertie Roche
Following on from the club qualifiers in Corrandulla, our young members went on to Kilkenny to represent the club with some members going for the first time. Well done to all exhibitors and handlers.
YMA Rally Team
The club was proud to have 3 members on the Irish team this year. James Gildea, Megan and Kane Boal. Well done to Kane who came second in the handling class and to Megan for winning the photograph aspect of the Field to Photo.
On the 9th of September we held our awards night in Screenes bar, Guilka. The night went off well with prizes given out for Stockjudging and announcement of the winners in herds competition. Thanks to Jimmy Screene and staff for lovely food on the night.
Claregalway and Mountbellew Shows
Congrats to Padraig Carr on having overall Champion at the Claregalway Show and to Megan Boal on having overall Champion at the Mountbellew Show
National Dairy Show
On the 21st of October, various members of the club made their way to Millstreet despite the storm and Inclement weather on the week preceding the show. Huge congratulations to Kane Boal on winning his class with his heifer Sprucegrove At door Sunlight and also being crowned reserve Junior Champion of the show. Huge congratulations also to Megan Boal on coming 3rd with her heifer Sprucegrove At Lav Peggy. Congratulations also to James Cahill who came 2nd with his 2017 Jersey calf Tonemace Valentino Urchin.
Well done to all exhibitors and club members that travelled despite the weather. Congratulations to our club friends Rory Timlin and Aidan Foody who had tremendous success on the day also. Rory put all his skill into preparing our stock and having them looking their very best. Congrats and thanks to all, a show and day to remember.
On a final note for the Galway Holstein Friesian breeders 2017, thanks to everyone that helped in any way. To our outgoing officers Liam Grady and Paul Ruane for their dedicated service. To our Chairman Michael Freeney, Secretary Teresa Roche and Treasurers Brendan Gildea and Brian Tarpey. To all the people that helped turn out the showgrounds in Corrandulla for the show, the people that hosted the events, the judges that travelled long distances to judge our events. To all the ladies that made tea and sandwiches for the
events. Ye all contributed to making a great year for the club. Thanks to all our sponsors this year who made our events possible, our Sponsors were:
Aldi, AIB, Arrabawn, Aurivo, Bank of Ireland, Bimeda, Brian Roche Engineering, Dovea, Devinish nutrition, Easy Fix, Eurogene, Forde Tractors Corrandulla, Furey Mills Corrandulla, Grennan Feeds, Halcon Steel, IFA, IHFA, Joe Duane, Larry Carr, Lely, Munster AI, Osmonds, Paul & Vincent, Potumna farm and dairy services, Roches Feeds, Shane Rabbitte, St. Jarlaths Creadit Union, Temple Touhy Farm Machinery and Volac.
With that, best of luck to everyone with calving and breeding for the year ahead, and wishing all our members young and old a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
See ye all in 2018