Club Committee 2019
|Vice President||Michael Maunsell|
|Secretary||Geraldine Harty||087 email@example.com|
|Vice Chairperson||Seamus Curran|
|Club P.R.O.||Ronan Siochru||086-8523867|
|YMA Coordinator||Christopher Heffernan||086-2307879|
|Ballylongane, Ballyheigue Co. Kerry|
|YMA Secretary||Aisling Harty||087-3495767|
Club Notes – Spring 2019
Our annual AGM took place on the 10th of December at the Ballroe heights hotel. New officers were elected on the night, Ronan Siochru: P.R.O and Michael Griffin: treasurer. The club would like to thank outgoing officers Leo O’Connor and John Barrett for their hard work over the years.
On the 29th of January our annual AI night was held in the Rose Hotel Tralee. 5 AI companies were present on the night, Munster AI, Dovea, Bova, Eurogene and World Wide Sires. Each company gave a presentation on suggested bulls for the upcoming season. Fertility, good functional traits and kgs of milk solids was the take home message when selecting bulls for your herd. Also on the the night Dr Karina Pierce of UCD gave a presentation on the ongoing high input/high output trial at Lyons estate. An interesting discussion was had on the trial in regards to carbon footprint for this system and breeding strategy going forward. We would like to thank everyone who attended on the night and especially to the respective AI companies and Dr Karina pierce.
On Monday the 21st of January we held a fertility night presented by Dr Dan Ryan of Repodoc. The headline for the presentation was: preparing cows to go back in calf. Dr Dan spoke in detail of the importance of the transition period and how cow comfort is critical for future optimum reproductive performance of the cow.
The results of our annual silage competition took place in early December. The competition kindly sponsored by Nicholas Leen of Agriking focuses on quality forage and preservation. The aim of the competition is to help farmers gain knowledge of making better quality silage. Well done to Seamus Curran (pit) and Johnny hanlon (bales) on winning the competition.
Following discussions with Charlie Gallagher CE I.H.F.A, the Kerry Holstein club using initiative decided to revive the use of the pedigree I.H.F.A herd signs in co Kerry. We hope the new signs will promote the breed and club further. The new herd signs were presented by Michael Laffan (herd’s competition judge 2018) to our club members.
The club would like to thank all our sponsors and all existing members for their continued support. We have great events throughout the year both socially and if you are interested in joining our club or have any queries please contact me.
• The club’s Herds Competition will take place in June.
• The club will hold a field evening on the farm of John, Jack and Nora Walsh of Scartaglen during the summer
months, this is an interesting evening to learn more about the breed and socialise with local farmers.
• Also later on in the year we will hold an awards night for the herd’s competition and the YMA. All members are
welcome for dinner on the night.
• The very active Kerry YMA will have several events throughout the year.
Kerry Friesian Breeders Herds Competition 2018
1 Michael & Noreen Maunsell, Fortwilliam Abbeydoney
2 Maurice & Geraldine Harty, Ballylongane Ballyheigue
3 William Horgan Killeen Killarney
1 Seamus Curran. Killorglin
2 Brendan Cremin. Ballydonoghue Lisselton
3 Peter Kennelly, Ballinprior Ardfert
1 James Egan, Tarmons Tarbert
2 Richard Langford, Bansha Killorglin
3 Ross O’Neill, Lisataggle Tralee
1 Sean Begley , Gurrane Dingle
2 Liam Houlihan, Knopogue Ballyduff
3 Donal O’Connell , Clahaneleish Ballyheigue
1 Colm Diggins, Dromnacurra Causeway
2 Padraig J Healy, Clashnagarrane Kilcummin Killarney
3 Patrick Buckley, Meenarare Duagh
1 Ronan Siochru, Burnham Dingle
2 Eddie Walsh, Moohane Ballybunion
3 David Lovett, Gransha Castlemaine
1 Liam Quilter, Gortinare Lixnaw
2 Myles Kearney, Moyvane
3 Patrick Hanrahan, Lower Kilbaha Moyvane
Highest Production Herd: Liam Quilter
Highest Conformation Herd: James Egan
Lowest SCC Herd: Paddy & Anna Maria Cotter
Lifetime Production Herd: Richard Langford
Highest Cow Kg Protein: Liam Quilter
Highest Production Herd: Maurice & Geraldine Harty
Highest Conformation Herd: Michael & Noreen Maunsell
Lowest SCC Herd: Brendan Cremins
Lifetime Production Herd: Hugh Dwyer
Highest Cow Kg Protein: Hugh Dwyer
Overall Highest EBI Herd: John Galvin
Overall Champion Cow/Heifer: Tim Kirby