Kerry

Club Committee 2017

SecretaryGeraldine Harty,087–8168281 geraldineharty@gmail.com
Ballylongane, Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry.
ChairpersonJohn Dillon087-6864034
Club P.R.O.John Barrett086-8523867
YMA CoordinatorChristopher Heffernan086-2307879
Ballylongane, Ballyheigue Co. Kerry
YMA SecretaryAisling Harty 087-3495767

Spring 2017 – Club Notes

Notable Club Event
In mid – December, we were invited to the farm of John Joe and Leo O’ Connor, Mount Prospect, Caherbreagh, Tralee. A large group gathered on the day as the O’ Connor family facilitated Devenish Nutrition. Devenish Nutrition are an agri – technology company based in Belfast, supplying quality animal feeds for the pig, poultry, and ruminant sectors. On the day, their advisors gave us a very informative talk. All who attended left with food for thought!! We want to take this opportunity to thank Devenish Nutrition and the O’ Connor family for an enjoyable afternoon and the kind hospitality shown to us.

A.G.M.
The A.G.M. took place in December. The following officers were elected on the night:
President: Mossie Harty
Vice President: Richard Langford
Chairperson: John Walsh
Vice Chairperson: John Dillion
Secretary: Geraldine Harty
Treasurer: Leo O’Connor
PRO: John Barrett
National Council Rep: William Horgan
YMA Coordinator: Christopher Heffernan

Breeders Meeting
In mid-January, the club hosted an A.I. night where four A.I. companies gave a presentation of a selection of their sires from their respective brochures. Terry Dillon represented Munster AI Services, Tim Fitzmaurice represented Dovea, Conor Morley represented World Wide Sires and Tom Baker represented Eurogene. These were four excellent presentations and were very informative and afterwards were followed by a lengthy question and answer session.

Sympathy
The club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to club members who lost family members during the year.

Tour
Agriscot was the destination chosen for our tour in 2016. A select group of seven travelled to
Edinburgh to attend the show, where a great selection of stands and animals were on view.
It was wonderful to see such outstanding cows in the flesh and for “Illens Atwood Australia” be overall champion as we were to visit the owners of this great cow the next day.

After an early night by everyone!!!!!!, we were all up bright and early to head off on our travels. First farm on our agenda was the Northshields Herd of Pat & Andrew Wilson. What a welcome awaited us here . Fresh from exhibiting at Agriscot the day before, everything was running smoothly on our arrival. We saw all the cows they had at the show getting back to their everyday routine and many more that could also have attended. A fine layout of sheds and milking facilities were well inspected by everyone.

Next on our agenda was the Blythbridge Herd of Alistair & Colin Laird. Another big Scottish welcome awaited us here. Fresh from her victory at Agriscot the previous day, Australia looked just as well in her home environs as she did the day before. Many more fine cows were seen on this farm and again the detail to cow comfort had to be admired.

A big thanks to both families for the hospitality afforded us and hope to see them in the kingdom where a “Céad mile Fáilte” will await them no doubt.

As for the rest, what happens on tour stays on tour!

Thanks to Tim Fitzmaurice for arranging these farm visits and to Mike Griffin for navigating us safely through the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland.

Upcoming Events
The club’s annual heifer sale of both in calf and calved heifers will be held on Friday 24th March 2017 at Castleisland mart. The annual bull sale in conjunction with the sale of breeding heifers will take place on Saturday the 15th of April 2017 at Castleisland mart. Our annual field evening will take place in mid-June, venue to be confirmed. The herds competition will be held in early July.

We have a very interesting future to look forward to.
John Barrett, PRO

 

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