Club Committee 2017
|Chairman||Kevin Walsh||086 8170231|
|Joint Secretary||Joan Lambert||045 869168|
|Baltracey House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare|
|John O’ Dea||087 2625144|
|Castlebaggot Road, Newcastle, Co. Dublin|
|Avondale, Donadea, Naas|
Club Notes – Winter 2017
The first Club activity of the year was our annual “Spring” meeting which was presented and sponsored by Elanco Irl Ltd and was held on Tuesday March 14th. Guest speaker was Francis Cosgrove, Veterinary Surgeon and dairy farmer.
Our first field evening of the year was on the Doran family farm in Donadea on Tuesday May 22nd. There was a very good attendance on a beautiful summers evening where we saw a lovely balanced herd. The Judge was Patrick Tuite from the North Eastern Club. The stockjudging winners were Gerry Flynn, Mervyn Eager and Pat Fanning. In the Junior Section it was a family affair win where two nieces and a nephew of our Club Chairman namely Hannah Healy, Patrick Walsh and Rachel Walsh. The second field evening was on Fran Allen’s farm in Ballitore on June 22nd. We had quite a good attendance where we saw a nice herd and an exceptionally organised farmyard. The Judge was well known friesian breeders and Farmers Journal correspondent Bill O’Keeffe. The stockjudging winners were Demot Phibbs, Mervyn Eager and Joe Doran.
The competition was held on June 8th. Over twenty herds took part, again sponsored by FBD. The Judge was IHFA Chairman Peter Ging. The overall winner was Dermot Jackson, Kiltegan. Winner of the Senior Section was David Hanley, Kildare. Winner of the Junior Section was Tony & Annette Kavanagh., Blessington.
On June 28th, twenty two members and friends travelled to the ‘Huki Day’ on two breeders farms in Co. Down and Co. Andtrim. “Abercorn” herd of the Wallace family and “Similahill” herd of the McCann family. The Abercorn herd had won the Grassland Farm of the Year for the past two years – a herd of great type and uniformity. The McCann herd of high-production cows was most impressive. Here we were ‘well-fed and watered’. Our final stop was the Brock Inn, North Co. Dublin for refreshments.
Club Calf Show
Our annual calf show was again held on the grounds of Peamout Hospital on Sat July 1st. There was a very good entry. The Judge was successful Carlow breeder Liam Murphy. The winners were Joe Doran with the Champion Calf and Reserve Mervyn Eager. The Champion handler was Roisin Doran, Reserve Handler was Hannah Healy. Hannah went on to represent our Club at the European Young Breeders School in Belgium.
IHFA Open Day
This was the big event this year for our Club being held at Victor Jackson’s farm in Kiltegan on July 6th. There was a huge attendance of breeders countrywide and beyond. There was a great display of stands and machinery. His “Crossnacole” herd looked splendid on the day. This was reflected in the prices obtained for over fifty animals sold on the day. Many club members together with Slaney Club members helped in preparation for the day and during the Open Day itself. Congratulations to Victor, the IHFA and all concerned on a very successful event.
Silage Quality Competition
This was the Club’s final event (before the AGM which is on Tues December 5th). Up to ninety samples were collected over the first two weeks of October and were tested in the IAS lab in Co. Carlow. Quinns of Balinglass / Naas collected the samples and the results were announced at a very informative meeting on Wednesday October 25th by Ned Loughlin of Teagasc, Kildare. The average DMD was 70. The winners were Tony Jackson, Kiltegan, John Coakley, Maynooth and Michael Kealy, Grangecon. The sponsor was Alltech / Keenans. The guest speakers on the night were David Shorthall of Quinns and Philip McVeigh of Alltech / Keenans.