Club Committee 2018
|Chairman||Kevin Walsh||086 8170231|
|Joint Secretary||John O’ Dea||087 2625144|
|Mainham, Clane, Co. Kildare.|
|Castlebaggot Road, Newcastle, Co. Dublin|
|Avondale, Donadea, Naas|
Club Notes – Winter 2018
The Clubs year of activities kicked off on the 21st March with our annual Spring meeting. Attendance was small as members were trying to cope with the after-effects of the snow etc. The guest speakers were Vincent Gorman, Vice-Chairman of Progressive Genetics, Niall Austin of “moocall” and Barry Lynch “Herd App”
The first field evening of the year was at Dermot & Gerry Flynn’s farm near Enfield, Co. Meath. The master judge was PJ Kelly from Rochfordbridge, Co. Westmeath. The winners of the stockjudging were Senior: Pat Walsh, Colin Stephenson and Kevin Doran and in the Junior; Sean Gerard Walsh, Lily Hannah Healy and Katie Dohorty.
The second field evening was in Tony Jacksons in Kitegan on Tuesday 26th June. The judge was club member Anthony Kealy from Grangecon. The winners were Senior; Larry Burke, John Watson, Chris Mullally and the Juniors were Tommy Roche, Niamh Roche and Amy Roche.
The herds competition was held the first week of June. There were twenty one herds in three sections and again FBD were sponsors. The results and presentation took place in Toughers on Friday June 8th.
Best Heifer: Padraic Travers
Best Junior Cow: Padraic Travers
Best Senior Cow: Frank Flood
Best Production: Padraig Travers
Best Inspection: Brian & Hazel Gray
Overall winner: Padraig Travers
Best Heifer: John Coakley
Best Junior Cow: Tony Kavanagh
Best Senior Cow: John Coakley
Best Production: Gerry & Dermot Flynn
Best Inspection: John Coakley
Overall Winner: John Coakley
Best Heifer: Dermot Jackson
Best Junior Cow: Dermot Jackson
Best Senior Cow: Brochan Cocoman
Best Production: Pat & Kevin Walsh
Best Inspection: Pat & Kevin Walsh
Overall winner: Brochan & Joseph Cocoman
The Judge for the herds was Mr Brian Taaffe of Taaffe Auctions who did a very good job and gave some useful breeding hints at the results meeting.
Club Calf Show
The calf show as held again in Peamount Hospital on 30th June. The judge was Andrea Rafferty, ably assisted by Maria Burke. Champion handler: Maria Doran, Reserve Handler: Emma Behan. Champion Calf: Lumville Alic – Kevin & Emma Behan. Reserve Calf: Dondale Lucrative Beverly – Joe & Kevin Doran.
Silage Quality Awards
Annual Silage Quality Awards took place recently in the Teagasc Centre, Naas. The above awards are regarded as the longest running silage competition in the country. The main purpose of the competition is to encourage and reward members for making good quality silage. Our club have been lucky down nearly forty years to have very good sponsorship. The current sponsors for the past few eyars are Alltech-Kennan (Irl) Ltd. The local Teagasc office and (Acot before that) have been very supportive also.
This year we didn’t have as many samples tested as in other years because of the poor growth over the summer. The quality of the first cut samples was very good, except for some who had very high dry matter readings, which would be hard to preserve especially when open. This year the samples were tested in the “Irish Analytical Laboratories” in Bagnasltown, Co. Carlow. This years winners were as follows: 1st Tom O’Grady, Prosperous, 2nd Dan Cosgrove, Ballylinan, 3rd Anthony Kealy, Grangecon, 4th John Coakley, Maynooth, 5th John Daly, Clane, 6th Bolton Abbey, Moone. Guest speakers were Finbar Mulligan, UCD and Lyons Estate, Emer Barry, Alltech, Keenans and Ned Loughlin, Teagasc, Naas.
Club Day Trip
Nineteen members left Clane for a day trip to the sunny South East. Our first stop was to Johnstown Castle Farm where we were met by Rioch Fox (formerly of Carton Estate Farm) and Aidan Lawless who gave us a good explanation of the trials they are doing there. We then went on to Walter Crean’s large herd near Enniscorthy. Here we saw an excellent large herd of very balanced cows. Here we also saw a massive cubicle shed in the course of construction. Our final stop was at the “Hallow” herd of the well-knon Jones family outside Gorey. Words fail me to describe this World Class herd and we were also given a few tips on feeding and balancing rations etc. All agreed the day was very informative and enjoyable.
Stock judging Notes
Sean Gerard Walsh won the junior individual stockjudging at the Open Day in Co. Meath andhis cousin Hannah Healy came fourth in the All Ireland stockjudging in Millstreet.
John O’Dea, Secretary PRO