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Club Committee 2019

Chairman Helen Kelly087 2841387helenkelly09@gmail.com
SecretaryEthan Keena087 2931478ethank824@gmail.com
TreasurerDenis Donohue086 3800000donohoedenis@eircom.net
PROJohn Gill087 8704623johnagill1977@gmail.com
YMAMary Conroy

Club Notes – Winter 2018

A busy Summer/Autumn season has come to an end and last on Friday 9th November the club held its annual dinner and awards night. A great turnout in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise saw an impressive array of prizes presented for herds, stock judging and quality milk competitions.

Field Evenings
It was a busy summer as usual with field evenings in Fergal Sullivan’s herd in Croghan, James Ward’s in Castlecomer and Louise Young and family in Rathdowney. The judges were Dessie Dunleavy, Anthony Keady and Liam Curran respectively. All three nights were very well attended and the club is very grateful each family and judge for giving their time and energy so generously.

Herds Competition
The judges for the herds competition were Eamon Coleman and Tom Murphy and the club owes both men a huge debt of gratitude for stepping in at short notice and doing a top notch job. It was a real pleasure to have them in the club and all participants really appreciated the comments and encouragement received.

Results

Premier
1st Kevin Flynn
2nd Denis Donohoe
3rd Tadgh Sweeney

Senior
1st John Moore
2nd Tim Garry
3rd William Brennan

Intermediate
1st Louise Young
2nd Gareth O’Brien
3rd Tom O’Donnell

Junior
1st Matthew O’Bryne
2nd Michael Daly
3rd James Ward

YMA Calf Show
Our YMA calf show took place in Tullamore mart and was judged by Padraic Murphy, who did an excellent job and communicated brilliantly with the young members.

Winter Meeting
Our Winter meeting took place in early November and was very well attended with AIB coming on board to sponsor our annual silage competition with Quinns of Baltinglass and Specialist Nutrition. This was a very informative meeting with local vet, Donal Lynch giving a talk on vaccination and the pending restrictions in the use of certain anti-biotics. Then Mark Blelock, a dairy farmer from Northern Ireland gave us an insight into his operation, which was impressive. Next Ian McCluggage from the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland took us through research he has done into the merits or otherwise of different production systems. Finally Eamon O’Reilly from AIB gave his outlook, which was largely positive for the short term future of the industry in Ireland , albeit with challenges coming down the line.

That is a brief synopsis of what was another very enjoyable and informative year. Looking forward to 2019.

John Gill

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IHFA Premier Bull Show and Sale

March 27 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm