Club Committee 2018
|Chairman||Helen Kelly||087 email@example.com|
|Bloomfield, Portaloise, Co. Laois|
|Secretary||Enda Neville||086 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ballydaly, Tullamore, Co.Offaly|
|PRO||John Gill||087 email@example.com|
|Kilgolan Hse, Kilcormac, Birr, Co. Offaly|
|Treasurer||Denis Donohue||086 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Oldcourt, Ballylinan, Athy, Co. Laois|
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.
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.
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.
1st Kevin Flynn
2nd Denis Donohoe
3rd Tadgh Sweeney
1st John Moore
2nd Tim Garry
3rd William Brennan
1st Louise Young
2nd Gareth O’Brien
3rd Tom O’Donnell
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.
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.