Limerick Clare

Chairman Michael Laffan 087 2941615
Vice chairman Michael McNamara 087 8163197
Secretary Edward Fitzgerald 087 2254702
Treasurer John Curtin 087 1204334
PRO Eoin Horgan 087 9849463
Child Officer  Michael McNamara 087 8163196

Club Notes – Winter 2017

Field Evening
Activities began with the annual field evening on the 9th June on the farm of Mike and Margaret Laffan near Kilfinny. The Laffan’s kindly agreed to be the hosts this year and many were keen to see their cows as they featured prominently in recent times in both the local and national herds competitions. Indeed on the night the cows did not disappoint. The master judge for the night was Liam Curran from Co. Waterford who remarked on how the cows on display were as good as he had seen. The senior cow class in particular was what most people were speaking of. 3 groups of 6 cows were on display for the stock judging. To put this in perspective almost half the herd were in the stock judging and the quality on display meant that this was a great achievement. It was also interesting to see high producing cows in a grass based system proving that the black and white breed is the most diverse dairy breed.

The weather on the night was not great for hosting a stocking judging competition but thanks to having good facilities we had to head to the shed. The weather didn’t dampen the turn out and a large crowd came which added to the atmosphere of the night.

There were some very familiar faces amongst the crowd but encouragingly there were also some new faces. Also there was a good turn out from surrounding counties and clubs which is a testament to the Laffan family and their cows.

A barbeque and refreshments were provided on the farm on the night while cards were being scored and the results announced. The top 3 prize winners from each section went forward to represent the club at the national competition in Wicklow in July. The club wish to thank the Laffan family for being great hosts for the night and also to Bank of Ireland Agri and Roches feeds for their continued support. The results from the night are as follows

Results of Limerick and Clare Stock Judging 2017
Guest Prize: Nora Walsh Co. Kerry
Junior (12-18) : 1. Louis McCormick 2. Sean Ryan 3. Jane Hannon
Intermediate (18-26): 1. Luke Storan 2. Rachel McNamara 3. Gearoid Slattery
Senior: 1. Donie Young 2. Des Frawley 3. Tom G Storan

National Open Day
At the IHFA national open day in Victor Jackson’s our young members Rachael McNamara, Luke Storan and Gearoid Slattery did the club proud by finishing third overall in the inter club stock judging. Mike and Margaret Laffan from the Everground herd won the EBI award in the under 80 cow section. Aidan and Sally Ann Frawley from the Ballytigue herd came second in the large herds section of the national herd competition and second in the judges prize. Well done to the Frawleys from all in the club. Thanks to all club members who travelled to Wicklow to represent the club.

Herds Competition
The awards night for the annual herds competition was on the 13th of October in Charleville Golf Club. After some light refreshments, served from the Nora Mays franchise Mike Laffan, the chairman, started the proceedings. Before he presented the awards to the prize winners from each of the categories he thanked a few people.

Firstly he thanked Roches feeds for their continued and generous sponsorship of the competition. Dessie Dunleavy, was the judge for this year’s competition. Dessie has an in-depth knowledge of the black and white breed having spent many years working with the famous Moneymore and Monamore herds in Co. Louth and more recently in the AI industry. Mike thanked Dessie for his time and effort in judging the competition. Edward Fitzgerald, the club secretary from Effin coordinated the competition and other club members also took the time out to drive the judge around the region to view the herds.

Before the prize winners were announced Dessie said a few words and commented on the pleasure he had for the few days traveling around the 2 counties looking at super cows and meeting many wonderful and passionate cow breeders. For his judges prize he had a special mention for the knowledge of Rachel and Emma McNamara who together with Kieran Ahern showed him around Mike and Liz McNamara’s Barna herd. The night was finished with the results being announced from each of the categories. Donie Neville’s Emerald herd won the prize for best type and Margaret Laffan won the award for best production.

Prize Winners 2017
Spring Premier: 1. Mike Danaher 2. Billy Mulcahy 3. Patrick Foley
Winter Premier: 1. John & Eoin Horgan 2. Dermot Ryan 3. Ted & Joe Boyce
Spring Elite: 1. Edward Fitzgerald 2. Ml & Liz McNamara 3. John McNamara
Winter Elite: 1. Donie Neville 2. Aidan Frawley 3. Margaret Laffan

EBI Cow – Declan O’Dywer
Protein award – Aidan Liston
EBI Herd – Aidan Liston
Champion Heifer – Donie Neville
Junior Cow – John Moroney
Senior Cow – Donie Neville
Cow Family – John & Eoin Horgan
Overall Type – Donie Neville
Overall Prod. – Margaret Laffan

National Dairy Show
The Storan family from near Croom had a great National Dairy Show as they were placed first and second in the confined cow class with their cows Liskinett Windbrook Jalila 5 ET and Mountcarmel Atwood Laurie. The 2 cows went on to be confined champion and reserve. Well done to other clubs who exhibited in Milstreet.

We lost 2 club members throughout the year. Jimmy Hannon from the Lisnalty herd who was a founding member of the club passed during the summer. Jimmy had been president of the club since 2005 as well as previously been chairman, secretary and treasurer. A short time after Seamus Mullane passed away suddenly. Seamus had been active member of the club for many years and was a regular at the field evenings and local events. Seamus’s Appletown herd is kept on by his son Donal. Our condolences to the Hannon and the Mullane families and anyone else who lost loved ones throughout the year. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.
Eoin Horgan

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