Chairman Michael Laffan 087 2941615 Michaellaffan@eircom.net
Vice chairman Michael McNamara 087 8163197
Secretary Edward Fitzgerald 087 2254702 Toberfort@hotmail.com
Treasurer John Curtin 087 1204334 Johncurtincows@hotmail.com
PRO Eoin Horgan 087 9849463 Coshmaholsteins@hotmail.com
Child Officer Michael McNamara 087 8163196
Club Notes – Spring 2018
Our club tour took place in December and incorporated the Winter Fair in Balmoral. We also arranged 2 herd visits to Michael McDonnell’s Connontown herd and also the Irwin family’s Redhouse Holsteins. Michael McDonnell is a well established breeder and is known to many of our members having previously hosted the IHFA open day and has also featured prominently in the national herds competition. The herd had sold many heifers down throughout the years both from the farm and through Carnaross dairy sale. There are many well established cow families in this herd most notably the Sharons, Fames, Erles and Vixens. Now milking over 600 cows this is an impressive farm. You can tell the attention to detail with very high level of maintenance around the farm. Michael also spoke to us about the simple systems he has in place. The routine for calf rearing on this farm was impressive. Our thanks to Michael and family for hosting us.
The Irwin family of Redhouse Holsteins gave us an impressive tour of their farm near Dungannon. With over 170 cows milking this is a well run intensive system. The Irwin’s described their system in detail to us and the cows looked impressive on the day. This herd has won many prizes in the past including a Master Breeder Award from Holstein UK in 2016. It is here that Holstein NI will host the annual open day on 21st April and some of our members are talking of going back to support the event. We wish to thank the Irwin family for the outstanding hospitality extended to us on the day and the Irish coffees we well received as some of our “tourists” enjoy a wee drop! We would also wish to convey our condolences to the family as William passed away in January since our visit. All our best wishes to the Irwin’s in hosting the open day in April, no doubt it will be an outstanding day.
The show in Balmoral was also well received with our members. There is always a great atmosphere at the show and it is encouraging to see southern breeders having done well again at the event. All in all it was great couple of days and a special thanks to our bus driver Gregg from Mannings who had great patience especially with the 2 late arrivals onto the bus after every stop!
We held our AGM in the Woodlands on the 9th January. Pauric Slevin from Glenside spoke to us at length on soil fertility. It is a very important aspect of farming especially when looking to maximise grass production. The club officers were returned with one change, Ted Boyce taking on the role as club president.
Breeding Information Night
On account of storm Emma we rescheduled a breeding information night at the Woodlands hotel for Tuesday the 6th March. Michael O’Neill of Agriking spoke first about cow nutrition around breeding. We then had Tim Fitzmaurice from Dovea, Tom Baker from Eurogene, Terry Dillon from Munster Ai and Conor Morley from Worldwide sires. Each speaker gave us an insight into their company describing their structure and international partners. It is clear from the night that there is large selection of bulls on the market and whatever the breeding goals, it is easier than ever to pick a panel of bulls to meet the criteria. A huge thanks to all the speakers on the night for taking the time to speak to our members. Thanks also to those who attended and all the best for a successful breeding season in 2018.
A former club member John Finnucane passed away recently and we would like to extend the condolences of the club to his family.