Club Committee 2018
|Chairman||Gordon Nicholson||086 4020771|
|Secretary||David Murphy,||087 2543008|
|P.R.O||Kathleen Kelly||086 8340976, email@example.com|
Club Notes – Winter 2018
Tipperary and Waterford club members like farmers all over the country had a very difficult year with the prevailing weather conditions. We were faced with many extremes, rain and snow in the spring, too dry and hot in the summer but thankfully as I write the Autumn has been very good, very mild and favourable grazing conditions. Thankfully it would seem that things have got back to normal almost.
The AGM saw a change in Club Chair with Gordon Nicholson elected for the role. We wish Gordon the very best in his role and fellow officers and members look forward to the term ahead. Sincere thanks and appreciation to Phil Cusack, former Chairman for all his work and efforts on behalf of the club throughout his term.
We had 2 very good stock judging evenings during the Summer. The first was hosted on the farm of Patrick Ryan and family, Moatview herd, Kilfeacle, Tipperary. A very enjoyable evening was had by all in spite of the very wet night. We were treated to a great spectacle of tremendous cows for stockjudging. Thanks to our judge Stephen Nagle who did a tremendous job. Many thanks to Mairead and the Ryan family and all helpers for the lovely food provided.
Our second night was on the farm of Noel and Mary Hennessy and family, Thevalley herd, Lismore, Waterford. This was yet another very enjoyable occassion. The quality of the cows was fabulous, very scenic setting with a beautiful backdrop. Our thanks to Michael Mc Grath for judging who did a great job. Again thanks to Mary, family and all helpers for the lovely food and refreshments.
Congratulations to the winners on both nights.
We had a very informative and enjoyable club trip in August. In total 24 people travelled, we were all looking forward to the break and a change of scenery!
Our first herd visit was to UCD Lyons Dairy herd, located on the Kildare/Dublin border. We received a tour of the impressive new facilities followed by a detailed presentation on the reserch on the high input /high output cows.
Next we visited the Kilwarden Herd of Brochan Cocoman and family, Kill, Kildare where we saw fabulous high production cows, tremendous type with many show winning successes. Our hosts went to great effort and provided excellent hospitality as we were entertained to plush afternoon tea in the beautiful gardens with lovely sunshine overhead.
We then travelled on to Portlaoise, staying overnight stay in the Killeshin hotel , situated outside the town.
Next day we visited the Reary herd of Kevin Flynn and family, Clonaslee. This was a great overview of the renowned herd and Kevin gave us a great presentation on daily management, breeding policy, nutrition and so on. This herd has expanded in numbers in recent times and Kevin was very open in recounting his experience.
Next we went to Gurteen College where we viewed the new milking parlour and facilities. This was very impressive, a very modern unit in keeping with the educational ethos of training and equipping the next generation of farmers coming through. Afterwards the College generously treated us to lunch.
We would like to thank all our host for the wonderful welcome and hospitality received.
Our first Autumn Meeting featured 2 speakers; Dr. Joe Patton Teagasc and Martin Kavanagh M.V.B. Dairy herd Health consultant.
Thanks to both for their presentations and for sharing their knowledge.
We would like to thank all our field evening sponsors Tipperary Co-Op & Dens Feeds, and we also wish to acknowledge De Laval as generous sponsors of our Herds Competition. we thank them for their support to the club.
The herds competition results were presented at the field evening, thanks to Kevin Flynn for judging our herds competition
1st Noel Hennessy
2nd Michael Spillane
3rd Phil Cusack
1st Senior cow and heifer in milk and cow family: Noel Hennessy
1st Junior cow: Billie Hassett
1st Sean Mc Cucheon
2nd Liam Curran
3rd Chris Walsh
1st Senior cow and cow family: John Phelan
1st Junior cow: Cappaquin estate
1st Heifer in milk: Tom Julian
1st Albie Ryan
2nd Mark Mc Carthy
3rd John Fitzgerald
1st Senior cow: Padraig Moroney
1st Junior cow: Albie Ryan
1st Heifer in milk: Mark Mc Carthy
1st Cow Family: John Fitzgerald
Protein % Heifer: Albie Ryan
Protein % Cow: Phil Ccusack
Fat and Protein % Heifer: Cappaquin estate
Fat and Protein % Cow: Cappaquin estate
Lifetime Production: Phil Cusack
Best Protein % Herd: Michael Spillane
Congratulations to all the winners