Radney Herd to Host IHFA Open Day – Launch
The launch of the IHFA National Open Day was held on the farm of the O’Keefe family, in Freemount, Charleville, Co. Cork. The O’Keeffe family farm the Radney Herd and will host the Open Day on Thursday 27th of June.
The launch was well attended with Henry, Marie, two of their children Liam and Julie and Henry’s father Mossy being joined by IHFA officials, including the newly elected President – Patrick Gaynor and chief event sponsors – Kerry Group and Roches Feeds.
There were representatives from all areas of the agricultural business sector, which will reflect the high demand on trade exhibition space for this year’s open day. Local Holstein Friesian Breeders’ Clubs turned out in force with many members of both the Cork and Limerick & Clare clubs in attendance.
The Radney herd was established in 1987 and is managed by Henry, Marie and their youngest son Liam. They farm a total of 200 acres with a milking block of 105 acres and milk a herd of 90 cows, mostly spring calving . Recent milk records show an average of 8,874kgs milk, 4.12% fat, 3.74% protein, 697kgs milk solids. SCC 65.
Radney has deservedly earned a reputation for breeding prowess. Recognition in the market place for Radney breeding stock is such that numerous top prices have been achieved at prominent sales again and again.
“Five Radney bred bulls have been purchased for AI.” Henry recounts. “At the IHFA Premier Bull Sale 2017 three Radney bulls sold for a combined total of €8,250 while an individual sale price of €5,500 was also previously achieved. Radney Figo ET commanded the top price at the Premier Bull sale earlier this year.
The quality of the herd, in terms of output, performance and conformation standards, is back-boned by influential cow families including Odetta, Ostrich, Gerrard, Deborah, Triempress and Bella.
“We breed for functional cows with good production and longevity, cows with strong udders and feet & legs, that develop into excellent cows and provide a calf every year. Good fertility is very important” comments Henry.
Mature cows of fourth lactation or older make up 43% of the herd, an example of good longevity, fertility and durability. Seven Radney cows have been awarded Gold or Diamond award for achieving 3,000kgs lifetime protein production. 73 % of the herd is classified to VG/EX on conformation standard with IHFA, the top two categories of conformation scoring, capturing functionality.
Herd performance has been recognised with many awards achieved recently. In 2017, the herd was presented with the distinguished RDS Champion of Champions Award in recognition of the national success of the Odetta family. The herd won first place Spring Calving Section in the Cork Club Herds Competition 2017 and 2018. Performance and recognition for the herd was embellished further in achieving second place in the IHFA National Herds Competition Spring Calving Section and also was Joint-Highest EBI Herd 2018.
The IHFA National Open Day presents a unique opportunity to view the tremendous breeding and efficient performance of the Radney Herd. Key cow families will be represented in the teams of cows for the Inter-Club, Macra and Open Stock Judging.
A Celebration Sale will be held in association with the Open Day with choice offerings of young stock from top breeding lines. The sale will be conducted by Denis Barrett Auctions.
The IHFA Open Day is farm family friendly day out, with trade exhibitors, stock judging, award presentations, young stock sale and much more. All are welcome to attend and entry is free.
From the N20 Cork to Limerick road, take the R515 toward Newtownshandrum. Before entering the town, take a left on to the R578. The farm will be signposted.
Eircode: P56 FC61